REGINA – With the cattle market on the upswing and a packed house on hand for the event, the Canadian Western Agribition commercial cattle sale saw good bidding and strong prices.
The total for the event Nov. 28 was almost $934,000, up 15 percent from last year.
There were 295 feeder steers sold at an average price of $830.24, 65 feeder heifers with an average price of $771.26, 140 open replacement heifers at $777.68 and 430 bred heifers at $1,247.67.
There was a feeling of optimism around the commercial cattle barn. Although prices for other commodities are down, the cattle cycle appears to be recovering after hitting bottom last year.
At the commercial cattle show the day before the sale Simmental- Angus crosses did well. Clayton Breault of High Country Ranch near Moose Jaw, Sask., won the Ladies Classic show for a pair of Simmental-Red Angus heifers, selected from a dozen entries.
Breault also had the top pen of 20 (sold for $19,777, $1.135 per pound) and top pen of 10 feeder steers ($9,530, $1.168 per lb.), also Simmental-Red Angus crosses.
The reserve champion pen of 20 was a group of Red Angus-Simmental crosses shown by Robert and Ray Prefontaine ($17,397.60, $1.20 per lb.)
The pen of five grand champion was a group of Charolais cross steers shown by V.J. O’Hara and K. Fiechter of Ceylon, Sask. ($4,322, $1.18 per lb.)
In the feeder heifer competition, Gerry and Linda Bertholet of Hartney, Man., were overall grand champions for their pen of five Blonde D’Aquitaine-Simmental crosses ($4,976, $1.05 per lb.) The pen of 10 feeder heifer champ was Reed Andrews of Regina, ($7,698,$1.18 per lb.) The overall reserve champ was McKenzie Brothers of Weyburn, Sask., for their pen of five Simmental-Angus crosses ($4,100,$1.17 per lb.)
In the open replacement heifers competition, Sunnydale Colony of Perdue, Sask., took home top honors for its pen of 10 Horned Herefords ($950 each.) The reserve champion was McKenzie Brothers of Weyburn for a pen of 10 Simmental-Angus ($950 per head.) The Simmentals shown by Murray Doane of Moosomin, Sask., won the pen of five competition ($1,000 per head.)
In the bred replacement heifers competition, Blair Farms of Drake, Sask. was grand champion for its pen of 10 Red Angus-Simmental crosses ($1,500 per head.) The champion pen of five and the reserve grand champs overall were Ken and Roberta Frazer of Fir Mountain, Sask., for their group of Red Angus ($1,325 per head.)
In the pen of bulls show, Young Dale Angus of Carievale, Sask., showed the supreme champion, a group of three Angus bulls.
Randy Russett of Edam, Sask., exhibited the grand champion junior market steer, a Maine Anjou-Angus cross.
Reserve grain champion pen of bulls was won by a group of Maine-Hereford-Simmental cross exhibited by Ginny Anderson of Bethune, Sask.
Murray and Bridgett Andrews of Moose Jaw showed the grand champion prospect steer Chianina-Maine-Angus-Hereford cross and reserve champion Charolais-Hereford.