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A bit of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the nearly 40 attendees at this year’s OBDA picnic held in Tweed at Bogart Cattle Company on July 25. Eric, Chris, and Joyce Doran were our gracious hosts for the day and welcomed us to their picturesque farm. The impressive looking Blonde cattle in the fresh pasture beside the house were a sure sign that we had arrived at the right place! We began our day by catching up with friends and fellow breeders as they arrived. Eric had put the finishing touches on the Cream of the Crop/National Sale catalogue the night before and had printed off a copy to circulate. With the exception of a few near fist fights, we mastered the art of sharing and everyone got a turn to browse over this year’s offerings. The sample catalogue ended up leaving with Rick Drinkill and Paul Fee…either as a way to blackmail the absent Nicholas Boyd, or to pass the time waiting for a tow truck should Paul’s poor Dodge have succumbed to the brake issues that had plagued it on the trip down. Luckily the truck held together, which was quite a feat considering it had to travel to just this side of the North Pole to get them home!
With the clouds looming and the threat of rain imminent, Eric suggested that we take the opportunity to go check out the cattle, so off to the pasture we went. An excellent group of cattle were waiting for us, sparking the usual ‘who’s the sire of that calf’ and ‘what’s the breeding on that cow’ questions. As an added bonus, the Alberta sale cattle from Little Creek Blondes and Willow Springs Stock Farm had arrived earlier in the week, so we were treated to a sneak peak of their animals as well as the Doran’s own consignment to the sale, Bogart Lady Zophia. It was then off to the barn to view the show string and the newest addition to the herd, WSS Petula 29W along with her Dalemead Judge heifer calf. Upon seeing Petula, Ashley McNevan was heard uttering, ‘I can’t believe he sold that one’ under her breath! The cattle in the barnyard were a clear indication that Bogart Cattle Company was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the show ring this year. The senior yearlings (including the reigning National Champion Heifer Calf, Van Bakel Blondes Bombshell) looked great and the bull calves had everyone rethinking their show rations! Halcyon Wynona and Bogart Captain Crunch, her January bull calf sired by Maple Valley Baxter definitely got the crowd talking.
As if on cue, the rain began just as we left the barnyard and headed undercover for the afternoon feast. A table full of salads, baked beans, Mary Ellen Ferguson’s famous devilled eggs and, of course, the main attraction BEEF was waiting as we returned from the cattle tour. As we dined in our own little tent city, the standard farmer mealtime topics were discussed at the various tables. Halter breaking, the status of first cut hay, calving troubles, dehorning, artificial insemination, the best tricks for applying a nose ring, manure…nothing’s off limits at a table full of farmers! The trays of desserts appeared and there proved to be more than a few sweet teeth in the crowd. Rachel Vink DeWeerd battled with the ooey-gooey-ist butter tart any of us had ever seen. Luckily, Wendy Dunham had found that a napkin soaked in rainwater was an excellent weapon to combat any mess at the table and passed her secret along! To add to the entertainment, Paul Fee was making deals with the Young kids to get into the icy waters of the drink tubs in exchange for shiny loonies. Unfortunately, they only made it in boot-deep, so they didn’t qualify for the funding.
A timely break in the rain provided an excellent opportunity for Dave McNevan to dust off his auctioneer hat and start the mini auction. All worries were put to rest when the famous never-used manure fork made its triumphant return after it had been missing in action for nearly four months. As I heard it, in a true act of heroism, our very own Tyler Sutcliffe single-handedly took on two burly thugs who tried to make off with the fork after Paul Fee had purchased it at the AGM. His quick thinking and brute strength saved the day and allowed our tradition to continue. There must have been an attachment, as Tyler and Ashley were the successful bidders and the famous fork headed home to Over the Top Cattle Company. The bidding also got heated on two vintage signs from the earlier days of the OBDA. When the dust cleared and the money was tallied, there was a grand total of $926.00 for the association.
The thunder was rumbling and the lightening was intensifying, so the party wound down. We said our goodbyes and thank yous and headed home to feed our show calves a little extra grain before bedtime. An excellent time was had by all and we thank the Doran Family for their outstanding hospitality!
As show season kicks off, the hopes and dreams of many breeders will be on display in numerous show rings at various fairs across the province. The culmination of all their hard work will take place when Ontario hosts the 2015 National AGM, Show and Sale the weekend of the Lindsay Exhibition. For all the details please click on the link below to review the details. Book your hotel rooms quickly and make sure you book the weekend off with plans to attend.
2015 CREAM OF THE CROP CATALOGUE
The catalogue we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. This years 2015 Cream of the Crop catalogue is now complete and online for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Sure to keep you up late dreaming of your next great brood cow, herd sire or show champion, check out the fantastic lots that have been consigned by various members from across Canada. Mark the sale date down on your calendar and be sure to make your way down to Hoards Station. Last years prices were red hot for some high quality animals, and this years sale will be no different. The quality keeps getting better and better.
Please check the SALES & RESULTS for the online catalogue!!