"A lot of people love what they do and care about it and want to see it continue," Todd Ballentine, of Nebraska, said of the big turnout.
"I think, for the livestock industry, it's a good place to get around and meet people in your circle and then we use it as sort of a vacation, too, but it's very informative and a great time," said Tyler Rindal of Oklahoma.
As in years past, the convention and trade show offered networking and education opportunities through work sessions and exhibits.
Richard Phillips, captain of the U.S. vessel hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009, and Archie Manning, former All-American and NFL star athlete, were among the guest speakers.
Attendees also enjoyed several entertainment events in town.
The end of the convention meant long lines at the airport, prompting airport officials to release a travel alert to warn ticket-holders of potential delays at check-in desks and security checkpoints.
In comparison, the beginning of the convention had a much bigger impact.