Alberta bred bull wins big in Denver

A Canadian bred Simmental bull was named reserve grand champion at the National Western Stock Show held Jan. 22 in Denver, Colorado.

The bull was bred by John and Tammy Dolliver’s JT Livestock of Stettler, Alta., and the family knew from the time it was a calf that they had a potential winner on their hands.

The black bull has won numerous championships and started early on to draw attention from a broader audience. Showing the bull frequently created buzz, said Dolliver.

“It is all about connections and you meet the right people,” he said.

The 2017 bull was a grand champion at Farmfair International in Edmonton and the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, B.C., in 2019. Earlier, the bull was shown as a youngster and won calf champion at the Edmonton show and grand champion in 2018 at the national junior summer show in Olds, Alta.

Named JT Greater Consensus 113E, the bull was sold privately to Dean Volk of Nebraska after Farmfair, said Dolliver.

The bull’s new name is JT Volk Premonition 113E.

“He is something of an outcross for the Americans, so a lot of people can use him,” he said.

“You don’t come across something like him very often.”

The bull was sired through artificial insemination and was born out of a nine-year-old cow that the Dollivers sold to a new owner in Nova Scotia. The family raises Simmental, Angus and Shorthorns and works in British Columbia and Alberta.

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