‘Pride of the Prairies’ hosts its 100th bull show

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Senior 4-H members participating in the 10th Annual Summer Synergy at Olds Regional Exhibition this summer have an exciting opportunity. The top eight finalists in the judging competition will represent the Summer Synergy Judging Team in the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition at Canadian Western Agribition in November. There they will compete against Canada’s best youth judges for a $2,500 scholarship and the honour of being the final member of the judges’ panel for the First Lady Classic and Futurity.The deadline for Summer Synergy is June 1. For more information and entries go to summersynergy.ca.

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The Lloydminster Exhibition hosted its 100th Pride of the Prairies Bull Show and Sale this year. On March 3, exhibitors showed 39 heifers and 33 steers at the Progress Steer and Heifer Junior Show, sponsored by Justamere. Meanwhile, the Progress Steer and Heifer Open, sponsored by GMACK and Weaver Order Buying, saw 49 heifers and 31 steers.The bull show, sponsored by RBC and Canadian Natural Resources, included halter bulls and pens of one and two. Judges were Kurt and Matthew Trefiak.

The show, held on March 3, concluded with a short program and the traditional steak fry. Show organizers honoured area beef producers Wayne and Lucie Sampson of Thunderbird Ranch and Bernie Payne and family for their longtime support. Close to 175 people attended the steak fry. (see photo at top)

On March 4, a total of 90 bulls sold for a gross of $380,700. The sale average was $4,230.


Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) is looking for a full-time marketing and communications manager who has a passion for marketing and thrives on working in a fun, fast-paced, event-driven environment.

You will get to experience all elements of marketing including media management, strategy, design, promotions and communications. Canadian Western Agribition hosts over 1,200 international guests from over 86 countries, making it a world-renowned event responsible for exporting leading Canadian genetics around the world.

To apply, send your resume to [email protected].


If you are a cattle producer around Calgary in mid-July, take in the 73rd Annual International Livestock Identification Association (ILIA) conference. Hosted by Livestock Identification Services (LIS) of Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C., the event will take place at Spruce Meadows July 15 to 17. This event, last held in Canada in 2010, was started in 1947 in South Dakota with the membership consisting of livestock inspection programs, livestock ID programs and agencies, livestock theft and agriculture investigators, animal health agencies, brand recording agencies plus ranchers and ranches from across North America.

At the Alberta Beef Industry Conference, Cam Camden, manager of LIS Alberta, confirmed some of the guest speakers. They include:

  • Joe Leathers, general manager of the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, a ranch that runs over 18,000 mother cows.
  • Justin Oldfield, vice-president with the California Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Dave Haywood-Farmer, CCA president.
  • Jennifer Houston, the newly appointed president of the NCBA from Tennessee.
  • Glen Kathler from the applied Research and Lab from SAIT in Calgary.
  • Three American and three western Canadian ranchers as part of an industry discussion panel.
  • Adrienne Herron of the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture, speaking on their new microchip ID for the equine industry along with a live demonstration.
  • Two speakers from New Zealand, talking about their national ID traceability program and how it’s working there.

Hotels will be at a premium and as they expect 200 delegates from across North America to attend, register early. For more information give Cam a call at 403-225-6308 or email him at [email protected].


Canadian Western Agribition has selected the mentees for its new Next Gen Agriculture Program. The mentorship program offers “industry-wide mentorship” and aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of agriculture, business, community, leadership and industry advocacy in its alumni, a release states. The mentees, all based in Saskatchewan, include:

  • Brandt Carter of Lacadena.
  • Chelsie Christison of Bethune.
  • Coralee Fisk of Balcarres.
  • Lesley Kelly of Watrous.
  • Jennifer Mainil of Weyburn.
  • Codie Nagy of Ogema.
  • Derek Oleksyn of Prince Albert.
  • Kaleigh Sorensen of Regina.

Jasmine Broeder (Heifer Voucher Draw Winner).
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The Canadian Angus Association awarded scholarships to five finalists at its annual Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders conference in February. They include:

  • Matthew McGillivray of Kamloops, B.C., placed first and received a $5,000 scholarship. He is a second-year student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton working toward a degree in animal science.
  • Jarrett Hargrave of Proton Station, Ont., placed second and received a $3,000 scholarship. Hargrave is a second-year student enrolled in animal science technology at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta.
  • Naomi Best of Harding, Man., placed third and received a $2,000 scholarship. She is a second-year student at the University of Saskatchewan working toward a degree in animal science.
  • Charlene Elliott of Kenilworth, Ont., and Tyra Fox of Lloydminster, Sask., each received $500 as runners-up. Elliott is a second-year student at the University of Guelph working on an animal science degree. Fox is a second-year student at Lakeland College in Lloydminster working in the pre-veterinarian program.

At the same conference, Jasmine Broeder of Assiniboia, Sask., won a $3,000 heifer voucher in a draw. Broeder will use the funds toward the purchase of an Angus female in 2019.


Betty-Jo Almond.
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AgSights recently announced several leadership changes. As of May 1, Betty-Jo Almond will step into the general manager position. Almond has eight years of experience with AgSights. As well, Jasper Munro is taking over as manager of research and innovation with the company, a move the company calls “a natural evolution of his career in livestock genetic improvement and research.” Mike McMorris, who has served as general manager for 11 years, plans to move on to other challenges. However, he will be staying on for several months to ensure a smooth transition.

AgSights is a member-owned co-operative that provides data systems and services including Go360 bioTrack, bioLinks, bull and heifer evaluations, and carcass prediction.


Congratulations to Gavelin Ranch, located in B.C.’s lower Nicola Valley, celebrating over 100 years of ranching history and receiving a Century Farm Award from the provincial Ministry of Agriculture. In 1911, Eric Gavelin and his brother-in-law purchased the land, and Eric worked to turn it into a working ranch. Eric passed away in 1923, and his widow, Henrietta, retained ownership. Henrietta operated the ranch as a single mother of five children until she remarried Axel Ellison. Over the years, the ranch remained in the family, and today is managed by Lloyd and Sybil Gavelin. Lloyd and Sybil dispersed the cattle herd in 2016, but continue to run it as a hay operation.

These days Lloyd is working to re-establish the ranch after river flooding in 2018, Beef in B.C. reported. “I have spent the better part of 70 years watching the land change as I worked to improve it one day at a time,” he said.


The Canadian Angus Association will be taking bids on three donated items at their Building the Legacy auction in Drumheller on June 8. Ron and Laurie Hunter of Lauron Red Angus are offering three 2019 heifer calves, to be picked from the herd by the successful bidder. Belvin Angus is donating two packages of Montana Octane 6121 semen, each of which contains 10 straws. And finally Eby Trailers and T-Down Trailers are donating a one-year lease on an Eby gooseneck trailer, valued at $5,000.

The Building the Legacy auction is the Canadian Angus Foundation’s main fundraiser. The Canadian Angus Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association, provides opportunities for youth, young breeders and members in leadership, marketing, animal husbandry and genetic improvement. It also gives them the chance to learn tools to enhance Angus production. The foundation also preserves Angus history. The Building the Legacy auction is held in conjunction with the Canadian Angus National Convention in Drumheller, June 6 to 9.

Legacy Scholarship recipients (l to r): Cecilie Fleming (Canadian Angus Foundation chair), Matthew McGillivray, Jarrett Hargrave, Naomi Best, Tyra Fox, Charlene Elliott, Belinda Wagner (Canadian Junior Angus co-ordinator).
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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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