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Aberdeen Angus World P.O. Box 177, Stavely, Alberta T0L 1Z0 Phone: (403)549-2234 Fax: (403)549-2207 email: Internet Location:

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"Official Publication of the Canadian Angus Association"

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Dave Callaway Editor/Publisher

Jan Lee

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Canadian Angus Association Breed Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Canadian Angus Association CEO Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Canadian Angus Association - Commercial Fieldmen . . . . . . . . . . 61 Canadian Angus Association President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Canadian Angus Association Registration Department . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Canadian Angus Association Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Canadian Angus Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Canadian Angus Junior Ambassador . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tag Program . . . . . . . . . . . 93, 94 Canadian Junior Angus Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Provincial Angus Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Feature Articles Focus on Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manitoba Annual General Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manitoba Commercial Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manitoba Purebred Breeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . On Target in Ontario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Packet Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pregnancy Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Dorran Honoured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Top 100 Registrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Top 100 Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Top 100 Transfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . US Restrict Use of Antibiotics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wine Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Dave’s Desk

e cattle business is a lot more fun to be involved in than it has been for quite some time. It is refreshing to see a more relaxed, positive atmosphere at livestock functions the past few months. e dramatic rise in calf prices last fall will give cow-calf producers and those affected by that sector a chance to re-group and look forward to better times. Overall things are very positive and those involved with Angus cattle, either commercial Angus or purebred breeders have reason to be very positive.

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My sixty mile an hour drive by view of the situation is that there is a shortage of beef. It will continue to be like that for some time as we have not started rebuilding cow numbers at this point. Angus enthusiasts should be particularly excited as along with beef being in short supply, there is shortage of high end beef in this country as well as the United States. Breeders who have paid attention to carcass traits, one of the strong characteristics of the Angus breed, will ultimately be rewarded. ere may be some delay on this as the beef shortfall forces the industry to accept lesser quality cattle in order to fill commodity beef requirements. Producers whom retain ownership through to the packing plant will know, there are premiums for the higher quality carcass. ere are many, many stories of producers discovering the advantage of paying attention to carcass traits when selecting herd bulls. ose whom are most aware are those

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who retain ownership through slaughter, they know immediately the capability of their herd. I suggest that if you have not included carcass considerations in your bull selection, now would be a good time to start. I am not implying that these traits should be highly focused upon, but that they are in the mix. ere are a multitude of Angus bull sales on the calendar for this spring. e breeders represented on the pages of this issue would be more than happy to discuss your needs, talk to them, they know their cattle and will be able to help with you with your bull selections. Look forward to seeing you this spring.

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e Kotelko family wanted to add value to their small family grain farm near Vegreville. ey have created an environmentally sustainable operation, a branded beef program and most importantly, a profitable enterprise. Even in its early days, the Kotelko family’s farm was fairly progressive. A 1983 decision to buy calves to add value to the family grain farm turned out to be one of the wisest business decisions the Kotelko family ever made. Bern Kotelko decided to purchase 50 Angus and 50 Hereford calves in an attempt to add value to the farm. That decision resulted in Highland Feeders, the 35,000 head capacity feedlot and cattle ranch that Bern runs today with his brother Mike. Highland Feeders is one of three companies that evolved from the Kotelko family grain farm. Bern’s son Peter is head engineer for Growing Power, Canada’s first integrated biorefinery which converts manure into bio gas energy and odorless bio fertilizer.

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Growing Power not only produces enough power to sustain the ranch operations, they produce a surplus of energy that powers more than 3,000 homes. The third company that the Kotelko family operates is Spring Creek Ranch, a hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus beef program. Twelve years ago, the family saw consumer demand for organic, natural, traceable beef and began working with producers and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to meet that demand. When Bern’s daughter Kirstin graduated from university in 2005, her father handed her the responsibility of marketing and distributing the family’s branded beef product to the consumer marketplace. Bern provided no direction

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to Kirstin, just hormone- and antibiotic-free traceable beef as the foundation to build the program upon. Kirstin worked with producers raising Angus cattle, knowing that superior quality was just as important to consumers as beef raised without hormones and antibiotics. There is consumer demand for Angus beef, and Spring Creek Ranch saw production benefits as well. For example, the increased AAA grading provided by the Angus cattle allowed Spring Creek Ranch to target high-end retailers and restaurants. Angus cattle also offered a more consistent carcass weight and required fewer days on feed, resulting in decreased costs.

These advantages have been especially important in allowing the Spring Creek Angus beef program to grow. It is challenging for hormone- and antibiotic-free beef to compete with commodity beef for consumer dollars. For that reason, says Bern, Spring Creek targets discerning consumers who are looking for a higher quality product and who are willing to pay more for it. Despite the company’s rigorous protocols that include Angus genetics, dietary restrictions, no added hormones, additives, antibiotics or steroids, accountability and traceability, the Kotelkos have a good network of producers that adhere to the protocols. “Producers are more technologically savvy,” explains Kirstin. “They’re keeping better records and there is a shift in their mentality. They’re seeing that it’s not so hard to keep records and that the extra effort and return is profitable for them.”

Spring Creek Ranch has recently partnered with XL/Lakeside, a Canadian packing plant, to expand their beef program. The partnership will allow Spring Creek to grow their producer network, make more product available to Canadian consumers and will allow for some international expansion to locations such as China. They predict that their output will quadruple in 2012. Currently, fresh and frozen Spring Creek Angus beef can be found in Canada Safeway stores and frozen beef products can be found in Co-op stores, Sobeys and Save-on Foods. A number of Alberta restaurants also carry Spring Creek Angus beef. The partnership will allow for expansion of the fresh product offerings to Canadian consumers.

While Spring Creek Ranch is enjoying success, they continue to plan for expansion and even more success. “My hope for Spring Creek Ranch,” says Kirstin, “is that it encourages the next generation to consider entering agriculture or taking over the family farm.” She is very proud of the work that Spring Creek Ranch has done to provide a different option for producers to market cattle. “Spring Creek Ranch has been a member of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program for two years. Our customers have responded very positively to this endorsement. We know that being a member has been valuable for our brand marketing and has helped us garner new markets. We encourage producers to participate in the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tag program.” For more information, including locations to purchase Spring Creek Angus beef, visit If you are interested in marketing cattle into the program, call Bern at (780) 762-2466 or the Spring Creek Ranch office at (780) 436-0335. by Tina Zakowsky, Michael Latimer

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In big ranch country, there’s an image of Ontario cattle feeders, according to one of the largest, who buys 100,000 head per year and maintains 15,000 on feed with partners. “They think about a grungy old broken down set of barns, some guy feeding whole shell corn and taking his time to finish a few hundred head,” says Ken Schaus, of Schaus Land & Cattle Co., Elmwood, Ontario. “The truth is, we have all the latest equipment, electronic ID systems, ultrasound and scales for precision feeding. We can work with ranchers to return individual data.” Although the Canadian Livestock Tracking System could, conceivably, interface with other systems to provide final carcass data on any cattle in the country—no

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matter where they were fed—that would be of limited value, Schaus notes. “You would not know if they were fed in a high-efficiency program or somewhere that took much more time and feed, so it would not tell you much. The surest way to really understand your cattle is to build relationships, he says: “We partner with some western ranchers already, and some who use Angus bulls.” For the most part, however, Schaus buys full interest from the ranchers, seasonally putting a few thousand head out on rotational grazing paddocks and sometimes sharing ownership with cooperating feeders in the area, and sending thousands more to feeders in Quebec. “In feedlot alley in southern Alberta, a lot of buyers work on averages, so we can often buy the very best strings of cattle away for a buck or two above the second-best cattle. And we like to buy the very best cattle,” Schaus says. How they can afford the freight, you wonder. A basis on finished cattle of $8 to $15 per hundredweight (cwt.) better in Ontario vs. Alberta, and backhauling on convertible semi-trailers for less than a $.10/cwt.

Schaus and his father, Wally, spent time and fed cattle with friends in another feedlot alley in southwest Kansas, and used to send many loads of finished cattle to U.S. packers before the international market upheavals of the early 2000s. They’re left with a dedication to efficiently feeding what packers want, and doing so under roofs right through winter snows. “We’re 20 to 35 miles off Lake Huron, so we can get two feet of lake-effect snow and more the next day,” Schaus says. “But we are set up to handle it; if we get that much snow by 7 a.m., we would still feed cattle without any loss of time or performance.” The individual ultrasound scan and monthly pen weighing year-round allow a computer to shave an average of 10 days off the end of the feeding period, compared to just visual guesswork, Schaus figures. “That really helps our cutability,” he adds. Finished cattle go mostly to Cargill, and mostly on live cash bids adjusted upward to include a standing premium for that high-tech system of feeding rather than any specific quality or cutability premium. “They know our cattle and what we’re sending them, and that history is reflected in our prices,” Schaus says. At least 60% of the cattle they feed are Angus-type, and those tend to go 85 to 90 percent AAA grade, some of them hitting a fair number of Primes as well. “We got in 200 Angus feeders from a Manitoba ranch in January,” Schaus says. “The ranch retained half interest and will get data back from us.” Eight loads of other cattle came in the next day, three to a customer buying early for grazing, another load of heifers for a customer who will breed half and feed half, the rest to fill an order for a 600-head local feeder. “I think we have good Angus genetics in western Canada—performance overall is phenomenal,” Schaus says. “If there’s a problem, it is unknown management and health program coming in. We scan in the birthdates before they even get on the scales but don’t know the genetics and health.

“Watching the video sales, I see cattle in the Dakotas selling with very specific details on vaccines, weaning and program, when they got what,” he notes. “In Canada we get the razzamatazz, ‘they’ve had all their shots,’ so we waste some time and money on shots because our herds just aren’t as vaccinated.” Consumer demand is moving toward higher grading product, says Schaus, although a significant population retains an “ethnic European” appreciation for lean over marbling. “In the U.S., consumers have become conditioned to look for Choice or better, but that is not as far along here. “When I go to the store and see the Certified Angus Beef ® brand area of the case, it is always the most premium appearing display in the store,” he says. “It is the program everybody else compares to.” As for the national percentage of Angus influence in Canadian cattle, Schaus says it could be higher than

the one-third portion often used as an estimate. “Half of our cows out there could be black, but many are still producing crossbred, yellow or smoky steers. If the market started to reward premium Angus beef more openly, we could see a big change in calf genetics in three years.” He welcomes inquiries about partnering, to include individual data. “I don’t know why we wouldn’t want to work into more relationships, especially with the dollar value in cattle today,” Schaus says. It may have been different when live cattle were trading for 50 or 60 cents and there were losses everywhere. Now, each animal can generate so many more dollars, we need to work together and use these tools to make our cattle better.” by Steve Suther

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Achieving profit and success in today’s cattle industry can be challenging, but for one young enthusiastic family operation located in Southern Saskatchewan, it is something that they have worked towards all their lives. Using Angus genetics, education, family unity and hard work has been the key to success for Saskatchewan Angus Association’s Commercial Producer of the year - The Packet Brothers - Dexter, Darcy and Kory Packet of Lafleche, Saskatchwan. The Packet Brothers are a third generation operation located in Southern Saskatchewan using both Red and Black Angus as the backbone of their herd. The Packet Brothers operate on 10,000 acres of land with half being farmed and half being pasture and hay. Their cattle operation has seen steady expansion and they will see 325 mother cows calve in 2012 - All of which are of at least half Angus blood. Like many farming and ranching families the Packets faced the challenges of mutigenerational transfer and working together as a family unit. The matriarchs of the family are Ken and Wenda Packet, known to many as Packet Land & Cattle Company. When Ken and Wenda began their family, they certainly did not waste any time...

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having four boys born in two and a half years! The twins came first, Darcy and Dexter, shortly after Troy arrived followed by the youngest, Kory. All four boys grew up loving the rural life. The elder Packets instilled a strong work ethic, with all four boys completing secondary educational programs. Dexter is a Journeyman Mechanic, Darcy a Journeyman Machinist. Kory has a Degree in Survey Engineering Technology and Troy earned an Agriculture Economics Degree. While all four boys have a deep bond with the land and cattle, it is Dexter, Darcy and Kory that made the decision to take over the family operation. Troy is still involved and owns a few cattle, but lives in Wetaskawin, Alberta where he works as an Agriculture Territory Manager with the TD Bank. As the Packet brothers grew up and graduated all three of them worked off farm to supplement their incomes, while working towards making Packet Brothers their full time occupation. In the past, Dexter worked at Case I H in Assiniboia, and Darcy worked as a Foreman at Kramer in Regina. For the time being, Kory is still employed off the farm and is lucky enough to have a position close to home as a Regional Ag Water Technologist with Agriculture Canada. Although Kory’s position

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keeps him from being involved in some of the day to day operations of the ranch, it has proven to be a real asset as well. Kory is the one who is involved in further education programs pertaining to cattle production. One such improvement that Kory orchestrated was to sustain a reliable water source at the main yard site. “We were always fighting to maintain water supply on dry years, so we drilled a well 1400 feet down to the Judith Basin aquifer, which now ensures a consistent, reliable water supply”. Both Dexter and Darcy now work full time on the farm. Seven years ago, Dexter purchased a yard close to the home place where his parents lived at the time. About three years ago, Darcy moved into the main yard and the house that the boys grew up in. Ken and Wenda decided it was time to let the younger generation take the reins, so they moved into a house in the nearby town of Lafleche. Ken still remains a partner with Darcy and Dexter in the grain farming side of the operation and is on hand whenever needed to help with the cattle. However, all decisions concerning the cattle operation are now made by Dexter, Darcy and Kory, now known as Packet Brothers. When the transition happened, Ken made the wise decision to build a fully functioning and heated bunk house at the main

yard. This bunkhouse has been a real asset. It acts as a headquarters for ranching and farming activities and meetings, and allows all members of the operation to work at the main yard without having to constantly enter the main home now occupied by Darcy, his wife and their three young boys. All three of the Packet brothers are married with young children. Their wives all work off farm but are always on hand, along with Grandfather Elvin Mitchell, to help out during the busy times such as harvest and branding. The Packet Brothers commercial cattle operation is owned and managed by Dexter, Darcy and Kory Packet. All decisions are made jointly. Dexter and Darcy both commented that “It is not without a fight at times! However, in the end two of us always end up agreeing, and the third has no choice but to go along!” Both Dexter and Darcy agree that they see Kory as the “more financially responsible” of the three, and his input brings balance to the operation. Darcy and Dexter say “ Our desire for improvement and building for the future can sometimes lead to higher expenses, however Kory’s desire to maintain profit in all areas keeps the operation in check” This three man team seems to be working, as they see increasing success with their cattle herd. Dexter and Darcy handle all of the day to day work and they tend to make most of the cattle selection decisions. Darcy and Dexter share a very close bond as most twins do. “We tend to think alike. We can both walk into a pen of bulls or heifers and come out with the same picks every time.” Dexter says. Their selection criteria for both bulls and females are very similar. When they select a bull for their herd there are a few priorities. Dexter continues “Our bulls must produce superior replacement females so we do concentrate on a bull with strong maternal genetics. We also focus on fleshing ability and feed efficiency, moderate frame with extra capacity and good hip shape and muscling. We choose bulls with higher weaning weights as we feel it is a strong indication of their mother’s ability. Also weaning is the age we market our steer calves at, so we like to see this weight relatively high. We like to purchase genetics from a bull that stamps their calves, which indicates to us that the sire line will produce consistent results.” Another word of advice they give is to buy a bull when you find him, not when you need him. You should never pass up a bull that fits your needs and your budget, just because you may not need him at that particular time. They have made very good purchases this way. “We always like to take the time prior to a

sale to select a bull; we never buy a bull we have not selected prior to a sale. It may take a little more time to do the research but it will be well worth your while.” They also cannot stress enough “It is very important to buy from programs that have similar goals in their own breeding programs. And from reputable programs that are willing to back up their product. We are very lucky to have access to such programs in our immediate area and we have gained much from using the right genetics in our herd” “Even when we select a Simmental Bull, we are searching for one with that ‘Angus Look’ focusing on maternal traits. Therefore, our Simmental bulls tend to be more moderate and efficient than some would expect” Dexter says. The Packet Brothers buy only yearling bulls for their operation. “We feel that it is easier to judge a yearling bull’s true merit. At a year of age, bulls show the most realistic representation of their potential. Lots of times a bull can be substandard as a yearling, but by two years old can look pretty darn good. This can be deceiving and not represent their true siring potential” Darcy tells us, “We sell our best heifers every year as bred heifers and keep the remaining females in our own herd.” One reason we are able to do this year after year and maintain a strong cow herd is because of our herd bull selection. We tend to spend a little more money on herd bulls to make sure that the ones we use in our herd meet our needs”. One important decision the Packet Brothers made years ago was to sell their females as bred heifers rather than heifer calves. “Several years ago, we decided to enter the bred heifer market, as we were constantly seeing our heifer calves about .20 cents off of our steers when sold off the cows in the fall, and we wanted to find a way to increase profits in that area. We had our herd at a place where we were confident in their maternal abilities, so we felt that our bred females could be an asset to other programs” Dexter says. They also began purchasing quality Angus replacement heifer calves and adding them to the herd. They winter their own heifer calves, breed them to reputable calving ease Angus bulls and offer “only the very best” of them for sale as bred heifers in December. They bring the bred heifers in off grass about a month before they sell them, but since efficiency is bred into their females, they find that we do not need to feed them much extra to maintain their condition prior to sale. The success of this program is well proven. The Packet Brothers sold around 50 Red Angus and Red Angus cross females the fall of 2011 and averaged $1870 a head with a high of $2000 a head. They also sold Black Angus females

for as high as $2000 last fall. Even in past “tougher” cattle markets, Packet Brothers heifers have topped both the Six Mile and Peak Dot Commercial Customers Bred Heifer Sales. The Packet Brothers try to maintain contact with the buyers of their bred heifers and feel it is important to back up their product. This has led to mostly repeat customers and great demand for their bred females. In 2012 the Packet Brothers will calve out 325 females and have a replacement heifer pen of 100+ head. All mother cows are at least half blood Angus with closer to three quarters of them being of full Angus blood, both Red and Black. They try to make sure the replacement females they keep are straight Angus – Red or Black. This allows them to maintain the strong maternal traits of the Angus mother cow in their herd. The straight Angus cows are bred Simmental and the F1 Cross Simmental/Angus females are bred back Angus. They chose Angus as their breed of choice for many reasons but the main ones are their maternal superiority, calving ease, natural mothering ability, feed efficiency and vigour at birth. Darcy comments “Our cows must fend for themselves for the most part. They are never fed grain. If they cannot produce big healthy calves, hold their body condition and breed back on their own, then we replace them” They also commented that since focusing on Angus genetics and putting more emphasis on herd bull selection, they have seen decreased cull rates in their herd, which is an important profit factor for any cattle operation. All steer calves are sold off of the cow in the fall and consistently average between 650 and 675 lbs. These steers always bring a premium no matter where or how they have been marketed in the past. The Packet Brothers use both Red and Black Angus genetics in their herd. They say they may profit a little more on their Black steer calves when sold at auction in the fall, but the higher returns they see from their Red bred heifers more than makes up for it. “We see a very profitable return, no matter what color of Angus we use.” Dexter comments. The Packet Brothers are living proof of how one cattle operation is using Angus genetics to achieve success in agriculture. Their program is also a shining example of how the dynamic of a multi- family operation can be a real asset in a profitable farming and ranching program. Congratulations on being named Saskatchewan Angus Commercial Producer of the Year!

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U.S. to Restrict use of Cephalosporin Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an order to restrict the extra label or unapproved use of cephalosporins, a popular class of antibiotics used in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys beginning April 5, 2012. The action was taken as many researchers believe overuse of the drug may contribute to the growing threat in people of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment. Cephalosporins are among the most common antibiotics prescribed in humans to treat pneumonia, strep throat and skin and urinary tract infections. For large animals, they include brands like Excenel. The U.S. restrictions should have no impact on how these products are used in the beef industry in Canada

however, according to Dr. Mike Jelinski of Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, AB, as the VDD (Veterinary Drug Directorate) label claim in this country has always been more restrictive with this class of antibiotics than in the U.S. In the U.S. they want to ensure the drugs are not being used extra-label which specifically includes the following: · using cephalosporin drugs at unapproved dose levels, frequencies, durations, or routes of administration; · using cephalosporin drugs in cattle, swine, chickens or turkeys that are not approved for use in that species (e.g., cephalosporin drugs intended for humans or companion animals or using a product approved for use in one species

in another species); · using cephalosporin drugs for disease prevention. The following exceptions to the prohibition apply: · Extralabel use of approved cephapirin products in food-producing animals; · Use to treat or control an extralabel disease indication, as long as this use adheres to a labeled dosage regimen (i.e., dose, route, frequency, and duration of administration) approved for that particular species and production class; and · Extralabel use in food-producing minor species, such as ducks or rabbits.

DG29 Bovine Pregnancy Tests Now Available From Genex in Canada Genex Cooperative, Inc. is marketing the DG29™ bovine pregnancy test in Ontario, Western Canada and the Maritimes. DG29 is an easy-to-use blood pregnancy test allowing producers to draw blood samples from their cattle on the farm or ranch, forward samples to a certified laboratory, and receive pregnancy diagnosis results quickly and accurately via fax or email. The DG29 test, conducted Monday through Friday at Conception Laboratories in Beaumont, Quebec, utilizes ELISA technology to detect a specific pregnancy-related protein within the bovine’s blood sample. Based on the

presence or lack of presence of a pregnancy-related protein, positive (pregnant) or negative (open) results are reported. DG29 has been shown to be over 98.7% percent accurate according to research published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal. For best results, the test should be conducted on cows or heifers 29 days or more post breeding. Cows must also be at least 90 days post calving before blood samples are collected. The DG29 test kits can be purchased in 24, 96 and 288-test packages. To purchase test kits or make inquiries about the test, contact your local Genex representative or call the Genex office in Guelph at 888-354-4622.

“This agreement between Genex and Conception for the commercialization of the DG29 test in the Canadian market is a logical extension of the partnership we already have in place with Genex and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) in the U.S. market,” says Dr. Paul Rouillier, president of Conception. “The DG29 test is proving to be a tremendous reproduction tool on many farms and ranches. Dairy and beef producers throughout the U.S. have increasingly accepted DG29 as a method of early pregnancy diagnosis,” adds Tom Bjelland, vice president of strategic market development.

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Focus on Quality: Everything to Gain By Steve Suther, Director of Industry Information, Certified Angus Beef LLC


This year could be the tipping point, a time when commercial Angus ranchers in Canada take notice of changes in the market that can put them more in the driver’s seat than ever before. Provided they take action. North America is one market in many respects and, except for a few hiccups 10 years ago, that is increasingly true for beef and cattle. The U.S.-based Certified Angus

Beef ® (CAB®) brand has been part of the Canadian market for 20 years or more, but its impact on producers is just starting. First as a brand of beef in Canada during the early 1990s, CAB built a base that led to licensing plants in Alberta to process Canadian cattle by the end of that decade. That started to develop more demand for high-quality Angus cattle. It would take another decade to really focus on a definition of “high quality,” and for the market to start paying a premium so that commercial producers would even care about it. Now, when the gloomy ranching recession is fading and cattle prices have jumped to historical highs, this is the perfect time to take action to keep the future looking bright. It starts with the realization that high quality means high marbling, and the ability to hit the upper AAA and Prime quality grades. What can you do to move your herd in that direction and reap the benefits?

How the CAB program works The leading brand of fresh beef worldwide is a nonprofit that owns neither cattle nor beef, but just a few trademarks. It is funded entirely by licensed packers across North America, governed by a board of producers and driven by its mission to add value to Angus cattle. It can only do that by adhering to 10 strict beef quality standards and employing an entire division to make sure all product advertised as the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, really is just that, Angus beef at its best® . Yes, that’s a CAB trademark, and you can find out “where to buy” in Canada at Without those quality standards, very little, if any value could be added to Angus cattle. In fact, CAB started when an Angus producer dined on a poor quality steak advertised as “Angus.” Literally 100 or more other “Angus” brands are out there today and the number is growing. But only those drawing on premium (AAA or Prime) beef can earn significant premiums for cattlemen.

Will the GMX test results enter into EPD calculations? Because of the targeted nature of its features regarding the trait offering and the scope of markers, as Who is the target user of GeneMax? well as the commercial Angus and Angus-influenced The target user is commercial cattlemen with an populations of defined use -GMX predictions are not Angus-based cowherd using registered Angus bulls. integrated into American Angus Association Cattle feeders partnering on progeny from these herds genomic-enhanced EPDs and should not be used on comprise another potential set of users. registered animals. The tool is not intended to replace any of the existing DNA products on the market for use How will commercial cattlemen use the test? in characterizing registered Angus cattle. GMX gives cattlemen another tool to make selection and marketing decisions, beginning as early as the first How can an Angus breeder utilize GeneMax as a Why is CAB entering the genomics arena? The Supply Development Division of CAB is charged day of a calf’s life. Replacement heifer candidates can marketing tool to their customers? Simply making bull customers aware of the new test with continually working to help Angus producers increase be tested and the results incorporated with other their ability and incentive to qualify cattle for the brand. selection criteria to determine which females should be and how it could improve their herds would be the first Research proves the more CAB branded product sold, retained in the herd. Potentially, the entire cowherd can step. Other ideas might include offering to help with the more it fulfills its mission of adding value to registered be tested and GMX results used as a guide for mating testing procedures or costs for key customers, or helping Angus cattle. That’s why continued growth of supply is decisions. In addition, feeder cattle can be tested and organize a sale for GMX-tested commercial heifers from critical. Marbling, the top reason Angus-type cattle fail to results used as a management and marketing tool for your bull customers’ herds. Visit with your regional manager or anyone on the CAB supply development meet CAB requirements, is highly heritable; therefore, capturing added value. team with your interests or questions. significant progress can be made through genetic selection. Fitting into both the CAB “Best Practices” How will the GMX results be communicated? The genomic results will be applied to economic How does a commercial producer order the tests, strategy and the American Angus Association’s Long Range Plan to provide genomic tools to commercial users weighting factors for quality grade and feedlot gain what type of sample is required, and what is the of registered Angus bulls, the CAB board sees GMX as a values. For each animal tested, a GMX Score ranging cost? from 1 to 100 (marbling and gain combined) will be Tests will be ordered through the AAA Login at the logical step in the evolution of our efforts. provided, along with a separate set of percentile-based Association website, Commercial What are the benefits of GMX to the AAA values from 1 to 5 for each of the two traits. Visit cattlemen with a registered and transferred Angus bull for examples or call will use their affiliate code and obtain a password from membership? AAA. Cattle feeders or others who may need a code In addition to growing supply for the CAB brand, GMX 1-800-225-2333 for information. and password may contact the Association at is a value-added service for the membership of the 816-383-5100. Blood is the preferred sample to run the American Angus Association and, specifically, their GMX test but other types of samples are acceptable. registered bull customers. Being Angus-specific, GMX Examples and order forms of approved collection provides another feature to commercial cattlemen with devices are available on the web. The cost is $17 per high-percentage Angus herds. Not only does the test head. have the potential to add value to commercial females

What is GeneMaxTM? An Angus-specific DNA tool for commercial cattle, GeneMax can help producers profitably increase the supply of cattle qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) partnered with Pfizer Animal Genetics to develop the value-priced genomic test. GeneMax (GMX) is designed for evaluating high-percentage (>75%) Angus females and feeder cattle on the two traits most specific to hitting the CAB brand target: marbling and post-weaning gain.

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sired by Angus bulls, but it allows feedyard managers to realize the added value of high-percentage Angus feeder cattle in line with achieving CAB grid premiums.

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No cost to participate You may have heard ads or commercials that close by saying, “no obligation.” They rarely go so far as to add, “no cost.” With CAB, there is nothing to sign up for, and you only participate because you believe it pays. Thousands of U.S. cattlemen are convinced it does pay, backed by their own experience and studies showing black Angus-influence calves bring $30 to $40 more per head than calves of other breeds at auction. That’s why they demand bulls with above average marbling, and that’s why the average EPD (expected progeny difference) for marbling doubled in 10 years to the .40 area. Marbling EPD for the most used sires stood at .61 last year in the U.S. And it is no coincidence that CAB acceptance shot up from 14% five years ago to 24% last year. EPDs in Canadian Angus bulls show marbling closer to where it was 10 years ago in the U.S., but then the market has not been as openly rewarding here. CAB acceptance in Canada has been in the area of 18%. Market signals can be hard to read, especially if you do not own the cattle through the finishing stage, but rewards at the end of the chain flow back to the ranch—eventually, and sooner if you develop relationships and partnerships on down the line. Remember that every new dollar in your industry comes from consumers, whom research shows pay more for well-marbled, tender, juicy, flavorful beef. Ready to invest? To the extent that this U.S.-proven idea takes root in Canada, you might notice something of a “cost” in that bulls with higher marbling will cost more. If you decide to give participate, don’t kid yourself that it can be done with bulls that simply show “positive” marbling. The bottom 5% of bulls in the U.S. still have a positive marbling EPD, a level right out of 1983. Many commercial Angus producers on both sides of the border will use the GeneMax™ tool, a new DNA test for marbling and growth developed by Pfizer for Angus Genetics Inc., and marketed through CAB. It costs $17 per head and can characterize your cowherd, or calves as early as day one. Cattle feeders say Canadian Angus can grow with the best of them already, and most of them have enough muscling. Keep working on those traits; keep improving those functional cows. Just add marbling to make some magic happen across your country. Investments in marbling will prime the pump and change your cattle for the better, to meet the demands from your ultimate

customer. That takes a degree of confidence in your breed and your open market, and that consumers will keep supporting a brand that lives up to its promises. Growing demand in Canada will increasingly move licensed CAB packers to pay premiums so they can meet that demand. Packers already pay more for better beef. Cattle feeders in Ontario have reported $2 to $3 per hundredweight premiums for high quality Angus, the higher end for CAB. An Alberta feeder said last summer that a CAB-accepted steer is always worth $50 more than a AA, all else being equal. And that was before demand more than doubled the price spread last fall. Sales of CAB in Canada have gone up every year since 2006, exceeding 34 million lb. in 2011 (see chart), up more than 5 million lb. in just one year. People want their money’s worth more than they want to spend less money. Increasingly, marbling will matter in Canadian Angus genetics. Producers are on the right track, stepping up CAB production even as overall beef production declined. Nearly half of CAB sold in Canada came from 60,000 commercial Angus Canadian cattle. That leaves a shortfall of at least another 60,000 head that could meet this growing demand, and of course, that means demand for the right kind of bull as well.

Fiscal Year 2011 Wrap-Up After 11 years as a part of the Canadian beef industry, the U.S.-based Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand reported growth across North America in the 2011 fiscal year. That’s the key to adding value for producers of high-quality black Angus cattle, says Larry Corah, CAB vice president for supply development. Demand for the brand had risen 56% since 2002 according to a Kansas State University study in 2011, and that helped the non-profit subsidiary of the American Angus Association achieve its fifth consecutive sales record. The 807 million pounds sold through the efforts of 15,000 licensees around the world, amounted to a 4% increase over the 2010 figure. Most CAB sectors saw increases, but the international and value-added divisions set records, the former selling 90 million pounds for a 13% increase and the latter with its 12.5% increase at 18.5 million pounds. Approximately 14.8 million head, or 63% of cattle finished on the continent last year, met the live qualifications for further evaluation. That was down a little with overall cattle supplies, but those certified for the brand increased slightly from the 3.5 million head in 2010. The net rise in supply for the record sales year comes from an acceptance rate edging toward 24%, its highest level since 1987.

We are looking forward to seeing you at these major sales. If you have any questions or need to be represented please give us a call.

Feb 20 Ole Farms Black & Red Angus Bull Sale at the farm Athabasca, AB Mar 2 17th Annual Cattleman’s Connection Black Angus Bull Sale, Brandon, MB Mar 3 7th Annual Cutting Edge Black Angus & Simmental Bull Sale, Rimbey Auction Mart, Rimbey, AB Mar 10 26th Annual LLB Spring Spectacular Bull & Female Sale at the Ranch, Erskine, AB Mar 16 Bowerman Bros, Nesset Lake Angus 7th Black Angus Bull Sale, Meadow Lake Auction, Meadow Lake, SK Mar 28 Right Cross Ranch’s 1st Annual Bull Sale, Kisbey, SK Mar 30 Triple J Farm, Jeannot’s Black Angus and Leveldale Polled Herefords 4th Annual Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Apr 5 Crowfoot Cattle Co Red & Black Angus Bull Sale at the ranch, Standard, AB Apr 10 103rd Lacombe Bull Show & Sale, Lacombe, AB Apr 13 Fertile Valley, David & Dennis Johnston Black Angus Bull Sale, Saskatchewan Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK Prairielane Bull & Female Sale, at the Apr 14 farm, Souris, MB 26th Rancher’s Choice Black Angus Bull Apr 23 Sale, Medicine Hat, AB Lazy E Bar Ranching Ltd, James & Apr 26 Wade Bleakley Black Angus Bull & Commercial Replacement Heifer Sale, Stettler Auction Mart, Stettler, AB


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The trademarked phrase that addresses black Angus producers is The brand that pays® — some $25 million a year in grid premiums alone in the U.S. The slogan can apply to you, if you take advantage of the Angus breed’s natural ability to marble by consciously selecting for more marbling. Out of nearly 15 million cattle evaluated to see if they qualify last year, 76% failed and in nearly every case, the reason was insufficient marbling. Research proves you do not need to give up ground on any other economic traits to add marbling. CAB is exclusive to black-hided cattle because the registries are separate in the U.S., and the brand is a subsidiary of the American Angus Association.

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W I N E “e Wine Syndicate” W I S D O M

First thing first, I want to wish everyone a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year. Sorry for the generic opening, but how else are you supposed to start an article fresh out of the gate in 2012? What I’m not going to do is bore you with nerdy wine facts about terrior, climate, elevation, cool ocean breezes and grape selection that I recently had a chance to learn on a vacation to wine country in California. Instead I will recommend something we all need to do more often and that is put together our wine syndicate. What’s this? Well, simply a group of people that enjoy variety in food, wine and entertaining. Here’s what needs to happen; you need a ring leader with a location and a time. Essentially what a wine syndicate is, is a party less the BUD Light, Bacardi Breezer’s and Gibsons. Get as many people from different walks of life as possible to bring a couple of their favourite bottles of wine, sit down, sample, sniff and learn. Also, let everyone tell you their story of why they love the particular wine they brought.

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Example – December 31, 2011 – you could call this a “New Year’s Party” (you don’t have to follow these rules exactly). The last wine syndicate of 2011 commences. Picture this, a couple of heavy equipment operators, a nurse, a Politician, a handful of cattlemen/farmers, a custom fencer, a film maker, a teacher, office professionals, and one of the most interesting 80 year old ladies I’ve ever met. This is a syndicate Bryan MacKenzie couldn’t even have put together! What we did was place all these people around 200 C fondue oil and not only did we ask the syndicate to bring wine, but also everyone brought a fondue ingredient. The ingredients ranged from pickerel to lobster, every kind of beef imaginable, pork, lamb and lots of everything in between. Most people I think have forgotten how to fondue, but this cooking practice actually allows for about 4 hours or more of monster wine tasting. I can honestly say during this go round we did not encounter a trashy wine, it was a night filled with wines that really blew my mind. It was almost like everyone prepared for an Italian wine showdown. We had Brunellos from a couple of producers ranging from 2004 – 2008 as well as a few straight Syrahs from Tuscany that were very close to the top of the pile. One of the wines that really surprised me that evening was a white, now to impress me with a white wine is something! This particular wine came from a California producer on the Sonoma Coast by the name of La Crema; not your typical run of the mill California Chardonay. Changing gears a little from Italy and the California Chardonay, the young nurse of the syndicate decided to show us a thing or two about wine and brought the heat with a South African blend in a very big, heavy, impressive bottle. If you seek this wine out you will understand what I mean, this wine was called Faith. It will blow minds in any crowd.

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There were only 2 California wines that evening, the white and this Francis Ford Coppola Zin blend called the Cinema (I wonder which syndicate member brought this?). This wine did not disappoint, it maybe wasn’t as good as The Godfather but not many wines win Academy Awards and Golden Globes. No, there will not be any tasting notes on all these wines, so the best thing for you to do is go grab any one of these bottles and share it with your next wine syndicate. Now at the top of the list are two 2004 Brunellos which are big time wines , I would go out on a limb and say when you come across a 2004 Brunello buy it. I think I could have made a great wine in that vintage. This isn’t Letterman’s top ten but it’s mine for the December 31, 2011 wine syndicate. 1. 2004 – Poggio Alle Mara, Brunello di Montalcino 2. 2004 – Frescobaldi, Brunello di Montalcino 3. 2009 – La Crema, Chardonay, Sonoma Coast 4. 2007 – Faith, Cab, Merlot, Pinotago – South Africa 5. 2006 – Perbruno, Syrah, Tuscany, Italy 6. 2008 – The Cinema, Zin blend, Sonoma California 7. 2006 – Poggio Alle Mura, Brunello di Montalcino 8. 2005 – Solista, Syrah, Tuscany, Italy 9. 2008 – Frescobaldi, Brunello di Montalcino 10.2006 – Tua Rita, Syrah, Tuscany, Italy Mike McDonald

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Steve Dorran Honoured At National Western - Denver, Colorado

The Record Stockman has named its 2012 Canadian Livestock Industry Leader of the Year to notable purebred livestock auctioneer Steve Dorran of Airdrie, Alberta. For more than 30 years, Dorran has been the principal auctioneer on most of the major purebred

sales in Canada and the U.S. At one time he did more than 200 sales a year, recently cutting back to 120. The seasoned marketer says, "It's probably as important to know the people you're selling to as the product you're selling. I try to visit my customers before


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their sale to take a look at the offering and get a feel for the customer's expectations. I recognize that it is my job to get the most money for each animal but in the end the market and the bidders influence the price." Dorran is well known at the major stock shows in both countries, having presided over the major sales at each one, at one time or another. He remarried in 2007 to Terri Lowe, who grew up on a commercial Angus ranch in Arthur, Nebraska. She handles all the bookings and travel arrangements for the busy auctioneer. Dorran's children are Ryan, a ringman and auctioneer in his own right of Didsbury, Alberta; Jeannie, getting a Master's degree in nutrition at the University of Alberta in Edmonton; Dusty, who works for a medical supply firm in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Robbie, an accountant in Calgary; and Jackie of Airdrie, who works for Alberta Food Processors. Record Stockman Editor Dan Green presented the award at Canada Night during the National Western Stock Show on January 15, 2011. Dorran was honoured at the Canadian reception and dinner ahead of the rodeo, organized by the Canadian consulate in Denver.

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Canadian Angus Association ~ 100 Top ‘Canadian Bred’ Sires by Progeny

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SAV Final Answer 0035 SAV Net Worth 4200 SAV Bismarck 5682 HF Tiger 5T SAV Iron Mountain 8066 Sitz Upward 307R SAV Pioneer 7301 Red Six Mile Sakic 832S Red Badlands Net Worth 23U Red Ter-Ron Fully Loaded 540R SAV 004 Density 4226 TC Aberdeen 759 Red Fine Line Mulberry 26P HF Kodiak 5R Red LJC Mission Statement P27 Mohnen Dynamite 1356 Double AA Old Post Bandolier SAV Carbon Copy 7664 SAV Heavy Hitter 6347 Red Lazy MC Kingman 16W GDAR Game Day 449 Crowfoot Equation 5793R SAV Eliminator 9105 Soo Line Motive 9016 SAV Heritage 6295 Sydgen Mandate 6079 LLB Free Wheeler 268S Red 6 Mile Full Throttle 171T GAR Predestined Remitall H Rachis 21R Rd Howe Magnum 169W Peak Dot Bold 204U HARB Pendleton 765 JH Limestone Darkhorse U322 Cudlobe in Focus 5S HA Image Maker 0415 Red Messmer Packer S008 Red Brylor Toast 30T SAV Wall Street 7091 Red Crowfoot Moonshine 808 Mytty in Focus Red Ter-Ron reload 703T S Chisum 6175 HF El Tigre 28U Red U-2 Dynamo 7021T SAV Four Seasons 5231 BC Eagle Eye 110-7 Red Howe Bold Edition 80T Southland Exclusive 62U Red Ter-Ron Realdeal 01W

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Canadian Angus Association ~ 100 Top Breeders by Registration #’s

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Peak Dot Ranch Ltd, Wood Mountain, SK Ole Farms Limited, Athabasca, AB Remington Land & Cattle, Del Bonita, AB David & Andrew Johnson, Peebles, SK Lee J. Brown, Erskine, AB Deer River Ranching, Patricia, AB MC Quantock Livestock Corporation, Lloydminster, AB Six Mile Red Angus, Fir Mountain, SK U-2 Ranch, Coaldale, AB Hamco Cattle Compnay, Glenboro, MB Hill 70 Quantock Ranch Limited, Lloydminster, AB South View Ranch, Ceylon, SK Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB Chuck Beasley, Duchess, AB Sewall Brothers, Patricia, AB Anchor 1 Angus, Mayerthorpe, AB Saskalta Farms Limited, Alsask, SK Stauffer Ranches, Pincher Creek, AB Fertile Valley Farms, Conquest, SK Jeannot Brothers, Whitewood, SK Jack A. Hart, Brookdale, MB Curtis & Maynard Boese, Sexsmith, AB Soo Line Cattle Company, Midale, SK Soderglen Ranches, Airdrie, AB Blairs.Ag Cattle Company, Lanigan, SK Christof & Erika Weder, Rycroft, AB Sandy Bar Ranch Limited, Aneroid, SK Collin A. Sauder, Hodgeville, SK Michael G. Rodgers, Warner, AB Cattle Creek Ranching Limited, Maple Creek, SK Rock or Shauna Smith, Mountain View, AB Southland Black Angus, Shaunavon, SK Ernest G. Gibson, Vermilion, AB Brian & Judy Sutter, Red Deer, AB Benchmark Farms Limited, Lethbridge, AB Flying K Ranch Limited, Swift Current, SK Red Rock Red Angus, Airidrie, AB Cy, Carolyn, Patrick & Bonnie Skinner, Englefeld, SK Sheidaghan Angus, Maple Creek, SK Wayne G. Grant, Killam, AB Prairielane Farms Limited, Souris, MB Crowfoot Cattle Company, Standard, AB Vikse Family Farm, Donalda, AB KFC Farms Limited, Abbotsford, BC David Bolduc, Claresholm, AB KBJ Round Farms, Clyde, AB Chapman Cattle Company, Stettler, AB Lewis Farms Limited, Spruce Grove, AB Danny Warrilow, Minburn, AB Johnny Johnsen, Spruce View, AB George, Michael & Shane Jarokosky, Lethbrdige, AB

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52 Clinton Smith, Mankota, SK 53 Remitall Farms, Olds, AB 54 Blades Angus, Nanton, AB 55 Black Meadows Angus, Melita, MB 56 Wesley Olynyk, Goodeve, SK 57 Mick & Debbie Trefiak, Edgerton, AB 58 Right Cross Ranch, Kisbey, SK 59 Joe & Sandy Banura, Duchess, AB 60 Tom M. Blacklock, Grandora, SK 61 F-R Angus, Hussar, AB 62 Merilee F. Greenslade, Hanna, AB 63 Justin Johner, Maidstone, SK 64 Deer Range Farms Limited, Stewart Valley, SK 65 C Dwernichuk, Cameron, Charlene & Chance Patterson, Foam Lake, SK 66 Brylor Ranch, Pincher Creek, AB 67 Stryker Cattle Company, Orion, AB 68 DKF Red Angus, Gladmar, SK 69 RSL Red Angus, Battleford, SK 70 Triple V Ranch, Melita, MB 71 Duralta Farms Incorporated, Vegreville, AB 72 Warren & Carmen Beck, Delburne, AB 73 Geis Angus Farm Limited, Barrhead, AB 74 Crowfoot Valley Ranch, Standard, AB 75 J, Reed Crapo, Gem, AB 76 Dennis C. Ericson, Wetaskiwin, AB 77 Dr. B.Z. Aylward, Dawson Creek, BC 78 H. Dyce Bolduc, Stavely, AB 79 R. Barry Young & Marj Young, Carievale, SK 80 Mitchell Merrill, Hillspring, AB 81 Greenbush Angus, Neepawa, MB 82 Ring Creek Farm, Fairview, AB 83 JAS Red Angus, Neepawa, MB 84 Rick Kuefler, Redwater, AB 85 Bob, Jill & Tee Jensen, Leader, SK 86 Cornell Farms, Devlin, ON 87 Wayne E. & Gillian Hughes, Lumby, BC 88 Leeuwenburg Red Angus, Lethbridge, AB 89 Jason George, Kenaston, SK 90 Trent & Janelle Liebreich, Radville, SK 91 Pahl Livestock, Medicine Hat, AB 92 Ferme Sage, Lac Sainte Marie, QC 93 Buck Lake Ranch, Kelowna, BC 94 Towaw Cattle Company Limited, Sangudo, AB 95 Jeff & Cindy Sznerch, Canora, SK 96 David Lamb, Swift Current, SK 97 David & Lynne Longshore, Stettler, AB 98 Dwayne Emery, Camp Creek, AB 99 Ivan Demmans, Meadow Lake, SK 100 Mabel & Gavin Hamilton, Innisfail, AB 101 Ben & Carol Tams, Taber, AB

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Mountain View Farms Limited, Swan River, MB Peak Dot Ranch Limited, Wood Mountain, SK KFC Farms Limited, Abbotsford, BC Lee J. Brown, Erskine, AB Kinared Stock Farm, Portage la Prairie, MB Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB Diamond B Ranches Limited, Livelong, SK David & Andrew Johnson, Peebler, SK Hirsche Angus, High River, AB Grant & Sharon Cooke, Blackie, AB Squaw Coulee Land & Cattle Limited, High River, AB Hill 70 Quantock Ranch Limited, Lloydminster, AB Hamco Cattle Company, Glenboro, MB Saskalta Farms Limited, Alsask, SK MC Quantock Livestock Corporation, Lloydminster, AB Koran Stock Farm, Islay, AB Ole Farms Limited, Athabasca, AB Wesley Olynyk, Goodeve, SK Southland Black Angus, Shaunavon, SK Lynn & JoAnne Bloom, Rockglen, SK Ringstead Ranch Limited, Millarville, AB Soo Line Cattle Company, Midale, SK Sandy Bar Ranch Limited, Aneroid, SK Brylor Ranch, Pincher Creek, AB South View Ranch, Ceylon, SK Six Mile Red Angus, Fir Mountain, SK Remington Land & Cattle, Del Bonita, AB Gordon C. Roger, Balgonie, SK Circle G Angus, Lacombe, AB U-2 Ranch, Coaldale, AB J. Reed Crapo, Gem, AB Glenn & Roberta Ceretzke, Tofield, AB Pahl Livestock, Medicine Hat, AB Hugh & MaryLee Wilkie, Tomahawk, AB Sewall Brothers, Patricia, AB Prairielane Farms Limited, Souris, MB Ernest G. Gibson, Vermilion, AB Ring Creek Farm, Fairview, AB Chapman Cattle Company, Stettler, AB Blairs.Ag Cattle Company, Lanigan, SK Brian & Judy Sutter, Red Deer, AB RSL Red Angus, Battleford, SK Jack A. Hart, Brookdale, MB Dennis C. Ericson, Wetaskiwin, AB Dan T. Howell, Lumsden, SK Fertile Valley Farms, Conquest, SK OK Angus, Melfort, SK David H.Pope, Penhold, AB Collin A. Sauder, Hodgeville, SK Flying K Ranch Limited, Swift Current, SK Duford Royal Cattle Company, Woodstock, ON

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52 Stauffer Ranches, Pincher Creek, AB 53 Wayne Boczulak, Ituna, SK 54 Prime Time Cattle, Nobleford, AB 55 KBJ Round Farms, Clyde, AB 56 Gary Harron, Allenford, ON 57 Deer River Ranching, Patricia, AB 58 Anchor 1 Angus, Mayerthorpe, AB 59 T-Bar Ranch, Ashern, MB 60 Donn & Karen Kraynick & Family, Canora, SK 61 Vikse Family Farm, Donalda, AB 62 Ossawa Angus Farms, Marquette, MB 63 Curtis & Maynard Boese, Sexsmith, AB 64 Dr. B.Z. Aylward, Dawson Creek, BC 65 Towaw Cattle Company Limited, Sangudo, AB 66 Blades Angus, Nanton, AB 67 Mick & Debbie Trefiak, Edgerton, AB 68 Dwayne Emery, Camp Creek, AB 69 Crowfoot Cattle Company, Standard, AB 70 Custom Cattle Company Incorporated, Eddystone, MB 71 Remitall Farms, Olds, AB 72 David Bolduc, Claresholm, AB 73 Jay Davis, Acme, AB 74 F0R Angus, Hussar, AB 75 David & Lynne Longshore, Stettler, AB 76 Crowfoot Valley Ranch, Standard, AB 77 Clinton Blair Morasch, Bassano, AB 78 Dryland Angus Farms, Cypress River, MB 79 Jeannot Brother, Whitewood, SK 80 Ivan Demmans, Meadow Lake, SK 81 Scott & Kerry Mulligan, Sunset House, AB 82 Harold Henderson, Wainwright, AB 83 Terry Adams, Forestburg, AB 84 Stauffer Farm Holdings, Eckville, AB 85 Dale Easton, Wawota, SK 86 Wayne G. Grant, Killam, AB 87 K Deen Angus Farm, Wetaskiwin, AB 88 Danny Warrilow, Minburn, AB 89 Stewart Cattle Company, Russell, MB 90 Reynold & Eleanor Bourdeaud’hui, Bruxelles, MB 91 DKF Red Angus, Gladmar, SK 92 C&L Warriner, Big River, SK 93 T.W. Armitage, Kinsella, AB 94 Justamere Farms Limited, Lloydminster, SK 95 McCaffrey Angus Farms, Edam, SK 96 C Dwernichuk, Cameron, Charlene & Chance Patterson, Foam Lake, SK 97 Mabel & Gavin Hamilton, Innisafail, AB 98 Warren & Carmen Beck, Delburne, AB 99 Mert Taylor, Maple Creek, SK 100 Lewis Farms Limited, Spruce Grove, AB 101 Russell & Cindy Sibbald, Beechy, SK

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Manitoba Angus Association Annual Meeting

Our Manitoba Angus Annual Meeting was held on January 7, 2012 at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, The meetings are held along with the 4 other Beef Breeds and we all join up at supper time for a banquet and entertainment. An enthusiastic group of Angus Breeders attended the meeting and along with the various reports.The Association continues to spend a large amount of their budget on Promotion and advertising in the newsletter, newspapers, radio, and website 2011 was a big year for the Manitoba Angus Board hosting the National Angus Meetings in June in Clear Lake and the National Angus Show in November at the Manitoba Livestock Expo. The Volunteers and Manitoba Angus Association 2112 Board


sponsorship from our Manitoba breeders and businesses was greatly appreciated. Canadian Angus President, David Bolduc, Alberta and new CEO Rob Smith gave a detailed report on the happenings at the Canadian Angus Association, informing us that registrations were up in 2011, the Canadian Angus have purchased land to build their office, the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program continues to grow, and it is important to get the Angus Green tags in your Angus Calves for marketability. Tag sales are up 11% for 2011 . Directors for the 2012 year are: Terms for 2 three year directors are: Ken Williams, Oak Lake and Larissa Hamilton, Glenboro were elected. Terms for 2 one year directors are Robert Shwaluk of Shoal Lake, and Bonnie Glasman of Russell. Junior Director: Naomi Best, Harding. Other directors still on the board are : Dan Van Steelandt, Melita;

Dallas Johnston, Brookdale; Allan Nykoliation, Crandall and Shawn Birmingham, Brandon. Canadian Director: Lois McRae of Brandon Commercial Producers for 2011 are Ja-Lyn Farms (Barry and Brenda Lowes and Glenn and Shelley Lowes and families of McAuley, MB Purebred Producers for 2011 are N7 Stock Farm, (Gerald and Wendy, Allan and Caroline and Cam and Kaitlyn Nykoliation) of Crandall. President Shawn Birmingham thanked our Retiring Directors: Ron Batho, Kent Topham and Doug Stamler for all their efforts over the years and his dedication to the Angus Breed. The new Executive for 2012 was elected with Shawn Birmingham, Brandon as President; Dallas Johnston, Brookdale as Vice-President. Arlene Kirkpatrick will continue as Secretary-Treasurer. Thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous donations to help put these meetings on. submitted by Lois McRae

front l-r: Lois McRae, Canadian Director, Brandon; Naomi Best, Harding; Arlene Kirkpatrick, Brandon Secretary-Treasurer; Larissa Hamilton, Glenboro back l-r: Allan Nykoliation, Crandall; Shawn Birmingham, President, Brandon; Dan Van Steelandt, Melita; Robert Shwaluk, Shoal Lake; Bonnie Glasman, Russell, Dallas Johnston, Vice President, Brookdale Missing: Ken Williams , Oak Lake.


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Manitoba Angus 2011 Commercial Producer

Ja-Lyn Farms Ltd. is a family oriented farm owned and operated by Barry and Glenn Lowes and their wives Brenda & Shelley. Barry and Brenda’s boys Justin and Nevin also work full time on the farm along with their families. Glenn and Shelley’s children, Brooke and Stacey, also work on the farm in the summer. This is when they aren’t at college in Vermillion, in Brooke’s case, or playing junior hockey in Stacy’s. They also employ one other full time farm hand. James and Evelyn Lowes settled on the home farm in 1962, with about 400 acres and a few cows. Over


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the bulls pulled from the cows at 70 days. They have been selling some of their bred heifers since they started this program. Calving season starts May 1st, on the grass. All the cattle are grazed on either our own land or pastures that are rented to them. Some of these cattle are looked after by the land owners or the local PFRA but most are checked by them. All the calves are weaned in November then back grounded in the feedlot until spring. The steers and the second cut heifers are put out on grass as yearlings, then finished in the feedlot and sold direct to the packing plant. The steers finish out from 1400-1500 lbs. from February to April and the heifers 1300 – 1500 lbs. in the same time. 75% or more of them grade triple A. Glenn and Barry find it very satisfying to see the uniformity and the consistency of the fat cattle when they are finished and shipped in semi load lots. Over the years they have found the Angus breed works well in their operation and they plan to continue to using them. The Lowes Family would like to thank the Manitoba Angus Association for choosing them as the Manitoba Angus Commercial Producers for 2011. submitted by Lois McRae

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Manitoba Purebred Breeder of the Year

N7 Stock Farm 2011 Manitoba Purebred Breeder of the Year N7 Stock Farm is owned and operated by Gerald and Wendy Nykoliation and family. The farm is located four miles south and two west of Crandall, Manitoba. The oldest son Allan and wife Carolyn along with grandsons Ty and Lane live three miles away, while youngest son Cameron and wife Kaitlin have just bought a farm at Douglas, Manitoba. Daughter Kim and husband Chris live and work in Shoal Lake,

although not directly involved in the operation, they enjoy coming out to help with the calves in the spring. The farm is mixed operation consisting of 350 commercial cows and 130 purebred Black Angus cows. All calves are retained and back grounded or finished out allowing them to evaluate performance and carcass data within their herd. In 1998 purebred Black Angus were added to the operation with the purchase of six bred heifers since then select females have been purchased , but the biggest influence on the herd as been through the use of AI as the majority of the purebreds are bred in that manner.


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Showing cattle has always been an important part of the operation with all the kids going through the 4-H program and participating in Junior Shows in three the prairie provinces.

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon was and is, a not to be missed event. This year Cameron won the All Breed Jackpot Heifer Show with a Net Worth daughter. In June the cattle were off to Manitoba Angus Gold Show in Manitou, Manitoba winning Grand Champion Female and Grand Champion Male. In July, the cattle were on the infamous Milk Run. In the fall, the Angus National Show was held in Brandon with the Net Worth bred heifer winning Junior Champion Female. Next was a trip to Agribition with exposure to a new market and to promote their herd, This was their first year to be at the Keystone Klassic Sale in Brandon, they were fortunate to have consigned the high selling Black Angus heifer calf with their other consigned heifer being chosen by Raina Syrnyk, a Junior recipient of the $ 2000. Grand Moffat Memorial Award which is used to purchase a purebred heifer. At the present time,they are readying a group of bull calves to be displayed at Ag Days in Brandon which has become a major marketing tool, as all their bulls are sold by private treaty at one of these shows or directly off the farm. The Nykoliation’s are grateful for all the cattle friends they have made over the years and hope to make many more in the years to come.

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Alberta Angus Association Message


As we move through calving, and towards the bull sale season, the optimism across Alberta in the cattle business is a level not seen for years. It is definitely an exciting time to be in the cattle business. The Alberta Angus Association recently competed in the Camrose Bull Congress Steak Fry Competition. The event was

very well attended, and the AAA team received lots of positive feedback. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with this event, and a special thanks to Carolyn Congdon for organizing the Angus team, and to Bob Hahn for cooking the steaks outside in -30 degree weather. The AAA is still busy planning for the Canadian Angus Association Annual Convention, which will be held this year in Lethbridge, from June 13th to 17th at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre. The schedule is starting to be finalized, and it should be a fun and informative weekend in one of the high density areas for all of the Canadian Cattle Industry. Follow the CAA and AAA websites for more details on registration and scheduling. In one of our most exciting initiatives of 2012, the AAA is working on a new breeders directory, which will be making its debut at the Convention. This breeders directory will be replacing our old AAA Map, and it will combine a map with all the breeders locations, as

well as advertising space. Please contact Denise Rice at the AAA office to make sure your operation is a part of this initiative. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Purebred and Commercial Breeder of the Year, as well, we are also looking for inductees for our AAA Hall of Fame. We induct breeders in the “Contemporary” and “Breed Builder” categories. If you know of someone deserving of one of these honors please contact myself, or the AAA office. Finally, I would like to wish good luck to everyone in the upcoming bull sale season. I would like to thank all of the commercial breeders who support the Angus breed year after year. It is this support that continues to make Angus the leading beef breed in Canada.

presentation of the goings on of the Canadian Association and an explanation of where our fees are being put to use for the betterment of our breed and association. Rob is a treat to listen to, very knowledgeable and oozes with enthusiasm; it is great to have a man at the helm of our ship that has the experience of calving cows and tattooing ears but still has the business savvy to handle the Canadian Angus Association. I believe we are very lucky to have him as the CEO, he’s a very easy guy to talk to and I know he would love to take time to talk to every member of the SAA if you would so choose. We also were fortunate to have Dr. Larry Corah from the States join us and give a very informative presentation about the Certified Angus Beef program and its challenges to keep up with demand. Dr. Corah is a great speaker and he certainly cleared up in my mind any questions I had about Certified Angus Beef brand and how it is helping us and its attempts to help more of us. The 2012 Summer Gold Show location was announced and we will be heading to Yorkton this summer, July 4-7 are the dates - the show will be held in conjunction with their Fair and Regional 4-H Show - the last time we were in Yorkton we had a large show and a great event so we see no reason why it cannot happen again! Start making plans now. We also had some presentations and awards given out - congratulations to Johnson Livestock, Peebles, SK - Saskatchewan Angus Breeder of the Year for 2012, Laird Senft, Fort Qu’Appelle, SK - Honourary Canadian President, Garth Hollinger, Indian Head, SK - Honourary Saskatchewan President and Brian & Elaine Edwards, Valleyhills Angus, Glaslyn, SK who were the Angus nominees for the SLA Honour Scroll.

They were presented with their award at the very nice Saskatchewan Livestock Association Awards Banquet on the Thursday night of the conference. Congratulations to all!! And of course we held our elections for the Saskatchewan Angus board of directors and at this time I would like to thank Clarke Ward and Trevor Branvold, retiring directors for their time served on the board. Thanks guys! I would also like to congratulate Jenna Loveridge, Bob Toner, and Mike Howe returning directors for another three year term and welcome Michael Wheeler to the board to start his first term. I would also like to commend Clint Smith on his two years served as President. As the board of directors we must remember we are elected to represent you, the Saskatchewan membership and if you have any questions about the operation of the SAA please contact any of the board of directors, myself or email the General Manager Belinda Wagner at - any of us would be glad to help you out or try to answer your questions. So next year, if you can try to get to the AGM we would be glad to have you! Well I better run - I look forward to serving you, have a great Angus year in 2012! Respectfully submitted, President, Saskatchewan Angus Association Dale Easton

Saskatchewan Angus Message

Well fresh off our first real cold snap of the winter and the Saskatchewan Angus 2012 AGM, the two do seem to go hand in hand!!! Greetings from the Saskatchewan Angus Association. SAA held its annual general meeting on Friday January 20th in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon. It is too bad the cold weather jumped on us again but I suppose that is the realities of life in our province. I know people sometimes do not enjoy meetings but it is to bad more people could not find time to take in these informative events - you always go home having learned something or having cleared up any questions that you may have about our Angus business here in Saskatchewan. I will try to note some of the highlights I found interesting to myself. Reports were given by various committee chairs including commercial, promotion & advertising, and show & sale about work and events that had taken place over the last year. We had the pleasure of our Canadian President, David Bolduc, joining us to give greetings from the Canadian board as well as our new CEO Rob Smith who gave a very informative and entertaining Page 80

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Colton Hamilton President Alberta Angus Association

P.S. Have great luck in your calving and bull sale preparations.

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Canadian Junior Angus Association

Hello Angus Breeders, I hope that everyone is keeping warm in these winter months and that those who are calving already are having good luck. The CJAA had yet another successful donation heifer auction at the Masterpiece Sale in Regina at Agribition. We would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets on the heifer. Another huge thanks goes out to Clay Enterprises for donating the heifer. This year, Castlerock Marketing, Shane, Tammy, Bodie and Justin Castle were the holders of the lucky ticket. Again, the CJAA would like to thank all of our past supporters who make it possible for us to


continue our scholarship program. CJAA’s 7th Annual GOAL Conference will be held Feb 18-20 in Regina. It will be a very exciting conference with some great speakers including Saskatchewan Roughriders Stu Foord and Neil Hughes. Check in with the Juniors to see how beneficial this conference is and how much fun they had! Don’t forget to apply for the Canadian Angus Foundation Junior Ambassador program. This is a great opportunity to meet people within the business, see some different parts of the country, visit an international event and represent the Angus breed. Talk to myself or the current Ambassador Austen Anderson about how great this opportunity is. You must submit your resume to Michael Latimer at the CAA office by April 29. More information can be found on the Foundation website The CJAA has a couple exchange opportunities for its members. We will be sending some CJAA members to the National Junior Angus Association’s LEAD Conference (similar to our GOAL Conference) which will be held August 2-5 in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are also sending CJAA members to sunny Florida for the Junior Red Angus Round-Up in the end of June. If you would like more info on these opportunities give me a call! The deadline for applications is May 10 and you can find the application at The CJAA also have 3 $1000 scholarships that we give out each year to junior members. So if you are currently in post-secondary education or college or thinking about going then you should apply! The deadline for applications is June 15th and we will announce the winners at Showdown 2012. Find the application at Finally, do not forget to mark your calendars for Showdown 2012. This year’s National Junior Angus show will be held July 19-21 in Lindsay, Ontario. Entries will be available in our spring newsletter and on-line in the next month. Also note that the Saskatchewan Junior Angus is sponsoring a Van to head to Lindsay so please contact President Katie Wright at 306-752-3543 for more information. The CJAA is looking for sponsors for Showdown so if you are interested in helping our National Show please contact a director! This is a great opportunity for the next generation of the Angus breed and Beef industry. Well I better let everyone get back to calving and doing chores! If anyone has any questions or suggestions for the Junior Association please give me a call at 306-577-7457 or email me at Erika Easton CJAA President

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Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors

Rob Smith

Chief Executive Officer (ext: 223)

Michael Latimer

David Bolduc

President P.O. Box 1055, Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0 Phone: (403)549-3833 ~ Fax: (403)549-3833

Gary Latimer

President Elect Box 16 Site 3 RR 4, Olds, AB T4H 1T8 Phone: (403)556-2742 Fax: (403)556-2761

Kirk Wildman

Past-President Box 444, Sangudo, AB T0E 2A0 Phone: (780)785-3772 ~ Fax: (780)785-3403

Frank Strimbold


Box 111, Topley, BC V0J 2Y0 Phone: (250)696-3672 Fax: (250)696-3484

Cecilie Fleming

Box 1, Granum, AB T0L 1A0 Phone: (403)687-2288 Fax: (403)687-2088

Dawn Wilson

P.O. Box 550, Bashaw, AB T0B 0H0 Phone: (780)372-3529

Kevin Blair

Box 610, Lanigan, SK S0K 2M0 Phone: (306)365-7922 Fax: (306)365-4699

Shane Castle

Box 415, Swift Current, SK S9H 3V8 Phone: (306)784-2241

Corinne Gibson

P.O. Box 8, Fir Mountain, SK S0H 1P0 Phone: (306)266-4895

Roger Hardy

Box 300, Midale, SK S0C 1S0 Phone: (306)458-7521 Fax: (306)458-2327

Lois McRae

Box 57, R.R. #1, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 Phone: (204)728-3058 ~ Fax: (204)727-7744

Tom McDonald

10293 4th Line, RR 5, Milton, ON L9T 2X9 Phone: (905)877-2001 Fax: (905)877-1241

Jerome Richard

181 Chemin Healy, Canton de Cleveland, QC J0B 2H0 Phone: (819)826-5419

Jim Colodey

1121 Bannockburn Rd, R.R. #3, Cornwall, PEI C0A 1H0 Phone: (902)675-3171

General Manager (ext: 228)

Alan Yuen

Office Manager (ext: 222)

Kajal Devani

#142, 6715 - 8th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7 (403)571-3580 ~ 1-888-571-3580 ~ Fax (403)571-3599 CAA Tag Number: 1-866-571-8093 eMail address: Web Address:

Canadian Angus Association - Fee Schedule -

Annual Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Junior Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00 Annual Activity Fee (for life members only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75.00 Registration - 0 to 4 months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00 Registration - 4 to 7 months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 Registration - 7 to 12 months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Registration -12+ months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Spring-born Calves (registered online by July 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00 Fall-born Calves (registered online by December 15) . . . . . . . . . . $15.00 Weaning Weight entry charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00 CanadianAngus Performance Program Reinstatement Fee . . . $100.00 Embryo Transfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12.00 Animal Transfers < 60 days after sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12.00 Animal Transfers > 60 days after sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $24.00 Non Financial Transfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Parentage Test - per head, requested through CAA*. . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 Parentage Test - per head, sent direct to lab by breeder * . . . . . . . . $51.00 Coat Colour DNA Test * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $33.00 Registration of ImportedAnimal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Registration of Lease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00 Registration of Herd Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 Registration of Tattoo Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 Transfer of Herd Name or Tattoo Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00 Name Change of a Registered Animal (animal must have no registered progeny) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Performance Certificate Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.00 Duplicate Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00 Five Generation Pedigree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 Correction Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Pedigree Change as a result of a DNA test . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Pedigree Extract (for sales catalogue) With Registration numbers, sent electronically . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.50 Without Registration numbers or faxed/mailed . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.00 Geneprob Report (paper) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 Geneprob Report (electronic) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00 Mailing Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 plus 3 cents/label Electronic download of MemberAddresses (one time use) . . . . $250.00 Herd data extract for on-farm software program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $80.00 Rush Fee (paid per item) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;$20.00 Effective as of October 26, 2011

GST is not included in above prices.

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Breed Development Specialist (ext: 227)

Cheryl Hazenberg

Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tag Program Co-ordinator (ext: 238)

Cassie Bacon

Marketing & Communications Specialist (ext: 226)

Stacy Price

Registrar (ext: 224)

Shirley Anderson

Assistant Registrar (ext: 216)

Ciara Buchanan

Assistant Registrar (ext: 225)

Esther Stern

Part-time Assistant Registrar (ext: 249)

Joanelle Fuellbrandt Office Administrator (ext: 0)

Brian Good

Director, Field Services - 403.391.4037

Jack Brown

British Columbia Fieldman - 604.888.0862

Ken Cox

Western Fieldman - 780.672.6860

Laird Senft

Saskatchewan Fieldman - 306.332.4823

Blair McRae

Manitoba Fieldman - 204.728.3058

Chris Aulthouse

Ontario Fieldman - 519.477.2333

Wayne Gallup

Eastern Fieldman - 819.826.3026

Provincial Representatives British Columbia

Jill Savage 4664 Sleepy Hollow Road, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4 (250)546-2813 /// Fax: (250)546-9164 ///


Denise Rice P.O. Box 3725, Olds, Alberta T4H 1P5 1-888-556-9057 / Fax: (403)556-3333


Belinda Wagner c/o Sask Livestock Association Also Canadian Junior Angus Association Coordinator P.O. Box 3771, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3N8 (306) 757-6133 // Fax: (306) 525-5852


Arlene Kirkpatrick Box 25, Site 30, RR 3, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5Y3 Ph/Fax: (204)725-3597 ~


Julie Smith 459 Black Street, Fergus, ON N1M 3M7 Phone:(519)787-2397 ~ Fax: (519)787-2306


Trudy Beaton #3 North Hill Road, Gould, Quebec J0B 2Z0 (819) 877-5603 / Fax: (819) 877-3845


Betty Lou Scott RR #1 Salt Springs, Pictou County, Nova Scotia BOK 1PO Ph: (902)925-2057 / Fax: (902)925-2655

Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society

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Canadian Angus Association - CEO Message SEVEN major factors, or tools, to use in selecting my next herd sire: 7th - Show History 6th - Carcass Data 5th - Actual Performance 4th - Performance EPDs 3rd - Pedigree 2nd - Phenotype of the animal 1st - Reputation of Breeder

As 2012 kicked off across the nation with mild temperatures and conditions, followed by a deep freeze, and a return to calmer, warmer weather, we see such positivity and optimism among our members and stakeholders that it is fair to call these unprecedented times. In this commercial edition of our official publication, we seek to both inform and show our gratitude to the thousands of cattlemen and women from coast-to-coast who choose Angus as the base of their programs. For whatever reason, and I know there are a lot of different ones, Angus is pretty much the top choice regardless of criteria, and we are all so very fortunate to have the most trait-balanced breed in existence as our breed of choice. In this column, I’m going to talk about the selection tools we should all be thinking about in terms of our own search for a herdsire, be it commercial or purebred seedstock. And my list is based both on my own beliefs plus those enforced to me by commercial cattlemen for generation after generation. So what I’m calling this column is… Your genetic toolbox… are you using all the best tools that are available to you? Through the years, I have decided that there are SEVEN major factors, or tools, to use in selecting my next herd sire. Acquiring females is no different, actually, but this is ‘bull-buying season’, and I thought I would share with you my own personal list that has been influenced greatly by my own discussions with commercial cattlemen dating back to when I was a child. Everyone has their own ideas, their own criteria, and how they rank or rate such criteria. As a seedstock producer, I think it is prudent to try and have all the tools available for your potential buyers to select from, and as a cattle buyer, it is likely wise to be aware of all that is available so you can prioritize accordingly and make the decision that is proper for you and your outfit. I am going to provide these to you based on my belief in each tool’s importance, from the least important to the most important. Let me stress, however, that each one of these are most definitely important!

Here is a brief explanation of each one and why it’s important to me. Show History… I know you may be inclined to stop reading right now because many cattlemen believe that cattle that have shown are either too ‘stuffed’ or just not ‘real world’ enough for them. Please… let me explain. For the people who show (which is, I grant, a rather small selection of our breeders across the nation), they believe, in their mind, they are bringing out their best. Now, if your cattle sensibility matches up with theirs, you are getting to see the very best of their program. And even if your sensibilities don’t parallel, you are still seeing what that cattleman evaluates as the best work they’ve done this year. You get to see them ‘out and about’, moving around animals of the same age, so you can make relative comparisons between that bull and his age-mates. You get to evaluate the phenotype, or soundness and conformation, with your own eyes against other bulls. And, even if the animal you like is not preferred by whomever is judging, I hope you are able to either respect the judge well enough to see that they got it right, or realize that their eye is just a little different in terms of prioritizing than yours. I readily admit that the majority of bulls that get sold have never, and will never, see the inside of a show ring or show barn, and I’m very, very understanding about and good with that. The two latest herd bulls we purchased in our own operation were not, either one, show bulls. But the one before that was so, if at all possible, I do look at the shows to find something that satisfies my needs. Plus, shows are very important because they keep our breed in the public eye and are very expensive to exhibit at, so I respect our few breeders who do this on, in my mind, all of our behalf’s and to all of our benefit. Carcass Data… I believe that, as these next few years go by; this will rise on my list of priorities. When I suggest the important of carcass data, I am looking at both the actual ultrasound as well as the availability of carcass EPDs. I realize in Canada that we are in a constant state of obtaining more of these, and working with the various genomic tests that are currently or becoming available will assist the speed of which we will be able to access these. Dr. Larry Corah, a Vice President of Certified Angus Beef LLC since 1998, spoke recently to the Saskatchewan Angus Association about the absolute correlation between carcass EPDs and the quality of the harvested, hanging carcasses and the ability to fetch the maximum number of premiums

based on this science. I know many Canadian Angus breeders are thinking about giving up on ultra sounding because they don’t feel their bull buyers are asking for it, and the sellers are not reaping any benefits as a rule. My only comment: please wait, it will come! I attending the Cudlobe bull sale in December and it was quite surprising to me to speak to so many of their bull buyers and learn of the level of knowledge and interest they have in the carcass information the Bolduc’s provide to their buyers. Many of these customers cited case after case of where their sires with superior carcass EPDs and stronger scans have absolutely created economic benefit in terms of harvested carcasses. For me, this was proof positive that our industry is adopting this technology, and I encourage everyone to recognize the value of this tool. Our sector of the national agricultural industry is becoming more science-based and we must adapt to this… or else! Actual Performance… and, even more importantly, EPDs… In light of the importance of EPDs (and I, too, put more emphasis on them than the actual performance, hence my order), I know some of Canada’s cattlemen will be disappointed to see me include actual data on this list. Actual performance does not take into account environment, contemporary group relative performance, et al. I know, I get it. But the simple fact is that the vast majority of bull buyers in Canada want to see two things: a very low birth weight and a super-high yearling weight. These are quite hard to achieve, but that is what most cattlemen want, so we can’t overlook it. Now, I like actual and EPDs combined, and think this helps a lot as tools. If you selected a bull based on birth weight alone, a breed giant like Red Fine Line Mulberry 26P with a birth weight of 103 lbs might have scared you half to death. But this is where EPDs become a better reflection of a animal’s genetic tendencies for performance: Mulberry now, with 1161 offspring, has a birth weight EPD of +1.3, much less alarming and a better reflection of the calving ease of this bull. I know there is skepticism of EPDs, but the same criticism can be leveled at actual performance (perhaps more so) and that is why I factor both into my selection criteria. For example, I have a 205-day weight I must have my selections at as well as a weaning weight EPD, and the same goes for yearling and scrotal actual and EPD as well as a requirement for milk and total maternal. I think both of these are necessary tools, with a slight emphasis to the EPDs over the actual but a strong recognition that both factor into decision making. Pedigree I love pedigrees! I love reading them and learning them and try, as best I can, to remember them. I like to match and stack bloodlines in my own operation and talk to breeders and CAA members from coast-to-coast about how they do the same. What cow families work the best in which herds? What bulls work best on which cow families? Who are the more terminal sires versus the more maternal sires? How do the straight Canadian pedigrees work with American

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genetics? All of this is very interesting to me, and it’s only through the old 4-H motto of ‘learning to do by doing’, as well as trusting research by talking to fellow breeders, that you learn about this. Given what my objectives are in a new herd bull, I will figure out if a bull that is appealing to me will accomplish what I demand of him based on his pedigree. Is he a ‘new’ or ‘old’ generation sire? Is he born from a cow family that is established? I can look at pedigrees for hours and hours and I know I’m not alone since this is the majority of information included in sales catalogues and on breeder website. There is no question: pedigrees are cool! And, I guess, in the purebred business, they are the most important differentiating factor for our production, and what drives your association. Phenotype of the animal I was recently in conversation with a cattleman and fellow breed association official who I respect tremendously, and he said to me that if they had three tools - EPDs, actual performance and visual appraisal

– and could only pick one, they would always select EPDs as their greatest tool; not me. I value EPDs highly, but my visual appraisal of a bull is the second most important factor in determining if that animal is going to work for me. Only through visual inspection of the phenotype can you see conformational soundness and correctness. The simple fact is that I have to like his look; if I don’t, I’m not interested. And I care about where I look at him! I would prefer to see him where he moves and moves out! Myself, I will never make a purchasing decision in the sale ring; I have decided before an animal enters the ring whether I’m interested or not. Reputation of the breeder Finally, I want to know that who I’m purchasing from is someone I trust, appreciate, admire and respect. They don’t have to be my friend, although that is often a good thing, but I do have to respect them, their operation and their seedstock production. I make a call as to what the characteristics that I’m looking for in a supplier just

like I do the bulls I’m looking at and, as Dennis Ericson says, so very often, “Ours is a people business”, so even more important for me that the bull is the person or people from which I am buying him. I will never purchase a bull I hate from people I like, but both of these have to be right for me to make the purchase. Simply put, you have to earn my trust before I put the faith in you to supply me the next phase of my operation and economic production. Please don’t think me presumptuous for sharing my own personal criteria for the tools I need to move forward with a new herd sire or bull purchase. I’m just making this suggestion to you to consider these seven tools as some options to think about as we navigate this bull buying season. Have a great winter and spring, fellow Angus enthusiast! Rob Smith Cheif Executive Officer

commercial industry. Dark hooves with heel and functional frame scores were part of this change of industry norms. Why did this happen? Angus happened. Ranchers discovered Angus. Consumers discovered Angus. The rest, so to say, is history. Angus now registers more cattle than the rest of the breeds combined. This dominance was created by function in the cow herd and a product that consumers associate with quality. Currently, maintaining Angus identity is a concern in our industry. As many breeds conform to the Angus profile, our Angus industry is being blurred. How do we focus those buyers in on our true Angus genetic advantage? By using green “Rancher Endorsed” Angus tags, we can identify authentic Angus calves with superior

Angus genetics. These tags tell the feeding industry that they are uniform, efficient-feeding cattle with demand and premiums at harvest time. For some branded Angus beef programs green tags are the only identifier that allows red hided cattle into the program. These tags identify replacement heifers that will breed uniformly and add all those desirable Angus maternal traits into the cow herd. It’s time for the Angus industry to ride for the brand, use green tags themselves and promote their use by their commercial customers. Just as Angus beef is worth more to customers, Angus identified genetics are worth more to our ranching industry.

calves being birthed by first time heifers without any assistance at all with our Calving Ease Direct EPD. The higher the EPD – the higher the probability that when bred to a first time heifer the Angus bull’s calves will drop with no assistance required. Our Calving Ease Maternal EPD describes the probability of a bulls daughters giving birth without assistance. The higher the Calving Ease Maternal EPD – the higher the probability that replacement females that you’ve kept from a specific bull will birth her first calf without any assistance from you. Canadian Angus breeders that participate on the Canadian Angus Performance Program record the performance of every cow and calf per season in order to be able to provide customers with an accurate description of the genetics that they raise. Our Calving Ease EPDs describe more than just birth weight because we are the maternal breed and our cows deliver.

Commercial Cattlemen Free EPD 101 Workshop The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to offer Canadian Beef Producers a free online EPD 101 Workshop on March 15th, 2012 at 9:00am. Registration is free. Registrants will be emailed a link that will allow them to participate in a web based workshop. The hour-long workshop will explain how EPDs are calculated and best used to achieve breeding goals and profit. To register, or if you have any questions, contact Kajal Devani at 1-888-571-3580.

Canadian Angus Association - President’s Message

The colour barrier has changed in the cattle industry in the last twenty years. Solid black and red bodies are now the choice of a majority of cattlemen and many breed associations. Pigmented eyes, noses and udders are desired and demanded in the

Breed Development

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David Bolduc President, Canadian Angus Association

Kajal Devani, Breed Development Specialist


Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Report

Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Report The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program will see a few changes in 2012. Until now, Rancher Endorsed had focused its efforts on programs that processed 250 head and upward annually. This was a strategic focus that would allow Rancher Endorsed to focus on mid to large size operations with the goal of affecting the greatest number of Angus tagged cattle. Beginning in 2012, we will begin accepting applications for programs with less than 250 head. The criteria will remain similar for these programs, but will feature a few differences that take into account circumstances that smaller programs face. We have recognized that each of the licensed

participants in Rancher Endorsed face different challenges. As in any partnership, we need to be flexible in order to accommodate them without sacrificing the integrity of our program. It is important to remember that the end goal of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program is to add value to Angus in Canada. Over the past two and a half years, many of the programs that invested in the Rancher Endorsed philosophy have seen increased demand from consumer and retail markets. Of the programs who reported their annual sales to us, nearly all of them have seen sales double, triple, quadruple and more. It has been very apparent to them that consumers recognize the name Angus as a high level of quality and they are willing to pay for it. Consumers, Angus branded programs and federal inspection agencies also want assurance that products labeled as “Angus” are actually Angus. This is where the Angus tag and the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program become increasingly important. Rancher Endorsed licensed participants not only need Angus tagged cattle to remain compliant within the program but also to retain the high level of confidence with consumers that they currently enjoy. A logistical issue facing Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed is that the current structure for marketing

commercial cattle in Canada often makes it challenging to connect Angus tagged cattle with the Angus beef programs that require them. This is something that we have recognized and are working with several sectors of our industry to improve this. The response has been favorable, but it is not a quick and easy adjustment. In time,market pressures and new communication technologies will allow for the system to evolve and the flow of Angus tagged cattle into Angus beef programs will be streamlined. Although the Angus dangle/management tag is not a required component for the Rancher Endorsed program, we encourage you to use them along with the Angus RFID. This will make it easier for auction markets and buyers to identify your cattle as Angus. Allflex is now marketing a one-piece Angus management tag called the ‘A-Tag’. The traditional two-piece tag is still available, which as a consumer gives you a few more options to consider. If you have Angus tagged cattle and you are looking to maximize your opportunities, you can contact the office of the Canadian Angus Association and we will direct you to the person or organization that will maximize the value of your cattle. Regards, Michael Latimer


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Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tag Program


Order Now! – RFID Tags This is an exciting time to be in the cattle business and even more so to be in Angus cattle business. With fewer cattle in the country and increasing demand, prices have been driven up and many producers last fall saw record high numbers. Export demand is growing as more countries have opened their borders to Canadian beef, and domestic beef consumption remains strong. Now in saying this, I am sure I am not telling anyone reading this anything they do not already know. But, what I do not think that everyone is aware of is the huge demand for a distinct sub-set of Canadian cattle that currently exists which each and everyone of you can help to fill; the need for Angus-tagged cattle. This edition of your magazine is distributed to producers who have purchased registered Angus bulls in the past two years in addition to our membership. This means that every producer who received this magazine qualifies to purchase Angus tags from the Canadian Angus Association office. Animals wearing

the tag need to be only 50 percent Angus, progeny of a registered Angus bull. To those of you who are already using the tags, I wish to extend my thanks and congratulations for seizing the opportunity that exists by simply purchasing your RFID tags from the Canadian Angus Association. The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program was started in 2009 to increase the demand in Canada for Angus influenced animals. Identified by the Angus RFID tag, these animals feed through the system into feedlots and branded beef programs that are part of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program. This is to ensure that the Angus labeled products in the grocery store are actually sourced from Angus influenced cattle, thus ensuring consumer confidence in the products they are purchasing as well as producer confidence that the Angus name will not be tarnished. Participating programs have a three year period from the time they become endorsed to ramp up their percentage of Angus tagged animals in their program. Our original programs are coming into their third year where they should be using 100 percent Angus-tagged animals in their product; however, we have encountered a problem. There are not enough Angus tagged cattle in the country to meet the demand! We have had to lax our requirements until the total number of tagged animals grows significantly. This is, however, a great problem to have because of one reason; there is an easy solution. We need everyone reading this magazine to use our tags and take advantage of the program by selling your cattle into a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program. There are only a few steps to take advantage of this marketing opportunity. First of all, purchase your RFID tags (and optional dangle tags) from the Association

Registration Department

and use them in all your qualifying calves. Then, come next fall, sell your calves through a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed fall feeder sale or direct to one of our participants. The complete 2012 fall feeder sale list will be available early in the fall and will be published on the Canadian Angus Association’s website and in the Canadian Cattlemen’s magazine. New for this year, we will have three auction markets hosting all-tagged sales. To sell your cattle on those specific dates, an Angus RFID tag will be required. We are very happy to have the following sales participating for the first time this year: Heartland Livestock Services, Virden, Manitoba and Heartland Livestock Services, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and returning again this year hosting a sale is Mankota Stockmen’s Weigh Co Ltd. of Mankota, Saskatchewan. Tag your calves with Angus tags, then; book them for the all-tagged sale dates. Buyers will be sure not to miss these dates as the large number of Angus tagged calves available on those days will be enticing. Be sure to order your tags now so your calves are ready to take part in these exciting sales happening this fall. To find out more information on these sales, contact your local auction directly or one of the Canadian Angus Association’s field staff. For your convenience, a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tag order form is included with the magazine. To order tags, fill it out and fax or mail it into the CAA office, or give me a call, and I can take an order over the phone at 1-888-561-3580 ext 238. You can also order online at . Cheryl Hazenberg, Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tag Program Coordinator

“If it isn’t registered it isn’t Angus”

From the registration we move into a new year it is always a good reminder to everyone that we need to make a conscious effort to ensure that animals are being transferred in a timely manner, doing this helps everyone in the long run. It is important to encourage all purebred producers to transfer papers into the names of all their bull buyers. Your commercial customers need the papers to get Angus tags and qualify their cattle for Angus beef programs certified by Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed.

Please remember that we are always only a phone call away and are happy to help you out in any way possible. Stacy Price Registrar

Accuracy Be sure to give EPDs the weight they deserve – look at the EPD accuracy to know how much confidence to give an EPD in your selection decision. P and P+ EPDs, being Parental Average and Interim EPDs, are the least accurate. The higher the accuracy number for an EPD, the more reliable a description of an animal’s genetics.

“Members Milton and Mary Palmer, Meadowhills Farm of Nova Scotia recently won the ipad drawing for participating in the 2011 Member Survey. We very much appreciate all the results we have gotten in and look forward to understanding our membership better. Congratulations again to Milton and Mary for being our lucky winners!” Page 94

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Canadian Angus Association - Fieldmen

Hometown: Red Deer, AB Family members: Lynanne, Kevin (Arminnie), Tracy (Curtis) and 5 grandchildren, Dan, Ethan, Kyler, Jenae and Mason What other involvement do you have or have you had in the cattle business? Raised purebred Angus for 35 years. Fieldman for IBS for 5 years. Sale Management for 5 years. CAA Commercial Fieldman/Director of Field Services since June 15, 2000. My personal mission statement as an Angus Fieldman: To enhance all Commercial and Purebred programs What do you consider your greatest achievement? Helping put Angus where the breed is today.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Whatever or anything else that shouldn’t be printed. Which person in the cattle business, past or present, do you most admire and why?My father Glenn Good because he never gave up on the Angus Breed. Other mentors are: Doug Henderson, Rob Holowaychuk, Millie Boake, Harry Haney, Jon Fox, Bob Switzer, Keith Coates, Gary Smith and Rob Smith. Proudest moments: Seeing the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program take off. Greatest asset you see of the Angus tag programs (don’t be afraid to make this answer regional): The demand that is being established across Canada.

Brian Good, Director of Field Services In the spring and fall of 2011 the CAA sponsored a record 169 feature Angus sales at 67 participating auction markets right across Canada. Each of our fieldmen covers different regions of Canada and has provided a general summary of the sales they attended. This year we implemented two new field personnel. Chris Aulthouse will be covering Ontario and Laird Senft will be looking after Eastern and some of Northern Saskatchewan locations. The fieldmen worked very hard covering 98 percent of designated Angus sales. The commercial Angus business was strong throughout the fall nationwide. The demand for good quality Angus and Angus-cross feeder steers and heifers, along with replacement females, was at an all-time record high. The Angus tagged calves were seeing more demand throughout the fall, heading for our Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Program. We did sponsor two new locations, Picture Butte, Alberta, and Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. Mankota, Saskatchewan and Westlock, Alberta featured All Angus Tagged Sales. By the way, there is probably going to be more of these types of all tagged sales as time goes on. Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Virden, Manitoba are working on this idea for 2012. Mankota will probably have 2 tagged sales in 2012. My biggest issue that I witness is the feeders getting requests from the packers to purchase Angus tagged identified cattle. The demand is there so let’s give them what they want. Our tags are easy to access with Cheryl heading our program with a fast delivery service. One other thing I noticed was the calves have to be of high quality to maintain high prices. Just because they are tagged Angus, does not mean they will top the sale and bring premiums. Good bulls produce good quality progeny. Most areas are seeing an increase in Angus tagged calves depending on the region and who the purebred breeders are in that area that are promoting their program to the commercial producer. Once again, Québec made great headway in Angus tag sales. Good job Wayne! I would like to thank and congratulate our field reps for a job well done and for the many hours spent on the road on behalf of our commercial and purebred producers representing such a great breed of cattle. Great job Ken Cox, Blair McRae, Jack Brown, Wayne Gallup, Laird Senft and Chris Aulthouse. Thanks to all the staff at CAA headquarters that provide a great support system throughout the busy fall and spring tag sale run. I would also like to thank all those who consigned and attended these special events and showed great support for your CAA’s efforts as well as showing respect and admiration for your number one customer, the commercial man. I will end by saying Thank You for using and believing in Angus Genetics. Submitted by Brian G. Good, Director of Field Services

Jack Brown, British Columbia Field Staff Hometown: Langley, British Columbia Family members: My wife, Lorrie, and I ran Jalormi Red Angus until about six years ago when we sold the

herd. We have two adult children that have their own careers and live away from the farm. What other involvement do you have or have you had in the cattle business?I am a member of the BC (British Columbia) Cattlemen’s Association and was involved at the local level. Prior to 20 years ago when we got into the purebred business we had a commercial herd of 125 head. A member of the BC Angus Association since 1991. My personal mission statement as an Angus Fieldman: To promote Angus cattle to the commercial cattleman in BC and to encourage the purebred breeders in BC to always maintain a high standard of quality. Don’t be afraid to cull heavily, it pays big dividends. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being able to put together a small herd of Red Angus cattle that went on to work well for the people that bought our herd.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Quality, quality, quality. Sell the best and eat the rest. Which person in the cattle business, past or present, do you most admire and why? Norm Wade, he was Fieldman for BC when we bought our first cattle. He was also my mentor when I first became a Fieldman under his scrutiny. Everyone thought of Norm as the statesmen for Angus in BC. Proudest moment:Being asked by the Wade family to be the Emcee for Norm’s celebration of life. Greatest asset you see of the Angus tag programs: On a pro rata basis BC has one of the highest uses of the Angus tags. The value is hard to determine as the buyers here in BC do not get many requests for green tagged calves. They are an easy identifier of Angus influence cattle.

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British Columbia Update The fall run in BC this year was a pleasure to be involved with. The cattle were great and the prices were the highest in years. The majority of producers were pleasantly surprised when they picked up their cheques. I was able to attend the Angus influence sales in Vanderhoof, Williams Lake, Kamloops and OK Falls. Thanks to Lance Savage for covering Valley Auction in Armstrong for me and Donnie Fessler of VJV Auction Mart for his support of the Angus influence sales in Dawson Creek. Once again this year the majority of the calves were Angus influenced. The quality was definitely there, and I suspect that the weights were a little heavier than last year due to a lot of moisture this summer, so much moisture that it was very difficult to make hay. All of the auctions in BC are to be complimented for their support of the Angus Influence Calf Sales this fall. Their co-operation with the BC Angus Association is great. Once again this year the BC Angus Association had a jacket draw at the six Interior Sale yards. This event has become a successful way to promote our breed and to encourage commercial cattlemen to use Angus bulls. I was fortunate to be part of the Inaugural Pacific Invitational all Breeds Female Sale that was held in Williams Lake on October 1. The sale went very well and we had a large crowd of bidders and prospective buyers. It was a pleasure to see all the purebred breeds working together. A good foundation has been laid for the next sale. In November, I was able to attend a bred heifer sale in Williams Lake. The majority of cattle were Angus influenced heifers and they topped the market at $1575. I believe that the cow herd in BC will remain about the same size as there was a large sell off of older cows and we are still having complete herd dispersals. There are a small number of herds that are increasing their cow numbers. We all are looking forward to a successful Bull Sale season in 2012. Everything is pointing to a stronger market this year, so remember, SELL THE BEST AND EAT THE REST. All the best for 2012! Submitted by Jack Brown, BC Field Staff

Hometown: Armena, AB Family Members: spouse Verny; children Lorraine & Rusty What other involvement do you have or have you had in the cattle business? Born and raised on a farm, 1962-1968 fed and showed commercial steers, 1966-1979 herdsman working with Angus, Hereford and Charolais, 1979 – Present farming and raising Angus cattle. My Personal Mission Statement as a Fieldman: To promote our green tag branded meat program to commercial and purebred breeders to help in anyway to keep the Angus breed where it is today. What do you consider your greatest achievement? 1997 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee and watching our two children grow up.

Ken Cox Western Field Staff

What words or phrases do you most overuse? Thank You Which person in the cattle business past or present do you most admire and why?Jonathan Fox III - Jonathan made time for everyone, young or old, explained his motivations, why he did what he did. He was a true livestock breeder, a genuine gentleman and friend to everyone. Proudest Moments: Our four grandkids Greatest Assets you see of the Angus tag program: We as Angus people are very much on the right track, Premium Angus beef in many ways, economically useful cattle in many ways and our Green Tag Program is envied by every other beef breed. GET WITH THE PROGRAM ALL IT COSTS IS QUALITY TIME.

Western Canada Update The fall feeder sales were good ones. Smiles were on producers’ faces, prices were good and people are much easier to visit with. Producers were looking to sell their cows. It’s was good. As I went to sales this fall, I saw lots of green tags. In most cases, the stands were full of people. The buyers, sellers and auction market staff were all glad to see a CAA representative at their sales. In September I visited Dawson Creek in BC. Prices were high for an early sale. October was busy seeing sales in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan; Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan; Olds, Alberta; Ponoka, Alberta; Westlock, Alberta; and Drayton Valley, Alberta. Also, I visited the Edam Fall Fair in Saskatchewan. This was an event worth attending. There were lots of cattle and people, and CAA had a booth set up with lots of visitors. For the most part, most know of our Angus tag program, but in some cases they forget to call in and order their tags. Don’t forget, this is the time of year to buy tags, so come fall, your calves are tagged! Submitted by Ken Cox, Western Field Staff

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Laird Senft Saskatchewan Field Staff Hometown: Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, formerly (Lipton) Family members: spouse Joyce, daughters Sandra (Steve), Tracy (Kelly), Melanie (Stan) What other involvement have do you have or have you had in the cattle business: Started as General Leader of the Lipton 4-H Beef Club, past chairman of Parkland Regional 4-H Show and Sale, director and past president of Saskatchewan Angus Association, director of the Canadian Angus Association, past chairman East Central Bull Sale, director at large for the Saskatchewan Livestock Association My personal mission statement as an Angus Fieldsman: To try and increase the use of the Angus Green tag and increase value for using our tag.

What do you consider your greatest achievements: As a new field staff member I would have to say, helping to implement a new green tag sale for the fall of 2012 in Eastern Saskatchewan to be held at Heartland Livestock, Yorkton Saskatchewan, date to be announced. As a breeder, the satisfaction of developing a seed stock herd that was accepted and sold into eight of ten provinces at the time of our dispersal. Which words or phrases do you most over use: I tell you what. Which person in the cattle business, past or present, do you admire and why? I would have to give the nod to Mr. John Willmot of Wimo Angus, Pense Saskatchewan. John is a man whom over the many years be involved in the livestock industry in many capacities including the Canadian Angus Association and Saskatchewan Angus Association, has always been a man of great integrity and has always given freely of his time , expertise and advice. Over the years when John has been in a position to profit from his membership in the various organizations, he always chose to maintain a neutral role and put the membership first. No matter what I have been involved with, I have tried to follow his example, leave my farm hat at home and do what is best for the populace I am representing. Proudest moments:Personally, my wife and my family. As a breeder, being inducted on the Saskatchewan Livestock Honour Scroll, receiving a fifty year award for our family having Angus cattle for fifty years or

more, and also seeing all my fellow Angus breeders, friends and acquaintances attend our dispersal sale. The last item is one that is both emotional and the memories that sale has created will last for ever. Greatest Assets you see of the Angus tag program: I see the Angus “GREEN” Tag as the commercial operator or the seed stock operator’s guarantee to the feed lot, packer and most importantly to the consumer that the beef they are buying is at least fifty percent “Angus.” Angus has gained the reputation of being the best beef in the world, so in this age of look alikes (every breed wants to be either Black or Red) it is very important that we be able to identify our genetics. We as field men can carry part of the message, but it is also up to the seed stock operator to carry part of the load and help lead the charge by example and tag their calves with Association tags. Also, they should encourage their customers to do the same. We can not offer feedlot operators a known product without producer participation. We need numbers if we are going to host special tag sales. Feedlots will pay a premium if they can go to a sale and fill their orders, but orders for special tags won’t bother coming to a sale barn to sit all day for a hand full of “GREEN” tagged calves. The Angus Association is trying to create the medium for producing calf premiums by identification. It is up to the producers to align themselves with the program in order to derive the premium they should be receiving for their product.

Saskatchewan Update I had 10 feeder sales to attend this past fall. I started with the Prince Albert sale the first week of October, then I followed with Shanovan Oct. 17, Moose Jaw Oct. 18, Parkland Oct. 20, Regina Oct. 21, Assinaboia Oct. 22, Whitewood Nov. 1, Saskatoon Nov. 7, and Weyburn Nov. 14. The final feeder sale was the Yorkton sale on Nov. 16. I also enjoyed attending Peak Dot’s sale. Steve Dorran once again made sure that everyone knew that the association was represented. Prices were very strong with cattle selling to six provinces and eight states. At each sale we were made very welcome and management made sure that I was introduced as CAA Field Staff and that if there was any questions regarding the green tags or the association that I would be able to either answer or relate their concerns to the office and in some cases all that was needed was a name to contact in the office. At each sale I put up a display with our brochures, a large wooden Angus Green Tag and Angus display drop downs that I was able to borrow from Saskatchewan Angus. At all sales the coffee and doughnuts that were supplied by the Saskatchewan Angus and were very much appreciated. I think that Yorkton sale on Nov. 16 was my most productive sale because it was at this sale that I approached Sheldon Nicholson of Heartland Yorkton about the possibility of hosting an Angus Green Tag Sale. The seed was sewn. Since then Brian has been in contact with Sheldon, and I have also talked with him on several occasions. We are in agreement that there will be a special Green Tag sale this coming fall at the Yorkton Heartland location. The date will be announced later in the year. Now that we have a commitment for a sale there will be a lot of work to make sure that is a success. Extra regional advertising as well as verbal contacts with known producers using Angus bulls will be needed. Cheryl has this winter already taken Angus Tag Sale sheets announcing new All Tag Sales to various locations. In closing, the optimism this fall was great as was the prices for cattle. What really showed the strength in the commercial industry was when a pen of bred heifers sold at Canadian Western Agribition for $2300 per heifer. It also goes without saying that good cattle command good returns. Submitted by Laird Senft, Saskatchewan Field Staff

Pedigree Extracts for Sales Catalogues The Canadian Angus Association provides electronic pedigree extracts that include 3 generation pedigree information, adjusted weights, ratios and indexes, EPDs, genetic defect test results, and Elite and Premier status information for those building sale catalogues. This is an extremely valuable service. To order your pedigree extract email Kajal Devani ( to receive your list of sale animals.

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Blair McRae Manitoba Field Staff Hometown: Brandon, MB Family members: wife Lois and children Brett and Melissa


What other involvement do you have or have you had in the cattle business? Owner of Mar Mac Farms, have been in cattle business all my life. I have served as director of numerous cattle and fair boards and am currently on the committee that organizes an All-Breeds Junior event in Manitoba that promotes all aspects of the cattle industry for young producers. My personal mission statement as an Angus Fieldman: To sell more Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tags and hopefully help breeders to promote the tags to their commercial producers. Also, to promote the Angus breed to the livestock producers. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being able to raise my family on the family farm. I say this because I believe that the livestock industry has some of the best people in it that you will ever meet. Our children have had the opportunity to meet people from all across Canada and have made many long

lasting friendships in the process. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?If it does not matter to my customers, it does not matter to me: customer service. Which person in the cattle business, past or present, do you most admire and why? I can’t narrow it down to just one. However there are four men that I admire. Doug Anderson, Doug Henderson, Allan McRae, and Bob Gordon. These men were or are men of integrity and have been tireless supporters of the beef industry and the breeds that they were involved with. Proudest moments: My children and their accomplishments. Greatest asset you see of the Angus tag programs: Allows the inclusion of red Angus cattle for the Angus beef programs, and it also sets Angus apart from the other breeds.

Manitoba Update There were 10 auction marts that supported the Angus Tagged Sales in Manitoba, but the exciting news is there is interest in All Tag Sales for the fall of 2012. We hope to announce the dates soon, so be watching for more information. In October, Manitoba saw many Angus sales. The Killarney Auction Mart had more than 1250 head offered this fall with more than 40 percent of the animals being Angus influenced. Prices were strong with feedlot owners paying more than $950 per feeder calf. While this auction mart is newer to the tag sales, they are appreciative of Angus representatives at their events. The sale in Brandon saw 2900 head with the largest crowd watching the sale that I had ever seen. It was a very positive sale with many active buyers. The quality of the cattle was very good. 2500 head were found at the Ashern sale. While this sale usually sees 90 percent Angus cattle, the area was hit hard by the flooding they experienced. Producers altered their marketing plans, some having trouble getting calves out and others marketing earlier to reduce feed required by their herds. Again, another big sale at Ste. Rose seeing 2400 head. This area has a lot of Charolais and Simmental influenced cows with breeders looking to put a black or red Angus bull back on their cows. I am looking forward to watching the progress I made at this sale regarding the Angus Tag Sales. Many producers are interested and asking questions. Submitted by Blair McRae, Manitoba Field Staff


Hometown: Durham, ON Family members:wife Leigh and children - Lane, Luke, Sage, Jude, Blaise, Isobelle, and Tate What other involvement do you have or have you had in the cattle business? I am an independent cattle consultant as well as a livestock trucker and cow-calf producer. My personal mission statement as an Angus Fieldman: To promote the Angus breed and support the programs associated here in Ontario. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being an effective father Which words or phrases do you most overuse? U bet

Which person in the cattle business, past or present, do you most admire and why? Cliff Wilms, PHD Cattlewise Consulting Sioux City, IA - Cliff’s knowledge, experience and moral support have been an inspiration to me. Proudest moments:The birth on each one of my seven children. Greatest asset you see of the Angus tag programs: This program allows breeders to add value to their calves by ensuring the Angus influence which provides a premium because of the demand for Angus cattle.

Chris Aulthouse Ontario Field Staff Ontario Update This fall was one of the strongest for the Ontario cattle industry. Demand for feeder cattle was very high with many excellent sales. The Angus influenced sales were very successful and all producers were very satisfied with their offerings. Fat cattle prices were also in very strong demand. There were many strong sales both purebred and commercial which is encouraging for our breed. The Royal sale was very successful with a great selection of purebred Angus cattle. On the show circuit there were many shows that displayed the high quality cattle that our breed in Ontario has to offer. The Royal was also a great success and I think the Angus breeders should be proud of the type of cattle we raise. The Angus breed in Ontario is strong and as feed prices rise and the efficiency of cattle gains importance, the Angus breed will keep expanding here. These are exciting times for Angus producers! Submitted by Chris Aulthouse, Ontario Field Staff Page 98

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Wayne Gallup Québec/Maritimes Field Staff Hometown: Canton de Melbourne, QC Family members:Wife Arlene. Son Brent (wife Kathy) & daughter Kelly (husband Kent is a hockey scout for the Edmonton Oilers) and four grandchildren who all live in Kingston, Ontario. What other involvement do you have or have you had in the cattle business? Past Director of the QAA, the QHA, & the Richmond Agricultural Society; 20 year organizer for the QC River Valley Hereford sales; gave clipping & showmanship demonstrations to the

Juniors; judged many local & provincial beef shows, including 4-H provincial rallies and currently managing a small registered Red & Black Angus herd. My personal mission statement as an Angus Fieldman: to help promote and strive to make Angus the leading breed in the the Maritimes & QC. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Following months of negotiations between Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) and the CAA representatives, Brian Good, Bob Switzer, John Donaldson, Cheryl Hazenberg, Alan Deacon & myself, the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed lime green ANGUS-ATQ tag was realized and became available to all QC beef producers in November 2009. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Be positive. Which person in the cattle business, past or present, do you most admire and why? Brian Good for his dedication and enthusiasm for the CAA and “Johnny D” Donaldson as “The Statesman” for the Angus industry. Proudest moments: 1st: assisted in acquiring five Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed licensed participants, Guy D’Anjou enterprises”ANGUS ZONE”(2009); Maritime MacMaster Choice

Meats(2010); Casse-Croûte Rouli-Roulant Ranch Jacques Thérriault(2010); Les Viandes Laroches Inc (2011) and Levinoff-Colbex S.E.C (2011). 2nd: attending the loading of two shipments of Angus cattle destined for Russia and to Kazakhstan managed by Alta Exports International Ltd. AB and Comtois International Export Inc. QC, respectively. 3rd: volunteering at the 2009 World Angus Forum at Spruce Meadows and participating in the 2011 World Angus Secretariat Tour in Argentina. Greatest asset you see of the Angus tag programs: In my opinion these Angus tag programs are tools for marketing plans. Firstly, in Canada the Red & Black Angus cattle are the only beef breed that has a national identifier; this Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed lime green tag identifies Canadian Angus cattle as having 50 percent or more Angus genetics regardless of hide colour, thus qualifying them for many Angus branded beef programs and secondly, it is an organized coming together of sellers and buyers of ANGUS beef products in the market and thirdly, in turn this has resulted in higher prices for the the Maritime & Québec Angus/Angus influenced beef producers who had consigned to the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed calf feeder sales.

Québec and Maritimes Update Firstly, this fall saw a great start to Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sales in Québec. Cattle buyers at both auction marts, Encan Sawyerville Inc, Québec and Réseau Encans Québec in St. Isidore, Québec were eager to purchase top quality Angus or Angus influenced feeder calves with good conformation. These calves are currently in demand and continue to be top sellers. Notably, there were increased numbers this year at these Endorsed Feeder Sales, both in the volume of calves that were identified with a lime green ANGUS-ATQ tag and in the volume of the Angus/Angus influenced feeder calves being sold. To increase visibilty and to draw attention to this event , 1) the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed poster announcing sale dates and times as well as the ANGUS-ATQ tag purchase order form were mounted on the auction mart's bulletin board ; 2) the CAA roll-up, displaying an ANGUS-ATQ tagged Red and Black Angus bull was placed in full view alongside the lime green QC ANGUS-ATQ tag sign at both auction barn entrances ; and 3) coffee which was donated by the Québec Angus Association and served in the new Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed/CAA cups was appreciated both by the auction mart's staff and the people who were in attendance. This Québec Angus promotion benefits Québec Angus beef producers. Following the auctioneers' opening remarks on Oct. 29, he publicly welcomed me for attending the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sale at the Ottawa Livestock Exchange in Greely, Ontario as the CAA-Commercial Fieldman. The sale started with the total number of Angus/Angus influenced feeder calves being significantly higher by 40 percent more than the previous year and most of these feeder calves sold at this sale were CCIA green tagged. Feeder calf selling prices were up and taking into account the beef producers’ enthusiasm displayed at this Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sale, the auctioneer at the end of the sale publicly welcomed me back for 2012. I must say that the future for the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sales looks bright for the Ottawa Valley region. Approximately 30 percent of all feeder calves sold on Nov. 11 at the Atlantic Stockyards Ltd. auction mart's Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed feeder calf sale in Truro, Nova Scotia were Angus or Angus influenced. Their selling prices were at par or above other breeds and many of these feeder calves passing through the ring were Angus green tagged. Showing support and interest for this event, I was joined by the Maritime President, the CAA-National Director for the Maritimes, and the Maritime Angus Association's Secretary. In my opinion, this endorsed feeder sale, which is in its early stages, was successful. Sale prices for Angus feeder calves were up measurably from previous years. This is a sale to build on to hold future Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sales in the Maritime region. To close, commercial breeders, auctioneers, office staff and feeder calf buyers received a 2012 CAA-agenda, and a CAA-pen with my business card. All auction marts’ staff were very appreciative of the CAA's promotional items and our interest at their Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed feeder sales. Michel Dessureault, President of the Québec Beef Producers Federation, sent me a Christmas card with best wishes and thanking me for my support of the Québec feeder calf sales circuit. Secondly, the demand for Angus tagged feeder calves are in high demand. Two new lisenced participants from Québec were brought into the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program in 2011. Les Viandes Laroche Inc. located in Asbestos, Québec operates an ultra-modern abattoir and is currently positioned in a niche market. Levinoff-Colbex S.E.C which is situated in St. Cyrille-de-Wendover, Québec is the largest beef meat processing facility in Eastern Canada and it serves a number of international markets. Since 2010, Casse-Croûte Rouli-Roulant, a fast food restaurant in St. Tite, Québec is a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed licensed participant whose patrons are demanding quality Angus beef that is local and flavorful. Ranch Therriault supplies this restaurant with 100 percent lime green tagged ANGUS-ATQ beef. Since 2009, Guy D'Anjou's enterprises have been a proud licensed participant of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program and in 2011, Ferme D'Anjou et Fils Inc Feedlot received the CAA-Eastern Feedlot of the Year Award. Submitted by Wayne Gallup, Québec and Maritimes Field Staff Commercial Edition 20112

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Canadian Angus Foundation Report


Since its inception in 1993, the Canadian Angus Foundation has developed slowly and steadily. The incorporation documents for the CAF were issued May 17, 1993. At this time Bill Jackson was named President and Mel Sisson along with Barry Ambrosio were named as executive directors. The general objectives were set out as fundraising, education, research and development. All of which were to benefit the beef industry, and these primary goals are still the guiding

light for the Foundation today. In 2005 the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador program was initiated. The Junior Ambassador attends major Angus events throughout Canada in addition to important international events. This is an excellent opportunity for a young Angus enthusiast to gain a lot of knowledge and industry contacts, while promoting the breed and other opportunities to their peers. The 2009 year and the World Angus forum were an important steppingstone for the Foundation. The WAF set the stage for the largest fundraising year in Foundation history. This included the donation of two heifers along with the embryo lottery campaign. The embryo lottery was the single biggest fundraising event in Foundation history until the Red and Black Baldy Fundraiser in 2011, where half of the proceeds were donated to the Kids with Cancer Society. In 2010 the Foundation obtained a federal grant to organize and catalogue many historical documents. This eventually led to them being incorporated into the archives at Calgary’s world renowned Glenbow Museum. Many of these documents are available for public viewing online or at the museum itself. In addition to making these documents available to the

public, it offers a climate controlled atmosphere that will allow for the preservation of these items for generations. Fundraising for the Foundation continues with the sale of items at the Annual Convention and through various special events such as the Red and Black Baldy Fundraiser (Head Shavin’). Overall, the most dollars raised are from breeders who either auction or raffle an animal and donate the proceeds to the Foundation. Depending on any direction from the donors, these funds can be allocated to other special interest groups and a tax receipt provided to the donor for their support. The work of the Foundation is carried out by volunteers who freely give their time. In order to continue and expand these programs, we require the continued support of our breeders. We thank them for their past valuable backing, and please watch for upcoming fundraising events with opportunities to give generously. We can assure you that your contributions will be put to good use to promote the number one breed in Canada. Gary Harron Canadian Angus Foundation Chairman

Ranching in Argentina Argentina, where the sun lies on the north horizon, cattle graze on the endless Humid Pampas and gauchos still ride every day tending to the 48 million head of cattle that live in this beautiful country. As the third largest cattle producing country in the world, Argentina’s cattle country has a lot of admirable qualities. Winters rarely get below zero while summers are comparable with the prairies. Labour is cheap in this country with the average gaucho making less than $1,000 US a month. Argentina is home to 250,000 cattle ranches with 10 percent having more than 500 head. Large ranches with more than 500 head account for 55 percent of the

national herd. The ranches that I visited were very different than many North American ranches. Often ranch owners and their families would live in Buenos Aires so that their children could go to school in the city. Then, the families would spend the weekends on their farms. Some ranches are hundreds of years old going back to the first Spanish Conquistadors who introduced cattle to the area. Argentina has the world’s second highest per capita consumption of beef at 55 kilograms a year. During our stay, we ate croissants and coffee for breakfast, beef ribs, roast, and steak for lunch and then more beef for supper. Calving starts Argentina’s late winter and runs into late spring. Because their seasons are reversed from Canada’s, they start calving in July and finish in September. Breeding starts in November and is completed by January. Artificial breeding is priced lower than North American prices. A $10 straw would be very expensive in Argentina as they make their semen profits by selling a huge quantity of straws. Calves are weaned at six months of age and usually weigh around 550 pounds. Only 7 percent of what we would consider feeder calves are finished in feedlots with the majority being finished on grass. Steer calves take 12-14 months to finish and are harvested at 18 to 19 months weighing between 800 and 900 pounds. Liniers Cattle Market is the hub of cattle trading in the country. 10,000 to 13,000 head are sold every day, four days a week, making Liniers the largest cattle market

in the world. Unlike North American markets, the buyers move around to the cattle on catwalks above the corrals and on horseback in the alleys. A large bell is rung to signal the buyers to congregate close to the auctioneer as he waves his auction stick, selling two pens a minute without an intercom system. In October cattle of 15-19 months were selling for 2.10 pesos a kilogram, which equals close to 90 cents per pound. The temperate climate, grass finished beef system, big country and focus on quality beef in Argentina lend itself to Aberdeen Angus. The numbers in Argentina support this with 50 percent of the national beef herd being pure Angus with another 20 percent being Angus influenced crossbreds. That makes 26 million head of Angus cattle, with 10 million of these being mother cows. The 2012 World Angus Secretariat in Argentina was a great opportunity for Angus breeders and enthusiasts to network and share perspectives. I was glad to see so many Canadian commercial cattlemen at this event. The next WAS is in Mexico in 2015 and will make for a great winter vacation. Expect to see so much more than the average resort stay at Cancun. Austen Anderson 2011 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador

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2012 Dues Remember to pay your 2012 dues! You cannot register 2012 calves until your current dues are paid. Annual membership is $100 or $10 for juniors!

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CAA Adopts a New Designation for Canadian Genetics

Effective July 1, 2012, animals with a standard 3-generation pedigree made up of all Canadian genetics will receive a designation of “Canadian” and a maple leaf will adorn both the registration certificate and the on-line Herd Book for such animals. Further, animals with an additional two generations of Canadian sires and dams free of the “IMP” tattoo will be designated as “Straight Canadian” and labeled with a Canada flag. “We are excited to create an identifier for those animals whose lineage represents a strong adherence to Canadian genetics,” says Rob Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Angus Association. “Since the

World Angus Forum in 2009, it seems like the globe has rediscovered Canada as a quality export source and these unique Canadian genetics must be identified in such a way that brands them as Canadian, as they truly are.” While the majority of the Top Ten sires based on registered offspring in 2011 are foreign, the CAA seeks to recognize those animals that are distinctly Canadian, whether they are black or red. The new designation means that “Canadian” animals will be at least 94 percent all-Canadian blood while the “Straight Canadian” will be more 99 percent or higher.

With the increasing demand for Canadian genetics overseas, countries like Kazakhstan and Russia are looking to populate their national cattle herds with commercial cattle in addition to purebred seedstock. Since these countries also require documentation affirming the genetic quality of these imports, the Canadian Angus Association has developed their “Export Affidavit” to accompany live commercial exports intended for cow/calf production. The only stipulation: they are Angus-sired and bearing a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed ear tag. “We are really starting to see more value placed on the green Angus tag,” says Brian Good, Director of Field Services for the CAA. “It was a natural progression to brand these excellent Angus-sired females so that, in

assisting other countries in growing their cow herds, those folks know what they’ve got. And when you’ve got a Canadian Angus animal, whether it’s purebred or crossbred, they’ve got the best in the world.” “We never expected to see international exports of animals other than purebreds,” adds CAA General Manager Michael Latimer. “Now that the global cow herd has decreased so much, countries are looking for more cattle to import and faster growth based on such. Commercial Angus females are the best possible choice for them and, provided these are Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tagged females, the CAA is committed to authorizing their quality.” The fee for these affidavits is $20 and available from the CAA office.

“If our membership start to see value in this designation, and begin promoting both their “Canadian” and “Straight Canadian” animals, we will feel as if we’ve helped to satisfy our primary objective, which is to increase member value in their Association,” concludes CEO Smith. For more information on this designation, please contact Rob Smith at the CAA office.

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ideal carcass weight when taken to the rail,” says Rosehill. “Angus influenced cows crossed with any other breed make a pretty nice cow both as mothers and as producers of a great end product.” Rosehill explains that Angus cattle have not always seen top prices. Throughout the 60’s there was a push for exotic breeds and the industry saw a change in the buyers’ demand shifting from the British breeds. Today, however, Angus is the industry “standard” and recognized with numerous strengths by all sectors of the industry. “We see a number of our buyers who demand brockle-faced, silver, black and red steers, of course all with Angus influence,” Rosehill says proudly with a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sticker hung on his office wall. Olds Auction Mart is currently seeing prices at an all-time high just as seen all over North America. Rosehill credits this to fewer cows across the continent and especially in Canada driving up the supply and demand l-r: Danny Rosehill, Joel Waddell, Tyler Rosehill, Greg Sanderson, Patrick Cassidy, Jim Crawford curve, rewarding beef

Olds Auction Mart Nestled in Olds’ town-centre, Olds Auction Mart has had a presence in the community since 1953. Being the second of its kind in Alberta, the auction mart, owned and operated still today by the same families that established it, handles about 80,000 to 100,000 cattle per year. Today, a record 80 percent of the cattle the mart handles are Angus or Angus-influenced. With two all-Angus tag sales conducted in the fall, Olds sees an honest share of the market being owned by Angus cattle. According to an owning partner Danny Rosehill, Angus cattle are the demand of today’s market being traced back ultimately to the packers’ demand. “The packer is demanding a more moderate framed animal which will ultimately hang a more

C A N A D I A N A N G U S producers across the sector. Rosehill says, “Finishing markets are experiencing prices higher than ever before and it filters down to us on the feeder market.” With export markets reopening and the decline in cow numbers, prices are expected to stay high for quite sometime. With more volume-based producers, the mart is seeing a greater percentage of their producers having off the farm jobs. Rosehill admits it could be as many as 95 percent of their customers. This is certainly different than what the mart saw when it opened. Olds Auction Mart can be found in Olds, Alberta and Rosehill credits the town for a portion of the mart’s success. “Farmers enjoy doing business in Olds and the town provides everything from grocery shopping to nearly all of their agricultural dealings.” The current partners in addition to Rosehill include Jim Crawford and Greg Sanderson. In addition to the Olds Auction Mart, another part of the company includes Rosehill Auction Service Ltd. The auction service features farm auctions, farm equipment sales and real estate, services the company feels make them more diverse to their customers.

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Building Developments

Following many years of discussion and analysis, the Canadian Angus Association made the decision on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 to purchase a 1.09 ha (2.696 acres) plot of land adjacent to Highway 566 / 176th Avenue N.E. Calgary, between Range Roads 293 and 292, to the east of the CrossIron Mills development just east of the village of Balzac and Highway QEII. The entire development will feature hotel accommodations, restaurants, and is north of the Calgary International airport with a road that will eventually pass along the east side of our development and carry through to Métis Trail and the airport. The legal land description of the lot we have purchased is:


Wagon Wheel Park, East Balzac, Alberta, Lot 5, Block 2, Plan 081 0343 N.E. ¼ - 10 - 26 - 29- W4 The first two weeks of July featured considerable effort working economic feasibility and cost-benefit of the land purchase the board approved. Following the decision to move forward, Beaumont Church LLP (specifically Stan Church) was acquired for legal services to assist CAA with the offer to purchase and future developments. Although the initial land purchase was made from existing CAA reserve funds, we have signed a loan agreement with Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) that will satisfy our current construction objective of a 15,000 square foot office complex. It is important to note, however, this is highly subject to change based on the space required by occupants and the final design the structure shareholders agree to build.

Conversations have been taking place throughout the summer and fall with potential lessees or partners in the building and this will ‘ramp up’ in the next month. A number of breed associations and industry groups have expressed a range of interest from ‘soft’ to ‘firm’ and many have indicated that they didn’t understand why this wasn’t pursued (even more) vigorously in the past. Some potential partners require or suggest interest in equity positions which would make them minority shareholders in what will likely be a numbered holding company for the structure, which we are referring to, at this point, as the “National Beef Centre” (which CAA has trademarked), pending successful achievement of occupants diverse enough to render the building, truly, worthy of such a title. Most occupants are requesting from 550 – 4000 square feet of office space for their use; CAA is looking for 7000 – 7500 square feet. Although the concept at this point is strictly to occupy space in the same building, there will be some natural efficiency immediately. The CAA, or the shareholder holding company, whichever is the outcome, will include, for the management fee rate paid for building upkeep, a central office area for photocopying, common computer servers, IT support and telecommunications operation. The lease revenue projections are based on lease or rental as well as building management fees including utilities and operating derived from quotes amalgamated from various local sources in mid-July, 2011; this is based on what CAA expects to pay if we were to renegotiate our current lease which expires in Q1 - 2013. We have completed a comprehensive assessment of lease / rental rates in the Calgary and Rockyview areas and have been

making our pitch to potential renters as well as potential equity stakeholders. Further collaboration is hoped for in the areas of registration / electronic Herd Book management, National Cattle Evaluation and EPD calculations. This is highly preliminary at this point, but discussion with other breeds certainly identifies value in a collaborative approach to much of the overhead and parallel services we all experience and provide. From a ‘go-forward’ perspective, this is the proposed time frame: • Q1 - 2012: finalizing of occupancy and space requirements, including legal Letters of Intent from shareholder partners; • Q1 - 2012: meeting of stakeholders and lease holders to determine final layout plans and specifications; • Q1 - 2012: mid March, 2012: construction / builder tender period; • Q2 - 2012: selection of successful construction / builder tender by equity shareholders; • Q2 - 2012: negotiation with successful construction tender and finalization of builder contract; • Q2/Q3 - 2012:break ground with construction; • Q2/Q3 - 2012 to Q3/Q4 - 2013: construction and completion phase; • Q4 - 2012 and Q1 - 2013: all equity partners invest monies into the holding company to complete construction (unless building does not exceed 15,000 square feet which is what CAA has secured funding to complete); • Q2 & Q4-2013: acceptance of construction and occupancy.

EPD 101 Workshops The Canadian Angus Association offers to its members a free EPD 101 workshop every month. Contact Kajal at 1-888-571-3580 to register for a workshop that is convenient for you and learn everything you need to know about EPDs.

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Box 5, Site 4, R.R. #1, Olds, Alta T4H 1P3

Phone (403)507-8771 Fax (403)507-8772


Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. Davis-Rairdan International P.O. Box 590 Crossfield, Alberta Canada T0M 0S0 Phone (403)946-4551 Fax (403)946-5093 Website email


● On-farm freezing & collection ● Donor care facility ● Recipient herd

● Licensed facility for embryos exports


● Genetic Marketing & Selection ● International Embryo Sales


RYAN DORRAN 403.507.6483

P.O. Box 2635, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0 Auctioneer, Ring Service & Marketing


Progressive Performance... Optimum Maternalism!

CANADIAN RED ANGUS PROMOTION SOCIETY 6015 Park Place, Taber, AB T1G 1E9 403/223-8009

Carey Auction Services Brent W. Carey


(403)549-2478 - Cellular (403)650-9028 Box 27, Stavely, AB T0L 1Z0

"Specializing in Seedstock Sales & Promotion"

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Gloria Fantin - Independently Offering - Advertising Services for Beef Producers - Advertising & Publication Consulting - Advertising Sales Representation - Writing Services & Distribution

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Bus (250)546-9420 / Cellular (250)558-6789 Comp. 19, Larkin Site, RR 3, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0

All West/Select Sires For All Your Angus Genetics


Serving BC, AB & SK

Aberlynn Angus

Mark Stock

Ring Service & Livestock Service Box 128, Hazelet, SK S0N 1E0 (306) 678-4811 ✺ Cellular (403) 357-8104



MARILYN BRAITWAITE Box 8265, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6C5 A.H.T. Ph (306)931-2904 ● Fax (306)242-1563

Sealin Creek Ranch

Dan & Janette Speller

Box 59, Monte Lake, BC V0E 2N0 (250)375-2268

Wayne & Jill Hughes & family

302 Rawlings Lake Road, Lumby, B.C. V0E 2G1 Phone: (250)547-6584 ~ Fax: (250)547-6583



Owners: Peter & Francesca Cox Managed by: Christy Elliot

Re us gister ed Black Ang

Tel: (250)446-2269 Fax: (250)764-0537

22km Christian Valley Westbridge, British Columbia

“Quality Red & Black Angus Cattle” The Muenchraths Bernard & Alice (403)533-3926 P.O. Box 129 Russ & Shauna (403)533-3937 Rockyford, AB Kelly & Nora (403)533-3810 T0J 2R0




P.O. Box 4081, Taber, AB T1G 2C6 Phone/Fax: (403)223-8008

Bill & Hjordis Armitage Dwight & JoAnne Mackay Blake & MaryLee Prior

est. 1966

Box 70,Kinsella, Alberta T0B 2N0 (780)336-2445

Jay & Lenore Davis Box 184, Acme, Alberta T0M 0A0 (403) 546-2299

Mile 11 on #2 Highway South of Dawson Creek

PUREBRED BLACK ANGUS P.O. Box 132, Steve Aylward (250)786-5031 Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G3 Dale Aylward (250)786-5478

“A family operation dedicated to the perfection of the Angus breed.”

Doug, Joyce, Judy, Cindy and Tracy Allen



ring w Sp s Ran illo


Jack Brown - Fieldman 604/888-0862

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Registered Angus

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Lance Savage - President 4664 Sleepy Hollow Road, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4 Ph/Fax:250/546-2813

Marie Bradshaw Gordon Bradshaw 5343-39st Close R.R. #3, Site 3, Box 6 Innisfail, AB T4G 1G1 Innisfail, AB T4G 1T8 (403)227-5431 (403)227-0354 “Quality you can see. Breeding you can trust.”

ACHER ANG B US SH Darrel & Wendy Ashbacher & Family

P.O. Box 99, Halkirk, Alberta T0C 1M0

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(403)641-2205 P.O. BOX 576, BASSANO, ALBERTA T0J 0B0



Wayne and Peggy Robinson

Box 36 Mossleigh, Alberta T0L 1P0 Phone (403) 934-4083

Bar Double M Angus Mark & Rachel Merrill & Family


Flint & Flint

Box 132, Hill Springs, Alberta T0K 1E0


(403) 626-3369

Pioneer Red Angus Breeder

Bryan & Sherry Mackenzie

New Norway, AB

P.O. Box 122, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0 Phone: (403)627-5676 / Fax:(403)627-4653 /

Visitors 12 miles west of Olds Always on Hwy #27, 1/2 mile south on Welcome Range Rd 3.04 email:

Diamond Willow Ranch Add Our Diamonds to Your Herd!

“Quality Angus Seedstock”

Doug-Bev-John Robertson

Box 12, Site 3, R.R. #1 Airdrie, AB T4B 2A3 (403)948-5941 /Fax (403)946-5093

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Ted & Marci McPeak (403)948-3085

RR #1, Stn. Mn., Airdrie, AB T4B 2A3 From Airdrie Overpass on SH 567, 10km W., 5km N., on SH 772

Hazel Bluff Red Angus Erich, Mechthild & Martin Clausen

Dwayne & Joanne Emery (780) 674-4410 REGISTERED ANGUS P.O. Box 31, Camp Creek, Alberta T0G 0L0

(780)349-2768 (780)349-2960 fax email:

P.O. Box 5728, Westlock, AB T7P 2P6

Quality Service Selection

Breeding stock always available by private treaty




(403)938-7754 R.R. #2, Okotoks, Alberta T0L 1T0


“Angus - The Power Breed”

Murray and Gloria Fraser 403-787-2341

R.R. #1, Westerose, AB T0C 2V0 (780)586-2603


Box 32, Hussar, Alberta TOJ 1SO

Horned Hereford

Cam and Kim Fraser 403-787-2165

Fleming Stock Farms


Box 1, Granum, Alberta T0L 1A0 Ph: 403/687-2288 Fax: 403/687-2088

Duncan, Cecilie, Cooper & Ricki Fleming “Quality goes in before the name goes on”


R.R.# 3, Barrhead, AB T7N 1N4 Erika Geis (780)674-5795 Brian, Kim Jenna & Robert Geis (780)674-4225


" Our Greatest Asset - Quality Angus"

Robert & Gail Hamilton

Box 11, Site 15, R.R.# 2, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1A2 (403) 932-5980

William & Wanda Farrell





V Wayne Branden & Jane Morrow


Phone: (780)674-2335 ~ Cell: (780)305-4813 ~ Fax: (780)674-4398 P.O. Box 11, Camp Creek, AB T0G 0L0 -

Nagib- Krameddine

Registered Angus

R.R. #3, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1X1 H (780)352-0813 W (780)585-2003

KBJ Round Farms

P.O. Box 238, Clyde, Alberta T0G 0P0

Jim Round (780)348-5638

Barry Round (780)348-5794

Dan & Shelley Prichard Ph/Fax: 780-385-2298 Killam, Alberta Doug Noad 403-660-8371

“Visitor’s Welcome”

Harry & Gaylene Irving




Dave & Jean Prichard 780-385-2226

Ron & Laurie Hunter & family “Quality Registered & Commercial Stock”

RR 2 Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0



Willard Leeuwenburgh Home: 403-381-3191 Cell: 403-382-1990 Fax: 403-381-9093


Jack Leeuwenburgh Home: 403-327-9618 Cell: 403-330-6123 Fax: 403-327-9629

Box 25, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Y3

Lindsay & Donna Penosky & Family

P.O. Box 37, Botha, AB T0C 0N0 Phone: (403)742-4337 ● Fax: (403)742-4341

Lee & Laura Brown

Box 217, Erskine, AB T0C 1G0 Ph: (403) 742-4226 Fax (403) 742-2962

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Roy & Cindy Bjorklund

Cattle Co.

- Breeders of Quality Performance Tested Angus -

P.O. Box 2044, Fairview, Alberta T0H 1L0 (780)835-3530



Box 610, Delburne, Alberta T0M 0V0 (403)749-2953 email:


Shawn & Cathy

Box 115, Warner, Alberta T0K 2L0 (403)642-2041







(403)728-3285 R.R. #1, Markerville, Alberta T0M 1M0

Box 247, Warner, Alberta T0K 2L0 Ph/Fax: (403)642-2055 email:


Richard & Joyce Lorenz



Elllamae & Mike




Breeding 150 Functional Black Angus Females Since 1945

A Place Where Performance, Style and Meat Come Together

Box 127, Sangudo, Alberta, Canada T0E 2A0


Danny & Conna Warrilow Bill & Barbara Warrilow Ph/Fax: (780) 593-2205 (780) 593-2208 P.O. BOX 39, MINBURN, ALBERTA T0B 3B0

(780) 785-2176

(780) 785-3205

FAX (780) 785-2453

Trent & Kelli Abraham

P.O. Box 22, Linden, Alberta T0M 1J0

Phone: 403/546-2010 Fax: 403/252-0041 Cell:403/803-8035 //

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"The Home of Angus Beef Cattle" Gary Slezina Box 1052, Coaldale, AB T1M 1M9 (403)345-3835 Fax (403)345-3836






Rick & Deb Cones


Duane Parsonage



R.R. #3, Site 18, Box 17, Innisfail, AB T4G 1T8

Box 31, Millarville, Alberta T0L 1K0 Ph: (403)931-3276 Fax: (403)931-3295 email:

RIVERBEND FARM LTD. Bud, Barb & John McBride Box 51, Benalto, Alberta T0M 0H0 Phone: (403)746-2555 / Phone/Fax: (403)746-2630

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Richard King

R.R. #2 Red & Kitscoty, AB T0B 2P0 403/309-0905 Black Angus



Murray King

Stacey & Michel Stauffer

Ring 403.627.2511 Fax 403.627.2650 Box 2377, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0

Stoneydale BLACK ANGUS

Ken & Sharon Chitwood

Ph:(403)948-3094 Fax: (403)948-6329 R.R. #2, Airdrie, AB T4B 2A4


The Koenning’s

Walter & Lyla (403) 227-2071 Chris & Stacy (403) 227-5567




P.O. Box 4205, Taber, Alberta T1G 2C7 Phone/Fax: (403)223-4118

The Wildman’s

Premium Quality Since 1972

Glen, Dale, Wayne & Terry Elliott

Ph/Fax: (403)832-3774 l Ph: (403)832-3112 P.O. Box 113 Seven Persons, AB T0K 1Z0




David Flundra

P.O. Box 1453, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7N4

Cell: (403)502-4776

Annual Bull Sale First Saturday in April

Box 192, Goodeve, SK S0A 1C0


Park F w a o ill


‘Black Angus - a Spady tradition for over 70 years”

16 km east of Walsh, Alberta

Tel: (306)662-2449 Fax: (306)662-2556

Wes & Kim Olynyk (306)876-4420 Irene Olynyk (306)876-4400

Spring Bull Sale ● Female (Private Treaty) ● Embryos Using A.I. program & Embryo transfer to raise well balanced cattle.

Travis & Halley Spady & Sons 780.879.2298 Alliance, Alberta, T0B 0A0

Doug & Lynn McIvor

Box 688, Davidson, SK S0G 1A0


Box 763, Bassano, Alberta T0J 0B0 Ph: 403/641-4467 ~ Fax:403/6412355




X Angus

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(306) 567-4702

Lassiter Brothers







Purebred Red Angus Bulls, Females & Commercial Cattle

P.O. Box 444, Sangudo, Alberta T0E 2A0 Fax 785-3403


Allan & Sherry Aitken & Sons


Dave & Gail (780) 785-2091 Kirk (780) 785-3772


Box 53, Eyebrow, Saskatchewan S0H 1L0 (306)759-2701

Box 8, Site 7, R.R. #4, Innisfail, AB T4G 1T9

Registered & Commercial Red Angus


Purebred Black Angus since 1920

Jim & Betty Richardson (403)224-3286

Box 32, Bowden, AB T0M 0K0

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Double AA Angus Bill Dillabaugh

Roger Hardy

P.O. Box 91, Coleville, SK S0L 0K0 (306) 965-2554

Annual Rancher’s Choice Spring Bull Sale

Jon & Shelly Fox

P.O. Box 320 Lloydminster, SK S9V 0Y2


Registered Red Angus Commercial Angus


Ranches Inc. Don’t Roll - JustRock


S South Shadow Angus & Paints S A P Box 455, Midale, Saskatchewan S0C 1S0 Ph: (306)458-2359 - Cell: (306)458-7521

Phone: 306-825-9702 Fax: 306-825-9782 Res: 306-825-9624 Email:

Registered Bulls - Commercial Females - Ranch Horses

Don & Connie Delorme & Family Box 28, Robsart, Saskatchewan S0N 2G0 (306)299-4494 ~ Classic Black Cattle For The Practical Rancher Quality Paint Horses For Versatility

“Raising Quality Cattle To Work For You”

Keith, Linda & Stacey Kaufmann 306/454-2730

Shane, Alexis,

Keaton, Kamrie, Kohen Registered & Korbyn Kaufmann 306/454-2688 Red & Black Angus P.O. Box 130, Ceylon, SK S0C 0T0 ● Fax: (306)454-2643 ●


Jim & Peggy Grant P.O. Box 220, Edam, SK S0M 0V0 (306)397-2541


John Gottfried & Family


P.O. Box 183, Luseland, SK S0L 2A0


Flying K Ranch Registered Red Angus Since 1972

Brian & Christine Hanel Box 1902, Swift Current, SK S9H 4M6 (306)773-6313 email:

(306) 834-2844

Luseland - .5 mile W, 12 Miles S & .25 mile W. Kerrobert - 12 miles W, Hwy# 51, .5 mile N, .25 mile W

Donna Hanel


Box 718 Maidstone, SK S0M 1M0

R.R. #1, Wymark, SK S0N 2Y0 Ph/Fax: (306)773-6984

Les & Ethel Smith & family (306)893-4094

WRed il-Sel Angus

10 miles south of swift Current on hwy #4 & 8 miles west

Est: 1980

Doreen 306/263-4407 306/263-4923 Fax Corbin, Lynette, Cole & Conner 306/263-4407 The Selody’s ~ Flintoft, SK S0H 1R0

Willows W WindyFarms W Collin A Sauder Michelle Potapinski

Box 55, Hodgeville, SK S0H 2B0 Phone/Fax: 306/677-2507

H ow e R e d An g u s

Doug Howe (306)693-2163

Mike or Dale Howe (306)693-2127

183-325-4th SW, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 5V2

Fax (306)692-0081 //

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Box 159, Alsask, SK S0L 0A0 Res: 306/968-2637 / Cell: 306/463-8405

5 miles east of Alsask and 2 miles north on Merid Grid

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Ian Gross

P.O. Box 29, Rush Lake, Saskatchewan S0H 3S0 ● (306)773-6873

Z RED ANGU A R Phil Birnie S W Box 461, Wawota, SK S0G 5A0

Ph: 306/739-2988 ~ Fax: 306/739-2137 ~ Cell: 306/577-7440 email: Red Angus Bulls & Females For Sale ~ Commercial Heifers Herdsman: Gordon Murray 306/739-2177 - cell: 306/646-7980




Greenbush Angus R.R. #1, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0

Barrie & Bernice Baker (204)966-3822

#636077, Holland-Euphrasia Townline, RR 3, Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

Tim & Wendy Baker (204)966-3320

Office Phone: (519)986-1330 Fax: (519)986-4736

Barry & Marj Young & Family


Box 28, Carievale, SK S0C 0P0 (306) 928-4810


R.R. #5 726040 Township Rd 3 Woodstock, Ontario N4S 7V9 Casey Fanta - Farm Manager - 519/467-5757 Office: 519/467-5700 ~ email:



Black & Red Angus

Bruce, Ione Austen & Breanna Anderson


204.734.2073 - 204.734.0730 Comp 2 R.R.# 2, Swan River, MB R0L 1Z0 -




Don & Jeannette Currie

R.R. #1, Nottawa, Ontario L0M 1P0 Ph/Fax: (705)445-1526

Quality Angus Cattle

Visitors Always Welcome

Jack & Barb Hart

General Delivery, Brookdale, Manitoba R0K 0G0 (204) 476-2607


David & Jeanette Neufeld 204/534-2380

Box 171, Boissevain Manitoba R0K 0E0

S tewart C attle C o.

Brent, Dale & Kelsey Box 908 Russell, MB R0J 1W0

H: 204.773.2356 F: 204.773.3579 C: 204.773.6392

Purebred Black Angus Bulls & Females for Sale.

Dealers for Merritt Aluminum Trailers Call today!!

Roy & Vicki Forsyth

Eddystone, Manitoba R0L 0S0 (204)448-2245

Registered Red & BlackAngus Fax: (204)448-2126

Allen & Merilyn Staheli



Eddystone, Manitoba R0L 0S0



“Quality Genetics and a Commitment to Service”

Jeff Whitely 1212 Safari Rd, RR #1 Millgrove (Flamborough) Ontario L0R 1V0

Home: 905-659-4071 Fax: 905-659-4316 Email:

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Rideau Angus (613)258-2762 Farm R.R. #4, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0 D & C Cattle Co Doug & Carolyn Milne-Smith

Rob & Sandy Foubert

613/258-1062 4373 Rideau River Road, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0




12201 TORBRAM RD, CALEDON. ONTARIO L7C 2T4 * (905)843-1236


Luc Noiseux et Chantal Boisvert

Service Animal Noiseux

20, rang Elmire “route 235” St-Paul d’Abbotsford, Qc J0E 1A0 Tel: (450)379-9989

Autoroute #10, sortie #55, 3 km sur la #235 Nord.

Les Fermes

Rolling Acres

Angus & Hereford

C260 Heath Road, Shawville, Quebec J0X 2Y0

Stephen & Paula 819-647-3540

Laird & Mary 819-647-3542

Fax: (819)647-3541 //

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February 29 - March 1 Calgary Bull Sale, Calgary, AB March 2 Cattleman’s Connection Black Angus Bull Sale, Brandon, MB March 2 Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale, Yukon, OK March 3 Brandl Cattle Co Bull Sale, Jarvie, AB March 3 High Country Bull Sale, Pincher Creek, AB March 3 Prime Time Bull Sale, Williams Lake, BC March 3 Cutting Edge Black Angus & Simmental Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB March 7 Mar Mac Farms & Guests Bull Sale, Brandon, MB March 8 Bar EL Angus Bull Sale, Stettler, AB March 9 Arda Farms Bull Sale, Acme, AB March 9 Duckworth Ranch Replacement Heifer Sale, Courval, SK March 9 Flesch Angus Bull Sale, Shelby, MT March 10 LLB Spring Spectacular Bull & Female Sale, Erskine, AB March 10 Cattlemen’s Bull Event, Saskatoon, SK March 10 Sure Shot Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 12 KBJ Round Farms Bull Sale, Clyde, AB March 13 Benchmark Angus Bull Sale, Warner, AB March 13 On Target Bull & Female Sale, Barrhead, AB March 13 Medicine Hat Spring Bull Show & Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 15 Ter-Ron Farms Bull Sale, Forestburg, AB March 15 Allencroft/Border Butte Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 16 Bone Creek Ranch Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 16 Bowerman Bros, Nesset Lake Bull Sale, Meadow Lake, SK March 17 Signature Series Bull Sale, Brooks, AB March 19 F Bar R Ranch Bull Sale, Brooks, AB March 20 Leeuwenburgh Angus Bull Sale, Lethbridge, AB March 22 Soo Line Cattle Co Bull Sale, Midale, SK March 23 Southland Angus Bull Sale, Shaunavon, SK March 23 Thistle Ridge Bull Sale, Taber, AB March 24 Beiseker Red Angus & Red Rock Red Angus “Prairie Grass Bull Sale, Airdrie, AB March 26 Saskalta ‘Rancher’s Choice Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 26 Everblack Angus Bull Sale, Vermilion, AB March 26 Merit Cattle Co Bull Sale, Radville, SK

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March 27 Ring Creek Farm Bull & Female Sale Bull, Fairview, AB March 27 U2 Ranch Bull Sale, High River, AB March 28 Blades Angus Bull Sale, Stavely, AB March 28 Right Cross Ranch’s Bull Sale, Kisbey, SK March 29 Brylor Ranch Bull Sale, Fort Macleod, AB March 29 Brylor Ranch Bull Sale, Fort Macleod, AB March 29 Minburn Angus Bull Sale, Minburn, AB March 30 Triple J Farms Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK March 30 Double F Cattle Co Bull Sale, Prince Albert, SK March 30 K-Cow Bull Sale, Elk Point, AB March 31 Stockman’s Select Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK March 31 66 Ranch Bull Sale, Brooks, AB March 31 Northern Alliance Bull Sale, Vanderhoof, BC March 31 Bar 5 Spring Bull Sale, Markdale, ON April 2 Hamilton Farms Bull Sale, Cochrane, AB April 3 Blairs.Ag Cattle Co ‘Pursuit of Excellence’ Bull Sale, Sedley, SK April 3 Windy Willlows Bull Sale, Hodgeville, SK April 4 Peak Dot Ranch Bull Sale, Wood Mountain, SK April 4 Howe Red Angus Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK April 4 Eldorado Black & Red Angus Bull Sale, Lethbridge, AB April 5 Crowfoot Cattle Co Red & Black Angus Bull Sale, Standard, AB April 5 Norseman Farms Bull Sale, Kyle, SK April 7 Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK April 7 Lauron Red Angus & Guests Bull Sale, Olds, AB April 7 Lookout Stock Farm Bull Sale, Fairview, AB April 7 Duford Royal Bull Sale, Listowel, ON April 7 Crescent Creek Bull & Female Sale, Goodeve, SK April 10 Rodgers Red Angus Bull Sale, Brooks, AB April 10 Lacombe Bull Show & Sale, Lacombe, AB April 10 Young Dale Angus Bull Sale, Carnduff, SK April 11 Rivercrest/Valleymere Angus Bull Sale, Alliance, AB April 11 Ranchlands Bull Sale, Fort Macleod, AB April 12 T Bar K Ranch Bull Sale, Wawota, SK April 12 ABC Black Angus Bull Sale, Veteran, AB

Bulls for sale

April 26 April 16 April 12 Justamere Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Daines Cattle Co All Black Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Lazy E Bar Ranching Black Angus Bull & Heifer Sale, Stettler, AB April 16 April 12 June 1 Short Grass Bull Sale, Aneroid, SK South View Angus Bull Sale, Ceylon, SK Brooks All Breeds Bull Sale, Brooks, AB Sired by Upward, Game Day, Right Answer, April Pioneer & Canadian Rascal 19 April 13 June 1 Angus Bull Sale, Fort cow Macleod, AB Fertile Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Canadian Angus Association Convention, Lethbridge, AB All Valley/Johnson born unassisted, birth weights 75-95Badlands lbs. from proven families April 20 April 14 September 29 Your Choice Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK Prairielane Farms Bull & Female Sale, Souris, MB Brylor Ranch 41st Annual ‘Tradition with a Vision’ Sale April 21 April 14 Fort Macleod, AB Wraz Red Angus Cornerstone Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK September 29 April 23 April 14 Eastern Extravaganza Angus Sale, Uxbridge, ON Rancher’s Choice Black Angus Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB Cattle Creek Ranch Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK

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Ad Index

4L Holdings ......................................................... 46 66 Ranch Ltd ....................................................... 79 Alalta Acres ......................................................... 28 Alberta Angus Association .................................. 89 Allencroft Angus ................................................. 36 Anderson Cattle Co ............................................. 23 Arda Farms ......................................................... 39 Atlasta Angus ..................................................... 58 Bandura Ranches ............................................ 6, 72 Beiseker Red Angus ............................................ 115 Belvin Angus .................................................. OBC Benchmark Angus .............................................. 41 Blairs.Ag Cattle Co ............................................... 9 Bohrson Marketing ............................................ 61 Border Butte Angus ............................................ 36 Bouchard Livestock .............................................. 81 Brimner Cattle Co .............................................. 25 Brooklyn Cattle Co ............................................ 82 Brookmore Angus ................................................ 34 Brylor Ranch .................................................... IFC Brylor Semen Sales ............................................... 33 Calgary Bull Sale ................................................ 86 Canadian Angus Association .............................. 89 Castlerock Marketing .......................................... 47 Cattle Creek Ranching ........................................ 45 Chico Ranches ................................................... 88 Crescent Creek Angus .......................................... 88 Cripps Cattle Co ................................................ 22 Crowfoot Cattle Co ........................................... 78 Cudlobe Angus .................................................... 1 Daines Cattle Co ............................................... 116 Double AA Angus ................................................. 8 Duckworth Ranch ............................................... 52 Dunford Royal Cattle Co .................................... 85 Eldorado Black & Red Angus ............................. 83 Everblack Angus ................................................. 55 Express Ranches ................................................... 77 F Bar R Ranch ..................................................... 40 Flesch Angus ........................................................ 65 Fleury Cattle Co ................................................. 16 Get-A-Long Stock Farm .................................. IBC Glen Islay Angus .................................................. 5 Hamilton Farms ................................................... 14 Harvest Angus ..................................................... 29 Henderson, DJ .................................................... 57 HD Ranching ...................................................... 38 Johnson/Fertile Valley ........................................ 69 Justamere Farms .................................................. 77 Kane .................................................................... 87 KBJ Round Farms ............................................... 76 Lauron Red Angus ................................................28 Lazy E Bar Ranching ......................................... 113 Lazy MC Angus .................................................. 72 LLB Angus ........................................................... 3 Lookout Stock Farm .......................................... 63 Lorenz Angus ....................................................... 48 Medicine Hat Bull Sale ........................................ 84 Merit Cattle Co .................................................. 53 NCI Cattle Co ..................................................... 72 Norseman Farms ................................................. 44 Peak Dot Ranch .................................................. 10 Poplar Meadows Angus ....................................... 71 Prairielane Farms ................................................ 27 Red Rock Red Angus ......................................... 115 Red Top Angus ................................................... 54 Redrich Farms ..................................................... 59 Remitall Farms ................................................... 26 Ring Creek Farms ............................................... 37 Commercial Edition 20112

Rivercrest/Valleymere ........................................... 67 Rodgers Red Angus ............................................. 75 Saskalta Angus ....................................................... 8 Scott Stock Farm ................................................. 84 Sewall Bros .......................................................... 49 Six Mile Ranch .................................................... 35 Soo Line Cattle Co ............................................. 51 Southland Angus Ranch ...................................... 18 South Shadow Angus .......................................... 86 Spruce View Angus ............................................ 74 Stryker Cattle Co ................................................ 82

Sunrise Red Angus ............................................... 28 T Bar K Ranch ..................................................... 32 T Down Trailers Ltd ........................................... 73 Ter-Ron Farms ..................................................... 59 Triple J Farms ....................................................... 62 Triara Superior ................................................... 24 Triple A Herefords .............................................. 23 Vancise Cattle Co ................................................ 64 Wheelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stock Farm ........................................... 16 Windy Hill Livestock .......................................... 22 WRAZ Red Angus ............................................. 25

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Angus World Commercial 2012, Volume 20, Issue 1  

Angus World Commercial 2012, Volume 20, Issue 1

Angus World Commercial 2012, Volume 20, Issue 1  

Angus World Commercial 2012, Volume 20, Issue 1