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Former federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz burns the brand to officially open Canadian Western Agribition earlier this week. Looking on are Regina mayor Michael Fougere, left, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit. | Karen Briere photo

Ritz remains popular at Agribition

He may be retired from official political life but Gerry Ritz still has rock star status at Canadian Western Agribition. The former federal agriculture minister burned the CWA brand to officially open the Regina show this week and was surrounded by well-wishers and fans. President Bruce Holmquist acknowledged Ritz’s role in securing federal funds for […] Read more


Former Canadian Western Agribition president Shannon McArton has been recognized with this year's BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture Award. | Twitter/@Agribition photo

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 […] Read more


Former federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz did the honours this year in recognition of his work to open markets for agricultural products and in securing funding to build the new International Trade Centre on the site. | Karen Briere photo

Agribition 2018

Canadian Western Agribition is underway in Regina after the official burning of the brand to open the annual event.   Day 3 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 […] Read more




Registered veterinary technologists Carolyn Cartwright, left, and Paula Mason help “Dr. Eric” find the calf’s feet in Agnes the calving simulator at Canadian Western Agribition.  |  Karen Briere photo

Hands-on display brings calving to life

Giving birth 10 to 12 times a day can’t be easy on a cow, but Canadian Western Agnes did just that for a whole week during Agribition. Agnes is the calving simulator owned by Canadian Western Agribition and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a life-size, anatomically correct two-year-old Hereford heifer with her […] Read more

Cody LaFrentz of Bienfait, Sask. , won the junior beef extreme competition and pocketed a $3,000 scholarship.
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Sask. producer wins scholarship

REGINA — Cody LaFrentz finished off his junior showing career with a bang when he won the junior beef extreme competition at Canadian Western Agribition. The 21-year-old is finishing a long junior run that started when he showed Simmental and Angus cattle at age seven with his parents, Vern and Denise LaFrentz of Bienfait, Sask. […] Read more



Darrel and Jenna Timm are new generation Simmental breeders from Kinistino, Sask.
|  Barbara Duckworth photo

Simmental breeders network at Agribition

REGINA — Darrel and Jenna Timm are new generation Simmental breeders. The young couple from Kinistino, Sask., have been together since 2004 and they wanted to be in-volved in the beef business from the start. Jenna had purebred experience and Darrel knew commercial cattle. Now their two children, Ava, 6, and Jace, 4, are getting […] Read more