At the 2023 Cattlemen’s Congress show, Associate Farm Editor, Reagan Calk, caught up with Craig Sand of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Sand talks about how the show has progressed since its first year in 2020.
Sand was chosen to judge the Red Angus this week at Cattlemen’s Congress and has attended the show all three years.
Initially, Sand said Cattlemen’s Congress was created to give individuals planning on attending the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, Colorado, which was canceled due to COVID-19, a place to showcase their livestock.
“This will be here for years to come,” Sand said.
Sand said there are exhibitors all the way from Canada who have made the trip to Oklahoma City for Cattlemen’s Congress. For many cattle producers in the U.S., Sand said the show being centrally located makes it convenient for many to attend.
“I got the honor and privilege to judge the Red Angus open cattle,” Sand said. “I did the bulls yesterday, on Monday, and it was a good show. There were about 45 head of bulls, it was their national Red Angus show. I sure thought the quality was good, I sure thought the top-end was really good.”
Sand said he is also looking forward to judging Red Angus females on January 5.
In regard to places the show has grown over the last few years, Sand said the show has done a good job of improving the way cattle are exhibited at the show to help market the breeder’s cattle.
For being around for only three years, Sand said Cattlemen’s Congress has made significant progress.