Junior cattle producers work on show skills

Cattle producers under the age of 25 from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan 
recently came together for a weekend of education and camaraderie

The annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup (MYBR) continues to strengthen the skills of young folks in the cattle industry.

“It is a great way for juniors of all cattle breeds to work together, learn new skills, and meet new people,” said event organizer Lois McRae. “Where else can you attend an event with 49 junior members all working together as teams and individual competitions, to learn the skills needed in the livestock industry?”

Mentors Laura Horner and Jake Rawluk put on a grooming workshop for the youth participants.  

Mentors Laura Horner and Jake Rawluk put on a grooming workshop for the youth participants.
photo: Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup

The ninth annual MYBR was held in Neepawa on July 29 to 30. Nearly 50 junior cattle producers under the age of 25 took part with 91 head of cattle.

The event included a number of workshops on photography, showmanship, artificial insemination, farm safety and grooming.

“This is not just a cattle show, it is an all-around event to promote and educate youth to continue on in the livestock industry,” McRae said. “The weekend started off with a clipping and grooming workshop put on by the Roundup weekend mentors, Laura Horner and Jake Rawluk. Juniors learned the importance of proper hair care and blowing procedures.”

Along with the cattle show, participants also took part in timed competitions that included halter making, identifying parts of the animal and identifying different agriculture items.

 Junior winners from all divisions stand with event judges, Geoff Anderson and Michael Hunter.

Junior winners from all divisions stand with event judges, Geoff Anderson and Michael Hunter.
photo: Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup

“One of the highlights of Saturday was the cookoff event, where up to six members on a team created a theme and prepared the ultimate burger,” McRae said. “Judges Brian Lemon, CEO of the Manitoba Beef Producers, Kelsey Dust, the Canadian Simmental youth co-ordinator and Mazer Implements representative Jake Rawluk evaluated this competition and were impressed with the taste of the steaks, presentation, themes and costumes.”

The event will run again next year in late July, celebrating MYBR’s 10th anniversary.

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Jennifer Paige

Jennifer Paige is a reporter centred in southwestern Manitoba. She previously wrote for the agriculture-based magazine publisher, Issues Ink and was the sole-reporter at the Minnedosa Tribune for two years prior to joining the Manitoba Co-operator.

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