Sask. dairy team member nabs top ribbons at Westerner

RED DEER, Alta. — Nadine Crosbie started seriously showing dairy cattle about four years ago and has proved to be a natural after winning all the big awards at the recent Westerner Dairy Showcase in Red Deer.


Enrolled in the University of Sask-atchewan’s animal science program, Crosbie is a member of a 10 person dairy team that allows her to expand her interest in the business beyond what her university program offers. 


She made the trip to Red Deer with three other team members and won grand champion showman and grand champion overall with a summer yearling from her family’s farm at Caron, Sask., where they milk 130 cows.


“I started in kinesiology, but I wanted to stay in agriculture,” she said. She is now in her second year.


“I would like to stay in the industry if possible.” 


As a dairy team member, she has helped organize student tours of farms and is working with the university to plan a dairy day to show producers what the industry has to offer. 


There are few 4-H dairy clubs on the Prairies, so events like the Red Deer show offer young people a chance to meet and compete.


Judge Linsey Whalen said Crosbie was a flawless showman who led her cattle in one fluid motion. Whalen also said her teammate, Danielle Saelman of Saskatoon, was nearly as perfect and awarded her the reserve ribbon. 


The show had more than 75 entries with the grand champion going to Crosbie and reserve to Melissa Dryayk of Mara, B.C., with a senior heifer calf. Vicky Friesen of Drake, Sask., received honourable mention.