December 1, 2013
The last month has been fairly hectic and eventful from a travel and cattle standpoint. Shari and I had an excellent trip to Toronto for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair the first weekend in November. I was fortunate to judge the National Hereford Show and it was a very impressive collection of cattle from Eastern and a few Western programs. The organization, staff and facility was first class. It was also interesting to see so many junior cattle exhibitors along with the horses, dairy cattle and other livestock species.
Upon returning home, our focus turned to Agribition in Regina. We ended up exhibiting 9 head and had tremendous help for the week including Cory & Kristi Blaser, Justin Carvey, Darren Carvey, Brandon Sykes, along with Shari and I. We arrived and unloaded the quickest we ever have on Saturday. On Monday, I helped officiate the swine component of the Agribition 4-H Judging Contest. On Tuesday I attended the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Fall Forum, while a pair of bred heifers was exhibited in the First Lady show. Then on Wednesday, I judged the National Speckle Park Show in the morning. The Hereford Show was on Friday. We had Champion Yearling Heifer, Reserve Champion Bull Calf, Champion Senior Female, Champion Senior Bull, Grand Champion Female and Grand Champion Bull. On Saturday, the cow/calf pair and senior bull were both exhibited in the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge with WCC/CC 1009 GREAT DIVIDE 102 being named a top 10 finalist. It was a busy week, but fortunately I made it through all the cattle barns and was able to catch up with many people during the course of the week.
Upon arriving home from Agribition we were able to relax for a couple days. Shari was busy though, as she conducted her first sale with Liveauctions.tv at the Sproule Charolais Dispersal in High River on November 22nd. The sale went very well and she was happy with the first auction she was able to partake in.
Our 4th Internet Sale arrived on November 27th and with it always comes nervousness and an anxious feeling. Bidding was relatively quiet during the week, but thankfully the closeout was lively and well attended. We sold 6 Hereford Breds, 5 Hereford Heifer Calves and 3 Commercial females. Cattle sold into 5 Canadian provinces and two heifers went to Wyoming. Thanks to those who registered, viewed, bid or purchased during the sale. Your support and interest in our cattle is greatly appreciated and let us know of anything we can do for you in the future.
Shari just arrived home late this morning from her second Liveauctions.tv event at the National Gelbvieh Wish List Sale in Red Deer, AB. It was a successful sale as well with several unique components including a bull calf futurity. Her final upcoming sale before the New Year is the Majestic Cattle Co. Dispersal Sale in Innisfail, AB in mid-December.
We will deliver a few cattle in the next couple days and visit some neighbors to view sale cattle of their own. Furthermore, Shari and I are excited to head to Stavely on Dec. 4 for the Cudlobe Angus Sale. David Bolduc is my mentor in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program and we are excited to see his operation and cattle.
The night of Dec. 4, we will fly out of Calgary to Reno, NV for the Western Nugget Hereford Show & Sale. It will be our first time attending, although Buddy & Frances have enjoyed going in the past. There are two days of shows and the sale is held inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino. We are excited our friend and my judging teammate and college classmate Christie Gabel from Eaton, CO will be able to fly out for the weekend.
In closing I hope you have had an excellent fall and enjoy the remainder of 2013. For us 2013 included a challenging start to the year due to the snow and late spring. Summer was mild and exceptional for cattle. Fall was drier and allowed for a great harvest. We have had another early winter so far with a few cold snaps. Fortunately, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are Grey Cup Champions and the Kansas State Wildcats are headed to a bowl game, so the year will conclude on a high note. All the best to you in the holiday season and enjoy 2014!
As always, if we can ever be of assistance in terms of providing cattle or genetics-please do not hesitate to visit or contact us.