The breed won supreme bull and female titles in what was called its strongest showing at the show in several years
LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. — While the Prairies turned white with snow, the supreme show at this year’s Stockade Round-up went black.
“It was honestly one of the strongest Black Angus shows I think that we’ve had for sure at Lloyd, if not in Western Canada over the past couple of years,” said Tyson Hertz from Fir Mountain, Sask., who judged the event along with Garth Rancier from Killam, Alta.
“It was also a real strong showing in multiple breeds.”
Because of restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association Stockade Round-up was the only fall cattle show this year.
The four-day event included purebred cattle shows as well as the bull and heifer jackpot shows, junior events, premier exhibitor and breeder awards and the supreme show.
The winning supreme champion two-year-old bull title went to Chad Hollinger of Hollinger Land and Cattle near Neudorf, Sask. The two-year-old bull, HLC GQ 278F, is also owned by Justamere Farms, Nielsen Land and Cattle and CSI Angus.
Hollinger said he was surprised as well as humbled by the title.
“No better feeling, all that hard work pays off,” he said shortly after the big win.
“It was an extremely tough competition, really good bulls from the other breeds out there. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the experience again. We’re certainly going to try our hardest, like we always have.”
Added Hertz: “He was in the mature bull class and definitely stood out, one of the freest moving bulls that I had the chance to lay eyes on this week in terms of his flexibility and how he commanded himself out in the ring.
“Along with that he was stout made, really had a lot of herd sire presence to him. He’s one that you’d love to see walking in the pastures. Bring your cows.”
Hollinger said it didn’t take his family long to halter-break their entries once their attendance was confirmed.
“Typically we bring out five to 10 head to shows. We brought five here and that was what we were able to get ready in the time allotted when we heard that the show was a go,” he said.
“Our cattle are close to home. We brought them home in a decent enough time to get some work done on them: feed them, work on some hair, get them clipped.”
Justin Morrison of Brooking Angus Ranch at Radville, Sask., took home the winning banner for supreme champion female for Brooking Dusty’s Countess 9026, a 20-month old Black Angus heifer.
Last year it was the first yearling to win a supreme at the Stockade Round-up, Farmfair International and Agribition.
“Last year we had supreme champion female at Farmfair and Agribition with her and her mom. So it’s pretty neat being able to come with her calf,” said Morrison.
Added Hertz: “I saw her in the bred heifer class (and) just absolutely fell in love with her. I think she’s one that’s extremely unique in her build. I think she’s one that’s very tough to duplicate and one that we need to replicate in terms of genetics moving forward. I think she’s one that has a world of potential to do the Black Angus breed.”
Morrison said they almost didn’t get into this show.
“We were actually put on a waiting list and we didn’t even get booked in until 10 days ago. They had a cancellation and we made it in. So we were pretty tight to even making it here. We were pretty lucky,” he said.
“We’d actually kicked her back out to grass because we (had) kind of given up that we were going to make it and thankfully they’re pretty easy to get ready and whatnot. But in the last 10 days we’ve worked hard to get them to this point.”
While Morrison has judged at the Stockade Round-up in past years, this was the first time he exhibited.
“A big push for us to come this year was because it was actually the first time my son, Kordell, 7, was showing at a junior show,” he said.
“And we do have a sale in 15 days, (Nov. 23) so it was great to come here and be able to promote the sale as well.”