Hereford brings home prize despite tough competition

Maidstone, Sask., producer says Denver is the place to show their cattle

DENVER, Colo. — This last year has been a good run for a bull called Great Divide, but now it is time to retire.

Owned by Buddy and Lance Leachman of Big Gully Farm near Maidstone, Sask., and Joel White of Buffalo, Wyoming, the mature bull is moving to Canada after winning the senior championship at the National Western Stock Show.

WCC/CC 1009 Great Divide 102 was grand champion at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina and a supreme champion over 11 breeds at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic. It was up against tough competition with large classes at the Denver show.

The Leachmans also had grand champion female at Agribition, and the calf at side was sired by this bull.

White met the Leachmans at the Nebraska show when they bought a half interest in Great Divide for $15,000.

They knew going into the Denver event they were up against formidable competition, including a young bull from Colyer Herefords named 
C Miles McKee 2103 ET, which went on to win the show’s top honour.

“That’s what makes it fun because he was the one to beat,” White said.

It was a large and highly competitive show with big classes of quality bulls parading before the judges.

“For Herefords, this is the place to be,” said Leachman.

Added White: “This was a nice win. It is right up there.”

White has 70 registered Herefords, and part of his business includes selling show heifers for as much as $10,000 to junior and 4-H members.

In his other business life he is an emergency first responder and a mortician.