The iconic cattle show changed gears this year because of COVID, wrapping up a month of activities with an online sale
MOOSE JAW, Sask. — A pandemic version of Canadian Western Agribition went ahead mostly online over the last month, culminating with an offsite commercial female sale and the virtual slap of supreme purebred champions.
Johnstone Auction Mart hosted the commercial sale Nov. 28 where 172 head sold to online buyers and a few who were there to bid live.
Provincial rules restricted attendance to 30, excluding volunteers and consignors, putting a sparse crowd in front of auctioneer Scott Johnstone.
“It’s just really different when you’re selling and there’s almost no people there,” he said after the sale.
But he said prices were good despite an overall trend downward compared to last year.
The top lot was a package of five bred Simmental-Red Angus heifers consigned by Mebs Ranch at Broadview, Sask. With an average weight of 1,253 pounds, the heifers sold for $3,700 each.
The second-highest lot, also Simmental-Red Angus, came from Pheasantdale Cattle Co. at Balcarres, Sask., going for $3,300 each.
The 126 bred heifers averaged $2,565.87.
Also on offer were 46 open heifers. They averaged $1,593.48, with the top price of $2,050 per head paid to Wadella Ranch, Kipling, Sask., for a pen of Simmental-Angus.
The overall sale average was $2,306.
Meanwhile, Agribition’s virtual shows concluded with the crowning of the supreme champion female and bull, based on video of the entries put before the judges. Each breed held a show, followed by the interbreed competition of the breed winners.
Hereford entries from Remitall West at Olds, Alta., came out on top, with Remitall-W Belle ET 45F (polled) and calf at side, Remitall-W MHPH Justice 2H, taking the top honour in the female show. The now almost-three-year-old cow is also owned by Medonte Highlands.
Remitall-W We The North ET 83G (polled), born in February 2019, was named the top bull. Additional owners are JK Fraser cattle and Dallas Farms.
The Junior Spotlight allowed exhibitors aged nine to 21 to showcase their heifers.
Addison Barnett of City View Simmentals at Moose Jaw, Sask., showed the overall grand champion, City View 309A Boss Lady 54G, a Simmental born in January 2019.
Reserve honours went to Elise Howe of Howe Coulee Charolais, also at Moose Jaw, and HKS Ms Kenzie 137G, a Charolais born in February 2019 that also won the any other breed show.
Reserve to Howe in the any other breed show was Erin Yaremko and Miss Rusylvia 71 G, a Maine Anjou from Carpathian Land and Livestock of St. Paul, Alta.
Reserve in the Simmental class was Double Bar D Morgan 430G, shown by Rayel Kaczmar of Longview Angus at Grenfell, Sask.
In the other breed classes, Tavianne Yoder from Cinder Angus at Barrhead, Alta., showed Red Dwajo Cr Lass to the Angus grand champion title, while Jordan Dorrance from T Bar K Ranch at Wawota, Sask., showed the reserve, Red Compass Marta 10H.
The grand champion commercial heifer, Kylie’s Miss Magic 1G, came from Kylie Berner of Berner Cattle at Verwood, Sask., while the reserve was SLC Roxy 91G, from Delaney Sebastian at Sebastian Land and Cattle of Montmartre, Sask.
Colby Hollman from BNH Livestock in Alberta’s Red Deer County exhibited the Gelbvieh grand champion, CK Grace and Lace 36G. Avary Hickman of Stone Gate Farm at Sundre, Alta., showed the reserve Stone Miss Paradee 15H.
And the Hereford grand champion was Blair-Athol 124E Applause 122G, shown by Christin Dixon from Blair Athol Farms at Arcola, Sask. Sydney Perlinger from HMS Hi-Cliffe at Outlook, Sask., showed HMS Hi-Cliffe 225D Glamour 32G to a reserve finish.
For a list of the breed winners in the Evolution series, see the results at agribition.com.