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Stampede judge Brigham Stewart talks about show day prep, the farm work ethic, and cows with superpowers.

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righam Stewart has high regard for the people he works with every day in the beef industry. In a changing world, he sees a big advantage to the steady, old-fashioned, hard-working attitude that comes from farm life. But when you ask him to name the industry’s greatest strength, he immediately speaks of the superpowers of cows. “Cows’ greatest strength is their ability to make grass into beef,” he said. “I mean they can turn corn stalks into meat. They’re the world’s number one recycler.” It seems a pretty obvious observation. But the entire beef industry is built on the ability of cattle to produce highly valuable food, and Stewart’s background on a four-generation family farm in Kansas helps him keep that perspective on all aspects of the business—including the show ring. “You know most of the other species stand second best. If a person has a little extra money in their pocket, and they’re at the grocery store and they can buy a ribeye or they can buy a pork chop, what are they going to buy? They always buy the beef,” he said. Commercial stock and show animals are all part of the business of beef, and that’s why Stewart favours show cattle that are “close to a representation of what a correct market animal should be.” Stewart will be judging at the Calgary Stampede. It will not only be his first time judging in Canada, it will be his first visit to Canada, period. And he’s excited to have the opportunity. “I’ve always wanted to go to Calgary. My brothers, back when they were in

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college, got two summers in a row up there. My older brother and my cousin worked for a couple outfits in Calgary and said it was a blast and that you have to go there one time just to experience it,” he said.

they’re around a lot of big companies that

“So I guess I’ll get to do it in a little higher fashion than they did, but I’ve always wanted to go.”

The Stewart boys learned that work ethic

Both of his brothers work in the agriculture industry: his younger brother Tucker is a lawyer who works for the Kansas Livestock Association, and his older brother Garrett is a veterinarian. While Brigham is the only one of the three still doing the day-to-day work on the farm, he says their farm upbringing has been the key to success for all three of them.

biggest role models, in farming and in life.

schools—there are a lot of businesses hiring people with an animal science degree because they have a known work ethic.” from their parents Gregg and Debbie Stewart. Brigham doesn’t hesitate to say they are his

Raising livestock, after all, is a no-fail mission. The work has to get done and the animals need to be properly cared for regardless of how tired you are or what kind of day you’ve had. When there is no fallback position, Stewart says you tend to develop a work ethic that carries over to everything you do. “You hear it from multiple people. The brother that’s a lawyer and the brother who’s a vet,

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are hiring. And it happens with a lot of ag

Cattle have been in the Stewart family since the early 1900s, but the family operation, MidContinent Farms (Washington, Kansas), has been intensive in show cattle and seed stock for the past 40 years or so. Now they run about 1,000 head, all on grass, including half a dozen registered breeds. They also still row crop 1,500 to 2,000 acres. It was his father’s influence that led Stewart into judging. “Him and his team were very successful,” he said. “Growing up they went to Colby Community College and then on to K-State [Kansas State University], and they won almost every contest you could think of.

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Far Left Steward justifies his choice at the Nebraska State Fair Jackpot Feeder & Breeding Calf Show. ©© ShowChampions

Near Left The Stewart family are many-time exhibitors at the National Western Stock Show. ©© ShowChampions

“You hear it from multiple people — there are a lot of businesses hiring people with an animal science degree because they have a known work ethic.” Brigham Stewart

“And that’s what really drove him. It was on those judging trips, going around looking at cattle and stuff like that, that we got connected with people.” Stewart’s education was through Butler Community College, where he was coached by Chris Mullinix; and Kansas State, where the coaching staff included Scott Schaake and Brandon Callis. “Honestly between those three guys and my old man, and going to K-State judging camps as a kid, that’s what got me where I am—to be able to judge shows,” he said. In his senior year he judged at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville (“the Super Bowl of judging contests,” he calls it) and won high individual, breaking a 13-year-old Reasons record. “And then I just started judging shows. I guess word of mouth, people liked the way I evaluated things. I’ve been called to do quite a few of them all over the United States.” Obviously the Louisville experience ranks

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"I like to look at cattle that look like every pound they consumed was done efficiently. So that’s studying skeletons and structure and freshness of muscle shape. And that’s everywhere.” Brigham Stewart

Above Celebrating Mid-Continent’s Champion Charolais Bull at the 2014 American Royal with Cheramie Viator. ©© ShowChampions

Near Left Stewart congratulates a young exhibitor during the 2014 American Royal Limousin show. ©© ShowChampions

as a highlight for him, and NAILE remains one of his favourite shows. But as someone who loves cattle and travelling and meeting people, every show offers a new opportunity. “There is one that’s probably my favourite,” he said. “It was just the most fun because it was at the Del Mar County Fair in San Diego. It’s a 10-day county fair and basically in vacation country, you know what I mean. So that was probably the most fun.” When he comes to Stampede and his first show in a new country, Stewart says he doesn’t have any specific expectations—he’s prepared to take it as it comes. His judging style is to look for good, sound, functional cattle, and that applies to a national or an international show. Which isn’t to say he doesn’t recognize that different circumstances— climate, for instance—won’t influence what traits are desirable. A part of the world with a short growing season will rely more on feeding than grazing, he says, and the result can be a trend toward bigger animals. But size for its own sake doesn’t make for a better or more productive beef animal. “I like to look at cattle that look like every pound they consumed was done efficiently,” he said. “So that’s studying skeletons and structure and freshness of muscle shape. And that’s everywhere.”

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His advice for exhibitors goes back to his own work ethic: put in the effort, and pay attention to detail. “Accentuate the good things, but don’t forget the little things,” he said.

harder you work at it, the bigger the reward.

After all, an exhibitor has been working with their calf for hours and hours over the course of up to a year. They know that animal thoroughly, they know what it has that could make it a winner.

and learn from them.”

“A judge has an average of anywhere from a minute and a half to three minutes a head to look at cattle that these kids have been looking at for days,” he said. “[Exhibitors] need to make sure that they’re hitting on all cogs the day they go into the ring. Don’t leave anything on the table.”

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“So don’t let the opinions of one affect you. Stay true to yourself, and stay hardworking. And take your wins as wins and take your losses as losses, Stewart bases his judging standard on an idea of a productive market animal with proper structure. This is just as important for steers as for heifers and bulls. “These cattle need to be close to a representation of what the correct market animal should be,” he said. “But still paying attention to the fact that some of these cattle may have sister mates.”

And he especially urges juniors not to look at a ring loss as a defeat, or as a negation of the quality of their animal.

“And for me they’ve still got to fit into all facets

“Just don’t get discouraged. You know it’s always one guy’s opinion,” he said. “And honestly the

It’s when there are several cattle in the ring

of the industry. I try to relate it to the industry as much as possible,” he said. that meet that requirement—that they are all

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No stranger to the show ring as an exhibitor, Stewart competes at the National Western Stock show. ŠŠ Legacy Livestock Imaging

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“So don’t let the opinions of one affect you. Stay true to yourself, and stay hardworking. And take your wins as wins and take your losses as losses, and learn from them.” Brigham Stewart

comformationally-correct market animals—that a judge can look at the little things. According to Stewart, those little things aren’t what makes a winner, but they can be what makes a difference.

And he wants to pass on his parents’ work ethic to his own kids, whether they continue in agriculture or venture out into something else. That, he says, is the path to opportunity.

The winner’s edge is always going to be subjective— which animal impressed what judge on what day.

“Mom and Dad just gave us every opportunity that we were willing to work for,” he said.

“The one you’re going to slap is the one that, when you go to bed at the end of the day, you can say hey, I found him. That’s the one I like, the one that hit me hardest.

“I’d like my kids to grow up and do the things and have the opportunities I had, with whatever they want to do. In the long run I want to try to be successful at raising cattle and marketing cattle, nationally or even internationally. But then sure, just be able to give my kids a chance at it.”

“And then you just stick to your opinion.” Stewart places a lot of importance on giving clear reasons for his judgments. This gives the exhibitors guidance, especially in a prospect show. It also helps to guide the development of animals for the market which, after all, is the whole point of showing. He says he wants exhibitors to understand why their calf placed where it did, but it’s even more important that they learn how to make it better—he wants them to come away with a better understanding of the industry.

In the meantime, he’s loving the opportunities that come his way in the show judging world. “I like travelling and looking at cattle, and it allows me to get off the farm and go do stuff that normally I wouldn’t. And go see places that normally I wouldn’t,” he said.

Stewart sees the family operation as his future, hopefully with a family of his own. He would love to expand MidContinent Farms, but as the only sibling doing the dayto-day work, he says expansion isn’t the top priority.

Left MCF Santana (Rockstar x Snowball), a Chi bull raised at Mid-Continent, on display in the yards in Denver. ©© Legacy Livestock Imaging

Right MCF Bohannon 305A is crowned Champion Charolais Bull at the 2014 American Royal with Stewart at the halter, under judge Chan Phillips. ©© ShowChampions

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hankful, respectful, responsible and practical. These simple yet powerful words kept coming to mind as I spoke with Tom and Danika Warnyca of Warnyca Land and Cattle. These ideas hold a magnified meaning for Tom and Danika, based at Montmartre, Saskatchewan, and after my conversation with them, it was easy to see why. Our discussion reflected their respect for the past and an acceptance of the responsibility to use your abilities in the most practical way possible, especially as they pertain to agriculture. The operation that Tom’s parents started in the 1950s, WTK Polled Herefords, is now home to a herd of 200 purebred and crossbred Hereford, Angus and Black Galloway cows, interspersed with a smattering of Speckle Park cattle. Pastures, trees and wetlands run alongside a rotation of oats, pulse crops and oilseeds. Of course, none of this happened overnight but rather through a gradual process of introspection. In 2000, the Warnyca family dispersed their purebred polled Hereford herd, and they had important decisions to make. They formed the foundation of their next commercial venture with ten Hereford females bred to an Angus bull, plus a collection of select semen and embryos. They also purchased a percentage of Haroldson’s 37H Mira ET 62K, a purebred Hereford female originally raised in Wawota, SK. Mira was the National Junior Champion Hereford Female at the 2002 National Western Stock Show in Denver.

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Tom and Danika of Warnyca Land and Cattle merge traditional beef and functional market cattle. Warnyca’s 100% Traditional branded beef features everything from ground prime to tenderloin, roasts and ribs. ©© Darryl MacKillop

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“We’re doing something positive for the environment...We’re trying to improve the land. It’s so important we have wetlands, deer, moose, every animal under the sun wandering around here. They can all live together, and we can still farm it.” Tom Warnyca

“This Hereford female we bought in Denver, via Wawota, in 2002 was coming a two-year-old. The largest number of registrations out of one Hereford cow in North America are out of her, and we own half of her. Through the propagation of that influence in our Hereford end, we have been given a huge advantage in our genetic base,” said Warnyca. They breed most of their cowherd through artificial insemination, using top-quality Hereford and Angus genetics, and they cover the rest of the breeding season with natural service. In 2010, the couple added a third ingredient to their commercial breeding program in the form of a Black Galloway sire, Diamond B Mozart 16M. Through a methodical approach to improving their genetics, opportunities arose for Warnyca Land and Cattle that

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extended beyond producing seedstock. Warnyca’s extensive judging career has taken him from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and at times he’s noticed a disconnect in the steers placing high in shows and what he sees as the reality of the beef industry. While attending the 2013 Calgary Stampede Steer Classic, where a 1,450-pound Hereford claimed the Grand Champion title, he made a conscious decision to produce more practical show steers. “When I looked at that steer, I knew his producer would have made some money on him. His mother would have had him without problems. He would have weighed enough at weaning time to make a buck or two, or if you sold him as a background steer at 800 or 900 pounds, finishing at the right weight range and age, you would have made money on him.”

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Tom and Danika began marketing about a dozen realistic crossbred prospects at Canadian Western Agribition under the Prospects with Purpose banner. Over the last few years, junior exhibitors from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia have taken them home to show at their own Achievement Days. Later, when Warnyca judged a Speckle Park show and was impressed with the quality of one of the bulls exhibited, Codiak Acres Avery Creek Banjo 01B, they decided to breed a select group of heifers Speckle Park. “Those Speckled calves are easy to sell as prospects, but we have to be selective. Kids seem to gravitate to them, but we want to make sure they get the right ones.” Their first set of Speckle Park calves are on feed now at the farm and will be processed throughout the summer and fall.


In line with their prospect calf program, Warnyca Land and Cattle began to solidify their own personal philosophies. Warnyca explained how thankful they were to see their small 1950s acreage turn into approximately 4,000 acres of family-owned land. “We have a responsibility to look after it and the animals on it with the grasses we are planting, the crops we’re growing and the minimal amount of diesel we’re using. We’re doing something positive for the environment. See how many trees this family has planted over the last 60 years. We’re trying to improve the land. It’s so important we have wetlands, deer, moose, every animal under the sun wandering around here. They can all live together, and we can still farm it.” Backing up their beliefs, the couple began marketing their own beef under the name “100% Traditional Beef by Warnyca Land and Cattle.” This brand features everything from ground prime to tenderloin, roasts and ribs. They were already growing gluten-free oats for a processing company in Regina, Saskatchewan, and to sustain the product’s integrity they phased out all grains with gluten,

Above The WLC prospect string at the 2018 Canadian Western Agribition. ©© ShowChampions

Right Tom’s father, Danika and Tom (left to right) enjoy an evening in the field.

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including wheat, durum and barley. At present they grow a rotation of oilseed, pulse, oats and flax on their croplands, with the gluten-free, non-GMO crops grown on the farm making up the bulk of the finishing ration for their 100% Traditional Beef product. “There is a strong desire from a consumer standpoint to know where their food is coming from, that it’s being raised responsibly. I understand that,” said Warnyca. “Right from the time the animal is conceived to when it goes to processing, everything is done on our farm, so we have control over the environment these animals are raised in, tracking each one individually.” Their beef is processed locally at Western Prime, a government-inspected plant in Weyburn, and is currently sold online, by word of mouth and through Agribition, advertising to friends, neighbours and

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customers from as far away as Banff and the Maritimes. The high-quality beef is featured in some smaller, reputable restaurants in Regina. “We did a 6-ounce sirloin nutritional panel at a laboratory in Saskatoon comparing it to a Triple A sirloin. The protein level was higher, the fat content was less, it had fewer calories, a higher iron content and was better tasting,” he said. In fact, it had half the calories of the other sirloin, coming in at 200 calories. The other sirloin was 411 calories. “We believe it’s got a distinct rich beef flavour because of the genetic blend we have, specific to the infusion of the Galloway influence, and the fact our finishing ration is a gluten-free oats and peas ration, plus we age it for 21-30 days minimum. It’s been extremely popular.” Without children of their own, Tom and Danika still seek to benefit the youth of the industry. They believe kids sometimes

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Far Left Tom judges the Speckle Park show at Canadian Western Agribition. ©© ShowChampions

Near Left Warnyca’s 100% Traditional branded beef. ©© Darryl MacKillop

“If we’re going to do something, let’s make the most of it and do the best we can, enjoy it and have some fun. If we’re going to raise cows let’s raise the best ones we can.” Tom Warnyca

receive too much misinformation, causing them unnecessary stress and anxiety. Their goal for the juniors involved in their prospect program is for them to have fun, make a little money and understand the genetic behind the cattle and the future opportunities for the industry. When I asked how they envisioned their operation in the future, Warnyca shared a lesson from his mother after careful consideration. “She taught me that we all have an expiration date, so if we’re going to do something, let’s make the most of it and do the best we can, enjoy it and have some fun. If we’re going to raise cows let’s raise the best ones we can. If they are going to be purebred or commercial, let’s raise the best we can. If we’re going to raise beef, let’s raise the best we absolutely can. That’s the thought process of what we’re attempting to do here.” Considering the potential health and

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Warnyca’s 100% Traditional branded beef line includes several dry aged products. ©© Darryl MacKillop

Above Peyton Haslam shows her 2018 steer purchased from Warnyca Land & Cattle. ©© Erin Campbell

sustainability of beef cattle on a global scale, Warnyca believes they have a major responsibility as producers to the well-being of humans. He sees their 100% Traditional Beef by Warnyca Land and Cattle brand gaining traction, and they will continue guaranteeing the security and quality of their beef by finishing their own cattle. The couple also sees the prospect branch of their operation continuing, although it could eventually become secondary. “The main thing for us overall is that we see the continual progression to improvement, that our young stuff is better than our old stuff. I’m confident that’s going to happen if we make the right decisions through selection,” said Warnyca. “We are so fortunate to be involved in an industry, a natural setting like we have here today, to be able to contribute to the well-being of other people, a healthy nutritious product that is grown on our property, and that we’ve actually improved the soil’s fertility and health by these animals being here,” he said. “And when it’s all said and done, that we will be one of the leaders on a very specific high-quality beef protein with traceability and accountability.”

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OYEN, ALBERTA 16 February 2019

Judge Darren Tyler — Photos Crossroads Beef Expo

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER

LEVI MARTIN

JACEY MASSEY

CROSSROADS BEEF EXPO OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 18 March 2019

OKLAHOMA YOUTH EXPO

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER

AMANDA SCOTT

LUKE BROOKE

Judge Dave Allan, Lydel Meier — Photos Legacy Livestock Imaging

RESERVE PERCENTAGE SIMMENTAL AND THIRD OVERALL EXHIBITED BY SAM TAYLOR, OWNED BY DOUBLE BAR D FARMS

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OPEN CHAMPION STEER

OPEN CHAMPION HEIFER

GARRETT FEIGE

WILL DAVIES

JUNIOR CHAMPION STEER

JUNIOR CHAMPION HEIFER

WACEY TOWNSEND

TELL CALVERT

GMACK PROGRESS STEER AND HEIFER SHOW OYEN, ALBERTA 2 - 3 March 2019

Judge (Open) Greg Pugh, (Junior) Jonah Biensch — Photos GRP

RESERVE OPEN HEIFER

RESERVE JUNIOR HEIFER

RES JR STEER & RES OPEN STEER

LEVI MARTIN

TOBY NOBLE

KORD PHILLIPS

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VERMILION, ALBERTA 12 March 2019

Judge (Open) Kyle Lewis, (Jr) Laurie Morasch — Photos Garrett Lundago

CHAMPION OPEN STEER, CHAMPION JUNIOR STEER

GRAND CHAMPION OPEN HEIFER

RILEY PASHULKA

COUNTRY LANE DUCHESS 7F, PEDERSEN LIVESTOCK

LITTLE ROYAL STEER AND HEIFER SHOW

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RESERVE JUNIOR STEER

GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER

MYA JANZ

TWST PRIMO PRIDE 42F, BRIANNA KIMMEL

RESERVE OPEN STEER

RESERVE OPEN HEIFER

RESERVE JUNIOR HEIFER

MADELEINE JANZ

BOB’S I’M A LOOKER 14F, TYLER YOUNG

FAY 802F, BRONWYNN FRENZEL

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LONDON JUNIOR BEEF EXPO

CHAMPION BREEDING HEIFER, CHAMPION ANGUS JOEY MILLER

3RD OVERALL & CH SIMMENTAL ASHLEY MCCONNELL

RESERVE BREEDING HEIFER, RESERVE CHAMPION ANGUS KATIE ELMHIRST RESERVE CROSSBRED RODNEY PODOLINSKY

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4TH OVERALL & CH CROSSBRED

5TH OVERALL & RES SIMMENTAL

CHAMP % SIMMENTAL

BRINLEY MILLER

KADE EARLEY

NICOLE AVERY

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LONDON, ONTARIO 16 - 17 March 2019

Judge Justin Adcock — Photos Barn Girls Photography

CHAMPION CHAROLAIS

CHAMPION GALLOWAY

CHAMPION HEREFORD

CHAMPION HIGHLAND

JOEY MILLER

ABBEY COCKING

JOEY MILLER

CONNOR MCNAUGHTON

RESERVE CHAROLAIS

RESERVE GALLOWAY

RESERVE HEREFORD

RESERVE HIGHLAND

ALLY INGRAM

SHELBY MCILWRAITH

KATIE ELMHIRST

KALEIGH MCNAUGHTON

CHAMPION LIMOUSIN

CHAMPION MAINETAINER

CHAMPION SHORTHORN

CHAMP SHORTHORNPLUS

BRITTANY DRACUP

KAYLA MCPHAIL

BLAIR MCGLASHAN

SARAH HEIGHT

RESERVE LIMOUSIN

RESERVE MAINETAINER

RESERVE SHORTHORN

RES SHORTHORNPLUS

CONNOR RODGER

RYLANN CRAWFORD

JAMEY EBY

SYDNEY GRAUL

RES % SIMMENTAL

CHAMPION SPECKLE PARK

RESERVE SPECKLE PARK

AMANDA SCOTT

MAX BOERS

SPENCER MCKAY

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LONDON, ONTARIO 16 - 17 March 2019

Judge Justin Adcock — Photos Barn Girls Photography

JUNIOR BEEF EXPO

RESERVE MARKET ANIMAL

CHAMPION MARKET ANIMAL

JOEY MILLER

JOEY MILLER

3RD OVERALL MARKET ANIMAL

4TH OVERALL MARKET ANIMAL

5TH OVERALL MARKET ANIMAL

ABBY DEBUS

REEGAN SAWYER

MATTHEW MEUSER

FLORENCEVILLE-BRISTOL, QC 10 April 2019

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Judge Jack Oattes — Photos Tabitha Burrell

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

DALE, LISA, MEGHAN & ASHLEY BLACK

ABIGAIL HUNTER

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CHAMPION ANGUS, CHAMPION PUREBRED, & SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE

CHAMPION SENIOR COMMERCIAL FEMALE, & GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE

MCKENZIE PAGET

MATTHEW EDWARDS

CHAMPION SIMMENTAL, RES CH PUREBRED FEMALE

RES SR & RES CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE

RILEY PASHULKA

JACEY MASSEY

RESERVE ANGUS FEMALE

CHAMP HEREFORD FEMALE

CHAMPION AOB FEMALE

CH JR COMMERCIAL FEMALE

LUKE HAGGERT

KEATON KAUFMANN

KORD PHILLIPS

PERI PHILLIPS

RES SIMMENTAL FEMALE

RES HEREFORD FEMALE

RESERVE AOB FEMALE

RES JR COMMERCIAL FEMALE

TRINITY MARTIN

BRODYN LABATTE

WILL ROSSO

LEVI MARTIN

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MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA 15 - 17 March 2019

Judge Ben Fox — Photos GRP

GRAND CHAMPION STEER, CHAMPION HEAVY STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER, CHAMPION LIGHT STEER

LOGAN JAMIESON

AUSTIN KRIEGER

RESERVE LIGHT WEIGHT STEER

RESERVE HEAVY WEIGHT STEER

CHAMPION MIDDLE WEIGHT STEER

LANE STEEN

TYSON BUIST

ZANE SHORT

CODY SIBBALD LEGACY CLASSIC CH INT COMMERCIAL FEMALE HANNAH KEMP

RES INT COMM FEMALE

CODY SIBBALD SPIRIT AWARD

RESERVE MIDDLE WEIGHT STEER

HAILEY SIBBALD

TAYLOR PASHULKA

WAYLON BLACKLOCK

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BRANDON, MANITOBA 25 - 30 March 2019

Judge Andrew Kopeechuk

CHAMPION MARKET STEER

CHAMPION BOYS & GIRLS STEER

CHAMPION PROSPECT STEER

MELISSA MCRAE

TY NYKOLIATION

DARBY MCCORMACK

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MANITOBA WINTER FAIR

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RES PROSPECT STEER

RES MARKET STEER

GRACE GLOVER

DALLAS JOHNSTON

CHAMP ROYAL LADY

CHAMP LIMOUSIN HEIFER

CHAMPION ANGUS HEIFER

RESERVE ANGUS HEIFER

LAURA HORNER

KAITLYN DAVEY

GERRIN VANDERSLUIS

DYLAN FREY

CH SHORTHORN HEIFER

CH HEREFORD HEIFER

CH SIMM HFR, RES ROYAL LADY

CH COMMERCIAL HEIFER

NOLIN VANDERSLUIS

ORIANNA HYNDMAN

RAYEL KACZMAR

KAITLYN DAVEY

RES SHORTHORN HEIFER

RES HEREFORD HEIFER

RES SIMMENTAL HEIFER

RES COMMERCIAL HEIFER

GERRIN VANDERSLUIS

TEEGAN HYNDMAN

CODY CARSON

ORIANNA HYNDMAN

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PEI EASTER BEEF SHOW CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI 28 March 2019

Judge Colton Hamilton — Photos Jessica Davis Photography

GRAND CHAMPION STEER, CHAMP HEREFORD INFLUENCE, CHAMPION 4-H STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER, CHAMPION SHORTHORN STEER

COREY FORD

COLBY MACQUARRIE & DERECK SANDERSON

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN 5-7 April 2019

Judge Eric Boon — Photos Prairieland Park

SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR BEEF EXPO

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER RILEY BOHRSON

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER

LEAH LIBKE

WAYLON BLACKLOCK

AIVA BIEBER

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CANADAS RICHEST YOUTH STEER AND HEIFER SHOW OLDS, AB 20 April 2019

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Judge Scott Severtson — Photos GRP

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER

AMANDA SCOTT

RILEY PASHULKA

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER

TRINITY MARTIN

TRENTON CAMPBELL

RESERVE OPEN STEER

RESERVE OPEN HEIFER

TOBY NOBLE

MCKENZIE PAGET

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OLDS, AB 21 April 2019

Judge (Open) Jordie Buba & Luke Lewis, (Youth) Darrell & Leila Hickman — Photos GRP

GRAND CHAMPION OPEN STEER

GRAND CHAMPION OPEN HEIFER

KORD PHILLIPS

TRESTON CAMPBELL

GRAND CHAMPION YOUTH STEER

GRAND CHAMPION YOUTH HEIFER

LOGAN JAMIESON

LEVI MARTIN

OLDS SPRING CLASSIC RESERVE YOUTH STEER

RESERVE YOUTH HEIFER

TRINITY A MARTIN

KORD PHILLIPS

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CLARESHOLM, ALBERTA 24 April 2019

Judge Kasey Phillips — Photos GRP

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

GRAND CHAMPION PUREBRED HEIFER

AMANDA SCOTT

JACEY MASSEY

GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL HEIFER

CHINOOK JUNIOR STOCK SHOW

SADIE WAUTERS

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RESERVE STEER

RESERVE PUREBRED HEIFER

RESERVE COMMERCIAL HEIFER

SCARLETT PITTMAN

SYDNEY MCMILLAN

TRAVIS EDWARDS

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BASHAW, ALBERTA 27 April 2019

Judge (Open) Luke Marshall, (Junior) Blake Morton — Photos Top Stock

CHAMPION JR STEER

CHAMPION JR COMMERCIAL HEIFER

CHAMPION JR PUREBRED HEIFER

KASEY ADAMS

KARSEN TRYNCHUK

SETH TRYNCHUK

RESERVE JR STEER

RESERVE JR COMMERCIAL HEIFER

RESERVE JR PUREBRED HEIFER

KADE RANCIER

ROSLYN PRETTY

EVAN PATRIQUIN

BASHAW SPRING ROUND-UP

CHAMPION OPEN STEER TRINITY MARTIN

CHAMPION OPEN HEIFER

RESERVE OPEN HEIFER

RESERVE OPEN STEER

LEXI DIETRICH

SAMANTHA BOAKE

DAKOTA TOWNSEND

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ONTARIO YOUTH FORUM CHAMPION FEMALE, CHAMPION SHORTHORN BRYCE RAYMOND

RESERVE FEMALE, CHAMP ANGUS KATIE ELMHIRST

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CHAMPION LIMOUSIN

CHAMPION HEREFORD

CHAMPION CROSSBRED

CHAMPION CHAROLAIS

BRITTANY DRACUP

MAGGI MURRAY

EMILY HARTLE

HALLE PACKER

RESERVE LIMOUSIN

RESERVE HEREFORD

RESERVE CROSSBRED

RESERVE CHAROLAIS

PAUL TWISS

KATIE ELMHIRST

JARED BALL

MEGHAN TRIEMSTRA

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RESERVE MARKET, CH LIGHT STEER REEGAN SAWYER

CHAMPION MARKET ANIMAL, CHAMP HEAVY STEER JACKSON CORNER

CH MARKET HEIFER

RES MARKET HEIFER

RES LIGHT STEER

RES HEAVY STEER

JOEY MILLER

JACKSON CORNER

CAITLIN COULTER

CARSON BLENKIRON

LINDSAY, ONTARIO 25 - 26 April 2019

Judge Taylor Harrison — Photos Barn Girls Photography

CHAMPION AOB

CHAMPION SIMMENTAL

RESERVE SHORTHORN

CHAMPION MAINE

BRADY HASSON

OWEN ELMHIRST

BLAIR MCGLASHAN

LOGAN SISSON

RESERVE AOB

RESERVE SIMMENTAL

RESERVE ANGUS

RESERVE MAINE

FLYNN REINHART

MORGAN MACINTYRE

JOEY MILLER

GEORDI MOFFATT

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VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC 3-5 May 2019

Judge Katie Songer — Photos Jennifer Buck

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER

LAYLA DORKO

JENNA NIELSON

ISLAND SPRING BEEF SHOW

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER

WILLIAM MARTIN

JEAN MACAULAY

MUKK BOOTS OR MITTENS WEBB, SASKATCHEWAN 4 May 2019

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Judge Kurtis Reid — Photos Kennedy Stenson

CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE STEER

CHAMPION HEIFER

RESERVE HEIFER

TYSON BUIST

EMMA THOMASON

CHEYENNE BERNER

CHEYENNE BERNER

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WELDON, SASKATCHEWAN 4 May 2019

Judge Jon Wright — Photos Colleen Hansen

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

RILEY BOHRSON

WAYLON BLACKLOCK

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

TYRELL WENIG

CADENCE HAALAND

WELDON STEER AND HEIFER SHOW

BRUNO LIONS JACKPOT BRUNO, SASKATCHEWAN 8 June 2019

Judge Harvey Welter — Photos Jenny Glessman

CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE STEER

CHAMPION HEIFER

RESERVE HEIFER

JUSTIN HARCOURT

LUCAS MILLS

WAYLON BLACKLOCK

ALLY TETZLAFF

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WEYBURN, SASKATCHEWAN 11 May 2019

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Judge Craig and Tricia Wilgenbusch — Photos Carla Fellner

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER

WAYLON BLACKLOCK

CARTER GOUDY

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER

TYSON BUIST

RILEY BOHRSON

SE CLUB CALF CRUZE

CH MAINE HEIFER

CH CROSSBRED HEIFER

EMILY SEBASTIAN

CHEYANNE BERNER

CH HEREFORD HEIFER

CH CHAROLAIS HEIFER

KYLEE DIXON

KADEN BECK

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ESTEVAN, SASKATCHEWAN 12 May 2019

Judge Riley Lafrentz — Photos Heather Brokenshire

GRAND CHAMPION STEER, CH CHAROLAIS

GRAND CHAMPION HEIFER, CHAMP SIMMENTAL

WAYLON BLACKLOCK

MASON BECK

RESERVE STEER, CH CROSSBRED

RESERVE HEIFER, RES SIMMENTAL

TOBY NOBLE

CASIE BROKENSHIRE

LORD OF THE RING

CH ANGUS HEIFER

CH SIMMENTAL STEER

CH AOB STEER

CH ANGUS STEER

COOPER BROKENSHIRE

BRITT FORNWALD

LUCAS MILLS

TYSON BUIST

CH AOB HEIFER

CH MAINE X STEER

CH HEREFORD X STEER

RILEY BOHRSON

LANE STEEN

BRENNA FORNWALD

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JOSEPHBURG, ALBERTA 26 May 2019 Judge (4-H/Open) Doug Roxburgh, (Jr) Darrell Hickman — Photos Jerry Repka

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CHAMPION JR STEER

CHAMP 4-H STEER

CHAMP OPEN STEER

TRINITY MARTIN

GARRETT MCPHERSON

TER-RON FARMS

JOSEPHBURG COUNTRY CLASSIC

RESERVE JR STEER

RES 4-H STEER

EVAN PATRIQUIN

REBEKAH KNULL

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CALGARY, ALBERTA 31 May - 3 June, 2019

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GRAND CHAMPION STEER

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER

EVAN JAMIESON

JAYCEE DUTCHIK

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4-H ON PARADE RES COMMERCIAL FEMALE

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MARIA KOOISTRA

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STETTLER, ALBERTA 9 June 2019

Judge Lee Wilson — Photos Christine Boake

GRAND CHAMPION STEER

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KADE RANCIER

HALLEY ADAMS

HEARTLAND CLASSIC GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL HEIFER JACEY MASSEY

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RESERVE STEER

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RESERVE COMMERCIAL HEIFER

HALLEY ADAMS

LEXI DIETRICH

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LLOYDMINSTER, SK 2 June 2019

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GRAND CHAMPION STEER

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ACME, ALBERTA 18 June 2019

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The attraction to the show ring spreads well beyond its walls and its ribbons. There is a societal curiously and desire to be part of the story.

E X PA N D I N G T H E S H O W R I N G

CULTURE CARE

WORDS BY BRENDA SCHOEPP

The Power of Inclusion

Transcending Care & Compassion

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nclusion is a powerful word. It speaks to the acceptance of the presence of someone or something in our lives. Being inclusive takes grace and composure and it also brings to the table a wide diversity of thought. An inclusive culture is one which embraces difference and unifies it to one common purpose.

Dr. Temple Grandin has repeatedly reminded us that what we see as ordinary or even mundane can be an experience for someone else. In our everyday lives on our farms and ranches, we are deeply in tune with the needs and wants of those entrusted to our care such as companion and food animals. This includes show cattle.

Perhaps you have never thought of the show ring in this context but it is a powerful stage for inclusive alignment and action between what you do as a cattle person and what society craves for in a connection. We are in a unique historical time and place as studies by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity show that consumers clearly love and trust their farmers.

This intimacy is profoundly special. The love for animals is often the emotional breaking point when things go wrong. We can hide and confide in them, play with them, profit from them and enjoy their presence as a contributor to our emotional and economic health. And we are wounded deeply when we lose them. It is a pity that this caring and compassion is not seen in a way that transcends

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The Royal Agricultural winter Fair in Toronto is a perfect storm of country meets city. ©© ShowChampions

from one culture – the culture of the pen to another culture, that of the urban observer. Why is this important? The overload of information to the consumer does not allow for investigative time. They hear emotional appeals perhaps to drop meat consumption or to increase eating it, both of which come from independent and very biased camps. To some the farmer and rancher are seen as the villains in the degradation of the environment and that scares folks. They want to believe in their future, as we do, and in particular a green one. From another source may be the message that animals are routinely abused or that their life needs are not met. This

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is not true but may produce the emotions of anger or fear. And yet another message may come from the position that beef is good and cattle owners do care!

are the basic needs: food, water, shelter,

There is strong scientific evidence that human and animal welfare are deeply ingrained. How we treat our cattle often is a reflection of how we interact with our family and staff. Equally so, a high level of respect for ourselves and for the people in our lives is often reflected in our care for cattle and other animals. If we consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs we can see how tightly interwoven our needs and those needs of the cattle that we care for are. At the base of Maslow’s pyramid

the need to belong and it is safe to say

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warmth and rest, then safety, security and the freedom from fear. These are universal between humans and animals. But so is that we accept our food and companion animals as part of our universal family. This inclusive family can expand to include those folks outside of our circle. How we bring them to the table may take a different approach than what we have used in the past. Not Interested in Science In the past we have supported the argument for cattle and for beef with


science but Dr. Candace Croney, Purdue’s Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science makes it clear that folks don’t want to know and don’t care about heavy science or the most recent studies. You have to, she reminds us, show how you are leading change and get that out in an honest and positive message. Where does the show ring fit into this dialogue regarding a culture of inclusiveness? Consider the following points: ▶▶ There is usually public present and they are curious ▶▶ It is a clean and controlled environment ▶▶ The cattle are calm and in their element ▶▶ The people involved are dressed to impress

▶▶ There is youth and women involved ▶▶ There are opportune times to comment on what is happening in the ring and why ▶▶ It is a positive social media opportunity The groundwork to connect with the consumer is already there. What is missing is the connective tissue between societal groups. When #fluffycow made the social media world in 2013 there was huge public engagement. In regard to the discussion, Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily wrote: “I’ve long said that fairs are a great platform for beef producers to interact with consumers, as it’s a public display of animal care and welfare”. If so then what is the rest of the story and how should it be told? Should pictures be used for

Below The Calgary Stampede attracts thousands of urban consumers who have the opportunity to interact with livestock and their handlers. ©© ShowChampions

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“It is fair to surmise that fragmentation within the industry needs to be mended before adopting a strategy as the vision and the message would have to be consistent.”

conveying your message? Researchers in Europe say: yes and husbandry is particularly important in messaging. Add green fields and caring families along with a brief message about your care. Coming back to a media sensation with science would be mute often because folks simply cannot relate to the science and it does not address how they feel. Who is your Ambassador? It is fair to say that unless a member of the public has a program in hand and some background knowledge there are many instances where they must to walk into the show area to see what is happening. Once inside, there is nothing to guide them or ignite an interest. Going back to our check list above, this is the ideal venue to bring a consumer onside. Does it have to include a discussion on eating beef? Likely not, it is best to stick with what is happening in the “now”. An opportunity waits in each breed and class for adults and youth to be ambassadors. They could be welcoming folks as they drift in and explain what is happening and why. The ambassador could share something about their family values, the characteristics of cattle in general and also ask questions about the visitor’s background and interest.

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This balanced conversation leads to interesting stories. Will it work? I asked men and woman who are active in this showing and in industry to comment. Their responses fell into five categories: 1. I’m not interested. I am here to show cattle. 2. This idea of an ambassador has merit. 3. OK, but I am concerned on who would train for and organize this. 4. I would rather have the public on my farm so they get the whole picture. 5. The show ring does not project the production end, particularly in club calves, so we are not sure this is the story we should be telling. It is fair to surmise that fragmentation within the industry needs to be mended before adopting a strategy as the vision and the message would have to be consistent. It would be critical that the public felt both informed and welcome. On the positive side was the repeated reference to family and family is something that most folks desire or can relate to. The key may be in the message of the strong family connection to cattle. Why a culture of care? The commercial industry is tasked with selling beef and advertising to consumers and the seed stock industry

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Bull hugs at the 2018 Canadian Western Agribition. ©© ShowChampions


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undisputedly has a grasp on the best in genetics in the world. You may be asking: why would we care? Both the Canadian and American Centers for Food Integrity found that consumers are focused on the humane treatment of animals and specifically wanting to be assured of outstanding animal care. They want their food to be safe and that there be a focus on environmental stewardship. Trust, both associations remind us, comes from transparency. We care because consumers want more engagement in the food system. Most important here is to be aware that consumers are not a subset of our public, they are the whole of it. A more intimate conversation and the controlled and hushed atmosphere of the show ring

“Consumers are focused on the humane treatment of animals and specifically wanting to be assured of outstanding animal care. They want their food to be safe and that there be a focus on environmental stewardship.� is the ideal setting to take the approach of universal inclusion. Why do we care? Caring about the welfare of our cattle and caring about our fellow man takes some transparency and leaves us a little vulnerable. That is offset by shared values and the benefits of inclusion. When we consider what the show ring has to offer and the needs of the public we see an alignment in values and these values are

authentically and visibly on display. The attraction to the show ring spreads well beyond its walls and its ribbons. There is a societal curiously and desire to be part of the story. Inviting folks in and making it easy for them to understand, providing a connective link and genuinely engaging with them while letting our excellence show are all part of creating a culture of care.

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