Our province's largest all-breeds cattle show and sale - the Manitoba Livestock Expo - wrapped up yesterday.

The four day event ended with the Junior Show on Sunday.

"It's all about pounds. We're looking for moderate females that will raise a big calf every year and go out and make some money for the industry," said cattle judge Barry LaBatte.

"Basically this event is about promotion. People don't know you're in the business if you don't come out and show. That's what we come for. It's not so much the ribbons - they're nice - but what we're here for is to meet some people and hopefully get them to come back to the farm and buy some cattle," said Blair McCrae of MarMac Farms near Brandon.

McCrae noted there was a definite sense of optimism among the cattle folk in Brandon this weekend. "The commercial market has certainly picked up. There's more enthusiasm in the barn. There's more people coming out. We had more traffic in the first day  than we had in the last three years," he said.

MarMac Farms took the Jackpot Bull Show Reserve Ribbon on Friday night. Stewart Cattle Company of Russell claimed the Reserve price in the Little Lady Classic on Thursday. Steppler Charolais of Miami took the Supreme Breed Extravaganza Champion Male prize on Saturday night.

Taylor Carvey of Alexander received the Grant Moffat Overall Showperson Award.

Complete results are available on the Provincial Exhibiton website .

For pictures from the MLE and Manitoba Beef Producers AGM in Brandon, visit the Manitoba Farm Journal Facebook page .

~ Monday, November 8, 2010 ~