The Annual Edam Fall Fair is in the books for another year. This year there were a few changes to make the event even better.
On the Friday night, along with the People's Choice Cow/Calf Pair, there was the addition of the People's Choice Pen of Three Purebred Bulls. This started Friday evening and continued to noon on Saturday when the ballots were counted and the winner was announced following the judging of the bulls.
Winning the People's Choice Cow/Calf Pair Friday was Ryan Roach with reserve going to Steve Harty, third to Lone Spruce Ranching/C. Blaquiere & Sons, all of Edam, and fourth going to Jesse Bannerman of Livelong.
For each class there was a drawn for Ivomec and the winners were Edwin Wall, Brandi Kobes, Jean Cole, J Gory & Son, Jullion Brothers, Brad Cole, John Roach, Chris Danychuk, Steve Harty and Double P Angus as well as several door prizes were drawn for. A lunch was served throughout the evening, sponsored by the Canadian Angus Association and prepared by Annette Blaquiere. Refreshments were courtesy of Carst Construction and Valley Ford.
Saturday morning started with the traditional rancher's breakfast, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Simmental Association, Kuntz Stoughten McIntosh and SAJ Simmental Bull Sale Group. It was prepared and served by the Edam/Turtle River firefighters.
The annual craft show and sale opened their doors at 9 a.m. and ran until 4 p.m. Once again the beef on a bun lunch was sponsored by the Saskatchewan Hereford Association and the Northwest Saskatchewan Hereford Club. It was prepared and served by the Edam first responders.
The show started shortly after 9:30 a.m. with Judge Alan Jackson of Prince Albert at the helm and Steven Seabrook acting as ring man. Henri Blaquiere along with Denis Jullion supplied the commentary.
First class into the ring was the rancher's choice steer with 13 entries. Grand champion went to Coyote Mountain Tarentaise/Bill LaClare, reserve to Andrew Russett, third to Richard Doom and fourth to Daniel de Montarnal, all of Edam. Average price for this lot of steers was $1,841.54 with an average weight of 763.2 pounds.
Five prospect steers were next in the ring with Corey McFarlane's entry winning grand champion, Bill LaClare taking reserve, third to Jonah Biensch and fourth going to Brandi Kobes. Average price was $1,830 and average weight 711 pounds.
The overall average for the steer classes was $1,838.33 and 748.1 pounds.
The rancher's choice heifer class had 15 entries. It found Dan LaClare taking grand champion, reserve going to Treacle Creek Farms Ltd/Brad Cole, third to George LaClare and fourth to Randy Russett, all of Edam. The average weight for this class was 680.2 pounds and average price was $1,614.33.
Four prospect heifer hopefuls had Bill LaClare entering the grand champion, reserve to Coyote Mountain Tarentaise/Bill LaClare, third to Grant Lodge Farm/John Grant, all of Edam and fourth to J Gory & Son of St. Walburg. Average weight was 620.75 pounds and average price $1,725.
Pen of three open heifers had 14 entries and grand champion going to Andrew Russett, reserve to Ryan Roach, third to Dan LaClare and fourth to Jullion Brothers, all of Edam. Average weight was 648.8 pounds and average price $1,695.
Ten entries in pen of five open heifers found the grand champion to be Andrew Russett's entry from Edam, reserve to Doug Marjoram of Speers, third to Kobes Brothers and fourth to Ryan Roach of Edam. Average weight was 638.2 pounds and average price $1,699.50.
The overall averages for the open heifer entries were weight at 647.2 pounds and price at $1,687.21.
Pen of three bred heifers with five entries: grand champion went to Silver Willow Ranch/John Roach, reserve to Duane McCaffrey, third to Bar Crossroad Ranch/Steve Harty, all of Edam, and fourth to Scott Macnab of Mervin. Average weight of these heifers was 1,189.2 pounds, and average price was $2,887.50.
Pen of five bred heifers with six entries: grand champion went to Windmill Stock Farm/Doug Johnson of Shell Lake, reserve to Chris Danychuk of Maidstone, third to Silver Willow Ranch/John Roach and fourth to Bar Crossroad Ranch/Steve Harty, both of Edam. Average weight for this class was 1,102.3 pounds and average price was $2,650.
Overall averages for the bred heifer classes were as follows: weight, 1,127.1 pounds; and price, $2,717.86.
The People's Choice Cow/Calf Pair winners were listed above however the winner of the heifer was Sheila Phillips of Paradise Hill and she chose Scott Macnab's entry to take home. The average weight for the 11 entries was 654.4 pounds and the average price for the 10 that sold was $1,692.50.
This brings us to the pen of three purebred bulls. These classes were split into two categories, British and exotic. As was done last year, three names were pulled from the entries for all the classes to judge the bulls from the rancher's point of view. This year the lucky fellows were Andy Russett, Doug Marjoram and Bill LaClare.
The British breed class with six entries - all black Angus - had JanCliff Angus/Jeff Jamieson of Edam taking home grand champion; Double P Angus/Jake Pilkey of Lloydminster, reserve; third to Standard Hill Livestock/Stephen and Christine Myer of Maidstone; and fourth, Double P Angus/Jake Pilkey of Lloydminster, with his second pen.
In the exotic breed class with five entries - four Simmental and one Charolais - the grand champion jacket went to Red Willow Ranch Ltd/Darren and Josh Tyler of Cut Knife, reserve to McAvoy Charolais/Mike McAvoy of Arelee, third to McIntosh Livestock/Blair and Steph McIntosh of Maymont and fourth to Konrad Seabrook of Turtleford.
The People's Choice winner was then announced with the jacket going to Red Willow Ranch. All those who bought a ballot for the People's Choice Bulls had a shot at winning a barbecue. The name drawn was Kyle Bowey.
The winner of the bred heifer raffle was Jake Pilkey and he chose to take the heifer that was supplied by John Roach home with him. Corey McFarlane won the $100 and Diane Weitzel won the $50. There was also a draw from all who were exhibitors in the above classes for a fall fair jacket and the winner was Steven Seabrook.
Two jackets were presented to Kramer Auctions for their donation of their services as well as a jacket being presented to the judge for the day.
Other business that was dealt with during the auction of the livestock was the acknowledgement of a scholarship presented to Brent Kobes in the amount of $1,000 and the jackpot of $500 to 4-H member Amy Carruthers for her purchase of her project calf last year that went on to win her regional show.
The rink calf project also had three calves to sell which were brought in by John Roach, Joe Cole and Kobes Brothers. These calves brought in a total of $4,310.
Bruce McFayden also donated birdhouses to be auctioned and the grand total presented to STARS ambulance fund was $18,700 with approximately 14 birdhouses being sold.