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Muridale Shorthorns

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Muridale Electro 314E Sire: Six S Zipper 25Z

has 15 Two year old bulls headed to the Who’s Your Daddy Bull Sale April 4th Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK

Muridale Bueno 61E

Muridale Teal 63E

Sire: Hatfield Governor 17x

Muridale Encore 315E

Maternal brother to Muridale Thermal Energy 15A Sire: Muridale Hero 31Z

Muridale Dealers Choice 31E

Sire: Muridale Brawn 59B

Sire: Muridale Hero 31Z

Semen Available:

Muridale Robert 35U $40/straw

Embryos for sale

Muridale Jaxson 4A $35/straw

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The Times… They are a Changing! Do you ever feel that the beef industry is under constant attack? Some days I certainly feel this way and then there are other days when I feel like all of agriculture is under attack. Things certainly don’t seem the same as they used to be. In the past, we certainly had lots of issues to deal with, but most of them were created by supply and demand or by Mother Nature’s twisted mind. Today, it seems to me, that we have to deal with many more problems and situations that are created by decisions that are made by humans. Some of the recent issues that come to my mind were the sanctions placed on the Canadian Beef Industry by other countries, when it was announced that Canada had found a case of BSE within our borders. That was an extremely stressful situation and looking back I oftentimes wonder how we made it through it. I recently found a settlement sheet for an older herd bull I sold almost three years after BSE was identified in Canada. The bull weighed 2510 lbs and he sold for $.125/pound. The take home pay from this bull was $302. To me, this seems incredible now, when I look back. More lately we have seen restaurant chains suggesting that the Canadian beef supply is not “environmentally” grown to meet their standards, or they can’t supply or access enough beef that has been halal slaughtered to meet their requirements and several other such claims. Lately, it seems that more and more of these eating establishments are coming up with more of these bizarre claims. I am pretty certain, that many of these claims are derived at corporation board tables as they try to swing market share to their side and unfortunately, most of this comes at the expense of Canadian beef producers, who are some of the most efficient producers on this earth. Canadian beef producers are more concerned about the environment than ever before and I believe most are

working every day to leave their part of the world in a better position than when they found it. The major problem is that the average Joe Consumer doesn’t know this as being factual and every time they hear a corporation making bogus claims they automatically think the beef producers must be doing something wrong. Our society is the highest educated in history, but I also think they are probably more confused than ever about the safety of their food supply. Some of the biggest issues today involve climate change and what governments like to refer to as being carbon pollution. I am pretty sure that climate change is real, in fact, I am pretty sure that the climate has been changing since the beginning of history. This will never change, but we do need to be conscious to not being part of the problem. C02 is not necessarily an enemy. It is essential to plant growth so in many ways Canadian farms and ranches actually are helping sequester C02 through our crops, hay land and pasture grasses. We are NOT part of the problem, in fact, we are probably much closer to being a part of the solution. As we have learned in school, Canada has a vast amount of forests and agricultural land. If we were given credit for the C02 the farms and forests take out of the atmosphere, we should be receiving massive grants from our governments to the excellent work we are doing to make the world a better place. Now we are faced with a carbon tax being introduced by our federal government. The following table shows what this will mean to every farmer in Canada. Simply multiply the number of cows you own or the acres of cropland you have, by the dollar amount shown at each level of tax. This table was presented by the Parliamentary Budget Officer of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Foresty in Ottawa. Continued on page 12 The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2019

Semen in Both Quantity and Quality! Bayview Unique K11 Excellent reports are now coming from the UK regarding the first Unique K11 calves being born there. So far there have been no calving issues being reported. Reports from Australia continue to also be very good about his calves. Semen is available in Canada at $50/straw plus shipping and handling plus GST. Semen is stored at Alta Genetics in Alberta and at Eastgen in Ontario or here at our farm.

HC Bluebook 22B

Some of our very best 2018 calves are again sired by Bluebook. He was our top selling bull at $32,000 in 2015 and we now have him back here as our senior herd sire. He has developed into one of the most impressive bulls we have ever used here. Semen is available at $40/straw and it is available in Canada, USA and Australia.

Other sires available

TM Gus 36S - former Denver Champion - $40/straw Homedale Flash - 1992 Agribition Champion bull - $20/straw Star P Matrix 4N - $30/straw Shadybrook Perfection 35S - $35/straw HC FL Touchdown 123T - 2009 Agribition Champion Bull - $30/straw HC Leader’s Legacy 9U - a heifer safe son of Leader 21st - $25/straw Moombi Powerplay - Outcross Australian sire - $30/straw Wolf Willow Major Leroy 1M - Used around the world - $35/straw. Several other sires are available. Contact us for more details.

Check out our website for more information on many of these and other sires as well as our embryo inventory.

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We would like to thank Eric and Rena Nelson, Starbright Shorthorns, Bonnyville, AB for purchasing all the remaining semen on HC Free Spirit 6Y. We would like to thank all the people who purchased the remaining semen we had on HC Mist’s Return 13R. We would also like to thank everyone who purchased embryos and semen in our Frozen in Time online sale which ended on February 1. We had buyers from 5 provinces, 4 U.S. states and Australia in this sale. Our embryo inventory is still quite large, so if you are thinking of implanting embryos this year, contact us for more information. We offer one of the best minimum pregnancy guarantees in the business.

“Where Shorthorns Are Our Only Business” Grant & Chris Alexander, Gerald Alexander Home: 306-456-2500 Cell: 306-861-5504 www.horseshoecreekfarms.com horseshoecreek@sasktel.net Page 5

Canadian Shorthorn Association Board of Directors President

Dale Asser Stayner, ON Phone 705-444-0386 Cell 705-444-9403 hillhavenshorthorns1@gmail.com

President-Elect Ray Armbruster Rossburn, MB Ph: 204-859-2088 Cell: 431-761-4477 ray.armbruster@gmail.com Directors

Bob Merkley Aldergrove, BC Phone 604-607-7733 Cell 778-240-7233 circlemshorthorns@telus.net Dan Stephenson Okotoks, AB Phone 403-938-4112 Cell 587-436-2224 djstephenson1@gmail.com Richard Moellenbeck Box 47, Englefeld, SK S0K 1N0 Ph:306-287-3420 Cell: 306-287-7904 bellmfarms@outlook.ca Dennis Cox Compton, QC Phone 819-837-2086 Fax 819-820-5080 triplejcox2018@gmail.com Mitchell Boyle Indian Mountain, NB Phone 506-384-0129 Cell 506-875-5450 eastcoastfoods@outlook.com Canadian Shorthorn Association Belinda Wagner, Secretary-Treasurer 2nd Floor, Canada Centre Building Evraz Place, Box 3771, Regina, SK S4P 3N8 Phone 306-757-2212 Fax 306-525-5852 Email office@canadianshorthorn.com Website www.canadianshorthorn.com Office hours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

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CSA News... February is a perfect planning month. While we move snow, try to stay warm, organize our bulls for sale and watch cows getting ready to calve we are simultaneously thinking about this year’s breeding, buying, selling and showing. The same is true of your Board of Directors who had a very successful strategy planning meeting last month. The result was that we have committed to acting on several viable opportunities to expand our membership and improve the experience of every member now in the Canadian Shorthorn breed. The following are a few projects we have recognized and prioritized for 2019. • National Junior Program – plans to expand and revitalize the program with significant broad assistance available to provincial associations and National Show coordinators. • Shorthorn Plus - rebrand our appendix registry as Shorthorn Plus and fully communicate to our members and all other breeds, the advantages of Shorthorn influenced

By Dale Asser cattle which are recognized as less than 15/16 Shorthorn, whether it be in the Shorthorn Plus showring or heterosis in crosses to other breeds. • CSA Website - redesign the CSA site to maximise ease of information look up and ensure prominent display of current events and important news. Progress reports on these projects will be presented at the CSA AGM in West Brome, QC on June 1 and circulated to all members across Canada. Planning is as important for individuals as it is vital for committees. Without it, we tend to fall back on old ways, which rarely result in progress. And remember, a plan without concrete action steps often become a soon forgotten good idea. We all need to schedule some time to do some research, make some calls, set some goals, list out some actions and keep the plan handy so it becomes a part of our daily thought process. I hope to see you in June. ■

Correction... In the Show Results last issue, the wrong picture was used for the Reserve Grand Champion Bull at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Hill Haven Escalade 5E shown by Maple Key Farm. Our apologies.

CSA Registry & Member Services Shayla Chappell, Dallas Wise, Laura Ecklund Unit A, #13, 4101-19 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Ph: 403-717-2581 Fax: 403-253-1704 registry@canadianshorthorn.com https://csa.digitalbeef.com Office hours: 8:30 - 4:30 September 1 to March 31 - - Monday to Friday April 1 to August 31 - - Monday to Thursday

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Four Decades of Irish Shorthorns It will be 43 years in June this year since I was introduced to what we refer to here in North America as Irish Shorthorns. My friend, Don Murphy, had just returned from a trip to the UK. He phoned me and invited me and another friend, Craig Andrew, to come into Regina, Saskatchewan to look at pictures of some Shorthorn cattle he had seen in Ireland. Don had attended the Royal Agricultural show in Coventry, England as a part of a delegation from Canadian Western Agribition and he extended his trip to Ireland, to see the country that his grandfather had left when he immigrated to Canada. While driving through the Irish countryside, he happened to see a herd of red, white and roan cattle unlike any he had seen before. He decided he should stop and find out more about them. The yard he drove into was that of Michael and Ned Quane who owned the now famous Deerpark Shorthorns. Ned Quane toured him through the Deerpark herd and fortunately Don had his camera and he took many pictures. After seeing the Deerpark herd, he changed his travel plans and stayed in this area for another day so he could visit some other Shorthorn herds. One herd that he took the most pictures in, was the Highfield herd, owned by John Maloney. On arriving back in Canada, Don Murphy took his film and had all the pictures developed into slides so that he could show us what he had seen. We met with him at the hotel where he was staying, and we sat for several hours viewing the pictures from the slides, on the wall of the room. I remember saying that these Shorthorns were probably the closest thing I had seen to the Shorthorn pictures of my grandfather’s herd, which was established in 1917. We went over and over the pictures, and we kept stopping at the picture of one bull calf, and his dam. This bull was Highfield Irish Mist and his dam Highfield Una. We wondered whether this bull could bring some of the Page 8

improvements we were wanting in our Shorthorn herds here in Canada. At this time Canadian Shorthorns were in a spiral downwards in popularity, and it had been getting harder and harder to sell our Shorthorn bulls. The main reasons were simply because the breed had some major problems particularly in testicle size and shape, frame size and with rump structure. There was also a problem with udder quality in some of our females. We kept looking at the near perfect udder on Highfield Una and at the excellent testicles on the bulls we saw as well as the thickness these cattle had, especially from hooks to pins. These Irish cattle also did not appear to have any unwanted fat deposits, especially around their tail heads and the lower third of their bodies. Some of these Irish cattle were not very pretty but we felt they were a genetic tool we could use with our cattle at that time, to make a giant step towards improvement.

By Grant Alexander

aware of many cattle imported from Ireland in this era, you can find the word “Foundation” fairly close in the animal’s pedigree. For example, the dam of Highfield Irish Mist was a “Foundation” female and she has no further pedigree information. The sire of Irish Mist was Deerpark Leader 18th and his dam and paternal grand dam are also foundation females. After much discussion, we decided that we would go together and try to purchase Irish Mist, and if possible, try to get him accepted into the appendix herd book in Canada at any level of purity. We did not believe these cattle should ever be accepted at any level higher than this, simply because their pedigree information was so limited. We were all in agreement that if this bull helped correct the issues we wanted to change and it resulted in being able to sell more bulls commercially, it would be a worthwhile venture. Once we had decided to purchase Irish Mist, we then started to discuss the idea of whether we should purchase a couple females as well. We went through the pictures

There were some problems with these cattle though and one of the major ones was that they had very limited pedigree information. We had no idea how they would be accepted into the Canadian Shorthorn Association (CSA) herd book, or if they even would be. Some of them had no pedigree information but had been accepted into a program called the Irish Beef Shorthorn Highfield Irish Mist - 12 years old Improvement scheme. This was a program developed by the Irish government, where they again and selected two heifer calves. would send representatives from their These were Highfield Kate 3rd and Department of Agriculture to herds Highfield Margeret 2nd. These females throughout Ireland, select animals were also sired by Deerpark Leader that had Shorthorn characteristics 18th as was Highfield Irish Mist. Don but little to no pedigree information Murphy was put in charge of contacting and have them placed in this program Kevin Culhane who was the agent as “Foundation” animals. If you are for John Maloney and his Highfield The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2019

herd and start the importation process to Canada. As we left the room that night, someone said “now that we have decided to form this partnership, what are we going to call it?” My father, who had accompanied me, said “why don’t you call yourselves the Irish Drovers?”. A very popular Irish band in Canada was called the Irish Rovers at the time and the name seemed to fit, so our new venture was called the Irish Drovers from that point onwards. Don Murphy also told us that evening, that there had also been a group of these Irish Shorthorns exported to the US, just a few weeks before he had found them in Ireland. This was a larger group of cattle predominately from the Deerpark herd, but also with a few other Shorthorn herds in that part of Ireland. They had been sold to a man named Dick Judy who owned Beef Genetics Research, Inc at Mankato, Kansas. Dick Judy had found the Deerpark herd the same way that Don Murphy had, in that he stumbled upon them while travelling through Ireland looking for Simmentals to add to his herd in Kansas. After starting the process of importing our Irish Shorthorns, we decided we should drive down and see these other Irish cattle in Kansas. We made the 1000 mile trip, and were not disappointed. In this group were the bulls Deerpark Leader 13th (Deerpark Dividend) and Deerpark Improver, Deerpark Improver 3rd, Deerpark Leader 16th and Tournant Sir Ivor as well as several other bulls. There were approximately 15 imported females and they came from the best cow families at Deerpark, namely the Strawberry’s, Kilmihil’s, Kildysart’s and Corofin’s. The importation protocol in that era was different than would be required today, in that the three head we purchased in Ireland were first quarantined and

tested in Ireland for two months, then transported by boat to an island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, where the Canadian government had a quarantine station. They were quarantined there for an additional two months and then shipped by air freight to Edmonton, Alberta where they went under another two months of quarantine and testing. The theory of that day was to stress the cattle as much as possible in order to make it easier to identify any health issues in the animals. I will always remember our arriving at the quarantine station to pick up Irish Mist and the two Highfield heifers and seeing three extremely thin animals that had virtually been starved during the quarantine period. It was pretty quiet for the first few miles home, as none of us knew what to say. We brought the cattle back to my farm and it was very amazing how they quickly regained what they had lost. I have always considered Highfield Irish Mist to be a once in a lifetime herd sire for us. He was used in our three herds each year and often settled over 100 cows each year. He thrived on grass and he sired excellent calves of both sexes. I have said many times that Irish Mist daughters could be bred to most any sire and they would still produce a calf that could be sold for breeding purposes. When Irish Mist had just turned 14 years old, I noticed one morning that he was not interested in his feed, so I took him to our vet. He was unsure of what was wrong with him, so we headed to the University of Saskatchewan Veterinary College,

Three Kildysart cows.

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where he was diagnosed to have a twisted gut. Just prior to commencing with surgery, we saw his body twitch a few times on the operating table and he was dead. He had died of a massive heart attack. He had never had his feet trimmed and he could still walk at a faster pace than most anyone who tried to walk with him. I will also mention that the Canadian Shorthorn Association decided to allow these Irish imports into the appendix herd book as purebreds, which was far better than we ever expected. Two years later, the CSA passed a motion to move these cattle directly into the closed herd book in Canada. My two partners and I agreed that we did not think these cattle should ever go into our closed registry, so we went to the CSA annual meeting in Vancouver that year to speak against this motion. When the vote was held, we were the only three votes opposing moving these cattle directly into the closed herd book. It was this day, that my partners and I decided that we did not care if the cattle we used in our herds had an asterisk on their pedigree or not. We were far more concerned that the cattle we used had documented pedigree information as to their purity. It was clear to us, that purity was only defined by whoever was defining it. When we opened semen sales on Irish Mist, the first two semen orders paid for the entire costs of importing him to Canada. I still have a few doses of Irish Mist semen and some Irish Mist sired embryos that I plan to infuse into our herd again soon. Over the next few years, we were involved with several Irish breeders at numerous events here in Canada and the U.S. In the late 70s, a sale of imported Irish Shorthorns was held outside Kansas City, Missouri which was Continued on page 14 Page 9

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Contact Rena Nelson 780-201-2785 www.starbrightshorthorns.com Nelson.ericrena@gmail.com Page 11

The Times… They are a Changing!

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Cattle (Non dairy) animal/year + GST Dairy Cattle animal/year + GST Cropland acres/year + GST

46.00 179.00 8.00

92.00 238.00 16.00

368.00 952.00 64.00

This tax is supposed to increase to $50/tonne CO2 by next year, and be increased to $200/tonne by year five. I am wondering how many cattle herds will be left by year five if we have to pay a tax of $36,800 on a herd of 100 cows just for the carbon tax component of our total expenses. If this doesn’t make you stop and think, I am not sure what will. My point in presenting this, is to bring awareness that it has never been more critical for beef producers to spend more time educating everyone around us that as beef producers, we are not causing the sky to fall. I know we all have enough to do already on our farms, but it appears to me that we must also take on an additional role of educating the next generation and the

public at large. As I mentioned earlier, we are NOT a part of the problem. Sustainable beef production is part of the answer.

In the meantime, keep raising the best quality Shorthorn cattle possible. We have to continue to think that better days are just ahead.

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

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Four Decades of Irish Shorthorns sponsored by the Irish government. We attended this sale and purchased another six Irish females. We met several Irish Shorthorn breeders, but the ones we got to know the best were John Maloney, Kevin Culhane, and Ned Quane. We met these Irish breeders and a few others at different events over the next few years as well. Three years after importing our first three animals from Ireland, we decided that we should start to search for another bull to follow Irish Mist. The decision was made that one of us should go back to Ireland and see what was available. We made the decision as to who would go in a most traditional manner, in that we drew straws. Craig Andrew selected the longest straw, so he won and made the trip to Ireland. Don Murphy drew second and he picked the shortest straw and I got the second longest straw. It was decided that I would travel to Ireland on the next buying trip after Craig Andrew made his trip. Shortly after Craig arrived in Ireland he phoned me and said that he had just saw the best Shorthorn bull he had ever seen in his life, a red bull that was being developed at Kevin Culhane’s farm. He had recently been sold to a Shorthorn

breeder in Texas and Craig suggested that I try to find his phone number and talk with him about the possibility of buying the bull or at least buying an interest in him. I had never heard of this man, so after several phone calls I was able to connect with the owner of this bull. When I spoke with him, I found out that he had bought the bull but had found out when he got back home in the US, that the US government had stopped allowing all imports from the UK so he was not sure what he was going to do. He said that under the

IDS Duke of Dublin circumstances, he may consider selling possession in the bull, but he wanted to retain a semen interest in him. I made some calls and found out that Canada was still allowing cattle from the UK to be imported into Canada. I contacted the owner again and came to an agreement that gave us 100% possession and 50% of semen sales.

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The following day, Craig Andrew phoned me back and I told him we now owned this bull. One of the only concerns I had was that there had been many Americans buying lots of cattle in Ireland in the past few years and I was wondering why no one but this one Texan had ever seen this bull. When Kevin Culhane was asked about this, he said that the man who raised the bull only owned one cow and he kept her in his back yard. He had led this cow seven miles to the Quane’s to have her bred, then led her back home again. This bull was named Gortboy Improver and he was sired by Deerpark Improver 13th. Since there were so many Improver bulls in North America by this time, we decided to give him a unique name - IDS Duke of Dublin. Word spread through the North American Shorthorn industry quickly about the arrival of Duke of Dublin to Canada and two months after his arrival here, we were invited to display him in the American Shorthorn Association exhibit at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. He was a huge hit there and we came home with orders for several hundred straws of semen. We had paid what we thought was a very high price for Duke of Dublin, but over the period of four days in Denver, we had sold far more dollars of semen than we had invested in him.

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The following year, we again took Duke along with 12 of his first calves and displayed them in the same location. I remember one rancher stopping and looking at Duke and his calves for an extended period of time. When I asked him what he thought of him, he said “I will trade you my ranch and your pick of any two women for the opportunity to own a bull like this”. I immediately asked him how big his ranch was. Duke was very popular again at the show, and it was quite amazing to see cattle men and women line the alleys each evening, when we walked Duke and his calves from the display pen back to the pens they would rest in overnight. Of the 12 Duke progeny that made the trip to Denver, only two returned home. The rest sold privately at very strong prices. As a side note to this trip to Denver, we spent 12 days away from home with two trucks, a crew of four people and only one credit card with a modest credit limit. I was not very concerned, as I had U.S. cheques in my wallet amounting to almost $38,000 for the 10 head we had sold. I also had about $300 in Canadian cash. Before we left Denver, I went from bank to bank trying to cash one of these cheques or exchange the Canadian cash into U.S. currency. None would cash a cheque unless it was written on an account in their bank. None would exchange the Canadian cash for U.S. cash. One of the biggest cheques was for five bulls we had sold to a member of the Colorado state legislature who had purchased the bulls for his ranch. They would not even cash his cheque. I counted up the limited amount of cash we had left and decided we could fill the trucks with fuel before we left Denver. My credit card had enough room to pay for our hotel rooms. I also found a Burger King that had a 1 cent sale on (buy one burger and get a second one for 1 cent). We packed our trucks and trailers and we stopped at Burger King and told the crew they The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2019

may not eat again until we crossed the Canadian border. We headed for home and made it into South Dakota before we needed to get some fuel. I went into the gas station and pleaded my case with the owner. He listened and finally agreed to accept a cheque from me for the fuel. We made it back into Canada and stopped at the first town we got to, fueled up our trucks and our bellies. It was a memorable trip in every regard! I never got to make my trip to Ireland but I came close to doing so. We kept in touch with some of the Irish breeders we had known for several years. A few years after importing our first cattle from the Highfield herd, John Maloney phoned me and told me that he wanted to sell a major part of his herd. He told me he was willing to offer a very reasonable price on larger numbers of females. I discussed this with my partners and we decided that I should go to Ireland to see the herd. If I thought they were of the quality we thought they would be, I was to select and purchase as many as we could load on a plane. At that time, there was an airline based in New York City that flew around the world once every month and only carried livestock. We contacted them and found out that they could crate approximately 60 animals in each plane. Our intentions were to buy whatever we could get in the plane, bring them over to Canada, calve them, rebreed them and hold a sale the following fall. It was our plan to hopefully sell approximately half of them to generate enough money to pay for most of the shipment. Just after I started to make my arrangements to fly to Ireland, I was notified by Agriculture Canada that Canada had closed their border to any more imports from Ireland due to some health concerns in that country. That ended my trip and it ended our plan to purchase a sizable portion of the Highfield herd. One of the things the Irish Shorthorns did that we did not see when we bought

them was that they improved the rib eye areas in our Shorthorns. When we purchased Irish Mist, we were also operating a 1200 head feedlot and gathering carcass data on as many of the Shorthorn and Shorthorn cross cattle as we could, as well as cattle from other breeds as a comparison. The first carcass data reports that had Irish Mist sired steers showed an increase in rib eye areas of 3.2 square inches over any other sire group. We saw an even larger increase in rib eye areas when we added Duke of Dublin to our Irish Mist females. These ¾ Irish steers showed on average, an increase of 4.3 square inches of rib eye area over any other sire group we tested. These Irish Shorthorns were far from perfect, but they were definitely a tool

Saskvalley Pioneer 126P that helped advance the Shorthorn breed here in Canada as well as the U.S. Even today, when you look back into the pedigrees of some of the leading Shorthorns in Canada, you will find several crosses of Irish Mist and Duke of Dublin, often many generations back in the pedigrees. One example of this is a former herd sire here on our farm, Saskvalley Pioneer 126P. Pioneer was the 2006 Canadian Continued on page 16 Page 15

Four Decades of Irish Shorthorns National Champion Bull, and when you research his extended pedigree you will find Highfield Irish Mist a total of eight times, IDS Duke of Dublin appears four times, Deerpark Improver appears eight times and Deerpark Leader 13th appears once. To say that his lineage was greatly affected by imported Irish bloodlines, would be a huge understatement! Pioneer was a good example of how the Irish bloodlines blended with Canadian bloodlines to produce a superior animal. Today, my herd is greatly reduced in size as I held a herd reduction sale in October, 2017. I still have one Irish cow and she is sired by Deerpark Leader 13th. She was bred in the U.S. from parents that were imported from Ireland. As I said earlier, I still have a few doses of semen from Irish Mist and Duke of Dublin, as well as some full Irish embryos by Irish Mist and from a super Irish female I owned named

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In the mid 60's I belonged to the Edmonton Jaycees. At one of our meetings we had the Lieutenant governor of Alberta; Grant MacEwan, out as a guest speaker. As the President it was my task to thank the speaker, plus present him with a small token of appreciation. I presented him with a beer stein. How fitting it seemed, same as my name. Later we learned that he was an abstainer... OUCH!

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herds we bought from over 40 years ago are now gone, as are the breeders we got to know that raised them. I am sure there will be some cattle that have some of these Irish cattle in their genetic makeup, just as there is here in Canada. These Irish Shorthorns have an important chapter in our breed history, and I think it is history all Shorthorn breeders today should know something about. ■

Waymar J & J Strawberry 96. The Strawberry cow was a leading embryo producer for us for many years and she stayed in our herd until the age of 19 years. At 19 years of age, she still looked like a cow of half her age. This summer, I am planning to spend a few days in Ireland and hope to see several Shorthorn herds there. The

A Tribute to Grant MacEwan In the fall issue of The Canadian Shorthorn Report, there was an interesting article written by Grant Alexander. He offered his pleasant experiences in meeting Grant MacEwan. I also had met this fine gentleman and had much admiration for him.

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As the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Grant was provided with a river view home in the crescents of Edmonton and a limousine with a chauffeur. To get to and from the residence and the government buildings, he was to use the limo. No go for him! He would walk, the limo would follow him all the way - both ways. A neighbor of ours in Edmonton had been an alderman in Calgary, while Grant was Mayor. He tells of a time that a lady called him about 1:00 am, to advise that a neighbor’s cat was in her flower bed. She demanded civic action! He agreed to attend to the matter. Little did she know that he was an early riser. So, 5:00 am, knock knock, at her door. She stumbled out of bed, put on a nighty and answered the door, wearing

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curlers. Grant said, “Where is that cat that is bothering you?” she never phoned again. Grant MacEwans book, “The History of Shorthorn Cattle in Canada”, was sent to us many years ago upon his becoming a member of this organization. We still have it. He also wrote “Heavy Horses - Highlights of their History”. It provides the contribution that heavy horses made in developing our nation. We have this book as well. Please read Grant’s article again, in the Fall edition of The Canadian Shorthorn Report.■

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The winter has been long and hard but the heifers are looking good!! Birdtail Shorthorns are featuring purebred yearling heifers for sale from sire lines such as Saskvalley Copyright, Birdtail SV Ultra, Birdtail Ideal and Eionmor Ultra. These sires have consistantly produced easy-fleshing offspring with good feet, udders and great dispositions. They have been back-grounded on hay and oats and we could keep them here until spring.

Ask us about our bulls we have for sale!

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National Shorthorn Sale Results - October 25, 2018 The National Shorthorn Sale was held in conjunction with the National Shorthorn Show at AG-EX in Brandon, Manitoba on October 25, 2018. This was the first time the National Show has been hosted in Brandon and we had a very strong entry in both the show and sale. The sale was managed by Don Savage Auctions of Airdrie, Alberta and sponsored by the Manitoba Shorthorn Association. There were 19 lots sold to four Canadian provinces and one to New York state. Three bull calves averaged $2400 Eight bred females averaged $4719 Eight heifer calves averaged $4181

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The Sale Gross was $79,200. The top selling lot was Lot 13, a fancy heifer calf consigned by Hill Haven Shorthorns of Duntroon, ON and sold for $12,500. She is sired by Hill Haven Firestorm 28C and commanded the attention of many. After some intense bidding, the new owner was Kaitlin Broulhton of New York state. Other high sellers were Lot 9, a bred heifer sired by Saskvalley Primo and bred to CSF Evolution also consigned by Hill Haven Shorthorns who sold for $6500 to Hawken Shorthorns of Glenavon, SK. Lot 4, a bred cow sired by SS Fizz 745 and bred to Hill Haven Firestorm 28C consigned by Maple Lake Stock Farm of Hartney, MB sold for $5750 to Christine Hill of Redvers, Sask.

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Lead with integrity The opportunity to serve on the board of directors for a cattle breed association is an honor. Board members provide input on current issues impacting the association, oversee implementation of the plan of work/strategic plan, and are instrumental in developing ideas and programs for the future of the association. The decisions board members make have great impact on the association, its members, and its stakeholders. Roles can be divided up among a board of directors. Some serve as an officer such as President and some as a committee chairperson. No matter what role or title you are filling on the board, there is one role that runs deeply through all board members ̶ the responsibility to make ethical decisions. When you agreed to serve in the capacity of a board member, you agreed to take on the responsibility which comes with the role ̶ a responsibility to fulfill duties that directly impact the breed and association membership. How you choose to exercise that responsibility and make decisions will impact the type of leader you are and how followers such as committee members, association members and volunteers will follow you. Will they choose to support and follow you because they view you as a leader with integrity, who makes decisions based on facts and centered on ethics? Board members set the tone for how an entire association operates. When management decisions and philosophy of the association are based on ethical practices and behavior, leaders within the organization can provide direction to members and employees that are beneficial to the association as a whole. Setting the framework and building a foundation of ethical decision making creates long-lasting positive effects which expand into association growth, financial stability, and satisfied employees. Unfortunately, we hear too often about situations where an unethical decision was made. Making decisions as a leader is not always easy. Oftentimes the decisions to be made are challenging, encrusted in the context of economics, professional and social pressures; which may clash with our standards. Values versus ethics Values and ethics can often be confused. They are not interchangeable. Values are core beliefs that guide or motivate our attitudes. Values are influenced by our parents, family background, religious beliefs, personal The Canadian SHORTHORN REPORT - Spring 2019

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experiences, and professional norms. Values are things we prize the most and can change during our lifetime. Ethics is the ability to discern right from wrong. It is the commitment to do what is right, good and proper. Questions to ask during decision making: In order to make an ethical decision you must always think of the outcome. How would you answer these questions if asked? 1) How would you feel about the decision you made if it was printed on the front page of the newspaper, breed magazine or internet the next day? 2) What would your children or a family member say about your decision? Could you continue to feel comfortable being a role model for your children and family members based on the decision you made? Ethical leaders constantly ask themselves, “what is the right thing to do?” rather than just making the easiest, most profitable, fastest decision or based on the way it has always been done. Your decisions should be fair, well-thought out and focus on a moral compass of ethics. People become frustrated and disheartened when someone they elected, nominated, or encouraged to serve in a leadership role lack truthfullness and responsibility. When this occurs, we need to express our disappointment, rather than shift into an environment of disengagement or fear. What I often hear is, “speaking up won’t make a difference,” or “by speaking up, I may lose respect or support from my peers,” or “I will leave it up to someone else to speak up.” You can’t make a difference if you don’t voice your concern. As someone impacted by decision making, you also have a moral compass to follow. Can you feel satisfied paying a membership fee, registration fees, or other donations to an organization you do not believe has your best interest in mind? What happens when it is your turn to serve on the board; how will others respect your decisions? As a leader, if you have a made a mistake, admit it. Take ownership of your decisions and be compassionate and respectful to those whom your decision impacted. We are all human and can make mistakes or get blinded by issues. Would you want to buy a bull from someone you don’t trust, or work for a rancher that is not credible? I would assume not. People prefer to do business with and work with individuals they trust, are reputable, and show consideration for others. Whether you are serving currently as a cattle industry board member at any level (national, provincial etc.); serving on a committee; or serving locally in your community, strive to be a leader of integrity.■ Page 19

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March 5............... 12th Sun Country Shorthorn Sale, Moose Jaw, SK March 22............. Best of the West Shorthorn Bull Sale, Olds, AB March 23............. Bender/Star P Online Bull and Female Sale, Neudorf, SK March 30............. Manitoba Bull Test Sale, Douglas, MB March 30............. Mason’s Annual Open House, Drumbo, ON April 1................. Western Prime Shorthorn Bull and Female Sale, Innisfail, AB April 4................. “Who’s Your Daddy” Shorthorn Sale, Saskatoon, SK June 1................. CSA Annual Meeting, West Brome, QC July 25-27........... Canadian National Junior Show, Vermilion, AB Sept 23-Oct 11.... World Shorthorn Congress, Australia

2019 World Shorthorn Conference “Meating the Future”

Bell M Farms................................................. 13 Bender Shorthorns........................................ 10 Best of the West Bull Sale............................. 18 Birdtail Shorthorns......................................... 17 Canadian Shorthorn Assocation...................6-7 Crooked Post Shorthorns.............................. 11 Hill Haven Shorthorns.................................... 23 Horseshoe Creek Farms................................. 5 Lingley Livestock............................................. 2 Muridale Shorthorns........................................ 3 Quebec Shorthorn Association...................... 22 Red Rose Farm/JWM Shorthorns................. 12 Starbright Shorthorns.................................... 11 Who’s Your Daddy Bull Sale......................... BC

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will be hosted by the Quebec Shorthorn Association, May 30 to June 1, 2019 at the Auberge West Brome. Located at 128, Route 139, West Brome, Quebec (www.awb.ca) and only a 1.5 hour drive from the Montreal airport. The Auberge is situated in the scenic hills adjacent to the village of West Brome with views of the rolling countryside, mountains to the south and Shorthorns in pastures next to the property. It offers fine dining, excellent facilities, a complete service Spa and indoor swimming pool.

The area boasts activities like sight-seeing, golfing and shopping, as well as tours of local wineries, museums and artists. A special feature in the area at the same time will be two shows by the RCMP Musical Ride, May 31 & June 1, 2019 at the Brome Fairgrounds. The AGM schedule will include a special presentation of low stress cattle handling, group discussions and workshops of current Shorthorn topics such as the Junior program and other promotional ideas. Plan to attend now by contacting Ray Dempsey at 418-453-2908 or email; dempsey@gosfordairnet.ca by April 1 to be sure to get included at the group rate of $120.00 per night, double occupancy.

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16th Annual

“Who’s Your Daddy” Bull Sale

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK 306-382-8088

We know that our bulls have to be better just to get your attention! That’s why we cull hard and only sell 50 bulls a year. These are the top cut from over 400 purebred Shorthorn cows. Thick, rugged, BEEF BULLS that are bred to handle the harsh conditions of Western Canada. Also offering a select group of open replacement heifers.

BSG PROFITWISE He was the high selling Shorthorn bull on the planet in 2018. This bulls sire, paternal grandsire, and both paternal great grandsires all sold through the "WHO'S YOUR DADDY" bull sale. More of the same available in Saskatoon on April 4.

Catalogs will be available on our websites. Sale Bull videos at www.youtube.com/whosyourdaddybull

For more information or a catalog, contact:

Saskvalley Stock Farm Carl Lehmann 306.232.3511 cmlehmann@sasktel.net saskvalleyshorthorns.com

Special Representatives: Dr. Bert Moore 701.541.5035 Larry Toner 306.834.7652 Rolly Bateman 306.320.7466

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