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Angus, Charolais reign supreme

REGINA— Declared fairest in the land is the kind of praise the team at Soo Line Cattle Co. likes to hear.

Roger Hardy and his crew at Midale, Sask., were ecstatic when Soo Line Annie K 9165 was named supreme champion at the 2011 Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 26.

This Angus female with a heifer calf at side stood by her mother, Annie K 6271, when the pair was named grand champion at the 2009 World Angus Forum in Calgary.

“This was the baby that was at her side. So now we are going to go home and do the same thing and make more babies,” said Hardy.

The female comes from a cow family named Annie K that stretches back generations. The grandmother, mother and daughter have all been champions, Hardy said.

The family owned operation works with a trusted team of herdsmen that Hardy praises.

“We take the credit together. Nobody can do this by themselves.”

On the bull side, Garner Deobald and Cam Stewart made history when their grand champion Charolais, CSS Sir Gridmaker 2W, received the supreme slap.

This bull was also champion at Lloydminster Stockade Roundup and Farmfair International at Edmonton earlier in November.

It was the first bull at the Lloydminster event to win the supreme championship two years in a row.

The two-year-old is owned in partnership with Deobald’s Cedarlea Farms of Hodgeville, Sask., CSS Charolais of Paynton, Sask., and Char-Mo Farms of Leduc, Alta.

The home-raised bull was breeding cows this summer, said Betty Ann Stewart of CSS. Agribition is his last event.

Deobald, who also works as a livestock exporter and a pharmaceutical company representative, had the bull at his place in southwestern Saskatchewan this summer.

He kept mum about the bull’s chances during Agribition, held Nov. 21-26 in Regina.

“It’s one of those things you don’t want to talk about in case you jinx yourself,” he said.

There were 38 bulls and 43 cows, most with calves at side, for the final showdown that rewarded the supreme winners with $10,000 each in cash as well as additional prizes.

Winners came from shows in Canada and the United States.

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