REGINA — Two elated families made history at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 25 when they won the supreme championship award.
Prairie Cove Charolais of Bow-den, Alta., won the top female banner with PZC Lily 5013 Et and her calf at side, while Greenwood Limousin and Angus of Lloyd-minster, Sask., won with a two-year-old red Limousin bull named Canadian Impact.
The parade of champions, which was held Nov. 25, had 36 females and 37 bulls from livestock exhibitions across Canada.
Tyler Bullick led out the structurally correct white cow-calf pair, which has been campaigned across the West and won wherever they were shown.
The pair was declared national Charolais champions at Manitoba Ag-Ex in October and two weeks ago won supreme champion at Edmonton Farmfair.
“I couldn’t be more excited. I have never won this before and I didn’t think I would ever win it,” said Bullick.
His father, Tim, appreciated the achievement for a family that has been in the Charolais business since 1967.
“There are more cattle here from all over the country so this is extra special. I am not sure if it has been done very often to win both Supremes,” he said.
The calf was sold privately to another Charolais breeder during Agribition, but the cow is going back to the farm in central Alberta. She will never be for sale, said Tyler.
The Limousin bull, Greenwood Canadian Impact ET exhibited by Scott and Jackie Payne’s Greenwood Limousin and Angus, was also a multiple winner. This is the first time a Limousin bull won the Agribition showdown.
“We never expected this. We just try our best, and that is about all you can do,” said Jayden Payne, who led the big red bull into the arena, which is owned with Nordal Limousin of Simpson, Sask.
“We already have calves from him and we have full sisters that are exceptional cows,” he said.
The family has stood in the top 10 spotlight multiple times but never won the Agribition supreme. The bull also won the supreme at Farmfair and was grand champion at Lloydminster Stockade Roundup.
Five judges evaluate the cattle and score each of the entrants. These cattle have been champions at shows across Canada and many of them are multiple winners.
Judge Carlos Ojea of Argentina, a cattle consultant who has judged 72 shows in the last 10 years, was full of praise for the quality presented in Regina.
“I have been honoured to judge almost every big show in the world and this is as good as it can get,” he said.
“The genetic pool you have here in your country is so powerful, it (is) so good, it was worth travelling 23 hours to get here. We travel here every year searching for new genetics to take back to our country.”