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The ngus



Official Publication of the Saskatchewan Angus Association

Summer 2019

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When it Comes to Your Bull Pen, Customer Service is King! Now that the dust has settled on most of the bulls sold by public auction, it is time to reflect on an interesting 2019 sale season with many surprises – some positive and some negative. While we all as breeders strive to produce the best (genetic and phenotypic) pen of bulls we can, I firmly believe that without adequate customer service and relationships with our customer base, our success and efforts may not be fully rewarded. Chris Poley of T Bar C Cattle Company states that there are many reasons why some sales were more successful than others. The Angus bull market is extremely competitive as a whole with some areas being more densely populated than others. The extreme dry conditions in some areas also had a major impact on bull sales. Reduced cow numbers and fewer heifers being bred simply meant less bulls were needed. In a competitive marketplace, marketing and customer service are more important than ever. Marketing is the key when it comes to finding new customers and expanding your customer base. Customer service is the key to building a loyal, repeat customer base. Shane Castle of Castlerock Marketing adds that with Angus bulls for sale on every corner, the urgency to purchase at times just wasn’t there. As farm families evolve, the ability to get into prospective

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customers yards becomes harder to accomplish. Whether it be a younger generation that works at another job or has a young family that demands a great deal of time – let alone a brutal February that made life dismal – customer service efforts can be tough! The older generation is hands on and with a skeleton crew at home to look after feeding and calving it made leaving home a tough task. While flashy advertising, attractive catalogues and sales staff are all important pieces of the puzzle, Shane firmly believes that the one on one contact with the commercial producer bears the greatest impact. The number of bulls available for sale versus the dwindling cow numbers made 2019 a buyers market, leaving the customer the opportunity to pick and choose the bull they wanted a lot easier than in a sellers market. One breeder who has seen the evolution of the livestock marketing industry would be Bob Switzer of Sandy Bar Angus at Aneroid, SK. Bob and his family have been in the Angus business for coming on 75 years. 2019 marked the Continued on Page 6

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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


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Summer 2019 Distributed to approximately 750 Angus Breeders’ and 1600+ Commercial Producers in Saskatchewan. 3 Issues per year Fall deadline - October 1 Spring deadline - January 15 Summer deadline - May 15 Page 4

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Customer Service... 41st year of the Short Grass Bull Sale. Bob and his family sell 200+ bulls each year. Their customer base is 95% commercial producers and 90-95% of his customers are repeat buyers. Bob speculates that his customers come back year after year because he sells them a quality product at an affordable price and in case of a wreck, he has a battery of bulls held back to make quick and easy replacements. Bob keeps in contact with his bull buyers two-three times/year. This is done by phone, a stop in at their ranch, attending their calf sales – whatever it takes. Bob says he is probably on the road at least half the year doing this. Castle agrees that you can never have too much contact with your customers throughout the year. Nobody likes to be called on strictly when it’s time to sell them another bull. Contact your customers during the summer. Go and look at their calves. Help them wean or attend the sale at which they market their cattle. This makes a lot of sense as you get to see what their calves look like and how the market accepts them. Poley advises that the first step to effective customer service is to do the basics right. Follow through on your promises. If you said you will keep the bulls until the end of June, do not call the middle of May to tell your buyer you will be in his area convincing him to take the bulls early. If you told the customer you would deliver the bull to his yard, don’t call him and try to convince him to come meet you an hour from his place to make your life more convenient. Customer service is very easy; do what you say, treat people how you would expect to be treated if you were on the other end of the situation and you will have happy customers. Castle suggests attending brandings. This is where breeders can get down in the dirt with their customers on a day to day level. Again, you get to see what the calves look like and how they’ve done. Page 6

Continued from the cover Maybe even gather some ideas towards what their future bull purchases could encompass. Most of all, who doesn’t appreciate the help when calves are getting processed? In this day and age, help is help and usually there is never enough. Poley has heard of many different things that breeders have done for their bull buyers. From helping to sell commercial replacement heifers or steers, to supplying green tags or giving discounts. The list goes on and on. Every situation is different and there is no one magic thing that will work for everyone. He suggests once again, to go back to the basics. Follow up with your customers after breeding season. If there is a problem – and there will be the odd one – deal with it head on. Take an interest in how and when they market their calves. Check in with them on those topics a couple times a year. You might be amazed that they call you the week before your sale

marketed between Aneroid, SK and Malta, MT. Now they trade over 1,800. Malta is located only 200 kms south of Sandy Bar. And this doesn’t even include the sales that happen in Swift Current, Moose Jaw as well as Private Treaty. Bob’s advice to young breeders entering the industry is to service your product. The cattle business is like buying a Ford truck. If you are treated right and problems are dealt with, you’ll go back and buy yourself another Ford truck. If you have a bad experience, you are more than likely to move along to the Chevy or Dodge dealership. This is good advice for any industry. Not just cattle. If you’ve had a good experience, you’ll keep going back.■

rather than you having to call them! Over the course of 40 years, Bob has watched the Angus industry explode. 40 years ago, 20 Angus bulls were Angus Edge - Summer 2019

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President’s Report ... Welcome to the summer edition of The Angus Edge. I’d prefer to welcome you to spring but unfortunately, we see m to have moved straight from winter directly to fall without the April showers that promise May flowers. We’re all still hoping for some May rain to make the calves gain but the window is closing on this month as well. Maybe there’ll be a monsoon in June but I’m not holding my breath. As one of my first official duties as the new SAA President, I had the honour of presenting Eastondale Angus with the 2019 Breeder of the Year award. The Easton name is synonymous with Angus with a long and storied history in our great breed. Congratulations Dale, Shelley and Erika! Your association continues to work to provide member value. Another successful breeder information session

was held in Melville with presentations on marketing and embryo transfer, and a panel discussion on AI synchronization protocols. The Edge continues to be a relevant source of information thanks to the efforts of Belinda and her staff. Our annual summer tour will be hosted in the Saskatoon area. These tours have consistently grown year over year and have become a highlight of the summer for many. Please take the opportunity to see some excellent cattle and experience

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Angus events in recent history. Look for more information in this issue of The Edge and stay tuned for more details on our social media platforms in the near future. The Angus breed has seen another successful bull sale season with excellent demand for quality breeding stock. By the time this reaches our members, seeding will be generally complete and breeding will be well underway for most seedstock producers. This year’s calf crop has been evaluated and new bulls and semen have been purchased. Here’s hoping you have healthy, heavy calves, plentiful crops and a full feed yard.

some fantastic Angus hospitality August 6th and 7th.

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2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Angus Association. To celebrate this milestone, SAA will be hosting the Century Sweepstakes in conjunction with The Masterpiece sale in Saskatoon in December. This venture promises to be among the most exciting

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COMMERCIAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Nominations are now open for the Commercial Producer of the Year and a winner will be selected by the Board at their fall meeting prior to Canadian Western Agribition (CWA). The recipient will be notified of the award and invited to the Angus Show at CWA. Please provide the name, address and a brief history on the individual(s) with your nomination. Also provide your name and contact information. For more information, call the office at 306-757-6133. Send your nomination by mail, fax or email to: Saskatchewan Angus Association Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Fax 306-525-5852 Email: office@sasktchewanangus.com Page 8

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From the Director’s Chair include bleeding, scarring and infection, but these are not usually seen, even in donors that are collected regularly. In IVF flushing gender sorted semen can be used. Commercially available sorted semen can be used with good success. Most sorted semen should be tested prior to use to ensure it is of the best quality.

IVF vs Conventional Flushing With breeding season in full swing and in the near future for myself and others, I wanted to use this article to help better explain IVF flushing vs Conventional flushing. It is important to know the benefits as well as the risks or down falls to each program, as they both have costs and possibly extra work associated with them. Weighing the pros and cons of each may help decide to use one form over the other. In vitro fertilization for embryo transfer is a technology that has been around for some time but has only recently become used routinely by cattle breeders. It differs from conventional flushing in that the oocytes (eggs) from the donor female are removed prior to fertilization. The collected oocytes are then fertilized in a lab. The embryos are then allowed to develop for a week in the lab. The embryos that are viable are then transferred into recipient animals or frozen for transfer later. The eggs are collected by a process known as trans-vaginal follicular aspiration, also called oocyte pick-up (OPU). By using ultrasound guidance, a needle is inserted into the ovary from inside the vaginal canal. A vacuum pump is then used to aspirate the fluid in the follicle, bringing the egg with it. The collected fluid is then filtered, and the eggs are removed under a microscope. In this process there is very little risk to the donor animal. Some of the risks Page 10

Donors can be collected as frequently as every two weeks. A regular collection of every two weeks will actually increase embryo yield compared to a single IVF flush. The average yield of embryos is about five to six per collection. Another benefit to IVF is that virgin heifers can also be flushed, as long as they have reached puberty. The conception rate in fresh IVF embryos is around 50%, depending on the quality of the embryo. Results will also vary from farm to farm. The advantage it has over conventional ET is that: - Pregnant cows can be still be collected. - Donors can be collected every two weeks. - Sexed semen can be used to fertilize the oocytes with much greater reliability than conventional flushing. - Many cows that do not respond to conventional flushing will respond to an IVF program. - Since sexed semen can be successfully used, recipient utilization can be optimized to produce 90% heifer calves. - Increased embryo yield per donor compared to conventional flushing. Some of the disadvantages of IVF include: - You need adequate facilities for OPU to control temperature and movement of donor. - In order to be cost effective, they need a minimum of five donors per session. Not all of the donors have to be from the same farm, but they should all be at the same facility for OPU. More donors will reduce the cost per donor

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since shipping costs will be distributed among more donors. Conventional Flushing Embryo transfer in general is an advanced reproductive technology that is recognized worldwide as the fastest and most economical method of genetic multiplication to increase the impact of outstanding animals in your herd. ET helps the breeder produce more offspring from cows that have proven themselves to have outstanding genetic merit as well as a great production history. It has also provided breeders the opportunity to increase valuable genetic lines through ET. It starts with Superovulation of the donor animal. This is done by specific hormone treatment to cause multiple follicles to ovulate. The manner in which the cow is treated during this time is a very important determining factor of success with the ET process and it is important to keep the animal in a comfortable, stress free environment to increase the chances of success with the ET process. Each vet or embryologist has their own taylor-made protocol to follow when superovulating a donor. The donor animal is then inseminated with semen from the bull of your choice. One bull can be used or semen from multiple bulls can also be used to impregnate the cow. The ET process allows the breeder to have a greater impact not only from a specific cow but also from one bull by producing multiple pregnancies which is also an advantage when very expensive semen from top bulls are used. The fertilized ova will develop into embryos which will be flushed from the donor animal seven days after insemination. The flushing process is non-surgical. After the embryos are Continued on page 12 Angus Edge - Summer 2019

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From the Director’s Chair examined under a micro-scope they are then either transferred to recipient animals or frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen for later transfer into recipient animals. Recipient animals also form an integral part of the success of an ET program and must be managed carefully to ensure as many pregnancies as possible result from the ET process. Not all cows are good donors, and therefore it is a bit risky not being able to predict the outcome. Problems can arise systemically in the cow, problems in the uterus, stress on the cow, management on the farm, environmental factors like climate and rain, nutrition, and semen quality. The quantity of embryos from the donor cow differs greatly according to breed and age. Heifers and first calvers typically produce fewer embryos -


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middle age cows or cows in the four to seven year-old range are usually your best producers of embryos. Another factor to keep in mind is the donor’s stage of lactation. Between 70 and 100 days after giving birth is the best time for flushing embryos. This is the optimal time to flush a lactating donor as it is just before milk stress starts to play a major role. Between 100 and 200 days after given birth, milk stress plays a major role. Some cows can cope with it, but a smaller quantity of embryos can usually be expected. After 200 days in lactation, milk stress decreases and the cow will start to super ovulate better again. A dry cow is by far the best donor, because of much less stress.

a cow can be flushed every seven-eight weeks if embryos are produced. The production of the cows in the long run normally differs a great deal. Some cows can be flushed up to 30 times and still produce embryos while other cows stop producing after three flushes. There is a lot of information on both methods of embryo transfer. Be sure to do some research to find out which method best suits your operation and budget. When comparing the cost of the two, IVF is almost double what a conventional flush will cost. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each before deciding, as both can be highly beneficial in a breeding program.■

A very common question is how many times and how regular can the donor cow be flushed. With conventional flushing

To Our 2019 Bull Buyers! Brian & Merle Short Randy Zaremba Allan Fahlman Mel & Shelly, Michael Thue Roy & Pam Kirby Colin & Pat Toner Richard & Kathy Rieder Richard & Bonnie Clubbe Kelly & Paula Mantell Ron & Louise Hawkins


Ron & Marilyn Mountenay Box 23, Belle Plaine, SK S0G 0G0 Phone: (306) 345-2560 Ron’s Cell: (306) 630-5871 ivanhoeangus@icloud.com

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What Does The Change to Canadian Angus Board Policy on Parentage Verifica­tion Requirements Mean For You? The Canadian Angus policy on parentage verification now states: • All sires born on or before December 31, 2018 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing sire verification before their offspring can be registered. • All sires born on or after January l, 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) before they are granted AI approval status. We recommend that you have a DNA sample available for your females in case they have a great bull calf that ends up being a sire, either in your herd or another Canadian Angus mem­ber’s herd. Hair can be stored forever as long as it is well labelled and stored in a safe dry place. We have also worked with our lab to have other methods of DNA sampling available. Members can now use blood cards, hair cards, and tissue sampling units (TSUs). These are all available through our office. If you decide to use a bull (AI or naturally) please make sure that you submit a DNA sample for the bull and ensure that there is a DNA sample on both parents available as well so that the bull might be parent verified. If you need more information or have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-571-3580. Angus Edge - Summer 2019

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Saskatchewan Angus & Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society Summer Tour Registration Form

Name _________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________ Email _________________________________________________________ We will ride the bus Tuesday yes / no; Wednesday yes / no (circle one) The Registration Fee is $50 by July 26th, $75 after July 26th. Please make cheques payable to Saskatchewan Angus Association and mail to: Michael Wheeler Box 284, RR# 9, Station Main, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1P3

Pen Display Form

Please have pen entries submitted by July 26, 2019 with the following information:

Name/Farm Name ____________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________ Email _________________________________________________________ Number of Pens (x $200 per pen - includes one registration) ________ Pens are approximately 20 x 20 Indicate Pen Composition: Cow _____ Cow/Calf _____ Heifer Calf _____ Bull Calf _____ Bred Heifer _____ Bull Mature _____ Bull Yearling _____ Circle where you would like to display: Tuesday: Wednesday:

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Committee contacts: Michael Wheeler - 306-260-7336 wheelers_stock_farm@hotmail.com or Clarke Ward - 306-220-6372 Please enclose cheque made out to: Saskatchewan Angus Association Mail to: Box 284, RR# 9, Station Main, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1P3 Page 14

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Uruguay on the World Angus Stage The small South American country of Uruguay was host to the 2019 World Angus Secretariat, March 18-29th. Uruguay is nestled between Brazil and Argentina and despite its small geographical size the Aberdeen Angus Breeders Society of Uruguay (SCAAU) proudly showcased to the world, the impact this small country has on agriculture and the Angus breed.

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Angus herds. The featured ranches owned between 1,500 to 10,000 head of Angus and with the skill and stockmanship of the Gauchos (cowboys) large groups of cattle were streamed in front of the visiting Angus delegation. Detailed information on birthdates, sire

focused beef they have forged a large export market with the EU resulting in the regulation that all beef must be produced with no added hormones. Due to limitations in the amount of finishing feeds such as corn and barley which Canada is used to, 85% of the market cattle are grass-fed but 15% are now being fed grain for the last 100 days prior to harvest at 510 kg and 24-36 months of age. With a rainfall average of 35 A delegation of 11 Canadian Angus inches per year, native grassland Association (CAA) members allows for the extensive grassand two CAA staff participated fed environment, which the locals in the 12-day event that featured refer to as “raising cattle in natural ranch tours, delegate meetings, an conditions.” The influence of educational forum and both a pen European agricultural equipment and open heifer and bull show. was also evident and possibly due to the strong beef trade. Author Lynn Gordon and Belinda Wagner with Countryside view Gauchos at Estancia Las Rosas Three tour busses followed by Most impressive was their hundreds of cars travelled more consumption of beef. Annual per than 2,700 kms across Uruguay to view & dams, and EPDs were presented. capita consumption is 61 kg which the featured ranches and a research Each tour stop also highlighted their compares to Canada at 18 kg. They are station. The tour offered the Canadian herd sires and donor females. Ranches beef eaters. This was evident with beef delegation first-hand knowledge of visited included: Estancia Las Rosas; dominating each meal and featuring the livestock production practices in Frigorifico Modelo, Cabana Bayucua, the traditional Uruguayan Asado ̶ beef a country were grass grows nearly and Curupy del Salvador plus several slowly grilled on an open-air campfire. year-round in the humid sub-tropical additional ranches grouped up large environment with temperatures numbers of Angus cattle for us to averaging 33C in the summer and 18C view in their pastures as the busses in the winter. travelled the country. Cattle were seen in nearly every open-space as 84% of Uruguay is home to 12 million head the country’s land is in native pasture. of cattle, with 40% Angus genetics and 60% Hereford. Their association Beef is Big registers Black and Red Angus in For a country that is less than a third the same herdbook. North American the size of Saskatchewan, it was genetics have a large influence in their impressive to learn that they are the 7th bloodlines, with some animals viewed largest exporter of beef, right behind on the tour tracing back to Canadian Canada, who is 6th. Through grass-fed

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Delegate discussion Representatives from 20 member countries were present to share and discuss Angus genetics world-wide. Each country gave a summary report about current registry numbers, genetic programs, breed initiatives and membership numbers. Canada’s report was presented by Myles Immerkar, CAA CEO. Common themes were growth in genetic evaluation measurements and the integration of genomicly-enhanced EPDs, marketing and education on Angus Beef as a branded beef product/program, and continued growth world-wide on Angus registrations.

Delegates were also informed that Australia will host the World Angus Forum in April/May 2021 and that the 2023 World Angus Secretariat will be held in the Czech Republic. Canadian Angus members have always supported these international events with one of the largest delegations, so mark your calendars now and watch for further information from the CAA.

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Super Show To wrap up the two-week event Uruguayan Angus breeders hosted the largest Angus show ever in their country. More The Grand Champion Bull than 500 head were exhibited in either a pen show, or the open heifer and bull show. Breeders from all over the country brought their top genetics to display to a large crowd of spectators from South America and across the World. An impressive brand-new convention facility hosted the meetings and was site for the show as well, with hundreds of panels hauled in to make a large outdoor stalling site and show ring for the pen cattle.

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Out and about in Saskatchewan... As I sit to write this winter is taking one last swing through many parts of the prairies. Hopefully everyone affected receives the much-needed moisture and gets through without too much of an impact on their calf crop. February was one for the books, with record cold having an effect on some of the earlier bull sales. Most producers were in “survival mode” and shopping for herd bulls took a back seat as feed stacks shrank and herd maintenance and earlier calving took priority. As the spring progressed and weather improved there was a definite improvement at most sales. Once again buyers were watching birth weights, although the further north you went the more birth weight seemed to be more tolerated. Buyers were a little more reluctant to part with their money which did show up with most sales seeing lower averages.

by Bob Toner CAA Director Business of Development for SK/MB I will also be attending some 4-H shows and working in some herd visits along the way. This fall Angus Feeder sales will once again be featured at many auction marts across Canada and I hope to attend as many as I can. These sales are a great opportunity for purebred producers to come to town and visit with their customers and see how their calves sell.■ That’s about it for now. See ya down the road.

Of the 47 sales I attended this spring, you could count the ones where all the bulls sold on two hands. Of the 2600+ Angus bulls I saw offered, about 88% sold. This tells me that we as producers must be very critical of what we offer and keep our standards high and not chase volume sales. A few of the events I have coming up this summer are: May 30-June 2 – Livestock Marketers Association Convention, Leduc, AB June 6-9 – Canadian Angus Association Convention and Annual General Meeting, Drumheller, AB June 9-11 – Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow, Moose Jaw, SK June 18 – University of Saskatchewan Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence Field Day, Clavet, SK July 12 – Manitoba Angus Association Tour, Mar Mac Farms, Brandon, MB July 16-18 – Ag In Motion Show, Saskatoon, SK July 19 – Manitoba Angus Association Summer Gold Show, Harding, MB August 6-7 – Saskatchewan Angus Association Summer Tour, Saskatoon, SK Page 18

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Comments from CAA Members: “Networking and educational potential was unreal. Throughout the 12day event, more than 7,500 people participated in various parts of the Secretariat. Uruguay is a beef country, with two times the number of cattle than we have in Canada.” – Trevor Welch, CAA President, Grassville, NB

Trevor (second from right) with Myles Immerkar (on left), CAA CEO, and Belinda presenting a thank you gift to Alvaro Diaz Nadal, Uruguay Angus Society President. “We were impressed by the Angus industry in Uruguay, and it was very interesting to see the various adaptations based on geographic needs. The cattle were smaller in stature in this South American country. The adaptation to climate and growing conditions did make it challenging to gauge age and condition of the animals, as human nature tends to compare to what we know in our own country.” – Kurt and Shannon Trefiak, MJT Cattle, Edgerton, AB Shannon Trefiak, Maria Garat, Magda Calderon, Belinda & Lynn WAS Tour makes for new and fast friends. Maria and Magda were from Argentina and two of the many who followed the buses for the week.

“No matter what country I have travelled to with Angus cattle, there is always a large influence of American genetics. Uruguay’s challenge is to find genetics that perform well on forage/grass diets. There is a large genetic base in North America to select from, but it is difficult for breeders worldwide to not follow the fads that are more easily viewed from afar.” – Earl Scott, Scott Stock Farm, Crossfield, AB Marjorie & Bob Blacklock and Earl Scott “Uruguay enjoys a relatively temperate climate and as a result cattle production is quite different than ours. Another major difference is the terms of credit. We attended a major internet feeder cattle sale. Thousands of feeders were sold in large packages all with payment due in 90 days. In Canada, if producers get their checks in over 60 minutes, complaints are loud and long.” – Bob and Marjorie Blacklock, Saskatoon, SK

Canadians on the tour with Alvaro Diaz Nadal (L to R): Alvaro, David Bolduc, Shannon Trefiak, Kurt Trefiak, Belinda Wagner, Erich Clausen, Marjorie Blacklock, Bob Blacklock, Deb Scott, Earl Scott and Trevor Welch. Angus Edge - Summer 2019

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The 10 Commandments of DIY Livestock Photography Let’s be honest: Photo day strikes frustration in the hearts of many. It can be a high-stress and sometimes fruitless affair for the inexperienced photographer – and it should go without saying that a poor quality photo is not worth the time it takes to put your boots on. A complex stew of animals, people, action, lighting, weather and settings can present a challenge for even the most experienced of photographers, but if you are not dissuaded, read on! We have compiled the 10 sacred rules of basic livestock photography to ease your picture-pen pains. 1) Thou shall work with the weather. The weather is so integral to almost every other job on the farm, so it should come as no surprise that it also looms large on picture day. Photographers should take advantage of bright, sunny days with little wind. Good natural lighting can emphasize muscle mass and dimension, and allows your camera to capitalize on a very fast shutter speed – the length of time your shutter is open to expose your camera’s sensor to light. A fast shutter speed both prevents overexposure caused by letting in too much light, and also freezes the action, making it more likely that your photo will remain in focus even if the animal is moving. You should always work with your back to the sun, and if possible, avoid shooting at mid-day in summer when shadows are the harshest and extreme heat or flies can make for obstinate subjects. Summer mornings or evenings or any sunny day in winter (due to the low angle and diffused light of the sun) provide for good photo opportunities. As a rule of thumb, photo day is the opposite of ground-hog day: If you can’t see your shadow, hold out for better weather. 2) Thou shall use the right equipment. There are a hundred ways a livestock photo can go wrong, and ninetynine of them involve a phone camera. Let me be clear – cell phone cameras have revolutionized the way livestock is promoted through social media and they are a great way to informally document your product – but they should be kept out of the picture pen. Their poor optical quality, bad light sensitivity, and wide angle lenses generate blurry, noisy or distorted photos that cannot accurately reflect your product and will not reproduce well at a reasonable size in print. Instead, invest in the best quality digital camera and lens you can afford. A basic DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) with a modest zoom lens will allow you to shoot from a greater distance. This encourages livestock to relax and focus on the ‘ear-getter’ instead of the photographer, producing higher quality results. Shopping and don’t know where to start? Try a Canon digital rebel T5i or a Nikon D5100 with a 70-200 mm zoom lens. 3) Thou shall know thy camera. (And thou shall read thy camera manual, for knowledge is power). One way to Page 20

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improve your shooting is to understand the tools at your disposal. Technical choices made in the picture pen can cost time, and often you have only one chance to get the best shot. It seems unthinkable, but spending some quality reading time with your camera’s manual is one way to get acquainted before you head outdoors. An even better way is to photograph something every day. 4) Thou shall ask for help. Good help is hard to find – or is it just that bad management is prevalent? Corralling two cattle-savvy assistants, a handler and an ‘ear-getter’, is a key to success in the photo pen. Have the handler either chase or lead the cattle into position, perpendicular to the photographer, and the ‘ear getter’ stand in front of the animal. The ‘ear-getter’ should begin trying to get the animal’s attention shortly before the animal poses to help stop the animal in the ideal location. Properly reading an animal’s behavioural cues, and either upping the ante or decreasing the volume, is vital to capturing an animal in the proper position – head up, feet placed, and ears ahead. If photographing livestock on the halter, walking an animal into the correct stance, rather than placing its feet with a show stick, and using a relaxed lead will ensure the animals’ positioning is natural. It should be noted that minimizing the distance the photographer has to move to get into position for each shot increases the likelihood that he/she will be in the right place at the right time. 5) Thou shall choose the right set-up. The outcomes of proper picture pen set-up are a challenge to duplicate in postprocessing, so why spend time erasing the same post from every picture? Do it right once. Cattle look best pointed up a slight incline so choose a small hill with an uncluttered backdrop free of buildings, posts, equipment, and barnyard refuse. If you must have a fence in your shot, photograph against a fence in good repair – ideally hog wire, singlestrand barb wire or a plank fence which will not detract from the animal. The right picture pen has good traction on clean grass, clean snow or clean straw. Whether you shoot your subjects against a clear blue sky or a dark spruce trees will depend on the colour of your animal. Choose maximum contrast and avoid taking a Charolais against snow or a red heifer against a red fence. 6) Thou shall have other cattle around. Attempting to photograph a single-subject ‘among the herd’ is a good way to crush your enthusiasm for the job. It is advantageous to remember, however, that cattle are herd animals. Having a few cattle penned in front of your photo area can provide both a sense of security and a point of interest for the animal you are photographing, making the ear-getter job seem like an easier chore. Angus Edge - Summer 2019

7) Thou shall critically evaluate thy subjects. Correct foot placement – with the front feet lined up with the shoulder and slightly offset and the back feet scissored so that the foot on the photographer’s side extends back – is half the battle. The other half is correctly identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your stock. Just as changing the angle and camera height can produce a more flattering effect in portrait photography, these tools can be employed to compliment an animal’s build. If your animal has too much shoulder, too much/too little frame, too little neck extension, etc., consider changing your angle. You will be surprised how much of a difference a small adjustment can make. 8) Thou shall practice often. Rome wasn’t built in a day; if you want to get good at anything in life, you have to work hard at it. Never under-estimate the power of practice. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I could go on – Carrying your camera with you daily will allow you to take advantage of photo opportunities whenever they happen, and allow you to build an image database that can be used in everyday farm promotion – and you may find that that a no-stress, no-deadline atmosphere is conducive to getting better pictures more often. 9) Thou shall not rely on Photoshop. Replacing craft with photo-editing software is a recipe for inferior images. There is a common misconception in the cattle business that Photoshop is a magic button with the ability to correct terrible technique. Unfortunately, it is impossible to edit photos that

are poorly focused, badly lit, or over/under-exposed to match the quality of a properly taken image. Ironically, getting it right on-camera also means that any manipulations you do need to make will look the most natural. Humans possess an astounding capacity for visual pattern recognition – the more a photo is altered in postprocessing, the more likely it will look off, even to an untrained eye. How honestly you choose to represent your product is up to you – but a customer who has been deceived by excessive photo-manipulation is unlikely to be back. 10) Thou shall know when to hire a professional. Farming and ranching foster an industrious attitude, but we can sometimes succumb to do-it-yourself syndrome. Rather than hiring someone who could quickly add value to our products, we can spend a disproportionate amount of our own time, effort and resources obtaining mediocre results. Remember that expending your own time is still an investment if your skills could be put to better use elsewhere. If you lack the patience, assistance, or equipment for livestock photography and can’t acquire these things, outsource instead. Reaching the next level in your marketing efforts requires you to distinguish your product from the rest – and there are many ways to do this that don’t require freezing your finger to a shutter release.■ Reprinted with permission from Top Stock Magazine

In Memory - Jim Easton Jim passed away March 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife Josephine, daughter Tammy (Todd) Davies, son Ryan (Allison) Easton, grandchildren Hunter, Talisa, Marlee and Julia, brothers Larry (Dorothy), Bob (Margaret) and Ken, brother-in-law Larry (Terri) Cameron and sister-in-law Katherine Cameron, and many nieces and nephews. Jim went to school at Model and completed his high school at Wawota. He loved playing football at school and that love continued on throughout his life as he avidly followed the Riders. After graduating he started farming with his dad and brother, Bob. The farm “Kenosee Park – Frank Easton & Sons” raised purebred Angus cattle and grain. Jim was active in 4-H Beef Club as an assistant leader for 10 years and sports such as curling, football, and baseball. He played baseball with the Elks, later called the Cardinals and then with the Lazers (Old Timers). He served as a Director of the Saskatchewan Angus Association, the Recreation Board and the Sask Wheat Pool Committee. On June 12, 1971 he married Josephine Cameron, the love of his life for 48 years. On March 19, 1972 they welcomed Tammy to their lives and a son, Ryan, joined them on December 11, 1973. In 1981 his parents retired to Wawota and the farm became “Kenosee Park – Easton Bros.”, but in 1984 the partnership dissolved and Jim and his family moved their home and began their own farm called 2J Angus. It was a beautiful location to begin this new chapter. This new adventure was hard work for them as they built everything from the ground up. Hard work was something Jim was never scared of and was just part of his character, he never stopped working and pushing through his illness to ensure that his work was getting done. Jim loved his Aberdeen Angus cattle. He knew everything about each one of them and was proud of the herd he had developed and the friendships that he gained through his cattle. Angus Edge - Summer 2019

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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

Saskatchewan Junior Angus Report... Another spring season is among us, and the weather is still trying to decide if it wants to warm up or stay cold. I hope everyone has had no trouble with seeding and that we all get the moisture we need. So far this year the juniors have had our annual GOAL conference back in February. This year GOAL was held in Moose Jaw and we were very excited to be the host province. It was a great weekend with pretty mild weather for us all to enjoy. The juniors in attendance got to hear from many great speakers, as well as tour the tunnels of Moose Jaw and stay the Moose Jaw spa. It was a fantastic weekend where many new friendships blossomed and old friendships made new memories. There were also some American Angus junior members in attendance and it was great to have the opportunity to meet them. Right around the corner is Showdown 2019! This year it will be held in Barriere, British Columbia. Showdown has not been to our most western province in quite a few years and it is very exciting to be heading back there. Showdown is

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always a great time for everyone, with many activities for juniors to participate in along with conformation classes. The activities include sales talk, photography, graphic design, print marketing, judging, team grooming, team judging and showmanship. Showdown will take place the weekend of July 18-20. The early deadline has passed but there is still late entries available until June 20th. I encourage all juniors to come and attend this great event - it is so much fun and a great experience all together. The next event after Showdown for the juniors is the annual Saskatchewan Junior Show. This junior show is once again in conjunction with the Lloydminster Stockade Round Up which is October 30-November 2. Stay tuned for more information about this junior show coming soon. The information will be on the Saskatchewan Angus website as well as the Lloydminster Exhibition website. That’s all for now, please feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions! Hope to see everyone down the show road this summer. â–

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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Plans for busy times

By Miranda Reiman

My kitchen island is full of stacks: summer camp and summer ball forms to fill out. 4-H projects to register and swimming lessons to book. A month ago, we planned a short family camping trip. Then there are the work things to schedule. Planning meetings and conferences, and one of my favorite parts of my job, ranch and feedyard visits. There is a lot of good in those sentences I just typed, but also a little bit of panic. How do I get all the people all the places they need to be? How do I decide what fits on our schedule and what we cut? Do you ever feel that way as a cattle producer? Calving season gives way to fence repairs and breeding, which overlaps with haying (and often a planting season sandwiched in between). Before you know it, it’s time to wean. Perhaps you’re also trying to balance an off-farm job and a family who likes to see you once in a while. I know it’s not just me.

Here are some things I’ve learned to keep calm in the chaos: • Delegate what you can. Maybe that’s hiring day help here or there, or outsourcing a job you used to do yourself. Could a custom fence crew give you more time to focus on breeding but still get the cows out to that pasture on time? • “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you could get done today.” That was my grandpa’s motto. He’d fuel up the tractor before he left the field for the night, make the phone call first thing in the morning, or fix that piece of machinery well before it became an emergency. If you can do it today, do. • Slay the snakes as they come. I have some friends who like to use that quote when life gets crazy. My grandma’s version was, “Don’t worry any further than your headlights shine.” You do need to plan ahead, but don’t let the worry of the dozen things you have to do Saturday kill your productivity or satisfaction on Wednesday. • Expect the plan to change. When a babysitter gets sick or the weather cancels a baseball practice, I try to have a backup Plan B and Plan C. Sometimes a blizzard rearranges a story trip. Most producers have this “change on the fly” mastered (thank you, Mother Nature) but I still think it’s worth mentioning that being flexible is a solid survival tactic. Overwhelmed, worn out and run down….when May rolls around, those can be pretty accurate descriptions, whether you’re a teacher or a mother or a rancher. I’ve decided to look ahead as a way to set priorities and stick to them, to become more efficient and focused. It’s a chance to get better and keep panic at bay. Turns out, a busy future isn’t so unmanageable after all.■

It feels like there’s never really a good time to be gone. I prep ahead of time, making freezer meals and arranging for rides. I try to plan around big events like preschool graduations and elementary track meets, but whenever I travel, it takes me away from the one place I’m needed (and love to be) most of all. That means I have to give it some mental energy before I purchase a plane ticket or fill out an on-line registration. That approach might work on your farm or ranch, too. If your goal is bigger than “making it through the busy season,” then that can help you focus on what matters most. Page 24

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The Angus Edge  

Saskatchewan Angus Association quarterly publication

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