Agribition expects to welcome up to 1,000 international guests this year, at least partly as a result of the new facility. The International Business Centre will be located upstairs in the ITC, and guests are able to view the purebred shows from above. | Karen Briere photo

Agribition welcomes new International Trade Centre building

The long-awaited new building at Regina’s Evraz Place officially opened today. Finishing touches are still being done and parking lot paving has been hampered by the early snowfall, but the International Trade Centre will be ready to house cattle, horses and international guests for Canadian Western Agribition beginning Nov. 20. The 150,000 sq. foot space […] Read more

Profit and attendance were both down at Canadian Western Agribition last year, but organizers say they’re happy, considering the challenges the show faced.
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Agribition officials satisfied despite dip in visitors, profits

Profit and attendance were both down at Canadian Western Agribition last year, but organizers say they’re happy, considering the challenges the show faced. “2016 was the year of change,” chief executive officer Chris Lane said at last week’s annual meeting. It was his first year as CEO, the show had only partial use of the […] Read more

Enough of the new International Trade Centre at Evraz Place is complete that it will house some cattle, horses, sheep and goats during Canadian Western Agribition. | Karen Briere photo

New building ready for Agribition

The partially complete International Trade Centre at Evraz Place in Regina is ready for Canadian Western Agribition next week. Construction is ahead of schedule and the building has LED lighting, a heating system and more than three dozen wash racks. The dirt floor will be replaced after Agribition concludes. Panels and bedding are already in […] Read more

Barn 9 is the first to come down at Evraz Place in Regina. Fourteen buildings will be demolished in phases to accommodate construction of a new International Trade Centre. | Karen Briere photo

Demolition begins on Agribition barns

Demolition began this morning on old buildings at Regina’s Evraz Place in preparation for construction of the new International Trade Centre. The numbered barns that house horses, sheep and goats during Canadian Western Agribition were among the first to go. Materials, seating and other equipment was salvaged for re-use where possible. Mark Allan, chief executive […] Read more

Agribition past-president Reed Andrew has seen a lot of history pass through the doors of the old barns and Stadium. He will find himself  in new surroundings next year.  |  Michael Raine photo

Feelings of nostalgia waft through Agribition

Long-time participants say the atmosphere of the old barns will be hard to replace as they are slated for demolition

There was something in the air at Canadian Western Agribition this year and it wasn’t just the smell of livestock. You could feel it in the barns and see it on faces. It was in snatches of overheard conversation. It was the bittersweetness of the last show in some of the landmark Evraz Place buildings […] Read more

Brady, left, Lee, Riley, Cynthia and Brooklyn Wirgau pose in the barns at this year’s Agribition. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Family stuck on farm show

REGINA — Lee Wirgau has attended every Canadian Western Agribition since 1994. When he and his wife Cynthia married 16 years ago, they kept up the tradition of packing up children, homework, tack boxes and a string of cattle to participate in the week-long event at Regina. They are like many family teams at Agribition […] Read more

Ryley, left, and Nicole Bielecki of Paradise Hill, Sask., are two-thirds of a family cattle partnership.   |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Teens form partnership

REGINA — It can be difficult to encourage young people to continue farming, but one family has banded together as teenagers to form their own cattle company. Ryley, Nicole and Curtis Bielecki of Paradise Hill, Sask., formed RCN Livestock in 2012 while they were in high school with the goal of competing against the adults […] Read more

Kriselly Webber may not be as tall as the cattle she works with, but she’s right at home in the barns and the show ring.  |  Robin Booker photo

Video: Pint-size producer at home in the cattle ring

REGINA — Learning proper grooming techniques and animal care for a big event like Canadian Western Agribition is a life-long tutorial for nine-year-old Kriselly Webber. The cattle business is a big part of her world at Midale, Sask., where she lives with her parents, Kelly and Kristy, and 13-year-old sister Ashtyn. Webber was involved with […] Read more

Sandy Larocque, right, helped bring back the dairy goat show to Canadian Western Agribition. Also in the ring is Sydney Flemming. Both are from Sifton, Man.  |  Karen Briere photo

Dairy goats return to warm reception

Sandy Larocque was back in the Canadian Western Agribition show ring last month and loving it. After a 12-year absence, dairy goat breeds returned to the event in a small but significant way. Just five breeders participated, but Larocque said interest was strong. “It was unbelievable,” she said as the goat events concluded. “Yesterday we […] Read more

Prices reflect strong sector at Agribition sheep sale

Saskatchewan breeders are diversifying into new breeds, such as the Ille de France breed that made its debut at the Regina show this year

Strong sale prices at Canadian Western Agribition indicate the overall health of the sheep sector, says the president of the Saskatchewan Sheep Breeders Association. Nathan Trowell said the average per lot was up $150 over last year. The 71 lots in the sale totalled $36,550 to average $514.79. The average was boosted by the high-seller, […] Read more