Red Angus takes top title at show

Stockade Round Up | Greenwood Limousin, Vikse Family Farm win grand championship titles

LLOYDMINSTER — A Limousin heifer and a Red Angus bull rose to the top at last weekend’s Lloydminster Stockade Round Up, taking home the supreme champion titles.

The animals were among more than 200 purebred entries at the annual cattle show.

Grandfather and grandson duo Bernard and Jayden Payne co-own Greenwood Wisteria Lane, the female named the purebred competition’s best. Both said they were excited to win.

“It is a very nice win. It was an awful tough show,” said Bernard, owner of Greenwood Limousin near Lloydminster, Sask.

Bernard began raising purebred Limousin cattle in 1974. He and his wife, Mona, raised six boys on the farm, and three still farm in the area.

Not only did Bernard help establish several of his sons in the cattle industry, but he is now helping mentor his grandsons, who also hope to continue working in agriculture.

Bernard said 16-year-old Jayden will start up his herd with their winning heifer, and in two years he will be handing Wisteria Lane over to him.

Jayden said he was happy with the win because he worked on the heifer daily to get it ready to show.

“A lot of work went into it so this makes it all worth it,” said Jayden.

Wisteria Lane’s mother was also a supreme champion in 2009, and was also co-owned by Jayden and his grandfather.

The family shows at the Lloydminster Stockade Round Up every year, and Bernard is a member of the Lloydminster Exhibition Association Hall of Fame.

The supreme champion bull also comes from a line of winners. Its father was named the supreme champion at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.

Dave and Tracee Vikse, owners of the supreme champion bull, Red Vikse GG Fully Loaded 130x, said the animal has been the pride of their farm.

“We have 400 purebred cows and he is one of our herd stars. We are really excited about it,” said Dave.

Vikse Family Farm is located near Donalda, Alta., where the family raises purebred Red Angus and Charolais cows.

This was their second year showing at the Lloydminster Stockade Round Up and they said they came back after enjoying their first year showing there.

As fifth generation Alberta producers, the Vikses said they are passionate about what they do so winning the supreme show is a significant for them.

Sam Hardstaff, agriculture manager for the Lloydminster Exhibition Association, said there was great quality in the entries for the purebred shows this year.

“The supreme show was an excellent show. It is a nice wrap-up for the purebred industry here at our show,” said Hardstaff.

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