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UFA Steer Win ‘A BIG DEAL’ for Chalack
July 15, 2013

It’s the largest steer show in Canada, and Riley Chalack has been trying to win it for years.  “This is probably my tenth year at Stampede.  We’ve had a few Reserve Champions, but never a Grand Champion before,” says the young showman from Carstairs, AB.  “I think it’s a big deal.”

The culmination of the regional steer show season, and the country’s richest steer show, the UFA Steer Classic brings members of the beef industry to the Stampede to promote and compete in everything from the merits of purebred genetics to the current trends in consumer beef demands.

The winning steer, sired by a Maine-Galloway cross bull from a Maine-Angus cow, also won the UFA Steer Classic Open class.  Co-owned by Riley Chalack (son of Tim Chalack), Fairland Cattle Co., Logan Chalack, Royden Anderson and Flewelling Cattle Co., it weighed in at 1317 pounds.

“I’ve been showing cattle all my life,” says young Chalack.  “We were feeling pretty good about it.  We knew there would be a lot of good steers here.  All these guys have been showing these steers all year long.  Everybody’s aiming for this.  From the first of August, they’re picking calves to bring to this show.  We just come here to try our best and hope for the best.”

The Reserve Grand Champion animal and the champion in the Hereford class is co-owned by Nicona Brost, Fairland Cattle Co., Logan Chalack, Flewelling Cattle Co. and Deerview Meats.  According to Blaine Brost of Irvine, AB, “I saw this calf when it was two or three months old and I said, ‘I think I’ve got something here.’  We just come to Stampede from time to time.  Our main focus is raising purebred cattle and selling bulls to our commercial customers, not raising steers.  This is our best result.”

The Junior Champion was owned by Grayden Kay of Lloydminster and Michael Jones.  Other Champions were:  Cody Lafrentz of Bienfait, SK in Angus; Kelsey Knott of Ardrossan in Red Angus; Jon Fox of Lloydminster in Charolais; Jake Rawluk of Moosehorn, MB in Hereford Influence; Ryley and Toby Noble of Lloydminster, SK in Limousin; Darrell Comazzetto of Knutsford, BC in Maine Anjou; Laurie Morasch of Bassano in Shorthorn; Matt Criddle of Balgonie, SK in Simmental and Jim Fox of Lloydminster, SK in Speckle Park.

Reserve Champions were:  Megan Mcleod of Cochrane in Angus; Davis Schmidt of Watrous, SK in Red Angus; Taylor Giles of Cochrane in Charolais; Grady Conway of Innisfail in Hereford; Tanya Belsham of Houston, BC in Hereford Influence; Kathryn Dolliver of Stettler in Junior Steer; Ryley Gutzke of Weyburn, SK in Limousin; Les Watson of White Fox, SK in Maine Anjou; Wade Brokenshire of Estevan, SK in both  Shorthorn and Simmental; Kyza Taylor of Warner in Speckle Park and Chance Jackson of Sedley, SK in the Open class.

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