Alameda 4-H Show & Sale celebrates record participation

During the event, held on the grounds of the Alameda Agricultural Society and the Chopper K Auction Mart, 108 members presented 89 steers, 77 heifers and 20 cow-calf pairs.

ALAMEDA – The Alameda Regional 4-H Show and Sale, one of Saskatchewan’s largest regional agricultural events, had a successful turnout June 7 to 8, with increased participation and strong sales, organizers said.

During the event, held on the grounds of the Alameda Agricultural Society and the Chopper K Auction Mart, 108 members presented 89 steers, 77 heifers and 20 cow-calf pairs. Denise Allum, chair of the committee, noted that a two-day event in Alameda involved five clubs: Alameda, Alida, Carievale, Carnduff and Maryfield.

“The number of cattle has increased and the number of children has slowly increased year after year,” Allum said.

Sheep have been part of the event in recent years. This year three clubs brought sheep for a lunchtime sheep show.

The livestock show started on the first day with bull classes and judging, followed by a sale. The second day featured team grooming, heifer and cow calf shows and showmanship competitions.

This year’s judges included Lois and Blair McCrae of Manitoba for livestock, Kate Barnett for showmanship and sheep, and Garth Newel who assisted with the oral judging. The event concluded on June 8 with an awards ceremony.

Sales were strong, averaging around $4.75 per pound, which Allum attributed to the supportive community and agricultural connections.

“Definitely, very strong sales… It’s a good thing to help us in agriculture. There are a lot of companies and people that are very, very great at donating or giving these kids some more money,” she noted on.

One bull purchased by a company was donated to an Oxbow ambulance service fundraiser, demonstrating the community spirit of the event.

The Alameda 4-H Show and Sale continues to grow, with an increasing number of cattle and participants each year. The age range for participants ranges from six to 21 years, highlighting the inclusive nature of the event and its importance in fostering future agricultural talent.

“4-H is really good for kids and the agriculture industry. They are the future of agriculture, so it’s great to keep them going,” says Allum.

“It’s always exciting to see the kids come out and show off their year of hard work. And we work hard to get a lot of sponsors so we can have buckles and prizes for the kids.”

Visit the Alameda 4-H Beef Club Facebook page for more details on the winners and champions, photos and additional information.