DERWENT – Ken and Josie Pashulka and sons Tyson, Riley and Taylor also raise Black Angus and Simmental cattle, but it was a yearling bull from their Maine Anjou herd that recently brought them an international championship, the latest in a four-month span of awards at prestigious livestock shows near and far.
Rusylvia Cattle Company’s We Deliver 39J, a Maine Anjou bull born Feb. 21, 2021, has packed a lot of winning into the past few months, from the Olds Fall Classic on Oct. 1 to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. just over three months later.
His double win of both the All Other Breeds (AOB) Champion Yearling and Grand Champion Bull awards at Olds was just the start of a winning streak. He collected the AOB Grand Champion Bull banner and was in the Top 4 Stockade Supreme for Bulls at Lloydminster’s Stockade Roundup just over a month later. That came only days before he and other Rusylvia stock made the trip to Edmonton for Farmfair 2022 and his triple win as the top Yearling Bull, Junior Champion Bull and Grand Champion Bull in the Maine Anjou show, where another Rusylvia entry, Mr. Rusylvia 68K took the Champion Purebred Calf honors and was later named Reserve Champion Bull.
Miss Rusylvia 7J was named the Champion Purebred Yearling Heifer at Farmfair and went on to become the Grand Champion Female, with the lineup of wins earning Rusylvia Cattle Company the titles of Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor for the show.
November continued to be a busy month for the Rusylvia show string, winning seven grand championships and two reserves at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Miss Rusylvia 7J was named the Champion Yearling Heifer and went on to win the Grand Champion Purebred or Fullblood Female banner. Mr. Rusylvia 68K took the Champion Bull Calf, with Mr. Rusylvia 30K named the Reserve Champion in that class.
Mr. Rusylvia 68K took home the Reserve Champion Bull honors, and We Deliver 39J was named the Champion Yearling Bull and Grand Champion Bull, with the two also taking the award for the Best Pair of Bulls. We Deliver 39J was in the Top 10 Agribition Supreme for Bulls
With all the 2022 wins behind them, the Pashulkas loaded up We Deliver 39J right after New Year’s and headed south to Denver, Colorado, and the National Western Stock Show, an interesting trip that saw the interstate highway shut down with a blizzard which had the Pashulka sons and their precious cargo “holed up overnight in a small town in Wyoming,” mother Josie says.
Nonetheless, the trip was well worth the effort, with We Deliver placing first in his class for bulls born on or after February to April 2021 and going on to win the Reserve Champion Maine Anjou Bull honors, where a bull from Griswold Cattle Company in Stillwater, Okla. took the Grand Championship.
The only Canadian Maine Anjou in a long list of winners at the show, We Deliver “drew a lot of interest” at the show, Josie says. “He’s bigger and a lot more powerful than the American entries,” which came from across the USA, from Texas to Wisconsin to Idaho.
With their current round of cattle shows now complete, the Pashulkas are busy preparing for their Wednesday, March 1 bull sale, where they will have over 50 head of Maine Anjou, Black Angus and Simmental bulls on offer as well as eight pens of commercial replacement heifers.