Canadian Western Agribition

The 2016 version of the Canadian Western Agribition is underway.

Western Producer reporters are on scene in Regina and will be filing stories and images throughout the week.

Check this page for the latest Agribition-related stories and images, we’ll keep it updated continually while the show is in progress.

Top bull calf nets $70,000 at Agribition

REGINA, Sask. — Haroldson’s Polled Herefords is a consistent performer at Canadian Western Agribition, taking home a fair share of banners and accolades each year. This year will be memorable because the farm, which is owned by Chad Wilson and his family at Wawota, Sask., sold a bull calf for $70,000 to Jack McAughey of Medonte Highland Polled Herefords of Orillia, Ont., and NCX Polled Herefords of Brosseau, Alta.

Veteran in ring wins $3,500 prize with Angus heifer in beef show

REGINA — For many young cattle enthusiasts, the best experience comes from the junior shows. Garrett Liebreich has been an active showman since he was 12, and this year he won the junior beef extreme at Canadian Western Agribition.

Garrett Liebreich of Radville, Sask., poses with his champion heifer, Merit Socialite 512C. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Garrett Liebreich of Radville, Sask., poses with his champion heifer, Merit Socialite 512C. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Meet Agribition’s supreme champions

REGINA — Winning a prestigious award like the supreme beef championship at Canadian Western Agribition can be a life changing experience. For Sean Enright of Renfrew, Ont., getting the nod at the grand finale event Nov. 26 was completely unexpected.

U.S. Gelbvieh breeders make trek to Agribition

REGINA — The Sickler family has travelled from North Dakota to Saskatchewan for the last eight years to attend Canadian Western Agribition. The Regina show is among the closest livestock events that the family attends each year, said Klint Sickler.

Six students awarded Agribition scholarships

Six students received post-secondary education scholarships at Canadian Western Agribition last week, leading observers to note the industry is in good hands. Four of them were awarded $2,500 each from Agribition’s scholarship fund for their involvement as exhibitors, competitors or volunteers. Two others received $1,500 memorial scholarships.

David Whitaker from Ames, Iowa, won the Winners Circle auctioneer competition at Canadian Western Agribition.  |  Michael Raine photo

David Whitaker from Ames, Iowa, won the Winners Circle auctioneer competition at Canadian Western Agribition. | Michael Raine photo

Meet David Whitaker, champion auctioneer

David Whitaker took home a championship buckle from his first trip to Canadian Western Agribition. Five judges deemed the auctioneer from Ames, Iowa, the best among four competitors in the Winners Circle auctioneer competition.

Bison prices strong at national sale

Prices at last week’s Canadian National Bison sale were 15 percent higher than last year, buoyed by a $35,000 high-seller. Sale chair Nolan Miller from Silver Creek Bison at Binscarth, Man., said organizers were expecting prices to be as strong as last year or higher.

Agribition weathers move to new facilities

A few highlights and a few hitches characterized a transitional year for Canadian Western Agribition last week. The ability to use half of the new International Trade Centre for cattle, horses and sheep meant the show could accommodate more than 2,000 head even after the demolition of older barns.

Supreme winners named at Agribition

REGINA — The 2016 winners of the Canadian Western Agribition supreme championship were two black Angus. Selected on the final night of the show, which ran from Nov. 21-26, Sean Enright of Renfrew, Ont., won with a yearling bull named EF Titan 545 all summer.

Sean Enright of Renfrew, Ont., won supreme champion bull at Canadain Western Agribition Nov. 26. The yearling bull will retire after this win. | William DeKay photo

Sean Enright of Renfrew, Ont., won supreme champion bull at Canadain Western Agribition Nov. 26. The yearling bull will retire after this win. | William DeKay photo

Rodeo horse death casts pall over Agribition

A somber news conference was held Friday morning at Canadian Western Agribition to update reporters on the death of a rodeo horse the night before. Chief executive officer Chris Lane said the horse tweaked its neck or spine at the end of a bareback ride and was euthanized after being removed from the arena.

Herefords light up Agribition in Day 4 action

REGINA — It was a hot time in the old Hereford barn last night at Canadian Western Agribition. A Hereford bull calf from Haroldson’s Polled Herefords of Wawota, Sask., was subjected to some competitive bidding on the internet, phone lines and from the stands.

A bred heifer from Riverhill Farm owned by Barry and Elaine Ducherer of Neilburg fetched $26,000 from buyers Sid and Anne Hillier in the U.K. The consignor offered buyer's choice. The remaining heifer sold for $16,500 to Wrangler Farms, Westlock, Alta. and Outback Farm, Sturgeon County, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

A bred heifer from Riverhill Farm owned by Barry and Elaine Ducherer of Neilburg fetched $26,000 from buyers Sid and Anne Hillier in the U.K. The consignor offered buyer’s choice. The remaining heifer sold for $16,500 to Wrangler Farms, Westlock, Alta. and Outback Farm, Sturgeon County, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Speckle Park sale burns up Agribition on Day 3

REGINA — In a barn burning sale that lasted 90 minutes, the Speckle Park breed posted a five figure average at Canadian Western Agribition yesterday. Twenty-three live lots and embryos averaged $9,698 with cattle going to breeders across Canada as well as the United Kingdom and Australia.

A bull calf went for an early morning stroll down Regina's Dewdney Avenue today after bolting from the grounds at Canadian Western Agribition. | Video screencap via Twitter/Pat McGillicky

A bull calf went for an early morning stroll down Regina’s Dewdney Avenue today after bolting from the grounds at Canadian Western Agribition. | Video screencap via Twitter/Pat McGillicky

Purebred cattle featured on Day 3 of Agribition

Purebred beef shows and sales begin today at Canadian Western Agribition. Speckle Park, Simmental, Gelbvieh and Maine Anjou are all in the show ring. The Angus Masterpiece Sale and Speckle Park and Simmental sales also go today.

Western Canada ranchers fear going ‘broke by spring’ as disease spreads

Ranchers in western Canada whose herds are under quarantine due to the spread of bovine tuberculosis told federal legislators on Tuesday that they desperately need to sell cattle or collect compensation to avoid financial disaster.

Lot 55, a yearling bull consigned by Bison Spirit Ranch of Oak Lake, Man., brought the highest price at the Canadian National Bison Sale held during Canadian Western Agribition, selling for $35,000. The ring man is David Jacobs of Ontario. | Karen Briere photo

Lot 55, a yearling bull consigned by Bison Spirit Ranch of Oak Lake, Man., brought the highest price at the Canadian National Bison Sale held during Canadian Western Agribition, selling for $35,000. The ring man is David Jacobs of Ontario. | Karen Briere photo

Wandering calf kicks off Day 2 of Agribition

A bull calf went for an early morning stroll down Regina’s Dewdney Avenue today after bolting from the grounds at Canadian Western Agribition. Show chief executive officer Chris Lane said the calf crossed busy Lewvan Drive and headed west, spending a little time in a backyard and ending up nearly at the RCMP Depot before tuckering out in less than 30 minutes.

Beef sector faces labour crunch: report

The labour shortage in beef production could reach 12,000 workers by 2025, says a new report on Canada’s agricultural labour market. This morning the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) released a research paper titled, Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future (PDF format).

Brand burning kicks off Agribition

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee John Willmott burned the brand to officially open the 46th Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 21. Willmott, 82, ranches near Pense, Sask., where he moved from Ontario in 1974 after attending the first Agribition as a judge.


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