The 14th annual Cattle Round-Up, presented by the DTHR Foundation and Landmark Homes, is set to make a big impact for individuals across the David Thompson Health Region. Each year farmers, ranchers and city residents donate calves, feed, vet supplies and cash. Once the calves reach market weight, the animals are then sold, with the proceeds going to support health services throughout the region.
These cattle are now ready for market, and were sold at a special dinner and auction on Aug. 21, at Westerner Park Harvest Centre.
The Cattle Round-Up project truly benefits all central Alberta communities. Last year, the $178,000 raised at the event was used to purchase high-tech, point-of-care computers for securely accessing health information in patient homes or at clinics throughout the region. This year, funds will go towards lab enhancement in Sundre, Olds, Rimbey, Innisfail, Rocky Mountain House, Lacombe, and Ponoka. New and enhanced chemistry analyzers will help identify health concerns more effectively and with a faster turnaround time. They will increase capacity to a menu of 23 different tests that can be done right in these communities rather than in Red Deer.
This year’s live auction included 50 steers, in addition to other items such as a limited edition Robert Bateman print complete with an invitation to a private reception with the renowned artist, a willow patio set handcrafted by a local artist and a load of gravel delivered to any location as well as many others.
Individuals and corporations can still get involved and make a difference. Call the DTHR Foundation office at (403) 343-4773 to find out how you can participate.