REGINA — Two young men who have grown up showing cattle finished their junior careers on a high note at Canadian Western Agribition.
The Canadian Junior Beef Extreme top prize went to Nolan Blair of Blairs West Land and Cattle at Drake, Sask. He received a cheque for $3,000 with a black Angus female that has won numerous competitions this fall. This same female earned $15,000 for the right to flush at the Power and Perfection Angus sale earlier in the week.
An experienced showman who admits he still gets a twinge of nerves at a competition, Blair has finished his junior career because he has turned 21. The prize money will be invested in his future.
“I’ll probably buy more cows,” he said.
When he is not working on the farm, he is an agriculture business student at Lakeland College at Vermilion, Alta. He graduates this year and plans to return to the farm.
Chance Jackson of Sedley, Sask., has won reserve twice and the championship once and must retire as well.
“I was in since the first one and I decided to see it right through to the end,” he said after the show.
His commercial cow earned him the reserve champion banner and $2,000. Sired by a club calf bull, its dam was a Speckle Park.
The junior show also offers a best bred and owned category, which was awarded to Jake Rawluck of Moosehorn, Man., while reserve went to Kodie Doetzel of Lipton, Sask.
The Canadian Junior Beef Extreme competition had about 150 youth showing their females. Many are experienced show people and led out their 4-H and junior project females.