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60 years and counting for Medicine Hat Spring Bull Show and Sale

Written by  Jamie Regier
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Jessica Gomke, Jamie Ehret and Monty Ehret grooming bulls prior to the show. Jessica Gomke, Jamie Ehret and Monty Ehret grooming bulls prior to the show. Contributed

For the past six decades, the purebred cattle producers in southeast Alberta have had a venue for buying and selling their bulls close to home at the Medicine Hat Bull Sale and since its beginnings, has always been held at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede.


On March 13, the Southeastern Alberta Purebred Beef Breeders Association held its 60th annual show, and the following day, the bull sale. More than 100 bulls, including 67 Hereford, plus 36 Red and Black Angus passed through the ring, being offered to the highest bidder.
"The sales were a little softer than last year, but the atmosphere was good and the bulls sold well," said association vice-president Kody Traxel.
Seven Persons area rancher, Kody Traxel was involved in his first Medicine Hat Bull Sale more than 10 years ago and today, sits as vice-president of the association.
"I was the barn boss at this sale when I was 13 years old (watched the bulls through the night) that was my first appearance at the sale," he said.
Prices fared well at the bull sale with Angus bulls averaging $5,441.66 and Herefords averaging $6,329.79. The top Angus bull was from Shortgrass Cattle Co. and sold for $7,700. Wyatt Farms had the top-selling Hereford bull, which sold for $17,500.
Traxel had five bulls showing and they provided results for Traxel, capturing Reserve Grand Champion Angus, Junior Champion Angus, and Best String of Angus Bulls.
Traxel used to be in the commercial cattle business, but have moved into Purebred Black Angus a number of years ago.
"Purebreds follow the market and the bulls sell well," said Traxel. "With commercial, you calve in the spring and sell in the fall. With purebreds, you calve early, January or February and you do that so the calves mature and to be more competitive."
"The Angus breed has always been really good with a good foundation genetic," he added.
The annual spring sale has become one of the premiere sales for purebred breeders over the years, and draws in producers from across the prairie provinces.
It was in November, 1958 when a meeting was held to organize a beef breeders association sale. It was during that meeting that the Southern Alberta Purebred Beef Breeders Association was formed.
One year to the day, on Nov. 4, 1959, they held their first sale that consisted two Angus and 105 Hereford bulls. Initially, the sales were held in the fall, but in 1961, it was moved to the spring, and has been held early in the year ever since.
The two main breeds have always been Black Angus and Polled and Horned Herefords.
The sale now includes breeders in the Southern Alberta Hereford Club and the Southern Alberta Angus Club, but guests are invited from outside the area to enhance the numbers and to provide a good selection of bulls for the buyers.
The Medicine Hat Bull Sale is now one of the top consignment sales in Canada.

BULL SHOW RESULTS:
ANGUS
Senior Champion Angus Bull
100-Red Diamond L Wrangler 34D
Owner: Diamond L Cattle Co.
Reserve Senior Champion Angus Bull
70-Shortgrass Mr. Dodge Ram 170D
Owner: Shortgrass Cattle Co.
Grand Champion Angus Bull
100-Red Diamond L Wrangler 34D
Owner: Diamond L Cattle Co.
Reserve Grand Champion Angus Bull
80-K Lazy T Rebel 143'17
Owner: K Lazy T Angus
Junior Champion Angus Bull
80-K Lazy T Rebel
Owner: K Lazy T Angus
Reserve Junior Champion
87-Red Kopper LC Garrison 9E
Owner: Kopper LC Red Angus
Group class Angus Bulls
Best Pair of Angus Bulls
1. Kopper LC Red Angus
-Shady R Farms
-K Lazy T Angus
-Diamond L Cattle Co.
-Shortgrass Cattle Co.
Best String of Angus Bulls - Voted on by the Hereford and Angus Consignors
Lazy K T Angus
HEREFORD
Senior Champion Hereford Bull
48-LBH 23A Cracker Jack 337D
Owner: Lilybrook Herefords
Reserve Senior Champion Hereford Bull
56-MW Super Rib 35D
Owner: Wyatt Farms
Grand Champion Hereford Bull
48-LBH 23A Cracker Jack 337D
Owner: Lilybrook Herefords
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Reserve Grand Champion Hereford Bulls
56-MW Super Rib 35D
Owner: Wyatt Farms
*The Grand Champion Hereford Bull was also awarded the 14th annual Don Dubeau Memorial Bronze
Junior Champion Hereford Bull
24-Jon Deadpool 89D
Owner: McKenzie Hereford Farms
Reserve Junior Champion Hereford Bull
30-YV 38B Double Zam 111D
Owner: YV Ranch
Group Class
Best Pair of Hereford Bulls
1. Wyatt Farms
-Lamport's Polled Herefords
-Lilybrook Hereford
-YV Ranch
-Little Poplar Grove Herefords
-Brost Land and Cattle Co.
For
Best Three Hereford Bulls
1. Little Poplar Grove Herefords
-Wyatt Farms
-Lamport's Polled Herefords
-Lilybrook Herefords
-YV Ranch
GET of Sire
1. Little Poplar Grove Herefords- LPG General 4R Lad 16B
-Wyatt Farms- MW Sir Ribstone 94B
-Lilybrook Herefords- LBH 174S Royal Amigo 162A



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