Veterinarians provide vital service at Farmfair, say producers

Farmfair veterinarian Roy Lewis spends a lot of time walking through barns, making sure breeders’ cattle are healthy before show time. This year, he treated about 50 head, though he doesn’t want people to be alarmed by that number. “It’s more minor things.” he said. “There’s only two, three or four that were probably somewhat […] Read more

Farmfair’s cattle fitters groom around the clock

They come from different parts of the globe and unite under one roof during the week known as Farmfair. Their job — to keep the animals looking shiny and groomed for the show ring. They are cattle fitters and they work around the clock here washing, shampooing, drying and styling show cattle. One flaw in […] Read more

VIDEO: Limousin, Charolais in championship ring

EDMONTON — Two families with long histories in the cattle business received the nod at Farmfair when a Limousin bull and a Charolais cow-calf pair were named supreme champions. Greenwood Canadian Impact ET owned by Scott and Jackie Payne of Greenwood Limousin and Angus in Lloydminster, Sask., earned their first supreme championship and a Dodge […] Read more

Farmfair hosts make show a welcoming place

EDMONTON — Every year at Farmfair visitors are treated to a big welcome from two longtime volunteers who keep the shows running smoothly with gentle humour and a heap of enthusiasm. Rob Smith and Tracy Gardner, both of Olds, Alta., have a deep respect for the purebred cattle sector and give everyone equal en-couragement. In […] Read more

Farmfair sees spike in international buyers

The number of international buyers were up this year at Farmfair, and the organization hopes to keep that momentum going so Canadian breeders can expand their markets. Stacy Felkar, international marketing manager with Farmfair, said the number of international buyers grew by 37 percent this year. She attributed that increase to Canada’s great genetics, as […] Read more

‘We’re not going anywhere:’ Farmfair organizers

Farmfair managers are adamant the show will carry on for years to come as they continued to ease ranchers’ concerns over the event’s viability once the rodeo gets a new home. Suzanne Bielert, the agriculture event manager for Northlands, said Farmfair will stay at Northlands for the “foreseeable future,” noting there has been a 15 […] Read more

Farmfair, rodeo face uncertain future

Exhibitors say the bread-and-butter events in Edmonton shouldn’t separate when the Coliseum closes at the end of 2017

After running in conjunction with one another for decades, Edmonton’s two staple agriculture events, Farmfair International and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, may soon no longer be joined at the hip. Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) organizers can’t guarantee the event will be held in Edmonton next year, and Northlands is unable to say definitively where Farmfair […] Read more

Serhienko family finds new ways to win

EDMONTON — Standing in the winner’s spotlight is not a new experience for Dennis Serhienko and his family. But this year, how they got there surprised many. The Serhienko family is well known as a Charolais breeding operation based at Maymont, Sask., which has won several times at Regina’s Canadian Western Agribition for big white […] Read more

Mother, daughter team up for show

EDMONTON — Some mothers and daughters like to shop together. Deanne Young and her daughter, Stacy Romanyk, like to show cattle together. Stacy is married to Don Romanyk and they started Double R Simm-entals and work with her parents, Rob and Deanne, at High Country Cattle Services near Breton, Alta., where the animals are kept. […] Read more

Blondes retain small portion of Canadian market

The breed is more popular in Europe where yield is the focus rather than marbling and meat tenderness

EDMONTON — Blonde d’Aquitaine may be the third largest breed in France, but in Canada their numbers are small. “There is a small but very active group,” said David Kemelchuk, president of the Canadian association. The blonde-coloured cattle were part of the wave of big, beefy cattle imported from Europe in the late 1960s and […] Read more