In the past seven years 18 Manitoba youth have been awarded up to $2,000 toward the purchase of a heifer calf selected from a Manitoba purebred sale. The funds have come from the Grant Moffat Herdbuilder Fund. The youth submitted essays on why they wanted to start or build their own purebred herd of cattle and were picked by a committee of six of Grant’s friends and family representing many breeds. The participants were evaluated on desire, need and previous expression of interest in the industry. This year the committee combed through 17 excellent entries to pick the three final winners.
Grant Moffat, Holmsyde Charolais, Forrest, went missing in August, 2006. The funds generously donated by cattlemen, friends and relatives across the country were offered as a reward for tips leading to his whereabouts. After a year, a committee handling the funds made a decision to channel the money to Manitoba youth for the purpose of starting their own purebred herd.
More funds were raised at auctions during a couple of Manitoba Beef Producer’s Annual Meetings 2010 & 2011 making it possible to continue this worthwhile cause in his memory.
Grant invested a lot of energy in actively helping youth get started in the business and this seemed the most fitting way to utilize the funds. The complete story of Grant Moffat and the past winners can be seen at grantmoffat.com