By Kevin Bernard
Local 4-H members brought home a lot of trophies from the Royal Winter Fair.
4-H members from our region brought home a lot of trophies from the Youth Sheep Show at the Royal Winter Fair.
Over 80 competitiors from all across Ontario showed their lambs.
Zac Goodacre of Georgian Bluffs was selected the Senior and Grand Champion Showman.
Makena McEwan of Lucknow was first in the Junior class while Abigail Hendricks of Durham was third and Erin Priddle of Feversham finsihed 8th.
Delaney Hopkins of the Wiarton Club was first Novice and Reserve Champion Showman.
Aiden Lee from Lucknow finished fourth.
Hopkins also showed the Champion Dorset lamb.
Zac Goodacre was second place Dorset lamb.
Bethany Woodhouse of the Beaver Valley Club was first place Southdown lamb and Amanda Kapteyn of the Wiarton Club was third place Southdown lamb.
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency trophy for the Grand Champion Lamb went to Kabrina Bishop of Bluevale.
In the Longwool section, Cameron Lamont of Ripley was second and Olivia Schlosser of Hanover was fourth.
Nigel Gibbons of Georgian Bluffs showed the reserve champion Oxford ewe lamb.
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says his recent trip to China was a success.
Ritz says it included the signing of three different agreements.
One involved the sale of one billion dollars worth of Canadian canola oil to China.
Another normalizes cherry exports from B-C to China, valued at 20 million a year.
And the third was an arrangement to allow for the sale of fresh Canadian blueberries in China that could be worth up to 65 million dollars a year.
Did you get your 2015 Milk Calendar?
They were issued in most daily newspapers across Ontario on the weekend.
This year, the calendar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.
It offers interesting dairy farming facts, a sneak peek into the life of four generations of a working Ontario dairy farming family, and family-friendly recipes.