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Volume 12 Issue 1 January 2013 What’s Inside The Toews Family Three Generations Strong

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The Toews Family Three Generations Strong

From The Gate Post

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Simmental Innovations

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Breed Improvement What Is Simmental?

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Calving Preparations

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Sire Selection

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Vet’s Advice

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What’s Happening

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estled just southwest of Beaverlodge, Alberta is Melbern Holdings, the home ranch of Travis Toews, Past President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and his family. What began as a 60 cow Hereford-based farm has now grown into the prominent 1200 head Simmental/Red Angus commercial operation it is today. The Melbern Holdings operation was founded in 1961 by Travis’ parents, Mel and Bernice Toews along with Mel’s brother, Ken. Melbern Holdings as we know it today has grown to include not only the commercial cattle herd but a 1200 head feedlot and over 10,000 acres consisting of pasture, hay and grain land. Even with the substantial growth, it is still a family affair as three generations of Toews currently work together to operate the ranch – Mel and Bernice, Travis and his wife Kim along with their three children, Hilary and husband Mike, Emma and Cale. Cale is also an up-and-coming Simmental breeder who is building his own purebred herd and has a keen interest in learning from some of the best operations that he has worked for in the industry. For 12 years, Travis was a professional accountant and during that time worked on investing in the ranch and building the herd. At the same time, he watched cattle breeders adjust their breeding strategies; specifically the Simmental breed focused on reducing frame and size in order to meet the needs of the commercial industry – improving structural soundness, moderating in size and improving calving ease. As these traits became more consistent within the breed, Melbern Holdings began introducing more Simmental genetics into their program. Toews commends Simmental breeders for selecting traits that the commercial industry demands – traits they need for their operation. “Our main goal is uniformity,” Toews says. “We watched the Simmental breed moderate in the 90’s to the point where they were a good fit for us, without sacrificing the performance and weight gain the breed was known for.” continued on page 8

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When the Toews family began using Simmental, they did so cautiously but as the quality and consistency within Simmental genetics continued to improve and become more predictable they decided to make them a full time part of their program. This upcoming spring, Toews will calve out 1200 cows within their lowlabour calving model; starting late April and continuing to early June. With an impressive calving assistance rate of only 1-2%, Toews attributes their calving success to the moderate frames and birth weights achieved by combining Simmental and Red Angus genetics. “Simmental always adds muscle, milk and performance for us. We couldn’t do it without the ‘punch’ from the Simmental side,” Toews remarks. “We use Simmental to add performance to our Angus genetics. If we were satisfied with strictly Angus characteristics we wouldn’t be cross breeding.” When asked how the size moderation of Simmental cattle affected the commercial beef industry, Toews doesn’t think it has and actually believes it was the reverse. The industry demanded early maturing, easy calving, easy fleshing, moderate framed cattle and Simmental breeders responded by producing the genetics that the commercial industry desires. He hopes Simmental breeders remain responsive to market signals and continue to produce the kind of seedstock that meet the needs of commercial beef producers. While these positive changes have been essential in ensuring Simmental remains relevant to the commercial industry, Toews points out that the foundation traits of the breed such as performance must not be forgotten as a key Simmental attribute. After all, this is why many introduced Simmental to their programs in the first place. As the Simmental breed has evolved, so has Melbern Holdings. Once a strictly cow/calf operation, the Toews family first bought grain land in the 70’s and today puts in 1200 acres of barley as a direct hedge on both feed grain prices and drought. The ranch grows all of their own feed, so the majority of these barley acres go to silage and the remainder is harvested. The barley acres are rotated through the grassland of alfalfa and brome, also for silage as well as hay. Along with the current land base, they also graze 500 head nearby, in British Columbia. “There is a lot of underutilized land up here that cannot be used for farming, so we are taking advantage of it for grazing” says Toews. In 2000 they built the current feedlot to back-ground calves and finish a small percentage. Toews found they were buying more and more feeders each year. “With the expectation that the pendulum was going to swing in favor of the cow business, we began to expand our cow herd four years ago,” explains Toews. “We now supply the 1200 calves for our feedlot from our own cow herd.” Since introducing Simmental into their program, they have noticed increased milk and muscle within their cow herd and Toews goes on to comment that “the ranch’s overall performance has improved. Simmental makes us money.” It is a passion for agriculture that motivates the Toews family every day. When asked what kept them going through

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challenges like BSE, Toews replied that they saw a future in the beef industry. According to him, the cow herd was barely able to “tread water” through the BSE years and the only part of the operation that made any money during that difficult time was the yearlings. “We have always been convinced of a future within the Canadian beef industry, we hung on and were rewarded,” Toews says. As with any farm or ranch, there is always hope for generational transfer and the Toews family is a strong example of that process. Hillary and her husband Mike Nadeau are integral to the operation and have a direct investment in part of the herd. As well, Emma finances her studies and travel in part by working on the ranch. Emma, Hillary and Mike are part of a very competent staff at Melbern that has been a key to its success. Cale has a keen interest in the Melbern operation and is hoping to further develop and grow a purebred component. When asked why he chose Simmental as the breed for his developing purebred herd, Cale replied, “I see tremendous opportunity for the Simmental breed especially given the strength and potential within the commercial industry. The people involved in the Simmental breed are also a strength as they are very helpful and offer great advice.” Cale’s plans for the future are to further his education and achieve a business degree and later return to the farm to work towards the continued success of Melbern Holdings. Toews has always been a strong advocate of the need to ensure the Canadian beef industry’s competitiveness both domestically and internationally and says that cost of production will continue to be a significant factor in the industry’s success. “We need to compete globally and to do that we will always need to be as competitive on the cost side as possible” states Toews. Toews believes there is real opportunity in the cattle business going forward. “Simmental will continue to factor into our breeding program into the foreseeable future because of all of the positive benefits we capture from Simmental genetics; the milking ability combined with the muscle and performance.” By Megan Madden & Simmental Country


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By Bruce Holmquist General Manager

The Three Legged Stool

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any of you are now aware of the extensive amount of work that Canadian Simmental is conducting in the area of breed improvement, and specifically through the field of genomic science. As a result of this there are questions of why the CSA has undertaken this work and why Simmental is playing a lead role in bringing the technology to the Canadian beef industry. In order to at least partly explain it is necessary to assess the tools that breed associations provide to their members and through that process to picture beef improvement as something that is taking shape as a three-legged stool; one that can be precarious at times but if used properly works very well. All three of the legs contribute to the structure but if one is missing it becomes somewhat of a balancing act. In order to best explain what each of those legs are we need to revisit our history of genetic improvement in the seed-stock industry. Hundreds of years ago genetic improvement began quite by chance; Improvement was done randomly through unrecorded matings, and as a result some worked better than others. The human eye was the measuring stick and when those superior animals were produced it is easy to imagine someone noticing that when Ruby was mated to Randy they produced a pretty good calf that appeared to be better than some of the other matings in the herd. That may have been the first step in the process of recording and maintaining pedigrees. Over the centuries those pedigrees were assesed to identify the lineage of superior animals and to see which ancestors were common between them; those genetics were then focused upon and duplicated. The next major advance of genetic improvement arrived in the form of performance testing. Traits such as birth weights, weaning and yearling weights were the starting point and told 16

the breeder how an animal performed as an individual. These raw numbers were then adjusted to a standard age although the numbers were and are still influenced greatly depending on the management conditions that the animal was developed under. The process of contemporary groups, genetic evaluations and EPDs were then developed and were later supplemented with milk, carcass and maternal traits; this for the most part was based on data accumulated from the performance of the offspring. Some folks became very performance and number focused believing that was the most important selection tool and lost focus on the structural appearance and soundness of the animal. More recently the field of genomics has become more affordable and is quickly being integrated into the beef industry. Phenotypic data is being combined with the animal’s genotype and used to identify and validate the genetic potential of an animal with greater accuracy and with far less bias. This data is then displayed in the form of a genetically enhanced EPD providing the third and possibly most important leg of the stool. The pedigree and visual assessment tells us who the animal is; the performance of that animal tells us what he or she did, however genomics will provide the means to more accurately predict what the animal is genetically capable of providing to its offspring. In our commitment to inform producers about the tools we are providing and to update on the usage of Genomic technology within the beef industry; the Canadian Simmental Association will be hosting a symposium in Calgary July 15th and 16th, 2013. We encourage as many members and their customers, as well as our other beef industry partners, to attend and gain a better understanding of the changing science of genetic improvement and how it can improve your operation’s productivity and bottom line.


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July 14 - Calgary Stampede Super Sunday July 15 & 16 - Beef Innovations 2013 July 17 - Canadian Simmental Association Annual General Meeting July 18 - YCSA National Classic

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9th Annual

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Kuntz Simmental Farm, Battleford, SK Greyledge Farm, Cookshire, QC · WLB Livestock, Douglas, MB

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Genomic Project Update

By/Par Sandy Russell - CSA Genomics Project Manager/Responsable du projet de génomique de l’ACS

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Simmental at it Again Continuing to Lead the Industry

or much of the past two years, the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has led the Canadian beef industry with a very aggressive approach to adopting and incorporating new genomic technologies that will improve the overall competitiveness and generate value throughout the entire production chain of the Canadian beef industry. Ultimately the Association and its members as well as their customers all recognize the value that genomic technologies can offer the beef industry when incorporated into existing genetic prediction tools. The CSA is now leading or is a partner in five major research initiatives, the most recent of which is only just getting underway as of November 15. In August 2012, funding was received from the federal government’s Agriculture Innovation Program (AIP) for a project led by Delta Genomics. In partnership with several of the major breeds, including Canadian Simmental, the adoption of SNP-based parentage validation will be adopted within the Canadian cattle industry. SNP technology offers breeders with higher accuracy parentage verification and recording, across lab standardization for imports and exports, further enhances genomic data through more extensive testing and allows for the inclusion of genomic data in genetic evaluations. At their recent fall meetings, the Canadian Simmental Association’s Breed Improvement Committee and Board of Directors once again showed their foresight and leadership by ensuring that the maximum value of these research dollars are being captured for Simmental breeders. Similarly to the other major breed associations who partnered in the project, the CSA is utilizing the dollars to convert parentage verification from microsatellite technology to the SNP-based technology. Parentage 24

verification can be done on a standard SNP parentage panel with approximately 100 markers; however, this does not provide the information that higher density SNP-based profiling does. For this reason, Simmental has gone a step further in an effort to increase the value to its members by capturing additional information that can then be incorporated into our genetic evaluation. As of November 15, 2012, all CSA parentage verification tests will be done on the GeneSeek Genomic Profiler (GGP) panel which includes approximately 8,500 SNPs and will then allow these genotypes to be utilized in the other research initiatives that CSA is leading and will maximize the value of all this research for Simmental breeders and their customers. Additionally, the CSA Board of Directors adopted a policy that as of November 15, 2012 all AI sires and donor dams are required to have an even higher density 50,000 SNP or 50K genotype. Conducting this higher density, more informative panel brings CSA in step with the policies of the American Simmental Association and ensures that highly used genetics within the Simmental breed throughout North America are being incorporated into the breed’s genetic evaluations going forward. These two small steps will greatly increase the amount of genomic information on the Simmental breed and gives members the opportunity to incorporate many of their existing genetics into the training populations as Canadian Simmental moves forward with genomically-enhanced EPD. For more information on any of CSA’s research initiatives please contact Bruce Holmquist, General Manager @ 403.988.8676 or bholmquist@simmental.com.


Projet Génomique Mise à Jour

Encore les Simmental – Toujours les meneurs de l’industrie

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ors des deux dernières années, l’Association canadienne Simmental (ACS) s’est imposée en tant que leader au sein de l’industrie bovine canadienne, par son approche très dynamique visant à l’adoption et à l’utilisation de nouvelles technologies génomiques, lesquelles contribueront à l’amélioration de notre degré de compétitivité globale tout en favorisant la chaîne de valeur de toute l’industrie bovine du Canada. L’association, ses membres, ainsi que leurs clients reconnaissent tous en fin de compte la valeur que peut offrir l’incorporation de ces technologies génomiques aux outils courants de prédiction génétique. En ce moment, l’ACS agit comme meneur ou encore partenaire au niveau de cinq importants projets de recherche, notamment par son implication dans le plus récent projet débuté le 15 novembre dernier. Nous avons également reçu en août 2012 une aide financière du Programme d’initiatives en agriculture du gouvernement fédéral, pour un projet qui mené par la compagnie Delta Genomics. Grâce à ce partenariat entre plusieurs des plus importantes associations de race, incluant l’Association canadienne Simmental, l’industrie bovine canadienne adoptera une nouvelle méthode de confirmation de la parenté basée sur la technique des SNP (prononcer « snip »). Cette technologie basée sur les SNP fait en sorte que les éleveurs auront accès à une précision accrue au niveau de la confirmation de la parenté et des généalogies, une uniformisation des standards entre les laboratoires (importations et exportations), la disponibilité d’une gamme de données génomiques et leur incorporation dans les évaluations génétiques. Lors de leurs rencontres de l’automne, le comité d’amélioration génétique ainsi que le conseil d’administration de l’Association canadienne Simmental ont de nouveau démontré tout leur leadership et leur vision d’avenir, en s’assurant que tous les éleveurs Simmental retirent le maximum de bénéfices générés à partir de ces investissements majeurs en recherche. Tout comme les autres associations principales de race qui sont devenues des partenaires dans ce projet, l’ACS investit présentement les argents reçus envers la conversion de la méthode de confirmation de la

parenté, qui passera de la technologie des microsatellites à celle des SNP. La vérification de la parenté peut être réalisée avec un panel standard de confirmation de la parenté par les SNP, lequel est basé sur cent (100) marqueurs. Toutefois, cela ne permet pas d’obtenir autant d’informations que si on utilise un panel à haute densité. Pour cette raison, la race Simmental a décidé de faire un pas de plus en avant, avec l’objectif d’accroître la valeur pour ses membres, en favorisant le recueil d’informations supplémentaires qui seront incidemment incorporées aux évaluations génétiques. Depuis le 15 novembre 2012, toutes les épreuves de confirmation de la parenté sont effectuées avec le panel “ Geneseek Genomic Profiler (GGP) ”, lequel contient 8500 SNP, ce qui fait en sorte que tous ces génotypes pourront être utilisés dans les autres projets de recherche menés par l’ACS. Les éleveurs Simmental et leurs clients retireront ainsi le maximum de valeur provenant de ces travaux de recherche. De plus, le conseil d’administration de l’ACS a adopté une autre politique en date du 15 novembre 2012, laquelle exige que tous les taureaux et les vaches donneuses doivent subir une épreuve de parenté réalisée avec un panel à haute densité contenant 50 000 SNP (génotypage à 50 K). En utilisant ces panels à haute densité, les informations additionnelles obtenues par l’ACS vont dans le sens des politiques adoptées par l’Association américaine Simmental. Elles favoriseront en fait l’incorporation future aux évaluations génétiques nord-américaines de la race des lignées génétiques les plus utilisées. Ces deux changements adoptés par l’ACS permettront d’augmenter considérablement la quantité d’informations génomiques au sein de la race Simmental, et cela fournira l’opportunité aux membres de pouvoir inclure plusieurs de leurs lignées génétiques actuelles dans la banque de données de recherche, alors que la race Simmental s’oriente vers l’obtention prochaine d’EPD améliorés par la génomique. Pour obtenir plus d’information concernant tous nos projets de recherche, veuillez communiquer avec M. Bruce Homquist, Directeur général @ 403.988.8676 ou bholmquist@simmental.com. 25


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Ashworth Farm & Ranch & Guests 10th Annual Bull & Female Sale

March 4, 2013 路 1:00 pm 路 Lunch at Noon At the farm - 8 miles south of Oungre, 2 1/2 miles east ON OFFER 75 RED & BLACK SIMMENTAL BULLS Thanks to our 2012 Buyers

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Brian Czerwonka Waverley Farms Casey Claffey Gerald & Glen Walkeden Glen Todd Doug Goudy John Vandenhurk Alfred Tiszauer Ken Freeman Clayton Breault Kevin Teske Kevin Foley McKenzie Livestock & Equipment Kevin Woods Kelly Shaver Fradette Land & Cattle Inc. Jason & Steph Fradette Joe Krowicki Rodney & Amanda Reid Reitan Holdings Randy Malowany Randy Tessier Emde Land & Cattle Co. Vern Ermel Berg Stock Farms BJ Cattle Co.

All the Best in 2013! Hope to see you at the sale! Call for catalogues and more information.


CONSIGNING 25 RED AND BLACK HERD BULL PROSPECTS TO THE ASHWORTH FARM AND RANCH BULL SALE. SIRE GROUPS INCLUDE BULLS SIRED BY RAMPAGE, IDENTITY, RED RIDGE AND WALLBANGER. Thanks to our 2012 Buyers LaBatte Simmentals Reitan Holdings Brian Tessier Packet Brothers Flying S Farms Box H Land & Livestock Todd Froh John VanDenHurk Barry Hoffart Diamond M Ranch Rosvald Organic Farms Lyle Tytlandsvik Dean Meyers Brad Fellner Waverly Farms Janjie Inc. Craig Dayman NLC Simmental Ranch Lazy Y Grain & Cattle Turin Colony Jeremy & Owen Anderson Keith & Hartley Nyhus Paul Cherpin Garnet & Nathan Marin

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SUDU 23Z 786T X RAPID FIRE

Ashworth Farm & Ranch & Guests 10th Annual Bull & Female Sale

March 4, 2013 路 1:00 pm 路 Lunch at Noon At the farm - 8 miles south of Oungre, 2 1/2 miles east

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Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général – Association canadienne Simmental

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lusieurs d’entre vous sont déjà bien conscients que les Simmental canadiens supportent présentement une somme importante de travaux principalement dirigés vers l’amélioration de la race, et plus spécifiquement au niveau de la génomique bovine. Toutefois, certains se questionnent à savoir pourquoi la race Simmental a entrepris tout ce travail et pourquoi elle joue un rôle de leader en proposant cette technologie à l’industrie bovine canadienne. Afin de tenter d’expliquer le tout, du moins en partie, on doit premièrement évaluer les outils que les associations de race fournissent à leurs membres et, ce faisant, on doit s’imaginer que l’amélioration génétique bovine ressemble à une structure comparable à un banc à trois pattes ; soit un banc qui peut être parfois en position instable, mais qui fonctionne très bien s’il est utilisé correctement. Les trois pattes contribuent ensemble à la structure mais, s’il en manque une, cela devient alors semblable à un numéro d’équilibriste. Afin de bien expliquer à quoi correspond chacune de ces trois pattes, nous devons nous rappeler de notre historique en matière d’amélioration génétique dans le secteur de l’élevage de race pure. L’amélioration génétique a plutôt commencé par la chance il y a plusieurs centaines d’années; une amélioration était obtenue par hasard lors d’accouplements non enregistrés et, en bout de ligne, certains de ces accouplements fonctionnaient mieux que d’autres. L’œil constituait alors le bâton à mesurer et, lorsque certains sujets supérieurs étaient produits, on peut facilement imaginer qu’un individu constatait qu’en accouplant Ruby avec Randy, ces derniers produisaient un très bon veau qui semblaient également être bien meilleur que les résultats des autres accouplements dans le troupeau. Cela peut avoir constitué la première étape dans le processus d’enregistrement et du maintien des généalogies. Ces généalogies furent évaluées au fil des siècles afin d’identifier les lignées d’animaux supérieurs et pour déterminer quels étaient les ancêtres communs entre eux ; on mit ensuite l’emphase vers ces lignées tout en les multipliant. La prochaine avancée au niveau de l’amélioration génétique s’est produite avec l’avènement du contrôle des performances. Les caractères tels que les poids à la naissance, les poids su sevrage et à un an ont été mesurés en premier et ils renseignaient l’éleveur par rapport à la

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performance d’un animal donné. Ces chiffres bruts furent par la suite ajustés en fonction d’un âge standard, malgré le fait que ces nombres étaient et sont toujours grandement influencés selon les conditions de régie dans lesquelles se trouvent les animaux. Le processus de formation des groupes contemporains, des évaluations génétiques et du calcul des ÉPD fut ensuite développé, et complémenté plus tard par d’autres caractères tels que l’aptitude laitière, les qualités de la carcasse et les qualités maternelles ; le tout reposant pour la majeure partie sur l’ensemble des données de performances provenant de tous les descendants. Certaines personnes sont alors devenues très influencées par les chiffres et les performances, en croyant que cela représentait l’outil de sélection le plus important, ce qui leur a fait perdre l’attention devant être portée vers la structure fonctionnelle et l’apparence générale de l’animal. Le domaine de la génomique est récemment devenu plus abordable et cette technologie s’intègre rapidement au sein de l’industrie bovine. Les données phénotypiques sont ainsi combinées au génotype d’un animal et elles sont utilisées afin d’identifier et de confirmer le potentiel génétique d’un animal avec une précision accrue et avec beaucoup moins de biais. Cette nouvelle donnée est ensuite rapportée sous la forme d’ÉPD amélioré génotypiquement, ce qui nous fournit ainsi la troisième et probablement la plus importante patte de notre banc. La généalogie et notre évaluation visuelle nous disent ce que l’animal est ; les performances de l’animal nous disent ce qu’il ou elle a fait, par contre la génomique nous fournira les outils requis pour prédire encore plus précisément ce que l’animal est génétiquement capable de transmettre à sa descendance. En lien avec notre engagement à informer les producteurs par rapport aux divers outils qu’on leur offre et afin d’obtenir une mise à jour concernant la technologie génomique au sein de l’industrie bovine, l’Association canadienne Simmental sera l’hôte d’un symposium les 15 et 16 juillet 2013 à Calgary. Nous encourageons le plus de membres possibles, leurs clients et ainsi que tous les autres partenaires de l’industrie bovine, à y assister pour obtenir une meilleure compréhension des progrès de la science en matière d’amélioration génétique et de constater comment ces nouvelles technologies peuvent améliorer la productivité et la rentabilité de leurs élevages.


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BEE BENZ 26Z SIRE: ANCHOR D VIPER 103W FULL FLECK

RJY SURE IRRESISTIBLE 9Z SIRE: 3D MR RED SURE FIRE 449X

Danny and Loretta Blain Denny and Dallas McLean home 403-556-2598 cell 403-556-0903 dallas7@xplornet.com RR 2, Olds, AB T4H 1P3 34

BEE INSTINCT 527Z SIRE: SS EBONYS INTUITION

BEE THRIVE 94Z SIRE: SUNNY VALLEY UPGRADE 47U FULL FLECK

EAGLE RIDGE BDB 2Z SIRE: ANCHOR T IMPACT 2H FULL FLECK

RJY INDEPENDENCE 20Z SIRE: IPU REVOLUTION 172U


Monday, February 25th 1:00 P.M Beechinor Bros. Sale Barn Bentley, Alberta Selling: 55 Fleckvieh, Red & Black yearling bulls 5 Two year old bulls 10 Yearling heifers

BEE REBEL 802Z SIRE: IPU REVOLUTION 172U

John and Michelle 403-748-2406 Stefon and Rebecca 403-597-4001 beechbros@hotmail.com RR 1, Bentley, AB T0C 0J0

EAGLE RIDGE ZION 17Z. SIRE: CHAMPS ROMEO FULL FLECK

RJY TALK OF THE TOWN 27Z SIRE: MCINTOSH SWEET TALKER 32X

Bulls available for viewing any time. For a catalogue contact owners. BEE REVOLT 65Z SIRE: IPU REVOLUTION 172U

BEE OCTANE 3Z SIRE: ANCHOR D VIPER 103W POLLED FULL FLECK

Rob & Dee Young - Crystal & Stacy Box 577, Breton, AB, T0C 0P0 H: 780-696-3643 C: 780-514-0758 E: show12win@yahoo.ca www.highcountrycattle.com

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Photo by Perrin Ranching 1999 Ltd.

Grazing Management 101

Developing Grazing Systems that Work

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hroughout this series of articles we’ve covered the fundamentals of grazing management. Clearly, the elements and their interactions are complex and the ‘art and science’ employed by effective grazing managers is understandably unique for each operation. Looking back at the principles of grazing management leads well into a discussion centered on implementation of these dynamics into practical grazing systems that work.

basic elements mentioned above, there is a much greater likelihood of accomplishing your goals. Grazing systems can be categorized as follows: Continuous or Season-long Continuous grazing refers to the practice of animals grazing a pasture for an entire grazing season. The number of animals that the pasture can support is very low as stocking rates are required to be very moderate. Animal production per unit area of land is very low and pastures typically become less productive over time. Animals are able to selectively graze, distribution is not controlled and plants are not provided adequate rest. Although utilized in some cases, this is not a true grazing ‘system’ per se as management, improvements and monitoring are limited or non-existent.

Balancing Supply and Demand 3 Take into account both supply (an inventory of forage production and quality) and demand (animal requirements) when balancing a forage budget; 3 Recommended stocking rates provide an excellent starting point to determine capacity of a forage stand; Complimentary 3 Allocate available forage to the number of grazing As one of the more common systems utilized, complementary grazing animals and the length of the grazing period. manages different forages or plant species to the benefit of each another. An understanding of plant growth habits and proper timing Frequency & Duration of Grazing of grazing dictates when pastures are grazed and rested. For example, 3 Control frequency and duration of grazing to ensure an early-season forage such as crested wheatgrass may be grazed early plants have adequate periods of rest, regrowth, and in the season followed by mid-season forage such as bromegrasses or recovery; native rangelands. Fall grazing resources may include seeded annuals 3 Pastures allowed adequate rest periods will result in or stockpiled perennials. The key to complementary grazing is to improved plant vigour, increased forage yield and more manage vegetation types based on their characteristics and to move stable forage production. animals based on those plant characteristics and requirements. Timing of Grazing 3 Well planned grazing systems utilize plant species when they are most palatable and nutritious while also maintaining productivity and plant health; 3 Management plans should be developed so that grazed forage most closely matches animal requirements throughout their production cycle.

Rotational Rotational grazing involves fencing pastures into individual units (often referred to as paddocks or cells) and moving animals through these areas in a planned order or rotation. This is a useful way to balance livestock needs with forage supply. This plan is based on an understanding of plant growth curves, rest requirements and animal nutritional needs. There are numerous variations and types of rotational systems including deferred-rotation, rest-rotation, Animal Distribution switchback, and the list goes on. However, the common variable 3 Improve grazing distribution by enticing animals to is that animals are moved between paddocks in a planned manner areas of low forage utilization, adjusting pasture layout to provide plant growth and rest but also to ensure that forage and design, matching kind and class of livestock with production can meet livestock requirements. pasture characteristics, and implementing planned grazing management strategies. Intensive Intensive grazing refers to a variety of systems with a focus on When properly applied, grazing systems are powerful tools that can rigorous management and increased animal control. These assist managers to achieve forage and livestock management objectives. At the end of the day, practicality trumps what the experts and books say when developing a grazing system. If you remain focused on the 36


systems generally make use of many pastures (or paddocks) and livestock are grazed at relatively high stock density, meaning a large number of animals on a relatively small land area, followed by adequate rest and recovery. The result is plants are grazed very uniformly at a high level of utilization. Livestock are rotated through paddocks based on plant growth and recovery time after grazing. The goal is to have even animal distribution, reduce re-grazing of individual plants through the use of short grazing periods, and provide long periods of rest after grazing. Examples of intensive grazing systems include: high-intensity low-frequency, short-duration grazing, and mob grazing. It is important to note that choosing the “correct” grazing system can be a challenge – each operation is unique with its own set of physical characteristics including, but not limited to, soils, plant species, climate, and topography. Don’t get caught trying to fit grazing plans into a ‘recipe card’ approach. Select those aspects or elements from different systems that can be applied to the specific situation and develop a system or plan that is targeted and distinct.

influences and make small adjustments as needed. Rely on the expertise that exists – talk to those individuals who have spent time honing the craft, contact your local agrologist or grazing specialist, and search out the valuable information and resources that are available. Have fun planning and implementing! References and Additional Reading: Foragebeef.ca – Technical Information for the Canadian Forage Beef Industry. www.foragebeef.ca. Howery, L.D., J.E. Sprinkle, J.E. Bowns, 2000. A Summary of Livestock Grazing Systems Used on Rangelands in the Western United States and Canada. Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, University of Arizona. http://www. ag.arizona.edu/pubs/natresources/az1184.html Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 2011. Grazing Management. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/ pub19/4grazman.htm

Flexibility is critical. The best developed plans need to be adjusted, monitored and modified on an ongoing basis. The most successful Saskatchewan Forage Council. 2008. Managing Saskatchewan grazing management plans are being constantly adapted and Rangeland, Revised Edition. J. Bruynooghe and R. improved. Macdonald (Editors). http://www.saskforage.ca/publications/ ManagingRangeland.pdf Remember to implement and evaluate a new and improved grazing system over a period of time. Take the time to allow for weather By Janice Bruynooghe, MSc PAg, Spring Creek Land & Cattle Consulting

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LABATTE

ANNUAL BULL & FEMALE SALE

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March 1st 2013

Friday, • 1:00 pm at Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK

Sale Offering:

• 35 Polled Red Simmental Bulls • 30 Polled Black Simmental Bulls • 15 Fleck Fullblood Simmental Bulls • 35 Open Heifers (Red, Black and Fullblood)

Guest Consignor: 3D

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Simmentals

Full Fleckvieh Fleckvieh Influenced Solid Red * Blaze Faced Black * Polled * Thick * Beef Bulls

BARRY & BRENDA LABATTE www.labattesimmentals.com Box 72, Gladmar, SK SOC 1 AO Fax: (306) 969-2270

(306) 969-4820 Cell: (306) 815-7900 labatte.simm@sasktel.net

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R PLUS HARD ROCK 145X

HARD ROCK

1200 $1500 R O F S W 30 STRA

OR $ F S W A R 20 ST “You can run with the pack, chase the pack or lead the pack . . . you decide.” S-Paw Blk Show Off 5S R Plus Blackedge

Foxy Rockstar

Foxy Lady Keepsake

Miss R Plus 8014U Miss R Plus 6046S

CE: BWT: WWT: YWT: MCE: MWWT: Milk: 7.6 3.8 45.3 90.6 4.5 27.2 4.5

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In 2010, Hard Rock was one of the most intriguing, OUTCROSS herdsire prospects to sell. Purchased from R Plus Simmentals for $82,000. Powerfully constructed, both physically and genetically, he is extremely stout, balanced, free moving and big footed. His first calves born have the bone, power, overall mass and look to turn more than a few heads! Homo Polled and Hetero Black. Hard Rock will sire the kind that make a major impact on the future.

Hardrock Progeny

Limited semen packages available

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PERKIN LAND AND CATTLE CO. BULLS SELL

MARCH 6, 2013

AT THE MAR MAC AND GUESTS BULL SALE - BRANDON, MB

Featuring...

PLCC 335Z

PERKS KID ROCK 61Z

RPLUS Hard Rock X Mader P Foxy Brown 61U (On Target) Very moderate with huge hip and rib. Homo Polled.

RPLUS Hard Rock X Conray Rachel 935R (Twin Chief Midas) 5 Powerful Sibs - 3 red & 2 black All Homo Polled and outcross.

PLCC 75Z

RPLUS Hard Rock X MRL Ms 727W (BBS Redeye) Outcross Heteroblack bull.

These sons of the $82,000 Rplus Hard Rock are proving to be top performance bulls with tremendous testicle development, the shape and structure to move many breeding programs forward

We have a few sons of the breed legend 680S that are easy on the eyes with that hip and hair we expect from 680.

PERKS ZEUS 1421Z

Wheatland Bull 680S X WFL Doll 20P (our Power Drive flush cow) 1421Z was first in class at MLE in Brandon. 2 Full Sibs Sell.

PLCC 535Z

Wheatland Bull 680S X Perks Dandy135U (Mr. Nugget) Mass and power with that wicked 680 hair.

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Kulyk Simmental Proudly Presents

RUK 13Z S: LWC Jahari 57W DS: LHVS Bell Ringer 21T

RUK 61Z

S: SU Rocky 223R DS: MTV Garner 12N

RUK 30Z

S: LWC Jahari 57W DS: SU Rocky 223R

RUK 63Z

S: SU Rocky 223R DS: IPU Mr Houston 95K

Full Fleckvieh

RUK 16Z S: LWC Jahari 57W DS: Anchor D Rawlins 16R

RUK 86Z S: Anchor D King’s Ransom DS: ABR Sir Arnolds Image

RUK 75Z S: SU Rocky 223R DS: DFM Ridge’s Damon 447D

RUK 3Z

S: KUZ Mr Legend 15X DS: SU Rocky 223R

Thank You To Derrick & Aimee Kolla

RUK 26Z S: Anchor D Viper DS: South Seven Topnotch 29T

for the off the farm purchase of 7 bred fullblood heifers

RUK 48Z S: SU Rocky 223R DS: Double Bar D Everest 4R

Thank You To Our Thank You To Our Thank You To Repeat Buyers Last Year Buyers Bernard Humen Alberta: for the off the farm purchase Alberta: Mannville Colony Darcy Flad Daryl Paulgard Jim Hiltz Jim Pulyk

Saskatchewan: Daryl Roach Bill Roach Ron Pikowiz Travis Libke Bernard Humen

of 15 open heifers

Kulyk Simmentals Commercial • Purebred • Fullblood Richard Kulyk RR#1 North Battleford, SK S9A 2X3 Farm: (306) 445-5545 Cell: (306) 441-9238

Marvin Garnier Larry Garnier Robert Garnier Brian Romanowizc

Saskatchewan: Little Willow Creek

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We would like to thank last years buyers: Marvin & Tara Garnier · Bill Roach · Ryan Roach · M.C. Quantock · Jim Pulyk Little Willow Creek · Mannville Colony · Prairie Hill Farms · Milfred Unruh Richard Zbytovsky · Ken & Lee McGonigle · Marty Hatchard · Lance McRoberts Victor & Tanya Hamm · Wes Rosnau · Gerald Deck · Ed & Curtis Jacula

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Borden, Saskatchewan

Consigning to Butts Gutts & Nutts 9th Annual Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Monday March 18, 2013 At 1:00 PM

NCS 11Z

NCS 8Z S: TNT TANKER DS: WS RED DREAM

S: GIBBYS REAL DEAL DS: G SEVEN POL ROCKET 12P

our Thank you to emale Midwestern F Buyers

NCS 10Z S: WINCHESTER DS: BODYBUILDER

Aumack Simmentals Little Willow Creek Eric Whitfield Grinalta Farms

BARRY & RENITA SAUNDERS BOX 285, BORDEN, SK S0K 0N0 Phone: 306 997-4427 Cell: 306 230-3123 saunders.b@sasktel.net FOR VIEWING OF ONLINE CATALOGUE PLEASE VISIT: WWW.BOUCHARDLIVESTOCK.COM

Thank you to our 2012 Bull Buy ers Arnold St. Marie Alvin Barth Harv Verishine Rod Verbonac Marty Hatchard Larry Caverly Dave Bradley East Borden Grazing Co-op Glen Stonehouse Kent Thompson Colin Peterson Steven Hupaelo Ray Wild Dan Nelson Darren Garret Turin Colony Ron Pikowicz Carvelle Cattle Co.

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Breed Improvement

What is a Simmental? By Sean McGrath

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n going through the pages and advertisements in this magazine, I am sure you are able to see that there are many options in the Simmental breed that may fit with your breeding program, commercial or seedstock. This can be both a strength and a challenge, and one of the most important aspects of genetic improvement is describing the cattle so that good choices can be made, based on selection goals. The way we describe cattle is in some ways obvious. Red, black, blaze, horned, polled, Fleckvieh are all the types of terms you might hear in relation to Simmental, and each helps to describe and separate cattle into “using groups”. Beyond that the breed also provides pedigree information. This can assist in identifying bloodlines that we have either used before with success or identify new lines to cross on our existing cowherd. The next most obvious descriptors often involve other phenotypic descriptions such as “92 pound birth weight” or “800 pound weaning weight”, or “15 inch rib-eye”. These give us some further indication of where the cattle may fit into our decision making. A more current and accurate method of describing these types of traits involves statistics and mathematics and results in an Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). The EPD describe the relative expected genetic contribution of the cattle, rather than their own performance. For example, we would expect a bull with a birth weight EPD of -2.5 to sire calves that average 5 pounds lighter at birth than a sire with a +2.5 BW EPD if we used both bulls on the same set of cows. The important thing to remember here is that we are just describing the cattle, not necessarily focusing on bigger bolder numbers. The descriptions are to help us find what we need, not what has the highest numbers. Another tool that is provided on the online search site is percentile ranks and percentile graphs. These describe the cattle in relation to other Simmental in the population. For example our bull with a

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-2.5 BW EPD would have a percentile rank of 3. This means 97% of Simmental cattle would sire calves that are heavier at birth and 3% of the cattle would sire calves that are lighter. Additional work to describe the cattle more accurately is the drive behind the ongoing Simmental research projects. These efforts are both developing EPD from existing data that has not been evaluated, and looking directly at Simmental DNA to describe the genetics of the animals. This does not tell you what bulls to use, it just gives you information to help you choose bulls that fit. Here are a couple of broad examples: A herd is looking for a Fleckvieh bull to use on mature cows. They calve early in the season and sell heavy weight calves in the fall that go directly on feed and finish in May/June the following year. They retain heifers from their own cows and have significant feed/pasture resources. The breeder has already narrowed down to a subpopulation within the breed and their focus within that group may be less on calving ease and more on growth and performance and above average milk production. Another herd is calving later and breeding smaller framed young cows and backgrounding their calves. Perhaps they are retaining heifers as well, but have a more limited feed and pasture resource. This herd may be looking for a solid red or black bull with more calving ease and less growth than the first herd. Average or even below average milk production may be plenty for their purposes. These are just two simple examples and are by no means intended to describe what you are doing at home, they simply serve to identify that there are Simm-genetics that can accomplish many different goals. By knowing your goals and working with a reputable seedstock provider (it helps if they also know your goals), the tools to describe Simmental cattle can be effectively used to make good decisions. For more information on these available tools visit www. simmental.com, or contact your seedstock supplier.


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February 26, 2013 at 1:00

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Bow Slope Shipping Association, Brooks, AB

Charolais

Red Simmental

BOZ 4Z Sire: Shelco Made Easy

BOZ 2Z Sire: WFL Identity 23X

BOZ 8Z Sire: Merit Roundup

BOZ 51Z Sire: LFE Red Ridge

BOZ 36Z Sire: LFE Red Ridge

BOZ 75Z Sire: Red Bull

Black Simmental

BOZ 92Z Sire: JSR PCC Wiser 49W

BOZ 6Z Sire: Stubby

Brian Bouchard Sales Manager 403.813.7999

Selling:

Yearling, Rainalta Two Year Old Simmental Simmentals & Charolais Bulls & Charolais and Open Commercial Bill Swenson Replacement Heifers 403.362.0854

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BULL SALE

Sunday - February 17, 2013 Virden Heartland Livestock Yards, Virden, MB SELLING 70 ~ Fullbloods ~ Red Purebreds ~ Black Purebreds ~ Yearling & Two Year Old Bulls

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LRX 106Z WALLBANGER X TRADEMARK

WALLBANGER X RED ACE

LRX 116Z

POLLED FULL FLECKVIEH

LRX 141Z

XABBU X GIST POLLED DESTINY

FULL FLECKVIEH

LRX 55Z WALLBANGER X RUSTLER

LRX 17Z XABBU X WHISTLER

LRX 73Z WALLBANGER X STABILIZER

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1:00 PM (MST) Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds

Stop by to view the bulls the night before and For catalogues or more information call us or email be our guests for a steak dinner. us at robbfarms@sasktel.net Jay & Kylie: 306-893-2300 Trevor & Louelle: 306-893-2331 Gary & Darleen: 306-893-2934 Cell:780-205-0816 Cell: 780-205-0226 Cell: 780-205-1744


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Bull & Female Sale

February 27, 2013 - Saskatoon Livestock Sales 55 Red and Black Bulls & 15 Red Open Females

Erixon Pit Boss 21Z - Homo Polled - Homo Black Wallbanger x Fullback

Erixon Game On 42Z - Homo Polled Stubby x Red Northern View

Erixon Dealer 63Z - Homo Polled - Hetro Black Wallbanger x Dream On

Catalogue Online

erixonsimmentals.com

Dave & Krista Erixon Clavet, SK Dave 306.270.2893 Krista 306.270.1263 erixonsimmentals@sasktel.net

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Erixon Top Card 86Z Red Bull x Bodybuilder

IPU Diablo 41Y - Homo Polled Crosby x Teddy Semen For Sale - Call for Details

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Supplying Cattlemen with the Quality, Quantity & Selection they demand, and the service they deserve.

19th Annual Bull Sale with Select Open Females

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 1:00pm

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Red & Red Blaze Polled Simmental Bulls

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Black Polled Simmental Bulls

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

150 Bulls Sell

20 Select Open Females • All bulls born, bred & developed right here at MRL • Large sire groups 1/2 and 3/4 brothers Pen fulls of uniform bulls in every category • Sight Unseen Buyer’s Program The majority of our bulls sell in the (Can’t make it sale day, give us a call. $3000-$5000 pri ce range, and Almost 25% of our bulls sell SUS. 9 5 % g o to C ommercial Cowbo Many repeat customers year after year.) ys • 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 25 fall born long yearlings & January/February born yearlings • Genetically engineered to excel for the commercial cattleman. Calving ease, performance and packed full of maternal traits.

• Affordable Bulls •

“THE BULL BUSINESS” IS WHAT WE DO!

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Fullblooded Fleck Simmental Bulls

Supplying Quality Herdbulls for progressive Cattlemen for 40 years! The value of MRL bulls is 40 years rich in history with commitment to quality, functional, ranch-raised genetics that can only be matched by the longevity of a breeding program. “No Fluff No Puff”. Over 600 mother cows managed the same as our commercial customers’ herds. The 150 bulls on offer rise to the top on the strength of their genetic makeup, backed by our highly regarded cow herd and one of the top herd bull batteries in the business. Calving ease, performance, maternal traits, herd bulls that work in the real world. “Come see for yourself what keeps the commercial cowboys coming back year after year!” Give us a call or email for a full color catalogue and bull video.

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Purebred Red Angus Bulls

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Simm/Angus Bulls (Red and Black)


LHVS Johnny Be Good 18Z S: Harvie Wallbanger 111X DS: LHVS 16L

LHVS Cat-Man-Do 40Z S: LBR Crockett DS: IPU Red Galaxy 97S

LHVS Money Maker 32Z S: Harvie Wallbanger 111X DS: Bar 5 Evans 440L

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Equipment for the Calving Barn

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s with any work area on the farm, having the proper equipment keeping it maintained and stocking the area with the right pharmaceuticals will help ensure a successful calving season. The one critical component is with biosecurity. With many cows and their mothers moving through the calving area at a stressful time, it is important to have an area which can be cleaned easily and sprayed periodically with Virkon disinfectant. I like to have a boot dip close by to be used both into and out of the calving area. This is especially critical when treating sick calves before assisting in the delivery of a calf. You do not want to be the one which transmits disease on your premises. Change coveralls frequently and have a supply of towels or rags to keep yourself dry and clean. Other supplies include a package of obstetrical gloves, and a waterproof calving suit which can easily be hosed down. Obstetrical gloves come in many strengths and colors. For calving you need the stronger more expensive ones which take a lot of abuse before ripping. The real thin ones are used for artificial insemination where fine feel is critical and they will rip too easily during calvings. Have elastics, hemostats or towel clamps to keep them up on your arms. Surgical soap which is non-irritating to the vulval area and your skin as well is a must. I prefer “endure� and with that a good source of warm clean water. Although the iodine soap products are good as far as killing bacteria I find they have a tendency to dry out your skin on repeated usage. Lots and lots of sterile lubricant purchased by the gallon complete with a hand pump will minimize the friction on many a tough calving and can make the difference between saving a calf and loosing it especially when it relieves pressure around the head. Equipment should consist of a functioning calf puller. There are many good models on the market all of which function well. Make sure they only require one person to operate. You want to be close to the back end of the cow where you can constantly check tension and placement of the chains yet still be able to operate the puller. Some of the fancier ones would pull one leg then the other in a step by step motion. My only problem here is if the calf is that tight and will take that type of motion to extract it the pull may be excessive. You will need at least two pulling 64

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handles and two chains. The handles should be large enough to get your hands in comfortably and grip the links of the chains without slipping. Always keep spares as handles and chains can easily get lost in the straw. They are cheap and when needed they are critical to have around. Always clean and disinfect and hang to dry. Chains also fatigue and rust so replace every couple of years. As far as medications are concerned your tags (management and RFID tags) and shots for the calf including Vitamin A&D plus selenium must be on hand. Have enough for the entire calving season. If the cow is caught, before releasing her always check to make sure she is fully tagged and has no other health issues which need attending while in the maternity pen. Strip her teats out to make sure none are blocked and look for evidence of mastitis. All farmers by now should have either a commercially made maternity pen, calving chute or a hand constructed calving restraint device. A squeeze chute is definitely not the place to pull a calf and this is where wrecks can easily happen if cows squat during the calving process. Other critical drugs may be dopram which is a respiratory stimulant and a prescription drug from your veterinarian. One cc of this given in the vein or squirted under the tongue can greatly facilitate breathing. Epinephrine (adrenalin) can also be given as a last ditch effort to get the heart going. Because speed is of the essence these last two products need to be close at hand with syringe and needle ready. A calf esophageal feeder is also a necessity and I like producers having one to use for colostrum on newborn calves and use the old one from last year for sick or scouring calves and label each one accordingly. With calving cows around always have a hazing prop such as a paddle or cane. We all know even very quiet cows at or before calving may become over defensive so make sure the route to get cows into the calving area is planned with cross gates where needed and escape routes. If using a sled to bring in calves, have a means to secure them in and use a long lead rope to keep you away from the cow. Many farmer built sleds or wagons have been hand built to pull behind a quad or gator or horse or simply by hand. Again I can’t stress enough watch for your safety as calving time is where the majority of farm injuries with regards to livestock occur.


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FEATURED AT THE LLOYDMINSTER BULL SALE MARCH 3-4, 2013 TFL High Voltage 2Z

SIRED BY CROSSROAD RADIUM 789U

TFL Mr Tux 4Z

SIRED BY CROSSROAD TUXEDO 222T

Thank you to our 2012 bull buyers for the great support and sale average of $7400 -Bar Crossroads Ranch & Denise Boggust (Edam, SK) -Fred & Mona Bristow (Heinsburg, AB) -Four D Ranch (Glaslyn, SK) -Holt Colony (Irma, AB)

TYLER FARMS THE TYLER FAMILY

BOX 542, CUT KNIFE, SK S0M 0N0

TFL Riptide 18Y

HIGH SELLER AT 2012 LLOYDMINSTER BULL SALE TO BAR CROSSROADS RANCH & DENISE BOGGUST FOR $9600

From One Great Program To Another Quality Changes Hands

TFL Full Tilt 18Z SIRED BY IPU ROMANO 156X HALF BROTHER TO 18Y

TFL Renegade 28Z

SIRED BY IPU ROMANO 156X

Josh Tyler Cell: 306-390-7745 jtyler_14@hotmail.com Darren Tyler Phone: 306-398-2811 Cell: 306-398-7554 dttyler@yourlink.ca

TFL Octane 14Z

SIRED BY IPU ROMANO 156X

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Thank you to Anchor D Ranch Simmentals Thank you to Lockhart Valley Simmentals for for purchasing from the Source of Elite Sale purchasing from Canadian Western Agribition

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BULLS SELL Sons of Champs Romano

Sons of TNT Accelerator

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Sons of IPU Laramie

Sons of TTU Canyon


Would like to thank Lone Stone Farms for their purchase of Wolfes Zorro and for their continued support of our breeding program. See Wolfes Zorro on display at Lone Stone’s Annual Bull Sale on February 22, 2013 at their farm.

Wolfe’s Zorro 59Z Thank You to our 2012 Bull Customers:

Granum Colony · Randy Mckenzie Drew & Deanna Keiver · Verdent Valley Farming Russell Little · David Baudin · Peterbilt Simmentals

Special Thanks to our 2012 National Trust purchasers:

Clearwater Simmentals · Top Notch Cattle Company

SJWW 1Z Marita X C&B II BW: 106 lbs 205WT: 887 lbs

SJWW 4Z Suzannah X Thunder (on display at National Trust) BW: 112 lbs 205WT: 957 lbs

Shane, Shannon, Hanna & Carmen Wolfe Site 11, Box 47, RR 1 Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 H: 403.556.8584 · C: 403.556.0729 wolfepack@airenet.com

SJWW 6Z Suzannah X Thunder BW: 108 lbs 205WT: 856 lbs

Come see us at the 2013 Bull Spectrum Sale Tuesday, March 5th at Innisfail, Alberta. Here is a sample of our outstanding bulls.

SJWW 95Z Xman X DS: Whistler BW: 108 lbs 205WT: 907 lbs

SJWW 75Z Washington X DS: Double Bar D Adonis BW: 108 lbs 205WT: 894 lbs

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Thank you to all of our valued customers who have supported our breeding program in the past. We welcome your calls and invite you to view the bulls on farm prior to the sale.

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Breed Improvement

Qu’est-ce qu’un Simmental ? By Sean McGrath

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n consultant les annonces et les divers articles de cette revue, je suis convaincu que vous constaterez que la race Simmental vous offre plusieurs options pour votre programme d’élevage, que vous soyez impliqué en production commerciale ou en élevage de race pure. Cela peut à la fois représenter un avantage et un défi, puisque l’un des éléments les plus importants du processus d’amélioration génétique repose sur une bonne description des bovins, afin de pouvoir prendre les bonnes décisions en fonction de nos objectifs de sélection. Notre manière de décrire les types de bovins est plutôt évidente. Les types rouge, noire, avec une face blanche, à cornes, acère, Fleckvieh sont tous des termes que vous pouvez entendre au sujet des bovins Simmental, et chacun de ceux-là nous aide à bien décrire et à séparer les bovins en “ groupes d’utilisation”. De plus, l’association de race vous fournit des informations sur les généalogies. Celles-là peuvent nous aider soit à identifier des lignées utilisées avec succès dans le passé ou bien à identifier de nouvelles lignées pouvant être croisées chez les sujets de notre troupeau. Les prochains éléments de description les plus évidents impliquent très souvent d’autres termes liés à une description phénotypique des sujets, tels qu’un « poids à la naissance de 92 lb » ou un « poids au sevrage de 800 lb », ou encore d’une « surface de l’œil-de-longe de 15 pouces ». Ces derniers nous fournissent une certaine indication relativement à la place que pourrait occuper de tels sujets par rapport à nos décisions d’élevage. Par ailleurs, il existe actuellement une méthode plus précise pour décrire les divers types de sujets, et celle-ci repose sur des modèles mathématiques et statistiques permettent d’obtenir les Écarts Prévus chez la Descendance (ÉPD). En fait, l’ÉPD permet de décrire la contribution génétique relative qu’on peut espérer chez un bovin donné, et non pas uniquement sa propre performance. Par exemple, en utilisant sur un même groupe de vaches un taureau possédant un ÉPD du poids à la naissance de -2,5 lb, au lieu d’un autre qui a un ÉPD de +2,5 lb, vous pouvez espérer que les veaux du premier taureau soient en moyenne 5 lb plus léger à la naissance. Il est important de se rappeler que nous ne faisons que décrire les bovins, et que nous ne mettons pas nécessairement l’emphase sur un choix vers les plus grands chiffres. Les descriptions nous aident à trouver ce dont nous avons besoin, et non pas à trouver les plus grandes valeurs. On peut également avoir accès en ligne à un autre outil, soit les rangs centiles et les graphiques des rangs centiles. Ceux-ci décrivent en fait les bovins relativement aux autres sujets Simmental de la population. Par exemple, notre taureau avec un ÉPD du poids à la naissance de -2,5 lb pourrait avoir un rang centile de 3. Cela voudrait alors dire que 97 % des bovins Simmental produirait des veaux plus lourds à la naissance et que 3 % des bovins produirait des veaux plus légers. Les efforts menés en ce moment au niveau des projets de recherche

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au sein de la race Simmental représentent des efforts additionnels visant à décrire les bovins de manière plus précise. Ces efforts sont dirigés envers le développement d’ÉPD calculés avec les données actuelles mais qui n’ont pas encore été utilisées, et de plus ils concernent directement le bagage d’ADN des sujets Simmental, afin de mieux décrire le potentiel génétique des animaux. Cela ne vous dit pas quel sujet utiliser, mais ça vous fournit plus d’informations afin de vous aider à choisir les taureaux qui rencontrent vos objectifs. Voici une couple d’exemples généraux : Un éleveur est à la recherche d’un taureau Fleckvieh qui sera utilisé chez les vaches adultes de son troupeau. Celles-là vêlent tôt dans la saison, produisent des veaux lourds au sevrage et vendus l’automne suivant, qui seront tout de suite entrés en parcs d’engraissement, pour être vendus comme bouvillons finis en mai ou juin de l’année suivante. Cet éleveur garde les génisses produites par ses vaches et il possède suffisamment d’aliments et de surfaces de pâturage. Ainsi, cet éleveur s’est déjà limité à un sous-groupe de la population de la race, et l’emphase qu’il placera à l’intérieur de ce sous- groupe pourrait être moins dirigée envers la facilité de vêlage, et davantage envers la croissance et les performances, et vers une production laitière supérieure à la moyenne. Considérons un autre troupeau où les vaches vêlent plus tard, pour lequel on sélectionne envers une charpente plus petite chez les jeunes vaches et on y effectue également un “backgrounding” pour les veaux. Ils gardent peut-être aussi leurs femelles d’élevage, toutefois les ressources alimentaires et les surfaces de pâturage sont plus limitées. Pour ce troupeau, il est probablement préférable de considérer un taureau rouge uniforme ou bien un taureau noir, lequel possèdera une meilleure facilité de vêlage et moins de croissance que le taureau du premier troupeau. Une production laitière moyenne ou inférieure à la moyenne pourrait bien suffire à rencontrer leurs besoins. Ces deux scénarios ne sont que de simples exemples et ils ne devraient pas du tout être interprétés comme étant la description de ce que vous devriez faire dans votre troupeau. Ils doivent seulement servir à identifier qu’il existe des lignées génétiques Simmental disponibles et pouvant vous permettre de rencontrer différents objectifs. En connaissant vos objectifs et en travaillant avec des fournisseurs de génétique fiables (cela aidera s’ils connaissent aussi vos objectifs), vous pourrez ainsi utiliser plus efficacement ces outils décrivant les bovins Simmental et prendre de meilleures décisions. Si vous désirez obtenir plus d’informations au sujet des outils disponibles, veuillez consulter le: www.simmental.com, ou bien contactez votre fournisseur de génétique.


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March 7, 2013 1:30 pm Spring Creek Ranch, Moosomin, SK

130 Simmentals, Angus and Sim/Angus

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Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Bonchuk Simmentals

Red Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Hebert Cattle Ventures and Sun Rise Simmentals

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Woods Land & Cattle and Circle 7 Simmentals

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: LaBatte Simmentals and Black Sand Cattle Co.

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Crossroads Simmental

Red Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Gra-Tan Ranch

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Robert & Linda Berner

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Prairie Livestock & Marcel Fouillard

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Ja-Lyn Farms

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Ja-Lyn Farms

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: Little Rainbow Ranch & Chris Leeds

Black Simmental A 2012 High Seller to: K-5 River Ranch

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Canadians participate in the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Young Breeders Program

had the opportunity to attend the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) Congress held in Germany from September 16th to 25th, 2012. The congress began with a pre-tour of the Eastern part of Germany where we travelled among three German states; Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. We started our tour in the capital city of Saxony State, Dresden, then made our way out into the rural setting. The majority of farms in these regions are located within their villages. As we travelled from village to village we saw agricultural land however little infrastructure except the road or wind turbines, until you entered the villages or in some cases the farm itself. We later would see farms, in the Southern part of Germany, scattered apart similar to what we see in North America. Our first evening with the WSFF pre-congress we met in Dresden then travelled up the slopes of a neighbouring town to the Spitzhaus Restaurant. The view was spectacular, overlooking vineyards on the hillside down to the Valley of Radebeul. They provided us with an excellent welcoming evening to get a taste of their country’s culture. Before we left the city for our rural tours, we were given a walking tour of the historical city of Dresden. This capital city of the German state of Saxony is over 800 years old that had undergone major reconstruction after the World War II bombing in 1945 where 90% of the city centre was destroyed. It was fascinating to see a large mural of thousands of porcelain tiles, which had minimal damage during the bombing. On the side of a building showed the procession of princes called the “Furstenzug”. There are portraits of the 35 margraves, electors, dukes and kings shown on horse back with their name and years they ruled for the state of Saxony stated beneath their portrait. The site of these historical buildings throughout the city was very interesting to look at and to learn the history behind them. Soon after leaving the city we saw a pasture of Simmentals, all Fleckvieh. The farms we visited ranged in size from 20-35 suckler cows (family farms) up to 150-270 suckler cows (cow/calf operations). These farms in East Germany are strictly for beef production with the SimmentalFleckvieh compared to the dual purpose Fleckvieh in the southern region of Germany that we later toured with the main WSFF congress and Young Breeders Program. For both of these large and small scaled farms, approximately 70-100% of the land used for crops and grazing is leased. Most of the farms are located within or on the edge of their village; one that we visited had an entranceway through a section of their barn to a courtyard created by the barns attached to one another and their house. Our last evening for the WSFF pre-tour was quite eventful. The producers of the National Association of Thuringian Cattlemen put on a cattle show and breeders evening at their marketing centre in Laasdorf. We were presented with some of the cattlemens’ best from their herds and enjoyed live band entertainment after the cattle show. After our last tour and meal in East Germany, we set out for a tour through central Germany’s forest terrain to the city of Landshut where the main congress was held and where both Katie and I participated in the Young Breeder Program of the Congress. With no time to spare we arrived for the WSFF congress opening ceremonies that evening of the 19th of September. My entire time in Germany made for a great experience and allowed me to meet and connect with Simmental breeders from all over the world. By Laura Robson

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aving never traveled to Europe, I was curious to see how animal production differed from here in Canada. We always hear about the many differences there are between North American and European agriculture and I was looking forward to seeing these differences first hand. By traveling with the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) Congress we were able to see a variety of types of farms you normally would not see if you went to Germany as a solo traveller. The WSFF Young Breeders Program (YBP) took place primarily in the Province of Bavaria, in the southern part of Germany. In this region beef production is rare and the majority of Simmental/Fleckvieh are dual purpose type. Both Laura and I were excited to see the milking side of the Simmental breed. Following the pre-congress tours, on Thursday morning we drove north to Neustadt a.d. Aisch to a bull parade of top AI sires. Many of the sires presented were unproven bulls selected for their genomic potential. In the afternoon we toured a farm and visited the medieval town of Rothenburg, which was featured in the scenes of Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Movies. Friday was the start of the YBP, where we travelled south to the town of Müldorf. We met other young breeders from Australia, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Mexico and of course Germany. Our afternoon consisted of relay games to get to know each other. In the evening a progeny show was put on by CRV genetics. This show featured traditional Bavarian dancers and whip crackers to entertain the delegates. In the middle of the show all the young breeders were called into the ring for a surprise game of musical chairs/scavenger hunt…much to the crowd’s delight. It ended with a face off between a Scotsman and an Austrian girl in a game of who can hold up a full stein the longest. After the show, there was a big barn party enjoyed by all. The second day of the YBP was to be a raft trip in the river, however due to heavy rain we ended up touring a few farms and the CRV AI collection station, before returning to Landshut for the gala dinner. Sunday we returned to the main congress group and headed north to Ilshofen to see a cattle show in a beautiful agriculture facility. Shows are definitely different in southern Germany, with mainly cows shown with very few young stock. While in Ilshofen we toured a small feedlot with a biogas plant. At this operation they purchased bull calves from the local auction and finished them for the high-end steak market, marketing their bulls at about 14-15 months of age. The manure from the feedlot was used in the biogas plant, which generated power, heat and steam for the surrounding village. Monday was the big trip to Munich and Oktoberfest. In the south section of the Oktoberfest was the Das Jubiläumsfest,- the Central Bavrain Agriculture Festival, with equipment dealers and a livestock show. No Wrangler jeans here, breeders showed cattle in traditional dress, which meant Lederhosen for men and Dirndl dresses for ladies. We watched the livestock show which included a Simmental beef class, before heading into Oktoberfest. The Young Breeders had a table in the Hofbräuhaus and enjoyed a social evening taking in the local culture. Tuesday, the final day of the congress, we headed south of Munich to Poing/Grub to the LfL Bravrian State Research Centre for Agriculture where they were conducting research in beef cattle nutrition as well as dairy housing systems and nutrition. It was a unique experience to see a Simmental cow in a robotic milker. We said our goodbyes to many new friends over lunch and headed back to Landshut before our return home. Traveling to Germany and seeing the European side of cattle production was really interesting. Many aspects of production were different and many the same, but one thing we all had in common was a great passion for the Simmental/Fleckvieh breed. Thanks to all the conference organizers, the many host farms, WSFF and many more for the great hospitality. Having been fortunate to have also attended the Calgary WSFF congress, I knew how great an event the WSFF congress can be. Having the opportunity to repeat that experience in a foreign land, made this experience a once in a lifetime event. I would strongly recommend any youth to attend a world congress. It is a rare opportunity to meet Simmental producers from around the world and get the chance to learn how their production system works. The next World Congress will be in Columbia in 2014 and I highly encourage young breeders to attend. By Katie Wood


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We invite you to attend

SWANTEWITT SIMMENTALS’ ALL BULLS ARE TIE BROKE AND GUARANTEED

JSJ 60Z - Sire: Anchor D Sting/Polled FB, Full Fleck (12 half brothers sell)

JSJ 17Z - Sire: Jr. Eltano/FB CALL OR EMAIL FOR A FULL CATALOGUE Gerd, Donelle, Justine, Jordan & Darian Bremmekamp

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JSJ 75Z - Sire: Twin Chief Wyoming/Polled PB

JSJ 106Z - Sire: Swantewitt X Rock/Polled PB

JSJ 194Z- Sire: Virginia Barcelona/FB, Full Fleck (7 half brothers sell)


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Selection for Carcass Merit Emphasis The most important thing any cowherd can do is to honestly acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses and have a very clear picture of what impacts their profitability. The other important point, is to consider these questions at least 5 years into the future, as any breeding decisions need to be focused to a future direction in the cow herd. Some good research work that looked at profitability drivers at the cow calf level split production into three categories. Reproduction – anything that impacts reproductive fitness of the cow herd, Production

– growth and gain, Product – carcass or end product. The traditional chain is like most of the industry in Canada today, a value chain rewards producers for meeting product targets and an integrated chain pays the producer all the way back from the retail shelf. For producers who plan to remain in traditional structures (selling weaned calves) it is important to keep the focus on reproductive fitness which is 10 times as important to profitability as carcass traits. That said, it is also important to recognize the emerging opportunities to add value through carcass characteristics and to think about how cattle will be marketed in the future. Sire Selection and Breeding Strategies Most of the progress in any beef cow herd is made through sires that come into the breeding program. A single cow in her lifetime will produce a few calves, while a prolific sire may produce several hundred. Breeds

The simplest and easiest way to target carcass markets is to use the tools of crossbreeding. There are significant differences between breeds for carcass yield and marbling. If we look at the following table, it becomes apparent that the breeds that excel in marbling are almost the complete inverse of those that excel in retail product yield. This means that complementary breeds can be used to target specific markets. For a lot of the mainstream marketplace this means we can keep fleshy, fertile cowherds without giving up meat production simply by using a complementary terminal sire. Selecting a Bull Within a Breed Live Animal Ultrasound It is impossible to look at a live animal and know with any degree of certainty what the carcass looks like underneath. This is where

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ultrasound technology comes to the rescue. Ultrasound uses sound waves to measure rib-eye size, fat depth and intramuscular fat (marbling). It is not recommended to compare scan data across herds or different management groups, but it is useful within the context of a bull supplier’s herd to identify outliers and cattle that have strengths in certain areas. Because of testosterone, bulls will not exhibit the same levels of marbling or fat as a finished steer, but the relative ranking (most marbling, most yield) of sires will tend to be preserved in their progeny. It is OK to ask your bull supplier to ultrasound. Carcass EPD While not all breeds have this tool available, EPD are currently the most effective method of selecting specific traits in sires that we have. On young bulls from herds that have been ultra-sounding the EPD provide a very good indication of the relative “genetic” merit of sires. The other advantage of EPD is that they can be directly compared WITHIN BREED and ACROSS HERDS. Most breeds with carcass EPD, include both ultrasound on young seedstock and carcass data on fed cattle to produce their EPD. EPD can help to change cattle very rapidly, however they can’t set goals for the breeding program. Again balance is important. The following table shows the most recent available breed average EPD for several main

breeds. EPD are usually updated each spring, so check the respective breed website for the most up to date information. Not all breeds have EPD for every trait and Charolais back fat is in millimetres. If you have a good general assessment of your cattle and whether you are happy with the results, a good process is to go to the appropriate breed association website and look up your herdsires. Take a glance over their carcass EPD (and others). From this you can determine if you want more/less of specific traits and the type of sires you are looking for. In the Cow Herd Let’s face it, most managers are not going to swap out a cowherd for reasons of carcass merit. We are going to breed our way anywhere we decide to go. Interested managers may want to look at using ultrasound as a tool in their own herds. If budget is limited, consider scanning replacement females, as they better express differences in marbling than bulls and provide insight into themselves and their dams. For most of us, this technology should be applied after a female meets all other criteria for form and function. If carcass data is available, consider the same type of approach to the cowherd. Remember for most of us reproduction and growth, drive our profitability. It is possible using this approach over time to improve the carcass characteristics of a cowherd, without giving up a quality and function of the cows. It is also important to market these advances. There is no point in spending money unless we are going to try to capture a price from the marketplace that exceeds the cost and effort to make change in a breeding program.


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Genetic Source Bull & Female Sale Brandon, MB MARCH 11, 2013

Rick and Roland Dequier Box 1673 Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Ph: 204.745.3925 Cell: 204.771.0280

RXR 28Z

BLACKOUT X NOPHALT

GRAND DAM OF 28Z

RXR 11Z ROYAL ARMS X DYNAMITE BLACK 5 ROYAL ARMS SONS SELL

RXR 37Z BLACKOUT X LEGEND 5 BLACKOUT SONS SELL

Todd and Danna Collins Darlingford, MB Ph: 204.246.2166 Cell: 204-823-1434 oakviewsimmentals@inethome.ca OVS 19Z

KWD MS RYDER 1L RED RYDER X RED DOC

VIRGINIA MS BARBILYNN 19X DAM OF 19Z

CANYON X ROMANO 路 FULL FLECK

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OVS 203Z CROSSROAD BRIGADE X SUPERB

OVS 68Z

RED LABEL X RED NUGGET


A Sample Of What Big Sky Has In Store For March 2013... MMVI 200Y

Horned FF-Jeremiah x Meister

MMVI 40Z

Gibbons Jeremiah

Polled PB- Jeremiah x Caesar

We have 28 fullfleck, 3 percentage fleck and 12 reds in the pen this year. (9 calving ease bulls, 5 being fullfleck) MMVI 17Z

Want to try a full blood bull on your red and black cows?? We will once again be testing a select group of fullblood bulls for the dilutor gene to reduce the chance of grey calves.

Horned FF- Regio x Carlsberg MMVI 207Y

Polled FF- Hugo x Carlsberg

MMVI 30Z

Great Guns Regio

‘Exceptional’ (a dynamite black son) has turned into exactly what we wanted. His calves are dark red, thick and attractive. We are extremely happy with the bulls and the heifers from his first calf crop!!

Polled PB- EGC Exceptional x LCC Red Heat

For more information, pictures of cows and herdsires check out our website at www.bigskysimmentals.com GENETIC SOURCE BULL & FEMALE SALE – BRANDON, MB MARCH 11, 2013 Family owned and operated business for over 20 years! Mathew and Marguerite Smith H: 204.723.2293 C: 204.526.7423

Trevor and Amy Peters H: 204.328.7458 C: 204.573.0587

www.bigskysimmentals.com

Brad and Lauren Smith H: 204.723.0254

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MCINTOSH TITANIUM 18Z

MCINTOSH FUTURE 10Z

Kuntz Yonder 11Y Purchased by C R Simmentals and Son and Randy Werstroh, Medstead, SK

SAJ Simmentals, Edam, SK Marty & Donna Bohrson, Hanley, SK Turin Colony, Turin, AB JV Enterprises Ltd., Goodsoil, SK Matt Thompson, Lloydminster, SK Plover Lake Ranch Ltd., Youngstown, AB Duralta Farms Ltd., Vegreville, AB Pinder Farms, Lashburn, SK KJ Larre Ranching Ltd., St Walburg, SK Donald Farm Ltd., Rockhaven, SK Jerry Sweeney, Vermilion, AB Peuch Farms, St Walburg, SK Spornitz Farms Inc., Edgerton, AB Steven & Darrel Dow, Rivercourse, AB Deeg Simmentals, Strathmore, AB Wheatland Cattle Co., Bienfait, SK Bohrson Marketing Services, Carstairs, AB C R Simmentals & Son, Medstead, SK N V Land & Cattle Ltd., North Battleford, SK Leer’s Ranching, St Walburg, SK Glen Stonehouse, Baldwinton, SK Dan Hritzuk, St Walburg, SK Daryl Paulgaard, Provost, AB Rodney Kratchmer, Unity, SK Doug Trotzuk, St Walburg, SK Bar Crossroads Ranch, Edam, SK Bernard Chamberland, St Paul, AB Rob Pernitsky, Wilkie, SK Denis De Montarnal, Edam, SK Ross Ranching Ltd., Paynton, SK Black Diamond Simmentals, Hamiota, MB Percy View Farms, Kisbey, SK Dempsey Land & Cattle Co. Ltd, Edgerton, AB Plover Lake Ranch Ltd., Youngstown, AB Hoegl Livestock Ltd., Lloydminster, SK Lansing Land & Livestock, Viking, AB Blair Capjack, Elk Point, AB Maple Haven Farms, Harriston, ON Boynecrest Stock Farms, Stephenfield, MB G D Land & Cattle Co., Ltd., Maymont, SK

Kuntz Super Duty 4Y purchased by Deeg Simmentals, Strathmore, AB and CanadianSires.com

Kuntz Marshall 12Y Purchased by N V Land and Cattle, North Battleford, SK

MCINTOSH RUGGED 9Z

MCINTOSH CASH 29Z

McIntosh Prime 4Y Purchased by Boynecrest Stock Farms, Stephenfield, MB

SFM Black Design 143Y Purchased by Duralta Farms Ltd., Vegreville, AB

Red, Black and Fullblood Simmental Bulls Sell Please call for more information or to be added to our mailing list.

Geoff, Brad & Trevor Kuntz Box 192, Battleford, SK S0M 0E0 Trevor: 306.843.2728 Cell: 306.441.1308 Geoff & Brad 306.937.2338 www.kuntzsimmentals.com

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Keith & Brian Stoughton Maidstone, SK Keith: 306.893.2798 Cell: 306.893.7546 Bryan: 306.893.2839 Cell: 306.893.8233

Blair & Stephanie McIntosh Box 173, Maymont, SK S0M 1T0 Home: 306.389.2070 Cell: 306.441.7755 mcintoshlivestock@hotmail.com

View the catalogue online at www.BuyAgro.com or www.bohrson.com


Learning is life long and generational. We understand that with 110 years of lessons. We focus on Simmental cattle that are functionally correct, forage efficient, moderate in size, management friendly and predictable. Genetic selection is a critical step in cattle design. We welcome your interest in our cattle and appreciate your thoughts on our program.

Porter cattle are a great way to add value to your herd, give us a call.

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Boynecrest / Skyridge 1st Annual Bull and Female Sale March 16, 2013 Rathwell, MB

• Solid red, performance, thick n meaty, calving ease, blaze faced, polled, our bulls will fit your needs

TNT TURBO U447 S: TNT ACCELERATOR S226 D: TNT MISS SADIE M68

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LAZY S ROLEX 568X S: LAZY S RED BODYBUILDER61T D: LAZY S RED REZULT 528T

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• On offer 45 Polled Red Simmentals and fullblood fleckvieh and a select group of

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A MEMBER OF OUR CHAMPION BREEDERS HERD AT MLE 2012 – BOYNECREST STOCK FARM

forward to visiting with you prior to and on sale day.

KNK CSR RED BULL 53T

S: BOYNECREST BULLSEEY 89X (ON TARGET SON)

WATCH FOR CATALOGUE, SALE UPDATES AND BULL SALE VIDEOS AT BOYNECRESTSTOCKFARM.COM

GRINALTA’S HP KING 126S S: DFM MARCUS 14M D: GRINALTA’S POLLED HASALZ

WATCH FOR FLUSHMATES TO SELL OUT OF THIS CROSSING

Kelly & Elaine Ferris & Family Box 4, Stephenfield, MB R0G 2R0 Ph: 204.828.3483 Kelly: 204.745.7168 Nikki: 204.745.8849 Email: boynecreststockfarm@sdnet.ca www.boynecreststockfarm.com

Gilles & Jeannine Vuignier Box 585, St. Claude, MB R0G 1Z0 Ph: 204.749.2183 Fax: 204.749.2306 Email: jennyv@mts.net

VIEW CATALOGUE AT BOHRSONMARKETING.COM

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YCSA Contacts YCSA Coordinator Emily Grey - Quebec 819-837-0284 emilygrey29@hotmail.com President Tiffany Peters – Saskatchewan 306-948-8044 tpeters07@hotmail.com Vice-President Kaylea Donovan – Ontario 819-434-5632 kaylea.donovan@hotmail.com Executive Officer Danielle Stewart - Maritimes 1-902-890-5167 danic76@hotmail.com Director Kolby Heaven – Alberta 780-778-1435 heaven_cattle@hotmail.com Director Scott Gaunce - Maritimes 506-383-4829 or cell 506-227-4820 scottgaunce@hotmail.com Director Emily Hickson - Manitoba 204-725-0621 or cell 204-570-1969 Simmental_roxs2005@hotmail.com Director Krista Whalen - Quebec 819-679-7964 kristawhalen15@hotmail.com Director Danielle Sullivan - Ontario 705-292-8706 or cell 705872-2173 dee.em.sull@gmail.com CSA Director To the YCSA Lacey Fisher - Maritimes 506-536-8454 (Cell) 902-661-0766 (Home) timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com

Join the excitement in 2013! Do you love the beef industry and have a passion for learning and working with other youth? Do you enjoy participating in programs that are exciting and also prepare you for life’s adventures? If you answered yes then the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) is meant for you! Every year the YCSA welcomes new members who possess energy, the love of Simmental cattle, and a desire to make a difference within the Simmental breed and our very dynamic beef cattle industry. The YCSA events include many activities to equip our youth with the tools they will require to become not only better cattlepeople, but also helps prepare them to be future leaders of society as a whole. Along with the opportunity to show cattle at both Provincial and National YCSA events, members gain industry knowledge through participation in herdsman activities and animal judging. Other contests are held such as graphic marketing, sales talk, public speaking, team judging, scrap booking and much more, to build valuable skills such as teamwork, confidence and leadership. Through the YCSA program there are many exciting opportunities for travel, mentorship programs and scholarships available. The Young Canadian Simmental Association is one of the leading Junior Beef Breed organizations in Canada and one that has a very bright future. We are committed to helping shape the future leaders of the Simmental breed and the Canadian beef industry. Take a look at our program on the Canadian Simmental Association website and check us out on Facebook under the Young Canadian Simmental Association.

“Becoming a member of the YCSA has given me the opportunity to meet fellow Simmental enthusiasts and learn some of what the future holds for the Simmental breed. This will help me in my future career within the beef industry and the Simmental breed itself.” Connor Morse (Top aggregate at the 2012 YCSA National Classic and winner of the 2013 AJSA trip to Nebraska)

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“Throughout the years that I have been a YCSA member, I have met many new people and seen great Simmental cat¬tle. I look forward to the many other opportunities the YCSA has in store for me and can’t wait to continue to grow within the program.”

Krista Whalen (Quebec YCSA President and YCSA National Classic Winner of the 2013 AJSA trip to Nebraska)


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THANK YOU TO OUR 2012 BUYERS GARY OR LORI ERIXON WELDON BARBER ALAN WADE YLIOJA KIM BRAUN STEVEN SEABROOK GRANT GERWING WILLIAM/AUSTIN SENTES TREVOR HENDERSON JOHN FLYNN GEOFF, BRAD & TREVOR KUNTZ ROBERT OAKS FRED VAN DE MEUTTER RO BEAM/JA BEAM/JB BEAM LLOYD & EDITH REDDEN ARVIN PIRNESS ED & SHELLY OMIECINSKI CARL & SHARON COATES GLEN OR DONNA MICHAYLUK CHRISTOPHER & ERIN STEPHENS DON & SHANNON CHOLIN ARTHUR OR BERNADETTE JONES BRUCE NEUDORF KEITH FRAZER

STOREBO FARM

JACOB CARROBOURG DALLAS OR JULIE BESSEY BILL & VIRGINIA PETERS ALAN & DEBRA MCDADE GALVIN KOSTAL GLEN OR DONNA MICHAYLUK GARY OR COLLEEN ROBINSON BARRY DAVISSON BRADLEY & SHERYL CAIRNS GORDON WILLNER BYRON & GLENDA JOHNSON MICHAEL HUBER ROB SAMPSON RALPH & SHARON SCHOLLAR ELGIN & LILLIAN FORSTER LARS BJORGAN CHRISTOPHER & ERIN STEPHENS ERNEST & FRIEDA EBBERT ANNIE ESSON RAYMOND & ADELE DUECK REG & GLORIA EREMENKO

LAZY BAR-B SIMMENTALS

SELLING

60 SIMMENTAL Yearling & 2 Year Olds ALL POLLED 15 RED ANGUS PUREBRED OPEN HEIFERS

DALE & DWIGHT STOREBO BRYCE & DEREK BAXTER HOME: (306) 859-4942 CELL: (306) 859-7779

GARY BOON HOME (306) 858-2762 CELL: (306) 858-7780 WWW.LAZYBAR-BSIMMENTAL.COM

SUNNYSIDE SIMMENTAL

DOUBLE G SIMMENTALS GARY & GLEN GOODSMAN

TOM & SHARON TURNBULL (306) 731-2703

MEADOW ACRES

BLAIR & LAUREL FORNWALD & FAMILY BLAIR (306) 487-2624 DUSTIN (306) 487-2557 WWW.MEADOWACRESFARMS.COM

W2 FARMS

DONALD & TAMMY WILLIAMS HOME: (306) 365-3489 DONALD: (306) 231-5402 MASTON: (306) 231-5415

GARY: (306) 963-7700 GLEN: (306) 963-7777 HOME: (306) 963-2747

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Ter-Ron and Redrich Get A Grip Bull & Select Female Sale Thursday March 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Ter-Ron Farms

Selling 60 Red Angus Bulls and 20 Open Heifers

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Terry & Sharon Adams Rob & Maureen Adams Box 634 Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0 Terry: 780.582.2109 Rob: 780.385.0849 smada@wildroseinternet.ca www.ter-ron farms.com

Bill & Tracy Dietrich Box 30 Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0 Ph: 780.889.2259 Cell: 780.608.7173 redrichfarms@gmail.com


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Vets Advice

Farm Biosecurity at Calving Season

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alving season poses the greatest risk for spread of disease on our farms or between farms and is repeated on a yearly basis. For that reason, it is worth reviewing some common biosecurity practices which should be stepped up to prevent a scours, respiratory, or other disease outbreak. It is a time when both the cow herd, because of calving stress, and the newborns are subjected to multiple pressures on their immune systems. With biosecurity, one needs to consider exposure to organisms from outside the herd and the concentration and spread of infectious organisms within or between individuals in the herd. Your own individual herd becomes exposed over time to infectious organisms that are present in a low level and cattle’s immune systems will develop protection to these organisms very similar to a vaccination. If exposure to an organism at a high level or one which there has been no exposure in the past, that is where disease will appear. Once one animal is infected and starts shedding that organism at a high level in close proximity to other susceptible animals is when a disease outbreak happens. For outside exposure, we can eliminate it almost to zero by sticking to some very clear rules. Do not bring in any herd additions either close to or during calving season. This would be cow-calf pairs, bred cows or calves to orphan on to cows. To avoid having cows go unproductive when their calves are lost several things can be done. Many herds have a high incidence of twins. Where possible switch the least viable calf, as these calves are under considerably greater stress adapting to the new mother who may not want them. The calf most often orphaned is the freemartin heifer in the case of the heifer/bull twins. At preg checking, good managers often keep one or two possible cull cows if they are bred early as potential surrogate mothers who will have their calves removed at calving and then be culled. They need to be calving relatively early in the season for this to work. This avoids the need to bring in any calves from outside sources and especially dairy calves seem very susceptible to contracting scours in a beef situation often becoming the initial case. Visitors touring through the herd should be kept to an absolute minimum during calving season. Although everyone likes seeing newborn calves, it is also dangerous for inexperienced people with overprotective mothers around. At the very least if outsiders do enter, make sure they have street clothes on, use a boot dip and keep them out of the calving areas. A boot dip can contain a disinfectant called virkon or water vinegar mixed 50/50 works as well. Virkon is very safe even if drank at this low a concentration and is good for most bacteria viruses and fungi. The boot dip should be used on entry and exit from either a contaminated area or one which you want to keep protected. Change the boot dip at least weekly or when soiled. It is best to also have a good brush handy to encourage cleaning the soiled areas. Disinfectant mats can also be used as long as they are replenished and cleaned.

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The ranchers, and herdsmen have to regularly wash their coveralls and outer clothing. This is probably “the� most common spread of infectious organisms around the farm. I have seen many of these bib-overalls extremely soiled from carrying newborn calves or treating others. With the direct contact with many calves, it is clearly evident this is where the greatest spread of infection is occuring. If you do get a scours or respiratory case, it is best to isolate it away from the calving area. Treat it after the calving cows have been checked. Dip your boots and either change coveralls or have one pair present to put on for the treatments. Remember any instruments, feed buckets, forks, shovels, or esophageal feeders should be used solely for sick calves and cleaned and disinfected before using on the next case. Efforts spent here may eliminate or stop a scours outbreak. Many producers give slow or sluggish calves colostrum, so I recommend using a different feeder for sick calves and newborns. Label them appropriately. Make sure and have an isolation area where several cow-calf pairs could be put. Individual isolation is best as sick calves are already compromised from catching whatever other sick calves carry. It is much better putting them together than exposing the healthy herd to this threat of disease. To minimize a potential huge outbreak, utilize several fields and have 50 cow calf units in each. This generally happens in chronological order, the first 50 go to a certain field, the next 50 another field and so on. That way if a disease outbreak does happen, it can be kept hopefully to just the one pen. Sick calves are easier to see, catch and treat in a smaller group. In the morning, check the healthy groups first and proceed to the sick pens later. If treating, anything you use such as syringes, needles, balling guns, etc. should not be used on healthy stock unless disinfected. You want to have the inherent immunity of the herd high, so any disease you are worried about such as scours or IBR, the cow should be vaccinated for ahead of time and that immunity is then transferred to the calf in the colostrum. The scour vaccines are now becoming very broad spectrum, covering most infectious bacterial and viral scours organisms we face in the field. Disease or a break in your biosecurity occur when too many organisms are present and/or the immune system of the calf being depressed. To reduce stress in the calves, keep the numbers in a pen as low as possible. Room for a cow calf pair has been quoted at around 2000 sq. ft. Have creep areas where just the calves can get to, which minimizes stress and will also shelter them from inclement weather. By implementing some of these suggestions, the risk of disease at calving time can be greatly reduced. With less disease, come higher weaning weights and less time and cost treating sick calves. Eliminating or isolating the first case is key, together with good immunity will minimize the risk of a disease outbreak come spring calving. May your calving season is disease free.


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CAS 101Z - WHEATLAND 680S X LFE CANDY KISSES 39S

DEB 105Z - PHR 222U X PHR 65U

CAS 102Z - WHEATLAND 680S X LFE CANDY KISSES 39S

DEB 104Z - BLACK JOKER X DDDS 496T

CAS 103Z - WHEATLAND 680S X LFE CANDY KISSES 39S

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Simmental Genetics

Continue To

Dominate In 2012 Manitoba Livestock Expo

Mixed Breed Reserve Grand Champion Female Maple Lake Zena 2096 Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB Grand Champion Pen of Open Heifers Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB Reserve Champion Pen of Open Heifers Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB

Mixed Breed Reserve Grand Champion Female- Maple Lake Zena 2096 Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB

Grand Champion Pen of Bred Heifers Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB Grand Champion Pen of Cow/Calf Pairs Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB

Supreme Breed Extravaganza Female KWA Ms Rock 14X Ashworth Farm & Ranch, Oungre, SK

Supreme Breed Extravaganza Female KWA Ms Rock 14X Ashworth Farm & Ranch, Oungre, SK

Canadian Western Agribition

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Five “Show Only” Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Blairswest Land & Cattle, Drake, SK Champion Pen of 10 Feeder Heifers Exhibited by: Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Five “Show Only” Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Blairswest Land & Cattle, Drake, SK

Champion Pen of 20 Feeder Heifers Exhibited by: Reed Andrew, Regina, SK Reserve Champion Pen of 20 Feeder Heifers Exhibited by: Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Feeder Heifers Exhibited by: Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Feeder Heifers Exhibited by: Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK Grand Champion Pen of Feeder Steers Exhibited by: Blairswest Land & Cattle, Drake, SK Champion Pen of Five Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB Reserve Champion Pen of Five Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by: Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK

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Grand Champion Pen of Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK

Grand Champion Pen of Open Replacement Heifers Exhibited by: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Hartney, MB


Reserve Champion Pen of 5 Bred Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Kyle Westman, Vermilion, AB Champion & Reserve Champion Pen of 10 Bred Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Murray Westmas, Vermilion, AB Grand Champion Pen Bred Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Murray Westman, Vermilion, AB

Saskatoon Fall Fair

Grand Champion Pen of 3 Replacement Heifers Exhibited by: Gary Nickel, Borden, SK

Grand Champion Pen Bred Replacement Heifers Exhibited by Murray Westman, Vermilion, AB

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 3 Replacement Heifers Exhibited by: Bar CR Angus, Perdue, SK Grand Champion Steer Calves Exhibited by: Gary Nickel, Borden, SK

Grand Champion Pen of Feeder Steers Exhibited by Blairswest Land & Cattle, Drake, SK

Lloydminster Stockade Roundup Grand Champion Pen of 3 Bred Heifers Jackpot Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK Grand Champion Pen of 3 Commercial Calves Exhibited by: Doug Marjoram, Speers, SK Grand Champion Pen of Heifer Calves Exhibited by: Doug Marjoram, Speers, SK Grand Champion Pen of 5 Bred Yearling Heifer Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK Grand Champion Pen of Bred Yearling Heifers Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK

Supreme Pen of Bulls Exhibited by: Crossroad Farms, Shell Lake, SK

Supreme Champion Pen of Bred Yearling Heifers Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK Grand Champion Pen of 3 Bull Calves – European Breeds Exhibited by: Crossroad Farms, Shell Lake, SK

Grand Champion Pen of 3 Commercial Calves Exhibited by: Doug Marjoram, Speers, SK

Grand Champion Pen of 3 Yearling Bulls – European Breeds Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK Supreme Pen of Bulls Exhibited by: Crossroad Farms, Shell Lake, SK

Edam Fall Fair

Reserve Champion Rancher’s Choice Steer Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK Grand Champion Rancher’s Choice Open Replacement Heifer Exhibited by: Jeanine O’Regan Grand Champion Pen of Three Heifers Exhibited by: Duane McCaffrey

Grand Champion Pen of 5 Bred Yearling Heifers Exhibited by: Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK

Grand Champion Pen of Three Bred Heifers Exhibited by: Walterhouse Ranching People’s Choice Cow/Calf Pair Exhibited by: Roach Ranching

Grand Champion Pen of 3 Bull Calves – European Breeds Exhibited by: Crossroad Farms, Shell Lake, SK

Yorkton Fall Fair

Grand Champion Pen of Bulls Exhibited by Maple Lake Stock Farm, Hartney, MB Reserve Champion Pen of Open Heifers Exhibited by Maple Lake Stock Farm, Hartney, MB

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For all things Simmental visit www.simmentalcountry.com Don’t miss out on receiving our Simmental Country announcements send your email address to mcartwright@simmental.com Contact Darryl or Jane to learn how the Simmental Country can enhance your marketing efforts. Western Representative Darryl Snider (403) 803-6532 sniderd@telus.net

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Eastern Sales Consultant Jane Crawford (519) 317-5263 jane.cattle@gmail.com

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BARRY & BRENDA LABATTE Box 72 Gladmar, Sask. S0C 1A0 www.labattesimmentals.com Ph: (306)969-4820 labatte.simm@sasktel.net Cell: (306) 815-7900

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Auctioneer/Ringman

Trucking

Industry Events

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Insurance

Semen/Embryos

Photographers/Marketing

Semen/Embryos

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ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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3D Simmentals.................. 38, 117

Bow Valley Genetics Ltd..........121

Dorran, Steve..........................120

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

ABC Cattle Co......................... 117

Boynecrest Stock Farm..... 87, 114

Double Bar D Farms........ 2, 3, 117

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Adair Ranch...............................90

Brockhoff Simmentals................27

Double G Simmentals........ 91, 117

Highway 5 Simmentals............ 118

Afri-Can Simmentals................ 114

BS Ranch................................ 111

Downey Farms........................ 114

HMR Gelbvieh...........................93

Alameda Agencies Ltd.............121

C C Simmental Ranch............. 111

Downhill Simmentals.................39

Hoegl Farms...................... 57, 118

Alberta Simmental Association......

Canada Beef Inc......................106

Dunc’s Cattle Co...................... 116

Hornbank Simmentals...............93

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Canadian Bull Congress..........120

Dwayann Simmentals.............. 116

HZ Horned Herefords................93

Alliance Simmental Farms....... 115

Canadian Cattlemen................120

Eagle Ridge Simmentals... 34, 111

Indian River Cattle Co............. 116

Allied Genetic Resources............9

Canadian Farm Insurance Corp.... Early Sunset Ranch...................58

Alta Genetics...........................121

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East Poplar Simmentals.......... 117

Ltd...........................................121

Anchor D Ranch.......... 12, 13, 111

CanadianSires.com................... 11

Edge, Dean..............................120

Janzen Ranches................ 52, 111

Applecross............................... 111

Carey, Brent.............................120

EDN Simmental............... 100, 117

Jaydawn Farms.........................77

Arntzen Angus...........................79

Car-Laur Simmentals............... 115

Elm Tree Farms....................... 116

Jelia Simmentals.......................79

Arrow Creek Simmentals...........81

Cattle In Motion.........................51

Erixon Simmentals............. 60, 117

Jetstream Livestock................. 116

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

Circle 3 Genetics Ltd........... 7, 115

Fallen Timber Farms............... 114

JNR Farms.............................. 111

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Circle G Simmentals & Angus. 111

Ferme BMS.........................30, 31

Jo-Dreen Farm........................ 115

Aumack Simmentals.......... 86, 117

City View Simmentals.............. 117

Ferme Gagnon Farm........... 6, 116

Johnson Stock Farms................98

Bar 5 Farms Ltd................... 7, 115

Crimson Tide Flechvieh........... 115

Ferme Saro.............................. 116

Kala Ranch................................93

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

Crocus Simmentals.................100

Ferme Sibelle Fleck...................31

KBR Kattle Kompany.................98

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Crosby Angus............................99

Flying N Cattle and Feed.........120

KC Stock Farms........................54

Big Rock Simmentals.............. 114

Crossroad Farms......... 20, 21, 117

Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh

Keato Meadow Simmentals..... 111

Big Sky Simmentals...................83

Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants

Federation............................... 119

Kelara Farms................... 100, 118

Black Gold Simmental Ltd.........67

Ltd...........................................121

Genex Cooperative, Inc.....33, 121

Kenner Simmental Ranch..........50

Black River Farms................... 115

Deeg Simmental................ 73, 111

Get-A-Long Stock Farm...........120

Kin Kin Cattle Co..................... 112

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

Delta Rho Farms..................... 115

GJR Simmentals...................... 117

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

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Destiny Simmentals................. 115

Grant Rolston Photography Ltd..... .................................... 18, 19, 114

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

Diamond B Simmentals.............54

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Kulyk Simmental........................43

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Diamond T Simmentals........... 111

Gravandale Simmentals.......... 116

Kuntz Simmental Farm...... 84, 118

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

Diana’s Monogramming........... 119

Gurney Land & Livestock..........72

LaBatte Simmentals.......... 38, 118

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DLMS.........................................90

H.S. Knill Company Limited.....120

Lazy Bar-B Simmentals..... 91, 118

Boisvert Simmental....................31

Dodge......................................126

Hairy Hill Cattle Co.................. 111

Lazy S Ranch Inc.................... 112

Bonchuk Farms................. 55, 114

Don Heggie Simmentals.......... 111

Hallridge Simmentals............... 116

Lewis Farms Ltd.............. 112, 128

Bouchard Livestock International..

Donovandale Simmentals........ 116

Hannah Simmentals.......... 94, 111

Lind, Robert...............................54

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Dora Lee Genetics................... 116

Harvie Ranching...................... 111

Little Man’s Herd......................107

Boundary Ranch..............100, 101

Dorran Marketing Inc...............120

High Bluff Stock Farm.............. 114

Little Willow Creek Ranch........ 118

Janzen Brogan Embryo Services


ADVERTISER’S INDEX LiveAuctions.TV.....................6, 31

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

Sierra Simmentals.....................99

TNT Simmental Ranch..............47

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

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Simmeron Simmentals............ 113

Transcon Livestock Corp...............

Lockhart Valley Simmentals......63

Peters Simmentals....................78

Skeels, Dan.............................120

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Logan Simmentals.....................54

Pheasantdale Simmentals....... 118

Skor Simmentals............... 70, 113

Trevor’s Cowpix.......................121

Lone Stone Farms............. 23, 112

Phillips Farms.......................... 119

Skyridge Farm...........................88

Tri A Angus................................93

M & J Farms...................... 51, 114

Poley, Chris.............................120

Sniders Cattle Service.............107

Triple R Simmentals..................82

MacKenzie Cattle Company.... 112

Porter Ranches.................. 85, 112

Soderglen Ranches...................49

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

Mader Ranches........... 14, 15, 112

Prairie Wind Farms Ltd..............98

South Holden simmentals..........79

TSN Livestock................... 81, 115

Maple Key Farm...................... 116

Prospect Hill Simmentals......... 116

South Seven Farms...................61

Twin Brae Simmentals............. 115

Mappin Simmentals................. 112

R Plus Simmentals....................65

Southpaw Cattle Company...... 113

Twin Butte Simmentals...... 72, 113

Mar Mac Farms................. 39, 114

Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais..

Spring Creek Simmentals.. 74, 118

Tyler Farms................................66

Masterfeeds....................... 22, 119

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Spring Lake Simmentals.... 27, 113

Tymarc Livetock................. 95, 113

Maxwell Simmentals.......... 27, 112

Rancier Farms............. 26, 27, 112

Spruce Grove Cattle Co.... 89, 118

Verbeek Herefords.....................93

McCormack Family Ranch.75, 118

Rattray Livestock..................... 113

Starwest Farms....................... 114

Virginia Ranch................... 68, 113

McIntosh Livestock............ 84, 118

Redpath Simmentals............... 114

Steen Agencies........................121

W2 Farms.......................... 91, 119

McMillen Ranching Ltd...... 62, 118

Redrich Farms...........................92

Stewart Simmentals................. 116

Weldehaven Farms................. 117

Meadow Acres...........................91

Rendezvous Farms................. 114

Stock, Mark..............................120

Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company...

MI Simmentals......................... 112

Rest Haven Farms.....................93

Stockmens Insurance..............121

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Mitchell Cattle Co.............. 99, 114

Rimac Simmental.................... 117

Stone Simmentals................... 113

Westway Farms Ltd........... 73, 113

Muellers Nossa Terra............... 117

River Point Cattle Co............... 116

Storebo Farm.............................91

Wheatland Cattle Co.................46

Muirhead Cattle Co............ 59, 118

Riverbank Farm....................... 115

Stoughton Farms............... 84, 118

Wild Oak Farms....................... 116

NHD Simmentals.......................72

Robb Farms....................... 56, 118

Sullivan Simmentals................ 117

Willow Creek Simmentals..........77

Nolara Farms.............................93

Robson Acres.......................... 116

Sun Rise Simmentals................98

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

North Creek Simmentals...........45

Roenda Stock Farms.................81

Sun Star Simmentals......... 79, 113

WJ Simmentals........................ 113

North Hill Simmentals.............. 112

Rolly Acres Farm.......................79

Sunny Valley Simmentals.. 42, 119

WLB Livestock................... 97, 115

Oakview Simmentals.................82

Ronan R Farms.........................93

Sunnyside Simmental................91

Wolfe Farms............................ 113

O’Grady Steel.......................... 119

Rust Mountain View Ranch.........9

Sunrise Simmentals................. 119

Wolfe’s Fleckvieh............... 69, 114

Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group. Saddleridge Charolais...............53

Swan Lake Farms Ltd.............. 119

Xcel Livestock.......................... 116

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SAJ Simmentals...................... 118

Swantewitt Simmentals..... 78, 113

X-T Simmentals.......................100

Optimal Bovines Inc.............58, 65

Saskatchewan Beef................. 110

Tableland Catle Co....................98

Yankee Creek Ranch............... 119

Oslanski Simmental Farms...... 112

Saskatchewan Simmental

Ter-Ron Farms...........................92

Yarrow Creek Ranch Red Angus...

Parkhill Ranches...................... 112

Association..............................103

Tessier Simmentals........... 29, 119

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Parview Stockfarms................. 112

Saugeen Acres........................ 113

The Register............................ 119

Pearson Simmentals............... 112

Schatz Simmentals............ 54, 113

Timberland Auctions..........54, 120

Scissors Creek Cattle Co..........98

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2013 Transcon Managed Spring Bull Sales February

Monday, February 11

Rendezvous Farms 9th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale

Ste. Rose, MB

Thursday, February 14

Janzen Ranches 20th Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale

Rosemary, AB

Saturday, February 16

Double Bar D Farms “Best Of Both Worlds” Simmental &

Red Angus Bull & Female Sale

Grenfell, SK

Monday, February 18

Kopp Farms 9th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale

Amaranth, MB

Friday, February 22

Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull & Female Sale

Westlock, AB

Monday, February 25

Beechinor Bros & Guests Simmental Bull Sale

Bentley, AB

Wednesday, February 27 Erixon Simmentals 2nd Annual Bull & Female Sale

March

Saskatoon, SK

Friday, March 1

Labatte Simmentals 33rd Annual Bull & Female Sale

Moose Jaw, SK

Tuesday, March 5

Transcon’s Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale

Innisfail, AB

Wednesday, March 6

Skor Simmentals 11th Annual Red & Black Simmental Bull Sale

Camrose, AB

Monday, March 11

Genetic Source Simmental Bull & Female Sale

Brandon, MB

Wednesday, March 13

Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale

Neepawa, MB

Friday, March 15

Family Tradition Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale

Dropmore, MB

Monday, March 18

Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale

Red Deer, AB

Wednesday, March 20

Transcon’s 18th Annual Advantage Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Saskatoon, SK

Saturday, March 23

Transcon’s Mountain View Angus, Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale

Innisfail, AB

Monday, March 25

Transcon’s Peace Country Bull Sale

Location T.B.A.

Saturday, March 30

Transcon’s Proudly Western Simmental Bull & Female Sale

Whitewood, SK

Saturday, April 6

Black Diamond Simmentals & Guests Bull & Female Sale

Virden, MB

Tuesday, April 9

Transcon’s Cattle Country Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale

Neepawa, MB

April

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Jay Good (403) 556-5563

Bob Wilson (403) 540-3084

Glenn Norton (780) 542-0634

Shane Michelson

(403) 363-9973

Darren Paget (403) 323-3985

Kelly Richardson

(403) 638-9377

Sandra Smith (403) 638-9377

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