Angus Life 2021

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Strategic Plan Update

Focus, Direction and Priorities

Angus is Truly Global An International Collaboration

Bringing the Heat

Partnership with Team Koe

Regional Cattle Producer Associations Get to Know Your Local Contacts




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Angus Life magazine is published by the Canadian Angus Association. Angus Life Editor-in-Chief: Myles Immerkar Managing Editor: Carmen Koning Executive Editor: Tina Zakowsky Creative Director: Kiani Evans Design: Kiani Evans Printer: Western Litho Printers Photography: BCRC, Canada Beef, Walt Browarny, Ruby Canning, Kiani Evans, Jeff Partridge, Grant Rolston, Tino Suddes, Bob Switzer Contributing Writers: Jackie Atkins Ph.D., Reynold Bergen, Naomi Best, D.E. Evans, Kiani Evans, Emme Demmendaal, Kajal Devani, Myles Immerkar, Carmen Koning, Bob Lowe, Eugene Nod, Chris Penton, Tino Suddes, Belinda Wagner, Kirk Wildman, Lexi Wright, Tina Zakowsky Vision: The Canadian Angus Association exists to preserve and expand the Angus breed for Canadian cattle producers and beef consumers, providing the best opportunities for profitability today and for future generations. Mission: To maintain breed registry, breed purity and provide services that enhance the growth and position of the Angus breed. Angus Life magazine is an annual publication. To place an ad or to subscribe, please contact the Canadian Angus Association at 1-888-571-3580 or The Canadian Angus Association acknowledges the financial support received for this publication from the Canadian Beef Breeds Council through the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AgriMarketing program.




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$50,000 Green Tag Extravaganza National Anniversaries, Events & Reminders


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Rancher Endorsed Award Call for Nominations




A Good Teacher The Evolution of the Beef Cattle Research Council


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Dogs, Answered: Choosing the Right Dog for your Family or Ranch


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Angus Life Success Subsidizes New Programs


Canadian Angus Members Participate in Groundbreaking Research for Fitter Cattle


The New Canadian Angus Association Canadian Balanced Index


Genetic Improvement & Genetic Improvement Tools Available to the Canadian Beef Industry


From a Data Management System to a Data Network System


Angus is Truly Global: An International Collaboration


Gold Shows 2020 & 2021 A Story Worth Telling: Filming Behind the Scenes with Laurence Fishburne



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A Message from Canadian Angus Foundation Chair Kirk Wildman

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Why Do You Donate to the Canadian Angus Foundation? National Angus Cookbook Recipes Living History Massive of Kaharau: A History Book Excerpt

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Getting Started in the Job Market A History of Canadian Junior Angus Kids Corner


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Sheldon Kyle President Elect Shawn Birmingham President I feel very lucky that the passion our whole family has for Angus cattle has allowed us the opportunity to spend our days together on the farm. And although our farm operation consumes most of our time and thoughts, we consciously choose to make family and community time a high priority in our lives. My wife, Teresa, and I are active and eager volunteers in our church where we both teach in the children’s ministry. We have three young daughters who are enthusiastic cattlewomen and also becoming excellent figure skaters, pianists and nature-lovers. We spend a lot of time watching our girls excel in their extracurricular activities. Our family enjoys hiking, camping and trying new and authentic foods. I enjoy hunting white-tailed deer in the fall, listening to podcasts and audiobooks while logging hours in the tractor during haying season, and spending time around a fire with friends in the summer.

The Kyle family homesteaded southwest of the budding prairie town of Redvers in 1902. Over the years livestock were always a component of the farming operation. Seedstock production started in 1971 when Kenneth Kyle and Raymond Kyle formed the Kenray Ranch partnership. In the fall of 1986, the first Red Angus females were purchased, and the herd has grown to a current base of 200 mother cows. Annually the Kyle family hosts an online bull sale the first Wednesday and Thursday of April and are partners in a fall production sale called Pride of the Prairies. I am the fourth generation of Kyles to farm this land and I enjoy watching my son develop a growing interest in agriculture.

Besides the daily operation of Kenray Ranch, I operate a farm and ranch supply business from the family operation. In 2015 with the support of Ella a partnership with Norheim Ranching was established and Kyle Farm & Ranch Supply was born. We supply a full range of livestock handling solutions,

fencing supplies and equipment, feed storage products such as net wrap and silage tarps along with small equipment required for beef production. Our focus is quality products while delivering superior customer service. There is a natural symbiosis between the seedstock and farm supply business with many clients who support us in both. In our free time we enjoy travelling as a family, exploring the world around us. We believe that we need to get away sometimes to fully appreciate what we have at home. Our travels usually include an agricultural component and we always bring home a new idea or perspective. We are excited to be involved in the agricultural industry and have established many long-term friendships. It excites us what our future holds and how we can be involved in shaping that.

Thornton LLP for 14 years. I have been a chartered accountant since 1982. My practice focuses on accounting services, process improvement consulting, lean accounting and business valuation advisory services for construction, manufacturing and professional service companies. I have taught in areas of practice management, analytical procedures and quality assurance. I have also been the treasurer for numerous foundations and associations. I have always had a desire for improving processes in business and in my life as well as the lives of those around me. I am passionate about building a lean culture and empowering others to look around and ask: “How can we do things differently?� In my spare time between running an accounting firm and a farming operation, I maintain an interest in flying, tennis, Border Collies, sailing and scotch.

Bob Hahn Past President

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I was raised on a dairy farm, so the farm roots go pretty deep. Growing up on the farm, leaving the farm to pursue an education and coming back to the farm life has been a goal of mine. I operate HR Hahn Cattle Co which is located southeast of Edmonton. The purebred Red and Black Angus herd consists of 75 females. The genetic base has come primarily from herds such as KBJ, Dwajo and Dunford Royal. The focus has been to build the herd with the best maternal lines possible in the breed.

I attended the Reich World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. I graduated in June 1980 and started my auctioneering career selling livestock at the Rimbey Auction Market. About a year later I was hired as one of the three lead auctioneers at the Edmonton Public Stockyards where I spent eight years selling livestock four days a week.

In my professional side, I have owned and operated Hahn Lukey Houle LLP Chartered Professional Accountants since 2004. Prior to that, I was an assurance partner at Grant

I also sold automobiles on the weekends at local car and truck auctions, gradually moving away from livestock sales and spending more time selling farm equipment, automobiles and heavy equipment. I started selling automobiles at weekly auctions across Western Canada, from Vancouver to Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina. In the fall of 1989 the opportunity to purchase half of a car and truck auction in Prince George arose. I took it with the

intention of being a silent partner. However, by the summer of 1990 I had bought out the partner and became the sole proprietor of the car auction, which I still run today. Currently the car auction re-markets more than 3,000 vehicles annually for major financial institutions, fleet lease, dealer and rental companies.

Brian Geis Alberta

My wife Kim and I live on our thirdgeneration farm. We have raised two children, Jenna and Robert. Jenna lives in Sherwood Park. She owns her own photography business, Home Grown Photography and Design, while her husband Mitch manages their family dealership Park Mazda. They are blessed with our first granddaughter Sloan. Robert is in his third year of an ag science/ business diploma and helps us run a purebred Angus and commercial cattle herd, as well as producing hay, canola, wheat, barley and oats on the best part of 20 quarters of land in scenic Barrhead County, Alberta. We are pleased to have received our 10-year 4-H leadership pins. I have helped with ball games and have enjoyed being an assistant hockey coach for our local boys for 10 years, winning two provincial championships in Bantam and Midget levels. We try to look after the land for further generations and were recognized with the Conservation and Beautification Award in Barrhead County. I like movies based on true events, history of family, wars and world-changing events. I also have an interest and appreciation for antiques, especially those that have had the growth, change and development to impact 9

and shape our agriculture industry. I have had some success in designing projects, improving and fine-tuning machinery, crops and cattle systems to help with the day-today work on the farm. My addictions are buying farm equipment we can’t afford, a paralyzer before bed and our granddaughter. My hobbies are farming, troubleshooting with the neighbours, watching the markets, talking on the phone and being with family. Things I like to do, but don’t do enough are play cards, travel and grow 60 bushel canola. I unexpectedly realized my new favourite feeling is when our granddaughter puts her arms up and waddles up to me wanting me to pick her up.

Greg Pugh Alberta I am very proud to be the fourth generation on my family farm. I don’t work off the farm and have been here full-time since I was 23. I did leave the farm when I was younger, went to school and got a job, but I wasn’t passionate about it. I realized that I missed the farm and approached my parents about returning to the farm full-time. I’ve never regretted it.

matter to the soil in a short time through cattle manure and urine. My brother is an agronomist and we work with him to test the soil and tailor the fertilizer. This way we can grow more crop on the same amount of soil and the soil is healthier. Our approach really lowers our cost of production and we’re able to run more cows on the land we have without breaking the bank; we can graze for more days and in turn run more cows per acre. That’s important because gross income makes your banker smile but gross income doesn’t pay your grocery bill. Outside of the farm, I’ve always had an interest in being a representative for the people, even though that sounds cliché. I’ve been involved in my community agriculture society and was president of the Alberta Angus Association for five years. I really like being involved in organizations that are member driven. I believe that for the industry to continue to be successful, we need to be involved with member-driven boards to shape the future direction. In Canada we are different from some countries as we all face the same issues and have the same struggles. I take my role on the board really seriously, and I’m open to people contacting me, whether their feedback is positive or negative. I want members to feel like they’re being heard.

Brett Wildman Alberta Hello to all the Angus enthusiasts that are opening up the pages on the second edition of Angus Life.

Besides raising purebred Angus and commercial cattle, we are also grain farmers. We grow wheat, barley, oats, corn and canola. Corn is a relatively new crop this far north in Alberta and we’ve done a few trials. I’d love to be able to combine it some day but we’re not quite there yet. We produce all our own forage. Our soil is quite diverse as we have mostly river land but range in elevation from 1,700 feet to 2,200 feet. Grazing corn adds organic 10

I, like many agriculture folks have an off-farm source of income to support our livestock venture. My career started out of necessity. With an ultimate high of the purchase of our farm followed by an unprecedented low within a few months as the BSE outbreak took a stranglehold on our industry, looming financial challenges were the main topic of conversation for all cattle operations. I needed a job that had nothing to do with the cattle industry that could pull us through to the other side of BSE. I landed a contract job north of Yellowknife, NWT to build ice roads to the diamond mines. You may ask, what does a ranch kid know about building ice roads? Short answer, not a damn thing! I worked with Nuna Logistics for 14 winters on the Tibbitt To Contwoyto ice road. I started as an equipment operator and concluded my contract as a superintendent. I was fortunate to have some great mentors

in the ice road business over the years that had the confidence that I could lead crews and pass their teachings along to ensure the crew got home safe. I now consult for NorEx Ice Engineers, a division of Associated Engineers based in Edmonton. We map, design and build ice roads, bridges, drill pads and air strips on fresh water ice and sea ice. I have travelled across Canada with the largest portion of our work being above the Canadian Arctic Circle were the ice provides a reliable building material to link the supply chain to Canada’s northernmost communities and mining industry. I have met some great people and have seen parts of our Canadian Arctic that are truly spectacular. It has been rewarding to say the least and I had no idea that it would continue to pull us through the challenges to this day.

Dale Easton Saskatchewan When we’re not busy with our farm, my wife Shelly and I enjoy travelling both within Canada and to warm winter locations in colder months. Our warm winter destination for 2020–2021 may not get better than our living room with the heat turned up higher than usual, so we’re looking forward to travel resuming. I belong to the Lions Club community service group. I have been a member for 38 years and have served as president, secretary and zone chairman. The Lions Club contributes to local community projects and we host fundraisers for local, national and international projects. In the last couple years I have enjoyed trying to do more golfing in our beautiful summer

purchased a young trained dog and have really started to enjoy working and training him. I will be taking a school in October and look forward to future opportunities. Now that l have him I am not sure how I ever got along without him. As a kid my family always drove a team of horses and I enjoyed it. I occasionally get to drive a team with my wife Lisa’s family. We enjoy going for family wagon rides. If our lifestyle ever slows down a bit I would like to buy a team of my own to drive.

months. We live in a beautiful part of the province with great golf courses. I have also recently tried the sport of fishing. I can see myself enjoying this sport as I look towards the days of slowing down in the cattle business. We’re fortunate to have lots of lakes with great fishing nearby so there will be shortage of new places for me to try out as I search for the perfect fishing hole.

Mike Howe Saskatchewan

Our farming commitments do not allow for a lot of leisure time. We have embraced the farming lifestyle by incorporating fun things with work. We move cattle on horseback as a family and recently have begun to use working dogs on the cattle. I genuinely enjoy spending time outside with my twin boys. We take a few day trips to the lake each year, have lots of wiener roasts and occasionally camp out on the front lawn. Because of our extremely busy schedule on the farm we decided to buy a pool the year the boys were born and spend every spare minute in it. In 2016 I got a retired Border Collie dog to help me learn how to use him effectively. I learned a lot from him and in 2017 I

Graham McLean Ontario I am Graham McLean, CAA Director from Ontario. This is my second term on the board and I hope we move the membership to the next level in service and programs that improve the profitability for all members. We are in a province that has its challenges in many areas, but the breed is in a good place to persevere. I have worked all my life off the farm. After graduating from the University of Guelph, Animal Science in 1988, I spent the next 21 years in the feed business in Lambton and Middlesex counties. In 2009 I decided to shift gears and joined Agris Co-Operative, a Growmark member company in Glencoe as a crop specialist. This allowed me to work closer to home and help my father and brother on the farm.

many of the local fairs so most fall weekends are spent away at shows. I feel supporting local is where our roots are. On a personal note, I live with my wife Karen and two girls, Shauna and Jenna. We are a sports family. Karen runs Jenna around to hockey and ball all year round and I still play OldTimers hockey each week through the winter; goalies are in demand. I also chair Watford Silverstick, a youth hockey tournament with international ties. This plays out over the Christmas holidays, 8–10 days. I also sit on a co-op housing board for our local Optimist club. I am not as active with the Optimist club but I help out where I can. My time on the board will be supporting members and improving the betterment of the breed.

David Sample Quebec When I saw a request to write about something other than cattle, I smiled and laughed out loud. Most of my life and family’s life has revolved around Angus cattle. With showing cattle and trying to improve every aspect of our operation, I have very little extra time.

Melmac Angus is a 35-cow herd. Half the farm is cash crop to diversify the workload and income. I work with my brother who also works off the farm. We still show at

The years seem to fly by, and just now with the children grown up, I have a little more time but not much. Shows and sales and dayto-day life are still very busy. However since the late 1800s the Sample family has always produced maple syrup from our maple trees. Starting from the 15th of February until the end of April, most members of our family can be found in the sugar bush or in the sugar house making maple syrup. For some family members, the passion for making the delicious sweet stuff is as intense as breeding top quality registered Angus cattle. My father at 82 years of age and my two sons Alex, 28 11

and Mark, 23 love when sugaring season finally rolls around. The senior at 82 comes to life when he hears that we are back in the woods. We have never missed a year, not even in 1998 after the huge ice storm that ravaged our trees.

club, and showed cattle during their years in the program. My sons graduated from 4-H, and I decided to retire from the program and pursue new things. I work full-time off the farm at Phillips Agri Service in Charlottetown as the accountant. I have been employed with the company for 34 years. I have seen a lot of changes in the industry over my years of service with this company by the size of farm operations, the numbers of farms being decreased and to new crops being grown.

It is not a hobby but it is another big part of my life. Family is always first, then the herd of cows that have been grazing here for 58 years, but maple season has been and always will be a big part of my life.

Ronnie Ford Maritimes

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I am Ronnie Ford, and I represent the Maritime Angus Association on your Canadian Angus Board of Directors. I own and operate Wheatley River Farm in Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI with my father, Glen Ford. We have 35 purebreds and we sell breeding females, bulls and we finish some cattle for Atlantic Beef Products in the Certified Island Beef Program. I have been breeding Angus cattle for 21 years and strongly influence AI breeding in my program. We travel the


Maritime Provinces each summer, exhibiting our best Angus cattle in the show circuit. I like the social aspect of meeting new people who are interested in learning more about our cattle. I think its great awareness for the public to learn more about the agriculture industry. I have been involved in the 4-H program as a beef leader for 14 years in the North River 4-H Club. My two sons were members of the




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Throughout 2021, 24 x $1,000 bull and/or heifer credit draws will take place A 50% bonus will be paid if draw winner is a repeat Canadian Angus tag user (having purchased Canadian Angus tags in 2020, as verified by CCIA or ATQ) January to April: 3 draws per month • May to August: 2 draws per month September to December: 1 draw per month


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Plus 4 year-end grand prize draws! • Five $1,000 buyer credits will be drawn in 2021 for Canadian Angus Association members who participate in the promotion of the Canadian Angus tag program by placing a Canadian Angus Association designed promotional ad in their 2021 bull sale catalogues. • Draws will be made at the winning Canadian Angus Association members’ bull sales. Credit is to be used by a customer in the member’s 2022 bull sale. • All Canadian Angus Association members participating will be eligible for a $100 sponsorship in their 2021 Sale ($200 for Angus Life 2021 advertisers). • Canadian Angus tag promotional ad can be requested from the Association. A copy of the 2021 bull sale catalogue must be sent to the Canadian Angus Association digitally or via hard copy for proof of advertisement and sale support will be issued to member.

Notes (otherwise known as the fine print): • Bull and/or heifer credit will be valid for 12 months following the draw date from any Canadian Angus Association member in good standing and participating in the Canadian Angus Tag program (Canadian Angus Association member must have purchased Canadian Angus tags within 18 months prior to draw) • Draws to be made on the first Thursday of each month and will be announced on the Canadian Angus Association social media channels • Credits are only eligible to be used on purchases made after the draw date • Credits are only available to residents of Canada for purchases made in Canada • Bull and/or female credits will be paid to producer following transfer of eligible animals • The Canadian Angus Association reserves the right to advertise and promote the buyer and seller transaction • Watch for other prizes to be drawn monthly from Canadian Angus tag industry partners • Credit will be paid upon completion of transfer from an eligible CAA member participating in the CAA green tag program (must have purchased tags within the past 18 months) 14 14

Identifying cattle with the CAA Green Tag provides the verification that they will meet a growing number of Angus programs that we acquire cattle for. The value of knowing these cattle will meet these programs needs adds value to how aggressive we will bid to acquire these calves. Holmes Livestock, Cattle Buyer As more and more global markets demand the Angus brand, sourcing cattle to meet our brand specs becomes increasing important and valuable. The assurance that the CAA Green Tag provides knowing purchased cattle will qualify for our Angus brands takes the guesswork out of the equation and adds value into the cattle we acquire. Nicolas Ednie Bouvry Exports Canada Backed by an unwavering commitment to sustainable beef production, JBS Canada is honoured to be a premier beef supplier in partnership with the Canadian Angus Association to provide consumers around the world with high quality, 100% Canadian, single-sourced Angus beef. It all begins with hardworking ranchers and farm families dedicated to raising their animals with utmost care and attention to every detail. We thank you for being a part of the Canadian Black Diamond Angus story, its heritage and tradition. Welcome to the family. David Colwell, President JBS Canada Est. 38, Brooks, Alberta With the Angus breed known for their strong marbling, genetics are the driver for quality meat. More customer programs look for the Angus callout and want to be associated with the breed as part of their offerings. The green tag program takes the guesswork and emotion out of the equation. It’s a guarantee you are getting the quality and assurances that are tied directly to an Angus program. A great selling tool that provides the confidence in what your end user values. Michael Gravelle Sr. Sales Director, Artisan Farms By having our partner Authentic Angus being part of the CAA’s Green Tag program and by having the backing of the Canadian Angus Association, we have been able to ensure that we meet the strict protocols for Angus label claims in Europe. Premium beef programs need premium standards, and the CAA helps us raise our standards against our international competitors. Andrea Pavesi Bervini Primo SRL, Reggio Emilia, Italy By being part of the CAA green tag program and working with the CAA, Authentic Angus was able o be the first Canadian beef brand in Europe to feature the Rancher Endorsed logo. Using the logo and having the backing of the CAA has given us additional credibility in the market and allowed us to simplify the process for making our Angus beef label claim. David Saretsky Authentic Angus

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National Anniversaries 135th: 1886–2021

First productive importation; 323 Angus imported in 1886 for Canada’s Ontario Experimental Farm in Guelph

115th: 1906–2021

Government of Canada recognized Canadian Angus Association (April 19)

50th: 1972–2022

Formation of Canadian Red Angus Promotional Society

45th: 1976–2021

First Junior Angus Heifer Show in Bashaw, AB, which led to Showdown

25th: 1996–2021

First in-house registration

25th: 1999–2024 25th: 1999–2024 25th: 2000–2025

Canadian Junior Angus formed

Canadian Angus Tag Program First Showdown

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Renew membership and verify member details (membership information) Request pedigree extract for sale catalogues and sale promotion package Angus Cow Enrollment (ACE) annual and fist spring herd billing Spring calves: herd inventory and application for registration form Record calf birth weight, calving ease, dam teat score and dam udder score Yearling Calves: arrange RFI testing, yearling weights, ultrasound scanning, scrotal circumference, hip height, foot and leg, and docility score Order your Angus Tags: 1-877-909-2333 Order your TSUs, blood cards and hair cards for DNA collection Bull sales Angus Life magazine distributed Submit registrations Submit DNA test requests (parentage, Angus GS, genetic conditions) Angus Cow Enrollment (ACE) second and third spring herd billing Angus Cow Enrollment (ACE) annual, first and second fall herd billing Spring herds: calf tattooing Fall herds: herd inventory and application for registration. Record calf birth weight, calving ease, dam teat score, dam udder score Canadian Angus Association Annual Convention, Saskatoon, SK, June 11–12 Canadian Junior Angus Showdown, Brandon, MB, July 22–24 Gold Shows Ensure all sale animals are registered Request pedigree extract for sale catalogues and sale promotion package Angus Cow Enrollment (ACE) third fall herd billing Spring herds: Calf weaning weights, dam mature weight, dam body condition score, dam docility score Submit Angus GS DNA samples ASAP for results in time for your sale catalogue Order your Angus tags: 1-877-909-2333 Order TSUs, blood and/or hair cards for DNA collection Fall feeder calf sales Bred female sales Canadian Angus National Show, Canadian Western Agribition, Gold Shows Angus Life magazine submission deadline


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Can’t make it sale day? Tuesday, February 2 - Sedley, SK Blairs.Ag Pursuit of Excellence Red & Black Angus Bull Sale

Thursday, February 25 - Fort MacLeod, AB Heinz Cattle Co 2nd Annual Bull Sale

Friday, February 5 - Cleardale, AB Northway Cattle Co 2nd Annual Bull & Female Sale

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Friday, February 12 - Rimbey, AB Genetic Edge 22nd Annual Bull Sale

Monday, March 1 - Saskatoon, SK Erixon Simmentals Bull & Female Sale

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Monday, March 1 - Beaverlodge, AB KSL Simmentals 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, February 17 - Olds, AB McLeod Livestock & Kay-R Charolais Bull Sale

Tuesday, March 2 - Bowden, AB Belvin Angus 9th Annual Bull Sale

Wednesday, February 17 - Ponoka, AB Future Legends 2nd Annual Simmental Bull Sale

Tuesday, March 2 - Grenfell, SK Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Annual Bull Sale

Friday, February 19 - Carstairs, AB Mader Ranches 32nd Annual Bull Sale

Wednesday, March 3 - Derwent, AB Rusylvia Cattle Co 1st Annual Bull Sale

Saturday, February 20 - Falun, AB Triple Threat 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, March 3 - Olds, AB The Event Bull & Female Sale

Saturday, February 20 - Innisfail, AB P & H Ranching & Circle G Bull Sale

Thursday, March 4 - Balcarres, SK Pheasantdale 17th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Monday, February 22 - Innisfail, AB Ultra/Czech-Mate Annual Bull & Female Sale

Thursday, March 4 - Wilson/Snider Online Bull & Female Sale

Tuesday, February 23 - Vermilion, AB W2 Land & Cattle Bull Sale – Chapter 3

Thursday, March 4 - Didsbury, AB Westway Farms 18th Annual Bull Sale

Wednesday, February 24 - Shell Lake, SK Crossroad Farms 15th Annual Bull Sale

Friday, March 5 - Camrose, AB Bull Fest ’21 Simmental Bull Sale

Thursday, February 25 - Lloydminster, SK Robb/Hoegl/Greenwood 16th Annual Bull Sale

Friday, March 5 - Moose Jaw, SK LaBatte Simmentals with guest, East Poplar Annual Sale


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We have you covered and guarantee satisfaction by offering FREE ORDER BUYING and SIRE SELECTION CONSULTATIONS. Save time and expense & Have our experienced and professional staff select your next herd bull(s) from the 6,000 head of cattle we are marketing this sale season. we spend the time and effort to analyze your needs and ensure you get a quality bull within your budget suited for your operation. Saturday, March 6 - Carievale, SK McMillen Ranching 27th Annual Bull Sale

Saturday, March 20 - Sangudo, AB Joint Venture 42nd Annual Bull Sale

Saturday, March 6 - Rimbey, AB Lockhart Valley 16th Annual Bull Sale

Saturday, March 20 - Cheneville, PQ Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests Annual Bull Sale

Sunday, March 7 - Estevan, SK R-Plus Simmentals 21st Annual Bull Sale

Saturday, March 20 - Bragg Creek, AB Highland Stock Farms 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Sunday, March 7 - March Madness Online Semen & Embryo Sale

Saturday, March 20 - Kelowna, BC KT Ranch Online Simmental & Angus Bull Sale

Monday, March 8 - Oungre, SK Ashworth Farm & Ranch 18th Annual Simmental Bull Sale

Monday, March 22 - Radville, SK Brooking Angus Ranch 9th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Monday, March 8 - Vermilion, AB Greenvalley Ranch Online Bull Sale

Tuesday, March 23 - Coaldale, AB U2 Connection Bull Sale

Tuesday, March 9 - Vermilion, AB Johnson Ranching 8th Annual Bull Sale

Thursday, March 25 - Hanley, SK Anchor B/Anchorage Annual Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, March 10 - Saskatoon, SK Sunny Valley Simmentals 31st Annual Bull & Female Sale

Friday, March 26 - Alameda, SK Perrot/Come As U R Annual Bull & Female Sale

Thursday, March 11 - Strathmore, AB Deeg Simmentals 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Saturday, March 27 - Moose Jaw, SK Anderson Cattle 11th Annual Bull Sale

Thursday, March 11 - Moosomin, SK In Pursuit of Perfection Simmental & Angus 16th Annual Bull Sale

Saturday, March 27 - Hand Hills Lake, AB Shiloh 7th Annual “Trendsetter” Bull & Female Sale

Thursday, March 11 - Stettler, AB Bar-E-L Bull & Select Female Sale

Monday, March 29 - Swift Current, SK Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale

Friday, March 12 - Rainbow River Simmentals 6th Annual Online Bull & Female Sale

Monday, March 29 - Innisfail, AB The Prairie Lands Bull Sale

Friday, March 12 - Grande Prairie, AB Northern Classic 18th Annual Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale

Monday, March 29 - Olds, AB Riverstone Cattle Co. Bull Sale

Friday, March 12 - Rumsey, AB Richmond Ranch 24th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Tuesday, March 30 - Forestburg, AB Redrich Farms 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale

Saturday, March 13 - Lloydminster, SK Next Generation 8th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, March 31 - Cochrane, AB Hamilton Farms 26th Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Saturday, March 13 - Saskatoon, SK Wheeler’s Stock Farm Bull & Female Sale

Friday, April 2 - Mankota, SK Grasslands 7th Annual Angus Bull Sale

Saturday, March 13 - Neepawa, MB Ranchers Select 2nd Annual Simmental Bull Sale

Saturday, April 3 - Fir Mountain, SK Six Mile Ranch 46th Annual Bull Sale

Sunday, March 14 - Miami, MB Steppler Farms Ltd. 10th Annual Charolais Bull Sale

Monday, April 5 - Delburne, AB Allison Farms 3rd Annual Bull Sale

Monday, March 15 - Olds, AB Remitall Farms 9th Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Tuesday, April 6 - Olds, AB Diamond T Cattle Co “Stockmans Choice” Bull & Female Sale

Monday, March 15 - Moose Jaw, SK South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale

Wednesday, April 7 - Wood Mountain, SK Peak Dot Ranch Spring Sale

Tuesday, March 16 - Lloydminster, SK Kuntz-McIntosh-SAJ 22nd Annual Bull Sale

Thursday, April 8 - Steelman, SK Genetic Distinction 3rd Annual Bull Sale

Wednesday, March 17 - Lampman, SK Meadow Acres 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale

Friday, April 9 - Ceylon, SK South View Ranch 21st Annual Bull Sale

Thursday, March 18 - Forestburg, AB Ter-Ron Farms Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Wednesday, April 14 - Fort McLeod, AB W Sunrise Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale

Friday, March 19 - Stony Plain, AB Porter Ranches Bull Sale

Friday, August 27 - Olds, AB The Rose Bowl & Jenna/Flirt Event 21

2021Sales Date

JAN 30



*All sales are subject to change and/or cancellation.


Lazy S Ranch 52nd Annual Bull Power Sale

Mayerthorpe, AB


Blairs.Ag Pursuit of Excellence Red & Black Angus Bull Sale

Sedley, SK


Moose Creek Red Angus Two-Year-Old Bull Sale

Kisbey, SK


Northway Cattle Co. Annual Bull & Female Sale

Cleardale, AB


Hill 70 Quantock Ranch Ltd. Barn Burnin’ Bull Sale

Lloydminster, AB

FEB 11

Rust Mountain View Ranch 10th Annual Bull Sale

Mercer, North Dakota, USA

FEB 13

Schaff Angus Valley 118th Production Sale

St. Anthony, North Dakota, USA

FEB 13

MJT Cattle Co. Ltd. 27th Back to Basics Bull Sale

Edgerton, AB

FEB 15

Ole Farms 15th Annual Graze Through the Snow Bull Sale

Athabasca, AB

FEB 18

Nordal Limousin & Angus 2021 Bull Sale

Saskatoon, SK

FEB 18

Chapman Cattle Company 15th Annual “Forage Developed” Angus Bull sale

Stettler, AB

FEB 20

Gillett Angus Private Treaty Sale

Beaverdam, AB

FEB 22

Ultra/Czech-Mate Annual Bull & Female Sale

Innisfail, AB

FEB 25

Heinz Cattle Co. 2nd Annual Bull Sale

Fort MacLeod, AB

FEB 25

Robb/Hoegl/Greenwood 16th Annual Bull Sale

Lloydminster, SK

FEB 26

Lone Stone Farms Fleckvieh Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale

Westlock, AB

FEB 27

Lewis Farms 36th Annual Bull Sale

Spruce Grove, AB


9th Annual Belvin Angus Bull Sale

Innisfail, AB


Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Annual Bull Sale

Grenfell, SK


Rusylvia Cattle Co. 1st Annual Bull Sale

Derwent, AB


Wilson/Snider Online Bull & Female Sale


HBH Angus Farms Cattleman’s Connection Bull & Female Sale

Oak River, MB


Ward’s Red Angus 12th Annual Bull Sale

Saskatoon, SK


McMillen Ranching 27th Annual Bull Sale

Carievale, SK


March Madness Online Semen & Embryo Sale




MAR 10

Mar Mac Farms Bull Sale

Brandon, MB

MAR 10

Easy Ray Angus 18th Annual Bull Sale

Lethbridge, AB

MAR 10

BMB Brewin Angus, bulls consigned to Easy Ray Angus Bull Sale and available through private treaty

Taber, AB

MAR 11

Excel Ranches 33rd Annual Excellence Bull & Female Sale

Westlock, AB

MAR 11

In Pursuit of Perfection Simmental & Angus 16th Annual Bull Sale

Moosomin, SK

MAR 11

Bar-E-L Bull & Select Female Sale

Stettler, AB

MAR 12

ARDA Farms & Freeway Angus 24th Annual Bull Sale

Acme, AB

MAR 13

Wheeler’s Stock Farm Bull & Female Sale

Saskatoon, SK

MAR 15

Remitall Farms Bull & Select Female Sale

Olds, AB

MAR 15

South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale

Moose Jaw, SK

MAR 16

Leeuwenburgh Angus 30th Annual Sale

Lethbridge, AB

MAR 16

Pugh Farms Bull Sale

Veteran, AB

MAR 16

Reid Angus Heat Seeker Bull Sale

Brooks, AB

MAR 17

Spruce View Angus Bull Sale

Killam, AB

MAR 17

JPM Farms Bull & Select Female Sale

Parkbeg, SK

MAR 18

Ter-Ron Farms Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Forestburg, AB

MAR 19

Yarrow Creek Farm and Ranch & Gurney Land and Livestock 15th Annual Bull sale

Lethbridge, AB

MAR 19

Harvest Angus Sale

Prince George, BC

MAR 19

Scott Stock Farm 8th Annual “The Bull Sale”

Crossfield, AB

MAR 20

Northern Alliance 11th Annual Bull Sale

Fort Fraser, BC

MAR 20

Hamco Cattle Co. 23rd Annual Bull Sale

Glenboro, MB

MAR 20

Joint Venture 42nd Annual Bull Sale

Sangudo, AB

MAR 20

Highland Stock Farms 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Bragg Creek, AB

MAR 20

KT Ranches Online Simmental & Angus Bull Sale

Kelowna, BC 23

2021Sales Date



*All sales are subject to change and/or cancellation.


MAR 22

Triple S Red Angus 48th Annual Bull Sale

Calgary, AB

MAR 22

Brooking Angus Ranch 9th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Radville, SK

MAR 23

U2 Connection Bull Sale

Coaldale, AB

MAR 25

Rivercrest 18th Annual Black Angus Bull Sale

Castor, AB

MAR 25

Anchor B/Anchorage Annual Bull & Female Sale

Hanley, SK

MAR 26

Heart of the Valley Farms Bulls From the Heart Online Only Sale

MAR 26

Perrot/Come As U R Annual Bull & Female Sale

Alameda, SK

MAR 27

Borderland Cattle Company Bull Sale

Rockglen, SK

MAR 27

Shiloh Cattle Company 7th Annual “Trendsetter” Bull & Select Replacement Heifer Sale

Craigmyle, AB

MAR 27

Double F Cattle Co. 12th Annual Bull Sale

Prince Albert, SK

MAR 27

Heart of the Valley Farms Bulls From the Heart Online Only Sale

MAR 27

Anderson Cattle 11th Annual Bull Sale

Moose Jaw, SK

MAR 29

29th Annual Everblack Angus Bull & Female Sale

Vermilion, AB

MAR 29

Riverstone Cattle Co. Bull Sale

Olds, AB

MAR 30

Double C Red Angus Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Foam Lake, SK

MAR 30

Redrich Farms 3rd Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Forestburg, AB

MAR 31

Hamilton Farms 26th Annual Bull & Select Female Sale

Cochrane, AB


Rainbow Hills Ranch Bull & Female Sale

Delburne, AB


Grasslands 7th Annual Angus Bull Sale

Mankota, SK


Crescent Creek Angus 23rd Annual Bull & Female Sale

Goodeve, SK


Lauron Red Angus 30th Annual Bull Sale

Didsbury, AB


Six Mile Ranch 46th Annual Bull Sale

Fir Mountain, SK


Riverfront Angus Ranch 4th Annual Bull Sale

Medicine Hat, AB


Delorme Ranch Black Angus Bull Sale

Maple Creek, SK


Allison Farms 3rd Annual Bull Sale

Delburne, AB





Eastondale 14th Annual On The Farm Bull Sale

Wawota, SK


Rebel Creek Angus Sale

Pollockville, AB


Diamond T Cattle Co. “Stockmans Choice” Bull & Female Sale

Olds, AB


JAS Red Angus and CAMO Cattle Co. Buy The Beef 17th Annual Bull Sale

Neepawa, MB


Windy Willows Farms Git ‘R Done Bull and Female Sale

Hodgeville, SK


Peak Dot Ranch Spring Bull Sale

Wood Mountain, SK


Kenray Ranch Annual Online Bull Sale


Kenray Ranch Annual Online Bull Sale


Genetic Distinction 3rd Annual Bull Sale

Steelman, SK


South View Ranch 21st Annual Bull Sale

Ceylon, SK

APR 10

15th Annual Blue Collar Bull Sale

Yorkton, SK

APR 10

Harprey Angus Farms Open Heifers Sale

Proton Station, ON

APR 12

Moose Creek Red Angus Yearling Bull Sale

Kisbey, SK

APR 12

Justamere Farms 26th Annual Angus Bull Sale

Lloydminster, SK

APR 13

Rodgers Red Angus 48th Annual Performance Bull Sale

Lethbridge, AB

APR 14

Flying K Ranch Bull Sale

Swift Current, SK

APR 14

W Sunrise Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale

Fort MacLeod, AB

APR 17

Short Grass 43rd Annual Bull and Female Sale

Aneroid, SK

APR 22

66 Ranch Ltd. Spring Bull Sale

Brooks, AB

MAY 14

66 Ranch Ltd. Annual Pair Sale

Brooks, AB

OCT 18

Justamere Farms 22nd Sale of the Year Annual Angus Sale

Lloydminster, SK

NOV 30

25th Annual Benchmark Makin’ the Grade Bull Sale

Warner, AB


Gemstone Cattle Company 7th Annual Hereford & Angus Bull & Female Sale

Brooks, AB


Peak Dot Ranch Fall Bull Sale

Wood Mountain, SK


66 Ranch Ltd. Fall Bull Sale

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ALBERTA EVENTS President Blake Morton Craigmyle, AB (403) 665-2023 Expiry: 2022

Vice President Luke Tannas Water Valley, AB (403) 637-2425 Expiry: 2020

Finance Chair Grayden Kay Lloydminster, AB (780) 872-1565 Expiry: 2021

Administration Officer Susanne Fankhanel New Norway, AB (403) 556-9057


Canadian Bull Congress Camrose, AB


Alberta Beef Producers Semi-Annual Meeting AB

Feeder Association of Alberta Annual Convention Red Deer, AB

Livestock Identification Services Convention AB JUL

Summer Synergy Olds, AB

Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB

Alberta Angus Association AGM AB Southern Alberta Angus Club Field Day AB

Board Representatives Brian Geis Barrhead, AB (780) 674-0568 Expiry: 2021

Bob Hahn Sherwood Park, AB (780) 991-1355 Expiry: 2021

Greg Pugh Edgerton, AB (780) 806-1319 Expiry: 2023

Brett Wildman Sangudo, AB (780) 785-3709 Expiry: 2022

Alberta Junior Angus Thomas Wildman Sangudo, AB (780) 305-1826 Expiry: 2020


Alberta Angus Junior Show Bashaw, AB

Cudlobe Angus Field Day Stavely, AB OCT

Olds Fall Classic (Gold Show) Olds, AB


Farmfair International (Gold Show) Edmonton, AB


Southern Alberta Angus Club AGM AB Medicine Hat Pen Show Medicine Hat, AB

All events are subject to change and cancellation. Some events may be adjusted for virtual attendance. For more information, please contact the Alberta Angus Association for inquiries regarding events in 2021.



26,126 141 67 101 8,233 34 525 Junior Memberships



Young Breeder Memberships

Annual Memberships

Total New Members

Life Memberships

Statistics collected from December1, 2019 through November 30, 2020 27

advantage of the opportunity, promoting the resources across social media platforms to parents who were at home and looking for projects for school-age children. They were happy to see huge consumer uptake of not only the new resources but also Beef in the Classroom which focuses on cooking beef.

Alberta Beef Producers Alberta Beef Producers Phone: (403) 275-4400 Email: abpfeedback@ 165, 6815 - 8th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7 Facebook: ABBeefProducers Twitter: @albertabeef Instagram: @alberta.beef By Tina Zakowsky Canadian Angus Association In 1969, five organizations, Western Stock Growers, Alberta Dairymen Association, Farmers Union of Alberta, Alberta Federation of Agriculture, and the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association came together to create the Alberta Cattle Commission. Their goal was to represent Alberta beef producers at the government level in marketing and communications through one voice rather than several different voices. The Alberta Cattle Commission underwent a name change and became Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) on November 27, 2002. ABP underwent a number of changes in 2020 including a senior leadership change. Brad Dubeau became the new general manager after more than three years as the marketing & education manager. ABP is run by producers for producers. Increasing domestic and international demand and market access for Alberta and Canadian beef are core strategies. Over the last few years, ABP has invested significant time in updating their educational resources. They launched new educational resources directed at children in kindergarten through grade 5 just as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools across the country in March 2020. ABP took 28

At the same time, ABP thoroughly examined how they have communicated with producers in the past and looked for different ways to engage with Alberta producers at a greater level. Brad says “ABP as an organization realizes that we need to do a better job engaging with Alberta cattlemen and one of our top priorities is to improve those relations across this province. We want to be more engaged with producers across the province and make sure that we are providing the tools that they like and will utilize to understand what’s going on at ABP.” One of the first steps in approaching this challenge was to get producers involved with ABP’s new quarterly publication. Launched in January 2021, it covers ABP business and information updates as well as pertinent information from provincial and national partner organizations through a combination of current news articles and feature stories. Brad says that despite excellent uptake in advanced technology, producers continue to want printed publications. The goal is to bring much better understanding through short stories and provide consistent messaging on ongoing programs that affect the beef industry. In addition to their quarterly publication, ABP reorganized staff and created a new communications and marketing structure including a full-time position dedicated to communicating and engaging with producers about ABP programs and services. Another new tool that fully embraces technology is a real-time platform featuring stories about the beef industry and affecting the beef industry within Alberta, Canada and internationally. The Platform is available as an app or by browser. Users will receive push notifications for potential emergency situations, town halls and pertinent information ABP needs producers to have quickly. Users will also be able to assign preferences for features such as reels and a ticker tape for futures and markets. “We hope to grow the Platform over time and become a true leader in beef-related information right here at ABP,” says Brad.

“I think this is a really fantastic way for producers to reengage with the Alberta Beef Producers organization at a much different level than they have over the last several years,” says Brad. “We are trying to become more relevant, recognizing that we need to be more engaged in producers’ day-to-day lives; we need to be in the daily conversations wherever they are.” The fall of 2020 also saw ABP introduce a new organizational structure for delegates. The ABP Board of Directors is elected from zones within Alberta. The restructuring reduced the number of zones from nine to five and also increased the number of delegates per zone to seven from six. As a result, the board of directors is now 12 representatives instead of 16. Brad notes that the restructuring process was undertaken to create more efficiency at ABP. The background work on restructuring began in 2019 and was passed at the June 2020 semi-annual meeting. Through the latter half of 2020, with other provincial and national beef industry organizations, ABP worked on the suite of business risk management tools that are available to beef producers. The project was a high priority as the industry groups want to ensure that the tools, such as AgriStability and the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), are working for beef producers. Where needs for updates have been identified, ABP and other groups are engaging with government to make those necessary changes. ABP will continue to work with other provincial and national orgs to improve the business risk management suite of tools to allow beef producers to continue to be one of the leading industries in Canada. Looking ahead, ABP is carefully watching the growth of lab-based meat products. “Organizations like ABP need to continue to represent and defend the beef industry and we need to be prepared to defend our product,” says Brad. Thus far, ABP sees evidence that consumers are staying with the beef industry and that consumption of beef remains strong. “We want to make sure that consumers in Alberta and across the country continue to feel that beef is a safe choice for protein,” says Brad. “The beef industry needs to be prepared to be challenged by artificial products that are coming online.”

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The Clausen Family Martin & Erica, Erich & Meggie Box 5728, Westlock, AB, T7P 2P6 Martin: 780.307.7042 | Ph: 780.349.2768 Bulls, female breeding stock and exportable embryos always available by private treaty and at select sales

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Lazy E Bar Ranching Ltd. Jim & Karyl Bleakley P: 780-372-4175 - C: 403-741-9864

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th Annual Bull Sale

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May your Angus have value in all seasons.

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We are confident in our succession plan. Peakdot Unanimous 743B

Junior Herdsire Instagram, a Musgrave Sky High son, has seen heavy service in his first two seasons. His first calves are stout, big-ribbed, while having a very attractive look to them! Co-owned with Duralta Farms.

Senior Herdsire, “Vision”, pictured at 6 years of age. His bulls have been very well received over the years. The females will make an impact in our herd for years to come!

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Junior Herdsire Stamina, a Brooking Real Estate son, is rising to the top quickly. He’s siring big-middled, widetopped, functional cattle. Keep an eye on him in the future!




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APRIL 6TH, 2021 @ Pollockville, AB Introducing our new exciting herdsire

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plus applicable taxes*

*Sale package is provided FREE to members who provide sale results to the Canadian Angus Association within 24 hours of the sale. A template will be provided to assist with the reporting.

Included in the package:

• Upload of your sale catalogue to Canadian Angus Association website and promotion on at least one social media channel • Sale included on the online events calendar • Maximum three pictures of herd bulls uploaded to Animal Inquiry webpage • Choice of three excerpts for Sale Catalogue • Access to Association program logos

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Call the Canadian Angus Association before you order your Leader Products custom tags for the 2021 Bull Sale Season to receive your discount code! Offer valid from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021.

The online tag editor provides you with a worldfirst customer experience. Use the tag editor to design and customize ID tags precisely the way you want. Choose from thousands of possible design combinations that include laser-marked imagery, barcode and font options. Leader Products ID items are manufactured for biosecurity, food safety, retention and readability. They possess strength, flexibility and UV stability. Put their range to the test, and you’ll find that even the harshest environmental conditions won’t affect the colour permanence of their livestock ID tags. Utilizing state-of-the-art laser marking technology, Leader Products achieves faster and more efficient production and delivery turnarounds. All ID tags are designed for long-life retention, which helps to eliminate waste in the livestock industry.

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92 YW

153 MILK


18th Annual

Black Angus Bull Sale

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We would sincerely like to thank our customers for your ongoing support. You have helped us develop the quality and style we are breeding today that we are truly excited about. Here a few of our high sellers. Sold in 2020 to Hamilton Farms

Sold in 2019 to LLB Angus

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116 MILK


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108 MILK


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Cooking up the Perfect Burger

with a side of Consumer Trends

Interview with Brett Nestman, Marketing Manager, DSL Ltd. By Carmen Koning, Canadian Angus Association

Originally called Dairy Supplies

Limited, DSL Ltd. got its start in Alberta in 1916 and has been providing innovative food service solutions to quick service and full-service restaurants, convenience and grocery stores as well some of the biggest names in the food service industry ever since. They are the largest Canadian supplier of premium food service equipment, and the exclusive factoryauthorized service provider for the equipment they sell. DSL’s purpose is creating moments of joy, one serving at a time. Being in operation for more than 100 years really provides insight and perspective on the food industry overall and related consumer trends. When discussing newer consumer trends and preferences, Brett notes, “there’s been a rise in the gourmet burger. This has taken shape in the past few

years in the form of different combinations of condiments, different toppings and sauces, as well as artisan breads and buns. Now, more than ever, we’ve reached a point where almost everything that can be done with the gourmet burger has been done. Now the focus is shifting more to the quality of the beef and the quality of the protein.” A 2019 Canadian Consumer Trend Reports by Technomic, Inc. states that “52% of consumers feel the claim 100% Canadian is most important when deciding on a burger.” Brett expands on this stat: “The quality of beef and where it comes from is something that consumers are really interested in. It’s definitely consumer driven as far as these trends go.”

While on the subject of rapidly rising consumer trends, food delivery in both the form of meal kits and apps really took hold in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture Agri-Food Analytics Lab reported, “In of consumers feel the claim Canada, the 100% Canadian is most meal kit industry has roughly important when deciding on tripled in five years a burger. and is expected to exceed $400 million in




2020.” The same article cites “39% of all you’ve got Canadians have tried a customers who food delivery app at least once. are sitting at their table. The That is up from 29% since May burger is going to come right off 2019. Provinces with the highest that grill user rates are Manitoba and and Saskatchewan. Quebec has go the lowest rate at 26%.” Despite this rise in home delivery, consumers are still looking for of consumers are concerned their quality burger. about the quality and Technomic, Inc. reports, freshness of burgers ordered “41% of consumers are for delivery. concerned about the quality to and freshness of burgers their ordered for delivery.” So how table. But do restaurants overcome the what’s happening when you’re challenge of providing fresh-off- pressing into that burger and the-grill burgers in customers’ flipping it often, you’re losing a private homes? lot of those juices that are what make the quality and freshness One piece of equipment of the burger that much better. DSL carries that rises to this So that becomes extremely challenge is the Taylor Clamshell important when you’re now Commercial Grill. This two- packaging that up and sending it sided clamshell grill cooks from out the door for home delivery both sides, searing the burger’s service.” juices and flavours into the meat ensuring it tastes great. In addition to sealing in the Brett explains that on a more flavour and making for a better traditional flat-top grill, the cooked burger, cooking both chef is doing a lot of flipping sides simultaneously also means and potentially pressing on the a reduced cooking time. Brett burger, especially in quick service explains it’s up to as much as a restaurants, to get the burger 60 percent faster cooking time out to the customer as soon as for some restaurants versus the possible. “It’s not a big deal when traditional flat-top grill. “That



not only means they can get the burger out of the kitchen faster to the customer, especially when they’re putting that order in through delivery, but it also means that in the restaurant itself you’ve got faster table turns, which increases revenue when you can get that food out quicker.” In addition, this faster cooking time also allows customers to move through drive-thru lanes a lot faster. Drive-thru became the primary method of serving customers for a lot of DSL’s clients as a result of the pandemic and restaurants having to shut down their dine-in/lobby experience. Brett further illustrates, “the Taylor grill allows our clients to move more customers through the drive-thru again increasing revenue (and in many cases) keeping their business alive.” There are other benefits to cooking a burger with the doublesided clamshell grill including less shrinkage and waste. The burger fits the bun better as a result. Brett explains, “That’s extremely important to some of the biggest names in the quick serve restaurant world that utilize this technology. The quality and consistency are the end goal. There is a reason why consumers go to their favourite restaurant anywhere in the world and it looks and tastes the same. That’s their brand, that consistency. And that’s something that the Taylor Clamshell does really well is maintaining that consistency



of consumers say they have a preferred restaruant for most burger occasions.

a c r o s s multiple locations and in some cases, across the world. Whether it’s the first burger of the day or the last, it’s going to be consistent, it’s going to be quality, it’s going to be exactly the same.” The 2019 Canadian Consumer Trend Reports by Technomic, Inc. supports this idea with the stat, “42% of consumers say they have a preferred restaurant for most burger occasions.” Another emerging trend facing the food service industry is the rise in ghost kitchens, which ties directly into the demand for delivery. A ghost kitchen is a commercial kitchen that may house more than one restaurant brand and prepares food only for delivery. A ghost kitchen does not have a dining area for customers. Space is generally at a premium in ghost kitchens as there is a wide variety of menu items needing to be cooked, so food

The Taylor Cambell Grill Model L812 is an excellent choice for commercial kitchens. Its clamshell design ensures a juicy, flavourful burger every time.

equipment that can be used to prepare many different products with the smallest footprint possible is a huge benefit. Millennials, Gen Z and the younger generation of consumers are driving a lot of the emerging and upcoming trends. Plantbased proteins are going to continue to grow in demand with some restaurants now subsidizing their burgers by doing a 50/50 beef and plant based split for consumers who are looking to reduce their meat intake but aren’t quite ready for a full on vegetarian burger. The 2019 Canadian Consumer Trend Reports by Technomic, Inc. cites “24% of consumers would consider ordering a plant-based burger.” Brett expands on the younger generation driving these trends: “They’re really focused on quality and freshness. They care about where their ingredients and food are coming from. They’re much more concerned with supporting local businesses. Health is going to continue to be big as consumers are, in general, more curious about what they’re putting in their body and where it’s coming from. All of those things are going to continue to grow.” DSL Ltd. is working with its partners on how to meet these growing demands and continue to ensure that the food served and the

burgers cooked exceed customer expectations. And with the use of Canadian Angus beef in their burgers, they’re already over halfway there! For more information on DSL, visit

Did You Know? According to a study by Dalhousie University in February 2020, “the meal kit industry in Canada has roughly tripled in 5 years and is expected to exceed $400 million in 2020.” “An Angus Reid/ Dalhousie University survey showed that 21% of Canadians have used meal kits at some point and 4% are ordering them regularly. In other words, 81% of respondents who have ordered meal kits in the past, no longer do. “ “As a part of the survey, respondents were also asked what they disliked about food delivery apps. Respondents could choose more than one item in the survey. A total of 64% of Canadians believe prices are too high. The temperature of the food delivered was an issue for 45% of respondents. The third most popular issue was overpackaging, at 32%. “ “The data allows for some interesting discussion about food delivery services which are currently seen as disruptive in the food industry. “

Charlebois, Sylvain and Janet Music. “While food delivery apps are more popular than ever, meal kits fail to convert Canadians into regular users, new survey finds.” Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University 2020.






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Rancher Endorsed Program Quality runs deep

at Bouvry Exports. Their first butcher shop, Maison Bouvry, opened as a family business in Paris in 1887. More than 130 years later, the same sense of pride and dedication to quality still drives their entire operation. Opening in Canada nearly four decades ago in 1982, they have worked alongside restaurants, distributors and retailers ensuring the highest food safety, animal welfare and employee safety throughout the supply chain. They take pride in the entire process, from the farmland, to the livestock, to the processing facilities. In addition, they raise their own animals as well as the crops they eat. As they strive to maintain high standards and improve their 70

Interview with Eliot Bouvry, Director of Operations, Bouvry Exports By Carmen Koning, Canadian Angus Association

Thanks to premium tamper-proof packaging and first-rate shipping timelines, Bouvry Exports delivers all over the world and even has their own distribution company in Europe, Equus SAS. All their meat comes with a high degree of traceability—even when their products are shipped all over the globe, they can be traced back to their origin.

processes, Bouvry Exports continues to integrate their farms and feedlots to easily track quality and supply from start to finish. This also allows for better control to maintain constant supply. Along with their sister company Viande Richelieu, Bouvry Exports owns and operates two federally inspected facilities, one in southern Alberta and the second one in Quebec. By controlling the farmland, breeding, livestock, feed and processing of their animals, they can ensure nothing but the highest quality across their entire operation. Bouvry Exports partnered with the Canadian Angus Association in 2020 to become a member of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program. The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program is a certification for packing plants, retail, producers and consumers who want a method to genetically identify Canadian

Angus beef products. This certification combines the need for transparency around where food comes from as well as a sign of the highest quality. The certification guarantees that the beef used in products bearing this endorsement label comes from beef cattle with 50 percent or more Angus genetics. With the support of the Canadian Angus Association, Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed offers confidence that the beef will exceed expectations. Bouvry Exports has primarily used the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program as part of their European Union export brand. Eliot Bouvry, Director of Operations, explains, “Globally, Canadian beef is very widely recognized and respected. We already have solid recognition in Europe with Bouvry Exports, so for us to partner with the Canadian Angus Association for the Rancher Endorsed brand and expand on that awareness

was a great fit.” In addition, Bouvry Exports has expanded their beef brand, Wild Rose Beef to include Angus with Wild Rose Angus Beef. As Eliot describes, “It is certified hormone free, and certainly adding Angus has opened international markets, with high quality beef.” Despite the partnership only being in its infancy, Bouvry Exports has already seen benefits to being a part of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program. Eliot describes, “The program has not only expanded our brand in our European markets, but we’ve also experienced greater recognition in Canada since starting the partnership as well.” Asked if he’d recommend the program, Eliot responds, “Absolutely! It was relatively easy to get involved with and anything that helps expand market reach, especially with such a well-established brand such as Canadian Angus, just makes sense.”

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Some of the world’s finest Angus cattle are raised right here in Canada, under ideal conditions. The Canadian landscape, water and fresh air are a big part of what make them so great. It also takes a select group of hard working Canadian ranchers to bring those elements together. The result is Angus beef that is as delicious as it is nutritious.

Our ranchers are true stewards of their land. They raise cattle in a humane fashion not only because they know it’s best for the animals and their customers, but also because they know it’s best for future generations. Their beef is processed in federally or provincially inspected facilities. These businesses are subject to regular audits that ensure a high standard of food safety.

Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed™ is a certification program that offers quality assurances and endorsements for Canadian Angus genetics. With the support of the Canadian Angus Association, Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed offers confidence that the beef will exceed expectations.

Beef partners can qualify for the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program by meeting the following requirements: • Apply through the Canadian Angus Association • Animals must have a minimum of 50% Angus genetics; at least one of the parents must be registered Angus • Cattle must use the Canadian Angus RFID indicator • An audit process will be finalized in consultation with participants to ensure program integrity


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Call for Nominations

Help make history: be a part of the first ever Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Award! The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Award is the Canadian Angus Association’s award for recognizing leadership in the areas of consumer engagement, support of Canadian Angus genetics, and overall contribution to the advancement of Angus in Canada. The award recognizes an achieved industry standard and commitment to Canadian Angus.

Nominees should meet the following criteria: • Demonstrated promotion of distinctly Canadian Angus genetics • Unique customer engagements which can include things like public education, interactions, communication, and other added value for consumers • Showcase a commitment and energy to advancing Canadian Angus Nominations should be a maximum of 500 words describing why the nominee exemplifies the qualities of the award. The award winner, as well as the award winner’s nominator, will each receive a free full-page ad in Angus Life magazine. The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Award will be presented at the Canadian Angus National Convention in June. Award recipients will have their expenses covered to attend the National Convention for a maximum of two people. Nominations should be submitted to Myles Immerkar, Canadian Angus Association CEO, via email at

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ONTARIO EVENTS SEPT Brampton Preview Show (Gold Show) Brampton, ON

President Paula Cornish Indian River, ON (705) 295-2925

Vice President Don McNalty Singhampton, ON (519) 922-2741

2nd Vice President Brad Gilchrist Lucknow, ON (905) 843-1236

Past President Andy Fraser Orton, ON (519) 575-0779


Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (Gold Show) Toronto, ON


Ontario Beef Industry Convention London, ON

All events are subject to change and cancellation. Some events may be adjusted for virtual attendance.

Board Representative Graham McLean Watford, ON (519) 808-6511 Expiry: 2023 Ontario Junior Angus Charlene Elliott Meaford, ON (519) 222-1080 Expiry: 2021 For more information, please contact the Ontario Angus Association for inquiries regarding events in 2021. 74


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Ontario Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), a name that was sustained for 37 years. In 2013, the organization transitioned to become the Beef Farmers of Ontario to address the changing industry environment and to enhance its visibility and strength with valued stakeholders.

Beef Farmers of Ontario Beef Farmers of Ontario Phone: 519-824-0334 Email: 130 Malcolm Road, Guelph, ON N1K 1B1 Facebook: BeefFarmersofOntario Twitter: @ BeefFarmersON Instagram: @BeefFarmersOfON

By Chris Penton Canadian Angus Association

For more than 50 years, the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has been a tough and credible advocate and unified voice for the province’s 19,000 beef farmers. BFO is the leading organization in Ontario working with beef farmers to develop and support landmark achievements that move the province’s beef industry forward sustainably and profitably. The association is involved in a wide range of issues and initiatives that are important to all stakeholders. These include industry sustainability, market development, animal health and care, environment and food safety. In addition, BFO works closely with other sectors of the agriculture and food industries on areas of mutual concern. BFO is an association deep rooted in history. It was founded in 1962 as the Ontario Beef Improvement Association (OBIA) and was first established to address the need for a unified voice for Ontario’s beef industry. In 1976, with growing concern over the need to become a stronger lobby organization with government and to align its name with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the association transformed to become the 76

The past couple of years have been challenging for the beef sector in Ontario. There are a number of factors at play, but most notably the lack of processing capacity has wreaked havoc on the industry while the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded that pressure. However, to ensure industry sustainability and growth in the province, BFO continues to develop initiatives for beef farmers and their families. Consumer engagement and research have also been priorities for BFO. Although the global pandemic has changed the way some of these initiatives are executed, the work has continued nonetheless. BFO has been actively engaged with the provincial and federal governments prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. BFO has been working closely with the eastern provinces and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to address the lack of sufficient processing capacity in Eastern Canada and to secure direct financial assistance for beef farmers struggling from prolonged market losses. BFO’s policy department continues to address policies and regulations affecting the beef sector, working with various government ministries on a number of critical files. Along with other livestock groups, BFO advocated for Ontario’s new Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, which aims to protect the security of producers, their families and animals

from trespassers. Other policy issues include updates to the Nutrient Management Act that will lessen administrative burden on producers, improving access to veterinarians and livestock medicine in remote areas, advocating for interprovincial trade opportunities, consulting on Ontario’s new animal welfare legislation, and amendments to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. To achieve greater market share for Ontario beef and Ontario beef brands, BFO has undertaken a wide range of consumer-facing initiatives in recent years. After more than two years of research, work and content creation to rebrand the former Make it Ontario Beef brand, BFO has now launched its new brand, Ontario Beef and website ( to foster greater engagement with the public and consumers about how beef is raised in Ontario.


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A seamless data connection is being built that will enable registration and performance data to move between CAA and AgSights. Currently, many breeders are duplicating their data entry. Registration and performance data is entered into the CAA registry to gain access to CAA EPDs and performance traits. This same data is often reentered, or has already been entered, into a management software program such as AgSights’ Go360|bioTrack, to gain access to health, reproduction and performance traits and reports, a duplication that has frustrated breeders for some time. The new seamless data connection between CAA and AgSights will put an end to the duplication and frustration. Registration and performance data entered in the CAA registry or Go360|bioTrack will be seamlessly integrated into the other system. If you are a CAA member that also uses Go360|bioTrack you will only have to enter information in one of these systems to gain the value that both systems have to offer. Please watch for updates on this project as CAA and AgSights work on simplifying data entry to save members’ time.

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Angus Life Success

Subsidizes New Programs By Myles Immerkar, Canadian Angus Association

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Angus Life. Angus Life 2020 generated $43,000 of net profits, 100 percent of which is being re-invested into five key initiatives to grow the Canadian Angus brand within our industry and beyond. Your continued commitment will allow us to further invest in the future of Canadian Angus.

100% One hundred percent of the profits generated through Angus Life 2021 will be reinvested into programs and initiatives to further advance the Canadian Angus brand both nationally and globally as well as through programs which add value to our members. Supporters of Angus Life 2021 will have input into how these profits are directed. The Canadian Angus Association will be reaching out for feedback in early 2021. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Branding Partnerships In September 2020, we launched new and enhanced awareness of the Canadian Angus brand through initiatives like the partnership with Canadian curlers Team Koe. Angus is more than a breed, it is a brand! Telling the Angus Story In autumn 2020, we were able to tell our story like never before—about our members, our commitment, our product, our research— through the Behind the Scenes documentary initiative. Stay tuned for upcoming viewing details. Enhanced Gold Shows We are enhancing and making new investment into Gold Shows. A financial commitment on behalf of Angus Life was created to grow these events. Funds allocated for the 2020 show season will be carried into 2021 to create an even greater show series. Watch for updates in early 2021! Bringing the Show to Life We launched a new partnership initiative with Ringside to make Gold Shows more interactive whether you are at home or in the crowd. This program launched in November 2020 at the Saskatchewan Angus Association Gold Show in Lloydminster, SK. For more information on the app and to download, please visit the Ringside website at Consumer Education Series Bringing the Heat, the Canadian Angus cooking video series with Johnny Morris of Team Koe, launched in the autumn of 2020 and will run through 2021. It is designed to engage with consumers through a series of educational and entertaining cooking videos. Watch for it in a kitchen near you! 81


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The Public Face of Canada’s Beef Industry By Chris Penton, Canadian Angus Association


consumers want to know not only where their food is coming from, but how it’s raised and how it affects the environment as well as its nutritional value. This can no longer be considered a trend, but instead an omnipresent demand that needs to be met and met well. Farmers and ranchers alike are good at telling their stories to each other and within agriculture, but not as good when it comes to talking to consumers or other industries. Putting a face on beef producers and telling their stories would not only help overall sales, but also bolster the industry. Farming and ranching are no longer only about raising food and caring for the environment, marketing it has also now become a main duty for producers. As an industry we agree that it’s necessary to tell our story but there isn’t a lot of guidance on how to do so effectively. Could putting a face on beef producers bolster the industry? Could their stories help overall sales? Is it their job to help with marketing? I set out to collect a cross-section of opinions to see if increased producer presence in the marketing of beef would help the growth of

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the industry and promote the farm to fork concept. I spoke with Angus beef producers from both sides of the country as well as consumers and a distributor in Ottawa, my hometown. Pete Woods, local pastor and community builder grew up with three beef farming uncles. He lived for many years in Smiths Falls, a small town 40 minutes south of Ottawa. All those years ago, he bought his beef from ‘Old Bill’ down the road. Comfortable with the source of his beef, the purchasing process and his personal relationship with Bill, he has introduced the small-scale producer to his neighbours in Ottawa. A shining example of a beef producer being on the front line of the industry, Bill is a small operation and is available and capable of direct interaction and being the face of his business as well as the larger industry. Conversely, customer Lisette Wathier is content to buy her meat from a large grocery chain. Unaffected by the story behind her meat choices, a producer’s thumbs up would change her mind very little. This is not to say she doesn’t care about the health of her family, just that she trusts the distributor and Canada’s food safety in general. Her rationale is that, if food security has not been an issue within her extended circle, why should she worry. To get a small distributor’s angle on the matter, I spoke with Dave Wallace, owner of Around the Block Butcher Shop in the west end of Ottawa. In a constant effort to tailor orders to his customers’ diets and demands, he is often faced with questions about traceability, security and product history. Sometimes spending 20–30 minutes with each customer, he often finds himself relaying the stories of his smaller producers with whom he has become tightly associated. Customers find it endearing and it sometimes makes the sale. Although he finds it difficult to tell the same story of beef that comes from a large distributor, he says that most customers are happy to know that the beef is raised sustainably in Canada. Dave suggests that a ‘Rancher Day’ would help with industry awareness in his small store, but could be more challenging in a large supermarket. Trevor Welch, former CAA president and a proud Angus breeder in New Brunswick may be the modern-day Old Bill. Sponsoring local events, supplying meat to local schools

and on a first-name basis with community members, Trevor’s farm business has become synonymous with quality and sustainability. A fourth-generation Angus producer, his vertical operation has the trust of consumers. Active on social media, attending conferences (when they were still a thing) and easily found at local events, he insists that in order for the beef industry to continue, it must speak to the end consumer. Walking the walk of a beef ambassador, he quickly offers that it all comes back to the pure breed: “People should know the importance of the purebred breeder.”

At such a unique and delicate crossroad in the economy, the beef industry is well positioned to gain much ground. Laura Baxter, an Angus producer in Bassano, Alberta wants consumers to understand that beef is an industry; that thousands of people rely on the quick sale of their animals for their livelihood. “It is simple—beef is like canola or corn.” She continues to say that the perception of animals as pets harms livestock industries. If people are educated from a young age to understand that some animals are raised as a commodity for consumer wellbeing, the industry would benefit. She suggests that because there are so many associations in the beef industry, there is a scattered message being relayed to the public. Laura insists that producers must open their mouths, get involved with the clarification of the industry and use every soap box slipped under their feet. Further out west, Angus breeder Brad Chappell wants to get back to basics. Talking to him on his farm in Courtenay, BC, he suggests that consumers should feel a compatibility with producers; be reinvigorated about their purchases. Although he says there is more to unite our urban and rural cousins than we realize, he fears that the divide has widened over the past few decades. Time, politics and urban growth have pushed the two apart. However, the introduction of producer faces

and stories would create an emotive response slowly drawing the cousins back together. This renewed connection would result in increased sales and a stronger beef industry. He points to past campaigns of rolling hills, open spaces and smiling ranchers. This is what consumers want to see and believe: real people working hard to feed them quality meats. In other words, the reality. Brad insists that when relaying the message of Angus breeders, consumers should know that we were the originals. “Go in proud; we got us through the last 100 years and we’ll get us through the next 100. Angus is simply the best breed for Canada,” he says. He even suggests a marketing slogan (at a small cost to the CAA): ‘Angus ranchers; we’re your neighbours’. The answer to our original question, through these conversations, is that the voices of beef producers would certainly bolster the industry. Whether speaking to the Lisette consumer, the Pete consumer or through the local butcher, education, transparency and intimacy are three powerful tools in marketing. However, all three must be wielded cautiously. No surprise to readers, it is easier for smaller producers to have that connection with consumers and put a personal face on the industry. Larger producers should not be dismissed, but do remain at arm’s length. In the age of social media, introducing consumers to all descriptions of beef producers is all too easy. Most eyes these days are glued to a screen of some sort. A quick search shows 90% of businesses use social media as a means of advertising. I imagine your shock flows in the same direction as mine—how are the other 10% still in business? Throwing up a video of a large feedlot or small calving operation could afford consumers a glance into the busy lives of all those that make the industry go around. The hidden beauty of the internet is that the information can lay dormant until ready for consumption. At such a unique and delicate crossroad in the economy, the beef industry is well positioned to gain much ground. Every producer has a story to tell. With everybody currently listening, now is the perfect time to get out and tell those stories. 85

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association By Bob Lowe, President, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Phone: 403-275-8558 Email: #108, 6815 – 8th Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 7H7 Facebook: @CdnCattlemen Twitter: @CdnCattlemen

Above: In late summer, Members of Parliament and Senators were invited to participate in onfarm tours to learn more about the connection between the environment and beef production in Canada. The tours were hosted by CCA and our provincial member associations.

Above: British Columbia’s Woodjam Ranch is the recipient of the 2020 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). Woodjam Ranch is owned and operated by Ricky and Chad Seelhof along with their children Riata, Cooper and Renee. Since 1996, TESA has recognized beef producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices and set positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public.


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speak as one voice on issues of importance to Canada’s 55,000 beef farms and ranches as well as the broader industry. CCA’s operating divisions and departments carry out the day-to-day business in support of the vision, policies and recommendations established by the board. The CCA’s vision is to have a dynamic, profitable Canadian beef industry with highquality beef products recognized as the most outstanding by customers at home and around the world. During 2020, much of CCA’s work has focused on navigating the impacts of COVID-19, maintaining business continuity, keeping beef producers and industry stakeholders informed about the latest developments, and engaging with the Government of Canada on solutions that will provide meaningful assistance to producers during these uncertain times. Since March 2020, CCA has focused on improvements to business risk management programs (BRM), the development of set-aside programs to address the backlog of cattle, encouraging continual investment in resiliency within the packing industry, as well as economic resiliency, specifically related to international trade. In May, the prime minister provided emergency funding for many of the CCA recommendations. Work continues into 2021 and CCA is very optimistic additional BRM recommendations will be implemented soon. With significant COVID-19 induced market volatility, in addition to typical risks like weather, trade and production, access to well-designed and sufficiently funded business risk management tools has never been more critical for cattle producers.

CCA continues to propose enhancements to the AgriStability program, including the removal of the reference margin limit (RML), restoring the trigger to 85 percent of the reference margin and increasing the current $3 million payment cap. To bring more tangible evidence to federal and provincial governments demonstrating why these program changes are needed, CCA has partnered with the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, Beef Farmers of Ontario, and New Brunswick Cattle Producers to sponsor a number of AgriStability modelling scenarios developed by MNP to illustrate the impact of reference margin limiting, trigger and compensation percentages and payment caps. In addition, CCA recognizes the value of the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) as a risk management tool to cattle producers and continues to advocate for price insurance to be a permanent program and available to more cattle producers across Canada. A lack of risk management tools available in the Maritime region increases the price risk and limits risk management options for young producers in accessing financial support. Industry is currently working with provincial and federal governments to create an Eastern Settlement Index like WLPIP, which would contribute to national price insurance coverage. CCA also strongly supports and encourages the continued expansion of free trade and the optimization of current agreements, as well as efforts to maintain and strengthen the World Trade Organization (WTO). CCA continues to explore ways to advance reciprocal

trade between Canada and United Kingdom (UK) as the UK is set to leave the European Union (EU) at the end of 2020. We are a world leader in the production of high-quality beef, with 50 percent of our total production being exported to 60 countries around the world. CCA is pleased that our access into world markets has improved in recent years thanks to new trade agreements such as the Canada-United States (US)Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership (CPTPP). The Canadian beef industry also has a unique ability to deliver significant environmental services including carbon storage and sequestration, wildlife habitat preservation and flood resiliency. Over the past number of years, our industry has increased partnerships with the environmental community on collaborative solutions to conserve environmentally significant lands for future generations of beef producers and Canadians, while reducing our GHG emissions. CCA supports investment from the Government of Canada in innovative land management tools, conservation programming and industry-environmental partnerships. Furthermore, when it comes to reducing the Canadian food footprint, CCA recommends a focus on reducing food waste at all levels of consumption and production. Watch for updates on CCA’s activities and key policy priorities on our social channels and in our bi-weekly newsletter, Action News.

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What Can Breeders Do to Improve the Accuracy of EPDs? Provided By Emme Demmendaal and Jackie Atkins Ph.D.

Best contemporary group and data reporting practices to ensure the most accurate prediction from the genetic evaluation.

You can’t go to a cattle convention or a beef extension talk without hearing about how collecting whole contemporary group data will help you receive more accurate information from the national cattle evaluation. Typically, you encounter so much information, suggestions, and tips that you don’t even know where to start implementing and improving your own data collection. It’s overwhelming and you ask yourself, why bother? But at the end of the day, it’s important to know where your cattle stand to make a profit. For producers looking to capitalize on genetic improvements, data collection and reporting is an important part of their herd management because more informative EPDs and Indexes help them select more profitable cattle. Overall, there are a few factors to consider when submitting information to better predict your animal’s genetic value: 1.) what data you’re collecting, 2.) how you’re collecting the phenotypic measurement, and 3.) how you’re reporting the contemporary group records.

What is a contemporary group? To get a better understanding and prediction of how an animal will perform, there are three moving parts:

• genetics • phenotype (animal measurements) • environment The phenotype (like birth weight, weaning weight, etc.) that you’re collecting is a combination of the animal’s environment and genetics, but to isolate the genetic portion of an animal’s phenotype we need to eliminate as much environment as possible. A contemporary group (CG) is the best way to set the environmental effects as equal as possible. Generally defined, CG is a set of calves that are the same age, same sex, managed alike and exposed to the same environment. All the calves in a CG should be given an equal opportunity to perform. Any calves that are treated differently, such as sick, fed or housed differently, twins, or


embryo transfer calves would contemporary differently than the rest of the calves. The environment includes things like the herd, year and season the animal was born, pasture, the amount of milk provided by the calf’s dam, the age of the dam, and the calf’s sex. A CG looks at fair competition as an animal grows, and it’s informed by management information that is reported such as pasture and feeding groups. The initial CG for a set of calves is created at birth. At weaning time, the date of measurement and the management code break a CG down further, and will likely continue to get smaller as yearling data is reported. As the calves get older, the CG will naturally get smaller due to culling, injury, sickness, death, or reassignment to a smaller group that reflects different management treatments. When a CG is reported appropriately, it improves the accuracy in EPDs and reduces environmental biases.

Contemporary Group Tips • Know what your breed uses to define a group automatically — Herd/Year/ Season, job number or work order, age window, previous CG assignments, management code or pasture group, etc. • Focus on exceptions to your typical management – show cattle, sick calves, ET, first-calf heifers • Ask yourself “Were they given equal opportunity to perform?” • Once the CG is defined, report records on all calves in a CG

Report All the Data, All the Time Reporting the whole calf crop (and CG) is important because genetic predictions improve when complete and accurate performance data is submitted on every calf born in your herd. Incomplete or inaccurate data reduces the reliability of each animal’s EPDs. In addition to more accurate EPDs, the dam’s production record will be current with the association when a calf is reported each year.

Examples of Ideal Calf Record Reporting • Report every calf in your herd.

Ryan Boldt, Director of Breed Improvement for the Red Angus Association of America

• If a cow did not calve, report the reason. • Every calf should be weighed at birth. • Weigh and report the DEAD ones, too. • Weigh all the calves at weaning. • Weigh the ones you plan to CULL, too. Reporting only the good calves does not identify the poor-producing animals in your operation. Oftentimes, breeders will only send in data on a portion (the top end) of their calf crop. When you don’t report the calves on the bottom, it’s more difficult to identify the bottom end of the genetics in your herd. Since the evaluation doesn’t “know” about the calves that were on the bottom end in performance, your top calves don’t get the credit they deserve. In other words, if you’re only reporting data on your top 20 calves, 10 of those calves will be below the average, even though you know that these 20 are top out of the 60 calves in the calf crop. Put succinctly, “The computer knows only what it knows. Data that doesn’t make it into the association and into the evaluation for all intents and purposes does not exist. It doesn’t count,” shares Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Professor and Cow-calf Extension Specialist, Kansas State University.

Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Professor and Cow-calf Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

Breaking Down Data Collecting and Reporting “Data is important because that’s what really drives the EPD calculation process,” shares Ryan Boldt, Director of Breed Improvement for the Red Angus Association of America. Collecting as many phenotypes as possible, including rare traits like dry matter intake and carcass data, is understandably important, but sometimes difficult to do, or do consistently.

When your data is reported to the association, there are best practices for collecting it and how you’re reporting it to the association. Table 1 provides a quick summary of what data cattle producers can collect and what age windows are best. Table 1. Time windows for various phenotypes on cattle. Calving


Post Weaning/Yearling

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(160-250 days of age)*

(330-440 days of age)*

Calf Birth Weight

Weaning Weight

Yearling Weight

Calf Calving Ease

Dam Weight

Ultrasound Measurements

Dam Teat and UdderScore

Dam Body Condition Score

Feet and Leg scores

Dam Hip Height

Dry Matter Intake

Feet and Leg Score of Mature Females

Hip Height

Docility Scores

Breeding Soundness Exam Reproductive Tract Scores/ Pelvis Measurements Docility Scores Carcass Records

*Age windows based on the American Simmental Association guidelines – these may differ between different breed associations.

For example, one of the most impactful ways to improve the data you’re reporting is to make sure you’re taking the measurement at the right time. “When we calculate EPDs or even show things in the databases we adjust a lot of those measurements to a consistent age. Being able to have animals within the correct age window definitely increases our ability to accurately adjust those weights to a constant day of age,” Boldt says. Another factor when you’re taking weight measurements is to ensure that your scale is calibrated, cleaned periodically, and animals are weighed on the same day if possible. Weaber says, “There are standard errors in what we do, working systematically to eliminate as much of that as we can, can be really, really important to reduce bias in data recording, and make the genetic evaluation as informed as possible.”

Best Practices for Taking Weight Measurements • Calibrate scale before weighing • Clean scale periodically during the day • Take empty body weights • Take a measurements multiple times and average the numbers • Weigh as many animals as you can on one day Weight measurements are more empirical because they don’t require interpretation from the person recording the trait. On the other hand, measurements like dam udder score, body condition score, or feet and leg scores require the person doing the scoring to make a judgement. The best way to remove subjectivity from collecting data is to score using a rubric, be consistent on who collects the score, train, and retrain. 91

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Boldt emphasizes that paying attention to the differences in observations is critical, “As long as we are consistent in how we score differences in a contemporary group, those differences are really more important than the absolute value you assign that individual animal.” Several phenotypes influence not only the prediction of that trait but other related traits (correlated traits). For instance, birth weight records not only influence birth weight (BW) EPDs but also, calving ease, weaning weight,

average daily gain, and yearling weight. Improving data collection and reporting for birth weight not only improves the accuracy of the BW EPD but several other economically relevant traits to a year of age. Post-weaning data also has a large impact on economically relevant traits yet a fraction of the cattle in the evaluation have post-weaning records. The chart below illustrates how few post-weaning traits are submitted to the genetic evaluation.

This graph illustrates the amount of each type of data in the IGS database with pedigree as the largest followed by birth weight (BW), weaning weight (WW), yearling weight (YW), calving ease scores (CE), docility scores (Doc), ultrasound backfat (Fat), ribeye area (REA), and marbling (Marb), genomics, and carcass traits.

Help Paint the Picture of the Genetics in Your Herd! While the science behind beef cattle genetic evaluation is constantly advancing, breeders play a pivotal role in the quality of the records entering the evaluation. Submitting accurate contemporary groups and reporting records on the entire group (even the dead ones) improves the genetic predictions of the cattle. Breeders who have access to cattle after weaning should make an effort to collect post-weaning records like yearling weights, ultrasound, feet/leg scores, etc. Committing to expensive and hard-to-collect records like feed intake and carcass data shows commitment to improving the


genetic awareness in these critical economic traits. The evaluation only “knows” the information fed into it. Help paint the most complete picture of your cattle by submitting the most complete records from your herd.

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Peace River Classic Dawson Creek, BC


BC Cattlemen’s Convention BC


Canadian Beef Industry Conference Penticton, BC

SEPT BC Angus Association AGM BC Gold Show Armstrong, BC

President Jim Moon Vanderhoof, BC (250) 567-9762

Vice President John Appleby Lumby, BC (250) 542-1979

Secretary/Treasurer Carley Henniger Kamloops, BC (250) 571-3475

Past President Tom deWaal Prince George, BC (250) 562-5200

Gold Show Burns Lake, BC

All events are subject to change and cancellation. Some events may be adjusted for virtual attendance.

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By Tina Zakowsky Canadian Angus Association

The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA) was established in 1929 to represent the interests of cattle producers in BC. The organization’s mandate is to maintain a healthy cattle industry that provides quality beef products to consumers and is guided by strong volunteer membership. BCCA promotes environmental stewardship, respect for stakeholders and encourages best management practices. Their purpose is to promote, encourage and protect the cattle industry in BC in an environmentally responsible manner. While there have been many changes over the last 90 years, the basic purpose and direction of the organization remain the same, says President Renee Ardill, and that is to maintain and strengthen the sustainability of the BC beef industry. Today BCCA has 1,200 voluntary members accounting for about 72% of the provincial cattle herd. 96

BCCA spends a lot of time working with the government to make their policies workable for BC cattle producers. As an example, a water act was passed that doesn’t take into account that livestock need access to water. BCCA worked with the provincial government to try to ensure that their members have access to water even during water shortages. “We’ve spent more than 10 years working on the water regulation,” says Renee. “If you’re not there, it’s brought up by someone in a city and it isn’t practical for producers.” BCCA is fortunate to usually have a seat at the table and is able to provide input on policy early on. They have a good relationship with government and are able to ensure that producers’ interests are represented. A targeted grazing program in development is one such program. Targeted grazing in interface areas around communities is being used in attempt to reduce the fire load and offer protection from wild fires. Targeted grazing is low-carbon and cost effective and also supports local food production while providing new opportunities to cattle producers. Cattle are grazed on cured grass, fallen leaves, needles, small twigs and any other fuels that ignite readily and are rapidly consumed by fire.

In cooperation with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, BCCA administers the highway fencing program. This program addresses a public safety issue by replacing old fencing to keep cattle off highways and prevent accidents.

BC is a very, very diverse province with lots of environmental regulations, explains Renee. “What works in the south doesn’t necessarily work in the north and vice versa. You can’t have a one-size-fits-all rule in BC because the areas are so different.” BCCA board meetings can be very interesting, she continues, because what is a very good idea for one area won’t work in another area. In 2016, BCCA began investigating the possibility of developing a new packing plant in the province. With funding from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, BCCA facilitated the development of a business plan to identify investors and supply chain partners as well as challenges or obstacles that could impede the plant development. After completing a number of studies, BCCA helped with the process of leasing an existing plant and starting a cull cow hamburger program. Before leasing the plant, an extensive business plan was developed to ensure that the plant has long-term potential. BCCA is not running the plant but helped with the start-up process which saw the plant ready for operation by fall 2020. Another challenge that is top of mind for BCCA is the disconnect between urban and rural populations. “It used to be that most people had some connection to the farm, even if it was that grandpa had a farm. Now there are an awful lot of people that have absolutely no idea about agriculture and how things work,” says Renee. BCCA supports the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation’s efforts to educate teachers so they can educate students. Many producers are also working on their own to provide education in their communities adds Renee. She shares that she used to host a preschool field trip every year at her ranch to show the children cows and calves and show them how they are fed and cared for. She still encounters young men and women in town who recognize her and approach her to talk about the field trip. “Other producers are offering farm tours and field trips and it helps a lot. I think that we’re seeing an increased understanding of agriculture as a result of COVID-19. People have started to realize that agriculture is important and the government has declared us an essential service.”


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First, some background information: we begin in 1978, and I am 29 years old. My wife Marg and I are teachers, having transferred from the Vancouver area to the CaribooChilcotin region of B.C. My assignment is to implement a new and innovative program to assist high school students to transition from their remote rural backgrounds into highly populated environments. The attrition rate had not been good. Honest and candid communication is important and frequent, as both students and parents alike share their perceived social inadequacies while I, in turn, share mine. For example, at this time in my life, I had never ridden a horse. Late into the month of November 1979, a boy appears

in my office—unannounced and unaccompanied. He introduces himself as Tom and shakes my hand. In response to how I could help, he answers that he wishes to enroll. I gather the application forms and inquire as to his parent’s availability to sign. “They’re not in town,” Tom says. “You may need to call them. Here’s the number. It’s a country phone so you might need to try a lot.” As I was trying (a lot) he picks up one of the guest chairs with ease and migrates it around to my side of the desk. He is a big kid, towering over me in both height and weight at only 15, and so it is a little disconcerting. I glance at him, questioningly. “I’m deaf in one ear,” is his response, vaguely motioning to the right side of his head. And thus began a 40-year friendship.

It’s Friday of the 1980 Victoria Day long weekend. “My dad says for you to come out and help set up Bear Camp,” Tom declares, entering my office. “My mom says I’ll stay with you and Marg overnight and show you the way to the ranch in the morning.” Okay, familiarity aside, I only know the boy’s parents based on an application form and one brief, static-filled phone conversation. To this day, six months after Tom’s initial enrollment, we’ve yet to meet. Yet the youth has brusquely informed me I am to accompany him to a hunting outpost for the weekend. But the wheels are in motion, and I am not one to halt the machinations of rural hospitality. Saturday morning is a surprise. I find myself fulfilling a store run, gathering supplies to take back to the ranch. Tom shows me a list and quickly gestures to where the items can be found.

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“Dad says to use your card, he’s good for it. Mom’s making a special supper tonight, so let’s get moving.” As he turns and strides back towards the truck he calls over his shoulder, “And liquorice

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sticks aren’t on the list, but they sure make a long drive go faster.” Skip forward to Sunday and an early morning with a 1972 GMC three-quarter ton, regular cab, long box, manual fourspeed transmission 4x4. Tom and I, along with his big brother, load up two Belgian-cross horses onto a stock rack in the back of the pickup. I’m told it’s going to take five hours to cover the 25 miles to Bear Camp. “Do you want to ride ‘girlfriend’ or ‘shotgun’?” Tom asks. I squint at him, confused. Tom sighs. “Do you want to ride in the middle or by the window?” If I sit between the boy and his much bigger older brother, I can’t help but feel I’m going to be the stone inside a very large peach. “Shotgun,” I blurt out. Three hours later we are stopped by a seven-foot-tall wooden pole gate. I think this must be it, but where’s the camp? Big brother reaches his arm across Tom in the middle and lightly punches me in the shoulder. “Shotgun opens the gate.” With difficulty I undo the stiff hemp rope securing it to the fence. The short leg of the gate is partially frozen into the ground. I break it free and lift and push. It’s heavy, and I have to drop it

Left: Crossing Elbow Pass, South Chilcotin, BC. Photo by Marg Nod Right: Tosh Creek Line Cabin, Chilcotin, BC. Photo by Eugene Nod

and hoist it up a number of times before it stretches wide enough to let the truck through. Once the truck clears I jump back in, all puffed up like a toad. “You got to close it and tie it back up,” big brother says, not looking at me. The toad deflates. Fifteen minutes later we reach another gate, and this time I don’t need to get poked. But I can’t seem to move this one more than four feet, so I’m thinking the hinges are seized. When I check, I realize the hinges are made of leather. Tom hollers, “This gate opens toward the truck!” There are three more gates, and by the fourth one I’m smart enough to have figured out that where the truck stops indicates the direction I should be pulling. We finally arrive at Bear Camp and a guy a couple of years older than big brother is splitting wood. He has an amused expression. “Why’s the old guy riding shotgun?” Tom shrugs. “He picked it.” For the next several hours the three of them hustle about getting things organized. Two hunters from Texas are arriving during the week and they need

to prep the camp. I fetch and carry and generally try not to get in the way. After our fourth cup of coffee, Tom nods towards a gate at the far end of the meadow. He tells me, that’s the route we’ll take home. I make my way across to the gate and check the crease in the leather hinges, waiting. When the pickup arrives I’m surprised to see Tom driving. My first thought as a teacher is whether Tom has turned 16 yet, but I know better than to ask. I am told the return route is shorter but rougher—no good for hauling horses. Big brother smiles for the first time and says, “You done good with the gates. I’ll ride shotgun and get the next ones.” Well I puff up again, thinking I’ve proven myself more worthy than tits on a bull and am being provided with the much lauded ‘country’ courtesy. We drive a slow and rough clockwise direction back to the main wagon road. There are no gates. At this junction we turn north and stop to relieve some of our coffee. We immediately notice the wind—it’s blowing strong and hard, seemingly coming out of nowhere on a clear day. The boys’ joke about the risk of falling

trees blocking the track and ask if I would like to ride shotgun because it’s more comfortable. I politely decline. As it turns out, trees are not going to be the problem; the fan belt is. We’re broken on the side of the road and, by the brothers’ estimation, it’s 11 miles back to Bear Camp and a couple more than that to the ranch. The idea of any (or all) of us walking the trail in the dark is rejected as foolish. So if something can’t be jerry-rigged, we’ll be spending the next 12 hours huddling in the cab. The truck is turned inside-out for anything that can be used as a temporary fix. There’s binder twine, fence wire, pieces of poly rope, a bootlace and a chewed leather rifle sling. Nothing works. I am wise enough to be a silent observer. We drop the tailgate and sit. It’s cold, and the unusual wind is not letting up. The boys chew their tobacco for solace. I only have bits of my fingernails. We sit in silence. Then with a snort, big brother spits out a lump of tobacco and moves to the cab. Tom and I follow, wondering what he’s thought of. Big brother gets down on one knee and reaches up and

under the passenger portion of the bench seat. He feels around for a bit before gently pulling out a delicate looking garment, flesh toned and stretchy. He gruffly tells Tom to get ready to start the engine. Five minutes later he has it secured and we are moving, slowly but surely. Both boys take an extra-large dip into the chewing tobacco, and the heat in the cab puts me to sleep. Two hours later I awake as we pull back into the ranch. As we walk up to the house I build up my courage to ask: “Was that a pair of panty hose?” Big brother says nothing. Tom is grinning. I’m a septuagenarian now, and I find myself often reflecting on times such as these. Tom and I still keep in touch, him well into adulthood with his own children in tow. The weekend was one I still remember fondly, and set Marg and I on a path less travelled, but for many it is set into their minds for an entirely different reason. You recall the winds that suddenly appeared? Once we had all stumbled into the ranch house, cold and tired, we discovered the reason: more than 600 miles away, Mount St. Helens had just erupted.

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This article was written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, Science Director at the Beef Cattle Research Council. It originally appeared in the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted with permission.


column usually features research projects funded by the BCRC. This month is a bit of a higher-level view of some of the BCRC’s other activities. Canada’s cattle and beef producers pay the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off that supports the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef ’s domestic and international marketing activities and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s public and stakeholder engagement initiative. Provincial beef producer groups decide how the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off dollars from their province are allocated among these three main groups.

projects. This allowed scarce producer dollars to be spread over more research projects. The BCRC also oversaw the Quality Starts Here program, as it evolved into Verified Beef Production and now VBP+. As beef producers gained more appreciation for the value of industry-funded research, some provincial groups began allocating more of the Canadian Beef Cattle Checkoff dollar to the BCRC. This was timely, as shifting public concerns created an increasing need for applied beef research in areas like antimicrobial resistance, animal

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Beef Cattle Research Council

By Reynold Bergen , Science Director for the Beef Cattle Research Council When the BCRC was established in 2001, about one nickel from each Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off dollar was allocated to research. That left the BCRC with a large mandate—to support forage, cattle and beef research and technology development across Canada—but a smaller research budget than some provincial beef groups. These constraints meant the BCRC had to be selective, focused and strategic. The BCRC selected research projects that provided direct benefits to primary producers, either through reduced production costs or potentially increased revenues. “Public good” research (e.g. animal welfare or environmental research) was left to governments to fund. The BCRC focused on funding research, but left extension to the provincial governments. The BCRC was strategic; knowing that a small industry investment could attract much larger government investments, the BCRC was careful to avoid fully funding


welfare, environmental footprint and extension that the BCRC couldn’t afford earlier. The Beef Science Cluster program (a five-year collaborative funding arrangement between the BCRC and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) allowed the BCRC to get more involved in a wider range of forage, cattle and beef research activities, and to establish a technology transfer program to convert research results into decision-making tools for producers. The BCRC is currently managing its third and largest Beef Science Cluster.

In 2017, the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off was increased from $1 to $2.50 per head marketed, with approximately 75 cents allocated to the BCRC. This has allowed the BCRC to do a lot more things, including:

Annual calls for proposals:


One drawback of the Beef Cluster is that all the projects are approved at once, then unfold over the next five years. That’s a problem for researchers who don’t make the cut for the Beef Cluster, or when important research questions arise between clusters—they must wait a few years for another chance at Cluster funding. The increased Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off means the BCRC can now fund new projects every year, instead of every five years.

Federal and provincial governments used to conduct surveillance for productionlimiting diseases. Over the years, their focus has narrowed to focus on diseases that have an impact on trade or human health. Routine disease surveillance has mostly dropped off the radar, but it’s still important to understand the changing prevalence of production-limiting diseases, (re)emerging diseases, antibiotic resistance and production practices. Thanks to the increased Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off, the BCRC can now support surveillance activities to help prioritize research and extension efforts.

Proof of concept funding: Research proposals submitted to the BCRC are sent for expert review to assess whether the project is a good investment. In the past, some projects were rejected because they were based on an unusual new technology or approach that had no track record. Thanks to the increased Canadian Beef Cattle Checkoff, the BCRC can now support small, preliminary “proof of concept” trials that allow researchers to test whether a brand new idea (or a novel idea adapted from another industry or part of the world) has the potential to benefit Canadian producers, before conducting a fullblown research trial.

Research chairs: Agriculture departments and universities used to routinely hire researchers to perform production-focused cattle, forage and beef research. Now, universities often hire researchers who are more inclined towards “cutting edge” research that attracts significant government research funding dollars. That’s not altogether bad, but we still need producer-focused research. Thanks to the increased Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off, the BCRC has been able to co-fund a chair in One Health and production-limiting diseases at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, as well as the BCRC-Hays chair in beef production systems at the University of Alberta.

Extension: As provincial governments continue to shrink their extension services, the BCRC is working with provincial beef groups, veterinarians, forage organizations and other non-traditional extension expertise to build producer resources and make them available through

The BCRC has expanded its range of activities significantly since it began in 2001, but it hasn’t lost sight of the need to remain selective, focused and strategic. This column won’t be short of material for the foreseeable future. The Beef Cattle Research Council is funded by the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off. The BCRC partners with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, provincial beef industry groups and governments to advance research and technology transfer supporting the Canadian beef industry’s vision to be recognized as a preferred supplier of healthy, high-quality beef, cattle and genetics.


trained dog will perform regardless of the environment or the distractions of chickens, dogs, kids on roller blades, or a herd of elephants (and without the use of food). Be sure to witness this dog’s training in a public, busy environment. My two collies are terrors! They have wrecked the couch, chewed up table legs and have obliterated the back yard. The only time they seem to stop is when I separate them. Why is this?



QA & By D.E. Evans

New family pup? Old farm hound? Whatever your dog may be, every farmer knows a good ranch dog is worth its weight in gold. There are bound to be questions you’ve never found the answers to when dealing with your dog. We sat down with retired professional canine trainer D.E. Evans to talk about some of the most common queries he’s had over the years. 106

My dog has recently started barking a lot—at pedestrians, other dogs, trees blowing in the wind… he was always a barker, but never this bad. Why has he changed? Many dogs are myopic to varying degrees. In German Shepherds, for example, 40 percent are near-sighted. Such dogs tend to be barkers. A dog views 80 percent of its world through its nose. What it senses through its olfactory is then confirmed by vision. If your dog has been a consistent barker from youth and then progresses to intensifying its barking as age progresses, you might now understand why. As in humans our eyesight tends to diminish as we age. Also the sense of smell begins to diminish with age and this compounded with diminishing eyesight will trigger behavioural changes. This type of behaviour is not temperament related. I am looking at buying a dog that I have been told is fully trained. How can I verify this for myself? The proof of a dog’s training is around distractions. Most dogs will perform in the living room of their house—a

Remember: dogs bond more quickly and strongly with other dogs than they do with humans. The acts of destruction are play games between the two dogs. They are also dominant enhancing activities. This means the two dogs are in a constant dialogue of “I can dig faster than you can,” “I can create a bigger hole than you can,” “I can create a new activity before you can.” The dogs are not doing this to spite you—they are competing with each other. The correction for this behaviour is best done by establishing your place as at the top of their pack order; a professional trainer who specializes in high-drive, working dogs can help you accomplish this. My wife and I recently had a baby. Our dog has always been great around kids, but we’re worried how she’ll be around a newborn. Do you have any tips on how to make sure both dog and baby have a positive relationship? In the domestic environment, both dogs and children must learn how to act around each other. All dogs must be taught how to act around children, and all children must be taught how to act around dogs. To improve children’s confidence and self-esteem, it is vital their puppy and dog-training exploits succeed. Success depends upon adult planning, participation and direction. First, adults must teach the dog how to act in a controlled manner, and second, adults must teach children how to control the mannerly dog—this will, of course, take place when your baby is older. In regards to your dog, all dogs must be taught to thoroughly enjoy the presence

and actions of babies; the solution is classical conditioning. From the outset, integrate your dog(s) into all new baby moments and routines. When feeding the baby, sit down comfortably and feed a portion of your dog’s daily food at the same time. When the baby cries and you go to settle her down feed another portion of food to your dog. When changing the baby’s diapers, do the same feeding of your dog. In no time at all, your dog will form strong positive associations with the baby’s feeding, crying, cuddling and diaper changing. You may find your dog adopts his/her baby-minding role with great enthusiasm. You dog may even alert you whenever your baby cries or messes her diapers. I’m ready for a new dog and would love to get a purebred. What do you recommend I do when viewing pups to ensure that I am receiving a quality dog? Researching a breed of dog that might best suit your lifestyle and personal temperament is very important. I would caution you, however, to read between the lines when it comes to breed descriptions given by fanciers of any specific breed. A dog is comprised entirely of its genetic make-up and without these genes it cannot perform to its breed description regarding temperament, aptitude or function. Ninety percent of the Labrador Retrievers that I received for training could no longer hunt—that specific trait has been bred out. Why? Because the great majority of people today do not know how to handle the special requirements of a dog with high prey drive, nor is that conducive to their lifestyle. The breeders realize that there is a greater market for a happy-go-lucky dog than a highly driven dog with a strong temperament and disposition. We no longer need to have a dog that will help us feed our families by placing ducks, pheasants and geese on our tables. When looking to purchase a dog, regardless of breed, it is essential that you see the parents. Are they calm, docile and friendly towards you at the offset? Then you will likely have very agreeable family pets. Or are they highly active,

driven and focused? The pups will be prone towards working. Be skeptical of any breeder that refuses to show you the sire and/or dam—what are they hiding? I’ve had my dog for almost a year now, and recently a friend told me I should have neutered him already. Is this correct? And if not, when is a good time to neuter? Much of the available information regarding the neutering of dogs is incomplete. You, no doubt, have been led to believe that neutering fixes many behavioural difficulties and is a panacea for all the ills that your dog might encounter—but nothing takes the place of training. When a dog is neutered at a young age it will retain its puppy-like behaviour for the rest of his life. This is caused by not allowing the testosterone to perform its designated duty. At the age of 18 months, the testosterone process has completed its course, and should you wish, you can now neuter him. Simply look at the physical and psychological difference between a bull and a steer: if you came from another planet and were shown these two types of animals, you would think them of as an entirely different species. This is no different in dogs.

Dogs were always easy to train. It’s the humans that were difficult.

D.E. Evans is a retired professional canine trainer. In more than two decades of operation he successfully trained more than 2,000 dogs in the areas of obedience, tracking and personal protection. 107


President Amy Higgins Quispamsis, NB (506) 349-5395

Vice President Tim Dixon Albany, PEI (902) 432-4771


Maritime Angus Association AGM Nova Scotia


Maritime Beef Conference New Brunswick


Maritime Beef Test Station Bull & Heifer Sale Nappan, Nova Scotia


Old Home Week Angus Gold Show & Futurity Charlottetown, PEI

SEPT New Brunswick Beef Expo Gold Show & Futurity Sussex, New Brunswick Maritime Angus Field Day & Junior Heifer Show New Brunswick Heritage Beef Classic Gold Show Windsor, Nova Scotia

Board Representative Ronnie Ford Oyster Bed, PEI (902) 394-0059 Expiry: 2023


Angus in Action Sale Nappan, Nova Scotia

All events are subject to change and cancellation. Some events may be adjusted for virtual attendance.

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NS Elite Beef Expo The objective of the Nova Scotia Elite Beef Expo is to showcase elite beef animals from a cross-section of prominent Nova Scotia beef breeds. The show also connects beef producers with consumers to educate them on production practices and innovative food preparation.

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Phone: 902-893-7455 7 Atlantic Central Drive, East Mountain, NS B6L 2Z2 Facebook: nscattle Twitter: @NSCattle By Carmen Koning Canadian Angus Association

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers (NSCP) Managing Director Brad McCallum explains that the organization started in the early 1970s and transitioned from an association to a marketing board in 2006. The mandate of Nova Scotia Cattle Producers is to promote and assist in the sustainable development of Nova Scotia’s beef production industry in the best interest of the members and, ultimately, all Nova Scotians. In addition to its own initiatives, the NSCP works co-operatively through representation on the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association board and committees, the National Checkoff Agency, The Beef Cattle Research Council and Canada Beef. Regionally, NSCP participates in the Nappan Beef Research Committee, the Maritime Beef Council and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Council of Leaders, among others. Some of the programs and initiatives include: NSCP Female Breeding Stock Funding Draw The objective of the NSCP Female Breeding Stock Funding Draw is to encourage participation in cattle industry workshops by providing support for Nova Scotia producers for the purchase of heifers and/or young cows. 110

Kings Mutual Producer of the Year The Board of the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers partnered with The Kings Mutual Insurance Company to establish the Kings Mutual Cattle Producer of the Year award. The objective of the award is to annually recognize a Nova Scotia beef producer or dealer for the outstanding contributions they make to the provincial cattle industry. Emergency Management The “Preparing the Nova Scotia Livestock Sector for Disease-Related Sector-Wide Emergencies—Producer Handbook” has been developed to help operators and staff prepare for disease-related sector-wide emergencies. The components of this handbook have been collaboratively developed with input and technical support from livestock commodity organizations across Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and several provincial governments. Advance Payment Program The Advance Payment Program (APP) is a Canadian federal loan guarantee program available through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Agri-Commodity Management Association Administrator). It offers cattle producers the opportunity to receive 50% of the market value of their cattle inventory to be marketed between April 1 and September 30 the following year, in advance of sale. Animal Health NSCP takes an interest in animal health, including the Transportation Regulations for livestock that were amended in Canada on February 20, 2020, as well as the Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard. Biosecurity is an important tool that producers can and do use to manage disease in the Canadian beef cattle industry. Diseases such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) and neonatal calf diarrhea (scours) are all too familiar to producers throughout the industry and, in many cases, are endemic throughout most of North America. Although these diseases may be

eradicated from a herd, there is an ongoing risk of re-occurrence that can be managed through biosecurity. These diseases, along with others, come at a cost to producers, whether measured in terms of dollars and cents, lowered productivity, or animals lost. The same principles that enable producers to better manage the risks of endemic disease within their operations may have a cumulative effect if applied across the industry, and thus facilitate the reduction of diseases that are considered endemic. Ultrasound Technology Services Live animal ultrasound technology services are now available to Maritime beef producers. The Nova Scotia Cattle Producers were able to obtain this imaging technology, as well as get a technician certified, and are proud to offer the first permanent technician east of Quebec. By having ultrasound services readily available to producers, the hope is that collection of overall carcass trait data and use of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) within the region will increase. This service will aid in future breeding practices as results will illustrate the appropriateness of breeding stock, indicating which heritable traits, such as those within feed efficiency and carcass measures, should be improved for optimal production.

Nova Scotia has seen an increase in new younger generation cattle producers. As Brad explains, “These new entrants into the industry are serious about beef, which is very encouraging. Their herds are 200 to 350 animals, which is large for our area.” Transportation is another current trend Brad sees as having widespread repercussions over the cattle industry, in terms of navigating the transportation regulations for livestock that were amended in Canada on February 20, 2020, including everything from transportation times, food and water provided to the animals, as well as rest periods.

Another trend sweeping not only Nova Scotia but also across Canada is the significant uptake in the local food consumption movement. Brad has seen many local producers double their business over the past year. In addition, an increase in demand for lower-end beef has stayed strong throughout the summer months. As he explains, “No matter your kitchen skill set, everyone can cook hamburger into something.”

Additionally, Brad is naturally concerned about the contraction of cattle herds. He analyzes that even though domestic consumption of beef may be down, exports are up. “The world really enjoys Canadian beef.” He goes on to use the old metaphor, “A rising tide floats all boats. If things are good in the West, then things are good in the East, as far as demand goes.” Brad is a tireless advocate for the beef industry, the Maritime region and Nova Scotia beef producers. “The provincial cattle associations as a whole don’t get the recognition they deserve with regards to how hard their boards work; until you get involved, you don’t really appreciate what’s all involved. We’re here to work on behalf of the producers we represent. At the end of the day, our competition is not other beef producers but other proteins. The more we can work together, the more we can accomplish.”

include the Government of New Brunswick as well as the Government of Canada. The resources include information for producers just starting out, biosecurity, mental health, financial resources, herd development and health, regional meetings, regulations and more.

New Brunswick Cattle Producers

Currently, New Brunswick Cattle Producers are seeing developments in the areas of cattle handling, genetic advancements, increased animal welfare, increased producer/staff safety, increased public trust, increased management efficiency and funding/loan opportunities.

New Brunswick Cattle Producers Phone: 506-458-8534 Fax: 506-453-1985 Email: 2-150 Woodside Lane, Fredericton, NB E3C 2R9 Facebook: NewBrunswickCattleProducers Twitter: @BovinsNBCattle

The mission of New Brunswick Cattle Producers is by means of communications, advocacy, liaison, research and education, to represent beef cattle producers to government, other sectors of the beef cattle industry, consumers and the public with respect to all matters concerning the production and marketing of the regulated product; and to encourage the development of efficient and competitive practices within the industry.

By Carmen Koning Canadian Angus Association

New Brunswick Cattle Producers (NBCP) is a producer-led organization representing all beef producers in New Brunswick, registered as a not-for-profit organization, regulated under the Natural Products Act through the New Brunswick Farm Products Council to act as a regulatory body. The association operates independent of government, allowing the NBCP to advocate to government on behalf of its members. The operational structure of the organization is like other provincial associations such as pork, egg, dairy and chicken producers. The NBCP board is comprised of directors elected from eight regions across New Brunswick and one dairy sector representative who is selected from the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick board to represent dairy sector interests. New Brunswick Cattle Producers partners with government and non-profit organizations to provide relevant information, resources and programs to cattle producers. These partners


Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers Phone: 902-368-2229 Fax: 902-367-3082 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7Z5 Facebook: peicp Twitter: @peicattle By Carmen Koning Canadian Angus Association The Prince Edward Island Cattle Producers (PEICP) has been the official voice for beef producers throughout the province for more than 40 years. PEICP was originally formed in 1976 as the PEI Cattlemen’s Association and is proud to continue to represent the interests of more than 400 members provincially, regionally and nationally. PEICP believes that success is built on responsible and sustainable farming practices and will be continued by future generations. They collaborate with all Maritime producers and partners throughout the value chain. PEICP’s goals include: • Achieving sustainable incomes for Maritime beef producers and partners • Securing stable processing partners and market options • Becoming focused and responsive to customers and consumers • Building mutual respect and improving relationships in PEI communities • Attracting young and new farmers to the beef industry PEICP represents PEI’s beef producers nationally through membership in the 112

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency and regionally through the Maritime Beef Council which is made up of the beef cattle organizations of the three Maritime provinces. Its main objective is to work collaboratively on issues that affect beef producers across the region. As well as provincially with members on PEI Agricultural Sector Council, PEI Federation of Agriculture, and young farmers. The PEI Cattle Producers supports the following programs and initiatives: Technology and Science Adoption SubProgram—Beef Genetics Project The Technology and Science Adoption Sub-Program supports the adoption and/ or implementation of best practices, new technologies, and processes that will improve efficiency and profit margins. The Beef Genetics Project offered under this program addresses seedstock testing, premium sires, purebred heifer purchase, commercial heifer evaluation and elite embryo purchase. On-Farm Assurance—Beef The objective of this program is to improve uptake, knowledge and education as it relates to assurance systems, such as Verified Beef Production VBP+, traceability, biosecurity and animal welfare and animal health. RFID Readers Funding for 50% of the cost up to a maximum of $1,333 per reader is available for producers completing Phase I of the VBP+ program. Or, funding of 75% of the cost up to $2,000 is available for completing Phase I of the VBP+ program and attending a humane handling workshop. Handling Facilities Funding of 50% of the cost up to a maximum of $3,500 per handling system is available for producers who attend a humane handling workshop and complete Phase I of the VBP+ program. VBP+ Audits Funding of 75% of the cost of a third-party audit to become registered under the VBP+ program is available, with a value of $543.75. Biosecurity Two biosecurity barn signs are available to any producer who completes Phase I of the VBP+ program.

Age Verification Program To help Island cattle producers be included in the CCIA database, PEI Cattle Producers offers free third-party age verification service. ALUS The ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) program is a voluntary program for PEI landowners and farmers. The program protects PEI water, fish and wildlife habitat. The goals of the ALUS program are to reduce soil erosion and siltation of streams; to improve water quality; to improve and increase wildlife habitat; and to reduce the impact of climate change. Deadstock Pick-up and Removal Service All Island beef producers have access to deadstock pick-up and removal through PEICP. Service fees are based on inventories or marketing from each individual farm. Verified Beef Production Plus Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is Canada’s verified on-farm food safety program for beef—a dynamic program to uphold consumer confidence in Canadian beef products and the good practices of our beef producers. Grassroots driven and industry-led, the VBP+ program is part of a broad effort by Canada’s food providers to ensure on-farm food safety. Premise Identification The premises identification registry will identify the geographic location of all livestock and poultry in PEI which is necessary to effectively respond to an animal disease outbreak, food safety issue or an emergency such as extreme weather. A premises identification number (PID) is recorded for any property in PEI being used to keep (raise or assemble), grow or dispose of animals or food. PEI Cattle Producers is a grassroots organization representing the interests of Prince Edward Island’s 400 beef producers. Agriculture is the Island’s primary industry and the beef sector is an integral part of it. Beef production occurs on 35 percent of all farms in PEI and provides an important market for the crops grown in rotation with potatoes, PEI’s number one crop. Straw from grain production is used for bedding, while manure, a by-product of raising beef, provides a natural fertilizer to replenish our farmland.

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Welcome Back for the first time!

Convention 2022 will be returning to Moncton, New Brunswick, hosted in collaboration with the Maritime Angus Association, in June 2022. Make plans to join us and partake in some of the world-famous Maritime hospitality!

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Gold Shows 2020 & 2021 For the 2021 Gold Show season, Gold Shows are tentatively scheduled to run across Canada from July through December.

The Canadian Angus Association is excited to announce that we have partnered with Ringside, an app that will allow us to provide live result coverage of all the Gold Shows so you’ll be able to follow along no matter where you are in the county.

Note: dates and locations are subject to change. Please check our Gold Show web page for current listings: British Columbia Angus Association September Armstrong, BC

September Burns Lake, BC

Alberta Angus Association October Olds Fall Classic, Olds, AB

November Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB

Saskatchewan Angus Association November Saskatchewan Angus Gold & Junior Show, Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Lloydminster, SK

November Canadian Western Agribition 50th Anniversary Show, Regina, SK

Manitoba Angus Association July Harding Fair, Harding, MB

October Keystone Klassic, Brandon, MB

Ontario Angus Association September Brampton Preview Show, Brampton, ON

November Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, ON

Quebec Angus Association September October Expo Brome, Expo Boeuf, Brome, QC Victoriaville, QC Maritime Angus Association August September September Old Home Week, New Brunswick Heritage Beef Charlottetown, Beef Expo, Classic, PEI Sussex, NB Windsor, NS Ringside is free to download. It sends you live show notifications, tracks top animals and allows users to view past results. Download your Ringside app today and change how you view Gold Shows in 2021. Due to COVID-19, all 2020 Gold Shows were cancelled expect for the Saskatchewan Angus Gold Show hosted in Lloydminster on November 5–6, 2020. The results from this show are as follows: RESULTS: MALES HLC GQ 278F Breeder: Roger Reynolds Owners: Justamere Farms Ltd. Hollinger Land & Cattle Nielson Land & Cattle RED U2 REVIVAL 147G Breeder: U-2 Ranch Owner: Blairs West Land & Cattle

RESULTS: FEMALES BROOKING DUSTY’S COUNTESS 9026 Breeder: Dusty Rose Cattle Co. Owner: KT Ranches RED SIX MILE ENID 232G Breeder: Six Mile Red Angus Owner: Peyton Christman 115 115

On September 23rd, our team met

A Story Filming Behind the Scenes


with Laurence Fishburne

Telling By Tino Suddes & Kiani Evans, Canadian Angus Association


with Rachel Herbert and her family from Trail’s End Beef along with the Bolducs at Cudlobe Angus to film a Behind the Scenes episode featuring the Canadian Angus Association. Behind the Scenes is an award-winning public access television series, featuring wellknown actor Laurence Fishburne. The show focuses on inspiring stories from a variety of industries, including sciences, consumerfocused businesses, medicine and technology, and serves as an educational and inspirational platform for its viewers. With the Behind the Scenes crew looking to move into topics within the agricultural world, the CAA partnered with them to help highlight the Canadian Angus industry and some of the great people within it, as well as inform consumers of the benefits and stories behind the breed.

For the shoot, three people were interviewed: the first being Mat Bolduc, who spoke on his history and passion for the Angus breed, as well as what qualities make the Canadian landscape such an ideal space for cattle to survive and thrive. Mat and wife Addy have three children, Merrit, Karis and Newton. They run Cudlobe Angus alongside Mat’s dad, David. Next up was Rachel, a mother and rancher who was a vegetarian for 18 years prior to becoming a part of Trails End Beef. She and husband Tyler focus on grass-fed, grass-finished Angus, with their children being the fifth generation to farm on the land just outside Nanton, Alberta. Lastly was Myles Immerkar, Canadian Angus Association CEO, who spoke on the high regard Canadian ranchers have for the land, the breed and the industry.


The six-minute film, along with a shorter oneminute commercial, will be airing across the United States and Canada and on Angus Broadcasting Canada in early 2021. Watch for future updates and official launch dates on our social media channels and website.

We have a very committed, passionate group of breeders here in Canada that are true stewards of the land. Their passion and their care for this land is very much evident in the quality of the beef that they produce. Myles Immerkar, CEO 117 117


A goal without a plan is just a wish.



Strategic Plan By Myles Immerkar, Canadian Angus Association

In March 2019,

the Canadian Angus Association launched its three-year strategic plan. With engagement from staff and the board of directors, we were able to focus on the pressing issues for the CAA membership and on the development of products, services and initiatives most important to our membership. This strategic plan was imperative in the return to profitability in 2019 and 2020 as it provided focus, direction and priorities for all staff and ensured that as an organization, we all pulled in the same direction. We took a strong look at our mission and vision as an organization and ensured we upheld these values in the development of these initiatives. The strategic areas were divided into four areas to ensure we provided balance and focus in all areas of importance.


Strategic Area 1 was to focus on services that are utilized by our members and ensure we continue to develop the tools pertinent to today’s business. The important initiatives in this area were launching AngusNOW to all members to provide an online registry system. AngusNOW also helped develop efficiencies to create new value and showcase a positive bottom line. In Strategic Area 2, CAA focused on the development of the breed through science and technology. The support of the Canadian Angus Foundation has helped us invest in research to ensure the Angus breed remains at the forefront of the beef industry. Strategic Area 3 highlighted the importance of communicating with our members, ensuring they are aware of all opportunities. We increased our messaging, branding and engagement with all sectors of our business to our members, commercial partners, industry

partners and our product consumers to ensure the Angus brand continues to be a brand above all others in the Canadian beef industry. In Strategic Area 4, we wanted to ensure we continue to be a leading organization in the beef industry through creating partnerships and helping lead new opportunities for all Angus members through this collaboration. As we turn the corner of the two-thirds mark of the 2019–2021 Strategic Plan, we are excited to showcase the developments made in all these strategic areas to continue to support and advance the Angus breed. As we progress into 2021, the CAA staff looks forward to working with our board of directors and members on the development of the next strategic plan that will take the Angus breed to the next level in tools, services and new opportunities for all members.



AngusNOW In 2019, CAA launched the AngusNOW program to provide online registry tools and in the future help create new efficiencies for the CAA membership. Since January 2019, 1,450 members have signed on to use the new registry tools. Member workshops were held in all regions of Canada. With the support and feedback of members, new improvements have been identified and program development is currently underway that we look forward to bringing to our members in late 2021.

Over the past decade, member surveys have indicated that maintaining breed integrity and breed purity are key. New DNA policies came into effect for calves born in 2019 which has increased the amount of DNA testing. We continue to work with our third-party DNA provider to enhance this service. In 2021, hair cards will be made available to all members free of charge and the newly launched DNA portal will allow members to look up the status of their tests.

Find out more about AngusNOW on page 140.

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Return to Profitability A major priority when I joined CAA in 2019 was the focus on returning to profitability. The development of this strategic plan provided the focus, vision and direction for all staff and we were excited to showcase positive results for 2019 during the online AGM held in June 2020. We are excited to share the 2020 results in June 2021 as the long-term health and stability of the CAA is of optimum priority.

To see the full financial statements of the Canadian Angus Association and the Canadian Angus Foundation, visit our website to view the 2019 annual report.


Server Upgrade Protection of data, security and improved member services were identified as priorities. As technology develops, current systems had challenges in providing service required to run new tools as they are brought to members. CAA made a major investment in 2020 on a long overdue system and server upgrade to provide improved speed, security and data protection. 119


Index Development


Investment in HIR Death loss and sickness at feedlots continue to be a major concern for industry partners’ profitability. With the support of the Canadian Angus Foundation, their $72,000 investment in High Immune Response research and the ability of CAA to leverage this investment into increased funding was a major research initiative in this three-year strategy. To date, more than 2,000 animals from CAA members across four provinces have been tested for immune response. In 2021, commercial validation of the testing will take place.

Find out more about the HIR project on page 126.


Launch of New Traits In September 2020, we were excited to launch a new suite of traits identified by our partner Angus associations but not available for CAA members to use for genetic selection in their programs. Through increased phenotyping by our members, support of research projects and collaboration with the AAA, we were excited to be able to bring genetic evaluations for a number of important traits to add to our members’ toolbox. These new traits including docility, mature weight, mature height, RADG and DMI.

A constant request from CAA members over the past few years has been for access to economic indexes such as those available to AAA members that are currently being used to help increase comprehension and use of EPDS among the commercial industry and for genetic improvement on a herd level. In January 2019, in collaboration with the AAA, we were granted permission to access their research development in their index project and contracted Abacus BIO to do a similar project with the CAA membership to develop a balanced tool that combines the suite of EPDs available to CAA members. This new economic index is designed for commercial breeders who do not deal with EPDs on a regular basis to provide them tools to analyze the genetic information available from CAA. In 2019, a survey was launched that helped develop the priorities of the Canadian index project. An increase in phenotype data collected in 2019 and 2020 aided in the increased information supplied to the CAA database and in 2020, members with cattle qualified for the new CAA balanced index (genetic evaluation available for all traits and aided in the phenotype data collection) were introduced to the CAA Balanced tool index on their own and qualified cattle.

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Read more about the new Canadian balanced index on page 128.


Explore New Technologies The CAA looks to be on the leading edge of tools, services and products that can add value to the CAA membership. Our collaboration with a number of research institutions to work with them directly on research and validation can create opportunity in the future. The HIR project is a direct result of such a partnership with the University of Guelph. In 2020, in collaboration with the University of Calgary engineering department, we began a project to develop new technologies for less subjective data collection through the use of technology, particularly 3D cameras. We are excited about the potential development in this project and the possible opportunities available in the future.

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Improved Member Communications

A major marketing initiative was to explore platforms to engage with our CAA membership and ensure our members are aware of all opportunities within the Angus breed. Strategies were created across a variety of platforms including a redeveloped social media strategy and revamped member communications. Angus Life, an annual publication to communicate with our members, was launched in 2020. This publication provides the CAA an opportunity to engage with members and commercial members about everything Angus. We committed to reinvest 100% of all proceeds generated from this project and were excited in 2020 to showcase a $45,000 profit that was reinvested into a number of new initiatives never done by the CAA.

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Media & Marketing


Develop Branding Partnerships

The success of Angus Life created the opportunity to invest back in the breed and explore opportunities to grow the Angus brand. We felt that we have been doing a great job of marketing to our industry but that we were maybe taking the strength of the Angus brand in the eyes of consumers for granted. The pull created by the consumer for Angus branded products is a key part of the global popularity of Angus today and creates demand for Angus bulls in the commercial sector through the creation of Angus branded marketing campaigns by a number of retailers. It was important that we began exploring ways to engage with the consumer disconnected from the Angus breed in support of the Angus brand. What was required was a marketing partner with a strong connection to the end consumer. In 2020, after exploring a number of opportunities, we engaged in a dialogue with one of the world’s most successful curling teams, Team Koe, who have a very strong following through their social media platforms. With more than 200,000 followers on their social media network, we were able to enter a partnership that brought value to both organizations. We look forward to sharing the Angus mission and vision through new partnerships such as with Team Koe and the Bringing the Heat video cooking series.

Launch of New Website The creation of a new website was an important priority in 2020. This six-month project began in late 2019 and we were excited to launch the new CAA website in June 2020. We look forward to adding new features to this website as we develop new strategic initiatives.


Tell Our Story While numerous consumers recognize the Angus brand from the menu at a steakhouse or the marketing campaigns of retailers, it became very evident that many of the consumers of our products don’t know the Angus story; they don’t know what Angus is and what makes Angus what it is. We needed to be able to tell this story to the consumer public and in 2020, we compiled the CAA documentary Behind the Scenes with Laurence Fishburne. This 5-minute documentary will be a key message to help tell the Canadian Angus story to the consumer public.


Read more about the Green Tag Extravaganza on page 14.



Grow the Green Tag Program The CAA green tag program celebrated its 20th year in 2019 and remains one of the world’s largest branded tag programs. It was important that we begin to create industry pull for the green tag program from industry partners who recognize the importance of the Angus brand and want to ensure that the Angus label they are marketing is Angus. In 2020, we were excited to partner with a number of Angus brands requiring Angus green tag verification for their program. We are excited to launch the $50,000 Green Tag Extravaganza.

Enhance Gold Shows


Enhance Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed In 2019, we re-launched the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program with a variety of new partners joining the program. These branded programs recognize the work done on behalf of the Canadian Angus breeder and understand the importance they play in their branding. Today, a number of new brands showcase the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed logo on their products.

The CAA Gold Show series remains an important part of our industry for many of our members. We were challenged in 2020 with the cancellation of many shows due to the unfortunate events of 2020 however we hope that 2021 will return to normal and that members will have the opportunity to showcase their programs at these various events with CAA staff in attendance. With the support of Angus Life proceeds in 2020, the CAA has committed investment into the Gold Show championships with further details to come. We have also invested in new products that enhance the features of the Gold Shows. In November, we were excited to launch—for the first time in Canada—an exclusive partnership with Ringside on their show day app to keep members updated to the second whether at the ringside or on the farm.

See this year’s Gold Show results and find out more about Ringside on page 115.

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Collaborate with Industry Partners As the largest beef breed in Canada, the CAA feels it is important that we lead the beef industry. Part of that leadership is continued collaboration with our industry partners across all sectors as well as other breeds within the industry. We all share a similar vision and mission and all believe in genetic improvement for the beef industry as a whole to support the commercial sector with the tools and technology they require to ensure their operations increase productivity and profitability through genetics.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.� Helen Keller


Using EPDs for Bull Selection EPDs are a genetic selection tool that some producers appreciate and use to select their bulls. The Canadian Angus Association recently launched EPDs for some new traits. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to let you know about them.

By Kajal Devani, Canadian Angus Association

EPDs are calculated using pedigree, performance and genomic data. Canadian Angus members participate in the voluntary Performance Program through which they collect and submit performance data on fertility, calving ease, growth, structure, carcass quality, and feed efficiency for their calves. A big thank you to all our members who take the time to measure and record this data; without you we cannot generate the genetic selection tools that we do.

Many members have started measuring and submitting phenotypes for the new traits introduced here. As you start calving, please do not forget to record teat and udder scores on your cows. The teat and udder scoring guideline is included in Angus Life for your convenience.

Released November 2020


New Traits are highlighted in blue.

Calving Ease

Birth Weight

Weaning Weight

Yearling Weight



Scrotal Circ.




+3.4 +2.4

+2.1 +1.2

+47 +36

+83 +61

+0.22 +0.19

+0.67 +0.07

+0.75 +0.59

+15 +12

+0.47 +0.48


Carcass Weight





Mat. Calving Ease


Mature Weight

Mature Height

+0.49 +0.52

+35 +22

+0.38 +0.25

+0.44 +0.35

+0.016 +0.003

+9 +9

+7.1 +5.4

+22 +23

+49 +33

+0.3 +0.2

Production EPDs Calving Ease Direct (CED) EPD describes the percentage of expected unassisted births when a bull is exposed to first-time heifers. The higher the number, the higher the probability that first-time heifers bred to the bull in question will calve with no assistance. The EPD predicts the average difference in ease with which a sire’s calves will be born when he is bred to first-calf heifers. Birth Weight EPD (BW) EPD describes in pounds the difference in expected progeny weight, on average. A bull with a BW EPD of +4 will, on average, sire calves that are 2 pounds heavier than a bull with a BW EPD of +2 (given equal management). Weaning Weight EPD (WW) EPD describes in pounds the difference in expected weaning weight in progeny, on average. WW EPD is a predictor of a sire’s ability to transmit weaning growth to his progeny compared to that of other sires. A bull with a WW EPD of +50 will sire calves that are, on average, 20 pounds heavier at weaning than a sire with a WW EPD of +30 (given equal management). Yearling Weight EPD (YW) EPD describes in pounds the difference in expected yearling weight in progeny, on average. YW EPD is a predictor of a sire’s ability to transmit post weaning growth to his progeny compared to that of other sires. A bull with a YW EPD of +100 will sire calves that are, on average, 30 pounds heavier at weaning than a sire with a WW EPD of +70 (given equal management). Residual Average Daily Gain (RADG) EPD describes an animal’s ability to grow post weaning on a constant amount of feed. RADG EPD, expressed in pounds per day, is a predictor of a sire’s genetic ability for postweaning gain in future progeny compared to that of other sires, given a constant amount of feed consumed. A bull with an RADG EPD of +1.5 will sire calves that, on average, will grow 1 extra pound per day more than calves from another bull with an RADG EPD of 0.5—on the same amount of feed. Dry Matter Intake (DMI) EPD describes the feed intake potential for weaned calves from one sire compared to the feed intake potential of calves from another sire. This EPD is expressed in pounds per day. Weaned

calves from Sire A with a DMI EPD of 0.50 will eat approximately 0.5 pounds of dry matter a day more than weaned calves from Sire B with a DMI EPD of 0.00. This EPD should also be used in conjunction with a growth EPD, such as YW EPD, as unlike RADG EPD, it does not include a growth component. Used independently of a growth EPD the DMI EPD selects solely for appetite. Scrotal Circumference EPD (SC) EPD describes the difference in average scrotal circumference in sons. Expressed in centimetres, a sire with an SC EPD of 1.2 will, on average, have sons with scrotal circumference that is 1 centimetre larger than the sons from a sire with an SC EPD of 0.2. SC EPD has also been correlated with daughter’s age at puberty and progeny fertility. Docility (Doc) EPD is expressed as a difference in yearling cattle temperament, with a higher value indicating more favourable docility. It predicts the average difference of progeny from a sire in comparison with another sire’s calves. In herds where temperament problems are not an issue, this expected difference would not be realized. Claw Set (Claw) EPD is expressed in units of claw-set score, with a lower EPD being more favourable indicating a sire will produce progeny with more functional claw set. Ideally, toes are symmetrical, even and appropriately spaced. Foot Angle (Angle) EPD is expressed in units of foot-angle score, with a lower EPD being more favourable indicating a sire will produce progeny with more ideal foot angle. The ideal is a 45-degree angle at the pastern joint with appropriate toe length and heel depth.

Carcass EPDs Carcass Weight (CW) EPD is expressed in pounds and is a predictor of the differences in hot carcass weight of a sire’s progeny compared to progeny of other sires. A bull with a CW EPD of +30 will sire calves that, on average, will result in 10 pounds more hot carcass weight than the progeny of a bull with CW EPD of +20.

Marbling (Marb) EPD describes the marbling potential of calves from one bull compared to the calves from another bull, given the same management. This EPD is expressed as the difference in grade score. Given the same management, the calves from a bull with a Marb EPD of 0.6 will marble ½ a grade score better than the calves from a bull with a Marb EPD of 0.1. Ribeye Area (RE) EPD describes in square inches the difference in ribeye area of a sire’s progeny compared to progeny of other sires. Fat Thickness (Fat) EPD expressed in inches, describes the differences in back fat thickness at the 12th rib (as measured between the 12th and 13th ribs) of a sire’s progeny compared to progeny of other sires.

Maternal EPDs Heifer Pregnancy (HPG) EPD is a selection tool to increase the probability or chance of a sire’s daughters becoming pregnant as firstcalf heifers at first exposure. A higher EPD indicates a higher probability of conception. Calving Ease Maternal (CEM) EPD describes the probability of not requiring assistance when a bull’s daughters calve for the first time. The higher the EPD, the higher the probability that a bull’s daughters will not require assistance at calving time. Milk EPD describes, in pounds, the portion of a calf ’s weaning weight attributed to milk and mothering ability. On average, daughters from a bull with a Milk EPD of +20 will contribute 5 pounds more to their calves’ weaning weight than the daughters of a bull with Milk EPD of +15. Milk EPD is a threshold trait that should be maintained at a moderate level dependent on the management and environment of the herd. Mature Weight (MW) EPD expressed in pounds, is a predictor of the difference in mature weight of daughters of a sire compared to the daughters of other sires. Mature Height (MH) EPD expressed in inches, is a predictor of the difference in mature height of a sire’s daughters compared to daughters of other sires.


For the past two years

Canadian Angus members have participated in the High Immune Response project, a partnership between the Canadian Angus Association, American Angus Association, Semex Beef, and the University of Guelph. The goal of this project is to phenotype animals across Canada and the United States for High Immune Response (HIR™). These phenotypes will be used to estimate the heritability of the trait in Canadian and American Angus cattle, and to develop a genetic evaluation for health. Ultimately, members will receive a High Immune Response (HIR) EPD that describes their animals’ genetic potential to mount an immune response and fight off disease.

First, some background information: AMIR: antibody-mediated immune response is when an animal makes antibodies to a specific antigen that the animal has been exposed to. These antibodies circulate through an animal, binding to and thereby neutralizing antigens. Upon subsequent exposure to the same antigen, an animal can produce the necessary antibodies to neutralize that antigen even faster. AMIR is typically used to fight off extracellular bacteria, fungi and parasites. CMIR: cell-mediated immune response. This arm of the immune system depends on specialized immune response cells including pathogen-specific T-lymphocytes, natural killer cells and cytokines that predominantly attack viruses and some intracellular bacteria.

Presently, members who participated in this testing over the past two years are receiving in-herd reports of the immune response test results for their animals. You may see these as supplementary sale sheets at your next bull sale. Following is some information on the in-herd High Immune Response testing results you might see.

Angus cattle that are above average for both immune response arms (AMIR and CMIR) are predicted to be the healthiest, the animals most likely to ward off disease, and therefore the most profitable. The first graph on the following page shows typical distribution patterns for immune response in a herd. Note that the healthier animals or “good immune responders” are on the right side of the graph and the animals more prone to sickness or “poor immune responders” are located on the left side.

Canadian Angus Members Participate in Groundbreaking Research for Fitter Cattle By Kajal Devani, Canadian Angus Association


These are inherd reports ranking animals for both AMIR and CMIR against their own contemporaries.

Selecting animals that are strong (average or higher) for both arms of the immune system (AMIR and CMIR) is important and can result in animals that are generally fitter and more profitable. Previous studies show that high immune responders have up to 20 percent lower incidence of disease, that these animals are sick for a shorter period of time, have better growth, and that cows sired by high immune bulls, on average, have higher colostrum quality and better fertility records. We look forward to reporting more on this project as development of this tool for Canadian Angus members and commercial producers continues. Many thanks to all the Canadian Angus members across Canada who participated in High Immune Response testing, and to the generous project funders including the Canadian Angus Foundation and Genome Canada.

“It is so exciting to have been part of the HIR project and the Canadian Angus Association. The HIR project aims to give Angus members the tools to be able to identify and select high immune response cattle, promoting overall animal health. This will result in better production, better animal health and welfare, and reducing the use of antibiotics for the industry. This summer, I have been part of the team that has tested cattle across Canada. I have learned so much about cattle and also about producers. And, about laundry—I learned fast that you’ll never leave the chute as clean as you entered it! I learned so much from talking to Angus members about their cattle, about genetics and animal health. Angus members have a passion and a kindness that goes beyond words. It has been exciting to show our members, hands-on, how we can test for immune response in their cattle.” Makaela Douglas, Canadian Angus Association Research Technician 127 127



Canadian Angus Association

Canadian Balanced Index For members and commercial producers who use EPDs, it is often helpful to have one single EPD to look at

By Kajal Devani, Canadian Angus Association Canadian

Angus members who value EPDs as genetic selection tools within their programs have repeatedly inquired about accessing index EPDs, especially if they like using the American Angus Association (AAA) Dollar Indexes. Thus, your Canadian Angus Association has been working with a global leader in index development, AbacusBio, to develop an economic index for Canadian Angus members.

What is an index? A genetic selection index is a single EPD that is the sum of EPDs for several different traits. For example, the American Angus Association has a maternal index called $W which includes EPDs for birth weight, weaning weight and milking ability. Another index, $B, is a terminal index that includes EPDs for yearling weight, dry matter intake, marbling, ribeye area, and fat. An example: Maternal Index = BW EPD + WW EPD + MILK EPD + Mature Weight EPD + Udder Score EPD Genetic selection indexes give producers one number to use for genetic selection but include several traits in order to help avoid single trait selection. Balancing traits can be complex, especially when the traits make different contributions to profitability, or might be antagonistic to other traits, or are only profitable to a certain point. Balancing traits: when the traits make different contributions to profitability For example: commercial producer profitability is impacted by growth (WW EPD) over carcass quality (Marbling EPD), so it’s easy to focus selection solely on growth. We know that for the sustainability 128

of the industry, in other words for consumer satisfaction, producers that sell on a grid based on carcass quality should also be included in the genetic selection program. A balanced index will include all traits that impact profitability, not just the big punchers.

of WW to commercial producer) + (MILK EPD x economic value of Milk Production to commercial producer) + (Mature Weight EPD x economic value of Mature Weight to commercial producer) + (Udder Score EPD x economic value of Udder Score to commercial producer).

Balancing traits: when traits are antagonistic to other traits For example: milk production and fertility are shown in dairy to be antagonistic; driving milk production requires compromising on fertility. It is advantageous to hold fertility steady (or even increase fertility) while driving milk production. An index can help producers achieve this.

Where did the economic values come from?

Balancing traits: if certain traits are only profitable to a certain point For example: most producers want 100% calving ease, especially for their heifers. Once you have achieved calving ease though, there is no more profit in achieving more. Similarly with milk, once you’ve reached optimal milk production for your environment, there is no more profitability in achieving more—in fact more milk after that optimal point will cost you in feed. The new Canadian Balanced Index treats traits like these in a nonlinear way, increasing them until that optimal sweet spot.

What is an economic index? An economic index combines the traits of interest but weighs the traits in accordance with the economic impact of the trait. Using the example above: Economic Maternal Index = (BW EPD x economic value of BW to commercial producer) + (WW EPD x economic value

The economic values for each trait were modelled using market values for inputs (costs) and outputs (profits). Most of these economic values came from Canfax, and Government of Canada statistics and benchmark economics. We also sourced agricultural economics expertise from the University of Saskatchewan Agricultural and Resource Economics department.

What did members and their commercial customers say? Sometimes, with complex traits, numbers just do not paint the full picture. For example, estimating the complete impact of traits that effect profitability as well as producer convenience like calving ease and docility is difficult to do. So, the CAA and AbacusBio asked members and their commercial customers to complete a survey. There were over 500 responses, 51% of whom have both a purebred and commercial herd. The survey responses came from across the nation and represented both Black and Red Angus breeders. We started out by asking producers what they look for when buying new bulls.

structure and cow longevity make the biggest impact on their operations. Respondents identified that traits like milk, marbling, mature cow weight and birth weight are of least impact to their operations.

What is a balanced index? So far the examples above have been of a maternal index, or a terminal index. The new Canadian Balanced Index is unique in that it includes traits that are maternal and terminal. We identified all the traits that contribute to the profitability of a commercial beef operation in the Canadian market and included all of them in the new Canadian Balanced Index. The pie chart on the next page shows you all the traits included in the new Canadian Balanced Index, and how much each trait (the economic weight of the trait) contributes to the index.

Figure 1: CAA survey responders

51% Both purebred breeder and commercial producer 36% Purebred breeder (sales of bulls, heifers, embryos and semen) 13% Commercial producer (cowcalf producer, sale of feeder calves, retained-owner)

The colourful bar graph below shows what producers prioritize and what factors are important to them when deciding where and which bulls to buy. Structural soundness and functional phenotypes were identified by almost all respondents as important or very important. Performance information and scrotal circumference ran next on the list of important factors.

This Canadian Balanced Index will identify animals that are maternal by including traits such as heifer pregnancy, calving ease, milk, weaning weight, foot claw set, and foot angle. The index will identify animals that can increase production efficiencies by including EPDs for traits like residual feed efficiency, mature weight and docility. The index will identify animals that support growth by including yearling weight EPD. And the index will identify animals that support high carcass quality by including EPDs for traits like marbling, ribeye area and back fat. Thus, the index describes, in Canadian dollars, the difference in the average profitability of a bull based on cows bred.

We asked members to list the traits that they genetically select for in their operations directly and also use pairing comparisons, where we asked questions like ‘how many pounds of weaning weight would you give up for better feet by 1 score’. The image to the right shows you how respondents ranked traits. Our survey respondents identified that feet and leg structure, teat and udder

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Figure 2: Answers to the question “How important are the following criteria when you are purchasing or selecting bulls?”

Legend for Graph

1. Breeder 2. Price/Cost 3. Scrotal circumference 4. Genomic tests (Angus GS or Zoetis HD 50k) ranks 5. Genomically Enhanced Expected Progeny Difference (GE-EPD) 6. Sire/Dam pedigree 7. Information on performance (live weight and growth, dam or daughter fertility, % IMF scan, etc.) 8. Overall appearance (muscling, body depth, eye appeal) 9. Structural soundness (e.g. feet & legs, other type traits) 10. Hide Colour

Very important

Slightly Important


Not important

Moderately important

No opinion


What’s cutting edge about the Canadian Balanced Index?

Another aspect of the new Canadian Balanced Index that is unique and cutting edge is the way calving ease and milk have been included in the index. These traits are very beneficial, up to a certain point. After that optimal point there is no increased benefit to the producer’s bottom line to add more of these traits; in fact more of these traits after the optimal point can actually cost the producer. So these traits have been included in the index in a nonlinear manner. The graph below shows you that bulls with higher Milk EPDs will have a higher Canadian Balanced Index, to a certain point. After that point, a higher Milk EPD will not equal a higher Canadian Balanced Index.

How to use the Index Bull A – Canadian Balanced Index = +300 Bull B – Canadian Balanced Index = +250 Difference = $50 When bred to the same cow herd and raised in the same environment, the progeny of Bull A will on average make the commercial producer, in a Canadian market, $50 more in profits. When we plotted one standard deviation change that equates to approximately 10 years of using the new Canadian Balanced Index as a genetic selection tool, we were able to predict the change that would be seen in each trait. The graph below shows the current breed average with the blue bar and the orange bar is the predicted change for each trait. RFI, Claw Set and Foot Angle are traits where lower EPDs reflect improvement in the traits. The predictive modelling shows that using the new Canadian Balanced Index will result in genetic improvement for all the traits included in the index.

Which animals will receive the new Canadian Balanced Index: If you’ve read this far, we anticipate your next question will be ‘how do I ensure I can access and use the new Canadian Balanced Index for my cattle and within my genetic selection program?’ In order to receive the new Canadian Balanced Index, animals will need to have EPDs for all the traits that are included in the index. EPDs for traits are

calculated using phenotype information and measurements of those traits for members who participate on the Performance Program. Animals enrolled in the Performance Program with phenotypes for all the traits included in the index will receive the index. An alternative to a phenotype for some traits is a genotype. Animals that have been Angus GS tested will also receive EPDs for all our traits and the new Canadian Balanced Index. The new Canadian Balanced Index is one EPD number that combines EPDs for many traits, weighted according to their economic impact to the Canadian Angus commercial producer in the Canadian beef market. Indexes are easy to use, they put things in terms of economics and dollars, and this index is balanced (both maternal and terminal traits included) and treats traits like calving ease and milk in a nonlinear way. Of course, EPDs for individual traits will still be available. For more information on the performance program, EPDs, and the new Canadian Balanced Index, please see our website ( or contact your Director of Science and Technology, Kajal Devani at or 403-537-5604.

Legend for Graph Breed Average Canadian Balanced Index


What Traits Should Be Collected Together? Calving: calving ease, calf birth weight, calf DNA sample, cow teat and udder score

Yearling: calf yearling weight, calf ultrasound scanning, calf foot angle, calf claw set, calf docility, calf scrotal circumference, calf hip height

Reference the Data Collection Guide & Checklist for complete details on each trait.

Weaning: calf weaning weight, cow mature weight, cow body condition score, cow foot angle and cow claw set, cow docility, cow DNA sample


Angus GS Program When Angus GS™ was first launched in 2017, Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and NEOGEN® were proud to present the first genomic profile designed specifically for Angus cattle. The partnership between AGI and Neogen resulted in our “For Angus. By Angus.” approach to make an advanced tool for Angus breeders. Now we’re raising the standards even further by bringing you the next-generation genomic test for Angus cattle with an additional 22,000 SNP markers:

Novel Content on Angus GS: • •

7,800 SNPs from sequence that is novel to arrays 4,000 SNPs from GGP F-250 research array

Global Research •

Latest findings on genes influencing: • Fertility—fertility haplotypes identified by AGI are included in Angus GS as well as SNP related to heifer pregnancy in Angus data. • Feed efficiency • Marbling • Calving ease • Vaccine response

The Angus GS test also includes parentage verification.

The Canadian Angus Association has an incredible offer for members who measure and record cow weights! We have partnered with Neogen Canada to offer you the Angus GS genomic test (which includes parentage verification) for $25/ head for herds that measure and record the following information on their female herd inventory: • Mature cow weights (taken within 45 days of calf weaning weight) • Body condition score (taken on date of mature cow weight) • Foot angle and claw set • Teat and Udder score (taken within 72 hours of calving) This incredible offer is only available to the first 5,000 head enrolled. Each will receive the Angus GS test at the discounted price of $25/test. The Angus GS test gives members more accurate EPDs, genomic percentile ranks and parentage verification. The CAA parentage verification policy requires all sires (born on or after January 1, 2019) to be parent verified so having Angus GS testing on your cow herd is of great value. To request Angus GS testing at this reduced price on females that have all the above traits recorded, please contact the office at or 1-888-571-3580.



Genetic Improvement Genetic Improvement Tools Available to the Canadian Beef Industry One way to improve production, efficiencies,

and animal health and welfare is through management. Beef producers can typically capture higher average daily growth by feeding an animal more. However, management costs producers money, time and labour. Also, there’s a limit to how much benefit can be captured through management alone. Another way to increase production, efficiencies and even animal health and welfare is through genetic selection. The seedstock sector of the Canadian beef industry records pedigree, performance and genomic data (fertility, calving, growth, carcass quality, health, structure) to use in genetic evaluations. Expected progeny differences (EPDs) or breeding values are a result of these genetic evaluations. EPDs are tools that can help drive genetic improvement towards cattle that are more productive and more efficient. EPDs are an estimate of an animal’s genetic potential for a trait; it is what we believe they will pass on to their calves. That is why they are sometimes referred to as breeding values. An EPD

What are EPDs?

Genetics (EPDs) = Phenotype - Environment

1. EPDs remove environmental variables (calf age, age of dam, different management, different environments) to provide producers with an estimate of genetic merit 2. EPDs convert phenotypic data into a measure that can be used to compare animals from different herds and different environments 3. EPDs provide an estimate of how an animal’s progeny will perform compared to the average progeny of another animal

is an animal’s genetic merit as breeding stock. Using an animal’s own performance information without consideration of the environmental factors does not predict how its progeny will perform. Canadian breeders use EPDs as a tool in balance with traditional phenotypic evaluation, actual performance, and pedigree predictability to select genetics that thrive and work in their environment with predictability.

The Canadian breed associations share similar vision and missions when it comes to the importance of genetic improvement for the industry as a whole. Watch for further joint communication on how these tools can be applied to the entire beef industry for mutual benefit across the value chain.

Different genetic evaluations The beef seedstock sector is comprised of numerous breeds registered by individual breed associations all incorporated under the Canadian Animal Pedigree Act. Each breed association records pedigree, performance and genomic information that is used to run genetic evaluations and produce EPDs. Typically, beef breed associations do this in partnership with other associations where there is a lot of overlap in genetic information. This allows them to feed more data into the genetic evaluations for more accurate EPDs. As resources such as land, feed and machinery get more expensive, the cost of operating increases, and the social license under which we operate gets stricter, Canadian producers need tools that help them identify seedstock animals that have superior genetic potential for traits like fertility, calving ease, growth, feed efficiency, health and carcass quality. Canadian beef breed associations record pedigree, performance and genomic information in order to provide the industry with the best genetic selection tools possible. It has been demonstrated that breeding goals are achieved faster with the use of EPDs. The fundamentals for using EPDs are the same, no matter which breed or genetic evaluation you use. If you need help using EPDs towards your breeding goals, whether to improve conception rates, increase weaning weights, or lower feed bills by increasing feed efficiency, please contact your breed association for assistance. 133

From a Data Management System to a Data Network System By Kajal Devani, Canadian Angus Association The founder of Herdtrax, Dr. Troy Drake,

from Kathyrn, Alberta, has practiced veterinary medicine for the past 27 years, and in 2000 developed a centralized health recording database for his customers. Dr. Drake and his customers wanted to improve disease management and conception rates within their herds. Dr. Drake realized that this would only be possible if there was a centralized place where records could be kept. “I remember customers asking me, ‘What do you think is happening? I’m getting a lot of open cows’,” Dr. Drake recalls. ”We needed data and some benchmarked information to answer these kind of questions. Was it more open cows than the last year or did it just seem like a lot of open cows? What was different in terms of management and treatments from the last year? We built this system with the primary intention to collect mortality and morbidity data, animal health and reproduction data. Associated vets and I wanted a centralized place to record treatment protocols so that the same diagnosis was being treated in the same way, and the treatment was being recorded.” Once Dr. Drake’s customers realized that by recording data they could make improvements, they wanted to record 134

more than health and fertility information: they also wanted to record performance information. The Herdtrax system thus expanded to collect more performance data.

Today 80 percent of Herdtrax users, both purebred and commercial breeders, measure and record birth weights and weaning weights on all their calves. This change was the beginning of the system’s evolution from a data management system to a data management network. Soon users wanted to collect, see and make both breeding and purchasing decisions based on more than just the performance data collected within their operation. They wanted to access and use data all the way down the value chain. Dr. Drake organized an ownership retention platform in response

to their requests. Producers keep a financial interest in their calves and are thereby able to access feedlot data (average daily gain, morbidity and mortality information) and carcass quality information on their calves. The power of this information is incredible. Breeders and commercial producers can now make informed purchasing and breeding decisions. Retained ownership further motivates producers to maximize the genetic potential and value from their calves. Herdtrax now records all forms of animal ID, animal movement between premise IDs but also movement down the Canadian beef production chain. It records any time an animal is born, weighed, treated, died, culled or sold. Users also have the ability to create flags on animals. For example, if you notice a bad udder at calving, you can flag that cow for fall culling and the system will remind you of this at the time of fall processing. Advancement in cell phones and internet technology has put Herdtrax in the hands and barns of many producers. DNA parentage verification has allowed producers to measure how many calves each bull sires and how those calves do. Dr. Drake says the information collected in Herdtrax helps producers make more objective decisions about what replacement heifers they are going to retain, what bulls they’re going to

Example of an animal record from Herdtrax procure, what animals are going to be bred. “Traditionally, these decisions were made based on gut or little information; we want to change that to drive informed decisions,” explains Dr. Drake. For example, if you want to keep 80 replacement heifers, Herdtrax can help you identify your top 100 replacement heifers based on their dam’s performance. Then producers can look at conformation, disposition and other more traditional parameters to get down to their target 80 heifers. For purebred breeders, the system talks to the Canadian Angus Association registry so data does not need to be entered twice. Members use Herdtrax to improve customer retention. The system provides solid information on what genetics work best in your customer’s environment. The Canadian beef industry is a people business, but we need data to tell our story. Herdtrax has grown from a simple veterinary tool for centralized treatment recording to a complete herd health and performance recording network that includes all sectors of the production chain.

Diagnosis Code

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Diarrhea with blood



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Mortality Code

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Aspiration Pneumonia






Bronchointerstitial Pneumonia



Calving Complications



Castration Complication



Chronic Pneumonia



Chronic Pneumonia and Polyarthritis



Congestive Heart Failure



Diagnosis Pending



Died On Pasture



Example of herd health benchmarking from Herdtrax

Testimonial Travis Olsen, OLE Farms OLE Farms uses Herdtrax to record all herd information. It helps us keep our registration data organized. It works great for sending registration and performance information in to the Canadian Angus Association. It also helps us identify what is happening to our cows. For example, we record cow weights in December and then again in April. You can see how your cows are doing with winter grazing. You can identify individual cows that are losing weight—there is always a health issue with them that you might have missed if you did not have a flag to look at them more closely. Typically, they have an abscess, sore hip or teeth problems. This helps you see that right away and cull them before they lose more weight. The year-to-year benchmarks are invaluable too. For example, looking at average calf weight between years and comparing that with management changes, I did not know that we had 1.9 percent fewer dead calves at calving this year. I would not have even thought to calculate that. The program calculates so many valuable

factors for you that help you identify trends, identify if there’s problems, or if a simple change in management had a positive impact on your herd and your profitability. It is not just the data recording, it is how Herdtrax shows the data back to you that is invaluable. For example, it flags withdrawal times automatically when you enter a treatment, so you know without question when you can ship an animal and when you cannot. The data is very empowering, it makes decision making very easy.

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Meet the Team

behind the scenes of the Canadian Angus Association

Myles Immerkar CEO

Lexi Wright

Member Service Team Leader

Tina Zakowsky

Administration Team Leader

Mandi Tilleman

Member Service Advisor

Kajal Devani

Director of Science & Technology

Belinda Wagner

Canadian Junior Angus Coordinator & Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director


Alan Yuen

Director of Administration

Avery Parkinson

Member Service Advisor

Carmen Koning

Member Value Team Leader

Bob Toner

Director of Business Development, Saskatchewan & Manitoba

Joanelle Fuellbrandt Office Administrator

Julia Engel

Member Service Advisor

Kiani Evans

Director of Engagement

Brian Good

Director of Business Development, British Columbia & Alberta





NATIONAL CONVENTION It’s never too early to start planning your future attendance! Save the dates!




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Angus Is Truly Global

An international collaboration

We are happy to introduce the first partnership between three leading global Angus associations toward more accurate genetic evaluations for traits that are identified by producers as top priorities for the breed. “Using all three of these databases will be valuable to breeders as we can better characterize both foot angle and claw set in our genetic evaluations,” says Kelli Retallick, director of genetic and genomic programs for Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI). “This will undoubtedly increase the accuracy of these predictions, which in turn will allow Angus breeders to make more solid decisions about foot conformation.” 138

Two of the new traits added to the AngusONE genetic evaluation this year are Foot Angle and Claw Set. American Angus Association and Canadian Angus Association producers use the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) recommended guidelines for foot scoring to collect data to generate EPDs for Foot Angle and Claw Set. Angus Australia has been using the same guidelines as well as trained technicians to collect foot scores on their animals. These commonalities helped form the basis of a groundbreaking international collaboration. Our AngusONE genetic evaluations, wherein we combine all pedigree, performance and genomic information from the American Angus Association and the Canadian Angus Association will now include pedigree, genomic and foot scoring information from Angus Australia for the purposes of calculating Foot Angle and Claw Set EPDs. Our genetic evaluation for foot structure currently includes just over 48,000 American and Canadian Angus foot scores. Inclusion of the Australian foot scores more than doubles our foot scores, increasing our data set by 62,799 foot scores, all measured by trained technicians. This additional data strengthens the accuracy of our predictions for genetic potential regarding foot structure significantly. Approximately 20 percent of the animals with foot scores in the Australian database have an American or Canadian Angus sire and even more—30 percent— have an American or Canadian Angus grandsire. For some of these bulls there is no foot score information in the American Angus or Canadian Angus database. Including the foot score information from the Australian Angus Association allows us to deliver Foot Angle and Claw Set EPDs for these bulls, based on the phenotypes collected on their progeny. Correlation between EPDs before and after the addition of the new data is high, but some bulls will re-rank as new data becomes available for them. These changes are good because they are powered by new phenotypes.

This international collaboration is exciting; it is a small world and the value of Angus genetics is ever increasing. Let us put our best foot forward!

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Canadian Angus Hair Sample Instructions

Pull hair sample from the switch of the tail. Include 50– 60 hairs ensuring that the hair root bulbs are attached.

Affix hair with tape at the bottom of the card (there is a rectangle that says Place tape here).

Label the hair card clearly, carefully, and accurately. Store hair card in a safe dry place until you send it to the lab.

Canadian Angus Association 292140 Wagon Wheel Blvd, Rocky View County, AB T4A 0E2


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Place hair roots on the hair card (there is a circle in the middle of the hair card that says Place hair roots here).

Trim off excess hair extending from the hair card.

Submit test request to CAA office. Send CAA-generated paperwork and hair card to Neogen Canada.

Neogen Canada 7323 Roper Road NW Edmonton, AB T6E 0W4

Angus Central: (403) 571-3580 • Toll free: 1-888-571-3580 • 139


Tips & Tricks from Member Service If you have problems with sire authorization when registering calves, please submit them as pending and email We will fix the problem if sire authorization is on file. Once the sire authorization has been updated you should not get an error when registering future progeny.

When doing transfers, remember that non-financial transfers cannot be done on AngusNOW; you must send an email to to request these.

When searching for members on AngusNOW to do a transfer, use the % symbol before and after the first and last name to give a broader search. Also, less is more: e.g. if searching for James Smith, search %J%Smith% because you can’t be sure if it is Jim or James in our system. If you have a farm name like Riverside Farms search %Riverside% and skip the farms as it may be Farm or Ranch in our system for example. You can also add a city when searching to confirm the correct member. Do not use % symbols in the town/city or postal code fields. If you cannot find a member, email for the ID number or for us to add to the system. Make sure you include name, full address and phone number.

When entering ET animals go to actions, register animal and type in the dam ID (tattoo or registration #). Then follow the same process as registering a calf. Make sure you choose ET and you must have a service date.

AI sires used require a breeding date. If you leave the field empty you will get an error.

Currently you can not enter Mature Cow traits.

To set up DNA after your calf is registered please email You can only set up DNA testing on AngusNOW at the time of registration.

Running your own performance reports: instructions can be found on our website at

Before attempting to use AngusNOW, consult the instructional PDF or how to videos. If you can’t find what you are looking for, call or email registry.

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Membership & Programs of the Canadian Angus Association General Membership • • • • • •

Members in good standing are eligible to vote and serve on the Board of Directors. May register eligible animals. Registered animals may compete in Canadian Angus Association Gold Shows and vie for the annual Show Female of the Year and Show Bull of the Year awards. Eligible to participate in the Canadian Angus Performance Program to receive Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). Eligible to request pedigree extracts for sale catalogues, which may be posted on the Canadian Angus Association website. Members can receive enhanced web access through the AngusNOW section of the Canadian Angus Association website.

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If you have a valid email address on file, the monthly e-newsletter will be sent to you, keeping you informed about deadlines, news, policy changes and Association events. Field staff represent Canadian Angus Association members at sales and industry events across Canada. Membership in your provincial Angus association is included. Increased marketing opportunities through the Canadian Angus Indicator Program.

ACE Program The Angus Cow Enrollment (ACE) program is the Canadian Angus Association’s voluntary fee schedule program. The program allows members to access a full suite of Canadian Angus Association services at only $65 per active cow. The full list of services provided under the program is detailed on the following page. The current Canadian Angus Association fee schedule is still available to all members; ACE is an alternative fee program available for interested members. A member’s ACE enrollment fee is based on the number of active cows in their inventory. If a breeder does not wish to enroll an animal in the ACE program, they must submit the Female Exposure and Disposal Worksheet by December 1 to indicate all cows that are no longer active.

The ACE program has flexible billing options that allow breeders to pay for ACE enrollment annually or tri-annually (January 1, April 1, October 1 for Spring herds and April 1, July 1 & October 1 for Fall herds). The ACE program is poised to simplify the breeder experience so members can spend less time paying bills and more time doing what matters to them. Junior Members receive their first 5 animals at no charge. In order to enroll in the program, interested members return their completed Female Exposure and Disposal Worksheets which are sent out in the fall and due December 1 each year.

Performance Program The Canadian Angus Association strives to provide its members with tools to improve breed health and profitability. The most powerful breeding tools used to evaluate cattle herds are Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). EPDs are values that predict how the future progeny of an animal will perform relative to the progeny of other animals in the breed. EPDs allow for a fair comparison of animals from different herds. Members who participate in the Canadian Angus Performance Program (CAPP) have the advantage of accessing EPDs on their animals. Based on total herd reporting, CAPP members are required to submit either a calf or an action code for all females and weaning weights on all calves. Not all calves are required to be registered however they must be recorded with an appropriate tattoo/tag identification number, birth date, and sex.

Members also submit performance (weaning weights, yearling weights, mature cow weights, docility, Body Condition score, Teat & Udder, Feet traits), fertility and carcass data on paper through the office or through AngusNOW. The 205-day weight is a mandatory weight and the most important weight for genetic evaluation purposes. Any animals without weights must be disposed of using a designated fate code. Contemporary group information is required for all aspects of reporting as they are very important in the function of EPDs.





CAPP ACE & CAPP Member Member Jr & YB Jr & YB $25–$133.33 


Regular Member

Young Breeder

Junior Member










ACE per Cow Fee







Junior members are not charged CAPP or provincial membership fees. CAPP is based on whole herd reporting. Must be compliant each year to get CAPP pricing Enroll cows on a per year basis. First five cows are free for Juniors.

AngusNOW Herd Management

Membership must be paid for current year.

Calf Registration 0–7 mth





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Calf Registration 7–10 mth





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Calf Registration 12 up





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Transfer > 90 days





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Transfer < 90 days





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Non Financial Transfers





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Weaning Weight





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Late Weaning Weight





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE

Yearling Weight Other Traits (Teat, Udder, Feet, MW, MH, Doc, BCS)







Ultrasound Processing




SNP Parentage





Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE Less then 3 items $50 only

Export package





AI Approval for Sire





Donor Dam Approval





Registration of Imported Animal





Registration of Lease





Registration of Tattoo Letters





Registration of Herd Name





Transfer of Herd Name or Tattoo





Name Change of Registered Animal





Five Generation Pedigree





Correction Fee





Sale Promotion package





Gene Prob Report





Herd Extract for On-farm Software





Canadian Angus Tag Program RFID Tag





Age Verification

Pedigree Extract/Head





Angus GS Test






Birth Averages Summary Report




205-Day Worksheets




205-Day Weaning Reports




365-Day Weight Worksheet




Scanning Worksheet




Calf, Sire & Dam EPD reports




EPD Information




Herd Inventory Worksheets

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No charge if member gives away Angus indicators or reports sale results to CAA

Purchased through CCIA. ACE members will receive credit on their CAA account with proof of purchase

Regular fees apply for ET calves - ACE CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information CAPP is voluntary for ACE members who choose to have performance information

Reminders & Policy Updates Annual deadlines & reminders from the Member Service team January • AngusNOW member renewals • • •

ACE - Annual or first tri-annual payment due for spring herds ACE - Credit DNA technology account (1 test/cow) ACE - Credit Angus indicator account (1 RFID/cow)

SIRE AUTHORIZATION A sire authorization form must be filled out and sent in to allow members without ownership access to the bull. As of January 1, 2021 there will be a $50 fee per sire authorization (linked herds will be included in the same fee). If a member prefers, they can set the bull up for public access for a one-time $100 fee. Imported bulls that will be marketed by AI companies or by breeders will be charged a $400 fee.

February to • Register calves and transfer calves (within 0–7 months for best price) November • • •


• •

Process parentage verification or genomic test requests Record performance information (weaning weights, yearling traits, mature cow traits) Process pedigree extracts and promote sales

ACE - Second tri-annual payment due for spring herds ACE - Annual or first tri-annual payment due for fall herds


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July • ACE - Third tri-annual payment •

due for spring herds ACE - Second tri-annual payment due for fall herds

October • ACE - Third tri-annual payment •

due for fall herds Female Exposure & Disposal Worksheets sent out to all members - Return deadline: December 1 ACE – Enrollment letters sent out to all members

December • Deadline to enroll in ACE: •

December 1 Member renewal sent, Spring Herd Inventory & Application for Registration sent out via email or mail (if no email address on file)

All imported AI sires and donor dams must meet the requirements for registration in the Canadian Angus Herdbook and requirements outlined under the CAA Parentage Verification Policy and Genetic Condition Policy. Proof of ownership must be provided via export country website or a copy of the certificate for live animals. Proof of legal import of semen, embryos or live animals (e.g. CFIA documents) is required before your application for registration can be processed. Attach copies of all relevant documents along with import form from the website.

TRANSFERS We no longer require the certificates to be returned! We offer four options for your convenience: •

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Email a spreadsheet with the animal tattoo or registration number, breeding information (if relevant), buyer name, address and phone number and date of sale along with consent from a signing authority. Fill out the transfer on the back of the certificate and fax, email or mail it to us. Complete the transfer form on our website and submit it electronically. Complete your transfers instantly on AngusNOW. 143

Canadian Angus Association Parent Verification Policy For Sires

For Dams

All sires born on or before December 31, 2018 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing sire verification before their offspring can be registered. All sires born on or after January 1, 2019 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with CAA showing parentage verification (to both sire and dam) before their offspring can be registered Sires being used for AI must be parentage verified (to both sire and dam) before they are granted AI Approval status

PLEASE NOTE: we encourage sellers to have a hair, blood or tissue sample on file for both the bulls and their dams or to have them parent verified prior to selling)

Dams being used as Donor Dams must be sire verified and dam verified if the dam is alive before they are granted Donor Dam Approval status. Only in special cases will we require reconstructions of a DNA verification to be done.

For Calves •

Embryo transfer calves must be parentage verified (to both sire and dam) before they can be registered Calves from cows that have been exposed to multiple sires within 14 days of one another must be sire verified before they can be registered

Canadian Angus Association Genetic Condition Policy

This “Genetic Condition Policy” replaces all previous policies of the Canadian Angus Association including those titled “Genetic Defect Policy”. Effective September 22nd, 2013, revised January 27, 2020, and applying to animals born on or after September 22, 2013 The Canadian Angus Association currently monitors the following genetic conditions: Double Muscling (DM) Dwarfism (DW) Developmental Duplication (DD) Heterochromia Irides (HI) Oculocutaneous Hypopigmentation (OH) Hypotrichosis (HY) Protoporphyria (PR) Pulmonary Hypoplasia (PH) Syndactyly (SN) Tibial Hemimelia (TH)


The Canadian Angus Association acknowledges and seeks to identify carriers of the following genetic conditions: Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM) Neuropathic Hydrocephalous (NH) Osteopetrosis (OS) Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA) Mannosidosis (MA)

Procedure Once the CAA has formally acknowledged and identified a genetic condition, the following process will be enacted:

The following procedures shall be followed in connection with the registration status of potential and known carriers of a genetic condition:

Calves that have known carriers of a genetic condition in the first two generations (parental and grandparental) of their pedigree will need to be tested for the causative gene to be eligible for registration. If the animal is found to be a carrier of the causative gene it is eligible for registration and transfer. The subject animal’s genetic condition status will be noted on its registration certificate, including electronically, per Procedure V: Notations on Registration Certificates listed below.

I. Status of Currently Registered Females and Bulls • Notwithstanding any subsequent test results, all registered females and bulls with the impacted genetics in their pedigrees as of January 1st in the year following the CAA’s identification and acknowledgment of a genetic condition shall remain registered.

The Association will send an email notification to all members with registered animals (purebred breeders) summarizing the information on any new developments on genetic conditions, both those that are Acknowledged and Identified as well as those being Monitored. The notification will refer members to the Association website. AI Bulls and Donor Dams AI sires and donor dams that have a known carrier of any genetic condition, for which there is a DNA test commercially available, within the first two (2) generations of their pedigree, are required to be tested prior to registration of calves. Foreign Animals Foreign animals with a known carrier of a genetic condition, for which a DNA test is commercially available, in the first two (2) generations of their pedigree must be tested for the causative genetic condition in order to be eligible for registration. Genetic Conditions for which there is no DNA test Animals that have known carriers of a genetic condition for which there is no DNA test commercially available in the first two (2) generations of their pedigree are eligible for registration.

II. Testing of Animals • Testing to determine whether an animal is a carrier, or free, of the causative gene of a genetic condition shall be conducted through the CAA. III. Publication of Test Results by the Association • Results of the testing shall be noted on the Registration Certificate of subject animals, including electronically. The Association shall also maintain an updated list of each animal determined to be a carrier, as well as those who have tested free of such condition. Upon request, the CAA shall provide such a list at no cost to the requesting member. IV. Right to Request a Second DNA Test • In those instances in which an animal previously registered or seeking registration is tested and determined to be a carrier of the genetic condition (and is identified as such electronically on the Association’s website), the member owner of record may request that an approved laboratory conduct a second DNA test on a sample from subject animal. In order to process a request for a second test, the member owner of record must provide materials or samples sufficient to permit the laboratory to verify the parentage of the animal in question. V. Notations on Registration Certificates • Upon testing of an animal for a genetic condition, the animal’s registration certificate shall be noted in one of the two following manners: A. the letter “F” designating “FREE” on the registration certificate of any animal that has been determined by such a test to be free of the genetic condition; B. the letter “C” designating “CARRIER” on the registration certificate of any animal that has been determined by such test to be a carrier of the genetic condition. 145 145

Loose Hair Samples

Hair samples can only be submitted using hair cards available through the Canadian Angus Association. Hair samples that are not affixed to a hair card (such as being wrapped in tape or loosely placed in a bag, envelope, or other package) will be charged an additional $4 processing fee. Other options for DNA sampling are TSUs and blood cards. Neogen Canada is currently giving away a hand-held, easy-to-use scanner, to all members who order more than 500 TSUs. These make it easy to scan a TSU and type the animal tattoo beside it. Mislabelled TSUs create a lot of delays and issues. All samples give the same quality of results, and hair is still fine to submit but it needs to be affixed into a well-labelled hair card. To order TSUs, blood cards, hair cards or if you need help with correctly labelling your TSUs please contact the Canadian Angus Association by calling 1-888- 571-3580, emailing or texting 587-439-3440.


an ace in the hole

noun 1. Poker - an ace dealt and kept face down until the deal is over. 2. Slang - any advantage held in reserve until needed.

The voluntary ACE program gives breeders the option to pay an annual fee of $65/cow enrolled to gain access to a full suite of member services provided at no extra cost. To enroll: return your completed Female Exposure Worksheet to the Canadian Angus Association office by December 1. Any cows left active on this worksheet will be enrolled in ACE and assessed an ACE fee as of January 1. You can choose to pay either as a one-time annual fee or a triannual fee where fees are broken down into three equal payments. • Spring herds will be assessed their annual fee on January 1 or their tri-annual fee on January 1, April 1 and July 1. • Fall herds will be assessed their annual fee on April 1 or their triannual fee on April 1, July 1 and October 1.

Angus Cow Enrollment

“I find the ACE program to be highly valuable to our operation; from a book and record keeping perspective, it’s great only getting billed three times a year as opposed to previously when we were making payments ad hoc throughout the year. Sire verification for the whole calf crop has been extremely valuable; we believe in the value this provides to both our operation as well as the value this passes on to our customers. We have the most accurate online inventory herdbook we’ve ever had as a result of joining ACE. It’s created flexibility for us during breeding season resulting in a tighter calving interval and easier decisions around grass management.” - Bryan Willms, Wilbar Cattle

If you are interested in the ACE program or require additional information, please call the Canadian Angus Association at 1-888-571-3580.

By enrolling in the ACE program, breeders gain access to more than 30 member services. These services include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Membership Fee Regional Association Membership Fee *Calf Registration Calf Transfer *Weaning Weight Submissions Yearling Weight Submissions Ultrasound Scan Results Processing Charge Canadian Angus Performance Program Membership Fee Non-Financial Transfers *SNP Parentage Verification Test Export Package AI Approval for Sire Donor Dam Approval Registration of Imported Animal Registration of Lease Registration of Herd Name Registration of Tattoo Letters Transfer of Herd Name or Tattoo Letters Name Change of a Registered Animal Duplicate Certificate Five-Generation Pedigree Correction Fee Sale Promotion Package Online Herdbook Photos Geneprob Report Herd Data Extract for On-Farm Software Program *Canadian Angus Indicator Program RFID Indicator Age Verification Export Package Transaction fee

Discounted services include: • *AngusGS Genomic Panel ($14 per test discount) * These items must be accessed within two calendar years. For example, members have until December 31, 2022 to access services for cows enrolled on the program in 2021.


Data Collection Guide BREEDING DATA

• Submitted on female exposure and disposal worksheets • Submitted for all females • Record all AI and Natural services, including sires and dates • Submitted on application for registration and herd inventory worksheets, or on AngusNOW • Collect at birth U = Unassisted Delivery, E = Easy Pull, H = Hard Pull (hand or mechanical), M = Malpresentation, S = Surgical (Caesarean) Intervention BIRTH WEIGHT

• Submitted on application for registration and herd inventory worksheets, or on AngusNOW • Collect within 24 hours of birth • Weigh with a scale, in pounds • Management group information should only reflect different treatment of dams while pregnant Nurse Information

Blank – Single Born, Nursed Own Dam 1 – Calf was Fostered onto Another Cow 2 – Twin Calves Both Nursed Own Dam Together 3 – Twin Calf That Nursed Own Dam Alone WEANING WEIGHT

• Submitted on weaning weight worksheets, or AngusNOW • Collect between 120–280 days when the majority of calves are as close to 205 days as possible • Weigh with a scale, in pounds • Individual weights should be recorded on the entire weaned group on the same day • Management group information should reflect different treatment of calves from birth to weaning YEARLING WEIGHT

• Submitted on yearling weight worksheets, or AngusNOW • Collect between 320–440 days when the majority of calves are as close to 365 days as possible • Weigh with a scale, in pounds • Individual weights should be recorded on the entire group on the same day • Management group information should reflect different treatment of calves from weaning to yearling 148


• Submitted on yearling weight worksheets, or on AngusNOW • Collect between 320–440 days of age • Measure in cm, using a tape placed at the largest diameter of the scrotum • Same day weight not required • Management group information should reflect different treatment of calves from weaning to yearling HIP HEIGHT

• Submitted on yearling weight worksheets, or AngusNOW • Collect between 320–440 days of age • Measure in inches the distance from the ground to the hooks or hip bones • Same day weight is required • Individual heights should be recorded on the entire group on the same day • Management group information should reflect different treatment of calves from weaning to yearling ULTRASOUND DATA

• Collect on bulls between 320–440 days of age, and on heifers and steers between 320–460 days of age • Scanning must be performed by a certified ultrasound technician; data and images must be reported to the Association by the CUP lab • At least 5 animals, from 2 different sires, are required for the contemporary group to be included in genetic evaluations • Management group information should reflect different treatment of calves from weaning to yearling FEED INTAKE DATA

• Submitted by member or Growsafe directly, on CAA template spreadsheet • Collect at 160–480 days of age • Must be on test a minimum of 45 days with at least 14 days adjustment period • Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight and In and Out Weights must be recorded


• Submitted on CAA template spreadsheet • Calves must be at least sire verified; dams must be identified • Calf tattoo, date of birth and sex must be recorded • Collect harvest data between 360 and 660 days of age • At least 5 animals, from 2 different sires, are required for the group to be included in genetic evaluations • Carcass traits recorded include: - Harvest plant and location - Hot carcass weight - Marbling score (e.g., MD30) - Carcass maturity - Fat thickness - Ribeye area - Percent pelvic, heart, and kidney fat, if available - Quality grade - Yield grade MATURE COW BODY CONDITION SCORE

• Submitted on AngusNOW BCS 1 = Bone structure of shoulder, ribs, back, hooks and pins are sharp and easily visible, no fat deposits or muscling. BCS 2 = No fat deposition, some muscling in the hindquarters, the spine feels sharp to the touch. BCS 3 = Beginning of fat cover over the loin, back and fore ribs, the backbone is still highly visible. BCS 4 = Fore ribs are not noticeable but the 12th and 13th ribs are still noticeable to the eye. Spine can be felt with slight pressure and feels rounded. BCS 5 = The 12th and 13th ribs are not visible to the eye. The backbones can only be felt with firm pressure but are not noticeable to the eye, areas on each side of the tail head are well filled but not mounded. BCS 6 = Ribs are fully covered, hindquarters are plump and full, noticeable sponginess over the fore ribs and on each side of the tail head. BCS 7 = Abundant fat cover on either side of the tail head with evident patchiness. BCS 8 = Animal takes on a smooth, blocky appearance, bone structure disappears from sight, fat cover is thick and spongy. BCS 9 = Bone structure is not seen or felt, tail head is buried in fat, the animal’s mobility may actually be impaired by excessive fat.


• Submitted on AngusNOW and CAA worksheets • Collected on date of yearling weight and subsequently when scoring mature cow weight on untrimmed cattle • Management group information includes animals that were fed and pastured the same • Foot and claw scores range from 1–9 (see chart) • Leg scoring (rear leg side view and rear leg rear view) range from 1-9 (see chart)


• Submitted on AngusNOW • Must be taken +/- 45 days of calf ’s weaning weight date • Must be taken with a body condition score TEAT AND UDDER SCORING

• Submitted on AngusNOW and CAA worksheets • Recorded on herd inventory and application for registration worksheets or AngusNOW • Collected within 72 hours of calving • Udder suspension and teat size scores range from 1–9 (see interior chart) DAM STATUS CODES

11 – Animal on Lease 12 – Open (missed calving opportunity) 13 – ET Donor Dam 14 – ET Recipient Dam 15 – Moved to Next Calving Season 16 – Still to Calve in Current Season 17 – Aborted Calf MATURE ANIMAL DISPOSAL CODES

1 – Died Disease 2 – Died Age 3 – Died Other 4 – Culled Physical Defect 5 – Culled Fertility 6 – Culled Performance 7 – Culled Temperament 8 – Culled Age 9 – Sold for Breeding (no papers transferred) 10 – Sold for Breeding (transfer forthcoming) 18 – Moved to Commercial Herd CALF DISPOSAL CODES

B – Stillborn (Full Term) C – Died at Birth (Defect) D – Died at Birth (Other) E – Died Before Weaning (Disease) F – Died Before Weaning (Other) G – Died After Weaning (Disease) H – Died After Weaning (Other) I – Sold (no transfer) J – Sold (transfer forthcoming) DOCILITY SCORE

• Submitted on AngusNOW and CAA worksheets 1 = Docile (acceptable, mild disposition) 2 = Restless (restless during processing) 3 = Nervous (nervous and impatient) 4 = Flighty (jumpy and out of control, quivers and struggles) 5 = Aggressive (extreme agitation) 6 = Very Aggressive (extremely violent behaviour) 149


Breed Development Contact Kajal Devani

Director of Science and Technology Email: Ph: 403-537-5604

With thanks to the Beef Improvement Federation for permission to use


A Message from

the Canadian Angus Foundation Chair To say the last year has been a challenge is certainly an understatement.

Like most organizations, the Canadian Angus Foundation had to cancel some events and change some programming. Much like your ranching operations though, the responsibilities and mandate of the Foundation must continue. The reality is that young people are still going off to post-secondary school, young breeders need support, and education and research are as important as they have ever been. We not only believe that research and education are integral to breed growth, but think it is integral to keeping young breeders stimulated and involved in the Angus industry in Canada. I like to equate the Canadian Angus Foundation to a three-legged stool. We have all seen the stool that only works if all three legs are strong and equal. If one leg fails, whatever it supports comes tumbling to the ground. The three “legs” of the CAF are: 1. Research and Education 2. Youth and Junior Activities 3. Archives and History Over the last three years, $128,000 has been donated to research projects conducted on Angus cattle in Canada. Those dollars have then been leveraged to receive more than $360,000 in additional money from other sources to support the research projects. Even with COVID-19 hiccups for the last while, the High Immune Response, feet and leg research, and the Canadian Balanced Index projects are on schedule. It is exciting for us to see these projects proceed and to see your donated dollars being leveraged at a 3:1 rate. In the 2019 calendar year, $82,000 was spent on member education, awards, bursaries, and youth scholarships. Thanks to our donors for making all these programs possible. Also in the 2019 fiscal year, $31,000 was spent on historical and archival preservation, including the Angus history book. There are still a limited number of copies available for purchase; it makes a great Christmas gift! The programs and initiatives that these legs support, or the “seat” as it were, would be our established members, young breeders, juniors and the cattle industry as a whole. Without all three legs of the Foundation being strong, the Foundation fails to support their mandate and those members that depend on it. We continue to get messages and letters from countless members who have been helped by Foundation programs and taken part in growth opportunities they would not have been part of without Foundation support. A big part of the Foundation is not only in growing the breed but aiding in the development of our future citizens. 152

Another thing to consider is what that stool stands on. Imagine if that stool you are sitting on is on an uneven floor, soft ground or if there is a hole under it. Obviously the stool will fail again. The ground floor of the Canadian Angus Foundation is the goals, policies, and ultimately the finances that make the Foundation operate. We have a strong and talented board of directors responsible for not only raising funds, but the stewardship of the existing dollars as well. This is a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we are humbled to have the trust of our members in taking on this task. In closing I would like to once again thank our donors for giving generously to the Foundation over the years. Thanks also to our Executive Director, Belinda Wagner, and all the staff at the Canadian Angus Association. We have an energetic and hardworking board of directors ready to serve our members. We are planning for big things in the future and know that with a lot of effort, good fortune and support, the Canadian Angus Foundation can reach heights many of us have never even dared to dream of! Sincerely,

Kirk Wildman Chair

What’s Your


Building the Legacy has become the Canadian Angus Foundation’s main fundraiser focus and is a main source for generating resources to further our mission. Please join us. The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical preservation and restoration. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.

The vision of Building the Legacy is to allow the Foundation to build monetary resources. The Foundation uses its funds to provide opportunities for our youth, young breeders and membership to grow in the areas of leadership, marketing, networking, animal husbandry, genetic improvement and to learn about developing tools to enhance Angus production. The vision also includes the importance of preserving Angus history. By fostering these areas we can ensure our Angus history is not lost and will keep Angus as the breed of choice for the commercial beef sector and end users for years to come.




Because of generous donors, we can support initiatives, scholarships, travel bursaries and learning opportunities. Through benevolent donations of livestock, semen, embryos, items and experiences, as well as the purchasing of the auction offerings, the Foundation is able to put together a great suite of opportunities for our Angus membership. Please join us! If you are interested in making a donation to the Building the Legacy sale, the Canadian Angus Foundation, or would like more information please contact: Belinda Wagner Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director (306) 757-6133

Canadian Angus Foundation’s Building the Legacy Sale 9 Saturday June 12, 2021 – 8pm MDT Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 153

Why do you donate

to the Canadian Angus Foundation?

Incorporated in 1993, the Canadian Angus Foundation (CAF) is run by a volunteer board of directors and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association. Like any charitable organization, the Canadian Angus Foundation relies on the generosity of its donors.

Blake Morton Darcy Olesky


Shiloh Cattle Co.

Miller Wilson Angus

Blake Morton and Darcy Olesky of Shiloh Cattle Co. have this to say: “Donating to the Canadian Angus Foundation provides us with an outstanding opportunity to support the Angus breed on multiple levels. We strongly believe in youth development and the preservation of our Angus history. We hope that future generations will experience the incredible sense of pride we felt the first time we toured Angus Central and viewed the amazing collection of artifacts and written history of the Angus breed that is there on display.”

Lee and Dawn Wilson of Miller Wilson Angus feel that every member of our Association is a benefactor of what the Canadian Angus Foundation does. “We support the Foundation because of their support of the Angus breed’s past, present and future. All of the CAF initiatives are important for the strength of our breed from the preservation of our history to funding and supporting the juniors and young adults as well as education and research. All are important to keep team Angus in the forefront.”

Blake and Darcy have been both donors and purchasers in our Building the Legacy Sale over the years.

Miller Wilson Angus has donated valuable genetics to all eight Building the Legacy Sales.



Wilson Family


Olynyk Family

Crescent Creek Angus Wes Olynyk of Crescent Creek Angus states “For us it is simply an investment in the future. The Canadian Angus Foundation provides members with the ability to contribute to a cause that will preserve the history of our breed’s great past and relate to where we have come from as one of today’s most influential forces in the beef industry. The contribution the Foundation makes to research for our breed and agriculture in general will keep us in the forefront of leading technology for those who want to embrace it. The support the Foundation provides to the youth of the breed is also very important. Talk about an investment in the future and the betterment of society. We believe juniors are our best resource—some will remain in the industry and become elite cattle producers and others will take what they have learned through the opportunities provided by the Foundation to better themselves as individuals, as well as become advocates for our industry in whatever career path they take.” Wes continues, “We all ask how much can/should we keep giving? Just go to a Junior show or livestock event and watch the friendships being built or listen to a young person debating the advantages of real beef over plant-based ‘meat’ with such passion. See them as the next generation teaching their children what they may have learned by virtue of the Foundation’s programming. We see giving as much more than a donation!” Crescent Creek Angus has purchased and donated (including a pick of their heifer calves) in the Legacy Sales, and last year Wes joined the Canadian Angus Foundation Board of Directors. He is currently serving as chair of the promotion and fundraising committee and is the champion of the new 15 for 50 initiative where breeders are encouraged to donate 15% of a lot in their sales to help the CAF reach their goal of raising $50,000 this spring.

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There are various ways you too can contribute: Donating or loaning archive items. Angus Central has a large display of Canadian Angus artifacts and memorabilia and we welcome items to add to the collection. The gift of time. We are always looking for people to help with our programs. Whether you are interested in joining the board of directors, available to help with the annual Building the Legacy fundraiser auction, have time to contribute to a history project, or want to assist with judging scholarship applications, please contact us to let us know how and when you can help.


Planned giving. The Foundation gratefully accepts monetary donations to support specific initiatives and programs as well as unrestricted donations to be used where the greatest need exists. Donations can be made on a one-time basis, on an annual basis as part of your charitable giving plan, or as a planned initiative through a will, living trust or insurance policy. All donations of $20 or more receive a tax receipt and are recognized in the annual report and online. Donating to the Building the Legacy Sale or our new 15 for 50 initiative also comes with promotion for your operation. Purchasing a spot on the Angus Roots Tree, a Wall of Honour Plaque or Breeder’s Choice Silhouette at Angus Central provides opportunity for recognition of a loved one, your farm/business or stand-out animal. More details on all of these programs can be found on the CAF website at The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical preservation and restoration. 155

A donation of 15% of an animal to sell in 2020 or 2021 will help grow your

Canadian Angus Foundation. The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical preservation and restoration. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association. Donations are tax deductible.

15 for 50

With YOUR help we will continue to further our mission and the breed.

15% of a lot

In 2019 over $80,000 was INVESTED in member education, awards, bursaries and youth scholarships. $180,000 invested in ANGUS research over the last three years leveraged an additional $360,000 in grant funding.

means $60,000+ has been invested in history and archives, including YOUR 2019 Canadian Angus a lot... history book.

If you are interested in giving back or learning more about this new initiative, please contact Belinda Wagner, Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director at 306-757-6133 or email You can also visit the Canadian Angus Foundation website at 156

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National Angus Cookbook A Collection of Recipes by the Canadian Angus Foundation Tired of the same old recipes? Want to spice up your kitchen? The Canadian Angus Foundation National Angus Cookbook is a great way to bring some new flavours to your table! With hundreds of recipes ranging from savoury mains to sweet bars and sumptuous loaves, you’re bound to find a new favourite. Compiled with the help of Angus breeders from across the country, proceeds from the National Angus Cookbook benefit Foundation activities such as scientific research, historical preservation and many Junior activities. Want to see if it’s right for you? Check out the sample recipes we’ve included and give them a try tonight! We bet our best boots that they’ll be a hit! To order, contact Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director Belinda Wagner at or call 306-757-6133.

Red Wine and Rosemary Beef Ingredients • 2 tbsp. oil • 3 lb. boneless crossrib roast • 1 cup chopped onion • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 1/2 cup red wine • 1/2 cup beef broth

• 1/3 cup dried cranberries • 3 sprigs of rosemary • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. pepper • 2 tbsp. hot water • 4 tsp. cornstarch

Instructions 1. Add 1 tablespoon oil to large frying pan. Brown all sides of roast. Place roast into crock pot. 2. In the same large frying pan, add 1 tablespoon oil, chopped onion and garlic. Cook 5 to 10 minutes until onion is softened. Place over roast in crock pot. 3. In same large frying pan, add red wine, beef broth, dried cranberries, rosemary (or equivalent dried rosemary), salt and pepper. Heat about 1 minute until warm. Scrape browned bits off bottom of frying pan into mixture. Pour over roast in crock pot. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4 to 5 hours. 4. Discard rosemary sprigs and remove roast. Cover to keep warm. Slice thinly just before gravy (below) is complete. 5. Skim fat off juice remaining in crock pot. Combine hot water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to crock pot. Cook on high 15 minutes or until boiling and thickened. Serve as gravy with roast. Recipe from Karen Mansfield, Ontario

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Cold Day in the Peace Country Clam Chowder Ingredients

Lemon Bun Recipe Bun Dough Ingredients • 4 cups warm water • 2 tbsp. quick rising yeast • 3/4 cup oil • 3/4 cup sugar

• 9 cups (approx.) flour, enough to make a soft dough • 1 tbsp. salt

Instructions 1. Mix warm water, yeast, oil and sugar. Add a couple cups of flour; mix well. Add salt. Continue adding flour until dough is a nice consistency and knead. Do not add too much flour as this will make the dough tough and the buns dry. 2. Turn into an oiled/greased bowl. Cover and let rise 30 minutes.

Filling Ingredients • 1 package instant lemon pudding mix • 1 cup white sugar • Coconut, to taste

Instructions 1. Mix instant lemon pudding mix, about a cup of white sugar and coconut to your taste. 2. Once you have rolled out the dough to make buns, spread with margarine and sprinkle with lemon mixture. 3. Roll up and cut into buns, just as you would with cinnamon buns. Sprinkle the extra mixture over pan of buns and drizzle with more melted butter. 4. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

• 4 to 6 slices of bacon, cut up (more is better) • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1 cup chopped celery • 10 oz. clams (more is better) • 3 cups cubed potatoes

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2 cups water 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. thyme 2 tbsp. butter 2 tbsp. flour 2 cups real cow’s cream or cereal cream

Instructions 1. Sometimes you can add dill weed, parsley, Epicure spices or clean out the fridge if you feel the need. 2. In a cast iron frying pan, fry the bacon and pour off a little bit of the bacon drippings (if your wife’s watching; if not, leave in the pan). 3. Add the onions and celery; sauté until onions and celery are tender. 4. Pour the clams, potatoes, water and spices into a crock pot or pot on the stove and boil until potatoes are tender. 5. Pour in the bacon (and drippings), onions and celery into the pot. 6. Melt your butter and add flour to make a paste. Add the cream to the paste and mix well. Add the mixture to the pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes on stove or 30 minutes in the crock pot. Serve hot! Hot Tip: Goes great with cheese bread and cold beer! Recipe from the Steve Johnson Family, Alberta

Butterscotch Filling: You can also do this with butterscotch pudding mix, brown sugar and cinnamon. This makes really gooey cinnamon buns! Really feel like cheating? Instead of rolling out dough, cut into pieces the size of donut holes and drop into pan. Coat with pudding mixture and drizzle with lots of melted butter. Presto! You have delicious “bubble buns.” Enjoy! Recipe from Ione Anderson, Anderson Cattle Co., Manitoba 159


By Tino Suddes, Canadian Angus Association 2020 Video Archivist Intern

BEFORE I BEGAN MY position as Canadian Angus Foundation Video Archivist, I had little to no experience with the cattle industry. Learning the histories of the Canadian Angus Association, the Angus breed and the hardworking people that make up this business has been an unexpected part of the position, but one that I have found immensely enjoyable and educational all the same. 160

The focus of my video work over the summer of 2020 was filming and editing long-form interviews with various Canadian Angus personalities to document their stories and experiences. As an extension of the Angus Central archives, these videos function as a “living history”. As the bulk of my previous work was interviewstyle videos, producing these videos felt very familiar. The main difference from past projects was the length of the interviews which go as long as 2 hours (leading to the worthwhile purchase of a spare camera battery.) However, as with seemingly every other aspect of life in 2020, COVID-19 added complications to the filming process. During shoots we worked to maintain social distancing and other safe practices such as frequently sanitizing equipment and wearing masks. Another significant undertaking during my time was the filming and post-production of the pilot video in our new cooking

series: Bringing the Heat with Johnny Morris. While a cooking video was something entirely new for me, directing one was an incredible experience, as well as a great opportunity for learning. Thanks to both the Angus Central team and Team Kevin Koe, the filming process was easy and I am very proud of the resulting video. Hopefully the show inspires members and non-members alike to attempt to cook a tomahawk steak of their own (the end result is very much worth the effort). I’m excited to watch the series develop and continue in the future. I have summarized the interviews filmed last summer in the following pages. I would encourage anyone interested in Angus history to view them in their entirety on the Canadian Angus Association YouTube page: Angus Broadcasting Canada.

The opportunities are there if you’re seeking them, and that’s the great thing about the purebred business. Like right now, I know its not Angus, but I’m the youngest person to have ever been president Doug of aFeecattle association, and I’m third generation: my dad, my grandfather, and myself.

Best piece of industry advice I ever received or could give? I think it’s not just this industry, it’s every industry—be good to everybody you meet and you can expect them to be good back to you. It’s the people that make it. Pay attention to the people and everything else is going to fall into line.

them, and tha the great thing about the pure bred business. Like right now, I know not Angus, b I’m the youn est person to h ever been presi dent of a catt association, a I’m third ge eration: my d my grandfather, and mys That’s a hug feather in any body’s cap. 161

Matthews Family Interview with Marci Matthews, Amanda Matthews-Haywood, and Rob Matthews

Highland Stock Farms is one of the oldest continuously run Angus operations in the industry, and as such, the family has witnessed just how much the industry has changed over the years. Marci and Rob Matthews and their daughter Amanda discussed the changes that they have witnessed throughout their respective careers, including the changes in the operation and viewing of sales, the involvement of youth in the breed, and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so lucky to be in an industry that, these people go from your friends to your family. You always know that you have somebody that has your back, no matter what, and it doesn’t matter what breed they’re in. You can obtain knowledge from whomever if you’re seeking it, you just need to make the right phone calls, send the right texts or emails; there are lots of opportunities. And that’s what’s great about the purebred business.

Amanda Matthews-Haywood


A highlight of that Forum, besides meeting all those people, was the Queen Mother of course. The brand-new facility in Edmonton was shut off from the public for that morning. I remember there was a great to-do and where they were going to go was all mapped out. We were on the end, across the end of two alleys, and one alley she was supposed to come down. Just across the alley from us was a bull that Brian Geis and a couple others owned, and the Queen Mother wanted to see this bull. Well, the security people around the Queen Mother, they just scattered, with this great big bull. We got a good chuckle out of that. Of course she walked right up to this bull and all around it. The neat part was that we all knew, or most of us got to know, that she knew what she was talking about.

John Lee

World Angus Forum Discussion

Brian Good, John Lee and Earl Scott

The World Angus Secretariat was established in 1969 to facilitate the sharing of information between the world’s various Angus societies and associations. World Angus Forums serve a critical role by fostering international relationships among Angus societies and breeders worldwide. Canada has hosted two Forums: in 1985 in Edmonton, attended by the Queen Mother, and the 2009 Forum hosted in Calgary at Spruce Meadows. Brian Good, John Lee and Earl Scott share what is was like to meet the Queen Mother, how the Canadian Angus industry compares to other countries, challenges faced when planning for the 2009 Forum, and why they have participated in so many Secretariat and Forum events.

Wildman Family and Jim Round Interview David Wildman, his son Kirk, and his son Brett have all served as Canadian Angus Association President with the help and support of wife and mom Gail. The Wildmans got together with their neighbour Jim Round, another past president, to reminisce about some of the highlights and challenges they each faced during their time on the board. Check out the full interview to hear how the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society came to be formed at a gathering of like-minded producers and how the first secretary was chosen simply because she had a pencil and paper at the impromptu meeting.

When I quit the (CRAPS) secretary position in 1982, I had had to buy my own typewriter and they were paying me $1,200 a year. We used to put out a newsletter every month. I worked at the hospital in Mayerthorpe and I got permission to use the gestetner. You used to type on these ‘things’ and then rolled them through with a crank (to make copies). I used to do that on nights. Gail Wildman

My first term as president I spent most of my time either hiring a general manager or hiring a magazine person. We sometimes had field men, sometimes we didn’t, sometimes they’d last for a few months. Back then in 1969 I did most of the leg work on that. Then in 1985 we had a general manager, things were moving much faster and we had more going on with Certified Angus Beef, EPDs, and registrations were on the upswing so things were a fair bit different.” John Willmott

CEO Perspectives Featuring Myles Immerkar and John Willmott

The CEO of the Canadian Angus Association has a unique perspective on the Angus breed, steering the Association under the direction of the board of directors. In this one-on-one interview, CEO Myles Immerkar sits down with former General Manager John Willmott to discuss the differences in the position from 1987 to the present, touching on topics such as emerging technologies, Association priorities and member services. John also delves into his personal history with the Angus industry, including his introduction to the breed, as well as the multiple events he has participated in, most prominently the 1985 World Angus Forum attended by the Queen Mother.

Rise of Angus in the 90s

Doug Fee, Mabel Hamilton, Belinda Wagner Angus hasn’t always held the top spot in the cattle industry. During the 90s, the breed was fourth overall in Canada. How did Angus to rise to dominance in such a short span of time? Doug Fee, Belinda Wagner and Mabel Hamilton discuss this dramatic spike in popularity and more during their interview, including the priorities given to Doug when he began his career with CAA, the formation of the Canadian Angus Foundation and Junior association, and stories on the creation and expansion of the Canadian Angus Archives.

When I got on the board the Association was in Regina and the first meeting I went to, the finances were in such a bad way that we all paid our own hotel and our own expenses. And when we discovered that the current manager hadn’t been particularly up front with the board we discovered that we were in a really bad financial situation. Moving forward we decided we had to get a new manager and we had to start sorting the books out and figuring out how we could move forward.

Mabel Hamilton


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The Breed, the Legends, the History: Canadian Angus History Book, 2019 Edition

where it all


Contact Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director Belinda Wagner at or 306-757-6133 to order.

Massive of Kaharau An excerpt from The Breed, the Legends, the History: Canadian Angus History Book, 2019 edition On July 13, 2017, Canadian Angus Association Administration Team Leader Tina Zakowsky had the chance to sit down with John Finn, a retired livestock transporter who had a very interesting story to tell about his connections with a really big Angus bull. In the summer of 1974, I was hauling cattle, among other things, for the Stampede Cattle Station just east of Stavely, Alberta. I can’t remember exactly what month it was, but I had a horse van with me because I had just delivered a load of race horses down to southern California. When I phoned back to see if there was anything for me to bring back to Canada, they told me to go up to the San Francisco Airport and pick up an Angus bull. I knew I could reconfigure the horse trailer to make it a box stall so the animal wasn’t the only thing in a big van, and that way he could be comfortable and lie down or have walls to lean on if he wanted. So I headed up to San Francisco. When I got to the airport, I asked one of the staff where their livestock handling facility was. I got a blank look, and the man said, “There isn’t one.” “Well I’m supposed to pick up an Angus bull here,” I said. “Oh!” The guy started nodding his head. “He’s out there in a crate on the tarmac.” I looked out and, sure enough, here is this great big Angus bull in a crate, sitting on the black tarmac with four-foot side walls in the middle of summer. So I

thought, okay, how am I going to do this? I looked around and there were lines of baggage carts everywhere. I grabbed a few and made a corral around the crate with a short alleyway. I parked the van sideways because there was a side ramp that would allow me to get the bull into the area of the trailer I wanted him to be in.

that the bull was occupied with him and I could sneak my arm down where he won’t see it and jerk the rope. It worked, then we had to back him out and into the little corral I’d made of baggage carts. At this point the bull didn’t want to voluntarily walk up into the trailer, so I had to hop into the makeshift pen with him and play rodeo clown and have him chase me up into the trailer. Terry asked me, “Well what do I do?” I said, “You slam that door behind me.”

streets of San Francisco I left lots of room ahead of me through all the stop-and-go traffic. When I transported horses they were usually in a stall where they could lean up against the walls, and if it was cattle they usually had each other to lean on, but this guy was in there by himself and he couldn’t tell which wall to lean on when I was turning, so I had to be real careful. The trip was made even worse by the drivers that would sneak into the space in front of me and slam on the brakes, so by the time we were heading over Donner Pass it felt like coming out of a nightmare. Thankfully everything was fine by the time we got to the border, and I went and dropped off the papers at customs so I could head across the road to the Canadian vet who would check the bull out. We were getting the animal papers signed, and all of a sudden a bunch of guys from customs come over. I knew the port director from past trips, so I asked if there was a problem. He said, “We’ve just never seen a bull this expensive.” “Really?” I asked. expensive is he?”

Massive of Kaharau at nine years of age. Photo by Walt Browarny

The next problem was that he had a neck rope tied to an I-bolt in the floor, so I obviously had to untie that to get him out into the corral. But whenever I tried to reach into the crate and jerk the rope so we could get it off, the bull started trying to break my arm with his head, pushing it up against the crate. He had just come out of quarantine in Hawaii, where every time a human got close to him they jabbed him with a needle, so he was not happy with anyone being around him just then. I got my co-driver Terry, a FrenchCanadian guy, to get on the other side of the crate and start getting his attention any way he could so

“But how will you get out?” he asked. “Never mind that,” I said. “You just make sure that bull does not get back out of the trailer.” The plan, as ridiculous as it sounds, worked. Once we had him loaded up, I was given a stack of papers I knew that he was a registered bull from New Zealand, but I really didn’t have much else to go on, and I wasn’t about to open up a stack of sealed envelopes not meant for me. But I did know that he was valuable, so when I was driving through the


The port director paused. “According to the commercial invoice we have to process, it says he’s a million-and-a-quarter dollars.” That was in 1974. I was transporting Massive of Kaharau, the highest-priced bull ever sold in Austral-Asia at the time. Needless to say, I was relieved that there were only about 100 miles up to Stavely from there before I could unload him. If I had known the value of that bull when I was unloading him in San Francisco using baggage carts for a corral system… I probably wouldn’t have done anything different, but I would’ve been a nervous wreck!


A Message

From CJA President

Naomi Best


Canadian Junior Angus board consists of nine members that each represent an area from across Canada. As a board, we work together to organize our two major annual events Showdown and GOAL. As a team we fundraise throughout the year to promote and put on these exciting events. Our GOAL Conference is held annually over the February long weekend and we look forward to hosting GOAL in Toronto, Ontario February 19– 21, 2022. The weekend consists of educational speakers and many activities that allow juniors to gain knowledge, connect and create friendships with other members from across the country. The Foundation Legacy Scholarship interviews and panel discussion also take place at GOAL. Five finalists selected by the Canadian Angus Foundation participate in a panel discussion in front of the juniors in attendance. It is a great opportunity to share your knowledge about the Canadian Angus industry, gain confidence and learn from your fellow scholarship applicants. I highly recommend that juniors apply for the travel bursaries that are available and come to GOAL as you won’t regret it! Showdown is our second major event which is planned for July 22 to 24, 2021 in Brandon, Manitoba. Showdown is a fantastic event for juniors to showcase not only their cattle but display their knowledge in a variety of other competitions including photography, literature, print marketing, sales talk, judging, team judging, public speaking, literature, grooming and showmanship. There are trucking bursaries available for juniors travelling 1,000 kilometres or more round-trip. There are also travel bursaries available. At Showdown we award three CJA Scholarships to junior members. There are plenty of other opportunities available throughout the year for juniors besides GOAL and Showdown. These include the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador competition, self-directed travel bursaries, scholarships and exchange programs to attend junior Angus events in the USA such as LEAD, Certified Angus Beef Young Leaders Seminar and Round-Up. I am personally very thankful for these opportunities as I have had the privilege of attending many myself. The connections I have made with not only Canadian Angus breeders, Canadian Junior Angus members but even our neighbours in the American Angus associations is tremendous. Through these events I have been able to expand my knowledge, gain confidence in my interpersonal skills and most importantly make many memories. All of these opportunities would not be possible without the help of our generous supporters and fellow breeders. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the junior programs not only this year but over the years. Your support is greatly appreciated and never goes unnoticed.


Naomi Best

2021 Showdown 21st Annual Canadian Junior Angus Show July 22–24, 2021 Brandon, Manitoba

Event subject to change and/or cancellation dependent upon current public health and government guidelines.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1:00 pm • Move in begins

Thursday, July 22, 2021

12 noon • Move in complete 12 noon • Lunch & Orientation 12:30 pm • CJA Annual Meeting 1:30 pm • Judging (individual competition—written reasons) 2:00 pm • Team Grooming 5:30 pm • Supper & Extravaganza

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Canadian Angus Foundation will provide travel and trucking bursaries to attend Showdown as well as significant cash prizes and scholarships for the Aggregate Winners. There will also be three draws made for vouchers to purchase Angus females—one at $3,000 and two at $2,000. All exhibitors will automatically be entered to win! Visit the Canadian Angus Foundation website for more information and to apply for the bursaries.

9:00 am • Showmanship & Team Judging 11:00–4:00 pm • Print Marketing 1:00–4:00 pm • Sales Talk 12 noon • Public Speaking 6:00 pm • Cook-off & BBQ

Saturday, July 24, 2021

9:00 am • Conformation Classes 5:00 pm • Banquet, Awards Presentations, Auction & Dance

Naomi Best • President/Manitoba Director: 204-851-7233 Belinda Wagner • Coordinator: 306-537-1518 or

The Canadian Junior Angus board has rescheduled GOAL 2021 in Toronto, Ontario to February 19-21, 2022. Please stay tuned for more details. Watch our Facebook and Instagram pages and visit our website for more details on 2021 scholarship deadlines, awards and other events as we navigate these challenging times. 167


Canadian Junior Angus & Young Breeder Opportunities Scholarships Foundation Legacy Scholarship | Deadline: January 5 Three awards totalling $10,000 will be presented to Canadian Junior Angus members recognizing overall academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and industry knowledge. Awards in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 will be presented. Dick Turner Memorial Award | Deadline: May 15 The Dick Turner Memorial Award was established after the passing of legendary Angus icon Dick Turner. During his lifetime, Dick committed 55 years of his career to livestock publishing and successfully promoted and advertised the Angus breed specifically through the Canadian Aberdeen Angus News magazine. One $1,000 scholarship is presented annually. Canadian Junior Angus Scholarships | Deadline: June 15 A total of three scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000.



GOAL Travel Bursaries | Deadline: January 1 Bursaries of up to $750 will be awarded to12 deserving CJA members from anywhere in Canada. Bursaries must be used within the same year awarded to help offset travel and registration costs for attending the GOAL Conference. GOAL is postponed until 2022

Junior Angus Stockman of the Year | Nominations due April 15 The Junior Angus Stockman of the Year award recognizes outstanding young cattlemen who are constantly growing their capacity by actively working with their Angus cattle, promoting their operation and cattle to the public, growing their knowledge of nutrition, genetics and breeding, and producing/selling quality Angus cattle. Five finalists will be selected from the nominations and will each receive $250. The winner of the award will receive a $3,500 bursary to be used for genetics, cattle supplies/equipment, and/or training, along with travel assistance to attend Showdown.

Showdown Travel & Trucking Bursaries | Deadline: May 25 & June 1 Bursaries of up to $750 will be awarded to six deserving CJA members from anywhere in Canada. Bursaries must be used within the same year awarded to help offset travel costs for attending Showdown. Trucking assistance is also available for those who travel over 1000 km one way. U.S. Exchange Program | Deadline: May 31 Canadian Junior Angus members have the opportunity to attend the Junior Red Angus Association Round-Up and the National Junior Angus LEAD Conference each summer, and in return members of the JRA and NJAA attend Showdown or GOAL.

Outstanding Young Angus Breeder | Nominations due April 15 The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder award was developed to recognize an Angus breeder between the ages of 22 and 30 who has demonstrated a desire to stay involved in the Angus business based on their involvement within the breed up to this point in his/her career. The winner will receive $3,500.

Connecting Food and Farm Bursary The Connecting Food and Farm Travel Bursary was developed to encourage urban or non-livestock youth to attend one of our events with a current member to learn about the industry. Examples of events may include but are not limited to GOAL Conference, the Canadian Angus National Convention or livestock shows.

CAF Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador | Applications due April 30 The Junior Ambassador is sponsored by the Canadian Angus Foundation. The ambassador acts as a role model for youth and represents members of the Canadian Angus Association. It is an opportunity to network with leaders in the agriculture industry and learn from them. Ambassadors have the opportunity to attend at least one international event and various major agricultural events in Canada. This position is for one year.

Self-Directed National or International Travel Bursaries The Self-Directed National or International Travel Bursaries were developed to assist young Angus breeders with financial travel assistance for conferences or events related to the beef cattle industry. For members aged 18–30.

For more information contact Belinda Wagner at 306-757-6133 or at


Getting Started in the Job Market An Interview with Careers: The Next Generation – Corry Pepper, Program Coordinator, and Holly Bilton, Project Consultant By Carmen Koning Canadian Angus Association Finding a job can be a daunting task, especially when you’re searching for the first time. Figuring out what career you want to pursue can be even more staggering. When it comes to careers, you should never hesitate to ask for help or tap into your network. Fortunately, there are many agencies across Canada with the primary focus of helping young people embark on their career paths. Careers: The Next Generation, based out of Alberta, is one such service provider. A resume may be the first impression a potential candidate makes on their future employer. As Corry Pepper, Program Coordinator, explains, “If you’ve never had a job before, adding in your volunteering is a great start. If you’ve never volunteered

before then seeking out opportunities to advance your resume is a great start to gain employability skills. If you are part of a team such as hockey or a 4-H club, that shows you are a team player. Have you won any awards, been on the honour role? These are all good to include. Even adding your attendance while in school shows that you’re disciplined to show up for work.” She recommends keeping your resume to two pages maximum, no matter what stage of your career you may be in. In addition, if you’ve never worked off the farm before and are wondering what to include on your resume, there are countless transferable skills that would be relevant to employers. The key is to not focus on the task. As Holly Bilton, Project Consultant, explains, “Focus on what it takes to accomplish what you’re doing, because I think we think of things like ‘I can clean out the barn.’ That’s lovely but what you should tell them is, ‘I am up and at my place of work by 7:00 a.m. to make it spotless so the environment is safe and clean.’ Don’t focus on the task; focus what it takes to accomplish it. Be able to talk about the fact that you’re self-motivated; that you do what needs to be done when you see that it needs to be done; that you are there on time in the morning and you’re ready for work, that you have all those great skills that you get things done.” Holly has similar advice about being employed by a family member: “If you’re interviewing, it’s okay to say, ‘Yes I do work for my parents but regardless of that they expect that I get my job done, they expect that I’m there at a certain time of day, they expect that all the tasks I need to have accomplished are accomplished and that they’re accomplished well.’ I think when you’re doing that the person interviewing you realizes that it’s not about that you worked for mom or dad, it’s about mom and dad have a business and they could hire you

or they could hire the neighbour kid. They hired you to do the work, you do it very well and you’re a good employee.” Corry further explains that employers don’t expect potential candidates to have every skill they desire listed in a resume, but they are looking for key words that support the candidate’s accomplishments. “They are looking at your chronological jobs and seeing that the candidate shows consistent job stability, not a lot of jobs that only last a few weeks or months. However, if the job was only seasonal then that is understandable.” Holly adds, “Resumes are one of those things that are still very much needed in life and are almost a long-forgotten skill. It’s important to consider how you build those resumes and get ready for your career path.” Believe it or not, writing your resume is the easy part! Searching for a job or figuring out what you want to do is where it the real effort comes in. There are many job boards available to find opportunities in a specific company or industry that you are interested in working with. Corry recommends cold calling companies to ask if they have internships for youth. Many companies want to invest in youth to provide opportunities and help avoid future turnover. Even an opportunity to job shadow helps get a foot in the door. If you are a high school student, contact Careers: The Next Generation to assist in all of your career planning needs. In addition, reaching out to agencies like Careers: The Next Generation in your community is a great way to network and explore opportunities such as their agricultural internship program. As Holly explains, “Our whole passion has been around getting young people to be able to do paid internships in something that they see their 169

career path in. They may have no experience, or they may have some experience. Either way, the opportunity to do paid internships is amazing. An organization like Careers: The Next Generation is able to assist young people in an internship in different areas of agriculture. They try it and easily find out that ‘No this isn’t for me.’ or ‘This is awesome, this is so what I want to do with my life!’ The reality is I’m really excited about the opportunity to see kids get internships where they can try out career paths because there’s nothing better than when they can add their passion to trying something that might also give them that key to their resume building skills.” If you’re still in high school, Holly suggests talking to your off-campus coordinator or career counsellor for help getting into an internship if they are available in your area. Alternatively, there are options such as job shadowing, industry/sector-based camps or going with your parent or neighbour to work for a day. Just like with cold calling, Holly advises young people that it also acceptable to just pick up the phone. “If there’s no other program available to you, pick up the phone and call the company you’re interested in and say, ‘I’m really interested in what you do; would I be able to tag along for a couple of days?’ Get out there and try it because I don’t really think you know what a job is until you actually follow somebody around doing it for a couple of days.” Holly also recommends exploring dual credit courses which are offered in some school districts. A dual credit program is where the high school partners with a post-secondary institution to take courses eligible for both high school and college credit, usually offered online, which allow the students to explore various career courses without fully needing to commit to a particular offering. In addition, Corry suggests utilizing LinkedIn, an online social media network for professionals, as another avenue for opportunities, networking and to open doors. When it comes to social media in general, however, Corry advises caution. “Don’t do anything to embarrass your future.” Most companies search candidates’ online social media profiles to ascertain their values and how they approach the world. What you put online and how you represent yourself will follow you.


When it comes to interviews, Corry cannot stress enough, “Practice! Practice! Practice! Ask a family member or friend to mock interview you to view your body language, how many times you say, ‘umm and ahhh,’ which should be avoided. Pause before you answer. Research the company before you go into the interview; the more you know about them the more impressed they will be that you did your homework. Be sure to ask questions to the interviewer such as: How would you describe the ideal candidate? What does a typical work day look like?” When it comes to dressing for an interview, Holly suggests you should always dress above the position that you are interviewing for. “I’ve run into young people that don’t have anything but a pair of jeans and that’s fine to go with jeans and a collared shirt or buttoned-down shirt. Always err on the side of conservatism in your dress. Be clean. Be tidy.” When it comes to references, it is acceptable to list your parents, especially when you’re just starting out and have worked for them on the farm, but the preference from most employers is for references outside the immediate family. Whenever possible, expand your reference list with relatives or neighbours through babysitting jobs or helping on their farms. Volunteer contacts and schoolteachers as well as teams and clubs are also great ways to expand your reference base. Holly adds, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had employers that have been in trades, technologies or health ask me, ‘Do

you have a farm kid?’ There’s still a notion in the world that a farm kid will be reliable, dependable and hardworking.” When looking into current and upcoming trends in the job market, Corry states, “The market does not have enough skilled youth in trades to replace the ‘boomers’ that are retiring. Some examples are millwrights and agriculture equipment technicians. Information and communication technology in agriculture has tremendous opportunity for rural populations along with food processing companies looking for skilled workers.” Holly adds for the agricultural sector specifically, “That there is no area of agriculture untouched by technology.” Holly lists areas such as green farming, water usage, machine learning artificial intelligence, genetics, e-commerce; the list goes on and on. Technology is in everything and will only continue to dominate careers into the future. Field Directors at Careers: The Next Generation are available to help with your career journey along with your off-campus coordinators and career counsellors in your community. For more information on the agricultural internship program, either to apply for an internship or to offer your business as a potential internship opportunity, please contact Careers: The Next Generation.

Skills to Focus On

for a career in Agriculture Critical Thinking & Problem Solving “There’s always problems. You’re just solving one problem after another problem and that’s how your day goes. I think it’s true in any part of the agricultural sector.”

Tech Literacy Communication Skills Time Management Lifelong Learning “Research nowadays is huge because things are constantly changing and shifting. As fast as you think it’s happening one way, it can happen a new way; the skill of lifelong learning and being able to research things is huge.”

“They’re all really important skills. Everyone will have the ones they are better at and the ones they are not so good at. Build the ones you’re not so good at and be excited about the ones you’re excellent at,” advises Holly.

Please reach out to your local Careers: The Next Generation, they are here to help you on your career path. 171

A History of Canadian Junior Angus An excerpt from The Breed the Legends, the History: Canadian Angus History Book, 2019 edition


Junior Angus (CJA) was formed in February 1999. The Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors, led by President Robert C. (Bob) McHaffie, brought a group of young Angus breeders from across the country together in Calgary to discuss the possibility of forming such a group. The group was enthusiastic and ambitious, and recommended that they proceed with organizing a Junior association. The CAA approved and provided seed funding to assist with travel for a follow-up meeting in July at the Bashaw show, and to put together a newsletter to promote the new organization. The CAA also authorized that the CJA be given the 1 millionth registration certificate to use as a fundraiser. The first CJA board was organized and Paula Pascoe (now Cornish) was elected as president. It was agreed that this board would remain in effect until the end of 2000, with elections to be held for half of the board positions then, and the other half the following year to ensure some continuity. One or two board members would come from each region, based 172

on membership numbers, with each region electing their own representatives. CAA provided a staff liaison, Tracey Edge (now Willms), who would provide adult guidance and assistance with programming, but the board would formulate, organize and plan for themselves. A mission statement was created, which remains the same today: Canadian Junior Angus will strive to present innovative opportunities to promote and educate future cattlemen dedicated to the Angus breed. CJA began planning their first national Junior Angus show for the following summer. Fundraising was organized and host bids were obtained with Regina, Saskatchewan being chosen to host Showdown 2000. The sale of the 1 millionth Canadian Angus registration was set for the 1999 Masterpiece Sale at Canadian Western Agribition. Cudlobe Farms of Stavely, Alberta had the winning bid of $6,500, which was a very nice boost to the organization. Significant early donations from others such as JD Farms, Brylor Ranch and Express Ranches were also much appreciated. The CJA board gathered the following February in Calgary at the same time as the CAA board, and began an annual tradition of reporting to the CAA. The

two boards also enjoyed a formal dinner and networking opportunities. This tradition continued until 2014 when the CAA board changed their winter meeting date. Tracey Edge accepted a job in Saskatchewan and Belinda Wagner with the Saskatchewan Angus Association was asked to assist with hosting Showdown 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The show was a great success with 83 Junior Angus members in attendance along with 93 head of cattle, thanks in large part to the support of our breeders in both sponsorship dollars and volunteering to assist at the show. The board immediately started planning for Showdown 2001, which would head east to Neepawa, Manitoba. Belinda Wagner was contracted to continue to work with the Juniors that fall, a role she continues in today. Also that fall, Hamilton Farms of Cochrane, Alberta generously donated a heifer to be sold at the sale during Farmfair International in Edmonton, Alberta. The heifer was purchased by Pahl Livestock. The $7,750 raised started the CJA scholarship fund as well as a tradition of donation heifers. These donated heifers have raised more than $172,000 to date which has funded nearly $60,000 in CJA scholarships provided to 49 Junior Angus members since 2001.

Many thanks to the donors of heifers over the years: • • • • • • •

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Hamilton Farms, Cochrane, AB JD Farms, West Bolton, QC KBJ Round Farms, Clyde, AB Dwajo Angus, Camp Creek, AB Crescent Creek Angus, Goodeve, SK Soo Line Cattle Co. , Midale, SK Prime Time Cattle, Red Deer County, AB and Thomason Angus Farm, Bethune, SK Koran Stock Farm, Islay, AB Ivanhoe Angus, Belle Plaine, SK Lazy MC Angus, Bassano, AB Clay Enterprises, Wapella, SK CAA Staff (from the World Angus Forum Canadian Angus Foundation Embryo Fundraiser) Double C Red Angus, Foam Lake, SK Poplar Meadows Angus, Houston, BC Thistle Ridge Ranch, Taber, AB JPD Farms, Innisfil, ON Nu-Horizon Angus, Lipton, SK Wright Livestock, Melfort, SK Running Steady Ranch, Lloydminster, AB

We also must thank and recognize everyone who supported the Dutch auctions that were used to disperse the heifers. At Showdown 2001, the CJA was pleased to host representatives of the Junior Red Angus Association of America. This hosting was the start of an exchange program with them, which was soon expanded to include the National Junior Angus Association. Each of the American junior associations sends representatives to Showdown or GOAL, and in return CJA sends representatives to Round-up, the Junior Stockman Program or LEAD Conference. This exchange program is a great way to learn and network with youth from across the USA. Over the next few years the board continued to expand

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Showdown events, offering something for everyone: from marketing, showmanship and judging to photography, public speaking and literature competitions, along with the conformation classes. All Juniors have opportunities to participate in competitions and activities whether or not they bring cattle. Animals have been made available to borrow for showmanship and grooming for the participants who are unable to transport their cattle. The extravaganza and cook-off were developed to be both ice-breakers and fun for all in attendance. In 2004 the board started discussing the idea of hosting another event, an educational type of conference. In February 2005 planning for the first annual Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL)

To this day many of the founding CJA members own and operate their own Angus operations or are still involved in family operations. CJA has evolved by developing more programs for Juniors to take part in and our national Showdown show has become one of the best organized and attended Junior shows of any breed. ~Paula Cornish~

Conference began in earnest. Forty-three Junior Angus members gathered February 17–18, 2006 in Calgary, along with the CAA board and other local breeders, for that first conference. It was deemed a great success; something to definitely be continued. In 2007 CJA started their annual calendar fundraiser, another program that has been very successful due to the support of our breeders. In 2008 T Bar C Cattle Co. hosted their first invitational golf tournament to raise funds for junior breed associations and events. CJA was a beneficiary of this event for the 10 years of the tournament and

From Tyra Fox, Past CJA President

My time on the Canadian Junior Angus Board of Directors was a huge highlight of my past few years. I served on the board from the time I was 15 and enjoyed every second. I loved making friends with everyone who was on the board as well as juniors from across Canada and the US.

the funds received were used to expand the GOAL Conference. The growth of the Canadian Angus Foundation and their programming has been a big factor over the last five years in allowing many more Juniors to travel across the country for events. The CJA wants to acknowledge the CAF and their supporters for that, as well as the enhanced scholarships and awards that are now available to the Junior membership. CJA has hosted Showdown in every province at least once (except Newfoundland and Labrador) and GOAL has been held in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba. The strength of our program is certainly due to the support of our breeders. It is wonderful to see so many of the Juniors that have gone through our programs become confident and successful in whatever career paths they have chosen, with many becoming successful and well-known adult breeders. Interested in reading more? Contact Belinda Wagner at or 306-537-1518 to order the 2019 edition of the Canadian Angus History Book.

Along with gaining many friendships, I am so grateful for all the opportunities I was given from learning how to plan and host events to enhancing my public speaking skills and confidence. Competing in events like the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador competition and the Canadian Angus Foundation Legacy Scholarship panel discussion were amazing opportunities that really got me out of my comfort zone and boosted my confidence. I am also grateful for all the places I went to, things we did as a board and places we visited across the country.

A major highlight for me was being the lead to plan and host Showdown in Lloydminster, my hometown—it was a blast. Another highlight is getting to be a role model for other juniors and help them come out of their comfort zone and have as much fun as they could at CJA events. I am excited to watch the next group of juniors who get to become the new board members as they get older.


Kids Corner Connect the Dots

Joke Q

What is a cow’s favourite party game?

Turn upside down for the answer!


MOO-sical chairs!


Can you find your way through the maze?

Joke Q

Where do cows go on dates?

Turn upside down for the answer!

The mooovies!



Word Jumble


Unscramble the letters to reveal parts of the beef industry!





First Year

By Carmen Koning, Canadian Angus Association

Established in 1999, Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) provides many opportunities for youth to grow their cattle herd and meet other enthusiastic Angus breeders. The Canadian Junior Angus Board of Directors helps plan and execute various events throughout the year, including GOAL (Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders) and Showdown. Junior memberships are available to any individual 21 years of age and younger. As well as hosting events, Canadian Junior Angus offers scholarships in addition to those that juniors can apply for through the Canadian Angus Foundation. The Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research and historical preservation and restoration. Three new members of the CJA program were asked about their experiences from their first year of the program and the impacts CJA has had on their lives.

Lucia Johnson

Age: 15 City/Town: 150 Mile House Province: BC Why did you join the Canadian Junior Angus program? I enjoy life with cattle and wanted to meet like-minded people wanting to promote the Angus breed from across the country. I also heard about Showdown being in BC, and knew it was the year to join. The program turned out to be even more amazing than imagined! What events/programs/scholarships have you taken advantage of during your first year? In my first year, I was able to bring my animals to Showdown in Barriere, make some new friends and see what CJA was all about. I had no idea that so many people travelled across half of Canada just to get to the show. It was 178

my first CJA show and get together. I loved what I learned/took part in, and I knew it was for me. The following year I received the privilege of taking part in the 2020 GOAL Conference and received a travel bursary to help pay for the travel costs to reach our destination. Also during COVID-19, I took part in the BC Angus challenges and CJA virtual Showdown challenges which were all really great, and had amazing prizes. The grand Showdown prize winner received a heifer voucher! How remarkable is that?! GOAL was one of my highlights of 2020 and was my biggest excursion due to the pandemic. How has your experience been for you so far? I have really appreciated my first two years of the program, and I plan on taking part/ travelling to many more events put on by CJA. My eyes have been opened so much, to operations across Canada and how everyone is so different. I have also learned so much about Angus and how they first started, and their early breeding. CJA has still put on many events even though we are amidst a pandemic; they didn’t let that get in the way of having some fantastic occasions and challenges planned! What was the best thing about your first year in the program? I think that by far Showdown was the best thing. It really opened my eyes to how things are run and all the unique people raising Angus. I also got to meet other youth and see what it’s like to have animals and people alike that have travelled thousands of miles

to get together and show off and celebrate the Angus breed as one. I also enjoyed the other contests such as public speaking and photography, which were all really fun to prepare, for the exciting three days. Would you recommend the Canadian Junior Angus program to others? I think no matter what, anyone involved with the cattle/Angus industry under the age of 21 should join the CJA program due to all of the scholarships, bursaries and just opportunities to meet people with the same interests, goals or ambitions from all over the country. I enjoyed learning how others are trying to promote the Angus breed, and how the Angus breed is a way of life to many people, and finally, how this breed provides the best beef there is in the country! Everyone helping run the program is amazing and is trying their best to make sure that everyone involved is having a good time and feels right at home. I would like to say thanks to Belinda Wagner for organizing and putting on so much for the CJA and being so dedicated to all of the youth involved. I’ve never felt so at home with people I have never met before. They made me feel like I’d known everyone for years. I think that CJA is one of the best programs there is for youth, and no one should pass up the opportunity to join. Is there anything else you would like to add? My family has a 500 head commercial operation in interior B.C. Before we moved here we lived out off the grid, where grizzly bears and timber wolves were a normal sight in our front yard. We lived in a little humble

cabin. Now though, we live on the Historic Onward Ranch, and have been continuously growing into our land. I have around five of my own Black Angus cows and my herd continues to grow rapidly. Amidst this pandemic my family has tried something new by starting a meat business that ships beef through courier across B.C. in under 48 hours. The beef shows up frozen on dry ice, at the customer’s doorstep, and comes in 10–20 pound boxes. Visit onwardranch. ca for more information. Our beef is grass finished and has grazed on hundreds of species of forage in BC, and we’ve built our business on quality Angus beef. I have been involved with 4-H for seven years and have received many opportunities through it such as learning about CJA and getting me more involved with agriculture and cattle showing events and opportunities. I have received top carcass with my homegrown steer in our district. Danny and Janet Spellers’ bulls have sired most of our herd and continue to produce fine quality animals on ranches all over western Canada, and have done an outstanding job helping to form our herd to what it is today.

Carmen White

Age: 17 City/Town: Claresholm Province: Alberta Why did you join the Canadian Junior Angus program? I joined the Canadian Angus Association because my family has been running a commercial black Angus-influenced herd for quite a few years now, and I just never knew what opportunities having a membership could hold! I have been producing and showing my Angus-influenced animals since I was a first year 4-Her, so it made sense for

me to have the membership to go with the animals that are my pride and joy to raise! What events/programs/scholarships have you taken advantage of during your first year? I attended the GOAL conference in February in Calgary, and fun was had by everyone! All of the sessions were really informative and I learned a lot about our industry from the interesting and memorable presenters. I had hoped to attend Showdown as well as the Alberta Junior Angus Show but I enjoyed participating online and look forward to attending the show next year. This year I am graduating high school, so I will apply for some scholarships in the upcoming months. Other members have told me about their experiences going to national beef conventions and exchange trips, and I would love to go to more events in the future. How has the experience been for you so far? This has been a bit of an odd year, but I’ve enjoyed going to a variety of different purebred Angus events such as the U2 dispersal sale and helping my friends at Delar Angus groom and clip their animals for their picture/video day. I have met people that have become trusted mentors, and I have even bought a few commercial red Angusinfluenced females to add on to my black herd. I look forward to seeing my calves on the ground this winter and continuing to build my herd with quality females. What was the best thing about your first year in the program? The highlight of the year was GOAL conference in Calgary. It was a fun-filled weekend. My favourite sessions focussed on the new EPD systems, beef preparation and breeding wellness. There was even time allotted to go to a hilarious dinner theatre show and splash around in the pool at the hotel. Meeting new people and talking about cows come pretty easily to me, and the weekend allowed lots of time for networking. COVID-19 allowed me to be more involved during calving season, and I enjoyed paging through the Angus Life magazine. Hopefully there will be more in-person events and cattle shows next year. Would you recommend the Canadian Junior Angus program to others? Definitely! There are a lot of opportunities to learn new skills and attend events by immersing yourself in the industry by identifying with your breed.

Cooper Clemitson

Age: 16 City/Town: Westwold Province: BC Why did you join the Canadian Junior Angus program? I joined the Canadian Junior Angus program for the opportunities that it offers. I felt that joining Canadian Junior Angus would better my knowledge of the Angus industry. I have also met a lot of great new people. What events/programs/scholarships have you taken advantage of during your first year? During my first year I was very honoured to receive one of the travel bursaries to attend the 2020 GOAL Conference in Alberta, which I was super excited to be a part of. How has the experience been for you so far? Overall this has been such a great experience. There are so many things that I have learned over the last year and look forward to learning in the years to come. What was the best thing about your first year in the program? I would say the best thing is attending GOAL, meeting new friends and spending time with old friends. There were so many memories made and the fun that we had was great. Would you recommend the Canadian Junior Angus program to others? I would most definitely recommend the program. I think that this is something that all juniors involved in the Angus industry should be involved in. There are so many great opportunities provided through this program. Is there anything else you’d like to add? I look forward to seeing what the next few years have to offer, and getting more involved. 179


President Frédéric Gouin St-Adrien-d’Irlande, QC 418-333-2112

Vice President Stan Christensen Lac Ste-Marie, QC 819-467-2979

Secretary Cynthia Jackson Durham-Sud, QC 418-784-2311

Board Representative David Sample Havelock, QC 450-247-2696 Expiry: 2023 For more information, please contact the Quebec Angus Association for inquiries regarding events in 2021. 180


Station Génétique de la Beauce Vente de taureaux (Bull Sale) 136, rang 1 Shenley Sud St-Martin-de-Beauce, QC


Vente de taureaux Ferme Louber 1630, Route St-Martin, Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, QC Info: Bernard Bégin (418-389-7181)

Vente de Taureaux Synergie Ste-Sophie-de-Lévrard, QC Info: Luc Noiseux (450-379-9989) Vente de Taureaux Vinoy 426, route 315, Chénéville, QC Info: Francis Gagnon (514-975-3722) JUIN

Quebec Junior Beef Show Location TBD


Saint-Hyacinthe Angus Show Saint-Hyacinthe, QC


Cookshire Angus Show Cookshire, QC Ayer’s Cliff Angus Show Ayer’s Cliff, QC



Brome Angus Show (Gold Show) Brome, QC Expo Shawville Fair Shawville, QC Expo Boeuf (Gold Show) Victoriaville, Quebec

Vente des Partinaires / Partners for Progress Sale (female sale) 163 Chamin Clark Hill, Shefford, Quebec Info: Luc Noiseux ( 450-379-9989)

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composed of 14 regional syndicates. PBQ is the only Quebec organization that represents all of the province’s cattle producers. Through their affiliation with the Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA), the PBQ is able to extend their sphere of influence and benefit from an impressive collective force to help develop and implement solutions adapted to the realities of Quebec’s beef and veal sectors.

Les Producteurs de bovins du Quebec Les Producteurs de bovins du Quebec (PBQ) (Quebec Cattle Producers) Phone: 450 679-0540, extension 8761 Fax: 450 442-9348 555 Roland-Therrien Blvd, Suite 305, Longueuil, Quebec J4H 4G2 Facebook: groups/bovinsqc

Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec is working to increase beef and veal production by at least 30% by the year 2025 following three main areas of development: • Sustainable development • Value creation • Product reputation Proud of their programming, PBQ is happy to introduce four areas of focus for 2020–21:

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VBP+ certification promotion Verified Veal certifications Promotion of cattle production in Quebec Strategic planning 2020–2024 including producers and industry partners

PBQ is seeing an increase in consumer demand for locally produced food. Especially in the current pandemic, consumers are quicker to trust locally produced food. Traceability and the nature of food processing have also become more important. The PBQ has found that consumers are spending more time researching the steps their food has taken to get to their plate. Consumers want to know that the meat they are eating has come from a caring facility and that the animals are kept healthy.

By Chris Penton Canadian Angus Association Created in 1975, Les Producteurs de Bovins du Québec (PBQ)/Quebec Cattle Producers is an agricultural association created under the Professional Syndicates Act. Supported by approximately 13,900 producers on 9,600 cattle farms across Quebec, PBQ is

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For more information contact Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec at 450-679-0540, or visit them at

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Instructions pour les échantillons de poils de Canadian Angus Retirez les échantillons de poils de la pointe de la queue. Les échantillons doivent être TIRÉ PAS COUPÉ. Prenez 50 à 60 poils, en vous assurant que les bulbes de la racine sont bien présents.

Fixez les poils au bas de la carte avec du ruban adhésif. (il y a un rectangle qui dit “Placez le ruban adhésif ici” / Place Tape Here).

Marquez la carte de poils de façon claire, précise et soigneuse et conservez-la dans un endroit propre et sec jusqu’à ce qu’elle soit acheminée au laboratoire.

Association Canadian Angus 292140 Wagon Wheel Blvd, Rocky View County, AB T4A 0E2


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Placez les racines des poils sur la carte (il y a un rond au milieu de la carte qui indique “Placez les racines des poils ici” / Place Hair Roots Here).

Coupez les poils excédentaires qui dépassent les limites de la carte.

Soumettez votre demande de vérification au bureau de la CAA, puis envoyez les pièces justificatives générées par la CAA ainsi que la carte de poils à Neogen Canada. Neogen Canada 7323 Roper Road NW Edmonton, AB T6E 0W4

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Founded in 1933, Vetoquinol is an independent, family-owned business. Our deep commitment to rural values and to science allows us to address the specific needs of producers and veterinarians alike, people with shared interests, working together to reach the same goal, responsibly. Animal health is personal to us, because it is everything to you. Feedlot strong. It’s all in the company you keep.

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Canadian Angus Association

Mentorship Program “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill, British statesman, army officer and writer Mentorship is about sharing experiences and knowledge that will help someone through obstacles in their life and in their career. Often people are mentored or act as a mentor without even realizing the importance of what has taken place. The Canadian Angus Mentorship Program provides a great opportunity for aspiring, new and experienced cattle producers to exchange experience and knowledge. Mentorship provides rewards for both the mentors as well as those being mentored.

Thinking of Becoming a Mentor? Being a mentor has great benefits: • Broaden your network and ties with the community • Enhance your analytical skills • Provide opportunities for professional exchange with a fresh perspective • Meet and connect with new and upcoming breeders • Help guide the future of the Canadian Angus industry • Leave a legacy • It feels good to help others

Looking for a Mentor? Have you ever wanted a second opinion? Looked for sage advice and maybe a kind word? Do you want to know what works and what doesn’t, without the trial and error of testing it out for yourself? Oneon-one mentorship will help ensure that information is understood and you are able to put it to good use. Individual mentors will be able to provide further details and more in-depth explanations as they pertain to each individual’s situation and will be based on real-life experiences.

Individuals interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee can find more information on our website at or call 1-888-571-3580. 186


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Timed Artificial Insemination (AI) By Kajal Devani Canadian Angus Association

I had the opportunity to learn about timed AI from Dr. Jordan Thomas, Assistant Professor and State Beef Reproduction Specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Here is a brief summary of what he had to say:

With any tool or technology that we’re considering, we should ask ourselves if it generates a return on investment. Can I do it, physically and financially? Does it impact animal health and performance? Does this take my operation in the direction that I want to go? In terms of timed AI we should also ask if we can use reproductive technology to increase margins. Significant factors that impact the profitability of a cow include the number of calves weaned over a cow’s lifetime, calf age (and therefore weight) at weaning time, and the quality of the calf weaned. Cows that calve at the end of your calving cycle are going to come back into estrus later in the next breeding season. These cows have fewer opportunities to conceive in the next breeding season. As a result, one of two things occurs: either they’ll fail to conceive at all, or they’ll conceive late and have a younger, lighter calf at weaning in the next year. This tends to have a ‘snowball’ effect from year to year. Studies show that heifers that calve during the first 21-day period with their first calf remain in the herd longer than heifers that calve later. Historically, heat detection and AI have led to a higher proportion of calves being born earlier in the calving season. However, the pregnancy rates are dependent on accurate heat detection, which is not 100% accurate or easy. Timed AI presents producers with a few advantages. All females receive synchronization and an AI service— which takes away the potential error associated with heat detection and ensures all cows are serviced and have an opportunity to become pregnant.

In addition, all of the AI work can take place at one time on one day increasing efficiencies for labour and making pasture management easier. Some disadvantages are that producers have to AI cows at a fixed time that is set to be the best time for the group on average, but is not necessarily the exact optimal time for every individual animal within the group. Some advice from a reproduction specialist: lean on your extension specialists, veterinarians or AI professionals to select the right protocol and screen your females. These resources can be very helpful as when you first look at protocols they can seem daunting. In addition, you can search “Mizzou Repro” online to access videos such as a 2-minute video on how to handle and properly use reproductive products like a CIDR. New research efforts from Dr. Thomas and his team at the University of Missouri have reported excellent results with a new protocol called 7&7 Synch. This protocol resulted in a greater proportion of cows expressing estrus prior to fixedtime AI and increased pregnancy rates with both conventional and sexed semen. The protocol begins on Day 0 with prostaglandin F2alpha (PG) administered at the time of CIDR insertion. On Day 7, GnRH is administered, and CIDR remains in place at this time. On Day 14, PG is administered at CIDR removal. On Day 17, timed AI is performed at 66 h after CIDR removal and PG administration. GnRH is administered at the time of timed AI to non-estrous cows or administered to all cows if estrous status is unknown.

7 & 7 Synch with fixed-time artificial insemination.


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Of Canadian Angus Membership

When 10 families renewed their membership in early 2020, they achieved a remarkable milestone: 50 consecutive years of Canadian Angus membership. Len Mar Farms of Ontario and the Switzer family of Saskatchewan also marked 75 years of continuous membership. As the cancellation of many events last year including our CAA National Convention prevented us from honouring their commitment in person last year, we’d like to introduce you to a few of these committed families. Len Mar Farms, the Gary Conrad Family (Saddle Hills Red Angus), Garry Harron, Georgina Smith (Bar Heart Angus), Rodgers Red Angus and Towaw Cattle Co. were featured in the Angus Life Mid-Year Review published in August 2020. Photo courtesy of Bob Switzer


75 Years Switzer Family

Bob & Gail Switzer

Beau, Ashley, Tate & Tilly Switzer

Kyle & Tara Switzer & family

Bailee Switzer

Four generations of Switzers have made their home at Sandy Bar Ranch, near Aneroid, SK, and six generations of Switzers have been involved with the Angus breed. Bob Switzer’s grandparents purchased the land in the early 1920s. Bob’s father Earl purchased the family’s first purebred Black Angus cattle and established Southern Lane Farms in 1945. In 1965, when he was 12 years old, Bob won Grand Champion Steer at Swift Current’s Frontier Days. His 800-pound steer fetched a record price of 85 cents per pound—the sale average was 25.5 cents per pound. After that 4-H win, Bob and his father went to the Corydon Dispersal sale

where Bob purchased the secondhighest selling bred heifer for $600. This heifer became the start of Bob’s registered Angus herd. Today Sandy Bar Ranch includes Bob’s son, Kyle and Tara and their daughter Bailee. Beau and Ashley Switzer register their calves under the name Valley Blossom Ranch. Today the Switzers have 500 plus purebred cows plus a commercial herd. In 1978, the Switzers joined with the Gross Family (Wiwa Creek Angus) to hold a private breeder bull sale, something that was unheard of at that time. The first Short Grass Sale offered 60 bulls and averaged $1,500. In 2021 we will be having our 43rd Annual Short Grass Bull & Female Sale, selling approximately 150 bulls and 50 purebred heifers and 400 commercial heifers. Bob and his dad Earl went on to help establish feeder sales throughout southern Saskatchewan. Bob even travelled to Eastern Canada with Larry Toner and Bob Larson to presell animals to ensure that the sales would be successful. Bob was also instrumental in setting up Canada’s first sale in which all calves were Angus, age verified, and Angus tagged at Mankota in 2006. Bob helped found and build the 20,000-head capacity feedlot, Red Coat Cattle Feeders, where he served as a founding director and president. To this day he is a director, supplier and patron. Bob has served the Canadian livestock industry in leadership positions with the Canadian Angus Association, Saskatchewan Angus Association and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. Bob and his late wife Sandra were recognized as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 1980. In 2016 Bob and Gail received an Honour Scroll from the Saskatchewan Livestock Association and Bob

has been inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. Bob says, of those that helped him get going, his dad gave him the opportunity to ranch; Lloyd Pickard (breeder and sales manager) taught him about naming cow families and marketing; Larry Gross taught him that your first impression is the right one; and John Frank taught him that when there is a deal to be done, get at it. Bob shares that his dad said Angus were a lazy man’s cattle with big dividends, and he was right. “They have helped us raise and appreciate cattle that are sound, functional with fertility and great feet and legs. My dad always told me to hang onto the cow’s tail as she will pull you through good and tough times.” View the full Sandy Bar Ranch history on pages 427–428 of the 2019 Canadian Angus History Book

50 Years Anchor R Farm Inc Anchor R Farm Inc. is still a dedicated purebred Black Angus farm after 50 years of change, challenges and family successes. Spring calving and, sometimes, seeing the last few young animals loaded for sale in the late fall, are always a special part of the year. After all, no matter how carefully you select your herd, there are always a couple animals you are happy to see the last of! Anchor R Farm was established in 1971 when Melvin McCrea and I, Betty Ann (Hampson), purchased 14 purebred Black Angus heifers from Archie Newall of Sundre, Alberta. Those few heifers would help to write the history of our farm. To be honest, we never looked back. What a wonderful place to raise our family.

The first purebred herd sire was purchased from 7D Ranch in Innisfree, Alberta and that bull began a storied history of moving animals. During loading, he broke the planks on the loading chute. With a bit of time and ingenuity, the chute was fixed, the bull was safely loaded on our 3-ton truck as we did not yet have a stock trailer, and we made it back to the farm. In spite of the start, he was wonderful quiet bull, and maybe still one of my favourites. Both our children Trevor and Tracy were involved in the family farm and in 4-H. Melvin was a leader for 10 years and both Trevor and Tracy found success in and out of the ring in 4-H. Trevor travelled to Manitoba through 4-H selections and Tracy followed with a trip to Ottawa. The opportunities with Angus cattle and 4-H opened many doors for the kids. Upon graduation from Cut Knife High School, Trevor went to the University of Saskatchewan and entered the vocational agriculture program. A couple years later, Tracy headed to the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She now teaches at Clavet and farms with her husband and daughters, Chelsey, Rebecca and Kaitlin, near Colonsay. Melvin and I continued to pursue our love of farming and especially our passion for Black Angus cattle. We expanded from the original 14 primarily by keeping the best of our own heifers and carefully choosing sires we thought would suit our herd. As every cattleman in Saskatchewan knows, May 2003 was devastating. The effect, however, was more immediate on our farm as we were identified as the source of the infected animal. In 2010, Melvin sadly passed away at home from a massive heart attack. Trevor and I carried on with whatever help we could find that spring. 189

Trevor and his wife Janice now calve out just over 100 Angus cows. I moved into Cut Knife in 2018, but still love to head back to the farm to check the cows, deliver parts and meals, and see how the crops are progressing. One thing I will always remember about our 50th year with Angus cattle is that it was the year the coronavirus took over the world!

50 Years Andrew Hart Willabar Ranch

Andrew & Ramona Hart

I have been a member of the CAA officially for 50 years, but in reality, I was born into the Angus business. My father, Orrin Hart established the Willabar herd in 1941. My own herd began in 1970 with a bred heifer, Willabar Erica 62B. It was at this time that my parents purchased a life membership in my name as well as for my two brothers, Bill Hart and John Hart. I remember my excitement when my membership package arrived from the office in Guelph. My welcome letter from General Manager Jack Peaker, a booklet written by Cameron McTaggart “The Naming of Aberdeen-Angus Cattle in Canada” (I believe was the title), along with a booklet on guidelines for proper tattoo technique and bylaws etc. We grew up in what I look back on as a golden era in Canadian Angus. As a child in the 1960s and 70s, I remember it being perfectly normal to get off the school bus to find a strange car in 190

the yard. Our visitors book from that time shows visitors from virtually all parts of the USA. It also is a veritable United Nations with visitors from five different continents. American breeders were anxious to acquire the larger framed Angus cattle available in Western Canada at the time as they transitioned from the smaller framed cattle that had been fashionable. During this era we sold bulls, cows and groups of heifers to breeders from Montana to Texas. I never thought much of it at the time but now realize it was a unique time to be in the Angus business. To paraphrase the Barbara Mandrell song, “We were Angus, when Angus wasn’t cool”. We had the distinction of sending the first Canadian Angus bull back to the birthplace of the breed, Scotland. In the late 80s, I served as a director on the Alberta board and spent one term as a Canadian director in the early 90s, roles that dad had served in the 60s and 70s. I have great admiration for the people who take time from their own businesses to serve the greater good for the breed; recognizing that you will not make everyone happy while making sometimes difficult decisions for the greater good of the breed and the Association membership. The combination of the discovery of BSE coincided with the dissolution of the partnership with my brother. The original plan had been to buy out John’s share in the herd, but BSE was a game changer. With the uncertainty of the time it was decided that the only fair way to split was to physically split the cow herd. John dispersed his half of the herd in 2004. This allowed John to pursue his business venture in real estate and allowed my wife Ramona and I to continue on in the Angus business, which we did until 2011. With the demands of a young family, limited labour and some chronic sports injuries

from my youth, it forced us into the difficult decision to complete the dispersal of the Willabar herd. Today, with the injuries dealt with, but advancing age becoming a factor, we now run 200 commercial black cows in a May calving scenario. No more 2:00 a.m. trudges through the snow to the calving barn and a significant reduction in workload throughout the year as we are practicing extended grazing and rotational grazing techniques. I would like to thank the Canadian Angus Association for this 50 year recognition and I wish continued success to the Angus breed, the Canadian Angus Association and its membership. I have many good memories of my involvement, the events I attended and the people I encountered along the trail.

50 Years Doug Munton When asked to submit a biography, Doug Munton shared the following article which appeared in the magazine Blacks Unlimited around 1984. We have included a short excerpt here. You can view the rest at www. Alcan Angus—The Herd Which Produced Baros of Alcan Angus 40’73 By W. J. McKeag It was about a decade ago when Baros of Alcan Angus 40’73 was

born in Alberta. The Alcan name (“Al” from Alberta and “Can” from Canada) was not exactly a household word in Angusdom. In the ensuing years, Baros of Alcan Angus 40’73 would become one of the really well-known bulls in Canada. Alcan Angus would come to be known far and wide. Baros of Alcan Angus 40’73 would attract many visitors to Southern Alberta. Through his good breeding sons, Baros of Alcan 40’73 would establish the Baros bloodline as a distinct dynasty within the breed. The herd was not well-known nor large nor highly financed. Yet this herd—Alcan Angus— spawned a landmark sire. It was the beginning of a legend. This is the story of Alcan Angus and the amazing Doug Munton. This is the account of a man who would not allow his great dream to Die. It is, if you will, the story of patience rewarded. Doug Munton and his wife, Val, reside at a beautiful place near Lethbridge, Alberta. Their children are Melissa who is nine, Moira (the Irish version of the name “Mary”) is six, and Michael is the youngest. He is four years old. Some excellent Angus cattle also reside here as this is the main headquarters for Alcan Angus. A large portion of the Alcan Angus herd is maintained at Elkwater Ranch, Elkwater, Alberta. Doug Munton is an extremely busy individual. In addition to his Angus activities, Doug has another profession.

The Munton family

He is a Chartered Accountant and owns an extremely successful accounting firm. Doug Munton is indeed a productive individual. An Early Dream Doug Munton grew up on his father’s farm near Champion, Alberta. This is the place called East Champion. It was during the 60’s when Doug was growing up that he began to be ever more interested in cattle. It was then that he began to dream of breeding truly great cattle. From summer wages he began to acquire the nucleus of a small herd. The herd and the dream grew together. There were various influences in those days. There was the influence of Doug’s father, Stan Munton. (Stan would breed the famous Ben’s Big Boy 3’73.) There was also the influence of the noted Alex Sera, the Master of Coalbridge. Alex is one of the all-time great cattle breeders in Alberta. In fact, some of the first cows for the fledgling Alcan Angus herd came from Alex Sera. And with them a great friendship, wise counsel, and sound advice. Alex Sera had bred great cattle. He saw in young Doug Munton the tremendous potential of an emerging cattle breeder. Alex would further foster the great dream. Doug adds: During this time Doug spent three years as a board member of the Southern Alberta Angus Club and five years as a board member of the Alberta Angus Association. Since the writing and publication of this article by W. J. McKeag in the publication Blacks Unlimited, “a lot of water has passed under the bridge”. Today a few Alcan cows are run under the Benchmark banner with Doug’s son Michael. Together they operate a very successful Benchmark Beef Program. It truly is a “pasture to plate” operation.

50 Years Glennie Bros. Angus

Glennie Prime Cut 4A

Glennie M’Brook Lass 11X, last cow raised by Gordon Glennie

Glennie Angus was established by Gordon and Anne Glennie and carries on today as Glennie Bros. Angus with the involvement of their sons Wes and Reg. Over the years most of the cattle have been registered simply with the prefix Glennie although Rocking G was also used briefly. At Glennie Bros. we mark 1971 as the year the herd was established. My Uncle Doug and I attended a meeting in Calgary where we met a quiet but compelling gentleman named Harry Dacre. Dad and I decided to tour some Angus herds in 1971 stopping first at Mr. Dacre’s ranch. Mr. Dacre dispensed common-sense advice and provided us with a lengthy list of good breeders to visit. That fall dad made his first acquisition from the Lunder herd of Mr. Jesse Krokom at Bow Island, AB. The Lunder herd was of straight Redalda breeding and that first draft of heifer calves included daughters of Redalda Eileenmere 18Y. We consider one of those, Lunder Middlebrook Lass 8C, to be a foundation cow. She was productive, fertile, had a great disposition and a well attached udder with small teats and lived 22 years, raising her last calf in 1991. At least 50 percent of the current Glennie Bros. cow herd descends from this cow.

In fact the 2020 cow herd at Glennie Bros. all descend from only three cows. The second foundation cow is Pride of Diamond Horseshoe 4E who was acquired through the 1980 Cross Country Sale from the Loma Lanes herd of Mr. Ed Kolesar at Aden, AB. This fine cow, bred by Mrs. Mary Russell, was linebred to FV Marshall A11 and had Park Lake breeding on both sides of her pedigree.

an aged bull and carried a unique pedigree stacked with cattle superior in their day. The bull was bred by Ron Englot of Abernethy, SK and had sold in Ron’s dispersal as a twoyear-old.

The third foundation cow is Bon View Katinka 2545. We never owned the cow but bought the right to flush her resulting in four full sisters by Banner Concord 34X. In 1994 I was given a thorough tour of the Bon View herd by Howard Hillman. It took several hours and at one point Howard stopped, pointed to Katinka, a daughter of Pine Drive Big Sky, and said that she was as good a cow as he had ever owned.

Finally the two bulls most prominent in recent calf crops are Glennie Prime Cut 16B and Glennie Prime Cut 4A, both sons of Basin Prime Cut 354K and three-quarter brothers in blood. 16B was lost due to injury after the 2019 breeding season. 4A is sound and athletic approaching his eighth birthday.

Herd sires that figured prominently over the years include Freys Power Drive from Frey Angus at Granvillle, North Dakota; Banner Concord 34X (Honest John) from John and Millie Boake at Rocky Mountain House, AB; Bon View Paragon 2108 from Bon View in South Dakota; Ronan Tex 10X who we acquired from Jim Grant at Early Sunset, Edam, SK and bred by Joe Erdell, Mayerthorpe, AB; BCAR Topcut 326 from Clint Smith at Mankota, SK; Basin Prime Cut 354K whom we AI’d to extensively; SAV King of Mountain 8200 whom we acquired from Frey Angus and bred at Schaff Angus Valley. Prominent sires in the current cycle include Wiwa Creek Monarch 53’08, acquired from Trevor Buchko, North Battleford, SK and bred by Ian Gross. This bull bred naturally for us at 9 and 10 years of age and was remarkably youthful and sound when we sent him back to Trevor. Ron’s Baros 76G was acquired from Kelly and Audrey Kaufman and bred naturally for us at 10 and 11 years of age. We took the chance because he was outstanding as

Connealy Arsenal 2174 has been used extensively through AI consistently siring performance, added scrotal, superb dispositions and quality udders.

Over the years most Glennie cattle have been sold private treaty but a few bulls were consigned to the Regina Bull Sale (Grand Champion and Best Pair of Bulls 1982), the Calgary Bull Sale (Champion and Reserve Junior Champion and Best Pair of Bulls 1993) and Canada’s Red, White and Black Bull Sale in Moose Jaw, SK (10 bull strings to each of the 2017 and 2018 sales). The development of the Glennie herd was briefly interrupted when a complete dispersal was held in Swift Current in 1999 under the auspices of Optimal Bovines Inc., Rob and Mark Holowaychuk, with Colonel Steve Dorran as auctioneer. A few years after the dispersal I bought back four cows and the right to flush another one. Also dad bought back Glennie M’Brook Lass 3W. We still had the embryos from Bon View Katinka 2545. So from that base we forged ahead again to build the current 80 cow herd. In 2018 Glennie Bros. commenced an annual on-farm production sale held in early December featuring coming two-year-old bulls and bred heifers and presided over by the venerable auctioneer Donnie Peacock. After 50 years the story continues. 191


President Dallas Johnson Brookdale, MB (204)354-2011 Secretary/Treasurer Mandi Fewings Pierson, MB (403) 818-0482

Board Representatives Shawn Birmingham Brandon, MB (204) 573-6377 Expiry: 2022

Vice President Dylan Funk Minto, MB (204) 245-0185


Beef & Forage Week MB


Manitoba Beef Producers AGM Brandon, MB


Royal Manitoba Winter Fair Brandon, MB

Manitoba Ag Days Brandon, MB

SPRING Manitoba Angus Producers Bull Sales Various locations, MB SUMMER MAA Pasture Tour MB

Harding Fair (Gold Show) Harding, MB Canadian Junior Angus Showdown Neepawa, MB


Keystone Klassic (Gold Show) Brandon, MB


Manitoba Angus Association AGM MB

All events are subject to change and cancellation. Some events may be adjusted for virtual attendance.

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Manitoba Beef Producers Manitoba Beef Producers Phone: 204-772-4542 Toll Free: 1-800-772-0458 Fax: 204-774-3264 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Facebook: ManitobaBeefProducers1 Twitter: @ManitobaBeef By Carmen Koning Canadian Angus Association Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing approximately 6,300 beef producers involved in various aspects of the beef cattle industry, including the cow-calf, backgrounding and finishing sectors. This is the single largest livestock sector in Manitoba in terms of the number of individual producers involved. MBP is a non-profit organization with a producerelected board that consists of 14 directors, each representing cattle producers in a specific region or district of the province.

MBP is also represented at several national and provincial organizations and external committees. This affords MBP the opportunity to bring forward for discussion specific Manitoba perspectives on topics such as business risk management programs, traceability, animal care, research, trade, sustainability initiatives and many more. Examples include: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattle Feeders Association, Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), Canadian Beef Check-off Agency, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, Association of Manitoba Community Pastures, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), and others. Manitoba Beef Producers has long recognized the importance of investments in research and innovation to the longterm sustainability of the beef industry. To be competitive internationally, the industry needs ongoing research in areas such as feed, nutrition, genetics, and animal health, to name a few. As well, finding ways to improve herd health and on-farm productivity are important aspects of research. It is essential that work undertaken in the lab or in the field is converted into tools that primary producers can use on their farms.

MBP’s mission is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education—within the industry and to governments, consumers and others—to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future. These efforts take place to strengthen the beef industry’s viability, improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future for the industry in Manitoba for the benefit of the province’s beef producers and all Manitobans.

Manitoba beef producers’ check-off dollars help fund a broad range of research activities. For example, MBP investments have gone towards research projects such as: strategic supplementation to improve beef cattle performance in grazing systems, evaluation of forage varieties, perennial forage grains for fall grazing of beef cattle, assessing the impact of grazing annual forage cover crops in an integrated crop-livestock system, an economic impact analysis of Manitoba’s beef industry, and a project related to producer mental health and how it affects farm business management. MBP also works with other commodity groups, organizations and agencies to pursue research in areas of mutual interest, such as the Livestock Predation Prevention Pilot Project initiated in 2020.

Manitoba Beef Producers is directly or indirectly involved in a number of programs, initiatives or services that can provide benefits to the industry, including Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+), Manitoba

Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives is a formal collaboration between MBP, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the MFGA. Its purpose is to determine


priority areas and attract resources to address research and extension needs; to improve the collaboration between beef and forage researchers and extension staff; and to help ensure the efficient use of available resources while remaining flexible to evolving sector needs. MBFI research and extension projects aim to address gaps and issues in Manitoba’s beef and forage production knowledge base. Project information and results are extended to producers to improve adoption rates. As well, sharing information with the public and media so they can make informed choices about the beef and forage industries is also important to MBFI’s partners. An equally important function of research relates to the development of public policy. It is MBP’s belief that sound science must shape public policy, not public opinion. It is critical that legislators and policy makers have access to current science-based research when policies are being developed or modified that could impact the beef sector for many years. Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. MBP is a proud recipient of funding through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program. Cattle producers play an important role in managing a valuable part of the ecosystem – prairie grasslands. These grasslands provide critical wildlife habitat, but each year more native grassland is disappearing. Several grassland birds and other species are at risk because they are losing their homes and don’t have safe places to nest or to breed. By properly managing grazing pastures, cattle producers are maintaining their livelihoods and also protecting vital habitats; they are considered part of the solution. Delivered in collaboration with Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, SARPAL focuses on providing information and incentives to cattle producers to enhance pastureland with the goal to improve grass quality and maintain a healthy habitat. Producers’ dedication as sound stewards of the land has a positive and lasting effect on species at risk. MBP also advocates for its members on a broad range of topics, such as agricultural Crown land policies, business risk management programs, water management, sustainability and more. And MBP participates in many communications activities aimed at increasing awareness of cattle and beef production with the general public.

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ALBERTA Balog Auction Services Inc. 403-320-1980 Bow Slope Shipping Association 403-362-5521 Calgary Stockyards Ltd. (Strathmore) 403-934-3344 DLMS 780-991-3025 Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. (Veteran) 403-575-3772 Foothills Auctioneers Inc. (Stavely) 403-549-2120 Innisfail Auction Mart 403-227-3166 Medicine Hat Feeding Company 403-526-2707 North Central Livestock Exchange Inc. (Clyde) 780-348-5893 (Vermilion) 780-853-5372 Olds Auction Mart 403-556-3655 Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd. 403-329-3101 Provost Livestock Exchange 780-753-2218 Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange (Fort Macleod) 403-553-3315

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ONTARIO Brussels Livestock 519-887-6461 Kawartha Lakes Community Sale Barn Inc. 705-439-4444 Keady Livestock Market (Blue Water) 519-934-2339 Ontario Livestock Exchange Ltd. (Waterloo) 519-884-2082 (Greely) 613-821-2634 Ontario Stockyards Inc. (Cookstown) 705-458-4000


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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS of Canadian Angus Feeder Sales By Tina Zakowsky, Canadian Angus Association

Every fall, the Canadian Angus Association

shares the list of Angus influence sales. For the last few years, the number of sales has been fairly steady, ranging from 160–170. This number is the result of a huge amount of behind-the-scenes efforts from Canadian Angus members, cattle producers, CAA staff and auction marts. And while the work is ongoing every year to build and maintain relationships with commercial cattlemen and auction marts, the feeder sale program has come a long, long way. Prior to 2000, only five sales in Canada were designated as Angus influence. The first 18 officially designated Canadian Angus Association Commercial Angus Influence Sales were held in 2000. That number nearly quadrupled to 62 the following year. In early 2001, CAA staff member Brian Good proudly wrote in the Association’s magazine, “The demand is there for Angus and Angus influence calves, as indicated by top prices at every sale we attended. (Field staff) were very visible, attending 80% of the feeder sales for the (Angus tag sales) program. Quite noticeably green tagged calves were selling for a premium at a lot of auction barns, of course quality playing a big part in pricing.” The roots of the feeder sale program go back much further than 21 years. In 1980, a group of Angus producers got together, determined to increase commercial demand for Angus cattle in Canada. At that time, a significant lack of marketing and promotion to commercial producers saw Angus calves continually falling behind other breeds at auction. Angus breeders were concerned about the future and viability of the breed. In Saskatchewan, Bob Switzer, Larry Toner, Ken Frazer, Larry Gross, Terry Moneo, Collin Sauder, Bob Carruthers, Bill Dillabaugh, Jake and Bernice Willms, Mel Sisson and

Ron Perry put their heads together and came up with what become the longest running commercial sale in Canada, the Moose Jaw Feeder Show and Sale in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Angus Association sponsored the sale and a kick-off party the night before. The Saskatchewan Angus Association sent two or three representatives to Ontario to promote the Moose Jaw sale for a number of years as that was where the majority of western Canadian calves were marketed. The first sale, held on October 18, attracted 2,700 calves and the market responded with premiums for quality Angus calves. All calves were required to be at least 50 percent Angus and to show Angus colour (solid red or black) and characteristics. Despite the support from purebred and commercial producers in 1980, the Canadian Angus Association was not in a financial position to be able to invest in commercial producers for a number of years. Instead groups of purebred producers stepped in and filled the gap with events such as the Shortgrass Bull Sale and the Moose Jaw Feeder Show and Sale. The individuals who organized these events travelled to places like Maple Creek, Assiniboia, Shaunavon, Mankota and Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Medicine Hat, Alberta and even to Glasgow and Chinook, Montana to help get Angus and Angus-cross feeder sales get started. It wasn’t until the spring of 2000 that CAA was able to dedicate financial resources to commercial cattlemen. This came in the form of hiring Brian Good as marketing coordinator. His mandate was twofold: he was to work with auction marts across the

country to promote and increase the use of Angus tags and work with commercial cattlemen and feedlots to help them recognize the value of Angus cattle. Over the years, CAA staff worked with auction marts to promote the value of dedicated Angus feeder sales and the value of Angus tags. CAA staff and a dedicated team of part-time seasonal fieldmen attended as many sales as possible, generally attending 80 percent or more of the sales, to promote Angus genetics and the Angus tag program to commercial producers. The number of sales designated as Angus influence steadily grew. The Angus feeder sale program achieved another huge milestone in 2006 when Mankota Stockman’s Weigh Co. in Saskatchewan held the first all Angus-tagged, all age verified, all Angus influenced calf sale featuring 4,000 head. Mankota Stockman’s Weigh Co. supported the Angus feeder sale program from the beginning and was recognized for their efforts with the inaugural CAA Auction Market of the Year award. The Canadian Angus Association applauds the efforts of everyone who has contributed to the feeder sale program over the years: the group of visionaries who helped establish the first commercial sale to feature Angus genetics, CAA staff, part-time seasonal fieldmen, purebred Angus breeders, auction marts, and the commercial producers who embraced the Angus feeder sale program. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, designated Angus feeder sales are now held in all provinces across Canada except Newfoundland and Labrador, and beyond the auction mart to virtual platforms.


Canadian Angus Tags

The Tag with Benefits Angus-branded programs across Canada need and want to verify that what they are selling as Angus is indeed Angus. One way to prove that is by procuring cattle that are tagged Canadian Angus. Tagging your animals with Canadian Angus tags has its benefits: • Sell direct or through one of the 169 Canadian Angus Feeder Sales across Canada. • Canadian Angus tags visually and electronically identify Angus and Angus cross cattle. It’s our guarantee that the animal bearing the tag has a minimum of 50% Angus genetics. • CCIA compliant indicator—no other RFID indicator is required for national identification. • There are a number of branded beef programs in Canada that are unable to find enough verified Angus cattle to satisfy their program demands. The only way to verify? With our Canadian Angus tag! • Many Angus branded programs require Angus verification for qualification into their programs. Maximize your marketing opportunities by using Canadian Angus tags. Ordering your Canadian Angus RFID indicators has never been so easy: Please order directly from CCIA online at or call 1-877-909-2333 CCIA carries both the Datamars brand Temple Tag ComfortEar Canadian Angus RFID indicator as well as the Allflex brand Canadian Angus RFID indicator.

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Canadian Angus tagged animals are in high demand by Canadian Angus beef programs. Order your Canadian Angus management tags directly through the Canadian Angus Association. Order online or call 1-888-571-3580.

I have used the Canadian Angus tags with good success for years and I recommend all my clients use the tag. The tag is recognizable, stands out, and indicates the animal is of genetics of the greatest beef breed worldwide. The longevity and visibility of the tag is of great economic value. Victor Fischer, FISCHER ANGUS QUARTER HORSES

We’ve been using the Canadian Angus branded tags for at least 10 years. We have a purebred herd, so it was a no-brainer to switch to all “green” Angus indicators and management tags to promote with. We have to stick a tag in them regardless—so it may as well be a branded tag. Bob Higgins

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Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Saskatoon, SK

Saskatchewan Angus Association AGM Saskatoon, SK

President Trent Liebreich Radville, SK (306) 869-7207

1st Vice President Gord Roger Balgonie, SK (306) 570-8454

2nd Vice President Michelle Potapinski Hodgeville, SK (306) 677-7540

General Manager Belinda Wagner Saskatoon, SK (306) 757-6133


Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence Field Day Clavet, SK


Ag In Motion Langham, SK

SUMMER Annual Summer Tour SK FALL

Annual Gold & Junior Show SK


Lloydminster Stockade Roundup Lloydminster, SK

Gold & Junior Show Lloydminster, SK Agribition (Gold Show) Regina, SK

Board Representatives Sheldon Kyle Redvers, SK (306) 452-7545 Expiry: 2023

Dale Easton Wawota, SK (306) 577-7456 Expiry: 2022

All events are subject to change and cancellation. Some events may be adjusted for virtual attendance.

Mike Howe Moose Jaw, SK (306) 631-8779 Expiry: 2021 Manitoba Junior Angus Hillary Sauder Hodgeville, SK (306) 677-7542

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execute. The strategic plan prioritizes research, thus SCA directs a significant portion of check-off funds toward research. “The first part of this,” explains Ryder, “is funding research initiatives and using the results to improve competitiveness and resilience of Saskatchewan cattle production. This research often unlocks other funding or co-funding with the provincial government or other funders through the agricultural development fund.” SCA has joint funded research projects with Alberta Beef Producers, Beef Cattle Research Council and others.

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Phone: (306) 585-2333 Fax: (306) 585-2334 Email: Facebook: saskbeef Twitter: @SaskCattlemens

In 2015, SCA committed $1 million to help build the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The centre is now fully operational and SCA continues to work with the university, ensuring that capacity is sufficient, that the research being conducted delivers results for cattle producers and that it follows SCA’s research priorities.

By Tina Zakowsky Canadian Angus Association The Government of Saskatchewan passed the Agri-Food Act in 2004 leading to the formation of several development commissions including the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association in 2009–2010. Prior to the act, the Government of Saskatchewan collected check-off dollars for commodities. Groups such as the Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association applied to the government to use check-off funds to deliver programs to producers. A need was identified for a group that would reach across the province and types of production to represent cattle producers and manage the check-off funds. SCA CEO Ryder Lee says that paying check-off dollars to SCA enables producers to “Outsource going to a lot of meetings that they don’t have time to go to. We meet with politicians, regulatory bodies and other bureaucrats to discuss the minutiae of legislation so that producers don’t have to and so they can stay busy with the business of raising cattle.” He adds that is still very helpful for producers to reach out to their provincial and national elected representatives to reinforce the messages that SCA is sharing with them. The SCA Board of Directors creates the organization’s strategic plan for staff to 208

SCA also funds the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The $2.50 national check-off payment is non-refundable and is limited to research and promotion. SCA gives CCA 53 cents of each $2 check-off that they receive to be put towards national and international issues and lobbying efforts. Contributing to CCA fits the second element of SCA’s strategic plan, advocacy and developing policies and programs to improve producer resilience, profitability, skills and other needs. SCA advocates at the provincial and national level independently and in collaboration with industry groups including the National Cattle Feeders Association. Verified Beef Production Plus is a program that SCA supports annually. “Growing the Verified Beef Production Plus program is important to the story that we tell consumers and the value chain about how cattle are raised in Canada,” says Ryder. “It has been exciting to see the uptake of the program as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has grown and their brand has come online with partners like McDonald’s and others incorporating that into their offering.” SCA has also undertaken some advocacy and additional programming in response to the impacts of COVID-19. They have joined groups across the country to advocate for improved internet access for rural communities. They also committed SCA funds to provincial government funds to offset the cost of premiums for Saskatchewan producers.

Agriculture is a significant contributor to the GDP in Saskatchewan and Ryder notes that when he works at trade shows, he does not receive hard questions from consumers who don’t understand where their food comes from. SCA runs a targeted advertising and communications campaign aimed at consumers. In addition to a multi-year radio campaign, celebrity collaborations and contests, they recently added television advertising. “There’s a lot of support for producers and beef. We’re less about addressing anti-beef sentiments and are more about giving people permission to enjoy beef more often. We’re helping to make sure that people have an enjoyable experience eating beef so that they will keep enjoying beef.” Looking ahead, “We need to make sure that we’re showing up to conversations that maybe we didn’t worry about in the past and make sure that there are resources to have those conversations,” says Ryder. That’s one reason SCA has increased funding for programs such as Agriculture in the Classroom and Farm and Food Care. They will launch interactive activities for teachers and students to show them where their beef comes from and what cattle producers do to care for those animals. Ryder also reiterates the importance of producers supporting SCA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. “It makes it real for elected officials when producers invite them to their place and show them what they do for their animals. We can’t leave it to other people to tell our story. We have a great one and elected officials want to hear it and see it.” SCA is also closely watching farm consolidation and specialization. They continue to advocate for additional research capacity for forage utilization to improve the competitiveness of grassland, hay land and forage crop acres to better utilize them to be more productive and profitable but also to keep the land producing cattle. “There is lots of land that shouldn’t be used for annual crops that people still need to be able to make a living from,” says Ryder. “Some of the research that we do on this subject is pretty specialized and we’d like to see additional capacity at the University of Saskatchewan to look at it as well. We can’t stand still and let annual crop productivity and profitability march forward if we’re not doing the same on our perennial acres and with our cattle.”

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association By Tina Zakowsky, Canadian Angus Association Phone: 306-757-8523 Email: Box 4752, Main Floor, Canada Centre Building Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4 Facebook: skstockgrowers Twitter: @SK_StockGrowers

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) is a membershipbased organization that does not collect checkoff levies. SSGA represents cowcalf producers and delivers various industry and government funded programs. SSGA was formed in 1913 when a group of concerned livestock producers from across the province organized themselves to address a number of issues that they were facing. At that time, mass immigration of European immigrants and their homesteads were impacting large ranches and grasslands. The newly formed organization worked to establish brand policies and grazing leases with provincial and federal governments. From its early days, SSGA has had a strong involvement in stewardship and conservation. In the mid-1990s, SSGA launched their environmental stewardship award. In the late 1990s, SSGA was the lead in creating the Saskatchewan

Prairie Conservation Action Plan Partnership which brings together 32 government and nongovernmental organizations to address threats and opportunities to conserve native grasslands in Saskatchewan.

sheep are tested for the disease each year. Through this program, any producer that has a concern or requires peace of mind can request Johne’s disease testing for up to 250 head at no cost aside from their investment of time.

Over the last five years, SSGA has received more than $3 million in grants to work with landowners in southern Saskatchewan to conserve native grasslands and protect species at risk. Through those grants, SSGA has partnered on nearly 250,000 acres of grasslands.

Like many regional cattle associations, SSGA has developed a beef education program to connect with consumers and youth. SSGA has delivered the Agri-Ed program for more than 30 years with the help of provincial check off funding. Agri-Ed includes a beef display at Agribition and multiple events and fairs across the province to educate children on the role of beef cattle in the environment and beef nutrition. With the impacts from COVID-19 and most in-person events in 2020 and into 2021 cancelled, SSGA has been reevaluating how to reach children, including examining new interactive and virtual education tools.

In the fall of 2020, SSGA was developing a niche beef brand for species at risk friendly beef as a way to add value for producers that they collaborate with. This initiative is one of the tools that SSGA has been piloting through the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program supported by the Government of Canada. SSGA also created a charitable foundation through this program. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation was created with four main objectives: to conserve agricultural land; to address poverty; advance education; and assist victims of disaster. The foundation was formally launched in January 2020 and was slow to begin due to the impacts of COVID-19. A couple of major projects were under development in 2020 that will be announced throughout 2021. Since 2013, SSGA has administered Saskatchewan’s Johne’s disease surveillance program in which more than 4,000 beef cattle, goats and

As Chad looks to the future, he identifies an aging producer base which will result in a lot of turnover in beef cattle operations over the next 5 to 10 years as a challenge in the province. Operations will continue to consolidate and get larger. “We’ve seen challenges in expanding the cow herd. It’s a sign of competitiveness with the grain sector as well as operations being maxed out for labour. There is a ceiling for how large some of these operations can grow.” Increasing red tape and regulatory burdens, extra costs and paperwork are also an ongoing producer concern.

SSGA concerns itself with finding solutions. “When you find the right balance, sustainability works both ways,” Chad said. “When ranchers look after the land, the land can provide for us. Our work at SSGA is to find that balance among industry, government, and the environment that will SSGA General Manager Chad keep Saskatchewan beef on MacPherson says “COVID was people’s dinner tables.” a big disrupter for the industry and us as an organization both financially and operationally. We worked with the province and other groups on programming to help offset increases in price insurance premiums as well as the implementation of the fed cattle set-aside program.” Also in response to the impacts of COVID-19 and growing consumer interest in meat, in May 2020 SSGA launched a beef directory to help connect ranchers with consumers. That initiative connected SSGA with technology developers in Regina and the Meatocracy app was developed. 209

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June 10-12

Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Canadian Angus Association Annual General Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Cavalier (612 Spadina Crescent East) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of: • Receiving and considering the annual report and financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 and the report of the auditors thereon • Review and acceptance of the 2019 and 2020 annual general meeting minutes • Transacting such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting

Saskatoon, SK

Voting cards will be available for pick-up at the registration table on site Saturday, June 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. only. You must be a current Canadian Angus Association member in good standing to receive a voting card. Please note that there is one voting card per membership. Late entrance to the meeting is permitted but no voting cards can be picked up after 9:00 a.m. Please be advised that we may need to limit attendance, postpone the meeting or shift to a virtual AGM due to the impacts of COVID-19. Updated information will be shared on our website (, in our newsletter and our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn).

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Saskatchewan Angus Association





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Our Philosophy

W e b e l i e v e i n t h e s t r e n g t h o f o u r c oW h e r d

• matERnal cOwS that tRanSmit, that aRE EaSy flEShing anD plEaSant tO hanDlE • mOthER cOwS that will wORK in any pROgRam OR EnviROnmEnt • cOwS that wE pROuDly StanD bEhinD • SatiSfactiOn in SEEing thE cattlE that wE SEll gO On tO bE pROfitablE fOR thEiR nEw OwnERS

K e n r a y r a n c h - “g En E t i c S yO u c a n b u i l D O n”

Mark your 2021 c alendar

Annual Open House at Kenray Ranch March 27th, 2021 :: Annual ONLINE Bull Sale - April 7th & 8th, 2021 Agribition in “the Yards” Nov 2021 stop in for a visit :: Annual Fall Female Sale - Dec 2021

Kenray K Quality Red Angus for over 30 Years

The Kyles - REDvERS, SK • Visitors Always Welcome Sheldon, Ella & Oliver: 306.452.7545 • Ray & Donelda: 306.452.7447

[e] sheldon@ • visit our website:

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12th Annual Bull Sale mArch 6, 2021 At the rAnch, SK

sale manaGeD By Chris Poley: 306-220-5006 Ben Wright: 519-374-3335 shane michelson: 403-363-9973

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Clarke & Denise WarD G.s. 707 rr #7 Box 39, saskatoon, sk s7k 1n2 P: 306.931.3824 C: 306.220.6372 218

Saskatchewan Angus 2020 Breeder of the Year


When it comes to herdsire prospects and our private treaty replacement females or horses, the good ones are worth waiting for. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to show you through the herds. DEVELOPED ON NATIVE RANGE Call for a catalogue today! Or look us up... at the ranch or on the web

Join us

April 5, 2021 • 1 P.M.

Cowtown Livestock, Maple Creek SK


Black Angus Bull sALE

From our Pastures to Yours for over 55 Years Don & Connie Delorme • 306 299-7778 Darby & Sarah Delorme • 306 662-7993 Box 28, Robsart, SK. S0N 2G0 •

South Shadow • Boundary & Jay En Dee • Kay Dee & Prairie Pride Angus Herds

Market Report Updates brought to you by the Canadian Angus Association and Livestock Markets Association of Canada We are very excited to partner with Livestock Markets Association of Canada (LMAC) for a weekly video series on Canadian cattle market reports and updates! Subscribe to our ABC Channel to receive notifications or visit or to view the weekly videos.




6, 2021

At Crescent Creek Angus we like F words Crescent Creek Queen Ruth 67Y

Crescent Creek Blackcap 14D

Crescent Creek Rosebud 83D

Top 5% Milk

Elite Dam Top 1% Birth Weight Top 5% Calving Ease

23rd Annual Bull & Female Sale April 3, 2021 Goodeve, Sk

Crescent Creek Queen Ruth 151A Top 20% Mat Calving Ease

Our Focus is on the Female being functional and fertile they are Fundamental to success

The Olynyk’s Box 192 Goodeve Sk. S0A 1C0 Home: 306-876-4420 Wes Cell: 306-728-8284 Wade Cell: 306-730-7673 222

Justamere Farms




April 14, 2021



Bull Sale


2 pm CST at the Ranch 14 miles SW of Swift Current, SK Canada


80 Yearling

Breeding Quality Red Angus Since 1972 Follow us on Facebook!

Red Angus Bulls

Stop by for a tour any time . . . we would love to show you our herd!

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H: 306-773-6313

C: 306-741-1582


Bringing the Heat with Johnny Mo

& Canadian Angus

By Tino Suddes, Canadian Angus Association Video Archivist Intern

In October 2020 we released the first video in our Bringing

the Heat cooking series, a collaboration with Canadian curlers Team Kevin Koe. Skip Kevin Koe formed the team in 2006, and is joined by current team members B.J. Neufeld, John Morris, and Ben Hebert, playing third, second, and lead respectively. Beef plays a vital nutritional role for athletes: it’s a great source of complete protein, iron and zinc, all necessary nutrients in maintaining a healthy diet. Nutritional value combined with John’s cooking experience make the partnership between the team and Canada’s number one beef breed a great fit.

Left to right: Kevin Koe, Ben Hebert, John Morris and B.J. Neufeld

The tomahawk steak, provided by Lethbridge-based Benchmark Angus, was selected as the first cut to feature in the series. Benchmark Angus participates in the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program, an initiative created to assure consumers that beef labelled as Canadian Angus has been verified to contain minimum 50% Angus genetics. The tomahawk is a cut that you won’t typically find in local 226

grocery stores; it can be found through specialty butchers. The tomahawk represents highest quality prime cut Angus needing very little preparation or other elements to enhance its flavour, size and shape. Along with its incredible marbling, the tomahawk is a great choice for bringing the wow factor to your family’s table. Family is an important element for this series. Most Angus operations are a family business and we want to convey that aspect of the Angus industry to consumers through the dishes we showcase. Additional videos in the series feature preparation and cooking in home environments. We continue to select cuts based on their cooking ease, quality and ability to highlight Angus as a prime choice. The meat is provided by members of our Rancher Endorsed program. New videos will be added to our YouTube channel Angus Broadcasting Canada throughout the year. We look forward to further encouraging consumers to get involved and excited about cooking beef, as well as sampling the quality products that only Canadian Angus producers can provide.

Looking to add something extra to your steaks? Try this recipe for chimichurri sauce, featured in our tomahawk steak video. Ingredients: • 1 cup parsley leaves, tightly packed* • 1 tbsp oregano leaves, tightly packed • 4 garlic cloves, minced • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional; adjust to flavour preference) • Juice of 1 to 2 lemons (should be about ¼ cup of lemon juice) • Lemon rind, to taste • ½ tsp salt • Black pepper, to taste • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil *Note: can use whatever herbs are available fresh from your local grocer or garden. Instructions: 1. Place all ingredients except oil in food processor. Pulse until parsley is finely chopped, but not pureed. Alternatively, chop parsley by hand. 2. Transfer to small bowl. Add oil, stir gently. Let stand a minimum of 1 hour before use. Sauce can also be made a day ahead. 3. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. Makes about ¾ cup.


Let’s Get

Social! 2021: the Year of Contests

January: New year, new moo! Submit photos of your newest Angus animals. February: Love is in the air! Let’s see your best Angus-themed rendition of the classic poem ‘Roses are red… .’ March: Show your green—enter with photos of Canadian Angus green RFID indicators. April: April showers bring great prizes! Let’s see your rainy-day photos. May: May flowers are blooming, show us what you got! June: Remember when? Send in your throwback/nostalgic photos for a month of history and reminiscing. July: It’s time to beat the heat—show us how you or your animals cool off in the summertime. August: The joke’s on us! Submit your classic jokes (please keep them clean) for the laugh of the month. September: A month of haikus. We all remember learning haiku poetry in elementary school, now is your chance to put those skills to use. Fiveseven-five, keep your eye on the prize! October: Thanksgiving vs Halloween? Send us photos of your favourite October holiday! November: Winter is coming. What’s your best snowy/cold photo? December: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good Angus! Submit your holiday images, new or throwback, to join in the holiday spirit!

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The Canadian Angus Association is hosting a year of virtual fun and contests to run throughout 2021. Each month will be a different social media contest—mark your calendars and play often! Submit your entries on Facebook via the comment section with #CdnAngusContest. Winners will be announced at the end of each month. Prizes are awarded at random and include Canadian Angus management tags and/or various Canadian Angus merchandise.

Watch our social media channels for more details and reminders as the year develops. Note: all photos submitted will become property of the Canadian Angus Association for use on marketing and communications materials.

Guidelines for Sales, Gatherings and Events During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Carmen Koning, Canadian Angus Association


At the time of publication, a few best practices when hosting or attending a sale, event or gathering to follow include: • Limit attendance to comply with provincial and regional health regulations. • A two-metre separation should be maintained at all times between individuals who are not in the same household. • Require and provide masks to protect individuals when two-metre distance cannot be maintained. • Where possible, make internet or phone bidding available. In addition, where possible view cattle ahead of the sale in person or online. • Do not attend sales without a serious intention to purchase. • Do not attend a sale or event if you are sick with even mild symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is sick. • Do not bring additional family members with you, especially schoolage children. One person per farm operation is recommended. • Obtain contact information for all attendees so that if someone becomes ill after the event, all attendees can be easily notified. • Provide soap and water for frequent handwashing or an alcohol-based sanitizer.


When it comes to hosting or attending a sale, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in collaboration with the Government of Canada, Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Canadian Beef Breeds Council and industry stakeholders has produced recommendations for Canadian cattle sales during COVID-19. For the most current list of sale guidelines, please visit

Provincial Resources


The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic vary across Canada. It is recommended to always follow provincial and local government guidelines for hosting and attending gatherings and events. As the local health authorities are continually updating their guidelines and policies in response to infection and hospitalization rates, it is always best to refer to their websites for their most current information.

Telephone: 811 Government of British Columbia: about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/ current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus British Columbia Centre for Disease Control: Telephone: 811 Government of Alberta: aspx Alberta Health Services: Telephone: 811 Government of Saskatchewan: health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-proceduresand-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus Saskatchewan Health Authority: Telephone: 1-888-315-9257 Government of Manitoba: and Telephone: 1-866-797-0000 Government of Ontario: Public Health Ontario: Telephone: 1-877-644-4545 Government of Quebec: and Telephone: 811 Government of New Brunswick: corporate/promo/covid-19.html and Telephone: 811 Government of Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Health: Telephone: 811 Government of Prince Edward Island: covid19

National Resources Government of Canada: diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents.html Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Infection Prevention and Control Canada: Health Canada: Finance Canada Economic Response Plan: Canadian Food Inspection Agency: 229


Established in 1950...

Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan

4th generation family operation backed by longevity and integrity...

Canada's Largest Source of Angus Genetics

Two Sales a Year...

Spring Bull Sale Wednesday April 7, 2021 Selling 200 Yearling Bulls

Fall Bull Sale

Saturday December 4, 2021 Selling 200 Coming Two Year Old Bulls We pay 4% of your Comprehensive Insurance. Developed Sensibly for Longevity Free Delivery 500 miles or $100 Pick up Discount Semen Tested and Ready for Immediate Service Sight Unseen Satisfaction Guaranteed Free Wintering and Boarding Available Volume Discounts Online Biding Cull Bull Program. Receive a $500 credit on each new replacement bull you buy. (eg: If you cull 5 bulls you will receive a $500 deduction for each of the 5 replacement bulls you buy.) Credits must be used on a per bull basis and you cannot use more than 1 credit toward a new bull.

View Sale Book at or phone Carson Moneo 306-266-4414 Clay Moneo 306-266-4411 231



We value our partnerships from across the industry and cannot achieve growth and success without your support. Our mandate is to ensure our partners continue to thrive and gain exposure through our network; and in turn, the value brought to our industry in products, services, research, education and support are vital. To be included in our Road Map to Success the only requirement is your support for the Angus breed by advertising in Angus Life magazine. We look forward to showcasing our partner brands in our Road Map to Success in 2021 and beyond.


Advertising Index Advertiser Name

Page Number

66 Ranch Ltd.





32, 102

Arda Farms


Belvin Angus

Inside back cover

Benchmark Angus

Back cover

BMB Brewin Angus


Boehringer Ingelheim


Bohrson Marketing


Bow Valley Genetics


Camo Cattle Co.


Canada Beef


Canadian Cattlemen Magazine


Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society




Certified Angus Beef


Chapman Cattle Co.


CJ Campbell Insurance


Crescent Creek Angus




Advertising Index Advertiser Name

Page Number

Cudlobe Angus West


Delorme Ranch


Diamond T


Double C Red Angus


Double F Cattle Co.


Eastondale Angus


Easy Ray Angus Ranch


Ellsmere Farms


Everblack Angus


Excel Ranches


Flying K Ranch


Garvie Mountain Angus


Gemstone Cattle Company


Gillett Angus


Gurney Land & Livestock


Hamco Cattle Co.


Hamilton Farms


Harprey Angus Farms


Harvest Angus


Hazel Bluff Angus

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Advertising Index Advertiser Name


Page Number

HBH Angus Farms


Heart of the Valley Farms


Heinz Cattle Co.


JAS Red Angus


JPM Farms


Justamere Farms


KC Stock Farm


Kenray Ranch


KT Ranches


Lakeland Group


Lauron Red Angus


Lazy E Bar Ranching Ltd.


Lazy S Ranch


Leader Products


Leeuwenburgh Angus


Livestock Markets Association of Canada


Lone Stone Farms


Mar Mac Farms




MJT Cattle Co. Ltd.

Inside front cover

Advertising Index Advertiser Name

Page Number

Moose Creek Red Angus


Neogen Canada


Nordal Limousin & Angus


Norfolk Cattle


Northway Cattle Co.


Ole Farms


Palliser Chevrolet


Peak Dot Ranch Ltd.


Poplar Meadows Angus


Pugh Farms


Rainbow Hills Ranch


Rebel Creek Angus


Red Moon Angus


Reid Angus


Remitall Farms


Rivercrest Angus


Riverfront Angus Ranch


Rivers Edge Cattle Co. Ltd.


Rodgers Red Angus


Sandy Bar Ranch

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Advertising Index Advertiser Name


Page Number

Schaff Angus Valley




Scott Stock Farm


Semex Beef


Shiloh Cattle Co.


Six Mile Ranch


Spruce View Angus


St. Helen’s Meat Packers Limited


TEAM Auction


Triple S Red Angus


Valley Blossom Ranch




Ward’s Red Angus


Wheatley River Farm


Wheeler’s Stock Farm


Windy Willows Farms


Yarrow Creek Farm & Ranch


Join us on March 2, 2021 for our ninth annual Belvin



Featuring yearling and long yearling bulls and 12 open heifers

Gavin & Mabel Hamilton • Colton • Quinn & Brendyn 403.224.2355


P.O. Box 6134, Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S8 GAVIN’S CELL 403.556.5246 COLTON’S CELL 403.507.5416 BRENDYN ELLIOT 250.449.5071


Why Use a Benchmark® Angus Bull? Our goal is to provide the genetics to our valued customers allowing them to be the most profitable in the business. Feeder Calf Index

Feeder Calf Index is calculated by the Canadian Angus Association & gives a weighted combination EPD of economically relevant traits for feeder calves.

Ranch #1 using Benchmark® Bulls Ranch #2 using Benchmark® Bulls Ranch #3 using Benchmark® Bulls Ranch #4 using Benchmark® Bulls Ranch #5 using Benchmark® Bulls

Breed Average

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Be sure your cattle measure up... Use a Benchmark® Bull!


Makin’ the Grade Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Doug Munton: (403) 328-6966 Mike Munton: (403) 394-4903 Shawn Smaglinski: (403) 795-0262 238

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