Glen Gabel, a “true Cowboy”

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

Glen Gabel checks over an Angus bull. Read his story at bottom.

Stromsmoe Herefords and Angus 34th annual production sale was held on December 4, 2018 at Etzikom, Alta. The sale grossed $495,075. As well, 31 Angus bulls averaged $7,250, seven Angus bull calves averaged $4,550, 12 Hereford bulls averaged $4,291 and 81 commercial bred females averaged $2,310.

Bronwynn Frenzel. photo: Supplied

The Canadian Maine-Anjou Association awarded Bronwynn Frenzel of Magrath, Alta., a $500 scholarship during Agribition. She’s pursuing an animal science diploma at Lakeland College in Vermilion and is an active junior in showing her cattle at jackpots and junior shows.

Miss Rusylvia Elite, owned by Riley Pashulka of Derwent, Alta., won the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association’s Champion High Point Junior Female. The Reserve High Point Junior Show Female was awarded to Miss Rusylvia Dream, owned by Taylor Pashulka of Derwent, Alta.

Charolais Show Bull of the Year. photo: Supplied

The 2018 Charolais Show Bull of the Year is Sharodon Double Vision 1D (photo above) owned by Elder Charolais, Coronach, Sask., Kay-R Land & Cattle, Waskatenau, Alta. and Sharodon Farms, Omemee, Ont.

The 2018 Charolais Show Female of the Year is CRG Princess Valentine 42D (photo below) owned by Oattes Cattle Co., Cobden, Ont.

Charolais Show Female of the Year. photo: Supplied

The Canadian Junior Hereford Association’s Bonanza 2019 is slated for July 31 to August 3 in Weyburn, Sask. The association auctioned the chance to win a heifer calf that was donated by the Nicholas Family of McCoy Cattle Company from Milestone, Sask., during the National Hereford Sale at Canadian Western Agribition. Over $18,100 was raised for the association and Bonanza 2019. The lucky winner of the heifer was Bill and Sherry Creech of Hill 70 Quantock Ranch.

Genex Beef has released a new smart phone app to sort and search the latest EPDs, bull pictures and videos of their 2019 Angus, Red Angus, Simmental and SimAngus, Hereford and Charolais bull lineup. Check it out on Google Play, the Apple App store as well as Microsoft.

The Canadian Simmental Association is offering a reduced price on the basic SNP parentage panel on heifers enrolled in the Total Herd Enrolment (THE) program. The association will subsidize $10 off of a basic SNP panel for first-calf heifers enrolled in 2019. This is on a first-come first-served basis so take advantage of the program before funding runs out. Email [email protected] for details.

Nelson Hirsche Purebreds 2nd Annual Production Sale in Del Bonita, Alta., took place November 29. The sale grossed $1,197,980. The high-selling bull calf, at $82,000, was GH Rambo Fire POWER; buyer was HDI. The high-selling bred heifer, at $7,500, was GH Overdrive Ann, bought by Oakridge Farm. High-selling heifer calf, at $17,000, was GH Rugers Gem, bought by Jason Doll Livestock.

Bar Pipe Hereford Ranch’s Production Sale was November 27 in Okotoks, Alta. The sale grossed $180,900. Long yearling bulls averaged $5,600 and bred heifers averaged $2,400. The high-selling long yearling bull, at $12,750, was BP 247 Kootenay 14E, bought by JoNomn Hereford Ranch. The high-selling bred heifer was BP Standard Lady, sold for $6,000 to Church Ranch.

Fenton Hereford Ranch 54th Fall Hereford Sale was held November 15 in Irma, Alta. Long yearling bulls averaged $5,800, bred heifers $3,350 and commercial heifers $2,120. High-selling long yearling bulls at $15,000 was ZZB 200B Red Dandy 99E, bought by Parkview Farms and ZZB 200B Super Rib 100E, bought by Shane Truly. High-selling bred heifer at $5,200 was FE 77B Turin Sunrise 230E, bought by LO Here­fords.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 3 as Canadian Beef Breeds Council is having their Annual General Meeting at the Best Western Plus Port O’Call Hotel in Calgary. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details check out or if attending, get in touch with Michael Latimer at [email protected] to reserve a spot.

The 2019 Maritime Beef Conference is being held March 15 and 16 at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton, N.B, with the theme “Healthy Forage, Healthy Cattle, Healthy Profit.” This year’s conference will prove interesting with a wide variety of topics including keynote speakers Lee Irvine from BIXSCo, speaking about building consumer confidence, and Duane Ellard of Canada Beef with his message “Selling to the World.” Both days will include technical sessions with topics including forage management principles, the economics of traceability and optimal nutrition for the growing bull, among others. There will also be a trade show. Rounding off the evening is the Taste of Beef reception. To register go to for more information.

The 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program is off to a great start this year. The mentees have begun developing their relationships with their mentors and are now planning how they will use their dollars from the program. The mentees and their respective mentors are as follows:

Melissa Downing (Kim McConnell), Raina Syrnyk (Farrah Williams), Allana Minchau (Cheri Copithorne Barnes), Annessa Good (Dr. Jude Capper), Tyler Fewings (Scott Dickson), Megan Clifton (Rick Porter), Travis Page (Dr. Holt Trip), Melissa van Sickle (Dr. John Crowley), Bree Patterson (Sandy Russell), Amy Higgins (Kerry Wright), Dean Sentes (Doug and Judy Finseth), Leonard Retzlaff (George Graham), Jaqueline Toews (Aaron Grant), Jessica Giles (Dianne Finstad) and Jordan Dahmer (Tom Teichrobe).

Travis Page. photo: Supplied

The young leaders have a few events on their agendas this year, including the National Western Stock Show. Last fall, young leader Travis Page was honoured to judge the Legends of the Fall class at FarmFair International.

And young leaders Bree Patterson and Jaqueline Toews took in the fall session of the Beef Value Chain Roundtable in Calgary and presented their perspectives at the table.

We’ll be running brief bios of some of the mentees each issue in the Newsmaker section of Canadian Cattlemen.

The story below was originally posted to the Miller Wilson Angus Facebook page by Ty Wilson of Bashaw, Alta. It’s been edited lightly. Thanks, Ty, for sharing.

As a calf, we all kind of thought DMM International 54D had something special. We took him to a few shows and he was generating buzz, but buzz doesn’t mean a thing until they can prove themselves. There were four or five parties who were deliberating on buying a partnership in him, and as kids we were watching like hawks because that can make or break a show career. After all, a bull’s most important job is to go and service the herd. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve watched a calf go out into the world never to see a show ring again because he’s putting calves on the ground.

We get the phone call from our folks, “Good news!”

Here it was, at least we’d be released from the suspense that was killing us.

“Glen Gabel Angus bought him!”

“What?! Glen wasn’t even one of the names in the hat!” We thought, “Doesn’t he live in Saskatchewan? That’s so far away!”

He just walked up, looked at him and made it happen — the cowboy way! The Glen Gabel way!

Five days later the bull calf and his mother won Supreme Champion at one of the largest shows in the world — Agribition. We were elated that year, but it was bittersweet because we assumed that was probably it for him. It was a good run!

Boy, were we wrong. I wish somebody would’ve told us who Glen Gabel was because that’s a man of determination, and he was determined to see International reach his full potential. He took the big guy for a month during breeding season to service a pile of cows and then got him back here to Bashaw, ready and in beautiful condition. He would go on to become the most decorated show bull we’ve ever raised.

However, that’s not how I know Glen’s a Cowboy.

In March 2018 he left his farm to welcome a new daughter-in-law at a wedding in Mexico and he hasn’t been home since. Glen was airlifted back to Canada after he lost feeling in his arms. He was showing signs of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a terrifying disorder that makes the immune system attack its own nerves. Nobody knows exactly how it’s caused and if it makes it into your respiratory system it can kill you. He fought it out of his lungs, but it left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Glen told me the disorder made him appreciate what’s important in life. He’s not concerned by little stuff anymore. He just wants a chance to make memories.

The other day while shooting the breeze about our favourite NFL franchises, Gabel let it slip that he’s learning to walk again.

He’s up to crawling fifty feet at a time and taking his first steps with an apparatus, which was astonishing because he’d just finished telling me that they had to feed him like a baby for the first three months. He didn’t know what he’d have done without his family.

Gabel told me he’s going to spend time with his granddaughter. He’s going to take mom to their favourite restaurant. He’s going to get out to Bashaw to golf with my old man when he gets out of there. He still loves cows, but it’s people that a person can’t live without, he said.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is how I know Glen Gabel is a true Cowboy. It’s the perseverance, toughness, and most importantly, those values.

On Saturday, November 24, as International walked into the Agribition Supreme Championship for the last time, two years from the week Glen walked into our lives, we said a prayer for this magnificent individual’s miraculous recovery and thanked the universe for bringing him into our lives.

God Bless You, Cowboy, you’re an inspiration to us all.

About the author

National account manager

Mike Millar

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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