Little Fort Herefords to celebrate 70 years with Aug.10 Field Day

Little Fort Herefords Ranch celebrates its 70th anniversary this year

Cattle feed next to a barn with Little Fort Store in the distance.

Cattle feed next to a barn with Little Fort Store in the distance.

The Jim family’s Little Fort Herefords Ranch celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

To help mark the event, the Thompson Valley Hereford Breeders annual Field Day and Junior Show will be held at the ranch on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The field day will be free and open to the general public.

Activities will start at 10 a.m.with registration at the Little Fort Community Hall.

Participants will pick up a bag lunch and then be transported to the ranch for cattle viewing and events.

A program for the Canadian Junior Hereford Association will begin at noon, with an instructor from Saskatchewan showing the young cattle enthusiasts the finer points of judging.

At 1:15 there will be a transfer to the riding arena for a barrel racing clinic.

Lindsay Sears, one of Canada’s top all-time barrel racers will conduct a clinic that is scheduled to start at 2:30.

Transfers back to Little Fort Hall will begin at 4:00, with seminars on topics such as the cattle industry and feed efficiency to begin at 4:30.

A prime rib dinner will begin at 6:00, to be followed by dancing to live music.

During the evening the Canadian Hereford Association will present members of the Jim family with a memorial scroll for their father, Gung Loy Jim. In a sense the association’s “hall of fame,” the scroll will be in recognition of the many prize-winning bulls that Loy Jim raised (and that the ranch continues to raise since his death in 1995, as well as his efforts to promote Hereford cattle.

Those interested in attending the field day should send an email to kymjim@shaw.ca or call 250-677-4372 and leave a message, or fax 250-677-4231.