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Volume 17 Issue 2 September 2018 What’s Inside Simmental Completes The Package For Stahlville Colony Simmental Completes The Package For Stahlville Colony

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Gate Post — China - Land Of Potential

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Breed Improvement — New Money

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Vet’s Advice — Dart Guns: Advantages & Disadvantages

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What’s Happening

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Breed delivers combination of maternal traits as well as feedlot performance.

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Story By Lee Hart

li Waldner claims he is still impressed with the performance that the Simmental cross-breeding program has brought to their commercial southern Alberta beef herd as it developed over the past 40 years, so he’s going to stick with it. Waldner, who is the cow boss at the Stahlville Farming Hutterite Colony near Rockyford, east of Calgary says introducing Simmental genetics to their then-Hereford herd in late 1970s (before his time as cow boss) has improved performance in all areas. Today the breeding program that over the years transitioned to include Angus genetics, is producing moderate sized females with excellent mothering ability and milk production, and on the meat side they are seeing calves that consistently wean at about 750 pounds and finish in the farm feedlot at about 1480 pounds at 14 months of age. “The program we have is producing both excellent females — we raise all our own replacements, as well as excellent finished cattle,” says Waldner. “Order buyers are phoning us to see what we have coming, so that tells me they like what we’re producing.” The long-time support to and progressive management of Simmental cattle earned Stahlville Farming recognition as the Alberta Simmental Association Commercial Breeder of the Year for 2018. “We felt Eli Waldner and Stahlville Farming were deserving of the award partly because they have used Simmental genetics for so many years,” says Scott Harvie, of Harvie Ranches near Olds, AB. “But they’ve also been very progressive in their use of Simmental genetics to improve performance of their cattle. It has helped to further promote the value of Simmental to the beef industry.” Harvie who nominated Stahlville Farming for the award, is also a director of the Alberta Simmental Association. Stahlville Farming was among the first commercial beef operations in Canada to begin using Simmental genetics in a cross breeding program as the European exotic breeds were being introduced to North America. Jake Waldner who was Stahlville cow boss at the time began cross breeding what was then a small straight Hereford cow herd with Simmental in 1976. The colony stayed with that program for a number of years, eventually introducing Red Angus bulls into the breeding program to cross with traditional and Fleckvieh Simmental cattle. As genetics became available they then transitioned to Black Angus and Black Simmental cattle starting in 1998. “The last red animal on the place was sold about three years ago,” says Eli Waldner. “We preferred the black cattle. We wanted to get the dark skin pigmentation around the eyes and also on the udder, to reduce problems with disease and pests around the eyes and protect the udders from sunburn.

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“On the Angus side we liked the looks of the Black Angus better than the Reds, we felt they had wider butts — produced more meat — had better marbling and also gained weight easier.” Today the colony runs 670 head of 50/50 crossbred cattle— females are 50 percent Black Angus and 50 percent Black Simmental. All females sired by Simmental are bred to Black Angus bulls and all females sired by Angus bulls are bred to Simmental. First calf heifers are bred to Black Angus and the farm also runs about half a dozen Charolais bulls as well. Waldner says there is usually a percentage of the cowherd they aren’t interested in using for producing

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continued from cover potential replacements, so those females, about 130 head are bred to terminal sired Charolais bulls. While Stahlville Farming has been using Simmental genetics for more than 40 years, Waldner says they continue to see improvements in the quality and traits of cattle for their beef finishing operation. “First of all we want a moderate framed cow somewhere between 1,400 and 1,450 pounds that can wean a calf at about 750 pounds,” says Waldner. “And you’re not going to get that with a 1,200 pound cow. So Simmental is providing the size. ”

While the beef herd moves out on to some developed pasture most of their summer grazing is on native grass pasture. Mother’s milk and grass is important for calf growth, but Waldner says they also believe in using growth implants in calves and supplying creep feed for calves on pasture as well. Starting in July calves have access to free choice oats and barley fed in creep feeders with the feeders being available to them right through to weaning October 1.

Along with buying top breeding bulls, including some yearlings, long yearlings as well as two year olds, from several different purebred producers, Waldner has also used genetic testing for several years to select for top performance traits among their 120 or so replacement heifers. Working with a Quantum Genetix in Saskatoon, a small tissue sample from each potential replacement heifer is sent for genotyping. “For about the past five years we have been using genotyping,” says Waldner. The genetic test, for example, is looking for animals predisposed to have the leptin gene. The leptin protein is directly related to appetite, energy utilization and fat deposition. Cattle with the fully mutated form of leptin (referred to as genotype TT) put on weight faster than those with other genotypes. Cattle with genotype TT also can have increased milk production, increased 12th rib backfat, higher quality grade and marbling score, and increased longevity. “So we are selecting for heifers with the TT genotype,” says Waldner. “It’s not the only measurement we rely on, we also have to look these cattle over as well, but it is one tool we use in selecting replacement heifers. And if they don’t measure up then they go into the beef finishing program.” Another tool they use in selecting replacement heifers is to take pelvic measurements prior to breeding. Working with herd veterinarian Cody Creelman the pelvic area for each heifer is palpated. Anything that scores less than 14 centimetres is also directed to the beef finishing program. “So we are using these different tools to select animals with good genetic characteristics on both the maternal side as well as on the finishing side,” says Waldner. “And we’re also selecting for heifers with potential for good reproductive performance and calving ease.” The first and second calf heifers in the Stahlville colony herd begin calving about February 10, while the mature cow herd begins calving March 1. The heifers are held close into the farmyard and are watched closely as they near calving. The cows calve out on nearby fields and hillsides not far from the yard. The colony has a large processing barn where animals can be brought in for treatment or assistance in the odd case of calving difficulty. “We watch the cattle and help if necessary,” says Waldner. “But even with this herd we may only need to help about eight cows per season, maybe about the same for the first and second calf heifers so overall they need very little assistance.”

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Soon after the cows and heifers calve the pairs are moved to pastures away from those waiting to calve. Waldner estimates about 80 per cent of calves are born within the first breeding cycle. As new grass growth arrives the herd is moved out to spring and summer pasture by May 10. “Everything has to head to pasture no later than May 10,” says Waldner. “As cows calve they are put out onto some of the nearby stubble fields as come May the crop guys want to be on those fields so the beef herd has to be moved.”

“It takes time, management and some cost but the benefits of creep feeding pay off,” says Waldner. He estimates creep feeding adds about 80 pounds to each calf’s weaning weight, which last year averaged 750 pounds for both steers and heifers. All calves intended for the finishing program go directly to the feed yard. The colony also buys between 300 and 400 head of calves to fill up their feed yard. Calves are started on a ration that is about 30 per cent barley,that increases to about 70 per cent barley by Christmas and they are on full feed by the New Year. With that feeding program Waldner is looking for calves to be finished at 14 months of age weighing between 1400 and 1450 pounds usually by later March to mid-April. With a long history of Simmental genetics in their cross breeding program, Waldner says they are happy with the overall performance.“That dual purpose aspect of the Simmental really works well for us,” he says. “Used in a cross with Angus we are getting good depth and length in our cows. They produce milk for their calves, have good mothering ability and produce a weaned calf that’s going to add pounds in the feedlot. It is just a very good combination. “For our operation, we don’t have room to run more cows so we have to use genetics and management to harvest more meat from animals we do have.”


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From the Gate Post

Bruce Holmquist General Manager - Canadian Simmental Association

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China - Land of Potential

hina is a country that many of us hear of yet really know very little about. In July I was privileged to see parts of China first hand as a member of a group of Canadian Beef Industry representatives who were asked to make presentations during China’s third National Symposium on Applied Techniques and Industry Economics in Beef Production. The event was held in Beijing July 27th-29th and was organized by the Chinese Agriculture University. Canadian participants were Michael Latimer and Garner Deobald representing the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Dr. Edouard Timsit from the University of Calgary, Anne Brunet CEO of Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, Dr. Darryl Gibb representing Gowans Feed Consulting, Dr. Wenzheu Yang and Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf with Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, Melanie Reekie General Manager of the Canadian Charolais, Doug Mann and Stephen Scott representing Canadian Hereford, Ken Perlich from Perlich Bros. Auction Mart Ltd., Brian Good representing Canadian Angus, and Bruce Holmquist with the Canadian Simmental Association.

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When we arrived at the Beijing airport it soon became evident that China has a lot of people with the current population estimated to be nearing 1.4 billion, 21.7 million of them living in Beijing making it the second largest city in China behind Shanghai. As we headed to our hotel it was apparent that China has a very large middle and upper class in its population given the large number of luxury SUVs that we shared the free-way with, all of them were relatively

new high dollar vehicles and clearly going somewhere with a purpose. The drivers on the 401 in Ontario have nothing over the aggressive driving these folks showed us. The Conference began with a welcome reception on Friday evening with traditional Chinese dishes as you would find them in China. I say that as they are quite different than some of the more traditional Chinese food we encounter in North America. There is very little breaded foods and meat is usually accompanied by vegetables in a stir fry dish. The Conference itself began the following day with approximately 450 producers, students and government representatives who were all keen to hear about beef production in North America. The topic which Canadian Simmental presented to the audience was “Adapting Beef Cattle for Regional Needs – The Canadian Simmental Story.” This allowed the opportunity to explain the transition of European Simmental genetics over the past fifity years to what we currently have in the Canadian Simmental population today. As Simmental is the number two most used breed of cattle in China, behind a native Chinese breed, there was considerable interest in the presentation and was followed by a good number of questions. During the exchange it was interesting to learn that black-blazed cattle of any breed would have a difficult time being accepted in China as they are considered to be bad luck; red baldies, solid black and of course traditionally colored Simmental however would be okay.


After the presentation I was very encouraged to have discussions with several breeders and investors with questions regarding how Canadian Simmental genetics could possibly be sourced. A discussion with a Chinese representative from a Canadian semen distributor soon showed that Canadian Simmental are known and accepted through work that they are doing. As part of the post-conference tours we traveled south west of Beijing to Xi-an and visited a unique “farm to chop-stick” beef company that sells high-end beef through retail outlets and a chain of 16 Chinese restaurants, with an additional one in California. Madame Tao who is the owner of KingBull was our host and it was obvious that she knew the beef industry. The food we enjoyed was served through a ‘hot-pot” process that utilized thinly sliced and highly marbled beef from the company’s breeding program and feedlot.

and knife, that was clearly not the case with this man. His embarrassment soon began to show no different than those around the table who had fought with chopsticks throughout the week. It became clear that if he was going to eat more beef in the future it would likely be in a stir-fry or hotpot and lead to the question of whether there really is 1.4 billion Chinese wanting a high end beef product on a continual basis, or if we should target five additional pounds of beef per capita per year through different cuts. That amounts to approximately 7.7 million additional animals and is definitely a market worth obtaining a portion of in some way, and Simmental can definitely play a significant role in helping achieve that.

Throughout the week that we were guests of the Chinese, we were taken to several restaurants, both traditional and North-American style which gave us a better understanding of Chinese culture and the potential for Canadian beef. While beef is a preferred meat in China, it faces stiff competition from other protein sources such as pork, chicken, duck, fish and seafood, and to a smaller degree lamb. Most of the beef is thinly sliced and not in the form of a steak which is creating discussion in China as to whether an extremely high marbled product is really needed. Hamburgers are being eaten through McDonald’s and Burger King Restaurants by the younger Chinese population, however they are not the food of choice for those over 40 years old. One interesting observation came when we went to a steakhouse for supper and we watched our driver use his fork and knife. While we take for granted that everyone knows how to use a fork

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Breed Improvement

New Money By: Sean McGrath, Breed Improvement Co-ordinator for the Canadian Simmental Foundation

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eef has always faced competition in the protein industry and never has that been more important than right now. New protein sources, meatless meat and even lab grown beef are gaining momentum and it is important for those of us in industry to ensure we are working to address beef demand through our practices. It is sometimes difficult to remember that the only “new money” that comes into the beef industry is from consumers buying beef and byproducts. This is particularly true as we become more divorced from the frontline retail business, often by several steps as cow/calf or seedstock producers. In truth, all of the money invested in the industry by those reading this column is done so on the premise that the returns from consumers buying beef will reward that investment, either directly or indirectly. So what can we do at the seedstock end, specifically in the context of this Simmental Country article to address these concerns? I think it is fair to say that most bull customers, probably do not ask too much about carcass characteristics on the herdsires they buy. This is not unusual, since most cow calf operations have their profit directly impacted much more by fertility and longevity of the cows and straightforward growth of the calves than they do by marbling or yield. The caveat is that those calves are purchased with recycled money, just as that herdsire was. That money was recycled from the sale of beef at a retail counter. One of the simplest and low cost ways to work on carcass characteristics in your seedstock herd, is to employ the technology of ultrasound. Several CSA members currently use ultrasound in their programs, however they represent a very small proportion of the membership and the cattle that are marketed into the commercial industry. Basically the process of ultrasound involves contacting a technician (list at the end of this article), obtaining a barn sheet which is a list of animals (this can be done on the online system), weighing and scanning the cattle.

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The technician will take pictures of the animals’ rib-eye, fat thickness and intramuscular fat and then send those images to a lab. The lab will use the pictures to make measurements and send the measurements to the CSA where they are entered into the system and a report is produced for you, the breeder. The ultrasound data is also sent to the genetic evaluation for inclusion in calculating carcass EPD. Other than the measurement process being a bit more detailed, this is the same concept that we do with weight traits, such as weaning weight. A couple of example images are shown below (courtesy of the CUP Lab):

Sample Image of Rib-Eye and Fat Thickness

Sample Image of Intramuscular Fat

If customers are not requesting carcass information right now and you don’t want to jump whole hog into the process, a suggestion is to scan replacement heifers, rather than bulls. Heifers express more differences in marbling than bulls do, as they do not have the same levels of testosterone and over time this process means that the cows in your cowherd will have carcass records, as well as the calves. The obvious question might be, “can’t we just use DNA?” and the less obvious answer is NO. DNA testing can inform us about carcass characteristics, however we require ultrasound data and carcass data so we can continue to identify DNA markers that are associated with carcass characteristics. Selecting strictly using DNA will result in


specific pieces of DNA occurring in the Simmental genome, but without carcass/ultrasound data, the process of improvement will fizzle as the prevalence of the DNA pieces become more common in the breed. In short, we won’t have the data to keep finding “better” DNA. We may not appreciate how important carcass traits are to the industry at the seedstock level. There are huge value differences between carcasses in the system and on the retail shelf. Currently with a choice/select spread of roughly $0.13 Canadian the difference in carcass value between a 750 pound AAA and A carcass just for marbling differences is nearly $100. Other characteristics such as yield and carcass weight can make this difference even larger. In fact, when all factors are considered there are often $250 to $500 differences between carcasses within the same load of cattle. If we want to be extremely conservative and use the $100 figure, a single herdsire that sires 25 calves a year for three years, has the potential to add or cost the industry $7500. This is NEW MONEY, not recycled. Often bull customers may not feel they can get that extra money out of the system, however there are price differentials between cattle sold at weaning as well. Reputation cattle are often based on the value differences in end product whether we realize it or not. Additionally, the whole system suffers if we don’t work towards adding that value across the entire chain and the seedstock industry is in the driver’s seat, since genetics lock in the upper potential of any animal.

For most of us there are still a few months to consider ultrasound on our 2018 calves; but consider this an early warning that now is a good time to start planning for scanning. PLANNING FOR SCANNING •

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emote drug delivery devices (RDD) are becoming more commonly used in some modern day cow calf operations. The older style capture guns used in the past were generally used by veterinarians to tranquilize and “capture” cattle that needed further treatment. They could then be loaded and transported if that was necessary or put in a smaller compound if further treatment was necessary. Capture guns have also been used by veterinarians to capture escaped stock in areas where there are no collection corrals. Wildlife officers also use these same capture guns with potent capture drugs to catch and relocate wildlife. This article will go over the advantages and disadvantages of relying on these RDD for treating cattle. This primarily pertains to cattle on large pastures where the ability to restrain and examine cattle is limited. Strong, elusive or fractious bulls may even see these devices used on them. Initially the older capture guns were cumbersome and had hard metal darts that could inflict lots of damage. Today’s modern RDD (capture rifles and handguns) shoot lightweight darts that are loaded easily and are very accurate to shoot. The two I am most familiar with are the Dan-Inject System and the Pneu-Dart System. Both have darts that can take up to 10 cc of product each and have projection systems that accurately deliver product up to 20 to 30 meters away. Wind must be taken into account when firing these.

Dan-Inject System RDD

The greatest issue with these RDD devices is the diagnosis made properly from a distance. There is no close examination and identification of the animal may be difficult. Also, does the delivery device put the product where it needs to go from a Verified Beef Production standpoint? Can we get the proper dosage delivered? If you are going to use products, especially prescription, in these devices your veterinarian should work out the protocols for the specific conditions you can treat with these remote devices. The beauty with today’s modern medicines are a number of the products have low dosages, long lasting capabilities and most are approved subcutaneously. The darts can be used with shorter needles so although not a guarantee, most of the product can get delivered subcutaneously. Shooting from the side on mature animals, the neck or shoulder area, is a decent target with these accurate rifles. One must take into account whether darting a calf, yearling, cow or bull realizing the skin thickness is very different between these groups. Be ever cognizant of where the jugular vein is. Some products, if given intravenously, are most likely to get a severe allergic reaction. Always have epinephrine on hand any time antibiotics or anything is being injected. If hit up over the shoulder I have seen instances where animals limp for a few days. Here the shoulder blade may have been hit. Never dart cattle on the run if possible.

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From our producers and ranchers viewpoints these dart guns offer easy and timely treatments: labor savings and very minimal stress on the cattle that are darted. If the right treatment is given even one day or several hours earlier than it would normally be, treatment response is improved. Fewer treatments may be necessary and it can be much less stressful than roping and stretching the cattle out in order to treat. The darts come out shortly after contact so they can be gathered up. Some darts are one time usage while others are reusable. They are colorful so seldom are lost. One needs to work out with your veterinarian standard SOP’s for common pasture conditions with prescriptions as necessary. A couple of worries as a veterinarian are that we might have some cattle treated unnecessarily and a lack of prudent usage of antimicrobials. Since looking from a distance the wrong diagnosis could be made. We are also limited to the low dosage, long acting antimicrobials that will fit into one dart. The beauty here is on lameness, so we can watch a couple days for natural improvement and then treat if necessary. Carry a good set of binoculars so you can at least make a good visual exam. One person does all the locating, identifying, diagnosing and treating in a cost effective manner. If it is a serious ailment and one that requires further testing or diagnosing then it is advisable to catch and remove to a treatment area. That is the sort of decision, you as the person in charge of animal health must deal with on a case-by-case, day-by-day basis. I would advise if one treatment does not show improvement that cattle get removed or caught so a proper diagnosis and complete treatment can be given. Lots of potential use and labor savings for you producers with some negatives such as over treatment or product not delivered where it should be. All these negatives deserve consideration. Although you don’t need a firearms safety course, be careful because they are like a real gun. If you have never handled guns before, a firearms safety course may be a good idea. It is imperative you get the ID of the animals, record the treatment and record where the animal was hit. Have very legible ear tags and the binoculars will help with identification. Try to retrieve all the used darts so watch closely after the dart is in. Darts will generally fall out after a few steps and they have very visible tails. I would say understand the labels and withdrawals of product, don’t over treat or treat unnecessarily and work with your veterinarian. The RDD’s may have more of a role into the future as they may be used for vaccinations or giving nutritive supplements in some instances and even some dewormers or painkillers on an emergency basis. Again your veterinarian does the SOP’s. If necessary to treat and timeliness is of the essence the RDD may be able to help you out but proceed with caution and know your equipment. A treatment (dart) gun is a tool to be used at the appropriate time and for appropriate conditions. Really try and avoid using the rump wherever possible. Lots of things to consider before pulling out the dart gun but it is a tool on remote, large pastures or pastures with no handling facilities.


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14th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

December 1, 2018 at Wolfe Farms, Valleyview, AB

Offering:

55 Fleckvieh Simmental 18 month old bulls

20 registered bred heifers

Thank you to last year’s buyers (*multiple purchases)

Wolfe Debonair 879D sold to Bob Viravec

Wolfe Dictionary 865D sold to Walter Hedges

Alix Farming Co. Ltd. * Birkenhagen Farms Blazin J Inc. David Boudin Loren Brad Chamberland Farms* Charissa Cattle Co. Ltd. Cody Chapman Todd Dobbyn* David Doerksen Peter Doerksen Phillip H. & Susan Driedger Dry Valley Ranch* Rob Elzinga * Henry S. Fehr Dennis Flemming HBCR Valley Farming Co. Ltd.* Walter & Valerie Hedges Joseph &Edith Jakubow Ed Johnson*

Kevin Lang Farms* Klassen Ranching* William Lewchuk Lonesome Willow Ranches Longmore Ranching Inc. * Garth Meehan Peace View Colony* Simpson Ranch Ltd. Small Time Farms* South Peace Colony* Theroux Farms Turner Farms/Condon Farms Turtle Mountain Reds Valleyview Colony* Vern Tremblay Farms* Robert & Barbara Viravec Kevin Wigley Willcooke Simmentals* Warren Wohlgemuth*

All bulls can stay on the farm through the winter and be fed free of charge. For bull purchases, at least 50% down is required sale day and the remainder can be paid in the spring when the bulls are delivered.

For catalogues or further information contact:

Wolfe Farms Tony Wolfe

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Box 2074, Valleyview, AB T0H 3N0 780-524-3939 cell: 780-524-9322 email: wolfefarms8@gmail.com website: www.wolfefarms.ca

Directions to Farm

From Valleyview go S on Hwy 43 to Twp 681 (Warren Rd), W to Rge Rd 232, S to Twp 674 and W to farm. From Little Smoky go N on Hwy 43 to Twp 673A (Anderson Rd), W to Rge Rd 225, N to Twp 674, and W to farm.


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Ontario ne sont rien comparativement aux démonstrations de conduite agressive dont on a été témoin là-bas. Le programme de ce symposium a débuté par une réception de bienvenue le vendredi soir, alors qu’on nous a servi des plats traditionnels Chinois, comme on les retrouve en Chine. J’apporte cette précision car leurs plats sont pas mal différents de la cuisine chinoise traditionnelle qu’on peut manger en Amérique du nord. Entre autres, on sert très peu d’aliments panés et les viandes sont généralement sautées à la poêle et servies ensemble avec des légumes. Le symposium a débuté le lendemain, avec la présence de 450 producteurs, étudiants et membres du gouvernement qui étaient très anxieux d’en apprendre davantage sur nos façons de produire du bœuf en Amérique du nord. La conférence des Simmental Canadiens présentée s’intitulait “Adaptation des bovins de boucherie selon les besoins régionaux – L’histoire des Simmental Canadiens.” En fait, cela nous a permis d’expliquer la transition survenue depuis cinquante ans au sein de la population des bovins Simmental du Canada, depuis l’arrivée au pays de la génétique Simmental européenne jusqu’aux bovins actuels. Puisque la race Simmental est la deuxième race la plus utilisée en Chine, derrière une race indigène Chinoise, notre présentation a reçu beaucoup d’intérêt et plusieurs questions ont été soulevées par l’assistance. Durant ces échanges, il fut notamment intéressant d’apprendre que les Chinois ont en fait de la difficulté à accepter les bovins noirs de toutes races et ayant du blanc sur la tête, car ils les considèrent comme un mauvais présage. Par contre, les sujets rouges avec la face blanche, les sujets complètement noirs et, bien entendu, les bovins démontrant les couleurs traditionnelles de la race Simmental sont bien acceptés. Après cet exposé, j’ai été fort encouragé par les discussions et les questions poséespar


plusieurs éleveurs ainsi que par des de se servir de sa fourchette et de son investisseursconcernant les sources couteau. On prend souvent pour acquis possiblesd’approvisionnement de la que tout le monde sait se servir d’une génétique de race pure Simmental fourchette et d’un couteau, cependant au Canada.J’ai également eu une ce n’était pas vraiment le cas pour notre autre discussion avec un représentant chauffeur. Très rapidement, on a constaté Chinois d’une compagnie Canadienne que tout son embarras n’était pas si d’insémination artificielle, ce qui m’a différent de celui que nous avions eu au permis de constater que la génétique cours de la semaine en nous battant avec Simmental Canadienne est déjà connue et nos baguettes. Il nous est alors clairement bien acceptée dans leur contexte. apparu que, s’ils étaient pour manger davantage de viande de boeuf à l’avenir, Lors du programme de visites celle-ci serait surtout servie sous forme après le Symposium, nous avons voyagé de sautés ou de fondue. Par conséquent, vers le sud-est de Pékin, à un endroit nommé nous nous sommesalors interrogés à savoir si les 1,4 milliards de Chinois Xi-An, et nous y avons visité une compagnie bovine unique impliquée“de veulent continuellement manger de la viande de boeuf haut de gamme, la ferme jusqu’aux baguettes”, laquelle vend de la viande de bœuf haut ou s’il serait plutôt souhaitable de viserune consommation per capita de gamme via des détaillants et une additionnelle d’environ cinq livres de viande de boeuf provenant de chaine de seize restaurants Chinois, en différentes coupes. Avec un tel scénario, cela correspondrait à un besoin plus d’un autre restaurant en Californie. d’environ 7,7 millions de bovins additionnels, ce qui est en soi un marché Madame Tao, la propriétaire de cette potentielintéressant à conquérir, du moins en partie. À ce chapitre, la race compagnie appelée “KingBull” nous a Simmental peut certainement être un partenaire important pour atteindre reçu et il était clairement évident qu’elle cet objectif. connaissait bien l’industrie bovine. La viande que nous avons pu déguster était servie selon un type de fondue, dans laquelle était cuit de minces couches de viande de boeuf très persillée provenant de leur programme d’élevage et de leur atelier d’engraissement. Au cours de cette semaine à titre d’invités de nos hôtes Chinois, ceuxci nous ont conduit dans plusieurs restaurants servant soit de la cuisine traditionnelle ou encore des plats nord-américains, ce qui nous a permis de mieux connaitre la culture Chinoise et d’évaluer le potentiel envers le bœuf Canadien. Bien que les Chinois préfèrent la viande de boeuf, on constate que les autres viandes occupent une large part de leurs sources de protéines, qu’il s’agisse de la viande de porc, du poulet, du canard, du poisson et des fruits de mer, et dans une moindre mesure de l’agneau. La viande de boeuf est généralement servie sous forme de minces tranches, et non pas comme steak, ce qui a alimenté les discussions en Chine à savoir s’ils ont vraiment besoin d’une viande très persillée. La plus jeune génération en Chine mange des hamburgers dans les restaurants McDonald’s et Burger King, par contre cela n’est pas le met de choix pour les personnes de plus de quarante ans. Alors que nous étions attablés dans un restaurant de type “steak house,” nous avons observé avec grand intérêt notre chauffeur qui tentait

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MFR Kid Rock 29A

Purchased from 2014 MFR Genetic Destination Bull Sale S: TLSSS/TLG Rampage 801U D: MFR BLK Cali 64X Owned by Clinton Holmes pictured on pasture summer 2018 running with 100+ cows and 2 other bulls

MFR Kid Rock 29A - 2014 Bull Sale pic

TLSS/TLG Rampage 801U - sire

TNT Centerfire T242 - maternal grandsire

MFR Genetics - built and developed to last! Double K L Dino 86B

Purchased in dam from 2013 MFR Genetic Expressions Female Sale S: MFR Cylcone 76Z DS: TESS BLACK 96X 2016 Son Owned by Double KL Simmentals

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MFR Red Dynamite 86Z - dam

MFR Cyclone 76Z - owned by Flying F Ranch

RLA Eye of the Storm - paternal grandsire

TESS Black 96X - maternal grandsire

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Amélioration de la race

De l’argent neuf Par Sean McGrath, Coordonateur des programmes d’amélioration de la race Association Simmental du Canada

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a viande de boeuf a toujours été confrontée à de la compétition au sein de l’industrie des protéines, et celle-ci n’a jamais été aussi importante qu’en ce moment. De nouveaux produits gagnent en popularité, qu’il s’agisse de nouvelles sources de protéines, de viande sans viande et même de la viande fabriquée en laboratoire. Il est donc très important que chacun d’entre nous dans l’industrie bovine s’assure que, par toutes nos pratiques, nous nous préoccupions de la demande pour la viande de bœuf. On a parfois de la misère à se rappeler que le seul “argent neuf” généré au sein de l’industrie bovine est celui provenant des consommateurs qui achètent la viande de bœuf et ses sous-produits. Cela est d’autant plus vrai qu’en tant que producteur vache-veau ou éleveur de race pure, nous sommes littéralement séparés de la réalité des affaires au comptoir des viandes. En fait, tout l’argent investi dans l’industrie bovine par tous ceux qui liront cette chronique se produit selon une prémisse qu’ils seront récompensés, directement ou indirectement, pour leur investissement par les consommateurs qui achètent leur viande de bœuf. Alors, en lien avec cet article de la revue Simmental Country, que pouvonsnous faire au niveau du secteur de l’élevage de race pure pour faire face à ces préoccupations ? Je pense qu’il est assez juste de dire que la plupart des acheteurs de taureaux ne posent probablement pas beaucoup de questions au sujet des caractéristiques liées à la carcasse chez les taureaux qu’ils achètent. Cela ne sort pas de l’ordinaire, car la rentabilité de la plupart des entreprises vache-veau est influencée beaucoup plus par la fertilité et la longévité des vaches, et la croissance chez les veaux, qu’elle ne l’est par le persillage et le rendement de carcasse. À titre de mise en garde, rappelons que ces veaux sont achetés avec de l’argent recyclé, tout comme cela fut le cas pour l’achat du taureau. Cet argent a été recyclé à partir de la vente de viande de bœuf au détail. Dans votre troupeau de race pure, l’emploi de la technologie des mesures par ultrasons est l’une des manières la plus facile et la moins coûteuse de travailler sur les caractéristiques liées à la carcasse. Plusieurs membres de l’ASC utilisent présentement les mesures par ultrasons dans leurs programmes, toutefois ils ne représentent qu’un faible pourcentage des membres et des bovins qui sont vendus dans l’industrie commerciale. En résumé, la procédure à suivre pour faire mesurer vos animaux par les ultrasons consiste à premièrement communiquer avec un technicien accrédité (voir la liste à la fin de cet article), à obtenir une feuille de travail, soit la liste de vos animaux à faire mesurer (cela peut être fait via le service en ligne), puis à peser et à faire mesurer les ultrasons chez vos animaux. Le technicien prendra ensuite des photographies de l’oeil-de-longe, du

gras intramusculaire et de l’épaisseur de gras dorsal de l’animal, puis il transmettra ces images au laboratoire. Le laboratoire utilisera ces images afin de générer des données mesurées, lesquelles seront alors transmises à l’ASC, puis elles seront saisies dans le système et un rapport sera produit pour l’éleveur. Les données mesurées par ultrasons sont également envoyées pour inclusion dans l’évaluation génétique et le calcul des ÉPD sur les caractères liés à la carcasse. Bien que le processus de prise de mesures soit un peu moins détaillé, on applique le même concept en ce qui a trait aux données sur les poids de l’animal, notamment pour le poids au sevrage. Voici deux exemples d’images (gracieuseté du Laboratoire CUP):

Image montrant l’oeil-de-longe et l’épaisseur du gras dorsal

Image montrant le gras intramusculaire

En ce moment, si vos clients ne vous demandent pas d’informations sur les carcasses et vous ne voulez pas foncer trop vite dans tout ce processus, vous pourriez par exemple faire mesurer vos génisses par les ultrasons, au lieu des taureaux. Les génisses expriment une plus grande différence du niveau de persillage que les taureaux, car elles ne possèdent pas le même niveau de testostérone. En faisant ainsi analyser des génisses, au fil du temps, vos vaches tout comme les veaux possèderont des données de performance sur les carcasses. Une question pertinente pourrait être, “peut-on uniquement utiliser l’ADN?», et la réponse moins évidente est NON. L’analyse de l’ADN peut nous renseigner à propos des caractéristiques reliées à la carcasse, toutefois nous avons besoin de données de mesures par ultrasons et de données sur les carcasses afin de pouvoir continuer à identifier des marqueurs d’ADN qui sont associés avec les caractéristiques de la carcasse. Si on sélectionne strictement en utilisant des bouts d’ADN,

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on obtiendra alors des pièces d’ADN qui sont présentes sur le génome des sujets de race Simmental. Mais, sans considérer des données sur les carcasses et des données de mesures par ultrasons, le processus d’amélioration perdra beaucoup de sa valeur avec le fait que les bouts d’ADN soient devenus chose plus commune au niveau de la race. En résumé, nous n’aurons pas les données requises afin de toujours identifier un “meilleur profil” ADN. Au niveau du secteur de la race pure, il est possible que nous ne réalisions pas toute l’importance des caractères liés à la carcasse au sein de l’industrie. Il y a d’énormes différences de valeur entre les carcasses dans le système actuel et sur les étagères. En ce moment, compte tenu de l’écart de valeur entre une carcasse “choice” et une carcasse “select” qui est de 0,13 $ Can, la différence de valeur, uniquement en ce qui concerne le persillage, entre une carcasse de 750 livres AAA et une classée A, est d’environ 100 $. En y ajoutant d’autres caractéristiques telles que le rendement et le poids de la carcasse, la différence peut devenir encore plus grande. En fait, lorsqu’on considère tous les facteurs, il y a souvent des différences entre 250 $ et 500 $ entre les carcasses provenant d’un même chargement de bovins. Si on veut demeurer extrêmement conservateur en utilisant une différence de 100 $, un seul taureau qui produira 25 veaux par année pour une période de 3 ans a le potentiel d’ajouter ou de coûter 7500 $ à l’industrie. Voici de l’ARGENT NEUF, pas recyclé. Assez souvent les acheteurs de taureaux n’ont pas l’impression qu’ils peuvent obtenir plus d’argent du système, toutefois il y a bel et bien des différentiels de prix chez les bovins vendus au sevrage. Les bovins de bonne réputation possèdent souvent des différences de valeur au niveau des produits visés, qu’on le veuille ou non. De plus, le système entier en souffre si on ne travaille pas de manière à ajouter de la valeur au sein de la toute la chaine. Et, rappelons que l’industrie de l’élevage de race pure est dans le siège du conducteur, car la génétique de race doit contenir le potentiel le plus élevé de n’importe lequel animal.

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Pour la plupart d’entre nous, nous avons encore quelques mois devant nous pour considérer faire mesurer nos veaux nés en 2018; toutefois considérez cet article comme un rappel à l’effet qu’il faut déjà penser à planifier la prochaine période de prise de mesures par ultrasons. PLANIFIEZ VOS MESURES PAR ULTRASONS •

Communiquez avec un technicien accrédité:

Raymond Deshaies

Becancour

QC

Jamie Jensen-Whitney

(306)662-4420

Maple Creek

SK

Shari Leachman

306-903-7289

Maidstone

SK

Jasper Munro

519-385-0360

Elora

ON

Doug Ralph

(403) 752-3751

Raymond

AB

Rod Wendorff

(403) 330-3000

Raymond

AB

Confirmez une date pour la prise des mesures

Obtenez une feuille de travail via le service en ligne de l’ASC

Peser et faites prendre les mesures par ultrasons chez les veaux âgés entre 330 et 440 jours

Analysez vos résultats


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Maritime Simmental Association BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Advertiser’s Index

ABC Cattle Co.......................................53

Eagle-Ridge Simmentals.......................50

Mar Mac Farms.....................................56

Skor Simmentals...................................52

Adair Ranch...........................................49

East Poplar Simmentals........................54

Masterfeeds...........................................59

Soderglen Ranches Ltd.........................27

Alameda Agencies Ltd...........................59

Edge, Dean............................................59

Maxwell Simmentals..............................51

Southpaw Cattle Company....................52

Alliance Simmental Farms.....................56

EDN Simmentals...................................54

McCormack Family Ranch..............42, 54

Spring Creek Simmentals................ 11, 55

Alta Genetics.........................................60

Elm Tree Farms.....................................57

MCG Simmentals..................................51

Spring Lake Simmentals........................52

Anchor D Ranch Simmentals............9, 49

Erixon Simmentals...........................41, 54

McIntosh Livestock................................54

Starwest Farms.....................................52

Applecross Cattle Co.............................49

Fallen Timber Farms.............................49

McManus Simmentals...........................56

Steen Agencies......................................59

Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd.................53

Ferme Gagnon Farm.............................58

McMillen Ranching Ltd....................29, 54

Stewart Simmentals...............................57

Aumack Simmentals..............................53

Foley Simmentals..................................57

Meadow Acres Farms......................31, 54

Stock, Mark............................................59

Bar CL Livestock...................................49

Genex Cooperative, Inc.........................60

MI Simmentals.......................................51

Stockmens Insurance............................59

Beechinor Bros. Simmentals.................49

GJR Simmentals....................................54

Mitchell Cattle Co..................................49

Stone Simmentals.................................52

Big Rock Simmentals............................49

Grant Rolston Photography Ltd.............59

Nelson Hirsche Purebreds.....................25

Storebo Farm.........................................55

Black River Farms.................................56

Gravandale Simmentals........................57

New Holland Agriculture..........................3

Sullivan Simmentals..............................58

Black Sand Cattle Company..................55

Grinalta Farms.......................................50

Nolara Farms.........................................51

Sully’s Farm...........................................57

Blushrose Simmental Farm...................53

H.S. Knill Company Ltd.........................60

North Creek Simmentals.......................54

Sun Rise Simmentals............................55

Bohrson Marketing Services.. 6, 7, 11, 14 60

Hairy Hill Cattle Co................................50

North Hill Simmentals............................51

Sun Star Simmentals.............................52

Bonchuk Farms...............................33, 55

Hannah Simmentals..............................50

Northlands Agriculture...........................38

Sunny Valley Simmentals......................55

Boomer Creek Livestock.......................56

Harvie Ranching....................................50

O Double E Simmentals........................51

Swan Lake Farms..................................55

Bouchard Livestock International......5, 60

High Bluff Stock Farm............................55

Oberg, Don............................................59

Swantewitt Simmentals.........................52

Boundary Ranch....................................53

High Country Cattle Services................50

O’Brien Farms.......................................57

T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd.....2, 21, 33, 39, 60

Bova-Tech Ltd........................................60

Hi-Tech Farms.......................................57

Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group.........51

The Register..........................................58

Bow Valley Genetics..............................60

Hoegl Livestock.....................................54

Oslanski Simmental Farms....................51

Timberlind Auctions...............................59

Brooksland Farms.................................56

Indian River Cattle Company...........14, 57

Parkhill Ranches....................................51

Tingle Farms..........................................15

Canadian Bull Congress........................59

Innisfail Auction Mart.............................32

Pearson Farms......................................51

Todd Simmentals...................................58

Canadian Cattlemen..............................60

Innovation AgMarketing.........................15

Pheasantdale Simmentals.....................54

Transcon Livestock Corp..22, 23, 36, 37, 60, 63

Carey, Brent...........................................59

Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd....60

Phillips Farms Simmentals....................58

Trevor’s Cowpix.....................................60

Cattle Cures...........................................59

Janzen Ranches....................................50

Pine Creek Simmentals.........................51

Triple Rose Simmentals........................58

Circle G Simmentals & Angus...............49

Jetstream Livestock...............................57

Porter Ranches......................................51

Tryon Simmentals..................................58

City View Simmentals............................53

JNR Farms............................................50

Rancier Farms.................................10, 52

TSN Livestock.......................................56

Clearwater Simmentals.........................49

Keato Meadow Simmentals...................50

RDG Simmentals...................................52

Twin Brae Simmentals...........................56

Crimson Tide Fleckvieh.........................56

Kin Kin Cattle Co...................................50

Rehorst Farms Ltd.................................57

Tymarc Livestock...................................52

Crossroad Farms.............................40, 53

Kuntz Simmental Farm..........................54

Rendezvous Farms...............................56

Verleysen Farms....................................52

Czech-Mate Livestock...........................49

LaBatte Simmentals..............................54

Richochet Stock Farms...................22, 23

Virginia Ranch.......................................53

Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd..60

Lazy Bar-B Simmentals.........................54

River Point Cattle Co.......................19, 57

VJV Livestock Marketing Group............17

Deeg Simmental....................................49

Lazy S Ranch Inc..................................50

Riverbank Farms...................................56

W2 Farms..............................................55

Destiny Simmentals...............................56

Lewis Farms................................ 50, OBC

Robb Farms...........................................55

W2 Land & Cattle..................................53

Diamond T Simmentals.........................50

Little Willow Creek Ranch......................54

Robson Acres........................................57

Weldenhaven Farms.............................58

Don Heggie Simmentals........................50

Lobster Point Farms..............................58

Rosebud Simmentals............................52

Wells Crossing Cattle Company............53

Donovandale Farms..............................56

Lone Stone Farms.................................50

Rust Mountain View Ranch...................58

Westway Farms Ltd...............................53

Dora Lee Genetics.................................56

Luv-N-It Cattle Company.......................50

SAJ Simmentals....................................55

Wild Oak Farms.....................................58

Doran Marketing Inc..............................59

M&J Farms............................................56

Saugeen Acres......................................52

Windy Knoll Farm..................................58

Dorran, Steve........................................59

M&L Cattle Company............................21

Schweitzer Simmentals.........................37

WJ Simmentals......................................53

Double Bar D Farms..........................2, 53

M&R Cattle Co.......................................51

Seven-M Livestock................................52

Wolfe Farms....................................28, 53

Double G Simmentals............................53

Mackenzie Cattle Company...................51

SIBL Simmentals...................................36

Wolfe’s Fleckvieh...................................53

Downey Farms......................................55

Mader Ranches.........................46, 47, 51

SilverSmith Farms.................................52

Wright’s Pro Rich Seeds........................56

Dunc’s Cattle Co....................................57

Maple Key Farm....................................57

Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals..........52

XRC Simmentals...................................55

Dwayann Simmentals............................57

Maple Lake Stock Farms.......................39

Skeels, Dan...........................................59

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October/November “Fall” Issue of Simmental Country Advertising Booking Deadline Four Starr Simmental’s 1st Production Sale Eugene, MO, USA Maritime YCSA Classic Windsor, NS 16th Annual Ontario Autumn Simmental Classic - Featuring The Rehorst Farms Complete Simmental Dispersal Hanover, ON World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Congress Fort Worth, TX, USA Ferme Gagnon 21st Annual Production Sale Cheneville, QC 4th Annual Eastern Harvest Simmental Sale Cheneville, QC IRCC “Quality Control II” Female Sale Indian River, ON

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Royal Agriculture Winter Fair Toronto, ON Royal Elite All Breeds Sale Toronto, ON Farmfair International Edmonton, AB Futures One Online Simmental Sale - Edition 9 Harvest Hoedown 24th Annual Simmental Sale Neepawa, MB Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale Ponoka, AB Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 38th Annual Sale Cypress River, MB Canadian Western Agribition Regina, SK

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Agribition Simmental 48th Annual Sale Regina, SK Camrose Country Classic Camrose, AB Nelson Hirsche Purebreds 2nd Annual Production Sale Del Bonita, AB SimPower Bred Female Sale Innisfail, AB Lone Stone Farms Invitational Female Sale Westlock, AB

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Lewis Farms “Leading Ladies” Female Sale Spruce Grove, AB Soderglen Ranches’ 2nd Annual Bred Female Sale Stavely, AB Wolfe Farms 14th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale Valleyview, AB Mar Mac New Generation Female Sale Brandon, MB The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Lloydminster, SK Keystone Konnection 40th Annual Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Transcon’s Western Harvest 5th Annual Simmental Sale Innisfail, AB Double Bar D “Sharing The Herd” Production Sale Grenfell, SK Transcon’s Simmsational 41st Annual Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK McMillen Ranching Ltd. “Herdbuilder 2018” Female Sale Carievale, SK Anderson Ranches Sale Innisfail, AB Meadow Acres “Maidens of the Meadow” Female Sale Lampman, SK Hartman Cattle Co. Customer Appreciation Sale Tecumseh, NE, USA Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden, MB Border City Simmental Sale Lloydminster, SK Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Southern Alberta Simmental Round Up 25th Annual Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Friday Night Lights 7th Annual Simmental Sale Olds, AB Checkers Simmental Sale Ponoka, AB Transcon’s National Trust On Ice Semen & Embryo Sale Chapter XI Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation Fullblood Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XXI Red Deer, AB S.I.B.L Simmentals “Half the Herd” Sale Red Deer, AB Maple Lake Stock Farms Production Sale Hartney, MB Springcreek “Golden Opportunity V” Female Sale Moosomin, SK Westgold Farms Bred Heifer Sale Vermilion, AB Schweitzer Simmentals Complete Herd Dispersal Virden, MB Harvie Ranching Simmental Cow Dispersal Sale Olds, AB Premier Livestock & Guests, Falls View Production Sale Niagara Falls, ON New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale: Volume VI Olds, AB


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Leading Ladies Female Sale Dec. 1, 2018

Selling 45 Bred Heifers & 15 Heifer Calves

KJLI 628R

Granddaughter by Global

LFE 65Y Maternal Sister by Global

LFE 30X

3 Daughters by Riddler & 2 by Gotham

LFE 11T

Daughter by Vegas

LFE 150Z

Daughter by Explorer ANGUS

LFE 114U Daughter by Westcott

ANGUS

LFE 55Z Daughter by Sroka

GR 123B

2 Daughters by Kelly

SBV 94C Daughter by Camero

Website: www.lewisfarms.ca Office Ph.: 780-962-5050 Fax: 780-962-2467 Jordan Buba: 780-818-4047 Kyle Lewis: 780-220-9188 Ken Lewis: 780-818-3829 34th Jordan@lewisfarms.ca kyle@lewisfarms.ca corrie@lewisfarms.ca Fullblood Division: Mark Land & Cattle, Lenny Mark 780-842-7207 Annual Bull Sale Female Sale Guest Consigner: Boss Lake Genetics February 23, 2019 Kyle Boss 780-920-7014, Brittany Boss 780-699-4266

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