Youth descend on Swift Current for the Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show

Purely Purebred: News about you from the October 26 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A determined Jane Beierbach with her heifer KLR Janice 2C head to the show ring at Young Ranchman’s All Breed Show in Swift Current. Thanks to Randy and Karen Wagner of KLR Polled Herefords, Consul, Sask. for supplying the calf and helping Jane get started on her show career. Jane and her parents John and Heidi call Maple Creek home and are looking forward to next year’s show.

The Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show held in Swift Current in late September was attended by youth from all three Prairie provinces, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There were 150 participants who exhibited 170 head of cattle and competed over the course of three days, in skill competitions such as public speaking, art, photography, team grooming, showmanship and show team judging. Saturday afternoon an open prospect steer show was held. The show concluded on Sunday with the conformation show. Brian Barragree from Absorkee, Montana, evaluated both the prospect steers as well as the female show.

Cody Sibbald
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On Saturday at the Young Ranchman’s banquet, the online and live fundraising auction for the Cody Sibbald Legacy Fund was held. The fund was developed in memory of Cody with the Sibbald family (Lazy RC Ranch) to benefit qualified participants of the Young Ranchman’s Show through travel and educational opportunities. The auction lots included embryos, handmade buckles, live cattle plus a Dutch auction on a registered Angus heifer. The lucky ticket winner was Bridgette Andrews of Triple A Herefords. She in turn donated the heifer back to be sold by live auction. Merit Cattle Co. was the highest bidder taking her home for $3,100. All in all, $60,000 was raised, going towards helping qualified youth at the Young Ranchman’s Show. For more on the fund contact Mary Kate Robertson at 306-689-2597 or Russ and Cindy Sibbald at 306-859-2244.

2015 Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show Results:

  • Supreme Champion Female: Merit Socialite 48X with calf at side Merit Socialite 5038, Exhibited by: Garrett Liebreich
  • Reserve Supreme Champion Female: Caught Ya Lookin, Exhibited by: Chance Jackson
  • Champion Prospect Steer, Exhibited by: Double B Cattle Co.
  • Reserve Champion Prospect Steer, Exhibited by: Katie Wright
  • PeeWee Aggregate Champions: Kohan Kaufmann and Eric Smith
  • Junior Aggregate Champions: Georgia Pawlitza and Jules Smyth
  • Intermediate Aggregate Champions: Sadie Anwender and Brianna Kimmel
  • Senior Aggregate Champions: Shanna Klassen and Katie Wright.

Gaylene Groeneveld, CEO of the Canadian Gelbvieh Association, tells us that their association has completed its first year of using the “Digital Beef” system to register and work with their Gelbvieh animals. “The new Digital Beef system is very user friendly and most of our members are online with it now. The system gives Gelbvieh breeders all the information they need at their fingertips, including current EPDs, customized reports the breeder can request from the system, and they can even print off their own registration certificates. Digital Beef has proven itself in many ways, including reducing time for CGA office staff, breeder information 24-7, and it offers so much more than the previous registry system.”

Buddy Leachman
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The Canadian Angus Association is still accepting applications for the Beef Cattle Learning Award established in mem­ory of Buddy Leachman of Big Gully Farm to recognize and reward young people who invoke the values and character he possessed. Two awards in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded annually to one young man and one young woman who may not favour school or post-secondary education, yet have a strong affinity for beef cattle education and the advancement of their skills related to a future in that professional field. Applications close Nov. 30, 2015. More details are found on the CAA website.

The Saskatchewan Simmental Association (SSA) and Bohrson Marketing Services have partnered for a new sale called “2015 Simmental Sweepstakes.” It is being held during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Oct. 25. The 2015 Simmental Sweepstakes is a new concept where the SSA will be selling silver memberships to cattlemen at Agribition with the top two prizes of sale credits to be used at the Agribition Simmental sale. Grand prize is a $5,000 and Reserve a $2,500 sale credit. Sweepstakes start at 5 p.m., the sale at 7.

The SSA board of directors for this year is: Ryan Lundberg (president), Eastend; Tyler Libke (vice-president), Hanley and directors: Lyle Forden, Raymore; Trevor Kuntz, Battleford; Blair McIntosh, Maymont; Kirsten Fornwald, Lampman; Dave Erixon, Clavet; Donna Asher, Grandora; Sarah Delornme, Robsart.

The Hereford Breeders’ Society of Uruguay and the World Hereford Council (WHC) together with the Rural Association of Uruguay (ARU) have announced the 17th World Hereford Conference in Uruguay April 18-25, 2016. The venue will be held at the association’s showgrounds at the Prado, Montevideo. For travel arrangements contact Monica Hillis, Independent Travel manager at 403-203-9266, toll free 1-866-703-3041, [email protected] 303.

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has updated the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) numbers reported through its Genetic Evaluation as of September 18, 2015. As a result, there may be a difference in some of the numbers that were printed in sale catalogues that were produced prior to that date. The updated EPDs can be searched on the CSA website.

Our thanks go out to Duncan Livestock in P.E.I. for posting the results of the Heritage Classic Beef Show at Windsor, Nova Scotia in late September.

The banner winners are:


  • Female, Grand Champion, Windy Knoll
  • Reserve Grand Champion & Junior Champion, Mutch Farms, also named Reserve Supreme Champion Female
  • Male, Reserve Grand Champion, Lil’ Ker Simmentals


  • Female, Grand Champion, JEM Farms, also named Supreme Champion Female
  • Reserve Grand Champion, MacKinnon Homestead


  • Female, Grand Champion, Morseview Farms
  • Reserve Grand Champion, Morseview Farms


  • Female, Grand Champion, W.G. Oulton & Sons.
  • Male, Grand Champion, W.G. Oulton & Sons, also named Supreme Champion Male.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

Brandon Sparrow
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Brandon Sparrow, Vanscoy, Sask.
Mentor: PJ Budler, Fort Worth, Texas

Brandon Sparrow grew up on a family farm at Vans­coy, Sask. The mixed farm of cropland, purebred Char­o­­­lais and commercial cattle fostered his interest for agriculture. He has had an interest in beef cattle from a young age and this was established through the 4-H program and junior movements such as the Canadian Charolais Youth Association. He now passes the knowledge he gained through these programs by volunteering as a Senior 4-H leader, as well as judging numerous Junior events throughout the year.
Bran­don graduated from the University of Sask­atchewan with a degree in agribusiness. He currently works at a John Deere dealer in the Integrated Solutions department. Purebred livestock and show cattle are of interest to him and he attends many sales and shows throughout the year. Brandon is currently growing his cattle numbers through select embryo offerings and hopes to have a small herd of his own in the future.

PJ Budler was raised on a cattle and sheep ranch in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. He founded BonHaven Beef Cattle which is now a multinational seed stock company specializing in Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Brahman and Braford breeds. He was the first to export Hereford genetics from Africa to North America. He was also the first to export Herefords to Mauritius and Uganda. He still holds the auction record in South Africa for an Angus Bull. In 2012 he founded and and has since relocated to Fort Worth, Texas. PJ has travelled to 49 different countries and has judged major shows in Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, U.S., Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and England. He most recently evaluated the U.K. National Hereford Show and is excited about being involved in the CYL program.

Breanna Anderson
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Breanna Anderson, Swan River, Man.
Mentor: Andrea Brocklebank, Calgary

Breanna grew up in Swan River, Man., where she is still active on her family farm, Anderson Cattle Co. Breanna’s parents, Bruce and Ione, and brother Austen run a 150-head purebred Red and Black Angus herd and hold a bull sale on the last Saturday of March at the farm where they sell both yearling and two-year-old bulls. She became an active 4-H member at a young age and continues to volunteer both with the Saskatchewan 4-H alumni and the Minitonas 4-H beef club. Breanna is a livestock director on her local Agriculture Society where she volunteers each summer with the “Down on the Farm” exhibit. The exhibit allows the public to learn about farming practices in their community and across Canada. She has also been involved in the Angus association and had attended numerous shows and conferences.

She recently completed her B.Sc. agriculture from the animal science department at the University of Saskatchewan. She starts her master’s degree this fall focusing on extensive grazing practices in Western Canada. Aside from school Breanna has worked as a crop scout, a summer research assistant as well as a labourer on her family farm. Breanna hopes that through both her education path and the CYL mentorship experience she will be better suited for a career focusing in research and agriculture extension.

Andrea Brocklebank
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Andrea Brocklebank is the executive director of the Beef Cattle Research Council, a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Associ­ation (CCA). She has worked in various roles within the CCA over the last 10 years. Andrea works collaboratively with the industry to oversee the delivery of a research program through the BCRC and Beef Science Cluster that funds research projects in areas of importance to the Canadian beef industry. She has played a key role in the development and implementation of the National Beef Research Strategy through her role as chair of the National Beef Value Chain Roundtable (BVCRT) research committee.

Andrea completed a BA in agricultural studies at the University of Lethbridge and M.Sc. in agricultural economics at the University of Saskatchewan. She was raised on a farm in southern Alberta and prior to working with the CCA, worked in the cattle feeding sector, finance and lending.

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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