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October 2015

In This Issue:

o Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency o 2015 CSA THE Program Members o YCSA National Classic Results


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Bruce Holmquist General Manager Cell: 403-988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com

Barb Judd Office Manager Phone: 403-250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com

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From the Gate Post

Total Herd Enrollment and Data Collection

Bruce Holmquist General Manager - Canadian Simmental Association

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t is the time of year for weaning and submitting data for the Spring 2016 run of the CSA Genetic Evaluation, and with that a great opportunity to highlight the Canadian Simmental Association’s Total Herd Enrollment (THE) program. In order to better understand the process of data entering into the Genetic Evaluation it is important to recognize that only data from THE herds are used in the evaluation and in establishing EPDs. The reason for this is that reporting selective information from certain individuals is not an accurate manner in which to evaluate or compare data between an animal’s progeny or their contemporaries. All data needs to be submitted on every animal in your herd, both good and bad, to be effective. For some of you, the question then becomes how does the THE program work and how do you become a THE participant. In October of each year the CSA mails out packages which explains the two options available to CSA members for registering an animal and submitting data; through enrolling their herd in THE or by paying a registration fee on only the animals they chose to register. Option 1. Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Option

THE participants must submit THE forms to the CSA by December 15th of the year prior to the enrollment year. For 2016 the forms must submitted by December 15th 2015. The fee for enrollments received by this date is $22.00 per female for Purebred, Fullblood and Percentage females. Members enrolling by December 15th deadline will be invoiced in two equal installments: the first on April 1, 2016 and the second October 1, 2016. Enrollments received between December 16, 2015 and February 15, 2016 will be charged an additional $5/head enrollment fee. The cost to enroll after February 15, 2016 is $38.00 per female with applicable taxes added to all prices. Members enrolling after the best rate deadline will be invoiced the entire fee for enrollment at time of submission. THE participants using Online Simmental. com do not receive enrollment forms in the October mail-out and are required to submit enrollments by the above THE deadlines through the CSA online program. For the base enrollment cost of $22.00 per female you are able to submit all data and have it included in the Genetic Evaluation, as well as register and transfer offspring born to THE cows during the enrollment year. As mentioned above, only performance data submitted through the THE program is submitted to the genetic evaluation and will directly influence the EPDs of the animals in your herd. Option 2. Registration Option (for members NOT in Total Herd Enrollment) Breeders selecting the Registration Option can submit data on the 6

females that they choose, in order to receive weaning and yearling adjusted weights. For members selecting this option a blank calving sheet is included in the October mail-out which you may copy as often as you wish to register individual animals. Data through this option will not be included in our Genetic Evaluation, or in future maternal trait EPD development, or other research projects however adjusted weaning and yearling weights and indexes are calculated. The base cost of registering a calf from a non-THE female is $40.00 and the transfer fee for that calf is $15.00. As you can see there is a substantial saving to be gained through the THE program and breeders may elect to enter in the Total Herd Enrollment (THE) option at any time. If you wish to participate or rejoin, please contact the office for your THE forms. A reactivation fee will apply to those females that have left the THE program and then rejoin. Another question that we receive is related to performance reporting is why there sometimes can be a difference in the EPDs of an animal between the Canadian and American registry systems when we have a common Genetic Evaluation. The reason for this is usually a timing issue related to when the Canadian animal is registered by the American Simmental Association (ASA). For example, if a Canadian bull is sold in the spring and registered in the ASA in late June or after, there will likely be a difference in the EPDs that are reported by the two associations. As the ASA registry system does not store Canadian EPDs in their database, animals that get registered after the new run of the evaluation is completed in June end up getting the best estimate that ASA can produce based on the parents in its pedigree which are also registered in the ASA database. The animal will have the same EPDs on both sides of the border after the next evaluation is released in December because the animal will already be in the ASA system. Until that new run, the Canadian EPDs will be the most accurate starting point for a young animal however they too will likely see some change once data on its progeny is submitted and accuracies increase. As there are currently only two runs of the joint North American Simmental Genetic Evaluation we will unfortunately see differences such as this until we have more frequent communication between our two databases. Another scenario where we may also see a difference in EPDs reported between CSA and ASA due to cross-referencing issues of an animal between the two registry systems. Although this is rare it does happen and if you notice what you believe is an error please contact the CSA office with details. As with all things in life there is never perfection in any process, however we continue to work on your behalf to provide you with sound programming and the best tools possible to improve your herds and Canadian Simmental genetics.


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From the Director’s Chair

What does the Future Hold? Blair McRae – Canadian Simmental Association Director

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n December of 1980, I was fortunate to be selected as one of several young Simmental producers from across Canada to meet in Calgary with the Canadian Simmental Association’s Board of Directors. They had been discussing the idea of creating a youth organization and wanted to get the input and opinions as the youth of the breed. They shared with us their ideas and in turn wanted to know if the youth of the day wanted something as well. It was evident from the start of the meeting that everyone in attendance was in favour of something, but no one knew exactly what that was. I clearly remember that at the end of the day, Ted Pritchett challenged us to come up with something concrete by the next morning’s meeting. I think we all surprised ourselves, because by the next morning, we had come up with the name “Young Canadian Simmental Association”, a mission statement, a list of bylaws, and a list of goals we wanted to accomplish. We wanted much more than just to have another junior cattle show, but something educational and with leadership opportunities. For those that who haven’t attended a National or Provincial YCS event, you may think it is just another show, when in fact that’s just a small part of these events. The YCSA Classics educate, encourage, stimulate, and unite participants in the business of agriculture and the beef industry. The participating members compete in one of five age categories and partake in other events beyond just confirmation including: Sales Talk -- each member tries to sell a heifer, or something cattle related, to a judge who evaluates them on their knowledge of the product and effectiveness of the pitch. Print Marketing -- in this competition the member is given materials to design an ad and is marked on creativity and appearance of the final product. Herdsman & Sire Summary Quizzes -- these are written tests on animal husbandry and understanding of the Simmental Sire Summary. Art and Scrapbooking -- the junior displays some art or scrapbook with a predetermined theme that they have created and are marked on creativity. Photography -- cattle related pictures are submitted on a predetermined theme and marked for clarity, originality and quality. Team Grooming -- the members have to work together to prepare an animal for the show and are marked on how they work together as a team, knowledge of what they are doing and final appearance in the ring. Judging -- the members are scored on their written and oral reasons for placing the class the way they judged it. Showmanship – juniors are judged on how they handle and present an animal to the judge in the show ring. Participating YCS members are evaluated in all of these competitions and points are awarded to go towards the Aggregate award 10

at the end of the event. In the past, juniors who have had no cattle at the show have won the Aggregate award because of how well they have placed in the other competitions offered through the week. All of these competitions are completed without help from parents, and at the end of the event, the juniors get a sense of accomplishment from the work they have achieved to the best of their ability. If you have children and have not introduced them to the YCS experience, I would have to ask you why not? The leadership opportunities and the friendships you would expose them to are limitless. The skill sets and the confidence your children will gain from the YCS experience will serve them well into their adult life. Whether they want to farm or ranch with you or move on to other career options, the memories and lessons gained will give them an advantage over the competition. My family has been through the YCS program, have achieved many goals and were presented opportunities because of the experiences gained through this program. If your family does not show cattle, you can see that there are lots of opportunities for youth to be involved in without showing. I have judged junior members at three Manitoba YCS shows and there is one young person in particular I will always remember; the first year he would not come to see me without his mother by his side and I could not coax two words out of him, the next year he had his mother close but we had conversation, the third year he boldly came up to me and presented an excellent sales pitch, with his mother no where in site. Today that young man is a confident member of society and I am sure his mother and father would tell you that it is in part due to his experience with the YCS. In Manitoba, and in the other provinces as well, we have successful breeders who do not show or attend shows which is fine. However, I would challenge these breeders to come to a YCS event to see all that goes on, or better yet offer to be a judge for one of the competitions. You will be impressed with the confidence that these young members approach a task with and you will get a chance to see our future breeders and leaders in action. We had one such breeder in Manitoba that did this, and when he came to judge the Sales Talk competition one year he was blown away by the young members’ presentations. The YCS has grown and evolved to where today it provides excellent leadership opportunities. Can we sit back and just let the program coast? No, we have to always be aware of changes and keep our competitions current with new technology and new techniques. As parents we need to support our youth and encourage them to take part. At the YCSA organizational meeting in 1980, one of the CSA Director’s goals was to have Junior members rise up into leadership roles with the CSA and provincial associations. In the last number of years we have had 3 CSA Presidents and a number of Directors who were once YCS members. There have also been many provincial presidents and directors that have risen through the ranks of the YCS. In the past year I have had the privilege of working with the National YCSA board, and believe me when I say that we have potential leaders in this group. The outlook for our industry is exciting, but we must educate and inspire the new leaders of the Simmental breed. If our juniors continue to work together as a team and the parents and CSA members continue to encourage and support the YCS, the future of the Simmental breed will certainly be strong!


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Women in Simmental Country

Story By: Lee Hart

Angela Rancier

From the Bank to the Barnyard – A Great Career Move

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wo years ago, Angela Rancier wasn’t sure what it would be like to leave a full-time, off-farm career as an agricultural lender and be at home, helping her husband Garth with crops, cattle, and raising their two young children — Abby, who is 5 and Kade, who is 7. But, she says with a telling laugh “we’re doing great.”

Admittedly, working side by side with Garth every day on their mixed grain and purebred cattle operation near Killam, in east-central Alberta “has its moments,” however ultimately she says “It was the best decision I ever made. Actually, it has been great,” says Rancier, 32. “When we talked about me coming back to the farm full time, I thought about it. I loved my job and I wondered what it would be like to work alongside my husband every day, but we get along well and it’s rewarding being part of the family farm and farm business. It is great to be here full time raising our family.” Angela was raised on her parents’ — Garnet and Dorothy Forreiter’s — farm near Clavet, Saskatchewan (just southeast of Saskatoon), and grew up around both purebred and commercial cross Hereford cattle. She and her two sisters were active in raising and showing 4-H calves during their early years. Angela attended Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta where she studied business with a major in accounting. She met Garth in 2002, also a Lakeland grad and they married in 2004. The couple began their married life on Garth’s fourth generation family farm, roughly six miles from the town of Killam, AB, working alongside of his parents, Norman and Shireen Rancier. Garth began raising purebred Simmental cattle in 2001. After graduating from college Angela worked for a couple of years as a lender with ATB (Alberta Treasury Branch) and then continued full time as an agricultural lender with FCC (Farm Credit Canada) for several years. In 2011, the sudden death of Garth’s father had far reaching implications. Not only did the family have to deal with the loss, but it also impacted the farm management and labor force. They had to consider their options. One potential solution was for 12

Angela to work as a full time member of the farm team. It was the right decision. The Ranciers have never looked back.

CATTLE AND CROPPING OPERATION “After Garth and I were married, I continued to work full time and really I was just involved in the farm, on a part-time basis,” says Angela. “I’d help out when I could but it was limited.” Over the past two years she has jumped in with both feet. Angela has become an equal partner in both farm work and management, and although “life is busy” she’s enjoying every moment. Rancier Farms runs roughly 100 head of mostly black and some red purebred Simmental cattle. Working with another farm, they have access to about 30 recipient cows that are implanted with Rancier’s Simmental embryos each year. Along with the purebred Simmentals, they crop about 2,300 acres — mostly for grain and oilseed production — additionally they have some pasture and produce hay and other forage crops for winter-feed. To bring the top genetics of the Simmental breed into their herd, the Ranciers implant between 60 and 70 head of females annually through embryo transfer. This includes between 30 and 40 of their own cows as well as another 30 through an arrangement with a cooperator herd. The remainder of their females are serviced by their herd bulls or AI. Females are given an ultra-sound pregnancy check before heading out to pasture in early June. Cows and heifers are pastured at various locations and in different groups on owned and rented pasture over the summer and fall with calves weaned in September.

MARKETING PROGRAM Rancier Farms market both their heifer calves and breeding bulls over the months after weaning. With a heavy cow herd culling program based on a number of factors including selection for good feet and udders, most of the heifers will be kept as replacements. They market anywhere from six to eight of their top performers to other breeders usually through the Friday Night Lights Sale in Olds, and then market 25 to 30 yearling bulls annually. Most of these bulls are sold through the annual Herd Master Bull Sale held in March in Camrose. This is a joint sale involving three breeders including Maxwell Simmentals, Rancier Farms and Spring Lake Simmentals. There are two major beef shows that Angela and Garth attend each fall as well. Rancier Farms has been a regular exhibitor at Farmfair International in Edmonton, as well as the Canadian


Western Agribition, in Regina, both taking place in November. Once the shows are done, it isn’t long before calving season starts in early January, and the whole cycle begins again.

WEARS MANY HATS “Garth and I work together in just about every aspect of the farm,” says Angela. Throughout the year they do daily chores together — feeding, checking, processing animals as needed. “During the cropping season, Garth tends to much of the field work and I look after the cattle,” says Angela. “Although, at peak times of the year I pitch in there as well. In the fall I operate the combine and many times our youngest Abby comes with me to ride in the cab. She loves to be out there.” Along with the farm duties, Angela is busy with the children. Angela is involved with their school activities, and she and Garth take turns in taking them to ball and hockey practice and games. “We are fortunate to have a great support system as well,” says Angela. “Garth’s mother lives close by and she is a tremendous help in looking after the children if we are both busy with the farm, so that has been invaluable. Even though there always seems to be something to do on the farm, the kids love the fact that I am home. When they aren’t at school they are often with us out doing the chores, as long as it is a safe place for them to be. It all works out well for the family.” With her business background, Angela looks after all the farm bookwork, records and paperwork and “pays the bills.” For the past couple of years she has clerked the Herdmaster bull sale and does the books for it as well. Angela spends time at the fall livestock shows. “When I was working off-farm I used to take my holidays so I could attend the shows. Now it just fits into the schedule.” Since Farmfair and Agribition are both about week-long events with cattle, Garth spends the whole time at both events, and Angela plans to make each for about two or three days. “I help out around the stall and with the cattle. It is great opportunity to meet people,” she says. “We have made such great friends in this industry, so it is good to renew acquaintances and get caught up. It is a busy time, but also very enjoyable.”

use the tools available to try to make our cattle better every year,” she says. The quality Angela and Garth have worked to develop in their herd has been recognized. Angela is proud of the fact that four times in recent years their cattle have won the Supreme Champion award over all breeds at Farmfair in Edmonton. Along with the honor each award also comes with a new Dodge pickup truck, so there have been four new units on the farm between 2008 and 2014. Additionally, a female that they bred and raised was the first Simmental female to win the RBC Supreme at the 2014 Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. “Another highlight was that one of our bulls sold for a top price of $52,000 at the Herd Master sale this past March,” says Angela. “We even have my dad using Simmental bulls in his program, so that has to say something about the breed,” she says with a laugh.

FINDING A BALANCE Adapting to a full-time at-home wife, mother and farmer has been an enjoyable transition for Angela Rancier. “I think anytime that a husband and wife work side by side in any business there can be challenges at times. But you work through them and really, it is all part of strengthening the relationship. It is great for both of us to be here for the kids. We get along well and are equal in making major management decisions together. Although I may not always be popular, my background as an agricultural lender for many years taught me a lot of things. Sometimes there may be a plan on the table, and I have to say that really doesn’t make economic sense right now, or we have to approach it a different way. But in the end we both realize it is important to make sound business decisions.” The Ranciers don’t have any immediate plans for major changes in their farming operation. “We feel we have a farming operation right now that is manageable for the two of us, so we will just keep working with that,” says Angela. “Our focus is to continue with fine tuning, grow as the opportunity arrives and just work to improve the quality of the cow herd we have now.” “I think the more important challenge right now for myself and for us as a couple with a young family is to find a balance in life,” she says. “There is always work on the farm and even though we enjoy it, we also have to make time for other things in our life as well. The challenge is finding that balance between home, the cattle and the family. We always say ‘when I have time we will do this or that’ but then you don’t find the time. We often say if we didn’t take Kade to hockey practice once in a while we might never leave the farm. We feel it is important to make the time for life away from the cattle or the farm once in a while, so that becomes a priority.”

Angela believes strongly in the Simmental breed. “They are a functional, maternal, productive cattle that work in every segment of the industry,” she says. “They are also docile cattle which is great when I am working the cattle by myself or with the kids.” Angela says she is impressed with how the breed has evolved to develop a moderate sized animal, with great production potential. In their own breeding program they have focused on building a quality cow herd — good conformation and structure, excellent feet and udders, and good mothering abilities, which ultimately helps produce an excellent calf. “We 13


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Grinalta Farms Rueben & Elaine Grinde Box 331 Holden, AB T0B 2C0 780-688-2265 grinaltafarms@gmail.com

Cameo Farms Donna Loughran 1624 Keith Wilson Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 4B2 604-823-6385 cameofarms@outlook.com

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C-K Simmentals Casey & Pattie Klys Box 406 Nanton, AB T0L 1R0 Pattie 403-993-8094 Casey 403-993-8095 cksimm@telus.net Elliott Simmentals Pat & Sherry Elliott Box 622 Breton, AB T0C 0P0 780-696-2124 780-621-6894 pelliot@xplornet.com Giebelhaus Simmentals Eric & Richard Giebelhaus Box 1147 Vegreville, AB T9C 1S3 780-632-7321 780-603-0058 rich_simmentals@live.ca Greystone Cattle Company Greg & Louise Harakal Box 262 Warburg, AB T0C 2T0 780-848-2672 780-918-7085 harakal@telus.net

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ith fall fast approaching and purebred calves close to being weaned now is a good time to review proper tattooing techniques as most calves get tattooed by now . I will also insert good ideas I have gleaned over the years from those producers, which consistently have very readable tattoos in their cattle. Even with RFID tags or microchips the tattoo is the recognized permanent and literally unalterable identification for purebred animals whether cattle or dogs. There are a few simple do’s and don’ts, which lead to a successful tattoo. A successful tattoo is simply one, which is very readable for the entire life of the animal. There are several steps to do before actually tattooing. The cattle have to be properly restrained in a chute and the ear thoroughly cleaned. Especially in older cattle the ears will have lots of wax on them and if that is not removed with cleaning (either a wet rag or the best is an alcohol soaked rag) the needles drive the wax in. The results are wart like projections, which grow out of the holes and obliterate the tattoo. So if you see any of these wart like growths coming out of the needle holes you are not cleaning the ears enough before tattooing. Location of the tattoo is critical for readability. You don’t want it out in the hairline as it makes reading difficult. You are stuck with the herd letters the breed association assigns you but two herd letters are better than using four. The more letters or numbers to drive needles through at one time the harder and depending on a persons strength the outside ones may turn up fainter. A shallower needle impression allows less tattoo ink in. Tattoo in between the ribs doing the herd (breeders) letters between the first and second ribs. The numbers and year letter go between the second and third ribs. Hitting the ribs causes lots of bleeding and lots of bleeding will wash out the ink and give a poor tattoo. It is proper to have the tattoo number followed by the year letter. I find a lot of the French people have a tendency to reverse this. As an example 26X is the right way not X26. You all know the tattoo letter for 2015 is C. The tattoo ink comes in roll on or paste and I find the paste much better at penetrating and giving a clearer tattoo. The two primary colors are black or green and with lots of black

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cattle out there green is the only color to use. Charolais because of their white color always have the most visible tattoos. Even the red factor Charolais present a very good tattoo if applied properly. Years ago a Black Angus client pursued finding a white tattoo ink. I thought this would be perfect a white tattoo in black cattle would be extremely visible. The idea came from people getting every color they want at tattoo parlors why couldn’t we get the same for cattle. The white ink even though it was German made was very watery and most tattoos were unreadable. I do hope in the future another lighter color will be developed for the darker cattle and I am surprised no smart person has researched this. Even with a well-placed and applied green tattoo on Angus cattle they can be hard to read. If hard to read a good light shined from behind may facilitate reading it. My personal preference on age of tattooing is to do cattle from weaning to yearling age. I find that cattle done as young calves the tattoo gets too big and spread out making it harder to read. The tattooing is also another stress they don’t need at a young age. The negative is if a calf looses its ear tag before tattooing. I personally like two tattoo guns one with the herd letters in and another with the numbers and year letter in it. The reversible ones wear out. Always check the tattoo before applying it as numbers like 6 or 9 can be interchanged . Keep the numbers organized and if the needles get dull replace them. Put the ink onto the ear after the tattoo is applied and work it in with either your finger or old toothbrush which ever works best. If bleeding work in more ink. Always apply ear tags including RFID tags on the opposite ear as the tattoo if possible. I have seen many mistakes over the years including a producer would sit on a calf and tattoo from the back. They were all perfectly upside down tattoos. Mistakes can happen but be careful double check and be proud of your tattoos. A good tattoo is really a sight to behold. There is some push to have legible freeze brands take the place of tattoos. There is no doubt on black cattle the white hair following freeze branding makes them extremely easy to read. Lets all do the best job tattooing as it reflects well on the quality of cattle we produce.


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2015 CSA TOTAL HERD ENROLLMENT PROGRAM MEMBERS Thank you to the CSA members who are ‘THE’ program participants. Your support of the program provides the data required that drives genetic improvement of the Simmental breed in Canada and in the end the improvement of the Canadian Beef industry 3M SIMMENTAL RANCH, M & D FURBER, BC ABC CATTLE CO., RICK MCINTYRE, SK ACADEMY HILL LIVESTOCK, JOHN & KATHY PEARSON, ON ACADIAN CATTLE COMPANY, ISABELLE LEBLANC, NS AGROPECUARIA ANGUITA, JULIO ANGUITA, ON AGRO ZURITA, IVAN FABIO ZURITA, ON AJB LIVESTOCK, AMY BONCHUK, MB ALBERT & JEAN MAPPIN, AB ALCOVIA SIMMENTALS, MICHAEL & CHERYL LAYER, PQ ALLIANCE SIMMENTAL FARMS, MIKE MCCART, ON ALLISON C. PORTER, SK ALLISON SATCHWELL, AB ALLISON WOLFE, AB AMANDA LIBKE, SK AMY FADDEN, AB ANCHOR D RANCH SIMMENTALS, DAN & KAREN SKEELS, AB ANDERSON BROTHERS CATTLE COMPANY, BRUCE & COLIN ANDERSON, AB ANDREA ERIN LEE HADWAY, AB ANDREA L. ANDERSON, AB ANDREW JANZEN, AB ANTOINE BOURGEOIS, PQ ARKACY SIMMENTALS/TRIPLE ROSE SIMMENTALS, ON ASHLEY PEARSON, AB ASHWORTH FARM & RANCH LTD., KELLY ASHWORTH, SK AVALON SIMMENTALS, G. PATRICK MADIGAN, ON BAR 5 SIMMENTAL STOCK FARMS LTD., ON BARBARA VANCE, ON BAR CL FARM, LINUS CLARK, AB BAR DOUBLE A, TOM & CHRISTINE FRANKLIN, ON BAR RM RANCH, RANDY & LANA MCKENZIE, AB B BAR C SIMMENTALS, BRETT & CHRIS HOUCHIN, AB BEAGLE SIMMENTALS, CHAD & MICHELLE BEAGLE, AB BEAR CANYON SIMMENTAL RANCH, AB BEAVER HEAD RANCHES LTD., DARRYL WILLIAMS, AB BEAVER RIDGE SIMMENTAL, ALVIN & WANDA FEDYK, SK BEECHINOR BROS. SIMMENTALS, STEFON & JOHN BEECHINOR, AB BERNARD AND LISE LEAHY, ON BERT’S NR SIMMENTALS, NORBERT DE ROCQUIGNY, MB BIG BEND RANCHING, JEFF AND BRANDY BUNDT, AB BIG HILLS SIMMENTALS, DARRYL MARCISCHUK, MB BIG ROCK SIMMENTALS, LARRY & CHARLENE RAST, BC BIG SKY SIMMENTALS, MATHEW C. SMITH, MB BILL PETERS, SK BLACK ACES CATTLE CO., TERESA MANN, SK BLACK GOLD SIMMENTALS, RANDY NOBLE, SK BLACK INK SIMMENTALS, JORDAN BUBA, AB BLACK VELVET SIMMENTALS, TRACY VESTBY, MB BLACK’S COULEE CREST SIMMENTAL, W BLACK, AB BLAIR STONE SIMMENTALS, BLAIR STONE, AB BLAIR WORKMAN & SON, C/O CALVIN WORKMAN, MB BLAZING SIMMENTALS, YVON LANIEL, ON BLUSHROSE SIMMENTAL FARM, ALAN BLODER, SK BOISVERT SIMMENTAL, MARC BOISVERT, PQ BONCHUK FARMS, DAVE & WAYNE BONCHUK, MB BONNIE GLASMAN, MB BOUNDARY RANCH, SARAH & DARBY DELORME, SK BRAD CARSON, MB BRADEN J. SMITH, AB BRADY MATHESON, PE BRANDON SATCHWELL, AB BRIAN J. MCCARTHY, SK

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MADER RANCHES, RANDY, RONDA, RYLEY, JILLIAN MADER, AB MAPLE HILL FARMS LTD., JOHN & MARY BUBA, AB MAPLERIDGE SIMMENTAL, TOM FELTIS, ON MARIE-PIER, ALLARD, PQ MARK LAND & CATTLE CORP., LEONARD MARK, AB MARLIN ROSS JOHN LEBLANC, SK MAR MAC FARMS, A. BLAIR MCRAE, MB MATTHEW JANZEN, AB MAUREEN & ERIC SMITH, AB MAXWELL LAND & LIVESTOCK, PAUL R. MAXWELL, ON MAXWELL SIMMENTALS, G. & G. K. MAXWELL, AB MCCORMACK FAMILY RANCH, DOUG, SCOTT, CAROLYN MCCORMACK, SK MCELDON ACRES, VICTORIA MCELDON, ON MCG SIMMENTALS, MURRAY & CHERYL BROWN, AB MCINTOSH LIVESTOCK, BLAIR MCINTOSH, SK MCINTOSH RANCH, KOLTON MCINTOSH, MB MCMANUS SIMMENTALS, BOYD MCMANUS, MB MCMILLEN RANCHING LTD., JIM MCMILLEN, SK MEADOW ACRES FARMS, BLAIR LAUREL DUSTIN FORNWALD, SK MELVYN H. JOHNSTON, MELVYN JOHNSTON, MB MICHAEL J. PORTER, SK MILESTONE SIMMENTALS, WAYNE A./BRYAN CURRAH/BRAMLEY, MB MILLARD FARMS LTD., JERRAD MILLARD, AB MITCHELL CATTLE CO. INC., M, K, I & A MITCHELL, BC MOONLITE FARM, JANICE & NORBERT LUKEN, AB MOOSE BUILT SIMMENTALS, WARREN & ELEANOR HERNDIER, SK MOOSE CREEK INVESTMENTS, SHON SMITH, AB MUELLERS NOSSA TERRA, CHRISTOPH & BERTA MUELLER, PQ MUIRHEAD CATTLE CO., WARD, JUSTIN & AMAND MUIRHEAD, SK MUTCH FARMS, STEPHEN & JENNIE MUTCH, PE NATHAN BRUDER, AB NEIL CARSON, MB NELSON RANCH, LOWELL NELSON, AB NEUMAN SIMMENTALS, NELSON & NANCY NEUMAN, ON NEW TREND CATTLE COMPANY, TIM & DERRI MASSEY, AB NEW WORLD SIMMENTAL, NATASHA SEELY, AB NEXGEN CATTLE CO., KYRON MANSKE, SK N LAZY B RANCH / J.N. BIDULOCK, JOHN BIDULOCK, AB NOLARA FARMS, LARRY & NOLA VANSICKLE, AB NORMAN PLUME, ON NORTH CREEK SIMMENTALS, BARRY & RENITA SAUNDERS, SK NORTHERN PARADISE RANCH, RYAN & CARLY KONTZIE, MB NORTH STAR SIMMENTALS, TOM HOWARD, ON NORTON SIMMENTALS, NEIL/GLENN/ARLEN NORTON, AB NORWOOD FAMILY FARM, CHARLES & GERALDINE NORWOOD, ON OAKVIEW SIMMENTALS, TODD & DANNA COLLINS, MB O DOUBLE E SIMMENTALS, O & E BAKKEHAUG, AB OH KAY FARMS, ROBERT LOUGHEED, AB OKOTOKS FLECKVIEH EMBRYO GROUP, SHACKLADY, AB OLMSTEAD CATTLE CO., OLMSTEAD & ARMSTRONG BRYCE & NIKKI, MB OTTER CREEK FARM, JACK R. HANSEN, ON OUTBACK CATTLE CO., J. PAUL ABRAMS, AB OUTLAW CATTLE CO., BRADLEY DUNDAS, AB O’BRIEN FARMS, DAN O’BRIEN, ON PALOMINO RANCH, VICKY HILDEBRANDT, AB PARKHILL RANCHES, LES DUNCAN, AB PAT WORKMAN, MB PAULBREN SIMMENTALS, PAUL & BRENDA MCFADDEN, ON PEACOCK PRAIRIE SIMMENTAL, KELLY/PATTY PEACOCK, AB PEARSON SIMMENTALS, MERRILL PEARSON, AB PERKIN LAND & CATTLE CO., DARRYL & TANYA PERKIN, MB

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PERNITSKY FARMS LTD., NICK & ANTHONY PERNITSKY, SK PETER & MARLENE GAUNCE, NB PHEASANTDALE CATTLE COMPANY, LIONEL, PAT & LEE STILBORN, SK PHILIPP WEITZEL, BC PINC.H HILL CATTLE COMPANY, BRANDON HOMER, ON PINE CREEK SIMMENTALS, GEORGES/GOEDELE/ ALOI KERCKHOF, AB PIONEER SIMMENTALS, TYLER, SAWLEY & N. DIXON, AB POOLES ARROW RANCH, CHARLES & LYNN POOLE, BC PORTER RANCHES LTD., C/O SANDRA PORTER, AB PORTER SIMMENTALS, GERALD F. PORTER, SK PRAIRIE VIEW SIMMENTALS, CLIFFORD NELSON, SK R & B RANCH, RANDY & BONNIE SMIT WHEELER, ON R & R ACRES, RANDY BOLLUM, AB RACHIDO RANCH, RANDAL & DONNA CHITTICK, AB RAINBOW RIVER SIMMENTALS, JENNILEE BERNIER, MB RANCH DANCLAU INC., PIERRE & DANIEL REICHENBACH, PQ RANCIER FARMS & BOHRSON LIVESTOCK, AB RANCIER FARMS, GARTH & ANGELA RANCIER, AB RAY J. SIMMENTALS, RAY & JEANETTE JANSSEN, MB RAYMOND, CHITTICK, AB RDG SIMMENTALS, RYAN GYLANDER, AB RED RIBBON LIVESTOCK, KATIE WOOD, ON REDRICH FARMS, BILL & TRACY DIETRICH, AB RED TOP LIVESTOCK, BEN & KASSANDRA FARRANT, AB RED WILLOW RANCH LTD., DARREN TYLER, SK RENDEZVOUS FARMS, DAVID, GERALD & RICH MAGUET, MB RICH-MC SIMMENTALS, MYLIA/JASON RICHARDS/MCLEAN, MB RILEY WOLFE, AB RISKAN HOPE FARM, VERN & BARB LUTHER, SK RIVER POINT CATTLE & REX CRAWFORD, ON RIVER POINT CATTLE CO., JANE & REED CRAWFORD, ON RIVERS EDGE RANCH, COREY SCOTT, AB RK CATTLE CO., SANDY REID, ON RKT SIMMENTALS, RICK & JACKIE TAYLOR, MB ROBB FARMS LTD., GARY ROBB, SK ROBERT & DEANNE YOUNG, AB ROBERTSON BROS. SIMMENTAL, JAMES & EARL ROBERTSON, NS ROBSON ACRES, LAURA ROBSON, ON ROCKING R SIMMENTALS, RODERICK & KAREN ORANGE, AB ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, PAUL KRESS, SK ROGER FORTIER & FILS, MONIQUE DEMERS FORTIER, PQ ROLLING JN FARMS, J. B. NIELSEN, AB ROLLY ACRES FARM, RAYMOND ARNTZEN, AB RON CROSBY, BC ROSEMEAD FARM, IVAN C. MATTHEWS, NAVAN, ON ROSS & MARILYN JANSEN, SK ROSS CREEK SIMMENTALS, TREVOR A. HILTZ, NS ROSS LEBLANC, SK R PLUS SIMMENTALS, R & M LEBLANC, SK RUSSELL AUMACK, SK RYAN DOWNEY, MB SAJ SIMMENTALS, STUART JAMIESON, SK SANDRA JEFFERY, SK S AND S SIMMENTALS, STANLEY & SCOTT GIDDINGS, SK SAUGEEN ACRES, DAVE SMYTH, AB SCHATZ SIMMENTALS, MICHAEL SCHATZ, AB SCHWEITZER SIMMENTALS, CAMERON SCHWEITZER, MB SCISSORS CREEK CATTLE CO, RYDER & JACE BEUTLER, SK SCISSORS CREEK CATTLE CO., MARK & JENNALEE BEUTLER, SK SERVICE ANIMAL NOISEUX, CHANTAL BOISVERT, PQ

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SEVCIK SIMMENTAL RANCH, RUSSELL SEVCIK, AB SEVEN-M LIVESTOCK, BRADLY & DONNA MORISHITA, AB SEVEN HILLS FARM, RON D, LINDA, MIKE TAYLOR, AB SHADY NOOK SIMMENTALS, STACEY & SUSAN BELL, AB SHANDA BOON, SK SHANE BUIT, AB SHAWN A. MILLER, SHAWN & ANJE MILLER, AB SHAYLYN & LINDSAY ARTHUR, AB SHILO FARMS, DAKOTA BRAUN, AB SIBL SIMMENTALS, IVAN/LINDA/BARCL SMITH, AB SILVER CREEK SIMMENTALS, G., A., C., & A. FISK, SK SIMMENTAL SANCTUARY, MATT CALVER, AB SIMMERON RANCH, M. SKARET, MARTIN SKARET, AB SIMMGEN LAND AND CATTLE CO., SCOTT DYKSTRA, ON SKYRIDGE FARMS, GILLES VUIGNIER, MB SKYWEST SIMMENTALS, RILEY EDWARDS, AB SNOWY, THERESA-MARIE WEITZEL, BC SODERGLEN RANCHES LTD., SCOTT LEES, AB SOUTH HOLDEN SIMMENTAL, G. & J. FLEMING, AB SOUTH SEVEN FARMS, ROBERT STUART, AB SPRING CREEK COLONY, ANDY HOFER, AB SPRING LAKE SIMMENTALS, DOUG ZIMMER, AB SPRUCEBURN SIMMENTALS, W & D MCMURTRY, AB SPRUCE GROVE CATTLE CO., BRUCE HOLMQUIST, SK SPRUCE VIEW ACRES, STEVE & TRACY KUSHNERIK, AB STONE CREEK FARMS, RUSSELL LITTLE, AB STOREBO FARMS, DALE & DWIGHT/BRYCE STOREBO/BAXTER, SK STOUGHTON FARMS, BRYAN J. STOUGHTON, SK SULLIVAN SIMMENTALS, JOHN &/OR LINDA SULLIVAN, PQ SULLY’S FARM, CLAIR SULLIVAN, ON SUNBERRY VALLEY RANCH, DARREN AB SUNNYSIDE SIMMENTALS, TOM & SHARON TURNBULL, SK SUNNY VALLEY SIMMENTALS, WAYNE & LINDA LIBKE, SK SUN RISE SIMMENTALS, EVAN & LINDA CUSS, SK SUNSET SIMMENTALS, GREG ARNESON, AB SUN STAR SIMMENTALS, MERLIN, JOY, & DEAN ARNTZEN, AB SUNVILLE SIMMENTALS, DUANE, NADINE, JERRY CAUMARTIN, MB SWAN LAKE FARMS LTD., GREG GOUDY, SK TANNIS BRUDER, AB TED & KAREENA KWASNICKI, SK TER-RON FARMS, TERRY, ADAMS/ROB ADAMS, AB TERRY & LORETTA YOUNG, SK TERRY, SKORETZ, AB TGJ CATTLE COMPANY, TIM AND GLEN JACKSON, MB THOMAS JANZEN, AB THOUSAND HILL SIMMENTALS, KENDALL & AMANDA BUHLER, SK TIFFANY PETERS, SK TIMBERWOOD FARMS, C/O JACOB & LACEY FISHER, NS TIMOTHY C. MATTHEWS, AB TINLEY HARVIE, AB TOBACCO CREEK CATTLE COMPANY, J.R. BRUCE, MB TODD SIMMENTAL, C/O KIRK STODDARD, PQ TOP NOTCH CATTLE CO., JONATHAN KARSIN, MB TOWNVIEW FARMS, JARET GIRODAT, SK TRAVIS HERTER, SK TRENDSETTER LIVESTOCK SERVICES, RYAN COOK, AB TRIANGLE STOCK FARMS, VANCE AND MICHELE KLEPPER, AB TRI K CATTLE, KEITH HODGES, AB TRIPLE-K SIMMENTALS, BERNIE D. KLAMMER, AB TRIPLE ROSE SIMMENTALS, JEAN B. O’CONNOR, ON TRIPLE R SIMMENTAL, R & Y DEQUIER, MB TRIPLE T DIAMOND SIMMENTALS, STEWART/ STEVE THORGILSSON, MB TRYON SIMMENTALS, FRANK ROBBLEE, PE

TWIN BRAE SIMMENTALS, BARRY & GLENDA CHESCU, MB TWIN BUTTE SIMMENTALS, TONY & LORRAINE BRUDER, AB TWIN CHIEF SIMMENTALS, RICHARD A. NORMAN, AB TWIN MEADOW LIVESTOCK FARMS, PATRICK & TRACEY WILCOX, MB TWIN OAK LIVESTOCK, MARY JANE ROBINSON, MB TWO TALL SIMMENTALS, SHAELYNN HOUCHIN, AB TYLER & ERIN LIBKE, SK TYMARC SIMMENTALS, BOB & DIANE ANDERSON, AB ULES BAXTER & PATTI CRAWFORD-BAXTER, ULES BAXTER, NB ULTRA LIVESTOCK, TIM & CATHY CHALACK, AB VALLEYFIELD SIMMENTALS, LARRY J. DYCK, MB VERLEYSEN FARMS, GAIL VERLEYSEN, AB VERNON W. PENNER, AB VIRGINIA PETERS(SAPSFORD), SK VIRGINIA RANCH, HARRY & MICHELLE SATCHWELL, AB W. LYLE JEFFERY, SK WAG CATTLE CO., ANDREW & WENDY GRIFFITHS, AB WANNABE RANCH, DENNIS, BRENDA & LAU CROMARTIE, SK WARKENTIN INVESTMENTS LTD., KEN AND CAROL WARKENTIN, BC WAYDAMAR FARMS, DAVID J. MILLINER, ON WELDEHAVEN FARMS, ANDREW WELDEN, PQ WELLS’ CROSSING CATTLE CO., BARBARA CICHON, AB WEPPLER CATTLE COMPANY, BRAEDEN WEPPLER, ON WESTEROSE STONE SIMMENTALS, BLAINE STONE, AB WESTFORD FARM, CAROLYN HANNAFORD, ON WESTGOLD FARMS LTD., KEN GILBERT, AB WESTWAY FARMS LTD., TOM & CAROL ANN HADWAY, AB WHEATLAND SIMMENTAL STOCK FARM, VERNON LAFRENTZ, SK WHISKEY RIVER STOCK FARM, H. WADE LOANE, PE WHITEWATER LIVESTOCK, KURTIS & CHELSEA BLACK, ON WILCOX SIMMENTALS, ERNIE & BETTY WILCOX, MB WILD OAK FARMS, HANK & TINA HIDDINK, ON WILLIAM A. SWENSON, AB WILLIAM THOMAS WALTER HADWAY, WILL HADWAY, AB WILLOW CREEK SIMMENTALS, MICHAEL W. KLASSEN, AB WILLOW CREEK SIMMENTALS, PETER & MONICA SCHMUTZ, AB WISER HEIGHTS STOCK FARMS, BRAD & VAL ARNOLD, ON WJ SIMMENTALS, WYATT, BYRON & BERNI JOHNSON, AB WLB LIVESTOCK, BILL & NANCY BIGLIENI, MB WM SIMMENTALS, WILF & MARIE PERLINGER, SK WOLFE FARMS, TONY WOLFE, AB WOLFE’S FLECKVIEH, SHANE J. WOLFE, AB WYECREST FARMS, RICK BATTY, ON XCEL LIVESTOCK, KEVIN/TRACY MACINTYRE/ BEHNKE, ON XRC SIMMENTALS, IAN & CATHY KLICS, SK YELLOW ROSE CATTLE CO., BOBBI-GAYLE HOSEGOOD, AB YOUNG BOYS CATTLE TRIO, WAYNE & LINDSAY YOUNG, AB ZIEMAC CATTLE COMPANY, MACKENZIE SCHUURMAN, BC ZIEVIEW FARMS INC., SHANA & DARYL ZIEBARTH, ON


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Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency

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he expenses of purchasing a calf and the feed needed to finish it are the two largest variable costs facing the cattle feeding sector. Using less feed to finish a calf would substantially improve profitability in beef production, and may diminish environmental implications. Feed costs are high due to poor growing conditions in major grain producing countries, because of the use of feed grains in ethanol production, and because of increasing competition of land for crop production versus urban development. Feed to Grain Ratio The feed to gain ratio (F:G) is a key measure of efficiency. Also known as the feed conversion ratio (FCR), F:G is a measure of an animal’s efficiency in converting feed nutrients into increased body mass. F:G is an important variable in the cost to finish an animal. Because of the variability of water content, feed is measured by dry matter (DM). Imagine two steer calves placed on feed. Both steers are gaining an average of 3.5 pounds per day (1.59kg/day). Over time, we measure that Steer A consumes an average of 21lbs (9.53kg) DM per day, which equates to a 6:1 feed to gain ratio. Steer B consumes 28lb/ day (12.70kg/day), a F:G of 8:1, and therefore is less feed efficient than Steer A. Based on a ration cost of $187/tonne* (or 0.085 cents per pound), Steer A costs $1.79 to feed per day. Steer B costs $2.38 per day. If both steers reach their finish weight in 200 days, the less feed efficient animal (Steer B) would cost the producer $119 more to finish than an animal with better feed efficiency (Steer A). (*Note: this example may not reflect current feed costs.)

were due to studies on diet management, grain processing, and growth promotants.

Assuming current feed costs, a further 1% improvement in feed to gain would save the feedlot sector $11.1 million annually. Diet Management Substituting forage with grains in finishing rations can lead to substantial improvement in feed efficiency. Steers fed higher grain diets grow faster, finish sooner, and produce heavier and fatter carcasses. Research also suggests that the type and quality of grains and the balance of essential nutrients, like vitamins, proteins, and trace minerals, significantly impact feed efficiency. Balanced rations increase average daily gain and can decrease feed cost per pound of gain. In order to prevent acidosis, it is necessary to appropriately adjust cattle from forage-based feed to high-energy grain-based rations. Grain Processing Digestibility of grains like corn, barley and oats is improved when grains are processed. By cracking the outer shell of the grain, rumen microbes are better able to utilize grain starch and minerals. Processing also allows grain to be mixed with supplements, and affects palatability and passage rates. However, processing grains too finely leads to acidosis. Finding the ideal method and level of processing contributes to an improved F:G Growth Promotants Growth promotants are among the many sophisticated tools used by feedlots and other producers to raise more beef, more rapidly, using less feed, while maintaining high standards of animal health, carcass quality and food safety. Growth promotants include ionophores, growth implants, and beta-agonists. A number of products within each category are approved for use by Health Canada’s Veterinary Drug Directorate.

Analysis indicates that production costs would be 10% higher if producers did not use implants, ionophores or beta agonists.

This example illustrates the importance of improving and maximizing feed efficiency in cattle on feed, which can make or break profitability in the feeding sector. Progress of Feed Efficiency Research Numerous research projects over the years have successfully led to substantial improvements in growth rate, days on feed, carcass weight and feed to gain. Since the 1950’s, feed to gain has improved markedly due to applied research and development. Over the past 30 years, feed to gain has improved by 30%. Notable improvements

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One study found that overall average daily gain was 21% higher and feed efficiency was 23% better for grain-finished cattle given both implants and ionophores compared to control cattle. Economists John Lawrence and Maro Ibarburu at Iowa State University reported that feedlot average daily gain increased when ionophores, implants, and beta-agonists were used by 3%, 16% and 16% respectively. Feed efficiency improved 4% with ionophores, 10% with implants, and 14% with use of beta-agonists. Ionophores Ionophores are antimicrobials delivered through cattle feed that improve nutrient availability to the animal. They can improve feed efficiency and weight gain, reduce methane production, reduce the incidence of bloat and acidosis, and prevent diseases like coccidiosis.

As with all refined technology, appropriate and optimal use of growth promotant products can improve animal performance and value, while improper use result in no benefit, reduced carcass value, and/or lost money.


Ionophores improve feed efficiency by acting on rumen microbes. Most rumen microbes convert the complex fiber and starch in forage and grain into simple molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream to provide energy and protein to the animal. Rumen bacteria known as methanogens convert the dietary fiber and starch into methane gas. Methane contains energy, but it cannot be absorbed by the animal, so it is belched out and wasted. Ionophores improve feed efficiency and weight gain by selectively inhibiting methanogenic bacteria, and allow the beneficial rumen bacteria to make more feed energy available to the animal. Ionophores are often erroneously included in discussions about the concern of antimicrobial use in livestock and the potential link to antimicrobial resistance in humans. These antimicrobials are not used in human medicine, and therefore reducing or eliminating their use would have detrimental impacts on cattle production with no benefit for human health. When advocate groups spread statistics like “over 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are used in food animals, and the vast majority of this use is for animals that are not sick”, they not only ignore the much higher populations and body weights of livestock compared to Americans, they include ionophores in the calculation. Hormonal Growth Implants Other growth promotants impact how nutrients are used by the animal after the nutrients have been absorbed into the bloodstream. Growth implants, delivered through a pellet under the skin in the animal’s ear, enhance the reproductive hormones that occur naturally in the animal. In steers, implants replace some of the hormones that were removed when the animal was castrated. Implants generally encourage protein deposition and discourage fat deposition. This improves both weight gain and feed conversion. Fat deposition requires more than twice as much feed energy as protein deposition does. In addition to this, muscle tissue contains around 70% water, while fat contains less than 25% water. This means that for every ten pounds of muscle gained, about three pounds comes from dry feed and seven pounds comes from water. This ratio is reversed for fat growth (roughly seven pounds from dry feed and three pounds from water). Aggressive implant regimes may negatively impact carcass quality (maturity, marbling score, tenderness, and possibly lean color), especially if used on the wrong types of cattle. Growth implants combined with ionophore feed additives are effective in feedlot programs. Research has shown that the growth implants produce the usual improvement in daily gains and feed efficiency; while the ionophore feed additives, in combination with the growth implants, will reduce the amount of feed required for a given amount of gain by an additional 7 to 8%. Growth promotant safety has been reviewed by many experts and agencies, including Health Canada, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. All have concluded that hormones can be used safely in beef production. The levels found in food products, such as beef, are too low to be of risk to human health.

Testosterone-containing implants are similar; there is a safety factor of several thousand-fold based on the assumption that people consume the equivalent of 6 to 7 servings of beef per day. Beta Adrenergic Agonists Beta adrenergic agonists are the newest class of growth promotants, commercially available since 2004. These feed additives are not antimicrobials, and do not mimic or supplement reproductive hormones. Asthma medications are also beta-agonists. ‘Beta adrenergic agonist’ is a complicated name that describes what these products do. ‘Adrenergic’ means ‘resembling adrenaline’. ‘Agonist’ (the opposite of antagonist) means that ‘it works in a similar manner’. The ‘beta’ refers to the particular receptor that it binds to on the muscle cell surface. So a beta adrenergic agonist is a substance that binds to a beta receptor on the muscle, and acts sort of like adrenalin. Adrenalin diverts blood flow from the digestive organs towards the muscle during the ‘fight or flight’ response. Similarly, beta-agonists re-directs nutrients so that more growth occurs in muscle tissue than in internal organs. All beta-agonists approved for beef cattle (e.g. ractopamine and zilpaterol) increase protein deposition (muscle growth), growth rate, feed efficiency, and carcass leanness. Some beta-agonists also reduce protein turnover (reduce muscle breakdown), resulting in increased dressing percentage. Beta-agonists are fed at the end of the feeding period, when muscle growth is slowing, fat deposition is speeding up, and feed efficiency is dropping off. As with aggressive implants, beta-agonists must be managed appropriately, on the right class of cattle in order to avoid negative consequences on carcass quality. The benefit of feeding beta-agonists can be lost if the product is fed for too long, or if the delay between product withdrawal and slaughter is too long. Concerns about the use of beta-agonists in livestock are popular in the media. Some importing nations have a zero tolerance policy for certain kinds of beta-agonists, which also make their use an issue in some trade negotiations. In fact, a person would have to eat more than 180 servings of beef per day, or 30 servings of liver per day, from cattle administered beta-agonists in order to get the effect of one “hit” of asthma medication. Determining Finished Weight Determining when an animal has reached its finished weight is an important aspect to feed efficiency. Once an animal’s rate of gain slows, most of the feed consumed is converted to waste fat rather than useable meat, and therefore is not cost effective. Producers can weigh and track individual animals or pens in order to track gains and determine when finished weight is reached. Genetics In addition to management practices that optimize feedlot feed efficiency, selecting cattle that are genetically feed efficient is important. Much research has been done to make genetic improvements in feed efficiency by measuring Residual Feed Intake (RFI). Advances in producing terminal animals through crossbreeding also maximize gains, grading and dressed yield. Article provide by Beef Cattle Research Council. To participate in the conversation leave a reply at www.BeefResearch.ca.

To put these levels into perspective, consider the levels of estrogens that occur naturally in all plants and animals, including humans. This table shows that a person would have to eat 3 million hamburgers every day from cattle administered growth hormones before he or she would be exposed to as much estrogen as average women produces daily.

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From the Gate Post

La cueillette de données et l’Enregistrement du troupeau complet

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

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n cette période des sevrages et de la transmission des données de performance en vue de la nouvelle évaluation génétique de l’ASC du printemps 2016, voici également une bonne occasion pour vous parler du programme de l’Enregistrement du Troupeau Complet (ETC) de l’Association Simmental du Canada. Il est important de préciser que seules les données provenant de troupeaux participants au programme ETC sont utilisées lors de l’évaluation génétique et du calcul des EPD. En fait, si on fournit des données provenant d’informations individuelles sur certains animaux, on ne peut pas effectuer une évaluation adéquate et précise, ou encore on ne peut pas comparer les données provenant des descendants d’un animal ou de ses contemporains. Afin qu’elles soient utilisées, toutes les données sur chaque animal de votre troupeau doivent être soumises à l’évaluation, qu’elles soient bonnes ou inférieures. Vous vous demandez alors comment le programme ETC fonctionne et comment vous pouvez y participer. Chaque année, en octobre, l’ASC expédie par la poste les documents explicatifs concernant les deux options offertes aux membres qui veulent enregistrer un animal et transmettre des données; soit en inscrivant leur troupeau au programme de l’ETC ou encore en payant un frais d’enregistrement uniquement pour les animaux qu’ils ont choisi de faire enregistrer. Les participants au programme de l’ETC doivent transmettre leurs formulaires d’ETC au bureau de l’ASC avant le 15 décembre de l’année d’inscription du troupeau. Ainsi, pour l’année 2016, les formulaires doivent être transmis avant le 15 décembre 2015. Les frais pour les données d’enregistrement reçues avant cette date sont de 22,00 $ par femelle, qu’elle soit pur-sang, « Fullblood » ou à pourcentage. Les membres s’étant inscrits au programme avant le 15 décembre auront à payer deux montants égaux ; le premier étant dû le 1er avril 2016 et l’autre le 1er octobre 2016. Des frais additionnels de 5 $ / animal déclaré seront facturés pour les données d’enregistrement reçues entre le 15 décembre 2015 et le 15 février 2016. Après le 15 février 2016, le coût d’enregistrement sera de 38,00 $ par femelle, en plus des taxes applicables. Les membres qui enregistreront leurs troupeaux après les périodes de rabais, devront alors payer le plein tarif au moment de la transmission de leurs données. Les participants au programme de l’ETC qui utilisent le site en ligne Simmental.com ne recevront pas les formulaires postés en octobre. On leur demandera plutôt de transmettre leurs données d’enregistrement via le site internet de l’ASC, en respectant les délais prévus au programme de l’ETC. Avec les frais d’enregistrement de base de 22,00 $ par femelle, vous pouvez transmettre toutes vos données et celles-là seront incluses dans l’évaluation génétique. De plus, vous pouvez enregistrer et transférer toutes les progénitures nées durant l’année d’inscription et issues de votre troupeau de vaches. Tel qu’indiqué précédemment, seules les données de performances transmises via le programme de l’ETC seront incorporées aux évaluations génétiques et viendront influencer les EPD des sujets de votre troupeau. Les éleveurs choisissant cette option peuvent soumettre des données sur les femelles de leur choix, de manière à pouvoir ensuite recevoir des poids ajustés au sevrage et à un an. Les membres ayant choisi cette option, vous recevrez lors de l’envoi postal effectué en octobre un fichier de vêlages en blanc, de sorte que ceux-ci pourront

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faire des copies au besoin et enregistrer les sujets individuellement et à leur guise. Bien que des poids ajustés et des indices au sevrage et à un an soient calculés, les données de base transmises ne seront pas incorporées à l’évaluation génétique, ni au niveau du prochain EPD maternel présentement en développement, ou encore au niveau des projets de recherche. Le coût de base pour enregistrer un veau provenant d’une femelle non inscrite au programme de l’ETC est 40,00 $, et il en coûtera 15,00 $ pour le transfert de propriété de ce veau. Tel qu’on peut le constater, il y a des économies importantes à faire lorsqu’on est inscrit au programme de l’ETC. Les éleveurs peuvent décider en tout temps d’adhérer au programme de l’Enregistrement du troupeau complet (ETC). Si vous voulez y participer ou encore réactiver votre dossier, veuillez communiquer avec notre bureau pour obtenir les formulaires du programme de l’ETC. Un frais de réactivation sera exigé pour les femelles ayant été retirées du programme puis y étant réactivées. En lien avec la transmission des données de performance, alors que nous avons une évaluation génétique conjointe, on nous demande à l’occasion pourquoi il y a des différences entre les EPD d’un animal inscrit au livre généalogique canadien et au livre américain. Habituellement, cela peut s’expliquer selon le moment où l’animal canadien a été enregistré auprès de l’Association Simmental américaine (ASA). Par exemple, si un taureau canadien est vendu au printemps et qu’il est ensuite enregistré auprès de l’ASA en juin ou après, il y aura probablement une différence entre les EPD rapportés par les deux associations. En fait, puisque le système d’enregistrement de l’ASA ne garde pas en mémoire dans sa base de données les EPD canadiens, les animaux qui seront enregistrés en juin, après que la nouvelle évaluation génétique ait été complétée, se verront ainsi attribuer par l’ASA le meilleur estimé basé sur les parents inclus dans la généalogie de l’animal et qui sont déjà enregistrés au livre généalogique américain. L’animal aura par la suite les mêmes EPD des deux côtés de la frontière lorsque la nouvelle évaluation génétique sera publiée en décembre et que l’animal sera déjà connu dans le système d’enregistrement américain. Jusqu’au moment où cette nouvelle évaluation sera disponible, les EPD canadiens demeureront le meilleur estimé du potentiel génétique du jeune animal. Toutefois, ces EPD seront appelés à changer avec l’ajout de données sur ses descendants et l’augmentation de la précision de son épreuve. Puisqu’il n’y a que deux rondes d’évaluations génétiques conjointes pour les Simmental de l’Amérique du nord, on devrait encore malheureusement constater de telles différences, du moins jusqu’au moment où il y aura davantage de communications entre nos deux bases de données. Il pourrait également arriver qu’on constate des différences entre les EPD de l’ASC et ceux de l’ASA, surtout s’il s’agit de problématique reliée à des vérifications incomplètes d’un animal donné et qui est présent dans les deux systèmes. Bien que cela soit plutôt rare, il est possible que ça se produise, alors si vous notez ce que vous croyez être une erreur, veuillez alors transmettre les détails au bureau de l’ASC. Comme il n’y a aucunes choses parfaites dans ce monde, tout procédé ne peut être parfait. Nous continuons toutefois à travailler pour vous avec l’objectif de rendre disponible des programmes fiables et les meilleurs outils possibles pour améliorer vos troupeaux et toute la génétique Simmental.


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Sweepstake$ SSA Simmental Wednesday, november 25, 2015 Canadian Western agribition

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$20,000 in prize money and prizes!

:: Only cataloged Simmental Sale entries are eligible to be entered! :: Silver Memberships only $100! Includes... - a ballot to place your top 5 favorite lots! - $7500 in Sale Credits to Agribition Sale - Secondary prizes drawn throughout the event!

SSA ScholArShip DonAtion heifer Agribition Simmental Show Schedule

Thank you... to Double Bar D Farms, Grenfell, SK More details coming soon! for donating the 2015 Scholarship Heifer!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10:00 AM Simmental Show 5:00 PM Pizza 6:30 PM Draw for $7, 500 in Sale Credits 6:45 PM Scholarship Heifer Auction 45th Annual Agribition 7:00 PM Simmental Sale

$500 Draw Friday, November 27, 2015 10:00 AM Commercial Cattle Show 3:30 PM Bull Pen Alley People’s Choice Saturday, November 28, 2014 10:00 AM Bull Pen Alley Show 12:00 PM Commercial Cattle Sale

sired by NCB Cobra

Saskatchewan Simmental Association

Box 591 Grenfell, SK S0G 2B0 (306) 697-2945 fax (306) 697-2942 email: sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

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President Everett Olson Box 1939 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@mymts.net 1st Vice President Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca 2nd Vice President Andrea Bertholet Box 55, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone: 204-483-0319 Email: adber tholet@hotmail.com Secretary/Treasurer Donalee Jones Box 142, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com MSA Directors Everett More Box 1754, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-748-1225 Email: vahequine@yahoo.com Greg Woychyshyn Box 2035 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-865-2475 Email: crestviewcattleco@hotmail.com Tracey Wilcox Box 351, Treherne, MB R0G 2V0 Phone: 204-723-2386 Email: pwilcox@mymts.net

Trevor Peters Box 385, River s, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peter s@canadamalting.com Gordon Delichte Box 26, St. Alphonse, MB R0K 1Z0 Phone: 204-836-2116 Email: g.delichte@gmail.com Tom Marchant Box 263, Arden, MB R0J 0B0 Phone: 204-841-2046 Email: tristarcattleco@gmail.com CSA Director Blair McRae RR1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 Phone: 204-728-3058 Email: marmac@inetlink.ca YCSA President Kolton McIntosh Box 84 Ericksdale, MB R0C 0W0 Phone: 204-280-0359 auction_mcintosh@hotmail.ca Pembina Triangle Rep Eric Theroux Box 215, Notre Dame De Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0 Phone: 204-526-7360 Email: eric.theroux@cpsagu.ca Keystone Association Rep Jennilee Bernier RR #2, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 204-763-4580

Mark Your Calendars... MANITOBA AG EX.

October 29-31, 2015 in Brandon, MB SIMMENTAL SHOW 11:00 am Friday, October 30, 2015 Watch for more details on show schedules at... www.manitobaagex.com

UPCOMING FALL SALES

Check out our website for complete Sale Listings at... www.mbsimmental.com

Thank you... To the Pembina Triangle Simmental Association for donating this years Scholarship heifer! Watch for details and tickets available this fall.

The Maritime Simmental Association & The Maritime YCSA Annual Salt Water Classic Sale

When: October 24, 2015 Where: Maritime Beef Test Station, Nappan, NS. If you would like to consign, please contact us at: (902) 388-1613

Maritime YCSA Classic

The Maritime YCSA would like to personally thank each and every one of their 2015 sponsors. Without your continued support to our program, it would not be one of the leading youth shows in the Maritimes. Thank you again!

Maritime Association Contacts: President: Donald Godfrey, 48 Hyde Point Rd, Meadow Bank, PE. (902)-566-3613 Vice-President: James MacKenzie, NS. Secretary: Jennie Mutch, NS. Treasurer: Bill McLeod, NB. Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS; Trevor Pauley, NB; Geraline VanAgten, NB; Wade Loane, PE; Jennie Mutch, PE; Ralph Taylor. Maritime YCS President: Heather Creamer CSA Director: Lacey Fisher

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Member Announcements CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Amanda Libke (Sunny Valley Simmentals) and her husband Kyle Reay who were married August 22, 2015. Fawn Jackson, daughter of Carman and Donna Jackson (High Bluff Stock Farm) married Jared Bone. They will be living in Calgary.

Blakely Audrey Homer was born September 2, 2015. She was 8.2 lbs. She is welcomed by parents Chad Homer and Jennifer Dobbin, as well as big sister Jaelyn. Blakely is the youngest member of Pinch Hill Cattle Company.

Scott and Kerrie Harvie, along with big brother Chick are excited to announce the newest addition to their family. Gentry Elizabeth was born on July 31, 2015 weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz.

Hadley Dawn Marchant was born on August 20th, 2015 at 9:00 am weighing 5 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 inches long. Her proud parents are Andrea Bertholet and Clint Marchant. Hadley’s grandparents are Blake and Val Marchant of Silver Lake Farms and Gerry and Linda Bertholet of Maple Lake Stock Farms. 31


Optimiser l’efficacité alimentaire lors de l’engraissement des bovins

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ans le secteur de l’engraissement des bovins, le prix d’achat du veau et les aliments requis pour la finition constituent les deux coûts variables les plus importants. En utilisant moins d’aliments pour amener un veau à la finition, cela pourrait améliorer la rentabilité globale de la production bovine et diminuer les retombées au niveau de l’environnement. Le coût des aliments du bétail est élevé en raison soit des faibles rendements dans les pays producteurs de grains et du fait qu’une partie des grains est destinée à la production d’éthanol, et de la compétition croissante du développement urbain envers les terres cultivables. Ratio aliments : gain Le ratio aliments: gain (A:G) représente une mesure importante de l’efficacité. Également connu comme le taux de conversion alimentaire (TCA), le ratio A : G constitue une mesure de l’efficacité de l’animal à convertir les nutriments apportés par les aliments en masse corporelle. Ce ratio permet d’expliquer une grande part des coûts variables requis pour la finition d’un animal. Les aliments sont mesurés sur la base de leur contenu en matière sèche, car ils possèdent un contenu variable en eau. Prenons par exemple deux bouvillons placés en parc d’engraissement. Les deux réalisent un gain moyen quotidien de 3,5 lb/ jr (1,59 kg / jr). Après un certain temps, on détermine que le bouvillon A consomme en moyenne 21 lb (9,53 kg) de matière sèche (MS) par jour, ce qui correspond à un ratio aliments : gain de 6 : 1. Le bouvillon B consomme 28 lb (12,7 kg) de MS par jour, ce qui correspond à un ratio A : G de 8 :1, faisant en sorte qu’il soit moins efficace que le bouvillon A. Avec un coût de la ration de 187 $ / tonne* (ou 0,085 $ / lb), le coût d’aliments quotidien du bouvillon A est de 1,79 $, tandis qu’il est de 2,38 $ pour le bouvillon B. Si les deux bouvillons atteignent leur poids de finition en 200 jours, le producteur devra débourser 119 $ de plus pour finir le bouvillon B qui est moins efficace que le bouvillon A. (*Note: les coûts d’aliments de cet exemple ne reflètent peut-être pas la réalité)

Avec les coûts actuels des aliments du bétail, le secteur de l’engraissement pourrait sauver 11,1 millions $ annuellement, si on améliore le ratio aliments : gain de 1 %. Gestion de la ration La substitution d’une partie des fourrages par des grains dans la ration des bouvillons peut favoriser une amélioration substantielle de l’efficacité alimentaire. Des bouvillons alimentés avec davantage de grains ont une croissance plus rapide, sont finis plus tôt, et leurs carcasses sont plus lourdes et plus grasses. La recherche a également établi que l’efficacité alimentaire est grandement influencée par le type et la qualité des grains, de même que leur contenu en éléments nutritifs essentiels tels que les vitamines, les protéines et les minéraux. Des rations bien balancées favorisent un gain moyen quotidien plus élevé et peuvent permettre de réduire le coût des aliments requis par libre de gain. Si on veut éviter des cas d’acidose, il faut permettre aux bovins de s’acclimater correctement d’une ration à base de fourrages vers des rations riches en grains et très énergétiques. Traitement des grains Le traitement des grains tels que le maïs, l’orge et l’avoine améliorera leur digestibilité. En brisant l’enveloppe externe du grain, les bactéries du rumen peuvent alors mieux utiliser l’amidon et les minéraux du grain. Les procédés de traitement permettent de mélanger les grains avec des suppléments, ce qui influencera leur palatabilité et leur vitesse de passage. Des grains moulus trop finement peuvent toutefois conduire à l’acidose. Les facteurs de croissance Les facteurs de croissance font partie des quelques outils plus sophistiqués employés par les engraisseurs et les autres producteurs bovins, afin de produire plus de viande, plus rapidement, en utilisant moins d’aliments tout en préservant des standards élevés de santé animale, de qualité des carcasses et de sécurité alimentaire. Les facteurs de croissance incluent les ionophores, les implants et les bêta-agonistes. Plusieurs produits de chacune de ces catégories sont approuvés par Santé Canada et sont listés dans le Compendium des médicaments vétérinaires autorisés.

Des analyses indiquent que les coûts de production pourraient être 10 % plus élevés si les producteurs n’utilisaient pas les implants, les ionophores ou les bêta-agonistes.

L’exemple précédent illustre bien l’importance de maximiser et d’améliorer l’efficacité alimentaire des bovins d’engraissement, ce qui a une influence directe sur la rentabilité du secteur de l’engraissement. Progrès de la recherche sur l’efficacité alimentaire Au fil des ans, suite à plusieurs projets de recherche, cela a conduit à une amélioration significative du taux de croissance, du nombre de jours en engraissement et du ratio aliments : gain. Grâce aux recherches appliquées et aux développements depuis les années 1950, le ratio aliments : gain s’est amélioré de façon notable. Au cours des trente dernières années, on observe une amélioration de 30 % du ratio aliments : gain. Ces progrès remarquables sont le résultat d’études touchant la gestion de la ration, le traitement des grains et les facteurs de croissance.

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Selon une étude donnée, le gain moyen quotidien était 21 % plus élevé et l’efficacité alimentaire était meilleure de 23 %, comparativement au groupe témoin, chez des bovins alimentés avec des grains et ayant reçu des implants et des ionophores. Les économistes John Lawrence et Maro Ibarburu de l’Université de l’État d’Iowa ont rapporté une amélioration du gain moyen quotidien aux taux respectifs de 3 %, 16 % et 16 % en parc d’engraissement alors que les ionophores, les implants et les bêta-agonistes étaient utilisés. L’efficacité alimentaire était améliorée de 4 % avec les ionophores, de 10 % avec les implants et des 14 % avec les bêta-agonistes. Les ionophores Les ionophores sont des produits antibactériens servis dans la ration des bovins et qui améliore la disponibilité des nutriments à l’animal. Ils peuvent améliorer l’efficacité alimentaire et le gain de poids, réduire la production de méthane, réduire l’incidence de ballonnement et d’acidose, et enfin prévenir des maladies telles que la coccidiose.

Comme cela est vrai pour toute technologie, l’emploi approprié et optimal des facteurs de croissance peut accroître la valeur et les performances des animaux, tandis qu’une utilisation inappropriée n’amènera aucuns bénéfices, réduira la valeur de la carcasse et / ou conduira à une perte d’argent. Les ionophores améliorent l’efficacité alimentaire en agissant sur les microbes du rumen. La plupart des bactéries du rumen permet de transformer les fibres complexes et l’amidon contenu dans les fourrages et les grains en molécules plus simples pouvant être absorbées via le système sanguin et fournir ainsi l’énergie et les protéines requis par


l’animal. Des bactéries du rumen connues comme étant méthanogènes convertissent les fibres alimentaires et l’amidon en gaz de méthane. Le méthane renferme de l’énergie mais celle-ci ne peut pas être absorbée par l’animal, elle est alors expulsée vers l’extérieur et perdue. Les ionophores améliorent l’efficacité alimentaire et la prise poids, en inhibant sélectivement les bactéries méthanogènes, ce qui permet aux bactéries plus bénéfiques de produire davantage d’énergie disponible pour l’animal. Dans certaines discussions touchant la préoccupation de l’emploi d’antimicrobiens chez les bovins, on inclut souvent par erreur les ionophores, en les soupçonnant d’être responsable des cas de résistance antimicrobienne chez les humains. Ces antimicrobiens ne sont pas utilisés en médicine humaine et, par conséquent, leur réduction ou leur élimination pourrait mener à des impacts défavorables en production bovine, sans pour autant obtenir de bénéfices en santé humaine. Lorsque des groupes de défense diffusent des statistiques telles que “plus de 80 % de tous les antibiotiques utilise aux États-Unis sont employés dans les aliments du bétail, et la grande majorité de ces produits sont utilisés chez des animaux n’étant pas malades”, en plus d’ignorer les taux plus élevés de population et de poids corporel des bovins en comparaison avec les Américains, ils incluent également à leurs calculs les ionophores. Les implants hormonaux D’autres facteurs de croissance influencent l’utilisation des nutriments par l’animal après que ceux-là aient été absorbés dans le système sanguin. Les implants hormonaux, sous la forme d’une pastille déposée sous la peau de l’oreille chez l’animal, accroissent le métabolisme des hormones reproductives présentes naturellement chez l’animal. Chez les bouvillons, les implants remplacent certaines des hormones perdues lors de la castration des bovins. En général, les Implants favorisent la déposition de protéines et réduisent la déposition de gras. Cela vient améliorer à la fois le gain de poids et la conversion alimentaire. La déposition de gras nécessite plus que le double de l’énergie alimentaire que la déposition de protéines. De plus, le contenu en eau des tissus musculaires est d’environ 75 %, alors que le gras ne renferme que 25 % d’eau. Cela signifie que pour chaque dix livres de muscles additionnels, environ trois livres proviendront d’aliments secs et sept livres de l’eau. Ce ratio est inversé en ce qui concerne le dépôt de gras (environ sept livres d’aliments secs et trois livres d’eau). Les programmes agressifs d’implantation peuvent venir diminuer la qualité de la carcasse (maturité, cote de persillage, tendreté, et possiblement la couleur de viande maigre), spécifiquement s’ils sont employés chez les mauvais types de bovins. Les implants employés en combinaison avec les ionophores sont efficaces dans les programmes d’engraissement. La recherche a démontré que les implants favorisent une amélioration du gain de poids et de l’efficacité alimentaire ; tandis que l’emploi d’ionophores, en combinaison avec les implants, viendra réduire d’une valeur additionnelle de 7 à 8 % la quantité d’aliments requise pour effectuer un gain de poids donné. L’innocuité des facteurs de croissance a été évaluée par une multitude d’experts et d’agences, incluant Santé Canada, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, et l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture. Tous ont conclu que les hormones peuvent être utilisées en production bovine de manière sécuritaire. Les niveaux retrouvés dans les aliments, tels que la viande de bœuf, sont trop faibles pour poser un risque à la santé humaine. Si on veut placer le tout en perspective, prenons par exemple les niveaux d’oestrogènes retrouvés naturellement dans toutes les plantes et les animaux, en incluant les humains. À partir du tableau ci-après, on constate qu’une personne devrait manger trois millions de hamburgers chaque jour, et dont la viande provident d’un bovin ayant reçu des hormones de croissance, avant qu’il ou elle soit exposé à une quantité moyenne d’oestrogènes produite chez la femme. Les agonistes beta-adrénergiques Étant disponibles commercialement depuis 2004, les agonistes beta-adrénergiques représentent la nouvelle classe de facteurs de croissance. Ces additifs alimentaires ne sont pas des antimicrobiens, et ils n’ont pas un effet similaire et ne sont pas des hormones de reproduction. Par exemple, les médicaments contre l’asthme sont aussi des bêta-agonistes. Le terme ‘agoniste bêta-adrénergique’ est en fait un nom plutôt compliqué, mais qui décrit bien ce que ces produits font. Le terme ‘adrénergique’ signifie ‘qui ressemble à l’adrénaline’. Le mot ‘agoniste’ (soit le terme opposé à antagoniste) veut dire qu’ ‘ils travaillent de manière semblable’. Enfin, le qualificatif ‘bêta’ correspond au récepteur spécifique auquel il se lie sur la surface des cellules musculaires. Ainsi, un agoniste beta-adrénergique est une substance qui vient se lier au récepteur bêta sur le muscle, et qui agit comme s’il s’agissait

d’adrénaline. L’adrénaline redirige le flot sanguin des organes digestifs vers les muscles lors d’une réponse à une agression externe. De manière semblable, les bêta-agonistes redirigent les nutriments, de telle sorte que les tissus musculaires auront une croissance supérieure aux organes internes.

Source: BeefResearch.ca Adapté de Ty Lawrence, Ph.D., 2012 (West Texas A & M University) La situation est semblable pour les implants à base de testostérone; il existe un facteur de sécurité équivalent à plusieurs milliers de fois, en assumant qu’une personne consommerait l’équivalent de 6 à 7 portions de viande de boeuf par jour. Tous les bêta-agonistes approuvés pour utilisation chez les bovins de boucherie (c’est-à-dire la ractopamine, le zilpatérol) augmentent la déposition de protéines (croissance musculaire), le taux de gain, l’efficacité alimentaire et la quantité de viande maigre de la carcasse. Certains bêta-agonistes viennent également réduire le remplacement des protéines (réduisant alors les pertes musculaires), ce qui favorisera une augmentation du rendement de la carcasse. Les betaagonistes sont servis vers la fin de la période d’engraissement, alors que la croissance musculaire ralentit, que la déposition de gras s’accélère et que l’efficacité alimentaire se détériore. Comme cela est vrai pour les programmes agressifs d’implantation, les bêta-agonistes doivent être gérés de manière appropriée, et chez la bonne catégorie de bovins si on veut éviter d’obtenir des conséquences négatives au niveau de la qualité des carcasses. Les avantages liés à l’emploi de bêta-agonistes dans l’alimentation peuvent être perdus si le produit est servi durant une période trop longue, ou encore si le délai entre la date de retrait du produit et la date d’abattage est trop long. Les médias font souvent état des préoccupations à l’égard de l’emploi des bêta-agonistes chez les bovins. De même, certains pays importateurs possèdent une politique de “tolérance zéro” envers certains types de bêta-agonistes, ce qui représente un enjeu important lors de négociations commerciales. En réalité, une personne devrait consommer plus de 180 portions de viande de boeuf par jour, ou encore 30 portions de foie par jour, provenant d’animaux ayant reçu des bêtaagonistes, si on veut obtenir le même effet qu’une dose de médicament contre l’asthme. Détermination du poids de finition La détermination du poids de finition d’un bovin constitue un élément clé de l’efficacité alimentaire. Lorsque le taux de gain d’un animal diminue, la plupart des aliments consommés sont convertis en gras non nécessaire plutôt qu’en viande maigre. Les producteurs peuvent peser et suivre leurs animaux individuellement ou encore des enclos de bovins, afin de mesurer le taux de gain et de déterminer le moment où l’animal aura atteint son poids de finition. Effet génétique En plus des diverses pratiques de régie permettant d’optimiser l’efficacité alimentaire dans les parcs d’engraissement, il est tout aussi important de sélectionner des bovins qui possèdent une génétique favorable au niveau de l’efficacité alimentaire. Beaucoup de recherches ont été réalisées afin de faire un progrès génétique plus rapide et en mesurant la consommation alimentaire résiduelle (« RFI »). Enfin, la production de sujets terminaux via la pratique des croisements permet également d’accroître le taux de gain, le niveau de classement et le rendement en viande maigre de la carcasse. Cet article a été fourni par le Conseil de recherché sur les bovins de boucherie. Si vous désirez participer à la conversation, transmettez votre message au www.BeefResearch.ca

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Title Sponsors:

New Holland Canadian Simmental Association Ontario Simmental Association Simmental Country Young Canadian Simmental Association

Diamond Sponsor:

Maxwell Land & Livestock

Platinum Sponsor:

Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd. DLMS East Central Ontario Simmental Association Ontario Young Canadian Simmental Association RK Animal Supplies

Gold Sponsors:

Anchor D Ranch Simmentals Beef Farmers of Ontario Black River Farms Ferme Gagnon Inc. Genex

National Classic Sponsor List

Kawartha Lakes Agri- Services M & J Farms Nolara Farms Ontario Simm-Bells Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Ottawa Valley Young Canadian Simmental Peterborough County Cattlemen’s Association River Point Cattle Company Sully’s Farm TD Canada Trust V5 Simmentals

Silver Sponsors:

Barlee Simmentals Carew’s Simmentals Carl & Laurie Wright Cedar Creek Simmentals Destiny Simmentals Donovandale Farms Dr. Everett & Marylon Hall Dr. Victoria Crane & Mike Thomas Elm Tree Farms Farm Credit Canada

The T Bar Invitational continues to support the youth of the beef industry through Junior Associations. The Canadian Simmental Association’s General Manager, Bruce Holmquist presented a cheque to the YCSA on behalf of T Bar C during the CSA’s AGM Banquet in Lindsay, Ontario. YCSA’s President, Sophie Wotten accepted the cheque on behalf of the Junior Association for $11,090.02! Thank you to all the sponsors of the tournament and T Bar C for your continued support.

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Farmstead Gallery Foley Simmentals Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Grand Valley Fortifiers Hi-Tech Farms Indian River Cattle Company Kenpal Farm Products Inc. Kingfield Farms Maple Key Farm Mar Mac Farms Marywood Breeders Group McCormack Family Ranch McIntosh Ranch Navan Fair Ontario Simmental Bells Robson Acres Spruce Grove Cattle Company Starfra Feeds & Shur Gain Triple Rose Simmentals Victoria Cattlemen’s Association Western Producer Whitewater Livestock

Wild Oak Farms Xcel Livestock

Bronze Sponsors:

Anne & Harold Cheslock Gravandale Simmentals New Life Mills Norwood Family Farm O’Brien Farms Rick-Sha Farms Sullivan Simmentals Tom Henderson Custom Meat Cutting Transport Claude Lussier

During the 2015 YCSA National Classic in Lindsay, Ontario the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation presented a cheque to the Young Canadian Simmental Association for $15,000. FCSF President Ken Lewis, and FCSF Auction Co-chair Deanne Young presented the cheque on behalf of the Foundation to YCSA Board members Paige Holmquist, Dylan Foley, Cooper Snider, Sophie Wotten, Craig Matthews and Krista Whalen. Thank you to the FCSF for your continued support to our youth!


2015 National Classic

July 30 - August 2 - Lindsay, ON

Thank you to our Showmanship judge Stacy Romanyk and our Conformation Show judge garth Rancier

CONFORMATION CLASSES FEMALE DIvISION hEIFER CALF Heat 1 1. Gus Reid, Moorefield, ON with RK Annie Dew 215C sired by HTP SVF In Dew Time 2. Andreanna Sullivan, Ennismore, ON with Sullys Charm sired by LFE RS Lewis 406W Heat 2 1. Katie Elmhirst, Indian River, ON with IRCC Cherry Bomb 513C sired by Mr HOC Broker 2. Colin Arnold, Thorndale, ON with Wisers Mary Callie 210C sired by STF Killer Joe ZT80 Heat 3 1. Kalie Dufault, Calumet Island, QC with KDL Ciana Sired by KDL Jack Daniels 2. Brittany Caldwell, Ottawa, ON with RPCC BLK Confetti 232C sired by Mr HOC Broker Heat 4 1. Shailey Magee, Colborne, ON with Academy Hill Chloe 2C sired by Mr NLC Upgrade U8676 2. Brittany Caldwell, Ottawa, ON with RPCC BLK Clara 218C sired by Mr HOC Broker Heat 5 1. Owen Elmhirst, Indian River, ON with IRCC Cruel Girl 502C sired by W/C Wide Track 694Y 2. Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON with Donovandale Carefree sired by JDF Harvie Wallbanger 11X Heat 6 1. Morgan MacIntyre, Russel, ON with Xcel Ebonys Cadence 401C sired by Wheatland Bull 468P 2. Blair Williamson, Lambton Shores, ON with RPCC Red Carla 205C sired by WHF Slugger 244S

yEARLINg hEIFER/ juNIOR yEARLINg Heat 1 1. Glenn Murray, Coldwater, ON with IRCC Bubblicious 447B sired by IRCC Zipline 210Z 2. Aubrie Mowat, Ashton, ON with JF Ebonys Joy 4204B sired by LLSF Uprising Z925 Heat 2 1. Jazmine Kreishe, Indian River, ON with IRCC BR Black Licorice sired by Indian River Sandman 2. Craig Matthews, Navan, ON with Fusion Xcel Candy Floss sired by TCCO Mr Tableland 223Z SENIOR yEARLINg Heat 1 1. Stacey Johnston, Iroquois, ON with Hi Tech Busty Babe sired by FBF1 Combustible 2. Sylvia Megens, Goodwood, ON with Stewart Broken Milestone sired by Mr HOC Broker Heat 2 1. Owen Elmhirst, Indian River, ON with IRCC Bombshell 418B sired by Mr HOC Broker 2. Kade Earley, Kerwood, ON with Kade’s Black Knight 69B sired by OLF Otis Y43 Heat 3 1. Morgan MacIntyre, Russel, ON with Erixon Lady 78B sired by Erixon Dealer 63Z 2. Sydney Graul, Brunner, ON with Double Bar D Penny 495B sired by JF American Pride 0987X Heat 4 1. Colin Pearson, Grafton, ON with Academy Hill Buttons 2B sired by BMR Explorer 2. Kaitlyn O’Neill, Priceville, ON with Maplerose Katalina 406B sired by LFEBISS BlackAdvance 426U Heat 5 1. Katie Elmhirst, Indian River, ON with IRCC Ballerina 406B sired by W/C Wide Track 694Y 2. Blair Williamson, Lambton Shores, ON with RPCC BLK Bling 214B sired by Mr HOC Broker Heat 6 1. Sydney Magee, Colborne, ON with Academy Hill Bella 1B sired by BMR Explorer 2. Alysa Mowat, Ashton, ON with JF Ebony’s Joy 401B sired by Mr Hoc Broker

RESERvE ChAMpION yEARLINg hEIFER Kade Earley with Kade’s Black Knight 69B sired by OLF Otis Y43 TwO yEAR OLD COw/CALF pAIR Heat 1 1. Evan Pearson, Grafton, ON with Academy Hill Alabama 10A sired by Mr NLC Upgrade U8676 with her calf Academy Hill Coach 9C sired by GWS Ebony’s Trademark 6N 2. Gus Reid, Moorefield, ON with IRCC Analyze This 337A sired by LMF Movin Forward with her calf RK Annie Dew 215C sired by HTP SVF In Dew Time Heat 2 1. Lucas Williams, Garafraxa, ON with Jetstream Arizona 11A sired by NCB Cobra 47Y with her calf Jetstream Corona 1C sired by Jetstream Zenith 16Z 2. Tate Stillman, Havelock, ON with Red Ribbon Aria sired by Winchester HR P8315 with her calf Tonette Cherry Red sired by BH Right Time 520E MATuRE COw/CALF pAIR Heat 1 1. Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON with JF Ebonys Joy 1217Y sired by SVF Steel Force S701 with her calves Donovandale Chantily Lace and Donovandale Crystal sired by Springcreek Lotto 52Y 2. Shelby Crawford, Glencoe,ON with RPCC Red Yours Truly 231Y sired by WHF Slugger 244S with her calf RPCC Red Cherry Whiskey sired by TNT Bootlegger Z268

ChAMpION hEIFER CALF Katie Elmhirst with IRCC Cherry Bomb 513C sired by Mr HOC Broker

ChAMpION yEARLINg hEIFER Owen Elmhirst with IRCC Bombshell 418B sired by Mr HOC Broker RESERvE ChAMpION hEIFER CALF Owen Elmhirst with IRCC Cruel Girl sired by W/C Wide Track 694Y

ChAMpION COw/CALF pAIR Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON with JF Ebonys Joy 1217Y sired by SVF Steel Force S701 with her calves Donovandale Chantily Lace and Donovandale Crystal sired by Springcreek Lotto 52Y

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commercial division

reserve champion cow/calf pair Evan Pearson with Academy Hill Alabama 10A sired by Mr NLC Upgrade U8676 with her calf Academy Hill Coach 9C sired by GWS Ebony’s Trademark 6N

reserve champion bull calf Brittany Caldwell with RPCC BLK Cornerstone 202C sired by Harvie Boondock 12Z

grand champion female Owen Elmhirst with IRCC Bombshell 418B sired by Mr HOC Broker

junor yearling bull Heat 1 1. Owen Elmhirst, Indian River, ON with IRCC Boomshakalaka 434B sired by Mr HOC Broker 2. Sophie Wotten, Little Britain, ON with Elm Tree Blockbuster 34B sired by Elm Tree Zander 11Z senior yearling bull Heat 1 1. Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON with Donovandale Blaze sired by Remington Lock N Load 54U 2. Andreanna Sullivan, Ennismore, ON with Sully’s B-Boy sired by LFE RS Lewis 337X

reserve grand champion female Kade Earley with Kade’s Black Knight 69B sired by OLF Otis Y43

champion yearling bull Owen Elmhirst with IRCC Boomshakalaka 434B sired by Mr HOC Broker

bull division

reserve champion yearling bull Sophie Wotten with Elm Tree Blockbuster 34B sired by Elm Tree Zander 11Z

bull calf Heat 1 1. Shelby Crawford, Glencoe, ON with RPCC Red Cherry Whiskey sired by TNT Bootlegger Z268 2. Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON with Xcel Ebonys Kingmaker sired by Mr NLC Superior S6018 Heat 2 1. Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON with Donovandale Chippindale sired by Mr HOC Broker 2. Grant Milliner, Duntalk, On with Waydamar Canadian Pharoah sired by TNT R77’s Legacy Z330 Heat 3 1. Brittany Caldwell, Ottawa, ON with RPCC BLK Cornerstone 202C sired by Harvie Boondock 12Z 2. Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON with Donovandale Cool Runnin sired by Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X

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champion commercial heifer calf and reserve champion commercial female Gus Reid with RK Gus’ Dream sired by IRCC Xtra Power 5X

bred and owned division bred and owned heifer calf Heat 1 1. Kalie Dufault, Calumet Island, QC with KDL Ciana sired by KDL Jack Daniels 2. Dylan Foley, Kinburn, ON with DYLN Chasing Dreams sired by Mr HOC Broker bred and owned yearling heifer Heat 1 1. Dylan Foley, Kinburn, ON with DYLN Bonnie sired by LFE FS Lewis 516Z 2. Kade Earley, Kerwood, ON with Kade’s Blossom 24B sired by Elforado Destiny bred and owned mature cow/calf pair Heat 1 Kade Earley, Kerwood, ON with Kades Miss MRL 62Z sired by Jetstream Black Ace 10X with her calf Kade’s Convoy 23C sired by Elforado Destiny

grand champion bull Owen Elmhirst with IRCC Boomshakalaka 434B sired by Mr HOC Broker

grand champion bred and owned female Kade Earley, Kerwood, ON with Kades Miss MRL 62Z sired by Jetstream Black Ace 10X with her calf Kade’s Convoy 23C sired by Elforado Destiny reserve grand champion bull Sophie Wotten with Elm Tree Blockbuster 34B sired by Elm Tree Zander 11Z

champion bull calf Shelby Crawford with RPCC Red Cherry Whiskey sired by TNT Bootlegger Z268

champion yearling heifer and champion commercial female Ashley McConnell with Miss She’s Stylin sired by Monopoly

reserve grand champion bred and owned female Kalie Dufault with KDL Ciana sired by KDL Jack Daniels


gROup CLASSES

ChAMpION gET OF SIRE Katie Elmhirst, Indian River, ON

ChAMpION pROgENy OF DAM Kaylea Donovan, Ashton, ON

ChAMpION bREEDER’S hERD Katie Elmhirst, Indian River, ON

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ChAMpION INTERMEDIATE ShOwMAN Kade Earley, Kerwood, ON

RESERvE ChAMpION INTERMEDIATE ShOwMAN Owen Elmhirst, Indian River, ON

ChAMpION juNIOR ShOwMAN Kate Elmhirst, Indian River, ON

RESERvE ChAMpION NOvICE ShOwMAN Chloe Whalen, Gould, QC

ChAMpION pEEwEE ShOwMAN Grace Fisher, Amherst, NS

RESERvE ChAMpION pEEwEE ShOwMAN Hannah Cameron, Woodville, ON

ChAMpION SENIOR ShOwMAN Evan Pearson, Grafton, ON

RESERvE ChAMpION juNIOR ShOwMAN Alysa Mowat, Ashton, ON

ChAMpION ShOwMAN Evan Pearson, Grafton, ON

RESERvE ChAMpION SENIOR ShOwMAN Clay Howe, Glencoe, ON

ChAMpION NOvICE ShOwMAN Katie Cox, Arnprior, ON

RESERvE ChAMpION ShOwMAN Clay Howe, Glencoe, ON

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hERDSMAN quIz

SENIOR ChAMpION Lisa Reich, Tomahawk, AB

SENIOR ChAMpION Clay Howe, Glencoe, ON

SENIOR ChAMpION Mariah Wotten, Little Brittain, ON

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Kaitlyn O’Neill, Priceville, ON

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Aubrie Mowat, Ashton, ON

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Jeanette Herrema, Goodwood, ON

INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION Owen Elmhirst, Indian River, ON

INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION Ashley McConnell, Kincardine, ON

INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION Sydney Graul, Brunner, ON

INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION Jazmine Kreishe, Indian River, ON

INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION Kade Earley, Kerwood, ON

INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION Nicole Giles, Metcalfe, ON

juNIOR ChAMpION Evan Badham, Kinburn, ON

juNIOR ChAMpION Morgan MacIntyre, Russell,ON

juNIOR ChAMpION Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON

juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON

juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Jamie Lea Wade, Oakwood, ON

juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Austin Badham, Kinburn, ON

NOvICE ChAMpION Colin Arnold, Thorndale, ON

NOvICE ChAMpION Katie Cox, Arnprior, ON

NOvICE ChAMpION Katie Cox, Arnprior, ON

NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION Katie Cox, Arnprior, ON

NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION Colin Arnold, Thorndale, ON

NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION Colin Arnold, Throndale, ON

SCRApbOOkINg

SIRE SuMMARy quIz

TEAM FITTINg

SENIOR ChAMpION Kaitlyn O’Neill, Priceville, ON

SENIOR ChAMpION Mariah Wotten, Little Britain, ON

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Lisa Reich, Tomahawk, AB

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Sophie Wotten, Little Britain, ON

SENIOR ChAMpION TEAM Kaitlyn O’Neill, ON; Holly Sommerville, ON and Clay Howe, ON

INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION Ashley McConnell, Kincardine, ON

INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION Nicole Giles, Metcalfe, ON

INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION Mackenzie Skeels, Rimbey, ON

INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION Wyatt Millar, Grandora, SK

juNIOR ChAMpION Tate Stillman, Havelock, ON

juNIOR ChAMpION Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON

juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Montana Stillman, Havelock, ON

juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Lucas Williams, Garafaxa, ON

NOvICE ChAMpION Chloe Whalen, Gould, QC

NOvICE ChAMpION Katie Cox, Arnprior, ON

NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION Colin Arnold, Thorndale, ON

NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION Colin Arnold, Thorndale, ON

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION TEAM Lisa Reich, AB; Blair Williamson, ON and Katrina Mason, ON INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION TEAM Wyatt Millar, SK; Andreanna Sullivan, ON and Jazmine Kreische ,ON INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION TEAM Mackenzie Skeels, AB; Sydney Magee, ON and Kade Earley, ON juNIOR ChAMpION TEAM Katie Elmhirst, ON; Owen Snider, AB and Jenna Scott, ON juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION TEAM Jamie Lea Wade, ON and Evan Badham, ON NOvICE ChAMpION TEAM Katie Cox, ON; Colin Arnold, ON; Adelynn Fisher, NS and Patrick Cameron, ON NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION TEAM Chloe Whalen, QC; Austyn Peters, MB and Hope Pinkham, ON

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SpIRIT OF ThE ShOw AwARD

SENIOR ChAMpION Dylan Foley, Kinburn, ON

Dylan Foley, Kinburn, ON

SENIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Glenn Murray, Coldwater, ON INTERMEDIATE ChAMpION Ashley McConnell, Kincardine, ON INTERMEDIATE RESERvE ChAMpION Mackenzie Skeels, Rimbey, AB juNIOR ChAMpION Katie Elmhirst, Indian River, ON juNIOR RESERvE ChAMpION Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON

AggREgATES SENIOR AggREgATE Aubrie Mowat, Ashton, ON INTERMEDIATE AggREgATE Mackenzie Skeels, Rimbey, AB juNIOR AggREgATE Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON NOvICE AggREgATE Colin Arnold, Thorndale, ON

NOvICE ChAMpION Hope Pinkham, Metcalfe, ON

NOvICE RESERvE ChAMpION Chloe Whalen, Gould, QC Carey Auction Services_Layout 1 15-07-28 12:49 PM Page 1

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Alberta Junior Wild Rose Classic

COMMERCIAL CLASS

PUREBRED/FULLBLOOD CLASS

CHAMPION COMMERICAL HEIFER CALF Jill McLerie, Spruceview, AB with BCL Nevada 611C

CHAMPION HEIFER CALF Kyle Dodgson, Sangudo, AB with KCSF Betty’s Kisses 72C sired by NCM Cobra 47Y

RESERVE CHAMPION COMMERCIAL HEIFER CALF Kirkland Bullee, Sedgewick, AB with Tikka

RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF Mackenzie Skeels, Rimbey, AB with Anchor D Regan 164C sired by Virginia Maximus

CHAMPION COMMERCIAL YEARLING HEIFER Hanna Gregoire, Westlock, AB with DMDM Catching Fire 430B

CHAMPION YEARLING HEIFER Sara Van Sickle, Mayerthorpe, AB with CDY Sure As Dream 28B sired by 3D Mr Red Sure Fire 449X

RESERVE CHAMPION COMMERCIAL YEARLING HEIFER Cache McLerie, Spruceview, AB with BCL Arizona 434B

RESERVE CHAMPION YEARLING HEIFER Lisa Reich, Tomahawk, AB with RJY Lady Jasmine 51B sired by JHSN The Fleck 59Y

CHAMPION COMMERCIAL TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE Cole McMahon, Galahad, AB with RF On A Mission 327A

CHAMPION BRED AND OWNED Cooper Snider, Viking, AB with Little Man’s Beretta 7B sired by Little Man’s Eyecandy 103Z

RESERVE CHAMPION COMMERCIAL TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE Haylea Jones, Olds, AB with Brain Freeze

RESERVE CHAMPION BRED AND OWNED Garren Skeels, Rimbey, AB with Garren’s Isabelle 29B sired by Virginia Maximus

CHAMPION COMMERCIAL MATURE FEMALE Cathryn Thompson, Sturgeon County, AB with Amethyst RESERVE CHAMPION COMMERCIAL MATURE FEMALE Kayla Jones, Olds, AB with Butterfly Kisses SUPREME CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Cole McMahon, Galahad, AB with RF On A Mission 327A RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Cathryn Thompson, Sturgeon County, AB with Amethyst

CHAMPION MATURE FEMALE Mackenzie Skeels, Rimbey, AB with Anchor D Angelica 132Z sired by Bar 5 SA Stride 413P and her calf Anchor D Macs Elizabeth sired by Anchor D Viper 103W RESERVE CHAMPION MATURE FEMALE Hanna Gregoire, Westlock, AB with LFE BS Just Peachy 637Z sired by LFE BS Lewis 322U and her calf DMDM Peaches 547C sired by LFE Commander 452Z

July 23-26, 2015

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE AND SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE Sara Van Sickle, Mayerthorpe, AB with SKORS Ms Olivia 32A sired by 3D Blk Full Throttle 483X and her calf SKV Charisma 9C sired by SS Ebony’s Intuition

RESERVE CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE AND RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE Cole Dodgeson, Sangudo, AB with Harvie Ugly Betty 172A sired by Harvie Lucky Seven 167Y with her calf KCSF Betty’s Kisses 72C sired by NCB Cobra 47Y

Lacombe, AB

SUPREME CHAMPION BULL Kyle Dodgson, Sangudo, AB with Cottage Lake Broker Face sired by Mr HOC Broker

RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION BULL Sara Van Sickle, Mayerthorpe, AB with SKV Carbon 14 31C sired by TLSS Avenger 1242 JUDGES Shannon Eaton Jenine Ruzicka Ashley Berkholtz Stacy Romanyk

CHAMPION BULL CALF Sara Van Sickle, Mayerthorpe, AB with SKV Carbon 14 31C sired by TLSS Avenger 1242

Anita Lischewski Debbie Snider

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF Cooper Snider, Viking, AB with Snider’s Blk List 7C

Debbie Gregoire Maureen Mappin-Smith Carol High

CHAMPION YEARLING BULL Kyle Dodgson. Sangudo, AB with Cottage Lake Broker Face sired by Mr HOC Broker

CHAMPION COMMERCIAL BULL CALF Cole McMahon, Galahad, AB with Bond

Allen “Buck” Thompson Christine Boake JoAnna Herbert

RESERVE CHAMPION COMMERCIAL BULL CALF Haylea Jones, Olds, AB with Slush Puppy

SHOWMANSHIP

Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup

PEE WEE CHAMPION Carson Baker, Neepawa RESERVE PEE WEE CHAMPION Colter Sprung, Manitou JUNIOR CHAMPION Katie Falconer, Hartney RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION Wyatt Inglis, Rapid City INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION Justin Carvey, Alexander RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION Naomi Best, Harding SENIOR CHAMPION Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION Justin Kristjansson, Forrest

SIMMENTAL

CLASS 3 - SIMMENTAL TWO YEAR OLD 1. Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale

CLASS 4 - SIMMENTAL COW CALF CLASS 1. James Reid, Brandon JUNIOR CHAMPION Cody Carson, Rossburn RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION Emily Speers, Alexander SENIOR CHAMPION Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION James Reid, Brandon CHAMPION SIMMENTAL FEMALE Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale, with LRX Ms Black 91A and calf RESERVE CHAMPION SIMMENTAL FEMALE James Reid, Brandon, with Cherry Creek Monika and calf

CLASS 1 - SIMMENTAL HEIFER CALF 1. Jonathan Karsin

CHAMPION SIMMENTAL BULL CALF Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale, with MRK 3C

CLASS 2 - SIMMENTAL YEARLING HEIFER 1. Cody Carson, Rossburn 2. Emily Speers, Alexander

RESERVE CHAMPION SIMMENTAL BULL CALF James Reid, Brandon, with JRS Junior

July 31-August 2, 2015 COMMERCIAL CATTLE DIVISION CLASS 1 - HEIFER CALF 1. Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale 2. Gracie Falconer, Hartney CLASS 2A - COMMERCIAL YEARLING HEIFERS 1. Sami Kringle, Roblin 2. Electra Breault, Toutes Aides CLASS 2B - COMMERCIAL YEARLING HEIFERS 1. Hayley Brownell, Redvers 2. Taylor Carbey, Alexander CLASS 3 - COMMERCIAL TWO YEAR OLD 1. Electra Breault, Toutes Aides CLASS 4 - COMMERCIAL COW CALF 1. Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale 2. Gracie Falconer, Hartney CLASS 6A - FAT STEERS 1. Justin Carbey, Alexander 2. Bobbi Jo Foster, Dropmore CLASS 6B - FAT STEERS 1. Brooklyn Hedley, Rapid City 2. Raina Syrnyk, Ethelbert CHAMPION FAT STEER Justin Carvey, Alexander

Neepawa, MB RESERVE CHAMPION FAT STEER Brooklyn Hedley, Rapid City JUNIOR CHAMPION FEMALE Haley Brownell, Eriksdale RESERVE JUNIOR FEMALE Taylor Carvey, Alexander SENIOR CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Kolton McIntosh RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION COMMERICAL FEMALE Gracie Falconer GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION COMMERCIAL FEMALE Haley Brownell, Redvers

GRAND AGGREGATES PEE WEE CHAMPION Carson Baker, Neepawa JUNIOR CHAMPION Taylor Carlson, Elm Creek INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION Naomi Best, Harding SENIOR CHAMPION Raina Syrnyk, Ethelbert JUDGES Chad Haaland, SK Cody Allison, MB

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Simmeron Ranch Martin Skaret 1-56021 RGE. RD. 261 Sturgeon County Alberta, T8R 0V9 Ph: 780-939-3248 Cell: 780 913 7963 mskaret@xplornet.com www.simmeronranch.ca

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BARRY & BRENDA LABATTE Box 72 Gladmar, Sask. S0C 1A0 www.labattesimmentals.com Ph: (306)969-4820 labatte.simm@sasktel.net Cell: (306) 815-7900

Dave and Krista Erixon 306-270-2893

erixonsimmentals@sasktel.net www.erixonsimmentals.com Box 156 Clavet, SK S0K 0Y0 Red & Black Simmentals

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23401 Big Bend Rd. Newbury, ON N0L 1Z0 Ron & Linda 519.695.6124 Mike & Melissa 226.268.0520

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What’s Happening October

Oct. 1 November/December Winter Issue Advertising Deadline Oct. 1 2016 CSA Calendar Advertising Deadline Oct. 1-4 River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale LiveAuctions.TV Oct. 2 Bar 5 Extravaganza “Frozen Genetics Sale” Markdale, ON Oct. 3 Bar 5 Farms Extravaganza Fall Production Sale Markdale, ON Oct. 7 Anchor D Ranch Simmental Sired Calf Sale Ponoka, AB Oct. 9 Anchor D Ranch Simmental Sired Calf Sale Dawson Creek, BC Oct. 10 Expo Boeuf - National Simmental Show Victoriaville, PQ Oct. 13-14 Livestock Gentec Annual Conference Edmonton, AB Oct. 16 Anchor D Ranch Pasture Treasures Rimbey, AB Oct. 16-18 Elm Tree Farms 1st Annual “Endless Possibilites” Online Sale LiveAuctions.TV Oct. 17 Ottawa Valley Simmental Club Harvest Sale Metcalfe, ON Oct. 22 - 26 WLB Livestock’s 3rd Internet Female Sale LiveAuctions.TV Oct. 24 Edam Fall Fair Commercial Cattle Show Edam, SK Oct. 24 Partners For Progress Sale Shefford, PQ Oct. 24 Annual Saltwater Classic Sale Nappan, NS Oct. 26 Rust Mountain Vew Ranch “Queens of the Pasture” Female Sale Turtle Lake, ND Oct. 29-31 Manitoba Livestock Expo Brandon, MB Oct. 31 The Magnolia Classic 2015 Starkville, MS

November

Nov. 1 Spring Evaluation Data Entry Deadline Nov. 5-8 Lloydminster Stockade Roundup Lloydminster, SK Nov. 6 Stockade Roundup Fall Fusion All-Breed Sale Lloydminster, SK Nov. 6-15 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Toronto, ON Nov. 6 Royal Elite All Breeds Sale Toronto, ON Nov. 10-15 Farmfair International Edmonton, AB Nov. 12 Simmental Show & Simmental Draft, Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB Nov. 14 Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 35th Annual Sale Cypress River, MB Nov. 15 Central Invitational Simmental Sale Woodville, ON Nov. 15 Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale Campbellsburg, KY Nov. 18-21 Futures One Online Simmental Sale LiveAuctions.TV Nov. 19 Maronda Simmentals Complete Bred Female and Walking Herdsire Dispersal Olds, AB Nov. 19 Chittick Family Ranch 100% Online Fall Bred Female Sale DLMS

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Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale Ponoka, AB Western Harvest Simmental Heifer Sale Innisfail, AB Canadian Western Agribition Regina, SK 45th Annual Agribition Simmental Sale Regina, SK Marywood Classic Bull & Female Sale Listowel, ON Harvest Hoedown Simmental Heifer Sale Neepawa, MB

December

Dec. 1 Commercial Country January Issue Advertising Deadline Dec. 1 Camrose Country Classic Camrose, AB Dec. 4 Lonestone Farms Red Angus & Simmental Bred Heifer Dispersal Westlock, AB Dec. 5 Wolfe Farms 11th Annual Bull & Female production Sale Valleyview, AB Dec. 7-13 IRCC Xmas Internet Sale -CANCELLED LiveAuctions.TV Dec. 7 The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Sale Lloydminster, SK Dec. 7 M&S Cattle Co Complete Purebred & Commercial Herd Dispersal Lloydminster, SK Dec. 8 37th Annual Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Dec. 10 Transcon’s 38th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 11 2015 MRL Herdbuilder Female Sale Carievale, SK Dec. 12 Hartman Cattle Co Customer Appreciation Female Sale Tecumseh, NE Dec. 13 Mar Mac Farms New Generation Red & Black Angus, Simmental Female Sale Brandon, MB Dec. 14 Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Dec. 15 2016 Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Deadline Dec. 15 Bonchuk Farms Fall Female Production Sale Virden, MB Dec. 15 22nd Annual Southern Alberta Simmental Round Up Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Dec. 18 4th Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale Olds, AB Dec. 19 Checkers Simmental Sale Ponoka, AB Dec. 19 Transcon’s National Trust On Ice Chapter VIII Sale Red Deer, AB Dec. 20 Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation, Fullblood Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Dec. 20 Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XVIII Red Deer, AB Dec. 22 Spring Creek “Golden Opportunity II” Female Sale Moosomin, SK Dec. 31 New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale Volume IV Saskatoon, SK

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February Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 Feb. 26 Feb. 27 Feb. 29 Feb. 29

Hill 70 Quantock Ranch “Barn Burnin” Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Janzen Ranches 23rd Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Rosemary, AB 17th Annual Genetic Edge Bull Sale Rimbey, AB Kenner Simmental 20th Annual Production Sale Leeds, ND Diamond M Ranch 4th Annual Bull Sale Estevan, SK Rendezvous Farms “Holiday Monday” Simmental Bull & Female Sale Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Jeans & Genetics Bull Sale Ponoka, AB M&J Farms Simmental & Angus Bull & Female Sale Russell, MB 27th Mader Ranches Bull & Female Sale Carstairs, AB Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale Virden, MB 2nd Annual Select Opportunity Simmental Bull & Female Sale Olds, AB Rainalta & Guest Charolais & Simmental Sale 10th Annual Crossroad Farms Bull Sale Shell Lake, SK 11th Annual Robb Hoegl Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull & Female Sale Westlock, AB Lewis Farms 31st Annual Bull Sale Spruce Grove, AB 14th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale Shellbrook, SK Simmental Summit 4th Annual Bull Sale Bentley, AB

March. 1 March. 2 March. 2 March. 4 March. 5 March 5 March. 6 March. 7 March. 7 March. 8 March. 9 March. 9

Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Sale Grenfell, SK Erixon Simmentals Annual Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK 21st Annual Herd Master Bull Sale Camrose, AB LaBatte Simmentals with Guests, Meadow Acres Farm 36th Annual Bull & Female Sale Moose Jaw, SK 22nd Annual McMillen Ranching Production Sale Carievale, SK MCG Simmentals & RACK Red Angus 9th Annual Bull Sale, Stavely, AB R+ Simmentals Annual Bull Sale Estevan, SK Ashworth Farm & Ranch Simmental Sale Oungre, SK Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale Innisfail, AB 7th Annual Harvie Ranching Bull Sale Olds, AB Mar Mac Farms & Guests Bull Sale Brandon, MB 26th Annual Sunny Valley Simmental Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK

March

March. 9 March. 10 March. 10 March. 11 March. 12 March. 12 March. 12 March. 13 March. 14 March. 14 March. 15 March. 16 March. 17 March. 18 March. 18 March. 19 March. 19 March. 21 March. 22 March. 22 March. 24 March. 25 March. 28 March. 29 March. 29

Skor Simmentals 14th Annual Red & Black Bull Sale Camrose, AB 13th Annual Westway & Deeg Bull Sale Olds, AB Spring Creek’s “In Pursuit of Perfection” Bull Sale Moosomin, SK Northern Classic Charolais & Simmental Sale Grande Prairie, AB 3rd Annual Next Generation Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK 5th Annual Synergie Bull Sale Ste-Sophie de Levrard, PQ Ranchlands Simmental Bull Sale Stavely, AB Rebels of the West Simmental Bull Sale Virden, MB Genetic Source Simmental Bull Sale Brandon, MB South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Moose Jaw, SK Kuntz Stoughton McIntosh SAJ Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB Get-A-Grip Angus and Simmental Bull & Female Sale Forestburg, AB Porter Ranches Bull Sale Stony Plain, AB Family Tradition Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale Dropmore, MB Ferme Gagnon Inc & Guests Annual Bull Sale Cheneville, PQ Proudly Western Bull Sale Whitewood, SK Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale Red Deer, AB WLB Livestock’s 12th Annual Simmental & Polled Hereford Bull Sale Douglas, MB City View Simmentals & Ivanhoe Angus 6th Annual Bull Sale Moose Jaw, SK Wheatland Land & Cattle Co Annual Bull Sale Bienfait, SK Rust Mountain View Ranch “Ace in the Hole” Bull Sale Turtle Lake, ND Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale MFR Genetic Destination Bull Sale Grenfell, SK 20th Annual U2 Ranch Bull & Female Sale High River, AB

April. 3 April. 9 April. 11 April. 13

Best of the Breeds Bull Sale Yorkton, SK 41st Annual Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale Fir Mountain, SK Spirit of the North Spiritwood, SK Southview Ranch Bull Sale Ceylon, SK

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ABC Cattle Co................................................ 44 Adair Ranch.................................................... 41 Afri-Can Simmentals....................................... 46 Alameda Agencies Ltd.................................... 50 Alliance Simmental Farms.............................. 47 Alta Genetics.................................................. 51 Anchor D Ranch............................................. 41 Applecross...................................................... 41 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd.......................... 44 Aumack Simmentals....................................... 45 B Bar C Simmentals....................................... 14 Bar 5 Farms Ltd./Circle 3 Genetics................ 47 Bar CL Livestock............................................ 41 Beagle Simmentals......................................... 41 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals.......................... 41 Big Rock Simmentals..................................... 41 Black River Farms...................................... 8, 47 BlackSand Cattle Company............................ 46 Blushrose Simmental Farm............................ 45 Bohrson Marketing Services............... 16, 28, 51 Bonchuk Farms.............................................. 47 Bouchard Livestock International........... 4, 5, 51 Bova-Tech Ltd................................................. 51 Bow Valley Genetics....................................... 51 BS Ranch....................................................... 41 Cameo Farms................................................. 14 Canadian Bull Congress................................. 50 Canadian Cattlemen....................................... 50 Carey, Brent W......................................... 39, 50 Circle G Simmentals & Angus........................ 41 City View Simmentals..................................... 45 C-K Simmentals.............................................. 14 Clearwater Simmentals.................................. 41 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh.................................. 47 Crossroad Farms............................................ 45 Czech-Mate Livestock.............................. 15, 41 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd.......... 51 Deeg Simmentals........................................... 41 Destiny Simmentals........................................ 47 Diamond T Simmentals.................................. 42 Dodge........................................................... IBC Don Heggie Simmentals................................. 42 Donovandale Simmentals............................... 48 Dora Lee Genetics.......................................... 48 Dorran Marketing Inc...................................... 50 Dorran, Steve................................................. 50 Double Bar D Farms............................... IFC, 45 Double G Simmentals..................................... 45 Double H Cattle Company................................ 8 Downey Farms............................................... 47 DP Sales Management................................... 51 Dunc’s Cattle Co......................................... 9, 48 Dwayann Simmentals..................................... 48 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals................................ 42 East Poplar Simmentals................................. 45 Edge, Dean..................................................... 50 EDN Simmentals............................................ 45 Elliott Simmentals........................................... 14 Elm Tree Farms.............................................. 48 Erixon Simmentals.......................................... 45 Fallen Timber Farms...................................... 41 Ferme Gagnon............................................... 49 Ferme Saro Farm........................................... 49 Flying N Cattle and Feed................................ 50 Foley Simmentals........................................... 48 54

Four Starr Simmentals.................................... 23 Genex Cooperataive, Inc................................ 51 Giebelhaus Simmentals.................................. 14 GJR Simmentals............................................. 45 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd...................... 50 Gravandale Simmentals................................. 48 Greystone Cattle Company............................ 14 Grinalta Farms.......................................... 14, 42 H.S. Knill Company Limited............................ 50 Hairy Hill Cattle Co......................................... 42 Hallridge Simmentals...................................... 48 Hannah Simmentals................................. 15, 42 Harvie Ranching............................................. 42 High Bluff Stock Farm..................................... 47 High Country Cattle Services......................... 42 Hi-Tech Farms................................................ 48 Hoegel Simmentals........................................ 45 Indian River Cattle Co.................................... 48 Janzen Ranches............................................. 42 Jetstream Livestock........................................ 48 JNR Farms..................................................... 42 Keato Meadow Simmentals............................ 42 Kin Kin Cattle Co............................................ 42 Kopp Farms.................................................... 47 Kuntz Simmental Farm................................... 45 LaBatte Simmentals....................................... 45 Langer Fleckvieh............................................ 15 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals.................................. 45 Lazy S Ranch Inc........................................... 42 Lewis Farms............................................ 42, BC Little Creek Farm, LLC................................... 19 Little Willow Creek Ranch............................... 45 Lobster Point Farms....................................... 49 Lone Stone Farms.......................................... 42 M & J Farms................................................... 47 M & R Cattle Co.............................................. 43 MacKenzie Cattle Company........................... 42 Mader Ranches.............................................. 42 Maple Key Farm............................................. 48 Mappin Simmentals........................................ 43 Mar Mac Farms........................................ 17, 47 Maronda Simmentals........................................ 5 Masterfeeds................................................ 3, 49 Maxwell Simmentals....................................... 43 McCormack Family Ranch............................. 45 MCG Simmentals........................................... 43 McIntosh Livestock......................................... 46 McManus Simmentals.................................... 47 McMillen Ranching Ltd................................... 46 Meadow Acres Farms..................................... 46 MI Simmentals................................................ 42 Mitchell Cattle Co........................................... 41 Moonshine Simmentals.................................. 14 Muirhead Cattle Co......................................... 46 New Holland..................................................... 1 New World Simmentals.................................. 14 North Creek Simmentals................................ 46 North Hill Simmentals..................................... 43 O Double E Simmentals................................. 43 O’Brien Farms................................................ 48 O’Grady Steel................................................. 49 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group.................. 43 Oslanski Simmental Farms............................. 43 Outlaw Cattle Co............................................ 15 Parkhill Ranches............................................. 43

Parview Stock Farms...................................... 43 Pearson Simmentals...................................... 43 Pheasantdale Simmentals.............................. 46 Phillips Farms................................................. 49 Pine Creek Simmentals.................................. 43 Porter Ranches............................................... 43 Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais................... 43 Rancier Farms................................................ 43 Rendezvous Farms........................................ 47 Rick-Sha Farm.................................................. 9 River Point Cattle Co...................................... 48 Riverbank Farm.............................................. 47 Robb Farms.................................................... 46 Robson Acres................................................. 48 Rust Mountain View Ranch........................ 7, 49 SAJ Simmentals............................................. 46 Saugeen Acres............................................... 43 Schatz Simmentals......................................... 43 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals................... 44 Skeels, Dan.................................................... 50 Skor Simmentals............................................ 44 Southpaw Cattle Company............................. 44 Spring Creek Simmentals/Red Rose Angus... 46 Spring Lake Simmentals................................. 44 Spruce View Acres......................................... 14 Starwest Farms........................................ 15, 41 Steen Agencies............................................... 50 Stewart Simmentals........................................ 48 Stillwater Simmentals..................................... 14 Stock, Mark..................................................... 50 Stockmens Insurance..................................... 50 Stone Simmentals.......................................... 44 Stoughton Farms............................................ 46 Sullivan Simmentals....................................... 49 Sun Rise Simmentals..................................... 46 Sun Star Simmentals...................................... 44 Sunny Valley Simmentals............................... 46 Swan Lake Farms........................................... 46 Swantewitt Simmentals.................................. 44 T Bar C Cattle Company.......................... 14, 51 Timberlind Auctions........................................ 50 Todd Simmentals............................................ 49 Transcon Livestock Corp.................. 15, 51, IBC Trevor’s Cowpix.............................................. 50 Triple Rose Simmentals............................. 8, 48 Tryon Simmentals........................................... 49 TSN Livestock................................................ 47 Twin Brae Simmentals.................................... 47 Twin Butte Simmentals................................... 44 Tymarc Livestock...................................... 15, 44 Virginia Ranch.......................................... 15, 44 W2 Farms....................................................... 46 Weldehaven Farms........................................ 49 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company.................... 44 Westway Farms Ltd........................................ 44 Wild Oak Farms.............................................. 49 Windy Knoll Farm........................................... 49 WJ Simmentals............................................... 44 WLB Livestock................................................ 11 Wolfe Farms................................................... 44 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh............................................ 44 Wright’s ProRich Seeds.................................. 47 Wyvern Cattle Co........................................... 14 Xcel Livestock............................................. 9, 49 XRC Simmentals............................................ 46


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CSA Directors

President Lacey Fisher Amherst, NS P: (902) 661-0766 C: (902) 664-6206 timberwoodfarms@ seasidehighspeed.com

Maureen Mappin-Smith Byemoor, AB P: (403) 579-2175 C: (403) 321-0501 silversmithcattle@yahoo.com

First Vice-President David Milliner Dundalk, ON P: (519) 923-9188 C: (519) 375-0122 dgmilliner@everus.ca Second Vice-President Lee McMillen Carievale, SK P: (306) 928-4820 C: (306) 483-8067 mrbulls@gmail.com

Provincial Associations

British Columbia President Lorne Webster Abbotsford, BC P/F: (604) 823-6797 Secretary Kelly Ashworth Jan Wisse Oungre, SK P: (604) 794-3684 P: (306) 456-2749 Alberta C: (306) 861-2013 President jashworth@sasktel.net Kyle Lewis Spruce Grove, AB Blair McRae P: (780) 220-9188 Brandon, MB kyle@lewisfarms.ca P: (204) 728-3058 C: (204) 729-5439 Office Contact marmac@inetlink.ca Heather Saucier Airdrie, AB Garth Rancier P: (403) 861-6352 Killam, AB F: (403) 948-2059 P: (780) 385-2425 saucierh@telus.net C: (780) 385-5313 Promotion / Fieldperson rancierfarms@xplornet.ca Chuck Groeneveld Dan Skeels High River, AB Rimbey, AB P: (403) 938-7843 P: (403) 843-4756 barnboss@telus.net C: (403) 783-1217 Saskatchewan anchordranch@albertahighspeed.net President Ryan Lundberg Francis Gagnon Eastend, SK Cheneville, QC P: (306) 295-7999 P: (819) 428-3502 ryan_lundberg2@hotmail.com C: (514) 975-3722 francis_gagnon0407@hotmail.com Secretary Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

Manitoba President Everett Olson Rapid City, MB P: (204) 826-2643 everettolson@mymts.com Secretary Donalee Jones P: (204) 529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com Ontario President Tina Hiddink Bloomfield, ON P: (613) 399-3239 wildoak@xplornet.ca Quebec Président Sylvain Lambert La Presentation, PQ P: (450) 796-5914 Secretaire Sandra Berthiaume Saint-Garmain, QC P/F (819) 395-4453 sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca Maritimes President Don Godfrey Meadow Bank, PEI P: (902) 566-3613 Secretary Jennie Mutch P: (902) 388-1613 jenniemutch@gmail.com

CSA Staff General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com Industry & Member Services Meghan Black P: (506) 324-4825 mblack@simmental.com Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com Receptionist & Member Services Devra Leavitt reception@simmental.com YCSA & CSA Programs Coordinator Carla Schmitt P: (306) 221-7950 cschmitt@simmental.com

Table of Contents Publication Information................................. 2

Maritime News...............................................29

From The Gatepost........................................6

Ontario News.................................................30

From the Director’s Chair..............................10

Member Announcements...............................31

Women in Simmental Country.......................12

Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency (French)...32

Vet’s Advice...................................................18

YCSA Newsletter...........................................34

The Members.................................................20

2015 National Classic Show..........................35

Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency..............24

Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup.....................40

From The Gatepost (French)..........................26

Alberta Wildrose Classic................................40

Alberta News.................................................27

What’s Happening..........................................52

Saskatchewan News.......................................28

Advertisers Index...........................................54

Manitoba News..............................................29

Canadian Simmental Association Contacts...55

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