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Volume 15 Issue 1 January 2016 What’s Inside Kevin Routledge — Higher Weaning Weights Make The Difference

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From the Gate Post / Appuye sur le poteau de cloture No Other Breed Offers So much

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Understanding It’s Worth Before You Give It Away.../ La valeur de l’hétérose

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Canadian Beef Breeds Council Report

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What’s Happening

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Higher Weaning Weights Make The Difference Extra Pounds Helped Carry The Farm Through Low Market Periods.

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or Manitoba beef producer, Kevin Routledge, having calves that wean an extra 150 to 200 pounds in the fall is what has helped him carry on with his mixed-farming operation through some of the tightest beef markets over the past 30 years. During the lowest beef market prices post-BSE, he figures it was the steers that weaned as high as 750 pounds (more average in the 650 to 700 pound range), that made the difference of whether he would still be in the cattle business. “In years when a lot of farms didn’t make it, those extra pounds in the fall helped keep us going,” says Routledge, who along with his wife Cindy farm in Hamiota, an hour northwest of Brandon. Obviously, in better market years, those extra pounds helped the farm carry out improvements and expand. Born and raised on the family farm, Routledge today runs a herd of 200 commercial cow-calf pairs and harvests roughly 3,200 acres of grains and oilseeds. The beef herd which has expanded over the years, has long-relied on Simmental genetics to produce calves with higher weaning weights in the fall. Routledge has been raising Simmental cattle for more than 30 years. He says up until the early 1980s his father had been working with Hereford and Charolais cattle. They were productive, but he was looking for more milk production, growth and good mothering. In the mid 1980s Simmental bulls were introduced into the herd and the transition to Simmental influenced cattle began. By the mid 1990s Routledge was striving to produce red Simmental cattle with some Angus influence. That combination consistently produces a solid red calf, or red calf with a blaze on its face which usually draws top dollar. EARLIER CALVING Routledge favors a February/March calving season even though it can be hit with challenging winter weather. He states that it is the 90 to 100 pound calves born at that time of year, that go on to produce the higher September weaning weights.“It’s tempting to calve later with a higher chance of favorable weather, but again that would produce lighter calves for a September weaning,” says Routledge. “With the grain farm as well, we want calving to be done and behind us as we turn to field work in early May.” All cows and heifers calve close-in near the farm yard buildings, and are moved out onto stubble fields in April to afford them more space. Towards the end of April the breeding season begins. Replacement heifers are exposed to Angus bulls while the first and second calf heifers are exposed to lower-birth weight Simmental bulls. Simmental bulls also run with the main cow herd. As the herd has expanded over the years, Routledge has maxed out the pasture available at home. The main cow herd (roughly 130 to 140 head) remains at home for the summer, while the younger cattle, split into three groups, are hauled to separate rented pastures. The main cow herd follows a rotational grass-based grazing system. “The fields are a bit undersized for the herd we have today,” says Routledge. “It

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Tuesday, February 19 :: Emery, SD Werning Cattle Co. 35th Annual Production Sale

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was originally designed 15 years ago with 15 to 20 acre pastures when we ran about 40 head; now we are considerably larger. It just means we have to move the cow-calf pairs more often.” Cattle remain out on pasture until weaning in late September. “We sell the steers right off the cow through Heartland Livestock Sales at Virden,” says Routledge. “This year we had an average weaning weight of 680 pounds (range of 600 to 750).” All heifer calves are put on a backgrounding program through the early winter. Routledge has looked at different marketing scenarios, but figures that 680 to 700 pound fall calves produces the best return. “At one time we use to background our calves and sell them the next year at 950 weight,” he says. “When you consider your time and your feed costs, those higher weights really weren’t producing the return. At the same time the market often pays a bit more per pound for the lighter 500 pound calves, but that doesn’t really make up for the value of an extra 200 pounds that comes with those 700 pound calves.” GRAZING INTO WINTER After weaning, the cows and heifers will eventually head to swath grazing in late October for a few months. To bridge the gap between weaning and swath grazing, Routledge usually tries to stockpile forage on the home pasture to carry the herd for the month. If it’s been a drier growing and grazing season, he supplements with some hay until the herd moves onto swath grazing. Routledge did grow corn for winter grazing for several years, but that practice came under pressure from an unlikely pest. It wasn’t disease or insects, but black birds taking their toll on corn yields. “When we started

growing corn there were very few others in this area doing the same,” he says. “The black birds found our fields and at first we didn’t think they had much impact. In closer observation of the crop, many of the cobs were picked clean of any kernels.” About four years ago Kevin abandoned the idea of corn grazing and began seeding barley for swath grazing. In 2015, he seeded 45 acres of barley mixed with about one bushel per acre of fall rye. “We added the rye to provide some green growth in the field when the cows start swath grazing in late October or early November,” says Routledge. The cowherd will be on swath grazing until early January when they are switched to a higher protein hay-based ration a few weeks before calving. “The swath grazing is a nice way to feed them,” says Routledge. “Years ago we use to get earlier winter snowfalls and that was it — you had to start feeding. But in recent years winter hasn’t come quite as early so the cows are able to be out on pasture longer and feed on the swaths. It takes about 15 minutes to move the fence to a give cows access to a fresh area of swaths and you’re done.” He says one drawback on his farm is the lack of shelter on the swathed field so cattle still need to have access to be in around buildings and windbreaks in the yard. “On a nice day, even if it is cold and there’s no wind, they will be out there all day,” he says. “But if we get a cold cutting wind they’ll spend more of their day around the buildings.” The heifer calves are backgrounded with hay and grain over the early part of winter. Routledge will assess the 100 head closely to select the 20 to 25 which be kept as replacements, with the remainder marketed in late January or February. MODERATE SIZED CATTLE He says the Simmental genetics have worked well with his farming operation. “I like the fact that compared to the earlier days, the breed has produced a more moderate sized animal,” says Routledge . “There use to be those 1,900 to 2,000 pound cows and they were too big. There still might be the odd 1,700 to 1,800 pound animal left on the place, but for the most part we are targeting a more moderate 1,500-pound animal. You have to select the bull accordingly for the age of animal, but those cows have no trouble delivering 90 to 100 pound — occasionally 100 plus — calves.” Kevin states that they select for good temperament, good milk production and good mothering ability. Occasionally he has bought a few purebred replacement cows and heifers just to introduce new genetics and enhance the maternal characteristics in his beef herd, which carries about an 80 per cent Simmental influence. Routledge says with a limit on available pasture he has no plans to increase cow numbers. “We’ve increased the herd size over the years to get to the place where we want to be,” he says. “We are limited to the amount of pasture, and really we are at a size that is manageable with the labor we have available. For the time being we are just looking for ways to improve production efficiency with what we have.”

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From the Gate Post

Bruce Holmquist General Manager - Canadian Simmental Association

Simmental - No Other Breed Offers So Much

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appy New Year and Welcome to the January 2016 edition of Commercial Country! For those of you who may be receiving our publication for the first time, we know that you will find this issue of our publication both interesting and informative. Beef producers at all levels of production continue to tell us that Commercial Country is one of the publications they look forward to the most, as well as one that stays as a reference item throughout the entire year. Within the pages of this magazine you will find the leading Canadian Simmental breeders and also see some of the best cattle available anywhere in the world. Anyone actively involved in the beef industry realizes that the fall of 2015 was an interesting one where many cattlemen received record prices for their calves, while others may have been somewhat disappointed if they sold in a week where the prices slid from the week before. I was questioned by a reporter about the larger than usual price fluctuation and I offered that the ups and downs of the fall calf market were nothing new, and that perhaps the drop wasn’t quite as large if you looked at it in a percentage basis perspective; keeping in mind that most weight ranges were still enjoying a doubling in price per pound from 5 years ago. One thing that was very clear throughout the fall run was that once again there were premiums to be gained for quality and looking after details. Uniform groups of calves from reputation producers who properly castrate and dehorn were rewarded and extra weight translated into

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extra dollars per cow in all regions of the country. Crossbred calves brought premiums for producers and quality Simmental influenced were consistently at the top of the list. At the time of writing this, we are just starting the first bred commercial female sales and while we have witnessed some very good prices we have also seen excellent opportunity for those who want to add females to their herds, sometimes at lower prices than we may have expected. There are always forces outside the beef industry that affect the pricing of our product and the economic slowdown in the energy sector has undoubtedly been a contributor to putting the cap on the bred cow and heifer market; however quality and attention to details again brought rewards and as with the calf market we saw Simmental influenced females bringing a premium. As we have witnessed in every part of the country this past fall quality is rewarded in all aspects of beef production and it has never been more important to have pounds of calf to sell than it is now. The most cost effective way to gain more pounds is through cross-breeding and no other breed provides more opportunity to increase profitability for today’s beef producers than Simmental. Whether you are looking for a group of quality replacement females, or need a bull that can add performance to your program while still providing calving ease and convenience, call one of our advertisers today and discover how the Simmental advantage can benefit you. Simmental - Discover why no other breed offers so much!


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20, 2016 @ 1:00 PM

TIMBERLIND AUCTIONS HEATED SALE BARN (SALE WILL BE DONE BY VIDEO INDOORS—CATTLE WILL BE ON DISPLAY OUTSIDE)

Directions: From Buck Creek Service Station on Hwy#22, 1 km East on SH#616 OR From Breton, 24 km West on SH#616 CONSIGNORS INCLUDE: YELLOW ROSE CATTLE CO. (Bobbi-Gayle/J.R. 403-507-1561) (Roger/Linda Hosegood 403-556-0728) Sons Sellng of CDP Millhouse 8 Polled Red Simmental Bulls 3 Polled Black Blaze Faced Simmentals 1 Polled Full Fleck Simmental ALL YEARLING BULLS

CDP MILLHOUSE

JR CATTLE (J.R. Good 403-507-1561) 2 Polled Black Blaze Faced Simmentals ALL YEARLING BULLS

SPRING LAKE SIMMENTALS (Doug/Larene 780-679-8311) Pictured is Spring Lake’s 2015 High Seller, ZSL Mr Jagger 166B for $9,000 to Huegler Ranches of Breton Consignments Include: 15 Red & Black Simmental ALL YEARLING BULLS

DIAMOND B SIMMENTALS (Barry/Cindy 780-696-3661) Bull pictured is BCS 5C 2 Black, 1 Red & 2 Full Fleck Simmentals ALL YEARLING BULLS 1 - 3 Year Old Full Fleck Simmental Bull 2 Purebred Simmental Yearling Heifers 3 Purebred Simmental Bred Cows

HAMPTON SIMMENTALS (Jodi Hampton 780-777-5286) 2 Polled Black Simmentals 1 Polled Black Blaze Faced Simmental ALL YEARLING BULLS

NORTON SIMMENTALS (Glenn 780-542-0634) 10 Commercial Red & Red Blaze Faced Simmental Yearling Heifers.

ALSO SELLING:

30—Commercial Simmental Red & Black Bred Heifers Livestock Equipment Including: 20—Self Standing 24’ Corral Panels 50—Round Mixed Grass Hay Bales

SALE DAY STAFF:

AUCTIONEER Robert Lind (780)542-7323 RINGMEN Mark Stock (403)357-8104 Darryl Snider (780)385-5561

TIMBERLIND AUCTIONS Box 100 Buck Creek, Alberta T0C 0S0 Ph/Fax (780)542-7323 Auctioneer: ROBERT LIND License #312993

Visit our website at www.timberlindauctions.com

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February 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm Bow Slope Shipping Association, Brooks, AB BOZ 2C

BOZ 59C

Sire KWAF Red Mountain 16Z

BOZ 21C

Sire KOP Crosby 137W

Sire Rainalta double down 77A

BOZ 73C

BOZ 139C

Sire KWA Rock 78Z

BOZ 3C

Sire Gerrard Earnhardt 3A

BOZ 4c

Sire Keys All State 149X

BOZ 43c

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Sire Gerrard Montezuma 6T

Sire Gerrard Pastor 35Z

Selling: 70 Head of Simmental & Charolais Bulls

View Catalogue online at www.bouchardlivestock.com

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Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais Bill Swenson 403.362.0854


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45 Black Bulls & 25 Red Bulls ***Offering will include 70 - 2 Year Old Bulls***

Muirhead bulls are hairy, stout & sound!!! LARGE GROUPS OF HALF BROTHERS MULTI GENERATION RED & BLACK

CALVING EASE BULL HIGHLY MATERNAL BULLS

POWER BULLS BULLS DESIGNED WITH RANCHER IN MIND

Muirhead Customer Service Program Bulls are semen tested - Delivered Free - Developed free until April 15 It’s as simple as it gets!!! If you are unable to attend the sale but are interested in a bull(s), contact a Muirhead or Bohrson Marketing representative and we will purchase on your behalf. We will discuss your needs and do our best to find a bull that will fit your program. To ensure complete satisfaction, when Ward or Justin deliver the bull and if you are not 100% satisfied ... YOU DON’T OWN HIM!!!

Muirhead Cow Herd

We are very proud of the depth of our cow herd that our sale bulls are out of MODERATE FRAMED WEAN A BIG CALF

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GOOD UDDERED BREED BACK EARLY

EASY FLESHING MAINTAIN CONDITION

GOOD FOOTED CALVING EASE

CALVE ON THEIR OWN LOW MAINTENANCE


On Offer

60 bulls 10 heifers red, red baldies, black, black baldies SIRE GROUPS REPRESENTED IN THIS YEAR’S SALE: NUG Royal Red, Come As U R Red Rocket, Erixon Dealer, IPU Diablo, Erixon Revelstock, TNT Bootlegger, LFE Red Casino, and FBF1 Combustible.

SASKATOON LIVESTOCK SALES - SASKATOON, SK.

E rixon Lad 54C

E rixon Lad 20C

NUG ROYAL RED X ERIXON TRADITION 83T COME AS U R RED ROCKET X WHEATLAND RED ACE Grand Champion Bull and King of the Ring at Lloydminster Stockade Class winner and Senior Champion Bull Calf at CWA. Inaugural group Round Up. Class Winner at CWA. Inaugural group of Red Rocket Bulls of Royal Red Bulls sell on March 2. sell on March 2.

E rixon Lad 45C

Dave & Krista Erixon Dave 306-270-2893 :: Krista 306-270-1263 Clavet, SK :: erixonsimmentals@sasktel.net View Catalogue online at www.erixonsimmentals.com Sale Managed by:

ERIXON DEALER 63Z X LBR CROCKET Full brother to our 2015 high seller Erixon High Roller 143B that is in the Canadian Sires Catalogue. Erixon Dealer calves were a standout set in our 2015 sale.

www.BOHRSON.com

We wouldBARRY like toPTOLEMY Thank our 2015 BullGARY &TWEDDLE Female Buyers BEN FEHR BENNY BUNIAK BLACK DIAMOND SIMMENTAL BOHSON MARKETING SERVICES BRODIE BOCHEK COME AS U R SIMMENTALS COULEE CROSSING CRANE LAKE LAND & CATTLE LTD CRIMSON TIDE FLECK DIAMOND K CATTLE CO ED & SHELLY OMIECINSKI

GODART FARMS GRAVEL RIDGE FARMS HANNAH SIMMENTALS HCREST FARMING CO LTD HERTER SIMMENTALS JERRED HENDERSON KELLY WALL KENT CLARK KENT LAROCHE & GREG BUSHMAN LAKE BOTTOM SIMMENTAL LAWNVEIW SIMMENTALS

LOST RIVER FARMING CO MOVALD RANCHES LTD MAXWELL SIMMENTALS MPL FARMS LTD MURRAY & JUDY FOSTER MURRAY JORGENSON QUENTIN & LISA TAYLOR R & F LIVESTOCK RAYMOND LAND & CATTLE LTD RED TOP LIVESTOCK RIVER POINT CATTLE CO ROBERT THORPE RUST MOUNTAIN VIEW RANCH

SALTY LAKE FARMS INC SEVERTSON & SUNBERRY SPRINGER SIMMENTALS STONY HILL ACRES SUNBERRY VALLEY RANCH TAYLOR GEHL TREVOR JONES TRIPLE T RANCHING LTD VICK TEBAY WHEELER STOCK FARMS WILBAR CATTLE CO XCEL LIVESTOCK

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Grand Champion Bull Agribiton

KOP Spartan 113A

Res. Grand Champion Bull Farmfair

4th Annual

Semen Packages Available 20 Doses for $2000

Sire: MRL High Voltage 155X Dam’s Sire: KOP Crosby 137W

Spartan Heifer Purchased by Meadow Acres

RJY 24C- Sire: LRX Blaze

SLY 19C- Sire: LRX Blaze

RJY 47C- Sire: Spartan

1 PM MST :: Monday, February 29, 2016 Beechinor Bros Sales Facility :: Bentley, AB 60 Yearling Bulls, 15 Commercial Heifers

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Rob & Deanne Young P: 780-696-3643 Rob`s Cell: 780-514-0758 E: show12win@yahoo.ca W: www.highcountrycattle.com View Catalogue Online at www.transconlivestock.com

Dan & Stacy Romanyk Stacy: 780-718-0622 Dan: 780-974-7486 E: stacy.romanyk@yahoo.ca


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Rugged, Athletic Bulls like these...

Out of Cows like these!

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NUG ROYAL RED 324A 2014 high seller Sons sell!

RF CAPTAIN BLACK 430B

BAR KR AVALANCHE 52X Big time fullblood herdsire that will have many sons on offer

RF THROTTLED 311A

2015 high seller Paternal and 3/4 brothers sell!

2014 & 2015 Farmfair Champion Bull. 2014 CWA Champion Bull. Maternal brothers Sell!

ZSL MR RED WARRIOR 3B

ZSL MR RED MANDAKO 49B

Brothers Sell!

2015 High Seller Brothers Sell!

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THANK-YOU TO THE BUYERS OF PHEASANTDALE GENETICS IN 2015 Tom & Sharon Andreas, SK Bill Baumung, SK Gormlea Farms, SK Brian Bielik, MB Bernard Brett, SK Double T Simmentals, SK Greg Davey, SK Jody Harden, SK Chernoff Farms Ltd, SK Gerald & Margaret Boychuk, SK Darren Dietrich, SK Hardheaded Ranch, SK Trevor Hauser, SK Leonard Kushak, SK Kress Livestock Ltd, SK Warren Herndier, SK David Baron, SK Karapita Land & Cattle, SK

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Darrell Bzdel, SK Perrry Ruecker, SK Hillstead Farm Ltd, SK Craig Renkas, SK Daniel Maurer, SK Hulet Farms Ltd, SK Curtis Mattson, SK David Moffat, SK Ferme B.M.S, Que Glen & Lois McCullough, SK Scott Haas, SK Ott-Six Ranch Ltd, SK Paul Kress, SK Tyler Schutz, SK Maxwell Land & Livestock, ON Terry & Loretta Young, SK Jody Flavel, SK LD Stock Farms, SK

Derek & Chris Shankowski, SK Brian Dietrich, SK Sentes Farms, SK Jim Manovich, SK Greg Bodnar, SK Sharpe Cattle Co, MB Leonard Ward, SK Gary Speight, SK TL Farms Ltd, SK Kevin & Henry Lischker, SK Eugene Wlock, SK Silvertop Simmentals, AB Dennis & Arlene Unvoas, SK Bryan & Tammi Yanko, SK TL Simmentals, SK Sam McLennan, SK Chris Bell, SK Zuchkan Farm Land & Livestock, SK


5th Annual

Friday - March 4, 2016 Lunch 12:00 Noon • Video Sale - 1:00 pm At the Mayerthorpe Diamond Center Bulls On Display at Ag Barn.

Featuring 100 Bulls

Red, Black & Fullblood Simmental, Hereford, Red & Black Angus

View sale catalogue & Video Clips Online at: www.dlms.ca www.cattlevids.ca

Sale Contact:

Garth Rogers 780-348-5893

For Complete Info contact any of the Chittick Family

KIN-KIN Cattle Co.

GRA-TAN Farm

(780) 786-4500

(780) 786-2181

Gary & Faye Chittick

Rachido Ranch

Randy & Donna Chittick (780) 786-4373

Grant & Tanya Chittick

Chittick Family Hereford Ranch Raymond & Mona Chittick (780) 778-0150

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with Select Open Females

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 1:00 pm

At the Ranch, Carievale, SK (heated sales arena)

SONS SELL

22nd Annual Bull Sale 170 Bulls Sell

MRL To The Max

with 20 Select Open Females

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• Affordable Bulls • to

MRL El Tigre

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“THE BULL BUSINESS” IS WHAT WE DO!

MRLA Tilt

Supplying Quality Herdbulls to progressive Cattlemen for 40 years!

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Red & Black Angus Bulls

SEVERAL BROTHERS SELL

For over 40 years we have been committed to and focused on providing herd bulls that will excel for commercial cowboys. Over the years we have listened to our customers to provide herd bulls that work in today’s industry under real world ranching conditions. Herd bulls that will sire calves with moderate birth weights, explosive growth, structural soundness with eye appeal and packed full of maternal power. Extra age bulls Jan/Feb born yearlings and check out the large group of May/June coming two year olds for 2015. Sound, rugged herd bulls that will cover some ground. No fluff, no puff. The top 170 bulls from our highly regarded cowherd of almost 700 mother cows and the most elite herd bulls in the business. Come see for yourself what keeps the commercial cowboys coming back year after year. Give us a call, text or email for a full color catalogue and bull video.

Black & Black Blaze Polled Simmental Bulls

SONS SELL

• All bulls born, bred & developed right here at MRL • Large sire groups 1/2 and 3/4 brothers Penfulls of uniform bulls in every category • Sight Unseen Buyer’s Program (Can’t make it sale day, give us a call. Almost 25% of our bulls sell SUS. Quality in Quanity and 95% go Many repeat customers year after year.) Commercial Cowb oys. • Semen evaluated and guaranteed • Free Delivery in Western Canada. Cost sharing to the East (Our trailer is most likely going right past your gate.) • Sound rugged Bulls developed on a high roughage ration (Born, bred and fed to work and stay working) • Extra age bulls ready to cover some ground. Offering 30 May/June coming Two Year Olds and January/February born yearlings. • Genetically engineered to excel for the commercial cattleman. Calving ease, performance and packed full of maternal traits.

SONS SELL

Herd Bulls Designed by Ranchers for Ranchers

Red & Red Blaze Polled Simmental Bulls

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May/June Coming Two Year Olds Red & Black Simmental Angus Bulls

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Practical Tips on Scours Prevention and Colostrum Management by Roy Lewis DVM

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few changes regarding scours prevention or colostrum management can make a huge difference in preventing the first case of scours or other infectious diseases on your operation come spring. Hopefully this article may offer a few helpful hints regarding prevention of the first infectious case, which can quickly spread to others. This is becoming ever so critical as herds become larger and labor is scarce. By increasing biosecurity around the farm, bumping up the immune status and bolstering colostrum uptake where necessary, a lot of these disease processes can at least be minimized. If there is an outbreak one must have a plan then to minimize its spread within the herd otherwise, before we know it an outbreak has occurred. We all know how critical colostrum uptake is in the first six hours of life and that the quality must be there as well. Good nutrition and proper vaccination of the cow herd helps boost colostral immunity. If in doubt, especially with your heifers, colostral immunity can be checked by a colostrometer, or a brix refractometer that essentially measures the predicted immunoglobulin levels in the colostrum. It is accepted that in order to maintain biosecurity it is best to not use dairy colostrum as diseases such as Johne’s disease, can be brought onto your premises by the colostrum. It is best to save and freeze some colostrum from a good milking cow on your farm or have several bags of the good quality colostrum products (such as headstart) that are on the market on hand. These products are manufactured in such a way that infectious disease transmission should be stopped or at least greatly minimized. However, cleanliness when giving it is imperative so I always insist producers start with a new esophageal feeder every spring and use it on newborn calves. Use a different one if drenching sick calves (label each accordingly) disinfect at least the tube in-between uses and wash all your equipment as often as you can. Watch slow calves, harder pulls, backward calves and premature calves for signs that they have nursed. At my home farm the rule is if any cow is assisted and in the calving chute the cow is milked and the calf is given at least some colostrum to get if off to a good start. It is surprising when milking cows we find blocked teats plugged teats or just poor milkers and these can be identified quickly and culled. Udder conformation should be closely watched when selecting heifers and any cows with low-slung bags or larger teats, it is best to supplement their calf and possibly adopt to another cow if the

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opportunity arises. With the “wild� cow, their calves are always at risk of inadequate colostral uptake. If there is any doubt at all that a calf is slow at nursing tattoo ink is put above his nose so we can at least see if he is attempting to nurse. With recent work at University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, checking the suckle reflex is a great indication if a calf will suck. If a non-existent or weak suckle reflex is evident when checked 20 minutes after being born, colostrum should be administered. One liter to 1.5 liters is what we strive for. We all love to hear the sound of a calf slurping milk but in busy operations or calves born at pasture that is not always possible. There is no harm in even supplementing a calf with a bag of a colostrum substitute if you believe colostrum uptake has been somewhat deficient. The time to make that decision is in the first few hours of life. If there is any doubt of colostrum uptake, a blood test can be taken and checked by your veterinarian and the total protein checked. I use the scale of above 6 is adequate, 5 to 6 is borderline and below 5 there has been inadequate colostral uptake. This is not an absolute guarantee that the calf will get sick but I would isolate until one knows for sure. Many studies have been done over the years and inadequate colostral uptake leads to increased respiratory disease in the feedlot, so this critical process essentially affects the calf for the rest of its life. If in doubt have the colostrum checked if your veterinarian has a refractometer or colostrometer and when in doubt have the blood checked if there is some doubt whether colostrum was received. Protection from many diseases comes initially through the colostrum, so recognizing the need of when to supplement can reap huge benefits if we can prevent the first scours case from developing. Organisms that gain access when immune systems are not functioning properly such as the protozoal diseases (coccidiosis or cryptosporidiosis) may not manifest themselves in calves with adequate colostral uptake. If scours, coccidiosis or cryptosporidiosis do occur those calves with inadequate colostral uptake will be the first to get sick and spread it to the others. Prevention of disease is paramount in the calving period and extra effort put into colostral uptake will give huge returns in the form of less sickness, treatment costs and death down the line. There is also a huge labor saving in not having to treat sick calves. At calving time extra time is very welcomed. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


13th Annual Bull Sale On the Farm Monday, March 7, 2016

On offer 85 Red & Black Simmental & Simm/Angus Bulls

KWA 216C Big Time x Red Rock

KWA 59C Authority x Red Rock

KWA 257C Currency x Red Rock

KWA 8C CRM/BLI Roar x Bundi

KWA 128C Currency x Black Premium

KWA 45C Vision x BFP Bolagi N522E

KWA 18C Red Mountain x Integrity

KWA 101C Red Mountain x First Choice

KWA 148C Integrity x Red Rock

Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd.

Kelly & Janice Ashworth Box 53, Oungre, SK S0C 1Z0 (306) 456-2749 Fax: (306) 456-2776 jashworth@sasktel.net Kelly: (306) 861-2013 Kyle: (306) 861-9352 Owen: (306) 861-9044 Sale Day Phone: (306) 456-2733

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Annual

12th Bull Spectrum Sale March 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm Innisfail Auction Mart Selling 25 Red & Black Bulls

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SimmentalS, Red and Black anguS that have been through a strict culling process with calving ease, ease of fleshing, performance, disposition and structural soundness.

maR mac FaRmS

Blair, Lois, Brett and Melissa McRae Brandon, Manitoba Phone: 204.728.3058 Cell: 204.729.5439 www.marmacfarms.net

PeRkin land & cattle co.

Darryl, Tanya, Liam & Ivy Perkin Elgin, Manitoba Phone: 204.769.2159 Cell: 204.534.8137 www.perkinlandandcattle.com

CUSTOMER SERviCE iS OnE Of OUR PRiORiTiES

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7M LIVESTOCK BALL, LUCAS DAVID BEECHINOR BROS. SIMMENTALS BOHRSON MARKETING BRANDER FARMS LTD BRYLOR RANCH CAMDEN CATTLE CO. CHRIS BOWMAN CROCUS SIMMENTALS DALERAY STOCK FARM DAVE & MATT TANNER DERECK & DARCY MINER DOLL SIMMENTALS DON REEVE DUNLOP RANCH GARTH DORIN GORDON TURNER FARMS LTD GREENVIEW FARMS HARVIE RANCHING HERB GLOVER HILL VIEW COLONY HOPPER FARMS HOPPINS FARMS LTD JARRETT DOWNEY JEFF & LAURIE MILLER

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JEFF WHITLOW JERENE FARMS LTD JONES HEREFORD RANCHES KINGSCLERE RANCH LTD LEWIS FARMS LOST CREEK ENTERPRISES LOWELL & VIONNE KADING LUNDE FARMS INC LYLE HAGEL LYNDEN SIMMENTALS M&R DAMEN FARMS LTD MAXWELL SIMMENTALS LTD. MCG SIMMENTALS MICHAEL & TRINA HOBMAIER MOUNTAIN VIEW COLONY MULLEN LAND & CATTLE OAKVIEW SIMMENTALS OUTLAW CATTLE CO PEARSON SIMMENTALS PERCYVIEW FARMS LTD PRAIRIE SKY QUINN WILSON RANCIER FARMS RANDY MACKENZIE RAY NEWELL RIVER MEADOW RANCH-WADE

CHALLAND RIVERS EDGE RON GARDNER RUST MOUNTAIN VIEW RANCH S LAZY A RANCH SANDHILLS COLONY SILVER SMITH FARMS STARLAND FARMING CO. LTD STEVE OR PATRICIA TORGRIMSON SUNNYVALLEY SIMMENTALS TER-RON FARMS THOMPSON FARMS TORBAY FARMS LTD.-MCDERMIDS TYLER ADAMSON TYLER BERKIW & BARRY LANG VALLEYVIEW COLONY VIC EPP VIRGINIA RANCH INC. WAG CATTLE CO WATERTON COLONY WAYNE COATES WENDY KREBS & ELMER YOUNGS WES & LISA NEWTON WILSON RANCHES WILSON SEED FARMS INC


3rd Annual

March 12, 2016 LLoydminster eXHIBITION GROUNDS - 1:00pm MST

With Guest Consignor Little Willow Creek Ranch - “The Harlands”

SOUTHSEVEN Mr Adonis 96Z

BLACK GOLD Wally 87B

WESTGOLD Standout 42Z

RWR Outstand 16B

Sons Sell

2015 High Seller to Homestead T Simmental

2015 High Seller to Bar Crossroads

Sons Sell

We would like to thank our buyers from last year’s Bull and Female Sale:

Tom & Lucie Knudsen Emma Duhaime Little Willow Creek Simon & Rosalie Bodurka David Mohr Borderline Contracting Windmill Stockfarm Ltd. K & C Hall Farms Roy Young Paul Murray Moonlite Farm Maxwell Simmentals Mark Land & Cattle Cory & Taralynn MacMillan University of Saskatchewan Edward Scott Lazy HJ Stock Farm Bar Crossroad Farms Stan Pawlow Y-Coulee Land & Cattle Co. Ltd.

Holt Colony Pat McKinnon Connor Wiebe Lilydale Creek Twin Springs Farm Ltd. Franklin Cattle Co. Ltd. Bert Smith Glen Stone Brian Reinhart Brian Laboucane Midnight Farms Ltd M & S Cattle Bart Gonie Kelly Husch/Ram Roc Consulting Anchor D Ranch Demspey Cattle Cholin Acres Ltd. Homestead T Simmental/Marcel Theroux Kevin Bristow Chase Bannerman

Bill Roach/WJR Farm Inc. Jim Ford Wheatland Colony Kent Thompson Southpeace Colony Doug Trotzuk Windy Poplar Waland Farms Burwest Farms Dan Hritzuk Gold Ridge Farms South Park Cattle/Randy Sander Kirk Thompson Prairie Hill Farms/Fred Vandumuette Bar TH Working Jeans Ockerman Simmental Matthew Hauberg Kurt Smith Carl Ahlstrom

Black Gold Simmental Ltd.

Colt Arnold Carlton Land & Cattle Christensen Land & Cattle Co. Levi Bristow Fred Bristow Todd & Lexi Baliski Dean Smith Double RN Ranch Hoegl Livestock Rust Mountain View Ranch LaBatte Simmentals Jeff Hannaberry Curtis & Tanya Hollinger Kailynne Holinger Wallgren Farms Crossroad Farms

Red Willow Ranch

Box 593, Lloydminster, SK S9V 0Y7 The Tyler Family The Noble Family Box 542, Cut Knife, SK S0M 0N0 Randy, Vanessa, Ryley & Toby: 306-825-9465 • Randy Cell: 306-821-0113 Josh Tyler • C: 306-390-7745 Lyle: 306-825-2164 • Neil & Gail: 780-808-9082 • Owen: 780-872-4029 jtyler_14@hotmail.com info@blackgoldsimmental.com • www.blackgoldsimmental.com Darren Tyler • P: 306-398-2811 • C: 306-398-7554 Polled & Horned Fullbloods • Full Fleckvieh • Red & Blacks

View Catalogue online at www.BuyAgro.com

dttyler@yourlink.ca

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SWANTEWITT SIMMENTALS th 12 Annual Bull & Female Production Sale

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - Ag Barn, Mayerthorpe, Alberta Viewing at 10:00 a.m. · Lunch at Noon · Sale starts at 1:00 p.m. 50 Yearlings, 8 Two Year Olds (many polled, both fullblood and purebred) All bulls will be semen tested and guaranteed

20 Top Quality Purebred and Fullblood Replacement Heifers Great bulls at a reasonable price, several low birthweight potential heifer bulls. Ranch raised for longevity. We love hearing about our bulls that are still out there, have been resold between friends and are still going strong! Diverse Fullblood genetics.

Call or look online for a catalog after January 20, 2016 at www.swantewittsimmentals.com.

Majority of our bulls sell to repeat commercial cattle producers!

JSJ 1C - Polled PB

Sire: CMS Skyline 311A

JSJ 14C - FBFF

Sire: Swantewitt Full Load 293Z

JSJ 87C - Polled FBFF Sire: Virginia Barcelona 46X

JSJ 59C - Polled PB

JSJ 51C - Polled PB

Sire: Swantewitt Teddy 14Y

Sire: RC Club King 040R

SWANTEWITT FULL LOAD JSJ 293Z - FBFF 10 Bull Calves Sell

JSJ 34C - FBFF

Sire: Cherry Creek Carlsberg 2S

JSJ 258B - Polled PB

Sire: Swantewitt X Rock 42X

JSJ 82C - Polled PB

Sire: Wheatland Ultimate Choice 176Y

JSJ 187C - FBFF

Sire: Swantewitt Full Load 293Z

JSJ 223B - Polled FBFF Sire: Anchor D Sting 184W

All bulls have been through a five-day halter breaking program.

CALL OR EMAIL FOR A FULL CATALOGUE

Our 350 head registered herd has been 23 years in the making and consists of quality genetics in both Purebred and Fullblood Simmental cattle, going back to several older dams and walking herd bulls and AI sires. “We pride ourselves on the longevity of bulls still out in our local commercial herds.”

Gerd, Donelle, Justine, Jordan & Darian Bremmekamp 780.712.2096 780.712.3496 780.693.2124 swantewitt@gmail.com Marketing Rep Leo LeBlanc - 780-940-1135

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5th ANNUAL BULL SALE

Vente de taureaux

March 12 Mars 2016

SYNERGIE

Sainte-Sophie-de-Lévrard (Québec) Sale on - Vente sur

Bull Sale

45 TAUREAUX / BULLS

Angus, Simmental Fleckvieh, Polled, Black & Red

MATERNAL BROTHER TO COLOSSAL

BBBG 101C

BMS BLACK WARRIOR 1C

BMS POL DRAGO 7C

Polled Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: Rolling Acres Torque GPM/DGS: Shawacre Jahari 50L

Polled Black Sire/Père: High Roller GPM/DGS: LFE BS Lewis 322W (Stubby)

Polled ¾ Fleckvieh Sire/Père: Rolling Acres Torque GPM/DGS: TNT Dynamite Black

FSMB FIREBALL 9C

FSMB YO MAN 10C

FSMB STRIKER 11C

Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: Allm Colossal GPM/DGS: Anchor D Montana

Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: Sibelle Dirty Harry 25Z GPM/DGS: Champs Bravo

Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: Anchor D Imax GPM/DGS: Bel Western Union 5Z

SIBELLE AEGON 26C

SIBELLE MALABAR 7C

SIBELLE WESTEROS 18C

Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: WLFS Kalibner GPM/DGS: Virginia Walker 97W

Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: WLFS Kalibner GPM/DGS: Virginia Walker 97W

Full Fleckvieh Sire/Père: WLFS Kalibner GPM/DGS: Virginia Walker 97W

Contact us for more information! / Communiquez avec nous pour plus de renseignements!

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MS OISVERT ELLE FLECK ROUPE

Ferme BMS Élysabeth Drapeau et Sébastien Bélanger 418 963-1454 • 418 851-5690 fermebms@globetrotter.net Boisvert Simmental Sandra Berthiaume & Marc Boisvert 819 395-5502 • 819 314-0367 sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca

Ferme Sibelle Fleck David, Étienne & Philippe Bellavance 819 288-5005 • 819 473-2399 philippe.bellavance@hotmail.ca

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He Sells

Thank You to all of our Bidders & Buyers! BLI Cocaine 503C Reserve Legends of the Fall Simmental Bull Calf Champion - Farmfair International Sire: BLI Red Addiction 224Z Dam: BLI Black Superior 132Y

MARCH 15, 2016 • 1:00 PM BARRHEAD AG BARN, AB

Paternal Brothers Sell

CRM/BLI Bartender 392B Purchased for $26,000 to Labatte Simmentals & Circle 7, Gladmar, SK at the 2015 On Target Sale.

Paternal Brothers Sell

30 SIMMENTAL BULLS • 60 ANGUS BULLS

View Catalogue Online at www.cattlemanagement.ca

CRM/BLI Uptown Funk 413B Purchased for $12,500 to Kwasney Farms Ltd, Althabasca, AB at the 2015 On Target Sale.

SIBL Simmentals

Barclay And Michelle Smith & Family Box 6 Site 3 RR #1 Cherhill, AB (780) 305-6716 barclay.sibl@hotmail.com

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Optimal Bovines Inc.

Rob Holowaychuk (403) 341-5098 #407, 4808 Ross Street Red Deer, AB T4N 1X5 Email: o.b.i@shaw.ca Kirk Hurlburt (306) 222-8210 Bob Toner (306) 834-7385


Thank you to our 2015 bull buyers Brian Pollock Nilsson Brothers Vermillion Jerry Sweeney Johner Stock Farms H Bar M Land & Cattle Co. Ltd. Flying K Land & Cattle Stanley Morton Danny McCaffery Spornitz Farms Inc Melvin Bieber Pinder Farms Grant Hager Blair Capjack Holtby Farms Ltd. Arnold Ste Marie Rob Cooper Steve Hupaelo Highway 5 Simmentals Leer Ranching South Holden Simmental Irving Carson Ken Sidener Gail & Rick Kehler

Prairie Wind Farms Beagle Simmental David & Gerald Latendresse Ernie Collins Calvin Laschowski Flying F Ranch Glenn Oliver Norman Poitras Daryl Paulgaard Robert Blais Alan Landaker Double R Simmentals Doug Trotzuk Bar None Dan Gonie Darrel Dow Lonnie Bobier Mike Kunec Westhill Ranch Maxwell Simmentals Lyle Berry Ferugson Stock Farm Ltd.

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From the Gate Post

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

Simmental – Aucune autre race n’offre autant

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onne et heureuse année, nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue avec ce numéro de janvier 2016 de la revue Commercial Country ! Pour ceux d’entre vous qui reçoivent notre revue pour la première fois, nous sommes convaincus que vous trouverez le contenu intéressant et informatif. Des producteurs bovins impliqués à différents paliers de la production apprécient la publication Commercial Country et nous disent qu’ils la trouvent l’une des plus intéressantes et qu’ils la conservent en référence toute l’année. En feuilletant cette revue, vous pourrez faire connaissance avec plusieurs des éleveurs d’élite du Canada, tout en appréciant certains des meilleurs bovins disponibles dans le monde. Quiconque impliqué activement en production bovine aura sûrement constaté que l’automne 2015 s’est avéré l’une des meilleures périodes pour ceux ayant vendu leurs veaux à des prix records, tandis que d’autres auront été moins chanceux en ayant vendu dans une semaine où le prix du marché était en baisse. J’ai été interviewé par un journaliste qui me demandait pourquoi les prix avaient connu autant de variation. Je lui ai répondu que les hauts et les bas du marché n’étaient pas un nouveau phénomène, et que la baisse de prix n’était pas si importante lorsqu’on la transposait en termes de pourcentage. Il faut tout de même tenir compte du fait que la plupart des prix obtenus selon les diverses catégories de poids représentait environ le double du prix reçu il y a cinq ans. Encore une fois, en analysant l’évolution des ventes de veaux au cours de l’automne, on constatait que des primes étaient versées pour les veaux de qualité et qu’il fallait accorder beaucoup d’importance à tous les détails. Les groupes de veaux uniformes, correctement castrés et décornés, et provenant de producteurs renommés, ont reçu des primes

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et les lots de veaux plus pesants ont permis d’obtenir plus d’argent par vache un peu partout au Canada. Les producteurs ont reçu des primes pour leurs veaux croisés, avec les veaux d’influence Simmental obtenant régulièrement les plus hauts prix. Au moment où j’écrivais cet article, les premières ventes de femelles commerciales avaient eu lieu et, bien qu’on observait alors de très bons prix payés, il y avait également de très bonnes affaires à faire pour ceux voulant ajouter quelques femelles à leur troupeau, à des prix souvent moins élevés que prévus. Des facteurs externes à l’industrie bovine viennent souvent influencer le prix de nos produits, comme par exemple la baisse du prix du pétrole qui a sûrement été un élément majeur ayant freiné le marché des vaches et des taures gestantes. Toutefois, la qualité et le souci du détail ont également été payant dans ces ventes de femelles, avec des primes intéressantes payées pour des femelles croisées Simmental. Tel que nous l’avons constaté un peu partout au Canada lors de l’automne 2015, la qualité était payante dans toutes les catégories de produits vendus, faisant en sorte qu’il était encore plus important que jamais d’avoir plus de livres de veaux à vendre. Le recours aux croisements représente toujours la meilleure façon d’ajouter du poids de veau et, pour se faire, la race Simmental n’a pas son pareil afin d’accroître la rentabilité des producteurs bovins. Que vous soyez à la recherche d’un groupe de femelles de remplacement de qualité ou encore que vous devez acheter un taureau qui vous permettra d’augmenter les performances de gain, tout en conservant un bon niveau de facilité de vêlage, communiquez avec un de nos annonceurs et découvrez comment la race Simmental peut vous apporter des bénéfices. Simmental – Aucune autre race n’offre autant!


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For a catalogue, visit our website!

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11th Annual Mappin Simmentals & Silver Smith Farms Bull Sale

Dryland Cattle Trading corp. Veteran, AB

60 Red & Black Bulls

March 5th, 2016

stout, hairy, ranch-ready bulls

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Featuring 44 Two-Year Old Simmental Bulls 4 Yearling Simmental Bulls Open Simmental Influenced Heifers

KEN, TREENA & HEIDI ADAIR C: 403-575-5470 H: 403-578-4468 ken@adairranch.com

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Saturday March 19, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. on the farm Over 55 semen tested Bulls on offer

FGAF French Attack 010C

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Horned and Polled Fleck Bulls

Top Quality Red Simmental Bulls

FGAF Eleminator 510C

Beefy Black Angus Bulls

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Selling 70 Simmental yearling and two year old bulls JTC 8B Full Brother Sells

SCCC 63C

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JLP 13C

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Scissors Creek Cattle Co.

Sun Rise Simmentals

Johnson Stock Farms

JP Cattle Co.

Mark & Jennalee Beutler P: 306-735-4434 C: 306-735-7841 E: info@scissorscreekcattle.com

Lyall & Konleigh Johnson P: 306-224-4272 C: 306-736-7877 E: konleighjohnson@hotmail.com

Prairie Wind Farms Ltd.

Evan & Linda Cuss P: 306-534-4700 C: 306-745-7431 E: cuss@sasktel.net

Glen & Barry Lowes; Eric Pateman

Glenn: 204-854-5669 Barry: 204-851-0342 Eric: 306-434-8567 E: mmwilson87@hotmail.com

Wes & Brian Mack Wes: P: 306-634-4410 C:306-421-1853 Brian: P: 306-634-4431 C: 306-421-2938 E: wkmack@signaldirect.ca

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Who needs bright lights when you've got a City View! City View Simmentals - 6th Annual Bull Sale

March 22, 2016 at Johnstone Auction in Moose Jaw at 1:00 pm

City View Cadillac 557C MRC Broker 6Z x Unbeaten

City View Combustion 545C MRC Broker 6Z x Generallee

City View Castaway 529C

City View Close Shave 541C

City View Camaro 544C

City View Cobalt 547C

Boundary Stubby 129A x Ishee

Boundary Stubby 129A x Ishee

MRC Broker 6Z x Rustler

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City View and 30 Simmental Bulls from Sunnyside Simmentals Ivanhoe Angus 20 Black Angus Bulls from Wascana Herefords om fr lls Bu d or ef er H d 20 Polle City View Customized 555C Boundary Stubby 129A x 838 Reserve Supreme Bull at the NILE in Billings, MT

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Amelioration de la Race

La valeur de l’hétérose, ça vaut la peine et il ne faut pas la perdre

Par Dr Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Expert vache-veau/Professeur associé, Département des sciences animales et de l’industrie, Université de l’état du Kansas, Manhattan, Kansas

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vec la volatilité et les changements fréquents de la valeur au marché des veaux et des coûts de production dans le secteur vache-veau, plusieurs producteurs se demandent bien quelle est la valeur de l’hétérose (vigueur hybride) par rapport à la situation actuelle de prix dans l’industrie bovine. Plusieurs producteurs sont aussi à la recherche de moyens d’améliorer l’efficacité et la rentabilité de leur production. La rentabilité peut être améliorée par une augmentation du volume produit (c’est-à-dire les livres de veau vendues) et / ou de la valeur des produits vendus (en améliorant la qualité). La diminution des coûts de production, et par conséquent du prix d’équilibre, peut également permettre d’améliorer la rentabilité. Mieux encore, en améliorant le ratio produits / coûts, on améliore nos profits. Au niveau des producteurs bovins commerciaux, le recours à des technologies et des systèmes d’élevage qui augmentent la quantité et la qualité des produits, et qui réduisent les coûts de production, demeure un élément clé si on veut assurer la compétitivité de l’entreprise. Certains producteurs pensent davantage suivre un programme d’élevage plus conventionnel, afin d’améliorer les caractéristiques des produits (veaux), toutefois ils veulent comprendre ce qu’ils laissent de côté en ne profitant pas de l’hétérose. Par ailleurs, d’autres producteurs planifient en détail leur système de croisement afin d’aller chercher la vigueur hybride maximale. D’une manière ou l’autre, s’ils veulent prendre une décision judicieuse, les producteurs doivent être conscients de la valeur pouvant être générée dans leur troupeau par l’hétérose ou la vigueur hybride. Pour bien comprendre ce qu’on peut gagner en plus, il faut surtout bien connaître ce qu’on vend et comment on le vend. Il peut être tentant d’obtenir des primes selon la qualité des carcasses produites, si on en juge par la promotion effectuée et qui en fait peut s’avérer être une pratique rentable. Il ne fait aucun doute qu’on doit rencontrer les besoins des consommateurs et qu’il demeure important de produire des produits de haute qualité. Ceci étant dit, si vous êtes un producteur vendant vos veaux au sevrage, vous ne tirez pas réellement profit de vos efforts de sélection envers un produit de qualité, tout en risquant d’encaisser des pertes de performance et une diminution de l’hétérose. Cela est également vrai si vous possédez les bovins finis qui seront vendus sur une grille, car vous ne recevrez

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qu’une fraction de la valeur d’amélioration, encore faudrat-il qu’elle soit plus importante que la prime sur le veau. À l’opposé, l’hétérose apporte une valeur ajoutée sur chacune de vos vaches, et il s’agit d’une valeur que vous pouvez obtenir à chaque année peu importe de quelle manière vous vendez vos veaux. Encore plus important, ce n’est pas 20 $, 40 $ ou 60 $ par tête de plus que vous recevrez en vendant vos veaux ou bouvillons…la prime générée par l’hétérose est beaucoup, beaucoup plus élevée. La pratique des croisements apporte deux principaux avantages comparativement à l’emploi d’une seule race. Premièrement, les bovins croisés présentent de l’hétérose ou de la vigueur hybride. De plus, les animaux croisés possèdent les qualités combinées des races parentales. On utilise souvent le terme « complémentarité des races » pour décrire les combinaisons de races qui produiront une progéniture supérieure pour un ensemble de caractères. À l’aide de valeurs d’EPD inter-races et de facteurs d’ajustement, on peut viser une sélection afin d’améliorer un ensemble de caractères, incluant les caractères liés aux carcasses, tout en cherchant à produire des vaches qui s’adapteront bien à leur environnement et qui exprimeront le potentiel engendré par leur niveau d’hétérose. Dans la production vache-veau, les améliorations produites par les effets de l’hétérose sont reliées à la fois au fait d’avoir des vaches croisées et également des veaux croisés. Vous trouvez dans les deux tableaux ci-après les valeurs observées d’hétérose individuelle (en raison du veau croisé) et maternelle (avec la vache croisée), pour plusieurs caractères d’importance économique. Ces valeurs estimées d’hétérose sont adaptées d’un rapport de recherche de Cundiff et Gregory, en 1999, et elles constituent le reflet des principales expériences touchant les croisements de races ayant été réalisées dans le sud-ouest et le centre-ouest des États-Unis. Les progrès les plus importants par l’hétérose sont obtenus chez les caractères avec un niveau plus faible d’héritabilité. Par exemple, des caractères tels que la reproduction et la longévité possèdent une faible héritabilité, mais ils représentent des caractères essentiels en production vache-veau. Pour ces mêmes caractères, la réponse à la sélection est très lente, toutefois l’hétérose générée par la pratique du croisement permet d’améliorer significativement les performances d’un animal. Pour les producteurs commerciaux,


le fait d’avoir des vaches croisées contribue pour environ 66 % de l’avantage économique obtenu (voir le Tableau 2). Il a été clairement démontré que le croisement constitue une méthode efficace pour améliorer l’efficacité reproductive et la productivité chez les bovins de boucherie. Pour une variété de systèmes de croisements, on rapporte généralement des améliorations d’environ 20 à 30 % du poids de veau sevré par vache exposée à la saillie, et cela sans inclure la valeur ajoutée obtenue par une sélection rigoureuse des taureaux en race pure. Cela représente en fait une quantité additionnelle substantielle, tout en considérant des coûts de production relativement stables. Par exemple, dans un schéma de croisement où un taureau de race terminale serait utilisé chez des femelles F1 (issues de deux races), l’amélioration de 23 % du poids de veau sevré par vache exposée peut facilement représenter entre 250 et 300 $ de plus par vache par année. Je n’ai pas vu souvent de groupes de veaux ayant permis de générer une prime sur la carcasse de 250 $ par vache exposée, peu importe la race ou la grille de classement considérée. Par rapport aux marchés actuels, la valeur d’hétérose pour un troupeau de 100 vaches peut facilement représenter entre 25 000 et 30 000 $ de plus par année, et cela équivaut par ailleurs à une diminution du coût de production d’environ 40 $ par 100 lb (veau de 600 lb). Un système de croisements bien planifié peut améliorer sensiblement le bilan financier d’une ferme donnée, non seulement par l’amélioration de la qualité et du poids total de veau produit, par également par une amélioration de la longévité et de la productivité du cheptel reproducteur. Alors que vous prenez la décision de vous orienter vers l’élevage en race pure ou la pratique des croisements, assurez-vous de ne pas perdre une couple de cents dollars par vache, en faveur d’une prime de 20 à 60 $ par veau vendu à l’encan, car vous pourriez gagner sur les deux plans! Tableau 1. Hétérose individuelle Caractère Unités % Hétérose Taux de vêlage, % 3.2 4.4 Survie jusqu’au sevrage, % 1.4 1.9 Poids à la naissance, lb. 1.7 2.4 Poids au sevrage, lb. 16.3 3.9 Poids à un an, lb. 29.1 3.8 Gain moyen quotidien, lb/jr 0.08 2.6 Tableau 2. Hétérose maternelle Caractère Unités % Hétérose Taux de vêlage, % 3.5 3.7 Survie jusqu’au sevrage, % 0.8 1.5 Poids à la naissance, lb. 1.6 1.8 Poids au sevrage, lb. 18.0 3.9 Longévité, années 1.36 16.2 Productivité à vie Nombre de veaux . Poids au sevrage cumulatif, lb.

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simmental bull sale

Friday March 18, 2016 At the Ranch, Stony Plain, AB, 1PM

SELLING 70 Red and Black

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Saturday April 2, 2016 - 1:00 pm Hanover, ON - Maple Hill Auctions

Representation of Bulls Selling

RHF 405A - Two Year Old - Sire: Stubby

RHF 517C - Sire: Stubby

RHF 520C - Sire: FBF1 Combustible

RHF-536C - Sire: FBF1 Combustible

RHF-547C - Sire: BLK Wheatland 680Y

RHF 521C - Sire: Mohnen South Dakota Dam: JLMB Evening Tinge 425X (PB Angus)

One of the highest EPD’d Combustibles ever yet!

Pictures taken October 15, 2015 16 Purebred Simmentals and 5 Purebred Angus bulls sell from Rehorst Farms Ltd. All bulls from Rehorst are BIO performance tested and semen tested! Angus bulls also sell from Gilchrist Farms and Paradise Farms! Herd Sire - BLK Wheatland 680Y - 9 sons sell!

Watch for full catalogue listing on www.buyagro.com

Our first annual sale was a tremendous success. Thank you to the buyers, bidders and interest in our programs! SALE PROUDLY PRESENTED BY Rehorst Farms Ltd.

Gilchrist Farms

Paradise Farms

Adrian Rehorst Teeswater, ON 519-357-7077

Brad Gilchrist Lucknow, ON 519-440-6720

Owner: Shane Baghai Manager: Rob Hasson 416-817-7339

Sale Representatives

Ben Wright 519-374-3335

Carl Wright 519-369-7489

Billy Elmhirst 705-761-0896

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Breed Improvement

Understand Its Worth Before You Give it Away…The Value of Heterosis By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Cow-calf Extension Specialist/Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

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he dramatic changes and volatility cow-calf production system input costs and calf values have many producers wondering about the value of heterosis in today’s beef industry pricing structure. Many producers are seeking ways to improve cowcalf production efficiency and profitability. Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality). The reduction of production costs, and thus breakeven prices, can also improve profitability. Better yet, improving the input:output ratio should enhance profit. For commercial beef producers, the implementation of technologies and breeding systems that increase the quality and volume of production and reduce input costs is essential to maintain or improve the competitive position of the operation. Some producers are thinking of establishing a more conventional straight breeding system to improve end-product value traits and want to understand the value they are giving up as they sacrifice heterosis, while other producers are considering the establishment of a planned crossbreeding system to capture the value of hybrid vigor. Either way, to make an informed decision, producers need to know the value generated in their herd by heterosis or hybrid vigor. To fully understand the trade-offs, it is essential to know what it is you sell and how you sell it. The lure of premiums for high quality beef carcasses is appealing; it gets lots of trade publication promotion and it can be profitable. No doubt growing the top-line of the beef value chain and satisfying customers is important. That said, if you are producer that sells calves at weaning you have very limited opportunity to capture the value of selection pressure you place on end-product quality at the expense of other traits or loss in heterosis. It is also true that even if you own the cattle to harvest and are paid on a grid, you only get a fraction of the value of the improvement, albeit bigger than the calf premium. Conversely, the value of heterosis affects every cow on your outfit and it is value that you can capture every year no matter how you sell calves. More importantly, it’s not a $20 or $40 or $60 premium per head you might get for selling calves or carcasses…the heterosis premium is much, much more. The use of crossbreeding offers two distinct and important advantages over the use of a single breed. First, crossbred animals have heterosis or hybrid vigor. Second, crossbred animals combine the strengths of the parent breeds. The term ‘breed complementarity’ is often used to describe breed combinations that produce highly desirable progeny for a broad range of traits. With useful across breed EPDs and adjustment factors, we can effectively select for improvement in a wide range of traits including carcass traits, while seeking to build environmentally adapted cows that leverage the power and value of heterosis. Improvements in cow-calf production due to heterosis are attributable to having both a crossbred cow and a crossbred calf. The two tables below detail the individual (crossbred calf) and maternal (crossbred cow) heterosis observed for various important production traits. These heterosis estimates are adapted from a report by Cundiff and Gregory, 1999, and summarize crossbreeding experiments conducted in the South-

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eastern and Mid-west areas of the US. Heterosis generates the largest improvement in lowly heritable traits. Traits such as reproduction and longevity, essential for cow-calf profitability, have low heritability. These traits respond very slowly to selection but heterosis generated through crossbreeding can significantly improve an animal’s performance. The largest economic benefit (roughly 66%) of crossbreeding to commercial producers comes from having crossbred cows (Table 2.) Crossbreeding has been shown to be an efficient method to improve reproductive efficiency and productivity in beef cattle. A variety of crossbreeding systems yield 20-30% improvements in weaning weight per cow exposed not including the additional value generated through sire selection within breed. This represents a substantial change in output given relatively constant input. Simple examples of a 23% increase in weaning weight per cow exposed using a terminal sire/ F1 (two cross) cow can generate $250-300 additional revenue per cow per year. I’m not aware of any set of calves that have generated carcass premiums of $250 premium per cow exposed regardless of breed or grid. In today’s calf prices the value of heterosis for a herd of 100 cows is $25,000 to $30,000 per year and represents a decrease in breakeven costs of more than $40/cwt on 600 lb calves. A well-constructed crossbreeding system can have positive effects on a ranch’s bottom line by not only increasing the quality and gross pay weight of calves produced but also by increasing the durability and productivity of the cow factory. As you make your decision to straightbreed or cross-breed make sure you don’t give away a couple hundred dollars per cow to make a $20-60 premium per calf sold at market or on the rail when you can go for both! Table 1. Individual Heterosis Trait Units % Heterosis Calving Rate, % 3.2 4.4 Survival to Weaning, % 1.4 1.9 Birth Weight, lb. 1.7 2.4 Weaning Weight, lb. 16.3 3.9 Yearling Weight, lb. 29.1 3.8 Average Daily Gain, lb./d 0.08 2.6 Table 2. Maternal Heterosis Trait Units % Heterosis Calving Rate, % 3.5 3.7 Survival to Weaning, % 0.8 1.5 Birth Weight, lb. 1.6 1.8 Weaning Weight, lb. 18.0 3.9 Longevity, years 1.36 16.2 Lifetime Productivity Number of Calves .97 Cumulative Weaning Wt., lb.

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Canadian Beef Breeds Council Report I would like to recognize the efforts of the exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors, staff and guests in making the 2015 show season an incredible success. The combined efforts at countless shows across Canada demonstrates why we are recognized for our world class genetics. By all accounts, cattle entries were up over last year, there were more international visitors than there have been in several years, and the cattle looked terrific. As we look forward to 2016 and we begin strategizing for next year, I encourage you to look at adopting new technologies into your operation. This may be a new farm management software program, an updated piece of machinery, or look at incorporating new science based genetic selection methods. The cattle market has seen several of its best years in decades as of late and now is a good time to invest in moving your farm operation into the future. In an increasing globally competitive landscape such as the beef cattle industry, it is important to be efficient and utilize all available technologies. If you wait to see how it works out for your neighbour or someone from another breed, it may be to late. As a high cost producer, we can compete, but we will have the greatest chance of success by utilizing and embracing the tools available to us in Canada. The inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) will be held in Calgary from August 9-12, 2016. This event is geared toward producers as there will be sessions that are directly relevant to your farm operations. It will also be an opportunity to become engaged with industry organizations and network with other breeders, commercial cattlemen, international guests, researchers and government officials. More information on the conference will be available over the course of the coming months on the website www.canadianbeefindustryconference. com. Consider this your invitation to attend and I look forward to seeing you there. The CBBC will continue to work on behalf of purebred producers to develop markets for Canadian genetics. We will also work closely with industry and government to ensure that the unique perspective of purebred breeders is heard. Also, we will continue to work closely with breed associations to create value for your memberships through accessing funds for new and existing programs as well as other initiatives. As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact the CBBC office. For more information: Michael Latimer, Executive Director, Canadian Beef Breeds Council mlatimer@canadianbeefbreeds.com T: 403.730.0350, C: 403.901.5090

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Simmental Genetics Continue To Dominate In 2015

Canadian Western Agrbition

Manitoba Livestock Expo

First Lady Classic Champion Wheatland Lady 447B Exhibited By: Wheatland Cattle Co., Bienfait, SK

Reserve Champion Little Lady Classic Rainbow River Wallbanger 1C Exhibited By: Rainbow River Simmentals, Minnedosa, MB

Bull Pen Alley Supreme Champion Pen of Bulls Exhibited By: McIntosh Livestock, Maymont, SK

Champion Jackpot Bull Mar Mac Revolution 127C Exhibited By: Mar Mac Farms, Brandon, MB

Lloydminster Stockade Roundup

Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers Exhibited By: Murray Westman, Vermilion, AB Reserve Champion Stockade Lady Ms Black Gold Cheerleader CLNO 83C Exhibited By: Black Gold Simmental, Lloydminster, SK

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers Exhibited By: Raymond Land & Cattle Ltd, Aneroid, SK Grand Champion King Of The Ring Erixon Lad 20C Exhibited By: Erixon Simmentals Inc, Clavet, SK

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited By: Three Star Simmentals, Weyburn, SK

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Saskatchewan Simmental Association

President: Ryan Lundberg (306) 295-7999 Secretary:

Carolyn McCormack (306) 697-2945 Box 591 Grenfell, SK S0G 2B0 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

Congratulations to Raymond Land & Cattle! Dave and Crystal Raymond own and operate Raymond Land & Cattle Ltd located 10 miles south of Aneroid, Sk along with their 3 young children Tristen, Brooke & Owen and Dave’s parents Alan and Elva Raymond. The operation is a 6th generation family farm that began in 1907. With a long history of raising livestock, Dave’s grandfather made his mark in the industry in the 60’s with Horned Herefords. Today the operation has grown to 20, 500 acres; 7000 acres is farmed for cash crops and feed while the remaining land base is grown for hay and houses nearly 900 breeding cows and 350 open replacements. Alan and Dave began raising and selling commercial bred heifers in 1995. They were not afraid to cross breed using continental cattle in an area of predominately British origin. They quickly discovered cross breeding improved productivity in the calves they were weaning off of a largely Hereford based cowherd. Hybrid Bulls consisting of 3/8 Simmental and 5/8 Red Angus were purchased in an attempt to acquire all of the desired characteristics that each breed could contribute to the calf crop. Dave knew his cow herd well from a young age and it didn’t take him long to realize the inconsistency the hybrid bulls were creating.

2015 SSA Commercial Breeder of the Year

Dave & Crystal Raymond & Family, Alan & Elva Raymond receiving their farm sign from SSA Pres. Ryan Lundberg at Agribition

In 2006 Dave married Crystal Blake of Wood River Charolais at McCord, Sk. Together, they strategized over the perfect cowherd, and while they both believe they are still not quite there, they have progressed considerably. In 2005 they started seeking easy keeping registered purebred Simmental bulls to use on their commercial cows with now a largely Red Angus base. Currently they are backgrounding 875 calves that need to prove themselves as both breeding females for their annual Bred Heifer Sale that takes place the first week of December and as finished steers. Calving of the Cowherd takes place in late March and early April on open pasture. These cows have little to no problem calving out on their own. Cow calf pairs are then grazed on summer pastures and are weaned in late October then backgrounded to the following March. This March a handful of these steers were taken to finish due to their impressive size and rate of gain. Production is not the single most important trait they are looking for though. With females raised to be sold as bred heifers, it’s equally important to have easy keeping females with fantastic udders, good feet, and the eye appeal to boot. Dave and Crystal have been taking bred heifers to Agribition since 2009. In 2014 they took home the banner for the Champion Pen of 5 Commercial Bred Heifers and sold that group for $3550 a piece. They couldn’t have been happier with the success that they have had the last few years.

Simmental GeneticS excel in the Fall commercial ShowS & SaleS! Congratulations to all exhibitors of Simmental influenced cattle at Edam Fall Fair, Yorkton Harvest Showdown and Canadian Western Agribition on strong shows & sales last fall!

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President Everett Olson Box 1939, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@mymts.net 1st Vice President Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca 2nd Vice President Andrea Bertholet Box 55, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone: 204-483-0319 Email: adber tholet@hotmail.com Secretary/Treasurer Donalee Jones Box 142, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com MSA Directors Everett More Box 1754, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-748-1225 Email: vahequine@yahoo.com Greg Woychyshyn Box 2035, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-865-2475 Email: crestviewcattleco@hotmail.com Tracey Wilcox Box 351, Treherne, MB R0G 2V0 Phone: 204-723-2386 Email: pwilcox@mymts.net Trevor Peters Box 385, Rivers, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peter s@canadamalting.com Gordon Delichte Box 26, St. Alphonse, MB R0K 1Z0 Phone: 204-836-2116 Email: g.delichte@gmail.com Tom Marchant Box 263, Arden, MB R0J 0B0 Phone: 204-841-2046 Email: tristarcattleco@gmail.com CSA Director Blair McRae RR1 Box 57, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 Phone: 204-728-3058 Email: marmac@inetlink.ca YCSA President Kolton McIntosh Box 84, Ericksdale, MB R0C 0W0 Phone: 204-280-0359 auction_mcintosh@hotmail.ca Pembina Triangle Rep Eric Theroux Box 215, Notre Dame De Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0 Phone: 204-526-7360 Email: eric.theroux@cpsagu.ca Keystone Association Rep Jennilee Bernier RR #2, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 204-763-4580

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Mark your calendar for these upcoming MB Events! January 9 - MSA Annual General Meeting Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB -Meeting at 1pm, All Breeds Banquet & Auction to follow -Contact Donalee Jones for more details or to book your Banquet tickets February 15 - Rendezvous Farms “Holiday Monday” Simmental Bull and Female Sale, Ste. Rose, MB February 18 - M&J Farms Simmental & Angus Bull & Female Sale ,Russell, MB February 21 - Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale, Virden, MB March 9 - Mar Mac Farms & Guests Simmental & Angus Bull Sale,Brandon, MB March 13 - Rebels of the West Bull Sale, Virden, MB March 14 - Genetic Source Simmental Bull Sale, Brandon, MB March 15 - Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale ,Killarney, MB March 16 - Transcon’s Premium Beef Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB March 18 - Family Tradition Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale, Dropmore, MB March 21 - Maple Lake Stock Farms “Kick Off to Spring” Bull Sale, Grande Clairiere, MB March 29 - WLB Livestock’s 12th Annual Simmental & Polled Hereford Bull Sale, Douglas, MB

Now accepting tenders for the MSA Summer Show. Interested fairs/ag societies contact...

everettolson@mymts.net Check out our website for catalogues and more info...

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Maritime Simmental Association BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Don Godfrey, PE Vice President: James MacKenzie, NS Secretary: Jennie Mutch, PE Treasurer: Bill MacLeod, NB Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS Ralph Taylor, NS Trevor Pauley, NB Geraline VanAgten, NB Wade Loane, PE MYCSA President: Heather Creamer, NS CSA Director & President: Lacey Fisher, NS

2016 SALT WATER SIMMENTAL SALE RESULTS: Lot 1 sold for $3200 to Keith Davidson Lot 2 sold for $4000 to Weldon Estabrooks Lot 3 sold for $4450 to Weldon Estabrooks Lot 4 sold for $2450 to Darren Moffitt Lot 5 sold for $7000 to Ivan Matthews Lot 6 sold for $2600 to Malcolm Brown Lot 7a sold for $2700 to Jacob Fisher Lot 7b sold for $2900 to Lenwen Farms Lot 8 sold for $3700 to Jacob Fisher Lot 9 sold for $3600 to Keith Davidson Lot 10 sold for $3600 to Lenwen Farms Lot 11 sold for $2800 to Fred Barrett

Sale Average: $3583 on 12 lots

THANK YOU TO ALL BUYERS, BIDDERS, & CONSIGNORS FOR MAKING THE 2015 SALT WATER SIMMENTAL SALE A SUCCESS!

Congratulations to Paul d’Entremont for winning a $500 Sale Credit towards purchasing Simmental seed stock at the 2016 Nappan Spring Bull or Fall Female Sales. Contact Bill MacLeod for further details.

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Canadian Simmental Association YCSA Coordinator: Carla Schmitt P:(306) 221-7950 cschmitt@simmental.com #13, 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7C4 P: (403) 250-7979 Fax: (403) 250-5121 www.simmental.com

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What’s Happening January Jan. 22 Jan. 30

Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference, Saskatoon, SK MC Quantock Canada’s Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK

February Feb. 1 Feb. 6

The Genetic Vault Online Frozen Genetic Sale

Feb. 6

Springer Simmental Sale of Value Based Genetics, Decorah, IA

Feb. 7 Feb. 11

Hartman Cattle Company Bull Sale, Techumseh, NE

Feb. 12 Feb. 12

Hill 70 Quantock Ranch “Barn Burnin” Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK

TNT Simmentals 31st Annual “Genetic Explosion” Sale, Almont, ND Kenner Simmental 20th Annual Production Sale, Leeds, ND

Feb. 14 Feb. 15

Diamond M Ranch 4th Annual Bull Sale, Estevan, SK

Feb. 16 Feb. 18

Jeans & Genetics Simmental Bull Sale, Ponoka, AB

Feb. 19 Feb. 20

27th Mader Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Carstairs, AB

Feb. 21 Feb. 22

Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale, Virden, MB

Feb. 23 Feb. 24

Rainalta & Guest Charolais & Simmental Sale, Brooks, AB

Feb. 25 Feb. 25 Feb. 26

11th Annual Robb Hoegl Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK

Feb. 27 Feb. 28 Feb. 29

Lewis Farms 31st Annual Bull Sale, Spruce Grove, AB

Feb. 29 Feb. 29

Simmental Summit 4th Annual Bull Sale, Bentley, AB

Rendezvous Farms “Holiday Monday” Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB M&J Farms Simmental and Angus Bull and Female Sale, Russell, MB

Select Opportunity 2nd Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Olds, AB Crossroad Farms 10th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Shell Lake, SK Bull Rush Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Rimbey, AB Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Westlock, AB Triangle Stock Farms 5th Annual Bull Sale, Stoney Plain, AB 14th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale, Shellbrook, SK Bar 5 3rd Annual Online Bull Sale

March 1 March 2

Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Sale, Grenfell, SK

March 2 March 3

21st Annual Herd Master Bull Sale, Camrose, AB

March 4

LaBatte Simmentals with Guests, Meadow Acres Farm 36th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK

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11th Annual Mappin Simmentals & Silver Smith Farms Bull Sale, Veteran, AB

March 5 March 5

Lockhart Valley/Beagle Simmentals Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB

Erixon Simmentals Annual Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Pheasantdale Cattle Co. 12th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Balcarres, SK

22nd Annual McMillen Ranching Annual Bull Sale, Carievale, SK MCG Simmentals & RACK Angus 9th Annual Bull Sale, Stavely, AB

8th Annual O Double E Farms Simmental Bull & Female, Beaverlodge, Alberta R+ Simmentals Annual Bull Sale, Estevan, SK Ashworth Farm & Ranch Simmental Sale, Oungre, SK Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale, Innisfail, AB 23rd Severtson Land & Cattle with guest Trendsetter Livestock Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB

March 8 March 8 March 8

Built Right Bull Sale, Provost, AB

March 9 March 9

Mar Mac Farms & Guests Bull Sale, Brandon, MB

7th Annual Harvie Ranching Bull Sale, Olds, AB 12th Annual Butts, Gutts & Nuts Simmental Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK 26th Annual Sunny Valley Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK

March 9 Skor Simmentals 14th Annual Red & Black Bull Sale, Camrose, AB March 10 13th Annual Westway & Deeg Simmental Bull & Female

Timberlind Auctions 8th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Buck Creek, AB

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5th Annual Chittick Family Bull Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB

March 6 Janzen Ranches 23rd Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull March 7 Sale, Rosemary, AB March 7 17th Annual Genetic Edge Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB March 7

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Sale, Olds, AB

March 10 Spring Creek’s “In Pursuit of Perfection” Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK March 11 Northern Classic Charolais & Simmental Sale, Grand Prairie, AB March 12 3rd Annual Next Generation Bull & Female Sale, Lloydminster, SK March 12 Swantewitt Simmentals 12th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB March 12 5th Annual Synergie Bull Sale,

Ste-Sophie de Levrard, PQ

March 12 Ranchlands Simmental Bull Sale, Stavely, AB March 12 Place Your Bet Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Veteran, AB March 12 Your Source for Success Bull & Female Sale,

Indian River, ON

March 13 March 14 March 14 March 15 March 15 March 15

Rebels of the West Simmental Bull Sale, Virden, MB

Genetic Source Simmental Bull Sale, Brandon, MB South Sask Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK On Target Bull & Female Sale, Barrhead, AB Prairie Partners Bull Sale, Killarney, MB Kuntz Stoughton McIntosh SAJ 17th Annual Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK

March 16 Adair Ranch 23rd Annual Bull & Female Sale, Provost, AB March 16 Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale,

Neepawa, MB

March 16 South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK


March 17 Get-A-Grip Angus and Simmental Bull & Female Sale,

Forestburg, AB

March 18 March 18 March 18 March 19 March 19 March 19 March 21 March 21

Porter Ranches Bull Sale, Stony Plain, AB

March 29 20th Annual U2 Ranch Bull & Female Sale, High River, AB Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests 17th Annual Bull Sale, Cheneville, PQ 10th Annual Proudly Western Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK HWY 16 West Multibreed Bull Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale, Red Deer, AB Maple Lake Stock Farm “Kickoff To Spring” Bull Sale, Grande Clairiere, MB Hereford Bull Sale, Douglas, MB

March 22 City View Simmentals & Ivanhoe Angus 6th Annual

Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK

March 23 Herter Simmentals “Paint’em Black” Sale, Maple Creek, SK March 24 Wheatland Land & Cattle Co Annual Bull Sale,

Bienfait, SK

March 25 Rust Mountain View Ranch 5th Annual “Ace in the Hole”

Bull Sale, Turtle Lake, ND

March 26 Transcon’s Mountain View Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB March 28 Transcon’s Peace Country Simmental Bull Sale

Swift Current, SK

March 29 MFR Genetic Destination 6th Annual Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Family Tradition Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale, Dropmore, MB March 29 Early Sunset Ranch “Only the Good Ones Sell” 35th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Edam, SK The Casaloma Classic Bull Sale, Prince Albert, SK

March 22 WLB Livestock’s 12th Annual Simmental & Polled

March 28 Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale,

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Transcon’s 21st Annual Advantage Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Maritime Beef Test Station Bull Sale, Nappan, NS 2nd Annual Midwestern Ontario Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Hanover, ON Best of the Breeds Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale, Winnipeg, MB Transcon’s Cattle Country Simmental Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB 41st Annual Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK Spirit of the North Bull Sale, Spiritwood, SK Daines Cattle Annual Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Southview Ranch Bull Sale, Ceylon, SK Simmental & Fleckvieh Conference of the Americas, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

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ABC Cattle Co..................................111

City View Simmentals.................77, 111

Four Starr Simmentals....................... 90

Lobster Point Farms.........................115

Adair Ranch............................... 71, 107

C-K Simmentals................................. 27

Genex Cooperative, Inc..............89, 117

Lockhart Valley Simmentals.............. 46

Afri-Can Simmentals.........................113

Clearwater Simmenals.............. 52, 107

Giebelhaus Simmentals..................... 27

Lohner Herefords............................... 92

Alameda Agencies Ltd......................116

Continental Livestock Services LLC..... 23

Gilchrist Farms.................................. 85

Lone Stone Farms........................... 108

Alliance Simmental Farms................113

Coulee Crossing Cattle Company..... 65

GJR Simmentals...............................111

M & J Farms...............................28, 113

Alta Genetics....................................117

Crimson Tide Fleckvieh....................114

Glasman Farms................................. 28

M & R Cattle Co......................... 20, 109

Anchor D Ranch.................. 16, 17, 107

Crocus Simmentals........................... 80

Grant Rolston Photography Ltd........116

MacKenzie Cattle Company............ 108

Applecross....................................... 107

Crossroad Farms..................32, 33, 111

Gra-Tan Farm.................................... 43

Mader Ranches........... 18, 19, 106, 108

Arntzen Angus................................... 62

Curtis Simmentals............................. 65

Gravandale Simmentals...................114

Maple Key Farm...............................114

Arrow Creek Simmentals................... 63

Czech-Mate Livestock............... 50, 107

Grinalta Farms........................... 27, 108

Mappin Simmentals................... 70, 109

Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd......49, 111

D Maronda Simmentals..................... 70

Grindell Farms................................... 27

Mar Mac Farms..........................55, 113

Aumack Simmentals.........................111

Daines Cattle..................................... 87

H. S. Knill Company Limited.............117

Masterfeeds................................11, 116

Bar 5 Farms Ltd..........................15, 113

Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd..117 Hairy Hill Cattle Co.......................... 108

Maxwell Simmentals.................. 41, 109

Bar CL Livestock............................. 107

Deeg Simmental........................ 58, 107

Hallridge Simmentals........................114

McCormack Family Ranch...............112

Beagle Simmentals.................... 46, 107

Destiny Simmentals..........................114

Hall’s Cattle Co.................................. 65

MCG Simmentals............................ 109

Beechinor Bros. Simmentals..38, 39, 107

Diamond B Simmentals..................... 29

Hampton Simmentals........................ 29

McIntosh Livestock.....................67, 112

Bert’s NR Simmentals....................... 72

Diamond M Ranch............................. 26

Hannah Simmentals........................ 108

McManus Simmentals......................113

Big Rock Simmentals...................... 107

Diamond T Simmentals................... 108

Hartman Cattle Company.................. 23

McMillan Ranching Ltd...............45, 112

Big Sky Simmentals........................... 64

Don Heggie Simmentals.................. 108

Harvie Ranching.............................. 108

Meadow Acres Farms.................44, 112

Black Gold Simmental Ltd................. 59

Donovandale Simmentals.................114

Herter Simmentals............................. 88

Mi Simmentals........................... 70, 108

Black River Farms............................113

Dora Lee Genetics............................114

High Bluff Stock Farm.......................113

Mitchell Cattle co............................. 107

BlackSand Cattle Company..............113

Dorran Marketing Inc........................116

High Country Cattle Services..38, 39, 108

Moonshine Simmentals..................... 27

Blushrose Simmental Farm........54, 111

Dorran, Steve...................................116

Hi-Tech Farms..................................114

More Bros. Simmentals..................... 63

Bohrson Marketing Services..................

Double Bar D Farms.....................2, 111

Hoegl Livestock................................111

Movald Ranches.......................... 34, 35

........ 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 20, 36, 37 41,

Double G Simmentals.................84, 111

Indian River Cattle Co................69, 114

Muirhead Cattle Co.....................36, 112

....................42, 57, 58, 59, 73, 88 , 117

Double R Farms.......................... 38, 39

Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd..117 New Holland........................................ 3

Boisvert Simmental............................ 61

Downey Farms...........................63, 113

Janzen Ranches........................ 24, 108

Nolara Farms................................... 109

Bonchuk Farms................................113

Downhill Simmentals......................... 63

Jelia Simmentals/Rolly Acres Farm... 62

North Creek Simmentals............84, 112

Bouchard Livestock International..........

DP Sales Management.....................117

Jetstream Livestock..........................114

North Hill Simmentals...................... 109

...................2, 5, 26, 30, 49, 63, 80, 117

Dunc’s Cattle Co...............................114

JNR Farms...................................... 108

Northern Light Simmentals................ 72

Boundary Ranch................................ 80

Dwayann Simmentals.......................114

Johnson Charolais............................. 31

Norton Simmentals............................ 29

Bova-Tech Ltd...................................117

Eagle-Ridge Simmentals................. 108

Johnson Stock Farms........................ 75

O Double E Simmentals.................. 109

Bow Valley Genetics.........................117

Early Sunset Ranch........................... 81

JP Cattle Co...................................... 75

Oakview Simmentals......................... 64

BS Ranch........................................ 107

East Poplar Simmentals...................111

JR Cattle............................................ 29

Oberg, Don.......................................116

Canadian Beef Breeds Council......... 95

Edge, Dean.......................................116

June Rose Charolais......................... 84

O’Brien Farms..................................114

Canadian Bull Congress...................116

EDN Simmentals........................80, 111

Keato Meadow Simmentals............. 108

O’Grady Steel...................................116

Canadian Cattlemen.........................117

Edwards Angus.................................. 65

Keet Simmentals............................... 84

Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group... 109

Canadian Charolais Association........ 94

Elliott Simmentals.............................. 27

Kin Kin Cattle Co....................... 43, 108

Optimal Bovines Inc..................... 47, 66

Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society

Elm Tree Farms................................114

Kindred Spirit Cattle........................... 65

Oslanski Simmental Farms.............. 109

.......................................................... 91

Erixon Simmentals......................37, 111

Kopp Farms Simmentals..................113

Outback Cattle Co............................. 70

Carey, Brent......................................116

Fallen Timber Farms....................... 107

Kuntz Simmental Farm...............67, 111

Paradise Farms................................. 85

Casaloma Cattle Company...............111

Ferme BMS....................................... 61

LaBatte Simmentals...................44, 111

Parkhill Ranches.............................. 109

Cattle Cures by Barb Luther.............116

Ferme Gagnon Inc......................73, 115

Lazy Bar-B Simmentals..............84, 111

Parview Stockfarms......................... 109

Chittick Family Hereford Ranch......... 43

Ferme Saro Farm.............................115

Lazy S Ranch Inc............................ 108

Pearson Simmentals....................... 109

Circle 3 Genetics..............................113

Ferme Sibelle Fleck........................... 61

Lewis Farms............................ 108, 124

Perkin Land & Cattle Co.................... 55

Circle G Simmentals & Angus......... 107

Foley Simmentals.............................114

Little Willow Creek Ranch...........65, 112

Peters Simmentals...........................119


Pheasantdale Cattle Co..............42, 112

Saddleridge Charolais....................... 30

Stockmens Insurance.......................116

Triple Rose Simmentals...................115

Phillips Farms Simmentals...............115

SAJ Simmentals.........................67, 112

Stone Simmentals................34, 35, 110

Tryon Simmentals.............................115

Pine Creek Simmentals................... 109

Sandy Hill Simmentals....................... 70

Storebo Farm..................................... 84

TSN Livestock............................63, 113

Porter Ranches.................... 83, 95, 109

Saugeen Acres.................................110

Stoughton Farms........................67, 112

Twin Brae Simmentals................72, 113

Prairie Wind Farms Ltd...................... 75

Schatz Simmentals...........................110

Stout Brothers Simmentals.......... 34, 35

Twin Butte Simmentals.....................110

Pro-Char Charolais............................ 31

Schlacter Simmentals........................ 88

Sullivan Simmentals.........................115

Tymarc Livestock..............................110

R Plus Simmentals............................ 47

Schweitzer Simmentals..................... 72

Sun Rise Simmentals.................75, 112

Ultra Livestock........................... 51, 106

Rachido Ranch.................................. 43

Scissors Creek Cattle Co............ 74, 75

Sun Star Simmentals..................62, 110

Virginia Ranch............................53, 110

Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais.30, 109

Semex............................................... 93

Sunny Valley Simmentals...........57, 112

W2 Farms.........................................112

Rancier Farms..................... 40, 41, 109

SILBL Simmentals............................. 66

Suter Silverado Simmentals.............. 84

Weldehaven Farms..........................115

RDG Simmentals............................. 109

Silver Smith Farms Ltd...................... 70

Swan Lake Farms.............................112

Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company......110

Red Rose Angus...............................112

Silvertop Simmentals......................... 46

Swantewitt Simmentals..............60, 110

Westway Farms Ltd....................58, 110

Red Willow Ranch............................. 59

Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals.....110

T Bar C Cattle Company Ltd.................

Wheatland Cattle Co......................... 79

Rehorst Farms Ltd............................. 85

Skeels, Dan......................................116

.......................2, 27, 65, 67, 75, 79, 117

Wild Oak Farms................................115

Rendezvous Farms..........................113

Skor Simmentals........................56, 110

The Register.....................................115

Windy Knoll Farm.............................115

R-Five Simmentals...................... 34, 35

South Holden Simmentals................. 62

Timberlind Auctions....................29, 116

WJ Simmentals.................................110

Riskan Hope Farm............................. 65

Southpaw Cattle Company...............110

TNT Simmental Ranch...................... 25

WLB Livestock................................. 121

River Point Cattle Co........................114

Spring Creek Simmentals...........21, 112

Todd Simmentals..............................115

Wolfe Farms.....................................110

Riverbank Farm................................113

Spring Lake Simmentals.......29, 41, 110

Townview Farms................................ 88

Wolfe’s Fleckvieh..............................110

RKT Simmentals................................ 72

Springer Simmental........................... 22

Transcon Livestock Corp.24, 38, 39, 50

Workman Farms................................ 72

Robb Farms......................................112

Spruce View Acres............................ 27

52, 53, 56, 64, 70, 72, 76, 78, 84, 117, 123

ProRich Seeds..................................113

Robson Acres...................................114

Starwest Farms............................... 107

Trendsetter Ranches......................... 27

Xcel Livestock...................................115

Roenda Stock Farms......................... 63

Steen Agencies.................................116

Trevor’s Cowpix................................116

XRC Simmentals..............................112

Rosebud Simmentals...................... 109

Stewart Simmentals..........................115

Triangle Stock Farm.......................... 31

X-T Simmentals................................. 80

Rust Mountain View Ranch..12, 13, 115

Stock, Mark.......................................116

Triple R Simmentals.......................... 64

Yellow Rose Cattle Co....................... 29

“THE WLB KIND” OF BULLS SELL! Including His Maternal Brother by “El Tigre”! Look for Lot 1 - WLB 417C -

9 month wt of 1217 lbs.

March 22, 2016

(WLB 4170A pictured)

$25,000 son of WLB 156S Belle 3551W sold to Bryan and Keith Stoughton, Maidstone, Sk. in 2014 WLB Bull Sale. A $25,000 blood brother(WLB 420B) out of a flush sister to 3551W sold to Harvie Ranching in our 2015 bull sale. The high selling female in our 2014 Internet Heifer Sale was out of another flush sister.

Videos and catalogue available online at

www.wlblivestock.com wlblivestock@inetlink.ca

We will have 8 El Tigre sons selling including 3 sons out these productive sisters. Outstanding Black sons of WFLAbsolute, KOP 254Z, LFE Bounty, and Combustible will also sell. Red sons of SVS Force 47Y, Red Rocket, Tradmark, and WLB 356A will sell.

WLB Livestock Bill & Nancy Biglieni Douglas, Manitoba

204 763 4697

204 729 7925

Offering 65 Black/Red Simmental and Polled Hereford YearlingBulls.

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Join us for SBIC 2016! January 20 – 22, 2016 at the newly renovated

Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre

DECISION MAKING

consumer trends

FEED LOT

POLICY scholarship

TRADE SHOW Industry meetings

SHARING

BRANDING Guest speakers

PARTNERSHIPS

If you are part of the beef industry, you should be part of

Conference, trade show, industry meetings, business networking and more.

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31st Annual Bull Sale February 27, 2016

140 Simm. Yearlings, 45 Angus Yearlings 120 Simm. Extra Age 45 Angus Extra Age

LFE 3161B Limitless x 514N

LFE 3147B Stubby x Poker Face

LFE 3262B

Chunk x Cross Fire

LFE 745B Chesapeake x Stimulation

LFE 3018B JL Kelly x Pioneer

LFE 3074B Turbulence x Canyon

Kyle Lewis: 780-220-9188 Jordan Buba: 780-818-4047 Ken Lewis: 780-818-3829 kyle@lewisfarms.ca jordan@lewisfarms.ca lewis@xplornet.com Fullblood Bulls: Mark Land & Cattle , Lenny Mark 780-842-7207

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