Students ready to showcase herd at Beef Day 2015

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March 16, 2015
After months of planning, Lakeland College animal science technology students are ready to welcome people to Beef Day 2015
Members of the purebred and commercial beef units of the Student Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland host Beef Day 2015 on Saturday, March 21 at the Equine Centre at Lakeland’s Vermilion campus.

The students selected 12 Black Angus bulls and three lots of Angus-cross commercial females for the sale. “We believe that these lots of bulls and heifers are a perfect representation of our breeding program at the college,” says Grayden Kay, general manager of the SMF purebred unit.

Planning for Beef Day 2015 started in the fall, says Darian Livingstone, manager of the purebred unit’s public relations team. Marketing, bull management, show and sale, and logistics committees were created to ensure all elements of the event were properly planned, from creation of the sale catalogue to hiring of the auctioneer and set up of the Equine Centre.

Now it’s show time. The students are excited to see the results of their efforts.

“We had a very successful fall show season so interest in our herd has grown. Many people have phoned or emailed with questions and a number people have stopped in to see the herd. The reaction has been very positive,” says Kay.

The students have also emailed recent alumni of the college’s animal science technology program to invite them to the event. After all, the bulls and heifers that will go through the sale ring are very much a reflection of decisions made by previous classes, says Livingstone. 

“I think it will be great for alumni as well as local producers to see our accomplishments in terms of the genetics of our herd,” she says.

Proceeds from the sale will go back into the commercial and purebred units, possibly for herd expansion, says Kay.

Beef Day 2015 starts at 11:30 am with a preview of the animals. Lunch will be served at noon followed by the sale at 1:30 pm. The college’s applied research team will also have displays in the Equine Centre.

Photo: OAV Motown 11B is one of the 12 Black Angus bulls for sale at Beef Day 2015 on March 21.
March 16, 2015