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Another Supreme win for Pinnacle View Limousin

CJSL Xcite 353X was crowned Supreme Champion Female at the IPE show in Armstrong, BC. She had previously won the Supreme honors at The Bulkley Valley Exhibition in Smithers, also in British Columbia. Congratulations to Pinnacle View Limousin! Limousin Voice Fall Issue 2013  9

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WHERE ARE WE WITH SNP DNA TRANSITION? The transition from microsatellite to SNP is just about completed. As mentioned in the September newsletter, we are asking each Limousin breeder to verify their active animals, in need of having DNA on file (donor cows, natural and AI sires, Fullblood animals etc) and make sure they have a SNP DNA case. This can be done with the animal search tool on the CLA website. If you require assistance, do not hesitate to call the office. NALF is just starting to follow our footsteps in converting to SNP DNA. You may have received a letter from them requesting samples on some of your American Limousin or Lim-Flex animals. It is possible that we have already done a SNP test on them in Canada. If that is the case, you may request their genotypes (results) from us and we will forward to NALF on your behalf. There is no fee for that service. WHOLE HERD ENROLMENT It is that time of year again, when you need to start thinking about your 2014 Whole Herd Enrolment. For breeders who use paper forms, your inventories were mailed to you back in September. Please update the list by indicating which females are to be removed and which are to be enrolled. Breeding information is always helpful and will make your calving sheets that much more complete. If you have not received it, please contact the CLA office for a reprint. Members who use the web based self-serve on-line service, simply go to “My Inventory”, and change the displayed date to 2014 to see all eligible females to be enrolled. Remove (with a disposal code) the ones you do not wish to enroll. There is no action needed for the females that you wish to keep active (enrolled) for next year. Once you have sorted your inventory, simply click on “Post” and your females will be enrolled. We remind you of a few rules that seem to create confusion every year: • Heifers who are too young to breed, can be removed from enrolment but yet remain active in your herd. YOU MUST LET THE CLA OFFICE KNOW OF THESE EXCEPTIONS. • Once you have posted your inventory on-line OR forwarded your paper form to the office, ALL FEMALES ARE COMMITTED FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. Only first calf heifers are entitled to a WHE refund is they are culled during the year. • Once a female has received a disposal code, she is considered gone from your herd. Therefore, if an enrollment request is placed to re-instate her at a later date, the $100 penalty fee will apply. • Imported females do not always show up on inventory. Please double check to make sure that all your active females are enrolled. You may require the CLA assistance to include the missing females.

LA TRANSITION DE L’ADN À SNP La transition de l’ADN de la méthode microsatellite à SNP est à peu près terminée. Comme mentionné dans le bulletin d’information de septembre, nous demandons à chaque éleveur Limousin de vérifier leurs animaux actifs, dont l’ADN sera nécessaire pour des fins d’enregistrement (donneuses d’embryons, taureaux en service naturel et en insémination, animaux Fullblood etc.) et de s’assurer qu’ils ont un numéro de dossier SNP. Cela peut être fait avec l’outil de recherche animale sur le site web de l’association. Si vous avez besoin d’aide, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec le bureau. NALF commence tout juste à suivre nos pas dans la conversion de l’ADN à SNP. Vous avez peut-être déjà reçu une lettre d’eux vous demandant des échantillons pour certains de vos animaux Limousin américains ou Lim-Flex. Il est possible que nous ayons déjà fait un test SNP au Canada sur ces animaux en question. Si tel est le cas, vous pouvez nous demander leurs génotypes (résultats) et nous les transmettrons à NALF en votre nom. Il n’y a aucun frais pour ce service. L’ENRÔLEMENT DU TROUPEAU Nous sommes déjà au temps de l’année, ou vous devez commencer à penser à votre demande d’enrôlement de troupeau pour 2014. Pour les éleveurs qui utilisent des formulaires papiers, vos inventaires vous ont été postés en septembre. Veuillez mettre la liste de vos femelles actives à jour en indiquant celles qui doivent être retirées et celles qui doivent être enrôlées. L’information de saillie est toujours utile et rendra vos feuilles de vêlage beaucoup plus complètes, mais ce n’est pas obligatoire. Si vous n’avez pas reçu vos inventaires, veuillez communiquer avec le bureau de l’association pour une réimpression. Pour les membres qui utilisent le libre-service en ligne sur l’internet, choisissez dans “My Inventory” et modifier la date affichée à 2014 pour voir toutes les femelles admissibles à l’enrôlement. Supprimer (avec un code d’élimination) ceux que vous ne souhaitez pas inscrire. Il n’y a aucune action nécessaire pour les femelles que vous souhaitez conserver actives (enrôlées) pour l’année 2014. Une fois que vous avez trié votre inventaire, cliquez simplement sur « Post » et vos femelles seront inscrites. Nous vous rappelons quelques règles qui semblent créer de la confusion chaque année : • Les taures qui sont trop jeunes pour vêler peuvent demeurer actives dans votre troupeau sans être enrôlées pour l’année de leur deuxième anniversaire. Toutefois il faut l’indiquer par l’entremise d’une note supplémentaire. • Une fois que votre inventaire officiel est affichée sur le site internet OU que vous avez retourné les formulaires à cet effet, TOUTES VOS FEMELLES SONT ENGAGEES A L’ENROLEMENT PENDANT L’ANNEE. Il est interdit de canceller l’enrôlement d’une ou plusieurs femelles, une fois que vous avez retourné le formulaire au bureau ou affiché votre inventaire sur l’internet. La seule exception s’applique aux

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COMMERCIAL LIAISON COMMITTEE As announced earlier, the Board approved the formation of a new commercial advisory committee. Led by Tim Andrew (Chair) we were delighted to include Greg Gordon (AB), Kevin Stopanski (AB), Rick Friesen (AB), Tony Seretsky (AB), Gary Grubb (ON), Jack Chaffe (ON), Murray Shaw (ON), Scott MacDonald (ON), along with our CLA president Brian Lee at our first conference call. Stay tuned for new commercial developments in the very near future.

taures premier veau. Celles qui sont éliminées de leur troupeau pendant l’année, ont droit à un remboursement de la moitié des frais d’enrôlement ou les frais totaux dépendamment de la date que l’animal est reformé. • Si vous indiquer un code reforme pour une femelle, elle est considérée éliminée du troupeau aux yeux de l’association et ainsi elle n’apparaitra plus sur vos inventaires. Si toutefois, l’animal était restée dans votre troupeau et vous désirez la remettre active dans le futur, une pénalité de $100 s’appliquera.

LIMOUSIN SHOW ROAD I look forward to seeing you on the show road this fall. I will be present at the Royal in Toronro, Farmfair in Edmonton and at Agribition in Regina, If you are unable to attend our National Limousin events in Edmonton (November 6-8), please make note that all competitions and the Headliner Sale (featuring the National Limousin Sale) will be broadcast on the internet by

COMITÉ CONSULTATIF COMMERCIALE Tel qu’annoncé précédemment, le Conseil a approuvé la formation d’un nouveau Comité consultatif commercial. Dirigée par Tim Andrew (Président du comité), nous avons été heureux d’inclure Greg Gordon (AB), Kevin Stopanski (AB), Rick Friesen (AB), Tony Seretsky (AB), Gary Grubb (ON), Jack Chan (ON), Murray Shaw (ON), Scott MacDonald (ON), ainsi que notre président de l’Association Canadienne Limousin, M. Brian Lee à notre première conférence téléphonique. Restez à l’écoute pour nouveaux développements dans le secteur commercial dans un avenir très proche.

The Canadian Western Agribition shows and sale are also on the internet at The Limousin show is Thursday, November 14th, while the sale is November 15th. CATTLEMEN PRINT ADS For the last 3 years the CLA has been advertising in the Cattlemen magazine, sharing the costs with Limousin breeders participating to the co-op ads. If you wish to be included, please contact Anne at the CLA office. The cost is $100 per ad, or $400 for a 5 ad commitment.

JUGEMENT D’ANIMAUX LIMOUSIN Si vous n’avez pas la chance d’assister aux concours Limousin de Farmfair à Edmonton en Alberta (concours national) ou celui de l’Agribition à Regina (SK), vous pouvez les regarder sur l’internet Le concours National est le 7 novembre à midi et sera diffusé sur La vente nationale est le lendemain à 18hrs. (Heure de l’Alberta) Le concours Limousin de l’Agribition est le 14 novembre et sera diffusé sur La vente d’animaux est le lendemain a midi (heure de la Saskatchewan)

CLA Directors

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Lynn Combest Phone: (403) 742-5211 Fax: (403) 742-6139 Cell: (403) 740-7621 Jim Richmond Phone: (403)368-2103 Cell: (403) 323-8433 Email: Tim Andrew Phone: (403) 779-2273 Email:

Provincial Association Presidents

CLA Executive Committee PRESIDENT Brian Lee Phone: (705) 340-5944 Cell: (905) 447-5173 Email:

VICE-PRESIDENT Terry Hepper Phone: (306) 781-4628 Email:

TREASURER Bill Zwambag Phone: (519) 287-3219 Email:

PAST-PRESIDENT Bill Campbell Phone: (204) 776-2322 Fax: (204) 776-2105 Email:

CLA Staff GENERAL MANAGER Anne Brunet-Burgess Email:

Kelly Yorga Phone: (306) 263-4432 Cell: (306) 642-7023 Email: Luc Forcier Phone: (450) 789-2166 Fax: (450) 789-0332 Email: Eric Boon Phone: (306) 858-2130 Cell: (306) 280-8795 Email:

MARITIMES Michael Byrne Phone: (902) 485-6731 QUEBEC Serge Dethier Phone: (450) 454-6456 MANITOBA Jay-Deen Smyth Phone: (204) 937-4384 Email: SASKATCHEWAN Kevin Rea Phone: (306) 463-7950 Email:

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ALBERTA Carriann Johnson Phone: (780) 674-7063 Email: BRITISH COLUMBIA Erin Kishkan Phone: (250) 747-3836 Email: ONTARIO Bryce Allen Phone: (705) 924-2583 Email:

By: Chris Poley As harvest winds down on what has proven to be a record harvest in Western Canada, many producers will start to think about marketing all or at least a portion of their calves. The record crop has softened feed grain prices quite substantially giving strength to a tightly supplied feeder cattle market. Feeder cattle future markets have been trending higher over the last few months with many believing the best is yet to come.

assist you on marketing decisions and timing, to ultimately give you the maximum return. The cull market is also This time of year tends to be quite hectic because the “to staying extremely high, so take a good look at your herd do” list before winter seems to get out of hand. There bull battery; there is no point in spending money feeding are bales to make and haul, corrals to clean and fix, well bulls that are questionable for the next breeding season. houses to winterize, watering bowls to service and the Also get your preg checking done (another thing on that list goes on and on. While all of this is happening, it can fall “to do” list) ship the opens, lates and poor producers be easy to put off marketing and or weaning your calves, without question. It is often said, that a good cow does but this is one job that you need to do on time or it will not eat any more than a poor one, in fact, probably many cost you precious profit dollars. Calves that are left out times, the good cow eats less and produces more. on dry fall grass (with their mothers) too long actually tend to lose weight. Often it is not noticed until those If you need to buy replacements or have room to expand, calves are weighed and it is realized that they don’t weigh I would recommend buying them as early as you can. what they should. Loss of body condition at this time of The replacement market is only going to get stronger as year is hidden by the increasing hair coat the cattle are feeder and fat cattle markets continue to climb, so will acquiring. It is not only the pay weight the calves could the bred markets. Even without a steadily rising market, be losing, the cows also start to get dragged down. Just bred cows traditionally get higher as the fall goes on, as before winter is when you should be putting on cheap snow covers up things on the “to do” list and people gains, not losing them and trying to play catch up during seem to have more time to shop for bred cows. Also, as the high cost of gain winter feeding months.This applies to producers start to get some book work done it will show all beef producers, commercial or purebred; whether you they need to buy cows before year end. With the huge market right off the cow or background your calves, wean crop out there and the strong cattle market, we will have your calves on time. All too often we hear producers more accountants make the recommendation to purchase making excuses for their calves because they were too more cows. There will also get to be some frustration busy to get them weaned when they should have been. on the grain side, as producers have this record crop in For you breeders telling your bull customers next spring, the bin, on the ground, in bags and cannot move it as the that your yearling weights are not quite what they should grain handling and transportation system can only move be because you did not get them in soon enough, does not so much so fast. This frustration may turn the beef side of many operations from the “ugly step sister” back to give them any more confidence in you or your program. a more respected component of many mixed family The market is strong, talk to the marketing reps and have operations. This could take some of the bred cows out of them come out and look at your calves. It is their job to the sale listings. Limousin Voice Fall Issue 2013  14


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The fall show season is upon us and the Alberta Limousin Association, along with the Limousin Bonanza Group are busy finalizing all the events for the National Limousin Show which will be held during Farmfair. There is a full line up of activities which will include business, competition and socializing. We encourage all Alberta Limousin members and enthusiasts to come out and support the exhibitors who have spent numerous hours preparing cattle to have on display. The ALA AGM will also take place at Farmfair so be an active member, participate in the meeting and help provide direction and input on the ALA marketing strategies and events for the upcoming year. Join us at Farmfair in Edmonton November 5 – 9th. Wednesday, Nov. 6th 3 pm Pen Show Thursday, Nov. 7th Noon National Limousin Show 7 pm Champions Reception Friday, Nov. 8th 9:30 am ALA AGM Noon Last Man Standing Challenge 4 pm Headliner All Breeds Show

Friday, Nov. 8th Saturday, Nov. 9th 4 pm

6 pm Headliner All Breeds Sale featuring the National Pacesetter Sale Alberta Supreme Show

The National Show committee would also like to thank our sponsors confirmed so far including; 2W Livestock, Alberta Beef Magazine, Alta Genetics, Beef Illustrated, Cattlemen’s Magazine, GeneSeek, Quantum Genetix, Sundown Livestock Transplants, Bodell Limousin, Combest Limousin, DC Farms, Fouillard Limousin, Greenwood Limousin, Golden Harvest Ranches, Ivy Livestock, Lakeroad Limousin, Pinnacle View Limousin, Plains Limousin, Prime Limousin Club, Richmond Ranch, Rocky View Livestock and Venture Livestock On behalf of all of the ALA directors we look forward to seeing you as we host the National Limousin events. See you at Farmfair! Carriann Johnson ALA President

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Beef Irradiation What Producers Need To Know

By Piper Whelan A contested food safety technology is closer than ever to being approved for use on Canadian beef, and industry leaders are advocating its benefits to the Canadian beef industry. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is behind the 15 year-long drive to have beef irradiation approved in Canada as an additional measure in food safety. Food irradiation is a process in which a dosage of energy called ionizing radiation is applied to a food product, which may be done with X-rays, Gamma rays, or electron beam radiation. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website, this process “can penetrate food, killing microorganisms without raising the temperature of the food significantly,” decreasing levels of bacteria like E.coli. The website explains that irradiated food has been proven by a lengthy research and testing process to be safe for consumption. The CFIA states that it must be noted that this process, like other food safety tools, cannot guarantee the food will be entirely safe from pre-existing microorganisms. Approval of food irradiation on beef products has been on the CCA’s agenda since the late 1990s, and the 2012 recall of beef from XL Foods has brought this issue to the forefront once again. “We’ve been working to get irradiation of beef approved in Canada since 1998. We think we may be getting close at this point,” said Mark Klassen, CCA’s director of technical services. Klassen told The Limousin Voice that while it often takes a long time for producers and consumers to accept new food safety practices, the CCA is firm on their position that irradiation will benefit the Canadian beef industry in terms of increasing food safety and consumer confidence. “I think the benefits for irradiation are going to be

seen over a longer time period, just like any other new process,” Klassen stated. “But we know that irradiation is likely the most effective food safety measure that we have not already put into place, and food safety means an awful lot to the industry, and we think it makes sense to offer Canadians the same choices as American consumers have had since May of 2000.”

While many countries have approved beef irradiation and are open to imported beef treated with irradiation, some foreign barriers exist, creating tension on the subject. When asked about what foreign responses to beef irradiation mean for Canadian cattle producers, Klassen explained that the products most likely to be subject to irradiation, trim and ground beef, are primarily sold in markets open to the practice. “Those products will obviously be sold to markets that want them,” he said. “I think principally it would be the domestic market, but if there was a demand for irradiated trim, it would probably be from our major trim customer, the U.S., and the U.S. has approved irradiation for years now … I don’t think that we would use it for cuts, and that is the principle export for other international markets.” The push for approval of irradiation on Canadian beef continues, with industry leaders, producers and those opposed to the practice awaiting a decision.

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The view from my windshield shows me...a new generation of “Mom”...the lady who plans and prepares meals, budgets and expenditures. Yes, she is the same lady who also brings home in many cases “half the bacon.” She is educated, knowledgeable of health, nutrition and food safety and in most cases spends five days a week plus commuting time to her job. The majority of us, baby boomers, remember and have copied our mothers with that special Sunday meal of roast beef or (I hate to say it) chicken; complete with veggies, billowing white mashed potatoes and gravy and topped off with fresh baked home- made pie. It is a family affair and a ritual which has strengthened our families...the glue that was a part of building our great nation. Our “New Mom,” especially those rearing children, has brought convenience and speed to her kitchen duties as a major requirement in food and preparation, as she delegates her time with children, her spouse, job, cleaning and her own private time. Since she operates the household budget, she shops for food and makes all dietary decisions. Although the “New Mom” probably did not take home-economics in school, through social media, she is up to speed on all the nutritional facts...good and bad. The “New Mom” would choose to go to a tanning salon or gym, rather than bake a pie or can preserves since all those goodies are readily accessible by the slide of a card. “New Mom” is now Mrs. Consumer and her decisions will dictate and influence the type of product we will have to provide for the future. The consumption of beef in North America has waned from 79 lbs. per capita in the mid 80’s down to 61 lbs. in 2009. Pork consumption remained stable throughout the time period but chicken consumption escalated from 52 lbs. to 80 lbs. per capita. (Years 2003 through 2008, chicken consumption averaged 84.5 lbs. due to the outbreak of BSE.) Financial pressures of stumbling American economy and food safety issues have had a direct influence on the decline, but global consumption, for the most part, remained stable. Far East consumption is steadily increasing as Oriental Nations become more affluent and move to a western style of modernization. No doubt, the growth and expansion of the fast food trade in Eastern Europe and Asia has taken up the slack of what is happening in North America. Despite all the pitfalls, beef remains as the number one protein sold in the marketplace. Consumer spending on beef has expanded three fold over the past decade. The aging rancher, doubling production costs and extreme weather conditions have all led to a depletion of the North American cow herd, which will shortly lead to a beef shortage and force the Mrs. Consumer to spend more of her budgeting dollar for beef. The beef industry is coping with changes in consumer preference by developing new cuts that will satisfy appetites for steak at a lower cost. The major beef companies are cutting carcasses in new and interesting portions. Cuts once meant for roasts, stews and ground beef are now being sliced into less expensive cuts of steak for Mrs. Consumer. At the peak of the U.S. recession, there was a decline in consumption of premium cuts such as rib eye and tenderloin in the “white table cloth market” so the beef companies shifted their focus to selling these cuts in supermarkets in smaller portions to maintain stability in the chain. Kitchens and laboratories are constantly exploring new products for the new consumer and the majority of these new products are heat and serve or minimal preparation for cooking. Obesity and fitness are rapidly becoming forefront in today’s health issues. Leaner ground beef and less marbling required for new different cuts will change the packer’s carcass requirement. Limousin is one of the only breeds to supply high yielding, lean quality product without sacrificing flavor and tenderness. This scenario bodes well for the breed and the years to follow is the time to tell the “New Mom” of the Limousin advantage!

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By Piper Whelan Amanda Matthews counts herself lucky to be born into a long tradition of raising purebred cattle, and now this fourthgeneration cattle producer aims to contribute to that heritage of Highland Stock Farms at Bragg Creek and Olds, Alberta. “I have my dad to thank for my major influences in the cattle business,” she explained, also noting that her uncle Dave Sibbald of SSS Red Angus was an influence on her decision to raise cattle. Matthews got an early start in that tradition, showing cattle as a 4-H member and through the Alberta and Canadian Junior Limousin Associations. The 26 year-old, who studied at Lakeland College and Colorado State University, not only raises her own Limousin cattle at her family’s Bragg Creek location, but also works in partnership with her father and owns a number of Shorthorns as well. Although she is open to raising other breeds and has done so in the past, Matthews finds the Limousin breed holds a certain appeal and gets the job done. “I have dabbled in other breeds and I keep coming back to Limousin,” she stated. “We are a breed of quality genetics that are often untapped, and I’ve always appreciated our basic muscle characteristics because that’s something that (is sought after) not only in seedstock, but also in the feeder industry.”

with his guidance— my picks and he approves it— with a sense of succession planning for our Bragg Creek division,” she explained. Matthews is interested incattle promotion, especially with the advantages of social media made accessible to today’s young producers, whom she counts as part of “the Facebook generation;” however, she is also inspired to become a skilled promoter by the influence of veteran Limousin breeders, such as members of her own family. “We desperately need to utilize those (experienced Limousin producers), and I’m lucky to have a father and a brother that have marketing capabilities and I hope someday I can do just the same as those two,” she said. Matthews participated in the 2012 Spotlight on Limousin focus group, and was inspired by the other participants’ reasons for raising Limousin cattle. “It really encouraged me, listening to everybody else’s thought on why people started using the Limousin breed … When you talk to some of the feeders on what they want in Limousin cattle— they want Limousin characteristics and that’s something that we can provide to them.” Her motivation for continuing to raise Limousin is driven by the opportunities for young breeders in today’s cattle industry. “It’s something that you have to have a passion for, and I think that with the future of people in the age range (from) nine years old, just starting 4-H, to thirty-five years old and striking out on your own, it’s a glorious industry to be in,” she stated. “More than ever now, people from urban backgrounds are looking to talk to us and learn more about our

Presently, Matthews is focused on herd size for future program development, flushing embryos from her show cows to build up her herd base.She also works with her father ongenetic planning for the cattle they own together, using bull choices for semen collection as a learning experience. “My dad has let me do our sire collection Limousin Voice Fall Issue 2013  18

industry, and I absolutely love that opportunity. I think it’s important that we reach out and create a collaborative unity among those sectors.” Matthews’ goals for the future address her show ring ambitions and her plans to become a trusted cattle producer, along with her life partner Chris Haywood. “Ultimately, I think I would like to continue on with supplying quality bulls and females to other Limousin and Limousin-influence herds. Chris and I are excited about carrying on the Highland tradition” she stated, “and I would love to look at getting a couple of national champions under my belt with my own prefix.” The place of Limousin in the Canadian beef industry, she explained, is advantageous because of the genetic options that meet the needs of many producers. “I think with the Limousin breed

evolving continually …If feeders are looking for more muscle and lean quality cattle, then you can go to our fullbloods. If you’re looking for that black hide, then you have the option of black purebreds or Limflex,” she said. Matthew hopes the diversity of desirable traits found in Limousin, combined with the involvement and passion of youth, will lead to greater success forthe breed. “I think we have, as a breed, the ability to supply a lot of different qualities, and I think it’s going to go up … We’re going to be one of those breeds that are back on top again and people will greatly come back to the Limousin breed in droves.”

In August the Manitoba committee hosted the NJLC and Canadian Limousin AGM; thank you to the sponsors and host committee for making these events another success story. Congratulations to the participants.

within families, of building the genetics of a herd. Each female in the sale is the result of careful breeding, with the goal in mind of developing genetics reflective of market desirability, to give their clients what they need to give their respective herds the advantage in today’s beef market place.

This fall finds cattle producers rounding up their winter feed supplies, weaning calves and harvesting a bountiful crop; this year there is a feeling of optimism. In the auction marts, producers that have sought Limousin genetics that have yielded the thick, well muscled calves feedlot owners are seeking are being rewarded. It is with pride the members from the Manitoba Limousin Association joined forces to offer genetics to lead their customers into the future. Contributing members have dug deep into the heart of their herds to offer females carrying years and often generations

Mark your calendars for November 23, 2013; you don’t want to miss this opportunity! If you would like to request a catalogue, contact Cheryl 204.736.2878, email, online at www. (November) or view the Manitoba Limousin Association page on facebook. All the best to Limousin breeders as you make your annual trek of fall shows! Hope to see you down the road.

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From Pasture to Plate: Retailing Limousin Beef Clark Meats, the Clark Family By Piper Whelan When you’re talking quality beef with David Clark of Clark Meats, a straight-forward, clear answer is what you get when you ask about his retail shop and why he sells his own farm-raised Limousin beef. Clark Meats has been in operation for 12 years in Newcastle, Ontario, and was inspired by the business Clark’s family ran during his childhood. “My family grew up in the meat business,” he explained. “My family owned an abattoir, and I grew up with it and worked there, and it was sold and I kind of missed the business, so I opened up our own retail shop.” In what Clark calls “strictly a family operation,” he and his wife Jennifer and three young children, Sarah, Ashley and Joshua, are at the helm of this local butcher shop, ready to serve their community farm-fresh beef.

“Everybody likes how lean it is, and the taste and the tenderness, and they like the quality and the service,” Clark stated. This continued customer satisfaction is part of the trust their clients have in their brand, something crucial to the success of their shop. “If they want to buy just any old AA The quality of the beef the Clarks they sell begins at or AAA beef, they home, as all their beef is raised on their family farm, can get it at any Clark Cattle Co. “It’s all our own, all Limousin and supermarket, but Limousin-influence calves that we feed,” Clark said. my own brand Free of growth hormones and antibiotics, the Clarks with my own place great importance on dry-aging all their beef Limousin beef to increase its tenderness. Their customers certainly keeps people notice the difference their production and processing coming back for methods make in their beef, and return for future more,” Clark explained. In addition to their homemeat purchases with praise for their products. grown beef, Clark Meat retails a variety of locallygrown products, including chicken, turkey and pork. While not specifically targeting any niche markets, Clark explained that their home-town, local butcher shop certainly appeals to consumers who want to know where their meat comes from. “A lot of our customers like the locally-grown products, they know what it’s fed and how it’s cared for,” he said. “There’s not really any certain market I try and target. We’re not trying to reach just the upper class or the high-end market, by any means.” Limousin Voice Fall Issue 2013  20

Raising cattle is another business that runs in Clark’s family. “I’m the fourth generation raising beef cattle in Ontario,” he said proudly. With a purebred Limousin and commercial Limflex herd of approximately 125 head to calve per year, Clark Cattle Co. is where the attention to producing quality beef begins, with care and consideration in beef production practices. “The Limousin and the Limousin-cross calves work out really well,” Clark stated, noting specifically that they value Limousin feed efficiency, dressing percentage, and lean meat yield. “They gain well in the feedlot, and their cutting percentage and dressing percentage and lean meat yield is just fantastic, compared to any other breed. Limousin meat is a fine-textured, tender beef.” Sires are selected at Clark Cattle Co. with the end product in mind. “We select sires with good carcass numbers that work for strictly the meat end of it,” he explained. “A lot of it is raising and feeding the cattle as naturally as they should be raised, a good environment, a balanced diet of rations.” Expansion of their beef program is on the agenda for the future, as is the creation of new markets through the Colours of Autumn Limousin Sale, with three other local breeders, on November 30th, 2013, in Lindsay, Ontario. “We’re having our first production sale this fall, and we hope to do that annually, and that will maybe open up more markets and sell just not into Ontario but Canada-wide and into the United States, hopefully.” When asked about the future for the Limousin breed in the Canadian beef industry, Clark is hopeful about future successes and markets. “I see the markets for it. We need to keep the muscle in the cattle, but we also need to keep the feedlot guys in business too. These

cattle need to gain and grow, but we need to keep the lean meat muscle on them.” Consistency is key, according to Clark, when it comes to both the future of his business and in how someone hoping to raise and retail beef should approach production. When asked about his goals for the future of Clark Meats, Clark responded laughingly “Keep it open! Keep my head above the water!” before stating “I guess just keep our steady clientele and expand it if we can, and hopefully look for new opportunities.” His advice to fellow Limousin breeders interested in retailing custom-

cut home-grown beef follows this same line of consistency, moderation, and clear quality. “Just make sure you have a consistent product. You need enough marbling there to make it good, but not an excess because people are on about the leanness and the healthiness of the leaner meat … Put the cattle on a consistent, balanced ration, and that makes a big difference.” With genetics selected with the end product in mind and careful attention to practices in raising beef cattle, the Clark family have found the winning formula for quality, home-grown beef that continues to bring their local customers back for more.

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A French student's experience in Alberta, Canada Un Etudiant Francais en Alberta, Canada My name is Dylan Pintaud and I am from Merignac, a small community in Western France in the Department of Charente, not far from the towns of Cognac or La Rochelle. I’m currently studying an alternating agriculture technology program i.e. half my time is spent at school and the other half doing a practicum with different establishments related to agriculture: such as farms and ag. related businesses. I am therefore preparing for a farm management diploma (equivalent to the national BTEC in agriculture). The program, for which I’m enrolled in, imposes a mandatory internship in a non-francophone country in order to give students the opportunity to discover the world. I chose Canada for mine as I’ve been intrigued by the country for a long time. Fortunately for me, our school had previous connections with the Canadian Limousin Association, as other students were placed on Limousin farms in the past. I was in touch with the manager who was of great assistance with the process.

During my stay, I discovered the great hospitality and generosity demonstrated by Canadians. I was greeted by Anne B. Burgess (the CLA manager), who helped me discover the different landscapes and customs of the province of Alberta. It is an area that I did not know at all before arriving and I was thrilled with the visits that we made. I had a chance to be exposed to the “cowboy ways,” something of interest to me for a long time. Then I spent several days at the Andrew Ranch where I was greeted by the Andrew family. It was fascinating to see the differences between there and France… The most marking ones were the size of the machinery, the land magnitude on the prairies but also the mosquitoes! All were outsized compared to my French references. What I regret the most during my stay is the limited level of my English which prevented me from communicating and exchanging with the folks on site. It was very frustrating.

Je m’appelle Dylan PINTAUD et je suis originaire de Mérignac, petite commune située dans l’Ouest de la France dans le département de la Charente, non loin des villes de COGNAC ou de LA ROCHELLE. Je suis actuellement étudiant en Brevet de Technicien Supérieur en Agriculture, en formation par alternance, c’est-à-dire pour moitié à l’école et pour moitié en stage sur différentes structures liées à l’agriculture : en exploitation agricole, en entreprises dans le paraagricole,...). Je prépare donc un BTS Analyse et Conduite de Systèmes d’Exploitations (Diplôme équivalent au BTEC national en agriculture). Dans le cadre de ma formation, il est obligatoire pour les étudiants de partir en stage dans un pays non francophone pour que nous puissions ouvrir les yeux sur le monde extérieur. J’ai choisi d’effectuer mon stage au CANADA, car je voulais depuis longtemps découvrir ce pays. J’ai eu la chance de rentrer en contact sur place avec l’association Canadian Limousine qui m’a été d’une grand aide pour trouver un stage sur place. Au cours de mon séjour, j’ai pu découvrir la grande hospitalité et la générosité dont font preuve les canadiens. J’ai été accueilli par Anne BB, qui m’a fait découvrir les différents paysages et coutumes de la région de l’Alberta. C’était une région que je ne connaissais pas du tout avant d’y aller et j’ai été enthousiasmé. J’ai pu découvrir les coutumes des Cow-boys, et cela me tenait particulièrement à cœur depuis longtemps. J’ai passé plusieurs jours dans le Ranch Andrew où j’ai été accueilli par la famille Andrew. J’ai ainsi découvert la façon de travailler ici par rapport à la France…. et j’ai pu observer que la grandeur du matériel, des surfaces de prairies, mais aussi les moustiques !!... étaient hors normes par rapport à mes références françaises. Enfin, ce que j’ai regretté le plus durant mon séjour, c’est que mon niveau d’anglais qui n’est pas bon, m’a empêché de pouvoir échanger comme je l’aurais voulu avec les personnes sur place, ce qui fut très frustrant. En fait, durant mon séjour j’ai eu l’impression de vivre un rêve éveillé. J’ai pu voir des Stampedes avec des rodéos. Jamais je n’aurais cru en voir en vrai. J’ai trouvé cela magnifique. J’étais comme un enfant quand il ouvre ses cadeaux. Pour tout cela, je tiens à remercier très chaleureusement la famille Andrew, Anne BB et toutes les personnes que j’ai croisées et qui m’ont fait découvrir leur pays. Je garderai à jamais le souvenir de mon séjour au CANADA et je souhaite un jour pouvoir y retourner.

In fact, during my stay I had the impression of being in a daydream. I was able to attend two Stampedes with rodeos. Never, did I dream of seeing rodeos live. I was completely fascinated like a child opening his gifts. I would like to very warmly thank the Andrew family, Anne B. Burgess and all the people whom I crossed during my stay and contributed to my discovery of Canada. I will forever CANADA and

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A Commercial Voice for the Future Kevin Stopanski, Stopanski Ranches By Piper Whelan When Kevin Stopanski was encouraged to join the Alberta Limousin Association board in 2009, the board recognized the need for a commercial presence, and he was the breeder for the job. “What made me more interested and passionate about the breed was serving on theALA board for 1 term, in 2009. That sort of opened my eyes on how the breed was going, what should we do,” Kevin explained, stating that it was then-ALA president Wayne Burgess who persuaded him to get involved with the board, and that it was a positive experience. Kevin and Carmen Stopanski, along with their sons Brock, Josh and Chad, run Stopanski Ranches at Jenner, Alberta, which was purchased by Kevin’s family in 1974. “It’s about a 3500 acre farm with mixed farming and cattle, usually around 500-600 acres of cereal grains, barley, wheat, and oats, with about 160 bred cows,” he said. Kevin’s family originally raised Hereford cattle, but the next generation became passionate about a different breed. “When Carmen and I got married in ’91, her dad gave us a couple Limousin bulls, some with the old breeding in them,” he remembered. “So we started there and continued on; we loved the way the calves looked and we’ve been doing that ever since.” The first Limousin cattle that the Stopanskis raised were a major change from the Herefords that Kevin grew up with, and they welcomed the different traits into their program.“Back then, the calves were big, they were long. You understand what a Hereford calf looks like. A Limousin calf is totally different,” he recalled.“Carmen liked their colour and face features, and I liked the way they looked and operated.” Kevin explained that because of his current breeding program of Limousin and Red Angus, their replacement females must be powerful, in addition to having all the traits necessary for long-lived, functional cows.“I like for them to have some muscle definition; I don’t want to lose that at all. My females may be more powerful than others … because I do breed a little bit of Red Angus in my herd,

so I want to keep my calves consistent; I need a big, powerful Limo cow to do that,” he stated. Presently, the Stopanskis are looking for bulls with muscle definition to assist in their goal of breeding the majority of their cows Limousinto increase their Limousin genetics. “I know there’s some bulls still out there that have the flat muscle, but I want the big, round muscle just to make sure they know that these calves that come from my place are actually Limousin calves— they can’t get mistaken for something else.” The entire family has been active in 4-H, with the boys excelling in the Newell 4-H district and their parents leading the Jenner 4-H Beef Club for the last decade.“I’ve been executive and vice-president of the Newell Beef Committee for that many years too, organizing sales and shows. I like doing that; I like doing the show part,” Kevin mentioned.They were also successful on their 2009 trip to Agribition, which Kevin described as a highlight of their career.“We ended up taking (a bull) to a show and placing really well and did really well selling him to a breeder in Ontario, so we thought, ‘hey, that’s kind of cool!’” he explained.“That bull there has given us some pretty good 4-H calves. Ivy’s Under Pressure has been a pretty good bull for us; he’s been a calendar boy for the Limousin Association for Limousin promotion for a little while.” The Stopanskis were awarded the ALA 2009 Commercial Breeder of the Year, with Ivy Livestock of Duchess, Alberta taking home Purebred Breeder of the Year. “It was kind of an honour for us to be selected with them because they are good friends of ours and kind of got us going in the show business, so I’d like to acknowledge them,” stated Kevin, who mentioned that the Hertz family are bull suppliers for their program. He also praised Barb and Don Stevenson of Bar-Don Farms as important friends in their journey,

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explaining that “they really helped us quite a bit with bull selections, and if it wasn’t for his bulls being quiet and easy tempered and (having) good feet … I probably wouldn’t have stuck with the breed.” Kevin has much to say about the advantages of the Limousin breed, and the commercial voice that he brought to the ALA board during his term drives a strong perspective on the future success of the breed. “I think the breed itself is going in the right direction. We’ve got really high feed efficiency cattle out there, we’ve got really high yielding cattle out there, and I think we’ve got to start turning heads and saying these cattle are ones that we have to use,” he stated. The breed’s traits, he said, have a value in them that goes beyond the traditional marketing of Limousin as market beef animals, and the characteristics of today’s Limousin females should be increasingly promoted. “We’ve really got to get more Limousin cows out there because we know as a group— the Limousin breeders, the Limousin people, the commercial guys that use them— what these cows can do. We’ve got to get them out there and gain a profitability on our animals, because, as a commercial guy, I can make way more money if I can offer Limousin heifers … I’d like to see the heifer part of it go back into the herds and eventually, maybe we’re going to make more money on our whole herd by selling heifers to be replacements and our steers going to market.” Speaking enthusiastically about the promotion of the breed, Kevin suggested that because of the changes in the breed over the last two decades, Limousin promotion should be reframed to illustrate those traits that have changed the breed for the better, such as yield, marbling, docility and calving ease. “We’ve got to find different avenues,” he explained. “It’s not what it was 20 years ago, it’s a new Limousin. I think we have to promote our Limousin as

the new Limousin … They’re a new breed.” Kevin has been recruited by the CLA to sit on the newly formed Commercial Liaison Committee. The Stopanskis plan on sticking with what has worked for them in the past, and are excited about the future of their herd. “Right now it’s just trying to get the best cow herd I can possibly get, and I can say that raising these cattle is probably one of the easiest things I’ve got going on here, because they calve by themselves,” Kevin said.“The heifers are calving by themselves in the middle of April on grass, and the last 4, 5 years I’ve used Limousin genetics on heifers for their calving ease.”Kevin explained that his family’s motivation for raising cattle can be represented by their love of taking photos of their calves throughout the year. “For me and Carmen, we just get up and go out and take pictures,” he explained.“We take a picture of a steer calf when he’s born and say, hey, this might be a 4-H project one day, and we’ll follow him through the whole summer.” Kevin summed up his family’s successful career with Limousin cattle and their bright future with an image that drives their program: “We used to see the old Hereford cow sitting on the hill and a Hereford bull with horns and a white feather neck, but now, for me, we see a big old Limo bull with a big butt sitting high and proud on top of a hill, but I guess you have to have the passion for that kind of an animal, and to me, raising that kind of animal is fun for me. It’s what I like to do.”

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CONFORMATION COMMERCIAL DIVISION HEIFER CALF 1. Brandon Hertz, Duchess. AB with Ivy’s Always Radiant by Y2K X-Pedition COW/CALF PAIR 1. Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB with EXLR Radiant by Rito 63M3 and her heifer calf Ivy’s Always Radiant by Y2K X-Petition

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Miss Zee 60Z by Anchor B Univision



YEARLING HEIFER 1. Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Zena by RPY La Witness 90W

HEIFER CALF 1. Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Ally by MAGSWL Usual Suspect

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Zena by RPY La Witness 90W

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Ally by MAGSWL Usual Suspect YEARLING HEIFER 1. Cassidy Matthews, Olds, AB with HSF Zenyetta by AHCC Westwind W544 2. Jules Smyth, Roblin, MB with LNZ Zero TA Sixty 2Z by RPY Game Day

BULL CALF 1. Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Abraham by RLF Yardley 601Y 2. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with KAD Animal Crackers by Pinnacles Y2K 26Y

GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL LIMOUSIN FEMALE Brandon Hertz, Duchess, AB with EXLR Radiant by Rito 63M3 and her heifer calf Ivy’s Always Radiant by Y2K X-Petition LIMOUSIN STEER DIVISION 1. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB 2. Kahli Wedderburn, Alexander, MB

CHAMPION JUNIOR AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Cassidy Matthews, Olds, AB with HSF Zenyetta by AHCC Westwind W544

GRAND CHAMPION BULL Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Abraham by RLF Yardley 601Y

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE Jules Smyth, Roblin, MB with LNZ Zero TA Sixty 2Z by RPY Game Day


TWO YEAR OLD COW/CALF PAIR 1. Cheyenne Porter, AB with PLNS Polled Yakira 25Y by EXLA Total Impact and her heifer calf PLNS Polled Abraham by RLF Yardley 601Y MATURE COW/CALF PAIR 1. Riley Bohrson, Saskatoon, SK with Wulfs Trustworthy by Wulfs Ransom and her calf Anchor B Aspen by RLF-TMF-Yardley

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with KAD Animal Crackers by Pinnacles Y2K 26Y

4-H DIVISION HEIFER CALF 1. Brodie Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Amber by Payne’s Pipeline HEIFER CALF CHAMPION Brodie Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Amber by Payne’s Pipeline

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION STEER Kahli Wedderburn, Alexander, MB

OPEN LIMOUSIN DIVISION YEARLING HEIFER 1. Cadence Haaland, SK with Anchor B Zahara by Anchor B Great West 2. Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Miss Zee 60Z by Anchor B Univision GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Cadence Haaland, SK with Anchor B Zahara by Anchor B Great West

CHAMPION SENIOR AND GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Yakira 25Y by EXLA Total Impact and her bull calf PLNS Polled Abraham by RLF Yardly 601Y RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE Riley Bohrson, Saskatoon, SK with Wulfs Trustworthy by Wulfs Ransom and her calf Anchor B Aspen by RLF-TMF Yardley

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YEARLING HEIFER 1. Nicole Bielecki, Saskatoon, SK with RCN Zabrina by Greenwood Pld Xtra Charge 2. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with Amaglen Zany by Anchor B The Smooze

JUNIOR 1. Lauren McKee 2. Jonathan Karsin IMPROMTU SPEECHES INTERMEDIATE 1. Brandon Hertz 2. Taylor Carvey SENIOR 1. Megan Kemp 2. Justin Krisjansson CHAMPION JUNIOR AND GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Nicole Bielecki, Saskatoon, SK with RCN Zabrina by Greenwood Pld Xtra Charge

RESERVE JUNIOR AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with Amaglen Zany by Anchor B The Smooze TWO YEAR OLD CALF/COW PAIR 1. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with Anchor B Raspberry Wine by Wilf’s Suduko and her bull calf KAD Animal Crackers by Pinnacles Y2K 2. Brodie Hunter, Kenton, MB with Diamond T Yours to Keep by RPY Payne’s Trilogy 26T and her heifer calf Diamond T Amber by Payne’s Pipeline CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne, MB with Anchor B Raspberry Wine by Wilf’s Suduko and her bull calf KAD Animal Crackers by Pinnacles Y2K RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE Brodie Hunter, Kenton with Diamond T Yours to Keep by RPY Payne’s Trilogy 26T and her heifer calf Diamond T Amber by Payne’s Pipeline OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION LIMOUSIN FEMALE FOR 2013 NATIONAL JUNIOR LIMOUSIN SHOW Cheynne Porter, Wainwright, AB with PLNS Polled Yakira 25Y by RPY Paynes Elvis 34X OVERALL RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Cassidy Matthews, Olds, AB with HSF Zenyetta by AHCC Westwind W544 SALES TALK PEE WEE 1. Justin McKee 2. Emma Lee McLeod

PHOTOGRAPHY PEE WEE 1. Ty Nykoliation 2. Austin Porter JUNIOR 1. Jonathan Karsin 2. Angus Smyth INTERMEDIATE 1. Shania Jack 2. Samantha Rimke SENIOR 1. Megan Kemp GRAPHIC DESIGN JUNIOR 1. Cheynne Porter 2. Nolan Glover INTERMEDIATE 1. Naomi Best 2. Levi Rimke SENIOR 1. Jay Rimke 2. Laura Tolton ART PEE WEE 1. Austin Porter 2. Brooklyn Hedley JUNIOR 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Angus Smyth INTERMEDIATE 1. Lindsay Verwey 2. Naomi Best SENIOR 1. Rachael Verwey STALL CARD PEE WEE 1. Brooklyn Hedley 2. Justin McKee JUNIOR 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Brady McLeod POWERPOINT AND VIDEO PEE WEE 1. Austin Porter JUNIOR 1. Cheynne Porter 2. Broddi Bjarnsson INTERMEDIATE 1. Taylor Carvey SENIOR 1. Megan Kemp

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TEAM MARKETING 1. Rachel Howatt & Lindsay Verwey 2. Rachael Verwey, Lexie Shearer & Justin McKee HERDSMAN COMPETITION Naomi & Levi Best TRANSCON LIVESTOCK CHAROLAIS AND SIMMENTAL AWARD Brooke Preston & Rylee Geisler SCRAPBOOK PEE WEE 1. Sierra Inglis 2. Carson Baker JUNIOR 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Wyatt Inglis INTERMEDIATE 1. Lindsay Verwey 2. Cindy Jack & Shania Jack SENIOR 1. Megan Kemp JUDGING PEE WEE 1. Sierra Inglis 2. Carson Baker JUNIOR 1. Cheyenne Porter 2. Wyatt Inglis INTERMEDIATE 1. Lindsay Verwey 2. Cindy Jack & Shania Jack SENIOR 1. Megan Kemp TEAM JUDGING JUNIOR 1. Jonathan Karsin & Andria Bertram 2. Angus Smyth & Jules Smyth INTERMEDIATE 1. Cassidy Matthews & Brandon Hertz 2. Curtis Bielecki & Nicole Bielecki SENIOR 1. Dillon Hunter & Brodie Hunter 2. Megan Kemp & Kolton McIntosh TEAM GROOMING 1. Megan Kemp, Justin Carvey, Ethan Wood & Cassidy Matthews 2. Rachel Howatt, Brady Wirgau, Broddi Bjarnarson, Angus Smyth & Kahli Wedderburn

JUDGES Shawn Airey, Emily Grey, Lloyd Cavers, Karla Ness, Melissa McRae, Andrea Bertholet, Jill Verwey, Holli Lee, Trevor Atchison, Cynthia Wirgau, Ken Williams, Maryann Zwambag COOK OFF 1. Rachael Verwey, Lane Nykoliation, Andria Bertram, Sydney de Koning 2. Megan Kemp, Ethan Wood & Cassidy Metthews


JUDGES Trevor Atchison, Wayne Burgess, Jim Richmond & Brian Lee



RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE SHOWPERSON Cassidy Matthews, Olds, AB SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Anne Burgess, on behalf of the Jeanne Locke Family, presented the Sportsmanship Award to Dillon Hunter, Kenton, MB



CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOWPERSON Cheyenne Porter, Wainwright, AB


TEAM MARKETING Kaitlyn Davey, Brandon Hertz & Riley Bohrson The Junior Particiapants recieved a donation from Chris Poley representing the TBar Invitational.

INDUSTRY QUIZ Cheyenne Porter, Dillon Hunter & Brandon Hertz

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The Limousin show at Canadian Western Agribition will be Thursday November 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm in the Chevrolet GMC Stadium West. Judges for the day will be Ryley and Jill Mader of Carstairs, AB. The Solid Gold Agribition Limousin Sale will be Friday November 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm. Catalog can be viewed at The 2nd Annual Western Select Limousin Sale will be Wednesday, December 4 in Lloydminster, SK Catalog can be viewed at The 2014 National Junior Limousin Conference will be hosted in Saskatoon, SK on July 24-26. Eric Boon and Delaney & Deanna Boon of B Bar Cattle are proud to donate a current year heifer calf to the 2014 CJLA National Show. • All proceeds will go towards the 2014 Canadian Junior Limousin National Show which will take place July 24-26, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK. • The heifer will be ‘dutch’ auctioned at 2 different events. At the second event the heifer will then be drawn for.

1ST event at: Solid Gold Agribition Limousin Sale • When: Friday November 15, 2014 • Where: Regina, SK 2nd event at: New Years Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale: Volume II • When: Tuesday December 31, 2013 at 7 pm • Where: Saskatoon Travelodge, Saskatoon, SK 1. The final bid in each round will denote the amount of that bidder’s donation. Ex.: Round 1 - Final Bid is $300 to John Doe. John’s Donation is $300. Round 2 - Final Bid is $260 to Tom Jones. Tom’s Donation is $250. Round 3 - The female is re-auctioned on a downward scale until no further bids are received at the low of $100. 2. Each $100 purchased (donated) represents 5 chances in the final draw. Ex.: John Doe has 15 chances, Tom Jones has 13 chances and so on down the scale to the final $100 donation worth five chances. 3. One ticket for every $20, bearing the contributor’s name will be put in the draw barrel. 4. At the end of the sale, one ticket will be drawn with that person winning the heifer. Contact any of the SLA board members or Bohrson Marketing representatives if you want to purchase tickets to support the CJLA and cannot make it to either of the sales. The 2013/2014 board of directors: President-Kevin Rea 306-463-7950 Vice-President-Terry Hepper 306-536-7075 Secretary-Eric Boon 306-280-8795 Treasurer-Janet Hale 306-944-4945 Jeff Yorga 306-531-5717 Lee Carpenter 306-544-7890 Rhett Jones 306-629-7878 Bob Turner 306-528-4510 Chris Qually 306-322-4629

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Quebec Limousin Breeder Uses Available Resources

Ferme JPER; comment diversifier ses revenus pour mieux se démarquer!

Original French story by Mélanie Poirier, Agronome Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation Sainte-Martine Translation By: Anne Brunet-Burgess

If you had told Eric Ratelle from Ferme JPEG, that one day he would have a passion for beef production and genetics, he certainly would not have believed you! Sixteen years ago, Eric worked in the fur industry and had never set foot on a farm. A Montreal native, he held several odd jobs before a friend mentioned to him an opportunity to work in a large hog slaughterhouse. He therefore settled in the area where it was located back in 1997, where he met the love of his life, Diana Lussier-Pelletier. It was Diane, who introduced him to agriculture and together they started purchasing a few cows of different breeds in 2006. Then he seriously started hunting for better animals and crossed paths with Raymond Durivage, of Ferme EDPA Inc. in SaintÉdouard-de-Napierville, a well-known cow-calf producer. A couple of years later, Eric became an employee of Ferme EDPA, mostly for their hog operation, but was often called upon to help with the cattle as well. During his first years as a Ferme EDPA Inc. employee, Eric purchased 20 head from them. In 2009, he rented near-by buildings at Denis Boulerice (who became one of his associates later on) to raise his newly acquired animals. Then, Eric became head of the Limousin Test Station hosted by EDPA, while maintaining his job at the pig barn.

Si vous aviez dit à Éric Ratelle, de Ferme JPER, qu’un jour il aurait la piqûre de la production bovine et de la génétique, il ne vous aurait certainement pas cru ! C’est qu’il y a 16 ans, Éric travaillait dans le secteur de la fourrure et n’avait encore jamais mis les pieds sur une ferme. Natif de Montréal, il a fait plusieurs petits boulots avant qu’un ami lui parle d’une opportunité de travail dans un gros abattoir de porcs de la région. Il s’installe donc dans la région en 1997 et y rencontre l’amour en la personne de Diana Lussier-Pelletier. C’est grâce à elle qu’il se découvre une passion pour l’agriculture. Deux ans avant de quitter l’abattoir, en 2006, il commence à acheter des vaches de différentes provenances et races. Ensuite, il magasine sérieusement des animaux et entre en contact avec Raymond Durivage, de Ferme EDPA inc. à SaintÉdouard-de-Napierville. Reconnu pour sa grande expérience dans le vache-veau, Éric lui achète des vaches pendant deux ans avant d’entrer à son service comme employé dans sa porcherie en 2008. Toutefois, dès que M. Durivage a une tâche à effectuer avec ses vaches, il fait appel à Éric.

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Today, the Ferme JPEG herd counts fifty purebred Angus and Limousin cows, as well as a Limousin bull, housed on two rented sites. The company specializes in breeding replacement females and bulls that meet the Superior Genetic requirements (a Quebec program) for the Limousin and Angus breeds as well as Lim-Flex. The farm also raises animals intended for retail meat sales. The company hopes to develop this sector further with the recent creation of its logo to market its product.

Durant ses premières années à l’emploi de Ferme EDPA inc., Éric lui achète un troupeau de 20 têtes. En 2009, il loue des bâtiments chez Denis Boulerice (qui deviendra un de ses associés) pour y élever ses animaux nouvellement acquis. Puis, Éric est devenu responsable de la Station d’épreuve Limousin que Ferme EDPA inc. abrite, en plus de continuer à travailler dans la porcherie. Aujourd’hui, Ferme JPER possède un élevage de cinquante vaches de race Angus et Limousin ainsi que d’un taureau Limousin sur deux sites d’élevage en location. L’entreprise se spécialise dans l’élevage de femelles de remplacement, de taureaux reproducteurs et de génétique supérieure de race pure Limousin et Angus ainsi que de Lim-Flex (hybride de sang Limousin et Angus). La ferme élève aussi des animaux destinés à la vente au détail. C’est d’ailleurs un secteur que l’entreprise souhaite développer de plus en plus avec la création récente de son logo pour faire connaître son produit.

In the upcoming years, Eric and his associates, Denis Boulerice and Julie St-Hilaire, aim at increasing their herd to sixty cows, and possibly up to 300. Their goal is to make a living with their beef operation, but to also distribute the daily tasks among partners so everyone can enjoy a certain quality of life. The only way this is possible, is with the support of everyone’s spouse (Diana, Michelle and Pascal), a vital component of proper functioning of the farm. The business’ future greatly depends on a team effort and everyone’s contribution. The strategic planning development programs for agricultural enterprises offered by MAPAQ (Quebec Ministry of Agriculture) helped Ferme JPEG make several investments that helped reduce its production costs, improve its efficiency and profitability. Indeed, following the completion of a technical economic diagnosis and a reorganization plan targeting potential issues and offering possible solutions, the company has

À moyen terme, Éric et ses associés, Denis Boulerice et Julie St-Hilaire, visent à augmenter leur troupeau à soixante vaches, et éventuellement jusqu’à 300. Leur objectif est de vivre de la production bovine en se répartissant les tâches entre associés de manière à avoir une certaine qualité de vie. Pour ce faire, Éric tient à souligner que le soutien de leurs conjoints (Diana, Michelle et Pascal) est essentiel au bon fonctionnement de la ferme. La continuité de l’entreprise dépend principalement du travail de l’équipe et de la bonne collaboration de chacun des ses membres. Les programmes de la Stratégie de soutien à l’adaptation des entreprises agricoles du MAPAQ ont permis à Ferme JPER de faire plusieurs investissements lui permettant de réduire ses coûts de production, d’améliorer son efficacité et sa rentabilité. En effet, à la suite de la réalisation d’un diagnostic technico-économique et d’un plan de redressement qui ont permis de cibler les points à améliorer et d’amener des pistes de solutions, l’entreprise a pu bénéficier d’une aide financière pour faire l’acquisition d’un corral et de divers équipements pour l’alimentation

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benefited from financial assistance to acquire necessary tools. Among them, new animal housing and feeding equipment to allow a mobile total mixed ration system and a feeder powered (silo-car). While hard work, resourcefulness, and work ethic are essential qualities needed to operate a farm, herd management as well as a good understanding of one’s production costs are just as important for its feasibility. According to Eric, participating to in continuous training and the use of experts’ guidance play a vital role in a farm’s bottom line. One should never be too proud to ask for help!

du troupeau tels qu’une moulange à marteaux, un système de ration totale mélangée (RTM) mobile et un nourrisseur motorisé (silo-car). Elle a également bénéficié d’un prêt avec un remboursement d’intérêts pour trois ans avec la Financière agricole du Québec. La rigueur, la débrouillardise et le sens du travail sont des qualités primordiales pour gérer une exploitation agricole. La régie, le suivi de troupeau ainsi que la connaissance et l’analyse de ses coûts de production font partie des éléments essentiels d’une gestion saine. Selon Éric, participer aux formations continues pour les producteurs et faire appel à des intervenants spécialisés pour se guider sont aussi des actions importantes qu’une entreprise doit accomplir pour rester en affaires et toujours s’améliorer. Il ne faut pas hésiter à demander de l’aide !

By Carolyn Darling On August 10th the Ontario Limousin Association held their 40th Anniversary Banquet and Field day at Bill and Maryann Zwambag’s farm. The OJLA had many activities throughout the day which included team judging, showmanship, and a photo contest etcetera. The OJLA would like to remind everyone that we are running our Annual Fundraiser where we will be selling raffle tickets for an aluminum Chute and a Blower, as well as a Blower stand. The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and the winner will be drawn at the Royal Elite sale during the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair on November 1st. Tickets are available from any Junior Executive Member. There will be a Junior Limousin Show held at the Royal Winter Fair held in Toronto on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 8:30 am. For registration in the Junior Limousin Show please contact Christine MacIntyre.

Juniors Judging at the OLA Field Day

Junior Showmanship at OLA Field Day

Pee Wee Showman at OLA Field Day

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Pee Wee Showman hard at work at the OLA Field Day

2013 Field Day Dany and Mario Simard and family generously agreed to host Limousin breeders at their farm in Ste-Sophie de Lévrard for the annual Limousin Field Day held on Saturday, August 10. Mr. Simard proudly showed his new facilities. He explained how windbreaks, shelter for calves and high/ low density corals work at his place. The day continued with a farm tour, during which visitors were able to witness the quality of the herd as well as fields in production. The goal of the event was reached again this year beef producers and breeders had the opportunity to exchange and share their interest for the Limousin breed. Thanks to the organizers for this memorable day and also to all visitors who took time to attend.

Limousin performance test station A big thank you to who have entered their bulls in the Station Unique Limousin. Unfortunately the station had to refuse some animals as it reached its capacity. This year, the sale will take place on April 12, 2014 and will be broadcasted live on Don’t forget to watch for weighing results on the website:

Limousin cows in Montreal For a second consecutive year, Ferme SDJ (Diane Joly and Serge Dethier) was one of the representatives of Quebec agricultural productions at the UPA’s open house. The Farmers’ Union (UPA) hosted over 36,000 urban visitors who were exposed to the Limousin breed. Once again, our heifer Yaasiin had kindly agreed to allow children to listen to her heart beats, lungs and rumen, under the supervision of Dr. Josée Kessler. Next to the heifer, in a small kiosk, two beef producers (Diane Joly and Diana Lussier-Pelletier) welcomed visitors and answered their questions while offering them a beef recipes booklet. It was confirmed over and over that consumers are seriously interested in knowing where their food comes from. They also showed a special interest for natural beef.

Journée Champêtre 2013 La famille Dany et Mario Simard a généreusement accepté de recevoir les éleveurs Limousin sur le site de leur ferme de Ste-Sophie de Lévrard pour la tenue de la Journée Champêtre Limousin 2013, le samedi 10 août. M.Simard a fait profiter à l’assemblée de son expérience face à ses nouvelles installations. Il a expliqué de quelle façon il travaillait avec les murs brise-vent, les abris pour les veaux et les parcs haute et basse densité. La journée s’est poursuivie par une promenade sur les terres de la ferme, pendant laquelle les visiteurs ont pu apprécier la qualité du troupeau ainsi que les champs en culture. Encore une fois cette année, le but de la journée champêtre a été atteint, soit que les éleveurs puissent profiter pleinement de cette magnifique occasion pour échanger et partager en famille leur intérêt pour l’élevage de la race Limousin. Nos remerciements aux organisateurs pour cette journée mémorable et également à tous les visiteurs car c’est en partie grâce à leur présence que les journées champêtres sont réussies et si appréciées de tous. Station Unique Limousin Un gros merci à tous les producteurs qui ont inscrit leurs taurillons à la Station Unique Limousin. Les demandes de pré-inscription ont été nombreuses et la Station a malheureusement dû refuser quelques inscriptions. Cette année, la vente se tiendra donc, le 12 avril 2014 et sera diffusée en direct sur Live N’oubliez pas de suivre les résultats des pesées périodiques à l’adresse internet suivante : Les Limousines En Visite À Montréal Pour une deuxième année consécutive, la Ferme SDJ (Diane Joly et Serge Dethier) était parmi les productions agricoles du Québec invitées par l’Union des producteurs agricoles à l’occasion de sa journée Portes Ouvertes sur le site Jean Drapeau de Montréal. En effet, quelques 36 000 visiteurs-citadins ont pu se familiariser avec la race bovine Limousin. Encore cette année, la taure Yaelle a gentiment accepté de faire écouter aux enfants, grâce à la coopération du Dr Josée Kessler, les battements de son cœur, son rumen et ses poumons. Dans un petit kiosque, aménagé à côté des enclos, deux productrices (Diane Joly et Diana LussierPelletier) attendaient les visiteurs afin de répondre à leurs questions et leur remettre des livrets de recettes de bœuf. On peut conclure que l’intérêt des consommateurs pour leur alimentation est bien réel. Il s’explique certainement par leur désir d’en savoir plus sur la production des aliments, de leur provenance, de la composition de ce qu’ils trouvent sur les étalages des épiceries et, ultimement dans leur assiette. L’alimentation est devenue une préoccupation pour des millions de consommateurs et leur curiosité quant aux conditions dans lesquelles les aliments sont produits est bien naturelle. Diane Joly Secrétaire Association des Éleveurs de Limousin du Québec

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FEMALES HEIFER CALF Split 1 1. B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 38A by Wulfs Tibon T750T 2. Cottage Lake Livestock, Stony Plain, AB with Cottage Lake Alonewithyou by EXLR Total Impact 054T Split 2 1. B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 2A by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 2. Diamond C Livestock, Ponoka, AB with Diamond C Angel CHAMPION HEIFER CALF B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 2A by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 38A by Wulfs Tibon T750T

CHAMPION SENIOR AND GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Cottage Lake Livestock, Stony Plain, AB with CL You’re Simply The Best by RPY LA Warden 26W with her bull calf Cottage Lake Amarillo by RPY Paynes Elvis 34X RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR FEMALE Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB with Richmond Xotic SRD 6X by RPY Paynes Marathon 47U with her heifer calf Richmond Aurora SRD 44A by WULFS Yellowjacket K687Y

YEARLING HEIFER 1. B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 67Z by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 2. Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB with Richmond Zena SRD 3Z by Richmond Wyatt SRD 48W

CHAMPION BULL CALF AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Chivas Regal 22A by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB with Richmond Achilles SRD 12A by Richmond XFactor SRD 107X YEARLING BULL 1. Symens Land & Cattle, Claresholm, AB with RPY Paynes Bud 27Z by Greenwood PLD Xtra Charge

CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 67Z by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR FEMALE Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB with Richmond Zena SRD 3Z by Richmond Wyatt SRD 48W TWO YEAR OLD COW/CALF PAIR 1. Cottage Lake Livestock, Stony Plain, AB with CL You’re Simply The Best by RPY LA Warden 26W with her bull calf Cottage Lake Amarillo by RPY Paynes Elvis 34X MATURE COW/CALF PAIR 1. Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB with Richmond Xotic SRD 6X by RPY Paynes Marathon 47U with her heifer calf Richmond Aurora SRD 44A by WULFS Yellowjacket K687Y

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Urban Girl 2A by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 BULLS BULL CALF Split 1 1. Cottage Lake Livestock, Stony Plain, AB with Cottage Lake Alabama by CFLX Wild Card 2. Cottage Lake Livestock, Stony Plain, AB with Cottage Lake All In by RPY Paynes Marathon 47U Split 2 1. B Bar Cattle, Lucky Lake, SK with B Bar Chivas Regal 22A by DVCL Mr Unbelievable U03 2. Richmond Ranch, Rumsey, AB with Richmond Achilles SRD 12A by Richmond XFactor SRD 107X

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CHAMPION JUNIOR AND GRAND CHAMPION BULL Symens Land & Cattle, Claresholm, AB with RPY Paynes Bud 27Z by Greenwood PLD Xtra Charge TWO YEAR OLD BULL 1. Anchor B Limousin, Hanley, SK with Anchor B “The Boss” by Wulfs Tibon T750T CHAMPION SENIOR bULL Anchor B Limousin, Hanley, SK with Anchor B “The Boss” by Wulfs Tibon T750T

Retained ownership and feeder basis

Editor’s note: Markets appear favorable for retained ownership of calves this year. By retaining ownership, producers can reap the benefits of a genetic selection program and other investments made in calves, such as the use of low-stress weaning techniques. Risk management is advised to producers that retain ownership. Read on for details of the economics in an article written by Brian Perillat, Canfax Manager/Senior Analyst, which originally appeared in the October 4, 2013 issue of the Canfax Weekly Market Outlook and Analysis (available to Canfax subscribers). It is reprinted with permission. Although calf and feeder prices have been quite strong so far this fall, generally $5-$15/cwt stronger than a year ago, a bullish tone in the cattle futures markets and a bearish tone in the feed market has producers looking at the opportunity to background or retain ownership of their calves.

especially since September is often the time of year when the Canadian feeder cash to futures basis should seasonally be at its strongest level. The current basis is -$24.67, which is about $12/cwt weaker than last year, and $15/cwt weaker than the 5 year average. This is the weakest basis level for this same week since 2004. It is also worth noting that the US feeder basis has been quite weak this year at times, and this summer was as much as -$12/cwt which distorts the Canadian basis picture somewhat. That said, the weak September basis is much more related to Canadian market issues than US basis levels. Moving forward, although the US feeder futures remain very strong, we have to remain cautious as the COOL issues could continue to be a factor well into next year. The Canadian basis has been at about -20, and is now -25. If the basis follows the seasonal pattern and remains $10 weaker than the 5 year average, this could mean a basis of -25 or slightly worse next spring, and is a trend worth monitoring.

For consideration in retained ownership, the value of the calves, cost of gain, expected selling price, and risk management must be factored in. The target With any venture of feeding calves, whether they are bought or market is also an important factor, as that can affect cost of raised, the potential rewards must be weighed against the risks, gain, the marketing window, as well as the associated basis while keeping in mind that strategies exist to reduce overall risk levels and expected selling prices. For example, calves lightly exposure. backgrounded for a grass program are significantly different than calves backgrounded Both the Live Cattle and for a finishing feedlot. Feeder futures have been The following scenario uses improving recently, with current market information the feeder futures hitting by taking a 550 lbs steer record highs on the back backgrounded to gain 2 of strong live cattle futures lbs a day and marketed in and weaker corn futures. March at 850 lbs. Using Despite the strong US a March feeder futures markets, Canadian feeder of $164.475 and a March prices have been relatively Canadian dollar of .9649, flat as uncertainty around and a basis of -25, this gives the new Country of Origin us a projected selling price rules which are to come of $145.46/cwt. Therefore into effect November depending on the current 23, 2013, linger over the value of the calves and Canadian market. This cost of gain, a profitability has resulted in very matrix is attached. disappointing basis levels, Photo credit: Deb Wilson, Cattlemen Magazine Limousin Voice Fall Issue 2013  36

This chart shows that if the 550 lb steer is worth $1.75/lb today, and the cost of gain of backgrounding is $0.82/lb there is a potential profit of $27.89/ hd. While if the price was $1.70/lb and cost of gain was $0.78, this would give a profit of $67.39/hd, for retained ownership. As discussed, there is still significant risk in basis and price level changes. Although several risk management strategies exist, some of the more simple options may be to contract with a feedlot, or for Alberta producers to use CPIP which currently has coverage for 850 lb steers in March at $148/cwt less a premium of about $2.40/cwt. This leaves producers with a floor price very near the price used in the above profitability matrix.

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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.

Is Foot Measurement an Acceptable Method for Weighing Calves? Purebred cattle breeders know that calf birth weights should be recorded within 24 hours of birth. The CalfscaleTM developed and patented in 1987 by Marshall Ruble, Beef Teaching Station Manager for Iowa State University represents a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to determine a calf’s weight. By measuring the circumference of the calf’s front foot at the coronary band (hoof-hair junction) it is possible to determine body weight based on a strong correlation between the hoof size of the calf and its weight. The tape is doublesided, one side for heifers, the other for bulls. Place it around the coronary band of a forelimb so that you are reading the appropriate side and pull it snug; an arrow points to the hoof circumference in centimetres and the corresponding weight in pounds. The tape can be easily folded and held in a pocket eliminating the need to transport scales to the pasture or paddock, or tote calves to the scale. Because it is made of vinyl, the tape is durable and washable which is especially good for those who forget to empty pockets on wash day. Weigh scales are not without fault. Aside from being more expensive than the tape, spring scales are prone to rust or spring tension may vary over time. Electronic load cell-type, hydraulic and traditional balance beam scales all can become inaccurate. To maintain accuracy all scales should be checked periodically within weight ranges typically used. Calf birth weight can vary too – What if the calf is wet? What if it urinates? What about if it nurses? What about fluid loss simply from breathing? I have always assumed that natural fluid losses are probably compensated for when the calf nurses. In preparation for this article, I contacted the Canadian Angus Association, Canadian Hereford Association and the Canadian Limousin Associations to ask what their preferred method of determining calf birth is. All recommended the use of a weigh scale. With a hunch that the heavier the calf the bigger the feet, the hoof circumference – body weight determination system was developed by first recording the hoof circumference and corresponding body weight of a group of calves as a single point on a graph. It was realized that not only were the hoof sizes for calves of given weight similar, but the relationship was also linear - heavier calves had bigger feet. Therefore, it was now possible to determine the approximate weight of a newborn calf by measuring its hoof. Like birth weights, weaning weight and yearling weights, hoof circumference and birth weight are positively correlated. The coefficient of correlation in this case, however, was very high at 0.84. A perfect relationship would have a coefficient of correlation of 1.0 which might occur if the weights of calves were recorded using two different weigh scales. Unfortunately, I was unable to determine the breed of cattle or the number of measurements that comprised the dataset used to develop the CalfscaleTM, but I am now aware that there is a tape available for dairy calves and one specifically for beef calves. But is the CalfscaleTM ok to use instead of a scale? Last winter two of my colleagues, Drs. Joe Stookey and John Campbell, and I posed this same question. First we conducted a literature search to see if any other scientists had compared foot measurement at birth with

conventional scales – we found 1 scientific study from Mississippi where four different methods for determining calf birth weight were compared on 587 calves of various beef breeds. Birth weights were recorded using a visual estimate; CalfscaleTM; a hanging spring scale and a small electronic digital scale. Birth weights collected using the spring scale and digital scale were the most accurate. Visual estimate and CalfscaleTM tended to underestimate high birth weights and the CalfscaleTM tended to overestimate low birth weights.a We thought it would be fun to compare the CalfscaleTM with conventional weigh scales in our own area to see if our results were similar to others. Our dataset included 190 beef calves in three herds – my own Red Angus herd, our University of Saskatchewan Goodale Farm commercial Hereford herd and Joe’s Speckle Park herd. Three new CalfscaleTM tapes were purchased and each herd utilized a different type of weigh scale. The scales varied from a digital livestock scale using load cell technology, to a spring scale with an easy-to-see digital readout, to a high quality bathroom scale placed on a level surface. In all 3 herds, the scales recorded heavier average calf weights than the tape. Overall, when the data were combined the average calf weight was a statistically significant 4.3 lbs heavier using the scale verses the tape (94 lbs vs. 89.7 lbs). Interestingly, our coefficient of correlation was identical to Marshall Ruble’s at 0.84; however, we also noticed that as calf weight increased so did the difference between each of the measuring systems. In other words, the CalfscaleTM tended to underestimate high birth weights. The same finding reported in the Mississippi study. So what can we can we conclude? The CalfscaleTM is indeed a simple and inexpensive way to determine the approximate weight of a calf and for commercial herds interested in recording birth weights or for determining birth to weaning gains it is a great tool. Personally, I found it tiresome throwing and sitting on calves verses walking them into a scale; but others might not mind. For purebred breeders submitting calf birth weight data to breed associations I believe we need to be as accurate as possible. Honest data submission for national cattle evaluations makes EPDs more reliable. The CalfscaleTM is arguably more objective than a best guess, but investing in a scale is better. Furthermore, the reality of purebred bull sales is that potential buyers are more likely to study actual birth weights rather than EPDs. A high birth weight can often greatly affect the price or salability of an individual animal. In the words of Anne Burgess, General Manager of the Canadian Limousin Association; there exists the 100-pound mental block – in many cases a bull with a birth weight over 100 lbs. will not sell. The reality is that there are many great calves with birth weights in the 90’s and many more over 100, just look at our 94 lb. average. Let’s be honest - lying about calf weights will always occur, but if you are serious about improving cattle performance through your breeding program then the recording accurate data is a must. Invest in a scale and share your records and knowledge with commercial producers. a Parish JA et al. Evaluation of four different methods of calf birth weight data collection. The Professional Animal Scientist 25 (2009):715-721.

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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

Congratulations to the Buelow family of Oakridge Limousin, Morden. MB. Travis, Roberta, and big sister Avery are excited to announce the arrival of Heidi Jenelle and Hailey Jade on August 12, 2013, at 5:08pm and 5:10pm. Heidi weighed 7lbs and 19.5” long, and Hailey weighed 6 lbs and 19” long. Proud grandparents are Wayne and Cheryl McPherson, Cherway Limousin, Sanford MB., and Robert and Laura Buelow of Darlingford MB Limousin Voice Fall Issue 2013  42

Amaglen Limousin 39 Arley Cattle Co. 5 Bar 3R Limousin 39 Bar-Dale Limousin 39 Bee Zee Acres 5, 39 Bohrson Livestock Marketing 2 Bova-Tech Ltd. 42 Bow Valley Genetics Ltd. 42 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp 42 Canfax 37 Cherway Limousin 39 Clark Cattle 5, 6 Cochrane Stock Farms 39 Combest Limousin Farm 39 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. 42 de Jager Limousin Cattle Co. 39 Diamond C Ranch 39 Dodge 3 Eden Meadows Farm 10 Enright Farms Limousin 39 Excel Ranches 8 Fort Ellice Limousin 39 Fouillard Limousin 39 Gardiner Limousin 39 Good Limousin Ranch 39 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd. 42 Greenwood Limousin 39 Haystack Acres 39 Highland Stock Farms IFC Hillside Farm 40 Hillview Farms 11, 40 Hi-Valley Limousin 40 Hiway Limousin 40 Hockridge Farms 40 Hollee Limousin 5 Hudson Limousin 40 Ivy Livestock 40

J. Yorga Farms IBC Jan-Star Farms 40 Jaymarandy Limousin 9, 40 Jones Cattle Co. 11 Karwandy Limousin 40 Lazy A Limousin 40 Lisle Limousin 5, 40 Manitoba Limousin Advantage Sale 10 Maple Key Farms 40 Master Feeds 15 New Life Limousin

5, 9

Payne Livestock BC Pinch Hill Limousin 5 Pine Haven Farm 40 Pinnacle View Limousin 1, 40 Poley, Chris 42 Poplar View Stockfarm 40 Posthaven Limousin 40 Red Coat Cattle Station 40 Red Maple Farms 5, 8 Richmond Ranch 41 Rocky View Livestock/Horizon Limousin 41 Skeels, Dan 42 Smart Limousin 41 Southbridge Limousin 41 Stewart Limousin 41 Stockmens Insurance 42 Triple “R” Limousin 41 Wild Way Farm 41 Willowcrest Limousin 41 Windy Gables Limousin 5, 7, 41 Wulf Cattle 5

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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON


2nd Annual Western Select Limousin Sale,


Royal Elite All Breed Sale, Toronto, ON

Lloydminster, SK


Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB


Highland Stock Farms Sale XVIII, Olds, AB


National Limousin Show, Edmonton, AB


New Years Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale:


Headliner Sale featuring the National Limousin

Volume II, Saskatoon, SK

Sale, Edmonton, AB

11-16 Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK



Solid Gold Agribition Sale, Regina, SK

9-11 Ontario Beef Industry Conference, London, ON


Limousin Voice Christmas Issue Deadline



Manitoba Limousin Advantage, MacGregor, MB

26-27 CanFax Symposium, Calgary, AB

Limousin Voice Herdbull Issue Deadline



The Colours of Autumn Limousin Sale,

19-21 Alberta Beef Industry Conference, Red Deer, AB

Lindsay, ON


JYF Production Sale, Flintoft, SK

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Limousin Voice Fall 2013  

Limousin Voice Fall 2013 The official publication of the Canadian Limousin Association

Limousin Voice Fall 2013  

Limousin Voice Fall 2013 The official publication of the Canadian Limousin Association