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RAO Salers Receives Honor at Western Stock Show


The Western Stock Show, held in Denver for its 111th year, attracted 684,580 visitors from across the country. Beginning on January 7 and ending 16 days later, the agricultural extravaganza displayed a variety of over 15 thousand animals. Numerous awards were given to the best livestock in several categories, and over ten million dollars in livestock dealing transpired. Among the participants drawn to the Western Stock Show was the Olsen family of Williston, North Dakota.

The Olson family, led by patriarch Roger Olson, has been attending the Western Stock Show for the last three years, and first attended the show over thirty years ago. This year Roger, his wife Helen, and son Curtis came away with a special honor. Their heifer, topping the sale among Salers cattle, was chosen to represent the quality of the breed by the American Salers Association. The Olsons feel privileged that their heifer will be highlighted in an upcoming edition of the Association.

Curtis Olsen, speaking of the Western Stock Show, explained that in addition to the festivities and fun events that are planned throughout the show, there are good business reasons for attending.

The exposure granted the Olson's regarding their heifer topping its sale category, is great advertising indeed. When asked why he chose the Salers breed, Olson explained that it is a large breed, hardy, and easily bred. The Olsons also sell bulls. Their plan is to return to the Western Stock Show next year.


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