The mission of the Southwest Livestock Show is to provide an arena where young people can learn and gain discipline, patience, goal-setting, teamwork. Young men and women will also participate in project planning and management, creating good work ethic and many new friends! We also seek to promote the agriculture industry, provide a cooperation between businesses and community and showcase the traditions of Iron County.
The Southwest Livestock Show was started in the 1940’s and continues to make a positive impact on our youth and our community today, some 75 years later. Many hundreds of people work together to provide a place where young people can fit, show and sale their livestock project. Without even realizing it, FFA and 4-H members who show livestock are developing character traits that will carry them throughout life – regardless of their career choice. Discipline, patience, goal-setting, making friends, teamwork, project planning and management, math and, of course, a good work ethic are traits which all employers seek. Livestock exhibitors also pick up practical agricultural knowledge and experience, such as breed identification, quality and yield grades, breed characteristics, animal health care, animal behavior, nutrition, marketing, animal husbandry, record-keeping and budget management. Please consider helping promote these traits by supporting our young showmen during sale day, by sponsoring their project, helping set up and take down the barn or serve as a member of the teams which are organized by our committees.