Bovine beauty contest

By Geoff Lee

November 10, 2016 12:00 AM

BIG SHOW Brianna Kimmel, left, and her sister, Meghan Hoffman, from Twisted Sisters Farm, show off their champion Black Angus calf/cow pair at the Stockade Roundup on Nov. 4. The event from Nov. 2-5 featured 450 head of cattle for breeders to showcase their animals. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

The four day Stockade Roundup held at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds had the look and feel of a beauty pageant for heifers and bulls.
Everywhere one looked, prized cows were being washed, combed, preened and judged in a show ring for prizes and breeder bragging rights from Nov. 2-5.
“Stockade Roundup is basically for exhibitors to showcase their new genetics and livestock on offer to other breeders and people interested in the ag industry,” said Mike Gerlinsky, chair of the show committee.
Stockade events included king of the ring bull calf jackpot show, Stockade lady heifer calf jackpot show, junior events, premier exhibitor and breeder awards, the supreme show, and the fall fusion all breeds sale.
The 38th annual event was run by the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition and was one of the largest of its kind in Western Canada with 450 head of cattle on display.
Breeders vie for banners, jackets, and cash in different categories and breeds.
“Lots of it’s just used for advertising —cash champion, reserved champion—to advertise and promote their genetics,” said Gerlinsky, with a supreme champion as the show-stopper.
“We basically slap a champion female and a champion bull, overall breeds.”
A female cow from Greenwood Limo & Angus owned by Scott and Jackie Payne from the Lloydminster area took the supreme female title in all breeds.
A bull from MJT Cattle Co. Ltd. (Hereford & Angus) raised by Mick and Debbie Trefiak from Edgerton won the supreme bull title.
Both winners received $1,000 from Coca Cola.
Exhibitors come from all parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan and a few from B.C.
“We see some from Manitoba and there is an exhibitor here from the states too,” said Gerlinsky during the Saskatchewan Angus Gold Show on Nov. 4.
The gold show program encourages breeders to move between regions to show cattle.
The Saskatchewan gold show involved about 220 Angus cattle here from across the prairie provinces according to Belinda Wagner, manager of the Saskatchewan Angus Association.
“They are competing for the honour of saying they’re the champion here,” said Wagner.
“To win is very prestigious and with the number of cattle we have and the number of breeders that are here it’s a pretty good indication of what you’re doing with your breeding program.
“From this show they can also qualify to get points in our gold show system that we have—they can be gold show points winners across Canada.”
Individual animals must show in a minimum of three gold shows in at least two different regions in a given year to qualify for Canadian title.
Wagner said the Lloydminster show ranks right up there with Farmfair International in Edmonton this weekend and the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto held last weekend.
The upcoming Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 21 is the largest livestock show in Canada.

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