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.
The prize comes with $3,500 and is a great confidence builder.
His parents, Trent and Janelle Liebreich, own Merit Cattle Co. at Radville, Sask., where they raise about 180 Angus. They have been involved with the breed since 2009.
“They are some of the most hard working cows there is out there,” Garrett said.
His family brought 15 head to the show, and throughout the week of Nov. 21-26, they were busy grooming animals, talking with potential customers and showing cattle in the ring.
His champion was also a junior champion at the open Angus show.
He has also shown females at the Swift Current All Breeds Junior Show in Swift Current, Sask., where he won reserve supreme in 2014 and supreme in 2015.
He won champion Angus at the junior Agribition extreme last year with a bred and owned female. This year’s winner had the same kind of pedigree.
“She was the same cow family as the ones I have been showing,” he said.
A Grade 11 student, he is active in 4-H and junior Angus programs and finds time for school and hockey. The future may be studying animal science and working with purebred cattle.
It is a busy life for a 16 year old.
“You find the time. Family first, then cattle second, school third,” he said.
More than 150 entries showed at the junior event with entries from Ontario to British Columbia.
Reserve went to Kacey Adams of Forestburg, Alta., with a Red Angus heifer.
The champion bred and owned exhibit was awarded to Kayla Boot of Bath, Ont., with a Hereford heifer.