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CHRISTMAS 2016 • Vol. 12 No. 3

Official publication of the Canadian Limousin Association





CLA Office Update - English


CLA Office Update - French


CLA President’s Report

24 Purple Reign


CCA President’s Report

28 Getting It Right Makes All The Difference: Learning to Single Step…It’s not a New Dance


Masterfeeds Beef Newsletter



Provincial News

18 Future of the Breed Double B Cattle Co., Ashton & Kendra Hewson


30 Livestock Gentec - Breeding the Best: Understanding the Past to Drive Beef’s Future


British Columbia News

32 Getting It Right Makes All The Difference:


Alberta News

Contemporary Grouping for Limousin Breeders


Saskatchewan News


Manitoba News


Ontario News


Quebec News


Maritime News

35 The Value of a Registered Bull 45 Australian/Canadian Youth Exchange Re-Cap



51 A Breeder’s…Veterinary Perspective


36 2016 Fall Show Report

Social News

40 Masterfeeds Limousin Show Cattle of the Year 44 RAWF Ontario Junior Limousin Show 54 SALES 4

Proudly Published By: Todays Publishing Inc. 4 3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7G9 Ph: 306-934-9696 Fax: 306-934-0744

BOSTON Highland

2016 Agribition Grand Champion Bull

EPDS CED 3.0 BW 3.2 WW 62 YW 92 MK 35 TM 66 Homo Polled / Homo Black A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO Payne

Livestock, Rocky and Debbie Payne and Crew for presenting and showing Boston during the Canadian Western Agribition; Czech Mate Livestock, Jim, Gwen, and A.J Smith for trucking Boston to CWA; and Rob Lundago for show preparation

THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT SUPPORTED BOSTON IN THE 2014 HIGHLAND BULL SALE Combest Limousin Farms, Lynn & Tyra Combest; J Bar J Limousin Jack Glendenning, Lebanon, MO (US Semen rights); CANADIAN SEMEN SHARES Blueberry Valley Farms, Michael & Rebecca McCord; Greenwood Limousin, Scott & Jackie Payne; Payne

Livestock Rocky & Debbie Payne; Pinnacle View Limousin Rob & Cheryl Swaan, Erin & Eric Kishkan; Symens Land & Cattle Co. Jim & Laura Symens; and new partner Double 4 Farming Ltd Neil & Deneen Brown

Merry Christmas and join us in 2017 Highland Bull Sale March 18, 2017 and the Cattle Call August 11, 2017 at the ranch in Bragg Creek, AB

HIGHLAND STOCK FARM Rob & Marci Matthews | 403.585.8660 Amanda & Chris Haywood | 403.470.1812


HOLLEE'S DIXIE CHICK purchased by Jack Chaffe and family from Mitchell, ON (repeat buyer.) in the Royal Elite Sale 2016.

HOLLEE'S DUKES OF HAZZARD purchased by Joe Butler of Arrowhead Limousin from St. Thomas, ON in the Royal Elite Sale 2016.

Thank You to "Team Duke" Syndicate Koyle Farms Rock Creek Limousin Hewson Land and Cattle Eden Meadows Farm Diamond T Limousin

Greenwood Limousin Hillview Farms Balamore Famrs Hawkeye Land and Cattle

GREENWOOD PLD BABY DOLL AND HOLLEE'S DEUCE'S WILD Royal Winter Fair 2016 Reserve Senior Champion Female

We would like to wish everyone a

CONGRATULATIONS TO BIANCA BYERS showing Hollee's Daisy Duke and claiming the Junior Champion title in the Junior Limousin Show at the Royal Winter Fair 2016

Merry Christmas

and all the best for 2017!


A special Thank You to... our Hollee Limousin Show Team Terry, Kevin, Murray, Bynx, Juanita and Billy



Sire / 20B

Dam / Angelina

Heifer / 10D

Heifer / 10D

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Sire / 20B

Showing ‘16

Dam / Angelina




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Special Thanks to all our bull and female customers. We sure appreciate your support. “Ivy’s Bossman HTZ 2B”

“Bossman’s Legacy will be in his progeny” They’re pretty amazing!

Quality polled bulls and females available by “Private Treaty” 12

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April 1, 2017 and the rest by Private Treaty at the Ranch

Thank You

Lot 209 - Amaglen Definitely Douglas HNH 17D Wulfs Xtractor X Amaglen Wendy HNH 9W

Lot 210 - Amaglen Direct Deposit HNH 47D CAM Poll Aristocrat X Amaglen Zora HNH 1Z

Lot 211 - Amaglen Dodge Ram HNH 65D Amaglen Harley X Amaglen Winner HNH 39W

Poplarview Livestock, Amanda and Tyler Scott for selecting their 4-H steers and a deep, red Xtractor heifer from the heart of our program.

Lot 212 - Amaglen Denali HNH 66D Amaglen Harley X Amaglen Young Love HNH 8Y

View our Complete Bull Offering soon at and follow the test station bulls at Ian and Bonnie Hamilton Amanda and Clint Seward Box 55, Darlingford, MB R0G 0L0

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- Sire verification for all walking bulls

As the 2017 bull sale season approaches the Canadian Limousin Association has a few reminders for you as you prepare for your sales.

- Sire verification for donor cows

1) Spring 2017 EPDs and breed averages will be available on DigitalBeef and on the CLA website first thing in the New Year.


he holiday season is upon us and there is much to celebrate in the Limousin breed! We hope that this Christmas edition of the Limousin Voice finds your family well and looking forward to what 2017 holds for your operation. While the Limousin breed has long been known for the terminal traits of our sires, our breed has gained some much-deserved attention on the female side of things this year. Maternal qualities have been the focus of many Limousin breeders, making our breed a truly well-rounded option for all market segments. Milk and udder quality, docility and longevity are all traits that the Limousin female can be noted for today. There are many ways of showcasing these traits to customers, however the show ring still remains a viable means of putting the spotlight on our breed and phenomenal animals that are leading the way for the future of the Limousin breed. We are proud to showcase an article about Riverstone Charmed, a female purchased from Alberta, Canada, who has taken the show circuit in the USA by storm. This year’s show results and National Show Cattle of the Year Awards tell the story of how Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom remained the undefeated Grand Champion Limousin Female and two-time Supreme Champion Female over all breeds this fall as well as Top Ten qualifier in the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge at Canadian Western Agribition. These two females have exemplified the maternal qualities the Limousin breed has to offer. We appreciate, and commend all Limousin breeders who brought outstanding animals out to shows this fall – we know the hours and dollars it takes to make this happen and your efforts to bring a strong showing of Limousin animals are appreciated! The National Limousin Show and Sale was held at the Brandon Ag Ex in Brandon, Manitoba this year. We would like to thank the sponsors, show committee and volunteers, exhibitors, buyers, spectators, and judge Rancier who all contributed to making this year’s National a great success! Beyond the show ring, we have seen Limousin calves top fall calf sales, and when you are getting paid by the pound, this is an area where the Limousin breed undeniably excels. Producers are invited to use the free commercial calf listing service available on the CLA website to list calves they have for sale privately or consigned to an upcoming auction.


2) Sales consultants may request catalogue downloads from the CLA to obtain pedigree and EPD information on sale cattle in an Excel document. IMPORTANT: Sales staff must send the CLA an Excel CSV with only the registration numbers not the tattoos of cattle in the sale. There is a $1.50/head charge for this service. 3) A mailing address list can be obtained from the CLA for $150, additionally the CLA can send an e-blast about your sale for $100 (you must provide all content/graphics). 4) The CLA is pleased to post your sale catalogue and information about your sale on our Facebook page once when your catalogue is available online and once again on the day of the sale. Please send a link to your catalogue to to ensure it gets posted. 5) The CLA can also post your bull sale on our Events listing on the CLA website. Please send the name, date, and location of your sale to tverbeek@ or use the “Submit an Event” feature on the CLA website. 6) A gift certificate for Limousin branded CCIA tags can be given to your Limousin bull buyers to purchase a bag of tags at your expense as a thank you for purchasing a bull. You can download this off the CLA website or contact to be sent a digital copy you can print. 7) The CLA has a Limousin CCIA tag advertisement that can be used in your bull sale catalogue or otherwise to explain and promote the tag program to your commercial buyers. We have also developed a “Tag Supporter” logo that can easily be added to your sale catalogue or website. Contact to receive a digital copy of either. 8) Please remember that only Limousin cattle that contain between 37.5% and 75% Limousin blood and 25% to 62.5% Black Angus or Red Angus blood, may be called Lim-Flex. Cattle that fall outside of these parameters should be described as Percentage Limousin in sales catalogues, not LimFlex. 9) Last but not least, please remember to complete DNA testing for animals that require it well in advance of your sale. Parentage verification and Protoporphyria testing turnaround time is 10 days. Horned/polled and coat colour testing turnaround time is 6 weeks. The CLA bylaws require DNA tests for the following:

- Parent verification for all AI sires (public sales of semen and in-herd use semen) - Parent verification for all embryo calves and Fullblood animals

- As of January 1, 2015, all donor cows in embryo production, must have a protoporphyria genotype on file at the Association.

At the recent CLA Board of Directors winter meeting there was discussion that it is more important for the CLA’s limited budget to be used to send the General Manager to provincial association annual general meetings and/or events rather than individual members’ bull sales. Therefore, a motion was passed stating that the General Manager of the Canadian Limousin Association attend Provincial Annual General Meetings and/ or provincial event at the cost of the Canadian Limousin Association, however the General Manager is still available to members to attend any CLA member event/bull sale at the expense of the member inviting the General Manager. The expenses that will be covered by the member include costs incurred for flights and/or mileage, hotel, and a per diem of $100 per day. If you would like for me to attend your bull sale this spring, please contact me so I can include it in my schedule. You will be invoiced by the CLA for my attendance. I will only be attending the sales of those operations who contact me to request my attendance. Whole Herd Enrolment (WHE) Deadline is January 15, 2017 Information concerning your 2017 WHE has now been mailed to all members. If you are an online user we remind you that you will not have received any paper forms for your inventory. Please remember that Whole Herd Enrolment is due no later than January 15, 2017. Online users may find instructions on how to post their inventory on our website under DigitalBeef. CLA Office Closed for Christmas Holidays Please remember that the CLA office will be closed for the week between Christmas and New Year’s (December 24-January 1) to allow CLA staff a break to celebrate the season with their families. The CLA office will re-open on January 2nd to serve our membership. As this year draws to a close I would like to sincerely thank each of you, purebred breeders, commercial buyers, industry representatives, board members, and juniors alike for contributing to the continued success of the Limousin breed in Canada! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year! Kindest regards, Tessa Verbeek CLA General Manager

NOUVELLES DU BUREAU DE L’ACL à utiliser le service gratuit d’annonce de veaux commerciaux disponible par l’intermédiaire du site internet de l’ACL au :, si vous désirez annoncer les veaux en vente de gré à gré ou encore qui seront consignés lors de prochains encans. Ventes de taureaux Alors que la période des ventes de taureaux du printemps 2017 approche, et afin de vous aider dans vos préparatifs, l’Association Canadienne Limousin vous communique les rappels suivants.


ous sommes arrivés à la période des fêtes et il y a beaucoup de choses à célébrer au niveau de la race Limousin ! En recevant cette édition de Noël de la revue Limousin Voice, nous espérons que toute votre famille se porte bien, tout en vous souhaitant tout le meilleur pour votre élevage en 2017. Bien que la race Limousin soit reconnue depuis longtemps par rapport aux caractéristiques terminales de nos taureaux, les femelles de notre race ont gagné beaucoup d’intérêt cette année. Plusieurs éleveurs Limousin ont placé une emphase marquée vers les qualités maternelles, de telle sorte que notre race peut réellement constituer une bonne alternative pour tous les segments de marché. À l’heure actuelle, les femelles Limousin peuvent être reconnues pour la qualité de leur pis, leur aptitude laitière, leur docilité et leur longévité. Il existe plusieurs manières pour démontrer ces qualités à nos clients, toutefois l’exposition demeure toujours une importante façon pour mettre notre race en évidence et pour montrer certains sujets phénoménaux qui vous donnent une idée du futur de la race Limousin. Nous sommes ainsi fiers de présenter dans cette revue un article touchant Riverstone Charmed, une femelle achetée en Alberta, au Canada, et qui a connu tout un succès dans le circuit des expositions aux États-Unis. Avec les résultats des expositions de cette année et des distinctions au concours du meilleur bovin exposé de l’année, on remarque ainsi que la femelle Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom est demeurée la Grande Championne Limousin et Gagnante à deux reprises cet automne du Championnat Suprême parmi toutes les races, de même qu’elle faisait partie du groupe des dix meilleurs sujets qualifiés pour le Défi Suprême Bovin de la RBC lors de l’Agribition de Régina. Ces deux femelles ont permis de mettre en évidence les qualités maternelles offertes par la race Limousin. Nous avons apprécié et nous reconnaissons tout le travail effectué par ces éleveurs Limousin ayant présenté d’excellents sujets lors des expositions de l’automne. Nous sommes conscients de l’immense travail et l’investissement requis afin de réaliser tout ce travail, et sachez que nous apprécions sincèrement tous vos efforts ayant permis de présenter de si bons sujets Limousin ! Le Concours et la Vente Nationale Limousin avaient lieu cette année lors de l’exposition Brandon Ag Ex, à Brandon au Manitoba. Nous désirons remercier tous nos commanditaires, les bénévoles et les membres du comité de l’exposition, les exposants, les acheteurs, les spectateurs et le juge M. Rancier, lesquels ont tous contribué au grand succès du Concours National de cette année ! Au-delà des expositions de bovins de race, nous constatons encore cet automne que des veaux Limousin avaient obtenu des prix élevés aux encans et, lorsqu’on est payé aux livres de veaux vendues, il s’agit là d’une qualité indéniable de la race Limousin. Nous invitons les producteurs

1) Les EPD du printemps 2017 et les moyennes de la race seront disponibles peu de temps après le début de la nouvelle année sur « DigitalBeef », et sur le site de l’ACL. 2) Certains gérants de ventes pourraient demander le téléchargement d’informations sous forme de fichier Excel pour la généalogie et les EPD de sujets offerts en vente. IMPORTANT : Le personnel responsable de ces ventes doit transmettre à l’ACL un fichier Excel en version CSV, lequel contient uniquement les numéros d’enregistrement des sujets inclus dans la vente (pas les tatouages). Des frais de 1,50 $ /tête seront exigés pour ce service. 3) Vous pouvez obtenir une liste d’adresses du bureau de l’ACL pour un coût de 150 $. De plus, l’ACL peut faire paraître une annonce dite “e-blast” pour votre vente, au coût de 100 $ (vous devez nous fournir le contenu de l’annonce déjà montée). 4) L’ACL est fière de pouvoir annoncer à une reprise votre catalogue de vente et les informations touchant votre vente, sur notre page Facebook lorsque votre catalogue sera disponible en ligne, de même que le jour de la vente. Veuillez transmettre un lien vers votre catalogue à tverbeek@limousin. com afin de vous assurer qu’il puisse être annoncé. 5) L’ACL peut également annoncer votre vente de taureaux dans la section « Events listing » de notre site internet. Veuillez transmettre le nom, la date et le lieu de votre vente à :, ou vous pouvez utiliser la commande “Submit an Event”, laquelle se trouve sur le site internet de l’ACL. 6) Rappelez-vous que seuls les bovins Limousin possédant une composition génétique entre 37,5 % et 75 % de sang de race Limousin, et entre 25 % et 62,5 % de sang de race Angus noir ou rouge, peuvent être désignés comme étant des Lim-Flex. Les bovins dont la composition génétique n’est pas comprise dans ces limites doivent être désignés dans vos catalogues de vente comme sujets Limousin à pourcentage, et non pas des Lim-Flex. 7) Enfin, et non le moindre, veuillez effectuer vos demandes d’analyses d’ADN pour les sujets ayant besoin d’être testés, suffisamment à l’avance de la date de votre vente. L’analyse de la vérification de la parenté et du test de protoporphirie exige une période minimale de dix (10) jours. Le délai requis pour le testage du gène de la couleur de la robe, et du gène acère/à cornes, est de six (6) semaines. Selon les statuts et règlements de l’ACL, une analyse d’ADN est requise pour les situations suivantes :

- Vérification du père de tous les taureaux de monte naturelle

- Vérification du père pour les vaches donneuses d’embryons

- Vérification des parents pour tous les

taureaux d’insémination artificielle (vente publique de semence et utilisation de semence dans le troupeau seulement)

- Vérification des parents pour tous les veaux nés de transfert embryonnaire et tous les sujets « Fullblood »

- Depuis le 1er janvier 2015, une analyse génotypique de la protoporphirie doit être répertoriée au bureau de l’Association pour toutes les vaches donneuses d’embryons.

Lors de la dernière réunion du Conseil d’administration de l’ACL, il a été discuté que considérant le budget limité de l’ACL, il était plus important d’envoyer la Directrice Générale assister aux assemblées générales annuelles des associations provinciales et / ou à d’autres évènements provinciaux, plutôt que celle-ci assiste à des ventes de taureaux privés. En conséquence, une résolution a été approuvée, laquelle stipule que le Directeur Général de l’Association Canadienne Limousin soit présent aux assemblées générales annuelles provinciales et / ou à d’autres évènements provinciaux, aux frais de l’Association Canadienne Limousin, toutefois le Directeur Général demeure disponible pour participer à une vente de taureaux ou à une activité d’un éleveur donné, et cela aux frais du membre qui a invité le Directeur Général. Les dépenses qui devront être assumées par le membre incluent les coûts de billets d’avion, le kilométrage, les frais d’hôtel, ainsi qu’un per diem de 100 $ par jour. Si vous désirez que je sois présente à votre vente de taureaux le printemps prochain, veuillez communiquer avec moi afin que je puisse le prévoir à mon horaire. Le bureau de l’ACL vous facturera les frais correspondants à ma présence. Je vais être présente uniquement aux ventes des entreprises m’ayant contacté afin de confirmer ma présence. Date limite pour l’enregistrement complet du troupeau (« WHE ») : 15 janvier 2017 Les informations concernant votre déclaration de l’année 2016 au « WHE » ont été postées à tous les membres. Si vous êtes un utilisateur du service en ligne, nous vous rappelons que vous ne devriez pas avoir reçu de formulaires papier de votre inventaire de sujets. N’oubliez pas que votre « Enregistrement complet du troupeau- WHE » doit être effectué avant le 15 janvier 2017. Les utilisateurs du service en ligne peuvent consulter l’onglet « DigitalBeef » sur notre site internet, afin de connaître la manière de déposer (confirmer) leur inventaire. Fermeture du bureau de l’ACL pour le congé de Noël Veuillez s’il-vous-plaît vous rappeler que le bureau de l’ACL sera fermé pour la semaine comprise entre le jour de Noël et de la Nouvelle Année (24 décembre au 1er janvier), cela afin que le personnel de l’ACL profite de la pause des fêtes pour célébrer avec leurs familles. Le bureau de l’ACL sera ré-ouvert dès le 2 janvier afin de desservir les besoins des membres. Avec l’arrivée prochaine de la fin de l’année, je voudrais remercier sincèrement chacun de vous, que vous soyez éleveurs de race pure, acheteurs commerciaux, représentants de l’industrie, membres du conseil d’administration et tous les juniors, pour votre contribution au succès continu de la race Limousin au Canada ! Meilleurs voeux à vous et aux vôtres pour un Joyeux Noël et une Bonne et Heureuse Année ! Sincères salutations, Tessa Verbeek Directrice Générale de l’ACL


CLA PRESIDENT’S REPORT CLA PRESIDENT’S REPORT by By Terry Hepper CLA President eagerly await the new calf crop to see if the new arrivals live up to our expectations.


he winter season is now here and in most regions of Canada the fall season was one to remember. Rainfall and snow made a very soggy fall and cattle producers had to deal with wet pens and mud. As calving season gets closer, we

Cattle prices are slowly climbing upwards every week and Limousin influenced calves are topping the markets. This is encouraging and should reflect in the sales this fall as well as upcoming bull sales. The show season is over for this year and our breed was well represented with numerous supreme campions. The owners, exhibitors and all the crew are to be congratulated. Thank you to the sponsors of these

shows and a big thank you to Masterfeeds, for their sponsorship of the National Show Cattle of the Year awards. It was encouraging to see an increase of Limousin pens at the commercial shows. As the year comes to a close, don’t forget to enroll your cattle in Whole Herd Enrollment before the January 15th deadline. Every animal enrolled increases our numbers and enables breed programs to continue. Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best in the New Year!

CLA Directors

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

CLA Executive Committee PRESIDENT Terry Hepper Phone: (306) 536-7075 PAST-PRESIDENT Brian Lee Phone: (905) 447-5173 Email:

VICE PRESIDENT Eric Boon Phone: (306) 280-8795 Email: TREASURER Bill Zwambag Phone: (519) 287-3219 Email:

CLA Staff GENERAL MANAGER Tessa Verbeek Phone: (403) 636-1066 Email:


REGISTRY/MEMBER SERVICES Dallas Wise & AJ Smith Phone: (403) 253-7309 Email: CJLA CO-ORDINATOR Laura Ecklund Phone: (403) 559-9849 Email:

Erin Kishkan Phone: (250) 747-3836 Email: Tim Andrew Phone: (403) 854-6335 Email: Jim Richmond Phone: (403) 368-2103 Email:

Mark Angus Phone: (204) 281-5099 Email: Matthew Heleniak Phone: (519) 537-1451 Email: Joe Cooper Phone: (902) 893-0744 Email:

Provincial Association Presidents MARITIMES ALBERTA John-Calvin Siddall Steve Lingley Phone: (902) 664-8008 Phone: (780) 806-0347 Email: Email: QUEBEC BRITISH COLUMBIA Serge Dethier Erin Kishkan Phone: (450) 454-6456 Phone: (250) 747-3836 Email: Email: MANITOBA ONTARIO Bill Campbell Murray Shaw Phone: (204) 776-2322 Phone: (519) 864-4030 Email: SASKATCHEWAN Rhett Jones Phone: (306) 629-3200 Email:

Selling 75 Rising Two Year Olds: Polled Limousin • Red & Black Limousin Sires: TMCK Westmoreland EXLR Westwind 006Y

Black Angus

Black Angus Sires: Crescent Creek Emblazon 109X LLB Free Wheeler 68Y

Red Angus

Red Angus Sires: Red Blairs Cargo 47Z Red Sooline On Target 9308 These sires represent calving ease, performace and high maternal traits

Box 85 Simpson, SK S0G 4MO Rob Garner Cell: 306-946-7946

Scott Bohrson Martin Bohrson P: 403-370-3010 P: 306-220-7901

View the catalogue online at


FUTURE OF THE BREED DOUBLE B CATTLE CO., Ashton and Kendra Hewson by Tessa Verbeek

complete his journeyman's in carpentry and he now works alongside his father building houses. The couple started their cattle operation in 2013 with a small commercial herd. The name Double B Cattle Co. was chosen as it holds true meaning for the Hewson’s in memory of Ashton's younger brother and best friend, Bradley. They have now grown the operation to include purebred Limousin cattle and show prospects. Careful selection at the beginning of a purebred Limousin bull that had strong maternal traits has leant well to starting a solid foundation for their cow herd. “We started out with a Landmark son and three cows and have continued to build our herd each year,” Ashton comments, “With the herd size we run, we benefit from using artificial insemination. We carefully select sires to produce calves in which demand is high.” Ashton and Kendra both attended AI school in Vermilion, Alberta where they were taught by Josie Pashulka. Ashton and Kendra are progressive young Limousin breeders who are embracing technologies to improve their herd and the breed for the future.


ucked away on the Saskatchewan prairies near the town of Unity is Double B Cattle Co., the operation of Ashton and Kendra Hewson, whose attention to quality is putting them on the map of Limousin breeders to watch for. Like all successful operations, Double B Cattle Co. has grown from a genuine passion for cattle and continual improvement. Ashton and Kendra are setting themselves up for a long-term future in the Limousin breed and we could not be more pleased to have them as CLA members. Ashton was born and raised in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan. Parents Larry and Jean Hewson of Hewson Land & Cattle raised Ashton to have a love for cattle, particularly the Limousin breed in which they have always bred and raised. Ashton was an active member of the Wilbert 4-H Club and from those initial days as a 4-H member, Ashton began to develop his skills for showing


cattle. These skills have proved highly useful today as the Hewson family can be found at many shows throughout western Canada each summer and fall. After high school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Ashton went on to play hockey in the WHL for the Prince Albert Raiders. This is where he met Kendra who had a mutual love for the game. Kendra was born and raised in Prince Albert where she attended high school and indulged her love for animals by spending summers on the dairy farm her mother grew up on. She completed her post secondary education via correspondence and now works for Cargill as an Account Representative where she buys grain and assists growers in making decisions on crop inputs. “I love what I do and enjoy helping growers be successful in what they do,” says Kendra. Ashton returned to Prince Albert to

“It's an exciting time to be a part of the cattle industry. Technology is a bigger part of breeding than it ever has been. This part of the business will continue to grow and evolve. To us this is key as we are intrigued by what we can achieve with the help of science and research.”

“While we have made great strides in improving the breed, I am excited for what is to come. As seedstock producers, we have to be diligent in our efforts to produce high yielding cattle for our consumers. In doing this we secure market share for the breed we raise.�


CCA PRESIDENT’S REPORT overarching recommendations are that the programs under the next APF, be finalized for a seamless roll out on April 1, 2018.

s we head into the holiday season, it seems appropriate to discuss Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) activities that will ensure long-term competitiveness for Canada’s beef producers.

The CCA’s prioritized market access issues for resolution include, technical barriers for beef within the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), now proceeding through our parliamentary process. The CCA’s objective is to achieve EU approval of food hygiene procedures, used in Canadian meat processing. The EU does not yet allow the use of two of the anti-microbial treatments used in Canada and until they are, Canadian processors are unwilling to risk food safety to comply with European procedures.

The CCA has been actively engaged in the national Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) consultations. A high priority for the beef cattle sector is to ensure that the next APF enhances our competitiveness in both international markets and here in Canada. This will require a strong emphasis on research, science and innovation, through the Beef Science Cluster and improvements to business risk management programs.

I told the Standing Committee on International Trade that $600 million annual export potential for Canadian beef exists under CETA, and our history of a positive collaborative industry/ government effort to achieve market access success suggests that we can resolve the EU barriers as well. Therefore, the CCA supports the legislation to implement the CETA with three conditions:

The CCA has several key recommendations in these areas which I presented to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in Ottawa on November 17. Recommendations to improve the Cluster under the next APF include streamlining and enhancing the timeliness of approvals, reporting, and financial claims to ease administrative burden and improve the research environment; and allowing for reasonable funding flexibility to allow for more effective use of research dollars.

o We expect a commitment from the Government of Canada to develop and fully fund a comprehensive strategy utilizing technical, advocacy and political skills to achieve the elimination of the remaining non-tariff barriers to Canadian beef.


Regarding Business Risk Management, the CCA believes that there needs to be sufficiently funded national agriculture risk management programs that are delivered consistently across all jurisdictions and do not create a competitive imbalance between agriculture sectors or regions. CCA’s 20

o We expect that any EU beef or veal imported into Canada is in full compliance with Canadian food safety requirements. o We expect that the beef sector will be afforded Government of Canada investment into both beef processing and beef producer operations to help us comply with the complexities of the EU market. By working together and the commitment of resources and transitional assistance

from government, I believe we can get the job done although it will take some time after the CETA comes into force. The CCA continues to monitor the situation in the U.S., where Presidentelect Donald Trump and his transition team have been busy selecting his advisors and naming his Cabinet. The first potential issue for the beef industry arose almost immediately, when media reported that the transition team had included re-instatement of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as an objective. Fortunately, CCA has relationships with allies who effectively explained to the Trump transition team why COOL is bad policy for the U.S. and it has been deleted from the Trump trade policy plan. The CCA will continue to monitor the situation closely and constantly reinforce the importance of Canada retaining its right to impose retaliatory tariffs, if the U.S. re-introduces COOL, in a manner that causes renewed discrimination against imported livestock. With Trump signalling that he will pull the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the CCA is recommending that Canada pursue one or both of our Plan B options: a) ensure Canada is well positioned to be Japan’s number one priority for completion of a bilateral trade agreement and b) Canada should explore an option whereby some or all remaining 11 members, implement the TPP without the U.S. I look forward to updating you in my next column. I would like to take this time to wish you and your family a very happy and joyful holiday season and peace in the New Year. Dan Darling CCA President

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In 1996, the Canadian Beef Grading Agency adopted the same marbling levels for Canadian quality grading to match the US. Therefore, Canadian AAA marbling matches to US Choice, and Canadian AA matches US Select. The other aspect of beef grading is the yield grade (lean meat yield). Canada has three yield grade categories while the US has five. There has been significant focus on producing more AAA carcasses over the last 20 years, and the Canadian industry has been very successful in achieving this. In 1996, only 26% of the fed (A, AA, or AAA) graded slaughter was AAA. So far in 2016, over 67% of the fed kill has graded AAA or Prime (the Prime grade was introduced in 1997). Prime accounts for approximately 2.5% of the fed slaughter this year. This has been a very positive story in terms of delivering higher quality grading cattle to the plants, and beef to consumers.

The increase in AAA and Prime quality grading cattle has been done through both genetics, as well as improved feeding regimes. There is a strong correlation between carcass weights and quality grading. The longer cattle are fed, the higher the quality grade as more fat is deposited into the rib eye. The carcass weight chart shows the annual average carcass weight for steers harvested in Canada. Carcass weights continue to set new record highs. In 1996, the average steer carcass weight was 756 lbs. This year it is projected to be near 915 lbs. These much bigger carcass weights are the result of improved growth potential of the cattle, combined with putting cattle on feed at heavier weights, and feeding them longer. These higher carcass weights are also the result of much fatter animals. 22

Although there has been significant improvement in quality grading, the yield grade story is not as positive. In 1996, about 67% of the fed kill was yield grade 1 (highest lean meat yield) while in 2015 it had dropped to 42%. As mentioned, the higher quality grading has been at the expense of adding more fat to the entire carcass. Meanwhile, the number of cattle that are yield grade 3 (lowest lean meat yield) has increased from 5.1% in 1996, to over 24% in 2015.

While the Canadian industry has done a good job of meeting the demand for higher quality grading cattle, there is still a lot of opportunity to improve the yield grade of the cattle being produced. Over fattening cattle, only to have the fat trimmed at the packing plant is not very efficient. In addition, this fatty trim is very low value. Producing cattle that are high marbling and high yielding is optimal, and this is an opportunity for genetic improvement. It certainly can be done; this year approximately 18% of the fed cattle harvested are AAA or Prime and Yield grade 1. Moving more cattle into this category would certainly be more efficient for the entire beef industry.




old Madison Ratliff says she can’t thank her grandfather enough for talking her dad into buying a heifer over the phone from Riverstone Cattle Company of Olds, Alberta. Madison’s grandfather, Gail “Tubb” Ratliff – now retired from the cattle business – was the founder of Cherry Creek Farms, known for decades of stringent Limousin breeding before a total herd dispersal sale in 2010. The Ratliff ’s are a well-known family hailing from Westphalia, Kansas and naturally have an eye for good cattle. It all started with a good friend, a love for cattle, and an itch to travel. And it’s a recipe that’s made for a neat story about how a Canadian-bred heifer ended up where she did: on a winning streak at hugely competitive American shows. It turns out Ratliff ’s long time friend, Herman Symens of South Dakota, has a son that now resides in southern Alberta. Knowing that Symens makes frequent trips to visit his son, Ratliff commented that one day he wanted to go to Canada to visit him and perhaps even take in a cattle show. Taking his friend seriously, Symens called Ratliff last summer and suggested that he attend Farmfair 24

International. When Ratliff replied that he did not have a passport, Symens piped up, “you better get one!” Of course Ratliff didn’t want to disappoint his good friend, so he got a passportand the next thing you know he was Alberta bound. The wish of visiting Canada and attending a cattle show came to fruition – Ratliff made it to Farmfair with Symens. After taking in the Limousin show at Farmfair, the duo ran into Tim and Kim Matthews, of Riverstone Cattle Company. They had not met in about 15 or 20 years and after a brief re-introduction, Matthews inquired as to whether they still had Limousin cattle on their farm. Ratliff expressed that though he had retired from breeding decisions on the family’s operation, his grandchildren were very active in showing.

The next morning, Gail Ratliff called Matthews asking if he could stop by and look at the sale offering. He took some photos and video footage and returned home. A few weeks later, Matthews got a call from David Ratliff, Gail’s son. They discussed a couple of females, but zeroed in on the Charmed heifer. David expressed to Matthews in a phone conversation that he had never bought a female sight-unseen. He trusted his dad’s judgment, but the generation gap meant they didn’t always see cattle the same

He explained to Matthews that the family liked to take out several breeds for the kids to exhibit so that they could compete in different classes, making a trip to a show more worthwhile. Ratliff was baffled at the price of show animals these days, which he admitted made it challenging for his grandkids to campaign heifers from multiple breeds. Matthews jokingly handed him a catalog for his sale, that he had tucked in his arm and said, “I know where you can buy one.” Above & Bottom Right: Madison showing Charmed at the Kansas State Fair. © Rocking A Photography

way. At the same time, he thought, “a good one is a good one!” (Gail’s impression of the heifer would be validated when David picked her up, calling him immediately to tell him that he had “done good.”) On the day of Matthew’s sale, Madison was playing in a basketball tournament. That didn’t stop the Ratliff’s from being in two places at once, figuratively speaking. David and Gail stepped out into the parking lot to be on the phone during the sale to bid on the heifer. Madison recalls the end of the basketball game, when her dad and grandpa pulled her aside and told her that they purchased the Charmed female. Madison had only seen the images that her grandpa had taken during his visit to Alberta. When asked what she thought the first time she saw her new show heifer, she commented that her gut feeling told

Above: Double Supreme Champion Female, KSU AGR Kick-off show. © Rocking A Photography

Assessing her strengths Miss Ratliff says, “she’s really powerful and holds herself together,” explaining how she has that special look to her. And she’s been dominating the show circuit ever since. Her winnings so far include:

“Practice like you’ve never won, Perform like you’ve never lost.” her that Charmed female would be good – little did she know at the time how much success she would have with her.

Double Supreme Champion Female in both (Ring A and Ring B), KSU AGR Kick Off Show; Double Reserve Supreme Champion Female, 2016 Steers and Stripes Steer and Heifer

Above: Ratliff shows Charmed to a Double Reserve Supreme title (both rings) at the Steers & Stripes Show. © Pearl’s Pics

Show; Champion Limousin Heifer and Supreme Champion Overall Female, 2016 Milan FFA Jackpot; Champion Limousin Heifer and Supreme Champion Overall Female 2016 NWMSU AGR Green & Gold Show; Grand Champion Female 2016 National Junior Limousin Show; and Reserve Grand Champion Female, 2016 All American Limousin Futurity. Judges have told Miss Ratliff that they’ve never seen a Limousin this good before, commenting on her dominance in all-breeds competitions. Charmed has a star studded pedigree. She is sired by TMCK Durham Wheat, the 2012 Canadian National Champion Limousin Bull. Matthews purchased him from Tubmill Creek Farms in 2010, and he has been successfully used in their program, leaving a legacy of high quality females. Her dam, HSF Your Fantasy, was a dominating force when she was campaigned, winning nearly every major show in Western Canada as a yearling. Interestingly she set a record as the only Limousin female to win Supreme Champion Female at the First Lady Classic and the Junior Beef Extreme show at Canadian Western Agribition. Matthews must have had a special feeling when they selected the Charmed female for the Lot 1 position in the first annual Forged in Fire sale. In their footnotes they predict, “she is definitely going to win some ribbons 25

and banners along the way.” That statement could not have turned out more true!

to Kentucky for the National Junior Limousin show.

Miss Ratliff, who’s been showing since the age of seven, says the Charmed heifer is the best that she has ever had. Like her family members, she knows a good animal when she sees one, but it didn’t hit her just how good the heifer was until she started winning.

“This heifer is all because of my Grandpa Ratliff. He has supported me and my four other siblings in everything that we do. He rarely misses a cattle show. No matter how we do at a show he always hugs us afterwards and tells us how proud he is,” Miss Ratliff says with gratitude.

Her favourite show win: Limousin Junior Nationals. She has been competing at that show for as long as she could remember and “we finally got to win it,” she exclaims. “I remember my grandpa hugging me, and everyone crying. It was a special moment for the entire family.” Tim and Kim Matthews, who had been following her success from afar through playby-play text conversations, even flew

Miss Ratliff is currently attending Butler Community College. In the future, she aspires to attend Kansas State University and obtain a degree in animal science. She plans to continue to show cattle and looks forward to taking the heifer that she affectionately refers to as “Larissa the Limi” to several more shows, including the American Royal, North American

International Livestock Exposition, and the National Western Stock Show before she retires from the show ring on the Ratliff ’s family farm. Her show day tip, a quote: “Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost.”

This article is being republished with permission from Top Stock Magazine.

Above: Ratliff shows Charmed to a Double Reserve Supreme title at the Steers & Stripes Show. © Rocking A Photography

Above & Middle Right: Charmed and Madison win Supreme Champion Heifer at the Kansas State Fair. © Legacy Livestock Imaging



GETTING IT RIGHT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE: LEARNING TO SINGLE STEP...IT’S NOT A NEW DANCE MOVE! By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Cow-calf Extension Specialist, Kansas State University to a couple of hours. Mind you, the current evaluation includes more than 16 million animals from a dozen breed organizations. The single step advantage


he move to a ‘single step’ genetic evaluation system has been the genetic evaluation buzz across the seedstock business this past autumn. Unlike the country western dance, the ‘two step’ which is two steps forward and one back, the single step methodology to handle genomic and legacy phenotypic records in a single genetic evaluation is a quantum leap forward and no steps backward. During the first quarter of 2017, International Genetic Solutions (IGS; CLA’s genetic evaluation service provider) is anticipated to release the much anticipated genetic evaluation results from their implementation of the BOLT software. BOLT (Biometry Open Language Tools) is a revolutionary, new computing environment developed specifically to solve the extremely large and complex system of equations used in genetic evaluation. BOLT enables genetic evaluation to move from computing platforms developed largely in the 1990’s (single CPU computers with computing power less than many mobile devices available today) to state of the art technology using massively parallel computing routines on offthe-shelf gaming hardware that includes 1,000s of processing units working together to solve a problem. The prototypes of the system takes the current multi-breed evaluation that runs over a couple of days down


Single-step methods also allow the information contained in the genomic data to be used throughout the pedigree. Current blending methods only enable the genomic data to inform the EPDs of animals tested, often times limited to non-parents. All the genotypes available from breeders will be included directly in the new single step evaluation along with thousands of genotypes for other collaborating breeds. In addition to incorporation of genomics for all animals with actual genotypes on file, the system provides imputed (predicted via pedigree) genotypes for all non-genotyped animals in the pedigree. In this way, genotype investments by breeders influence the genetic predictions of animals up and down the pedigree. The currently developed two-step blending method only allows genomic information to affect the EPD of the genotyped animal directly. Some early test results indicate a massive increase in EPD accuracy through imputation across the entire pedigree whereby average possible change values were reduced by 50%. The ‘Quantum Leap’ to the new system will also provide improved calculation of EPD accuracy. Current evaluation procedures only provide an estimate of accuracy, a pretty good one for most animals, but an estimate none the less. This estimation procedure has a tendency to over-estimate for animals such as great grandsires or dams that may not have

any direct progeny performance records in the evaluation. The BOLT software allows the computation of accuracy directly from the model due to the implementation of parallel compute procedures and a massive number of computing processors. Improved accuracy calculation provides a better perspective on the performance and genomic data used to compute the EPD and the reliability of those estimates. Moreover, the improved accuracy of EPD leads to improved accuracy of selection index values. For some time, breeders, association personnel and academics have recognized the complexity of computing interim EPDs for nonparents and, more recently, the challenges associated with providing Genomically Enhanced EPD (GE-EPD) through a blending process where the EPDs and genomic information is weighted by accuracy. Most breeds are envisioning a data processing and evaluation system that eliminates the computation of interims. The American Angus Association made this change when they moved to weekly evaluations. The shift to single-step EPD computation via BOLT enables IGS participants the ability to move to more frequent evaluations over time. Recommended Breeder Operating Procedures The timing of record and DNA sample submission will be critical. If breeders wish to have GE-EPDs computed from the BOLT system in time for selection decisions or marketing efforts, they will need to be aware of data cutoffs and submission deadlines. I recommend that if a breeder is

going to use the genomic testing to make selection decisions (why else would you test?), that DNA samples be collected and submitted early in the animal’s life, perhaps before weaning, so the resulting testing and data processing is done well in advance of the genetic evaluation. These dates will likely shift some as the BOLT system is implemented. Prior planning is required if you want to assure your data makes the evaluation cutoffs. The move to more frequent evaluations will help ameliorate data timing issues, but early on the system may still publish results only twice per year. Although easier to say than do, breeders should include genotyping in heifer and bull development budgets. Given the information gained from testing, more and more breeders are finding the value in testing and the enhanced accuracy of selection. If you plan to stay in seedstock business for the long haul, get started genotyping today. Genotyping should be considered as part of the branding or pre-weaning processing standard operating procedures. Genotypes won’t replace intensive phenotypic record collection. In some cases it allows us to bridge small gaps in data or knowledge, such as single animal contemporary groups, but long term we’ll need more data on more animals and on more traits. I like the mantra of Mushrush Red Angus, a breeder here in Kansas, who says ‘All the data, all the time.’ You should know more about your cattle than anyone else in the value chain. Do you? Another major area of change needed with the implementation of BOLT is in our own mindset. Often, change in EPD is perceived as a bad or undesirable thing. Rather, producers should embrace the changed EPD.

Indeed as more data is amassed and accuracy goes up, EPDs adjust to reflect the new information which has led to a new, even more reliable estimate of the animal’s genetic merit. Knowing an animal’s merit with higher precision earlier in life has value! Consider Calving Ease EPD. If you turn a yearling bull on a set of replacement heifers would you rather know today that was a good or bad decision, or would you prefer to wait until calving season to learn if you’ll pull a lot of calves? How about Milk EPD, would prefer to know early in a sires life that his daughter will really milk or just provide companionship to their calves? Time has a monetary value. For this reason, among others, we must become more accustomed to changes in EPD and view the change as valuable.

Consider this, a genotype on a potential replacement candidate will yield more information about her genetic potential and her contribution to your selection system, than a lifetime of natural calves she may produce. Let me reiterate, the DNA test tells me more about a heifer’s merit in terms of EPD accuracy than her whole future production record and for all traits evaluated. That’s a game changer! Utilizing good selection practices and leveraging genomics, I can predetermine the genetic trend from the maternal side of the pedigree. Would your herd benefit from knowing a potential great cow now or 10 years from now after she’s had eight calves? No other tool allows for inference of genetic potential in such an accelerated method and across all traits.

No doubt, genotyping animals has a real cost. As a producer one of the best ways capture the return on investment is to aggressively use the newly informed EPD in selection. Genomically Enhanced EPDs provide a new level of precision through improved accuracy. That improvement in accuracy leads to enhanced response to selection. In some examples, this improvement leads to a doubling of the rate of genetic gain from selection. The prerequisite to the gain is the use of the tool in selection. A surprising number of breeders invest in genotyping of their bull sale offering to bolster their marketing efforts. While your buyers benefit from the improved accuracy of selection, your herd doesn’t benefit much, if any, from this investment as you’ve not informed or changed selection of the animals in your herd. To really capture value, one must use the tools to inform better selection decisions. One area producers should strategically invest in genotyping is in the selection of seedstock replacement females.

Genotyping provides an additional check of pedigree integrity to catch and fix issues related to incidental record keeping errors, cows that switched calves at birth, etc. Undetected, these errors cause complications to the genetic prediction system. DNA genotype inspection of sire, dam and offspring provide a convenient check of pedigree. In addition to testing young females, producers should genotype influential animals in the herd of mature stock. Knowing the genetic contributions of herd bulls used via natural service and donor dams helps build additional accuracy in the resulting EPDs. The revolutionary genetic evaluation system empowered by generations of pedigree and phenotypic records and emboldened with genomic information that lies before us present an opportunity of unprecedented value. Seizing that opportunity will require investment in our own knowledge, training and discipline. Will you learn to single step?


LIVESTOCK GENTEC BREEDING THE BEST: UNDERSTANDING THE PAST TO DRIVE BEEF’S FUTURE by Dawn Trautman, Director of Knowledge Translation Livestock Gentec, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


ver the past 10-15 years genetic and genomic technology has advanced to the point where it’s starting to become difficult to go to a bull sale and not see some genomic values reported. And plenty of producers are now making breeding decisions using these DNA-based tools. But what do they really mean? And how can you use them to maximize the potential for your operation? Animal Breeding Humans have been applying the study of inheritance to select for superior breeding animals for hundreds of years. Mathematical sciences such as statistics, quantitative genetics, population genetics, and molecular genomics are more recently added to the mix to make improved selection decisions. Adding selective pressure to the trait of interest is what makes it selective breeding. Expected progeny differences (EPDs) provide an estimate of an animal’s worth as a parent and how their traits will be passed to their ‘progeny’ or offspring. It’s based on phenotype and pedigree, where phenotype is made up of the interaction of the genotype (read: the genetic composition of the animal) and the environment. These values can be based on any one of, or a combination of phenotypes of the individual and/or measures of performance of relatives to the individual animal (i.e., siblings, progeny). If you’ve heard seemingly conflicting acronyms, such as EBV, carelessly thrown around; fret not! Without getting overly complicated, it comes down to the fact that a breeding value (the ‘BV’ part) is the total effect of an animal’s genes; how the breeding value is expressed depends on the environment in which the animal is raised. Genes are paired up in the genome; but when transmitting genetic 1A

material to offspring, progeny receive 50% of each parents’ genes. So, in the estimation of EPDs the value is half of that for an ‘estimated breeding value’ (EBV). That is, EPD = ½ EBV. In the North American cattle industry reporting values as EPDs is more common. So then, what are gEPDs? Genetics is the study of inheritance; and genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes. It addresses all genes and their inter-relationships in order to identify their combined influence on the growth and development of the individual animal. gEPDs are the ‘genomically enhanced’ version of the EPDs. They are the best estimate of an animal’s genetic worth as a parent as they make use of all available information, including known pedigree, performance and genomic information about the animal, its progeny, and other relatives. But what about phenotyping? No truer words were ever spoken (in genomics that is) than the line made famous by Scotland’s Dr. Mike Coffey: “in the age of genotypes, phenotype is king.” Phenotypic data allows researchers to link genetic variances with measurable traits such as weight gain, feed efficiency, reproductive success, disease susceptibility, temperament, and carcass quality. Phenotype is also influenced by the environment; that is if you don’t supply livestock with proper nutrition or protection from environmental stress, then this will likely be evident in the observed characteristics of the animal. Even though phenotyping is a lot of work the data provide the ability to link genetic variances with measurable, economically important traits. Accuracy Matters Both EPDs and gEPDs are estimates. The more sources of information that

can be used in these estimates, the more accurate the estimates will be. Consider the dairy industry: they have been collecting phenotype and genotype information for much longer than many areas of the beef industry. As a result, the accuracies of their estimation is much greater. And it’s a positive feedback for genetic progress. As the industry increases the collection of genotypes and phenotypes, the accuracies on young breeding stock increases, which decreases the risk of buying or retaining a bull not suited to your breeding and operational goals. This then reduces the interval to make progress at the herd level. When making purchasing decisions, remember to always check the EPD accuracies as this quickly tells you the status of the bull. Think of it as a confidence rating. The lower the accuracy number, the more risk you’re taking, as the outcome is less certain. The range is larger with lower accuracies so it’s possible you get the desired outcome, but it’s more due to chance. A higher accuracy EPD reduces your risk. What’s the use? At the seedstock level genomics and gEPDs can help with DNA assisted selection, prove parentage with greater accuracy, test for recessive lethal conditions, control inbreeding, help with mate selection, and start applying DNA based management tools. The value of something all depends on your objectives. For that reason, the first order of business is defining the goal of your operation. Once that’s settled, the annual rate of genetic improvement depends on the trait heritability (that is, the proportion of differences in a trait that is due to genetics), the genetic correlations of the trait and the traits on which

SNP is a single nucleotide polymorphism; simply it is the change in the genetic code that results in individual differences (for example, average daily gain in cattle).


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lowest cost. Finally, a High Density SNP Genotyping panel exists (otherwise known as “50K”, “GGP-HD”, among others). This test does all the same as above, including to be used to develop the prediction equations for gEPD calculations, but with more information. Bovine 50K genotyping is often used on highly prolific animals, including AI sires, embryo transfer dams, and prolific herd sires, as they contribute a great deal of genetic material to the entire herd. There are some SNP tests offered at ‘ultra-high density’. These are primarily an important research tool. Recalling that more data means more accuracy, these tests help set the stage for getting the baseline accuracy, largely through research projects. Choose the test that reflects your needs as a producer. If you want to verify which bull is working overtime for you or sell progeny based on pedigree, then basic SNP parentage might be all you need. Going further, if you want to start incorporating genomics in your breeding plan, then a lowdensity test such as the GGP-LD is a good choice. If your business is to offer

highly influential sires to the industry, then Bovine 50K might do you the best service in terms of complete and accurate information. Which test you use depends on your on-farm breeding objective – this should help you meet your herd performance targets, and ultimately be based on profitability for the success and sustainability of your operation. What’s next? Profitability is influenced by many factors and many traits. A well designed breeding program considers these traits in parallel in the development of selection indexes. Not all traits are of equal economic importance; and not all sectors of the beef industry have the same goal. A selection index is a single value that is designed to assign appropriate emphasis on the traits of interest. This becomes very useful for comparing and ranking animals. Genomics helps producers reach their breeding goals by more accurately selecting the right animals today, which will greatly influence the genetic merit and profitability of future animals. In this way, year by year, we get a little bit better. 31

GETTING IT RIGHT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE: CONTEMPORARY GROUPING FOR LIMOUSIN BREEDERS, PART 2 OF 2 By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Cow-calf Extension Specialist, Kansas State University


ndividual breeders are ultimately responsible for the accurate contemporary grouping of their animals. It is likely that only you know the management history of your herd. When completing performance data entry forms, consideration should always be given to the management and nutrition of the calves and their dams, and then they should be grouped accordingly using management codes. In theory, contemporary grouping is easy, but the application of contemporary grouping in real life can present many challenging decisions. A common error in building contemporary groups is breeders not assigning enough groupings to accommodate calves that have received unequal treatment. Just as damaging, some breeders create too many contemporary groups. Assignments should be as simple as possible while still accounting for major differences in management. A useful method to aid in contemporary grouping is to assign distinct contemporary group codes to animals that are exceptions to regular management practices. For example, calves that received preferential treatment (cattle being fitted for show, for example) should be placed within their own contemporary group. It is important to note that contemporary groups never increase in size after the calving season is over. A contemporary group may, however, decrease in size. Often, as calves get older the contemporary group will decrease in size due to culling, injury, sickness, death or assignment to sub-groups that reflect different management treatments or measurement dates. Contemporary groups cannot be recombined once animals have been defined to be members of separate groups. Reporting complete data is an important part of contemporary grouping that deserves special attention. In order to make EPDs as accurate as possible, it is critical that complete and accurate performance data be submitted on every calf born in your herd. Incomplete or inaccurate data reduces the reliability of each animal’s EPDs. The preciseness of an animal’s EPDs, particularly animals that have no progeny, depend greatly on an animal’s own performance record.


It is important to report all the calves born on your farm or ranch and their respective weights/performance measures. Granted reporting all data takes more effort, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. If you do not report all the data, the overall performance records of your operation will not be as accurate as they could be. Every calf should be weighed at birth. No exceptions! Yes, especially weigh the DEAD ones. It is important that both the sire and dam of a dead calf get the credit they deserve. Reporting only the good calves does not identify the poor producing parents. Not only will reporting each calf aid the accurate calculation of EPDs, it will also keep the dam’s production record current. Often breeders will try to economize by only sending in data and registering a portion of their calf crop, usually the top end. The practice of only reporting part of the contemporary group data is seriously flawed! It is as important, maybe more important, to identify the bottom end of the genetics and cull them, as it is to identify the top end. Additionally, by not reporting the bottom end of the calves, the top end doesn’t get the credit they truly deserve. For example, a producer has 10 bull calves. The average weaning weight for all 10 calves is 625 pounds (see Table 1). Note that calf #1 is 101 lb. below the group average and has a ratio of 84, while the best calf (#10) is 117 lb. above the average with a ratio of 119. It is important to remember that National Cattle Evaluation programs focus on the deviations (or difference) of calf weights from the average of the contemporary group rather than each calf’s adjusted weight. Table 1. Weaning Weight Contemporary Example All Calves Reported Top Half Reported Adj. 205d. Weight Deviation Ratio Deviation Ratio 1 524 -101 84 2 562 -63 90 3 578 -47 93 4 605 -20 97 5 606 -19 97 6 639 14 102 -36 95 7 643 18 103 -32 95 8 655 30 105 -20 97 9 694 69 111 19 103 10 119 67 110 742 117 Average Deviation and Ratio 0 100 0 100 Average Weight 625 675 Calf ID

Now let’s consider the calves if the producer reports only the heavy half of the calves. The new group average is 675 lb. The average weight, ratios and deviations are shown in the right portion of the table. With the new grouping, the heaviest calf (#10) has a ratio of only 110 and a deviation of +67 lb. He still looks good, but not as growthy as he really is. More importantly, notice calf #6.

When all the calves are considered, he was slightly above the average (ratio = 102, deviation = +14). If only the heavy calves are reported, he now looks inferior with a deviation of -36 and a ratio of 95. When data is only submitted on the best or poorest calves, they are being treated unfairly. And, the resulting culling and selection decisions the producer makes will be flawed.


Each calf you raise depends on you for a fair comparison relative to its mates. Many producers think it is advantageous to only report the best calves, when in fact it penalizes them. Only you know how your calves have been managed. Make sure your contemporary groupings reflect this knowledge. Some helpful tips for breeders to use in creating contemporary groups are included below:

6. Have progeny from two or more sires in each contemporary group.

A Guide to Contemporary Grouping 1. Use management or group codes on registration application or performance data submission forms to assign calves to contemporary groups. 2. Use a unique management/group code to put a sick or injured calf into a single animal contemporary group if the illness or injury affected the calf’s performance. 3. Take weaning weights and measurements on all calves on the same day (when a majority of the calves are between 160 and 250 days of age), including as many calves in each contemporary group as legitimately possible.

Weigh all animals in a group before separating them, especially before separating show calves or bulls for a test station.

5. If the age spread of calves in greater than 90 days, choose two or more weigh dates, using as few as possible to form groups that are as large as possible.

7. When calves are within an appropriate age range for each trait, record yearling weight, height, scrotal circumference, pelvic area, and ultrasound measurements on the same day. 8. If carcass data are to be collected on cull bulls, heifers or steers, report weaning weights on all animals. These data allows selection of replacement females and bulls to be accounted for in genetic evaluations and help prevent bias in the predictions. 9.

Do not weigh each calf individually as it reaches 205 days of age but rather weigh each calf in a group individually when calves average approximately 205 days of age.

10. Do not include calves receiving special treatment (show, bull test, sale) in the same group with those that did not receive an equal opportunity to perform.



here can have an effect on carcass weight, target finished weights, and weaning weights being lighter than expected. These results can help answer some common producer questions such as; I fed them the same as last year and my conception rate on heifers is lower than expected, or I used the same feed program as last year, ran the same days on feed, and my carcass weights are significantly off, what went wrong?


his article might be a bit off season, but should fit in nice with what producers should be thinking about as we move into a New Year. Fetal programming is a concept that has been around for quite some time in nutrition, but has really come to light in recent times as it pertains to beef cow nutrition. Much of the research in this field can help to shed light onto common problems producers see. Fetal programming in beef nutrition isn’t new. For years, many producers have increased the plane of nutrition of their cow groups prior to calving, knowing the effects it will have on the upcoming calf crop. Certainly, getting the right levels of energy, protein, and mineral are important here but what about doing this sooner? This is essentially what fetal programming looks at. Much of the research out there looks at taking cows over the second and third trimesters, feeding them average to low quality forages versus a higher quality feed stuff, such as molasses, soybean meal, canola meal and distillers, along with the same forage being tested against. When comparing these rations and their results, we can see cattle fed higher quality feeds during the second and third trimesters posted higher weaning weights, better conception rates, in not only themselves, but also their offspring. This makes sense due to how the fetus is developing. In the first and second trimesters many of the organs are starting to form. Nutritional deficiencies at this stage can have lasting effects on the long-term productivity of the animal yet to come. Also this is the stage the muscle fibres are being set. Nutritional deficiencies


As outlined in the figure below many things are happening in the cows over a year in her life. Nutritional demands change from lactation to gestation. Knowing what is going on inside cows from a nutritional stand point, can help producers make informed decisions to improve their future calf crop. Managing the cattle to meet all their needs can help overcome some future problems we may face.

Of course on the other side of the equation, fattening cows, we can have issues as well. Balance is needed when managing cow groups to better dial in what is required. With cows on good forage many of these needs for fetal growth and milk production can be met, the main goal here is to supplement trace minerals for proper development. With recent research into trace mineral sourcing, source can make a large impact on the availability side. Ensuring the absorbability of our minerals can further enhance development of the fetus. When looking at mineral nutrition it is important to know where our key elements are coming from. To learn more about fetal programming please contact your local Masterfeeds representative.



hen it comes to something as important as putting together your bull battery for the next breeding season, and likely for many yet to come, it is imperative that you get the best value for your money. A registered bull is your assurance that you are getting what you have paid for, and can also increase future re-sale value.

When we say value we’re not talking about how much a bull is worth in dollars, but more so the intangible value that comes with purchasing a registered bull from a reputable breeder versus just using a commercial bull. A bull’s registration papers clearly state his pedigree as well as the percentage Limousin that animal is. In order to be considered a purebred Limousin bull in Canada the animal must be 90% Limousin or greater. It also contains performance details, EPDs, and DNA test results which can assist you in making informed mating decisions and be better informed about their expected progeny. This can be particularly important is you are seeking a bull to use over first calving heifers. Knowing the pedigree, actual performance data, and EPDs, and having the opportunity to speak to the producer to obtain his opinion on which animals will make heifer bulls can save you a whole calving season of problems and death loss. You will not get this kind of assurance with a commercial bull and phenotype is not enough to go off of when selecting a bull to use over heifers. Please keep in mind that a registration paper is only current the date it was printed and for the most up to date details on an animal’s EPDs or DNA testing results it is always best to look the animal up on the Canadian Limousin Association registry system, DigitalBeef. Seedstock producers have spent years carefully planning matings and maintaining

excellent herd management and record keeping in order to provide you with top quality genetics that will allow you to be profitable in the long run. The Canadian Limousin Association requires that all walking bulls and donor cows be sire verified. All embryo calves, Fullblood animals, and AI sires must be parent verified, and all AI sires and donor cows must also have a Protoporphyria genotype on file. These requirements assure that pedigrees are correct and that genetics defects are not being proliferated. When making a bull purchase from a reputable breeder who maintains a registered herd of Limousin cattle, you can be more assured of herd health and breeding soundness. In most cases, the bull is already semen tested and some breeders will have additional tests done such as a DNA test to determine if the bull is homozygous polled. If purchasing directly from a producer you can perhaps see the dam and maybe even the sire of the animal you are purchasing, in person. When you know where your bull is coming from you may be able to speak to others who have purchased from the breeder previously and get a positive reference. Should there ever be a problem with your bull, you will be able to go back to the breeder and come to a mutually agreeable solution. If you buy a commercial bull from the auction market, you won’t be getting a sale credit if the bull’s feet go bad within a year! Limousin bulls are known for their longevity; therefore, a bull may be sold and used by more than one herd in his lifetime. Being in possession of the registration papers of your bull will increase his re-sale value, especially if you intend to sell him onto a purebred

breeder. In fact, if you are marketing a bull as purebred or percentage Canada’s Animal Pedigree Act specifies that any animal represented as purebred or percentage of a specific breed must be permanently identified by tattoo and registered with the appropriate breed association. The Act further stipulates that the seller must present the buyer with the original registration certificate with the buyer listed as the new owner. This is the buyer’s right and the seller’s responsibility, so please ensure that if you have purchased a registered bull, you require that the seller transfer the animal to you through the Canadian Limousin Association. If you believe you are saving yourself money by purchasing an unregistered bull you may in fact be missing out on significant value in your calf crop. The money you may save by purchasing a commercial bull is going to be money lost if that bull does not breed, has a poor calf crop, or difficult calving results in death loss. Seedstock producers work hard every day to provide their customers with genetics that will result in a high performing calf crop. Not to mention, seedstock breeders take pride in ensuring that their bulls are sound for breeding and given that this business is their livelihood, customer satisfaction is high priority. Your bulls have a significant influence on your calf crop, so why gamble with your bottom line? Instead, do your homework and find a registered breeder who is raising the type of cattle you are striving to produce. The resulting calves and peace of mind will be well worth your investment. Tessa Verbeek CLA General Manager



GRAND CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: Highland Boston sired by Mags War Admiral exhibited by Highland Stock Farms, owned with Double 4 Farming Ltd. RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: Cottage Lake Big Star sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Skull Creek Ranches CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: Greenwood Canadian Impact sired by XLR Total Impact 054T exhibited by Greenwood Limousin, owned with Nordal Limousin & Angus RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: HUNT Credentials 37C ET sired by HUNT Testiment 40T exhibited by B Bar Cattle, owned with Wulf Cattle and Hunt Limousin Ranch CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: RPY Paynes Draftsman 33D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: B Bar Austin Healy 4D ET sired by Ivy’s Bubba Watson HTZ24B exhibited by B Bar Cattle


CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE BULL CALF: Greenwood Double Down sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Greenwood Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: EMF Coppertop 18C sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Eden Meadows Farm

RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE BULL CALF: RPY Paynes Dynamite 46D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: Cottage Lake Destiny sired by Cottage Lake Big Star exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: SYC Dementrius 572D sired by RPY Paynes Bud 27Z exhibited by Symens Land and Cattle Co.

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Danica 1D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: EMF Darian 31D sired by B Bar Rust 31B exhibited by Eden Meadows Farm

CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Daisy Duke 35D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom sired by Wulfs Revolver 1219R exhibited by Greenwood Limousin, owned with Boss Lake Genetics

RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Day Dreamer sired by Cottage Lake Big Star exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: Cottage Lake Code Blue sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Greenwood Limousin

CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Demi 54D exhibited by Payne Livestock RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Danielle sired by Cottage Lake Big Star exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Anchor B Bailey 21B sired by Anchor B the Boss exhibited by Anchor B Limousin




FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL - NOVEMBER 10, 2016 EDMONTON, AB GRAND CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION YEARLING BULL: Greenwood Canadian Impact sired by XLR Total Impact 054T exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus, owned with Nordal Limousin & Angus RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: Greenwood Double Down sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD BULL: Cottage Lake Big Star sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Skull Creek Ranches RESERVE CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD BULL: Diamond C Braveheart sired by Excel Polled Popeye exhibited by Diamond C Ranch CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: Greenwood Dangerous Goods sired by Wulfs Xclusive 2458X exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus



RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: Cottage Lake Dark Horse sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE: Pinnacle’s Before He Cheats sired by CJSL Windfall 9072W exhibited by Plains Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: SYC Drunk on You 523D sired by RPY Paynes Bud 27Z exhibited by Symens Land and Cattle Co.

RESERVE CHAMPION YEARLING HEIFER: SYC Chloe 595C sired by Ivy’s Marksman HTZ 10X exhibited by Symens Land and Cattle Co.

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION MATURE COW: Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom sired by Wulfs Revolver 1219R exhibited by Greenwood Limousin, owned with Boss Lake Genetics

CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: Lingley’s Della Rose 8D sired by Greenwood Pld Zeppelin exhibited by Lingley Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION YEARLING HEIFER: Cottage Lake Code Blue sired by CFLX Wild Card, exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Greenwood Limousin RESERVE CHAMPION MATURE COW: Diamond C Angelina sired by Excel Polled Popeye exhibited by Diamond C Ranch


RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: SYC Daisy Mae 542D sired by RPY Paynes Bud 27Z exhibited by Symens Land and Cattle Co. CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Dirty Dancing sired by DHVO Deuce 132R exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Daniella 623D sired by Cottage Lake Big Star exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics




GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION SENIOR YEARLING FEMALE: Koyle Calendar Girl 13C sired by Koyle Apache 8A exhibited by Koyle Farms

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR YEARLING FEMALE: RCL Wind Chime 9C sired by RCL Cool Breeze 3Z exhibited by Rock Creek Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: Bee Zee Polled Bazinga 8B sired by MAGS Yip exhibited by Bee Zee Acres

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION JUNIOR YEARLING FEMALE: McConnell’s Crazy in Love sired by EGL 1A Allen exhibited by Bailey McConnell

CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: Pinch Hill Dewdrop 605D sired by MAGS Xylopolist exhibited by Pinch Hill Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: Haystacks Wish Sent Buddy sired by TMF Yosemite Sam 100Y exhibited by Haystack Acres CHAMPION YEARLING BULL: WGL Crowley sired by Wulfs Spring Loaded exhibited by Windy Gables Limousin RESERVE CHAMPION YEARLING BULL: Hillside Cliff sired by Dennison Polled Remedy exhibited Hillside Farm RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF: XJG Glacier 9D sired by XJG SWL George 1Z exhibited by Lisle Limousin


CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Roanna’s Annabelle sire by Hollee’s X-Factor exhibited by Haystack Acres RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Greenwood Pld Baby Doll sired by Greenwood Pld Rambo exhibited by Hollee Limousin RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR YEARLING FEMALE: Venture Cool & Fancy 38C sired by EXLR Total Impact 054T exhibited by Venture Livestock Enterprises


RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: Koyle Dixie Chick 24D sired by Koyle Apache 8A exhibited by Koyle Farms CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: Bee Zee Polled Dora 33D sired by Bee Zee Polled Bazinga 8B exhibited by Bee Zee Acres RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: Pinch Hill Damsel 615D sired by Greenwood Pld Zeppelin exhibited by Pinch Hill Limousin



JTL STOCKADE ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 2, 2016 LLOYDMINSTER, SK GRAND CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: Greenwood Canadian Impact sired by XLR Total Impact 054T exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus, owned with Nordal Limousin & Angus RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & SENIOR CHAMPION BULL: Cottage Lake Big Star sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Skull Creek Ranches RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: B Bar Soot 25B sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Hewson Land & Cattle Co.

CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: Boss Lake Danger Zone sired by Boss Lake Border Agent exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BRED HEIFER: PLNS Cassiopia 88C ET sired by Wulfs Zane X238Z exhibited by Plains Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: DBCC Dr. Feel Good 2D sired by B Bar Soot 25B exhibited by Double B Cattle Co.

CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Danica 1D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & SENIOR CHAMPION FEMALE: Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom sired by Wulfs Revolver 1219R exhibited by Greenwood Limousin, owned with Boss Lake Genetics

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Panes Dream Girl 26D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: RPY Paynes Draftsman 33D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION JUNIOR BRED HEIFER: Cottage Lake Code Blue sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Greenwood Limousin & Angus

CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: Greenwood Dangerous Goods sired by Wulfs Xclusive 2458X exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus

RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION FEMALE: Pinnacle’s Before He Cheats sired by CJSL Windfall 9072W exhibited by Plains Limousin

CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE BULL CALF: Greenwood Double Down sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus

CHAMPION SENIOR BRED HEIFER: B Bar Urban Girl 18C sired by EDW Attention Getter exhibited by RCN Livestock

RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE BULL CALF: RPY Paynes Diesel 37D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BRED HEIFER: TMF Miss 13C sired by Wulfs Willard 5115W exhibited by Plains Livestock



CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Dirty Dancing sired by DHVO Deuce 132R exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Daisy Duke 35D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Demi 54D sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Payne Livestock RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: Lazy A Desire Me sired by Richmond Ardon SRD 79A exhibited by Lazy A Limousin




NATIONAL LIMOUSIN SHOW - OCTOBER 26, 2016 BRANDON, MB GRAND CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: RPY Paynes Diesel sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: RPY Paynes Draftsman 33D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: B Bar Urban Girl 35C sired by Wulfs Xcusive 2458X exhibited by B Bar Cattle

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION SENIOR BULL CALF: B Bar Austin Healey 4D ET sired by Ivy’s Bubba Watson 24B exhibited by B Bar Cattle

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL CALF: Greenwood Double Down sired by RPY Paynes Derby 46Z exhibited by Greenwood Limousin

CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: Cottage Lake Big Star sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom sired by Wulfs Revolver 1219R exhibited by Greenwood Limousin, owned with Boss Lake Genetics

CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Distraction 14D ET sired by Wulfs Zane X238Z exhibited by Payne Livestock, owned with Calder Jones

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: JL Bonnet’s Thug MRA 402B sired by Wulfs Xtreme Sports exhibited by Jaymarandy Livestock CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: Greenwood Canadian Impact sired by EXLR Total Impact 054T exhibited by Greenwood Limousin & Angus, owned with Nordal Limousin & Angus RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: HUNT Credentials 37C ET sired by HUNT Testament 40T exhibited by B Bar Cattle


RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: Cottage Lake Code Blue sired by CFLX Wild Card exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Greenwood Limousin & Angus RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Anchor B Bailey 21B sired by Anchor B “The Boss” exhibited by Anchor B Limousin


RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER CALF: B Bar Starburst 19D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock, owned with Eden Meadows Farm CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: RPY Paynes Daisy Duke 35D sired by COLE Architect 08A exhibited by Payne Livestock RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Day Dreamer sired by Cottage Lake Border Agent exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics




RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF: RLF 187D ET sired by Wulfs Willard 5115W exhibited by Rail Line Farms

CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: EGL 3B Bruce sired by RLF Yardley 601Y exhibited by Emily Gibson

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: FMF Thriller 605D sired by MAGS Xylopolist exhibited by Four Mac Farm

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR BULL: Bee Zee Polled Bazinga 8B sired by MAGS Yip exhibited by Bee Zee Acres

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: RLF 184D ET sired by Wulfs Willard 5115W exhibited by Rail Line Farms

CHAMPION JUNIOR YEARLING BULL: Complete Package 4C sired by Smart Polled Urban exhibited by Jonathan Bell

CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Greenwood Pld Baby Doll sired by Greenwood Pld Rambo exhibited by Hollee Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR YEARLING BULL: Haystacks Cowpoke sired by TMF Yosemite Sam 100Y exhibited by Haystack Acres

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: RPY Paynes Brandy 25Z sired by KAJO Responder 120R exhibited by Emily Gibson



CHAMPION BULL CALF: WGL Dynamic 15D sired by TMF Redwood 322A exhibited by Windy Gables Limousin


CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER: RLF 8C ET sired by RLF Yardley 601Y exhibited by Rail Line Farms RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR HEIFER: RLF 19C ET sired by RLF Yardley 601Y exhibited by Rail Line Farms CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: McConnell’s Crazy in Love sired by EGL 1A Allen exhibited by Emily Gibson RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: RCL Wind Chime 9C sired by RCL Cool Breeze 3Z exhibited by Rock Creek Limousin



OLDS FALL CLASSIC - OCTOBER 1, 2016 OLDS, AB GRAND CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION BULL CALF: B Bar Austin Healy 4D ET sired by Ivy’s Bubba Watson 4D ET exhibited by B Bar Cattle

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: Cottage Lake Destiny sired by CFLX Wild Card, exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: HUNT Credentials 37C ET sired by HUNT Testament 40T exhibited by B Bar Cattle, owned with Wulf Cattle and Hunt Limousin Ranch

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: Cottage Lake Code Blue sired by CFLX Wild Card, exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, owned with Greenwood Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: SYC Cold Beer 523C sired by RPY Paynes Bud 27Z exhibited by Symens Land & Cattle Co.

CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Pinnacle’s Before He Cheats sired by CJSL Windfall 9072W with calf at foot Pinnacle’s Dream 83D exhibited by Plains Limousin, owned with Pinnacle View Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF: SYC Drunk on You 523D sired by RPY Paynes Bud 27Z exhibited by Symens Land & Cattle Co.



RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Diamond C Angelina sired by Excel Polled Popeye with calf at foot Diamond C Demolition exhibited by Diamond C Ranch RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: SYC Chloe 595C sired by Ivy’s Marksman HTZ 10Z exhibited by Symens Land & Cattle Co. RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: Boss Lake Don’t Cha sired by Cottage Lake Big Star exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics



LINDSAY EXHIBITION - SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 LINDSAY, ON GRAND CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: WGL Crowley 1C sired by Wulfs Spring Loaded 3158S exhibited by Windy Gables Limousin RESERVE CHAMPION BULL & CHAMPION BULL CALF: Hollee’s Green Dragon sired by Greenwood Pld Zeppelin exhibited by Hollee Limousin RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL: Hollee’s Cheap Trick sired by Greenwood Pld Zambuka exhibited by Preston Acres Limousin

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: Pinch Hill Call Girl 516C sired by KAJO Responder 120R exhibited by Pinch Hill Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: Hollee’s Athena sired by CJSL Windfall 9072W exhibited by Hollee Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE & CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: WGL Dancer 19D sired by TMF Redwood 322A exhibited by Windy Gables Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE: Hollees Calypso sired by TMF Zodiak 342Z exhibited by Darling Farms

CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE: ATJ Polled Royalty sired by L7 Lucky Me 9041J exhibited by Pinch Hill Limousin

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF: Darling Daisy Duke ET 90D sired by Greenwood Pld Xtra Charge exhibited by Darling Farms

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF: WGL Dynamic 15D sired by TMF Redwood 322A exhibited by Windy Gables Limousin


The Masterfeeds Show Cattle of the Year Awards recognize the top show bull, top show female, top show sire and top show dam for that year as determined by a point system based on placings at qualifying shows. In order to qualify for points a show must have a minimum of 30 head of Limousin cattle. In addition, Limousin animals who win a Supreme Champion title at a show with a minimum of 30 head of cattle of any breed receive additional points. The Canadian Limousin Association and our members sincerely thank Masterfeeds for their support of this program! Congratulations and thank you to all Limousin breeders who invested the time and resources into showing their cattle this year. You represented the breed very well at shows across the country, and your efforts shine a very positive light on the Limousin breed, for which everyone benefits.

2016 Qualifying Limousin shows were: • Lindsay Ag Exhibition, ON • Markham Fair, ON • Brandon Ag Ex (National Limousin Show 2016), MB • JTL Stockade Roundup, AB • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, ON • Farmfair International, AB •Canadian Western Agribition, SK Limousin animals were also Supreme Champions at the following events: • Westlock Fair, AB • Prince Albert Exhibition, SK • Brandon Ag Expo, MB • JTL Stockade Roundup, AB


SHOW BULL OF THE YEAR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7/8 tie 7/8 tie 9/10 tie 9/10 tie


Boss Lake Genetics, AB & Skull Creek Ranches, SK Windy Gables Limousin, ON Jayden Payne (Greenwood Limousin & Angus), SK Jayden Payne (Greenwood Limousin & Angus), SK Bee Zee Acres, ON B Bar Cattle, SK Payne Livestock, SK Payne Livestock, SK Koyle Farms, ON Rail Line Farms, ON

97 90 84 65 53 50 45 45 40 40


Owned by Boss Lake Genetics & Skull Creek Ranch


Owned by Greenwood Limousin & Angus and Boss Lake Genetics


Scott & Jacqueline Payne (Greenwood Limousin & Angus), SK Boss Lake Genetics, AB and Greenwood Limousin & Angus, SK Bailey McConnell, ON Four Mac Farm, ON Pinch Hill Limousin, ON Rail Line Farms, ON Payne Livestock, SK Hollee Limousin, ON Boss Lake Genetics, AB Koyle Farms, ON

140 104 56 50 49 46 45 44 40 40



Canadian semen rights owned by Payne Livestock, SK Counsil Family Limousin, USA Robert C. Matthews (Highland Stock Farms), AB and Payne Livestock, SK Rail Line Farms, ON and Top Meadow Farms, ON Canadian semen rights owned by Payne Livestock, SK Koyle Farms, ON Canadian semen rights owned by Greenwood Limousin & Angus, SK Scott & Jacqueline Payne (Greenwood Limousin & Angus), SK and Skull Creek Ranches, SK Clark Cattle, ON & Red Maple Farms, ON Windy Gables Limousin, ON

259 238 225 180 140 131 107 93 90 85


Canadian semen rights owned by Payne Livestock


Owned by Greenwood Limousin & Angus



Jayden Payne (Greenwood Limousin & Angus) Top Meadow Farms, ON & Rail Line Farms, ON Boss Lake Genetics, AB Scott & Jacqueline Payne (Greenwood Limousin & Angus), SK Boss Lake Genetics, AB Windy Gables Limousin, ON Bee Zee Acres, ON Payne Livestock, SK Payne Livestock, SK Eden Meadows Farm, SK

218 143 141 140 133 116 83 65 61 61

CJLA NEWS Thank you to all those who supported the auction! We raised $9,400 that will go towards show clothing and prizes for the 2017 CJLA Impact Show. With the success of the auction, it is sure to become an annual CJLA event. There are still a select number of tickets available at $20 each. Please contact Laura Ecklund by calling 403-559-9849 or via email at

By receiving this generous scholarship, it will alleviate some of the financial stressors college students are faced with. The scholarship will be put to use as it will alleviate textbook costs in my first year of college. Thank you again for your selection it is greatly appreciated. 2017 Australian / Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange Recipients


As the fall show season comes to an end, we reflect on the year behind us and look forward to the year ahead. 2016 has been a year of change for the CJLA. Laura Ecklund was assigned the role of CJLA Coordinator earlier this year and will now look after the CJLA along with her CLA duties. At the Annual General Meeting held in Lloydminister, AB this July, it was decided upon to expand the CJLA Board to include 10 positions. The Board felt that this was a necessary change in order to have fair representation of East to West coast members. With this change, we welcomed Jackie Wismer of Ontario to the Board. The CJLA meets every two months by teleconference and once a year in person at the Impact Show. If you are interested in a Board position, elections will take place at the 2017 AGM during the CJLA Impact Show, being held the weekend of July 27, 28, 29 in Portage La Prairie, MB. The CJLA board is currently working on an online store selling Limousin branded items. Our goal is to provide gifts that can be given to bull buyers, 4-H members, etc. We will also be selling hats and jackets with the Limousin logo. Watch for more details of this exciting initiative in the New Year. Wishing our Limousin juniors, family and friends a very Merry Christmas!


We would like to take this time to congratulate the recipients of this year’s CJLA scholarships and next year’s Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange. A big congratulations to the following five deserving ladies! The 2016 CJLA Scholarship Recipients are... Kaitlyn Davey Westbourne, MB Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient of one of the scholarships, it means a lot being recognized for having such passion in a great breed! I was really honoured to be chosen knowing all the other candidates probably are just as passionate about the breed as I am. The money will be put towards paying for college/university next year where I plan to study agriculture and hope to get into a marketing career while also continuing to grow my herd of purebred Limousin cattle. Brittany Hirschfeld Cando, SK I am honoured to receive this scholarship. I will be using the money towards the costs of my schooling for nursing. I am so thankful for the opportunities that both the Limousin breed and its associations have given me. Jackie Wismer Amherstburg, ON

Laura Ecklund CJLA Coordinator AUCTION


This year the CJLA auctioned off raffle ticket at the National Show and Sale in Brandon, MB. The winning ticket holder will be given the sponsorship rights and have their logo on the clothing for the 2017 CJLA Impact Show.

Cheyenne Porter Wainwright, AB

Thank you for the opportunity to be selected in receiving the Canadian Junior Limousin Association Monetary Scholarship. This means a great deal to me as I will hopefully be attending school out of province in the near future for Animal Health Technology, or Agribusiness in the livestock production stream.

Being given the chance to travel to Australia is a once in a lifetime opportunity for myself. Representing the Limousin breed in another country is a huge honour. I will take every chance I can to learn more about the Limousin breed and how they are viewed around the world. I am looking forward to seeing how cattle are shown in other areas of the world and the agricultural practices they use. Naomi Best Harding, MB This trip is a once in a life time experience for me and I am honoured to be chosen for this award. I hope to get to know the Limousin breed even better and see how other cattle operations work, especially in a different part of the world. I would also like to gain new connections and contacts with other people who share the same passion and dedication for the cattle business as I do. I am looking forward to spending a month in Australia next year. ********************************* Interested in becoming a CJLA Member? A one-time $25 membership fee is good from 0-21 years of age. When you turn 21 you can use that $25 towards your first year of an adult membership with CLA. CJLA Contact Info: Laura Ecklund CJLA Coordinator 403-559-9849


RAWF ONTARIO JUNIOR LIMOUSIN SHOW 30 juniors and their calves hit the Ring of Excellence on Monday, November 7 to compete in the Ontario Junior Limousin Show. The Junior Limousin show closed out the fourth and final show for all juniors at the 2016 Royal Agriculture Winter Fair. The show was once again a huge success thanks to all the parent and junior volunteers who put in endless hours of work and commitment to allow the juniors to show. The results are as follows: SHOWMANSHIP CLASSES Pewee Showmanship Grand Champion Peewee: Margaret Darling Reserve Grand Champion Peewee: Callum Grant


Junior Showmanship Grand Champion Junior: Bianca Byers Reserve Grand Champion Junior: Paige Grant Intermediate Showmanship Grand Champion Intermediate: Jackie Wismer Reserve Grand Champion Intermediate: Tyler Murray Senior Showmanship Grand Champion Senior: Brad MacIntyre Reserve Grand Champion Senior: Carolyn Darling Overall Grand Champion Show Person Jackie Wismer Reserve Grand Champion Show Person Brad MacIntyre


CONFORMATION CLASSES Heifer Calves Grand Champion: RLF 111D shown by Paige Grant Reserve Grand Champion: Darling Dash of Sugar 31D shown by Margaret Darling Yearling Heifers Grand Champion: TMF California Dreamer 46C shown by Jackie Wismer Reserve Grand Champion: Hollees Calypso shown by Julie Darling Overall Grand Champion Female: TMF California Dreamer 46C shown by Jackie Wismer Overall Reserve Grand Champion Female: Hollees Calypso shown by Jullie Darling





n August 1, Brandon Hertz and myself met up in the Vancouver airport to start an adventure we knew we would never forget! After at what seemed like the longest flight ever, we landed in Brisbane, Australia where we were picked up and were taken to the Ekka for a full day at the steer show. Instantly we met dozens of great people. The steer show was a big surprise for the both of us; the show was divided into two sections – the hoof and the hook. The steers were all shown in weight classes and judged on how well the judge thought the carcasses would grade. It was neat to see so much Limousin influence in these steers. Soundness and phenotype weren’t necessarily a big concern. After the Champion was selected, they were sold and all butchered right in Brisbane where a panel of judges then placed them on carcass quality and the champion was then announced at the end of that week. We were fortunate enough to be traveling to the Gold Coast with a group of adults from St. Johns College when they heard they had won Grand Champion on the hook! The first night after steer judging we went with Jon Gaufney of Grenata Limousins. We spent a full day touring his great group of rugged sale bulls and cow herd. The next day we left early with Jon to head back to the Ekka to watch the Limousin show. The breed was well represented in the Supreme Show, where we witnessed an incredible Brahman bull get the slap. We spent the next three days in a condo overlooking the ocean on the Gold Coast. There, we spent some time touring the city on a boat, swimming in the ocean and taking in the night life. We then drove 11 hours southwest to Dubbo, New South Wales. We spent a week with Ben Toll of Sheraton Limousins, who was also an agriculture teacher at St. Johns College. We toured many different operations such as a Brahman herd, Shorthorn herd, Charolais herd, Limousin herd and a very large sheep operation. St. Johns College is a high school with a farm on the property where kids learn to calve, breed, and maintain livestock as well as show steers as a team that travels to shows together. We spent one night with the Moody family skeet shooting and having a BBQ. The Moody’s then drove us down to meet Glen and Susie Trout of Birubi Limousins where we would spend our third week. This was an exciting week because Biruibi was having their on-property production sale consisting of 30 yearling and two year old bulls as well as a select group of bred and

open purebreds and a few commercial pairs. This herd was a very impressive group of over 100 cows. A bull caught our attention called Biruibi Jupita that is owned by B Bar Cattle and J. Yorga Farms. Another bull was a maternal brother by RPY Paynes Derby that was extremely impressive. We spent the week feeding the sale cattle and clipping the heifers. The sale cattle were penned in the great facilities and sale

runs, while the sale was a video auction held in a tent. The sale topped with a JYF Yieldmaster son at $11,000. The next day Glen Trout took us to Summit Livestock where we toured another top-notch operation. We liked the Limousin and Angus cattle so much at Summit, we came back a second time to look through them. Glen and Susie then took us to our final week in Australia at Flemington Limousins. Ian and Donna Robson run a tremendous herd of purebred Limousin, as well as a select few Angus and Charolais. We spent a few days working hair and clipping on their show string and sale bulls. A highlight of my trip was finding the Flemington Legend bull in the pastures of Flemington. After a few text messages and some negotiations, myself and the crew at Greenwood Limousin purchased the Canadian semen rights on Legend. We are extremely excited to see what this homozygous polled complete outcross bull will do for the Limousin breed in Canada. Ian took us to the local sales barn where they sell 30,000-50,000 sheep a week and a few thousand head of cattle. We also toured the Cargill processing butcher shop. The rest of the week we spent doing some hunting and touring the Batlow apple orchards, that Ian and Donna help run. On our way to Sydney we took a tour of the cattle and winery at Lavalla Limousins with Brother Anthony Robertson. Our last night Ian took us out on the town to do some sight seeing in Sydney before catching a full day of flights. This opportunity provided by the Canadian Junior Limousin Association was nothing short of incredible. Brandon and I both saw some great cattle and met some tremendous people that we will be friends with forever. As I write this I’m on my drive home from Agribition where I was fortunate enough to spend the week with two great friends, Brenden Lydford and Patrick Rankmore, that I met in Australia. I’m already planning to head back in April for the Limousin Feature Breed Show, to see the friends I made. I would encourage any youth to apply for the chance to take this trip of a lifetime!


BRITISH COLUMBIA NEWS Hello from the West Coast! Hope this report finds everyone happy and healthy and ready for winter. Things in BC have been wet, wet, wet as in most areas of country, but the snow is finally arriving and hopefully things will firm up sooner rather than later. The BC Limousin happenings have been pretty quiet this fall, but we are gearing up for our BC’s only all Limousin bull sale this April. Watch for more details – the offering will be as strong as ever, proving that BC cattle can compete with some of

the best in the country and can withstand a myriad of different terrain. When considering you next bull purchase, consider having a look out west! Cheers for now. Erin Kishkan



Fall was a busy one and a challenging one. The weather certainly didn’t seem to cooperate in some parts of the province. I hope that everyone was able to get the harvest off and the pens firmed up.

In saying that, there are some exciting pen shows coming up:

This fall run of cattle shows was definitely an exciting one. Olds Fall Classic, Lloydminster Stockade Roundup and of course, the ever popular Farmfair International had an excellent representation of the Limousin breed. I speak for everyone when I say thank you to all the exhibitors out there showcasing their Limousin genetics and promoting them to beef producers from across Alberta, Canada and the world. A huge congrats to all exhibitors at all the fall shows.

Camrose Bull Congress Camrose, AB - January 27 & 28, 2017

Medicine Hat Pen Show Medicine Hat, AB - December 16 & 17, 2016

Crossroads Beef Expo Oyen, AB - February 18, 2017 The ALA board wishes you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and an exciting calving season in 2017! Steve Lingley Alberta Limousin Association

SASKATCHEWAN NEWS 2016-2017 SLA Board of Directors

Masterfeeds, Greenwood Limousin, Jones Cattle Co., Martens Livestock, Pinnacle View Limousin, B Bar Cattle, Edwards Limousin, Eden Meadows Farm, RCN Livestock, Karwandy Limousin, KenDoc Limousin, Hi-Way Limousin, Cochrane Stock Farm, Lazy A Limousin, Boss Lake Genetics, J. Yorga Farms, Red Coat Cattle Station, Circle T Limousin, Carpenter Cattle Co. Praire Gold Sale Group, Payne Livestock.

President: Rhett Jones Vice-President: Eric Martens Secretary: Eric Boon Treasurer: Janet Hale Past President: Kevin Rea Directors: Jeff Yorga and Ryley Bielecki

Well I have finally caught up on sleep, as I write this after the SLA finished up another strong Agribition. The Limousin cattle were extremely strong from top to bottom. Not only did the Limousin breeders realize it, but well respected cattlemen from other breeds took note of it! Thank you to our President/Barn Boss Rhett Jones (Jonesy) and the entire SLA board for their hard work! Canadian Western Agribition Wrap Up: • SLA Commercial Producer of the Year Award was presented to Gordie and Lorelee Zyznomirski and family! • Judge Marlin LeBlance from Estevan, SK sorted through the deep set of Limousin cattle.

• Thank you to Rob Garner, Terry Bedard, Colette Carpenter and Dana Carpenter for volunteering along with our SLA directors to help during the Limousin Show! • Thank you Anchor B Limousin (Bev Bohrson) for donating the basket of homemade canned goods! • Big thanks to those that bought tickets in the dutch auction. • Bohrson Marketing Services were the lucky winners once again and graciously auctioned it off. Eric Boon and Elliot MacGregor were the buyers.

• Bohrson Marketing Services managed the Solid Gold Limousin Sale once again, with a tremendous line up of live and frozen genetics that averaged $7,396.

• In the Silent Auction:


Thank you to the following the donated items: B Bar Cattle, Martens Livestock, UltraBeef Ultrasound Services and Bow Valley Genetics.

• Congratulations to first time exhibitors Hewson Land & Cattle for receiving the Herdsman Award!


Thank you to those that bid and purchased the items.

• We could not put on this event without our tremendous banner/pizza party sponsors: Bohrson Marketing Services, Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Hale Stock Farms, Emtech Genetics,

Eric Boon

SLA Commercial Producer of the Year Award Winners Gordie and Lorelee Zyznomirski and Family

Secretary, Saskatchewan Limousin Association

SLA Herdsman of the Year Award Winners Hewson Land & Cattle Company 47

MANITOBA NEWS As I sit to write this report, winter has returned bringing heavy snow and road closures. It has been an unusual November, but it needed to be in order to make up for the challenging weather in October. I hope you have been able to complete harvest, get the bales home, and wean/sell your calves. We have seen calf prices strengthen some so I hope we have seen the bottom of this calf market. Some positive signals would be really beneficial to the long-term viability of the cow-calf producer. It has been a month since the M.L.A. hosted the Canadian Limousin National Show & Sale in Brandon, it was a great event and held in a wonderful venue. There were producers and livestock from Western Canada in attendance and the M.L.A. appreciates their support. It was an event packed four days and concluded with the Supreme Championship, where Greenwood Limousin from Lloydminster was awarded Supreme Champion Female of the Show with Greenwood Pld Zoom Bloom. Congratulations to the Paynes on this prestigious award. I would like to personally thank all the sponsors for their support. Thank you to Pioneer Seed-Southern

Seeds and the Canadian Limousin Association for sponsoring the post show/pre sale meal. Thank you to all the volunteers and board members who helped out before or during this event. A special thank you to Kyle Wright for all his hard work in sponsorship/ fundraising, show coordination and acting as Barn Boss. Every event needs someone who rises to the challenge and Kyle certainly did exactly that. Most of the shows and sales have concluded and the holiday season is just around the corner. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the Limousin family throughout Canada and wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season. As we bring 2016 to a close let us be thankful for what we have and look forward to a prosperous 2017. On a personal note, I would like to thank the Canadian Limousin Association for the presentation of the Award of Distinction at the National Show & Sale in Brandon, MB. I am truly honoured and humbled by the magnitude of this award. It is a privilege to be included in this elite group of award recipients. Bill Campbell President, Manitoba Limousin Association

ONTARIO NEWS Season’s Greetings to our Limousin friends across the country and beyond. The New Year will soon be upon us and 2015 just a memory. What great year it has been to be in the Limousin breed. With near record prices in commercial and purebred markets we continue to see interest in Limousin cattle expand. In Ontario we have held a number of events that have been well received by our membership. The Canadian Limousin Association Annual General Meeting and Commercial Evening in conjunction the CJLA Impact Show was well received. Our provincial show in Markham and the National Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair each hosted over 100 entries, record breaking numbers for at least the last two decades. Hosting the National Sale in Ontario allowed a number of 48

breeders to participate with great success. The new 2016 Ontario Limousin Association day planner is now available. Thank you to all the advertisers who make this possible and to the committee who works hard to put it together. If you would like a copy please contact Murray Shaw (519-864-4030 or or Garry Smart (519-538-4877 or Wishing everyone the best in 2016! Murray Shaw President, Ontario Limousin Association



Don’t forget to follow the periodic weight report of the Limousin bulls currently on test at genetic evaluation test station at St-Martin in the Beauce area, by looking them up at: The auction will be held on February 18, 2017. As usual, you could find bulls that will be highly qualified on their genetic potential and overall conformation. We are looking forward in welcoming you all, and on behalf of all bull owners, we wish to thank you for your support. Sincere congratulations to SDJ Polled Limousin Farm on their success with the Best Limousin Bull Banner in 2016 (see photo hereafter).

Noubliez pas de suivre les résultats des pesées périodiques des taureaux Limousin évalués à la Station génétique de St-Martin en Beauce à l'adresse internet suivante bovinsboucherie/documents. Cette année, l'encan aura lieu le samedi, 18 février 2017. Cette vente vous offrira, comme à l'habitude, des taureaux qui se démarquent par leur génétique supérieure et leur conformation exceptionnelle. Nous vous attendons en grand nombre et vous remercions, au nom des producteurs participants de la confiance que vous leur accordez. Félicitations à la Ferme SDJ Polled Limousin qui a remporté la bannière remise au producteur du meilleur taureau Limousin de la Station St-Martin de 2016.

OUR WEB SITE: Any Limousin breeder wishing to advertise cattle for sale or any breeder who would want to purchase cattle, you are welcome to post your ads on the Quebec Limousin Association website. You must send your cattle description and any photos to our secretary ( She will be more than happy to publish them free of charge. You can also promote any special events regarding the Limousin breed (sales, open houses, show results, etc.). NEW YEAR’S WISHES The Board of Directors of the Quebec Limousin Association wishes all members, and their families, a Merry Christmas, with much joy, happiness, success, prosperity in 2017 and a successful upcoming calving season.

Diane Joly

OUR WEB SITE: Les producteurs qui ont des animaux à vendre ou qui voudraient en acheter, sont invités à placer leurs petites annonces sur le site de l'Association Limousin du Québec. Vous n'avez qu'à envoyer la description des animaux ainsi que des photos à la secrétaire ( et il lui fera plaisir de les publier, gratuitement. Il est également possible d'y annoncer vos événements spéciaux concernant la race Limousin (vente, visite organisée de votre ferme, participation aux expositions, etc.). ARRIVÉE DE LA NOUVELLE ANNÉE Le Bureau de Direction de l'Association Limousin du Québec souhaite à tous ses membres ainsi qu'à leur famille un joyeux temps des Fêtes, rempli de bonheur, réussite et prospérité pour cette nouvelle année 2017, et finalement une belle récolte de plusieurs beaux petits veaux.

Secretary, Quebec Limousin Association Diane Joly Secrétaire, Association des Éleveurs Limousin du Québec


MARITIME NEWS The Maritimes saw a beautiful fall with three livestock shows holding Limousin classes this year. The first show of the year was the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in Truro on August 27. Martin Bohrson of Hanley, Saskatchewan judged. There were two herds exhibiting over 20 head. Grand Champion Female was awarded to RLF 802A, a three year old RLF X Man daughter with a TMF Landmark son at side exhibited by Balamore Farms. Reserve Champion Female went to East Coast Cowgirl, a yearling RLF Yardley daughter exhibited by East Coast Limousin. Grand Champion Bull was Balamore Dark Knight, a TMF Landmark son on the Grand Champion cow. Reserve Champion Bull went to a TMF 26A son, Balamore Detroit; both exhibited by Balamore Farms.


A month later, the New Brunswick Beef Expo in Sussex saw three herds exhibiting nine head. The Grand Champion Bull, Othberg’s Dez 71D, exhibited by Othberg’s Limousin, was a Richmond Yak son. In the Supreme Bull class he also received an honorable mention. Reserve Champion Bull went to Othberg’s

Duncan. Richmond Yak was also sire of the Grand Champion Female, Richmond Dallas. Reserve Champion went to Othberg’s Diamond. Judge for this show was Bill Jackson from Ontario. On September 22 to 25 we saw the Heritage Beef Show at the Hants County Exhibition. This was the 251st running of this exhibition, making it the longest running exhibition in North America. Chad Hollinger of Neudorf, Saskatchewan judged the 20 head from four herds, with Grand and Reserves much the same as the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition. Grand Champion Bull and Female came from the RLF 802A and Balamore Dark Knight pair with East Coast Cowgirl winning Reserve Champion Female. The Reserve Champion Bull nod went to Richmond Canada Boy, an Ivy’s Marksman son, owned by Manfred Zillig. Barb McLaughlin Secretary, Maritime Limousin Association

STOCKING THE HERD Congratulations to Chris and Amanda Haywood, big brother Holt, and the entire Highland Stock Farms family on the birth of Revington Robert Haywood. 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21.5” long, Revington arrived on November 23rd, just one day before their bull, Highland Boston, owned in partnership with Double 4 Farming Ltd., was slapped Grand Champion Limousin Bull at Canadian Western Agribition! A big week indeed for the Matthews/Haywood families and a big congratulations all around!


CLA Vice-President Eric Boon and Terra Chalack of B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan are going to be tying the knot in 2017! Congratulations from the CLA!

Photo Credit: Life Captured Photography


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.

A Glass-Half-Full Perspective

A downturn in prices, feedlot closures, and general beef industry volatility are sure knocking the heck out of the excitement that was felt by the industry just a year and a half ago. Already the “Has-bins” and “Never-wasuns” are adding their two-cents worth saying, “I am sure glad I don’t have any cattle this year!” I am glad most of them didn’t have any cattle in 2015 either! Simple rule – don’t listen to them. Instead, focus your efforts on developing a plan for your herd based on numbers that you can make work and take some time to learn about opportunities for beef producers; especially, with a view to market predictions for the next few years. A check of the Province of Saskatchewan Weekly Cattle Market Update (based on the Canfax Market Outlook and Summary) shows the average price for a 500 - 600 pound steer April 10, 2015 was $327.17 ($/cwt); for the week ending October 14, 2016 it was $177.75 ($/cwt) – a decline of 46%. In gross dollars for a 550 pound steer that pencils out to $1799.44 in 2015 verses $977.62 this fall – a big difference. Can you still remain profitable? What influences your profitability? What can you do to improve profitability? A huge factor determining profitability is cost of production. For many of us feed is in abundant supply and cheaper than it has been for years. All thanks to Mother Nature and the basic market forces of supply and demand. A growing number of producers have already been cutting costs in recent years through extended grazing seasons and exploring cheaper ways to overwinter cows. Herd sizes have grown substantially over the last couple of decades with a view to increased efficiency gained through economy of scale. If you have paid too much for replacements a couple of years ago then it is going to take you longer to pay them off. Hopefully, their cost can be offset by less expensive replacements acquired before, or even after the boom. As I continually preach - it still makes sense to cull inefficient cows. The largest determinant of profitability is pounds of calf weaned per cow. Although the price decline for cull cows is 40% from spring 2015 to present a 150 pound lighter steer calf born 60 days later than the first calves will gross $763.32 (400 pounds @ 190.83/ cwt); a difference of $214.30 when compared with the 550 pound

steer used in the example above. However, both calves have essentially the same cost of production. In today’s market a 1300 pound cull fetching (D3 Live @ $79.25 cwt) $1030.25 will go a long way toward a purchasing a better replacement that hopefully has the potential to clear the inefficient cow deficit in just one year. Remember bred replacements will be cheaper too. All indications point to the bottom of this price cycle occurring in 2018 or 2019 so the forecast for “Betsy the Tail-ender” will not be improving any time soon. What about your marketing plan? With lots of feed around maybe backgrounding and finishing should be considered? I can’t predict what prices will look like in 2017, but with cheap feed maybe it is worth trying to put some extra pound on those calves. Market predictions I have looked at are favorable for creep feeding and backgrounding. In my opinion there has been no better time in recent years to retain good heifers! Their value is lower than it has been for some time and their first calves will not be hitting the market until the fall of 2018 with their best years occurring during the price incline of the next cycle. To date, cow-herd re-expansion has not occurred on a national scale largely stymied by uncertainty in the industry. These females will pay off in the future! Other ways to add value to your herd are to ensure that your calves are castrated, weaned appropriately and properly vaccinated. Sick cattle do not perform well with losses easily outweighing the costs of a vaccine program. There are a couple of different programs promoted by veterinary pharmaceutical companies that may interest you and could add value to your cattle – just ask your food animal veterinarian for details. Most of us will have to market some of our calves this fall. The bigger calves will bring more money while the cost of gain on the smaller calves is low enough in most circumstances to warrant keeping them for a while to put some pounds on. Take advantage of opportunities! I you have an overabundance of feed you may be able to purchase additional calves or custom background. Retaining ownership through all phases of production could also be in your future.


SALES NATIONAL ADVANTAGE LIMOUSIN SALE October 28, 2016 Brandon, MB Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran, Dorran Marketing Inc. Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing


November 15, 2016 Red Deer, AB Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran, Dorran Marketing Inc. Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing




Lot 113 – Koyle Apache 8A sired by EXLR Total

Lot 20 – Choice of Cow Herd consigned by Triple R

Impact 054T sold to Koyle Farms for $6,000

Limousin sold to Payne Livestock for $9,500 Lot 13 – RPY Paynes Desire 19D ET sired by Wulfs Zane X238Z consigned by Payne Livestock sold to Triple R Limousin for $7,500


November 24, 2016 Regina, SK Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran, Dorran Marketing Inc. Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing

Lot 3 – Anchor B Cassidy 10C sired by Anchor B “The Boss” consigned by Anchor B Limousin sold to


Payne Livestock for $6,250


Lot 11 – B Bar Starburst 19D sired by COLE Architect


08A consigned by B Bar Cattle sold to Martens

Lot 3 – B Bar Urban Girl 35C sired by WulfsXclusive

Livestock for $6,000

2458X sold to Norfolk Cattle for $15,500

Lot 1 – JL Bonnet’s Thug MRA 402B sired by

Lot 11 – EMF Duracell 8D sired by RPY Paynes Derby

WulfsXtreme Sports consigned by Jaymarandy

46Z sold to Payne Livestock for $10,000

Livestock sold to Walter Kelbert for $5,500 Lot 12 – Greenwood Daisy PYN 42D sired by COLE Architect 08A sold to Nordal Limousin & Angus for $10,000



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Arcon Cattle Company

Arley Cattle Company

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

727 458 21st Sideroad RR#1 Clarksburg, Ontario NOH 1JO

Kym and Carole Anthony - Owners Mike Geddes - General Manager Farm Office: 519 599 6776 Farm Fax: 519 599 1079 Mike Geddes cell: 519 375 6230 Mike Geddes - email: Darrell Saunders - email:

Bill & Mary Anne Zwambag Nick, Andrew & Matt

Visit our website at:

41410 Glendon Dr., Glenco, ON N0L 1M0 Res. (519) 287-3219 Fax: (519) 287-5248

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Breeders of polled purebred and fullblood Limousin

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

ercial Attention comm Advertise your Limousin influence calves for cattlemen free on the CLA website


Services Section   Auctioneer 4-3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7G9

Cell (306) 220-5006

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

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ADVERTISIERS INDEX Amaglen Limousin 13 Andrew Ranches Limousin 21 Arcon Cattle Company 55, BC Arley Cattle Company 55 B Bar Cattle 7 Bar 3R Limousin 55 Bar-Dale Limousin 54 Bee Zee Acres 23, 56 Boss Lake Cattle Co. 10, 11 Bova-Tech Ltd. 57 Bow Valley Genetics 57 CanFax Market Summary 22 Cherway Limousin 55 Cochrane Stock Farms 55 David-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. de Jager Limousin Diamond C Ranch

57 21, 54 8, 54

Eden Meadows Farm 2 Excel Ranches 12 Fort Ellice Limousin 55 Fouillard Limousin 54

Hollee Limousin 6 Horizon Limousin 54 Hudson Limousin 54 J Yorga Farms IBC Jaymarandy Limousin 55 Karwandy Limousin 55 Ken-Doc Limousin 23 Koyle Farms 27 Lazy A Limousin 55 Nordal Limousin & Angus


Payne Livestock BC Pine Haven Farm 56 Pinnacle View Limousin 1, 54 Poley, Chris 57 Poplar View Stock Farm 55 Posthaven Limousin 56 Red Coat Cattle Station 55 Richmond Ranch 9, 54 Riverstone Cattle Company IFC Rocky View Livestock 54

Gardiner Limousin 56 Grant Rolston Photography 57 Skeels, Dan 57 Greenwood Limousin & Angus 10, 11, 60 Smart Limousin 56 Southbridge Limousin 54 H.S. Knill Co. Ltd. 39 Stewart Limousin 54 Hansen’s Limousin 54 Stockmens Insurance 57 Haystack Acres 56 Hi Way Limousin 55 Team Auction Sales 57 High Cattle Company 21 Top Meadow Farms 56 Highland Stock Farm 5 Treftz Limousin 33 Hillside Farm 56 Triple “R” Limousin 56 Hillview Farms 31, 54 Hi-Valley Limousin 12, 54 Willowcrest Limousin 54 Hockridge Farms 55 Windy Gables Limousin 3, 56



December Published By: Today’s Publishing #4-3342 Millar Avenue, Saskatoon SK S7K 7G9 Phone: (306) 934-9696 Fax: (306) 934-0744 Published 3 times/year: Winter, Fall & Christmas Careful consideration has been placed on production of this magazine and we are responsible for the value of the advertisement; however, we assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: Today’s Publishing Circulation Dept. #4 3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7G9 Email: Our Staff: Bryan Kostiuk - Editor Chris Poley - Marketing Ted Serhienko - Marketing Treena Ballantyne - Controller Mina Serhienko - Accounting Carla Horatchka - Accounting Debbie Thiessen - Circulation Tiffany Peters - Lead Design Del Gautier - Design Samantha Rimke - Office

Printed in Canada by: Western Litho, Regina, SK Publication Mail Agreement: 40021107


New Year’s Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale, Olds, AB

January 15 Limousin Voice Herd Bull Issue Deadline 27-28 Camrose Bull Congress, Camrose, AB

February 11 16 18-19 27

Treftz Limousin Annual Production Sale, Wetonka, SD Nordal Limousin and Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Crossroads Beef Expo, Oyen AB JYF Annual Production Sale, Flintoft, SK

March 4 9 10 13 14 17 18 18 24 27

Hillview Farms Bull Sale, Morinville, AB Excel Ranches “Excellence” Sale, Westlock, AB Richmond Ranch Grass Country Bull & Female Sale, Rumsey, AB Diamond C Ranch 16th Annual Bull Sale, Ponoka, AB deJager Bull Sale, Brooks, AB Anchor B/B Bar Cattle/Carpenter 16th Annual Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Canada’s Red White & Black Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Highland Bull Sale, Bragg Creek, AB Prairie Gold Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Riverstone Cattle Company Bull Sale, Olds, AB

April 1 8 17

Manitoba Bull Test Station, Douglas, MB 6th Annual Windy Gables Open House & Private Treaty Bull & Heifer Sale, Warkworth, ON Bee Zee Acres 3rd Annual Open House Bull & Heifer Private Treaty Sale, Glencoe, ON

August 11

The Cattle Call Sale, Bragg Creek, AB


Greenwood Young & Restless


Greenwood Canadian Impact Greenwood Wisteria Lane


Hunt Credentials 37C Greenwood Zexy & I Know It


SAV International 2020


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It’s picture time at JYF. Check our website and Facebook for updates. 70 two year olds and long yearlings sell. Kelly and Norma Yorga (H) 306-263-4432 (C) 306-642-7023 (F) 306-263-4473 Box 14, Flintoft, SK S0H 1R0

Jeffrey Yorga (H) 306-531-5717

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