2003 Malting barley quality competition district winners chosen

Fourteen district winners for two-row malting barley and six-row malting barley have been chosen in the Barley Development Council’s 2003 Malting Barley Quality Competition (MBQC). The two-row winners for Alberta/B.C. are: John and Joan Mezei of Bow Island; James and Eileen Stanger from Drumheller; and Roy Mattson from Sylvan Lake. No six-row winner was named for Alberta/B.C. Two-row winners for Saskatchewan are: Roger Pinche and Linden O’Grady from Moose Jaw; Lucien and Joanne Monette from Neville; Ron and Glenda St. John from Kindersley; Darwin Kells from Elfros; Keith and Morene Yaworski from Viscount; and Ed and Chad Daubenfeld from St. Brieux. Saskatchewan six-row winners are: Allan and Karen MacDougall from Francis; Ed and Jane Fielder from Spalding; and Peter and Doug McLean from Melfort. The two-row winners for Manitoba are Tom and Laureen Fingas from Inglis. The Manitoba six-row winner is Sean Katchin from Angusville.

“We had a record number of entries in the competition this year and the judges had their work cut out for them, with many high quality samples from which to select the district winners,” said President and CEO of the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute and MBQC committee chair, Dr. Erin Armstrong. “The purpose of the competition is to encourage and acknowledge the production of top quality malting barley in western Canada, and the BMBRI congratulates this year’s winners and thanks all those who sent in samples.”

The district winners are invited to participate in a winners program at Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 23 and 24, 2003. The program includes a sponsors reception, awards breakfast and tour of Agribition.

“Last year, judges named only the provincial winners and a grand champion because, due to the drought, there weren’t enough samples to name district winners. This year’s competition is much broader because the weather has been a bit more cooperative,” said chair of the Barley Working Group at the Brewers of Canada, Scott Brown. “The Brewers of Canada congratulate all those who take the effort to create world class malting barley, and especially those who are judged to be the best of the best.”

Barley industry experts will judge the district winners’ entries. The provincial winners and grand champion will be announced on November 24. These winners will be invited to come on a tour of malting barley facilities in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, B.C. in early March 2004.

The Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), a strong promoter of Canadian field crops domestically and internationally, is organizing all winners’ programs in the 2003 MBQC and is proud to be involved with the Barley Development Council in the promotion and organization of the competition.

Sponsors of the 2003 Malting Barley Quality Competition include: Gold – The Brewers of Canada and Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute; Silver – Agricore United, Canadian Grain Commission, Canadian Wheat Board and Prairie Malt Limited; Bronze – A.C. Toepfer (Canada) Ltd., BARI Canada Inc., Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, Cargill Ag Horizons, Quality Assured Seeds, SeCan Association, Seed-Ex Inc.; and Supporter – Hetland Seeds, N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited, North East Terminal, Parrish & Heimbecker, Ltd., Pioneer Grain Company Ltd., Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and South West Terminal.

The Barley Development Council is an umbrella organization that includes representatives from all aspects of the barley and malting industry in Western Canada. Its goal is to promote development of the western Canadian barley industry.

For further information contact:
Dr. Erin Armstrong
Chair, Malting Barley Quality Competition Committee
Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute
Phone: (204) 927-1407
E-mail: info@bmbri.ca