DENVER, Colo. — Callie Gibson skipped her first week of university classes to go to a cattle show.
The decision to travel to the National Western Stock Show in Denver paid off when her family won grand champion Red Angus bull Jan. 13.
The young bull is owned by Gibson’s 12-year-old brother, Coy, who has entered it in junior projects. It comes from a long line of winners.
“His mom has sired three of our high selling bulls on the farm,” said Callie, whose family operates Six Mile Red Angus near Fir Mountain, Sask.
The red youngster, named Six Mile Taurus 519A, was also spring bull calf champion at the Denver show. The family has won grand champions at this show before and sums up the value of it in one word: advertising.
The bull goes up for sale this spring when the family holds its annual production sale in April, said Clayton Gibson.
Six Mile also won reserve champion junior bull and was named premier breeder of the show.
The reserve grand champion bull award went to Daniel LaDoux of Agenda, Kansas.
Other Canadian breeders also did well.Northline Angus, owned by Hector Schneider and family of Ardrossan, Alta., had the reserve champion intermediate heifer and intermediate champion bull with a young sire named Red Northline Goodfella.
Clinton Morasch, owner of Lazy MC Red Angus at Bassano, Alta., won senior champion bull. Born in 2011, the bull was named Red Lazy MC Trooper 21Y.
At the Black Angus show held Jan. 15, Jon Fox of Justamere Farms near Lloydminster, Sask., won reserve winter bull calf champion with Justamere 406S Big Gun 414A.
The Gelbvieh show was also held Jan. 13.
Rodney and Tanya Hollman, owners of Royal Western Gelbvieh at Innisfail, Alta., won intermediate champion bull with RWG War Admiral 2528.