Former Agribition president honoured

Former Canadian Western Agribition president Shannon McArton has been recognized with this year’s BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture Award.

McArton and her husband operate a grain farm at Dilke, Sask. She also has a communications and consulting company and works on the regulatory side of the pedigreed seed business.

“After more than 30 years of working in the industry I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and excited for the future of women in agriculture,” she said.

Today, the International Stock Dog Championships are underway, as are the Black and Red Angus shows, the National Limousin show and sale, the National Gelbvieh Sale, the Shorthorn sale, the Charolais sale, the national Hereford sale and the commercial sheep and market lamb shows.

Yesterday, the Simmental show saw Boss Lake Ms. Elle 638D, exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics of Parkland County, Alta., named the grand champion female. IRCC Darlin’ 613D, exhibited by Katie Elmhirst of Indian River, Ont., Erixon Simmentals and Mader Ranches, was the reserve.

The top Simmental bull was Swan Lake Red Circuit 28D from Swan Lake Farms Ltd. at Stoughton, Sask. Sunny Valley Simmentals from Hanley, Sask., exhibited the reserve, SVS Betts 808F.

In the sale, 45 lots sold for $265,350. The high selling bred heifer went for $12,500, while an embryos package sold for $20,000 and two heifer calves sold for $12,500 each.

The Canadian National Speckle Park show saw River Hill Farm from Neilburg, Sask., take the grand champion female banner with River Hill 99Y Pho-Cover 18C. Greenwood from Lloydminster, Sask., had the reserve: Greenwood First Lady DJP 7F.

River Hill and Codiak Acres also showed the grand champion bull, Wrangler Mr Perfect 8D. Johner Stock Farm from Maidstone, Sask. and Spring Coulee Enterprises showed the reserve, JSF Creed 1F.

The top selling Speckle Park was a heifer calf for $24,000. A bull calf went to a Quebec buyer for $20,000, and both live cattle and genetics were sold to buyers from Australia, Wales and Oklahoma.

Twin View Livestock from Parkbeg, Sask., and Last Mountain Livestock showed the grand champion Gelbvieh bull, AWB Birch’s The Boxer 21D. Fladeland Element 21E from Fladeland Livestock at Gladmar, Sask., was the reserve.

On the female side, RWG Kittys Dream 6526 from Royal Western Gelbvieh in Alberta’s Red Deer County was the grand champion. Twin View’s AWB Birch’s Disco 47X was the reserve.

And in the balancer show, Royal Western and Ryan and Lisa Hollman showed the grand champion bull, RJH First Distraction 1F, and the reserve, RWG Free Beer 8401 ET.

The top balancer female was HL Miss Errolline 20F from Hurlburt Livestock, Saskatoon. The reserve was JSJ Faith 14F from JSJ Livestock at Hartney, Man.

The Maine-Anjou grand champion percentage female was LSF Ruby 727X 25E from Lucky Springs Farms at Rocky Mountain House, Alta. Vandy Cattle from Benson Sask. showed the reserve, VNDY 30X Irish Rose 717E.

The top percentage bull was VNDY Black Label 722E from Vandy and Roch Spring Show Cattle. Hansen Livestock from Weldon, Sask., showed the reserve, MHC Fargo 0408F.

Rusylvia Cattle Co from Derwent, Alta., swept the open female championship with Miss Rusylvia Elite 83E and Miss Rusylvia Forever 199F.

The operation also topped the bull show with Mr Rusylvia Freight Train 177F. The reserve was ABC Deliver 54F from ABC Cattle Co. at Whitewood, Sask.

The Premiere Alpaca show saw a fawn-coloured male, Dreamin Jase from Dreamin Alpacas at Hague, Sask., named supreme champion in the huacaya show.

The horse pull winners were: lightweight, Travis House from Wheatland, North Dakota; middleweight, Norm Vertefeuille from Lumsden, Sask., and heavyweight, Ron Sebastian, also from Lumsden.

Contact karen.briere@producer.com

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