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The ngus



Official Publication of the Saskatchewan Angus Association

Fall 2017

Publications Mail Agreement #40019886

2017 Purebred Breeder of the Year Parkwood Farm, Yorkton, SK There is a Tim McGraw song entitled, “Humble and Kind”. When you listen to the lyrics in this song and simply the title of the song the Burkells of Parkwood Farm come to mind. When it comes to a group of people who are humble, work hard, are polite in every way and just folks that others want to be around, the Burkells epitomize these qualities. I have had the privilege of knowing the Burkells, at first as acquaintances and then as good friends, for the past 15 years. I have seen that they are folks dedicated to their family, friends, community, the farm and their Black Angus cattle. From where I sit, a great deal of time is invested in the selection and breeding of their Angus seed stock. Jack, Joyce, Mandy and Scott focus on raising performance based and structurally sound cattle that will work for producers. They carefully select AI and herd sires that will compliment their top quality cow herd, which has been built over generations. Today, Parkwood Farm consists of Jack and Joyce (Dad, Grandpa, Mom and Grandma), Scott and Mandy and their children, Katie, Landon and Macy. They work together to successfully

By Troy Frick

operate a 3780 acre grain farm, a 160 cow Black Angus herd and a feedlot. Parkwood Farm is nestled in an area just north east of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. When you drive to their farm it seems that you suddenly enter a beautifully treed L-R: Bob Toner, CAA, Robin Hogberg, SAA Director, area with lots of Katie, Landon, Mandy, Macy & Scott Burkell, wildlife and what Belinda Wagner, SAA General Manager, Joyce & Jack Burkell. one might consider God’s country. On the south side of the a homestead in the Wallace district road you will find Parkwood Farm. With 15 miles northeast of Yorkton. The any successful operation, there is a great year was 1903. Amos Burkell (Jack’s deal of history with the family and the grandfather) was a pharmacist and divided his time between the farm in farm, and Parkwood is no exception. Yorkton and his business in Vancouver. The Burkell family headed west from It started out as a small mixed farm the London, Ontario area to establish and by the time Jack’s father William Continued on page 10

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Annual bull sale at the ranch headquarters. "bred for performance, evaluated by comparison "

Box 927, Langenburg, SK S0A 2A0 Robin, Michelle and John Hogberg 306-743-2840 cell 306-743-7490

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Saskatchewan Angus Association - 2017 Board of Directors President


Michael Wheeler Saskatoon, SK 306-382-9324 wheelers_stock_farm@hotmail.com

Geoff Anderson Bethune, SK 306-731-7921 geoffanderson1@hotmail.com

Kodie Doetzel Junior Director Lipton, SK 306-336-2245 kdnuhorizon@gmail.com

1st Vice-President

Sarah Davidson-Coward Swift Current, SK 306-741-0081 sarahdavidson@sasktel.net

David Johnson Canadian Director Peebles, SK 306-224-4341 daj@sasktel.net

Sheldon Kyle Redvers, SK 306-452-7545 sheldon@kenrayranch.com

2nd Vice-President Trent Liebreich Radville, SK 306-869-7207 tjlmerit@sasktel.net

Executive Director

Glen Gabel Regina, SK 306-536-1927 glengabel@sasktel.net

Tracey Willms Canadian Director Dundurn, SK 306-492-2161 traceywillms@gmail.com

Robin Hogberg Langenburg, SK 306-743-2840 rthogberg@sasktel.net

Gord Roger Balgonie, SK 306-771-2305 valleylodge@sasktel.net

Chad Hollinger Neudorf, SK 396-331-0302 hollingerlandandcattle@gmail.com

Past President

Michelle Potapinski Hodgeville, SK 306-677-7540 windy.willows@sasktel.net

Mike Howe Moose Jaw, SK 306-691-5011 dlmhowe@xplornet.net

Dale Easton Canadian Director Wawota, SK 306-739-2805 eastondale.angus@sasktel.net

Honourary President Grant Crossman Rosetown, SK

Kristine Sauter Wawota, SK 306-435-2240 bridgewayfarms@hotmail.com


Published by: Saskatchewan Angus Association Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone: 306-757-6133 Fax: 306-525-5852 office@saskatchewanangus.com


Fall 2017 Distributed to approximately 750 Angus Breeders’ and 2000+ Commercial Producers in Saskatchewan. 3 Issues per year Spring deadline - January 15 Summer deadline - May 15 Fall deadline - October 1 Page 4

Belinda Wagner, General Manager Ruth Watch, Office Assistant 2nd Floor, Canada Centre Building, Evraz Place, Regina, SK Phone 306-757-6133 Fax 306-525-5852 Office Hours - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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President’s Report ... Summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye even though for many it has seemed that the hot, dry weather would never end. Despite a major lack of rain for the majority of the province some have faired better than others for pasture and feed supplies. Most people are surprised at the quality of the crop being harvested this fall. Lloydminster has been a happening place this year for Angus activity. Showdown was first on the list this summer in the border city. A record number of junior members and cattle participated in the show. Thank you to the breeders that supported this event! Your attendance, sponsorship and volunteer hours are an extremely important part of encouraging and securing the future of our breed. August saw our annual Saskatchewan Angus summer tour visit the north west with tours over two days in the Lloydminster area. The popularity of the tour grows every summer and breeders enjoy the hospitality and fellowship that accompanies the great herds of Angus cattle. The hosts of the tour enjoy a tremendous marketing opportunity where in a matter of hours hundreds of prospective buyers are in your pastures. We will be looking for hosts for the 2018 tour soon so feel free to contact us with questions or to reserve your spot. This summer also saw the 2017-2018 mentorship program fill up. Due to the funding for this program being provided under the Growing Forward 2 framework, which expires in March 2018, we had to move the program deadlines earlier to finish the program under the deadlines. That has meant Page 6

we have had two groups of mentees participating in the program this summer. The new mentees in the program are Jessica Hextall, Coreen Langford, Eric Yewsiuk, Katie Wright and Brandon Hertz. They are being mentored by Barry Young, Keith Kaufmann, Shane Castle, Tom deWaal and Michael Wheeler. Thank you to the participants in this program for realising the value and opportunity it presents. This fall you will want to make note of our upcoming Gold Shows. The Gold & Junior Show will be held in conjunction with Lloydminster Stockade Roundup. Our second show will of course be held at Agribition which is the premier livestock show and gathering place in Canada. We hope to see you there. Something new this fall that demands the attention of every Angus breeder is the strategic planning process being undertaken by the Canadian Angus Association. If you missed one of the engagement sessions in Lloydminster or Regina you can still have your opinion heard. Feel free to contact any of the Canadian directors to share your thoughts, and there will also be a comprehensive survey that all members can complete coming out soon. The fall calf run is in full swing and prices have been holding steady. I encourage everyone to attend the feeder sales in their area, and if possible even watch some of your customers calves sell. One thing we continue to hear from many of the Angus branded beef programs is that they need more Angus tagged calves. There are opportunities to sell in to these markets and without the Angus tag you are missing out on access to these markets. Something worthy of mention is that there needs to be more red cattle tagged in particular. If we can guarantee a larger supply of tagged cattle there is potential for the Angus tag to become part of the criteria for larger branded beef programs. So

by Michael Wheeler

you may be asking yourself what can we as breeders do to grow our tag program? Well first and foremost it is our program, so make sure you as a breeder are buying the Angus tags. This will be the last issue of the Edge that I will be writing to you as president, so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to my fellow board members who have been a great team to work with. I feel we have a very effective board that works well together and represents a broad spectrum of our Angus breed. I am quite proud of the progress we have made in the past few years. I would also like to thank Belinda Wagner for being the one that keeps the wheels in motion on a daily basis. Lastly I would like to thank the membership that remain active keeping our breed in the forefront of the industry. As a volunteer board, there is no greater thanks we can receive, than to see our peers participating and benefiting from the programs and events we have developed.ď‚Ž

Host or Attend a Breeder Information Session in Your Area!

Saskatchewan Angus will entertain proposals from the membership for hosting sessions in various areas of the province in the next year. If you are interested in more information, contact the office at 306.757.6133 or email office@saskatchewanangus.com

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From The Director's Chair ... Pride is an emotion that we all share. It may be attached to something we design and create, or nurture and grow. That pride may be for your local community or organization or for the teams that represent them. As a parent we take pride in our children’s accomplishments, whether they be academic, artistic, business, or sport related. Sometimes we are proud of them for simply making quality choices and being ‘good’ people. As an Angus breeder, I have had the opportunity to attend two different functions in the past week. The first was a public engagement session and the second was a Saskatchewan Angus board meeting. These forums and the conversations that took place indicate that as Angus breeders we hold fairly diverse opinions and ideas. These differences all contribute to the strength of the Angus breed and our breed associations. The single commonality was our collective commitment to the Angus breed.  Much of the discussion revolved around the ‘Angus green (RFID) tag’. To put this program in perspective, I need to start with a few

by Trent Liebreich statistics. There are approximately 4 million calves born in Canada each year, 64% or 2.5 million of which are Angus or Angus influenced. Our Canadian Angus Association currently sells roughly 300,000 tags per year. This represents only 12% of our potential. Even more concerning is the fact that only half of Canadian purebred Angus breeders use the Angus green tags to identify their Angus calves. Although we now use Canadian Angus green tags in our herd, we have purchased generic tags from our vet clinic or feed store in the past. As a breeder of Black Angus seedstock, I did not perceive the need to use Angus tags. The American Angus Association and their CAB program have built the “Angus” brand to epic proportion across North America and beyond. For many consumers, Angus has become synonymous with ‘quality’, even if they don’t know which end of the cow eats. The first criteria for CAB acceptance is that cattle be ‘primarily black hided’. For that reason, the cattle we raise and the calves they sire would all cross the first hurdle and could potentially qualify for CAB if all the carcass quality criteria are met. The growing demand for Angus beef results in a more competitive market for my bull customer’s calves and ultimately for Black Angus bulls in general. Recently two major players in the consumer beef marketplace have been promoting both ‘Canadian’ and ‘Angus’. Walmart and McDonald’s are the giants in their respective fields. I greatly doubt they’ve chosen this path because they have any particular preference for the Angus breed or for products from our country for that matter. They are driven by consumer demand and a desire for market share and ultimately, profit. In order for their marketing strategy to be successful, they require a consistent, reliable, and verifiable supply of high quality Canadian Angus beef. The bottom line is they need access to more Canadian Angus tagged cattle. They will need to incorporate both Black and Red Angus influence genetics in order to meet that demand. Our Canadian Angus green tag will be the key to the success and sustainability of their marketing platform. These initiatives and my own desire to have a sustainable and profitable business for my family have caused a paradigm shift. As Angus breeders we are proud of the cattle we raise and passionate about our way of life. We share this passion with our commercial customers. As seedstock producers it is our obligation and a matter of pride to rally behind this program and not only utilize it, but more importantly, promote it to our customers. Go to any local arena or stadium and you will see passionate fans wearing the team colours. Calgary has the “C” of red and in Saskatchewan it’s Rider green. Don’t you think that as proud Angus breeders we should all WEAR OUR TEAM JERSEY?

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2017 Purebred Breeder of the Year... (Bill), took over in the mid 1930’s, the land base had increased to six quarters. In 1933, Bill purchased his first Angus cows from a neighbour at Beaver Lodge Farm (the Rickie’s). In 1941 they registered the first cows with the Canadian Angus Association. This homestead became known as Parkwood Farm and the legacy of great Angus cattle had begun. Bill and his wife Alice raised their three sons (Craig, Jack and Keith) on the family farm. The entire family was involved in the daily operation of the farm. The land base gradually increased,

Yorkton and the dairy operation moved with him. Jack further increased the land base and the Angus cow herd. Purebred bulls and heifers began to be sold off the farm. The replacement heifers were retained in the herd and the steers were finished in the feedlot. The Burkell Family have always been very dedicated to the 4H movement. Jack and his brothers showed Angus cattle even during the years of Charolais and Simmental dominance and when Angus were just not cool. However, Angus cattle displayed the characteristics they felt people would want. Despite tough times for the Angus breed, Jack stayed the course and invested his time in raising quality cattle. Today the fruits of that devotion and unwavering belief in what he was doing can be seen in the stock raised at Parkwood.

a small dairy operation emerged and a modest cattle finishing operation began to flourish. Bill became more involved in community activities like the Yorkton Exhibition Board, the Yorkton Purebred Livestock Show, 4H and the Yorkton Co-op. Beginning in 1965, the boys started to run the farm operation.

Jack was always progressive and adaptable. He sought the expertise of a feed nutritionist and began using silage based rations which have become the mainstay of their feeding program today. Jack continued to farm, trying to keep up with the newer trends. The herd continued to increase during Jack’s tenure. Selling bulls went by the wayside but Jack continued to sell heifers off the farm, mostly to commercial breeders.

In every farm things need to change to progress and evolve. In 1971, Craig moved to establish his own farm west of

Quality is not compromised at Parkwood. The structure, functionality and performance of cattle are always at

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the forefront of selection at the Burkell’s. While quality is not comprised, nor is their integrity. There is only honest and productive cattle at Parkwood. If you ever sit and visit with Scott or Jack about their cattle, they will more quickly tell you what they don’t like about their bulls or heifers than try to inflate the quality. This brutal and analytical honesty, has earned them tremendous respect in the beef business and also created a cow herd that is one of the best in the land. Scott has been AI’ing and embryo transplanting as methods of increasing the quality of cattle raised on the farm. There is nothing but class in the way the Burkell’s conduct themselves in the cattle operation. They want everyone to do well and be successful at shows and sales. There is genuine joy and appreciation for a banner or ribbon a fellow breeder has won or for the high selling bull or heifer that a breeder has sold at a sale. While Burkell’s appreciate recognition at shows they know the ribbons and banners don’t pay the bills. Consequently, they produce cattle that will be highly competitive, functional, productive and profitable for their customers. Now this f a m i l y business has had success at sales and shows in the past but also was recognized in 1999, for having over 50 years of Angus Breeding and in 2003 were recognized by the Saskatchewan government as a family century farm. Scott started to become very active in the farming operations in 1994. In 2000, Scott and his wife Amanda became

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involved in the farm. They began to take a keen interest in the purebred herd. Genetics were acquired from across the prairies. Marketing cattle has changed somewhat over the years too. The Patterson’s of Double C Red Angus convinced Jack and Scott to start to sell their bulls again. In the first five years bulls were sold at Double C Red Angus Bull Sale, the East Central Bull Power Sale, the Norquay Bull Sale and the Swan Hills Ranch Bull Sale. In 2006, talks began between Danny Hollinger, Troy Frick and Scott to try to market bulls closer to home. The result was the 1st Annual Blue Collar Bull Sale which was held in Yorkton in 2007. This was the first Black Angus only sale in Yorkton. In 2018 the 12th Annual Sale will be held on April 14th. The process of transitioning Parkwood Farm from Jack and Joyce to Scott and Amanda has begun. Letting go of your passion and something you have built with such dedication over decades is never easy. However, Jack and Joyce are slowly relinquishing control of the family farm which now encompasses 17 quarters owned and 6 rented, a cow herd of 160 cows, bred to calve in early January to February.

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There is usually around 30 bulls retained to sell at the sale and off the farm. Bred heifers are sold each fall at the Yorkton Harvest Showdown and by private treaty. Parkwood genetics have been sold and are sought after across the country. Parkwood farm has truly emerged as a family farm. It is very common to see Scott and Amanda and their children Kaitlyn, Landon and Macy out working together. The children are involved in 4H and numerous activities from volleyball to hockey. Checking cattle in pasture and during calving has become a daily task for them. Landon purchased his first Black Angus heifer in 2016 and has become the newest member to join the CAA from Parkwood.

It is hoped and there is a very good chance, that Katie, Landon and Macy will be the fifth generation of Burkells to operate Parkwood Farm. If they do, you can bet the standards for cattle as well as working with and dealing with people will be with the same integrity that the previous four generations have established. You can rest assured that being “Humble and Kind”, will be values that will exist well into the future of Parkwood Farm. If you ever find yourself in East Central Saskatchewan just south of Rhein be sure to stop in at Parkwood Farm. I can assure you, you will be welcomed with a warm hello, a genuine handshake and a sincere, “How’s it going.” There will be a tour of great cattle, a good cup a coffee (or maybe something a bit stronger) and a visit with some great folks. Jack, Joyce, Scott, M a n d y, K a t i e , Landon and Macy, congratulations on winning Saskatchewan Purebred Breeder of the year for 2017. You are very deserving. 

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Canadian Angus Association Bits... Thank you to everyone who participated in the multiple member engagement sessions that we hosted over the last month and a half. These sessions were Phase II of our current strategic planning process. If you were not able to attend, and still wish to express your thoughts, please feel free to contact Carmen in the office at ckoning@cdnangus.ca. Then in November will be the all-important Phase III: a comprehensive membership survey. Every single idea, input, thought and value was recorded during Phase II and will then be validated through next month's member survey. The purpose of the sessions was twofold: 1) to share with you our exciting developments in Member Services, including the Female Longevity & Sustainability (FLS) research project; and, 2) the 'brainstorming' exercise for our strategic planning process. The sessions have been stellar opportunities to hear what our members like, dislike, value and predict. Please make sure you take the time to review and complete your survey when it arrives. We hope that by now everyone is aware of the Canadian Angus Foundation’s History Book Project. Each and every one of us has a story, no matter if we are young or old, or if we have two cows or 200. Please take the time to sit down and write yours. The CAF incentive draws are on-going yet this fall, so send your history in and be entered to win! This project is a very large undertaking and we really need and want your help and participation. Feeder sales so far this fall have been nothing short of fantastic! Prices for mid to heavy weight steers and heifers have been $200+ over last Fall’s levels. 300 weight steers have pushed over the $3 pound mark at times with heifers. 15-20 cents behind. For those of you on Facebook and Twitter follow Bob Toner and Brian Good as they will post either highlights or entire sale result sheets for you to follow where prices are trending. Also, many auction marts have now gone to social media to report their weekly or special sale results. You will see members of our Canadian Angus team at various events this fall. If you have any questions be sure to share them and they will endeavor to get you answers. Page 12

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SBIC 2018 Agenda Tuesday, January 23rd 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BCRC committee meeting 10:00 a.m. Saskatchewan Forage Council board of directors meeting 7:00 p.m. SBIC 2018 Opening Reception Guest speaker Rod Pedersen from CKRM’s Sports Cage Beef sampling stations; cash bar Wednesday, January 24th 8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee 9:00 a.m. Greetings from the Province of Saskatchewan 9:15 a.m. Presentation: What is retailer research telling them – and us – about buying decisions? 10:30 a.m. Networking Break 10:30 a.m. to noon SK Verified Beef Production AGM 11:00 a.m. Consumer panel - Moderator: Marty Seymour Focus on impact of media on choices as well as overall protein buying decisions. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Guest speaker Deputy Ag Minister Rick Burton Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders AGM 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Beef and Forage Symposium content: Dr. Karen Beauchemin, AAFC Lethbridge Research & Development Centre “Reducing Methane Emissions for the Cow-Calf and Feedlot Sectors” Jillian Bainard, AAFC-Swift Current Research & Development Centre “Are Cover Crops a Silver Bullet Strategy to Increase Forage Production?” Dr. Bart Lardner, WBDC and College of e and Bioresources, U of S “Improving the Success of Corn Grazing” Murray Feist, Livestock Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture “Does Your Water Quality Measure Up?” Dr. Murray Jelinski, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, U of S “The Changing Face of Saskatchewan Beef Producers: Opportunity Ahead” 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dr. Nathan Erickson, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, U of S “Should I Vaccinate Young Calves?” Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, U of S “Role of Vitamin E in Calf Health” Oliver Schunicht, Feedlot Health Management Services Ltd. “Will Pre-Conditioning Calves Increase Revenue for the Cow-Calf Producer?” Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, AAFC-Lethbridge Research & Development Centre “Reducing the Pain of Painful Procedures” 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cocktails followed by dinner SBIC Scholarship presentations Guest Speaker Murad Al-Katib, CEO of AGT Foods, World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Fundraising Auction

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Thursday, January 25th 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Registration and buffet breakfast Greetings from Moderator Ryder Lee, SCA CEO 7:45 a.m. “Hot topic of the day” 8:45 a.m. Saskatchewan Stock Growers semi-annual meeting Workshop: “Succession and Taxes: Both are Certain” Lance Stockbrugger, Presenter 10:00 a.m. Networking Break 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CCA update: Dan Darling, President BCRC update: Dr.Reynold Bergen, Science Director Canada Beef update: Francis Andres, CEO 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Presentation: Beef prep demo by Canada Beef Chefs Abe and Jonathon 12:30 p.m. Closing luncheon 1:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association AGM 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cocktails followed by Awards Banquet Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Scroll presentations Friday, January 26th 9:00 a.m. Saskatchewan Livestock Association AGM breakfast Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders Association AGM Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan member meeting (tentative) 11:00 a.m. Saskatchewan Angus Association AGM 12:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Hereford Association board of directors (tentative) 1:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Limousin Association board of directors 1:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Simmental Association board of directors (tentative)

NOTICE OF Sakatchewan Angus Association ANNUAL MEETING - 11 AM Friday, January 26th, Saskatoon Inn. Directors are required for three year terms for the Saskatchewan and Canadian boards. Nominating Committee... Michael Wheeler - 306-260-7336 Dale Easton - 306-577-7456 or Sheldon Kyle - 306-452-7545

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Saskatchewan Angus Association Breeder of the Year Nominations will be received by mail and from the floor at the Annual Meeting. Nominations will then be posted and a vote taken at the Annual Meeting to determine the winner. The following is some general guidelines to keep in mind during the nominations and voting. The recipient should be a person(s) who: 1) represents and promotes Angus cattle in general, to the best of their ability; 2) produces quality cattle that meet market demands; 3) does a good overall job of contributing to the affairs of the Association. Please give due consideration to both small and large operators.

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Nominations will be accepted up to and during the 2018 Annual meeting - January 26, 2018.

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Saskatchewan Angus Association 2017/2018 Mentorship Program... Brandon Hertz, Saskatoon, SK

My name is Brandon Hertz and I am relatively new to the Angus breed. My family raised purebred Limousin cattle, however we dispersed in 2014. I went to Lakeland College and obtained diplomas in Agriculture Business and Animal Science. I finished school this April and started working at Wilbar Cattle Co. in Dundurn. I hope to use the mentorship program to learn more about the Angus breed and the producers that are involved.

Brandon’s mentor Michael Wheeler, Saskatoon, SK Michael Wheeler operates Wheeler's Stock Farm with his family near Saskatoon, SK. Along with his wife Rhea and three boys Ty, Tate and Rhett, and Michael's parents Harvey and Frances, they run over 200 purebred and commercial Angus females. His family hosts an annual bull and female sale in Saskatoon. Michael has been involved in the Angus breed for 20 years and in 2015 he was named the Outstanding Young Angus Breeder by the Canadian Angus Foundation. Michael grew up though the 4-H and junior Angus programs and has a passion for seeing youth succeed in agriculture. Michael served on the Saskatchewan and Canadian Junior Angus board of directors and served as president of those organizations. Michael has continued to volunteer with the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society and Saskatchewan Angus Association. Michael is currently finishing his term as president of Saskatchewan Angus. Michael is a believer in life long learning, and that in order to be successful in agriculture we must constantly be evolving. He hopes that he can learn as much from his mentee as his mentee learns from him. Michael is thankful for the opportunity to encourage a new generation of breeders and encourages everyone to take full advantage of the opportunities the breed has to offer through its programs.

Jessica Hextall, Grenfell, SK Jessica is the sixth generation of a mixed farm operation south of Grenfell, SK, where her family runs a 60-head purebred Black Angus operation, 260 head cow/calf and backgrounding operation, and farms 1300 acres. After high school, Jessica went on to attend the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, and obtained her B.Sc. in Agriculture in May 2015, majoring in Animal Science. Jessica is currently at the family farm at Grenfell, SK and building her own cattle herd, both purebred and commercial, alongside the family herd. Jessica also works off farm as a Nutrition & Production Consultant for Coop Feeds. This job allows her to work with livestock producers on a daily basis and help them find the right nutrition solutions for their individual operations. She has always been passionate about agriculture, especially the livestock sector and was involved in the industry from a young age starting in 4-H. Continuing on into University she was a part of the Stockman’s Club, Beef Team, Range Team and 4-H Alumni and held executive positions within these groups. To this day she is active in the industry, taking the opportunity to attend and help with different conferences and workshops and interacting with producers and industry experts. Jessica has been involved in SAA events, such as breeder information sessions, volunteering to check CWA Angus Show entries and attending the SAA AGM. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Saskatchewan Angus Association Mentorship Program and have the opportunity to learn from her mentor, Barry Young, as well as other Angus breeders. Jessica is looking to use the program to expand her Angus network and gain more knowledge about Angus genetics, breeding selection and seedstock marketing. Jessica is also looking forward to attending more Angus industry events and workshops as a part of the mentorship program. Page 26

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Jessica’s mentor Barry Young, Carievale, SK

If asked, Barry Young will tell you he is not only blessed to be living out his boyhood dream of owning an Aberdeen Angus cattle herd, but also for being able to call this same dream of owning Angus cattle as the way he has made his living for himself and his family. His start began back as a young boy when he bought his first female by the name of Grace of Denborough from a well-respected and admired family friend, Mr. Wilfred Willowby. This marked the beginning of a lifelong dream and passion that has grown into a family oriented business, today known as Young Dale Angus. It is because of this very start that being asked to be a mentor to our Angus youth is something Barry feels is both an honor and a privilege to be a part of. Being asked to mentor Jessica Hextall is a task that he has embraced and he looks forward to sharing what he has learned over the past 50+ years. Barry has served on both Saskatchewan and Canadian Angus Boards as well as other notable boards within the industry, such as Canadian Western Agribition, to which he has continued to date for 17 years. His passion for the Angus Breed has been more than enough fuel to keep him involved with such important and valuable endeavors. The cattle business has taken him to many interesting places in various capacities, from tourist to cattle buyer, from judge to speaker. The friendships that have developed because of this go well beyond any land borders, as the desire for good quality cattle is a common ground among many worldwide. Since 1967, Angus cattle have been a way of life for Barry and today he and his family run a 200 cow/calf pair operation and hold an annual bull and female sale each April. He believes in a handshake and honorable dealings – a trait we’d all like to see more of in this day and age.

Coreen Langford, Kisbey, SK

Red Ember Ranch (EMBR) began in 2007 with the purchase of two registered Red Angus cows. It has been growing from there and it seems only recently that I’ve been able to commit my energy full time to the herd. Many of our foundation genetics have been selected from our friends at WRAZ Red Angus. The goal for the EMBR breeding program is to be a balanced approach to maternal traits, structure, longevity, fertility, temperament and beef production. Calves are born March/April. A small, very select group of bull calves are kept over and available for sale in the spring. We are located SE of Kisbey, SK and are always open to visitors.

Coreen’s mentor Keith Kaufmann, Ceylon, SK Hello. I am Keith Kaufmann and with my wife Linda, son Shane and his wife Alexis and their children Keaton, Kamrie, Kohen and Korbyn, own and operate South View Ranch located southwest of Ceylon in southern Saskatchewan. We raise Red and Black Angus cattle and have worked with the Angus breed for 27 years. We breed around 500 purebred Red and Black Angus females and 100 commercial females. We market our bulls through our annual bull sale held at South View Ranch the second Thursday in April. Females are sold private treaty or through special sales. I have been in the cattle business my entire life and I am definitely proud to be involved with the Angus breed. I have had the privilege of serving on both the Saskatchewan Angus and Canadian Angus boards through which I have met and worked with many great cattle people. My grandchildren are very much involved in all aspects of our business, from calving to selecting genetics for breeding, to halter breaking and showing. They, along with other juniors, are the future of our industry and I think it is fantastic the way the Angus Association supports our youth. I look forward to working with Coreen through the mentorship program. Angus Edge - Fall 2017

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Katie Wright, Melfort, SK For those of you who don’t know me I am Katie Wright from Melfort, SK. Alongside my family we own and operate Wright Livestock raising purebred Red and Black Angus cattle, along with a small herd of commercial Angus based cows. We currently sell our bulls by private treaty off the farm and our females are sold through multiple select female sales throughout the fall and winter. I grew up through the 4-H program and was fortune enough to capitalize on many of the opportunities that the 4-H program had to offer. I am a past member of the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association as well as the Canadian Junior Angus Association, and I was able to take part in numerous once-in-a-life-time activities and programs, for young Angus enthusiasts. I was also proud to help organize many junior events as the President of the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association and as a director for Canadian Junior Angus. I plan to continue to volunteer with these two organizations as an alumnus, and other programs to advance youth in Agriculture. I am currently working as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Prince Albert and Regina at the major hospitals. I am also currently enrolled in the University of Regina and Saskpolytechnic collaboration nursing degree program where I will soon become a Registered Nurse. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Saskatchewan Angus Association Mentorship program. It is such a tremendous opportunity to have the chance to be mentored by such influential people in our breed. For my mentorship experience I would like to focus on marketing quality livestock. I feel marketing livestock is an important aspect of being involved with both for commercial and purebred producers. I am extremely excited to be mentored by Tom deWaal of Harvest Angus, even though Tom is not from Saskatchewan but from Prince George, BC I am looking forward to working alongside him. I feel Tom is a huge advocate and leader in our beef industry.

Katie’s mentor Tom deWaal, Prince George, BC Tom was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised on a dairy farm in Airdrie. As a young man he showed dairy cattle in 4H as well as across North America from Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to Madison, Wisconsin to Richmond, Utah. In 1980 Tom attended the Reich World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. After graduating college, he started his auctioneering career selling livestock at the Rimbey Auction Market and soon after he was hired as one of the three lead auctioneers at the Edmonton Public Stockyard where he spent eight years selling livestock four days a week. In time Tom started selling farm equipment, heavy equipment and automobiles. It was then that his career path would change and Tom would start 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 50% of a car and truck auction in Prince George arose; with the intention of being a silent partner. However, by the summer of 1990 Tom had bought out the partner and became the sole-proprietor of the car auction, which he still runs today. Currently the car auction re-markets over 3000 vehicles annually for major financial institutions, fleet lease, dealer and rental companies. During his career as an auctioneer Tom has always stayed with his rural roots and his interest in cattle. In 2003 he purchased his first registered Angus cattle which has led to today’s Harvest Angus herd, consisting of 120 mother cows. Harvest Angus promotes their brand at local and national livestock shows. During his chosen careers, as both an auctioneer and as a seedstock producer, Tom has held numerous volunteer positions. Included would be his 10-year Presidency of the BC Auctioneers Association and this year he will be completing his fourth year as President of the BC Angus Association. Over the years Tom has been a big supporter of “Giving it Back” and has supported numerous organizations offering his professional auction talents. Tom is a three-time BC Auctioneering champion and also a BC Hall of Fame Auctioneer, a career that he has enjoyed for the last 37 years. Page 28

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Eric Yewsiuk, Wynyard, SK Hi, my name is Eric Yewsiuk. Along with my wife, Erin, and kids, Bohdan and Hallie, we operate Dual E Cattle Company near Wynyard, Saskatchewan. We currently have a small herd of Red Angus cattle and are working hard to expand our numbers along with our land base. In addition to the cows, I work full time as a Journeyman Ag Mechanic at Wynyard Equipment Sales. I grew up in the Red Angus business as part of my parents’ farm, U6 Livestock. Those years saw me involved in Junior Angus and 4-H. In 2015, my wife and I separated our herd from Mom and Dad’s, which was the beginning of our own operation. Since starting with a herd of eight – mostly former 4-H heifers – we have grown our herd to close to forty females. Because we are building our numbers, presently, we market only select females. We sell our best bulls off the farm in the spring and are excited to get our first private treaty catalog into your mailbox this winter! It is exciting to be able to have the opportunity to be part of the mentorship program. Having the chance to attend more Angus industry, as well as general beef industry events will allow me to gather more knowledge to incorporate into our operation. Most importantly, the area of our business with the most potential for development is marketing. Through the mentorship program and working with my mentor, I hope to be able to apply some new ideas to get our name and our product a little closer to the forefront of the Angus breed. Growing up involved in Junior Angus, I got to know a lot of fellow breeders as a junior. Now that I run my own operation, the mentorship program will give me more chances to network with those same breeders again, only now as a producer myself and it will contribute to the future success of our business, Dual E Cattle Co.

Eric’s mentor Shane Castle, Swift Current, SK Good day, I am Shane Castle, it is my pleasure to introduce myself working in the Mentorship program with Eric Yewsiuk. We live 25 minutes east of Swift Current near Herbert, SK where, alongside my wife Tammy, my sons Bodie and Justin as well as my parents, we will calve 130 commercial cows in April and May. We started in purebred cattle twenty short years ago, although had been an Angus fan and enthusiast for years before that. Castlerock Marketing is our main passion that continuously takes on exciting adventures meeting new people and seeing herds of great Angus cattle throughout Canada and the United States. Since we became involved in the industry there have been many influential people throughout the years that have served the unofficial status as a mentor. I’ve always felt lucky to cross paths with so many good people throughout the years of learning, hearing of the history in the Angus breed and livestock industry. It is my opinion that we should never stop learning! Throughout the last twenty years I have served on the Saskatchewan Angus Association Board of Directors for multiple terms and I served one term with the Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors as well. We have also volunteered with coordination of various Angus events, field days and shows as well as on the 4H level. More than ever we as members of the Agricultural world can see the importance of the need to educate and promote the rural way of life for future generations. I feel fortunate to be able to spend time with the next generation coming up and any support and advice that can be provided along the way can only serve as a benefit. Life is hectic for many, if not all of us today, but I feel strongly if we don’t slow up and chip in where we can, then we haven’t done all that we could. I look forward to working with Eric Yewsiuk who is an up and coming Red Angus breeder along with his wife Erin, under Dual E Cattle Co. I’ve had the opportunity to know the Yewsiuk family for many years and always appreciate their enthusiasm and commitment to the Angus breed. The Saskatchewan Angus Association is very pleased to continue their mentorship program. Please reach out to any of our current or past participants, they would love to talk to you about the program and their experiences along with your operation, I am sure! Angus Edge - Fall 2017

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Visit the Northwest Angus Tour... August 10 and 11 found Angus enthusiasts from Saskatchewan and Alberta gathered in Lloydminster for the North West Saskatchewan Summer Angus Tour. Thursday morning began at the Microtel Hotel with registration and loading the buses. From there it was a short drive to Justamere Farms where Jon, Shelly and the crew had the cattle all sorted and ready for inspection. Coffee and donuts were supplied by Kaleen Harris, RBC. Everyone had lots of time to go through the pens and then it was back to the buses and off to Y Coulee Land and Cattle, Frenchman Butte. The first stop there was a group of bred heifers which they are offering choice of in Red Roundup. The second stop was a group of pairs in another pasture where we also enjoyed a boxed lunch and refreshments. After lunch and visiting it was back on the buses and off to Standard Hill Livestock, Maidstone. Cattle were sorted into three large pens which provided ample room to look things over without crowding the cattle or being rushed for time. Our final stop on day one was Holtby Farms where our hosts were Eye Hill Livestock, Macklin. Along with Eye Hill pens there were also display pens from Pugh Farms, Pederson Livestock, Lock Farms, Roy Mac Angus, Z Bar Angus, McKevitt Angus, Royal Rock Angus, Magnum Ranching, Y Coulee Land and Cattle and Matlock Farms. A delicious brisket supper with all the trimmings was served and visiting continued late into the night. Day two arrived bright and sunny and it was off to our first stop of the day, McNab Angus, Mervin. The old team roping

by Bob Toner CAA Director of Business Development for SK/MB arena was set up with free standing panels and the groups of cattle were easy to view. After coffee, donuts and visiting it was on the road again to Valley Hills Angus, Glaslyn. Three groups were gathered representing a good cross section of the Red and Black programs at Valley Hills. After lunch and refreshments it was back on the road to Edam and Early Sunset Ranch. Two pens of bred heifers and four pens of pairs were available for viewing from one of the longest running breeding operations in Saskatchewan. The final stop of the day was Stuart Cattle Station, also from Edam. Once again the cattle were well displayed and several breeders including Triple H Red Angus, Wright Livestock, Nesset Lake Angus, Y Coulee Land and Cattle, B-Elle Red Angus and Grant Lodge Farm had display pens there. A steak supper and refreshments were served and the fellowship continued late into the night. This was a very well organized event. Every stop had lots of information available for the cattle on display. The hosts also gave a short rundown on their operations and were more than willing to answer any questions asked of them. Approximately 150 people attended the tour each day which was great to see. If you have never attended one of these tours you owe it to yourself to do so. It is always interesting and informative to get into different operations and get a closer look at how they work. The time and effort are worth it. If you are interested in putting on a tour in your area get in contact with Belinda at the SAA office. Once again thank you to our hosts on the North West Saskatchewan Summer Angus Tour. It was fantastic! ď‚Ž See ya down the road, Bob Toner

gra m Tha nks to Krysten Hep bur n, Me nto rship Pro par tici pant for sharing her tour pho tos!

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** If you are interested in hosting a tour nex t yea r contact Belinda at the Saskatchewa n Angus Association officeg. at 306-757-6133 to get the ball rollin

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Pre-amble for the EPI report... Hello fellow SAA members. As a long term employee of the animal health industry, I have occasionally taken the time to provide some tidbits of industry information which I feel may be of interest to the membership. In this issue I have taken the liberty of providing you with a copy of a resource that will be of interest to the many social media followers who are familiar with the overwhelming volume of information that is circulating through these channels. When I joined Elanco a few years ago I was very intrigued by an investment they have made in what is called social media mining. Elanco USA has a team of people who are tasked with tracking all global social media messaging from the various sources (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) and summarizing the key points of interest into a monthly report. We currently track all of the major protein commodity groups (beef, dairy, poultry and swine) as well as Animal Welfare, Antibiotics and Sustainability. Whenever one of these words appear in a social media post it is captured by our analytics team and categorized by the subject and tone of the message. Major food companies utilize this technology to track consumer trends and Elanco is currently doing the same while providing these summary reports back to our customers and key industry stakeholders.

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It is easy to get mislead by individual social media messages or conversations that erupt from time to time with individuals who seek a platform or have strong personal views. There is also a growing number of more positive agricultural messaging which helps create a balance. The report on the next page is a sample of what we now provide to customers who have a strong interest in this subject matter and I thought I would share it with you so you get a sense of the type of information circulating in social media around beef. It will give you a sense of perspective in terms of where this topic stacks up against a sampling of other topics in this area. If you would like more information on this please feel to reach out to me or any of my other regional Elanco colleagues and we can provide more information on this resource to you. Enjoy! Regards, Gord Roger SAA Director, Finance Chair #WeAreElanco

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Vaccine Selection for Cattle There are a multitude of diseases to consider vaccinating for and these diseases come in a multitude of vaccine combinations with different types of administration routes (subcutaneous or intramuscular) as well as different dosage amounts (usually two-five cc). These possibilities should all be

considered when choosing vaccines. First and foremost use the advice of your local veterinarian. He/she will have chosen the most appropriate vaccines for your geographic area in the best combinations available to minimize the amount of needles to be given. Veterinarians are an invaluable resource when it comes to vaccine selection a very critical point of biosecurity for your commercial or purebred operation. Fellow purebred breeders should also discuss vaccine protocols amongst themselves and this becomes extremely critical when purchases are made from each other. What are the incoming cattle protected against. Vaccine companies generally speaking are producing more and more vaccines in multiple combinations. This is Page 34

because there are now several diseases, which are routinely, vaccinated for on most farms. By having less choice it is less confusing to producers, less needles are necessary and the cost per disease treated actually comes down. Veterinarians make the choices as to which vaccine lines to carry based on several things, effectiveness, diseases covered, route of administration, dosage amount and dose size per container. Availability, price, timing of administration and service given by the sales force are all considered when making the selection. All reputable companies have data to support the effectiveness of their vaccine over others. We are really almost comparing apples to apples when comparing the numerous vaccines available from the reputable companies if they cover the same diseases. Make sure the vaccines you use cover the diseases you need to prevent. A few misconceptions are changing vaccine lines and the thought of needing to start the whole vaccine protocol over again. Different vaccine lines will booster the immune response from a previous vaccination from a different line of vaccines. Of course the diseases in the vaccines must be the same. The important thing to remember whether it be from previous vaccination or exposure to the real disease revaccination stimulates the bodies immune system to develop further protection from sickness. Generally speaking this is where the modified live vaccines (mixing the powder and the fluid together) will give longer lasting immunity than the killed viral vaccines. Certain geographic areas in Canada have a higher incidence of specific diseases and vaccination may be considered. An example of this would

by Roy Lewis DVM

be Clostridium Hemolyticum in west central Alberta. Horses are vaccinated for rabies in certain regions of eastern Canada. Herds that have had prior history of leptospirosis may vaccinate and in outbreaks of Anthrax the contact herd as well as neighbouring herds may be vaccinated in the current year and forward in subsequent years. Other diseases, which are reportable in Canada such as, foot and mouth disease or brucellosis even though a vaccine exists for them they are not allowed to be used in Canada. That’s because we are free of these diseases and want to keep the disease out. If we were to vaccinate the protection the vaccine affords could mask symptoms and carrier animals might develop. Tests for disease exposure often cannot differentiate between exposure to the real disease or vaccination so eradication is therefore difficult. Now in most herds across western Canada vaccination for the diseases of IBR, BVD (type 1 and 2), PI3, clostridials (blackleg group 7 or 8 way or now 9 way), histophilus (the former hemophilus), and BRSV are pretty much commonplace. For young calves up to and past weaning the two respiratory pathogens Pasteurella and Mannheimia are becoming commonplace as well. With some companies vaccines all these organisms are protected for in two needles. Some other products even come as intranasal vaccines which offer quick protection and no needles. Intranasal technology is becoming more common even in very young calves. These can offer quick protection to many of the viruses and bacteria causing pneumonia. Most are set up now for giving the 2cc dose up one nostril. Scours vaccination is becoming commonplace for the breeding animals in especially the larger herds. Angus Edge - Fall 2017

A multitude of other vaccines, foot rot especially in the breeding bulls, pinkeye vaccines and leptospirosis vaccines are being more commonly used if necessary. Vaccines are a form of biosecurity for your cattle. Also storage of vaccines (almost all need to be refrigerated) and handling when administered are critical to getting the maximum effect. Freezing or overheating of the vaccine before administration cannot be tolerated. Label your syringes so as not to mix

different vaccines and make sure and give the vaccines a handbreadth apart preferably on opposite sides of the neck. Only mix up enough of the modified live vaccines to use in one hour. Take your time and administer the vaccines properly. They are insurance against the calves not getting sick, so take your time and insure the best immunity. Make sure your cattle are also treated for worms and lice to minimize these parasites. With parasites removed the calves will develop that much better protection from the vaccines. The fall is the ideal time to totally review your vaccination program so you can add in further protection if it is available. If selling purebred or commercial cattle especially out of area make sure the purchaser indicates if there is anything specific to vaccinate for. If selling cattle

for that matter pass on their vaccination, parasite control and nutritional information to the new owner. That will start the discussion about vaccination programs. Vaccination programs vary slightly across the country and this is good information to know so you can vaccinate the cattle before they go. Eastern Canada often will vaccinate for leptospirosis but it is very rare in the west. This process is called preimmunization which is vaccinating before exposure to allow maximum protection to develop. This generally will take ten days to two weeks. There are no magic bullets of vaccination replacing good management. Proper nutrition, parasite control, minimizing stress by handling and sanitation go a long way to preventing disease itself. All this augmented with a properly thought out and implemented vaccination program will severely reduce the incidence of those diseases on your farm. Talk to your veterinarian as new products and ways of administration are coming out all the time. ď‚Ž

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Proposed Tax Changes... Editor’s Note: Lance Stockbrugger is a chartered accountant, specializing in Income Tax. Lance has played an integral role in assisting his clients with their tax reorganizations, estate planning and intergenerational succession transfers. Lance lives on the family farm near Englefeld, Saskatchewan and was one of the presenters at the Breeder Information Session held in Saskatoon in April by Saskatchewan Angus. With all the recent discussion about the proposed federal tax changes we felt it would be beneficial for people to hear Lance's perspective on the issue. This editorial is the letter that Lance sent to the federal government during the consultation process.

By Lance D Stockbrugger, CPA CA

fair share of taxes. I do not think it is fair to feel that small business owners should be taxed at the same rate (initially) as a wage earner as we are taking on a much larger amount of risk of loss as well have millions of dollars invested in our business. The current tax system is close if not fully integrated meaning when we (our family) eventually take the money out of our family business we will pay personal tax rates at virtually the same rate as an employee would pay. However due to the small business tax rates we are able to keep more money in our business and reinvest it and hire, creating a robust and active economy. As a tax practitioner, I fully understand that corporations are not tax savers, rather all they are is deferrals and if not treated properly the deferral of taxes will end up costing an incorporated individual far greater than if they paid tax throughout their operational years. Our operation is truly a family run operation where each member of our family helps out in some way. Yes, some are more active than others, however we all share the potential for loss and therefore should each be able to share in the profits as well. Our spouses are equal partners in our business and therefore should be able to share equally in the profits. If our business fails they will be equally impacted. I do not see it as fair that they should be equally responsible for losses but not be able to share in the profits as well.

I was a full time Chartered Accountant working for PwC Canada for 17 years while building a farming operation from 160 acres to 4000 acres that it is currently. In 2012, I retired from active CA practice and turned my focus on running our family farm, consisting of myself, my wife and two pre-teen boys, as well as my brother and his wife and two young children. We are not large by any stretch here in Saskatchewan and do consider ourselves middle class taxpayers.

Due to the nature of farming and the high costs of capital required to start an operation we need to have intergenerational transfers available to us to ensure that our family operations stay viable into the future. We are already seeing an increased amount of foreign ownership of our farmland which as a producer and citizen of Canada worries me a lot. It is completely absurd to think that our tax system will favor a foreign or at the very least non-related party sale over a sale to our children. Nothing makes me prouder than teaching my boys to help on the farm and I look forward to the day that they will be able to take over from my wife and I. I won’t bother quoting effective tax rates as you have seen them over and over, but to not be able to use a Capital Gains Exemption on a sale to a child does not make any sense at all to me. What message is your government trying to send to us when they favor a sale to a third party verses a family member? At the very least the treatment should be equal. Why would you not want to protect our resources and allow for our children to be successful which in turn means they will be active tax payers as well. This is portion of the tax proposals scares me the most and I would be very happy to work with your government on trying to make something that works for all parties.

During my years of practice working with thousands of Ag producers I always had the mind-set that we need to pay our

Our business has grown over the years, but not without challenges through tough and lean times. For many years our

I am writing as a CPA CA, small business owner and Ag producer from Saskatchewan. I have tried to understand the proposed tax changes presented in July 2017 papers, however do to the length of them and the complexity, may not fully understand the full outcomes, however have educated myself enough to know that they will negatively affect our family significantly. I would strongly ask that the finance committee, The Finance Minister, Honorable Bill Morneau and The Prime Minister, Right Honorable Justin Trudeau reconsider implementing these changes and spend more time reviewing and receiving consultation on our tax system in Canada.

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line of credit was maxed out during certain times of the year and personal funds were used to finance the business. We have been successful through hard work and fortunate production years and have made it to a place where we can self fund our line of credit. We have saved enough funds that we no longer require outside lines of credit for extended periods of time. Due to the nature of grain farming we have large cash needs (spring seeding) and time of excess funds (post-harvest). I was very disappointed to see that it is the government’s proposal to increase taxes on investment income. It currently is not tax effective to have investment income inside a corporation, but to make it even higher seems unrealistic. I agree corporations should not be used to shelter investment funds in, but there should be limits allowed for sound business decisions. The reason we have funds available in our operation is to fund our operation in high cash need times as well to fund capital investments in equipment, but more importantly land when the opportunities present themselves. I think it is just good prudent business sense to reduce our risks and allow us opportunities by having some funds available for times of need. Penalizing us for having them in our corporation is going to put additional risks on our business that we can avoid by self-funding with our operational savings account. The proposed system with segregation of funds will be an absolute administrative nightmare for practitioners, taxpayers and CRA. I really think more time needs to be spent looking at how this system can be improved upon.

this significant needs time to make sure it is well thought out and implemented correctly. Again, I strongly ask that you reconsider some of the proposals that are unfair as well take the proper time to consult with the people of Canada and groups such as the CPA’s of Canada and The Law Society to better inform yourselves of all the outcomes. These are the industry groups that work within the tax legislation the government drafts so they will be the most knowledgeable on how the proposed changes will impact the taxpayers of Canada.

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Opinion Piece - The Plight of the Junior Show in Canada I first of all want to say that I commend each and e v e r y individual, parent and organizer that is currently involved in any one of the many junior livestock beef shows in Canada. This piece is not meant to be critical in any way of what has taken place in this country over the past 20 years but rather, I would hope, it would serve as a catalyst towards a reasonable discussion that would lead to common sense solutions regarding the tension that has been supressed by the silent majority. Over 25 years ago a small group of Canadian Hereford juniors attended an American Hereford Junior National and came home with the narrative that American kids don’t do any of the work, they just stand by the ring and wait for their heifer and then lead it in the ring. The Canadian leadership at that time then took steps to drastically change the rules regarding Canadian Junior Shows. They vowed that our junior shows would never look like an American show and thus only juniors were allowed to do any of the work at

the show during the time of the show. The proposal would exclude parental help of any kind. This extreme position was adopted by most Canadian Junior organizations across our land. In theory, this was a romantic idea, the problem was that the concept was predicated on a lie. For many years I have listened to the defence of our Canadian rules prohibiting any parental help. I am also very familiar with the American Junior programs. I was a participant back in the early 80’s and as a parent I have attended recent American junior shows. These are my observations in the span of 35 years. 1) There are a few families that hire custom fitters to do most of the work. 2) There are a few junior kids that do all of the work. 3) The vast majority of the families work together doing all the work. Mom, Dad, Grandparents and the kids backing the trailers up, unloading and setting up. In the wash racks in the mornings and helping with the kids getting the cattle ready and to the show ring. What I saw 35 years ago is what I see today even more, a healthy and extremely successful junior event driven by the family. The primary defence of the current Canadian position regarding the rules concerning parents is that “we don’t want to become like Americans”.

by Robin Hogberg

Most of the people that I have listened to about this have never been to an American junior show. The rules in Canada have been adopted as a result of hear-say. Therefore I believe it is time to re-examine the junior programs across our land and build on an already successful event. I truly believe that some small adjustments would be very positive going forward. Do we need custom fitters coming into our junior shows? No. But what about parents working with their kids? I would ask the question should this not be a “family” event. I would think we could all agree. Kids that are 8, 9, 10 even 12 and 13 need their parents working with them, guiding them and being there for them. It’s almost a no brainer in my mind. Older senior members, on the other hand, are very busy with their own “stuff”. Give them a break. Honestly, to expect them to help the younger/beginning members is applying unwarranted pressure, and for the members that want to take a larger number of entries, they are forced to hire “other juniors”. In our families case for example John is an only child. He has no siblings to work with. If we were allowed to assist him he could and would make more entries. We can ignore the underlying tension surrounding our Junior shows or we can have discussions that could result in common sense solutions that are realistic, positive and family oriented. It all starts with honest dialogue at the table and laying aside our personal bias and focusing on the event in its totality. When the folks involved take these steps the “family” will win every time. At the end of the day, isn’t that why we are doing this? 

Eric and Erin Yewsiuk of Dual E Cattle Company, Wynyard, SK, along with her big brother Bo, are excited to announce the arrival of Hallie Sharon Yewsiuk on June 11, 2017. 6 lbs 1 oz, 20.5” Angus Edge - Fall 2017

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Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association Board of Directors

Saskatchewan Junior Angus Report...

Barrie, Ontario, July 19-21, so be sure to watch for more details in the new year and make sure you check out all the great travel bursaries and trucking incentives that are also available to help get to the show!

Tyra Fox - President Lloydminster, SK - 306-825-9624 tyrafox20@gmail.com Brianna Kimmel - Vice-President Lloydminster, SK - 780-214-3643 brianna@twistedsisterscattle.ca Alexis Frick - Secretary Neudorf, SK - 306-730-9913 northernviewangus@imagewireless.ca Kodie Doetzel - Junior Director Lipton, SK - 306-336-2245 kdnuhorizon@gmail.com Directors at Large Jennifer Jones Lloydminster, SK - 306-825-7253 jennifer.j.jarret@gmail.com Carson Liebreich Radville, SK - 306-815-7226 tjlmerit@sasktel.net Wade Olynyk Goodeve, SK - 306-876-4420 olynyk44@gmail.com Baxter Blair McLean, SK - 306-699-7211 baxteraiden@hotmail.com Ty Schwan Swift Current, SK - 306-774-4494 jschwan69@yahoo.ca Davis Schmidt Watrous, SK - 306-946-2616 davis.schmidt1@gmail.com

Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association

Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone 306-757-6133 Fax 306-525-5852

office@saskatchewanangus.com www.saskatchewanangus.com

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by Tyra Fox

Another year is almost wrapped up for everyone, and it’s been an eventful year for us juniors again. Going back to the very first event this past February was the Canadian Junior Angus Association GOAL Conference. GOAL was in Edmonton, Alberta at the West Edmonton Mall and it was a blast for all the juniors in attendance. We had about 20 Saskatchewan juniors that went to GOAL this year. Throughout the weekend we got to listen to many great speakers, and also had an afternoon to tour the big mall. GOAL is always a great opportunity to meet many new juniors from all over Canada as well as some of the American National Junior Angus Association members. I encourage all juniors to apply for the GOAL bursaries available to you, there is travel assistance available both nationally and from our provincial Angus Association - February 2018 we will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba and it will be a great time as always. The next event juniors had this year was the 18th annual Canadian Junior Angus Showdown in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and there were many Saskatchewan kids in attendance. Along with the conformation classes and many other competitions, the extravaganza night consisted of an Amazing Race which was lots of fun for the juniors and to wrap everything up, we held a great banquet and then everyone danced the night away. Showdown is a really fun annual event hosted by the CJA that allows juniors from all across the country to get together and meet new juniors. Showdown 2018 is going to be in

Our Saskatchewan Junior Angus Show will be held in Lloydminster, SK in conjunction with Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up November 1-4. There will be many things for juniors to take part in such as literature, print marketing, photography, showmanship, judging, grooming and of course the conformation classes! I want to thank all the sponsors and everyone that helps make this show possible, and I can’t wait to see everyone there! The junior annual meeting and ‘fun afternoon’ will be held at Agribition with the meeting in the morning and the fun afternoon later on that day. The meeting will consist of all important business including the new elections, and the fun afternoon will be a series of games, and activities followed by pizza! Hope to see many juniors there, Friday, November 24. I would also like to remind all juniors that the deadline for the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Scholarship applications is November 15, 2017. The application form in on the Saskatchewan Angus website and the scholarship consists of two $500 awards available, and it is a very simple process so apply!! That will be everything for now but if anyone ever has any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any of the Saskatchewan Junior board members or myself - we’re happy to help! Looking forward to seeing many juniors down the show road this fall!

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THANK YOU... to these Sponsors of the 2017 Saskatchewan Junior Angus Show Stockade Round-Up - Lloydminster, SK 20/20 Angus Nu-Horizon Angus 8 C's Cattle Co. Red Rose Angus Breed Creek Angus Ranch Roger Reynolds Castlerock Marketing Running Steady Ranch Crescent Creek Angus Still Meadows Farm Eldem Cattle Investments Twisted Sisters Cattle Co. Forsyth Ranch Ltd. Vee Tee Feeders GMACK Oilfield Services Visit the NorthWest Hi Low Angus Angus Tour Group J & S Cattle Co. Wagner Angus Justamere Farms Y Coulee Land & Cattle Merit Cattle Co. Morland Acres Cattle Company

Attention Juniors!

You won’t want to miss out on these exciting events ...

Friday, November 24, 2017 - Attend the 2017 Canadian Western Agribition Junior Angus Pizza Party & Fun Day. We’re meeting at the SAA Booth at 3 pm for games and activities. Pizza will be served at 5 pm.

Notice of SJAA Annual General Meeting, Friday, November 24, 10:30 am, Canada Centre, Agribition, Regina, SK. Meet at the Angus booth. Planning for next year and Elections for the board - See you there!

February 17 - 19, 2018 - Win your way to the Canadian Junior Angus GOAL Conference to be held in Winnipeg, MB. There will be workshops, keynote speakers and entertainment. All Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association members aged 15 and over are eligible to apply. Write an essay explaining why you should be selected to attend the conference and include your experience with the Angus industry and the SJAA and SAA may help you with your travel costs and the registration fee. Fax, mail or email your application to the Saskatchewan Angus Association by December 31, 2017 - no late applications will be accepted. There are a limited number of spots so don’t delay! The CAF and CJAA also have Travel Bursuries for GOAL. See the following two pages for details.


The Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association offers Two $500 Scholarships each year. Deadline - November 15, 2017 Applications are available from the Saskatchewan Angus Office or get one off the website. Angus Edge - Fall 2017

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CJA 2018 GOAL Conference February 17 - 19 Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg 350 St Mary Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2 Hosted by Canadian Junior Angus

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Birth Date: ______________________________________ CAA Membership #: __________________________ Province: _______________________________________ Postal Coade: _______________________________ Phone: ______________________________ Fax: ____________________________ E-mail: _______________________________________________________ Jacket/Shirt Size: _______________

Rules: All participants must be 15 years of age and older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. No alcohol allowed at or during the conference. Fee: $125.00 Includes - Binder, deliverable, room (Saturday & Sunday), meals, all sessions and tours. Registration Deadline: January 10th Schedule: The conference will start Saturday afternoon and end after lunch Monday. A detailed agenda will be available on the web-site at www.juniors.cdnangus.ca later this fall. The Canadian Angus Foundation is sponsoring a draw for a $3000 voucher to purchase an Angus female. All you have to do is be at GOAL to be eligible to win! Also, CJA and CAF are sponsoring travel bursaries for twelve lucky juniors - check out the details on the web-site at www.juniors.cdnangus.ca or www.canangusfoundation.ca Forward Registration form with payment to: Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone (306) 757-6133 Fax (306) 525-5852 Email bwagner@cdnangus.ca Page 50

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Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone: (306) 757-6133 Fax: (306) 525-5852 bwagner@cdnangus.ca


292140 Wagon Wheel Blvd, Rocky View County, AB T4A 0E2 Phone: (403) 571-3580 Toll Free: 1-888-571-3580 Fax: (403) 571-3599

“Competing for the Legacy Scholarship was a great opportunity that pushed me to stay educated on current events with our industry as well as communicate my thoughts and opinions effectively with and to other industry leaders. Through the process I was able to improve my interview skills as well as gain confidence participating in the panel discussion. It was a huge honour to be the recipient of the scholarship last year and it has allowed me to focus solely on pursuing my degree in Physiology without the added stress of paying for my tuition. I am so thankful to the Canadian Angus Foundation for this great opportunity!” - Meghan McGillivray, Kamloops, BC

Complete application to include: 1. Cover sheet with name, contact information and CAA ID number. 2. Résumé to include but not limited to CJA involvement, community activities, school involvement and achievement, and leadership activities. 3. Current high school or secondary education transcript along with a current photo must be submitted. 4. Submit a 250-500 word essay on your educational program of choice and future career goals. 5. Selected winners will be required to submit proof of enrollment prior to receiving the scholarship.

Applicant qualifications: 1. Applicants must be a member of Canadian Junior Angus. 2. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old at the time of the application deadline. 3. Top five applicants selected must be present at GOAL for an interview and panel discussion. 4. All applications must be typed. No handwritten applications will be accepted. 5. Applications must be submitted by email to Belinda Wagner at bwagner@cdnangus.ca with the subject line reading “Foundation Legacy Scholarship”. 6. Awards will be selected on the following scale: 25% application; 25% academic achievement; 25% personal interview; 25% moderated panel discussion performance.

To be considered for the award, complete and return this application to the Canadian Angus Foundation by January 15.

Awards totallng $11,000 will be presented to Canadian Junior Angus members, recognizing overall academic achievement, leadership and community involvement, and industry knowledge. Awards in the amount of $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $500 for the runners-up will be presented annually at the GOAL Conference.

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.

Awarded by the Canadian Angus Foundation

Foundation Legacy Scholarship

See you at GOAL Conference February 17-19, 2018 in Winnipeg, MB!

Applicant qualifications: 1. Applicants must be a member of Canadian Junior Angus. 2. All applicants must be 15 years of age or older or be accompanied by a parent or guardian during GOAL. 3. If awarded, applicant must attend that year’s GOAL Conference. 4. All applications must be typed. No handwritten applications will be accepted. 5. Applications must be submitted by email to Belinda Wagner at bwagner@cdnangus.ca with the subject line reading “GOAL Travel Bursaries”. 6. A selection committee will evaluate applications. No interviews will be conducted. Recipients will be contacted one week following the deadline to make travel plans through Belinda Wagner. Complete application to include: 1. Cover sheet with name, contact information and CAA ID number. 2. Résumé to include but not limited to Angus involvement within the CJA, provincially and hands-on with cattle. 3. Submit answers to the following questions: • What do you hope to gain from attending GOAL? • What makes you a good candidate to attend GOAL? • Explain what you would return to the CAF and CJA for the ability to attend GOAL.

To be considered for the award, complete and return this application to the Canadian Angus Foundation by January 1, 2018. GOAL will be held February 17-19, 2018 in Winnipeg, MB.

“I was fortunate enough to have won a travel bursary through the Canadian Angus Foundation which helped to offset my travel to Ottawa, Ontario to attend my first GOAL conference. I was made aware of the travel bursary application by a fellow Junior and figured it would be worth the short time it took to complete! The application process was very easy and straightforward. The first step was to make a résumé of all your Angus involvement, and then answer a few short questions. When I got the phone call to find out that I had won one of the bursaries I was so excited and could not wait for GOAL conference to come! Winning this meant a lot to me. It truly shows how invested in Juniors the Canadian Angus Association and Canadian Angus Foundation are. The opportunity to attend GOAL allowed me to interact with Juniors that have the same interests as me. Also we got hear from top speakers regarding issues within the cattle industry, which allowed me to come home and share these issues with my family and to apply what I learned to our herd.” - Thank you, Riley Leeson

Eight Canadian Angus Foundation (CAF) and four Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) GOAL Travel Bursaries will be awarded in the amount of up to $750 to eight deserving CJA members and two commercial Angus youth from anywhere in Canada. Bursaries must be used within the same year awarded to help off-set travel and registration costs for the GOAL Conference.

The Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) Conference promotes leadership skills within the Angus breed. Junior members from all over the country attend this three-day event held in a different location each year. During the event, Juniors hear from nationally recognized speakers, participate in workshops designed to improve their leadership skills, get involved in teamwork activities, and develop beef and industry knowledge. Participants are also given the opportunity to network and socialize with fellow Junior Angus members.

Awarded by the Canadian Angus Foundation and Canadian Junior Angus

GOAL Travel Bursaries

2017 4-H Regional Winners

Megan Wasden, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Cow/ Calf Pair

Dalton Wasden, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer Peyton Smith, Mildred, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Cade Rutten, Wawota, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Female John Hogberg, Langenburg, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Female Ryker Berting, Middle Lake, SK Melfort 4-H Beef Regional Show Overall Reserve Grand Champion Cow/ Calf Pair Cody Cockburn, Mortlach, SK Moose Jaw Inter 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand champion Female Baxter Blair, McLean, SK Moose Jaw Inter 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer Ty Schwan, Swift Current, SK Swift Current Frontier Days Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer

Madison Redpath, Lloydminster, AB Lloydminster 4-H Expo Overall Reserve Grand Champion Two Year Old Cow/Calf Pair

Timothy Zaugg, Cherry Grove, AB District 36 4-H Beef show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Heifer Shae Noble, Lloydminster, AB District 36 4-H Beef Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair Ava Loveridge, Melville, SK Yorkton Regional Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair Talon Frick, Neudorf, SK Yorkton Regional Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Heifer Jeffrey Lowe, Balcarres, SK Yorkton Regional Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Two Year Old Lane Moleski, Dysart, SK Yorkton Regional Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Carson Liebreich, Radville, SK Yorkton Spring Steer & Heifer Show Overall Grand Champion Heifer Cassidy Vermeulen, Ceylon, SK Yorkton Spring Steer & Heifer Show Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer

Drayce Robertson, Lloydminster, AB Lloydminster 4-H Expo Overall Grand Champion Two Year Old Cow/Calf Pair

Garrett Liebreich, Radville, SK Weyburn Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Female Emma Brost, Tompkins, SK District 10 Regional Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Female Coby Larre, St. Walburg, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Steer Kaelynn Larre, St. Walburg, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer Brooke Gervais, Brightsand, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Madison McNab, Mervin, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Cow/ Calf Pair

The Saskatchewan Angus Association’s 4-H program in 2017 was pleased to present over 300 4-Hers with Bag Tags or sunglasses for their Angus Project at Achievement days. We will again be offering awards to all 4-H members with an Angus Project in 2018. Alberta Bandits 4-H Club

Radville 4-H Club

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Congratulations & Well Done!!

Megan Wasden, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Cow/ Calf Pair

Dalton Wasden, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Steer

John Hogberg, Langenburg, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Female

Ryker Berting, Middle Lake, SK Melfort 4-H Beef Regional Show Overall Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair

Shae Noble, Lloydminster, AB District 36 4-H Beef Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair

Garrett Liebreich, Radville, SK Weyburn Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Female Angus Edge - Fall 2017

Ava Loveridge, Melville, SK Yorkton Regional Show & Sale Overall Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair

Peyton Smith, Mildred, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Yearling Heifer

Carson Liebreich, Radville, SK Yorkton Spring Steer & Heifer Show Overall Grand Champion Heifer

Lane Moleski, Dysart, SK Yorkton Regional Show & Sale Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer

Ty Schwan, Swift Current, SK Swift Current Frontier Days Overall Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Page 53

More than marbling

Strong Demand Lifts Certified Angus Beef brand to 25% Growth in Two Years

By Laura Conaway

It was inevitable: there would be more beef to sell in this third year of U.S. cow herd expansion. Better news emerged by spring: more of it would be premium quality. Even better by summer: the rancher, restaurateur and retail partners in the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand were headed for another record year.

fed cattle graded USDA Select. Lacking demand, the Select share fell to just 18% in 2017, eclipsed by the niche that took over mainstream market share at 18.4% for CAB.

Sales of 1.121 billion pounds (lb.) marked an increase of 106 million lb., or 10.4% over last year. That makes CAB’s 39th fiscal year (FY) ending Sept. 30 one of its best, and part of a two-year, 25% rate of growth. “This is more than a celebration of marbling,” CAB President John Stika said at the brand’s annual conference in September. “This is about relationships and the people who have elevated the relevance of this brand in the eyes of the consumer and across an entire industry.” Encompassing seven of the 10 best sales months in CAB history, FY 17 set an 11th consecutive annual sales record, continuing a 13-year-streak of year-over-year growth. The gratitude, Stika said, belongs first to the ranching families who meet consumer demand with “intentionality” and uncommon speed. Meaningful genetic improvement takes years, “but fortunately, the economic signals sent to producers have been loud and consistent, and they’ve responded in a big way.” He credits a dramatic and positive shift in quality as producers rebuilt their herds. “They literally and intentionally assembled the highestquality, most Angus-influenced cow herd we’ve ever seen in North America,” he said. In fact, CAB’s 33 licensed packing plants saw a continued increase in Angus-type cattle identified, up 12% from last year to reach 15.2 million head. After years of drought and downsizing, cattle replaced and bred with an emphasis on genetic and genomic potential entered the market. Access to that increased and focused supply led graders to certify a record of more than 87,000 carcasses per week, totaling 4.53 million for the year. That set an all-time high and annual CAB acceptance rate of 29.7%, more than double the 2006 rate. Supported by a strong supply, CAB’s market share expanded as well. In 2006, only 6.6% of all fed cattle harvested through licensed packers were eligible to earn the brand name by meeting all 10 of its quality specifications, and 37.5% of Page 54

Even so, the branded beef marketplace is more crowded, noisier than ever, Stika said, so licensed partners from a global network of more than 19,000 had to become even more innovative and forward thinking. They met the challenge as CAB sales exploded in 49 foreign markets, reaching 174.5 million pounds–a 26.4% increase over last year and the best year ever for international sales. New markets include China, The Dominican Republic and Peru. The brand’s retail division represented more than 40% of total sales in FY 17, setting a record of 456 million lb. sold. Lower prices generated more sales flow and opportunities to feature the brand in advertising. CAB’s top 50 licensed retail partners saw an average of 6.6% growth. The foodservice division climbed 30 million lb. higher than last year to reach a record 385 million lb. sold. Licensed broadline distributors and specialty meat companies increased sales by more than 9%, while sales to licensed restaurants increased more than 12%, demonstrating the value of the brand to chefs who prize its consistent quality, and patrons who crave its flavor. The summer season brought demand for ground beef and premium steaks, while roasts remained a staple for holiday celebrations and family gatherings. Leading the charge were end meats with an 85-million-lb. increase, up 13.5% over last year, with ground beef sales growing by 1.7 million lb. to total 158.6 million lb. Sales of middle meats were up 8.4%. Angus Edge - Fall 2017

Consumers also demanded 35.3% more CAB brand Prime in FY 17, lifting sales to 20.7 million lb. The world’s largest and leading beef brand remains in a long-term growth trend, with partners who study the market to ensure it stays that way. Those who purchase balancedtrait registered Angus bulls at least average for marbling and ribeye area help supply the brand owned by Angus producers and sought by consumers who want Angus beef at its best.

“I still contend to this day that Certified Angus Beef allows us all to be a part of something bigger than ourselves,” Stika said. Through an alignment of goals and philosophies, all are focused on the same quality endpoint.

Through management and genetic decisions that improve their herds and satisfy consumers, cattle producers stand to earn $50 or more per head as a share of the $50 million in grid premiums CAB cattle earn each year

In Memory - Robert Nick Holowaychuk

Our condolences go out to Belinda Wagner and her son Ryan, on the passing of her long time partner, Rob Holowaychuk on October 4, 2017. Rob was well known in the cattle industry through his lifetime commitment to it. His sales management company, Optimal BovinesS Inc., provided management and consulting services throughout Canada and the U.S. Rob passed away doing what he loved to do, picturing cattle on a farm in central Alberta.

Rob was born in Edmonton, AB on March 29, 1951 to Mary and Nick Holowaychuk. Rob grew up on a farm near Chipman, AB with his parents and his older sister Rose. He attended elementary school in Chipman, high school in Lamont, AB and Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. While at Vermilion, Rob met Valli Lovell and in 1974, they bought the family farm and started Ajax Angus. They had two children, Mark and Dawn. In 1978, Rob and Valli moved to a farm near Andrew, AB where they continued to raise Angus cattle. Rob started his cattle management company, RNH Livestock in 1980. He moved to Red Deer, AB in 1989 and renamed the company OBI. Rob met Belinda at a cattle function, of course, and in the summer of 2006 Rob, Belinda and Ryan moved to their home in Edenwold, SK. He loved working in the yard and enjoyed many good times there with family and friends. Much time was spent watching sports of any kind and he especially enjoyed attending sporting events that his children and grandchildren were involved in. Family vacations the last number of years all involved baseball of some sort. Shopping for antiques and especially finding rare books was also a passion. Many won’t know that Rob was on the debate team at college; but if you knew Rob, you usually knew his view on a variety of subjects. He loved good cattle of any breed, and especially good Angus cattle. Rob’s passion for cattle, keen eye, and great talent for assembling exceptional cow herds made OBI a success. Rob loved what he did and loved the people he worked with. He was always willing to share his opinion which made him a well respected member of the cattle community. Rob has left his mark on the cattle industry and he will be remembered by everyone who knew him. Rob leaves to mourn his spouse Belinda and her son Ryan; his son Mark (Sandy) Holowaychuk and grandchildren Kelton and Payton; his daughter Dawn (Robbie) Cramer and grandchildren Jayden and Keara; his sister Rose Pullishy and nieces Valerie Pullishy, Melody Murphy and Judy Engel and their families; his father-in-law Gordon and Bev Wagner, sisters-inlaw Teresa (Kelly) Sutter and Patricia (Trevor) Mohr and their families. Donations in Rob’s memory may be made to the Canadian Angus Foundation. Angus Edge - Fall 2017

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Coming Events... Nov 1-4....... Lloydminster Stockade Round-up, Lloydminster, SK ................... Nov 2 - Saskatchewan Junior Angus Show ................... Nov 3 - Saskatchewan Angus GOLD Shows ................... Nov 3 - Fall Fusion Sale Nov 1-4....... Yorkton Harvest Showdown, Yorkton, SK Nov 15........ Chittick Family Farms Production Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB Nov 15........ SJAA Scholarship Deadline Nov 18........ Northern Select Sale, Camrose, AB Nov 20-25... Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK ................... Nov 21 - First Lady Classic ................... Nov 22 - “Masterpiece” Angus Sale ................... Nov 23 - Black and Red Angus GOLD Shows ................... Nov 24 - Commercial Cattle Show ................... Nov 24 - Junior Angus AGM & Social ................... Nov 24 - Canadian Angus GOLD Show Awards ................... Nov 24 - Power & Perfection Sale ................... Nov 25 - Junior Beef Extreme ................... Nov 25 - Bull Pen Alley Show ................... Nov 25 - Commercial Cattle Sale ................... Nov 25 - RBC Beef Supreme Challenge Dec 2 ......... Keystone Klassic Angus Sale, Brandon, MB Dec 2.......... Gemvale Red Angus Total Dispersal, Dawson Creek, BC Dec 4.......... Frontline Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Dec 4.......... Six Mile Ranch & Guests Range Royalty Commercial ................... Female Sale, Swift Current, SK Dec 6.......... Cudlobe Angus Bull Sale, Stavely, AB Dec 7.......... Peak Dot Ranch Bull Sale, Wood Mountain, SK Dec 7.......... Genetic Focus 2017 - Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. & Six Mile ................... Ranch Sale, Regina, SK Dec 8.......... Touch of Class Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Dec 9.......... Pride of the Prairies – Kenray Ranch & Wraz Red Angus ................... Sale, Saskatoon, SK

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Dec 9.......... Mulberry Mayhem Sale, Saskatoon, SK Dec 12........ Johnson Livestock Female Sale, Peebles, SK Dec 14........ Form & Function Female Sale, Lloydminster, SK Dec 15........ Riverbend Farm Ltd. Dispersal Sale, Innisfail, AB Dec 18........ Saskatchewan Angus Breeder Information Session, ................... Regina, SK Dec 19........ Crooked Creek Angus Production Sale, Innisfail, AB Dec 19........ K & L Angus Herd Reduction, Innisfail, AB Dec 31........ Deadline for Saskatchewan 2018 GOAL Bursary ................... Applications Jan 1........... Deadline for CJA/CAF 2018 GOAL Bursary Applications Jan 10......... Deadline for 2018 GOAL Conference Registrations Jan 15......... Deadline for CAF Foundation Legacy Scholarship ................... Applications Jan 15......... Deadline for the Spring Issue of The Angus Edge Jan 24-26.... Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference, Saskatoon, SK ................... Jan 26 - SAA 2018 AGM, Saskatoon, SK Feb 17-19... CJAA GOAL Conference, Winnipeg, MB Mar 21........ Bar-H Land & Cattle Bull Sale, Langenburg, SK Apr 4........... Howe/Whitecap/Rosso Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Apr 4-5........ Kenray Ranch Online Bull Sale, Redvers, SK Apr 7........... Crescent Creek Angus Bull & Female Sale, Goodeve, SK Apr 14......... Blue Collar Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Apr 15......... CAF Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Nomination ................... Deadline Apr 15......... CAF Junior Angus Stockman Nomination Deadline Apr 20......... Fleury Cattle Company Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Apr 30......... CAF Junior Ambassador Application Deadline Jun 7-9........ Canadian Angus Convention, Comox, BC Jul 19-21..... Showdown 2017, Barrie, ON

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Business Directory GRANT ROLSTON Box 1562 Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0


Phone: 403-593-2217 grantspix@gmail.com www.grantspix.com

Canadian ANGUS Association


292140 Wagon Wheel Blvd. Rocky View County, AB T4A 0E2 www.cdnangus.ca cdnangus@cdnangus.ca

Index of Advertisers... Bar-H Land & Cattle.............................IFC Castlerock Marketing............................. 21 Chittick Family Farms............................ 39 Crescent Creek Angus........................... 31 Crooked Creek Angus........................... 38 Cudlobe Farms...................................... 41 Fleury Cattle Company............................ 9 Form and Function Female Sale........... 25 Frontline Female Sale........................... 13 GBT Angus............................................ 44 Gemvale Stock Farm Dispersal Sale..... 40 Howe Family Farm............................... BC Johnson Livestock................................. 14 JPM Farms............................................ 16 K & L Angus........................................... 32

Kenray Ranch........................................ 19 Keystone Konnection Sale.................... 42 Masterpiece Sale..................................... 3 Merit Cattle Co..................................... IBC Mulberry Mayhem Sale.......................... 15 Northern Select Sale............................. 24 Northern View Angus............................. 45 Nu-Horizon Angus................................. 37 Peak Dot Ranch...................................... 5 Pride of the Prairies Sale......................... 7 Riverbend Farm Ltd............................... 43 Six Mile Ranch Ltd................................. 18 Touch of Class Sale............................... 17 U6 Livestock.......................................... 46 Z Bar Angus........................................... 20

Bill's in Trouble For all your printing needs

(306) 525-8796

November 20 - 25, 2017 Regina, SK www.agribition.com 306-565-0565

Terry, Stacey, Brittany, Tyler & Megan Hunt RMB RR #1, Rose Valley, SK S0E 1M0 Terry’s Cell: 306-322-7439 Email: terryandstacey@xplornet.ca www.tandsfarms.ca

I've got a letter, parson, from my son away out West, An' my ol' heart is heavy as an anvil in my breast, To think the boy whose future I had once so proudly planned Should wander from the path of right an' come to such an end! I told him when he left his home, not three short years ago, He'd find himself a plowin' in a mighty crooked row He'd miss his father's counsel, an' his mother's prayers, too; But he said the farm was hateful, an' he guessed he'd have to go. I know thar's big temptation for a youngster in the West, But I believed our Billy had the courage to resist, An' when he left I warned him o' the ever waitin' snares That lie like hidden sarpints in life's pathway everywheres. But Bill he promised faithful to be keerful, an' allowed He'd build a reputation that'd make us mighty proud; But it seems as how my counsel sort o' faded from his mind, An' now the boy's in trouble o' the very wustest kind! His letters came so seldom that I somehow sort o' knowed That Billy was a trampling on a mighty rocky road, But never once imagined he would bow my head in shame, An' in the dust'd waller his ol' daddy's honored name. He writes from out in Denver, an' the story's mighty short; I just can't tell his mother, it'll crush her poor ol' heart! An' so I reckoned, parson, you might break the news to her Bill's in the legislatur', but he doesn't say what fur. by James Barton Adams (1843-1918), from Breezy Western Verse, 1899

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Consignments to Touch of Class Sale Saskatoon SK December 8

Red Howe Nallecda 7D Sire: Red Lazy MC Spyder *Bred to Red Peak Dot Eliminator

First calves to sell out of the $27,000 high selling Clearwater bull out of our bull sale.

Red Howe Stretch 95E Sire: Red Howe Clearwater 21C

Mark Your Calendar for our Annual Bull Sale Wednesday, April 4th

Howe Family

#183 - 4th Ave. S.W., Moose Jaw, SK S6H 5V2 (306) 691-5011 C: (306) 631-8779

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