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Saskatchewan Livestock Expo raises $35,000 for charity

After an 18  month break due to COVID,  the Cramer Ag Expo was back last week, rebranded this year as the Saskatchewan Livestock Expo.

The one day agriculture trade show in Swift Current involves feed companies, nutritionists, farm equipment, dealers, livestock equipment, dealers, forge seed dealers, anything to do with agriculture in the southwest.

Event Manager Doug Cramer says this was the 12th year for the show which features an Egg and Pork Carcass Competition.

Gary Wisegarber of Regina was the judge for this years egg competition.

Cramer says egg producers send in 30 eggs, which are then judged based on quality and awarded prizes in three divisions, those eggs are then sold in the sale of champions with all the money going to charity.

Results from the 2022 Nest Run Egg Competition:
 
- Hens 19-34 weeks of age won by Ponteix Hutterite Colony - sold for $200 to Masterfeeds - charity donation made to STARS.

- Hens 35-55 weeks of age won by Bench Hutterite Colony - sold for $700 to Proveta Nutrition - charity donation made to Maple Creek Hospital. 

- Hens over 55 weeks won by Beechy Hutterite Colony - sold for $800 to Masterfeeds - charity donation made to STARS.

The 2022 Pork Quality Competition featured 27 hogs that were donated and delivered to Superior Meats to butcher and hang.  
Jason Care from Manitoba Hog Grading was the judge, grading the carcasses for industry standard measurements like back fat, lean yield, etc.

Cramer says the top five carcasses are always auctioned off and this year raised a total of $12,800  for charity.

Results from the 2022 Pork Carcass Competition:

- 1st Place went to Smiley Hutterite Colony - sold for $3500 to Sollio Agriculture - charity donation  to Jim Pattison's Children's Hospital in Saskatoon.

- 2nd Place went to Springway Hutterite Colony - sold for $3000 to Sollio Agriculture - charity donation to Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. 

- 3rd Place went to Sovereign Hutterite Colony - sold for $700 to Western Ag - charity donation to Jim Pattison's Children's Hospital in Saskatoon.

- 4th Place went to Smiley Hutterite Colony - sold for $500 to Sollio Agriculture - charity donation to STARS.

- 5th Place went to Hodgeville Hutterite Colony - sold for $3200 to Western Ag - charity donation to STARS.

After the event the pork was cut and wrapped and donated to the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina.

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