One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the role that Canadian beef genetics play in North America and the world. A case in point is the black Simmental bull JT Volk Premonition 113E that was named Reserve Grand Champion at the 2020 National Western Stock Show in Denver back in January. Bred by John and Tammy Dolliver of JT Livestock of Stettler, Alta., this 2017 bull was a standout right from birth. Originally named JT Greater Consensus 113E, his name was changed after the 2019 Farmfair when he was purchased by Dean Volk of Volk Livestock at Battle Creek, Nebraska.
His show career started back in 2018 when Dolliver’s daughter Kathryn showed him at the National Junior Simmental show in Olds, where he was named Grand Champion.
In 2019, he was Grand Champion Simmental at Farmfair International and the Interior Provincial Exhibition show in Armstrong, B.C., and was runner-up for Supreme, only missing by two points.
In 2020 he was Reserve Champion in Denver and Grand Champion in Fort Worth.
“The Fort Worth win was really exciting for me personally because he beat the new promotion bull Husker from John Griswold. Griswold is a cattleman I greatly admire and he always finds the great ones.
“Breeding and raising a bull of this quality has been incredible and may be a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment. Also a very proud father moment because my daughter Kathryn put most of the work into getting the bull ready and was on the very elite fitting crew in Denver,” said Dolliver.
Congratulations again to everyone at JT Livestock on their great show careers across the Simmental, Angus and Shorthorn breeds they raise, and thank you for helping to shine a light on the great cattle raised in Canada.