March 27, 2019
by DAVID SCHMIDT
Ferme Jacob of Quebec captured the top award but Westcoast Holsteins of Chilliwack took home the lion’s share of the prize money at the 2019 BC Holstein Spring Show in Chilliwack on March 22.
Co-owner Pat Conroy of Indiana led Ferme Jacob’s outstanding mature cow, Jacobs Lauthority Loana, to the grand championship of the show.
With over 200 animals entering the ring, this was the largest show in BC in many years. It was also the first time since 1969 that a show string from east of Manitoba exhibited at the BC Holstein Show.
Thanks to generous sponsors, the BC Holstein Spring Show was able to offer a prize pool totaling $240,000. This was more than double last year’s prize pool, making it the richest dairy show in North America this year.
Although the grand prize eluded its cows, Westcoast Holsteins took home more than $100,000 in prize money. It was named both the overall premier breeder and premier exhibitor of the show, and tied with T&L Cattle of Chilliwack as the premier exhibitor of the junior show. Junior three-year-old Maiz-n-Blu DB Scarlet-Red led Westcoast’s show string, and was named the show’s intermediate champion as well as its reserve red and white champion.
Ferme Jacob and Westcoast Holsteins have not only two of the top show strings in Canada but also in North America, regularly placing among the champions of the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin.
Despite showing just a few animals under its own name, Ferme Jacob brought about two dozen animals to BC. Most were offered for sale in a “tag sale” for three days prior to the show. Those which had not sold by noon Thursday were added to the Westcoast Classic auction, held the afternoon before the Spring Show. That sale saw over 100 animals change hands at an average price of $7,000 apiece.
Topping the sale was Siemers Milk Bombi, a five-month-old calf consigned by Siemers Holstein Farms of Wisconsin. The calf’s genomic rating placed her among the top 10 Holstein calves for type in the US. She was sold in absentia to an absentee bidder, Velthuis Farms Ltd. of Osgoode, Ontario, for $200,000.
Vol. 105 Issue 4
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
One province, one panel
Groundwater deadline extended
Happy as a pig!
Sidebar: Still waiting
Feds pour millions into tree fruit research
Sidebar: Will local procurement help?>
Editorial: Confined spaces
Back Forty: BC farmers need more than a land bank
Island Good campaign drives local sales
Poultry industry seeks to stop infighting
Egg farmers to receive biggest quota boost ever
New entrant focus
Decision day looms for chicken pricing appeal
Producers look to CanadaGAP for certification
Organic sector undertakes core review
Hopping to it!
Island couple named Outstanding Young Farmers
Turkey consumption continues to decline
BC potato growers enjoy a strong footing
Sudden tree fruit dieback a growing concern
Late season BC cherries in global demand
Farmers’ markets aim to be local food hubs
Field trial hopes to reduce phosphorus levels
Future looking bright for BC dairy producers
BC could benefit from US trade battles
Saputo puts its Courtenay plant out to pasture
The land of milk and salmon
Sidebar: Farming for the future
Out of the hands of BC farmers
Codes of practice need producer input
Preparation essential for wildfire response
Sidebar: Relief announced for drought, fire
Sidebar: Be FireSmart with these tips
New traceability regs to track movement
Agriculture a notable threat to species at risk
Improper pesticide use threatens access
Threat to neonics spurs scare in spud growers
Orchard presses forward with diversification
Staying on top of soil health is key to sound farming
No small potatoes
Farm families need to have affairs in order
Rotary parlours go upscale at two FV dairies
Study compares organic, conventional diets
Advisory service foresees growing demand
Sidebar: Tree fruit cutbacks a concern
Island dairy producers hone first aid skills
Woodshed: And that’s how rumours get their teeth
Research farm showcases small projects
Jude’s Kitchen: Shooting stars of spring