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Show season is in full swing and the race for Top Male, Top Female and Premiere Exhibitor is heating up! In addition to Campbellford, Kinmount Fair, Orono Fair, and Warkworth Fair have also qualified as point shows this year. Thank you to Bogart Cattle Company, Donaleen Blondes, ‘Flee’ Haven Farms, Franmar Blonde Farm, Over the Top Cattle Company, Ridge View Blondes, and Rondakk Acres for exhibiting. As always, quality cattle, quality time, and lots of laughs! Click for Results. Kinmount, Orono, Warkworth.
The OBdAA is proud to have sponsored the following events in 2016:
- The Youth Forum Show held in April at the Lindsay Fair grounds in the amount of $200.
– The Lindsay Exhibition at the sponsorship level of “Patron of the Fair” in the amount of $250
- The Campbellford/Seymour Agricultural Society (Campbellford Fair) in the amount of $50
- The Canadian National Blonde d’Aquitaine Show, Olds Alberta in the amount of $200 for the Grand Champion Bull banner and $100 for the Premiere Exhibitor banner.
We thank these associations for providing venues to help promote our breed and appreciate the opportunity to reciprocate and offer our support!
The first point show of the year took place at the Campbellford Fair Beef Show held on August 7. Twenty six Blondes from five breeders made their way to the ring with their sights set on Grand Champion. Thank you to Bogart Cattle Company, Donaleen Blondes, Fee Haven Farms, Franmar Blonde Farm, and Over the Top Cattle Company for bringing out your impressive show strings and showcasing the breed! A quality heifer calf class with ten entries showed that the future of the breed is looking good. The reigning Show Points Top Female, Franmar Crystal, was named Grand Champion Female. Donaleen Daisy Duke took Reserve. Grand Champion Bull went to Donaleen Danny Boy with Reserve going to the reigning Show Point Top Male, Donaleen Chachi. Thanks to all for a great day and see you in September at Kinmount! Results BelowCfordResults16
The 2016 edition of our annual OBdAA Picnic was held July 10 at the picturesque Sutcliffe Ranch in Pontypool, ON. Our gracious hosts for the day were Ashley McNevan and Tyler Sutcliffe of Over the Top Cattle Company. Perfect weather was specifically ordered and breeders from across the province gathered for a day of fellowship and cattle talk. Upon arrival, it was difficult to miss the impressive herd of Blondes that awaited the guests under the shade trees by the barn. Even with a shifty looking group like us, the cattle were calm and quiet as we stormed the pasture to pick out the favourites – a true testament to the temperament of the herd and the breed! The herd bull, Franmar Weiser, drew lots of attention and compliments. The calf crop he had sired were an impressive group and it was obvious the OTOP would have a powerful 2016 show string. A popular pair that garnered attention were the powerful Hilltop Orchard Scarlet and her white January bull calf Over the Top Driller. The standout heifer calf seemed to be Over the Top Delicious out of the Crystal Zoey cow. Obviously the cattlemen gene has been passed on to the next generation, as she is Anna’s favourite, too!
A ring of the dinner bell (literally) signalled mealtime, and the crowd moved to the beautifully shaded backyard to partake in the bounty that proved, once again, that Blonde breeders can cook! Compliments to the chefs for an incredible spread. The reviews were a bit more mixed on the Guinness Blonde, though! This also provided time to catch up and to discuss the most pressing topic of the season: the amount RAIN (or the lack there of)! Pastures were dry for most in attendance and the hay crop had been uneven at best. Fingers were definitely crossed for some moisture before second cut.
The famous mini-auction, which is always the most entertaining portion of any Blonde gathering, was next on the agenda. Dave McNevan lent his talents again and acted as our auctioneer. Tensions ran high as the bidding was heated on more than a few of the offerings. The World’s-Most-Sold-Pitchfork made its return and headed to Tweed this time with its proud new owner, Eric Doran. Sheila McNevan seemed to be setting a mood and planning a special evening, as all of her purchases seemed to share a common theme. The evening plans took a turn (not sure if it was for the better or the worse!) with her final purchase of a Swiss cow bell donated by Paul Fee, who had just returned from Switzerland. Mr. Fee seemed to keep his bidding hand in his pocket for most of the auction. He clearly had his heart set on the last item to sell – the now-famous ‘Blondes Have More Fun’ T-shirt that was purchased at the AGM by Mary Ellen Ferguson and inconspicuously donated back to the auction table. Unfortunately, he was out-bid by a determined Nicholas Boyd, who made sure the shirt would live to see another auction. Luckily it was realized that Allan and Teeny’s hanging baskets hadn’t been sold, so Paul was able to redeem himself and make a purchase. When the dust cleared and the laughter slowed, a grand total of $1275.75 was raised for the association. Thank you to all who donated and purchased items!
They say all great things must come to an end. With long drives ahead for some, the crowd said their goodbyes and thank yous and began to disperse. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we sincerely thank Ashley, Tyler, and the Sutcliffe Family for their gracious hospitality in hosting our picnic. As always, we look forward to doing it all again next year!