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

Barb Judd Office Manager Phone: 403-250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com

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

Kelly Richardson

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

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

Where to From Here?

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s I sit down to write this article the last weeks of fall are nearing and the run of calves through the auction marts is well under way, and what a pleasure to finally be seeing those calves selling for prices that we all have long waited for. There is little sense in quoting exact prices from a specific sale as we have been seeing record prices broken in some areas from week to week, however in Western Canada reports outside “coffee row� have shown 350 pound calves bringing over $1350 per head and 8-weight calves topping at over $2000. Below are prices compiled by Canfax for the first week of October as compared to 2013 numbers and the difference in the price per hundredweight. Steer Wt lbs 400-500 500-600 600-700 700-800 800-900

Range $ per cwt $313-$338 $273-$298 $251-$274 $243-$260 $230-$243

Average $ per cwt $326.25 $285.00 $260.75 $248.40 $236.75

Gross Average Last Year $ per Head $ change $1468.13 +$146 $1567.50 +$120 $1694.88 +$104 $1863.00 +$98 $2012.38 +$92

There are several factors influencing these strong prices including a huge decrease in the number of calves available, the devaluing of the Canadian Dollar relative to the American currency, and large supply of feed grain that is expected to be hard to move again this crop year. Another factor is the overall price in the meat case for beef as well as a shortage of supply in competing meats. Market analysts all seem to be forecasting that cattle producers are positioned to enjoy strong market prices for cattle for the next few years, keeping in mind that poultry and pork supply can increase quickly and impact the overall meat supply in North America and therefore our prices. Over all great news and a bright future for those in the cow/calf sector and something that gives us a reason to smile and feel good about what we are doing as a profession.

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The bred cow and heifer market is another topic of discussion this fall and will be somewhat clearer by the time you receive this however at this point many feel they will be quite strong especially given the very strong cull cow market prices that we are enjoying. This combined with big calves returning over $2000 per head it is likely not out of reach to forecast that good bred cows may bring $3000 or perhaps slightly higher. Where does this position the purebred female market? The rule of thumb overall for commercial cattle prices affecting purebred prices has traditionally been an eighteen month lag; that of course being in times that have not seen quite the dramatic increase in commercial prices. With the first few purebred female production sales just completed we have not seen the overall increase some may have anticipated however they have been very strong and one must always recognize that quality and marketing are often a strong influencer of overall price and ultimately success on sale day over the fact that it is simply a product of a purebred program. Having said that the price spread is likely as narrow between commercial female to purebred female price as it has ever been and the time has never been better to replace some of those cows that are at the end of their career with some younger females carrying the better genetics of today. The beef cattle industry is strong and ready to grow, and with that the market has never been more hungry for superior Simmental seed-stock and the genetics they contain. It’s time to enjoy the success but also hone and improve our management for the days when the margins will once again be tighter. There has always been tremendous opportunity in the beef business and that will continue for those who are progressive and choose to move forward. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2015!


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f Service Sires o the bred heifers KWA FLYF Red Mountain

MRL 138Z

TNT Bootlegger

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MBJ 50T

MBJ 10R

MBJ 25T

MBJ 27T

MBJ 29R

MBJ 72S

MBJ 77S

MBJ 147S

MBJ 100T


December 6, 2014 Heartland Livestock, Virden, MB

Selling Approximately...

40 proven cows & 75 bred heifers Reds & Blacks

MBJ 6A

MBJ 11A

MBJ 806A

MBJ 15T

MBJ 90S

MBJ 155A

MBJ 68A

MBJ 145A

MBJ 181A

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Casino Hammer

Integrity

AR Detour

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Muirheads Broker 221Z

These young sires represent an investment of many hours, miles and dollars. Broker topped the Muirhead Sale. Horizon 16A was the high seller at our sale to X-T, and we share April & May walking rights. Sheriff topped the Kuntz & Partners Sale. We purchased two semen packages from new owners, Bonchuk Farms and Semex. Bootlegger we use AI through Semex, we have calves on the ground and they are impressive.

IPU Horizon 16A

TNT Bootlegger Z268 (AI Service Sire)

For herdbull pictures, pedigrees and comments, visit our website www.LaBatteSimmentals.com

Kuntz Sheriff 8A

MRL El Tigre 52Z

El Tigre and Pit Boss are young to qualify for the “Ol’ Boys Club” but their first calves indicate they soon will be full-fledged members.

MAF R Horizon 7Y

Progeny will sell in our 2015 Bull & Female Sale on Friday March 6, at Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Erixon Pit Boss 21Z

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Springcreek Liner 56U


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World Congress of Genetic Applied to Livestock Production

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By: Dr. John Crowley, University of Alberta

he state of art of animal breeding and genetics was presented and discussed in detail at the World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) which took place in Vancouver this past August. WCGALP is a conference that is held once every 4 years and so attracts the best of the best in the field. The conference itself was 6 days and was well supported by the international research community. Boat trips, a night at the Vancouver aquarium and the final gala dinner kept the delegates entertained. WCGALP 2018 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand. Approx. 1500 strong delegates attended the conference with the major topics including methodologies to incorporate genomics into genetic evaluations, utilising next generation sequence (NGS) data, functional genomics, the future of genomics in a genetic improvement framework and the genetics of feed efficiency and health being two popular goal traits. On the topic of feed efficiency, Dr. Donagh Berry from Ireland ended his talk with the nike adage, just do it! He was referring to the research that has gone into selecting for feed efficiency over the last 20-30 years and yet no one has really adopted it because some are still fearful of underlying negative correlations. The research has turned up nothing solid in the way of undesired effects and in a balanced breeding programme where production, fertility and health are still selected for, feed efficiency can be selected for and improved. It was certainly anticipated that since the last world congress 4 years ago there would be much ado about NGS. However, it’s to be noted that the volume of talks on the topic did not live up to the expectation. On reflection, the fact that we are only getting to grips on how to handle NGS data along with the fact that there is so much to still sort out with effectively utilising the density of genomic data we have now validates the less than anticipated volume of presentations on NGS. There was however plenty of talks and posters on genomic selection (GS) as well as genome wide association studies/QTL approaches and their potential to add accuracy to GS. On the topic of utilising sequence data in breeding programmes, the sheer amount of data to contend with is leading researchers of genetic evaluations to a functional type approach where

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researchers are taking more cognizance of causative and functional mutations. The presentations that were made on NGS focussed mainly on the creation and handling of the data and on the use of the data to identify deleterious mutations along with the imputation of lower density genotypes to full sequence. No doubt in the next 4 years NGS will remain a hot topic and New Zealand 2018 should reveal some very interesting results. A lot of time was gives to genomic selection approaches mostly around the finessing of the models and implementing fewer steps to get to the end point. The amount of genomic data is ever growing and models that can effectively handle this is of primary importance. Of course there was also a lot of discussion on what model is best out of all the new methodologies suggested. In most genetic evaluations that are up and running a genomic enhanced version of the traditional animal model which utilises pedigree information is favoured however models that sum up the effects of all genetic markers to create a breeding value are becoming implemented more and more. Most of this work is tested in purebred populations and seems to work well. Genomic predictions across breeds is something that is not nearly as accurate yet as scientists would like for a nationwide launch but it has been realised that across breed predictions benefit from what is known on closely related individuals. This highlights the importance of continuous data collection on farm level as the prediction for next generations animals will come from those in the last couple of generations. It was very interesting to note that the arrival of genomics has highlighted the increased need for phenotyping, not less, and there were several sessions focussed on phenotyping and its accuracy. Genomics helps us to analyse the data better but it is the phenotype that remains the basis of genetic improvement. For genomic GS in Canada, most of the breed societies are at some stage of developing breed specific prediction equations. Some are further along than others but this is mainly owing to the amount of data available to the geneticists; the more the better. While GS bulls will be more common in the sales ring soon and that DNA symbol will start to crop up on sales sheets it’s only a matter of time before GS is par for the course in Canadian animal breeding.


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COMPLETE DISPERSAL

BSCC 934W – Rose Cow Family- 16 Maternal Progeny Sell

BSCC 942W – Daughter Sells with Embryos

BSCC 17Z – TNT R63 Cow Family 4 Maternal Progeny Sell

MBJ 903A - Gold Standard

BSCC 58X – Phoebe Cow Family 15 Maternal Progeny Sell

BSCC 17X – Neva Cow Family – 12 Maternal Progeny Sell

BSCC 31X - Shania Cow Family – 5 Maternal Progeny Sell

BSCC 11Z – 12 Wallbanger Daughters Sell

BSCC 21A – Power Play Daughter

MBJ 66A - Olympian

200 Lots All Females Sell Cows, Bred Heifers, Heifer Calves Pregnant Recips, Semen, Embryos and Herd Bulls!

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MBJ 55N – Josie Cow Family – 3 Maternal Progeny, 6 Pregnant Wallbanger Recips Sell

WFL 51Y -Absolute

NUG 324A - Royal Red

Bred to Sires of the Future! Spring Creek Gold Standard Spring Creek Olympian Maxwell Royal Red BlackSand Mind Games TNT Bootlegger Westway Absolute

HAR 111X - Wallbanger

Sired by Industry Greats Spring Creek 104S Harvey Wallbanger Hart All In Spring Creek 56U Spring Creek Lotto


200 Lots with 60 Homo Black Females, 125 Homo Polled Females & Resulting Recipient Offspring

BSCC 5A – 40 Lotto Daughters Sell – Breds and Heifer Calves

BSCC 24A – Rose Cow Family – 5 Full Sisters Sell

BSCC 65A – Maternal Sister to Spring Creek Lotto – 3 Full Sisters Sell

BSCC 952W – 3 Maternal Progeny Sell – 9 Pregnant Recips by Olympian

BSCC 4Z – Sadie Cow Family – 8 Maternal Progeny Sell

MBJ 73T - 3 Maternal Progeny Sell, 4 Pregnant Recips by FBF1 Combustible and Grandmother to Olympian and Gold Standard

BSCC 823U – 3 Maternal Progeny Sell – 4 Pregnant Recips by Spring Creek Lotto and Embryos

BSCC 63Y - 12 Hart All In Progeny Sell

BSCC 834U - Rose Cow Family - 16 Maternal Progeny Sell

December 22, 2014 1:00 pm at Heartland Livestock Virden, MB Craig & Karla Davidson & Family Box 2680, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 • PH: 204.761.5991 craig@blacksandcattle.com • www.blacksandcattle.com Follow us on Twitter- @BlackSandCattle

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Member Announcements

Etienne et Veronique Bellavance, la Ferme Sibelle Fleck, sont heureux de vous annoncer la naissance de leur petite fille Clara Bellavance, née le 6 août. Elle pesait 6 lbs. 13 oz. et mesurait 52 cm. Bienvenue à la petite Clara et félicitations aux heureux parents et la famille Bellavance.

Ashleigh & Neil Cowan are thrilled to announce the newest member of the Waydamar Simmentals clan! Weston Grant Cowan was born July 4, 2014 at1:31 a.m. weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. Proud first time grandparents Dave & Gayle Milliner and Bill & Faith Cowan are thrilled! Mommy & Daddy, Auntie Lynsey & Uncle Grant can’t wait for him to start training his first Simmental calf!

66 Sheep River Cres. Okotoks, AB T1S 1T7 Brian Miller Ted Shacklady 403-938-7980 Bus: 403-860-3183 shackladyl@shaw.ca Res: 403-938-4454 25


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Barry & Glenda Chescu Inglis, MB 204-564-2509 204- 937-7180 204-247-0187 chescu@xplornet.ca

Twin Brae Simmentals

Auriel & Aster

Stubby Daughter bred to NCB Cobra 47Y

Ms Awesome 306A

Consigning 7 bred heifers and 5 open heifers to this sale

“Smooth polled Full Fleck” bred Anchor D Viper “Metro” Granddaughter

Ms Amelia 346A

Monday, December 1, 2014 Neepawa, MB

Harvest Hoedown Production Sale


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To help introduce Casaloma Cattle Co. to the Simmental industry, we are doing a joint sale of 2 bred and 2 open heifers at

The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Sale Lloydminster, AB, December 8, 2014. Watch for these consignments.

MLCC 61A - Stubby X SFM 9U Bred: Wheatland Terminator 202Z

JRAU 79A - Radium X Romulus Bred: Champs Bravo

JRAU 9B - Stubby X Red Ace

MLCC 23B - The Godfather X Body Builder

We are retaining our commercial cowherd of around 30 females and a handful of embryo calves born last winter. We have implanted a few frozen embryos this past spring, so we will still be involved in the Simmental business, only in a more labour reduced, relaxed atmosphere. Aumack Simmentals

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Casaloma Cattle Company

Daniel and Jodene FerrĂŠ Box 116 St.Brieux, SK S0K 3V0 Ph: 306-275-3113 C: 306-921-9654 E casalomaenterprises@hotmail.com www.casalomacattleco.com


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Women in Simmental Country

Blessed to have over 40 wonderful years on the farm- Betty Small

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etty Small says one of the biggest rewards of being a Simmental breeder for four decades is seeing many of the names of top animals they produced on their Ontario farm continue to do well for other breeders around the

world. Names such as Jake and Native Son and Eclipse and Equinox (two top performing polled Fleckvieh bulls). Franchesca, Western Lady, Elexis and Celine are some of the top females bred and born at Dora Lee Genetics and continue to appear in the pedigrees of top animals in shows and sales across the country. “We’ve always worked to improve the genetics of our cattle and it gives you a good feeling to see the names of some of the top performers continue to win awards as grand and reserve grand champions at various shows,” says Betty. “You sell a heifer one year, for example, and the next year she is in the winners’ circle at the Royal Winter fair or some other event — it is very rewarding.” Betty and her husband Ross, have been working for more than 40 years to develop and improve their beef operation at Harriston, northwest of Toronto or “about half way between Guelph/Kitchener and Owen Sound” as she describes it. They lived and worked in the Listowel area for about 10 years after their marriage, but as their young family began to grow they decided to return to farming to raise their children. “We bought this farm, which is really only about four miles from where I grew up,” says Betty, “But I never even knew it existed. When we got here we had two young children and a third one on the way. Neither Ross nor I wanted the twice daily commitment of dairy farming – we wanted to have time for our family - so we bought a few beef cattle, and he continued to work off farm for a year until we got our bearings.” The Smalls started out with what Betty describes as “sort of a motley crew of commercial beef cattle” but early on were impressed with this newer beef breed to Canada — Simmental. PUREBRED OPERATIONS The purebred business caught their attention on a couple

different fronts— they ventured into both purebred swine and beef production with the goal of selling breeding stock. The two enterprises provided the 300-acre farm with diversification. The plan wasn’t necessarily to develop big purebred operations, but “to focus on quality rather than quantity.” While Betty and Ross worked side by side in all aspects of the farming operation, Betty took the lead in genetic selection for the swine operation, while Ross’s passion was the beef cattle. A.I. has always been used extensively in both herds. The search for blood lines that would improve the herds has been one thing that has never changed. Many Dora Lee boars topped the Ontario test station and some won national awards. Having achieved excellent health status, many top indexing boars and gilts have been sold into a dozen countries around the world as well as to A. I. centres across Canada. The Smalls remained in the swine business for about 35

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years, selling the swine herd about five years ago. Today they still run about a 40 cow herd of full-blood Fleckvieh Simmentals. “Over the years we raised Duroc, Landrace and then York purebred pigs,” says Betty. “And really there was a lot of what we learned in producing swine that could be applied to improving the beef herd as well. It is somewhat easier with the swine because we had 2.3 litters per year, and you have so many more offspring and more generations so you can make and see improvements much faster. With the swine, for example, when we started, pigs had about a 18 – 22 millimeters of back fat, but through breeding and genetic selection, we were able to get that down to about 7 – 10 millimeters. And you can manage similar improvements in beef cattle. It may take a little longer, but many of the same principles apply. It’s all about making a difference.” “We didn’t start out with a plan to develop a purebred Simmental herd, but some of the first cows we bought, back in 1973, were bred to a half Simmental bull and we were really impressed with those calves,” she says. “Once we saw that, we decided that Simmental was the way to go.” Over the next few years their focus was to improve their herd’s genetics. Using A.I. they bred cows and replacement heifers to Simmental bulls, while the bull calves were sold for beef. The goal was to upgrade their herd to purebred by increasing the percentage of Simmental their cows, registering the 1/2, 3/4 and 7/8 offspring with the CSA. In early 1980s they bought their first fullblood Simmental cow and collected embryos from her. The calves from the fullblood cow then increased the number of fullblood females in the Dora Lee herd. “But in the 1980s Simmentals were becoming more popular, and the industry was interested in producing bigger and bigger animals,” says Betty. “For our operation and for many commercial operations, Ross and I felt this really wasn’t the beef animal people were looking for. So we became interested in the Fleckvieh strain of the Simmental breed. It was a smaller, lower maintenance animal that was well suited for our grass operation.” FLECKVIEH INFLUENCE They bought their first full Fleckvieh cow in 1988 and

a couple years later struck up a relationship with Keith Bloder, a small Fleckvieh breeder near Unity, Saskatchewan. They bought one cow/calf pair from his herd of 10 cows, then later he sold the Smalls three heifers and the next year another three heifer calves. “Then in late 1993 Keith decided he wanted to sell out, so we bought his remaining nine cows, and with the calves we had already bought from him earlier, that was really the start of


our Fleckvieh breeding program” says Betty. “Fleckvieh just seemed to make a better beef animal. They were a little smaller, and had improved feed efficiency. As we brought these Fleckvieh cattle into our herd, you could really see a difference in how much less feed they needed.” The Smalls made connections with other Fleckvieh breeders in Ontario and in 1994 they created the Fleckvieh Forum Group to help promote Fleckvieh and organize annual sales. The Fleckvieh Forum breeders have been having their own sale since 1994, except for in 2003, during the outbreak of BSE. CHANGE FOR THE BETTER The Smalls have paid particular attention over the years

to improving the quality and traits of their cattle to meet the needs of the commercial beef industry. For a number of years their customers had been asking for polled Fleckvieh bulls. So in 1998 they decided to take up the challenge to develop a polled Fleckvieh bull that would also retain the traits expected in good horned Fleckvieh cattle. “The process began by breeding a polled Fleckvieh bull to our top Fleckvieh females and in 2000 that produced a polled heifer calf,” says Betty. “The polled heifer was bred to a horned bull and that union again produced another polled heifer.” As the generations continued the program eventually produced an excellent polled Fleckvieh bull calf to be named Eclipse — the first polled Fleckvieh bull at Dora Lee. And in subsequent breeding, Eclipse produced a bull calf to be named Equinox, which was the first Dora Lee homozygous polled Fleckvieh bull. The polled breeding program has led to eight homozygous females in the Dora Lee herd “and we are able to keep breeding them to horned bulls to access some of the best genetics available, and yet maintain the polled feature.” Along with developing polled Fleckvieh cattle, the Smalls have — since attending the World Simmental Congress in the U.K. — been interested in using DNA testing to help select cattle for improved quality and performance. “Using the technology to analyze hair samples, DNA markers can be located and genetics predictions made to identify traits in animals such as feed efficiency, average daily gain, rib eye, temperament, longevity, marbling and tenderness,” says Betty. “Depending on what your objective is, this technology can be very useful in selecting those animals that best suit your breeding program.” Working with the animal health company Merial, the Smalls now have all calves produced each year DNA tested through the Igenity program. That information is analyzed to help them with in-herd selection. “Not everyone is using the tools that are available,” says Betty. “Yes, the testing can be expensive, but it provides a lot of useful information that can improve the efficiency of your breeding program. One trait we are particularly interested in is selecting animals with improved feed efficiency or residual feed intake. “We estimate that 80 per cent of our costs are feed related, and it was

virtually impossible to determine how feed efficient an animal is on pasture. Combining traditional evaluation methods with the ability to use DNA markers to identify animals that are more efficient is a game changer.” STICK WITH IMPROVEMENTS

Betty says after 40 years in the purebred beef business, they have no plans for major changes in their farming operation. They run between 35 and 40 head of full Fleckvieh females, with a breeding program that focuses on improving calving ease, feed conversion and average daily gain. The herd usually calves out in January and February, although a few are scheduled to be calving starting in early December 2014. Those cow/calf pairs will be pastured on the farm next summer, with the calves weaned in August. The calves will be evaluated the following spring as yearlings, with a decision made then on what will be bred and what will be culled. While Dora Lee has been involved in Fleckvieh Forum sales for 19 years, in 2014 for the first time they are relying mostly on website marketing. “People are always welcome to come to the farm, and this year we encouraged buyers to have a look at the yearlings on offer on our website,” says Betty. “And it is working quite well.” While she and Ross are still busy with the cattle, Betty says there were some hectic days in the early years looking after the household as well as the farm chores, and being involved with industry associations. As president of the Ontario and Canadian Swine Breeder Associations, Betty says she was often the only woman at the board room table and had to take a tough stand on many issues, including dealing with U.S. representatives on trade issues. “I think for women in agriculture, both then and now, have to realize they can play an important role not only on the farm, but with farm organizations and in dealing with major agriculture issues,” says Betty. “They have gifts and expertise to bring to the table.” With their four children grown and well established in their own careers — three of them with direct involvement in some aspect of agriculture — Betty and Ross Small are continuing to set goals for Dora Lee Genetics. They’re presently focusing on expanding their rotational grazing program, to improve their pasture management. “Ross looks after most of the day-to-day operations of the farm and I look after the office, the photography, managing the website, fitting cattle, gardening and yard work” says Betty. “We have really been blessed to have over 40 wonderful years on this farm and we have always enjoyed the cattle. “In fact we have picnic tables strategically placed around the farm, and through the summer and fall I’ll often pack a picnic lunch or dinner and we’ll just go out to one of those tables have our meal and watch the cattle,” says Betty. “We’ve got geese passing over head, the deer grazing in one part of the field and then the cattle, those are wonderful moments…it is just beautiful, we have truly been blessed.”

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Consigns to the Following

National Trust “on ice”

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - Red Deer, AB

Red Kyra X Blk Joker

Walker

JB 2Y 785989

BWPS 4T 679822

3 x 10 Packages of Semen

2 x 3 Embryo Packages

Southern Alberta Round-Up

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - High River, AB

BWPS 353A

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BWPS 365A

BWPS 360A

Brad, Crystal, Gavin & Thane Parker

High River, AB 403-888-2183 www.parviewstockfarms.com


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Swan Lake Farms & Johnson Stock Farms Breed Builder Female Sale December 17, 2014 - Whitewood, SK 100 Plus Females Sell

JVB 6Y DESTINY BUCKEYE x TNT TOP GUN R244

Bred: Kopp Spartan 113A on April 11

IPU 67T Sells Open Ready to Flush

LFE 624S

JHSN 71X

WFL FULLY CHARGED 201M x BH LIMITED BLACK 015K IPU RED RIBEYE 68R x CVR FULL MONTY 66H

LRX 153U Sells Open Ready to Flush

JHSN 82X IPU RED RIBEYE 68R x BLUCON LANCE

Bred: Moes Pit Viper 202Z

Selling: Fancy Heifer Calves Exciting Bred Heifers Powerful Cow/Calf Pairs

JHSN 727U WHEATLAND BULL 634S x CROSSROAD BENCHMARK 150M

Swan Lake Farms

Sale Managed by:

Chris Poley: 306-220-5006

JHSN 3125Z LRX SWEET MEAT 105X x TRIPLE C HIDDEN POWER

Johnson Stock Farms

Lyall & Konleigh Johnson Greg Goudy Ted Serhienko: Box 66, Windthorst, SK S0G 5G0 Stoughton, SK S0G 4T0 306-221-2711 306-224-4272 306-736-7877 306-457-7730 Shane Michelson: konleighjohnson@hotmail.com simmentalman@hotmail.com 403-363-9973 www.swanlakefarms.com View the catalogue online at www.buyagro.com

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From the Director’s Chair

Knowledge is Power David Milliner – CSA Director

In business today the success of many companies is based on intellectual properties and knowledge. As companies strive to stay ahead of their competition and gain market share they invest by training their employees and challenging them to be creative. Most business failures are a result of continuing to do the same old thing and not adopting or accepting change; sometimes we don’t have a choice and we are forced to accept change. My career started in the electronics technology business. During the 20 plus years I spent in that business, the technology changed drastically. We migrated from vacuum tubes to transistors, then to integrated circuits, which was followed by the power of microprocessors with memory storage. The use of microprocessors created a major change in the electronics industry. A small desktop computer had more power than a large building filled with vacuum tube circuits in the early years. During the 15 years I have been removed from that industry, the rapid development change has continued, with shorter life spans of new ideas. In the early 90’s for example, the size of a 337 megabyte data storage drives was the equivalent of carrying a 5 gallon pail of water. Today we can store that amount of information on something the size of your finger nail. Our world has seen significant change in the last 40 years, not all of it has easily been accepted. However, most of it is necessary as at some point the old became outdated or didn’t satisfied society’s needs. 40 years ago, when TV channels were free, not many of us would have believed we would have to pay $50 to $70 per month to watch the news, Hockey Night in Canada and reality shows on television. Like electronics we have seen significant change in the beef industry. Many of us can remember the little fat “beltbuckle” cattle back in the 1960’s. They looked great, took a pretty picture, but the packers told us they were to fat and inefficient, like the day of the vacuum tubes. For me showing at Royal Winter Fair Queens Guineas class in the 70’s was fun at the time, but looking back we observed the start of change. We then made the cattle tall and that seemed better, but it was an extreme that we soon realized was inefficient as well. Thankfully we have changed the type of our cattle back to a middle ground. We did it by using selection and the newly developing tools of the day to assist us. The evolution of record keeping of birth and performance weights led to performance evaluations and then the development of EPD’s. This has created a thirst for more information by our commercial producers to help them make better selection decisions of new genetics for their next breeding season. With all things new there are always some growing pains and one that is commonly pointed at by some involves EPD’s 40

and the reality that the numbers can change from year to year on a specific animal mainly as a result of increasing accuracy, based on more records entering the system, or possible base changes. I suggest the percentile rankings are far easier to interpret for me, our customers and our membership. I personally applaud the past CSA boards that made the decision to start printing EPD percentile rankings. Personally, I use the percentile rankings and strive for top of the class in as many traits as possible. My simple math, added each of the EPD’s percentile ranking for all of the traits and calculate a blended average that we use as an average EPD percentile number. We look at that averaged number as an overall EPD index. The utilization of any data in decision making has been and will become increasingly more important as the beef industry evolves into the genomic future. The benefits of gathering data cannot be argued as we have decreased birth weights and increased performance just by weighing our cattle and recording the data. Those that use ultrasound evaluation data can make improvement in carcass traits and still achieve your phenotypic goals. It was by coincidence that I met my good friend Ron Wooddisse, who was another Ontario breeder, in Alberta on a cattle vacation. While travelling from sale to sale in the early 90’s we became good friends over time, evolving into partnerships where we owned several herd sires together. During our many discussions, I did a lot of listening as his cattle knowledge and leadership was an inspiration for me. He believed that raw carcass data provides far more information than it appears at first glance. Ron looked at using backfat and marbling data as a ratio to predict animal efficiency. An animal for example with a 4 percent marbling score and 4 millimetre of backfat cover correlated into one to one ratio and genetics that consume less feed to produce a high yielding carcass. Another animal that produced the same marbling with 6 or 10 mm of backfat required more feed to produce the 4 percent marbling is inefficient and more costly to finish. Ron enjoyed looking at animals, trying to predict what ribeye size an animal had before he got the report in hand. He told me many, many times, when it comes to visual analysis of cattle for carcass REA, “what we do know, is we don’t know.” We look under the hood when buying a used car to check the size of the engine and see if there are any oil leaks or parts missing. We need an animal’s carcass data so we can look under the skin to ensure we are producing our industry goal of beef and not excessive fat. Cattle that are too fat look great from the outside, but are inefficient, expensive to produce and do not yield. There are feedlots today that use simple DNA testing to screen feeder


cattle to find those individuals that fit their end goals. Those cattle that do not fit the criteria go down the road. Wouldn’t it be better to work at eliminating the genetics that don’t fit or work in our industry? When I was looking for my first job, my resume was screened and I completed competency testing and the company made a hiring decision. In the future we will be able to DNA screen cattle when they are born. This will allow us to select the best end market for the genetic profiles we produce as an industry. Seedstock producers will have more accurate data to make more informed mating decisions. We have some catching up to do in the beef seed-stock industry in adoption of the newest technology available when we compare ourselves to the dairy, pork and poultry industries. DNA is the equivalent of the introduction of the microprocessor in the electronic industry. We are very lucky as Simmental producers that we are in the forefront of DNA research, information and results. While we know there have been bumps along the way, there is more work to be done. We have experienced unprecedented acceptance and prices of all our Simmental bulls and females. Not many breeds can stand on a soap box and say we have maintained or increased market share with a significant reduction in the size of the national cow herd. I suggest that we will need to continue DNA testing our cattle and fully use the tools available to us to stay in the lead. It is unfortunate that the importance of genetic improvement is not well understood by our industry. We are in the early years of significant change and unprecedented access to tools for enabling improvement that our industry has never experienced in the past. We will see major strides in production efficiency and product quality. However, we need patience as we work with this new technology. We need to soak up all the information we can and ask questions. Breed Associations are making it easier to interpret the information by implementing genomically enhanced EPD’s that will have higher accuracies. DNA submitted on an animal will increase accuracy of an animal’s numbers equivalent to a cow’s natural life time production for several traits. The benefits of collecting DNA and utilizing that data in decision making will be of value for overall genetic improvement of individual herds and our entire breed. We need to, as producers, ask questions and become informed. I suggest that the only stupid questions are the ones we don’t ask. There will be skeptics and detractors of this new information, because they don’t like change or they have a fear of the unknown. DNA may tell each of us that our best cow is not the one we think it is. The DNA may tell us it is not the one that takes the best picture. We need to make our own common sense decisions based the factual information and not just a visual analysis only. DNA will allow us to hit the dart board more often and make our best decision at breeding time to achieve to optimum results with that mating combination. It is also important for Simmental breeders to realize, that genomic predictions is a new technology that is maturing rapidly. We will need to grow and learn with the information and accept some bumps in the road. What our Simmental Association must do is to focus on continuing our research. However, we must and will be putting a greater focus on the ongoing education of our membership, our customers as well as communications to the commercial sector of our industry is critical. Understanding the value of the DNA data as we grow and develop the technology is an important key for our survival in the competitive protein business. It is our responsibility as members to be progressive and use all the tools we have access to in our information tool box to

make this great breed of cattle, the best option available for the beef industry. The beef industry is changing rapidly; however as with all proven businesses, we have clear goals that do not waiver with time. Our goal in the cattle industry is pretty simple, we produce BEEF. The buzzword today is “value chains.” The value chain system has been created as an attempt to have everyone in the system participate in decisions and get their piece of the profit pie. As purebred producers we must be an important part and contributor to our value chain system, as our sector supplies the commercial cow-calf operations with the genetics to make them be successful. DNA will give us that factual data so we can walk the walk, talk the talk and hit the dart board with greater accuracy. The first day at college we were told was, “look to your left and look to your right, only one of you will be back here on graduation day.” That scared the crap out of me. The second thing was, “you must never stop learning as the electronics industry changes rapidly, because what you learn today will be not useful in 5 years.” The analogy they backed this statement up with was about the Wright Brothers. If Edgar and Wilbur Wright would have developed and moved the airplane industry forward as fast as electronics has changed, a 747 jet would have be in the air 5 years after Wright Brothers made their first flight. This was a shock, as I didn’t mind school, but I was not sure I would want to be re-educated every 5 years. As seed-stock producers we must not be afraid to learn something new. Genomics will be a new learning experience for each one of us. Look at DNA technology as we are just starting down the runway for the first flight, so put your seat belt on, have a thirst for knowledge, embrace change as it will become power and enjoy the ride.

WE’RE HIRING! Direct Livestock Marketing Systems or DLMS is an internet based, online cattle auction. This interactive market place provides a link between producers from Western Canada to buyers all across North America. DLMS is currently looking for a Purebred Sales Representative. This position will require considerable travel. This individual will be responsible for coordinating, organizing and facilitating the broadcast of live auctions via the internet.

Duties for this position include but are not limited to: • Interact with buyers, sellers and cattle producers throughout the North American cattle market • Solicit purebred sales broadcasts • Set-up and operate audio, video and computer equipment at remote sites • Provide end users with appropriate sales support Specific skill set: • Strong written and oral communication skills with an ability to adapt to the needs of specific audiences • Attention to detail • Solid customer service skills • Time management, problem solving, planning and prioritizing skills, with a strong ability to multi-task • Resilience, with the ability to adapt under changing business priorities The ideal candidate should have a working knowledge in Windows and web-based applications and understand audio/video equipment. A candidate with a purebred sales background is considered an asset and would be preferred. If you are interested in this challenging opportunity, please submit your resume referencing DLMS 14-04-15 to: Human Resources #303 – 13220 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton, AB T5L 4W1 Email: hr@nbinc.com Fax: (780) 479-8469 We thank you for your interest however only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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MMVI 58B • January 22, 2014 • Homo polled test pending Check her out in Regina at Agribition She sells at Transcon’s Red & Black Sale

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Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

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Perspectives futures

Perspectives futures

u moment où j’écris cet article, la fin de Avec de telles bonnes nouvelles, le futur apparait beaucoup Bruce Holmquist l’automne pointe à Par l’horizon, le circuit des plus favorable pour tout le secteur vache-veau, contribuant ventesDirecteur de veauxgénéral d’embouche est bien entaméduetCanada ainsi à mettre des sourires sur nos visages et à nous sentir fier - Association Simmental je suis très heureux de constater qu’après avoir d’exercer notre profession. attendu si longtemps, nous obtenons enfin de meilleurs prix Cet automne, le marché des vaches et des taures gestantes pour nos veaux. Alors que nous été témoin nouveaux alimente les discussions. Au moment où vous Au moment où j’écris cet article, la finavons de l’automne pointe de à l’horizon, le circuit des venteségalement de veaux records brisés semaine après semaine, il ne serait pas utile de lirez ces lignes, vous aurez une meilleure idée, toutefois on d’embouche est bien entamé et je suis très heureux de constater qu’après avoir attendu si longtemps, rapporter ici certains prix enregistrés dans les divers encans, peut déjà anticiper que les prix seront élevés compte tenu du nous obtenons enfin de meilleurs prix publiés pour nos veaux. Alors quecanadien nous avons été témoin très de nouveaux toutefois des rapports de vente dans l’ouest marché élevé pour les vaches de réforme. Avec ce dernier records semainede après il nerapporté serait pas plus utile de prix et enregistrés font étatbrisés de veaux 350semaine, lb ayant derapporter 1350 $ici/ certains constat le prix dans des plus gros veaux atteignant plus de 2000 tête, et des veaux de plus 800 lb été vendus au-delà $, font il est les divers encans, toutefois desde rapports de ayant vente publiés dans l’ouest canadien étatréaliste de veauxde de croire que les vaches gestantes de bonne de350 2000 $. Vous trouverez ci-après des compilées qualité pourraient rapporter 3000 $ ou plus. À quoi peut-on lb ayant rapporté plus de 1350 $ / tête, et données des veaux de plus de 800par lb ayant été vendus au-delà de Canfax pour la première semaine d’octobre, fournissant les s’attendre pour le marché des femelles de race pure ? 2000 $. Vous trouverez ci-après des données compilées par Canfax pour la première semaine d’octobre, prix du marché comparées aux valeurs de 2013, de même que De façon générale, l’impact sur le prix des bovins de race fournissant les prix marché différences de prix par les différences deduprix par comparées 100 lb. aux valeurs de 2013, de même que les pure se produisait traditionnellement dix-huit mois plus tard 100 lb. que la hausse du prix des bovins commerciaux; cependant cela Prix des veauxPrix d’embouche dans l’Ouest canadien était vrai dans le temps où on n’assistait pas à une telle hausse des veaux d’embouche dans l’Ouest canadien Poids du veau- lb Écart Moyenne Moyenne brute phénoménale Année dernièredu prix des bovins commerciaux. Les premières ventes de femelles de race pure ont déjà eu lieu et, bien qu’elles $ / 100 lb $ / 100 lb $ / tête Différence $ n’aient pas connu la hausse prévue, elles ont tout de même été 313 -338 326,25 $ 1468,13 $ +146 $ 400-500 très bonnes. On doit notamment se rappeler que la qualité des 273 -298 285,00 $ 1567,50 $ +120 $et la promotion influencent nettement les prix obtenus 500-600 sujets 251- 274 260,75 $ 1694,88 $ $ 600-700 et,+104 ultimement, la réussite d’un vente donnée n’est pas assurée 243- 260 248,40 $ 1863,00 $ +98le$ seul fait que les sujets vendus soient de race pure. Ceci 700-800 par 230- 243 236,75 $ 2012,38 $ +92 $dit, la marge de prix entre les femelles commerciales et 800-900 étant de race pure n’a jamais été si faible. On devrait profiter de Plusieurs Plusieurs facteurs peuventces prix expliquer prix une trèsfortelarégression périodeduactuelle pour remplacer certaines vaches arrivées facteurs peuvent expliquer très élevés,ces notamment nombre de élevés, notamment une forte régression du nombre de en fin de carrière par de jeunes femelles possédant un bagage veaux disponibles, la valeur plus faible du dollar canadien comparativement au dollar américain, ainsi veaux disponibles, la valeur plus faible du dollar canadien génétique supérieur. que d’importants stocks de céréales récoltées et disponibles lors des récoltes. Le L’industrie prix de la viande de est bien solide et prête à se développer. comparativement au dollar américain, ainsi que d’importants bovine bœuf audedétail demeure tout de même un élément favorable, que les autres viandes sont stocks céréales récoltées et disponibles lors destandis récoltes. Le marché n’a moins jamais été autant favorable envers les femelles Le prix de sur la viande dePlusieurs bœuf au détail du demeure tout de même de qualité génétique supérieure. C’est le temps disponibles le marché. analystes marché s’entendent pour direSimmental que les producteurs un élément favorable, tandis que les autres viandes sont moins d’apprécier notre bovins devraient profiter de prix élevés pour leurs bovins durant quelques années. Il faut par contresuccès, mais il faut dès maintenant améliorer disponibles sur le marché. Plusieurs analystes du marché et consolider notre gestion en prévision du retour à un période garder à l’esprit que les stocks de viande de porc et de poulet pourraient augmenter rapidement, ce qui s’entendent pour dire que les producteurs bovins devraient de marge plus réduite. D’excellentes opportunités ont toujours aurait effetprix sur l’offre globale de viandes Amérique du nord et un effet direct surdans le prixledemonde nos profiterun de élevés pour leurs en bovins durant quelques existé du bœuf et cela se poursuivra pour tous bovins. Avec de telles bonnes nouvelles, le futur apparait beaucoup plus favorable pour tout le secteur années. Il faut par contre garder à l’esprit que les stocks de ceux qui veulent progresser et qui choisiront d’aller vers viande de porc et de poulet pourraient augmenter rapidement, l’avant. vache-veau, contribuant ainsi à mettre des sourires sur nos visages et à nous sentir fier d’exercer notre ceprofession. qui aurait un effet sur l’offre globale de viandes en Meilleurs vœux à tous, Joyeux Noël et une année 2015 sous Amérique du nord et un effet direct sur le prix de nos bovins. le signe de la santé, de la sécurité et de la prospérité !

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Cet automne, le marché des vaches et des taures gestantes alimente également les discussions. Au moment où vous lirez ces lignes, vous aurez une meilleure idée, toutefois on peut déjà anticiper que les prix seront élevés compte tenu du marché très élevé pour les vaches de réforme. Avec ce dernier


All of us in the cattle and other livestock businesses rely on vaccines as a form of biosecurity on our farms and ranches. The principle of raising immunity against the diseases we will or are likely to encounter is a very good one but many other factors come into play. This article will hopefully explain what other management decisions and procedures we can use to help improve the effectiveness of our vaccination program. Vaccines can never be 100% protective but they will always help lessen the degree of infection or the percentage that contract the disease. This article will focus on primarily calfhood vaccinations but the same theories can be applied to other age groups and other species. Whenever we maximize vaccine protection we ultimately reduce sick cattle, treatment costs, use of antibiotics and chronics are reduced. We reduce the morbidity and mortality from the diseases we vaccinate for. In Canada the vaccines have to undergo rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as well as duration of immunity. Giving any vaccine from any company there is always the possibility (although rare) of an allergic reaction so always have epinephrine on hand when vaccinating your herd. There may be a genetic or heritable component to allergic animals so when allergic reactions occur they often involve several animals. The immune systems of your livestock must be functioning at peak performance in order for a protective response to occur. Several things affect the immune system. Those in our management control are things like stress in the form of housing (crowding), nutrition (animals with a poor body condition will not mount an immune response). An often-neglected problem of parasitism (either internal or external parasites) greatly taxes the immune system. Internal parasites greatly tax the immune system in the form of the animal trying to mount an immune response to get rid of the parasites. By making sure your livestock are close to parasite free greatly enhances the protection from vaccines. Cattle that have high levels of coccidiosis or cryptosporidiosis also tax the immune system and by deworming cattle you will often find that indirectly these two protozoa that primarily affect young calves can be reduced as well. Anytime a clinical or subclinical (hidden) disease is present the response to vaccines will be lower. Animals cannot develop protection if they are dealing with another ailment. For all the immune pathways to function mineral and vitamin status must be good as well. Weather conditions, although they cannot be controlled, it is best to avoid vaccinating in inclement weather. For one thing it is harder to handle the vaccines properly and swellings and abscessation are much more frequent after

vaccinating in rain, snow or very dusty conditions. Ideally if we could time vaccinations two to four weeks before the maximum exposure to a disease that would be ideal so do the best you can with the management system you have. When the herd is gathered, weather conditions, manpower and combining the best times for several vaccines all will ideally determine when to vaccinate. As we learn more and more about genetics there are specific genetic markers that make cattle more or less susceptible to the different disease conditions and in the future this will help us select cattle that develop better protection to disease. The heritable component of resistance to parasites is also quite high and as mentioned keeping parasite levels low enhances the immune response when you vaccinate. In spite of doing all the things mentioned previously you could still get overwhelming exposure to infective organisms and still get disease. Vaccinating is not a 100 percent guarantee. The clostridials are the closest to complete protection and it is rare we as veterinarians ever hear of cattle vaccinated with clostridials developing blackleg for instance. Cattle as we all know are very susceptible to respiratory disease and in one large study in the US comparing two broad spectrum (viral as well as bacterial causes of pneumonia) vaccines on ultra high-risk recently weaned calves they still needed to treat upwards of 20% of the calves for respiratory disease. The reasons for this are multiple. Timing was not ideal as calves were vaccinated as they entered a feedlot and not two to four weeks before. Calves had just been weaned and transported so stress was at a high level plus these calves had very high exposure to disease. They were co-mingled from multiple sites and numerous farms. Often recently acquired calves take a few days to really get on feed meaning their nutrition is also compromised. We also often know nothing about their parasite status or genetic predisposition to disease making it not surprising for the need to still treat 20 % of the calves. In order to best maximize your economic return to vaccination work with your veterinarian to develop a specific vaccination protocol for the different classes of livestock. Have the protocol written down but review it yearly as vaccines change and disease status may change. Transportation to or from new geographic areas may necessitate other vaccines being used. Your veterinarian will choose reputable manufacturers of vaccines together with the right disease combinations to best suite your purebred or commercial cattle operation. By using the principle of maximizing resistance and minimizing exposure you can optimize the protection your vaccine protocol will give. 45


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Thank You

for making Farmfair International a success year after year. Thank you to our Exhibitors, our Sponsors, Northlands, our Volunteers, and the ASA Board Members. We wish the Simmental Community a prosperous fall show and sale season! Look to our website for fall show and sale dates as well as location. Please join us at the 2015 Camrose Bull Congress, January 23rd & 24th.

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2015! 131 Stonegate Cr. Airdrie, AB T4B 2S8

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Simmental Select Wednesday, november 26, 2014 Canadian Western agribition

$20,000

:: Over in prize money! :: Only cataloged Simmental Sale entries are eligible to be entered! :: Silver Memberships $100! Includes a ballot to place your top 5 favorites and win prize money! :: Grand Prize Winner - $7500 Sale Credit to Agribition Sale drawn from silver memberships!

:: Secondary prizes drawn throughout the night! :: Top 5 Placings will be announced at the end of the sale and Prize Money will be split between the owner and the purchaser! :: $500 Wildcard Draw!

SSA ScholArShip DonAtion heifer Thanks to Ashworth Farm & Ranch, Oungre, SK for donating the 2014 Scholarship Heifer!!

Agribition Simmental Show Schedule Wednesday, November. 26, 2014 10:00 AM Simmental Show 5:00 PM Pizza 5:45 PM Scholarship Heifer Auction 6:30 PM $7, 500 Sale Credit Draw 7:00 PM Simmental Sale $500 Draw Friday, November 28, 2014 10:00 AM Commercial Cattle Show 3:30 PM Bull Pen Alley People’s Choice

KWA MS INTEGRITY 47B Sire: MRL INTEGRITY 76Y (s: WHEATLAND PREDATOR 922W)

Dam: KWA MS WARDEN 7R (s: LFE WARDEN 498N)

Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM Bull Pen Alley Show 12:00 PM Commercial Cattle Sale

Saskatchewan Simmental Association

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

Cam and Myrna Schweitzer Schweitzer have generously donated SBSF PAYTON 52A to the MSA/MB YCSA Scholarship Heifer Raffle 2014

1st Vice President: Todd Collins RR 2, Dar lingford, MB R0G 0L0 Phone: 204-246-2166 Email: todd_collins9@hotmail.com 2nd Vice President: Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca Secretary/Treasurer: Donalee Jones Box 142, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com MSA Directors: Lesley Hedley RR 1, Rapid City, MB R0K 1W0 Phone: 204-826-2765 Greg Woychyshyn Box 2035 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-865-2475 Email: crestviewcattleco@hotmail.com Jacquie Downey General Deliver y, Coulter, MB R0M 1G0 Phone: 204-649-2260 Email: ajdowney@mts.net Trevor Peters Box 385, River s, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peter s@canadamalting.com Craig Davidson Box 2680, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-761-5991 Email: craigd@blacksandcattle.com Andrea Bertholet Box 307 Har tney MB R0M 0X0 Phone: 204-483-0319 Email: adber tolet@hotmail.com CSA Rep: Blair McRae RR1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 Phone: 204-728-3058 Email: marmac@inetlink.ca YCSA President: Kolton McIntosh Box 84 Ericksdale, MB R0C 0W0 Phone: 204-280-0359 auction_mcintosh@hotmail.ca

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SIRE : KOP BRIER 96Y DAM: TWIN BRAE RUBY BRED : IPU ROMANO 90X on APRIL 25, 2014

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2014 Manitoba Livestock Expo November 6-8 Brandon, MB November 6 3:30 pm Little Lady Classic 7:00 pm All Breeds Jackpot Bull Show November 7 2:30 pm Simmental Show 7:00 pm All Breeds Pick of the Barn November 8 9:00 am All Breeds Junior Show 2014 Fall Sales November 14 Maple Lake Stock Farm Female & Prospect Sale November 15 Pembina Triangle Simmental Sale December 1 Harvest Hoedown Simmental Sale December 6 Spring Creek Simmental Sale December 6 Workman Farms & Guest Sale December 9 Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale December 15 Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale December 16 Bonchuk Farms Fall Female Production Sale December 22 Blacksand Complete Dispersal January 3

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CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW MEMBER TO THE TEAM

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to welcome Carla Schmitt to the Simmental team in the role of Programs Coordinator. Carla’s primary responsibility will be to work with the CSA’s Young Canadian Simmental Association program as its coordinator. Carla grew up on a mixed family farm near Carrot River, Saskatchewan where she developed a keen interest in the beef operation. She was an active 4-H member for 13 years and was involved in junior breed associations. Carla currently sits on the Board of Directors with Canadian Western Agribition and chairs the Education area of the show involving the youth events. In 2013 she was a mentee in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program. Carla currently resides on a farm near Waldheim, Saskatchewan. Kelly Ashworth, CSA President, welcomed Carla to CSA stating, “Carla’s experience with youth programming having worked with the other Junior Breed Associations as well as the 4-H program will further strengthen the CSA team. I look forward to working with Carla as we move forward in expanding Canadian Simmental’s programming and promoting the development of our youth within the Canadian beef industry.”

Congratulations! Scott and Emily Matthews of Keystone Livestock are excited to announce the safe arrival of their daughter, Taylor Jay Matthews on October 6th, weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz. Proud grandparents are David and Marilyn Grey of Greyledge Simmentals and Ivan and Kathy Matthews of Rosemead Farm. They can’t wait to introduce Taylor to their cattle family and our traditions. It won’t be long before Taylor Jay is a YCSA member and in the show ring like the rest of her family.

Thank You Emily Grey was the Coordinator for the YCSA program for the last 5 years. The CSA and YCSA Boards of Directors, members and CSA staff would like to thank Emily for her dedication to the YCSA program. Her contributions and enthusiasm she has left with the program is greatly appreciated. Thank you Emily and congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your little girl. We wish you all the best. 51


Semen & Embryo Fundraiser

The YCSA is holding their 2nd Annual Semen and Embryo Fundraiser. Thanks to the generous donations of Simmental Breeders, there will be six lots of semen auctioned off at various sales across the country. Funds raised will go towards the YCSA Program. For more information on these lots, contact Carla Schmitt (306) 221-7950 or Sophie Wotten (705) 464-1713 Selling at the Royal Elite Sale - November 7, 2014, Toronto, ON

Selling in the 34th Annual Pembina Triangle Sale -November 15, 2014, Cypress River, MB Selling in Transcon’s National Trust “On Ice” Semen & Embryo Sale December 20, Red Deer, AB

Selling at the Royal Elite Sale - November 7, 2014, Toronto, ON

5 Doses of Spring Creek Lotto Reg # Donated by: Twin Meadow Livestock Farms, Treherne, MB

10 doses of LFE Red Casino 3036X Reg# PG744279

Donated by: McMillen Ranching, Ashworth Farm & Ranch and Bouchard Livestock

Selling in the 34th Annual Pembina Triangle Sale -November 15, 2014, Cypress River, MB

Selling at the Royal Elite Sale - November 7, 2014, Toronto, ON

2 Doses of LMF Movin Forward Reg # 767590 Donated by Rick-Sha Farms, Moorefield, ON

3 Doses of Wheatland Circuit Breaker Reg#796990 Donated by Outlaw Cattle Co., Hussar, AB

Selling at Friday Night Lights - December 19, 2014, Olds, AB

5 Doses of Anchor “T” Legend 7H Reg#415161 Donated by Ferme Gagnon, Cheneville, PQ

5 Doses of Dora Lee Eclipse FF9R Reg#639824 Donated by Sullivan Simmentals, Kazabazaua, PQ

Selling at the McMillen Ranching Herdbuilders “14” Female Sale - December 12, 2014, Carievale, SK

2 Doses of GCF First Dreams P13 Reg#653191 Donated by Rick-Sha Farms, Moorefield, ON

5 Doses of MB NLC Upgrade U8676 Reg#745178 Donated by: Twin Meadow Livestock Farms, Treherne, MB

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE YCSA PROGRAM!

Fitting from John Calvin Siddall

Hannah Dixon’s Cheesecake

Chocolate Cake w/Boiled Icing

Paderno Pot Set

Donated by: Top of the Hill Farm Purchased by: Connor Morse & Ray Parsons, and Mitchell Best

Utensil Set

Donated by: Ian Porter/Fundy Veterinarians Purchased by: Timberwood Farms

Donated by: John Calvin Siddall Purchased by: Windy Knoll Farm Donated by: Creamer Family Purchased by: Mutch Farms

Peggy’s Cove Print

Donated by: Morse View Farm Purchased by: Annette Cross 52

Donated by: Hannah Dixon Purchased by: Cody Davidson Donated by: Matheson Farms Purchased by: Ferme Gagnon Donated by: Matheson Farms Pucrhased by: Brian & Dora McKinley

Two Cinnamon Loaves

250 Credit from Ian Porter

Thank you to the donors and buyers from the Maritime YCSA Fundraiser held August 23rd at the YCSA Maritime Classic, raising $1,400.00


Thank You to the T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament for their contribution to the YCSA Program! The TBar Invitational Golf Tournament was once again an overwhelming success this year, raising close to $50,000 for youth in the beef industry. Eight national junior breed associations, representing nearly 2,000 members, will reap the rewards of the generosity of their sponsors. The Young Canadian Simmental Association would like to thank the organizers, sponsors and participants of this great event. Over the last seven years, The TBar Invitational Golf Tournament has supported the YCSA program to the amount of $56,406.32. Their generous support and contributions allow the YCSA to remain one of the top Junior Breed Associations in Canada.

Come join us at the 2015 YCSA National Classic July 30 – August 2, 2015 - Lindsay, ON,

Participants at the 2015 National Classic have the opportunity to be awarded travel opportunities – stay tuned for details!

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Olds Fall Classic

BMD Mr Blk Lone Rider S: RF Torque 6W Exhibited By: O’Neill Daines Livestock, Red Deer County, AB

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Chubs Sugar Rush 9B S; Remington Lock N Load 54U Exhibited By: Lundago Livestock, Sundre, AB

RJY Chrome 6B

Harvie Ms Whisler 158B

S: LRX Blaze 55Z Exhibited By: HIgh Country Cattle Services, Breton, AB

S: Harvie Lucky Seven 167Y Exhibited By: Harvie Ranching, Olds, AB

IPE Armstrong Grand Champion Bull

August 28 -31, 2014 - Armstrong, BC Judge: Martin Bohrson, Hanley, SK

Grand Champion Female

SIMMENTAL SHOW RESULTS

Grand Champion Female

Grand Champion Bull

Friday, October 3, 2014 - Olds, AB Judge: Gregg Stewart, Washington, Kansas

RF Intense 359A

Rock Star Brick Breaker

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S: GWS/SCF Rendition Exhibited By: Lone Star Angus, D Townsend, Sylvan Lake, AB

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

S: Wheatland Stout 930W Exhibited By: Lone Star Angus, D Townsend, Sylvan Lake, AB

KRSS Blk Bombay

LGW Black Commander

S: Hook Shear Force 38K Exhibited By: KRS Simmentals, Quesnel, BC

S: WFL Commander 78R Exhibited By: Lorne Webster, Abbotsford, BC


Expo Boeuf Grand Champion Bull

Grand Champion Female

October 10 - 12, 2014 - Victoriaville, QC Judge: Brian McCarthy, Moosomin, SK

Mast-R Kick Start 267Z

S: Xcel Ebonys Influence Exhibited By: Xcel Livestock, Russell, ON

S: Wheatland Bull 680S Exhibited By: Paul & Jennifer Mastine, Melbourne, PQ

Reserve Grand Champion Bull

Reserve Grand Champion Female

Xcel Sheeza Ruby 407Z

Arkacy Beverly 3B S: JF Milestone 999W Exhibited BY: Triple Rose Simmentals, Richmond, ON

MFS Junior 3A S: Remington Red Label HR Exhibited By: Spud Island Farms and Mutch Farms, Cornwall, PEI

Expo Boeuf 2014 Supreme Champions Supreme Champion Female

Supreme Champion bull

Xcel Sheeza Ruby 407Z

MFS Junior 3A

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Ferme Gagnon 18th Annual Production Sale Cheneville, PQ September 27, 2014 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Bred Heifers 37 Bred Cows 2 Yearling Bull 1 Semen 60(Straws) Sale Total 42

$192,750.00 $12,800.00 $13,250.00 $16,800.00 $235,600.00

High Selling Pick of 2014 Gagnon Bull Calves FGAF Poster Boy 125B S: FGAF Epic Meal 948Z DS: FGAF Seldom 835L Consignor: Ferme Gagnon Inc. Buyer: Sunny Valley Simmentals & Canadian Sires High Selling Breds Lot 10- FGAF Tulip 017A S: Double Bar D DS: FGAF Seldom 835L Consignor: Ferme Gagnon Inc. Buyer: Starwest Farms

Average $5,209.00 $6,400.00 $13,250.00 $280.00 $5,609.00 $13,250.00

$12,500.00

Lot 1- FGAF Lady Siska 027A $10,750.00 S: Smithbilt Molson 21M DS: Bar 5 PSA Essential 413U Consignor: Ferme Gagnon Inc. Buyer: Starwest Farms High Selling Bred Cows Lot 6- FGAF Izzy 974Z S: Purplehill Frontrunner DS: Nawina Global P Consignor: Ferme Gagnon Inc. Buyer: Hidden Hollow Farms Lot 38- Donovandale Wild Rose S: Bar 5 P SA Expert 826M DS: DFM Marcus 14M Consignor: Donovandale Farms Buyer: Mark Land & Cattle Co. High Selling Semen Lot Lot 41 (30 Semen Straws)- ALLM Colossal 25U S: BBBG Wrangler 3S DS: Shawacres Jahari 50L Consignor: Ferme Gagnon Inc. Buyer: Cherry Creek Simmentals

$6,750.00

$6,200.00

$10,800.00

The Bar 5 Extravaganza Sale & Prospect Hill Simmentals Dispersal Markdale, ON October 3 - 4, 2014 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels & Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Bred Cows 17 $142,950.00 Bred Heifers 38 $219,950.00 Cow/Bull Calf Pairs 16 $124,700.00 Cow/Heifer Calf Pairs 41 $257,350.00 Bull Calves 3 $14,500.00 Herd Bulls 5 $70,800.00 Preg/Recips 15 $83,200.00 Sale Total 135 $913,450.00 High Selling Bred Heifers Lot 69- Starwest POL Abbie S: Porters Reserve D: PHS Homozygous Xceptional Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Starwest Simmental Lot 59- Sibelle Rox 12A S: BBBG Bradock 2T DS: Sibelle POL Roxy 28X Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Mark Land & Cattle High Selling Bulls Lot 122- Sibelle Dirty Harry 25Z S: Virginia Walker 97W D: Sibelle Golda Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Ferme BMS & Canadian Sires

Lot 123- Donovandale Pol Imprint S: Allm Colossal 25 DS: DFM 22P Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Staden Farms

Average $8,408.82 $5,788.16 $7,793.75 $6,276.83 $4,833.33 $14,160.00 $5,546.67 $6,766.30 $16,000.00

$13,250.00

$35,000.00

River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale www.liveauctions.tv October 5, 2014 Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran

Sale Summary Open Heifers Bred Heifers Cow/Calf Pair Bull Calves Sale Total

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Lots

Gross

11 6 1 5 23

$44,900.00 $25,900.00 $6,300.00 $16,600.00 $93,700.00

High Selling Open Heifers Lot 1- RPCC Blk Bedazzled 203B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: PVF-BF26 Black Joker Consignor: River Point Cattle Co. Buyer: Harmony Hill, Garrett Knebel, Indiana, USA

Average $4,082.00 $4,317.00 $6,300.00 $3,320.00 $4,074.00 $5,900.00

$19,000.00

Lot 19- Bar 5 SA Birmingham 809Z S: Leeupoort Brits D: RAAP N Skraap Marda Consignor: Bar 5 Stock Farm Buyer: Ferme Christel High Selling Bred Cow Lot 76- BBBG Kimberly 2U S: Rooinik D: DFM Kimberly 99K Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Vaughn Gibbons

$7,000.00

$23,500.00

High Selling Cow/Calf Pair Lot 109- FGAF Precious Thing 402T $19,000.00 S: R-Five Maltese D: FGAF Shanti 121P Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Labatte Simmentals and Anchor D Ranch Simmentals Lot 109A- PHS Benediction S: PHS Polled Sterl D: FGAF Precious Thing 402T Consignor: Prospect Hill Simmentals Buyer: Wells Crossing

$8,000.00

Lot 4- RPCC Blk Beyond 225B S: LFE BS Lewis 322U DS: CNS Dream On Consignor: River Point Cattle Co. Buyer: Wiser Heights Stock Farm, Brad & Val Arnold, ON

$5,600.00

High Selling Bred Heifers Lot 13- RPCC Red Amber 222A S: Red Tex Y3189 HR DS: LCHMN Bodybuilder Consignor: River Point Cattle Co. Buyer: McIntosh Livestock, Blair & Steph McIntosh, SK Lot 14- Xcel RPCC Blk Caramel 234A S: Mr NLC Upgrade DS: GWS Ebonys Trademark Consignor: River Point Cattle Co. & Xcel Livestock Buyer: Johnathan McNeil, ON

$5,000.00

$4,700.00


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

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CSA Executive

President Kelly Ashworth Oungre, SK P: (306) 456-2749 C: (306) 861-2013 jashworth@sasktel.net First Vice-President John Sullivan Kazabazua, PQ P/F: (819) 467-2713 Sullivan.simmentals@bell.net Second Vice-President Lacey Fisher Amherst, NS P: (902) 661-0766 C: (902) 664-6206 timberwoodfarms@ seasidehighspeed.com

CSA Directors

Randy Mader Carstairs, AB P/F: (403) 337-2928 C: (403) 660-1123 rrmader@xplornet.com

Maureen Mappin-Smith Byemoor, AB P: (403) 579-2175 silversmithcattle@yahoo.com David Milliner Dundalk, ON P: (519) 923-9188 dgmilliner@everus.ca Blair McRae Brandon, MB P: (204) 728-3058 C: (204) 729-5439 marmac@inetlink.ca Lee McMillen Carievale, SK P: (306) 928-4820 C: (306) 483-8067 mrlbulls@gmail.com

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

Wes Mack Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-4410 C:) 306) 421-1853 wkmack@signaldirect.ca

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

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

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

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

CSA Staff

General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com

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

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

Industry & Member Services Representative Kelly Richardson C: (403) 559-6595 krichardson@simmental.com CSA Programs Co-ordinator Carla Schmitt (306) 221-7950 cschmitt@simmental.com Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com Receptionist & Member Services Devra Leavitt reception@simmental.com

Table of Contents

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

Saskatchewan News............................................... 48

From The Gate Post.............................................. 6

Manitoba News...................................................... 49

World Congress of Genetic Applied to Livestock

Quebec News......................................................... 50

Production; Review................................................ 18

YCSA Newsletter.................................................... 52

Member Announcements........................................ 25

Show Reports.............................................................. 54

Women in the Simmental Country.......................... 34 Sale Reports............................................................ 56 From the Director’s Chair....................................... 40

Canadian Simmental Association Contacts........... 69

Appuye sur le poteau de cloture............................. 44

What’s Happening.................................................. 70

Vet’s Advice............................................................ 45

Advertiser’s Index.................................................. 72

Alberta News.......................................................... 47 69


What’s Happening

October

Oct. 31 - Nov 1 - Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Lloydminster, SK

November

Nov. 5-8 - Yorkton Harvest Show Down, Yorkton, SK Nov. 6 - Farmfair Simmental Show and Draft, Edmonton, AB Nov. 6-8 - CSA Ontario Trillium Classic, Toronto, ON Nov. 6-8 - Manitoba Livestock Expo, Brandon, MB Nov. 7 - Royal Elite All Breed Sale, Toronto, ON Nov. 7 - Bright Lights Futurity Show, Toronto, ON Nov. 7 - Farmfair’s Headliner All Breeds Sale, Edmonton, AB Nov. 8 - Farmfair’s Pen of 5 or 10 Commercial Bred Sale, Edmonton, AB Nov. 8 - RAWF National Simmental Show, Toronto, ON Nov. 13 - Western Harvest Simmental Heifer Sale, Innisfail, AB Nov. 14 - Jewels & Diamonds Simmental Production Sale, Ponoka, AB Nov. 14 - Maple Lake Stock Farm Sale, Grand Clairiere, MB Nov. 15 - Pembina Triangle Simmental Association, 34th Annual Sale, Cypress River, MB Nov. 16 - Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale, Campbellsburg, KY Nov. 16 - Central Invitational Simmental Sale, Woodville, ON Nov. 19 - North American Select Sale, Louisville, KY Nov. 21 - Westgold Farms Female Production Sale, Vermilion, AB Nov. 22 - Transcon’s Cow-A-Rama XV, Innisfail, AB Nov. 26 - Canadian Western Agribition Simmental Select Show & Sale, Regina, SK Nov-29 - Marywood Classic Bull & Female Sale, Listowel, ON

December

The Harvest Hoedown Simmental Heifer Sale, Neepawa, MB Dec. 2 - Camrose Country Classic, Camrose, AB Lewis Farms Leading Ladies Female Sale, Dec. 4 Spruce Grove, AB Dec. 6 - The Golden Opportunity Sale, Virden, MB Dec. 6 - Wolfe Farms 10th Annual Bull & Female Production Sale, Velleyview, AB Dec. 8 - The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Sale, Lloydminster, SK Dec. 8 - 14 -IRCC Christmas Internet Sale LiveAuctions.TV Dec. 9 - 36th Annual Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 10 - Double Bar D “She’s Got the Look” Female Sale, Grenfell, SK Dec. 11 - Transcon’s 37th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 12 - McMillen Ranching Herdbuilder 2014 Female Sale, Carievale, SK Dec. 13 - Westway Farms Top 50 Female Sale, Olds, AB Dec. 13 - Southern Alberta Simmental Roundup Group Bull Sale, High River, AB Dec. 1 -

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Dec. 15 - Shades of the Prairies Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 16 - Bonchuk Farms Fall Female Production Sale, Virden, MB Dec.17 - Swan Lake Farms & Johnson Stock Farms Breed Builder Female Sale, Whitewood, SK Dec.19 - 3rd Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale, Olds, AB Dec. 20 - Checkers & Fullblood Perfection Simmental Sale, Ponoka, AB Dec. 20 - Transcon’s National Trust “On Ice” Simmental Semen & Embryo Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 21 - Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation, Fullblood Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 21 - Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XVII Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB Dec. 22 - BlackSand Cattle Co. Complete Dispersal, Virden, MB Dec. 31 - New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale: Volume III, Red Deer, AB

January

Jan. 21-23 -Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Regina, SK Jan. 23-24 -Canadian Bull Congress, Camrose, AB Jan. 31 - Lazy S Ranch Annual Bull Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB Jan. 31 - M.C. Quantock “Canada’s Bulls” Bull Sale, Llyodminster, AB

February

Feb.10 - Feb.12 - Feb.13 - Feb. 14 - Feb. 14 - Feb. 15 - Feb. 16 - Feb. 18 - Feb. 19 - Feb. 20 - Feb. 21 - Feb. 21 - Feb. 22 - Feb. 23 - Feb. 24 -

Bata Bros. / Olafson Bros. Joint Simmental Production Sale, Rugby, ND Janzen Ranches 22nd Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale, Rosemary, AB 16th Annual Genetic Edge Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Kenner Simmental Ranch Bull Sale, Leeds, ND Timberlind Auctions 7th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale Buck Creek, AB Diamond M Ranch 3rd Annual Bull Sale Estevan, SK Rendezvous Farms “Holiday Monday” 11th Annual Simmental Bull and Female Sale, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Young Guns & Guests Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Wainwright, AB M&J Farms Simmental and Angus Bull and Female Sale, Russell, MB 26th Mader Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Carstairs, AB Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Circle G Simmentals/Angus, P&H Ranching Co & Alkali Lake Angus Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale, Virden, MB Select Opportunity Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Olds, AB Rainalta Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale Brooks, AB

Feb. 25 - 9th Annual Crossroad Farms Bull Sale, Shell Lake, SK Feb. 26 - 10th Annual Robb Hoegl Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Feb. 26 - Bull Rush Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Feb. 27 - Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Westlock, AB Feb. 28 - Bar 5 Farms Online Bull & Female Spring Production Sale, www.cattleinmotion.com


Feb. 28 - Lewis Farms 30th Annual Bull Sale, Spruce Grove, AB

Mar. 17 - Mar. 17 - Mar. 18 - Simmental Summit 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale, Bentley, AB Mar. 18 - 13th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale, Shellbrook, SK Mar. 19 - Erixon Simmentals Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar. 20 - 20th Anniversary Herd Master Bull Sale, Camrose, AB Mar. 20 - 11th Annual Pheasantdale Bull & Female Sale, Balcarres, SK Mar. 20 - LaBatte Simmentals with Guest Meadow Acres Farm, 35th Annual Mar. 21 - Bull and Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK 10th Annual Bullfest Sale Mar. 21 - Camrose, AB 21st Annual McMillen Ranching Production Sale, Mar. 21 - Carievale, SK MCG Simmentals and Rach Red Angus Bull and Female Sale, Mar. 21 - Stavely, AB Mappin Simmentals 10th Annual Bull Sale DCTC, Mar. 23 - Veteran, AB O Double E Simmental Sale, Mar. 23 - Beaverlodge, AB Westgold 7th Annual Bull Sale Mar. 24 - Vermillion, AB Lockhart Valley/Beagle Simmentals Bull Sale Mar. 25 - Rimbey, AB 15th Annual R Plus Bull Sale, Estevan, SK Mar. 26 - Ashworth Farm and Ranch Simmental Sale, Oungre, SK Mar. 27 - Fallen Timber Farms Sping Select, Dawson Creek, BC Mar. 28 - Transcon’s Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale, Innisfail, AB Mar. 29 - Severtson Land & Cattle with guest consignor Trendsetter Livestock Innisfail, AB Mar. 30 - Built Right Bull Sale, Provost AB Mar. 30 - Mar Mac Farms and Guests Annual Bull Sale, Brandon, MB Mar. 31 - Skor Simmentals Red & Black Bull Sale, Camrose, AB Mar. 31 - 25th Anniversary Sunny Valley Simmentals Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar. 31 - 8th Annual PowerPak Bull Sale, Fort McLeod, AB In Pursuit of Perfection Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Apr. 4 - 12th Annual Westway & Deeg Annual Bull Sale, Olds, AB Apr. 9 - Northern Classic Bull Sale Charolais & Simmental, Grande Prairie, AB Apr. 9 - 4th Annual Vente de taureaux Synergie Bull Sale, Ste. Sophie de Levrard, PQ Apr. 11 - Ranchlands Simmental and Red Angus Bull Sale, Stavely, AB Apr. 11 - Next Generation Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Swantewitt Simmentals Annual Bull & Heifer Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB Place Your Bets Bull Sale, Veteran, AB Rebels of the West Angus & Simmental Bull Sale, Virden, MB Genetic Source Simmental Bull Sale, Brandon, MB South-Sask Simmental Bull and Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale, Killarney, MB

March

Mar. 2 - Mar. 2 - Mar. 4 - Mar. 4 - Mar. 5 - Mar. 6 - Mar. 6 - Mar. 7 - Mar. 7 - Mar. 7 - Mar. 7 - Mar. 7 - Mar. 7 - Mar. 8 - Mar. 9 - Mar. 9 - Mar. 9 - Mar. 9 - Mar. 10 - Mar. 11 - Mar. 11 - Mar. 11 - Mar. 11 - Mar. 12 - Mar. 12 - Mar. 13 - Mar. 14 - Mar. 14 - Mar. 14 - Mar. 14 - Mar. 14 - Mar. 15 - Mar. 16 - Mar. 16 - Mar. 17 -

Kuntz - Stoughton - McIntosh - SAJ Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK 15th Annual On Target Bull & Female Sale, Barrhead, AB Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB Adair Ranch Bull Sale, Provost, AB Get A Grip Angus & Simmental Sale, Forestburg, AB Family Tradition Charolais and Simmental Bull Sale, Dropmore, MB Porter Ranches Bull Sale, Stoney Plain, AB Casaloma Classic Bull Sale Prince Albert, SK 12th Annual Highland Stock Farms Bull Sale, High River, AB 9th Annual Proudly Western Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Ferme Gagnon Annual Bull Sale, Cheneville, PQ Kick Off To Spring Bull Sale, Grande Clairiere, MB Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale, Red Deer, AB 11th Annual Butts, Gutts & Nuts Simmental Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK WLB Livestock 11th Simmental and Hereford Bull Sale, Douglas, MB 20th Annual Transcon’s Simmental, Charolais & Angus Advantage Bull Sale, Saskatoon, SK Wheatland Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Bienfait, SK Rust Mountain View Ranch “Ace in the Hole” Bull Sale, Turtle Lake, ND Transcon’s Mountainview Simmental, Charolais, Polled Hereford & Red Angus Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB The Best of the Breeds Bull Sale, Leross, SK Transcon’s Peace Country Simmental Bull Sale, Beaverlodge, AB Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK MFR 5th Annual Genetic Destination Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK 19th Annual U2 Ranch Bull & Female Sale, High River, AB Early Sunset Ranch “Only the Good Ones Sell” Prodcution Sale, Edam, SK

April

North East Source Bull Sale, Tisdale, SK Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale, Winnipeg, MB Daines All Black Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Transcon’s Cattle Country Charolais and Simmental Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB 40th Annual Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK

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ABC Cattle Co..........................................................64 Adair Ranch..............................................................58 Afri-Can Simmentals.................................................61 Alameda Agencies Ltd..............................................67 Alliance Simmental Farms........................................62 Alta Genetics............................................................68 Anchor D Ranch.......................................................58 Applecross................................................................58 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd..............................32, 64 Aumack Simmentals...........................................30, 64 Bar 5 Farms Ltd./Circle 3 Genetics......................7, 62 Barlee Simmentals...................................................33 Beagle Simmentals...................................................58 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals....................................58 Big Rock Simmentals...............................................61 Big Sky Simmentals..................................................42 Black River Farms....................................................62 Black Sand Cattle Company.........................20, 21, 61 Blushrose Simmental Farm......................................64 Bohrson Marketing Services......................................... ............................................8, 9, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21, 68 Bonchuk Farms........................................................61 Bottom Lake Cattle Co.............................................38 Bouchard Livestock International.....3, 4, 5, 19, 37, 68 Bova-Tech Ltd...........................................................68 Bow Valley Genetics.................................................68 Boynecrest Stock Farm............................................61 BS Ranch.................................................................58 Canadian Bull Congress...........................................67 Canadian Cattlemen.................................................67 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp...............................67 Carey, Brent..............................................................67 Casaloma Cattle Company.......................................30 Circle G Simmentals & Angus..................................58 City View Simmentals...............................................64 Clearwater Simmentals............................................58 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh............................................63 Crossroad Farms......................................................65 Czech-Mate Livestock........................................33, 58 D. Maronda Simmentals...........................................24 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd....................68 Deeg Simmental.......................................................58 Destiny Simmentals..................................................63 Diamond T Simmentals............................................58 Direct Livestock Marketing Systems...................20, 21 Don Heggie Simmentals...........................................58 Donovandale Simmentals.........................................63 Dora Lee Genetics....................................................63 Dorran Marketing Inc................................................67 Dorran, Steve...........................................................67 Double Bar D Farms...................................IFC, 19, 65 Double G Simmentals...............................................65 Downey Farms.........................................................61 DP Sales Management.......................................19, 68 Dunc’s Cattle Co.......................................................63 DV Auction................................................................19 Dwayann Simmentals...............................................63 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals..........................................58 East Poplar Simmentals...........................................65 Edge, Dean...............................................................67 EDN Simmentals......................................................65 Elm Tree Farms........................................................63 Erixon Simmentals....................................................65 Excel Livestock.........................................................64 Fallen Timber Farms................................................61

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Ferme Gagnon Farm................................................64 Ferme Saro Farm.....................................................64 Flying N Cattle And Feed..........................................67 Genex Cooperative, Inc............................................68 Get-A-Long Stock Farm/Ericson Livestock Services.67 GJR Simmentals.......................................................65 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd................................67 Gravandale Simmentals...........................................63 Grinalta Farms..........................................................58 H.S. Knill Company Limited......................................67 Hairy Hill Cattle Co...................................................58 Hallridge Simmentals................................................63 Hannah Simmentals.................................................58 Harvie Ranching.......................................................59 High Bluff Stock Farm...............................................62 High Country Cattle Services.............................37, 59 Hi-Tech Farms..........................................................63 Hoegl Farms.............................................................65 Indian River Cattle Co........................................29, 63 Janzen Ranches.......................................................59 Janzen-Brogan Embryo Services Ltd.......................68 Jetstream Livestock..................................................63 JNR Farms...............................................................59 Johnson Stock Farms...............................................39 JP Cattle...................................................................19 Keato Meadow Simmentals......................................59 Kin Kin Cattle Co......................................................59 Kopp Farms..............................................................62 Kuntz Simmental Farm.............................................65 LaBatte Simmentals.....................................14, 15, 65 Langer Fleckvieh Simmentals..................................43 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals............................................65 Lazy S Ranch Inc.....................................................59 Lewis Farms......................................................BC, 59 Little Willow Creek Ranch.........................................65 LiveAuctions.TV........................................................29 Lobster Point Farms.................................................62 Lone Stone Farms....................................................59 M & J Farms.............................................................62 MacKenzie Cattle Company.....................................59 Mader Ranches............................................22, 23, 59 Maple Key Farm.......................................................63 Mappin Simmentals..................................................59 Mar Mac Farms........................................................62 Masterfeeds..............................................................66 Maxwell Simmentals.................................................59 McCormack Family Ranch.......................................65 MCG Simmentals.....................................................59 McIntosh Livestock...................................................65 McManus Simmentals..............................................62 McMillen Ranching Ltd.......................................12, 65 Meadow Acres Farms...................................26, 27, 65 MI Simmentals....................................................24, 59 Mitchell Cattle Co.....................................................61 Muellers Nossa Terra................................................64 Muirhead Cattle Co...................................................66 New Holland...............................................................1 North Hill Simmentals...............................................59 O Double E Simmentals...........................................59 O’Brien Farms..........................................................63 OI’Grady Steel..........................................................66 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group................24, 25, 59 Olanski Simmental Farms........................................60 Outlaw Cattle Co......................................................33 Parkhill Ranches.......................................................60

Parview Stock Farms....................................24, 36, 60 Pearson Simmentals................................................60 Pheasantdale Simmentals........................................66 Phillips Farms Simmentals.......................................66 Porter Ranches.........................................................60 Prospect Hill Simmentals..........................................63 Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais.............................60 Rancier Farms..........................................................60 Rattray Livestock......................................................60 Rendezvous Farms..................................................62 Ricochet Stock Farms..............................................24 River Point Cattle Co................................................63 Riverbank Farm........................................................62 Robb Farms..............................................................66 Robson Acres...........................................................63 SAJ Simmentals.......................................................66 Saugeen Acres.........................................................60 Schatz Simmentals...................................................60 Simmeron Ranch......................................................60 Skeels, Dan..............................................................67 Skor Simmentals......................................................60 Southpaw Cattle Company.......................................60 Spring Creek Simmentals.............................10, 11, 66 Red Rose Angus.......................................................66 Spring Lake Simmentals...........................................60 Springcreek Land & Cattle Consulting......................68 Spruce Grove Cattle Co...........................................66 Starwest Farms........................................................61 Steen Agencies.........................................................67 Stewart Simmentals..................................................64 Stock, Mark...............................................................67 Stockmens Insurance...............................................67 Stone Simmentals....................................................60 Stoughton Farms......................................................66 Sullivan Simmentals.................................................64 Sun Rise Simmentals...............................................66 Sun Star Simmentals................................................60 Sunny Valley Simmentals.........................................66 Sunrise Simmentals..................................................19 Swan Lake Farms...............................................39, 66 Swantewitt Simmentals............................................60 T Bar C Cattle Company......................IFC, 19, 39, 68 The Register.............................................................66 Timberlind Auctions..................................................67 Todd Simmentals......................................................64 Transcon Livestock Corp..........IBC, 13, 16, 17, 24, 68 Trevor’s Cowpix........................................................67 Triple Rose Simmentals...........................................64 Tryon Simmentals.....................................................62 TSN Livestock..........................................................62 Twin Brae Simmentals........................................28, 62 Twin Butte Simmentals.............................................60 Tymarc Livestock......................................................61 Vernon Properties Ltd...............................................24 Virginia Ranch..........................................................61 W2 Farms.................................................................66 Weldehaven Farms..................................................64 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company..............................61 Westway Farms Ltd..........................................8, 9, 61 Wild Oak Farms........................................................64 Windy Knoll Farm.....................................................62 WJ Simmentals.........................................................61 Wolfe Farms.............................................................61 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh......................................................61 Wright’s Pro Rich Seeds...........................................62


Simmental Country November/December 2014  
Simmental Country November/December 2014