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Genetics sale generates buzz

A new sale at Canadian Western Agribition signals growth in a particular segment of the cattle industry.

The Champions by Design club calf genetics sale saw offerings of live animals, semen and embryos from breeders in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba.

Organizer Tyson Rasmuson of Midale, Sask., said breeders who raise show cattle expressed interest in starting the new sale.

Club calves are designed for shows and their appearance, not for their carcass qualities or other traits that the commercial industry wants.

Big bones, medium frames and lots of hair are the main characteristics of the animals bred for this industry.

Genetics from sires like Monopoly, Heat Wave and Eye Candy are among the most sought after at sales and that was no different at Agribition.

The top-selling lot, a mature bull consigned by Piller Show Cattle, Elldem Cattle Investments and Blue Moon Ranch, all from Saskatchewan, is a grandson of Heat Wave and went for $10,500.

The bull, Dubstep, had sired the 2014 grand champion prospect heifer at Agribition.

The high-selling bull calf was Arch’s Slash from Arch Holdings at Speers, Sask., which sold for $6,750.

The top female was a bred heifer, Miss Tableland Worth It, from Tableland Cattle Co. at Estevan, Sask. She is a Monopoly descendant and sold for $9,750.

Eleven embryo packages averaged $2,002, four semen packages averaged $2,631 and one flush went for $4,500.

In total, 25 lots sold for $101,950.

Rasmuson said the sale is likely to be bigger and better next year as club calf popularity moves north.

“It’s starting to pick up in Canada,” he said prior to the sale. “It’s starting to gain a lot of steam and fire up here. There’s been lots of buzz in the barns about it and lots of interest in it.”

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