Westman Farms held their 24th annual bred heifer sale on December 4 at their farm south of Vermilion. Bidders and buyers came from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec to take part in the sale, which was preceded by a hearty lunch. Online buyers were also able to participate as pre-shot videos showcased each lot of 4–14 bred heifers.
Over 500 head of cattle were sold at an average of $3,934 each, with high sellers going for $6,000. Derek Westman, the fourth-generation family farmer who led the sale, explains, “Farming is not a get-rich-quick scheme, it’s a passion and something you have to care about doing. It’s a lifestyle that not everyone enjoys.” He continues, “The agriculture industry as a whole has made me who I am, and I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m proud to be part of an industry that works together so well, has so many great people in it, and strives to make everyone do the best they can.”
Westman was enthusiastic about the turnout of the sale, saying, “We’re really happy with support and everyone who came to support us. It was a great crowd and an amazing sale.”