Congratulations to the Alberta 4-H Livestock Judging Team (photo at top of page) for placing first in beef judging, third in swine and sheep judging, second in reasons and third overall at the NILE competition in Billings, Montana. Two of the four team members who made this year’s team were from purebred farms: Halley Adams, Ter-Ron Red Angus, Forestburg and Riley Sharp from Double Star Shorthorns, Lacombe, along with Colby Evans from Carstairs and MacArthur Kowalchuk of Willingdon. Individually Riley placed first in beef judging and sixth overall. He had previously won a trip to Agribition in an Alberta 4-H competion last May. Alberta had the only Canadian team in the NILE competition that attracted 500 young people from Mid West 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America.
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association hosted the annual Canadian Gelbvieh People’s Choice Bull Futurity on December 4-5 at Red Deer, Alta. Fifty-one Futurity members from across Canada and the U.S. participated in judging the bulls. Twenty-six bulls were entered to vie for the prestigious title of People’s Choice Champion. The winning bull was a black purebred, DDN 39C, sired by STON Xplosive 5X. Nelson Gelbvieh of Glenwood, Alberta, was the exhibitor of the winning bull and Ellis Cattle Co./Dane Ranch of Tatla Lake, B.C., was the winner of the bull.
One of the many international guests at Agribition this year was Rachael Wheeler. “Rach” hails from Wellington New South Wales, Australia and was fitting cattle for Miller Wilson Angus, Bashaw, Alta., and promoting the Sydney Royal cattle show. Rach runs a herd Down Under consisting of Black Angus, Red Angus, Brangus cattle and likes to use Canadian genetics as much as possible. If that isn’t enough Rach was also the ambassador for the International program at Farmfair International. She said the Sydney Royal will have up to 30 breeds of cattle being exhibited. If you are thinking about going it’s being held March 17-30, 2016. Red Angus is showcased this year. For more information go to www.rasnsw.com.au.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Harry Haney in early December. Harry spent his career in support of Canadian agriculture from his early years as a partner in the family farming business, followed by several years in the agriculture consulting business, then as owner and manager of Independent Breeders Service Ltd., and later as board chair of Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. He was a dedicated and enthusiastic participant and supporter of the Canadian agricultural industry. Notable among the many duties he took on in service to the industry, he spent several years as board member and chair of the international committee at Canadian Western Agribition and vice-president of the international agricultural program at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. He was a good mentor and above all, a really nice person. We will definitely miss Harry.
The winners of the Canadian Angus Association’s 2015 National Gold Show Program were announced last month. Gold Show winners are the animals that earn the highest number of points in the association’s three Gold Shows.
The Champion 2015 Black Angus Show Bull is PM Thunderstruck 22’13 owned by Ryan Currie of Bristol, Que., Tanya Belsham of Houston, B.C. and Peter and Andy Vos of Plainfield, Ont. The reserve ribbon went to May-Way Breakout 1310 owned by Tanya Belsham of B.C. and Caleb W. Flory of Baldwin City, Kansas.
The 2015 Black Angus Show Female is Bar-E-L Erica 74A owned by Maguire Blair of Drake, Sask., and heifer calf Blairwest Miss Erica 400C owned by Maguire Blair. The reserve banner went to Remitall F Miss Queen 123B from, Remitall Farms.
The 2015 Red Angus Show Bull is Red Redrich Aftershock 238A owned by Russell Coward of Swift Current, Sask., and Redrich Farm of Forestburg, Alta. The reserve ribbon went to Red Ter-Ron Hot Shot 10B owned by Russell Coward and Terry Adams of Forestburg, Alta.
The 2015 Red Angus Show Female is Red K Adams Zaria 091Z owned by Halley Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and bull calf Red Ter-Ron Shocker 10C also owned by Halley Adams. The reserve champion is Red Blair’s Bonita 3B owned by Baxter Blair of McLean, Sask.
Congratulations go out to 2015 Canadian Charolais Association scholarship winners. From a strong field of 16 applicants Laura Weinbender of Canora, Sask., was selected as the 2015 recipient of the $1,500 Dale Norheim Memorial Scholarship and Jessica Sperber of Rimbey, Alta., Luke Marshall of Red Deer County, Alta., and Genevieve Dubuc, St-Eulalie, Que. each receive 2015 CCA scholarship of $1,000.
The Canadian Charolais Association crowned its national champions at the breed’s national show and sale at Agribition.
The Grand Champion Female is PZC TR Desirae 012 sired by CML Diablo 2X with calf at side CML Desirae 558C sired by CML Distinction 318A exhibited by McLeod Livestock, Cochrane, Alta.
Reserve Grand Champion is Prairie Cove Miss 309A sired by HTA Vegas 134Y with calf at side Cays Moonshine 11C sired by TR MR Firewater 5792ET, exhibited by Cay’s Cattle, Kinistino, Sask. — additional owner, Prairie Cove Charolais.
The Grand Champion Bull is CML Distinction 318A sired by Merit Vintage 4065P, exhibited by McLeod Livestock, Cochrane, Alta., additional owners — Silver Spur Land & Cattle, Sunrise Charolais.
The Reserve Grand Champion Bull is SVY Grizzly PLD 521C sired by SVY Blitz 125Y, exhibited by Serhienko Cattle Co., Maymont, Sask., additional owner — Horseshoe E.
Both Premiere Breeder and Exhibitor banners went to Springside Farms, Airdrie, Alta.
HRJ Crowd Favourite 515C, a January 6th son of Sparrows Kingston 139Y was chosen Champion Bull Calf at this year’s Legends of the Fall All Breed bull calf show at Farmfair International in Edmonton, Alta. He is owned by Johnson Charolais, Barrhead.
Canadian Western Agribition posted an attendance record with 130,200 people entering the gate at the six-day event in November. Beef entries were up eight per cent with a 10 per cent increase in sale averages. The show also registered 800 international guests from 70 different countries, a 25 per cent increase.
Each year Canadian Western Agribition offers $2,500 scholarships to students with a connection to CWA. This year’s winners are: Breanna Anderson, Swan River, Man.; Megan Bergsveinson, Alameda, Sask.; Raelynne Rosso, Moose Jaw, Sask. Winner of the $1,500 Barry Andrew Family Scholarship award is Jake Rawluk, Moosehorn, Man., while Matt Bates of Cameron, Ont., received the $1,500 William M. Farley Memorial Scholarship.
The newly elected board is (back row, l-r): Kert Ness, Blair Bentz, Lon Carlson (vice-president). Front row (l-r): Lee Wirgau (president), Darcy Hrebeniuk (past president) Aaron Birch. Missing: Ryan Sommerfeld and Neil Overby.
Gelbvieh Assoc. of Alberta/B.C. board of directors. Back row (l-r): Cody Congdon, Larry Fecho (president), Nolan Pahl, Jason Muhlbach (vice-president). Front row (l-r): Nicole Hollman, Joe Ness, Lorna Okell (secretary).
This was the third year for The Yards at Agribition, a spot in the Stock Exchange Commercial cattle where breeders can set up displays showcasing their program without having to enter a show string. That’s where I met Lakeland College’s Purebred Beef SMFTeam members Wyatt Harvey from Rollyview, Alta.; Ashley Hygaard, Selkirk, Man.; and Lexi Antos, Killam, Alta., who took the time to tell me more about their program. Chase Miller, head of marketing and communications on the team and also owner of Miller show cattle was also promoting the team in the barn. This is the fourth year the 13 students on the purebred team have managed the school’s herd of 30 Black Angus cows. All decisions are being made by the students but they are able to draw on the experience of instructors and previous graduates. These graduates set up a plan the students can follow and use as a guide. This year’s trip to Agribition was a success with embryos being sold from the stall. One of their goals moving forward is to get a research herd set up. If you want more information get hold of anybody in the program or contact Lakeland College at lakelandcollege.ca.
The Charolais cow PZC TR Desirae 012, sired by CML Diablo 2X with her CML Distinction 318A heifer calf at side, exhibited by McLeod Livestock, Cochrane, Alta., was chosen Supreme Champion Female in the 2015 RBC Beef Supreme Challenge at Canadian Western Agribition in November. Desirae entered the Supreme competition as the grand champion female at Agribition and the Olds Fall Classic in Alberta.
The Supreme Champion Bull was the Black Angus May-Way Breakout 1310, sired by AVF Breakout 5409 out of May-Way Lady Bando 086 and owned by Tanya Belsham of Houston, B.C. and Caleb W. Flory of Baldwin City, Kansas. This was the 17th year of this prestigious competition that saw 33 female entries and 37 bull entries compete before a five-person judging system.