Canadian Western Agribition is underway in Regina after the official burning of the brand to open the annual event.
Beef breed shows and sales begin today at Canadian Western Agribition.
The Simmental show and sale, national Gelbvieh show, national Speckle Park show and the Maine-Anjou show are all on the schedule.
Champions crowned during the first two days of the event include the Canadian Texas Longhorn grand champion female, Missy 1/2, from D S Cattle Co. at Carman, Man., and the reserve, Dancing Belinda 27, from Double D Arena of Outlook, Sask.
The grand champion bull was 7A Kickin Stones from Allemand Ranches at Shaunavon, Sask. D S Cattle Co. showed the reserve, Winning Mulans Respect.
In the sale, five lots sold for a total of $8,600.
Silver Creek Bison from Binscarth, Man., showed the grand champion male, a two-year-old Wood cross bull, which also sold for $17,000.
The reserve champion male was a yearling bull from Beldon Bison at Nipawin, Sask., which sold for $11,500.
On the female side, Tatonka Ranch from Melville, Sask., showed the grand champion female, a yearling heifer, and the reserve was a bred heifer from Big Country Bison at Pelly, Sask.
Seventy-nine lots sold for a total of $443,850.
The first interbreed show of the week saw a Black Angus female, Merit Flora 6078D with calf at side, win the First Lady Classic Futurity. They were exhibited by Merit Cattle Co. from Radville, Sask.
A Black Angus also won the reserve, PM Echo 8’16 with calf, from Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. at Lanigan, Sask., and additional owners Carlos Ojea, Don Romeo and Roque Perez.
The President’s Classic bull champion was a Simmental, SVS Betts 808F, from Sunny Valley Simmentals at Hanley, Sask. Rounding out the top five were a Charolais, SOS Fusion PLD 51F, from Springside Farms at Airdrie, Alta., a Black Angus, HF Alcatraz 60F, from Hamilton Farms at Cochrane, Alta., a Red Angus, Red Wheel Bar-E-L Patriot 60F, from Wheeler’s Stock Farm at Saskatoon and Combest Red Angus, and a Horned Hereford, M-R 028X Sensational 54F, from Mission Ridge Herefords at Raymore, Sask.
Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit used the occasion to announce a renewal of $500,000 over five years for Agribition’s market development program. The program is designed to attract more international buyers and markets. Last year 365 international buyers and 1,250 international guests attended from 86 countries.
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On tap was the high school rodeo, the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging competition, youth showmanship and team grooming events and the Canadian National Texas Longhorn Show.
Longhorns are returned to Agribition for the first time in more than 20 years.
Toby and Kris Johnson from Big Horn, Wyoming, brought seven animals to the event, including Jim Reeves, a 1,900-pound steer with 110-inch horns that won the NILE show in Billings, Montana.
Tonight also features the Elite Three Canadian Cow Dog Futurity. This event was first held in Saskatoon last year and has moved to Agribition.
Organized by Jolie and Marcel Vermette from Ranch Dog, Inc., the competition is similar to the stock dog event except that cattle are used instead of sheep.