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Saskatchewan Beef Expo provides educational opportunity for 4-H members

Young cattle producers had a chance to show off what they learned during the tenth annual Saskatchewan Beef Expo.

Prairieland Ag Center in Saskatoon, Sask. hosted the three-day event, providing invaluable educational opportunities for 4-H members.

Roughly 80 attendees learned techniques and tips on selection, showmanship, and safe handling practices for livestock from Oklahoma clinician Kirk Stierwalt.

Prairieland Agriculture Manager Leigh-Ann Hurlburt said they were thrilled to have Stierwalt back to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary.

“This year’s event provided participants with the unique opportunity for hands-on learning from one of the greats in the industry,” Hurlburt said.

Participants also engaged in a lunch ‘n’ learn session. Dr. Emily Snyder, an assistant professor of beef cattle health in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine talked about the importance of colostrum in newborn calves.

Participants took what they learned from the demonstrations and put it into practice at the Heifer and Steer Show, providing participants the opportunity to showcase their 4-H and junior show projects.

Prizes and scholarships were awarded to the winning competitors.

First Place Senior Showmanship: Waylon Blacklock, Hanley 4-H Beef Club.

First Place Intermediate Showmanship: Katie Kolenosky, United Beef 4-H Club.

First Place Junior Showmanship: Briar Blanchette, Edam West 4-H Multiple Club.

HEIFER SHOW

Champion Angus Yearling Heifer: Kate Webb, Pangman Ogema 4-H Beef Club.

Reserve Champion Angus Yearling Heifer: Cacey Toner, Handel Multiple 4-H Club.

Champion Charolais Yearling Heifer: Bennett Blanchette, Edam West 4-H Multiple Club.

Reserve Champion Charolais Yearling Heifer: Briar Blanchette, Edam West 4-H Multiple Club.

Champion Red Angus Yearling Heifer: Averi Weekes, Monarch Multiple 4-H Club.

Reserve Champion Red Angus Yearling Heifer: Tegan Hovdebo, Weldon 4-H Beef Club.

Champion Simmental Yearling Heifer: Tyson Porter, Weldon 4-H Beef Club.

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