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4th Annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock show

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Supreme Champion Female honours sponsored by Breed Creek Angus went to Jacey Massey of New Trend Cattle Co., Strathmore, Alta., with her cow-calf pair.

The 4th Annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock show was held in Swift Current, September 23-25. This show keeps growing with seven breed divisions represented, 173 juniors ranging in age from six to 21, along with 214 head of cattle. Part of the program for the children eight and under is the Little Rancher’s program. This year 50 little rancher’s participants learned about food production, cattle identification and farm advocacy through games and crafts.

The steer show was the largest ever with 25 participants. Tyler Smyth won Grand Champion steer with Reserve going to Ryan Knupp.

Congratulations to Ty Schwan on winning the “Spirit of Young Ranchman’s” award sponsored by Vern and Eileen Davidson of Davidson Gelbvieh.

Reserve Supreme Champion sponsored by Wood Coulee Red Angus went to Bailey Wauters.
Reserve Supreme Champion sponsored by Wood Coulee Red Angus went to Bailey Wauters. photo: Grant Rolston Photography

The Canadian Junior Limousin Association invite all CJLA members to apply for the Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange trip to Australia as well as the many monetary scholarships that are also available. For details please visit

The Canadian Limousin Association is looking forward to their National Limousin Show and Sale on October 28 at the Brandon Ag Ex in Brandon, Man. The show will begin at 10 a.m. with the sale at 6:30 p.m. managed by Bohrson Marketing.

As a way to honour their son Cody’s memory, Russ and Cindy Sibbald of Lazy RC Ranch, Beechy, Sask., have established the Cody Sibbald Legacy Classic Junior Show in Medicine Hat, Alta. This steer and heifer show is open to juniors 21 years and under with commercial or purebred cattle. As well $20,000 in youth scholarships will be awarded annually with money raised initially last year at the Young Ranchman’s junior show and online. The show is being held March 18 and 19, 2017, with entry deadline February 1, 2017. For more information, go to

Rae-Lee Erickson
Rae-Lee Erickson

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to welcome Rae-Lee Erickson to their staff in the role of administrative assistant. Erickson was raised on a mixed grain and commercial cattle operation outside of Calgary and is a graduate of Olds College. She and her husband Devon currently reside on the family farm east of Balzac and have a small herd of purebred Simmental and Angus cows.

It’s not very often that a cattle breed gains distinct breed status but July 6, 2016, marked the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Speckle Park Association doing just that. Distinct breed status is granted by the Canadian minster of agriculture according to the terms of Canada’s Animal Pedigree Act. The last cattle breed to gain this status in Canada was the Hays Converter breed developed by the late Senator Harry Hays. Developed in the early 1960s and made up of British breed stock, Speckle Park cattle are known for many traits but most especially carcass quality. This year at the Calgary Stampede Quality Beef Competition Speckle Park won Grand Champion, as well as taking second and third in this prestigious carcass competition. On the 10th anniversary, the Canadian Speckle Park Association has seen major acceptance around the globe from seedstock and commercial breeders alike. Since 2006, the Canadian herd book has more than doubled along with membership. The herd book currently sits at 7,007 and counting. Congratulations to the Canadian Speckle Park Association on reaching this distinctive milestone.

In advance of Farmfair International November 9-13 in Edmonton this year is a new two-day event, BeefTech, November 7-9 also at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. This interactive event gives producers the opportunity to explore the latest technology, tools and innovative management practices that are changing the way we raise cattle.

The Canadian Limousin Association had a fantastic large contingency of 26 members who attended the International Limousin Congress in Ireland August 20-28! Mark your calendars for ILC 2018 in Colorado! The Canadian delegation in Ireland is shown here courtesy of

Canadian delegates at the 2016 International Limousin Congress in Ireland.
Canadian delegates at the 2016 International Limousin Congress in Ireland. photo:

On September 8, four Gelbvieh breeders from Paraguay spent a week in southern Alberta visiting Severtson Land & Cattle, Carlson Cattle Company, Royal Western Gelbvieh and Twin Bridge Farms as well as Bow Valley Genetics, a Hutterite Colony, Western Feedlots and the town of Banff, after which they presented Gaylene Groeneveld, CEO of the Canadian Gelbvieh Association, with gifts from their country.

Chester Patton and family held a successful herd dispersal on September 23. As a longtime member of the Canadian Charolais Association the Pattons are a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work, sustainable production and sound Full-French Charolais genetics. The Charolais family in Canada sends their best wishes.

The Canadian Gelbvieh Association (CGA) is proud to have Gelbvieh branded RFID tags available by October 1 to assist both purebred Gelbvieh breeders and commercial cattlemen using Gelbvieh bull(s) in identifying and marketing their Gelbvieh-influence calves. The Gelbvieh RFID tags are manufactured by Allflex and are distinguished by their unique “orange” coloured back with a “G” icon and Canadian maple leaf. Tags can be purchased via the CCIA web store site. A commercial cattle producer that has purchased a CGA registered Gelbvieh bull(s) since 2010 and who’s ownership has been transferred are eligible to purchase one bag of 25 tags per bull purchase. Contact the CGA office for further details.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders for 2016-17

Grayden Kay
Grayden Kay

Grayden Kay — From Lloyd­minster, Alta., Kay comes from a family deeply rooted in agriculture. His parents currently divide their time between their machinery dealerships and restaurant, and assisting with the cattle on a regular basis. Following high school, Kay pursued an education in animal science and agribusiness marketing at Lakeland College, and is now working towards a business degree. From a young age, Kay has showed purebred cattle and attended shows and sales as he built his own herd of purebred Simmental and Angus cattle, with the aim of one day farming full time. Aside from being a beef producer, Kay is a project manager with Bellaspur Innovative Media and sits on a couple of committees at his local agricultural exhibition association.

Jesse Williams
Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams — Jesse Williams is a fifth-generation rancher at Bullpound Flat south of Hanna, Alta., where she and husband Clay operate Whiskey Creek Ranch, a commercial cow-calf and yearling replacement operation. Their focus is on producing high-quality Simmental/Angus replacement cattle for commercial breeders. Williams’ passion for agriculture was kick-started by her involvement in 4-H beef, horse, lamb and photography projects. She currently shares her love for beef and agriculture by posting photos, articles and opinion pieces about her ranch on social media (@WhiskeyCreek_AB) and her blog, Married {with Cows}. She has a bachelor of science in botany and a professional biologist designation. She also works off the ranch as a agricultural fieldman for the municipality of Special Areas 2 helping to manage noxious weed populations, promote soil conservation and liaise with local producers on pertinent agriculture issues.

Jessica Sperber
Jessica Sperber

Jessica Sperber — Sperber grew up near Ponoka, Alta., where she is still active on her family’s mixed grain and commercial beef operation. Her passion for the beef industry was sparked at a young age through the 4-H Alberta program, as well as countless within provincial junior beef shows. Sperber volunteers her time in the agriculture industry, from evaluating 4-H and junior shows across Alberta, to teaching urbanized Grade 4 students the importance of where their food comes from with the Classroom Agriculture Program. Sperber recently completed her bachelor of science degree with a major in biological sciences at MacEwan University. She will be undertaking a masters of science with a focus on meat quality and safety in 2017 and aspires to help bridge the gap between agriculture and the urban consumer.

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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