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Par/By Tessa Verbeek It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that the CLA welcomes the New Year and looks forward to what 2016 has in store for the Limousin breed and Limousin producers. 2016 promises to be a year of improvement, innovation and excitement for the breed and we already have a multitude of initiatives underway to benefit CLA members this year and into the future. There are a number of big announcements in this update from the CLA office, please read closely. DNA Testing Lab Change, New Services & Genotyping Funding The Canadian Limousin Association will now be using Delta Genomics in Edmonton, Alberta as the official laboratory for all DNA testing performed through the Canadian Limousin Association. If you have already submitted samples to GenServe your tests will be completed but please do not send any new DNA samples to GenServe Laboratories in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan going forward. As we set up our online exchange system with Delta Genomics, all DNA testing is presently being put on hold. We estimate that we will resume testing at Delta Genomics in early February. If you require DNA testing please contact the CLA office and we will keep record of your request and inform you when Delta Genomics is ready to have samples sent to them and generate the sample submission forms at that time. Delta Genomics hair sample envelopes will be mailed to all members, if you require more please contact the CLA office. The switch to Delta Genomics brings some exciting new possibilities for Limousin breeders and streamlines DNA testing for the Limousin breed. You will now only need to submit one sample to one lab for all of your DNA testing (parentage, horned/polled, coat colour, protoporphyria, genomic testing, etc.). The one exception to this is the Leptin test. Leptin testing has never been offered through the CLA, but as a service to our members we have provided information about the Leptin test and where it is performed. All Leptin testing must continue to be done through GenServe Laboratories. Because we are now at a lab whereby we can receive homozygous polled and homozygous black results directly into the CLA registry system (Digital Beef), we will no longer require members to send us their homozygous polled/black results to report; we will get that information straight from the lab. Additionally, Delta Genomics is able to do protoporphyria testing on demand and at less cost to CLA members! One of the most exciting parts about switching to Delta Genomics is that they can test DNA samples for molecular breeding values (MBVs) to generate genomic enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). GE-EPDs are a tool currently being used by members of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). You will already notice on the CLA Digital Beef registry system that GE-EPDs are highlighted in yellow. These highlighted GE-EPDs would have come from NALF animals in that CLA animal’s lineage that have GE-EPDs. In addition to MBVs, Delta Genomics also offers low density (LD) and high density (HD) genomic testing. The Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) has secured funding on behalf of breed associations and their members to offset the costs of genotyping. As such, a variety of genomic tests as well as MBVs will be offered to CLA members at a 50% discount for as long as funds are available for three years. This is your opportunity to test your most influential animals, such as donor cows, and to gather valuable information for making keep or cull decisions on replacement heifers. Details of the tests available through the

L’Association canadienne Limousin commence l’année avec l’anticipation d’amélioration, l’introduction d’innovations, la réalisation d’une multitude d’initiatives au profit des membres de l’ACL, toujours en cultivant l’enthousiasme du passé! Ce bulletin contient une variété d’informations très importantes pour les membres de l’association, s’il vous plaît lire attentivement ! Changement de laboratoire pour les tests d’ADN L’Association canadienne Limousin utilisera maintenant le laboratoire Delta Genomics situé à Edmonton (Alberta) entant que son laboratoire officiel pour les tests d’ADN requis pour tous ce qui touche l’association. Si vous avez déjà fait parvenus des échantillons à GenServe à Saskatoon, vos demandes de tests seront effectuées, mais à partir de maintenant, svp ne veuillez plus envoyer vos échantillons de poils à GenServe à Saskatoon. Pendant que nous organisons notre système d’échange électronique avec le laboratoire Delta, tous les tests d’ADN sont actuellement mis en attente. Nous estimons que nous commencerons à tester à Delta au début de février. Si vous avez besoin de tests ADN, s’il vous plaît communiquer avec le bureau de l’association (ou avec Anne pour les demandes en français). Nous tiendrons compte des demandes et nous serons en mesure de vous informer lorsque Delta sera prêt à recevoir vos échantillons de poils et ce moment-la, nous vous fournirons les formulaires de soumission d’échantillon. Nous vous ferons parvenir des nouvelles enveloppes d’échantillon de poils pour le laboratoire Delta, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous en avez besoin en grande quantité. Le changement de laboratoire envers Delta représente des nouvelles possibilités pour les éleveurs et simplifie les tests d’ADN pour la race Limousin. Maintenant, vous devrez seulement soumettre un échantillon à un laboratoire pour l’ensemble de vos tests d’ADN (test de parenté, test d’homozygocyté pour les cornes/polled/couleur, Proto, dépistage génomique, etc..). La seule exception reste le test de leptine, qui n’a jamais été offert par l’entremise de l’association et qui restera disponible seulement à GenServe à Saskatoon. Puisque que nous travaillons maintenant dans un laboratoire par lequel nous pouvons recevoir automatiquement vos résultats de tests homozygote polled homozygotes noirs, ceux-ci seront liés directement au système de registre de l’association (Digital Beef) et nous n’exigerons plus que les membres nous fassent parvenir leurs résultats. De plus, le laboratoire Delta sera en mesure de faire les tests de Proto à un meilleur prix pour les membres Limousin. Nous sommes aussi très exaltés par le fait que Delta Genomics ait la capacité d’extraire les valeurs génétiques moléculaires (MBV) à partir d’un échantillon de poils. Ces valeurs contribuent à la précision des EPD, en y ajoutant une valeur moléculaire et qui forme les GE-EPD (EPD à valeurs rehaussées). Vous avez surement remarqué que l’association américaine utilise déjà les GE-EPD. Les animaux qui en font partis, sont identifiés en jaune sur leur fiche avec Digital Beef. Si l’animal est américain, mais fait aussi parti du registre canadien, ses GE-EPD y apparaissent en jaune sur notre site. De plus, Delta Genomics offre des tests génomiques à basse densité et à haute densité. Le comité conjoint canadien des races de boucherie a sécurisé des fonds pour certains tests d’ADN. Par conséquence, une variété de tests génomiques ainsi que les « MBV » seront offerts aux membres de l’ACL à 50 % de réduction pour aussi

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CLA, fee schedule and other pertinent information will be circulated to CLA members soon. The CLA staff appreciate your understanding and patience in the coming weeks as we transition to Delta Genomics and will get up and running with DNA testing once again as soon as possible. New Limousin Tag Ordering Webstore The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is launching a new tag ordering webstore in February which will allow Limousin producers to order our pink Limousin branded CCIA tags directly from the webstore themselves or producers can have CLA staff place an order on their behalf. The ordering process is very straightforward, but we will have detailed instructions available on the CLA website when the webstore launches and CCIA staff will be available to assist our Limousin producers. Until the webstore is live we will continue to process tag orders as per normal (order form or on the CLA website). Watch for more details on this soon! Welcome Laura Ecklund to the CLA Staff We are very pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Laura Ecklund to the CLA staff beginning February 8th. Laura grew up in Ontario, where her parents Gary and Diane Hutton raised purebred Limousin for many years. She obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness from Olds College and has remained working in the agriculture industry in Alberta since. Laura will be primarily working alongside Dallas Wise to assist with registry and member services. We are very fortunate to have found a dedicated and highly capable individual with a passion for the Limousin breed to add to our team! Member Survey A member survey will be circulated via e-mail to all CLA members who have an e-mail address listed with the CLA. Please take the time to read through and complete the survey which covers a wide variety of questions about member services, Digital Beef, marketing, the Limousin Voice magazine, juniors, etc. The responses will give the CLA valuable information to work to improve our association for our membership. If you would like a paper copy of the survey mailed to you please call the CLA office or send your request to Digital Beef Webinar The CLA staff and board of directors understand that the transition to Digital Beef has not been easy for many members and that more assistance is needed to help members in learning this new registry system. We are working on organizing a thorough Digital Beef webinar in the next month or so that will cover everything from the basics to some of the unique features. This webinar will be recorded and made available to all members to watch at any time. If you have any burning questions you want answered in this webinar, please send those questions to Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming webinar! CLA Annual General Meeting & CJLA Impact Show The Canadian Limousin Association Annual General Meeting will once again be held in conjunction with the Canadian Junior Limousin Association Impact Show. Both the AGM and CJLA competitions will take place in Lloydminster, Alberta, July 28th-31st, 2016 along with a multitude of additional Limousin events. Further details will be sent to members this spring. ILC 2016 If you are interested in joining the Canadian contingency heading to the International Limousin Congress August 20-28, 2016 in Ireland please remember to register soon! If you are interested in attending please visit for full details and to register.

longtemps que les fonds seront disponibles pour au maximum de trois ans. C’est l’occasion parfaite de tester vos animaux les plus influents, tels que les donneuses d’embryons et de recueillir des informations importantes qui peuvent aider vos décisions pour vos génisses de remplacement. Les détails des tests qui seront disponibles par le biais de l’association canadienne Limousin, le barème des prix et d’autres informations pertinentes seront distribués aux membres bientôt. Le personnel de l’association apprécie votre compréhension et votre patience dans les prochaines semaines pendant la transition à Delta Genomics et le redémarrage des tests ADN dès que possible. Les étiquettes Limousin seront disponibles au Québec bientôt! L’Association canadienne Limousin travaille depuis plusieurs mois avec l’ATQ pour lancer les étiquettes Limousin à nos membres et aux producteurs commerciaux qui utilisent la génétique Limousin dans leur troupeau. Nous sommes très près d’être capable de lancer le programme au Québec et on s’attend que les étiquettes soient offertes aux producteurs québécois en février. Les étiquettes Limousin seront vendues en paquet de30. Les critères de qualification et d’allocations seront conformes aux critères des autres provinces au Canada. Les acheteurs d’étiquettes doivent se qualifier sous l’un des critères suivants: -

Être un membre de l’association canadienne Limousin avec des femelles Limousin actives, ou;


Un producteur commercial qui a acheté un ou plusieurs taureaux Limousin depuis 2010. Le(s) taureau(x) doivent être transféré(s) à l’acheteur. Dans ce cas-ci, le producteur peut se procurer un paquet de 30 étiquettes par taureau en service.


On peut aussi se procurer des étiquettes avec la preuve d’achat de semence de taureaux Limousin ou Lim-Flex.


D’autres qualifications peuvent aussi être considérées.

Sondage auprès des membres Un sondage en français sera distribué par courrier électronique à tous les membres de l’association canadienne Limousin qui demeurent au Québec. Veuillez prendre le temps de le lire et de répondre aux questions. Les réponses nous aideront à améliorer nos services et nos programmes. Si vous préfériez recevoir le sondage par courrier regulier, svp faites la demande au près de Anne Brunet-Burgess par téléphone 403-200-9922 or par courriel à Assemblée générale annuelle et congres junior L’assemblée générale annuelle de l’association canadienne Limousin se tiendra une fois de plus en collaboration avec le concours Junior. Les activités se dérouleront à Lloydminster en Alberta du 28 juillet au 31 aout, 2016. Congrès International Limousin On vous rappelle que le congrès se tiendra du 20 au 28 août en Irlande. Les inscriptions sont ouvertes sur leur site web Puisque ce numéro du Voice est le dernier jusqu’ à l’automne, le personnel et le Conseil d’administration de l’association vous souhaitent une bonne saison de vêlage et des bonnes ventes de taureaux. En espérant vous voir au cours des activités d’été ! Sincèrement, Tessa Verbeek Directrice générale

As this will be the final edition of the Limousin Voice until Fall 2016, the CLA staff and board of directors wish you all the best in your calving and bull sales this spring and hope to see you at Limousin events over the summer! Kindest regards, Tessa Verbeek CLA General Manager Limousin Voice The Bull Issue 2016 15

CLA President’s Report By Terry Hepper

Another year has gone by, now we are looking forward to seeing the new crop of calves and evaluating the breeding choices made last year. It is both an exciting and busy time of year. Bull sale season is starting and the outlook for our breed is bright. The natural muscling from Limousin has increased the demand for Limousin bulls. While attending bull sales take the opportunity to visit with our General Manager, Tessa Verbeek. The CLA board committed to have the GM represent the breed at as many sales as time and travel would permit. It presents an opportunity for her to promote the breed and the CLA Pink Tag Program, which is proving to be a huge success. Keep tagging

the Limousin calves and reap the rewards. Take the opportunity to talk to her about Digital Beef; we are starting to see more benefits with this system. A big thank you to all CLA members for their patience during the Whole Herd Enrolment process, and a HUGE thanks to Dallas & Tessa for working through this with members and programmers. Now that we’ve gone through the first WHE in this new system, it will get easier for everyone involved. It is a huge learning curve but we will all get there. I hope everyone has a good calving season and think Pink!

CLA Directors

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CLA Executive Committee PRESIDENT Terry Hepper Phone: (306) 781.4628 Email: PAST-PRESIDENT Brian Lee Phone: (905) 447-5173 Email:

VICE PRESIDENT Eric Boon Phone: (306) 858-2130 Cell: (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 & Laura Ecklund Phone: (403) 253-7309 Email:

Eric Boon Phone: (306) 858-2130 Cell: (306) 280-8795 Email: Lynn Combest Phone: (403) 742-5211 Cell: (403) 740-7621 Email: Jim Richmond Phone: (403) 368-2103 Cell: (403) 323-8433 Email:

Tim Andrew Phone: (403) 854-6335 Email: Erin Kishkan Phone: (250) 747-3836 Cell: (250) 991-6654 Email: Mark Angus Phone: (204) 281-5099 Email: Matthew Heleniak Phone: (519) 537-1451 Email:

Provincial Association Presidents MARITIMES ALBERTA John-Calvin Siddall Mark Porter Phone: (902) 664-8008 Phone: (780) 842-4288 Email: Email: QUEBEC BRITISH COLUMBIA Serge Dethier Erin Kishkan Phone: (450) 454-6456 Phone: (250) 747-3836 Email: Email: MANITOBA ONTARIO Bill Campbell Garry Smart Phone: (204) 724-6218 Phone: (519) 538-4877 E-mail: Email: SASKATCHEWAN Rhett Jones Phone: (306) 629-3200 Email:

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 Senior Heifer Calf Champion Agribition  Arcon Cattle Company

 Senior Heifer Calf Champion Farmfair  Four Mac Farms

 Senior Heifer Calf Champion Lloydminster  Windy Gables Limousin

 Junior Heifer Calf Champion Farmfair  Arcon Cattle Company

 Reserve Senior Heifer Calf Champion Agribition  Calder Jones

 Reserve Junior Heifer Calf Champion Lloydminster  Darling Farms

 Senior Bull Calf Champion Agribition  Hi-Way Limousin And Skull Creek Ranches

 Bar 3R Limousin

 Rick Stewart

 Brian Ayres

 Nordal Limousin

 10th Consecutive Year

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Stoneyview Alabama Sale Consultants

Scott Bohrson: (403) 370-3010 Martin Bohrson: (306) 220-7901

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

Edwards Limousin

Rob or Laird Edwards Ph: (306) 734-2624 Cell: (306) 567-7456 Fax: (306) 734-2621

Stoneyview Limousin

Dale Turner: (306) 374-6585 Bob Turner: (306) 528-4510

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Performance, Pedigree & Personality AMAGLEN BULLS AT THE MANITOBA BULL TEST SALE April 2, 2016 at 1:00pm Douglas, mb

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Amaglen Classic Stetson - HNH 1C RUNL Stetson x HNH 9W (TMF Tudor)

Amaglen Contractor - HNH 3C Wulfs Xtractor x HNH 29T (Amaglen Prime Cut)

Amaglen Captain Call - AJH 7C Wulfs Xpotential x AJH 30U (Amaglen Red River)

Thickness of the Stetson son that we had top last year’s sale. From a long line of maternal females. Old school Limousin muscle with modern traits. Double polled, single black, meat machine.

Wulfs Xtractor has awesome numbers and is a docility leader. This guy is thick like a brick, just like his dam. Red, double polled and wide topped.

Thick, moderate framed and a great hair coat. Xpotential calves compete with the best AI sired calves, consistent phenotype. Herd bull material. Red and double polled.

BW: 0.1 WW: 62 YW: 95 MM: 28 SC: 0.73 Doc: 22 ACT. BW: 83 ACT. WW: 706 Jan. 25 Weight: 1206 lbs DOB: 01/15/15

BW: 2.4 WW: 66 YW: 94 MM: 30 SC: 0.88 Doc: 32 ACT. BW: 85 ACT. WW: 752 Jan. 25 Weight: 1222 lbs DOB: 01/19/15

BW: 3.5 WW: 55 YW: 82 MM: 30 SC: 0.52 Doc: 26 ACT. BW: 94 ACT. WW: 722 Jan. 25 Weight: 1233 lbs DOB: 01/26/15

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Amaglen Casino - HNH 16C Wulfs Xpotential x HNH 39W (Ivy’s Smirnoff )

Amaglen Country Justice - HNH 24C ROMN Justice x HNH 59W (Ivy’s Smirnoff )

Amaglen County Line - HNH 26C Amaglen A-1 x HNH 14T (Amaglen Prime Cut)

From a maternal line of cows and is a ¾ brother in blood to a strong bull in last year’s sale. Thick, stylish powerful herd bull prospect. Double polled and red.

Thick, powerful bull with a profile that you’ll love. This is a different genetic combination that worked. Goes back to a female purchased at ILC in Calgary. Double polled and black.

Dam has raised many great bulls that pounded the scales on test. Well muscled, long bodied, red and double polled.

BW: 3.5 WW: 71 YW: 108 MM: 29 SC: 0.60 Doc: 22 ACT. BW: 98 ACT. WW: 746 Jan. 25 Weight: 1235 lbs DOB: 02/04/15

BW: 3.5 WW: 73 YW: 102 MM: 21 SC: 0.55 Doc: 29 ACT. BW: 99 ACT. WW: 732 Jan. 25 Weight: 1228 lbs DOB: 02/09/15

We are also offering similar bulls at the ranch by private treaty.

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One of the 6 Platinum Elite Herds in Canada Can't improve it if we don't measure it!

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BW: 3.3 WW: 60 YW: 79 MM: 30 SC: 0.55 Doc: 20 BW: 92 WW: 685 Jan. 25 Weight: 1065 lbs DOB: 02/10/15

Ph: 204-246-2312 Cell: 204-823-1240 Test Mgr: 204-724-6271

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Sells by private treaty Titanium Son

Titanium Son

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Homo Polled Ivy’s Zodiak Son RGK 126C

Verbeek Family Morinville, AB 780.939.2173

Bulls also for sale by private treaty off the farm

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CATALOG ONLINE DC FARMS Doug & Carolyn Johnson 780-674-4098




EXCEL RANCHES Ron & Barb Miller Cody & Amy Miller 780-349-2135 780-349-0644

HILLVIEW FARMS Raymond & Corine Verbeek 780-939-2173

FOLLOW US FOR SALE UPDATES primelimousinclub

FOUILLARD LIMOUSIN Ed & Debbie Fouillard Dan & Pam Fouillard 780-789-2103 587-987-8734

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Check out our website and facebook pages for details on the bulls we have available by

“Private Treaty”

Our new boy … “Ivy Bossman Hrtz 2B”

Daddy … “Hi-Valley Madison”

(Nordal Double Take by Ivy’s Secret Service)

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rewarding,” says Tiffany. Her main interests and the majority of her efforts have gone into expanding their marketing and advertising including the Richmond Ranch website and bull sale catalogue. She also does all of the registrations and paperwork. Delivering bulls following their sale is a job Tiffany most enjoys as it gives her the opportunity to take the time to visit with customers, see their calves and talk about their program. Tiffany believes, “This contributes to improved customer relations and gives buyers confidence in the Richmond Ranch bulls come sale day.”

Samantha & Tiffany Richmond Richmond Ranch is a name synonymous with the Limousin breed in Canada. Jim and Stephanie Richmond’s now adult daughters, Tiffany and Samantha, are stepping up to the forefront of the Richmond Ranch operation. As the future of the cattle industry looks promising for young producers, the Richmond girls are committing themselves to being a part of that future through improvements and expansion to the already large well-established breeding herd. Tiffany and Samantha were raised on their family’s fifthgeneration farm at Rumsey, Alberta. Living everyday immersed in agriculture is all they have known growing up on a purebred cattle operation consisting of over 300 head of Limousin, Black and Red Angus cattle. Beef 4-H and junior shows were a big part of the girls’ lives growing up and they took every opportunity to participate in judging and public speaking competitions. The girls still draw upon lessons learned early on that they can use today when showing, judging, or marketing cattle. Tiffany graduated from high school in 2011 and continued on to post-secondary where she took Kinesiology and lived in Red Deer for four years working as a lifeguard and exercise therapist. Samantha graduated the following year in 2012 and went on to take the Agricultural Management program majoring in Production at Olds College. Both sisters have returned to the farm to work alongside their parents. In addition to a busy workload on the farm, Tiffany is currently renovating her house, while Samantha is working on plans for her upcoming wedding to Brandon Nemetz in June.

The Richmond Ranch herd is divided into two groups. The early group calves out in January and February and the potential sale bulls will then be offered for the Grass Country Bull Sale as performance yearlings. The late group calves out in April and May on grass two to three miles from home so calving ease, mothering ability, and good udders are essential. These calves are weaned in December and then backgrounded until May. Potential bulls for the Grass Country Bull Sale are turned back out on grass until October and then all the bulls are put onto a forage ration of silage and hay until the bull sale where they will sell as coming two year olds. The Limousin breed has been very good to the Richmond family. Their commercial customers have found that when crossbreeding with other breeds Limousin adds exceptional growth and muscling in the offspring while maintaining calving The Richmond Family ease. In the feeder calf programs Limousin offers high yielding and lean carcasses. Samantha explains why Limousin remains a prominent focus at Richmond Ranch, “The ability to cross breed and the demand in the industry for high yielding cattle. Limousin is one of the best exotic breeds that a commercial herd could use to add to their calf crop.”

Tiffany and Samantha fill very diverse rolls on the Richmond Ranch operation. Samantha mainly does the day to day work outside on the farm; from running equipment to working with the cattle.

As the Richmond sisters look towards the future their focus will be on producing quality cattle that meet their high expectations and expanding the herd and the number of head sold in their bull sale, “Our business is beef, and raising herd bulls that are going to go out and work in the commercial programs is and always will be a main focus here at Richmond Ranch.”

“If there is something I’ve learned through growing up in the agricultural business; it is probably the least publicly appreciated for the amount of work, but it is also the most

“Being a family run operation we take great pride in our cattle and strive to raise the best for the industry,” says Tiffany, “We believe in the strength of cow families. Putting a heavy

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“We make our living out of selling bulls and it is always such a rewarding compliment when every year we have so many repeat customers.” Both Samantha and Tiffany credit their parents for their love of cattle. “It was always an evening favorite to walk through the cows with dad or jumping on a quad to go check the cows,” Tiffany recalls, “Even today there is nothing we enjoy more than touring people through our cattle and talking agriculture.” As the cattle industry finally realizes long awaited profits, there are more opportunities and more incentive for young

Samantha Richmond as a child with show string focus on structure, soundness, udder quality, maternal ability, and that deep broody look that every cattlemen desires in his herd. Between the three breeds it keeps the family busy but there is nothing that we would rather do.”

Tiffany showing at Agribition this fall producers to work in the industry or remain on the farm. Tough times through many generations of family farms makes the current times that much more exciting for the generations who can appreciate the markets for where they are now.

Tiffany Richmond and her Reserve Champion 4-H Steer Their biggest triumph comes every March when their annual Grass Country Bull Sale continues to rank among the largest and highest averaging Limousin bull sales in Canada.

“Cattle are worth something once again and because of our parent’s hard work before us and their will to stick it out when things got tough we have a beautiful farm to call home - and I am thankful to them for this every day.” Tiffany concludes, “My great grandpa always had a saying and we’ve lived by it here at the ranch, ‘If you grab onto a cow by the tail, she’ll pull you through anything.’”

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The Canadian Junior Limousin Association (CJLA) Board of Directors met in Calgary at the CLA office on December 12, 2015 to discuss the CJLA rules and constitution and upcoming CJLA Impact Show in Lloydminster, AB. The juniors also discussed a number of exciting new CJLA initiatives including Limousin apparel, the Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange, CJLA scholarships, and how the CJLA can grow and improve going into the future! Although a good deal of work got accomplished in the CJLA meeting, there was also time for a lot of fun, as well the juniors got to enjoy supper and bowling as a team building activity the evening prior to their meeting. There is a great deal of excitement and fun to be had by getting involved as a junior in the Limousin breed - the opportunities are endless! The CJLA will be sending two CJLA members to Australia on the Australian/ Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange in 2016. Applications were received up to February 1st and the two lucky CJLA members who have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the award trip are Braeden Weppler and Brandon Hertz. Cassidy Matthews was selected as the alternate should one of the recipients be unable to attend. Braeden and Brandon will be travelling to Australia for four weeks in July and August where they will tour numerous Limousin studs and stay with host families that will take them to Ekka, one of Australia’s largest cattle shows. These CJLA members will also receive $1,000 each to cover their travel expenses. The Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange is planned to continue again in 2016/17 so if you are a CJLA member age 16-21 make sure you apply next fall! The CJLA Impact Show will be hosted by Alberta in the summer of 2016 and the show is shaping up to be a fun filled weekend for CJLA members, parents and all Limousin enthusiasts to be a part of! A full schedule of the weekend’s events will be made available soon. Mark your calendars for July 29-31, 2016 (move in on the 28th and out July 31st/August 1st) in Lloydminster, Alberta! You will not want to miss it! Nicole Bielecki Secretary/Reporter, Canadian Junior Limousin Association

Braeden Weppler

Brandon Hertz

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By Michelle Miller, Director of Operations, Delta Genomics, Edmonton, AB; Dawn Trautman and Amber Dobson, Technology Translators, Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. A big profit determinant of the cattle business has to do with how many calves you have on the ground; and in turn this is related to the worth of your breeding stock. You not only want prolific breeding stock, but you want prolific breeding stock with healthy genetics, suited to your environment and to your breeding program. DNA is the carrier of genetic information in all cellular forms of life, and is made up of small units called base pairs. Cattle have approximately 2.8 billion base pairs and humans have roughly 3 billion base pairs. There are four types of DNA base pairs, represented by the letters A, T, G, and C. It’s the order of the bases that make up the genetic code. A SNP, or Small Nucleotide Polymorphism, is a change in one of these base pairs. SNPs are normal in both cattle and humans, and contribute to the differences in appearance of each individual. We know that each calf inherits half of its DNA from the mother and half from the sire. DNA testing can allow you to verify parentage, develop Molecular Breeding Values, and contribute to genomically enhanced Expected Progeny Differences (gEPDs). gEPDs are very similar to traditional EPDs and are used in the same manner. The primary difference is that gEPDs are much more accurate early in an animal’s life than traditional EPDs. This gives breeders the opportunity to make better breeding and selection decisions when an animal is young as opposed to when it already has many offspring, which may also be breeding at this time. In order to generate gEPDs, two things are needed: 1. The traditional EPDs. Proper measurements of the traditional EPDs leads to increased accuracy, which contributes significantly to the accuracy of the prediction equations used to generate gEPDs for a breed. 2. Low or High Density SNP genotypes. The SNP genotypes are transformed into Molecular Breeding Values (MBVs). MBVs are then blended with the traditional EPDs to create gEPDs. In the Canadian Limousin Association’s DigitalBeef system, gEPDs are highlighted yellow. SNP testing in cattle can be broadly classified into three categories based on the number of SNPs that are assayed: basic parentage, low density, and high density SNP genotyping. 1. Basic SNP Parentage (95-120 SNPs) • It’s pretty easy to determine if your cows each had at least one calf this year, but if you’re using multi-sire natural service, it’s a little trickier to find out how each bull contributed. The Basic SNP Parentage assay is a very good tool for parentage verification and has approximately the same accuracy as a microsatellite parentage test. • This assay does not collect enough information to be used for the generation of MBVs or gEPDs.

2. Low Density SNP Genotyping (GGP-LD; 26,000 SNPs) • The GGP-LD assay is an excellent tool for conducting SNP parentage verification and is highly accurate. • The main advantage of the GGP-LD assay is that this information can be applied to the prediction equations for a specific breed to generate gEPDs at the lowest cost to the breeder. 3. High Density SNP Genotyping (Bovine 50K; 50,000 SNPs and GGP-uHD; 130,000 SNPs) • The Bovine 50K assay is also an excellent tool for conducting SNP parentage verification and is highly accurate. • Bovine 50K genotyping is used on highly prolific animals (i.e., AI sires, ET dams, and prolific herd sires) that contribute a great deal of genetic material to the entire herd through their many offspring. The Bovine 50K genotypes are used to develop the prediction equations for a specific breed’s gEPD calculation. Furthermore, by including animals from their herd, the prediction equations become that much more accurate for the breeder since their animals are contributing to the development of the calculations. • The Bovine 50K genotypes can also be applied to existing prediction equations to generate gEPDs on these animals. • The GGP-uHD assay is a wonderful research tool and is showing a great deal of promise in developing prediction equations for cross-bred populations. If the Canadian Limousin Association embarks on a research project in the future, the GGP-uHD assay would be ideal, but for the purpose of developing and using Limousin prediction equations, the Bovine 50K assay is more than adequate. • The GGP-uHD assay can also be used for accurate parentage verification and the genotypes can be applied to the gEPD calculations. 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 low-density test such as the GGP-LD is a good choice. If your business is breeding highly prolific animals, the 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.

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Welcome from the Manitoba Limousin Association Firstly I would like to thank the Board of Directors for electing me President of the Manitoba Limousin Association. Also thank you to everyone who attended the AGM on January 9, 2016 in Brandon. It was an informative meeting with an active discussion about the Board’s activities in 2015. The 2015 livestock production year ended on an abrupt down turn after record prices in the last quarter of 2014 and first three quarters of 2015. This comes after the industry was led to believe this upturn was to last for 3 to 4 years. So much for the expert’s wisdom and advice, maybe we should listen to the people who have more ‘skin’ and ‘money’ in the production of livestock. With this reality check, more moderate returns for producers will be the norm. This will mean that production practices will pay more attention to detail and the type of cattle produced will be more closely scrutinized. This should turn out well for Limousin as they produce more lean meat yield and are more feed efficient than most other breeds of beef cattle. This will still require more selection pressure to produce the right kind of seed stock for tomorrow’s demands. To advance the Limousin breed will require more data collection to prove we are superior in these important economic traits. I challenge all producers, commercial and purebred in all regions of Canada; to gather more information about the product they are selling. Commercial producers should find out where their calves went when they were sold, what feedlot bought them and finally, did they go east or west or south. Did that feedlot make money with them, and if not, why. Purebred producers need to find out from their customers if their purchases were successful and if not, why. The new CLA tagging program

will be a great benefit to help identify Limousin sired calves. Let’s make sure they are all worthy of being called a Limo. Another program that will be a great benefit to producers is the BIXS program. With a little effort you will be able to track your cattle’s performance right through to harvest. You will be surprised how your Limo’s will stack up against the industry averages. This could be your marketing advantage. Manitoba will have a busy year again in 2016. There will be private treaty bull sales as well as Douglas Bull Test Sale on April 2, 2016. We will be having our annual Summer Show once more. Watch for details. This fall we will be hosting the National Show & Sale at Ag-Ex in Brandon. We may not have the largest number of cattle at the National but we can guarantee you the best facilities and greatest accommodations in Canada with the Keystone Centre in Brandon. Previous Nationals have also proved that you can have a pretty good time in Brandon as well! Watch for more details, we will keep you posted. Good luck with calving in ’16 and hopefully I will catch you down the road sometime soon. If you have concerns please give me call. I love to talk cows and the livestock industry. Bill Campbell - President, Manitoba Limousin Association

As we roll through a much milder winter than those in recent history, thoughts turn to Spring. It is now time to plan for your breeding bull purchases. Many Ontario breeders have quality bulls in sales or for sale private treaty at their farms. They would welcome your inquiries. The Ontario Limousin Association is preparing to host their Annual Meeting, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston, ON. If you are interested in joining us please RSVP to Brent Black ( or 519-529-7979). We wish everyone a great calving season in 2016. Garry Smart President - Ontario Limousin Association Limousin Voice The Bull Issue 2016 40

Happy New Year! There is no better way to ring in the new year than with a rebound in feeder prices, and that’s exactly what we are seeing, many say we have turned a corner. There is no room in the cow/calf business for negativity because there are way too many positives. Three years ago the prediction of $1200.00 calves seemed like a pipe dream and some major players in the Canadian beef industry were laughed at for making such predictions. Well we all know what happened, we never saw $1200.00 calves it blew right by to $1600.00, $1800.00 and over $2000.00 calves. Cow/calf producers were realizing in excess of $1000.00 per cow NET profit. Well this was awesome and quickly put some much needed cash in the bank accounts that had been wiped out after ten plus years of scraping by. It was not going to be reality forever, our commodity rose so high and so fast that a correction was inevitable and needed.

borders to Canadian beef. Canada is recognized around the world as a supplier of high quality beef and as the world population continues to grow so will the demand for our product.

So, maintain due diligence on improving quality and consistency of your herd, whether you are a purebred At today’s prices calves are bringing $1300.00 to breeder or commercial cow/calf producer. We are never $1650.00 depending on how heavy they are, still going to compete on the world stage in volume or the maintaining a very healthy NET profit for the cow/calf cheapest price, nor do we want to. As I mentioned producer. It is amazing how humans can become greedy earlier, humans are naturally greedy, but for the health very fast and many people are always looking at a glass of the industry and the future of your children and half empty. Well I’m here to tell you our glass is more grandchildren cull inferior beasts from your herd. Those than half full. The fundamentals that drove our markets of you in the seed stock business have an obligation to record highs have not changed; world beef supplies to the industry to provide top quality genetics to your are still very tight. The cow herd in Canada shrunk once customers that will not only maintain their program, but again in 2015, meaning less calves coming to town in also improve it. I said it before... our cow herd has once 2016. The US cow herd is reporting some very modest again shrunk in 2015; therefore we will need less bulls, growth, yet their numbers on feed and placements are so as you begin to plan your bull sale and catalogue your not showing it yet. US cattle on feed as of December 1 bulls, don’t let greed take over. Keep your quality at the were 10.79 million head, down from 10.82 million last highest level and you will gross more dollars on fewer year. November placements were predicted to be down bulls. Those of you needing to purchase bulls for your 4.3%, when the numbers came in they were actually commercial cow/calf operations need to source the best down 11%. Marketing’s year to year also increased 4%, you can from breeders you respect and know that they which showed a short term glut of heavy cattle in the will give you the customer service you need... on the sires system, but these numbers prove that there is a definite you select. Quality sires will once again be a substantial investment this year but as many of you know, there is shortage of cattle in the overall picture. always more money to be made with top quality calves As Canadians we will continue to benefit from the weary that weigh more than their lesser counter parts. The Canadian dollar as we rely heavily on exports. Other sires you choose have the biggest single impact on your good news on the export front, South Korea, historically calf crop than anything else you do in your operation, it’s one of our largest export markets has reopened its like fertilizer on your crops. Limousin Voice The Bull Issue 2016 41

Beef day at Ferme DM Simard Senc. At the National Capital Beef day held on November 25, 2015, participants were treated to a visit of Ferme Simard, located in Ste-Sophie-de-Levrard, where their excellent facilities are graced by an exceptional herd of Limousin cattle. After a presentation of the farm’s history, the group was guided through the site: the outside facilities, the calving barn and where their impressive main herdsire Titanium is kept. This 9 year old Limousin bull is the pride and joy of the farm. Not only is he as quiet as a kitten, but he has sired numerous replacement females and his sons have topped both Quebec Bull Test Stations. You can see a full report of the beef day, including many photos on the provincial website: www. Upcoming bull sales Mark your calendar for the upcoming Quebec bull sales where Limousin bulls are offered. First, the St-Martin Bull Test Station Sale held on February 20, at the station itself and then the Unique Station’s sale on April 9, 2016. This last one will be hosted at Ferme DM Simard in Ste-Sophie-deLevrard (same location as last year). For your convenience, trucking will be arranged for buyers. The sale is broadcast live on the internet at We always welcome your phone bids. Please contact Serge Dethier at (514) 974-6456. Serge would appreciate speaking with you several days before the sale to make all the necessary arrangements. Weights and other performance records are posted at Annual General Meeting and Test Station Meeting We would like to invite all members to attend the upcoming AGM on Sunday, April 17 at Motel Blanchet located at 225 Boul. Saint-Joseph West, Drummondville, (Room- La Discrète) at 1 p.m. We look forward to a great turn out of members who care about their association and their bull test station. Your opinion is important to the board of directors.

JOURNÉE BOVINE À LA FERME DM SIMARD SENC. Dans le cadre de la Journée Bovine Capitale-Nationale du 25 novembre 2015, les producteurs participants ont pu visiter les installations de la FERME DM SIMARD SENC. de SteSophie-de-Lévrard et admirer la conformation exceptionnelle de leur troupeau. Suite à une présentation de l’historique de la ferme, une visite des nouvelles installations extérieures était prévue. Les visiteurs se sont ensuite dirigés vers le bâtiment dans lequel les naissances ont lieu et où le magnifique taureau Titanium a ses quartiers. Ce taureau exceptionnel, de tempérament calme et d’une musculature impressionnante, qui aura 9 ans bientôt, fait la fierté de M. Simard. Titanium a produit plusieurs des meilleures vaches de l’entreprise ainsi que de nombreux taureaux évalués dans les stations d’épreuves du Québec. Nous vous invitons à consulter le rapport complet de la visite préparé par Diane Allard, agronome, M. Sc. Conseillère régionale en productions animales Direction régionale de la Capitale-Nationale ainsi que plusieurs photos de l’événement disponibles sur le site ENCANS À VENIR AUX STATIONS D’ÉPREUVES 2016 Ne manquez pas les encans qui auront lieu à St-Martin, soit le 20 février prochain et celui de la Station Unique du samedi, 9 avril 2016. L’encan de la Station Unique se tiendra à la Ferme DM Simard de Ste-Sophie-de Lévrard (même endroit que l’an passé) avec facilité pour le transport des animaux vendus. La vente sera également diffusée en direct sur le site de Live Auctions à l’adresse internet Les acheteurs ne pouvant être présents à l’encan pourront également miser par téléphone en contactant Serge Dethier au (514) 974-6456. Il est cependant préférable de téléphoner une semaine avant la date de l’encan pour prendre arrangement. N’oubliez pas de suivre régulièrement les résultats des pesées des taurillons sur le site À la fin du test, vous trouverez également toutes les fiches de performance des taureaux.

Wishing you an easy calving season and successful bull sales. Diane Joly Secretary, Québec Limousin Association

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ASSEMBLÉE ANNUELLE DE L’ASSOCIATION et de LA STATION UNIQUE LIMOUSIN DU QUÉBEC Comme à tous les ans, tous les membres sont invités à venir assister à l’assemblée générale annuelle, dimanche le 17 avril 2016 au Motel Blanchet situé au 225 boulevard Saint-Joseph Ouest, Drummondville, J2E 1A9, salle La Discrète à compter de 13h00. Nous vous attendons en grand nombre car c’est l’occasion de vous exprimer sur vos besoins et vos attentes envers VOTRE association. Nous vous remercions à l’avance de votre participation et implication. Bonne saison de vêlage et bonne vente. Limousinement vôtre, Diane Joly, secrétaire (514) 974-6456

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By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Associate Professor/ Cow-calf Extension Specialist at Kansas State University. Through a series of collaborative data, DNA sample and genotyping agreements between the Canadian Limousin Association, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF), the University of Missouri, faculty at Kansas State University and the Igenity business unit of GeneSeek, a Neogen Company, Limousin breeders are uniquely positioned to benefit from genomics technology. Work completed in the last several months including a large training exercise consisting of genotypes and EPD data on more than 5,000 animals yielded a robust prediction equation for estimating the genetic merit of a range of traditional traits like growth, calving ease and carcass merit for animals of Limousin and Angus origin recorded in the CLA/ NALF herd books. The results of this research and the necessary computations for blending the genomic predictions with traditional EPDs have already been programmed into the new association software from DigitalBeef being deployed at CLA and NALF. The new set of prediction equations used to compute molecular breeding values (MBV) for genotyped animals works for both Limousin and LimFlex animals. Animals need to be genotyped on either the GGP-LD (low density, 30,000 marker panel) or the GGP-HD panel which contains approximately 150,000 markers. Either density are imputed to a standard profile of 50,000 for use in computing MBV. The new genomic predictions will soon be available to Canadian Limousin breeders through DNA genotyping services provided by Delta Genomics, a Canadian business partnering with GeneSeek to provide services to Canadian producers. Once an animal is genotyped, an animal’s MBV will be produced through the GeneSeek bioinformatics pipeline and integrated into the DigitalBeef software where blending the MBV with EPD will occur. New genomics tools offer Limousin breeders industry leading predictive power and improvement in accuracy. The strength of a DNA marker panel to explain additive genetic variation (the kind explained by EPDs) is reported as %GV or the percentage of genetic variation explained. The closer this value gets to 1, the greater the relative improvement in accuracy as a result of explaining large amounts of genetic variation. The %GV for the newest training is reported in table 1. Progeny equivalents and expected increases in accuracy due to addition of genomic data is present in table 2. Inclusion of performance data in a valid contemporary group and genomic data yields EPDs with accuracies ranging from roughly .40 to .60 without collection of a single progeny phenotype. Progeny equivalents relate the improvement in accuracy due to genomics to the number of progeny records from valid contemporary groups that would be needed to achieve the same level of accuracy. These progeny equivalents range from 10 to 38 across traits.

The most effective way to utilize MBVs computed from animal genotypes is through the inclusion of the MBV in the calculation of an EPD. Convergence of legacy datasets and pedigrees with MBV data has several key benefits for seedstock and commercial beef producers. First, since the MBV represents an estimate of the net genetic merit for a subset of the genes it doesn’t provide a complete picture of animal’s complete genetic merit. For that reason, MBVs are not substitutes for EPDs but can add information useful for the prediction of EPD. Second, continued use of EPD values as the genetic ‘currency’ eliminates retraining and education of members and commercial customers on the use of new tool. Finally, and most importantly, inclusion of MBV data offers a reliable method to increase the accuracy of prediction for EPD, especially for young selection candidates. Substantial improvements in EPD accuracy for non-parent animals for conventional growth and carcass traits is valuable. Improvements in the accuracy of EPDs for traits like heifer pregnancy, stayability, and calving ease and maternal traits, where non-parents won’t have a performance record, may prove to be of even higher value. After all, the decisions that seedstock producers make that result in yearling bulls available for purchase by commercial producers creates all the genetic change in the entire beef value chain. Improving the accuracy of that decision point is expected to have significant impact and value. As producers consider investment in genomic technologies, it is important to consider which animals to genotype. Undoubtedly, producers should seek to capture the value or return on investment from their genotyping investment. There are several ways to seek out the return. One method is the idea of ‘adding value’ to yearling bulls for sale through increased EPD accuracy and buyer confidence. Additionally, the genotyping of a significant percentage of your bulls that are selection candidates for development and sale, should help weed out some of the problem bulls and identify the superstars and bulls that are genetically superior. Another reasonable place to consider investment, maybe even preferential to genotyping young bulls, is the genotyping of replacement heifer candidates. The accuracy improvements reported in table 2 and the associate progeny equivalents suggests that for a number of economically important traits, the genomic information will likely generate more accuracy for a dam’s EPDs than her entire lifetime production of natural calves. Practically, this means you can set much of a herd’s maternal genetic trajectory through the use of genotyping and well before a female even enters in production. Genomics are now a powerful tool for producers to chart and plot their genetic improvement destiny.

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Table 1. Percentage of additive genetic variation explained by DNA marker panel for Limousin and LimFlex animals by latest (Summer 2015) GeneSeek training. Trait %GV explained by Panel CED 63% BW 71% WW 42% YW 64% MILK 54% CEM 59% CWT 66% REA 63% MARB 84% FT 71% Table 2. Effective progeny counts for interim EPD derived from differing combinations of pedigree, performance and genomic data In addition to the work described above, research projects around the US have been undertaken to identify markers for a variety of traits that are difficult and/or expensive to measure. These include traits like heifer pregnancy, birth weight, feed intake, feed efficiency, disease resistance and the fatty acid profile of beef products. These traits offer significant opportunity to change the cost of production or profitability of beef production systems, yet have been difficult to improve using traditional tools like EPDs. These features make such traits good candidates for genetic improvement via marker assisted selection systems. Watch for inclusion of a number of these novel traits into genetic predictions and selection indexes.


Heritability 0.19 0.37 0.29 0.23 0.16 0.15 0.23 0.46 0.54 0.35

PE 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.02 0.03 0.02

BIF Acc PE+GE PERF 0.40 0.27 0.46 0.26 0.26 0.28 0.41 0.26 0.34 0.04 0.37 0.04 0.42 0.28 0.40 0.27 0.60 0.30 0.46 0.30

PERF+GE 0.47 0.51 0.39 0.47 0.34 0.37 0.49 0.47 0.63 0.53

Effective Progeny Counts PE PE+GE PERF 1 34 16 0 24 8 1 10 11 1 30 13 2 31 - 2 38 - 1 32 15 0 13 6 0 33 6 0 25 11

PERF+GE 50 32 21 42 46 20 39 36

PE = Pedigree estimate interim EPD PE+GE = Pedigree estimate plus genomic data PERF = Performance record included in interim EPD calculation PERF+GE = Performance record included in interim EPD calculation plus genomic data

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By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Associate Professor/ Cow-calf Extension Specialist at Kansas State University Over the past year, a shift was undertaken to change genetic evaluation service providers for the Canadian Limousin Association (CLA) and US partner the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). The decision to join the collaborative evaluation undertaken by International Genetic Solutions (IGS) brings a number of advantages to commercial cow-calf producers and other participants in the beef value chain. The IGS system now includes over 15 million animals and 35,000 genotypes making it the largest and most powerful beef cattle genetic evaluation in the world. The IGS system provides EPDs for the American and Canadian Simmental Associations, American and Canadian Gelbvieh Associations, American and Canadian Maine Anjou Association, American Chianina Association, American Shorthorn Association, Canadian Angus Association on Red Angus cattle, the Red Angus Association of America, and finally the Canadian Limousin Association and North American Limousin Foundation. In early 2015, the CLA and NALF released their first EPDs from this new collaboration. In addition to forming the largest multi-breed, multi-association genetic evaluation in the world, several of the breeds agreed to report their EPDs on a common base. The driving idea behind the common base was to make the EPDs from Simmental, Red Angus, Gelbvieh, Shorthorn, Limousin, Maine-Anjou and Chianina, directly comparable without the use of any adjustments. The hope was to make mating decisions in a planned crossbreeding system much easier for commercial producers using genetic inputs from these breeds. The estimates used for computing the relative breed differences were estimated from within the IGS dataset. The primary information for these comparisons was driven off of representation of common Angus and Red Angus sires across the pedigrees of the various breeds. These performance records from multi-breed contemporary groups, once corrected for heterosis effects, were thought to provide adequate breed contrasts for the genetic evaluation. One test of the precision of this method is analysis of the Across Breed Adjustment (AB-EPD) Adjustment Factors published

by the US-Meat Animal Research Center. The data collection methods at MARC are designed to estimate these exact breed contrasts. In theory, the IGS estimates should position breeds such that the AB-EPD adjustments for IGS common base reporting breeds should be the same distance from Angus. Said another way, the differences between adjustment factors for IGS common base reporting breeds should be zero (or fairly close to zero). Following the release of the 2016 AB-EPD factors, producers, breed staff, and academics were concerned about the fact that the AB-EPD adjustments did not match up with expectations for IGS common base reporting breeds. In fact, there are several points of significant departure. A selected set of the 2016 AB-EPD adjustment factors to convert EPD to Angus base are included in table 1. For instance, the AB-EPD for YW is -42 while it is -9.5 for Simmental, -30.4 for Gelbvieh and -30.9 for Red Angus. For Ribeye area it is 0.98 for Limousin, 0.43 for Simmental, 0.65 for Gelbvieh and 0.03 for Red Angus. For MILK EPD the AB-EPD adjustment is -8.8 for Limousin, 3.6 for Simmental, 1.6 for Gelbvieh and 2.4 for Red Angus. Remember, the expectation was not that these values all be zero (which would imply the same EPD scale as Angus), just that the differences between them be near zero for common base reporting breeds. Another reporting from US-MARC presents the breed effects in a useful interpretation. Table 2 includes a selected set of breeds and the expected performance of calves sired by breed average bulls from each breed. So, it conveys the relative differences in expected performance of different breeds when mated to a common set of cows and where hypothetically, heterosis effects were constant in cows and calves. It also assumes these cows and calves were all in the same production environment with the same feed and management resources similar to those available at US-MARC (Clay Center, Nebraska). The differences in progeny performance reported here seems to make good sense and fit conventional wisdom for the most part.

Table 1: Adjustment factors to add to EPDs of eighteen different breeds to estimate across breed EPDs.a Breed Angus Hereford Red Angus Shorthorn Charolais Gelbvieh Limousin Maine-Anjou Simmental a

BW 0 2.7 3.4 5.1 8.6 2.7 3 5 3.6

WW 0 -4.4 -25.7 -30.7 39.6 -21.5 -17 -24.5 -4.8

YW 0 -26.6 -30.9 -12.3 40.8 -30.4 -42 -35 -9.5

MILK 0 -17.8 2.4 4.6 7.3 1.6 -8.8 -3.6 3.6

MARB 0 -0.32 -0.32 -0.24 -0.39 -0.33 -0.6 -0.6 -0.38

REA 0 -0.1 -0.03 0.31 0.98 0.65 0.98 0.78 0.43

FT 0 -0.053 -0.023 -0.129 -0.207 -0.117 NA -0.192 -0.137

Adapted from US-MARC Across Breed EPD press release ( Limousin Voice The Bull Issue 2016 46

Table 2. Breed of Sire Means for 2013 Born Animals Under Conditions Similar to US-MARCa Breed of Sire Angus Hereford Red Angus Shorthorn Charolais Gelbvieh Limousin Maine-Anjou Simmental a

BW 86.6 90.9 87.2 92.3 94 88.6 89.9 91.2 90.6

WW 570.2 562.8 550.5 537.5 585.9 566.2 567.5 541 578.3

YW 1041.9 1004.2 1009.9 994.3 1042.2 1020.9 1002.5 978.6 1035.3

Mat. WWt. 558.2 536.4 557.6 559.5 551 565.1 551.8 548.7 560.7

MARBb 6.14 5.36 5.72 5.41 5.25 5.34 4.94 5.04 5.35

REA 13.24 12.93 12.86 12.98 13.99 13.83 14.21 13.7 13.93

FT 0.668 0.606 0.632 0.519 0.452 0.49 885.4 0.414 0.469

CW 904.9 886.6 861.4 894.2 879.1 856.3 03.4

Adapted from US-MARC Across Breed EPD press release ( Marbling score units: 4.00 = Sl00; 5.00= Sm00


Table 3. Spring 2016 IGS national cattle evaluation EPD averages for breed groups. Spring 2016 IGS Eval. Simmental (PB) Limousin Active Sires (PB&FB) Limousin Non Parents (PB&FB)



9 6 7

1.8 1.9 1.8

WW YW 63 63 63


92 88 90

These results are contrasted by the relative breed means for non-parents from Simmental and Limousin reported on common base in table 3. Table 3 includes the average EPD’s for active Simmental animals born since 2014 as well as the average EPD’s for active purebred and fullblood Limousin (Canadian Limousin Association and North American Limousin Foundation registered animals) sires and non-parents. In this tabulation it appears that Simmental and Limousin nonparents have similar levels of growth but with Limousin having higher MILK EPD than Simmental and lower REA EPD. It is difficult to understand these differences particularly in light of the US-MARC data which report a slight growth and maternal weaning weight advantage to Simmental and a REA advantage to Limousin (table 2). One potential cause for these differences is the sparse reporting of multi-breed contemporary groups for maternal and carcass traits. It is likely that the ill structured field data, especially data from cull bulls used for carcass data doesn’t yield a clear picture of breed differences. The potential solution to this issue and the method under development at IGS is the incorporation of the US-MARC breed effects into the IGS evaluation. Implementation is planned in Fall 2016 and should shore up the issues outlined here. In addition to the corrections to breed effects, IGS will also deploy a major overhaul of the genetic evaluation system that features implementation of a single step method for computing EPD’s from legacy pedigree and performance data as well as genomic information. Be sure to watch for more details as more information becomes available on enhancements to the genetic evaluation system.

22 27 27

53 59 59

9 6 6






27 24 25

0.79 0.50 0.51

0.14 -0.20 -0.17

-0.06 -0.06 -0.05

-0.31 -0.24 -0.24

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Gearing up for Calving and Breeding Season

As purebred calving is well underway and commercial calving is getting started, now is a good time to think about pre and post calving nutrition for cows. Bearing a calf can take a lot of energy and mineral status out of a cow. It is important at this point in the cycle to build up cows and make sure they get what they need to grow healthy calves. Before you make the decision to start supplementing, you need to establish what kind of shape your cows are in. Ideally with cows I would like to see a Body Condition Score(BCS) of 5 or higher out of 9, and heifers should be a bit better conditioned than that. Some of the research out there has shown that cows with a BCS of lower than 5 can take an extra cycle to breed back. This can set your next calf crop off on the wrong foot, resulting in a more prolonged calving window, as it doesn’t give your cows a long enough recovery period. Additionally, a higher BCS in your cow herd means you can expect higher production of better quality colostrum. High quality colostrum will give you healthier calves and calves that are less susceptible to disease. This is a crucial time period to ensure your cows are getting the energy and conditioning they need. Supplementing energy and protein is another option to maintain condition. Supplementing cows doesn’t always mean feeding a large quantity of grain, prepared feed, by-products, or lick barrels, (although these can all yield good results in the right circumstances). It can be as simple as providing higher quality forage to keep your cows in great shape. Keep in mind, this should be done once you have tested your forage and know its quality. In the cases where high quality forage isn’t available, other options should be looked at to improve the energy and protein balance in your cow herd, which could include the use of grains, by-products and lick barrels to make up the difference.



Post-calving, the added demands of lactation in your cow herd means there will be additional nutrient needs. Cows with high milk and growth potential for growing their calves need the nutrients to sustain this level of production. This is a case of you are what you eat; poor feed equals poor calves. The milk cows produce tends to be fairly rich in nutrients and can supply nearly all a calf ’s mineral requirements. This rich milk requires you as a cattle producer to supply your cows with adequate levels of these nutrients, so they can pass them on to their calves. Calcium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and selenium are found naturally in milk and so should be supplied to the cows so as to not drain the cow of these nutrients. Not supplying these nutrients can again lead to longer breed back periods and can cause reproductive health issues in the cow. Overall, being able to read the condition of your cows can play a critical role in maintaining efficiencies in the herd. If cattle are lacking the condition they need, ensure you supply them with the right nutrients to get them back on the right track. Make sure you supplement the right minerals to help improve your cow health and supply enough that the cows can pass it along to their calves. As lots of research has been done on this topic and more research comes available in the cow/calf world, make sure to talk to your local Masterfeeds representative to see what is right for you.

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

Bull Inventory and Breeding Program Assessment Beef cow performance goals are relatively simple - a cow should produce a calf every 12 months, and 90% or more of the cows should calve within a 60-day period. Short, well defined calving seasons are the cornerstone of efficient and economical herd management. Almost without saying, it widely recognized that uniform groups of calves can be more easily managed for branding, vaccination, castration, weaning, weighing and ultimately for sale. In turn, the cow herd can also be more easily managed. Vaccination programs; especially, when employing modified live viral vaccines; artificial insemination programs, observation of breeding activity at pasture; pregnancy testing; feeding; and assessment of calf performance are most effective with tightly managed calving periods. Short breeding seasons require highly fertile cattle. Since a breeding bull is responsible for siring 25 to 50 calves his genetic influence on calf quality, and the potential economic risk due to subfertility is far greater than that of an individual cow. Only highly fertile bulls are capable of breeding 25 or more cows in such a short period of time. Beef bull cull rates are much higher than that of cows. Cow cull rates are typically targeted at 10 – 15% whereas, bull cull rates approach 30% in many herds. Reviews of breeding soundness evaluation data report that 10% to 20% of mature bulls will fail each year. Lameness, injury, bad behavior, old age, risk of inbreeding and poor performance are other common reasons for culling. Lackluster breeding performance or an outright inability to breed are not infrequent occurrences affecting an additional 10 to 20% bulls who would otherwise be considered normal. All bulls should be observed when breeding to ensure that problems are identified quickly. For all but the most minor injuries it is best to find a replacement. Lameness due to foot rot, or any other cause can have a profound effect on breeding performance. Not only will he be unable to detect heat and service cows, but research has shown that semen

quality will be unsatisfactory for 6 weeks to 2 months after the onset of the lameness despite timely treatment. Having access to backup bulls is a good plan for any herd which usually means purchasing more bulls than needed. Tools used for bull selection include 1) eyeballing – physical appearance, presence/ absence of horns, temperament etc.; 2) reputation of the breeder; 3) performance data – birth weight, weaning weight, yearling; indexes; 4) expected progeny differences (EPDs); 5) pedigree/ performance of relatives; 6) breeding soundness evaluation/ scrotal circumference; and 7) price/ purchase incentives. As a veterinarian, I might argue that only some of these tools are important, or that some are more important than others; however, my experience as cattle producer supports a different conclusion. Everyone of those tools plus any tools that may be developed in the future are useful. The real danger is in only using one or two. Many bull buyers are focused on birth weight and price paying little mind to what they may be sacrificing. For most, bulls represent the only new genetic infusion into their cattle herds. Nature has dictated that a cow can only produce a single calf in a year, yet bulls can sire several; therefore, genetic change is much more efficient through the selection of bulls. If you interested in exploring a change in your herd, but don’t want to make a huge commitment you should consider artificial insemination. With a bit of management, estrus synchronization technology and hiring some technical expertise this can be a cost-effective to try something new. Kind of like getting the milk without buying the cow! Crossbreeding, for example, is old technology, that is increasingly becoming underutilized yet it is the cheapest, most effective way to improve herd performance. The bottom line… get comfortable with purchasing bulls. Develop some goals for your herd. Do some shopping around to find what you need to meet your goals. Ask lots of questions.

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Carcass ultrasound is growing in popularity amongst Canadian beef producers. The Limousin breed is widely known as the carcass breed and as such possess exceptional carcass traits that are worthy of measuring and recording for the betterment of your herd and the Limousin breed. Carcass ultrasound serves as an efficient, costeffective tool for producers interested in tracking and improving carcass merit within their herd and breed. Carcass traits Shari Leachman ultrasounding are moderately to a bull highly heritable, meaning there is good probability that carcass characteristics will be passed on from bulls and females to their future progeny. Assessing carcass merit via ultrasound in purebred beef cattle is a fast and economical way to get valuable data on your cattle that you would otherwise not be able to get until after slaughter. There is a definite marketing advantage to breeders that perform carcass ultrasound on their yearling bulls as they can offer their carcass data as another tool to their bull buyers and potential customers. Moreover, any breeder who ultrasounds yearling females and/or bulls will have the data as information for their own breeding decisions and selection program. Shari Leachman of Maidstone, SK started her own carcass ultrasound business, UltraBeef Ultrasound Services, to meet the growing demands of the industry for this service. Shari became an Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC) certified technician in the fall of 2005 after completing both Beginners and Advanced Training through The National CUP Lab & Technology Center during the spring and summer of that same year.


wning and operating a carcass ultrasound business was not something I grew up knowing I would want to do.”

“Owning and operating a carcass ultrasound business was not something I grew up knowing I would want to do.” Shari recalls, “Between involvements in 4-H beef projects along with taking

some beef cattle programs in college, my interest in beef carcass and the carcass grading system came about. The opportunity to be trained in this field couldn’t have come at a better time following graduation from Lakeland College in the spring of 2005.” Shari has gained many Limousin breeders as her customers as she travels the prairie provinces to scan cattle, primarily in late winter/early spring. “It is most valuable for seedstock producers to ultrasound yearling developing heifers and yearling bulls. For feedlot cattle/finishing purposes yearling fat cattle, steers or heifers, are the animals that are scanned.”

Percent Intramuscular Fat Scan Image

To enable accurate genetic differences to be expressed, the cattle should be growing and developing at a rate that will allow differences in lean and fat deposition to be measured. 365 days of age is the ideal time for ultrasound to be done. Canadian Limousin Association acceptable scanning ages are 320-430 days for all yearling bulls, developing heifers, and feedlot steers and heifers. “This varies slightly between breed associations and can change periodically due to new research findings, so be sure to check with your association and technician for current acceptable scanning ages pertaining to your breed,” Shari says. Due to variations in calving dates within a herd, scanning age windows have been developed in order for the data to be adjusted to yearling age. These windows allow a whole contemporary group of animals to be scanned together at one time. The development

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of ultrasound EPDs requires that scanned animals be included in a well-defined contemporary group. A contemporary group includes all animals of the same breed and sex born in a given calving season, and reared and managed under similar conditions. Scan results also include indexes for each trait, which show the animal’s rank above or below average-but only within the herd.

heat source and wind protection depending on the temperature and weather may also be necessary. Ideally, if cattle are being ultrasounded in outdoor facilities, the temperature does need to be reasonable in order for the equipment and oil to work properly (ideally -10 Celsius or warmer). If the working facility is enclosed, weather becomes much less of a concern although the process can still easily be done outdoors.

Upon arriving at the farm, the technician will need to acquire the “Ultrasound Barnsheets” from the breeder. These can be downloaded by the breeder from the “Recording” section under “Herd Mgmt” on DigitalBeef or you can contact the CLA office to send these to you. The cattle are typically ultrasounded on the animal’s right side. The cattle are briefly clipped with oil applied, and prepared for the ultrasound images to be taken. A current weight is also needed and can be taken at the time of ultrasound or within 7 days (preferably before the ultrasound date if it cannot be done the day of). Once the scan session is complete, the technician will then proceed to upload the images to their cooperating UGC-accredited lab (typically later that day or the following morning depending when scanning is complete). The appropriate Barnsheets and paperwork also must accompany the images. The Lab interprets the images along with a cross-check within Mark of Excellence - a term used a reasonable to describe the areas clipped time and in and scanned many instances 1. Percent Intramuscular Fat will only take 2. Ribeye Area & Rib Fat 1-2 days with 3. Rump Fat. the images even during the peak season. The Lab then sends the results and the Ultrasound Barnsheets, weights, etc. to the appropriate breed association where the data is entered into the breed’s data base. The breeder will then receive their results directly from their association. The process, if proper procedures and paperwork are done promptly, should take approximately 3-6 business days total depending on the breed association and their turn-around time with the data. In terms of facilities necessary for ultrasound scanning to be completed a working “squeeze chute” that can be utilized for proper restraint of the cattle is a must. Major movements need to be minimized as much as possible to eliminate any unnecessary blurring of images or extra difficulty in obtaining good images. A power source is also necessary. A

Scan results are returned to the producer for four measurements: 1) Rump Fat (in. or mm.), 2) Rib Fat (in. or mm.), 3) Ribeye Area (sq. inc. or sq. cms.) and 4) Percent Intramuscular Fat (%). Rib Fat, Ribeye Area and Percent Intramuscular Fat are the three ultrasound carcass traits most frequently discussed. Rib Fat is the subcutaneous fat layer thickness on the exterior of the ribeye at the 12th/13th rib and generally indicates finish or condition of the animal. Ribeye Area is the cross section measure of the ribeye muscle at the same location and generally indicates yield potential of the animal. Intramuscular Fat is the percentage of intramuscular fat within the lean muscle of the ribeye and generally indicates marbling potential. Each ultrasound carcass trait is expressed in both an actual and an age-adjusted measurement. Scan results also include indexes for each trait, which show the animal’s rank above or below average in the herd. The adjusted measures and indexes are the most informative in allowing comparisons between animals within the same herd. However, the only way to accurately assess ultrasound carcass differences between herds is through utilization of EPD’s. This is why it is imperative that your scan technician forward scan images to a certified lab, whose results can be utilized by the respective breed association to generate EPD’s. Like any other trait, proper contemporary groups are critical when reporting the scan results. Ultrasound carcass traits are highly heritable, so selection is very effective in changing/improving these characteristics.

The Process

How to Interpret the Results

Find a Certified Technician

There are numerous certified ultrasound technicians across Canada and most travel outside of their home province. You can search for a certified ultrasound technician on or contact the Canadian Limousin Association for assistance with finding a certified technician in your area. The appetite for increased data collection amongst Canadian beef breeds continues to grow. Therefore, it is easy to see why many producers are using tools such as carcass ultrasound to make significant genetic improvements within their own herd, and provide their customers with more data from which to make their purchase decisions. Including carcass ultrasound as a piece within your overall data collection each year, is sure to keep the Limousin breed on a positive trajectory of breed improvement and advancement.

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Due to an error in our determination of the 2015 Elite Dams the Canadian Limousin Association is republishing the complete list of 2015 designated Elite and Super Elite females. As our breed averages for many EPD traits have changed, you will notice that our Elite dam list has grown this year as compared to previous years. CLA Elite Dams portray the ideal scenario of calving ease, milk production and docility. Their performance is measured by their EPDs. The qualifying criteria are: • All Fullblood, purebred, or percentage registered Limousin females on Whole Herd Enrolment, the year of Elite designation, are eligible. • Must have raised at least 4 registered calves in the last 6 consecutive years. If the female raised 6 registered calves in 6 years, she receives Super Elite status. • Must have above breed average EPDs for weaning weight, milk and docility. • Must have below breed average EPDs for birth weight. Limousin Cows Designated Elite Dams in 2015 Owners Elite Dam Tattoo Super Elite Designation

Allen Colwell, Harriston, ON B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK Bennville Farm, Hagersville, ON Carlsruhe Cattle Company, Hanover, ON Clark Cattle, Port Hope, ON Clark Cattle, Port Hope, ON Emily Gibson, Ripley, ON Excel Ranches, Westlock, AB Excel Ranches, Westlock, AB Excel Ranches, Westlock, AB Excel Ranches, Westlock, AB Greenwood Limousin, Lloydminster, SK Greenwood Limousin, Lloydminster, SK Greenwood Limousin, Lloydminster, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK J. Yorga Farms Ltd., Flintoft, SK

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XRM 3T BEA 118W AFA 25P TMF 752U FI 8283U TMF 727T RPY 9U XLR 62X XLR 54X XLR 25X XLR 917W SBZ 41U BWP 105P RPY 41U TMF 130M TMF 104S TMF 105S TMF 508S TMF 627T TMF 125U TMF 143U TMF 175U MBH 124U TMF 1022U TMF 101W TMF 113W RRA 43T SY 641R SY 16S



Payne Livestock, Lloydminster, SK Payne Livestock, Lloydminster, SK Pinnacle View Limousin, Quesnel, BC Pinnacle View Limousin, Quesnel, BC R & R Acres, Airdrie, AB R & R Acres, Airdrie, AB R & R Acres, Airdrie, AB R & R Acres, Airdrie, AB Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB Scott & Jacqueline Payne, Lloydminster, SK Symens Land & Cattle, Claresholm, AB Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON Top Meadow Farms, Clarksburg, ON

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RPY Paynes Sandy 39X RPY Paynes Gemini 4U Pinnacle’s Regal Pinnacle’s Ultra Regal R&R Miss Doubledown 63M R & R Milkmaid 15T R & R Milkmaid 43U R & R Milkmaid 60U Richmond Xtravagant Richmond Perfect Wish Richmond Wisdom Richmond Xotic SRD 6X Richmond Unmatched Greenwood Pld Sassy Kat Ivys Unique Perfection 3U TMF Miss 501X TMF Miss 750U RLF326U Top Meadow 902P TMF Sunflower 33S TMF Miss 119U TMF Miss 623T

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RPY 39X RPY 4U RAE 1R RAE 2U RRA 63M RRA 15T RRA 43U RRA 60U SRD 115X SRD 60W SRD 206W SRD 6X SRD 133U PYN 74S HTZ 3U TMF 501X TMF 750U RLF 326U TMF 902P TMF 33S TMF 119U TMF 623T

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As we look ahead to a new year, optimism in the livestock industry fills the picture. 2015 closed on a high note with individuals and averages setting all time records. Since restocking of the North American landscape is just beginning, the demand for quality replacement females will prove to be a leader. The “New Generation of Limousin” offers commercial producers and breeders alike, the opportunity to infuse added-value genetics into their existing programs. We soon forgot that the Limousin breed swept the Agribition carcass competition for nearly two decades...well... nothing has changed, as we are a breed offering unique carcass traits and most importantly, carcass yield. What has changed is the genetic base which has improved enormously. The improvement of fertility and docility along with hair and soundness has insured higher profit margins from the producer on through to the packer. Ease of calving and vigor at birth has always been an important breed trait which has eliminated many sleepless calving nights. Bull sale season is rapidly approaching; therefore, plan to infuse new genetics adding value to your program and bottom line. Since salvage values are maintaining fair levels, timely semen checks will save you scrambling later in the spring, trying to find quality replacements. Your herd bull(s) is half the herd, therefore, in addition to visual appraisal, take advantage of the numbers and data which can influence your decision... while adding degrees of predictability. Breed associations have spent many years and dollars in an effort to increase the accuracy of purebred genetics. Commercial producers...enjoy researching the Limousin Voice as it represents dedicated breeding operations who can supply you with fresh new genetics that will add to your herd’s value. We all realize the benefit of selecting top quality sires to achieve competitive market prices when selling your stockers. Purebred breeders... January and early February (with the long winter nights) are ideal times to touch base with all your past bull customers. Commercial producers, just like breeders are proud of their results so finding out how their calves sold and how well your bulls worked, will be beneficial for all parties involved. Now is the time to take advantage of the “New Limousin!”

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H LIMOUSIN W The “Fuchs” Family A Bethune, Saskatchewan S0G 0H0 Y Purebred Red & Black Limousin Cattle

Stan & Pat

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Kyle & Erin

Visitors Welcome Ed & Doreen (306) 638-4422 Warren (306) 789-8863 Darcy (306) 638-4800 Email:

Raising Limousin for over 30 years RR#1, Alexander, MB R0K 0A0 Fax: 204-855-2472 • Email: Website:

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Lloyd & Joan Trevor Atchison Atchison 204•854•2947 204•854•2510 Box 4 • Group 20 • R.R. #1 • Pipestone • MB

780-879-2105 Bob, Dorothy, Colin and Glenda RR #1, Hardisty, Alberta T0B 1V0

Lonny McKague Box 171, Ogema, SK SOC 1YO

Box 450, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 email:

(306) 459-2788 • (306) 459-7801

Len, Ruth & Mark Angus: 204-937-4980 Todd, Jay-Dean, Jules & Angus Smyth: 204-937-4384

(306) 459-2202 (Fax) email: Rob & Cheryl Swaan Erin & Eric Kishkan & Family Jeff & Amber Swaan & Family 4344 Hwy 97 S. Quesnel, B.C. V2J 6P4

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Brent and Vicky Black

of Loyal Line Limousin, Goderich, ON welcomed their first child, Rachel Ruby Black, on November 30, 2015.

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Murray & Bev Stewart Box 1326 Tel: (403) 742-5226 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 Fax: (403) 742-5242 Imperial Ranch Ltd. E-mail:


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

Box 1352 Ph: (780) 623-2468 Lac La Biche, AB Fax: (780) 623-4169 T0A 2C0 Fullblood Black or Red Polled4 06/11/2007 1366 Windy&Gables:Layout

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:

Mark Sugimoto & Family 2713 33 Ave. South Lethbridge, AB T1K 1J8 (403) 327 9327 (H) (403) 308 6171 (C)

Breeders of polled purebred and fullblood Limousin

Bryce & Nathan Allen P.O. Box 189 Warkworth, Ontario K0K 3K0

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Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. Davis-Rairdan International P.O. Box 590 Crossfield, Alberta Canada T0M 0S0 Phone (403) 946-4551 Fax (403) 946-5093 Website: 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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Advertising Index

Amaglen Limousin 20 Anchor B Limousin 6, 7 Andrew Ranches 26

B Bar Cattle Co. 6, 7 Balamore Farm Ltd. 39 Bar 3R Limousin 43, 58 Bar-Dale Limousin 58 Bee Zee Acres 28, 58 Bohrson Marketing Services 6, 7 Bova-Tech Ltd. 61 Bow Valley Genetics 61 Canadian Beef Industry 61 Carpenter Cattle 6, 7 Cherway Limousin 47, 58 Cochrane Stock Farms 58 Combest Limousin Farm 5, 58 Cottage Lake Livestock 29 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. 61 DC Farms 23, 25 de Jager Limousin Cattle Co. 26, 58

Diamond C Ranch

21, 58

Eden Meadows Farm 2 Edwards Limousin 18, 19 Excel Ranches 24, 25 Fort Ellice Limousin 58 Fouillard Limousin 25, 58 Foxwood Farm 5 Gardiner Limousin 58 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd. 61 Greenwood Limousin 8, 9, 10 Hager Cattle Company 45 Hansen’s Limousin 25, 58 Haystack Acres 58 Hi Way Limousin 58 High Cattle Company 37 Highland Stock Farm 5 Hillside Farm 58 Hillview Farms 25, 58 Hi-Valley Limousin 30, 58

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Hockridge Farms 59 Hollee Limousin 62 Horizon Limousin 60 Hudson Limousin 59 J Yorga Farms IBC Jaymarandy Limousin 27, 59 Jones Cattle Co. BC Karwandy Limousin 59 Ken-Doc Limousin 18 KK Seedstock 5 Lazy A Limousin 59 Lazy S Limousin 31 Lingley Limousin 22 Lisle Limousin 59 Luden Family Limousin 8 McAlpin Livestock 9 Nordal Limousin & Angus

9, 63

Qually-T Limousin 38 Red Coat Cattle Station 59 Red Oak Farms 8 Richmond Ranch 12, 13, 59 Riverstone Cattle Company FC Rocky View Livestock 60 Runaway Ranch 31 Skeels, Dan 61 Smart Limousin 60 Southbridge Limousin 60 Stewart Limousin 28, 30, 60 Stockmens Insurance 61 Stoneyview Limousin 18 Top Meadow Farms 60 Triple R Limousin 60 Willowcrest Limousin 60 Windy Gables Limousin 3, 60

Selling 75 Rising Two Year Olds: 30 Black Angus

Black Angus Sires: Crescent Creek Emblazon 109X LLB Free Wheeler 68Y Locust Grove Net Worth 17U

Nordal Benefactor RGA 706B

Nordal Blacksmith RGA 402B

Payne Livestock 17, BC Pine Haven Farm 59 Pinnacle View Limousin 1, 11, 59

Poley, Chris 61 Poplar View Stock Farm 59 Posthaven Limousin 59

20 Red Angus

Red Angus Sires: Red Nordal Revolution 73X Red Nordal Card Player 879W

25 Polled Limousin • Red & Black Limousin Sires: TMCK Westmoreland EXLR Westwind 006Y

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

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

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February 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 Hamm - Accounting Debbie Thiessen - Circulation Tiffany Peters - Lead Design Janessa McKay - Design Shyann Westby - Design Mikyla Sullivan - Design Lora Hansen - Office Samantha Rimke - Office Shae-Lynn Evans - Office Shelby Evans - Office Printed in Canada by: Houghton Boston Saskatoon, SK Publication Mail Agreement: 40021107

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Nordal Limousin & Angus Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Ontario Limousin Association Annual General Meeting, Alliston, ON J. Yorga Farms Annual Production Sale, Flintoft, SK

March 5 6-7 11 14 15 18 19 19 19 19 25 26 28 28 28

Hollee Limousin Open House, Janetville, ON 97th Annual Pride of the Prairies Show & Sale, Lloydminster, SK Richmond Ranch Annual Bull Sale, Rumsey, AB Diamond C Annual Bull Sale, Ponoka, AB 6th Annual De Jager & Guest Andrew Ranches Bull Sale, Brooks, AB Anchor B/ B Bar/ Carpenter Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Prime Limousin Club Bull Sale, Westlock, AB Canada’s Red, White & Black Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK 4th Annual “Thickness Sells” Bull Sale, Truro, NS Highland Stock Farms Bull Sale, Bragg Creek, AB Prairie Gold Limousin Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Lazy S Limousin & Charolais Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Hager Cattle Co. 10th Annual Limousin & Lim-Flex Bull Sale, Mandan, ND Riverstone Cattle Company Bull Sale, Olds, AB Bee Zee Acres Open House & Private Treaty Sale, Glencoe, ON

April 2 5 9 17

Manitoba Bull Test Station Sale, Douglas, MB Peace Country Limousin Bull Sale, Dawson Creek, BC Windy Gables Open House and Private Treaty Bull & Female Sale, Warkworth, ON Quebec Limousin Association Annual Meeting, Drummondville, QC

June 28-29 T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament, Saskatoon, SK

JuLy 29-31 2016 CJLA Impact Show, Lloydminster, AB

August 2 - 6 9-11 12 21-28

SLA Annual General Meeting and Limousin Show, Prince Albert, SK Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Calgary, AB Cattle Call at Bragg Creek, Bragg Creek, AB International Limousin Congress 2016, Ireland

September 10 20

Pinnacle View Limousin Open House, Quesnel, BC Limousin Voice Fall Sale & Show Issue Booking Deadline

October 27-29 National Limousin Show at Manitoba Ag. Ex., Brandon, MB Limousin Voice The Bull Issue 2016 64

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JYF 115B

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JYF 160B

JYF 610B

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JYF 625B


JYF 125B

Kelly and Norma Yorga (H) 306-263-4432 (C) 306-642-7023 (F) 306-263-4473

Box 14, Flintoft, SK S0H 1R0

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