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Volume 41, Number 3

The official publication of the Canadian Simmental Association Bruce

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

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2020 Canadian Simmental Annual General Meeting A “Virtual” Event

020 has reached the mid-way point and for your CSA staff it has been business as usual since we finished the spring bull sale season. Our office has remained open while the rules of ‘Social Distancing’ have been adhered to, all made possible due to today’s technology. The use of e-mail and various networking and video-conferencing platforms have combined to make this possible through fast and efficient processes. A lot of old dogs have learned new tricks, and we have worked hard to ensure that our CSA membership haven’t seen a noticeable difference in the service we have provided to them. One change that will be seen is the format of our 2020 Annual General Meeting. With the CSA and Manitoba Simmental Associations’ decision to cancel the 2020 Canadian Simmental Convention, the CSA Board of Directors decided to move to an online webinar style meeting via Zoom for this year. Reporting to our membership is the main purpose of this event and we ask for your understanding as we work with this new approach in communicating to our members on the activities of the CSA for the 2019 fiscal year. We hope you can take some time to join us as the Manitoba Simmental Association waits to host our convention in Portage la Prairie in July 2021. The Foundation auction was an unfortunate casualty of these changes with the FCSF board deciding to cancel its 2020 auction. We will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021 while we will be reporting on the Foundation’s 2019 activities as part of the CSA’s online AGM. Ron Nolan will be retiring as a FCSF director and we want to extend our sincere gratitude to Ron for his commitment to the CSA and Foundation for many years. His assistance with the formation of the Foundation was considerable and we greatly appreciate the time that he and Carla have contributed to the Simmental breed for many, many years. Another noticeable change this summer was the 2020 Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) National Show which was moved to a virtual show and was held online. Though not the same as a traditional physical show, there were many new skills used and new methods of marketing learned. Our YCSA Coordinator, Kelsey Manske, did an exceptional job of organizing this and made the YCSA 40th Anniversary show a memorable one. The 2020 YCSA Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on July 18th and we look forward to both the

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YCSA show and meeting being held in Portage la Prairie next July as part of the Canadian Simmental Convention. In 2019 the CSA changed our CSA Director Election process to a pre-AGM mail-in ballot last year. This was a very favorable change to our election process given that a physical face to face meeting was not possible. This year we welcome new CSA directors Blair McIntosh from Maymont, Saskatchewan, Bill Biglieni from Douglas, Manitoba and Jennie Mutch from Vernon, Prince Edward Island. Jennie and Luke Muehlen from Vanderhoof British Columbia were the two candidates for the Director at Large position for the region of the Maritimes and British Columbia and we thank Luke for allowing his name to be nominated while Blair and Bill were declared elected by acclamation from their respective provinces. Jennie, Bill and Blair will replace retiring directors Frank Robblee, Blair McRae and Lee McMillen respectively. Blair served 2 terms and was the CSA director responsible for the YCSA as well as Promotion committee chair and Executive member doing a fantastic job with whatever tasks he was given. Lee was Breed Improvement Committee chair as well as serving as President and Past President during his 6 years on the board and always provided strength to the decision making process through his calming manner. Frank served one 3 year term and used his veterinary training and knowledge in several of our decisions while representing Atlantic Canada at the board table. Thank you very much to each of you for your commitment to the CSA and the Simmental breed in Canada. While many of the CSA’s services have remained unchanged we will be seeing a change in the structure of the delivery of our field services and want to thank Randy Bollum for the last two years that he served as our Field-man. Randy’s professionalism in representing and working for the CSA and its members was very much appreciated! It seems that nothing is certain in life except that things change, and we can only remain hopeful that the events we have seen in 2020 changes the world in a positive way. While some of us would like to hit a re-start button, here is to the hope of a better second half to the year. Best of luck with your hay and silage operations! Stay healthy and take care!


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Breed Improvement

By Sean McGrath Breed Improvement Coordinator for the Canadian Simmental Association

Genetics, Genomics, the IGS Evaluation and a Cow Herd Tour

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ollecting data on the farm is hard work, but it helps us to learn about our genetics and what we are doing. It is often difficult to remember when we are looking at that good one in the pasture this summer, that what we are truly interested in as seedstock breeders is the ability of that animal to pass along “the good stuff”, rather than its’ actual performance (no matter how impressive it is). Every time a sire and dam are mated there are roughly 1 billion x 1 billion potential combinations of DNA that can occur. A lot of these differences in DNA combinations may not impact animal performance, however there are other combinations that can have tremendous impact. This is perhaps the simplest explanation of why ET calves may have different EPD, or why full sibs may have one superstar and one that disappoints a bit. The goal of calculating EPDs and using genomics is to try to identify reasonably well what combination of DNA an animal carries and can pass on. There are several ways that we do this, with the most basic and least accurate being simple visual appraisal. Obviously, there are some traits that can be assessed visually and structure and appearance are important from a functionality and marketing perspective, however they are not the most accurate method of assessing all of the characteristics we are interested in. A logical extension of visual appraisal of an individual is visual appraisal of offspring. Imagine that you like a sire and have the opportunity to look at 10 of his daughters in a friend’s cowherd. These daughters may impress you, but maybe you know that cows at your friend’s house have a pretty easy life and you are not sure how they will make out at your house. If you happen to have the opportunity to look at 100 daughters of that same sire, in 10 different herds with a variety of management you are much more likely to feel comfortable using the bull to produce your own replacement heifers. This concept is very similar to how EPDs work except in a much more structured way with a lot more objective information. The IGS database evaluates over 18,000,000 records every week and looks at sons, daughters, cousins and crossbred offspring of the cattle in the database. While it is more than fair to say that there are traits that matter, other than the ones in the evaluation, it is also fair to say that many of the traits evaluated are very important to profitability and that it is unlikely that most of us will have the opportunity to tour 18 million head of cattle across a wide range of environments to help sort out the cattle that might work for us. Additionally, the IGS evaluation uses DNA information directly to ensure that the pedigree of animals is correct and to further inform us as to what DNA an animal contains. In other words, which of those 1 billion x 1 billion possible combinations are we dealing with. To do this, we use high density DNA tests. In essence an HD SNP panel such as a 50K is the same as you driving around to different cowherds and inspecting 25 or more offspring of a sire or dam. The difference is

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that with DNA we can also do things like verify pedigree, get a picture of the animal’s DNA before they ever have progeny and in most cases generate more information about the animal’s DNA than they will produce progeny in their lifetime, particularly in the case of cows (most females do not produce 25 calves in their lifetime). The logical extension of this is that the more offspring we can tour before making a breeding decision, the better decisions we can make. The better decisions we can make, the better the resulting offspring should be. So how do we get in on this socially distanced, virtual cow tour… First, we need to know the pedigree on our animals with some degree of accuracy. This is where an investment in DNA technology can help. In our own herd we DNA every purebred calf and it is amazing how often, even the dam is identified incorrectly. In fact in most cases it is not the rancher but the dam that identifies her own calf incorrectly. Knowing the proper pedigree (where the animal’s DNA came from) is pretty important if we want to identify the DNA it carries. Second, we need to collect data on all of our cattle, even the duds. While data collection does have a cost, in a lot of cases the cash requirements are relatively low. Weight collection or cow body condition is a good example of this. Other traits cost more to collect, but they also generally represent data that is more difficult to obtain. Think of ultrasound or feed intake data. Finally, while there is a cost, it is worth considering an investment in DNA SNP panels, particularly on the female side. When we are thinking about doing our cattle tour, the ability to tour 25 offspring of a particular cow is something we rarely, if ever get to do and it can have a huge impact on our ability to breed better cattle. Participating in these three steps through the CSA is a good step towards evaluating our cattle more accurately. To help with this the CSA is currently running a program to help members that want to partake in DNA testing of females on their farms. When we consider the time and gas money it would take to tour all of the livestock that we access through a high density DNA test and an IGS evaluation, this seems like a pretty good opportunity. Finally, the last and possibly best part of touring cows is the social and educational aspect. I would encourage members to visit the IGS website and take in some of the educational and informational materials that are available. The IGS website can be found at www.internationalgeneticsolutions.com.


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40th Anniversary

Looking Back

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hen it came to picking a name for a new Simmental youth organization some 40 years ago, the group of teenagers charged with the responsibility didn’t really buy into the old Shakespearean quote “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. They were searching for a name that was just right. So while it did require time and much discussion to finally agree on the name of Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) on a December weekend in 1980, it apparently was a worthwhile effort, says Deanne Young, who was Deanne Groeneveld back in those days. “I’m not exactly sure why it took so long,” says Young with a laugh. “But I agree it probably took more time than anything else we discussed that weekend. We were a group of teenagers. We wanted it to be right and we wanted it to be a bit different.” But Young points out that many decisions made that weekend have stood the test of time. Deanne was one of eight young people from Simmental farms across Canada who gathered in Calgary, Dec. 13 and 14, 1980 at the invitation of the national Canadian Simmental Association (CSA), to determine whether a national youth organization was needed, and if so, what role could it play? “I don’t think it took any time at all for us to agree that “yes” there was a need for a youth organization representing the Simmental breed,” she says. “Other breeds such as Angus and Hereford had youth organizations and we felt the Simmental youth needed an organization

as well, but we also wanted it to be different too. We tried to reflect that in the constitution, bylaws and objectives of the new organization.” “And we were also guided by some excellent advice and suggestions from representatives of the CSA who were with us that weekend too. While YCSA has grown and adapted and there have been some ups and downs over the years, much of the foundation and objectives that were developed 40 years ago are still an important part of what is a very strong and relevant organization today.” Joining Deanne Groeneveld for that YCSA founding meeting in Calgary were young people from other Simmental farms including Darrell Rothlisberger and Bruce Bieber, also from Alberta; Barry Gilbert from British Columbia; Rick McIntyre and Ken Alexander from Saskatchewan; Blair McRae from Manitoba; and Lynda Bere from Ontario. Deanne was born and raised in the beef industry and has been around Simmental cattle all her life. Her parents, Chuck and Lorraine Groeneveld, for many years operated Highwood Land & Cattle Co. near High River, just south of Calgary. Over the years, her dad was very active in the CSA as well as the beef industry in general. Deanne and her husband Rob Young went on to establish High Country Cattle Services, raising purebred Simmental cattle near Breton about 90 minutes southwest of Edmonton, while their youngest daughter, Stacy now owns the Highwood Land & Cattle Co. name as she raises purebred cattle near Brome, QC. Their oldest daughter Crystal and her husband Jon farm in Iowa where they raise Hereford cattle along with a corn and soybean cropping operation.

Play A Transition Role

“One of the key roles we wanted for this new youth organization was for it to help young farmers make the transition into the adult’s world of the beef business,” says Young. For example, the upper age limit for membership in YCSA is 25 years, providing support for young

Above: Simmental heifer made by some of the original YCSA members and auctioned at Canadian Western Agribition for $10,000. Pictured are (left to right) Denny Benhoodt, Dr. Hitchcock, Rob Grant, Wayne Johnson SSA Past President, Alsask, Saskatchewan. 10


people as they matured and launched their own careers. And as YCSA members transitioned to the CSA, the $25 junior membership fee could be applied toward the CSA membership costs. “It was one thing to show a calf in a 4-H show, but back in the 1980s it was pretty serious business showing cattle in open shows,” she says. “On the business side there was a huge difference whether you had an animal that placed third or whether it placed fifth. It could be intimidating. So we wanted the Young Canadian Simmental Association to help with that transition, to give young people experience in perhaps a more competitive environment, along with education and knowledge not only in showing cattle but in learning about the beef industry.”Young says the YCSA program was built on a foundation of learning and education. The YCSA is not just about showing cattle, but also covers beef management and production. “Once the national YCSA program was established we began to see provincial YCSA organizations,” says Young. National, as well as provincial events and shows, known as “classics” were organized. And these events usually included commercial cattle in the program, meaning that not every member needed to be a purebred Simmental producer showing cattle. Commercial cattle were welcome too. “But in all our events there was also time set aside for clinics and seminars,” she says. “Even if you weren’t there to show cattle there was an education component.” Some of the key beef industry topics included in YCSA clinics were on beef nutrition, herd management, farm management, financing, herd health care, judging, fitting, marketing and advertising, as well as genetics. Being involved with the YCSA also helps introduce young people to the concept of volunteer work, as well as learning the skill of working with others, and helping to develop leadership skills. “I remember at one time all the directors of the Alberta Simmental Association were all past members of the YCSA program and several of them went on to be directors of the national CSA board,” says Young. Growing up on the family-owned Highwood Land & Cattle Co., Young first was a member of the Gladys Ridge 4-H Beef Club and involved in showing Simmental calves in 4-H classes and junior all breed events. It was until the 1978 Simmental World Congress was held in Calgary that she remembers shows specific to Simmental cattle.

After the 1980 YCSA planning meeting she was involved in helping organize the provincial YCSA program while staying connected with the national program as well. Graduating from high school in 1983, Young travelled to Australia for a six-month farm work project. She brought information and materials about the YCSA, which she gave to Simmental society members in Australia. She later heard the information led to creation of an Australian youth program. “There are many great memories, but I remember being at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina in 1981.” says Young. “The YCSA program was relatively new and we organized a fundraiser. We built this wooden heifer and then collected hair from all the fitting areas that went on at Agribition and we glued all this hair on this wooden heifer. We auctioned it off and it raised $10,000 for the youth program.” Young laughed about it being a unique fundraising project that was purchased by Circle B Cattle Company, Geneseo Illinois, Grant Cattle Company, New Liskeard Ontario and Dr. Hitchcock from Missouri “I imagine someone ended up taking it home.” Deanne met and married Rob Young in 1984. “We managed a couple Simmental properties for a few years before purchasing our own property and expanding our herd, High Country Cattle Services, at Breton in 1996,” says Young. Along with raising their two daughters, they built their own Simmental herd that today includes about 90 head of purebred cows. “And we are still very active in showing cattle and being involved in volunteer programs,” she says. Her husband Rob and daughter Stacy have both served as directors of the Alberta Simmental Association, while Stacy also served as President of the national YCSA program. Deanne has also served on the Canadian Simmental Association board of directors, and she is currently a member of the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation.

Door To Many Opportunities

Young says the family involvement in different Simmental associations over the years has produced life long benefits. “Both our girls were involved in the YCSA program and it gave them the opportunity to meet so many people and see many parts of North America,” says Young. Crystal and Stacey attended YCSA national shows that were held in different provinces in conjunction with the Canadian Simmental Association annual meetings. “They’ve been to every province and they’ve been asked to judge cattle across Canada as well as the U.S. Being part of the YCSA program has provided so many experiences and opportunities they might not otherwise have had,” says Young. And, being involved in the YCSA has been a rewarding personal experience for Young as well. “When I think back about what stands out over all these years, it comes down to the people you meet,” she says. “You are involved in organizing events and participating in programs which is of value, but when it comes right down to it is the people you meet, and the friendships you develop that really matter. The event is almost secondary.” “I’ve developed life long friendships with people not only across Canada but in other parts of the world and had the opportunity to interact with Simmental breeders and beef producers in so many places and been able to learn from them. I probably would never have the opportunity without being involved in these programs.”

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Vet’s Advice

By Roy Lewis, DVM

Vaccinations and Other Management Steps Close to Weaning.

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ith the cattle industry always changing we must keep up with vaccinations and other processing procedures we should do to insure our cattle grow and stay healthy. Whether a purebred or commercial herd the principles are the same. As always geographic area, size of the herd or ability to process at the right time have an influence on both what is done to process and the amount of protection it affords. The first principle is trying to immunize and turn back with the cows till immunity is maximum or ideally two weeks before weaning. Then the soft weaning techniques of two-stage using the nose flaps in for about a week or a bit less is probably the least stressful. If the flaps are left in for much longer than a week there will be nasal ulcers develop from the irritation. Next is fence-line weaning and finally the hard straight wean. But even then, if the cows are removed from the calves and they are familiar where the feed and water is are used to it a bit with their mothers you may find the cows take weaning harder than their calves. We have always known that weaning is stressful as can often be seen by the stress lines on calves feet from the interrupted growth at that time. The softer the weaning the better health parameters such as less sickness and balling, better response to vaccination and more growth. It is a stressful time in the calves life so figure out the easiest way to wean and no doubt respiratory disease will decrease. If the pairs are even used to the feed, they will be getting and where the water is acclimation will be quick. Stress is reduced and thus less sick calves and antimicrobials used. We want to make sure calves are getting their booster shots against the same vaccinations they had in the spring before turnout to pasture. That would be the five-way viral vaccines (Contains IBR, PI3, BRSV and two types of BVD) and the bacterial pneumonia organisms such as Mannheimia and to a different degree but rising in popularity the Pasteurella Multocida organism. Most of the combination pneumonia vaccines have Mannheimia and the five different viruses and one or two have the multocida in as well. This type of program gives you confidence in the protection it can afford against respiratory disease as well as protection against the main causes of abortions in your heifers the following year. Some just use vaccines against the viruses and not the bacteria for pneumonia and I think that is a big mistake. The calves should also get a multivalent clostridial (8 or 9 way) as well as protection against histophilus. There are several of these vaccines out and we should strive for giving all the calf shots in which dose size is reduced, they don’t cause much in the way of reactions. Reactions could be severe such as allergic reactions but also minor such as small lumps. In some cases, the immune response itself can cause a bit of stress and even a febrile calf.

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In the fall if we want to perform any other procedures that can be done with the vaccines I would only do them if the timing was right. In you wean calves in very late fall then the endectocides can be used and most now are combining that with an internal dewormer based on the former history of worms or doing some fecals on the calves to assess worm load. Worms at pasture are becoming more of a problem in Western Canada and some producers even deworm mid-summer. There are several ways to get that done so talk to your veterinarian about your specific herd’s needs. The one thing that has changed to the greatest degree is we need to now strategically treat for lice which means late into the fall. There may be a need to re-treat for lice into the winter with one of the group three insecticides that have lice on the label. Products such as Saber, Boss and Cylence fall into these categories. My point here is don’t treat for lice too early. Just pre-weaning is a great time to sort and purebred breeders, the sooner one castrates the undesirable bull calves, the better they will do and the quicker they will recover. Use pain killers when castrating and if banding make sure they have a Tetanus vaccine prior to and boostered again at banding. For commercial herds the bands at birth are ideal and soon a company in Alberta will be bringing out Lidocaine impregnated bands which should be the least painful and greatest way to castrate. At the pre-weaning vaccines an ideal time to watch for any other problems that have developed over the summer that may be affecting the calves. Often an old umbilical abscess is noted, abscesses in other locations, lameness from footrot to septic arthritis. We should take care and attention to deal with these problems on an individual basis. Treatment in most cases will be curative. As mentioned, the ideal time to vaccinate is two-three weeks before weaning but next best is right at weaning and as always, try to keep stress to a minimum, keep vaccines refrigerated, administer it properly, give the correct dosage, use the proper needle size and always watch for potential allergic reactions. Have your emergency kit with you that minimally contains Epinephrine and Corticosteroids. There may be other things you use in your herd and I have covered what I think are the core vaccines necessary for herds in Western Canada. If you market your calves, whether purebred, through a select sale, your own sale or commercial cattle pass on what vaccines and procedures have been done, it is great information from a marketing perspective and invaluable to the purchaser.


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Bob Lowe CCA President

Since mid-May, we have seen provinces move to slowly re-opening their economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry and the greater Canadian economy will not be short-term, we are optimistic that the agriculture sector can assist in Canada’s post-COVID-19 recovery. In recent weeks, processing capacity has returned to almost full capacity, but it will take months for our industry to clear the backlog. Alberta’s set-aside program started the bid process on June 30 and producers can choose to participate in each week. The introduction of the set-aside program has already seen the change in the pricing offered by the processors.Since early May, the Governments of Saskatchewan and Ontario have announced funding to help cattle producers manage the impacts of COVID-19 related market disruptions. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) continues to work alongside our provincial organizations to communicate the importance of implementing enhancements to the current suite of business risk management programs, such as AgriStability, to provide Canadian cattle producers with effective tools to weather these unprecedented times. Currently, AgriStability does not meet the needs of beef producers due to inequitable limiting of reference margins, an out-dated payment cap and the current trigger threshold. We will continue to engage with the federal government and the provincial governments, through the provincial organizations, to ensure that all beef producers will receive the supports needed due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic. Look for updates on our advocacy efforts and for details on the establishment of the set-aside programs in Saskatchewan and Ontario in the COVID-19 section of our website, Action News or the CCA Virtual News Roundup. Trade continues to be an important focus for CCA. On July 1, 2020, we saw Canadians celebrate not only Canada Day, but the implementation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) - the new North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We look forward to seeing the continued growth of our industry through free trade. For three decades, cattle and beef producers in Mexico, Canada, and the United States (U.S.) have competed and prospered under the trade framework of NAFTA. Under the new NAFTA, Canada’s beef producers will continue to enjoy the benefits of duty-free trade and market-driven demands for beef, live cattle and genetics. As we face the economic hardships brought on by COVID-19, the implementation of the new NAFTA is timely and welcomed as it will provide the continuation of economic stability for our rural communities, food systems, and the broader North American economy.The experience of the beef cattle industries 16

in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. under NAFTA is a testament to the value of trade agreements and their ability to assist in our postCOVID-19 recovery. Recently, many discussions have focused on how we can build resiliency in the Canadian beef industry and best mitigate unforeseen challenges and risks to our food systems. For the fifth anniversary of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference we will build on this discussion, in a virtual format, from August 11-13. The Conference will focus on how we can overcome the unknowns and rise to the challenges facing our industry and features some exciting keynote speakers and panel discussions. Thanks to the presenting sponsor, McDonald’s Canada, and other great sponsors, this event is also offered free of charge, so be sure to register today. Also, please plan to join CCA on August 12 for a special presentation to celebrate the recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award for 2020, held in conjunction with the Conference. Further details on this special event will be shared on our social media channels. We hope that you can take in some of these great virtual sessions from the comfort of your home. With Canadians more interested in learning more about agriculture and agri-food, the Public and Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) program has launched a new video series titled “To Leave Something Behind.” These videos are part of the larger “Feeding the Future” initiative that included two special media presentations focusing on the future of both young beef producers and our endangered native grasslands. This video series strives to bring awareness to the connection between ensuring the future success of our beef industry and the iconic Canadian landscapes that could otherwise be jeopardized. These videos can be viewed on a new landing page off of the Guardians of the Grasslands website, which will continue to build the brand and it’s key messages. Namely, that without the next generation to carry on our farms, we risk losing the environments they protect. In addition, this video series will also be used to garner support for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture campaign in raising awareness of the impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry. Lastly, CCA is pleased to officially welcome the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) as its newest division. This decision was reached by the leadership of both organizations following the work undertaken by an advisory committee to analyze the benefits and costs of the CBBC joining CCA.This increased alignment will result in positive impacts on the entire Canadian beef industry through increased collaboration, coordination, and expanded outreach efforts. Having CBBC as a division of CCA will enhance and strengthen our advocacy efforts in Ottawa, while returning more value to beef producers for their investment.


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Appuye sure la poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

Assemblée Générale annuelle 2020 de l’Association Simmental du Canada Un évènement « virtuel ».

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n a dépassé le milieu de l’année 2020 et, depuis la fin des ventes de taureaux, le personnel de l’ASC a réussi à vaquer à ses affaires comme d’habitude. Notre bureau est toujours demeuré ouvert, tandis qu’on a mis en place des mesures de distanciation sociale et qu’on a pu compter sur toute la technologie présentement disponible. Grâce à l’emploi des courriels et de diverses plateformes numériques et d’outils de conférences vidéo à distance, on a ainsi été en mesure d’effectuer toutes nos activités de façon rapide et efficace. Plusieurs des “vieux loups” ont ainsi appris de nouveaux trucs, car nous avons travaillé très fort pour nous assurer que les membres de l’ASC n’aient pas vu de différence au niveau des services reçus. Le format de l’Assemblée Générale annuelle (AGA) 2020 connaitra toutefois un changement. Puisque l’Association Simmental du Manitoba et l’ASC ont conjointement décidé d’annuler la Convention Simmental Canadienne pour 2020, le conseil d’administration de l’ASC a pris l’orientation d’opter pour la tenue d’une réunion de style webinaire qui sera diffusée sur Zoom. Nous comptons sur votre compréhension alors que nous utiliserons cette nouvelle approche, et cela toujours avec l’objectif de présenter à nos membres le bilan de nos activités pour l’année fiscale de 2019. De plus, nous espérons que vous trouverez le temps d’assister à la Convention annuelle de l’ASC en juillet 2021, laquelle sera organisée par l’Association Simmental du Manitoba à Portage la Prairie. Par ailleurs, l’encan de la Fondation est devenu une victime des changements apportés, alors que le conseil d’administration de la Fondation a décidé d’annuler l’encan prévu en 2020. Lors de l’Assemblée Annuelle diffusée en ligne, nous présenterons un rapport d’activités de la Fondation,

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et nous vous reviendrons en 2021 avec un encan encore plus important et de meilleure qualité. M. Ron Nolan se retirera à titre d’administrateur de la Fondation, et nous voulons lui présenter toute notre gratitude envers son engagement durant plusieurs années auprès de la Fondation et de l’ASC. Il a été une aide précieuse lors de la formation de la Fondation, et nous sommes très reconnaissants envers lui et Carla, pour toutes leurs années de collaboration et de support de la race Simmental. Le Concours National 2020 de l’Association des jeunes éleveurs Simmental (“YCSA”) a également subi un changement, car on a plutôt tenu un concours virtuel en ligne. Malgré qu’il n’ait pas été possible de tenir un concours traditionnel en personne, cela nous a tout de même permis d’apprendre de nouvelles méthodes et de nouveaux outils de promotion. Kelsey Manske, notre coordonnatrice des “YCSA” a fait un formidable travail pour l’organisation de cette 40e édition du Concours des « YCSA », lequel a constitué un évènement mémorable. L’Assemblée Générale annuelle 2020 des “YCSA” sera diffusée le 18 juillet sur Zoom, et nous vous invitons d’avance au concours et à l’Assemblée 2021 des « YCSA », lesquels se tiendront durant la Convention Simmental en juillet 2021 à Portage la Prairie. L’année dernière, l’ASC avait apporté un important changement au processus d’élection des administrateurs de l’ASC, avec le passage à une formule de bulletin de mise en candidature transmis par la poste avant la tenue de l’AGA. Puisque nous ne pouvions pas tenir une assemblée en personne, cette façon de faire a engendré un changement positif cette année. Nous accueillons donc cette année les nouveaux administrateurs de l’ASC suivants; Blair McIntosh de Maymont en Saskatchewan, Bill Biglieni de Douglas au Manitoba et Jennie


Mutch de Vernon à l’Île-du- Prince-Edward Island. Jennie et Luke Muehlen de Vanderhoof en Colombie Britannique représentaient les deux candidats au poste d’administrateur général pour la région des Maritimes et de la Colombie Britannique, nous remercions sincèrement Luke pour avoir accepté d’être mis en nomination, tandis que Blair et Bill furent proclamés élus par acclamation dans leurs provinces respectives. Jennie, Bill et Blair remplaceront respectivement les administrateurs sortants Frank Robblee, Blair McRae et Lee McMillen. Blair a servi l’ASC pour deux mandats, notamment à titre de responsable des “YCSA” ainsi que Président du comité de promotion et membre de l’exécutif, et il a effectué un travail formidable dans toutes ses responsabilités. Lee a agi en tant que Président du comité d’amélioration de la race, de même qu’à titre de Président et d’ex-Président durant ses six années de service sur le conseil d’administration et, grâce à ses manières très calmes, cela nous a permis de prendre d’importantes décisions sous sa gouverne. Alors qu’il représentait les provinces de l’Atlantique à la table du conseil, Frank a servi pour un terme

de trois, en mettant à profit ses connaissances et son expertise professionnelle en tant que vétérinaire dans de nombreuses décisions. Merci beaucoup à chacun d’entre vous pour votre engagement envers l’ASC et la race Simmental au Canada. Alors que la plupart des services de l’ASC sont demeurés inchangés, nous apporterons toutefois un changement au niveau de notre service aux fermes, et nous désirons remercier Randy Bollum qui était notre propagandiste dans le champ au cours des deux dernières années. Nous avons grandement apprécié le professionnalisme de Randy, tant au niveau des membres qu’au sein de l’ASC. On peut dire que rien n’est assuré dans la vie, à l’exception que les choses changent. Nous pouvons seulement demeurer confiant que les évènements connus en 2020 viendront changer le monde de manière positive. Tandis que plusieurs souhaiteraient pouvoir appuyer sur un bouton de redémarrage, restons optimiste pour connaître une meilleure deuxième moitié de l’année. Tout le succès possible avec vos travaux de récolte de foin et d’ensilage!

2020 CSA Director Elections The 2020 Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) Director elections have been completed and Jennie Mutch, Earnscliffe, Prince Edward Island is the newly elected director for the region of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland-Labrador. She will join directors Blair McIntosh, Maymont, Saskatchewan and Bill Biglieni, Douglas, Manitoba who were elected by acclamation, all for three year terms to the CSA board. The CSA would also like to thank Luke Muehlen, Vanderhoof, British Columbia who allowed his name to be nominated as part of the election process for the region of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland-Labrador. The CSA would also like to thank the retiring directors for their years of service. Blair McRae, Brandon, Manitoba, Lee McMillen, Carievale, Saskatchewan and Frank Robblee, Crapraud, Prince Edward Island.

Bill Biglieni

Blair McIntosh

Jennie Mutch

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Balsamic Steak and Grilled Peach Salad with Quinoa & Burrata Fla nk steak ma rina te d in a honey/balsa mic blend c rea tes a delic ious swe et-savour y flavour to compliment the hea r t y summer salad. Switch ma ngo for p eaches in off season. Crea my burra ta che ese adds a touch of da ir y calc ium to the protein p or tion of the pla te. A 75 g ser ving of b e ef provides 70% of your da il y ne e ds for the zinc you ne e d to b o ost your immune system. Yi e l d s 4 S er vings Prep Time 20 mins Co o k T i m e 15 mins Tota l T i m e 35mins

Marinade/Dressing • ¼ c up EACH olive oil and balsamic vinegar • 1 tbsp honey • 2 tsp grainy D ijon mustard St e a k • 1 lb (500 g) Flank Marinating Steak • 3 cloves garlic, crushed • ¾ tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper, divided Salad • 2 peaches, c ut into wedges • 6 c ups mixed greens • 2 c ups baby heirloom or cherr y tomatoes, halved • 1 c up thinly sliced c uc umber • ¼ c up thinly sliced red onion • 2 c ups cooked red quinoa (approx. 1 c up raw) • ½ c up torn basil leaves • 5 oz burrata cheese, drained (optional) • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 1. Whisk oil with vinegar, honey and mustard. Place half into a plastic re -sealable bag; reser ving remaining por tion. Pierce steak all over with a fork and add to bag along with crushed garlic; massage to coat. Marinate refrigerated for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. 2. Remove steak from marinade; pat dr y with paper towel and disc ard excess marinde. S eason steak all over with 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper.

3. G rill, over medium-high heat, turning at least t wice, for 8 to 10 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 145°F (63°C ) for medium-rare when inser ted sideways into steak . Transfer to a plate. Loosely tent with foil. Rest for 5 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, lightly brush peaches with some of the oil. Place in grilling basket; grill for 2 minutes per side or until well-marked but still firm. 5. Whisk remaining salt and pepper into reser ved dressing. Toss with mixed greens, tomatoes, c uc umber and onion until well coated. Add quinoa and basil; toss to combine. 6. Arrange salad on a shallow ser ving platter. Top with grilled peaches, burrata and sunflower seeds. Car ve steak , against the grain, into thin slices. S er ve with salad. Tips • B urrata c an be found in the cheese or deli depar tment of well-stocked grocers but c an be substituted with ricotta, bocconcini or sliced fresh mozzarella. • G rilled peaches c an be substituted with mango spears or pineapple rings.

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Amelioration de la Race

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

La génétique, la génomique, l’évaluation produite par IGS et une visite de votre troupeau

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a cueillette de données à la ferme demande passablement de travail, par contre cela nous apporte une meilleure connaissance de la génétique de notre troupeau et des progrès que nous effectuons. Lorsqu’on examine nos bons sujets dans les pâturages cet été, on a tendance à oublier qu’en tant qu’éleveur de bovins de race pure, on est davantage intéressé à connaître les aptitudes d’un animal donné à transmettre les “bonnes choses”, plutôt qu’à connaître uniquement sa propre performance (peu importe qu’elle soit bonne ou non). Pour chaque accouplement réalisé entre un taureau et une vache, il peut y avoir grosso modo 1 milliard x 1 milliard de combinaisons possibles au niveau de l’ADN. Plusieurs de ces différentes combinaisons de l’ADN n’auront probablement pas d’influence sur la performance de l’animal, toutefois certaines autres combinaisons peuvent avoir des effets considérables. Voici peut-être l’explication la plus simple à l’effet que des veaux issus de transfert embryonnaire, ou bien chez des frères ou soeurs propres, certains peuvent être des champions alors que d’autres seront de moins bonne qualité. Le calcul des ÉPD et l’incorporation de l’analyse de la génomique vise à tenter d’identifier de la manière la plus juste possible quelle combinaison d’ADN un animal possède et transmet ensuite à sa descendance. Il y a plusieurs façons d’analyser la valeur de nos sujets, notamment par un examen visuel de la conformation, lequel représente la méthode la plus simple mais aussi la moins précise. Bien entendu, il y a des caractères pouvant être évaluées de manière visuelle, tels que la structure et l’apparence de l’animal, lesquels sont importants au niveau de la conformation fonctionnelle et des perspectives de mise en marché d’un animal donné. Par contre, une telle évaluation ne constitue pas la méthode la plus précise d’évaluer toutes les caractéristiques qui nous intéressent. Par ailleurs, en complément à l’examen visuel d’un animal, on peut également examiner sa progéniture. Imaginezvous que vous aimez un taureau et que vous avez l’opportunité d’examiner dix de ses filles dans le troupeau d’un de vos amis. Vous pourriez être pas mal impressionné par ces femelles, toutefois vous êtes bien conscient que les vaches de votre ami n’ont pas la vie dure, alors vous n’êtes pas certain comment elles pourraient performer chez vous. Si vous avez plutôt l’opportunité d’examiner cent filles du même taureau, dans dix troupeaux différents et possédant une variété de conditions de régie, vous seriez alors plus en mesure d’utiliser ce taureau avec confiance afin de produire vos propres femelles de remplacement. Le concept est très similaire par rapport au fonctionnement des ÉPD, excepté que le tout est effectué d’une manière beaucoup plus structurée et en utilisant des informations plus objectives.

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Chaque semaine, plus de 18 millions de données dans le système du centre IGS (International Genetic Solutions) sont évaluées, c’est-à-dire les informations sur les fils, les filles, les cousins et les descendants croisés des bovins inclus dans leur base de données. Bien qu’il soit correct d’affirmer que certains caractèresautresque ceux évalués sont aussi importants, il est tout aussi vrai de dire que plusieurs des caractères évalués ontune influence sur votre rentabilité. De plus, il est très peu probable que la plupart d’entre nous n’a jamais la chance d’examiner 18 millions de têtes de bovins vivants dans toute une variété de conditions d’environnement, afin de sélectionner les sujets pouvant bien performer pour vous. Dans les évaluations génétiques du centre IGS, on utilise de plus l’information contenue dans l’ADN de l’animal premièrement pour confirmer sa généalogie, et ensuite pour y apprendre quelle information génétique est incluse dans cet ADN. En d’autres mots, on veut savoir avec lesquelles de ces 1 milliard x 1 milliard de combinaisons d’ADN on a affaire. Pour y arriver, on emploie des tests de mesure de l’ADN de haute densité. En réalité, l’emploi d’un panel de haute densité de 50K vous fournira toute l’information équivalent au fait que vous pourriez visiter plusieurs troupeaux et y évaluer plus de 25 descendants provenant d’un taureau ou d’une vache donnée. En utilisant l’ADN, la différence est que cela vous permet de valider la généalogie de l’animal et d’obtenir une image de son ADN avant même qu’il ait eu une progéniture. Dans la plupart des cas, cela permet également de générer encore plus d’information sur l’ADN d’un animal que pour tous les sujets qu’il pourrait produire dans sa vie, en particulier dans le cas des vaches (la majorité des femelles ne produira pas 25 veaux dans sa vie).

En parallèle à cette analyse de l’ADN, on peut affirmer que plus on pourra voir de descendants avant de prendre une décision d’élevage, et meilleure devrait être les décisions qu’on prendra. Aussi, plus nos décisions seront bonnes et plus les futurs descendants devraient être bons. Alors, comment peut-on réaliser cette visite virtuelle et socialement distante chez nos vaches ?

En premier, on doit avoir une connaissance assez précise de la généalogie denos animaux. C’est ici qu’un investissement du côté de la technologie de l’analyse de l’ADN peut nous aider. Dans notre propre troupeau, nous analysons l’ADN de tous les veaux pursang et il est souvent étonnant de constater que la vache n’est pas identifiée correctement. En fait, dans la plupart des cas, ce n’est pas l’éleveur mais la vache qui n’identifie pas son veau correctement. Il est très important d’avoir une généalogie précise (c’est-à-dire d’où


provient réellement l’ADN d’un animal), si on veut bien identifier son bagage d’ADN. Deuxièmement, nous devons recueillir des données chez tous nos animaux, même pour les radais. Bien qu’on puisse estimer un coût pour la cueillette de données, cette dépense monétaire est relativement faible. La compilation des poids et des cotes d’étatde chair des vaches en est un bon exemple. Pour certains autres caractères, les coûts sont supérieurs pour recueillir des données, mais ce sont généralement pour des caractères pour lesquels il est plus difficile d’obtenir des données. Pensons par exemple aux mesures par ultrasons ou encore aux données sur l’efficacité alimentaire. Enfin, bien qu’on ait un coût à payer, cela vaut la peine de considérer un investissement du côté des panels d’analyse de l’ADN, en particulier dans le cas des femelles. Lorsqu’on se met à penser à notre visite du troupeau, on n’aura fort probablement jamais l’opportunité d’examiner 25 rejetons d’une vache donnée, ce qui pourrait grandement influencer notre aptitude à élever de meilleurs bovins.

Purchases of 20-25 tags = ONE entry packs of 100 tags = 6 entries

Pour conclure, l’élément le plus intéressant lié à notre visite pour analyser une vache repose sur l’aspect social et éducatif delachose.J’encouragerais enfin tous les membres à visiter le site internet du centreIGS et à prendre connaissance de tout le matériel éducatif et d’information qui s’y trouve.On peut accéder ausite internet d’IGS au: www.internationalgeneticsolutions.com.

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Votre participation au niveau de ces trois étapes par l’entremise des outils fournis par l’ASC constitue un bon pas vers une évaluation plus précise de vos bovins. L’ASC offre présentement à ses membres qui veulent y investir, un programme d’analyse à la ferme de l’ADN de vos femelles.Quand on calcule tout le temps et l’essence que cela nous coûterait si on voulait visiter tous les descendants qu’une analyse de l’ADN par haute densité ou bien l’évaluation génétique d’IGS nous fournit, on peut affirmer qu’il s’agit d’une excellente opportunité.

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CBBC News Release

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For more information, contact: Michael Latimer, Executive Director, Canadian Beef Breeds Council mlatimer@beefbreeds.ca | (cell) 403-861-7772

algary, Alberta Livestock Genetec awarded the Don Matthews Memorial Award at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council on June 17, 2020. The Don Matthews Memorial Award was created in honour of the late Don Matthews, a Past President of CBBC as well as many other accomplishments including the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Beef Breeds Council to an organization or individual who exemplify excellence and commitment in the beef cattle industry. Livestock Gentec has been a key partner for CBBC in connecting the beef cattle seedstock sector to academia. The partnership successfully developed and implemented key initiatives designed to increase genomic adoption in the Canadian beef herd. Through these programs breed associations were able to modernize breed development programs and producers were encouraged to incorporate genomic profiling of their cattle into their herd management. This established the basis for the incorporation of genomic technology into Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) calculations in the Canadian seedstock sector which have been an effective tool used by cattle producers to select cattle based on their genetic merit. Livestock Gentec is based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is a center of excellence for world-class scientists and industry leaders from a variety of disciplines where they collaborate on projects of importance to the livestock sector. More information about Livestock Gentec can be found at www.livestockgentec.ualberta.ca “The Canadian Beef Breeds Council is extremely proud of the partnership with Livestock

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Gentec and looks forward to the continued success that comes from collaboration between industry and academia.”- CBBC Executive Director Michael Latimer. The vision of CBBC is to be the world leader in developing profitable and sustainable beef cattle genetics. Its mission is to be the catalyst advancing the Canadian beef cattle seedstock sector through unified representation, strategic alliances and implementation of innovative technology. The mandate of CBBC is to support the Canadian seedstock sector by developing partnerships that advance genetic improvement, research, extension services, information dissemination and our role in Canada’s National Beef Strategy; promote Canadian beef genetics both domestically and internationally by identifying market opportunities and facilitating market development; and represent the Canadian seedstock sector to government by advocating effective policy and ensuring market access and enhanced competitiveness.

Dr. John Basarab (left) accepting on behalf of Livestock Gentec and Michael Latimer, CBBC Executive Director (Right) presenting the Don Matthews Memorial Award.


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For more information, contact: Michael Latimer, Executive Director, Canadian Beef Breeds Council mlatimer@beefbreeds.ca | (cell) 403-861-7772

he Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association have agreed to align the beef industry and establish CBBC as a division of the CCA. This alignment will have a positive impact on entire beef industry through increased collaboration, coordination and expanded outreach. This is a step toward strengthening our industry through a strong unified organization. The beef industry needs to work together to address the many challenges that we currently face as well as those ahead of us. The biggest challenges that we will face will not come from within agriculture but from outside, and we need strong organizations with the capacity to deal with any situation. The era of agriculture organizations with a single purpose is over. The CBBC and the CCA have been working closely together on a number of initiatives, so the integration made sense from both a logistics and a philosophical perspective as we work to grow the industry. The Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) demonstrates the power of cross sector collaboration. CBIN is an initiative to improve how we approach genetic improvement in beef cattle in Canada. This is being driven by the four largest breed associations (Angus, Charolais, Hereford and Simmental), Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association with additional support from McDonald’s Canada, Lactanet, BCRC and others. The breed associations will continue to participate in international cattle evaluations and provide genetic information to producers the same as they currently do. The intent of CBIN is to build on the base that is already established by providing additional information by incorporating additional

data from other sectors of the industry. There is a lot of data captured but producers are not able to effectively use it to improve the genetics of their cattle or for farm management purposes. CBIN will bridge that gap and provide Canadian producers with a new tool to give them an advantage over their competitors. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives in one way or another. With travel and event size restrictions in place, we will need to be creative on how we market our cattle. Our traditional ways of promoting our cattle at shows and hosting international visitors will not be the same for the foreseeable future with the cancellation of several major events this fall. It is important to remember that our cattle and genetics are still able to get to most international markets, which remain open. It is also important to remember that not all countries will have the same time line to reopen to visitors and will have varying economic circumstances as we recover from the pandemic. I don’t have all the answers, but this is a good time to invest in a digital technology marketing program for your farming operation. Include an updated website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram account. It is also important to understand how people communicate in your targeted international market. For example, “What’s App” is the preferred communication method in most Central and South American countries. It is important to be visible and to have easy to find contact information and high-quality, realistic pictures and videos of your cattle, preferably on pasture as well as other activities taking place around your farm. This will help both Canadian and international buyers learn more about your operation, where they can source new genetics for their herd from you instead of from your neighbour.

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83

1184481

LER 630D

WHEATLAND BENTLEY 630D

49

1168724

TLAS 669D

SVS BROOKS 669D

82

1143132

JNR 520B

JNR’S TITANIUM

49

1144447

ZDS 392C

ANCHOR D RAPTOR 392C

80

1152822

ETZ 34C

SKORS HIGH ROLLER 34C

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Farm Name

THE

MEM#

Farm Name

THE

3524

DOUBLE BAR D RANCH, GRENFELL, SK

964

2798

BRYAN J. MCCARTHY, MOOSOMIN, SK

211

23624

SODERGLEN SOUTH INC., ROCKYVIEW COUNTY, AB

851

28861

DONNA ARTHUR MAYERTHORPE, AB

210

2587

LEWIS FARMS LTD., SPRUCE GROVE, AB

809

55418

WOLFE FARMS, VALLEYVIEW, AB

209

29461

R PLUS SIMMENTALS, ESTEVAN, SK

539

54683

CROSSROAD FARMS, SHELL LAKE, SK

208

2970

MCMILLEN RANCHING LTD., CARIEVALE, SK

528

96399

OAKVIEW SIMMENTALS, DARLINGFORD, MB

208

3121

MAXWELL SIMMENTALS, VIKING, AB

470

20513

ERIXON SIMMENTALS INC., CLAVET, SK

206

3079

LAZY S RANCH INC., MAYERTHORPE, AB

446

105519

JP CATTLE CO., MCAULEY, MB

202

2757

ERVIN HARLAND FRENCHMAN BUTTE, SK

403

57613

MAUREEN & ERIC SMITH, BYEMOOR, AB

199

42171

BONCHUK FARMS, SOLSGIRTH, MB

394

24361

BLACK GOLD SIMMENTALS, LLOYDMINSTER, SK

198

44519

TERRY SKORETZ SEDGEWICK, AB

377

97809

GRA-TAN RANCH, MAYERTHORPE, AB

193

13182

PHEASANTDALE CATTLE COMPANY, BALCARRES, SK 365

35353

NEIL CARSON, ROSSBURN, MB

190

55581

SWANTEWITT SIMMENTALS, YELLOWHEAD COUNTY, AB 350

68384

MUIRHEAD CATTLE CO., SHELLBROOK, SK

190

56010

WESTWAY FARMS LTD., DIDSBURY, AB

350

102255

HANNAH SIMMENTALS, DIDSBURY, AB

186

41427

ASHWORTH FARM & RANCH LTD., OUNGRE, SK

314

21993

HOEGL LIVESTOCK LTD., LLOYDMINSTER, SK

183

20932

RENDEZVOUS FARMS, STE ROSE DU LAC, MB

299

26007

ANDREW JANZEN, ROSEMARY, AB

183

930

EDN SIMMENTALS, MAPLE CREEK, SK

292

11294

DEEG SIMMENTALS, STRATHMORE, AB

179

101709

MEADOW ACRES SIMMENTALS, LAMPMAN, SK

285

2718

ROBB FARMS LTD., MAIDSTONE, SK

178

95344

BEECHINOR BROS. SIMMENTALS, BENTLEY, AB

282

26723

O DOUBLE E SIMMENTALS, HYTHE, AB

175

31215

ANCHOR D RANCH SIMMENTALS, RIMBEY, AB

281

44349

SWAN LAKE FARMS LTD., STOUGHTON, SK

172

21594

SPRING LAKE SIMMENTALS, DAYSLAND, AB

281

34872

FERME GAGNON INC., CHENEVILLE, QC

171

841

PORTER RANCHES LTD., STONY PLAIN, AB

280

2642

OH KAY FARMS, RED DEER COUNTY, AB

169

2835

MADER RANCHES, CARSTAIRS, AB

257

2580

WHEATLAND SIMMENTAL STOCK FARM ,BIENFAIT, SK 168

3666

MITCHELL CATTLE CO. INC., BARRIERE, BC

231

16915

DOUBLE G SIMMENTALS, STALWART, SK

166

26493

KULYK SIMMENTALS, NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK

216

44894

JAYDAWN FARMS, SEXSMITH, AB

166

1979

LABATTE SIMMENTALS, GLADMAR, SK

211

64883

NORTH CREEK SIMMENTALS, BORDEN, SK

165

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Congratulations

Marick James Sullivan was born May 13, 2020 weighing 8 lbs. and measuring 20.5 inches to parents Andrew & A.J. and big sister Reina of Czech-Mate Livestock in Carstairs, AB. Grandparents are Jim & Gwen Smith of Czech-Mate Livestock and Darlene & Scott Hill of Calgary, AB.

Our Deepest Sympathies John William Royal Lewis - September 1931 - May 2020 It is with great sadness that the family of John William Royal Lewis announce the passing of “Pops� Jack on Saturday May 16, 2020 at the age of 88. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Roy, Ken (Corrie) and Sandy. Pops will always be loved by his seven grandchildren, Jordan (Luke), Colton, Kyle (Alexis), Jamie (Brock), Cali (Clayton), Kirbie (Emre), Tyler (Brianna) and great grandchildren Boston, Rylan and Dysen. A long-time resident of Stony Plain, Jack also leaves behind his sister Elizabeth, extended family and many close friends. Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife Laverne and his dear sister Carol. Jack was a true farmer through and through. He graduated from the Vermilion School of Agriculture in 1951 and from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1957. He farmed with his parents in the Winterburn community just west of Edmonton. He married the love of his life, Laverne in 1956 and they continued to farm and raise their family. Lewis Farms would later move to the Spruce Grove area and would eventually include a Sangudo division as well. Though the farming operation included grain and cattle, it was the seed potato division that captured his true passion. He was an active and proud member of the potato industry, involved locally, nationally and internationally. Even at the age of 88, you would still be hard pressed not to see Jack at the farm on a daily basis, wearing some likely tattered clothes, that big signature grin of his, and always happy to chat. His passion for all things agriculture was undeniable. His love for friends and family was unconditional. Pops Jack leaves a legacy that will be remembered forever. Always striving for excellence, and encouraging his family to be the best version of themselves whether it was on, or off the farm. We are extremely fortunate to have had such a prolific man as such a big part of our lives, for as long as we did. He has filled our hearts with the fondest of memories that will forever be cherished. There is no question we would not be where we are today without Pops Jack. He was truly the heart and soul of the Lewis Farms operation. In our eyes the greatest man to ever live. A son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a brother, an uncle and a friend to so very many. From all of us, we love you Pops Jack. Forever. 32

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Our Deepest Sympathies John Robert MacKenzie Jr. - July 11, 1941 – May 24, 2020 It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of John MacKenzie Jr. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 78 years. His family had the wonderful opportunity to be by his side as he left peacefully. John leaves to cherish his memory his best friend and soul mate, Linda, son, Alan daughter, Jody, grandson Kayne, Jody’s partner Craig and his children Anna and Grace, his brother Ken (Mary) MacKenzie, sister Isabelle (John) Cawthorne, mother in law Mary Zelenak, sister in law Marilyn Zelenak, sister in law Sheila (Tom) McGee, as well as numerous relatives and many good friends. John was predeceased by his parents John Sr. and Cecilia MacKenzie, two sisters, Barbara MacKenzie and Margaret Neil, his father in law, John Zelenak and nephew Chris Redlinger. Every life has a story, John’s began at the age of 6 months, when his family moved from enzie Jr. Vermilion settling on their homestead in Drayton Valley. By the age of 14, he was driving John MacK a truck for his Dad’s company ‘Mack & Mann Trucking’. He worked hard for many years and eventually was the proud sole owner. In 1965, he married the secretary at Dowell Canada, Linda Zelenak, the team was started. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Jody and Alan. Family was everything, he was a devoted husband and father and a very proud grandfather. Mack & Mann was regarded as a first class business. At the age of 50, John sold the trucks to start a new passion, The ‘MacKenzie Cattle Company’. He took great pride in creating his Simmental herd. Here you would find him in his John Deere tractor. John was a man who loved nature and enjoyed many adventures in the outdoors, camping, quadding, and salmon fishing. Spending quality time with his family, doing the things he loved brought such joy to his heart and a smile to his face. John was generous, kind, humble and well respected in the community. John had a great sense of humour, quick witted, and his ‘Johnisms’ are legendary. His presence will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Farewell Randy! Randy

We at the Simmental Association would like to thank Randy for his years of service with Simmental Country! 33


2020 YCSA Virtual National Classic Judges: Vern & Denise Lafrentz, Emily Griffiths, Lee & Dawn Wilson Judging Competition Judges: Garth Rancier, Ken Lewis, Francis Gagnon Photography Judge: Melissa McRae

Females

Champion Purebred Heifer Calf

Shelby Crawford with RPCC Red High Light 207H sired by Geff County O

Bulls

Reserve Champion Purebred Yearling Heifer

Jacey Massey with JM New Trend Style Matters 7G sired by CCLT Alliance 91C

Champion Purebred Bull Calf & Grand Champion Purebred Bull

Josie Crawford with RPCC BLK Hero 203H sired by LFE Commissioner 811Z

Champion Purebred Cow / calf pair & Grand Champion Purebred Female

Reserve Champion Purebred Heifer Calf

Jacey Massey with New Trend Finesse 9F sired by Harkers Icon with her calf JM New Trend Hilite 5H sired by LKCC BOL Venutre 194F

Kade Rancier with RF Joy’s Elegance 044H sired by WS Proclamation E202

Reserve Champion Purebred Bull Calf & Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Bull

Cassie Smith with BLI Headshot 203H sired by R Plus Uppercut 6103D

Reserve Champion Purebred Cow / calf pair & Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Female

Champion Purebred Yearling Heifer

Kade Rancier with RF Scream 974G sired by RF Capacity 742E

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Kade Rancier with RF Joy’s Elegance 747E sired by SVS Captain Morgan 11Z with her calf RF Joy’s Elegnce 044H sired by WS Proclamation E202 Champion Purebred Yearling Bull

Wyatt Millar with Bar A Git-R-Done 809G sired by CDI Rimrock 325Z


judging NOVICE Champion

Jordan Phillips

Reserve NOVICE Champion

Tanner McCormack

Champion JUNIOR

Sydney McCormack Reserve Champion Junior

Reserve Champion Purebred Yearling Bull

Zoey Boal with Grease Lightening sired by Harvie Red Summit 54B

Reserve Champion Commercial Yearling Heifer

Kyle Yaremko with Lazy MC Rising Star 911G sired by RF Merchant 481B

Darby McCormack

Champion INTERMEDIATE

Wyatt Cuthbertson

Reserve Champion INTERMEDIATE

Jacey Massey

Commercial Division

Champion SENIOR

Brynn Whelan

Reserve Champion SENIOR

Champion Commercial Cow / Calf Pair & Grand Champion Commercial Female

Kade Rancier with RF Dixie Erica 858F sired by W/C Loaded Up 1119Y with her calf RF Gold Key 092H sired by WHL Gold Key

Kale Chessor

Photography Champion Pee Wee

Josie Crawford

Champion Commercial Heifer Calf

Ty Olson with Hershey sired by TSS BOZ Bold Cat Reserve Champion Commercial Cow / Calf Pair

Cassidy Pinkham with Fusion Day Dreamer sired by RTC/JETS Admiral 16A with her calf Fusion Mr Hollywood sired by Colburn Primo

Champion Novice

Abby Rancier

Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer Calf

Wyatt Millar with Bar A Ashley sired by Brahma

Grand Champion Commercial Bull

Cassidy Pinkham with Fusion Mr Hollywood sired by Colburn Primo

Reserve Champion Novice

Corbin Reid

Champion Commercial Yearling Heifer & Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Female

Kurt Yaremko with Double Bar D Guinean Franc 477G sired by W/C Bankroll 811D Champion JUNIOR

Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Bull

Kallista Chessor

Ty Olson with Hercules sired by Anchor D Raptor 392C 35


Reserve Champion JUNIOR

Reese Rusenstrom

Reserve Champion INTERMEDIATE

Jacey Massey

Champion INTERMEDIATE

Bailey McCormack

Champion SENIOR

Jenna Olson

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Reserve Champion SENIOR

Sydney Magee


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w w w . s a s k s i m m e n t a l . c o m

Annual General Meeting Monday, August 3, 2020 7:30 PM via Internet format - details to follow!

2019 -20 Saskatchewan Simmental Association Board of Directors: President - Kirsten Fornwald

Vice President - Tyler Libke

Sarah Delorme

Kyle Ashworth

Jody Woytiuk

Lee Stilborn

Lane Scherger

Blaine Barnett

Riley Lafrentz

$2000 Bull Promo Draw will be made during the AGM All bulls sold from August 1, 2019 through July 15, 2020 by current SSA members and registration papers transferred will be automatically entered for the draw! 38


Join us for the

CSA AGM & YCSA ShoW

POST PONED TO July 22-25, 2021

Portage La Prairie, MB

thank you to our dedicated sponsors Boissevain Vet Clinic Circle L Farms Elton Simmental FCC Genex Canada Homestead Co-op/FCL Keystone Simmental Assoc. Landmark Feeds/Trouw Masterfeeds Netset/Xplornet New Rosedale Feed Mills, Pembina Triangle Simmental Assoc. Preston Stock Farms to sponsor please contact Laurelly

watch for sponsorship opportunities and registration packages

Congratulations to A.O. Henuset Ambassador Recipients Schweitzer Simmentals, Decker, MB Pembina Triangle Association Commerical Breeder of the Year Allan Lindal & Family Fisher Branch, MB Keystone Simmental Association Commerical Breeder of the Year Rob & Cody Milliken & Families Reston, MB MSA Scholarship Recipents Gracie Falconer, Hartney, MB Shaelyn Beswitherick, Austin. MB Cody Carson, Rossburn, MB MSA Fundraising Heifer Winner McIntosh Ranch, Eriksdale, MB thank you to all that purchased tickets on the fundraising heifer--over $10,000 raised for the MSA & Scholarship Fund

More Details At

www.mbsimmental.com

Box 274, Austin, MB R0H 0C0 President: Tracy Wilcox 204-723-0029 Secretary: Laurelly Beswitherick 204-637-2046 b2@inetlink.ca

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Champion Purebred Heifer Calf Shelby Crawford RPCC Red High Light 207H

Congratulations Juniors! Stay Connected with OSA!

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Maritime Simmental Association 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: Frank Robblee, PE

www.maritimesimmentalassociation.com

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Dates to Remember Online Salt Water Simmental Sale October 17, 2020 This year’s female sale will be broadcasted online, similar to the MBTS bull sale. Look at our website and Facebook page for updates. If you have any questions regarding the 2020 Salt Water Simmental Sale, please contact one of the committee members. Kerwin Delong - (902) 824-2720 Connor Morse - (902) 844-0286 Patrick Milner - (902) 694-3121


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ADVERTISE IN THIS SPOT! Contact Sue Giles today!

Sue Giles

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Ph: (403) 793-0409 sgiles@simmental.com Canadian Simmental Association #13, 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2E 7C4

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ABC Cattle Co. ........................................................47 Adair Ranch..............................................................43 Alameda Agencies Ltd. ............................................52 Alcovia Simmentals..................................................15 Alliance Simmental Farms........................................49 Alta Genetics............................................................53 Anchor D Ranch Simmentals.........................OBC, 43 Applecross Cattle.....................................................43 Artisan Beef Farms.............................................49, 52 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd. ..................................47 Aumack Simmentals.................................................47 Bar 5 Farms..............................................................49 Bar CL Livestock......................................................43 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals....................................43 Big Rock Simmentals...............................................43 Bischof Farm............................................................17 Black River Farms....................................................49 Blacksand Cattle Company......................................49 Blue Mountains Farm...............................................49 Blushrose Simmental Farm......................................47 Bohrson Marketing Services.........................15, 17, 53 Boisvert Simmental...................................................17 Bonchuk Farms........................................................49 Boomer Creek Livestock..........................................50 Bouchard Livestock International.........................6, 53 Boundary Ranch.......................................................47 Bova-Tech Ltd. .........................................................53 Bow Valley Genetics.................................................53 Brooksland Farms....................................................50 Brown, Grady............................................................52 Canadian Bull Congress...........................................52 Canadian Cattlemen.................................................53 Carey, Brent..............................................................52 Car-Laur Simmentals..........................................13, 50 Cattle Cures..............................................................52 Cedar Creek Simmentals.........................................15 Cedar View Simmentals...........................................17 Circle G Simmentals & Angus..................................43 City View Simmentals...............................................47 Clearwater Simmentals............................................43 Crossroad Farms......................................................47 Czech-Mate Livestock..............................................43 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. ..................53 Deeg Simmental.......................................................43 Destiny Simmentals..................................................50 Diamond T Simmentals............................................43 DJ Farms..................................................................50 Dobbie Simmentals..................................................15 Don Heggie Simmentals...........................................43 Donovondale Farms...........................................17, 50 Dora Lee Genetics....................................................50 Dorran Marketing Inc. ..............................................52 Dorran, Steve...........................................................52 Double Bar D Farms.........................................IFC, 47 Double G Simmentals...............................................47 Downey Farms.........................................................49 Dunc’s Cattle Co. .....................................................50 Dwayann Simmentals...............................................50 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals..........................................44 East Poplar Simmentals...........................................47 Edge, Dean...............................................................52 EDN Simmentals......................................................47 Elm Tree Farms............................................17, 23, 50

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Erixon Simmentals....................................................47 Fallen Timber Farms................................................43 Ferme BMS..............................................................17 Ferme Davenor Farm...............................................51 Ferme Erisa..............................................................15 Ferme Gagnon Inc. ............................................15, 51 Ferme Gerard Raby..................................................17 Ferme Sibelle Fleck Inc. ..........................................17 First Class Cattle Marketing...........................3, 25, 53 Foley Simmentals.....................................................50 Genex Cooperative, Inc. ..........................................53 Gibbons Farms.......................................................6, 7 GJR Simmentals.......................................................47 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd. ..............................52 Gravandale Simmentals...........................................50 Grinalta Farms..........................................................44 H.S. Knill Co. Ltd. ....................................................53 Hairy Hill Cattle Co. .................................................44 Hannah Simmentals.................................................44 Harvie Ranching.......................................................44 High Bluff Stock Farm...............................................49 High Country Cattle Services...................................44 Hi-Tech Farms....................................................15, 50 Hoegl Livestock........................................................47 Indian River Cattle Co. ............................................50 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd. .....................53 Janzen Ranches.......................................................44 JB Livestock Company...............................................9 Jetstream Livestock..................................................50 JNR Farms...............................................................44 Keato Meadow Simmentals......................................44 Kin Kin Cattle Co. ....................................................44 Kuntz Simmental Farm.............................................48 Labatte Simmentals..................................................48 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals............................................48 Lazy S Ranch Inc. ...................................................44 Lewis Farms.............................................................44 Little Willow Creek Ranch.........................................48 Lobster Point Farms.................................................51 Lone Stone Farms....................................................44 Lorolin Simmentals...................................................15 M&J Farms...............................................................49 M&R Cattle Co. ........................................................44 Mackenzie Cattle Company......................................44 Mader Ranches........................................................44 Mar Mac Farms........................................................49 Masterfeeds .............................................................52 Maxwell Simmentals.................................................45 McCormack Family Ranch.......................................48 MCG Simmentals.....................................................45 McIntosh Livestock...................................................48 McManus Simmentals..............................................49 McMillen Ranching Ltd. ...........................................48 Meadow Acres Farms...............................................48 MI Simmentals..........................................................45 Mitchell Cattle Co. ...................................................43 Nolara Farms............................................................45 Norheim Ranching....................................................22 North Creek Simmentals..........................................48 North Hill Simmentals...............................................45 O Double E Simmentals...........................................45 Oberg, Don...............................................................52 O’Brien Farms..........................................................50

Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group............................45 Oslanski Simmental Farms.......................................45 Parkhill Ranches.......................................................45 Pearson Farms.........................................................45 Pheasantdale Cattle Co. ..........................................48 Phillips Farms Simmentals.......................................51 Pine Creek Simmentals............................................45 Porter Ranches.........................................................45 Rancier Farms..........................................................45 RDG Simmentals......................................................45 Rehorst Farms Ltd. ..................................................50 Ririe Simmentals......................................................45 River Point Cattle Co. ..............................................50 Riverbank Farms......................................................49 Robb Farms..............................................................48 Robson Acres...........................................................51 Rosebud Simmentals...............................................45 Rust Mountain View Ranch......................................51 SAJ Simmentals.......................................................48 Seven-M Livestock...................................................46 Silver Smith Farms Ltd. ...........................................46 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals.............................46 Skeels, Dan..............................................................52 Skor Simmentals......................................................46 Southpaw Cattle Company.......................................46 Spring Creek Simmentals.........................................48 Spring Lake Simmentals...........................................46 Starwest Farms..................................................21, 46 Steen Agencies Inc. .................................................52 Stewart Simmentals..................................................51 Stock, Mark...............................................................52 Stone Simmentals....................................................46 Storebo Farm............................................................48 Sullivan Simmentals.................................................51 Sully’s Farm..............................................................51 Sun Rise Simmentals...............................................48 Sunny Valley Simmentals.........................................49 Swan Lake Farms...............................................25, 49 Swantewitt Simmentals............................................46 T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. ......................................13, 53 The Register.............................................................51 Timberlind Auctions..................................................52 Todd Simmentals......................................................51 Transcon Livestock Corp. ................................IBC, 53 Triple Rose Simmentals...........................................51 Tryon Simmentals.....................................................51 TSN Livestock..........................................................49 Tymarc Livestock......................................................46 Verleysen Farms.......................................................46 Virginia Farms..........................................................46 W2 Farms.................................................................49 W2 Land & Cattle.....................................................46 Weldehaven Farms............................................15, 51 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company..............................46 Westway Farms Ltd. ................................................46 Windy Knoll Farm.....................................................51 WJ Simmentals.........................................................46 Wolfe Farms.............................................................47 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh......................................................47 Wright’s Pro Rich Seeds...........................................50 XRC Simmentals......................................................49


summer 2020 Publication Information.......................................... 2

2020 YCSA Virtual National Classic..................34

From The Gate Post (English)............................... 4

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

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

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

YCSA Story.................................................................10

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

Vet’s Advice...............................................................14

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

CCA Article.................................................................16

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

From The Gate Post (French)..............................18

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

Breed Improvement (French).............................26

Advertiser’s Index....................................................54

CBBC News Release........................................28, 29

CSA Contacts............................................................55

Top 50 Herd Sires...................................................30

What’s Happening..................................................56

Top 50 Herd Enrollment.......................................31 Member Announcements....................................32 #13, 4101 19th St. N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 P: (403) 250-7979 • F: (403) 250-5121 www.simmental.com • E: cansim@simmental.com CSA Executive President Garth Rancier Killam, AB P: (780) 385-2425 C: (780) 385-5313 rancierfarms@xplornet.ca First Vice-President Marlin LeBlanc Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-8031 C: (306) 421-2470 marlinleblanc@sasktel.net

Roger Deeg Strathmore, AB P: (403) 901-5305 rbdeeg@gmail.com Shane Williams East Garafraxa, ON P: 519-787-1323 C: 519-938-1220 jetslivestock@aol.com Frank Robblee Crapaud, PEI P: (902) 432-0596 frobblee@gmail.com

Second Vice-President Blair McRae Brandon, MB P: (204) 728-3058 C: (204) 729-5439 marmacfarms1@gmail.com

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

CSA Directors

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

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

Provincial Associations

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

Alberta President Jill Mader Carstairs, AB P: (403) 990-9187 maderranches@gmail.com Field Person Dwayne Martin Stettler, AB P: (780) 940-3510 dmartin3510@gmail.com Secretary: Katie Deeg P: (403) 899-2291 albertasimmental@gmail.com Saskatchewan President Kirsten Fornwald Lampman, SK P: (306) 487-2557 meadowacres@signaldirect.ca Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca Manitoba 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 August Aug. 3 Aug. 9 Aug. 29

dECEMBER Saskatchewan Simmental Association AGM Online Alberta Simmental Association AGM Online Gibbons Farms Complete Herd Dispersal Listowel, ON

Dec. 1 Dec. 2 Dec. 4 Dec. 5 September Dec. 6 Sep. 12 18th Annual Ontario Autumn Simmental Classic Sale Hanover, ON Dec. 7 Sep. 15 October/November 2020 Simmental Country Issue Advertising Booking Deadline Sep. 26 Ferme Gagnon & Guests 23rd Annual Simmental Production Sale Dec. 8 Cheneville, QC Dec. 8 Sep. 26 6th Annual Eastern Harvest Female Sale Cheneville, QC Dec. 9 oCTOBER Dec. 9 Oct. 2 Anchor D Influenced Simmental Cal Sale Dawson Creek, BC Dec. 10 Vente Select Bull & Guests Female Sale Oct. 3 Danville, QC Dec. 11 Oct. 3 Ontario Simmental Solution Sale Listowel, ON Dec. 13 Oct. 4 IRCC “Quality Control” Female Sale Indian River, ON Dec. 14 Oct. 6 Anchor D Influenced Simmental Calf Sale Rimbey, AB Dec. 14 Oct. 7 Anchor D Influenced Simmental Calf Sale Ponoka, AB Dec. 14 Anchor D “Pasture Treasures” Female Sale Oct. 9 Rimbey, AB Dec. 15 Oct. 15 December “Winter” 2020 Simmental Country Issue Advertising Booking Deadline Dec. 16 Oct. 17 Stars of the Valley Simmental Sale Metcalfe, ON Dec. 17 Oct. 17 Salt Water Simmental Sale Online Dec. 18 RPCC & Guests “Fall Gala” Production Sale Oct. 18 Glencoe, ON Dec. 19 2020 Edition Mader Ranches Ladies Night Oct. 22 Carstairs, AB Dec. 19 Oct. 26 Rust Mountain View Ranch “Female Dispersal” Sale Mercer, ND Dec. 20 Oct. 28 - 31 Manitoba Ag Ex Brandon, MB Dec. 20 nOVEMBER Dec. 20 Nov. 4 - 7 Lloydminster Stockade Roundup Lloydminster, SK Dec. 22 Nov. 17 Swan Lake Farms Calving Female Dispersal Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 30 Nov. 19 Canadian Classic Simmental Sale Lacombe, AB Dec. 31 Nov. 20 Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 40th Annual Sale Cypress River, MB

January 2021 “Commercial Country” Issue Advertising Booking Deadline Camrose Country Classic 8th Annual Sale Camrose, AB SimPower Bred Female Sale Olds, AB Transcon’s Western Harvest 7th Annual Simmental Bred Heifer Sale Innisfail, AB The Gathering Sale Olds, AB The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Lloydminster, SK Keystone Konnection 41st Annual Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Lakeview Simmentals Online Bred Heifer Sale Meacham, SK Spring Creek “Golden Opportunity VII” Female Sale Moosomin, SK Double Bar D “Sharing The Herd” Production Sale Grenfell, SK Transcon’s Simmsational 43rd Annual Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK McMillen Ranching Ltd. “Herdbuilder 2020” Female Sale Carievale, SK Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden, MB Border City 3rd Annual Simmental Sale Lloydminster, SK Y Coulee “You Be The Judge” Fall Bull and Heifer Sale Lloydminster, SK Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Southern Alberta Simmental Round Up 27th Annual Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Westgold Farms Female Production Sale Lloydminster, SK Transcon’s Seasonal Wrap-Up Simmental Female Sale Neepawa, MB Friday Night Lights 9th Annual Simmental Sale Olds, AB Checkers Simmental Sale 2020 Ponoka, AB Transcon’ s National Trust on Ice Semen & Embryo Sale Chapter XIII Red Deer, AB Stewart Cattle Co. Complete Dispersal Virden, MB Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation Fullblood Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XXIII Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB HBH Angus and Northern Light Simmentals Production Sale Virden, MB Premier & Guests Falls View Production Sale Niagara Falls, ON New Years Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale: Volume IX Olds, AB

Nov. 21 Futures One Online Simmental Sale: Edition 11 DLMS.ca 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 *All dates are subject to change

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Coming Events February

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October 9, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Anchor D Ranch

February 12, 2021 - 1:00 pm

SIMMENTAL Sired Calf Sales Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. 9:00 am start time at each location

Dawson Creek, BC

Rimbey, AB

Friday, October 2, 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Ponoka, AB Wednesday, October 7, 2020 To Consign calves please contact Dan Skeels 403-783-1217

Dan, Karen, Mackenzie & Garren Skeels Box 1638 - Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0 403: 843-4756 • 403: 783-1217 anchordranch@misslink.ca

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