There's beauty in those beasts

By Geoff Lee

November 8, 2017 2:19 PM

Grayson Berting from Ravenworth Cattle near Meadow Lake shows off a Speckle Park cow during the Black Diamond Acres Stockade Round-Up at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on Nov. 2. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

More than 500 head of cattle in a variety of breeds strutted their stuff in the show ring during the 39th annual Lloydminster Black Diamond Acres Stockade Round-Up Nov. 1-4.
The annual event is a beauty pageant for cattle that is more than skin deep, aimed at showcasing the genetics from top breeders throughout the Prairies.
“It’s an exciting time to be in the agriculture industry right now,” said Mike Gerlinsky committee chair of Round-Up on the opening day.
“Exhibitors have spent many hours sourcing genetics and making sure they get the right mating between cows and bulls to get to produce the best genetics—this is the way they can showcase them to the public and other breeders.”
This year’s event included purebred cattle shows, as well as the 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. 
Event results are posted online at the website.
A total of 10 breed grand champions qualified this year to compete in the Alberta Supreme at FarmFair in Edmonton Nov. 8-12 and at the RBC Supreme at Agribition in Regina Nov. 20-25.
Gerlinsky said the fall show is always a great opportunity for livestock producers and breeders to make valuable business contacts and to showcase their high quality product to a huge buyer base, with more than 5,000 people in attendance.
New this year was the prospect steer and heifer calf show on a show basis.
“It’s just some exhibitors playing with different genetics trying to produce steers and heifers –a little twist on the genetic side and a little bit on their type of makeup,” explained Gerlinsky.
This year also marked the return of the Maine-Anjou breed, after a few years of being absent from the show.
“A few breeders are here to offer their genetics for people to look at,” said Gerlinsky, who offered his take on the breed.
He said the colour pattern is a little different and the genetic package is a little different, along with their muscle shape.
“It’s a breed that offers some hair into the industry—in the climate we live in we need some hair for these cattle to survive out cold winters,” he said.
An important objective of the show each year is to involve youth, which was accomplished this time around through the 4-H Team Grooming Competition and the Junior Exhibitor show.
“Youth are given the opportunity to learn the necessary skills for grooming and showing livestock in a competitive arena,” explained Gerlinsky.
He said the exhibitor show for juniors also allows youth to showcase the genetics their breeding programs are developing.
“The genetics are huge—as exhibitors we spend a lot of time sourcing genetics from all over the world,” said Gerlinsky.
“The goal in all this is to produce the best beef for consumers.”
This year’s show included the all-breeds Fall Fusion sale at the Lloydminster Stockade.
“Those are genetics that other breeders are going to be purchasing,” said Gerlinsky.
“Lots of these people, you find something you like and you have a conversation with the exhibitors and the consignors and they are always willing to talk genetics and money and whatever else you find interesting and spend some money on.”

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