LIVE STOCK: The Role of Stock Contractors

Unique to the sport of rodeo is the involvement of animals - horses, bulls, steers, and calves. Half of the score of a performance may be based on the animal's performance, and these animals are bred to perform. The companies that bring livestock to the arena for rodeos are called stock contractors. Stock contractors raise and care for their animals, then transport them to perform in rodeos in highly stylized big rigs across the western United States and into Canada. This story will be expanded to tell the story of a stock contractor as he travels from ranch to rodeo.

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