Smooth patter wins the day

Frederick Bodnarus’s smooth patter won him a Canadian Western Agribition belt buckle and marble gavel last week. Five judges, including last year’s winner, deemed him the best of five contestants during the second Winners Circle auctioneer competition Nov. 20. Bodnarus operates his own business in Saskatoon and was thrilled to win. “Agribition is a very […] Read more

Producer improves herd genetics at Regina sale

$1,500 goat | ‘Good genetics don’t come cheap’

Todd Zeller paid $1,500 for a six-month-old purebred Boer doeling and thinks he got a great deal. The doeling, consigned by Venture 2 of Steelman, Sask., to the goat sale at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 20, topped the small sale of 15 lots. “We needed to top up our herd,” said Zeller, who operates Beatles […] Read more

Agribition notes

Angus sale centre of attention, bids REGINA — A barn burner of an Angus sale was held the evening of Nov. 23 at Canadian Western Agribition. The Power and Perfection sale posted an unofficial gross of $383,100. There were 28 1/2 live lots, which averaged $10,884. Eight packages of frozen embryos and semen totalled $72,900. […] Read more

Bison sale number up; prices dip slightly

Two sales to American buyers topped the 20th annual Canadian national bison sale held during Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 20. The top seller was a two-year-old half-Wood bull consigned by Silver Creek Bison of Binscarth, Man., which went to DD Buffalo of Woodland, Utah, for $20,000. A yearling Wood cross bull from Irish Creek Bison […] Read more

Hereford bull is overall champion

REGINA — Grant Hirsche is a man with a plan. His horned Hereford bull was named overall champion at the grand finale RBC Supreme champion challenge at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 24. The bull was also champion at the World Hereford Conference held in Alberta this summer. The owner of Hirsche Herefords and Angus at […] Read more

Show deemed success despite storm

Strong sales | Purebred cattle sales were about $1.4 million, up by $250,000 in 2011

Organizers of Canadian Western Agribition say sales were up and attendance was strong at last week’s 42nd show in Regina. Chief executive officer Marty Seymour said purebred cattle sales neared $1.4 million, up $250,000 over last year. The highlight was a two-thirds interest in an Angus calf for $73,000. “The ranch horse sale rang the […] Read more

Teen takes top prize

REGINA — A 17-year-old Hereford breeder surprised everyone, including herself, when she had the high selling bull at the national Hereford sale held Nov. 22 at Canadian Western Agribition. The high seller was a three-quarter interest for $20,000 in a yearling polled bull. The bull, YouTube, was consigned by Larissa Lupul, owner of Barefoot Polled […] Read more

Barn boss a referee and coach

At Agribition | Organizing the barns and stalls is like a fall vacation for one boss

REGINA —Jim Hallberg heads to Canadian Western Agribition every year for a week’s vacation as barn boss. With his wife at home feeding their herd of commercial cattle, Hallberg joins 18 other bosses, plus one supervisor, to make sure that the more than 500 exhibitors and their more than 5,000 animals have a rewarding experience […] Read more