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Welcome to the 2017 Commercial Edition of Aberdeen Angus World, the Official Publication of the Canadian Angus Association. This year we are proudly celebrating our 25th Anniversary, a plateau of which I am very happy to have achieved. During the course of the passing years there have been a great deal of changes. Technology has played a large role in some of the changes. I look back prior to my time when Dick Turner did not have the convenience of email to proof ads, in fact he did not have the luxury of a fax machine. In some ways

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technology has made our lives easier. We are more connected by means of internet which delivers fast instant information. In theory that is a great thing, however we are well into an age when ‘Alternative Facts’ and ‘False News’ are factors. We have left an age when mis-information by way of an innocent mistake, which was considered a very bad thing would be followed by apologies and corrections to set things right. Today we have to sort through intentional mis-information. Communication is the core of understanding and empathy. I my mind the agriculture business has found itself in a situation where consumers are less trusting of those who produce their food. I feel that it is a result of fewer and fewer people having a direct connection with a farm or ranch. It is in the best interest of livestock producers to treat their stock well by employing high animal husbandry standards. We are entering into an age where the consumer wants to know by means of verification or certification that certain standards are met. People and businesses which have a role in the chain of custody between the producer and the consumer are well aware of the demands of the

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consumer. They are at a point where they not only want to have discussions with producers, they are willing to make funds available to assist in moving the process along. I would encourage producers to get involved in initiatives like McDonald’s Sustainable Beef Pilot Project which was a tremendous step forward. It was a first and definitely not the last. I was very impressed at the companies that were involved in the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef held in Banff this past fall. Some of the companies represented were World Wildlife Fund, McDonalds, Cargill, JBS, BIXs, Zoetis, Elanco, Bayer, Ducks Unlimited, Nature Conservancy. There will be more interaction between all levels of the food chain in coming times, because it is in everyone’s best interest. History has proven that results can be extraordinary when we all work together.

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Dual selection: data, eye appeal shape Alberta herd Sometimes there’s no better way to learn than to just jump right in. That’s how it was for Angus producer Jon Scott when he first studied artificial insemination (AI) in cattle. Fresh out of high school, the Crossfield, Alberta, native boarded a plane for Australia where the first item on the agenda was taking an AI course. The next? Breeding 800 heifers—with the help of just three others—that very first weekend. “It was quite a good learning experience,” Scott says. The job came after an inquiry with the Australian Angus Association. They put Scott in touch with Lawson Page 10

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Angus Ranch, in Yea, Victoria, which ran 1,600 registered cows at the time, and did a lot of embryo transfer and AI work. “They taught me to cull hard, and you’re better to have a good select group of bulls than to just keep a bunch of bulls around to sell in your sale,” Scott says. “They’re strict cullers on cows. Two cycles and if they weren’t bred they were gone.” He got to know the family, the herd and their customers. The Australian program is influenced by Gardiner Angus Ranch, at Ashland, Kansas, in the United States.

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“They were huge on carcass,” he says. After two different stints with the ranch Down Under, it was time to make a decision: come home to Canada or sign on in a bigger capacity. “They offered me a full-time position managing another ranch they’d just bought,” Scott says, while noting another opportunity beckoned in North America. “My dad was looking at feeding Holsteins on a longer-term commitment. It was a way to build up my Angus herd at the same time.” The call of home won, and the rancher returned home a few years ago. Since then, Scott and his wife Camille have gradually taken over Scott Stock Farms from Jon’s parents Earl and Debra Scott. When Camille moved to the ranch, she brought experience from growing up in the cattle business in Saskatchewan, as well as working in a beef plant and for the Canadian Angus Association. “We work on everything together, because I know the day-to-day but she knows the programs,” Scott says of her expertise in registrations and other paperwork. Busy with their own children, Shelby and Beau, and running an insurance agency, too, the couple no longer have time for custom feeding, but they were eager to take the baton with the cow-calf herd. They’ve built on what Scott’s parents started. “We’re a performance orientated herd,” says the elder cattleman. “They’ve got to have the numbers. We’re fussy. They’ve got to have eye appeal, too.”

Most customers sell at weaning, so the family focuses primarily on maternal traits, yearling weight and growth measures. “If you’re just breeding a breed average, you’re not going to make the next step,” he says. Some customers, like those from the Hutterite colonies, are paying attention to marbling and other end-product traits to qualify for premium programs such as the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, so the Scotts want to be sure they’re putting pressure there, too. “Most of them feed their calves right to the end, so they’re wanting to know about carcass and so they’re asking questions,” the first-generation Angus breeder says. “We want to be leading the group. If you look at what you’re breeding, today is two to three years away from marketing. If you’re doing breed average, you could actually be behind.” That mindset has carried on to the next generation, as Scott says he’ll do a first sort on possible sires based on their numbers, before visual appraisal narrows them further. “With AI, we usually will not use any bulls we haven’t seen,” Scott says, noting they take a trip across the border most years to see Montana Angus herds “to see what kind of program they’re running.” He looks for high-accuracy bulls and then tests those by breeding to a wide range of females. “Sometimes with AI, guys will just pick a bull and they’ll only breed them to their 10 best cows, which doesn’t give you an idea of what the bull’s going to do,” he says. “You should pick out 10 cows that are some of your best to your bottom.”

That’s all part of their goal to provide very consistent bulls, across their offering and from one year to the next. During the annual bull sale the third Friday in March, many familiar faces are in the crowd. One of those is Bob Earl, who with his wife Jill, started a cow herd several years ago when they purchased black baldy replacement heifers from his father-in-law. When he’s looking for black Angus bulls, Earl is glad to be a neighbor to Scott Stock Farms. “I’ll pick bulls right from the cow herd,” Earl says. “I sees all the bloodlines that I want, and I see what the daughters of that bull are doing. I know what kind of cow herd he has, too.” Maternal traits are high on the rancher’s list, but since his father-in-law backgrounds the steer calves, he gets to see what their growth is like, too. “Even though we’re commercial, we treat them like a purebred herd. I’ll select certain cows for certain bulls,” Earl says. “The calves out of Jon’s bulls have a lot of depth and growth and muscle.” Jill usually does her homework ahead of sale day. “My wife will go through the catalog and then go look at the bulls. I’ll go look at the bulls and then look at the numbers,” Earl says, noting they are generally looking in the same direction. “I will use [EPDs] as a tool, definitely. It helps you compare a little.”

Scott says not all of his customers appreciate what those data points mean just yet, but he’s always willing to tell them more about why they matter. “It’s the same as using fertilizer on your crops: the more fertilizer you spend money on, usually the better crops you get,” Scott says. The numbers help explain why one bull is worth more than another. His father has his own analogy. “Everybody drives a new pickup truck. You know what size engine you want in that pickup truck because you know what you’re going to be towing with it and what you’re going to be doing,” Earl Scott says. “If you use animals with higher EPD numbers, you’re going to have more horse power.” With that in mind, they’re continually improving the cow herd, the one that got its start as an Angus 4-H project and now supplies top genetics for many area ranches. “It doesn’t happen overnight,” Earl Scott says. “It’s like everything; it’s not easy.” But it is worth it.

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Beef production is a dynamic and exciting sector of Canada’s livestock industry. Cattle may pass through several stages of production, often changing ownership at each new link in the value chain, and the beef market may fluctuate dramatically between the time a calf is born and the time it is sold. However, these challenges have prompted many ranchers to take advantage of new traceability technologies to make their lives easier and their customers happier.

third-generation rancher south of Calgary, Alberta, says for many ranchers, beef production stems from a profound love of the land. Sears has ensured that the family’s Flying E ranch, an integrated cow-calf and feedlot operation, utilizes the latest technology to remain competitive. While it is mandatory that every beef animal be identified with radio frequency identification (RFID) tag before leaving the farm of origin; these tags, when used in conjunction with software and tag readers, can become a tremendous tool for producers. “I think we’ve improved the herd on the maternal end and we keep using better bulls. We’ve increased the weaned weights a little bit and carcass characteristics have improved. We’ve seen dramatic improvement in the overall quality of the calf crop,” he says. Beef processors and retailers desire a uniform product, which is easier to market because consumers prefer consistency when purchasing meat. Beef producers like Sears can cash in on premiums that are paid for animals with desirable characteristics such as highly marbled meat. Having the technology to track the performance of each animal after it goes to slaughter means farmers can refine their herds over time. Livestock traceability is the ability to follow an animal or group of animals from one point in the supply chain to another. To achieve this goal, industry and governments are working together to implement Canada’s traceability system based on three basic elements – animal identification, premises identification and animal movement recording and reporting.

Canada’s beef industry has also worked together to create a new National Beef Strategy to tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities, and it advocates the benefits of traceability as one of the ways to ensure the industry remains competitive. Once in place, a robust traceability program can become a powerful tool with many applications. Most importantly, it allows for fast and efficient trace-back of animals in the event of a disease or health threat, which can substantially limit the economic, environmental and social impact of emergency situations. Maintaining an enhanced production method based on animal identification and RFID technology over a number of years is enabling producers to make astute observations that can make big business management differences. Sears has used such technology to bring his ranch and his animals to another level of excellence. “We are able to record every event, any procedure, and even record weights every time we handle our animals, so long as we’re running them through a stall or squeeze that can read the RFID or software technology,” he explained. “Change is driven by economics or technology and in our case, we’ve been able to identify superior as well as subpar animals. Then, by using carcass data from slaughter animals, we can tie that back to both the sire and the dam through DNA testing.” Having a fully functional traceability system builds a stronger food supply chain in Canada and abroad. Foreign markets often want reassurance from their international trading partners that they have a proven system for quickly identifying animal health risks and limiting their impact on the value chain and the speed of commerce. For more information on CCIA, and traceability in Canada, please visit

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Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is an industry-based organization that has led the industry’s development of traceability tools such as individual animal identification. Following the discovery of the first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in 2003, Canada’s beef producers are working together with industry and government to create safeguards within the system that help minimize future trade disruptions. Producers have pitched in by ensuring their premises and animals are identified, and that their account information is kept up-to-date.

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Will the Angus Breed Impact the Sustainable Beef Movement in Canada? by Deborah Wilson, Senior Vice-President, BIXSco Inc., Industry Advisor to the Verification Committee for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

One of the topics I am quizzed about on a regular basis is the McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef Pilot Project which wrapped up in May of 2015. Very often I hear talk that it was a temporary thing, a gimmick, a marketing tactic, nothing to give any further thought too. That could not be further from the truth. I can confidently say that many major companies have no intention of stopping there. You may ask what is driving the food processors and retailers down this path. They are being driven by the public’s demand for more information…. accurate information coming from producers through a trusted, robust validation and tracking process. There is a global movement indicating that consumers are concerned about the food they eat – how did it impact the environment, how were the animals cared for, what were they fed, did they have a good quality of life. Today the consumers want their food with an availability of a large side order of information. For the people producing that food, how will we meet that need for information, verify what we do with our animals, farms and ranches, while remaining financially viable and able to manage the demands of the consumer? In other words – demonstrating SUSTAINABILITY. Today we have a more educated and opinionated consumer than ever before, and they have a right to information. They have access to instant information constantly, which unfortunately is not always accurate or verified prior to publishing. That information is very often one-sided, slanted to deliver a negative message or to elicit strong reactions to one off situations. We have others telling our story from their point of view, which is not an ideal situation. McDonald’s recognized that many years ago, following the activity of consumers in Europe. Their global team envisioned a system that could verify or validate production practices in the beef industry, in fact any food production chain. To be able to communicate that information to their customers and have them understand that the food they eat is good for their families, not harmful to the environment and the animals providing the Page 18

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food were treated well. McDonald’s also recognized the necessity of the financial viability of producers and their rural communities. They came to us – listened and learned. Those understandings led to the Verified Sustainable Beef pilot project, which happened in Canada, because we had many of the industry tools in place to follow chain of custody of the animals in the system - with the mandatory national traceability initiative - Canadian Cattle Identification System (CCIA), with the Beef Information Xchange System(BIXS) - the value-added tracking system which works in tandem with CCIA. We also had programs designed to promote the well-being and the longevity of the industry like Verified Beef Production(VBP) for food safety, the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program for succession, Canada Beef for promotion and more. We now have the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) and the National Beef Strategy, all of which are designed to promote the well-being, advancement and continuity of our industry. One program which has caught the eye of processors and packers, as well as retailers, are the Angus influence tags (formerly the highly successful and easily recognized green tag program). It is a program utilizing RFID tags which assist in validating the Angus genetic background of commercial cattle. The RFID can contribute to the tracking of the cattle from the farm or ranch of origin through the production chain, while validating the genetic background of the cattle. With the Canadian Angus Association(CAA) being the largest seed stock organization in Canada it made sense to explore how the Commercial Angus Influence Program could be utilized, in conjunction with the growth of the sustainability initiative. Currently the Canadian Angus Association is in discussions with packers to become part of the information sharing initiative which is a cornerstone of the Canadian sustainability initiative in the beef industry. This is only one of the important initiatives being developed to increase growth of the sustainable beef supply. As part of my position as Senior Vice-President of BIXSco Inc., I have been fortunate to participate in CRSB meetings, meetings with retailers and packers, while maintaining my connections in the industry at large. I have been participating in the plans for the second stage of the sustainable beef pilot project initiative in Canada, and I am excited for our industry. It is not at a stage where we can release details……yet, but please stay tuned to find out the next steps. My greatest hope and goal is that we create a sound business model for the next stages, one which will reward information sharing and sustainable producers at every level, as well as

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processors, while delivering what the retailers need to satisfy their customer demands. Participation in this is critical to support the CRSB, to create a sustainable beef industry that we can all make a living in, be proud of, to lead the world in this important initiative. I look forward to the Canadian Angus Association, their members and their commercial customers being key influencers in our industry and sustainability. It is not enough for beef producers to feel comfortable with what we do in our operations. Many times, in my presentations I say that I know our beef producers take excellent care of our animals, that I know most producers put the care and comfort of their animals ahead of their own. In fact, I have lived that lifestyle for decades, when I just wanted to rollover and sleep in, or just take Sunday off like the rest of the world. But the animals need feed, care, checking to make sure they are calving safely, that they aren’t sick, that the water bowls all work, that the feeders or feed bunks are full. We go that extra mile for the personal satisfaction, pride, love of the livestock and the industry. Unfortunately, consumers can’t crawl inside our skins and feel what we do, many of them will never be fortunate enough to experience a calf being born, to see the yearlings running and bucking in the spring, to see mother cows watching over their calves. To truly understand the life cycle and the purpose of these animals we raise with such care, or understand the beauty of our farms and ranches, the responsibility we feel in leaving our operations better than when we took them over. For further information visit the following websites: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef By Deborah Wilson, Vice-President of BIXSco Inc., Industry Adviser to the Verification Committee for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

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Accountability on the Rise for Cattle Care By Steve Suther, Industry Information Director, Certified Angus Beef ®

Robin Falkner Accountability on the Rise for Cattle Care, Drug use Embracing Change means Opportunity for Profit in Cattle Feeding Antibiotic use hits cattle feeders as a cost, but a less direct system of accounting may affect treatment decisions going forward. Robin Falkner, Zoetis technical services veterinarian, explored that at the Feeding Quality Forum this summer in Grand Island, Nebraska, and Amarillo, Texas. He called attention to Walmart’s 2015 notice that it will require sustainable transparency from its meat suppliers, with public reporting on animal welfare and antibiotic use. “Nobody knows exactly what this will look like yet,” Falkner said. Reporting would likely not involve “publishing it in a newspaper, but you’d put it out there for everybody to see. And I think that makes us all a little uncomfortable.” In most beef system audits, he said, “we look at the process, the facility, and we generally pass. But this would evaluate outcomes,” he said. “They seem to be saying they’ll count the number you had to treat. It’s not something that should scare us, but it’s definitely something that could be used against us if we don’t get our head right.” Until a system takes shape, speculation reigns. “How would we count antibiotics or welfare – milligrams, grams, days? Is one class going to count the same as another? A long-acting antibiotic can provide 10 days of therapy at 110 mg/cwt, but chlortetracycline (CTC) in the feed for 10 days would take 91 times the milligram dose,” Falkner said. “If a daily ration includes Tylosin, would that be 167 doses per head on 167-day cattle? Can you imagine how that would look to a consumer? I’ve heard these questions and we need to be part of the conversation.” In a business model weighing inputs and outputs, he noted high-risk cattle have often been profitable despite higher health-associated costs and antibiotic use. Page 22

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“Now, we may want to reconsider the role of procurement management with the interaction of antibiotic use and animal welfare,” he said. “We need to find ways to get better results that rely less on antibiotics and within what we can control. That’s good business.” Risk for bovine respiratory disease includes preand post-weaning factors, Falkner said. Cattle feeders may say they are victims of risk created by others, “but you’re going to have to take responsibility from the time you own him, too.” That starts from the placement of an order and includes handling prior to arrival. Cow-calf responsibility extends to preparing cattle for the next phase, and marketing that minimizes stress, disease and antibiotic use, he said. Cooperative relationships with the ranch, auction, buyer and trucker can help feeders establish better ratings with packers that may have to meet audit goals on welfare and antibiotics for a large customer such as Walmart, he added. “We need to find win-win solutions that create shared value in cattle,” Falkner said. “The packer buyer already has a priority list that starts with the guy he calls when he only needs one load. There’s a guy who’s number 99 and never gets a call, but you move up and down that list,” he said. When a packer knows he’s being compared to other suppliers, he will benchmark cattle feeders. Based on the German system in place since 2013, every supplier in the top half for antibiotic use must have a plan to lower it next year. “With the top 25%, they’re holding your hand and you’re under a lot of scrutiny,” Falkner said. “Everybody’s benchmarking everybody and all have the incentive to look good in this kind of accounting.” As such systems develop in the United States, they may affect market access before starting to pay premiums. Any of those would be “highly seasonal,” because big ranches in the North and West can supply healthy calves that finish from May to August. The rest of the year draws on small herds located far from feedyards. That can present as much opportunity as challenge for Southern feeders, “but we need to get our head around it and watch what we communicate to the crew,” Falkner said. “If we have a pen dead, we’re fussing at people and wanting to know how and why it happened. It’s like we want to make sure none die that were not pulled for treatment, and the easiest way to do that is to treat a lot more of them earlier.” That’s a recipe for trouble already, and will cause more if feedyards are rated by the level of antibiotic use, he said. “In the past, we’ve encouraged early and deep pulls—which welfare and antibiotic use metrics will penalize, but I’ve become convinced that early

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and aggressive treatment doesn’t work anyway,” Falkner said. Studies of cattle deaths in their first weeks on feed show antibiotics that could have helped were administered too soon, leaving no effective alternatives later. The first treatment is often 10% to 15% more effective than the second, so giving the best shot to all calves automatically reduces success on “retreats” that are really “mistreats,” he said. Instead of fostering a “doctoring” job description where “more is better,” the veterinarian suggests praising pen riders for producing groups with fewer pulls. “Ask them to just go to the back of the pen for the first five days and send text messages or watch YouTube till the first cattle come off feed. Then push the tail enders up there. Get them all on feed quickly and comfortable with a person as a friend and not a predator,” Falkner said. “Pulls will go down drastically because the job just became about creating, identifying and not treating well animals.” Pen size is another factor in enhancing welfare, he said, noting it takes co-infection from several organisms to trigger a BRD outbreak. Modeling shows commingled calves in a 62-head pen are 86% less likely to encounter co-infection from two problem pathogens than those in a 250-head pen. “Society will accept antimicrobial use that results in better outcomes,” Falkner said. The benchmarking scenario could add value to load lots from fall-calving herds. “If I can produce finished animals from late fall to spring with low antibiotic use and welfare metrics, there’s going to be value in those cattle and to my packer relationship,” he said. “A modest size feedlot with good procurement and husbandry may be more competitive with those that have better grain basis or efficiencies of scale.” As always, those who anticipate and own the coming changes will fare better than “those who chose to be victims of change,” Falkner said. “Now is the time to explore managing to both lower antimicrobial use and better health outcomes.”

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Did You Know . . . By Larry Corah, for Certified Angus Beef LLC

Larry Corah Is there any GOOD news? It’s hard to imagine that just two years ago the fed cattle market hit $1.60/lb. and weaned calves were bringing $2.50 or higher. Everyone was predicting the cattle business was going to stay profitable for years, especially for the cow-calf sector. Today’s reality has fed cattle bringing $600 to $800 less than that peak and some calves are selling at half of what they brought just a few years earlier. Throw in demand factors like a two-year weakening of restaurant traffic and anyone could turn pessimistic. It’s not just cattle, either, as virtually all segments of agriculture are in a weak position. Prices for grains like corn and wheat are often below their cost of production. Even our competing proteins are struggling. How did all this happen so quickly? Granted, few could foresee the suddenness of these reversals, but Missouri economist Scott Brown explains the underlying answer. “Producers responded to strong price signals and quickly began keeping more heifers as replacements,” he notes. It takes time for calves from the first wave of expansion to arrive, but when they do we notice, “supply and demand forces do work.” Did we really think inventory would jump from only 29 million beef cows in 2014 to nearly 31 million cows in just two years? Maybe not, but it looks like it did. In all this world of negativity there must be a few beacons to suggest this great industry has a bright future. I’ll say there are. It’s encouraging that forage production in most regions of the country was fairly good, so winter feed supplies should be adequate. The weak grain market finds some relief in the form of lower production costs. Will this offset the staggering price decline? No, but it will help some.

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My signals from the retail and restaurant side tell me beef is still the protein of choice, and in certain segments demand is especially strong. One of those is certainly the export market where demand for U.S. product is good even with our strong dollar, as Japan and other countries show excellent demand growth. Another segment with encouraging strength is premium beef. Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) recently reported one of its strongest years with sales up by 119 million pounds to top a billion pounds sold. That’s 13.3% annual growth for a 38-year-old company. Its retail division had been relatively flat despite 10 straight record years for the brand overall. This year, CAB retail’s 18% growth led the way. CAB President John Stika shared three keys to the landmark year. First is, obviously, supply. There were significantly more fed cattle, but more important for the brand, the CAB acceptance rate hit 28.9% for Angus-type cattle, more than double the 2006 rate. Available product allowed more retail featuring, also driven by the second key factor of lower price. The last key is consumers’ enduring preference for the premium eating experience that high-quality beef provides. A pointed example is CAB brand Prime growing by 21.5%, especially impressive considering the price of Prime has remained strong. Missouri economist Brown points out the Prime price line remains fairly smooth over time while prices of lower grades jump up and down. As impressive as the sales growth of premium beef has been, to me the most amazing statistic that I’m sure many of you did not know was its selling price. For years, the weekly CAB/CHOICE price spread reported by Urner-Barry averaged $6 to $8/cwt. (see table), but the first three quarters of calendar 2016 are averaging $14.02/cwt., a 65% increase over last year. On a 900-lb. carcass, that’s a $126 advantage over Choice. When you can couple selling way more pounds at a significantly higher margin, that isTRUE DEMAND. I found it especially interesting that in 2014, when beef prices hit highs that none of us ever expected, we saw the margin for CAB over Choice still a strong $8.61/cwt., well above the nine-year average. If you look at volume and prices since 2009, Kansas State University’s demand model shows a 98.1%

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increase in CAB demand while the demand for Choice has been flat for the same period (see graph). Is this driven mainly by the added value premium steaks can bring? Not really. Weekly monitoring of all cuts shows each premium Choice (CAB) primal brings a premium, and even grinds average a 10- to 14-cent premium over Choice and Select grinds. How do we explain the strong demand for premium brands such as CAB or quality marks like Prime? Tanya Mark, noted consumer and marketing specialist at the University of Guelph, Ontario, recently published an extensive study on that. She argues that everyone has key consumer items we like to indulge in or treat ourselves to, but financial constraints generally force us to decide which one to buy. The few exceptions exhibit “cross-category indulgence,” where we pick one item over everything else. She puts premium beef in that category. That, friends, is a huge plus for beef, both short- and long-term. I’m sure that by now someone is saying, “YA BUT what is in it for the producer? It seems like the packer and retailer make all the money.” Bi-annually, CAB Director of Industry Information Steve Suther conducts both a packer and feeder calf survey to measure premiums paid back to the producer. His most recent survey, reported earlier this year, showed that in 2015 packers paid a record amount for CAB-accepted cattle, well in excess of $50 million, not including other grid premiums or those paid for high-quality cash cattle. The same upward trend at the auctions shows high-percentage Angus calves bringing a record $30 to $40 more per head than non-Angus across the country. As Scott Brown understates it, there are a number of ways to practice risk management but producing potentially high-grading cattle is certainly a valued strategy.

Billion . . . with a ‘ B ’ By Laura Conaway, Producer Communications Specialist, Certified Angus Beef ® Certified Angus Beef ® brand sales hit 1.015 billion pounds Angus producers knew they could create a brand of beef that would sell millions of pounds in a year. But more than a billion? Let’s not get carried away, the organizers would have said. Yet upon reflection, some might have wondered. That year has come and gone now. The Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand’s 38th fiscal year (FY) ending September 30 carved a spot in history as the first time global sales surpassed 1 billion lb. For the 18,000 partners joined by a common mission, CAB President John Stika said the milestone brings a reason to celebrate. More than that, it brings appreciation for thousands of individual successes that led to that historic mark. “This number is significant, not because of what it is, but for what it represents,” Stika said of the actual 1.015 billion lb. sold, up 119 million lb. and 13.3% more than last year. The average growth over the previous five years has been 3%, but it’s nearly 75% in the last decade of sequential annual records and 12 straight years of sales growth.

“roasting app” to net an increase of 87 million lb. Summer’s middle meats and ground beef sales carried on, up 11.4% and 7.9%, respectively. Value-added products, including smoked brisket, fresh corned beef and marinated fajita meat, were up 8.9%. Showcasing a taste for exceptional quality, sales of CAB brand Prime soared 26.4% higher for the year. Capitalizing on its larger reach, the International Division set a record of 138 million lb. sold, a growth of 15%. Leading the charge was Japan, historically important and up by 111% after opening CAB’s Tokyo office in August of FY 2015. Canada continued near the top, as did Mexico with 16% more sales for the year. As sales grew in the United states and 49 other countries, for the first time since 2000, CAB expanded production to another country. Four years of close dialogue with people in Russia’s Miratorg company culminated in February with licensing its packing facility southwest of Moscow. The company, which had invested heavily in U.S. Angus genetics, now breeds, grows, feeds and harvests the cattle as a member of the American Angus Association, all geared toward the CAB endpoint.

e market moves After several years of record-high beef prices brought on by tight supplies, the last fiscal year began with the pendulum swinging back to favor beef marketers. Retailers made it through six years of relatively flat to declining sales to arrive at a year of explosive growth, setting an all-time record with sales of 435 million lb., an 18.5% jump. Of the top 100 retail chains carrying CAB, 70% saw a rise in beef sales. Not to get lost in the that boom, foodservice continued its consistent growth, up 21 million lb. from last year. More than 75% of the brand’s 143 domestic distributors saw their businesses grow in FY 16, selling 10% more beef to licensed restaurants than last year. Seasons bring tradition and drive sales of particular cuts consumers want. The chuck and round owned holiday sales in every category, buoyed by a new smart phone

“The first pound of Certified Angus Beef there was produced under stringent brand-assurance protocols involving the same objective camera grading technology used in North America, along with a live video feed to our office,” Stika said. Herd expansion here featured the use of more high-quality Angus genetics. After years of a declining supply, the brand’s 32 licensed packing plants saw an increase in Angus-type cattle identified to 13.6 million, up 6.9%, though short of the 15 million head eligible in 2010. Higher acceptance rates allowed graders to certify a record of more than 75,000 carcasses per week, totaling 12.6% higher, or 3.92 million for the year to set an annual CAB acceptance rate of 28.9%. That record is more than double the rate of 10 years ago when it was barely above 14%.

e best to offer As the impact of drought subsided and replacement heifers entered herds, “Cattlemen didn’t just add more numbers,” Stika said. “They assembled the highest-quality, most Angus-influenced cow herd North America has ever seen.” Consumers benefited from the greater supply of high-quality beef at a lower price, but herd growth helps producers as well. Despite four straight years with fewer brand-eligible cattle prior to FY16, the number of those accepted kept trending higher. Fine-tuned genetics and management tactics through those years set the stage to ensure that outcome and launched the drive past the billion-pound CAB sales mark once expansion began. This is perhaps the most purpose-driven expansion ever for the North American beef community. “A lot is said about herd rebuilding,” said CAB Vice President of Production Mark McCully, “but I think record acceptance rates are a reflection of cattlemen rebuilding with a purpose and quality in mind.” That intentionality will position the brand for continued growth – even in a market that’s undergone a dramatic shift, he said. “The consumer isn’t going to go backwards,” McCully said. “No doubt, some leverage has moved away from the cattle producer, but we are still operating in a market that rewards value and quality.” Those who produce top quality and market in a way that captures that value will stay economically viable. “As we meet global consumer demand and expose even more people to great-tasting beef, the future for quality-minded cattlemen gets exciting,” he said. The beef market is a seesaw of sorts: for cattlemen today, for retailers then who struggled to sell high-priced beef. Stika said the key for all is to stay the course through their lows and prepare for the future in the highs of the cycle. The long-term outlook reveals a high-quality cowherd that puts producers in position to the meet the demands of a global beef market. “From start to finish in this process, it’s important for everyone to stay connected with each other's realities,” Stika said. “Doing so allows us to make sure we never lose sight of the fact that we are all in this together. The model for Certified Angus Beef is not just about short-term gain; rather it’s about creating an overall pull-through demand for the product that allows everyone to benefit over the long haul.” While all may not be simultaneously successful at a given moment in time, Stika said the system will work as end users base future business decisions on demand growth. “Cattle prices may be down currently, but quality is still the road for future sustainability of our individual businesses, because consumers demand it.”

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850,000 Records Say . . . Marbling Still Matters by Miranda Reiman, Industry Information, Certified Angus Beef ® Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child’s winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same. What if you knew you “just missed it” when it comes to cattle qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand? For many cattle across the United States that’s the difference in a marbling score of 492 versus 500. Those commodity Choice carcasses are just a few fat flecks away from upper two-thirds Choice and their share of the $50 million that packers pay each year for cattle earning that high-quality designation. “I don’t think many producers know just how close they are to being ‘in the money’ so to speak,” says Justin Sexten, CAB director of supply development. “So many cattle sit right on that line and shifting that line ever so slightly is a big deal.”

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Take selecting for Angus bulls with breed average marbling expected progeny differences (EPDs), for example. At 0.56, just moving that up to 0.81 would suggest a 25-point improvement of marbling score, or a quarter of a score. That would move them from “just missed it” to “made it.” “That’s a potential 21% increase in supply to the CAB brand,” Sexten says. “For producers, that means thousands more cattle that could earn the average $40/head bonus.” That’s just one take-away from the brand’s 2016 study that looked at data on nearly 40% of the Angus-influenced, or “A-stamped,” carcasses in three, two-week periods. “It allows us to measure and monitor average characteristics on CAB-certified carcasses over time,” says Clint Walenciak, CAB packing director. The analysis contains 850,000 records that include four of the brand’s 10 carcass measurements: ribeye area, hot carcass weight, fat thickness and marbling.

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The team also uses that data to look at what keeps cattle from making CAB. “This information can then be passed along to producers as validation that they are still focusing in the right areas to produce CAB-qualifying cattle, or redirect if need be,” he says. In each of five studies from 2008 to 2016, marbling easily rises to the top as the No. 1 reason cattle fail to qualify. In 2016, 92.6% of the A-stamped cattle that were kicked out had insufficient marbling. That’s compared to a high of 95% in 2012. “It’s improving,” Sexten says. That 492 average marbling score, or low Choice, was 472 nearly a decade ago on the 1,000-point scale. “But that’s the barrier to entry here.” Even though the average is very close to CAB’s marbling requirement of 500, the median is 20 points lower. “Producers hear us talking about 75% of the cattle grading Choice and Prime and they might think, ‘Mission accomplished,’ and move on to another trait. But more than half of the Angus cattle fall short of the brand’s marbling requirement,” he says. That’s why the focus continues on improvement through genetic selection and management. Some suggest the drive for quality has spurred the upward trend in hot carcass weight (HCW), Sexten says. “They’ll say, ‘If you make them big enough, they’re going to meet your specs,’” the animal scientist repeats. The data show even at a relatively light 650 lb. HCW “there are a whole pile of cattle that marble.” At the same time, there are a great many Select grade carcasses with heavyweight discounts. “Carcass weight is certainly an indicator,” Sexten says, “but it’s not a perfect relationship.” In 2014, CAB moved to include up to 1,050-lb. carcasses, a 50-lb. increase from its prior specification, but Sexten says that was just to “to keep the brand relevant to all stakeholders.” Indeed, 9.1% of Angus-type animals now fail to qualify because of carcasses too heavy (though some would also fail to make CAB for lack of marbling). That’s compared to just 2.6% of them in 2008, when the brand’s limit was 1,000 lb. “As cattle have gotten bigger, so have ribeyes,” he notes. CAB requires a 10- to 16-square-inch ribeye, and very few (.4%) fall short of the threshold, but more than a tenth (11.2%) of those cattle have ribeyes greater than the 16-inch cap. “That’s really a concern for our foodservice partners, when it comes to portion control and plating, so we try to address variability with that specification,” Sexten says. Only 3.5% of the records were above the 1-inch back fat limit. “Even during these times of record high grading, the fact is lack of marbling is still by far the leading obstacle that keeps cattle from our brand,” Walenciak says. “That’s been true historically and it is today.” For more information on how to aim for high-quality beef production, please visit

Beef Yield Grade Opportunies Detailed By Steve Suther, Industry Information Director, Certified Angus Beef ®

Beef yield grade opportunities detailed system accounts for no more than 40% of red meat yield variation When anyone thinks about beef grading, USDA quality grades such as Prime, Choice and Select likely come to mind. Quality grades have been in effect for nearly a century, but yield grades have been required in the United States for more than 50 years. While research continues to prove how well quality grades work, the same cannot be said for yield grades. To be fair, quality grading has been updated regularly, while today’s yield grade system is exactly the same as what went into effect in 1965. West Texas A&M University animal scientist Ty Lawrence explained the issues at this summer’s Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas. He authored a research paper on the topic this fall entitled, “Beef Yield Grading: History, Issues and Opportunities,” available online at Lawrence told the 200 FQF attendees that numerous studies have cast doubts on the reliability of the YG system, finding weak to only moderate correlations between yield grade and all of the carcass measurements it was intended to predict, so that those measurements could predict red meat yield. “We’re trying to predict a predictor of a predictor,” he said, noting it all started with the 1960-published data on 17 independent variables on 162 “representative” cattle processed in the 1950s. “When the government’s General Accounting Office looked at grading in the late 1970s, they learned that if you sold half of a large pen of cattle to Packer A and the other half to Packer B, you would get two different results,” he said. “Grading was a human, subjective determination.” The nation that had long since put a man on the moon wanted better. In fact, Lawrence said NASA was asked for help, but the Agriculture Research Service soon turned to Kansas State University’s more focused expertise “in 1980, to estimate red meat yield using a camera.”

Published data proves the “very rudimentary camera” worked. Regardless, for the next decade, the industry “took a left turn toward nuclear magnetic resonance, near-infrared imaging,” the animal scientist said. More promising technology allowed for a return to video image analysis in the 1990s, as grid marketing emerged amid inconsistent grading by humans. Empathy led them to resist imposing discounts while more readily granting premiums. “Now you take a picture of a ribeye, convert that to red and white pixels, and you’re counting pixels,” Lawrence said. “This technology gained approval [in 2009] for measuring ribeye area, yield grade, marbling score and back fat thickness.” It cannot measure the kidney, pelvic and heart fat (part of the yield grade equation), so the system accounts for that with a constant or algorithm. “Now you can take a pen of 500 cattle, sell half to Packer A and half to Packer B, and if they’re both using the camera, you’re going to get the same answer,” he said. Still, trying “to predict a predictor of a predictor” without accounting for thin meats, brisket or trimmings, using data on 162 carcasses from the mostly Hereford cattle of 60 years ago that ranged from 350 to 900 pounds presents inescapable challenges. It accounts for just 40% of the variation in red meat yield for today’s average fed cattle, and 0% for Holsteins. The non-linear stair steps for premiums and discounts represent another major flaw in the system, Lawrence said. When the camera calls one carcass a 3.99 and the next a 4.00 yield grade, the grid may suddenly impose a $15 per hundredweight discount. This system based on a few cattle “of a biological type that no longer exists” predicts red meat yield of cuts from carcasses “increasingly more variable in genetic type and management.” “We apply that estimate to carcasses that weigh beyond the inference of which [the system] was designed, and we have ignored the opportunity to develop new yield estimates afforded by camera grading,” Lawrence summarized. “Leadership within the beef community must decide if the status quo is acceptable, or if improvement is warranted.”

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Here’s the Premium by Natalie Anderson, Certified Angus Beef ® Best or worst of times, Angus cattle hold their value While the cattle market fell from record highs in 2014 in a steep dive to last fall’s low, the relative demand for quality and premium bids for Angus calves fared better. “It pays to use Angus genetics in any market,” said Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) director of industry information. That’s what the 2016 “Here’s the Premium” (HTP) calf price tracking study found in the latest edition of a project started in 1999. Data has been analyzed by Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz since the 2014 study. “The difference in calf prices between those two years is very wide,” he said, “but the rate of decrease in the Angus premium has been less than the overall feeder cattle price decrease.” Feeder cattle futures lost nearly half of their value in that time, with a 48.3% drop, Schulz said. The lighter, 5-weight calves targeted in HTP surveys fell more sharply, by nearly 56%. Angus steers held onto more value with a setback of just 32.2% in their premium over non-Angus steers in the same two years. Auction prices for Angus heifers did not hold up as well as bids for their brothers. They still sold at a premium to non-Angus heifers, but that premium was 45.7% less than in 2014, easing off nearly as much as the decline in feeder cattle futures. “Last fall’s Angus heifer premium was in the face of some very bearish prices for all heifers, as fewer producers were interested in buying replacements for breeding,” Suther said. “Also, this comes just two years after the highest Angus heifer premium ever recorded here, driven by rapid herd expansion.”

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Price projections for calves are part of the math used to calculate a maximum bid price when buying replacement heifers, Schulz noted. These are lower now than they were in the fall of 2015 and definitely the fall of 2014, and market psychology amid great uncertainty last fall likely affected bidders’ projections for prices down the road. “In 2014, I heard talk — and not just a little of it — of feedlots breeding heifers and selling them as replacements.,” the economist said. “Heifers at that time made up the smallest percentage of total cattle on feed we’ve seen in the history of the data going back to 1996.” In a market with such a demand for heifers, what a buyer is compelled to pay to meet goals is sometimes more than they are “willing to pay,” Schulz added. All of that contributed to the high heifer price and record Angus premium two years ago. Logically, the genetics and productive potential of those heifers improved by last fall, but fed cattle hit a low mark in October and bearish sentiments ruled. Bidders lowered their expectations to worst-case scenarios and Angus premiums returned to earlier trend lines. Angus heifers in the 2016 data brought a $3.75 per hundredweight (cwt.) premium over non-Angus. Although that does not compare well with the record $6.89, Suther noted, it is only a couple of pennies less than the average Angus heifer premium for the 2008, 2010 and 2012 studies. Eleven auction markets across the country, from California to Kentucky and New Mexico to North Dakota, submitted data as part of the survey last fall that compared auction prices for more than 16,000 calves of known Angus vs. non-Angus genetics.

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Angus steers and heifers averaging 568 and 557 pounds, respectively, brought a combined average of $4.24/cwt. premium over their non-Angus contemporaries with similar weights and condition, compared to nearly $7/cwt. in the historically high cattle market. The analysis model adjusts for variance and range of weights to identify Angus premiums independent of weight. In all, 330,530 cattle in 15,346 lots have been a part of this ongoing project in 22 surveys since its inception in 1999, running both spring and fall for the first eight years with 700-lb. cattle reported in the spring. The premium since then, every other fall, has averaged $5.98/cwt. for Angus steer calves and $4.24/cwt. for Angus heifers. Over the years, participating auction markets were asked to submit sale data on cattle known to be Angus vs. non-Angus spanning four different sale dates. Other items noted included whether cattle were weaned, vaccinated or preconditioned. Most of the markets from the original study in 1999 are still providing data for the ongoing HTP project, which has involved 15 reporting partners in all. Over the tenure of the study, California and Wyoming markets have consistently had the highest Angus premiums and Missouri was among the top three states for Angus premiums last fall. Some auction market managers commented that each year of this study becomes more difficult for them to find non-Angus type cattle for which to report pricing data. That comes as no surprise, as the percentage of Angus cattle in the U.S. beef herd continues to rise. Some markets have stopped participating because of this lack of non-Angus comparisons, but the 2016 survey of 11 markets was the largest number of locations in a single survey year.

Loud and Clear by Miranda Reiman, Industry Information Assistant Director, Certified Angus Beef ®

e beef market tells you what it wants. You just have to pay attention. “We know there are signals out there in the marketplace for quality. As you move further away from the end product, we know those signals are…not quite as distinct,” said Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) at the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis in November. The brand’s vice president of supply made sense of many of those economic indicators. “We need to make sure we’re watching the long-term trends and don’t get too carried away with some of the short-term ‘noise,’ because the decisions we’re making in our breeding programs are really about the next two, three, five years,” he said. On a carcass-weight basis, there’s 37% more Prime beef today than just two years ago, compared to Select grade, which is down 21.7%. “This year we actually see a higher percentage of dollar contribution is coming from branded product than Select,” McCully said, noting that branded beef accounts for 16.3% of total industry revenue (see Figure 1). “Not all beef is created equal and not all beef brings the same price out in the marketplace,” he said. Through the third quarter of 2016, carcass cutout values showed a $35-per-hundredweight advantage for Prime over Select.

That reward potential may help explain why 78% of cattle today sell on alternative marketing agreements like value-based grids, compared to just 52% a decade ago. The bar on such arrangements keeps moving higher. When 76% of fed cattle are grading Choice, beating plant averages is more difficult than it was in 1997 when barely more than half reached that level. Most grids only pay a Choice premium on that share of a load that exceeds the plant average. “We get this question a lot: ‘Have we gotten them to grade high enough? We’ve selected for quality long enough – maybe we ought to go select for something else,’” McCully said. “If you want to continue to reap the premiums, or if your customers do, you’ve got to be better than the average. That’s how these systems work.” Producers sometimes tell him they must give up pounds to get quality, but he showed that the average Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand qualifying carcass is 7 lb. heavier than the overall industry average.

“I dispel the myth that high-quality cattle aren’t also high-producing, high-performing, heavy cattle because, again, the data suggests you don’t give up weight for quality,” McCully said. Showing a grid marketing example with cattle ranging from no Primes and 14% CAB to 15% Prime and 55% CAB. He decreased carcass weight 65 lb. from the poor group to the excellent.

“I know you don’t have to do this, but how much weight could you give up and still keep your dollars the same?” With those high-grading cattle, the quality premiums would make up for dropping 65 lb. in carcass weight. The Choice-Select spread runs on a seasonal pattern. There are times when those “excellent” cattle would be more advantageous than others, but McCully noted the long-term signal is clear. “We hear from time to time when the Choice-Select spread gets to zero, or goes negative. The reality is, that doesn’t happen too often,” he said. That is less than 2% of the time, compared to more than 35% of the time that spread is $10 or above (see Figure 2). Even while producing much less Select in 2016, packers continue to pay up for Choice. “The discounts for yield grade (Y)4s and Y5s have narrowed over the last several years, which in-and-of-itself has been a quality signal,” he said. The more cow-calf producers know and communicate about their cattle, the better position they are in to capture additional value. “Nobody wants to pay more for cattle just because,” McCully said. “We’re starting to see more value around the data: the carcass history, the reputation, where these cattle came from, what the genetics have been, how they’ve been managed.” He predicts that will continue to be more important with cow inventory numbers on the upswing. “Feeder cattle supplies have been pretty tight. All of them have been worth a lot of money,” he said. “What’s going on right now? We’ve got more supplies out there; guess who gets to be a little pickier? The feeder.” Producers who are investing in high-quality genetics need to do a better job marketing them, McCully said. “If you’re going to take a set of premium calves and you’re going to run them down to the sale barn and not tell anybody anything about them, guess what? They’re going to probably bring the average price,” he said. “You take a premium product, market it as a commodity, you’re probably going to get a commodity price.”

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Premises Identification - a Traceability Cornerstone Premises identification (PID) is a relatively new development in Canadian agriculture, but it has already been used to minimize the impact of emergencies and animal health threats. Simply put, premises identification provides greater geographic precision to the places where livestock are raised or handled. A unique number, individually administered by the provinces and territories, is assigned to specific land parcels such as farms, pastures, feedlots, auction marts and abattoirs, to name a few examples. Once information is validated and a PID is assigned, the land location information is entered into a database, which can only be accessed by authorized people for specific situations, such as an animal health emergency. Brad Andres, director of emergency programs for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, says premises identification can be a lifesaver – literally. “We’ve had two examples of when premises identification really shined – one would be the Slave Lake fire in 2011, and the other was a pipeline break on the Red Deer River in 2012,” he said. “We used the information in premises identification to highlight the at-risk farms as the fire moved downwind. We drew a circle around where we thought the fire could spread, and the affected producers were contacted so they could prepare for the emergency.” Premises identification was instrumental in 2014 by limiting the spread of an Avian Influenza outbreak in

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British Columbia. PID was implemented in the province after a previous outbreak 10 years earlier, and it made a tremendous difference in managing the threat. “Having the information there, up-to-date and accurate meant that business could continue because there was that trust and knowledge in place – we knew where the animals were, we knew the processing schedule, and we knew all the farms in the infected zone. The difference between 2004 and just 10 years later was night and day,” said Dr. Jane Pritchard, chief veterinary officer in British Columbia. For premises identification to be effective, all land owners or operators with livestock and poultry must add their premises to the database by providing a geographical location as well as emergency contact information. The provinces and territories are charged with administering the numbers in order to verify the location information provided is correct. Once a number is assigned to a piece of land, that number remains affixed to that location and never changes, even if the land is sold. The provinces and territories adhere to national standards to ensure the data works within the national traceability program. “Now when we have a train wreck, a truck rollover, a pipeline break, a wildfire or a flood, we can find out how many farms are affected and if they need to be notified. We have their contact information – as long as they have updated information for their registered premises,” said Andres.

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Premises identification is quick and easy to obtain, usually taking less than five to 10 minutes. Producers can ensure it remains an effective tool by updating their information should it ever change. In conjunction with animal identification and animal movement reporting, premises identification completes the three pillars of Canada’s national traceability system. Having a functional livestock traceability system supports and strengthens the entire food supply chain in Canada – and abroad. Foreign markets often want reassurances that their international trading partners have a robust traceability system for quickly identifying health threats and limiting their spread. “It allows us to get out in front of a threat and be proactive,” says Dr. Gerald Hauer, chief provincial veterinarian for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “There are other ways to get that information, but a lot of times, that means driving door-to-door, and in these types of situations, time is of the essence. Having it all in an accurate database is hugely beneficial.” For more information on premises identification and traceability in Canada, including how to obtain a PID in your province or territory, please visit, select the FAQs tab, then Premises.

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Auction Block 44th Annual Canadian Red Roundup Sale October 22, 2016 - Red Deer, Alberta Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock, Didsbury, AB 4Donor Cows $7,200 21 Bred Heifers $4,730 33 Heifer Calves $4,300 2 Bull Calves $11,500 60 Live lots $4,884 7 Pick of Calves $9,557 4 Flush Lots $3,025 43 Embryos $715 425 Doses of Semen $161 Sale gross $471,385 High Selling Heifer Calf: Red Brylor OTM Lakme 204S 12D sired by Red Badlands Opportunity 53Y out of a Red UBar Sequoia 202 daughter consigned by On the Mark Cattle Co, Sherwood, Oregon purchased by Ter-Ron/Circle G Angus for $10,750 High Selling Cow: Red WRAZ Serebl 84B sired by Red Brylor JKC Ghost Rider 108Y out of a Red Vikse DV All In 209T daughter consigned by NBT Angus, Holstein, ON purchased by Y Coulee Land & Cattle, Frenchman Butte, SK for $8,300 High Selling Bred Heifer: Red Goad Carmella 139’15 sired by Red Brylor/WSP Karweik 1P out of a Red DMM Glesbar Barndance 35X daughter consigned by WRAZ Red Angus, Wawota, SK purchased by Brylor Ranch, Pincher Creek, AB for $6,700 High Selling Bull Calves: Red Shiloh Desert Storm 22D sired by Red Wildman Chuck Norris 012X out of a Red Rod Oscar 87S daughter consigned by Shiloh Cattle Co, Craigmyle, AB purchased by Vikse Family Farm, Donalda, AB for $13,000 /// Red WRAZ Big Rock 7D sired by Red BAK 58 Big Rock 121Y out of a Red Brylor Toast 30T daughter consigned by WRAZ Red Angus, Wawota, SK purchased by Bar 4A Cattle Co, La Glace, AB for $10,000 High Selling Pick of Calves: Pick of 2017 Signature 295B X Blackbird 6125S calves consigned by Golden Sunset Ranch, Vermilion, AB purchased by Bar 4A Cattle Co, La Glace, AB for $15,000/// Pick of 2016 Bull calves consigned by Fine Line Red Angus, La Glace, AB purchased by Vikse Family Farm, Donalda, AB for $13,500 /// Pick of the Herd consigned by Vikse Family Farm, Donalda, AB purchased by Six Mile Ranch, Fir Mountain, SK & Sunberry Valley Red Angus, Sundre, AB for $13,000 /// Pick of cows bred to Red U2 Riff 1213C consigned by Y Coulee Land & Cattle, Frenchman Butte, SK purchased by U2 Ranch, Coaldale, AB for $9,800

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30th Annual Chinook Classic October 26, 2016 - Taber, Alberta Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock, Didsbury, AB 33 Heifer Calves $2,948 18 Bred Heifers $3,553 Sale Gross $162,915 High Selling Heifer Calf: Red Lauron Missy 192D sired by Lauron Breakin Bad 93B out of a Red TG Oscar 21D daughter consigned by Lauron Red Angus, Didsbury, AB purchased by Lazy MC Angus, Bassano, AB for $5,500 High Selling Bred Heifer: Red C.D. Shirlyn 60C sired by Red ML Hustler 272Z out of a Red Vikse Fully Loaded 29Y daughter consigned by CD Land & Cattle Co, Taber, AB purchased by Andrew Gray for $5,000


e Amigos Production Sale November 18, 2016 - Medicine Hat, Alberta Auctioneer: Bob Balog, Lethbridge, AB Pahl Livestock portion of sale 64 Pahl Black Angus Bulls $6,150 14 Pahl Hereford Bulls $5,945 14 Pahl BBF Commercial Heifers $2,215 High Selling Black Angus Bulls: PAHL Great Night 160C sired by PAHL Opening Night 206A out of a Belvin Warrior 6’09 daughter purchased by Clinton Phaff, Medicine Hat, AB for $15,000 /// PAHL Eclipse 235C sired by PAHL Solar Eclipse 157Z out of an SSA 4R Elixir 18W daughter purchased by Lazy H Ranch, Foremost, AB for $13,750/// PAHL Sugar Daddy 246C sired by PAHL Solar Eclipse 157Z out of a Leachman Right Time daughter purchased by Pridmore Ranch, Maple Creek, SK for $12,750 /// PAHL Iron Mountain 232C sired by Peak Dot Iron Mountain 457Z out of a PAHL Crossfit ET 132L daughter purchased by East & West Ranch, Elkwater, AB for $12,750 /// PAHL Desert King148C sired by PAHL Opening Night 206A out of a Bushs Untouchable 622 daughter purchased by Cameran Farms, Taber, AB for $11,000 High Selling Hereford Bulls: PAHL 105 Calcutta 40C sired by F Rest Easy 105 out of an LCI 159T King Stanmore 81W daughter purchased by Many Island Grazing, Medicine Hat, AB for $9,000 /// PAHL 37W Cajun 42C sired by FE Royal Standard 37W out of a BBSF 46P Trooper 207T daughter purchased by Fenton Herefords, Irma, AB for $8,500 /// PAHL 37W CIA 2C sired by FE 1S Royal Standard 37W out of an LCI 159T King Stanmore 81W daughter purchased by Darren Davies, North Battleford, SK for $8,500

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38th Annual Northern Select Sale November 19, 2016 - Camrose, Alberta Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management: Optimal Bovines Inc, Red Deer, AB 28 Bred Females $4,639 39 Heifer Calves $2,850 3 Embryo Lots $1,750 70 Lots $3,519 Sale gross $246,300 High Selling Bred Heifer: Everblack Annie 28C sired by U-2 Night Train 422A out of a 20/20 Show Off 29R daughter consigned by Everblack Angus, Vermilion, AB purchased by Bar-E-L Angus, Stettler, AB for $16,000 High Selling Heifer Calf: Northline Cassidy 313D sired by KR Cash Flow out of a Gumbo Gulch Foreman 1S daughter consigned by Northline Angus, Ardrossan, AB purchased by Jock Ockerman, Dewberry, AB for $5,500


Masterpiece Sale November 23, 2016 - Regina, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Sale management:Castlerock Marketing, Swift Current, SK 27 Live Lots $6,358 Sale gross $222,750 Sale management:Castlerock Marketing, Swift Current, SK High Selling Bull: Red Serenity Cornerstone 109C sired by Red Lazy MC CC Detour 2W out of a Red Howe Bold Edition 80T daughter purchased by Andy Meints, Houston BC for $13,000 High Selling Heifer Calf: HF Ruby 138D sired by Pleasant Valley Lute 1207 out of a HF Tiger 5T daughter purchased by Grand River Angus, Michigan for $21,000 High Selling Bred Heifer: PM Valley 222’15, sired by Bar EL Natural Law 52Y out of a Connealy Freightliner daughter purchased by LCL Angus, Coronation, AB for $9,000 High Selling Flush Lot: Right to Flush Harvest Blackbird Jo Jo 13A sired by Leachman Saughatchee 3000C out of a HF Power Source 94M daughter purchased by Wilbar Cattle Co, Dundurn, SK for $7,900 High Selling Embryo Lot: 3 embryos from Young Dale Pollyanna 22P and Musgrave Sky High purchased by Mark Kakela, Langdon, North Dakota for $4,500

6th Annual Power & Perfection Sale November 25, 2016 - Regina, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran Sale management: Bohrson Marketing, Olds, AB $23,500 1 Bull 19.5 Open Heifers $8,744 6 Bred Heifers $15,417 3 Embryos $15,133 $8,600 3 Semen Lots 1 Flush $11,500 33.5 lots $11, 021 Sale gross $369,200 High Selling Bull: Boss New Edition 538 sired by Duff New Edition 6108 out of an HF Prowler 43U daughter consigned by Boss Lake Genetics, Stony Plain, AB purchased by Vee Tee Angus, Lloydminster, AB for $23,500 High Selling Open Heifers: HF Evening Tinge 9D sired by Pleasant Valley Lute 1207 out of an HF Tiger 5T daughter consigned by Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB purchased by Canadian Donors, Olds, AB for $19,000/// HF Annie 209D sired by BSF Hot Lotto 1401 out of an HF Tiger 5T daughter consigned by Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB purchased by Grand River Angus, Grand Rapids, MI for $18,000 /// Wiwa Creek Belle 81’16 sired by Thunder Creek Density 40Y out of an Anna’s Studmuffin 102S daughter consigned by Wiwa Creek Angus, Rush Lake, SK purchased by Sterling Angus & Calvin Murphy for $15,500 /// Red Ter-Ron Cresta 6D sired by Red Ter-Ron Parker 34A out of a Red Top Precision 52S daughter consigned by Ter-Ron Farms, Forestburg, AB purchased by Wood Coulee Cattle Co, Swift Current, SK for $13,600 /// PM Echo 8’16 sired by Bar EL Natural Law 52Y out of an HF El Tigre 28U daughter consigned by Poplar Meadows Angus, Houston, BC purchased by Blairs.Ag Cattle Co, Lanigan, SK for $10,500 High Selling Bred Heifers: Perrot Bardella 12C sired by SAV Angus Beef 3231 out of a Wiwa Creek Escalade 815’08 daughter consigned by Perrot Cattle Co, Alameda, SK purchase by Blairs.Ag Cattle Co, Lanigan, SK for $22,000 /// PM Tibbie 75’15 sire by Bar EL Natural Law 52Y out of a Poplar Meadows Freedom 2’08 consigned by Poplar Meadows Angus, Houston, BC purchased by Young Dale Angus, Carievale, SK for $20,000 /// Remitall F Tibbie 51C sired by Sankeys Justified 101 out of an SAV Prodigy 8101 daughter consigned by Remitall Farms, Olds, AB purchased by Canadian Donors, Olds, AB for $17,000 High Selling Embryos: 5 embryos from Werner Black Angel 1299 sired by Colburn Primo 5153 consigned by Canadian Donors, Olds, AB & Rust Mountain View, Mercer, ND purchased by TSN Livestock, Brandon, MB for $15,000 High Selling Semen Lot: 3 straws of 74-51 Sudden Look 1023 consigned by Justamere Farms, Lloydminster, SK purchased by Kolton McIntosh for $325/straw

High Selling Flush: Right to Flush Young Dale Grace 126Z consigned by Young Dale Angus, Carievale, SK purchased by Troy Poluck for 11,500


Peak Dot Ranch Fall Bull Sale December 1, 2016 - Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Steve Dorran, Airdrie, AB 135 Bulls $5,937 Sale gross $801,400 High Selling Bulls: Peak Dot Easy Decision 219C sired by Bushs Easy Decision 98 out of an SAV Iron Mountain 8066 daughter purchased by Scott Stock Farm, AB for $17,000/// Peak Dot Eliminator 552C sired by Peak Dot Eliminator 786Z out of an SAV Bullet 0473 daughter purchased by Heinz Cattle, AB for $16,000 /// Peak Dot Eliminator 525C sired by SAV Eliminator 9105 out of a Peak Dot Bold 204U daughter purchased by Tom Heller, SD for $15,500 /// Peak Dot Eliminator 571C sired by Peak Dot Eliminator 834Z out of a Peak Dot Bold 204U purchased by Ken Schmidt, ND for $15,000/// Peak Dot Unanimous 712B sired by Vision Unanimous 1418 out of an SAV Eliminator9105 daughter purchased by Hillcrest Enterprises, SK for $14,000 /// Peak Dot Unanimous 444C sired by Vision Unanimous 1418 out of an SAV Iron Mountain 8066 daughter purchased by Hillcrest Enterprises, SK for $13,500 /// Peak Dot Tour of Duty 623C sired by RB Tour of Duty 177 out of a Peak Dot Capacity 515W daughter purchased by William Beierbach, SK for $12,000


e British Connection Bull Sale December 3, 2016 - Lethbridge, Alberta Auctioneer: Bob Balog, Lethbridge, AB 19 Black Bulls $8,631 16 Polled Herefords $6,641 31 Horned Herefords $6,548 66 Bulls $7,170 Sale gross $473,250 High Selling Angus Bulls: BJ's Danger Zone 609 sired by Ardrossan Admiral A2 out of a Rawburn Rommel E423 daughter half interest and half possession purchased by Dwajo Angus, Camp Creek, AB for $20,000 /// BJ'S Bulldozer 627 sired by BJ’s Bulldozer 418 out of an HF Tiger 5T daughter purchased by SHB Angus, Reardan, Washington, USA for $10,750 /// BJ'S Bulldozer 653 sired by BJ’s Bulldozer 418 out of a BJ’s Enforcer 808 daughter purchased by JV Farms, Fort Macleod, AB for $10,000


28th Annual Keystone Klassic Black & Red Angus Sale December 3, 2016 - Brandon, MB Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Management: T Bar C Cattle Co Sale Results: 23 Black Angus Heifer Calves $3,296 17 Black Angus Bred Heifers $5,015 $3,125 12 Red Angus Heifer Calves 11 Red Angus Bred Heifers $3,605 2 Cow/Heifer Calf Pairs $7,725 1 Red Angus Bull $7,500 66 Lots $3,957 20 Units Semen $220 Sale Gross $265,550 High Selling Black Angus Heifer Calves: AT Jestress 9D sired by Northern View SMW Gustov 3Z out of an SAV Eliminator 9105 daughter consigned by AT Angus, Canora, SK purchased by Hillary Sauder, Hodgeville, SK for $7,500 /// Northern View Lucy 122D sired by R B Tour of Duty 177 out of a TC Aberdeen 759 daughter consigned by Northern View Angus, Neudorf, SK purchased by Rayel Kazmar, Grenfell, SK for $5,000 /// DJCC Rosebud 616D sired by Young Dale Xcaliber 32X out of an SCC Heritage 92W daughter consigned by DJ Cattle Co, Brookdale, MB purchased by Tullamore Angus, Caledon, ON for $5,000 /// N7's Black Woodlady 7D sired by SAV Angus Valley 1867 out of a Belvin Tres Marias Patron 205 daughter consigned by N7 Stock Farm, Crandall, MB purchased by Cranberry Creek Angus, Boissevain, MB for $5,000 High Selling Black Angus Bred Heifers: ARY Enchantress 511C sired by S A V Angus Valley 1867 out of a Connealy Right Answer 746 daughter consigned by Airey Cattle Co, Rivers, MB purchased by Raven Ridge Angus, Oak River, MB for $9,500 /// HBH Tibbie 135C sired by Remitall F Rage 9A out of a Bushs Strut 756 daughter consigned by HBH Farms, Rivers, MB purchased by Charles Wilson, Glen Ewen, SK for $7,750 High Selling Red Angus Heifer Calves: Red Fraser Ramba 673D sired by Red Wilbar Packer 383B out of a Leachman Saugahatchee 3000C daughter consigned by Fraser Farms, Melita, MB purchased by JAS Red Angus, Neepawa, MB and Tibbett Ent, Neepawa, MB for $5,500 /// Red ACC Maria 26D sired by Red FBAC Some R Better 1E out of an Anderson’s Who’s Next 39S daughter consigned by Anderson Cattle Co, Swan River, MB purchased by Moose Creek Red Angus, Kisbey, SK for $5,000 High Selling Red Angus Bred Heifers: Red Mar Mac Princess 14C sired by Red Mar Mac Spartan 81A out of a Red Cumnock Royce 974M daughter consigned by Mar Mac Farms, Brandon, MB purchased by Ravenbrook Farms, Grunthal, MB for $8,000 /// Red Moose Creek Blockana 106C sired by Red Lines Pine Chief 15Z out of a Red Crowfoot 6123 S daughter consigned by Moose Creek Red Angus, Kisbey, SK purchased by Boyd Lines for $4,750

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High Selling Cow/Heifer Calf Pair: Red Ramrod Princess 705T sired by Red Gara Heavenly 108R out of a Red MVR Stockman consigned by Ramrod Cattle Co, Medora, MB purchased by Bennie Farms, Washada, MB for $4,250 and her heifer calf Red Ramrod Princess 644D sired by Red Andras New Direction R240 purchased by Circle G Cattle Co, Lacombe, AB for $5,700 High Selling Red Angus Bull: Red Maple Lake Game Face 5032C sired by Red Six Mile Game Face 164Y out of a Red Six Mile Win-Chester 745W daughter consigned by Maple Lake Farms, Hartney, MB purchased by LLB Angus, Erskine, AB for $7,500


Frontline Female Sale December 5, 2016 - Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Sale management:Castlerock Marketing, Swift Current, SK 19 Heifer Calves $2,614 25 Bred Heifers $3,328 44 lots $3,020 Sale gross $132,850 High Selling Heifer Calf: Valley Lodge Countess 11D sired by Merit Big Dawg 3049A out of a Connealy Freightliner daughter purchased by Charlene Chapman, Carlyle, SK for $4,100 High Selling Bred Heifer: Red Triple H Divine Lana 55C sired by Red T-K Governor 75Z out of a Red Vikse DA Fully Loaded 88X daughter purchased by Howe’s Red Angus, Moose Jaw, SK for $5,000

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Right Cross Ranch 1st Annual Commercial Bred Heifer & Long Yearling Bull Sale December 5, 2016 - Kisbey, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management:T Bar C Cattle Co, Saskatoon, SK 8 Red Angus Bulls $4,525 8 Black Angus Bulls $4,937 $1,699 128 Commercial Bred Heifers Sale gross $292,775 High Selling Red Angus Bull: Red RCR Cain 170C sired by Red SCCA You're a Statement 1Y out of a Red Lazy RC El Senro 405P daughter purchased by 130 Mil Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC for $8,000 /// Red RCR Canadian Born 153C sired by Red SCCA You're a Statement 1Y out of a Red Lazy MC Redman 42W daughter purchased by Glen Smith, Vermilion, AB for $5,500 High Selling Black Angus Bull: RCR Motive 301C sired by Brooking Grand Jury 202 out of a Royal Game Day DRCC 9084W daughter purchased by Coteau Ranch, Kisbey, SK for $5,750 /// RCR Pendleton 371C sired by DM Sandra 40Y out of a Royal Game Day DRCC 9084W daughter purchased by Jerome Poirier, Redvers, SK for $5,750


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Stromsmoe Herefords and Angus 32nd Annual Production Sale December 6, 2016 - Etzikom, Alberta Auctioneer: Bob Balog, Lethbridge AB 37 Long Yearling Angus Bulls $5,583 8 Angus Bull Calves $3,844 21 Long Yearling Hereford Bulls $4,298 $3,117 6 Commercial Cows 57 Commercial Bred Heifers $2,411 Sale gross $483,700 High Selling Angus Bulls: C&N Harvestor 74C sired by S A V Harvestor 0338 out of a Boyd on Target 1083 daughter purchased by Lazy H Ranches, AB for $10,250 /// C&N Safeguard 58C sired by PA Safeguard 021 out of a Sitz Upward 307R daughter purchased by Deer Creek Livestock, AB for $8,750 /// C&N Tour of Duty 21C sired by R B Tour of Duty 177 out of a TC Aberdeen 759 daughter purchased by Deer Creek Livestock, AB for $7,250 /// C&N L1 International 43C sired by S A V International 2020 out of an SAV 004 Density 4336 daughter purchased by Ken Friemark, AB for $7,250 /// C&N Earnan 55C sired by Connealy Earnan 076E out of a Connealy Onward daughter purchased by Nicol Ranch, SK for $7,250 /// C&N Tour of Duty 93C sired by R B Tour of Duty 177 out of a C&N Ricochet 88X daughter purchased by Nicol Ranch, SK for $7,250 /// C&N Harvestor 113C sired by C&N Harvestor 120A out of an HF Tiger 5T daughter purchased by 4M Ranch, AB for $7,250

Cudlobe Farms 17th Annual Bull Sale Real Bull for Real Cowboys December 7, 2016 - Stavely, Alberta Auctioneer: Steve Dorran, Airdrie, AB Sale Management: Optimal Bovines Inc, Red Deer, AB 127 Bulls $6,356 Sale gross $807,250 High Selling Bulls: Cudlobe Upshot 94D sired by Cudlobe Upshot 20B out of a Cudlobe Rito 68R daughter purchased by Hugh & Scott McPherson, High River, AB for $12,500 /// Cudlobe Total Focus 63D sired by Cudlobe Total Focus 6A out of a PA Power Tool 9108 daughter purchased by Bruce Walker, Gleichen, AB for $12,000 /// Cudlobe Grand Tour 1D sired by RB Tour of Duty 177 out of a Poss Total Impact 745 daughter purchased by Lyle Lewis, Claresholm, AB for $12,000 /// Cudlobe Double Vision 16D sired by Jindra Double Vision out of a Sydgen CC&7 daughter purchased by Stevenson Ranch, Hobson, MT for $12,000 /// Cudlobe Broken Bow 19D sired by KM Broken Bow 002 out of a PA Safeguard 021 daughter purchased by BJ’s Cattle Co., Del Bonita, AB for $12,000


Blairs.Ag and Six Mile Genetic Focus Sale December 8, 2016 - Regina, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Chris Poley

Sale management: T Bar C Cattle Co, Saskatoon, SK 24 Red Bred Heifers $12,292 $ 6,861 9 Black Bred Heifers 15 Red Heifer Calves $12,800 $ 7,125 6 Black Heifer Calves 10 Donor Cows $18,000 64 Live lots $12,055 1 Flush $13,000 $1,284 56 Embryos 140 Units Semen $350 Sale gross $910,200 High Selling Red Bred Heifers: Red Six Mile Barretta 211C sired by Red U-2 Reckoning 149A out of a Red Six Mile Gane Face 164Y daughter purchased by Rivers Edge Cattle Co, Vermilion, AB for $40,000 /// Red Six Mile Syringa 358C sired by Red U-2 Reckoning 149A out of a Red Glesbar Dividend 50M daughter purchased by Sunberry Valley, Sundre, AB for $28,000 High Selling Black Bred Heifers: Nexera Lassie 508C sired by Coleman Charlo 0256 out of a Black Wheel Odyssey 2M daughter purchased by Hordern Angus, Lanigan, SK for $15,000 /// Blair's Tibbie 331C sired by HF Kodiak 5R out of a Bon View New Design 878 daughter purchased by Dave Dutchik, Cochrane, AB for $8,000 High Selling Red Heifer Calves: Red Six Mile Larkaba Lass 22D sired by Red Six Mile Warcraft 254Z out of a Red Fine Line Mulberry 26P daughter purchased

by Breed Creek, Mankota, SK for $39,000 /// Red Blair's Monique 572D sired by Red Blair's Bingo 581B out of a Red Haycow Cutting Edge 055 daughter purchased by Double B Angus, McLean, SK for $17,000 High Selling Black Heifer Calves: Blair's Lady 549D sired by Duff New Attraction 6110 out of a GDAR-SVF Traveler 228D purchased by Bandura Ranches, Duchess, AB for $15,000 /// Six Mile Darkstar 178D sired by Connealy Complete 8454 out of a Rose Hill Royce 8N daughter purchased by WLL Farms, Hodgeville, SK for $7,000 High Selling Donor Cows: Red Six Mile Cheta Girl 144B sired by Red MRLA New Era 87Y out of a Red Six Mile Sakic 832S daughter half possession and embryo interest purchased by VF Red Angus, Terrebonne, OR for $41,000 /// EXAR Ruby 0067 sired by BC 7022 Raven 7965 out of an EXAR 263C daughter purchased by Ryan Resslor, Cooperstown, ND for $29,000 High Selling Flush: Flush from Red Bar EL AB Meg 169Z sired by Red Towaw Indeed 104H out of a Red YY Red Knight 640F daughter purchased by Blairs.Ag Cattle Co, Lanigan, SK for $13,000 High Selling Embryos: Package of four embryos from SAV Seedstock 4838 by Bar EL Erica 74A sired by SAV Seedstock 4838 purchased by Still Meadow Farms, Langley, BC and Justamere Farms, Lloydminster, SK for $10,000

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Touch of Class Angus Sale December 9, 2016 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Sale management:Castlerock Marketing, Swift Current, SK $3,821 25 Heifer Calves 28 Bred Heifers $5,304 2 Bulls $8,375 55 Live lots $4,740 $260,750 Sale gross High Selling Heifer Calf: Eastondale Betsy 143 sired by Eastondale Really Windy 06’13 out of a Minburn Main Event 40W daughter purchased by Airy Cattle Co, Rivers, MB for $7,500 /// Red Wrights Lana 18D sired by Red Six Mile Kill Switch 135Z out of a Red Six Mile Hyjak 297Y daughter purchased by Clayton Neudorf, Swift Current, SK for $6,300 High Selling Bred Heifer: Merit Heroine 5033C sired by EXAR One Iron 3889B out of a Dwajo Dutch 65P daughter purchased by J Square S Angus, Melville, SK for $13,500 /// DFCC Cecilla 97C sired by Musgrave Boulder out of a HF Tiger 5T daughter purchased by Blind Creek Holdings, Saskatoon, SK for $9,000 High Selling Bull: Red DKF Titanium 116D sired by DKF Eliminator 152B out of a Red Lazy MC Smash 41N daughter purchased by Kenray Red Angus, Redvers, SK for $11,750 High Selling Embryo Lot: 5 embryos of PM Thunderstruck 22’13 X Eastondale Forever Lady 06’08 to Lock Farms, Macklin, SK for $5,750

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Atlasta Angus Bull Sale & Seriously Black Select Female Sale December 10, 2016 - Red Deer County, Alberta Auctioneer: Don Raffan, Armstrong, BC Sale management: Douglas J Henderson & Associates 68 Yearling Bulls $5,089 15 Two Year Old Bulls $4,530 24 Bred Yearling Females $3,579 1 Mystery Lot Choice of Heifer Calf from Atlasta 2017 Calf Crop $5,500 High Selling Bulls: Atlasta Consensus 2D sired by HF Consensus 235Y out of an HF Kodiak 57U daughter purchased by Tri Quest, Sherwood Park, AB for $17,000 /// Atlasta Rage 6D sired by Remitall F Rage 9A out of a BB Atlasta Focus 46S daughter purchased by Terry & Donna Dodd, Innisfail, AB for $9,000 /// Atlasta Zorzal 60D sired by WAF Zorzal 321U out of a Vermilion Dateline 7078 daughter purchased by High Plains Cattle Co, Bassano, AB for $8,000 /// Atlasta Rage 88D sired by Remitall F Rage 9A out of a Remington Right Time 124R daughter purchased by Blast Angus Farms, Houston, BC for $7,750 /// Atlasta Bismark 85D sired by Brookmore Bismarck 19A out of a Royal Traveller DRCC 6068S daughter purchased by Tongue Creek Ranch, Turner Valley, AB for $7,500 /// Atlasta Consensus 10D sired by HF Consensus 235Y out of an Atlasta BB Traveller6807 047T daughter purchased by Huxley Colony, Huxley, AB for $7,500

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Volume Bull Buyers: Tongue Creek Ranch, Turner Valley, AB; Marguerite Ranches, Quesnel, BC; Tennant Ranches, Bluffton, AB High Selling Heifers: Mystery Lot the pick of the Atlasta 2017 Heifer Calf Crop sold to Remitall West, Bryan and Annette Latimer for $5500 ///Twin sisters Atlasta Barbara Perfection 35C and Atlasta Barbara Perfection 36C sired by EXAR Upshot 0562B out of a Sitz Traveler 8180 daughter purchased by Harold & Lil Smithinsky, Drayton Valley, AB for $4,600 each /// Atlasta Erica 041T 44C sired by SAV Final Answer 0035 out of a Morgans Direction 111 9901 daughter purchased by Tri Quest, Sherwood Park, AB for $4,100 /// Atlasta Barbara Perfection 75C sired by SAV Final Answer 0035 out of an SAV Net Worth 4200 daughter purchased by Tri Quest, Sherwood Park, AB for $4,100 ///Atlasta Wendy 78C sired by Jindra Double Vision out of a B/R New Frontier 095 daughter purchased by Cold Water Creek Land & Cattle Co. Forney,TX for $4,100 ///Atlasta Erica Barnett 88C sired by Jindra Double Vision out of a MinburnTraveler 74L daughter purchased by Cold Water Creek Land & Cattle Co. Forney, TX for $4,100 /// Remitall West Blackcap 102C sired by Remitall West Rollin Up 48Z out of an SAV Final Answer 0035 daughter purchased by Christian Guenter, Sylvan Lake, AB for $3,800 ///Atlasta Pride 167C sired by Remitall F Uptown 64Z out of an SAV 004 Predominant 4438 daughter purchased by Border Butte Angus, Coutts, AB for $3,800

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Pride of the Prairies Female Sale December 10, 2016 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale management:Castlerock Marketing, Swift Current, SK $ 3,941 18 Heifer Calves 37 Bred Heifers $5,723 3 Cows $8,417 58 live lots $5,309 $125/ea 20 straws of semen Sale gross $30,450 High Selling Heifer Calf: Red Kenray Cristy 7D sired by Andras New Direction R240 out of a Triple H Baxter 27X daughter purchased by Wheeler Stock Farm, Saskatoon, SK for $7,000 High Selling Bred Heifer: Red Wraz Maria 96C sired by Red Brylor JKC Ghost Rider 108Y out of a Red Wraz Silverado 2U daughter purchased by Broughton Farms, Wawota, SK for $9,000 High Selling Cow: Red Wraz Serebl 57X sired by Red K Adams Tycoon 2T out of a Red Hamco Mr Romance 103R daughter purchased by WCF, Goderich, ON and Kenray Red Angus, Redvers, SK for $11,500 High Selling Semen Lot: 20 straws of Red Brylor JKC Ghost Rider 108Y, to Dersta Farms, Red Deer, AB for $2,500


Dolittle Angus Dispersal Sale December 10, 2016 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan Auctioneers: Donnie Peacock & Ryan Hurlburt Sale Management: Optimal Bovines Inc, Red Deer, AB 96 Cow Calf Pairs $4,513 63 Cows $2,610 34 Bred Heifers $2,650 5 Herd Bulls $4,940 198 Lots $3,598 Sale Gross $712,450 High Selling Lots: Dolittle’s 707 Rito 703’13 sired by SAV 707 Rito 9969 out of an SAV Net Worth 4200 daughter purchased by Graham Alexander, East End, SK for $7,300/// Dolittle Commander Bond 814B sired by Dolittle Commander Bond 418Y out of an SAV Providence 6922 daughter purchased by Carmichael Farming Cattle Co, Gull Lake, SK for $6,300


Johnson Livestock Fall Female Sale December 13, 2016 - Peebles, Saskatchewan Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle, Saskatoon, SK 84 Bred Heifers $4,350 45 Bred Heiferes (groups) $2,377 4 Cow/Heifer Calf Pairs $9,400 5 Heifer Calves $5,504 21 Cows $4,410 Page 62

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29 Cows (groups) $2,414 197 Commercial Bred Heifers $2,101 $1,111,700 Sale gross High Selling Bred Heifers: JL Ruby 5003 sired by SAV Thunderbird 9061 out of an SAV Harvestor 0338 daughter purchased by Rehorst Farms, Teeswater, ON for $27,000 /// JL Mayflower 5176 sired by SAV Angus Valley 1867 out of an SAV Eliminator 9105 daughter purchased by Locust Grove Angus, Milton, ON for $12,750 /// JL Rachel 5055 sired by SAV International 2020 out of an N Bar Emulation EXT daughter purchased by Harprey Farms, Proton Station, ON for $10,250 High Selling Cow/Calf Pairs: JL Erica 2478 sired by SAV Eliminator 9205 out of a Caymen First Impression 43’0 daughter purchased by Barry Dayman, Corning, SK and her heifer calf sired by SAV Resource 1441 purchased by Rehorst Farms, Teeswater, ON for $17,750 High Selling Heifer Calf: JL Lady 6057 sired by SAV Renown 3439 out of a Stevenson Bruno daughter purchased by Otter Creek Angus, Bloomfield, ON for $11,250 High Selling Cows: SAV Blackcap 6566 sired by SAV Heritage out of an SAV 8180 Traveller 004 daughter purchased by Otter Creek Angus, Bloomfield, ON for $20,500 /// JL Evening Tinge 1438 sired by SAV Pioneer 7301 out of an HF Free Wheeler 191N daughter purchased by Shagbark Angus, Owen Sound, ON for $12,500


KBJ Round Farms Dispersal Sale December 15, 2016 - Clyde, Alberta Auctioneers: Steve Dorran & Ryan Hurlburt Sale Management: Optimal Bovines Inc, Red Deer, AB 144 Cow Calf Pairs $8,781 13 Cows $5,300 71 Bred Heifers $5,768 7 Herd Bulls $10,538 235 Lots $7,721 Sale gross $1,814,650 High Selling Herd Bull: Red TR Little Deep 285B sired by Red Bieber Rollin Deep y118 out of a Red TR Escalade 318T daughter purchased by RSL Red Angus, Battleford, SK for $45,000 High Selling Cow: Elmgrove Pride 5U sired by SAV 5175 Bando 1024 out of a CAR Ideal 061 daughter purchased by Diedrich Peters Friesson, Chihuahua, Mexico for $13,000 High Selling Cow/Calf Pairs: KBJ Henrietta Pride 32W sired by Sitz Traveler 043 out of a Dryland Chief 307 daughter purchased by HR Hahn Cattle Co, Sherwood Park, AB for $15,000 and her bull calf KBJ Champ 91D sired by Young Dale Zorian 106Z purchased by Crescent Creek Angus, Goodeve, SK & Anderson Cattle Co, Swan River, MB for $12,500 /// KBJ Evening Tinge 90Z sired by KBJ Above Standard 78X out of an SAV Carbon Copy 7664

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daughter purchased by Dave Hepburn, Whitewood, SK for $8,000 and her bull calf KBJ The Contender sired by Young Dale Zorian 106Z purchased by Spady Farms, Alliance, AB for $12,500 /// Red KBJ Lassie 1080A sired by Red U-2 Limitless 298Y out of a Red BCAR Wild Card purchased by HR Hahn Cattle Co, Sherwood Park, AB for $11,000 and her bull calf Red KBJ Rock 983D sired by Red U-2 Rock Solid 165A purchased by T-K Ranches, Wawota, SK for $8,000 /// Allandale Pride 7B sired by GDAR Game Day 449 out of a Connealy Freightliner daughter purchased by Raymond Chittick, Mayerthorpe, AB for $10,000 and her heifer calf by KBJ Pride 303D sired by SAV Final Answer 0035 purchased by Wayne Stetson, Vermilion, AB for $8,000 High Selling Bred Heifers: KBJ Prise 0101C sired by SAV Net Worth 4200 out of a Kilmaurs Daquantae 1H daughter purchased by MWC Investments Inc, Darwell, AB fro $21,000 /// KBJ Evening Tinge 265C sired by Young Dale Zorian 106Z out of a Fleury Bardolene 17Y daughter purchased by Richmond Ranch Ltd, Rumsey, AB for $8,5000


4th Annual Angus Collection Sale December 17, 2016 - Olds, Alberta Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran Sale management: Bohrson Marketing, Olds, AB 2 Bulls $9,250 20 Open Heifers $7,888 20 Bred Heifers $6,705 2 Bred Cows $7,500 44 lots $7,394 Sale gross $325,350 High Selling Bull: Greenwood Default 21D sired by Mohnen South Dakota 402 out of an RR 7407 Rainmaker 2154 daughter consigned by Greenwood Angus, Lloydminster, AB purchased by Nordal Limousin, Simpson, SK for $10,500 High Selling Open Heifers: HF Tibbie 55D sired by Pleasant Valley Lute 1207 out of an HF Free Wheeler 191N daughter consigned by Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB purchased by Halle Adams, Ter-Ron Farms, Forestburg, AB for $21,000 /// Greenwood Envious Blackbird sired by Soo Line Motive 9016 out of an EXAR Classen 1422D daughter consigned by Greenwood Angus, Lloydminster, AB purchased by MJT Farms, Edgerton, AB for $17,500 /// Greenwood Lucy JJP 7D sired by SAV International 2020 out of a Wilbar Eastwood 200X daughter consigned by Greenwood Angus, Lloydminster, AB purchased by Dudgeon Land & Cattle, Dobbinton, ON for $14,250 HF Ruby 222D sired by HF Defender 146B out of an HF Smokin’ Aces 105Y daughter consigned by Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB purchased by 4DJ Farms, Royal Western Gelbvieh & BNH Livestock for $11,500 /// Wiwa Creek Miss Quality 613’16 sired by Peak Dot Radiance 146A out of an SAV Final Answer 0035 daughter consigned by Wiwa Creek Angus, Rush Lake, SK purchased by Bar EL Angus, Stettler, AB for $8,500

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High Selling Bred Heifers: Wiwa Creek Tilda 530’15 sired by Brooking Leading Change 204 out of an MVF Widespread 273P daughter consigned by Wiwa Creek Angus, Rush Lake, SK purchased by Maya Angus, Airdrie, AB for $13,500 /// Bandura Miss Black Lady 4C sired by Leachman Right Time out of a Black Ridge Widespread 2K daughter consigned by Bandura Ranches, Duchess, AB purchased by Black Sand Cattle Co, Virden, MB for $8,750 /// Country Lane Rosie 17C sired by Soo Line Motive 9016 out of a Wiwa Creek Monarch 53’08 daughter consigned by Country Lane Angus, Vermilion, AB purchased by Jaycee Dutchik, Cochrane, AB for $8,600 /// Edwards Vixon 269C sired by Soo Line Motive 9016 out of an SAV Harvestor 0338 daughter consigned by Edwards Angus, Craik, SK purchased by Greenwood Angus & Limousin, Lloydminster, AB for $8,000 /// Belvin Georgina 25’15 sired by Belvin Panic Switch 2’11 out of a Belvin Yardage 57’11 daughter consigned by Belvin Angus, Innisfail, AB purchased by Donna Rowe for $7,750 High Selling Bred Cow: Northline Sable 231B sired by RB Active Duty 0010X out of a Young Dale Double T 106P daughter consigned by Northline Angus, Ardrossan, AB purchased by Charles Lamb for $10,000

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LLB Angus Opportunity Female Sale December 19, 2017 - Erskine, Alberta Auctioneer: Steve Dorran, Airdrie, AB 80 Bred Heifers $3,485 $3,170 43 Cows 9 Heifer Calves $3,261 16 Cow/Calf Pairs $6,175 148 lots $3,670 145 Commercial Bred Heifers $2,296 $876,100 Sale gross High Selling Bred Heifers: LLB Rosdebud Lass 0349C sired by Remitall F Reactor 40A out of a Mountain Ash Black Panther 36P daughter purchased by Walkerbrae Farms, Guelph, ON for $17,500 /// LLB Blue Lass 637C sired by Remitall F Reactor 40A out of a JPD Galileo daughter purchased by Rehorst Farms, Teeswater, ON for $12,500 High Selling Cows: Bellstar Blackbird 6X sired by SAV Final Answer 0035 out of a TC Freedom 104 daughter purchased by Johnson Livestock, Peebles, SK for $7,500 /// French River Queen FRCC 120A sired by Bon View New Design 878 out of n SAV Brilliance 8077 daughter purchased by U2 Ranch, Coaldale, AB for $6,500 High Selling Heifer Calves: LLB Georgina 260D sired by Thomas Complete 2142 out of a Chapman Equation 7061T daughter purchased by Airey Cattle Co, Rivers, MB for $7,500 /// LLB Nora 23D sired by SAV International 2020 out of a Sitz Upward 9309 daughter purchased by Parkview Farms, Falun, AB for $6,000

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Crooked Creek Angus Production Sale December 20, 2016 - Innisfail, Alberta Auctioneer: Brent Carey, Stavely, AB Sale Management: Optimal Bovines Inc, Red Deer, AB 1 Semen Lot $9,500 $2,501 78 Bred Females 79 Lots $2,589 Sale gross $204,550 High Selling Lots: Geis Annie K 81’12 sired by Sitz Wisdom 481T out of an HF Kodiak 5R daughter purchased by Kueber Farms Ltd., Killam, AB for $11,000 /// HA Outside 5307 sired by HA Outside 3008 out of a Sitz New Design 349M daughter semen package purchased by HA Outside Syndicate of Windy Willows Farms, Young Dale Angus, Bone Creek Ranch & Kueber Farms Ltd for $9,500

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British Columbia Angus Association

It looks like a new year again and things are gaining speed all over.

The New Year started off in January with the first ever BC Angus All Breed Pen Show held in Prince George. The show was a huge success with 24 bulls entered and approximately 75 people in attendance. A small but strong line up of bulls competed in three divisions. Continental Pen of Three Bulls, Angus Pen of Three Bulls and an All Breeds Halter Bull class. The Continental Pen of Three Bulls was won by Pinnacle Limousin. and Reserve was KRS Simmentals. Pen of Three was won by Harvest Angus and Reserve won by Andy Meints. Individual was won by Pinnacle Limousin and Reserve was KRS Simmentals. Overall Pen Champion was Pinnacle Limousin with Harvest Angus being Reserve Champion.

Alberta Angus Association

On behalf of the Alberta Angus Association I'm pleased to bring you this message. We have had another busy year of promoting Angus in Alberta. Our AGM this summer held in conjunction with the CBIC in Calgary was a great way to showcase our boards initiatives and allow us to honor great breeders by inducting them into our Hall of Fame. Congrats to all the recipients. Our AGM was greatly attended

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Congress in Oyen. We will have both our booth as well as our Certified Angus Beef Steaks for the Steak Fry's and Competition's at these events. We are currently planning out a few fundraising initiatives that will allow us to better support our membership and our junior breeders both purebred and commercial. We will have available again this year the opportunity to win a Bull Sale Credit from any Alberta Angus Association Member and it is just as simple as having our form available when you sell your stock and getting it filled out for your customer and sending it back to us. We had a new initiative on our junior front last year by giving toques to all the 4H kids that exhibited an Angus project and they were very well received. Watch for our logo on a toque in your community further promoting our breed. If you have any ideas for projects or initiatives please feel free to contact any of the Directors on the Board. Good luck with Bull Sales and calving and as always we look forward to serving you the membership in 2017.

by Graham McLean ~ President, Ontario Angus Association

change direction and get back to $2.54 last week. Numbers killed in Ontario have been strong. The Federally inspected slaughter was 12,580 head at the end of January which was 3% better than last year. Live cattle exports to the US are down over 13% as well as feeders. The inventories and cattle on feed are up across the border so this is reflected in the Eastern Canadian price. Stocker prices have rebounded somewhat since the fall drives started. Heavy stockers are fetching a premium with April Chicago futures at a premium to summer months. Stocker numbers have been steady through local auction markets. 800 lb. steers are pushing that $2/lb. level we haven’t seen for a few months.

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Organizers were calling the show a great success with lots of positive feedback from the commercial producers in attendance. Exhibitors were very happy with a new venue to display bulls that are being sold in the spring. All in all, it was a great day! There was a complimentary lunch served and a John Deere equpment display. John Deere and the Canadian Angus Association were the major supporters along with the BC Angus Association. Canadian Angus representative were in attendance with a booth as well. Bull sales in BC will be starting soon and calving is in full gear. Stay well, Tom deWaal

by Greg Pugh ~ President, Alberta Angus Association

and the venue allowed us to host other industry leaders for a great meal and an afternoon of socializing. We also saw a few of our directors terms come to an end and we were able to elect new folks with great ideas and focus. We have many great things in the works to further promote our breed coming from ideas that came about in our first few meetings with the new board. Fall saw us moving into our two Angus Gold Shows at Olds and Edmonton. Attendance at these events was great both in the shows as well as in the crowd. We were able to present our $1000 Commercial Show sponsorship at the pen show and it was very well received. We are gearing up for bull sale season now and with the cancellation of Medicine Hat Pen Show we did miss the opportunity to showcase our booth and our other Commercial Pen Show Sponsorship. We look forward to this event happening in 2017. In light of this please feel free to make contact with us at both the Canadian Bull Congress in Camrose as well as the Crossroads Beef

Ontario Angus Association

In Ontario we have seen the commercial beef market bottom out and continue on a nice steady incline for all classes of cattle. We haven’t seen those lows since 2014 and feeder cattle were heading towards the $2.00/lb. rail. Mid December saw things

by Tom deWaal ~ President, BC Angus Association

Commercial bred cows have been under pressure most of the fall averaging $1500-1800. There is a shortage of good forage on a lot of farms so demand for cows is under pressure. Bred heifers are in a range of $1800-2300. Cull cows have been trading around $.70/lb. Demand has been strong. With that I will conclude that our purebred calving is in full swing in Ontario. The rainy and mild weather has been less than desirable. Let’s hope the next couple months are more seasonable to keep health issues to a minimum. Now saying all this President Trump will play a factor in this sector in the future. Let us hope it is all positive!

Saskatchewan Angus Association

Fall female sales were very good including the Masterpiece and Power and Perfection sales at Agribition. The quality of cattle exhibited at Agribition was exceptional. One or more of the Grand or Reserve Champions in the First Lady Classic, First Lady Futurity, Presidents Classic, Junior Beef Extreme and RBC Supreme were all Angus. The traffic through the barns was good throughout the week and interest in the Stockman's Exchange and

commercial cattle was strong. Our Gold and Junior in Lloydminster was once again a great success with excellent numbers exhibited and great quality. We just wrapped up our Annual General Meeting in Regina. Elections were held for the board of directors and I would like to congratulate Michelle Potapinski, Sarah Davidson-Coward, Glen Gabel and Gord Roger for being elected. As part of our AGM and the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference an SLA Honor Scroll was presented to Bob and Marjorie Blacklock of Saskatoon, who were nominated by the Saskatchewan Angus Association. I would also like to congratulate Parkwood Angus on being selected as Purebred Breeder of the Year. The breeder information sessions we hosted last fall were very well received. Those in attendance appreciated the laid back atmosphere that was conducive to lots of open discussion. The speakers were engaging and everyone left with useful information they could apply at home. We are planning another session in Saskatoon on April 20 that will be similar to the session we held last spring

Manitoba Angus Association

What a winter it is has been so far! With lots of snow in the south/central and not as much towards the north of the province, the cold temperatures seem to be everywhere! With many of you already starting to calve and lots of you just getting ready, I wish you all a safe and enjoyable calving season. I would like to thank everyone that attended our AGM on November 5 in Neepawa. It was a record turn out for us this year with 43 members in attendance, it was very nice to see a large group. Even though many people were there to express their concerns regarding the ACE (Angus Cow Enrollment) program, I feel like everyone got their point across in a very respectable way. Each member’s concerns will be taken back to Canadian Angus Board of the Directors for their meetings which will be held the end of January. There have also been a lot of you that have written your letters to the Canadian directors and to Angus Central. The more letters that are written and more that the board is aware of how people feel about this new change then that give them a better direction of what they will do regarding the ACE program.

by Michael Wheeler ~ President, Saskatchewan Angus Association in Regina. Keep posted on our website, Facebook or through our e-blasts with more details to come. You may be aware that Showdown 2017, the National Junior Angus Show is being held in Lloydminster July 20-22. My hope is that this will be the biggest and best Showdown yet. I challenge all breeders to attend and show their support to our future breeders. If you are planning on taking your kids, awesome! To those people I challenge you to look at your kids friends, neighbours, 4-H club, even kids from other breeds, and bring them along with you. Pack the trailer full and come for a good time. The summer months will bring our annual summer tour which has become a major event for the association. There is interest in north west Saskatchewan to host the tour in August, so mark your calendars. The Gold and Junior show will be held again in Lloydminster with the Stockade Roundup. Best of luck with calving and spring bull sales. Hopefully mother nature cooperates and we can all enjoy the prospect of all the new matings and breeding decisions that are arriving. See you down the road!

by Larissa Hamilton ~ President, Manitoba Angus Association

A big congratulation goes to Naomi Best for winning the 1st Jack Hart Memorial Female Foundation award for $1000. She was announced as the winner of this award at the AGM in Neepawa and then presented with the cheque at the Keystone Klassic sale. This award is to be used towards buying a heifer at the Keystone Klassic sale, which she did! Naomi is a very impressive young junior member and was very well deserving of this award. At our AGM we handed out more awards. Congratulations goes to EUR Ranches (Manager, Henry Rosing) of Lake Francis, MB for being awarded Commercial Breeder of the year. Also to NYK Cattle Co (Cameron and Kaitlin Nykoliation) of Douglas, MB for winning the Purebred Breeder of the Year award. Honorary President award was given to Frank Case (Prairie Oak Angus) of Portage la Prairie, MB. Frank was also awarded the 50 year award, he has been a member of the Canadian Angus Association since 1967! Congratulations to all of these breeders! The Keystone Klassic was successful sale again this year and was held December 3rd at the Keystone Center. Thank you to all the buyers and consigners that make this such a great sale. Congrats goes out to Greenbush Angus who won the MB Angus Association draw for $1500, which was used towards buying an open heifer at the sale. Be sure to stop by our Ag Days booth this year, Jan 17-19. We will be there handing out calving books, pens and also our new Herd Directory. You can also buy your Angus green tags there as well. The new Herd directory turned out very well and we hope that you will all pick up a copy so you can tour around to many Angus breeders farms this year. Thank you to Arlene Kirkpatrick and Melissa McRae (Prairie Pistol Designs) for all their hard work on the Herd Directory.

As you flip though this issue of the Outlook you will notice that Manitoba Angus Association is looking for a new secretary. This is because Arlene Kirkpatrick has handed in her resignation letter and will be finished as our Secretary as of June 30, 2017. Arlene has been the Secretary for 18 years, with more grand children on the way and many other factors she has decided to retire. She is a truly amazing woman and has dedicated all these years toward this breed and association. I am still not sure how things will run without her. As she has been the backbone to this association for so many years. We will miss her, but we know we can always count on her for advice when we need it. If you see her in your travels in the next couple of months please take the time to say Thank you to her for all of her hard work this past 18 years! On that note, please take a look at the job posting in this issue of the Outlook and we encourage anyone who is interested in applying for Secretary, to please do so! The 2017 Convention Planning Committee continues to make preparations to host the Canadian Angus National Convention, June 8 -11, 2017 in Brandon. You will notice more information in this Outlook with what is being planned for the 3 days. We hope that many people from throughout the province and country will be able to attend! We are always looking for volunteers to help out with this event. If you are interested in helping out please contact any one of the directors. For more information on any of the upcoming events please check out our website , Facebook page(Manitoba Angus ) and twitter (@Manitoba Angus).

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Canadian Angus Foundation Message Sylvia Jackson, Canadian Angus Foundation Chair

One of the current priorities of the Canadian Angus Foundation (CAF) is producing the next Canadian Angus History Book. Angus breeders we need your History NOW. Congratulations to Glen and Darlene Glessman, Barrhead, Alberta on winning our Early Bird draw – they submitted their history before December 9th. They will receive a Wendy Risdale print as well as a copy of the completed History Book. As further incentive to participate we are offering a draw each month in 2017 for sending in your history, as noted in the CAA "The Angus Word" December 2016

issue. Be part of it! And the sooner you get in your history, the more chances you have to win some great prizes… The CAF are proud to be sending three teams of Junior Angus members to compete in the Youth Forum Challenge at the World Angus Forum in Scotland in June of 2017. We thank the winning WAF Canadian Junior Team that competed in New Zealand in 2013 for generously donating their $10,000 winnings back to the Foundation so future Juniors could have an amazing experience as well. The 12 Junior Forum attendees will be announced at GOAL in Edmonton on February 20, 2017. Our programming and organization continues to evolve and grow. In July of 2016 the CAF assisted Juniors with trucking costs to allow more to attend Showdown with cattle, in Truro, Nova Scotia. At our September meeting the CAF voted to re-allocate the 2016 research budget of $10,000 to assist in leveraging funding for the new CAA mentorship program. Thanks to Belinda and staff in creating our new "eye catching" CAF logo with the approval from the CAF Board. Over the Fall we have worked on designing an orientation package for new CAF Directors, and further developed a CAF Governance model, CAF roles and responsibilities and our Vision to support our mission statement which reads as follows:

These will hopefully be finalized at our meetings during Convention in June in Brandon, Manitoba. Our major fundraiser, the “Building the Legacy Sale” last year in Quebec brought in a record $172,000 plus. The CAF sincerely thanks each and every one that makes this sale successful. Many people over the years have expressed their great experience in purchasing a lot in the Legacy Sale which are often "one of a kind". Please watch for information on our 2017 Sale and the infinite opportunities available to you in Brandon, Manitoba and know that any support you can provide to the Foundation will allow us to continue to carry out our "Mission". On a personal note, sincere gratitude to Gail Wildman, Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd., Sandugo, Alberta who donated a custom, hand tailored quilt for the 2016 sale. I was very pleased to be the successful bidder on this beautiful item which emits warmth and dedication in the Angus Industry. And again, thanks to the many families that strongly support the Foundation. Please also know that there are still CAF National Angus Cookbooks available. Contact with Belinda Wagner or your Provincial Secretary if you are interested in obtaining one of these unique and very usable cookbooks before they are gone.

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Canadian Junior Angus Association

As breeders are in the middle of calving season, the Canadian Junior Angus Association is looking forward to the events ahead in 2017. Our GOAL Conference in Edmonton is looking to be the largest yet and we are excited to host juniors from across Canada as well as the U.S. Many upcoming opportunities are offered to juniors including the Junior Angus Stockman of the Year Award. Individuals must be nominated by April 15 to be eligible for the award. The Canadian Angus Foundation Robert C McHaffie Ambassador Competition will be taking place at the Canadian Angus Convention in Brandon, Manitoba. Five finalists will compete for the Ambassador position by delivering a speech, writing a test and essay, and going through an interview process. Applications are due April 30. The Dick Turner Memorial

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Scholarship will also be presented at that event. Get your application in by May 15. In 2017, Showdown will be held in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan July 20-22 and the deadlines to enter the show are June 1 and 20. While at Showdown juniors exhibit their livestock, and compete in many additional competitions including sales talk, grooming, print marketing, and a cook off, etc. There is funding available to assist with travel expenses, both for juniors and for cattle, to the event. The CJAA scholarships will be awarded to three individuals during Showdown. These applications are due by June 15. Thanks to everyone who supported our Scholarship Donation Heifer Auction at Agribition, especially JPD Angus of Oro-Medonte, Ontario, who donated JPD Blackcap 22D, and congratulations to Anderson Cattle Co. of Swan River, Manitoba who won her. Keep in mind that the CJAA also offers self directed travel bursaries and opportunities to attend Red Round Up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and LEAD Conference in Raleigh, South Carolina. For more information on CJAA events, check out our website and Facebook page. by Raina Syrynk - President, CJAA

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Canadian Junior Angus Ambassador

Greetings Everyone. As the warmer weather fast approaches, I hope that everyone has the opportunity to sit back, relax and reflect on a successful calving season! Over the fall and winter months I have had some very exciting experiences as the Canadian Angus Foundation Junior Ambassador. In November I attended the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Angus cattle exhibited there at 2016 National Angus Show were second to none. I then had the opportunity to travel west to attend the Canadian Western Agribition, something I have always dreamed of doing. I was amazed by the number and caliber of cattle not only in the Angus ring, but at the show as a whole. I had the amazing opportunity to present the awards for the Canadian Angus Show Females and

Bulls and got to experience both the Masterpiece and Power and Perfection sales. I had a wonderful time at the Royal and Agribition visiting with friends, meeting new breeders and industry supporters. In February I was invited by Canada Beef to speak to consumers at a two day Walmart event in Toronto. This was one of my favorite experiences as the Ambassador so far. Speaking to and connecting with consumers is something I have always enjoyed doing. Having an opportunity to reach so many people on a personal level in such a short period of time was fantastic. Later in February I am headed west once again for the Canadian Junior Angus Association’s GOAL Conference 2017. I am sure we will have loads of fun in Edmonton and soak in much valuable information from a host of different speakers. I would encourage anyone eligible to attend GOAL to do so in the future! I am now more than half way through my term as Ambassador and it has been an excellent experience so far – I would really like to encourage junior members to take the opportunity to compete for the Ambassador program this June at the Canadian Angus Convention. The deadline to apply is April 30 and you can check out the details on the Canadian Angus Foundation web-site. I know you will be glad you did! I would like wish everyone a successful spring bull and female sale season. If anyone is ever interested in chatting with me, please feel free to reach out. All the best! Until next time! Michaela Chalmers

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Dave & Jean Prichard 780-385-2226 Dan & Shelley Prichard Ph/Fax: 780-385-2298 Killam, Alberta

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Doug Noad 403-660-8371

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Wayne Grant

Stauffer Ranches P.O. Box 174, Killam, Alberta (780)385-2216


Stacey & Michel Stauffer


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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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Ken & Sharon Chitwood

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

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Jim & Betty Richardson (403)224-3286

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Jon & Shelly Fox

Doug & Lynn McIvor

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

Box 688, Davidson, SK S0G 1A0

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




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Jack & Barb Hart

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David & Jeanette Neufeld 204/534-2380

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

Box 461, Wawota, SK S0G 5A0

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Keith, Linda & Stacey Kaufmann 306/454-2730

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Barry & Marj Young & Family

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

John Gottfried & Family

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

(306) 834-2844

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Events Calendar

March 2 Calgary Bull Sale, Balzac, AB March 4 Rack Red Angus & MCG Simmental Bull Sale, Stavely, AB March 6 Pride of the Prairies Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK March 6 Peake Ranching Hard Grass Bull Sale, Homestead Coulee, AB March 7 Belvin Angus Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB March 9 Bar EL Angus Bull Sale, Stettler, AB March 10 Arda & Freeway Angus Bull Sale, Acme, AB March 10 Three Choice Bull Sale, Lethbridge, AB March 10 Power Pak Bull Sale, Lethbridge, AB March 11 LLB Bull & Female Sale, Erskine, AB March 11 CD Land & Cattle Production Sale,Taber, AB March 14 Duckworth Ranch Production Sale, Assiniboia, SK March 14-15 Medicine Hat Bull Show & Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 14 Reid Angus ‘Heat Seeker’ Bull Sale, Brooks, AB March 15 Spruce View Angus Bull Sale, Killam, AB

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3E Angus .......................................... 46 4L Cattle Holdings ......................... 56 66 Ranches ...................................... 16 Arda Angus ...................................... 41 Atlasta Angus ................................... 32 Bandura Ranches ............................. 27 Bar 4A Cattle Co ........................ IFC Bar EL Angus .................................... 49 Belvin Angus .............................. OBC Benchmark Angus ............................ 21 Blades Angus ..................................... 46 Blairs.Ag Cattle Co ......................... 17 Border Butte Angus .......................... 23 Canadian Beef Industry Conference .... 68 Castlerock Marketing ....................... 57 Cattle Creek Ranching ................ 4, 34 CD Land & Cattle .......................... 59

March 15 Blades & 3E Angus Bull Sale, Stavely, AB March 16 Border Butte / Allencroft Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB March 16 Sheidaghan Angus Production Sale, Maple Creek, SK March 17 Symens Bull Sale, Claresholm, AB March 17 Scott Stock Farm Bull Sale, Crossfield, AB March 18 Bar 4A Cattle Co Bull Sale, La Glace, AB March 18 Signature Series Bull Sale, Brook, AB March 20 F Bar R Ranch Bull Sale, Brooks, AB March 24 Cow Boys Angus Bull Sale, Virden, MB March 25 Early Sunset Ranch Bull Sale, Edam, SK March 25 Northern Alliance Bull Sale, Vanderhoof, BC March 25 Red Rock Red Angus Bull Sale, Airdrie, AB March 25 Lamb’s Quarters Angus Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK March 27 Cockburn/Merit Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK March 27 Everblack Bull Sale, Vermilion, AB

March 28 Ring Creek Farms Bull Sale, Fairview, AB March 29 Hamilton Farms Bull & Select Female Sale, Cochrane, AB March 30 Spady Bull Sale, Alliance, AB March 30 Tannas Ranches Bull Sale, Water Valley, AB March 31 Wulf Cattle Sale, Morris MN April 1 66 Ranch & Bad Lands Angus Bull Sale, Fort Macleod, AB April 1 Lauron Red Angus Bull & Select Female Sale, Didsbury, AB April 3 Benchmark Angus Bull Sale, Warner, AB April 3 Eldorado Angus Bull Sale, Medicine Hat, AB April 4 Lorenz Angus Bull Sale, Red Deer County, AB April 4 Blairs.Ag Bull Sale, Sedley, SK April 5 Peak Dot Ranch Spring Bull Sale, Wood Mountain, SK April 5 El Dorado Angus Bull & Female Sale, Lethbridge, AB

April 6 Rainbow Hills Ranch Production Sale, Delburne, AB April 7 Cudlobe Commercial Heifer Sale, Stavely, AB April 7 Section 7 Ranch Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK April 7 Northern Progress Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK April 9 North Point Angus Bull Sale, Dawson Creek, BC April 11 Rodgers Red Angus Bull Sale, Lethbridge, AB April 14 Johnston/Fertile Valley Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK April 14 Delorme Ranch Bull & Heifer Sale, Maple Creek, SK April 15 WRAZ Red Angus ‘Cornerstone Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK June 6 Turn ‘em Out Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK August 15 - 17 Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Calgary, AB November 4 Nelson Hirsche Bull & Female Sale, Del Bonita, AB

Cudlobe Angus ................................. 1 Delorme Ranch ............................... 69 Double Q Angus ............................. 50 Duckworth Ranch ............................ 63 Early Sunset Ranch ......................... 25 El Dorado Angus ............................. 48 Fertile Valley Angus ...................... 4, 53 F Bar R Ranch ................................ 44 Fertile Valley Angus .......................... 53 Fraser Farms .................................... 19 Freeway Angus ................................. 41 Glen Islay Angus ............................... 5 Gurney Land & Livestock .............. 51 Hamilton Farms ............................... 3 Hazel Bluff Red Angus ..................... 51 Johnston Angus ........................... 4, 53 JPM Farms ...................................... 79

Lamb’s Quarters Angus ................... 36 Lauron Red Angus ............................ 45 LLB Angus ...................................... 31 Lorenz Angus ................................... 15 MCS Simmental .............................. 58 Medicine Hat Bull Sale ................... 61 Merit Cattle Co ............................. IBC Nelson Hirsche Purebreds ................ 39 Northern Progress Bull Sale .............. 65 Peak Dot Ranch ........................... 6 - 9 Peake Ranching .............................. 38 Poplar Meadows Angus .................. 33 Rack Red Angus .............................. 58 Rainbow Hills Ranch .................... 78 Red Rock Red Angus ...................... 50 Reid Angus ...................................... 71 Ring Creek Farms ............................. 35

Rivercrest Angus ............................... 47 Rodgers Red Angus ......................... 30 Rundle Mountain Forage ............... 78 Samtia Angus .................................... 34 Section 7 Ranch ............................. 24 Sheidaghan Anghus ........................ 70 Shiloh Cattle Co ............................. 64 Spruce View Angus .......................... 60 Symens Land & Cattle .................... 20 T-Down Trailers ............................. 52 Tannas Ranches .............................. 40 Valleymere Angus ............................. 47 White Lake Colony .......................... 34 WRAZ Red Angus .................... 12, 13 Wulf Cattle ....................................... 71 Yarrow Creek Farm & Ranch ........... 51 Z Bar Angus .................................... 80

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