Long-horned Longhorn turns heads at show

Eight-year-old BN Jim Reeves’ 110.5-inch horns make it the 10th largest set of horns in the world and a hit at Agribition

BN Jim Reeves drew a lot of attention during his stay in Regina last week.

Fans flocked to take pictures of him, and the opportunity to have a photograph taken with him was included in a fundraising auction during Canadian Western Agribition.

He is used to the celebrity status.

The eight-year-old, 1,900-pound Texas Longhorn steer from Wyoming boasts horns measuring 110.5 inches across, which is in the top 10 of recorded measurements.

People stop at the ranch near Big Horn every day for a look and photo of the champion, said owner Kris Johnson.

He and his father, Toby, operate I M Bar Longhorns as a hobby, he said while at Agribition.

“We have a herd of about 30 registered Longhorn cattle,” he said.

“We don’t rely on it for an income or a living, but we just love the animals and it’s fun to keep them around.”

He said each animal has a unique personality, but they are all quite docile.

“They’re unique, very different,” he said.

“You can pass a hundred fields with all black cows and every field can look the exact same. You pass a field of Longhorns, it’s really going to catch your eye.”

The family have had the breed for nearly 30 years.

Johnson said there is a market for them other than roping and rodeo stock.

“They’re really lean beef,” he said.

“Their hides are usually worth quite a bit, and their skulls for decoration and stuff like that.”

The Johnsons brought seven animals to Canada and found the process fairly painless. Aside from having blood work done on their cattle by a veterinarian, the Johnsons spent about an hour at the border filling out paperwork.

Agribition was the ninth show they attended this year. Other stops included state fairs in Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico.

They also attended the Northern International Livestock Expo in Billings, Montana.

Johnson said the quality of the Longhorns at Agribition impressed him.

“One thing we have noticed is everything is a lot bigger up here,” he said.

“We don’t know if it’s because they have to deal with the cold longer.”

BN Jim Reeves was the sole entry in the steer category, and as such took home another banner.

The grand champion bull was 7A Kickin Stones from Allemand Ranches at Shaunavon, Sask., and the reserve was Winning Mulans Respect from D S Cattle Co. at Carman, Man.

On the female side, D S Cattle Co. showed the grand champion, Missy 1/2, a six-year-old cow. Dancing Belinda 27 from Double D Arena of Outlook, Sask., was the reserve.

The sale saw just five lots go, but two of Johnson’s Wyoming animals will stay in Canada. The high seller was a red bull calf, Johnny Reb 88, consigned by Johnson and purchased by Darrell Dola of Cypress County in Alberta for $2,400.

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