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Published on Oct 18, 2018
Fitting and grooming can feel overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Luckily, we asked Kirk Stierwalt, Purina® Honor® Show Chow® Ambassador, for a few tips. Kirk shares three quick tips to getting your show cattle looking their best at the right time.
Find out answers to these commonly asked questions: • 0:19 – What are your best tips or tricks for grooming and fitting show calves? • 1:25 – What are the most common fitting mistakes? How can showmen avoid them? • 2:25 – How does nutrition affect fitting and grooming?
When it comes to showing cattle, you won't find more experience and showmanship knowledge than Kirk Stierwalt. In 2001, Kirk became the first Honor® Show Chow® Ambassador. For more than 10 years, Kirk has led events and workshops across the nation to help youth succeed in the show community. Kirk grew up in Southern Iowa, where his parents ran a retail business. He began showing with his granddad, and at just 6-years-old, Kirk clipped his first calf. He showed cattle in 4-H and eventually went on to study Animal Science at Iowa State University. Kirk got his big break in 1981 when he clipped a grand steer at the National Western Stock Show. Since then, Kirk has worked with cattle breeders across the country. Currently, Kirk operates Stierwalt Cattle and Clinics, which he established in 1987. He travels across the U.S. helping everyone from first year individuals to experts on feeding their animals, animal management, showmanship, clipping, fitting, daily hair care, overall troubleshooting and general care.