Simmental Country - December 2020

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VOLUME 41, NUMBER 5

The official publication of the Canadian Simmental Association Bruce

#13, 4101 19th St. N.E. | Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 403-250-7979 | Fax: 403-250-5121 www.simmentalcountry.com

Bruce Holmquist

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Canadian Simmental Country Deadlines February “Herdsire” 2021 Issue March/April/May “Spring” 2021 Issue “Herd Book” 2021 Issue October/November 2021 Issue December “Winter” 2021 Issue

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Barb Barb Judd

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Sue Sue Giles

Programs Coordinator Cell: 403-793-0409 sgiles@simmental.com

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

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Sale Agreement Terms and Conditions

he cattle business has grown and developed over a long period of time and certainly dates prior to the ways of commerce that we use today. At one time bartering was commonplace for generations of farmers and livestock producers. As our business has evolved it has become more complex and our trading area has grown for beef cattle genetics to the point of being a global marketplace involving people who may or may not have done business with each other before. To further complicate things, we are in a business of producing a product that can’t simply have a part replaced if something doesn’t work. Management after the sale plays a huge role in how that animal develops and performs and all things considered, things usually work out remarkably well. “The cattle will be selling under the terms and conditions as listed on the inside cover of your catalogue,” is a phrase usually spoken at the start of every purebred or seedstock cattle sale in Canada. Often, the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA), or another respective Cattle Breed Association, is referenced as providing the specific Breeder’s Guarantee Guidelines which are to be applied to the breed(s) of cattle selling. Those recommended guidelines however can differ between breeds, and some seedstock producers may have an entirely different guarantee that they use for their cattle. Some breeders may also offer their own insurance that the purchaser can decide to opt in or out of. The CSA Breeder’s Guarantee Guidelines are a very basic recommendation that was established by past CSA boards of directors and have been revised over time. They may not be perfect in every situation however they have served their purpose for over 50 years. One common misperception with these guidelines is that the CSA will become a referee between the buyer and seller should a 6

dispute arise. That is not the case. The CSA will assess the situation and will usually recommend a mediator be sought in the hope that the parties involved can work towards a mutually agreeable solution. As is the case with disagreements in any part of society, legal action may become the only recourse however, fortunately, that is a very rare occurrence. Beyond advice on breeding guarantee disputes, the CSA is often contacted on issues arising from the result of special terms or conditions on animals that are sold. This can involve things such as the shared use of a walking bull, and who uses him at a specific time and for how long. Reserving the right to collect semen on a bull or a future flush of a female are other situations that should be clearly defined prior to the time of sale. Who will show a joint owned animal or their future offspring can also become an issue and while it is impossible to list every possible situation that may occur with jointly owned animals, it is sound advice to write the conditions of sale down and have both parties sign that they clearly understand those terms. The seedstock sector is one built on trust and understanding, and fortunately, it is a business and lifestyle where a hand shake still has meaning. Clearly outlining and understanding any special terms or conditions of a sale is simply good practice that ensures misunderstandings are kept to a minimum while enhancing the likelihood of a successful business relationship. 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 2021.


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SALES & OPPORTUNITIES

mark your calendar today to ensure you take in these MUST attend events!

Simmen t al THE SIX EVENTS OF THE FALL Wednesday, Dec. 2 - Camrose, AB CAMROSE COUNTRY CLASSIC

six programs will offer up the very best open and bred females from the heart of their herd in a extremely deep offering of reds, blacks & fullbloods

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Friday, Dec. 4 - Olds, AB SIM SIMPOWER BRED FEMALE SALE quality over quantity of an awesome selection of bred & open heifers from the heart of the program of leading producers

Monday, Dec. 14 - Lloydminster, SK BORDER CITY SIMMENTAL SALE

Plan to be in attendance at these events either in person or online to take in great cattle backed by progressive breeders.

catalogues online at www.bohr son.com

this exciting e sale will see 5+ consignments from 8 progressive breeders as they offer their very best breds, opens & recips

Wednesday, Dec. 16 - www.DVauction.com CANADIAN DONORS PREGNANT RECIPIENT ONLINE SALE Proud to offer every recip we have available as they’re carrying the most exciting embryos we have ever produced. Bonus, majority of the recips are young registered females that you can invest in with confidence.

Friday, Dec. 18 - Olds, AB FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SALE no matter your budget, FNL annually offers the industries best from start to finish and has shown that these cattle flat out work

Thursday, Dec. 31 - www.DVauction.com 2021 NEW YEARS RESOLUTION SALE the very best genetics in the industry are on offer and will advance your program with adding the very best cow families to it

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Breed Improvement

By Sean McGrath Breed Improvement Coordinator for the Canadian Simmental Association

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The Land of the Unknown Carcass

ne area where Canadian Simmental breeders have very limited data is in the area of carcass. Most customers that are purchasing Simmental genetics are buying bulls that are used to produce calves that are sold at weaning or shortly thereafter, so this fact is not surprising. The Simmental breed has several hundred thousand weight records, which is reflective of what customers have selected for or been paid for over time. I believe it is important to recognize the value differences that are present from the carcass end point and that not all growth is created equal. There are tremendous value differences between carcass genetics that equates to real dollars for the industry. First, we need to recognize that carcasses are paid for based on carcass weight. Carcass weight is a growth trait and is basically the weight of the animal less the hide, guts and trim. The percentage of the animal that is carcass vs trim is usually calculated as dressing percentage at a processor scale. This is the hot carcass weight divided by the live weight. A more refined methodology used is yield grade. Yield grade is an assessment of relative amounts of muscle to fat in the carcass and is calculated using the rib-eye muscle area and the fat thickness over the rib. There are some fairly sophisticated ways to calculate yield grade, but at a plant scale it is usually done at line speed using a table on a grading ruler. The yield grade includes fat thickness, ribeye muscle area, hot carcass weight and an estimated measure of Kidney Pelvic Heart (KPH) fat. For more detailed information on our grading system a good source is http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/ carcass-grading-41 Some understanding of the grading system is important because it is a primary determinant of value differences in carcasses and is reflected onto the genetics that produce those carcasses. As well, the grading system provides us some insight into the types of measures we should be considering taking on seedstock cattle. Value Differences Since I am writing this article in Mid October, I will use last week’s Canfax report (Oct 9, 2020). This provides a snapshot in time of the market and it is important to realize that some of the differences may be significantly higher during different periods of the year. Canfax reported that steer carcass weights last week were 942 pounds. That is big. They also reported a 60% dressing percentage. That means the average finished steer was 1570 pounds.

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They reported pricing ranging from $224 to $226.50 per cwt on a carcass basis. If we use $225.25, the midway point, that means an average carcass base price was just under $2,122. The choice/select spread last week was $12.90 US. This is the difference in price per CWT for a AAA or Choice carcass vs a AA or Select carcass. At a $0.75 dollar that works out to $17.20 Canadian. For our 942 pound carcass, that means a AAA carcass was worth $162.02 more than a AA carcass. A Prime was worth more and a A was worth even less. On a potload of steers (38 would fill a truck) that is a $6,000 difference. It is tougher to find information on price differentials for yield grade, however many grids are also offering a premium for yield grade 1s and 2s and are discounting yield grade 4s and 5s. If we add these into the mix, we further increase the value differences between cattle. Another way to think of this yield grade, is that cattle with a higher yield grade will tend to have a higher percentage of carcass weight in relation to live weight, thus increasing the pay weight on the rail. Seedstock Fits In Genetics provide a large basis for this carcass value. The heritability (part accounted for by genetic differences) is moderate to high for most carcass traits. In other words, genetics can have a bigger impact on carcass value than they even do for growth. We have the opportunity in the seedstock side to measure relative carcass merit through tools like ultrasound and/or collecting carcass data on progeny or even culls from the seedstock side. An ultrasound record is not identical to a carcass record, but it has advantages in that it is relatively inexpensive to collect and provides a very good insight into relative differences between animals. Because it is not the same as a carcass record, we generally need to collect a few more scan records than carcass records to obtain the same degree of insight into relative carcass merit between animals. Ultrasound Carcass Rib-Eye Area Rib-eye Area Rib Fat Thickness Rib Fat Thickness Intramuscular Fat Marbling Score Live Weight Live Weight Carcass Weight Age Age Management Group Management Group Sex Sex


This data can be used in our existing genetic evaluation to calculate carcass EPD which express true additive genetic differences between animals for carcass merit. These differences are then multiplied out through the commercial industry and expressed in the packing plant. Let’s say we had two potential sires expressing marbling differences in their progeny using last week’s choice select spread. We will assume the average weights and yield are identical and that each bull sired 19 of the steers in our earlier truckload. Bull A sired 19 AA and Bull B sired 19 AAA marbled calves. In one calf crop, Bull B would earn $3,078 more. If you used each bull for three years, that is a big money difference. It would be nice to have more Bull Bs. What Can I Do? Carcass information can be a big jump for a lot of people. There is a good webinar on the IGS site for those interested in pursuing collection of actual carcass data. It is a discussion from various breeders that use carcass data and how they go about collecting it. A simpler and really good option for a many people is to start with ultrasound. It is a non-invasive, relatively inexpensive option that can help you to get at least a base assessment of where your herd is at. If you are looking at a limited budget or want to test drive it for the first time, I would encourage people to scan their heifer pen. The heifers will express more differences in marbling than bulls (because of testosterone) and they will

also remain in your cowherd, providing a base of information if you want to pursue further ultrasound or carcass data in the future. Commercial cattle are valued on the end result, even when they are selling in the fall. Often, we see reputation cattle sell for a premium at auction. This is reflective of condition, growth and health but also of carcass merit. Buyers know cattle that are worth more because the end product is more valuable. Building a knowledge base in your seedstock herd can help your customers down the road. It might be a good time to consider the investment. IGS Webinar - Visit the IGS website (www.internationalgeneticsolutions. com) and select the September webinar or go directly to https:// register.gotowebinar.com/recording/2331900745133395471 Ultrasound Information - Contact the CSA or visit http://ultrasoundbeef.com/ for information on scanning or to find an accredited technician.

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Lot 1 FGAF Kananaskis 096F

Sold to Ghanim Cattle Co

Sale Results 24 Heifers Averaged $8,038 20 Doses of Semen Averaged $450 Thank You To Our 2020 Production Sale Buyers Ghanim Cattle Co, Larch Grove Farms, Garren Skeels, Plaugher Simmentals, Ferme Nor-Dik Inc, Lorolin Simmentals, Darcy Clow, Dobbie Simmentals, Sunset Simmentals, Snowdane Farms, DJ Farms, Canadian Sires, Skywest SImmentals, Don Jenkins, Benoît Daigle, Norwood Family Farms, Peter Penner, Hannah Derksen, Ferme Frédérick Lepage, Anchor D Ranch, Lacombe Farms, Virginia Ranch 10


Consigning to

CAMROSE COUNTRY CLASSIC December 2 16 bred heifers, 4 open heifers

NUG 121G

NUG 138G

N U G 1 62 G

Sire: MRL REGULATOR bred FREEDOM

Sire: MRL PRECISION bred LFE NIGHT HAWK

Sire: MATRIX bred MRL SLEEP EASY

NUG 72G

NUG 11G

NUG 17G

Sire: MRL REGULATOR bred RED FORCE

NUG 5G

Sire: PAY DIRT bred OUTLOOK

MAXWELL / RANCIER BULL SALE

February 26

Sire: CAPTAIN MORGAN bred MCR GABE

NUG 50H

Sire: HARRACH

Sire: CAPTAIN MORGAN bred LFE NIGHT HAWK

NUG 4H

Sire: RED WHISKEY

Maxwell Simmentals Glen Maxwell:780.385.5552 Kevin Maxwell:780.385.5625 Reece Maxwell: 780.385.5394 gnlmaxwell@gmail.com

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Du Poste de Porte

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

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Modalités et conditions de la vente

e monde des affaires en production bovine n’a jamais cessé de se développer au fil des années, et très certainement bien avant les réalités actuelles qu’on utilise pour faire du commerce. À l’époque, plusieurs générations de producteurs et de fermiers faisaient surtout du troc. Au fur et à mesure que les transactions se sont multipliées, le tout est devenu plus complexe et le monde de la vente de génétique bovine a cru à un point tel qu’il est devenu un marché global où les individus effectuent des transactions avec d’autres personnes qu’ils peuvent connaître ou non. Et pour compliquer le tout, nous sommes impliqués dans la production d’animaux pour lesquels on ne peut pas simplement remplacer une partie s’il y a un problème. En fait, la régie appliquée aux animaux après une vente joue une importance capitale sur le développement et les performances de l’animal. Mais, toutes choses considérées, tout se déroule généralement très bien. On entend souvent cette phrase au début de chaque vente de bovins de race pure au Canada “Les bovins seront vendus selon les modalités et les conditions de vente présentées dans le premier couvert intérieur de votre catalogue de vente ». Et, très souvent, on précisera que les modalités applicables en termes de Garantie fourni par l’Éleveur applicables sur la vente des animaux sont celles édictées par l’Association Simmental du Canada, ou bien par une autre association de race. Les modalités recommandées vont varier souvent entre les diverses races, alors que certains éleveurs peuvent offrir des garanties complètement différentes qui s’appliquent aux bovins qu’ils offrent en vente. Certains éleveurs peuvent aussi offrir leur propre assurance, auquel l’acheteur est libre d’y adhérer ou non. Les modalités de garantie édictées par l’ASC et offertes par un éleveur sont un semble de recommandation de base qui furent jadis établies par des conseils d’administration précédents, et qui ont été révisées depuis ce temps. Elles ne sont peut-être pas parfaites pour toutes les situations, toutefois elles ont fait l’affaire durant plus de cinquante ans. On pense souvent à tort que l’ASC agira en tant qu’arbitre au niveau de l’application de ces modalités, si un différend surgit entre un vendeur et un 12

acheteur. Ce n’est pas le cas. L’ASC pourra être appelée à évaluer une situation donnée, et celle-ci recommandera habituellement qu’un médiateur soit nommé, avec l’espoir qu’ils en arrivent à solution convenant aux deux parties. En bout de ligne, comme de tels litiges peuvent survenir dans n’importe quel secteur de la société, une action légale peut constituer le seul recours, ce qui est plutôt rare. Au-delà des avis pouvant être donnés par rapport à des différends concernant la garantie d’élevage applicable, on communique souvent avec l’ASC à propos d’enjeux relatifs à des termes ou des conditions spéciales utilisés pour des animaux vendus. Cela peut être par exemple pour déterminer les modalités d’utilisation d’un taureau en monte naturelle, où bien afin de savoir qui pourrait l’utiliser et pour combien de temps. D’autres exemples de situations devant être bien définies avant le début de la vente pourraient toucher le droit de recueillir de la semence sur un taureau donné, ou encore le droit sur une future récolte d’embryons chez une femelles donnée. Une autre situation pourrait concerner le droit d’exposer un animal ou bien sa progéniture. Et, bien qu’il soit impossible de préciser toutes les situations pouvant survenir pour des animaux possédés en copropriété, on recommanderait que les conditions de vente soient toujours bien expliquées par écrit et que les deux parties comprennent bien ces modalités. Le domaine de l’élevage de sujets de race pure s’est construit par la confiance et la bonne compréhension, et il est heureux de constater qu’une poignée de main est encore bien respectée. Si on veut éviter de mauvaises interprétations, il faut bien présenter et expliquer des conditions spéciales en vigueur pour une vente, de cette manière les sources de conflits seront minimales et cela améliorera vos chances de conserver de bonnes relations d’affaires. Au nom de tout le personnel de l’ASC et de la revue Simmental Country, j’aimerais vous souhaiter la meilleure des chances avec vos ventes en novembre et en décembre ainsi qu’avec les conditions météorologiques durant cette période. Joyeux Noël et une bonne et heureuse année 2021!


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SUN RISE BLACK 12E

Sire: Springcreek Spark Plug Dam: Blacksand Tara Lynn 79Y Bred: LFE Game Face 338F

She Sells

She Sells

JLP 104G JPCC CAHYA 104G

SCISSORS BELLA 65G

Sire: Wheatland Royal Flush 435 Dam: JPCC Miss Cahya 11D Bred: JPCC Super Smooth 69B

Sire: Sun Rise Bacardi 8B Dam: Scissors Jasmine 77C Bred: WHL Gold Key 1619D & Bar-H Cash 11D

DMJ MISS 67G

Sire: MRL Empire 23E Dam: PWK Miss Ruby 18U 15B MRL The Starter 39C

Johns Purebred & Commercial Simmental Cattle

Evan & Linda Cuss Dana, Megan Spy Hill, SK & Terron Johns Mark & Jennalee Beutler 306-534-4700 Kenton, MB Whitewood, SK Cell: 306-745-7431 204-838-2003 Mark Cell: 306-735-7841 cuss@sasktel.net Dana Cell: 204-365-7149 jennalee_e@hotmail.com johnsdm@goinet.ca www.scissorscreekcattle.com www.sunrisesimmentals.com

McAuley, MB 204-722-2222 Glen: 204-851-5669 Barry: 204-851-0342 Eric: 306-434-8567 brookecanart@gmail.com mmwilson87@hotmail.com www.jpcattle.com

DMJ 67G

Bred:

Featuring...

Sun Rise Simmentals

Glenn & Barry Lowes Eric & Melissa Pateman

Sire: Springcreek Denali 21E Dam: Sun Rise Black 12E

She Sells

SCCC 65G

Scissors Creek Cattle Company

JTC 12E JTC 27H SUN RISE BLACK 27H

McIntosh Ranch

Kolton McIntosh Greg & Allyson Workman Eriksdale, MB Minto, MB 204-280-0359 Greg Cell: 204-724-0564 geworkman61@gmail.com mcintoshranch01@gmail.com

SALE MANAGED BY

T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd.

info@tbarc.com Chris Poley: 306-220-5006 Shane Michelson: 403-363-9973 Ben Wright: 519-374-3335 www.buyagro.com

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Amelioration de la Race

Par Sean McGrath Coordonnateur des programmes d’amélioration de la race, Association Simmental du Canada

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À la découverte de la valeur de la carcasse

es éleveurs Simmental du Canada ne possèdent que très peu de données touchant la valeur de la carcasse. Cela n’est pas très surprenant car la plupart des producteurs qui se procurent de la génétique de race Simmental va acheter des taureaux employés pour produire des veaux vendus au sevrage ou peu de temps après. La base de données de la race Simmental contient plusieurs centaines de milliers de données de poids, ce qui reflète bien comment les producteurs ont effectué leur sélection et comment ils ont été payés au fil des années. Je crois qu’il est important de reconnaître les différences au niveau de la valeur des carcasses, car la croissance n’a pas toujours la même valeur. Il existe des d’importantes différences de valeur entre les carcasses produites selon divers type génétique, ce qui correspond à beaucoup d’argent concrètement pour l’industrie. En premier, on doit reconnaître que les carcasses sont payées sur la base du poids de la carcasse. Le poids de la carcasse est en fait un caractère lié à la croissance, et il correspond fondamentalement au poids de l’animal auquel on a enlevé la peau, les viscères et le gras superflu. Le pourcentage de l’animal qui correspond à la carcasse en fonction des parties parés sert généralement à calculer le rendement de carcasse à l’abattage. En fait, on divisera le poids de la carcasse chaude sur le poids vif de l’animal. Le niveau de rendement représente une méthode plus précise de mesure. Celui-ci correspond à une estimation des quantités relatives de muscle et de gras dans la carcasse, et on le calcule en utilisant la surface de l’œil-de-longe et l’épaisseur de gras sur les côtes de l’animal. Il y a plusieurs manières assez compliquées pour mesurer le niveau de rendement mais, sur le plancher d’abattage, on le détermine habituellement au fur et à mesure que la chaine d’abattage progresse, à l’aide d’un tableau inclus sur la règle de classement. La mesure du niveau de rendement est effectuée à l’aide de la mesure de l’épaisseur du gras dorsal, de la surface de l’œil-de-longe, du poids de la carcasse chaude et d’un estimé du gras dans la région du foie, des reins et du cœur. Vous pouvez consulter le lien suivant pour obtenir des informations complètes par rapport à notre système de classement: http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/

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carcass-grading-41 Il est important d’avoir une certaine connaissance du système de classement, car cela est la première manière employée pour déterminer les différences de valeur de la carcasse, ce qui est en fait le reflet de la génétique ayant permise de produire ces carcasses. De même, en ayant une meilleure idée du système de classement, cela nous permet de réaliser quelles mesures on devrait recueillir chez nos animaux. Différences de valeur Comme j’ai écrit cet article à la mi-octobre, j’ai donc utilisé le rapport de Canfax de la semaine dernière (9 octobre). Celuici nous fournit un portrait de la situation des marchés et il faut également tenir compte que certaines des différences de prix peuvent être significativement plus hautes au cours d’autres périodes de l’année. Selon Canfax, le poids des carcasses de bouvillons était de 942 livres la semaine dernière. C’est très gros. Ils indiquaient aussi que le pourcentage de rendement était de 60 %. Cela veut donc dire que le poids vif moyen des bouvillons finis était de 1570 livres. Le prix rapporté sur une base de carcasse variait de 224 $ à 226,50 $ par cent livres. Si on retient le prix moyen, soit 225,25 $, cela veut dire qu’une carcasse moyenne valait un peu moins de 2122 $. L’écart de prix entre les classes “Choice” et “Select” était de 12,90 US $ la semaine dernière. Cela représente la différence de prix par cent livres pour une carcasse AAA ou « Choice », comparativement à une carcasse AA ou « Select ». Avec un dollar canadien valant 0,75 $ US, cela correspond donc à un montant de 17,20 $ Can. Pour notre carcasse moyenne pesant 942 livres, cela veut dire qu’une carcasse AAA valait 162,02 $ de plus qu’une carcasse AA. Une carcasse classée “Prime” valait encore plus, tandis que la carcasse A valait moins d’argent. Si on considère une charge complète d’un camion (environ 38 bouvillons), nous avons une différence de 6000 $. C’est plutôt difficile de trouver de l’information concernant les différentiels de prix par rapport au niveau de rendement, toutefois plusieurs grilles de paiement incluent une prime pour les niveaux 1 et 2, tandis que des coupures s’appliquent pour les niveaux 4 et 5. Si on inclue ces valeurs dans notre scénario, on vient accroître encore davantage les différences de valeur entre les animaux. On peut aussi voir la situation différemment en ce


qui concerne le niveau de rendement. En fait, les bovins avec le niveau de rendement le plus élevé auront tendance à posséder un pourcentage plus élevé de poids de la carcasse par rapport au poids vif de l’animal, ce qui signifie un prix plus élevé par carcasse. Influence au niveau de la race pure La valeur de la carcasse est grandement influencée par la génétique. L’héritabilité (c’est-à-dire la portion des différences attribuable à la génétique) a une valeur modérée à haute pour les caractères liés aux carcasses. En d’autres mots, le bagage génétique peut avoir un impact plus important sur la valeur de la carcasse comparativement au potentiel pour la croissance. En élevage de race pure, nous avons la chance de mesurer le mérite relatif de la carcasse grâce à des outils tels que les mesures par ultrasons, ainsi que par la cueillette de données sur les carcasses de la progéniture ou bien de sujets pur-sang réformés. Une donnée obtenue par ultrasons n’est pas identique à une donnée recueillie sur tla carcasse, toutefois la mesure par ultrasons est relativement peu coûteuse à obtenir et elle nous procure une très bonne idée des différences relatives entre les animaux. Compte tenu que cela n’est pas la même chose que si on avait une donnée sur la carcasse, on doit généralement recueillir un nombre plus élevé d’images par ultrasons que de données sur la carcasse si on veut obtenir la même estimation du mérite relatif des carcasses entre les animaux. Ultrasons Carcasse Surface de l’oeil-de-longe Surface de l’oeil-de-longe Épaisseur de gras sur les côtes Épaisseur de gras sur les côtes Gras intramusculaire Cote de persillage Poids vif Poids vif Poids de la carcasse Âge Âge Groupe de régie Groupe de régie Sexe Sexe Ces données peuvent être utilisées dans nos évaluations génétiques courantes afin de calculer les ÉPD sur les carcasses, lesquels expriment en fait les vraies différences génétiques additives entre les animaux pour la valeur des carcasses. Ces différences sont ensuite multipliées au sein de l’industrie commerciale, puis elles sont constatées au niveau de l’abattoir. Imaginons par exemple que nous avions deux taureaux qui exprimaient des différences génétiques pour le persillage chez leurs descendants, selon le même écart de la semaine dernière entre le « Choice » et le « Select ». On assumera également que les poids moyens et les rendements ont les mêmes, et que chacun des taureaux pourrait être le père de 19 bouvillons dans notre camion. Le taureau A est le père des 19 bouvillons classés AA et le taureau B est le père des 19 bouvillons classés AAA. Pour ce seul camion, vous auriez gagné 3078 $ de plus. Si vous aviez utilisé chaque taureau pour 3 ans, vous auriez pu obtenir une importante différence monétaire. Ça serait bien d’avoir plus de taureaux B.

Qu’est-ce que je peux faire ? Pour un bon nombre de personnes, l’information sur les carcasses représente un grand saut à faire. Pour ceux qui sont intéressés à mettre en place un programme de cueillette de données sur les carcasses, il y a un bon webinaire disponible sur le site du centre IGS. Celui-ci est sous forme de discussion entre des éleveurs qui utilisent les données sur les carcasses, ains que comment ils les recueillent. Pour un grand nombre de personnes, la manière la plus simple est de débuter par les mesures avec les ultrasons. C’est un procédé non invasif et relativement peu coûteux et qui peut vous aider à obtenir au moins un estimé de base par rapport à la situation avec votre troupeau. Si votre budget est plutôt limité et que vous préférez effectuer un certain test pour partir, je vous encouragerais à faire mesurer vos génisses. Les données obtenues chez les génisses exprimeront davantage de différences au niveau du persillage (en raison du taux de testostérone), et celles-ci demeureront dans votre troupeau, ce qui vous donnera en fait une base d’information au cas où vous décideriez de poursuivre dans le futur avec des mesures par les ultrasons. Les bovins commerciaux sont évalués selon la valeur du produit final, même si on les vend en automne. On voit souvent des bovins provenant d’élevages reconnus qui se vendent aux encans. La valeur de ces animaux est en fonction de la condition, de la croissance, de l’état de santé, mais aussi de la valeur de leur carcasse. Les acheteurs reconnaissent les bovins qui valent davantage, car leur produit final vaudra également plus. En constituent une base de données chez vos sujets de race pure, cela pourrait être profitable dans le futur pour vos clients. Cela pourrait le bon temps de considérer un tel investissement. Webinaire du centre IGS - Allez sur le site d’IGS au (www.internationalgeneticsolutions. com) et choisissez le webinaire de septembre ou encore allez directement au: https://register.gotowebinar.com/ recording/2331900745133395471 Information sur les ultrasons - Communiquez avec l’ASC ou allez au: http://ultrasoundbeef. com/ pour obtenir des informations concernant la mesure par les ultrasons ou encore pour trouver un technicien accrédité.

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Vet’s Advice

By Roy Lewis, DVM

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Practical Approaches to Johne’s Disease

ohne’s disease pronounced “YONEES” causes a nonresponsive diarrhea with severe weight loss in cattle as well as bison, small ruminants (sheep and goats) and camelids. It may last for months and is invariably fatal. A paratuberculosis organism similar to tuberculosis causes it. The organism is Mycobacterium Avium subspecies Paratuberculosis abbreviated “MAP.” It has a very long incubation period of at least two years. Young calves under three months of age are the most susceptible to first contracting the disease. Heifer offspring from affected cows should be culled, as they will most likely show clinical signs later in life. With this disease cattle maintain a voracious appetite but a thickening of the small intestine does not allow nutrients to be absorbed so weight loss is dramatic. In winter a huge manure ball will often be frozen to the tail. If you suspect this disease it is imperative to have the animal examined and verified. By clinical exam and/or testing your veterinarian can confirm its presence. This article will outline some very practical methods of minimizing its incidence on your beef farm. Johne’s Disease has basically a worldwide distribution. The two biggest concerns are the economic losses associated with cows having decreased production having to be culled and the potential spread to others in the herd. Also this is especially critical for purebred and commercial herds that sell breeding stock. If we ever identify Johne’s in our herds we must work on a control and elimination strategy to avoid passing it on to other herds. In a recent cow calf surveillance project of Saskatchewan herd levels in a large number of herds averaged 1.6% of cows tested positive and this equated to 5.4% of herds. This may seem low but we need to continue to identify and cull positive cows and keep at making this number go down even further. In 1998, the Alberta Government in co-operation with private practitioners sampled Alberta herds and found 4.4% of herds had at least one positive animal on fecal culture so we are very similar to what we were twenty years ago. Spread of Johne’s is primarily the fecal-oral route with exposure to lots of the organisms over time necessary for transmission. Transmission through the milk or transplacentally (through the uterus) has also been demonstrated. The organism has also been isolated from bull semen. Control centers around good manure management, culling appropriate animals as soon as possible and herd testing where necessary. The organism can survive in moist manure packs for up to one year and is resistant to freezing. Survival in soil or water is greater than one year. Desiccation is effective in killing Johne’s so harrowing pastures is one effective means to minimize its

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presence. Manure should be spread on grain land not on pasture or hay land if at all possible. Don’t use the same front-end loader for loading manure and then feed without proper disinfection inbetween and best to have interchangeable buckets. Any calving area such as the maternity pen should be disinfected with a phenolic – based disinfectant whenever cleaned. Keep feed bunks and watering bowls clean of manure to help break the fecal-oral cycle. Always buy herd bulls and replacement cattle from known sources where herd health status is known. Renting bulls and in some cases pasturing in community type pastures always has the possibility of increasing your cattle’s exposure. We are fortunate in Western Canada to spread out our cattle for most of the year on pastures minimizing the type of exposure confinement brings. Screen embryo transplant recipients for Johne’s. Culling known cases immediately reduces their shedding and if done early before severe weight loss occurs they pass slaughter and the meat is edible. Cattle with severe weight loss (body condition under two) would still qualify under the BSE testing program and should be disposed of that way. As mentioned already, review the records and cull recent heifer calves as they are highly likely to contract Johne’s from their positive mothers. They talk about the “ICEBERG” theory with Johne’s whereby for every clinical case in your herd there is probably at least 10 more incubating the disease. The worst-case scenario I have encountered was years ago a small 20 to 30 head commercial herd which was experiencing one to two clinical cases a year and depopulation, thorough cleaning and disinfection were the only way to eliminate it on this premise. The herd was then repopulated successfully. I have found in herds we deal with by isolating and then eliminating clinical cases as quickly as possible, removing their heifer offspring and proper manure management we can go a very long way to keeping disease presence at an absolute minimum. This is what we call a notifiable disease in Alberta which means your veterinarian or the lab must report it. We can then help you develop a herd strategy to decrease its presence. It is a disease we don’t want to bury our head in the sand. This is absolutely critical in herds both commercial but especially purebred where lots of breeding females or breeding bulls are sold. Any case especially of weight loss diarrhea and yet still a good appetite have checked out by your veterinarian. The earlier we find it the earlier we can eliminate it from the herd and minimize transmission. It is one of the production limiting diseases we should always be on the lookout for.


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40th Anniversary

Looking Back

Above: The McIntyre family, Shannon at left, Rick at right with children, Brendon, Riley, Tara, and Devynn in between. Photo courtesy Rick McIntyre

So much of the beef industry is about “the people”

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ick McIntyre has seen a lot of excellent “Two of the things I remember most from that cattle during his years as an east central original planning session was that we all agreed it was Saskatchewan purebred beef producer, but important that the youth organization had a strong when he thinks of what stands out during educational component,” he says. “And secondly we felt a lifetime of involvement with the Simmental breed, he it was important to set the maximum age for participation says what is most memorable are the connections and in the youth program at 25 years of age.” friendships that last a lifetime. Some of the other breed associations had set the “It is not just mentors who help you along the way,” maximum age limits in their youth programs at a younger says McIntyre who is part of the long-standing ABC age level. “We felt the older age limit gave the youth Cattle Co. “But it’s about the friendships organization a bit more independence,” “I believe it is you make in all parts of the country who says McIntyre. “With young adults become friends for life.” at meetings and events up to 25 years important to be He recalls and agrees with a of age, the youth organization didn’t involved and give statement made by one of the pioneer need to rely on parents as much.” The back some of your Simmental breeders in Saskatchewan, age limit also allowed young purebred time and experience to the late Earl Ballard of Lost River producers to be involved and help Ranches. “Earl use to say the great thing the associations... and support the youth program a bit longer. about being involved with the Canadian as many others have McIntyre was one of the first Simmental Association is that he could YCSA members affected by the age noted too, you meet travel across the country and never maximum. “I believe I was only able some great people need to take a hotel room — he could to be a member for one or two years along the way with stay with good friends everywhere. And before I aged out,” he says, but not that’s true. It is the people you meet friendships that last before serving as the first president of along the way that are the highlight of the YCSA organization. a lifetime.” the purebred industry.” “I believe I was the founding McIntyre was born and raised on the family-owned, president and I remember the first convention/ symposium ABC Cattle Co. at Whitewood, SK, about two hours east we had was in Regina and it would have been the summer of Regina. For the past 20 years, he along with his wife of 1981,” he says, “and it was a big deal. We were able to Shannon have owned and operated the second location bring young Canadian Simmental members from across of the farm, at Churchbridge — it’s about an hour north the country to this event in Regina. of Whitewood. “Our key presenter for that event was John McIntyre has been around beef cattle his whole Rothlisberger, the manager for Highfield Stock Farms life and first connected with the Canadian Simmental at Okotoks, south of Calgary. True to the educational Association (CSA) in 1980 as one of a group of young component of the new YCSA program we heard about Simmental cattle owners from across Canada invited nutrition, animal husbandry and conformation.” to Calgary to form the Young Canadian Simmental Although it wasn’t long after that, McIntyre was Association (YCSA) — that was 40 years ago. no longer eligible to be a YCSA member. He says the 18


new youth organization was widely and more informally discussed at Simmental shows and sales across the country. He also recalls being involved in that first year or so as an adult with the Canadian Simmental Association. “Members of the new youth organization were invited to sit in on CSA meetings in Calgary,” says McIntyre, “and that was very useful as young people got to see how the organization worked and learn about the role the CSA directors played. It was a very good training ground. I know there are many YCSA alumni that later went on to serve as CSA directors.” As McIntyre aged out of the YCSA program, his focus returned to the family owned purebred Simmental operation at Whitewood that also included a large annual cropping component as well. ABC Cattle Co. was a long-time four family farming operation involving Lloyd McIntyre, two brothers Rick and Stuart McIntyre and their sister and brother-in-law Doug and Sharon Armstrong. The farm’s membership number was #30, which ABC Cattle Co. still uses today. Rick McIntyre’s dad, Lloyd imported his first Simmental cattle in 1969. “I believe it was Wilf Davis of the Bar 5 at Douglas, Manitoba who got my dad interested in the breed,” says McIntyre. For many years the farm focused on raising purebred Simmental cattle running up to about 200 head of females. “We preferred red Simmentals, although we had a hand in breeding the several different pheno types the Simmental breed had to offer,” says McIntyre. Rick and his wife Shannon moved to Churchbridge to take over Shannon’s family farm in 1997, “although there it was a scaled back, one man operation with

purebred Simmental cattle and grain farming,” says Rick. Churchbridge was also included in the ABC Cattle Co. name. Lloyd McIntyre passed away about 20 years ago, with Stuart continuing to run the Whitewood farm today, although it is a straight cattle operation with Below: A young Rick McIntyre, holding the halter on a half-blood Simmental as Prince Phillip, a no grain farming. Along with Simmental, special guest at the 1977 Canadian Western Agribition in Regina presents him with a blue ribbon. Stuart also raises Red and Black Angus and Maine-Anjou breeds. Rick recalls some memorable moments with top Simmental cattle over the years. “Years before the YCSA program was even considered, I remember the first 4-H steer I showed was an offspring of a top Simmental bull named Galant,” he says. “I am guessing I was in my early teens but all of us, my brothers and sister, were involved in 4-H and showing cattle. I think that helped get the farm involved in showing cattle as well.” After high school, McIntyre attended agricultural college at the University of Saskatchewan in the mid-1970s, returning to the farm at Whitewood after graduation. “We were busy expanding and improving the herd, and we showed cattle at a number of shows during the year, although 19


Canadian Western Agribition was always the premier event,” he says. Rick recalls “the real highlight” for the farm was winning top awards at a number of shows, including Agribition, with a bull named Ambassador. “We bought him in Denver in late 1979 and he was a fall calf or a long yearling when we got him,” says McIntyre. “The next summer he was classified as a two-year-old.” Ambassador was show champion at five different shows, “he was undefeated” before he entered the ring at Agribition in December of 1980. The winning bull won the Agribition show as well. “There was so much interest in him that right after the show we sold a threefifths interest in his semen to a group for $90,000,” says McIntyre. In the Dec. 11, 1980 edition of the Western Producer, was the following report on Ambassador’s performance: “A 60 percent interest in this Agribition grand champion Simmental bull, ABC Ambassador 106K, owned by ABC Simmental, Whitewood, Sask., sold to a consortium for $90,000 at the Agribition Simmental sale Dec. 4. The consortium consisted of the Hanley Hi-Lite Group, Hanley, SK; Huber Simmentals and Mainline Simmental, Bismark, ND and Bar 5 Simmental, Brandon, MB. The 60 percent involves semen sales and the eventual sale

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price for the bull. ABC retained ownership control of the animal.” “That was certainly a highlight for our farm,” says McIntyre, noting it was a few years later that the Simmental breed began moving away from the “tall, big framey cattle.” “Ambassador was an “It is the excellent bull, but it actually was people you a three-quarter brother of his that meet along the we bought at the same time who way that are carried the characteristics the breed began moving toward,” the highlight says McIntyre. “That three- of the purebred quarter brother was a thicker, industry.” meatier animal. By the mid to late 1980s the trend toward breeding a thicker beef animal had started.” McIntyre says he has often told the story involving some embryo work using genetics from this bull, “we were doing embryo transfers and using this bred heifer as a recipient, but then three or four years later as the trend toward thicker, meatier animals was growing we began using the same female as a donor — in those few years things had changed, she had characteristics the commercial beef producers were looking for.” McIntyre says it was the wisdom of the founding directors of the Canadian Simmental Association that helped the breed make the transformation away from the “big framey” cattle to a more compact and efficient beef animal. “The original bylaws allowed upgrading, starting with half blood animals and breed up from there,” he says. “This diversified the genetic pool and we were able to select for what we wanted and breed up. And that’s really what did it. That’s really what helped the Simmental breed transition fairly easily to produce the efficient cattle the industry needs for today.” While McIntyre says today he has scaled back Simmental numbers at the Churchbridge farm, he still credits being involved with the YCSA program and also serving on the national and provincial Simmental association boards, including a term as national president, as being a valuable experience in his career. “I believe it is important to be involved and give back some of your time and experience to the associations,” says McIntyre, “and as many others have noted too, you meet some great people along the way with friendships that last a lifetime. I feel fortunate to have been able to play some role in establishing the YCSA program — provide a bit of a legacy — and to see it still continuing and flourishing today. It is good to know it keeps going.”


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he COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on public gatherings was taking effect in Canada in the heart of the 2020 bull sale season. This could have been devastating to our farmers and ranchers, but our industry quickly adapted, and bulls sold at prices similar to those of the previous year. This demonstrates the resiliency of Canadian cattle producers and something that we can be all be proud of. We are now heading into the fall and the pandemic continues. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, there are still many in place that will disrupt our normal business operations into the new year. The restrictions and timelines for opening economies are different for each country, province and state. In some cases it varies within a province, which makes this situation even more complex. Despite these impacts, we now have the advantage of time to prepare for the fall run of feeder calf, production sales and harvest. We need to recognize that restrictions on international travel and between some regions within Canada will continue for the foreseeable future. It is important to communicate with our American and Mexican friends that Canadian beef cattle genetics are still able to be transported across the border with similar requirements that were in place prior to the pandemic. This also applies to other international destinations although delays should be expected, and we need to plan accordingly. Canadian cattle and genetics can move, it is people that are facing travel and gathering restrictions. The cattle business in Canada is still open for business.

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Agriculture was deemed an essential service early in the pandemic and under most circumstances cattle producers are able to cross the Canada/USA border to conduct business, which includes the transportation, purchasing of cattle and providing services. At the time of writing this article the Canada/USA border is still closed to non-essential travel, so if you are planning to cross you will need to ensure your documentation is in place and you can demonstrate the nature of your business in the other country. Every situation is different and depending on circumstances and reason for travel your eligibility to cross the border will vary. I recommend searching relevant websites for up to date information. They should include the Government of Canada Public Health Agency (canada.ca), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (inspection.gc.ca), as well as your provincial health agency site and the one that you will be travelling to. There are still health protocols such as quarantine periods in place that need to be adhered to for everyone’s safety. Confirm eligibility and requirements for travel early in your international buyers planning process to avoid unnecessary disruptions and delays. If you are attending or hosting a production sale this fall, we have developed a set of recommended guidelines that will help you prepare and ensure your friends, customers, employees and family remain healthy. This and other information regarding the pandemic can be found on the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association website (www. cattle.ca/cca-resources/covid-19).


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Over the past number of months, many of you have likely heard me discuss the opportunities that I see coming out of COVID-19, including Canadians becoming more aware of where their food comes from and the role that agriculture – including the beef industry – can play in Canada’s economic recovery. With consumers now asking more questions about food production in Canada, we have an opportunity to share our industry’s story and raise awareness about the sustainable production practices used on Canadian beef farms and ranches and the nutritional benefits of eating beef. The opportunity is ours for the taking and we must capitalize on it. Through the National Beef Strategy, we committed to enhancements to the productivity and competitiveness of the Canadian beef industry, as well as increasing beef demand. During this same time, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) also identified the need for the development of a Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) as genetic improvement is a very powerful and critical tool for improving productivity, profitability, and competitiveness throughout the entire beef supply chain. With a focus on the commercial cow herd, the goals of CBIN is to facilitate research, development, and adoption of innovative genetic selection tools that will benefit all segments of the Canadian beef supply chain from primary production to consumer. CBIN will be critical to maintaining and growing the competitiveness of purebred and commercial producers, while at the same time, reducing the environmental footprint of beef production in Canada. The Canadian dairy, pork, and poultry industries have experienced incredible advances over the last several decades in data collection and genetic selection that have increased production (dairy) and lean meat yield (pork and poultry) in comparison to the beef sector, which only highlights the untapped potential of our industry through the development of a network such as CBIN. CBIN is a key deliverable of the National Beef Strategy. The Advisory Working Group was created in 2019 to provide administrative leadership to this initiative and they are currently working on advancing data sharing and technology development as well as establishing a governance model for the network. The “cornerstones” of the CBIN include reducing the environmental footprint of Canadian beef production, improving reproductive performance, carcass quality and yield grades, and feed efficiency. We are investing in this initiative to realize long26

term benefits for our industry. Earlier this fall at the Canadian Roundtable of Sustainable Beef (CRSB) Annual General Meeting, the first three Beef Industry Goals for 2030 were released to build upon the original goals of the National Beef Strategy. We believe that the outcomes of the CBIN initiative will support the industry’s efforts to meet these ambitious goals and provide further opportunities to enhance our engagement with Canadians on topics and issues that are important to them. On the economic front, our industry can play a key role in Canada’s recovery post COVID-19. CCA and CBBC have moved forward on a research project to better understand market access issues that are hindering export growth of Canadian beef genetics and determine our competitive position in key export markets. Our industry benefits from having a beef cattle genetics sector that is recognized as among the best in the world, but this performance hasn’t yet translated into growing exports of our beef cattle genetics. This can be attributed to high domestic demand and stagnating economies in many countries that have export potential for Canada. In addition, we also face some regulatory disadvantages, which can impact our ability to access global markets. We believe there is potential to increase the exports of our genetics and provide dollars back to producers. Through this project, CCA and CBBC are seeking to gain intelligence on the international trade of beef cattle genetics and assess Canada’s competitive position in key export markets, including identifying solutions to address our most critical disadvantages. By understanding our limitations and growth potential in global markets, we can target our investments to strengthen our market share in key markets. Growing exports of Canadian beef – including live breeding cattle and genetics – has the potential to enhance the profitability of our industry and can help support Canada’s economic recovery from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for updates on these important initiatives in future columns, in Action News and on CCA social media channels.


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Beef Wellington S o you wa nt to pull out all the stops this holiday season? B e ef Wellington is a delic ious a nd impressive holiday dish.

YIELDS 8 S er vings PREP TIME 30 mins CO O K T I M E 30 mins TOTA L T I M E 1 hr

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• 2 ½ lb (1.13 kg) trimmed centre - cut Beef Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast, about 4-inches (10 cm) in diameter • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil • Coarsely ground salt and pepper • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil • 2 shallots finely sliced • 1 green onion finely sliced • 2 cups (500 mL) finely chopped mushrooms • 1 pkg (397 g) puff-pastr y dough, thawed • 2 ½ oz (70 g) chicken or duck liver paté (foie gras), thinly sliced • 1 egg, beaten • Madeira Mushroom Sauce, recipe follows

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4 cups beef broth (or 1 L container) 2/3 cup Madeira generous splash of whipping cream 1 tsp corn starch 1 tsp cold water salt and pepper to taste

If roast is tied, remove t wine. Rub and season all over with olive oil, salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter with the vegetable oil in heav y skillet over medium-high heat; brown meat on all sides, about 8 minutes. Set aside. In same skillet, melt remaining butter; add shallots and onion and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until softened for about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until there is no liquid from the mushrooms remaining, about 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste and set pan aside to use for the Madeira Mushroom Sauce.

Pat reser ved tenderloin dr y with paper towel; top with paté slices and mushroom mix ture, pressing mix ture onto tenderloin to hold. Set aside. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil; spray lightly with non-stick spray. Set aside. Roll out the package puff pastr y dough on lightly floured board, on its underside, into a 13 x 12-inch (32 x 30 cm) rec tangle, rolling over the seam to hold the 2 squares together. Place over tenderloin and tuck dough around the sides and ends. Gently turn over, wrapping dough around underside and ends of tenderloin to fully enclose; brush some beaten egg along edges of seams where dough overlaps, pressing gently to seal. Place seam side down onto parchmentlined rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour. (If refrigerated 1 hour, let the Wellington sit at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.) Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450°F (230°C) oven. (NOTE: The Beef Wellington is roasted on the lowest rack of a ver y hot oven to help create a crispy crust.) Cut 3 slits across the top of pastr y to allow steam to escape while baking; brush all over with beaten egg. Bake Wellington until golden brown (shielding with loose cover of aluminum foil if getting to brown), and digital instant read thermometer inser ted into centre of roast reads 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare doneness, about 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and transfer to car ving platter. Car ve into thick slices and ser ve with Madeira Mushroom Sauce.

M A D E I R A M U S H R O O M S AU C E 1.

Place skillet used to make mushrooms over medium-high heat; stir in beef broth, stirring up brown bits from bottom of pan. Bring to boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce to 1-2/3 cups. Stir in Madeira and continue to boil until liquid is reduced again to 1-2/3 cups about 5 minutes. Stir in whipping cream to finish. If desired, thicken by stirring in corn starch mix ture; cook 3 to 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into grav y boat to ser ve.

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HBH Angus with Northern Light Simmentals Sale Check Out Our

New Sale!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - Virden, MB Selling: 40 Simmental & 75 Black Angus

Including: Cow/Heifer Calf Pairs, Bred Heifers, PLUS Elite Show Heifers

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Sale Managed By: T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. Chris: 306-220-5006 Shane: 403-363-9973 Ben: 519-374-3335

Rossburn, MB

Neil Carson Cody Carson Ph: 204-773-6927 Ph: 204-859-0658 neilcarson1973@gmail.com www.simmentalbreeders.ca

Transcon Livestock Corp. Jay: 403-556-5563 Darren: 403-323-3985 Glenn: 780-542-0634 Cody: 403-559-8809

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Congratulations Virginia Ranch is thrilled to announce the arrival of Hayeson Daniel Satchwell on June 8, 2020. Proud parents Brandon & Dani along with Big Brother Ryerson, Grandparents Harry & Michelle Satchwell as well as Auntie Allison & Uncle Spencer were very excited to have another little farm-hand join the family operation

Our Deepest Sympathies

Debbie Ecklund passed away unexpectedly on September 24th, 2020. Debbie was born on January 25th, 1959 in Whitewood. She grew up on the family farm with her parents Tony and Phyllis Topinka and younger siblings Donna and Trevor. She graduated from high school in 1977 and then attended the U of R for pre-veterinary studies but she came back home after only one semester as the city life was not for her. She then started custom clipping and showing cattle. She made a lot of miles with great friends working at cattle shows all across North America. Debbie married Michael Ecklund in 1981 and they started a new farm yard just ¼ mile from where Debbie grew up. Debbie and Mike both owned cows when they met and started building their herd and buying more purebred Simmentals in their early years of being married. They did a lot of showing the first few years with Ross L Seven and went to South Dakota and Montana State fairs as well as shows in Edmonton, Calgary, Brandon and Denver. Debbie and Mike continued to take Simmental cattle to Agribition for several years and highlights for them were winning Champion Female in 1996 and Reserve Champion Female in 1988 and 2000. They looked after large strings of custom cattle at Agribition from around 1995 to 2000. They also took bulls to Lloydminister and Regina Bull sales for many years. Debbie served two terms on the Saskatchewan Simmental Board from 1999 to 2005 and was an assistant leader of the local 4-H for over ten years. In 2008 Debbie was asked to be on the panel of Judges for the Canadian Western Agribition Supreme Show – this was a huge honor for her.

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Debbie and Mike were married until 2002. Debbie had lived and worked on the farm her entire life and made the decision to continue to farm on her own. In 2005 Debbie met Danny Thomas. Danny lived in Glen Bain in Southwest Saskatchewan but after about a year of dating he moved out to Debbie’s farm in the summer of 2006. Together they grew their commercial cattle herd and purchased more land. Debbie still continued on with a few purebred cattle, taking a few bulls to the Proudly Western bull sale the first few years it started from 2006 until 2010, but then she decided she had clipped enough cattle in her lifetime and it was time to pass those clippers onto her grandson. Debbie will be deeply missed by her father Anthony Topinka; her loving spouse Danny Thomas; children: Jennalee (Mark) Beutler, Cole (Kirsten) Ecklund and Taylor (Jared) Adams. Step children: Jacob (Bronwyn) Thomas, Lucas (Amy) Thomas, Samantha (Nick) Thiessen, Corey Thomas and Riley Thomas. Grandchildren: Ryder, Jace and Nash Beutler, Frankie Ecklund, Cade Adams and step grandchildren Natalie and Elyse Thomas; brother Trevor (Heather) Topinka and sister Donna (Ken) Matsalla. It’s hard to say goodbye to someone so special, someone who was taken far too soon. More than anything her family wishes her last couple of years were not burdened with illness. While they know that she is at peace, that her struggles are at an end, and that she spent her last days on the farm, there is still great pain and sadness. Even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and perseverance. The ways she touched the lives of her family and friends, and the memories that were made, will stay with them forever.

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Our Deepest Sympathies

We are heartbroken to announce that Richard Shigenobu Kanegawa passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 90 years of age. His lung condition returned from 2018 and despite his desire and will to live, his body fought this difficult battle before and could not do it again. We were so lucky to have been given a second chance to spend with him these past two years to add to our collection of memories and his adventures. Richard was born on June 18, 1930 in New Westminster, BC, the youngest of seven children. During World War II, his family was evacuated and interned to Southern Alberta to start a new life all over again. He and his brother Stan started farming potatoes and from there, bought farmland growing sugar beets and wheat. He married a city school teacher from BC, Suyeko (Sue) Asari, whom he adored, on November 26, 1960. She was his rock and stood by every venture he went into and (wanted to escape) every party he had. Not satisfied with just farming, he branched out into many other agricultural businesses where he wa found his love in the cattle business - commercial cattle and exotic purebreds - becoming known as the a g e n a d K Japanese Cowboy. His attitude of “more guts than brains” allowed his dreams to become reality. Over Richar the years, his business passion expanded into numerous projects but his biggest endeavour was starting the Heritage Inn hotels in 1974 with the vision of providing full facility hotels to serve the communities they were in within Western Canada. He continued with commercial cattle as a ‘hobby’. His love of farming and the art of the deal never left him. This farmer, rancher, hunter, adventurer and human calculator was a creative and free spirit. His love of travel to see the world was immense - to seek the best views from the tallest buildings, to stay in the most modern of hotels, to sail the largest cruise ships, and to taste the best seafood anywhere (knowing that nothing could beat Alberta beef and potatoes). We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to keep him home and comfortable until his very end, where he was surrounded by love in the presence of his wife Sue; his daughters, Sandra (John Sun), Shelley (Steven Ming), Susan (Ward Takeda); and his ultimate pride and joy of his grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin), Jarret, Sydney, Cameron, Ronin and Neo. Richard is survived by his older sister, Yumiko (Mary) Osaka of Lethbridge, AB and an abundance of incredible nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces in Canada and Japan. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Sumi and Sakuji Kanegawa and his siblings, Shizuko Baba, Sadako Mukai, Misako Yagi, Yoshiko Wada and Stanley Sr. Richard would always say, “The past is the past”. He was a visionary - he dreamed big and lived big. Life owed him nothing as he lived life to the fullest every single day. We will miss his kind heart, generosity, smile, laugh, relentless drive, keen sense of business, and most of all his “Richardisms”. In living memory of Richard Kanegawa, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area.

Our Deepest Sympathies

CHARLES (CHUCK) WILLIAM GROENEVELD May 26, 1937 – October 30, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chuck Groeneveld, of Calgary, AB, on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the age of 83 years. Chuck may have left school at the age of fourteen to help on the family farm, but he was wise beyond his years. He spent a lifetime giving to organizations that have shaped the livestock industry. Cattle have always been a part of his life, starting with Herefords on the family’s homestead along the Bow River. In the late 1960’s, Simmental cattle were introduced to their herd and Highwood Land and Cattle was formed.

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arles Cattle would take Chuck across the country and around the world. He exhibited at all the major shows Groenv eld across Canada and judged at many local and national shows. He believed in giving back and gave his time to many organizations including 4-H, Alberta Beef Producers, Calgary Stampede, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and the Alberta and Canadian Simmental Associations. He was a mentor to many young people and always had time for a visit and some “advice”. Chuck was inducted into the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the Western Legacy Award from the Calgary Stampede in 2015. As much as Chuck loved promoting beef and teaching others where our food comes from, he loved being around people more. He would take time to visit with everyone. His sense of humor, kindness to all, love of animals, and smile were his trademarks. The place that will always be home to him will be the ranch on the Highwood River in the Gladys Ridge district. He resided there until he moved to Okotoks two years ago. Chuck was known to many as a brother, husband, father, grandpa, uncle, barn boss, and friend. Besides his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Lorraine, Chuck is survived by his son Dean, daughter Deanne (Rob) Young; granddaughters, Crystal (Jon) Blin, and Stacy Young (Blair); siblings, Betty (George) Rockafellow, Ed, Jack (Gaylene), Selma (Don) Thurber, and Jim; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Chuck was predeceased by his parents, John and Daisy; sister Joan, sister-in-law Ruth; and nieces, Linsey and Suellen.

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YCSA FACEBOOK AUCTION IS BACK! Facebook Fundraiser Auction December 1-4, 2020 on Facebook

• This year will be posted directly on the YCSA Facebook page so it is easier to find and bid. • Previous years items have included household decor, genetics, clothing, pictures and much more!

T.E.A.M Conference is going...

Virtual! Together everyone achieves more....

February 2021 • Speakers and presentations about marketing, judging, auctions marts and more! • Schedule and registration to be out in December. • Anyone can participate, you do not have to be a YCSA member.

For more information... Find us on Facebook Instagram and www.simmental.com

YCSA Program Coordinator Kelsey Manske 306-291-7086 kmanske@simmental.com

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Congratulations to the 2020-21 SSA Scholarship Recipients! Shelby Bygrove

Bailey McCormack

Wyatt Miller

Saskatchewan Simmental Fall 2020 Show & Sales

December 7

The Source

Lloydminster, SK

November 4 - 7, 2020

Stockade Round-Up Llloydminster, SK November 16

Come As U R & Rainbow River Simmentals Online - DV Auction November 17

Swan Lake Farms Spring Calving Female Dispersal Sale Moose Jaw, SK

November 25 - 28

Agribition Evolution Series Agribition Junior Spotlight Online

November 28

Agribition Commercial Cattle Show & Sale Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK

December 8

Lakeview Simmentals Online Bred Heifer Sale Meacham, SK December 9

Double Bar D “Sharing the Herd” Genetics Sale Grenfell, SK

December 10

Transcon’s Simmsational 43rd Annual Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK December 11

McMillen Ranching Ltd. “Herdbuilders 2020” Fall Female Production Sale Online

December 14

Border City 3rd Annual Simmental Sale Lloydminster, SK

and Best Wishes for a prosperous New Year!

Saskatchewan Simmental Association

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CSA AGM & YCSA ShoW

July 22-25 2021

Portage La Prairie, MB watch for sponsorship opportunities and registration packages

Congraulations to Manitoba’s 4-H $500 VOUCHER WINNERS Congratulations to Tanner Nelson from Sidney 4-H Beef Club And Claire Rourie from Graysville Beef Club

YCSA Scholarship APPLICATION DUE DECEMBER 31, 2020

N o v e m b e r 1 6 th Come As U R/Rainbow River Online Sale DVAuctions.com N o v e m b e r 2 0 th Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 40th Annual Sale Cypress River, Manitoba N o v e m b e r 2 3 rd Maple Lake Stock Farms Production Sale Hartney, Manitoba N o v e m b e r 3 0 th WLB Livestock Complete Dispersal Douglas, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 3 rd Queens of the Heartland Production Sale McAuley, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 8 th Keystone Konnection 41st Annual Sale Brandon, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 1 3 th Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 1 4 th Shades of the Prairies Annual Sale Brandon, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 1 7 th Transcon’s Season Wrap Up Sale Neepawa, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 2 0 th Stewart Cattle Co. Complete Dispersal Virden, Manitoba D e c e m b e r 2 2 nd Northern Light Simmentals & HBH Angus Production Sale Virden, Manitoba

Fall SimmentalSales

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Maritime Simmental Association

2020 SALT WATER SIMMENTAL SALE RESULTS High Sellers Lot 65: $7,500 Steady Brook Daisy FF1F (S: FGAF Guerrero 810Y) Consignor: Steady Brook Farms Buyer: Glenwood Meadows

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Kerwin Delong, NS Vice President: Brent Matheson, PE Secretary: Jennie Mutch, PE Treasurer: Marlene Gaunce, NB Directors: Laura Parsons, NS Lacey Fisher, NS Geraline VanAgten, NB Wade Loane, PE Patrick Milner, NS CSA Director: Jennie Mutch, PE

Lot 64: $6,500 MFS Trendsetter Grande 3H (S: Rust Rio Gramde 7022 ET) Consignor: Mutch Farms Buyer: Ranmar Farms

Sale Average: $3,477.27 THANK YOU TO BUYERS, CONSIGNORS & ORGANIZERS!

February 2021 Maritime Simmental Association Annual General Meeting

Amherst, NS

April 3, 2021 MBTS Bull Sale Nappan, NS

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GARTH CUTLER

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Sue Giles

Program Coordinator - Canadian Simmental Association

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Trevor & Tara 780-205-0266 Gary & Darleen 306-893-2934 780-205-1744

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

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ABC Cattle Co. ........................................................43 Adair Ranch..............................................................39 Alameda Agencies Ltd..............................................48 Alliance Simmental Farms........................................45 Alta Genetics............................................................49 Anchor D Ranch Simmentals.........................OBC, 39 Applecross Cattle.....................................................39 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd....................................43 Aumack Simmentals.................................................43 Bar CL Livestock......................................................39 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals....................................39 Big Rock Simmentals...............................................39 Bircham Ranch Ltd...................................................21 Black River Farms....................................................45 Blacksand Cattle Company......................................45 Blushrose Simmental Farm......................................43 Bohrson Marketing Services...........................7, 11, 49 Bonchuk Farms........................................................45 Boomer Creek Livestock..........................................46 Bouchard Livestock International.............................49 Boundary Ranch.......................................................43 Bova-Tech Ltd...........................................................49 Bow Valley Genetics.................................................49 Brooksland Farms....................................................46 Brown, Grady............................................................48 Burgess Ranch.........................................................21 Canadian Bull Congress...........................................48 Canadian Cattlemen.................................................49 Carey, Brent..............................................................48 Cattle Cures..............................................................48 Circle G Simmentals & Angus..................................39 City View Simmentals...............................................43 Clearwater Simmentals......................................25, 39 Corner Stone Cattle Co............................................17 Crossroad Farms......................................................43 Crowley, Lee.............................................................21 Czech-Mate Livestock..............................................39 Dart Simmentals.......................................................17 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd....................49 Deeg Simmental.......................................................39 Destiny Simmentals..................................................46 Diamond K Cattle Co................................................21 Diamond T Simmentals............................................39 DJ Farms..................................................................46 Donovandale Farms.................................................46 Dora Lee Genetics....................................................46 Dorran Marketing Inc................................................48 Dorran, Steve...........................................................48 Double Bar D Farms.........................................IFC, 43 Double G Simmentals...............................................43 Downey Farms.........................................................45 Dunc’s Cattle Co.......................................................46 Dwayann Simmentals...............................................46 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals..........................................40 East Poplar Simmentals...........................................43 Edge, Dean...............................................................48 EDN Simmentals......................................................43 Elm Tree Farms........................................................46 Fallen Timber Farms................................................39 Ferme Davenor Farm...............................................47 Ferme Gagnon Farm................................................47 Ferme Gagnon Inc....................................................10 First Class Cattle Marketing.......................3, 5, 17, 49 Five Flat Farms.........................................................25 Foley Simmentals.....................................................46 Gamache Simmentals..............................................17

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Gardner Livestock....................................................25 GB Farms.................................................................25 Genex.......................................................................49 GJR Simmentals.......................................................43 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd................................48 Gravandale Simmentals...........................................46 Grinalta Farms..........................................................40 H.S. Knill Co. Ltd......................................................49 Hairy Hill Cattle Co...................................................40 Hannah Simmentals.................................................40 Harvie Ranching.......................................................40 HBH Angus Farms Inc..............................................29 High Bluff Stock Farm...............................................45 High Country Cattle Services...................................40 Hi-Tech Farms..........................................................46 Hoegl Farms.............................................................43 Indian River Cattle Co..............................................46 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd.......................49 Janzen Ranches.......................................................40 Jetstream Livestock..................................................46 JNR Farms...............................................................40 Johns Purebred & Commercial Simmental Cattle....13 JP Cattle Co.............................................................13 Keato Meadow Simmentals......................................40 Kin Kin Cattle Co......................................................40 Kindred Spirit Cattle..................................................17 Kruger Farms............................................................25 Kuntz Simmental Farm.............................................44 LaBatte Simmentals.................................................44 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals............................................44 Lazy S Ranch Inc.....................................................40 Lewis Farms.............................................................40 Little Willow Creek Ranch.........................................44 Lobster Point Farms.................................................47 Lone Stone Farms....................................................40 M&J Farms...............................................................45 M&R Cattle Co. ........................................................40 Mackenzie Cattle Company......................................40 Mader Ranches........................................................40 Mar Mac Farms........................................................45 Masterfeeds..............................................................48 Maxwell Simmentals...........................................11, 41 McCormack Family Ranch.................................17, 44 MCG Simmentals.....................................................41 McIntosh Livestock...................................................44 McIntosh Ranch........................................................13 McManus Simmentals..............................................45 McMillen Ranching Ltd.............................................44 Meadow Acres Farms...............................................44 MI Simmentals..........................................................41 Mitchell Cattle Co.....................................................39 Nolara Farms............................................................41 Norheim Ranching......................................................4 North Creek Simmentals..........................................44 North Hill Simmentals...............................................41 O Double E Simmentals...........................................41 Oberg, Don...............................................................48 O’Brien Farms..........................................................46 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group............................41 Oslanski Simmental Farms.......................................41 Parkhill Ranches.......................................................41 Peace Country Simmentals......................................39 Peacock, Donnie......................................................21 Pearson Farms.........................................................41 Perlinger Simmentals...............................................17

Pheasantdale Cattle Co............................................44 Phillips Farms Simmentals.......................................47 Pine Creek Simmentals............................................41 Porter Ranches.........................................................41 Rancier Farms..........................................................41 RDG Simmentals......................................................41 Rehorst Farms Ltd....................................................46 Ririe Simmentals......................................................41 River Point Cattle Co................................................46 Riverbank Farms......................................................45 Robb Farms..............................................................44 Robson Acres...........................................................47 Rosebud Simmentals...............................................41 Rust Mountain View Ranch......................................47 SAJ Simmentals.......................................................44 Scissors Creek Cattle Company...............................13 Seven-M Livestock...................................................42 Silver Smith Farms Ltd.............................................42 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals.............................42 Skeels, Dan..............................................................48 SKOR Simmentals....................................................42 Southpaw Cattle Co..................................................25 Southpaw Cattle Company.......................................42 Spring Creek Simmentals.........................................44 Spring Lake Simmentals...........................................42 Spruce View Acres...................................................22 Starwest Farms........................................................42 Steen Agencies Inc...................................................48 Stewart Simmentals..................................................47 Stewat Cattle Co.......................................................27 Stock, Mark...............................................................48 Stone Simmentals....................................................42 Storebo Farm............................................................44 Sullivan Simmentals.................................................47 Sully’s Farm..............................................................47 Sun Rise Simmentals.........................................13, 44 Sunny Valley Simmentals.........................................45 Swan Lake Farms.....................................................45 Swantewitt Simmentals............................................42 T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd....................IFC, 13, 27, 29, 49 The Register.............................................................47 Timberlind Auctions..................................................48 Todd Simmentals......................................................47 Topham, Kelly...........................................................21 Topham Ranches......................................................21 Transcon Livestock Corp............................IBC, 29, 56 Triple Rose Simmentals...........................................47 Tryon Simmentals.....................................................47 TSN Livestock..........................................................45 Tymarc Livestock......................................................42 Verleysen Farms.......................................................42 Virginia Ranch..........................................................42 W2 Farms.................................................................45 W2 Land & Cattle.....................................................42 Wasden, Ian.............................................................17 Weldehaven Farms..................................................47 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company..............................42 Westhill Ranch Simmentals......................................17 Westway Farms Ltd..................................................42 Windy Knoll Farm.....................................................47 WJ Simmentals.........................................................42 Wolfe Farms.............................................................43 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh................................................25, 43 Wright’s Pro Rich Seeds...........................................46 XRC Simmentals................................................17, 45


December 2020 Publication Information.......................................... 2

Young Canadian Simmental Association.......32

From The Gate Post (English)............................... 6

Alberta Simmental Association.........................33

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

Saskatchewan Simmental Association............34

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

Manitoba Simmental Association.....................35

Breed Improvement (French).............................14

Ontario Simmental Association.........................36

Vet’s Advice...............................................................16

Quebec Simmental Association........................37

YCSA Alumni Story.................................................18

Maritime Simmental Association......................38

CBBC News Release...............................................24

Advertiser’s Index....................................................50

CCA Article.................................................................26

CSA Contacts............................................................51

Recipe Page...............................................................28

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

Member Announcements....................................30

#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 Marlin LeBlanc Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-8031 C: (306) 421-2470 marlinleblanc@sasktel.net First Vice-President Roger Deeg Strathmore, AB P: (403) 901-5305 rbdeeg@gmail.com Second Vice-President Shane Williams East Garafraxa, ON P: 519-787-1323 C: 519-938-1220 jetslivestock@aol.com

CSA Directors Garth Rancier Killam, AB P: (780) 385-2425 C: (780) 385-5313 rancierfarms@xplornet.ca Byron Johnson Amisk, AB P: (780) 856-2175 C: (780) 806-3560 wjsimmentals@cciwireless.ca Blair McIntosh Maymont, SK C: (306) 441-7755 mcintoshlivestock@hotmail.com

Bill Biglieni Douglas, MB, C: (204) 729-7925 wlblivestock@gmail.com

Alberta President Ben Farrant Lousana, AB 403-896-4331 b.farrant@centralab.coop

Francis Gagnon Cheneville, QC P: (819) 428-3502 Field Person C: (514) 975-3722 Dwayne Martin francis_gagnon0407@hotmail.com Stettler, AB P: (780) 940-3510 Jennie Mutch dmartin3510@gmail.com Vernon, PEI C: (902) 388-1613 jenniemutch@gmail.com

Provincial Associations British Columbia President Lorne Webster Abbotsford, BC P: (778) 245-0175 lornewebster@hotmail.com Secretary: Jan Wisse P: (604) 819-5511

Secretary: Katie Deeg P: (403) 899-2291 albertasimmental@gmail.com Saskatchewan President Kyle Ashworth Oungre, SK P: (306) 861-9352 kyleashworth@hotmail.com Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca Manitoba Tracy Wilcox President Treherne, MB (201) 723-2386 (204) 723-0029 pwilcox@mymts.net

Ontario President Scott Dykstra Jarvis, ON P: (905) 768-4281 dykstras@optionsdsl.ca

CSA Staff

General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (639) 314-4613 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd Member Services Manager: P: (403) 250-7979 Ashton Colvin memberservices.osa@gmail.com bjudd@simmental.com Programs Coordinator Quebec Sue Giles Secretaire: Sandra Berthiaume P: (403) 793-0409 Saint-Garmain, QC sgiles@simmental.com P/F: (819) 395-4453 sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca Processing Department & Member Services Maritimes Perry Welygan President pwelygan@simmental.com Kerwin Delong Laurie Macdonald Kingston, NS lmacdonald@simmental.com P: (902) 765-2645 Dallas Wise kdelong@bellaliant.net dwise@simmental.com Secretary: Jennie Mutch Receptionist & Member Services P: (902) 388-1613 Devra Leavitt jenniemutch@gmail.com dleavitt@simmental.com Administrative Assistant Rae-Lee Erickson rerickson@simmental.com YCSA Coordinator Kelsey Manske P: (306) 291-7086 kmanske@simmental.com

Secretary: Laurelly Beswitherick P: (204) 637-2046 b2@inetlink.ca

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What’s Happening NOVEMBER Nov. 16 Come as U R Rainbow River Simmentals Online Production Sale Online Nov. 17 Swan Lake Farms Spring Calving Female Dispersal Moose Jaw, SK Nov. 19 Canadian Classic Simmental Online Sale DLMS.ca Nov. 20 Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 40th Annual Sale Killarney, MB Nov. 21 Futures One Online Simmental Sale: Edition 11 DLMS.ca Nov. 21 R&R Acres’ 20th Annual Beefmaker Bull Sale Airdrie, AB Nov. 21 Stanley Martins The Complete Program Flechvieh Female Sale Decorah, Iowa Nov. 27 Lone Stone Farms Invitational Female Sale Westlock, AB Nov. 28 Sandy Hill Simmentals & Guests Bull & Female Sale Olds, AB Nov. 30 WLB Livestock Complete Dispersal Sale Douglas, MB

DECEMBER Dec. 1 January 2021 “Commercial Country” Issue Advertising Booking Deadline Dec. 2 Camrose Country Classic 8th Annual Sale Camrose, AB Dec. 3 Queens of the Heartland Production Sale McAuley, MB Dec. 4 SimPower Bred Female Sale Olds, AB Dec. 4 Nelson Hirsche Purebreds Fall Bull & Bred Female Sale Del Bonita, AB Dec. 5 Wolfe Farms 16th Annual Fleckvieh Bull & Female Sale Valleyview, AB Dec. 5 Transcon’s Western Harvest 7th Annual Simmental Bred Heifer Sale Innisfail, AB Dec. 6 The Gathering Sale Olds, AB Dec. 7 The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Lloydminster, SK Dec. 8 Keystone Konnection 41st Annual Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Dec. 8 Lakeview Simmentals Online Bred Heifer Sale Meacham, SK Dec. 9 Double Bar D “Sharing The Herd” Genetics Sale Grenfell, SK Dec. 9 Westgold Farms Female Online Production Sale DLMS.ca Dec. 10 Transcon’s Simmsational 43rd Annual Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 11 McMillen Ranching Ltd. “Herdbuilders 2020” Fall Female Production Sale Online Dec. 13 Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden, MB Dec. 14 Border City 3rd Annual Simmental Sale Lloydminster, SK Dec. 14 Rock Solid Bred Heifer Sale Piapot, SK Dec. 14 Y Coulee “You Be The Judge” Fall Bull and Heifer Sale Lloydminster, SK Dec. 14 Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon, MB

Dec. 15 Southern Alberta Simmental Round Up 27th Annual Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Dec. 15 Parview Stock Farms/Radcliffe Simmentals Complete Herd Dispersal Stavely, AB Dec. 16 Canadian Donors Pregnant Recipient Online Sale DVauction.com Dec. 17 Transcon’s Seasonal Wrap-Up Simmental Female Sale Neepawa, MB Dec. 18 Friday Night Lights 9th Annual Simmental Sale Olds, AB Dec. 19 Checkers Simmental Sale 2020 Ponoka, AB Dec. 19 Transcon’ s National Trust on Ice Semen & Embryo Sale Chapter XIII Red Deer, AB Dec. 20 Stewart Cattle Co. Complete Dispersal Virden, MB Dec. 20 Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation Fullblood Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Dec. 20 Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XXIII Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Dec. 22 HBH Angus and Northern Light Simmentals Production Sale Virden, MB Dec. 30 Premier & Guests Falls View Production Sale Niagara Falls, ON Dec. 31 New Year’s Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale: Volume IX Olds, AB

JANUARY Jan. 1 Jan. 30

February “Herdsire” Issue Advertising Booking Deadline Lazy S Ranch 52nd Annual Bull Power Sale Mayerthorpe, AB

FEBRUARY Feb. 6 JNR Farms Bull & Female Sale Willingdon, AB Feb. 7 Hartman Cattle Company Simmental Bull Sale Tecumsch, Nebraska Feb. 11 Rust Mountain View Ranch 10th Annual Bull Sale Mercer, ND Feb. 11 Janzen Ranches 28th Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Rosemary, AB Feb. 12 Genetic Edge 22nd Annual Bull Sale Rimbey, AB Feb. 13 February Freeze All Breeds Frozen Genetics Online Sale Online Feb. 14 Diamond M Ranch 9th Annual Bull Sale Estevan, SK Feb. 15 Rendezvous Farms 17th Annual “Holiday Monday” Simmental Bull & Female Sale Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Feb. 17 Future Legends 2nd Annual Simmental Bull Sale Ponoka, AB Feb. 17 M&J / Glasman Farms Simmental & Angus Two Year Old Bull & Female Sale Russell, MB Feb. 19 Mader Ranches 32nd Annual Bull Sale Carstairs, AB Feb. 20 Triple Threat 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale Falun, AB Feb. 22 Ultra/Czech-Mate 4th Annual Bull & Female Sale Innisfail, AB Feb. 22 Triangle Stock Farm Annual Bull Sale Parkland County, AB Feb. 23 W2 Land & Cattle Bull Sale – Chapter 3 Vermilion, AB Feb. 24 Crossroad Farms 15th Annual Bull Sale Shell Lake, SK Feb. 25 Robb/Hoegl/Greenwood 16th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Feb. 26 Maxwell/Rancier 26th Annual Bull Sale Camrose, AB

*All dates are subject to change

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March

Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Westlock, AB Lewis Farms 36th Annual Bull Sale Spruce Grove, AB Transcon’s Peace Country Simmental Bull Sale Beaverlodge, AB

Mar. 1 Beechinor Bros. Simmental Bull & Female Sale Bentley, AB Mar. 1 Erixon Simmentals Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Mar. 1 KSL Simmentals 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale Beaverlodge, AB Mar. 2 MCG Simmentals & Guests Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Mar. 2 Double Bar D “Best Of Both Worlds” Simmental & SimAngus Bull Sale Grenfell, SK Mar. 3 Spring Lake Simmentals, The Zimmers - Bull Sale Camrose, AB Mar. 3 The Event Bull & Female Sale Olds, AB Mar. 3 Rusylvia Cattle Co. 1st Annual Bull Sale Derwent, AB Mar. 3 Maple Lake Stock Farm “Kick Off To Spring” Bull Sale Hartney, MB Mar. 4 Pheasantdale 17th Annual Bull & Female Sale Balcarres, SK Mar. 4 Wilson/Snider 3rd Annual Online Bull & Female Sale DLMS.ca Mar. 4 JP Cattle Co. Annual Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Mcauley, MB Mar. 5 LaBatte Simmentals with guest, East Poplar, 41st Annual Sale Moose Jaw, SK Mar. 5 HBH Angus Farms Cattleman’s Connection Bull Sale Brandon, MB Mar. 5 Bull Fest ’21 Simmental Bull Sale Camrose, AB Mar. 6 Bridge City Simmental Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Mar. 6 McMillen Ranching 27th Annual Bull Sale Carievale, SK Mar. 6 Lockhart Valley 16th Annual Bull Sale Rimbey, AB Mar. 7 R Plus Simmentals 21st Annual Bull & Female Sale Estevan, SK Mar. 8 Transcon’s Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale Innisfail, AB Mar. 8 March Madness Online Semen & Embryo Sale DVAuction.com Mar. 8 Canadian Central Bull & Female Simmental & Angus Sale Winnipeg, MB Mar. 8 Ashworth Farm & Ranch 18th Annual Simmental Bull Sale Oungre, SK Mar. 9 Built Right 8th Annual Bull Sale Provost, AB Mar. 9 Westgold Farms 13th Annual Simmental Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Mar. 9 Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale Virden, MB Mar. 10 Sunny Valley Simmentals 31st Annual Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Mar. 10 Mar-Mac Farms Bull Sale Brandon, MB Mar. 11 Transcon’s 3rd Annual Next Step Bull Sale Thorsby, AB Mar. 11 Nelson Hirsche Purebreds 4 Breed Spring Bull Sale Del Bonita, AB Mar. 11 Westway/Deeg 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale Olds, AB Mar. 11 Spring Creek’s “In Pursuit Of Perfection” 16th Annual Bull Sale Moosomin, SK

Mar. 12 Mar. 12 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 17 Mar. 17 Mar. 17 Mar. 18 Mar. 19 Mar. 19 Mar. 20 Mar. 20 Mar. 22 Mar. 23 Mar. 24 Mar. 25 Mar. 25 Mar. 26 Mar. 28 Mar. 29 Mar. 29 Mar. 30

Rainbow River Simmentals 6th Annual Bull & Female Sale Fisher Branch, MB Northern Classic 18th Annual Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale Grande Prairie, AB Swantewitt Simmentals Annual Bull & Female Sale Mayerthorpe, AB Transcon’s Red Deer County Bull Sale Innisfail, AB Next Generation 8th Annual Bull & Female Sale Lloydminster, SK Wheeler’s Stock Farm 18th Annual Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Ranchers Select 2nd Annual Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB Synergie 9th Annual Bull Sale Sainte-Sophie-de-Lévrard, PQ Oakview / Perkin / Triple R Simmental Bull Sale Brandon, MB South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Moose Jaw, SK Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale Killarney, MB Kuntz-McIntosh-SAJ 22nd Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB Adair Ranch 28th Annual Bull & Female Sale Brownfield, AB Meadow Acres 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale Lampman, SK Ter-Ron Farms 16th Annual Bull & Select Female Sale Forestburg, AB High Bluff Stock Farms Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale Inglis, MB Porter Ranches Bull Sale Stony Plain, AB Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests 22nd Annual Bull Sale Cheneville, PQ Proudly Western Simmental Bull Sale Whitewood, SK Transcon’s Cattle Country Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB Cityview Simmentals/Abound Livestock 11th Annual Bull Sale Moose Jaw, SK Transcon’s Winnipeg Bull Sale Winnipeg, MB Anchor B/Anchorage 20th Annual Bull & Female Sale Hanley, SK Wheatland Cattle Co. Annual Bull Sale Bienfait, SK Perrot/Come As U R 4th Annual Bull & Female Sale Alameda, SK Best Of The Breeds Bull Sale Yorkton, SK Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale Swift Current, SK Riverstone Cattle Co. Bull Sale Olds, AB Redrich Farms 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale Forestburg, AB

Apr. 1

Spring Issue Advertising Booking Deadline

Apr. 3 Apr. 8 Apr. 11 Apr. 12

Transcon’s Advantage Bull Sale Saskatoon, SK Genetic Distinction 3rd Annual Bull Sale Steelman, SK Spirit Of The North Bull Sale Spiritwood, SK Cattle Capital Bull Sale Ste. Rose Du Lac, MB

April

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