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Welcome to the summer edition of Top Stock. Today, we celebrate the start of our second year — with huge thanks to all of you who have advertised, read, commented and made Top Stock a part of the show cattle landscape. A sign of the building momentum in the industry, the spring show season was absolutely exciting. A short time ago, it was relatively easy to pick a few winners from the stands — How things change! This year, steers that would have walked away a champion any other year took up residence in the middle of pack when the dust settled. This is a credit to you, the breeders, for building cattle so good in so short of time, and to the exhibitors for feeding, fitting and showing with the utmost dedication. Without question, this will be one of the most impressive sets of steers to walk into the ring at Calgary Stampede — and this summer’s heavy line-up of Junior shows throughout the country should see some fierce competition. It is never too soon to start looking for next year’s great one, and with this in mind, I invite you to peruse ads for several new sales commencing this fall. If you are in the market for show prospects, I would encourage you to start looking early and visiting the calves on pasture if you can. Though there is nothing so appealing as a pen full of show prospects washed and clipped, a stout, sound, mobile steer with great potential will be apparent even in summer condition. His mother will give you an idea of the finished frame size you can expect from that steer, or if shopping for a heifer, the mother and sisters can indicate what kind of cow she’ll turn into when her show career is over. You want to buy from a cow family that produces quality with consistency, rather than buying the good outlier from a family with traits you can not live with. When the sale run starts this fall, some pre-shopping will ensure you have a list of breeders and calves to revisit and 04

you can use sale videos as a review, having already seen the calves in person. That being said, there will be many outstanding calves for sale and the ingredient that may separate the cream from the rest is work ethic. We are honoured to feature a cattlemen who knows a thing or two about work ethic and attention to detail in this edition of Top Stock: One of my personal heroes, Kirk Stierwalt pioneered the role of show cattle clinician with his numerous demonstrations across North America. In a world where success often breeds hubris, Kirk’s humble, approachable, down-to-earth personality has made him a role model for a generation of cattle-people, both in the show ring and later in life. It will be both a pleasure and a learning experience to watch him judge the Calgary Stampede steer show. Speaking of judging, this issue also interviews three young stockmen — Jack Oattes, and Riley and Cody-ray Lafrentz — who have been competing successfully on the collegiate team judging circuit. If you are interested in judging competitively, you will want to read about their experiences on page 26. The important role of the show ring in setting these men on their path in the agriculture industry cannot be understated — so too is the case with our junior profile in this issue, Bailey McConnell. Like countless other youth, an accomplished show career is just the beginning of her contribution to the agriculture industry. We hope you enjoy these profiles as much as we enjoyed interviewing their stars. Finally, we would like to remind our readership that the deadline for our earlyfall edition is coming up quickly on July 25. Please contact us as early as you can if you are interested in advertising — but even if you are not, we welcome your input and involvement as we make this next edition better than ever. See you at the summer shows! – Katie Songer Top Stock Magazine / Summer 2016


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"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

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Making it on a collegiate livestock judging team Youth finds her calling in the beef show ring

On the Cover A wideeyed junior gets advice from Kirk Stierwalt. Cover illustration by Tori Redbird at Polygon Graphics (www. polygongraphics.ca) and based on a photo by ShowChampions.

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Interested Youth up to age 25 years of age (as of Jan. 1, 2016) should plan to attend the 9th Annual Round-up at the Beautiful Plains Complex. Featuring selections for the Canadian Western Agribition judging team and the opportunity to meet other Junior producers and learn new skills, this will be a fun, educational weekend. Our goal is to prepare young entrepreneurs in the livestock industry, through this exciting showcase of youth, cattle and friendly competition. This event will educate encourage, stimulate and unite participants in the business of agriculture and the beef industry. It encompasses a variety of competitions and events to match all interests and skill levels of participants. Some of the events are Team Grooming, Individual and team judging, showmanship, marketing, art, photography, scrap booking, educational workshops as well as cattle classes of all breeds. Contact Chairperson Lois McRae for more information at 728-3058 or visit the Manitoba Youth Beef Round-up Facebook page.

The 2016 Chinook Junior Stock Show was a huge success once again. This year we celebrated 21 years, our largest show to date. Annually the show is held in Claresholm, AB at the Agri-Plex on the Wednesday following Easter. We had 240 kids ranging in age from 3-21, representing the 3 western provinces. They exhibited 260 head – 60 Purebred heifers, 70 Commercial heifers and 130 Steers. We had the privilege to have Allen (Buck) Thompson judge the show and Joe Barnett judge showmanship. The Chinook Junior Stock Show would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

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"It teaches kids how how to deal with success and how to deal with disappointment, and I think that sets us up for the game of life. At the end of the day it's how we cope with those different situations that make us a better person."

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sk any junior exhibitor to name a show cattle clinician, and chances are they’ll mention Kirk Stierwalt. The man behind Stierwalt Cattle and Clinics is a well-known figure in the stock show world, and has judged at many livestock shows, including the American Royal, the National Western Stock Show, the Iowa State Fair, the North American International Livestock Exposition, the World Beef Expo and the Illinois Beef Expo. Stierwalt has also judged at a number of noteworthy Canadian shows, including Regina’s Canadian Western Agribition. “I love looking at the cattle in Canada, and I love visiting with the people in Canada,” says Stierwalt. This summer, Stierwalt will be at the microphone to judge the annual Junior Steer Classic at the Calgary Stampede. “I’m excited about judging the Calgary Stampede this year,” he says, adding that he anticipates high-quality cattle. Stierwalt’s story begins in Iowa, where he was born and raised. He grew up in town, but it was time spent at his grandfather’s operation that fostered his passion for cattle, leading to

his involvement in the 4-H program. Today, the respected clinician ranches at Leedey, Oklahoma, with his wife Juli, daughter Kyra and son Ky. The Stierwalts run about 150 head on around 4,500 acres, with a breeding program focused predominantly on club calf genetics and some Herefords. They calve in both spring and fall, and are kept busy by offering a variety of services, such as clipping, hoof trimming and photography. “We kind of do it all here,” says Stierwalt. When he’s not working hard at home, Stierwalt hosts his much sought-after clinics across the United States and Canada, and has partnered with companies such as Weaver Leather to develop a full line of stock show products. Not only does the stock show industry provide the basis of Stierwalt’s career, it also gives youth the opportunity to develop their skills both in the show ring and in life in general. “We always promote how good it is for the kids, but these are extremely good family environments, so it’s good for the family as well,” he says. “It teaches the kids how to deal with success and how to deal

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with disappointment, and I think that sets us up for the game of life,” he continues. “At the end of the day it’s how we cope with those different situations that makes us a better person.” Another lesson young people learn through showing livestock, Stierwalt explains, is how to be flexible in working towards their goals, especially when one’s objectives with a particular animal may change throughout the show season. “One of my favourite sayings is, ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ I think [showing livestock] teaches these kids that you have to put something in to get something out. It’s a lot of work, but if you love it and it’s a passion of yours, I think you’re going to see a tremendous amount of good come out of it.” Not surprisingly, then, Stierwalt is a passionate supporter of both 4-H and the Future Farmers of America, and praises how these programs allow youth to explore a variety of opportunities in the agriculture industry. “Showing is just one part of the ag business, and I think everybody has to find their niche in life, and there’s a lot to offer in the agriculture world,” he says. “There’s something there for about everyone.” His passion for encouraging and teaching youth in agriculture is most evident in his clinics. As

"You've got to try to outwork your competition and try to out-manage them. You can put a good calf in a bad home and its not going to work." Above Judge Stierwalt congratulates Triniti Scott on her Reserve Champion Steer at the 2015 National Western. ©© ShowChampions

Left Top & Bottom The Stierwalts are the only family to win Grand Champion in two species in the same year, with Ky winning Champion Steer and Kyra winning Champion Lamb in 2009. © ShowChampions

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stated on his website, Stierwalt’s clinics are designed to help “people of all ages acquire the skills needed to put the competitive edge on their side.” His aim is to provide hands-on learning and knowledge about the industry that will prove useful in the show ring and beyond. Clipping, showmanship, feeding, general management, and show-day grooming are just some of the topics addressed. Stierwalt’s approach is to find solutions


for an individual animal’s specific problems, as, he stresses, there is no one-size-fits-all way to fit an animal, and each animal requires different techniques in preparing for show day. Having hosted clinics for almost three decades, Stierwalt relishes the chance to mentor many young people and watch them develop their skills by working with cattle. “What’s fun for me is observing a kid who’s got a natural ability — a God-given talent — and they don’t even know they have it,” he explains. “It’s rewarding to be able to just give them some direction and some guidance, and, for me, that part is rewarding because they amaze me with what they can do.” While the show ring has always been a place for tough competition, some may note that in recent years, the competition in junior shows particularly

is increasingly fierce. With high-priced show calves and an endless quest to find the next big thing, it may seem daunting for youth without big budgets for show animals to make it to the champion class, especially if they are relatively new to the game. However, Stierwalt doesn’t see this as a disadvantage if you have the proper preparation. He is confident that with work and determination, a first-time showman can become a real contender. “You’ve got to try to outwork your competition and try to outmanage them. You can put a good calf in a bad home and it’s not going to work,” he states. In order to see the best in an animal, he states, proper management and nutrition are the vital elements. “I think the grooming part seals the deal, but you can’t get there without the other first, and I know this because we

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Above The Reserve Champion Hereford steer, bred by Stierwalts, at the 2015 Fort Worth stock show – one of the largest steer shows in North America. ©© Peri Hughes

have won major shows with inexpensive cattle,” he says. “I know they can because we’ve done it before.” The key to this, says Stierwalt, comes in everyday preparation. “It’s not the big amount of work that you do right before the show; it’s the little bit of work that you do all the time. Nutrition and management are going to be the key components to get the full genetic potential out of that animal,” he says. “The work starts when you first purchase or wean the calf.” By spending each day working with livestock, Stierwalt developed his skills to become a respected judge with a good eye for cattle. “We judge every day,” he explains, referring to the calls he makes each day in working with his herd — selecting cattle, making breeding plans, and choosing the next great show prospects. To become a skilled judge, he says, you need to practice often and spend as much time as possible looking at cattle. This kind of practice and attention also extends to an exhibitor’s everyday preparation, he continues — critically looking at your showmanship, grooming, feeding, and management techniques on a regular basis is the key to self improvement. When asked what he considers to be his most significant accomplishment, Stierwalt cites two major aspects of his life. The first relates to his career. “I’m thankful to be able to do what I get to do. 020

That’s probably one of the biggest things that I’m proud of accomplishing, that I actually love what I do,” he explains. “Every day I wake up and I’m excited about what I get to do.” The second aspect is his pride in his family’s accomplishments in the show ring. “I’ve enjoyed all the success that our family has had, because winning is not easy. It’s hard, and we’ve been fortunate, and I’m thankful for that,” he says. One major accomplishment, he notes, is that his son Ky has won the Market Steer Shows at all three Majors — the American Royal Top Stock Magazine / Summer 2016

Above and Right Stierwalt's list of judging credentials include such notable shows as the American Royal, the National Western Stock Show, the Iowa State Fair, The North American International Livestock Exposition, the World Beef Expo, the Illinois Beef Expo. His career as a clinican spills over into his work as a judge, where it is clear he aims to use his time behind the microphone as a teaching experience for youth. ©© Legacy Livestock Photography


“I’m thankful to be able to do what I get to do. That’s probably one of the biggest things that I’m proud of accomplishing. Every day I wake up and I’m excited about what I get to do.” in Kansas City, Missouri, the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, and the North American in Louisville, Kentucky. “Nobody’s ever won all three — he was the first one,” Stierwalt proudly states. Another major win he’s eager to talk about is one special year in Denver, when Kyra won the Grand Champion Lamb and Ky won the Grand Champion Steer. “I don’t think any family’s had two grands in two species at one show.” As for future achievements, Stierwalt aims to stay committed to his clients and the industry, and to continue producing cattle to be proud of. “In the clinics, we try to keep people updated on all the latest, whether it’s technique or product or anything that’s evolved around the industry,” he explains. “We do a lot of consulting (on feeding and management), and we want to continue to do that.” Stierwalt’s commitment to the industry is part of a larger effort to support youth agriculture programs. This, he explains, is the responsibility of everyone in the agriculture industry. “These things are not only generational, they are 100-plus yearold programs that are still going, and my goal is … to keep doing what we do, keep campaigning and promoting it, because it’s up to us to keep these programs going.” Stierwalt has built a satisfying career upon this belief, and, naturally, has a solid answer when asked what he would do for a living if he wasn’t in this line of work. “I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that, knock on wood,” he laughs. “I don’t know what I’d do because this is all I know.”  Top Stock Magazine / Summer 2016

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FAVOURITE SHOW JUDGED The National Western would be one of my favourites, just because of the whole history behind that show. I like those kinds of deals. Some of those historical shows are pretty cool. I’m excited about the Agribition getting some new facilities and keeping that going — that’s pretty cool … To me, that’s all powerful stuff.”

ALL TIME FAVOURITE ANIMAL The steer that my son won the National Western with. I liked him. He was a special calf. You have good calves and then you have special ones, and that’s always fun to have that. He would be one that I consider to be special.”

ROLE MODELS GROWING UP & HOW THEY AFFECTED YOU My mom and dad would be first and foremost, and my grandad. My family, just because I didn’t live on a farm. I was pretty much raised in town, and my grandad had a farm, that’s where I kept my cattle. Growing up, they were probably my first ones. There’s some different guys through the channels that I’ve had. There have been people placed in my life along the way that have kept me going … I just kept trying to get better. I did a lot of watching, I asked lots of questions, and I was never satisfied. That’s basically the way I was structured in growing up.” Top Left Kirk with family Kyra, Juli and Ky (l to r)  © Legacy Livestock Photography Bottom Giving the Champions nod at the 2015 National Western Steer Show  © ShowChampions 022

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FAVOURITE SHOW DAY TIP I think the biggest thing is you have to know is that all these cattle are built a little bit differently, and … you’ve got to figure out how to walk, set up, and present that animal to its best advantage. When we’re showing them, I like cattle to be walked into their stance; that’s one thing that I think is a natural way to make cattle look good. I think it’s easy, and that’s what I like, as far as on show day.”

WORDS OF ADVICE FOR JUNIORS All these cattle have a different make, and don’t give up … There are some cattle that are late bloomers and early bloomers, and don’t get down on cattle early, because there’s a lot of season left. A bit of care and management can kind of change the game, and stay in it for the long haul, and keep trying to figure out what your cattle need... They all have their pluses and minuses. We’ve got to focus on what we need to do, whether it’s from a grooming standpoint or a whether it’s from a management standpoint or a feeding standpoint, on how to make that calf the best it can be. In the clinics, we promote that you’ve got to build a toolbox for each one of these cattle, and the set of tools you use on this one might not be the set of tools you use on that one. I think you’ve got to be able to change it up and to spot what you need to do, and usually things don’t happen fast, so a lot of times you’ve got to be patient with your changes and see how the cattle respond. The other thing is the cattle have to help you a bit, and some will and some won’t.”

WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR ON SHOW DAY I don’t really buy into one thing. I’m kind of a package kind of a guy, and I like balance, but I also like it combined with eye appeal. I like cattle that have structural soundness and are functional from the ground up.” Top Right Judging at the 2016 Making Champions clinic and show  © Vintage Studios Top Stock Magazine / Summer 2016

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ave you ever wanted to judge a class of steers, market hogs or lambs in a competition at some of the most prestigious livestock exhibitions in North American? For students who compete on collegiate livestock judging teams in the United States, this dream is a reality, one that allows them to travel, make new connections and gain valuable experience in evaluating livestock while pursuing a post-secondary education. If this seems like a far-off goal, we have the guide to help you start down this road yourself. Here, we meet three young Canadians who have competed on the collegiate judging circuit, and they share insight into livestock judging success. Jack Oattes of Cobden, Ontario, grew up on his family’s beef operation. “We run purebred Charolais cattle and just recently got into a small number of Simmental cattle,” he says. Throughout his youth, Jack showed across Canada and in the United States, and worked for different operations. “I lived for it. I loved being involved in the cattle business, and that has broadened since being exposed to it further in the States.” Jack first considered studying and judging in the U.S. while in high school. “I realized there was an avenue through which I could broaden my horizons and make connections and meet people, so I jumped on it. I’d say it’s been one of the best decisions of my life — to attend college and university in the United States and compete in livestock judging.” He spent two years at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, before transferring to a senior college. “I really respected some of the coaches that were there at the time, so I thought

that was the place to go,” he explains. “I wanted to go somewhere that would be really competitive in the national contests and that would help me to grow an understanding of the other species of livestock while I was there.” This spring, Jack graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with a degree in Animal Science. “This coming fall, I plan to attend the University of Illinois. I’m going there to get my master’s degree in Animal Science in Beef Cattle Nutrition,” he says. While working on his next degree, Jack will also work as the University’s livestock judging team coach. While Jack was developing his passion for the beef industry in Ontario and beyond, Riley and Cody-ray Lafrentz were following a similar path on the other side of the country. The brothers from Beinfait, Saskatchewan, grew up on their family’s cattle operation, where they pursued success in the show ring. “My family owns and operates Wheatland Cattle Company, a purebred Simmental and Angus operation, and we run about 200 purebred cows and a handful of Angus cows,” says Riley. The Lafrentz family has been very successful on the show circuit, with many Agribition champions over the years, including the Premier Breeder and Exhibitor titles. They also exhibited the Reserve Champion Steer at the Calgary Stampede Steer Classic two years ago, and in 2015, they set a Canadian record for the highestselling Simmental bull.

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Riley explored the idea going to college in the U.S. after talking to Lance Leachman of Big Gully Farm. Leachman knew Hutchinson college’s current livestock judging coach, Ben Williams, from his time at Kansas State. “I got in contact with Ben, and I was able to make that work and go down on a livestock judging scholarship and be part of the team,” he explains. He spent two years at Hutchinson, graduating with an associate’s degree in Animal Science before continuing his education at a senior college. Cody-ray, who is a year younger than Riley, was also intrigued by being part of a livestock judging team at an American school. He, too, set his sights on Hutchinson, going down to be a member of the judging team, and just finished his freshman year this spring.

Above Collegiate judging competitions require students to analyze multiple species, which can be steep learning curve for Canadian judges. ©© ShowChampions

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During your freshman year at a junior college, Riley explains, students generally compete in six to eight contests. This is in preparation for your sophomore year, where you can compete at six national contests — the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri; the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky; the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado; the Fort Worth Stock Show in Fort Worth, Texas; the San Antonio Stock Show in San Antonio, Texas; and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas. In Riley’s sophomore year, the Hutchinson team was the reserve champion junior college team at Kansas City, third at Louisville, fourth at Denver, the champion team at Fort Worth, and fourth in Houston. As an individual, Riley was the high individual overall at Kansas City, third overall at Louisville, second in beef cattle at Denver, second overall at Fort Worth with top rankings in horses, cattle and hogs, and third overall at Houston. He was also awarded the second pick in the All-American Award that year, a title that awards the top-15 students based on their judging and academics successes.

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"[The coaches] have seen livestock from day one, and they're just so good at describing them and breaking them down. They get into detail and notice a lot of things you may not look at. They teach you the little things to pick up on." • Riley Lafrentz

Jack did well with the Blinn team at a number of major competitions, taking the team championships at Denver and Fort Worth, as well as reserve championships at San Antonio and Houston. “My real success came in senior college. For the entire time I was in the United States, it seemed like the contest that everyone really talked about — the really important one — was the National Championship at the North American in Louisville. That’s competition that was a goal of mine from the start” he explains. In his senior year, Jack won the high individual overall honours at Louisville. “That was my biggest accomplishment for sure. I was pretty proud of that.” He also has the added distinction of being the first Canadian to win the collegiate judging at Louisville since 1925. He also won the F.W. Bell Award, and honour given to the outstanding member of Kansas State’s judging team. Jack had many other individual successes and topten finishes on the Kansas State team, and is proud of how the team stood in major competitions. “Our team was also the high

Above Cody-ray Lafrentz, (back row, 4th from right) with the Hutchinson judging team. ©© Hutchinson Community College

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Above Riley Lafrentz, front left, was named the High Individual Overall award at the Houston Livestock show. ©© ShowChampions

Top Right Competition is fierce at the collegiate level, but judging competitions give students the chance to travel across the country to hone their skills. ©© ShowChampions

Top Right Riley makes notes on a class at the American Royal. ©© American Royal

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team at the American Royal at Kansas City, and we were never out of the top four in any contest while at K-State. It was a really consistent group of guys we judged with there,” he continues. After graduating from Hutchinson, Riley transferred to Kansas State to finish his bachelor’s degree, where he and Jack became judging teammates. In his first year judging on the Kansas State team, Riley explains, their season begins with the National Western Stock Show in

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Denver and finishes in Louisville. In Denver, Riley was the 11th high individual overall. The large team was divided for the Texas majors, with Riley going to Houston, where he was the High Individual Overall. When Riley heads back to school this fall for his senior year, the team will begin preparing for the competitions at Kansas City and Louisville. Cody-ray, who returns to Hutchinson as a sophomore this fall, placed well in a number of competitions in his first year


at college, including the Aksarben Stock Show in Omaha, Nebraska. “Cody was actually the high individual at Aksarben, and he was the high individual in beef cattle,” his brother explains. “The other contest they went to was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he was the fourth high individual.” While he only competed in a handful of judging contests this past school year, everything was in preparation for this fall, where he’ll have the opportunity to judge at the national competitions with the Hutchinson team. Jack and both Lafrentz brothers recommend competing on a judging team while studying in the U.S. “There are a

lot of opportunities down there, and we have a lot of talent to offer with the youth in Canada. I hope there are more people who would look at pursuing an education in livestock judging along with their academics,” says Jack. The coaches, Riley says, are especially skilled in teaching students what to look for in livestock. “They’ve seen livestock from day one, and they’re just so good at describing them and breaking them down.” Structure is something he’s noticed plays a bigger role in American judging contests. “They get into detail and notice a lot of things you may not look at. They teach you the little things to pick up on.”

Competing on a judging team can enhance a young person’s evaluation skills, something helpful when they set out on their own in the industry. “I definitely honed my selection skills to begin with, but I look at livestock breeding and cattle breeding a little differently as far as the breeding system you can put into place. It’s all about making the next great one,” Jack explains. This will help, he states, with “making the next generation better with improved selection ability and with a better eye for cattle. You can find where your strengths and weaknesses are and

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"I definitely honed my selection skills to begin with, but I look at livestock breeding a little differently as far as the breeding system you can put into place. It's all about making the next great one." • Jack Oattes

play those up in order to really maximize what you can get out of your cattle.” The benefits of this experience extend into other aspects of life. “The people that you meet and compete against might become some of your best friends that you continue keep in touch with,” says Riley. “Sometimes we’ll leave up to a week in advance [for a competition] if we have to travel a long way to get there, and we do preparation on the way

there. We’ll stop in at different operations to practice along the way. It’s given me and my teammates the opportunity to go to places we might not have been able to go to if it wasn’t for livestock judging,” he continues.

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pigs, sheep and goats, and occasionally horses. While many Canadian juniors are quite practiced in judging cattle, they may not have had as much exposure to the other species. “It was definitely a steep learning curve with respect to the other species. I had to catch on quick, but luckily I was around people who were well respected in those other species — kids that were on my junior college team at Blinn and then at K-State. These people really knew a lot about those different industries — and I had the chance to learn from them,” says Jack.

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Prepare Yourself as Much as Possible Take every opportunity to learn as much as you can. “Involve yourself in as many activities as you possibly can, as far as just going to different shows and learning from different people,” says Jack. “Also, if you’re looking at a college, make sure it’s the right fit for you. I know Blinn was a really good avenue for me. I visited while I was in high school and I knew immediately that it was where I wanted to attend.” Riley encourages juniors to look into attending a short summer judging camp hosted by a college with a respected judging program. His teammates will be on hand to help at the camps hosted by the Kansas State judging program this summer. “[Our coach will] bring in a handful of other coaches from the area that will work with these kids for three days, working on the basics and filling them in on what they need to look for across all four species. That way, they don’t feel so nervous about it when they come back.” Riley and Cody-ray are considering hosting their own judging camp at home in Saskatchewan in the future, to help prepare Canadian juniors who are interested in joining a college judging team.

Do the Necessary Paperwork and Exams A student visa is required for all Canadians studying in the U.S, and it’s crucial to apply for it early, as it can take some time to be processed. As well, many American colleges and universities require applicants to write the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) exam in high school, as applications require a prospective student’s SAT or ACT score. “When I

applied for Hutch, you could either do the ACT or the SAT, and I chose to do the SAT,” says Riley.

“Being able to learn all the terminology that they use and then give a set of reasons, it takes time to be able to adapt to that, and it’s certainly different,” says Riley. “You’re looking for a lot of the same traits you’d look for in a market animal, whether it’s a steer or a market hog, or whether it’s a breeding gilt or breeding heifer.”

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Balance Judging with Academics

Many schools with judging programs provide full scholarships for students who plan to attend the school with the intention of competing on the judging team. “I went there knowing I would be on the judging team. I received a full scholarship to go, so that was really a big part of my decision,” says Jack.

“Your academics have to meet a minimum requirement in order to keep your scholarship and to be a part of the team, and they drill that into you pretty hard,” Riley explains. Throughout the semester, students are expected to check in with their grades so the coaches know their GPA is high enough to stay on the team. It is helpful, he notes, that teammates are often in the same program and can help each other with their schoolwork. “With some of our harder classes, there might be 10 of us in that class, so it’s not like you’re just one person in there on your own trying to figure it out.”

Consider the Junior College Route By judging for two years at a junior college, you can get more experience before transferring to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. “Going through the junior college gives you another year or two of eligibility that you can spend judging and listening to some different opinions before you judge at the senior college level,” Jack explains. “The two years that I spent at Blinn really helped to prepare me for the future and what I would embark upon at K-State.”

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Jack attributes good time management and hard work to his academic success while on the judging team. “You have to learn some time-management skills, and that’s something that livestock judging teaches you that as well. You’re on the road, constantly it seems, so you’re always having to get caught up on homework and get your classwork out of the way,” he explains. 033


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“You have the opportunity to meet different people along the way, have a good time and promote your breed. I met so many people that I either bought animals from or asked advice from along the way.”

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ailey McConnell has had a diverse upbringing in the agriculture world. The 21-year-old cattle enthusiast was raised around a variety of livestock, shaping her after-school activities and her dreams for the future. “My sister and I grew up around both beef and dairy cattle. My mom was the one who had the beef and my dad had the dairy herd,” she explains. “We have showed both, and my sister still shows dairy heifers. I like showing both, but I just prefer showing beef.” The McConnell family farms at Kincardine, Ontario, where they run Dunrovin Acres, a dairy farm, and McConnell Livestock, their beef operation. “We have about 65 registered Brown Swiss cows, and then we have about 75,000 broilers chickens,” McConnell explains. “We have about 700 acres of cash crop, and then a few riding horses and old retired Thoroughbred horses.” Their small beef herd consists of purebred Limousin and commercial cattle. “When I started showing cattle, my mom had a herd of purebred Limousin cows and that's how I started into showing breeding females,” says McConnell. “My mom had showed steers throughout her 4-H career and I wanted to show a steer one year and have never looked back.” While she has always been a fan of showing steers, she is also building her own herd through show female purchases. “Our herd is a work-

in-progress and our motto around here is ‘quality before quantity.’ It all takes time,” she continues. “We may not purchase show heifers every year, but when we attend prospect sales and purebred sales and we see one that we like, we may purchase her.” Over her 15-year show career, McConnell has claimed championships at local, county and provincial shows, in addition to national titles at junior breed shows. “One of our favourite wins was way back in 2003 in London at the Canadian Junior Limousin Conference, where we had the Champion Heifer Calf. At the next Canadian Junior Limousin Conference that was held in Ontario in 2007, we exhibited the Champion Overall Market Animal,” she says. “In 2008, I was Reserve Overall Show-person at Junior Beef Expo in London.” Together, McConnell and her sister won their 4-H steer show five years in a row, and had the champion steer at the 2012 National Angus Junior Showdown in Lindsay, ON. At the 2012 Royal Winter Fair, they raised the Champion Market Heifer in the Queen’s Guineas Show. “Last year, at Youth Forum in Markham, ON, I was lucky enough to be selected as the Champion Show-person, and also exhibited the Champion Market Animal as well as the Reserve Overall Female.” McConnell has travelled across Canada and the United States to exhibit cattle.

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"Our herd is a work-inprogress and our motto around here is quality before quantity. It all takes time." • Bailey McConnell

Below McConnell showing at the 2015 London Junior Beef Expo ©© Barn Girls Photography

“One of my favourite parts is getting experience with cattle and travelling the places that you do,” she says. A regular at Ontario’s most famous livestock exhibition, McConnell considers the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto to be one of the shows that she most looks forward to each year. This January, she added another historic show to her list of favourites when she headed to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, with a steer and heifer in tow. “National Western is probably one of my all-time favourite shows as well. It’s hard to beat those two,” she says. The heifer that McConnell showed in Denver this year, a Shorthorn Plus female 056

called Shorty Get Down, is one of her most treasured show animals. “She’s definitely near and dear to my heart,” she says. This heifer was bred by Brad Miller of Miller Livestock at Kerwood, ON. “I was asked to show her for him,” says McConnell. “We like to show another animal besides our Queen’s Guineas Steer and I had never shown a heifer as my 4-H project, so when the opportunity came, I decided to take it.” This heifer was sold to an operation in Ohio after the National Western, and McConnell says that she “earned a spot on the mantle in my house.” It was with this special heifer in Toronto’s storied show ring last November that McConnell achieved what she considers to Top Stock Magazine / Summer 2016


be one of her most memorable successes, taking top honours in showmanship at the Royal’s National Junior Beef Heifer Show. “That was my first year showing at the heifer show,” she explains. “I’ve exhibited at the Royal for many, many years. I usually took my steers to the Queen’s Guineas show, but my steer wasn’t quite ready this year.”

the practice of showing two animals as a pair. “We’re totally not used to having another person that we have to be in sync with. I found that kind of neat because you’re not just worrying about yourself and your animal and the other people around you, but you also have a partner to focus on as well,” she says. “It was such a neat experience.”

By winning Grand Champion Showman, McConnell was in the running for a place on the Canadian team headed to the 2016 National Young Show Stars competition in England. The team is selected from the top three intermediate and senior showmen in the National Junior Beef Heifer Show, and after an essay component to the selection, McConnell was chosen for the team. Along with teammates Alexa Avelar of East Garafraxa, ON, and Megan Foubert of Kemptville, ON, McConnell travelled to England in late March for this competition. Team Canada competed against 17 other beef teams, putting their skills to the test by adapting to the grooming and showmanship techniques used in British beef shows. One of the biggest differences, McConnell notes, was

This is just one of the many experiences over the years that have allowed McConnell to develop and use her teamwork skills. She considers teamwork to be one of the most vital lessons she’s learned by working with livestock. “I could not have done anything or gone anywhere … without the success I’ve had through teamwork with my mom, my dad and my sister, and also my friends that I’ve made along the way,” she says. To be able to compete at a high level, McConnell recognizes the role that her many mentors have played in her life. This is primarily her parents, as well as close neighbours and friends who have taught her much and made a difference throughout her show career. “I can always count on having all my mentors help me. No matter where

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Left top, bottom and above McConnell and Shorty Get Down were an unstoppable team, claiming the Overall Showmanship title at the 2015 Royal as well as many other championships. ©© Grant Rolston Photography (left) and ShowChampions (above)

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comes for taking over the family farm. I’m glad I went to school for agriculture to better understand and learn the industry,” she explains.

"I like being criticized and learning from what I've been told to do better... not just in the cattle industry, but in life in general." • Bailey McConnell ©© Juanita Elmhirst

I am or whose cattle I’m showing, they can lend a helping hand.” Another skill she considers to be very valuable is the ability to use constructive criticism for self-development. “I like being criticized and learning from what I’ve been told to do better and expanding from what I’ve learned along the way to make myself better — not just in the cattle industry, but in life in general.” She plans to focus her future on agriculture, and to carry on her family’s name in the business. “One day I hope 058

to take over the family farm, and keep showing cattle … and get our name out there for our purebred [cattle],” she says proudly. “For our herd, we are hoping right now to produce show contenders as well as replacement females, but leaning more towards the show females.” McConnell, who studied agriculture at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, now works full time on the family farm. “[My education] has absolutely helped me around the farm and it has and will definitely come in handy when the day Top Stock Magazine / Summer 2016

Everything McConnell has worked at in exhibiting cattle has helped to prepare her for this future. One of the things that has taken her further on this path is competing in junior Limousin and Angus shows, which was particularly important to her growing up. Exhibiting cattle in junior breed shows, she believes, is instrumental in developing a passion for agriculture and planning for a future in the beef industry, as she is. “You have the opportunity to meet different people along the way, have a good time and promote your breed,” she states. “I met so many people that I either bought animals from or asked advice from along the way.” And the best advice she’s received while on this journey? “It is to never give up. Through the ups and downs in the show industry, never give up!”


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