A Texas longhorn steer bought by MSW Meats in Ponoka seven years ago just won Grand Champion Steer at the Canadian National Longhorn Show in Red Deer last weekend.
Owner Mark Stewart said the steer’s horns are so long that sometimes motorists can see them sticking out of either side of the trailer when driving down the highway. Getting into the trailer is another challenge but Stewart says the steer is so used to it, he can get through a three-foot door.
From tip to tip, Blade’s horns are just over 102 inches long and has become a source of pride for Stewart. “We believe he’s the biggest steer in Canada.”
Stewart looks forward to seeing Blade compete with other Texas longhorns Oct. 4 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre during the Texas Longhorn Select Sale and Horn Measuring Showcase.
Blade will compete with other longhorns from around North America, explained Stewart. He says there is a large number of breeders in the United States, which has just started seeing some growth in Canada.
“We’re going to officially measure him and he’ll be competing with everyone in North America,” explained Stewart.
The desire for longhorns is in the meat, says Stewart, who also exports longhorns to Europe. The meat on a Texas longhorn is leaner and is found to be more nutritious, added Stewart, who sells organic meats.
Longhorns are a hardy breed that are similar to elk and bison. “They’ve got a lean, fine textured meat.”
Stewart says he has 250 longhorns and he looks forward to seeing how Blade fares against other longhorns.