DENVER - Elite Longhorn producers rolled into Denver on Jan. 25- 26 to showcase their prized animals at the National Western Stock Show. Freeman Ranch of Yoder, Colo., prevailed taking home several top honors in the National Western Texas Longhorn Show  Non-Haltered divisions.

Freeman Ranch's championship titles from the show include Grand Champion Non-Haltered Mature Cow, Grand Champion Non-Haltered Bull, and Reserve Champion Non-Haltered Steer.

In a close competition that judge Larry Smith called an "outstanding group of Longhorn females," it was Freeman Ranch's twelve-year-old Winning Smile who won her respective division and was ultimately crowned the Non-Haltered Mature Cow Grand Champion.

Freeman Ranch's yearling bull, Final Fifty won his division and the overall Non-Haltered Bull Grand Championship, making it the second bull in Freeman's herd to win the National Western Grand Champion title.

To round out Freeman's team of champions was Chicago 15/5, Reserve Champion Non-Haltered Steer.

As a longtime supporter and proud member of the National Western Stock Show, Russell Freeman considers it a great honor to win at this prestigious exhibit.

"The National Western is a cattleman's show, not just show cattle.  More real American and international cattle people walk through the yards during the National Western than all the other big shows combined. To be able to participate at that level and bring home a championship is very humbling. I'm blessed to be part of it!"

Freeman Ranch acquired its first Longhorn cow herd in 2014, and since that time has built a solid and reputable operation providing the Longhorn industry and its clients with superior quality and genetics.

Freeman has a strategic and proven approach to creating champions.

"We select our foundation stock based on a beef cattle phenotype," says Freeman. " Frame size and muscular expression are important, mixing in rapid horn growth and you have a chance of creating a winner."

This is the 43rd annual Texas Longhorn show held during the National Western starting in 1975 with a National Championship steer show.

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