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Official Publication of the Saskatchewan Angus Association

Spring 2019

Publications Mail Agreement #40019886

Saskatchewan Angus Commercial Producer of the Year Ferch Farms - Kipling, SK Ferch Farms is a century family farm established in 1907 in the Kipling area. In the 60’s, Grant and Loretta Ferch came home from jobs in Alberta to farm with his parents, Norbert and Amy. Grant’s brother Kenneth and wife Cheryl joined the farm upon completing their university educations. Along with the grain sales, the farm enterprises ranged from selling eggs through stores in the surrounding communities, a 1000 ewe sheep operation and small beef herd. Grant had two sons, Brett and Ward. Brett was born in 1962 and completed school in Kipling. Brett’s first job out of school was working at a neighboring dairy. In this dairy environment he became interested in herd management and decided to start his own dairy herd. A conversation was had with his father Grant and his uncle Kenneth and it was decided that a dairy operation would be a good fit for the farm. Ferch Farms was born as Brett and his wife Norma joined the operation in 1981. There was lots of work to go around between running a 100 cow dairy and a grain farm. Brett’s primary interest was managing the cattle. Using artificial insemination and the access it provided

to great bulls, the process of building a quality herd continued for 28 years, ending with the sale of cows and quota in 2009. During the later years of the dairy business they started finishing their dairy steers as well as Kenneth, Cheryl, Norma & Brett Ferch receiving their award Angus cross steers. from Sheldon Kyle, SAA President They used Holstein AI sires in the dairy operation but they maternal qualities. They took a group used Angus bulls for clean up which of their best cows and bred them by resulted in them building a group of 100 AI to SAV Density, using sexed semen Holstein/Angus cross cows by 2009. with the goal of building a uniform Those 100 crossbreds formed the base group of cows as quickly as possible. of the herd that they run today. They They also use AI for the first service of say they used Angus because the breed their 70 replacement heifers with this worked well to produce the moderate in mind. From the time of the dairy framed beef cows that they liked as and continuing on today the goal has well as producing a cow with excellent Continued on page 8

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Saskatchewan Angus Association - 2019 Board of Directors President


Trent Liebreich Radville, SK 306-869-7207 tjlmerit@sasktel.net

Sarah Buchanan Caron, SK 306-681-5340 sbuchanan@gold-bar.com

1st Vice-President

Lacey Demmans Meadow Lake, SK 306-240-4509 demmans@ualberta.ca

Gord Roger Balgonie, SK 306-570-8454 valleylodge@sasktel.net

2nd Vice-President

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

Executive Director

Gord Davey Saskatoon, SK 306-220-8908 gord.davey@sasktel.net

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

Dale Easton Canadian Director Wawota, SK 306-577-7456 eastondale.angus@sasktel.net

Glen Gabel Regina, SK 306-536-1927 glengabel@sasktel.net Chad Hollinger Neudorf, SK 396-331-0302 hollingerlandandcattle@gmail.com Kim McLean Regina, SK 306-230-1681 kim.mclean@sasktel.net

Past President

Hillary Sauder Junior Director Hodgeville, SK 306-677-7542 hill.goog@gmail.com

Mike Howe Canadian Director Moose Jaw, SK 306-631-8779 mikehowe678@gmail.com Sheldon Kyle Canadian Director

Honourary President Larry Flicek Neilburg, SK

Brennan Schachtel Marshall, SK 306-821-2504 bren_sc@hotmail.com Jordan Sies Grayson, SK 306-728-1299 sieser94@hotmail.com


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


Spring 2019 Distributed to approximately 750 Angus Breeders’ and 1600+ 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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Commercial Producer of the Year... been to build a uniform functional herd of cows that is easy fleshing, calves easily and has the type of conformation necessary to thrive in the pasture. With help getting a bit short they have scaled the AI program back to a first service on the heifers. They feel they have access to excellent Angus genetics in their area without driving very far and have found the breeders around home to be very valuable sources of Angus genetics and advice. They calve 450 cows on grass in May and June. Cows are sorted into five calving groups in mid April, vaccinated and turned out on calving pastures with stockpiled grass. These are the same groups that they are bred in so there is no more sorting until weaning. They

supplement them with oat green feed until the grass is ready, which is usually near the end of May. They start rotating them through their pastures, usually spending five to seven days on a cell. Their home pastures have permanent electric fence and pipeline to central water troughs and also solar powered water systems. Their rented pastures make use of lots of electric twine and pigtail posts to partition them. They are all being powered by solar powered electric fencers. The cows work through the pasture system until sometime in October when they spend a bit more time on oat green feed until it is time to put Page 8

them on corn silage. The cows and calves are on corn silage together for a few weeks before they wean them, to get the calves used to it. They fence line wean and then background the calves. They break the calves into four groups: heavy steers, light steers, heavy heifers and light heifers. They sort off a trailer load of the heaviest steers to sell at the 1st presort in January and then feed the rest and sort them out to sell by the trailer load at 600 lbs plus. One of their goals is to produce enough uniform calves to sell semi loads direct to feedlots. All of the replacements are raised from their own stock. They keep 70 heifer calves that were born from the first cycle to raise for their replacements and have started selling the remaining replacement quality heifers to other cattlemen. Heifers are sorted by weight and rate of gain and then finally by cow family and conformation. Calves are fed corn silage with a protein and mineral supplement and a few pounds of oats. The bred heifers and threeyear olds winter in one group on corn silage supplemented with protein and mineral. The four-six-year olds winter in another group on corn silage with mineral and the older cows winter on corn silage or corn grazing depending on where the crop rotation puts the corn.

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experience was getting to see first hand how their cattle graded. They were able to obtain AAA grades on their Holstein steers. This was much easier to achieve once the Angus cross was incorporated. They started using the Angus RFID tags as part of their record keeping system with every animal on the farm scanned into the system when they go through the chute. While they may not see a return from the Angus tags immediately, they feel being part of a bigger identified group will eventually provide marketing advantages. They also like the ease and convenience of ordering their 400 sequential tags with a phone call to the Angus office. They are in the process of becoming Verified Beef Plus certified and see this as another marketing advantage.

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They believe that animal welfare and good stewardship are important and appreciate the benefits that these and other programs provide. They like to participate in whatever program will get that message across to help keep the operation moving forward with the times. They operate a mixed farm where they grow canola, wheat, oats, corn and cattle. They really like the way these Angus cattle fit into their system. The cows are calving while they are seeding so they need a cow that can give birth to a healthy calf without help from them. They let the cows graze the land that is challenging to grain farm and grow grain on the land that is more suited to grain production. The corn fits nicely into the rotation by producing a good volume of feed on fewer acres which frees up more land for the cash crops. They grow a forage oat variety for green feed with that same plan in mind. The new calves are tagged and banded each day as the pastures are checked. Brett says “Pasture management is as important to us as grain crop rotation. We have found that if we take care of the grass properly it will take care of

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more cows. We run 450 pairs and 70 heifers on 1300 acres of our owned pasture and 1200 acres of rented pasture. We grow grain and feed on 1300 cultivated acres.” The family has been active in the community. Grant was a horse enthusiast, fisherman and was one of the first board members to serve on the Kingsley Conservation and Development. Loretta spent many years employed at the Kipling Memorial Union Hospital as a RN, Director of Nursing and EMT. Grant passed away in July of 2018. Loretta passed away in February of 2014. Kenneth was the 1st chairman of the Sheep and Wool Commission organized in Saskatchewan and was a delegate for Dairy Producers Co-op, Kenneth’s wife; Cheryl worked at the Post Office until her recent retirement and is active in various community projects. Kenneth and Cheryl have two children: Heidi and Jonathan. Brett has coached baseball and hockey as well as been involved for over 30 years in Tae Kwon Do in Kipling and surrounding communities. Norma worked at TD Canada Trust until her recent

retirement. She is the RM of Kingsley representative on the local Parks and Rec board and spent years volunteering on several recreation boards. They have three children: Brittney, Braeden and Justin. The kids all work off the farm, but they chip in at silage and harvest time and of course most of their sorting and vaccinating manages to occur when someone has a day off. Ferch Farms would like to thank the Saskatchewan Angus Association for recognizing their operation.■

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President’s Report ... Welcome to the spring edition of our provincial newsletter and magazine, The Angus Edge. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Angus Association. As I reflect on this milestone, I am grateful for the contributions and efforts of all the stockmen and women who have believed in this great breed. Their dedication has put us at the forefront of the North American cattle industry. As the new President of our Association, I would first like to thank our past president Sheldon Kyle for his tenure and focus. Sheldon, as well as Dale Easton and Mike Howe continue as our Saskatchewan directors on the Canadian Angus Association (CAA) board. Thanks also to our retiring directors for their service: Geoff Anderson, Sarah Davidson-Coward, Robin Hogberg, Kristine Sauter and Michael Wheeler. They have all given freely of their time and their efforts on our Association’s behalf are greatly appreciated. They have left a substantial void at our board table and our new directors have large shoes to fill.

On behalf of our board and membership, I would like to welcome our new directors: Gord Davey, Lacey Demmans, Kim McLean, Brennan Schachtel and Jordan Sies. Thank you for volunteering to help guide our provincial association. The addition of these new directors gives us a much more regionally representative board and I feel that will be a major positive moving forward. Although 2019 brings substantial change, our rock for 26 years has been Belinda. Belinda keeps our board focused and is instrumental in the implementation of all of our plans and ideas. Along with her work with Saskatchewan Angus, she also serves on the Angus Foundation and leads our Junior Association. We are all fortunate to benefit from her dedication. We encourage the input and involvement of our entire membership and want to remind all that we are YOUR Association. We are your conduit to the CAA and are always available as a sounding board for your thoughts and ideas. If there are issues you would like addressed or ideas you would like to see implemented, please contact any of your directors.

by Trent Liebreich

Your Association has put substantial effort toward member engagement. Some of those events include our breeder information sessions, our summer tour, and the Gold shows at Lloydminster and Agribition. Please stay tuned for more details on an upcoming breeder session to be held in the Melville/Yorkton area on April 14th and the summer tour hosted by breeders in the Saskatoon area, August 6 and 7. These events provide great comradery and the opportunity to network and learn from fellow breeder’s experiences. Updates can be found on social media. Be sure Belinda has your current email as this will insure that you stay informed. Our provincially sponsored sale, The Masterpiece, has taken on a new format and location under the management of Bouchard Livestock. The first edition of the new incarnation was a great success. This sale is open to our entire membership. We encourage your participation in the 2019 edition. Here’s wishing everyone a successful calving season and a prosperous 2019. See you down the road.■

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 over the next year. If you are interested in more information contact the office at 306-757-6133 or email office@saskatchewanangus.com

Mark Your Calendar for our upcoming April 14th session in Melville/Yorkton area. Stay tuned for an upcoming E-blast for more information. Watch the web and Facebook as well for more details.

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From The Director's Chair ...

by Mike Howe

We live in a day and age where numbers and data consume our lives and operations. Your child scores two goals last night or is in the top 15% of their class. Your bull sale gross is in the top 20% of all sales in the province. Your power and water bill jump by 5%. Our cows eat 35 pounds on a cold day. All of these numbers help us make personal and business decisions accordingly. How much stock we put in each one of these numbers depends on the individual.

and we are working to ensure full communication and support through this transition. Our new genetic evaluation is called AngusOne in which all Red Angus and Black Angus EPD’s are comparable. This was developed because the old evaluation used by the Red Angus Association of America was retired. In the new evaluation, AngusONE, both Red and Black cattle are evaluated with their Black American Angus counterparts at Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI). The AngusONE evaluation offers many advantages, for example it allows the Red Angus cattle to have their data run monthly, when previously the data was only being run twice a year. This provides for more up to date data when marketing your cattle throughout the year. The evaluation also uses both 50K and Angus GS information to calculate GE-EPDs which are more accurate. AngusOne data is strictly Angus data run through the system where BOLT (used by the Red Angus Association of America) accumulates data from multiple breeds.

The change in our Red Angus numbers and our Angus genetic evaluations surprised some of our membership

However, with benefits there are always drawbacks. The Canadian Red Angus EPD’s now have a new base. This means

that the EPDs look different. What we need to remember is that the cattle are the same as they were before. And, the percentile ranks are very similar to what they were before. An easy way to help educate your customer base about the change is to get them to be comfortable by using the percentile rank graph to evaluate animals. This graph allows you to see where the animal sits compared to the breed average for all traits. With bull sale season coming quickly the timeline to educate your customer base is now. As members we have to work at this education process together. We must also remember as members that EPD’s are just one tool amongst a great deal of tools in the selection of cattle. There are many other traits like maternal ability, feet, fertility and fleshing ability which we don’t have EPDs for that should be considered. Change can be very difficult to accept at times but by working together as a breed we will persevere. Your Canadian Angus office is always willing to answer questions or take suggestions as well as your board of directors.■

2018 Saskatchewan Angus Heritage Award Thank you for your perserverance, vision and dedication to the development of the Angus breed.

Donna Hanel, Flying K Ranch, Wymark, SK receiving her plaque from SAA President, Sheldon Kyle. Page 16

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New Director Profiles ... Gord Davey - Cell 306-220-8908 I would like to express my appreciation to the members of the Association for allowing me to serve as a Saskatchewan Director. I am an owner and operator of Rivendale Cattle Company along with my wife Dawn and two of our three children, Morgan and Jessica. The primary herd consists of purebred Black Angus that was developed from an initial purchase of heifer calves in 2014. Since that time our herd has grown to a total of 40 cows. We were able to successfully market our first bulls in 2016 and we are currently working on expanding our marketing opportunities. The herd also includes a small number of Shorthorn females as well as our remaining Welsh Ponies and Cobs which we have been raising since 1997. My career in Agriculture began by earning my degree in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994. Following university I have had the opportunity to work within the livestock industry in the areas of animal health and nutrition through a variety of sales, marketing and management roles. While working I was able to earn my MBA in Agribusiness from the University of Guelph in 2008. All but a few of these years were spent working within the Co-op system in Western Canada. I have been fortunate to be able to work with a number of different boards from both a management and participant perspective. I am very encouraged about the future of our industry and breed by the level of commitment and passion demonstrated by the youth of our industry. I have been able to witness firsthand the benefits of programs, such as Junior Angus, which are cultivating essential skills in our future industry leaders. I am excited about working with the members of Saskatchewan to move the presence of or breed forward in the coming years. Lacey Demmans - Cell 306-240-4509 My name is Lacey Demmans. I started being involved in the cattle industry at a young age. I joined the 4-H program at the age of 8 and continued in it for 10 years. I pursued my passion for cattle after high school, attending the University of Alberta for a degree in Animal Health. I was a member of the Agriculture Club and Ceres Women’s Fraternity; it is true that these would be some of the most fun years of your life. In the summers, I worked on various research projects at the U of A and the Veterinary Medicine Faculty at the University of Calgary. After graduating in June of 2015, I moved back to Meadow Lake and began working at LaBrash Veterinary Services. I am currently still at the clinic two days per week. This past spring, I started as a technician for Beaver River AgriEnvironmental Group Plan, promoting the new Farm Stewardship Program and Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program under the Canadian Agricultural Program. From time to time, I also clerk at Meadow Lake Livestock Sales when an extra hand is needed. Whenever I get the chance, I am back at the farm. My family operates Nesset Lake Angus just outside of Meadow Lake. We run around 300 head of cattle, 200 being registered Black Angus. We market 60 yearling bulls every year and develop around 70 replacement heifers. Our bull sale is the third week in March and we have just recently started consigning females to a couple of production sales in December. I have really enjoyed being back at the farm for the past three years, learning more and more everyday about the aspects of running a registered herd. I am excited to serve as a director on the board and was very honored that my name was brought forward. In 2017/2018 I was able to take part in the SAA Mentorship program, which I highly recommend. The program was a great opportunity to meet other people in the industry, develop leadership skills, and learn from my mentor. During the mentorship, I was able to attend a SAA board meeting and see what the role of a director is. Representation from the northern part of the province can be limited and I am happy to be a voice for other breeders in this area. I look forward to playing a role in furthering the Angus breed in Saskatchewan. Kim McLean - Cell 306-230-1681 Hello! My name is Kim McLean, from Regina, SK. I grew up near Arcola on a purebred Black Angus farm, originally called Diamond Meadows, now known as DM Angus. From my time in the Arcola-Kisbey 4-H Beef Club, Canadian Junior Angus and spending time with dad on the farm I had quite the love for cattle and specifically genetics. Dad has always spent a lot of time researching bulls in the US and Canada, which meant my third-year animal science genetics class at the U of S was one that really grabbed my attention. I was even lucky enough to focus my under grad thesis on genetics of our cattle and then offered the opportunity to do my masters based off of this project. This was then expanded into my PhD thesis analyzing the impact of coat colour on growth and carcass quality traits in the feedlot. Page 18

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I have always been very interested in how science and innovation could be applied on the farm and always wanted to be able to help producers advance. After my time at the U of S and the U of A where I did my post doc, I jumped at the chance to be a Regional Livestock Specialist in Tisdale with the Ministry of Agriculture. This quickly turned in to me transferring to the Provincial Cattle Specialist position in Regina so I could focus solely on cattle and be much closer to my own small herd. I recently took on a new role with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation designing forage and livestock insurance programs. While I never get home near enough, I try to make it there as much as possible. I have been watching the genetic advances within the industry and look forward to contributing and advancing the Angus breed as director for the Saskatchewan Angus Association. I always love to be involved and help out whenever I can. I look forward to being able to volunteer with different Association events and contribute where possible. Brennan Schachtel - Cell 306-821-2504 I am excited to be serving as a director for the Saskatchewan Angus Association. Along with my wife, Taryn, son Resch and daughter Lyndi we Operate Eye Hill Stock Farm near Marshall, SK; which is 15 minutes east of Lloydminster. My parents Pius and Theresa also are an integral part of the purebred operation and live just southeast of Macklin, SK. We purchased our first females as a package of heifer calves back in 1995 from Flat Lake Red Angus. Our draw to Angus were based on using Red Angus bulls as cleanup on our existing dairy herd and small herd of commercial cows. The calving ease, vigor and maternal traits that they carried made us look into the purebred side of things. The herd has gradually grown over the years to the 75 females we will calve out this year. We offer select females through the Touch of Class sale every December. The bulls are marketed through the Standard Hill Connection Sale, which is north of Maidstone on February 22. We currently farm beside Taryn’s parents at Holtby Farms where we have 500 commercial cows (majority Angus based) as well as grain farm 6000 acres of crop land. For the past few years we have held a commercial bred heifer sale in the middle of December in Lloydminster. I was quite involved in the 4-H program for several years and served on the provincial board of directors as well as the Saskatchewan 4-H Alumni. I attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2006 majoring in Animal Science. Following that I worked for six years for Cargill Animal Nutrition as a sales consultant based out of central Alberta. In the spring of 2012 I had the opportunity to come back and farm full time beside my wife’s family which is very close to where I was raised. Full time farming has always been a major goal of what I have wanted to do since I was quite young and feel very blessed to be actively involved, as well as raising our kids in the farming lifestyle. After a very successful summer tour of the northwest in 2017, I felt it was time to give back to the Saskatchewan Angus Association and look forward to the endeavors ahead. I really enjoy being a part of the Angus breed and am excited for the direction that it is going. If you have any ideas, please feel free to contact me. Jordan Sies - Cell 306-728-1299 My name is Jordan Sies and I am excited to join the Saskatchewan Angus board. My wife Jacklyn and I, as well as our two daughters Jayla and Scottie live southwest of Melville and farm with my parents, Stuart and Kathy. We currently farm a mixed operation of grain and cattle with 3500 acres of grain land and calve 75 purebred Angus females in the winter months. We market our bulls off the farm and sell females at fall consignment sales. In 2006 I bought my first Black Angus females and started J Square S Angus. I love to get out to market and promote our livestock and breed at various shows and events throughout the year. I look forward to meeting new people and working with the rest of the board to promote the Angus breed in Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan Angus celebrates 100 years! The Saskatchewan Angus Association (SAA) was formed on March 12, 1919 at a meeting of Angus breeders in the province. Mr. James Browne was elected as the first president. The stated purpose of the Association was to look after the breed’s interest in the province and to assist with organizing and promoting the breed as well as shows and sales. A $5 membership fee was approved and 27 members were on the roster in 1919. We want to share some facts and details we found interesting when researching for the Canadian Angus Foundation History Project: - Right from the start, the SAA worked on encouraging quality animals at the Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders Association (SCBA) Sale and Winter Fair. - One or two representatives from the SAA served on the Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders Association from 1920 until the SCBA disbanded in 2018. - The membership fee was lowered to $2 per year in 1921 as there was a $117 surplus in the Association’s account. A resolution was passed to recommend to the government and police that a more active campaign be implemented to prevent bulls running at large and to prosecute owners of bulls who persisted in letting their animals run at large. The membership also resolved that the University Board of Governors be encouraged to procure an “outstanding” Angus sire to head the Angus herd at the University of Saskatchewan. - Also in 1921 it was recommended to the Canadian Angus Association (CAA) that registration of animals born from dams of less than 28 months of age be rejected. In 1959 it was recommended to be less than 21 months and in 1960, the latter recommendation was put in effect. The regulation remained in place until the early 90s. - In 1922 Saskatchewan was the only province hosting an annual picnic. Page 20

- In 1924 the Saskatchewan membership approved the principle of tattooing. - In 1925 it was suggested that the Dominion Association (CAA) collect provincial memberships, a practice that was implemented off and on for a number of years. It took until 2009 for that to become a reality again (and it remains as such), which was a boost for our Association’s finances. - In 1926 the SAA President, Mr. W.J.F. Warren showed two calves very successfully at the Toronto Royal and the Chicago International, bringing recognition to the breed and the province. - In 1927 the annual general meeting was moved to be held with the Annual Livestock Convention for the first time. It moved back and forth to the Spring Show/Regina Bull Sale; but for many years, starting again in 1958, has been a part of the annual Livestock Convention (now the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference), a practice still in place today. - the 1928 records show 78 members in the province, more than triple the number eight years earlier when the Association was formed. Also in 1928 two animals were culled from the Winter Fair Sale; a bull for having scurs and a cow for too much white underneath. - In 1936 Saskatchewan hosted the “Dominion Meetings” or Canadian Angus AGM for the first time in Regina. - In 1938 the president Mr. Wade gave an interesting address and made special reference to the winnings of the Angus breed at the Smithfield and International shows. “At the Smithfield show the Aberdeen Angus won 65 total championships and the Aberdeen Angus cross breds won 62 championships while all other breeds only won 33 championships. At the International at Chicago the Aberdeen Angus won 21 out of 34 for single steer, and out of 34 carload competitions, the Aberdeen Angus won 29 times while Hereford won four times and the Shorthorn won

once. In the Carcass Competition the Aberdeen Angus won 228 prizes out of a possible 322 (or 70.80%) of all the prizes while Shorthorn won 7.76% and Hereford 7.45%”. - also in 1938 a very successful field day was held at the farm of Mr. Kenneth Holt near Craven where approximately 150 people viewed the cattle and listened to various speakers. - In 1946, 49 members attended the Annual General Meeting—more than we have seen in recent times! - The 1950s saw Association members organizing Futurity events and a Female Sale in the fall, along with recommending that the Regina Bull Sale offer a few females at their event. In the early 60s additional sales started in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon that were administered by the SAA. - In 1951 the Canadian Angus Association and the three prairie provincial clubs jointly sponsored an advertisement for the various spring bull sales in the Western Producer newspaper. - In 1952 the club completed their goal to have a reserve fund of $2,000 in the bank and a motion was passed to use all additional receipts after 1952 for promotional work. Also in 1952 the SAA asked the CAA to consider increasing Saskatchewan transfer fees by $1, to be returned to the SAA for promotional work in Saskatchewan. - In 1953, 34 Angus bulls sold at the Regina Bull Sale for an average of $481.77 with a top of $1,450. - In 1955 we saw the first mention of an Aberdeen Angus Ladies Auxiliary, which organized a banquet for the 1955 annual meeting. Their membership was listed at 34 in the first year (1954) and they were working to fundraise for and promote the Jubilee Celebration. Also at the 1955 AGM, Mr. Dick Turner was noted as being in attendance, representing the Free Press Prairie Farmer. Continued on page 22 Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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Saskatchewan Angus celebrates 100 years! - At the 1956 meeting the Canadian Angus Association report noted that fees were changing effective March 15: annual membership $5, life membership $50, registrations and transfers $2 each. - In 1959 Canadian Angus Association membership reached a high of 1,433, with 232 new members signing up. - In 1960 the Saskatchewan Angus Association appointed its first representative to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. - In 1963 a new constitution was developed that included a $5 provincial membership fee and also that 1% be collected on provincial sales for the SAA. - 1967 saw the Centennial International Aberdeen Angus Show, held in Regina during the Summer Fair. Marilyn Harlton (now Mountenay) and Ian Rushmore were awarded a trip to Lexington, KY for achievement in showmanship at the Field Day held earlier that year, along with tickets to the Centennial Show. - In late 1968 there was a recommendation to consider holding a Western Stock Show in the near future and C.G. Davis, Ed Heil and Ben Blacklock were authorized to approach Premier Thatcher and the Regina Exhibition Board about a show. - In early 1971 plans were ramping up for the International Livestock Show to be held in Regina the week of November 29, 1971 (Canadian Western Agribition) with representatives from the various breeds helping with planning, including two from the SAA. The Canadian Angus Association contributed $2,300 in grant funds for the show. John Willmott of Milton, ON (now Pense, SK) was the judge and Blacklock Auction Services handled the sale. The sale commission was 8%. The Hotel Saskatchewan was the Angus headquarters and a successful social was held, a practice that continued for many years. Page 22

The 70s thru the 90s were times of change and growth. Angus Feeder Sales were developed with great success and are still supported both provincially and nationally. This initiative may have been the single most important step that the SAA ever took to promote the use of Angus bulls in the commercial industry. Until the early 70s, Angus calves were a minority at feeder sales in Saskatchewan (and across the west). In reality, it was difficult to assemble large enough drafts of Angus calves to attract significant demand from the marketplace. The Saskatchewan Angus Association sponsored Feeder Sale at Moose Jaw was the start of changing that demand. The event included a show for pens of steers and heifers judged by a panel of order buyers, market operators or feedlot owners. Banners were presented to winners and the market responded with premiums for quality Angus calves. For several years the SAA sent two or three breeders or commercial cow calf producers to Ontario (the largest market for Angus feeder calves at that time) to visit market operators and feedlots to promote the sale. The results were amazing. For the first time, many commercial Angus producers were able to take pride in their product and that went a long way to increasing demand for Angus bulls. Regional clubs were formed and more local promotions were done. A provincial junior scholarship was developed as was a provincial newsletter, now our “Angus Edge”, that is currently mailed to 2,400+ cattle producers three times a year. Association involvement in Agribition became more in depth and breeders and members assisted with various aspects of the purebred show as well as the Commercial and Bull Pen Alley shows when they began. Good times were had cooking and hosting the commercial breakfast in the barns from 1994– 2006 (after 2006 health regulations prevented us from preparing the food). It was always an early morning after

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‘Show Day’ but SAA and CAA reps were there with smiles and ‘special’ juice and cream for the coffee to keep the crew going, feeding 500+ people each year. Our display in the Angus barn has always been a hub for the exhibitors and in 2018 we served more than 3,000 cups of coffee over the six days of the show! In more recent times, Saskatchewan has been home to a number of successful national shows, at Saskatoon in 2007, Lloydminster in 2015 and of course, Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, including the first one in 1995 as well as in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2014. We hosted excellent Canadian Angus Association Annual General Meetings in Saskatoon in 1998 and in Regina in 2006. In 2014 the SAA also organized the National Convention along with the CAA Annual General Meeting in Moose Jaw. We are always proud to showcase our province. The SAA-sponsored “Masterpiece Sale” was born in 1974 and has been a part of the fall sale scene ever since. Sales were held in Regina anywhere from mid-October to mid-December, including a number of very successful years at Canadian Western Agribition. In 2018 we once again “re-vamped” the sale and a great event was held the week before Christmas in Saskatoon. Since the early 1920s the Association has supported awards for youth participating in shows and field days. In the late 70s and early 80s, we started hosting a Junior Show with the regional show, another practice that continues today at our Gold Show. In 1996 the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association (SJAA) was officially formed with a board of directors made up of junior members who plan and implement the junior shows and events hosted in the province. Saskatchewan was very pleased to host the first National Junior Angus Show, Angus Edge - Spring 2019

Showdown 2000 in Regina, and then hosted Showdown 2007 in Moose Jaw, Showdown 2011 in Weyburn and Showdown 2017 in Lloydminster. 2017 was the largest Showdown to date with 158 juniors and 190 head of cattle participating. The SJAA is very active and successful and since the implementation of Canadian Junior Angus, has sent many Saskatchewan youth across the country to participate

in Showdown and the national Junior GOAL Conference. 1993 was a transition year for the SAA and unfortunately many of the records of the organization were lost. Funds were tight and the board at the time had to work hard to get the organization back on track. If any past directors or their families have records and/or minutes from the 1970s and 80s, please

contact the office—we would love to be able to compile a complete minute book for the Association. There have been many dedicated people involved in the good work of the Association over the last 100 years and we look forward to many more successes going forward. We also look forward to celebrating our centennial with the membership at our events over the next year.■


Pre-order and customize your copy of the 2019 edition of the Canadian Angus History Book (books will be available in June of 2019). History book $90, customization an additional $50. Order by April 1st and be entered to receive your book, with customization for free! Please fill out the form below and mail with your payment to: CANADIAN ANGUS FOUNDATION BOX 3771, REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN S4P 3N8 Or you may call 306-757-6133, email bwagner@cdnangus.ca, or e-transfer to place your order. As a thank you, you will receive a custom card from the Foundation. If your pre-order is a gift for someone else, let us know and we will leave the card blank inside.



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First of all want to acknowledge the members of this very active committee who were all very involved at every turn: Michelle Potapinski, Trent Liebreich, Chad Hollinger, Geoff Anderson, Michael Wheeler, Glen Gabel and Sheldon Kyle. Their input and effort given made this year an extremely successful one. The greatest challenge facing us this year was the re-facing of the Masterpiece Sale. This long standing Saskatchewan tradition was forced to reinvent itself once again and with the strong effort of Sheldon Kyle, who worked closely with the good folks from Bouchard, it was re-scheduled for the 3rd week in December. A large salute to all the contributors and all who participated as “The Masterpiece” sale has once again found a home for Angus breeders to showcase their breeding stock. It was a very successful event and all look forward to bigger and better years ahead. The Lloydminster Stockade in November was once again chosen as a provincial gold show. The junior show at Lloydminster was also designated as the provincial junior gold show. Strength of numbers is the primary reason for awarding Lloydminster with this distinction. I would like to acknowledge Belinda Wagner for her efforts in working with Stockade Roundup. Belinda single handedly organizes whatever necessary each year for the Angus shows in Lloydminster. Canadian Western Agribition is the other major event that we oversee as a committee. This show is a major undertaking and takes a tremendous amount of volunteers and financial donors to make sure of its success. So, before going forward I would like to thank each and every sponsor who participated at the 2018 Agribition Angus Show. Secondly I would like to Page 24

applaud all the volunteers who donate their time and expertise in every single job or duty that is requested of them. Some have been involved for years and others were “first timers” to their positions, but as show chairman I can tell you that we were blessed with a professional group that made this years show a huge success. Thank you all very much!

your show and sale chairperson. I truly enjoyed reaching out to everyone while in this capacity. And finally to Belinda and Ruth in the office, thank you for being there, your professionalism is unmatched.

We have a huge group of people that are involved in processing the cattle at the show. This year it all ran extremely smooth and with the help of Canadian Angus, we were able to deal with all

As my first year as the chair of the promotional team, I was fortunate to learn many things along the way and collaborate with several exceptional individuals. Promoting our favorite breed of cattle was a fun task and I highly encourage the current and new board members to get involved!

situations we were presented with. We also had our very capable barn boss, Shiny, remind all exhibitors to have their Angus green tags in before coming to the show. Our judge selection process has been instituted for three years now and by all accounts it is working extremely well. With the help of every member of the show committee and the office of Saskatchewan Angus we are able to put out a ballot with confirmed names and have the majority of the ballots in before exhibitors leave at the end of the week. This year 87% of the Black Angus exhibitors and 75% of the Red Angus exhibitors voted. The confirmed judges for the 2019 Canadian Western Agribition Angus Shows are: Kevin and Kim Dorrance, Wawota, SK, for the Black show and Chad Wilson, Wawota, SK for the Red show. In closing I would like to say how honoured and humbled I was to serve as

Respectfully Submitted, Robin Hogberg, Chair

Promotion ...

Our Canadian Angus Association develops a large amount of creative content annually, and many of their promotional pieces appeared in our Edge, on social media, and other industry publications to drive Angus branding, with a bit of Saskatchewan flare added to the message when appropriate. Belinda Wagner must take the bulk, if not all of the credit for the seasonal creation of our Angus Edge issues. Our Edge is by far the largest component of our advertising strategy. Did you know that a few of us have the opportunity to proof read each issue prior to print? An excellent concept, and one that was in place before I joined the roster. The 2018 Summer Angus Tour hosts did a fantastic job of promoting the event in their own way. As a committee, we helped to advertise the event when possible. It should be noted that Golden Thread Livestock Images and Livestock Media Plus did an exceptional job capturing the tour with professional photographs! Our Breeder Sessions have been a phenomenal enhancement to our Angus Edge - Spring 2019

membership over the last few years. While the promotional committee isn’t directly involved in session planning, I want to highlight the addition of recording these sessions. This was a discussion point of the main board and it is a fantastic way to reach a larger audience while promoting future sessions. Our social media efforts continued to bring timely reminders to our socially active Angus enthusiasts. I’m confident that this has been a helpful service to our members. New directors bring new experiences and fresh perspectives. I’m excited to see the direction taken by your 2019 committee! Respectfully Submitted, Kristine Sauter, Chair

Commercial ...

We as a committee did not have a formal committee meeting throughout this past year but did continue on with some long standing programs that the Saskatchewan Angus Association has traditionally ran.

Through our budget process we planned for continued sponsorship at 16 Fall Angus featured feeder sales and along with our Canadian Angus Association BDT member; Bob Toner, this was coordinated throughout the province this fall. This normally would be the purchase of coffee at auction marts the day of the featured Angus sale. We as an association welcome any breeders who would like to sponsor in their local markets to contact Belinda and we can help out with that process. At Agribition this past fall we again awarded class winners with an award and with this year being named "YEAR OF THE ANGUS TAG" we awarded class winners with a bag of 25 Angus RFID green tags along with an Angus jacket. Presentations were made while the commercial show was happening along with help from both of our CAA BDT members: Brian Good & Bob Toner. Exhibitors seemed very pleased with this initiative. I would say Angus genetics in the commercial entry was high but a probable even split with the Simmental breed.

Our “Commercial Producer of the Year” award for 2018 was presented at Agribition by our SAA president Sheldon Kyle during the Champion Female show. This year the award was presented to Ferch Farms of Kipling, Saskatchewan. Brett Ferch and family are a very worthy recipient as they run 400 plus straight Black Angus mother cows, believe in and use the Angus green tags, and are a Verified Beef Plus producer. You can read about their operation in the next issue of The Angus Edge. We as a committee would welcome any suggestions on new programs for our Angus commercial sector and we would be more than happy to try and put them into play. Respectfully Submitted, Dale Easton, Chair These reports were prepared for our 2019 AGM.

In Memory - Doug Toner September 28, 1927 - January 25, 2019 Doug Toner (Toner Angus Farms) passed away January 25, 2019 at the age of 91. Doug and Kathy, his wife of 65 1/2 years, raised a family of six Larry (Dawne), Joan (Norman), Margaret (Ron) Betty (Alan), Bob (Shonda) and Pat (Sandi) which grew to 26 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Doug was very involved in the community as well as the Saskatchewan Angus Association (SAA), serving as President in 1972-73. While on the SAA board he was also involved with various affiliates and sub committees including the Canadian Western Agribition Beef Committee. Locally Doug was involved with the Knights of Columbus (1953 to present), Buena Vista Board (1973 - 1991), Councilor RM of Grandview #349 (1966 - 1973), played banjo with "Just Us 5" (1970 - 1988) as well as a Beef Leader in the Handel 4H Club and a member of the Kelfield Community Club. Something Doug was very proud of was when he and Kathy received the Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Scroll in 1998 and the SAA Heritage Award in 2004. The Canadian Angus Assocation also recognized Doug and family as 50 year members in 1998. A funeral service was held February 1st at the Handel Catholic Church. Doug will be laid to rest at a later date in the Handel Cemetery, along-side his parents Dan and Annie Toner and his grandsons Jim and Mark Toner. Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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World Champion Angus Bull 2015 - Grand Champion Bull Agribition 2015 - Top Ten finalist RBC Supreme Agribition 2015 Farmfair Supreme Champion Bull 2015 - Gold Show Bull of the year 2015. We have many daughters retained in our herd and he has raised the top selling bulls in our pen. We have sons available in our sale again this year.

Red Redrich Aftershock 238A


at the 14th Annual Red Ter-Ron Hot Shot 10B

Supreme Champion Bull Lloydminister 2016 - Top 5 finalist at Farmfair Supreme 2016 - Reserve Grand Champion Bull Agribition 2016 - Top Ten finalist RBC Supreme Agribition 2016 - Gold Show Bull of the year 2016. His mother was Supreme Champion Female at Farmfair 2015. He is a true blue calving ease performance bull. His calves come out small and have tons of performance and growth. His bull calves have also topped our sale. We have quite a few sons to sell in our upcoming bull sale.

Select Genetics Bull Sale March 16, 2019 at the Forsyth Ranch, Herbert, SK

Wood Coulee Cattle Co.

Russ and Sarah Coward & family

Red Cockburn Assassin 624D

High selling bull at Cockburn sale in 2017 at $77,500. We purchased a semen package and AI’d to him. We are really excited about the calves.

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Reserve Champion Red Angus Bull 2014 Manitoba Livestock Expo


30 Red Angus 3 Black Angus & 30 Charolais

Many Sons Sell!!

30Z Red WILBAR COLOSSUS 8 Thank you to the bidders and buyers from our Proven Producers Female Sale.

Your visit and inquiries are most welcome

Blake's Red Angus - Wood River Charolais Murray & Nicole Blake & family - McCord, SK

Email: blaken@sasktel.net Murray (c) 306-478-7088 (h) 306-478-2520 Shane (c) 306-301-9140 (h) 306-266-4870 Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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22nd Annual Triple A Sale Saturday March 30 - 1 pm cst Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK Open House Saturday March 8th 1 pm - 4 pm Hagerty Livestock - 6.5km north of TransCanada on Kalium Rd

Hi Low Angus Private Treaty Bull Sale Buy your bulls at your convenience 7 two year olds • 15 yearlings Open House Wednesday March 27th 1 pm - 4 pm Hi Low Angus - 1 mile west and 1 mile south of Disley

Quality bulls from a wide variety of sires including: DMM International 54D KG Solution 0018 Schiefelbein Effective 61 P A Fortitude 2500 S A V Resource 1441

Mohnen Impressive 1093 Mohnen South Dakota 402 Peak Dot Easy Decision 114C GGA Upward 23B Hi Low Tiger 12Y

For more information visit www.hilowangus.com or call or text Dan 306-581-7606

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On Offer: 45 Bulls 12 Purebred Open Heifers 18 Commercial Open Heifers

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EDWARDS ANGUS South Sask Angus & Selling 10 Bulls Simmental Bull Sale At the

March 11, 2019 Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK

Edwards Thrive 322F

Edwards Charlo 132F

Edwards Sensation 139F

Edwards Thrive 24F

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S: S A V Thrive 5054

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IVANHOE ANGUS Yearling and Two Year Old Bulls Sell at the 9th Annual CITY VIEW SIMMENTALS & IVANHOE ANGUS with Sunnyside Simmentals and Abound Livestock Sale Tuesday, March 19th - 1 PM Johnstone Auction Mart • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Bulls of these Sire Groups are on Offer: Young Dale Pan 149C Crescent Creek Rito 139C Sandy Bar Ambush 10Y 29A Sandy Bar Ideal 185W 216Y Crescent Creek K 07 Emblazon 62W

Ron & Marilyn Mountenay Box 23, Belle Plaine, SK S0G 0G0 Phone: (306) 345-2560 Ron’s Cell: (306) 630-5871 Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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Lamb’s Quarters Angus 30th Anniversary


1 pm Saturday March 30, 2019 Heartland Livestock Swift Current, SK

50+ Black Angus Yearling Bulls 50 Open Commercial Replacement Heifers Bull Financing Available

Semen Tested Scrotal Measured

Vet Inspected Fully Guaranteed

Dave & Chris Lamb Angus Edge - Spring 2019

DNA-Leptin Tested Footrot Vaccinated

306.778.3797 • 306.741.6111 Swift Current, SK lambsquartersangus@gmail.com Page 39

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Offering 35 Yearling Bulls • 8 Pure Bred Heifers • 2 Groups of 5 Pure Bred Heifers April 8, 2019 at 1PM At the Farm The Farm is Located 12 miles South of Whitewood on Hwy #9 On the West side of the road.

TJF Heavy Si 12D Our new young herd sire. Very much like his sire. Big hipped, deep ribbed with a stout hind leg and a great look. Lots of hair, big footed with lots of heel. Easy calving, with lots of performance and consistency.

TJF 74B Ambush 13D High seller in 2017, sold to Fred Branson, Lundar, MB

Other Sires:

TJF Knockout 27A • Remitall F Cavilier 67C Daines Heavy Si 57Z • Richmond Believe SRD 69D TJF Heavy Si 12D • Black Ridge Rito 81D JL Renoun 6103 • Young Dale Hoover Dam 124A TJF Knockout 127C • TJF Legacy 121Z

Sales Management Auctioneer Donnie Peacock cell 306-662-8288 Sale Consultant Jim Nugent Cell 204-841-0113 Home 204-476-2480 Angus Edge - Spring 2019

The Jeannots

TJF 67C Angus Valley 47E High seller in 2018, sold to James Sykes, McAuley, MB

Brad and Sharon Box 98 Whitewood, SK S0G 5C0 home 306-538-2178 cell Brad 306-735-7760 Sharon 306-735-7761 Kristen 306-735-7855 Joe and Eileen bsjeannot.hereford.angus@sasktel.net

Catalogue can be viewed Online at www.dlms.ca Thank you to all our buyers and bidders in the past years. Visitors always welcome. Page 41

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Out and About in Saskatchewan Hi folks, According to Facebook, c a l v i n g season is really kicking into high gear for many of our purebred producers. Here's hoping for good luck, good weather and healthy calves. January and February sees many industry events and meetings taking place. Be sure to get out and join the conversation and learn what is new and upcoming in our industry. So far I have attended the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference (SBIC) and the Saskatchewan Angus Association (SAA) annual general meeting in Regina as well as Ag Days in Brandon, Manitoba. At SBIC the Saskatchewan Livestock Association present their Honour Scrolls to people who have been influential in the province’s agriculture industry. It was certainly a pleasure to see Keith and Linda Kaufmann of South View Ranch, Ceylon, SK receive their Honour Scroll at this year’s banquet. Their contributions to our breed, our industry and their community are greatly appreciated. Along with the Kaufmann’s, Helge and Candace By of By Livestock/Charolais Banner and former Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart with his wife Linda also received their Scrolls. At the SAA meetings Trent Liebreich of Merit Cattle Co., Radville was elected as the new President. Myles Immerkar, CAA CEO was also at the meeting and gave a short talk introducing himself to the members and gave a brief overview of what his priorities are leading us into the future. We look forward to working with both these gentlemen as our breed moves forward. Page 74

by Bob Toner CAA Director of Business Development for SK/MB

Ag Days in Brandon was once again well attended. I was in the booth for the three days along with various Manitoba Angus Association board members answering questions and talking Angus with those going through the show. Bull sales have also started and will run through until the end of April. If you haven't already done so be sure to contact your past buyers and see how they're getting along. It's better to hear about issues directly from them rather than in the coffee shop. Also remember to keep your quality control up when selecting your own bulls to market. There's a lot of competition out there so be sure to sell only your best to get a piece of the market share. I've had the opportunity to travel out to Angus Central and meet with our new CEO, Myles Immerkar. Myles has extensive knowledge of global cattle markets and trends as well as the sciences involved in breed development. I look forward to working with him and seeing where his vision takes our breed both nationally and globally. Myles will be out at various functions this spring and I encourage you to stop and have a quick chat with him when the opportunity arises. AngusNow is up and running. If you are not familiar with this new program, Kajal Devani has provided some information here. The Saskatchewan Angus Association had a Breeder Information Session in Saskatoon in late December, which Kajal attended and those in attendance had the opportunity to be walked through the program and were assisted getting set up to use it. This was a hands on workshop and a very effective way to get our members started on AngusNow. Also another announcement from the CAA is the ending of the transaction fee. This has been a pet peeve of many

of the members for quite some time so I'm sure this has come as a welcome announcement. I'll be out and about this spring at various industry events and bull sales. My schedule will be posted on the Events Calendar on our website and I'm looking forward to engaging with our purebred and commercial producers that support our industry. Don't forget to order your Angus Tags... Join "Team Green" !! See ya down the road.■ AngusNOW is a live registry system that your Canadian Angus Association is excited to bring to you. Your Association aims to bring you the best tools and technology available. And, AngusNOW allows members to enter their pedigree and performance data in a quick and easy way. To register for the system contact your Canadian Angus Association at registry@cdnangus.ca. They will set up your account and send you some basic instructions. However, this is a live system – that means submissions you make are live. So, if you need more help first, feel free to contact your member service team for a quick walk through of the system over the phone or register for an introductory workshop that will be held every Tuesday afternoon. If you prefer being walked through the system in person, please visit Angus Central, come to Convention 2019 in Drumheller, or attend one of the many provincial information days, field days, and AGMs that Canadian Angus staff will be attending to introduce the system to members. Angus Edge - Spring 2019

The Canadian AngusONE Genetic Evaluation The Canadian Angus Association has run our genetic evaluations with our American counterparts the American Angus Association (AAA) and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) for more than 20 years. This gave us EPDs for Canadian cattle that were comparable to those in the U.S. but also that meant that Canadian Black Angus EPDs were not comparable to Canadian Red Angus EPDs. Last fall, the genetic evaluation system used by RAAA and CAA for our Red Angus cattle was retired. Our new evaluation is AngusONE in which all Canadian Angus animals, both red and black, are evaluated with their Black American Angus counterparts at Angus Genetics Inc (AGI). • Canadian Red Angus EPDs have changed - they are now on a new base. • The EPDs from the AngusONE evaluation are not comparable to the ‘old red’ evaluation. • It will take time to adjust to this new base. • Percentile ranks for most animals did not change – for example frequently used Red Angus AI sire RED TER-RON PARKER 34A (RPAH 34A) 1726773 DMC AMF CAF NHF OSF DDF Trait Old EPD Percentile Rank AngusONE EPD Percentile Rank

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BW +3.3 lb 95% +4.8 lb 95% WW +73 lb 5% +56lb 5% YW +119 lb 5% +90 lb 5% Milk +5 lb 90% +8 lb 95% As you can see, the numbers have changed but the percentile ranks have not. Please use the new Red Angus breed averages and percentile rankings to orient yourselves to what your new target EPD should be. The new breed averages are:

BW +2.3 +1.2

Average EPDs for all Black Calves born in 2018 Average EPDs for all Red and Red Carrier Calves born in 2018 WW YW Milk TM SC CED CEM REA CW +45 +78 +20 +43 +0.72 +3.0 +7.0 +0.40 +32 +35 +58 +19 +36 +0.58 +2.4 +5.6 +0.33 +20

Marb Fat +0.36 +0.013 +0.23 +0.003

Easier yet, use the percentile rank graph to evaluate animals. Canadian Red Angus animals have their own breed average and will be ranked against other Canadian Red Angus animals. The example of a percentile rank graph below shows you how easy it is to use percentile ranks, and the graphs in particular, to describe your genetics. The AngusONE genetic evaluation offers a lot of advantages, but change, including a new genetic evaluation, a new EPD base, and new target EPDs, takes time and understanding to get used to. Your Canadian Angus Association Member Service Team is prepared to provide support and information for our members and your customers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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Message from your Canadian Angus CEO... Hello to the entire Angus industry and members. It is an honour to join the A n g u s fraternity in this esteemed role. The beef industry has been my life, and there is no more important player in the global beef industry than the Angus breed. I look forward to supporting all members from coast to coast to enhance your programs, grow your outreach and increase your profitability. I would like to thank my predecessor Rob Smith for all his efforts, service and championship of the Angus breed. I am excited to work with my inspired staff on the implementation of services and programs that bring value to all members. My philosophy to bring value to all members will be built upon four pillars that will be the driving forces behind all that we will do. These pillars will be built on supporting member services and working for the members, advancing our breed through science and technology, providing a platform that allows all breeders opportunity to be successful in their programs and adding value to our Angus members through strategic alliances, partnerships and programs. First and foremost, we will focus on member services, increasing member value and improving efficiencies. We are a member-driven organization and will look at all ways to improve our service, support and communication to our members. Within my first weeks at Angus Central, I have had the opportunity to visit with staff and hear from current members about what is most important to them. I will continue to listen so we can continue to be better for our members. One of the Page 76

first action items we will implement in 2019 is the removal of the transaction fee that currently exists. We are here to serve you, help you and support you, and I feel that is our obligation to all our members. While we will always appreciate the uptake of future tools such as online services that allow us to be more efficient, we will still be here to help all members to ensure their needs are met. We won’t stop here as we continue to look at new solutions and new ways to provide more value for your membership. We look forward to implementing more solutions in early 2019. Secondly, I am a strong believer in the use of new tools and technology to help all breeders be more profitable, efficient and reduce

decision risks in all operations. The industry is changing and we must continue to adapt to ensure our long-term future. I will work with my team to continue to bring new tools to the membership that will enhance value. While I am a believer in the science and the importance of these tools to the future of the industry and improving all operations and productivity, I also believe they have to work for the breeders and the people working with the cattle each and every day. All tools must balance the cow science and common sense for them to be effective. If they don’t work for the breeders then the development of these tools brings no value so I believe we must continue to engage with our breeders, commercial customers and consumers to ensure what we develop

By Myles Immerkar fits the needs of the members moving forward. We have begun to look at all services to ensure they meet the needs of the industry and our members and bring value to their programs. I have clearly heard concerns about some recent programs. We will work with our members to review changes where they need to be made to ensure programs meet the needs of the members. We are here to provide a platform to all our members that provide services, tools and programs that allow you to be successful in the marketing of your cattle, genetics and programs. I know not all programs or services fit the needs for all breeders nor should they. One of the great things about the Angus breed is how diverse it is. The goals of each and every operation are unique and the tools that help you select cattle, achieve profitability or manage your programs will all be uniquely different. My goal is to provide a suite of programs or services that allow you to decide for yourself what works for your program, management, environment or clients to achieve your success. In my previous career, I had the great opportunity to market Canadian Red and Black Angus genetics around the world. Our success marketing Canadian genetics showcased the strong reputation Canadian genetics have in the global marketplace and I understand where our Canadian genetics excelled and what created their demand but I also saw more opportunity for Canadian genetics to play an even more important role in the global beef industry. It is my goal to help our members open new markets and remove any market barriers that exist. We have some of the best beef genetics in the world here in Canada from some of the most astute and dedicated cattlemen and I take it Angus Edge - Spring 2019

upon myself to find new solutions and opportunities for all Canadian Red and Black Angus breeders to find success in the domestic and global marketplace. Adding value to all Angus programs is my vision. As one of the key cogs in the entire beef industry, I look forward to working with our industry partners to increase our partnerships and alliances that bring increased value to the Angus breed and more opportunities for all breeders of Angus cattle regardless

of colour, geography or management system. I believe the opportunities are endless for the Angus breed and look forward to supporting all members as you work to achieve success. I look forward to listening to all our members about how we can continue to support your programs and efforts and helping you find new solutions in the changing marketplace. I look forward to getting

out on the road at various events to engage with as many members as possible. I am always available to our members by phone, email or stop in and visit me at the office. I look forward to many great years for the Angus breed. Let’s have a great 2019.■

Changes to Canadian Angus Policy on Parentage Verification Requirements The Canadian Angus Association and its board of directors’ is committed to help guarantee Canadian Angus genetics and provide your bull buyers and female customers with the most accurate pedigree information possible. Canadian Angus Association now has a lab in place that offers a SNP Parentage Verification test with double the number of SNPs so that our parentage verification is the most accurate that we have had available yet. The board has also changed the requirements for parent verification on sires to reinforce this. The Canadian Angus policy on parentage verification now states that: • All sires born on or before December 31st, 2018 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing sire verification before their offspring can be registered. • Additionally, all sires born on or after January 1st, 2019 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing parentage verification (to both sire and dam) before their offspring can be registered. • Sires being used for AI must be parentage verified (to both sire and dam) to the before they are granted AI approval status. The CAA recommends that you collect and store a DNA sample from all your females in 2019 in case they raise your next great bull calf that ends up being a sire, either in your herd or another Canadian Angus members’ herd. Hair samples can be stored forever if they are well labeled and stored in a safe dry place. CAA has also worked with our lab to have other methods of DNA sampling made available. Member can now use blood cards, hair cards, and tissue sampling units (TSUs). These are all available through the Angus office. If you decide to use a bull (AI or naturally) please make sure that you submit a DNA sample for this sire and ensure that there is a DNA sample on both parents available as well so that the bull can be parent verified. The Association has included a ‘What Bulls Did You Use Form’ in your Membership Renewal and Inventory Packages sent in December. You can use this form to let the Association know which bulls you used – they will set up all the Parentage Verification tests necessary for you. It’s an easy way to ensure everything is taken care of before you go to register your calves. Both your National Association, and your Provincial Associations are here to help, so if you need more information or have further questions please do not hesitate to contact the CAA at 1-888-571-3580.

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2019 Honour Scroll Recipients - Keith & Linda Kaufmann, Ceylon, SK The Saskatchewan Livestock Association was pleased to acknowledge Keith and Linda Kaufmann for their contribution to their community and to the livestock industry in Saskatchewan with a Scroll of Honour at the 2019 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Regina. Keith and Linda were nominated by the Saskatchewan Angus Association. Keith was born March 3, 1953 in Radville, SK and attended Ceylon High School graduating in 1971. Tragedy struck in 1971 when Keith’s father passed away suddenly at the age of 43. Keith was finishing grade 12 at the time, so with the help of relatives, neighbors and friends, the cows were calved and the crop was seeded. Linda Beres was born March 31, 1955 in Radville, SK, and attended school in Ceylon, graduating in 1973. Keith and Linda were married August 11, 1973. They were blessed with two children: Shane (Alexis) and Stacey (Chris Seguin). They have four grandchildren: Keaton, Kamrie, Kohen and Korbyn Kaufmann. Angus was definitely the breed of choice so in 1990 South View Ranch’s purebred operation began with the purchase of 10 Red Angus females. Keith purchased eight cows from Glen Salkeld and Louise Todd. Shane, then 12 years old, bought two heifer calves from Circle R Red Angus, beginning their Red division. A few years later Shane initiated the idea to implement Black Angus in the business and with the purchase of 20 Black females from Brost Cattle Co., the Black division was born. Almost 30 years later they are breeding around 250 Red Angus, 250 Black Angus and 100 commercial Angus females. For exposure of the quality of cattle they raise Keith and Linda participate in a few cattle shows, the most important being Canadian Western Agribition. Over the years they have had many winners, but the greatest satisfaction is felt when a customer does well with SVR genetics. Keith and Linda host their own bull sale at the ranch the second Thursday each April offering close to 100 Red and Black Angus bulls. 2018 marked their 18th Annual Sale. They have sold females at some of the Angus breeds top sales but prefer the private treaty sales that include a visit and tour of the ranch. South View Ranch genetics have sold to the United States, Russia, Uruguay, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Involvement in their community and the Angus industry keeps the Kaufmann family very busy. Keith was a Saskatchewan Angus Association director from 19982009 as well as a director on the Canadian Angus Association board from 2002-2005 and from 2006-2009. Page 78

Keith and Linda with presenter, Barry Young He served as the Angus representative for the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association for a number of years as well. Keith has been a counselor and Reeve for the RM of the Gap #39 from 1980 to present day and has been active on numerous local committees such as the Lion’s Club, Park Board, Recreation Board, Vet Board and the ADD Board. In 2000 Keith initiated the idea of a feedlot in the region and five years later Border Line Feeders Inc. became a reality, south of Ceylon. Keith was the president of this successful 12,000 head feedlot, with the approval to expand to 20,000, from 2005 to 2016 when the feedlot was sold. Linda has always played an active and important role in South View Ranch. When Shane and Stacey were small she was also busy taking them to their various activities. She was and is an active member of the Parish Council for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ceylon. Linda enjoys helping run the grandchildren in the various directions they need to go. She enjoys watching hockey games, the girls dancing and what they all love doing; working with cattle! Congratulations are extended to Keith and Linda as well Helge and Candace By of Regina, SK and Lyle and Linda Stewart of Pense, SK, who were also presented with an Honour Scroll.■

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By Miranda Reiman

Uncomfortable change WHAM! Tap-tap-tap. Some changes are noisy…like the current remodel and addition to our 115-year-old house. Anyone who has lived through construction dust knows the disruption. The crew knocked out the wall between the living room and new, unfinished space just before Christmas. We ask the kids to wear shoes almost everywhere they go, and pray the baby isn’t picking up too much extra hardware as she crawls along in the work-in-progress house. To say it’s a bit uncomfortable would probably be an understatement. But isn’t change that way a lot of the time? It’s not always “in your face” like the nail gun I hear running next door to my home office, but sometimes just the idea of doing something out of our routine can be nerve racking. Are you contemplating a change in your farming or ranching operation? Maybe you’re considering moving around your breeding season or thinking of how to set up so you can wean calves at home this year. Perhaps you’re perusing bull sale catalogs right now, thinking of different thresholds for traits or looking at DNA testing to aid with replacement heifer selection. It feels a bit exciting, but also daunting, doesn’t it? We have a “girls room” and a “boys room” in our house, which worked fine, until the scales were tipped unevenly

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at a ratio of five daughters to one son, and they’re growing up. Their need for separate dressers and normal-sized beds are becoming more apparent each day. So life forced us to make some decisions. We got out a calculator. We analyzed our income, probability of moving, places to make room and what we could purge. In the end, we decided to add on. It was the right decision and all the data and options weighed pointed us that way, but when they came to dig our basement we still felt a bit uncertain. We wanted to be sure we were making the right choice, both for our family and for our pocketbook. Have you put a pencil to your ideas? Talked to some experts or other cattlemen who have already been down that path? Don’t let the unknown paralyze you. Think about the end goal and why you’re inspired to do something different in the first place. Maybe you’re looking to recoup some investment or perhaps just trying to make specific points in the calendar flow a little more smoothly. Maybe you hear about these loads that are reaching 50% Prime and thinking, “I want my cattle to do that.” The only way toward accomplishing an audacious goal is to take the first step. Make a change, even if it’s uncomfortable at first. Over the “rrrr-rip” of the Sawzall, I’ll be cheering you on. Next time in Black Ink®, Nicole Erceg will provide perspective on priorities. Questions? Email mreiman@ certifiedangusbeef.com ■

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Resuscitating Calves Both at the dairy and beef level there have been many ways discussed and shared with and between producers regarding the best way to stimulate a weak calf that perhaps doesn’t want to breathe. With calving season just around the corner I will share some of my experiences as to what works and what doesn’t and highlight procedures that are worth doing and others that are a waste of time. None require a lot of expense and saving one extra calf these days converts into dollars down the line, plus it is doing the right thing. The rewards can feel very good. There are many reasons calves come out slow and weak and recognizing when these conditions might occur could give you a heads up. Every time you must give assistance for either fetal oversize and a harder pull or where a malpresentation occurs one must be aware that time is running out and a weaker, barely alive calf is a definite possibility. Other instances include where the cow has been sick and losing weight or there has been some abnormality during pregnancy. Remember a cow losing body condition in late pregnancy could be carrying twins so after any assisted calving it is good to carefully examine the uterus for either tears or another calf. If you find another calf, assist in its delivery immediately. There are several forms of resuscitation or trying to make it easier to establish breathing with the calf. Often especially if you see there is a strong heartbeat you must establish breathing and get oxygenation to the blood. One thing we know for sure is the old “hanging calves” to get fluid out does no good Page 82

by Roy Lewis DVM and in fact does harm as all the organs push down on the chest by gravity and actually make it much more difficult to breath. The fluid that does come out is generally draining out from the stomachs (rumen). You are much better to get the calf in a sitting up, frog legged position or with both back legs pulled ahead so both lungs can get air equally, much as would happen in a standing calf. Extend the neck forward to open up the airways and then go to work with what I will now describe. Any large amounts of mucous around the mouth you want to wipe away. There are some good calf resuscitators out there that can simply bath the area in extra oxygen that helps if breathing is not strong. Some of these will even provide suction as well. Mouth to mouth resuscitation pretty much does nothing as the air simply goes down the esophagus and inflates the stomach so doesn’t get into the lungs where it needs to go. You are best, if breathing is slow with a stronger heartbeat, to stimulate breathing by either sticking a straw up the nostril, pouring cold water in the ear or putting cold snow in the ear to essentially irritate the calf and get him going. Try the straw next time on a normal calving and see the quick response you get. If there is no response the calf is in trouble and the only thing I have found that has worked is a respiratory stimulant. This used to be doxopram so your veterinarian can look for respiratory stimulants and hopefully find one, but needs to script it to you, as it may only be approved for other species. In order to be helpful you must have it close by in your calving kit and readily accessible. Time is of the essence for sure as a few seconds at this critical point may make the difference. Having a way to bathe the calf in oxygen may also be helpful and there are several masks and forced ventilation devices that may be worth looking

into. Currently researchers at the vet school in Calgary are pursuing ways to positively ventilate calves similar to what they do in humans. They use a laryngeal masking apparatus or LMA, similar to what the paramedics and first responders use. This is showing promise. Blowing in the nostrils simply pushes air into the stomachs so doesn’t accomplish anything. The need to stimulate calves should be the exception in today’s commercial or purebred cow calf operations. Calving problems have been greatly reduced so unless it is a hard calving or there has been a delay in getting the calf out such as occurs with a full breech birth for instance, resuscitation shouldn’t be a routine occurrence. With hard calvings it sometimes pays to stop pulling and let the calf get a few breaths when the rib cage is out before you pull the tight hips through. The calf may bellor as they are alive then and feel the pain so be aware of this response. If you are getting too many weak calves one must look at several factors in the herd management. Is intervention too slow, especially in the case of heifers? Once the calving process has started and regardless of if the waterbag has been broken, time is a ticking. An old misconception with producers is they have lots of time if the waterbag has not been broken and that simply isn’t true. Intervention in one, to one and a half hours if no progress has been made, is a good rule. With breech births (backwards with both back legs ahead) and torsions we know often that time is running out so being ready to stimulate the calf is imperative. Once the tail head of the calf comes through the pelvis in a backwards calving, the navel is essentially broken and the calf tries to start breathing. This is where a faster pull from that point forward will save calves. That is why you always assist a backwards calf where possible. Weak calves may be the result of nutrition and vitamin and mineral Angus Edge - Spring 2019

deficiencies or imbalances, so we must always make sure body condition score is good on the cows and heifers and they are on a good mineral/vitamin program. These deficiencies happen as the calf is developing so if a deficiency is diagnosed, it is not a quick fix to get

the deficiency reversed. For example, selenium deficiencies can lead to

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the weak calf syndrome and iodine deficiencies lead to a goiter and weak or dead calves born. If a calf is stillborn or weak and dies soon after birth, a lot can be gained by a postmortem and having tissues sent away to help with the diagnosis. This could shed light on potential problems and allow some time to correct them. I have also seen the need to resuscitate when the water bag fails to break and the calf can drown in essentially a cup of fetal fluids. This can happen in too quick a birth and the water bag has essentially not had enough force on it to break. Watch for these cases as well. If placenta is starting to come first, again time is running out and you may already be too late, but if any sign of life get the calf out as quickly as possible. One last word of advice on delivering a calf and preempting the need to

resuscitation. Check the viability of the calf by putting fingers in their mouth to see how good the swallowing or gag reflex is. If this is very weak you can be sure the calf will be sluggish when delivered. Also if the calf is overly active and thrashing around this could be a sign time is running out and they are getting oxygen deprived. There is a need to get them out as soon as possible and use your resuscitation skills. In summary, be ready with the resuscitation techniques mentioned and be ever vigilant of the cases that predispose newborn calves to need reviving. You and your veterinarian, when called, can hopefully save more valuable newborn calves this spring. Hopefully the 2019 calving season treats you well.â–

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The Need for Food Integrity I was on Facebook the other day and saw a post written by a young man whose family are long time Angus breeders. He talked about when BSE hit the Canadian cattle industry and the impact it had on his family. I thought to myself “ I remember that time like it was yesterday”. Fast forward 15 years – I attended a wedding recently and was sitting with some cattle producers. One of them confidently told me that “pretty soon they will do away with those tags”. I thought to myself “I need a drink”. I then wondered how memories of the blackest period of the Canadian Cattle industry could be passed over or forgotten. Those tags that many still think are a nuisance are keeping our borders open, giving us access to high value markets and enabling the tracking of cattle during a Black Swan event, like the TB out break last year. Canadians are concerned with the rising cost of food and the affordability of healthy food for the third year in a row in the latest research released by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI). "The results tell us today's consumers are not only looking for affordable food options, they are also unsure about many aspects about food and the food system and are looking to know more from credible sources," said Crystal Mackay, CCFI president. Four in ten Canadians are unsure if the food system is headed in the right direction. After a significant increase in 2017, survey results show a sizable drop in the number of consumers who Page 86

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feel Canada's food system is headed in the right direction - just over one third (36 percent) in 2018 compared to 43 percent in 2017. In the cattle industry, we have been frustrated by misleading ad campaigns, a lack of understanding by consumers in how we raise our livestock. We are the targets of environmentalists, animal rights activists and even Canada’s food guide. What is very worrying is that the overall impression of agriculture in Canada also decreased for the first time in twelve years - falling from 61 percent in 2016 to 56 percent in the latest survey. This follows a steady increase since 2006. The decline in positive impressions is driven by a significant increase in Canadians who say they don't know enough about agriculture and food to have an opinion (12 percent in 2018, compared to only 2 percent in 2016). "This research demonstrates that the food system can't take trust for granted; it must be earned," said Mackay. "Canadians desire balanced, credible information about food so they can feel confident in their decisions for themselves and their families. It's up to the entire food chain to turn up the volume and efforts to openly share information about food and how it's produced, processed and packaged with consumers." The 2018 CCFI Public Trust Research can be downloaded at www.foodintegrity.ca in French or English. In recent market research done by Tysons south of the border, there were definite trends that will impact our industry.

labels, according to the company. The growing role of technology will spur advancement in this area. Adding more protein in more forms. Interest in new cuts of meat and “nose to tail” eating is growing. Demand for proteins such as crickets and seaweed is expected to expand. And 40 percent of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods. Leveraging technology. Smart technology will drive brands to change products, packaging and distribution for e-commerce channels, with greater customization. Expressing one’s values through food. Consumers, particularly Gen Zers, are aligning with companies that represent similar values to their own. Fresh, sustainable and authentic are important attributes for this group. That information should motivate us in the cattle industry to jump on the bandwagon with the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) Pilot project. It includes third party verification of on farm/ranch/feedlot practices with VBP+, and chain of custody tracking of animals that are fully verified sustainably raised. The best part of this pilot is the fact that the retailers and restauranteurs have opened their wallets to fund financial credits back to producers participating in the CBSA Pilot. Not bad when a producer can get a financial credit of $10-$20 per head per operation that an animal has been raised or housed on. The greater the volume of cattle moving through this chain the greater the rewards back to producers. For further information check out the www. cbsapilot.ca. ■

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Drinking the plant-based Kool-Aid PLANT BASED DIET Our current food production and consumption habits are doomed to "exacerbate risks to people and planet," according to a new study. - Dreamstime TNS When the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published a 51-page report this month laying out a plan for a sustainable "planetary diet" that transforms how we eat and live, it made a big splash. The group of 37 experts, all members of the so-called EAT-Lancet Commission — brought together by the Stockholmbased nonprofit EAT, which works to change our global food system through science — were keen to recognize how urgent a change in our diets is needed to help the earth. By 2050, they argue, the global population is expected to be roughly 10 billion, and we will need to feed ourselves differently. The report, which took three years to prepare, presents the ideal diet for the 21st century — and for meat eaters, the report is no reason to jump for joy. The report suggests that for red meat, one burger a week would be everyone's quota. Some fish and chicken are also added to one's weekly intake of animal proteins, but plant-based proteins fill out the rest of the prescribed diet, recommending nuts and a good helping of legumes every day in lieu of meat. With one glass of milk a day, the diet has room for 31 grams of sugar and about 50 grams worth of oils, such as olive oil. These recommendations align with the newly released Canada Food Guide's approach to proteins, a new umbrella category that combines and de-emphasizes dairy and meat, while recommending more plant-based proteins. But, while the report underscores the importance of global food security, it falls short on a few fronts. Page 88

For one, it does not really tell us anything we did not already know. Numerous studies, for instance, have already pointed to the value of plantbased dieting and the reduction of food waste, another noble recommendation from the report. And while the report is full of good intentions, the clinical fingerprints of the medical doctors, environmental scientists and nutritionists who put it together are all over the report. There's obviously nothing wrong with like-minded individuals writing a dietary road map like a tedious monograph, but it makes their approach feel inauthentic to the layperson. In other words, the report fails to recognize the human nature of our society, as there's nothing more human than food. Culinary traditions have influenced nations, clans, and families for thousands of years. Food is intrinsically powerful; it either can bring us together through meals and celebrations, or it can tear us apart through embargoes on foodstuffs and spark quarrels between nations. It is a precious construct influenced by organizations, money, policies, and by all citizens of the world. For those of us in the nonelite masses, there is a significant difference between needs and wants. We all know we need to eat veggies and adopt a healthy lifestyle, but many do not for a variety of reasons; access, affordability and convenience are factors influencing consumer behaviour every day. While vegetarian and vegan options have been declining in price, their still-high costs make them inaccessible to many and, regardless of whether the impression is true or not, plant-based dieting is almost seen as an elitist way of life right now. This will need to change. But the report makes no mention of how these factors should be addressed or change over time.

By Sylvain Charlebois Food diversity is what defines us all, in a way; entire civilizations have been built on agricultural traditions that forge

our varying tastes and kitchen talents. The report, however, shows little respect for communities where meat plays an integral part in their way of life. It does not recognize that meat can be grown more sustainably, with efforts such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and the emergence of cultured meat. Science is also pushing industry to think differently about how to produce meat, and so it's a clear gap that, of the 37 authors of the report, few had backgrounds in economics, policy, or animal, plant, or soil sciences. In the past year alone, countless studies have beat the same plant-based drum, and this latest report just adds to the noise. Reminding the world that our habits ought to change has merit, but it can be overdone. The plant-based diet narrative is overpowering everything else, including remembering where we came from. As we progress as a society and understand how we can feed more people on this planet, it is critical to value our food heritage, too. If we don't, a report like The Lancet's will be dismissed as haughty advocacy — and it shouldn't. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in Food Distribution and Policy, Faculties of Management and Agriculture, Dalhousie University. He recently presented at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Regina. Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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The Argument for Value Added Traceability in Angus Cattle

By Deborah Wilson, Vice President, BIXSco Inc.

Food is now the fourth most valuable counterfeit market and foods such as olive oil, honey, fish, beef, vinegar, vanilla and coffee, top the list. Globally, between $416 Billion and $1.7 Trillion of counterfeit food and goods are traded annually. Food verified by traceability is recognized as the way to understand where food is sourced, raised, grown or produced. This increases consumer trust in food, or in our case beef. Verified Trust in Brands will continue to highlight responsibly-raised beef to convey health and quality. Verification will continue to be provided by audits and sharing of information via electronic traceability platforms, one of the most successful to date is the Beef InfoXchange System owned by BIXSco Inc. ViewTrak Technologies and BIXSco Inc. will have completed merging both companies by November, to form a publicly traded company on the TSX Venture Exchange, known as the Business Information Exchange System - BIX Systems.

Transparency and Sustainability remain fast-track approaches to driving value and brand trust.

than 800,000 tonnes worth $2.6 billion. That compares with just 6,000 tonnes in 2006.

What is sustainable beef? Very simply it is socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

“Domestic supplies cannot catch up with the rising demand. There is not enough premium beef, either. And there are some food safety concerns in China,” said Pan Chengjun, executive director of food and agriculture research at Rabobank in Hong Kong. The latest steps come as Beijing aims to tighten imports of other commodities, sugar and broiler chicken, in a bid to boost the domestic industry.

On July 12, McDonald’s Canada demonstrated its commitment to commercialize the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) Pilot Project by saying it will be the first company in Canada to serve beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches, beginning with its Angus menu line-up. Over the next 12 months, more than 20 million Angus burgers will be sourced according to standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) traced by BIXS.

Canadians believe it is the responsibility of food manufacturers (75%) and farmers (67%) to share information about how their food is grown/produced and third-party audits are rated highest to build trust (Canadian Center for Food Integrity Report 2016).

What can Sustainability and Traceability mean to the export of Canadian Beef? Beef is now the fastest-growing meat in China, outstripping stagnant demand for more widely eaten pork as consumers look to reduce fat in their diets. But domestic supplies are unable to keep up with demand given the high cost of raising cattle in China, prompting the government to rethink its import restrictions.

Chain of custody tracking is required to support any marketing claims about the source cattle, when it comes to beef. BIX Systems provides an electronic chain of custody verification and has a track record for doing so successfully in sustainability pilot projects.

China’s imported beef purchases have soared in recent years, eclipsing Europe, South Korea and Japan since 2012. Last year, it became the world’s secondlargest importer of beef after the United States, bringing in more

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China’s beef and veal consumption has risen more than 10 percent over the past five years, while consumption of chicken and pork has actually declined in recent years. In just the past 10 years, China’s direct chilled beef imports have increased from almost nothing in 2007 to 6,558 tonnes shipped weight (swt) in 2017, with Australia supplying the majority. Chilled beef is a relatively new concept for Chinese consumers, even among the more affluent. Demand is expected to continue to grow, with chilled meat potentially making up more than 50% of the market by 2027 (GIRA), supported by factors such as cold chain development and increasing disposable incomes. Along with that will come a demand for better quality beef, luxury beef for the affluent sector of consumers in China.

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Canada is well equipped to deal with growing competition in China’s chilled beef market by leveraging our market and consumer insights, to understand how our product can best meet Chinese consumer needs in certain segments of the market. With the framework to deliver certified sustainable, fully traceable beef, and the Angus breed having a strong influence on the genetics for the Canadian cowherd, Canada has an opportunity to provide not just premium beef but luxury beef products. By leveraging the popular Angus Green Tag program, expanding its volume of tagged cattle and integrating with BIXS to provide traceability, the Canadian Angus Association has an opportunity to increase demand for Angus beef and supply a premium luxury beef product to China. China: a valuable destination for chilled beef As a premium product, chilled beef naturally comprises a small proportion of China’s total beef imports. In 2017, imports of chilled beef comprised 1% of total direct beef imports by volume (at 6,558 tonnes swt) but 2.4% by value. Chilled beef is sold to both high-end restaurants, most of which are independent rather than chained establishments, and premium retail outlets, including e-retail. Chilled beef demand is expected to increase dramatically in China as the affluent consumer’s desire for a quality eating experience becomes more apparent.■

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Time management tips for calving season There are not many slow days around farms and ranches, and calving season is one of the most hectic times. Long days turn into even longer days when it includes regular nighttime checks to make sure all is fine in the calving barn. Not to mention the long list of tasks like, record-keeping, processing new calves, moving pairs, ensuring proper bedding and feed are available, keeping waters open amidst sometimes very cold, snowy days. Heavy workloads, long hours and the feeling of being overwhelmed can make this time of year stressful. We may think time management is a myth, – but time management is crucial. Prioritization of tasks, understanding and estimating how long a task will take to complete and following a plan of action will offer more balance. How can one find time to get everything done with the added responsibility during calving season? Here are five tips to help with time management: 1) Set prioritizes Are you spending time on tasks that are not moving you towards accomplishing your daily goals? Do you find yourself at the end of the day frustrated because what you hoped to achieve that day didn’t happen? With calving season, a lot of things can get thrown into the mix, and you may have to stop what you are doing to deal with a cow that is calving or treat a calf. When you are not putting out fires around calving issues, you should focus on the most important projects at that time which will help you achieve the bigger Page 94

goal. For example, should you be reorganizing the tagging kit for when the new round of calves hit the ground next week or organizing the AI kit for spring breeding in a few months? Which one will reduce your stress in the moment? We can only change behaviors; we can’t change time. Conducting tasks that increase your productivity today, offers the most return. 2) Keep communicating Whether it is you and your family involved in your beef cattle business or you have employees as part of the team, communication is critical, especially during busy times. Keep the lines of communication open, updating everyone who needs to be in the loop as to what you are working on, and what task they should be working on that day are essential. Remember, saying “yes” to everything can have you overcommitted, and you can become a clog in the pipeline and negatively impact the rest of the team. Keep others informed and encourage your team to do so also. Problems arise when we think a task was completed but it was not. Extra time dedicated to communication is needed when people are busy, tired and dealing with overwhelming schedules. 3) Develop a system Hectic times like calving season can make it easy to forget or overlook regular tasks. Developing a system to assist with time management and find most helpful to you. We all have different preferences, different levels of technological knowledge, and adaptability. There is not a one simple system for everyone. Do you prefer making written to-do lists and checking items off as you go or would utilizing either a calendar, scheduling app, or alarm on your phone be an option? If you don’t have a system or your current system is not effective, experiment with options to find a way

By B. Lynn Gordon to assist in managing your time. Don’t give up. It may take a couple attempts to find the one that will help streamline your to-do list and reduce. 4) Find balance Some believe they work the best under pressure; however, working under constant pressure long-term can become addictive and take a toll on your health, and personal; and working relationships. Balance is essential to prevent burn out, mistakes and frustrations. Develop an effective rotation for checking cows. If you are a night owl and prefer the night shift and another individual needs those essential nighttime sleep hours, focus your schedule to be beneficial to each person’s needs. Remember, burn-out can happen fast, so be sure to check in with your family members and employees regularly to see if they need a break. When individuals are physically and mentally exhausted quality of work deteriorates, frustration builds, and safety can become an issue. 5) Accept changes In agriculture, no two days are alike, and that is why most of us chose to be ranchers. We like the variety and independence agriculture can offer. Being flexible to changes that are going to fall our way during calving will help reduce worry, stress and frustrations. Having a plan to be more productive is the goal, but keep it simple and straightforward, remember you can only control what is in your control. During hectic, stressful times things are bound to happen and tempers may flare. The big picture is keeping everyone safe and enjoying the opportunity to start a new year with a new calf crop. ■ B. Lynn Gordon, Ph.D., Leader Consulting, LLC, Sioux Falls, SD is an agricultural freelance writer and leadership consultant with an extensive background in the livestock industry. She can be reached at lynn@leaderconsulting.biz or at her blog, http://www.leaderconsulting.biz Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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Where to start? Young producers’ views on ranch succession An important issue at the forefront of agriculture is succession planning. Agriculture and the beef cattle industry take great pride that the highest percentage of farms and ranches are family-owned. Generation after generation has worked hard to be sustainable, providing an opportunity for future generations to carry on this tradition. The transfer of assets from one generation to the next is more complicated than ever before due to advanced technologies, increased operation size, and comprehensive legal and financial regulations. While the senior generation is the foundation of the succession process, the young and future generations have a critical role in the transition as well. Three young cattle producers who have experienced or currently find themselves undergoing the transfer process shared with me lessons they learned, ideas they have for their peers and leadership skills they have developed. Where to start Paige Pratt, a 37-year-old cattle producer from Virginia who originally grew up on a ranch in east-central Kansas, has witnessed succession as both a daughter and a daughter-inlaw. Both sides of her family have experienced preparing for the next generation. “It all starts with having the discussion of how to proceed, but if your parents or in-laws are not ready to have that discussion, everything stalls and you have to take a closer look at what this means to you and should you stay.” Page 106

Pratt and her husband, Jason, found themselves having to walk away from their goals until the parties involved were ready to talk transition. “If the asset-holding generation does not have a plan, then as the younger generation, your role becomes that of an employee and should be structured that way until the process is ready to move ahead.” Forty-three-year-old Kansas Angus seedstock producer Matt Perrier from Eureka is currently walking through the transition steps with his father. Perrier recalls what his parents experienced when they were working to buy the ranch from Perrier’s grandparents. “It was a challenging situation, thus my parents have worked diligently to structure the ranch to make the next transition less stressful.” In fact, it was Perrier’s parents who encouraged him and his wife, Amy, to attend succession planning workshops to gain baseline education on the topic shortly after they returned to the ranch. Forty-one-year-old Paulina, Iowa, cattleman Dustin Puhrmann has watched many of his peers experience farm successions and, while his dad worked through it with his grandparents, the next phase of the transition is still in its infancy. Puhrmann hopes to be the fourth generation to carry on this century farm raising commercial Angus-based cows and a backgrounding operation. “I’m very concerned about the immense amount of capital and equity it takes to operate today,” he says. “Unless a young person can get a helping hand, it’s very difficult to make farming or ranching your main livelihood. I understand buying a few cows and building slow is a way to get started; I’m not sure you can make it sustainable without help or luck.”

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Communication All three of these young cattle producers say communication is the number one lesson they have gained. “We think we are communicators, but do we communicate at the level we need to for an issue as important as passing on a family ranch?” Pratt says. “Our succession facilitator continually emphasized the importance of communication, and it was then I realized: If you don’t put it into place or put in time and effort to change (and everyone has to do this), you can’t move to the next step.” “Communicate, communicate, communicate,” Perrier says. “All the attorneys’ fees and estate plans in the world won’t work if family members don’t periodically discuss the steps and process. Discussing how it’s going, and if anything needs to be altered to fit changing times and roles, has to be done regularly.” Mentors “Once we bought some of the cattle and land, we thought, ‘OK, now this part is ours, and we are going to run it the way we want to.’ My husband and I later realized we were shutting out his parents, a generation who wanted to provide mentorship to us,” Pratt says. “Looking back, we realized seeking mentorship and leadership from the elder generation was critical to work through a succession plan.” Puhrmann, along with his dad and brother, have attended succession planning programs conducted by Iowa State University. “It was eye-opening to see ISU report 26 percent of the state’s farmland is owned by retired farmers. Producers over 65 own 60 percent of the land, and producers 35 years or younger own less than 2 percent of the state’s farmland.” Angus Edge - Spring 2019

Value others “It’s important for the younger generation to understand the generation ahead of us does want to see their cattle operations succeed into the future, and difficult decisions are made in an effort for that to happen. Sometimes mistakes are made unintentionally,” Puhrmann says.

Perrier’s parents encouraged all three of their children to get a job away from the ranch after they finished college. During this time, Perrier worked for nearly a decade in several positions in seedstock and beef promotion. “When I returned to the ranch, Dad immediately turned over the marketing and customer service tasks to me.

“You must value the role of everyone in the family structure,” Pratt says. “Especially those less involved or who work off the farm; they are still a partner, even though a non-managing partner. Take an interest in family members who work off the farm because they have ownership through marriage, and not everyone can have a daily role on the farm or should if they have skills to be used in other professions.”

After a couple of years, he did the same with the genetic selection. All the while, I was providing daily labor, but as I got my feet on the ground, Dad also had me take on more management responsibilities.”

Advice for peers For these three next-generation cattle producers, being a leader in the cattle industry is their goal, and sharing advice with their peers is part of helping their industry be successful and sustainable. What do you bring to the table? “As young people, we are eager to come back from college and immediately want a piece of ownership, but what we need to figure out is what value or benefits we bring to the operation,” Pratt says.

Figure out what works for you “Our family has sought some input from succession planning specialists, but our greatest focus has been on what works for us,” Perrier says. “We have developed a plan which is personal to our family, and then we hired an attorney to put all the correct legal components into the plan.” “Research the steps and learn as much as you can,” says Puhrmann. Tax and transfer laws in his state impacted how his family could pass on the family farm. It took time and patience to work through these regulations. This, along with getting everyone across the generations on the same page, is no doubt challenging, and the bottom line is to determine whose it is to give to whom.

Run it like a business Perrier states, “Don’t go to an attorney or consultant and simply say, ‘Write us an estate transfer plan.’ Each family is different. Each business is different. Talk through what both generations want to happen (including timelines); then hire a consultant, attorney or financial planner to write up how it can/ needs to work.” You can’t pass on a business run out of a shoebox or your head, Pratt learned. Develop a roadmap so no one is left in the dark. Outline who is responsible for what, put finances down on paper so they are measurable and openly share how financial compensation, vacation time, etc., is allocated. From their experiences, Pratt, Perrier and Puhrmann realize it is impossible to walk in the shoes of the generations before them, yet challenging to know how to help. “Fair isn’t always equal, and equal isn’t always fair,” Puhrmann says. end mark Reprinted with Permission Progressive Cattleman.


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Adoption of the US Five Yield Classes: Rationale and Next Steps

By Mark Klassen & Charlie Gracey This is the first of a three part series examining the impetus for Canada’s adoption of the U.S. five yield class system for beef carcass grading and what lies ahead. More than a decade in the making, Canada has very recently adopted the U.S. five yield class system for beef carcass grading. Like the harmonization of Canadian marbling standards in 1996 to mirror those used by the used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its top three quality grades, this change will allow greater price transparency in the integrated U.S./Canadian cattle market. Beyond this key consideration there are a number of other reasons for this change that are important for Canadian cattle producers to be aware of. These are outlined in the text that follows. The purpose of yield grading is to quantify the yield percentage. There are some key differences in how these terms are defined in the three and the five class systems which will be addressed in the second installment in this series of articles. While two carcasses may have identical weights the amount of muscle (beef) often varies significantly. Receiving yield grade information supports efforts to enhance production efficiency by cattle producers. An accurate measure of yield also helps inform the packer of the estimated amount of boxed beef that will be obtained when the carcass is fabricated. The Canadian three class yield grade (YG) system could be seen as a means to rank carcasses as “high” (YG1), “medium” (YG2) and “low” (YG3). For 19 consecutive years (1993 to 2011), more than 50 per cent of the Canadian fed cattle population have been classified as YG1. By accumulating more than half of Canadian fed cattle in one yield grade category, the ability to identify superior genetics and/or to evaluate management approaches using yield grade information has been limited. Market forces Page 108

have also dictated an average increase in steer carcass weights of approximately seven pounds per year for most of the last four decades. Consequently, the yield percentage has become increasingly difficult to maintain and the 35 per cent of carcasses assigned YG1 in 2018 was approximately half the level achieved in 1997/98. The U.S. five yield class system now adopted by Canada could be equated to a report card where cattle receive the academic grades A (YG 1), B (YG2), C (YG3), D (YG4) and F (YG5). While the proportions in Canada remain to be seen, the percentages of carcasses in the U.S. receiving YG1 has been in the range of 10 per cent or less. The ability to identify this top fraction is genuinely useful and, by extension, so is the means to identify the worst performing 10 per cent. This latter value is roughly the proportion of cattle falling into yield classes 4 and 5. As the number of yield classes increases so does the challenge of assigning carcasses accurately to the proper yield class. At larger plants, which process more than 90 per cent of Canadian fed cattle, carcasses move continuously as they are graded. Accordingly, there is not sufficient time for yield grade rulers to be routinely utilized. Fortunately, instruments which utilize computer vision technology can

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be placed on the carcass in the seconds available and very accurate measurements obtained. This equipment is more than capable of assigning five yield classes. The ideal scenario, where each percentage of yield is measured, is entirely feasible. Relative to efforts to enhance yield grade performance, payments made in direct proportion to yield will support the greatest rate of improvement. The ultimate goal for the Canadian industry is to produce a high proportion of carcasses that are of both top quality and high yield. The blue line in the chart shows the historical proportion of fed cattle carcasses that achieved the AAA or Prime quality grade and the Canadian YG1 designation.

With market forces likely to continue to support heavier carcasses, a key objective is to develop genetic and production management approaches to increase the amount of muscle versus fat while maintaining a high-quality grade. This will have the dual benefit of reducing production costs for the producer while limiting the amount of external fat which must be trimmed by the packer and which captures little or no return. The move from a three to a five-yield class system is a step in the right direction in this regard.■

CBGA’s top five most asked questions about the new five yield classes In January, the Safe Food for Canadians Act came into force, bringing with it a number of revised regulations, including an update to the Canadian beef yield standards. As of January 15, 2019, Canada’s beef yield grade standards changed to five yield classes (replacing the former three classes), to mirror the United States (U.S.) yield grade standards. The Canadian Beef Grading Agency (CBGA) has communicated the changes to industry and producers and has come up with a top five most asked questions about the five yield class standards to share with readers: What is the main difference between the old three classes and the new five classes? The former three classes reflected the prediction of lean meat in a carcass (that is minus fat and bone). The five classes reflect a prediction of cutability or the yield of boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts from the round, loin, rib and chuck. In other words, there is no direct relationship between the old and the new predictions for yield classes. How are the five yield classes determined? Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe Research and Development Station developed an algorithm or formula to facilitate an objective prediction of cut yield the same as the five yield classes in the U.S. It takes into account the rib eye and fat measurements and carcass weight and kidney, pelvic and heart fat to predict a class of cut yield. Why were the yield predictions changed? The industry proposed the change since the North American market for slaughter cattle is integrated. Using the same cut yield prediction as U.S. packers would support the ability of cattle feeders to evaluate economic returns in Canada versus the U.S. A distribution of carcasses across five classes facilitates informed management decisions. Why change the yield classes now? The yield classes were among the many items modernized under the Safe Food for Canadians Act, which came into force on January 15, 2019. What impact will the different yield classes have on industry? From a packer’s perspective it will facilitate further segregation of carcasses for the cutting floor which should result in higher processing efficiencies. From a feedlot perspective, it will facilitate the identification of cattle that were inefficient in the feedlot (producing more fat than lean as they increased weight) facilitating future discussion for feeding efficiencies; from a cow-calf perspective, when feedback is communicated from the feedlot regarding yield performance it should facilitate the identification of more desirable genetics.■ Taken from the CCA January 21/19 Action News. Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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“Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers and congratulations to all of the exhibitors at the 2018 Canadian Western Agribition” Level 1 Sponsors...

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Freyburn Angus Gardien Red Angus Gerlei Angus Glen Gabel Angus Hall's Cattle Company Hextall Livestock Hi-Low Angus Hollinger Land & Cattle Irving Angus Ivanhoe Angus J & S Cattle Co J Square S Angus JAS Red Angus Johnson Livestock JPM Farms Ltd. Kenray Ranch Lamb's Quarters Angus Lazy Creek Farms Ltd. Lazy MC Angus Longview Angus Mark Stock Ring Service McMillen Ranching Ltd. Midnight Fire Cattle Co. Miller Wilson Angus Miry Creek Angus NCJ Cattle Co. Nielson Land & Cattle Nu-Horizon Angus NYK Cattle Company Paetsch Livestock Perrot Cattle Co. Right Cross Ranch

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2018 Canadian Western Agribition Commercial Show Angus Champions

Grand Champion Pen of Five Bred Replacement Heifers & Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers Overall Mebs Ranch, Broadview, SK Sold for $18,000 to Palmer Charolais, Bladworth, SK

Westman Farms, Vermilion, AB * Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Five Bred Replacement Heifers & Reserve Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers Overall Sold for $15,750 to Northern Livestock * Grand Champion Pen of Ten Bred Replacement Heifers Sold for $30,000 to Jared Loewan *Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Ten Bred Replacement Heifers Sold for $26,000 to James Varss

Saskatchewan and Canadian Angus were proud to sponsor the show with jackets, tags and purchase vouchers again in 2018. Grand Champion Pen of Ten Open Replacement Heifers Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK Sold for $11,750 to Northern Livestock

Congratulations to these additional class winners as well:

Bridgeway Livestock, Wawota, SK

Hebert Livestock Ventures, Wawota, SK

JP Cattle Co., McAuley, MB

CAB Ranch, Whitewood, SK

Flying TL, Earl Grey, SK

Mebs Ranch, Broadview, SK

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SJAA Board of Directors Tyra Fox - President Lloydminster, SK - 780-871-2563 tyrafox20@gmail.com Hayden Elliot-Nelson - Vice-President St. Brieux, SK - 306-920-7053 haydenelliot18@gmail.com Hillary Sauder - Secretary & Jr Director Hodgeville, SK - 306-677-7542 hill.goog@gmail.com Directors at Large Baxter Blair McLean, SK - 306-699-7807 baxteraiden@hotmail.com Morgan Davey Saskatoon, SK - 306-250-6891 rvlm.angus@gmail.com Jessica Davey 306-230-7409 Saskatoon, SK jdavey@rivendalewelsh.com Kodie Doetzel Lipton, SK - 306-331-0384 kdknuhorizon@gmail.com Reegan Frey Oxbox, SK - 306-485-6788 reegs0909@gmail.com Alexis Frick Neudorf, SK - 306-730-9913 frickalexis@gmail.com Rayel Kaczmar Grenfell, SK - 306-451-0075 rayelkaczmar14@gmail.com Brianna Kimmel Lloydminster, SK - 780-214-3643 briannakimmel02@gmail.com Carson Liebreich Radville, SK - 306-815-7226 tjlmerit@sasktel.net Macy Liebreich Radville, SK - 306-869-6740 macy.liebreich@gmail.com Allyson Tetzlaff Viscount, SK - 306-231-6968 allytetz77@gmail.com Connor Tetzlaff Viscount, SK - 306-231-6904 connoretetzlaff@gmail.com

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Saskatchewan Junior Angus Report... As 2018 winds down and we bring in 2019, calving season is in full swing and it’s time for the Saskatchewan junior members to kick off another new year. The end months of our 2018 were very exciting. The annual Saskatchewan Junior Angus Gold Show was at Lloydminster, SK during the Lloydminster Stockade Round up. There was a excellent turn out of juniors in attendance and it was a great show. Thank you to all of our sponsors, judges and volunteers the show wouldn’t go on without you. Our 2018 year ended with our annual meeting at Agribition along with our annual fun-day and pizza party that afternoon. Moving into the new year, I hope calving season is going great for everybody and that the weather isn’t to brisk. The first thing on the list of activities for us juniors is the annual Canadian Junior Angus GOAL Conference. We are very excited that it will be in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this year. Many Saskatchewan juniors will be in attendance, as well as members from across Canada and guests from the American National Junior Angus Association. GOAL is always a great place for juniors to connect with other juniors and make friends. This year GOAL will consist of touring the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, a pool party and the opportunity of listening to a great line-up of speakers. After the GOAL conference there is Showdown. This is another event hosted by the Canadian Junior Angus Association. This year Showdown is going to be in Barrier, British Columbia, July 18-20. Canadian Junior Angus is very excited that Showdown has moved to the west coast as it has not been that way in a long time. Be sure to mark travel bursary deadlines, as well as trucking assistance deadlines on your calendar. May 25th and June 1st! Saskatchewan Junior Angus will

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be sponsoring Saskatchewan juniors to go, and there are also the many national bursaries that we can qualify for. Make sure to apply for the travel bursaries even if you cannot take cattle, as there are many things to take part in besides the conformation classes. It can also be arranged for you to show an animal and/ or help other juniors with their cattle. There are also scholarships presented at Showdown, so make sure to watch for the deadlines for that as well. Showdown is always a great place to meet up with other juniors from around the country in one of our favorite settings. Along with the conformation show, there are many other events to take part in as well such as literature, graphic design, art, photography, public speaking, judging, grooming, print marketing, sales talk, a themed team cook off and showmanship. There is so much for the juniors to do, and it is a great experience every time. Looking into the fall, we will be holding our provincial Junior Show in Lloydminster – stay tuned for details. That’s it for now, I am very excited to be serving another year on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board and I look forward to seeing many juniors down the road in the near future. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!■

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SJA Director Profiles... Hi, my name is Baxter Blair. I am sixteen years old and live in McLean, SK where I raise purebred Red Angus genetics at Double B Angus. Besides showing cattle at numerous junior, open and national shows across Canada in the summer and fall, I also participate in other activities such as track and field, volleyball and hockey.

Hello everybody, I am Morgan Davey and I am 17 years old. Currently I'm in grade 12 at Delisle Composite and I have been accepted into the Animal Science program at the University of Saskatchewan for this fall. I live on my family farm southwest of Saskatoon where we are building our herd of purebred Black Angus.

now and have enjoyed every minute. I really enjoy socializing and competing in junior cattle shows. Meeting new people and catching up with old friends is the true meaning of fun for me in the cattle industry.

I am super excited to be a representative for the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association again this year, and cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for the breed. Baxter Blair

I am fairly new to the Junior Angus Association. So far I've attended the 2018 GOAL Conference, as well as Showdown 2017 & 2018. I am very excited to be a director at large; as it is another way to get involved, in the Association and with other breeders. I plan on building my future in the Angus industry and am furthering my knowledge every way I can.

I look forward to being more involved with the Association over the next year. Hayden Elliot-Nelson

Hi everyone! I'm Jessica Davey, and this is my first year being a director at large. I'm a fairly new member to Junior Angus, but I am very thankful to be a part of the Association. I have had the opportunity to meet new people, and the ability to acquire knowledge, and skills from others. In 2012 our family got into the cattle business, and my passion for cattle hasn't stopped growing since! We are now known as Rivendale Cattle Company, and our herd consists of 40 purebred Black Angus females. The farm is located 30 km South West of Saskatoon, where we raise commercial Angus, and Shorthorns as well. In the next few years I hope to expand my own herd, and to show cattle more consistently. I'm a competitive hip-hop dancer, and I also compete in high school track and field. Some of my other interests are: photography, graphic design, marketing, woodworking, and horses. I hope to incorporate some of my interests with the cattle, as it is a growing business. I am very excited for the upcoming events and opportunities that the SJAA has in store. Being part of the cattle industry is an unreal feeling, and I can't wait to see where the Angus breed leads me! Jessica Davey Angus Edge - Spring 2019

I look forward to my second year on the board. Morgan Davey Hi, I’m Kodie Doetzel, from Lipton, Saskatchewan. I come from NuHorizon Angus were we raise Red and Black Angus cattle. We try to raise cattle that will be competitive in the show ring but always try to keep the commercial man in mind when selecting cattle. Currently I am a freshman at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, on a livestock judging scholarship and am taking a general agriculture course. I am enjoying being a director on the board and I encourage anyone to take up any of the opportunities that CJA or SJAA gives you! Kodie Doetzel My name is Hayden Elliot-Nelson. I am the new Vice President for the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association. My family and I run a purebred as well as a commercial herd just outside of St. Brieux, SK. I have shown Angus cattle for five - six years

I am attending grade 10 at St. Brieux School and enjoy football and hockey.

Hello everyone, my name is Tyra Fox. I am 20 years old and in June of 2016 I graduated from the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School. I did my first year of pre-veterinarian medicine at the University of Regina in 2017/18. I am currently working on my second year of pre-veterinarian medicine at the Lakeland College in Lloydminster. My family farm, Justamere Farms, is located just east of Lloydminster, SK, where we run about 300 purebred Black Angus cattle, along with a small commercial and club calf herd. I started 4-H when I was nine years old; right now, I am a member of the Alberta Bandits 4-H club, and I enjoy every part of 4-H. Going to all the Angus shows and events is also something that I love to do. I have been to many shows in both Canada and the USA with my family and I look forward to all the events yet to come. I have taken part in many Saskatchewan Junior Angus events and I am looking forward to serving the board another year as the President and getting to know more juniors. I am also excited to be serving another year on the Canadian Junior Angus board as their Vice President. Tyra Fox

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My name is Reegan Frey, I am 15 years old and in grade 10 at Oxbow Prairie Horizons School.

and meeting members!

Along with my family we run Freyburn Angus Farms out of Oxbow, SK. We have approximately 220 purebred Black Angus cattle and 220 Angus influenced cattle and a small grain operation.

Hello, my name is Rayel Kaczmar. I am 17 years old and currently in grade 12 at Grenfell High School. I live at Grenfell, Saskatchewan on my family farm, Longview Angus, where we run over 100 purebred Black Angus cows and 50 commercial cows.

I have been showing since I started beef 4-H when I was six years old, and along with showing cattle, I enjoy playing competitive softball, hockey, and track and field. This is my second year as a director on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board and I look forward to all that's to come. Reegan Frey Hi Everyone! My name is Alexis Frick and I'm honoured that I have been a member on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board for the past four and a half years. I am currently 19 years old and taking my second year of Agribusiness at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. I am playing rec volleyball and hockey during my free time when I’m not working on my studies. My farm, Northern View Angus, is located south of Duff, SK, with purebred Black Angus cattle - we have 100 females. We participate in Angus shows such as Agribition, Harvest Showdown, and many others. We also have our annual Blue Collar Bull Sale at Heartland in Yorkton, the second Saturday in April. I am a part of the Goodeve Beef 4H club and have been for nine years. I have been in 4H for 14 years now. I enjoy everything about being part of this club and teaching the younger members what I have learned. This year I am very excited to be a director of the Junior Angus board Page 116




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The past two years I have attended GOAL in Edmonton and Winnipeg. I am looking forward to this year’s GOAL in Moose Jaw, SK. I also attended Showdown two years ago in Lloydminster. I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have been given by the SJAA. I look forward to another great year, being my second year as a director on the Saskatchewan Angus board. Rayel Kaczmar Hi my name is Brianna Kimmel. My sister and I operate Twisted Sisters Livestock and have been raising Angus since 2012. I am currently in my second year of crop technology at Lakeland College. I enjoy traveling to various Angus events throughout the year and meeting new people. Brianna Kimmel Hi, my name is Carson Liebreich. I am 17 years old. I am from Radville, Saskatchewan where my family owns and operates Merit Cattle Company. We run a purebred Black Angus operation of 200 cows. I am currently a director on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Board. I got my start in the Angus industry when my parents gave me a calendar year heifer calf the year I was born. She produced to the age of 12. Since I was little I have been showing cattle. This is

Continued from page 115 my eleventh year of being a part of the Radville 4-H beef club. I enjoy showing cattle and try and go to as many shows as possible including recent Showdown’s in Weyburn, Saskatchewan; Virden, Manitoba; Olds, Alberta; Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and Barrie, Ontario in 2018. I have also been very fortunate to attend recent GOAL conferences in Ottawa, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba and will be attending the 2019 conference in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Growing up in the cattle industry has been a great influence in my life and being able to attend all the shows and other events has helped me to grow as a individual and I look forward to what is coming in the future. Carson Liebreich Hello, my name is Macy Liebreich and my family’s operation is Merit Cattle Co., we run about 200 purebred Black Angus. I’m currently in my third year of undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia for my Bachelor of Commerce and majoring in human resources with a focus in sustainability. I also work part-time for the Vancouver Canucks on the ice team and volunteer as an assistant hockey coach. I’ve grown up in the beef 4-H program and have been to multiple junior shows and conferences across the country. Through the Angus Association I have had spectacular opportunities traveling to Scotland for the World Angus Forum as a part of the youth competition, traveling to the American LEAD conference, and acting as the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador for a year. I’m excited to be a part of this board and to be more involved with the youth Angus Edge - Spring 2019

in the industry, hopefully I see you at some events this year! Also, if you have any questions regarding Angus scholarships or opportunities I’m happy to help! Macy Liebreich Hi, my name is Hillary Sauder and I am from Hodgeville, SK. I live on a farm with my parents, Collin and Michelle Sauder where we own and operate Windy Willows Farms. We raise approximately 250 purebred Black Angus cattle and approximately 75 purebred Red Angus cattle. I have my own herd of 25 purebred Angus cattle. I am currently in Grade 12 at Hodgeville High School and will be attending Lakeland College in Vermilion in the fall, taking Animal Science Technology. I am also currently in my 13th year as an Ernfold 4-H beef member and the president of our club.

I am on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board and serve as the Secretary. I am also the new Junior representative on the Saskatchewan Angus board. I have attended Showdown for the past six years and attended GOAL for the past four years. I am very excited to be attending both GOAL and Showdown again in 2019. Hillary Sauder Hello Everyone, my name is Allyson Tetzlaff. I’m fifteen years old and currently in grade 10 at Viscount Central School. My family operates a grain farm and owns a Red and Black Angus herd called Triple L Angus. I enjoy playing school sports, broomball, and 4-H. I have been in the Viscount 4-H Beef Club for the past nine years and have always enjoyed working with the cattle.

JUNIORS, DID YOU KNOW? There are a multitude of opportunities and deadlines coming up over the next few months...

Want to win a scholarship (May 15 for Dick Turner Memorial, June 15 for CJA)?

Want to win a travel bursary Want to be named the Junior (on-going)? You can attend national or international Angus Stockman of the Year events thru this program (Nominate by April 15), or including Showdown. the Junior Angus Ambassador (Apply by April 30)? You know you won't win if you don't apply!! How about travel to the Check the CAF, CJA and SAA National Junior Angus web-sites for more Association's LEAD information. (Apply by May 10)?

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I’m really excited to be a director on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board, and I look forward to experiencing all it has to offer! Ally Tetzlaff Hello, my name is Connor Tetzlaff. I am 17 years old and currently attending grade 12 in Viscount Central School. My family owns 125 head of purebred Black and Red Angus at Triple L Angus. Outside of the farm I play sports like football, track and field and basketball. This is my first year as director at large and I am excited to be more involved in the Association. Connor Tetzlaff

Want to go to Showdown 2019 in British Columbia? Tell us why! You could win one of the $750 travel bursaries sponsored by the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association.

Deadline to apply is June 1st. Email office@saskatchewanangus.com There are also a number of national travel bursaries available and trucking assistance sponsored by the Canadian Angus Foundation – check it out on their website: www.canangusfoundation.ca Page 117

THANK YOU... to these Sponsors of the 2018 Saskatchewan Junior Angus Gold Show Stockade Round-Up - Lloydminster, SK 8 C’s Cattle Co. 20/20 Angus Arch Holdings Breed Creek Angus Bridgeway Livestock Castlerock Marketing CMT Farms CNI Ranching Inc. Crescent Creek Angus CSI Angus Double C Red Angus Eastondale Angus

Forsyth Ranch Limited Freyburn Angus Farms G Mack Oilfield Services Ltd. GBS Angus Farm Hi Low Angus Ivanhoe Angus Justamere Farms Ltd. Kenray Ranch Matlock Farms Ltd. Merit Cattle Co. Morland Acres Cattle Co. Nielson Land and Cattle

Nu-Horizon Angus RNR Flicek Angus Running Steady Ranch Six Mile Ranch Ltd. Twin Heritage Farms Twisted Sisters Cattle Co. Vee Tee Feeders Ltd. Wilbar Cattle Co. Wraz Red Angus Y Coulee Land & Cattle Co. Ltd.

Champion Owned Division Female Towaw Duchess 412D Thomas Wildman

Champion Open Division Female Justamere Empress 316E Jorja Fox

Champion Bull Ravenworth Renown 9F Ryker Berting

Reserve Champion Owned Division Female TWST Primo’s Pride 42F Brianna Kimmel

Reserve Champion Open Division Female Ravenworth Ruby 8F Ryker Berting

Reserve Champion Bull Red Family Ties Gold 002F Darby Meyer

Grand Aggregate (L to R) Senior - Kaylee Duncan Intermediate - Thomas Wildman Junior - Reese Wildman

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See you there again next fall for our provincial Junior Show during Stockade Roundup!

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Showdown 2019 July 18 - 20, Barriere, BC

Late Entry - June 2 - June 20 - $100 Participant Fee

Official Entry Form-Deadline - June 1 - $60 Participant Fee

Participant Name: __________________________________________________ Birth Date: Year ____ Month ____ Day ____ Phone # (_____) ________________ CJAA Membership #_____________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________________________________ Local New Email(s): ___________________________________________________________________

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Birth Date (Year/Month/Day)

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Sire Tattoo

Calf Sire:

Calf Sire:

Calf Sire:

Extra Meal Tickets - Friday BBQ _____ @ $20 - Saturday Banquet _____ @ $25

Nurse Cow Pens _____ @ $50

Conformation Class Fee after June 1 _____ @ $20 per Head

Conformation Class Fee by June 1 _____ @ $10 per Head

Showdown Participant Entry Fee after June 1 - $100

Showdown Participant Entry Fee by June 1 - $60

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I need my 2019 CJA membership @ $25.00 *** PLUS GST/HST***









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(4) Bred & Owned Division (animal must be bred & owned by only the junior exhibitor) (a) 2019 Heifer Calf (b) 2018 Bred Heifer (c) Two Year Old Female (d) Mature Female (5) Bull Division (a) 2019 Bull Calf (b) 2018 Yearling Bull (c) Two Year Old Bull (6) Commercial Division (animal must be owned by the junior exhibitor & must exhibit Angus characteristics) (a) 2019 Heifer Calf (b) 2018 Bred Heifer (c) Two Year Old Female (d) Mature Female (e) Finished Steer (f) Prospect Steer (7) Canadian Class (animal must be owned by the junior exhibitor or their immediate family) All animals with no imports showing on their registration certificate qualify for this class. 11. All animals must be broken to lead. All yearling bulls must be shown with a ring or a humbug. 12. Calves shown with dam are eligible for the 2019 calf classes, however, if the pair advances to the female championship, the heifer calf will be ineligible. 13. ET calves that have been on a recipient cow can not be shown with genetic dam.


YOUTH - S 6-8 M 10-12 L 14-16 or LADIES - S M L XL XXL MENS - S M L XL XXL XXXL (must enter by June 1 to ensure proper fit)

Animal Name

Show Apparel Size: (Please circle) Class #

Calf Name:

Calf Name:

Calf Name:

1. Entry Fee: $60/participant plus $10 per conformation class. The $60 flat fee includes entry into all competitions (excluding conformation), show clothing and the scheduled meals. Please note that you must participate in a minimum of 4 competitions in order to receive show clothing. 2. Late Entry Fee: $100/participant and $15/conformation class after June 1. 3. Animals may be entered in a maximum of one class except 2019 calves and animals entered in the Peewee Division. 2019 calves are eligible to be entered in pair classes and calf classes. Animals shown in the Peewee Division are eligible to be shown by another junior in a different division, provided the animal qualifies. 4. There is no limit to the number of entries per member. Use one form per participant. All entries must be shown by the entrant and adult or non-entrant participation is forbidden. 5. Show open to CJA members. If you require your membership send $25.00 + GST/HST where indicated. 6. Copies of the animal’s registration papers must accompany entry. 7. Alcohol & drugs are prohibited in the barns for the duration of the show. 8. See detailed rules for descriptions of the following competitions: Photography, Literature, Art, Scrapbook, Graphic Design, Public Speaking and Farm Sign. To enter the above competitions, please bring your completed entries to the Show Office. Entrants must be in attendance at the show. Marketing, Judging, Team Grooming and Angus Cookoff may all be entered at the show. 9. Showmanship: All exhibitors are automatically entered in showmanship. 10. Conformation Classes: (1) Peewee Division (8 & under as of December 31, 2018) (a) 2019 Heifer Calf (b) 2018 Bred Heifer (c) 2019 Bull Calf (2) Open Division (animal may be owned by anyone, shown by a junior) (a) 2019 Heifer Calf (b) 2018 Bred Heifer (c) Two Year Old Female (d) Mature Female (3) Owned Division (animal must be owned by only the junior exhibitor) (a) 2019 Heifer Calf (b) 2018 Bred Heifer (c) Two Year Old Female (d) Mature Female

Mail Completed Entries To: CJA, Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8. Complete Rules & Regulations will accompany confirmation of your entry or check them out on the web at www.cdnangus.ca. Reservations - Monte Carlo Motel 250-672-9676, Barriere Motor Inn 250-672-9423 & Mountain Springs Motel 250-672-0090 - Call early - rooms will be at a premium!

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20th Annual Canadian Junior Angus Show July 18-20, 2019 Barriére, British Columbia

• Marketing

• Grooming

Sign • Art • Photography • Conformation • Judging • Scrapbook • Graphic Design • Public Speaking • Showmanship • Literature • Angus Cook-off and • Lots of FUN! Wednesday, July 17, 2019

1:00 pm ����������������� Move In Begins

Thursday, July 18, 2019

12 noon������������������ Move in Complete 12 noon ����������������� Lunch & Orientation 12:30 pm ��������������� CJA Annual Meeting 1:30 pm������������������ Judging (Individual competition - written reasons) 2:00 pm������������������ Team Grooming 5:30 pm������������������ Supper & Extravaganza

• Farm

Friday, July 19, 2019

9:00 am ����������������� Showmanship 11:00 - 4:00 pm������ Print Marketing 12 noon������������������ Public Speaking 1:00 - 4:00 pm ������� Sales Talk 2:30 pm������������������ Show Ring Team Judging (must qualify from the individual competition) 6:00 pm ����������������� Cook-off & BBQ

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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

* Move out must be complete by Sunday, July 21 at 12 noon�

**The Canadian Angus Foundation will be providing travel and trucking bursaries to attend Showdown as well as signficant cash prizes and scholarships for the Aggregate Winners� There will also be three draws made for vouchers to purchase Angus females - 1 at $3000 and 2 at $2000� All exhibitors will automatically be entered to win! Visit the CAF web-site at www�canangusfoundation�ca for more information and to apply for the bursaries�**

Meghan McGillivray President/B.C. Director - 250-320-3458 Belinda Wagner, Coordinator - 306-537-1518 email bwagner@cdnangus�ca http://juniors�cdnangus�ca Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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Am I invisible? One mom's pain-relieving response to being excluded My fifthgrade daughter started a new extracurricular activity a few weeks ago. We’re still learning the ropes and aren’t quite sure how things run. On the first day, we walked up to two women who were waiting with their children for the activity to start. I politely asked them a question about protocol and explained we were new. I was met with annoyed facial expressions and curt answers. Following that response with an introduction seemed inappropriate so I turned to their children and introduced myself and my daughter to them. We talked with the children until the class began. The following week, I saw the women again in the waiting area. “Hello,” I said warmly. “How are you both doing today?” I received mumbled replies and they immediately turned back to each other and continued talking. My daughter and I talked to each other which relieved the painful sense of feeling invisible. Last week, as my daughter and walked up to the activity, I saw the women in their usual spot. I felt a twinge of something I couldn’t explain in my stomach. It was not a pleasant feeling – perhaps anxiety, embarrassment, awkwardness? Whatever it was, that feeling made me feel like not trying anymore. I stopped my daughter several feet away from the waiting area and suggested we watch some games going on. That is when the best possible result that could happen from this experience occurred.

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I said, “Remember this.” Remember this when you are in familiar territory and someone new walks up looking for guidance. Remember this when you see someone on the outskirts anxiously holding their own hand. Remember this when someone approaches you and asks a question – see the bravery behind the words. Remember this when you see someone stop trying – perhaps they’ve been rejected one too many times. Remember this when you see someone being excluded or alienated – just one friendly person can relieve the painful sense of feeling invisible. Remember the deepest desire of the human heart is to belong… to be welcomed… to know you are seen and worthy of kindness. This week, as Avery and I drove up to her extracurricular activity, I felt a new feeling when I saw those women. As odd as it may sound, it was gratitude. I felt grateful they’d reminded me of one of life’s highest lessons. Author Kari Kampakis beautifully describes the concept of using people’s hurtful actions as opportunities for selfgrowth. She writes: “Regardless of how anyone treats you, you stand to benefit. While some people teach you who you do want to be, others teach you who you don’t want to be. And it’s the people who teach you who you don’t want to be that provide some of the most lasting and memorable lessons on social graces, human dignity, and the importance of acting with integrity.”

By Rachel Macy Stafford

The unkind treatment I received became a means to gain awareness, compassion, and connection. When I shared my story of rejection on my Facebook page, there were hundreds of comments and private messages— some quite painful—confirming the need to belong is unmet for many people in our society. In addition to those who shared their painful stories of exclusion, there were people who shared helpful actions and roles they’d taken to be an includer and make others feel welcome. I was quickly reminded of the specific need our family had when we moved to a new state three years ago. On one of our first trips to the grocery store, we passed my daughters’ new school. “I just hope I am not the only new kid in my class,” my older daughter said looking out the window. “I hope there is just one other new person.” After a long pause, she repeated, “Just one.” That had been my solitary prayer in the months leading up to the move… just one friend… just one kind friend for each of my girls. One person can instantly make you feel unalone, uninvisible… like you belong. A few weeks later, my daughter met a girl at the neighborhood pool. They were the same age, going into the same grade, at the same school. “This will be my first year there,” the girl said. “Maybe we’ll be in the same class.” That’s when I saw the unmistakable look of relief on my daughter’s face. One person can do that.

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One person can take away months of angst in an instant. That same week I had to take my car to the emissions station. It was a requirement in my new state. The woman working asked me if I had my new ID and registration. “No,” I confessed. “That task is daunting to me because I am directionally challenged,” I laughed, but not really joking. “Get a piece a paper,” she said. “I will give you directions to the place to go. It’s easy to get there and there’s never a line.” The woman proceeded to list off exactly what documents I would need. “They don’t mention all this on the website,” she added. I looked down at the little note that revealed the ins and outs of an intimidating task, and I felt like I might cry. I could feel the goofiest smile on my face. As cars backed up behind us, it was no matter to this woman. She wanted to make sure I had what I needed. And because of her, I was less scared to tackle this task. My angst was cut in half instantly. One person can do that. A few days later, I made a wrong turn after leaving the store. My daughters and I ended up in a parking lot of a busy strip mall. There was a young mother holding a sign, her three young children sitting in on the curb next to her. “I lost my job. Any spare change would be appreciated,” read my older daughter. I pulled over and told my girls to grab some of the cereal, granola bars, and other snacks from our grocery bags. I got a little money from my purse. When the woman and I touched hands Angus Edge - Spring 2019

as I offered her the items, her eyes filled with tears. She said many people had driven past them, and we were the first to stop. The fact that we cared gave her hope.

Let me remember it now, especially now, when the world’s collective pain is so deep, so wide, and so heavy.

One person can do that.

Because what we can do individually to heal the world’s collective pain is quite miraculous. We can half the pain by being one person’s person.

One person can give someone hope. I know this, I absolutely know this, but how often I forget. Life gets busy. Things get familiar. I get caught up in my own problems, etc. etc. I nearly forget what I have the power to do until one Tuesday afternoon when I take my daughter to an activity, and I am reminded. I approach two women hoping for kindness, but I am met with rudeness. And when it happens a second time, I start to feel bitter, so I ask myself how I can turn this into goodness, into love? And that’s when the words, “Remember this,” come out of my mouth. I passed on the critical reminder to others not expecting to be flooded with the pain and wisdom of hundreds who’ve stood where I stood. One of the most powerful responses came from a beautiful writer named Alexandra Rosas. She wrote, “You didn’t know when you wrote that, but you were to be in my life today after I received the coldest shoulder when I greeted a group of women. You, I came home to you. You halved my pain and I halved yours: it’s together for each other that we find strength to ask, learn, and never fold up and disappear.” It’s together for each other that we find strength to ask, learn, and never fold up and disappear. If that’s not life’s highest lesson, I don’t know what is.

But there is hope…

With one invitation, we can take someone: •From outsider to insider •From outcast to beloved member •From unknown neighbor to coffee companion •From wallflower to life-of-the-party •From shortened life expectancy to 80 years of joy. That last line is no exaggeration. Dr. Dean Ornish, the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, says this about the effects of loneliness: “I am not aware of any other factor — not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery — that has a greater impact on our incidence of illness, and chance of premature death.” Never underestimate the power you hold as ONE PERSON to save the life of another. “Come join us,” you’ll say with a smile. And the recipient will sigh with relief… angst gone instantly… a world of pain cut in half. One person can do that. Rachel Macy Stafford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today. Rachel, a certified special education teacher, recently released a free eBook called: The Positivity Remedy. Page 123

Coming Events... Feb 16-18.... CJA 2019 GOAL Conference, Moose Jaw, SK Feb 18......... JPM Farms Bull Sale, Parkbeg, SK Feb 20......... M & J Farms Bull & Female Sale, Russell, MB Feb 21......... Nordal Limousin & Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Feb 22......... Standard Hill Connection Bull Sale, Maidstone, SK Feb 27......... Brookside Angus Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB Mar 1........... Cattleman’s Connection Bull Sale, Brandon, MB Mar 2........... Ward’s Red Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 3 & 4..... 100th Annual Pride of the Prairies Bull Sale, .................... Lloydminster, SK/AB Mar 5........... Belvin Angus Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Mar 6........... Mar Mac Farms Bull Sale, Brandon, MB Mar 7........... In Pursuit of Perfection Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Mar 9........... Wheeler’s Stock Farm Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 10......... Early Sunset Ranch Production Sale, Edam, SK Mar 11.......... Nielson Land & Cattle/Palmer Charolais Bull Sale, .................... Bladworth, SK Mar 11.......... South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 12......... On Target Bull Sale, Barrhead, AB Mar 13......... Wilbar Cattle Co. Tools of the Trade Bull & Female Sale, .................... Dundurn, SK Mar 13-15.... GBT Angus Online Sale, Wawota, SK Mar 14......... All Black Bull Sale, Meadow Lake, SK Mar 16......... Select Genetics Sale, Herbert, SK Mar 18......... Brooking Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Radville, SK Mar 18......... Triple S Red Angus Bull Sale, Calgary, AB Mar 19......... Hollinger Land and Cattle Bull & Female Sale, Neudorf, SK Mar 19......... Ivanhoe Angus/City View Simmentals Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 20......... Bar-H Land & Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Langenburg, SK Mar 22......... Top Cut Black Angus Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK Mar 23......... Working Stiffs Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Mar 23......... Impact Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 23......... Anderson Cattle Bull & Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 24......... Best of the Breeds Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Mar 25......... Cockburn/Merit Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 25......... Everblack Angus Bull Sale, Vermilion, AB Mar 26......... Double C Red Angus Bull Sale, Foam Lake, SK Mar 26......... Anderson Cattle Co. Bull & Female Sale, Swan River, MB Mar 27......... Hi Low Angus Open House, Lumsden, SK Mar 27......... Cow Boys Angus Bull Sale, Pipestone, MB Mar 27......... Hamilton Farms Bull & Female Sale, Cochrane, AB Mar 28......... Double F Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Prince Albert, SK Mar 29......... Longview Angus Online Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Mar 30......... Triple A Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 30......... Lamb’s Quarters Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Mar 30......... Mantei Farms Bull Sale, Alameda, SK Mar 30......... Kenray Ranch Open House, Redvers, SK Apr 1............ DEADLINE to pre-order YOUR customized CAF .................... History Book Apr 1............ Eastondale Angus Bull Sale, Wawota, SK Apr 1............ Your Choice Angus Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK Apr 1............ Four Bar X Ranch-CMT Farms Bull Sale, Spiritwood, SK Apr 2............ Windy Willows & Guest Bull Sale, Hodgeville, SK Apr 3............ Howe Family Farm/Rosso Charolais Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Apr 3............ Peak Dot Ranch Ltd. Bull & Female Sale, Wood Mountain, SK Page 124

Apr 3-4......... Kenray Ranch Online Bull Sale, Redvers, SK Apr 4............ Taylor’s Red Angus Bull Sale, Simmie, SK Apr 4............ T Bar K Ranch Bull Sale, Wawota, SK Apr 4............ Crittendon Bros. Bull Sale, Imperial, SK Apr 5............ Northern Progress Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Apr 6............ Crescent Creek Angus Bull & Female Sale, Goodeve, SK Apr 6............ Burnett Angus Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Apr 6............ Equinox Angus Bull Sale, Weyburn, SK Apr 7............ Spirit of the North Bull Sale, Spiritwood, SK Apr 8............ Justamere Farms Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Apr 8............ Triple J Farms Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Apr 9............ Young Dale Angus Bull Sale, Alameda, SK Apr 9............ Top Cut Angus & Charolais Bull Sale, Mankota, SK Apr 10.......... Flying K Ranch Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Apr 10.......... Moose Creek Red Angus Bull Sale, Kisbey, SK Apr 11 ......... South View Ranch Bull Sale, Ceylon, SK Apr 13.......... Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK Apr 14.......... Saskatchewan Angus Breeder Information Session Apr 15.......... CAF Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Nomination .................... Deadline Apr 15.......... CAF Junior Angus Stockman Nomination Deadline Apr 15.......... Right Cross Ranch Bull Sale, Kisbey, SK Apr 16.......... Cattleman’s Caliber Angus Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Apr 17.......... Branding the Best Bull Sale, Edam, SK Apr 18.......... Fleury Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Apr 19.......... Freyburn Angus Bull & Female Sale, Oxbow, SK Apr 20.......... Cornerstone Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Apr 20.......... Shortgrass Bull & Female Sale, Aneroid, SK Apr 30.......... CAF Junior Ambassador Application Deadline May 10......... CJA LEAD Exchange Program Application Deadline May 15......... Deadline for Summer Angus Edge May 15......... CAF Dick Turner Scholarship Application Deadline Jun 1............ Deadline for Entries - Showdown 2019 Jun 6-9......... Canadian Angus Convention, Drumheller, AB Jun 15.......... CJA Scholarship Application Deadline Jun 20.......... Deadline for Late Entries - Showdown 2019 Jul 18-20...... Showdown 2019, Barriere, BC Aug 6-7........ Saskatchewan Angus Summer Tour, Saskatoon, SK Aug 13-15.... Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Calgary, AB

Some words of wisdom from Kevin Hursh that we recently read in the Western Producer, regarding our involvement in our agriculture organizations: “If you’re not paying attention and not participating in the discussion, don’t complain later. Disaffected people often take to social media to vent their frustrations, but it’s hard to take anyone seriously if they haven’t taken the time and effort to understand the issues and have some face-to-face conversations. Informed debate has given way to misinformed sniping. Too many people feel their opinions don’t matter. Truth is that democracy belongs to those who show up. Get involved and you can make a difference.” Angus Edge - Spring 2019

Index of Advertisers... Abound Livestock....................................43 All Black Bull Sale...................................36 Anderson Cattle......................................60 Anderson Cattle Co.................................96 Bar-H Land & Cattle..................................2 Belvin Angus...........................................99 Black Ridge Angus Farm........................14 Blake’s Red Angus..................................29 Brooking Angus Ranch...........................63 Brookside Angus...................................104 Burnett Angus..........................................38 Castlerock Marketing..............................55 Cattleman’s Caliber Angus Bull Sale......87 Cornerstone Bull Sale.............................28 Cow Boys Angus Bull Sale.....................97 Crescent Creek Angus............................62 Cripple Creek Ranches...........................85 Crittenden Brothers.................................98 Delorme Ranch.......................................45 Diamond C Liberty Angus.......................89 Double C Red Angus................................5 Double F Cattle Co..................................48 Dwajo Angus.........................................105 Early Sunset Ranch................................64 Eastondale Angus...................................17 Edwards Angus.......................................33 Equinox Bull Sale....................................81 Everblack Angus.....................................95 Fleury Cattle Co......................................34

Flying K Ranch........................................57 South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale...69 Four Bar X Ranch-CMT Farms Bull Sale..51 South View Ranch...................................67 Freyburn Angus Farms...........................32 Spirit of the North Bull Sale.....................73 GBT Angus..............................................84 Spring Creek Simmentals/ Hamilton Farms..................................92,93 Red Rose Angus..................................65 HBH Farms Inc......................................103 Standard Hill Livestock.............................3 Hi Low Angus..........................................31 Stuart Cattle Station................................42 Hollinger Land & Cattle...........................70 T Bar K Ranch.........................................37 Howe Family Farm.................................BC Taylor’s Red Angus.................................83 Impact Bull Sale......................................59 Top Cut Bull Sale.....................................81 Ivanhoe Angus........................................35 Triple A Bull Sale.....................................52 Justamere Farms....................................40 Triple J Farms.........................................41 Kenray Ranch.........................................15 Triple S Red Angus...............................101 Lamb’s Quarters Angus..........................39 Twin Heritage Farms...............................27 Lazy Creek Farms...................................44 Ward’s Red Angus..................................58 Longview Angus......................................91 Wheelers Stock Farm.............................49 M & J Farms..........................................102 Wilbar Cattle Co.................................12,13 Mantei Farms Angus...............................71 Windy Willows Farms..............................46 Mar Mac Farms.....................................100 Wood Coulee Cattle Co..........................26 Merit Cattle Co............................... 6,7,127 Working Stiffs Bull Sale...........................56 Northern Progress Bull Sale...................53 Young Dale Angus...................................54 OBI Livestock Ltd....................................47 Palmer-Nielson Bull Sale........................66 Peak Dot Ranch......................................30 Ranchland Vet Services..........................72 Right Cross Ranch..................................50 Select Genetics Bull Sale........................68 Terry, Stacey, Brittany, Tyler & Megan Hunt RMB RR #1, Rose Valley, SK S0E 1M0 Short Grass Bull & Female Sale.............11 Terry’s Cell: 306-322-7439 Six Mile Ranch Ltd..................................61 Email: terryandstacey@xplornet.ca www.tandsfarms.ca

Photo Credit Erin Yewsiuk Photography. Thanks Erin, for spending the day with us at the Agribition Show. Angus Edge - Spring 2019

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Profile for Belinda Wagner

The Angus Edge  

Saskatchewan publication Spring 2019 edition featuring Angus cattle

The Angus Edge  

Saskatchewan publication Spring 2019 edition featuring Angus cattle