Fort St. John bison tops CWA sale Tuesday

Canadian Western 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. Brian and Eleanor Brown of Hodgeville, Sask. paid $25,000 for the bull. They also bought the grand champion male, also a two-year-old from XY, for $18,000. Another […] Read more

Cattle get first look at International Trade Centre

The multimillion-dollar facility will allow visitors to take in all the shows and exhibits under one roof

Cattle began moving in for Canadian Western Agribition this week, and while those housed in the new International Trade Centre might not appreciate their surroundings, their owners sure will. The ITC officially opened Nov. 6, and Agribition is the first major event for the 150,000 sq. foot facility. Its opening means all the buildings at […] Read more

Charolais breeders on winning streak

These producers from Stettler, Alta., have confidence in the breed and keep shopping for bulls to improve their herd

REGINA — In the uncertain days of BSE and cattle market dysfunction, Charolais breeders Mike Panasiuk and Bob Burla ended up working at a British Columbia dairy. Both came from Charolais families in Manitoba and they retained some of their white cattle when they moved west. As their business situation improved, they eventually bought out […] Read more

Charolais couple honoured for breed contributions

REGINA — The cattle may have been dispersed, but the friendships live on for John and Rosemarie Perrot. The longtime Charolais breeders from Naicam, Sask., were recognized at Canadian Western Agribition for their contributions to the industry and inducted into the breed’s honour roll. When they married 47 years ago, neither had any experience in […] Read more

Limousin family eager to learn, strives to improve herd quality

REGINA— Canadian Western Agribition is family vacation time for Sara and Erin Hepper, who leave their Alberta jobs behind for a week to join their parents, Terry and Lynette, to show cattle at the international event. The family owns about 50 Limousin cows at Eden Meadows Farm near Zehner, Sask. “We want quality. We don’t […] Read more

Sask. rancher buys, sells top quality at Agribition sale

A revamped horse sale at Canadian Western Agribition drew more entries, a bigger crowd and stronger prices this year. The select ranch horse sale no longer features a competition and this year included ranch horses, barrel prospects and even a pony. Organizers said the idea was to feature a wider selection of quality horses for […] Read more

Agribition weathers move to new facilities

A few highlights and a few hitches characterized a transitional year for Canadian Western Agribition last week. The ability to use half of the new International Trade Centre for cattle, horses and sheep meant the show could accommodate more than 2,000 head even after the demolition of older barns. “I haven’t had one negative comment […] Read more

Meet David Whitaker, champion auctioneer

David Whitaker took home a championship buckle from his first trip to Canadian Western Agribition. Five judges deemed the auctioneer from Ames, Iowa, the best among four competitors in the Winners Circle auctioneer competition. “I’m humbled to be a champion on such a big international stage,” he said. Whitaker typically sells farmland in Iowa and […] Read more

Bison prices strong at national sale

Prices at last week’s Canadian National Bison sale were 15 percent higher than last year, buoyed by a $35,000 high-seller. Sale chair Nolan Miller from Silver Creek Bison at Binscarth, Man., said organizers were expecting prices to be as strong as last year or higher. “It’s a meat-driven industry and we’re at all-time highs with […] Read more

U.S. Gelbvieh breeders make trek to Agribition

REGINA — The Sickler family has travelled from North Dakota to Saskatchewan for the last eight years to attend Canadian Western Agribition. The Regina show is among the closest livestock events that the family attends each year, said Klint Sickler. Prairie Hills Gelbvieh, which is located near Gladstone, N.D., has developed a long-term trade relationship […] Read more