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LFE RS POCAHONTAS 74C Springsteen X Rochfort Bred Mar. 29 to Cobra

Selling 65 Purebred Bred Heifers & 3 Embryo Lots

Selling 200 Customer Commercial Bred Heifers SBV ABBEY 37C Landslide x Colorado Exposed to RWR Tahonta 8C

LFE BA JENNIFER 10C Active Duty X Bismarck Bred Mar. 24 to Renown

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LFE BA TIFANY 17C Harvestor X Soo Line Legacy Bred Mar. 21 to Active Duty

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Volume 37, Number 5

#13, 4101 19th St. N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Phone: 403-250-5255 Fax: 403-250-5121 Website: www.simmentalcountry.com

The official publication of the Canadian Simmental Association

Canadian Simmental Country Deadlines February 2017 “Herdsire” Issue March/April/May “Spring 2017” Issue “Queens of the Pasture” 2017 Issue October/November 2017 Issue December Winter 2017 Issue

Material Deadline: January 1, 2017 Material Deadline: April 1, 2017 Material Deadline: July 1, 2017 Material Deadline: September 1, 2017 Material Deadline: November 1, 2017

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Material Deadline: December 1, 2016 Material Deadline: August 1, 2017

Mailing Dates - Each issue will be mailed on or about the first of the month. Simmental Country, mailed as second class, assumes no responsibility for actual receipt date. Production & Ad Copy Changes – Special production requests and ad copy changes may be subject to extra charges. Charges will apply on an individual basis. Layouts & Proofs - Requests for special layouts should be in the Simmental Country office by the 21st day of the second month preceding publication. Although every effort will be made to provide proofs on all ads, proofs are guaranteed only if all ad material arrives in the Country office prior to deadline. Advertising Content - The Simmental Country assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and truthfulness of submitted advertising copy or electronically supplied pictures and has the right to refuse any ad copy or photos. Advertisers shall indemnify and hold harmless the Country containing pedigrees or statements regarding performance must conform to records kept by the Canadian Simmental Association. Copy deviating from official records may be changed as necessary without advertiser consent. Editorial Policy - Articles and information in this magazine represent the opinions of the writers and the information that, to the best of our knowledge, was accurate at the time of writing. Users of any information contained in Simmental Country are encouraged to validate that information by independent means. Subscription Rates Canada $40 + applicable taxes per year $75 + applicable taxes for two years (GST included) Published for: Canadian Simmental Association #13 , 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 Phone: 403-250-7979 Fax: 403-250-5121 Published by:

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

Simmental – The Future Has Never Been Brighter

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s 2016 draws to an end,a new year is soon upon us. 2017 is a special year in many ways as it marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s establishment. Along with this milestone, Simmental breeders past and present will also celebrate 50 years of Simmentals in Canada. Yes, it is already 50 years since Parisien travelled across the ocean from France, to his new home in southern Alberta. The Canadian Simmental Association is planning to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Simmental genetics into the Canadian beef herd, through various events during the year. As plans are unveiled, be sure to mark your calendars, plan to attend the celebrations and catch the excitement of one of the fastest growing beef breeds in Canada! One of the events that has been planned may not be directly related to the 50th anniversary but is significant in that it is a new endeavor of the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA). The YCSA was formed in the early 1980’s, and has evolved into one of the major Junior beef breed organizations in Canada. Many leading Simmental breeders have gone through the YCSA program, as have other individuals who have pursued careers outside agriculture and the cattle business. While the show-ring has been the main attraction for many YCSA members, there have always been numerous other activities at these events which they could participate in,which expanded their knowledge and understanding of many facets of the beef business.

For some time, the YCSA board has felt that there was a need for a new type of event that would bring together young cattle producers, involved in the beef industry in an interactive, and educational environment, that fosters development of leadership skills and networking. The current YCSA board is putting the final touches to the 2017 YCSA Youth Leadership Conference to be held in Calgary, Alberta on February 23rd to the 25th, at the Best Western Port O’Call hotel. Some of the confirmed highlights of the event will include presentations by Jill Harvie, Programs Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Marty Seymour, Director Industry Stakeholder Relations Farm Credit Canada. Also part of the agenda will be workshops, tours of a major feedlot, the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence, as well as other activities that will appeal to all youth between 16 and 25 years of age. Further information on the 2017 YCSA Youth Leadership Conference can also be obtained by contacting Kelsey Dust, YCSA Coordinator, at kdust@simmental.com. We encourage all YCSA members, and any youth who may not have participated in the YCSA program to join us in Calgary in February, to catch the Simmental excitement and see why after 50 years in Canada, Simmental’s future has never been brighter. As this is the last issue of Simmental Country for the year, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and the very best of blessings for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!

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Breed Improvement Seedstock Producers’ Guide to Contemporary Grouping By: Laura Mushrush, Drovers Magazine Reprinted with permission from Drovers

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Accurate genetic selection data starts with proper data collection and management.

lot of time and data goes into computing EPDs— multiple weights and scores are taken for birth, carcass and maternal traits. Each number is run through a series of complex and mind blowing equations to turn raw data into reliable, user-friendly information that can be used to make bull and cow selections based on genetic potential. At the core of EPD development is the sometimes misunderstood practice of contemporary grouping, which is designed to help remove environmental factors from the equation so a fair comparison of genetics can be made in herds from Montana to Florida, and everywhere in between. Simply put, they level the playing field by breaking cattle down into groups based on age, location, sex and management practices.

“Contemporary group comparisons are the absolute foundation for all genetic evaluations,” says Marty Ropp, executive officer of Allied Genetic Resources and president of the Beef Improvement Federation. As a former American Simmental Association director of field services and Extension specialist for the University of Missouri and Michigan State University, Ropp has spent a good deal of his career as the middle man in helping cattle producers to understand and implement data collection and genetic selection practices. “Proper contemporary groups are crucial because without those comparisons being good and fair, the genetic evaluation loses value. “The whole idea is that thousands of fair comparisons of genetics across multiple environments have a lot more value than comparisons in a single environment,” says Ropp, who likes to relate contemporary groups to running races in different environments across the country. “If two people race one time, you can learn a little bit about their potential. But if those two people race a 100 times, then you can figure out who is the fastest—even if the faster one only wins 70 out of 100 races,” he says. Look at it like an all-around athlete competing in multiple track and field events across the country. The athlete is the bull, events are maternal and terminal traits, and the track meet locations are pastures across the country. As the pasture results on the track and field events roll in, his winning placings from high performing offspring will improve his EPDs and predictability for winning future events. On the flip side, the ones he lagged behind in will lessen the chance of him taking home a gold medal, with his wins and losses balancing out where he actually ranks. More than likely the bull will perform better at some events, such as having low birth weight and high calving ease direct performance, but might struggle to keep up with bulls who’s offspring are doing well in the carcass weight and ribeye area contest. “It’s not only who wins the race, but the magnitude of how much they win or lose by,” Ropp explains. “When they do or don’t meet expectations, then the EPDs are adjusted accordingly.” While each breed association might have its own set of

rules for how to sort data from calves into contemporary groups, individual producers also have the ability to set their own criteria with how detailed they get in their reporting. For example, a breed association might sort calves from the same ranch born within a 90-day window of the start of calving season as the first filter into what makes the contemporary group. After that, the group will be split in two parts: bull calves and heifer calves. From there, any calves born from two-year-old dams might be split off into separate sexed groups if they were managed separately or differently from the mature cow herd. With that bare minimum criteria, the cattle operation is now working with six separate contemporary groups. However, if the breeder wants to get the most accurate genetic data possible on their cattle, groups might need to be broken down further. “A purist would say calves in different pastures would need to be in a different contemporary group,” Ropp says. This is a practice he not only he agrees with but one that is also encouraged by many genetic selection experts, especially because forage quality and management can vary greatly depending on which side of the fence a calf is standing on. On a practical implementation level, the extra work that goes into breaking down contemporary groups from pasture to pasture might seem time consuming. However, if a seedstock producer wants to provide their customers with the best data they can, this is a good place to start. “If there is any factor that might make the race unfair or not give a particular calf or group of calves the chance to compete fairly, then groups should be broken up accordingly,” Ropp says. “Nobody involved in the science of genetic evaluation would recommend that you don’t split them up. It is a little more difficult, but it is the right thing to do.”

Group management on the ranch: You cannot add cattle to a contemporary group. Only calves born in the same environment (pasture or operation depending on the producer’s management) in the calving time window can be in one contemporary group. Data needs to be collected at the same time for calves within each contemporary group. This means weaning weights for all the calves in the group need to be taken on the same day, as well as collection of other data such as yearling weights and ultrasounds. Offspring from two or more breed of sires can be included in the same contemporary group. If the group’s genetics are tied to breed associations operating on the same EPD base, (Chianina, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental and Canadian Angus, Canadian Gelbvieh, Canadian Limousin and Canadian Shorthorn all have compatible EPDs) they should be included in the same contemporary group. Calves not born in the calving window can be grouped together. Calves born late can be a separate group within the same time period. Calves that don’t fit either period go into a contemporary group of one.

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When an animal is sold or moved to a different location, they leave the contemporary group. In this case, the calf will be transferred into a contemporary group of one. However, say a producer sells five head to another producer. As long as those five head are managed together at the new operation, they can form their own contemporary group.

Calf health and well-being. Calves that were chronically ill, orphans, endured physical harm such as a broken leg, received excess nutrition by “robbing” or any environmental factor that affected its performance, need to be moved to a contemporary group of one.

A contemporary group can consist of one animal. When this happens, the calf ratios to 100, becoming an average calf in a group of one.

Management practices. If one group of calves are preconditioned, castrated, etc., and the other pasture’s calves are not, make separate groups.

Special treatment. If a producer pulls cattle away from the original group for special treatment, such as preparing them for a show or sale, they need to be placed in separate groups.

Bigger is not always better. Data can be more informative with lots of small contemporary groups put together properly, than large groups with multiple inconsistencies in calf management. Once heifers calve, they leave their contemporary group. The pair will form a new group with the other dams in the calf’s contemporary group. Calves from a two-year-old dam might be placed in a different contemporary group than calves with a more mature dam. Management practices often vary from young to mature females. But if both age groups are managed the same, adjustments in the EPD equation will level the playing field, so calves can be placed in the same contemporary group.

Reasons calves might need to be removed from their birth contemporary group: •

Nutritional management. If an operation is feeding only one pasture creep feed, that pasture needs to be in its own contemporary group. This also applies to differences in forage quality and any supplementations.

Three kinds of bad data: 1. Unmeasured: Not all the data was turned in, such as birth weights weren’t taken, or the data was estimated and measured incorrectly. 2. Misrepresented: Unethical practices or producer purposely misrepresenting an animal’s performance. “This is never acceptable, but one of the great things about EPDs is that eventually, large quantities or reliable data will trump small samples or poor information,” Ropp says. “This is part of the reason why EPDs have great value and actual weaning weights do not.” 3. Unreliable: Quality data is collected, but not put into proper contemporary groups for accurate comparisons.

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December 20, 2016

1:00 pm at Spring Creek Ranch Near Moosomin, SK

20 bred Simmental cows born in 2009 and 10 Angus cows 55 Simmental, Angus and Half-blood bred heifers 50 commercial Sim/ Angus bred heifers from Black Sand Cattle Co.

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From the Director’s Chair

Why Simmental Was The Choice For Me Marlin LeBlanc - Canadian Simmental Association Director

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s a newly elected director to the Canadian Simmental Association’s Board of Directors, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell readers of Simmental Country a bit about myself and why I chose to breed, and raise Simmental cattle. My family and I own and operate R Plus Simmentals in Estevan, Saskatchewan and started in the beef industry back in the early 1970’s. We used three different breeds of bulls on our cows, however, the Simmental sired calves showed strength in their performance, and the success of these Simmental calves shined through as calving ease was improved. There was a strong ability to rebreed by mothers, and the udders and milk of the cows were of higher quality. We had longed for these improvements and the decision to increase the number of Simmentals into our commercial cow herd was an easy one. As our herd grew with more Simmental influenced females, we (as was the case with many other cattlemen) saw the most improvement in maternal strength. In the 1980’s I was introduced to a whole new world of the cattle industry; the purebred show business. The southeast area of Saskatchewan was a hot bed of purebred breeders across all beef breeds. At one point in the RM where we lived, there was a total of eleven farms with cattle, ten of which had bulls for sale. It was definitely a tough market! I was invited by Tableland Simmentals to join them on the show road, and through this experience I was able to develop a true appreciation for the Simmental breed. One of the best things about this time was the people I was able to meet in the barns. As a younger person who wasn’t fully immersed in the purebred industry, I had a real admiration for those that were open to visiting, teaching and eventually mentoring anyone who was interested. This was usually referred to as “Tackbox College.” The people involved in the Simmental breed always had time for each other and weren’t always concerned with the single issue of marketing their product. It was through these times that many important decisions were made for and about the

breed. Things haven’t always been easy for the Simmental breed, however. As the eighties continued on commercial Simmental cattle became a hard sell. It was a one buyer – one bid for all weight classes of steers, which was hard to take when producers had great pride in their animals. It was at this time that our operation made the decision to move more into the purebred side of the industry. The 90’s rolled around, and there became a large appreciation for the total genetic pool of the Simmental breed. We had an insurgence of purebred cattle and our genetics had become more diverse. We knew that our breed was able to produce more milk, muscle, better structure, do-ability, and calving ease. The genetics were there, but it took a lot of research, and time to make it a reality. It was also during this time that other breeders made the commitment to transform the breed to what we see it as today. I spent many of my days running the alleys of the local stockyards and it was at this time when things became enjoyable. Buyers developed an appreciation and need for Simmental cattle once again. The commercial breeders also acknowledged this need and wanted to infuse Simmental genetics into their herds. Through the late 90’s and early 2000’s we saw the increased demand for Simmental bulls. They were selling and were highly sought after and finally, what we had believed for so long and what we knew was reality became accepted by others in the industry. Through many feedlot trials and packer reports, we were able to prove that Simmental cattle were the right cattle. I have been approached in the past to allow my name to stand for the Canadian Simmental Association Board of Directors and declined, but this past year I decided it was time to stop being a counter and to be counted. I would like to thank the membership for allowing me this opportunity to serve you. I greatly await and look forward to the challenges and successes that come with this position.

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Women in Simmental Country

Grace Oesch - Finding Balance With the Demands of the Day

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uggling her days to be involved with family, cattle and an The Plan was Always Beef off-farm career for many years, now seems like a pretty “Our plan was always to be in the beef business,” says Oesch. overwhelming schedule. Grace Oesch of Gravandale “After we were first married we raised a few crossbred animals, Simmentals, in southwest Ontario says somehow it all gets done. crossing Hereford with Ayrshire females — we tried various The schedule is a bit more manageable these days. Oesch is still breeds. I liked the coloring of the Ayrshire cattle, so when we working off of the farm, and along with her husband Ivan, they first saw the Simmental I liked the looks of them too.” They are still raising fullblood Fleckvieh cattle. Their three children bought a few select Fleckvieh Simmental heifers at a sale, and are grown with their own families and careers. Grace and Ivan’s bred them by Artificial Insemination. Their first Simmental son Doug is actively involved with them in the purebred beef calf was born in 1972. Today, Gravandale Simmentals runs business, and Ivan is retired from his 30-year construction roughly 35 head of female Simmental cattle. “We’re not large industry career and now is a “full-time farmer.” Grace herself like some operations in other parts of the country,” says Oesch. may consider retirement from her day job in the near future, and About 70% of their cattle are still the traditional white and tan there are also some travel plans in the cards as well. “I think Fleckvieh Simmental, while their son Doug has a few red and back now and I’m not sure how we did it all, but we made it black Simmental cattle as well. work,” she says. “You don’t think about it at the time; you just Over the years of producing purebred Simmental cattle, make it work. My days were pretty busy, and I think a lot of time coming home from work, and then being around the cattle or Gravandale has focused on marketing bred heifers. They have driving the tractor to bale hay provided a good break — perhaps selected genetics to produce top quality females in their breeding herd, which in turn produces excellent calves. Each year the top my retreat.” 10 to 12 heifer calves are overwintered, and bred the following Grace and Ivan Oesch have been raising cattle together during year to be marketed in the fall as bred yearlings at the Simmental their 49 years of married life. Grace was one of four children, Autumn Classic sale, in Hanover, ON. “The sale was started by a born and raised on her family’s Ayrshire dairy farm near group of local producers, and held in the local area for a number Wellesley, in southwestern Ontario. When Grace and Ivan got of years. It is looked after by another group, but we have been married in 1967, they began farming on what was actually her marketing through that sale from the beginning,” says Oesch. grandfather’s homestead. Her family continues to operate the They occasionally sell a few females by private treaty at the farm, dairy farm next door on the farm where she was raised. and also market a few head farm-direct to nearby customers looking for beef. Anything else that isn’t kept for replacements is marketed through auction at nearby Brussels Livestock. In the early years, Oesch was at home full time, raising their three children, Catherine, Dianne and Doug, as well as helping with the farm and cattle as time permitted. Once the children were in school, she joined the outside work force. Over the years she has worked in office administration, and is currently an office manager for a local firm. Ivan worked off the farm as well until his retirement. Although their son Doug is active in producing purebred cattle, he too works off farm.

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Association Involvement Oesch has been involved with the Simmental Associations over the years. She continues to be involved with the Ontario Simmental Association, serving as secretary. In earlier years, she was a member of the National Simmental Belles, a group of ladies all involved in a promotional role of the Simmental breed. Her involvement and commitment to the agriculture industry has earned Oesch some awards over the years. That included Royal Agricultural Winter Fair “Excellence in Agricultural Award” in 1998 and the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2002.

All About Finding Balance

Although the more recent development of red and black Simmental cattle have worked well for the breed, Gravandale has remained committed to the traditional Fleckvieh cattle. “They are nice looking cattle, and they perform well in any crossbreeding program,” says Oesch. “One year we had a fullblood Fleckvieh cow and as it worked out, we had her bred to a Red Angus bull. She had a heifer calf that was really a great looking animal. That is just a small example for us on how Simmental work well in a cross breeding program.

“The early years were busy, I now wonder how I did it,” Grace says. “I think for a lot of women the challenge is to find the balance to make everything work. Somehow I did.” The various “pulls” in a day including looking after the household and the young family, helping out with the farm and livestock, taking care of record keeping and farm bookwork, getting children to “I think the breed in general has gone full circle in its development sporting and other activities, working a fulltime day job, as well over the past 50 years. Our first Fleckvieh Simmentals were as being involved with 4-H for more than 40 years.”All the kids relatively moderate in size, a bit larger than Hereford and Angus. were involved in beef 4-H clubs, and I was involved with them,” Then the breed trended toward these taller, larger framed cattle, she says. Grace served as a 4-H club leader at different times, where you could see lots of air underneath them. Now it is back to and continues to be involved with Perth County 4-H. a more moderate frame again, which I believe has been important On the farming/livestock side of life, she and Ivan were in producing an animal that works for the commercial cow-calf equal partners in looking after the Simmental cattle. She is also producer.” comfortable in the cab of a tractor and operating other farm While Gravandale Simmentals has been fairly consistent in equipment. “Ivan wasn’t too keen on working with the books, its herd numbers over the years, peaking at 45 to 50 head at so I looked after the recordkeeping for the farm and cattle,” she one time, Oesch says she expects they will hold at their current says. size for the next few years. “I’m not sure how much longer I For many years they have been involved in various livestock will continue working off the farm, but I think we will always show and sale events. They showed cattle at many local fairs keep cattle around,” she says. “I also like to travel and with and other livestock shows. They have taken cattle to the Royal Doug involved with the farm, as well as grandchildren close by Winter Fair, in Toronto for most of the past 20 years and also had who are willing and able to help out, I can see Ivan and I doing cattle at the Canadian Western Agribition, in Regina. One of the more travelling. For me a holiday always involves looking at most memorable Simmental animals over her years of farming some cattle, so hopefully as we travel we can also look at some was an award winning calf they actually owned jointly with Simmental cattle in other parts of the world.” three other farm families. “It was a two-and-a-half month old heifer sold at an auction at a fairly high price,” Oesch says. “It was really a nice calf. After the sale, we got talking to the family who had bought her, and two other families joined in — we were all interested in that calf — and we all agreed it would be good if we shared ownership of this calf. So we did.” The heifer was shown a number of times. In 1983, at Canadian Western Agribition, the heifer won a red ribbon in its class, and was in the running for Reserve Champion. “She was just a great calf and later a great cow,” says Oesch. “It was great to see her do so well in the various shows. We still have some of her genetics in our herd today and the four couples that owned her, we are all still good friends today. We had a lot of fun showing that heifer — it led to a few good parties.” In 1985 Gravandale Simmentals had another heifer that became an award winning female at a major livestock event in Louisville, Kentucky. 31 NovtCountry16.indd 31

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ith more and more vaccines for livestock now being given subcutaneously, and vaccines using oil based adjuvants; reactions are not uncommon. The adjuvants used are designed to protect the vaccine, and give a much higher immune response. Reactions in the form of lumps are expected, albeit an undesirable result. As many of the pharmaceutical reps will tell us, at least we know the vaccine is working. This is true, and we must keep in mind that before, the same reaction was probably happening with the intramuscular products. The reaction just happened deep in the muscle where it was not visible to us. This is where a lot of the gristle (scarring in the muscle cuts of meat) would occur. So, from a beef quality assurance standpoint, there has been a huge improvement with almost all the vaccines going subcutaneous. Most of the lumps regress with time, or a small egg sized lump is left, which is a granuloma, or basically a lump of scar tissue. You will find more reactions with the bacterins like blackleg and the other killed vaccines, as they generally use the oil based adjuvant. The modified live vaccines generally use sterile water as the liquid for reconstitution, so the reaction is much milder. More reactions can occur if the nutritional status of the herd is low, especially the three trace minerals, which include copper, zinc and selenium. If there is a high percentage of large reactions happening within a herd, nutrition should be checked, as well as the producer’s administration technique. Dull, bent, dirty or burred needles increase the likelihood of introducing infection, or causing more trauma. This needs to be watched. Change needles when they are damaged, as well as after every ten animals or so. You can feel when they are getting dull, at that point of time change them. In my opinion, the steel, thick walled needles, with the cleaning wires should be outlawed, as they give the producer the impression they can be cleaned and reused. This should not happen. Proper technique will go a long way to minimize reactions. If you are seeing large swellings from vaccinations, that subsequently abscess, technique is definitely a possibility. I have seen some wrecks from vaccinating in the rain. The moisture seems to wash dirt into the needle hole, or the process itself takes in more dirt. Therefore try and avoid vaccinating in inclement weather. The infection starts after the vaccine is absorbed, so in all likelihood there has been a decent response. Keep the vaccine protected from the elements, as frozen or overheated vaccine will be ineffective and might be denatured leading to more vaccine abscesses. The egg sized reactions are of no concern to the animal, but are simply a blemish noticed more in Canada during the summer months when the hair is slicked off. Purebred show or display animals can be vaccinated in places like behind the elbow so if there is a reaction it won’t be

noticed. I have never heard of these vaccine reactions being a problem on animals put in sales. The argument could be that at least you can see that these particular stock are being vaccinated, and to me relates to good management. In the winter they become like a brand, and disappear under the hair. When slaughtered these lumps are somewhat adhered to the hide, and in almost all cases, come off with the hide not affecting the underlying meat in any way, so there are no trim losses. We all know if they were a concern, buyers would discount them on purchase, and that is not the case or at least I have never heard of it. A few other tricks are don’t vaccinate through manure, and if the multidose gun is hard to advance, you may be too shallow and giving the vaccine intradermal (between the skin layers). You want to definitely give the product subcutaneously (under the skin) and it should be very easy to inject. Use the smallest gauge needle that still allows you to inject it quickly (16-18 gauge). If the lumps get large (baseball size or larger) over time, they most likely are abscessed and may need to be lanced and flushed. To check technique if giving several vaccines, give them concisely in the same location leaving at least ten or so centimeters between. Give on opposite sides of the neck if possible. That way, if there are lumps you can assess which vaccine is involved, or who had given the vaccine. Sometimes twigging technique is all that is required. Behind the elbow is a good location to put vaccines for show cattle. Certain genetic lines of cattle are more reactive to a certain brand. This is most often because they are reacting to the adjuvant, or carrier of the vaccine. This is why certain producers will have a high incidence, and other farms have almost no reactions with the same vaccine. Cattle do not appear to get any more sensitive over time to repeated vaccinations, but if they have reacted once, they commonly will react again, so you may see several of these same reactions. If there becomes too many reactions to a vaccine, you may need to change brands or perhaps, it is that specific combination that is the problem. In horses we often split the vaccines up, and give over time but that is not really a practical solution for our large herds of cattle. Please accept a few vaccine reactions as a normal occurrence, and investigate with your veterinarian if the incidence gets too high, or if abscesses are created. Rest assured the vaccine is working and offering protection. Very, very rarely just like with antibiotics, we can get allergic reactions with vaccinating so always have epinephrine on hand anytime you are processing. This is why it is always good to check your cattle a short time after vaccination for any heavy breathing or swollen faces. Allergic reactions if severe occur within fifteen minutes of vaccinating. The future may see needleless vaccination or oral or intranasal vaccines given which do eliminate this lump issue.

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Simmental – L’avenir est rempli de promesse

’année 2016 se termine et nous débuterons rapidement la nouvelle année. L’année 2017 devrait être mémorable de plusieurs façons, notamment car elle marquera le 150e anniversaire du Canada. En parallèle avec cet évènement majeur, les éleveurs Simmental, anciens et actuels, célèbreront le 50e anniversaire de la race Simmental au Canada. Et bien oui, cela fera alors cinquante ans que le taureau Parisien effectuait son voyage à travers l’océan, en direction de son nouveau domicile dans le sud de l’Alberta. L’Association Simmental du Canada prévoit souligner par diverses activités prévues durant la prochaine année ce 50e anniversaire de l’introduction de la génétique Simmental dans les troupeaux bovins du Canada. Surveillez la publication des activités à venir et inscrivez-les à votre agenda, participez aux prochaines célébrations et profitez de tout cet enthousiasme autour d’une des races de boucherie en forte croissance au Canada! Un nouveau projet en plainification par l’Association des jeunes éleveurs Simmental (« YCSA ») n’est pas relié directement au 50e anniversaire, mais il constitue une étape importante de leur histoire. L’Association « YCSA » fut fondée au début des années 1980 et elle s’est développée tellement qu’elle est devenue l’une des principales organisations de membres juniors parmi les associations de races de bovins de boucherie au Canada. Plusieurs éleveurs Simmental influents sont passés par le programme des « YCSA », alors que d’autres individus ont poursuivi une carrière en-dehors du monde agricole et de l’élevage bovin. Alors que pour certains membres les expositions d’animaux demeurent leur intérêt principal, les « YCSA » organisent de nombreuses autres activités destinées à intéresser les membres, lesquelles leur permettent d’approfondir leurs connaissances et leur compréhension des diverses composantes de la production bovine.

Pendant longtemps, le conseil d’administration des “YCSA” était convaincu qu’il y avait un besoin pour organiser un autre genre d’évènement, lequel permettrait de rassembler les jeunes éleveurs de bovins impliqués en production bovine, dans un cadre éducatif et interractif favorisant le développement de leurs habiletés en termes de leadership et de réseautage. Le présent conseil des “YCSA” s’affaire à compléter le programme de la Conférence 2017 des “YCSA” axée sur le leadership, laquelle se tiendra du 23 au 25 février à l’Hôtel Port O’Call de Calgary en Alberta. Parmi les conférenciers invités, on retrouvera Mme Jill Harvie, responsable des programmes auprès de l’Association Canadienne des producteurs de bovins (“CCA”), ainsi que de M. Marty Seymour, responsable des relations avec l’industrie auprès du Crédit agricole du Canada. Des ateliers sont également prévus au programme, de même que des visites d’un important parc d’engraissement, du Centre d’Excellence canadien en production bovine, en plus d’une série d’autres activités destinées à intéresser tous ces jeunes âgés entre 16 et 25 ans. Vous pouvez également obtenir plus d’informations concernant la Conférence 2017 des “YCSA” axée sur le leadership, en communiquant avec Kelsey Dust, la coordonnatrice des “YCSA”, au: kdust@simmental.com. Nous encourageons tous les membres des « YCSA », ainsi que tout jeune n’ayant pas encore participé au programme des “YCSA”, à se joindre à nous en février à Calgary, afin de vivre des moments excitants et de constater qu’après cinquante ans de présence au Canada, l’avenir de la race Simmental est rempli de promesse. Alors que cette édition de la revue Simmental Country est la dernière de l’année, je désire vous souhaiter à tous un Joyeux Noël et une année 2017 sous le signe de la santé, du Bonheur et de la prospérité!

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Une sélection génétique précise débute par une bonne gestion de votre collecte de données.

e calcul des EPD nécessite beaucoup de temps et de données, de multiples poids et autres données sont en fait recueillis à la naissance, sur les carcasses et les caractères maternels. Chaque nombre est analysé à l’aide d’une série d’équations complexes et impressionnantes, afin de convertir les données brutes en des informations fiables, faciles à comprendre et qu’on peut employer dans notre travail de sélection basé sur le potentiel génétique des taureaux et des vaches. À la base du calcul des EPD, on retrouve la pratique parfois mal comprise des groupes contemporains, par laquelle on peut extraire de l’équation des facteurs liés à l’environnement afin qu’on puisse comparer la génétique des troupeaux du Montana et de la Floride, et de tous les autres régions situées entre ces deux états. D’une manière plus simple, ils viennent ainsi niveler les conditions environnementales, en répartissant les bovins dans des groupes formés d’après l’âge, la localisation, le sexe et les pratiques de régie. “Les comparaisons à l’aide des groupes contemporains constituent la pierre angulaire de toutes les évaluations génétiques,” affirme M. Marty Ropp, chef de la direction chez « Allied Genetic Resources » et actuel président du « Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). Ayant occupé le poste de responsable du service à la clientèle auprès de l’Association Américaine Simmental, et à titre d’expert en relations externes avec l’Université du Missouri et de l’Université de l’état du Michigan, M. Ropp a consacré une bonne partie de sa carrière à titre de vulgarisateur agissant en support aux producteurs et en les aidant à mieux comprendre et à mettre en pratique les bonnes pratiques en matière de collecte de données et de sélection génétique. “Il est primordial d’avoir des groupes contemporains appropriés car, sans de telles comparaisons de meilleure qualité et plus justes, l’évaluation génétique perd beaucoup de valeur.” “L’idée principale demeure qu’en utilisant des milliers de comparaisons des performances génétiques effectuées dans plusieurs environnements différents, cela représente une valeur bien supérieure comparativement à des comparaisons obtenues dans un seul environnement, ” précise M. Ropp, qui compare les groupes contemporains à des courses réalisées au sein de conditions environnementales très variées à travers tout le pays. “Si deux personnes courent une fois l’une contre l’autre, vous aurez une petite idée du potentiel de chacun. Toutefois, si ces deux personnes courent cent fois l’une contre l’autre, vous pourrez alors bien identifier qui est le plus rapide, et cela même si le plus rapide des deux ne gagne que pour soixante-dix des cents courses,” affirme-t-il. Regardez la situation comme si un athlète complet était en compétition simultanément sur plusieurs pistes et dans de nombreux évènements un peu partout au pays. L’athlète est le taureau, les évènements sont les caractères maternels et terminaux, et les pistes correspondent aux localisations dans des pâturages partout au pays. Alors qu’on compile les résultats observés sur les pistes (pâturages), les premières positions obtenues par ses

meilleurs descendants viendront ainsi améliorer ses EPD et la probabilité qu’il gagne de futurs évènements. À l’opposé, ceux qui sont restés en arrière feront alors diminuer ses chances de remporter une médaille d’or, tandis que le total de ses gains et des défaites viendra déterminer plus précisément sa position relative. Le taureau réalisera fort probablement de meilleures performances à certains évènements, comme celles de transmettre un poids de naissance plus faible et une meilleure facilité de vêlage, mais il pourrait tirer de la patte avec les autres taureaux dont les descendants obtiennent de meilleurs résultats par exemple au niveau du poids de la carcasse et de la surface de l’oeil-de-longe. “Il ne s’agit pas seulement de connaître qui a gagné la course, mais aussi de savoir avec quelle distance ils l’ont gagné ou perdu,” explique M. Ropp. “Lorsqu’ils rencontrent ou non nos attentes, les EPD seront alors ajustés en conséquence.” Bien que chaque association de race puisse posséder ses propres règles de répartition des données sur les veaux au niveau de groupes contemporains, les éleveurs peuvent également fixer les critères avec lesquels ils vont recueillir leurs données. Par exemple, une association de race pourrait regrouper les veaux d’une même ferme nés en-dedans de 90 jours du début de la période de vêlages, ce qui servirait de premier filtre pour la détermination du groupe contemporain. Le groupe sera ensuite séparé en deux parties : les veaux mâles et les génisses. Par la suite, les veaux issus de femelles de deux ans pourraient être séparés par sexe au sein de différents groupes, s’ils étaient gérés différemment ou séparément du troupeau de vaches adultes. Ainsi, en déterminant ce seul critère, cet élevage bovin possède maintenant six groupes contemporains. Toutefois, si l’éleveur désire que ses données génétiques soient encore plus précises, ces groupes pourraient alors être subdivisés davantage. “Un puriste vous dirait que des veaux dans différents pâturages devraient être placés dans des groupes contemporains différents,” indique M. Ropp. Voici donc une pratique qu’il appuiera, et qui est d’ailleurs également recommandée par de nombreux experts généticiens, en particulier parce que la régie et la qualité des fourrages peuvent varier grandement selon la localisation spécifique du veau dans ces pâturages. De manière plus pratique, la somme additionnelle de travail requise pour séparer les groupes contemporains selon le pâturage peut sembler demander un temps énorme. Par contre, si un éleveur veut fournir les données les plus précises qui soient à ses clients, c’est un bon endroit où commencer. “S’il y a un seul facteur pouvant faire en sorte que la course ne soit pas juste ou bien de telle sorte qu’un veau ou un groupe de veaux n’aurait pas le chance d’être comparé équitablement, il faudrait alors séparer les groupes en conséquence,” mentionne M. Ropp. “Personne n’étant impliqué de près au niveau de la science relative aux évaluations génétiques ne recommanderait qu’ils ne soient pas séparés. Cela est un peu plus compliqué, mais c’est la chose à faire.”

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Gestion des groupes sur la ferme: Vous ne pouvez pas ajouter de bovins à un groupe contemporain. Seuls les veaux nés dans le même environnement (pâturage ou troupeau, selon la régie du producteur), et dans la période de vêlage considérée, peuvent être dans un seul groupe contemporain. À l’intérieur de chaque groupe contemporain, les données doivent être recueillies en même temps sur tous les veaux. Cela veut dire que les poids au sevrage de tous les veaux d’un groupe doivent être pesés la même journée, de même que les autres données telles que les poids à un an ou les mesures aux ultrasons.

de vaches adultes. Les pratiques de régie sont souvent variables pour les jeunes femelles comparées avec d’autres plus âgées. Mais, si les deux groupes d’âge sont gérés de la même manière, les ajustements dans l’équation de calcul des EPD viendront rendre les choses plus égales, et les veaux pourront alors être placés dans le même groupe contemporain. Raison justifiant que des veaux puissent devoir être retirés de leur groupe contemporain à la naissance: •

Les descendants de deux races ou plus peuvent être inclus dans le même groupe contemporain. Si les lignées génétiques présentes dans le groupe sont associées à des associations de race employant la même base de calcul des EPD (Chianina, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Red Angus, Shorthorn et, au Canada, les races Simmental, Angus, Gelbvieh, Limousin et Shorthorn ont toutes des EPD compatibles), ils devraient alors être inclus dans le même groupe contemporain.

Régie de la nutrition. Si on sert des aliments à la dérobée dans un seul pâturage d’un élevage donné, ce pâturage doit alors être considéré comme un groupe contemporain en soi. Cela peut aussi s’appliquer pour des fourrages de qualité différente ou bien la disponibilité d’un autre supplément.

Des veaux qui ne sont pas nés durant la même période de vêlages peuvent être groupés ensemble. Des veaux nés plus tard dans la saison peuvent faire partie d’un groupe séparé, mais à l’intérieur de la même période. Les veaux qui ne peuvent aller dans l’une ou l’autre des périodes seront placés dans un groupe contemporain à un seul sujet.

Santé et bien-être du veau. Les veaux qui étaient malades chroniques, orphelins, qui ont enduré une blessure physique telle qu’un membre cassé, ou qui ont reçu plus d’aliments (« veaux qui volent sur d’autres mères »), ou encore qui ont été placés dans des conditions environnementales venant influencer leurs performances, devraient être placés dans un groupe contemporain à un seul sujet.

Pratiques de régie. Si un groupe de veaux est pré-conditionné, castré,…etc et les autres dans un pâturage différent ne le sont pas, faites alors deux groupes séparés.

Traitement spécial. Si un producteur retire des bovins d’un groupe original afin qu’ils reçoivent un traitement spécial, tel que les préparer pour une exposition ou une vente, ils devraient être placés dans des groupes séparés.

Lorsqu’un animal est vendu ou qu’il est déplacé dans un autre endroit, il est alors retiré du groupe contemporain. Dans ce cas-ci, le veau sera transféré dans un groupe contemporain à un seul sujet. Imaginons toutefois qu’un producteur vend cinq têtes à un autre producteur. Tant que ces veaux seront gérés de la même façon dans la nouvelle ferme, ils peuvent alors former leur propre groupe contemporain. Un groupe contemporain peut être constitué d’un seul animal. Lorsque cela arrive, l’indice du veau est égal à 100, ce qui fait de lui un veau moyen dans un groupe d’un seul sujet. Plus gros n’est pas toujours mieux. Les données incluses dans plusieurs groupes contemporains plus petits et bien formés peuvent nous informer davantage, comparativement à des groupes plus importants en nombre, mais possédant plusieurs incohérences au niveau de la régie des veaux. Lorsque les taures vêlent, elles quittent alors leur groupe contemporain. Le couple vache-veau formera un nouveau groupe, avec les autres mères incluses dans le groupe contemporain du veau. Les veaux issus de vaches de deux ans devraient être placés dans un groupe contemporain séparé de celui des veaux nés

Trois types de mauvaises données: 1. Non mesurées: Toutes les données n’ont pas été transmises, tels que des poids de naissance n’ayant pas été notés, ou les données furent estimées ou encore mesurées incorrectement. 2. Déformées: Pratiques contraires à l’éthique ou bien un producteur qui présente volontairement une mauvaise performance pour un animal. “Cela n’est jamais acceptable, mais l’un des aspects intéressants des EPD est qu’éventuellement, de grandes quantités de données plus fiables viendront masquer les effets de ces quelques mauvaises données ou encore des informations de mauvaise qualité,” affirme M. Ropp. “C’est en fait pour cette raison que les EPD représentent une valeur accrue, alors que les poids réels au sevrage ne nous informent pas vraiment.” 3. Incertaines: Des données de bonne qualité sont collectées, mais elles ne sont pas incluses dans des groupes contemporains appropriés pour obtenir des comparaisons précises.

CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to welcome Rae-Lee Erickson to their staff in the role of Administrative Assistant; with the responsibility of assisting with the administration of programming and the broad scope of services that are delivered by the CSA. Rae-Lee was born and raised on a mixed grain and commercial cattle operation outside of Calgary where she developed an interest in cattle and horses which led to her active involvement in the 4-H program for 8 years. A graduate of Olds College, Rae-Lee has been employed in the agriculture industry including time with the 4-H Foundation of Alberta and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the CSA. RaeLee and her husband Devon currently reside and assist with the operation of the family farm east of Balzac where they also have a small herd of purebred Simmental and Angus cows. Lee McMillen, CSA President welcomes Rae-Lee to the CSA team stating, “Rae-Lee’s experience within the agriculture industry will further strengthen the CSA team. I look forward to working with her as we move forward in expanding the Canadian Simmental Association’s programming for the benefit of the Canadian beef industry.” 45 NovtCountry16.indd 45

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Member Announcements

Kyle Ashworth of Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd. and Kelsey Dale were married in Plunkett, SK on Saturday October 8, 2016. They reside at Oungre, SK.

Garrett Biggelaar (GB Farms) and Baillie Code married September 24, 2016 in Lacombe AB.

Stewart and Carla Thorgilsson of Triple T Diamond Simmentals, Lundar, MB are proud to announce the arrival of their son Calder Welland Thorgilsson born Sept 17th, weighing 8 lbs. 4 oz., 20.5�. Proud big sisters are Sydney and Carmen.

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Looking for ways to spend your

$10,000

Sales Credit, watch for consignments from these breeders‌ Be sure to join us November 10 at the Alberta Simmental Booth for the New Holland Pizza Party from 3:30-5pm. Come and meet some New Holland staff and have a piece of pizza on them.

Czech Mate Livestock Deeg Simmentals Hannah Simmentals High Country Cattle Services Lewis Farms Mader Ranches Maxwell Simmentals Pearson Farms Rancier Farms

Red Top Livestock SIBL Simmentals Skor Simmental Star Simmentals Ultra Livestock Virginia Ranch Willow Creek Simmentals WJ Simmentals

Show Sponsors

Join us after the National Show for the

Sale Managers Reception

hosted by Bohrson Marketing Services Bouchard Livestock International and T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. Tickets available at the Alberta Simmental booth until November 9th.

Alta Genetics Bohrson Marketing Services Bouchard Livestock International Bova Tech Canadian Cattleman Magazine Country Junction Feeds Czech-Mate Livestock Deeg Simmentals Hannah Simmentals High Country Cattle Services Lewis Farms M & R Cattle Co. Mader Ranches Majestic Cattle Co.

Mark Land & Cattle Maxwell Simmentals New Holland Pearson Farms Rancier Farms Red Top Livestock Semex/West Gen SIBL Simmentals Simmental Country Skors Simmentals T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. Ultra Livestock Wells Crossing Cattle Co. Willow Creek Simmentals WJ Simmentals

National Show Schedule of Events Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:30 PM 6:30 PM

Percentage Show National Simmental Show New Holland Pizza Party Sale Managers Reception

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SweepStake$ SSA Simmental

5 PM,Wednesday, noveMber 23, 2016 Canadian Western agribition

::

Over

$30,000 in prize money and prizes!

:: Only cataloged Simmental Sale entries are eligible to be entered! :: Silver Memberships only $100! Includes... - a ballot to place your top 5 favorite lots! - $15, 000 in Sale Credits to the Agribition Sale - Secondary prizes drawn throughout the event!

Agribition Simmental Show Schedule Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:00 AM Simmental Show 5:00 PM Pizza 6:30 PM Draw for $15,000 in Sale Credits 6:45 PM Scholarship Heifer Auction 46th Annual Agribition 7:00 PM

SSA ScholArShip DonAtion heifer

Thank You!

Bar P S Livestock Peter Sweeten, Kipling, SK for donating the 2016 Scholarship Heifer!

The heifer will be sold by Dutch auction just before the Agribition Simmental Sale

Simmental Sale

Friday, November 25, 2016 9:00 AM Commercial Cattle Show Saturday, November 26, 2016 8:00 AM Bull Pen Alley Show 10:00 AM Commercial Cattle Sale

Bar P S Pol Whillimena 7D

Sire: DOUBLE BAR D WHISTLER 173

Saskatchewan Simmental Association

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

MGS: DOUBLE BAR D HURLEY 140

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President Everett Olson Box 1939, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@mymts.net 1st Vice President Andrea Bartholet Box 55, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone: 204-483-0319 Email: adber tholet@hotmail.com 2nd Vice President Greg Woychyshyn Box 2035, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-865-2475 Email: crestviewcattleco@hotmail.com Secretary/Treasurer Laurelly Beswitherick Box 274 Austin, MB R0H 0C0 Phone: 204.637.2046 Email: b2@inetlink.ca MSA Directors Everett More Box 1754, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-748-1225 Email: vahequine@yahoo.com Dana Johns Box 188, Kenton, MB R0M 0Z0 Phone: 204.838.2003 Email: johnsdm@goinet.ca Tracey Wilcox Box 351, Treherne, MB R0G 2V0 Phone: 204-723-2386 Email: pwilcox@mymts.net Trevor Peters Box 385, Rivers, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peter s@canadamalting.com

Upcoming Events Nov 12 Nov 28 Dec 3 Dec 6 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 21

Pembina Triangle 36th Annual Simmental Sale Cypress River Harvest Hoedown 22nd Annual Simmental Heifer Sale Neepawa Workman Farms 13th Annual Female Sale Killarney 36th Annual Keystone Simmental Sale Brandon Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden Twin Brae Simmentals Bred Female Dispersal Sale Virden

Gordon Delichte Box 26, St. Alphonse, MB R0K 1Z0 Phone: 204-836-2116 Email: g.delichte@gmail.com Tom Marchant Box 263, Arden, MB R0J 0B0 Phone: 204-841-2046 Email: tristarcattleco@gmail.com CSA Director Blair McRae RR1 Box 57, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 Phone: 204-728-3058 Email: marmac@inetlink.ca Pembina Triangle Rep Eric Theroux Box 215, Notre Dame De Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0 Phone: 204-526-7360 Email: eric.theroux@cpsagu.ca Keystone Association Rep Jennilee Bernier RR #2, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone; 204-763-4580 jenbernier4@hotmail.com YCSA President Carson Rodgers Phone: 204-871-0261 Email: rodgersfarms1@outlook.com

DMJ Miss 15D PWK Dynamite 6T 49Y x More’s Ms Amy 315A

Polled

** Scholarship heifer tickets will be available this fall** Tickets $10 each. Contact a MYCSA member or MSA board member Draw to be made December 12th at the Shades of the Prairies Sale!

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Dates to Remember April 1, 2017

Maritime Beef Test Station Bull Sale Nappan, NS

Introducing the 2016-17 MYSA Board of Directors

President: Connor Morse, NS Treasurer: Brady Matheson, PE Directors: Tricia Sanderson, PE Melanie Delong, NS Heather Creamer, NS

Vice President: Jennifer Deon, NS Secretary: Andrew Jeffery Greene, NS Dereck Sanderson, PE Jessie Swinamer, NS Allison Booth, NB

MSA Board of Directors

The Maritimes welcome Simmental breeders from across the country to join us from August 10-13, 2017 in Fredericton, New Brunswick for the

President: Don Godfrey, PE - Vice President: Trevor Pauley, NB Secretary: Jennie Mutch, PE - Treasurer: Bill MacLeod, NB Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS - Kerwin Delong, NS Lacey Fisher, NS - Geraline VanAgten, NB - Wade Loane, PE Honorary Directors: Ralph Taylor, NS - James MacKenzie, NS

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I am very thankful for having the privilege to go to the American Junior Simmental Association Show in Des Moines, IA, as one of the representatives from Canada. Being a part of the American Junior Simmental Association has broadened my horizons as a person and has expanded my understanding for the Simmental breed. Such an experience has allowed me to improve on an abundance of skills such as public speaking, grooming, marketing and many other elements. This amazing experience has also given me the privilege of meeting some amazing people. Kelsey Dust, you are a true leader and I know that the YCS is in good hands with you. Meeting Morgan and Tracy Maclntyre and spending a week together with these inspiring people has created long lasting friendships. I would like to thank the Canadian Simmental Association and the membership. Special thanks to the YCS chair Blair McRae, YCS Coordinator Kelsey Dust, former YCS President Sophie Wotten, current YCS President Dylan Foley and my parents Dan and Karen Skeels for making this experience possible.I appreciate the opportunity to get such an in-depth grasp on the Simmental breed by learning new things. With the new skills I have, I am more diverse in my way of thinking and I look forward to marketing Simmental cattle and representing such a powerful breed. We are in such good hands and have a brilliant future with the leadership we have in the YCSA. I would encourage any youth to become involve in the YCS program, as it develops our future leaders, and offers so many future opportunities. I am truly humbled by this experience of a life time. - Mackenzie Skeels, Rimbey, AB I would like to express my thanks to both the Young Canadian and the Canadian Simmental Association for allowing me to attend the American Junior National Simmental show in Iowa this past July. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. New opportunities like this will help my future within or outside the agriculture industry. Seeing the differences and similarities of the cattle and the people makes me even more proud to be involved in the Simmental industry and I hope to continue to learn and grow and become more involved. Both the American and Canadian shows are well run by the junior boards. Some of the educational competitions were a bit different. Instead of Print Marketing, the AJSA had a Sales Talk competition where the junior member had to sell their animal to prospective buyers (the judges). I spoke directly to two judges. I had a picture and the registration papers of my sale heifer. Selling is a part of life and therefore, I must learn to not only sell my animals to be successful but also myself. The judging was a bit different as well. Although I found it a bit hectic at first, it was quite interesting how it was run. Everyone received a scantron card for each class. There were 6 classes in total: full blood yearling heifers, purebred yearling heifers, heifer calves, bull calves, show steers, and a keep/cull class. The animals were loose in their respective pens for each class with the exception of the steers. Also worth noting, except for the steers, the animals were pulled out of pastures and runs. They were not washed or fit. We were divided up into groups and sent to our respective pens. Everyone had to turn their back to the class until we were allowed to start and then we had a certain amount of time to judge. On three of the classes, we were given a data sheet with some EPD’s and a scenario. We had to judge those classes based on the scenario with the help of the EPD’s. In addition to reasons, we also had to answer questions on a predetermined class. Another major difference I noted between the shows was adult participation. In Canada, there is no adult participation. The juniors are expected to look after their own cattle including the fitting on show day. At the AJSA, adults did participate on the daily care of the livestock and especially on the fitting. I feel that keeping parents hands off provides the juniors more of an opportunity to learn and try new things. I would also like to especially thank Kelsey Dust. She ensured that Mackenzie and I were well prepared and on time for each event. I have no doubt that it would not have been as successful or fun without her guidance and support. - Morgan MacIntyre, Russell, ON

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 September 23-25, 2016 Windsor, NS PUREBRED SHOW CHAMPION HEIFER CALF Connor Morse with CDM Ms Starstruck 13D sired by Mr HOC Broker RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF Lance Hiltz with Ross Creek Diva sired by W/C Wide Track 694Y CHAMPION YEARLING FEMALE AND GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Connor Morse with CDM Ms Classy 7C sired by LFE BS Lewis 322U RESERVE CHAMPION YEARLING FEMALE Jen Deon with Brandy Brook Cha Ching sired by Mr HOC Broker CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FEMALE Jake Matheson with BJM Queen Lolynda sired by GWS/ SCF Rendition CHAMPION MATURE FEMALE Ray Parsons with Windy Knoll Ms Evolution sired by Bar 5 P SA Evolution 418S RESERVE CHAMPION MATURE FEMALE Alex Parsons with Windy Knoll Xia 39X sired by TNT Gunner N208 CHAMPION BULL CALF AND GRAND CHAMPION BULL Ray Parsons with WKF Dominator 8D sired by LBR Crocket R81 RESERVE CHAMPION BULL CALF AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL Connor Morse with DJ’s Django 4D sired by CDM 680S Crookshank 15A CHAMPION YEARLING BULL Ray Parsons with WKF Cleatus 10C sired by TNT Top Gun R244 BRED AND OWNED SHOW CHAMPION PUREBRED BRED & OWNED Melanie Delong with Big Ker Cheyenne sired by Melvern Blacktop 38Z RESERVE CHAMPION PUREBRED BRED & OWNED Ray Parsons with Windy Knoll Cleo 37C sired by LCHMN Bodybuilder 7303F

COMMERCIAL SHOW CHAMPION HEIFER CALF Connor Morse with DJ’s Ms Dutchess 10D RESERVE CHAMPION HEIFER CALF Jen Deon with Darla CHAMPION YEARLING FEMALE AND RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE Connor Morse with DJ’s Ms Cleopatra 13C SHOWMANSHIP CHAMPION NOVICE Carlee Alison CHAMPION JUNIOR Keigan MacDonald RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR Olivia Hiltz CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE Jake Matheson RESERVE CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE Beverly Booth CHAMPION SENIOR Connor Morse RESERVE CHAMPION SENIOR Patrick Holland GRAND CHAMPION SHOWPERSON Connor Morse RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION SHOWPERSON Patrick Holland QUIZZES CHAMPION NOVICE Carlee Alison CHAMPION JUNIOR Brennan Hoar CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE Courtney Allison CHAMPION SENIOR Patrick Holland JUDGING CHAMPION NOVICE Carlee Alison CHAMPION JUNIOR Lance Hiltz CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE Jake Matheson

CHAMPION SENIOR Brady Matheson AGGREGATE CHAMPION NOVICE Carlee Alison CHAMPION JUNIOR Lance Hiltz CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE Jake Matheson CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE Jake Matheson CHAMPION SENIOR Connor Morse GRAND CHAMPION AGGREGATE Jake Matheson RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION AGGREGATE Connor Morse JUDGE JC Siddall

On the Road

Ryan Cook Simmental Country Sales Representative

W

elcome to the final issue of 2016. In this issue you will see many different sales and events that highlight why Simmental is such a strong and diverse breed being accepted by many aspiring cattlemen and women today. The first fall production sales have been well received with cattle spreading throughout the country. I have attended a few of the fall shows and the quality of Simmental cattle is outstanding. The long hours at home getting cattle ready is very rewarding when you have big crowds and interest in your program. Congratulations to all involved in putting these events on. The calf fall run is under pressure compared to the last few years of high calf prices, but as you

look at prices and listen to producers selling calves, you hear them say that heavy weight calves pay. This in turn shows the strength of Simmental influenced cattle and what we all strive to produce; cattle that fit the bill from “pasture to plate.” As producers we need to take time to see how our customer’s calves sell to stay connected to the changing demands in our industry. As we move into the bred female fall run, I know we will see quality and quantity all fall, from commercial females to the purebred divisions. There is no better time than now to add to your program, and strengthen it for the upcoming years. All the best to everyone this fall as you travel down the roads to shows and sales. 55

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IPE Armstrong

Grand Champion Female

Grand Champion Bull

August 31 - September 4, 2016 - Armstrong, BC Judge: Chad Wilson, Wawota, SK

KRSS Red Desperado

Sire: KOP Crosby 137W Exhibited by: KRS Simmentals, Quesnel, BC

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Sire: Remington Red Lable HR Exhibited by: Lorne Webster, Abbotsford, BC

LGW EL Presidente 4D

KRSS Black Lady Di

Sire: LGW Black Commander 2A Exhibited by: Lorne Webster, Abbotsford, BC

Sire: Springcreek Olympian 66A Exhibited by: KRS Simmentals, Quesnel, BC

Olds Fall Classic Friday, October 3, 2015 - Olds, AB Judge: Murray Andrews, Moose Jaw, SK Grand Champion Bull

Grand Champion Female

SIMMENTAL SHOW RESULTS

LGW Ms Designer Label

Mar Mac Missy 63Y

Harvie Red Summit 54B

Boss Lake Miss Elle 611D

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Sire: KWA FLYR Red Mountain 16Z Exhibited by: Harvie Ranching, Olds, AB

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Sire: Twin Brae Tennasee Exhibited by: Swan Lake Farms Ltd., Stoughton, SK

Sire: Remington Lock N Load 54U Exhibited by Boss Lake Genetics, Stony Plain, AB

Harvie JDF Splash 108B

Sire: LFE BS Lewis 322U Exhibited by: Harvie Crest Cattle Co., Olds, AB

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Expo Boeuf

Judge: Garth Rancier, Killam, AB Grand Champion Bull

Grand Champion Female

October 8-10, 2016 - Victoriaville, QC

MFS Trendsetter 1B

KDL Dunraven Dude

Sire: SVF/NJC Mo Better M217 Exhibited By: Dunraven Simmentals, Calumet Island, QC

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Sire: TNT Gunner N208 Exhibited BY: Mutch Farms, Vernon, PEI

Donovandale Bailey 2B

Greyledge El Lucifer

Sire: Mr HOC Broker Exhibited By: Donovandale Farms, Ashton, ON

Carp Fair

Sire: MRL El Tigre 52Z Exhibited By: David & Marilyn Grey, Cookshire, QC

Grand Champion Bull

Grand Champion Female

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Carp, ON Judge: Josh Taylor, Perkins, OK

XCEL Daytrader 401D

PHCC Jaelyns Bliss 401B & PHCC Devil’s Cut 606D

Donovandale Carefree 4C

Sire: Harvie Wallbanger 111X Exhibited by: J Star Livestock & Donovandale Farms, Ashton, ON

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Sire: HOC Broker Exhibited by: XCEL Livestock, Russell, ON

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Sire: HOC Broker & SS/PRS Tail Gator Exhibited by: Pinch Hill Cattle Company, Stittsville, ON

PHCC Devil’s Cut 606D

Sire: SS/PRS Tail Gator Exhibited by: Pinch Hill Cattle Company, Stittsville, ON

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Marvellous Mushroom Pot Roast Pot roasts make the most comforting one-pot meals. And bonus – they’re so simple to make: Just brown meat and flavourings, add a liquid for cooking, cover and slow-simmer – that’s all there is to it!

* 4 lb. (2 kg) Beef Pot Roast (e.g. Cross Rib, Blade or Brisket) * Coarsely ground sea salt or Kosher salt and pepper * 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil * 3 cloves garlic, minced * 1 cooking onion, cut into wedges lengthwise * 1/4 cup (50 mL) red wine or beef broth

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs

* 1 can, (284 mL) condensed mushroom soup, undiluted * 1 cup (250 mL) dried mushrooms, soaked, straining and reserving soaking liquid * 1 cup (250 mL) diced green beans and quartered button mushrooms * 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped parsley

1. Pat roast dry with towelling and season all over with salt and pepper. Use a heavy Dutch oven or cast iron pot to brown roast. Brown all over in hot oil using medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, turning often with tongs. Remove roast to plate; set aside. 2. Add garlic and onion to pot; reduce heat to medium and cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, adding more oil or a splash of water to prevent scorching. Stir in wine, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot. Stir in mushroom soup, mushrooms, soaked dried mushrooms and liquid from soaked dried mushrooms. Add roast. 3. *Cover with tight fitting lid Simmer on stove-top over low heat or in 325°F (160°F) for 2 hours, maintaining a constant simmer. Turn roast over; scatter with green beans. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes until vegetables and meat are fork-tender. Remove roast and vegetables to platter; tent with foil. 4.

Season sauce to taste. Finish by stirring in parsley. Serve veggies and sauce with sliced roast.

*Slow-Cooker Method: Transfer roast and any liquid in pan (from browning) into a slow cooker insert. Add mushrooms, soaked dried mushrooms and soaking liquid. Cover and slow-cook on LOW setting for 6 to 8 hours. Remove roast to cutting board; cover with foil and towel to keep warm. Add green beans to sauce; cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes or until tender. Stir in parsley; serve veggies and sauce with sliced roast.

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

Where only 2 year old bulls sell

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

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Spring Evaluation Data Entry Deadline Lloydminster Stockade Roundup Lloydminster, SK Stockade Roundup Fall Fusion All Breeds Sale Lloydminster, SK Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Toronto, ON Royal Simmental Futurity Show Toronto, ON Royal Simmental Open Show Toronto, ON Royal Elite All Breeds Sale Toronto, ON Flatrock Valley Simmentals Complete Female Dispersal Dawson Creek, BC Farmfair International Edmonton, AB Farmfair International- National Simmental Show Edmonton, AB Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 36th Annual Sale Cypress River, MB Central Invitational Simmental Sale Woodville, ON Futures One Online Simmental Sale Western Harvest 3rd Annual Simmental Bred Heifer Sale Innisfail, AB Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale Ponoka, AB Canadian Western Agribition Regina, SK 46th Annual Agribition Simmental Show and Sale Regina, SK Marywood Classic Sale Listowel, ON Harvest Hoedown 22nd Annual Simmental Heifer Sale Neepawa, MB Camrose Country Classic Simmental Sale Camrose, AB Windy Hill Livestock Bull & Female Sale Moose Jaw, SK

Dec. 1 Dec. 2 Dec. 2 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 5 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 12

Commercial Country January Issue Advertising Deadline Regular Bred Heifer Sale Featuring Kohut Ranches Innisfail, AB SimPower Bred Female Sale Innisfail, AB Lewis Farms 2016 Leading Ladies Female Sale Spruce Grove, AB Wolfe Farms 12th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale Valleyview, AB Workman Farms 13th Annual Female Sale Killarney, MB The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Lloydminster, SK 38th Annual Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Double Bar D “Sharing the Herd” Production Sale Grenfell, SK Transcon’s Simmsational 39th Annual Simmental Sale Moose Jaw, SK McMillen Ranching Herdbuilder Female Sale Carievale, SK Meadow Acres “Maidens of the Meadow” Production Sale Alameda, SK Stoughton Farms Ltd. Complete Herd Dispersal Lloydminster, SK

December

Dec. 12 Dec. 13 Dec. 13 Dec. 15 Dec. 16 Dec. 17 Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 29 Dec. 31

Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale Brandon, MB Bonchuk Farms Female Production Sale Virden, MB Southern Alberta Simmental Roundup 23rd Annual Bull & Female Sale Stavely, AB Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Deadline 5th Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale Olds, AB Checkers Red, Black and Fullblood Sale Ponoka, AB Transcon’s National Trust “On Ice” Chapter IX Simmental Semen & Embryo Sale Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation Fullblood Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XIX Simmental Sale Red Deer, AB Spring Creek “Golden Opportunity III” Female Sale Moosomin, SK Twin Brae Simmentals Bred Female Dispersal Virden, MB Rainalta Complete Simmental and Charolais Herd Dispersal Sale Brooks, AB New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale Olds, AB

Jan. 1 Jan. 14 Jan. 16 Jan. 24-25 Jan. 27-28 Jan. 28 Jan. 30

February 2017 Herdsire Issue Advertising Deadline Sim Magic on Ice- Volume 8 Denver, CO The One Simmental Sale XXIV Denver, CO Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Regina, SK Canadian Bull Congress Camrose, AB Lazy S Bull Power Sale Mayerthorpe, AB The Genetic Vault Online Frozen Genetic Sale

January

February Feb. 5 Hartman Cattle Co. Bull Sale Techumseh, NE Feb. 7 Werning Cattle Co. 36th Annual Production Sale Emery, SD Feb. 9 Rust Mountain View Ranch 6th Annual Bull & Female Sale Mercer, ND Feb. 9 Janzen Ranches 24th Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Rosemary, AB Feb. 10 Genetic Edge 18th Annual Bull Sale Rimbey, AB Feb. 11 Kenner Simmental 21st Annual Production Sale Leeds, ND Feb. 12 Diamond M Ranch 5th Annual Bull Sale Estevan, SK Feb. 14 Jeans & Genetics Simmental Bull Sale Ponoka, AB Feb. 15 Outlaw Cattle Co. Bull & Female Sale Hussar, AB Feb. 16 M&J/Glasman Farms Simmental & Angus Bull and Female Sale Russell, MB Feb. 17 Young Guns Simmental Bull & Female Sale Irma, AB

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March

Mader Ranches 28th Annual Bull & Female Sale Carstairs, AB Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale Virden, MB Select Opportunity 3rd Annnual Bull & Female Sale Olds, AB Rendezvous Farms 13th Annual “Holiday Monday” Simmental Bull & Female Sale Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Crossroad Farms 11th Annual Bull Sale Shell Lake, SK Robb/ Hoegl 12th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK YCSA Youth Leadership Conference Calgary, AB Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull & Female Sale Westlock, AB Lewis Farms 32nd Annual Bull Sale Spruce Grove, AB Beechinor Bros. Simmental Bull & Female Sale Bentley, AB Muirhead Cattle Co. 15th Annual Simmental Bull Sale Shellbrook, SK Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” 17th Annual Sale Grenfell, SK

Mar. 1 Herd Master 22nd Annual Bull Sale Camrose, AB Mar. 1 Erixon Simmentals Annual Bull Sale Saskatoon, SK Mar. 2 Pheasantdale 13th Annual Bull & Female Sale Balcarres, SK Mar. 3 LaBatte Simmentals with Guest, Meadow Acres Farm, 37th Annual Bull & Female Sale Moose Jaw, SK Mar. 3 12th Annual Bullfest Sale Camrose, AB Mar. 3 Chittick Family 6th Annual Bull Sale Mayerthorpe, AB Mar. 4 McMillen Ranching 23rd Annual Bull Sale Carievale, SK Mar. 4 MCG Simmentals and RACK Red Angus 10th Annual Bull Sale Stavely, AB Mar. 4 12th Annual Lockhart Valley Simmentals/Beagle Simmentals Bull Sale Rimbey, AB Mar. 5 R-Plus Simmentals Bull & Female Sale Estevan, SK Mar. 6 Transcon’s Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale Innisfail, AB Mar. 6 Ashworth Farm & Ranch 14th Annual Simmental Sale Oungre, SK Mar. 6 24th Severtson Land & Cattle/ Trendsetter Livestock Bull Sale Innisfail, AB Mar. 7 Built Right Bull Sale Provost, AB Mar. 7 Harvie Ranching 8th Annual Bull Sale Olds, AB Mar. 8 Mar Mac Farms & Guests Bull Sale Brandon, MB Mar. 8 Skor Simmentals 15th Annual Red & Black Bull Sale Camrose, AB Mar. 8 Sunny Valley Simmentals 27th Annual Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK Mar. 9 In Pursuit of Perfection 12th Annual Bull Sale Moosomin, SK Mar. 9 Westway/ Deeg 14th Annual Bull Sale Olds, AB

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Northern Classic Charolais & Simmental Sale Grand Prairie, AB Blushrose Simmental Farm’s 13th Annual Bull Sale Unity, SK Ranchland’s Simmental Bull Sale Stavely, AB Synergie 6th Annual Bull Sale Ste-Sophie de Levra, PQ CD Land & Cattle Annual Bull Sale Taber, AB Next Generation 4th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Swantewitt Simmentals Annual Bull & Heifer Sale Mayerthorpe, AB Rebels of the West Simmental Bull Sale Virden, AB South Sask Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Moose Jaw, SK March Madness Online Semen & Embryo Sale Oakview/ Perkin/ Triple R Simmental Bull Sale Brandon, MB Kuntz, Stoughton, McIntosh, SAJ Simmental Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale Killarney, MB On Target Bull & Female Sale Barrhead, AB Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB Adair Ranch Bull & Female Sale Provost, AB Get-A-Grip Angus and Simmental Bull & Female Sale Forestburg, AB Family Tradition Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale Dropmpre, MB Porter Ranches Bull Sale Stony Plain, AB Proudly Western Bull Sale Whitewood, SK Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests 18th Annual Bull Sale Cheneville, PQ HWY 16 West Multibreed Bull Sale Mayerthorpe, AB Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale Red Deer, AB WLB Livestock’s 13th Annual Simmental Bull Sale Douglas, MB Herter Simmentals “Paint’em Black” 2nd Annual Sale Maple Creek, SK Wheatland Cattle Co. Annual Bull Sale Bienfait, SK Transcon’s Mountainview Bull Sale Innisfail, AB Best of the Breeds Bull Sale Yorkton, SK Riverstone Cattle Co. Bull Sale Olds, AB Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale Swift Current, SK

Apr. 1 Apr. 1 Apr. 6 Apr. 8 Apr. 13

Transcon’s Advantage Bull Sale Saskatoon, SK Maritime Beef Test Station Bull Sale, Napan, NS Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale Winnipeg, MB Transcon’s Cattle Country Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB Daines Cattle Bull Sale Innisfail, AB

April

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ABC Cattle Co................................................ 64 Adair Ranch.................................................... 60 Afri-Can Simmentals....................................... 66 Alameda Agencies Ltd.................................... 70 Alliance Simmental Farms........................ 32, 67 Alta Genetics.................................................. 71 Anchor D Ranch............................................. 60 Applecross...................................................... 60 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd.......................... 64 Aumack Simmentals....................................... 64 Bar 5 Farms Ltd./Circle 3 Genetics.......... 27, 67 Bar CL Livestock............................................ 60 Beagle Simmentals......................................... 60 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals.......................... 60 Big Rock Simmentals..................................... 60 Black River Farms.......................................... 67 BlackSand Cattle Company............................ 66 Blushrose Simmental Simmental Farm.......... 64 Bohrson Marketing Services... 13, 14, 15, 25, 71 Bonchuk Farms.......................................... 8, 66 Bouchard Livestock International....................... ............................... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 71 Boundary Ranch....................................... 28, 64 Bova-Tech Ltd................................................. 71 Bow Valley Genetics....................................... 71 BS Ranch....................................................... 60 Canadian Bull Congress................................. 70 Canadian Cattlemen....................................... 71 Carey, Brent.................................................... 70 Casaloma Cattle Company............................. 64 Cattle Cures.................................................... 70 Circle G Simmentals & Angus........................ 60 City View Simmentals..................................... 64 Clearwater Simmentals............................ 23, 60 Come As U R Simmentals.............................. 33 Coulee Crossing Cattle................................... 28 Crimson Tide Flechvieh.................................. 67 Crocus Simmentals........................................ 28 Crossroad Farms............................................ 64 Czech-Mate Livestock.................................... 60 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd.......... 71 Deeg Simmentals..................................... 20, 61 Destiny Simmentals........................................ 67 Diamond T Simmentals.................................. 61 Don Heggie Simmentals................................. 61 Donovandale Farms....................................... 67 Dora Lee Genetics.......................................... 67 Dorran Marketing Inc...................................... 70 Dorran, Steve................................................. 70 Double Bar D Farms............................... IFC, 64 Double G Simmentals............................... 28, 64 Downey Farms............................................... 66 Dunc’s Cattle Co............................................. 68 Dwayann Simmentals..................................... 68 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals................................ 61 East Poplar Simmentals........................... 28, 65 Edge, Dean..................................................... 70 EDN Simmentals............................................ 64 Elm Tree Farms.............................................. 68 Erixon Simmentals Inc.............................. 28, 65 Fallen Timber Farms...................................... 60 Ferme Gagnon Farm...................................... 69 Ferme Saro Farm........................................... 69 Foley Simmentals........................................... 68 Genex Cooperative, Inc.................................. 71 GJR Simmentals............................................. 65 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd...................... 70

Gravandale Simmentals................................. 68 Grinalta Farms................................................ 61 H.S. Knill Company Ltd.................................. 71 Hairy Hill Cattle Co......................................... 61 Hallridge Simmentals...................................... 68 Hannah Simmentals................................. 37, 61 Harvie Ranching....................................... 35, 61 High Bluff Stock Farm..................................... 66 High Country Cattle Services......................... 61 Hi-Tech Farms................................................ 68 Hoegl Livestock.............................................. 65 Indian River Cattle Co.................................... 68 Jackson Cattle Co........................................ 332 Janzen Brogran Embryo Services Ltd............ 71 Janzen Ranches............................................. 61 Jetstream Livestock........................................ 68 JNR Farms..................................................... 61 Keato Meadow Simmentals............................ 61 Kin Kin Cattle Co............................................ 61 Kuntz Simmental Farm................................... 65 LaBatte Simmentals........................... 28, 29, 65 Lazy Bar B Simmentals............................ 28, 65 Lazy Creek Simmentals.................................. 28 Lazy S Ranch Inc........................................... 61 Lewis Farms............................................ 61, BC Little Willow Creek Ranch............................... 65 Lobster Point Farms....................................... 69 Log & Tim Forest Products Ltd....................... 70 Lone Stone Farms.......................................... 61 M & J Farms................................................... 67 M & R Cattle Co.............................................. 62 MacKenzie Cattle Company........................... 62 Mader Ranches.............................................. 62 Maple Key Farm............................................. 68 Mappin Simmentals........................................ 62 Mar Mac Farms.............................................. 67 Masterfeeds.............................................. 21, 70 Maxwell Simmentals................................... 5, 62 McCormack Family Ranch............................. 65 MCG Simmentals........................................... 62 McIntosh Livestock......................................... 65 McManus Simmentals.................................... 67 McMillen Ranching Ltd................................... 65 Meadow Acres Farms................... 16, 17, 29, 65 MI Simmentals.......................................... 47, 62 Mitchell Cattle Co........................................... 60 Muirhead Cattle Co......................................... 65 New Holland..................................................... 1 Nolara Farms............................................ 36, 62 North Creek Simmentals................................ 65 North Hill Simmentals..................................... 62 O Double E Simmentals................................. 62 Oberg, Don..................................................... 70 O’Brien Farms................................................ 68 O’Grady Steel................................................. 70 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group............ 47, 62 Oslanski Simmental Farms............................. 62 Outlaw Cattle Company.................................. 41 Parkhill Ranches............................................. 62 Parview Stock Farms...................................... 47 Pearson Simmentals...................................... 62 Pheasantdale Simmentals.............................. 65 Phillips Farms................................................. 69 Pine Creek Simmentals.................................. 62 Porter Ranches............................................... 63 Rainalta Simmental & Charolais......... 10, 11, 63 Rancier Farms.......................................... 19, 63

RDG Simmentals............................................ 63 Rehorst Farms Ltd.......................................... 68 Rendezvous Farms........................................ 67 Ricochet Stock Farms.................................... 47 River Point Cattle Co...................................... 68 Riverbank Farm.............................................. 67 Robb Farms.................................................... 65 Robson Acres................................................. 68 Rosebud Simmentals..................................... 63 Rust Mountain View Ranch............................ 69 SAJ Simmentals............................................. 66 Saugeen Acres............................................... 63 SIBL Simmentals............................................ 39 Silver Lake Farms..................................... 32, 40 Silver Smith Farms Ltd................................... 63 Simmeron Simmentals................................... 63 Skeels, Dan.................................................... 70 Skor Simmentals............................................ 63 South Holden Simmentals................................ 4 Southpaw Cattle Company............................. 63 Spring Creek Simmentals......................... 25, 66 Spring Lake Simmentals................................. 63 Starwest Farms.............................................. 60 Steen Agencies............................................... 70 Stewart Simmentals........................................ 68 Stock, Mark..................................................... 70 Stockmens Insurance..................................... 70 Stone Simmentals.......................................... 63 Storebo Farms.......................................... 28, 66 Stoughton Farms Ltd................................ 24, 66 Sullivan Simmentals....................................... 69 Sully’s Farm.................................................... 68 Sun Rise Simmentals..................................... 66 Sun Star Simmentals...................................... 63 Sunny Valley Simmentals......................... 28, 66 Sunnyside Simmentals................................... 28 Swan Lake Farms........................................... 66 Swantewitt Simmentals.................................. 63 T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd...................... IFC, 24, 71 The Register................................................... 69 Timberlind Auctions........................................ 70 Todd Simmentals............................................ 69 Transcon Livestock Corp.................................... ........................... 23, 28, 42, 43, 47, 71, 76, IBC Trevor’s Cowpix.............................................. 71 Triple Rose Simmentals................................. 69 Tryon Simmentals........................................... 69 TSN Livestock................................................ 67 Twin Brae Simmentals.................................... 67 Twin Butte Simmentals................................... 63 Tymarc Livestock............................................ 63 Vernon Properties Ltd..................................... 47 Virginia Ranch................................................ 64 W2 Farms....................................................... 66 W2 Land & Cattle........................................... 64 Weldehaven Farms........................................ 69 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company.................... 63 Westway Farms Ltd........................................ 64 Wild Oak Farms.............................................. 69 Windy Hill Livestock........................................ 18 Windy Knoll Farm........................................... 69 WJ Simmentals........................................... 4, 64 Wolfe Farms................................................... 64 Wolfe’s Flechvieh........................................... 64 Wright’s Pro-Rich Seeds................................ 67 XRC Simmentals............................................ 66 X-T Simmentals.............................................. 28

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

CSA Directors

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

Kelly Ashworth Oungre, SK P: (306) 456-2749 C: (306) 861-2013 jashworth@sasktel.net

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

Dan Skeels Rimbey, AB P: (403) 843-4756 C: (403) 783-1217 anchordranch@albertahighspeed.net Francis Gagnon Cheneville, QC P: (819) 428-3502 C: (514) 975-3722 francis_gagnon0407@hotmail.com Roger Deeg Strathmore, AB P: (403) 901-5305 rbdeeg@gmail.com Marlin LeBlanc Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-8031 C: (306) 421-2470 marlinleblanc@sasktel.net Larry Barkley Ingleside, ON P: (613)537-2441 C: (613)360-2443 larrybarkley@sympatico.ca

Provincial Associations British Columbia President Lorne Webster Abbotsford, BC P/F: (604) 823-6797 Secretary: Jan Wisse P: (604) 794-3684 Alberta President Kyle Lewis Spruce Grove, AB P: (780) 220-9188 kyle@lewisfarms.ca Office Contact Heather Saucier Airdrie, AB P: (403) 861-6352 F: (403) 948-2059 saucierh@telus.net Promotion / Fieldperson Chuck Groeneveld High River, AB P: (403) 938-7843 barnboss@telus.net Saskatchewan President Ryan Lundberg Eastend, SK P: (306) 295-7999 ryan_lundberg2@hotmail.com Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

Manitoba President Everett Olson Rapid City, MB P: (204) 826-2643 everettolson@mymts.com Secretary: Laurelly Beswitherick P: (204) 637-2046 Email: b2@inetlink.ca Ontario President Tina Hiddink Bloomfield, ON P: (613) 399-3239 wildoak@xplornet.ca Quebec Président Sylvain Lambert La Presentation, PQ P: (450) 796-5914 Secretaire: Sandra Berthiaume Saint-Garmain, QC P/F (819) 395-4453 sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca Maritimes President Don Godfrey Meadow Bank, PEI P: (902) 566-3613 Secretary: Jennie Mutch P: (902) 388-1613 jenniemutch@gmail.com

CSA Staff General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com Programs Coordinator Meghan Black P: (506) 324-4825 mblack@simmental.com Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com Receptionist & Member Services Devra Leavitt reception@simmental.com Administrative Assistant Rae-Lee Erickson rerickson@simmental.com YCSA Coordinator Kelsey Dust P: (306) 291-7086 kdust@simmental.com Simmental Country Sales Representative Ryan Cook P: (780) 818-3452 rcook@simmental.com

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

Manitoba Simmental Association................ 50

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

Ontario Simmental Association................... 51

Breed Improvement (English)...................... 22

Maritime Simmental Association................. 52

From the Director’s Chair............................ 26

Young Canadian Simmental Association..... 54

Women in Simmental Country..................... 30

On the Road................................................. 55

Vet’s Advice................................................. 34

Maritime YCSA Classic............................... 55

From the Gate Post (French)........................ 38

Show Results................................................ 56

Breed Improvement (French)....................... 44

Whats Happening......................................... 72

Member Announcements............................. 46

Advertisers Index......................................... 74

Alberta Simmental Association News......... 48

CSA Contacts............................................... 75

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CYPRESS RIVER, MB

PEMBINA TRIANGLE SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION 35TH ANNUAL SALE

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INNISFAIL, AB

WESTERN HARVEST SIMMENTAL HEIFER SALE

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NEEPAWA, MB

HARVEST HOEDOWN SIMMENTAL HEIFER SALE

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MOOSE JAW, SK

TRANSCON'S SIMMSATIONAL 39TH ANNUAL SIMMENTAL SALE

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INNISFAIL, AB

TRANSCON'S “WORKING GIRLS” CHAROLAIS FEMALE SALE

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STAVELY, AB

SOUTHERN ALBERTA SIMMENTAL ROUNDUP 23RD ANNUAL BULL & FEMALE SALE

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INNISFAIL, AB

FOAT VALLEY STOCK FARM COMPLETE CHAROLAIS HERD DISPERSAL

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RED DEER, AB

TRANSCON'S NATIONAL TRUST "ON ICE" CHAPTER IX SIMMENTAL SEMEN & EMBRYO SALE

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RED DEER, AB

TRANSCON'S FLECKVIEH EQUATION, FULLBLOOD SIMMENTAL SALE

18

RED DEER, AB

TRANSCON'S ULTIMATE RED & BLACK XIX, SIMMENTAL SALE

21

VIRDEN, MB

TWIN BRAE SIMMENTALS BRED FEMALE DISPERSAL

FEBRUARY 9

ROSEMARY, AB

JANZEN RANCHES 24TH ANNUAL SIMMENTAL & RED ANGUS BULL SALE

17

IRMA, AB

YOUNG GUNS SIMMENTAL BULL & FEMALE SALE

20

STE. ROSE DU LAC, MB RENDEZVOUS FARMS 13TH ANNUAL "HOLIDAY MONDAY"

24

WESTLOCK, AB

LONE STONE FARMS SIMMENTAL & RED ANGUS BULL & FEMALE SALE

27

BENTLEY, AB

BEECHINOR BROS. SIMMENTAL BULL & FEMALE SALE

SIMMENTAL BULL & FEMALE SALE

MARCH 3

MOOSE JAW, SK

LABATTE SIMMENTALS WITH GUEST, MEADOW ACRES FARM 37TH ANNUAL BULL & FEMALE SALE

6

INNISFAIL, AB

TRANSCON'S BULL SPECTRUM SIMMENTAL SALE

8

CAMROSE, AB

SKOR SIMMENTALS 15TH ANNUAL RED & BLACK BULL SALE

11

STAVELY, AB

RANCHLAND'S SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

13

BRANDON, MB

OAKVIEW/PERKIN/TRIPLE R SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

15

NEEPAWA, MB

TRANSCON'S PREMIUM BEEF SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

17

DROPMORE, MB

FAMILY TRADITION CHAROLAIS & SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

20

RED DEER, AB

TRANSCON'S RED DEER SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

25

INNISFAIL, AB

TRANSCON'S MOUNTAINVIEW BULL SALE SIMMENTAL CHAROLAIS, RED ANGUS, POLLED HEREFORD

TBA BEAVERLODGE, AB

TRANSCON'S PEACE COUNTRY SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

APRIL

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SASKATOON, SK

TRANSCON'S ADVANTAGE BULL SALE SIMMENTAL, RED ANGUS, CHAROLAIS

6

WINNIPEG, AB

TRANSCON'S WINNIPEG SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

8

NEEPAWA, MB

TRANSCON'S CATTLE COUNTRY SIMMENTAL BULL SALE

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December 3, 2016

1:00 pm

LFE BS HARLOW 639B Commissioner X Bundi Bred Mar. 29 to Style

LFE RS PRIDE 642B Red Mountain x 514N Exposed to LFE 397C (Bounty Son)

Spruce Grove , Ab

LFE BS MARY 6C Gotham X Punk Bred Mar. 30 to Bounty

LFE RS POCAHONTAS 74C Springsteen X Rochfort Bred Mar. 29 to Cobra

Selling 65 Purebred Bred Heifers & 3 Embryo Lots

Selling 200 Customer Commercial Bred Heifers SBV ABBEY 37C Landslide x Colorado Exposed to RWR Tahonta 8C

LFE BA JENNIFER 10C Active Duty X Bismarck Bred Mar. 24 to Renown

RED LFE DUCHESS 107C Turbulence X Oscar Exposed to Sniper

LFE BA TIFANY 17C Harvestor X Soo Line Legacy Bred Mar. 21 to Active Duty

Website: www.lewisfarms.ca Office Ph.: 780-962-5050 Fax: 780-962-2467 Jordan Buba: 780-818-4047 Kyle Lewis: 780-220-9188 Ken Lewis: 780-818-3829 emails: jordan@lewisfarms.ca kyle@lewisfarms.ca lewis@xplornet.com Guest Consignors: Mark Land & Cattle, Lenny Mark 780-842-7207 Golden Sunset Ranch, Kyle Martin 780-581-4418 SCnov16_Covers.indd 1

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