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Official Publication of the Saskatchewan Angus Association

Fall 2015

Publications Mail Agreement #40019886

2015 Purebred Breeder of the Year Merit Cattle Company, Radville, SK “The Middle of the Road”. That is the quote you will find if you look at Merit Cattle Company’s website, and, while that may be true when considering their steadfast commitment to breeding a better cow without falling to trends, it should not be misinterpreted to mean average. When Trent and Janelle Liebreich were selected as the 2015 Saskatchewan Angus breeder of the Year, Merit was described as an operation grounded in history with an eye to the future. As we take a look at this exemplary operation, I believe we will see what makes them so very worthy of this recognition. Merit Cattle Company was originally formed when Trent and Janelle moved from Ebenezer to Radville and merged their Angus herd with Janelle’s parent’s Charolais herd. Trent’s herd began with two heifer calves purchased at the 1984 Masterpiece sale when it was still an association sponsored select heifer calf sale. Over 30 years later, the herd is strictly Angus, with one of those initial cow families still represented. The evolution of Merit Cattle Company includes the dispersal of the Charolais cows in 2009 and Trent and Janelle’s

by Tracey Willms

purchase of her parent’s (Emile and Sandra Carles) registered Angus cows in 2011. Emile and Sandra continue in the cattle business with an Angus based 400 cow commercial herd that they breed terminally to Charolais bulls.

L-R Belinda Wagner, SAA General Manager, Macy, Trent, Janelle, Garrett & Carson Liebreich and From the beginning, Mike Howe, SAA President

the driver for the Liebreichs has been a shared passion to “make a better cow”. Trent was inspired by the Angus cow herd of neighbours and friends, Lorne and Grace Fandrey, as well as those of

the Carruthers and Toners. In a world dominated by Hereford and growing excitement about exotic breeds, Trent chose the Angus cow. The limited marketing opportunities and acceptance forced a focus on quality Continued on page 8


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Saskatchewan Angus Association 2015 Board of Directors President

Directors

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

Jason Frey Oxbow, SK 306-483-2291 jfrey1@sasktel.net

1st Vice-President

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

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

2nd Vice-President

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

Executive Director

Gord Roger Balgonie, SK 306-771-2305 gordon.roger@merck.com

Past President Dale Easton Wawota, SK 306-739-2805 eastondale.angus@sasktel.net

Shane Roger Junior Director Balgonie SK 306-533-3324 shane-17@hotmail.com

Chad Hollinger Neudorf, SK 396-331-0302 hollingerlandcattle@hotmail.com David Johnson Peebles, SK 306-224-4341 daj@sasktel.net

David Johnson Canadian Director Peebles, SK 306-224-4341 daj@sasktel.net Tracey Willms Canadian Director Dundurn, SK 306-492-2161 traceywillms@gmail.com Corinne Gibson Canadian Director Fir Mountain, SK 306-266-4895 sixmile@sasktel.net

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

Honourary President

Kristine Sauter Wawota, SK 306-739-2240 bridgewayfarms@rfnow.com

The Late Alvin Swenson Weyburn, SK

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

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Breeder of the Year... Merit Cattle Company rather than financial gain. With their marriage in 1992, Janelle quickly came to appreciate the virtues of the Angus cow. Their relentless commitment to building a breeding program has allowed what makes the breed great to flourish at Merit. In Janelle’s words, “There is no better cow in the world. And we believe what makes her great is her udder, feet, doability, and longevity. We also believe in herd bulls.” While AI is used as a tool, Merit is built around animals that walk their pastures. “We select and sort our herd based on their ability to thrive under no frills management, similar to that of our bull customers. The more we know about how they work here, the more confident we can be in the genetics we sell. We are extremely grateful to the grass roots producers who continue to support us.” The acceptance by their commercial customers and fellow breeders has certainly indicated they are on the right track. Merit co-hosts a bull sale with Cockburn Red Angus on the last Monday in March in Moose Jaw. They were also a part of the Fall Finale Female Sale for 12 years and credit being connected to such a successful and committed group of Angus breeders with an increase in the recognition of their herd. They continue to market females at the annual Harvest Classic, as well other select sales and privately.

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In 2013, after over a decade of absence, and with a push of enthusiasm from their children, Merit returned to the show ring. Macy, Garrett, and Carson love the camaraderie and connection of showing cattle through 4-H and the Junior Angus program. Among the highlights of the last 30 years, the first Agribition banners for Senior Champion and Reserve Senior Champion Yearling heifers in 2013 ranks high, as does raising the Reserve Junior Champion Bull in 2014. “Watching the kids develop their passion and come into their own is pretty amazing,” says Janelle. “Whether they pursue this as a business remains to be seen, but teaching the kids a work ethic and a standard of excellence - that’s life stuff, not just cattle,” adds Trent. “It’s extremely rewarding to receive recognition from our peers in the industry, especially when we’ve achieved that with the same unique genetics we’ve built our herd around”. Merit Cattle Company has enjoyed many successful bull sales based on relationship and trust with their customers. As Trent said, “this is not a business of big victories, but of many small ones” I do not believe he means banners. I believe he means a breeding decision that improves

Congratulations on being named 2015 Breeder of the Year.

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President’s Report ...

As we wind up an incredible summer with great weather and adequate moisture later on in the season, we are getting ready for a very

the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Annual Meeting and Social as well as the commercial cattle show. I encourage you to take a trip through the commercial barn to see all the very good Angus based heifers that seem to do the winning every year as well as the good Angus bull pens and Stock Exchange displays. It is very encouraging to these producers to be able to show their cattle off to other producers.

This year Lloydminster will again be hosting the Gold and Junior Show during Stockade Roundup November 4-7. The Gold Show is also the 2015 National Angus Show and hats off on the incredible job of planning and rounding up sponsorship that the great group of local breeders and Exhibition have done to get ready for this event. The cattle numbers are up approximately 100 head from last year. I encourage all Saskatchewan breeders to take time to travel to Lloydminster to watch some of Saskatchewan and Alberta’s best cattle compete.

I would like to say ‘thanks’ to the organizers and hosts of our Saskatchewan Angus tour on August 6 and 7 in the Melville area. We had another great turn out, were treated to some wonderful hospitality and were able to view some excellent cattle. Laird Senft, our CAA Fieldman, wrote a detailed report on the event that you can read in this issue as well. If anyone is interested in finding out more about hosting next year’s tour, please contact the office.

exciting and busy fall.

Agribition will follow in after Lloydminster. Castlerock Marketing has rounded up a great set of cattle for the Masterpiece which will take place on Wednesday November 25. The Agribition numbers are also up from last year and should turn into another great show on Thursday, November 26. Angus events continue on Friday with the Power and Perfection Sale,

Over the summer we have been working on developing our Mentorship program and are very pleased to have five young Angus breeders as ‘mentees’. Congratulations to Nancy Gibson of Wawota, Jenna Loveridge of Melville, Henry Stewart of Invermay, Erin Yewsiuk of Wynyard and Rhea Wheeler of Saskatoon for taking advantage of this great opportunity. Many thanks also to our ‘mentors’ for volunteering their time for the program. Nancy will

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be working with Tracey Willms, Wilbar Cattle Co., Dundurn, Jenna with JamieRae Pittman of Pittman Holdngs and Pittman Digital Media, Kyle, Henry with Collin Sauder of Windy Willows Farms, Hodgeville, Erin with Sheldon Kyle of Kenray Ranch, Redvers and Rhea with Dawn Wilson of MillerWilson Angus, Bashaw. Learn more about four of our participants on page 38 and 39 in this issue of the Edge, and watch for biographies on the other six in our next issue. We will also be doing something very exciting by having a ‘think tank’ or strategic planning session with Saskatchewan breeders. There is a survey in the center of this Edge that we are asking our readers to complete and we will be getting together with a group of members and a facilitator in December. This will give breeders a chance to have their voice heard as to what things they would like to see their Association doing throughout the year. The board will then take these ideas to the board table and try to put them in to play. This allows us to become more in tune to what you as a membership would like to see. As always I encourage members to take the time to attend some of the great events coming up this fall. There are some very dedicated breeders who work to put them on and it is very encouraging when fellow breeders attend.♦

Breeder of the Year... Merit Cattle Company a cowherd, a bull that works for the commercial man, a replacement female that produces for another breeder. In addition to their commitment to cattle, the Liebreichs are active and valuable community members serving in roles as 4-H leaders, Minor Hockey president and Saskatchewan Angus Association director. Angus Edge - Fall 2015

There is no doubt that Trent and Janelle Liebreich have guided the recent evolution of Merit Cattle Company anchored in passion, steadfastness and gratitude. What an exceptionally worthy recipient of Saskatchewan Angus Breeder of the Year!♦

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From The Director's Chair ... In my last article for the Angus Edge, I wrote about gathering inventory because the beef industry was going to get very good. Well, it did get very good indeed.

like the right thing to just keep feeding their fat cattle. Sixty days later with overheavy cattle bunched together the packer could reduce price, which resulted in feedlot loss of equity.

Beef production is made up of cowcalf, feedlot, packer and consumer. Every sector needs to work together for the benefit of all. This summer with very low number of yearlings on grass and in short supply, feeder cattle were very strong. Feedlots thought with feeder cattle at 3.00 and fed cattle at 2.00 with cost of gain at .85, it looked

Where are we going from here? Cow inventory numbers are in the fifty year lows. Worldwide demand for high quality beef is growing, feed prices are reasonable, moisture is replenished with excellent fall pastures.

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At present prices have pulled back somewhat but all classes of cattle are still trading at very good prices. Calves, cull cows and bulls are bringing double what we were receiving not many years ago.

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before year end. Cows and bulls will seasonally soften with the added numbers to year end and then come up 10-20% into spring. As beef producers we are in excellent times. Use the extra cash to improve herd genetics and farm infrastructure to create future profitability. Now is a very good time to visit other producers. We can always learn something that will benefit our operation, including everyday projects around the farm.♌

My prediction‌ good quality calves will sell at present prices with increase

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Carcass 101 2015 Edition... On June 8-10 of this year I had the pleasure of travelling to Olds College to attend the Carcass 101 short course hosted by the Canadian Angus Association in conjunction with Certified Angus Beef. Earlier this spring, I saw the advertisement in the Angus Edge looking for participants, so I sent in a brief write up about why I would like to attend. Fast forward a couple of months and after being contacted by Saskatchewan Angus, I found out I would be heading west to take in the course! A quick note about myself… I ranch down in the beautiful southwest corner of Saskatchewan near Eastend. That being the East end of the Cypress Hills uplands. We are a three generation family operation with primarily black and red Angus influenced cows and Black Angus bulls. During the slower winter months you can usually find me cutting beef in my home meat shop or in a town nearby. My wife is reluctant to take me grocery shopping anymore because I invariable end up staring at the meat case checking out beef prices, cuts and techniques! At least she always knows where to find me… Here is a brief account of just some of the highlights from the two day short course. The first day Brody Gardner of

by Darrell Morvik

Diamond T Cattle Co. gave an in class presentation on judging live cattle and what he looks for to place in the ring. From here we had a great ‘hands on’ demo with Brody and the members of the Barrhead and District 4H Carcass Club who brought their animals down for the live evaluation and ultimately the Carcass evaluation. Everyone got to pick their top three and then see how they stacked up against Brody’s picks. The Barrhead Club did an excellent job on all of these eight Angus Influenced animals and the ‘hands on’ evaluations were invaluable. Back in the classroom Mike Friesen, Gordon Food Services ‘Centre of the Plate’ specialist gave us some insight into the history of GFS and their relationship within the industry being the sole distributor of Certified Angus Beef in Canada. He stressed that as distributors, they need to have more rapport with the producer in order to educate their customers on what their function was and this course was a good step to that end. If you enjoy talking about beef trends and where the food service industry is moving, Mike is the guy to talk to. Rod Wendorf of Windy Ridge Ultrasounds stressed the need to see how much more we can incorporate ultrasound i mpl e m e nt at i on to add to the producers’ bottom line as far as carcass quality goes.

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From the producer side Bruce Niznik of Brooks, AB gave a great presentation on their operation and how to select data for carcass

size for animals that sell into a grid. An interesting comment that Bruce made was “In the current market carcass weights are more important than the premiums being offered.” This was a very interesting discussion and presentation for everyone in attendance.

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Beautiful Olds College grounds The great thing about the Olds College facility is that combination of livestock pens for the live cattle evaluation, the in class lecture theatre and the National Meat Training Centre all available in one package. Top it off with everything in walking distance from your hotel there really couldn’t be a more suitable location. Clint Walenciak of Certified Angus Beef and Brad Mcleod, head of the meat cutting program at Olds College led us to the meat lab down the hall where we were to view the carcass breakdown. Starting with a half side Angus Edge - Fall 2015


of beef, Brad Mcleod broke the carcass down into primal and then sub-primals and finally all the cuts you would see at a retail level. Clint fielded questions and spoke on CAB’s quality aspects. It was a great session to be able to

Giving the feedlot perspective was Doug Price of Acme. Doug is a most entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. It was tough to try and capture in note form all the interesting things he touched on. Forty-five minutes flew

Clint Walenciak of CAB explaining the process visually see the retail cuts and the variety available to the consumer. Back in the classroom brand officer with Canada Beef, James Bradbury spoke on “Driving the brand Globally”. His presentation made you reflect on how big our beef industry is in a global perspective and the great reputation we have in producing quality beef. Having a great product to market makes his job much easier. We were treated to some tasty CAB steaks at the end of the first day as well as some unique samples of Beer provided by the Olds College Brewery. Everyone enjoyed the evening and the chance to unwind and talk about the day’s presentations. On the second day, Cheryl Hazenberg from the Canadian Angus Association gave us details about the Commercial Angus Identification Performance Program and what it means to producers. Full details are on the CAA website. Cheryl just completed a Nuffield Scholarship on Traceability around the world. It was most interesting listening to how Canadian producers stack up to others around the world. Angus Edge - Fall 2015

final grades on the 4-H carcasses we evaluated the day before. Oscar gave a detailed description of how he ranked each carcass for yield and grade and the parameters within the grade. This was a very educational part of the afternoon

Brad Macleod doing the full primal breakdown

by too fast. With 5000 cows they have a huge database of information to select with, but focus on rate of gain and feed conversion as key qualities. Heather Bruce from the U of A gave a very interesting presentation on the Genetics of Carcass traits and what makes beef carcass quality. She stated that “selecting genetics for yield and marbling gives a 37% increase in profitability on yield” and “increasing intramuscular fat is extremely important for the consumer.” After Heather’s presentation, Cindy Delayoe head of the Canadian Beef Grading Agency gave her presentation. On a side note, I spoke with Cindy last year regarding some grading questions and being able to meet in person was an added bonus at Carcass 101. Cindy spoke on our current system and the possible changes to more of a USDA 5 yield class system in the future. After Cindy’s presentation it was back to the classroom where Oscar Lopez Campos from the Lacombe Meat Research Centre assessed the

to compare the animal’s rankings compared to what we thought were the top animals the day previous. The live animal judged best was not the same animal judged best carcass. Everyone found that very interesting!!

Oscar Lopez Campos assessing final carcass grades and yields

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Carcass 101 2015 Edition... Continued from page 15 course, meeting new people and the ‘networking’ aspect in retrospect was just as important. When you have cattle producers, feedlot folks, seedstock producers, butchers, chefs, food service industry, packing plant principals, breed association, industry personnel and more all in one room talking about the same thing it’s a fantastic learning environment! So many different sectors of this great industry all held together by a common thread. The Canadian Angus Association with Brian Good moderating and all of the Olds College staff did an excellent job overall. A very special thank you to the Saskatchewan Angus Association for the opportunity

to attend Carcass 101! Hopefully more from Saskatchewan will attend this great event next year. Believe me when I say you will not regret it! To wrap things up, I would say that every Angus producer would benefit immensely by attending the next Carcass 101 course. I believe that in order to keep Angus Beef as king of the grocery basket we must use the genetics needed to produce a product that has superior quality and taste on a consistent basis, day in and day out. The Angus carcass has that ability now it’s up to us as producers to deliver it!♦

1st place shown above graded A2 Y1 To cap off the second day Dr. Larry Corah of Certified Angus Beef gave a great presentation on where CAB is headed in Canada. Dr. Corah said in Canada 22.5 million pounds of CAB were produced yet 41 million pounds were sold. CAB needs more producers to supply them with a quality product that is in high demand. Even with increasing retail price pressure from the pork and poultry sector, consumers still have a high demand for QUALITY beef! As Dr. Corah states “we are in the food business.” The Carcass 101 course was fantastic but aside from the content of the

Lunch Break and more beef! Jeremy Vesta of Harmony Beef talking shop with Calgary chefs attending with Gordon Food Services on day 2

It was a busy 'wedding' summer for the Yewsiuk family of U-6 Livestock and Dual E Cattle Co., Wynyard, SK

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Parkland Pride Angus Tour August 6-7 2015 WOW!! What a bang up job the organizers of this year’s edition of the Saskatchewan Angus Summer tour have done. Over the last three years, since these summer tours have really taken hold, they have really been nothing short of amazing, with both quality of cattle presented and the amount of participants on the tour. There were in excess of a hundred and sixty participants over the course of the two days and they were from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This amount of participation attests to the acceptance of this type of venue to connect with the Angus community. This year’s tour was held in East Central Saskatchewan, namely the Melville, Goodeve and Neudorf areas. The first stop on the Tour was at one of the oldest established herds in the area, that being Crescent Creek Angus owned by the Olynyk family of Goodeve. Due to soft land conditions our cavalcade of two buses and a multitude of other vehicles parked on the road and walked into the display of cattle. The Olynyk’s welcomed us with coffee and cookies and made sure we had the information sheets on each pen of cattle presented. The cattle were in pens large enough that gave them the space they required to stay relaxed and yet give everyone ample opportunity evaluate them. The bull buyers were especially interested in what may be offered in the up coming Olynyk spring bull sale. Before leaving everyone picked up a bagged lunch and their favourite refreshment before getting on the bus for the Northern View Angus stop. Here we saw another good group of cows, deep bodied, high volume females with a great set of calves at their sides. The pastures were a little larger so there were some challenges in keeping the cows in a close enough proximity so everyone could get a good look at them, but this is not the first time that Troy Frick has taken a group for a herd tour Page 24

so he knew that a few pails of grain strategically placed would likely save him a day of temporary fencing, and that it did. Once again folks were looking at the bull calves and future female sale consignments. I heard more than one person comment on the quality and amount of volume in this group of cows. It would have been nicer if we could have stayed a little longer but it had started to rain so it was decided to leave for the last stop of the day which was at the herd of JJL Livestock. This was the only Red herd scheduled for the first day of the tour. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate at all for this stop. Jarred and Jenna had gone to a lot of work setting up picnic tables and bales so that people could relax, have some refreshments and goodies while socializing, either before or after viewing the cattle but such was not to be - it was out of the vehicles and charge into the pasture in rain that was not pouring but steady enough to soak you to the skin. For those of us that chose to wade through wet grass up to our knees we were more than rewarded with the breeding program of this young couple. Here we found a set of cows that have depth, volume, capacity and style that the most discriminating cattleman can appreciate. Almost all of their sales are private treaty and when it comes to bull sales the bull calves in a lot of cases are spoken for in late fall after weaning or January and February. They have more problems keeping their heifer calves than selling them which attests to the quality of their cattle. After the JJL stop we once again boarded the bus for the return trip to Melville. Needless to say we were damp but our spirits hadn’t been dampened! Upon return to Melville, we had a chance to walk through the displays of cattle that were so graciously provided for our evaluation, from breeding programs that were not directly involved with the bussing segment of the tour. A huge

By Laird Senft, CAA Field Staff “Thank You” goes out to Nu Horizion of Lipton, Double C Red Angus of Foam Lake, Meadowvale ‘M’ Red Angus of Saltcoats, Johnson Livestock of Peebles, Swan Hills Ranch of Swan Valley MB., AW Angus of Gainsborough and finally Kyle Farm and Ranch Supply of Redvers, your participation did not go unnoticed. After a session of perusing the pen displays we were treated to a steak supper which was awesome. The rest of the evening was spent socializing and there were also items in a silent auction to browse and bid on. It was a real bonus to be able to have Canadian Angus CEO Rob Smith and Canadian Angus President Tammi Ribey in attendance. Most all the breeders know who Rob is but some had never seen him in person and as far as Tammi goes, I don’t think there were too many that knew her except for those of us that have been involved on the national level, so I think Tammi got to meet a whole new realm of producers along with seeing some great western cattle. Day two opened with a change of faces, as some folks from the first day chose not to take in the second day, meanwhile we were joined by some new faces. The first stop of the morning was at the herd of J Square S Angus, the Sies family of Melville. Here the herd bulls were in pens for our evaluation, as well as a donor cow and her three embryo calves. The main cow herd was contained in a small paddock which made for easy viewing. Once again this is a young man that is putting together a herd that is to be reckoned with. It is quite obvious that he is paying attention to pedigrees along with conformation and performance. The tour group had ample time to walk through the herd and check out the animals that on the handouts were designated as being in up coming sales. This was a real marketing opportunity as there were guests on the tour that had never seen the J Square S cattle before. Angus Edge - Fall 2015


After the first stop we were off to visit the herd of Hollinger Land & Cattle. In essence there were two herds to evaluate here as CSI Angus of Emerald Park also has cattle walking the same pastures alongside the HLC cattle. The cattle were penned in two small paddocks according to cows and calves and then bred heifers. There was a bull and some elite animals penned close to the sale barn, needless to say these were the first to be evaluated before we hit the pastures. Quality once again runs deep in this herd. Here is a young breeder that through careful selection of breeding animals has risen through the ranks of the show ring with remarkable success - Hollinger Land & Cattle was named Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor at the 2014 National Show at Agribition. It was at this stop that we had a delicious lunch, a time for refreshments and also desserts.

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Then it was back on the bus for the last stop of the tour which was The Diamond C Liberty Herd of Cathy Pillar and Doug McCormack. This herd is situated within the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley and it was hard to decide which was the most impressive, the beautiful scenery or the excellent group of Red and Black cows, but when you combined both cows and scenery it was a no brainer that we had an award winning setting. The cattle were in pens large enough that they did not feel crowded so the tour group was able to amble among the herd with ease. This was another set of impressive females with calves at side, and with the cows in amongst the trees it made for a very picturesque setting. After looking at the set of cows and calves we proceeded to the yard site to check out the bred heifers which were in a corral belly deep in straw. The straw was not intended to hide any perceived

imperfections but due to necessity of accessibility, because there had been so much rain and the water comes down the breaks and through part of the pen so this was a way that the tour group could get into the pen to scrutinise the cattle. The total yard setting of this operation is very picturesque, complete with waterfalls coming down the hill into a series of pools surrounded by flowers, wooden walkways and a seating area, a perfect stop to end what will go down in the books as a fabulous Angus Tour. I’d like to congratulate all the hosts and organizers for a hugely successful event. An event like this does not take place without a lot of work and for this, on behalf of all the participants, ‘THANK YOU’.♦ If you are interested in hosting the 2016 tour in your area, please contact Belinda at 306-757-6133.

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Saskatchewan Angus Association: 2015 Member Survey

Saskatchewan Angus Association (SAA) Member Survey The Saskatchewan Angus Association (SAA) is a non-profit organization that encourages to the fullest cooperation between breeders and other persons interested in Angus cattle by fostering and protecting the interests of the breed in Saskatchewan. The Board of Directors invites you to share your opinions, which will be included in their upcoming strategic planning discussions. 1.

Please rate the value of our current membership benefits (use a checkmark  to rate each benefit).

Membership benefits 1.

Commercial show awards

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Producer recognition for Angus contributions

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Events that promote Angus in SK, e.g. Field Day

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Mentor support for Angus producers

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Masterpiece Sale

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Support for Red and Black Angus shows at CWA

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4-H program

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Resource/promo material for SAA, Angus and beef

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Liaison between SAA and CAA

Of little value ()

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10. Junior Angus Program support 11. Annual $500 Junior Angus Scholarships 12. Angus advertising 13.

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14. Affiliate member to the SSGA, CWA and SCBA 15. Voting rights at the AGM 16. Eligible to run for Board membership 17. Website & e-news

What additional value (if any) do you receive from your membership?

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In your opinion, 2.

What are some of the biggest challenges facing the beef industry in the next 5 to 10 years?

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Industry challenges aside, what opportunities do you see for SAA?

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Given these challenges and opportunities, what role do you see SAA playing in 2020?

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What three things would you like the SAA to accomplish by 2020?

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What is the SAA currently doing well?

What should we do more of?

What should we do less of?

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How can SAA more fully engage our members? Junior members

Regular members

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If the Association were to organize professional develop workshops for members, what topic areas would you be interested in (if any)? (use a checkmark  to rate each benefit)

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Membership benefits

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1. Marketing 2. Succession planning 3. Genomics 4. Nutrition 5. Reproduction 6. Industry advocacy 7. Other (your suggestion) 8. Other (your suggestion) 9. Other (your suggestion)

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Saskatchewan Angus Association Mentorship Program... Our Mentorship Program is underway and we would like to tell you a bit about our participants – Nancy Gibson of Wawota with mentor Tracey Willms, Jenna Loveridge of Melville with mentor Jamie-Rae Pittman, Henry Stewart of Invermay, with mentor Collin Sauder, Erin Yewsiuk of Wynyard with mentor Sheldon Kyle and Rhea Wheeler of Saskatoon with mentor Dawn Wilson. Profiles follow for Jenna and Jamie-Rae and Erin and Sheldon. Watch for the rest in the spring issue of the newsletter. Jamie-Rae Pittman

Jenna Loveridge

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join the Saskatchewan Angus Association mentorship program. I would like to thank the board of directors and Belinda for all the time spent organizing and building this program. As well, thank you to everyone who has stepped up and volunteered their time to be a mentor. It is a privilege to be lead by professionals who have paved the way in the Angus breed and beef industry and I look forward to networking with many different people throughout the upcoming year. For anyone who doesn’t know me I am Jenna Loveridge and together with my husband Jarret, and children Ava and Cade, we operate JJL Livestock. We run approximately 40 Red and Black Angus females on our farm 10 miles west of Melville. I am a past member of the Saskatchewan Angus Association board of directors and am currently a member of the sub-committee for the Stock Exchange at Canadian Western Agribition. I enjoy being active in the industry and am excited to learn from some of the best mentors in the cattle business over the course of the next year! Page 38

Jamie-Rae lives in the south west of Saskatchewan where she ranches and farms with her husband, their three young children and her husband’s family near the town of Kyle. She and her husband operate under the name Pittman Holdings. The cowherd is a commercial cow calf operation, with a strong Angus influence. In addition they farm cereal and pulse crops. Jamie-Rae has worked in marketing and graphic design for 10 years. During that time she has worked for a number of companies in various roles. The largest part of her career has been dedicated towards marketing agricultural producers and agri-business through print media. Currently she is operating as a print media specialist through her own company, Pittman Digital Media. Jamie-Rae grew up in the purebred livestock industry. Her family has bred seedstock for over 40 years. She

continues to remain involved with the family operation back in Alberta. This background in the purebred industry exposed her to a number of influential youth in agriculture programs. She is tremendously passionate about volunteering with committees and organizations that provide opportunities to develop skills and leadership to youth. She contributes time and energy to a number of programs that foster these values through 4-H and junior shows. She is sincerely humbled to be asked to contribute to the Saskatchewan Angus mentorship program. Thank you to all involved with the Association for developing such a progressive and beneficial program.

Erin Yewsiuk

Erin (Lang) Ye w s i u k grew up on her f a m i l y ’s m i x e d farm near Kendal, Saskatchewan. Her family dispersed their cattle and horses when she was 5 years old. She quickly became the kid the neighboring cattle operations liked to have around as she was up for any farming task - especially if it involved livestock. Upon graduating from high school, Erin studied Animal Science Technology at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta. Erin completed her diploma in 2011 and entered the feed industry shortly after. Presently, Erin is a Blair’s Livestock Solutions Specialist and loves having a career where she can talk cows Angus Edge - Fall 2015


on a daily basis! As well as working with Blair’s, Erin is the owner of her business Prairie Edge Photography. She is an active photographer, taking pictures of any person or critter that will sit still long enough. Erin and her husband Eric have recently began their own purebred Red Angus cattle operation under the name of Dual E Cattle Co., near Wynyard, SK.

Sheldon Kyle

Sheldon was very active in the 4-H p r o g r a m and the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association while growing up. His passion for beef cattle genetics and all things agriculture lead him to

pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Animal Science. Following his academic career Sheldon has held positions across Western Canada in Sales & Marketing, Agricultural Lending, and AgriEnvironmental Program Delivery. In 2006 Sheldon made the move home to Redvers, SK to become more active in the daily operation of his family’s ranching operation, Kenray Ranch. Since that time the family operation has expanded and is now home to 200 mother cows. The Kyle family focuses on raising Red Angus bulls designed for the commercial cattleman, highly functional Red Angus females for other seed stock operations and F1 Red Angus cross Simmental replacement females. The Kyles market their bulls through an online auction in the spring as well as by private treaty sales.

Females are sold through an Annual Online Production Sale, through select consignment sales and on December 11, 2015 in conjunction with like-minded cattle producers they will be hosting their first commercial bred heifer sale at Heartland Livestock in Virden. Sheldon is looking forward to being a mentor through the Saskatchewan Angus Association and is excited for the opportunity to be paired up with a younger cattle producer as he believes that youth and passion are infectious and many great partnerships and long lasting friendships can be forged through mentorship programs.♌

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

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20TH 9:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee 10:00 a.m. Saskatchewan Beef & Forage Symposium and Industry Trade Show Greetings from: The Honourable Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture, Province of Saskatchewan Kim McLean, Co-chair, Saskatchewan Beef & Forage Symposium • Saskatchewan Forage Insurance Program Update • Saskatchewan Beef Centre of Excellence Update • Pain Management Best Practices (with findings from the Western Cow-Calf Survey) Dr. Reynold Bergen, Science Director, Beef Cattle Research Council 12:00 noon Luncheon and Trade Show 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Session One: Salon B • Performance and Persistence of Current Varieties Dr. Surya Acharay, Research Scientist, AAFC • New Alfalfa Varieties Dr. Peter Reisen, Director of Plant Breeding Forage Genetics International • Legume Use: a Producer’s Perspective Producer presenter to be confirmed Session Two: Courtyard Room • Technology for Early Disease Detection Dr. Edouard Timsit, University of Calgary • Grading Updates Canadian Beef Grading Agency representative • Liver Scoring and Profitability Relationship Dr. Eric Behlke, Feedlot Health Management Services 2:30 p.m. Networking Break and Trade Show 3:00 p.m. • Where are we in the Cattle Cycle? Brenna Grant, Manager, CanFax Research Services • Marketing Opportunities to Meet Alternative Markets William Torres, Cattleland Feedyards Ltd. • Practices That Pay: strategies to improve the ability of calves to adapt, improving profit • Cross-Sector Practices: from a veterinarian’s perspective 4:45 p.m. Linking the Players: producers and practices mutually benefitting cow-calf and feeder sectors Ryder Lee, CEO, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association 5:30 p.m. Social hour, followed by dinner With guest speaker Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Province of Saskatchewan SBIC scholarship presentations and fund-raising auction in support of the scholarship fund INDUSTRY MEETINGS: 12:00 noon SK Cattle Feeders Association AGM SK Verified Beef Production AGM Angus Edge - Fall 2015

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21ST 7:00 a.m. SBIC Breakfast and Registration 8:00 a.m. The Beef Pit: National Beef Strategy Panel Panelists from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef Inc., National Cattle Feeders Association, Canadian Beef Breeds Council and Beef Cattle Research Council 9:30 a.m. Networking Break and Trade Show 10:00 a.m. What’s the Mineral Status of Your Herd? Dr. Cheryl Waldner, University of Saskatchewan Mineral Supplementation Strategies Dr. John McKinnon, University of Saskatchewan Impact of Calf Mineral Status for Newly Received Feedlot Cattle Dr. Stephanie Hansen, PhD, Associate Professor of Feedlot Nutrition, Iowa State University 11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Charlie Arnot, Kansas City, MO Charlie Arnot is recognized as a thought leader in food and agriculture. He is highly regarded as both a writer and sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. Charlie has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations and issues management within the food system.  He serves as CEO of The Center for Food Integrity, a non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. 12:30 p.m. Closing Luncheon and SBIC Trade Show INDUSTRY MEETINGS: 9:30 a.m. SK Stock Growers Association Semi Annual Meeting 10:00 a.m. SK Angus Association Board Meeting 1:30 p.m. SK Cattlemen’s Association AGM The annual SBIC Awards Banquet will be held following the meetings with a social hour starting at 5:30 pm, the prime rib dinner and awards to follow. FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND 9:00 a.m. Saskatchewan Livestock Association Breakfast/AGM Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders’ Association AGM 11:00 am Saskatchewan Angus Association AGM 12 noon Saskatchewan Hereford Association Board Meeting Saskatchewan Simmental Association Board Meeting 1:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Limousin Association Board Meeting Notice of Saskatchewan Angus Association

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Friday, January 22nd Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre Directors are required for the Board for three year terms. If you are interested in running for those positions, would like more information on what is involved, or would like to nominate someone else, you are welcome to get in touch with the nominating committee, Dale Easton 306.738.2805 or Sheldon Kyle 306.452.7545. Page 41


CEO Report ... It’s a beautiful day in central Alberta: over 20 degrees with combines crawling through local fields on canola (finally!) and reports about bull calves all over Canada coming in for processing and weaning. While the fall always means more work and effort expended by our membership, it also brings the “clipping of coupons” and evaluation of each cow’s annual production. I love the fall because it sees our commercial producers, and many of our purebred ones as well, paid for their labours. And “paid” we certainly are being! Gold Shows have kicked into high gear, with most provinces being half done and the campaign through the Maritimes complete. October will see Olds, Alberta and Brandon, Manitoba while November will bring both Lloydminster and Regina, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. It seems like most show’s numbers are higher than in the recent past, showing optimism and value in the experience of taking production out for public forum evaluation. We hope you are enjoying your 2015 CAA Member Directory. We are very proud of this collaboration with our “strategic partner” on the venture, “Today’s Angus Advantage”. Your CAA has not experienced a ‘dime’ of expense on the creation of our Member Directory; “Today’s Angus Advantage” is responsible, as per our agreement, to bear the cost of printing and postage. The deal is the same for our new Bull Buyer’s Guide, which will be available for your advertisements prior to early January next year. We anticipate these new CAA member tools will become annual projects and see huge use from year-to-year. In late October, our Director of Internal Communications, Tina Zakowsky, will return from her 1-year maternity leave Page 42

By Rob Smith, CEO Canadian Angus Association

after welcoming Jenna into the world a year ago. It will be great having her back and working with the Member Engagement Team that has now added Keltey Whelan as our “Branding Officer”. Keltey has worked these past two summers for us and her graphic design creativity, social media prowess, photography, commitment to members and understanding of our purebred sector (she is a producer herself) are all valued skills put to use on your behalf and continue creating member value. Please join me in welcoming Keltey to Team Canadian Angus!!! On September 29th, 2016 the CAA Board of Directors completed their Fall Meeting here at Angus Central, following the Canadian Angus Foundation meetings completing on September 27th. The CAA Board approved a 2016 budget that is NOT a “recession-era” budget, a fact they were emphatic in pointing out to me. They have opted, however, to reinvest in the CAA’s members and I’m thrilled they are “enhancing member value” again in 2016.

One of the decisions made by the Foundation is to begin work on a new Canadian Angus History Book. Please look forward to more information about this soon as we’d like your story submitted by the end of next year. Returning to comments about the CAA Board Meeting, they approved a 2016 budget that includes a significant change to the manner in which we operate ‘in the field’. Effective January 1st, 2016, we will transition our former Field Services to our new Business Development Team (BDT). The BDT will ensure national support for and liaison to our membership and industry. There will be three (3) full-time staff positions to fulfill this mandate, in these roles: •Senior Director, Business Development: British Columbia & Alberta; •Director, Business Development: Saskatchewan & Manitoba; •Director, Business Development: Eastern Canada. Two existing staff positions will be evolved into members of the new BDT. Brian Good will be responsible for BC & AB while Cheryl, with her returned home base of Southern Ontario, will take on Eastern Canada, including

This is the manner by which the BDT will plan their work schedule:

Focus/Task Meeting with members Attendance at purebred sales Attendance at regional events Attendance at Gold Shows/junior shows Liaising with industry Attendance at auction markets Engagement with ranchers CAA administration Programming TOTAL

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Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. We will source and hire the BDT Director for SK & MB. I estimate we will have this team in place to unveil at Convention in Quebec City in early June, 2016. How this differs from our traditional Field Service model is twofold: 1) We will have three (3) full-time positions focusing on specific business development, rather than our current model of one (1) and a number of smaller contracts focusing mostly on straight representation. 2) A significantly higher percentage of time will be spent directly with members. The number of sales attended will decrease. The BDT will become the ‘official representative’ of the CAA at regional associations and, I hope, will be welcomed as an active part in these

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regional operations and vision. Further, a requirement will be to visit EVERY new CAA member with a critical mass of transferred cows. This new project was planned last fall as part of Year 2 in the 5-year CAA Business Plan entitled: Enhanced Member Services: Building Our Future - Yes We Can! Since Year 1 has been operating very successfully, the Board felt confident and comfortable committing to the proposed 2nd year. Our existing Field Service model will continue to the end of this year, when Brian and Cheryl transition completely to their new roles. Jack Brown, our Fieldman in BC, will retire at that time. Peter Van Staveren in ON has completed his service already and Dale Black, Maritimes, will complete his at the end of this year; we thank Peter, Jack

and Dale for their time. Bill Dietrich (AB), Laird Senft (SK) and Lois McRae (MB) will carry on through the 2016 bull sale season and their services will complete effective May 1st, 2016. Again, we appreciate Lois, Laird and Bill’s previous contribution and look forward to their ‘waving the flag’ from now through the next 7 months. So we are very excited about this new development, a goal of mine since before I became your CEO, and I look forward to working with Brian and Cheryl, not to mention all of you, to ensure its effective implementation. The CAA Board demands results from this change and I have committed to achieving exactly that, so “power to” this new team!♦

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Comparison of Progeny Performance of High and Low Genetic Merit Angus Sires A few years ago, a group of SAA directors and some interested members gathered in Regina as part of a strategic planning round table meeting to review how we are allocating our financial resources and where we need to be improving information flow to our members. One of the areas we felt we needed to be more pro-active was taking a lead role in generating some Saskatchewan based Angus research which would be of interest to both our purebred and commercial membership. A project was initiated with the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) in Lanigan with the support of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources and the Canadian Angus Association (CAA). The WBDC was a logical choice for a research partner given their extensive experience and expertise in beef cattle research, their Saskatchewan roots, and they are currently running a large herd of predominantly Black Angus mother cows. One of our first early learnings was the true cost of running proper and scientifically valid research trials. While we had anticipated this, completion of the project would be subject to our success in accessing federal and provincial research grant money, which would have offset the majority of the costs of the project, along with matching funding and support from the CAA. Our goal was to initiate an EPD validation study which would take place over a 2 year period, potentially employ a masters student at the U of S, and to further strengthen our support of youth and the agriculture research community here in Saskatchewan. The project was initiated with the help of seed money from the SAA which was used to complete an intensive timed AI breeding program which was to be the first phase of the research project. We soon learned that we were unsuccessful in accessing a key federal research grant that would have been necessary to complete the project and a decision was made to wrap up after this initial phase as we simply did not have the financial resources to move forward. It was a great learning experience to say the least, and with the help of Dr. Bart Lardner and his staff at WBDC, we were able to capture some valuable research data that Dr. Lardner offered to summarize and submit to us for the interest of our membership. We will continue to investigate further research opportunities in the future and welcome the input of our members in this area. The following article summarizes the project initiatives and the findings of Dr. Lardner’s research team. Gord Roger, SAA Director

Introduction As research on the reproductive physiology and endocrinology surrounding the estrous cycle in beef cattle has been compiled, several estrus synchronization programs have been developed for use with beef heifers and cows. These include several programs that facilitate the mass breeding of all animals at a predetermined time rather than the detection of estrus. Fixed-time artificial insemination (TAI) can be advantageous to cow-calf producers as it can:(i) introduce superior genetics more quickly into the herd; (ii) improve calving distribution; (iii) improve calf performance and; (iv) improve calf crop uniformity.

artificial insemination for commercial producers and cattle evaluation using EPDs and genomics being suggested as ways to achieve the target. Findings from the 2014 Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey show that artificial insemination is utilized on 18% of operations surveyed, while estrus synchronization was used by 11% of respondents. Use of EPDs for sire selection ranked fourth after breed, conformation and birth weight. Genetic evaluation of beef bulls has improved considerably in recent years, making bull selection more

objective and reliable. Typically, sires are evaluated based on their expected progeny difference (EPD) and $Value indexes. The EPDs provide estimates of the genetic potential of an animal as a parent. Specifically, the differences in EPDs between two individuals of the same breed predict differences in performance between their future offspring when each is mated to animals of the same average genetic merit. EPDs are calculated for birth, growth, maternal, and carcass traits and are reported in the same units of measurement as the trait. Indexes such as $Value indexes are multi-trait selection indexes, expressed in dollars

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By Dr. Bart Lardner, Western Beef Development Centre per head, to assist beef producers by adding simplicity to genetic selection decisions. The $Value is an estimate of how future progeny of each sire are expected to perform, on average, compared to progeny of other sires if the sires were randomly mated to cows and if calves were exposed to the same environment.

known AI sires (3 high genetic index and 3 low genetic index sires; 20 cows inseminated per sire; Table 1). Six days after AI, cleanup bulls that had passed a breeding soundness evaluation were placed with the cows for 47 d. High genetic index bulls utilized in this study (Table 1) averaged $29.33

- 0.3) pounds birth weight EPD, +47.3 (43.0 - 51.0) pounds weaning weight EPD. Thus, differences between high and low genetic index sires were $8, -4.5 and +14.7 lbs. for $value index, birth weight EPD, and weaning weight EPD, respectively. Therefore, high genetic index group sires would be expected to sire calves that average 4.5 lbs. lighter at birth, but average 14.7 lbs. heavier at weaning than calves sired by low genetic index bulls. In mid-October 2013, pregnancy diagnosis was performed 90 d after TAI by a veterinarian using rectal palpation to determine conception rate. Pregnancy was determined as the percentage of cows that were pregnant from TAI or natural service during the breeding season. Following pregnancy diagnosis all cows were group managed and moved to extensive winter feeding programs.

Study Methods In the summer of 2013, the Western Beef Development Centre conducted a study comparing Angus AI sires of high (HIGH) and low (LOW) value genetic index on progeny growth performance. One hundred-twenty (120) Black Angus beef cows, ranging in age from 5-6 yr, were estrus synchronized using a 7-d Co-Synch+CIDR protocol where a CIDR (controlled internal drug release device) was inserted on Day 0 along with a 2 mL intramuscular injection of Cystoreline (GnRH) (see Figure 1). On Day 7 the CIDR was removed and 2 mL of EstrumateÂŽ (prostaglandin) was given. Approximately 56 hours later (Day 10) the cows were given another 2 mL injection of Cystoreline (GnRH) and artificially inseminated by a trained technician to one of six Angus Edge - Fall 2015

(range $28.00-$40.00) value index, -0.33 (range -1.0 - 0.3) lbs. birth weight (EPD), +62.0 (range 57.0 - 69.0) lbs. weaning weight EPD. Low genetic index bulls averaged $21.33 (range $20.00-$24.00) value index, -0.33 (-1.0

Reproductive Performance Data collected included calf birth date, calf birth weight within 24 h after calving and weaning weight. Calves were weaned 2 October 2014 with weaning weights reported as 205 d adjusted weights. The cows AI’d to HIGH genetic sires had a higher cow pregnancy rate Continued on page 52

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Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association Board of Directors Tyra Fox - President Lloydminster, SK - 306-825-9624 tyrafox20@gmail.com Brianna Kimmel - Vice-President Lloydminster, SK - 780-214-3643 brianna@twistedsisterscattle.ca Katie Wright - Vice-President Melfort, SK - 306-752-3543 j_kwright@hotmail.com Alexis DeCorby - Secretary Rocanville, SK - 306-645-2019 alexismaryfinna@gmail.com Shane Roger - Junior Director Balgonie, SK - 306-533-3324 shane-17@hotmail.com Directors at Large Kodie Doetzel Lipton, SK - 306-336-2245 kdnuhorizon@gmail.com Alexis Frick Neudorf, SK - 306-728-3515 northernviewangus@imagewireless.ca Jennifer Jones Lloydminster, SK - 306-825-7253 jennifer.j.jarret@gmail.com Carson Liebreich Radville, SK - 306-815-7226 tjlmerit@sasktel.net Wade Olynyk Goodeve, SK - 306-876-4420 olynyk44@gmail.com

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by Tyra Fox

Well another year is creeping up on us all again, and everybody has had a very exciting past year. We junior members have had lots of awesome events. Let’s go back to the first event, the Canadian Junior Angus GOAL conference held in Guelph, Ontario. There were over 60 members in attendance, including eight NJAA members; this made it the biggest GOAL conference ever! It was a very fun weekend. Even though the weather was very frigid outside and some of the outdoor activities couldn’t take place, there were lots of great speakers and we could all walk away with something learned from their presentations. There were also many new friendships formed and lots of new memories made. GOAL 2016 will be held in Ottawa, Ontario on family day weekend in February and I would really encourage all juniors to attend. There are many travel bursaries available, both nationally and from our provincial Angus Association. It is a very simple application and you could get your airfare to the conference covered. See details in this issue of the Edge and apply!

grooming, photography and literature competitions. I want to thank all of the generous sponsors, judges and everybody who helps put the show on. We have over 70 head of cattle and 40+ juniors entered and I look forward to seeing everyone there.

The next event for us juniors that took place this summer was the 16th annual Canadian Angus Junior Showdown, held in Olds, Alberta. There were many eager juniors in attendance, some new attendees and many previous attendees, lots of which were from Saskatchewan. It was a very action packed weekend and lots of fun, and although it rained a lot, that didn’t stop us juniors. Thanks to all that attended and congratulations, everyone did well! Showdown 2016 will be in Truro, Nova Scotia July 27 - 30. I hope to see many of you there.

Also I would like to remind all juniors that the deadline for the Saskatchewan Junior Angus scholarship applications is November 15. You can find the application form on the web-site at www.saskatchewanangus.com. There are two $500 awards available, and again it is a very simple process to apply.

Our Saskatchewan Junior show will be held in Lloydminster again this year in conjunction with the National Angus Show November 4 - 7. At the show we will have many activities for the juniors such as conformation classes, print marketing, judging,

Next on our junior agenda is our Annual Meeting and Agribition Junior fun day which will be held on Friday, November 27. The meeting will be in the morning, and then later on in the afternoon will be the fun day part of things where we will do games and activities in the barn and then have pizza. I hope to see many Junior members at Agribition. We are very pleased to have a heifer donated by Justamere Farms and Still Meadow Farm. We will be selling tickets on the heifer at the National Show and at Agribition, with the draw to take place at Agribition. I’d like to thank both of them for their generous donation to the SJAA.

Lastly, I would like to remind everyone that Saskatchewan has a board position up for election on the Canadian Junior Angus board each year. Nominations are due January 31. If you are interested in being on the board, please contact one of the current directors or Belinda in the office for more information. Well that is it for now, if you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me and ask!♦ Angus Edge - Fall 2015


Thank You... To These Sponsors of the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Show November 5th - Stockade RoundUp - Lloydminster, SK

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Hanson Holdings Hi Low Angus Hill 70 Quantock Ranch Isla Bank Angus Ivanhoe Angus Just Livestock Justamere Farms Ltd. KLM Angus Merit Cattle Co. Morland Acres Angus Movin On Farms Nu-Horizon Angus Optimal Bovines Inc.

Red Rose Angus Reputation Cattle Co. RSL Red Angus Running Steady Ranch Saskatchewan Angus Association Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association South View Ranch Standard Hill Livestock Twisted Sisters Cattle Co. Vee Tee Feeders Ltd. Windy Willows Farms Y Coulee Land & Cattle Co. Ltd.

Attention Juniors!

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

Friday, November 27, 2015 - Attend the 2015 Canadian Western Agribition Junior Angus Pizza Party & Fun Day. We’re meeting at the SAA Booth at 3 pm for games and activities. Pizza will be served at 5 pm.

Notice of SJAA Annual General Meeting, Friday, November 27, 10:30 am, Friday, November 27, Canada Centre, Agribition, Regina, SK. Meet at the Angus booth. Planning for next year and Elections for the board - See you there!

February 13 - 15, 2016 - Win your way to the Canadian Junior Angus GOAL Conference to be held in Ottawa,

ON. There will be workshops, keynote speakers and entertainment. All Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association members aged 15 and over are eligible to apply. Write an essay explaining why you should be selected to attend the conference and include your experience with the Angus industry and the SJAA and SAA may help you with your travel costs and the registration fee. Fax, mail or email your application to the Saskatchewan Angus Association by December 31, 2015 - no late applications will be accepted. There are a limited number of spots so don’t delay! The CAF and CJAA also have Travel Bursuries for GOAL. See page 51 of this Edge and plan to attend.

SJAA SCHOLARSHIP

The Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association offers Two $500 Scholarships each year. Deadline - November 15, 2015 Applications are available from the Saskatchewan Angus Office or get one off the website. Angus Edge - Fall 2015

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2015 4-H Regional Winners Darby Meyer, Kerrobert, SK Kerrobert Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Two Year Old Cow/Calf Pair Grady Morland, Major, SK Kerrobert Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Scott Huber, Landis, SK Kerrobert Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Steer Raygen Moore, Paradise Hill, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair Hannah Jurke, Lloydminster, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Grand Champion Heifer Madison Macnab, Turtleford, SK St. Walburg Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Steer Tiara Armstrong, Eastend, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Lane Richardson, Eastend, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Reserve Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Brooke Martin, Piapot, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Grand Champion Two Year Old Cow/Calf Pair BJ Warberg, Consul, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Reserve Grand Champion Two Year Old Cow/Calf Pair Jordana Vos Jans, Maple Creek, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Grand Champion Three Year Old Cow/ Calf Pair Natasha Pettyjohn, Consul, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Reserve Grand Champion Three Year Old Cow/Calf Pair Emma Brost, Tompkins, SK Maple Creek Regional Fair District #10 Reserve Grand Champion Steer Jayden Payne, Lloydminster, SK Lloydminster 4-H Expo Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Chantz Legaarden, Paynton, SK Lloydminster 4-H Expo Reserve Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Katie Serhienko, Maymont, SK Prairieland Junior Ag. Showcase Grand Champion Steer Logan Smith, Mildred, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Yearling Heifer Page 48

Megan Wasden, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show Reserve Grand Champion Female Keisha Senum, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Steer Dallas Wreford, Canwood, SK Prince Albert Regional Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Three Year Old Cow/Calf Pair Cadence Haaland, Hanley, SK Saskatchewan Beef Expo Grand Champion Heifer Colt Blacklock, Dundurn, SK Saskatchewan Beef Expo Grand Champion Steer Chance Jackson, Sedley, SK Lloydminster Progress Steer & Heifer Show Reserve Grand Champion Heifer John Hogberg, Langenburg, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Grand Champion Female & Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair Cade Rutten, Wawota, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair & Reserve Grand Champion Female Jordan Dorrance, Wawota, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Grand Champion Steer Eric Smith, Mankota, SK Swift Current Frontier Days Grand Champion Female Haley Brownell, Redvers, SK Alameda Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer Dahlyn Klassen, Alameda, SK Alameda Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Steer Megan Hunt, Rose Valley, SK Melfort 4-H Beef Regional Show Grand Champion Heifer Tyler Hunt, Rose Valley, SK Melfort 4-H Beef Regional Show Reserve Grand Champion Steer Ashley Wood, Meadow Lake 4-H Club District 36 4-H Regional Show & Sale Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair Ahrae Salzl, Meadow Lake 4-H Beef Club District 36 4-H Regional Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair

Resch Noble, Pierceland 4-H Beef Club District 36 4-H Regional Show & Sale Grand Champion Heifer Nathan Burgess, Pierceland, SK District 36 4-H Regional Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Baxter Blair, McLean, SK Moose Jaw Inter 4-H Show & Sale Grand Champion Female & Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair John Hogberg, Langenburg, SK Yorkton Spring Steer & Heifer Show Grand Champion Heifer & Champion Jackpot Heifer Davis Schmidt, Watrous, SK Yorkton Spring Steer & Heifer Show Reserve Grand Champion Jackpot Heifer Wade Olynyk, Goodeve, SK Yorkton Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Heifer Ava Loveridge, Melville, SK Yorkton Regional 4-H Show Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Jeffery Lowe, Balcarres, SK Yorkton Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair Thea Valstar, Springside, SK Yorkton Regional 4-H Show Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair & Grand Champion Steer Paige Onufreychuk, Yorkton, SK Wadena Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Steer Dana Balaski, Hendon, SK Wadena Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Heifer & Supreme Female

The Saskatchewan Angus Association’s 4-H program in 2015 was pleased to present over 300 4-Hers with Bag Tags for their Angus Project at Achievement days. We will again be offering awards to all 4-H members with an Angus Project in 2016.

Dakota Noble, Pierceland 4-H Beef Club District 36 4-H Regional Show & Sale Grand Champion Steer Angus Edge - Fall 2015


Congratulations & Well Done!!

Scott Huber, Landis, SK Kerrobert Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Steer

Keisha Senum, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show Grand Champion Steer

Cade Rutten, Wawota, SK Whitewood Regional 4-H Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Female

Katie Serhienko, Maymont, SK Prairieland Junior Ag. Showcase Grand Champion Steer

Cadence Haaland, Hanley, SK Saskatchewan Beef Expo Grand Champion Heifer

Eric Smith, Mankota, SK Swift Current Frontier Days Grand Champion Female

Megan Wasden, Spiritwood, SK Spiritwood Regional 4-H Show Reserve Grand Champion Female

Ava Loveridge, Melville, SK Yorkton Regional 4-H Show Reserve Grand Champion Heifer

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

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Ahrae Salzl, Meadow Lake 4-H Beef Club District 36 4-H Regional Show & Sale Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair

Champions and Reserve Champions at the 4-H Regional Shows receive a Special ‘Angus Champion’ Hoodie or Jacket sponsored by the Saskatchewan Angus Association.

Megan Hunt, Rose Valley, SK Melfort 4-H Beef Regional Show Grand Champion Heifer

Colt Blacklock, Dundurn, SK Saskatchewan Beef Expo Grand Champion Steer

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Vaccine Selection for Cattle There are a multitude of diseases to consider vaccinating for and these diseases come in a multitude of vaccine combinations with different types of administration routes (subcutaneous or intramuscular) as well as different dosage amounts (usually two-five cc). These possibilities should all be considered when choosing vaccines. First and foremost use the advice of your local veterinarian. He/ she will have chosen the most appropriate vaccines for your geographic area in the best combinations available to minimize the amount of needles to be given. Veterinarians are an invaluable resource when it comes to vaccine selection, a very critical point of biosecurity for your commercial or purebred operation. Vaccine companies generally speaking are producing more and more vaccines in multiple combinations. This is because there are now several diseases, which are routinely vaccinated for on most farms. By having less choice it is less confusing to producers, less needles are necessary and the cost per disease treated actually comes down. Veterinarians make the choices as to which vaccine lines to carry based on several things; effectiveness, route of administration, dosage amount and dose size per container. Availability, price, timing of administration and service given by the sales force are also all considered when making the selection. All reputable companies have data to support the effectiveness of their vaccine over others. We are really almost comparing apples to apples when comparing the numerous vaccines available from the reputable companies if they cover the same diseases. Make sure the vaccines you use cover the diseases you need to prevent and administer them properly. A few misconceptions are changing vaccine lines and the thought of needing to start the whole vaccine protocol over again. Different vaccine lines will generally boost the immune response from Page 50

a previous vaccination from a different line of vaccines. Of course the diseases in the vaccines must be the same. The important thing to remember, whether it be from previous vaccination or exposure to the real disease, revaccination stimulates the body’s immune system to develop further protection from sickness. Generally speaking this is where the modified live vaccines (mixing the powder and the fluid together) will give longer lasting immunity than the killed viral vaccines. Certain geographic areas in Canada have a higher incidence of specific diseases and vaccination may be considered. An example of this would be Clostridium Hemolyticum in west central Alberta. Horses are vaccinated for rabies in certain regions of eastern Canada. Herds that have had prior history of leptospirosis may vaccinate and in outbreaks of Anthrax the contact herd as well as neighbouring herds may be vaccinated in the current year and forward in subsequent years. Other diseases which are reportable in Canada such as foot and mouth disease or brucellosis, even though a vaccine exists for them, are not allowed to be used in Canada. That’s because we are free of these diseases and want to keep the disease out. If we were to vaccinate, the protection the vaccine affords could mask symptoms and carrier animals may result. Tests for disease exposure often cannot differentiate between exposure to the real disease or vaccination, so eradication is therefore difficult. Now in most herds across Western Canada vaccination for the diseases of IBR, BVD (type 1 and 2), PI3, clostridials (blackleg group 7 or 8 way or now 9 way), histophilus (the former hemophilus), and BRSV are pretty much commonplace. For young calves up to and past weaning the two respiratory pathogens Pasteurella and Mannheimia are becoming commonplace as well. With some company’s vaccines, all these organisms are protected for in two needles. Some other products even come as intranasal vaccines which offer quick protection and no needles. Intranasal technology is becoming more common, even in very young calves.

by Roy Lewis DVM

Scours vaccination is becoming commonplace for breeding animals, especially in the larger herds. A multitude of other vacccines, foot rot especially in the breeding bulls, pinkeye vaccines and leptospirosis vaccines are being more commonly used if necessary. Also storage of vaccines (almost all need to be refrigerated) and handling when administered are critical to getting the maximum effect. Freezing or overheating of the vaccine before administration cannot be tolerated. Label your syringes so as not to mix different vaccines and make sure to give the vaccines a handbreadth apart, preferably on opposite sides of the neck. Only mix up enough of the modified live vaccines to use in one hour. Take your time and administer the vaccines properly. They are insurance against the calves not getting sick, so take your time and insure the best immunity. Make sure your cattle are also treated for worms and lice to minimize these parasites. With parasites removed, calves will develop much better protection from the vaccines. The fall is the ideal time to totally review your vaccination program so you can add in further protection if it is available. If selling purebred cattle, especially out of area, make sure the purchaser indicates if there is anything specific to vaccinate for. Vaccination programs vary slightly across the country and this is good information to know so you can vaccinate the cattle before they go. Eastern Canada often will vaccinate for leptospirosis but it is very rare in the west. This process is called preimmunization, which is vaccinating before exposure to allow maximum protection to develop. This generally will take ten days to two weeks. There are no magic bullets of vaccinations replacing good management. Proper nutrition, parasite control and sanitation go along way to preventing disease itself. All this augmented with a properly thought out and implemented vaccination program will severely reduce the incidence of those diseases on your farm. Talk to your veterinarian as new products and ways of administration are coming out all the time.♦

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

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

“Participating in the inaugural Legacy Scholarship selection process was one of the highlights of 2014 for me! Competing against four other outstanding candidates and debating with them in the panel discussion at GOAL was an amazing opportunity to share our views on the Angus breed and the Beef industry in general. Winning the Legacy Scholarship has helped me immensely in continuing my studies to become a pharmacist and I am very grateful to the Canadian Angus Foundation. I encourage any Junior who is eligible to apply and try your best; you might just surprise yourself!” - Patrick Holland, Prince Edward Island

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

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

To be considered for the award, complete and return this application to the Canadian Angus Foundation by January 15, 2016.

See you at GOAL Conference February 13-15, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario!

Complete application to include: 1. Cover sheet with name, contact information and CAA Junior ID number. 2. Résumé to include but not limited to Angus involvement within the CJAA, provincially and hands-on with cattle. 3. Submit answers to the following questions: • What do you hope to gain from attending GOAL? • What makes you a good candidate to attend GOAL? • Explain what you would return to the CAF and CJAA for the ability to attend GOAL.

Applicant qualifications: 1. Applicants must be a member of the Canadian Junior Angus Association. 2. All applicants must be 15 years of age or older or will be accompanied by a parent or guardian during GOAL. 3. If awarded, applicant must attend the GOAL Conference within the year awarded. 4. All applications must be typed. No handwritten applications will be accepted. 5. Applications must be submitted by email to Belinda Wagner at bwagner@cdnangus.ca with the subject line reading “GOAL Travel Bursaries”. 6. A selection committee will evaluate applications. No interviews will be conducted. Recipients will be contacted one week following the deadline to make travel plans through Belinda Wagner.

To be considered for the award, complete and return this application to the Canadian Angus Foundation by January 1, 2016. GOAL will be held February 13-15, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario.

“GOAL 2014 was a great experience for me to meet fellow Angus enthusiasts from across the country. Despite coming from a small Angus herd where my income is from off farm, this weekend really helped me understand that no matter what size of cattle herd, everyone has the same goals and challenges. It helped me network and develop connections that will last a lifetime. Receiving the travel bursary was greatly appreciated, as I probably would not have had the opportunity to attend while trying to pay for tuition. I would also like to thank you for the Angus voucher. The voucher was the cherry on the cake for this weekend. This is a great idea and opportunity, being in school it can be tough trying to justify spending money on cattle too.” - Peter Van Staveren, Ontario

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

The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical preservation and restoration. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association. Awards totallng $11,000 will be presented to Canadian Junior Angus Association members, recognizing overall academic achievement, leadership and community involvement, and industry knowledge. Awards in the amount of $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $500 for the runners-up will be presented annually at the GOAL Conference.

Awarded by the Canadian Angus Foundation

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

Foundation Legacy Scholarship

Awarded by the Canadian Angus Foundation and the Canadian Junior Angus Association

GOAL Travel Bursaries


Comparison of Progeny Performance of High and Low Genetic Merit Angus Sires Continued from page 45 (57.4 vs. 52.9%); and lower calf birth weights (83.1 vs 91.6 lbs.) compared to cows AI’d to LOW genetic index sires (Table 2). Calf 205-d adjusted weaning weights were lower (627 vs. 638 lbs.) for HIGH genetic merit sires compared to LOW genetic merit sires; this was not an expected result given the sire weaning weight EPD. Genetic value index for growth differences between the HIGH and LOW sires were not reflected in the growth rate of their progeny, which was similar for the two sire groups, averaging 2.7 lbs. per day. Subsequently, measured calf weaning weight was mainly (31% of time) a function of calf birth body weight. Mean calf birth date differed by

four days between the two sire groups (HIGH sire group was earlier). Overall, the accuracy of sire EPD progeny performance differed for different performance traits. The progeny of sires with the lower/ higher EPDs for birth weight had lower/higher birth weight indicating birth weight EPDs are an accurate indicator of genetic differences for birth weight. However, a regression of calf weaning weights on the progeny of the corresponding sires weaning weight EPD, explained less than 5% of the variance. This indicates that the sire weaning weight EPD was a poor indicator of progeny weaning weight,

possibly due to the limited sample size, suggesting that further research is warranted. In addition, it is important to note that differences in EPDs between two individuals of the same breed predict differences in performance between their future offspring when each is mated to animals of the same average genetic merit. In closing, the National Beef Strategy has a target to increase production efficiency by 15% by the year 2020. Utilization of superior genetics through the selection of high merit AI sires and fixed-time artificial insemination can aid in the achievement of this target.♦

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Business Directory

Coming Events...

Index of Advertisers...

Oct 31......... Frontline Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Nov 4-7....... Lloydminster Stockade Round-up, Lloydminster, SK ................... Nov 5 - Saskatchewan Junior Angus Show ................... Nov 6 - NATIONAL Angus Show Nov 4-7....... Yorkton Harvest Showdown, Yorkton, SK Nov 10........ S-Red Angus Dispersal Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Nov 15........ SJAA Scholarship Deadline Nov 21........ Northern Select Sale, Camrose, AB Nov 23-28... Canadian Western Agribition 2014, Regina, SK ................... Nov 24 - First Lady Classic ................... Nov 25 - “Masterpiece” Angus Sale ................... Nov 26 - Black and Red Angus Shows ................... Nov 27 - Commercial Cattle Show ................... Nov 27 - Junior Angus AGM & Social ................... Nov 27 - Canadian Angus GOLD Show Awards ................... Nov 27 - Power & Perfection Sale ................... Nov 28 - Junior Beef Extreme ................... Nov 28 - Bull Pen Alley Show ................... Nov 28 - Commercial Cattle Sale ................... Nov 28 - RBC Beef Supreme Challenge Dec 2.......... Six Mile Ranch & Guests Commercial Female Sale, Swift Current, SK Dec 3.......... Peak Dot Ranch Bull Sale, Wood Mountain, SK Dec 5 ......... Keystone Klassic Angus Sale, Brandon, MB Dec 5.......... Ontario Angus Futurity Sale, Orangeville, ON Dec 9.......... Cudlobe Angus Bull Sale, Stavely, AB Dec 10........ Genetic Focus 2015 - Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. & Six Mile Ranch Sale, Regina, SK Dec 11........ Touch of Class Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Dec 11........ Kenray Ranch Commercial Bred Heifer Sale, Virden, MB Dec 12........ Pasquia & Sundown Red Angus Dispersals, Saskatoon, SK Dec 13........ Mar Mac Farms New Generation Female Sale, Brandon, MB Dec 15........ Johnson Livestock Female Sale, Peebles, SK Dec 17........ Glesbar Cattle Co. Ltd. Dispersal Sale, Clyde, AB Dec 29........ Sandy Bar Ranch Complete Cow Herd Dispersal Sale, Aneroid, SK Dec 31........ Deadline for Saskatchewan 2016 GOAL Bursary Applications Jan 1........... Deadline for CJA/CAF 2016 GOAL Bursary Applications Jan 10......... Deadline for 2016 GOAL Conference Registrations Jan 15......... Deadline for CAF Foundation Legacy Scholarship Applications Jan 15......... Deadline for the Spring Issue of The Angus Edge Jan 20-22.... Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference, Saskatoon, SK ................... Jan 22 - SAA 2016 AGM, Saskatoon, SK Feb 13-15... CJAA GOAL Conference, Ottawa, ON Mar 12........ Wheelers Stock Farm Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 16-18... GBT Angus Online Bull Sale, Wawota, SK Apr 6........... Howe Family Farm Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Apr 9........... Blue Collar Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Apr 14......... South View Ranch Bull Sale, Ceylon, SK Apr 15......... CAF Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Nomination Deadline Apr 15......... CAF Junior Angus Stockman Nomination Deadline Apr 30......... CAF Junior Ambassador Application Deadline Jun 9-11...... Canadian Angus Convention, Quebec City, QC Jul 27-30..... Showdown 2016, Truro, NS

Bar-H Land & Cattle.................................... 2 Bohrson Marketing...................................... 5 Crescent Creek Angus............................... 55 Cudlobe Angus.......................................... 35 GBT Angus................................................ 22 Glesbar Cattle Co. Ltd. Dispersal Sale...... 37 Howe Family Farm................................... BC Johnson Livestock Female Sale................ 13 JPM Farms Ltd.......................................... 18

Kenray Ranch........................................ 19 Keystone Klassic Sale........................... 33 Mar Mac Farms Female Sale................ 34 Masterpiece Sale..................................... 3 Merit Cattle Co........................................11 Northern Select Sale............................. 10 Northern View Angus............................. 54 Nu-Horizon Angus................................. 31 Optimal Bovines Inc............................... 32

GRANT ROLSTON Box 1562 Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0 Phone: 403-593-2217 grantspix@gmail.com www.grantspix.com

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November 23 - 28, 2015 Regina, SK www.agribition.com 306-565-0565

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Ontario Angus Futurity Sale................... 36 Pasquia & Sundown Red Angus Dispersals.......................................... 20 Peak Dot Ranch.................................... 17 Sandy Bar Ranch................................. 6,7 Six Mile Ranch Ltd................................. 23 S-Red Angus Dispersal Sale................. 22 Touch of Class Sale............................... 12 Wheelers Stock Farm............................ 21 Page 53


Watch For Our Genetics This Fall... Masterpiece Wednesday, November 25

Northern View Annie K 134B

Sire: SAV Brilliance MGS: SAV Final Answer AI‘ed to calve mid February to Connealy Thunder

Keystone Klassic Saturday, December

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Power & Perfection Friday, November

Northern View Lucy 95C

Sire: Visions Unanimous MGS: Northern View Quantum 86P

Touch of Class Friday, December 11

Northern View Betsy 2C Sire: S A V Bismark 5682 MGS: S A V Mandan 0623

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Northern View Lucy 120C

Sire: Northern View NetWorth 124A MGS: TGA Blackman 8311U

Blue Collar Bull Sale

Saturday, April 9, 2016 Heartland Livestock, Yorkton, SK

northernviewblackangus

NORTHERN VIEW ANGUS

Troy, Amy, Bret, Alexis and Talon Frick Troy’s Cell 306-728-8911 Home 306-728-3515 Alvin and Marlene Frick Alvin’s Cell 306-728-8073 Home 306-728-3295 Box 211, Neudorf, SK SOA 2T0

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THANK YOU

to all who attended the Parkland Pride Angus Tour this summer!

Highlights of our Stop...

McCumber Rito 1136

Chapman Momento 3589A

Exceptional Senior Herd Sire that has moved our program a notch higher.

Crescent Creek Stumpie 9R

Exciting new Herd Sire that was the talk of last spring’s sale season. Owned jointly with Chapman Cattle Co.

Crescent Creek Queen Ruth 14W

Examples of the fine set of females that anchor our breeding herd. Mark your calendar Saturday, April 2, 2016 for our 17th Annual Sale. On offer will be the finest offering to date, with the largest number of females ever sold. Lassie was one of the talked about heifers on the tour. She, along with others, will be offered for sale by Private Treaty at the Yards at Agribition. Stop for a visit.

The Olynyks Wes, Kim & Family - Box 192, Goodeve, SK 306.876.4420 Cell: 306.728.8284 Irene Box 103, Goodeve, SK - 306.876.4400 crescentcreekangus.com info@crescentcreekangus.com

Crescent Creek Lassie 31C

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th nnual Bull Sale A 6 2 r u Join Us For O At the Farm - April 6, 2016

For More Information, Contact: Mike Howe - 306-631-8779 • Kelly & Julie-Anne Howe - 306-693-2163 Dale & Lois Howe - 306-693-2127 dlmhowe@xplornet.com

www.howefarm.ca

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