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Random Thoughts From A Frost Bitten Mind It has been a very long winter for many of us! I am more than ready to see something green again. We seem to have had more than our share of wild swings in temperatures and lots and lots of wind. I have lived here my entire life and I can never remember as many days where visibilities were reduced and road conditions were extremely poor. The cattle have done very well despite spending so much of their days lined up again a porosity fence to get out of the wind. And it has taken far more feed to get them through the winter so far. I knew that feed supplies were going to be marginal at best but felt that we could make it through if we had a normal winter. It is now early February and after counting my bales, I am trying to find more feed that can be hauled reasonably. It has not been an easy task. But with this statement, I am going to try to not depress any of you anymore. We will survive and get through to see another spring. We always have and will do it again! With this issue approaching, I spent a considerable amount of time trying to think about something to write about in this editorial. With nearly 100 of these written previously, I sometimes feel like I am just repeating myself but I know that isn’t always the case. As I was thinking about getting this editorial written, I received the proposed schedule for the 2022 World Shorthorn Conference and tour which will be held in the UK in July 2022. As I looked at the schedule, I found myself trying to figure out if I could attend. I have toured Scotland, England and Ireland on two occasions and I honestly consider these trips to be memorable highlights in my life. On returning each time to Canada, I knew that I would be returning again if at all possible. I was actually in the process of booking flights again, when the Covid pandemic was announced and our world slowed down to a crawl. I was only minutes from securing the flights with my credit

card information, when I happened to hear that temporary travel restrictions were being announced. I expect many who read this are like me and are wanting our lives back to some sense of normality after two years of hearing little on a Newscast other than about Covid. Right now, I am not sure if I can get away to attend this World Conference and Tour but I definitely will be trying to find some way to attend. The world has started to reopen after many countries having closed borders for travel into and out of their country due to the pandemic. As I am writing this editorial, I see that Australia has just opened it’s borders to travel again. With this happening in many parts of the world, I expect there will be Shorthorn breeders from several countries making plans to be in England this summer. I will assure you that you will see some incredible historic sites, unbelievable scenery, many excellent Shorthorns, and most importantly, many great Shorthorn breeders. The agenda for the tour and conference looks excellent, with visits to several leading herds, as well as historic castles. The conference itself will be held at a famous castle and I am sure this will be a memorable event. The tour also includes a stop at the Great Yorkshire show which is one of the stellar shows in the UK. I have attended the Royal Highland show in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Irish National show at Tullamore Ireland and I was absolutely amazed at how they recognize the importance of agriculture to their countries. I fully expect the Yorkshire show will be the same and it will be one of the best displays of Shorthorns this year. The agenda of the 2022 World Shorthorn Conference and Tour is included in this magazine so have a look. I highly recommend this trip and Continued on page 8 The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022

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Owned with Wernacres Shorthorns, Lena, IL After numerous requests for semen from 55G, he is presently in stud in Illinois and we are still hoping to have his semen in Canada by early April. His first calf crop at Wernacres was exceptional and he was well received by cattle producers at Oklahoma City in January. Thank you to everyone who has already placed their semen orders! Semen is $50/straw in multiples of 5.

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(THF, PHAF, DSF, Myostatin free, Homo polled) Bluebook is gone now due to injury, but his calves constantly rise to the top of our calf crop. He sires excellent growth and lots of eye appeal and fleshing ability. Semen is $35/straw in multiples of 5.

HC Hollywood 6H – XM 483090

(THF, PHAF, DSF, Myostatin Free, Homo polled) Hollywood topped the 2021 Sun Country sale at $24,000, selling to the famed Glenisla herd in Scotland. He combines Bluebook and Rene Dottie 72R, who continues to produce at 17 years of age. Semen is available in Canada and the US on a limited basis. Semen is $50/straw in multiples of 5.

Bayview Unique K11 – XM480935 (THF, PHAF, DSF, Myostatin Free)

This Australian sire is producing excellent calves here in Canada. They are sound structured and have excellent growth and hair. His daughters in our herd are all better than their dams. Semen is $50/straw in multiples of 5.

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Weyburn, Saskatchewan Grant & Chris Alexander, Gerald Alexander 306-861-5504 Page 5

Canadian Shorthorn Association Board of Directors President

Ray Armbruster Rossburn, MB Ph: 204-859-2088 Cell: 431-761-4477

President Elect Bob Merkley Aldergrove, BC Phone 604-607-7733 Cell 778-240-7233 Directors

Dan Stephenson Okotoks, AB Phone 403-938-4112 Cell 587-436-2224 Richard Moellenbeck Box 47, Englefeld, SK S0K 1N0 Ph:306-287-3420 Cell: 306-287-7904 Dale Asser Duntroon, ON Cell 705-444-9403

Dennis Cox Compton, QC Phone 819-837-2086 Fax 819-820-5080 Marvin Peters Springfield, PE Phone 902-315-2939 Canadian Shorthorn Association Belinda Wagner, Secretary-Treasurer Email Shayla Chappell Member & Registry Services Phone 306-757-2212 Fax 306-525-5852 2nd Floor, Canada Centre Building Evraz Place, Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Office hours - M-F - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Page 6

CSA News... Well into 2022 I hope we have more winter behind us than ahead. But it is a great time of renewal as we are rewarded for our toils of last year. The new calf crop has started to arrive! I have been calving cows for well over 50 years and I still get excited to see if my breeding program will turn out as I envisioned. Last year’s calves are being developed for breeding stock offered this year. Bull sales are just around the corner and the early preview is looking good. Hats off to all of you folks getting bulls ready for sales, it is a lot of hard work, dedication and investment. Each year the quality and the presentation continually improves due to the efforts of our Shorthorn producers engaging in excellent production, nutritional and animal health protocols. I believe the investment of members into our registry capturing data and displaying it is helping all of us in gaining Shorthorn breed improvement. This not only benefits us as Shorthorn breeders but also maintains and allows us to gain a greater share of the commercial market. A reminder to myself and everyone else when we buy or use new bulls to be sure to secure good DNA samples. It is best to secure two samples, send one away and keep another in a zip lock bag in the fridge in case the first one is insufficient for DNA analysis. As we all know, DNA is required on sires for offspring to be eligible to be registered. Also dams that are being flushed must also be DNA recorded for their offspring to be verified and registered. Also, I would suggest that as we begin CCIA ear tagging sale or show animals for this year you consider our purple tag program. This will provide a unique way of highlighting exclusively Shorthorn cattle. Information on both DNA samples and requirements and the purple tag shorthorn CCIA tag program can be found on the Canadian Shorthorn website. Go to www.canadianshorthorn. com.

By Ray Armbruster

The board has put out a member survey in the last few weeks and we want to thank everyone who has completed the process. If you haven’t got to it yet, please take a few minutes to send us YOUR details and thoughts to help YOUR association! The 136th CSA Annual Meeting will take place in Brandon, MB. June 2-5 at the Clarion Hotel. There will be tours planned on the 3rd for those not in meetings. On Saturday morning informational presentations will start the day, followed by the AGM in the afternoon. Evening events include a banquet followed by live entertainment, silent and live auctions. On Sunday the 5th a livestock display is planned at Hamiota for those who wish to view some Manitoba Shorthorns. Visit the Manitoba Shorthorn website and Facebook Page and also the Canadian Shorthorn website for further information. The Canadian National Junior Show will be taking place July 14-17 at Collingwood, Ontario. The Canadian Junior board has been working hard organizing their event. They will need our help and your continued support will ensure a successful junior event this year. Looking forward there is optimism that things will begin to open up and that activities will once again take place. Summer fairs and shows should be able to go ahead. For many areas in our country these opportunities and events have not been available for the last two years. There will be better times ahead to get back with our fellow Shorthorn breeders, getting our youth and juniors back enjoying events promoting Shorthorn cattle locally, provincially and nationally. Support our efforts and each other in any way you are able. I look forward to seeing our Shorthorn friends as the year moves on and various events take place. The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022


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The By-laws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members who have voted through a mail in ballot. Notice of all proposed amendments shall be given to the Secretary in writing, signed by two members in good standing, at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of the annual meeting. The membership will be provided by mail, with all notices of motion received at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. All notices of motion will be taken to the Annual Meeting for discussion and debate and may be amended there by a simple majority of votes cast. Within 15 days of the annual meeting a ballot, along with the notices of motion, or, amended notices of motion will be mailed to the membership. Ballots must be returned to the Canadian Shorthorn Association office no later than 45 days after the Annual Meeting to be counted. The results of any votes will be held in total confidence until all votes are counted and the results of all votes will be released by the Canadian Shorthorn Association President or Board of Directors. In order to receive a ballot in 2022, memberships must be purchased on or before June 4, 2022. Amendments to or the repeal of any by-laws shall become effective upon approval by the Minister of Agriculture (Canada) and registration in the Department of Agriculture (Canada). All Notices to amend the By-laws must be received in this office by Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

THE CANADIAN SHORTHORN ASSOCIATION 2nd Floor, Canada Centre Building, Evraz Place, Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone (306) 757-2212 Fax (306) 525-5852 email Ray Armbruster, President Belinda Wagner, Secretary-Treasurer

The Annual General Meeting of THE CANADIAN SHORTHORN ASSOCIATION will be held SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022 at the CLARION HOTEL 3130 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba R7B 3Y3 (204) 728-5775 The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022

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Random Thoughts From A Frost Bitten Mind I hope some of you can attend. There will be enough memories and new friendships to last a lifetime! Calving will be well underway by the time this issue reaches your mail box. It is a very busy time, but also is a time of excitement as you see the results of your breeding decisions from the past year. By the time you receive the next issue of this magazine, your breeding season

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will be well underway or over with for another year. Your winter feed will most likely be completed and most likely, summer will have us all complaining about how hot it is again. Let’s all remember that we are privileged to be able to work in agriculture. It is a business where quality almost always brings a premium, so let’s all try to produce the best Shorthorns we can. Until next time, Grant


Day 1 - Thursday 7 July – Overnight Windsor Arrival to London, meet & greet and transfer to Windsor for welcome drinks reception and buffet style meal Day 2 - Friday 8 July – Overnight Cardiff Visits to: Stanford Park Beef Shorthorn, Lunch / Classification workshop Charles Horton’s Hannington Beef herd, early evening BBQ Continue to Cardiff for overnight Day 3 - Saturday 9 July – Overnight Chester Visit to: Messrs Thomas’s Drisgol Dairy herd, Pembrokeshire, lunch included Continue to Chester for overnight Day 4 - Sunday 10 July – Overnight Chester Visit to: Mr Stuart Royle, Dunham Herd, Altrinham, Cheshire Lunch. Return to Chester for free time to explore this historic city Day 5 - Monday 11 July – Overnight Harrogate Visits to: Cogent Breeding Ltd, Chester Chatsworth House, Gardens & Estate Tour Continue to Harrogate for overnight Day 6 - Tuesday 12 July – Overnight Harrogate Full day visit to the Great Yorkshire Show – Beef Judging day & Shorthorn Celebration Parade Return to Harrogate for overnight Page 8

Day 7 - Wednesday 13 July – Overnight in Harrogate OPTION: Great Yorkshire Show – Interbreed judging OR Harrogate or York – free time to explore Celebration Dinner in Evening at Showground. Return to Harrogate for overnight Day 8 - Thursday 14 July – Overnight Durham Full day visit to the Great Yorkshire Show – Dairy judging Continue to Durham for overnight Day 9 - Friday 15 July – Overnight Durham Full day Conference in the Lumley Castle Hotel OPTION: Visit Durham City Medieval Banquet Dinner in Lumley Castle Hotel Overnight Durham Day 10 - Saturday 16 July – Overnight Visits to: Beamish Heritage Museum World Council Meeting / Country Reports Page Farms Partnership, Beef Herd - evening food & refreshments Return to Durham for overnight Sunday - 17 July – Overnight Gretna Visits to: Alnwick Castle & Gardens James Playfair Hannay’s Tofts Beef herd Youth Show Presentation, lunch included Continue to Gretna for overnight Day 12 - Monday 18 July – Overnight Gretna Visits to: James Robinson’s Strickley Dairy farm, lunch included Barwood Beef herd (Morrisons - Paul Coates), early evening BBQ included Return to Gretna for overnight

Day 13 - Tuesday 19 July - Overnight Gretna Visits to: John Thomson’s Shawhill Beef herd, lunch included at Hetland Hall Hotel Messrs Biggar’s Chapelton Beef herd, refreshments included Return to Gretna for overnight. Final tour dinner at Gretna Day 14 - Wednesday 20 July Depart to Glasgow Airport OR Scotland Post Tour Option SCOTTISH POST TOUR OPTION: Day 14 - Wednesday 20 July Visit to: Carey Coombs Dunsyre Beef herd Continue to Perth for overnight Day 15 Thursday 21 July Visits to: Major Gibb’s Glenisla Beef herd Glenrinnes Beef herd Return to Perth for overnight Day 16 Friday 22 July Visits to: Fearn Farm Beef herd. Continue to Inverness for overnight Day 17 Saturday 23 July Depart to Inverness Airport

To register your interest please email Or visit the World Conference website https:// The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022


Sun Country e l a S n r o h t r Sho

Tuesday March 8, 2022 1:00 PM CST

Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK. Sale broadcast live at

Sold in 2021 A full sister sells this year!

Sold in 2020 A brother sells this year!

Sold in 2016

Sold in 2015

A full sister sells this year!

This year’s sale will have 31 yearling and two year old bulls as well as 13 replacement heifers. They have been raised practically and culled for soundness. The sale catalog will be available online at or on any of our websites. Horseshoe Creek Farms Ltd. Grant and Chris Alexander Box 580, Weyburn, SK 306-861-5504

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Lamontagne Holdings Ltd.

Hector and Dylan Lamontagne Box 452, Wawota, SK 306-577-8840

Diamond Creek Cattle Co. Todd and Rylan Knupp Box 787, Weyburn, SK 306-861-9510

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Trieber Farms Beaverlodge, AB Fred: 780.831.1346 Naomi: 780.814.0052

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The Coates Herdbook ...

(A Lesson in Persistence) – 200 Years and Counting

The Shorthorn breed had taken form by the late 18th century with the earliest representatives reaching the shores of Virginia as early as 1783. This was achieved with the application of breeding principles initially developed by Robert Bakewell, the recognized “Father of Animal Breeding.” His methods of carefully selecting foundation stock of desired type and then using a welldefined system of breeding “like to like” regardless of relationship (linebreeding/ inbreeding) could Robert Bakewell create a group of similar individuals that were fixed in type and would breed true. Stock belonging to “breeds” created using this breeding method then could have economic value. These principles had created in the fledgling Shorthorn breed… cattle which could contribute increased growth for production of beef, add scale to the local cattle strains for use as work oxen, as well as improve the ability to fatten and increase milk production. By the early 1800s these useful traits combined with strong promotional efforts in exhibits and sales made Shorthorns popular and well recognized throughout Great Britain, Continental Europe, and North America. At this time in Great Britain, much of a person’s position in life was determined by their social class and heritage. A small portion of the population which included Page 12

the British nobility and a British social class referred to as the “landed gentry” owned a major portion of the land. They could live entirely on rental income or at least had a country estate. Land ownership would be passed on through generations. This system also prompted the issuance of many long-term leases which could also be passed on to succeeding generations. Those who held these leases were still referred to as “tenant farmers” but had control over large tracts of land with many employees. This social system with the importance of family lineage was certainly a driving force behind the establishment of a herdbook for the Shorthorn breed. This maintenance of records and documentation of ancestry was an important step in their improvement and expansion. The first herdbook for any livestock species to be published in Great Britain was The General Stud Book for Thoroughbred horses first printed in 1793. Its intended purpose was to be a public registry system for pedigrees to identify those horses that qualified for specific races. Although slightly different in their intentions from the General Stud Book, the first cattle breed herdbook published in the British Isles was for Shorthorns. In 1812 a meeting was held including respected Shorthorn breeders Sir Henry Vane Tempest, Col. Totter, and George Coates to discuss the publishing of a herdbook. These same breeders met later that Fall in a second meeting which included several more prominent Shorthorn breeders. Among those present were members of the Colling family, the Booth

“Fashion” and a calf, bred by Sir Henry Vane Tempest family and Thomas Bates, all who had already figured prominently in the founding and expansion of the breed. All those in attendance endorsed the idea of a herdbook and since many of these Shorthorn breeders

By Dr. Bert Moore also raised horses, they looked to The General Stud Book as a model. The attendees also agreed that George Coates was the person to gather the information and lead the task as editor. It was George Coates believed that he was fitted for the duty by his large knowledge of pedigrees, great interest in the cattle, knowledge of the breeders and confidence they placed in him. Sir Henry Vane Tempest who had extensive land holdings and coal mines in northeast England agreed to offset the expenses of gathering the data and printing the book. Coates immediately got to work on the project, only to be stymied nine months later with the unexpected death of Tempest. Although, the loss of “Sir Henry” delayed the project indefinitely, Coates continued his work of gathering data that would one day be needed to publish a herdbook. Alvin Sanders described Coates’ work in his book, Red, White, and Roan: “This difficult task was successfully undertaken by a well-known character of his day and generation, old George Coates, who rode up and down the valley year after year in quest of necessary data. His familiar figure, old white nag and saddle bags, traversing the highways and by-ways of that historic region. Coates also attended the “fairs” or market days, held at Yarn and Darlington and other points, where the Shorthorn fathers were wont to gather to exchange views and discuss ways and means of promoting improvement in the local cattle stock.” Another gathering of Shorthorn leaders occurred after Robert Colling’s sale in 1818. Printing of the book had remained on hold, but it was decided to move forward with the project. Robert Colling and Jonas Whitaker agreed to defer the expenses to print the book. Their money would then be recouped through subscriptions. However, Colling died in March 1820, which further delayed the project for lack of funds. After The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022

these delays, in 1822 Whitaker, who had become a large breeder and a leader in exporting cattle to America advanced the monies necessary to publish Shorthorn’s first herdbook. The book got printed in the autumn of 1822 with 505 subscriptions, at a guinea each per book paid on delivery for a total of $2,525. At this subscription cost, it was reported that it was not a profitable enterprise for Coates. The first edition contained entries on 710 bulls, with about an equal number of cows. The early herdbooks sometimes had meager pedigrees because the ancestry of many foundation animals was unknown. Coates had to depend on information from private herd records, which were frequently “sketchy,” and simple recollections and stories of many years distant from people who lived during those times. The earliest birthdate of an entry into this edition was the red and white Studley Bull (626) calved in 1737. Bulls and cows were cataloged separately. Bulls were assigned a registration number and arranged alphabetically by their name. Cows were not given a registration number and were cataloged alphabetically by name with some of their progeny listed below. In reference, cows were identified by the herdbook volume and page number where they were listed, ie. (Lavina v.1, p. 373). Bulls and cows were cataloged separately until well into the 20th century. It was published under the title The General Short-Horned Herd-Book: Containing the Pedigrees of Short-Horned Bulls, Cows & c. of the Improved Durham Breed. It became known as the Coates Herdbook and still bears this name today. As future books were published, the pedigrees could be traced back through the various editions. As indicated, the first editor of the Shorthorn herdbook, George Coates, was also an early breeder of Shorthorn cattle. Unlike many of his contemporaries involved with the formation of the breed, Coates was not a man of means. Still, it would be Coates who relentlessly undertook the monumental task of gathering pedigree information for the contents of the first Shorthorn herdbook. It appears that it had to be a “labor of love” because his compensation was very meager. After the publication of the first Coates Herdbook—which reportedly provided Coates with no renumeration—he nevertheless started collecting information for the second edition. The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022

century and have had major influences as foundation stock for many other breeds. Shorthorns have a unique history in that breeders can retrieve pedigree information as far back as the founding herdbooks of the breed. Shorthorns that trace in all ancestral lines to these herdbooks have the designation of Heritage/Native Shorthorns and are “Patriot” (486), bred by George Coates identified and promoted by The Heritage The second volume would not come out Shorthorn Society. until 1829, with volumes after that being Bert Moore Biography edited by Coates’ son and then Henry Bert Moore proudly admits that he “grew up Strafford. In 1874, the Shorthorn Society on Shorthorn milk.” Raised on a north central purchased the herdbook, moving it out of Iowa farm the only cattle that he knew were private hands. It is hard to find fault with the red, white and roans. His first Milking anyone who worked so hard for so little Shorthorn came as a gift from his grandfather financial reward as the elder Coates. Still to his sister and him with the provision that there were some who felt that there was they would receive every other calf and their benefit when the society took over the father would receive the alternating year’s herdbook. calf to pay for feed. With ten stanchions in the Shorthorns were among the first breeds to be improved but also had public pedigree information that was available earlier than for any other cattle breeds. Breeders of other breeds utilized similar breeding strategies at the fountain head of their breeds, yet they had no public herdbooks until later dates. Shorthorn ancestral information was available because of the publication of the Coates Herdbook which also set a precedent to establish herdbooks for most other livestock breeds, regardless of specie. This was useful in developing expanded world-wide markets. With the obvious expense and time involved in the importation of cattle, ancestral documentation surely had significant value. This was borne out when investment trips were taken to the British Isles to secure improved cattle breeding stock in the early part of the 19th century. With no specific breed designation or preference in mind, in most cases they came back with Shorthorns that were offered to eager buyers. This coined the Shorthorns as “The Great Improvers.” The Coates Herdbook also provided a model and information source for the American Short-Horn Herdbook to be first published in 1846. All these events, no doubt provided an important encouragement to the ultimate popularity throughout the British Isles and expansion across the globe. They became the most numerous breed in Britain, North America and Australia well into the 20th

barn, when eleven cows were “fresh” it was Bert’s job to milk that eleventh by hand. This did not enamor him to the dairy business. Beef Shorthorns were added and comprised all his 4H projects. Shorthorns were the only breed both of his parents and both sets of grandparents raised making him a third generation Shorthorn breeder (on both sides of his pedigree).

Bert has a degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University, and MS and PhD degrees from North Dakota State University. As a faculty member at NDSU for over forty years he taught a wide variety of courses, advised students, conducted applied research and coached the livestock judging team. He has judged livestock shows from local to international levels in 29 states and 4 Canadian provinces and has given presentations in Great Britain and New Zealand. After leaving North Dakota State he served as the Executive Secretary of the American Shorthorn Association. He and his wife Millie currently live in Indianola, Iowa where they maintain a herd of Shorthorn cattle, a portion of which are Heritage Shorthorns. Because of his deep interest in beef cattle history he has amassed an extensive collection of reference materials, authored numerous articles, and co-authored a book on the history of Shorthorn cattle to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Shorthorn Association— “Shorthorn and the American Cattle Industry”.

Thank you to the Heritage Shorthorn Society for providing this article. Page 13

4’s Company Sale December 5, 2021 Camrose, AB Auctioneer: Don Oberg

24 Bred Heifers 10 Open Heifers 3 Bulls Sale Gross

Gross $ 95,800 $ 25,900 $ 10,000 $131,700

Average $3992 $2355 $3333

A good crowd gathered for the 41st Annual 4’s Company Production Sale. It was nice to see so many people in the stands and bidding was very active on a wonderful set of good Shorthorn animals.

24th Shorthorn Alliance Sale

December 16, 2021 Saskatoon SK Sales Management: R&R Sales Management Gross 16 Bred Heifers $68,100 19 Heifer Calves $52,500 4 Embryos $2,800 Commercial Females 12 Bred Heifers $30,300 4 Heifer Calves $4,800

Average $4,256.25 $2,763.16 $700 $2,525 $1,200

Shorthorn breeders from across the three prairie provinces brought an outstanding set of genetics to Saskatoon. A real solid set of bred

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$7300 – Lot 22 – Six S Janet 50H - consigned by Colin Schutz. The high selling female sold to Rylan Knupp of Diamond Creek Cattle Company, Weyburn, SK. $5750 – Lot 21 – Six S Janet 52H - consigned by Colin Schutz. Sold to Evan Patriquin, Double Arrow Stock Farm, Thorhild, AB. Other High selling lots included: $5600 – Lot 23 – Six S Lady 53H – Sold to Evan Patriquin, Double Arrow Stock Farm, Thorhild, AB. $5500 – Lot 10 – Paintearth Maid 60H consigned by Albert Oram. Sold to Rylan Knupp of Diamond Creek Cattle Company, Weyburn, SK. $5100 – Lot 5 – Paintearth Lass 11H – consigned by Albert Oram. Sold to Brad Clements of Goose Creek Cattle, Hardisty, AB

$4800 – Lot 6 – Paintearth Evita 27H – consigned by Albert Oram. Sold to Ross & Lauri Skori of Hattie Lake Shorthorns, Kinsella, AB $4750 – Lot 4 – Paintearth Caramel 5H – consigned by Albert Oram. Sold to Tom & Shari Barto, Sharom Shorthorns, Thorhild, AB. $3500 – Lot 39 – PFF Juniper 10J – The top selling Open Heifer was consigned by Haley Peterson, Peterson Family Farms, Meeting Creek, AB. Sold to Edward & Sandi Hayes of Haywire Farm, Vermilion, AB.

females both purebred and commercial as well as a strong set of heifer calves were on offer. $5750 – Lot 21 – Majestic Janice’s Choice 54H – This beautiful roan bred heifer that was consigned by Tannor & Jennifer Diegel got the crowd excited at Saskatoon. When the dust settled Charles Peckover of Lampman, SK was a successful bidder. $5750 – Lot 22 – Poplar Dell Cathy Joyful 1H – George LaClare brought an impressive, powerful, and functional, white, Titanium 47F daughter to Saskatoon. She will be making her new home at Bell M Farms, Englefeld SK, in Royce Moellenbeck’s junior herd. $5500 – Lot 23 – Poplar Dell Rainy Lass 3H – A three quarter sibling to the co-sale topper,

Rainy Lass will make the trip with her pen mate to Bell M Farms, in Ryley Moellenbeck’s herd. $5250 – Lot 15 – KCC Moolatte 6H – The Madsen’s of Hamiota, MB brought this eyecatching roan heifer to the sale and caught the eye of Bishop Farms, Killam AB. $5250 – Lot 1 – Creekside Admiration 128J – Creekside brought the open heifer calf sale topper to town. This feminine, roan Bell M Eric sired calf will be making its way east to Kroner Cattle Co. of Hamiota, MB. $5000 – Lot 17 – Uphill Silver Sylvia 16H – This deep, red bred female was consigned by Uphill Shorthorns and will make the short trip to Borden SK, to join the herd at Clythe Mane Shorthorns.

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Self-care – Important for You and the Agricultural Community ... As I write this column, it seems Saskatchewan and the prairie provinces have been in a deep freeze since Christmas. Consistent days in the minus 25 to minus 45-degree Celsius range, making for bone-chilling work and extended hours. Equipment doesn’t work the way it is supposed to when extreme cold occurs, and neither do we. Adding layers and layers of clothes to keep warm while doing chores takes the fun out of ranching, not to mention lowers the mood with everyone. No one likes tundra temperatures when ranch work needs to get done. Much of the country is now in full-calving mode and busy with the associated tasks of tagging, tattooing, and weighing the new additions, plus fighting the elements to keep the cows fed and bedded. It’s not uncommon at this time of year to see Facebook flooded with photos of creative ways to keep a baby calf’s ears from freezing. Extra effort like this takes place every day on our farms and ranches. Ranch crews push on with less sleep than usual. All hands are on deck. As one stockman told me, “We did everything we could to prepare for what was forecasted.” The stress of this unwavering cold, many producers preparing to host their annual bull plus, the uncertainty of what impact the trickle-down effect of the pandemic continues to have on agriculture and the workforce, means producers, family members, and employees may be facing stress beyond their threshold. These events made me recall a webinar I heard on ‘Mental Health Awareness in Agriculture.” The following were some key take-home messages to be aware of or practice for your own self-care or that of someone else’s.

Continual Stress

Dealing with frequent elements out of control, such as the weather, prices, recurrent financial and business management issues, means ranchers struggle to recognize a time when they don’t have stress and identify one’s stress threshold. This constant uncertainty makes it difficult to know how much one can handle. Mental health specialists on the webinar warned, “individuals need to know what they are feeling can be and is most likely different from what another person is feeling.” Stress and the need to focus on one’s mental health varies from person-to-person. The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022

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Value Yourself

Without the rancher, there is no ranch. The individual matters more than the value of the operation’s assets. Thus, individuals should give themself some grace and room to be flexible with the decision-making process and the outcomes. When stressed, the brain doesn’t function normally, resulting in poor decisions and unfortunate accidents.

Self-Care Tools

Ranchers work with tools every day. They know the best tools for fixing water tanks or fences without hesitation. However, are producers aware of the tools needed to be good to themselves, their family, or their business? Tools necessary for individual health include getting enough sleep, balanced nutrition, and time away from the routine to focus on hobbies or other interests. Busy schedules can result in forgetting to eat balanced meals, or long hours on the tractor result in limited physical activity to keep your heart healthy. “You regularly check your cattle; when have you checked in on yourself lately.”

Helping Others

Maintaining a healthy agricultural community means being aware of the changes you see in your friends and neighbors. Recognizing behavioral changes such as sadness, anxiety, pessimism, irritability, and fatigue may be signs of added stress or other impacts on their mental health. It’s critical to be proactive when you witness changes in typical behaviors of friends or neighbors. Don’t hesitate to let these individuals know when you notice a difference in their actions. Continue to ask if everything is okay, but don’t stop there. If the person is not ready to talk, remember to check back with them frequently to demonstrate you are willing to listen. Taking the proactive approach to reach out to someone else may feel uncomfortable, but your goal is to let them know you are concerned. “In the case you are the one needing help, don’t be embarrassed to ask for it or reach out.”

Identify Resources

If you are uncomfortable talking to a friend or neighbor about your situation, numerous resources are available. Local resources include behavioral health counselors, doctors, clergy, and hotlines. If you are concerned about another person and don’t know where to begin, start by researching available resources, then you will be prepared when the person is ready to share, or when needed. Agriculture is one big family filled with people with similar passions who understand the toll it can take when life or mother nature throws you a curveball —practice self-care for the benefit of those who rely on you and for your agricultural community. Page 15

Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association Board of Directors President: Samantha Lundy Collingwood, ON Vice-President: Royce Moellenbeck Englefeld, SK Secretary: Taylor Carlson Elm Creek, MB Directors: Jessica Davey Saskatoon, SK Samuel Dempsey West Brome, QC Sarah Height Arthur, ON Evan Patriquin Thorhild, AB Brooke Van De Voorde Meeting Creek, AB

Canadian Shorthorn Association Belinda Wagner, Secretary-Treasurer 2nd Floor, Canada Centre Building Evraz Place, Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone 306-757-2212 Fax 306-525-5852 Email Website Office hours - M-F - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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CJSA Update...

by Jessica Davey

well as some commercials. Growing up in the beef industry Levi was very involved in the 4-H program and also had involvement in the Canadian Junior Gelbvieh Association. Levi’s original goal was to pursue a football scholarship and career, however an injury CJSA Board Members Taylor Carlson, Evan Patriquin, changed that in a hurry, right after he graduated from Samantha Lundy, Jessica Davey, Royce Moellenbeck and Samuel Dempsey preparing for the Forum.(Missing high school. Instead, he had from photo Sarah Height and Brooke Van De Voorde) to regroup and change his path. He talked about the The Canadian Junior Shorthorn Stars Leadership Forum took place difficulties of making those changes, but in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the that embracing new opportunities was Sheraton Cavalier Hotel on January life-changing for him. Levi attended 7-9, 2022. The event was planned and Lakeland College, where he studied in coordinated by our Junior board and the Agribusiness program. He worked was a great opportunity for our Junior as an Assistant Ag Lender in Swift Shorthorn members to connect. Junior Current and as an Ag and Business board members and members from Lender in Wilkie, however found he across Canada were in attendance at wasn’t passionate about the work and the event. There was a board meeting he decided to make another big change the first day where the directors in his life by taking an advantage of discussed the Forum, member outreach opportunity. He is currently working and promotion, fundraising and for JGL outside of Saskatoon as a cattle sponsorship, and the National Junior buyer and is very happy with his new Shorthorn Show that will take place in career. Collingwood, Ontario in July. Saturday and Sunday there were a variety of Clinton’s presentation was Building speakers at the workshop that talked Better Beef Conversations. about leadership, careers in agriculture, Clinton Monchuk grew up on a mixed agriculture advocacy, financing, and dairy, beef, and grain family farm industry experiences. Our juniors outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. He also had an etiquette training session received his Bachelors of Science in during a formal dinner, followed by Agriculture majoring in Agricultural a pool party to unwind after a great Economics from the University day of learning. The juniors had the of Saskatchewan and a Masters of opportunity to network and connect Business Administration in Agriculture with fellow members, meet new people, from the University of Guelph. Clinton and listen to engaging presentations. has enjoyed numerous roles across The speakers were Levi Hurlburt, Canada, the United States, and Mexico Clinton Monchuk, Kathryn Elliott, as a researcher, educator, manager, Jourdyn Sammons, and Shelby Corey. economist, and director of trade policy. In 2016 Clinton accepted the role of Levi’s presentation was on Industry Executive Director with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to promote farming Experiences. Levi was raised on a beef farm just and ranching to consumers. Clinton outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Continued on page 18 His family raises Gelbvieh cattle, as The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2022

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CJSA Update... Continued from page 16 understands the value of increasing public trust in agriculture and actively promotes engagement between the agriculture industry and consumers. Clinton, Laura, and their children Jackson and Katelyn continue to be active partners on their family grain and layer farm in Saskatchewan and cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Kathryn’s presentation was Agriculture Finance 101. Kathryn is a Senior Relationship Manager with FCC in the Saskatoon office. Kathryn started her career with FCC in the Lloydminster office and spent most of her 12.5 years there (with a short detour to Prince Albert). She obtained her B.Comm with a major in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. Kathryn recently relocated to Saskatoon with her husband, and two young children, ages 4 and 2. She is excited to be a little closer to where she grew up, as she was raised on a mixed grain and beef farm in the Meacham, SK area where her parents still reside. She is passionate about building relationships with customers and providing financial advice to help her customers and their farm operations succeed. Jourdyn’s presentation was Agriculture Advocacy. Jourdyn was raised on a mixed farming operation East of Calgary, played hockey and was an avid 4-H member growing up. Currently, she is working on her BSA majoring in Animal Sciences, minoring in Rangeland Resources, and also completing a Certificate in Professional Communication. Upon graduation this spring, she will work for a year and then start a master’s in forage development at the University of Saskatchewan. She talked to the group about engaging on social media and the dos and don’ts of sharing photos and information on our farms and day-today life. Page 18

Shelby’s presentation was Say Yes! Whether doing classroom presentations for Agriculture in the Classroom, speaking at conferences or serving as a board member for the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Shelby continually supports the agriculture industry through her experience and communication skills, sharing the story of modern agriculture and shaping policy in favor of the beef sector. Shelby, along with her husband and family, ranch near Saskatoon, running a commercial cow-calf herd, and backgrounding calves. Shelby has been involved in the cattle industry her entire life, growing up raising both purebred and commercial cattle on her family ranch, which she is still involved in today. Combining an educational background with a BSc in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan, and hands-on experience from the cowcalf sector right through to direct beef sales, Shelby strives to connect with others to build a strong beef industry.

The Canadian Junior Shorthorn Stars Leadership workshop provided our juniors with opportunities to meet new people, connect, learn about leadership, and have fun! The feedback was positive and we have many new ideas for this annual event. We are looking forward to planning and hosting more programs in the future to build the foundation for the future leaders of our breed!

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Attention Young Ranchers and Entrepreneurs ... Information from Farm Credit Canada: Are you under 40? Are you starting an ag business or expanding and existing one? Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has some enhanced and expanded opportunities for financing for you thanks to the Government of Canada. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, unveiled these financing opportunities for young farmers and young food business owners in an effort to unleash the ideas, passion and energy of Canadian youth in our world-leading agriculture and food industry. The expansion of three FCC loans will help young farms and those who are getting started or growing their business in the agriculture and food industry. FCC has increased the lifetime maximum amount it will approve for the Young Farmer (www.fcc-fac. ca/en/financing/agriculture/youngfarmers.html) and Young Entrepreneur ( loans from $1 million to $1.5 million. The Young Farmer Loan Program offers qualified producers, who are under 40, loans to purchase or improve farmland and buildings. The loan

includes features to support their longterm success, including lower lending rates. The Young Entrepreneur Loan offers financing to qualified applicants, under age 40, to start or expand a business and to purchase shares in an agriculturerelated business, including those in the agri-food section. This access to capital will allow these businesses to take advantage of new opportunities, grow the economy and create more middle-class jobs. Features include no processing fees, preferential interest rates and up to 18 months to make a purchase. Additionally, the eligibility and the lifetime maximum approve of the Starter Loan ( financing/agriculture/starter-loan.html) have been expanded and increased. The Starter Loan is designed to support new entrants into the industry, helping them build a solid credit rating and improve their financial literacy. The Government of Canada has made it a top priority to support the entrance and inclusion of young Canadians into the agriculture and agri-food sector. These enhanced loan products build upon other Government of

Want to further markeT your program or promote your sale? We can help! The Canadian Shorthorn Report has partnered with the Canadian Shorthorn Association to offer E-blasts to members and advertisers. We will send your information to our exclusive list of breeders and producers and add your sale catalogue to the Events section of the CSA web-site, all for a very nominal fee. Contact Belinda at 306-757-6133 or for details.

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Canada programs such as the Youth Employment and Skills Program, which helped fund about 2,000 jobs for youth in the agriculture sector in 2021. “One of the biggest challenges young farmers and entrepreneurs tell me they face is access to capital. These specialized loans mean the next general will be better able to become established and contribute to Canada achieving its full potential as a leading food supplier worldwide and help maintain Canada’s position as a world leader in sustainable agriculture,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “We have a strong and diverse industry and getting a good start will allow more bright and ambitious people to pursue their dreams.” “By expanding and enhancing the Young Farmer, Young Entrepreneur and Starter loans, FCC is reducing the barriers for young people to enter or become more established in Canada’s agriculture and food industry,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “Beyond offering great access to capital, FCC provides knowledge and learning opportunities that support the growth of the next generation.” For more information visit

Canadian Shorthorn Member Survey In an effort to gather your input for future direction of the Canadian Shorthorn Association, the board has developed a member survey. PLEASE participate Check your inbox and complete today!

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Coming Events ... March 5-7.........2nd On Target Shorthorn Sale, Farm Gate Timed Auctions March 8.............15th Sun Country Shorthorn Sale, Moose Jaw, SK March 12...........Hill Haven “Spring Time” Edition Online Sale March 18-19.....Alberta’s Finest Bull and Heifer Sale, Farm Gate Timed Auctions March 24-25.....Best of the West Online sale Farm Gate Timed Auctions March 25-26.....Bender and Star P Bull and Heifer Online Sale, Neudorf, SK March 26...........Manitoba Bull Test Sale, Douglas, MB April 2...............Western Prime Shorthorn Sale, Westlock, AB April 7...............Who’s Your Daddy Bull and Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK June 2-5............136th CSA Annual Meeting, Brandon, MB July 7-23...........17th World Shorthorn Conference and Tour England and Scotland July 14-17.........Canadian National Junior Shorthorn Show, Collingwood, ON

Index of Ads ... Alberta’s Finest Bull & Female Sale...............14 Bender Shorthorns/Star P Farms...................23 Best of the West Shorthorn Bull Sale............... 3 Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association....16,17 Canadian Shorthorn Association...................6,7 Horseshoe Creek Farms Ltd............................ 5 Kroner Cattle Co.............................................22


Long Lake Shorthorns....................................10 Manitoba Bull Test Station................................ 2 Muridale Shorthorns ....................................... 11 Poplar Park Shorthorns..................................10 Sun Country Bull Sale....................................... 9 Trieber Farms.................................................. 11 Who’s Your Daddy Bull Sale..........................BC

Calf picture by Shorthorn Junior member- Kenadee Pimm of Baehr Acres, Alberta

SHORTHORNS Alvin Johnson Box 27 Brownvale, AB T0H 0L0 Ph/Fax 780-618-9044

Thank You to those who submitted pictures of calves for magazine use. They will be featured in future issues for fillers and with articles where appropriate.

Next we are requesting your best summer pasture pictures, so have a look through your files and remember to take and send along your 2022 summer photos!

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