ISSUE 2 2 SPR ING 2021
The Show Must Go On Despite slow Canadian show season, Noble and Wilson rack up wins south of the border ROLLING D rights the Shortcomings of Women's Agricultural Workwear STOCKADE ROUND-UP KT Ranches and Hollinger capture Canada's Supremes in 2020
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Rolling D Workwear Seizes the Opportunity
2020 Stockade Round-up Supremes
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Jackson and Digby strive to right the shortcomings in women's workwear
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KT Ranches and Hollinger capture Canada's only Supremes in 2020
Haroldson's Upgrade wins Cattlemen's Congress, Wilson calls it 'the icing on the cake'
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Tomina Jackson and Cheryl Digby strive to right the shortcomings of women’s agricultural workwear
Rolling D seizes the opportunity T
he physical and mental demands of farming are difficult to
The family unit looked forward to show ring activities each
tackle even when environmental and weather conditions
year, but with the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, shows were
are near perfect. They’re an extra challenge for women tasked
closed, and they were forced to remain near home. Their
with the same obligations equipped in ill-fitting workwear.
extended family contained numerous aunts, sisters in law and
While some manufacturers consider and create lines of women’s wear designed for their industry apparel requirements, most female laborers are outfitted with the
nieces directly involved in farming. This made for plentiful conversation, thoughts and strong opinions around the dinner table, occasionally attacking the topic of usable workwear.
identical garments as their male counterparts. Little is
During one such female dominated encounter, the seeds of an
designed intentionally for female body types.
idea began to grow.
Practicality and the Jackson Women Growing up on her family’s ‘High Bluff Stock Farm,’ Tomina Jackson of Inglis, Manitoba was all too familiar with this specific problem. For her, daily tasks and chores on the mixed farm meant finding suitable clothes for herself and 4 sisters. The family owns purebred Charolais and Simmental seedstock
“My mom, sisters, and my aunt and I were all sitting around the counter at home drinking coffee, talking about where to buy workwear. We realized we were often wearing boys and men’s clothing. It seemed like a real opportunity, so we started a brainstorm session,” said Tomina. They thought about it and wrote up a list of everything they wished for in chore and work clothes. “We wanted it fitted but
operations, runs commercial cattle, plus a registered seed
we wanted it designed so we could move comfortably. And we
wanted it to look professional so we could go from chores right
The 5 sisters were all involved in local 4H, participated in the
to touring visitors through the bullpens.”
Canadian Charolais Youth Association, and showed cattle
Their extensive list quickly morphed into a drawing.
across Canada. For the past 2 years, Tomina has worked full
Specifications of what Tomina wanted to see in the design of
time on the family farm along with her oldest sister Erin, and
outdoor women’s clothing, in particular, parkas, vests and
parents, Carman and Donna.
insulated pants, were outlined to fit and be figure flattering.
“We wanted it fitted but we wanted it designed so we could move comfortably. And we wanted it to look professional so we could go from chores right to touring visitors through the bullpens.” From Hypothetical to a Light Bulb Moment
and operating a catering and food processing business,
Tomina’s mother, Donna, later showed the drawings
she and husband Ron Funk, purchased the sewing
to her sister Cheryl Digby, the owner of a sewing
factory in Morden. They named it Deasil Custom
manufacturing facility in nearby Morden, Manitoba.
Sewing Inc., for the Scottish Gaelic word meaning ‘to
Cheryl had also been raised on the farm, was
take the right turn’ and ‘bring good luck.’
extensively involved in the 4H beef club, and worked
The 25,000 square foot facility was already busy
with cattle, grain and poultry. She remembers her
with contract production of a line of luxury parkas
own mother. “She was a hard worker and would often
and vests, growing to over 50 employees. When the
lament about poorly fitting workwear and the lack of
pandemic hit, they pivoted to face masks and medical
available options for women.”
cover gowns to fulfill needs arising from the virus.
After bouncing around numerous occupations
“As my sister was showing me the designs, it occurred
including painting, driving a highway asphalt packer
to me that between Tomina and I, we had the resources
and connections to make the vision of a
listening to new ideas, learning from
of carrying on the name, family legacy and
women's workwear line a reality,” Cheryl
others, and calm when things don't
tradition. The effort of our whole family,
said. She got busy and created prototypes
go exactly as planned. I believe these
made up of many women who farm, has
of the designs. History began to take shape.
are character traits of a successful
been our inspiration.”
The light bulb moment for the 2 women
entrepreneur and will keep her grounded
She says their mission is to provide women
combined with the apparent opportunities
as the business expands.”
with functional and classically styled
quickly transpired to partner them in a new
Tomina explained the company name
venture they dubbed, ‘Rolling D Workwear.’
Paying Homage to the Family’s Women “Tomina is creative, focussed, pragmatic
is a tribute to her grandmother and grandfather, Bob and Elaine Digby, and their farm.
clothing. They want it to reflect what women do as professionals in agriculture. It will be made at Deasil Custom Sewing Inc. allowing them to support local Canadian manufacturing plus meet high
and professional in her approach to
“Rolling D is an ode to our family. The farm
standards. “It’s local and in our family, so
business,” Cheryl said. “She’s open to
is no longer in operation, so this is our way
it’s really meant to be.”
Making the Clothing Line a Reality Rolling D Workwear will first target the agriculture industry, but they are open to expansion into manufacturing and trade markets in the future. Their first collection is a capsule wardrobe with pieces launched throughout the year. “Parkas, vests, pants— pieces of a foundation wardrobe. A capsule collection beginning with winter wear and moving into spring and summer,” Tomina said. The line will use materials sourced from local suppliers as much as possible. Textiles will be obtained from mills in the US and insulation quilting done by a local Manitoba firm. Packaging will be eco-friendly and domestically made. “Our staff at the Deasil sewing factory have many years of experience specializing in outdoor wear, including clothing for men and women,” Cheryl said. They will also count on young entrepreneur and pattern maker, Shelley Ediger of GarmaTech, Winnipeg. Her farm background and resulting practical insights will provide guidance with real-life application and requirements to match her technical expertise. Tomina is responsible for advertising and social media campaigns while Cheryl oversees the sourcing of fabrics and components, production and shipping. Marketing plans are a combined effort.
Getting the Word Out They’ve been communicating with their audience and potential customers on Facebook and Instagram and are happy with the reception they’ve been receiving. “We’ve had plenty of excitement and support which is wonderful, and it’s good to know other women are excited about this, because they definitely deserve quality workwear for every day in their job and professional life.” Rolling D officially launched in early February with their very first piece, the Home Farm Vest, available for purchase. “It’s amazing that we can sell directly to consumers and make our clothes available to anyone with internet. We hope to make it accessible to everyone,” she said. For now, they’re concentrating on the Canadian market, but long-term goals include expanding the Rolling D Workwear option to
women across the world. Now that they have opened their virtual doors, clothing
Soon, agricultural women will have a purchasing option of top-quality,
is available for purchase on their website rollingdworkwear.com.
professional, well fitting, durable workwear, made specifically for them. Designed by women who know what they’re talking about and the ability to make it happen.
“We’re focused on starting up now, but we hope to grow and continue to provide women across Canada with workwear that is high quality and long lasting.”
“It’s good to know other women are excited about this, because they definitely deserve quality workwear for every day in their job and professional life.”
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Hollinger bull captures the only Supreme on the Canadian show circuit.
ormally, there’s always tomorrow. If a show doesn’t
“He was one that certainly caught your attention in the
go your way, you can always look to the next one.
pen,” Chad said. “He just had a look about him—he’s
But if your whole showing year consists of one event,
super sound, and big-ribbed and big-topped. Just a bull
you go in with high hopes. And it’s sure nice to come
we knew we wanted to retain a part of.”
away with something.
And as he’s matured, he’s got even better. “He’s exceeded
Chad Hollinger said his Angus bull almost didn’t make
my expectations, let’s put it that way,” Chad said.
it to his one event this year, the Stockade Roundup in
Those expectations were never low—Chad had a lot of
Lloydminster in November. In the end, he and his bull came away as Supreme champion. The bull was raised at Hollinger Land and Cattle near Neudorf, Saskatchewan. His mother was purchased from the LLB Angus herd by Chad’s partner Roger Reynolds. His sire, Silveira’s S Sis GQ 2353, was a bull whose Canadian semen rights they had bought in Denver. The Stockade Roundup Supreme Champion bull, HLC GQ 278F, is co-owned by Hollinger Land and Cattle; Justamere Farms (Lloydminster, SK); Nielson Cattle Company (Craik, SK); and CSI Angus (Emerald Park, SK). Chad says the bull was shown as a yearling at Canadian
confidence that the bull would show well as a yearling. He and the other owners were eager to get him out and get him seen. “He was a bull that we wanted to promote for ourselves and for the people who purchased him. We wanted to promote him because he's a good representation of the cattle we like to breed, so it made sense for us to take him to the shows. “He's structurally sound, he's smooth-jointed, he's bigfooted, he travels well, he's free in his movement. There's a lot of calving ease in his pedigree,” he said.
Western Agribition in 2019, where he placed second to
The bull was one of the heaviest weaning calves of his
the reserve champion bull. Since then he’s been walking
generation at the farm, and was the high seller at their
the pastures at Justamere and at Nielson’s.
“I thought it was just an excellent set of cattle that all the exhibitors brought forward. It was great to see that our breed has that much strength, that everyone can bring that quality to town.”
He hasn’t had what you would call an extensive show career.
“I wasn't sure if we were behind or not. But we continued to
Snow, early and often, made a mess of harvest in 2019—
work on him and get him ready,” he said. “He almost missed
Agribition was the only show they managed to enter.
the bus just because it was such a mixed-up fall. We didn't
And this year, he escaped from the barn on the day it was
know what we were doing, if we should be getting him ready
announced that Agribition 2020 wouldn’t go ahead.
“I said, you know what, just leave him there,” Chad said. “If
Chad says the Lloydminster Exhibition Association deserves
there's no other shows, let's just leave him there. “But a few weeks later, Lloydminster finally said that they're going to try and make this a go. And I pondered it for another week and I said, no, we better go get that bull home.” They went out and walked the bull the mile or so back home.
a lot of credit for keeping the show on the rails. Pandemic regulations meant a lot of obstacles and adjustments leading up to the show dates. When he finally checked in to the Stockade Round-up, he said, “it was awesome."
At this point Chad didn’t know if he had fallen behind in his
“It was great to see some of these people that you don’t see
preparation for the ring.
for a whole year sometimes,” he said.
And there were a lot of high-quality animals, including
Of course the competition doesn’t get any easier in the
strong Angus representation.
Supreme ring, and the two-judge panel makes it even harder
“You walk around the barn and you look at the cattle, I felt it was anybody's game in the show,” Chad said. “There were some really good bull calves, you know, the best of the best come out as calves. And then the yearling bulls were extremely competitive, good bulls. “There were four two-year-olds, and walking into that class I thought you could go any direction. He could use any one of us and not be wrong. I thought it was just an excellent set of cattle that all the exhibitors brought forward. It was great to
to predict where you’ll end up. “You get two judges and two different opinions. It can go different directions, so you just don't know. And when he come charging down there to slap me, it was quite a feeling.” From here, Chad says the best use of the bull will be in the heifer pen. “He offers a lot of calving ease with that extra growth,” he said. “When calving these heifers out we need something that's going to calve easy, but something that's going to grow and compete with the calves out of your best cows.”
see that our breed has that much strength, that everyone can
And he thinks the bull will make some excellent females.
bring that quality to town.”
“His mother is an excellent cow, great udder, good pedigree.
“I can't thank Lloydminster Exhibition enough for putting on this event...It was excellent to be there” “I think the females are going to be real assets to our herd as well.” The bull can also contribute some soundness in a breeding program, fixing some structure issues where needed. And for production qualities, Chad says the bull is a standout. “We weighed him about two weeks before the show and he was he was just short of 2400 pounds. By the time we got to show, I'm guessing over 2450 or somewhere in that range,” he said. “There's a lot of red meat in a bull like that. He's not huge framed, but just carrying that much muscle mass I think he's got a lot of good in him for the industry. And I think calves sired by him will feed well and convert forage into pounds, and ultimately make you good beef.”
With the win in Lloydminster, Chad and his bull can boast an undefeated season. Chad is grateful to the Lloydminster Exhibition Association, without whom there wouldn’t have been a show at all. “I really want to commend Lloyd for sticking their neck out and doing that. I'm sure it wasn't an easy task, judging from the emails we got with the rules and regulations they had to follow to make it go and not get shut down,” he said. “I can't thank them enough for putting on this event. And the sponsors as well for putting their foot forward and helping put this show on.” “It was excellent to be there. I'm very glad we went.”
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PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE BOAKE & SHOWCHAMPIONS
Stockade Supreme Female Countess 9026 looks good up close or from a distance
evin Carson had to watch the live feed on his
Their optimism was well-grounded, and their confidence
computer when his Angus heifer won Supreme
got a boost when Brooking Dusty’s Countess 9026 won
female at the Stockade Roundup.
the first show she was entered in, the All-Breeds Jackpot.
Carson’s KT Ranches out of Kelowna owns Brooking
“We felt like that was pretty good news,” Kevin said.
Dusty’s Countess 9026, who won the Supreme with her
“These things can always go a different way than you
mother at Agribition last year as a cow-calf pair.
want them to.”
This year, the Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster was
The optimism and confidence carried through to the
the heifer’s only show.
Supreme show. Of course nothing is for sure until the
She lives at Justin and Tawnie Morrison’s Brooking Angus Ranch near Radville, Saskatchewan. “We didn't think there would be any shows this year in Canada,” Kevin said. “So when Justin got her entered in the Stockade, we were very excited to see how she would do.” But for all the excitement about getting her back in the ring, he said, “we couldn't even go.” “It's a long way to go, and we didn't know what was going
slap comes down, and the win was a thrill for Kevin even though it was celebrated from a distance. “Judges do what judges do, so we were thrilled when she won the thing. We were really excited that the show went off and we saw her in it, even though it was on a computer,” he said. KT Ranches bought the calf from Dusty Rose Cattle Company at the Brooking Angus sale just a month before last year’s Agribition win. People were talking about how
to be at the other end, so we could only watch it on TV.”
her mother was an amazing cow, and Brooking Dusty’s
Part of the excitement was because the heifer was in
Countess 9026 had the potential to be every bit as good.
great show shape leading up to the event. Justin had
“When she went to the sale we decided that we really
sent Kevin some pictures, and “I thought she looked
wanted to own her, and we persevered and we managed
better than she looked when she was a heifer calf,” Kevin
to buy her. And then she went to Agribition after that,”
said. “She clearly looks pretty darn good.”
“Judges do what judges do, so we were thrilled when she won the thing. We were really excited that the show went off and we saw her in it, even though it was on a computer.” “She doesn't have a flaw, and she's massive, and she's still really feminine through the front end,” he said. For all her charms, Kevin said her show success is not 100 per cent in the hands of the breeder, owner, or exhibitor. “Ultimately, that decision was made by other people than us. But we just thought she was amazing when we saw her with her mother, and then we asked people we know what they thought of her and everybody thought she was an amazing heifer.” She went back to Brooking right after Agribition and has been living there since. She made a trip to the States to be flushed, and got some pregnancies from the IVF. A recipient female carrying a Countess embryo set a pregnant-recipient record for the breed. “Hopefully she's the best donor cow in the embryo program. We have some calves off her
now that are three weeks old. And it's a little early, but they're big and square and they kind of resemble her and they have a bit of a presence already,” Kevin said. “We just hope that they continue to grow that way.” She has been crossed to Coleman Bravo 6313 and a heifer out of that bull “looks really good,” he said. “And we have some heifers and bulls out of Conley South Point  bull and they all look really good.” She is about due to calve out her own heifer from S A V Raindance 6848. Kevin says she carries excellent traits for the production side of the business. She's feminine, deep, and long he said, with a perfect udder, great feet, and a “great big deep hip on her.” “These are all ultimately going to be traits that we would like to see in the commercial production side for us,” he said.
“She's calm and she's quiet. One of her bull calves is quite the little herd bull. He comes up and visits with you. He has a presence, we'll say.” Kevin says there's a certain amount of pressure to get her genetics out on the market. With half a dozen bull calves already, he expects one to sell in a bull sale next year. And he’s looking forward to the possibility of showing—if there are any shows. “If there's shows and everything works out, I would ask Justin to continue to show her,” he said. “And we hope that some of her calves will be able to show for people to see this year, because if they come up at all like their mother, they're going to be pretty darn good.”
“We have some calves off her now that are three weeks old. And it's a little early, but they're big and square and they kind of resemble her and they have a bit of a presence already.”
They may look at showing her in a pair with a calf, but that’s not necessarily the plan. “I hope we can show the calves as individuals. We'll probably do something, take them where people can see them,” Kevin said. “But we're pretty excited. The one’s kind of a yard pet already.”
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Taking Oklahoma Supreme win
in stride WORDS BY JEFF GAYE
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Chad Wilson calls it “the icing on the cake”
If you had watched your Canadian Champion Hereford bull win the Supreme title at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Congress, how would you describe the feeling?
Chad Wilson of Haroldson's Polled Herefords in Wawota, Saskatchewan had that experience last month. His reaction? “It was pretty neat.” In an interview, Chad has that calm, quiet demeanor often associated with ranchers. It’s not that he doesn’t find his success exciting—he’s just not inclined to shout about it. He co-owns the bull, Haroldson’s United 33D 36G, with Hoffman Ranch from Thedford, Nebraska and Poplar Meadows Angus from Houston, BC. And not only did he breed the bull, he bred both of his parents. Haroldson’s United won the President’s Classic as a calf at Agribition in 2019, was named Canadian National Champion bull later that week, and placed in the top ten at the Agribition Supreme show—one of very few calves to have that distinction. “So I guess he’s a national champion up here, and now he’s a national champion down there,” Chad said. Chad wasn’t able to attend the show in Oklahoma. Watching the live stream as the bull won his class was “fairly overwhelming,” he said. But one drawback to following remotely was he couldn’t really get a sense of the competition. “I wasn't there to see what he was up against,” he said. Winning the breed was the big thrill—it was what he had set out to do. As far as the Supreme goes, it’s like he was just happy to be there. “I guess winning the Supreme was icing on the cake. To win the breed down there was certainly a big goal, and then I didn't put much thought into the Supreme, really,” he said. “And then when he won it, I mean, obviously, it was pretty rewarding.”
“That makes it unique having raised his dam and sire...That cow family's been one of the main cow familes in our operation.” Recognizing an accomplishment of such magnitude is a team effort, Chad is grateful to everyone who helped along the way – especially the Hoffman Ranch team who developed the bull through to his Supreme win. Haroldson’s United showed his potential early. Chad says he stood out as a calf in the summer of 2019. “At four months of age, you could tell that he certainly had some potential,” he said. “That was before we went to Agribition with him as a calf, and I sure liked him then. He was starting to separate himself at that point in time.” And now, Chad describes the bull as “very complete.”
“Just the volume in the middle and the substance that he has. For a bull that has that much power, he's still exceptionally sound.” Obviously that’s not just breeder’s pride—judges have recognized the bull’s quality, and Poplar Meadows paid a record $215,000 for a one-third share. But the story of the breeding program at Haroldson’s is indeed remarkable. United’s dam and sire were both raised there, and the female side of the pedigree is a huge asset for the ranch. “That makes it unique having raised his dam and his sire,” Chad said. “That cow family's been one of the main cow families here in our operation. And his grandmother has the most progeny in the Hereford breed as far as I know. She's been incredibly influential.” He said they’re expecting “quite a few” calves off the bull this spring, “and we’re looking forward to that, and we’re looking forward to seeing what kind of an impact he can have on the breed. “We’re hoping his offspring will have that extra quality,” he said. “Time will tell.”
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Toby Noble & KDP Miss Hoya Hayleigh have an unbelievable year in the ring.
“I just called him and told him about this
Brookings, South Dakota, was in July
little dream I had that I wanted to show at
2020. That one wasn’t an outright win, but
Noble just wanted to get in the game.
the Junior National, and I wanted to find
still a respectable showing—she won her
Toby and his family operate Black Gold
something that could compete. And he was
class, was selected Reserve in her division,
Simmental Ltd near Lloydminster, running
pretty quick to me set up with the Udells.”
and ended up 8th overall. She and Toby
about 300 head of purebred cattle. It had
Udell Cattle Company operates out of Sioux
n his last year of eligibility for the National Junior Simmental show, Toby
been a dream of his to compete with a good animal in the big US shows, and with the clock ticking on his junior eligibility, he set out to buy a respectable, competitive heifer.
City, Iowa. Mitchell Udell knew the Divas and Donors sale in Illinois that week would have some good show prospects. He picked
bounced back to win the American Royal in Kansas City in October. The next day, they entered her at the North American International Livestock
out a heifer—KDP Miss Hoya Hayleigh,
Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky.
“It was my last year this past summer to
sold by Jeff Paulsen—that he thought
Toby’s name is on the papers as an owner,
show at the National Junior Simmental
showed the most promise.
but he says all the day-to-day work is done
show, which is one of the bigger junior shows in the States. It's something that I never had shown at before, and it's something I always really wanted to do,”
Toby bought her sight unseen. “I just trusted his word on it and we were able to get her,” he said. He first laid eyes on his heifer at the Kansas
Toby said. Toby called sales consultant and livestock judge Graham Blagg, of Innovation
Beef Expo in December 2019, where she won reserve overall.
in Iowa. “I can't take much credit for it,” he says. “There was a lot of people that helped us out and we've been pretty lucky that way.” Still, you can’t just buy your way into national contention. A promising young animal is one of many born every year. It takes a good eye to spot one, and a lot of
AgMarketing, to ask about finding him a
The show that sparked the dream, the
work to develop it. And then it’s all up to
National Junior Simmental show in
With KDP Miss Hoya Hayleigh, it all came together. “She's surpassed all of our expectations. Even at the time we bought her, I wouldn't have ever guessed that she would have grown and matured into such an elite heifer,” Toby says. “I think it's just her ability to combine a lot of power, a lot of performance, and a lot of body with a really, really unique look out front. And structurally, she's almost flawless. To do all of those things together is really hard to do. “And we were just lucky enough to find one and have her grow and mature as good as she did.” Judges and fellow breeders see the heifer’s strengths as clearly as Toby does. While Toby recognizes there’s no such thing as a perfect animal, he says it’s pretty hard to find any flaws on this one. “We've shown cattle competitively for a few years now, and even in all of the good ones, there's usually something to change. But you know, I've shown this heifer three or four times now and I've only ever heard one judge try and put a hole in her. I've never owned-in on an animal that has been that fault-free before and just had so many high compliments from all kinds of breeders and judges,” he said. Heading into Louisville in November, Toby had every reason to be confident. But given that NAILE is one of the biggest all-breed shows on the continent, if not in the world, he was thrilled just to be part of it.
“There's a lot of cattle of all breeds going in and out for ten days, constantly. So yeah, it was it was really cool to be a part of it for sure,” he said. Considering his goal was just to get there, he said it was “unreal” when they won. He had started out looking for an animal that would fit in at the big events—instead he ended up with a heifer that stands out. “I would have never guessed that we would have won, that I can stand out at those big shows,” he said. “If you would have told me that she would win whatever class, and maybe get a piece of a couple other divisions along the way, I probably would have been happy. “But the fact that she's been winning some of these bigger shows this fall, it's been unreal. And it’s something that I don't know if we'll ever be able to do again, so we're just kind of enjoying it while we can.” When their show run was getting going, Toby wasn’t sure it would be much fun at all. The Covid-19 pandemic was just reaching North America, and there was all kinds of uncertainty about everything from cross-border travel to appropriate distancing and the use of face coverings at the show sites. He said he was nervous about crossing the border that first time, but once he had cleared customs things seemed normal. It stayed that way, more or less, through the summer. Fall was slightly different, he said. People were more selfconscious about handshakes and keeping their distance, but they adjusted and the show went on.
“It's been unreal. And it's something that I don't know if we'll ever be able to do again, so we're just kind of enjoying it while we can.” “Louisville was about as normal as it could be, I guess. We had to wear masks in the barns and in the show and everything, but aside from that it was honestly pretty normal,” he said. “It just felt good to be back at a cattle show and have a little bit of that normal experience.” KDP Miss Hoya Hayleigh won one more show last month, the Cattlemen’s Congress National Simmental Show in Oklahoma City, before she’s due to calve in February. Then Toby says they will set her up as a donor and send some embryos home to Black Gold. “Hopefully we’ll have some calves on the ground in January 2022,” he said. Finding the right mating is an ongoing process—a “million-dollar question,” as Toby puts it. “She offers a lot of versatility. I think she has enough power and performance to raise us some high quality
bulls,” he said. “But at the same time, I think she's good-enough looking and good-enough built to raise us some more heifers, possibly show heifers like herself. “We just have to figure out what works and what doesn't. I imagine it'll take a couple of years to get that figured out, but we're sure
“No matter how good of an eye you have or how deep your pockets are, I don't think you find females like that every day."
excited to see what she can do.” He says that for developing the Black Gold herd, having a fault-free, versatile, powerful top-of-the line champion female like KDP Miss Hoya Hayleigh is “a darn good start.” “I'm hoping she will have a large impact in our herd, and I guess we'll just see how good her offspring are once we get them on the ground. I don't want to get too excited until we’ve got them.” And he’s open to showing her in Canada as a cow-calf pair, but that isn’t a priority at this stage. “We’re not trying to plan anything too far ahead, we just want to get her into production,” he said.
It’s fair to say 2020 was a dismal year for the show industry everywhere, but especially in Canada where so many premier events were cancelled. In that sense, it’s exciting to see somebody have a breakout year. And for Toby, the dream of just being in the ring in Brookings last July led to an amazing run and a championship season. “Just to win some of these shows is really surreal. And it's something that I don't want to plan on ever doing again,” he said. “But if we ever have the opportunity, I would be jumping all over it.” He and his brother Ryley, and the Udells, have talked about finding another show animal for next season. But KDP Miss Hoya Hayleigh has set a high bar.
“I don't know if we'll ever find that heifer again, and if we don't, I'm probably okay with it.”
“I don't know if we'll ever find that heifer again, and if we don't, I'm probably okay with it,” he said. “I think it just speaks to that one's uniqueness. And you know, no matter how good of an eye you have or how deep your pockets are, I don't think you find females like that every day.”
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Genetic Distinction 3rd Annual Online Bull Sale Apr 8/2021 | Steelman, SK
11th Annual Cityview/Abound Livestock & Friends Bull Sale Mar 23/2021 | Moose Jaw, SK
South View Ranch 21st Annual Online Red & Black Angus Bull Sale Apr 9/2021 | Ceylon, SK
Blairs.Ag Pursuit of Excellence Bull Sale Feb 2/2021 | Sedley, SK Stephen Charolais & Guests 4th Annual Muscle Up Bull Sale Feb 19/2021 | Whitewood, SK Ultra/Czech-Mate 4th Annual Bull & Female Sale Feb 22/2021 | Innisfail, AB JYF Limousin 2021 Production Sale Feb 22/2021 | Flintoft, SK Crossroad Farms 15th Annual Bull & Female Sale Feb 24/2021 | Shell Lake, SK LK Ranch Online Bull & Female Sale Feb 26/2021 | Oxbow, SK Select Charolais Bull Sale Mar 5/2021 | Innisfail, AB Lust Farms Red Angus Bull Sale Mar 8/2021 | Medicine Hat, AB Sun Country Shorthorn Bull & Female Sale Mar 9/2021 | Moose Jaw, SK
Cow-Boys Angus Bull Sale Mar 24/2021 | Melita, MB Perrot/Come As U R 4th Annual Online Bull & Female Sale Mar 26/2021 | Alameda, SK Bridgeway Livestock & Smart Farms Angus 16th Annual Working Stiff’s Angus & Simmental Bull & Female Sale Mar 27/2021 | Moosomin, SK Bender Shorthorns & Star P Farms Online Bull Sale Mar 27/2021 | Neudorf, SK Borderland Cattle Co. Bull Sale Mar 27/2021 | Rockglen, SK
Edie Creek Angus 14th Annual Bull & Female Sale Mar 13/2021 | Ashern, MB
Tee M Jay Charolais 17th Annual Bull Sale Mar 27/2021 | Ashern, MB
Wheeler’s Stock Farm 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale Mar 13/2021 | Saskatoon, SK
Hamilton Farms 26th Annual Bull & Select Female Sale Mar 31/2021 | Cochrane, AB
Fraser’s Total Performance Bull Sale Mar 15/2021 | Brooks, AB
Taylor’s Red Angus Bull Sale Apr 1/2021 | Cabri, SK
Meadow Acres 3rd Annual Online Bull & Female Sale Mar 17/2021 | Lampman, SK Allencroft Angus Bull Sale Mar 18/2021 | Medicine Hat, AB
12 Hour Legacy Speckle Park Online Bull & Female Sale Apr 1/2021 | Theodore, SK Grasslands 7th Annual Angus Bull Sale Apr 2/2021 | Mankota, SK
Top Cut 31st Annual Charolais & Angus Bull Sale Apr 13/2021 | Mankota, SK Freyburn Angus Bull Sale Apr 16/2021 | Oxbow, SK
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Belvin Angus 9th Annual Bull Sale at the Ranch, Innisfail, Alberta
Rusylvia Cattle Co. 1st Annual Bull Sale at the Farm, Derwent, Alberta
GMACK Progress Steer & Heifer Show Lloydminster, Alberta
Spring 4ward Junior Beef Event Ancaster Fairgrounds, Ancaster, Ontario
Alberta's Finest Bull & Heifer Sale Agriplex, Stettler, Alberta
SSS 48th Annual Bull Sale
Alberta Junior Hereford Summer Show
Cow-Boys Angus Bull Sale
Canadian Junior Limousin Impact
Riskan Hope Farm/Halls Cattle Bull Sale
Canadian Junior Hereford Bonanza
at the Ranch, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor Auctions, Melita, Manitoba
Riskan Hope Farm, Craik, Saskatchewan
KFC Farms First Online Bull Sale www.farmgatetimedauctions.ca/auction/11368
Wilgenbusch North of the 49th Bull Sale
Momentum Speckle Park & Angus Sale
Okotoks Ag Grounds, Alberta
Premier Fallsview Jackpot Premier Livestock, Milverton, Ontario
at the Ranch, Halbrite, Saskatchewan
Champêtre County, St-Denis, Saskatchewan
Mukk Boots and Mittens Jackpot Show
Lazy MC Signature Series XXV Bull Sale at the Ranch, Bassano, Alberta
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Grand Valley Fortifiers www.grandvalley.com
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Lazy MC Angus www.lazymcangus.com
Lucky Springs Farms www.luckyspringsfarms.com
Manitou Maine Anjou www.manitoumaineanjou.ca
Alberta Hereford Association www.albertaherefords.com
Matt Lautner Cattle Canada www.mattlautnercattle.com/www.thecliffsfarm.com
Alberta's Finest Bull & Heifer Sale www.facebook.com/Albertas-Finest-103095178193077
Momentum Speckle Park Bull & Female Sale www.colganscattle.com/www.ravenworth.com
Belvin Angus www.belvinangus.com
Nicki Ross Cattle Services www.nickirosscattleservices.com
Bohrson Marketing Services www.bohrson.com
Riskan Hope Farm
Canadian Charolais Association www.charolais.com
RK Animal Supplies
Canadian Hereford Association www.hereford.ca
Rusylvia Cattle Co.
Select Sires www.selectsiresbeef.com
Churchill Cattle www.churchillcattle.com Country Junction Feeds www.countryjunctionfeeds.com
Cow-Boys Angus Bull Sale www.issuu.com/t-bar-c/docs/cowboysangus-bullsale
First Class Cattle Marketing www.firstclasscattlemarketing.com
SSS Red Angus www.sssredangus.ca
Sullivan Supply www.sullivansupply.com
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Twisted Sisters Livestock www.twistedsisterslivestock.ca Weaver Leather Livestock www.thewinnersbrand.com Wilgenbusch Charolais www.wilgenbuschcharolais.com
LSF Upstart 501 17F x LSF Sandy 966R 3E (KJ Recruit) Purebred Hereford Heifer
In God We Trust x LSF 41A (Belvin Tres Marias Patron 205) Heifer
Colburn Primo x Sull Traveler’s Reward 6084D (Red Reward) ShorthornPlus Heifer
Duel Icon 802F x KMS Reflection 07S 35D (Full sister to Buccaneer) Mainetainer Bull
Duel Icon 802F x LSF Ruby 727X 25E (LFCC Unstoppable) Mainetainer Bull
Duel Icon 802F x LSF Ruby 727X 25E (LFCC Unstoppable) Mainetainer Bull
Left: Here I Am x LSF 45D (Capiche) Heifer Right: Loaded for Bear x LSF 30E (I Believe) Steer
FULL SIBLING EMBRYOS SELL in the March Madness Frozen Genetics Sale
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ANGUS*BULL*SALE 1 : 3 0 P M • AT T H E FA R M • I N N I S FA I L , A B
Belvin Hostage 0036
Belvin Hollister 0066
Belvin Holyoke 0085
SIRE BALDRIDGE MERCENARY D002 SOD BELVIN VELASQUEZ 203’11
SIRE MUSGRAVE 316 STUNNER SOD RING CREEK EL TIGRE 9X
SIRE BALDRIDGE DISCOVERY D121 SOD S A V FINAL ANSER 0035
CED BW WW YW -1.0 4.5 60 102
CW MB REA FT 35 0.58 0.56 0.032
CED BW WW YW 6.0 1.3 67 117
CW MB REA FT 43 0.44 0.39 0.047
CED BW WW YW 9.0 0.0 62 102
CW MB REA FT 29 0.31 0.51 0.039
Belvin Honey Jack 0095
Belvin Helter Skelter 0117
Belvin Great Plains 9328
SIRE SITZ MAJOR 707F SOD BELVIN PANIC SWITCH 2'11
SIRE MUSGRAVE 316 STUNNER SOD BELVIN TRES MARIAS PATRON 205
SIRE POSS MAVERICK SOD S A V 004 PREDMONINANT 4438
CED BW WW YW 10 -0.9 54 100
CW MB REA FT 38 0.23 0.48 0.026
CED BW WW YW 5.5 1.5 58 105
CW MB REA FT 45 0.40 0.35 0.057
CED BW WW YW 3.0 2.0 57 98
MB REA FT 0.9 0.46 0.006
YEARLING & EXTRA AGE ANGUS BULLS ON OFFER PLUS 12 OPEN ANGUS HEIFERS
Belvin Erroline 97’20 SIRE SITZ MAJOR 707F SOD SAC CONVERSATION CED BW WW YW 7 0.6 61 108
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FARM 403.224.2355 COLTON 403.507.5416 GAVIN 403.556.5246 BRENDYN 250.449.5071
S A V Bloodline 9578
Crawford Guarantee 9137
Ellingson Aquifer 9137
S A V One Nation 9558
SVS Betts 808F
TCCO Tonic 931G
KWA Roosevelt 63F
ROD Shamrock 10G
LCDR Favor 149F
W/C Night Watch 84E
GSC GCCO DEW NORTH 102C
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SVS Dynasty 915G