Windy Hill Livestock wins big in Denver

Justin Crann
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Local company named premier exhibitor of red angus cattle

The colour of success for Windy Hill Livestock wasn't gold, but red.

Mike McDonald of Windy Hill Livestock is pictured with one of the red angus bulls that helped him claim the top prize at Denver's National Western Stock Show.

At the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Windy Hill's Mike McDonald, along with his wife Shannon, was named premier exhibitor in the red angus breed of cattle.

"For everyone in the barn, they took the six best placing animals we had there," McDonald said. "Six of my animals placed highest in the show, and that earned me enough points to be named premier exhibitor."

It was a notable honour — especially considering McDonald had never exhibited his own string of cattle before.

"I've always been to cattle shows and worked for people, but I've only ever shown two red angus in the past," he said. "For my first time ever showing my cattle in the National Western Stock Show, (winning an award) was quite an accomplishment. People go there for years and don't win an award like that."

The win was particularly good for Windy Hill because the show is "one of the largest in North America," McDonald added.

And taking the big prize didn't just turn heads. It also helped his company turn some more profits.

"We had an online heifer sale and I sold four females and did very well," he said. "We also sold some cattle out of the stalls … and we got a ton of business contacts.

"The people in the cattle business are amazing," added McDonald. "Competitors and rivals — I wouldn't really call them that. I would call them friends."

And making friends and business associates was the goal Windy Hill had in mind when it headed to the show.

"That was one of the main reasons we went down there, to tap into a new market. The local market has treated me very well in the past, but I felt it was time to grow the business and make some new contacts," he said.

"I think we'll be able to do a lot of business with the folks to the south. … Mission accomplished."

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Geographic location: Windy Hill, Denver, North America

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