Issue No. 145
December 9, 2011
A Supplement to the Southeast Trader Express
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SOUTHEAST AGRI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
Wheatland scoops up major awards again at Agribition The Wheatland Cattle team did it again! The Bienfait area ranch, home to Vernon and Denise Lafrentz and sons Riley and Cody, captured the Grand Champion Simmental Bull title at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition. Wheatland Stout 930W, owned and exhibited by Rancier Farms in partnership with Wheatland Cattle Company, was named the national champion at the Edmonton Simmental show in early November which followed up on its 2010 championship title at Agribition. Stout was also a top 10 finalist in the Royal Bank Supreme judging at this year’s Agribition as well. The supreme show is an all breeds competition. The Canadian West-
ern Agribition rolled to a conclusion on Nov. 26. The Lafrentz family reported that the first daughter of Stout sold in the Agribition sales ring for $20,000 and they have since sold 10 doses of semen at $1,000 each. But the excitement didn’t stop at the bull ring awards and sales, since Wheatland also showed the Grand Champion Female at CWA – Wheatland Lady 921W with calf at side (Wheatland bull 124Y). She was successfully shown last year, claiming the reserve champion female title in the Junior Beef Extreme category. Wheatland Lady 921W was also a top 10 finalist in the RBC Supreme title search. Both these champions were sired by Wheatland Bull 680S and mothered by full
sisters. “We had a very successful Agribitiion this year,” said Vernon Lafrentz. He reported that Wheatland also claimed the champion and reserve champion junior heifer calf awards plus they also owned and showed the reserve champion junior bull calf, get-of-sire and breeder’s herd and they were also honoured to be named the Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder at this year’s Agribition event.
Wheatland Stout 930W, the Grand Champion Bull at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition Simmental show, owned by partners Wheatland Cattle Company of Bienfait and Rancier Farms. Wheatland Cattle is owned and operated by Vernon and Denise Lafrentz and sons Riley and Cody. Photo by Grant Rolston Photography Ltd.
Wheatland Lady 921W with bull calf at side Wheatland Bull 124Y was judged the Grand Champion Female Simmental at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition. The pair was exhibited by Vernon and Denise Lafrentz and their sons Riley and Cody. Photo by Grant Rolston Photography Ltd.
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SOUTHEAST AGRI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
Angus calf sells for $67,000 at Agribition The Soo Line Cattle Company of Midale captured the Grand Champion Female Award at this year’s Black Angus show that was held dur-
ing the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. The Angus show was held on Nov. 23 this year. The Grand Champion Bull was exhibited
Canada-US beef producers discuss cross border issues Canadian Western Agribition, Western Canada’s largest agribusiness show, played host to a new initiative to improve dialogue between Canadian and American beef producers this year. Producers from North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota met with their Canadian counterparts through a program organized by the Canadian Embassy. The Canadian representative included delegates from a variety of producer groups as well as some opinion-leading cattle consulting businesses. Topics discussed included country-of-origin
labelling and traceability as well as a general discussion of shared challenges. “The beef industry is very much a North American industry that cuts across borders. Producers in both countries face similar issues and challenges, so this discussion gave both sides a better perspective of each other’s industry,” said Stewart Stone, one of the participants. Stone operates Heartland Livestock Services in Saskatchewan. The group left the event committed to continue the discussion in January when it will be the American’s turn to host the Canadians during the Denver Stock Show.
by Bar-E-L Angus of Stettler, Alta. It was co-owned by Southland Black Angus and The Thriller Group. In the Limousin show, the Grand Champion Female was shown by Koyle Farms Iona of Station, Ont. while the Grand Champion Bull
was exhibited by Edwards Limousin of Craik, Sask. Over in the Red Angus ring, the Grand Champion Female Award was captured by TNF Red Angus Riviere Oui of Barre Alta., while the Grand Champion Bull was brought into the ring by Ter-Ron Farms of For-
estberg, Alberta. It was co-owned by Keith and Joan Adams and Damar Farms. During the Gelbvieh sale, it was reported that the top sale was a polled red bull calf that was sold by Fladeland Livestock to M Heart D Gelbvieh for $6,250.
In the Angus sale the Alberta-based Minburn Angus sold a red bull calf for the impressive price of $67,000 to a trio of buyers that included U2 Ranch of Coaldale, Alta., Heart of the Valley Farms of Courtenay, B.C. And Silver Spur Ranch of Encampment, Wyoming
Welcome to the state of flux OPINION It’s been an atypical year for the farming and ranching communities. There has been upheaval in more than a few sectors. Those who work the soil and grow crops are apparently having to say goodbye to the Canadian Wheat Board, at least the CWB they have become used to over the past six or seven decades. In the southeast area of the province, farmers also had to say goodbye to their crops altogether thanks in large part to spring flooding that spilled over into summer and just wouldn’t quit, at least not in time to allow producers to get more than 10 or 15 per cent of the seed in the ground. In many instances, there was no ground to be found, only water. On the cattle front, there were changes too. The way that beef is going to be marketed is changing on the international scene and of course, cattle have also been affected by floods. The economic upheavals being registered in Europe and around the world affect southeastern Saskatchewan producers as well. Energy profits have gone up, which translates into agricultural input costs going up in unison, yet the two
sectors continue to co-exist in Saskatchewan and Alberta since they understand each other, which can help resolve issues as they surface. Farmers now know they can grow crops for food or fuel. They have valued-added options and that can’t be bad. Profit margins have been good for those who did manage to harvest a crop this year, have been good. That means land values will continue to increase, which is good news for those exiting into retirement and not so great for those who are attempting to enter the game. Corporate farm versus family farm will rear its head again as agricultural land continues to transition to the corporate side. There are other supply management issues that will surface in 2012 beyond the CWB file. There is the Pacific Rim membership problem that Canada has to contemplate. It is an issue that has left participants and observers wondering what is next for Canada. There may not be any definitive answers for a year or two, but it, along with the CWB switch, will have to impact growers and we’re not quite sure how yet. It will be sorted out in a year, or perhaps two years, but for now, producers are being left in a state of flux which of course is nothing new for the agricultural industry. Thank goodness they’re a resilient crew.
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SOUTHEAST AGRI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
Five charter members in Agribition Hall of Fame During this year ’s Canadian Western Agribition, the Agribition Hall of Fame was unveiled to mark the event’s 40th anniversary.
There were five original inductees, a group of men who signed the initial documents for the organization of Agribition. Barry Andrew, Ken
Halvorson, Gordon Hollinger, Bill Small and Chris Sutter were recognized as a group and as the first inductees. Over the next year, the
Agribition Hall of Fame will induct Jim Lewthwaite under the international market development category and Chris Sutter in the builder category.
Global soil conservation conference will be coming to Canada in 2014 The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC), the voice for soil preservation and conservation in the country, announced that it will host the sixth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture in 2014. The announcement was made Nov. 30 during the Grow Canada Conference in Winnipeg. SCCC will take on this task in partnership with Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance (CASA). CASA is a North American alliance of producer organizations united with a common goal to advance conservation agricultural systems.
The 2014 congress will take place in Winnipeg and the planning has already begun with the SCCC stating they have already put some thought into making the Canadian version different from the five previous events. “We want to broaden the congress to include producers,” said Glen Shaw, executive director of SCCC. “Farmers have led to conversion from conventional to no-till in Canada and we want to provide opportunities for them to tell their story and also be stimulated by new ideas from around the world.” The congress will
see Canada hosting world industries, academic and producer leaders in conservation agriculture. It will also provide an opportunity for Canadians to show the world the progress it has made in conservation agriculture and to learn from the experiences of others in various parts of the world. Don McCabe, president of SCCC, was a presenter at the fifth World Congress in September of this year in Brisbane, Australia. It was at this congress that McCabe presented the successful application to host the congress in Winnipeg in 2014. “Agriculture in Can-
ada has made so much progress in our relatively short history,” said McCabe, who operates a corn, soybean and wheat farm near Inwood, Ont. “Today, Canadian farms produce much more than food, fuel and fibre. No-till agriculture provides many solutions for problems faced throughout the world today, such as sequestration of greenhouse gases and water purification.” SCCC is a national non-governmental independent organization, formed in 1987, to provide a non-partisan public forum to speak and act at the national level for soil conservation.
Agribition wrap up The Canadian Western Agribition wrapped up on Saturday, Nov. 26 by posting one of its most successful events in recent history. “Demand for Canadian livestock is very high around the world and we saw evidence of that at this year’s Agribition. Sales were strong and speak strongly to the health of the livestock industry,” said Agribition chief executive officer and general manager Marty Seymour. Canada has a stellar reputation for its superior livestock genetics. Buyers from around the world attend the show to view and purchase semen, embryos and live animals. The core of the show is still the beef livestock shows and sales. The beef schedule contains animals from across Canada and the U.S.A. and has been the largest purebred beef showing in Canada for the last several years. Highlights from the 2011 Agribition livestock sales included the sale of a Hereford bull calf for $46,000 and
a Simmental calf that went for $20,000 while a single Angus calf sold for a very impressive $67,000, said event organizers. In addition to its reputation as an agribusiness show, the event has built on its foundation as a major economic engine for the province. “Agribition continues to be a huge contributor to the provincial economy, something we are really proud of. Our show contributes roughly $27 million in direct benefits to the province’s economy,” Seymour said, while adding that Agribition will now continue to build on its vision in coming years. “Agribition is about food, shopping and fun and next year you will see us build off these themes. Stay tuned for exciting announcements in the new year about the new fun planned for next year.” Agribition in 2012 will be staged in Regina from Nov. 19 - 24 and from Nov. 11 - 16 in 2013.
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