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Welcome to the semen and bull sale edition of Top Stock. It's hard to believe that this issue polishes off our first year in the magazine business. It has certainly been a learning curve, and we could not have done it without you!

"Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up."

If there was ever a doubt that the show scene is on the rise in Canada, I think this issue puts it to rest. Thankfully, gone are the days when you could open a semen catalog and weigh your options between the same two bulls that took up space on the last two pages for the previous five years. Our advertisers have brought an incredibly diverse and high quality offering of genetics to the table. If you are looking for a bull to advance your program, you can find him or buy semen from him, right here at home. Our list of upcoming shows is also growing longer each spring – we, the jackpot lovers, have a lot to look forward to! It has already been a particularly rewarding year for Canadian producers on the North American stage. I want to extend my congratulations to the Canadian exhibitors at Denver's National Western and the Fort Worth Stock Show. Though the VS regulations made for a smaller number of breeders travelling and exhibiting south of the border, its safe to safe the ones that made the trip brought home some very serious hardware. They are capping off an amazing fall run, which this issue reviews in detail. Plus, once the exhibitors of the Supreme Champions at Agribition caught their breath – we interviewed them! If you've ever wondered what its like to win the big one, check out page 56. Inspired by a reader's request, we are hosting the first of our how-to columns in our Top Tips section: If you are a budding cattle photographer, flip to page 28 for our top 10 rules for success in the picture pen. Of course, we always welcome your suggestions and feedback. If there is something you would like to learn about, drop us a line. Finally, we are excited to feature the Student Managed Farm at Lakeland College. Their hands-on approach to student-driven learning is unique and sets future farmers up for big achievements in their own operations. We hope you enjoy our fourth edition and thank you again for your support. See you out on the show road! – Katie Songer

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The Canadian Junior Limousin Association is proud to announce that CJLA members Braeden Weppler, Tara, ON (left) and Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB (right) have been selected for the inaugural CJLA Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange! Cassidy Matthews of Olds, AB was selected as an alternate, should one of the selected delegates be unable to attend. The trip will take place for four weeks in July and August 2016. Delegates will travel to Dubbo, New South Wales where they will tour the local area, numerous Limousin stud operations, and an abattoir. They will assist with the preparation of show cattle for Ekka, held in Brisbane, and take in an on property production sale. In order to be

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"From the start of the year, we wanted to get our name out there and really show people what we are striving to accomplish at the college, as well as making an impact in the industry." • Cory Bloder

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hen calving time begins, many postsecondary students from agricultural backgrounds stare out classroom and dorm windows, wishing they could be at home to help. For some students at Lakeland College, however, class time doesn’t mean having to miss out on the everyday realities of running a beef operation. Corey Bloder is one such student, who found it hard to leave home, along with his own purebred Simmental herd, to head off to college. “I always wanted to go to Lakeland, but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to take. When I found out that I had the opportunity to get a post-secondary education while continuing my knowledge in the livestock industry, I felt it was an easy decision,” he recalls. The college at Vermilion, Alberta, is known for its handson, experiential approach in all disciplines, and students like Bloder find this experience and a little piece of home in Lakeland’s Student Managed Farm.

Part of Lakeland’s Animal Science program, the Student Managed Farm (SMF) gives students the chance to take an active role in managing their own livestock operation while studying at the college. Second-year Animal Science majors choose a livestock team— purebred beef, commercial beef, dairy or sheep — that is part of the Farm. Students on the purebred beef team explore all aspects of cattle production, from record keeping to herd health, sustainability to marketing. The team also holds an annual bull sale; this year’s edition is on March 26. “The Student Managed Farm allows students to get the hands-on education that you won’t be able to find at other colleges across North America,” says Bloder, who is the general manager of the purebred beef team. Working with his advisors, Robert Dixon and Leila Hickman, as well as the farm staff at Lakeland, Bloder is responsible for

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overseeing the college’s purebred Angus herd, currently consisting of 28 head. “The leadership position allows me to learn the management side of things: run meetings, make day-to-day decisions and motivate and work with my fellow schoolmates,” he explains. One such important task is planning and executing an embryo program with the commercial females at the college.

and Communications Manager for the purebred beef team. Miller’s role is to market the purebred team’s cattle and share the program’s mandate. Other positions on each team include managers for nutrition, herd health, sustainability, records and the show team. This school year, the team consists of students from British Columbia, the three Prairie Provinces and Ontario.

“Students are responsible for all decisions made by each specific unit and are guided by industry professionals,” says Chase Miller, student and Marketing

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Left Lakeland students show at the 2015 Canadian Western Agribition. ©© Top Stock

Below Lakeland's lead donor, OAV Laura 25T, was the Reserve Champion Female at the 2014 Stockade Round-up. ©© Grant Rolson

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"Because so many of our courses are directly linked to the agriculture industry, it gives students from all backgrounds a great chance to learn about the industry." • Chase Miller

grown up in the cattle industry, Miller was already familiar with some components of the program, but found there were several aspects of running a beef operation he had yet to experience. “The big appeal to me to join the Purebred Student Managed Farm was to help make contacts within the industry and to give me a chance to learn different management practices and how they can affect your revenue for the year,” he explains. While many cattle show-savvy students have to miss out on the major fall and winter shows due to their academic

schedules, the purebred beef team makes exhibiting their cattle a priority during the school year. This gives members an opportunity to take part in events they love and present what they’ve been working on at college; it’s also a key aspect of their marketing plan. “From the start of the year, we wanted to get our name out there and really show people what we are striving to accomplish at the college, as well as make an impact in the industry,” says Bloder. “Having our own annual bull sale every year made us feel we needed to get our genetics out there for people to see.”

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"Being part of this has opened my eyes to many different management practices and has made me a much better cattlemen.” • Chase Miller

This year, the team exhibited cattle at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, the Lloydminster Stockade and the Camrose Bull Congress. Exhibiting at the Camrose Bull Congress was imperative, Bloder explains, as it doesn’t require a long trip to attend and plays host to many of their prospective bull buyers. “The show string we had this year won some of their classes and really motivated us to continue our progress in the beef industry,” he continues. Not only did these allow the team to display the genetics the Farm has to offer, they made new connections in the industry and were successful in getting those genetics to purebred producers. “At CWA we consigned an embryo lot on our leading donor female, OAV Laura 25T, in the Power and Perfection Sale.” There is no doubt the skills learned through their SMF experience will help when students are ready to strike out on their own in the industry. “Being a part of this program has allowed me to develop teamwork skills, which will be fundamental to my success as a cattleman in the future,” says Miller. “Because we are working directly with the other members on our team five days a week, and sometimes weekends at shows or processing cattle, we really get a chance to deal with the problems that are inevitable when working with a group.” With students from all backgrounds on the team, many different perspectives are shared. “Being part of this has opened my eyes to many different management practices and has made me a much better cattlemen.”

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Bloder also mentions the importance of learning how to work with others on the team in the day-to-day operation of their herd. “The biggest issue in forming a team is that everyone has different ways of doing the same job. You just have to stay motivated and listen to what everyone has to say and you will reach your goals in the end,” he explains. Making the main decisions in the management of a livestock operation is a vital part of this program, as it is often the first time these students have been given that responsibility. “The most important thing I have gotten out of being a team member would be the reality of success or failure of you financial year being dictated by the choices that we have made throughout the year,” says Miller. “My operation back at home is still very family-oriented, with much of the

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decision making being done by my mother and father. Being on the team where the students make all the choices has really showed me how some decisions can impact our finances for the year.” Having gone through this team experience, members are eager to promote the Farm to prospective Lakeland students. “I would recommend this program because of the hands-on learning experiences it offers,” says Miller. “With the SMF we get a chance to actually live the learning and get valuable real world experience while making industry contacts and lifelong friends in the process … Because so many of our courses are directly linked to the agriculture industry, it gives students from all backgrounds a great chance to learn about the industry.”

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Rather than missing life on the family farm, these young students are making a real contribution towards their future in the beef industry. “The day-to-day activities that happen on the farm at Vermilion help you when you go back to the operation you are from or work at, and help you when you are ready to go into the industry,” says Bloder. And to be able to do the things you like best and find a little bit of the familiar while living away from home for the first makes the experience even sweeter. “(It) allows you to feel like you’re at home on the farm, which makes your college life that much more enjoyable.”

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et’s be honest: Photo day strikes frustration in the hearts of many. It can be a high-stress and sometimes fruitless affair for the inexperienced photographer – and it should go without saying that a poor quality photo is not worth the time it takes to put your boots on. A complex stew of animals, people, action, lighting, weather and settings can present a challenge for even the most experienced of photographers, but if you are not dissuaded, read on! We have compiled the 10 sacred rules of basic livestock photography to ease your picture-pen pains.

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Thou shall ask for help

Thou shall work with the weather

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The weather is so integral to almost every other job on the farm, so it should come as no surprise that it also looms large on picture day. Photographers should take advantage of bright, sunny days with little wind. Good natural lighting can emphasize muscle mass and dimension, and allows your camera to capitalize on a very fast shutter speed – the length of time your shutter is open to expose your camera’s sensor to light. A fast shutter speed both prevents overexposure caused by letting in too much light, and also freezes the action, making it more likely that your photo will remain in focus even if the animal is moving. You should always work with your back to the sun, and if possible, avoid shooting at mid-day in summer when shadows are the harshest and extreme heat or flies can make for obstinate subjects. Summer mornings or evenings or any sunny day in winter (due to the low angle and diffused light of the sun) provide for good photo opportunities. As a rule of thumb, photo day is the opposite of ground-hog day: If you can’t see your shadow, hold out for better weather.

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Thou shall use the right equipment

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There are a hundred ways a livestock photo can go wrong, and ninety-nine of them involve a phone camera. Let me be clear – cell phone cameras have revolutionized the way livestock is promoted through social media and they are a great way to informally document your product – but they should be kept out of the picture pen. Their poor optical quality, bad light sensitivity, and wide angle lenses generate blurry, noisy or distorted photos that cannot accurately reflect your product and will not reproduce well at a reasonable size in print. Instead, invest in the best quality digital camera and lens you can afford. A basic DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) with a modest zoom lens will allow you to shoot from a greater distance. This encourages livestock to relax and focus on the ‘ear-getter’ instead of the photographer, producing higher quality results. Shopping and don’t know where to start? Try a Canon digital rebel T5i or a Nikon D5100 with a 70-200 mm zoom lens.

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Good help is hard to find – or is it just that bad management is prevalent? Corralling two cattle-savvy assistants, a handler and an ‘ear-getter’, is a key to success in the photo pen. Have the handler either chase or lead the cattle into position, perpendicular to the photographer, and the ‘ear getter’ stand in front of the animal. The ‘ear-getter’ should begin trying to get the animal’s attention shortly before the animal poses to help stop the animal in the ideal location. Properly reading an animal’s behavioural cues, and either upping the ante or decreasing the volume, is vital to capturing an animal in the proper position – head up, feet placed, and ears ahead. If photographing livestock on the halter, walking an animal into the correct stance, rather than placing its feet with a show stick, and using a relaxed lead will ensure the animals’ positioning is natural. It should be noted that minimizing the distance the photographer has to move to get into position for each shot increases the likelihood that he / she will be in the right place at the right time.

Thou shall know thy camera

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(And thou shall read thy camera manual, for knowledge is power). One way to improve your shooting is to understand the tools at your disposal. Technical choices made in the picture pen can cost time, and often you have only one chance to get the best shot. It seems unthinkable, but spending some quality reading time with your camera’s manual is one way to get acquainted before you head outdoors. An even better way is to photograph something every day.

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Thou shall choose the right set-up

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The outcomes of proper picture pen set-up are a challenge to duplicate in post-processing, so why spend time erasing the same post from every picture? Do it right once. Cattle look best pointed up a slight incline so choose a small hill with an uncluttered backdrop free of buildings, posts, equipment, and barnyard refuse. If you must have a fence in your shot, photograph against a fence in good repair – ideally hog wire, single-strand barb wire or a plank fence which will not detract from the animal. The right picture pen has good traction on clean grass, clean snow or clean straw. Whether you shoot your subjects against a clear blue sky or a dark spruce trees will depend on the colour of your animal. Choose maximum contrast and avoid taking a Charolais against snow or a red heifer against a red fence.

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Thou shall critically evaluate thy subjects

Attempting to photograph a single-subject ‘among the herd’ is a good way to crush your enthusiasm for the job. It is advantageous to remember, however, that cattle are herd animals. Having a few cattle penned in front of your photo area can provide both a sense of security and a point of interest for the animal you are photographing, making the ear-getter job seem like an easier chore.

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Correct foot placement – with the front feet lined up with the shoulder and slightly offset and the back feet scissored so that the foot on the photographer’s side extends back – is half the battle. The other half is correctly identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your stock. Just as changing the angle and camera height can produce a more flattering effect in portrait photography, these tools can be employed to compliment an animal’s build. If your animal has too much shoulder, too much/too little frame, too little neck extension, etc., consider changing your angle. You will be surprised how much of a difference a small adjustment can make.

Thou shall practice often

8 Above All four feet should be visible when placed correctly. Slightly off the hip is a good place to start taking photos – but you may need to adjust your position to show the animal's best attributes. ©Golden Thread Livestock Images

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Rome wasn’t built in a day; if you want to get good at anything in life, you have to work hard at it. Never under-estimate the power of practice. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I could go on – Carrying your camera with you daily will allow you to take advantage of photo opportunities whenever they happen, and allow you to build an image database that can be used in everyday farm promotion – and you may find that that a nostress, no-deadline atmosphere is conducive to getting better pictures more often.

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Thou shall know when to hire a professional

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Thou shall not rely on Photoshop

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Replacing craft with photo-editing software is a recipe for inferior images. There is a common misconception in the cattle business that Photoshop is a magic button with the ability to correct terrible technique. Unfortunately, it is impossible to edit photos that are poorly focused, badly lit, or over/under-exposed to match the quality of a properly taken image. Ironically, getting it right on-camera also means that any manipulations you do need to make will look the most natural. Humans possess an astounding capacity for visual pattern recognition – the more a photo is altered in postprocessing, the more likely it will look off, even to an untrained eye. How honestly you choose to represent your product is up to you – but a customer who has been deceived by excessive photo-manipulation is unlikely to be back.

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Farming and ranching foster an industrious attitude, but we can sometimes succumb to do-it-yourself syndrome. Rather than hiring someone who could quickly add value to our products, we can spend a disproportionate amount of our own time, effort and resources obtaining mediocre results. Remember that expending your own time is still an investment if your skills could be put to better use elsewhere. If you lack the patience, assistance, or equipment for livestock photography and can’t acquire these things, outsource instead. Reaching the next level in your marketing efforts requires you to distinguish your product from the rest – and there are many ways to do this that don’t require freezing your finger to a shutter release.

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Hawken Shorthorns

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Brianna Kimmel

Serhienko Cattle Co.

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McAvoy Charolais

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Clythe Mane Shorthorns

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Champion Charolais Bull

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Indian River Cattle Company

Elmlodge Polled Herefords

JDL Cattle Co.

New Life Limousin

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Jetstream Livestock

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Maple Stone Farm, Horseshoe Creek

Shadybrook Shorthorns

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Queen's Guineas Reserve Champion Steer Jarrett Hargrave

Queen's Gineaus Grand Champion Steer Sylvia Megens

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Supreme Champion Bull

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Legends of the Fall Champion Bull

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Johnson Charolais

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Muddy Creek Ranch


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Champion Prospect Heifer

Levi Martin

Lone Star Angus & Rock Star Cattle

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River Hill Speckle Park

River Hill Speckle Park

Rusylvia Cattle Co.

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Kelsey Knott

Brandon Konrad

Tony/Tammy Freimark

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“My daughter and Candace were showing the cow and they were in the line-up for the females, and then they called the bulls out and I was at the halter of the bull, and surprisingly there we are, standing side-by-side, virtually in the centre of the ring. Watching it all take place that

close was kind of breathtaking."

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Judge Anne Brunet-Burgess congratulates Rod as he watches their Supreme win from centre-stage in the top ten bull line-up.

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ith November comes the last of the year’s major cattle shows, and after breeders display their very best in Edmonton and Toronto, thoughts turn to the Canadian Western Agribition. On the last day of this beloved event, grand champions from the year’s biggest shows are invited to Regina to fill the show ring with Agribition’s breed champions as they compete in the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge. With the very best in Canadian beef vying for the supreme championships and a panel of judges kept secret until the minute the show begins, the Beef Supreme

Challenge is the highlight of Agribition and a can’t-miss event. The 2015 edition was particularly noteworthy, as it was the last Agribition to be held in a number of the old barns of Evraz Place. Demolition of the barns began in January, with the new International Trade Centre slated to be ready in October 2017. Other buildings, such as Exhibition Stadium, will see one more Agribition before being torn down to make way for new buildings. Here, we ask the winners of this year’s Beef Supreme Challenge to give us a glimpse into their moments of glory.

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stellar show season with a superior animal is what most breeders hope for. This dream came true for Tanya Belsham of Poplar Meadows Angus. “I had an amazing year,” the Houston, B.C., cattlewoman reflects when talking about her win at the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge. “I’ve been involved with Angus cattle my entire life,” she continues. Her parents, Frank and Dianne Strimbold, received the 50-year distinction from the Canadian Angus Association in 2015. After pursuing other venues, Belsham turned her attention back to cattle more

than a decade ago, and now has her own operation with her family. “Currently, we’re calving out 400 cows, and about 330 of those are purebreds.” The Angus bull that made Belsham’s year, May-Way Breakout 1310, was bred by Caleb Flory of Baldwin City, Kansas. “A friend of mine, Robert Carlson, bought him for me, and I met him in Montana to pick him up,” Belsham explains. “I was thoroughly impressed. He was exactly what I was looking for — an easy-keeping, thick, deep-sided bull, and I was quite tickled with him.”

"I had the absolute best year you could ever imagine as a breeder and showing my cattle. I lost my dad in March, and watching the Supreme, I was all nervous watching, and then I felt this peace come over me and it got kind of quiet, and I could just feel my dad there, and it was just like he had a hand in slapping the bull as champion."

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Interestingly, the Belshams didn’t decide to show this bull until the summer of 2015. “He was born in October. I’m actually not sure if it’s ever been done — an off-age bull to win a supreme,” she says. “In July we decided to halter break him, and his first show he went to he did very poorly, and after that he has been extremely competitive.” Their bull claimed many championships at shows in B.C., including Supreme Champion at the Interior Provincial Exhibition at Armstrong, then was named Champion Angus Bull at Edmonton’s FarmFair International. After winning Reserve Champion Angus Bull at Agribition, Belsham was ready to see how the bull would fare in the Beef 059


"To be honest, a lot of times it still doesn’t seem real. You look at the pictures and relive the moment, and it was pretty darn exciting, but it kind of refuels the fire in you to try to do it again."

Supreme Challenge. As she watched from ringside, she liked their odds. “It’s one of those things, the more bulls you see walk in, you know you have a good chance. I really wanted to make top ten,” she says. The moments after seeing her bull selected as the Supreme Champion were a frenzy of excitement. “It was actually completely overwhelming,” she recalls. “I met my husband down at ringside, and we were congratulated by gazillions of people, and it was overwhelming comradery between all the breeders of all the different breeds. It was a pretty humbling experience.” Part of the post-show celebration includes pens set up to showcase the champions in the middle of the ring, but Belsham’s bull didn’t take to being the star of the party. “My bull actually didn’t really like to be in the centre all by himself. He kept pushing the pen around, so he ended up having to get taken back to the stall before he joined the party out of the pen.” Looking back, Belsham is delighted with the scale of this achievement. “In my eyes, it’s kind of like the Super Bowl of cattle shows, and I’m a really goal-driven person and it’s a goal that I’d Above The defining moment – Breakout receives the championship slap. ©© ShowChampions

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drawn out a long time ago that I wanted to achieve,” she says. “To be honest, a lot of times it still doesn’t seem real. You look at the pictures and relive the moment, and it was pretty darn exciting, but it kind of refuels the fire in you to try to do it again … Once you win one you want to win it again.” As for the supreme bull, his future looks bright not only within the Poplar Meadows program, but in two other Canadian prominent Angus herds. The Belshams have sold interests to Six Mile Red Angus at Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan, Hamilton Farms of Cochrane, AB and Breed Creek Angus of Mankota, SK. “He’s just finishing being in stud, and he will go to Hamiltons and Six Mile and breed this year,” says Belsham. At the time of writing, the first generation of his progeny had just arrived. “I just calved his first calf at my house today – a beautiful bull calf,” she says proudly. Belsham hopes this bull will pass his winning qualities on to his progeny. “He’s

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got a really traditional Angus head and appearance,” she notes. “For me, he’s an easy-fleshing, easy-doing, sound bull, and I had a lot of people from a lot of breeds admire him. He’s one of those bulls that always looks good standing in the stall or out in the ring. I think that his doability is probably one of his best attributes.” Poplar Meadows also bred the Supreme Champion Bull at the 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, PM Thunderstruck 22’13, now partially owned by Black Lane Farm of Bristol, Quebec. “He ended up being the Show Bull of the Year in the Angus, and my May-Way bull that won at Agribition was Reserve Show Bull of the Year. Then the Thunderstruck bull was just Reserve Senior Champion at Denver,” says Belsham. “I still own a percentage of him, but we sold him to another breeder, an American, and we just sold exclusive semen rights to Argentina, so it’s been an unbelievable year.” Belsham has many good memories of her Supreme experience, but one special moment stands out from the rest. “I had the absolute best year you could ever imagine as a breeder and showing my cattle. I lost my dad in March, and watching the Supreme, I was all nervous watching, and then I felt this peace come over me and it got kind of quiet, and I could just feel my dad there, and it was just like he had a hand in slapping the bull as champion,” she recalls. “It was a pretty cool moment, and I guess the hardest part for me is not being able to call him and tell him I won, but I’m pretty sure he was there watching.” Top Left This year, the job of selecting the Supreme champions fell to the panel of judges made up of Craig Flewelling, Casey Fanta, Marlin Leblanc, Duncan Lees, and Anne Brunet-Burgess.

Above Right Chan Phillips selects another bull bred by Belshams, PM Thunderstruck 22'13 as the Supreme Champion Bull at the 2015 Royal.

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Bottom left Thunderstruck went on to be Show Bull of the Year in the Angus. He is jointly owned with Black Lane Livestock, QC; Vos Vegas Farms, ON; and Hoffman Ranch, NE.

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aising and exhibiting cattle has always been a family endeavour for the McLeods of Cochrane, AB. Naturally, claiming the Supreme Champion Female at the 2015 RBC Beef Supreme Challenge was a family success. McLeod Livestock was established when Rod and April McLeod first bought Charolais calves when their children joined 4-H. “This spring we’ll be calving 100 head of cows. The majority of them were embryo transplants, and the foundation cow is still the very first 4-H project that we bought for our son, Colby,” says Rod

McLeod. “She’s the foundation of our embryo program, her and her daughters.” Their program has produced 4-H and junior show champions as well as serious contenders and champions in both breeding classes and steer shows. Their champion cow, a Charolais named PZC TR Desirae 012, is a reflection of that family commitment. “She’s been a family project all the way along,” he explains. “My daughter, Megan, has always been at the halter when we’ve been showing her, and her friend, Candace Fankhanel, who did all the fitting for us and worked for us in

“There’s a lot of worthy candidates, and to be selected over them, you have to have a superior individual and you have to have a lot of luck, too. Talking to a bunch of guys afterwards, you don’t realize until afterwards just how special it is and how hard it is to achieve.”

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the fall of 2014 and 2015, was always at the halter of the calf every time they showed.” This cow’s genetics are linked directly to their own program. She was sired by a bull they raised, CML Diablo 2X. “The very first bull sale that we had, he was our highselling bull in our sale, and so we had sold him to Thomas Ranch and Polzin Cattle in the U.S.,” McLeod explains. Without semen to use in the first year after selling the bull, they still wanted to use his genetics. “(She) was the very first of his daughters, and so I went and bought her as a heifer calf … I thought really highly of her. I think we got a good buy in the sale on her, and we brought her and another heifer back to Canada that day.” 063


"If we were going to pick a cow that we wanting to model our herd around, she would be the picture that we want to portray, so hopefully she reproduces like herself and is a big part of our program.” The McLeod family appreciated this female as a heifer, and their admiration kept increasing as she matured and had her first calf. “She always had a tremendous amount of mass to her, right from when she was a heifer calf, and as a yearling heifer she was definitely a stand-out in regards to her capacity and her volume,” McLeod explains. Given that she was among the first of her sire’s progeny, they weren’t sure how her udder would develop. “As soon as she started to udder up with her very first pregnancy, we definitely identified her as a superior individual,” he continues. “She dropped a phenomenal udder, and from the minute she calved we decided to transplant her at that time, even though she was just a two-year-old. (Usually) you’d leave it a little longer just to see the production, but she was definitely an outstanding individual at that time.” Outstanding is certainly the right word for her show ring successes as a two and three-year-old. Not only did she win the Grand Champion Charolais Female title two years in a row at Agribition, she took the grand champion titles at FarmFair International and at the Olds Fall Classic in Olds, AB, in 2014, and won Grand Champion Female at Olds and Reserve Champion Charolais Female at FarmFair in 2015. Top Middle Desirae has been a top contender throughout her show career. Here, she competes as a two-year-old in the Alberta Supreme. ©© ShowChampions

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As the McLeods had breed representatives for both bull and female divisions in the Beef Supreme Challenge — their champion Charolais bull was CML Distinction — it was meaningful to have two champions in the ring together. “My daughter and Candace were showing the cow and they were in the line-up for the females, and then they called the bulls out and I was at the halter of the bull, and surprisingly there we are, standing sideby-side, virtually in the centre of the ring,” McLeod recalls. “Watching it all take place that close was kind of breathtaking.” Being chosen as the Supreme Champion Female was a major milestone, and something worth celebrating. “It’s kind of a dream come true. You think you have something that’s special, and when it finally culminates, all the stars have to align,” he explains. “There’s a lot of worthy

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candidates, and to be selected over them, you have to have a superior individual and you have to have a lot of luck, too. Talking to a bunch of guys afterwards, you don’t realize until afterwards just how special it is and how hard it is to achieve.” McLeod also mentions just how hard it is to win a supreme championship, given that a panel of judges all have different preferences. “You have to have the collective agreement of everybody,

and just how hard that is when you’ve got judges from different breeds and different countries, and to have it come together was quite special.” At the time of writing, their champion cow’s latest progeny had just arrived, and the McLeods are thrilled about her future in their program. “We have eight embryo calves that have just been born within the last ten days from her. She’s definitely going to be a cornerstone to our embryo transplant program moving forward,” says McLeod. “If we were going to pick a cow that we wanting to model our herd around, she would be the picture that we want to portray, so hopefully she reproduces like herself and is a big part of our program.” Currently, they will keep her genetics within their own program. “We’ve always tried to hold our genetics fairly tight within our program, and until we get a substantial number of her daughters that are in the program, I think they’re more valuable to us than to be selling them at this time." Above McLeods also exhibited the National Champion Charolais bull and top ten qualifier, CML Distinction 318A. ©© ShowChampions

Left The sire of Desirae, CML Diablo 2X, was bred by McLeods and was Denver Champion in 2012. ©© ShowChampions

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Anwender Cattle Co, Maple Lake Stock Farms

JT Livestock, Pinch Hill Cattle Co

Dixon Farms, Sweetgrass Shorthorns


NOVEMBER 23-28, 2015 Âť REGINA, SK Photos: ShowChampions

Champion Simmental Bull

Champion Speckle Park Bull

Champion Mainetainer Female

Reserve Simmental Bull

Reserve Speckle Park Bull

Reserve Mainetainer Female

Champion Simmental Female

Champion Speckle Park Female

Champion Presidents Classic Bull

Reserve Simmental Female

Reserve Speckle Park Female

Reserve Presidents Classic Bull

High Country Cattle Services, Rob & Deanne Young, Ron and Shelley Reich

Wheatland Cattle Co.

Mader Ranches, Canadian Donors, Rust Mountain View Ranch

Wheatland Cattle Co.

Johner Stock Farm, HS Land & Cattle Co.

Jason Goodfellow, Rick Goulet

Colgan's Cattle Company

Johner Stock Farm

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Tiffany Peters

The Cliffs Farm, Hailey Sibbald, Lazy RC Ranch

Brooking Angus Ranch

High Bluff Stock Farm

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Junior Beef Extreme All Breeds Reserve Female Chance Jackson

Junior Beef Extreme All Breeds Champion Female Baxter Blair

Reserve Champion Prospect Steer Brodie Gutzke

Grand Champion Prospect Steer Rasmuson Cattle, Alastair Burnett

Reserve Champion Prospect Heifer Anderson Cattle

Grand Champion Prospect Heifer

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NOVEMBER 23-28, 2015 Âť REGINA, SK Photos: ShowChampions

First Lady Classic All Breeds Champion Female Wheatland Cattle

First Lady Futurity All Breeds Champion Female Harvest Angus

First Lady Classic All Breeds Reserve Female

Brooking Angus Ranch, Koyle Farms, Michelson Land & Cattle

First Lady Futurity All Breeds Reserve Female

Blairswest Land & Cattle, Blairs.Ag

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medicine hat pen show

Photos: Grant Rolston Photography

Champion Open Steer

Champion 4-H Steer

Champion 4-H Heifer Calf

Champion 4-H Bred Heifer

Lilly Howell

Jack Drake

Cody Scheirlinck

Reserve Open Steer Madison Sibbald

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NOVEMBER 11-15, 2015 Âť MEDICINE HAT, AB

Luke Andrews

Reserve 4-H Steer Kylie Sibbald

Reserve 4-H Heifer Calf Kallie Godkin

Reserve 4-H Bred Heifer Tyson Scott

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canadian bull congress

Champion Purebred Heifer

JANUARY 22-23, 2016 Âť CAMROSE, AB Photos: Grant Rolston Photography Inc.

Champion 4-H Heifer

Hamilton Farms

Lexi Dietrich

SUMMER ISSUE BOOKING DEADLINE

June 5, 2016 Reserve Purebred Heifer Miller Wilson Angus

Reserve 4-H Heifer

MacKenzie Denschikoff

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Photos: ShowChampions

Reserve Senior Champion Bull - Angus

Reserve Junior Bull - Maine Anjou

Reserve Int Bull - Horned Hereford

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Red Angus Champ Intermediate Bull - Red Angus Six Mile Angus

Northline Angus, Goad Family Angus, Colliers

Senior Champion Bull - Angus

Reserve Junior Heifer Calf - Red Angus

Champion Junior Bull Calf - Red Angus

Reserve Percentage Female - Simmental

Div 5 Champion Bull - Limousin

Reserve Junior Bull Calf - Red Angus

Vos Vegas Farms & Ryan Currie

Rocking G Land & Cattle

Severtson Land & Cattle

Dam bred by Daines Cattle

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JAN 9 - 24, 2016 Âť DENVER, CO

Rusylvia Cattle Co

Rainbow Red Angus

Cottage Lake Limousin (no photo)

Top Stock Magazine / Show Results

Champion Junior Bull - Red Angus Blairs.Ag & Six Mile Angus

Blairs.Ag

Bar E L Angus


NOVEMBER 23-28, 2015 » DENVER, CO Photos: ShowChampions

Grand Champion Female - Red Angus

Grand Champion Bull - Red Angus

Grand Champion Bull - Red Angus

Reserve Champion Bull - Charolais

Owner: Blairs.Ag, SK; Breeder: Bar E L Angus

Owner: J6 Cattle, NE; Breeder: Six Mile

Northline Angus, Goad Family Angus, Colliers

Kay-R Charolais, Co-owners: Oklahoma Bovine Genetics, Dismukes Ranch, Bauman Cattle Co.

Int Champion - Red Angus Junior & Open Shows Breeder: Northline Angus

fort worth stock show

JAN 11-FEB 6, 2016 » FORT WORTH, TX

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Saskatchewan Beef Expo

Saskatoon, SK

"Making Champions" Clinic & Show Ponoka, AB

Canada's Richest Youth Steer & Heifer Show Olds, AB

Olds Agricultural Society Spring Classic Olds, AB

Ontario Youth Forum

Lindsay, ON

Bashaw Ag Society Spring Round-up Bashaw, Ab

Island Spring Beef Show

Vancouver Island, BC

Southeast Club Calf Cruz Weyburn, SK

Lord of the Ring Jackpot Show Estevan, SK

Josephburg Agricultural Society UFA Country Classic Josephburg, AB

Quebec Junior Beef Show Brome, QC

Lloydminster Colonial Days

Lloydminster, ab

Calgary Stampede Junior Steer Classic Calgary, AB

Canadian National Junior Limousin Show Lloydminster, ab

RK Show Supplies Stock Show University Lindsay, ON


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Frasers’ Ruby Zaida 4Z x SS Fizz

At the side of the Grand Champion Shorthorn Female, and RBC Beef Supreme 10 top nalist- Agribtion 2015 Agribition 2015 weight: 1037 lbs.

At side of Dam, Agribition 2015 Anwender Cattle Company Gary, Kim and Sadie Anwender Radville, SK 306-442-2090 gks.acc@sasktel.net www.anwendercattlecompany.com

Offering a Limited Amoumt of semen packages on this top young herdsire! Contact any of the operations listed below for more information

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HOLD THE DATE 2016 Junior Steer Classic show will be oriented to youth competitors 9 - 21 years. This is part of the Stampede’s commitment to developing our next generation of agriculture advocates. From the class winners, one will be crowned Grand Champion Steer and earn $12,000 in scholarships and $5,000 in prize money. 2016 marks the 33rd Anniversary of the Junior Steer Classic.

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

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