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Search fund supports young producers

Three young cattle producers have earned Grant Moffat Herdbuilder Awards, worth up to $2,000 toward a purchase of a heifer from a Manitoba purebred association sale.

Carter Ferguson, 16, of Carroll, Emily Hickson, 16, of Brandon and Shania Jack, 12, of Portage bought Charolais, Simmental and Limousin heifers respectively with their awards, which come from funds raised by cattlemen and friends and relatives of Grant Moffat, a Charolais breeder and freelance farm journalist from Forrest who disappeared in the Ste. Rose du Lac area in August 2006.

The search fundraising committee started the award program a year later.

According to the committee, Ferguson had worked with Moffat previously on the show road while Hickson and Jack had attended his clinics for 4-H clubs.

The Herdbuilder Awards will be presented again in 2009; the application deadline is Sept. 1. To apply or to donate to the fund, visit



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