We often get asked and sometimes wonder ourselves, why we are involved in Purebred cattle and the Livestock Industry as a whole. If you worked out what the pay is per hour you would find out quickly that you might make more working in a fast food restaurant.
Tonight though I couldn't`t help but feel pride for the actions of my fellow Simmental breeders. The story starts in July when we hosted the Charity Auction for the Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation to raise funds for our youth program. Mark Shologan of DLMS donated a signed Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey from his brother Keith Shologan. It was purchased by Bouchard Livestock International and Lewis Farms. They decided since the Grey Cup was going to be played this year in Regina that they would re-sell the jersey at the Simmental sale at Canadian Western Agribition tonight. They did exactly that.
They didn't know at the time exactly where the proceeds would go when they resold it. In the weeks that followed a very close Simmental friend would need the assistance of STARS Air Ambulance for a family member. The decision to resell the jersey and give 100% of the proceeds to STARS made perfect sense.
Tonight 50 Simmental breeders gathered $10,000 for the jersey. The funds were given to STARS Saskatchewan and the young Simmental breeder whos life was saved this fall by. STARS
Our breed is founded not only on great genetics but great people. Congratulations to everyone involved. We are proud to be a part of this great breed. This is why we do what we do. Because of people like this. It's the Agriculture way.