On August 4-6, 69 enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan junior cattle producers attended the 10th annual Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up in Neepawa. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a top-notch group of interested cattle producers and 78 head of cattle.
Where else can you attend an event with 69 junior members all working together as teams and in individual competitions, to learn the skills needed in the livestock industry? This is an all-round event to promote and educate youth to continue in the industry. Our show would not happen without our dedicated sponsors and committee members who have stood behind this Junior All Breeds Show and helped to make it a success.
The weekend started Friday morning with a presentation from Liz Carey on cattle handling. In the afternoon, the juniors had a chance to try what they learned with a hands-on cattle sorting demonstration and clinic. Friday evening all juniors participated in the Ag Challenge — a fun, hands-on challenge where teams work together to complete 10 stations related to the cattle industry. This competition is sponsored by Mazer Group and is a great way for juniors to work together, make new friendships, learn something new and have fun while doing it.
On Saturday, the juniors were busy with many different events. In the morning they participated in public speaking, individual judging and attended a presentation on advocacy by Carmen and Donna Jackson. In the afternoon, the juniors took part in team judging, team fitting, the stockman’s knowledge competition and the peewees had a demonstration by Blair McRae. On Saturday, ambassador and scholarship interviews also took place. Saturday evening was wrapped up with the cook-off competition sponsored by Enns Brothers and a slip n’ slide to cool off for the day!
Sunday was show day. Thank you to our show day judges, Levi Jackson and Jared Glasman. Juniors participated in showmanship classes in the morning and then conformation classes in the afternoon. We rounded the day off with a parade of champions and a parade of 4-H champions then finished the evening off with awards. Each and every year Round-Up is a weekend filled with friendships, learning, skills and knowledge. It was once again another successful weekend!