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Alberta Supreme Show of Champions presented

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The winners of the Alberta Supreme Show of Champions presented by RAM were announced November 10 at FarmFair International.

The Grand Champion Female (below) was GREENWOOD PLD ALLY 702A with calf at side GREENWOOD FLICK PYN 62F, shown by Greenwood Limousin and Angus of Lloydminster, Alta.

Grand Champion Female.
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The Grand Champion Bull (at top) was a Black Angus Bull DMM International 54D from Miller Wilson Angus of Bashaw, Alta.

More than $110,000 in cash and prizes were awarded including a new RAM truck for each of the champions.


The Supreme champions from Manitoba Ag Ex were named in October.

The Supreme Champion Female was Loretta 5511 of Tripp, from Wheatland Cattle Co., Bienfait, Sask., and Michelson Land Cattle, Lipton, Sask.

The Supreme Champion Bull was TCCO Big Spender 659D from Tableland Cattle Co., Estevan, Sask.

The Supreme Breeders Herd honours went to the Merit Cattle Compnay, Radville, Sask.


Congratulations to Mar Mac Farms, Blair and Lois McRae along with their family Brett and Melissa of Brandon, Man., on being named Purebred Breeder of the Year from the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society. This is a fourth-generation family farm running 280 cows consisting of purebred Red Angus, Black Angus and Simmental genetics. They received the award during the Canadian Red Roundup Show and Sale in October.


The dust has settled at the 2018 National Charolais Show held during FarmFair International in Edmonton.

The National Show started out with a bang awarding $10,000 to Prairie Cove Charolais for exhibiting the Champion Pair of Heifer Calves (below).

Champion Pair of Heifer Calves.
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The Players Club Bull Calf Futurity (below) awarded $50,000 to Springside Farms for exhibiting SOS APEX PLD 139F. This Players Club Champion Bull Calf will be LOT 1 at the upcoming Alberta Charolais Select Sale on December 7, 2018, in Red Deer, Alta.

Players Club Champion Bull Calf.
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The National Champion Bull (below) was SHARODON DOUBLE VISION 1D exhibited by KAYR Land and Cattle., Elder Charolais, Sharodon Farms, Polzin Cattle and Thomas Ranch.

National Champion Bull.
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The National Champion Female was BRCHE BERKLY ANN 8507 ET exhibited by Prairie Cove Charolais.

National Champion Female.
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The Canadian Angus Association presented $10,000 in prize money to youth competitors at the 46th annual Canadian Red Roundup that took place in Olds, Alta., in October. This was the first installment of a five-year commitment to the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society to sponsor the Red Roundup Junior Heifer Calf Extravaganza. The relatively new Junior Extravaganza begins with juniors evaluating all heifer calves paraded at Red Roundup and then they are able to bid and buy the rights to show one of these heifers. Canadian Angus will provide $10,000 in prize money to the juniors with the top four placements as a sale credit toward their Red Roundup purchases.

The inaugural recipients are:

First place: Jordan Dorrance — $4,000, showing Lot 44 Red Cinder Freyja 129F.

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Second place: Parker Mclaughlin — $3,000, showing Lot 61 Red Vikse Hamilee 76F.
Third place: Isabella Mackenzie — $2,000, showing Lot 51 Red Dwajo Cherry 34F.
Fourth place: Erika Mackenzie — $1,000, showing Lot 55 Red Piro Soapy 827F.

In the final year, 2022, the funding increases to $20,000. This sponsorship meets two of the seven goals of the new Canadian Angus Strategic Plan: to have an impact on the cattle and beef industry with increased involvement in regional and national organizations, and to grow the Canadian Angus Foundation by creating opportunities for junior Angus through mentorship and development programs so they gain the capability and recognition at the highest international standards.


Noted developer Dr. Donald McQueen Shaver of the Shaver Beef Blend composite breed, and an original importer of the Lincoln Red breed to Canada, passed away July 28, 2018, a couple of years shy of his 100th birthday. He had wide experience in creating synthetic poultry breeds, by combining several breeds into a new line and determined that similar methods could be effective with beef cattle. Eleven different breeds were used initially and the genes of nine breeds were retained in SHAVER BEEFBLEND.


Sharon Gabert receives the 50-year CAA Heritage Award from Trevor Welch, Canadian Angus Association president.
photo: Canadian Angus Association

At the Black Angus Show during Farmfair, the Canadian Angus Association (CAA) honoured breeders Rick and Sharon Gabert of Crooked Creek Angus Ranch of Fort Sask­atchewan, Alta., for 50 years of consecutive family membership. The setting was appropriate since the Gabert family has never missed Farmfair and has shown at the fair longer than any other Angus breeders.

The family started with grain and dairy cattle in the ’40s and moved into commercial Angus in 1964. Crooked Creek’s history began in 1968 with the purchase of their first registered Angus cows from Heatherbrook and David T. Bradshaw’s sale in Lacombe. Over the next few years, the family purchased groups of heifers from Namao View, Morton Stock Farm, Seven D Ranches, Belvedere Farms, and Rivercrest.

Sharon worked on the World Angus Forum board in Edmonton in 1985, providing transportation for the delegates. The family helped build the first-place Angus float and had cattle in the show. They are involved in the Northern Alberta Angus club, and are founding members of the club. Their family has received two farm family awards in 1990 and 2000.


Janalee Sweetland.
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Janalee Sweetland, the daughter of Ken and Wendy Sweetland of Super Six Salers, Lundar, Man., is the first award winner of the Salers Association of Canada’s annual scholarship of $750. Janalee is currently enrolled in her second year of the medical laboratory science program at Red River College in Winnipeg. Her goal is to complete a post-diploma program in clinical genetics.


Long-time beef ambassador and purebred cattle salesman Dennis Erickson was honoured October 20 at the Red Angus event, Red Roundup for decades of cheerful service to the industry.


The Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF) have announced the recipients of their 2018 scholarships. Thirty-six applications were received from across the country. This year’s recipients illustrated the bright future that our youth are presenting to the agriculture industry and Simmental breed.

Scholarships that are being awarded for the 2018-19 academic year include: the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarship, the Dr. Dixon Memorial Scholarship and the Trevor Vance — First Year Scholarship, with a combined value of $12,000.

Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, were awarded to Emilee Oro of Clive, Alta., and Kaitlyn Maxwell of Viking, Alta. Oro is taking the agriculture management program at Olds College and Maxwell is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing at University of British Columbia in Kelowna.

The Dr. Dixon Memorial Scholarships in memory of Dr. Allan A. Dixon, valued at $2,000 each, were awarded to Austin Jacobson of Ponoka, Alta., and Courtney Wolfe of Sask­atoon, Sask. Jacobson is studying veterinary medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Wolfe is taking animal bioscience at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Trevor Vance — First Year Scholarship in memory of Trevor Edward Vance, valued at $2,00, was awarded to Tia Schram from Bruderheim, Alta. Schram is studying for her business degree at Concordia University.

Ken Lewis, president of Friends of Canadian Simmental Association, said, “Each of this year’s recipients have showcased leadership, development skills and a dedication to their community as well as the livestock industry. Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and we wish everyone who applied the very best in your future education goals.”

The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation is a not-for-profit registered foundation dedicated to offering scholarships and educational support to youth, and research for the improvement of Canadian agriculture.


The results from the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, October 31-November 3 are:

  • Red Angus Female: RED LAZY MC SPARKLE 169C (with calf at her side) RED LAZY MC CAPITAL 144F, exhibited by Lazy MC Angus.
  • Red Angus Bull: RED WRIGHTS CUTTING EDGE 27F, exhibited by Wright Livestock.
  • Black Angus Female: TOWAW DUCHESS 412D (with calf at her side), TOWAW DUCHESS 401F, exhibited by Towaw Cattle Co.
  • Black Angus Bull: DMM INTERNATIONAL 54D, exhibited by Miller Wilson Angus.
  • Horned Hereford Female: TOP 50 FARRAH 5F, exhibited by Top 50 Livestock.
  • Polled Hereford Female: TOP-50 ECKO 5E, exhibited by Top 50 Livestock.
  • Horned Hereford Bull: BBSF DERBY 217D, exhibited by Lock Farms.
  • Polled Hereford Bull: MLL 10Y ROCKY ET 225D, exhibited by MJT Cattle Co. Ltd.
  • Speckle Park Female: HS AMANDA ET 18C (with calf at her side), JSF DOC HOLIDAY 42F, exhibited by Johner Stock Farm Ltd.
  • Speckle Park Bull: MX DIRTY DEEDS 43D, exhibited by Max Graham.
  • Shorthorn Female: GOLDENVIEW LASSIE 130E, exhibited by Goldenview Shorthorns.
  • Shorthorn Bull: FRASERS 3N DR PEPPER 132D, exhibited by Matlock Farms Ltd.
  • Limousin Female: HSF ZENA (with calf at her side), RPY PAYNES FACINATION 32F, exhibited by Payne Livestock.
  • Limousin Bull: COTTAGE LAKE DARK HORSE, exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics and Nordal Limousin & Angus.
  • Charolais Female: SOS AUTUMN DAY 56E, exhibited by Springside Farms.
  • Charolais Bull: SOS FREIGHTLINER PLD 3F, exhibited by Springside Farms.
  • Maine-Anjou Female: MANITOU FIELA, exhibited by Manitou Maine-Anjou.
  • Maine-Anjou Bull: MANITOU’S ECHO, exhibited by Manitou Maine-Anjou.

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As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.

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