The fourth annual Beef Day takes place Friday, March 24 in the Equine Centre at the Vermilion campus. The preview is at 4:30 pm followed by supper at 5 pm and the sale at 6 pm.
As in previous years, the event involves students in the purebred beef, commercial beef and livestock research units of the Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland. New in 2017, students with the dairy and sheep SMF units are also displaying a few animals.
The purebred beef SMF unit will have up to 13 Black Angus yearling bulls on offer. Interest in the bulls has increased thanks to a successful show season.
“The two bulls in our show string were embryo donations from Miller Wilson Angus and Blairs Ag. Both companies run elite breeding programs and we are honoured to display their genetics in our show string and at the sale,” says Teresa Mann, general manager of the purebred beef unit.
The commercial beef SMF unit is selling three pens of four select commercial females. The Simmental X Angus heifers were hand-picked from the commercial unit’s herd.
As for the research unit, students will display their research heifers with an interactive demo that highlights their research project on genotyping and feed efficiency in commercial beef heifers.
“Beef Day is a great event for animal science students to lead and learn from and to showcase what our hard work throughout the academic year has accomplished. We believe we have the deepest set of Angus bulls and commercial heifers that Lakeland has ever had on offer,” says Cheyenne Catley, marketing and communications manager for the purebred unit.
Mann’s enjoyed leading the purebred unit and working closely with Lakeland students and staff. She appreciates the passion and dedication the students have for the college’s purebred herd.
“It’s an honour to be a part of the purebred industry. Thanks to Lakeland’s SMF, we as students are able to live the lifestyle of being a purebred producer while learning hands-on skills along the way. That’s something that no other college can offer,” says Mann.
For more information about Beef Day, contact Teresa Mann at 306 320 7122 or Cheyenne Catley at 306 536 6990.
March 9, 2017