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Contents

Beef Business

Cover photo courtesy of Wanda Knoss, Rockglen, SK

A Proud Saskatchewan Tradition Since 1913

A Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) Publication

Industry News 6

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Host Annual US/Canada Beef Roundtable

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WTO Gives the US Six Months on COOL

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Permits for Farm Plated Vehicles

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It Happened Again - Internet Video of Mistreatment of Cows

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Stock Growers Partner With FCC to Boost Ag Awareness

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Weekly Charts

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Weekly Canadian Dollar

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Retail Meat Price Survey

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2012 Feeder Cattle Market - The Year in Review

Markets and Trade

Feature

General Manager: Chad MacPherson Administrative Assistant: Wilma Switzer Box 4752, Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4 Tel: 306-757-8523 Fax: 306-569-8799 email: ssga@sasktel.net OR ssga.admin@sasktel.net Website: www.skstockgrowers.com Subscriptions - Wilma Switzer Box 4752, Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4 Tel: 306-757-8523 Fax: 306-569-8799 email: ssga.admin@sasktel.net Subscription Rate: 1 yr $26.50 (GST included) Published 5 times per year Advertising Sales - Tracy Cornea Tel: 306-693-9329 Fax: 306-692-4961 email: tracy.cornea@gmail.com Design and Layout - Jackson Designs Candace Schwartz Tel: 306-772-0376 email: cjacksondesigns@gmail.com

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Neil Jahnke Tribute

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CCA Tribute to Neil Jahnke

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Interview With Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture - Lyle Stewart

Science and Production 26

Where’s the Beef? Active Missing Livestock Files

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Easing Transportation Requirements for Livestock Procedures

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The Strategic Use of Cover Crops

Association News and Reports 33

A Report From the SSGA President

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Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Celebrates 100 Years

Stewardship 36

SK PCAP - Fleet of Foot Fox Prefers Native Prairie Habitat

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Calendar of Events

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Advertiser Index

Prairie Conservation Action Plan (PCAP) Manager: Michelle Clark Box 4752, Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4 Tel: 306-352-0472 Fax: 306-569-8799 email: pcap@sasktel.net SSGA reserves the right to refuse advertising and to edit manuscripts. Contents of Beef Business may be reproduced with written permission obtained from the SSGA Manager and proper credit given to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. Articles submitted may not be the opinion of the Association. SSGA assumes no responsibility for any actions or decisions taken by any reader from this publication based on any and all information provided. Publications Mail Agreement #40011906 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses (covers only) to: Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Box 4752, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4

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Industry News Saskatchewan Stock Growers Host Annual Canada/US Beef Roundtable The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) hosted its seventh annual roundtable meeting between Canadian and US beef industry leaders at the Canadian Western Agribition in November.

discussion and by the fact that it was beef business people at the table. “This was my first experience at Agribition, and my first at the roundtable,” he said. “It’s enlightening to see the similarities in terms of the challenges to farming.”

Producers from North Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin met with their Canadian counterparts through a program organized by the Canadian consulates in Minneapolis and Denver. The event gathered six American representatives, including the Agricultural Commissioner from Wisconsin, and more than a dozen representatives from the Canadian industry.

Delegates discussed a number of topics from border issues to trade policies, COOL, harmonizing the North American market, and cross-border animal health issues. They also compared experiences on farm matters like succession planning and adoption of new technologies.

The Canadian representatives included delegates from a variety of producer groups as well as livestock marketers and some opinion leading cattle businessmen. Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, was impressed by the

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Shawcroft liked that producers on both sides of the border could learn from each other. For example, he was interested in how some Canadian operations are very conscious about worldwide export opportunities for live purebred cattle. On the other hand, he says, Canadian feedlots might be able to pick up on some practices of the much larger feedlots in the US.

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Chad MacPherson, SSGA General Manager, was pleased with the session. “This annual meeting is important to keep the lines of communication open between producers in the increasingly integrated North American beef market,” he said. “We always look forward to sitting down with our peers from the US to discuss matters of mutual interest.” Shawcroft agrees. He says the border is an imaginary line, but it can create real problems for producers. These challenges, he says, “are more a matter of politics, history, and tradition.” “Then there are the challenges of production,” Shawcroft says. As for the roundtable meetings, he says “one of the greatest values is to have agricultural producers sit around the table and talk about the challenges they face.” B

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Industry News WTO Gives the US Six Months on COOL The United States has until May 23, 2013 to bring its Country Of Origin Labeling legislation into line with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. The Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) law was challenged by Canada after its inception in 2008. Canada argued that the legislation called for burdensome measures, including animal segregation and extensive paperwork, which made it unattractive for US processors to buy Canadian hogs and cattle.

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After consultations failed to produce an agreement, the WTO ruled in Canada’s favour. This ruling was upheld on appeal in June 2012. The US had asked to have until January 2014 to amend its legislation, while Canada had argued for a January 2013 deadline. Ultimately the WTO settled on the May 2013 date. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Martin Unrau called the decision “good news” and praised the Canadian government’s efforts on the issue. He said the CCA would continue working with its counterparts and allies in the US to “eliminate the discrimination of Canadian cattle in the US market.” And the Canadian beef industry does have American allies. Producer organizations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, have been critical of COOL and have pushed for a speedy resolution of the dispute. The American Meat Institute has also called for COOL’s repeal. COOL laws were enacted ostensibly to provide American consumers with product information. However, most of the information collected never reaches the consumer. This played a large part in the original WTO decision and the appeal. As well, a letter from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking industry to apply the COOL provisions especially strictly constituted “unreasonable administration” of the regulations according to the WTO. The CCA says COOL has affected billions of dollars of commerce in cattle and beef products since it was implemented in 2008. They estimate the current impact of COOL on Canadian producers to be $639 million per year. B

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Industry News Permits for Farm Plated Vehicles Moving a new building to your farm? Hauling an oversized load of bales? If so, you need a permit. The SGI Permit Office specializes in issuing transport-related permits for trucking, oilfield and farm businesses. Class upgrade permits The usage of farm class licence plates is generally restricted to the registered owner’s farm. A plate class upgrade permit can be purchased to allow a farm plated vehicle to transport goods not in conjunction with the registered owner’s farm. They can be issued on a daily basis for vehicles operating within a 40 km radius of a specific starting point, or on a per trip basis for distances over 40 km. Permit cost is based on gross vehicle weight and distance travelled. The permit includes a fee to cover farm fuel so there is no need to change to regular fuel while operating under it. There are some limitations on class upgrade permits; they can be issued only to a vehicle operating in Saskatchewan and the vehicle’s insurance deductible amount could increase from $700 to $2,500 for some commodities. Over-dimension load permits Over-dimension load permits are required for transporting oversized loads of farm equipment and bales on the provincial highway system which exceed 2.6 m in width (8’6”), 12.5 m (41’) in length for single vehicles, 23 m (75’5”) in length for truck and trailer combinations, and 4.15 m (13’6”) in height. There are some exemptions in place for self-propelled and towed farm equipment on certain provincial highways during daylight hours. However, when a commodity is loaded on a vehicle for transport, permits are required.

front and rear of the vehicle. There may also be travel restrictions during peak travel times and periods of bad weather. Most over-dimension load permits for farm commodities are available on a yearly basis. Once issued, a copy of the permit can be carried in each of the permit holder’s vehicles and the permit is valid for up to 12 months. Further information on the requirements for over-dimension farm vehicles is available on the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s website at www.highways. gov.sk.ca.You can also visit www.sgi.sk.ca or call the SGI Permit Office at 1-800667-7575 to ask a question or apply for permits. B

There are no fees for these permits. However, minimum safety standards for transporting oversized loads must be met, including flagging overhanging portions of the load, attaching wide load or D signs, and having amber beacons visible on the

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Industry News It Happened Again Internet Video of Mistreatment of Cows by Ryder Lee and Reynold Bergen

California processor Central Valley Meat Co. is the subject of a recent Internet animal cruelty video released by antimeat organization, ‘Compassion over Killing.’ The video captured instances of inhumane handling practices that are not condoned by the beef and cattle industry or the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended operations at the company pending investigation of the animal welfare issues cited in the video. The plant reopened after federal officials approved corrective action plans to improve the treatment of animals. As a result of the video, major customers, including McDonald’s Corp., cancelled or suspended contracts with the company. These types of undercover videos, typically taken by activists with an ordinary cellphone, draw attention to animal welfare issues. Their underlying motivation in exposing such acts is not to improve animal agriculture; but to end it by falsely portraying inhumane practices as the industry norm. There is no questioning their effectiveness with consumers; the video made international news, with parts or all of the video shown in coverage by ABC World News, CNN, The New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, and the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom. It is important to note that after reviewing the video, renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin indicated that of the many animals filmed, one animal was improperly stunned in the video. That context does not make the inhumane handling incidents in this video excusable -- incidents that would no doubt sadden many producers. The CCA fully supports the statement issued by its U.S. counterpart, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), which called the actions depicted in the videos disgraceful and not representative of the cattle community. “Anyone who mistreats animals must be reported immediately and should be punished in accordance JANUARY 2013

with the law. We must work together to put a stop to any abuse,” the NCBA said. The video shows a lot of cattle being prodded when they have trouble rising or walking. It has long been illegal in Canada to haul infirm animals unless to a veterinarian for treatment. The CCA and the industry as a whole supports this law as animal welfare is of primary importance to cattle producers. Additionally, the CCA has long been supportive of the Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification Program. The CCA views this training course for livestock transporters as proactive towards ensuring the safe transport of animals. This latest activist video serves as an excellent reminder for producers to remain vigilant at all times about animal welfare. No doubt packers will be watching this video and working to ensure that they continue to do all that they can to prevent similar occurrences from happening at their facilities. But the packer is not solely responsible for this situation; generally speaking most of these problems originated at the farm. Producers and truckers have an important ethical and legal responsibility not to load cattle that are not fit for the trip to the auction mart or the plant. Producers, cattle buyers and transporters can help avoid this type of situation by being conscientious about only shipping cattle that can travel without suffering. It takes only seconds for a Smartphone to record video and post it to the Internet. Take some extra time to think about the animals you are planning to truck before you load them. Here is a list of reminders for producers: Some cows should not be shipped to auction marts under any circumstances. Do not load or transport: Lame, downers, broken legs, or those that cannot rise, stand and walk under their own power. Excessively thin cows (body condition score of 1) due to hardware disease, lumpjaw, malnutrition, old age, disease

or any other cause should not be transported. Cows with a body condition score of 2/5 can be transported short distances if they are segregated. Cancer eye: Do not transport animals with an obvious growth on the eyeball or eyelid. Advanced cases of cancer eye (i.e. the animal is blind or the eye has been obscured) are not fit for human consumption and will be condemned at the packing plant. Prolapse: do not ship animals with an obviously displaced vagina or rectum. Lactating cows: cows that are milking heavily or have mastitis should not be hauled, except for short distances, direct to slaughter. Pregnant: Do not transport heavily pregnant cows or those expected to calve within a few weeks. Diseased animals: if a reportable disease such as rabies, BSE, tuberculosis, etc. is suspected, it must be reported to the CFIA immediately. These animals must not be transported. Do not transport these animals until the animal has been treated and/or recovered. If the animal is not expected to recover, euthanize it on the farm. Alternatives: There are three main alternatives. The best option is to make cow culling decisions while these animals are still fit for transport. Animals that are not fit for transport may be euthanized and disposed of on farm instead. There are also companies in some areas across Canada that will pick up carcasses for a fee. Finally, cows that are free of drugs, vaccines and other residue, do not have a fever above 39oC (104.5oF), have a body condition score of 2/5 or higher, and are able to walk under their own power may be salvageable through emergency slaughter. Animals that do not meet all of these criteria will be condemned. For more advice on whether or not an animal is fit to load, consult your veterinarian, auction mart or a reputable trucker. B

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Industry News Stock Growers Partner With FCC to Boost Ag Awareness by Jeff Gaye

Think of “The New Saskatchewan” and you might think of a vibrant economy fueled by resource development. You might see its expanding cities, bulging with new construction and growing populations. And amid the excitement you might wonder how important agriculture is to the changing economy.

It’s a broad and diverse sector of the overall economy. From the family farm – “ninety-eight per cent of farms are family owned and family run,” Schmeichel says – through the food supply system, to the many ancillary industries that support agriculture and agri-food, there is a strong demand for talented people.

The truth is, it’s more important than ever. And if it appears otherwise, says Rob Schmeichel, it’s because the agriculture industry is letting other people tell the story.

The competition for talent is a big driver behind Agriculture More Than Ever. If ideas persist that agriculture is a technologically-backward bit player, people won’t understand the opportunities that exist.

Schmeichel is Director, Marketing Programs for Farm Credit Canada (FCC). He’s excited about Agriculture More Than Ever, a new industry initiative launched by FCC. He’s also pleased that the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has signed on to the project as an official partner. The general public may be holding onto outdated ideas or wrong information about agriculture, Schmeichel says, and it’s up to the industry to address the problem head-on. Agriculture More Than Ever is intended to give producers a direct voice in the national discussion about the economy, food, and farming. The idea is to make sure that agriculture isn’t overlooked. To do that, producers need a venue where they can speak positively about what they do. “It’s the good news,” says Schmeichel. “We want the producers to reflect on what the opportunities are. There is optimism among producers, and we want producers to tell the story.” While the evening news focuses on oil exports and manufacturing jobs, the fact that Canada’s agriculture and agri-foods industry accounts for $35 billion in exports and employs over two million people gets lost in the shuffle. Schmeichel says that in Ontario, agriculture has overtaken the auto sector in economic importance. JANUARY 2013

Schmeichel points to huge opportunities in science and technology. That’s why, he says, it’s important for people to understand the true nature of the agriculture sector. “Food matters,” he says. “Demand will grow in the developing world. We can grow our exports, and we need talent and innovation.” The Agriculture More Than Ever effort is not a brand or a campaign in the traditional sense. FCC has set up a website

for producers to tell their stories www.agmorethanever.ca. There is also a Twitter account (@AgMoreThanEver) and a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ agriculturemorethanever). As well, FCC is teaming up with partners within the sector to promote agriculture under the Ag More Than Ever banner. So far there are about a hundred partner organizations, including the SSGA. Schmeichel says that producer associations like the SSGA are key to the success of the initiative. “There is a demand and a need for this,” he says. “Producers need to tell their story, or someone else will.” He says producers should visit the website and social media, contribute their stories, talk within their associations, and tell anyone who will listen that agriculture is solid and growing and offers great opportunities. Agriculture More Than Ever is a national effort to promote the whole sector and convey its true importance, Schmeichel says. His suggestion to everyone in the industry is “get involved.”B

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Markets and Trade 2012 Feeder Cattle Market – The Year in Review Grant Zalinko PAg, Provincial Cattle Analyst

One year ago, the review of the 2011 cattle markets indicated that feeder cattle prices were at or near record highs and that everyone could look forward to continued strong cattle prices in 2012. As we end 2012, it is reasonable to conclude that feeder cattle prices during 2012 were “strong” but prices during the 2012 fall calf run could not match or take out the high established in the spring marketing period. This article will focus on the 2012 feeder cattle market and look at a few of the factors in 2013 that will ultimately determine the prices Saskatchewan cowcalf producers may receive next year. The average monthly price for 500-600 lb feeder steers advanced early in the New Year and peaked during the first quarter of 2012. The average price high for this weight class of feeder cattle peaked at $177.93 per cwt during February as grass cattle operators were trying to secure inventory ahead of the grazing season. The rate at which the 2012 US corn crop was planted was rapid and resulted in 96.9 million acres of corn seeded. Feed grain prices were under some price pressure early in the growing season before anyone knew what was to come regarding the summer weather.

As illustrated in Figure 1, the record high feeder cattle market ended in July when the reality of the widespread US drought hit home and monthly US feed grain projections and US pasture condition reports confirmed that the US drought would be the major market mover during 2012. Although the volume of feeder cattle, weighing less than 700 lbs, marketed in Saskatchewan during July and August is low the effect of the US drought on feeder cattle prices became increasingly clear. The monthly average price for Saskatchewan feeder steers weighing 500-600 lbs dropped over $25 per cwt to average $153.75 per cwt for the month of August and remained in the price range of $150 to $155 per cwt during the 2012 fall calf run (Figure 1). When the final numbers are analyzed, the average price for this benchmark weight class of feeder steers marketed during October and November will be approximately $3 to $4 per cwt lower compared to these steers marketed during the 2011 fall calf run. This price movement reflects the reality of increased feed grain and forage prices during the second half of 2012. In addition, no one can accurately predict what the consumer response to

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higher retail beef prices will be which currently limits higher fed cattle prices in the immediate future. Looking ahead to 2013, it is important to understand that the inventory of beef cattle in North America continues to decline. The Canadian cow herd is well below the peak inventory of 2005 and appears to remain in the consolidation phase of the cattle cycle. Inventories in all provinces were adjusted lower following the 2011 Census of Agriculture and it appears that the Canadian beef cow herd will number just under 4 million cows as of January 1, 2013. Canadian beef production in 2012 continued to decline despite an increase in fed cattle carcass weight as the number of fed and non-fed cattle slaughtered in Canada decreased compared to 2011. Canadian beef production in 2013 is not expected to increase significantly especially if heifers are retained for breeding purposes. In the US, the widespread drought in the US midwest has prolonged the ongoing liquidation of the US beef cow herd. The January 1, 2013 US cow herd inventory will likely be estimated between 29-30 million beef cows and will confirm that the 2013 US calf crop will be smaller and that the US beef cow herd remains in long-term liquidation. From a supply perspective, Saskatchewan’s cow-calf producers are well-positioned to capture additional value from their feeder cattle in 2013 but Mother Nature will need to cooperate. In conclusion, the widespread US drought was the dominant market factor when we look back and reflect on the 2012 feeder cattle market. Saskatchewan’s cow-calf producers should look forward to 2013 with optimism as lower North American cattle inventories should result in a significant reduction in domestic beef supply. This should support higher prices for all classes of cattle in 2013. There is always some risk as higher cattle prices can shift consumer demand for meat

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protein so the challenge for all market participants is to put on their marketing hats and reassure consumers that they are getting excellent value for their protein dollar when they choose beef. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2013. B

Ensure your livestock are healthy this winter, test your feed. The quality of a forage is not always evident by looking at a bale. Growing conditions in the province can result in many challenges, including diseases in cereal grains and poor quality hay. Moulds and bacteria in feed reduces available energy, crude protein and vitamins and can affect your bottom line. Forage testing and working with a nutritionist to design balanced rations will help avoid problems associated with poor quality feed. Your nearest Regional Office can provide information on forage testing and lend you a forage probe if required. Training on how to use the CowBytes ration balancing software is also available. For more information, phone the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-800-457-2377

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If you can’t ship it, test it. BSE surviellence is still important and every animal tested makes a difference. Support your cattle industry by having your 4-D (dead, diseased, dying or downer) cattle tested for BSE. For more information, call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-866-400-4244 or contact your local veterinarian. Figure 1. Average monthly price for 500-600 lb feeder steers

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Neil JahNke Neil Monroe Jahnke, age 70, of Gouldtown, SK passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012, at his ranch NE of Gouldtown. Neil was born on August 15, 1942, in Swift Current, SK to Elmer & Mary Jahnke, the eldest of 5 children. He grew up on the ranch north of Glen Kerr, attending school in Log Valley and in Herbert. He met the love of his life, Marilyn Gall, at the Little Lake while wearing swimming trunks, boots and a cowboy hat…us kids come by our sense of style honestly. They were married on November 1, 1966, in Morse. They lived at the ranch by Glen Kerr until moving to the Big Coulee NE of Gouldtown in 1973, where they raised two children, lived and ranched until Neil’s death. He was always very active in cowboy politics and served as the president of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association, vice chairman of the International Livestock Congress, a member of Canadian Agri-food Marketing Council, Chairman of the Horned Cattle trust fund, Chairman of the Saskatchewan Cattle Marketing Deductions Act, President and founding member of Canada Beef Export Federation, Founding Chairman of the Western Beef Development Center, Chairman of the Beef Information Center, President of the Saskatchewan Livestock Association, Vice president of Canadian Western Agribition, and chairman of the Commercial Cattle Committee, president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Director of the Herbert Stampede Committee. He was also involved in 4H, the local School Board, the Elks and the Lions. He was named Cattleman of the year 20

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by SSGA in 1993, received an honorary life membership in the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1994, received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2001, an honorary life membership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists in 2004, was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the Honor Scroll from the Saskatchewan Livestock Association in 2010. The Record Stockman named Dad, Canadian Livestock Industry Leader of the year 2006. These boards and the people he met through them were very important to him as was the ranch and his family, especially his grandchildren. Neil was rough, gruff and opinionated, but had an incredibly soft heart and worried about everyone. He loved to argue and it was great if you agreed with him. But, even if you disagreed, if you could back up your beliefs he would accept your right to your own opinion. Convincing him to change his mind was another matter altogether. Neil is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, JJ – grandson, Wyatt; son, Shane (Natasha) – granddaughter, Savannah, grandson Colt; the daughter of his heart, Jill Shapland - her boys, Joshua and Logan; his parents, Elmer & Mary Jahnke; brothers, Don (Linda), Brian (Joanne), Craig (Pat); sister, Mary Anne Montgomery (Doug); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother-in law, Adele O’Brien, 2010; and his grandparents. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 2:00 pm from the Credit Union Iplex Auditorium, Swift Current, SK with Mark Elford as

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MC. “One Day At a Time” and “The Old Rugged Cross” were sung by the congregation under the direction of Glenna Switzer. Tributes were shared by Trevor Doerksen, Archie Gannon, Mabel Hamilton, Terry Ostrander and Gord Stephenson and by Savannah (granddaughter) reading a poem. Special music was brought for the recessional by Glenna Switzer singing, “One More Day”. The ushers for the service were Murray Giesbrecht, Wayne Leisle, Rob Stephenson, Blake Steinley and Harry Friesen. Honorary Pallbearers were CCA, SSGA, SLA, Western Beef, CBEF, BIC, International Livestock Conference, 5 Nation, CAFTA, Herbert Stampede, Friends & Neighbors. Interment of Cremains will take place at a later date. In memory of Neil Jahnke, donations made to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association or to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family. Charitable donations may be made in Neil’s memory to the following organizations: SK Stock Growers Association Zone 3 & 12 Scholarship http://skstockgrowers.com/ Box 4752, Main Floor Canada Centre Building, Evraz Place, Regina, SK, S4P 3Y4 Tel: (306) 757-8523 The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.ca/ 780 - 1st Avenue NW Swift Current, SK Tel: (306) 778-0515 JANUARY 2013


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Feature CCA Tribute to Neil Jahnke November 29, 2012 Calgary, AB – Neil Jahnke, a life-long champion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry, passed away Monday at the age of 70 at his ranch near Gouldtown, Saskatchewan. Neil will be remembered by many as a visionary leader who took a long-term approach to the industry with a firm focus on building toward the future. The consummate cowboy, Neil was known for his traditional cowboy dress, his passionate opinions and the way he carried himself in leadership roles with nearly every significant cattle organization in Saskatchewan and Canada. Neil’s decades of service to the industry include time with the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, where he served a term as president; the Canada Beef Export Federation, as chairman 1993-1996, the Beef Information Centre, the Saskatchewan Livestock Association and the Horned Cattle Purchases Act Committee. In 2001 Neil received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for his contributions to Saskatchewan and its residents; and in 1994 an Honorary Life Membership in the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Neil was with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) for more than six years, including as President from 2002-2004 -- a very challenging time in the industry. While chairman of the CCA foreign trade committee, Neil helped lead the successful defense of the Canadian cattle industry against anti-dumping allegations from the Montana-based protectionist group R-CALF. Neil’s role as an industry defender in this matter saw him serve as a witness at international trade tribunal hearings, speak at Can-AM issues forums and of course connect with producers in meetings explaining the CCA defense strategy. Neil’s exemplary leadership through the BSE crisis is what CCA President Martin Unrau recalls. “It’s one thing being a leader when things are going well, but being a leader when things come unglued is quite admirable. Neil did a great job; he kept the 22

industry held together and they (Neil and Dennis Laycraft) steered us through that difficult time,” he said. Dennis Laycraft, CCA executive vicepresident, added that Neil “stood tall” as President of the CCA as they worked to get the U.S. border open in the aftermath of the May 2003 detection of BSE. Their numerous trips back and forth to Washington and their meetings and advocacy work led by Neil ultimately resulted in the U.S. reopening its border to UTM beef that August, he said. “The Canadian industry will be forever grateful for Neil’s unwavering leadership during the very difficult days following the 2003 Canadian BSE discovery,” added Travis Toews, CCA President from 20102012. Stan Eby, CCA president from 2004 to 2006, said Neil was very independent and did not encourage government involvement in the industry. However, during BSE “he certainly went to bat and welcomed government support,” which meant putting aside his personal feelings about government programs for the greater good of Canada’s cattle producers. Brad Wildeman, who served as CCA president from 2008 to 2010, said all Neil’s roles were about building toward the future. “Even in our darkest hours of BSE, he would tell me that the industry will survive, and it will grow to the size the marketplace would support. His biggest concern during that period was that we not do something that would yield shortterm benefits but place our industry in a non-competitive position over time, hampered by increased costs of regulation in exchange for a short-term benefit. I think as we now deal with some of the government desire for more regulations, his words were pretty prophetic,” Wildeman said. Former CCA President Hugh LynchStaunton (2006-2008) recalled Neil had

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unshakable faith in free markets and minimal government. “He was a great example for independent cattlemen. He was good company and a man to share a drink with,” he said. Neil worked with government parties of all political persuasions with equal effectiveness. Rather than avoid those that didn’t agree with his beliefs, in many instances he sought them out so he could understand where they were coming from. Neil never missed an opportunity for a good discussion or friendly debate. This open-minded attitude helped him amass an impressive array of industry contacts in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia and indeed around the world, establishing himself as one of the key figures in the Canadian industry. A lot of these relationships led to the foundation of work accomplished today through groups like the Five Nations Beef Alliance. Neil kept relationships with industry stakeholders long after his official duties ceased, reflecting his love of people. His dedication and service to the cattle industry was to be recognized again next week, when Neil was to receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. His legacy will be evidenced in the number of cattlemen, particularly younger people, who he inspired and encouraged to become active in promoting and protecting his beloved industry. He urged his fellow cattleman that rather than sit home and complain, that they needed to get out and work to change their circumstances, or at least support those organizations that do. That influence will be felt for many years to come by those who have accepted that challenge. The industry has lost one of its greatest advocates. He will be truly missed by many. The CCA extends its sympathy to Neil’s wife Marilyn, daughter J.J. and son Shane. B Reprinted with the permission of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

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Feature Interview With SK Minister of Agriculture - Lyle Stewart to enable the implementation of a SK Cattle Producers Assurance Fund. Does the Ministry have a timeline for the implementation of an assurance fund for beef producers? Stewart: We are definitely looking at it. This is something that is going to have to be driven by the industry. We introduced legislation this fall that will allow an assurance fund to be set up and expect that it will be proclaimed in the spring. We will look to the industry to come forward with a proposal about how they would like to see an assurance fund operate in Saskatchewan.

BB: Mr. Minister, it has been approximately six months since you were appointed as the Minister of Agriculture. What do you see as the main challenges facing the livestock industry? Stewart: I think the livestock industry is in pretty good shape particularly the cattle industry. We have had our issues such as the food safety problem at the Brooks plant which I am happy to say has been resolved. I think the new operator has a great reputation and perhaps the CFIA recognizes that they need to ramp up their vigilance a little as well. I think between the two we are going to be in good shape going forward. Clearly that has been the biggest issue over the last six months with the cattle industry. We have so much grazing land and forage ground in this province. We can sustain a much larger cattle industry and we hope that will happen sooner rather than later. A larger cow-calf sector can sustain a larger feeding sector and if the feeding sector grows substantially the province could be viewed as viable option to have a slaughter plant or two again. That is what we need to be shooting for long-term. BB: Recently legislative changes were introduced to the Animal Products Act

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BB: The Ministry of Agriculture recently published the results of the MNP beef, feed and forage research and development review. How is the Ministry planning to address the recommendations that were identified in the review including increasing investment in forage research and the construction of a new beef teaching feedlot? Stewart: The University of Saskatchewan is proceeding with its plans for the (construction of a) new beef teaching feedlot. The advisory committee to the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) is cognizant that they need to be doing cutting edge research there and I am confident they will. It is a great facility and has huge potential to do more forage research and testing. I think with government support of the University of Saskatchewan and WBDC and if we coordinate these activities a little better that the future is good for forage research. BB: This fall the first ten federal AgriEnvironment Services Branch (AESB) community pastures slated for divestiture were announced. Could you update us on the current status of the divestiture and highlight the tools that the Ministry is providing to patrons to allow for a smooth transition?

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Stewart: From the start the patrons have been our priority. Their operations have come to rely on this grass and we ought to make sure that they have the opportunity to continue to use it through either a purchase agreement or a lease with the province. Back as early as July we had a conference call with the chairs of all the patron committees and in October each patron got a letter from the Ministry outlining the next steps. Recently I sent a personal letter to all patrons as well to make sure that they understand where we are in the process. We are providing up to $120,000 in funding for each pasture for the patrons to be able to make the transition a little more smoothly. There is plenty of work to do. They have to set up legal entities to either lease or purchase and they need to develop a business plan. They will have to have a pretty clear understanding of the road forward. The patrons are starting to understand that they are a pretty big part of this. BB: Traceability continues to be a topic of debate among Saskatchewan beef producers. What do you see as the provincial government’s role in traceability and does the Ministry have a timeline for the development of a Saskatchewan Premises ID database? Stewart: We’re certainly looking at the potential of developing a Saskatchewan database. The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency database is available to Saskatchewan producers and we encourage them to use it. We need to make a decision whether or not there is a real advantage in having a Saskatchewan database. In order for there to be an advantage it would have to be more user friendly than the federal one, uncomplicated and minimize the amount of time doing paperwork for producers. We are not going to rush into a decision. This needs to be led by the industry and we can certainly look at the advantages of a Saskatchewan database but in any event it has to work with the databases in the rest of the country.

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BB: Does the province have a position regarding mandatory vs voluntary PID? Stewart: We’re going to let the industry lead us on this. I think there is getting to be more and more uptake. We certainly recognize that we need a national premises ID database and we need to be able trace back to the home of these animals when there is a disease outbreak. I think that generally producers are buying in, we don’t feel that the industry is quite 100% behind this yet and maybe we will never reach 100%. We are encouraging producers to look at this for their own good and for the good of the industry. I think at some point it will have to be mandatory but we are not ready to push for that yet. BB: This past summer you struck a Minister’s advisory committee to review brand inspection in Saskatchewan. Could you update us on the review process and when you expect to make a formal announcement on the future of brand inspection? Stewart: We put together a committee of industry stakeholders including the Saskatchewan Stock Growers to advise us on this. We are expecting a report from them early in the new year. If the report is reasonably positive, I think that we can look at proceeding mid-year or some time in 2013 with a new plan. It certainly has to be coordinated with brand inspection in Alberta and British Columbia and it has to take into consideration that Manitoba does not have brand inspection.

Environment we are dealing with the environmental stakeholders at this point and we have to try to get some kind of a consensus. Environment is the lead on this file and we are trying to be as helpful as we can. BB: Do you have an estimated timeline for an announcement? Stewart: No, as I said Environment drives this file and they are very interested in trying to get some sort of consensus from the environmental stakeholders. We have encouraged them to move forward as quickly as they can because the cattle industry is very interested in a resolution. BB: This past September you signed off on the Business Risk Management (BRM) portion of the Growing Forward 2 multilateral framework agreement. Do you anticipate any significant changes to non-BRM programs such as the Farm Stewardship Program or the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program? Stewart: Well, it is a little too early to say how individual programs will fare because we are currently in the process of negotiating the non-BRM programming with the federal government. How those negotiations will play out is unclear. I would suggest that most of the popular programs are probably going to be pretty safe and there is going to be extra money to invest in non-BRM programming. I don’t think there is too much cause for concern at this point.

BB: Could you provide an update on the status of Bill No. 131 The Conservation Easements Amendment Act, 2009 and Bill No. 132 The Wildlife Habitat Protection Amendment Act, 2009?

BB: Last week there was an article in the Western Producer discussing the development of a Western Canadian Price Insurance Program (CPIP). Does Saskatchewan have a position on the development of a Western Canadian CPIP?

Stewart: We are currently in discussions with the Ministry of Environment and the environmental stakeholders on WHPA. The cattle industry is quite interested in a resolution to this and rightly so. With

Stewart: We are interested in this. It’s another program that we are going to let the industry take the lead on. We don’t feel that we should push or resist one way or the other. This is an industry matter and

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certainly that is where we will take our direction from. BB: Under the Growing Forward 2 program will there be any funding allocated toward expanding Saskatchewan’s irrigation infrastructure? Stewart: Hopefully. I think irrigation infrastructure is critical to the ongoing development of the cattle industry. From the cow-calf producer to the feeding sector, it is very difficult to attract a substantial cattle feeding sector without the guarantee of forage and feed grains available in fairly close proximity to feedyards. We will be looking for more funding through Growing Forward 2 to help with irrigation development in the province. BB: Thank you for your time Mr. Minister. Do you have any closing comments? Stewart: Only that agriculture is more and more prominent now. Agriculture has had a number of years where it sort of fell out of prominence on the provincial front. It is regaining that ground, for instance in 2011 we exported $6.2 billion of potash, $10 billion of oil and gas and $10.2 billion of agricultural products. This has caught everyone’s attention since we have more than doubled our exports of agricultural products in the last five years or so. Agriculture has never had such prominence in a Throne Speech as it did this year. In the Premier’s Plan for Growth for the province he set very ambitious goals for agriculture. Goals which I think we can achieve but goals that will establish agriculture as one of the top three industries in this province for a very long time. B

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Science and Production Where’s the Beef? Active missing livestock files for January 2013 Brand location

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Science and Production Easing Transportation Requirements for Livestock Producers

by Cam Wilk, PAg, Provincial Manager, Field Services, Saskatchewan Agriculture Saskatchewan producers purchasing livestock from our auction markets can move those animals to their home base in this province on a manifest, as long as the dealer invoice is attached. This change removes the previous requirement that producers were to obtain a livestock permit following inspection and sale. Amendments to The Livestock Inspection and Transportation Regulations allowed for the change. The amendments removed the requirement that livestock producers were to obtain a livestock permit, following the inspection of livestock, before moving animals between points in Saskatchewan after any sale. A livestock manifest is still required. he Livestock Inspection and Transportation Regulations continue to require that, before transporting livestock, the owner or his or her agent shall complete and have in their possession a livestock manifest. The manifest must include: the owner’s address and phone number; the number of animals and their destination; the animals’descriptions and brands; and the signature of the owner or the owners’ agent. A properly completed manifest identifies the owner of the livestock, helps to prevent livestock theft and ensures accuracy for processing producer payments, or finance payment information, if required. Good documentation contributes to efficiencies in the movement of livestock through the marketing systems and to the prompt payment for livestock. Properly completed Saskatchewan manifests may be used to transport

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livestock to inspected markets in Alberta and Manitoba. It is important to note that livestock to be transported out of province must be inspected. A livestock permit must be issued before the animals can leave the province.

permit provides the transporter with the authority to move the livestock. The information contained on the permit is similar to the information required on the manifest.

The term “livestock” includes cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, bison and any hybrid of these species. The terms “transport” or “transportation” means the movement of livestock by foot or by vehicle.

Producers are exempt from completing and using a livestock manifest if they are transporting livestock to or from a veterinary clinic or between properties they own or control in Saskatchewan that are not more than 50 kilometers apart. B

Livestock permits are issued by the inspector, or an authorized person, following the payment of the appropriate inspection fees of $2.00/head. The

For more information: Contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or your nearest District Livestock Inspection office.

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Science and Production The Strategic Use of Cover Crops by Kevin Elmy

Feeding cattle throughout the year takes some planning. Not to mention rain, sunshine, plants, and nutrients. There are strategies to be used, to spread out risk, feed availability through the year, and spreading out the work load. The first thing a person needs to do is find out when you need to fill holes in your feed supply. Once the hole is identified, can it be filled by buying bales, renting more pasture, or growing more food. Cover cropping is a strategy that has been used in the United States for a couple decades to both protect the soil and to provide grazing opportunities. In Canada, it has been used, but usually in monocultures. The idea of cover cropping is to create a diverse blend of different plant types to help reduce risk, improve soil, provide a high value feed stock, and produce biomass. Monocultures can work providing solutions for most of these goals, but usually miss a couple. In native pasture or forest, Mother Nature does not do a monoculture. To ensure something is going to grow and succeed, undisturbed areas are a rich blend of diversity.

Once those issues are identified, it is time choose the species. Start with species that you are growing, or are being grown in the area; then add diversity with some weird stuff. Grasses will be used to create biomass, protect the soil, and leave fiber. Cool season grasses include annual ryegrass, barley, oats, winter cereals. Warm season grasses include millets, corn, sorghum sudan, and teff grass. Cool season legumes include peas, fenugreek, clovers, and hairy vetch. Warm season legumes are things like soybeans, Sunn hemp, and cow peas. Cool season broadleaf species would include radish, hybrid brassica, buckwheat, and forage rapeseed, where sunflowers and kale are warm season broadleaf species. I am not excited about turnips and sugar beets for grazing due to the potential choking hazard.

Different species will be used for different purposes or goals. There are some species that handle flooding better, others salinity, some stockpile graze while others are better at rotational grazing. You need to know where each species fit and how they can help your blend. For example, in saline areas, a mix of barley, sugar beet, sunflowers, sweet clover, and fall rye could be used. In high moisture areas, annual ryegrass, tillage radish, hybrid brassica, crimson clover, winter triticale, sorghum, and oat. Your best bet is to use what is grown locally then add diversity. Seeding rates are based on seeds per square foot or square meter. From the number of species in the blend and the desired plant composition, calculate the blend constituent seeding rates. Total continued on page 32

When looking to create a cover crop blend, think about working with a combination of warm and cool season species of grasses, pulses, and broadleaf plants. The actual blend amounts will vary on what your goals are and when you are seeding. Is the blend going to be stockpiled or rotationally grazed? What is the next crop going to be? What is the soil like right now? Does it need more fiber, or are there a lot of nutrients deep in the profile that need to be recovered? Is there a hard pan that needs to be loosened up? Are you seeding early in the season, mid-season or late in the summer? Earlier seeding dates will require a higher percentage of the blend to be cool season species, where as later seeding will need more warm season species.

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Crop Cover cont. from pg. 31 seeds per square foot should range from 15 to 25 when drilling the seed in, where broadcasting rates should be at least 50% higher. This will be adapted for local conditions, lower rates in drier conditions, higher for more moist areas. Some species compete better than others, so care needs to be taken in not only species selection, but also seeding rates. Stockpile versus rotational grazing strategies would require evaluating how different species respond to each management. For rotational grazing, growing points in the plants need to be low on the plant and able to tolerate traffic. In stockpile situations, plants need to be able to cure standing, withstand snowfall, while retaining nutrients and palatability.

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One species that is usually included in our blends is Tillage Radish. Of the deep rooted crops that we have available, the daikon radish produces a large tap root that drills deep into the soil profile breaking up hard pan, recovering leached nutrients, and helps alleviate compaction. They produce large biomass in their leaves with high relative feed value with high protein. It is a relatively small seeded (33,000 seeds per pound) and mixes well. It should be seeded after July 1st to get the best tuber development. If seeded before July 1st, it will have to be managed to not allow it to bolt and flower. This can be accomplished by either grazing or clipping the plants as they start to bolt. Another option is to relay crop the Tillage Radish. This is done by planting your blend in May or early June, allow the crop

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to develop then broadcasting the Tillage Radish into the crop in July or August. When the Tillage Radish seeds germinate, they will grow under the canopy. When the crop is then harvested, the Tillage Radish will continue to grow, until three nights of -9°C. They may be grazed or left to decay in the field. The first thing to is to identify what your needs are - feed needs or how to improve the soil. Then figure out when you are going to seed as this will determine what species to use. Use as much as you can of locally grown seed, and add diversity. Think of rooting zones as well as growth periods. If you are unsure, ask. The more diversity, the lower the risk. B

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Association News and Reports A Report From Harold Martens President, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association The year 2012 is history and I’d like to give you a brief overview of the events that I have attended as the President of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers.

The cattle industry in Saskatchewan and in Canada has been privileged to have had very experienced and dedicated leadership. The industry is mourning the loss of one of those leaders, Neil Jahnke. His service to our industry was given with very little fanfare and a lot of class. He worked endless hours on behalf of our industry showing the world what high value product we have to market. He gave a lot and didn’t ask for much in return, he baffled the smart guys in world trade circles with his straightforward, no BS approach. I think his contributions can best be characterized by the role he played as President of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association when BSE hit in the spring of 2003. He seem to add stability to the industry in the areas of domestic markets (where the consumption of beef actually went up in Canada), international markets, and acceptance of those cattle under 30 months. All of us need the bankers and lenders at one time or another and I think they were set at ease even with a serious downturn in cash flow to producers by his work in the industry. In every case when people give for the public good like Neil did, there is someone at home looking after not only the family but also making sure the ranch work gets done. I want to thank Marilyn and her family for sharing Neil with us. We are all richer for having known him.

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2 meetings with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy and mines 3 meetings with the Beef and Forage steering committee plus conference calls 5 Board of Directors meetings 5 meetings regarding PFRA pastures 6 meetings with the Ministers of Agriculture/Minister Bjornerud and Minister Stewart 3 SSGA zone meetings 5 Brand Inspection meetings 2 meetings with the Provincial Speech from the Throne and the Budget The semi-annual meeting in Saskatoon was well attended even though it was very cold and there was a big dump of snow over much of the province. The annual meeting in the Cypress Hills was very successful in attendance and the quality of speakers was excellent. The PFRA pastures became the focal point of a lot of discussion and I was pleased with the opinions that were presented there. The comments and opinions presented were all of value to me on the Ministers Advisory Committee.

need to be commended for their foresight. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers will be celebrating their 100th anniversary this June at our Annual Meeting to be held in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The Stock Growers held their first meeting in Moose Jaw in June of 1913. This is the longest serving agricultural organization in Saskatchewan’s history. We will bring you more news as we approach those dates, however you need to put that time on your calendar and plan to attend. We are proud of our heritage and our history and we want you to celebrate that with us at our convention. We are proud of our role in the cattle industry. We are a membership-led organization, funded by our membership. We make it part of the principles we stand on, that through this we can maintain our independence and serving you in this way in the past as well as into the future. The SSGA operates much like you do – staying within a budget yet able to continue the quality that you’ve come to expect. I’d like to remind you that your Board of Directors does this work without any compensation, we do it as a service to the industry and for the betterment of the Saskatchewan cattle industry. B

Minister Stewart was at the annual meeting and gave us his first address after being given the job as the Minister of Agriculture and told us that his door is always open for us to come and see him. He has been receptive to our discussions and advice on the PFRA Advisory Committee and on the Brand Inspection Service Advisory Committee. It is fitting that I mention the roles of the Leaders of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers in our Association at the beginning of this report. The year 1913 is significant in our history and the men and women who put in place this organization

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Conference

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“Harvesting the Future” Join us at SBIC 2013 where the beef industry meets! Beef & Forage Symposium Industry Trade Show Breed and association meetings

January 23 – 25, 2013 Saskatoon Inn Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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June 9-11, 2013 at the Heritage Inn Moose Jaw, SK Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Celebrates 100 Years In the early days of cattle ranching a brand became each ranch’s trademark; its coat of arms. Beyond its practical use in identifying ownership, the brand represented pride, duty and stewardship and inspired loyalty and commitment. By the code of the Old West, “Riding for the Brand” meant that a cowboy had signed on for the mission; a team member fully dedicated to the cause.

100th Annual General Meeting with a salute to history and heritage, and a whole lot of fun.

permanently displayed, in Moose Jaw, honouring our historic organization and its roots.

On Sunday, June 9th we’ll trade our golf clubs for the excitement of traditional ranch rodeo. Watch familiar brands battle for top honours in a variety of working cowboy events, followed by a celebratory barbecue and old-fashioned barn dance.

It’s going to be a great party and you won’t want to miss a thing, so sign on for the mission now. Volunteers will be needed to plan and execute this one-ofa-kind event and everyone is welcome to join the team.

Since its inception in 1913, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s adherence to those same values has been this organization’s hallmark. “Riding for the Brand” is the theme for the SSGA 100th anniversary, in tribute to that ongoing commitment by our association and its members to the betterment of the cattle industry in Saskatchewan.

The 100th Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 10th and 11th at the Heritage Inn. The agenda will provide speakers and timely industry topics of the high calibre you’ve come to expect from this event. Enjoy an industry trade show and business networking, concluding with a gala anniversary banquet on Tuesday evening.

Apply your own brand to this event by becoming an event sponsor. Joining the “Riding for the Brand” sponsorship team will ensure your company a place in history at this high-profile, once-in-alifetime celebration.

With 100 years of service, the SSGA is the oldest functioning agricultural organization in Saskatchewan. This proud moment in history will be celebrated in Moose Jaw, where it all began, June 9 – 11, 2013.

Special anniversary projects include a number of artistic tributes; an original anniversary artwork commissioned by famed Western artist Bernie Brown; limited edition 100th anniversary belt e buckles have been designed; and an mitte m o C exciting partnership with Murals ial ntenn a nk the e C of Moose Jaw will result in A th IF) SG T h e S u l d l i k e t o e s Fu n d ( C a legacy mural that will be

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Stay tuned for more details over the coming months. To learn more about “Riding for the Brand” or to become involved as a volunteer or event sponsor, contact the SSGA office.

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Stewardship Fleet of Foot Fox Prefers Native Prairie Habitat submitted by Leanne Thompson for SK PCAP The Swift Fox is about the size of a jack rabbit or large house cat. Its black-tipped tail, smaller size and lighter colour distinguishes the Swift Fox from the more common Red Fox. It gets its name from its speed. Individuals have been clocked at over 60 km/hr (37 mph) but its small size gives the illusion of even greater speed. The Swift Fox was once found in dry prairie habitat from the southern Canadian prairie to Texas, but the species began to decline during the early 1900s. Re-introduction programs during the late 1980s and 90s have resulted in small populations being established in the southern Alberta/Saskatchewan border area and in the Wood Mountain/ Grasslands National Park Reserve region in Saskatchewan.

Swift Foxes prefer open, sparsely vegetated, short-grass and mixed-grass prairie, where visibility and mobility are unimpeded. Native vegetation common in such grasslands includes buffalo grass, bluestem, and wire grass. As such, native prairie commonly used as grazing land for livestock is a preferred location for this small fox.

First and foremost, conservation of large blocks of native prairie is imperative for the success of this species. Grazing of native prairie is a benefit as the Swift Fox prefers short vegetation. This can be achieved by rotating moderate to intensive grazing while focusing on maintaining healthy native prairie longterm.

Some of the leading threats to this species include: acceptable habitat, predation (by coyotes, Red Foxes and Great Horned Owls), accidental poisonings, unintended trapping, and vehicular collisions. Therefore, management practices to reduce threats are based on controlling or reducing these pressures.

Limiting road development, traffic and vehicular speeds in remote areas of native prairie areas can reduce the number of vehicular collisions suffered by this species, especially between dusk and dawn when this nocturnal species is most active.

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Stewardship

Photo courtesy of Shelley Pruss Parks Canada

Accidental poisonings through rodent and predator control have been identified as detrimental to the Swift Fox. If rodent control is necessary, shooting or fumigation is preferred so non-target species are not affected. Also, placing bait directly in rodent burrows can reduce the incidence of ingestion directly by Swift Foxes. Similarly, coyote control by shooting is the preferred method over poisoning or trapping. If trapping is used, placing traps at the correct height and/ or setting traps to the proper weight limit will reduce unintended trapping of Swift Foxes. Badger burrows represent potential escape burrows for Swift Foxes, so badger populations should be left uncontrolled whenever possible. Livestock carcasses are a major attraction for coyotes thus disposal of carcasses should be considered in the preservation of the Swift Fox. When disposing of livestock carcasses on upland prairie, using randomly located sites rather than

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one single location and limiting any one disposal site to one or two carcasses at a time may reduce the number of coyotes attracted to the area, thereby reducing the predation risk for Swift Foxes. However it is important to note that disposal of livestock carcasses is subject to regulation. Ranchers in southern Saskatchewan can have a positive effect on this endangered

species. Maintaining large tracts of healthy native prairie will be important in the long-term success of the Swift Fox population. So the next time you are out on the prairie in southern Saskatchewan and see a blur that resembles a large house cat – get out the field glasses and take a second look. It just might be this fleet of foot fox! B For more information on the Swift Fox please visit the Government of Canada’s Species at Risk website www.registrelepsararegistry.gc.ca

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Calendar of Events JANUARY

January 18

Ranchers Research Update

Moose Jaw, SK

January 23-25

SK Beef Industry Conference

Saskatoon, SK

January 24

SSGA Semi Annual Meeting

Saskatoon, SK

January 26

MC Quantock Bull Sale

Lloydminster, AB

January 31-Feb 3

Breeding for Profit: Introduction to AI

Saskatoon, SK

FEBRUARY

February 2

Hill 70 Quantock Ranch Barn Burning Bull Sale

Lloydminster, AB

February 4

Bull Selection Workshop

Tisdale, SK

February 6

Bull Selection Workshop

Mankota, SK

February 7-8

Manitoba Beef Producers AGM

Brandon, MB

February 8

Advertising deadline for March magazine

February 12

Livestock and Forage Update

Langham, SK

February 12

Cattlemen’s Appreciation Night

Assiniboia, SK

February 13

Livestock and Forage Update

Kenaston, SK

February 13

Cattlemen’s Appreciation Night

Yorkton, SK

February 14

Livestock and Forage Update

Harris, SK

February 14

Cattlemen’s Appreciation Night

Weyburn, SK

February 20-21

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association AGM

Toronto, ON

February 20-22

Alberta Beef Industry Conference

Red Deer, AB

February 22

Early Sunset Ranch Annual Production Sale

Edam, SK

February 25

Muirhead Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale

Shellbrook, SK

MARCH

March 2

McMillen Ranching Ltd. 19th Annual Bull Sale

Carievale, SK

March 3

R+ Simmentals 13th Annual Bull Sale

Estevan, SK

March 4

Ashworth Farm & Ranch & Guest 10 Annual Bull Sale

Oungre, SK

March 5-8

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association AGM

Ottawa, ON

March 12

Cutting Edge in Forage Management

North Battleford, SK

March 13

Cutting Edge in Forage Management

Moose Jaw, SK

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March 14

Cutting Edge in Forage Management

Yorkton, SK

March 14

Let’s Talk Farming

Kelvington, SK

March 21

Johnson Livestock Bull Sale

Peebles, SK APRIL

April 10

May advertising deadline

June 9-11

SSGA 100th AGM

JUNE

Moose Jaw, SK

SSGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIRECTORS AT LARGE

THE EXECUTIVE

Harold Martens President/Director at Large Swift Current, SK

Phone: 773-6782

Doug Gillespie 1st Vice President/Director at Large Neville, SK Phone: 627-3619 Shane Jahnke 2nd Vice President/Director at Large Gouldtown, SK Calvin Knoss Past President/Director at Large Rockglen, SK Brooks Whitney Finance Chair Maple Creek, SK

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Grant Alexander, Weyburn Ryan Beierbach, Whitewood Gerry Duckworth, Courval Helen Finucane, Regina Gerald Schultz, Success Roy Rutledge, Assiniboia Robin Wiggins, Fox Valley

ZONE CHAIR DIRECTORS Phone: 784-2899

Phone: 476-2512

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456-2500 532-4809 394-4211 584-2773 773-6860 642-5358 666-2103

AFFILIATE DIRECTORS

Garner Deobald - Charolais Affiliate, Hodgeville 677-2589 Tom Grieve - Cattle Breeders Affiliate, Fillmore 722-3504 Tara Fritz - SImmental Affiliate, Shaunavon 297-3147 Clint Smith - Angus Affiliate, Mankota 478-2470 Arron Huber - Shorthorn Affiliate, Lipton 336-2706

APPOINTED DIRECTORS

Dr. Andy Acton- Veterinary Advisor, Ogema 486-2146 695-2157 355-2335 662-4420 336-2684 854-2050 375-2934 266-2070

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SASKATCHEWAN CCA DIRECTORS Lynn Grant, Val Marie Brent Griffin, Elbow Pat Hayes, Val Marie Reg Schellenberg, Beechy Kevin Woods, Moosomin

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Listings of email and fax numbers can be found on the SSGA website at www.skstockgrowers.com

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Advertiser Index Abe’s Signs

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Allen Leigh Security & Communications

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Arm River Red Angus

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Beef Improvement Opportunities/Fort Supply

4

Best Western Plus Inn & Suites

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Bill Laidlaw Chartered Accountant Professional Corp.

40

Boehringer Ingelheim

9

Burnett Angus Cattle Care Chartop Charolais

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Highline Manufacturing

7

Pugh Farms

40

Historic Reesor Ranch

41

Rosetown Flighting Supply

40

Jackson Designs

41

Saskatchewan Angus Assoc.

41

John Brown Farms

42

Johnson Livestock

23

Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference

34

Johnstone Auction

42

8

Kyle Welding & Machine Shop

40

SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance)

Lane Realty Corp.

16,41

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

19

Linthicum Herefords

40

Saskatchewan Verified Beef

Man-SK Gelbvieh

42

43

Saskatoon Processing Company

Manitou Maine-Anjou

41

41

Sittler Composting

Masterfeeds

40

42

Solar West

Merial

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41

Superior Livestock Auction

McMillen Ranch

30

41

Cowtown Livestock Exchange, Inc.

40

Target Cattle Concepts

Early Sunset Ranch

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Muirhead Cattle Co.

2

6

Terra Grain Fuels

Elanco Animal Health

40

Nerbas Bros. Inc.

41

40

TBar Angus

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New Vision Agro

42

27

Western Litho

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42

Norheim Ranching

41

42

Weyburn Inland Terminal

GelbviehWorld.com

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Northstar Seed Ltd.

42

42

Young’s Equipment

Gibson Livestock

41

Paysen Livestock

17

42

Grayson & Co.

40

Pfizer Animal Health

44

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JANUARY 2013


(3-WAY INTRANASAL)

NEW INFORCE™ 3. PROTECTION WHERE AND WHEN IT’S NEEDED.

BRSV protection has never been this good. This new 3-way intranasal vaccine actually prevents disease caused by BRSV while dramatically reducing IBR disease and almost completely eliminating PI3 shedding. And it’s safe enough to use in all classes of cattle, regardless of age.

Make sure your protection is INFORCE.

Safety and efficacy studies on file. INFORCE™ 3 is a trademark of Pfizer Products Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., licensee. INF JADP04a 0212 E INFO-014

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Beef Business January 2013