Cattle fitter excels under show ring spotlight

Steer classic grand champion | Youth winner Brady Scott makes plans for a career in the cattle business

Brady Scott always considered himself to be a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, best suited to preparing other people’s cattle for the show ring.

This year he decided to enter his 4-H steer in the junior show at the Calgary Stampede Steer Classic and won grand champion.

The result earned him $2,000 plus a portion of the scholarship money from the sale of his black steer that was auctioned for $20,000.

“It was the thrill of being in the ring and being judged,” he said of his reaction after the July 12 show.

The 1,390-pound steer was from a Simmental cow and sired by Monopoly, a United States bull known for producing champion steers.

Scott had shown the steer at 4-H events and never won, but the Calgary show provided plenty of competition with four large classes of steers in the junior division.

Many of the cattle were champions from other shows.

Scott just graduated from high school at Eastend, Sask., where he was one of 11 in his class. This fall he plans to moves to Alberta for a job with Alta Genetics at Balzac.

The move to a metropolitan area and away from the ranch and nearby small town will be a major life change for Scott.

His parents, Michelle and Shane Scott, raise purebred Angus and Limousin cattle.

He will also leave behind his herd of 200 goats and 200 sheep that he plans to disperse this fall so he can buy more cows.

Scott said he plans to use his scholarship funds to learn more about genetics using embryo transfer and artificial insemination.

“My interests lie in making a cow herd better through genetics using AI or embryo transplant, ” he said. “I have loved cattle since I could walk. I used to go out to our feedlot and sort calves.”

Also at the junior show was the entry of Chase Miller, who won $1,500 for his reserve champion.