SMF students to showcase livestock during Beef Day 2017

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March 16, 2017 12:00 AM

BOVINE BEAUTIES Lakeland College animal science technology students are preparing for the fourth annual Beef Day takes place Friday, March 24 in the Equine Centre at the Vermilion campus.

Vermilion, Alta.—Bulls and heifers are selected, the sale program is printed, and cattle clipping and vaccination days are scheduled as Lakeland College animal science technology students prepare to host Beef Day 2017.
The fourth annual Beef Day takes place March 24 in the Equine Centre at the Vermilion campus.
The preview is at 4:30 p.m. followed by supper at 5 p.m. and the sale at 6 p.m.
As in previous years, the event involves students in the purebred beef, commercial beef and livestock research units of the Student-Managed Farm.
New in 2017, students with the dairy and sheep SMF units are also displaying a few animals.
The purebred beef SMF unit will have up to 13 Black Angus yearling bulls on offer.
Interest in the bulls has increased thanks to a successful show season.
“The two bulls in our show string were embryo donations from Miller Wilson Angus and Blairs. Ag,” said Teresa Mann, general manager of the purebred beef unit.
“Both companies run elite breeding programs and we are honoured to display their genetics in our show string and at the sale.”
The commercial beef SMF unit is selling three pens of four select commercial females.
The Simmental-cross Angus heifers were hand-picked from the commercial unit’s herd.
As for the research unit, students will display their research heifers with an interactive demo that highlights their research project on genotyping and feed efficiency in commercial beef heifers.
“Beef Day is a great event for animal science students to lead and learn from and to showcase what our hard work throughout the academic year has accomplished” said Cheyenne Catley, marketing and communications manager for the purebred unit.
“We believe we have the deepest set of Angus bulls and commercial heifers that Lakeland has ever had on offer.”
Mann’s said she’s enjoyed leading the purebred unit and working closely with Lakeland students and staff.
She appreciates the passion and dedication the students have for the college’s purebred herd.
“It’s an honour to be a part of the purebred industry,” she said.
“Thanks to Lakeland’s SMF, we as students are able to live the lifestyle of being a purebred producer while learning hands-on skills along the way.
“That’s something that no other college can offer.”

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