Farmfair International is expected to be held Nov. 10-14 this year after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | File photo

Alberta farm show moves under new management

Farmfair International will now be run by the City of Edmonton’s tourism agency after the 142-year-old Northlands makes the decision to dissolve

An agricultural society that is older than Alberta will be shutting down following several years of financial challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Northlands has reached a tentative agreement with Explore Edmonton, which will take over the management of the K-Days exhibition and the Farmfair International livestock and agricultural show. A formal transition will take […] Read more

Students from the Edmonton Khalsa School were able to experience the petting zoo at Farmfair International Nov. 6.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Show gives city kids a glimpse of agriculture

Roughly 1,500 children participated in field trips to Farmfair this year, making it a busy day full of learning

Young students with Edmonton’s Khalsa School were giddy to see the cattle in Livestock Alley at Farmfair International in Edmonton last week. Their eyes widened when they got up close to the animals. Some moo-ed for the fun of it. “We are pretty excited about this field trip,” said Grade 4 teacher Kajal Patel. “We […] Read more

The Payne family of Greenwood Limousin and Angus celebrate the supreme win for their Limousin bull at Farmfair International in Edmonton.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Limousin grabs supreme champ title

Greenwood Electric Impact ET, a two-year-old bull from Lloydminster, Sask., earned the honour at Farmfair

EDMONTON — The final day of Farmfair International is full of bonhomie and trepidation for the grand champion winners of the beef shows. Fifteen bulls and 18 females from the three major Alberta purebred shows competed against one another Nov. 9 for the title of supreme champion and the chance to win a brand new […] Read more

Justin Morrison of Brooking Angus shows his winning grand champion Black Angus bull at Farmfair. | Jeremy Simes photo

Angus cow from Sask. named Farmfair’s supreme female

EDMONTON — Justin Morrison ranches on the dry, hard grass country of southern Saskatchewan and has produced Angus cattle that are among Canada’s top performers. He and his wife, Tawnie, own Brooking Angus and have been showing successfully since they started in 2012. He showed the grand champion bull and female at Farmfair International held […] Read more

Jacey Massey of Strathmore, Alta., showed the grand champion Hereford female at Farmfair International, held Nov. 6-10 in Edmonton. Her father, Tim Massey, is in the background.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Alberta teen wins big in the ring at Farmfair

The 17-year-old raises Simmentals and Herefords and has plotted a clear career path for herself in the livestock business

EDMONTON — A growing trend at many agricultural exhibitions is the presence of juniors at the halter showing prime beef cattle. Jacey Massey of Strathmore, Alta., has been one of those people showing cattle since she was five. Winning at 4-H, junior and open shows takes confidence and hard work, but she has prevailed. This […] Read more

Tyson and Callie Hertz ranch near Fir Mountain, Sask. Tyson is also a livestock judge.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Angus producer makes name as a judge

EDMONTON — Tyson Hertz grew up with purebred Limousin cattle and is now a sought after judge for livestock shows from Nova Scotia to Victoria. He and his wife, Callie, are taking over management of 800 purebred cows at Six Mile Red Angus near Fir Mountain, Sask., where he is able to apply everything he […] Read more

Brynne Yoder of Cinder Angus hangs out with her winning grand champion female at Farmfair.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Red Angus winner comes from long line of longevity genes

EDMONTON — The public face of Cinder Angus is changing from one generation to the next. With eight head at Farmfair International, 16-year-old Brynne Yoder led out the grand champion Red Angus female with Red Cinder Freyja 29E. A home-raised cow registered in Yoder’s name, it is owned with Brian and Sherrie McKenzie of Brylor […] Read more

After winning the grand champion Simmental female, Tim Massey right, of New Trend Cattle locks hands with the reserve champion. | Jeremy Simes photo

Farmfair looks ahead with new programming

The purebred cattle show will always be the backbone of the event, says Northlands, but there are other attractions

Farmfair International has begun forging a path to re-invent itself, looking to connect more urban people to the annual livestock show. Last week’s event, which took place between Nov. 6-10 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, saw new additions, many of which aimed to bring city people through its doors while also better accommodating purebred producers. […] Read more

Kurt Pedersen of Pedersen Livestock stands with Kaylee Duncan. He won the Pee Wee Grand Champion title at Edmonton Farmfair last week.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Pee wee shows help ignite passion for cattle

Parents Justine and Tyler Bullick had their cellphones in hand, taking photos of their happy daughter, Scarlet, when she won Grand Champion Pee Wee Showman. It was an exciting moment for the family, which operates Prairie Cove Charolais, but they said there’s more to the pee wee shows than just getting a fancy ribbon or […] Read more