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PURELY PUREBRED – for Nov. 9, 2009

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A laugh a day can change how you view the world so here is something to put a smile on your face.

Joe grew up in Shaunavon, Sask., then moved to Saskatoon to attend law school. He decided to come back to Shaunavon because he felt he could be a big shot at home. He really wanted to impress everyone, so he returned and opened his new law office.

The first day he saw a man coming up the sidewalk. He was determined to make a big impression on this new client when he arrived. As the man came to the door, Joe picked up the phone. He motioned the man in, all the while talking on the phone. “No. Absolutely not! You tell those clowns in Toronto that we won’t settle this case for less than one million. Yes, the appeals court has agreed to hear that case next week. I’ll be handling the primary arguments and the other members of my team will provide support. Okay, tell the Crown Attorney that I’ll meet with him next week to discuss the details.”

The ‘conversation’ went on for almost five minutes. All the while the man sat patiently as Joe rattled instructions. Finally, Joe put down the phone and turned to the man, “I’m sorry for the delay but as you can see, I’m very busy. What can I do for you?” The man replied, “I’m from SaskTel and I came to hook up your phone.”

This photo that appeared in the early Oct. issue of Canadian Cattlemen was taken in 1983. The two girls are Jennifer (Wilson) Fowler and Kim (Conway) Geis. The fellow on top is Neil Gillies who is now the General Manager of the Canadian Charolais Association. I am hoping to have readers send in some of their old photos to me to feature in this column. I have had so many e-mails and phone calls from old friends and readers saying how much they enjoy these “golden oldie” pictures. So breeders and breed associations dig out the old photo albums and share them with us.

Canadian Western Agribition has announced the names of five exhibitors who will receive Agribition Scholarship assistance in furthering their post-secondary education. In order to qualify for an Agribition Scholarship, applicants must have been past participants as an exhibitor of the event. The five young women named in 2009 are past Agribition Junior and Open Show livestock exhibitors. Four of the recipients are from Saskatchewan while one resides in the province of Alberta. Three are pursuing studies in agricultural fields while two are studying Business Administration.

Sarah Anderson from Sceptre, Sask., is attending the University of Saskatchewan taking her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture/Environmental Science. Sarah has been involved with Canadian Western Agribition for five years. She has competed in the 4-H Team Grooming Competition, Commercial Cattle Youth Judging Competition, and the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition.

Erika Easton of Wawota, Sask., is attending the University of Regina taking her Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. Erika’s nine-year involvement with Canadian Western Agribition has seen her compete in the Junior Angus Show, Canadian Junior Beef Extreme, Angus Show and Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition. Erika has also participated in Agribition’s Spring Steer and Heifer Show.

Rena Hordos from Raymore, Sask., is attending the University of Regina taking her Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in accounting. Over five years, Rena has been involved with Canadian Western Agribition’s Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition, Agribition’s Spring Steer and Heifer Show, Canadian Junior Beef Extreme, First Lady Classic, Team Grooming, Hereford Show and Hereford Junior Showmanship.

Carla Schmitt of Arborfield, Sask., is attending Alberta’s Lakeland College majoring in agro-environmental technology. Carla has had a four-year involvement with Canadian Western Agribition competing in the Canadian Junior Beef Extreme, Commercial Cattle Youth Judging Competition, Youth Showmanship Competition, Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition and Red Angus Show.

Roberta Templeton of Coaldale, Alta., is attending the University of Saskatchewan in veterinary medicine. Roberta has been involved with Canadian Western Agribition for three years competing in the Hereford Show and in the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition.

Each scholarship is a $1,000 award to be utilized in support of attendance at any recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or the United States. Since 1994, when the program began, $143,500 in scholarships have been presented. The CWA scholarship fund receives contributions annually from private donations as well as proceeds from the sale of Grain and Forage Show Champions, the AgriEd Auctions and the Agribition grounds crew.

The B.C. Hereford Association hosted its annual general meeting in Salmon Arm on Sept. 12, 2009 in conjunction with the Salmon Arm Mark of Excellence Show. Bob Gowan of Deanfield Ranch, Kamloops, B.C. was elected president replacing Don Richardson of Tlell Polled Herefords, Tlell, B.C. The new vice-president is Dena Finlay of Finlay Farms, Armstrong, B.C.

The 2009 annual meeting of the Canadian Galloway Association was held in Red Deer, Alta. on August 8h. The day prior to the AGM, members and guests participated in a pasture walk and mini field day at the Russel

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