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Volume 14 Issue 2 September 2015 What’s Inside Kara and Darold Enright — Ontario Farm Couple Carve Out A Direct Wholesale Beef Market

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From the Gate Post The Canadian Simmental Convention – A Huge Success

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Consider Crossbreeding for Commercial Beef Production

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Pinkeye and Related Eye Problems in Cattle

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CSA Survey

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What’s Happening

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Publication Mail Agreement # 40012794

Kara and Darold Enright Ontario Farm Couple Carve Out A Direct Wholesale Beef Market

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Story By Lee Hart

t was a planning decision that Kara and Darold Enright made about five years ago when they seriously looked at their Eastern Ontario beef farm — they either had to turn their farm into a profitable operation or get out of agriculture altogether. In 2010 the Canadian cattle industry was still struggling as a result of low prices following the BSE crisis of a few years earlier. Kara and Darold only had a few head of purebred Simmental cattle and were both working off-farm in order to keep the farm afloat. They both decided that something had to change and as a result of the business plan which they developed, the Enrights stepped into the world of direct marketing of beef. It’s been a steep learning curve over the last five years that has involved a lot of work and covered a lot of miles and today Enright Cattle Company is a successful direct beef supplier to roughly 40 restaurants and dozens of individual consumers from Ottawa to Toronto. As a result of this success, their business is growing, they have increased their cattle numbers and the business supports Kara as a full time owner/employee. If the next five-years of their business plan is successful they will bring Darold full time into the venture as well.

GET SERIOUS OR GO HOME

“We both grew up on farms and loved agriculture,” says Kara. “But in those first few years before we got into direct marketing we were working like crazy and not really getting anywhere. We were both working very hard with off farm jobs to keep the farm going. We had to make a decision about whether there was some way we could make it profitable, or downsize and just keep a few head of cattle as a hobby.” The Enright’s farm is near Tweed, Ontario north of Kingston and both Kara and Darold grew up on farms near where they farm today. They bought the farm which they now operate under Enright Cattle Company in 2004 — a year after the BSE crisis and started farming with a few head of beef cattle. Kara had been involved with cattle since she bought her first heifer at the Royal Winter Fair when she was 13. “Like a lot of people we knew the BSE crisis was bad but believed that things would turn around,” says Kara “but it was slow in coming. We were running about 30 head of cattle which wasn’t enough.” Neither Kara or Darold had any previous direct marketing experience. Kara’s parents, Don and Chris Langevin who farm nearby, had a beef finishing feed-yard as part of their farming operation and with that asset they decided to give direct marketing a try. They started by attending two farmers’ markets — one in Kingston and one in Toronto. They bought proper coolers and display cases and went out to meet the public. “Attending those farmers’ markets allowed us to get a grasp on the direct marketing business,” says Kara. “We began to learn about beef products and cuts of beef; and most importantly what consumers want in a beef cut and what they are interested in relating to how that beef is produced. We found they also wanted information on how to cook beef.”

THE WHOLESALE CONNECTION

While the farmers’ markets were a relatively low volume/high mark up experience leading into the direct marketing business, it helped Enright Cattle Company connect with the next opportunity— chefs looking for a quality product for their restaurants. Restaurant chefs coming to the Farmers’ Market looking for fresh, high quality, locally produced beef, enabled the Enrights to connect with the wholesale side of the business. “We started with a few restaurants

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that liked our product who came back for more and it just grew” says Kara. “There was some door knocking involved to introduce our product but eventually people were coming to us to supply beef.” Along with the wholesale business, Enright Cattle Company has also developed an on-line meat ordering option, selling smaller quantities of beef to individual consumers. “If they are looking for specific cuts such as roasts, steaks and burger for example, they can place an order on-line — we have a minimum order of $100,” says Kara. We will then put the meat package together and deliver the product. The farm also offers fresh “boxes” of beef called “Kara’s Selection”. These range from $100 to $300 in value and anyone buying a box gets a selection of meat cuts picked out by Kara. The boxes contain several different cuts for a variety and is based on availability. “We have a number of on-line customers from Ottawa to Toronto,” says Kara. “But it represents only about 10 per cent of our business. The wholesale market is where we focus as it is much simpler and is where we move the most beef.”

treated while making sure there is more than ample withdrawal time between treatments and when an animal may go to market.” Chefs from different restaurants have visited the farm to get a first hand look at how cattle are being raised. In many restaurants their beef products are branded as Enright Cattle Company beef with their farm logo on the menus and in some cases the back panel of the menu may carry photos and a description of how cattle are produced on the farm. The Enrights have developed their own traceability program with

GREAT FIT WITH SIMMENTAL

The Enrights currently run a 50-cow herd that includes about 40 head of red and black Simmental cows which are primarily bred to a Simmental bull. They also have roughly 10 head of commercial Angus cattle. Along with the permanent herd they buy calves from selected farms that are then finished for beef. From their own herd, the top heifers are kept as replacement cattle and everything else goes into the beef market after being finished at the Langevin feed-yard. “Ideally we would like to have all animals that grade AAA, but there are some AA’s in the mix” says Kara. “We like the Simmental or SimmAngus cross because they finish nicely with some backfat and produce a nice carcass size. If consumers want a six or eight ounce steak they generally like a cut that is fairly thick, whereas if we were producing larger carcasses that six ounce steak would be quite thin.” As well since she works with the cattle quite a bit herself, often with children Corben and Evelyn in tow, Kara says she really appreciates the quiet temperament of Simmental cattle. From a slow start in the farmers’ market, the Enrights are today marketing about six head per week, primarily for the wholesale market.

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The Enrights have focused on developing a quality meat product and to enhance their beef all carcasses are dry aged 14 to 21 days before being cut. Described as natural, it is produced with no artificial hormones or antibiotic residue. Their website, www.enrightcattlecompany.com describes that their animals are fed an all-vegetable diet and are produced under “exceptional” animal welfare practices, on a sustainable farming operation that is “environmentally conscious”. “We are dealing with a market that is really interested in how their beef is raised, whether it is a chef or the customers in their restaurant,” says Kara. “So we pay attention to those principles of livestock production. We are not “organic” ” because we do use antibiotics if an animal needs to be treated and we make that clear to our customers. We don’t want any animal that may have footrot, pink eye or whatever to suffer, so we treat as necessary. We don’t treat any more than we have to and treat only what needs to be

a coding system that not only tracks every animal, but every cut of meat from the farm to the end user. “We hope that an issue never arises, but if there was some problem where we had to recall product, we could let those customers know in a matter of seconds,” she says. “For our own sake as well as consumer safety it is important to know where all products go.” With the combination of wholesale and online retail sales, Kara says they are able to market all cuts of beef. “I would describe all of our restaurants being “higher end” serving a range of menu items from filet mignon to hamburgers and through our customer base we are able to market the whole animal. About the only part that is harder to market is the liver, but we’re working on that too.”

THE NEXT PHASE

Kara says that she and Darold are excited about developing the next five-year segment of their business plan. “We have a lot of ideas and want the wholesale market in particular to continue to grow,” she says. They are currently processing six head per week and the next step is to increase to seven head; once they increase to 10 head per week they feel the business would be sustainable as a two-person operation. As the number of animals that they market increases so will their cowherd size; along with increasing meat sales they may also include some on-farm processing facilities to produce value-added meat products. This expansion may also include a retail outlet for meat and beef products as well as leather products made from the hides they produce; again in an attempt to increase the value of every animal they produce. “Our goal is to grow the business so Darold can work full time on the farm and also make it sustainable for the next generation,” says Kara. “The next five years of our planning process will also include succession planning with my parents.”


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From the Gate Post

Bruce Holmquist General Manager - Canadian Simmental Association

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The Canadian Simmental Convention – A Huge Success!

he Ontario Simmental Association were the hosts of the 2015 Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) Convention in Lindsay Ontario July 30th –August 2nd and by all accounts it was a huge success! This was the largest attendance at a CSA Convention in recent memory and the National Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) show and accompanying program saw its largest number of both participants and cattle in many years. The weekend began with golf which was a great time of fellowship and interaction with fellow Simmental breeders and enthusiasts in a relaxed environment. Later in the afternoon the registration desk opened with which was followed by an informal “meet and greet” to welcome the attendees who came from across Canada. The afternoon also included the CSA/Provincial Presidents meeting of the CSA board and staff and representatives from the Provincial Simmental Associations. This was the second face to face meeting of this kind and provides great value in discussing and updating all involved on the programming of the CSA as well discussion on the various activities from within the Provincial Simmental Associations. All regions of the country were represented with the exception of British Columbia and it is hoped that the meeting next year in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan will see a full slate of attendees. The following day’s events began with the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Board of Directors meeting as well as the National YCSA Annual General meeting; YCSA competition classes began later in the morning and continued through the day. At the same time the Simmental Innovations Symposium was held with participants hearing presentations from Dr. Steve Miller, New Zealand (via video); Dr. John Crowley, University of Alberta and Canadian Beef Breeds Council; Dr. Katie Wood, University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Angela Canovas, University of Guelph; Dr. Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association; Mr. Scott Matthews, Cargill, as well as an overview of CSA breed improvement initiatives. A wide range of topics were covered relating to genetic improvement for the Canadian Beef Industry through the Simmental breed, and those in attendance gained knowledge to improve their education relating to seed-stock production. This venue also allowed attendees to ask questions on CSA project work and breed improvement programming through the panel discussion that involved all of the speakers. An evening boat cruise followed that included an onboard supper and Simmental fellowship in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Saturday was a day full of activity that began with a CSA Board of Directors meeting and while the Board was dealing with the business of the association there was opportunity for others to watch the YCSA showmanship classes. The afternoon began with the CSA Annual General meeting which saw the largest attendance in many years and allowed for member interaction in the question and answer process during the various reports. The financial status of the CSA remains very solid with another surplus recognized for the 2014

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fiscal year which illustrates the success and presence that Simmental is enjoying in the marketplace and is also a credit to the CSA board and their adherence to balanced budgeting. An election was held for the three CSA director positions available which saw Francis Gagnon, Garth Rancier and Dan Skeels join the board beginning three year terms as new directors. Retiring Directors John Sullivan, Wes Mack and Randy Mader were presented gifts of appreciation for their terms on the Board of Directors. Following the meeting the 2015-16 CSA executive was elected and consists of President Lacey Fisher, 1st Vice President David Milliner, and 2nd Vice President Lee McMillen. The 2015 CSA AGM report is available at www.simmental.com The banquet which was held Saturday evening was attended by over 275 guests who enjoyed a fabulous meal and a special surprise when Parisien, the first Simmental bull imported to North America, joined us. This was a huge surprise to all as his head and memorabilia were last seen and went missing during the 2006 World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Congress that was held in Calgary. It is great to have these items back and all will be returned to the Cardston museum where they had previously been housed. During the brief program that followed the banquet a presentation was made of a cheque for $11,090 to the YCSA representing Simmental’s portion of the 2015 T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament. This brings the total raised through the tournament for the YCSA program to $67,500 over the past eight years. Thank you to T Bar and all involved for this ongoing support of our youth. Another of the highlights of the evening was the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Auction. This year’s sale continued to build on the success of previous auctions and raised over $100,000 for research, youth programing and scholarships. This was the most successful event to date and congratulations to all involved, especially the Auction committee and all the volunteers. As well a huge thank you to all who donated and to those who bought and bid on the items. As a result of the hard work and support from many, a cheque was presented from the Foundation to the YCSA for $15,000. Sunday’s activities began with a Foundation board meeting and then the focus moved to the YCS confirmation classes. This was the culmination of the YCS events which occurred over the weekend and included competitors from Alberta to the Maritimes. The numbers of exhibitors and cattle displayed were the largest in many years and the quality paraded before Judge Garth Rancier was exceptional and evidence of the strong future that lays ahead for Simmental in Canada. CSA members and Simmental enthusiasts from across Canada came together to enjoy excellent Ontario hospitality and all are commended for their enthusiasm and dedication to the breed. Plans are underway for the 2016 Canadian Simmental Convention that will be held in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan next summer so watch for details and make plans to attend and be part of the growing Simmental excitement!


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Saturday, September 26 :: Williams Lake, BC

Peak Dot Ranch Fall Bull and Female Sale

Saturday, September 26 :: Saint Sophie, PQ

Friday, December 4 :: Olds, AB

Eastern Harvest Simmental Heifer Sale Saturday, October 3 :: Markdale, ON

Bar 5 Extravaganza Sale

Sunday, October 4 :: LiveAuctions.TV

River Point Cattle Co Internet Sale Monday, October 12 :: Olds, AB

Diamond T Cattle “Diamond Mine” Online Sale Friday, October 16 :: Rimbey, AB

Anchor D “Pasture Treasures” Female Sale Sunday, October 18 :: LiveAuctions.TV

Elm Tree Farms “Endless Possibilities” Online Sale Monday, October 19 :: Lloydminster, SK

Justamere Sale Of The Year Friday, October 23 :: Moose Jaw, SK

Angus Harvest Classic

Monday, October 26 :: Turtle Lake, ND

Rust Mountain View “Queens of the Pasture” Sale Saturday, October 31 :: Renfrew, ON

Enright Farms & Vos Vegas Farms Production Sale Friday, November 6 :: Lloydminster, SK

Stockade Roundup Fall Fusion All-Breed Sale Sunday, November 15 :: Campbellsburg, KY

Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale Monday November 16 :: Radville, SK

Brooking Angus Open Book Invitational - Chapter 3 Monday, November 16 :: Louisville, KY

North American Select Sale Monday, November 16 :: Erskine, AB

Combest Limousin Complete Dispersal Saturday, November 21 :: LiveAuctions.TV

Futures One Online Simmental Sale Wednesday, November 25 :: Regina, SK

45th Annual Agribition Simmental Sale Friday, November 27 :: Regina, SK

Solid Gold Agribition Limousin Sale Friday, November 27 :: Regina, SK

5th Annual Power and Perfection Angus Sale Wednesday, December 1 :: Camrose, AB

Camrose Country Classic

Thursday, December 3 :: Edgerton, AB

4th Annual Pugh Farms Online Production Sale

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Thursday, December 3 :: Wood Mountain, SK

Pacific Invitational All Breeds Female Sale

Highland Sale XXI

Friday, December 4 :: MacGregor, MB

Manitoba Limousin Advantage Sale Monday, December 7 :: Vermilion, AB

Y Coulee “You Be The Judge” Bull & Heifer Sale Tuesday, December 8 :: Brandon, MB

37th Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale Wednesday, December 9 :: Lloydminster, SK

4th Annual Western Select Limousin Sale Thursday, December 10 :: Regina, SK

Blairs.Ag & Six Mile Ranch “Genetic Focus 2015” Friday, December 11 :: Carievale, SK

MRL Herdbuilder 2015 Female Sale Sunday, December 13 :: Brandon, MB

MarMac Farms New Generation Female Sale Tuesday, December 15 :: Peebles, SK

Johnson Livestock Female Sale Friday, December 18 :: Olds, AB

4th Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale Saturday, December 19 :: Olds, AB

The Angus Collection Sale - Volume IIl Tuesday, December 22 :: Moose Jaw, SK

Spring Creek “Golden Opportunity ll” Female Sale Tuesday, December 29 :: Aneroid, SK

Sandy Bar Ranch Complete Angus Dispersal Sale Thursday, December 31 :: Saskatoon, SK

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Playing the Long Game: Capturing Value in Livestock Innovation Livestock Gentec Conference Delta Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta October 13th & 14th, 2015

Topics and speakers include: Making Sense in a Complex World Jeff Millang - Director, Livestock and Farm Business Branch, Livestock Research and Extension Division, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Traceability Equals Transparency – A Look Beyond Bookend Traceability To Full Scientific Tamper-Proof Traceability Using Biometric Identifiers. Jim Hansen - Identigen Inc. The A to Z of C.O.P. (Cost of Production) Kathy Larson - Economist, Western Beef Development Centre Pulling Value Through the Beef Chain - the UK Experience Mike Coffey - Professor, Scotland’s Rural College Genetic Improvement in Commercial Beef Cattle - What Is Possible? Brian Wickham - International Beef Industry Consultant Communications as a Tactic of Risk Management Andrew Powell - Director, Centre for Risk Communication, Asia Innovation in Action in the Poultry Sector Mitchell Abrahamsen - VP Research and Development, Cobb-Vantress Inc. Beef and the Era of Sustainability - Sector Perspectives & Panel Discussions Jeff Fitzpatrick-Stillwell - Senior Manager, Sustainability, McDonald’s Corporation Morgan Chattaway - Owner, Bar S Ranch (cow/calf sector) Stuart Thiessen - Owner, Namaka Farms (feedlot sector) Traceability, Niche Markets & Value Chain Integration Cory Van Groningen - Owner, VG Meats & President, Ontario Independent Meat Processors Association Includes Rodizio Dinner at Pampa Brazilian Steak House Featuring table-side service of wide variety of select cuts of Alberta beef, pork, poultry and lamb, this Rodizio experience includes all the meat you desire along with one-of-a-kind salad bar. For additional details and to register: www.livestockgentec.com 16


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11th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale

December 5, 2015 at Wolfe Farms, Valleyview, AB

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

Offering: 50 Fleckvieh Simmental 18 month old bulls

15 Registered bred heifers

Thank you

to the last year’s buyers (*multiple purchases)

WOLFE ARNOLD 613A sold to Klassen Ranching

WOLFE AIRBORNE 580A sold to Alix Colony

Alix Colony* Ben Baldwin Tom Basnett Cody Chapman Dead Horse Creek* Stephen Heise Ted Henderson* Jensen Ranches Keith Johnson Paul Kinnee Klassen Ranching Danny Klassen Frank Klassen James Legeyt Many Creeks Farms* Ron Meston

Don Miller John Neufeld Ken Neufeld James Peel* Henry Roy Clark Rycroft* South Peace Colony* John Sarapuk Bernie Schellenberg Brian Stratuliak* Rene Vasseur* James Wiebe Arnold Wirstruk* John Wirth Warren Wohlgemuth

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

For catalogs or further information contact:

Wolfe Farms Tony Wolfe

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

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


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Breed Improvement

Consider Crossbreeding for Commercial Beef Production By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Cow-Calf Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

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n spite of high calf and fed cattle prices, high inputs costs related to supplemental feedstuffs, fuel and fertilizer have many producers seeking ways to improve cow-calf 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. More and more producers are finding that a structured crossbreeding system helps them achieve the goals increasing productivity and reducing production costs. Why crossbreed? 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. What is heterosis? Heterosis refers to the superiority of the crossbred animal relative to the average of its straight bred parents. Heterosis results from the increase in the heterozygosity of a crossbred animal’s genetic makeup. Heterozygosity refers to a state where an animal has two different forms of a gene. It is believed that heterosis is the result of gene dominance and the recovery from accumulated inbreeding depression of pure breeds. Heterosis is, therefore, dependant on an animal having two different copies of a gene. The level of heterozygosity an animal has depends on the random inheritance of copies of genes from its parents. In general, animals that are crosses of unrelated breeds, such as Angus and Brahman, exhibit higher levels of heterosis, due to more heterozygosity, than do crosses of more genetically similar breeds such as a cross of Angus and Hereford. Heterosis generates the largest improvement in lowly heritable traits. Moderate improvements due to heterosis are seen in moderately heritable traits. Little or no heterosis is observed in highly heritable traits. Heritability is the proportion of the observable variation in a trait between animals that is due to the genetics that are passed between generations and the variation observed in the animal’s phenotypes, which are the result of genetic and environmental effects. Traits such as reproduction and longevity have low heritability. These traits respond very slowly to selection since a large portion of the variation observed in them is due to environmental factors and a small percentage is due to genetic differences. Heterosis generated through crossbreeding can significantly improve an animal’s performance for lowly heritable traits. Crossbreeding has been shown to be an efficient method to improve reproductive efficiency and productivity in beef cattle.

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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 Southeastern and Mid-west areas of the US. Table 1. Individual Heterosis Trait Calving Rate, % Survival to Weaning, % Birth Weight, lb. Weaning Weight, lb. Yearling Weight, lb. Average Daily Gain, lb./d

Units 3.2 1.4 1.7 16.3 29.1 0.08

% Heterosis 4.4 1.9 2.4 3.9 3.8 2.6

Why is it so important to have crossbred cows? The production of crossbred calves yields advantages in both heterosis and the blending of desirable traits from two or more breeds. However, the largest economic benefit of crossbreeding to commercial producers comes from having crossbred cows. Maternal heterosis improves both the environment a cow provides for her calf as well as improves the longevity and durability of the cow. The improvement of the maternal environment a cow provides for her calf is manifested in the improvements in calf survivability to weaning and increased weaning weight. Crossbred cows exhibit improvements in calving rate of nearly 4% and an increase in longevity of more that one year due to heterotic effects (table 2). Heterosis results in increases in lifetime productivity of approximately one calf and 600 pounds of calf weaning weight over the lifetime of the cow (table 2). Crossbreeding 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. Crossbred cows maybe the only free lunch in the world. The effects of maternal heterosis on the economic measures of cow-calf production have been shown to be very positive. The added value of maternal heterosis ranges from approximately $50/cow/year to nearly $100/cow/year depending on the amount of maternal heterosis retained in the cowherd (Ritchie, 1998). Maternal heterosis accounted for an increase in net profit per cow of nearly $75/cow/year (Davis et al., 1994). Their results suggested that the benefits of maternal heterosis on profit were primarily the reduced cost per cow exposed. Crossbred cows had higher reproductive rates, longer productive lives, and required fewer replacements than straightbred cows in their study. All of these factors contribute to reduced cost per cow exposed. Further, they found increased outputs, including growth and milk yield, were offset by increased costs.


Table 2. Maternal Heterosis Trait

Units

% Heterosis

Calving Rate, % Survival to Weaning, % Birth Weight, lb. Weaning Weight, lb. Longevity, years

3.5 0.8 1.6 18.0 1.36

3.7 1.5 1.8 3.9 16.2

Lifetime Productivity Number of Calves Cumulative Weaning Wt., lb.

.97 600

17.0 25.3

How can I harness the power of breed complementarity? Breed complementarity is the effect of combining breeds that have different strengths. When considering crossbreeding from the standpoint of producing replacement females, one could select breeds that have complementary maternal traits such that females are most ideally matched to their production environment. Matings to produce calves for market should focus on complementing the traits of the cows and fine tuning calf performance (growth and carcass traits) to the market place. There is an abundance of research that describes the core competencies (biological type) of many of today’s commonly used beef breeds. Traits are typically combined into groupings such as maternal/ reproduction, growth and carcass. When selecting animals for a crossbreeding system, their breed should be your first consideration. What breeds you select for inclusion in your mating program will be dependant on a number of factors including the current breed composition of your cow herd, your forage and production environment, your replacement female development system, and your calf marketing endpoint. All of these factors help determine the relative importance of traits for each production phase.

What are the keys to successful crossbreeding programs? Many of the challenges that have been associated with crossbreeding systems in the past are the result of undisciplined implementation of the system. With that in mind, one should be cautious to select a mating system that matches the amount of labor and expertise available to appropriately implement the system. Crossbreeding systems range in complexity from very simple programs such as the use of hybrid genetics, which are as easy as straight breeding, to elaborate rotational crossbreeding systems with four or more breed inputs. The biggest keys to success are the thoughtful construction of a plan and the sticking to it! Be sure to set attainable goals. Discipline is essential. Should you need more information or advice on the merits of various crossbreeding systems please download the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortiums ‘Beef Sire Selection Manual’ and see chapters on breed and composite selection and crossbreeding systems. It is available in its entirety or by individual chapters here: http://www.nbcec. org/producers/sire.html. You may also contact me directly at my office: 227 Weber Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. I can be reached by phone at 785-532-1460 or email: bweaber@k-state.edu. Literature cited: Cundiff, L. V., and K. E. Gregory. 1999. What is systematic crossbreeding? Paper presented at Cattlemen’s College, 1999 Cattle Industry Annual Meeting and Trade Show, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Charlotte, North Carolina, February 11, 1999. Davis, K.C., M.W. Tess, D.D. Kress, D.E. Doornbros, and D.C. Anderson. 1994. Life Cycle Evaluation of Five Biological Types of Beef Cattle in a Cow-Calf Range Production System: II. Biological and Economic Performance. J. Anim. Sci. 72:2591-2598. Ritchie, H.D. 1998. Role of Composites in Future Beef Production Systems. http://www.msu.edu/~ritchieh/papers/BEEF201.ppt. Accessed October 2, 2005.

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Pinkeye and Related Eye Problems in Cattle by Roy Lewis, DVM

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he past several years has seen a huge resurgence of pinkeye and other eye problems in western Canada. While I may have some of the answers one year was unique with the lush growth of grass and a very high face fly population. Dry years see producers grazing alfalfa and the course stems also cause eye abrasions. This article will do a quick review of pinkeye and the more common practised preventative measures. Pinkeye technically is known as Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), caused by a bacteria Moraxella Bovis and is quite contagious. Young children are sent home from school if they contract the human form as it can spread very easily. Pinkeye is by far the most common eye problem in cattle and worthy of discussion. Other eye conditions may be mistaken for pinkeye. Producers initially will notice the eye tearing and the conjunctiva (pink area surrounding the eye) swollen and red. Pinkeye most commonly will affect just one eye. The theory being immunity will develop making the second eye less susceptible but I have also seen severe cases where both eyes are involved. As the infection progresses the cornea (eyeball) becomes cloudy and blue. The pinkeye organism attaches to the surface of the eye and causes an ulcer. This creates severe pain and the subsequent tearing and blepharospasm (eyelids being clamped shut). The tears concentrate the organism with blinking towards the centre of the eye. Pinkeye therefore always causes the most damage near the very middle of the eyeball. Occasionally the ulcer will perforate through the globe releasing the liquid behind the eye. The eye will have a popped out appearance and all sight will be lost. These cases will not recover and in severe cases the eye will protrude so much it will need to be removed. If these are left the pain causes the animal to do poorly so from an economic and animal welfare condition removal may be the only answer. Most veterinary clinics are set up very well to facilitate these removals if they are necessary. The other cases of perforation have the eyeball collapsing and shrivelling up into the eye socket. These may also tear a bit as the collapsed eye allows dirt and debris in but enucleation is generally not necessary. Any condition which changes the healthy integrity of the eye can predispose cattle to getting pinkeye. Generally younger animals are most susceptible because exposure implies inherent immunity to the older stock. Sunlight causing squinting and stress on the eyes predisposing cattle to pinkeye. Cattle with dark pigment around the eye such as Black Angus or the goggle faced Simmentals are way less susceptible. Much like the football players that darken the area below their eyes to prevent glare from the sun when treating pinkeye eye patches or strips of bluejean can be glued over the eye to totally prevent sunlight from causing further irritation. A dark spray can be applied around

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the eye on white-faced cattle to give them a raccoon like look. Flies especially face flies are real culprits for spreading the pinkeye organism as they feed on the eye secretions. Fly prevention whether it is the various insecticide ear tags, oilers or the pour-ones such as saber, boss or cylence. They have varying treament durations so must be applied during the peak fly season June to August in our area. We have many producers and one community pasture for instance applying the pour-on cylence right as they are going out the truck to pasture. This will give you the added benefit of helping prevent the spread of pinkeye and increase weight gains because of the decreased fly irritation. Pinkeye although not life threatening will cause decreased weight gains. For fully functional breeding bulls its best if they have binocular vision for depth perception to see cycling cows so you definitely want both eyes healthy. Calves with large scars on their eyes may yield a decreased price because of this blemish. There is also the danger of working with cattle blind in one eye they are often difficult to sort and a bit spookier as a result of impaired vision. These are all reasons we want to keep pinkeye to a minimum on our herds. Nutritional supporting the cow and making sure the internal parasite burden is looked after by deworming keeps the immune system strong so with any diseases make sure these basic things are looked after in your herd. Fairly effective choices of two vaccines are available for Moraxella bovis and producers which have continual problems in several animals may use this vaccine. Breeding bulls are another group it may pay to vaccinate. Vaccinating in the face of an outbreak has proven beneficial. If you need to run a group through treat the clinical cases and vaccinate them as well as the healthy herd mates. Treatment of clinical cases involves antibiotics such as long acting tetracyclines (which get good levels in the tears) or penicillin at low volumes (2-3 cc) injected into the conjunctiva of the eye or various eye ointments which your veterinarian needs to prescribe. A good rule of thumb is once the tearing stops the infection is under control and only time will have the white scar gradually diminish. Treating when there is only a white scar does nothing. Depending on the size of the initial scar it may eventually disappear or leave a white area in the middle of the eye. This diminishes sight but vision around the scar will allow cattle to function quite normally. Covering the eye with patches or housing where shade is available also help in the recovery. Many conditions mimic true pinkeye so always examine the eyes closely when tearing is first noticed, as earlier treatment will minimize permanent damage. From trauma to barley beards and grass awns lodged we as veterinarians are only guessing until we examine the eye closely. We can also stain the eye to detect where and how extensive any ulcers are.


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Name: ___________________________________________ Farm Name: ______________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ The Canadian Simmental Association wants you feedback. Surveys are to be submitted no later than November 30th. Those that fully complete surveys will have their names entered into a draw to win a $500 credit to purchase a bull from an active CSA member in 2016! 1) How many cows do you breed annually? ○ 1-50 ○51-100 ○101-250 ○251-500 ○ Over 1000

○501-1000

2) How many bulls do you use for breeding? 3) How many of these bulls are Simmental? 4) How many years have you used Simmental bulls? ○Less than one ○1-5 ○6-10 10+

13) Is Carcass Quality important to you as a producer? ○ Yes ○No

5) Do you also use other breeds of bulls? What other breeds do you use? ○ Angus ○Charolais ○Limousin ○Hereford ○Composite ○ Other (please list) _____________________

14) Is disposition important to you? ○No ○ Yes

6) When do you market your calves? ○At weaning ○Background until spring ○Finish/ slaughter ○ Other (please list) ________________________________

15) Do you feel that Simmental cows/ or bulls have a quiet disposition? ○ Yes ○No

7) Why do you use Simmental bulls? Rank in order. ○ Maternal and milk in replacement _____________ ○ High rate of growth _____________ ○ Disposition _____________ ○ Market acceptance _____________ ○ All of the above equally _____________ _____________ ○ Other (please list below) _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________

16) Do you keep replacement heifers out of your Simmetnal bulls? ○ Yes ○No

8) Which do you prefer? Check all that apply. ○Black ○Red ○Blaze faced ○Traditional colored ○Color doesn’t matter 9) What breed(s) is your cow herd base that you use your Simmental bulls on? ○Simmental ○Angus ○Hereford ○Charolais ○Limousin ○Other (please list) _______________________ 10) Do you use percentage or crossbred Simmental bulls? ○ Yes ○ No 11) How important is calving ease? ○ Very ○ Important ○ Somewhat ○ Doesn’t matter

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12) When selecting your Simmental bulls, which selection criteria do you use? Rank in order. ○ Birth Weight ○ EPDs ○ Eye Appeal ○ Actual Performance Data (weaning & yearling weights) ○ Pedigree ○ Scrotal Circumference ○ Actual or Ultra Sound Carcass Data ○ Other (please explain) __________________________________ ______________________________________________________

17) What do you think are the strengths of Simmental heifers and cows? Check those that you feel apply. ○ Good Mothers ○ Docile ○ Buyers Acceptance ○ Fertile ○ Milking Ability ○ Longevity ○ Other (please list) _________ ______________________________________________________ 18) Do you feel Simmental bulls and females have sound feet and legs? ○ No ○ Yes 19) Do you feel Simmental bulls and females have the ability to stay in your herd for many years? ○ Yes ○ No

Send completed surveys by November 30th to: mblack@simmental.com Fax to: (403) 250-5121 Mail to: Canadian Simmental Association #13, 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7C4


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From the Gate Post

Franc succès du Congrès canadien de l’Association Simmental ! Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

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’Association Simmental de l’Ontario était l’hôte du 30 juillet au 2 août dernier du Congrès annuel de l’Association Simmental du Canada (ASC), lequel s’est tenu à Lindsay et fut couronné d’un franc succès sur tous les plans ! Une foule record a assisté au Congrès annuel de l’ASC alors que la compétition annuelle de l’Association canadienne des jeunes éleveurs de l’Association Simmental du Canada (JESC) enregistrait également un sommet inégalé depuis plusieurs années du nombre de participants et de bovins présentés. La fin de semaine s’est amorcée dans un cadre plus détendu avec une partie de golf où les éleveurs Simmental et leurs invités ont passé du bon temps en bonne compagnie. La table d’inscription fut ouverte plus tard en après-midi, suivie d’une séance d’accueil informelle afin de souhaiter la bienvenue aux participants venus de partout au pays. Une rencontre s’est aussi déroulée en aprèsmidi, regroupant les Présidents provinciaux et de l’ASC avec les membres du conseil d’administration et le personnel de l’association, ainsi que des représentants des associations provinciales. Il s’agissait en fait de la deuxième rencontre du genre, laquelle aura permis d’informer tous les participants concernant les programmes de l’ASC et de passer en revue les diverses activités organisées par les associations provinciales. Toutes les régions du pays étaient représentées, à l’exception de la Colombie-Britannique. Nous espérons compter l’année prochaine sur une délégation complète lors du prochain congrès prévu à Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Le programme de la deuxième journée a débuté par la réunion du conseil d’administration de la Fondation des amis de la race Simmental du Canada, et l’assemblée annuelle des JESC; avec le début des classes de compétition des JESC un peu plus tard en matinée et qui se sont poursuivies toute la journée. En même temps, les participants intéressés ont pu assister au Symposium de la race Simmental sur les innovations technologiques et les projets du comité d’amélioration de la race, avec des conférences présentées par Dr Steve Miller de la Nouvelle-Zélande (via transmission vidéo) ; Dr John Crowley, Université de l’Alberta et du Conseil canadien des races de boucherie; Dr Katie Wood, Université de la Saskatchewan; Dr Angela Canovas, Université de Guelph; Dr Wade Shafer, Association Simmental américaine; M. Scott Matthews, Cargill. Les participants présents ont acquis un important bagage de connaissances touchant l’élevage de race pure et plus spécifiquement en ce qui a trait à une série de sujets concernant l’amélioration génétique de l’industrie bovine canadienne via les initiatives mises de l’avant par la race Simmental. De plus, lors du panel de discussion impliquant tous les conférenciers, les personnes présentes ont alors pu poser leurs questions touchant les projets de l’ASC et l’amélioration de la race. La journée s’est terminée par une croisière en bateau, incluant un souper sur l’eau, où les congressistes ont renoué leurs liens d’amitié dans l’une des plus belles régions du pays. Le samedi, tandis que les membres du Conseil d’administrateurs de l’Association étaient réunis dès le début de la journée, les participants au Congrès pouvaient assister aux classes de présentation d’animaux par les JESC. L’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’ASC a suivi en après-midi, avec une assistance record et au cours de laquelle tous les membres ont pu poser des questions suite à la présentation des divers rapports. Les finances de l’ASC demeurent très bonnes, avec un autre surplus enregistré lors de l’exercice de l’année 2014, illustrant d’autant les succès et la présence de la race Simmental sur le marché, et témoignant du souci du Conseil d’administration

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de l’ASC de maintenir l’équilibre budgétaire. Une élection s’est tenue afin de combler les trois sièges disponibles d’administrateurs de l’ASC. Ainsi, Messieurs Francis Gagnon, Garth Rancier et Dan Skeels furent élus pour un terme de trois ans à titre de nouveaux administrateurs. Ensuite, des cadeaux de remerciements furent présentés aux trois administrateurs ayant complété leur mandat, soit John Sullivan, Wes Mack et Randy Mader. À la suite de l’assemblée, on a procédé à l’élection du conseil exécutif pour l’année 2015-2016, lequel est formé du Président Lacey Fisher, du 1er Vice Président David Milliner, et du 2e Vice Président Lee McMillen. Le rapport de l’AGA 2015 de l’ASC est disponible au : www.simmental.com Plus de 27 convives ont pris part au banquet organisé le samedi soir et ils ont pu profiter d’un formidable repas tout en assistant à une surprise bien spéciale lorsque le taureau Parisien, le premier taureau importé en Amérique du nord, s’est joint à nous. La surprise fut entière pour tous et toutes, puisqu’on avait perdu la trace de sa tête et des reliques de ce fameux taureau lors du Congrès mondial en 2006 à Calgary de la Fédération Mondiale Simmental Fleckvieh. Nous sommes très heureux que ces objets soient revenus et ils seront tous retournés au Musée de Cardston, là où ils étaient gardés précédemment. Lors d’une courte cérémonie suivant le banquet, un chèque au montant de 11 090 $ (représentant la quote-part de la race Simmental au Tournoi de golf T- Bar Invitational) fut remis à l’Association des JESC. Avec cette dernière contribution et grâce à ce tournoi, la somme totale recueillie au cours des huit dernières années pour la cause des JESC s’élève maintenant à 67 500 $. Sincères remerciements à T Bar et à tous ceux qui se sont impliqués dans cette activité au bénéfice de nos jeunes éleveurs. L’encan de la Fondation des Amis de la race Simmental a constitué un autre moment fort de cette soirée. La vente de cette année a permis de poursuivre sur les succès précédents, avec une somme amassée de 100 000 $, laquelle sera investie au niveau de la recherche, des programmes pour les jeunes et des bourses d’études. Il s’agit d’un des meilleurs évènements du genre jusqu’à maintenant, ce qui mérite toutes nos félicitations à toutes les personnes impliquées, notamment le comité de l’encan de même que tous les bénévoles. De plus, nous tenons à remercier sincèrement tous les donateurs, ainsi que tous les acheteurs et les enchérisseurs actifs durant cette vente. En guise de résultat concret de tout ce travail et de l’implication de chacun, la Fondation a pu remettre un chèque de 15 000 $ au JESC. Le programme d’activités du dimanche a débuté par une rencontre du Conseil d’administration de la Fondation, suivie des classes de conformation présentées par les JESC. Cela représentait le point culminant des activités de la fin de semaine des JESC, avec la participation de compétiteurs des Maritimes jusqu’en Alberta. Avec un nombre record depuis plusieurs années d’exposants et de bovins en compétition, la qualité des sujets présentés devant le juge Garth Rancier était tout simplement exceptionnelle, ce qui laisse présager du succès futur et de la force de la race Simmental au Canada. Les membres de l’ASC et les supporteurs de la race Simmental de partout au Canada ont ainsi profité de la formidable hospitalité de nos hôtes ontariens, tous et toutes peuvent être fiers de leur enthousiasme et de leur appartenance à cette race. Le Congrès 2016 prévu à Lloydminster en Saskatchewan est déjà en préparation pour l’été prochain, surveillez les détails et faites vous un devoir d’y être et de faire partie de la popularité croissante de la race Simmental!


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The Maritime YCSA would like to personally thank each and every one of their 2014 sponsors. Without your continued support to our program, it would not be one of the leading youth shows in the Maritimes. Thank you again!

Maritime YCSA Classic

Maritime Association Contacts: President: Donald Godfrey, 48 Hyde Point Rd, Meadow Bank, PE. (902)-566-3613 Vice-President: James MacKenzie, NS. Secretary: Jennie Mutch, NS. Treasurer: Bill McLeod, NB. Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS; Trevor Pauley, NB; Geraline VanAgten, NB; Wade Loane, PE; Jennie Mutch, PE; Ralph Taylor. Maritime YCS President: Heather Creamer CSA Director: Lacey Fisher

When: September 25-27, 2015 Where: Windsor, NS Contact: Heather Creamer (902) 694-4308

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Amelioration de la Race

Considérez les croisements en production bovine commerciale Par Dr Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Expert en production vache-veau, Université de l’État du Kansas

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n dépit des prix actuels élevés pour les veaux d’embouche et les bouvillons d’abattage, plusieurs producteurs sont à la recherche de moyens d’améliorer l’efficacité et la rentabilité de leur troupeau vache-veau, car les prix des différents intrants sont également en hausse, qu’il s’agisse des suppléments alimentaires, des engrais ou bien du pétrole. La rentabilité peut être améliorée soit en augmentant votre volume de production (c’est-à-dire les livres de veaux vendues) et / ou la valeur des produits vendus (amélioration de la qualité). La diminution des coûts de production, et conséquemment du point d’équilibre, peut aussi contribuer à l’amélioration de la rentabilité. Encore mieux, l’amélioration du ratio intrants: biens produits devrait accroître vos profits. Au niveau des producteurs bovins commerciaux, la mise en place de technologies et de systèmes d’élevage permettant l’accroissement de la qualité et du volume de production, tout en favorisant une réduction des coûts de production, est essentielle si on veut préserver ou encore améliorer la position concurrentielle des diverses entreprises. De plus en plus de producteurs réalisent que l’adoption d’un programme structuré de croisements peut les aider à atteindre leurs objectifs, en améliorant leur productivité et en réduisant leurs coûts de production. Pourquoi parler de sujets croisés ?Par rapport à l’emploi d’une seule race, le recours aux croisements offre deux avantages importants. Premièrement, les sujets croisés profitent d’un niveau d’hétérose ou de vigueur hybride. De plus, les qualités des parents sont combinées chez les sujets croisés. L’expression “ complémentarité des races est souvent employée afin de décrire les combinaisons de races favorisant la production de descendants possédant des qualités recherchées pour tout un ensemble de caractères. Qu’est-ce que l’hétérose ? L’hétérose correspond à la supériorité de l’animal croisé comparativement à la moyenne de ses parents de race pure. Elle est le résultat de l’accroissement du degré d’hétérozygotie au niveau de la composition génétique de l’animal croisé. Par ailleurs, l’hétérozygotie réfère à un état donné, alors qu’un animal possède deux formes différentes d’un gène. On croit que l’hétérose est le résultat de la dominance d’un gène et d’un effet additionnel dû à une dépréciation cumulative du niveau de consanguinité des races pures. En conséquence, l’hétérose est reliée au fait que l’animal possède deux copies différentes d’un même gène. Le degré d’hétérozygotie retrouvé chez un animal dépend de l’héritage reçu au hasard des copies spécifiques des gènes provenant de ses parents. En général, les animaux issus de croisements entre races non apparentées, telles que par exemple Angus et Brahman, vont démontrer des niveaux plus élevés d’hétérose, en raison d’une plus grande hétérozygotie, comparativement à des croisements impliquant des races génétiquement plus similaires telles que les races Angus et Hereford.

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L’effet de l’hétérose permet une plus forte amélioration dans le cas des caractères moins héritables. Des améliorations plus modérées sont obtenues pour des caractères possédant une héritabilité modérée. Peu ou pas du tout d’hétérose est observé chez des caractères possédant une forte héritabilité. L’héritabilité correspond à la proportion des variations observables entre des animaux et attribuables au bagage génétique transmis entre les générations, et aux variations de phénotypes observées entre les animaux, lesquelles sont le résultat des effets génétiques et environnementaux. Des caractères tels que la reproduction et la longévité possèdent une faible héritabilité. Ces caractères répondent très lentement aux efforts de sélection, car une grande proportion des variations observées chez ceux-ci est influencée par des effets de l’environnement, alors qu’un faible pourcentage est dû aux différences génétiques. L’hétérose générée par l’intermédiaire des croisements peut améliorer significativement les performances d’un animal donné, cela pour des caractères faiblement héritables. Il a été démontré que le croisement constitue une méthode efficace d’amélioration de l’efficacité reproductive et de la rentabilité dans le secteur des bovins de boucherie. Les améliorations obtenues dans la production vache-veau et provenant des effets de l’hétérose sont attribuables au fait d’avoir une vache croisée et un veau croisé. Vous retrouvez dans les deux tableaux suivants les valeurs d’hétérose individuelle (veau croisé) et maternelle (vache croisée), pour différents caractères d’importance économique. Ces valeurs estimées d’hétérose ont été adaptées d’un rapport de recherche de Cundiff et Gregory en 1999, et elles fournissent un sommaire des principaux essais de croisements effectués dans le sud-est et le centreouest des États-Unis. Tableau 1. Valeur individuelle d’hétérose Caractère

Unité

Taux de vêlage, % Survie jusqu’au sevrage, % Poids de naissance, lb. Poids au sevrage, lb. Poids à un an, lb. Gain moyen quotidien, lb/jr

3.2 1.4 1.7 16.3 29.1 0.08

% hétérose 4.4 1.9 2.4 3.9 3.8 2.6

Pourquoi est-il si important d’avoir des vaches croisées? La production de veaux croisés conduit à des avantages tant provenant de l’hétérose que du mélange de caractères désirables provenant de deux races ou plus. Toutefois, l’avantage économique le plus important du croisement pour les producteurs commerciaux provient de l’emploi de vaches croisées. L’hétérose maternelle favorise à la fois l’environnement que la vache fournit à son veau, de même que l’amélioration de la longévité et de la durabilité de cette vache.


L’amélioration de l’environnement fourni par la vache à son veau se perçoit en terme d’améliorations de la survie du veau jusqu’au sevrage et d’une hausse du poids au sevrage. Chez les vaches croisées, le taux de vêlage est amélioré d’environ 4 % et leur longévité est accrue de plus d’une année en raison des effets bénéfiques de l’hétérose (tableau 2).L’hétérose apporte des améliorations de la productivité à vie d’environ un veau et de 600 livres de veau au sevrage pour la durée de la vie productive de la vache (tableau 2). Le croisement de races peut donc favoriser des effets positifs au niveau de la rentabilité d’un ranch, non seulement par l’amélioration de la qualité et le poids brut de veaux produits, mais aussi par l’amélioration de la durabilité et de la productivité du cheptel reproducteur. Les vaches croisées correspondent sans doute au seul repas gratuit dans le monde. Il a été démontré que les effets de l’hétérose maternelle étaient très positifs au niveau des performances économiques en production bovine. La valeur ajoutée via l’hétérose maternelle varie environ de 50 $ par vache par année jusqu’à 100 $ par vache par année, selon le niveau d’hétérose maternelle maintenu dans le troupeau (Ritchie, 1998). L’hétérose maternelle est responsable d’une amélioration du profit net par vache de près de 75 $ / vache / année (Davis et al. 1994). Selon leurs résultats, les bénéfices obtenus grâce à l’hétérose maternelle étaient principalement dus à une réduction des frais par vache exposée. Dans leur étude, les vaches croisées avaient des taux de reproduction plus élevés, une vie productive plus longue, et elles nécessitaient moins de remplacement que chez les vaches de race pure. Tous ces facteurs contribuaient à une réduction des coûts par vache exposée. De plus, ils ont obtenu une production accrue, via plus de croissance et de rendement en lait, sans augmentation de coûts. Tableau 2. Hétérose maternelle Caractère

Unité

% hétérose

Taux de vêlage, % Survie jusqu’au sevrage, % Poids de naissance, lb. Poids au sevrage, lb. Longévité, années

3.5 0.8 1.6 18.0 1.36

3.7 1.5 1.8 3.9 16.2

Productivité à vie Nombre de veaux Poids au sevrage cumulatif, lb.

.97 600

17.0 25.3

Comment puis-je tirer profit des avantages liés à la complémentarité des races? La complémentarité des races est le résultat de la combinaison de races possédant différentes forces. Si vous considérez avoir recours aux croisements strictement pour la production de femelles d’élevage, vous devriez alors sélectionner des races possédant des aptitudes maternelles complémentaires, de telle sorte que ces femelles produiront en parfaite interaction avec leur environnement. Des accouplements visant la production de veaux pour le marché devraient favoriser une emphase vers des caractères complémentaires chez les vaches et un ajustement par rapport aux performances du veau jusqu’au marché (croissance et qualités de la carcasse). Il existe une abondance de recherches ayant permis de décrire les aptitudes individuelles (selon le type biologique) des races de boucherie les plus couramment utilisées de nos jours. Les caractères sont généralement groupés selon la reproduction / potentiel maternel, la croissance et les qualités des carcasses. En sélectionnant des animaux en vue d’un système donné de croisement, vous devriez d’abord vous préoccuper du choix des races. Les races privilégiées pour une incorporation à votre programme de croisements seront retenues en fonction de certains facteurs, notamment la composition de races actuelle de votre cheptel, votre environnement de production et de récolte des fourrages, votre système de développement des femelles de remplacement et de votre objectif final à la commercialisation. Chacun de ces facteurs nous aide

à déterminer l’importance relative des caractères pour les principales phases de production. Quelles sont les éléments clé des programmes de croisements réussis ? Dans le passé, plusieurs des défis rencontrés et associés avec les divers systèmes de croisements ont été le résultat d’un manque de discipline lors de la mise en place d’un système donné. Ceci étant dit, si on veut mettre un système en place avec succès, on devrait faire attention en choisissant un système qui tiendra compte de la somme de travail requise et de l’expertise disponible. La complexité des divers systèmes de croisements va du simple programme faisant l’usage de génétique hybrides, lequel est aussi facile que s’il s’agissait d’élevage en race pure, jusqu’aux systèmes élaborés de croisements en rotation impliquant le recours à quatre races ou plus. Les meilleures clés pour un succès assuré reposent sur la construction d’un plan précis et le respect intégral de celui-ci. Fixez-vous des objectifs réalistes. La discipline est essentielle. Si vous désirez obtenir plus d’informations ou de conseils touchant les mérites des divers systèmes de croisements, nous vous invitons à télécharger le document ‘Beef Sire Selection Manual’ produit par le National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortiums, puis veuillez vous référer au chapitre traitant des croisements de races et de la sélection de sujets composites. Ce document est disponible dans son contenu complet ou pour des chapitres individuels au : http://www.nbcec.org/producers/sire. html. Vous pouvez également communiquer directement avec moi au : 227 Weber Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. On peut me joindre par téléphone au : 785-532-1460 ou via courriel au: bweaber@k-state.edu. Littérature scientifique citée: Cundiff, L. V., and K. E. Gregory. 1999. What is systematic crossbreeding? Paper presented at Cattlemen’s College, 1999 Cattle Industry Annual Meeting and Trade Show, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Charlotte, North Carolina, February 11, 1999. Davis, K.C., M.W. Tess, D.D. Kress, D.E. Doornbros, and D.C. Anderson. 1994. Life Cycle Evaluation of Five Biological Types of Beef Cattle in a Cow-Calf Range Production System: II. Biological and Economic Performance. J. Anim. Sci. 72:2591-2598.Ritchie, H.D. 1998. Role of Composites in Future Beef Production Systems. http://www.msu. edu/~ritchieh/papers/BEEF201.ppt. Accessed October 2, 2005.

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Lazy S Ranch Inc........................... 46

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Adair Ranch.................................... 45

Dora Lee Genetics.......................... 52

Lewis Farms Ltd........................ 46,60

SAJ Simmentals............................. 50

Afri-Can Simmentals....................... 50

Dorran Marketing Inc...................... 54

Little Willow Creek Ranch............... 49

Saskatchewan Simmental Assoc.... 37

AgriClear......................................... 31

Dorran, Steve................................. 54

Lobster Point Farms....................... 53

Saugeen Acres............................... 47

Alameda Agencies.......................... 54

Double Bar D Farms.................... 2,49

Lone Stone Farms..................... 23,46

Schatz Simmentals......................... 47

Alberta Beef Producers.................. 29

Double G Simmentals..................... 49

M & J Farms.............................. 27,51

Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals... 48

Alliance Simmental Farms.............. 51

Downey Farms............................... 51

M & R Cattle Co.............................. 47

Skeels, Dan.................................... 54

Alta Genetics.................................. 55

DP Sales Management................... 55

MacKenzie Cattle Company........... 46

Skor Simmentals............................ 48

Anchor D Ranch................... 12,13,45

Dunc’s Cattle Co............................. 52

Mader Ranches.................... 12,13,46

Southpaw Cattle Company............. 48

Applecross...................................... 45

Dwayann Simmentals..................... 52

Majestic Cattle Company................ 21

Spring Creek Simmentals.......... 24,50

Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd.......... 48

Eagle-Ridge Simmentals................ 46

Maple Key Farm............................. 52

Spring Lake Simmentals................. 48

Aumack Simmentals....................... 49

East Poplar Simmentals................. 49

Mappin Simmentals........................ 47

Starwest Farms.............................. 45

Bar 5 Farms Ltd........................... 7,51

Edge, Dean..................................... 54

Mar Mac Farms.............................. 51

Steen Agencies............................... 54

Bar CL Livestock............................ 45

EDN Simmentals............................ 49

Masterfeeds................................. 9,53

Stewart Simmentals........................ 52

Beagle Simmentals......................... 45

Elevage Simmental......................... 53

Maxwell Simmentals....................... 47

Stock, Mark..................................... 54

Beechinor Bros. Simmentals.......... 45

Elm Tree Farms.............................. 52

McCormack Family Ranch............. 49

Stockmens Insurance..................... 54

Big Rock Simmentals & Hay Sales.45

Erixon Simmentals.......................... 49

MCG Simmentals........................... 47

Stone Simmentals.......................... 48

Black River Farms.......................... 51

Fallen Timber Farms...................... 45

McIntosh Livestock......................... 50

Stoughton Farms............................ 50

BlackSand Cattle Company............ 50

Farmfair International..................... 24

McManus Simmentals.................... 51

Sullivan Simmentals....................... 53

Blushrose Simmentals.................... 49

Ferme Gagnon............................... 53

McMillen Ranching Ltd............. 25, 50

Sun Rise Simmentals..................... 50

BodyConditionScoring.ca............... 29

Flying N Cattle and Feed................ 54

Meadow Acres Farms................ 28,50

Sun Star Simmentals...................... 48

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MI Simmentals................................ 46

Sunny Valley Simmentals............... 50

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Genex Cooperative, Inc.................. 55

Mitchell Cattle Co........................... 45

Swan Lake Farms........................... 50

Bonchuk Farms.............................. 51

GJR Simmentals............................. 49

Muirhead Cattle Co......................... 50

Swantewitt Simmentals.................. 48

Bouchard Livestock International.5,55

Glasman Farms.............................. 27

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

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Bow Valley Genetics....................... 55

Gravandale Simmentals................. 52

North Hill Simmentals..................... 47

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Grinalta Farms................................ 46

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Canadian Bull Congress................. 54

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Hairy Hill Cattle Co......................... 46

O’Grady Steel................................. 53

Triple Rose Simmentals................. 52

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Hallridge Simmentals...................... 52

Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group.. 47

Tryon Simmentals........................... 53

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Hannah Simmentals....................... 46

Oslanski Simmental Farms............. 47

TSN Livestock................................ 51

Carey, Brent.................................... 54

Harvie Ranching............................. 46

Ottawa Valley Simmental Club....... 43

Transcon Livestock.................... 55,59

Car-Laur Simmentals...................... 51

High Bluff Stock Farm..................... 51

Parkhill Ranches............................. 47

Twin Brae Simmentals.................... 51

Casaloma Cattle Company............. 49

High Country Cattle Services......... 46

Parview Stockfarms........................ 47

Twin Butte Simmentals................... 48

Circle 3 Genetics............................ 51

Hi-Tech Farms................................ 52

Pearson Simmentals...................... 47

Tymarc Livestock............................ 48

Circle G Simmentals & Angus........ 45

Hoegl Livestock.............................. 49

Pheasantdale Simmentals.............. 50

Virginia Ranch................................ 48

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Indian River Cattle Co.................... 52

Pine Creek Simmentals.................. 47

W2 Farms....................................... 50

Clearwater Simmentals.................. 45

Innisfail Auction Market................... 22

Phillips Farms................................. 53

Weldhaven Farms.......................... 53

Crimson Tide Fleckvieh.................. 51

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Porter Ranches............................... 47

Well’s Crossing Cattle Company.... 48

Crosssroad Farms..................... 25,49

Janzen Ranches............................. 46

Pro Rich Seeds............................... 51

Westway Farms Ltd........................ 48

Czech-Mate Livestock.................... 45

Jetstream Livestock........................ 52

Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais... 47

Wild Oak Farms.............................. 52

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Rancier Farms................................ 47

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Keoto Meadow Simmentals............ 46

Rendezvous Farms........................ 51

WJ Simmentals............................... 48

Deeg Simmental............................. 45

Kin Kin Cattle Co............................ 46

River Point Cattle Co................. 17,52

Wolfe Farms.............................. 20,48

Destiny Simmentals........................ 51

Kopp Farms.................................... 51

Riverbank Farm.............................. 51

Wolfe’s Fleckvieh............................ 48

Diamond T Simmentals.................. 46

Kuntz Simmental Farm................... 49

Robb Farms.................................... 50

Xcel Livestock................................. 53

Dodge............................................. 58

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What’s Happening September

Sept. 12 13th Annual Ontario Autumn Simmental Classic Sale, Hanover, ON Sept. 25-27 Maritime YCSA Classic, Windsor, NS Sept. 26 1st Annual Eastern Harvest Female Sale Sainte-Sophie- De Levrard, PQ Sept. 26 Pacific Invitational All Breeds Female Sale, Williams Lake, BC Sept. 30 Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarship Deadline

October

Oct. 1 November/December Winter Issue Advertising Deadline Oct. 1-4 River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale, LiveAuctions.TV Oct. 2 Bar 5 Extravaganza “Frozen Genetics Sale,” Markdale, ON Oct. 3 Bar 5 Farms Extravaganza Fall Production Sale, Markdale, ON Oct. 7 Anchor D Ranch Simmental Sired Calf Sale, Ponoka, AB Oct. 9 Anchor D Ranch Simmental Sired Calf Sale, Dawson Creek, BC Oct. 10 Expo Boeuf - National Simmental Show, Victoriaville, PQ Oct. 13-14 Livestock Gentec Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB Oct. 16 Anchor D Ranch Pasture Treasures, Rimbey, AB Oct. 16-18 Elm Tree Farms 1st Annual “Endless Possibilites” Online Sale, LiveAuctions.TV Oct. 17 Ottawa Valley Simmental Club Harvest Sale, Metcalfe, ON Oct. 22 - 26 WLB Livestock’s 3rd Internet Female Sale, LiveAuction TV Oct. 24 Edam Fall Fair Commercial Cattle Show, Edam, SK Oct. 24 Saltwater Classic Sale, Nappan, NS Oct. 24 Partners For Progress Sale, Shefford, PQ Oct. 26 Rust Mountain Vew Ranch “Queens of the Pasture” Female Sale, Turtle Lake, ND Oct. 29-31 Manitoba Livestock Expo, Brandon, MB

November Nov. 1 Nov. 4-7 Nov. 5-8 Nov. 6 Nov. 6-15 Nov. 6 Nov. 10-15 Nov. 14 Nov. 15

Spring Evaluation Data Entry Deadline Yorkton Harvest Showdown, Yorkton, SK Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Lloydminster, SK Stockade Roundup Fall Fusion All-Breed Sale, Lloydminster, SK Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON Royal Elite All Breeds Sale, Toronto, ON Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 35th Annual Sale, Cypress River, MB Central Invitational Simmental Sale, Woodville, ON

Nov. 15 Nov. 18-21 Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Nov. 23-28 Nov. 25 Nov. 27 Nov. 28 Nov. 30

Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale, Campbellsburg, KY Futures One Online Simmental Sale, LiveAuctions.TV Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale, Ponoka, AB Western Harvest Simmental Heifer Sale, Innisfail, AB Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK 45th Annual Agribition Simmental Sale, Regina, SK Kohut Ranches Sale, Innisfail, AB Marywood Classic Bull & Female Sale, Listowel, ON Harvest Hoedown Simmental Heifer Sale, Neepawa, MB

December

Dec. 1 Commercial Country January Issue Advertising Deadline Dec. 1 Camrose Country Classic, Camrose, AB Dec. 4 Lonestone Farms Red Angus & Simmental Bred Heifer Dispersal, Westlock, AB Dec. 5 Wolfe Farms 11th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale, Valleyview, AB Dec. 5 Majestic Cattle Co. Commercial Female & Bull Sale, Lethbridge, AB Dec. 7-13 IRCC Xmas Internet Sale, LiveAuctions.TV Dec. 7 The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Sale, Lloydminister, SK Dec. 8 37th Annual Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 10 Transcon’s 38th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 12 Hartman Cattle Co. Customer Appreciation Female Sale, Tecumseh, NE Dec. 13 Mar Mac Farms New Generation Simmental & Red Angus Female Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 14 Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 15 2016 Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Deadline Dec. 15 Bonchuk Farms Fall Female Production Sale, Virden, MB Dec. 15 22nd Annual Southern Alberta Simmental Round Up Bull & Female Sale, Stavely, AB Dec. 18 4th Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale, Olds, AB Dec. 19 Checkers Simmental Sale, Ponoka, AB Dec. 19 Transcon’s National Trust On Ice Chapter VIII Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 20 Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation, Fullblood Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 20 Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XVIII, Red Deer, AB Dec. 22 Spring Creek “Golden Opportunity II” Female Sale, Moosomin, SK Dec. 31 New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale Volume IV, Saskatoon, SK

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