A young Alberta Shorthorn breeder made her first trip to the National Western Stock Show worthwhile when her yearling bull took the grand championship.
Jordan Buba of Spruce Grove and her bull, BISS Element 79, had already won the Canadian national championship at Farmfair International in November. She decided to give the U.S. national show in Denver, Colorado, a try.
After Farmfair, she sold interests in the bull to Miller-Wilson Angus of Bashaw, Alta., and Dixon Farms of Vermilion, Alta.
After the triumph in Denver last month, she sold the American interest to breeders in Ohio.
Buba, 26, started to get antsy as the bull began winning at the show.
“It was pretty surreal as we won one class at a time, but the judge had some pretty positive comments in the first class,” she said.
The roan bull was competing against an American favourite, which had won numerous shows throughout the United States.
Buba works at Lewis Farms, a large Simmental operation, but keeps a small herd of Shorthorns for herself. She started showing commercial cattle as a youngster at junior events. She eventually added purebreds and hopes to continue her winning ways.
“Hopefully I can raise a few that are as good as him,” she said.