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Seven Persons operation hosts informative Angus event

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Karen Murray gives a presentation on forage feed varieties for higher crop production. Karen Murray gives a presentation on forage feed varieties for higher crop production. Photo contributed

K Lazy T Angus, west of Seven Persons, was host to a successful day of learning through the Southern Alberta Angus Club, Aug. 19.

Every year an Angus ranching operation is chosen to host the day-long event which gives cattle producers who raise Angus animals, purchases them or has ties to Angus genetics in any way a chance to mingle and learn something new at the same time.
Kody Traxel, who was one of the key organizers for the event, and operates K Lazy T Angus with his family, said 195 people were fed a steak supper to finish off the day which he estimates likely drew about 250 participants for the information sessions.
Three guest speakers presented information for interested attendees. Karen Murray, with owns Karen Murray Agricultural Services, spoke about forage feeds and the various coverage crops that can be grown to boost efficiencies. Bruce Johnson, with Ag Plus Mechanical, spoke about feed efficiency and the various methods of feeding. Travis Marfleet, a veterinarian from the Bow Valley Clinic in Bassano, talked about herd health and bull management.
Small groups of people were rotated through each of the sessions. Traxel says it seemed to have worked well for speakers to address smaller numbers at a time.
“We had nothing but awesome feedback from everyone in attendance.”
A small cattle judging competition was also held with local breeders invited to bring a pen of four to show. Those who attended the day were the judges and there were 19 pens on display. K Lazy T Angus won People’s Choice Champion while second went to CD Land and Cattle Company.
At the dinner later in the day, Traxel shared information about his Angus operation and Brian Good, a director with the Canadian Angus Association, spoke about the Angus brand in Alberta and Canada.
People could stay into the evening to socialize and listen to music. A small fundraiser was also held with the money benefitting the ALS Society.
Because the day is paid for with some funding from the Southern Alberta Angus Club, sponsorships for the event were also sought. Traxel says they had good response with various businesses stepping forward to help including, Hat Agri-Service; Ag-Plus Mechanical; South Country Co-op; Davis GMC; Deerview Meats; Premium Sausage; Cypress County; Taber Animal Clinic; Dave Cota Trucking; RPH Irrigation; CW Livestock; Karen Murray Ag Services; Bow Valley Genetics Ltd.; Bar 7 on 3; Laidlaw Sand and Gravel and Safety Buzz.

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