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Fall Production Sale Featuring...

Ontario Fleckvieh Forum XVIII 1 PM • Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bar 5 Sale Barns, Markdale, ON

Mark Your Calendar and Don’t Miss This Exciting Sale

CO 217Y KYKSO HAPED RPF P-10 FIRST CHOICE Sire: BHR DRACO SA 628N DAM: RPF SIERRA T23 AI-AI RINA BAR 5 SA SISTER 803M

Here are Some of the Feature Sale Calves

CO 407Y EXODUS Sire: SALERIKA EKSELLENT TOVERBERG RAGEL

KYKSO BANO Dam: LEEUPOORT MELBA LEEUPOORT MELBIE

CO 802Y LEEUPOORT LASTIG PROM-BUSCHBRUNN HELVAS Sire: LEEUPOORT BRITS Dam: HOLZER IDA SALERIKA BRITTA BUSCHBRUNN INSTINKT

CO 805Y LEEUPOORT LASTIG UITSUIP CHEVA 01 Sire: LEEUPOORT WILKO Dam: RAAP N SKRAAP MARDA LEEUPOORT BRITTVAN RAAP-N-SKRAAP MARKA

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Ron & Carla Nolan Owners

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Bruce Holmquist CEO of Programming and External Relations Cell: 403-988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com

Barb Judd CEO of Office Management Phone: 403-250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com

Margo Cartwright Marketing Coordinator Phone: 403-250-5255 mcartwright@simmental.com

Darryl Snider Western Sale Representative Cell: 403-803-6532 sniderd@telus.net

Jane Crawford Eastern Sale Representative Phone: 519-287-5286 Cell: 519-317-5263 jane.cattle@gmail.com

Volume 33, Number 3

#13, 4101 19th St. N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Phone: 403-250-5255 Fax: 403-250-5121 Website: www.simmentalcountry.com Email: country@simmental.com Canadian Simmental Country Deadlines October 2012 Issue November/December Winter 2012 Issue February 2013 “Herd Sire” Issue March/April/May “Spring 2013” Issue “Queens of the Pasture” 2013 Issue

Material Deadline: September 1, 2012 Material Deadline: October 1, 2012 Material Deadline: January 1, 2013 Material Deadline: April 1, 2013 Material Deadline: July 1, 2013

Commercial Country Deadlines September 2012 Issue January 2013 Issue

Material Deadline: August 1, 2012 Material Deadline: December 1, 2012

Mailing Dates - Each issue will be mailed on or about the first of the month. Simmental Country, mailed as second class, assumes no responsibility for actual receipt date. Production & Ad Copy Changes – Special production requests and ad copy changes may be subject to extra charges. Charges will apply on an individual basis. Layouts & Proofs - Requests for special layouts should be in the Simmental Country office by the 21st day of the second month preceding publication. Although every effort will be made to provide proofs on all ads, proofs are guaranteed only if all ad material arrives in the Country office prior to deadline. Advertising Content - The Simmental Country assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and truthfulness of submitted advertising copy or electronically supplied pictures and has the right to refuse any ad copy or photos. Advertisers shall indemnify and hold harmless the Country containing pedigrees or statements regarding performance must conform to records kept by the Canadian Simmental Association. Copy deviating from official records may be changed as necessary without advertiser consent. Editorial Policy - Articles and information in this magazine represent the opinions of the writers and the information that, to the best of our knowledge, was accurate at the time of writing. Users of any information contained in Simmental Country are encouraged to validate that information by independent means. Subscription Rates Canada AB, SK, MB, QC add 5 per cent to all fees for GST USA $40 + applicable taxes per year BC add 12 per cent to all fees for HST $65 per year U.S. funds $75 + applicable taxes for two years ON, NB, NFLD add 13 per cent to all fees for HST Foreign $130 per year (GST included) NS add 15 per cent to all fees for HST Canadian funds

Published for: Canadian Simmental Association #13 , 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Phone: 403-250-7979 Fax: 403-250-5121 Published by:

Emily Grey

YCSA Coordinator Phone: 819-875-3205 Fax: 819-564-4652 emilygrey29@hotmail.com

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The official publication of the Canadian Simmental Association

4-3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7G9 Office: 306-934-9696 Fax: 306-934-0744 www.todayspublishing.com Editor: Bryan Kostiuk Marketing: Ted Serhienko & Chris Poley Accounting: Mina Serhienko & Treena Ballantyne Circulation: Debbie Thiessen Production: Tiffany Peters, Melissa McRae, Terra Montes & Cherise Tuzikova

Please Return Undeliverable Copies To: Canadian Simmental Association #13 , 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Phone: 403-250-7979 Fax: 403-250-5121 Publication Mail Agreement #40012794 © 2012 Simmental Country (1997) Ltd. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the Canadian Simmental Association.


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Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests Production Sale XVI Saturday, September 29, 2012 1:00 PM At the Farm

FGAF Barbarella 845Y

FGAF Barbarella 839L X CHAMPS Trilogy 66W Bred to Double Bar D Spitfire 20X

FGAF Barbarella 803Y

FGAF Barbarbella 839L X PORTER’S Reserve 20R Bred to DOUBLE BAR D Spitfire 20X

For a complete catalogue check online at the end of August www.transconlivestock.com or www.fermegagnoninc.com

FGAF Coronita 817Y

CEN Miss Perfect X CHAMPS Trilogy 66W Bred to FGAF Babrbossa 707X Yves

Francis

Cell: 514-952-6200

Cell: 514-975-3722

Yves et Diane Gagnon 426 route 315, Chénéville Québec J0V 1E0 Tel: 819-428-3502 Fax: 819-428-4967 ferme_gagnon_farm@hotmail.com 4


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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist CEO of Programming and External Relations

Simmental is the “Place to Be” The 2012 bull sale season has solidified its place in the record books as one of the best in the Canadian beef industry with many phenomenal Simmental sales leading the pack. Last year, of the 53 sales from January 1 to April 8 reported to Simmental Country there were 2527 Simmental bulls that sold for a total of $11,082,338 to average $4385.57. 2011 was an excellent year and an indication of the increasing demand for Simmental genetics by Canadian beef producers. That being said, this year has well surpassed 2011. During the same reporting period in 2012 there were 48 Simmental sales that sold 2684 bulls for a gross of $14,440,943 to average $5378.87. That is an increase of $993.30 per bull across the board while selling 157 more bulls. That is absolutely incredible and there has never been a time in the history of this or any other breed when more bulls have sold for more dollars! It’s a great time to be a Simmental breeder and we need to be telling the world that. Along with the great sale averages this year there were also several high selling bulls that will be going into some of the best purebred herds in the country. Simmental genetics are becoming a must have in progressive cattle herds. What is surprising is the lack of follow-up promotion not only thanking the buyers that purchased these bulls but also in continuing to promote breeding programs through

communicating the success that many Simmental breeders have attained in the last year. It seems that for some there may be a sense of complacency already setting in – the thinking that this may be the new norm and that we are in a new era where we no longer need to aggressively promote our product. Although Simmental as a breed has enjoyed popularity of late and is being highly sought after this does not mean that this trend will remain without hard work and promotion. We all must be focused on continuing to build upon our successes and effectively communicate the value of Simmental genetics to the entire beef industry. If we hope to attract new breeders to the Simmental breed we must use every opportunity to tell prospective purchasers not only the benefits of Simmental but also the tremendous potential for positive return on their investment. Over the next few months there will be numerous purebred female sales within many breeds; each claiming that their respective breed is the “place to be”. In attendance will be some new faces interested in investing in the purebred sector and in order to attract them to Simmental it is important that we continue to effectively use all communication tools available including Simmental Country and its national coverage to promote our successes and move forward to the next expansion phase of the Simmental breed in Canada.

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Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist Chef de la direction des programmes et relations extérieures

Simmental est “la race qu’il faut avoir” La dernière saison de ventes de taureaux du printemps 2012 passera à l’histoire comme l’une des meilleures jamais enregistrées, notamment avec des ventes phénoménales de taureaux Simmental. L’an passé, parmi un total de 53 ventes effectuées du 1er janvier au 8 avril 2011 et dont les résultats furent publiés dans la revue Simmental Country, on dénombrait un total de 2527 taureaux Simmental vendus, pour une somme globale de 11 082 338 $ et un prix moyen par taureau de 4385,57 $. L’année 2011 fut certainement une excellente année et elle nous avait clairement démontré que les producteurs bovins canadiens demandaient de plus en plus la génétique Simmental. Ceci étant dit, cette année est venue surpasser la marque établie en 2011. En 2012, durant la même période, avec un total de 48 ventes de taureaux Simmental, le montant global des ventes a été de 14 440 943 $, avec un prix moyen par taureau de 5378,87 $. Cela correspond donc à une augmentation de 993,30 $ par taureau vendu, avec 157 taureaux de plus qui furent vendus. Voici là une performance tout simplement formidable, ce qui m’amène à affirmer qu’il n’y a jamais eu une meilleure période dans l’histoire de notre race ou de n’importe laquelle autre race de boucherie où plus de taureaux auraient été vendus pour autant d’argent ! Comme éleveur Simmental, nous vivons une époque extraordinaire et on doit le faire savoir haut et fort à tout le monde. En plus d’enregistrer des records de prix moyens en 2012, on constate que plusieurs taureaux vendus à de tels prix record ont été acquis par certains des meilleurs éleveurs pur-sang au pays. La génétique de race Simmental est devenue “ce qu’il faut avoir” pour tout producteur bovin progressif. Il est toutefois surprenant de constater un

manque évident de continuité en termes de promotion, non seulement pour remercier les acheteurs de ces taureaux, mais également afin d’effectuer une promotion constante de ces programmes d’élevage et des histoires de succès vécues par ces mêmes éleveurs au cours des dernières années. Il me semble que quelques individus font déjà montre d’une certaine complaisance, en s’imaginant peut-être que cela est devenu la nouvelle norme et que nous sommes dorénavant rendus dans une nouvelle époque où il n’est plus nécessaire de promouvoir activement notre produit. Bien que la race Simmental connaisse présentement une popularité accrue et qu’elle soit en grande demande, cela ne veut pas dire que cette tendance va demeurer sans du travail et des efforts promotionnels. Nous devons tous faire en sorte de continuer à bâtir sur nos succès et à communiquer avec efficacité la valeur ajoutée de la race Simmental au sein de toute l’industrie bovine. Si nous désirons intéresser de nouveaux éleveurs envers la race Simmental, on doit utiliser toutes les opportunités possibles afin de démontrer à ces futurs acheteurs tous les avantages de la race ainsi que l’immense potentiel de retour sur leur investissement. Il y aura au cours des prochains mois un nombre important de ventes de femelles au sein de plusieurs races de boucherie; et chacune de celle-là se proclamera respectivement comme étant “la race qu’il faut avoir”. On y retrouvera de nouveaux visages prêts à investir dans l’élevage de race pure et, si on veut les intéresser à choisir la race Simmental, il faut continuer d’utiliser toutes les tribunes disponibles, y compris bien sûr la revue Simmental avec son rayonnement national, afin de promouvoir notre succès et de nous mener vers la nouvelle période d’expansion de la race Simmental au Canada. 13


Membership Announcements

Congratulations Molly Isabel Arnold “It’s a Girl!” Newest addition to Wiser Heights Stock Farms, Thorndale, Ontario. Molly Isabel Arnold, born February 2, 2012, weighing 9 lbs. 10 oz. Proud parents are Brad & Val Arnold and big brother Colin.

Taos C Jans Chet & Jamie Jans are proud to welcome their first born son, Taos C Jans, home to Fallen Timber Farms. He was born May 2, 2012 in Dawson Creek, BC, weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz., and measuring 21.5” long. Thanks for all the well wishes and congratulations!

Kya Alydia Grismer Congratulations to proud parents, Kenelm and Lara Grismer and big sister Zoey, on the arrival of Kya Alydia on July 13th weighing 8 lbs. 12 oz. Proud father, Kenelm, is a member of the CSA Genomics project team as representative for our partner Genserve.

Our Sympathies KAUMEYER, Gerald Edward September 29, 1924 - June 18, 2012

We are saddened to announce the passing of Gerry Kaumeyer on June 18. Gerry was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on September 29, 1924. He graduated from Luther College before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force following which he attended the University of Saskatchewan, then the University of California where he was the first Canadian graduate of its MBA program. He joined Imperial Oil where he held a number of positions across Canada over 10 years. In 1968, he left Imperial to pursue his passion for ranching and the “life outdoors” that he had learned and loved as a young boy. Gerry formed an agri-business consulting firm, and joined forces with the McKinnon family and LK Ranches of Bassano, Alberta. This led to a 27-year partnership and the evolution of LK to a fully integrated beef operation, from “pasture to plate.” Gerry was instrumental in the formation of XL Agrobeef which became XL Foods. Gerry served as President and CEO of XL Food Systems from 1967 to 1988 at which point he became Chairman. He also served as President of the Canadian Simmental Association in 1975 and was honoured with the Hall of Fame Award by the CSA in 2006 for his contributions to the development of the Simmental breed in Canada. For Gerry, one of his greatest achievements was instilling in his large extended family an appreciation of the glory of the great outdoors. Never content to simply enjoy, Gerry turned this into an opportunity to make a contribution and was a pioneer and leader in the preservation and enhancement of habitat that would be enjoyed by future generations. Beyond his many accomplishments, Gerry will be remembered as a person of deep wisdom, profound integrity and the ability to leave a lasting impression on all he met. We offer our condolences to his wife Dorothy (Doshie), his children, stepchildren, grandchildren and extended family.

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SIMMENTAL COUNTRY ANNOUNCES EASTERN SALE REPRESENTATIVE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2012 Calgary, Alberta, Canada – The Canadian Simmental Association and Simmental Country magazine are pleased to welcome Jane Crawford as the Eastern Canada Sales Representative for the Simmental Country magazine. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Jane to our magazine staff and I am confident that her experience and contacts in the Simmental breed combined with her previous involvement in the agriculture publication field will be a great asset for our team.” says Bruce Holmquist, General Manager, Simmental Country. “In combining Jane’s talents with those of our existing staff we are very strongly positioned to expand our publication through additional ad sales and more importantly move the Simmental breed forward across all regions of Canada.” Jane has been in the Simmental industry all her life, growing up in the Ottawa Valley on her family’s Simmental farm Flo-Lar Farm where she was involved with the Young Canadian Simmental Association as well as 4-H from a very young age. Jane now lives with her husband (Reed) and their daughter (Shelby) in Glencoe Ontario operating River Point Cattle Co. and raise Simmental, Angus and Shorthorn cattle. Previous to joining Simmental Country Jane worked for 8 years for the Ontario Farmer. “I am excited to join the Simmental Country team,” says Jane. “I look forward to working with other cattlemen in promoting their operations as well as the Simmental breed in general.” Jane will be responsible for magazine advertising sales in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes while working from a home based office and can be reached at: Phone: 519-287-5286 Cell: 519-317-5263 Email: jane.cattle@gmail.com Calgary, Alberta, Canada – L’Association Simmental Canadienne et la revue Simmental Country sont heureux d’accueillir Jane Crawford en tant que Représentante de l’Est pour la revue Simmental Country. “Nous sommes extrêmement heureux de souhaite la bienvenue à Jane et je suis convaincu que son expérience et ses contacts dans la race Simmental combiné avec son implication antérieure dans le domaine de publication agricole sera un grand atout pour notre équipe,” explique Bruce Holmquist, directeur général, Simmental Country. “En combinant ses talents avec ceux de notre équipe existant, nous sommes très bien positionné pour étendre notre publication par les annonces des ventes supplémentaires et plus important encore déplacer la race Simmental en avant dans toutes les régions du Canada.” Jane a été dans l’industrie Simmental toute sa vie. Elle a passée sa jeunesse dans la vallée de l’Outaouais à la ferme Simmental de sa famille - Flo-Lar où elle a participée dans l’Association des Jeunes Simmental Canadienne ainsi que 4-H à partir d’un très jeune âge. Jane vit maintenant avec son mari (Reed) et leur fille (Shelby) à Glencoe, Ontario sur leur ferme River Point Cattle Co., éleveurs des races Simmental, Angus et Shorthorn. Avant de se joindre Simmental Country Jane a travaillée pendant 8 ans pour la publication Ontario Farmer. «Je suis très contente de joindre l’équipe de Simmental Country », explique Jane. «J’ai hâte de travailler avec les éleveurs dans la promotion de leurs programmes ainsi que la race Simmental en général.” Jane sera responsable des ventes publicitaires du revue Simmental Country en Ontario, le Québec et les Maritimes tout en travaillant à partir d’un bureau à domicile et peut être contactée à: Téléphone: 519-287-5286 Cellulaire: 519-317-5263 Courriel: jane. cattle@gmail.com


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Owners Ken & Carrol Warkentin Home: (604) 794-7252 Email: carroljw@gmail.com 49928 Camp River Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 6H4

Manager Randy & Michelle Stefanuik Home: 604-794-3439 Cell: 604-702-8991 Email: starwes1@telus.net

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Genomic Project Update/Projet Génomique Mise à Jour

By/Par Sandy Russell CSA Genomics Project Manager/Responsable du projet de génomique de l’ACS

Simmental Innovations The first year of the Simmental Innovations research initiatives are behind us and as we move into the summer the work continues to move forward. The Genomics Innovations project funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) is well into the second of the three year time frame and work on the Meat Quality project funded through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund and Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ADF/ALMA) is also now underway. The second group of Simmental-influenced cattle that were placed on feed at the University of Guelph in December 2011 is scheduled to be harvested at the end of July. Once those cattle are harvested the third group of cattle will enter the University of Guelph feedlot in early August. Cattle for this third fill have been secured and are sourced out of Saskatchewan. This group of 1100 pound Simmental influenced cattle is scheduled to remain on feed until they are harvested in mid-to-late November. At that time, the fourth fill of approximately 700 pound cattle will go on feed. If you would like to participate in the research initiatives and will have approximately 700 pound Simmental influenced cattle with parentage information available for sale in late November please contact Bruce Holmquist. Individual performance and carcass information is collected on all the cattle that are placed on feed at the University of Guelph. The initial data from the first group of cattle has been compiled and analysis is underway. DNA samples have also been collected on the cattle, shipped to Saskatoon for extraction at SRC Laboratories and sent to GeneSeek Laboratories for 700K genotyping. To date, 1248 samples have been genotyped and the data will be used within the project. Finished cattle of Simmental-influence from Western Canada are also being sourced for the CSA Meat Quality project. Rib samples from these cattle will be collected within the

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processing plant as they are harvested. If you have Simmental or Simmental-influenced cattle that are currently on feed or will be going on feed in the coming year and have parentage information available please contact Bruce Holmquist. Cattle that participate in this project will be sold and harvested under the owner’s traditional system and schedule; however once sold and harvest dates have been scheduled coordination will occur with the purchasing plant to collect rib samples during processing and the samples will be purchased directly from the plant. There is absolutely no cost or inconvenience to the producer. Complete meat analysis will be conducted on the samples and DNA will be sent for genotyping on all these cattle. Those who participate in the research will receive all grading and meat quality data collected on their individual animals. DNA samples are also still being sourced on sires that have a high influence in the Canadian Simmental population. Ongoing lists of samples still being sought are regularly published in the CSA e-newsletter for members’ information. These samples are being bio-banked at SRC in Saskatoon and will undergo genotyping. Samples from the thirty most influential sires within the breed are also being collected for sequencing under the Genome Canada project, of which CSA is a partner. Sequencing on the first samples is currently underway at Delta Genomics in Edmonton. The CSA project team continues to aggressively work on the various research initiatives undertaken by the CSA in order to meet our project objectives and ultimately enhance the resources available for Simmental breeders. As we work through the research plan we will continue to communicate progress and findings. If you have any questions or have cattle that may fit within the research plan or DNA samples from sires that are being sought please contact Bruce Holmquist, CEO of Programming & External Relations @ 403.988.8676 or bholmquist@simmental.com.


Innovations technologiques dans la race Simmental La première année du projet de recherches touchant des innovations technologiques dans la race Simmental est déjà derrière nous et le travail se poursuivra tout au long de l’été. Ce projet sur les innovations en génomique, financé dans le cadre du Programme canadien d’adaptation agricole (PCAA), une initiative d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, est arrivé à la deuxième année d’un plan triennal. De plus, le travail est bien amorcé dans l’autre projet portant sur la qualité de la viande, lequel est supporté financièrement par l’Agence albertaine de l’élevage du bétail et de la viande (ALMA) et le Fonds de développement de l’agriculture (FDA) du gouvernement de la Saskatchewan. Le deuxième groupe de bovins issus de croisements avec la race Simmental, qui était en engraissement depuis le mois de décembre 2011 dans les installations de l’Université de Guelph, doit être abattu à la fin de juillet. Une fois qu’ils seront tous abattus, le troisième groupe de bovins sera ensuite admis au début du mois d’août dans le parc d’engraissement de l’Université de Guelph. Les bovins de ce troisième groupe ont déjà été sélectionnés et ils proviendront de la Saskatchewan. Il s’agira de bovins issus de croisements avec la race Simmental pesant environ 1100 lb, qui seront en engraissement jusqu’à la fin de novembre. À ce moment-là, le quatrième groupe de bovins pesant autour de 700 lb fera son entrée dans le parc d’engraissement. Si vous êtes intéressé à participer à ce projet de recherche et que vous prévoyiez avoir des veaux à vendre vers la fin de novembre 2012, lesquels doivent être issus de croisements avec la race Simmental tout en pouvant être reliés à leurs données de parenté, nous vous invitons à communiquer avec M. Bruce Holmquist. Toutes les performances individuelles et les données sur les carcasses sont recueillies sur tous les bovins engraissés dans le parc d’engraissement de l’Université de Guelph. Les données recueillies initialement sur les bovins du premier groupe ont été compilées et on s’affaire à compléter les analyses. Des échantillons d’ADN ont été recueillis sur chacun des bovins, lesquels furent envoyés aux Laboratoires de la SRC à Saskatoon afin d’y extraire l’ADN, puis on les a acheminé aux Laboratoires GeneSeek où on a procédé à l’examen du génotype avec un panel de 700K. On a reconstitué jusqu’à maintenant le génotype de 1248 échantillons et toutes ces données serviront au présent projet. Au niveau de l’autre projet de l’ACS touchant la qualité de la viande, on est également à la recherche de bovins issus de croisements avec la Simmental, qui seront en finition dans l’ouest du Canada. Au fur et à mesure qu’ils seront abattus, on recueillera

suite à leur abattage des échantillons de viande provenant des côtes de ces bovins. Si vous possédez des bovins Simmental ou issus de croisements avec la race Simmental qui sont présentement en engraissement ou qui le seront au cours de la prochaine année, et dont on peut obtenir les données généalogiques, nous vous demandons de communiquer avec M. Bruce Holmquist. Les bovins qui seront retenus pour ce projet spécifique seront vendus et livrés à l’abattoir selon la cédule d’achat et de livraison du producteur propriétaire de ces animaux; une fois qu’ils auront été vendus et livrés aux divers abattoirs, on coordonnera alors à l’intérieur de l’abattoir la récolte des échantillons de côte de boeuf, qui seront ainsi achetés directement de l’abattoir. Le producteur participant n’aura absolument aucuns coûts, ni inconvénients à subir. On effectuera des analyses complètes sur ces échantillons de viande et des échantillons d’ADN seront aussi prélevés chez tous ces bovins et transmis au laboratoire pour obtenir leurs génotypes. Les producteurs participant recevront tous les résultats du classement des carcasses et des analyses d’échantillons de viande de leurs bovins respectifs. On est toujours à la recherche de taureaux ayant une grande influence dans la population canadienne de bovins Simmental, afin d’obtenir des échantillons d’ADN. On publie régulièrement dans le bulletin électronique de nouvelles aux membres les listes courantes de taureaux potentiellement d’intérêt. Ces nouveaux échantillons sont ensuite conservés dans la banque de biotechnologie du Laboratoire de la SRC à Saskatoon, puis ils seront expédiés pour l’examen de leur génotype. Des échantillons provenant des trente taureaux les plus marquants à l’intérieur de la race sont également recueillis afin d’être séquencés dans le projet spécifique de Génome Canada, dont l’ACS est un partenaire. Le travail de séquençage des premiers échantillons est présentement en cours chez Delta Genomics d’Edmonton. Toute l’équipe du projet de l’ACS poursuit son travail soutenu par rapport aux divers volets des recherches menées par l’ACS, en visant l’atteinte des objectifs fixés et, ultimement, afin d’améliorer les ressources disponibles pour tous les éleveurs Simmental. Nous continuerons de vous transmettre les progrès et les résultats au fur et à mesure que nous réalisons notre plan de travail. Si vous avez des questions ou si vous avez des bovins rencontrant les critères de nos travaux de recherche, ou encore si vous possédez des taureaux pour lesquels on veut obtenir un échantillon d’ADN, veuillez s’il-vous-plaît communiquer avec Bruce Holmquist, Chef de la direction des programmes de l’ACS @ 403.988.8676 or bholmquist@simmental.com.

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10th Anniversary of the

1:00 PM, Sunday, September 16, 2012 At Maple Hill Auctions, Hanover, Ontario

On Offer will be over 100 head of Fullblood, Full Fleck, Red and Black cow calf pairs, bred heifers and open heifers Consigning to this 10th Anniversary sale

For more information contact CAR-LAUR SIMMENTALS Carl & Laurie Wright: 519-369-3658 Carl Cell: 519-369-7489 路 Ben Cell: 519-374-3335 email: carlaurcattle@gmail.com or contact any of the above breeders

View catalogue online at www.buyagro.com

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Waydamar Farms Rovin Acres Gibbons Farms Rick-Sha Farms Gravendale Farms Rockridge Farm Robson Acres

Hi-Tech Farms Norwood Family Farm DJ Farms Annabob Farms Bauer Stock Farms AJay Farms Car-Laur Simmentals

Thanks to the consignors and buyers for keeping this sale going for 10 years


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Women in Simmental Country

The Simmental breed has always offered opportunities to those who reached out and accepted the challenges. Examples of this can be found across Canada beginning in 1967 when Travers Smith imported the first Simmental to Canada; in 1977 when Gerald and Barb Porter purchased their lifetime membership with the Canadian Simmental Association and started their Simmental operation to support their family, and in 1996 when their daughter Allison purchased her first Simmental animal under her own YCSA membership. Allison Porter grew up near Kinistino, Saskatchewan, farming along-side her parents, Gerald & Barb, and her brother Mike at Porter Simmentals. Like many farm children, Allison grew up being actively involved in the daily operations at home, and was involved in the agriculture community. She was a 4-H member with the Meskanaw-Ethelton 4-H Beef Club for seventeen years showing Simmental influenced steers and purebred females. Allison started in the showring by showing her family’s animals, and had much success over the years. In 1996 she purchased her first purebred Simmental heifer, Boggy Creek Favourite. It was through showing Simmentals that Allison became involved with the Young Canadian Simmental Association in 1992. She enjoyed many years in the YCSA program and was a tremendous contributor to both the provincial and national programs having served on both the Saskatchewan and National YCSA board of directors. Through her involvement in the YCSA program Allison accepted the challenges and opportunities available to its members. She was successful in the YCSA program, achieving the high points aggregate in several years. She was awarded academic scholarships through the Canadian Simmental Association, Saskatchewan Simmental Association, Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship and Bouchard Memorial Scholarship. She was a Simmental ambassador as the Saskatchewan Simmental Association Princess and Queen. During her time in the YCSA program she was selected to represent the Saskatchewan YCSA at the National Young Cattlemen of the Year Competition in 1998. She had the opportunity to travel across Canada while participating in National YCSA events in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and also attended the World Simmental Congresses in 2006 in Calgary, Alberta and in the United Kingdom in 2008. 24

“I participated in the YCSA program because of the skills and personal development it provided,” says Allison. “One of the most valuable benefits of the YCSA program is the people you meet and the life-long friendships you make. It amazes me how many contacts I have, not only across Canada, but also in the United States, the United Kingdom and even Australia. These contacts are key to opening doors for you in the future.” From these experiences and through contacts she made over the years in 4-H and YCSA programs, other opportunities were presented to her. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, completed the Business Administration Certificate from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and obtained her Professional Agrologist designation from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists in 2007. Allison is now working in her field of studies as an Agriculture Solutions Specialist with Blair’s Crop & Livestock Solutions. In 2010 Allison was selected by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) to represent them at the Five Nations Beef Alliance Young Ranchers Program in Denver, Colorado in January 2011. This trip was funded by the SCA and the Consulate General of Canada. From this experience, Allison became aware of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program. Allison was chosen as one of the 16 participants in the inaugural year of this program. Through this eight month mentorship program Allison was partnered with her mentor, Brent Difley from Elanco. Through this relationship Allison gained valuable knowledge on product branding, private labelling strategies and leadership opportunities. Two of her fondest experiences with the CYL Program were the CCA Barbeque on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario and touring the Cargill Plant at High River, Alberta. “These were amazing opportunities that not everyone gets the chance to do.” In 2012, Allison was selected to attend the International Livestock Congress in Denver, Colorado. “During this trip we had the chance to tour the JBS Plant in Greely. As a result of my experiences with the CYL program I was able to compare the similarities and differences between Canadian and USA plants, again not an opportunity that many get to experience firsthand” says Allison.


Over the years Allison has seen their family operation change. The operation grew as the children were growing up and becoming more involved in the operation. The structure of the operation has changed as well with Allison and Mike moving away from home and beginning careers and families of their own. She has seen traditional, red and black Simmentals walk the pastures.” Porter Simmentals was awarded the Saskatchewan Simmental Association Purebred Breeder of the Year in 2007.

Although she is living in Saskatoon and with a career that is off her home farm, Allison still raises Simmental cattle with the help of her parents, at her family farm near Kinistino, Saskatchewan. At Porter Simmentals they market all of their bulls off the farm to commercial cattlemen. “Because of the diversity of the Simmental breed, we are able to meet their needs; whether they want red or black, calving ease or performance . The thing that remains the same is that they are all Simmental”explains Allison. “I see Simmental being at the forefront of the industry. I see their success in the feedlots, in commercial herds, and in the show ring. The Canadian Simmental Association has invested a lot of time and money into not only ensuring the Simmental breed has a future in the industry, but leading the industry into the future.” When asked to comment on her experiences so far within the Simmental breed, Allison replied that she has been very fortunate to receive so many opportunities in her life while being mentored by several industry leaders who have influenced her success in her career and in the Simmental business. Her own determination and hard work has also played a significant role and she offers this advice, ”make use of every opportunity, and meet as many people as possible while building relationships along the way.”

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Breed Improvement

In Support of a Good Cow By Sean McGrath

ost of us have a favourite cow or cows or cow family on our farms and ranches. In some cases it may be because of a lot of hands on time such as a former 4-H project, but most of the time I would venture to guess that favoured cows are those that are “hands off”. Generally eye catching, these favoured cows get bred on time, maintain condition and consistently wean calves at or near the top of the pack every year. No matter what they are bred to, they seem to wean a quality calf.

failure to conceive. Reporting all calving data ensures that breeding success or failure is properly dealt with. Did a cow fail to have a calf reported because she was open or because we just didn’t get the data in to the association? These scenarios say two very different things about the fertility of the cow.

The challenge is not so much to identify those superior females within our herds over time, but rather to predict with improved accuracy where the next generation of favoured cows will come from. For example, it is relatively easy to assess the long term fertility of a 15 year old cow that has never missed a calf. It is also important to realize that achieving that level of understanding took 15 years. When you consider that the average span of time that a breeder stays in the purebred sector is just over 7 years, we may feel a sense of despair about the ability to make real gains in cow herd productivity.

Culling Information Proper disposal information on a cow tells us a lot about whether a cow was removed from the herd for fertility reasons or for some other factor that should not negatively impact her record (example: sold due to drought).

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On the flip side, sustained reproductive performance is the key driver of profitability for most of our customers and one of the key strengths of the Simmental breed. Research has shown that fertility is roughly 5 times more important than growth for the profitability of a traditional cow/calf operation. This is where data comes into play. For most people assessing data is not as exciting as actually going and inspecting a real cow and can barely compete with a live cattle auction, but it is a key to making progress in the area of sustained fertility. If we accept that data can help us to identify fertility then the next obvious question is what kind of data do we need? Breeding Data This may seem somewhat obvious, but we need to remember that importance of reporting all breeding information. Cows that don’t get pregnant tell us as much or more than those that do. While there are many reasons for a breeding attempt to fail, if we look across a cow herd or a breed in broad strokes, there are genetic lines that are slightly less fertile than others. Reporting breeding on all of your replacement heifers (registered or not) is also of great benefit as this is one of the key points of expense and failure in a cow’s lifetime. Complete Calving Data Each breeding either results in a pregnancy and calf or a 26

Consistent reporting over time tells us how long that cow remained productive.

Convenience Traits Convenience traits are all those things that mean you don’t have to intervene with the cow. This includes such things as calving ease, udder scores, mothering ability and temperament. These are all traits that are related to longevity of the female in the cowherd, and the longer a cow lives the more chance she has of making money. DNA DNA is not really data, but it can be transformed into data using new technologies that look at specific pieces of DNA called SNP’s. This technology is a major component of the CSA’s Simmental Innovations project and helps us to assemble all of the data on fertility and longevity into a manageable summary. By looking for consistencies in DNA among animals that exhibit varying degrees of sustained fertility, we can identify pieces of DNA that are “informative” or “associated” with improved fertility. This DNA is present in the animal from conception, so it allows us to jump start the 15 year process of proving out a cow. Most of us have one good cow (and hopefully more). The trick is identifying those cows sooner so that we can make improvements and most importantly so that customers and users of Simmental genetics can make improvements. The time savings from DNA technology, and the investigation and application of a large historic data set through the Innovations project are all exciting developments in the Simmental world, but to me, the huge potential for improved customer profitability through fertility is the most exciting development of all.


Amélioration de la Race

S’appuyer sur nos bonnes vaches Par Sean McGrath

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omme la plupart des producteurs, nous avons une ou des vaches favorites, ou encore une bonne famille de vaches sur nos fermes et nos ranchs. Dans certains cas, cela peut être un animal avec lequel on a passé beaucoup de temps à travailler dans le passé, par exemple lors d’un projet des 4-H. Toutefois, je prendrais sûrement la chance de gager que la plupart du temps, nos vaches favorites sont celles qui n’ont pas besoin qu’on s’en occupe vraiment. Alors qu’elles possèdent habituellement une belle apparence, ces vaches favorites deviennent gestantes tôt en saison, conservent une bonne condition de chair et sèvrent chaque année des veaux qui sont parmi les meilleurs de leur groupe. Peu importe avec quel taureau elles sont saillies, elles semblent d’ailleurs toujours sevrer des veaux de qualité. Le défi n’est pas vraiment d’identifier au fil des ans ces femelles supérieures dans nos troupeaux, mais plutôt de pouvoir prédire avec plus de précision d’où va provenir la nouvelle génération de vaches favorites. Par exemple, il est relativement facile de connaître rapidement la fertilité à long terme d’une vache de 15 ans ayant produit un veau à chaque année. Il faut tout de même réaliser qu’il a fallu attendre 15 ans afin d’obtenir ce niveau de précision. Si on considère qu’un éleveur pur-sang demeurera dans l’élevage de race en moyenne un peu plus de 7 ans, nous devrions être quelque peu inquiets quant à notre réelle capacité d’effectuer du progrès au niveau de la productivité de notre troupeau. De l’autre côté de la médaille, la régularité au chapitre des performances de reproduction constitue un facteur clé de rentabilité pour la plupart de nos clients, tout en étant également une des qualités reconnues de la race Simmental. La recherche a démontré que, dans le cas d’une situation de production traditionnelle vache-veau, la fertilité est environ cinq fois plus importante que la croissance au niveau de la rentabilité de la ferme. Voilà pourquoi les données sont si importantes. La démarche de cueillette des données n’est pas très excitante en soi pour la majorité des individus, bien moins que de se rendre soit évaluer une vache ou encore d’assister en direct à un encan. Cela demeure toutefois essentiel à l’obtention d’un progrès en matière de fertilité à long terme. Si on reconnait le principe que les données peuvent nous aider à caractériser la fertilité, il faut alors s’interroger quant au type nécessaire de données à recueillir. Données sur les saillies Cela semble évident, mais on doit rappeler qu’il est important de rapporter toutes les informations relatives aux saillies. Les vaches n’ayant pas eu de gestation confirmée nous en disent autant sinon plus que celles qui sont devenues gestantes. Bien qu’il y ait plusieurs raisons expliquant qu’une saillie n’ait pas réussi, lorsqu’on regarde un troupeau donné ou bien une race en général, on peut affirmer qu’il y a des lignées légèrement moins fertiles que d’autres. Il est très avantageux que vous rapportiez les données de saillie pour toutes vos taures de remplacement (enregistrées ou non), car cela correspond à un poste important de dépenses et d’insuccès dans la vie d’une vache. Données complètes concernant les vêlages Chaque saillie conduira soit à une gestation, puis la naissance d’un veau, ou bien un échec à concevoir. En rapportant

convenablement toutes les données sur les vêlages, on s’assure de tenir compte à la fois des saillies réussies et des échecs. Est-ce que le veau d’une vache donnée n’a pas été rapporté parce qu’elle n’était pas gestante ou bien car les données n’avaient pas été transmises à l’association ? En fait, ces deux possibilités correspondent à deux dimensions très différentes concernant la fertilité d’une vache. Au fil du temps, la transmission régulière des données de vêlage nous renseigne sur la durée de vie productive d’une vache donnée. Information sur la réforme En transmettant couramment les informations relative aux réformes des sujets, cela nous indiquera bien si une vache a été sortie du troupeau en raison de sa fertilité ou pour une autre raison qui ne devrait pas avoir d’influence sur son dossier de performances (exemple: vendue en raison de la sécheresse). Caractères fonctionnels Les caractères fonctionnels correspondent à toutes ces raisons faisant en sorte que vous n’avez pas à intervenir auprès d’une vache. Cela inclut des éléments tels que la facilité de vêlage, les cotes de format du pis, l’aptitude maternelle et le tempérament. Ceux-ci sont tous des caractères reliés à la longévité d’une femelle dans le troupeau, et cette dernière a beaucoup plus de chances de vous rapporter plus d’argent si elle vit longtemps. ADN L’ADN n’est pas vraiment une donnée en soi mais, à l’aide de nouvelles technologies, on peut générer des données à partir de sections particulières retrouvées sur l’ADN et qu’on appelle SNPs (prononcez “snips”). Cette technologie représente la principale composante du projet d’innovations mené par l’ACS dans la race Simmental et cela nous permet de combiner toutes les données sur la fertilité et la longévité sous une forme facilement utilisable. En recherchant parmi tous les animaux démontrant les mêmes niveaux de fertilité des brins d’ADN possédant des similitudes, on peut ainsi identifier des sections d’ADN qui nous informent ou sont associées avec une amélioration de la fertilité. Ce même ADN se retrouve dans l’animal depuis qu’il est né, ce qui nous permet de court-circuiter ce délai de 15 ans nécessaire pour obtenir une épreuve de fertilité chez une vache. La plupart de nous avons une bonne vache (et heureusement davantage). L’idéal demeure de pouvoir identifier ces vaches plus tôt afin que nous puissions faire du progrès, et encore plus important, que nos clients et tous les utilisateurs de la génétique Simmental puissent également profiter de ces améliorations. Les économies de temps réalisées avec ces technologies basées sur l’analyse de l’ADN, de même que les travaux de recherche de notre projet d’innovations et les applications pratiques développées d’après notre base historique de données, constituent toutes des avancées très excitantes dans le monde de la race Simmental. Toutefois, selon moi, le développement le plus excitant dans tout ça est le potentiel formidable d’amélioration de la fertilité et de la rentabilité chez nos clients. 27


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Congratulations to Christel Warkentin, Starwest Farms, Chilliwack, BC on winning the Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest

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What’s Happening in the Young Canadian Simmental Association

Thank You from the Provincial Classics

YCSA Contacts YCSA Coordinator

Emily Grey (819) 835-0284 • emilygrey29@hotmail.com

A big thank you must be given to all for the successful Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan YCSA Classics. None of these events would be possible without the support of a great many sponsors, volunteers and organizers. We owe a large thank you to all of you for your commitment and dedication to the Young Canadian Simmental Association and its programming.

President • Manitoba

Andrea Arbuckle (204) 483-0319 • andrea.arbuckle@hotmail.com

Vice - President • Quebec

Francis Gagnon (514) 975-3722 • ferme_gagnon_farm@hotmail.com

Executive Officer

Mike Godfrey C: (902) 626-6649 • mgodfrey@hotmail.com

Directors Alberta

Kolby Heaven (780) 778-1435 • heaven_cattle@hotmail.com

Saskatchewan

Tiffany Peters (306) 948-8044 • tpeters07@hotmail.com

Maritimes

Scott Gaunce (506) 383-4829 C: (506) 227-4820 • scottgaunce@hotmail.com

Manitoba

Emily Hickson (204) 725-0621 • C: (204) 570-1969 simmental_rox2005@hotmail.com

National Classic Announcement The Maritime Young Simmental Association is proud to host the 2012 National YCSA Classic. The Classic will be held in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in Truro, Nova Scotia, August 23rd to the 25th, 2012. The National YCSA show will be held on August 23rd and 24th, consisting of clipping and fitting demonstrations, judging, quizzes, showmanship and conformation classes. Registration will be held August 23rd at 7:00 pm and all YCSA members are welcome to participate.

Foundation Auction Donors This year’s annual Garth Sweet Foundation Auction will be held as part of the CSA AGM and YCSA National Classic events. It will take place on Saturday, August 25th in Truro, Nova Scotia. The funds raised will be used for various CSA projects, with the main beneficiary being the Young Canadian Simmental Association. Thank you to all the sponsors of the Garth Sweet Foundation Auction. It is because of your generous support that this event continues to be such a great success.

Ontario

Chelsea O’Connor (613) 880-5559 • blackjeansgt@hotmail.com

CSA Director

Lacey Fisher (902) 661-0766 • (506) 536-8454 timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com

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Day Planner The YCSA calendar officially has a new design this year. Watch the November Simmental Country for your copy of the 2013 YCSA Day Planner. The YCSA is selling page advertisements, business cards, banner ads and calendar dates in this issue of the calendar. There are advertising opportunities for everyone, so be one of the first to contact Emily Grey or a YCSA board member and reserve your spot to advertise your program. Deadline September 1, 2012.


When farm kids leave home

Farming is now a career choice, and exploring the world before settling down has advantages. Farmers have traditionally been apprehensive about letting their kids get too close to the bright lights of the city. They feared the grass would be greener on the other side of that fence, and their soon-to-be successor would never return to the farm.

at a show in New Zealand. It’s a recent “hobby” stemming from an interest in dairy genetics he developed at school. “He met lots of forward-thinking young farmers while at university, and it helped him realize that he did want to farm after all.”

Today, the best thing that could happen to those sons and daughters is that they go off and see something else of the world before launching their farming careers. Farming is now a profession that operators have to want to engage in, and the sojourn away from the home farm could help make the young producer a better farm manager.

Other options are to take a degree in business administration, or complement agricultural training with an MBA. Taking some non-agricultural courses at a faraway location for some different life experiences is a pretty good two-for-one deal.

Sign up for an agriculture work exchange (just Google the term and you’ll get dozens of choices), or perhaps Getting away is a good thing, not just for schooling, there’s someone the family met at a conference who but to be able to see how things are done elsewhere. is interested in hosting. There’s also the benefit of It could be a haphazard (but very enjoyable!) journey working in another type of business. A marketing around the world, but better to have a bit of a plan in post with an insurance company won’t do much for cattle handling skills, but it will provide insights mind. into everything from financing to human resource Ben and Suzanne Cuthbert, dairy farmers at management. Ladysmith, B.C., encouraged their son Thomas to work off the farm and go away to get an education. Whatever the choice, the grass will likely be greener He selected the University of Saskatchewan for when the wanderer gets home. agricultural economics, and now 25 years old, he has returned home and started a broiler operation as his BY HUGH MAYNARD / Hugh is a specialist in own part of the farming enterprise. “It was a really good choice for him,” says Suzanne. At the time of the interview, Thomas was fitting cattle

agricultural communications based in Ormstown, Que. A graduate in farm management from Macdonald College (McGill University), Hugh is a seasoned journalist and broadcaster. Reprinted with permission of FCC AgriSuccess

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We heard years ago about resistance with fly tags. I believe the first ones were called Bovaid and with no other tags on the market researchers after a few years noticed resistance developing. Soon other companies were making tags with a different family of chemicals in them so producers could rotate amongst them and not allow the resistance to develop. The great thing about fly resistance is the horn flies are visible on the back as they continually feed so if the tags or other fly control methods become ineffective flies are immediately visible on the back. This is especially true on bulls as they attract more flies and hundreds to thousands will be visible feeding if control is inadequate. In the last several years a product called Cylence was developed as a pour on for flies. Its effectiveness lasts about 2/3 the time the fly tags are good for. It is used lots because it was easy to apply where cows did not have to be caught. It could be applied at turnout to pasture or if cattle were processed during the summer for some reason. We are now starting to see some resistance to the Cylence. For producers that have used it several years in a row flies can be seen on the backs of cattle way short of the sixty-day effectiveness window. We are not getting the bang for the buck so to speak. If producers do see flies present much sooner than expected it is time to change products. The best remedy is to keep cycling through the different tags and Cylence. This prevents resistance from developing and the products are therefore more effective. Weight gains are improved on the cattle, which is what you as producers strive for. Next time you are out in your pastures this time of year use binoculars and check for fly numbers. If processing flies are very easy to spot surface feeding over the backs of cattle especially on the herd sires. If you do nothing else treat bulls on turnout for breeding. With internal parasites (worms) resistance has been shown in the U.S. in a few instances to the endectocides. Now that is in areas of the southern states where internal parasites are treated for several times a year. In Canada we don’t have near the worm problem so often cattle are treated once to twice yearly and the main culprit in western Canada is lice. Researchers are currently looking at this in Canada and resistance is being found to a fair degree. So what do we do as a conscientious producer? There are several things you can do. 32

Firstly don’t over treat. If cattle need treating treat them but that doesn’t mean everytime they go through the chute a product like ivomec is applied. Just because it is cheaper now some producers are treating more often than they used to. You don’t want to underdose, as that is when resistance can develop. This may have been the case in some instances before when the endectocides were very pricey. Producers apply according to weight some have scales so accuracy of dosing is very good. Others can estimate the weight very well. In cases where you are not sure if treatment is necessary consult with your herd veterinarian. He/ She may perform a few fecals to see what the worm load is or if any cattle have hair loss they can be checked for lice. With fecals some tests such, as the modified Wisconsin is more accurate at detecting a lighter worm load. If just worms are the problem a change to the older very effective dewormers such as safeguard (fenbendazole) can be switched in. The safeguard comes in numerous formulations so they can be drenched or the product added into grain or the minerals for treatment at pasture in the middle of the summer. Resistance does not appear to develop to safeguard in cattle because of the quickness with which it kills the parasite. As with most parasitic conditions a very low level of infection elicits some natural resistance in the animal. I personally have seen this with tapeworms. Young bison may have a heavy load and yet the adult bison are clean and this was without deworming them for the tapeworms. Tapeworms in cattle have not been deemed significant at reducing production so if this species is found on the fecal it will also be eliminated by the safeguard treatment. Fortunately in most of Canada winter puts parasites transmission on hold making controlling them a lot easier then in the more temperate climates. If producers use their diligence and don’t overuse the good products we have, alternate or use products in combination (e.g. would be ivermectin and safeguard in combination) to get a complete kill we hopefully can avoid resistance developing. Checking fecals occasionally on the group and especially the poorest doing animals will identify whether internal parasites are a problem and what species or group of worms are the problem. Work with your veterinarian to devise a treatment protocol and what period is best to deworm for internal parasites and treat for external parasites (primarily lice) in your region.


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President:

Darryl Perkin Box 138, Elgin, MB R0K 0T0 Phone/Fax: 204-769-2159 Email: dperkin@westman.wave.ca 1st Vice President::

Lesley Hedley RR 1, Rapid City, MB R0K 1W0 Phone: 204-826-2765 2nd Vice President:

Jacquie Downey General Delivery, Coulter, MB R0M 1G0 Phone: 204-649-2260 Email: ajdowney@mts.net Secretary/Treasurer:

Donalee Jones Box 142, Cartwright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com MSA Directors:

Todd Collins RR 2, Darlingford, MB R0G 0L0 Phone: 204-246-2166 Email: todd_collins9@hotmail.com Shannon Carvey Box 60, Alexander, MB R0K 0A0 Phone: 204-752-2285 Email: swindonranch@mts.net David Schultz Box 1143, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Phone: 204-996-3526 Email: schultz_tan@hotmail.com Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca Trevor Peters Box 385, Rivers, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peters@canadamalting.com Everett Olson RR 1, Rapid City, MB R0K 1W0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@hotmail.com

The Manitoba Summer Show was held in conjunction with the Dufferin Ag Society/ Carman Fair on July 14th. Congratulations to all exhibitors and a huge thank you to our sponsors RESULTS: YCSA Show placings Senior Showmanship – Nikki Armstrong Junior Showmanship – Mary Jane Robinson YCS Grand Champion Female – Mary Jane Robinson YCS Res Grand Champion Female – Nikki Armstrong Manitoba Simmental Summer Show placings Heifer Calf – Anthony Wilcox Res Heifer Calf – Wilcox Simmentals Junior Champion – Swindon Ranch Res Junior Champion – Anthony Wilcox Senior Champion – Bert’s NR Simmentals Res Senior Champion – More Bros Simmentals Grand Champion Female – Bert’s NR Simmentals Res Grand Champion Female – More Bros Simmentals Bull Calf – Wilcox Simmenatls Res Bull Calf – More Bros Simmentals Junior Bull – Boynecrest Simmentals Senior Bull – Wilcox Simmentals Grand Champion Bull – Wilcox Simmentals Res Grand Champion Bull – Wilcox Simmentals Breeders Herd – More Bros Simmentals Get of Sire – Wilcox Simmentals

YCSA President:

Emily Hickson RR 2 Box 24, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y2 Phone: 204-725-0621 Email: eltonsimm@mts.net CSA Director:

Fraser Redpath Box 121, Mather, MB R0K 1L0 Phone/Fax: 204-529-2560 Email: redsim@xplornet.com

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Ontario Simmental Association Board of Directors 2012 President

Keitha Harris-Donovan P: 613-257-2617 donovandale_simmentals@hotmail.com

Vice-President Dan O’Brien

C: 613-761-2403 dan.obrien@sympatico.ca

Past Billy Elmhirst Vice-President C: 705-761-0896

ircc@nexicom.net

East Central Glenn Wotton Director C: 705-878-1713

elmtreefarms@i-zoom.net

CSA Director Kara Enright

& Director

P: 613-478-3404 kara_langevin@hotmail.com

Director

Carla Nolan P: 905-607-2204 carlanolan@rogers.blackberry.net

South West Director

Kevin Howatt P: 519-523-4338 kevin.howatt@watergroup.com

Director

Tina Hiddink P: 613-399-3239 tina.hiddink@scotiabank.com

Director

David Milliner P: 519-923-9188 dgmilliner@everus.ca

CSA President Ron Nolan

P: 905-607-2204 rnolan@hatch.ca

Secretary

Grace Oesch P: 519-656-2199 gravendale@netflash.net

Treasurer

Debbie Elliott P: 519-345-2785 dje@djfarmscattle.com

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Age Verification

Send in your record of age verification to be entered in the OSA draw for free advertising. Winner to be selected at the RAWF Simmental Beef Show. Commercial Cattleman of the Year

Nominations to be submitted by September 1, 2012. Ron Wooddisse Memorial Carcass Class 2012

Class is open to heifers or bulls, born between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Entrants must still be walking at your farm or at a new owner’s home. Banners to be presented at the 2012 RAWF Simmental Show. See Advocate and OSA newsletter for additional details. YCS National Simmental Show

Truro, Nova Scotia – August 24, 2012 Best of luck to all of the youth participating and showing.

Send us your upcoming events. Contact Information - OSA c/o Debbie Elliott Line 26 #7062, R.R. #2 Staffa, Ontario N0K 1Y0 dje@djfarmscattle.com


The MSA & The MYSA are proud to host the Canadian Simmental Association 2012 AGM and National YCS Classic Thursday, August 23rd 7:00-9:00 pm

• YCS Registration, YCS Demonstration and a “Breeders Meet & Greet”

Friday, August 24th 8:00 am-5:00 pm • YCS Events & Show 5:30-6:30 pm • Social before the sale 7:00 pm • 6th Annual Salt Water Classic Elite Sale

Saturday, August 25th 9:00 am • Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Simmental Show (Entry Forms available at www.nspe.ca/EXhandbooks.php) 1:00 pm • Annual General Meeting Registration, Best Western Glengarry Hotel 2:00 pm • Annual General Meeting, Best Western Glengarry Hotel Banquet Room 5:30 pm •Social/Cocktails - Horseman’s Club 7:00 pm • Lobster/Steak Supper & Garth Sweet Foundation Auction - Horseman’s Club

Hosting Hotel Best Western Plus Glengarry - Truro, NS

Young Canadian Simmental Association National Classic

Book your room today under the Canadian Simmental Association block. www.bwglengarry.com or 1-800-567-4276

Contact Person: Scott Gaunce scottgaunce@hotmail.com or 1-506-227-4820 YCSA Entry form can be found on the CSA website. www.simmental.com/ycsaevents.htm

Salt Water Classic Elite Sale- Truro, NS Our catalogue is available: www.indianrivercattlecompany.com For any questions please contact Bill MacLeod at 506-447-0358 or Peter Gaunce at 506-864-0475 ** all events held on the Exhibition grounds either at the Agri dome or the Horseman’s Club except for the Annual General Meeting** Maritime Association Contacts: President: Peter Gaunce, 587 Victoria Road, New Scotland, NB E1G 3L7 Vice President: Donald Godfrey • Secretary: Ralph Taylor • Treasurer: Bill MacLeod Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS • James MacKenzie, NS • Geraline VanAgten, NB • Don Jenkins, PE • Lacey Fisher, NS YCSA Rep: Scott Gaunce • CSA Director/YCSA: Lacey Fisher

Thank you to the sponsors of the YCSA event and the Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation Auction. Your support is greatly appreciated! The 6th Annual Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation Auction will be held in conjunction with the CSA Annual General Meeting Weekend, August 23-25, 2012, in Truro, Nova Scotia. Sale Day Phone Numbers Kara Enright (613) 848-8149 • Lacey Fisher (506) 536-8454 • Bruce Holmquist (403) 988-8676 Andrea Arbuckle (204) 483-0319 .

Feature Lot: Bred Heifer Bar 5 FF Peona 1211Y

CO 1211Y • #746226 • March 2, 2011 Bred: Bar 5 PFF Luke 1215X (#732732)

BAR 5 P SA EXPERT 826M S: BAR 5 P SA EVOLUTION 418S BAR 5 SA LADT SISKA 409M

BAR 5 SA PIONA 04 817N D: GIBBONS PEONY MCC EVIE 141M

Generously donated by: Gibbons Farms, Vaughn & Cindy Gibbons, Stevensville, ON A full schedule of the weekend’s events is available on the CSA website www.simmental.com. 37


AJSA National Classic 2012, Lima, Ohio The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) and the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) are excited to have once again joined together to sponsored two YCSA members to attend the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) National Classic which this year was held in Lima, Ohio from July 7-13. Through a selection process which required applicants to prepare a presentation on a given topic surrounding the beef industry and youth involvement, Heather Creamer of Amherst, Nova Scotia and Tanner Oborowsky of Grandora, Saskatchewan were selected to represent Canada at the event. Heather and Tanner were accompanied by Emily Grey, YCSA Coordinator. HEATHER CREAMER The American Junior Simmental Nationals were not what I had expected; they were bigger and better! After seven amazing days in Lima, Ohio I am safe and sound back in Nova Scotia but would like to thank the CSA for giving me the opportunity to have learned so much from a wonderful experience.

After being involved with the YCSA for a number of years, I found it very interesting to compare how the American Classics differed from ours. The AJSA have a different structure for the election of their board of directors; the candidates campaign to become a trustee. I was involved in the judging competition, skilla-thon contest, and cattlemen’s quiz. I found these competitions very interesting yet challenging at the same time. The skill-athon was a unique event for me to try; I had to identify things that I didn’t know what they were. The cattlemen’s quiz was hard because I am not as familiar with the American Simmental world however it was a great experience to be able to participate in these events.

Nationals were huge, there were over two hundred juniors taking part including the two of us from Canada. I participated in the written quiz, skill-a-thon, judging and the public speaking in which I placed 18th overall. The activities were a lot of fun and gave me some great ideas to bring back to our own Classic for next year. Over the course of the week we watched parts of the percentage show, purebred show and also saw some demonstrations. My favourite part of the experience was the people I met and getting to talk to them about why they show Simmentals and why they come to the AJSA National Classic every year. It was great to see the amount of family involvement they have Heather Creamer of Amherst, NS and Tanner Oborowsky of and to become a part of that Grandora, SK represent the Canadian YCSA at the while I was there. AJSA National Classic. The last night was the awards banquet which was a bittersweet night for me because as great as it was to be coming home it also meant saying goodbye to some wonderful people that we had met along the way. The AJSA was a tremendous host and I am very thankful to the CSA as well for their assistance in getting me there! Sincerely, Heather TANNER OBOROWSKY My trip to the AJSA Classic in Lima, Ohio was very interesting and a learning opportunity from start to finish; even the travel delays and flight changes were part of the experience.

The overall show was great to watch, and again a chance to make note of differences between our programs. The first difference I found in the American Junior show was that it was much larger in terms of how many youth participate, and how many animals were at the show. Their percentage cattle show was almost as big as their purebred show. I also noticed the first day I got there that the cattle at this show were about 95 percent black, whereas in our junior show in Saskatchewan our cattle are mainly red. Similar to the Canadian Classics, I notice that all the youth who participated always had smiles on their faces and loved what they were doing. While at the AJSA I met many interesting people. If I had to pick one favourite thing about my experience, it would be the friendships I have made and the knowledge I have gained from these individuals. Thank you very much to the Canadian Simmental Association for selecting me to represent the YCSA at the 2012 American Junior Simmental Association Classic. Sincerely, Tanner

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EMILY GREY “It wasn’t for the buckles. It wasn’t for the ribbons. It was for all the friendships and character that I built along the way.” This phrase was written on the back of one of the AJSA members t-shirts who was participating in the 2012 AJSA National Classic, which took place in Lima, Ohio from July 7th to the 14th. I am honored to say that that thanks to the Canadian Simmental Association I was able to participate in a week-long adventure that lead to, program, character and friendship building of which I will never forget. Approximately 260 juniors from across the United States participated in this event and they brought over 350 head of percentage and purebred Simmental cattle to the show ring. Parents, grandparents, industry leaders and American Simmental Association staff also spent the week encouraging the future of their business; the youth. This was one of the most amazing characteristics of the National Classic itself. Everyone, young and old worked together as a cohesive team from start to finish to make this week an extremely successful family oriented event. Competitions for these juniors consisted of an interview contest, judging classes, sales talk, conformation and showmanship classes, public speaking, cattlemen’s quiz, fitting contest and a skill-a-thon. The organizing committee also presented its junior members with the opportunity to participate in events

such as a fitting clinic, minute to win it contest, a cook off, and a Simmental’s got talent show. All of these events lead to the result of a wonderful education filled week. It was with pleasure that I accompanied Heather Creamer from Amherst, Nova Scotia and Tanner Oborowsky from Grandora, Saskatchewan on this trip. Both of them were a great representation of the YCSA program in Canada and even though these two participants were not permitted to show cattle at the AJSA National Classic, they certainly represented our association well with Heather even scoring 18th place in the senior public speaking age division. I am extremely excited to have had this opportunity so that I may be able to incorporate some of the ideas and feelings of the American Junior Simmental Association into our current YCSA program. This was certainly a great experience for me to gain some new knowledge of programming as well as fund-raising, contacts and friendships that I will certainly put to good use in the future of my position with the YCSA. I look forward to speaking with those of you who are interested in more about the American Junior Simmental National or its program and would be happy to share any thoughts or ideas that I have. Thank you. Sincerely, Emily Grey, YCSA Coordinator

2012 LIVESTOCK MARKETS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA’S CHAMPION AUCTIONEER The Canadian Simmental Association is proud to have sponsored the Grand Champion buckle at this year’s Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s Auctioneer Championship, hosted by Vold, Jones & Vold Foothill Livestock Market in Stavely, Alberta. This year’s recipient was Justin Gattey of Consort, Alberta. 39


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The Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship was created in the memory of and in recognition of the tremendous service of Dr. Allan A. Dixon. Dr. Dixon was the President of the Canadian Simmental Association for the 1970-71 and 1974-75 terms. He passed away May 6th, 1975 and the scholarship was subsequently set up to recognize the scholastic achievement of the children of members of Canadian Simmental Association. The scholarship encourages them to further their education by providing financial assistance for post-secondary school studies. Since the inception, the Dr. Dixon Scholarship has been awarded to over 100 recipients. The selection committees made up of CSA board members and staff, have reviewed hundreds of applications. Bill MacLeod wrote it best in his article in Spring 2007, “We are very impressed with the quality and the accomplishments of the applicants. They represented the very epitome of the high caliber of the youth involved in the Simmental industry. Their academic records were impeccable and their activities within their schools, sports and community involvement demonstrate their commitment to service. Also, their participation in industry-related activities such as 4-H, YCS, local agricultural events and on-farm participation has been excellent testimony of their commitment to the beef industry in Canada.” We are accepting applications for 2012 and the deadline of October 1st is not that far away. We want to provide the applicants with some suggestions on completing their applications so they truly represent the strong, quality and deserving applicants that they are. Year after year there are some applications which are immediately eliminated because the applicants did not take the time, care and consideration to complete the applications properly. These same issues have been consistent over the years and are worth addressing as a reminder for this year’s applicants. 1. Submit a complete application. Applicants should remember to make the information as detailed and factual as possible. The space allocated in some sections is limited however, it does make provision, “If additional space is required, please submit an additional sheet.” Remember that, as an applicant, you are trying to present yourself as the most deserving candidate. 2. Submit all of the required information. Applications should include academic transcripts for secondary and post-secondary institutions as the application form states, “Attach transcripts of marks on which the application for the award is based.” Letters of acceptance from postsecondary institutes, resumes, letters of recommendation or acknowledgement for participation or contributions are examples of attachments that can enhance an application 3. Submit a professional looking application. The application should show careful preparation and presentation. It is a good idea to complete an application in draft format, reviewing and proofread for grammar, spelling errors and completeness. After review and editing, carefully complete the form to be submitted. A few other items that are worth noting are, applications submitted for the Dr. Dixon Scholarship Award are also considered for the Trevor Vance Scholarship. There is no need to submit separate applications for consideration for these awards; Individuals who have been unsuccessful on previous scholarship applications are encouraged to reapply. Frequently individuals have been successful on their second or third applications; and it is a misconception that individuals must have YCSA participation in order to apply for an award. This is not a requirement. The objective here is to demonstrate an individual’s participation and commitment to the Simmental and beef industries. Any additional combination of experiences, such as 4-H, beef projects, on-farm experience, etc., are great examples of industry involvement.

Applications are available from the CSA office and online at www.simmental.com

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ust because some women have an occupation involving farming and livestock, it doesn’t mean they are not concerned about their appearance, hair, skin and body care. Kadie is one of them.  She’s on a family ranch in Montana.  Both she and her husband share the calving duties in the spring, but cold windy weather plays havoc with her beauty regimen. 

sled rope with the same hand, the flashlight being in the other. She loaded the ‘dead weight’ 80 lb, slick, wet, slimy lug of a calf onto the sled.  It wasn’t easy, considering she was juggling the flashlight and tapping Mama’s snorting incursions with the stick.  She only went down once in the slop, managing to soak her entire left side in the process. 

Last Christmas she had clipped out an ad for a spa that included hot tubs, massage, pedicures, manicures and mud baths. She even posted a sample page from the ad on her bathroom mirror listing the services she might need. 

She wrapped the sled rope over her shoulder and leaned into the harness. The sled was sinking in the goop!  It stuck!  She tried again with a mighty tug, pulled the sled free and fell flat on her face!   

At 4:30 am, one insomniac morning, she rose to check the heavy heifers. Her back ached and she couldn’t sleep.  Might as well work.  She pulled on her jeans, a wool shirt, rubber boots and a warm but ratty jacket.  On leaving the house Kadie grabbed her flashlight and furry cap.  

With the strength inspired by desperation and fury, she slogged through the crusty bog like a winch pulling a dead turkey through a two-inch pipe! The light from the shed shone like a beacon as she drew her precious load to safety.   Kadie felt like Seabiscuit crossing the finish line just before she hit a patch of ice under the deep muck and went down hard!  She tried to twist on the fall and almost completed a full-gainer and tuck and roll.  It was a valiant try but it simply managed to roll her in the mud like a chocolate-dipped burrito!  

The weather had warmed up to 35 degrees two days ago. Snow pack turned to mud.  Thank goodness the wind was only 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20.  The moon was covered by overcast but she knew the way.  At the far end of the coral she saw a newborn calf laid out like a plank in the mud.  He was shivering and shaking.  This, Kadie reminded herself, is the reason we go the extra mile.  To her, each cow and calf mattered.  Mama cow was hovering over baby and was acting protective.  Kadie sensed this and picked up a “be nice” stick along with the 42

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Twenty minutes later, job done, she hobbled into the bathroom. It would be fair to say she did not recognize the face in the mirror.  Then the list caught her eye.  “I guess,” she said to nobody in particular, “I can cross out mud-bath.”  www.baxterblack.com


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No matter how you measure success, the fifth annual T Bar Invitational golf tournament was the most successful yet, raising over $42,000.00 for youth in the beef industry. Eight national junior breed associations, representing 2,041 members, will gain the benefit from the generosity of our sponsors. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Western Agribition Junior Beef Extreme.

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“We are extremely proud of this year’s event. Our largest number of golfers made it a resounding success. In the last five years, we have raised over $191,000.00, which provides funding and opportunities to a great number of youth,” said Bryan Kostiuk, co-chairman of the tournament. The 2013 T Bar Invitational will be held at Dakota Dunes on June 25th and 26th. See www.tbarinvitational.com for more information.

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CSA Executive

President Ron Nolan Markdale, ON P: (519) 986-2450 C: (905) 330-5299 rnolan@hatch.ca First Vice-President Fraser Redpath Mather, MB P/F: (204) 529-2560 C: (204) 825-7401 redsim@xplornet.com Second Vice-President Randy Mader Carstairs, AB P/F: (403) 337-2928 C: (403) 660-1123 rrmader@xplornet.com

CSA Directors

John Sullivan Kazabazua, PQ P/F: (819) 467-2713 Sullivan.simmentals@bell.net Judy Sweet Drayton Valley, AB P: (780) 542-2634 C: (780) 542-0480 judsweet@telus.net

Lacey Fisher Amherst, NS P: (902) 661-0766 C: (506) 536-8454 timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com Kara Enright Tweed, ON P: (613) 478-3404 F: (613) 848-8149 kara_langevin@hotmail.com Deanne Young Breton, AB P/F: (780) 696-3643 C: (780) 542-0855 bfcss@telus.net Kelly Ashworth Oungre, SK P: (306) 456-2749 C: (306) 861-2013 jashworth@sasktel.net

Provincial Associations British Columbia President Lorne Webster Abbotsford, BC P/F: (604) 823-6797 Secretary: Jan Wisse P: (604) 794-3684

#13, 4101 19th St. N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 P: (403) 250-7979 • F: (403) 250-5121 www.simmental.com • E: cansim@simmental.com Ontario President Keitha Harris Donovan P: (613) 257-2617 donovandale_simmentals@ hotmail.com

Manitoba President Darryl Perkin Elgin, MB P/Fax: (204) 769-2159 dperkin@westman.wave.ca Secretary: Donalee Jones P: (204) 529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com

Saskatchewan President Tara Fritz Shaunavon, SK P: (306) 297-3147 C: (306) 297-8000 kelarafarms@hotmail.com Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

Maritimes President Peter Gaunce New Scotland, NB hidden_hollow_farm@hotmail.com Secretary: Ralph Taylor P/F: (902) 895-2117

Sale Report Corrections Westlock, AB February 24, 2012 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Manager: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Simm Two Year Old Bulls Simm Yearling Bulls Red Angus Two Year Old Bulls Red Angus Yearling Bulls Heifers Lots

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$58,200.00 $10,500.00 $116,550.00 $102,350.00 $68,800.00 $171,150.00 $37,125.00 $324,825.00

$6,467.00 $5,305.00 $5,827.50 $5,118.00 $3,621.00 $4,388.46 $1,160.00 $3,569.50

The Cutting Edge Bull Sale

Rimbey, AB March 3, 2012 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Manager: DJH & Associates Ltd.

Sale Summary Lockhart Valley Simmentals Black Angus Bulls Red Angus Bulls Lots

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$106,398.00 $115,800.00 $65,200.00 $287,400.00

$5,911.00 $4,825.00 $3,622.00 $4,790.00

CEO of Office Management Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com CEO of Programming and External Relations Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com Breed Improvement Sean McGrath P: (780) 853-9673 and Dr. Bob Kemp Marketing Co-ordinator Margo Cartwright Tel: (403) 250-5255 mcartwright@simmental.com YCSA Co-ordinator Emily Grey P: (819) 835-0284 emilygrey29@hotmail.com

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Below are the numbers from sale reports which were submitted to Simmental Country and as you can see the Simmental breed had another outstanding bull sale season in 2012. There was almost a $1000.00 increase in the overall sale average while selling an additional 157 bulls. There has never been a time in the history of this or any other breed in Canada where more bulls have sold for more dollars. Exciting times! 2012 Total Sales Report # Sold Simmental Yearling Bulls 2594 ¾ Simmental 2 Year old Bulls 71 Simmental Influence Bulls 29 Total Bulls 2684 ¾ Heifers Commercial Females

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Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com

Quebec Président Philippe Bellavance Ferme Sibelle Fleck SENC St-Sophie-de-Levard, QC P: (819) 288-5005 Secretaire: Sandra Berthiaume Saint-Garmain, QC P/F (819) 395-4453 info@simmentalquebec.ca

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Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale

Sale Summary

CSA Staff

Alberta President Maureen Mappin-Smith Byemoor, AB P: (403) 579-2175 silversmithcattle@yahoo.com Office Contact Heather Saucier Airdrie, AB P: (403) 861-6352 F: (403) 948-2059 saucierh@telus.net Promotion / Fieldperson Chuck Groeneveld High River, AB P: (403) 938-7843 barnboss@telus.net

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Reporting Period: Jan 1 – April 2, 2012 Total # of Sales reported: 48

Gross $13,837,393 $485,201 $118,349 $14,440,943

Average $5332.84 $6833.80 $4081.00 $5378.87

$882,295 $12,900

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3D Simmentals............................................... 49 ABC Cattle Co............................................... 49 Alameda Agencies Ltd................................... 52 Alberta Simmental Association...................... 33 Alliance Simmental Farms............................. 47 Alta Genetics.................................................. 52 Afri-Can Simmentals..................................... 46 Ajay Farms..................................................... 22 Anchor D Ranch........................................... 6, 7 Annabob Farms.............................................. 22 Arntzen, Dean................................................ 51 Applecross...................................................... 43 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd........................ 49 Aumack Simmentals...................................... 49 Bar 5 Stock Farms Ltd................................. 1, 47 Bauer Stock Farms......................................... 22 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals.......................... 43 Big Rock Simmentals.................................... 46 Black Sand Cattle Company.......................... 46 Blushrose Simmental Farm............................ 49 Bohrson Marketing Services ......................5, 52 Bonchuk Farms.............................................. 46 Bouchard Livestock International...............3, 52 Bow Valley Genetics Ltd............................... 52 BS Ranch....................................................... 43 Cattlemen Magazine...................................... 52 Cattlepics.com................................................ 52 Cattle In Motion, LLC................................... 52 Canadian Bull Congress................................. 51 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp..................... 52 Carey, Brent................................................... 51 Car-Laur Simmentals ..............................22, 47 CC Simmental Ranch..................................... 43 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh................................. 47 Crossroad Farms............................................ 49 Davis Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd......... 52 Deeg Simmental............................................. 43 Delta Rho Farms............................................ 47 Destiny Simmentals....................................... 47 Diamond T Simmentals................................. 43 DJ Farms ..................................................22, 47 Dodge............................................................. 23 Don Heggie Simmentals................................ 43 Donovandale Simmentals.............................. 47 Dora Lee Genetics.......................................... 48 Dorran Marketing Inc.................................... 51 Dorran, Steve................................................. 51 Double Bar D Farms ..............................IFC, 49 Double G Simmentals.................................... 49 Downey Farms............................................... 46 Dwayann Simmentals.................................... 48 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals................................ 43 EDN Simmental............................................. 49 Edge, Dean..................................................... 51 East Poplar Simmentals................................. 49 Erixon Simmentals......................................... 49 Fallen Timber Farms...................................... 46 Farmfair International.................................... 25 Ferme Gagnon Inc. ....................................4, 48 Ferme Saro..................................................... 48 Fleckvieh Federation...................................... 8 Flying N Cattle and Feed............................... 51 Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation... 8 Genex Cooperative, Inc................................. 11

Get-A-Long Stock Farms............................... 51 Gibbons Farms............................................... 22 GJR Simmentals............................................ 49 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd..................... 52 Gravendale Farms.....................................22, 48 Hairy Hill Cattle Co....................................... 43 Hallridge Simmentals..................................... 48 Harvie Ranching............................................ 43 High Bluff Stock Farm................................... 46 High Country Cattle Services........................ 43 Hi-Tech Farms............................................... 22 Highway 5 Simmentals.................................. 49 Hoegl Farms................................................... 49 H.S. Knill Company Limited......................... 51 Indian River Cattle Co................................... 48 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd............. 52 Janzen Ranches.............................................. 43 Jetstream Livestock........................................ 48 JNR Farms..................................................... 43 Keato Meadow Simmentals........................... 43 Kelara Farms.................................................. 49 Kin Kin Cattle Co.......................................... 43 Kopp Farms Simmentals................................ 46 Kuntz Simmental Farm.................................. 49 LaBatte Simmentals....................................... 49 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals................................. 50 Lazy S Ranch................................................. 43 Lewis Farms Ltd. ................................OBC, 44 Little Willow Creek Ranch............................ 50 Lobster Point Farms....................................... 47 Lockhart Valley Simmentals.......................... 16 Lone Stone Farms ...................................10, 44 M & J Farms.................................................. 46 MacCrostie Livestock.................................... 18 Mackenzie Cattle Co...................................... 44 Mader Ranches............................................... 44 Manitoba Simmental Association ............35, 36 Maple Key Farm............................................ 48 Mappin Simmentals....................................... 44 Maritime Simmental Association................... 37 Mar Mac Farms.............................................. 46 Marywood...................................................... 48 Masterfeeds.................................................... 22 Masterloc Simmentals.................................... 44 Maxwell Simmentals..................................... 44 McCormack Family Ranch............................ 50 McIntosh Livestock....................................... 50 McMillen Ranching Ltd................................. 50 MI Simmentals............................................... 44 Mitchell Cattle Co.......................................... 46 Muellers Nossa Terra..................................... 48 Muirhead Cattle Co........................................ 50 North Hill Simmentals................................... 44 Norwood Family Farm................................... 22 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group................ 44 Oslanski Simmental Farms............................ 44 Para-Dice Ranches......................................... 44 Parkhill Ranches............................................ 44 Parkview Stockfarms..................................... 44 Pearson Simmentals....................................... 44 Pheasantdale Simmentals............................... 50 Phillips Farms................................................ 51 Poley, Chris.................................................... 51 Porter Ranches............................................... 44

Prospect Hill Simmentals............................... 48 Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais.................. 44 Rancier Farms................................................ 44 Rattray Livestock........................................... 45 Redpath Simmentals...................................... 46 Remington Land & Cattle.............................. 45 Rendezvous Farms......................................... 46 Rick-Sha Farms.............................................. 22 Rimac Simmental........................................... 48 Riverbank Farm............................................. 47 River Point Cattle Co..................................... 48 Robb Farms.................................................... 50 Robson Acres................................................. 22 Rockridge Cattle Co. ...............................22, 45 Rovin Acres.................................................... 45 Rust Mountain View Ranch........................... 9 SAJ Simmentals............................................. 50 Saugeen Acres................................................ 45 Schatz Simmentals......................................... 45 Simmerson Fleckvieh Simmentals................. 45 Skeels, Dan.................................................... 51 Snider, Darryl................................................. 43 Southpaw Cattle Company............................ 45 Spring Creek Simmentals.............................. 50 Spring Lake Simmentals................................ 45 Spruce Grove Cattle Co................................. 50 Starwest Farms.........................................19, 46 Steen Agencies............................................... 52 Stock, Mark.................................................... 51 Stockmens Insurance..................................... 52 Stone Falcon................................................... 45 Stone Simmentals.......................................... 45 Stoughton Farms............................................ 50 Sullivan Simmentals...................................... 48 Sunrise Simmentals........................................ 50 Sun Star Simmentals...................................... 45 Sunny Valley Simmentals.............................. 50 Swan Lake Farms Ltd.................................... 50 Swantewitt Simmentals.................................. 45 TD Simmentals.............................................. 50 The Register................................................... 51 Timberlind Auctions...................................... 51 TSN Livestock............................................... 47 Transcon Livestock Corp. ....................IBC, 52 Trevor’s Cowpix............................................ 52 Tryon Simmentals.......................................... 47 Twin Brae Simmentals................................... 47 Twin Butte Simmentals.................................. 45 Tymarc Livestock........................................... 45 Ultra Livestock............................................... 45 Virginia Ranch............................................... 45 W2 Farms....................................................... 50 Waydamar Farms........................................... 22 Weldehaven Farms......................................... 48 Wells Crossing Cattle Company..............15, 45 Westway Farms Ltd....................................... 45 Wild Oak Farms............................................. 48 Windy Knoll Farm......................................... 47 WJ Simmentals.............................................. 46 WLB Livestock.............................................. 47 Wolfe Farms................................................... 46 Wyecrest Simmentals..................................... 17 Yankee Creek Ranch...................................... 51

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What’s Happening August

August 1-4 Saskatchewan Tiger Lily Classic (YCSA), Prince Albert, SK August 3-5 Manitoba Youth Beef Round Up (YCSA), Neepawa, MB August 15 International Livestock Congress - Beef 2012 www.ilccalgary.com CCA Semi Annual Meeting www.cattle.ca, Calgary, AB August 23-25 CSA Annual General Meeting Weekend, Truro, NS August 24 Anchor D Ranch Pasture Treasures 5th Annual Female Sale, Rimby, AB YCSA National Classic, Truro, NS 6th Annual Salt Water Classic Elite Sale, Truro, NS August 25 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Simmental Show, Truro, NS CSA Annual General Meeting, Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, NS Garth Sweet Foundation Auction, Truro, NS

September September 1 October 2012 Simmental Country Deadline YCSA Day Planner Advertising Deadline September 16 Ontario Autumn Simmental Classic Sale 10th Anniversary, Hanover, ON September 21-22 Quest XIII For Excellence, Fleckvieh Simmental Sale, Dollar’s Diamond D, Russellville, AR, USA September 29 Ferme Gagnon & Guests Production Sale XVI, Chenville, QC

October October 1 Winter 2012 Simmental Country Deadline Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship deadline

October 5-9 River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale www.riverpointcattlecompany.com Glencoe, ON October 7 Bar 5 Extravaganza VIII, Markdale, ON Ontario Fleckvieh Forum XVIII Sale, Markdale, ON October 27 Moose Creek Simmental Complete Herd Dispersal, Grand Prairie, AB

November November 2 Manitoba Livestock Expo Simmental Show, Brandon, MB Transcon’s National Trust Chapter V Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB November 3 Royal Elite All Breed Sale, Toronto, ON November 4 Big Hills Simmentals Complete Herd Dispersal, Virden, MB November 4-11 Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB November 9 The Headliner All Breed Show & Sale, Edmonton, AB November 11-13 North American International Livestock Expo FSFF Annual Membership Meeting The Pinnacle International Fullblood Show North American Select Simmental Sale, Louisville, KY, USA November 17 Transcon’s Simmental Cow-A-Rama XIII, Innisfail, AB November 22 Canadian Western Agribition National Simmental Show & Sale, Regina, SK November 26 Harvest Hoedown Simmental Heifer Sale, Neepawa, MB

December December 3 The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Lloydminster, SK

December 4 Keystone Konnection Sale, Brandon, MB December 6 Transcon’s 35th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK December 8 McMillen Herdbuilder Female Sale, Carivale, SK December 10 Shades of the Prairie, Brandon, MB December 13 Southern Alberta Simmental Round-Up Group 19th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale, High River, AB December 14 Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale, Olds, AB December 15 Checkers & Fullblood Perfection, Red Deer, AB December 16 Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation Fullblood Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XV Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Red Deer, AB December 31 New Years Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale, Red Deer, AB

2013 February February 16 Double Bar D Best Of Both Worlds Bull & Female Sale, Grenfell, SK February 23 Lewis Farms 28th Annual Bull Sale, Spruce Grove, AB February 25 Ace in the Hole, 2nd Annual Production Sale, Turtle Lake, ND

March March 2 Cutting Edge Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB March 8 McCormack Famility Ranch Genetic Destination Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK

CONTENTS Gatepost (English)............................................................................12 Gatepost (French).............................................................................13 Member News..................................................................................14 Genomics Program Update..............................................................20 Women Of The Simmental Country.................................................24 Breed Improvement (English)...........................................................26 Breed Improvement (French)...........................................................27 Queens Of The Pasture Photo Contest.............................................28 YCSA Newsletter...............................................................................30 When Farm Kids Leave Home...........................................................31 Vet’s Advice......................................................................................32 Alberta News....................................................................................33 Saskatchewan News.........................................................................34 56

Manitoba News................................................................................35 Ontario News....................................................................................36 Maritime News.................................................................................37 AJSA..................................................................................................38 Livestock Markets Auctioneering Championships............................39 Dr. Dixon Scholarship........................................................................41 Baxter Black......................................................................................42 Canadian Simmental Association Staff.............................................54 Sale Results.......................................................................................54 Canadian Simmental Association Contacts......................................54 Advertiser’s Index.............................................................................55 What’s Happening............................................................................56


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