CORRECTION – January 23, 2015 – The correct owners of the grand champion Red Angus bull at the National Western Stock Show held Jan. 12 in Denver Colorado was Triple L Angus, Viscount, Sask., Wright’s Livestock Melfort, Sask., Breed Creek Angus, Mankota, Sask. and Six Mile Red Angus, Fir Mountain, Sask. Triple L Angus, owned by Randy Tetzlaff showed the bull in 2014 where it was named grand champion Red Angus bull at the 2014 Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, supreme champion at the Prince Albert Summer Show and reserve senior champion at Canadian Western Agribiton. It also stood among the top 10 finalists at the RBC Beef Supreme championship at Agribition. Tetzlaff purchased the bull as a calf from Six Mile Red Angus in 2013. Six Mile retained a 50 percent semen interest. Wrights and Breed Creek purchased a share in the walking rights later.
DENVER, Colo. - Shane Bedwell had no idea that his choice for grand champion Red Angus bull at the National Western Stock Show came from a long line of champions bred on a Saskatchewan ranch.
“I heard his daddy was grand champion here two years ago. That is neat,” Bedwell said after the Jan. 12 show in Denver.
“That bull was a perfect example of how a bull should walk.”
Bedwell was the show judge who selected Six Mile Kill Switch 135Z, an entry of Clayton and Corrine Gibson of Six Mile Red Angus at Fir Mountain, Sask.
He is the livestock judging coach at Colorado State University, where he teaches students to evaluate cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.
He comes from a large commercial cow-calf operation and judges cattle on the basis of their usefulness in the pasture as well as breed character.
“The purebred business is really big in the commercial beef market here,” he said.
Commercial producers are looking for Red Angus and other purebreds to develop hybrid programs that lead to composite breeds such as Lim-Flex and Balancers, a Gelbvieh cross.
Selling bulls is the main business at Six Mile Red Angus, where an annual sale is held every April. The show circuit is limited to a few events, but the family performs well wherever it enters.
For the third year in a row, the farm won the grand champion bull banner at the Denver show as well as the premier breeder award.
A half interest in this bull, born in 2012, was sold to Jim Wright of Melfort, Sask., and Randy Tetzlaff of Kenaston, Sask., at the Six Mile bull sale.
Clayton Gibson said the bull’s show career is over, but opportunities continue because this kind of exposure creates buzz and boosts semen sales.
It has already had an impressive show career, winning grand champion at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Northlands Farmfair in Edmonton and Lloydminster Roundup.
As well, its sons have also been shown and placed well.
Other wins for the Gibsons included Six Mile Back Country 295B, champion spring bull calf; Six Mile & Co Jagger 780A, first place March yearling bull; and Six Mile Tuff Enuf 111Z, second place two-year-old bull.
The Gibsons weren’t the only Canadians to perform well at the Denver show, which attracts breeders from Canada and the United States.
Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. of Lanigan, Sask., had the champion junior bull calf, Red Blair’s Pure Power 2B, as well as the first place February heifer calf, Red Barel Kassie 129B, and the first place winter heifer calf, Red Blair’s Bonita 179A.
Howard Schneider of Northline Angus of Ardrossan, Alta., had the first place May bull calf, Red NL GAF Crush 16B, and the second place March yearling bull calf, CRSL Navaho.
Dave Bablitz of Rainbow Red Angus of Cherhill, Alta., took the first place January heifer calf with Red Rainbow Lark 2B.
The stock show runs from Jan. 10-25 and has been operating for 109 years.