From August 2 to 4, 48 enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan Junior Cattle Producers attended the 12th Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup in Neepawa, Manitoba. This year 22 new members attended Roundup for the first time.
Some of the highlights from Friday included a presentation on judging techniques with Bill Biglieni of WLB Livestock, an overview on presenting oral reasons for judging competitions with Megan Baron, and a presentation by Taylor Carlson, junior director, on her trips to Iowa and Japan.
Juniors participated in many activities over the weekend, from photo bingo to public speaking to team judging and team fitting. Thanks as well to Betty Green, provincial co-ordinator of VBP+, for her workshop on the Verified Beef program, and to Carson Callum, Manitoba Beef Producers general manager, for attending.
Sunday was show day. Juniors participated in showmanship classes in the morning and then conformation classes in the afternoon. Thank-you to show day judges, Robin Hogberg, John Hogberg and Kolton McInstosh.
The Canadian Junior Angus saw 111 participants and 113 head of cattle at their 20th Annual Showdown in Barriere, B.C. in July.
Over the years the events have grown to include 16 competitions, as well as print marketing, sales talk, judging, team judging, team grooming, photography, literature, art, scrapbooking, graphic design, farm sign, public speaking, Angus cook-off, best herdsman, showmanship, and conformation.
Angus enthusiasts under the age of 21 are welcome to participate. To see a list of winners from the 2019 showdown, visit the Canadian Angus Association website.