Summer means Show Season for many of our Juniors. Beef-A-Rama 2016 was held July 15-17 in Stratford, Ontario. Twenty-three Juniors exhibited 50 head of cattle
over two days. Showmanship and Bred & Owned Judge Melinda Scott selected Jared Ball as Grand Champion Showperson and Cassandra Gorrill as Reserve Grand Champion. In the Bred & Owned Show, Adam Smith exhibited the Champion Female with ACSH 83T Chanel 2C. Rebecca Hess showed the Reserve Champion, KIDS 521X Charity 1T 8C. Jared Ball exhibited the Champion Bull, JTDB 127Y Outlaw 103D.
Bill Jackson was the judge for the shows on Sunday
In the Commercial Division, Whitney Ball exhibited the Champion Commercial Animal , WJB Sweet N Sassy 104C with Shae-Lynn Bell taking the Reserve with Elzevir Black Diamond.
In the Open Show :
Grand Champion Female: Brendale 743 Sunshine 118B exhibited by Madison Ethier, Milverton, ON
Reserve Grand Champion Female: JDL Janice 11X 119C exhibited by Maggi Murray, Amaranth,ON
Grand Champion Bull :MBF 10Y Chattahoochee 121C exhibited by Jared Ball
Reserve Grand Champion Bull: Red Rock 11X Coldshot 1C exhibited by Shae-Lynn Bell, Consecon,ON
Rebecca Hess received the Neil Reavie trophy awarded by the Reavie Family for the Overall Grand Aggregate . Cassandra Gorrill was second and Shae-Lynn Bell third. Cassandra also received the Burt Grundy Bursary Congratulations to all the winners.
Many thanks to the sponsors and volunteers and parents who continue to make our provincial shows a success. Special thanks to Marcelle Bellamy and Bob Dunsmore for all their work organizing the Stratford Beef-A-Rama and the West Zone for hosting the event,. The Juniors took this opportunity to also thank Goodie Thomas for her long time dedication to the OJHA.
Bonanza 2016 was held in Olds, Alberta from August 9 – 13th. We had thirteen Ontario Juniors participating including:
Austina Bellamy Curtis Hewitt
Andrew Dunsmore Rebecca Hess
Nicholas Dunsmore Morgan MacIntyre
Spencer Dunsmore Justin McLaughlin
Cassandra Gorrill Chelsea McNeely
Camryn Grundy Adam Smith
It was another exciting week of Hereford and youth activities , old friendships renewed and new ones made. Justin McLaughlin was inducted into the CJHA Honour Roll. Congratulations Justin! So proud of all these young people representing our province and acting as great ambassadors of the OJHA.
We started our year off here in the East Central Zone with a booth at the East Central Farm Show at the Lindsay Ex fairgrounds in March. On May 7th we held our Whiteface Classic Sale, also at the Lindsay Ex, Lindsay Ont. We had a great group of Hereford and Hereford influence cattle, special thank you to all our supporters for helping us make this sale a success.
Our Zone Picnic this year was held at A-Lynn Polled Herefords, Greg, Michelle Snoddon and Family of Reaboro on July 10th under sunny skies with a wonderful turnout of members and food! Our two zone award shows this year will be Fenelon Falls Fair on Aug 6th and Stirling Fair on Aug 14th.
We will once again be hosting our two M.O.E. shows at Peterborough Ex. on Aug 4th and Lindsay Ex on Sept 22nd.
We hope you will stop for a visit at our Zone booth at the Hastings Plowing Match on August 24th and 25th in Queensborough Ont. And enjoy a bottle of cold water with us.
Our Zone Futurity will be held at the Roseneath Fair on Sept 25th and finally we wind down our year at our AGM on Nov. 12th at the Omemee Curling club where members come together again over good food and conversation.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish our past OHA Secretary Ron Wells along with his wife Nadine a wonderful retirement and a special Thank you for all your hard work you have done and continue to do for the Hereford Breed and commercial partners. I would also like to congratulate and welcome Dave Cavanagh in his new position as our new OHA Secretary. We are confident that you and your wife Fran will be wonderful ambassadors for our breed going forward.
Hello to all from the Ontario Hereford association West Zone.
Well things are really rocking in the zone this summer with the kick off being a fun filled and successfully field day which was held at Charles and Mary Lynn Bray’s farm in Walkerton. About 35 people attended from all over the zone, as well as some local 4H kids, to brush up on their fitting ang grooming skills from Kevin Aitken. They all had fun clipping some animals, as well as a judging competition, and of course great food, and good company.
The next event was the zone ‘s first Beef a Rama in along time at the Agriplex in Stratford Ont. What a great time!! Approximately 55 cattle were there and about 22 juniors working hard to show them off. We had lots of visitors enjoying the show on both days as well as delicious food supplied by Goodie Thomas-Kingdon, and her volunteers.
Saturday evening’s roast beef dinner was put on by the Perth County Beef Farmers and what a meal it was.
Thank you to all who volunteered their time, donated money and supplies, and sponsorships, you certainly made the weekend a huge success!
Now we are looking forward to the MOE show in Barrie and the Banner show in Orangeville, the end of August and the first part of September respectively, I know it will be a blast, as we have alot of terrific members, who enjoy coming out and being part of all the fun and comradery of the Ontario West Zone.
Everyone is always welcome, so keep an eye on the Ontario Hereford Facebook page for details on up coming events.
West Zone President,
and proud Hereford Breeder
Well once again Rainy River District is living up to its name. We started off with a nice dry spring and it made is all feel so optimistic. We were due for a dry year. Things were good until June rolled around. We ended up with over 6” of rain in June and to date over 2” in July. Though the dairy guys struggled to make good quality 1st cut in early June they did manage to finish but there are many beef guys that have yet to make a bale of hay. Many have tried wrapping but even that is a struggle this year. We keep checking the forecast looking for the window to perhaps really make things happen but it still hasn’t appeared. Recently I seen a study released stating farmers recognize they need mental health help and I can certainly understand this. It is a struggle and hard to let it not bother you.
I read reports from the South/ East part of our province stating how critical it is for their crops to receive rainfall over the next little while and I think it is critical that our crops stop receiving rain for the next month or more. We have some great looking crops (other than barley) but they are all reaching their limits. You know it is bad when fields that are tiled are showing water stress signs.
Many ask about normal weather and truthfully we are unsure of normal any more. It seems we all have extremes and perhaps this is the new normal – but if that is the case, I will be signing up for mental health help.
Wet years are not always so great for our cattle either – grass is wet and the bug crops are excellent and there is plenty access to water. Our local Hereford Association is once again selling tickets on a $500 Beef Package and has scheduled in the Annual Guess the Weight at the Emo Fall Fair. We likely many organizations tend to have the same people working and volunteering on many boards and struggle to have enough time to spread ourselves around. We continue to support the local 4-H Association and pleased to honor the top showman and now the Hereford / Hereford Influenced carcass award. We thought it was a good idea to stress a bit more to our local 4-H members how important the carcass is. We are seeing more and more members out to view their carcasses and increase their interest in raising a top grade steer.
We continue to have interest from others in moving to the North to farm. Rainy River District has land available and at reasonable prices. The Hereford Breed still has a strong influence in the District both in purebred and commercial herds. We welcome visitors anytime and are happy to talk about all that is happening in this great part of Ontario.
Kim Jo Bliss
The OHA is launching a Spring Bull Sale in 2017. We are extremely excited about this endeavour and have been receiving a lot of positive feedback.
The sale is open to bulls 5 years and under. The bulls will be pre selected based on selection criteria and selections will be completed by Dec 31, 2016. Stay tuned for more details coming soon to the OHA Website.
If your are interested, please contact:
Dave Cavanagh at the OHA Office, 705-740-5212
Kevin Brown, 705-330-4663
Paul Stafford, 613-297-7841