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

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

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Western Sales Rep Cell: 403-559-6595 krichardson@simmental.com

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

The YCSA Program - A Tradition And An Opportunity

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ike many mainstream Beef Cattle Breed Associations the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has a youth component as part of its programming. The Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) was founded in the early 1980’s to assist in the development of future cattle producers and specifically Simmental breeders. The program was designed as a stepping stone that would encourage youth to join the CSA as a junior member and later the reduced membership fee charged through the YCSA would be applied to a full CSA membership. As the YCSA developed and grew into one of the leading junior programs in Canada various coordinators guided the program and assisted in the development of many individuals, some who later provided leadership and guidance to not only the Simmental breed but also the beef industry as well as various other segments of society. A great amount of pride and tradition evolved within the YCSA however after 30 years it was recognized that there was no tangible growth in the program and the CSA board of directors, in discussion with the National YCSA board of directors, decided to conduct a YCSA program review which was completed earlier this year and the findings and recommendations were then delivered to the CSA board at the March board of directors meeting. Spring Creek Consulting was contracted to perform the review and the result was one of the most comprehensive reviews of junior programming ever conducted within a livestock organization in North America. Through the review process many individuals close to the YCSA were consulted as well as incorporating information gathered from the Canadian Junior Angus Association, Canadian Junior Hereford Association, Canadian Charolais Youth Association, American Junior Simmental Association and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association. This provided a broad cross-section of some of the most successful Junior Associations in North America which allowed comparisons that lead to establishing what the strengths of the YCSA program

are, as well as opportunities that could be gained through areas of improvement. One of the most concerning findings was that although we have an impressive number of YCS members there is a very large number that are within the senior division and will soon be exiting the program; and of those 35% are in the 22-25 year old range and will complete the program within the next 3 years. 454 National YCS Members as of February 2014 • Novice (10 and under) 31 members – 7% • Junior (11-14) 63 members – 14% • Intermediate (15-17) 76 members – 17% • Seniors (18-25) 284 members – 62% As one can easily see a concerted effort must focus on recruitment of new and younger members and this will only be accomplished through new programming, communication and strong leadership. The overall structure of governance and financial management as it relates to National and Provincial YCS associations, and their interaction with the CSA and the Foundation was also identified as a key area that requires focus and better definition. It was also recommended that a YCSA Policies and Procedures manual be developed and used as a guiding document for the program; this will need to be compatible with the CSA by-laws which is the YCSA program’s founding principle. Overall the review confirmed that the YCSA program is strong and has a bright future ahead of it but only if we succeed in involving more of our youth; and especially those who may not already be involved in the Simmental breed. This will require building from our current success as well as the commitment of making necessary programming and structural changes to move forward. The CSA and the YCSA is committed to this process however it will take everyone pulling in the same direction and if you would like to discuss the program review further or would like to receive a copy please feel free to contact me.

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Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

Le programme des jeunes éleveurs Simmental (JESC),

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out comme chez plusieurs des principales associations de bovins de boucherie de race pure au Canada, un volet entier dédié aux jeunes fait partie intégrale des programmes disponibles au sein de l’Association Simmental canadienne (ASC). L’association des jeunes éleveurs Simmental canadiens (JESC) a été mise en place au début des années 1980, afin de contribuer au développement de jeunes producteurs bovins intéressés à devenir des éleveurs Simmental. À l’origine, le programme était conçu pour encourager des jeunes à joindre les rangs de l’ASC en tant que membres juniors et à devenir ensuite membre régulier de l’ASC, tout en ayant bénéficié de frais d’adhésion moins élevés. Au fur et à mesure de son évolution, l’association des JESC est devenue l’une des plus dynamiques organisations canadiennes de membres juniors, ayant vue plusieurs coordonnateurs orchestrer ses activités et ayant contribué au développement de plusieurs individus devenus plus tard des leaders tant au niveau de l’ASC que de l’industrie bovine et de la société en général. On est très fier des réalisations et de la tradition engendrée par les JESC. Toutefois, après une trentaine d’années, nous sommes arrivés au constat que ce programme n’était plus en croissance. En conséquence, le conseil d’administration de l’ASC, de concert avec le conseil d’administration national des JESC, a décidé de faire effectuer une évaluation complète de ce programme. Celle-ci a été complétée au début de l’année 2014 et un rapport d’observations et de recommandations a été déposé pour étude lors la réunion du conseil d’administration de l’ASC en mars dernier. Un contrat a été signé avec le groupe “Spring Creek Consulting”, lequel a effectué une analyse complète et exhaustive touchant tous les programmes destinés aux membres juniors offerts par une multitude d’associations de race pure en Amérique du nord. Au cours de ce processus, on a recueilli des témoignages de plusieurs personnes reliées étroitement aux JESC, ainsi que des commentaires et des avis provenant de l’Association des jeunes éleveurs Angus du Canada, des Jeunes éleveurs Hereford canadiens, des Jeunes éleveurs Charolais canadiens, des Jeunes éleveurs Simmental américains et de l’Association des jeunes éleveurs de Quarter Horse aux États-Unis. Cette analyse nous a fourni un portrait détaillé des principales associations de jeunes éleveurs en Amérique du nord, nous permettant ainsi de comparer

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le programme des JESC avec ceux-là, d’identifier les forces de même que des opportunités d’améliorations futures. Nous avons ainsi constaté qu’un nombre considérable de membres actuels des JESC se retrouvent dans la catégorie “sénior” et s’apprêtent à bientôt quitter le programme. De plus, à l’intérieur de cette catégorie, 35 % de ces membres sont âgés entre 22 et 25 ans, et ils vont en conséquence compléter leur programme d’ici les trois prochaines années. Total de 454 membres des JESC en février 2014 • Novices (10 ans et moins) 31 membres – 7% • Juniors (11-14 ans) 63 membres – 14% • Intermédiaires (15-17 ans) 76 membres – 17% • Séniors (18-25 ans) 284 membres – 62% Vous pouvez ainsi comprendre facilement qu’on devra faire des efforts concertés afin de recruter plusieurs nouveaux jeunes membres, ce qui ne pourra être accompli qu’en misant sur de nouvelles activités dans ce programme, d’un bon plan de communication et d’une implication des leaders actuels. On a également examiné l’ensemble de la structure des associations provinciales et nationales, en matière de gestion et des sources de financement, de même que les liens directs avec l’ASC et la Fondation. Voici là des aspects qui doivent être regardés de plus près et qui méritent d’être mieux définis. De plus, on nous a recommandé de développer un manuel des politiques et des procédures administratives des JESC, lequel servira de document de référence au futur programme, tout en devant bien entendu être compatible avec les statuts et les règlements de l’ASC ainsi qu’avec les principes fondamentaux à l’origine du programme des JESC.Globalement, cette analyse est venue confirmer que nous avions un programme solide pour les JESC, qu’il devrait connaître du succès à l’avenir à la condition que nous puissions attiré davantage nos jeunes, en particulier ceux qui ne sont pas présentement associés avec la race Simmental. Pour y arriver et s’assurer d’aller de l’avant, en plus de construire à partir de nos réussites passées, on devra également s’engager à apporter les ajustements requis au programme et à ses structures. L’ASC de même que les JESC ont pris un engagement dans ce sens, toutefois nous devrons compter sur le support de tous qui devront pousser dans la même direction. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec moi si vous voulez discuter avec moi au sujet de cette analyse ou bien si vous désirez recevoir une copie du rapport d’analyse.

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The sale will occur

OCTOBER 4, 2014 at the BAR 5 EXTRAVAGANZA Markdale, Ontario

John Cartwright will be working and helping us with our dispersal.

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From the Director’s Chair

Competition is a Good Thing Kelly Ashworth- Canadian Simmental Association Vice-President

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ompetition is a good thing” is a statement that has been around for a long time and one that most would agree with. Competition in industry has long given people and consumers a choice or choices in who or what they deal with. The North American beef industry is certainly no exception with competition in the protein market being provided by our main competitors, chicken and pork. The beef industry is currently experiencing record prices due mainly to lower cow numbers that has resulted in a lower supply of all cuts of meat; many say it is about time and I fully agree. Ever increasing costs of production and the challenge of having to manage through disasters such as BSE, drought and floods has left an industry of very efficient producers that fully deserve to enjoy the current prices and all other positives of the business. Record prices paid to producers have of course translated into record high prices paid by consumers though food costs for Canadian consumers by percentage of income is currently ranked the fourth lowest in the world. Regardless of what consumers pay for food, they still have choices in what they can buy and we need to ask ourselves what will be the reasons that they choose beef over lower priced chicken and pork? The number one concern of consumers and the most common complaint is the lack of consistency in the eating quality of beef they purchase. Unfortunately the quality of beef that the consumer purchases at the store may vary considerably, sometimes even within a given cut, making their eating experience more variable than eating chicken or pork. As the price of beef has currently risen much more in comparison to other meat sources, consumers may be less willing to purchase cuts of beef and rather opt for cheaper options. Simmental breeders and beef producers in general have in the last 2 decades bred cattle that are more uniform in type and size. Regional differences in the size of cattle will probably always exist to some extent but the emphasis on uniformity and do-ability has become much more obvious. Although many cattle may have become

more similar in their physical makeup, there are obviously differences in the quality of what is under the hide. Recent work with Genomics and DNA testing may hold the key to shedding some light on the issue of consistency. Research is currently being done through the CSA Meat Quality project that will lead to identifying genetics that produce progeny with superior meat tenderness as well as other important attributes. Research into these meat quality traits will assist in genetic selection through the use of DNA testing that will identify animals with superior genetics for these qualities; this will help to reduce complaints from consumers regarding consistency. To say that this will happen overnight would be incorrect or to say that, from a purebred breeders’ perspective, that every bull possessing desirable genetic markers for superior meat quality traits such as tenderness will be a bull that all breeders would want to use is also likely to be incorrect. However the fact that we will be able to identify these animals is going to improve genetic advancement down the road that will benefit all beef producers. Would we be as willing to dedicate time and resources towards research in order to improve the quality of beef if we didn’t have fierce competition in the protein market? I would like to believe that we would want to improve our product regardless but nonetheless, once again, competition is a good thing. Kelly Ashworth is the current Canadian Simmental Association Vice-President and the Chair of the CSA Breed Improvement Committee. Kelly, his wife Janice and family own and operate Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd. in Oungre, SK.

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Opinion de vos directeurs

La compétition est une bonne chose ! Kelly Ashworth- Vice Président de l’ASC

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a compétition est une bonne chose”, voici une expression qu’on entend souvent et qui s’applique dans plusieurs secteurs. Par exemple, lorsqu’on a de la compétition dans une industrie donnée, la population et les consommateurs concernés peuvent alors choisir avec qui ils veulent faire affaire. L’industrie bovine nord américaine ne fait pas exception à cette règle, avec une compétition au niveau du marché des protéines animales provenant de nos principaux compétiteurs, le poulet et le porc. On observe présentement des prix record au sein de l’industrie bovine, en raison surtout d’un faible inventaire de vaches et conséquemment d’un approvisionnement plus faible de toutes les coupes de viande. Plusieurs disent que c’était à peu près le temps et je suis totalement d’accord avec eux. Les producteurs méritent pleinement de profiter de ces meilleurs prix et de ces signaux plus positifs du secteur, compte tenu de leurs coûts de production en hausse constante et après avoir survécu à des désastres tels que la crise de l’ESB, ou encore à des inondations ou bien des périodes de sécheresse. Ces prix record payés aux producteurs se sont bien entendu reflétés au niveau d’un prix plus élevé du panier d’épicerie payé par les consommateurs canadiens, lequel se situe tout de même au quatrième rang mondial parmi les plus bas coûts en proportion du revenu familial disponible. Toutefois, peu importe le prix que les consommateurs paient pour leurs aliments, ils ont toujours le choix de décider quelle viande ils veulent acheter. On doit donc se demander quelles sont les raisons faisant en sorte qu’ils choisiront le bœuf, au lieu de la viande de poulet ou de porc offerte à un prix inférieur. Le manque de constance au niveau de la qualité de la viande de boeuf achetée et consommée demeure toujours la préoccupation principale des consommateurs et est à l’origine de la plupart des plaintes. Bien malheureusement, la qualité du bœuf acheté au magasin peut varier de manière importante, parfois même à l’intérieur d’une même coupe, faisant ainsi en sorte que le consommateur n’aura pas une expérience gustative aussi constante que lorsqu’il mange du poulet ou du porc. Alors que le prix de la viande de bœuf s’est accru encore davantage comparé aux autres sources de viande, les consommateurs pourraient être tentés de réduire leurs achats de bœuf, en se tournant vers d’autres options moins chères.

Au cours des deux dernières décennies, les éleveurs Simmental et les producteurs commerciaux ont dans l’ensemble élevé des bovins plus uniformes en format et en poids. On continuera probablement d’observer des différences régionales relativement à la grosseur des bovins produits, mais il m’apparait qu’un virage clair a été effectué envers une meilleure uniformité et un type plus fonctionnel de bovins. Toutefois, bien qu’un grand nombre de bovins soit devenu similaire en apparence, des différences marquées subsistent toujours au niveau des qualités retrouvées sous la peau de l’animal. Les travaux récents réalisés en génomique et avec les analyses de l’ADN pourraient nous conduire vers une meilleure compréhension de la problématique de constance de la viande de boeuf. Des recherches sont présentement effectuées au niveau du Projet de l’ASC touchant la qualité de la viande, lesquelles nous l’espérons permettront d’identifier des lignées génétiques favorisant la production de descendants possédant une viande plus tendre ainsi que d’autres qualités importantes. Toute cette recherche concernant les qualités de la viande viendra appuyer notre travail de sélection génétique, par un testage accru de l’ADN chez nos bovins et une identification subséquente des sujets possédant les qualités désirées ; ce qui, à terme, devrait favoriser une diminution des plaintes des consommateurs en ce qui a trait à la constance de la viande. Par contre, il serait faux de croire que cela arrivera dans un avenir rapproché. De plus, par rapport aux réalités d’un éleveur de race pure, il serait incorrect d’affirmer que chacun des taureaux confirmés comme possédant les marqueurs génétiques désirables par exemple pour la tendreté de la viande serait utilisé par tous les éleveurs. Toutefois, en développant nos capacités à identifier ces animaux supérieurs, tous les producteurs bovins devraient ultimement en retirer des bénéfices. S’il n’existait pas une telle compétition au niveau des sources de protéines, serions-nous si enthousiastes à consacrer du temps et des ressources dirigés vers des recherches visant l’amélioration de la qualité de la viande de boeuf ? Permettez-moi de croire qu’on voudrait tout de même améliorer notre produit mais, là encore, force est de constater que la compétition est une bonne chose.

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alves are weaned to make sure that cows can recover their body condition before heading into winter, and to allow for specialized feeding of those calves. The abrupt separation of calves from their dams is the most common approach to weaning, but it’s also the most stressful, and calves that experience a lot of stress underperform. It’s easy to see why weaning is stressful on calves; sudden deprivation of milk and social contact with mothers, being handled for vaccinations, changes to feed and water sources, and transportation to a different environment with unfamiliar pen mates is a lot for young animals to cope with. The stress calves experience through weaning depresses their immune systems, making freshly weaned calves the most susceptible to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) infections. Stressed calves also have lower feed intakes. Listening to their bawling, seeing them pace in their pens and dealing with sick calves is no doubt stressful on producers too. Understanding the principle of low-stress weaning allows producers to wean calves in whatever ways work best on their operation while enjoying the benefits of reduced incidence of disease in calves, reduced costs and time spent on treatments, better weight gain, and a quieter barnyard. Low-stress management ideas are not only relevant to those who retain ownership of fed calves. For producers that sell direct to backgrounders or feedlots, practicing low-stress techniques can help build a reputation for content, healthy, high-performing calves worth a premium. Minimizing stress during weaning is not only more profitable in the long-run for cattle producers, it is also attractive to consumers. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the welfare of livestock and the use of antimicrobials. Low-stress weaning techniques are key to good welfare and disease prevention in freshly weaned calves, thereby reducing the need for antibiotic treatments. The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle recommends developing a weaning strategy that minimizes stress, such as two-stage or fence-line weaning. These practical weaning methods more closely imitate the natural weaning process where a cow rejects a calf’s attempts to nurse.

QUANTIFYING STRESS IN A BEEF ANIMAL. In a research setting, hormones, such as cortisol, can be measured to estimate stress levels. If a spike in the amount of cortisol is found, it is generally accepted as an indication that a stressful event has occurred. However, producers don’t have the means to measure cortisol levels, so they must rely on other indicators. Usually, animal behaviour is examined for signs of stress. Increased vocalizations, and the amount of time spent eating versus amount of time spent walking or pacing are common behavioural indicators of stress. While these methods would have to be evaluated subjectively on-farm, there are objective, scientific measurements of these behaviours that can provide insight into the amount of stress an animal may be experiencing. TWO-STAGE WEANING In Stage 1, calves wear anti-suckling nose-tags. The nose-tags allow the calves to stay with their dams, but stop them from nursing. Calves wear the nose-tags for about 4-5 days and the nose-flaps are removed before the calves’ noses get sore. When the nose-tags are removed, the calves are also separated from the dams, i.e. Stage 2. This weaning method requires an extra trip through the chute. Research by Dr. Derek Haley, a veterinarian and assistant professor at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, found that calves that underwent two-stage weaning with anti-suckling nose-tags vocalized 97% less, spent 30% more time eating, and walked 73 kilometers less than their abruptly weaned counterparts. In addition, the dams of the two-stage weaning calves vocalized 84% less. Further research is exploring whether calves that are weaned using the two-stage process experience measurable health benefits at the feedlot level. Just like stressed humans, stressed cattle are more susceptible to disease, so reducing stress should have positive benefits on animal health. Learn more of two-stage weaning, see how to put nose-tags in calves and hear from producers that have tried this method in this excellent 5 minute video produced by and featuring Dr. Joseph Stookey, a researcher of animal behaviour and cattle handling at the University of Saskatchewan.

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FENCE-LINE WEANING Fence-line weaning is nearly as effective as twostage weaning at reducing signs of stress. With this method, cows and calves are separated by a fence but can still see, hear, and smell one another, and preferably also have noseto-nose contact. Dr. Haley’s research found that calves that were fence-line weaned vocalized 50% less, walked less, and had higher weight gains in the first 10 weeks after separation than abruptly weaned calves. There are a number of ways to set up a fence-line weaning program depending on a producer’s existing facilities. Regardless of the details, cows and calves should be kept apart for at least 3-4 days and fencing must be sturdy. Page wire or 6 strands of barbed wire may be necessary to keep calves from getting back with their mothers. If calves are familiar with electric fencing, 2-3 strands of electric wire may be enough. Dr. Henry McCarthy, a practicing veterinarian and cow-calf producer from Wawota, Saskatchewan has been observing the benefits of various quiet weaning techniques for over 20 years and uses fence-line weaning with his own cattle. His experience is that calves weaned using low-stress practices have a treatment rate of only 5-10%, instead of the 25-30% seen in abruptly weaned calves. (Hear more from Dr. McCarthy in videos on his website. There are a number of ways to set up fence-line weaning, such as: • In the pasture, lock the cows in the corrals and leave the calves loose in the environment that they are familiar with • Set up page wire in the pasture and sort cows from calves onto either side • Separate cows into a neighboring lot ADDITIONAL LOW-STRESS WEANING TECHNIQUES Quiet cattle handling Practicing quiet handling methods, including loading and unloading trailers, is key. When handlers are quiet and move carefully in well-designed facilities, cattle remain calm. A stressful handling experience while weaning calves can undo the benefits you would have seen otherwise by using low-stress techniques. Gradually transition calves onto new feed Make feed and water sources available to calves before they are separated from their dams.

That way calves will already have learned where to find feed and water once their dams are removed. Perform other stressful events at another time The number of stressors animals experience at a time should be limited as much as possible. Castration, dehorning, branding and initial vaccinations should all be done well in advance of weaning. If possible, save the second round of vaccinations until after weaning. Veterinarian Dr. McCarthy admits that giving boosters 4-6 weeks after weaning “sounds bonkers” but insists that it works. When possible, move the cows instead of the calves Being transported or moved to a new environment is stressful on calves so when possible, allow the calves to stay in their familiar environment and move the dams. Older cattle are better able to cope and have fewer sources of stress during weaning compared to the calves. PRECONDITIONING Preconditioning is another management method to reduce stress and disease susceptibility that can really pay off in a retained ownership or direct marketing system. Preconditioning prepares calves to enter the feedlot. Preconditioned calves are weaned at least 3045 days prior to sale, put on a vaccination program, and introduced to processed feedstuffs, feedbunks and waterbowls. The idea is to spread out the stressors that calves experience: weaning, vaccination, transportation, unfamiliar animals and environment, dietary changes, etc., so that the immune system isn’t overwhelmed. Many studies have shown the benefits of preconditioning on feedlot performance. Improved rates of gain and feed efficiency, as well as lower treatment rates and death loss lead to a lower cost of gain at the feedlot. Studies from the Noble Foundation, Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University have demonstrated an increase in net value ranging from $13.71/head to $57.31/head for preconditioned calves, including the cost of the pre-conditioning program. To develop a preconditioning program that fits your budget and is tailored to your specific operation, consult with your local veterinarian. Thank you to Beef Cattle Research Council for supplying the article for this issue of the Simmental Country. For more information on the BCRC, please visit www.beefresearch.ca

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Women in Simmental Country

Sisters credit the farm for good family life

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he Bates sisters say there is something about the beef business, in their experience, that helps bind families together. Not only were Pat, Donna and Linda raised on the family purebred Simmental operation near Hanley in central Saskatchewan, they married farmers and have continued to raise beef on their respective farms, and now their children are actively involved in those farming ventures too. And to keep it going, there are even a couple of grandchildren now getting involved through 4-H as well. “It was a great life for us growing up as kids, it has been a good life for our own families, and now the next generation wants to be part of it too,” says Linda Libke. “It is a good life — it can be a lot of work some days — but it can also be a lot of fun, and you meet some excellent people along the way. It says something about the business when you see the different generations still want to be part of it.” She makes those comments as sisters Pat and Donna, nod along in agreement. Pat, Donna and Linda were born and raised on the family run Sunny Valley Simmentals at Hanley, Sask. about 40 minutes south of Saskatoon. They are three of the four daughters born to Don and Bea Bates, who established Sunny Valley Simmentals in the early 1970s. Their older sister Shirley, was involved in the farm in her younger years, but is no longer involved in farming. But for Pat, Donna and Linda they never gave a career other than the beef business much of a second thought. “We were all involved in 4-H as kids, and then involved in the Young Canadian Simmental Association,” says Pat Stilborn, who earned a degree in ag economics at the University of Saskatchewan. She and husband Lionel and family operate Pheasantdale Cattle Company at Balcarres, Sask., northeast of Regina. “After school we each married ranchers and just carried on the beef business.” After business college, Linda married Wayne Libke and they continued at the home place with Sunny Valley Simmentals nearly Hanley. While Donna married Martin Bohrson and they operated Anchor B Limousin, also near Hanley for many years. While active with the farm, Donna also developed a career at Prairieland (Exhibition) Park in Saskatoon, currently serving as marketing manager.

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GOOD ROLE MODEL Pat, Donna and Linda credit an excellent role model in helping them in life. “Actually our mom could be sitting here today with us,” says Donna during an interview for Simmental Country magazine. “We talk about women in agriculture and in the beef business, well she taught us a great deal about being an equal and active partner in the business.” Don and Bea Bates were among the pioneers in establishing the Simmental breed in Canada. They started with AI breeding in 1970 and bought their first full blood Simmental at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina and later imported cattle from Switzerland. “We just grew up with the breed and the purebred industry,” says Pat. “We helped out with farm chores, we got involved in 4-H and began showing cattle and then we were involved in Sunny Valley DunDee the Simmental junior breeders program, so it was just part of our life and I never really thought about doing anything else.” Their own children have followed a similar path — as they grew up on their respective farms they got involved in 4-H, became interested in showing cattle and now are taking a more active role in the operation and management of the family farms. For each of the sisters, their respective farm businesses have continued to grow over the years. Linda and Wayne, now with their son Tyler and daughter Amanda active in the family farm, run a purebred Simmental herd of about 180 breeding females. They have exhibited cattle at Agribition every year since 1976, twice having Reserve Grand Champion Bull with Sunny Valley Dundee & Sunny Valley Houston. Tyler and Amanda were very involved with YCSA and 4-H since the ages of six and seven. “I spent

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most summers going to 4-H and YCSA shows.” At Balcarres, Pat and Lionel, now along with son Lee getting involved, run a herd of about 300 head of purebred Simmentals along with a 200 head Sunney Valley Houston commercial Angus/Simmental-cross beef herd. They also crop about 3,500 acres of grains and oilseeds. Lee represents the fifth generation on Lionel’s side of the family to be involved with the farm. Donna and Martin operated Anchor B Limousin for many years before turning the purebred side of the farm business over to their son Jay. Another son, Scott, operates Bohrson Marketing Services – a well-established sale management company. And son Aaron, although not farming, continues to have interest in the beef industry. Donna and Martin are still active in the beef industry running a 160 head commercial Black Baldie cowherd, crossed with Simmental and Limousin. ALWAYS HANDS ON While their roles or time commitments are changing as the next generation is getting involved in the farm business, Pat, Donna and Linda each say it has always been very much a 50/50 involvement for them in their respective beef operations. “We were all raised to be very much hands on when it comes to the farm,” says Linda. “We are out there as much as our husbands are.” “At our farm too it just depended who was available on any given day,” says Pat. “It might be me going to have a look and buying a new bull. Of course I might get home and hear that wouldn’t have been someone else’s first choice. But it was my decision wasn’t it,” she says with a smile.

“And it was a little different for me, since I have had an off-farm job for a number of years,” says Donna. “But still when I was home, I certainly had my share of shifts during calving season.” Since the days when the first full blood Simmental bull landed on Sunny Valley land, the sisters say there have been a lot of changes in the beef industry. “We grew up with Simmental, but every breed has it assets and strengths,” says Donna. “Simmental certainly has excellent growth factors and good maternal features.” “And they are recognized in the industry for having an excellent fit in crossbreeding programs,” says Pat.

BREED CHANGES Linda says most breeds have gone through changes over the years — changed from being perhaps too small or too big to something more moderate framed, for example. “Back in the 1970s and 80s Simmentals were a big, tall breed and it wasn’t uncommon to have 2,000 pound cows,” says Linda. “They were big animals and they had big performance calves. But over the years through breeding and genetic improvement we’ve seen that size moderate. Other breeds have probably gained size, but the Simmental has been developed into a much more moderate framed, more efficient breed. They still have that excellent growth characteristic, but not the extreme.” Along with the white and tan full blood colors the breed has also developed the red and black factors in the purebred line of Simmental. “The red and black cattle may be a bit easier for calving, but the colors are more about marketing,” says Pat. “It is about providing customers with Simmental genetics and color that better suits their marketing programs.” MANY HIGHLIGHTS The sisters say there have been many highlights over their ranching careers. Specific to Simmental, Donna says her big moment as a girl was working with two Simmental heifers, Elsie and Katrina, in her 4-H days. Elsie won the grand champion honors at a regional competition. For Pat, one of the highlights came during her university days. She bought a Simmental heifer calf at a dispersal sale for $700, worked with it over the coming 19

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months and the next year showed that animal as a bred heifer at Agribition in Regina. It won the junior championship and she sold the heifer for $17,000. And for Linda, it was selling one of their top bulls at their 23rd annual bull sale in 2013 for $190,000. “There probably was a bit of timing and good luck involved, but really he was an exceptional young bull,” says Linda. “There was just something about him. He was the talk of the barns among all breeds at Agribition that year. “Timing is part of it, but really to have an outstanding bull like that, it reflects on the time and effort you put into your breeding program over the years, and the genetic selection and it just comes together to produce an exceptional animal.” As the next generation gets more involved in the beef industry, Pat, Donna and Linda say their roles may be changing slightly. Along with her work at Prairieland, Donna is still involved with the commercial cowherd at home, and also produces sale catalogues for other purebred breeders, including her sisters. Social

marketing tools are becoming an important aspect of beef marketing today. Pat says they aren’t showing cattle as much as they once were, but are involved in more pen showing at events in Yorkton and at Agribition in Regina. She and Lionel have also been quite active with the provincial Saskatchewan Simmental Association (SSA) , including Pat serving seven years as SSA secretary. They’ll be gearing up for their 11th annual bull sale in 2015. And Linda says with son Tyler and daughter Amanda getting more involved in Sunny Valley Simmentals, it is giving her more time. For a change of pace, she just took on a full time, off-farm job at the end of May. Sunny Valley Simmentals will be planning for its 25th annual bull sale events in 2015.

Livestock Markets Association Of Canada’s Auctioneer Championship 2014

150 Auction market operators, order buyers, auctioneers and industry partners attended the 2014 Livestock Markets Assoc. of Canada annual convention in Regina. The livestock auctioneering competition was held in Canada’s oldest operating stockyards in Moose Jaw.

Shawn Gist

The auction competition was one of the most successful to date with 27 auctioneers from across Canada competing for the Canadian Championship. After two very competitive rounds Shawn Gist who sells for the Vold Jones Vold network of auctions was crowned the winner. Reserve Grand Champion was awarded to Kirk Goldsmith from the Dryland Cattle Trading Corp at Veteran. Rob Bergevin from the Foothhills Auctioneers Incorporated out of Stavely Alberta was third. Kelly Richardson representing the Canadian Simmental Association presented Calvin Kuefer from Waterloo Ont. with the fourth place buckle. Veteran auctioneer Garth Rogers from Clyde Alberta rounded out the top five placings. This year a one time Master’s Competition was held for previous champions, 8 of the best of the best returned to take part. Well known auctioneer and Simmental breeder Danny Skeels from Alberta was presented with the Masters green jacket as the champion of champions. Rick Wright was inducted into the LMAC Hall Fame for his work on behalf of the livestock marketing industry.

Dan Skeels

The LMAC thanks the Canadian Simmental Assoc. for their continued support of their annual convention and auctioneer’s competition.

Calvin Kuefer

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am sure most producers over the years have had calves (on a sporadic basis) develop a throat infection. These are the calves which have an extremely loud inspiratory and expiratory sound which can be heard across the pen. They generally have extended neck breathing and are in various forms of respiratory distress. The cause of these signs is generally an infection of the throat or larynx area caused by the same bacteria which can often cause foot rot. The initiating cause is usually an abrasion to the throat caused by rough feed or an oral ulcer. This is why seldom do we see these cases in outbreak form. Sporadic cases are the norm and can occur from young calves right up until cattle in the feedlot. The younger cattle having a soft oral lining are therefore most susceptible to these abrasions. The oral ulcerative lesion could have even started from sharp teeth and them inadvertently biting the inside of their cheeks. I am sure we have all done this from time to time or bitten our tongue so we all know how these injuries could occur. The organism gains entry this way and over time an abscess is formed around the laryngeal cartilages and this combined with the surrounding swelling significantly reducing the respiratory passage. What you in a sense are hearing is like a whistle when the calf is breathing. Veterinarians have varied treatment over the years depending on what they have found to be most effective. The larynx is mostly cartilage and as a result the blood supply and hence the ability to get antibiotics to the site of the infection is not good. Drugs from the potentiated sulphonamides to penicillin and more recently drugs such as the macrolides (Zuprevo &Draxxin) or florphenicol (Nuflor) have been tried. Make sure if you have a case to get the advice of your veterinarian as to what drugs have worked the best and for what length of time. Veterinarians will often recommend either a steroid such as dexamethasone or a NSAID (Non steroidal antiinflammatory drug) such as Banamine or Metacam to name a couple. These and the antibiotics are all prescription drugs

which is why you need your herd veterinarian involved. If caught early and treated aggressively response is favorable. I have found in numerous cases the producer notices it quick enough but stops treatment too early and a relapse occurs. In my experience even if clinical signs have subsided substantially I continue treatment for several more days. The steroids or NSAID’s are stopped after a few days but the antibiotics are kept on board for the duration. In chronic cases or those unresolvable with drugs some can be saved with an emergency tracheotomy and laryngeal surgery where the abscess is peeled out and the proper diameter to the wind passage is reestablished. These cases of course carry a guarded prognosis but leaving these calves and doing nothing is grave indeed. You will have such a restriction that the eyes seem bugged out from straining to breath. There is only one other condition I know of that mimics necrotic laryngitis. Large calves that are born backwards and have a hard pull may break some ribs. The first few ribs as they heal causes a restriction on the windpipe and the same clinical signs. These generally cannot be helped and although a tracheotomy may provide temporary relief the actual problem cannot be corrected as the restriction is lower down the windpassage. This is why one question I would always ask with these affected calves “was it a hard pull backwards calf?� If the answer was yes then the prognosis is much, much worse. With the price of cattle ever rising keep in mind something can be done or at least tried on these calf diphtheria cases. Try to not wait too long before treatment is initiated and remember to finish the course of antibiotics your veterinarian recommends. As a salvage, operation laryngeal surgery can be done but most cases will clear up with good sound medical treatment. A few will recover but will still have a distinctive whistle especially when run a bit. This will be permanent for the rest of their life but they still will do well enough in the feedlot.

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4-H MEMBER AND HIS STEER RAISE OVER $70,000.00 FOR THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION OF SASKATCHEWAN purchased for $13,000.00 by Pinnacle Builders, Martensville, Saskatchewan, who then donated the beef to the Saskatoon Food Bank. An additional $31,000.00 was raised (he went under the gavel once more) in donations ranging from $100.00 to $5000.00 and purchased by various businesses, 4H clubs, parents and several 4H members.

Cadence with his Simmental Influenced Steer Blackout

He was just one of the seventy-eight 4-H steers that sold the evening of July 7, 2014, at Saskatoon Prairieland Park during the finished beef sale at the Saskatoon Regional Junior AG Showcase... he was not a show champion…but a greater champion instead! Ten year old Cadence Haaland, a member of the Hanley 4-H Beef Club, donated the profit from his steer as a way of saying “thank you” for the care provided by Royal University Hospital. Cadence (10) and his brother, Cohen (8) have hypogammagobulinemia, a rare immunodeficiency, requiring immuno injections weekly, boosting their body’s response in fighting off bacteria and infections, allowing the boys to lead as normal a life as possible. Recently, visits to the hospital have been switched to at-home care, in which their mother, Carissa, has been trained to administer the injections to the boys. The steer was The Haaland Family

Cadence with Pinnacle Builders

This was then doubled by CN Rail through its Miracle Match Program. Cadence’s father, Chad was elated, “It was a huge outpouring of generosity from all 4H members; showing what Saskatchewan Agriculture can do and what the 4H program teaches kids about giving back to the community. It was unbelievable. Special thanks to all local businesses that came and supported the members by paying a premium for their project steers.” Chad, Carissa and the boys, along with Chad’s parents, Neil and Katie Haaland, operate a large ranch south of Hanley. They are custom operators and herdsmen for Blairs.Ag Cattle Co., running approximately 450 cows since the start of the company in 2006; they also custom graze 700 grass cattle for Gary Jones. In the winter season, Chad assists in showing and marketing for Blairs.Ag in Canada and the United States. Cadence Haaland is more than a winner....he’s a true champion. 25

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Congratulations to Sunnyside Simmentals, winner of the 2014 Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest

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Top 50 Sires 2013

694665

LFE 322U

LFE BS LEWIS 322U

Name

Tot

Regnum Tattoo 731768

LFE 7328X

LFE JUSTIFIED 7328X

69

697657

MRL 12U

MRL RED FORCE 12U

193

666762

LER 680S

WHEATLAND BULL 680S

67

727456

HAR 111X

HARVIE JDF WALLBANGER 111X 143

739602

LRPS 145X

R PLUS HARD ROCK 145X

65

736758

WFL 23X

WFL IDENTITY 23X

143

634702

FGN 737P

REMINGTON RED LABEL HR

64

736441

MBJ 52Y

SPRINGCREEK LOTIO 52Y

124

634254

BBN 68P

KS BRAVADO P68

63

745178

FGN 8676U

MR NLC UPGRADE U8676

123

720982

NAC 17W

NAC 17W

62

713478

FGN 53T

KNKICRSR RED BULL 53T

122

693891

ALLM 25U

ALLM COLOSSAL 25U

61

718093

KOP 137W

KOP CROSBY 137W

121

731023

LFE 300X

LFE BUNDI 300X

58

735481

ODDS 483X

30 BLK FULL THROTTLE 483X

117

716721

FGN 5U

OLF ODIN US

57

676236

FGN 208N

TNT GUNNER N208

114

713703

LFE 385W

LFE BLACK LAKOTA 385W

57

714342

LER 922W

WHEATLAND PREDATOR 922W 105

749239

LWM 4Y

MUIRHEADS LIGHTS OUT 4Y

56

678327

LER 747T

WHEATLAND RED ACE 747T

98

701002

CHMP 60U

CHAMPS BRAVO

56

695165

CRF 789U

CROSSROAD RADIUM 789U

96

694966

IPU 226S

TNT ACCELERATOR S226

54

654937

FGN 244R

TNT TOP GUN R244

91

675320

JNR 602R

JNR’S SALTON

53

727549

FGN 263U

TNT TANKER U263

89

700370

LRPS 8018U

R PLUS REDGE 8018U

52

711827

FGN 40R

RC CLUB KING 040R

85

657667

LWM 83S

MUIRHEAD ONLINE 83S

51

684162

FGN 38K

HOOKS SHEAR FORCE 38K

81

692537

MDR 23U

MADER P BLK RANSOM 23U

51

646855

LRPS 5028R

R PLUS BLACKEDGE

79

697577

KHG 105U

KHG ELCTRIC RED 105U

51

684082

FGN 1P

SHS ENTICER P1B

76

744464

FGN 623X

MR HOC BROKER

51

671306

FGN 81R

LBR CROCKET R81

74

716202

ZDS 103W

ANCHOR D VIPER 103W

48

749057

FGN 20T

RFS RED IRON T20

74

688629

MBJ 56U

SPRINGCREEK LINER 56U

48

744058

FBL 7Y

MAF R HORIZON 7Y

74

730288

LFE 389X

LFE TOMCAT 389X

47

707131

FGN 6018S

MR NLC SUPERIOR S6018

72

666755

LER 608S

WHEATLAND RED HUMMER 608S 47

709686

RTC 34W

DESTINY BUCKEYE

72

699726

LFE 426U

LFEBISS BLACKADVANCE 426U 47

704812

IPU 172U

IPU REVOLUTION 172U

70

663625

BGF 13S

YR KING RANCH 13S

Regnum Tattoo

222

Name

Tot

47

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Top Total Herd Enrollment Members 2013

Farm Name

THE Farm Name

THE

SODERGLEN RANCHES LTD, AIRDRIE, AB

824

KULYK SIMMENTALS, NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK

177

DOUBLE BAR D RANCH, GRENFELL, SK

803

ROBB FARMS LTD., MAIDSTONE, SK

173

LEWIS FARMS LTD., SPRUCE GROVE, AB

742

STOUGHTON FARMS, MAIDSTONE, SK

171

ERVIN HARLAND, FRENCHMAN BUTTE, SK

521

DALE L. EYBEN, VERMILION, AB

171

MCMILLEN RANCHING LTD., CARIEVALE, SK

442

BRIAN J. MCCARTHY, MOOSOMIN, SK

166

LAZY S RANCH INC., MAYERTHORPE, AB

428

LABATTE SIMMENTALS, GLADMAR, SK

162

R PLUS SIMMENTALS, ESTEVAN, SK

408

CROSSROAD FARMS, SHELL LAKE, SK

158

BONCHUK FARMS, SOLSGIRTH, MB

386

JAYDAWN FARMS, SEXSMITH, AB

158

TERRY SKORETZ, SEDGEWICK, AB

351

WOLFE FARMS, VALLEYVIEW, AB

157

PHEASANTDALE CATTLE COMPANY, BALCARRES, SK

339

MARK LAND & CATTLE CORP., IRMA, AB

157

MAXWELL SIMMENTALS, VIKING, AB

296

ROLLING JN FARMS, ALIX, AB

156

ASHWORTH FARM & RANCH LTD., OUNGRE, SK

294

MCCORMACK FAMILY RANCH, GRENFELL, SK

153

WESTGOLD FARMS LTD., MINBURN, AB

291

DONNA ARTHUR, MAYERTHORPE, AB

146

EDN SIMMENTALS, MAPLE CREEK, SK

254

VIRGINIA RANCH, CREMONA, AB

145

RENDEZVOUS FARMS, STE.ROSE, MB

247

O DOUBLE E SIMMENTALS, HYTHE, AB

143

SPRING LAKE SIMMENTALS, DAYSLAND, AB

237

DEEG SIMMENTALS, STRATHMORE, AB

138

PORTER RANCHES LTD., STONY PLAIN, AB

237

OH KAY FARMS, RED DEER, AB

137

BEECHINOR BROS. SIMMENTALS, BENTLEY, AB

230

BOYNECREST STOCK FARM, STEPHENFIELD, MB

136

ANCHOR D RANCH SIMMENTALS, RIMBEY, AB

228

NEIL CARSON, ROSSBURN, MB

132

MUIRHEAD CATTLE CO., SHELLBROOK, SK

227

DIAMOND T SIMMENTALS, BARRHEAD, AB

131

WESTWAY FARMS LTD., DIDSBURY, AB

226

BLACK GOLD SIMMENTALS, LLOYDMINSTER, SK

130

MADER RANCHES, CARSTAIRS, AB

214

DOUBLE G SIMMENTALS, STALWART, SK

130

MITCHELL CATTLE CO. INC., BARRIERE, BC

212

WILLIAM A. SWENSON, RAINIER, AB

130

MEADOW-ACRES FARMS, LAMPMAN, SK

200

SEVCIK SIMMENTAL RANCH, HUSSAR, AB

129

ERIXON SIMMENTALS, CLAVET, SK

183

M & J FARMS, RUSSELL, MB

129

ANDREW JANZEN, ROSEMARY, AB

182

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Entry Deadline for Farmfair Simmental Show is October 1st. A block of Rooms will be available under the ASA. Check the ASA website for further details.

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President: Dave Erixon (306) 270-3893

Saskatchewan Simmental Association

Secretary: Carolyn McCormack (306) 697-2945 Box 591 Grenfell, SK S0G 2B0 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca www.sasksimmental.com

SSA 44th AnnuAl GenerAl MeetinG The 44th Annual General Meeting was held on Jul. 31, 2014 in Prince Albert, Sk. in conjunction with the SYCSA Tiger Lily Classic. Thank you to all who attended the meeting and came out to watch the show. Also, thanks to all past and present directors for their continued hard work! A great time was had by all and we look forward to next year’s meeting.

Upcoming DeaDlines>>> CAnAdiAn WeStern AGribition SiMMentAl ShoW & SAle - nov. 24-29 Contact Bouchard Livestock at (403) 946-4999 if you are interested in nominating cattle for the premier Simmental Sale event in Saskatchewan - November 26, 2014, Canadian Western Agribition National Show & Sale. New Agribition Entry Deadline - October 15, 2014

SSA SCholArShipS Deadline: October 1, 2014 Scholarships are available to all students enrolled in full time post secondary education. Students are eligible to receive $1000 for first year scholarships and $500 for second year scholarships. Parents of the student or the student must be current members of the SSA. Applications available from the SSA office or www.sasksimmental.com

purebred & CoMMerCiAl breeder of the YeAr Deadline: October 1, 2014 Nominations for the Purebred and Commercial Breeders of the Year are now being accepted. The lucky recipient will be awarded a farm sign during the Simmental Show at Agribition on November 26. Nomination forms available from the SSA office or www.sasksimmental.com.

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President: Everett Olson RR 1, Rapid City, MB R0K 1W0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@hotmail.com

Grand Champion Female

Reserve Grand Champion Female

1st Vice President: Todd Collins RR 2, Dar lingford, MB R0G 0L0 Phone: 204-246-2166 Email: todd_collins9@hotmail.com 2nd Vice President: Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca

2014 MSA SUMMER SHOW YCS GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE STBS SOMETHING ROYAL 68A Exhibited By: Kolton McIntosh

2014 MSA SUMMER SHOW YCS RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE TRI-R MS ABIGAIL 10X Exhibited By: Janessa Warkentin

Secretary/Treasurer: Donalee Jones Box 142, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com

First Lady Classic Jackpot Heifer 1. Broken Oak Black Simmentals 2. Ramrod Cattle Co. 3. McIntosh Ranch

Cow W/Calf 1. Broken Oak Black Simmentals 2. Twin Meadow Livestock 3. Cherry Creek Farms

Get Of Sire 1. Twin Oak Livestock 2. Cheery Creek Farms 3. Silver Lake Farms

MSA Directors: Lesley Hedley RR 1, Rapid City, MB R0K 1W0 Phone: 204-826-2765

MSA SUMMER SHOW 2014 Heifer Calf 1. Cherry Creek Farms 2. Maple Lake Stock Farm 3. Big Sky Simmentals

2014 Bull Calf 1. Wilcox Simmentals 2. Cherry Creek Farms 3. Bert’s NR Simmentals

MSA GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Broken Oak Black Simmentals

Shannon Carvey Box 60, Alexander, MB R0K 0A0 Phone: 204-752-2285 Email: swindonranch@mts.net Jacquie Downey General Deliver y, Coulter, MB R0M 1G0 Phone: 204-649-2260 Email: ajdowney@mts.net Trevor Peters Box 385, River s, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peter s@canadamalting.com Craig Davidson Box 2680, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-761-5991 Email: craigd@blacksandcattle.com Andrea Bertholet Box 307 Har tney MB R0M 0X0 Phone: 204-483-0319 Email: adber tolet@hotmail.com CSA Rep: Fraser Redpath Box 121, Mather, MB R0K 1L0 Phone/Fax: 204-529-2560 Email: redsim@xplornet.com YCSA President: Kolton McIntosh Box 84 Ericksdale, MB R0C 0W0 Phone: 204-280-0359 auction_mcintosh@hotmail.ca

2013 Bred Heifer (Split) 1. McIntosh Ranch 2. Triple R Simmentals 3. Bert’s NR Simmentals 1. Broken Oak Black Simmentals 2. Olmstead Cattle Co. 3. More Bros Simmentals 2 Year Old W/Calf 1. Big Sky Simmentals 2. Bert’s NR Simmentals 3. Twin Meadow Livestock

2013 Yearling Bull 1. Dequier Farms

MSA RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Broken Oak Black Simmentals

2 Year Old Bull 1. Wilcox Simmentals

MSA GRAND CHAMPION BULL Wilcox Simmentals

Breeders Herd 1. Twin Oak Simmentals 2. Lazy Rainbow River 3. Wilcox Simmentals

MSA RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Wilcox Simmentals

2014 SCHOLARSHIP HEIFER

Has kindly been donated by Schweitzer Simmentals of Decker. Tickets will be available during the fall sale run, or from any YCSA member. DRAW WILL BE MADE DECEMBER 2014 MANITOBA SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP The Manitoba Simmental Scholarship program was developed in 2004, to assist Manitoba youth involved in the Young Canadian Simmental Association and the children of active MSA members pursue post secondary education. Scholarship Form - Applications Deadline is December 31. Applicants are eligible for a $1000.00 scholarship which is awarded after the first regular board meeting of the calendar year. To raise funds for the scholarships, ticket packages on a Simmental heifer donated by a breeder, are auctioned off at various Simmental events. For every $10 bid, the successful bidders receive a chance to win the donated heifer.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Manitoba Livestock Expo November 6-8, 2014, Brandon ,MB

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OSA NEWS The Ontario Simmental Association is pleased to announce that Josh Wooddisse has been contracted to promote and market Simmental genetics in Ontario and beyond.

2014 National Simmental Show

The National Simmental Show will be held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 8th, 2014 at 2:00pm. For more information or for registration please contact Tina Hiddink.

Ontario YCSA Trillium Classic Ontario YCSA Trillium Classic will be held on Saturday, November 8th at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. For more information or to enter contact Brittany Barkley at (613) 360-1936 or brittanybarkley@hotmail.com

2015 CSA Annual Conference

Josh grew up in South-Western Ontario immersed in a purebred cow-calf finishing Simmental operation. His working career has taken him through a variety of IT, sales, marketing and communication positions with Cargill Ag Horizons, President Choice Financial, BIO and ongoing work with Marywood Simmentals. Through these positions there has been a emphasis on supply chain management, customer satisfaction, project management, marketing campaigns, optimizing information flow, targeted sales and market analysis.

Tbe Ontario Simmental Association would like to invite everyone to the 2015 Canadian Simmental Association Conference August 6th-9th, 2015 in Lindsay, Ontario. Tentative schedule of events: August 7: CSA Conference and Events August 8: CSA Annual General Meeting August 9: YCSA National Classic Host Hotel: Admiral Inn & Conference Center, Lindsay, ON Book the dates. The OSA and it’s members look forward to seeing you there. Josh Wooddisse Ontario Simmental Member Services Manager www.ontariosimmentalassociation.com memberservices.osa@gmail.com 33

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Looking at a new location for FALL 2014 Please contact us, if you would like to consign to the sale

Annual Salt Water Classic Elite Sale

Questions: 1-506-756-2550

Events: Wagon rides & tour of the farm

What: Beef on a bun, side dishes, dessert and cold beverages.

Where: Ă‚ Glarro Farm, 190 Fawcett Hill road Petitcodac, N.B.

When: September 14, 2014

Where: Andre & Geraline VanAgten

Maritime Simmental Social

Maritime Association Contacts: President: Donald Godfrey, 48 Hyde Point Rd, Meadow Bank, PE 902-566-3613 Vice-President: James MacKenzie Secretary: Ralph Taylor Treasurer: Bill McLeod Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS; Pater Gaunce, NB; Geraline VanAgten, NB; Don Jenkins, PE; Jennie Mutch, PE YCSA Rep: Heather Creamer CSA Director: Lacey Fisher

Contact Person : Heather Creamer; creamerh@nsac.ca 902 694 4308 CSA Entry Form can be found on the CSA website www.simmental.com/ycsevents.htm

Maritime YCA Classic

**all events to be held on the Exhibition grounds in the Agri dome

9:00AM-1:00PM - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Simmental Show Entry Form available at: www.nspe.ca/EXhandbooks.php

Saturday August 23rd

Maritime YCSA Events & Show

Thursday August 21st- Friday August 22nd

Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition

Thursday August 21st- Saturday August 23rd

The Maritime Simmental Association & The Maritime YCSA


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If you would like a Simmental Country Sale Representative at your event, it will take one of the following: a. 1 Year Ad Contract; or b. 4 Month Ad Contract; or c. 2 Page Ad About Your Event

Included With The Above, The Advertiser Will Receive: a. A Sale Report In The Simmental Country b. A Disk Of Sale Pictures Contact: Kelly Richardson -Western Sales Representative 403-559-6595 krichardson@simmental.com Jane Crawford -Eastern Sales Consultant 519-317-5263 jane.cattle@gmail.com Margo Cartwright - 403-250-5255 mcartwright@simmental.com

www.simmentalcountry.com

Walter Browarny Inducted into Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Toronto, ON [June 20, 2014] – The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame selected three accomplished ambassadors for Canadian agriculture to join its prestigious ranks in 2014. The late Walter Browarny, Charles Froebe and Lorne Hepworth will be formally inducted into the National Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario. “Canadian agriculture thrives on a diverse group of individuals constantly pushing boundaries to drive our industry further,” says President Judy Shaw, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “This year’s inductees highlight the importance of taking an innovative approach – whether you are a farmer or a photographer to make a lasting difference to our industry and our nation.” The late Walter Browarny changed the face of livestock photography with his clean, simple approach to capturing Canada’s beef breeds. His legacy as Canada’s cameraman of livestock lives on in the bank of more than 2 million images he created – setting the standard for his brand of authentic livestock photography that naturally features the best attributes of his subjects. Walter was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and was nominated by the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (CAHFA) honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The CAHFA also publicizes the importance of inductee achievements to Canada. The Association was organized in 1960 and is administered by 12 volunteer Board of Directors located across Canada. www.cahfa.com

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IMPORTANT NOTICE The Canadian Simmental Association’s bylaw change to the Upgrading Table that was approved by the CSA membership at the July 17, 2013 Annual General Meeting was approved by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as of March 4, 2014. Those changes were in effect as of March 4, 2014 and can be seen within the CSA by-laws at www.simmental.com under Registry/CSA By-laws. For more information please contact: Bruce Holmquist CSA General Manager Ph.: (403) 988-8676 Email: bholmquist@simmental.com

Sale Results Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale Winnipeg, MB March 27, 2014 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Consultant: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Lot 1 - WILC Pool Boy 60A S: IPU Crosby 164Y DS: Remington Red Label HR Buyer: Kevin Zazulinksi Consignor: Wilcox Simmentals

Lot 21 - Boynecrest Bull 1A S: Mcintosh Prime 4Y Sale Summary Lots Gross Average DS: Remington Red Label HR Buyer: Windsor Farms Consignor: Boynecrest Stock Farm Yearling Simmental Bulls Sale Total 44 $164,300.00 $3, 734.00 Lot 45 - Skyridge Mr Empire 41A S: Boynecrest Empire 26X High Selling Simmental Bulls DS: IPU Red Ribeye 162P Buyer: Big Hills Simmentals Lot 35 - Triple T Supreme 239Z $9,500.00 Consignor: Skyridge Farms S: MFI Bronson 7142 DS: Damion Star Eldandi Lot 10 - Boynecrest Springsteen 32A Buyer: Gibbsons Farm S: Lazy S Rolex 568X Consignor: Triple T Diamond Simmentals DS:TNT Gunner N208 Buyer: K5 Ranch Consignor: Boynecest Stock Farm

$5,400.00

$5,400.00

$5,100.00

$5,000.00

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Membership Announcements Congratulations Stran William Muirhead

Congratulations to new parents Justin and Amanda Muirhead on the birth of their little boy Stran, born April 15th, 2014 weighing 9 lbs. 7 oz, and 22 inches long. It will not be long before Stran is pitching in around Muirhead Cattle Company.

Evelyn Teresa Enright

Congratulations to parents, Kara and Darold Enright, and big brother Corben, on the birth of Evelyn Teresa Enright on April 13, 2014 weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. Evelyn is a beautiful addition to the Enright Cattle Company family in Tweed, ON.

Stockton Ronald Dwight Stewart

Mike & Melissa Stewart, and big brother Stetson, of Stewart Livestock (Newbury, Ontario) are pleased to announce arrival of their son, Stockton Ronald Dwight Stewart, May 9th 2014, 8 lbs 13 ounces, 22”. Proud grandparents are Dwight & Catherine Koyle and Ron & Linda Stewart.

Cheslea and Kurtis Black

Congratulations to Chelsea and Kurtis Black who were married on June 14th, 2014. Dinner and Reception was held on their farm in Haley Station, Ontario. Chelsea (Nee O’Connor) is the daughter of Jean O’Connor (Triple Rose Simmentals) and is a past Ontario YCSA President. Kurtis has always been very active in the Charolais Breed. They both maintain full time jobs as well as their own herd of registered Simmentals and Charolais under WhiteWater Livestock.

Tyson and Alisha Birmingham

Congratulations to Tyson Birmingham, TSN Livestock Brandon, MB and Alisha George, D and D Farms, Virden MB who were married on June 7th 2014.

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

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

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BARRY & BRENDA LABATTE Dave and Krista Erixon 306-270-2893

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

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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Auctioneer/Ringman

Industry Events

Photographers

Insurance

Trucking

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Semen/Embryos

Marketing

Bussiness Card Double 2014_Layout 1 2014-07-09

Box 1409 Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0 Office: 403.946.4999 Brian Bouchard: 403.813.7999 Mark Shologan: 780.699.5082 Chad Lorenz: 403.896.9585 Brent Stewart: 204.773.6392 Doug Domolewski: 403.635.1840 Email: info@bouchardlivestock.com

Brian

Mark

ing Option Your Full Service Market Sale Managment • Consulting • Order Buying Export Approved Semen & Embryo Storage Facility Sale Video Production Services • DLMS Internet Agent

WWW.BOUCHARDLIVESTOCK.COM

Semen/Embryos

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What’s Happening August

Nov. 19 - North American Select Sale, Louisville, KY Nov.21 - Westgold Farms Female Production Sale, Vermillion, AB Nov.22 - Transcon’s Cow-A-Rama XV, Innisfail, AB Nov. 26 - Canadian Western Agribition Simmental Select Show & Sale, Regina, SK

July 30 - Aug. 2 - YCSA Saskatchewan Show, Prince Albert, SK Aug. 15 - Anchor D Ranch Pasture Treasures Female Sale, Rimbey, AB Aug. 21-22 - YCSA Maritimes Show, Truro, NS

December

Aug. 30 - Timberlind Auctions Fall Harvest Machinery Consignment Sale, Buck Creek AB

Dec. 1 - The Harvest Hoedown Simmental Heifer Sale, Neepawa, MB

September

Dec. 4 - LFE Leading Ladies Female Sale, Spruce Grove, AB

Sep. 1 - Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship Deadline Sep. 13 - Ontario Autumn Classic Sale, Hanover, ON

Dec. 6 - Spring Creek Simmental Female Sale, Virden, MB

Sep. 27 - Ferme Gagnon 18th Annual Production Sale, Cheneville, PQ

Dec. 8 - The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Sale, Llyodminister, SK

October

Dec. 9 - 36th Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB

Oct. 2 – 5 - River Point Cattle Co Internet Sale LiveAuctions.tv

Dec. 10 - Double Bar D “She’s Got the Look” Female Sale, Grenfell, SK

Oct. 4 - Bar 5 Stock Farm Extravaganza Sale , Prospect Hill Simmentals Finall Finale Complete Dispersal Markdale, ON Oct. 16 - WLB Livestock’s 2nd Annual Interenet Simmental Female Sale, Liveauction.tv Oct. 25 - Partners for Progress Vol. III Sale, Waterloo, PQ

Boynecrest Stock Farm Complete Simmental Herd Dispersal, Virden, MB Oct. 27 - Rust Mountain View Ranch’s”Queens of the Pasture” Female Sale, Turtle lake, ND

November

Nov. 6-8 - Manitoba Livestock Expo, Brandon, MB Nov. 7 - Royal Elite All Breed Sale, Toronto, ON

Farmfair’s Headliner All Breeds Sale, Edmonton, AB Nov. 8 - Farmfair’s Pen of 5 or 10 Commercial Bred Sale, Edmonton, AB

RAWF National Simmental Show, Toronto, ON YCSA Ontario Trillium Classic, Toronto, ON Nov. 13 - Western Harvest Simmental Heifer Sale, Innisfail, AB Nov. 14 - Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale, Ponoka, AB Nov. 15 - Pembina Triangle Simmental Association, 34th Annual Sale, Cypress River, MB Nov. 16 - Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale, Campbellsburg, KY

Dec. 11 - Transcon’s 37th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 12 - MRL Herdbuilder 2014 Female Sale, Carievale, SK Dec. 13 - Westway Female Sale, Olds AB Dec. 13 - Southern Alberta Simmental Roundup Group Bull Sale, High River, AB Dec. 15 - Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 16 - Bonchuk Farms Fall Female Production Sale, Virden, MB Dec.17 - Swan Lake Farms Female Sale, Whitewood, SK Dec.19 - 3rd Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale, Olds, AB Dec. 20 - Checkers & Fullblood Perfection Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB

Transcon’s National Trust “On Ice” Simmental Semen & Embryo Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 21 - Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation, Fullblood Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB

Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XVII Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 31 - New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale: Volume III, Red Deer, AB

August Aug 6-9 2015 - Canadian Simmental Association Conference, Lindsay, ON

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3D Simmentals .............................................. 45 ABC Cattle Co. .............................................. 45 Adair Ranch ................................................... 39 Afri-Can Simmentals...................................... 42 Alameda Agencies Ltd. .................................. 48 Alliance Simmental Farms ............................. 43 Alta Genetics ................................................. 49 Anchor D Ranch ........................................ 7, 39 Applecross ..................................................... 39 Aumack Simmentals ...................................... 45 Bar 5 Farms Ltd./Circle 3 Genetics ........... 8, 43 Beagle Simmentals........................................ 39 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals ......................... 39 Big Rock Simmentals .................................... 42 Black River Farms ................................... 17, 43 Black Sand Cattle Company.......................... 42 Blushrose Simmental Farm ........................... 45 Bohrson Marketing Services.......................... 49 Bonchuk Farms ............................................. 42 Bouchard Livestock International .................... 3 Bova-Tech Ltd................................................ 49 Bow Valley Genetics Ltd. ............................... 49 Boynecrest Stock Farm ................................. 42 BS Ranch ...................................................... 39 Canadian Bull Congress ................................ 48 Canadian Cattlemen ...................................... 48 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp. ................... 48 Carey, Brent................................................... 48 Car-Laur Simmentals..................................... 43 CC Simmental Ranch .................................... 39 Circle G Simmentals & Angus ....................... 39 City View Simmentals .................................... 45 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh ................................. 43 Crossroad Farms ........................................... 46 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. ........ 49 Deeg Simmental ............................................ 39 Destiny Simmentals ....................................... 44 Diamond T Simmentals ................................. 39 Don Heggie Simmentals ................................ 39 Donovandale Simmentals.............................. 44 Dora Lee Genetics......................................... 44 Dorran Marketing Inc. .................................... 48 Dorran, Steve ................................................ 48 Double Bar D Farms .................................... IFC Double G Simmentals.................................... 46 Downey Farms .............................................. 42 DP Sales Management.................................. 49 Dunc’s Cattle Co............................................ 44 Dwayann Simmentals .................................... 44 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals ............................... 39 East Poplar Simmentals ................................ 46 Edge, Dean.................................................... 48 EDN Simmentals ........................................... 46 Elm Tree Farms ............................................. 44 Erixon Simmentals......................................... 46 Fallen Timber Farms...................................... 42 Ferme Gagnon Farm ............................... 11, 45 Ferme Saro.................................................... 45 Flying N Cattle And Feed............................... 49 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ................................ 49

Get-A-Long Stock Farm/Ericson Livestock Services ......................................................... 48 GJR Simmentals............................................ 46 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd. .................... 48 Gravandale Simmentals ................................ 44 Grinalta Farms ............................................... 39 H.S. Knill Company Limited ........................... 49 Hairy Hill Cattle Co. ....................................... 39 Hallridge Simmentals..................................... 44 Hannah Simmentals ................................ 13, 39 Harvie Ranching ............................................ 39 High Bluff Stock Farm.................................... 42 High Country Cattle Services ........................ 39 Highway 5 Simmentals .................................. 46 Hi-Tech Farms ............................................... 44 Hoegl Farms .................................................. 46 Indian River Cattle Company......................... 17 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd. ........... 49 Janzen Ranches ............................................ 40 Jetstream Livestock ....................................... 44 JNR Farms .................................................... 40 Keato Meadow Simmentals ........................... 40 Kelara Farms ................................................. 46 Kin Kin Cattle Co. .......................................... 40 Kopp Farms Simmentals ............................... 42 Kuntz Simmental Farm .................................. 46 Labatte Simmentals ....................................... 46 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals ................................. 46 Lazy S Ranch Inc. ......................................... 40 Lewis Farms ........................................... 40, BC Little Willow Creek Ranch.............................. 46 Lobster Point Farms ...................................... 43 Lone Stone Farms ......................................... 40 M & J Farms .................................................. 43 MacKenzie Cattle Company .......................... 40 Mader Ranches ............................................. 40 Maple Key Farm ............................................ 44 Mappin Simmentals ....................................... 40 Mar Mac Farms ............................................. 43 McCormack Family Ranch ............................ 46 MCG Simmentals .......................................... 40 McIntosh Livestock ........................................ 46 McManus Simmentals ................................... 43 Meadow Acres ............................................... 21 MI Simmentals ............................................... 42 Mitchell Cattle Co. ......................................... 42 Muellers Nossa Terra..................................... 45 Muirhead Cattle Co........................................ 47 New Holland .................................................... 1 North Hill Simmentals .................................... 40 O Double E Simmentals ................................ 40 O’Brien Farms ............................................... 44 O’Grady Steel ................................................ 47 Okotoks Flechvieh Embryo Group................. 40 Oslanski Simmental Farms............................ 40 Parkhill Ranches............................................ 40 Parview Stock Farms..................................... 41 Pearson Simmentals ..................................... 41 Pheasantdale Cattle Co................................. 47 Phillips Farms ................................................ 47

Porter Ranches.............................................. 41 Pro Rich Seeds.............................................. 43 Prospect Hill Simmentals........................... 9, 44 Rainalta ......................................................... 41 Rattray Livestock ........................................... 41 Rendezvous Farms ....................................... 43 River Point Cattle Co. .................................... 44 Riverbank Farm ............................................. 43 Robb Farms ................................................... 47 Robson Acres ................................................ 44 Rust Mountain ................................................. 3 SAJ Simmentals ............................................ 47 Saugeen Acres .............................................. 41 Schatz Simmentals ........................................ 41 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals .................. 41 Skeels, Dan ................................................... 48 Skor Simmentals ........................................... 41 Southpaw Cattle Company ............................ 41 Spring Creek Land & Cattle Consulting ......... 49 Spring Creek Simmentals/Red Rose Angus .. 47 Spruce Grove Cattle Co. ............................... 47 Starwest Farms ............................................. 42 Steen Agencies.............................................. 48 Stewart Simmentals....................................... 45 Stock, Mark.................................................... 48 Stockmens Insurance .................................... 48 Stone Simmentals ......................................... 41 Stoughton Farms Ltd. .................................... 47 Sullivan Simmentals ...................................... 45 Sun Star Simmentals ............................... 16, 41 Sunny Side .................................................... 26 Sunny Valley Simmentals .............................. 47 Swan Lake Farms.......................................... 47 Swantewitt Simmentals ................................. 41 T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. .................................. 49 TD Simmentals .............................................. 47 The Register .................................................. 47 Timberlind Auctions ....................................... 48 Todd Simmentals ........................................... 45 Transcon Livestock ...................................... IBC Trevor’s Cowpix ............................................. 48 Triple Rose Simmentals................................. 45 Tryon Simmentals .......................................... 43 TSN Livestock ............................................... 43 Twin Brae Simmentals ................................... 43 Twin Butte Simmentals .................................. 41 Tymarc Livestock ........................................... 41 Virginia Ranch ............................................... 41 W2 Farms ...................................................... 47 Weldehaven Farms ....................................... 45 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company ................... 42 Westway Farms Ltd. ...................................... 42 Wild Oak Farms ............................................. 45 Windy Knoll Farm .......................................... 43 WJ Simmentals.............................................. 42 Wolfe Farms .................................................. 42 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh ........................................... 42 Xcel Livestock................................................ 45

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CSA Executive

President Fraser Redpath Mather, MB P/F: (204) 529-2560 C: (204) 825-7401 redsim2@gmail.com First Vice-President Kelly Ashworth Oungre, SK P: (306) 456-2749 C: (306) 861-2013 jashworth@sasktel.net Second Vice-President Randy Mader Carstairs, AB P/F: (403) 337-2928 C: (403) 660-1123 rrmader@xplornet.com

CSA Directors

John Sullivan Kazabazua, PQ P/F: (819) 467-2713 Sullivan.simmentals@bell.net Wes Mack Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-4410 C:) 306) 421-1853 wkmack@signaldirect.ca

Lacey Fisher Amherst, NS P: (902) 661-0766 C: (506) 536-8454 timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com Maureen Mappin-Smith Byemoor, AB P: (403) 579-2175 silversmithcattle@yahoo.com Deanne Young Breton, AB P/F: (780) 696-3643 C: (780) 542-0855 highcountry cattle@gmail.com David Milliner Dundalk, ON P: (519) 923-9188 dgmilliner@everus.ca

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

#13, 4101 19th St. N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 P: (403) 250-7979 • F: (403) 250-5121 www.simmental.com • E: cansim@simmental.com

Alberta President Ryley Mader Carstairs, AB P: (403) 337-4014 rjmader@xplornet.com Office Contact Heather Saucier Airdrie, AB P: (403) 861-6352 F: (403) 948-2059 saucierh@telus.net Promotion / Fieldperson Chuck Groeneveld High River, AB P: (403) 938-7843 barnboss@telus.net

Ontario President Tina Hiddink Bloomfield, ON P: (613) 399-3239 wildoak@xplornet.ca

Quebec Président Rosaire Cote. La Presentation, PQ P: (450) 796-5914 Secretaire: Sandra Berthiaume Saint-Garmain, QC P/F (819) 395-4453

Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com

Marketing Co-ordinator Margo Cartwright C: (403) 250-5255 sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca mcartwright@simmental.com

Manitoba Saskatchewan President President Everett Olson Dave Erixon Rapid City, MB Clavet, SK P: (204) 826-2643 P: (306) 270-2893 everettolson@mymts.com Secretary: Carolyn McCormack Secretary: Donalee Jones P: (306) 697-2945 P: (204) 529-2444 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca Email: donalee@midcan.com Maritimes President Don Godfrey Meadow Bank, PEI P: (902) 566-3613 Secretary: Ralph Taylor P/F: (902) 895-2117

CSA Staff

General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com

Industry & Member Services Representative Kelly Richardson C: (403) 559-6595 krichardson@simmental.com Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com

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

Saskatchewan News............................................... 31

From The Gatepost............................................... 4

Manitoba News...................................................... 32

Appuye sur le poteau de cloture............................... 6

Ontario News......................................................... 33

From the Director’s Chair........................................10 Maritime News....................................................... 34 Opinion de vos directeurs...................................... 12

YCSA Newsletter.................................................... 35

Weaning................................................................. 14

What it takes to get a SC Rep at your Sale............... 36

Women in the Simmental Country.......................... 18

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame........................ 36

Livestock Markets Association of Canada.............. 20

Upgrading Table...................................................... 37

Vet’s Advice............................................................ 24

Sale Reports............................................................ 37

Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest...................... 27

What’s Happening.................................................. 50

Top THE Herds and Top Bulls in 2013..................... 28

Advertiser’s Index.................................................. 51

Alberta News.......................................................... 30

Canadian Simmental Association Contacts........... 52

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Simmental Country Queens Of The Pasture 2014  

Simmental Country Queens Of The Pasture 2014

Simmental Country Queens Of The Pasture 2014  

Simmental Country Queens Of The Pasture 2014