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Publisher & Advertising Sales: Todays Publishing # 4 3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7G9 Ph: 306-934-9696 E-mail: info@tbarc.com

Editor:

Winter 2012  Vol. 8 No. 1

Bryan Kostiuk Ph: 306-934-9696 Fax: 306-934-0744 E-mail: bryan@tbarc.com

Official Publication of the Canadian Limousin Association

Features

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Fall (Show Preview/Late Sale Issue) Ad bookings by October 1 Ad copy by October 10 Christmas (Herd Bull Issue) Ad bookings by Ad copy by

What Does It Cost To Raise Replacement Heifers

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Canadian National Limousin Show

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Shows

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Genomics In Action Beef InfoXchange System Limo/Angus Cross Breeding Yeild - The Information You Can’t Get Swath Grazing

December 1 December 10

Cover photo taken at Kidd Farms of Macklin Saskatchewan. These 31 bulls were all purchased at the Nordal Limousin bull sales over the years. Submitted by Kelly Kidd via the CLA Facebook page.

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In Every Issue CLA Office Update The View Through My Windshield A Breeder’s Veterinary Perspective Manitoba News Alberta News Breed Improvement Real World...Our Commercial Market Place Social News Saskatchewan News Quebec News Sale Results Subscription Card Upcoming Events

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At The Ranch, Flintoft, Saskatchewan 40 Fall & Two Year Old Bulls ~ 12 Open Fall Heifers Check our web site for the online catalogue

Kelly and Norma Yorga (H) 306-263-4432 (C) 306-642-7023 (F) 306-263-4473 norma_yorga@yahoo.ca

Box 14, Flintoft, SK S0H 1R0

Jeffrey Yorga (H) 306-531-5717 (W) 204-793-7646 (F) 306-522-2218 jeffyorga@yahoo.ca

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Sons Sell

Wulf’s

Sons Sell

Tuxedo 3761T

BW: 3.6 WW: 64.5 YW: 108.5 Milk: 19.8

Sons Sell

Soo Line

Motive 9016

BW: -0.5 WW: 52 YW: 92 Milk: 20

Also featuring sons of Red GEIS Aviator 71’06

Wulf’s

All Bulls Semen Tested • Delivery Assistance Across Canada • Complete Performance and EPDs

Sons Sell

OPTIMAL BOVINES INC. Rob Holowaychuk #407, 4808 Ross St. Red Deer, AB T4N 1X5 Ph: (403) 341-5098 Fax: (403) 343-6133

Cole Auctioneer - Chris Poley (306) 220-5006

Unfathomable 5167U

BW: 1.9 WW: 49.5 YW: 87.3 Milk: 31.7

Seize The Day 22S

BW: 0.9 WW: 53.8 YW: 95.4 Milk: 27.1

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Don’t Miss Out...

on these powerful outcross genetics!

Cottage Lake Livestock - Your Canadian connection for mainstream and outcross championship genetics.

15.01.2011 - Double Polled - BW: 87 lbs. Sire: Auto Dollar General MGS: Auto Full Throttle 771R EPD’s: BW: 1.8 WW: 61.6 YW: 108.5 M: 32.6 For sale by private treaty

03.02.2011 - Homozygous Polled - BW: 75 lbs. Sire: RPY La Warden 26W MGS: CLLL New Direction 394P EPD’s: BW: 0.5 WW: 40.0 YW: 74.3 M: 21.8 For sale by private treaty

Laura, Brittany, Katrina & Lindsey Papenhuyzen RR 4, Stony Plain, AB, Canada T7Z 1X4 Home: 780.963.9612 Brittany Cell: 780.699.4266 Email: clpromotions@xplornet.com www.cottagelake.ca

Bullet Proof show career 2010 Canadian Show Bull Of the Year 2010 Stockade Roundup Champion Bull 2010 Canadian Western Agribition Champion Bull 2011 Stockade Roundup Champion Bull 2011 Farm Fair Champion Bull

02.01.2009 - Homozygous Polled Sire: MAGS Sasquatch MGS: JSTH Angels Centerfold BW: 2.4 WW: 33.7 YW: 72.5 M: 24.3

Semen now available

Check out Bullet Proof’s first calf crop at the following farms; Bee Zee Acres, Circle T Limousin, Dynasty Limousin, Fouillard Limousin, Greenwood Limousin, Highland Stock Farms, Karwandy Limousin, Koyle Farms, Loyal Line Limousin, Payne Livestock, Pinnacle View Limousin, Plains Limousin, Triple J Limousin. Limousin Voice Winter 2012  7

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KEN-DOC Limousin

Ken Gillies (306) 382-2390 or (306) 221-1159

Edwards Limousin

Brothers of these two Champions sell!

Rob or Laird Edwards Ph: (306) 734-2624 Fax: (306) 734-2621 lredwards@sasktel.net

Stoneyview Limousin

Dale Turner: (306) 374-6585 Bob Turner: (306) 528-4510 meganturner@sasktel.net

Ken Doc

Lover Boy

Grand Champion Limousin Bull at Agribition 2011

Stoneyview

Xceed

Grand Champion and Supreme Champion Bull at Saskatoon Fall Fair 2011

Sale Consultant Harvey Welter: (306) 227-8684 Insurance Available Through Stockmens Insurance Marjorie Blacklock: (306) 931-0088

The catalogue can be viewed online at www.buyagro.com

CLA Directors Kelly Yorga Phone: (306) 263-4432 Cell: (306) 642-7023 Email: norma_yorga@yahoo.ca Stan Skeels Phone/Fax: (403) 843-6801 Cell: (403) 704-0288 Email: lazyslimousin@telus.net Dale Turner Phone: (306) 374-6585 Email: meaganturner@sasktel.net

# 13 - 4101, 19th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Phone: 1-866-886-1605 or (403) 253-7309 Fax: (403) 253-1704

Provincial Association Presidents

www.limousin.com

CLA Executive Committee PRESIDENT Bill Campbell Phone: (204) 776-2322 Fax: (204) 776-2105 Email: blcampbell@xplornet.com TREASURER Darby Cochrane Phone: (204) 855-2633 Cell: (204) 573-6529 Fax: (204) 855-2472 Email: darby_cochrane@hotmail.com Email: csf@westman.wave.ca

Brian Lee Phone: (705) 340-5944 Cell: (905) 447-5173 Email: hmacsand@yahoo.ca Jim Richmond Phone: (403)368-2103 Cell: (403) 323-8433 Email: bulls@richmondranch.com Terry Hepper Phone: (306) 781-4628 Email: thepper@yourlink.ca

VICE-PRESIDENT Lynn Combest Phone: (403) 742-5211 Fax: (403) 742-6139 Cell: (403) 740-7621 PAST-PRESIDENT Mary Hertz Phone: (403) 378-4190 Fax: (403) 378-3959 Email: rhertz@eidnet.org

MARITIMES Mike Horsnell Phone: (902) 847-9615 QUEBEC Serge Dethier Phone: (450) 454-6456 MANITOBA Jay-Deen Smyth Phone: (204) 937-4384 Email: ne262527@gmail.com SASKATCHEWAN Kevin Rea Phone: (306) 463-7950 Email: r3bar@hotmail.com

ALBERTA Carriann Johnson Phone: (780) 674-7063 Email: carriannjohnson@hotmail.com BRITISH COLUMBIA Erin Kishkan Phone: (250) 747-3836 Email: kishkan@quesnelbc.com ONTARIO Brent Black Phone: (519 ) 524-6371 Cell: (519) 955-1234 Email: brentblack204@hotmail.com

CLA Staff GENERAL MANAGER Anne Brunet-Burgess Email: aburgess@limousin.com

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REGISTRY/MEMBER SERVICES Dallas Wise & Devra Leavitt Email: limousin@limousin.com

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For a catalogue or videos please contact Jim Jim : 403-368-2103 Cell: 403-323-8433

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Jaymarandy Limousin

21st Annual Bull Sale Saturday, March 31, 2012 • 1:00 PM (Saskatchewan Time) Heartland Livestock, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

On Offer...

12 - Two year Old Bulls 20 - Yearling Bulls Red • Black • Polled Performance & Calving Ease Represented LNA

Yogie Berra 1Y

S: Jaymarandy Legend 8100U • GS: JCL Back Fire & Romn Justice

Hiways Polled Titan

RPY Paynes Game Day

RPY Paynes Rough Rider 40R

94% Purebred, Homo Polled, Black

92% Purebred, Homo Polled, Black

91% Purebred, Polled, Black

Sires Represented...

Delivery Available Bulls can be kept free of charge till May 1

Paynes Rough Rider - Calving & Performance Hiways Polled Titan - Performance Paynes Game Day - Calving Polled Excell - (Homo Polled Fullblood) Jaymarandy Tuff - Performance Also 2 Embryo Yearling Bulls sell sired by SFY Sasquach x Passion

Jaymarandy Limousin www.jaymarandy.com

For more information or catalogues feel free to contact us:

Consultant: Marcel Fouillard 204-821-6196

Len & Ruth Angus: 204-937-4980 Box 450, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 Todd & Jay-Dean Smyth: 204-937-4384 Len’s Cell: 204-937-0274 • Mark’s Cell: 204-281-5099 Email: lrangus@xplornet.ca Limousin Voice Winter 2012  16

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X Calibur

Homo Black • Homo Polled BW 98 lbs. Sire: Auto Dollar General GEST BW WW YW M SC DOC

-0.7 2.6 56.4 101.1 34.2 0.6 10.4

Semen packages for sale Owned with Highland Stock Farms

X Factor

Homo Polled • BW 88 lbs. Sire: Wulfs Ransom GEST BW WW YW M SC DOC

-2.5 0.2 48.2 89.6 21.8 0.3 36.7

Semen packages for sale Owned with Wulfs Limousin Lynn Combest Box 127 Erskine, AB T0C 1G0

Ph: 403-742-5211 Cell: 403-740-7621

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As we are entering the “bull season,” things are looking quite bright out there. High demand, good prices continue to feed the positive cycle that we are all enjoying. Especially for the Limousin breed, there are talks of some export orders for Kazakhstan and Russia in the near future which will drive demands for our animals.

La saison des ventes de taureaux approche rapidement et sera même commencée au moment de la sortie de ce numéro du Limousin Voice. Avec une demande à la hausse et des prix intéressants, nous continuons de profiter d’un cycle positif dans l’industrie bovine. Tout particulièrement pour la race Limousin, on parle même de commandes possibles de femelles pour l’exportation The renewed enthusiasm for the industry has also had envers la Russie et le Kazakhstan pendant l’année an impact at the CLA office with increased demand courante. Si celles-ci se réalisent, la demande pour nos for registry work. The CLA staff has been quite busy animaux sera encore plus forte. addressing all inquiries. We are doing our best to have Cet enthousiasme renouvelé dans l’industrie a aussi eu the quickest turn around possible, but we need your help un impact au niveau de l’association Limousin avec une in planning ahead also. So please consider placing your augmentation de demande de service. Le personnel requests a few days before needing registry work as it is de bureau est très occupé à traiter toutes les requêtes. not always possible to process your work the same day. Nous faisons de notre mieux pour traiter toutes vos We thank you for your assistance in getting everyone demandes le plus rapidement possible, mais nous vous looked after in a timely manner. demandons également un peu de collaboration dans We wish you the best of luck with your calving season and votre planification. Il serait fort apprécier si vous nous bull sales. accordiez quelques jours pour exécuter vos travaux de registre puisqu’il n’est pas toujours possible de traiter vos Yield is our focus demandes le jour même de leurs réceptions. Ainsi tous Continuing with the CLA Board promotion vision that nos membres seront servis délai raisonnable. Nous vous was revealed in the December Voice, we are pleased to souhaitons bonne chance avec votre saison de vêlage et launch a new ad in this issue of the Limousin Voice. The vos ventes de taureaux. same advertisement will be placed in the Cattlemen’s Magazine Bull Buyers Guide (2nd edition) and in provincial Le rendement de carcasse publications via provincial Limousin association promotion. Lors de la dernière assemblée du conseil Poster size copies will also be made available upon d’administration, nous avons discuté du déclin du request. A direct mail out of the ad will take place in rendement de carcasse en général au Canada. Sachant February as overruns will be sent to parties of interest. que la race Limousin excelle pour ce caractère, nous avons développé une nouvelle campagne de publicité qui Semen for sale remet en valeur la contribution génétique du Limousin au The Limousin Semen for Sale page on the website is there niveau des carcasses. La première annonce sera publiée to help you market your semen or shop for your semen dans ce numéro du Voice. Au besoin, elle peut aussi needs. A posting cost $50 for an unlimited time. être traduite en français. Nous avons créé un feuillet de cette publicité, il sera distribué aux personnes clés de Looking for French genetics? l’industrie (acheteurs de veaux, parcs d’engraissement, The CLA office has received some catalogues from Sersia etc.) et poster à qui le demandera. De plus, celui-ci sera France. If you wish to receive a copy, please contact us. affiché dans plusieurs marchés d’animaux. 2012 Breeders’ Directory As mentioned in the January newsletter, we are compiling another breeders’ directory this spring. All CLA members will be included, provided that your 2012 membership/ administration fees are paid by April 1, 2012. 2012 ILC in Denmark - July 2-10 A more detailed program is now posted on the CLA website. If you do not have access to the internet, please call the office and we will send you a paper copy.

Semence à vendre Si vous avez de la semence à vendre ou si vous cherchez des alternatives pour vos inséminations, n’oubliez pas la page du site web qui sert à cette fin. Génétiques française Le centre de distribution français de semence Limousin Sersia nous a fait parvenir quelques exemplaires de

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CLA Annual General Meeting Please note that the CLA AGM is scheduled for Friday, July 13th in Olds, Alberta. The meeting is in conjunction with the National Junior Limousin Conference. There are multi events going on in Olds that week, therefore accommodations will be limited. A block of rooms has been put aside at the Ramada Inn. You may make your reservations by contacting them directly at 403-507-8349. Please use reference CGCALA or Canadian Limousin Association. The rate is $134.99 + taxes.

leur nouveau catalogue de taureaux. Si vous êtes intéressés à le recevoir, svp contactez Anne au bureau de l’Association Limousin.

Darby Cochrane and Stan Skeels have completed two full terms on the CLA Board of Directors and therefore are not eligible to run again. Brian Lee has completed his first term and is eligible for nomination again.

Congrès international Limousin au Danemark, 2-10 juillet Un programme détaillé du congrès est maintenant affiché sur le site web de l’association. Si vous n’avez pas accès à l’internet, il suffit simplement de téléphoner à Anne pour une copie.

National Limousin Show and Sale National Limousin events will take place November 2 and 3rd, 2012 in Brandon, Manitoba. News and development of the 2012 National Limousin events are posted on our website (National Show tab). The headquarters are at the Canada Inn Hotel, located right on the grounds. We have a block of rooms held until October 1st, 2012. The rate is $125.00 plus taxes per night. To reserve your room, please call the hotel directly at (204) 727-1422 and quote the group name “Canadian Limousin Association or 221837” to reserve from this block of rooms.

Bottins des éleveurs Limousin 2012 Comme il l’a été mentionné dans le bulletin d’information de janvier, tous les membres en règle de l’association Canadienne Limousin seront inclus dans le bottin 2012 (frais de membres et d’administration payés avant le 1er avril).

Assemblée générale annuelle de l’association canadienne Veuillez prendre note que la prochaine assemblée générale annuelle de l’association aura lieu le vendredi 13 juillet à Olds, Alberta. Celle-ci aura lieu en temps que l’exposition nationale junior. Si vous pensez y participer, ne tardez pas à réserver votre chambre d’hôtel car l’hébergement est très limité. Un groupe de chambres est disponible à l’hôtel Ramada Inn. Pour réservations, téléphoner au 403-507-8349 référence CGCALA ou Canadian Limousin Association. Le tarif est de 134.99$ + taxes. Il est important d’aussi de noter que deux directeurs au conseil d’administration ont maintenant complété deux termes de trois ans, donc Darby Cochrane et Stan Skeels ne sont pas éligibles pour un poste sur le conseil. Toutefois, Brian Lee, qui vient de terminer son premier terme, peut se représenter une fois de plus. Si vous avez des suggestions de candidats pour le conseil d’administration, veuillez svp en faire part au président de l’association, M. Bill Campbell ou à Anne, au bureau de l’association.

Friday Registration & get together at campground

Saturday Annual meeting, games, golf, supper, program, visiting

Sunday Breakfast, visiting

Camping Regional Park - Manitou Beach Booked under SK Limousin Assoc. Hotels & Rooms Manitou Springs Hotel & Spa 1-800-667-7872 watrousonline.ca watrousmanitouconventions.ca

Concours national Limousin Le concours national canadien Limousin de 2012 aura lieu à Brandon au Manitoba le 3 novembre prochain. Un programme détaillé sera disponible sous peu, il vous sera communiqué dans le prochain Limousin Voice et dans les bulletins d’information mensuels. L’hôtel Canada Inn qui se situe sur le site d’exposition sera le cartier général pour toutes les activités. Pour réserver votre chambre, svp téléphoner au (204) 727-1422 et mentionner le code de groupe Canadian Limousin Association ou 221837. Le tarif est de 125.00$. Les chambres seront retenues jusqu’au 1er octobre.

Kevin Rea - 306-463-7950 Leone Karwandy-Hagel - 306-587-2643 Janet Hale - 306-944-4945 Limousin Voice Winter 2012  19

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Genomics in Action Response to genomics “The direct involvement of Canadian groups in Guelph and Alberta has been essential in ensuring Semex is part of this new wave [of livestock genomics]. I believe Canada has a fantastic opportunity to take a world lead for all farmed species.” 
– Jacques P. Chesnais, Senior Geneticist, The Semex Alliance “I see the science of genomics as the salvation for most of the major issues facing society today, from human and animal health to stainability.”
 – John Webb, Director of Genetics and Science, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., June 2008

Genomics in the dairy and beef industries • Whole Genome Selection in Dairy: The North American dairy industry has adopted Whole Genome Selection using genomics tools pioneered at the University of Alberta and co developed by the USDA, University of Missouri and the University of Alberta. • Multiple-trait, Genomic-Enhanced, EPDs: Angus Genetics Inc and Merial entered into an exclusive agreement to provide American Angus Association breeders with genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) powered by IGENITY. This is the first time beef producers have access to genomicenhanced EPDs for multiple traits at once—and from an Angus-specific DNA profile. The IGENITY platform is largely made up of DNA markers developed at the University of Alberta. • Reproductive Performance Genetic Evaluation in Dairy: In 2008, researchers at the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Dairy Network launched a multipletrait linear animal model tool the Canadian dairy cattle industry had been anticipating since 2004. The Reproductive Performance genetic evaluation system evaluates female fertility and calving performance traits simultaneously. A major advantage of this approach is that it considers the impact that calving difficulty can have on the subsequent fertility of the cow. In addition, the higher heritability of the calving performance traits helps improve the accuracy of the genetic evaluations for the correlated measures of female fertility.

Genomics down the road/in the works • Limousin Genomic Selection in Ireland: Teagasc (The Irish Government Research Authority) and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), in collaboration with Irish AI organizations, have launched a project to determine the best DNA signature for Limousin cattle produced under Irish production systems. The best DNA signature is determined for each trait separately, using samples from moderate to high reliability bulls with performance data in the ICBF database. The aim is to soon use the information for genomic selection on future generations of animals. • Replacing Traditional Genetic EBV Evaluation Systems: Research at the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta includes the creation of genome-wide estimated breeding values that will replace traditional female and male genetic EBV evaluation systems. This research could potentially reduce the cost of proving bulls by 92 percent and double the rate of genetic change and adaptation. • Resistance to Mastitis: Research has also identified a SNP (pronounced “snip”) that appears to be a reliable indicator for animals whose genetic make-up makes them resistant to mastitis. Mastitis costs North American dairy producers $1.5 to $2 billion annually. • Predictor for Fat Deposition: A marker-assisted management tool for the Leptin (ob) gene mutation (cattle with one mutation reach 1.0 cm subcutaneous fat 50 days faster than those without) could be used to place calves in groups tailored to their genetic propensity for fat deposition. This type of management could reduce feeding costs, post-weaning time on feed, health costs and environmental impact. This is a distinctly different application of marker technology in industry than simply increasing accuracy of evaluation. Limousin Voice Winter 2012  20

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Brothers sell in the...

April 14, 2012 Saskatoon Livestock Sales Saskatoon, SK

Grand Champion Bull at Canadian Western Agribition 2011

look great!

Congratulations to Edwards Limousin

on winning Grand Champion Bull with Lover Boy!

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CCA launches Beef InfoXchange System to cow-calf producers In mid October, after the last of a three-phase launch process, the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) became fully active for commercial cow-calf and purebred producers nationwide to register and begin submitting data on their animals. Soon BIXS will be available for feedlots to begin registering and submitting data on animals and detailed individual carcass data will also begin flowing into BIXS linked to the animal’s Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) tag ID. BIXS is a voluntary national web-based database system designed and delivered by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in partnership with the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. The system is designed to be a user-friendly way to derive value from the CCIA tags for all segments of the beef supply chain by enabling individual animal data to flow linked to that CCIA tag number. Individual animal birthdate, health, vaccination, genetic, performance, production and nutritional information and more can be submitted as the animal moves through the supply chain. Anyone who has registered that animal’s CCIA tag ID to their BIXS account will be able to see required data on the animal as well as any optional data previous or subsequent participants have agreed to share. The required data includes detailed individual carcass data derived through computer visions system (CVS) carcass imaging equipment in major packers across Canada. Producer confidentiality is maintained unless they decide to share this information. “BIXS is a tool for innovative producers, feedlots, markets and packers that believe in the value of individual animal and carcass data flow across the beef chain to improve their business and profit opportunities,” says BIXS national coordinator Larry Thomas. “We expect the majority of the initial numbers of cattle coming into the BIXS database will come through the full engagement of platform partners and third party databases like the Pfizer Gold program, Canadian Angus Association, BeefBooster Inc, and Beef Improvement Opportunities (BIO).”

to cost-share the collection and submission of data from the packers directly into BIXS. The target date for this to begin remains February 2012, which should cover most of the registered 2011 calf crop. BIXS will support the smaller packers to make the task of getting data to BIXS easier to manage through carcass tracking solutions. “The carcass data BIXS can supply its users goes well beyond grade data,” says Thomas. “It includes measures like actual yield percent, yield classification, ribeye area and much more. Producers wanting this individual carcass data on their animals at no charge will have to register their animals onto BIXS.” BIXS also houses a unique query system that enables up-chain participants like feedlots, packers, auctions and, in time, even retailers, restaurants and branded beef programs to connect up with cow-calf and purebred producers that have the animals and carcasses they need. Best of all, BIXS producers are kept confidential in this query process. They get to decide whether to make contact with any up-chain participant seeking what they produce. Most recently, BIXS launched a service for BIXS registered producers to showcase their BIXS animals ahead of going to auction. The BIXS Cattle-Classifieds is a no-charge ad service found on the BIXS website that allows registered BIXS cow-calf producers to post information on their cattle and what auction market they intend to sell through, where that market is and when the sale will take place. Buyers have the ability to view and sort these ad listings based on attributes like sex, breed/cross; colour, vaccination details, castration information and more.

With the launch to cow-calf producers achieved, the emphasis now shifts to getting feedlots onto BIXS and submitting data on an individual animal basis. Technical enhancements will enable feedlots to import certain feedlot animal data in large volumes into BIXS in an automated process. It is expected that feedlot registrations and data submission could begin in February if this application development stays on schedule. As for carcass data, commitments have been achieved between the two major packers in Canada and the CCA

Larry Thomas

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“Producers who get onto BIXS are tired of the status quo,” says Thomas. They understand a successful business needs to know how their product performs as it gets to the end marketplace. They need that knowledge to improve business opportunities and target specifics markets. “BIXS producers understand that individual animal and carcass data streaming back to them will help improve many aspects of their operational management and provide profit opportunities,” he says. “They want their kids to have the kind of tools needed to be competitive in a increasingly competitive national and global beef production arena and BIXS is a tool that can do that.”

BIXS and the Canadian Limousin Association At their December 2011 meeting, the CLA Board of Directors fully endorsed a close involvement with BIXS. The vision is to be able to act as a third party on behalf of the CLA members who wished to be registered on BIXS. Once that service is in place, members’ animal CCIA numbers, corresponding tattoos and birthdates will be transferred onto the BIXS system via an electronic transfer between BIXS and the CLA for those members signed up. A cost analysis of the modifications needed to make the two systems compatible is under way. CLA members will be informed of new developments in the very near future. To learn more about BIXS contact your breed association or visit www.bixs.cattle.ca Funding for the development and delivery of BIXS has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Flexibility Fund.

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Gordon Kozroski of Gull Lake, Saskatchewan says a long-running basic crossbreeding program that matches Limousin sires with black Angus females produces “a nice bunch of beefy haired-up calves”, that have excellent appeal in both specialty and commercial meat markets. Kozroski, says they have tried different breed combinations on their southern Saskatchewan ranch over the years. The Limo/Angus cross isn’t just easier to manage, but produces very marketable animals.

April Calving The Kozroski herd begins calving in early April, producing calves with birthweights in the 75 to 80 pound range. After calving the herd is moved out onto mostly native range for the summer. Calves are vaccinated at branding and given a booster shot when bulls are removed in early September. Calves are usually weaned in late October.

“I just think that cross produces a beautiful calf,” he says. “They are good sized calves. The Limo influence adds a bit more fleshiness to the Angus breed. The Angus breed puts more marbling in the meat. They have a nice hair coat. They look good. And they have excellent carcass yield.” Kozroski, along with family members, runs a 400 head commercial cow/calf herd and also backgrounds calves in a 750 head farm feedlot. For several years he has focused on the Limousin/Angus cross program to produce an efficient, low maintenance herd that does well on the mostly native prairie grass on the eastern slopes of the Cypress Hills, and also produces vigorous, good growing calves with improved meat and carcass quality. “I have always been a firm believer in the benefits of heterosis — the hybrid vigor associated with cross-breeding,” says Kozroski. “And we’ve had other good combinations over the years, but the Limousin/Angus cross is easy to manage and produces good animals.” Most years Kozroski doesn’t keep any female replacements from the current calf crop. This year, for example, he’ll be marketing his crossbred heifers, himself, as replacement cattle. And he buys Angus heifers for his own herd from a local breeder. The first year he breeds those to an Angus bull, and uses Limousin bulls on second-calf heifers and older cows. “About 30 years ago we were running Charolais and black baldie cattle and we had a big mixed up herd,” he says. “But we always liked Angus because they were very efficient and were a good tough breed that could handle the range conditions we have here. And then a neighbor that had Limousin cattle urged my dad to try a Limousin bull and we really liked the combination that the Limousin and Angus produced.” For 15 years he has been buying top quality Limousin sires from Kelly Yorga at J. Yorga Farms at Flintoff, Saskatchewan.

“I like to give them their booster shot while they are still with their mothers because processing causes significant stress which is better handled by the calf prior to weaning,” says Kozroski “and we don’t like to wean them too late in the season because we find if you leave them out later they can lose a bit of condition and also develop more health problems.” Weaned steer calves in the 570 pound and heifers in the 540 pound range are backgrounded in the farm feedlot to about 850 pounds until early March when they are sold for finishing. Kozroski, who focuses on producing a “natural beef ” product, for several years had supplied cattle for a higher-valued, specialty meat market developed by the Ontario based Top Meadow Farms. He says the heterosis benefits themselves, go a long ways toward producing “natural beef ” as naturally improved performance eliminates the need for feed additives, implants and creep feeding. He is currently looking to market cattle through an Alberta-based natural beef-marketing program, although the commodity meat market is providing a good return this year, as well. “These Limo/Angus cross cattle have a nice fit in the specialty meat market,” he says. “It is finer-fibred, well marbled and flavorful meat which the consumers like, and the packers like them as well, as the Limousin breed is known for its high yielding, 62 to 66 per cent carcass.”

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“Carcass quality and yield are strong features of the Limousin breed, which has been identified in research as well as various competitions over the years. No one was more disappointed than I when they dropped the very important carcass quality competition from the Canadian Western Agribition program. It is a very useful tool, particularly for commercial cow/calf producers and something Limousin as well as other breeders should lobby to have re-instated.” Cross breeding benefits Some beef producers have lost sight of the benefits of a good cross-breeding program, says Dr. John Basarab, a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, based in Lacombe. “The concept of cross-breeding was pioneered in Alberta by my mentor, Dr. Roy Berg, at the University of Alberta many years ago,” says Basarab. “At one time he was considered a heretic, but scientific evidence has clearly shown over the years the heterosis, or the vigor benefit, of cross breeding cattle. Results will vary, but generally a cross-breeding program will help increase production by up to 25 per cent.”

Beef industry research has shown a sound crossbreeding program can increase productivity in the beef cowherd by 20 to 25 per cent over a comparable straight breeding program. The benefits of crossbreeding are enhanced when the cows themselves are also crossbred. Crossbred cows, when compared with straightbred cows, make better mothers, say researchers. Crossbred cows wean approximately 15 per cent more pounds of calf/cow exposed than straightbreds and they have improved longevity and lifetime production. Conception rates can increase by 10 per cent, there is a 10 per cent improvement in calving ease, there is a 7.5 per cent increase in the number of calves weaned and up to a 10 per cent increase in milk yield. The advantages to crossbred calves include a five per cent increase in the number of calves surviving to weaning, five per cent heavier weaning weights and a three per cent increase in postweaning gain. Cumulatively these benefits represent up to 10 per cent more pounds per weaned calf. *Lee Hart is a long time agricultural writer based in Calgary, AB

Basarab points to a recent cross-breeding paper produced by Dr. Nevil Speer, a research scientist at Western Kentucky University which underscores the value of crossbreeding cattle. Speer points out the North American cowherd has reversed course on crossbreeding for a number of reasons that include consolidation in the beef industry, a narrowing in the gap of “performance disparities” between British and Continental breeds, and other economic and management reasons. “Many in the beef industry express frustration at the fact,” says Speer. “It is a common sentiment that it’s a mistake for producers to move back to straightbreeding programs and give up the additional pounds that can be produced from a herd through a good, well-designed crossbreeding program.”

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“Simply put, crossbred animals out perform their straightbred contemporaries,” he says. “In general, producers weaning crossbred calves, nursing cross-bred cows typically realize an improvement of 10 to 20 per cent in weaning weight. Moreover, realization of that crossbreeding advantage doesn’t require much in terms of additional inputs…”

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Profit is not a dirty word and in the livestock industry, profit begins with a live calf. After that initial shock of coming into this world, the calf needs the vigor to “shake it off,” get up and nurse. Several breeds can offer that kind of calf but only the Limousin breed can provide that first twenty-four hour luxury; then add performance, conversion, carcass value and yield for the balance of its life. Since change is continual, change in the livestock industry in North America during the past eighteen months has been a welcomed transformation. The future of the cattle business is laden with opportunities but we have already seen a demographic change. After “feels like a hundred years” era with BSE, many of the older experienced producers have dispersed their herds, especially those with smaller programs. Higher grain prices have also forced decisions of change. In areas of higher urban populations, asphalt, concrete and escalating land values are taking the fun out of cows and in some areas replaced by horses as a lower maintenance hobby. As the livestock industry goes into its restocking years, many factors will change. Existing cow herds will become larger and run by fewer personnel. The age of the producer will become younger with a new and improved knowledge of operation, limiting risk. Whether we like it or not, in the future, breeds will need more than just a pedigree to maintain market share. Consumers, namely cow/calf producers and feedlot operators, will want a higher degree of accurate data in order to pay added premiums for seed stock. Birth, gain and performance are now sought after by the rancher but the feedlot and packer will do more tracking of gain and carcass values, paying premiums to accurate viable sources. Breeders must realize that data records must be accurately and entirely submitted. Even though to some it is a pain, you are already paying for the service through your enrolment. Lack of or incorrect data does not help the breed and you will find in the long run, you are only fooling yourself and will lose market share. As breeders, do not be afraid to explain EPD’s and their significance to your commercial customers, as they will become more important in the years ahead. In this issue of the “Voice,” the breeders advertising bulls for the breeding season provide a proven track record, new cutting edge genetics and are out of cow herds built on long standing performance. They have weathered the past ten years without taking shortcuts; therefore, you can be assured the bulls they offer are the best that can be produced. The Limousin breed is diverse, offering full blood, purebred and now the new Lim-Flex bulls. For commercial producers that are concerned with color, many breeders can provide you thick butted, high yielding black bulls while for those who want to maintain breed identity, there are money making red bulls that will give the feedlots and packers the leading carcass values which only the Limousin breed can provide. We are in for a great run for the next decade. Countries that have banned beef trade with Canada, have now all opened their doors to access the world’s finest, safest beef. A beef shortage looms which bodes well for all who have inventory. This has been long coming; therefore, enjoy these times and do not be afraid to tell people you have bulls for sale and the advantages of the Limousin breed.

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65 Powerful Bulls

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Austin Hager 701.626.2345 Limousin World Kiley McKinna 402.350.3447 Mark Smith 515.229.5227 Farmers Livestock Market 800.932.8868 2/21/11 - DBL Black - Polled - PB S: KAJO Responder 120R - MGS: Carrousel’s Northstar CE: 8 BW: 2.4 WW: 48 YW: 95 MA: 23 cm: 4 sc: 0.8 dc: 16 CW: 45 re: .53 yg: .05 ms: .00 $mi: 44

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2/25/11 - DBL Black - DBL Polled - 73% LF S: AHCC Westwind W544 - MGS: Bon View New Design 978 CE: 7 BW: 1.1 WW: 57 YW: 106 MA: 26 cm: 3 sc: 0.5 CW: 44 re: .27 yg: .26 ms: .27 $mi: 55

3/2/11 - DBL Black - DBL Polled - PB S: AHCC Westwind W544 - MGS: AHCC Proven Weapon P125 CE: 6 BW: 3.5 WW: 60 YW: 105 MA: 22 cm: 5 sc: 0.6 CW: 18 re: .55 yg: -0.5 ms: -0.3 $mi: 47

We have made it our mission to create the best possible Limousin and Lim-Flex herd bulls for commercial and purebred producers alike. When you’re in the market for a performance loaded, durable, mainstream sire, come check out our annual bull sale offering.

Contact us for a sale catalogue or more information

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This is just a sample of the many bulls we have on offer at the Manitoba Bull Test Station. Including one bull that is gaining 5.23 lbs./day (HNH 82Y).

Manitoba Bull Test Station Sale Day - April 7, 2012

Lot #216

Lot #217

BW: 4.1 WW: 55.2 YW: 95.2 MM: 12.3 SC: 0.7 Doc: 29.0

BW: 4.2 WW: 43.2 YW: 75.7 MM: 25.4 SC: 0.2 Doc: 27.5

Double Polled - Black He is out of Wulf’s Realtor and HNH 23M, a performance cow from the same family as Dam Fine. This exact mating has produced HNH 15W, our main herdsire and HNH 3X a herdsire at Campbell Limousin. There is predictability here. He is gaining 4.33 lbs. per day.

Double Polled - Red He is out of the docility trait leader; Wulf’s Choice. His dam is HNH 37T who is a Gentleman in Black daughter out of Dam Fine. She’s as thick as a cow should be. He is gaining 4.96 lbs. per day. Home: 204-246-2312 Cell: 204-823-1240 amaglen@inetlink.ca

Ian and Bonnie Hamilton Box 55, Darlingford, Manitoba R0G 0L0

Check out our website www.amaglenlimousin.ca or check out the bull test at www.manitobabulltest.com

It certainly is an exciting time to be in the cattle industry!

Xoom Xoom is one of our 2 year old bulls from the French herd Sire Neophin and Dam Une. He has an incredibly quiet disposition and is looking to be a real asset to our herd.

The prices are coming up and right along with it the moods of the farmers and ranchers! Our full blood and purebred program is coming along and we are pleased with the new genetics in our herd. Although our French bulls are not offered for sale at this time, we would encourage any interested parties to come by the farm to check them out. If they perform as we expect, and the numbers are good, we may be offering some genetics in the near future.

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Yield the information you can’t get The yield grade of cattle might make a big difference to the value of a carcass but it’s not easy to know the actual yield of an animal even if you send it to the packer. “It would be nice to be paid on the actual yield of each animal instead of the average price per pound,” says Kelly Yorga. “A yield grade 1 animal might yield 59% or 65%, but there’s no way to know.” “I want to raise the best animals I can,” says the Limousin breeder from Flintoft, southwest of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. “Some Limos don’t marble well, but lots of Limos will grade AAA with 68% yield. There’s as much variation within a breed as there is between breeds. If we could identify the top animals, those that yield 70% of AAA beef, we could make a whole bunch of them. They’re out there, but we need the exact carcass information.” “Limos crossed with a maternal line produce excellent calves. Anything we can do to improve all cattle is good for the whole industry. We can do it, we’ve got to try.” Tommy Wheeler of the US Meat Animal Research Center, at Clay Center, Nebraska, agrees with Yorga, about the variation within breeds being similar to that among breeds. Wheeler compared carcass values of cattle sired by Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin and Simmental bulls that were either proven high value sires or top herd sire prospects. At the same age, Limousin carcasses were among the lightest, but had the largest ribeye area and along with the other European breeds yielded over 63 to 63.8%. The Angus and Red Angus animals had the highest number grading Choice. “The European breed carcasses commonly yield an extra 3, 5% or even more, compared to British breeds,” says Wheeler. “But, when you select for higher yield, you generally have lower marbling, so you have to search for that magic parent that has both high yield and marbling. Otherwise, it depends what the market is paying for.” “If higher yield brings more dollars, you select for that, but you likely get less marbling. Breed is the main thing, but you can feed for maximum growth and yield, but I’m not totally convinced you’ll come out

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round, loin, rib and chuck in a carcass. US graders use five yield grades and further split them to tenths. According to the Canadian Beef Grading Agency, 62% of Canadian beef carcasses graded Canada Yield Grade 1 in 2007, 28% graded YG 2, and 10% YG 3. In the US, 37 and 43% of carcasses graded YG 2 and 3. Only 9% were YG1, with 10% YG 4 and 1% YG 5. Last fall, CFIA approved the use of a grading instrument, the E+V GmbH Beef Instrument. It’s a computerized camera system that photographs the ribeye of each carcass on the rail, processes, records and stores the data linked to each RFID tag. In the event of a problem, graders can assess grade manually, using a special ruler to assess fat cover and ribeye area. Both Canada’s big plants, XL and Cargill, have the equipment running but it’s reported Cargill hasn’t fully wired theirs into the line yet – a costly and complex job. All major plants in the US are using this or similar technology – it’s become the North American standard although human graders can always override its grading. The new technology, along with the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), has powerful potential to share grading information throughout the supply chain. Mark Klassen, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association director of technical services, sees this data-sharing as the way the entire beef industry can improve genetics, feed efficiency and sorting of beef products for specific customers – enhanced quality and yield of beef as well as feed efficiency and profits. “Better feedback on yield and other carcass information allows the industry to make more informed production decisions,” says Klassen. “The key to enhancing the quality of our beef and the profitability of Canadian cattle production is to be able to measure progress and to communicate this through the supply chain. “The E +V system is used in the US and elsewhere, the link to cattle ID is unique and puts Canada ahead of the rest of the world. Computer Vision Grading allows greater accuracy, so producers can be paid for yield. In the longer term, better feedback on yield likely means better decision-making, reduced costs and/or increased revenues.” Klassen is working towards harmonizing Canadian and US yield grading with its five classes so producers can more clearly assess the financial returns for their animals. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Meat Council and the National Cattle Feeders Association have made official requests for this change but they’ve been told it will be a lengthy process. “Yield is just part of carcass value,” says Klassen. “We must also enhance eating quality for the consumer who buys our products.  BIXS will enhance information sharing on quality and yield attributes of the carcass. Producers must understand the carcass quality and yield parameters BIXS delivers.” Many Limousin animals have genes that give them carcass quality advantages. Many carry the leptin gene that codes for marbling and flavour. And, a newly discovered form of the myostatin gene, F94L, boosts beef yield by 7% and prime cut yield by 19% as well as increasing tenderness, is common in Limousin but rare in other breeds.

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Biography: Dr. Colin Palmer is an Associate Professor of Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Palmer worked in mixed practices in Ontario and British Columbia and has owned/operated a practice in Saskatchewan. Dr. Palmer along with his wife Kim and children Lauren, Emily and Carter run a herd of purebred Red Angus cattle under the KC Cattle Co. name.

Understanding and Using EPDs Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) numbers are a valuable tool when selecting breeding stock. Where do these EPD numbers come from? How do I use them? To the uninitiated, the number of EPD values available can seem overwhelming. Counting carcass and ultrasound traits which have subcategories such as marbling, ribeye area etc. there are over a dozen different traits that you can select for using EPDs and that number is likely to grow. They can be as daunting as looking at a financial statement if you don’t know what the numbers mean or how they were generated. Some may believe that EPDs are yesterday’s news; genes/ genetic markers are the way to go! EPDs have been around since the 1980’s and are made possible only because of incredible advances in computer technology. The identification of genes and EPDs both have a place in animal selection, but represent different branches of the science of genetics. EPDs fall into what is known as quantitative genetics; whereby, through complex calculations the genetic component of measurable traits like body weight is determined. Identifying and studying the influence of individual genes is molecular genetics which is a much newer and rapidly expanding field that looks at the function and interactions of genes. In many cases the molecular side is helping to explain differences in EPDs, but we still have only hit the tip of the iceberg in molecular genetics. EPDs are more of a big picture tool for genetic selection and will remain so until we figure out how all of these genes interact and how they interact in various environmental situations. A common misunderstanding is that EPDs predict actual performance of the animal. Two key words are average and progeny! They actually predict the average performance of the animal’s progeny. They are not designed to predict the animals own performance and they will not predict uniformity in the calf crop. In other words, you can still have great calves and not-so great calves, but on average the calves from a bull with a higher EPD for a growth trait than his same-breed contemporary should perform better. You also can’t compare EPDs between breeds; only within a breed. How animals perform is determined not only by genetics, but also by how they are raised. Pasture, creep feeding, how the dam milks, weather, disease, parasites and so on can all play a role in how fast the calf grows. Calves from a single AI sire in one herd may weigh more at weaning than calves from the same bull

in another herd, so it is important that groups of calves are compared as fairly as possible, accounting for these differences in management. Within your own herd this is usually pretty straight-forward if all calves go to the same pasture, just don’t forget to compare bulls, heifers, steers and twins separately. However, to calculate EPDs, this information must be entered into a computer program designed to account for these differences and to keep track of all of this animal’s relatives. Heritability of trait is also considered when calculating EPDs and is a scientifically determined estimate of, for example, how much the difference between the yearling weights of two calves is due to genetics. So for yearling weight the heritability is approximately 40%; therefore, 60% of the difference is due to feeding etc. If a yearling bull has an adjusted 365 day weight that is 100 lbs heavier than the average of the others in the evaluation then only 40 lbs of that difference is consider to be due to genetics. Now that young bull will only account for ½ of the genetic makeup of his calf-crop so his EPD for yearling weight is only +20 lbs based on his performance information alone. However, this is only part of the story. Calculating EPDs requires performance information from not only the animal in question, but also as many relatives as possible. As the animal matures and has progeny of its own that information is included and really enhances the accuracy of the EPDs. EPDs are recalculated with every calf crop and the more information that is received from successive generations the more accurate or reliable the EPDs become. Traits like birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight are correlated so that must be accounted for too. Accuracy values are often listed below the respective EPD. The higher the number the less chance there is that the EPD will change very much with subsequent calf crops which means that the average performance of that animal’s calves is not going to vary much from what was seen previously. Young bulls will have EPDs with low accuracies so it is not uncommon to see their EPDs change over time. Sometimes for the better; sometimes not. Sires with large numbers of progeny as is often the case with AI sires will have the most accurate EPDs. If you maintain a herd of purebred cattle composed of relatively obscure cow families and never submit any performance information then EPDs for your animals are not going to be very useful to anyone. There is simply not a lot there to substantiate those numbers.

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For most commercial cattlemen, there are really only four EPDs they need to look at: birth weight (BW); weaning weight (WW); yearling weight (YW); and milk. The others, with perhaps the exception of the carcass traits, are more useful for purebred breeders. Birth weight is the best predictor of calving ease and the birth weight EPD is more reliable than looking at the bull’s own birth weight. A bull with a 65 lb birth weight may have been born early, may be a twin or could have been born to a heifer. These sorts of things are accounted for in the EPD calculation. Weaning weight and yearling weight are easily measured performance traits. A bull with a 10 lb higher weaning EPD another bull of the same breed will sire calves that weigh an average of 10 lbs more at weaning. The milk EPD is a maternal EPD. What this means is that it is predicting theperformance of the animals daughters, not the sons. The daughters of a bull with a +20 milk EPD would be expected to wean calves that weigh 10 lbs more than a bull with a +10 milk EPD. Obviously, the sons don’t produce milk, but they can pass on superior traits to the next generation. If you want more milk in your herd choose sires with higher milk EPDs.

Comparing animal to animal when looking through the sale catalogue is one way to use EPDs; another is to compare to the breed average usually also posted in the sale catalogue. It is important to realize that the breed average does not mean that the average animal possesses that particular set of numbers rather that is the average for each individual trait. If you are looking for a heifer bull then compare the birth weight EPDs to the average birth weight EPDs for the breed. One of the most common mistakes I see is the tendency to focus on only one trait when selecting bulls versus balanced trait selection. Cattlemen in the market for a heifer bull will focus on a calving ease breed and then look for a bull with a low birth weight EPD. Likewise, I have seen bulls selected for use on heifers with breed leading WW and YW EPDs. With the exception of what we call curve benders these traits are related. Bulls with really high WW EPDs generally have BW EPDs well above average. Determine which traits are important to you, then choose acceptable EPD ranges for those traits, and realize that tradeoffs may have to be made.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 1:00 PM CST Madison Livestock Sales. Madison, South Dakota Check out our website for picture updates of the sale offering.

To request a catalogue contact: ROM’N Limousin Arlington, South Dakota 57212 www.romnlimousin.com romnlimo@msn.com

Bull Consultant: Herman Symens 605.698.3087

Adam, Michelle & Greyson Nielson 605.203.0733 605.203.0732 Robert “Cookie” & Mary Nielson 605.203.0903 605.203.0904

ROMN Yankin My Chain 100Y

Homo Polled Sire: ROMN Made To Order MGS: Wulfs Ransom BW: 1.0 WW: 54 YW: 97 MA: 22 DOC: 33 SC: 0.8 DOC: 33 CW: 43 REA: 0.82 YG: -0.15 MG: -0.08

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2012 MLA board of directors: (First row) Darby Cochrane, Jay-Dean Smyth, Sherri Daniel, Ashlee Mitchell (Back row) Kyle Wright, Art Rodger, Lenord Gertz, Bill Campbell and Travis Hunter. Missing from picture Tracey Wilcox and Mike Heckert.

Garret Maly was the $250.00 winner of the award. He has been in 4-H in the Portage Beef Club for four years now, exhibiting steers and heifers all sired by Limousin. He would like to expand his herd with purebred Limousin cattle. His parents are Dallas and Faye Maly of Macdonald, MB. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and baseball. 2012 ambassador winner is Kalhi Wedderburn of Rivers, MB. Kalhi has been a member of the MJLA for five years now and a member of Rivers 4-H Club for another five years. In her time in these associations she has held the office position of president and vice president for several terms. In her time showing she has shown steers, heifers and continuation females. In Kalhi’s spare time she has great involvement in the community assisting with yard care at the cemetery and church. Kalhi also volunteers at the Personal Care Home and score keeping at local sporting events. She is also an avid curler and has many other sports she competes in. Her parents are Les and Loree Wedderburn of Rivers, MB. Congratulations Kalhi and Garret! Another fun thing the MJLA is planning this year is a rally day to encourage juniors to enhance their skills in judging, showmanship, and other cattlemen skills. All it takes to attend is to be a member of the MJLA which cost $5.00. Also if you attend, your name will go into our participation award for an extra draw. If you have any other questions please feel free to call one of the Junior Directors or Ashlee Mitchell. Stay tuned for more information and a date and time.

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We breed bulls that work for the commercial industry. They’re sound, functional, real-world cattle designed to excel up and down the production chain. We welcome you to check out our bull pen this spring!

Gugusse X Punch BW 9.0 WW 44.5 YW 78.1 M 26.5

RPY Paynes Pipeline X Auto Gable BW: 0.3 WW: 47.9 YW: 84.6 M: 28.0

Richmond Nepoleon X Cole First Down BW 3.6 WW 39.7 YW 74.8 M 16.1 Bill & Mary Gates • Gary & Brandi Gates 250 Stillwater River Rd. • Absarokee, Montana 59001 www.gateslimousin.com • 406.328.4393 mary@gateslimousin.com • gary@gateslimousin.com Check our website for a complete list of bulls available or give us a call for more info

2011 Manitoba Commercial Breeder Of The Year Diamond R Limousin was presented the Commercial Breeder of the Year on January 7th, 2012 at the Annual Meeting at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, MB. In the rolling hills around Lavenham, MB is where Bill, Bernice and their two sons Les and Larry Rodgers, operate a mixed cattle and grain farm on 3500 acres. In 1975 they first bought Charolais cross cows from Blue Meadow Ranch. Some of the cows that they bought were A.I.’ed to Limousin bulls. They were so impressed with the Charolais and the Limousin cross calves. The calves were packed with lots of muscle, so they decided to keep a bull calf for their herdsire. The bull turned out to be a very well-muscled bull that passed on his muscle traits to his progeny. In 1982 their oldest son, Art started working at Bitter Sweet Limousin. Bill and his family were so impacted with the cattle and the breed that over the years, they started to buy Limousin bulls and females. 1987 is when Bill and his family purchased the first purebred Limousin bull, HAW 95T from Bitter Sweet Limousin. Over the years Bill and his family started purchasing purebred Limousin bulls and females from breeders from Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and majority from Triple R Limousin owned by oldest son Art. Limousin cattle have an excellent feed efficiency, calving ease, high carcass yields and top the market for calf sales in the fall. To date Diamond R Limousin cow herd has grown to 350 cow/calf operation until 2004, when problems in the Canadian Beef industry saw the herd decrease to 300 head. Now with the positive outlook for the cattle industry in the past two years, Bill and his family will continue to use Limousin bulls to build up their herd. The Manitoba Limousin Association would like to congratulate the Rodgers family of being the 2011 Commercial Breeders of the Year. Limousin Voice Winter 2012  39

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Dr. Bart Lardner, WBDC Scientist, Kathy Larson, WBDC Economist and Leah Pearce, WBDC Research Technician Introduction Swath grazing is a management practice that can extend the grazing season and reduce feed, labor, and manure handling costs for cattle producers. By grazing beef cows on forage left in windrows after swathing rather than baling, moving, and feeding as forage, a livestock producer reduces production costs. In swath grazing, cereal crops are cut and left in windrows in the field for winter grazing. Seeding and swathing dates have the greatest impact on swath grazing quality, with earlier seeding dates having improved yields and later seeding dates producing higher quality forages (McCartney et al. 2008). Because seeding for swath grazing is delayed until June compared to the traditional seeding date of April and early May for grain production, warm-season annuals, such as millet and corn, may be advantageous due to their heat and moisture tolerance (Lardner and Froehlich 2006). A further advantage of swath grazing is the potential for regrowth after swathing, which can increase overall forage quality in the field (Volesky et al. 2002). Millet is an annual warm-season grass. Three types grown in Western Canada are red (proso), Siberian (foxtail), and German (foxtail). Foxtail millets are taller, later maturing, and well suited to forage production; proso millet (Panicurn miliaceum L.) is usually grown for grain and capable of producing seeds in short growing seasons of 60 to 100 days. Proso can also be used as a forage crop (McCartney et al. 2009). Both millets have been successfully grown in Saskatchewan, preferring fields that are well drained with southern exposures. Millet’s metabolism and early maturity allow it to tolerate drought. Red proso millet is a warm-season annual crop that produces most of its biomass after July, during the hottest months of the summer. Foxtail millet is later maturing, continuing to grow into early September provided there is some rain in July and August. Very little grazing information is available on millet, and what is available is highly variable (McCartney et al. 2009). Nutritional and caloric values of oat (Avena sativa) can be improved by increasing the oil and reducing the lignin content (indigestible part). This was the goal of the oat breeding project at the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan, which recently developed and released a new variety of oat licensed as CDC SO-1 (SuperOat) with two unique characteristics: low acid-detergent lignin hulls, and high oil groat (McKinnon et al 2010). CDC SO-1 oat was developed for the ruminant feed market (Yu et al 2008), however, no evaluation of swath grazing capacity of CDC SO-1 with beef cows has been investigated in terms of nutritive value and grazing days. CDC SO-1 oat and red proso millet were grown at Western Beef Development Centre’s Termuende Research Ranch near Lanigan, SK to evaluate potential as swath-grazed annuals for dry, pregnant beef cattle. Crop Management A 36-acre field study site was sub-divided into two 18-acre paddocks. Each 18-acre paddock of oat (CDC SO-1) and pearl millet (red proso) was seeded 3 June 2009 along with 50 lbs actual nitrogen per acre. The red proso millet was seeded at a rate of 15 lb/acre and the SO-1 oat was seeded at 2 bu/acre. Crop areas were sprayed prior to emergence with 1 L/acre glyphosate on 5 June 2009. Crops were also sprayed at four-leaf stage on 3 July 2009 with a tank mix of Attain A/Refine/AgSurf for broad-leaf weed control. Late summer weed infestation was estimated at less than 2% of the crop. Late-August dry matter yield (DMY) was estimated by clipping replicate (n=15) 0.25-m2 quadrat samples, which were oven dried and weighed to determine yield per acre. The CDC SO-1 oats were swathed at mid-milk stage on 26 August 2009, and the red proso millet was swathed at 30% heading 3 September 2009 to facilitate a balance between yield and quality and grazing management. Limousin Voice Winter 2012  40

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Crop Yield and Quality Throughout the 2009 growing season (June to October), there were 2330 Corn Heat Units accumulated at Lanigan, which created favourable growing conditions for the warm-season (millet) and cool-season (oat) crops. Dry matter yield (DMY) of cool- and warm-season crops are presented in Table 1.

Both the oat and millet crops yielded very well at 3.6 and 3.1 tons per acre respectively, even though millet DMY was 13% less than the oat crop. In addition to estimated DMY, quality samples were obtained on this date and sent for further analysis (Table 2). Whole plant and plant structures (stems, leaves, grain) were separated and analyzed for crude protein (CP), total digestible nutrients (TDN), neutral detergent fibre NDF) and acid detergent fibre (ADF), lignin, calcium (Ca), and phosphorous (P). Quality of whole plant red proso millet was slightly higher compared to whole plant oat. Energy and protein levels of millet were 61% TDN and nearly 13% CP, even though the samples were taken well into the fall.

Crude protein content of whole plant millet forage was 10% higher than oat, and CP of millet grain 29% higher than oat grain. Energy content of oat stem, leaf or whole plant was lower relative to millet stem, leaf or whole plant (Table 2), however, oat grain energy TDN level was 6% higher than millet grain energy level. This observation is consistent with levels reported by Zalinko et al (2009) who reported that energy level of a similar oat prototype line was superior to barley grain. In contrast, fibre content of whole plant CDC SO-1 oat, estimated by content of NDF and ADF, was 11 and 19% higher respectively, relative to millet fibre levels (Table 2). Lignin content of SO-1 oat and red proso millet grain was 1.3 and 5.7% respectively, suggesting improved digest ibility of the low lignin oat kernel. Finally, given that NRC (1996) requirements for a pregnant beef cow in second trimester of pregnancy are 52% TDN and 8% crude protein, quality of both crops was more than adequate. Animal Management The SO-1 oat and proso millet were swathed 26 August 2009 and 3 September 2009, respectively. One hundred dry pregnant beef cows were allocated to each crop type on 4 December 2009 and grazed the swathed forages for a total of 70 days, remaining on the field until 12 February 2010. Table 3 shows cow performance while grazing either red proso millet or S0-1 oat windrow swaths.

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Average cow weight was 1365 lbs prior to grazing, and during the study all the cows maintained an average body condition score of 3.0. Coming off the study, average cow weights were 1379 lbs and 1349 lbs for cows grazing oat or millet respectively (Table 3). To manage feed wastage, cows were restricted to the amount of swath they accessed by using portable electric fencing. Approximately 2.0 acres were allocated for each grazing period. Based on these results, cows were able to utilize swathed crops and maintain performance during the winter period.

Economics Cost estimates for each of the swath-grazed crops were determined by using actual agronomic records, yield data, and grazing days. Crop production costs were $75.55/acre for SO-1 oats and $67.55/acre for red proso millet. The difference in production costs is due to the difference in seed prices; SO-1 oats cost $7/bu (seeded at 2 bu/ac) and red proso millet costs $0.40/lb (seeded at 15 lb/ac). Using grazing days per acre, the cost per cow per day is calculated; $0.59/day for SO-1 oat and $0.55/day for red proso millet (Table 4).

†Field equipment costs are from SMA’s Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide 2010/11. Per-day forage costs are based on 140 grazing days/acre for SO-1 oat and 135 grazing days/acre for red proso millet. Herbicide and fertilizer prices are actual prices paid for product in 2009. Seed prices are based on 2011 price quotes from the 2009 suppliers. Labour is an estimate of total hours for project setup, and moving cows and fences.

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While the SO-1 oat does cost more to seed and thereby $/cow/day to swath graze is higher, this study found the yield was higher, which resulted in increased grazing days (140 vs. 135 d) and the cows swath grazing oats gaining similarly to those grazing the millet. Summary At Lanigan, Saskatchewan, the 2009 growing season proved to be one well suited for both oat and millet production. Temperatures allowed for very good crop yield and quality, with the high quality resulting in adequate performance of the grazing cows. The red proso millet retained its forage quality slightly better than the oat, even though crops lay in swath nearly 60 days prior to being grazed. The cows found the crops very palatable and, in addition to this, the cross fencing allowed for maximum utilization of the swaths. Differences observed in crop production expenses and grazing costs were due to seed cost and grazing days. Finally, based on these results, either SO-1 oat or red proso millet can work well as swath grazed crops for beef cows to extend the grazing season in Saskatchewan. However, millet and SO-1 oat performance will vary from year to year, being entirely dependent on growing conditions. Acknowledgements The authors would like to acknowledge the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Strategic Research Program for funding for this project. References Lardner, H. A. and Froehlich, L. 2006. Swath grazing golden German millet with beef cows. Western Beef Development Centre. WBDC Factsheet #2006-02.1. McCartney, D., Fraser, J. and Ohama, A. J. 2009. Potential of warm-season annual forages and Brassica crops for grazing. A Canadian review. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 89:431-440. McCartney, D., Fraser, J. and Ohama, A. J. 2008. Annual cool-season crops for grazing by beef cattle. A Canadian review. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 88:517-533. McKinnon, J. J., Walker, A. M., Rossnagel, B.G., Jefferson, P.G., Lardner, H.A. and Wildeman, B. 2010. Effects of processing a new low acid-detergent lignin hull, high-oil groat oat cultivar (CDC SO-1) on performance of growing cattle. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 90:271-274. National Research Council: Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. 1996. 7th Revised Ed. National Academy Press. Washington, DC, USA. Volesky, J. D., Adams, D. C. and Clark, R. T. 2002. Windrow grazing and baled-hay feeding strategies for wintering calves. J. Range Manage. 55:23-32. Yu, P., Rossnagel, B. G. and Niu, Z. 2008. Protein value of a new genotype oat (CDC SO-1) for the NRC dairymodel; Protein degradation balance and kinetics, protein fractions and total metabolizable protein supply. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 88:507-513. Zalinko, G.R., Racz, V.J., Rossnagel, B.G., Christensen, D.A. and McKinnon, J.J. 2009. Performance and carcass characteristics of steers fed a low-acid detergent lignin, high-oil groat oat in growing and finishing diets. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 89:1-10.

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Top sires of Limousin calves in NortH America for 2011

The list of top ten sires of 2011 born calves registered to date in Canada are: 1) TMF WESTWOOD 505W, owned by Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON 2) MAGS WAR ADMIRAL, owned by Robert C. Matthews, Bragg Creek, AB 3) RPY PAYNES MARATHON 47U, owned by Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB and Payne Livestock, Lloydminster, SK 4) NORDAL TRIANGLE, owned by Carlos Duque, Cereral, AB 5) TMF TOLEDO 711T, owned by Bar 3R Limousin, Marengo, SK 6) 1-WAY JUST MACHO, owned by Fort Ellice Limousin, St-Lazard, MB 7) WULFS TRAILBLAZER 2329T, owned by Wulf Limousin Morris, MN and David Clark, Port Hope ON 8) EDW UTILIZER, owned by Bar 3R Limousin, Marengo, SK 9) BAR-DALE PRIVATE, owned by Dale Barclay, Erskine, AB 10) BAR-DALE RACEWAY, owned by Dale Barclay, Erskine, AB

The list of top 10 Limousin sires for 2011 in the United States: 1) DHVO DEUCE 132R - Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO; Bruce Lawrence, Anton, TX; Kervin Cattle Co., Winnfield, LA 2) WULFS TITUS 2149T - Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, MN; Brock Limousin Farm, Notasulga, AL; Pleasant Home Limousin, Creston, OH 3) RUNL STETSON 850S - Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, MN 4) SYES USER FRIENDLY 524U - Vaughn Farms, Cavalier, ND; Shrock Cattle Co, Pattonsburg, MO; Cripple Creek Cattle Co. Dakota, MN 5) WULFS RANSOM 3059R - Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, MN; Broken Arrow S Ranch, McLaughlin, SD; Potter Livestock, Braddock, ND; and Ludens Family Limousin, Viborg, SD 6) JCL LODESTAR 27L - Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO; Kervin Cattle Co., Winnfield, LA; Coyote Hills Ranch, Chattanooga, OK 7) WULFS SHOP TALK 2332S - DBL Inc., Fullerton, Neb; Knobloch Farms, Morris, MN; Englewood Farms, Lexington, KY; and Wulf Limousin, Morris, MN 8) WULFS SIRLOIN 3172S - Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, MN; Englewood Farms, Lexington, KY 9) AUTO DOLLAR GENERAL 122R - GV Limousin, Garnett, KS 10) WULFS US ARMY GENERAL 5093 - Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, MN; Diamond V Ranch, Selfridge, ND; Broken Arrow S Ranch, McLaughlin, SD

E. John & Ena Post 7396 - 20th Side Road, RR2 Alma, ON N0B 1A0 Farm: 519-846-9320 Cell: 519-766-7478 Email: ejpost@posthavenlimousin.com Limousin Voice Winter 2012  44

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Dryland Cattle Corp., Veteran, Alberta

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• Polled, horned, red & black • 25 January born yearlings • 20 Virgin two year olds • Progeny from proven and AI sires • All bulls DNA marker tested for Leptin Hudson Limousin Bob & Dorothy Hudson Hardisty, AB 780-879-2105 glendh@telusplanet.net

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2011 ended on a very high note for the cattle industry with record Fall sale prices for both purebred and commercial cattlemen. The excitement and enthusiasm is carrying forward into 2012 as there continues to be a lot of optimism as we approach bull sale season. As you look for your next herdsire, prepare for the future as the bulls you will be buying now could be giving you calves for years to come. You are your own boss and control the decisions within your operation. Purchase and use top quality bulls that are right for your herd and the goals you have established and the opportunity to make profits is even higher, as these are the calves that will represent our breed and be showcased at Alberta Limousin shows and sales across the province in the next few years. There are numerous bull sales and breeders offering private treaty sales out there, so you have lots to choose from. If your farm has bulls to sell make sure you advertise them. The ALA website (www.albertalimousin.ca) was revamped to assist our membership with marketing their cattle. Utilize it! Submit your genetics for sale to the sale barn and list your upcoming events on the calendar page. As you go through bull sale season take note of those repeat Commercial bull buyers who have supported the Limousin breed for years now and will continue to in the years to come. We want to recognize the commercial cattlemen dedicated to the Limousin breed. The ALA is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Commercial Breeder(s) of the Year. The ALA Board of Directors is holding a meeting in a few days time. By the time you are reading this we will have set our plan for the upcoming year. Watch for ALA Newsletters, website updates and future issues of the Voice to keep up to date on ALA activities and initiatives. To those looking for their next herdsire – Happy Bull Shopping! And to those breeders with upcoming sales – Good Luck! May you all reap the rewards of persevering through the numerous challenging years we now refer to as recent history. Carriann Johnson – ALA President Limousin Voice Winter 2012  45

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Is it Time to Reconsider Ultrasound? Ultrasound is a proven technology. We trust it with our own medical issues and our unborn babies, but we often struggle to get our cowboy minds wrapped around the fact that it can be used to assess carcass merit. Repeated research studies have shown that ultrasound of yearling beef bulls and heifers can indicate differences that are translated into progeny performance. In simple terms, if you scan a group of like managed yearling bulls, those with the most yield, will tend to produce feeder calves with the highest yield. Those with the most marbling will tend to pass it on as well. Canadians have been much slower to adopt the use of ultrasound than our American cousins. Despite best efforts including rebate programs, educational efforts, promotional materials and technician training, the climate in Canada over the last several years has been less than accommodating to the growth of scanning technology. I believe that a big part of this delayed development has been due to market conditions. Obviously price conditions post-2003 were a major deterrent to investing in new technology, even of the proven variety. Another barrier is the structural makeup of the Canadian industry, where many herds unload calves at weaning through established market channels. This creates challenges with value discovery for ultrasound. So why should we reconsider ultrasound now? First, the market conditions are quite different than they were 8 years ago. The downswing in the size of the cowherd, and the upswing in beef demand and world population have created what we hope is a sustained price point that is higher than we have seen in a long time. This means that there may be a little bit of cash in the coffers to invest the roughly $20 it takes to scan an animal. Secondly, feed prices have been rising and the need to produce as much beef per unit of feed is gaining in importance. Knowing the yield characteristic of an animal is valuable as we try to produce more of those valuable pounds of beef per animal. Another driver, the Choice-Select spread has also been widening and it is holding steady over $15 and flirting with $20. The Choice-Select spread basically refers to the price difference between 100 pounds of AAA beef vs. 100 pounds of AA beef. One of the major drivers of this is that over the summer Wal-Mart announced that it is moving its’ meat case towards a Choice program. In Canadian terms, this means that Wal-Mart want AAA beef, rather than A or AA and they will pay for it. As well, Canada has slowly been reopening several export markets, the vast majority of which are demanding high quality grade product. Even in breeds noted for lean yield there are significant and important differences in quality grade. Sorting these differences out allows for bulls to enter the right breeding situation to optimize the quality/yield grade mix. When looking at a potential sire, or more importantly selling a sire to your customer, the cost to ultrasound is covered by the price difference in first 100 pounds of beef harvested from one of his offspring. It also means that there is an opportunity in the marketplace for your bull customer to extract added value, even if they sell weaned calves. While the jury is still out, new tools such as BIXS (Beef Information eXchange System) and value based management are focused on allowing cowherds to find out what their calves are doing after the farm gate. This new information may create marketing opportunities for those herds that are producing superior cattle; however it also creates risk if they cannot

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source genetics with some available carcass background. One other factor that I am certain will be reinforced with the release of the next Census results is that the average cowherd is growing in size. This means they have more bull buying power, but also more marketing opportunities including direct selling and retained ownership. This increases the possibilities for extracting value from the marketplace for superior end product genetics. Carcass merit cannot come at the expense of common sense and balancing of other traits but this is a point in time where it is worthwhile to reconsider ultrasound scanning as a potential fit into a well-rounded selection program. There are large a growing value differences between carcasses and it takes some time to assemble good carcass information on a cowherd. This is true for both seedstock and commercial producers. As the saying goes, “the best time to plant an oak tree was 50 years ago; the second best time is today.” Guidelines: 1. Ultrasound images should be collected by an UGC certified field technician. 2. Images should be interpreted by an UGC certified lab technician, and results reported to the association for inclusion in the ultrasound database and genetic evaluation. 3. Scanning should be done on complete contemporary groups of calves between 300 and 450 days of age. 4. Complete performance records should be available on all calves in the contemporary group (including those culled from the group prior to scanning). 5. Ultrasound should be collected on animals receiving enough energy in the diet to express differences/variation in marbling. 6. Book early!!! Ultrasound technicians are limited and very busy. Book early to avoid disappointment. Even 6 to 8 weeks early may not be soon enough to book an appointment. Ultrasound technicians are generally very busy at this time of year, and co-ordination should be done as soon as possible for those interested. Travel costs and sometimes scan costs can often be reduced by scheduling a time when the technician is in your area, or working with neighbours to provide larger groups of cattle in the local area for scanning. Steps to Follow: 1. Contact your technician. Ensure you clarify that you want to have UGC ultrasound done as chute side data cannot be included in genetic evaluation. 2. Contact the CLA or go to your on-line account to obtain barnsheets. 3. Submit your images and Barnsheets to an approved laboratory. These labs are in the United States so ensure that the package in sent and labelled as “no value” for customs. Additionally, some labs do not process images on account. You may wish to contact the lab with your credit card to ensure rapid processing of your images. 4. Reports will be received from the CLA upon receipt of the ultrasound data from the lab. For more information: http://ultrasoundbeef.com/

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What does it cost to raise... Introduction Replacement females are a necessary part of the cow-calf business. Incorporating homegrown replacement females into the herd is common practice; producers retaining heifers know about temperament and productivity of a heifer’s dam and any sisters. The question arises, however, what is the cost of raising replacements? The answer depends on a number of assumptions, including the going market price for heifer calves at weaning time (i.e. starting value of the replacement heifer). The purpose of this article is to provide information regarding a cost per head for raising replacement heifers, from the time they are weaned until first pregnancy check. Example: We will start with a producer retaining fifty (50) heifers from his 2009 calf crop, and assume they average 550 lbs when weaned in mid-November. The going market price for 550 lb heifers October through December 2009 averaged $0.89/lb, or just under $490/head. The heifers are placed on a backgrounding ration from mid-November until pasture turnout in early May 2011 – a total of 180 days (6 months) 1. We will assume the heifers gain 260 lb (1.4 lb/day) over the winter at a cost of $1.26/day, which covers feed and yardage (total cost, $234/head). The heifers are exposed to natural breeding with bulls during the grazing season, lasting 180 days - from early May to mid-November – at a cost of $180/head. Grazing costs are estimated to be $1.00/day to cover the cost of grazing, overhead, and bull service (Highmoor, 2003; Canfax 2011). The heifers are pregnancy checked in mid-November. We will assume there is a 90% conception rate – 45 bred and 5 open out of the 50 replacement heifers started with. The five open heifers will sell at the local auction mart shortly after preg check, for $1026/head (Dec 2010 fed heifers went for $0.96/lb x 1100 lb/ head. Bred heifers averaged $1100/head in Fall 2010 (Canfax)).

If the open heifers netted $1026/head (1100 lb x $0.96/lb less $30/head trucking & marketing), they generated a net gain of $114/head. If the bred heifers are valued at $1100/ head they generated a net gain of $188/head. Note that bred heifers were averaging $1400/head in the first quarter of 2011 (Canfax), which is essentially the cost of winter feed added to the Fall 2010 price. The starting value of the heifer calves is the single largest cost of raising replacement heifers, accounting for 53% of the total costs in this example. If we adjust the costing for producers who kept replacement heifers in Fall 2010 we need to consider that 550 lb heifers averaged $1.15/lb last fall. This potential market value has to be included as an expense for raising replacements, therefore, the cost to raise bred heifers that will calve in 2012 is estimated at $1056/ head2. The next logical question is: What will bred heifers be worth in the Fall of 2011? Canfax tracks the price of bred heifers in relation to the Alberta 550 lb steer price. On average, steer prices have been 76.4% of the bred heifer price (i.e., the price of a 550 lb steer is 76.4% of the bred heifer price). This ratio changes from year to year, so using it to project bred heifers prices from projected feeder calf prices is not recommended. For example, the average price for 550 lb steers in Nov/Dec 2010 was $1.32/lb, which would imply a bred heifer price of $950/head (550 lb x $1.32/lb = $726 / 76.4% = $950), but bred heifers averaged $1100/head last fall (66% ratio). Table 1: Summary of cost of raise replacement Heifers # of Head Conception Rate

50 90%

# Bred # Open

45 5

Summary and Conclusions Table 1 shows breakdowns of costs to raise replacement females. Costs for raising bred heifers have been separated from costs to raise open heifers. The bred heifer cost is $913/head and the open heifer cost is $943/ head—the difference being the trucking & marketing fees on the sale of open culls, estimated at $30/head.

Replacement Heifers

Kathy Larson, Beef Economist, Western Beef Development Centre

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One must consider that we recently went through a downturn in the cattle cycle and some industry analysts predict 2011 to be a “stabilization year.” Bred heifer inventories are at a 20-year low. In the US, beef replacement heifers were down 4.5% (July 1, 2011 inventories) suggesting no herd expansion in the near future for our southern trading partner. Some are predicting the next five years (2012-15) will be the “expansion phase” of the cattle cycle. According to Canfax (2011), “raising heifers usually pays when entering an expansion phase” due to the strong demand for females. Over the next few years, it will be important to know your costs and to monitor the markets as there may be money to be made from keeping additional females and selling them as bred heifers. The numbers and costs in this fact sheet are based on assumptions and industry averages. Whenever possible producers should use homegrown production and financial information to determine their cost of raising homegrown replacement females. For example, producers should use their actual heifer weights and estimated market value based on going market prices at time of weaning to establish a starting value for their replacement heifers; producers should also use their actual conception rate, actual gain during the backgrounding phase, and actual days grazing rather than the estimates of 1.4 lb/day gain and six months grazing used in this Fact Sheet. References Canfax Research Services. 2011. “Cycle Indicators & Heifer Retention.” CRS Cow/Calf Special Edition Fact Sheet. May 2011. pp.8. Highmoor, T. 2003. “Thinking of Selling Bred Heifers in 2003?” Western Beef Development Centre Fact Sheet. Online: http://www.wbdc.sk.ca/pdfs/fact_sheets/2002/ thinking_of_selling_bred_heifers _in _2003.pdf In the 2010 Cost of Production study, the average pasture turnout date was May 10th. 2 Estimation assumes ceteris paribus—that the starting value of the heifer calves changes but all other costs stay the same. 1

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The Canadian Limousin Elite Herd Program aims at rewarding and recognizing herds that submit performance data and are supporters of the Whole Herd Enrolment. It identifies herds that do total reporting of information for their animals and truly contribute to the advancement of the Limousin breed.

Elite Herd Awards are divided in 4 categories: • Platinum: herds that submit their BW, CE, WW, Docility on every calf weaned, YW, SC, Ultra sound or carcass • Gold: herds that submit their BW, CE, WW, YW and docility • Silver: herds that submit BW, CE and WW • Bronze: herd on Whole Herd Enrolment

Based on information submitted in 2011, this year’s Elite Herds are: 9641 Platinum Herds:

5328 23132 5689 3723 5615 7429 16772 26513 28756 137792 139043

BLUEBERRY FARMS TRUST R & R ACRES J. YORGA FARMS LTD CAMPBELL LIMOUSIN DIAMOND T LIMOUSIN AMAGLEN LIMOUSIN POSTHAVEN LIMOUSIN TOP MEADOW FARMS BENNVILLE FARM RAIL LINE FARMS FERME J.P.E.R.

Gold Herds:

16187 19557 1087 2413 5941 6865 13535 17863 25241 25311 28119 28120 28960 20270 136121 138272 139240 2947 3590 7383 29019 7200 8556 18678 25630 28654 136141 138328 139978 7928 11583

HI-VALLEY LIMOUSIN PINNACLE VIEW LIMOUSIN ROBERT C. MATTHEWS COMBEST LIMOUSIN FARM RICHMOND RANCH IVY LIVESTOCK EXCEL RANCHES FOUILLARD LIMOUSIN GOLDEN HARVEST RANCHES SHAUN & ADELE WALSH AMANDA MATTHEWS LAURA MATTHEWS RUNAWAY RANCH VENTURE LIVESTOCK ENT ARCTIC VALLEY FARM HORIZON LIMOUSIN ROCKY VIEW LIVESTOCK ANCHOR B LIMOUSIN HIGH NOON LIMOUSIN HOCKRIDGE FARMS WRIGHT WAY LIMOUSIN KOYLE FARMS PINCH HILL LIMOUSIN HOLLEE LIMOUSIN NEIL BROWN FERME J.L. & S. MAINVILLE FARM BOULDER LAND & CATTLE CO CARLSRUHE CATTLE CO. FERME SDJ POLLED LIMO SANDRA & FRITZ OTHBERG BLUE DIAMOND LIMOUSIN

Silver Herds:

1452 1848 5493 5594 6156 7716

ANDREW RANCHES DALE BARCLAY TERRY BARCLAY HILLVIEW FARMS RICKY BARCLAY ALTABARR FARMS

FORT ST-JOHN, BC AIRDRIE, AB FLINTOFT, SK MINTO, MB KENTON, MB DARLINGFORD, MB ALMA, ON CLARKSBURG, ON HAGERSVILLE, ON LUCKNOW, ON ST-PAUL ILE AU NOIX, QC

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EMPIRE LIMOUSIN BLUFFTON, AB D C FARMS BARRHEAD, AB WILLOWCREST LIMOUSINS LAC LA BICHE, AB PRAIRIE PRIDE STOCK FARM VEGREVILLE, AB MOUNTAIN PARK RANCH TURNER VALLEY, AB DARREN JOHNSON BARRHEAD, AB CONNIE JOHNSON BARRHEAD, AB TIM C. MATTHEWS OLDS, AB CARRIANN JOHNSON BARRHEAD, AB DIAMOND C RANCH PONOKA, AB WILL-JAY LIMOUSIN HALKIRK, AB KEVLON LAND & CATTLE TABER, AB E M TEDFORD & SONS ESTEVAN, SK PAYNE LIVESTOCK LLOYDMINSTER, SK DALE TURNER SASKATOON, SK SHORT GRASS LIMOUSIN SWIFT CURRENT, SK ANNE DYCK SWIFT CURRENT, SK ELIAN LIMOUSIN ARELEE, SK JONES CATTLE CO MORSE, SK L&S LIMOUSIN ACRES KENTON, MB JAYMARANDY LIMOUSIN ROBLIN, MB TWIN OAK STABLES TREHERNE, MB MARK ANGUS ROBLIN, MB JAY-DEAN & TODD SMYTH ROBLIN, MB MITCHELL FARMS VIRDEN, MB TWIN MEADOW LIVESTOCK FARMS TREHERNE, MB CEDAR PATCH ACRES LISTOWEL, ON AFTER HOURS LIMOUSINS TARA, ON ENRIGHT FARMS RENFREW, ON DENVER CASSIDY TWEED, ON PLYMTON-WYOMING, ON JR’S LIMOUSIN PATCHELL LIVESTOCK BELWOOD, ON MAPLE KEY FARMS EMBRO, ON BEEZEE ACRES GLENCOE, ON Y2K LAND AND CATTLE CO. CALEDON EAST, ON ALLAN & DOROTHY MARTIN LISTOWEL, ON DENISON LIMOUSIN KINGSTON, ON LOYAL LINE LIMOUSIN GODERICH, ON J-STAR LIVESTOCK BEACHBURG, ON WILD WAY FARM CARP, ON ROANNA LIMOUSIN JANETVILLE, ON BIT BY BIT FARM INVERARY, ON RUNNYMEDE FARMS MATAPEDIA, QC FERME DES PEUPLIERS ST-GABIEL, QC FERME MCDUFF ET FILS MASONVILLE, QC RICHARD PLANTE ST-BARTHELEMY, QC LUC FORCIER YAMASKA, QC MARIO SIMARD STE-SOPHIE DE LEVRARD, QC FERME EDPA INC. ST-EDOUARD DE NAPIERVILLE, QC FERMES BLB S.E.N.C. DANVILLE, QC

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By Chris Poley

2012 will be the year of the believer! For all of you who stayed fast in your belief that common sense would prevail, our markets would reopen and the demand for your high quality safe protein source would rebound. Many did not believe and bailed out; that is their loss and your gain as they helped to decrease inventory, which will keep the prices higher for longer. Having just returned from Denver, it was very encouraging to see a definitely more upbeat beef industry on that side of the border too. The US inventories are low, creating higher demand for available product, which is also good for us Canadians. Export possibilities around the world for Canadian beef and live cattle are plentiful. I recently heard one of the auction mart fieldmen comment that he had been working at the sale barn for a few years now and this fall was the first time he realized producers in his area had teeth, because this was the first fall he had seen them smile. These smiles are well deserved and long over due. There is a young guy in my area who increased his inventory by more than double in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and this was not easy as we all know the banks did not have the foresight to lend money on five hundred dollar cows (but they will today on fifteen hundred dollar cows). However, they scrimped and saved and bought cows and the calves he sold this fall out of the cows he bought, brought twice the purchase price of the cow. He was a believer and got rewarded for his belief. Now this is all feel good, warm and fuzzy stories and that is okay because we all deserve to hear them as the market is good and the industry is strong and we all dam sure heard enough negative stories through the last eight years. Now that things are good though is no time to sit back and coast; rather it is the time when you can afford to get aggressive and capitalize at the highest possible level. The single most influential contributor to your calf crop and ultimately your

bottom line is your herd bull selection. When prices are high that is when you need to purchase sires that will give you top quality calves with the most possible pounds to sell at a high price per pound. Work with breeders who you are comfortable doing business with and ask them to help you with your bull selections. After all they have studied the genetics before they ever purchased the sire or straw of semen. They will know the strengths and weaknesses of each pedigree and have been with their sale bulls virtually since the day they were born and know their growth patterns. Depending on your individual management practices and target marketing timing, different bloodlines will be more suited. Any reputable breeder will be more than willing to assist you with your selection and will be honest and straight up with you or he will only ever do business with you twice, the first and last time. Some people may feel like they are bothering the owner or feel stupid asking lots of questions about the bulls and the program. There is no need to feel that way; there is no such thing as a dumb question and besides, you might as well make him earn the sale, your business and your trust. After all, there has to be a partnership formed between the breeder and the bull buyer for both to be successful. Enjoy the good times we are in and the excitement and promise a new calf crop brings! See you on the road.

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Chris Fossheim along with his wife Crystal, brother Kirk and father Ed operate a 200 head cow calf operation near Edson, Alberta. In 1998 the family was looking for a change as “they were tired of dealing with stupid calves!” Ed purchased their first Limousin bull from Raymond Verbeek and were obviously satisfied with the results as they have been strong supporters of the Limousin bull sales since. The Fossheim family purchase three or four Limousin bulls each year, primarily from the Prime Limousin Club Bull Sale. Their present cow herd consists of 200 Simmental x Limousin cows, of which half are pastured on their own grazing lease and the other half go to Sang Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve. After weaning, calves are back grounded to 900 pounds and sold to either a local feedlot or marketed through the Vold Jones & Vold Auction Mart at Ponoka. They like the Limousin calves for their calving ease and vigor as well as their rate of gain and the muscling in the calves. Their daughter Amy has been a member of the Peers 4-H Club for the last two years and has done well with your Limo cross projects. This year her steer won Reserve Club Champion. The Fossheim family have been using Limousin genetics for the last 13 years, are great advocates of the breed and very deserving recipients of the 2011 Alberta Limousin Association Commercial Breeder of the Year Award.

Social News Scott and Jaime Bodell of Golden Harvest Ranches in Sherwood Park, AB are the proud parents of a baby boy. Cole Lewis Bodell was born on December 1, 2011 weighing 8.0 lbs.

Dear Limousin Voice Readers: The Canadian Limousin Association and Mitchell Farms from Virden, Manitoba would like to rectify an error in the last issue of the Voice. Due to a series of errors and misunderstanding, the photo of the Show Dam of the Year and the Show Sire of the Year that were published in the December Voice, were not the animals in question. The tabulations of points was however accurate and the animals listed are the correct winners. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. Sincerely: Canadian Limousin Association & Mitchell Farms Limousin Voice Winter 2012  52

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We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the 2011 Canadian Western Agribition Limousin events a success. Thank you to our sponsors:

Elanco, Roger Meyers Tony Romas, Circle Drive, Saskatoon Tony Romas, Clarence Ave, Saskatoon Masterfeeds Prairie Trailer Sales, Flaxcombe, SK Saskatoon Livestock Sales Bouchard Livestock International Greenwood Limousin

Jones Cattle Co. Anchor B Limousin Edwards Limousin Eden Meadows Farm Top Meadow Farms Karwandy Limousin Ken Doc Limousin Hi-Way Limousin

Cochrane Stock Farms J Yorga Farms Red Coat Cattle Station Bar 3R Limousin Circle T Limousin Prairie Gold Sale Group Payne Livestock Elain Limousin

Also, thank you to our judge, Layne Evan; our barn boss, Carmen Curtis; our Saskatchewan Queen, Katelyn Tedford; our show coordinator, Terry Hepper and all who volunteered their time and talents to help put on this event. Thanks to our show day volunteers, Karen Anderson, Angela McKauge, Janet Hale, Ivan Carpenter, Warren Fuchs, Lonnie McKague and Leone Karwandy-Hagel. We are grateful to everyone who worked behind the scenes all week including Sara and Erin Hepper and of course, Lynette Hepper who went above and beyond her duty to keep things running smoothly. Thanks to all those who kept the booth neat and the coffee pot on each day without fail. We certainly would be nowhere without our dedicated, hard working INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION exhibitors who bring out top quality cattle to represent our Established in 1933 breed to the world. Our breed may not be the biggest in numbers but the quality of our cattle, our exhibitors and volunteers is second to none. Once again, THANKS to you all from the S.L.A! Remember…..2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the S.L.A! Come celebrate with us at Manitou Beach, July 27th to July 29th. Our annual meeting and many fun activities will take place. Look for details in the next issue of the Voice or call Janet Hale at (306) 944-4945 or Leone at (306) 587-2643. Don’t miss it!!

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ATTENTION : ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE ANNUELLE DE L’ASSOCIATION DES ÉLEVEURS DE LIMOUSIN DU QUÉBEC Nous vous prions de noter que la date de l’assemblée générale annuelle a été changée. Elle se tiendra le samedi, 31 mars 2012 à 13h00 au Motel Blanchet, salle la Discrète, au 225 boulevard St-Joseph Ouest, à Drummondville. Comme un souper sera offert aux membres présents suite à l’assemblée, s.v.p. confirmez votre présence à madame Diane Joly au (450) 454-6456. Nous vous rappelons que votre participation est importante pour l’Association. En plus de vous informer sur différents sujets, cette réunion donne la chance à chacun d’échanger et de partager nouvelles et préoccupations. Nous aurons également monsieur Denis Brouillard qui viendra faire une présentation sur une étude faite à l’Université Adelaide en Australie sur le <<gène F94L>>. Comme autre invité, il nous fera plaisir de recevoir monsieur Luc Forcier qui nous entretiendra sur le Lim-Flex. DÉPARTS ET NOMINATION Nous profitons de l’occasion pour remercier messieurs Laurent Charron (propagandiste) et Michel Lapointe (secrétaire) de l’excellent travail accompli pour l’Association. Messieurs Charron et Lapointe quittent l’Association pour relever de nouveaux défis et nous leur souhaitons tout le succès possible dans le futur. Notez que le poste de secrétaire est maintenant occupé par madame Diane Joly qui pourra répondre à vos demandes de renseignements au numéro (450) 454-6456 ou par courriel à dianejoly19@hotmail.com. JOURNÉE CHAMPÊTRE 2012 Qui aura la chance de faire connaître son coin de notre belle province cette année? En effet, l’Association est toujours à la recherche d’un membre qui serait intéressé à organiser la journée champêtre 2012. Il ne faut pas oublier que cette activité est une occasion de se réunir en famille et ainsi peut-être inciter notre jeunesse à la relève. Cette journée se veut une réunion familiale faite en toute simplicité dans le but d’échanger et de s’amuser.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE QUEBEC LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION Please note that the date of the annual general meeting has been changed. It will be held Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1 pm Motel Blanchet, Room La Discrete, 225 Boulevard St-Joseph West, Drummondville. As a dinner will be offered to the members in attendance, please confirm your presence with Ms.Diane Joly by phone (450) 454-6456. We remind you that your participation is important for the Association. In addition to information on different topics, the meeting gives the chance to everyone to exchange and share news and concerns. We are also pleased to have Mr. Denis Brouillard presenting a study that was conducted at Adelaide University in Australia on the F94l gene. Another guest on the program is Mr. Luc Forcier, who will discuss Lim-Flex animals. DEPARTURES AND APPOINTMENT We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Laurent Charron (fieldman) and Michel Lapointe (Secretary) for their excellent work done for the Association. Both Charron and Lapointe have left the Association to take on new challenges and we wish them every success in the future. Ms. Diane Joly has been appointed the new secretary. You may contact her at (450) 454-6456 or by e-mail: dianejoly19@ hotmail.com. FIELD DAY 2012 Who will have the opportunity to make us discover their corner of our beautiful province this year? Indeed, the Association is still looking for a member who would be interested in hosting the 2012 field day. Do not forget that this activity is an opportunity to gather families and thus perhaps encourage our youth to carry on our industry. This family oriented day is meant to be fun and casual. 2011 ELITE LIMOUSIN HERDS The Québec Limousin Breeders Association wishes to congratulate all members who are distinguished in the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. You will find the complete list of all Quebec herds classified in different categories on the CLA website as well as in the publication of the last Limousin Voice. However, we would like to make a special mention that J.P.E.R. Farm of St-Paul-Ile-aux-Noix, Quebec is the only one that

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TROUPEAU ÉLITE LIMOUSIN 2011 L’Association des Éleveurs de Limousin du Québec tient à féliciter les membres qui se sont distingués dans les catégories Platine, Or, Argent et Bronze. Vous trouverez la liste complète de tous les troupeaux québécois classés dans les différentes catégories sur le site de l’ACL ainsi que dans la publication du Limousin Voice, Noel 2011. Toutefois, nous aimerions faire une mention spéciale à la FERME J.P.E.R. de St-Paul-Ile-aux-Noix , seule ferme québécoise qui s’est classée dans les troupeaux de la catégorie Platine. Toutes nos félicitations à ces jeunes éleveurs. L’Association vous encouragent fortement à “La Ferme J.P.E.R. est la seule ferme du Québec qui s’est méritée une fournir toutes vos données de troupeau à l’ACL afin de mention dans la catégorie Platine dans le cadre du programme Troupeau contribuer à l’avancement de la race Limousin. Bravo à Limousin d’Elite. De gauche à droite, Karl Ménard, Denis Boulerice, Diana tous les récipiendaires. Lussier-Pelletier et Éric Ratelle. ENCANS DES STATIONS D’ÉPREUVES À VENIR Toutes les informations concernant les stations d’épreuves au Québec sont disponibles sur le site internet www.agrireseau.qc.ca Vous y retrouverez les dates des encans à venir, les résultats des pesées des taureaux et les fiches de performance à la fin du test. En bref, notez que la Station Unique Limousin tiendra sa première vente le 11 février 2012, St-Martin, le 18 février 2012, Vinoy, le 17 mars 2012 et la deuxième vente de la Station Unique Limousin sera le 14 avril 2012. Une nouveauté cette année, une vente de femelles Limousin pourrait être également jumelée à l’encan de la Station Unique Limousin en avril. Pour toutes informations à ce sujet, contactez le président, monsieur Marc Rousseau au (450) 263-9702. N’oubliez pas que le site internet www.limousin.quebec.com vous offre la possibilité de placer des annonces gratuitement pour la vente de vos animaux. Bonnes ventes à tous nos producteurs. Diane Joly, secrétaire Association des Éleveurs de Limousin du Québec Janvier 2012

Ferme J.P.E.R. is the only Quebec Limousin breeder who achieved the Platinum level under the CLA Elite Program. Congratulations to (left to right) Karl Ménard, Denis Boulerice, Diana Lussier-Pelletier and Éric Ratelle”

made the Platinum level. Our congratulations to these young Limousin breeders. The Association strongly encourages you to provide all your herd performance data to the CLA in order to contribute to the advancement of the Limousin breed. Bravo to all recipients. UPCOMING BULL SALE All information concerning our Quebec bull test stations can be found at www.agrireseau.qc.ca You will find the dates of upcoming auctions, results and end of the test performance weights. In short, note that the Limousin Unique Station will hold its first sale on February 11, 2012; St-Martin February 18, 2012; Vinoy, March 17, 2012 and the second sale of the Limousin Unique Station will be April 14, 2012. New this year, Limousin females may be added to the Limousin Unique Station sale in April. For all information on this subject, contact the President, Mr. Marc Rousseau at (450) 263-9702 Don’t forget that our own website www.limousin.quebec.com allows you to post free classifieds. We wish all our breeders a great bull sale season. Diane Joly, secretary Quebec Limousin Association

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Fort Ellice Limousin Dispersal October 28, 2011 Whitewood, SK Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd.

2011 Fall Harvest Limousin Sale October 15, 2011 Listowel, ON Auctioneer: David Carson Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International Sale Results 16 Open Heifers 7 Bred Cows 8 Bred Heifers 6 Cow/Calf Pairs 1 Bull

Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged

$2,378.13 $2,807.14 $2,162.50 $3,883.33 $35,000.00

38 Lots Grossed $133,300.00 and Averaged $3,507.89 High Selling Bull Lot 201- TMF Arizona 584X sired by TMF Traveler 742T was purchased by Greenwood Limousin, Lloydminster, SK; Maryvale Limousin, South Africa and Semex Alliance, Guelph, ON for $35,000.00. High Selling Bred Cow Lot 213- Loyal Line Painted Lady sired by TMF Kodiak 210K was purchased by Pinnacle View Limousin, Quesnel, BC for $4,400.00. High Selling Open Heifers Loy 216A- Koyal “Y” Dance 4Y sired by CFLX Wild Card was purchased by Greenwood Limousin, Lloydminster, SK for $4,000.00. Lot 216B- Koyal Dirty Dance 7Y sired by CFLX Wild Card was purchased by Pinnacle View Limousin, Quesnel, BC for $4,000.00. High Selling Cow/Calf Pair Lot 210 & 210A- TMF Miss 719S sired by EXLR Matrix 075M was purchased by Lazy S Limousin, Rimbey, AB and TMF Miss 10Y sired by TMF Tankard 206T was purchased by Rail Line Limousin, Lucknow, ON for a total of $8,000.00.

November 11, 2011 Edmonton, AB Auctioneer: Brent Carey Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International

Averaged Averaged

$5,596.67 $6,880.00

Averaged Averaged

$2,665.91 $2,592.50 $1,635.71 $1,354.55 $825.00 $2,540.00

76 Lots Grossed $164,300.00 and Averaged $2,161.84 High Selling Cow/Heifer Calf Pair Lot 9 & 9A - Bar 3R Sweet Surrender sired by Bar 3R Monopoly was purchased by Lakeside Limousin, Peers, AB and F.E. Polled Youth sired by 1-Way Just Macho was purchased by Y2K Land & Cattle Co., Caledon East, ON for a total of $4,600.00. High Selling Cow/Bull Calf Pair Lot 5 & 5A - Greenwood Pld Ritzy sired by Harvest Olympus was purchased by Fouillard Limousin, Thorsby, AB and F.E. Polled Yuppy sired by FL Pld Untouchable was purchased by Dale Reiss Farm Ltd., Odessa, SK for a total of $5,750.00. High Selling Cow Lot 46 - Fort Ellice Polled Watcha sired by 1-Way Gold Platinum was purchased by DJS Limousin, Esterhazy, SK for $2,000.00. Lot 48 - Fort Ellice Polled Wyn sired 1-Way Gold Platinum was purchased by Lee Bros., McAuley, MB for $2,000.00. High Selling Open Fall Heifers Lot 29 - F.E. Polled Xpark sired by 1-Way Just Macho was purchased by Y2K Land & Cattle Co., Caledon East, ON for $1,700.00. Lot 56 - F.E. Polled Xbow sired by 1-Way Gold Platinum was purchased by Maplehurst Farms, Westbourne, MB for $1,700.00. High Selling Yearling Bull Lot 78 - F.E. Polled Xpedia sired by 1-Way Gold Platinum was purchased by Black River Limousin, Scotsburn, NS for $3,300.00.

December 3,2011 Olds, AB Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International Sale Results 10 Open Heifers 11 Bred Heifers

Averaged Averaged

$3,850.00 $3,727.27

21 Lots Grossed $79,500.00 and Averaged $3,785.71 High Selling Bull Calf Lot 1A- Excel Polled Popeye sired by TMF Westwood 505W was purchased by Diamond C Ranch, Ponoka, AB for $10,000.00.

20 Lots Grossed $118,350.00 and Averaged $5,917.50 1 Embryo Lot 1 Flush Lot

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2011 ALA Pacesetter Sale

The Headliner All Breeds Sale

Sale Results 15 Open Heifers 5 Bred Heifers

Sale Results 22 Cow/Heifer Calf Pairs 20 Cow/Bull Calf Pairs 14 Cows 11 Open Fall Heifers 4 Heifer Calves 5 Yearling Bulls

$1,650.00 $3,100.00

High Selling Heifer Calf Lot 25- Pinnacle’s Your Truly 48Y sired by CJSL Timetraveler 7051T was purchased by Linhart Limousin, Leon, IA for $6,500.00.

High Selling Heifer Calf Lot 5- Greenwood PLD Yellow Rose sired by EXLR Total Impact 054T was purchased by Y2K Land & Cattle, Caledon East, ON for $7,200.00. High Selling Bred Heifer Lot 20- EDW Xquisite sired by DHVO Deuce 132R was purchased by Pinnacle View Limousin, Quesnel, BC for $6,100.00.

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2nd Annual Royal Elite All Breeds Sale November 5, 2011 Toronto, ON Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International

Sale Results 10 Limousin Lots

Averaged

$4,835.00

53 Lots Grossed $189,400.00 and Averaged $1,862.50 4 Embryo Packages

Averaged

$1,862.50

High Selling Bull Calf Lot 1- RLF Yardley 601Y sired by Wulfs Tailor Made 2107T was purchased by Maryvale Limousin, South Africa; Anchor B Limousin, Hanley, SK; Excel Ranches, Westlock, AB; Circle R Ranches; Ken-Doc Limousin, Saskatoon, SK; Eden Meadows Limousin, Zehner, SK; Campbell Limousin, Minto, MB; Hi-Way Limousin, Mile House, NC; Jones Cattle Co., Morse, SK; Greenwood Limousin, Lloydminster, SK; Koyle Farms, Iona Station, ON; Pinnacle View Limousin, Quesnel, BC; Bee Zee Acres, Glencoe, ON; Fouillard Limousin, Thorsby, AB; Rayd Livestock, Kenilworth, ON; Jim Thompson, Ailsa Craig, ON and Plains Limousin, Wainwright, AB for $31,250.00. High Selling Cow Lot 3- Hollee Airlie Hardtomiss sired by Carrousels Pure Power was purchased by Lisle Limousin and Ostervale Limousin, Lisle, ON for $4,700.00. High Selling Bred Heifer Lot 5- EGL Kisses 1X sired by Wulfs Shop Talk 2332S was purchased by Lloyd-Den Stock Farms, Holyrood, ON for $3,400.00. High Selling Heifer Calf Lot 8- NNK Young Brin sired by AHCC Westwind W544 was purchased by Nostadt Stock Farms, ON for $10,500.00. High Selling Embryos Lot 2- 4 #1 EXLR Jenna 020L x L7 Lucky Me embryos were purchased by Ivy Livestock, Duchess, AB for $400.00 each.

Anchor B Limousin Dispersal

Solid Gold Limousin Sale Canadian Western Agribition November 25, 2011 Regina, SK Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International Sale Results 2 Bulls 1 Bred Heifer 1 Bred Cow 7 Heifer Calves 2 Pick of the 2012 Calves

Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged

$11,900.00 $7,750.00 $6,000.00 $3,342.86 $8,100.00

13 Lots Grossed $77,150.00, and Averaged $5,934.62 1 Flush 10 Embryos

Averaged Averaged

$4,600.00 $475.00

High Selling Bull Lot 351 - Canadian Semen Rights in Wulfs Xtractor X233X sired by Wulfs Titus 2149T was purchased by Payne Livestock, Lloydminster, SK and Murphy Ranch, Altario, AB for $19,000.00. High Selling Bred Heifer Lot 356 - EDW Xtinguish sired by KAJO Responder 120R was purchased by Highland Stock Farms, Bragg Creek, AB for $7,750.00. High Selling Bred Cow Lot 354 - Pinnacle’s Work Of Art sired by CJSL Time Traveler 7051T was purchased by Wulf Limousin, Morris, MN for $6,000.00. High Selling Heifer Calf Lot 358 - RPY Paynes Ginger 11Y sired by RPY Paynes Marathon 47U was purchased by Four Mac Farms, Beachburg, ON for $5,000.00. High Selling Pick Lot 368 - Pick of the Payne Livestock 2012 Bull Calves was purchased by Edwards Limousin, Craik, SK for $14,000.00.

December 8, 2011 Saskatoon, SK Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International Sale Results 1 Bull 6 Heifer Calves 12 Bred Heifers 34 Cows/Heifer Calves 27 Bred Cows

Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged

$5,200.00 $3,750.00 $4,342.00 $5,593.00 $2,993.00

Highland Stock Farms 17th Annual Production Sale December 2, 2011 Olds, AB Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Management: KK Seedstock Consultants

78 Lots Grossed $350,750.00 and Averaged $4,497.00 High Selling Bull Lot 1- L7 Unannounced sired by DVFC Warden 233K was purchased by Cochrane Stock Farms, Alexander, MB for $5,200.00. High Selling Open Heifer Lot 2- Anchor B A Rock Star 27Y sired by CJSL Windfall 9072W was purchased by Jay and Beverly Bohrson, Hanley, SK for $8,750.00. High Selling Bred Heifers Lot 8- Anchor B Night Magic 76X sired by WULFS Sudoku 2063S was purchased by Mitchell Farms, Virden, MB for $6,000.00. Lot 16- Anchor B J-Lo 219X sired by ROMN Made To Order was purchased by Highland Stock Farms, Bragg Creek, AB for $6,000.00. High Selling Cow/Calf Pairs Lot 13 & 13 A- Anchor B Unchained Melody 121U sired by ROMN Made To Order was purchased by Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB for $6,700.00 and her heifer calf, Anchor B Memory 19Y sired by LEC/BOHRS Sir Watson 89W was purchased by Y2K Land & Cattle, Caledon East, ON for $3,300.00. Lot 7 & 7 A- Bohrs/ASB Money Honey 3U sired by JCL Black Out was purchased by Blueberry Valley Farms, Fort St. John, BC for $6,500.00 and her heifer calf, Anchor B Honey Dew sired by TMF Westwood 505W was purchased by Edwards Limousin, Craik, SK for $2,800.00. Lot 18 & 18 A- Anchor B That’s the One 4T sired by RPY Paynes Pipline 15P and her heifer calf, Anchor B Lexus 16Y sired by TMF Westwood 505W were purchased by Eden Meadows Farm, Zehner, SK for $9,000.00.

Sale Results 5 Cow/Calf Pairs .5 Bull 13 Bred Females 11 Open Heifers

Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged

$11,180.00 $11,000.00 $4,453.00 $3,280.00

29.5 Lots Grossed $160,900.00 and Averaged $5,454.00 Embryos Grossed $14,500.00 High Selling Bull Lot 3- HSF Yukon Jack sired by AHCC West Wind W544, ½ interest and full possession was purchased by Hi-Way Limousin, Bethune, SK for $11,000.00. High Selling Cow/Calf Pair Lot 1&2- HSF Tinkerbell sired by Carrousel’s Nasdaq, ½ interest was purchased by Greenwood Limousin and Payne Livestock, Lloydminster, SK for $14,000.00 and her calf, HSF Your Fantasy sired by MAGS War Admiral 1/2 interest was purchased by Edwards Limousin, Craik, SK for $19,500.00. High Selling Heifer Calf Lot 7- HSF Yasmine sired by MAGS War Admiral was purchased by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, PA for $8,750.00. High Selling Bred Heifers Lot 24- HSF Xpense Account sired by EXLR Polled Austin 65J was purchased by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, PA for $8,250.00.

Lot 26- HSF Xenocryst sired by RPY Paynes Signal 6S was purchased by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, PA for $8,250.00. High Selling Cow Lot 51- Anchor B Trivia 114T sired by JCL Back Fire was purchased by B Bar Cattle Co., Lucky Lake, SK for $5,700.00. Limousin Voice Winter 2012  57

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LIMOUSIN FEMALES GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO with MAGS Xplanation by MAGS U Haul RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Pinegar Limousin, Springfield, MO with AUTO Peyton 206Y by DHVO Try 133R

Champion Limousin Female

LIMOUSIN BULLS

Reserve Limousin Female

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Quail Ridge Limousin, Calhoun, KY; Tichenor Farms, Centertown, KY; Kyle Delaplaine, Gettysburg, PA with KYLD Vegas 910W by KRVN Naskar 013N RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Mark Blake, Earl Park, IN with MJ Xtravaganza 1X by EF Main Stay 541M

Champion Limousin Bull

LIM-FLEX FEMALES

Reserve Limousin Bull

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Wies Limousin, Wellsville, MO with MAGS Xcellent Singer by DHVO Deuce 132R RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO with MAGS Xanthocomic by DHVO Deuce 132R

LIM-FLEX BULLS Champion Lim-Flex Female

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Etherton Farms, Dawson, IL; Thomas and Son Farms, Boonsboro, MD with EF Xcessive Force by DA Traveler 004 703

Reserve Lim-Flex Female

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO with MAGS Xyloid by DHVO Deuce 132R CHAMPION PEN OF THREE LIMOUSIN BULLS Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO

Champion Lim-Flex Bull

RESERVE CHAMPION PEN OF THREE LIMOUSIN BULLS Leonard Wulf and Sons, Inc, Morris, MN

Reserve Lim-Flex Bull

CHAMPION PEN OF THREE LIM-FLEX BULLS Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, CO

Champion Limousin Pen

RESERVE CHAMPION PEN OF THREE LIM-FLEX BULLS John Goodish - Tubmill Creek Farms of New Florence, PA

Reserve Limousin Pen

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Breeder Section Jason & Melissa Brock Chris & Kendra Liebrecht Glenn & Eleanor Brock

IAN, BONNIE AND GLEN HAMILTON CLINT AND AMANDA SEWARD Box 55 Ph: 204-246-2312 Darlingford , MB Cell: 204-823-1240 R0G 0L0 Email: amaglen@inetlink.ca www.amaglenlimousin.ca

MANITOBA

Box 127, Erskine, Alberta T0C 1G0 Ph: (403) 742-5211 Fax: (403) 742-6139 Cell: (403) 740-7621

PUREBRED LIMOUSIN PUR-SANG 399 Clairemont Rd. Ph (819) 572-0092 Danville, QC J0A 1A0 Fax (819) 839-1270 email: jbrock@blbfarms.com

Specializing in Polled Fullbloods and Purebreds

Kevin Rea 306/463-7950 The Rea Family Ken Rea 306/968-2923 Marengo, SK S0L 2K0 r3bar@hotmail.com

Lionel & Sharon, Alicia, Riché, Melanie Patrick, Brody & Diane Fouillard

P.O. Box 3, St. Lazare, MB R0M 1Y0 Home/Fax: (204) 683-2353 Cell: (780) 719-3894 Email: lionelfouillard@yahoo.ca

Fouillard Limousin Dale & Carole Barclay Box 21, Erskine, Alta. Canada T0C 1G0 (403) 742-4825 DALE

(403) 742-3882 RICK

(403) 742-5916 TERRY

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Bill & Mary Anne Zwambag Nick, Andrew & Matt

41410 Glendon Dr., Glenco, ON N0L 1M0 Res. (519) 287-3219 Fax: (519) 287-5248 www.beezeeacres.ca email:bzwambag@execulink.com

Terry & Lynette Hepper Sara and Erin General Delivery, Zehner, SK S0G 5K0 306/781-4628 thepper@yourlink.ca

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GERRY & RUTH GOOD 7550 Arnold Road Chilliwack, B.C. CANADA V2R 4J7

PAUL GUMPRICH Home/Fax: (604) 823-2466

Terence, Gwen, Steven and Shane Box 56, Arelee, Saskatchewan S0K 0H0 (306) 237-4827 Fax (306) 237-4825

R.R. #1 Ph: (403) 337-2212 Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0 Fax: (403) 337-3278 email: goodlimo@wildroseinternet.ca

Stan & Pat

204-855-2214 204-729-1772 Kyle & Erin 204-855-2633 204-724-0892 Darby & Kelly 204-855-2191 204-573-6529

Raising Limousin for over 30 years RR#1, Alexander, MB R0K 0A0 Fax: 204-855-2472 • Email: csf@westman.wave.ca Website: cochranestockfarms.com

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Lisle Limousin - card_newMAY09:Layout 1

4250 King Rd. King City, ON L7B 1K4 Ray, Stacie, Will Meg & Liz Stanton Mobile: (416) 505-0707 rays@londonproperty.ca

Wanted: Harvest Olympus, Pub, Punch, Orion or Goldnview Krugerrand semen and embryos.

     

   

Mike Henry 017209 Grey Bruce Line R.R. #4 Tara, ON N0H 2N0 Ph: (519) 934-2023

H LIMOUSIN W The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuchsâ&#x20AC;? Family A Bethune, Saskatchewan S0G 0H0 Y Purebred Red & Black Limousin Cattle Visitors Welcome Ed & Doreen (306) 638-4422 Warren (306) 789-8863 Darcy (306) 638-4800 Email: wfuchs@sasktel.net

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FRITZ & SANDRA OTHBERG Box 450, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 email: lrangus@xplornet.ca Len, Ruth & Mark Angus: 204-937-4980 Todd, Jay-Dean, Jules & Angus Smyth: 204-937-4384

www.jaymarandy.com

Ph: (506) 433-5245 Fax: (506) 433-9083 othberg@nbnet.nb.ca 1749 Route 880 Summer Field, NB E4G 2L3 Pine Haven Card_spring09:Layout 1

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Rob & Cheryl Swaan erin & eric Kishkan & Family Jeff & amber Swaan & Family 4344 Hwy 97 S. Quesnel, B.C. v2J 6p4

780-879-2105 glendh@telusplanet.net Bob, Dorothy, Colin and Glenda RR #1, Hardisty, Alberta T0B 1V0

Tel: (250) 747-3836 â&#x20AC;˘ Fax: (250) 747-0436 mail: swaany@quesnelbc.com www.pvlimousin.com

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Please note that the correct name of the 2011 Agribition Reserve Grand Champion Bull is TMF Winston 197W. We apologize for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused. Limousin Voice Winter 2012â&#x20AC;&#x192; 60

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KEVIN PRESTON & FAMILY 705-277-1032 705-344-7438 (Cell)

613 Hwy 35 Pontypool ON L0A 1K0

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P.O. Box 189 Warkworth, Ontario K0K 3K0 Tel: (705) 924-2583 Fax: (705) 924-3385

The Rodgers

Art, Maria & Family Box 156, MacGregor, MB R0H 0R0 Ph: (204) 685-2628 Fax: (204) 685-2597 Cell: (204) 856-3440 email: triplerlimo@yahoo.ca

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Chris Poley Auctioneer Box 252 Waldheim, SK, S0K 4R0

Cell (306) 220-5006

Phone: (403) 337-0052 Cell: (780) 853-7067 Fax: (403) 337-0052 Head Office: (780)447-3276

HEATHER BARR Suite 302, 13220 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4W1 hbarr@cdnfarmins.com www.cdnfarmins.com Transit

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Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. Davis-Rairdan International P.O. Box 590 Crossfield, Alberta Canada T0M 0S0 Phone (403) 946-4551 Fax (403) 946-5093 Website: www.davis-rairdan.com E-mail: embryos@davis-rairdan.com SERVICES OFFERED: - On-farm freezing & collection - Donor care facility - Recipient herd - Licensed facility for embryo exports - Genetic marketing & selection

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Published by: Today’s Publishing #4-3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7G9 Phone: (306) 934-9696 Fax: (306) 934-0744 info@tbarc.com www.buyagro.com

R & R Acres 11th Annual “Beefmaker” Limousin Bull Sale, Airdrie, AB Alberta Beef Industry Conference, Red Deer, AB St-Martin Station Bull Sale, St-Martin, QC Ontario Limousin AGM, Elora, ON J. Yorga Farms Annual Production Sale, Flintoft, SK

March 4-5 Pride of the Prairies Bull Show and Sale, Lloydminster, SK 9 15th Grass Country Bull Sale, Rumsey, AB 10 Hollee Limousin Open House, Blackstock, ON 10 Range Ready Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK 11 Regina Bull Sale, Regina, SK 11 Vinoy Bull Test Station Sale, Vinoy, QC 15 de Jager Limousin & Hirsch Charolais 2nd Annual Bull Sale, Brooks, AB 16 Anchor B Limousin 11th Annual Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK 17 Prime Limousin Club 27th Annual Bull Sale, Westlock, AB 17 9th Annual Highland Bull Sale, High River, AB 22 Bar 3R’s 17th Annual Bull Sale, Oyen, AB 24 11th Annual Best West Limo Classic Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB 24 Source for Success Bull Sale 28 East Country Limousin 8th Annual Bull Sale, Veteran, AB 28 Hager Cattle Company 6th Annual Bull Sale, Bismark, ND 31 Jaymarandy Limousin 21st Annul Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK 31 Quebec Association AGM, Drummondville, QC

Our Staff Bryan Kostiuk - Editor Ted Serhienko - Marketing Chris Poley - Marketing Mina Serhienko - Controller Debbie Thiessen - Circulation Tiffany Peters - Production Melissa McRae - Design Kayla Gerein - Design Treena Ballantyne - Accounting

April Published 4 times/year Winter, Summer, Fall & Christmas Careful consideration has been placed on production of this magazine and we are responsible for the value of the advertisement; however, we assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Printed in Canada by: Houghton Boston Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Publication Mail Agreement: 40021107 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: Today’s Publishing Circulation Dept. #4 3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7G9 Email: info@tbarc.com

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Manitoba Bull Test Station Sale, Douglas, MB Windy Gables Open House and Private Treaty Bull Sale, Warkworth, ON 26th Annual Prairie Gold Limousin Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK 14 ROM’N Limousin Annual Bull Sale, Madison, SD 14 Quebec Limousin Bull Sale #2, St-Edouard de Naperville, QC 18 BIF Annual Convention, Houston, TX 21 Nordal Limousin & Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK 21 Olds Spring Classic, Olds, AB

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T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament

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