Recent History – 1999
April 1, 1999
By Patsy Nagel, Contributing Writer
The 26th annual Dawson Creek All Breeds Bull Show and Sale was well attended on March 27, 1999. The weather cooperated and those bulls housed outside didn’t have to worry about snow or ice. In spite of a chilly wind, everyone had their bulls in show shape. Judge, Bud McBride, of Benalto AB. commented on the way the bulls were presented for the show. “It is a tremendous pleasure working with these exhibitors. I am very pleased to see how well dressed the bulls are and with the showmanship of the exhibitors.”
McBride made other favourable comments during the show. He stressed the need for the showman as well as the animal to be dressed neatly in the showring. He felt that the buyers appreciate bulls that are well presented and that a neat appearance in the showring will help to persuade other producers to enter show business.
McBride also said, “A bull is more than 50% of your herd. A good bull will pay in years to come. These bulls have all passed an inspection committee, which should make the producers proud to offer these bulls for sale today.”
A good crowd of buyers and interested people filled the stands in the pavilion for the show which started at 10 a.m. Two year old Herefords led off with some impressive bulls in the ring. McBride chose an entry from Ernie Braumberger, Sexsmith, AB. the winner, with Harold and Edna Attwood’s entry placing second. These two bulls later went on to be named Grand and Reserve Champions in the Hereford division.
The Grand Champion, Tower-Creek Duke 10G sold to Orlando Omlid, a registered breeder from Valhalla Center, AB. for $2,800.00. The Reserve champion, Pana 9E Governor 12G was purchased by Benteruds of Groundbirch, B.C. for $2,100.00.
When the yearling Herefords were judged, Rocky Ridge 30E Headline 24H, an entry from Rocky Ridge Polled Herefords, placed first. Second place went to ARSF Harvey 2H, an entry from Jason Wells, Aspen Ridge Stock Farm, Hythe AB. They later sold for $1700.00 and $1950.00 respectively.
A large number of Simmentals then came before Judge McBride. He placed three classes of yearlings and one of two year olds. In the two year old class, Hayfield Boss 29G, an entry from David Dunne, Dawson Creek, took first place. Second went to Sir BAF POL Laredo 27G, entered by Allen Bulhofner, Woking, AB.
After the three yearling classes were placed, McBride chose PVFS POL Handsome 27H as the Simmental Grand Champion and ALDI ELMO Harley 10H as reserve. Both bulls were entries from Pleasant View Simmentals, Sexsmith, AB. These bulls later sold for $3,100.00 and $2,000.00 respectively.
Two classes of yearlings were judged in the Angus division. In the end, Judge McBride chose two well muscled individuals, both from the Matt & Ruby Bawkowy farm at Rycroft, AB. as grand and reserve Angus. Diamond River Max 31H brought $2,500.00 and Diamond River Achiever 182H sold for $1,800.00.
In the Charolais classes, Grand Champion was a fine two year old bull, an entry from Dan Schleppe, Progress, B.C. The Reserve went to a yearling entered by Chris and Randy Haddow, Bay Tree, AB. They later sold for $2,500.00 and $1750.00 in the sale. Free coffee and donuts were available during the show and complementary beef on a bun was served by the Devereaux 4-H Beef Club at noon. The executive of the Dawson Creek Bull Sale wish to thank the many businesses who sponsored the food, ribbons, trophies, and the ring set up in the pavilion. Cookies, coffee and juice were available all afternoon supplied by the consigners.