Canadian Western Agribition 2017

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Western Agribition is underway in Regina.

WP reporters are on the grounds taking photos, shooting video and filing stories.

All our coverage will be posted below, and we’ll update this page throughout the day until the show wraps up – Saturday November 25, 2017.

Scholarship winners enthusiastic about ag – This year’s Canadian Western Agribition scholarship recipients could be found all over the show doing the things for which they were recognized. The show awards three $2,500 scholarships for involvement in the show, plus the Barry Andrew Family Scholarship and William M. Farley Memorial Scholarship, each worth $1,500.

Women in agriculture award winner loves the way of life – Few who have attended a cattle event in the last 30 years wouldn’t have crossed paths with Belinda Wagner. She has spent her career in agriculture, and last month was honoured for her dedication and commitment. Canadian Western Agribition and BMO presented its inaugural Celebrating Women in Agriculture Award to the Saskatchewan resident.

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 own pedigree: her sire is Canadian Western Alastair and her dam is West Ceilidh Victoria Mae. She debuted at Agribition after arriving from the manufacturer just days before the show began and immediately became a hit.

Quebec farm nabs awards at Agribition after 14 year hiatus – It’s been a while since Shadybrook Shorthorns appeared in the barns at Canadian Western Agribition. The operation at West Brome, Que., sent one calf out with another exhibitor in 2011, but farm manager Lloyd Wright said it’s been 14 years since the operation made the more than 40-hour trip from southeast of Montreal near the U.S. border with its own cattle.

Highlights of Agribition horse sale, sheep show – Fourteen select horses sold for an average $8,075 during the Canadian Western Agribition sale Nov. 24. Twenty-two horses were on the sale bill but several passed after not meeting reserve bids, including one that reached $15,000. A bay mare from perennial high seller Frehlick Quarter Horses at Estevan, Sask., topped the sale at $13,000.

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.

Purebred breeders keen to learn, tackle challenges – REGINA — Kyle and Brittany Boss are new generation cattle producers who are willing to work hard and make a name for themselves in the competitive purebred world. Boss Lake Genetics is a going concern, in which the young couple have taken on three breeds of beef cattle and are excelling.

Alta. cattle producers win jackpot with Maine Anjou – REGINA — At the Pashulka household, life revolves around the beef business. Maine Anjou enthusiasts, parents Ken and Josie and sons Tyson, 19, Riley, 17, and Taylor, 15, spend their weekends at shows or getting ready for the next event. “Pretty much every weekend we are gone jackpotting,” said Tyson, who is also a welder.

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.

Agribition makes the most of its brand new facilities – Canadian Western Agribition will set records this year, say organizers. They just have to wait for final figures to make it official. “This has been a benchmark year for us in a lot of ways,” said chief executive officer Chris Lane as the 47th annual show wrapped up last week.

Agribition recognizes excellence – REGINA — Two elated families made history at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 25 when they won the supreme championship award. Prairie Cove Charolais of Bow-den, Alta., won the top female banner with PZC Lily 5013 Et and her calf at side, while Greenwood Limousin and Angus of Lloyd-minster, Sask., won with a two-year-old red Limousin bull named Canadian Impact.

Reputation nets Merit Cattle Co. high selling Angus calf – REGINA — When the bidding reached $40,000 Kelly Feige decided to jump into the Angus Masterpiece sale and buy a popular calf offered by the Liebreich family at Merit Cattle Co. The final bid at the Canadian Western Agribition sale held Nov. 22 was $52,000 for a half interest, full possession deal.

Purebred beef show highlights several breeds – Four different breeds took home banners from Canadian Western Agribition’s first purebred beef shows of the event last week. The interbreed First Lady Classic and President’s Classic each drew more than 90 entries.

Bison sale sees more animals, higher prices – Brian and Eleanor Brown bolstered their bison herd last week after taking home both the grand champion bull and the high selling animal. Sixty-seven animals sold during the Canadian National Sale at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 21.

Speckle Park breeders in it for the beef – REGINA — Curtis and Dustin McAleer think like commercial beef producers when it comes to raising their Speckle Park purebred cows. “We were commercial cattlemen as long as the family has been around,” said Dustin.

Two of the three young bulls on offer from Serhienko brought $55,000 and $45,000 at the Agribition 2017 Charolais Sale. | Michael Raine photo

Big sale day at Day 4 of Agribition – Yesterday was a big sale day at Canadian Western Agribition. Dennis Serhienko and family offered a choice of three bulls and sold two, retaining one for his own herd at Maymont, Sask.

Canadian Western Agribition has awarded its inaugural Celebrating Women in Agriculture award to Belinda Wagner. | Screencap via

Women in Ag award presented on Day 3 of Agribition – Canadian Western Agribition has awarded its inaugural Celebrating Women in Agriculture award to Belinda Wagner.

The Noble Family of Lloydminster, Sask., owned Black Gold Simmentals and won the grand champion bull and female banners at Canadian Western Agribiton. These cattle have been undefeated at the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Farmfair International and the Prince Albert Exhibition. Genetics from these cattle were offered at the Simmental sale held Nov. 22. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Simmental family wins at Agribition – REGINA — A Simmental family from Lloydminster has continued its winning ways by winning the grand champion bull and female honours at Canadian Western Agribition.

Trent Liebreich of Merit Cattle Co. at Radville, Sask., judges the Maine Anjou show females at Agribition in Regina. The new show venues, along with a strong cattle market are combining to attract large crowds to the annual event. | Michael Raine photo

Speckle Park has strong sale at Agribition – REGINA — The Speckle Park lit up the night at its annual Canadian Western Agribition sale held yesterday. With an unofficial sale average of $11,839 on 14 females, $5,500 on a bull calf and about $1,800 on 30 embryos, the sale was strong from start to finish before a full house.

The high selling Speckle Park at the Canadian Western Agribition sale was the consignment of Outback Farm from Alberta’s Sturgeon County. It sold to a syndicate for $20,000. The sale was held Nov, 22 before a full house of buyers from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. | Barbara Duckworth photo

The First Lady Classic was one of the highlights of Day 2 at Agribition. | Karen Briere photo

Bison sale, interbreed show ring garner attention at Agribition – A two-year-old bison bull consigned by XY Bison Ranch from Fort St. John, B.C. topped the Canadian National bison sale held at Canadian Western Agribition Tuesday Nov. 21.

Beef shows start at Agribition on Day 2. | William DeKay photo

Beef shows start at Agribition on Day 2 – The second day of Canadian Western Agribition is underway with the first of the major beef events. There are about 100 entries each in the First Lady Classic and President’s Classic bred heifer and bull calf competitions. Eleven breeds are represented.

From left, Tracy Fahlman, CEO of Regina Hotels Association, Regina mayor Michael Fougere, Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart and Canadian Western Agribition president Bruce Holmquist burn the brand to open the 2017 show and celebrate the opening of the International Business Centre. | Karen Briere photo

Brand burning kicks off Agribition – The four funding partners of the new International Trade Centre kicked off Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 20 with the traditional brand burning ceremony in the new location.

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