A pair of purebred cattle from Bashaw, Alta., win the annual Beef Supreme event at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina
If winning Canadian Western Agribition’s Beef Supreme is the pinnacle of achievement for purebred cattle breeders, winning it more than once is undoubtedly a sign of continued excellence.
The winners of the 2021 event have both won before, and both are from Bashaw, Alta.
“Never gets old. It’s a fabulous, fabulous thing to win,” said Dawn Wilson, from Miller Wilson Angus. Five judges picked their bull, DMM Maximus 18G, co-owned with Little Willow Creek, as the Supreme champion from among 31 entries.
This was Miller Wilson’s fourth championship.
“These are the best of the best in the whole country, right from the West Coast to the East Coast,” she said. “It’s really fortunate and lucky when you win because there’s so many, so many, really, really good cattle in the ring. We feel really fortunate and blessed.”
The bull entered the ring with titles at Olds Fall Classic, Farmfair International and Agribition behind him.
“He’s got a little extra power and a little extra length and with all of that he can move really, really well so that’s what I like about him, not sure what the judges found in him, and he’s pretty fresh looking on top of it,” Wilson said.
There were 27 female grand champions in the ring, 15 of them with calves at side.
BRCHE Berkly Ann 8507 PLD ET, with calf at side Miss Prairie Cove Cays 159J, shown by Prairie Cove Charolais and Cay’s Cattle, came out on top.
Tyler Bullick from Prairie Cove said this win was different from their first in 2017.
“This one we picked out in the field on the grass in the summertime. She’s come along in every way. She won Edmonton as a heifer calf, she won Edmonton as a bred heifer, she won Edmonton as a cow-calf pair. She was a champion here at Agribition before and now to be the Supreme Champion, it’s pretty special,” he said.
“She’s just a bad ass. She’s hairy, she’s big bodied, she’s great uddered.”
Bullick said the competition gets steeper every year and he thanked Agribition for the venue where purebred breeders can showcase and market their best cattle.
“We’ve got five flush brothers that will be off of her that we’ll sell this spring. We’ll flush her a bunch. She’s going to make a lasting impact in the Charolais breed and the cattle industry. She’s just a great one.”
Wilson said there were several exceptional cattle in every breed at the show and she felt lucky to win.
Next on the Wilsons’ agenda was to head home and see their grandchildren before calving begins early next year.