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Canadian londe d’Aquitaine

ASSOCIATION

2017 BOARD of DIRECTORS DAVID KAMELCHUK | President

Box 32 Ellscott, Alberta T0A 1B0 P: 780-675-1227 | E: littlecreekagroforestry@gmail.com

NICHOLAS BOYD | Vice President

73 Clairfiedds Dr, West Guelph, ON N1G 5H9 P: 519-835-9099 E: oneoakblonde@gmail.com

REED RIGNEY | Secretary

Box 5959, Westlock, AB T7P 2P7 P: 780-348-5308 | E: rigney@clearwave.ca

SHELLIE WOLFE | Treasurer

RR 2 Site 4 Comp 1, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4E8 P: 250-782-8565 | E: dustyacreblondes@outlook.com

RYLAND CLEARY

310 Ch Bourassa, Ste. Anne De La Rochelle, QC JOE 2B0 P: 450-539-0385 E: slyrye12345@hotmail.com

PAUL FEE

6211 Line 9 North, Waubaushene, ON LOK 2C0 P: 705-835-2581 E: feehavenfarms@hotmail.com

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President’s Message

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Updates from the Board

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News from the Provinces

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4H Show Results

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2017 Canadian National Junior Show

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Breeder of the Year: Reed Rigney

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Passing the Torch: Myrna Flesch Retires

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Bull Tests, Performance Program and EPD’s

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Upcoming Events

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2016 Breeder Directory

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2016 Cream of the Crop Sales Report

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Show Results Roundup 2016 Including: 2016 Ontario Hi Point Awards and 2016 Show Incentive Program

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National Meeting Show and Sale

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French translations by Maureen Landry Traduction faite par Maureen Landry

MEMBERSHIP

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

LE MOT DU PRÉSIDENT

HELLO FELLOW BLONDE BREEDERS

BONJOUR,CHERS AMIS ÉLEVEURS DE LA BLONDE

The days are getting longer so that can only mean that spring is right around the corner. I know it from looking at the cows as well since they are starting to show that they are getting close to calving for about a March 1 start. This is about the norm for us as it allows for the checks to be a little bit further apart because it’s generally warmer, and the days are longer so it is easier to get a chance to do the weighing, needling and tagging in the light. Makes it a little bit safer as well if you have a protective mom or two in the bunch.

Les journées sont plus longues, c’est assurément un signe que le printemps arrive à grand pas. Un autre signe c’est en regardant les vaches, car elles montrent des signes que le vêlage est proche, probablement pour le début de Mars. C’est normal pour nous, car ça permet aux contrôles d’être un peu plus éloignés parce qu’il fait généralement plus chaud et les journées sont plus longues, il est plus facile de les peser, vacciner et identifier en plein jour. C’est un peu plus sécuritaire aussi si vous avez une ou deux mamans protectrices dans le clos.

One of the interesting things about norms on the farm is that they are generally few and far between. There is always something that can happen that can make that last hair turn grey if you still have one that’s not. A not so funny at the time, but funny now thing happened to me the other day speaking of nothing being normal. I came home from the girls’ 4-H public speaking and went straight out to the barn to start chores. As I got closer I could hear water spraying somewhere. Yay I thought, -20C and I’ve got a water line broken under the water bowl. Having some tools handy I quickly undid the hose clamps and pulled the hose out and upon looking at it, it appeared to have been chewed by something. Hmmm, I thought, “What could it be?” So being a little bit more careful now that I thought there might be an encounter with some toothy wild critter, I took the side panel off and carefully peered under the bowl. To my surprise there was a big fat muskrat floating proudly on a raft of Styrofoam in his self-made heated pool. He was evicted rather quickly and after I finally got the water all scooped out of the depression under the bowl with one of Janet’s Pyrex measuring cups I couldn’t help but chuckle - even though I was half frozen and still mildly frustrated. So the moral of the story is always to expect the unexpected on the farm… especially when it’s really cold outside.

Une des choses intéressantes au sujet des normes sur la ferme c’est qu’ils sont généralement très rares. Il y a toujours quelque chose qui va arriver qui va nous faire grisonner un peu plus, s’il en reste à grisonner. Par exemple, pas si drôle à l’époque, mais drôle maintenant. Je suis rentré à la maison après avoir écouté mes filles parlé en public au sujet des 4-H et je suis allé directement à la grange pour commencer les corvées. À mesure que je me rapprochais, je pouvais entendre l’eau qui coulait quelque part. Bon j’ai pensé, -20C et j’ai une ligne d’eau brisée sous le bol d’eau. Ayant quelques outils à portée de la main j’ai rapidement défait les crampes du tuyau et j’ai sorti le tuyau et en le regardant, il semblait avoir été rongé par quelque chose. Hmmm, j’ai pensé, “qu’est-ce que ça pourrait bien être ?” En pensant à un rongeur sauvage avec des grosses dents, prudence était de mise, j’ai pris le panneau latéral et j’ai regardé attentivement sous le bol. À ma grande surprise, il y avait un gros rat musqué flottant fièrement sur un radeau de styromousse dans sa piscine chauffée. Il a été expulsé assez rapidement et après que j’ai finalement ramassé toute l’eau sous le bol avec une des tasses à mesurer Pyrex de Janet, je ne pouvais pas m’empêcher de rire - même si j’étais à moitié gelé et encore légèrement frustré. Donc, la morale de l’histoire est de toujours s’attendre à l’inattendu sur la ferme ... surtout quand il fait vraiment froid dehors.

After hosting a very successful National Show and AGM in Olds, AB this past October the CBDA is glad to announce that the National will be held in Victoriaville, Quebec in 2017 over the Thanksgiving weekend. It will be a great chance to get to visit a beautiful part of the world especially at the time of the year when the hardwoods will be changing colors from green to bright reds and yellows. There will be more information in this edition of the Connection further in. Results from the bull tests are starting to come in so it is time to start looking for that next herd sire if you need one. Don’t miss out on getting the chance to have your pick of the pen. It seems that the commercial cattlemen are leaning more towards the tans than they have in the last several years so it is a good chance to get some good blonde bulls into commercial herds to show off what they can do. Check out the bull test results on one of the association websites today. It looks like the cattle markets have stabilized quite nicely as well, but still being about a third lower than last year, it makes every pound you gain by using the best genetics you can make a difference. In closing I hope you enjoy the advertising and information contained in the 2017 edition of the Connection and best of luck this calving season. Just remember you could have a champion in the making!

Après avoir organisé le National Show et l’AGM à Olds, Alberta en octobre dernier qui a été un très grand succès, la CBDA est heureuse d’annoncer que le National aura lieu à Victoriaville, Québec en 2017 pendant la fin de semaine de l’Action de Grâce. Ce sera une excellente occasion d’aller visiter une belle partie du monde surtout à l’époque de l’année où le feuillus change de couleurs, du vert au rouge vif et jaune. Il y aura plus d’informations dans cette édition de la Connection. Les résultats des tests de taureau commencent à rentrer, il est donc temps de commencer à regarder pour un taureau pour votre troupeau, si vous en avez besoin. Premier arrivé, premier servi ! Il semble que les éleveurs commerciaux se penchent plus vers les peaux plus pâles qu’ils ont dans les dernières années, donc c’est une bonne occasion de mettre de bons taureaux blonds dans les troupeaux commerciaux pour montrer ce qu’ils peuvent faire. Consultez les résultats des tests de taureau sur l’un des sites Internet de l’association aujourd’hui. Il semble que les marchés du bétail se sont stabilisés assez bien, mais toujours environ un tiers de moins que l’année dernière, ce qui fait que vous pouvez faire une différence avec chaque livre que vous gagnez en utilisant la meilleure génétique. En conclusion, j’espère que vous apprécierez la publicité et les informations contenues dans l’édition 2017 de la Connection et en vous souhaitant une bonne saison de vêlage. N’oubliez pas que vous pourriez avoir un champion en devenir ! Traduction française par Maureen Landry

Dave Kamelchuk Dave Kamelchuk

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THE BULL YOU USE IS HALF THE HERD BLONDES ARE A GREAT FOUNDATION BULL USED WITH ANY BREED Bred in muscle, lean beef, and fantastic dress out percentage. All this with quiet, great dispositions and easy keepers. CONTACT ANY OF THE MAN – SASK ASSOCIATION MEMBERS LET US ASSIST YOU IN SELECTING A HERDSIRE

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UPDATES FROM THE BOARD SNP DNA update - This project has taken longer than expected, but is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017. Reduced pricing will be available until December 1, 2017. All of the samples are now at Delta Labs in Edmonton. About half of the requested Blonde samples have been converted and about 1/3 of the total requested samples have been done (65K of 200K). Individual samples cannot be pulled if specific DNA is needed, but the box containing the sample can be placed in a priority line so that it is completed more quickly than normal. We are hoping to have access to a French DNA test by the fall of 2017 that will allow us to do Genomic trait testing on our Blonde cattle. With a hair sample, we could test for calving ease, growth traits, milk, carcass traits, etc. This test will also give results for Axonopathy, 1/29 Translocation, double muscling as well as some positive muscle traits that improve carcass quality. A Breeder Handbook is on the way, and should be available on the Canadian Blonde website by the time you receive this publication. It contains historical information on Blonde cattle, informative articles, registration and performance program forms and other information that could be helpful to new and seasoned breeders alike.leave in Breeding timing info from last Newsletter 2016-17 CBDA Board of Directors - clockwise starting top left - Ryland Cleary (QC), Reed Rigney (AB), Shellie Wolfe (BC), Nicholas Boyd (ON), Paul Ferguson (ON), Paul Fee (ON),Dave Kamelchuk (AB) - missing Ashley McNevan (ON), Bill Van Bakel (ON)

Nouvelles sur l’ADN SNP - Ce projet a pris plus de temps que prévu mais devrait être terminé d’ici l’été 2017. Des prix réduits seront disponibles jusqu’à Decembre 1, 2017. Tous les échantillons sont maintenant chez Delta Labs à Edmonton. Environ la moitié des échantillons de Blonde demandés ont été convertis et environ 1/3 du total des échantillons demandés ont été effectués (65K de 200K). Les échantillons individuels ne peuvent pas être traités si un ADN spécifique est nécessaire, mais la boîte contenant l’échantillon peut être placée en priorité de sorte qu’elle est terminée plus rapidement que la normale. Nous espérons avoir accès à un test d’ADN français d’ici l’automne 2017 qui nous permettra de faire des tests de caractères génomiques sur nos bovins Blonde. Avec un échantillon de cheveux, nous pouvons évaluer la facilité de vêlage, les traits de croissance, le lait, les traits de carcasse, etc. Ce test donnera également des résultats pour l’Axonopathie, Translocation 1-29, double musculation ainsi que certains traits musculaires positifs qui améliorent la qualité de la carcasse. Un manuel d’éleveur est en cours d’élaboration et devrait être disponible sur le site Internet de l’Association Canadienne au moment où vous recevrez cette publication. Il contient des informations historiques sur les bovins Blonde, des articles d’informatifs, des formulaires d’inscription et de programme de performance et d’autres informations qui pourraient être utiles aux éleveurs nouveaux ou chevronnés. Traduction : Maureen Landry The The Blonde Blonde Connection Connection || Spring Spring 2017 2017 Issue Issue || 5 5


NEWS PROVINCES from the

ALBERTA & BRITISH COLUMBIA

MANITOBA & SASKATCHEWAN

Things have been pretty quiet in Alberta since the last update. The winter weather at times has been more normal than the last few years - colder temperatures. But as I write this it is raining and we have had three consecutive days near ten degrees on the plus side, and nights above zero as well.

Hello out there from the Man-Sask Blonde Association! A new year, a new government. What is good for the US A economy is good for Canadians-maybe. As there is a new President we are hoping for the best. The spectre of COOL and R-calf is still looming in the wings. It was enough worries that here in Canada we had a T.B. crisis to deal with and the idea of a pending carbon tax on the fuel we need for our jobs.

The Alberta Blonde Bull Test started with a total of 15 bulls - 3 more than my last report due to some later arrivals. Little Creek Farms, Sprucevale Blondes, Upper Cache Blondes and Willow Springs Stock Farm are the contributors. As of the 56 day point there are four bulls significantly ahead of the others in terms of test gain - all of them around the 120 mark for test index and a 3.75 lbs/day gain. A polled PB son of Forty Acre Troy out of Liahn Poll Cat dam leads the way for Sprucevale Blondes, followed closely by a black polled PB son of Frostybrae Blackie out of a Dee Bran Eldyn daughter (Little Creek), a FB son of NAJ Galante by a Winstons Northern Image dam (Willow Springs) and a polled PB Hanover Special son from Upper Cache Blondes. The WPDA category is being lead by a Sundance Zephyr son out of an Igha dam at a 122 index followed by three other bulls at a 111-112 index - all four bulls consigned by Willow Springs Stock Farm. Full results are available on the Alberta & Canadian Blonde websites, and the next weigh day will be available by the time this magazine comes out. The test will be complete around April 1st, 2017 and bulls are available for sale by private treaty at any time so don’t wait if you are interested in a specific bull. Reed Rigney

There has been some proposed changes in a lot of areas dealing with agriculture. Saskatchewan introduced the Western Livestock Insurance price to level out the cost/gain price of the beef industry. It was felt it was under utilized. There is also a forage insurance which might be beneficial to some seeing as how the weather has affected us so much this decade. As a group, we have had a good year with bull sales to many different people, enough so that there were none offered for sale that were unselected. The females offered did very well also. Since we are breeding for character development as in easy going, laid back temperament as well as all the other great attributes of the Blondes, we have developed an excellent reputation for having cattle that are very desirable in all aspects. The Man-Sask Bull Test Station has set up its’ 53rd annual sale. They are video taping the bulls before the sale so that prospective buyers can see them before they actually run them through the ring. Online bidding is set to go and is very welcome. The general meeting for the Man-Sask association will take place after the sale at The Chalet. I cannot close out with out referring to the weather as it is the engine that drives our production. It is still a roller coaster that we deal with, for good or bad, so we may as well enjoy the ride and keep on producing the best cattle in the world. Have a great year with healthy calves, lots of hay and great prices in the fall. Pat Filz

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PROVINCIAL CONTACTS ALBERTA / BRITISH COLUMBIA

ONTARIO Another year has passed by too quickly! The weather in my part of the province the Nation’s Capital, has been hovering around the freezing mark for most of January and precipitation every second day it seems. It would be better if it were a little colder, too hard trying to keep everyone dry in the yard. Maybe it’s just me but the older I’m getting the less I’m enjoying working with or against the weather. It could be the pneumonia and a sinus infection I was battling for many months making me feel this way. Our Blondes were well represented throughout the province this past year at fairs and plowing matches. Thanks to the breeders and 4H members who participated in those events, and congratulations to the winners. Good luck to our 2017 competitors and to promoting blonde cattle! The markets have shrunk back a little, hopefully it’s just a hiccup last doesn’t last too long for us. In Ontario our cow herd is shrinking along with our test stations. Hopefully everyone is taking advantage of the Canadian Performance Program that is offered to the membership at a low cost, by entering birth and weaning weights. The more breeders entering data will help our breed in the long run as well as individual farms having some EPD’s on their cattle. The Cream of the Crop Sale offered some great cattle from our consignors. Thanks to everyone who made it a successful sale! The corner of the ring with the phones was a little quieter without Dave McNevan manning them this past year! We managed but you were missed! Six new buyers at the 2016 sale, our advertising money at work!? The OBdAA AGM is at Bobby C’s in Bowmanville on Saturday March 25th starting at noon. A reminder for our members to bring an item for our ever popular mini auction. It is always entertaining! I’d like to thank our Directors for an outstanding year, great job in your positions. Three directors are up for re-election, Eric Doran, Kirk McGee and Jeremy DeWeerd. Directors Paul Fee, Nicholas Boyd and Dave Payne have another year on the board. Nominations are to be sent to Paul Fee.

Reed Rigney 780-348-5308 rigney@clearwave.ca www.albertablondecattle.com

QUEBEC Bonjour chers éleveurs Blonde d’Aquitaine! Cette année l’Association Blonde d’Aquitaine du Québec sera l’hôte de l’Assemblée Générale Annuelle de l’Association Canadienne Blonde d’Aquitaine. Vous trouverez la cédule détaillée des activités dans cette revue. Nous vous invitons donc à assister à cette importante réunion et par la même occasion à rencontrer les éleveurs qui seront présents à Expo Bœuf 2017. C’est une opportunité de voir ce qui se fait pour l’amélioration de la race à l’échèle canadienne, c’est un rendez-vous, on vous attend. Gilbert Gauthier, président

MANITOBA / SASKATCHEWAN Pat Filz 306-634-2174 fortyacreblondes@sasktel.net

ONTARIO

Steve Acres 613-836-4190 stevenjacres@sympatico.ca www.ontarioblondes.com

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Maureen Landry 819-336-3966 blondaquitaineqc@hotmail.com www.blondaquitaineqc.com

Dear Blonde d’Aquitaine breeders! This year the Québec Blonde d’Aquitaine Association will be hosting the Canadian National Annual General meeting. You will find a detailed schedule of the events in this volume. We invite you to be present at this important meeting and by the same occasion come and meet the breeders who will be at the 2017 edition of Expo Boeuf. This is an opportunity to see for yourself the breed improvements on a Canadian level. It’s a date and we are expecting you. Gilbert Gauthier, President Autres rendez-vous 2017/Other 2017 dates Expo St-Hyacinthe Fair du 27 juillet au 5 août July 27 to August 5th Expo de Brome Fair du 1er au 4 septembre September 1st to the 4th Expo Richmond Fair du 7 au 10 septembre September 7th to the 10th Expo Lindsay Fair (Ontario) du 20 au 24 septembre September 20th to the 24th

Hope to see you there! Steven J. Acres

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4-H SHOW

RESULTS

We received the following information and pictures from 4-H members in Alberta and Ontario that showed Blonde or Blonde cross animals this past year.

2016 Ontario 4-H Blonde Project Summary In 2016 the Ontario Blonde Association sponsored $80 each to fourteen , 4-H members that used Blonde animals for their projects. 7 different counties were represented. Colby Lenover Elliott Smith Kaiden Howes Cameron Halpenny Jessie Harris Kylee Gray Phillip Ferguson

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01 Toronto Royal Masterfeeds National Junior Beef Heifer Show Left-Right: Phillip Ferguson, Cameron Halpenny, Samantha Ferguson [01]

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Samantha Ferguson Emily Fee Jasmin Schiestel Keisha Schiestel Karson Hobbs Justin Coyne Braiden Baker

Toronto Royal Masterfeeds National Junior Beef Heifer Show Left-Right: Phillip Ferguson, Cameron Halpenny, Samantha Ferguson

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Avery Kamelchuk and Cee Cee

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My name is Kylee Gray and I am 10 years old from Jasper, Ontario. The name of my heifer is Crystal Diva. I am in the Grenville 4-H Beef Club. I have grown up beside the Crystal Farm, always walking down spending time with the cows, and looking forward to the day I turned 10 to be able to join 4-H to show cattle. I have went to Merrickville, Chesterville, Spencerville shows.

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Emma [02] and Avery Kamelchuk [03] showed heifers in the Colinton 4-H club, and Avery had the Reserve Champion heifer. Avery also won her club junior showmanship, and went on to win the district showmanship title. She wrapped up a very good day by winning the junior district judging competition. Emma also had a good day placing 2nd in her club for intermediate showmanship, and winning the intermediate district judging competition.

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Canadian National Junior Show

After a 19 year hiatus, planning is underway for the 2017 Canadian National Junior Show. As with any event of this type sponsors and especially Junior participants are needed, so we hope we can count on everyone to make this event a great success. And Juniors please make sure your friends and 4-H mates know about this too. As I said - the more Juniors the better. Please watch for more details to come in Association newsletters, on Association websites and on the Ontario and Canadian Blonde Facebook pages. You can also contact the Chairperson of the show directly - Nicholas Boyd by email oneoakblonde@gmail. com or phone 519-835-9099.

TENTATIVE DETAILS • It will be a 2 day event held in conjunction with the Ontario Blonde Picnic. • The event is planned for the August long weekend (Aug 5-6, 2017). • The exact location in Ontario has yet to be decided.

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• It is open to all members of the Canadian Blonde Association 21 years of age and under as of January 1, 2017. A Junior membership is $10/year, and can be purchased at the event or with pre-entries. • Show classes planned are : Pee Wee (8 years and under), Open Purebred (older Juniors), Commercial Blonde (Older juniors), Junior Owned class and Showmanship. • Animals do not need to be owned by the Junior member, except in the case of the Owned class.

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• There will also be competitions for Judging, Print Marketing, Photography and Artwork.

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• Awards will also be given to the Aggregate winners in each division, and top Herdsperson.

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WILLOW SPRINGS STOCK FARM

REED RIGNEY

BREEDER of the Reed Rigney needs no introduction. If

you don’t know him, it means you’ve likely never been in the same room as him. When Reed talks, you listen. Not that you have a choice, but to some, maybe most, he’s known as the Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Encyclopedia Version 1. His passion for the breed, his love of cattle and his desire to have the very best of the best are always evident when he speaks. Having been introduced to the breed by his grandfather, the late Hugh Rigney, one of the originals in the breed, it’s only fitting that Reed would win the inaugural Shirley Bilton Breeder of the Year Award. It was also Reed who brought the idea forward to the Canadian Board to honor Shirley Bilton, one of many initiatives he has undertaken. His contributions have not gone unnoticed, as to win this prestigious award you must be nominated by your peers. Rigney, who owns and operates Willow Spring Stock Farm, is active and involved in a variety of facets encompassing this breed. He holds a number of executive titles including President of the Alberta Blonde d’Aquitaine Association and Secretary for the Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association. He plays an integral part in the importation of frozen genetics, and is your one stop source for any domestic frozen genetics.

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During the 2016 year, Reed represented Canada during the 20th annual Aquitanima event in France. After

a week of farm visits and workshops, Reed prepared a presentation on Canadian Blonde genetics to a group of over 300 constituents. Without his research, finding grants and funding to send representatives as well as bring others to Canadian events, this would not have been possible. He exemplifies the true leadership, with the dedication to grow and expand the breed.

Also during the calendar year, Reed spearheaded the initiative to switch all genetic testing from Microsatellite to the more accurate SNP, which will also allow for advanced genomic testing. In this process, he voluntarily took the time to input and send all of the information for those wishing to convert their previously registered animals to the new lab, so those members could save significant costs compared to doing this individually. It would be hard for many to fathom the time and effort this task required. While most would be exhausted at this point in the year, Reed’s efforts continued. A firm believer in the performance program, not only did he input all BIO numbers for any Canadian member wishing to participate, he also managed a Bull Test station for those in the Western provinces to show off their Blonde bulls. Five breeders participated with a total of 17 bulls being on test under Rigney’s management. Just for good measure, Reed organized the 2016 Canadian National Show and AGM hosted in Olds, Alberta in early October. The event was well attended with

Reed on left, CBDA President Dave Kamelchuk on right


YEAR 2016 members from nearly all provinces being present. Organizing an event of this size is no easy task, but as expected all in attendance had a wonderful time, sharing laughs, stories and ideas. Bringing a large string of eight cattle for the show, Reed’s WSS Farm took home Grand & Reserve Champion Male, along with Reserve Champion Female and Premier Exhibitor.

Congratulations to Reed Rigney on a welldeserved honor, from all the members of Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association. And yes, you guessed it right…. Reed is the man in charge of getting all the content together for this publication!

Reed Rigney n’a pas besoin d’introduction. Si vous ne le connaissez pas, cela signifie que vous n’avez probablement jamais été dans la même pièce que lui. Quand Reed parle, vous écoutez. Non pas que vous avez le choix, mais pour certains, peut-être la plupart, il est connu comme l’Encyclopédie de la Blonde d’Aquitaine Canadienne Version 1. Sa passion pour la race, son amour du bétail et son désir d’avoir le meilleur des meilleurs sont toujours évident quand il parle. Après avoir été présenté à la race par son grand-père, le défunt Hugh Rigney, un des originaux de la race, il est juste approprié que Reed remporterait le premier le ‘’Shirley Bilton Breeder of the Year Award’’. C’est aussi Reed qui a présenté l’idée aux membres du conseil d’administration de l’association canadienne pour honorer Shirley Bilton, une des nombreuses initiatives qu’il a entreprises.

la génétique congelée et est votre source unique pour toute génétique domestique congelée. Au cours de l’année 2016, Reed a représenté le Canada lors de la 20e édition de l’Aquitanima en France. Après une semaine de visites agricoles et d’ateliers, Reed a préparé un exposé sur la génétique blonde canadienne à un groupe de plus de 300 personnes. Sans sa recherche, trouver des subventions et des fonds pour envoyer des représentants ainsi que pour amener d’autres à des événements canadiens, cela n’aurait pas été possible. Il illustre le véritable leadership avec le dévouement à croître et à agrandir la race. En outre, au cours de l’année civile, Reed a lancé l’initiative de passer tous les tests génétiques de Microsatellite au SNP qui est plus précis, ce qui permettra également des tests génomiques avancés. Dans ce processus, il a volontairement pris le temps de saisir et d’envoyer toutes les informations pour ceux qui souhaitaient convertir leurs animaux déjà enregistrés au nouveau laboratoire, afin que ces membres pourraient économiser des coûts importants par rapport à le faire individuellement. Il serait difficile pour beaucoup d’imaginer le temps et l’effort que cette tâche a pris. Alors que la plupart serait épuisé à ce stade de l’année, les efforts de Reed ont continué. Croyant fermement au programme de performance, il a non seulement inscrit tous les

numéros BIO pour tout membre canadien souhaitant y participer, mais il a aussi dirigé une station d’épreuve de taureaux pour que les éleveurs des provinces de l’Ouest montrent leurs taureaux Blonde. Cinq éleveurs y ont participé avec un total de 17 taureaux étant en épreuve sous la gérance de Rigney. En plus de tous ses efforts, Reed a aussi organisé l’Assemblée Générale Annuelle 2016 et le ‘’National Show’’ de l’Association Canadienne qui ont eu lieu à Olds, en Alberta, au début du mois d’octobre. L’événement a été très réussi par la participation de membres de presque toutes les provinces. Organiser un événement de cette taille n’est pas une tâche facile, mais comme prévu tous les participants ont eu du bon temps en partageant des rires, des histoires et des idées. En apportant huit de ses animaux au spectacle, la Ferme WSS de Reed a remporté le Grand Champion et Réserve Mâle ainsi que la Championne de Réserve Femelle et le Premier Exposant. De la part de tous les membres de l’Association Canadienne Blonde d’Aquitaine, Félicitations à Reed Rigney pour un honneur bien mérité. Et oui, vous l’avez bien deviné .... Reed est l’homme en charge de rassembler tous les contenus dans cette publication ! Traduction : Maureen Landry

Ses contributions ne sont pas passées inaperçues, car pour gagner ce prestigieux prix, vous devez être nommé par vos pairs. Rigney, qui possède et exploite la ferme Willow Spring Stock Farm, est actif et impliqué dans une variété de facettes englobant cette race. Il est titulaire d’un certain nombre de titres exécutifs dont le président de l’Association Blonde d’Aquitaine de l’Alberta et le secrétaire de l’Association Canadienne Blonde d’Aquitaine. Il joue un rôle essentiel dans l’importation de The Blonde Connection | Spring 2017 Issue | 11


Little Creek Farms

“Breeding Quality Blonde d’Aquitaine Cattle” 2017 marks our 15th year in the blonde breed! Select females for sale by private treaty. Yearling and two year old bulls for sale as well.


PASSING theTORCH MYRNA FLESCH RETIRES AFTER 17 YEARS OF SERVICE

For most the fall season brings about a sense of excitement as the National Show & AGM brings the breed together. This past fall was no exception, but it was also a bittersweet event for a long time breeder. Myrna Flesch has dedicated herself to the breed for over 27 years, purchasing her first animal Syms Griff Jo 47S in February of 1990. She began her operation as Nordic Blondes until West Winds Blondes came in to being. Her cattle were housed and cared for in Innisfail at Bilton Farms. In 1992, with the help of Shirley Bilton, she built the West Winds Blondes homestead on land inherited from her parents near Stavely, Alberta. Although there are no longer any animals on the farm, Myrna still owns a few animals under North West Blondes, which are housed at Dusty Acre Blondes in Dawson Creek, BC. During her early years in the breed, Myrna worked off the farm as Airport Manager in Lethbridge, a title she had held since 1979 when she was named first female Airport Manager in Canada. Upon retiring after 35 years with Transport Canada, she decided to get more involved in the Blonde breed, and in 1996 joined the Canadian board as a director. Ken Morrow and Lyle Hamman were great mentors to her during that first year, and in 1997 she would assume the role as Treasurer. In 2001 she had her first role as President, becoming the first female President of the Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association. From 2003 to 2005 she voluntarily stepped away from the board, but upon her return would become Treasurer twice and President twice. In total, Myrna spent 17 very dedicated years serving the breed and its members. With her health declining, and her ailments no longer allowing her to do the work necessary, she has passed along the torch to the next generation. She continues to sell genetics worldwide, something she has excelled at since the early 2000’s when, as she said, “I became comfortable with the use of the computer”. On behalf of the Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association and all of its members, Id like to extend a very big thank you to Myrna for all she has done, and wish her a wonderful time in her adventures ahead.

Transport Canada elle a pris sa retraite et elle a décidé de s’impliquer davantage dans la race blonde et, en 1996, elle a été élue sur le conseil d’administration de l’association canadienne en tant qu’administrateur. Ken Morrow et Lyle Hamman étaient d’excellents conseillers pour elle pendant cette première année, et en 1997, elle assumait le rôle de trésorière. En 2001, elle occupa son premier poste de présidente, devenant ainsi la première femme présidente de l’Association Canadienne Blonde d’Aquitaine. De 2003 à 2005, elle a volontairement quitté le conseil d’administration, mais à son retour elle a été nommée trésorière deux fois et présidente deux fois. Au total, Myrna a passé 17 années très dévouées au service de la race et de ses membres. Avec sa santé en déclin, et ses maux ne lui permettant plus de faire le travail, elle a passé le flambeau à la prochaine génération. Elle continue de vendre de la génétique dans le monde entier, quelque chose qu’elle excelle depuis le début des années 2000 quand, de ses propres mots, «Je suis devenu à l’aise avec l’utilisation de l’ordinateur». Au nom de l’Association Canadienne Blonde d’Aquitaine et de tous ses membres, j’aimerais exprimer un très gros merci à Myrna pour tout ce qu’elle a fait et de lui souhaiter de merveilleuses aventures à venir. Nicholas Boyd

A NOTE FROM MYRNA

Pour la plupart, la saison d’automne apporte un sentiment d’excitation puisque le National Show & l’AGM rassemble la race. L’automne dernier n’a pas fait exception, mais c’était aussi un événement amer pour un éleveur de longue date.

It was very thoughtful of the Board and Membership to present me with Gift Certificates to my favorite restaurants particularly in view of the fact that I will be downsizing and moving off the farm soon. The years sped by and I was happy and honoured to be able to contribute in this manner. It gave me the opportunity to meet breeders across Canada. I have many fond memories to look back upon.

Myrna Flesch s’est consacrée à la race depuis plus de 27 ans, en achetant son premier animal Syms Griff Jo 47S en Février 1990. Elle a commencé son entreprise sous le nom de Nordic Blondes jusqu’à ce que West Wind Blondes vienne au jour. Son bétail était logé et soigné chez Bilton Farms, d’Innisfail. En 1992, avec l’aide de Shirley Bilton, elle a construit la ferme West Winds Blondes sur un terrain qu’elle a hérité de ses parents près de Stavely, en Alberta. Bien qu’il n’y ait plus d’animaux à la ferme, Myrna possède toujours quelques animaux avec North West Blondes qui sont logés à Dusty Acre Blondes à Dawson Creek, en Colombie-Britannique.

Les membres du Conseil d’Administration et les membres de l’Adhésion ont été très gentil de me présenter des certificats-cadeaux à mes restaurants préférés en particulier puisque je vais réduire mon travail et éventuellement partir de la ferme. Les années ont passé vite et j’étais heureuse et honorée de pouvoir contribuer de cette manière. Cela m’a permis de rencontrer des éleveurs partout au Canada. J’ai beaucoup de bons souvenirs de ces années.

Pendant ses premières années dans la race, Myrna a travaillé hors de la ferme en tant que gérante de l’aéroport à Lethbridge, un titre qu’elle avait occupé depuis 1979 quand elle a été nommée première gérante d’aéroport au Canada. Après 35 ans de service avec

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BLONDE BULL TESTS

PERFORMANCE PROGRAM & EPD’S

The Blonde breed has a long history of bull testing in Canada. As a terminal sire breed we recognize that performance is an important part of our success in this country. Bull tests have time and time again proven that Blondes are extremely efficient converters of feed to live weight pounds, carcass ultrasound has proven that Blondes have high lean meat yield and slaughter results have proven Blondes have excellent carcass cutability. In fact there are very few breeds that can match the Blonde breed for these traits, and none amongst the other major breeds in Canada.

As a performance based breed it is very important that we measure and track that performance across herds so that we can continue to improve the breed. The best way to do that is through the use of EPD’s.

Below is a list of Blonde Bull Tests in Canada. Complete results for each test can be found by going to the Canadian Blonde website and clicking on the Performance tab - the link is www.canadianblondeassociation.ca/bulltest.html

Alberta Blonde Bull Test - Westlock, AB 15 bulls on test consigned by Little Creek Farms, Sprucevale Blondes, Upper Cache Blondes and Willow Springs Stock Farm. Bulls are sold by private treaty - contact Reed Rigney for more information 780-348-5308 or rigney@clearwave.ca

The Canadian Blonde Association uses Beef Improvement Ontario (BIO) to generate performance information and calculate our EPD’s. Members are free to purchase a full BIO membership and use all the herd software options that are available via that route, but for smaller breeders the Blonde Performance Program may be a better option to track herd performance. We strongly encourage all of our membership to get on board. This program is available to all Canadian Blonde Association members, and is a very cost effective way to collect performance information and generate EPD’s for your animals. Participants in this program receive reports containing adjusted weaning & yearling weights along with an index for their calves, EPD’s for cows/calves/sires and a MPPA index (maternal production) for their cows. The cost is $5/calf recorded each year. Thank you to all those that continue to record performance information and help our the Blonde breed move forward:

Crystal Farms Bull Test - Jasper, ON

Bar K Farms Bogart Cattle Co Crystal Farms Dusty Acre Blondes

Fee Haven Farms Little Creek Farms Stonewall Blondes Willow Springs Stock Farm

7 bulls on test consigned by Bar K Farms, Crystal Farms and Donaleen Blondes. Bulls are sold by private treaty - contact Paul Ferguson for more information 613-275-2422 or ferguson.maryellen@gmail.com

More information, forms and sire summaries can be found on the Canadian Blonde website under the Performance tab or by contacting Reed Rigney 780-348-5308 ; rigney@clearwave.ca

Dusty Acre Bull Test - Dawson Creek, BC 9 bulls on test all consigned by Dusty Acre Blondes. Bulls are sold by private treaty - contact Shellie Wolfe for more information 250-782-8565 or dustyacreblondes@outlook.com

Manitoba Bull Test Station - Carberry, MB 3 bulls on test consigned by Bellevue Blondes and Forty Acre Blondes. The sale is April 1, 2017 at 1 PM MST. On-line bidding and videos are available. For more information contact the office at 204763-4696 or Station Manager Tyler Winters at 204-851-1165 or check the website: www. charolaisbanner.com/douglas

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2017 UPCOMING CALENDAR

MAR Ottawa Valley Farm Show

14

Make sure to stop by the Blonde display to say hello MARCH 14 - 16, 2017

MAR Ontario Blonde Association AGM

25

MARCH 25, 2017 | 11:00AM | BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO

APR Manitoba Bull Test Sale

01

APRIL 1, 2017 | CARBERRY, MB | 1 PM CST

AUG National Junior Blonde Show and Ontario Blonde Field Day SPECIFIC DATE AND LOCATION TBD

OCT National Blonde Show & AGM

07

In conjunction with Expo Boeuf. Blonde show, AGM and Banquet is on Saturday, October 7th OCTOBER 6-8, 2017 | VICTORIAVILLE, QUEBEC

PHOTO CONTEST Do you have any great photos of your Blondes? Do you enjoy taking photos? This is your chance to grab your camera and capture that perfect pose. The Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association is building a library of pictures that can be used on the website and in upcoming newsletters. What a great way to expose our Blonde cattle to the world! Each month one eligible winning photograph will be selected, and the winner will receive a $25 credit towards their next fullblood or purebred registration.

PHOTO CRITERIA

• Include a complete shot of animal in photo (including feet, tail and full head if possible). • Limit of five pictures submitted per operation per calendar month. • All photos submitted become the property of the Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association and the Association will be able to use them accordingly (photo credit will be provided when possible). • The Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Board reserves the right to not have a winner if it is deemed no picture is eligible in a particular month, and the decision is final.

PHOTO TIPS

OCT Ontario Blonde Association Cream of the Crop Sale

28

Sale will be held at Hoards Station Sale Barn

OCTOBER 28, 2017 | NEAR CAMPBELLFORD, ON | 4 PM

NOV Farmfair International Edmonton

08

Blonde Show is on Wednesday, November 8th NOVEMBER 8-11, 2017 | EDMONTON, AB

For more information on these upcoming events, visit us at

www.canadianblondeassociation.ca

• Don’t cut off the head, feet, butt, nose! Don’t crop your photo -- let your ad designer or webmaster crop the picture to give the best possible design for each individual situation. • When you think you have the picture just right, take two steps back. Give your designer lots to work with. • Remember to identify your photographer or include a brief description of the shot. • You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Make sure you take those pictures at a high enough resolution so your printer doesn’t have any trouble getting them ready for your next brochure or magazine ad. Remember, for a chance to win a $25 registration credit and see your photo in a Blonde publication or on the Blonde website, take your camera the next time you go to check on the fences!

SEND YOUR PICTURES TO:

Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Newsletter Editor – Jana Keeley blondenews@coyotepub.com Photo Credit: Shellie Wolfe

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2017 Canadian

Blonde

d’Aquitaine BREEDERS DIRECTORY ALBERTA BRITISH COLUMBIA Reba Dekock RR2 Site 14 Comp 4, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4E8 250-784-5509 equine.specialist.reba.d@gmail.com

Dusty Acre Blondes Dave Rounds & Shellie Wolfe RR 2 Site 4 Comp 1 Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4E8 250-782-8565 dustyacreblondes@outlook.com http://dustyacreblondes.com

KAM Blondes Karl & Ann Musgrove Box 106 Charlie Lake, BC, V0C 1H0 250-262-3278 Upper Cache Blondes Ross C. Musgrove Box 245 Charlie Lake, BC, V0C 1H0 250-262-3278 latigo7413@hotmail.com

ALBERTA West Wind Blondes Myrna Flesch Box 334 Stavely, AB, T0L 1Z0 403-549-2371 westwind@telusplanet.net http://www.telusplanet.net/public/westwind

Spruce Vale Blondes Steve & Shirley Jackson RR 1 Westerose, AB, T0C 2V0 780-586-2800

Little Creek Farms David & Janet Kamelchuk Box 32 Ellscott, AB, T0A 1B0 780-675-1227

littlecreekagroforestry@gmail.com

Bellevue Blondes Marcel J Dufault Box 67 Haywood, MB, R0G 0W0 204-379-2426

Elizabeth & Harry Bouwmeester 819 Old Hwy 8 Box 312 Rockton, ON, L0R 1X0 519-647-2354

Blue Diamond Blondes Dave Gerega Box 1379, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 204-937-3426

One Oak Blondes Nicholas Boyd 73 Clairfields Dr West Guelph, ON, N1G 5H9 519-835-9099

mgdufault@gmail.com

dgerega.bluediamond@gmail.com

NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA Bull Moose Hill Farms James Graham 79 Graham Rd Belleisle Creek, NB, E5P 1K7 506-485-2247 Ron MacArthur 735 Salisbury Rd Moncton, NB, E1E 1C4 506-382-6630 rmacarthur@rogers.com

ONTARIO

Harcon Stock Farm Harry & Connie Nauenburg RR 2, Strome, AB T0B 4H0 780-376-2184

Lilbrook Farm Brent W. Thorne 579 Beckwith Rd Kinnear Settlement, NB, E4Z 2T4 506-534-2736

Darren Olson RR 4, Calmar, AB, T0C 0V0

Acres Farms Steven J. Acres 2166 McGee Side Rd Carp, ON, K0A 1L0 613-836-4190

harconsf@mcsnet.ca

Willow Springs Stock Farm Reed Rigney Box 5959 Westlock, AB, T7P 2P7 780-348-5308 rigney@clearwave.ca http://www.wsscattle.ca

True North Ranch Box 1293, Fairview, AB T0H 1L0 780-596-2425 csrayko@gprc.ab.ca

MANITOBA, SASK Forty Acre Blondes Don Mehler & Pat Filz PO Box 418 Lampman, SK, S0C 1N0 306-634-2174

fortyacreblondes@sasktel.net

Knobby Oak Farm Stephen & Bernice Dmytriw Box 64 Rapid City, MB, R0K 1W0 204-826-2661

hootch@telus.net

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stevenjacres@sympatico.ca

Chris Asselstine 5049 Bradford Rd Harrowsmith, ON, K0H 1V0 613-539-7812 casselstine1@hotmail.com

Pleasant Valley Blondes Sheldon Asselstine RR 1 4655 Watson Rd Harrowsmith, ON, K0H 1V0 613-483-3385 Butternut Blondes Murphy & Judy Baker 2583 3rd Line Asphodel Norwood, ON, K0L 2B0 705-639-1418 bakerblondes@i-zoom.net

Elna Blackburn GD, Hunta, ON, P0L 1P0 705-272-6304 jpelna@gmail.com

oneoakblondes@gmail.com

Clarence Brubacher Clare-Ell Blondes 4599 Mallott Rd RR 3 Wallenstein, ON, N0B 2S0 519-669-2943 Andrew Bunda 8310 Mitch Owens Rd Edwards, ON, K0A 1V0 613-822-0293 andrew.bunda@gmail.com

Ken Butyn RR 2, Burgessville, ON, N0J 1C0 519-424-2702 kendi@execulink.com

Case Vanderham Farms 837348 Veterans Rd RR 1, Holland Centre, ON, N0H 1R0 519-794-3561 c/dvanderham@brucetelecom.com

Jeremy & Rachel DeWeerd 308 Bruyea Rd Wooler, ON, K0K 3M0 613-661-3036 jardeweerd@hotmail.com

Bogart Blondes Eric Doran 132 Otter Creek Rd RR 3 Tweed, ON, K0K 3J0 613-478-5414

bogartblondes@xplornet.ca www.bogartcattleco.wix.com/bogart-cattle-co

Brileen Hill Farms Brian Down 460 Down Rd RR 3 Trenton, ON, K8V 5P6 613-392-7052 bdown@bell.net

Maple Down Farms Mervyn & Gail Downey RR 2, Pakenham, ON, K0A 2X0 613-624-5346 m.downey@sympatico.ca

Maple Down Farm Stephen Downey RR 2, Pakenham, ON, K0A 2X0 613-624-5030 spencdowney@sympatico.ca


Forest View Farms Rick Drinkill 16643 County Rd 27 Elmvale, ON, L0L 1P0 705-322-1757 Franmar Blonde Farm Darren Dunham RR 4 Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0 705-653-2428 Donaleen Blondes Don Dunham 76 Dunham Rd RR 4 Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0 705-653-4293 donald18@hotmail.ca

DJ Farms Dennis & Debbie Elliott 7062 Line 26 RR 2 Staffa, ON, N0K 1Y0 519-345-2785

dje@djfarmscattle.com http://www.djfarmscattle.com

Fee Haven Farms Paul Fee 6211 Line 9 North Waubaushene, ON, L0K 2C0 705-835-2581 feehavenfarms@hotmail.com

Crystal Farms Paul & Mary Ellen Ferguson 21 Crystal Rd RR 3 Jasper, ON, K0G 1G0 613-275-2422 ferguson.maryellen@gmail.com

Rosepark Blondes Ron & Kim Fintelman 3709 Hwy 35, Cameron, ON K0M 1G0 705-359-1188 rkfintelman@hotmail.com

Jacques Lacombe 1660 County Rd 18, Ste. Anne De Prescott, ON, K0B 1M0 613-674-2633

candace.macphee@yahoo.com

Beavermeadow Blondes Bruce & Cathy Langstaff RR 2 1542 Mandaumin Rd Tupperville, ON, N0P 2M0 519-864-1333 Beavermeadow Blondes Dan Langstaff 3168 Edys Mills Line Tupperville, ON, N0P 2M0 519-466-2299 hunterdan85@gmail.com

John Langstaff 2218 Bentpath Line RR 3 Sombra, ON, N0P 2H0 519-864-1970

Bar K Farms David Payne 1511 River Rd Manotick, ON, K4M 1B4 613-692-1521 bark.farms@gmail.com

Gary Picken 18385 Kenyon 1 Rd Apple Hill, ON, K0C 1B0 613-800-6448

dovecoteblondes@gmail.com

Echo Pond Farm Allan & Teeny Plumton 917 Carman Rd RR 7 Brighton, ON, K0K 1H0 613-475-1606 echo_pond@hotmail.com

Sean & Lois Recker 235 County Rd 4 Douro-Dummer, ON, K9H 6Y1 705-741-2108 ivadc1@gmail.com

gpicken@xplornet.com

rheo@mbrheocattle.com http://www.mbrheocattle.com

Ridgeview Acres Kirk McGee 3291 Cty Rd 30 RR 2 Codrington, ON, K0K 1R0 613-475-0196

kirkmcgee_7@hotmail.com http://www.ridgeviewblondes.webs.com/

Rondakk Acres Ron & Donna McGee 3291 Cty Rd 30 RR 2 Codrington, ON, K0K 1R0 613-475-0196

rondakkacres@hotmail.com http://www.rondakkacres.webs.com

Paul E McInroy 710 St Mark’s Rd RR 4 Marmora, ON, K0K 2M0 613-395-4165

Maple Heights Blondes Clare & Cathy Kuepfer 632 Concession 2 RR 1 Dobbinton, ON, N0H 1L0 519-934-1351

Hilltop Orchard Farm Dave & Sheila McNevan 4426 County Rd 2 RR 3 Hastings, ON, K0L 1Y0 705-295-6208

Mal-Lar Acres Marcel & Laurel Lachance 1286 Hazeldean Ave Peterborough, ON, K9J 5Z4 705-741-2708

Golden Mile Blondes T M & M McVety 4060 Malcolm Rd Nestleton Station, ON, L0B 1L0 905-986-5136

mlachance5@bell.net

hilltoporchardfarm@gmail.com www.overthetopcattleco.wix.com/ overthetopcattleco

Dovecote Blondes John & Debbie Plas 2254 Jerseyville Rd W RR 1 Jerseyville, ON, L0R 1R0 905-648-5437

MBRHEO Blondes Rheo & Sharon Machina RR 1 Clifford, ON, N0G 1M0 519-327-8646

Jean Ingleton 2275 County Rd 2 RR 8 Otonabee-South Monaghan, ON, K9J 6X7 705-745-6036

clarekuepfer@hotmail.com

Over the Top Cattle Co. Ashley McNevan & Tyler Sutcliffe 4426 County Rd 2 RR 3, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0 705-295-6208

mcinroyfarms@gmail.com

sheilamcnevan@gmail.com

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Your Herd Bull Source We have 15 yearling bulls on test at the farm including two top Embryo Transplant sons of NAJ Galante 10W, the 2017 Farmfair Reserve Champion bull, a WSS Mighty son, a Polled Black Purebred bull and a Polled Purebred son of Hanover Special. Also check our Website & select from over 40 AI sires for your 2017 breeding season Crystal Mr Universe 38U

Senior Herdsire - pictured at 8 years old DeeBran Eldyn (Corby) x Hanover Special WSS Celebration 2C

2016 National Champion Bull 2016 Farmfair Grand Champion Bull Polled FB Herd Sire

NAJ Galante 10W

Excellent Growth and Docility Nor-Geo Auteur x Triple C Excel 62P WSS Desperado 2D

2016 Reserve National Champion Bull 2016 Farmfair Reserve Champion Bull Calf Purchased by OTOP Cattle Co.

Reed & Michelle Rigney Westlock, Alberta (780) 348-5308 rigney@clearwave.ca Website: wsscattle.ca Breeding Stock, Semen and Embryos available.

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BREEDERS DIRECTORY CONTINUED Jane & John Schiestel Box 572 50 Brownlee St Teeswater, ON, N0G 2S0 519-392-8717 janes@wightman.on.ca

Leonard Limestone Blondes David Spence 2703 Watson Rd Navan, ON, K4B 1J1 613-835-2248 Van Bakel Blondes Bill Van Bakel 7060 Line 28 RR 2 West Perth Dublin, ON, N0K 1E0 519-345-2518

vbb@ezlink.ca http://www.vanbakelblondes.ca

High Rock Farms Jason Van Tol 697 Heritage Trail Peterborough, ON, K9L 0B4 705-743-3912 jayvantol@gmail.com http://www.highrockfarms.org

Halcyon Farms John & Ilse Vink 40 Gazley Rd RR 1 Wooler, ON, K0K 3M0 613-397-1890

Les Fermes Clearidge Cleary Family 310 Bourassa Ste Anne De La Rochelle, QC, J0E 2B0 450-539-0385 joanclearoy@hotmail.com

Ferme Blondaine Laurent Desrosiers 265 Route de La Mer Ste-Flavie, QC, G0J 2L0 418-775-5408 McGillis Acres Phyllis Dubeau 128 Zion Line Rd Box 638 Shawville, QC, J0X 2Y0 819-647-5843

Gilbert Gauthier 1564 Rang 9 Ste Clothilde de Horton, QC, J0A 1H0 819-336-5352 Ferme Gravel RSJM Inc Rene Gravel 140 St Elisabeth Sud St-Prosper de Champlain, QC, G0X 3A0 418-328-3640 renegravel@globetrotter.net

Ferme Super C Clemence Landry 2738 Rang Bord De L’eau Ste-Clothilde de Horton, QC, J0A 1H0 819-336-5503

Pine Ridge Farm Gerald Lynott 12 Pine Ridge Cantley, QC, J8V 0G5 819-827-0527 Gaetan Lamoureux et Linda Raymond 488 1e Rang Est, St-Joachim de Shefford, QC, J0E 2G0 450-539-2657 linda.raymond2@hotmail.com

Lynne K Threlfall & Robert Rand Kidder 115 Hogan Rd Farrellton, QC, J0X 1T0 819-208-8897 threlfalldesign@gmail.com

Memberships are due on or before January 1st of each year. The Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association invites you to be part of the Association, please contact us for information. Please refer to page 2 for more information.

jiv@rogers.com

QUEBEC Yves Blondin 560 Rue Kirk Sainte-Sophie, QC, J5J 1J5 450-820-5106 Michel Bougie 354 Rang 3 Ste-Elizabeth Kingsey Falls, QC J0A 1B0 819-358-5495 boogie@telwarwick.net

Gail Bowen 58 Route 143, Canton de Hatley, QC, J0B 2C0 819-842-4278 gail.bowen@kdc-knowlton.com

Bownick Farm 145 Chemin Flanders, Waterville, QC, J0B 3H0 819-837-0573 lbowen@pppoe.ca

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2016

CREAM of the

CROP Sales Report The 16th Annual Cream of the Crop Sale was held on October 29, 2016 at Hoards Station Sale Barn, Campbellford, ON. An impressive line-up of top quality Blonde cattle drew a large crowd of buyers, bidders, and interested cattle folk alike.

High Selling Bull | Crystal Caeser 25C

T

he 16th Annual Cream of the Crop Sale was held on October 29, 2016 at Hoards Station Sale Barn, Campbellford, ON. An impressive line-up of top quality Blonde cattle drew a large crowd of buyers, bidders, and interested cattle folk alike. Seventeen consignors offered 38 lots, which brought an average of $2723.61. Top selling bull was Crystal Caesar 25C, consigned by Paul and Mary Ellen Ferguson of Crystal Farms and purchased by Richard Levert of Alexandria, ON for $4600. Top selling female was the two-time Ontario Blondes Top Show Female, Franmar Crystal 11C, consigned by Darren Dunham & Family, of Franmar Blonde Farm and fittingly purchased by Paul and Mary Ellen Ferguson of Crystal Farms for

$5000. Buyers and bidders, once again, spanned the country from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and all points in between. For the third year, attendees were able to crown a winner of the People’s Choice Award by voting for their favourite consignment. This year Reed Rigney of Willow Springs Stock Farm, Westlock, AB took home the banner sponsored by Acres Farms for his consignment, WSS Charlotte 9C, an eye catching 801X daughter. The purchaser, James Graham of Bull Moose Hill Farm from Belleisle, New Brunswick, also received a banner sponsored by Little Creek Farms. Several new buyers added Blondes to their herds this year and we wish them the best of luck and welcome them to the Association. Brian Down of Brileen Hill Farm graciously donated $50 to the purchasers of the top two selling animals in the sale along with $100 toward our 4-H members and we thank him for the generosity! Thank you, also, to the consignors, buyers, bidders, and all attendees for making this year’s sale another success!

2016 People’s Choice Winner WSS Charlotte 9C

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High Selling Female Franmar Crystal

TOP SELLERS BULLS

BRED HEIFERS

Crystal Caesar 25C

Franmar Crystal 11C

Consigned by Crystal Farms Purchased by Richard Levert, Alexandria, ON

Consigned by Franmar Blonde Farm Purchased by Crystal Farms, Jasper, ON

Sold for $4,600

Langstaff Cecil 35C

Sold for $4,200 Consigned by John Langstaff Purchased by Ferme LaFougere, Compton, QC

Plasbrae Chise 1C

Sold for $4,000 Consigned by Plasbrae Farms Purchased by Jeff Thrower, Warkworth, ON

BRED COWS Fee Haven Brielle 32B Sold for $4,200

Consigned by Fee Haven Farms Purchased by Dusty Acre Blondes, Dawson Creek, BC

Van Bakel Blondes Zanita 12Z Sold for $3,200

Consigned by Van Bakel Blondes Purchased by Crystal Farms, Jasper, ON

WSS Petula 29W Sold for $3,000

Consigned by Bogart Cattle Company, Purchased by Donaleen Blondes, Campbellford, ON

Sold for $5,000

WSS Charlotte 9C Sold for $3,500

PEOPLE’S CHOICE CONSIGNOR Willow Springs Stock Farm

Consigned by Willow Springs Stock Farm Purchased by Bull Moose Hill Farm, Belleisle, NB

Donaleen Charolette Twin 5C Sold for $3,400

Consigned by Donaleen Blondes Purchased by Rondakk Acres, Codrington, ON

OPEN HEIFERS OTOP Delicious 16D Sold for $3,100

Consigned by Over the Top Cattle Co. Purchased by Marcel Lachance, Peterborough, ON

Donaleen Donelda 5D Sold for $2,700

Consigned by Donaleen Blondes Purchased by John Langstaff, Sombra, ON

Dovecotes Chesley 25C Sold for $2,700

Consigned by Dovecote Blondes Purchased by JAE Acres, Rockton, ON

PEOPLE’S CHOICE BUYER

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S T L U S E R W O H S ROUNDUP 2016

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms

WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm

NATIONAL BLONDE d’AQUITAINE SHOW SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 / OLDS, ALBERTA / JUDGE: MURRAY ANDREWS, SWIFT CURRENT, SK Heifer Calves (5 shown) 1st Crystal Diva 16D / Crystal Farms 2nd High Rock Dutchy 2D / One Oak Blondes & High Rock Farms 3rd Little Creek Daisy Mae 51D / Little Creek Farms Heifer Calf Champion Crystal Diva 16D / Crystal Farms Reserve Heifer Calf Champion High Rock Dutchy 2D / One Oak Blondes & High Rock Farms Junior Yearling Heifers (5 shown) 1st WSS Cheerleader 29C / Willow Springs Stock Farm 2nd Little Creek Cee Cee 29C / Little Creek Farms 3rd WSS Charlotte 9C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Senior Yearling Heifers (5 shown) 1st Crystal Caramel 11C / Crystal Farms 2nd Fee Haven Clarabelle 33C / Fee Haven Farms 3rd Dusty Acre Capri / Dusty Acre Blondes Junior Champion Female WSS Cheerleader 29C / Willow Springs Stock Farm

Mature Cow/Calf Pairs (2 shown) 1st Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms 2nd WSS Petula 23W / Willow Springs Stock Farm Senior Champion Female Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Analise 2A Reserve Senior Champion Female WSS Petula 23W / Willow Springs Stock Farm Grand Champion Female Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms Reserve Grand Champion Female WSS Petula 23W / Willow Springs Stock Farm Bull Calves (6 shown) 1st WSS Desperado 2D / Willow Springs Stock Farm 2nd Little Creek Don Juan 2D / Little Creek Farms 3rd Little Creek Drambuie 41D / Little Creek Farms

Junior Champion Bull WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Reserve Junior Champion Bull Little Creek Cosmos 252C / Little Creek Farms Grand Champion Bull WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Reserve Grand Champion Bull WSS Desperado 2D / Willow Springs Stock Farm Breeders Herd (1 shown) 1st Little Creek Farms

Bull Calf Champion WSS Desperado 2D / Willow Springs Stock Farm

Get Of Sire (2 shown) 1st Crystal Youngblood 28Y / Little Creek Farms 2nd Deebran PLD Jail Beaker / Dusty Acre Blondes

Reserve Bull Calf Champion Little Creek Don Juan 2D / Little Creek Farms

Premier Breeder Little Creek Farms

Reserve Junior Champion Female Crystal Caramel 11C / Crystal Farms

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL

WSS Desperado 2D / Willow Springs Stock Farm

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Yearling Bulls (3 shown) 1st WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm 2nd Little Creek Cosmos 252C / Little Creek Farms 3rd Dusty Acre Colby / Dusty Acre Blondes

Premier Exhibitor Willow Springs Stock Farm

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE WSS Petula 23W / Willow Springs Stock Farm


FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL NOVEMBER 9, 2016 / EDMONTON, ALBERTA JUDGE: STEPHEN MYER, MAIDSTONE, SK Heifer Calves (4 shown) 3rd Little Creek Daisy Mae 51D / Little Creek Farms Yearling Heifers (6 shown) 1st WSS Cheerleader 29C / Willow Springs Stock Farm 3rd Little Creek Cee Cee 29C / Little Creek Farms

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm

Junior Champion Female WSS Cheerleader 29C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Mature Cow / Calf Pair (2 shown) 1st Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms Senior Champion Female Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms Grand Champion Female Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms Bull Calves (5 shown) 1st Little Creek Don Juan 2D / Little Creek Farms 2nd WSS Desperado 2D / Willow Springs Stock Farm Bull Calf Champion Little Creek Don Juan 2D / Little Creek Farms

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Little Creek Analise 2A / Little Creek Farms

Reserve Bull Calf Champion WSS Desperado 2D / Willow Springs Stock Farm Yearling Bulls (2 shown) 1st WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Junior Champion Bull WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Grand Champion Bull WSS Celebration 2C / Willow Springs Stock Farm Reserve Grand Champion Bull Little Creek Don Juan 2D / Little Creek Farms RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Little Creek Don Juan 2D / LIttle Creek Farms

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Hilltop Orchard Tanya / Over the Top Cattle Company

Donaleen Chachi / Donaleen Blondes

LINDSAY EXHIBITION

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 / LINDSAY, ONTARIO / JUDGE: EMILY GRIFFITHS, INDIANA Reserve Champion Heifer Calf Bull Calves (5 shown) 1st Over the Top Driller / Over the Top Cattle Company High Rock Dutchy / High Rock Farms and One OAK Blondes 2nd Donaleen Danny Boy / Donaleen Blondes 3rd Schiestel Dominick / Schiestel Blondes Junior Yearling (3 shown) Champion Bull Calf 1st OTOP Country Lady / Bogart Cattle Company Over the Top Driller / Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd Crystal Cinderella / Crystal Farms 3rd- Schiestel Caramel / Schiestel Blondes Reserve Champion Bull Calf Donaleen Danny Boy / Donaleen Blondes Senior Yearling (8 shown) 1st Franmar Crystal / Franmar Blonde Farm Junior Yearling Bulls (2 shown) 2nd Donaleen Cheyenne Twin / Donaleen Blondes 1st OTOP Captain Morgan / 3rd Fee Haven Clarabelle / Fee Haven Farms Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd Crystal Caesar / Crystal Farms Champion Junior Female Franmar Crystal / Franmar Blonde Farm Senior Yearling Bulls (1 shown) 1st Donaleen Chachi / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Champion Junior Female OTOP Country Lady / Bogart Cattle Company Champion Junior Bull Donaleen Chachi / Donaleen Blondes

Reserve Champion Junior Bull OTOP Captain Morgan / Over the Top Cattle Company

Champion Senior Female Hilltop Orchard Tanya / Over the Top Cattle Company Grand Champion Female Hilltop Orchard Tanya / Over the Top Cattle Company Reserve Grand Champion Female Franmar Crystal / Franmar Blonde Farm Breeders Herd (3 shown) 1st Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd Donaleen Blondes 3rd Crystal Farms

Get Of Sire (1 shown) 1st Over the Top Cattle Company

Mature Cow with Calf (1 shown) 1st Hilltop Orchard Tanya with OTOP Desperado / Over the Top Cattle Company

Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Chachi / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Bull Over the Top Driller / Over the Top Cattle Company Heifer Calves (13 shown) 1st OTOP Delicious / Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd High Rock Dutchy, High Rock Farms / One OAK Blondes 3rd Donaleen Dallas / Donaleen Blondes Champion Heifer Calf OTOP Delicious / Over the Top Cattle Company

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Franmar Crystal / Franmar Blonde Farm

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CAMPBELLFORD FAIR AUGUST 7, 2016 / CAMPBELLFORD, ONTARIO / JUDGE: LAURA NAISMITH

Bull Calves (2 shown) 1st Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Over the Top Driller 6D / Over the Top Cattle Company 3rd Fee Haven Denali 87D / Fee Haven Farms

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes

Yearling Bulls (1 shown) 1st Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes Heifer Calves (10 shown) 1st Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Donaleen Dakota 2D / Donaleen Blondes 3rd OTOP Delicious 16D / Over the Top Cattle Company Junior Yearling (1 shown) 1st OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company Senior Yearling (5 shown) 1st Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm 2nd Donaleen Charolette Twin 5C / Donaleen Blondes 3rd Fee Haven Clarabelle 33C / Fee Haven Farms

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm

2 Year Old with Calf (1 shown) Donaleen Bridgette 1B / Donaleen Blondes Mature Cow with Calf (2 shown) 1st Franmar Miss Nola 3N / Franmar Blonde Farm 2nd Hilltop Orchard Tanya 60T / Over the Top Cattle Company Grand Champion Female Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm Reserve Grand Champion Female Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes Breeder’s Herd (3 shown) 1st Donaleen Blondes 2nd Franmar Blonde Farm 3rd Over the Top Cattle Company

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes

Get of Sire (2 shown) 1st Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd Franmar Blonde Farm

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes

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KINMOUNT FAIR

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 / KINMOUNT, ONTARIO / JUDGE: CASSANDRA GORRILL Bull Calves (3 shown) 1st Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Fee Haven Denali 87D / Fee Haven Farms 3rd Fee Haven Done Right Up 222D / Fee Haven Farms

Heifer Calves (9 shown) 1st Donaleen Dallas 6D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes 3rd Donaleen Dakota 2D / Donaleen Blondes

Yearling Bulls (2 shown) 1st Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Crystal Charlie 6C / Bogart Cattle Company

Junior Yearling (1 shown) 1st OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company

Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes

Senior Yearling (5 shown) 1st Fee Haven Clarabelle 33C / Fee Haven Farms 2nd Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm 3rd Donaleen Charolette Twin 5C / Donaleen Blondes

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Franmar Crstal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm

Grand Champion Female Donaleen Dallas 6D / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Female Fee Haven Clarabelle 33C / Fee Haven Farms Breeder’s Herd (2 shown) 1st Franmar Blonde Farm 2nd Donaleen Blondes

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company

MARKHAM FAIR

OCTOBER 1, 2016 / MARKHAM, ONTARIO / JUDGE: ASHLEY BAKER Bull Calves (2 shown) Heifer Calves (6 shown) Grand Champion Female 1st Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes 1st Donaleen Dallas 6D / Donaleen Blondes Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm 2nd Schiestel Dominick 5D / Schiestel Blondes 2nd Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Female 3rd Bogart Lady Daiquiri 5D / Bogart Cattle Company OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company Yearling Bulls (1 shown) 1st Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes Junior Yearling (1 shown) Breeder’s Herd (3 shown) 1st OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company 1st Donaleen Blondes Grand Champion Bull 2nd Bogart Cattle Compan Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes Senior Yearling (3 shown) 1st Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm 3rd Schiestel Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Bull 2nd Donaleen Charolette Twin 5C / Donaleen Blondes Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes 3rd Schiestel Caramel 2C / Schiestel Blondes

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Over the Top Captain Morgan 31C / Over the Top Cattle Company

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Over the Top Delicious 16D / Over the Top Cattle Company

ORONO FAIR

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 / ROSENEATH, ONTARIO / JUDGE: KYLE STEVENSON Bull Calves (4 shown) 1st Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Over the Top Driller 6D / Over the Top Cattle Company 3rd Fee Haven Done Right Up 222D / Fee Haven Farms Junior Yearling Bulls (1 shown) 1st OTOP Captain Morgan 31C / Over the Top Cattle Company Senior Yearling Bulls (1 shown) 1st Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes Grand Champion Bull OTOP Captain Morgan 31C / Over the Top Cattle Company

Reserve Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes

Mature Cow with Calf (1 shown) 1st Hilltop Orchard Tanya 60T / Over the Top Cattle Company

Heifer Calves (7 shown) Grand Champion Female 1st Over the Top Delicious 16D / Over the Top Delicious 16D / Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes Over the Top Cattle Company 3rd Donaleen Dallas 6D / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Female OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company Senior Yearling (5 shown) 1st Fee Haven Clarabelle / Fee Haven Farms Breeder’s Herd (3 shown) 2nd Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm 1st Over the Top Cattle Company 3rd Donaleen Cheyenne Twin 4C / 2nd Franmar Blonde Farm Donaleen Blondes 3rd Donaleen Blondes

WARKWORTH FAIR

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 / WARKWORTH, ONTARIO Bull Calves (3 shown) 1st Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Over the Top Driller 6D / Over the Top Cattle Company 3rd Ridge View Dozer 88D / Ridge View Blondes Yearling Bulls (3 shown) 1st Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes 2nd OTOP Captain Morgan 31C / Over the Top Cattle Company 3rd Crystal Charlie 6C / Bogart Cattle Company Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Chachi 1C / Donaleen Blondes Reserve Grand Champion Bull Donaleen Danny Boy 1D / Donaleen Blondes Heifer Calves (9 shown) 1st Donaleen Dallas 6D / Donaleen Blondes 2nd Donaleen Dakota 2D / Donaleen Blondes 3rd Donaleen Daisy Duke 7D / Donaleen Blondes

Junior Yearling (1 shown) 1st OTOP Country Lady 26C / Bogart Cattle Company Senior Yearling Heifers (4 shown) 1st Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm 2nd Donaleen Charolette Twin 5C / Donaleen Blondes 3rd Donaleen Chloe 6C / Donaleen Blondes Mature Cow with Calf (2 shown) 1st Hilltop Orchard Tanya 60T / Over the Top Cattle Company 2nd Rondakk Amy 26A / Rondakk Acres Grand Champion Female Franmar Crystal 11C / Franmar Blonde Farm Reserve Grand Champion Female Hilltop Orchard Tanya 60T / Over the Top Cattle Company Breeder’s Herd (4 shown) 1st Franmar Blonde Farm 2nd Donaleen Blondes 3rd Over the Top Cattle Company The Blonde Connection | Spring 2017 Issue | 31 The Blonde Connection | Spring 2017 Issue | 31


2016 Show Incentive Program In 2016 the Ontario Blonde Association once again sponsored $2000 towards the show incentive program. This program is a great way to assist Blonde breeders for their hard work and many hours preparing their cattle. Getting the Blonde breed in front of the public is key to promoting and marketing Blonde Cattle throughout Ontario, and we certainly appreciate the efforts of the members that got our breed out to 21 Fairs in 2016. Special mention goes to Donaleen Blondes with 46 entries at various Fairs this year.

IN 2016, TEN BREEDERS QUALIFIED FOR THIS INCENTIVE Bogart Cattle Company Butternut Blondes Crystal Farms Donaleen Blondes Fee Haven Farms Franmar Blondes One Oak Blondes Otop Cattle Company Ridge View Blonde Schiestel Blondes

FAIRS ATTENDED Campbellford Fair Chesterville Fair Coe Hill Fair ColdWater Fair Kincardine Kinmount Fair Lindsay Fair Markham Fair Merrick Fair Mildmay Neustadt Orono Fair Paisley Ripley Royal Winter Fair Spencerville Stratford Teeswater Tweed Fair Warkworth Fair Western Beef Congress 32 | The Blonde Connection | Spring 2017 Issue

Donaleen Chachi 1C TOP MALE

2016 ONTARIO HI POINT AWARDS

Another year of the Ontario Blonde Point Shows is in the books! It was another success thanks to a dedicated group of breeders who put in the time and skill to keep our breed in the public eye. Again this year, the quest for Top Female, Top Male, and Premier Exhibitor began in August with our first point show at Campbellford Fair. An impressive lineup of cattle were a sure sign that there was going to be quite a race for the top honours. The points were calculated using the same system as previous years. Exhibitor’s animals were required to show at a minimum of three point shows (Lindsay Exhibition was mandatory) and to be considered a point show, at least three breeders and 18 Blondes showing were needed. The Ontario Fairs that qualified as point shows this year were Campbellford, Kinmount, Orono, Warkworth, and Lindsay. Markham Fair welcomed Blondes to show again this year, but with the National being held in Olds, Alberta the same weekend, the numbers weren’t quite there to make a point

Franmar Crystal 11C TOP FEMALE

show. Five of our breeders and their animals met the requirements and it was an exciting race to watch all season. Before the final show, the leading five females were within three points of each other. And in the end, two points separated the winner and runner-up. Franmar Crystal 11C defended her title and was named Top Female for the second year in a row. The competition for Top Male was tight as well, with two bulls switching from first to second place after every fair and a third making a go for the title late in the season. Donaleen Chachi 1C came out on top and defended his title for a second year, as well. For the third year in a row the Premier Exhibitor was Donaleen Blondes. Congratulations to The Dunham Families for putting together outstanding showstrings, yet again! Banners sponsored by the Ontario Blonde d’Aquitaine Association were presented to the winners. Thanks to all who participated in making this year another successful one in the showring!


Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association

National Meeting, Show & Sale OCTOBER / OCTOBRE 5 to 8 Victoriavilla, Quebec In conjunction with / dans le cadre de l’Expo-Beouf, Victoriaville 2017

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE! Contact for Sponsorships / Pour Commandites: Maureen Landry

SCHEDULE

of

EVENTS

Cédule

des Activités

THURSDAY / OCTOBER 5

JEUDI / OCTOBRE 5

8:00AM to 8:00PM Arrival & stalling of cattle

8:00AM to 8:00PM Arrivée des animaux

8:00PM Hospitality / Hotel Victorin

8:00PM Accueil / Hotel Victorin

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 6

VENDREDI / OCTOBRE 6

6:00PM to 8:00PM Expo Boeuf Banquet 8:00PM Hospitality / Hotel Victorin

8:00PM Accueil / Hotel Victorin

6:00PM to 8:00PM Expo Boeuf Banquet

SATURDAY / October 7 8:00AM National Blonde d’Aquitaine Show 1:00PM National Blonde d’Aquitaine AGM (Hotel Victorin) 7:00PM Banquet & Silent Auction (Hotel Victorin)

SAMEDI / octobRE 7 8:00AM National Blonde d’Aquitaine Jugement 1:00PM National Blonde d’Aquitaine AGA (Hotel Victorin) 7:00PM Banquet et Encan Silencieux (Hotel Victorin)

DIMANCHE / october 8

SUNDAY / october 8 6:00PM Release of cattle / must be out of barns by Monday 10:00AM

Information on entries: Entry and further Schedule information will be available at www.ccrbq.ca - entry deadline is September 8 Accomodations: A block of rooms is available for $120 +

taxes/night at Hotel Victorin until September 1st. Call for reservations 1 877 845-5344 or check their website

6:00PM Départ des animaux par Monday 10:00AM

Pour plus d’informations: www.ccrbq.ca Date limite des

inscriptions est le 8 septembre.

Accomodations: Un bloc de chambres a été réservé à 119 $

+ taxes/par nuit à l’hôtel Victorin jusqu’au 1er septembre. Pour réservations 1 877 845-5344 au nom de l’Association Blonde d’Aquitaine du Québec

CONTACTS Maureen Landry Show & Sale (819)336-3966 maureen.landry@cgocable.ca

Dave Kamelchuk CBDA - National Meeting (780) 675-1227 littlecreekagroforestry@gmail.com


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