REGINA — When Jacey Massey books off school for a week, she is likely to be found garbed up in coveralls and working in a barn grooming and showing cattle.
An active show person at Canadian Western Agribition held from Nov. 19-24 in Regina, she won the junior supreme competition and $3,000 in cash with a bred heifer. Last year, she had reserve champion with a Simmental cow-calf pair. That 2017 calf, named New Trend Elegance 10E, was this year’s champion.
“She has been my show heifer all year. She has gone basically undefeated,” she said.
Her plan is to retain the heifer and show her as a cow-calf pair next year.
At 16, Massey is a teenaged powerhouse attending shows throughout the year and often standing in the championship spotlight while trying to balance schoolwork.
“I try to balance it because the shows are so important to me and my family,” she said.
She shows Simmental, Herefords and steers and has experienced a range of judging techniques and met a horde of people who share her enthusiasm.
Winning at Agribition is a big deal for her.
“There is so much quality in the final drive so it is a tough one to win,” she said.
She often competes against the same people at different shows.
“A lot of those kids are my friends. It easier to compete against your friends. We all have the same work ethic and passion for the industry.”
Massey lives at Strathmore, Alta., with her parents, Tim and Derri Massey, who run New Trend Cattle Company.
She started showing when she was about five years old and has also become interested in judging.
For the last two years, she has attended judging camps at Kansas State University, absorbing livestock information and showing techniques like a sponge.
“I learned a bunch of stuff and met a lot of people,” she said.
She has judged some shows and wants to see that world open up more to young women.
“I wish that young women in the cattle industry had more judging opportunities,” she said.