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HELLO FROM THE CANADIAN LIMOUSIN ASSOCIATION! If you were in Saskatoon last weekend, you would have experienced first hand the excitement generated by our Juniors. 36 members brought 50 head of cattle to town and enjoyed the fabulous program that was put together for them by the SK team of volunteers. It was better than drinking Red Bull repeatedly for a boost of energy! Thank you to all involved; organizers, sponsors, participants, parents and on-lookers! The events wrapped up with a fundraiser for next year’s Junior Conference. The support was second to none from both sides; donations and purchasers. We look forward to going to Ontario in 2015. Location and dates to be announced very soon. CLA Annual General Meeting and 2014-15 Board of Directors The annual general meeting took place on July 26, the 30 members in attendance voted in favor of the bylaw changed that was proposed with regards to testing donor dams for Proto. An open discussion regarding parentage verification also took place. The comments were in favor of leaving the policy as is without compulsory DNA testing of all registered Limousin animals. The discussion was scheduled as per an official request to the BOD from a CLA member. Also during the AGM, it was requested to the Board to establish a policy regarding CLA postings on social media. The Board will discuss it at the next meeting on December 12 and 13. Two new directors were added to the Board; Erin Kishkan and Richard Renaud, while two are returning for a second term; Terry Hepper and Jim Richmond. The executive remains the same: President: Brian Lee Vice-President: Terry Hepper Treasurer: Bill Zwambag Directors: Tim Andrew, Eric Boon, Lynn Combest, Erin Kishkan, Richard Renaud and Jim Richmond We would like to thank Kelly Yorga for his contribution to the CLA Board the last three years. Delays at the lab As previously announced early this year, GenServe has been acquired by Quantum Genetix. The transition has not gone as smoothly as hoped and delays have occurred with DNA testing. If you anticipate needing DNA results to register your Limousin animals such progeny of herdsires that have not been previously verified, embryo calves and/or Fullbloods requiring parentage verification, please allow at least 6 to 8 weeks for results. The backlog is being worked through as fast as GenServe can process it, but it will be several more weeks before we return to our usual 10 business days turn around time. Contact the CLA office to obtain the proper forms that must
BONJOUR DE L’ASSOCIATION! Si vous étiez à Saskatoon le week-end dernier, vous avez été témoins d’une conférence Junior sans précédents. Au rendez-vous, 36 membres juniors qui ont présenté 50 têtes de bétail et qui ont pris part aux activités préparées par l’équipe de bénévoles de la Saskatchewan. Pour nous les spectateurs, c’était un regain d’énergie plus efficace que de boire du RedBull à profusion! Je remercie toutes les personnes concernées; organisateurs, commanditaires, participants, parents et spectateurs! Les événements se sont terminés avec une collecte de fonds pour la Conférence Junior de l’année prochaine. La vente de semence et d’embryons a reçu un soutien formidable autant des acheteurs que de ceux qui ont fait des dons. Nous avons bien hâte d’aller en Ontario en 2015. Le lieu et les dates exacts seront annoncés très bientôt. Assemblée générale annuelle et le conseil d’administration 2014-2015 À l’assemblée générale annuelle qui a eu lieu le 26 juillet, les 30 membres présents ont voté en faveur de modifier les règlements aux sujet du testage des donneuses d’embryons pour le Proto. Les donneuses en production d’embryons devront être testées à partir du 1er janvier 2015. Il y a eu aussi une discussion générale au sujet de la vérification des parents par ADN pour tout animal Limousin enregistré. Cette discussion ouverte avait été demandée formellement par un membre de l’association. Tous les commentaires des gens présents étaient en faveur de garder les règlements tel quel sans obligation de testage en surplus des exigences actuelles. Également au cours de l’AGA, il a été demandé que le Conseil établisse une politique concernant les affichages sur les pages de médias sociaux de l’association (tel Facebook et Twitter). Ce sujet sera à l’ordre du jour de la prochaine rencontre du Conseil d’administration soit les 12 et décembre prochains. Deux nouveaux administrateurs ont été ajoutés au Conseil d’administration soient Erin Kishkan et Richard Renaud, tandis que deux directeurs sont de retour pour un second mandat; Terry Hepper et Jim Richmond. L’exécutif reste le même. Président: Brian Lee Vice-Président: Terry Hepper Trésorier: Bill Zwambag Directeurs : Tim Andrew, Eric Boon, Lynn Combest, Erin Kishkan, Richard Renaud et Jim Richmond Nous tenons à remercier M. Kelly Yorga et M. Luc Forcier pour leur contribution au sein du conseil au cours des derniers années. Retards au laboratoire Comme annoncé au début de cette année, GenServe a été acquis par Quantum Genetix. La transition n’a pas été sans obstacles et des retards se font sentir avec les tests d’ADN.
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accompany your hair samples to the lab in Saskatoon. Fall 2014 Genetic Evaluations The new EPD’s are moments away from being uploaded. By the time this issue of the Voice researches publication, individual numbers should appear on each animal web file. Promotion and Advertising We are pleased to announce that the CLA will continue with 5 double page ads in the Cattlemen Magazine. Breeders wishing to be listed in the September 2014, October 2014, January 2015, February 2015 and March 2015 ads are asked to contact Anne at the CLA office as soon as possible. The participating cost remains at $400 for all 5 issues. The CLA has also launched the Limousin Pride campaign showcasing your breed promotional efforts. If you have photos of your past or present promotion endeavors, please email them to Anne. We are also looking for testimonials from Limousin Voice advertisers. The CLA website will be undergoing a major facelift this fall. Watch for the launch of the newly composed www.limousin.com Masterfeeds Show Cattle of the Year Program Thank you to Masterfeeds for their renewed partnership in the Limousin Show Cattle of the Year Award Program. Here is a recap of show qualifications: • At least 30 registered, purebred Limousin animal must be on-site and entered in the show. • Show results must include number of animals in each class, placing to the 5th place (by tattoo), and name of judge. • Supreme points will be awarded only by receiving the official form, filled and signed. Blank forms and details are posted on the CLA website, under National Show.
Si vous prévoyez avoir besoin de résultats d’ADN pour enregistrer vos animaux Limousin tel les veaux d’un taureau qui n’a pas été précédemment testé, ou des veaux issues de transplantation d’embryon et/ou Fullbloods qui nécessitent une vérification des deux parents, veuillez prévoir au moins 6 à 8 semaines pour les résultats. L’équipe de GenServe travaille fort pour rattraper le temps perdu, mais il prendra plusieurs semaines avant de revenir à 10 jours ouvrables comme par avant. Communiquer avec le bureau de l’association pour obtenir les formulaires appropriés qui doivent accompagner vos échantillons de poils avant de les faire parvenir au laboratoire de Saskatoon. Campagne Fierté Limousin Vous avez peut-être remarque que nous avons lancé une campagne de promotion qui s’intitule « Fierté Limousin ». Cette campagne souligne le 45ieme anniversaire de l’Association Canadienne Limousin et a pour but de démontrer les efforts de promotion de nos membres. Si vous avez des photos de comment vous démontrez votre « Fierté Limousin », tel qu’enseigne de ferme, vêtements, kiosques, etc. (présent ou passé), svp faites-les nous parvenir. Nous recherchons également des témoignages des annonceurs dans le Limousin Voice. L’adresse courriel de Anne est firstname.lastname@example.org Le site web de l’association subira une cure de rajeunissement majeure cet automne. Surveillez le lancement du nouveau www.limousin.com! Merci Masterfeeds! Nous tenons à remercier Masterfeeds pour leur partenariat au niveau du programme de prix pour les animaux Limousin d’exposition de l’année. Leur contribution a été renouvelée pour les trois prochaines années.
Office Staff It’s with regret that we announce the departure of Devra Leavitt. Devra has been a member of our registry department over the last three years. As a result, we are currently seeking part time help to assist Dallas with registry and member services needs.
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Limousin beef showcased at Provigo in Varennes, QC Congratulations to Ferme JPER, a CLA member from Quebec who is the first to retail Limousin meat in a major chain of super markets. Their meat is featured at a Provigo (a division of Loblaws) in Varennes where over 8,000 shoppers get their groceries weekly. There are also possibilities of expansion in other local stores very soon. According to Eric Ratelle, the main principal in the business, “The clientele likes small portions. They do not look at the price per kilogram, but the total cost of the package they are purchasing.”
The first time samples were offered to customers in the store, sales of Limousin meat quadrupled that week attesting to the high quality of the product being offered. “It has been a bit of a learning curve for some of the consumers on how to prepare extra lean beef. We are also learning the type of products we need to have in the display case,” says Eric. Ferme JPER is located in Ile-Aux-Noix and raises Limousin, LimFlex and Angus cattle.
Félicitations à la Ferme JPER, un membre de l’Association Canadienne Limousin, situé au Québec qui est le premier à offrir de la viande Limousin dans une chaîne majeure de super marchés. Leur viande est mise en vitrine à Provigo (une division de Loblaws) à Varennes où plus 8 000 personnes s’y rendre pour leur épicerie hebdomadaire. Il y a aussi des possibilités d’expansion dans d’autres magasins les très bientôt. Selon Eric Ratelle, le principal actionnaire dans l’entreprise, “la clientèle aime les petites portions. Ils ne regardent pas le prix par kilogramme, mais le coût total du paquet qu’ils achètent.”
Lors de la première dégustation en magasin, Les premiers échantillons de temps ont été offerts aux clients dans le magasin, ventes de Limousin quadrupler cette semaine-là attestant de la qualité du produit offert. “Cela a été une courbe d’apprentissage pour certains des consommateurs sur la façon de préparer le bœuf extra maigre. Nous apprenons également sur le type de produits, que nous devons avoir dans la vitrine,” explique Eric. La Ferme JPER est située a l’Ile-aux-noix où ils élèvent des Limousin, des LimFlex et des animaux Angus.
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By: Chris Poley
I call my little column the “Real World”, trying my best to stay current with commercial cattle markets and influences that affect commercial beef producers. Ultimately, they are our number one customer, for those of us involved in the seed stock business. Many refer to the commercial industry as the “real world” of beef production, but those who are long term successful in the purebred business are in tune and have a strong grasp of the “real world” The biggest thing purebred breeders need to keep at the top of their mind is …culling! Keep In today’s social society, if someone refers to quality high, each year the goal should be to have living in the “real world”, it has a negative tone a better bull pen, not a bigger one. I can see it or implication to it. The “real world” in beef now, next spring when it comes time to make production these days, seems more like fantasy bull sale catalogues, producers will want to add land! New records are being set weekly for returns ten more bulls because they barely had enough on the sale of all classes of beef production. Don’t last year. 2014 was the perfect storm for bull get me wrong, it is well deserved and long overdue, sales, first off we had record salvage prices which but now that it has come to pass, after years and meant any bull whose calves were questionable, years of anticipation, it does seem a little like the feet were questionable, semen was questionable, dream has come true. I do realize that with the attitude was questionable and so on, he was cost of production today, the levels of return that culled maybe for more than he originally cost. we are seeing are very much needed to keep The second thing was the coldest winter in producers involved in our industry. The other over twenty years, which proved devastating good news, is that the outlook into the future is for semen testing herd bulls and other folks extremely strong, high prices are being paid for cull just panicked, even without testing and added cows and feeding heifers, which will make herd extra bulls, making sure that they were covered. expansion extremely slow; keeping the supply tight and returns healthy for the next decade. I have already talked about the slow rebuild of the cow herd, we are not going to need more Again for those of us involved in the purebred seed bulls anytime soon, what will be in demand, is stock industry, we just came off an unbelievable better, more consistent bulls, backed by quality spring bull sale season, one that will be hard to customer service. Keep your numbers moderate duplicate. Personally, I was involved in spring and quality high and you will gross as much or bull sales that grossed in excess of fifteen million more than by adding another ten, which will dollars. Absolutely phenomenal, for a couple of actually reduce the value of your top group of bulls. reasons, purebred breeders needed the boost as well as commercial producers after ten plus P.S. You can cut those ten bulls and sell them for years of hard times and the other is, commercial $1500.00 each as steers, remember, not that long producers could afford to spend it on quality bulls. ago… you floored your bulls at $1500.00!
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Carcass Quality and Limousin Cattle A “tail” of supply and demand with anecdotes of genomics and technology research By Dawn Trautman, Technology Translator and Tom Lynch-Staunton, Director of Industry Relations; both with Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB
n the cattle business, a certain amount of multi-tasking is necessary. And this article is no exception – we’ve given an overview on six topics that are influencing the beef industry today. In future editions of The Limousin Voice we’ll dive deeper into each of the themes, including the impact of consumer demand, the use of a DNA ‘key’ for Limousin genetic selection in the UK, new meat grading technologies being developed in Alberta, a new Canadian program for training highly qualified meat industry specialists, how growth promotants stack up against using genetics for breeding selections, and the application of technologies in everyday cattle breeding. As different as they may appear to be, these topics all contribute to the function of the beef industry how they provide benefits for Canadians. The Consumer Story (a.k.a. “The Demand”) Consumer demand for beef is a critical issue for all stakeholders in the value chain, from producers to retailers. Beef demand by consumers is an indication to the amount of beef that will be consumed at a given price and is often influenced by the availability and price of competing protein sources, consumer preferences, and income. Schroeder et al. (2013)1 note that consumer demand for beef is also one of the most poorly understood concepts in the beef and cattle industry. And it is not for a lack of information – we have available to us data on grocery purchases, price data, shopping habits, and consumer sentiments. From their study, Schroeder et al. (2013) identified product quality as one of the highest priorities for the beef industry to address. To support demand, the Canadian beef industry has put great efforts into improving beef quality including focusing on attributes such as convenience, tenderness, taste, freshness, and consistency, to name a few. A Global Dilemma – UK Limousin Case Study But quality is not only a concern for Canadian consumers. In 2011 the British Limousin Cattle Society, the Anglo Beef Producers, and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) began a four year project to determine the influence of genetics on carcass traits, as it relates to quality of meat. The outcome when the project concludes next year will be a validated ‘SNP key’ for carcass traits in UK Limousin cattle. It is quite possible that this SNP key could be applied to the Canadian Limousin population as well. Genomics is the extraction and analysis of DNA, including SNPs, to determine the relationship between genetics and traits. The data collected from trait observation and DNA analysis is used to solve problems, increase accuracy of trait selection, and increase the rate of genetic gain in livestock. The SNP key being developed for UK Limousin cattle will allow producers to accurately compare live animal DNA to the key and identify the breeding merit for the carcass traits of interest. The project uses video imaging technologies (VIA) to validate the equations used for predicting carcass traits. So far the study has collected progeny results from 30 Limousin sires and they have found that the difference in progeny retail value between the best and worst sire was *SNPs or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms are substitutions in the DNA sequence that result in genetic variation.
CA$851 per calf. This is based on both quality and yield. The next step of the project will be to collect DNA samples from live animals to cross-reference the slaughter data to further develop the SNP key. By 2015 the genomic information will be incorporated into the animal breeding values to create genomically enhanced expected progeny differences (geEPD), such that breeders will be able to genotype their animals at birth and receive an geEPD for the carcass traits. By accurately identifying high performing calves early, breeding and management decisions can be optimized to ensure faster genetic progress and alignment with consumer demands. Research and Canadian Limousin Luckily, the Canadian Limousin Association (CLA) has been building up its genotype database over the last several years in partnership with Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta, and Delta Genomics Centre in Edmonton. Through the Canadian Cattle Genome Project, the Molecular Breeding Value (MBV) project, and the “SNP transition projects,” CLA now has over 1,000 samples analyzed on a 50K or higher SNP panel. The genomic information arising from these samples can then be cross-referenced with Canadian carcass data through the Beef Information Exchange System (BIXS) and pedigree to develop genomically enhanced EPD’s for carcass traits like marbling, tenderness, and lean meat yield. Then breeders will hopefully find those bulls that give $851 more from their superior progeny. Researchers at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research station in Lacombe, Alberta are currently developing an alternative to complete carcass dissection for meat grading. The technology being tested uses dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to scan the carcass and give information on the rib eye and fat cover with less invasive methods that may also be cheaper and more time effective. The system will develop algorithms based on research cattle that will then be validated using carcasses from commercial packing plants. The new Canadian Meat Education and Training Network (MEaTnet) is an NSERC funded partnership between the University of Alberta, Université Laval, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Guelph. The aim of MEaTnet
Seven Forty Seven is a bull that had a significant influence on the Canadian Limousin population and was recently DNA sequenced by Livestock Gentec as part of the Canadian Cattle Genome Project. He was also featured as the “bull of the month” in June/July 2012 edition of Canadian Cattlemen Magazine
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Xploding with Quality
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is to produce 50 masters and doctoral graduates in six years who have professional management skills, research experience, and the technical background essential for understanding and improving the meat industry. The genomics, meat quality, and analytical technologies research being done in Canada is leading edge and Canadian Limousin is a part of it. Future global demand for protein is projected to double and by being proactive in adopting innovative practices and training highly qualified personnel the Canadian beef industry stands to be a force in the global meat business. Canadian Limousin Breeders also have the opportunity to capitalize on the branding of quality beef in securing a niche in the global market. A “Growth” Opportunity Lately, the use of growth promotants and hormones in beef production is gathering much media and consumer attention. This presents a challenge for Canadian producers as they try to balance the efficiencies (less feed per pound of meat produced) arising from the use of growth promotants versus consumer demands and attitudes. Perhaps one of the solutions to this problem is to use genetics for growth that would do the same as an implant. Generally, Limousin cattle are known to grow and put down lean muscle quicker than some other breeds. If we can identify the bulls using geEPD’s for carcass traits, feed efficiency, and high growth rate, we may be able to breed in the same effect as a growth promotant, simply by using the right bulls. It is also possible that growth promotants may not work or have a negligible effect on animals that are already genetically predisposed to lean muscle growth and feed efficiency.
The Producer Story (a.k.a. “The Supply”) In the past, high feed and animal care costs have reduced profit margins for beef producers. This coupled with trade restrictions and other regulatory measures have resulted in a decrease in the cow herd inventory and in the number of producers. The good news is that things seem to be turning around – cattle prices for all classes are at all time highs and producers can now think about using new technologies for better management and breeding decisions. The next course of action for the industry should be deliberate and bold: to commit to innovative practices and provide consumers with a consistent product that is both of high quality and safe. The technologies are here and being validated - the next step is application in the industry, by all stakeholders. The common role for producers, finishers, packers, distributors, retailers, and consumers is to ask questions of each other. The information available is great and the goal is to share our knowledge and build a transparent and trusting consumer relationship that is dedicated to providing not only nutrition, but also an eating experience with consistent quality, safety, and flavor. References 1 Schroeder, T., G. Tonsor, and J. Mintert. 2013. Beef Demand: Recent Determinants and Future Drivers. Prepared for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Available at https://www. beefboard.org/evaluation/130612demanddeterminantstudy.asp 2 British Limousin Cattle Society. Identifying and improving carcase traits in Limousin cattle. Available at http://limousin. co.uk/projects-initiatives/carcase-traits-project/
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Excelling in the Real World: Cody Miller By: Piper Whelan
Cody Miller is changing career paths. The 27 year-old from Westlock, Alberta, studied at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and became an electrical engineering technologist. He then went on to become a journeyman power system electrician. The day we spoke, however, was the second-last at his job. He has a plan to eventually lead him home full time, and he hopes to be able to “put more energy and time into the farm and the cattle industry as a whole.” For Miller, home is Excel Ranches, where his parents, Ron and Barb Miller, started raising Limousin cattle 28 years ago.“They originally started with 13 crossbred females and bred them up to being purebred, and went from there,” Miller explains. His brother, Trevor, lives in Michigan and his sister, Katelyn, lives in Calgary, but are both still involved in the family farm. Miller and his wife, Amy, have one son, Lincoln. Amy works at Farm Credit Canada. Miller began showing cattle at local summer shows in the Westlock area when he was five. At nine, he joined 4-H, and counts the first calf off his original 4-H cow, now 16 years old, as his favourite animal.“She’s had a calf every year and still has a perfect udder, perfect feet, everything. She maybe doesn’t try as hard as she used to, but she’s still on the farm.” At the moment, Miller and his family plan on breeding 175 females this year. Purebred Limousin make up 95 per cent of their herd, with some Angus and Limflex in the mix. Excel sells bulls each spring at the Prime Limousin Club bull sale.“We’re hoping to calve out 130 next year, and we’re going to have a production sale this fall.” When it comes to selecting cattle in their herd, Miller notes that he and his wife sometimes view cattle differently. Amy was raised on a Red Angus operation, and she and Miller sometimes look for different traits. “I think it weighs well in having two opinions to process the animals correctly and make correct decisions,” he explains.
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Some of the traits he admires in the Limousin breed include milk, muscling ability and vigour.“The strength of the Limousin breed is that as Limousin breeders, we do not always try to sell our own genetics, and, rather, the genetics that will strengthen the Limousin breed as a whole. And with this, we’ll constantly be putting ourselves in the Limousin breed in a position to succeed.” Speaking of success, the 2014 Prime Limousin Club bull sale was quite fruitful for Excel Ranches. Miller attributes this to local buyers who keep coming back year after year.“We really take advantage of some of the local markets and have been able to promote our cattle that way,” he says. “A lot of the local commercial breeders really support the bottom end and drive up the prices.” “The strength of our herd is the success of our cattle in other peoples’ herds. It seems that when our females and bulls go into other peoples’ herds, they seem to do great things … There are always repeat customers who keep supporting us.” Increasing the use of embryo transplant in their herd’s breeding program is something Miller would like to pursue. Last year, 30 Excel females received embryo transplants, and Miller says this is about “constantly improving on your topend genetics.” In addition to farming full time, Miller’s plans for the next few years include establishing a biannual fall production sale to get Excel females into more markets.“We usually only sell one or two females a year, and there’s just been a ton of success with them for topping other peoples’ bull sales or even raising purebred bulls and going to other purebred herds.” “We’d really like to get a successful fall production sale on the female end of things just to get those genetics constantly improving,” he says. From a career away from agriculture, Miller is engineering his way back to the farm, with some important reasons for going back home: “Providing a service and a product for consumers really gets me excited. As well, the beef industry is a very family-oriented situation, so it’s a good place to raise a family.”
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Ferme SDJ Polled Limo based on docility and calving ease
Ferme SDJ Polled Limo se base sur la docilité et facilite au vêlage
By Anne Brunet-Burgess, CLA General Manager
Par Anne Brunet-Burgess, directrice générale Association Canadienne Limousin
erge Dethier owned horses when he was looking for an acreage in 1975. His goal first, was to eliminate boarding fees and also fill his wife’s dream of having “a large house on a large lot.” Their entourage advised him to buy at least 40 acres to qualify as an agricultural producer; furthermore, the extra land would present a horse boarding business opportunity. However, that business died before it started when the first potential customer gave Serge her list of requirements for her hunter-jumper horse.
It is in St-Édouard de Napierville that Serge and Diane found their paradise on earth, located within a reasonable distance of their jobs in Montreal. Like several other part-time farmers, they made choices to accommodate their situation. Their first choice was to get custom haying done by a near by hay dealer, with hopes to export the surplus. A year later, inventories still intact, they had to find a way to use up the grass that was growing very fast. Through his career as a police officer, Serge attended auction markets from time to time, where he met Max Fried, a cattle buyer. Max sent 4 Hereford type steers to Serge and Diane’s farm to graze their grass. “Four head became eight and eight became 16,” explains Serge.
erge Dethier était propriétaire de chevaux lorsqu’il cherchait une fermette en 1975. Son but premier était d’éliminer de payer la pension pour ses animaux et de combler le rêve de sa conjointe Diane Joly qui voulait “une grande maison avec un grand terrain.” On lui a conseillé d’acheter au moins 40 arpents pour pouvoir se qualifier comme producteur agricole, ce qui offrait aussi la possibilité de prendre d’autres pensionnaires et d’en faire une entreprise. Toutefois, les exigences que demandait la première cliente candidate ont convaincu Serge d’abandonner cette idée de pension de chevaux avant même de l’avoir commencé ! C’est à St-Édouard de Napierville que Serge et Diane ont trouvé leur petit paradis à une distance raisonnable de leur emploi à Montréal. Comme plusieurs autres agriculteurs à temps partiel, ils ont fait des choix qui accommodaient leur situation. Leur premier choix fut de faire faire les foins à forfait dans le but de vendre les excès. Un an plus tard, les inventaires n’étant toujours pas écoulés, il fallait trouver une façon d’utiliser le foin et l’herbe qui poussaient à la dérobée. Par l’entremise de sa carrière en tant que policier, Serge fréquentait les encans d’animaux de temps en temps, où il a rencontré l’acheteur Max Fried. Max a fait livrer 4 bouvillons de type Hereford chez Serge et Diane pour brouter l’herbe. “Quatre sont devenus huit et huit sont devenus 16,” explique Serge.
Serge s’est rapidement rendu compte que les Hereford n’atteignaient pas les meilleurs prix aux encans et qu’il fallait une dose de génétique exotique pour décrocher une prime. Max lui avait recommandé le Charolais, mais la couleur ne plaisait pas à Serge. De plus, il fallait une race facile au vêlage, pour la famille Dethier-Joly qui travaillait toujours à l’extérieur. La race Limousin représentait le juste milieu en type et couleur. Au cours des années 1980, le troupeau a été monté avec plusieurs achats de chez Jean-Marc Campbell de Henryville et en utilisant l’insémination artificielle. D’ailleurs encore Serge soon realized that Hereford cattle did not achieve the aujourd’hui, ils se fient à l’insémination pour l’amélioration best price at auctions and in order to get a premium, feeders had génétique de leur troupeau de 45 femelles en production. to have a dose of exotic genetics. Max recommended Charolais, Certains critères de sélection ont évolué aux cours des but Serge didn’t like their color. In addition, they needed an années, tandis que d’autres restent les mêmes à la Ferme SDJ easy calving breed, for this family who was still working off Polled Limo. Au début, la facilité de vêlage et des animaux the farm. The Limousin breed was a better fit for their needs. acères étaient des priorités, suivies de la docilité peu longtemps During the 1980s, the herd increased with several purchases après. Ces caractères sont toujours importants, mais maintenant from Jean-Marc Campbell of Henryville, a near by Limousin que le troupeau est prévisible à ce niveau, on y a ajouté des breeder and by using artificial insemination. Indeed even today, exigences de production laitière et de performance. En résumé, they rely on artificial insemination for the genetic improvement Serge dit que: “C’est important que les taureaux qu’on vend Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 14
aux éleveurs commerciaux soient dociles et qu’ils engendrent des veaux pesants au sevrage.” Et puisque les taureaux sont mis en marché à la sortie d’un test d’évaluation à un an, le gain suivant le sevrage est aussi une considération majeure.
of their herd of 45 females in production. Some selection criteria have evolved over the years, while others remain the same for Ferme SDJ Polled Limo. At the beginning, ease of calving and polled animals were the focus point, quickly followed by high docility. These characteristics are still important to them, but now that the herd is more predictable for these traits, they have added milk production and higher performance requirements. In summary Serge says: “It is important that the bulls we sell to commercial producers are docile and that sire calves with muscle and strong weights at weaning.” And further, since Serge markets his bulls once evaluated at bull test stations, steady gain from weaning to one year of age is also a major consideration. Ferme SDJ Polled Limo has been rewarded with annual successes at the major Quebec bull test stations; with bulls achieving the best global index and high sellers. “It’s a way to evaluate one’s herd among other breeders. In order to move forward, you have to know where you stand. It offers a healthy competition,” according to Serge who chooses this option of marketing instead of agricultural fairs. He also enjoys demonstrating how quiet his animals are, by taking a handful to the Open House hosted by Union des Producteurs Agricoles du Québec (Quebec Farmers’ union) an annual showcase of all Quebec ag productions. At this event, the entire beef sector is solely represented by Limousin cattle from Ferme SDJ Polled Limo. Serge’s wife, Diane Joly is a city girl who has always loved all animals. She quickly became familiar with all chores associated with beef farming. Accompanied by their three children; Isabelle, Sasha and Hugo, Diane took charge of the herd in 1990, when she decided to leave her job. Serge joined the ranks in 2005 once retired. Despite the fact that the children are modestly interested in taking over the farm, they remain in the vicinity and help when needed on the 150 acre property. Serge and Diane are also very involved with the Quebec Limousin Association. He holds the presidency and she is the secretary. The majority of the activities led by the Board of Directors are aimed at increasing the acceptance of Limousin genetics in feedlots. “We need to expose them to the new Limousin,” stresses Serge. “We have done so much work on improving docility that has not yet been recognized in the industry.” The members of the association also meet during the annual field day, which always takes place the second Saturday of August. The dynamism and dedication of Serge Dethier and Diane Joly impressed me from our first encounter five years ago. They are super friendly people who share my passion and my desire to increase the popularity of the Limousin breed. On behalf of all of those who benefit from your tireless promotional work; thank you Serge and Diane!
La Ferme SDJ Polled Limo connaît des succès annuels aux stations d’épreuves de taureaux. « C’est une façon de s’évaluer parmi les autres éleveurs. Pour pouvoir progresser, il faut faire le point sur notre élevage. Les stations offrent une compétition saine» nous confie Serge qui choisit cette option de marketing au lieu des expositions agricoles. Il aime bien aussi démontrer la docilité de ses animaux lors des portes ouvertes de l’Union des Producteurs Agricoles du Québec, une vitrine annuelle de toutes les productions québécoises où le secteur bovin est représenté uniquement par un exhibit d’animaux Limousin venant de la Ferme SDJ Polled Limo. Diane, une fille de la ville qui a toujours été amoureuse de tous les animaux, s’est rapidement familiarisée des corvées qu’entraînent une ferme d’élevage de bovins. Accompagnée de leurs trois enfants; Isabelle, Sacha et Hugo, Diane a pris la charge du troupeau en 1990, lors de sa décision de laisser son emploi. Serge s’est joint au rang en 2005, une fois retraité. Malgré que les enfants soient peu intéressés à prendre la relève de la ferme, qui est maintenant rendue à 140 arpents, ils demeurent aux alentours et ils aident au besoin.
Serge et Diane sont aussi très impliqués avec l’Association des Éleveurs Limousin du Québec. Il occupe la présidence et elle, le poste de secrétaire. La majorité des activités dirigées par le conseil d’administration vise une augmentation de l’approbation de la génétique Limousin en milieu d’engraissement. “Il faut faire connaître le nouveau Limousin,” insiste Serge. “On a fait beaucoup de chemin en docilité qui n’est pas toujours reconnu dans l’industrie.” Les membres de l’association se rencontrent aussi lors de la journée champêtre annuelle qui a toujours lieu le deuxième samedi du mois d’août. Le dynamisme et le dévouement de Serge Dethier et Diane Joly m’ont marquée dès notre première rencontre il y a cinq ans. Des gens sympathiques qui partagent ma passion et mon désir d’accroître la popularité de la race Limousin. Au nom de tous ceux qui bénéficient de votre travail infatigable; Merci Serge et Diane!
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It might have been the ambiance of a roaring camp fire or the contents of coffee cups, but it stirred conversation with a simple question...is it relevant to show cattle in today’s marketplace? The exhibition of agricultural produce in Canada dates back to the mid 1800’s beginning in the Maritime provinces, but the province of Ontario was the founding ground for livestock shows as Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn and Galloway cattle were imported from the British Isles. The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto (1846), the Western Fair in London (1868) and the Central Canada Exhibition in Ottawa (1888) were major livestock events as the growth of seed stock in the livestock business expanded. In the Western Provinces infancy, the first livestock show was established in Brandon in 1882. The grand-daddy of all the early fall shows was the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair established in Toronto by the lake and rail yards in 1922 and still remains Eastern Canada’s top agricultural showcase today. Due to the need for railway transportation to move cattle any distance, many of the great shows established in cities which had kill plants and stockyards. The Chicago International Livestock show was established in 1900 and ran until 1971 at which time the stockyard closed; the show moved to Louisville and is known today as the N.A.I.L.E. In the same fashion of establishment, the American Royal Show in Kansas City began as a tent set up in stockyards, near a packing plant. Canada’s largest livestock show, Canadian Western Agribition, held in Regina during late November and the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado six weeks later, are North America’s “must attend” events where visitors from around the globe view and admire....true trade events. For many of us, “the yards” is a common phrase when speaking of the National Western, which was established in the early 1900’s. The building years of the early 1900’s saw departments of Agriculture in both Canada and the United States concentrate their efforts improving and expanding the livestock industry, especially the seed stock sector. They strived to establish agricultural societies to host fairs throughout the country and provided grants to assist with premium money and promotions. By the same measure, in post World War II years, government agricultural representatives helped to promote and establish 4-H clubs (FFA in the United States) in an effort to have every community with a club. These same representatives enforced the pedigree act where every bull used was to be tattooed, registered and possess a registration certificate produced by Canadian Livestock Records in Ottawa. It was the day of box cars, two and three ton trucks with decks, sleeping on straw beds, liners, curl combs, wide leather halters and showmen wearing ties. Associations, directors and personnel promoted the enhancement of shows and exhibitions to attract new membership and attendance grew in the same parallel. But times changed! Except for the provinces in Eastern Canada, where cattle are exhibited at summer fairs and exhibitions, the establishment of fall shows (quite a few of them have diminished and some have failed), have breeders concentrating on major fall events and exhibiting current year offspring. The average lifespan of a purebred breeder is around seven to nine years...the kids join 4-H at the age of ten and are usually weaned before twenty... as we age the enthusiasm must be generated by our children...the next generation. 4-H has declined, so have breeder numbers as rural population has aged in general, and our youth have left the farm to find a much easier way of life in urban centers of Canada. Livestock is labor intensive and showing cattle is highly intensive... moreover, finding capable young people to work and prepare cattle for exhibition is getting more difficult each year. Today, virtually no one wants to spend all fall halter breaking, as gone are the days when everything was halter broke and led into the sale ring.
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The largest prohibitive is the cost of exhibiting your product. Throughout the building years, the Canadian government subsidized fairs through prize money under the Hayes Classification. This prize money was a huge benefit to breeders defraying costs, as many of the exhibitors could virtually break even exhibiting throughout the summer circuit. The cost of exhibiting an animal at Agribition, Canada’s largest and most attended livestock exhibition, ranges in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars. So there lies the question...how many should I get ready and stand eighth out of ten? During that week the average price of a hotel room is $170.00 (two hundred bucks with tax and parking)...that’s the special Agribition rate, with no bartering or discount rates ... that same room is much more reasonable any other time of year...it’s a bloody rip-off! Over the past two decades, the direction of our breed associations have slanted their members to the technical side of the industry. Numbers and data seemed much more important than creating enthusiasm at breed events. Unlike Canada so far, our neighbors to the south use these numbers in evaluating and placing cattle at their major shows. I sat in Denver for two days watching a judge select animals by their numbers...the most boring show I have ever attended, we could virtually pick the top three placings before the class entered the ring...it would drive a man to drink...numbers are for marketing and selection, not the show ring. Of course, breeders with a few years of experience can recall the days when frame score was the only selection criteria, a class started with the biggest and tallest and downsized to last position. Some of the high grossing, high averaging bull sales are held by breeders who do not exhibit cattle except for maybe their kids in 4-H...how can this be...some do not even attend a major show. Does this mean that showing cattle is not effective marketing or are the shows not attracting the actual market of those who choose not to exhibit? In the majority of cases, breeders who do not show and are successful are big print advertisers. But we must learn from our past! As in some societies, wives (some had more than one) were chosen on visual appraisal, attractiveness and demeanor, rather than numbers or pedigree. Forerunners in the cattle industry, also visually selected cattle from the British Isles and brought them to our founding nation in order to expand and improve the quality of the beef we eat. Even Continental cattle, in later years, were all visually selected for North America. We have surpassed a century of shows with judges making decisions on which individual or individuals are best suited for the industry. During the past century, attendees to events often did not agree with the judges’ selections, but rather, discovered their own herds or individuals that would start or change the direction of their livestock program. Judging criteria is simply phenotype - body shape, breed characteristics, size and volume. This visual criteria is used around the world in every commercial sale barn that brokers cattle, whether they are stockers, feeders, butcher bulls or D3’s and will continue to be used after I am long gone. Showing cattle is hands-on marketing...you can visit with those who stop by and peruse your herd on display. Although you can have displays with pictures and videos, there is no substitute for the real thing. Whether you like it or not, one must still advertise, since not all of your potential and current customers are in attendance, but the mere fact that you exhibited at Agribition carries a lot of weight with foreign visitors. In addition to the marketing factor, showing cattle allows you the opportunity to compare your program to that of your fellow breeders. Major shows give exhibitors and visitors alike, an opportunity to view and compare the top animals from each individual herd in one common area. Showing cattle adds family values. Through 4-H or junior years, parents assist their children in their young years and as they progress into their mid teens, they add intense value to a cattle operation, adding a dimension of labor and ideas... working and bonding with all members of the family. Youngsters learn the glamour of victory and the agony of defeat along with other family members and fellow competitors. Children that are raised in an agricultural setting around livestock have a higher level of work ethics and family values that those raised in an urban environment. Unless you have been on a secluded island away from civilization, you must know how strong the cattle market is, as record prices are achieved each week. This rising phenomenon is and will attract new members to the livestock fraternity, members who might be of a different color or race...they will want to read about it...then see it! For the last hundred years, livestock shows have been designed to attract new breeders and youth to our industry ... we must realize that visual appraisal is the fulcrum in purchasing the product.
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Fall Ration Planning Summer 2014
As forage harvest gets further along it is important to have a plan for that feed as you move into the fall season. As beef prices seem to be continuing to climb, planning your feed usage to maximize your return for next year’s calf crop can help to bring your operation to the next level. As is the nature of farming, Mother Nature can be difficult to control. This year’s wet weather has meant that some of the crop has been pushed into later harvest dates, directly affecting the nutrient composition. Harvesting silages can be affected in the same way and this year has left producers in many areas tight on harvesting windows. Anticipating these tight harvesting windows can lead to some rather unique decisions and in years like these, harvest gets pushed sooner and the crop often put up at higher moistures than producers typically would like to see. Delaying harvest has been a major issue this year; especially with the hay crop. It is well known that as plant maturity increases, the digestibility decreases. What can we do about this? From a nutritional stand point there are many options. The key is identifying the best time to feed the poor quality forage; the time when it will have the least impact on fetus growth and milk production. Feeding cows the poorest feed just after weaning (when the cow is essentially in a natural rest period), but before the last trimester can help to use up this feed, with the least impact on cow and calf health. That said, producers should always be aiming for good body condition scores heading into the winter. It is a lot easier to manage body condition from a score of 5 to 6 than from a 3 or 4, and this can’t be overlooked when preparing for the winter months. It can all come down to a bit of a balancing act, so when we producers use this poorer feed it is crucial to know what you are feeding. Getting feed sampled to show what you have to work with will pay huge dividends. Many times producers realize they have a feed quality issue too late and the cows have already eaten a fair amount of this feed; they’ve lost weight and condition and the producer is left trying to play catch up. The more you can know ahead of time the better you can plan the timing of feeding and managing your forages.
herd to maximize live calves will pay off more than ever. When producers find themselves with poorer quality feed, supplementing the cows with additional energy and protein can also help to breakdown this roughage and get more nutrition from it. With grains trading well off of the historical highs, incorporating grain mixes into a ration with poor roughage can bring the total nutrient intake of the cow up, resulting in healthier calves and better milking cows. On the other side of the maturity issue is the challenge with high moisture silages. Over the past few years the droughts that have hit parts of Canada (and the resulting feed shortages) means that more and more producers are moving towards double cropping fields and are looking for alternative roughages to fill the gap. The result of this is a lot of forage being harvested fairly late in the year when the drying conditions are poor or by using by-products. These can be great options when incorporated properly. However, one of the big issues producers are faced with when they use these forages, is the volume of feed required by the cow to meet basic nutritional needs. For example, a 1500 pound cow eating 2.5% of her bodyweight needs 37.5 pounds of dry feed daily. Some of the oatlage and sorghum silages now being used have tested in the 20-30% DM range. This means that a cows eating a diet within this moisture range, needs to eat between 125 -187 pounds a day to hit her dry matter intake based on the moisture content. This can be a fair bit to ask of these cows and as a result can leave these cows struggling to maintain body condition for calving and rebreeding. Options for solving the moisture issues can be as simple as incorporating a ration that mixes the wetter feeds off with drier feeds. At the end of the day, a producer’s best tool to manage these feed challenges is to know what is in them to begin with and creating a balanced ration based on forage tests. As the harvest season continues to present timing challenges, the best way to control this is testing feed to get a head start at developing a strategy to use it in your operation. This is crucial to getting your next calf crop off and running, and maintaining the condition of your existing herd. Analysing where you are at with your forages and what you might be missing, can get your calf crop to the next level.
With the increase in the markets, managing your cow
Jason Hurst Beef Technical Sales Masterfeeds LP BEEF
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e c n e r e f n o C r o i n u J 2014 National n a w e h c t a k s a S , n o o t Saska July 24 - 26, 2014
CONFORMATION COMMERCIAL DIVISION YEARLING HEIFERS 1. Jaxon Payne, Lloydminster, SK with Hot Tamale sired by Eye Candy 1. Cassie Matthews, Olds, AB with Auto Adrian sired by S A V Brand Name 9115 TWO YEAR OLD COW/CALF PAIR 1. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with Amaglen Zany sired by Anchor B The Shmooze MATURE COW/CALF PAIR 1. Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB with EXLR Radiant 056X sired by Rito 6EM3 of 4L1 Emblazon
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Jaxon Payne, Lloydminster, SK with Hot Tamale sired by Eye Candy
GRAND CHAMPION MARKET STEER Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with Tate
GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB with EXLR Radiant 056X sired by Rito 6EM3 of 4L1 Emblazon
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION MARKET STEER Riley Bohrson, Hanley, SK with Atom GRAND CHAMPION PROSPECT STEER Austin Porter, Wainwright, AB with Teddy Bear
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OPEN DIVISION HEIFER CALVES 1. Brandon Hollingsworth, Orono, ON with B Bar Urban Girl 2B sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z 2. Ryley Noble, Lloydminster, SK with Cottage Lake Blurred Line sired by RPY Paynes Marathon 47U
YEARLING HEIFERS SPLIT 1 1. Alexander Kozroski, Gull Lake, SK with JYF Allure 52A sired by Wulfs Yalton 7480Y 2. Riley Keller, Fir Mountain, SK with JYF Apricot 96A sired by Wulfs Warden N502W SPLIT 2 1. Leah Beeching, Lloydminster, SK with Greenwood PLD Addiction sired by Wulfs Revolver 1219R 2. Rachelle Ormiston, Courtice, ON with B Bar Urban Girl 38A sired by Wulfs Tibon T750T MATURE COW/CALF PAIR 1. Cadence Haaland, Hanley, SK with Wulfs Trustworthy 7060T sired by Wulfs Ransom 3059R
YEARLING HEIFER 1. Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB with Ivy’s Sadie sired by TMF Napolean 734N 2. Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Abby 574A sired by TMF Yellow Jacket 32Y
CHAMPION JUNIOR AND SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE Lindsey Papenhuyzen, Stony Plain, AB with CL You’re Simply The Best sired by RPY LA Warden 26W
CHAMPION BRED & OWNED FEMALE Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB with Ivy’s Sadie sired by TMF Napolean 734N
CHAMPION FEMALE - OPEN DIVISION Leah Beeching, Lloydminster, SK with Greenwood PLD Addiction sired by Wulfs Revolver 1219R
RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR AND RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE Jayden Payne, Lloydminster, SK with Greenwood Young N Restless sired by TMF Westwood 505W RESERVE CHAMPION BRED & OWNED FEMALE Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Abby 574A sired by TMF Yellow Jacket 32Y
RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE OPEN DIVISION Rachelle Ormiston, Courtice, ON with B Bar Urban Girl 38A sired by Wulfs Tibon T750T PUREBRED DIVISION HEIFER CALF 1. Ryley Bielecki, Paradise Hill, SK with RCN Boardwalk sired by Greenwood PLD Zambuka 2. Lindsey Papenhuyzen, Stony Plain, AB with Cottage Lake Blue Orchid sired by RPY Paynes Elvis 34X
CHAMPION BULL - OPEN DIVISION Taylor Richard, Lloydminster, SK with RCN Boondock sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46 BRED & OWNED CHAMPION BULL Nicole Bielecki, Paradise Hill, SK with RCN Bojangles sired by RCN Zeplin
YEARLING HEIFER 1. Lindsey Papenhuyzen, Stony Plain, AB with Cottage Lake Alone With You sired by EXLR Total Impact 054T 2. Nicole Bielecki, Paradise Hill, SK with RCN Addicted To Love sired by Greenwood PLD Xtra Charge TWO YEAR OLD COW/CALF PAIR 1. Riley Bohrson, Hanley, SK with Anchor B Zahara sired by Anchor B Great West MATURE COW/CALF PAIR 1. Lindsey Papenhuyzen, Stony Plain, AB with CL You’re Simply The Best sired by RPY LA Warden 26W 2. Jayden Payne, Lloydminster, AB with Greenwood Young N Restless sired by TMF Westwood 505W
RESERVE CHAMPION BULL - OPEN DIVISION Ryley Nobel, Lloydminster, SK with Cottage Lake Breaking In sired by CFLX Wildcard BRED AND OWNED DIVISION HEIFER CALF 1. Lindsey Papenhuyzen, Stony Plain, AB with Cottage Lake Bottom’s Up sired by SL Bullet Proof 2. Curtis Bielecki, Paradise Hill, SK with RCN Bombshell sired by RCN Zeplin
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RESERVE BRED & OWNED CHAMPION BULL Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Bodacious sired by MAGS YIP
4-H DIVISION YEARLING HEIFER 1. Cassie Matthews, Olds, AB with Pinnacles All Excited sired by AHCC Westwind 2. Kaitlyn Davery, Westbourne, MB with Jaymarandy Hera sired by RPY Raynes Game Day 59U
JUNIOR 1. Christina Franks 2. Alexandra Kozroski
JUNIOR 1. Jules Smyth 2. Julie Darling
TWO YEAR OLD COW/CALF PAIR 1. Curtis Bielecki, Paradise Hill, SK with RCN Zula sired by HSF Wat-Cha Swingers Club
INTERMEDIATE 1. Leah Beeching 2. Cheyenne Porter
CHAMPION 4-H DIVISION Cassie Matthews, Olds, AB with Pinnacles All Excited sired by AHCC Westwind
SENIOR 1. Brandon Hertz 2. Bailey McConnell
INTERMEDIATE 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Ashley McConnell SENIOR 1. Brandon Hollingsworth 2. Brandon Hertz INDUSTRY QUIZ
JUNIOR 1. Cadence Haaland 2. Riley Bohrson RESERVE CHAMPION 4-H DIVISION Curtis Bielecki, Paradise Hill, SK with RCN Zula sired by HSF Wat-Cha Swingers Club
INTERMEDIATE 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Ashley McConnell
JUNIOR 1. Riley Bohrson 2. Jules Smyth
SENIOR 1. Brandon Hertz 2. Bailey McConnell
INTERMEDIATE 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Nicole Bielecki
SENIOR 1. Jayden Payne 2. Brandon Hertz TEAM JUDGING
PEE WEE CHAMPIONS Austin Porter & Sienna Bohrson JUNIOR 1. Christina Franks 2. Jules Smyth INTERMEDIATE 1. Cassie Matthews 2. Kaitlyn Davey SENIOR 1. Lindsey Papenhuyzen 2. Jayden Payne
JUNIOR 1. Riley Bohrson & Cadence Haaland 2. Julie Darling & Alexander Koroski INTERMEDIATE 1. Brittany Hirschfeld & Jaxon Payne 2.Angus Smyth & Jules Smyth SENIOR 1. Brandon Hertz & Chase Miller 2. Taylor Richards & Jayden Payne
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TEAM GROOMING CHAMPIONS Jayden Payne, Ashley McConnell, Riley Keller and Cadence Haaland
TEAM GROOMING RESERVE CHAMPIONS Chase Miller, Jaxon Payne and Riley Bohrson SHOWMANSHIP
CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOWPERSON Jules Smyth
RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE SHOWPERSON Nicole Bielecki
CHAMPION SENIOR SHOWPERSON Taylor Richards
RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR SHOWPERSON Lindsey Papenhuyzen
RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOWPERSON Julie Darling
GRAND AGGREGATE JUNIOR Riley Bohrson GRAND AGGREGATE INTERMEDIATE Cheyenne Porter
GRAND AGGREGATE SENIOR Brandon Hertz CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE SHOWPERSON Jaxon Payne
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SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Anne Burgess, on behalf of the Jeanne Locke Family, presented the Sportsmanship Award to Caroyln Darling
The Junior paticipants received a donation for $3,643.68 from Bryan Kostiuk and Ted Serhienko representing the T Bar Invitational.
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.
Lead Poisoning Lead is one of the most common causes of poisoning in pastured cattle and is responsible for untold economic losses to the cattle industry every year. For most of us, this is probably a surprising statistic. Surely there are worse things than lead out there?! The use of lead by industry is much less than it used to be. There are no more lead pipes or lead in our gas, but it is still present in many materials and often forgotten about. For livestock, lead-acid batteries used in vehicles represent the most common source. Old batteries discarded in the field or forgotten dumps, or old vehicles parked in pastures are likely sources. I discovered an abandoned dump on our home pasture several years ago and pulled three old batteries out. Two in the first year and one that appeared two years later pushed up with the spring thaw. Grease, old used oil from the leaded gasoline days, plastics, pesticides, fishing sinkers, metal flashing, tar paper, old shingles, linoleum, caulking material and paint represent a partial list of other sources. Nowadays, lead is no longer used in paint manufacturing, but all paints and varnishes manufactured before 1980 are suspect. Cattle are naturally curious and will lick or chew on almost anything. They are especially attracted to lead and will continue to chew on it because it tastes like salt. That is why it is very common to find fine shards of lead in the forestomach of poisoned cattle pointing to an actual feeding rather than just a lick or two. Once in the stomach the lead is dissolved and absorbed into the blood stream. Poisonings can be gradual resulting in a variety of clinical signs, or can result in sudden death of otherwise healthy animals. A single cow or calf may be affected or, in extreme cases, 10 or 20 animals may be lost. We recently lost two adult cows to lead poisoning, because I had forgotten about the likely presence of lead-containing paint on older farm implements. For a few years I have been using two tire rims from an old hay wagon as salt or mineral block holders. I like to keep the blocks off of the ground so they don’t dissolve as quickly when it rains. My problems did not occur until the salt began to rust the wheels and caused the old paint to flake off. Not replacing the salt blocks until they were nearly out of salt undoubtedly was also a contributing factor. The first cow was sick with what appeared to be pneumonia for a couple of days before dying while the second, a promising 3–year old, was found dead in the pasture. A scraping of paint and rust confirmed the presence of lead on the rim. Now I wish I had just left the salt blocks on the ground; especially considering the recent value of cows Lead poisoning can be tricky to diagnose since not all of the clinical signs will be manifested in each case and
several of the clinical signs may be associated with other conditions. Younger cattle are more likely to display signs of acute lead poisoning: incoordination, blindness, teeth grinding, convulsions, snapping eyelids, salivation and muscle tremors. Older cattle may display more gastrointestinal signs – off-feed, constipation early on with the potential for diarrhea later, teeth grinding and perhaps frothing at the mouth. Depression, blindness, incoordination, and head pressing may also be seen. Cattle having difficulty swallowing may develop pneumonia and some individuals may have an elevated body temperature. Lead can also cross the placenta and be excreted in the milk causing abortion and poisoning of nursing calves. Most animals die within 12 – 24 hours of the onset of clinical signs, less acutely affected animals may take 4 to 5 days to die. Once an animal shows signs of lead poisoning treatment is not likely to be effective. Injections of thiamin may lessen the nervous signs and drenching with epsom salts may reduce the absorption of lead from the rumen or speed its passage out of the body. Calcium disodium edetate may also help to reduce the amount of calcium in the animal’s system. Regardless of the protocol, several days of treatment are usually required. Post-mortems of sudden or unexplained deaths are always a good idea to protect the herd. Blood, liver and kidney levels as well as lesions in the brain will confirm the diagnosis. Your vet may also identify shards of lead in the forestomach particularly the rumen and reticulum. It is always a good idea to check pastures; especially, new ones for potential hazards. Be leery of those with old cars or farm equipment parked in them. Several months may be required to clear lead from the body following consumption regardless of whether clinical signs were seen or not. Contaminated cattle entering the foodchain represent a risk to human health and with traceback technology you could be held liable. Blood lead levels can be monitored in exposed cattle to determine when they are safe to enter the food chain. Some animals seem to be able to tolerate lead more than others and may be found to have blood lead concentrations in excess of 0.35 ppm (parts per million), a level consistent with acute poisoning, without clinical signs. Lead poisoning is often identified on well managed farms probably because they are vigilant. What can be more frustrating than the actual loss is the knowledge that exposure to lead was your fault.
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Brent Evans Jen-Daview Limousin Stud, Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia Being one of the recipients of the international travel award at the Mandayen National Limousin Camp was simply amazing and what I would call a life changing moment. In November 2013 I departed the small town of Kingaroy, Queensland that I call home, and was on my way to Edmonton, Canada. I knew it was all so real when 15 hours after departing Australia we landed in a very white and cold Canada. The shock really hit when Mum and I walked off the air conditioned plane into a frozen airport. It was well and truly time to find some BIG coats and thermal underclothes. The first couple of days of our trip we were part of the “Inbound Buyer Program” run by Farmfair International. During this time we travelled to multiple Stud beef cattle operations, including Angus, Hereford and Limousin studs. We also travelled to a feedlot, alfalfa plant and a robotic dairy and learnt so much about general agricultural practices being used in Canada. From this program we travelled to Bercol Limousin stud. Here we only saw their fall calving cows. However this was an eye opener straight away. We saw Apricot, Red and Black cows most of which were polled. All of these cows were big capacity and powerful females, while they still maintained their overall feminine appearance. We were talked through their general breeding practices, as well as farming practices they were using. Not only were the cattle so impressive but the people were so welcoming and answered all the questions. From the first day we realized that a bit of Aussie slang and an Australian accent would get you a long way. Over the next day and a half we travelled to Angus and Hereford studs, and saw one of Canada’s largest Feedlots. To drive around a feedlot and not see any humps (Brahmans) was an eye opener for me. There weren’t a lot of Limousin cattle fed at this feedlot, however the ones that were powered ahead in muscle and growth, the cattle are generally being fed for 170 days and receive a flat rate price per pound live weight at the ramp. At that particular time they were receiving about $5.20/kg live weight in Australia. The same day we also toured Nilsson Brothers selling complex. Here we saw a lot of young Limousin influenced calves being offered. Once again prices were phenomenal, talking to some producers they were getting in excess of $1000 for 6 to 8 month old weaner steers. The Nilssons are one of the leading selling companies in Canada. Not only are they agents but also run large backgrounding and dealing operations. They lead the way in technology with their drafting and pen up systems, and all of their sales are broadcasted and operated over the internet and can be purchased from the web. The next few days we spent at Farmfair International. From first walking into the complex we knew it was going to be an amazing experience. To see so many beef cattle inside of one conference centre, along with trade displays and rodeo arenas was an eye opener. To walk around the cattle sheds and see the quality of stock being presented, was when I knew there was really something to take back home from here.We met Limousin breeders from across Canada, cattle were being exhibited from Saskatchewan, British Columbia and locally from Alberta. The cattle were all of top quality, however different to the cattle we had seen at Bercol a couple of days earlier. The cattle were generally a lot more moderate framed, power packed and early maturing. The presentation of the cattle was by far second to none. I learnt so much just by watching the fitters as they worked in the chutes. To adequately prepare an animal to walk into the ring, it is required that at least 4 fitters are on the animal. It’s all so worthwhile to see the end product walk around the ring, glow under lights and ultimately be slapped as the grand champion. Over the first few days at Farmfair we met some of the leading Limousin Breeders from Canada and committee members and made lifelong business partners and lifelong friends. We witnessed events such as Legends of the Fall where calves from that year’s show cows go out and compete for one of the most prestigious calf titles around. This year Angus dominated the championship awards.We watched judging from multiple different breeds, including multiple national shows. This year was the Limousin National show. We witnessed what I would call some of the best Limousin cattle there is to be offered internationally. This was the first time we laid eyes on the style of Black Limousin cattle we are going to strive to breed. Soft, easy doing, power packed, good boned and structurally sound all wrapped up in a black polled body. After this we watched the Headliner All Breed sale. Here we saw Limousin dominate the sale with a Bull calf sell for $12,300, and heifer for $10,250. This sale is a multi-breed sale that combines a show section. There is a panel of 3 judges to adjudicate there decision on each individual breed followed by their champions. Prize money is paid to the seller and buyer. This year a Limousin breeder sold his heifer for $10,250, she was a class winner giving her $100 prize money, she then was 3rd overall for another $700 prize money. This vendor purchased the grand champion heifer of the competition for $4,000, meaning he also won another $5,000 cash. Celebrations were all round that night. The following day we watched the Alberta Supreme Show. This is run on a similar basis to our interbreed championships Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 25
at Sydney or EKKA. The only difference is the prizes. The supreme champion male and female received a Dodge Ram truck, “to drive the highways and remind people who won the Alberta Supreme in 2013” as the announcer quoted during the reception. This then wrapped up our time at Farmfair. We then commenced our travels to Regina for Agribition. We were lucky enough to have been introduced to Canadian Limousin Representative Anne Burgess, who had organised for us to travel with her and tour some of the leading studs and tourist destinations along the way. This year was a rare opportunity to see the 2 stock shows in such a short period. The first day we stopped at Fouillards Limousin, they run a mainly Full Blood cow herd. Once again these cows were big framed cows. They were at the end of their calving period. That morning their last calf was born for the season. We were shown through their barn where we saw Greenwood Zambuka whose semen was imported into Australia last year. We also got to see many of their females and one of their first calf heifers who gave them twins; she earned herself a spot in the barn and out of the cold. Their cows were a pleasure to see and walk through. From here, we noticed some common things in the Limousin cattle we had seen. The breeding herds contained big cows, packed full of power and capacity. The docility of the cows was really good, as there were large groups of people walking through them and the cattle did not worry about us. As their cattle are hand fed almost 7 months of the year in most cases, it is important to have good docility and temperament. That afternoon we visited Highland Stock Farms. This herd was almost the opposite to Fouillards. The cows were a lot more moderate in frame and style, this herd was mainly black Homo Polled cattle. The ranch itself was beautiful, the pine trees draped with snow along the driveway, set the scene for what was to come. They were preparing for their upcoming sale. We got to view their yearling bulls for the sale and the heifers that they had to offer. The Highland females particularly were around the 90% Limousin content so they were a lot more moderate in size. From the feed yards where the sale cattle were, we moved to the Highland breeding herd. However, we were not able to take the usual farm truck, so we took the more appropriate vehicle in the Hummer. It was an unreal experience to be ploughing through 30 cm of snow, compared to the red dust trail we left behind in Australia. That night we made our way to Banff, known for its scenic mountains and skiing slopes. We spent the next day touring beautiful Lake Louise and surrounding areas. Lake Louise, located in the mountains, freezes completely solid in the winter, allowing ice sculpture competitions to be held along with the typical ice skating competitions as well. After our day in Banff and Lake Louise we continued our journey to Regina. Our next stop was Ivy Livestock. The team at Ivy were so welcoming to us and made us quite at home for the short time we were there. We started off by looking around the home ranch. Here we saw their yearling bulls and heifers. Viewing these cattle was extremely impressive; the bulls were red meat machines, they had great muscle and body shape, good structures and the docility of the calves was second to none. The heifers were so feminine, however, they were still well muscled. From here we moved to the breeder paddock. Once again this was another great experience to drive around a 2000 acre agistment paddock viewing cows in the snow. In this particular paddock there were 400 cows combining commercial and stud cows owned by Ivy Livestock and other family members. As per usual, the big named cows we were looking to see were the last to find. However, one very special cow we could not find but she was later located, great relief for all those that have experienced this cow during her lifetime. From Ivy livestock, we continued the journey to Regina for Agribition. Although the trip was quite long it was good to see the landscape of the country. As we got closer to Regina the snow started to disappear; not completely, but was a lot less than what we had previously seen in Edmonton. The cattle are able to forage through the snow with their noses before it completely covers over. The snow is not a water source to the cattle, as most farmers have heated water troughs for the stock to drink from and is heated all year round. After this long but very enjoyful trip, with the great host and General Manager of the Canadian Limousin Association Anne Burgess, we arrived in Regina. As per in Australia, the different provinces there is similar rivalry to the State of Origin in Australia. The picture that was being painted by the people we dealt with in Edmonton was far worse than what Regina actually was. The following day was our first day at Agribition. As per any event or cattle show I attend, it’s straight to the Limousin aisles to see the teams that were prepared for this event and, once again, view the champions that we had seen the week before. Although most of the studs had made the long journey from Farmfair to Agribiton, there were some new cattle that we hadn’t seen prior to now. From the Limo aisles, we moved around the cattle sheds viewing all the breeds and seeing the variances between the cattle that are being bred in Australia compared to what was being bred and prepared in Canada. There was a lot more trade displays at Agribition so it did not take much for the time to pass throughout the day. The next day was Limo judging day. By now we had a rough idea on what the Canadians were looking for in their show cattle, allowing us to attempt to pick the way the judge would place the stock and compare them to how we would place them in Australia. Similar champions rose to the top as what had done so in Edmonton the previous week. That night the Canadian Limousin Breeders held the Solid Gold Limo Sale. Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 26
Prior to the sale, there was presentation for the show cattle of the year. Accolades were handed out to the Show Bull of the year, the Show Cow of the year, the Show Sire of the year and Show Dam of the year, along with the presentation from that days judging. Some of the awards were quite obvious, like the Show Bull of the year award; however some breeders were quite surprised when their show cow crept to the top by minimal points. After the presentation it was time for the long awaited sale. This sale was also an eye opener. We witnessed a renowned show bull top the sale at $31,000 and the heifers again in advance of $9,000. However, the standout of the sale was the support that was handed out to a fellow junior breeder by the big named Limousin Studs in Canada. One of the final lots into the ring was a junior Limousin member’s heifer. She was a lovely young heifer however as she didn’t have one of the big named Stud prefixes in front her name she was not sought after by a lot of people. It was a real eye opener to see two senior Limousin breeders support the junior stud and make sure the heifer made what she was worth. After talking to some of the breeders it was said this was done to keep the future of our breed alive and healthy. The Canadian breeders are quite close knit. They offer support to anyone in their breed, they attend each other’s sale and field days for support. The next day we watched more cattle judging of other breeds, as well some other sales. We were able to mix a lot more with the Limo breeders as they were a lot more relaxed now the show day and sale were over. Once again the people were great to talk to and so helpful with any questions that we had. We were also able to give them a run down on the Cattle industry of Australia and how we run our stud and our future with the Limousin breed. From these discussions and much deliberation the deal was made to buy embryos out of the champion Show cow CJSL XCITE 353X. We decided that there would be no better way to start the Jen-Daview Black Limousin herd than with this particular cow. We are really excited to what these genetics can do to our stud and what we can have to offer fellow Limousin breeders in Australia. The following day was the final day of Agribition which meant for the big Day of RBC Supreme judging. What an eye opener this turned out to be. We witnessed the best of the best from across Canada and the USA all walk into the ring together to witness who would be slapped as the RBC Supreme Champion for 2014. As International guests we were invited to a reception and the best seats in the house to witness this. 2014 saw a Charolais cow that travelled all the way from Texas USA be slapped as the Supreme Female, and a Red Angus bull be slapped as the Supreme Male. After the announcements it was time to say farewell to some of the new people that we had met from both Australia and Canada, which we can call lifelong friends and business partners with Jen-Daview Limousin Stud. The international award program being run by the Australian Limousin Breeders is one not to be missed. Without the support and opportunity by our breed committee it would not have been possible for me to go when I did. I strongly advise all Junior Limousin members in Australia to take the chance as I did, you never know what is over the horizon. I want to thank everyone that has gotten me to where I am today, from the start the support I have had from my parents David and Jenny and brother Corey and close friends has and always will be irreplaceable, the QLD Limousin breeders where I was first announced the QLD Limousin youth ambassador and opportunity to travel to Albury for the National Camp, the Australian Limousin Breeders Association along with the Junior camp committee for running such a successful and supportive camp, along with allowing me the opportunity to travel to Canada. I would also like to thank Alex Macdonald from the Australian Limousin Breeders and Anne Burgess from Canada for their support and for allowing Jenny to travel with me and experience the trip and for us to gain knowledge together and bring back and implement into our operations. I look forward to travelling back to Canada in the future to tour more Limousin studs and attend Farmfair and Agribition.
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A Place for Family and Fantastic Beef Gordon Kozroski, Kozroski Family Feeders By Piper Whelan
Gordon Kozroski’s family arrived in the eastern part of Saskatchewan’s Cypress Hills when two sets of great-grandparents homesteaded in the area — one with a veteran’s quarter that became the place Kozroski now calls home. “They came here, they worked hard, and they survived,” Kozroski explains. “Over the years we’ve managed to hang onto all the land and acquire a little more. We rent some right alongside us. We’ve got about three miles of the valley here, so we’ve got a nice place where we can move large groups of cattle from one pasture to the next.” Located 20 miles southwest of Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Kozroski Family Feeders raises commercial cattle along the valley of Bone Creek. In 1982, Kozroski’s father set up a 400-head feedlot and a couple of silos on their farm. Later, they increased the feedlot capacity to 750. Growing up, Kozroski began working on the farm at a young age. “I did manage to play hockey and football, “he says, “and got away for two weeks every summer, which was nice. I used to get to go to hockey school for a week and then summer camp for a week.” Today, Kozroski is the main operator of the family farm, though his father, Dennis, is still involved and has “a significant portion of the cow herd.” The next generation is becoming involved with the farm, as Kozroski’s three children, ages 15, 13, and 10, are learning about life in the cattle business. Kozroski’s herd consists of around 450 Black Angus cows, “two-thirds of which are pretty young. We AI’d 160 heifers two years in a row a couple years ago, so we rejuvenated the herd significantly, just in time, apparently, for the price to get better.” As for his breeding program, Kozroski has bought Limousin bulls from Kelly Yorga at Flintoff, Saskatchewan for 17 years. The family’s introduction to the Limousin breed, however, came from a cattle-savvy neighbour. “Down the valley from us lived a classic ranch matriarch — the really smart, hardworking, thoughtful, leader-type ranch woman,” he recalls. “She really focused on the breeding part of their operation … She called my dad up and said ‘You know, I’ve got this bull, you’ve got to come and get him. He’ll do wonders on your black cows.’ So my dad went and got him, and we never looked back.” Kozroski selects herd sires for moderate birth weights — “around 90 pounds, under 100 for sure” — as well as for desirable weaning weights and carcass traits. When it comes to replacements females, he looks for “low-maintenance” heifers. Most of their replacement females are Black Angus, which he purchases as calves and raises in his feedlot. “I think the Limo-Angus cross produces really nice calves, and between the carcass and the feedlot performance, I think they’re quite a desirable animal. And the actual meat itself is really good.” “I believe the Angus-Limo cross is the best way to go, because you’ve got the finer fibre of the meat from the Limo and the carcass yield from the Limo, and you’ve got the marbling from the Angus, and it really is great beef. So I’m convinced that it’s probably the best thing to produce.” “I think the Limousin breed is going to bring the kind of carcass traits — for example, rib eye area and yield — those kinds of carcass traits are going to be important in the future of the Canadian beef business, and also their focus on the tenderness will probably pay off.” His enthusiasm for producing quality beef led Kozroski to being named the 2013 Saskatchewan Commercial Limousin Breeder of the Year. Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 28
“I was very proud to receive that award,” he says, noting that it was very special for him to have his three kids with him when he was present the award at last year’s Agribition. “We’re kind of isolated out here working; you don’t know what people think of your cattle. So it was a really nice validation of what we do out here.” The last time the family received such an award was in 1996, when his father brought a pen of 10 replacements females to Agribition as a one-off, and took home the Reserve Champion honours. In addition to raising cattle, Kozroski’s other line of work connects him to the agricultural community in a different way. He became an agricultural real estate agent five years ago, after watching a neighbouring ranch sell twice in ten years. “It was apparent to me that there was a lack of knowledgeable agricultural real estate agents out there. And people who were dealing with real estate agents in this part of the province seemed to be disappointed by the people who they had. They didn’t like getting their boots dirty or driving on gravel roads.” With his familiarity with maps and paperwork from his ten years as an army officer and his agricultural background, this career became a good fit for him. “I’ve been able to get along very, very well with everybody, and my clients have all been quite happy with me.” At the moment, Kozroski plans to maintain the size of his herd for the foreseeable future. “This is the number of cows we can handle with the grass we have, until we either find more grass or I fine-tune the rotational grazing to the point where we can handle a few more.” With livestock price insurance taken care of for his calf crop in the fall, things are looking bright for Kozroski and his herd. “I think Saskatchewan’s got a great future. It’s kind of hard to get into the cattle business right now, so I think those of us who are established are going to be in good shape,” he predicts. “If grain prices don’t take off, then cattle prices will continue to rock this year, and I’m excited about that.” Kozroski’s favourite part of raising cattle is the life it provides him with: “I love the lifestyle and the independence.” His wife, Clare, is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, and just finished a year as the president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association. “She is the only doctor in Gull Lake and is well loved,” Kozroski explains. “I convinced her that there was no better place to raise a family and she eventually agreed and married me.” He especially values the opportunity it gives him to teach his children the skills he learned growing up. “I’m really, really happy with the way my kids are coming along,” he says brightly, his voice full of parental pride. “They’re in lots of sports, and then when they’re home I teach them how to do things, and they’re really stepping up in terms of their confidence and ability. They’re really doing a great job. I’m really proud of them.”
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On behalf of the Alberta Limousin Association I would like to extend a thank you to everyone who came and took part in the 2nd Annual ALA Field Day Saturday June 14 in Erskine, Stettler and Rumsey this year. A big thank you to all of those who sponsored a table at the event or donated a door prize, your generosity is greatly appreciated! We gathered almost 80 people for a full day of touring through three purebred Limousin Herds including Combest Limousin, Imperial Ranch and Richmond Ranch. The evening brought on an eventful night of good “Funny Money” casino fun with lots of prizes, a steak supper, and our annual ALA Calendar Auction. Thank you to everyone who bid/purchased a page. We look forward to continuing on this great summer tradition of touring cattle and celebrating everything our Limousin Breed has to offer in the future. In regards to other Alberta Limousin happenings our juniors recently held their show in conjunction with the Olds Summer Synergy activities, congratulations to all exhibitors who represented the Limousin breed so well. With Fall just around the corner we are busy planning our annual Bonanza Gold Show to be held once again at Farmfair. Farmfair International runs November 4-9 with the Limousin show being held on Thursday, November 6. Watch for entries to open the beginning of September. We look forward to seeing you in Edmonton. Wishing you all a great summer, Tiffany Richmond ALA Board Member
The Manitoba Provincial Limousin Show was held at the Harding Fair on July 18. An excellent show was organized and 37 Limousin animals were shown as part of the open division. Additionally the Junior Limousin Association held their annual show with 2 news members in attendance. A big thank you goes out to the Triple R Limousin & Cochrane Stock Farms junior division for their large contribution. I would like to thank the Harding Fair for hosting such a successful event and Judge Eric Boon for doing a great job of sorting over 150 head of pedigreed cattle of 4 different breeds. Harding Fair is an RBC Supreme qualifying show and the host of the Ron Sangster Memorial Award. It’s recipients are the Supreme Bull and Female of the Shows. This years Supreme Champion Bull was awarded to Jaymarandy Limousin with their bull MRA Cleveland 108Z-- with this he will represent the Harding Fair and the Limousin breed at the RBC Beef Supreme at Canadian Western Agribition. Additionally Jaymarandy Limousin won the Rocky Mountain Equipment Ultimate Beef Supreme that day as the best individual beef animal of the entire show. 2014 Manitoba events to watch for: The Manitoba Limousin Advantage Sale, Campbell Limousin Complete Dispersal and The Manitoba Livestock Expo November 4-6. Come and join us at Brandon Fair’s first class facilities for another great Limousin show. Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 30
Saskatchewan Limousin Association-Eric Boon The S.L.A held their 2014 Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon, SK in conjunction with the CJLA Conference. We had a nice turnout for the Friday evening meeting. CLA president Brian Lee and CLA General Manager Anne Brunet-Burgess were present to give updates from the CLA office. The 2014/2015 board of directors: President-Rhett Jones Vice-President-Lee Carpenter Secretary-Eric Boon Treasurer-Janet Hale Directors: Jeff Yorga, Bob Turner, Chris Qually, Eric Martens and Carey Hirschfeld Thank you to Kevin Rea and Terry Hepper for your years and commitment on the SLA board!
The CJLA Conference was a major highlight for the Limousin breed in Saskatchewan this summer. Chair Lee Carpenter and his committee put on a great show that brought 36 kids and 50 head from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Full show results can be found in the voice or on the CLA website. The National Limousin show will take place at Canadian Western Agribition this year. Show is on Thursday November 27, 2014 at 2:30pm in the Chevrolet GMC Stadium West. Judge for the day will be Gary Anderson of Bethune, SK. The “National” Solid Gold Sale will be Friday, November 28, 2014. Bohrson Marketing Services will be managing the sale so if you would like to consign contact Scott Bohrson at 403.370.3010 or Martin Bohrson at 306.220.7901. Rules:
We are planning a Limousin “Pick of the Barn” to follow the Limousin show on Thursday November 27, 2014. $10,000 Jackpot No sale cattle allowed Cattle to be nominated by the time of weigh in/ tattoos are being checked on the Sunday of Agribition Male or Females of any age can be nominated $200 to nominate an animal. Every additional animal an exhibitor wants to enter will be $50/head With the initial $200 fee a free membership is included Memberships: $100/ticket
Payout/Draw: Winning person has the option to take the animal or $5,000 cash If the animal is chosen the owner of the animal receives $10,000 If the $5,000 cash is chosen, the winning ticket holder still has to pick 1 animal. That exhibitor keeps the animal and receives $5,000. The 3rd Annual Western Select Limousin Sale will be Wednesday December 10, 2014 in Lloydminster, SK Bohrson Marketing Services will be managing the sale so if you would like to consign contact Scott Bohrson at 403.370.3010 or Martin Bohrson at 306.220.7901.
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QUEBEC NEWS At its AGM held May 4, 2014, in Drummondville, the Québec Limousin Association elected its new Board of Directors: Mr. Serge Dethier to the Presidency, Mr. Marcel McDuff Vice-President, Mr. Réjean Bédard, Denis Boulerice, Claude Lavallée, André Lussier, Eric Ratelle, Richard Renaud and Mario Simard, directors. Following the resignation of Mr. Luc Forcier from his position as administrator, all of the members of the Board expressed their appreciation for his involvement throughout the years and wished him all the best in his new endeavors. The Limousin Unique Station invites all interested breeders to enter their Limousin bulls (or any other breeds) by registering before September 8, 2014. All information concerning the station can be found at www.limousinquebec.com. You may also contact Claude Lavallée, Station Secretary at (514) 7546493 or email to: email@example.com. This year at Expo Boeuf in Victoriaville, all breeders with AI sired calves from the CIAQ/SEMEX line-up will have the opportunity to compete in a special conformation class where semen will be awarded. Good luck to the participants. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: September 7: UPA Open House. Your president and your Secretary are looking forward to seeing you at île Ste-Hélène with some of their Limousin animals. September 8: Deadline to register for the Limousin Unique Station bull test. October 10-11: Expo Boeuf and Beef Congress 2014. Don’t miss seeing entries from Ferme J.P.E.R. at the show. Until next time, Diane Joly firstname.lastname@example.org
NOUVELLES DU QUÉBEC Lors de son AGA tenue le 4 mai 2014 à Drummondville, l’Association des éleveurs Limousin du Québec a élu son nouveau conseil d’administration : M. Serge Dethier à la présidence, M. Marcel McDuff à la vice-présidence, M. Réjean Bédard, Denis Boulerice, Claude Lavallée, André Lussier, Éric Ratelle, Richard Renaud et Mario Simard , directeurs. Suite à la démission de monsieur Luc Forcier de son poste d’administrateur, l’ensemble des membres du Conseil lui a exprimé ses remerciements pour son implication tout au long des années de son mandat et lui souhaite de profiter pleinement de sa nouvelle orientation de carrière. La Station Unique Limousin invitent tous les éleveurs intéressés à faire évaluer leurs taureaux Limousin (ou toute autre race) à faire leurs inscriptions avant le 8 septembre 2014. Toutes les informations concernant la station se retrouvent sur le site www.limousinquebec.com. Il est aussi possible de contacter Claude Lavallée, secrétaire de la Station au (514) 754-6493 ou par courriel à : email@example.com. Cette année, dans le cadre d’Expo Boeuf de Victoriaville, les éleveurs ayant des animaux issus de semences provenant du CIAQ, SEMEX auront la possibilité de les inscrire à un concours de conformation leur permettant de gagner des doses de semence. Bonne chance aux participants. NE PAS OUBLIER DE NOTER À VOTRE CALENDRIER LES ÉVÉNEMENTS SUIVANTS POUR LA SAISON ESTIVALE: 7 septembre: Journée Portes Ouvertes UPA. Votre président et votre secrétaire vous attendront à l’île Ste-Hélène avec quelques-uns de leurs animaux Limousin. 8 septembre: Date limite pour inscription des taureaux à la Station Unique Limousin 10 au 12 octobre: Expo-Boeuf et Congrès Boeuf 2014 avec la participation de la Ferme J.P.E.R. qui exposera des animaux de son élevage. Limousinement vôtre, Diane Joly firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Carolyn Darling
Welcome to a new show season! I am so honoured to be returning as the press reporter for the OJLA. The 2014 Ontario Junior Limousin Association Executives are (left to right) – Past President and Treasurer- Melissa MacIntyre; Vice-President- Ashley McConnell; President- Bailey McConnell and Press Reporter- Carolyn Darling. Katie Hern served as the Treasurer for our Junior Association for a number a years-- but with her commitments at school she was unable to stay in the position. We would like to say a special Thank You to Katie for all of the hours of work and running around that she has done for us! We REALLY appreciated it! Good Luck Katie with your schooling, you will make an awesome nurse! We would like to congratulate Bailey McConnell on becoming the 2014 Limousin Queen. The 2014 memberships have to be submitted to Melissa MacIntyre by August 1st, to be able to participate in the junior shows.
Bailey McConnell receiving her crown from 2013 Limousin Queen Melissa MacIntyre
This year yet again the OJLA will be having a Show Box Fundraiser. This year we are going to change it up a bit and have three prizes. The First Prize- A Loaded Weaver Showbox, The Second Prize- Air Express III Blower and lastly, The Third Prize- An iPad. The prices of the tickets are: One ticket for $10.00 or Three tickets for $25.00 We would like to congratulate the seven Ontario Junior Limousin Members – Carolyn Darling, Julie Darling, Bailey McConnell, Ashley McConnell, Brandon Hollingsworth, Rachelle Ormiston, and Samantha Kennedy who participated in the 2014 National Limousin Conference in Saskatoon, SK, and would like to congratulate everyone who is took part in the National Limousin Conference! Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 33
Vaccination: Can You Afford Not To? Vaccinating your cattle is a lot like having car insurance when you’ve been in an accident, you’re very glad you’ve got it. Similarly, if a vaccine-preventable disease shows up in your area, you will be very glad you vaccinated your herd. No one vaccine program is perfect for all operations, but vaccination is a critical component of any herd health plan. Protocols must be matched to an operation’s specific needs. They are best developed in collaboration with your veterinarian, who will know which vaccines will provide the greatest benefit for your herd. Sometimes you’ll hear arguments against vaccination like “it costs too much” or “the vaccines don’t work.” But the bottom line is, if you do not vaccinate, your herd’s ability to combat diseases such as blackleg, BVD, persistently infected BVD animals, and bacterial pneumonia will be reduced. This will lead to higher illness rates, death loss and treatment costs. To better understand the cost of vaccination, Kathy Larson at the Western Beef Development Centre did an analysis (using 2010 numbers), and found the following Scenario: Assuming that Bob vaccinates 100 cows, 100 calves, and 5 bulls for blackleg and BVD/PRSV/PI3/IBR, and calf vaccinations include pneumonia and are given in both spring and fall, and each shot costs $2.87, then the total cost of vaccinating his herd is $1575 per year. His neighbor John, with the same size of herd, opts not to vaccinate, saving himself $1575/year in vaccine costs. He is lucky, and is outbreak/disease free for 5 years, which equals $7875 in avoided vaccine costs. But in year six, 20 calves die from blackleg. Using 2010 prices, those 550 lb calves would have brought in about $1.05/lb, and would have been worth $11,550. John would have covered his vaccination costs for all six years, and made an extra $2,100 if those calves hadn’t died. Vaccine Costs
Cows(100) Bulls (5)
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to fight it off. While it is true that some animals have a better immune response than others, a fully vaccinated herd benefits from something fittingly called “herd immunity.” Having the whole herd vaccinated means that if a vaccine-preventable disease does enter the herd, its spread will be limited. Cattle may also respond poorly to vaccinations if: • They are exposed to a different strain of the disease than the one vaccinated for, • if they are not getting adequate nutrition, or • if they are under stress. While it may be convenient to vaccinate during branding, stressed cattle are expected to have a poorer immune response to vaccination. Consult with your veterinarian on the best timing for your particular vaccinations to maximize vaccine response as well as what works best for you in terms of labour. Vaccines are also not created equal. Reading and following the label is very important. A label claim that states “as an aid in the control of the disease” will not provide the same amount of protection as a label claim that states “as an aid in the prevention of disease” or “for the prevention of disease.” Vaccines may also ‘fail’ if they are mishandled. Make sure you buy vaccine from a dealer who has demonstrated good storage and handling practices. Vaccines are quite sensitive to heat and light, so should be stored in a cool, dark place – ideally in a refrigerator. Freezing will ruin most vaccines. If processing a large number of animals, keep the vaccine in an insulated cooler and take out as needed. Modified live vaccines are especially fragile. When using a modified live vaccine, only reconstitute the amount of vaccine you will be using in the next 30-40 minutes. While vaccination is a core component of an effective herd health program, and is an excellent insurance policy, they can’t prevent disease by themselves. Vaccination won’t overcome poor management or prevent diseases for which vaccines don’t exist. A comprehensive herd health program developed with your veterinarian is your best bet to avoid a wreck, which would be especially costly with the current record high prices.
Imagine if there had been a disease outbreak every year that John didn’t vaccinate, or that John lost more than 20 calves that sixth year. Not vaccinating is a pretty big gamble, especially when you’re talking about your livelihood. But it’s not 2010. It is 2014 and 550 lb calves are now worth about $2.30/lb. Even when we account for increased vaccine costs with inflation it’s still a no brainer. So what about those stories you’ve heard about vaccines just not working? Vaccines trigger the animal’s natural immune response to protect them from a disease before infection occurs by producing antibodies, so if an infection occurs, the immune system is already prepared Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2014 34
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President’s Message Brian Lee, CLA president
Now that we are well into the summer of 2014 it is a perfect opportunity to reflect back on the six months that have just past and the ones that are still ahead of us. It’s still not too late to achieve some of the goals that we set out for ourselves back in January. Like most of you we all endured a long cold winter but when spring finally arrived so too had new beginnings and hope for the rest of the year. No matter what month you calved in, at least in this province (Ontario) weather was a factor and led to interesting talk at coffee time. That same factor followed us straight through to planting season and again is continuing on into hay season and harvest. The summer for the past few years has brought my wife and I a great opportunity to watch our Limousin Juniors
in action and this year was no exception in Saskatoon. Our Juniors were well represented from 4 provinces, all working together and having fun at the same time. They brought an excellent set of cattle and once again showed us as adults how proud they are to be part of our breed. I have watched some of these young people outgrow the show but I have also watched some of them who can’t wait to be part of the show. I try to talk to as many of them as I can because this is when their true enthusiasm comes through and their passion for their animals is at its peak. I am always amazed at how well they all work together even though they may have only known each other for a few hours. You can hear the buzz in the barn as they tell each other about their animals and their operations on their home farms. Not a lot different then when you hear adults talking about the ups and downs of farming and what their plans are for the rest of this year or next. You should take the time to go to a junior show and when you are there make the time to talk to a junior. These forward thinking young people are exciting to be around and are excited about our breed. A lesson we can all learn from.
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To all bidders and buyers for making our 2014 sale a fantastic success. We are looking forward to 2015!
Also, to our crew for making the 2014 CJLA a fantastic success!
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