REGINA — It was emotional blackmail, but it worked.
When Agribition bid-taker Ted Serhienko held up the 14-year-old boy who won the grand aggregate youth sheaf, Hoechst Canada couldn’t resist his grinning face.
The company bought Rylan Herndier’s sheaf for $3,300 from Agribition’s Sale of Champions. His 12-year-old brother, Ben, also got $3,300 for his grand champion durum sheaf, bought by CP Rail. The Herndiers are from Lemberg, Sask.
The grand champion steer, shown by Papillon Ranches, Greenwood Limousin and Rafter A Ranch, Regina Beach, Sask., also went to Hoechst for $10,000.
Crown Life paid $15,000 for the grand champion junior steer exhibited by Bradley Miller, Kerwood, Ont. The reserve grand champion, shown by Melissa Hall, Craven, Sask., sold for $5,000 to Farm Credit Corp.
The grand champion aggregate pulse, entered by Richards Meadowlea Seed Farm, Lashburn, Sask., was bought by United Grain Growers Proven Seed for $5,000.
The O & T group of companies took home the most trophies. For $6,100 it bought the grand champion commercial eggs, junior grand champion eggs, grand champion broiler chicken and chicken roaster, grand champion cheddar cheese and reserve champion steer carcass. A tribute was paid to the late Ted Wiens, of O & T, for his many years involvement with Agribition.