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VOLUME 39, NUMBER 5

Bruce Bruce Holmquist

The official publication of the Canadian Simmental Association

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

CSA Fall Meetings Update

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he 2018 fall calf run is complete and once again good quality Simmental calves brought a premium across Canada. For those of us who remember the days when Simmental calves were sorted into the odds and ends, or off-colored pens, this is something to savor and enjoy. As Dr. Bob Hough commented at the American Simmental Association’s Fall Focus, Simmental is the only beef breed in North America that has successfully made it off the order-buyer’s “Do not buy list” and has grown to be a major supplier of genetics to the North American beef industry. Simmental calves are paying well and are often the pay-weight champs reminding us that it’s not price per pound but dollars per head that counts! At the time of writing this article, the grain harvest is finally wrapping up in most areas although a lot of it was harvested at higher moisture levels. It remains to be seen if that will result in a price increase as we move towards the end of the year however the advantages of Simmental genetics in many commercial cowherds have once again been clearly visible! The 2018 calf market was just one of the many topics discussed during the recent Canadian Simmental Association committee and board meetings that were held October 21-23. These meetings also included the Friends of Canadian Simmental Association board meeting that dealt primarily with the 2017 FCSF scholarships and a recap of the 2017 Foundation auction. Plans are already underway for the 2019 auction and we welcomed Scott Matthews to the Foundation Board of Directors. Five scholarship winners were chosen out of an outstanding group of applicants. There were some new faces at the table through our meetings with Dr. Troy Drake, Alberta, Mike McDonald, Saskatchewan and Scott Matthews, Quebec, joining the Breed Improvement Committee (BIC). We thank Ward Muirhead and Ken Adair, past BIC committee members for their time and effort to making improvements of the Simmental breed. Some of the highlights of the two days of CSA meetings were: - Simmental promotion items were discussed and orders will be placed for new products. If you have ideas of things you would like the CSA to source for breed promotion please contact the new Promotion Committee Chair Francis Gagnon or CSA Marketing Coordinator Sue Giles. - The Award of Excellence show recognition program was reviewed and while we are seeing good uptake for the program we will be making slight improvements to it. - Planning is underway for the 2019 CSA Convention in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec and the Quebec Simmental Association is hard at work ensuring that it is an exciting and memorable event. - The Canadian Simmental CCIA tag program has received great uptake and approximately 23,000 tags have been sold to date. That

number will continue to increase as people become more aware of their availability and as the CSA expands the program to also make the blue RFID back buttons available in Quebec. - A Canadian Simmental dangle ID tag was discussed and these may be added to the offering of ID tags available to the users of Simmental genetics. - Numerous registry system updates have been undertaken in order to improve the CSA On-Farm software program and how with the CSA registry system. The CSA is committed to providing one of the most comprehensive user-friendly data entry programs to its membership. - The new genomically enhanced EPDS (g-EPDs) generated by International Genetic Solutions (IGS) through its BOLT software program were discussed and feed-back is that the new numbers are in line with expectations. - Considerable time was spent on discussing new programming options for the CSA that would advance the breed to the next level and continue to grow its market share as well as profitability of the Canadian beef herd. - The fall run of shows are underway and one of the major changes for 2018 is the implementation of a “no paint” rule at many of the fall shows. While this is not a CSA directive we commend the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Simmental Associations for their initiative to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for their exhibitors, cattle and show attendees. - The Young Canadian Simmental Association program and events were also a major discussion item and in particular the maximum age limits which remains a concern of some CSA members. This will be discussed with the National YCSA board of directors. As you can see a wide range of topics were covered during the meetings, and it was a busy and productive time that was very challenging for many to attend due to the difficult 2018 harvest conditions. The directors and committee members, as well as their families, should be commended more than ever this year for giving of their time away from their own operations for the advancement of the Simmental breed in Canada. If you have any questions on the items discussed at the October meetings, or any other issues that come to mind, we encourage you to contact one of your CSA directors or myself for further information. On behalf of everyone at the CSA and Simmental Country, I would like to wish everyone the best of luck and good weather with your upcoming November and December sales as well as a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2019.

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Breed Improvement

Performance Testing Strategies – Investing in Culls and Heifers By Sean McGrath

Breed Improvement Co-ordinator for the Canadian Simmental Association

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erformance testing and genetic evaluation are often used and viewed in different ways by different operations. Probably the two most basic distinctions are the use of performance tools for marketing versus selection. It is not quite that black and white in the real world and there is overlap and grey area in between these two, but for the purposes of this article we will frame the discussion in terms of selection. One of the key ideas behind using performance testing for selection is that we need to measure the bottom end of the cattle as well. While these cattle may never be selected to extend Simmental bloodlines, they are extremely important as they help to put the better cattle into proper context (we can appreciate how good they actually are). From this perspective we can start to look at choices in performance testing that may challenge the way we do things. Weights It is still somewhat amazing to me that people don’t more actively report the bottom end of their calves on the breed’s performance program. Failing to report heavy birth weight calves or light weaning weight calves is extremely detrimental to analysis of the better calves in the herd. There have been many articles printed in this magazine that show the negative impact of not reporting the poor calves on the relative performance on the good ones. Beyond just reporting all the weights at birth and weaning, it is also vital to properly report groupings. The CSA computer will split out calves based on sex or age, but calves that are managed together need to be grouped together. Conversely calves that are not managed together or have a unique situation should receive a different group number. For example, if a calf was treated for scours for a week at a month old, it should not be grouped with other calves that were fully healthy from birth to weaning. One of the key needs to report all calves at weaning is that this is generally a point of culling for a lot of cowherds. Sale bulls and replacement females are often selected at weaning and the remaining calves marketed. If a breeder fails to report on these “marketed calves” then automatically half of the replacement quality cattle are below average in the group, even if you only keep a select few. By reporting all calves at weaning, we can remove this bias from the data when we calculate EPD on the cattle. As well, reporting all cattle helps us to get at really important traits such as reproductive success and weaning rate success. These are traits that make a huge economic difference to our customers. Ultrasound Ultrasound is a very good, affordable method to get a determination of carcass merit in a cowherd. Often breeders will make a choice based on budget and time to scan only bull calves. This is a worthwhile investment and may see a relatively quick return by adding value at marketing. It is worth considering scanning replacement heifers and in fact, this may be a more valuable investment than scanning bulls, if one is making a choice between the two. Advantages of scanning heifers include establishing a carcass baseline on the cowherd going forward and heifers as a group better express differences in fat and marbling. If all calves are weighed and reported at weaning, ultrasound scanning of replacement quality seedstock can be put into context with the entire herd, instead of only within the scan group.

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DNA testing Doing genomic testing is becoming much more common and this data can be used directly in our BOLT evaluation to rapidly increase accuracy on an animal’s EPD. Breeders typically test herdsires and potential ET donor dams. More and more are also starting to do this type of testing on sale bulls. Again, from a perspective of genetic improvement, a perfect scenario would see all calves with a high density DNA test. If it comes down to a choice based on budget and the decision is strictly selection based (not marketing) the best investment is to do this DNA testing on replacement females. Again, while we may be able to regain testing costs rapidly through marketing of bulls, the reasoning for testing heifers would be the ability to add information equivalent to having multiple progeny, many more than the heifer is likely to have in her productive lifetime. Additionally, this information sets up the female to have DNA information that can be used moving forward to evaluate hard to measure traits, do parentage on her offspring and improve planned mating outcomes. A good example would be Stayability, where DNA allows us to do a much better job of predicting that female’s genetics for longevity and sustained fertility, rather than waiting for 10 years to see if she will last. Additionally, this added accuracy to the EPD is retained back into a breeding program, rather than being dispersed into the commercial industry. Every cowherd I know operates on limited resources and must make decisions about where to invest to get bang for the buck. Seedstock operations that are investing in performance testing need to continually look at what their goal is and the reasoning behind their program. Determining the best way to invest if we take a selection approach to ongoing genetic improvement in our herds, may mean measuring all the available cattle (culls too) and choosing to invest limited resources on heifers, rather than those sale bulls. Collecting information that will be cycled back into the seedstock herd through replacements, provides a real service to the commercial industry by helping to make more rapid improvement in the seedstock herd and then multiplying this over time into the commercial industry.

Figure 1. Diagram showing reporting on all cows and calves from the cowherd until weaning. Blue arrows represent cattle and information flows. By reporting all information possible and focusing on heifers in advanced performance programs, it is possible to use measured genetics to more rapidly improve the seedstock cowherd and thus commercial customer herds.


Lot 6 Anchor D Paparazzi 463E Clearwater Simmentals, AB ($16,000) Javier Jauregui, Mexico Starwest Farms, AB JB Livestock ,AB Buzzard Hollow Ranch, Texas Lyle & Vonda Wiens, BC CTC Simmentals, AB Sandy Hill Simmentals, AB Clearwater Simmentals, AB Gary Waldron, AB Dobbie Simmentals, ON Crimson Tide Fleckvieh, ON Newton Creek Simmentals, AB Rose Creek Ranches, AB Grimm Ranches, AB Black Gold Simmentals, SK Madge Simmentals, AB Ferme Gagnon, PQ Karen & Robert McBey, AB Nolara Farms, AB Carew Simmentals, ON Leewood Ranch, AB Penner Stock Farms, MB Red Willow Ranch, SK Virginia Ranch, AB Elm Tree Farms, ON DJ Farms, ON LaBatte Simmentals, SK Keato Meadows, AB Norm & Holly Waldron, AB Stone Simmentals, AB XRC Simmentals, SK Roy & Darielle Sroka, AB Silversmith Farms, AB Green Valley Ranch, AB Randy Valstar, AB Schwengler Farms, AB Beechinor Land & Cattle, AB Bayan Aboghanim, AB Mark Land & Cattle, AB Wagg Cattle Company, AB Stout Bros. Simmentals, AB Circle G Simmentals, AB Swan Lake Farms, SK Maxwell Simmentals, AB K Star Simmentals, AB

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Lot 7 Anchor D Cascade 558E Starwest Farms, AB ($13,000)

Anchor D Elyta 496E Starwest Farms, AB ($13,000)

Lot 4 Anchor D Allegro 447E - Sold to CTC Simmentals, AB ($25,000)

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Lot 18 Anchor D Elaine 483E Black Gold Simmentals, SK ($10,000)

Lot 20 Anchor D Edwinna 561E Ferme Gagnon, PQ ($17,000)

Lot 33 Anchor D MACS Dixie Chick 376E LaBatte Simmentals, SK ($16,000) 9


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Appuye sure la poteau de cloture

By Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

Sommaire des réunions de l’automne de l’ASC

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e circuit des encans de veaux d’embouche de l’automne 2018 est terminé et, encore une fois, les veaux croisés Simmental se sont vendus à des prix supérieurs partout au Canada. On peut se réjouir et apprécier ces succès quand on se rappelle du temps où les veaux Simmental étaient placés dans les enclos de plus petits veaux ou encore avec des veaux de couleurs variées. Tel que le mentionnait Dr. Bob Hough lors du “Fall Focus” de l’Association Simmental Américaine, la Simmental est la seule race en Amérique du nord ayant réussi à disparaitre de la liste “ne pas acheter” des courtiers en bétail,et dont la popularité s’est ensuite accrue rapidement, contribuant à ce qu’elle devienne une source principale de génétique dans l’industrie bovine nord-américaine. Les veaux Simmental sont bien payés ainsi que les meilleurs veaux des diverses catégories de poids à l’encan, ce qui nous rappelle que le prix en dollars par veau est plus important que le prix reçu par livre ! Au moment d’écrire cet article, la récolte des grains se termine enfin pour la plupart des régions, alors qu’on a dû moissonner nos grains avec une teneur plus élevée en humidité. Il faudra voir si les prix des veaux augmenteront d’ici la fin de l’année, par contre les avantages de la race Simmental au sein de plusieurs troupeaux commerciaux ont une fois de plus été bien visibles ! Le marché des veaux en 2018 fut un sujet discuté parmi tous les autres abordés lors des réunions du Conseil d’administration et des comités de l’Association Simmental du Canada tenues du 21 au 23 octobre dernier. Une réunion du Conseil d’administration de la Fondation des Amis de l’Association Simmental du Canada (‘FCSF’) s’est également tenue au même moment, alors qu’on a discuté surtout des bourses d’études 2017 de la FCSF et des résultats de l’encan 2017 de la Fondation. La planification de l’encan de 2019 est déjà amorcée et nous profitons de l’occasion pour souhaiter la bienvenue à Scott Matthews à titre de nouveau membre du Conseil d’administration de la Fondation.Cinq gagnants d’une bourse d’études ont été sélectionnés parmi un excellent groupe de candidats. De nouveaux visages étaient présents lors de nos réunions, avec la présence du Dr Troy Drake de l’Alberta, de Mike McDonald de la Saskatchewan et de Scott Matthews du Québec, lesquels sont de nouveaux membres du Comité d’amélioration de la race (‘BIC’). Nous désirons remercierdeux membres ayant complété leur mandat sur le ‘BIC’, soitWard Muirhead et Ken Adair, pour leur temps et leur contribution à l’amélioration de la race Simmental. Voici quelques faits saillants de ces deux journées de réunions de l’ASC: - On a eu des discussions concernant les articles promotionnels et on déposera bientôt des commandes pour de nouveaux produits. Si vous avez des suggestions d’autres articles que l’ASC devrait considérer pour promouvoir la race, veuillez communiquer avec le nouveau Président du Comité de promotion, Francis Gagnon, ou bien avec Sue Giles, la coordonnatrice du marketing à l’ASC. -On a révisé le programme de reconnaissance “Prix d’excellence” des jugements d’animaux et, bien qu’on ait enregistré une bonne participation au programme, nous allons y apporter de légères améliorations. -La planification est en cours pour la Convention 2019 de l’ASC qui aura lieu à St-Hyacinthe au Québec. L’Association Simmental du Québec travaille fort afin que nous vivions un évènement excitant et mémorable. -La participation au programme des boucles d’oreille électroniques de

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l’ACIB spécifiques aux Simmental canadiens est en croissance avec environ 23 000 boucles vendues jusqu’à maintenant. Le nombre de boucles devrait continuer de croître alors que davantage de producteurs seront informés de leur disponibilité, de même qu’avec une expansion à venir du programme alors que les boucles d’oreille bleues seront également disponibles au Québec. -On a eu des discussions concernant la disponibilité d’un panneau d’oreille Simmental, et ceux-ci pourraient aussi venir s’ajouter aux boucles déjà disponibles aux utilisateurs de génétique Simmental. -On a entrepris de faire plusieurs mises à jour de notre système d’enregistrement, afin d’améliorer le programme de contrôle à la ferme via le service en ligne de l’ASC, de même que le lien avec notre système d’enregistrement. L’ASC s’engage à vous fournir à ses membres l’un des systèmes d’entrée de données le plus complet et facile qui soit à l’utilisateur. -On a également eu des discussions au sujet des nouveaux ÉPD améliorés par la génomique (g-ÉPD), produits par la firme International Genetic Solutions (IGS) à l’aide de son programme d’évaluation BOLT. Les commentaires sont è l’effet que les nouveaux ÉPD correspondent à ce que nous attendions. - On a consacré pas mal de temps à discuter des opportunités de nouveaux programmes pour l’ASC, lesquels pourraient contribuer à augmenter nos parts de marché et à favoriser l’amélioration de la rentabilité de l’industrie bovine canadienne. - Le circuit des expositions d’automne est encours et un nouveau règlement concernant le “sans peinture” sera appliqué pour plusieurs des expositions. Bien que cela ne soit pas une directive provenant de l’ASC, nous tenons à féliciter les Associations de l’Alberta, de la Saskatchewan et du Manitoba qui, par leur initiative, feront en sorte que les exposants, les bovins et les spectateurs profiteront d’un environnement plus propre et plus sain. - Le programme et les activités de l’Association de jeunes éleveurs Simmental (‘YCSA’) a également fait l’objet d’intenses discussions, tout spécialement en cequi concerne l’âge limite maximum qui est un sujet préoccupant pour certains membres de l’ASC. Plus de discussions devront se faire avec le Conseil d’administration des ‘YCSA’. Tel que vous pouvez le constater, un large éventail de sujets a été abordé au cours de ces réunions. On a été très occupé et productif, malgré le fait que plusieurs ont dû y assister en dépit d’un contexte très difficile de récolte des grains en 2018. On se doit de féliciter bien spécialement tous les administrateurs, les membres de comités, ainsi que leurs familles, car ils ont dû donner de leur temps en-dehors de leurs fermes et de leurs récoltes afin de participer à l’avancement de la race Simmental au Canada. Si vous avez des questions à propos d’un des sujets discutés lors de nos réunions du mois d’octobre, ou encore par rapport à tout autre sujet qui ne me vient pas à l’esprit, nous vous invitons à communiquer avec l’un des administrateurs de l’ASC ou bien avec moi-même. Au nom de toute l’équipe de l’ASC et de la revue Simmental Country, je désire souhaiter à tous du succès lors de leurs ventes de novembre et décembre, et d’espérer de belles conditions météorologiques durant cette période. Joyeux Noël et une année 2019 sous le signe de la santé et de la prospérité!


FGAF Kananaskis 091D

FGAF I'm Flashy 077E

FGAF Evan Perfect 098D

$17,500 to Black Gold Simmental

$17,000 to Starwest Farms

$14,500 to Beechinor Bros.

FGAF Evan Perfect 101D

FGAF Angel 017E

FGAF Upola 038E

$14,500 to Ferme B.M.S. ENR & Edward Belanger

$13,250 to Starwest Farms

$10,700 to Steady Brook Farms

FGAF Miss Spotify 032E

FGAF Anick 009E $7,750 to Oakview Simmentals

$6,000 to Mader Ranch

$10,500 to Dobbie Simmentals

FGAF Dusty Rose 117D

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YCSA Alumni Story Chad Ross:

Many skills grew from the show ring YCSA experience has served Chad Ross well over ranching career Starting out in 4-H, Chad Ross is about five years old pictured with his first Simmental heifer “828.”

Chad Ross hasn’t shown purebred cattle in a few years, but the interest sparked from being around purebred Simmental cattle at a young age and showing cattle during his years with the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) led to some valuable skills that continue to contribute to improved production on his south-central This cut is an excellent example of a large rib eye area, with just the proper Saskatchewan commercial amount of back fat, Ross uses as instructional tool with his 4-H club. beef operation. Good genetics combined with proper management are key elements in raising and finishing high growth cattle that produce a high yielding, high grading beef carcass. He didn’t necessarily realize the importance as a 12 year old showing his first purebred Simmental bred heifer at the one-time longstanding Regina summer fair, Buffalo Days. He was just excited about being at his first major “I always livestock show on his own. had an But along with that thrill he was also learning aspects of interest in the beef industry still relevant purebred in the management of the family owned L-7 Land & cattle and Cattle operation nearly 40 genetics” years later. 16

“I always had an interest in purebred cattle and genetics,” says Ross, who along with his wife Crystal and daughters, Cassidy and Carlee, represent the fourth and fifth generations respectively on the Ross ranch near Estevan, southeast of Regina, just north of the North Dakota border. Actually his farm is just down the road from where his parents, Brian and Rosalie Ross, continue their ranching operation. Ross says as his grandfather and father pioneered Simmental genetics in Canada on their purebred Ross L-7 Simmentals in the ‘70s and ‘80s he knew the pedigree of just about every animal. He always had an interest in livestock genetics. He joined 4-H at an early age and his first memory after joining the Young Canadian Simmental Association was showing that heifer at Buffalo Days. “I was 12 years old; it was 1983 and the bred heifer was 232P,” says Ross. “I just remember being so excited to be at Buffalo Days on my own, showing this heifer.” Nisku Farms, longtime Simmental breeders from the Fillmore area, were in the stall Chad Ross, back row, left, and other members next to him. of his University of Nebraska livestock “It was just the judging team holding some of the hardware they won during a judging event in California. start of being out


It is hands-on learning for Chad Ross’s 4-H club as he takes club members to a packing plant to learn how to evaluate a beef carcass.

there and being part of a different world,” says Ross. “I got to meet other people and work alongside them. It was a good introduction to the industry. I believe youth programs in the agriculture industry provide amazing opportunities and I always encourage young people to get involved. It is just a great opportunity to learn and to meet people and develop life skills that will serve you your whole life.” Over his years as a Saskatchewan YCSA member Ross showed cattle at many shows around Saskatchewan including the YCSA class at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Through the program he learned as much as he could about showing and fitting cattle, and livestock genetics. And he must have been paying attention as his involvement helped him win the Dr. Allan A Dixon Memorial Scholarship in 1989. Soon after he was off to Casper College in Casper, Wyoming to become part of the college’s livestock judging team and also to study agricultural business. After that two-year program he was recruited by the University of Nebraska, offered a scholarship, and joined their livestock judging team as he also studied towards his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business. University was a hectic schedule as along with studies, he was also

on the road regularly during the school year with the livestock judging team, travelling all across the U.S. One of the most memorial events was winning the highest individual overall honors at a judging competition in Denver where he was presented with a bronze Hereford bull statue. “The trophy wasn’t quite the right genetics for what I grew up with,” he jokes. “But it was still an honour to win.” Another highlight during university years was being asked in 1994 to be a judge at the Young Canadian Simmental Show at Agribition in Regina. “Here I was back judging at a show that I at one time showed cattle at, so it was a real honor to be part of that.” A f t e r graduating university he joined the livestock g e n e t i c s firm, ABS Global GTS (Genetic Type The Ross family — Crystal and Chad with their daughters, Carlee, left and Cassidy along with the S u m m a r y ) cow dog members of the family. program, where from his U.S. base he was involved in evaluating the progeny of herd sires. Staying with the company he eventually moved back to Saskatchewan to work as their beef specialist/business unit manager which involved work and travel across Western Canada. While his early career had him involved in the genetics side of the beef business, he hadn’t forgotten his ranching roots so decided in 1998 to start his own ranching operation at Estevan. Working alongside his parents for a number of years, “who were a tremendous help,” he also bought some land of his own, and started with 24 head of his own cattle. He married Crystal in 1999 and they began building L-7 Land & Cattle together. “We picked up land and cattle as we could afford it,” he says. 17


Today L-7 Land & Cattle runs about 1,000 head of commercial Simmental and mostly Black Angus-cross cattle as well as a small finishing feedlot, started in 2012, for their own cattle. They annual crop part of the farm to produce feed for their feedyard. While the Ross’ run a fair sized operation, Chad says unfortunately the biggest bump in herd numbers came during the BSE crisis of 2003. He had just bought heifers he was planning to market, but then BSE hit. That ended the heifer marketing plans, “so the next best option was to breed the heifers and add them to the cowherd,” says Ross. “The industry is still feeling the effects of BSE 15 years later.”

Over the years Ross has used good genetics and a sound breeding program to develop a quality herd of cows that produce excellent calves to be finished in the farm feedlot. “There are many excellent Simmental breeders here in Saskatchewan producing quality herd sires,” says Ross. “In the beef business carcass yield is important and so you need that length of body in an animal to give you the yield. The Simmental breed “It is actually has an excellent expression of fun to be able muscle, producing a large ribeye area which contributes to to look at the the overall meat yield of the carcass data animal.” Ross says he likes being and see how able to finish cattle, as it gives cattle are him a much clearer picture of performing” how his breeding program is working. “It is actually fun to be able to look at the carcass data and see how cattle are performing,” he says. Packing plant reports show a minimum of 18

80% carcasses grading AAA and higher, with many qualified for premium programs. Ross, who has completed the VBP+ program, has developed a marketing program based on quality. He finishes cattle a bit on the heavier weight side - 1,500 pounds for steers and 1,400 pounds for heifers – all marketed through Cargill that qualify for the McDonald’s Restaurant certified sustainable beef program. Quality cattle produced with proper management practices generates about an extra $20 per head. What does that all have to do with showing 232P at Buffalo Days in the early 1980s? It was an important early step in teaching him to connect with the beef industry, learning how to meet people, learning to work with others, and learning how to communicate. It furthered his interest in beef genetics and the value of quality cattle. And it also was important exposure to being involved in the beef industry. Throughout his ranching career Ross has been involved with beef industry programs and associations. He is currently a board member of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, and also is the Saskatchewan representative on the board of the Canadian Beef Checkoff Agency within the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency. Along with other community activities he is also a 4-H beef club leader. “I have learned over the years it is important to give back to the industry and be involved,” says Ross. “That’s why I am a strong supporter of any youth program that gets young people involved — it is part of the foundation building our next generation’s leaders.”


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any years ago I wrote an article on the negatives of hot iron branding and got more letters to the editor than I have in all the time since. Please read this one and see if this makes sense to the cattle industry in general and the purebred industry. More and more, especially purebred herds, you are seeing cows and bulls with freeze brands on them. These may be just the herd letters or could be the actual identification or tattoo. One of the reasons freeze branding has been necessitated in purebred cattle is because of black cattle. Tattoos are really hard to read in black, older cattle. With the cattle industry only having black and dark green ink available to them or when tags fall out they need another form of permanent identification. For some reason the cattle industry has never come up with a yellow, red or white tattoo ink that works on cattle. I have wondered that but on an article I did on tattooing an Angus producer said if everything fails then we have hair for DNA testing to resolve the mystery. Freeze branding, if done properly, is a very visible and permanent form of identification. Freeze branding is a process generally done by experienced people and they treat it like a business. With dry ice and things like methanol necessary to prevent the cold irons sticking to the skin the end result is a very visible brand.The skin when frozen, the hair grows in white. The thing I was most impressed when watching this done is the lower level of pain it creates, as there is very little struggling only every so often. There is absolutely no vocalization and when healing really very little in the way of skin peeling or a wound is created. There are no big open wounds like one may get with hot iron branding so the issue of flies bothering the wounds are minimized. The hair is always clipped so contact is best and the irons are put on for an exact time as a clock or timer with a second hand is utilized. If the contact is broken between the iron and the skin that extra time lost is added on. We need a researcher studying pain and animal welfare to seriously look at freeze branding versus hot iron branding and look at the real differences. With hot iron branding, producers are starting to use NSAIDs for sure on the bull calves that are also castrated at branding but most have also realized the benefits to heifers of painkillers that are hot iron branded. On my observations of both methods of branding, if I were to call hot iron branding an eight of ten on a pain scale I would have to say freeze branding looks like a two to three. Pain researchers would be able to quantify better but just visually it appears to be way less painful. I would even doubt if painkillers would even make a huge difference but time and research will tell us the answer. Researchers have maybe avoided the whole branding scene because it is a difficult one. It is not even mentioned in the beef code of practice for a guideline and the bison code states no branding for herd identification is allowed. I have not seen it mentioned in the verified beef production+ (VBP+) manual as well. With both types of branding, because a larger area is covered, the only thing from an anaesthetic where veterinary involvement would not be needed would be a topical anesthetic that isn’t practical from a time to effect perspective. With freeze branding the time for contact with the skin approaches a minute so it is not a fast procedure. The process needs to be methodical and as always think of other procedures that need to be done to the cattle such as treatment for flies and worms prebreeding shots or in the

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case of yearling bulls potentially footrot vaccine are specific examples. The freeze branding professionals are calm and great handling cattle so cattle walk out of the chute rather calm in my opinion. The calmer they get them in, the easier they are to brand so they use that approach. With freeze branding the brands can even be clipped close to calving time giving them a very visible identification at calf checks. If utilizing a drone to check pasture cattle again the freeze brand could be a very visible identification from a distance.

Some brand inspectors and certain provinces require the herd letters making more branding necessary. Others will allow just the individual number and the year letter of birth. It is too bad, maybe, that the brands carry such weight as the future may see hot iron brands eliminated. With the commercial producers, my wish is they seriously consider whether they should go the route of freeze branding which would be done on essentially yearling heifers before breeding when all the heifer replacements have been selected. You may be in your operation be able to eliminate branding of the steers and non-replacement heifers. It is kind of a shame and lots of work to brand on calves going to slaughter in the next year. It is the most labor-intensive procedure at spring processing. It would be nice if financial institutions or feeder associations did not require branding as with any rare disputes hair samples could be taken for DNA. Brand inspection is only carried out in a few of the western provinces and virtually no one brands in eastern Canada. I had one eastern feedlot owner ask me if it was against the law to not brand in the west as he saw so many cattle come in with multiple brands. With better retention dangle tags and RFID tags there is less and less need for brands to identify the herd of origin. Brand inspection also creates lots of paperwork and cost to the cattle industry and I am not exactly sure to what end. I know hot ironbranding decreases hide quality especially with the rib brands. I presume the same for freeze branding but don’t know that for sure. Try to utilize the hip wherever possible as easier to do and the brand is more visible whether hot iron or freeze brand. Also use the smallest irons that will still get the job done and use pain control for sure on hot iron branding. I don’t have all the answers by any means but we need more research in the pain differences between the two branding procedures.Over time I see more and more cattle either not branded or freeze brands applied to the replacement stock and purebred breeding bulls only. That way the freeze brand last them a complete lifetime. If thinking of switching to freeze branding approach a participating breeder in your area and see where they get it done and the time involved and look at the end results. You hopefully will be impressed.


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. d t L s m r a F d l o g t Wes 3rd Annual Female Sale

December 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM, Lloydminster Stockade Offering the entire 2018 group of bred heifers

80 bred heifers like this will sell

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INCLUDING 25 CHOICE LOTS! BRED HEIFERS • HEIFER CALVES CS DONOR COWS • FROZEN GENETI COMMERCIAL HEIFERS

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December 18, 2018

1:00 pm at Spring Creek Ranch Near Moosomin, SK 70 bred females, including Red and Black Simmental cows and bred heifers and Angus cows and bred heifers.

MBJ 68Z

MBJ 75Z

MBJ 96Z

MBJ 904Z

MBJ 35Z

MBJ 98Z

MBJ 113Z

MBJ 121Z

MBJ 125Z

Service Sires Include: Cobra, Brisk, Liner 56U, McDavid, Blue Chip and Angus.

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Amelioration de la Race Stratégies de contrôle des performances – Considérez les sujets réformés et les taures Par Sean McGrath

Coordonnateur des programmes d’amélioration de la race, Association Simmental du Canada e contrôle des performances et l’évaluation génétique sont souvent perçus et employés de différentes manières par différentes fermes. L’utilisation des outils d’évaluation est principalement effectuée soit pour des fins de marketing ou de sélection. Par contre, la situation dans le monde réel n’est pas totalement noire ou blanche, il y a des zones grises entre ces deux fins et, pour les besoins de cet article, nous allons orienter la discussion par rapport à une approche de sélection. Lorsqu’on utilise le contrôle des performances pour des fins de sélection, il est primordial qu’on considère aussi les données mesurées chez les animaux les moins performants. Bien que ces bovins ne soient probablement jamais sélectionnés afin de poursuivre les lignées de la race Simmental, ceux-ci demeurent très importants car ils permettent de mieux situer les meilleurs sujets (on peut ainsi mieux apprécier leur vraie valeur). À partir d’un tel contexte, on peut commencer à regarder les options qui s’offrent à nous pour le contrôle des performances, lesquelles pourraient mettre à l’épreuve nos façons de faire actuelles.

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mesures faites uniquement sur les jeunes taureaux, pour des questions de budget et de temps requis pour les mesures. C’est un investissement qui en vaut la peine et qui pourrait vous apporter des bénéfices rapidement grâce à une valeur ajoutée à votre programme de marketing. Cela vaut également la peine d’envisager les mesures par ultrasons chez nos taures de remplacement et, en fait, si on avait à décider quel groupe faire mesurer, cela constitue un investissement encore plus valable que les mesures effectuées chez les jeunes taureaux. Parmi les avantages à faire mesurer les taures de remplacement, mentionnons que cela nous permet d’obtenir un niveau de référence pour notre troupeau et, de plus, les taures représentent un groupe qui expriment mieux les différences individuelles au niveau du gras dorsal et du persillage. Si on pèse tous les veaux au sevrage et qu’on transmet toutes les données, on peut alors effectuer des comparaisons à l’intérieur de tout le troupeau des données de mesures par ultrasons chez les taures de remplacement de race pure de qualité, au lieu de les comparer seulement à l’intérieur de leur groupe contemporain.

Poids Je suis plutôt concerné de constater que des personnes ne soumettent pas encore les données de leurs moins bons veaux à leur programme de contrôle de performances de la race. En ne soumettant pas les poids à la naissance plus lourds chez certains veaux ou bien les poids au sevrage plus légers de certains veaux, on vient causer un biais très mauvais dans notre analyse des meilleurs veaux du troupeau. Plusieurs articles ont été publiés dans cette revue afin de démontrer l’effet négatif de ne pas soumettre les données des moins bons veauxsur l’évaluation de la performance relative des meilleurs veaux. En plus de bien soumettre toutes les données à la naissance et au sevrage, il est tout aussi vital de bien rapporter les groupes contemporains. L’ordinateur de l’ASC va répartir les veaux d’après leur sexe et leur âge, toutefois il faut grouper ensemble tous les veaux qui sont gérés ensemble. De la même manière, les veaux qui ne sont pas gérés ensemble ou qui possèdent une situation unique devraient posséder un numéro de groupe différent. Par exemple, si un veau a été traité pour une diarrhée durant une semaine à l’âge d’un mois, il ne devrait pas être groupé avec les autres veaux qui étaient en bonne santé de la naissance jusqu’au sevrage. Il est primordial de soumettre les données chez tous les veaux au sevrage, puisqu’il s’agit pour la plupart des troupeaux d’un moment important de réforme. Les taureaux qui seront vendus et les taures de remplacement sont souvent sélectionnés au sevrage, alors que la balance des veaux est vendue. Si un éleveur néglige de soumettre les données chez ces “veaux vendus”, cela fait en sorte que la moitié des sujets de remplacement de qualité sont automatiquement sous la moyenne de leur groupe, et cela même si vous n’en gardez que quelques-uns. En soumettant les données de tous les veaux au sevrage, il est possible de tenir compte de ce biais lorsqu’on calcule les EPD de ces bovins. De plus, la transmission de toutes les données nous aide à obtenir une meilleure évaluation de caractères importants tels que le taux de succès en reproduction et le taux de sevrage. Ces caractères peuvent avoir un impact économique considérable pour nos clients.

Analyse de l’ADN L’analyse génomique devient graduellement une pratique plus commune, et ces données peuvent être employées directement dans notre évaluation BOLT, ce qui permet entre autres d’améliorer plus rapidement la fiabilité des ÉPD d’un animal. Les éleveurs font surtout tester leurs meilleurs taureaux ainsi que de potentielles donneuses d’embryons. On constate par ailleurs que ce type d’analyse est de plus en plus effectué chez les taureaux offerts dans les ventes de production. Encore ici, sous l’angle de l’amélioration génétique, le scénario parfait serait qu’une analyse de l’ADN par haute densité soit effectuée chez tous les veaux. En fin de compte, si vous avez à prendre une décision en fonction de votre budget, et que cette décision est strictement basée sur la sélection (et non pas sur le marketing), le meilleur investissement serait de faire mesurer l’ADN chez les taures de remplacement.Encore une fois, tandis qu’on peut espérer récupérer rapidement les coûts de ces analyses par la vente de nos taureaux, l’analyse de l’ADN chez les taures nous permettrait d’obtenir des informations supplémentaires, en fait comme si celles-ci avaient déjà eu plusieurs descendants, c’est-àdire beaucoup plus qu’elles ne pourraient avoir dans toute leur vie productive.De plus, en effectuant ces analyses chez les femelles, on peut alors disposer d’informations touchant l’ADN qui peut être utile dans l’évaluation de caractères plus difficiles à évaluer, effectuer des analyses de parenté chez leurs descendants et améliorer les résultats de nos accouplements planifiés.L’évaluation de la longévité pourrait être un bon exemple, car les données mesurées sur l’ADN nous permettront d’obtenir une meilleure prédiction du potentiel génétique d’une femelle pour la longévité et la fertilité à long terme, au lieu qu’on ait à attendre dix ans afin de savoir si elle a duré jusqu’à ce moment-là. De même, cette augmentation de la fiabilité d’un ÉPD est conservée au sein du programme d’élevage, au lieu d’être perdue à travers toute l’industrie commerciale. Chaque troupeau que je connais fonctionne avec des ressources limitées et les décisions d’investissement doivent être prises selon les investissements permettant d’obtenir le plus de bénéfices par rapport au coût engendré. Les élevages de race pure qui investissent dans le domaine du contrôle des performances doivent constamment garder leurs objectifs de sélection à l’esprit, ainsi que les fondements de leur programme de sélection. En déterminant la meilleure façon d’investir quand on a décidé d’employer une approche de sélection au niveau de l’amélioration génétique à long

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terme de notre troupeau, cela peut vouloir dire qu’on doit contrôler tous les sujets (incluant les sujets réformés), et qu’on devrait choisir d’investir nos ressources limitées au niveau des femelles plutôt que sur les taureaux. La cueillette d’informations chez les femelles de remplacement qui seront interprétées au niveau des sujets de race pure contribue réellement à rendre service à l’industrie commerciale, en favorisant une amélioration génétique plus rapide des troupeaux de race pure et une multiplication plus rapide au fil du temps dans les troupeaux commerciaux. Figure 1. Le diagramme représente le scénario de transmission des données sur toutes les vaches et tous les veaux d’un troupeau jusqu’au moment du sevrage. Les flèches bleues représentent les bovins et le flot d’informations. En soumettant toute l’information possible et en mettant davantage l’emphase chez les taures de remplacement dans les programmes de contrôle de performances, il devient possible d’utiliser les données génétiques mesurées afin d’améliorer encore plus vite le potentiel génétique des troupeaux de race pure et par conséquent des troupeaux commerciaux.

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64E S: Mulberry SOD: Strikeforce

73E S: Riff SOD: 114S

YOU BE THE JUDGE Bull and Heifer Sale December 10, 2018

Lunch at noon Sale starts at 1:00 pm

NEW - Sale at NLS Lloydminster, Saskatchewan 60 - Two-year-old Red Angus Bulls 200 - February calving Heifers 300 - March calving Heifers 150 - April calving Heifers

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2018 Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2018 Calgary, Alberta – The Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF) are pleased to announce the recipients of their 2018 scholarships. Thirty-six applications were received from across the country. The quality and potential is great within the youth of our industry and while we would like to assist all those who applied, we are limited to five scholarships. This year’s recipients illustrated the bright future that our youth are presenting to the agriculture industry and Simmental breed. Scholarships that are being awarded for the 2018 – 2019 academic year include, the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarship, the Dr. Dixon Memorial Scholarship and the Trevor Vance- First Year Scholarship, with a combined value of $12,000. Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarships which are valued at $3,000 each and were awarded to Emilee Oro of Clive, Alberta and Kaitlyn Maxwell of Viking, Alberta. Emilee is taking the Agriculture Management program at Olds College and Kaitlyn is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of British Columbia in Kelowna. The Dr. Dixon Memorial Scholarships, in memory of Dr. Allan A. Dixon are valued at $2,000 each were awarded to Austin Jacobson of Ponoka, Alberta and Courtney Wolfe of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Austin is studying Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Courtney is taking Animal Bioscience at the University of Saskatchewan. The Trevor Vance - First Year Scholarship, in memory of Trevor Edward Vance is valued at $2,000 and this year is awarded to Tia Schram from Bruderheim, Alberta. Tia is studying for her Business degree at Concordia University. Ken Lewis, President of Friends of Canadian Simmental Association said, “It’s great to see so many high quality Scholarship Applications spread out from across the country. Each of this year’s recipients have showcased leadership, development skills and a dedication to their community as well as the livestock industry. Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and we wish everyone who applied, the very best in your future education goals”. The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation is a not-for-profit registered Foundation that is dedicated to scholarships and educational support of youth, as well as research for the improvement of Canadian agriculture. For more information please contact: Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation #13 4101 – 19th St. N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7C4 Phone: 1-403-250-7979 or email fcsf@simmental.com http://www.simmentalfoundation.com/

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Auction will run November 26 - December 9th on Facebook Like the Young Canadian Simmental Association page Join the Young Canadian Simmental Association Online Auction Fundraiser Group to see all the items and bid! Previous year items have included household decor, genetics, clothing, pictures, unique experiences, hotel rooms and more! Not on Facebook? List of items will be available at www.simmental.com Contact your local board member to bid.

TEAM CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT Going forward the TEAM Conference will be held every second year and will be heading out east next to....

YCSA Board of Directors President & Quebec Rep Krista Whalen (819) 679-7964 kristawhalenphotography@hotmail.com

Director @ Large Mackenzie Skeels (403) 704-9981 kenzielabrie@icloud.com

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1st VP & Alberta Rep

2nd VP & Director @ Large

Lisa Reich (780) 898-2934 lisa_reich1996@hotmail.com

Allison Booth (506) 229-3244 allisonbooth101@hotmail.com

Saskatchewan Director Dayne Whelan (306) 371-2955 whelan_dayne@hotmail.com

Manitoba Director Gracie Falconer (204) 576-0163 gmfalconer@hotmail.com

Ontario Director

Maritimes Director

YCSA Coordinator

Montana Stillman-Loyst (705) 957-7890 aloyst13@hotmail.ca

Connor Morse (902) 844-0286 cdmsimmentals@gmail.com

Kelsey Manske (306) 291-7086 kmanske@simmental.com


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Thank You!

SSA ScholArShip DonAtion heifer

Pheasantdale Cattle Company Lionel & Pat, Lee & Coralee of Balcarres, SK for donating the 2018 Scholarship Heifer!

Pheasantdale Ms Force 191F will be sold by Dutch Auction before the Agribition Simmental Sale - for every $10 donated you get 1 ticket in the draw drum. One lucky winner will be selected! Tickets available on DLMS starting at 6:30 PM, Nov. 21, 2018

Pheasantdale Ms Force 191F

reg. #: 1251411 bd: Jan. 28, 2018 s: LFE BS LEWIS 326B d: PHEASANTDALE MS SHEAR 64X mgs: HOOKS SHEAR FORCE 38K

SweepStake$ SSA Simmental

Nov. 21, 2018 Agribition, 6 pm John Deere Sales Arena

$30,000

Over in prize money and prizes! :: Silver Memberships only $100! ::

For a chance to win...

- $15, 000 in Sale Credits to Agribition Sale - Secondary prizes drawn throughout the event! - Silver memberships can be purchased in advance sasksimmental@yourlink.ca or at the show

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

Agribition Simmental Show Schedule

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 9:00 AM Simmental Show 5:30 PM Pizza 6:15 PM Draws for $15,000 in Sale Credits and secondary prizes 6:30 PM Scholarship Heifer Auction Agribition Simmental Sale 7:00 PM Friday, November 23, 2018 9:00 AM Commercial Cattle Show Saturday, November 24, 2018 8:00 AM Bull Pen Alley Show 9:00 AM Junior Beef Extreme 10:00 AM Commercial Cattle Sale


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2018 NATIONAL SHOW THANK YOU TO OUR MANY SPONSORS &

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL COMPETITORS AT THE NATIONAL SIMMENTAL SHOW

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TRANSCON LIVESTOCK, MAPLE LAKE STOCK FARMS, BOHRSON MARKETING SERVICES GOLD Ag Land Farms Ltd., Bert’s NR Simmentals, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Central Canadian Bull & Female Sale, Diamond Bar S Simmentals, Downhill Simmentals, Landmark Feeds SILVER

Bonchuk Farms, Don Oberg, Embryo Genetics, Keystone Livestock Services, Keystone Simmental Assoc., Mar Mac Farms, M&J Simmental & Angus, Murray Auto Group, Pembina Triangle Simmental Assoc., Schweitzer Simmentals, Silver Lake Farms, Triple T Diamond Simmentals, Twin Meadow Livestock, WLB Livestock

BRONZE Broken Oak Black Simmentals, Delight Simmentals, Foxy Lady Cattle Co., McIntosh Ranch, Northern Light Simmentals, Oakview Simmentals, Olmstead Cattle Co., Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale, Rainbow River Simmentals, RKT Simmentals, Trevor Nolan, Tri Star Simmentals, Triple R Simmentals 39


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Maritime Simmental Association

2018 SALT WATER SIMMENTAL SALE RESULTS High Sellers Lot 7: $5,100 - Big Ker Fiona 6F (S: TNT 90 Proof z401) Consignor: Big Ker Simmentals Buyer: Lauren Smith

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Kerwin Delong, NS Vice President: Trevor Pauley, NB Secretary: Jennie Mutch, PE Treasurer: Bill MacLeod, NB Directors: Laura Parsons, NS Lacey Fisher, NS Geraline VanAgten, NB Wade Loane, PE Don Godfrey, PE CSA Director: Frank Robblee, PE

MYSA Board of Directors President: Connor Morse, NS Vice President: Jake Matheson, PE Treasurer: Melanie Delong, NS Secretary: Jessie Swinamer, NS Directors: Dereck Sanderson, PE Olivia Hiltz, NS Allison Booth, NB Adult Advisor: Heather Kouwenberg, NS

Lot 9: $5,000 - CWSS Crown Jewell 1F (S: Outlaw Breaker 77C) Consignor: CW Salt Water Simmentals Buyer: Lauren Smith Lot 1 sold for $1,500 to Andrew Potts Lot 2 sold for $4,300 to Malcolm Brown Lot 3 sold for $1,600 to Andrew Potts Lot 4 sold for $1,500 to Southampton Lot 6 sold for $2,600 to Shipley’s Cattle Co. Lot 8 sold for $1,350 to Robert Crow Lot 10 sold for $2,500 to Elizbeth Bakelaar-Campbell Lot 11 sold for $1,800 to Catlin Lowther Lot 12 sold for $4,900 to Parview Stock Farm Lot 13 sold for $1,600 to Malcolm Brown

Sale Average: $2,688.46

THANK YOU TO BUYERS, CONSIGNORS & ORGANIZERS!

Dates to Remember January 2019 Maritime Simmental Association Annual General Meeting

Amherst, NS

April 6, 2019 MBTS Bull Sale Nappan, NS

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GARTH CUTLER

ANNUAL BULL SALE 3rd Saturday in February

PO Box 5177 Lacombe, AB T4L 1W9 Ph: (403) 304 - 0896 email: circleg@telus.net

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Ryan Gylander Box 809 Wildwood, AB T0E 2M0

ryan_gylander@hotmail.com

1.780.621.2737

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

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Shane & Shannon Wolfe and family Site 11, Box 47, RR 1 SUNDRE, AB T0M 1X0 PHONE & FAX (403) 556-8584 e-mail: wolfepack@airenet.com www.wolfesfleckvieh.ca

Red and Black Simmental Kelly & Jenna Waltz Vermilion, AB 780-853-3834

Where only 2 year old bulls sell

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

Dave & Krista Erixon Box 156 Clavet, SK S0K 0Y0

306-270-2893

Red & Black Simmentals

www.erixonsimmentals.com

Jim (306) 928-4636 Dave (306) 483-8660

Lee (306) 928-4820 Fax (306) 928-2143 The Stamp Of Quality Simmental Genetics For Over 40 Years

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Ray Comier PO Box 141 LaSalle, Manitoba R0G 1B0 Ph: (204) 736 - 2608 Cell: (204) 782 -1191 Fax: (204) 736 - 4654 Email: r.r.comier@xplornet.com Website: www.riverbankfarms.com Red & Black with Fleckvieh Influence

BOOMER

CREEK LIVESTOCK

Owen Martin 4550 Ament Line Wallenstein Ont. N0B 2S0 C. 519-501-2207 E. owenmartin4550@gmail.com

Purebred Red & Black Simmentals

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

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757 Bedford Hwy, Bedford NS

Herdsman, Jay Hiltz (Cell) 902-277-1102 jayhiltz@live.com

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Box 1409 Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0 Office: 403.946.4999 Brian Bouchard: 403.813.7999 Darnell Fornwald: 403-795-8030 Chad Lorenz: 403.896.9585 Doug Domolewski: 403.635.1840 Email: info@bouchardlivestock.com

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ABC Cattle Co..........................................................47 Adair Ranch..............................................................43 Alameda Agencies Ltd..............................................53 Alliance Simmental Farms........................................50 Alta Genetics............................................................54 Anchor D Ranch...................................................9, 43 Applecross Cattle Co................................................43 Artisan Beef Farms...................................................50 Artisan Farms...........................................................53 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd....................................47 Aumack Simmentals.................................................47 Bar 5 Farms..............................................................50 Bar CL Livestock......................................................43 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals....................................43 Big Rock Simmentals...............................................43 Black River Farms....................................................50 Blacksand Cattle Company......................................49 Blue Mountains Farm...............................................50 Blushrose Simmental Farm......................................47 Bohrson Marketing Services...............6, 13, 24, 26, 54 Bonchuk Farms........................................................49 Boomer Creek Livestock..........................................50 Bouchard Livestock International...............3, 4, 11, 54 Boundary Ranch.......................................................47 Bova-Tech Ltd...........................................................54 Bow Valley Genetics.................................................54 Brooksland Farms....................................................50 Canadian Bull Congress...........................................53 Canadian Cattlemen.................................................54 Carey, Brent..............................................................53 Cattle Cures..............................................................53 Circle G Simmentals & Angus..................................43 City View Simmentals...............................................47 Clearwater Simmentals............................................43 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh............................................50 Crossroad Farms......................................................47 Czech-Mate Livestock........................................20, 43 Daines Cattle............................................................30 Davis-Rairdan Embyro Transplants Ltd....................54 Deeg Simmental.......................................................43 Destiny Simmentals..................................................50 Diamond T Simmentals............................................44 Don Heggie Simmentals...........................................44 Donovandale Farms.................................................50 Dora Lee Genetics....................................................50 Dorran Marketing Inc................................................53 Dorran, Steve...........................................................53 Double Bar D Farms.........................................IFC, 47 Double G Simmentals...............................................47 Downey Farms.........................................................49 Dunc’s Cattle Co.......................................................51 Dwayann Simmentals...............................................51 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals..........................................44 East Poplar Simmentals...........................................48 Edge, Dean...............................................................53 EDN Simmentals......................................................48 Elm Tree Farms........................................................51 Erixon Simmentals....................................................48 Fallen Timber Farms................................................43 Ferme Gagnon Farm..........................................13, 52 Foley Simmentals.....................................................51 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ..........................................54 GJR Simmentals.......................................................48 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd................................53

Granvandale Simmentals.........................................51 Grinalta Farms..........................................................44 H.S. Knill Company Ltd............................................54 Hairy Hill Cattle Co...................................................44 Hannah Simmentals.................................................44 Harvie Crest Cattle Company...................................31 Harvie Ranching.......................................................44 High Bluff Stock Farm...............................................49 High Country Cattle Services...................................44 Hi-Tech Farms..........................................................51 Hoegl Livestock........................................................48 Indian River Cattle Company....................................51 Ironhill Simmentals...................................................34 Janzen Brogran Embryo Services Ltd......................54 Janzen Ranches.......................................................44 Jetstream Livestock..................................................51 JNR Farms...............................................................44 Keato Meadow Simmentals......................................44 Kin Kin Cattle Co......................................................44 Kuntz Simmental Farm.............................................48 LaBatte Simmentals...........................................15, 48 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals............................................48 Lazy S Ranch Inc.....................................................44 Lewis Farms...................................................44, OBC Little Willow Creek Ranch.........................................48 Lobster Point Farms.................................................52 Lone Stone Farms....................................................44 Luv-N-It Cattle Company..........................................44 M&J Farms...............................................................50 M&R Cattle Co..........................................................45 MacCrostie Livestock...............................................34 Mackenzie Cattle Company......................................45 Mader Ranches..................................................10, 45 Maple Key Farm.......................................................51 Maple Lake Stock Farms..........................................25 Mar Mac Farms........................................................50 Masterfeeds..............................................................53 Maxwell Simmentals...........................................11, 45 McCormack Family Ranch.......................................48 MCG Simmentals.....................................................45 McIntosh Livestock...................................................48 McManus Simmentals..............................................50 McMillen Ranching Ltd.............................................48 Meadow Acres Farms.........................................19, 48 MI Simmentals..........................................................45 Mitchell Cattle Co.....................................................43 New Holland...............................................................1 Nolara Farms............................................................45 North Creek Simmentals..........................................48 North Hill Simmentals...............................................45 O Double E Simmentals...........................................45 Oberg, Don...............................................................53 O’Brien Farms..........................................................51 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group............................45 O’Neill Livestock.......................................................30 Oslanski Simmentals Farms.....................................45 Parkhill Ranches.......................................................45 Pearson Farms.........................................................45 Pheasantdale Simmentals........................................48 Phillips Farms Simmentals.......................................52 Pine Creek Simmentals............................................45 Porter Ranches.........................................................45 Rancier Farms..........................................................46 RDG Simmentals......................................................46

Rehorst Farms Ltd....................................................51 Rendezvous Farms..................................................50 River Point Cattle Co................................................51 Riverbank Farms......................................................50 Robb Farms..............................................................49 Robson Acres...........................................................51 Rosebud Simmentals...............................................46 Rust Mountain View Ranch......................................52 SAJ Simmentals.......................................................49 Saugeen Acres.........................................................46 Schweitzer Simmentals............................................27 Seven-M Livestock...................................................46 SIBL Simmentals......................................................23 Silver Smith Farms...................................................46 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals.............................46 Skeels, Dan..............................................................53 Skor Simmentals......................................................46 Southpaw Cattle Company.......................................46 Spring Creek Simmentals...................................26, 49 Spring Lake Simmentals...........................................46 Starwest Farms..................................................32, 46 Steen Agencies.........................................................53 Stewart Simmentals..................................................51 Stock, Mark...............................................................53 Stockmens Insurance...............................................53 Stone Simmentals....................................................46 Storebo Farm............................................................49 Sullivan Simmentals.................................................52 Sully’s Farm..............................................................51 Sun Rise Simmentals...............................................49 Sun Star Simmentals................................................46 Sunny Valley Simmentals.........................................49 Swan Lake Farms.....................................................49 Swantewitt Simmentals............................................46 T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd........................................25, 54 The Register.............................................................52 Timberlind Auctions..................................................53 Todd Simmentals......................................................52 Transcon Livestock Corp...14, 21, 23, 27, 54, 60, IBC Trevor’s Cowpix........................................................54 Triple Rose Simmentals...........................................52 Tryon Simmentals.....................................................52 TSN Livestock..........................................................50 Tymarc Livestock......................................................46 Verleysen Farms.......................................................46 Virginia Ranch..........................................................47 W2 Farms ................................................................49 W2 Land & Cattle ....................................................47 Weldehaven Farms..................................................52 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company..............................47 Westgold Farms Ltd.................................................24 Westway Farms Ltd..................................................47 Wild Oak Farms........................................................52 Windy Knoll Farm.....................................................52 WJ Simmentals.........................................................47 Wolfe Farms.............................................................47 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh......................................................47 Wright’s Pro Rich Seeds...........................................50 XRC Simmentals......................................................49 Y Coulee Land & Cattle Co......................................33

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#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 CSA Executive President Garth Rancier Killam, AB P: (780) 385-2425 C: (780) 385-5313 rancierfarms@xplornet.ca First Vice-President Blair McRae Brandon, MB P: (204) 728-3058 C: (204) 729-5439 marmac@inetlink.ca

Roger Deeg Strathmore, AB P: (403) 901-5305 rbdeeg@gmail.com Larry Barkley Ingleside, ON P: (613)537-2441 C: (613)360-2443 larrybarkley@sympatico.ca Frank Robblee Crapaud, PEI P: (902)432-0596 frobblee@gmail.com

Second Vice-President Marlin LeBlanc Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-8031 C: (306) 421-2470 marlinleblanc@sasktel.net

Byron Johnson Amisk, AB P: (780)856-2175 C: (780)806-3560 wjsimmentals@cciwireless.ca

CSA Directors

British Columbia President Lorne Webster Abbotsford, BC P: (778) 245-0175 lornewebster@hotmail.com

Lee McMillen Carievale, SK P: (306) 928-4820 C: (306) 483-8067 mrbulls@gmail.com

Provincial Associations

Secretary: Jan Wisse Francis Gagnon P: (604) 819-5511 Cheneville, QC P: (819) 428-3502 C: (514) 975-3722 francis_gagnon0407@hotmail.com

Alberta President Jill Mader Carstairs, AB P: (403) 807-8140 maderranches@gmail.com

Ontario President Brittany Barkley Wellesley, ON P: (519) 656-2199 brittanybarkley@hotmail.com

Field Person Dwayne Martin Stettler, AB P: (780) 940-3510 dmartin3510@gmail.com

Member Services Manager: Whitney DeDecker memberservices.osa@gmail.com

Secretary: Katie Deeg P: (403) 899-2291 info@albertasimmental.com Saskatchewan President Kirsten Fornwald Lampman, SK P: (306) 487-2557 meadowacres@signaldirect.ca Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca Manitoba President Andrea Bertholet Cartwright, MB P: (204) 483-0319 adbertholet@hotmail.com Secretary: Laurelly Beswitherick P: (204) 637-2046 b2@inetlink.ca

Quebec Président Sylvain Lambert La Presentation, PQ P: (450) 796-5914

CSA Staff General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (639) 314-4613 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com Programs Coordinator Sue Giles P: (403) 793-0409 sgiles@simmental.com

Member Services Secretaire: Sandra Berthiaume Randy Bollum Saint-Garmain, QC P: (403) 540-5949 P/F: (819) 395-4453 rbollum@simmental.com sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca Processing Department Maritimes Perry Welygan President pwelygan@simmental.com Kerwin Delong Beth Rankin Kingston, NS brankin@simmental.com P: (902) 765-2645 Receptionist & Member Services kdelong@bellaliant.net Devra Leavitt Secretary: Jennie Mutch dleavitt@simmental.com P: (902) 388-1613 Administrative Assistant jenniemutch@gmail.com Rae-Lee Erickson rerickson@simmental.com YCSA Coordinator Kelsey Manske P: (306) 291-7086 kmanske@simmental.com

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Publication Information ......................................... 2

Saskatchewan Simmental Association ...........38

From The Gate Post (English) .............................. 5

Manitoba Simmental Association ....................39

Breed Improvement (English).............................. 8

Ontario Simmental Association ........................40

From the Gate Post (French)..............................12

Quebec Simmental Association........................41

YCSA Alumni Story ................................................16

Maritime Simmental Association .....................42

Vet’s Advice ..............................................................22

Ad Index.....................................................................55

Breed Improvement (French) ............................28

CSA Contacts ...........................................................56

Young Canadian Simmental Association ......36

What’s Happening .................................................57

Alberta Simmental Association.........................37

On the Move ............................................................59


What’s Happening NOVEMBER Nov. 15 Nov. 16 Nov. 16 Nov. 19 - 24 Nov. 21 Nov. 24 Nov. 27 Nov. 30 Nov. 30

Harvest Hoedown 24th Annual Simmental Sale Neepawa, MB Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale Ponoka, AB Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 38th Annual Sale Cypress River, MB Canadian Western Agribition Regina, SK Agribition Simmental 48th Annual Sale Regina, SK Soderglen Ranches’ 2nd Annual Bred Female Sale Airdrie, AB Camrose Country Classic Camrose, AB SimPower Bred Female Sale Innisfail, AB Lone Stone Farms Invitational Female Sale Westlock, AB

DECEMBER Dec. 1 Dec. 2 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 5 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 14 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 17

Lewis Farms “Leading Ladies” Female Sale Spruce Grove, AB Mar Mac New Generation Female Sale Brandon, MB The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Lloydminster, SK Keystone Konnection 40th Annual Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Transcon’s Western Harvest 5th Annual Simmental Sale Innisfail, AB Double Bar D “Sharing The Herd” Production Sale Grenfell, SK Transcon’s Simmsational 41st Annual Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK McMillen Ranching Ltd. “Herdbuilder 2018” Female Sale Carievale, SK 2nd Biannual Maidens of the Meadow Production Sale Lampman, SK Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden, MB Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Y Coulee Land & Cattle Co. You Be The Judge Bull and Heifer Sale Lloydminster, SK Border City Simmental Sale Lloydminster, SK Southern Alberta Simmental Round Up 25th Annual Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Friday Night Lights 7th Annual Simmental Sale Olds, AB Checkers Simmental Sale Ponoka, AB Transcon’s National Trust On Ice Semen & Embryo Sale Chapter XI Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation Fullblood Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XXI Red Deer, AB S.I.B.L Simmentals “Half the Herd” Sale Red Deer, AB Maple Lake Stock Farms Production Sale Hartney, MB

Dec. 18 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 31

Spring Creek’s “Golden Opportunity V” Female Sale Moosomin, SK Westgold Farms 3rd Annual Female Sale Lloydminster, SK Schweitzer Simmentals Complete Herd Dispersal Virden, MB Harvie Ranching Simmental Cow Dispersal Sale Olds, AB New Years Resolution Sale Olds, AB

JANUARY Jan. 13 Rust Mountain View Ranch Online Sale BreedersWorld.com Jan. 26 MC Quantock “Canada’s Bulls” Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Jan. 26 Lazy S Ranch 50th Anniversary Bull Power Sale Mayerthorpe, AB

FEBRUARY Feb. 2 Feb. 2 Feb. 7 Feb. 7 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 9 Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 23 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 Feb. 25 Feb. 25

Hill 70 Quantock Ranch “Barn Burnin” Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK R&R Acres’ 18th Annual “Beefmaker” Bull Sale Airdrie, AB Janzen Ranches 26th Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Rosemary, AB Rust Mountain View Ranch 8th Annual Bull Sale Mercer, ND, USA Anchor D Genetic Edge Bull Sale Rimbey, AB JNR Farms Bull & Female Sale Willingdon, AB Soderglen Select 2019 Bull Sale Airdie, AB Diamond M Ranch 8th Annual Bull Sale Estevan, SK Jeans & Genetics Simmental Bull Sale Ponoka, AB Outlaw Cattle Co. 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale Hussar, AB Mader Ranches 30th Annual Bull & Female Sale Carstairs, AB Ultra/Czech Mate Bull Sale Innisfail, AB Rendezvous Farms 15th Annual Holiday Monday Simmental Bull & Female Sale Ste. Rose Du Lac, MB W2 Land & Cattle Bull Sale Vermilion, AB M&J/Glasman Farms Simmental & Angus Two-Year-Old Bull & Female Sale Russell, MB Crossroad Farms 13th Annual Bull Sale Shell Lake, SK Robb/Hoegl 14th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Westlock, AB Lewis Farms 34th Annual Bull Sale Spruce Grove, AB Transcon’s Peace Country Simmental Bull Sale Beaverlodge, MB Triangle Stock Farms 8th Annual Simmental Bull Sale Glenevis, AB KSL Simmentals 1st Annual Bull & Female Sale Beaverlodge, AB Muirhead Cattle Co. 17th Annual Simmental Bull Sale Shellbrook, SK Beechinor Bros. Simmental Bull & Female Sale Bentley, AB

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Feb. 26 Feb. 27 Feb. 27 Feb. 28 Feb. 28

Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Simmental & SimmAngus Bull Sale Grenfell, SK Herd Master 24th Annual Bull Sale Camrose, AB Erixon Simmentals Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Pheasantdale 15th Annual Bull & Female Sale Balcarres, SK JP Cattle Co./Stewart Cattle Co. Annual Simmental & Angus Bull Sale McAuley, MB

MARCH Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Mar. 2 Mar. 2 Mar. 2 Mar. 3 Mar. 4 Mar. 4 Mar. 5 Mar. 6 Mar. 6 Mar. 6 Mar. 7 Mar. 7 Mar. 7 Mar. 9 Mar. 9 Mar. 9 Mar. 9 Mar. 11 Mar. 11 Mar. 12 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 14 Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Mar. 15

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Bull Fest ‘19 Simmental Bull Sale Camrose, AB LaBatte Simmentals 39th Annual Bull Sale Moose Jaw, SK Lockhart Valley 14th Annual Bull Sale Rimbey, AB MCG Simmentals & RACK Red Angus 12th Annual Bull Sale Stavely, AB McMillen Ranching 25th Annual Bull Sale Carievale, SK R-Plus 19th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale Estevan, SK Transcon’s Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale Innisfail, AB Canadian Central Bull & Female Simmental & Angus Sale Winnipeg, MB Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale Virden, MB Sunny Valley Simmentals 29th Annual Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Mar Mac Farms Bull Sale Brandon, MB Skor Simmentals 17th Annual Red & Black Bull Sale Camrose, AB Spring Creek’s “In Pursuit of Perfection” Simmental & Angus 14th Annual Bull Sale Moosomin, SK Westway/Deeg 16th Annual Bull Sale Olds, AB Transcon’s 1st Annual Next Step Bull Sale Thorsby, AB Synergie 7th Annual Bull Sale Ste-Sophie de Levrard, QC Wheeler Stock Farms 16th Annual Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Next Generation 6th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Ranchlands Simmental Bull Sale Stavely, AB Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale Winnipeg, MB South Sask Simmental & Angus Sale Moose Jaw, SK Kuntz-McIntosh-SAJ 20th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Meadow Acres Bull Sale Lampman, SK Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB March Madness Online Semen & Embryo Sale DVAuction.com Porter Ranches Bull Sale Stony Plain, AB High Bluff Stock Farms Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale Inglis, MB Duralta Farms Angus & Simmental Bull & Female Sale Vegreville, AB

Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 19 Mar. 20 Mar. 20 Mar. 21 Mar. 21 Mar. 21 Mar. 22 Mar. 22 Mar. 23 Mar. 24 Mar. 25 Mar. 26 Mar. 28 Mar. 30 Mar. 30

15th Annual Kulyk Simmentals Bull Sale Wilson/Snider 1st Annual Bull & Female Sale Viking, AB Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests 20th Annual Bull Sale Cheneville, QC Oakview/Perkin/Triple R Simmental Bull Sale Brandon, MB Proudly Western Simmental Bull Sale Whitewood, SK WLB Livestock 15th Annual Red & Black Simmental Sale Douglas, MB Rainbow River Simmentals 4th Annual Bull Sale Fisher Branch, MB Herter Simmentals “Paint’em Black” 4th Annual Sale Maple Creek, SK Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale Red Deer, AB Ter-Ron Farms Bull & Select Female Sale Forestburg, AB Wheatland Cattle Co. Annual Bull Sale Bienfait, SK Perrot / Come as U R Bull & Female Sale Alameda, SK Maple Lake Stock Farm “Kick off to Spring” Bull Sale Hartney, MB Transcon’s Mountainview Bull Sale Innisfail, AB Best of the Breeds Bull Sale Yorkton, SK Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale Swift Current, AB Redrich Farms 1st Annual Bull & Female Sale Forestburg, AB Anchor B/Anchorage 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale Hanley, SK Transcon’s Advantage Bull Sale Saskatoon, SK Mid Western Ontario Bull Sale Hanover, ON

APRIL Apr. 6 Apr. 6 Apr. 7 Apr. 8 Apr. 15

Best Bet Bull Sale Williams Lake, BC MBTS Bull Sale Nappan, NS Spirit of the North Bull Sale Spiritwood, SK Cattle Capital Bull Sale Ste. Rose Du Lac, MB Genetic Distinction Bull Sale Alameda, AB


Simmental on the Move

Randy Bollum Simmental Country Sales Representative

T

he fall sale season is in full swing again and early results are positive – large crowds, strong prices with established breeders and also new customers participating. I find it extremely interesting observing the people that attend the shows and sales, what they do on a sale day, and how they go about socializing, looking at the cattle and then bidding on the sale cattle. There is certainly a wide variety of people and how they go about their activities. If you are hosting an event, first of all you hope you have created enough pre-event interest to want them to attend, and come to the event with the proper positive mind-set to not only be there, but be ready to take part in your event. Sure, the beef seedstock marketing business is the “Cattle” business but it is also, and probably more importantly, a “people” business. Everyone has

“good cattle,” but the truly most successful longterm seedstock merchandisers are the ones that also excel at the “people” end of things. Look through this issue to plan your end of the year schedule to attend Simmental events where you can meet all the people in the business. I know I have been very impressed with all the people in the Simmental world I‘ve met since starting in this role just this summer. As we move toward Christmas time, keep in mind all the great life-long friends and acquaintances we all have gained through this wonderful cattle business. Take the time to come out to say hello, wish each other well, and take part in the exciting events coming up ahead. Bring the kids, grandkids or a neighbor and make it a family outing that you will remember for years to come.

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Leading Ladies Female Sale Dec. 1, 2018 Lot 1

Selling 50 Bred Heifers 19 Heifer Calves 3 Exclusive Semen Lots

Lot 6

LFE 647D The Riddler x LFE 30X

Lot 31

Lot 4

LFE 617D McDavid x LFE 618A

LFE 659D Gotham x LFE 30X

Lot 32

LFE 41E Explorer x MDR 90A

Lot 21

LFE 37E Explorer x LFE 150Z

LFE 645D Kelly x GR 123B

Lot 29

LFE 15F Beast Mode x LFE 23Y

LFE 13F The Riddler x LFE 621Y

Lot 57

SBV 302F Camero x SBV 94C

34th Annual Bull Sale February 23, 2019

Lot 24

LFE 5F Westcott x LFE 11T

Lot 47

Angus

Lot 53

Angus

LFE 61F Bank Note x LFE 149Z

Website: www.lewisfarms.ca Office Ph.: 780-962-5050 Fax: 780-962-2467 Jordan Buba: 780-818-4047 Kyle Lewis: 780-220-9188 Ken Lewis: 780-818-3829 Jordan@lewisfarms.ca kyle@lewisfarms.ca corrie@lewisfarms.ca Fullblood Division: Mark Land & Cattle, Lenny Mark 780-842-7207 Female Sale Guest Consigner: Boss Lake Genetics Kyle Boss 780-920-7014, Brittany Boss 780-699-4266

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