Monday, November 8, 2010

A Return Visit to the Manitoba Livestock Expo

Last week Rob headed East for the Manitoba Livestock Expo held in Brandon, Manitoba.  Years ago when the National Simmental Show was hosted by a different province we used to try and attend as many as possible.  This gave us the opportunity to see different parts of Canada and to meet breeders that we often only had the opportunity to read about.

A few years ago it was suggested to the Canadian Simmental Association board of Directors that we should go back to that format.  Since then the show has been hosted at the Toronto Royal, Farmfair International in Edmonton Canadian Western Agribtion in Regina and this year the Manitoba Livestock Expo in Brandon.

The last time that Rob & I attended a National Show in Brandon was 26 years ago.
 It was on our honeymoon.  Not only did we have 10 head of cattle to take care of, we also shared our room with the show help.  This time Rob made the trip on his own.

He had a great week of catching up with old friends and meeting many new breeders.  The facility is wonderful, having the hotel attached to the exhibition hall.  He never had to start a truck to drive to eat or go to the hotel.  The organizing committee did a great job.  Our display of cattle was well received.  The heifer calf was 4th in a strong class, the bred heifer that we sold in the sale was 2nd in class

Thank you to Conray Cattle Co, Pilot Mound, MB for purchasing her
    and our bull IPU Revolution 172U was senior and Grand Champion Bull.

National Simmental Champion Bull 2010
The Simmentals as a breed had a great week, winning the interbreed heifer calf champion, the interbreed bull calf and res. bull calf champion, Supreme Champion Female and 9 out of the 11 Commercial Cattle classes were Simmental influenced.

For a complete run down of the show results check them out here.  It was a long 15 hour drive but we are very glad that we went and invite everyone out to next years National show at  FarmFair International in Edmonton as we host the 2011 National Show and Canadian Simmental Association Annual Meeting.

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