Jerry Wade takes good care of his cattle, including the ones used by 250 teams in the Stock Show's team roping competition and about 275 cowboys who vie in the tie-down roping.
Two-year-old calves that were lassoed about the horns in team roping Monday in John Justin Arena, for instance, were fitted with horn wraps so the tough lariats wouldn't burn them as the noose tightened.
"We brought 200 calves for today and tomorrow," said Wade, owner of the Jerry Wade Cattle Co. in Terrell, a Stock Show contractor. "I try to be as good to them as I can. I want to use them, but not abuse them." – Terry Evans
As a team roping header gets set, Klancy Breaux, left, and Josh Donegan get a 600-pound calf ready to run from the chute in John Justin Arena. Photo by Terry Evans