Twenty-sixth annual event a success
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Border Classic Show & Sale president Scott Dixon (seated, centre)
holds a replica $6,000.00 cheque made out to the IWK. The cake, which is on
Dixon's lap, was auctioned off five times for a total of $5,500.00. A $500.00
turkey call for Dickson brought the total to $6,000.00.
NAPPAN/AMHERST-Where’s the beef? You didn’t have to look very far to find the answer this past Saturday during the twenty-sixth annual border classic beef show (Nappan) and sale (Amherst Wandlyn).
“This sale and show is the only event of its kind that we have this year,” stated Scott Dixon, president of the border classic beef show and sale.
While the event is well-supported on a local and regional basis, those in the industry still have to make a living for the other 364 days of the year.
“If we had more support from the Nova Scotia government, then the beef industry would be doing better,” stated Earl Cail of Springwater Farms. “The Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick governments offer grants to farmers for keeping heffers,” Cail claimed. “I don’t think that the (Nova Scotia) government is helping us out at all,” he added.
Another problem Cail feels is hindering the industry is the price of fuel.
At the beef sale Saturday night at the Wandlyn Inn, a substantial amount of money was raised, for local farmers and for charity alike.
“Last year, the cake auction raised $5,000.00 for IWK Health Care Centre,” claimed Dixon. “The cake is auctioned off five or six times.”
This year, $6,000.00 was raised for the IWK Health Care Centre: $5,500.00 through auction and another $500.00 turkey call for Dixon.
No fewer than fifteen steer with a total combined weight of 18,805 pounds were sold for a cumulative monetary value of $51,579.75.
The 1,215 pound grand champion steer was sold by Doug and Jennifer Trenholm for $7,200.00 to Casey Concrete Ltd. Runner-up: Superstore.
Thunderbrook Farm’s 1,375 pound steer was judged to be the show’s reserve champion. It was sold to Fort Equipment for $3,720.00.
Goerge D’Orsay and Earl Cail of Springwater Farms sold their 1,215 pound, third place steer to Rod Gilroy-Cumberland Reality, Blueline, New Holland and Andrew Gilroy, for $4,440.00.