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Official Publication of the Saskatchewan Angus Association

Spring 2020

Publications Mail Agreement #40019886

2019 Commercial Producer of the Year Guilloux Family Farms, Kennedy, SK Grass roots and a deep history in Agriculture would be an excellent way to describe Guilloux Family Farms. The foresight that James Guilloux had when he purchased the homestead, located three miles west of Kennedy in SE Saskatchewan in 1905, continues now 115 years later as his family and following generations have worked to preserve his heritage and continue with the family farm. Guilloux Farms has always been a mixed farming operation. Growing cereal crops and raising cattle compliment each other and the Guilloux’s have witnessed the benefits. As the generations continued, so did the same foresight for the farm. There were only two years since 1905 that the farm has been without cattle, and that unfortunately, was due to extreme drought conditions. The Guilloux family received the Century Family Farm Award in 2005. Another testament to the purchase James made in 1905. James’ grandson Brian became involved with the farm at a young age and in 1972, when he married Edith Brickley, the farm began to expand. Brian and Edith have two sons, Nathan and Duncan. Nathan and his family

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currently live on the original homestead, while Duncan and Brian share a yard down the road. Besides farming and raising cattle, Brian and Edith were kept busy raising two boys, while Edith worked fulltime as a nurse. They were involved in the local Ag Society for many years as well as L to R: Hillary Sauder & Michelle Sauder, SAA Vice-President serving as Leaders and presenting to Duncan, Sharon, Kayla, Braydon & Hunter Guilloux General Leaders of the Kennedy 4-H Horse Club. Brian and premiums on the calves was good, their Edith are now enjoying semi-retirement. breeding program was about to change. Brian had noticed the demand for black In the 70’s the cow herd mainly consisted cattle at auction marts and decided that of Shorthorn and Hereford genetics. In was the direction the cowherd should the early 1990’s Charolais bulls were strive towards. Other drawing points for used on their Hereford cows, producing switching to Angus were noted calving big, strong, tan calves. These calves ease, feed efficiency (especially while easily reached a premium on feeder sales backgrounding calves) and obvious calf in the fall and spring. Even though the vigour. Another consideration was the Continued on page 10

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Saskatchewan Angus Association - 2020 Board of Directors President Trent Liebreich Radville, SK 306-869-7207 tjlmerit@sasktel.net

1st Vice-President Gord Roger Balgonie, SK 306-570-8454 valleylodge@sasktel.net

2nd Vice-President

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

Executive Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kim McLean Regina, SK 306-230-1681 kim.mclean@sasktel.net

Sheldon Kyle Canadian Director

Marlene Monvoisin Gravelbourg, SK 306-648-8200 jpmfarms@sasktel.net

Honourary President Roy MacDonald Cutknife, SK

Brennan Schachtel Marshall, SK 306-821-2504 bren_sc@hotmail.com Jordan Sies Grayson, SK 306-728-1299 sieser94@hotmail.com Randy Tetzlaff Viscount, SK 306-231-6969 tetz@sasktel.net


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


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Spring 2020 Distributed to approximately 750 Angus Breeders’ and 1600+ Commercial Producers in Saskatchewan. 3 Issues per year Summer deadline - May 15 Fall deadline - October 1 Spring deadline - January 15

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

Publications Mail Agreement #40019886 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: Saskatchewan Angus Association Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Angus Edge - Spring 2020

Freyburn Family Tradition Bull & Female Sale

April 17, 2020 At the Farm Oxbow, SK

Bulls and heifers sired by Temptation, the High selling son of the famed $140,000 U2 Erelite 109Z cow from the U2 Dispersal

Jason & Melissa, Reegan, Dylan & Joran Frey Box 60, Oxbow SK (306)485-7230 OR (306)485-7231 freyburnangusfarms@gmail.com www.freyburnangus.com

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President’s Report ... We l c o m e t o 2020 and a new decade. For most of us 2019 couldn't end soon enough. The Ag industry and the livestock sector saw the gamut when it came to challenges in the past 12 months, but I'm sure none of us are in need of any reminders. What I am going to recap are some of the SAA highlights of the fall and take a quick look into 2020. Our Commercial committee implemented some new initiatives this year. We still had a presence at Edam Fall Fair, Yorkton Harvest Showdown, and the Agribition commercial show. Exhibitors at these events were presented gift baskets from SAA. We are also awarding Angus Green Tag credits to producers who have Angus bulls transferred to them. Be sure to get your transfers processed so your customers will be eligible for these draws. Fall calf markets were stronger than many had anticipated. The general mood in the industry is quite positive, with the exception of the replacement female market being under pressure with the harvest uncertainty of the past fall. The show and sale season ran into an extended harvest. Even with those challenges, Lloydminster hosted another very successful Gold and Junior show. The management, staff, and volunteers at Lloydminster are extremely accommodating and run a top notch exhibition. I encourage our membership to make plans to attend the shows there in the future. Next was Agribition with many reasons to attend whether as an exhibitor or spectator. Updated facilities, a large commercial female show, The Yards displays, Bull Pen Alley, and Canada's largest purebred Angus show guarantee something for every interest. The Angus breed had many successes in interbreed competition. Page 8

Both the First Lady Classic Futurity and Yearling Champions were Angus. Angus also captured the Reserve Supreme Pen of bulls. To end the week, Angus claimed the RBC Supreme Champion Female along with six of the top ten females as well as five of the top ten bulls. Congratulations to those exhibitors and thank you to all the participants for an outstanding showcase of our breed. 2020 will be the 50th Anniversary of Agribition and every breed show will be a National Show. Lets all make the effort to make this milestone as memorable as possible. We expect to see exhibitors and spectators from all across Canada and the world, so plan early to attend. We are working to add some flare and excitement, so watch for updates in future reports and on our website. It will be a week later than usual, as Regina is also hosting the Grey Cup in 2020. The last major undertaking of the year for the SAA was one of the most exciting events I've been involved with in my time in the Angus business. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the SAA, we hosted the Century Sweepstakes in conjunction with the Masterpiece Sale in Saskatoon in December. Our committee went above and beyond to pull this event together. Attendance and participation was excellent and the atmosphere was electric. Congratulations to our People's Choice Champions Rainbow Red Angus and Miller Wilson Angus. Thanks to all the participants for your support in making the Century Sweepstakes a huge success. Thanks also to our many sponsors for your support. They are listed with the Century Sweepstakes report in this issue. Another highlight for many within our membership is our annual summer tour. Our board is committed to maintaining this summer tradition. If there are any members or groups that would like to host a future tour, please send your proposal to the SAA. We have developed a template to help with organizing and planning for host groups, and Belinda and the directors can help guide you through the process. It provides a tremendous opportunity

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to showcase your herd. We are excited to announce that our 2020 Tour will be hosted in the area around Kenosee Lake in the South East in early August. Watch for more details as plans are finalized. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our retiring director Glen Gabel for his years of service to SAA. Glen's critical analysis and input was always valued and appreciated. We'd like to welcome and congratulate our new directors Marlene Monvoison, Randy Tetzlaff, and also congratulate Michelle Potapinski on being confirmed for a second term. Thanks to CAA CEO Myles Immerkar for his presentation on all the initiatives taking place with our Canadian Angus Association. It’s definitely an exciting time to be an Angus breeder! As the last order of business from our SAA AGM, I’d like to congratulate Ward’s Red Angus on being selected as the Saskatchewan Angus Breeder of the Year. Watch for a feature article in our fall Edge. As we enter Bull Sale season, please encourage your customers to use Angus Green Tags. There are many existing and developing programs relying on Angus tagged fed cattle. Their success depends on having an ample and stable supply. Thank you to the many volunteers that freely commit their time to the many Angus events across our province and beyond. This is a wonderful fellowship and we encourage all of our members to get involved. Lastly, on behalf of myself and our entire membership, I need to acknowledge and thank Belinda Wagner for all she does for our Association, our youth and our breed. Belinda is an irreplaceable part of our Angus family and has had an integral role in every Angus event I've reported on. We are truly grateful for all you do! Here's wishing everyone a successful calving season and profitable bull sales. See you down the road. Angus Edge - Spring 2020

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Commercial Producer of the Year... strength and ability of a smaller framed animal to be able to withstand the harsh conditions of SE Saskatchewan. These traits and the industry demand for black cattle had them looking to purchase their first black Angus bulls. When the first black bulls were purchased, they were used on Hereford cows, producing strong, top end, quality black baldie calves. With the purchase of straight

black bred heifers in 1996 their herd of all black cows began. Fast forward to 2019 and their herd is predominately black with only a few indications of Hereford genetics. When purchasing bulls Duncan says, “we look for bulls that must first be pleasing to the eye, be structurally correct, have strong carcass data and have the ability to produce calves that will grow quality Angus beef.” Upon graduating from high school, Duncan made the decision to leave the farm and headed to the Alberta oil field, where he became a welder by trade.

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Even though Duncan spent eight years in Alberta, he still had the family farm at heart, so much so that while he may have been away for years, he continued to own cattle. Even though the income from the oil field was good, being away for over 300 days a year became a bit much. So, in 2008, Duncan made the decision to move back to the farm. Duncan and Sharon have three children. Kayla works as an LPN and lives in Macoun. Braydon is in grade 11 at Kipling High School and is a great help on the farm, especially on days off from school. He also plays midget hockey with the Kipling Royals. Hunter is in grade four and he too loves hockey and plays in Kipling. Both Duncan and Sharon are involved in the community. Duncan has been involved in playing and coaching hockey for many years. He is currently the President of the Kipling Minor Hockey Association. During the winter when Duncan isn’t home feeding cows, you can find him volunteering at the Kipling rink, coaching a game or on the road to a neighboring rink. The rink is a family affair - Sharon is also involved, as she has been the treasurer. Sharon has a passion and love of dogs. She is a prominent Airedale Terrier breeder, a breed known as the “King

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of Terriers”, the largest of all Terrier breeds. She enjoys showing them and has done so in many provinces. Calving begins April 15 and continues to mid June. The cows and heifers calve together in an open pasture in close proximity to the yard. Once calving is complete, between June 1st and 15th, the cows are sorted in breeding groups and hauled to pasture. The majority of their pasture is close to the farm, but as the demand for grass continues, like most operations, some of the pasture is now located over 25 miles away. Rotational grazing is used in large groups on large pieces of land. This is particularly convenient as there is no need for multiple cross fences, especially on pasture not close to headquarters. Duncan and Brian breed 350 females each spring. All females are exposed to black Angus bulls for 60 days. Duncan is particularly pleased as there is usually a high rate of breeding that occurs in the first cycle. They pull their bulls on September 15. All herd bulls are overwintered on hay alone.

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The heifers are grown out for longevity. This is particularly important as the Guilloux’s have been retaining their own heifers as replacements for years. The cows enjoy fall grazing until December 15th when they get moved closer to the yard and put on a TMR ration for the winter months. Calves remain on the cow until weaning which takes place the first Saturday in November. Once the calves are weaned, they are placed on a TMR backgrounding ration at headquarters yard. Here the steers are allowed to grow and reach their maximum potential. Brian started backgrounding their calves in 2006 and they have witnessed all the benefits from that decision. The steers are then sold in March at either Weyburn or Assiniboia.

Silaging is a big part of Duncan’s summer and fall. He is part of a custom silage crew that puts up their own silage of mainly barley and some corn. This silage is used in the ration in which they background their calves. Duncan inherited a love of agriculture and raising cattle from his dad, grandfather and great grandfather. He continues the same mindset as James… “to run as efficiently as possible, while

trying to make money and make the cattle work for us”! Bob Toner, CAA Director of Business Development for Saskatchewan and Manitoba has taken note…“the Guilloux cowherd is one of the best commercial cowherds I have seen.” Congratulations to the Guilloux family on receiving the 2019 Saskatchewan Angus Association Commercial Producer of the Year Award. A very deserving award for a deserving family.

The Saskatchewan Angus Association will be sponsoring up to $1,500

worth of Angus Indicators (tags) for two Saskatchewan Angus commercial producers this spring. Get your bulls transferred to ensure your customers are eligible to win!

Congratulations to Metzger Farms of Melville, SK who received 600 Angus tags in our November draw.

L-R: Callie, Brian, Candace & Riley Metzger.

Congratulations also to Calvin and Marg Weinberger, Fox Valley, SK who received 100 Angus tags.

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From The Director's Chair ... Transparency is a buzz word in our industry today. Transparency is a wonderful thing to have, but this concept can also be a double-edged sword. Don’t get me wrong, I think giving consumers the ability to see and understand how their product is produced will create trust and increase demand for beef. I also believe we need to be fully prepared to be transparent and know the consequences that come along with this. This fall I attended my district’s SCA meeting where Stina Nagel spoke about her role in public relations for the agriculture industry. Something she said, that I think we all need to keep in mind, is that we are targeting the people that are on the fence about beef – the ones that still enjoy eating beef but see articles on their social media that make them re-think or feel guilty for eating beef. These are the people that we can have conversations with, not extremists. Extremists do not want to be converted and we would be wasting energy trying. The people on the fence are the ones that will ask questions and genuinely want to hear your answer. However, we need to be prepared to answer questions that may be frustrating to explain and feel like a “dead-end”. This is where, I believe, transparency becomes a double-edged sword. In this day in age, an answer of “well that’s just the way we do it” or “that’s how we’ve always done it” doesn’t necessarily cut it anymore. One of my mentors, Dr. J, put this into perspective for me very clearly several years ago. His son asked him why horses received freezing and pain medications for castrations, but cattle did not. Dr. J wasn’t able to come up with a convincing reason to explain to a child, who was not being raised on a farm, why one animal would get special treatment, but the other did not. This story made me put myself in Dr. J’s shoes, what reasoning would I give other than that’s just how things are. Now, I’m not trying to open a can of worms in the topic of pain management, rather just giving an example of a hard to answer question. If we as producers want to be transparent, we need to be prepared for topics like this. We need to be able to explain our processes calmly, however difficult that can sometimes be, and occasionally just fess up that we know it’s not the best but we’re working on it. Talking to uneducated consumers can be an extremely difficult task. Like I said before, sometimes it’s hard to stay calm and not feel frustrated that they’re naïve. But they’re naïve for a reason – I don’t know the first thing about the process of making peanut butter but it would probably be a Page 14

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lot easier to believe the first 5 things that popped up in my google search rather than seek out a producer to ask. Staying calm through a conversation means trust can be formed and they will feel more comfortable asking questions and reaching out to you in the future if more questions come up. No one wants to feel as though they are being judged when they are trying to learn new things. One more educated consumer can affect a lot more than you would think. If they hear a comment about beef that’s fairly “out there”, they can address this topic if they know about it or they can feel comfortable giving you a quick call or text to see if it’s true. I’ve dealt with this firsthand, having a friend living in the city with multiple friends that have no connections to life outside the city. If she hears an outrageous statement by one of her friends about beef, she says “I’m going to ask Lacey”, simple as that a myth can be de-bunked to four other people. And in my experience, people are happy to hear that the beef they are eating is being produced sustainably and humanely; everyone wants to believe in the good! I guess what I’m trying to say is we need to embrace the change. Social media has changed the way marketing and consumer education happens. We are being “pitched-to” countless times a day whether we want to be or not. We can complain about how unfair it is that extremists are tainting our industry and the people in it, or we can focus on what we can control. Do what’s right, not because it’s right but because the thought of causing the next big news story about how producers treat animals terribly is not a risk you’re willing to take. I get that something us producers consider right isn’t always right in the consumer’s eyes, so take that with a grain of salt. I know most producers wouldn’t do this, but next time you’re hauling a 15 year-old cow into town that is injured or has a bad cancer eye and are going to get $300 for, maybe just take the $75 for a brainstem instead and avoid the risk to the industry as a whole, if someone was sitting in the stands that didn’t understand the cattle industry and saw that cow come through the ring. Just as quickly as we can have one educated consumer having a positive influence on four others, it can go the other way too. We’re an industry very focused on cost of production, but some of the hardest times are caused by a decrease in demand and not just an increase in our cost of production. Transparency is one of the most valuable tools we can use but we must be careful to use it properly. 

Mantra of the Month...

The past is the past, the future hasn’t happened yet and right now is where I need to be. Angus Edge - Spring 2020

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New Director Profiles... Marlene Monvoisin

Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the Saskatchewan Angus board. Our family: Jean-Paul, myself, Colton and Josee, own and operate JPM Farms, a 450 head purebred and commercial cow-calf operation and grain farm near Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. We have an extensive AI and embryo program and host a yearling bull and female sale in February. I was born and raised in the cattle business, carrying chop pails to feeder cattle and attending the auction marts. I feel very fortunate to experience this lifestyle and carry a passion for agriculture and cattle throughout my life. There is nothing I find more rewarding than the daily work, whatever it is. I enjoy meeting the many wonderful Angus producers from around the country and am excited to work with such an enthusiastic board. I also look forward to representing the Angus Association on the Saskatchewan Stock Growers.

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Randy Tetzlaff

Along with my wife Kim and three kids: Brookelynn, Connor and Allyson I own and operate Triple L Angus. We run 120 purebred cows and seed 5500 acres north of Viscount, Saskatchewan. I am the third generation on this farm that will celebrate the Century Farm distinction in 2021. We sell females at the Touch of Class female sale and various other consignment sales and market bulls at the Impact Bull Sale in Saskatoon. We like to show at Prince Albert, Lloydminster and Agribition yearly. We have made many friends in this great breed and have had many laughs. Now that the kids are older I figure its time to give back. I am looking forward to my time on the board.

Meet Marlene and Randy at our next Breeder Information Session in Saskatoon – Sunday, April 26th!

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Saskatchewan Angus Association Committee Reports... Show and Sale

As we put 2019 in the rear view and welcome 2020, it’s a great time to reflect on the year past. As Chairman of the Show and Sale Committee, I want to say what a pleasure it has been to work with each of the members of the committee as well as the entire board of directors. This is an exceptional group of individuals, who are always willing to volunteer their time, to help out with all the inner workings of the board and its sub committees. Agribition 2019 was a huge success, and none of that success is possible without the organizers, volunteers, sponsors and most importantly, the exhibitors. First I want to recognize all of our volunteers who help with processing the cattle; this is a big job that requires a number of people both from the committee, as well as non committee members to complete. A big thank-you to all as it went exceptionally smooth. Second I want to thank all of the exhibitors and sponsors for helping make this years show a success. It’s a pleasure to work with each of you. As most reading this will know, the Angus show at Agribition is the largest breed show which consumes a large portion of the day to complete. Without our show marshals and ringmen this show could not happen. So to past and current volunteers who donate their time, I’d personally like to say thank you again for the professionalism you all bring forth to make this show world class! Our committee is also involved in hosting other events such as the Masterpiece Sale. This sale has been an avenue for both buyers and sellers to market and acquire some of the breeds leading genetics. This year also marked 100 years for the Saskatchewan Angus Association, and in celebration of that we held the SAA Century Sweepstakes People’s Choice Bull Show. This event was very well received and saw a lot of great bulls from breeders across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. Congratulations to the winners: Rainbow Red Angus and Miller Wilson Angus as well as each of the breeders who exhibited bulls. The Lloydminster Stockade in November was once again chosen as a provincial Gold Show. The junior show at Lloydminster was also designated as the provincial Junior Gold Show. Strength of numbers is one of the primary reasons for awarding Lloydminster with this distinction as consistently it is one of the largest Gold Shows in Canada, and in 2019, second only to Agribition. The venue and hospitality are great and the committee members and exhibition staff are excellent to work with. In closing I would like to say what an honour it has been to serve as Chairman of the Show and Sale Committee. Thank-you again to those of you who have, and continue, to volunteer when called upon, you make our jobs as directors Page 18

and organizers that much easier allowing events like these to happen. Respectfully Submitted, Chad Hollinger, Chair


In 2019 our committee felt the need to look at the commercial activities that we have been doing the past years and possibly up our game or make some changes to our programs. We did hold a couple conference calls and adopted a think tank approach where our committee members tried to come up with other ideas and upgrade or present commercial activity. These would be some of the changes our committee made: 1) We opted out of our coffee sponsorship to feeder sales in the fall run hoping individual breeders from those areas would pick up the coffee sponsorship on Angus calf sale days. 2) We moved to sponsoring gift baskets to all commercial exhibitors at Edam Fall Fair, Yorkton Harvest Showdown and the Canadian Western Agribition Commercial Show. In the end we gave away 52 baskets with an approximate value of $20 per basket. We tried as much as possible for our directors to hand these out at the shows but we did also call on our CAA Business Development Team member, Bob Toner, to help us out with this as well. Our committee believes the exhibitors were appreciative of this gesture. 3) We eliminated the sale credits and jackets given out to the Agribition Champions, feeling the winners were getting repetitive and wanted to try to spread things around a bit. 4) The committee started a new program where all commercial producers in Saskatchewan, who purchased and used Angus green tags and had a bull transferred to them in the past year, were eligible for a draw to win their Angus tags for the year, up to $2000. Our two winners were: Metzger Farms from Melville, SK, who have 600 cows and Calvin & Marg Weinberger from Fox Valley, SK, who have 100 cows. The 2019 commercial producer of year award went to Guillioux Ranch of Kennedy, SK, and was presented by Michelle Potopinski of Windy Willows Farms, Hodgeville, SK during the Angus show at Agribition. The Guillioux's have used strictly Angus bulls and Angus tags for a number of years now. Read the cover article about their operation. Our committee would entertain any suggestions on how to help promote our commercial producers so feel free to contact us. Respectfully Submitted, Dale Easton, Chair Angus Edge - Spring 2020

Presented at the 2020 AGM in Saskatoon, SK Promotion

What a year 2019 was! It was certainly a special one for the Saskatchewan Angus Association. This year the SAA celebrated 100 Years (1919-2019). In honour of the event and to fill in a funding gap the Saskatchewan Angus Century Sweepstakes was born. The event was open to calendar year Black and Red Angus bull calves. It was held in conjunction with the Masterpiece Sale on December 12th, 2019 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. The event had 41 bulls entered from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The judging of the classes with the People's Choice format was fun and engaging for all. Many exhibitors found the traffic through the barn to be well worth the trip. Our congratulations to our Red Angus Sweepstakes Champion - Red Rainbow TNF Commotion 6G and our Black Angus Sweepstakes Champion - DMM Canadian Classic 12G who were each awarded $35,000. Also, a special thank you to our buyers EKW Red Angus and MJT Cattle Company for purchasing the Champions raising $21,750 for the Saskatchewan Angus Association. Our voting members will be receiving 10 straws of semen on the champion of their membership colour. The Saskatchewan Angus Association sincerely thanks the sponsors, committee members and volunteers who made this event possible and assisted in its promotion. Of course, the glue that holds our Association together, Belinda Wagner was instrumental to the success of this big endeavor. The Edge newsletter continues to be one of our major projects. The majority of the ads are in full colour and sent to the office “camera ready” which saves on design time. We are always looking for editorial content that is of interest to the readership and are open to suggestions. A few of us even get the opportunity to proof-read the articles prior to print allowing an opportunity to see another side of all of the work involved in getting the Edge ready. The Social Media presence of the Saskatchewan Angus Association really blossomed this year with many new page “likes” and followers to the Facebook page. Our website brings timely reminders to our socially active Angus enthusiasts as well as updating our membership on events that have taken place and our Breeder Sessions this year were very informative and well organized. Attendance does continue to be a challenge in this busy day and age however. The Saskatchewan Angus Summer Tour held in the Saskatoon area was very well attended and our "hats off" to the breeders that hosted. Every stop on the tour was a positive reflection of this great breed that we are all so fortunate to be involved with.

also continued sponsorship of youth events including the Saskatoon and Yorkton Spring Steer and Heifer Shows and the Young Ranchmen's Competition in Swift Current. I would like to thank the Saskatchewan Angus Association for the opportunity to be the 2019 committee chair. There are many exciting things for the Saskatchewan Angus Association to look forward to in 2020! Respectfully Submitted, Sarah Buchanan, Chair

Mentorship & Member Education

Saskatchewan Angus is proud to have been involved with providing learning opportunities to our membership over the last few years. We have aimed to provide learning environments that allow both new members and older members alike the ability to develop their business knowledge and skill set to become the best possible Angus breeders in the country. Previously we had been funded through a government program that allowed us to provide a mentorship and leadership development program. Through this program we would help match new Angus breeders with a mentor who was more experienced and matched the goals that the mentee had put forward. The funding for this program was unfortunately redirected towards a mentorship program elsewhere in 2019. We continue to support mentorship opportunities just not with the financial support that we previously had. Breeder sessions have become a project that Saskatchewan Angus supports. We aim to move these events around the province while providing timely and interesting education to our members. Topics such as animal nutrition, genomics, EPD selection, improved CAA online tools and mental wellness have previously been discussed through presentations. While the learning opportunity is appreciated by our membership, I believe the fellowship is what is enjoyed the most by attendees. If you have an idea for a future breeder session make sure to contact a board member. We continue to evaluate and re-work how we provide education opportunities to our membership so please feel free to share your ideas with us. Respectfully Submitted, Sheldon Kyle, Chair

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TRIPLE J FARMS 12TH Annual BLACK ANGUS BULL SALE April 13, 2020 at 1PM At the Farm

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

TJF Heavy Si 12D

TJF 27A Knockout 3F

Herd Sire. Big hipped, deep ribbed with a stout hind leg and a great look. Lots of hair, big footed with lots of heel. Easy calving with lots of performance and consistency.

High seller in 2019, sold to Harvey Mills, Oil Springs, ON

Other Sires:

TJF Knockout 27A • Remitall F Cavilier 67C Daines Heavy Si 57Z • TJF Heavy Si 12D Black Ridge Rito 81D • JL Renoun 6103 Northline Heavy Joe 76D TJF Knockout 127C • TJF Legacy 121Z TJF 124A Hoover Dam 41E * TJF Heavy Si 120E New Herd Sire. A deep bodied bull with a huge hip and rear quarter. Lots of natural muscle and hair. A performance powerhouse.

Sales Management Auctioneer Donnie Peacock cell 306-662-8288

Sale Consultant

Jim Nugent Cell 204-841-0113 Home 204-476-2480 Angus Edge - Spring 2020

The Jeannots

Brad and Sharon Box 98 Whitewood, SK S0G 5C0 home 306-538-2178 cell Brad 306-735-7760 Sharon 306-735-7761 Kristen 306-735-7855 Joe and Eileen

Visitors always welcome.

Catalogue can be viewed Online at www.dlms.ca Thank you to all our buyers and bidders in the past years. Page 37

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Out and About in Saskatchewan... Well 2019 is finally behind us!! To say it was a challenge would be an understatement for many. Spring 2020 will see many areas trying to finish up harvest but as always the resilience of Ag producers will see them persevere and forge ahead. Here’s to a more normal 2020! The fall feeder sales started out under pressure but as the fall run continued prices did improve to last year’s, or close to last year’s levels. The fall female sales were quite strong with some new records being set. Bull sales were pretty good from all reports however averages were slightly down at some. Moving into spring sales brings some uncertainty with the national cow herd numbers dropping off some more and uncertainty about how many heifers are going to be held back as replacements. With this in mind do your due diligence and sort to sell only the best. The fall cattle shows did see less entries in most cases, but the overall quality of the cattle that came out was very good. Keep in mind as you make your plans for the year that the National Angus Show will be held at Agribition 2020. This will also be Agribition’s 50th Anniversary and hopefully will draw more entries than ever with every breed holding their National Shows as part of the celebration. See you there. Speaking of celebrations congratulations to the Saskatchewan Angus Association on celebrating 100 years last fall! The highlight of this milestone was the Saskatchewan Angus Sweepstakes which saw the peoples choice Black Champion exhibited by Miller Wilson Angus and Red Champion exhibited by Rainbow Red Angus walk away with $35,000 each. The bulls then sold through the Masterpiece sale bringing $14,000 and $7,750 respectively. Congratulations to all involved!! The Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference (SBIC) and trade show was held in Saskatoon the end of January. The organizing committee once again did an outstanding job lining up speakers covering many topics and providing information that will affect or influence your operations. Many provincial associations and organizations hold meetings at SBIC so it is a great opportunity for networking and exchanging information. If you have never been to SBIC you owe it to yourself to attend. Another important component at SBIC is the Awards Banquet. Two SBIC Scholarships were presented by committee member Dr. Greg Penner, one to degree student Courtney Orsen who is attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and one to diploma student Brayden Lewis who is attending Lakeland College at Vermilion, Alberta. Page 58

by Bob Toner CAA Director of Business Development for SK/MB Another time honoured tradition and highlight of the evening is the presentation of the SLA Honour Scrolls. Started in 1927, the Honour Scrolls are presented to people who through their time and effort support and influence the industry and their communities. This year’s very deserving recipients were Mike and Terrie Fleury of Aberdeen, SK, Wes & Kim Olynyk of Goodeve, SK and Don and Doris Perrin of Maple Creek, SK. See more on these three couples elsewhere in this issue of The Angus Edge. The Saskatchewan Angus Association also held their AGM at SBIC. CAA CEO Myles Immerkar attended and gave an update on some of the programs and goals the CAA is working on. SAA President Trent Liebreich and committee chairs also gave updates on their various activities and new programs they are working on going forward. For more information please read the reports in this issue or reference the CAA and SAA websites. Lastly, congratulations to Clarke and Denise Ward, Ward’s Red Angus, on being named SAA Purebred Breeder of the Year at the meeting. Very deserving! I’ve been contacted by a number of commercial and purebred producers about purchasing Angus Indicators (RFID tags). The changes last spring mean that the only way to receive these is through setting up an account with CCIA. Many are not happy about this but keep in mind that these indicators may be a component of getting cattle into some of the Branded Beef programs we are working on. This is especially important for those of you using Red Angus genetics. Everything changes over time and I can see a time in the future when all indicators will have to be purchased this way so you might as well get started now. This Spring I will be on the road again getting to as many sales and events as possible. Keep in mind that there are a couple major events coming to Manitoba this year. The LMAC conference and Canadian Auctioneer Championship will be held in Brandon and Virden May 7-9. Also Showdown is coming to Brandon July 23-25. Both of these events move to different parts of Canada yearly so when they are in or close to your area they are definitely worth attending. I’ll see you at both of these.

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Right Employee for the Right Job... Methods to select the right person for your ranch E n d i n g up shorthanded on the ranch because one of your employees suddenly quit or you had to let an employee go because they were not fulfilling their role is costly, time-consuming and frustrating. Were there steps that you could have taken to prevent this sudden shortage of help? How do you avoid having constant turnover? One answer is to select the right employee for the right job and equip them with the tools they need to be successful. With some time and effort on the front end of the hiring process, essential training, and continual communication, you can set yourself up for a more positive outcome for your farm/ranch hiring process. Lessons learned Wayne Fahsholtz, president of Padlock Ranch, near Sheridan, Wyo., has managed more than 30 full-time and 40 part-time employees annually for the past 15 years. Fahsholtz says he has learned many lessons over the years when it comes to human resource management — but probably the biggest lesson he has learned is to not just focus on hiring for skills and experience — hire the person with the right attitude. Over the years, he began to further study the impact of the effectiveness of his hiring decisions. From this, he developed what he calls the 3-3-3 approach. He explains this approach, first, take the three best employees you have hired, then the three worst employees over the past three years and see if you can identify what it was you may have missed during the interview of the employees that didn’t work out and what stood out in the interviews from those who ended up being successful employees. Page 60

Outline roles How can an employee accomplish what the boss believes they should if they don’t understand or know their expected job roles. Job descriptions are important. Just as one would interview for a job with an agricultural business like a bank or seed company, they would be provided with a job description outlining their duties, goals, and overall responsibilities. Why would we not do this in our cattle operations? It is just as important that they know what is expected of them to do their job properly and prevent misunderstandings between the employee and the supervisor. Developing a job description does not have to be a daunting task. It can be as simple as a few short paragraphs or as long as two pages, depending on how detailed you want to be. The most important element is getting the job description down on paper and clarifying the expectations. A written job description allows for more open communication and a better understanding all around. If there are concerns or questions on what is listed in the job description, it is spelled out on a sheet a paper and can be discussed or revisited as needed. A secondary benefit for agricultural entities with several employees is that it allows fellow employees to know what each other is responsible for. This can prevent confusion, frustrations or lack of completion of projects. And, at the time of evaluation, a job description becomes a useful tool to measure performance against. Here are six tips for writing a job description: 1) Job descriptions are typically one page and written to keep them focused and direct. 2) Write responsibilities first and the title and summary can be added after the responsibilities are listed out. Keep titles short, positive and engaging. E.g. Assistant Feed Supervisor vs feedman.

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3) Focus on eight or fewer major job responsibilities that are clear and understandable. Sub-duties could be listed in certain major areas. Don’t forget to include one overall clause stating; other duties as assigned for the betterment of the ranch. 4) Include the percentage of time to be devoted to these major responsibilities. E.g. Manage animal health 25%, upkeep and repair of machinery 30%. 5) Identify 3-5 competencies that will be needed for the job. Skills, abilities, certifications, etc., and work conditions typical to the day-to-day operation, such as outdoor weather conditions, and physical demands etc. 6) Identify who the employee reports to/is supervised by and the number of co-workers they will work with. If they have any supervisory duties explain that role. Job descriptions are also useful in family operations particularly in operations where a son or daughter has recently moved back into the operation. To keep communication as transparent as possible and transition into an operation seamless, clear duties of all people working on the farm/ranch will lessen the chance for misunderstanding. Furthermore, as additional employees and or family members are added into the operation, it becomes clear to see what the critical needs are or where certain job duties could be shifted from one person to the next. Selecting the right employee, with the right attitude and communicating with them through a simple, yet complete job description will set the stage for your operation to reach your goals and will reduce stress and expenses which come along with employee turnover.  Angus Edge - Spring 2020

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Communication at the Core... Communication is at the core of many things we do in our lives. As a society, we know how important communication is by looking at the number of means we have to be able to communicate with others. We have computers, cell phones, email, text messaging, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and the list goes on. Yet, I’m sure many of you reading this can recall a time when you said, “we need to communicate better or if only there was better communication.” A lack of communication may have resulted in a failure to meet a deadline, forgetting to check the cattle’s water, or an organization’s resolution failing to pass because the membership was uninformed. Good communication can help a business be successful, a ranch reaches its goals, and organizations accomplish their mission. Clear, concise communication — from top to bottom in a business and throughout an organization — can result in outcomes and achievements only a team that is communicating effectively will be able to achieve. While interviewing twelve national beef industry leaders to provide a perspective on leadership in agriculture, many important elements of leadership were identified, one of which was the significant role of communication. This column will focus on the effectiveness of a leader’s ability to communicate when serving in a volunteer role in an agricultural organization. However, many of the points presented can also be applied to a setting where you may be managing employees, dealing with customers, working in small groups or communicating with your family. Think about successful people you know in business, politics or another entity – are they good communicators? With the achievement that seamless communication can generate, it is no wonder the capacity to communicate is a must in a leader’s skill set. Being an excellent communicator goes hand in hand with being a successful leader. Effective leaders are measured in their capability to communicate in these ways: 1) They articulate their ideas Remember back when you were in elementary school, spelling was a primary course but along with spelling was the focus on pronouncing words, speaking clearly and learning to articulate yourself. This was a form of outward communication. By focusing on clear, concise and accurate communication you augmented your ability to express your thoughts and convey your ideas. Outward communication for those serving as Page 62

By B.Lynn Gordon leaders is essential. A leader must be able to share a message — whether it is complex or not — so those receiving the communication can understand the message. The more effective you communicate the message — the more you will be understood. Not communicating the message effectively can result in miscommunication and possibly misrepresentation. Those serving in leadership roles of agricultural organizations become spokespersons for the organization, their peers and their industry. Their message represents the many voices and members of the organization or industry. Therefore, it goes without saying, a leader’s ability to communicate the message is critical to the organization and the industry. 2) They listen Listening and the ability to listen was identified equally as crucial elements of communication for leaders. A leader must have the ability to listen first and listen actively. Leaders are not necessarily the first to speak on a subject, but they take it all in and they can take the discussion to a more unified level, primarily because they took the time to listen. As one agricultural leader said, “they take an analytical approach to digest the information and what has been done, and in the next breath discussing what it might be.” Ensuring they are hearing and gaining input from those who they represent (e.g. membership), adds to the leaders’ ability to contribute to the quality of the final action or policy of that organization. Communicating with others is important, but truly listening to the results in a new dimension of a leader. 3) They engage people Skilled leaders involve others, so they become an active part of the conversation and make others feel like what they have to say is important to the discussion. The result is communication which flows in both directions. When communication flows openly, members of organizations feel empowered to express their thoughts and ideas with top leadership. Those in top leadership roles have demonstrated the ability to connect and resonate with members. This opens doors for successful accomplishments of the organization and breaks down barriers that develop when communication is strained. The result is a trusting environment where confidence and collaboration grow. A leader, who openly listens to both sides and engages both sides in a conversation, creates a solid, trusting environment. Simply put, a leaders’ ability to convey the message, listen to those they represent and move the organization forward by engaging others, all stem from one’s ability to be a communicator. 

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Built-in and better They think of everything these days! Seeing new car advertisements, that thought runs through my mind. With an active family, I can’t count the number of times there’s been an immediate mess—think sandbox remnants dumped out of tennis shoes or cereal spread across the floor—and I wished a vacuum cleaner would appear out of thin air. About the day after I first had that thought, I saw the brand new minivan with an integrated vacuum. I used to carry a power inverter in my SUV, so as I made the most of our miles traveled, I could plug in my laptop. Today I can leave that inverter at home. I have a 120volt AC plugin right there on the console. In the automotive industry, I’m sure there’s a fair amount of logging and correlating specific requests and responding to drivers as they file complaints, but car designers must think years ahead. They must anticipate. It’s not a question of "what does the customer want today," but rather what WILL they want. Designers have to imagine life in the future. From cars that communicate with each other and avoid crashes to driverless vehicles, it’s hard to picture what I’ll be driving, or just riding in 10 years from now. The cattle business is much the same. When breeders select genetics, they’re incorporating needs of commercial cattle customers, from growth and performance to structural soundness and maternal traits. They’re responding to consumer demand with more marbling. These are all traits and opportunities that cattlemen have the ability to affect today. Page 66

The rapid pace of improvement has been astonishing, but when I think about the cattle of the future, that’s when I get really excited. Imagine a world where you could select for stock that almost never get sick. It may seem like an impossibility today, but there’s early work being done to characterize the genetics of increased immunity. Someday it could be as routine as placing pressure on lower birthweight or higher weaning weight. Genomic technology puts this research within reach, but could also make that real-time information applicable. Cattle could be treated differently based on their inherent risk category. In a world where pen riders aren’t getting any easier to find, where consumers are ever more concerned about animal welfare, this is the kind of development that could be a game changer long-term. Heat, fescue, altitude —our environmental challenges across cattle country are as diverse as our zip codes, but associations are working to provide tools to help tap the animals that work best in those scenarios. More information will allow for more informed decisions. The cattle of tomorrow are being bred with more and more precision, and the rate of improvement can increase. They’ll fit the places they live and the places they’re headed more and more predictably than today. And because demand signals simply work to reward progress with profits, they’ll continue to align with consumer preference for higher quality beef. That’s the kind of built-in that will build the future. 

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2020 Honour Scroll Recipients The Saskatchewan Livestock Association was pleased to acknowledge Mike & Terrie Fleury, Wes & Kim Olynyk and Don & Doris Perrin for their contribution to their communities and to the livestock industry in Saskatchewan with a Scroll of Honour. The scrolls were presented January 29th at the 2020 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon.

Mike & Terrie Fleury Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Mike was born November 30, 1960 in Saskatoon, SK. He grew up on a mixed farm just outside of Saskatoon where his family raised purebred Charolais cattle and ran a grain operation. Mike attended Holy Family Elementary School in Sutherland and graduated high school at Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon. Terrie (Mitchell) was born August 9, 1961 in Saskatoon, SK, and was raised on a grain farm east of Saskatoon in the Blucher area where she was involved many years in the Blucher 4-H Multiple Club. She attended the Clavet Composite School. Mike and Terri were married March 10, 1984. They purchased land north of Aberdeen, SK on the South Saskatchewan river where they built their home, set up their ranch and presently reside today. Terrie has always looked after everything at home while Mike was working away. They have two children: Matthew (Cassie) and Katie (Jarret Pernarowski) and one grandchild, Isabelle Pernarowski. In his youth Mike was very involved as a member of the Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club, holding numerous positions. A highlight of his involvement was Page 68

being selected as a Saskatchewan delegate, attending the National 4-H Youth Conference in Ottawa and Washington, DC. Mike was also a member of the Saskatchewan 4-H Livestock Judging Team and competed at the Canadian National 4-H Youth judging Competition held at Agribition. Growing up in the Charolais business provided Mike with the opportunity to attend many purebred sales and shows. In the early 70’s, when the exotic cattle were on the boom, American auctioneers would come up from the States for the sales and Mike was fascinated by their style, rhythm and chant. It was then that Mike knew he wanted to make a career out of auctioneering and cattle marketing. He was a self-taught auctioneer and started selling at the Saskatoon Auction Mart at 16 years of age. From there he went on to work at the Saskatoon Public Stockyards; learning the art of auctioneering commercial cattle. Mike was instrumental in his time as Agriculture Manager at the Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition in bringing Agriculture to the foreground of their programming. He was responsible for producing many livestock and horse shows as well as 4-H and junior activities. Mike took the leading role in developing the Western Canadian Crop Production Show, the Canada Dairy Expo and Gardenscape and during this time, was director of the Canadian 4-H Council. In 1993 Mike became Manager of Saskatoon Livestock Sales. He was with the

company for 26 years where he took the lead, along with a talented staff, to build the company to where it is today. Mike served as both board member and President on the Livestock Marketing Association of Canada (LMAC) and on the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan. Mike has hosted both the LMAC Convention and Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Championship as well as the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Auctioneering Competition. Mike is a past Manitoba/Saskatchewan Auctioneering Champion and a finalist at the LMAC National Livestock Auctioneering Championships. He brought the LMAC Hall of Fame idea to the board, chairing the committee for six years and was honoured with this award in 2016, his first time on the nomination ballot. Mike was one of the main participants in the development of the livestock handling video produced by the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan, a main component of the employee training program used by auction markets and transportation companies across Canada. He is a respected auctioneer and cattleman across Canada. During Mike’s time in the livestock business he has built a reputation as an honest businessman with impeccable business ethics. He has earned the respect of his producers, buyers, employees and the industry, as well as government agencies at both the provincial and federal level. Some of his employees have stated that he has been a mentor to them and has helped them in developing the skills and knowledge required to be successful in their chosen fields. His ongoing promotion of the “Auction Method of Selling to Establish True Price Discovery” has benefited the cattle industry and the marketing sector. Mike takes pride in Angus Edge - Spring 2020

having and continuing, the opportunity in marketing cattle and selling all the major purebred breeds of cattle and horses. If you call Mike for help his standard answer is “What would you like me to do?” Mike and Terrie currently raise commercial cattle on the ranch and work with their son Matthew on his purebred Black Angus herd, Fleury Cattle Company. Mike continues to sell purebred cattle sales and enjoys working with his Percheron horses.■

Wes & Kim Olynyk Goodeve, Saskatchewan Wes was born June 10, 1959 in Melville, SK, attending high school at the Melville Comprehensive School and graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980 with a diploma in Vocational Agriculture. Kim Boreen was born July 17, 1962 in Weyburn, SK attending school in Radville and graduating from the Kelsey Institute, Saskatoon, SK in 1982 with a nursing diploma. Wes and Kim met in 1981 and were married July 21, 1984. They have four children: Orie, Daniel, Kaitlin (Austen Anderson) and Wade. Wes was the third of four children and from an early age was an active member of Crescent Creek Angus. He became a member of the Melville 4-H Beef Club at the age of 10 and continued in

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4-H for eight years actively showing cattle at a variety of shows, including regional shows in Melville and Yorkton and larger shows such as Agribition, where in 1977 he won Champion Junior Showman. Wes purchased his first heifer in 1977 and his WOS prefix was registered in 1979 with 2019 marking 40 years. Wes is the 4th generation of Olynyk’s on the original homestead that was established in 1904 and Wes and Kim take great pride in carrying on the long tradition of agriculture in the family. In 1985 Wes became project leader with the Goodeve 4-H Club and through the years has spent countless hours leading lessons and field days. Wes and Kim have offered their farm for clipping, judging and showmanship demonstrations as well as a home for the annual achievement day. Wes and Kim raised their children in the United Church and volunteered time as greeters, bookkeepers and working the numerous teas and suppers. Kim taught Sunday School and Wes was the notorious pie auctioneer and turkey carver for many years. Wes has been a member of the Goodeve Community Club since its creation, serving as president for four years. He served on the local school board for two terms and was Chairman for three years. Wes volunteered with the Lions Club for six years, was president for one term and he also helped in organizing the annual Goodeve bonspiel for many years. Wes, along with his parents Mike and Irene, sold bulls and competed in the Regina Bull Sale for 25 years. They started their own on-farm bull and female sale in 1999 and 2020 will be their 22nd annual sale. In

2000 Crescent Creek was named Purebred Breeder of the Year by the Saskatchewan Angus Association (SAA) and in 2005 they received their 50-year Canadian Angus membership award. In 2004 the family received the Century Family Farm Award and 2020 will mark 65 years of production for Crescent Creek Angus. Wes has always believed in volunteering and promoting livestock and agriculture. He was a director on the Saskatchewan Angus Association board for 10 years, serving as President for one term, and during that time also served on the Canadian Western Agribition Commercial Cattle Show and Sale Committee. Crescent Creek still show in the Purebred and Bullpen Alley Shows at Agribition with 2019 marking their 40th year of participation. Wes served as both a director and on the executive of the Yorkton 4-H Regional Show and Sale Committee from 2012 to 2018 and was a continuous 4-H leader for 33 years. This hard work was recognized in 2018 when he was inducted into the Saskatchewan 4-H Hall of Fame. Wes donated an embryo package to the Canadian Angus Foundation (CAF) Building the Legacy Sale in 2017 and a “Pick of the Herd” in the 2018 sale. He became a board member on the CAF in 2019, so his volunteerism continues. Kim remains and always has been, integral in the success of the farm and family, helping with chores, seeding, harvest and calving. She also worked off farm for 35 years, the majority in home care; her passion, retiring in 2019. She is an avid member of both the community and church and has instilled many great values into her children and has helped Wes and the farm do great things. ■ Continued on page 70

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Don & Doris Perrin Maple Creek, Saskatchewan Don was born August 9, 1935 in Maple Creek, SK and attended school at Murraydale, Aylesford and high school in Maple Creek. Later, he accomplished long distance studies in Registered Industrial Accounting out of Hamilton, ON and studied Real Estate in Saskatchewan to acquire his broker status. Doris Parr was born January 8, 1936 in Maple Creek, SK and attended Merryflat School and high school in Maple Creek. Don and Doris were married November 11, 1955 and have two children: Kelly (Kathy) and Greg (Joanne) and five grandchildren: Lorelle, Sarah, Michael, Evan and Ethan. Until later in the 1950’s Don’s work was mainly ranch related at home and as a rider on some of the larger community pastures. In the late 1950’s he took up accounting and while studying, worked at various jobs over several years including a livestock commission business at the Maple Creek Auction Ring, bus driving and Police work for the Government of Saskatchewan. Don opened a public accounting practice in Maple Creek in the early 1960’s and was approached to act as Secretary/ Manager for the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA). He agreed to accept this position on a “short” three-month term until the Page 70

association could find a replacement. That replacement was not found and Don’s short term with the SSGA ultimately turned into almost 20 years, when in 1981, Don finally resigned to spend more time in his own practice which had grown significantly. Meanwhile, Doris had acquired a florist business in Maple Creek which she operated for many years, eventually selling to a long-time employee who was also a friend. Don and Doris also owned and operated a small cow/calf ranching enterprise, between 60 and 80 cows, for about 35 years in addition to their other ventures. Don’s leadership helped develop the credibility of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association with producers and other organizations and governments in Saskatchewan and beyond. He possessed a good understanding of the livestock industry and a natural ability to produce and manage ideas from concept to implementation. During his tenure as SecretaryManager of the SSGA, Don guided the association through some difficult financial times and had a strong role in tripling the membership, setting up a province wide zoning structure along with a new constitution, establishing a supply store for SSGA members and representing the association both provincially, nationally and beyond. Don sat on the board of directors of the initial Beef Cattle Check Off in Saskatchewan and was subsequently appointed to chair the Appeals Committee, a quasi-legal forum to adjudicate problems that occasionally arose in check off administration. In 1974, Don represented cattle producers of Saskatchewan and Canada at the

World Beef Congress in Spokane, Washington. He was also in charge of the regular Stock Growers newspaper and for writing and presenting many briefs and position papers on behalf of the livestock industry. Don was a charter member of the Kinsmen Club in Maple Creek, a member of the Maple Creek Rotary Club and served as President of both the Maple Creek Curling and Golf Club for several years. Don’s accounting practice was sold to a CA firm in 1992 (later MNP). In 2014 Don and Doris, approaching 80 years of age, sold their land and cattle and settled into a busy retirement. The busy couple sing and perform regularly weekly and monthly at four senior establishments in Maple Creek and occasionally at Cowboy Church as well as in Swift Current when time permits. Doris has written a book of poems linked to her experiences, many humorous, in the cattle business and Don composes songs and music and plays guitar.■


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All stars shine, some just brighter than others! Here’s a couple stars from our bull pen

Red U6 Breakout 104G BW: 82 lbs. His dam is one of Evan & Brittany’s best cows out of our great Samaria family. He weighed 1007 lbs on November 2.


Wynyard SK Garnet & Shirley Yewsiuk 306-560-8460 Evan, Brittany & family 306-554-8708 www.u6livestock.com Angus Edge - Spring 2020

Red U6 Ozzie 60G BW.: 75 lbs. The dam of 60G’s sire is a daughter of Mar Mac’s Ruby 10T donor cow who was WRAZ’s “Pick of the Mar Mac heifers” purchased at Red Roundup.

* BULLS FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY * Thank you to BMW, C.D. Land and Cattle, and Eye Hill Stock Farms/Minburn for their Masterpiece purchases! Page 71

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The Winding Road to Prime... Shawn Heine’s journey to incorporate Prime in everything he does. At Walnut and East 6th in downtown Cincinnati, a vibrant mural shows Neil Armstrong with a lunar m o v i e c a m e r a , seemingly trained on a steakhouse rather than a moonscape. If anyone could watch the film over the last few years, what a story it would tell. When the mural went up in summer 2016, the view took in Prime 47, a steakhouse barely hanging on. Many a passerby might’ve asked if or why it was still open. But a transformation was beginning inside. Today, everyone from downtowners hustling in for lunch to evening diners from hours away all rave about what is now Prime Cincinnati. They may savor anything from Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand Prime meat balls to a dry-aged CAB chuck short rib with bacon risotto. Executive chef Shawn Heine is proud of the transformation and success since he started. But it was no easy feat getting there. He grew up working on a dairy farm in central New York and did a lot of physical labor like brick-and-cement work— until summertime would roll around and restaurants needed the extra hands. Heine liked that better than masonry and began applying for steady work.

By Abbie Burnett At one point, he was working at Mon Ami in Boca Raton, Fla., and going to culinary school at Johnson & Wales in North Miami. Working 40 to 50 hours and going to school for 30 hours a week, every dish and paper was a step closer to the main stage. That time came soon after he met his wife, Ashlee, while working at the upscale eatery, Fulton’s on the River in Chicago. When she was done with school, Heine followed her back to her hometown of Cincinnati and after a couple of other jobs, found work at Prime 47 as the executive chef. He had to have wondered about his prospects there. “It was me and one other cook and dishwasher working, and hoping we get a couple tables that night,” Heine says. But the place would usually be near empty. It was summer 2016 and some world-famous Brazilian was working on the mural across the street while Heine worked to revamp the whole menu inside the steakhouse. Already accustomed to fresh, high-quality seafood from past experience, the chef began researching what quality meant for beef and what was now “his” steakhouse. “I was using just USDA Choice and Prime, and I didn’t really know any better,” Heine says. “So, I really got into the aspect of, ‘what’s the quality of steak’ and for about two-and-a-half years now, I’ve been Certified Angus Beef.” Now? Prime Cincinnati is regularly doing $10- to 20,000 nights in sales with eight cooks and two dishwashers. Heine watches the reviews get better daily as his restaurant grows from 8% to 18% year after year. It all comes down to quality, he says, the success and the reason he sells CAB Prime for most dishes. “I don’t like using subpar stuff; I’m not a subpar kind of guy.”

Heine never left the culinary world after that.

His standards are really high because he knows his guests’ standards are high. When they come into Prime Cincinnati and expect to spend “a couple hundred dollars” for a meal, it’s a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly.

From Delaware to Miami to Chicago to New York and back several times, Heine lived in eight states and learned his way around a hard-earned education in classrooms and kitchens.

Heine says he wants something that’s not just going to be remembered two to three weeks from now, but a month or two after when they think about their next steak.

Two restaurant owners out for a bite hired the young man outside an establishment that had just turned him down.

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“I want them to have had the best—the Prime meal that they came for—so they remember us down the road and come back,” he says. Despite all the success, Heine knows if he were to have a star on the Walk of Fame, it’s all thanks to his costars, the ranchers providing the high-quality beef he serves up every night. “I think it’s an all-out team effort from everybody,” Heine says. “It starts with the ranchers and ends up on my guests’ plates. Without the ranchers, I couldn’t do what I was doing and vice versa. We’re just one big team. It’s a pleasure to be able to serve the meat they produce.” Heine wants the cattleman to know he’s doing what he can to provide value back to the ranch.

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“I’d just like him to know I’m not a guy that just buys steaks and cooks them,” he says. “I’m utilizing the beef as best I can to bring in every dollar I can to make his life a little easier, for our team and our customers.” That includes being an ambassador on behalf of the brand and ranchers. Many customers are people who come in on a daily basis. Heine says they’re always grateful because he builds their beef knowledge and educates them on what a good steak is, and all that’s gone into it. In 2020, he’s hosting a benefit dinner, with ranchers explaining everything it takes to raise the very steak in front of the diners. “I want my guests to appreciate what they’re eating,” Heine says. “They’re not just eating a steak.” It’s probably why Prime Cincinnati won the 2019 CAB Steakhouse of the Year award. Future restaurant ventures for Heine are varied, but all will serve the brand. For now though, if we found a way to view Armstrong’s film of success across the street, we would all enjoy the happy ending. 

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What and why are they buying? Changing consumer attitudes toward beef

By Nicole Erceg

Trust: it’s a bond not easily formed, but effortlessly broken. From Watergate to Exxon, the Clinton scandal, sub-prime mortgage crisis, BP oil spill, Lance Armstrong’s fall from glory and today’s #MeToo movement, media narratives have conditioned us to be skeptics. Generations of headlines have told us those we thought were trustworthy can’t always be trusted. It’s a lesson learned again and again. Those who get big gain power, and power unchecked results in devastating consequences. We need checks and balances to hold everyone accountable to do the right things.

trust bank. It’s following through on a brand promise, one the Certified Angus Beef ® brand continuously makes for taste and quality. It’s what has grown our market share to a record 1.25 billion lb.—but it’s not enough to keep it. Taste is a promise that must be delivered, yes, but today’s consumer demands more. Recent research confirms taste and quality are the top drivers, but our consumer is hunting for a brand that also promises sustainability, environmental stewardship and animal welfare.

The good news Shifting the narrative (even with a big advertising budget) is easier said than done, but it can be done. Today, beef demand is strong. USDA says domestic consumers enjoyed a whopping 57.2 pounds (lb.) per person in 2018. The upward trend in quality has created more consistent, greattasting beef that keeps people coming back to the meat case for more. It’s the beef version of proof in the pudding: Taste is the No. 1 driver of beef demand. The taste factor and marbling that drives it is the key metric in putting gold in the Page 88

Trust is the key and the same study reported only 49% of respondents trusted the beef industry to treat animals well. We are no longer simply competing for consumer dollars, we’re competing for their hearts, minds and voices. The latter three are vital to the future ranch bottom line.

So when consumers read a headline that “Big Ag” doesn’t have their best interests at heart, it’s believable. When they hear that beef cattle are destroying the environment (even if it defies all logic), it might be true. Don’t take it personally; the skepticism is a societal condition. Public trust has eroded in nearly every industry. What can beef producers do to gain more consumer confidence?

A n i m a l s indicates U.S. consumers are willing to pay up to $5 per entrée more for welfarecertified products if they trust the label claims.

You’re probably thinking, “Good news! I do all of those things! That’s an easy promise to deliver on because the beef industry is already doing that!” We are, but not in the eyes of the consumer. Science may say beef production is carbon neutral, that animal welfare is the best it’s ever been, but for consumers in an era of skepticism, science is just another person’s opinion. Surveys show many consumers today would rather reach for another product to stay within their values than “consume additional information” to justify buying beef. The work ahead Today, proof of shared values drive consumer trust more than facts. A July 2018 study published in peer-reviewed

At the end of the day, both consumers and producers want to do the right thing by the animals and environment we rely on. It’s common ground we can build on, but fraught with skepticism we’ll all need to overcome. A Baking Business article on food trends reports the rise of the Flexitarian (omnivore), diets that attempt to mitigate climate change, and those who don’t halt meat consumption altogether but shift one purchase a week to an alternative protein. It’s a burger that’s part mushroom, part beef. It’s a restaurant order switched from beef to salad or fish. If we want our consumers to shift their perspectives and not their purchases, it will require shifts on the ranch. When more than 50% of consumers lack trust in our ability to humanely raise animals, we’ll need to create a brand promise and deliver – the proof is in the pudding. Angus Edge - Spring 2020

Transparency is no longer optional, it’s the price we must pay for trust. The best direct-to-consumer channel we have isn’t social media. Nor is it relying on the mass media to set our narrative, though both are important. It’s the label on the meat package in the case and how that product performs in their kitchen. Deeper relationships As a brand we monitor the headlines, respond to media inquiries, create resources around hot topics and bring hundreds of our foodservice and retail partners to the ranch each year. Those who have seen it and met you, walk away big fans, content that their beef comes from families they can trust.

supply chains in line with their values. It’s not always just another efficiency that puts dollars in ranch pockets. Maintaining profitability moving forward could mean doing what our consumers consider the right thing, and showing our work. It might also mean doing things we don’t want to, simply because our ultimate customer does.

but glowing feedback for the work done so far: “My wife and I purchase Certified Angus Beef because we have found it to be the absolute BEST. We would like to thank everyone that produces this most outstanding product. I have some T-Bones on the grill right now.” Trust = dollars. 

The hard work to earn trust and keep it feels just a bit lighter when it’s not only about consumer demands for change,

Similarly, consumers grant authority by relationship, not by title, office or organization size— but it’s physically impossible to have them all out to the ranch for a day. A deeper relationship with our consumer is key, one we’re working to cultivate. But until there’s a documented checkand-balance behind the label they read before buying, one that’s more than just beef quality, we’ll never be able to satisfy the beef eaters who are now hungry for simplified proof that brands have Angus Edge - Spring 2020

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Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association Board of Directors Jessica Davey - President Saskatoon, SK - 306-230-7409 jdavey@rivendalewelsh.com Reegan Frey - Vice-President Oxbox, SK - 306-485-6788 reegs0909@gmail.com Brandy Fettes - Secretary Glamar, SK - 306-815-7082 bfettes46@gmail.com Hillary Sauder - Junior Director Hodgeville, SK - 306-677-7542 hill.goog@gmail.com Directors at Large Baxter Blair McLean, SK - 306-699-7807 baxteraiden@hotmail.com Morgan Davey Saskatoon, SK - 306-250-6891 rvlm.angus@gmail.com Hayden Elliot-Nelson St. Brieux, SK - 306-920-7053 haydenelliot18@gmail.com Tyra Fox Lloydminster, SK - 780-871-2563 tyrafox20@gmail.com Rayel Kaczmar Grenfell, SK - 306-451-0075 rayelkaczmar14@gmail.com Carson Liebreich Radville, SK - 306-815-7226 carson.liebreich@oldscollege.ca Macy Liebreich Radville, SK - 306-869-6740 macy.liebreich@gmail.com Allyson Tetzlaff Viscount, SK - 306-231-6968 allytetz77@gmail.com Connor Tetzlaff Viscount, SK - 306-231-6904 connortetzlaff01@gmail.com

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Saskatchewan Junior Angus Report... Happy New Year! As we begin 2020 I’d like to wish everyone the best throughout the winter months as calving is in gear and bull/female Jessica season at Showdown 2019 sale approaches. Remember to stay warm and safe this season. As 2019 wrapped up we had a few exciting events. At the end of October we held the annual Saskatchewan Junior Angus Gold show in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan during the Stockade Round Up. We had many juniors in attendance and a successful show. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, judges and volunteers. Their support for juniors is truly amazing and the show wouldn’t be possible without them. In November during Canadian Western Agribition our 2019 year ended with our annual meeting as well as a fun day for juniors with a pizza party to follow. We encourage members to join us next year! With 2020 now in it’s time for the Saskatchewan junior members to start off a new year! On February 15-17 the Canadian Junior Angus Goal Conference in attendance with National members will be held in Calgary, Alberta. Travel bursaries through Saskatchewan Junior Angus were offered this year through an application process; in which juniors had to write about why they would like to attend GOAL. Congratulations to Saskatchewan members who received travel bursaries! Entries were due at the end of December and if you weren’t able to attend this year I highly recommend that you do so in the future. GOAL is a fantastic opportunity to network and

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make new connections, learn more about the industry and to have a blast! This year we will attend a dinner theatre, have a pool party and have the opportunity to listen to different speakers and presentations. On July 23-25 Showdown 2020, our national Junior Angus Show will be held in Brandon, Manitoba. This event is hosted by Canadian Junior Angus. There are many events to partake in such as the Angus cook-off, art, conformation show, farm sign, graphic design, grooming, judging, literature, marketing, photography, public speaking, scrapbook and showmanship. As Showdown is close to home this year, we hope to see many Saskatchewan Junior Angus members and their cattle there. If you plan on attending, but are unable to take cattle, we would gladly try to arrange for you to show an animal and/or help other juniors with their cattle. There are also scholarships presented at Showdown so make sure to keep an eye out for up-coming deadlines. Showdown is an incredible opportunity and has so much to offer for all juniors; in which you meet new people, learn new things, expand your skills, travel and most importantly have fun! This is an event that you won’t want to miss. Watch for details on our provincial Junior Angus Show, to be held in Lloydminster again at Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster November 4-7. Taking on the role of president on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Board I’m extremely exited about the opportunities and experiences that the association has to offer in 2020. I look forward to seeing and meeting many fellow junior members, as well as encouraging new juniors to join! To be a part of this association and the upcoming hands of our Angus industry is truly amazing. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association than please don’t hesitate to contact me!  Angus Edge - Spring 2020

SJA Director Profiles... Hi, my name is Baxter Blair and I am excited to once again be a board member for the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association heading into 2020. I have been involved in the agricultural industry for the entirety of my life as a passion for agriculture has been instilled into our family for generations. Along with my parents and older sister, we farm and run 150 heard of Angus influenced commercial cow calf pairs in McLean, SK. My family is also heavily involved within the McLean location of Blairs Fertilizer Ltd. and Texcana Logistics, both stemming from Blairs Family of Companies. I started my herd of purebred red Angus genetics in 2012 with my very first purebred purchase from Blairs. Ag Cattle Company. Now, I own and operate Double B Angus where I raise and sell red Angus genetics across Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina and Australia. Throughout the year I also compete in a variety of Junior and open shows as well as scholarship competitions across Canada. I am currently finishing my grade 12 year at Greenall High School in Balgonie, SK. In the fall I will be attending a post secondary institution in the United States to study Animal Sciences, to eventually obtain my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, while competing on a collegiate livestock judging team. In my spare time, I compete in extracurricular activities such as track and field and badminton, and volunteer at the Sherwood Animal Clinic. The Angus breed has given me unparalleled amounts of knowledge, experience, and relationships that I could have never gotten in any other industry and I am extremely excited to see what this year brings for all of us. Baxter Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Davey and I am from Donavan, SK. My family's operation is Rivendale Cattle Company and we are located 30 Angus Edge - Spring 2020

minutes South West of Saskatoon. We run 50 purebred black Angus females and are focusing on building a strong foundation to our growing herd. I am sixteen years old and am currently in grade 11 at Delisle Composite School. To further my education in the livestock industry I plan to apply to the University of Saskatchewan Animal Science program this fall. In 2019 I established my photography business, Show Stoppin' Photography; in which, I hope to attain a Certificate in Entrepreneurship through the University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business as well. I joined Canadian Junior Angus four years ago and haven't looked back since! The breed is truly amazing; I have met so many people, made connections and am continuously learning. I'm so thankful for the support and guidance of others, as well as the opportunity to receive travel bursaries to attend events across the country and scholarships to put towards university tuition. I am looking forward to being involved in the Angus breed and community for years to come. Jess Hello members, my name is Morgan Davey. I am 18 years old and currently in my first year of Animal Science at the University of Saskatchewan. I am living at home right now and an active member on our operation. I will be moving to Moose Jaw this summer to work for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. The Angus breed and livestock production is my passion. I love getting to acquire many new experiences in the industry and I have enjoyed my first four years in the association. I look forward to attending more events and meeting as many of you as possible! Morgan My name is Hayden Elliot-Nelson. I am a director at large for the Saskatchewan

Junior Angus Association. My family and I run a purebred as well as a commercial herd just outside of St. Brieux, SK. I have shown Angus cattle for seven years now and have enjoyed every minute. I really enjoy socializing and competing in junior cattle shows. Meeting new people and catching up with old ones is the true fun in the cattle industry for me. Hayden Hi, my name is Brandy Fettes and I am currently a grade twelve student at Gladmar Regional School. My family and I own and operate DKF Angus, 5 km south of Gladmar, SK where we sell our bulls and females private treaty. Along with raising and showing cattle I also enjoy playing basketball and competing in high school rodeo. I have been a Jr. Angus Member for fifteen years, and this year I am on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association board serving as the Secretary. I am very excited to be part of the board and I am looking forward to attending CJA and SJAA events! Brandy Hello everyone, my name is Tyra Fox. I am 21 years old and I am currently working on my third year of preveterinarian medicine at the Lakeland College in Lloydminster. Along with my family, we own and operate Justamere Farms, located just east of Lloydminster, SK, where we run about 300 purebred black Angus cattle, along with a small commercial and club calf herd. I started 4-H when I was nine years old; right now, I am a member of the Alberta Bandits 4-H club, and I enjoy every part of 4-H. Along with 4-H going to all the Angus shows and events is also something that I love to do. I have been to many shows in both Canada and the USA with my family and I look forward to all the events yet to come. Besides

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showing cattle I really enjoy playing piano and doing DIY projects with my mom and sister.

the vice president. I am very excited to help out and to meet new members! Reegan

individual and I look forward to what is coming in the future. Carson

I have been a part of the SJAA for many years and am sad to say this is my final year serving on the board. I have had so much fun over the years getting to participate with and meet many juniors. I am also finishing my final year on the CJAA board as the president and I am very grateful for all the opportunities both boards have provided me. Tyra

Hello, my name is Rayel Kaczmar. I am 18 years old and live in Grenfell, Saskatchewan on my family farm, Longview Angus, where we run over 100 purebred black Angus cows and 50 commercial cows.

Hello, my name is Macy Liebreich and my family’s operation is Merit Cattle Company, where we run about 200 purebred black Angus.

Hi everyone! My name is Reegan Frey, I am 16 years old, and this will be my third year on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board. I am in grade 11 at Oxbow Prairie Horizons School where I am an active SADD and SRC member. Some things I really enjoy are working with and showing cattle, playing competitive fast pitch, track and field, badminton and hockey. Along with my family, we run Freyburn Angus Farms outside of Oxbow Saskatchewan, where we have approximately 200 head of purebred black Angus cattle and 100 head of Angus influenced cattle alongside a small grain operation. I started showing cattle when I began 4-H at the age of six and this will be my 11th year being a part of the Alameda 4-H Beef Club and my first year as president. I enjoy learning all that I can about the beef industry and sharing it with the younger members of my club to help them gain a better understanding of the importance of our industry. In the past I have attended two Canadian Junior Angus GOAL conferences and the CJA Showdown, where I have had tons of learning opportunities and have met many wonderful juniors that I can now call friends. I have spent the past couple of years as a director at large on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board and this year I am Page 92

The past three years I have attended the CJA GOAL Conference in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Moose Jaw and I am looking forward to this years GOAL in Calgary, Alberta. I am very thankful for the opportunities I have been given by the Saskatchewan and Canadian Junior Angus Associations. I look forward to another great year, in my third year as a director on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association board. Rayel Hi, my name is Carson Liebreich. I am from Radville, Saskatchewan where my family owns and operates Merit Cattle Company. We run a purebred black Angus operation of 200 cows. I am currently attending my first year of post-secondary taking the Agriculture Technician program in Olds, Alberta. I got my start in the Angus industry when my parents gave me a calendar year heifer calf the year I was born. She produced up to the age of 12. Since I was little I have been showing cattle. I enjoy showing cattle and try and go to as many shows as possible including recent Showdown’s and the fall show run. I have also been very fortunate to attend recent GOAL conferences and will be attending the 2020 conference in Calgary. Growing up in the cattle industry has been a great influence in my life and being able to attend all the shows and other events has helped me to grow as a

I'm currently in my final year of undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia for my Bachelor of Commerce with a major in human resources and focus in sustainability and social impact. I also work part-time for the Vancouver Canucks on the ice team. I've grown up in the beef 4-H program and have been to multiple junior shows and conferences across the country. Through the Angus Association I have had spectacular opportunities traveling to Scotland for the World Angus Forum as a part of the youth competition, traveling to the American LEAD conference, acting as the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador, and traveling to the first JA Global Alumni Conference in Austria with a CAF selfdirected bursary. I’m excited to be a part of this board and to be more involved with the youth in the industry, hopefully I see you at some events this year. Also, if you have any questions regarding Angus scholarships or opportunities I’m always happy to help! Macy Hello, my name is Hillary Sauder and I am from Hodgeville, Saskatchewan where we own and operate Windy Willows Farms. We recently held a Red Angus herd dispersal and a mature cow Black Angus dispersal. We currently raise approximately 100 purebred black Angus cows along with my own herd of approximately 35 purebred black Angus cows. I am in my second semester at Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB, taking Angus Edge - Spring 2020

Animal Science Technology. I am also in my 14th year of 4-H as a member of the Ernfold 4-H Beef Club. I am a director at large on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board, a Saskatchewan director on the Canadian Junior Angus board and the Junior representative on the Saskatchewan Angus board. Hillary

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Colt Kornfeld, Cowtrax Ranch, Val Marie, SK on being named the Canadian Angus Foundation Junior Angus Stockman for 2019! Colt was recognized during the Angus show at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.

Hello Everyone, my name is Allyson Tetzlaff. I’m sixteen years old and currently in grade 11 at Viscount Central School. My family operates a grain farm and owns a red and black Angus herd called Triple L Angus. I enjoy playing school sports, broomball and 4-H. I have been in the Viscount 4-H Beef Club for the past 10 years and have always enjoyed working with the cattle. I’m really excited to be a director on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board, and I look forward to experiencing all it has to offer. Ally

L-R: Kirk Wildman, CAF Chair, Myles Immerkar, CAA CEO, Colt Kornfeld and Belinda Wagner, CAF Executive Director.

Hello, my name is Connor Tetzlaff. I am 18 years old and am I am attending the University of Saskatchewan, studying animal science. My family own 150 head of purebred black and red Angus at Triple L Angus. Outside of the farm, most of my time is spent working on my classes as well as being part of the Huskie track and field team and my local 4-H beef club. This is my second year as director at large and I am excited to be involved in the Association again this year. Connor

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

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

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

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It’s Easy to Judge Until It’s Your Kid, Let’s Try Compassion... We live in a world where it’s never been easier to comment. On news, on appearances, and on human behavior. I can remember being a teenager and watching my father occasionally write letters to the editor of our local newspaper. Back then, it was a protracted process – putting pen to paper, stamping and addressing an envelope, and walking to the mailbox down the street to then hope that your thoughts might be chosen worthy to appear in print perhaps a week later, where thousands of others might read it. Today, we pull a smartphone out of our pocket and quickly type in our opinion of someone else’s actions, thoughts, or insignificant life decision. One click, and in a matter of seconds, millions of people around the globe potentially have access to our judgements. And oh, how we are quick to judge. As parents of teens and young adults, we may find ourselves judging other people’s kids as a means to teach or guide our own. Or to tear down and gossip about other kids in a misguided attempt to make our own seem superior in some way. Oh, how we are quick to judge. We can be quick to judge other kids, until it’s ours. It’s easy to feel exasperated and roll your eyes at the kid who drops out of the club days before the big show or event. Until it’s your kid and you know that their anxiety has become overwhelming and is making them physically sick. It’s easy to think the know-it-all, overachiever kid is obnoxious and tries way too hard. Until it’s your kid and you know they are on the spectrum Page 98

and struggle daily with fully grasping social cues. It’s easy to label that kid that takes nothing seriously a “slacker” or a “goofball.” Until it’s your kid and you try so hard to hide the fact that they have learning challenges. It’s easy to call out the girl posting inappropriate pictures online. Until it’s your kid and you are dealing with their depression related to body image and self-worth. It’s easy to disregard and be annoyed by the student who always seems to be asking your kid to copy their homework. Until it’s your kid and you know they are working two jobs to help pay the family’s bills and save for college. It’s just easier to accept the rumors about that kid who was arrested for drug possession. Until it’s your kid and you are horrified to learn they stole a relative’s medications to deal with emotional pain they were too afraid to tell you about. It’s seems funny when you laugh at the kids who were caught having sex on school premises. Until it’s your kid and you find out they were relentlessly bullied into proving themselves a “real couple.” It’s easy to blame the mean girls because your daughter was excluded from a birthday celebration and is so sad. Until you discover it was your child who also treated others with disrespect or insensitivity. It’s easy to get angry with the kid who flakes out and often bails on the carpool to school. Until it’s your kid who wants to help take care of their aging grandparent or special-needs sibling when you are completely overwhelmed.

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It’s accepted to be critical about the kid who embraces nonbinary gender identity or seeks attention with unusual clothing choices. Until it’s your kid and you know how much they are struggling with sexual identity and daily hateful comments. It’s easy to pass judgment on the kid who you heard partied way too much their first semester of college and failed out. Until it’s your kid and you know the extreme amount of pressure they placed on themselves to be perfect. Let’s try to have a little more compassion. Every single high school and college student struggles with something. No matter what their parent says, what they tell their friends, or what their social media presence conveys. We all too often think we know the whole story when we only know a small part of someone’s entire truth. We are quick to judge. We are quick to joke. We are quick to accept rumors. And to label and to make assumptions. And we need to stop. Because our kids are listening, even when we think they are not paying attention. And they need to know that every kid deserves compassion and understanding. And that it’s human to fear what we don’t understand, which is why our goal should always be to seek out understanding. Because each new day presents us with a new opportunity to share in our humanity, extend grace, and practice compassion. Not just with our own family, with everyone. Taken from grownandflown.com

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Coming Events... Feb 15-17.. CJA 2020 GOAL Conference, Calgary, AB Feb 17....... JPM Farms Bull Sale, Parkbeg, SK Feb 20....... Nordal Limousin & Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Feb 27....... Benlock Farms Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Feb 27-28.. LK Ranch Bull & Female Online Sale, Oxbox, SK Mar 3......... Best of Both Worlds Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Mar 3......... Belvin Angus Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Mar 5......... Highline Angus Bull & Female Sale, Medicine Hat, AB Mar 6......... HBH Cattleman’s Connection Bull & Female Sale, .................. Brandon, MB Mar 7......... Ward’s Red Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 8 & 9... 101st Annual Pride of the Prairies Bull Sale, .................. Lloydminster, SK/AB Mar 11........ Storebo Farm Bull Sale, Beechy, SK Mar 12....... In Pursuit of Perfection Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Mar 13....... Standard Hill Connection Bull Sale, Maidstone, SK Mar 14....... Wheeler’s Stock Farm Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 15....... Early Sunset Ranch Production Sale, Edam, SK Mar 16....... South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 18....... Wilbar Cattle Co. Tools of the Trade Bull & Female Sale, .................. Dundurn, SK Mar 18-20.. GBT Angus Online Sale, Wawota, SK Mar 19....... All Black Bull Sale, Meadow Lake, SK Mar 21....... Select Genetics Sale, Herbert, SK Mar 23....... Brooking Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Radville, SK Mar 23....... Triple S Red Angus Bull Sale, Calgary, AB Mar 24....... Hollinger Land and Cattle Bull & Female Sale, Neudorf, SK Mar 24....... Ivanhoe Angus/City View Simmentals Bull Sale, .................. Moose Jaw, SK Mar 25....... Bar-H Land & Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Langenburg, SK Mar 25....... Hamilton Farms Bull & Female Sale, Cochrane, AB Mar 27....... Top Cut Black Angus Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK Mar 27....... 49th Parallel Bull Sale, Mankota, SK Mar 28....... Working Stiffs Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Mar 28....... Double F Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Prince Albert, SK Mar 28....... Impact Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar 28....... Anderson Cattle Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 28....... Lamb’s Quarters Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Mar 28....... Alameda Bull Sale, Alameda, SK Mar 29....... Best of the Breeds Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Mar 30....... Cockburn/Merit Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar 30....... Everblack Angus Bull Sale, Vermilion, AB Mar 31....... Double C Red Angus Bull Sale, Foam Lake, SK Mar 31....... Anderson Cattle Co. Bull & Female Sale, Swan River, MB Apr 1.......... Howe Family Farm/Rosso Charolais Bull Sale, .................. Moose Jaw, SK Apr 1.......... Cow Boys Angus Bull Sale, Pipestone, MB Apr 1-2....... Kenray Ranch Online Bull Sale, Redvers, SK Apr 1-2....... Cattleman’s Caliber Online Angus Bull Sale Apr 2.......... Taylor’s Red Angus Bull Sale, Cabri, SK Apr 3.......... Northern Progress Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Apr 4.......... Crescent Creek Angus Bull & Female Sale, Goodeve, SK Apr 4.......... Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK Apr 4.......... Burnett Angus Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Apr 6.......... Justamere Farms Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Apr 6.......... Eastondale Angus Bull Sale, Wawota, SK Apr 6.......... Your Choice Angus Bull Sale, Maple Creek, SK Page 100

Apr 6.......... Four Bar X Ranch-CMT Farms Bull Sale, Spiritwood, SK Apr 7.......... Windy Willows & Guest Bull Sale, Hodgeville, SK Apr 8.......... Flying K Ranch Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Apr 9.......... Spirit of the North Bull Sale, Spiritwood, SK Apr 9.......... Nielson Land & Cattle Bull Sale, Craik, SK Apr 10 . ..... South View Ranch Bull Sale, Ceylon, SK Apr 11........ Triple A Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Apr 11........ Blue Collar Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Apr 13........ Triple J Farms Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Apr 14........ Young Dale Angus Bull Sale, Alameda, SK Apr 14........ Top Cut Angus & Charolais Bull Sale, Mankota, SK Apr 15........ CAF Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Nomination .................. Deadline Apr 15........ CAF Junior Angus Stockman Nomination Deadline Apr 16........ Stuart Cattle Station Bull Sale, Edam, SK Apr 17........ Fleury Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Apr 17........ Freyburn Angus Bull & Female Sale, Oxbow, SK Apr 18........ Cornerstone Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Apr 18........ Shortgrass Bull & Female Sale, Aneroid, SK Apr 20........ Right Cross Ranch Bull Sale, Kisbey, SK Apr 25........ Wiwa Creek Angus Bull Sale, Rush Lake, SK Apr 26........ Saskatchewan Angus Breeder Information Session Apr 30........ CAF Junior Ambassador Application Deadline May 15....... Deadline for Summer Angus Edge May 15....... CJA LEAD & Roundup Exchange Programs Application .................. Deadline May 15....... CAF Dick Turner Scholarship Application Deadline Jun 1.......... Deadline for Entries - Showdown 2020 Jun 11-14... Canadian Angus Convention, Moncton, NB Jun 15........ CJA Scholarship Application Deadline Jun 20........ Deadline for Late Entries - Showdown 2020 Jul 23-25.... Showdown 2020, Brandon, MB Aug TBA.... Saskatchewan Angus Summer Tour, Kenosee Lake, SK Aug 11-13.. Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Penticton, BC Nov 4-7...... Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Lloydminster, SK Nov 5-6...... Saskatchewan Angus GOLD & Junior Show, Lloydminster Nov 30-Dec 5.....Canadian Western Agribition 50th Anniversary Show, .................. Regina, SK Dec 3......... National Angus GOLD Show, Regina, SK



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49th Parallel Bull Sale....................................64 Abound Livestock...........................................31 All Black Bull Sale..........................................21 Anderson Cattle Co........................................80 Anderson Cattle.............................................33 Bar H Land & Cattle Co...................................2 Belvin Angus..................................................76 Black Ridge Angus Farm...............................41 Blake’s Red Angus.........................................34 Border Butte Angus........................................74 Brooking Angus Ranch..................................23 Burnett Angus.................................................28 Castlerock Marketing.....................................30 Cattleman’s Caliber Angus Bull Sale.............67 Cornerstone Bull Sale....................................40 Cow Boys Angus Bull Sale............................78 Crescent Creek Angus...................................50 Delorme Ranch..............................................49 Double C Red Angus.....................................48 Double F Cattle Co........................................25 Early Sunset Ranch.......................................45 Eastondale Angus..........................................17 Everblack Angus............................................77 Fleury Cattle Co.............................................15 Flying K Ranch...............................................20 Four Bar X Ranch-CMT Farms Bull Sale......42 Freyburn Angus Farms....................................5 GBT Angus ....................................................61 Hamilton Farms........................................ 72,73 HBH Farms Inc..............................................81 Highline Angus...............................................79 Hollinger Land & Cattle..................................47 Howe Family Farm........................................BC Impact Bull Sale.............................................51 In Pursuit of Perfection Sale..........................44

Ivanhoe Angus...............................................63 Justamere Farms...........................................43 Kenray Ranch................................................13 Lamb’s Quarters Angus.................................46 Longview Angus.............................................71 Mantei Farms Angus......................................65 Merit Cattle Co............................................ 103 Nielson Land & Cattle Bull Sale . ..................24 Northern Progress Bull Sale..........................38 OBI Livestock Ltd........................................ 102 Right Cross Ranch.........................................32 Select Genetics Bull Sale..............................53 Short Grass Bull & Female Sale......................9 Six Mile Ranch Ltd.........................................27 South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale....52 South View Ranch.........................................54 Spirit of the North Bull Sale............................64 Standard Hill Connection Bull Sale................55 Storebo Farm.................................................36 Stuart Cattle Station.......................................22 Taylor’s Red Angus........................................65 Top Cut Bull Sale............................................67 Topview Acres................................................83 Triple A Bull Sale............................................29 Triple J Farms................................................37 Triple S Red Angus........................................75 U6 Livestock...................................................71 Ward’s Red Angus...........................................3 Wheeler’s Stock Farm...................................56 Wilbar Cattle Co.............................................26 Windy Willows Farms.....................................57 Wiwa Creek Angus.........................................12 Working Stiffs Bull Sale..................................39 Young Dale Angus..........................................35

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proposals from the membership for Saskatchewan Angus will entertain the province over the next year. hosting sessions in various areas of tion contact the office at If you are interested in more informa atchewanangus.com 306-757-6133 or email office@sask


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Profile for Belinda Wagner

The Angus Edge - Spring 2020  

Saskatchewan Angus Association newsletter promoting Angus cattle.

The Angus Edge - Spring 2020  

Saskatchewan Angus Association newsletter promoting Angus cattle.