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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

Meghan Black Industry & Member Service Representative Cell: 506-324-4825 mblack@simmental.com

Jane Crawford Eastern Sales Consultant Phone: 519-287-5286 Cell: 519-317-5263 jane.cattle@gmail.com

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

CSA Meeting Update

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hat a great time to be in the cattle business and especially the Simmental Breed! This spring’s Bull Sale season has once again shown that Simmental is widely accepted across the country and is viewed as an important part of the Canadian Beef industry. Bull sale prices reached new highs with numerous high sellers and more bulls were sold at higher value than ever before. Congratulations to all of you that contributed to this success! During this time many of you have had the opportunity to meet our new Industry and Member Services Representative Meghan Black, as well as Carla Schmitt who is the CSA Programs and YCSA Coordinator. With the amount of Simmental sales on the calendar it was also necessary for Barb Judd and myself to cover some of the events and it was great to visit with many of you. During the bull sale run CSA staff was also busy preparing for the March Committee and Board meetings that were held March 22nd to 24th. This is always a busy and productive time as we review the progress made since our October meetings and plan for our summer and fall events. The series of meetings began Sunday afternoon with the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation meeting which focused on the 2015 Foundation auction that will be held during the CSA Convention banquet on August 1st in Lindsay Ontario. Membership structure and scholarships were also discussed as well as ways to better communicate what the Foundation is and to promote its responsibility of supporting Youth, Research and Scholarships. The CSA Promotion Committee meeting met early 4

Monday morning and discussed a wide range of topics that deal with the promotion of the Canadian Simmental both domestically and abroad. This discussion included: - CSA will again provide the opportunity to the CSA membership to submit ideas and to provide input the direction of future CSA promotion. - An online Simmental bull buyer survey will be posted to gather information towards the way people are using Simmental bulls along with suggestions on what we can do to improve our product. - CSA will once again host a Provincial Presidents meeting in Ontario during the 2015 CSA Convention. - Postage costs continue to increase and to challenge the magazine’s profitability. - All sale reports from CSA members will now be included in Simmental Country. The CSA Breed Improvement Meeting followed later in the morning with the committee and non-committee members working through a very full agenda. American Simmental EVP Dr. Wade Shafer and Dr. John Crowley from Livestock Gentec were also in attendance to provide technical support to the committee. Some of the high points of discussion focused on: - Freeze Branding as an official animal identity instead of a tattoo was discussed and will not be recognized by the CSA at this time as it would require each individual tattoo/brand to be registered with provinces that do brand inspection. In consultation with Livestock Inspection Services legal counsel it was explained that it would require a change to provincial legislation to change this requirement.


- Transfer of the Simmental DNA sample Bio-Bank from Quantum to Delta. - Dr. Shafer and Dr. Crowley walked the committee through the Spring 2015 Genetic evaluation. - Milk EPD calculation was discussed and the process explained and although some individual animals are sometimes questioned the data usually correlates to the EPD. - Calving ease EPD was discussed and explained. Data is only used from first calf heifers as there is not enough difference that can be measured in calving’s reported from mature cows. - Data collection and possible value in obtaining carcass data from the Beef Information Exchange system (BIXs). Value of this data will depend greatly on the accuracy and validation of parentage of the progeny reported to the BIXs process. - Breed average EPD differences between Canadian and American populations was discussed. - An ongoing discussion on the value of the CSA implementing a dollar value index continued and it was decided not to pursue at this time due to the fact that Canadian cattle are disadvantaged based on the priority of the traits used in the formula used to calculate the numbers. - International Genetic Solutions (IGS) was explained by Dr. Shafer. This consists of twelve breed organizations that have come together to do genetic evaluations with a database of 16 million animals; 400,000 new animals every year. This is a significant mass of data that represents the largest Beef multi-breed data set in the world. - CSA will begin providing registry service for nonCanadian Simmental breeders providing they meet all of the requirements of our by-laws. This is a sound business move in many ways for the CSA and will possibly assist in marketing more Canadian genetics to other countries. - A thorough discussion was held during the Breed Improvement Committee meeting regarding the differences between Canadian and American Purebred status and the issues this creates for the CSA office staff, as well as Canadian members buying animals in the U.S. After examining all of the details, including the rounding up of percentages in the American registry system, it was decided by the CSA board that there would be no changes made to the CSA upgrading table, and that the current standards for Purebreds in Canada would remain. - Lab turn-around times have improved slightly and we are working to find ways for our systems to better interface with each other. We continue to recommend that CSA members allow a four week turn-around time

and that there is no rush process available. - Through Livestock Gentec, CSA along with other Breed Associations has been part of applications for funding that if successful will provide reduced genotyping pricing. - There will be Simmental Innovations portion in the schedule of the 2015 Canadian Simmental Convention in Lindsay, Ontario. Tentative speakers to date are Dr. Steve Miller, Dr. John Crowley and Dr. Wade Shafer. - An update was provided from the March Beef Value Chain Roundtable that was held in Ottawa. Many topics of interest were touched upon including the recent BSE case and the process of communication as it impacts Seedstock producers during bull sale season. A presentation on BIXs was also delivered as well as an update on robotics and how the implementation within the packing sector if our industry could help in creating efficiencies. The CSA Board of Director meeting completed the three days with additional reporting and discussion on other matters: -The YCSA are hard at work planning the National YCS Classic that will be held in conjunction with the CSA Convention July 30th to August 2nd. - The National YCS board has submitted a request to the CSA board to approve the collection of a ten dollar yearly administration fee for all YCSA members. This will be in addition to the current twenty-five dollar membership fee but will not apply to the year that a new YCSA membership is applied for. This was approved by the CSA board of directors and will be implemented January 1st 2016. - A Draft YCS Policy and Procedures document has been developed and approved by the National YCS board and will be put forward for approval at the National YCSA AGM in Lindsay. - The CSA board adopted a new CSA Director’s Guidelines document that has been developed to provide description CSA of Director responsibilities and expectations. This is similar to what is provided to directors of other industry organizations and will also be adapted for CSA committees. - The Board accepted the application from the Saskatchewan Simmental Association to host the 2016 National Simmental Show at Canadian Western Agribition. We encourage you to contact one of your CSA directors or myself for further information regarding anything mentioned in this article or anything that you may have questions on. All the best with your spring seeding operations and we hope that you will make plans to join us in Lindsay Ontario for the 2015 Canadian Simmental Convention! 5


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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 rrmader13@gmail.com Wes Mack Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-4410 C: (306) 421-1853 wkmack@signaldirect.ca Blair McRae Brandon, MB P: (204) 728-3058 C: (204) 729-5439 marmac@inetlink.ca Maureen Mappin-Smith Byemoor, AB P: (403) 579-2175 C: (403) 321-0501 silversmithcattle@yahoo.com Lee McMillen Carievale, SK P: (306) 928-4820 C: (306) 483-8067 mrlbulls@gmail.com David Milliner Dundalk, ON P: (519) 923-9188 C: (519) 375-0122 dgmilliner@everus.ca

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

Alberta President Ryley Mader Carstairs, AB P: (403) 337-4014 maderranches@gmail.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 Saskatchewan President Dave Erixon Clavet, SK P: (306) 270-2893 Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P: (306) 697-2945 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

Manitoba President Everett Olson Rapid City, MB P/: (204) 826-2643 everettolson@mymts.com Secretary: Donalee Jones P: (204) 529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com 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 sandra.berthiaume@sympatico.ca Maritimes President Don Godfrey Meadow Bank, PEI P: (902) 566-3613 Secretary: Jennie Mutch P: (902) 388-1613 jenniemutch@gmail.com

CSA Staff

General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com Marketing Co-ordinator Margo Cartwright Tel: (403) 250-5255 mcartwright@simmental.com Industry & Member Services Meghan Black P: (506) 324-4825 mblack@simmental.com Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com Receptionist & Member Services Devra Leavitt reception@simmental.com YCSA & CSA Programs Coordinator Carla Schmitt P: (306) 221-7950 cschmitt@simmental.com


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Carcass data important for seedstock development research

ccess to carcass data as well as other production information through the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) will be an invaluable tool for cattle breeders, geneticists and beef researchers in their efforts to build a better beef animal. Information is the key, and carcass data along with other information from the production chain will not only guide cow-calf producers, but seedstock breeding programs as well, says Jennifer Stewart-Smith, president of Beefbooster. Michael Latimer with Canadian Beef Breeds Council says the information will be useful if it can be connected to a specific breeding program on the farm. And as a geneticist Dr. John Crowley of the University of Alberta says the carcass data will be a useful tool in understanding how the complex world of genetics influences traits in individual animals. Carcass data is the real report card on the efforts to develop breeding stock by the seedstock operator, the time and commitment of cow-calf operators to produce a healthy weaned calf, and the management of feedlot operators in taking an efficient animal to market weight. “BIXS is all about information and the value of that information will help in the development of EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences),” says Stewart-Smith. “But first we have to have the information. If all goes as planned with the flow of information it will be invaluable. We need to get that information back to the producer, and ultimately back to the seedstock operator as a guide for breed development. “We can use a number of tools now to develop animals with expected breeding values — desirable traits — but it is getting the carcass data on a large number of animals that really tells us which bulls have the proper traits to produce what the market wants.” EPDs are numbers that predict the genetic quality of future offspring or progeny of a particular bull, cow or heifer. Stewart-Smith has been a long-time supporter of BIXS, seeing the potential it has to benefit seedstock development, improve production and feeding efficiency, and foster consumer confidence in a humane and safefood beef production system.

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“BIXS has the potential but it needs the whole industry to get involved,” says Stewart-Smith. “There needs to be a meaningful flow of information back and forth through the production chain involving seedstock breeders, cowcalf producers, cattle feeders and packing plants.” As a beef seedstock developer, Stewart-Smith says carcass data is valuable to the Beefbooster breeding program, but she also needs other information from the production chain to properly analyze and manage genetics. Along with individual cattle I.D. numbers, information most useful to her includes birth-date specifics — was it the actual birth date or the start of the calving season; gender of animal; feedlot intake date; feedlot in-weight; slaughter date; and carcass quality information such as carcass quality grade, rib eye area, backfat depth, marbling, hot carcass weight, yield grade and lean meat percentage. “From these pieces of information we can calculate numbers that are important,” says Stewart-Smith. “For example, using feedlot in-date, feedlot in-weight, kill date and hot carcass weight we can estimate the average daily gain of a group of cattle and average daily gain is an indicator of efficiency. Also, using birth date, feedlot indate and kill date we can calculate days to harvest — birth date to kill date — or days on feed.” Back at the breeding level, Stewart-Smith can use this data to improve and expand the EPDs associated with any bull. Beefbooster has developed EPDs for key production traits. “And using a selection index we weight those traits according to their economic relevance,” she says. “With carcass data and other production information we can develop EPDs for all carcass traits and rate those for their economic importance.” Stewart-Smith says while carcass data is important, information on efficiency from the cow-calf and feedlot sectors may be more useful in developing EPDs. “Carcass information will be the icing on the cake, not the cake,” she says. “Too many carcass traits are antagonistic to cow-calf efficiency.”


She notes it becomes a balancing act. As they finetune breeding programs to select for one trait, they don’t want it to be at the expense of another desirable trait. “We don’t want to select for one carcass trait and have it affect fertility, or some other feature. That’s where we consult with researchers at Livestock Gentec to help us in the process.” Michael Latimer, executive director of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council agrees BIXS has potential to provide very useful information across the beef industry production chain, but that information has to be properly applied. “It will be valuable information for the cow-calf producer and ultimately purebred operations to receive carcass data, but it has to be made relevant to a breeding program,” says Latimer. “A producer can receive carcass that tells them which calves had certain grades and other carcass quality characteristics, but they have to be able to connect that to a specific bull in the breeding program. If they have five or 10 bulls out on pasture during breeding season, for example, they have to be able to identify which ones are producing the most desirable carcass traits.” Latimer says for the information to be truly useful for the commercial cow-calf producer he believes it may require DNA testing of animals to match sires and dams with individual calves, or more segregated breeding season management and record keeping which identifies one or two bulls with a group of females. And further, to be of value to the purebred operator, the cow-calf producer has to be willing to share that breeding information with the seed stock producer. “So BIXS has potential to provide very useful information in managing the on-farm breeding program, but it may require some important management changes by cow-calf producers to make it truly useful, ” he says. Dr. John Crowley says carcass data will be an important tool for all sectors of the beef industry and help direct research.

“This information is useful to the producer to guide them in their breeding program on the farm, but also has value to the seed stock producer,” he says. “There are so many links in the production chain from the producer, then sometimes to a backgrounding operation, then to the feeder and ultimately to the packing plant and it turns out we are not always producing the end result product that everyone wants.” Crowley is a research associate with the University of Alberta’s Livestock Gentec centre and is involved in genomics research as part of the Alberta Bovine Genomics Program. He is also director of scientific and industry advancement with the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. While researchers are understanding and mapping the genetic makeup of beef cattle the real value is in learning how that relates to the various traits within the animal. Crowley repeats a quote by Dr. Mike Coffey, a genetics researcher at SRUC – Scotland’s rural college. “In the age of the genotype, the phenotype is king.” “And that means even though we are beginning to understand the genotype – the genetic makeup of an animal, it is the phenotype or the traits of animal that can be measured that are really important,” says Crowley. Having access to carcass data, from large number of animals across different breeds will confirm to researchers whether they are on the right genetic trail. “But the information will also tell us where research has to head,” says Crowley. “A much larger database will enable new genomic research. The key is having data on carcass type to get a better understanding of genetics. “BIXS is an excellent framework for connecting the whole industry and providing data flow to help us achieve breeding objectives.” Article provide by Beef Cattle Research Council. To participate in the conversation leave a reply at www.BeefResearch.ca.

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Thank you to all of the buyers & Bidders of the

High Selling Lots March 21, Whitewood, SK Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. Sale Results: 36 Yearling Bulls Averaged $10,523.61 14 Fall Bulls Averaged $6,642.86 Total Sale Grossed $478,850.00 and Averaged $9,577.00

Brad Rutten, SK Brehaut Bros. Land & Cattle, SK Garry Lawrence, SK Debenham Cattle, SK Enright Farms, ON Brian Kruk, MB Lot 32 - Sun Rise Legacy 9B Tony Topinka, SK S: SVS Captain Morgan 11Z DS: Springcreek Levi 39S Big Hills Simmentals, MB Buyer: JP Cattle Co., MB & Rocky Meadow Ranch, SK Swan Lake Farms, SK for $77,500.00 Allan Bray, SK Gord White, SK John Wilson, SK Crosswoods Stock Farm, SK Trevor Johnson, SK John Barsi, SK Leonard Benfield, SK Rock N Roll Simmentals, SK Scott Schaeffer, SK Dave Matachuk, SK D & N Livestock Farm, SK Jason Kress, SK Calico Cattle Co., SK T 4 Farms, SK Spring Valley Colony, AB Charlie Fafard, SK Lot 37 - JPCC Mr. Liner 75B S cissors Creek Cattle Co., SK S: Springcreek Line 56U DS: TCF/RCC Temptation GJ640 Drifting M Ranch, SK Buyer: Bonchuk Farms, MB for $24,000.00 JP Cattle Co., MB Rocky Meadow Ranch, SK Jeff Way, SK Schweitzer Simmentals, MB Pure Country Simmentals Bonchuk Farms, MB Drake Valleyview Farms Ltd., MB Primrose Farms, MB Percyview Stock Farm Ltd., SK Brent Warren, SK Remington Land & Cattle, SK Dwayne Burback, SK Southeast Grain & Cattle Co., SK Mark Klein, SK Todd Knupp, SK Lot 36 - JPCC Mr Morgan 13B Riley Hull, SK S: SVS Captain Morgan 11Z DS: TCF/RCC Line Drive M181 Calvin Hull, SK Buyer: Pure Country Simmentals, MB for $19,500.00 Coteau Lea, SK

Prairie Wind Farms Ltd.

Johnson Stock Farms

Sun Rise Simmentals

Glenn & Barry Lowes; Eric Pateman Glenn: 204-851-5669 Barry: 204-851-0342 Eric: 306-434-8567 www.jpcattle.com

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Consignors

JP Cattle Co.

Lyall & Konleigh Johnson P: 306-224-4272 C: 306-736-7877 E: konleighjohnson@hotmail.com

Wes & Brian Mack Wes: P: 306-634-4410 C:306-421-1853 Brian: P: 306-634-4431 C: 306-421-2938 E: wkmack@signaldirect.ca Evan & Linda Cuss P: 306-534-4700 C: 306-745-7431 E: cuss@sasktel.net

Scissors Creek Cattle Co.

Mark & Jennalee Beutler P: 306-735-4434 C: 306-735-7841 E: jennalee_e@hotmail.com


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From the Director’s Chair

Let’s Talk Finance Maureen Mappin-Smith – CSA Finance Chair

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or those of you who don’t know me, I am Maureen Mappin-Smith and along with my husband Eric and my family, own and operate Mappin Simmentals Ltd. and SilverSmith Farms Ltd. near Byemoor, Alberta. I am in my second year of being a Canadian Simmental Association Director and currently sit as the Finance Chair. I would like to congratulate fellow Simmental seed-stock producers on a FABULOUS spring bull sale season and extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the commercial producers and ranchers who put your trust in us by purchasing Simmental seedstock this spring. With new record prices continuing to be written on all classes of cattle, I think we are all riding a nice high. To those of you have stuck with it, even when things weren’t so rosy in the business; good for you and enjoy these good times. Although there are leaders in our industry saying we have yet to see the high in the market, there are also those in the business that are saying we are seeing the highs right now, and we have nowhere to go but down. I don’t view myself as an optimist or a pessimist, but I am a realist. Working in the financial services industry for several years in order to support my cow habit, has taught me to keep my pencil sharp and my calculator ready. You never know what’s headed your way! Without a doubt, the last 15 years in the beef business have been volatile, but the business owners who have a handle on their finances will always be successful as they are prepared for whatever curve-ball may come their way. Over the years, through being in a lenders chair, and later operating a farm financial consulting business, a few common themes came to the forefront with most business owners I have had the pleasure to work with. Even when times are good, fiscal responsibility is important. This is a great time to ask yourself some questions and think about how your financial decisions may be impacting your business: 1. Clean up your credit. With good profits on most classes of cattle, what a great opportunity to ‘take care of business’ and pay the bills. If you have anything behind, get it paid up to date. It may even be a good time to make extra payments on those higher interest loans or pay them off altogether. Your credit history follows you for years, and it’s remarkable how one or two late payments can make the difference between a good credit history and a poor one. Banks and finance companies place a heavy emphasis on a credit score, firmly believing if you are comfortable being late on your credit

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card or truck payment, they also stand a good chance of having similar issues on that new loan you are applying for. Clean up your credit if need be; debt is always a good place to stash extra cash. 2. Capital expenditures. Times are good. Your business is profitable, and it is so tempting to make those purchases you have been waiting to make until this time. Are they necessary-will they make your life easier? Will these purchases make you money or save you money in your business? Ask yourself questions such as these before you make that purchase. And also ask yourself if you would be making this purchase if cattle prices were currently at 2010 levels? 3. Are the payments affordable? Most long term asset items that are purchased are wholly or partially financed, either through a bank or through a finance company. Interest rates are low right now, which is great as most of your payment goes towards principal. But what if interest rates start to climb? What if your income declines? Before you go to your bank to finance that ‘must have’ item or improvement, pencil out a simple cash flow projection. Will there be enough income after expenses to afford your existing payments as well as a few new ones? Have this calculated prior to going to ask for financing-nothing is more impressive to your banker than when you go in with a well thought out proposition. Lenders use your financial information to calculate several ratios which indicate how healthy your business’ finances are and your ability to make payments is #1. And don’t be afraid to ask your banker about these ratios and how you are doing, as they are useful management indicators. Although financial analysis isn’t too alluring to most people, as business owners we need to be aware of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going financially. I have touched very briefly on several important factors with regards to maintaining the fiscal health of your business but there are many more. If the current marketplace is truly here to stay for a while, that is fabulous for all of us. If, or when, we do experience a downturn in the market, make sure your business is ready to weather the storm. Maureen Mappin-Smith CSA Finance Chair


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Women in Simmental Country

Passion, Hard Work & Family – Building Blocks to a successful Farm Operation -Written by Lee Hart

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onna Jackson doesn’t see her life outside the beef industry — not in her foreseeable future anyway. She has pursued many interests over the years from cross-country skiing competitively, being a 4-H leader, to currently working on her black belt in Karate. However for the western Manitoba beef producer, advocate, wife and mother, cattle have always been and will always be a part of her life. Jackson and husband Carman, today, run about 200 head of purebred Simmental and Charolais cattle, with a few commercial animals at High Bluff Stock Farm near Inglis, MB. They have built their purebred operation over the past 30 years. “At this point in our life we aren’t focused on herd expansion, rather we are really focused on Carman & Donna improving the genetics of our current herd, says Jackson, the Mother of five grown and successful daughters. “We encouraged all of our daughters to go and get some off farm education and experience before they came back to the farm. Possible herd expansion depends a lot on how many of our daughters are interested in farming. If they all end up coming back to the farm I suppose we will need a few more cows and if none end up coming back, I suppose we’ll need a few less, chuckles Jackson. But I don’t see us ever not having cattle around.” Jackson is a born and bred cowgirl. She grew up on her parent’s purebred beef operation. Her mother Elaine and her late father Bob Digby operated Rolling D Charolais at nearby Dropmore, MB. She was involved in the 4-H beef program growing up, and that is where she met her future husband Carman, whose family started EGC Simmental Farms 45 years ago. She and Carman have been married 31 years. Jackson earned a bookkeeping diploma at college in Brandon and worked for a farm supply company, before she and Carman settled in to build High Bluff Stock Farm. The farm is named after the farm Carman’s grandfather homesteaded in 1914. He built the barn on higher ground, and painted the name ‘High Bluff ’ on the barn, we thought it would be good name for our farm,” says Jackson. Developing our own purebred business in our early 20’s, while starting a family was a big undertaking, recalls Jackson. “Nerve wracking at times but it was what we both wanted to do,” she says. We started farming with the EGC Simmental herd and soon after incorporated 35 head of Charolais cattle and High Bluff Stock Farm was born.” Today they are running about 60 head of purebred red and black Simmental, 140 head of Charolais and as well as a few commercial Red Angus cows.

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“At one time we had more commercial animals than we do now and we used to finish the steers here on the farm,” she says. “I think one of the best combinations you can have is a Simmental/Red Angus female bred to a Charolais bull. That cross produces an easily recognizable calf that is going to perform well in the feedlot and on the rail. Particularly when we were finishing cattle we could see how those animals outperformed others in the feedlot. And when we were able to get carcass data back we could really see how the genetics worked.” It was a winning combination.

Family Operation

Erin, Autumn, Fawn, Tomina & Haylan

Along with building the beef operation over the past 30 years, the Jacksons also raised five daughters. Erin, 29, works for Monsanto as a DEKALB field agronomist, Fawn, 28, is the Manager of Environment and Sustainability at the Canadian Cattleman’s Assoc., Haylan, 26, is a history and English teacher in Rossburn, MB, Autumn, 24, is completing her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Alberta nursing school in Red Deer, Alta., and Tomina, 19, is working on her Agriculture Business Diploma at the University of Saskatchewan. All the girls have been involved in the beef industry their whole lives. They were involved in 4-H, helped with chores on the home farm, and owned their own beef animals as a means to help save for their further education. Tomina, although attending school, currently owns a small herd of Simmental cattle. In the High Bluff yard the girl’s cattle are the ones with pink ear tags. Producing top quality purebred cattle, which ultimately produce quality beef animals for the commercial producer, is Donna Jackson’s passion in life. She and Carman, with careful selection of genetics, guided by tools such as EPD’s, ultrasound testing, feedlot performance, and carcass data have develop a top producing herd. “Carman, my daughters and I make a good team” says Jackson. Carman is passionate about genetic selection, I take the lead on herd health and marketing and the girls bring a lot of passion and new ideas to the table. It has taken us years to develop the quality of cattle we have on the farm today. We’re always working to fine tune traits and to bring performance to the next level.


“We have the two breeds, but Simmental makes a tremendous cow,” she says. “It works so well in a cross-breeding program. I believe cross-bred Simmental cows should be the foundation of every commercial herd. We’ve found the Simmental/Red Angus cross makes an excellent cow. We have been working for 30 years to produce strong dams that produce an excellent cow family.”

Responding To The Market

She is pleased to see how the Simmental breed has transitioned from the larger framed cattle of the 1970s and ‘80s to a more moderate size breed with excellent conformation and structure. At High Bluff Farm, the white and tan markings of traditional Simmentals have given way to the solid red and black colors. “And that is largely in response to what customers wanted,” says Jackson. “The market first wanted solid red Simmentals and later we added the solid black coloring. And now we are starting to see the market asking for cattle with a bit of white blaze on their face to better identify the Simmental breed. As you go along in this business it is all about producing what the market wants.” Among the features High Bluff has developed in their Simmental breeding program are females with good conformation, good feet and legs, good udders and a quiet disposition. “We have been calving most of our herd in February keeping them close to the yard and the calving barn, so you are working closely with them much of time. That helps to develop a quiet herd and also helps you identify those that don’t fit the program.” Jackson has always been a hands-on herdsperson. She spends a lot of time out working with the cattle. I wanted to be a role model for my daughters, show them that they could do anything on the farm that they set their mind to. It wasn’t always easy when the children were young —  five children within a nine-year span while helping to look after the cattle and run a farm business made for a busy schedule to say the least. Jackson attributes much of their farm and family success to having great support and mentors in their lives. “We were fortunate when the children were young, to be close to both families and that we were able to hire some help at the house,” says Jackson. “Somehow we just made it all work.” There were plenty of days when she’d be busy with the cattle during the day, get the girls in bed in the evening, and then spend several hours at night working on the farm books or herd records. But it all got done. “And really the herd grew as the girls got older and were able to help more,” she says. “We were a true farm family, everyone helped out. When we went out to move cattle to different pastures, or for processing there was quite a team. Now Carman and I go out to move cattle and we look at each

other and wonder where all that help is,” she says jokingly. Being able to balance life and a successful farm business at such a young age enabled Carman and Donna to compete in the Outstanding Young Farmers Program, where they met many like-minded Canadian Agriculture enthusiasts. Today they encourage and help recognize the achievements of other young farmers through continued involvement in this program. The Jackson’s also have a crop operation on their farm that includes growing pedigreed wheat and barley, along with commercial canola, the Jackson’s have hired some help. Her brother Jason Digby is a fulltime employee on the farm and they have two seasonal employees that help during the peak crop and cattle production seasons, respectively.

Marketing Program

Jackson is also quite involved with marketing as well. High Bluff has been showing cattle at beef shows since they started farming. The main shows the attend include AgEx in Brandon — that’s an event they’ve attended since before they were married — as well as Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, and the CCYA annual conference and show. “We don’t show cattle at Agribition every year, but even if we aren’t there with a show string, we certainly try to catch both the Simmental and Charolais show and visit with many commercial and purebred producers,” says Jackson.   “Over the last 17 summers many of our holidays with our girls have included attending and or organizing the annual Canadian Charolais Youth Association show and conference.”   And occasionally they have participated in the Calgary Stampede steer show and Farm Fair in Edmonton. While attending shows, and fitting cattle for the show ring is a lot of work, it is also a very valuable experience on several levels. “It is important from a business aspect to show people the quality of cattle you have,” says Jackson. “And we always enjoy talking with commercial cattle producers — whether it be customers or visitors — and hear what they are looking for for their breeding programs. “And it is also a very social time. When the girls were younger we would attend these events as a family, and you get to meet and make friends with other breeders. You’re producing cattle, but this is very much a people industry and it is important to keep in touch with friends and perhaps learn something from each other.” One of Jackson’s fondest memories involves showing one of their foundation Simmental females, still in the herd, and fondly referred to as “Chubby”. In 2006 Chubby, officially registered as EGC Much More 72P was named Reserve Champion female at Agribition. “She was also selected Champion at Brandon in 2005 and was shown in the RBC Supreme at Agribition the same year — it was a very exciting 23


event for our family,” says Jackson. “We have had the privilege to be in the RBC Supreme a couple of times with Charolais bulls as well and it is always a thrill and an honour to stand among and so many GC Much More 72P was named quality animals in a world Reserve Champion Female at Agribition class event.” While the show itself is important, Jackson says it is lead up work at home that gives her the most satisfaction — bringing the calves in, halter breaking, feeding and getting them ready for the upcoming event. Showing cattle is an important part of the overall marketing program that culminates each year with their annual on-farm bull sale. While in the earlier days they sold most of their bulls through private treaty, for the past 12 years, as numbers increased, they’ve held an annual auction in March at her parents’ farm facilities at nearby Dropmore.  Depending on the year they’ve offered between 50 and 60 Simmental and Charolais bulls, to an average of about 100 buyers who travel from a 200-mile radius to attend the event. Jackson is quite involved in early winter in helping prepare for sale day, which is handled by Transcon Livestock sales management, and preparing their sale catalogue with Bob and Heather James of Jamesway Enterprises. “And sale day is always a very busy and a very exciting day,” says Jackson. “We have amazing family and neighbours that help us make sure sale day is a success, by helping with food, getting cattle ready and setting up. We’ve always preferred having a live auction and bringing the bulls through the show ring as it is good for people to physically see the quality cattle we have.” High Bluff markets mostly yearling bulls, although in recent years they are also raising more two-year-olds. They calve part of the herd later in the spring which is easier for the Jacksons to manage, rather than have everything calving in mid-winter “and also we are finding more customers are looking for two-year-old bulls, so we try to meet that need as well,” says Jackson. They were pleased with the results of the 2015 sale that resulted in Charolais yearlings averaging $8,019, Charolais two-year-olds averaging $6,438, and Simmentals averaging $6,325 for an overall sale average of $7,314. Thanksgiving Supper in the Field Harvest Crew 2014

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Carry The Message

Along with the day-to-day ranch and home life, Jackson also believes it is important to educate the broader community of what the beef and agriculture industry is all about. Their farm has completed the Verified Beef Production certification program and is just awaiting the final audit, and she has completed the Beef Advocacy Program offered jointly by Canada Beef and the Canadian Cattleman’s Association. The Advocacy Program provides beef producers with the tools and the background to explain to the general public and consumers facts about the objectives and proper production practices of the modern beef industry. The Jacksons were involved in producing a short video on their farming operation which is part of a “Raised at Home “ marketing program by the Co-op grocery chain, aimed at better informing consumers about where and how their beef is produced. They have also hosted groups of journalists, food writers and chefs through the Manitoba Canola Growers “Be Well” program to explain how beef is produced. This year they will also be hosting a group of high school students from Roblin, MB at the farm to explain crop and livestock production. And Jackson also gives presentations through agin-the-classroom programs. “I am just getting started in this advocacy area, but we feel it is important to do what we can to help educate people about what farming and beef production today is all about,” says Jackson. “There is a lot of misinformation out there so it is important to open our doors so people can see our commitment to producing safe and healthy food through proper beef production practices.” While their business is beef production, Jackson says the real bonus is the valuable personal connections and friendships they have made over the years. “This industry has been a great environment and opportunity to raise our own family,” she says. “But we have also made so many friends and met some wonderful people along the way.” She noted in particular people like Miles and Bonnie Glasman who operate M & J Simmental at Russell, MB who have been long time mentors and friends. “They have helped us so much over the years and we have become great friends,” says Jackson. “And now we work back and forth as needed helping each other. And it is just a great relationship. But you meet so many great people whether they be other breeders or customers — it starts with raising cattle, but this is really a people business.”


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President Everett Olson Box 1939 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@mymts.net 1st Vice President Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca 2nd Vice President Andrea Bertholet Box 55, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone: 204-483-0319 Email: adber tholet@hotmail.com Secretary/Treasurer Donalee Jones Box 142, Car twright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com MSA Directors Everett More Box 1754, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-748-1225 Email: vahequine@yahoo.com Greg Woychyshyn Box 2035 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-865-2475 Email: crestviewcattleco@hotmail.com

Congratulations... to Kerrie Gurr as the recipient of the 2014 MSA Scholarship. Kerri plans to attend Assiniboine Community College in September to study Agri-Business.

Thank You... to the Pembina Triangle Simmental Association for donating the 2015 Scholarship Heifer. Mark your calendars for their 35th Anniversary Sale in November.

Tracey Wilcox Box 351, Treherne, MB R0G 2V0 Phone: 204-723-2386 Email: pwilcox@mymts.net

The MSA Summer Show

Trevor Peters Box 385, River s, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peter s@canadamalting.com

The show will be held at Killarney Fair on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Watch our website for more details, www.mbsimmental.com.

Gordon Delichte Box 26, St. Alphonse, MB R0K 1Z0 Phone: 204-836-2116 Email: g.delichte@gmail.com

Welcome to the newest MSA Members:

Tom Marchant Box 263, Arden, MB R0J 0B0 Phone: 204-841-2046 Email: tristarcattleco@gmail.com CSA Director Blair McRae RR1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 Phone: 204-728-3058 Email: marmac@inetlink.ca

Mossy Oak Stock Farms, Kyle & Kerrie Gurr & Tri-Star Cattle Co., Tom Marchant

MSA Board of Directors

YCSA President Kolton McIntosh Box 84 Ericksdale, MB R0C 0W0 Phone: 204-280-0359 auction_mcintosh@hotmail.ca Pembina Triangle Rep Eric Theroux Box 215, Notre Dame De Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0 Phone: 204-526-7360 Email: eric.theroux@cpsagu.ca Keystone Association Rep Terry Woychyshyn Box 301, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0 Phone: 204-865-2213

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5 doses of Anchor “T” Legend 7H Donated by Ferme Gagnon, Cheneville, PQ Buyer: Elm Tree Farms, Little Britain, ON 2 doses of LMF Movin Forward Donated by Rick-Sha Farms, Moorefield, ON Buyer: Lindsay Mitchell, Moorefield, ON

2 doses of GCF First Dream Donated by Rick-Sha Farms, Moorefield, ON Buyer: Stewart Simmentals, Newbury, ON

5 doses of Dora Lee Eclipse FF9R Donated by Sullivan Simmentals, Kazabazaua PQ Buyer: Alliance Simmentals Farms, North Gower, ON

Title Sponsors: New Holland Canadian Simmental Association Simmental Country Diamond Sponsor: Maxwell Land & Livestock Platinum Sponsor: East Central Ontario Simmental Association

Thursday, July 30, 2015 YCSA Move In/Registration Friday July 31, 2015 7:30 am - Registration 8:00 am - YCSA AGM 10:00 am - Quizzes 11:00 am -Print Marketing

Gold Sponsors: Peterborough County Cattlemen’s Association Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Anchor D Ranch Nolara Farms Ferme Gagnon Sully’s Farm TD Canada Trust- Lindsay Branch

12:00 pm - Lunch 1:00 pm - Fitting Demo 2:00 pm - Team Fitting 4:00 pm - Judging 5:00 pm - Supper 7:30 pm - Evening Entertainment (James Barker Band)

10 doses of LFE Red Casino 3036X Donated by McMillen Ranching, Ashworth Farm & Ranch and Bouchard Livestock Buyer: Bouchard Livestock International, Crossfield, AB 3 doses of Wheatland Circuit Breaker Donated by Outlaw Cattle Co., Hussar, AB Buyer: Russell Sevcik, Hussar, AB

Silver Sponsors: Farm Credit Canada Everett Hall Elm Tree Farms Kingfield Farms Hi-Tech Farms Cedar Creek Simmentals Mar Mac Farms McIntosh Ranch Maple Key Farms Victoria County Cattlemen’s Association

Saturday August 1, 2015 9:00 am - Showmanship 12:00 pm - Lunch 1:00 pm - CSA AGM 5:00 pm - CSA Banquet 7:30 pm - Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation Auction

Canadian Simmental Association #13, 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7C4 P: (403) 250-7979 Fax: (403) 250-5121 www.simmental.com

Rick-Sha Farms Robson Acres Shur-Gain & Starfra Feeds Triple Rose Simmentals White Water Livestock Donovandale Farms Spruce Grove Cattle Company Dennis Carew Bronze Sponsor: Ontario Simmental Belles Anne & Harold Cheslock

Sunday, August 2, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Confirmation Show 1:00 pm - YCSA Awards **SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

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any commercial producers and purebred seed stock cattlemen often start to question the appearance of lots of droplets appearing on the semen evaluation forms of young bulls. These cause frustration when bulls have to be retested. They collectively are probably the most numerous defects we see as veterinarians when performing breeding soundness exams (semen evaluations) in the spring. This article will hopefully shed some light on the situation and take away some of this frustration by providing a better understanding of what they represent. There is no doubt we see many more droplets on average in young immature bulls that are just reaching sexual maturity (puberty). These bulls are less active and especially when not housed close to cycling females droplets really are a very frequent occurrence. One must realize two important facts. One is when maturing in the testicles epididymis (little knob at the bottom of the testicles) 100% of the sperm start with a proximal droplet. This is wiggled or shook off as the sperm matures and travels through the canals within the epididymis. Because the sperm with droplets are essentially not mature fertility is affected. When we look at distal droplets there are essentially two types those severely affected (pathologic) and those that will be shook off later (physiological). In a study by Dr. Jacob Thundathil of the UCVM (University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine) he found that the percentage of droplets in ejaculated sperm goes down in the time it is chilled to be frozen and put into straws for artificial insemination. This time interval is only three or so hours so if we extrapolate the same thing must happen with natural breeding. As the sperm is swimming up the vagina and into the uterus a number of these distal droplets are shook off and are left behind. As a result the distal droplets aren’t near as serious a defect as the proximal ones. As mentioned all sperm when formed start with a proximal droplet and as maturation in the canals of the epididymis these become distal droplets and then are shed off in the normal chain of events. If we see lots of proximal droplets they are often associated with other sperm defects such as head defects in a number of cases. Droplets are really the main cause why many young bulls fail their first semen evaluation especially when done at a very young age. This is why it is not recommended to test a beef bull before 12 months of

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age and bison mature much later so 18 months for them is the minimum age. As an average that is why about 50% of twelve-month-old bulls pass and that is elevated to 75% by the time they are fourteen to fifteen months. Many very young bulls that fail on initial semen tests pass in subsequent ones one to two months later. The issue is why we as veterinarians can’t predict ahead of time which ones will improve greatly so the only way is retesting them. If the young bulls are housed close to cycling females and ejaculate off the senescent semen that in my opinion helps to speed up the improvement. With the veterinarian documenting on the semen form the morphological defects you can see over time if improvement is happening. The worst case I have seen improve was a young bull with essentially 100% proximal droplets and over several months the percentage kept decreasing and eventually he had excellent semen as a two year old. He was a show bull and the question always comes up was he too fat, inactive, et cetera which may have added to his issue for sure. When we encounter lots of droplets in mature bulls (that is much rarer) veterinarians usually are cognizant of which other defects accompany the droplets to determine the overall prognosis. Again the proximal droplets are much more severe than the distal droplets keeping in mind a certain percentage are shed before the sperm contact the egg in a natural breeding situation. If as producers you are evaluating semen forms then if most of the defects are distal droplets in a young bull and he still passes his semen test (overall defects are less than 30%) there is a very good chance those defects will lessen with maturity and usage. Over the years we have upped the ante by testing even younger bulls. In some instances bull sale dates have remained the same yet the purebred producers are calving later which translates into veterinarians testing younger and younger bulls. If just selling off the farm test the bulls as mature as possible. The warm spring weather and cows cycling close by really makes for an easier time evaluating sperm than in the dead of winter and with bulls just over one year of age. Even one to two weeks older makes a big difference. If semen evaluation is done later the pass rate will be higher and it will be easier on everyone including the bulls. Don’t ask your veterinarian to try evaluating bulls less than one year of age. Please wait till they are older as it is for yours and the bulls benefit.


Queens of the Pasture photo contest

C ontes t Rules Photos must be emailed to Margo Cartwright (mcartwright@simmental.com) by June 15, 2015. Photos must be 8.5 x 11 at 300 dpi. All photos submitted will become property of the Canadian Simmental Association.

Winner will receive * one free page in the Summer issue of Simmental Country * winning photo will be used on the front cover of the Summer Simmental Country

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Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur général - Association Simmental du Canada

Compte-rendu des réunions de l’ASC

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uelle belle période pour toute la production bovine et plus spécialement la race Simmental !

De nouveau ce printemps lors des ventes de taureaux, la race Simmental a fait la démonstration de son acceptation partout au pays et de son importante contribution à l’industrie bovine canadienne. Les prix ont atteint de nouveaux sommets aux ventes de taureaux, avec plusieurs sujets vendus parmi les meilleurs prix et un plus grand nombre de taureaux vendus à des prix supérieurs. Félicitations à vous tous qui ont contribué à l’atteinte de ce succès ! Lors des derniers mois, plusieurs d’entre vous avez eu l’opportunité de rencontrer notre nouvelle responsable des services aux membres et à l’industrie, Meghan Black, de même que Carla Schmitt qui coordonne maintenant les programmes de l’ASC et des JESC. Par ailleurs, en raison du nombre de ventes Simmental au programme, mentionnons que Barb Judd et moi-même avons dû couvrir certains évènements, ce qui nous a donné la chance de vous rencontrer. Au cours de la période des ventes de taureaux, le personnel de l’ASC s’est aussi affairé à préparer les réunions du Conseil d’administration et des comités de l’ASC, lesquelles se sont tenues du 22 au 24 mars. Il s’agit toujours d’une période très chargée et constructive, alors que nous avons étudiés les progrès effectués depuis nos rencontres du mois d’octobre, tout en planifiant nos activités de l’été et de l’automne. Cette série de réunions a débuté le dimanche après-midi par la rencontre des Amis de la Fondation Simmental du Canada, laquelle avait comme objectif d’organiser l’encan de la Fondation en 2015, prévu le 1er août prochain lors du banquet de la Convention annuelle à Lindsay en Ontario. On a également discuté de la politique d’adhésion comme membre de la Fondation et des bourses d’études, tout en considérant d’autres avenues de promotion de la Fondation et de son rôle de support auprès des jeunes éleveurs, du secteur de la recherche et des bourses d’études. La réunion du comité de promotion de l’ASC s’est tenue tôt lundi matin, avec des discussions concernant plusieurs enjeux 34

reliés à la promotion des Simmental canadiens, tant au pays qu’au niveau international. Ces discussions ont notamment touché : - l’ASC permettra de nouveau aux membres de soumettre des idées et d’apporter des suggestions en regard de l’orientation future de la promotion de l’ASC. - Un sondage destiné aux acheteurs de taureaux Simmental sera mis en ligne, visant à mieux comprendre pourquoi les utilisateurs préfèrent les taureaux Simmental et comment on peut encore améliorer notre produit. - De nouveau, une rencontre des Présidents provinciaux de l’ASC aura lieu durant la Convention 2015 prévue en Ontario. - Les frais postaux continuent d’augmenter, ce qui influence le niveau de rentabilité de notre revue. - Tous les rapports de ventes des membres de l’ASC seront maintenant inclus dans la revue Simmental Country. Plus tard en avant-midi, la réunion du comité d’amélioration de la race s’est mise en branle avec un agenda très chargé, avec la présence d’invités et des membres du comité. Ainsi, les Dr Wade Shafer, vice-président exécutif de l’Association Simmental américaine et Dr John Crowley du Centre “Livestock Gentec” étaient présents afin d’apporter un support technique au comité. Voici quelques faits saillants des discussions de ce comité : - L’emploi du marquage à froid au lieu du tatouage a fait l’objet de discussions et, à l’heure actuelle, cette technique ne pourra pas être reconnue par l’ASC, puisqu’il faudrait que chaque marque / tatouage soit enregistrée auprès des provinces effectuant présentement l’inspection du marquage. De plus, suite à une consultation auprès des services juridiques des Services d’inspection des animaux, on a expliqué que des changements aux législations provinciales seraient requis avant d’adopter cette nouvelle pratique. - Le transfert de la “Bio-Bank” d’échantillons d’ADN de Quantum vers Delta. - Dr Shafer et Dr Crowley ont expliqué sommairement au comité l’évaluation génétique du printemps 2015.


- On a discuté et expliqué la méthode de calcul de l’EPD de l’aptitude laitière et, bien qu’on ait parfois des doutes pour certains sujets spécifiques, les données sont généralement bien corrélées avec les EPD. - L’EPD de la facilité de vêlage a également été revu et discuté. On utilise seulement les données des primipares, car on peut ainsi mesurer suffisamment de différences par rapport aux vêlages des vaches adultes. - Cueillette des données et possibilité d’obtention des données sur les carcasses vis le système d’échange des données “BIXS”. La valeur potentielle de ces données dépendra grandement de la précision et de la confirmation de la parenté des descendants enregistrés via l’outil BIXS. - On a discuté des différences en termes d’EPD entre les populations Simmental canadiennes et américaines. - Les discussions se sont poursuivies relativement à l’opportunité pour l’ASC de mettre en place un indice de valeur monétaire et on a décidé pour le moment de ne pas aller de l’avant, car les bovins canadiens sont présentement désavantagés en ce qui a trait à la pondération des caractères employée dans la formule de calcul de ces indices. - Dr Shafer a expliqué le projet “International Genetic Solutions (IGS)”. Il s’agit de la formation d’un groupe de douze organisations de race pure ayant décidé de mettre en commun leurs bases de données contenant seize millions d’animaux ; avec 400 000 nouveaux sujets ajoutés annuellement. En fait, cette base de données considérable constitue la plus importante base de données inter-races au monde. - L’ASC offrira des services d’enregistrement à des éleveurs Simmental de l’extérieur du Canada, pourvu qu’ils respectent toutes nos règles et nos standards. À plusieurs points de vue, il s’agit là d’une bonne décision d’affaires, laquelle pourrait contribuer à une commercialisation accrue de la génétique canadienne vers d’autres pays. - Durant la réunion du comité d’amélioration de la race, on a tenu une longue discussion au sujet des différences entre le Canada et les États-Unis en ce qui concerne le statut d’animal de race pure et la problématique causée pour le personnel du bureau de l’ASC, ainsi que pour les membres canadiens achetant des animaux aux Etats-Unis. Après l’examen de tous les considérants, y compris l’arrondissement des pourcentages de sang dans le système d’enregistrement américain, le Conseil d’administration de l’ASC a finalement décidé qu’il n’y aurait pas de changements au tableau d’augmentation des pourcentages de sang de la race, et que les standards actuels pour les bovins de race pure demeureraient tels quels au Canada. - Les temps de traitement se sont légèrement améliorés aux laboratoires et nous tentons d’identifier des manières d’améliorer les interfaces entre tous nos systèmes. Nous continuons de recommander que les membres puissent compter sur un délai de traitement de quatre semaines et qu’il n’y ait pas de service urgent disponible. - Par l’entremise du Centre “Livestock Gentec”, l’ASC et d’autres associations de race ont déposé des demandes de subventions qui, si elles sont acceptées, viendront grandement

réduire les coûts des analyses génotypiques. - Dans le programme de la Convention 2015 de l’Association Simmental du Canada à Lindsay en Ontario, on discutera du projet des Innovations Simmental. Pour l’instant, les conférenciers suivants sont pressentis : Dr Steve Miller, Dr John Crowley et Dr Wade Shafer. - On a présenté un compte-rendu de la rencontre tenue en mars à Ottawa de la Table ronde sur la chaine de valeur du boeuf. Plusieurs sujets furent couverts, y compris le plus récent cas d’ESB et le processus de communication, lequel a eu des effets pour les éleveurs alors en pleine période de ventes de taureaux. On a également fait une présentation concernant le système “BIXS”, de même que sur la robotique, et comment notre industrie pourrait créer une meilleure efficacité lorsque cela sera implanté au niveau du secteur de l’abattage. Les trois journées se sont conclues avec la réunion du Conseil d’administration de l’ASC, avec des discussions et des rapports touchant d’autres dossiers tels que : - Les JESC travaillent avec ardeur la planification de la Classique Nationale des JESC, laquelle se tiendra du 30 juillet au 2 août 2015 lors de la Convention de l’ASC. - Le Conseil d’administration des JESC a déposé une demande au Conseil d’administration de l’ASC, afin qu’il approuve le prélèvement annuel d’un montant de frais d’administration de $ 10 pour tous les membres des JESC. Ce montant s’ajouterait au montant actuel de $ 25 de frais d’adhésion, mais il ne serait pas appliqué lors de la première année d’une nouvelle adhésion en tant que membre des JESC. Cela fut approuvé par le Conseil d’administration de l’ASC et deviendra en vigueur le 1er janvier 2016. -Un projet de procédures et de politiques des JESC fut préparé et adopté par le Conseil National des JESC, celui-ci sera soumis à l’approbation des membres lors de la prochaine assemblée générale des JESC à Lindsay en Ontario. - Le Conseil d’administration de l’ASC a approuvé un nouveau manuel de référence des règles de conduite des administrateurs de l’ASC, lequel vise à fournir une description des responsabilités et des attentes des administrateurs de l’ASC. Il s’agit d’une démarche semblable à celle en place au sein de plusieurs autres organisations agricoles et elle sera de plus adaptée pour les divers comités de l’ASC. - Le Conseil d’Administration a accepté la proposition de l’Association Simmental de la Saskatchewan, visant à l’organisation du Concours National de la race Simmental en 2016 lors de l’Exposition Canadienne Agribition. Nous vous invitons à communiquer avec un des administrateurs de l’ASC ou encore avec moi si vous avez besoin d’autres informations concernant des éléments de cet article ou bien pour toutes autres questions que vous pourriez avoir. Tous le succès lors de la période des semences et nous espérons que vous serez des nôtres lors de la Convention Simmental Canadienne 2015 à Lindsay en Ontario !

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L’importance des données sur les carcasses pour le développement des bovins de race pure

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râce au système d’échange de données “BIXS” (ou Beef InfoXchange System), les éleveurs de bovins, les généticiens et les chercheurs en production bovine disposent d’un outil formidable venant appuyer leurs efforts visant à produire des bovins de meilleure qualité. L’information est un élément clé selon Jennifer Stewart-Smith, Présidente du groupe “Beefbooster”, car les données sur les carcasses et les autres données de performance recueillies serviront de guide non seulement aux producteurs commerciaux, mais viendront influencer les programmes d’élevage en race pure. Michael Latimer du Conseil canadien des races de boucherie affirme que ces informations seront utiles si on peut les associer à un programme spécifique de sélection à la ferme. Par ailleurs, le Dr. John Crowley, généticien de l’Université de l’Alberta précise que les données sur les carcasses représenteront un outil fort utile afin de mieux comprendre comment le bagage génétique d’un bovin peut influencer des caractères spécifiques chez les animaux. Les données sur les carcasses constituent en fait le bulletin venant consacrer les efforts consentis pour développer de meilleurs sujets d’élevage par les éleveurs de race pure, ainsi que l’engagement et le temps consacrés par les producteurs commerciaux produisant des veaux d’embouche de qualité et la gestion mise par les engraisseurs de bovins afin de livrer efficacement des bovins au marché. “ Le système “BIXS” est entièrement basé sur l’information, et ces informations nous aideront à développer des EPD (Ecart Prévu chez les Descendants) “, affirme Mme Stewart-Smith. “ Nous devons toutefois obtenir ces informations. Si tout va comme prévu avec les échanges de données, cela deviendra un outil essentiel. Nous devons transmettre ces informations aux producteurs commerciaux, et ultimement aux éleveurs de race pure afin de les aider à mieux orienter leurs efforts d’amélioration génétique. “ “On peut maintenant employer plusieurs outils afin de produire des animaux à partir de valeurs estimées d’élevage pour des caractères d‘importance, toutefois ce n’est qu’à partir d’une importante base de données sur les carcasses qu’on peut réellement dire quel taureau possède les gènes désirables permettant de produire ce qui est recherché par le marché.” Les EPDs sont des valeurs permettant de prédire la qualité génétique des futurs descendants d’un taureau donné, d’une vache ou d’une taure. Mme Stewart-Smith supporte depuis longtemps le système “BIXS”, car elle y voit tout le potentiel envers le développement des sujets de race pure, de même que l’amélioration de la production et de la conversion alimentaire, et afin de gagner la confiance du public envers un système de production bovine contribuant à assurer la sécurité alimentaire. “Le potentiel existe avec le système “BIXS”, mais on doit compter sur l’engagement de toute l’industrie“, affirme Mme Stewart-Smith. “Tout le long de la chaine de production,

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il doit y avoir un échange significatif d’informations dans un sens ou l’autre, entre les éleveurs de race pure, les producteurs commerciaux, les engraisseurs de bovins et les abattoirs.” À titre de développeur de bovins de race, Mme Stewart-Smith affirme que les données sur les carcasses sont importantes pour leur programme d’élevage Beefbooster, toutefois elle doit également obtenir d’autres données recueillies au cours de la chaine de production si elle veut bien analyser et gérer les diverses lignées génétiques. En plus d’obtenir les données d’identification individuelles, Mme Stewart-Smith a besoin d’obtenir des données fiables concernant les dates de naissance, soit la date réelle ou du moins la date du début des vêlages, de même que le sexe du veau, les données d’ingestion alimentaire par date, les poids à l’entrée en parc d’engraissement, les dates d’abattage, et toutes les données sur les carcasses telles que le degré de qualité de la carcasse, le surface de l’oeil-delonge, l’épaisseur du gras dorsal, le persillage, le poids de la carcasse chaude, le niveau de rendement et le pourcentage de viande maigre. “On peut ainsi calculer certaines valeurs importantes à partir de ces mêmes données,” précise Mme StewartSmith. “Par exemple, à l’aide de la date d’entrée en parc d’engraissement, du poids à l’entrée, de la date d’abattage et du poids de la carcasse chaude, on peut estimer le gain moyen quotidien d’un groupe de bovins et on reconnait que le gain moyen quotidien est un indicateur de l’efficacité alimentaire. De plus, si on utilise la date de naissance, la date d’entrée en parc d’engraissement et la date d’abattage, on peut alors calculer le nombre de jours requis jusqu’à l’abattage (de la date de naissance jusqu’à l’abattage), ou encore le nombre de jours en engraissement.” Par rapport au niveau de l’élevage, Mme Stewart-Smith peut employer ces données afin d’améliorer les calculs des EPD et d’y ajouter de nouveau EPD pour chaque taureau. Le groupe Beefbooster a développé des EPD pour plusieurs caractères d’importance. “Nous utilisons un indice de sélection et nous appliquons une pondération en fonction de leur importance économique relative, ” indique-t-elle. “À partir des données sur les carcasses et des autres données de production disponibles, on est en mesure de calculer des EPD pour tous les caractères liés aux carcasses, tout en leur accordant une importance économique relative.” Bien qu’elle reconnaisse que les données sur les carcasses soient importantes, Mme Stewart-Smith précise que les informations concernant l’efficacité autant dans le secteur vache-veau que celui de l’engraissement sont toutes aussi utiles dans le développement des EPD. “Les données sur les carcasses représenteront le glaçage sur le gâteau, pas le gâteau lui-même, ” affirme-t-elle. “Trop de caractères liés aux carcasses sont des antagonistes de l’efficacité visé dans le secteur vache-veau.”


Elle mentionne qu’il faut garder un bon équilibre. En mettant l’emphase dans un programme d’élevage envers un caractère important, on ne veut pas que cela soit au détriment d’un autre caractère d’importance économique. “Par exemple, on ne veut pas sélectionner en faveur d’un caractère lié aux carcasses et obtenir comme résultat un effet négatif sur la fertilité ou encore un autre caractère important. C’est alors qu’on travaille de concert avec les chercheurs du centre “Livestock Gentec”, lesquels nous aident dans notre démarche.” Michael Latimer, Directeur exécutif du Conseil canadien des races de boucherie est aussi d’avis que le système “BIXS” peut éventuellement fournir des informations très utiles pour toute la chaine de production bovine, mais ces informations doivent être utilisées correctement. “Ces informations seront utiles aux producteurs commerciaux et ultimement aux éleveurs de race pure, pourvu qu’elles soient reliées à un programme d’élevage donné,” indique M. Latimer. “Les producteurs bovins peuvent bien recevoir toutes ces données concernant la classification et les caractéristiques des carcasses, toutefois on doit être capable de les relier à un taureau donné employé dans un programme d’élevage donné. Par exemple, s’il y a cinq ou dix taureaux utilisés en saillie naturelle aux pâturages, ces producteurs doivent pouvoir identifier quels taureaux permettent de produire les carcasses les plus désirables.” Si on veut que ces informations servent vraiment la cause des producteurs bovins commerciaux, M. Latimer croit que des analyses d’ADN devraient être effectuées afin de confirmer les deux parents de chaque veau, ou encore qu’on devrait ajuster la gestion de la période des accouplements et de la prise de données, en identifiant un ou deux taureaux utilisé avec un groupe donné de femelles. De plus, le producteur commercial devra accepter de partager ces données d’élevage avec les éleveurs de race pure, si ceux-ci veulent en tirer avantage. “En fait, on entrevoit un potentiel pour fournir des données pertinentes à la gestion des programmes d’élevage à la ferme avec le système “BIXS”, toutefois les producteurs commerciaux devront apporter des changements importants à leur mode de gestion, si on veut que le tout soit utile, ” précise-t-il. Le Dr John Crowley mentionne que les données sur les carcasses seront un outil fort intéressant pour tous les secteurs de l’industrie bovine et qu’elles auront aussi un effet direct sur le domaine de la recherche. “Ces informations sont utiles aux producteurs et les guident avec leur programme d’élevage à la ferme, et elles possèdent également une valeur importante pour tout le secteur de l’élevage en race pure, ” affirme-t-il. “Au sein de la chaine de production, il existe plusieurs liens entre le producteur commercial, jusqu’à l’engraisseur et parfois via la semi-finition, puis jusqu’à l’abattoir, de sorte que nous ne produisons pas toujours le produit demandé par chacun des secteurs. ” Dr Crowley est un associé de recherche auprès du Centre “Livestock Gentec” de l’Université de l’Alberta et il est impliqué au niveau des recherches en génomique du Programme de génomique bovine de l’Alberta. Il est également directeur de l’amélioration scientifique et de

l’industrie auprès du Conseil canadien des races de boucherie. Alors que les chercheurs s’affairent à comprendre et à dresser la carte de la composition génétique des bovins de boucherie, l’intérêt premier demeure de comprendre comment celle-ci est reliée aux divers caractères d’importance chez l’animal. Dr Crowley rappelle une citation provenant du Dr Mike Coffey, un chercheur-généticien associé au SRUC (Collège rural de l’Écosse). “Dans cet aire dédiée au génotype, le phénotype est roi.” “Cela signifie donc que bien que nous commençons à comprendre le génotype (ou la composition génétique d’un animal), le phénotype ou les caractères mesurés chez l’animal demeure primordial,” indique le Dr Crowley. L’accès à des données sur les carcasses provenant d’un grand nombre d’animaux et de races différentes aidera à confirmer si les chercheurs sont sur la bonne voie au niveau génétique. “Toutefois, ces informations nous aideront à orienter les futures recherches, ” mentionne le Dr Crowley. “ De nouvelles recherches en génomique seront possible grâce à la disponibilité d’une base de données plus large. Les données sur les carcasses sont un élément clé afin de mieux comprendre les divers types génétiques. “Le système “BIXS” constitue un excellent véhicule favorisant les liens dans toute l’industrie et permettant des échanges de données essentielles pour l’atteinte d’objectifs d’élevage.”

Cet article a été fourni par le Conseil de recherché sur les bovins de boucherie. Si vous désirez participer à la conversation, transmettez votre message au : www.BeefResearch.ca

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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

DR. MURRAY JACOBSON RECEIVES AWARD Dr. Murray Jacobson received the Don Matthews Memorial Award at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (Council) held in Calgary, March 26, 2015 The Don Award Memorial Award was instituted in honour of the late Don Matthews, a Past President of CBBC as well as many other accomplishments including the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. The award is presented by the Canadian Beef Breeds Council to an individual who exemplifies excellence and passion in the purebred beef cattle industry. Dr. Murray Jacobson is the pioneer, frontrunner, originator of embryo transfer in Canada. This practice has become an everyday tool for the advancement of every purebred breed in Canada. Murray graduated from Vet School Washington State in 1969 and then spent a year doing a large animal internship at Guelph. In 1970 Murray joined the Rockyview Animal Clinic in Calgary along with other well-known vets such as Brian Edge, Wayne Burwash and Ed Moss. In late 1970 or early 1971, David Dryholm, a dentist in the cattle business founded Alberta Livestock Transplant (ALT) and interested Murray in embryo transfer. With the help of a man from Cambridge University from England, ALT performed their first transfer on October 16, 1971 which resulted in calves in 1971. In the summer of 1972 Murray went to England to take an ET Course at Cambridge. In 1974 Murray left ALT and with his vet partners established Calgary Transplant just west of Balzac. In about 1977, the Rocky View Animal Clinic broke up and Murray moved to Lethbridge, bought a farm and joined the Alberta Disease Research Institute. In about 1979 Murray joined up with Dr. Darrell Dagraft who had been doing embryo work for Simmental Breeders of Canada at Cardston. They formed BovaTech at Murray’s Shaughnessy, Alberta farm. In the early 1980’s Darrell and Murray experimented and perfected the transformation of surgical procedures to nonsurgical. This of course was a huge step in embryo transfers as there was very little risk to the donor. In 1981 Murray again pioneered the expertise of freezing embryos. This procedure has become invaluable to the purebred industry sales around the world or implantation at a variety of locations or being able to use recipients when a donor fails.

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For over 30 years Murray and his BovaTech partners or staff travelled Western Canada harvesting and transferring embryos of all purebred breeds. They also started the practice of drawing semen from herd sires for in herd use. In those busy years, besides Canada, Murray implanted embryos in the US, New Zealand and 3 times in Mongolia. Murray also trained individuals from Costa Rica, Russia, Britain, Argentina and Australia how to collect and transfer embryos. Along with his successful embryo transfer career, Murray maintained a very well respected herd of purebred Simmental cattle. He also served on the Canadian Simmental Association Board and was their President from 2006-2008. Murray began to slow down in 2011 with the dispersal of his cow herd. 2012 saw him sell BovaTech and also his farm. Retirement finds Murray and Marilyn travelling the world, spending winters in California golfing and living in Lethbridge. CBBC’s vision is to provide a unified voice in support of the purebred genetics provided within the Canadian beef cattle industry. Its mission is to ensure the continuity, growth and prosperity of the Canadian purebred cattle sector as an integral component of the Canadian beef cattle industry. Its mandate is to support Canadian purebred cattle producers through service provision aimed at genetic improvement, animal health, extension services and information dissemination; promote Canadian beef cattle genetics both domestically and internationally by identifying market opportunities, facilitating access through timely intelligence and informing the commercial industry of the attributes of the Canadian beef advantage both at home and abroad; represent the purebred cattle sector to government by advocating effective policy, ensuring market access and enhancing competitiveness. For more information: Michael Latimer, Executive Director, Canadian Beef Breeds Council mlatimer@canadianbeefbreeds.com T: 403.730.0350, C: 403.901.5090


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Member Announcements

CONGRATULATIONS

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES

Wendy Belcher passed away after a short but valiant fight with cancer in Calgary, AB on January 10, 2015 at the age of 55 years. She will be lovingly missed by Robert, her high school sweetheart, the love of her life and her husband of 33 years. Wendy will also be dearly remembered by her father Melvin McManes, sisters Dorothy Bradford and Patricia (Mike) Ryan, brother Donald (Carol) McManes, sisters-in-law Karen (Doug) Northam, Diane (Jim) Kuculym, Lisa (Glen) Kingdon and brothers-in-law Bruce and Eric (Sue) and all of their many children. She will also be dearly missed by her dear friends, Larry and Sue Garnet and family. Wendy also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her mother Margery (Barnes), brother Glen, brother-in- law Jim Bradford, mother and father-in-law Bella and Jack Belcher. Wendy loved life and touched many, many lives. She was born and raised in Alexander, Manitoba and attended Brandon University and Olds College and then remained in Calgary where she had a few jobs before her career at the Canadian Gelbvieh Cattle Association. Wendy loved camping with horses and ATV’s in the scenic mountains of Alberta where she could take pictures of wildlife, flowers and scenery

Stacey Hannah and Troy Hettinger are pleased to announce their newest addition to the family, Kyver Grayden Hettinger, born on March 4, 2015 weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz., 20 in.

Rebecca and Scott Bohrson would like to welcome the newest addition to their family. Thomas Maverick Bohrson was born on February 20, 2015 weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz.

Broken Arrow Cattle Co. is proud to announce the arrival of their new member Liam Jack Jamieson. Parents, Rob and Melissa are thrilled to have him finally in their home. Born Friday March 13, 2015 at 9 pm weighing 8 lb., 9 oz. and measuring 21.75 in. Big sisters Sydney and Keira our so proud of their new little brother.

The family of Mernie James of Okotoks is sad to report that she passed away at the Foothills Country Hospice eight days prior to her 88th birthday. She was born at Lake Dore, Wilberforce Township, Ontario, to Herb and Grace Shaw of Herb Shaw & Sons Lumber. The original Shaw Lumber was started by Mernie’s great-grandfather in 1847, and is still family operated today. Mernie was predeceased by her brother, John and sister-in-law, Barb; brother, Donald; niece, Dawn Leslie and grandson, Randy. Mernie is survived by her husband, Rodney; brother, Herb (Maureen); sister-in-law, Shirley; sister-in-law, Marjorie Nattress; daughter, Heather (Keith); son, Robbie (Barbara); step-son, Bob (Heather); step-daughter, Lorna (Cathy); step-daughter, Ann (Ron); 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She started her career as a cub reporter at the Pembroke Observer, was assistant editor of The Canada Yearbook – Stats Canada, City editor of the Pembroke Observer, and Real Estate Broker in Pembroke, Ottawa and Calgary. In 1985, Mernie, with her husband, Rodney bought a small tea room and gift shop on main street in Okotoks. It became such a success that in 1989 they built the Victorian style Ginger Tea Room and Gift Shop on Riverside Drive. It became a destination for visitors to Okotoks where in one year tourists from 28 countries signed the guest book. Upon their retirement in 2002, the building was sold to the Okotoks United Church. Mernie had a variety of passions: Her beautiful cottage on Lake Dore where she and Rodney spent every summer for the last 37 years; their love of the sun that took them on many winter vacations; her love of entertaining and her superb cooking brought much enjoyment for both family and friends.

SASK. 4-H MEMBER GIVES BACK TO CANCER

Wyatt Millar, 16 has been in 4-H for years, in fact since he was 6 years of age. He’s a member of Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H and has a lot to be thankful for. This year Wyatt plans to give something back, in thanks for his many years of 4-H and supporting his steer project. He is doing two things, first growing his hair out for cancer and two donating the entire proceeds of his steer aptly named “Paying it Forward” to the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. His steer will be sold at P  rairieland Junior Ag in Saskatoon, July 6, 2015, as well as his hair being cut. As we have all lost family members to cancer, Wyatt decided that his contribution should go towards equipment for the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. If you’d like to help Wyatt out in this worthy cause then please click on the link and make a contribution. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. Funds will go to Saskatoon Cancer Centre through the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. If donating online, click on General Donation - Saskatoon Cancer Centre and add “Wyatt Millar : 4-H Paying it Forward” to Additional Information - Comments box

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or those whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting during the past month while I was attending bull sales, let me introduce myself; my name is Meghan Black, and I’m originally from New Brunswick where my family runs a small cow/calf operation. At a young age I gained a passion for agriculture, more specifically the beef industry; so I got involved. I became very active in the 4-H program as well as several Junior Associations in the Maritimes. If there was an opportunity to travel, whether it be to a show, sale, conference, workshop etc., I jumped at it. It was a chance for me to learn, network, gain new experiences, and to get involved. People won’t have the opportunity to meet you if you don’t show up. So that’s what I did, and by that often was referenced as “that girl from New Brunswick.” Throughout my twenty plus years that I participated in junior beef activities, I had the opportunity to travel across the country and compete on a National level at cattle shows. Showing, clipping, and judging were all things I thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at, yet the highlight of my involvement within the 4-H and Junior programs was helping younger members. Through my involvement with the Junior Associations, I gained a seat on the National Junior Hereford Board for several years, thus leading to an opportunity to work for the Canadian Hereford Association with my main focus being National Advisor to the CJHA. I’m a graduate of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program, and had the opportunity to mentor with Dennis Serhienko. My experience with CYL allowed for networking, travel and learning from some of the best in the industry. Through this program I was able to sit on several round tables as well, including that for Sustainable Beef, and the Canada/USA Round table during the Denver Stock show in 2014.The opportunities offered within the beef cattle industry have played a large role in the continued passion I have for agriculture, the experiences I’ve been offered, and my drive. After graduating from Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture

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with a degree in Animal Science, I moved to Alberta to pursue my career. Over the past year and a half of being a resident of the west, I am asked quite frequently, “what’s a young lady from New Brunswick doing in Alberta?” As terrifying at the time as it was, I moved across the country to take advantage of an opportunity, and dive into the beef industry. After a year like this, with prices at an all-time high and the excitement back into the beef industry, who wouldn’t want to be involved! With my position as Canadian Simmental Association Industry and Member Services Representative, I hit the ground running the beginning of March attending sales across the three Prairie provinces. Not only have I witnessed the excitement of being involved in the beef industry this spring, but the Simmental breed by far has blown me away. The quality of cattle offered at sale, after sale, the high prices, the want and demand of Simmental genetics certainly exhibits the strength of the breed. As the beef industry continues to boom, so will the Simmental breed! I’m excited to be a part of the Canadian Simmental Association team, to become more active in the breed everyone wants to be a part of, and to work with all of those involved. I sincerely want to thank all who have welcomed me with open arms as I start out with the CSA. It is evident from my short time being involved that there is a strong passion and commitment by those associated with the Simmental breed. I look forward to visiting with as many of you as possible at upcoming spring and summer CSA and industry events and encourage you to contact me for all of your Western Canadian advertising needs in Simmental Country! Until next time! Meghan Black CSA Industry & Member Service Representative


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7th Annual Indian River Cattle Company Christmas Internet Sale December 14, 2014 Broadcast by Liveauctions.TV

Sale Summary

Lots

Open Red/Black Heifers Sale Total

Gross

Average

13 $88,350.00 13 $88,350.00

$6,796.00 $6,796.00

High Selling Lots Lot 406B - IRCC Ballerina 406B S: W/C Wide Track 694Y DS: Hart Subzero G322 Buyer: Vanhaven Exports

$18,000.00

22nd Annual Janzen Ranches Red Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale Rosemary, AB February 12, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Polled Red Simm Bulls Red Angus Bulls Simm x Angus Halfbloods Sale Total

36 11 3 50

Gross

Average

$239,300.00 $68,550.00 $18,000.00 $325,850.00

$6,647.00 $6,232.00 $6,000.00 $6,517.00

Lot 415B - IRCC Breathtaking 415B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: Remington On Target 2S Buyer: Daisy Spring Farms

$14,000.00

Lot 425B - IRCC Be My Girl 425B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: CNS Dream On L186 Buyer: Eby Ranch

$9,000.00

Lot 355A - IRCC Amarillo Sky 355A S: Indian River Sandman DS: IRCC Tomahawk 706T Buyer: Triple M Farms

$6,750.00

Lot 20 - AEDJ Specialist 80B S: Remington Specialist 32W DS: Remington Sting 11R Buyer: R & V White Ranches Ltd.

$10,000.00

Lot 9 - AEDJ Specialist 36B S: Remington Specialist 32W DS: BBS Mr Pepper J34 Buyer: Lakeview Farm Ltd.

$9,250.00

Lot 31 - JJJS Specialist 157B S: Remington Specialist 32W DS: Double Bar D Red LP 66R Buyer: Arvid Thompson

$8,500.00

Lot 23 - AEDJ R Label 106B S: Remington Red Label 137W DS: Double Bar D Red LP 66R Buyer: Marvin & Loretta Berg

$8,000.00

Lot 100 - B290 S: TNT Bullet Proof X240 DS: TNTS Big League R242 Buyer: Trade Wind Ranch

$18,000.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 13 - JJJS Specialist 51B S: Remington Specialist 32W DS: SV Kool DN K918 Buyer: Dunlop Ranch Ltd.

$11,250.00

TNT Simmentals 30th Annual “Genetic Explosion” Sale Almont, ND February 13, 2015 Auctioneer: Marlin Kapp

Sale Summary

Lots

Black Bulls Red Bulls Sale Total

70 38 108 $1,020,250.00

Gross

Average $9,282.00 $9,750.00 $9,447.00

High Selling Lots Lot 44 - B203 S: W/C United 956Y DS: TNT Tanker U263 Buyer: Messer Beaver Creek Ranch

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$38,000.00

Lot 95 - B298 $17,500.00 S: TNT Bootlegger Z268 DS: Beckton Hustler S426 C2 Buyer: Hansen Simmental Ranch and Kunkel Simmentals Lot 31 - B251 S: Ellingson Legacy M229 DS: S A V Bismarck 5682 Buyer: Allen Denzer

$17,500.00

Lot 24 - B365 S: TNT Tuition U238 DS: TNT Tanker U263 Buyer: Eric Bentley

$16,500.00


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Diamond M Ranch Bull & Female Sale

Estevan, SK February 15, 2015 Auctioneer: Jerry Kanewischer Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International

Sale Summary

Lots

Two Year Old Simm Bulls 40 Open Commercial Heifers 18 Sale Total 58

Gross

Average

$218,050.00 $35,925.00 $253,975.00

$5,250.00 $1,995.00 $4,378.88

High Selling Lots Lot 1 - DMF Laramie 334A S: Wheatland Bull 192Y DS: DMF Western Red 504R Buyer: Hicks Simmentals

$10,000.00

Rendezvous Farms 11th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale

Ste. Rose du Lac, MB February 16, 2015 Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Red Simmental Bulls Black Simmental Bulls Fullblood Simmental Bulls Red Simmental Heifers Black Simmental Heifers Fullblood Simmental Heifers Sale Total

Gross

Average

41 $298,750.00 11 $85,250.00 23 $159,250.00 20 $81,200.00 8 $35,250.00 13 $51,600.00 116 $711,300.00

$7,287.00 $7,750.00 $6,924.00 $4,060.00 $4,406.00 $3,969.00 $6,132.00

High Selling Lots Lot 51 - Rendezvous 481B S: ZSL Mr Red Express 106Z DS: IPU Specialist 203W Buyer: Zdan Farms

$14,000.00

Jeans & Genetics 1st Annual Simmental Bull Sale

Ponoka, AB February 17, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Company

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Long Yearling Bulls Semen Lots Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

40 $4,928.75 4 $4,257.00 5 $310.00 44 $214,250.00 $4,869.31

High Selling Lots Lot 3 - Spruces Taco 311A S: WCC Wells’ Xerxes 1X DS: South Seven Wichita 67W Consignor: Spruce View Acres Buyer: Allan Seely

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$10,000.00

Lot 21 - DMF Diamond M Bull 342A S: IPU Red Chakota 18Y DS: Wheatland’s Inferno 325N Buyer: Longbawl Ranch

$9,500.00

Lot 13 - DMF Diamond M Bull 311A S: Remington Rangefinder 82U DS: DMF Driver 307N Buyer: Owen Salisbury

$9,000.00

Lot 30 - DMF Diamond M Bull 320A S: Tess Red 135Y DS: LFE Aviator 418T Buyer: Sybouts Lake Farms Ltd.

$9,000.00

Lot 20 - Rendezvous 533B S: MFI Jahari 5055 DS: SU Paramount 55P Buyer: Wall Ranches

$13,000.00

Lot 42 - Rendezvous 417B S: IPU Red Hummer 217U DS: Virginia’s Kingbuster 6K Buyer: Travis Wadsworth

$13,000.00

Lot 1 - Rendezvous 80B S: IPU Nero 274X DS: SU Paramount 55P Buyer: Kline Simmental Ranch

$12,000.00

Lot 43 - Rendezvous 435B S: IPU Red Hummer 217U DS: MFI Jahari 5055 Buyer: Larkspur Ranch Ltd.

$11,750.00

Lot 58 - Bens 403B S: Bens C.W. 212Z DS: Remington On Target 2S Consignor: Moonshine Simmentals Buyer: Gary Bieber

$9,250.00

Lot 5 - Spruces Jasper 331A S: Nug Raptor 233Y DS: South Seven Wichita 67W Consignor: Spruce View Acres Buyer: Randy Archibald

$9,000.00

Lot 4 - Spruces Tonka 327A S: South Seven Wichita 67W DS: South Seven Sundance 21S Consignor: Spruce View Acres Buyer: Lakeview Farms

$8,200.00

Lot 8 - Spruces Cowboy Tough 344A S: WCC Wells’ Xerxes 1X DS: SU Phoenix 501P Consignor: Spruce View Acres Buyer: Deanna Keiver

$6,800.00


2nd Annual Young Guns & Guests Simmental Bull Sale Wainwright, AB February 18, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Company

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Two Year Old Bulls Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

35 5 40 $208,850.00

$5,304.29 $4,640.00 $5,221.25

High Selling Lots Lot 7 - Champs Battle Born S: RV Nickelback 6U DS: Champs Romano Consignor: Champ Simmentals Buyer: Wolfe Farms

$13,000.00

M & J Farms Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Russell, MB February 19, 2015 Auctioneer: Ward Cutler Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Company

Sale Summary Simmental Bulls Sim-Angus Bulls Red Angus Bulls Black Angus Bulls Bred Black Heifers Bred Red Heifers Bulls Bred Heifers Sale Total

Lots

Gross

20 11 7 8 11 12 46 $323,150.00 23 $78,500.00 69 $401,650.00

Average $7,060.00 $7,345.45 $7,114.29 $6,418.75 $3,654.55 $3,191.67 $7,025.00 $3,413.04 $5,820.01

Double Bar D “Best of Both Worlds” Bull Sale Grenfell, SK February 21, 2015 Auctioneer: Chris Poley & Dan Skeels Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Company

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

June Fleckvieh Bulls 37 Fall Fleckvieh Bulls 20 Yearling Fleckvieh Bulls 20 Simm/Angus Bulls 12 Fall Purebred Bulls 18 Yearling Purebred Bulls 23 Double Bar D Bulls 130 Swan Lake Bulls 15 Sale Total 145 $1,216,500.00

Average $13,391.89 $6,710.00 $6,980.00 $6,550.00 $7,602.78 $5,792.48 $8,600.00 $6,566.67 $8,389.66

Lot 3 - Champs Alfred S: Double Bar D Wilhelm 261X DS: DDD Broadway G534 Consignor: Champ Simmentals Buyer: Holt Colony Farming Co.

$9,100.00

Lot 24 - SGA Blaise 8B S: LFS Pol Balboa 40U DS: BGS Sixes 1U Consignor: Sunset Simmentals Buyer: Brewster Farms Ltd.

$8,200.00

Lot 2 - Champs Air Time S: Double Bar D Wilhelm 261X DS: Shawacres Preemo 52P Consignor: Champ Simmentals Buyer: Lee Crawford

$7,700.00

Lot 1 - Champs Affliction S: Champs Bravo DS: Double Bar D Mirage 103S Consignor: Champ Simmentals Buyer: Kalinski Farms

$6,700.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 26 - MJ Black Pioneer 4A S: JL Pioneer 0062 DS: Ultra Mr Teddybear 81S Buyer: Interlake Land & Farm

$18,500.00

Lot 18 - MJ Black Iron 108A S: Scissors Ironclad 9Y DS: Mar Mac Chivas 111S Buyer: Perkins Land & Cattle Co.

$12,000.00

Lot 8 - MJ Black Iron 35A S: Scissors Ironclad 9Y DS: R Plus 8200 Buyer: Marcel Fouillard

$10,000.00

Lot 3 - MJ Black Iron 20A S: Scissors Ironclad 9Y DS: MJ Black Landmark 10U Buyer: Trevor Mantik

$9,900.00

High Selling Lots Lot 20 - Double Bar D United 176A $112,000.00 S: MFL Universe 28U DS: Shawacres Jahari 50L Buyer: Spruce View Acres & The United Group Lot 19 - Double Bar D Rival 201A S: MRLN Rogar DS: Double Bar D Lincoln Buyer: Starwest Farms

$51,000.00

Lot 17 - Double Bar D Adonis 200A S: Double Bar D Adonis 603N DS: Double Bar D Lincoln Buyer: Virginia Ranches

$20,000.00

Lot 61 - Double Bar D Chess 20B S: Double Bar D Chesapeake DS: Double Bar D Adonis 603N Buyer: MC Quantock Livestock Corp.

$19,500.00

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Select Opportunity Bull & Female Sale Olds, AB February 23, 2015 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary

Lots

Yearling Bulls Open Heifers Sale Total

Gross

Average

32 $231,200.00 10 $30,250.00 42 $261,450.00

$7,225.00 $3,025.00 $6,225.00

High Selling Lots Lot 2 - MRC Broker 60B $19,000.00 S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: WFL Commander 78R Consignor: M & R Cattle Buyer: Canadian Sires & Erixon Simmentals

Crossroad Farms 9th Annual Bull & Female Sale Shell Lake, SK February 25, 2015 Auctioneer: Jerry Kanewischer

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 87 $774,700.00 Open Replacement Heifers 15 $69,000.00 Sale Total 102 $843,700.00

$8,905.00 $4,600.00 $8,271.56

High Selling Lots Lot 19 - Crossroad Ruckus 562B S: Crossroad Ranger 216X DS: Anchor “T” Rusty 59G Buyer: Bear Canyon Colony

$17,000.00

Lot 1 - MRC Bold Ruler 183B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: LFE Mr Lewis 462P Consignor: M & R Cattle Buyer: GB Farms

$12,500.00

Lot 7 - MRC Broker 895B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: Twin Chiefterry 895T Consignor: M & R Cattle Buyer: Tommy Dush

$12,000.00

Lot 54 - Crossroad Pacesetter 597B S: Paparazzi 205Z DS: WS Beef Maker R13 Buyer: Packet Bros.

$18,500.00

Lot 26 - Crossroad Ferrari 650B S: KUZ Mr Appollo DS: BBBG Bradock 2T Buyer: Sunset Simmentals

$17,250.00

Lot 1 - Crossroad Cheetah 827B S: MFI Cornerstone 7187 DS: BHR Baron SA2842P Buyer: Orin & Donna Ockerman

$17,000.00

Lot 58 - Crossroad Mariner 526B S: Crossroad Navigator 338Y DS: Red Baron HR P101 Buyer: Kevin & Wendy Langer

$16,000.00

Lot 17 - STBS Shadow 24B S: SVS King Pin YU09 DS: OLF Odin U5 Buyer: Randy Dolman

$8,500.00

Lot 5 - R-Five Ben 72B S: Virginia Finewine 289X DS: Hartwater Buyer: Crooked Lakes Livestock

$8,000.00

Lot 48 - Stone Mr Diesel 49B S: Virginia Wyoming 33W DS: Anchor D Aztec 34N Buyer: Norman Boe

$6,200.00

$20,000.00

BullRush Simmental Bull Sale Rimbey, AB February 26, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Yearling Bulls Sale Total

52 $301,750.00 52 $301,750.00

Average $5,802.00 $5,802.00

High Selling Lots Lot 44 - MVRN Pol Red Boomer 307B S: ACS Red Boomer 659S DS: Mader P Tombstone 28X Buyer: Double S Land & Cattle

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Lot 3 - MRC Supremacy 260B S: MRC Wall Street 183Z DS: WFL Commander 78R Consignor: M & R Cattle Buyer: Stoughton Farms

$9,500.00


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Lot 13 - LRX Wally 100B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: SGCC Red Stabilizer 9S Consignor: Robb Farms Buyer: Blue Creek Farms

10th Annual Robb Hoegl Bull Sale

Lloydminster, SK February 26, 2015 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary

Lots

Simmental Bulls Angus Bulls Sale Total

Gross

Average

69 $610,029.00 5 $38,500.00 74 $648,529.00

$8,841.00 $7,700.00 $8,764.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 7 - LRX Red 29B S: LRX Blaze 55Z DS: Wheatland Red Ace 747T Consignor: Robb Farms Buyer: Little Willow Creek

$20,000.00

Bar 5 Online Bull Sale Markdale, ON February 28, 2015 www.cattleinmotion.com

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

9 $36,000.00 9 $36,000.00

$4,000.00 $4,000.00

High Selling Lots Lot 9 - Bar 5 P Hampton 1203B S: Bar 5 FF Hexagon 412Y DS: Dora Lee Eclipse FF9R Buyer: Roy Phillips, Georgia, USA

$4,800.00

Lewis Farms 30th Annual Bull Sale Spruce Grove, AB February 28, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels & Brent Carey

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Extra Age Bulls Sale Total

Lots 173 136 309

Gross

Average

$9,263.00

High Selling Lots Lot 2 - LFE The Riddler 323B $170,000.00 S: LFE Gotham 819Y DS: TNT Tanker U263 Buyer: Bouchard Livestock Int. & Ashworth Farm & Ranch

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$20,000.00

Lot 40 - LRX Total Value 108B $18,000.00 S: Starwest Total Value DS: Anchor “T” Rusty 59G Consignor: Robb Farms Buyer: Holt Colony and Mark Land & Cattle Lot 4 - LRX Red 23B S: LRX Blaze 55Z DS: LRX Red Ace 57R Consignor: Robb Farms Buyer: Dean Smigelski

$16,000.00

Lot 55 - NGDB Bulls Eye 12B S: Drake Poker Face 2X DS: NGDB Overdraft 1T Consignor: Hoegl Livestock Buyer: Scott MacNab

$15,000.00

Lot 6 - Bar 5 SA Hexton 406B S: Bar 5 FF Hexagon 412Y DS: Dorsim Massie Buyer: Ben Wanlass, Idaho, USA

$4,600.00

Lot 11 - Bar 5 Legend 4201B S: Anchor “T” Legend 7H DS: Champs Trilogy Buyer: Ben Wanlass, Idaho, USA

$4.600.00

Lot 3 - Bar 5 Hexson 202B S: Bar 5 FF Hexagon 412Y DS: Bar 5 PSA Essential 413U Buyer: Mike McCausland, Meaford, ON

$4,200.00

Lot 7 - Bar 5 P Byron 1201B S: Bar 5 SA Burner 825R DS: FGAF Zegna 230R Buyer: Steve Deehr, Ohio, USA

$4,000.00

Lot 330 - LFE RS Lewis 3145A $87,500.00 S: LFE Bellagio 529X DS: LCHMN Bodybuilder 7303F Buyer: Circle 7 Simmentals & Labatte Simmentals Lot 404 - LFE Camero 510B S:Double Bar D Chesapeake DS: Anchor D Samural 87P Buyer: Borderline Contracting

$42,000.00

Lot 325 - LFE RS Lewis 3052A $35,000.00 S: LFE Bellagio 529X DS: R Plus Blackedge Buyer: Y Coulee Land & Cattle & Hoegl Livestock Lot 201 - LFE RS Lewis 815A S: LFE Springsteen 449Y DS: LFE Bombshell 508N Buyer: Anchor Lazy U Cattle Co.

$32,000.00


Lone Stone Farms Thank You to our 2015 buyers at the Annual Bull & Female Sale Sale Summary 100 lots Grossed $548,200.00 Averaged $6,740.00

February 27, 2015

Westlock, AB

Auctioneer: Don Oberg

Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Red Lone Stone Revolver 138Z

Lone Stone Barbosa 91A

Lone Stone Envoy 139B

Lot 1

Lot 27

Lot 62

Lot 1 - Red Lone Stone Revolver 138Z S: Red Clay Colt 21X DS: Red HB General 103N Buyer: Rich Ackerman for $15,000.00

Lot 61 - Lone Stone Envoy 143B S: APLX Envoy 2Y DS: Champs Limo Buyer: KSL Simmentals for $9,250.00

Lot 87 - Lone Stone MS Andy 71B S: BLCC MR Andrew 190X DS: IPU Journeyman 1L Buyer: Ketsa Farms for $3,200.00

Lot 27 - Lone Stone Barbosa 91A S: FGAF Barbosa 707X DS: Anchor D Rawlins 16R Buyer: Virginia Ranch for $12,000.00

Lot 80 - Red Lone Stone Suiji Lass 13B S: Red Lone Stone B-Train 85W DS: Red Dimler Indeed 92R Buyer: Kassidy Thordarson for $4,000.00

Lot 91 - Lone Stone MS Bravo 47B S: LFE Prime Realestate 850U DS: Double Bar D Adonis 603N Buyer: Kevin Semler for $3,000.00

Lot 62 - Lone Stone Envoy 139B S: APLX Envoy 2Y DS: Wells’ PLD Stampeder 19S Buyer: O Double E Simmentals for $10,000.00

Lot 81 - Red Lone Stone Choice 48B S: Red Clay Colt 21X DS: Red Gold-Bar Hunk 803B 104H Buyer: Kassidy Thordarson for $3,400.00

HIGH SELLING LOTS

Lots Gross Simmental Yearling Bulls 16 $106,700.00 Angus Yearling Bulls 19 $113,300.00 Simmental 2 Year Old Bulls 18 $139,050.00 Red Angus 2 Year Old Bulls 16 $97,200.00 Angus 3 Year Old Bull 1 $15,000.00 Simmental Open Heifers 7 $19,950.00 Red Angus Open Heifers 6 $16,250.00 Commercial Open Heifers 17 $40,750.00

Average $6,669.00 $5,963.00 $7,725.00 $6,075.00 $15,000.00 $2,850.00 $2,708.00 $2,397.00

Lone Stone Envoy 143B Lot 61

Lonnie & Karen Brown Westlock, AB Ph: 780-349-5524 | Cell: 780-307-8583

4 miles North of Westlock to TWP Rd. 604 & 1/2 mile West

www.lonestonefarms.com

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Simmental Summit Bull & Female Sale Bentley, AB March 2, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Yearling Bulls Two Year Old Bulls Four Year Old Bull Commerical Open Heifers Sale Total

Gross

Average

49 $398,350.00 4 $28,750.00 1 $15,500.00 18 $49,650.00 72 $492,250.00

$8,130.00 $7,188.00 $15,500.00 $2,758.00 $6,837.00

High Selling Lots Lot 17 - Bee Phantom 79B S: Anchor D Viper 103W DS: BHR Three Sixes SA L666E Consignor: Beechinor Bros. Simmental Buyer: Forden Fairview Farm Ltd.

$16,000.00

13th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co Simmental Bull Sale

Shellbrook, SK March 2, 2015 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary Bulls Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

63 $525,042.00 63 $525,042.00

$8,334.00 $8,334.00

High Selling Lots Lot 12 - Muirheads Jester 265A S: Muirhead Jester 79S DS: Muirhead’s Kosmo 27N Buyer: Lost River Farming

$14,500.00

Erixon Simmental Bull & Female Sale Saskatoon, SK March 4, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Open Heifers Sale Total

Lots

Gross

47 $407,850.00 14 $77,500.00 61 $485,350.00

Average $8,678.00 $5,536.00 $7,957.00

High Selling Lots Lot 44 - Erixon High Roller 143B $36,000.00 S: Erixon Dealer 63Z DS: LBR Crocket R81 Buyer: Hannah Simmentals & Canadian Sires

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Lot 1 - Skors Joker 75Y S: PVF-BF BF26 Black Joker DS: TNT Gunner N208 Consignor: Beechinor Bros. Simmental Buyer: MI Simmentals

$15,500.00

Lot 31 - Bee Emblem 54B S: CMS Tradmark 756T DS: TNT Gunner N208 Consignor: Beechinor Bros. Simmental Buyer: Mitchell Cattle Co. Inc.

$12,000.00

Lot 15 - Bee Bantu 702B S: Anchor D Viper 103W DS: DFM Edwin 51E Consignor: Beechinor Bros. Simmental Buyer: Brian Lundquist

$11,500.00

Lot 6 - Bee Barricade 65B S: FGAF Magnum 901Z DS: Virginias Tallahassee Consignor: Beechinor Bros. Simmental Buyer: Sandy Hill Simmentals

$11,000.00

Lot 11 - Muirheads Jester 346A S: Muirhead Jester 79S DS: JDN Cisco’s Pride 10K Buyer: Bircham Ranch Ltd.

$14,000.00

Lot 53 - Muirheads Broker 7B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: TNT Dynamite Black L137 Buyer: Diamond M Simmentals

$13,000.00

Lot 34 - Muirheads Identity 272A S: WLF Identity 23X DS: JDN Cisco’s Pride 10K Buyer: Crooked Creek Farm

$11,750.00

Lot 25 - Muirheads Superior 304A S: Mr NLC Superior S6018 DS: Muirhead’s Kosmo 27N Buyer: Les Schick

$11,500.00

Lot 3 - Erixon Lad 203A S: NCB Cobra 47Y DS: GWS/SCF Rendition Buyer: Springer Simmentals

$21,000.00

Lot 27 - Erixon In The Money 95B S: Erixon Dealer 63Z DS: Wheatland Bull 680S Buyer: Come As U R Simmentals

$19,000.00

Lot 29 - Erixon Lad 94B S: Erixon Game On 42Z DS: MRL Red Force 12U Buyer: Movald Ranches Ltd

$14,500.00

Lot 33 - Erixon Why Not 111B $14,000.00 S: Erixon Dealer 63Z DS: RF Lexus L60 Buyer: Severtson Land & Cattle & Sunberry Valley Ranch


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11th Annual Pheasantdale Bull & Female Sale Balcarres, SK March 5, 2015 Auctioneer: Col. Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary Bulls Purebred Heifers Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

57 $321,480.00 9 $32,796.00 66 $354,276.00

$5,640.00 $3,644.00 $5,368.00

High Selling Lots Lot 5 - Pheasantdale Bull 115B S: Wheatland Bull 932W DS: Hooks Shear Force 38K Buyer: Silvertop Simmentals

$11,500.00

LaBatte Simmentals with Guest Meadow Acres 35th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Moose Jaw, SK March 6, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels & Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Johnstone Auction Mart Ltd./Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 84 $881,600.00 Simmental Open Heifers 20 $174,800.00 Sale Total 104 $1,056,400.00

$10,495.00 $8,740.00 $10,158.00

High Selling Lots Lot 7 - IPU 206S El Tigre 92B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: Remington Red Label HR Buyer: Mandan Lake Simmentals

Carievale, SK March 7, 2015 Auctioneer: Jerry Kanewischer & Ryan Dorran

Lots

Red Simmental Bulls Black Simmental Bulls Fullblood Angus Bulls Sale Total

46 44 6 29 125

Gross

Average

$531,000.00 $471,250.00 $40,250.00 $241,800.00 $1,284,300.00

$11,543.00 $10,710.00 $6,708.00 $8,338.00 $10,274.40

High Selling Lots Lot 58 - MRL 68B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: TNT Knock Out R206 Buyer: Erixon Simmentals

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$10,000.00

Lot 1 - Pheasantdale Otis 14B S: OLF Otis Y43 DS: Wheatland Bull 932W Buyer: Curtis Mattson

$9,250.00

Lot 57 - Pheasantdale Allstar 268A S: Pheasantdale Mr Beef 122W DS: Tess Red Editiion 114T Buyer: Hardbeaded Ranch

$9,100.00

Lot 58 - Pheasantdale Wheat 266A S: Wheatland Bull 932W DS: BDS Mr BLK Diamond 38S Buyer: Hardbeaded Ranch

$9,100.00

Lot 2 - IPU El Tigre 28B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: S A V Net Worth 4200 Buyer: Clifford Land & Cattle Co. Ltd.

$32,500.00

Lot 28 - IPU 2Y Bootlegger 80B S: TNT Bootlegger Z268 DS: Springcreek Liner 56U Buyer: Kinn Simmentals

$32,000.00

Lot 6 - IPU El Tigre 64B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: IPU Black Quattro 95M Buyer: Gravely Ranch

$22,000.00

Lot 23 - IPU 68M Horizon 137B S: MAF R Horizon 7Y DS: Hart Red Chief J242 Buyer: WLB Livestock

$22,000.00

$50,000.00

McMillen Ranching 21st Annual Bull Sale

Sale Summary

Lot 2 - Pheasantdale Otis 46B S: OLF Otis Y43 DS: Wheatland Bull 932W Buyer: Dennis & Arlene Unvoas

$60,000.00

Lot 15 - MRL 101B $51,000.00 S: TNT Bootlegger Z268 DS: KOP Crosby 137W Buyer: Genetics To Make A Difference and Maxwell Simmental Lot 6 - MRL 63B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: TH Black Edition 8R Buyer: Skor Simmental and Semex

$46,000.00

Lot 1 - MRL 38B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: TH Black Edition 8R Buyer: Tri K Cattle

$42,000.00


a big

THANK YOU

TO THE BIDDERS AND BUYERS WHO MADE OUR 2015 BULL SALE A SUCCESS Alan & Rhonda Emde Bangsund Farms – Barry & Tyler Berg Stock Farms Brian Czerwonka B & L Farms Calvin Larson Carson Seman Casey Claffey Cityview Farms Cityview Simmentals Connor Czerwonka Craig Dayman Daryl Cozart Dave Lazurko Devin Tomchek

March 9, 2015

Don Dayman Downey Simmentals Fradette Land & Cattle Gary Nelson Gerald Fradette Goudy Prairie Acres Hlavka Land & Cattle Jason Dieno Jason Uytterhagen Nevin Czerwonka Ken Gill/Rodney Gill Kevin Foley Kevin Teske Kelly Shaver K7 Simmentals Larry McKerricher

Lazy Y Grain & Cattle Long Bawl Ranch Lyle Tytlandsvik Mathew Scott McKenzie Livestock Rick Freeman Farms Southam Simmentals Spring Coulée Enterprises Stan McMillan Swantewitt Simmentals Sybouts Lake Farms – Brian Tessier Terry & Loretta Young Thackeray Land & Cattle Willow Creek Simmentals 49th Parallel Farms

SALE RESULTS 72 Lots Averaged $8,286.51

Auctioneer: Jerry Kanewischer

Sale Management: Brian Bouchard - Bouchard Livestock

HIGH SELLING LOTS

Lot 40 - KWA Rock 36B, $20,500.00 S: KWA Red Rock 5T D: KWA Ms Western 34Z City View Simmentals, Moose Jaw, SK

Lot 1 - KWA Mountain 28B, $16,500.00 S: KWA FlyF Red Mountain D: Windmill Ms Tank 4W Downhill Simmentals, Minnedosa, MB

Lot 60 - KWA Ultimate 285B, $14,500.00 S: Wheatland Ultimate Choice D: Crossroad Ramona 375R Willow Creek SImmentals, Crooked Creek, AB

Lot 18 - KWA Integrity 203B, $16,500.00 S: MRL Integrity 76Y D: Ankony Ms Daumes 82R Downey Simmenatals, Coulter, MB

Lot 48 - KWA Integrity, $16,000.00 S: MRL Integrity 76Y D: BBN Miss Beef 102P Nevin Czerwonka, Candiac, SK

Lot 57 - KWA Broker 88B, $14,000.00 S: Mr Hoc Broker D: Tess Ms Black 36U Brian Czerwonka, Candiac, SK

Kelly (c) (306) 861-2013 Kelly & Janice Ashworth Box 53, Oungre, SK S0C 1Z0 Kyle (c) (306) 861-9352 Owen (c) (306) 861-9044 (306) 456-2749 Email: jashworth@sasktel.net 55


Lockhart Valley/Beagle Simmental Bull Sale Rimbey, AB March 7, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg

Sale Summary

Lots

Bulls Sale Total

Gross

Average

36 $270,000.00 36 $270,000.00

$7,500.00 $7,500.00

High Selling Lots Lot 1 - LHVS Red Titan 67B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: IPU Red Galaxy 97S Consignor: Lockhart Valley Simmentals Buyer: Olson Farms

$21,000.00

11th Annual Bull Spectrum Simmmental Sale Innisfail, AB March 9, 2015 Auctioneer: Brent Carey Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 75 $643,350.00 Sale Total 75 $643,350.00

$8,578.00 $8,578.00

High Selling Lots Lot 32 - Virginia Journey 9B S: Double Bar D Jumanji 308Y DS: Virginia Michelangelo 27W Consignor: Virginia Ranch Buyer: Mcruer Stock Farms

$35,000.00

Harvie Ranching 6th Annual Bull Sale Olds, AB March 10, 2015 Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran

Sale Summary Simmental Bulls Polled Hereford Bulls Charolais Bulls Sale Total

Lots 18 28 26 72

Gross

Average

$133,350.00 $198,750.00 $195,250.00 $527,350.00

$7,408.34 $7,098.00 $7,510.00 $7,324.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 32 - OVHF After Hours 2B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: KOP Crosby 137W Buyer: Nothing Barred Ranch

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$20,000.00

Lot 2 - LHVS Black Bart 3B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: IPU Red Galaxy 97S Consignor: Lockhart Valley Simmentals Buyer: Leedale Farms

$16,750.00

Lot 14 - LHVS Bromley 74B S: BGS Colossal Combination DS: Su Jenkins 6J Consignor: Lockhart Valley Simmentals Buyer: Erskine Farming

$11,000.00

Lot 10 - LHVS Big Ben 44B S:BGS Colossal Combination DS: LHVS Tucker 4T Consignor: Lockhart Valley Simmentals Buyer: Harvey Hannah

$7,700.00

Lot 32 - BEAG Bellringer 12B S: LHVS Bell Ringer 21T DS: Sunny Valley Upgrade 47U Consignor: Beagle Simmentals Buyer: Alfred Lougheed

$8,500.00

Lot 74 - Wolfes Brewster FF78B S: Smithbilt Molson 21M DS: Haxent Consignor: Wolfe’s Fleckvieh Buyer: RDG Simmental/Wolfe Farms

$31,000.00

Lot 63 - Ultra Dictator 16B S: Mader Dictator 27Z DS: PVF-BF BF26 Black Joker Consignor: Ultra Livestock Buyer: Highway 21 Feeders

$18,000.00

Lot 17- CMS Smitty 407B S: Drake Poker Face 2X DS: RF Double Up 37W Consignor: Czech-Mate Livestock Buyer: Circle G Angus & Simmentals

$15,000.00

Lot 43 - Harvie BLK Advance 402B S: LFEBISS Black Advance 426U DS: PVF BF BF26 Black Joker Buyer: Alton Century Farms

$10,000.00

Lot 36 - Harvie Red Mountain 78B S: KWA FLYF Red Mountain 16Z DS: TNT Top Gun R244 Buyer: Valley View Colony

$9,500.00

Lot 34 - Harvie Wallbanger 129B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: TNT Top Gun R244 Buyer: Bob Roper

$8,250.00

Lot 38 - Harvie Red Streak 30B S: Rust Bull 66Z DS: Lchmn Bodybuilder 7303F Buyer: TJ Kubinec Farms

$8,000.00


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Mar Mac Farms & Guests Bull Sale Brandon, MB March 11, 2015 Auctioneer: Chris Poley

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Simmental Bulls Black Angus Bulls Red Angus Bulls Sale Total 78 $490,250.00

$5,670.00 $7,241.00 $6,683.00 $6,285.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 64 - Perks El Camino 3021B S: MRL El Tigre DS: LCHMN Bodybuilder 7303F Consignor: Perkin Land & Cattle Co. Buyer: Shane Nordine

$12,500.00

13th Annual Skor Simmentals Red & Black Bull Sale Camrose, AB March 11, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 76 $769,950.00 Sale Total 76 $769,950.00

$10,131.00 $10,131.00

High Selling Lots Lot 42 - Skors Montana 239B S: Tri-R Montana 28Z DS: Kenco/MF Powerline 204L Buyer: Clifford Land & Cattle Co. Ltd.

$20,000.00

12th Annual Westway & Deeg Bull Sale Olds, AB March 12, 2015 Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Open Heifers Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

72 $639,432.00 12 $62,496.00 84 $701,928.00

$8,881.00 $5,208.00 $8,356.00

High Selling Lots Lot 1 - WLF Mr Westway 7B S: R Plus Reload 2006Z DS: R Plus Redge 8018U Consignor: Westway Farms Buyer: Maxwell Simmentals

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$45,000.00

Lot 77 - Perks Hit Man 6B S: Godfather DS: Wheatland Bull 680S Consignor: Perkin Land & Cattle Co. Buyer: Flying S Ranch

$9,500.00

Lot 82 - Perks Cast Iron 215B S: IPU Hot Iron 66Z DS: CDI/PLCC Dr. Phil 145U Consignor: Perkin Land & Cattle Co. Buyer: Don Dickson

$8,500.00

Lot 69 - Perks Kid Rock 61B S: R Plus Hard Rock DS: Remington On Target 2S Consignor: Perkin Land & Cattle Co. Buyer: Rick Richard

$8,000.00

Lot 67 - Perks Aftershock 2921B S: Wheatland Bull 680S DS: HC Power Drive 88H Consignor: Perkin Land & Cattle Co. Buyer: Wayne Heinrichs

$8,000.00

Lot 67 - Skors Bootlegger 102B S: TNT Bootlegger Z268 DS: SHS Enticer P1B Buyer: EDN Simmentals

$20,000.00

Lot 75 - Skors Bootlegger 170B S: TNT Bootlegger Z268 DS: Czar Mr Black Knight 74J Buyer: Rafter 4-T Farms Ltd.

$19,000.00

Lot 49 - Skors Black Enticer 4W S: Skors Black Enticer DS: LBR Crocket R81 Buyer: Highway 21 Feeders

$17,500.00

Lot 5 - Skors Throttle 18B S: 3D Black Full Throttle 483X DS: TNT Tanker U263 Buyer: Gabriel Lavoie

$17,000.00

Lot 5 - ASM Mr. Westway 303B S: R Plus Reload 2006Z DS: LFE Cross Fire 365T Consignor: Westway Farms Buyer: Doll Simmentals

$29,500.00

Lot 8 - WFL Mr Westway 68B S: WFL Mr Westway 26Y DS: R Plus 6019S Consignor: Westway Farms Buyer: Pearson Simmentals

$23,000.00

Lot 68 - Deeg Mr 96B S: Kuntz Super Duty DS: RDD MR27N Consignor: Deeg Simmental Buyer: Berndt Ranch

$17,000.00

Lot 14 - WFL Mr Westway 4B S: Muirheads Lights Out 4Y DS: R Plus Redge 808W Consignor: Westway Farms Buyer: Oakview Simmental

$15,000.00


THANK YOU

to all of our

bidders and buyers for joining us at the Sale Results:

49 Black Simmental Bulls 27 Red Simmental Bulls 27 Bestbeef Bulls 20 Black Angus Bulls 6 Red Angus Bulls

Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged Averaged

$9,403.06 $7,120.37 $7,564.81 $7,797.50 $5,816.66

129 Lots Grossed $1,048,100.00 and Averaged $8,124.80

Lot 47 – MBJ 14B - $47,500

Lot 19 – MBJ 78B - $37,000

Lot 65 – MBJ 38B - $30,000

Lot 119 – RRAR 12B - $26,000

Lot 32 – MBJ 55B - $17,000

Lot 45 – MBJ 117B - $17,000

Lot 37 – MBJ 90B - $17,000

Lot 7 – BSCC 4B - $15,000

Lot 124 – RRAR 23B - $15,000

Lot 33 – MBJ 804B - $14,000

Lot 44 – MBJ 112B - $13,000

Lot 14 – BSCC 63B - $13,000

Triple H Simmentals, Kelly Hansen, ND Bata Bros. Simmentals, Joe Bata, ND

JP Cattle Co., MB Nikolas Grose, SK Sun Rise Simmentals, Evan Cuss, SK

Come As U R Simmentals, Kevin Granger, SK Geisler Cattle Co., Randy Geilser, MB

RKT Simmentals, Kyle Taylor, MB

EDN Simmentals, Dean Neitz, SK

R Plus Simmentals, Marlin LeBlanc, SK

JP Cattle Co., Glenn & Barry Lowes and Eric & Melissa Pateman, MB

Westwood Land & Cattle, Kevin Woods, SK Gordon & Lauren Jones, 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

Harvie Ranching, Scott, Cole & Ian Harvie, AB

B6 Ranches, David Bueligen, ND

Triple H Simmentals, Kelly Hansen, ND

Mitchell Cattle Co. Inc., Ian Mitchell, BC

Brian McCarthy & Family Box 467, Moosomin, SK S0G 3N0 PH: 306.435.3590 • Cell: 306.435.7527 brian.mccarthy@live.ca springcreeksimmentals.com

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Northern Classic Simmental & Charolais Sale Grand Prairie, AB March 13, 2015 Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International

Sale Summary

Lots

Yearling Simmental Bulls 63 Yearling Charoais Bulls 7 Sale Total 70

Gross

Average

$464,000.00 $65,750.00 $529,750.00

$7,365.00 $9,390.00 $7,570.00

Lot 4 - JDF Enticer 20B S: SHS Enticer P1B DS: Remington On Target 2S Consignor: Jaydawn Farms Buyer: Peter Borgal

$17,000.00

Lot 10 - JDF El Tigre 27B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: GFI Magnum K52 Consignor: Jaydawn Farms Buyer: Triangle Stock Farms

$14,000.00

Lot 8 - Black Gold Wally 87B S: Southseven Mr Adonis 96Z DS: R-Five Maltese Consignor: Black Gold Simmentals Buyer: Homestead T Simmental

$24,000.00

Lot 95 - RWR Fireball 35B S: LRX The Godfather 141Z DS: KOP Crosby 137W Consignor: Red Willow Ranch Buyer: Waldren Farms

$21,500.00

Lot 87 - RWR Black Jack 64B S: Champs Wallace DS: CEN Laredo 519L Consignor: Red Willow Ranch Buyer: Bar Crossroad Farms

$20,000.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 1 - JDF Soul Seeker 18B S: LFE BS Stubby 322U DS: Remington On Target 2S Consignor: Jaydawn Farms Buyer: Westgold Farms

$17,000.00

2nd Annual “Next Generation” Bull & Female Sale Lloydminster, AB/SK March 14, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels

Sale Summary

Lots

Bulls Open Simmental Heifers Open Commercial Heifers Sale Total

Gross

Average

64 $570,600.00 16 $67,450.00 25 $74,000.00 105 $712,050.00

$8,916.00 $4,216.00 $2,960.00 $6,781.00

High Selling Lots Lot 69 - RWR Outstand 16B S: Westgold Standout 42Z DS: KUZ Mr Buster 313U Consignor: Red Willow Ranch Buyer: Bar Crossroad Farms

$34,000.00

Lot 68 - RWR Standsalone 7B $19,500.00 S: Westgold Standout 42Z DS: PRL Houston 005H Consignor: Red Willow Ranch Buyer: Mark Land & Cattle/Maxwell Simmental

8th Annual Ranchlands Bull Sale Stavely, AB March 14, 2015 Auctioneer: Brent Carey Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Simmental Yearling Bulls 31 $193,650.00 Red Angus Yearling Bulls 7 $49,550.00 Sale Total 45 $243,200.00

$6,247.00 $7,079.00 $5,404.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 2 - Outback Visionary 21B S: D Bar C Visionary 238X DS: Ankonian Red Caesar Consignor: Outback Cattle Co. Buyer: Raymond Watmough

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$10,300.00

Lot 10 - Outback Diablo 42B S: IPU Diablo 41Y DS: LCHMN Bodybuilder 7303F Consignor: Outback Cattle Co. Buyer: Raymond Watmough

$9,750.00

Lot 1 - Outback Force 5B S: MRL Red Force 12U DS: Outback Red Caesar 11W Consignor: Outback Cattle Co. Buyer: MRG Land & Cattle Ltd.

$9,500.00

Lot 17 - Outback Visionary 61B S: D Bar C Visionary 238X DS: LCHMN Bodybuilder 7303F Consignor: Outback Cattle Co. Buyer: Cronkhite Cattle Co. Ltd.

$8,900.00

Lot 40 - DFM 1B S: Virginia Viper 451Z DS: Prostock Hickory 7053T Consignor: DFM Simmentals Buyer: Blackacre Farms Ltd.

$8,500.00


Barry Mortenson Greg & Jason Lasota John Weikum Barry & Anne Caragata Belle Plain Colony Edwards Ranch Jason Lasota (3) Janjie Farm Partnership (2) Dexter Christmann Floyd’s Harvesting (2) Tim Corcoran K&M Ludwar The Thiele Farm Partnership Kevin & Debra Ouellette Danny Hicks

Matthew Ritter Brad Evans Rosvold Farms Inc. R Plus Simmentals Centre Fork Ranch (5) Glenview Farms (2) Flying 7L Ranch Garvin Kostal (3) Spring Creek Colony (2) A&E Lambert Farms Partnership Ltd. (2) Simon Herauf Millar Farms Ltd. Triple R Ranch Brandon Lasota Trevor Benson

Sale Results: 21 Red Simmental Bulls 13 Black Simmental Bulls 9 Fullblood Bulls

Averaged Averaged Averaged

$6,452.38 $6,019.23 $4,877.78

43 Bulls Grossed $257,650.00 and Averaged $5,991.86

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Synergie Bull Sale (Vente de taureaux Synergie) Sainte-Sophie-de Lévard, QC March 14, 2015 Auctioneer: Les Enchères René Houde

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Two Year Old Bull 1 $8,000.00 Yearling Simmental Bulls 33 $254,250.00 Sale Total 34 $262,250.00

$8,000.00 $7,704.54 $7,713.00

High Selling Lots Lot 23 - Sibelle Vicking 35B S: Virginia Walker 97W DS: PRL Houston 005H Consignor: Ferme Sibelle Buyer: Beechinor Bros.

$37,000.00

Rebels of the West Simmental Bull Sale Virden, MB March 15, 2015 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International

Sale Summary

Lots

Yearling Simmental Bulls Open Simmental Heifers Commercial Open Heifers Sale Total

45 4 15 64

Gross

Average

$219,700.00 $15,700.00 $31,750.00 $267,150.00

$4,880.00 $3,925.00 $2,120.00 $4,174.22

High Selling Lots Lot 29 - TSN Mr Predator 45B S: Wheatland Predator 922W DS: Hooks Red Quorum 55H Consignor: TSN Livestock Buyer: M & D Farms

$8,800.00

Genetic Source Simmental Bull Sale Brandon, MB March 16, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 47 $294,400.00 Sale Total 47 $294,400.00

$6,264.00 $6,264.00

High Selling Lots Lot 37- Oakview Broadway 95B S: Fairview Zeus 57Z DS: Bar 5 SA Stride 413P Consignor: Oakview Simmentals Buyer: Antrim Simmentals

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$12,500.00

Lot 22 - Sibelle Arthur 39B S: Virginia Walker 97W DS: Sibelle Oggy Consignor: Ferme Sibelle Buyer: Jeff Sorenson

$27,000.00

Lot 20 - Sibelle Amadeus 44B S: Virginia Walker 97W DS: PRL Houston 005H Consignor: Ferme Sibelle Buyer: Ranch Macandi

$16,000.00

Lot 26 - Sibelle Paul Walker 36B S: Virginia Walker 97W DS: Sibelle Iron Man 10U Consignor: Ferme Sibelle Buyer: Ferme Claude Lemay

$16,000.00

Lot 18 - FSMB Beterbiev 11B S: Champs Bravo DS: Bel Western Union 5Z Consignor: Ferme BMS Buyer: Ferme Claudie Ouellet Inc.

$11,000.00

Lot 41 - More’s Back On Track 417B S: Downey 505W DS: TNT Top Gun R224 Consignor: More Bros. Simmentals Buyer: Brian Kruk

$8,750.00

Lot 43 - More’s Buchaneer 415B S: Great Guns Moses 50D DS: Crossroad Tuxedo 222T Consignor: More Bros. Simmentals Buyer: Routledge Stock Farms

$8,400.00

Lot 19 - ACS Vegas 410B S: MLC MR Justice W744 DS: Wheatland Bull 459P Consignor: Arrow Creek Simmentals Buyer: Barry Brigden

$7,300.00

Lot 13- Big Sky Bacillus 36B S: Champs Richlar DS: Great Guns Regio 9R Consignor: Big Sky Simmentals Buyer: KSL Simmentals

$9,800.00

Lot 43- Oakview Brinks 53B S: Sunny Valley Dakota 9Z DS: JNR Gravity Consignor: Oakview Simmentals Buyer: Dorothy Simpson

$9,750.00

Lot 46- Oakview Body Guard 100B S: Twin-Cheif Walker 21W DS: South Seven Northern 29N Consignor: Oakview Simmentals Buyer: Remmick Farms

$9,500.00

Lot 53- Oakview Bear 46B S: WFL Identity 23X DS: Ankonian Colossal S064 Consignor: Oakview Simmentals Buyer: Bar CL Farm

$9,500.00


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Kuntz Simmental Farm, Stoughton Farms, McIntosh Livestock, SAJ Simmentals 16th Annual Bull Sale Lloydminster, SK March 17, 2015 Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Company

Sale Summary Red Simmental Bulls Black Simmental Bulls Fullblood Bulls Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

32 18 9 59 $391,800.00

$6,907.81 $5,819.44 $7,333.33 $6,640.68

High Selling Lots Lot 37 - McIntosh Alamo 8B S: NCB Cobra 47Y DS: SAJ Red Equalizer 7U Consignor: McIntosh Livestock Buyer: Prairie Wind Farms

$17,000.00

Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale

Killarney, MB March 17, 2015 Auctioneer: Ward Cutler Sale Management: Bouchard Livestock International

Sale Summary

Lots

Yearling Simmental Bulls 40 Yearling Charolais Bulls 4 2 Year Old Charolais Bulls 2 Open Simmental Heifers 10 Commercial Open Heifers 16 Sale Total 72

Gross

Average

$301,500.00 $14,850.00 $8,000.00 $26,900.00 $32,650.00 $383,900.00

$7,537.00 $4,950.00 $4,000.00 $2,690.00 $2,040.00 $5,331.94

High Selling Lots

Lot 20 - SFM Duty 158B S: Kuntz Super Duty 4Y DS: Tymarc Red Talisman 40R Consignor: Stoughton Farms Ltd. Buyer: Grant Hoger

$10,000.00

Lot 21 - SFM 166A S: Tri-R-X-Plosion 3X DS: Lazy S Red Powerline 486S Consignor: Stoughton Farms Ltd. Buyer: Blair Capjack

$10,000.00

Lot 32 - McIntosh Ponderosa 20B S: TNT Bootlegger Z268 DS: YR King Ranch 13S Consignor: McIntosh Livestock Buyer: South Holden Simmental

$10,000.00

Lot 38 - McIntosh Red Lion 87B S: Kuntz Usual Suspect 8X DS: SF What A Dream Consignor: McIntosh Livestock Buyer: Beagle Simmentals

$10,000.00

Lot 34 - Silver Lake Brute 18B S: R Plus Prairie Fire DS: CG Tracker 45T Consignor: Silver Lake Farms Buyer: Albrecht Farms

$16,000.00

Lot 1 - Jonesys Mr Xplosive 50B S: Tri-R X-Plosive 5X DS: KWA Red Dyno 68S Consignor: Gordon Jones Simmentals Buyer: Big Sky Simmentals

$11,500.00

Lot 35 - Silver Lake Astro 254A S: Cherry Creek Canyon 12Y DS: Champs Romano Consignor: Silver Lake Farms Buyer: Roger Tataryn

$10,750.00

Lot 40 - RKTS Prairie Storm 1B S: SHS Enticer P1B DS: Remington On Target 2S Consignor: RKT Simmentals Buyer: Westgold Farms./Blair Jackson

$27,000.00

Lot 22 - PWK Max Factor 137Y 17B S: MRL To The Max 70Z DS: Black Baron Consignor: Workman Farms Buyer: Triple R Simmentals

$18,000.00

Lot 4 - SBSF Budweiser 24B S: IPU Romano 90X DS: MFI Whistler 5244 Consignor: Schweitzer Simmentals Buyer: Kelly Hansen

$17,000.00

Lot 84 - NAC Trustin 47B S: 3D Trustin 47T DS: GW Lucky Dice 187H Consignor: Northern Light Simmentals Buyer: Czech-Mate Livestock

$16,500.00

Lot 42 - Silver Lake Big Stride 60B $30,000.00 S: Champs Romano DS: Bar 5 SA Stride 413P Consignor: Silver Lake Farms Buyer: Bonchuk Farms & Bouchard Livestock

Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB March 18, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 82 $635,750.00 Sale Total 82 $635,750.00

$7,753.00 $7,753.00

High Selling Lots Lot 11 - SBSF Ironman 29B S: IPU Romano 90X DS: CEN Laredo 519L Consignor: Schweitzer Simmentals Buyer: Double Bar D Farms

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$30,000.00


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Family Tradition Bull Sale

Dropmore, MB March 20, 2015 Auctioneer: Ward Cutler Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Yearling Simmental Bulls 9 Two Year Old Simmental Bull 1 Yearling Charolais Bulls 24 Two Year Old Charolais Bulls 8 Sale Total 42

Gross

Average

$57,753.00 $5,500.00 $192,456.00 $51,504.00 $307,200.00

$6,417.00 $5,500.00 $8,019.00 $6,438.00 $7,314.29

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 35 - EGC Bullet Proof 102B S: KOP Best Westernson 119Z DS: Remington Generallee 106T Consignor: High Bluff Stock Farm Buyer: Michael Momotiuk

$8,000.00

Ferme Gagnon Inc. & Guests Annual Bull Sale Cheneville, PQ March 21, 2015 Auctioneer: Charles Menard

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Open Heifers Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

60 $385,010.00 20 $45,750.00 80 $430,760.00

$6,417.00 $2,288.00 $5,384.50

High Selling Lots Lot 1 - FGAF Popeye 088A S: FGAF Seldom 835L DS: Champs Trilogy Buyer: Bristolview Farms

$16,500.00

Butts, Gutts & Nutts Bull Sale

Lloydminster, SK March 23, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Skeels Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary

Lots

Mature Bull Two Year Old Bull Yearling Bulls Sale Total

1 1 39 41

Gross

Average

$5,000.00 $6,500.00 $185,150.00 $196,650.00

$5,000.00 $6,500.00 $4,747.00 $4,796.34

High Selling Lots Lot 38 - Blushrose Simba 11B S: BGS Little Back 48Z DS: LWC Red Gold 153W Consignor: Blushrose Simmental Farm Buyer: Louis Dechaine

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$8,800.00

Lot 31 - EGC Brigadier 4B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: KOP Touchdownson 68X Consignor: High Bluff Stock Farm Buyer: Jason Becker

$7,500.00

Lot 36 - EGC Buccaneer 169B S: KOP Best Westernson 119Z DS: Remington Generallee 106T Consignor: High Bluff Stock Farm Buyer: Winn Man Farms

$7,500.00

Lot 33 - EGC Blackberry 52B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: Erixon Tradition 83T Consignor: High Bluff Stock Farm Buyer: Craig Fingas

$6,100.00

Lot 34 - EGC Black Gold 114B S: Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X DS: STF Much More K300 Consignor: High Bluff Stock Farm Buyer: M&J Farms

$6,000.00

Lot 4 - FGAF Whataburger 092A S: Hidden H Sweet Meat DS: ALLM Colossal 25U Buyer: Claude & ThĂŠerese Carboneau

$15,000.00

Lot 8 - FGAF Monster 108B S: FGAF Epic Meal 948Z DS: Solway Adonis Buyer: Freedom Run Farm

$10,600.00

Lot 20 - FGAF Happy Meal 142B S: Champs Trilogy DS: Anchor T Legend 7H Buyer: Pine Creek Simmentals

$10,000.00

Lot 19 - Blushrose FF Jagerbomb 24B S: Anchor D True Grit 520Y DS: MVS Gunner 1N Consignor: Blushrose Simmental Farm Buyer: Corey Doneff

$8,000.00

Lot 26 - Blushrose Apple Sauce 6B S: NUG Recoil 272Y DS: FTS Winchester Carbine Consignor: Blushrose Simmental Farm Buyer: Blackgold Simmentals

$7,100.00

Lot 2 - NCS Mr. Aquaris 50A S: KHG Rock Steady 34X DS: Remington Red Label HR Consignor: North Creek Simmentals Buyer: Brett Larsen

$6,500.00

Lot 17 - NCS Mr. Bam Bam 84B S: LRX Black 106Z DS: Kappestrailblazer S516 Consignor: North Creek Simmentals Buyer: Allan Cave

$6,500.00


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Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale

Red Deer, AB March 23, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 64 $432,200.00 Sale Total 64 $432,200.00

$6,753.00 $6,753.00

High Selling Lots Lot 31 - Starwest Bryck S: Double Bar D Spitfire 20X DS: Latco Hager Junior Consignor: Starwest Farms Buyer: Black Gold Simmentals

$33,000.00

City View Simmentals & Ivanhoe Angus 5th Annual Bull Sale with Guest Consignors Wascana Herefords & Sunnyside Simmentals Moose Jaw, SK March 24, 2015 Auctioneer: Scott Johnstone

Sale Summary

Lots

Simmental Bulls Angus Bulls Hereford Bulls Sale Total

Gross

Average

28 $7,000.00 22 $5,270.00 17 $4,594.00 67

High Selling Lots Lot 21 - City View Brewhouse 410B S: Top Fuel U250 HR DS: Leachman Bodybuilder 7303F Consignor: City View Simmentals Buyer: David & Jaunita Esmond

$15,000.00

WLB Livestock 11th Annual Bull Sale Douglas, MB March 24, 2015 Auctioneer: Jerry Kanewischer

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Black Simm Bulls 16 Yearling Red Simm Bulls 18 Yearling Hereford Bulls 18 Sale Total 52 $402,400.00

$10,259.00 $6,892.00 $6,344.00 $7,738.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 2 - WLB Bull 223W 420B S: Hart Good Time W223 DS: IPU Black Label 156S Buyer: Harvie Ranching

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$25,000.00

Lot 38 - Starwest Pol Baxter S: Sibelle Dirty Harry 25Z DS: BLI Warlord 915W Consignor: Starwest Farms Buyer: Grimm Ranches

$14,000.00

Lot 35 - Starwest Pol Banjo S: Double Bar D Spitfire 20X DS: SU Painter 59P Consignor: Starwest Farms Buyer: Gary W Bieber

$13,250.00

Lot 61 - JNR’S Axis S: MFI Bambam DS: Prairie Rose Monet Consignor: JNR Farms Buyer: Al Riedstra

$13,000.00

Lot 32 - Starwest Pol Blackberry S: LHVS Commander 59X DS: Gibby’s Ultimate 29S Consignor: Starwest Farms Buyer: Gra-Tan Ranch

$11,500.00

Lot 43 - City View Belmont 421B S: Erixon Jet Run 62Y DS: Mr Ishee Unique 634 Consignor: City View Simmentals Buyer: David & Juanita Esmond

$11,000.00

Lot 29 - City View Bubba Gump 410B S: Harvie Boondock DS: CMS Universe 838U Consignor: City View Simmentals Buyer: Beryl & Wendell Campbell

$9,500.00

Lot 26 - City View Blackout 440B S: RC Club King 040R DS: Remington Generallee 106T Consignor: City View Simmentals Buyer: Matthew Stevens

$9,000.00

Lot 32 - City View Black Belt 431B S: Harvie Boondock DS: City View Xcel 33X Consignor: City View Simmentals Buyer: Yuke Family Farm

$9,000.00

Lot 10 - WLB Bull 52Z 435B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: WLB Blowout 366R 381T Buyer: Kline Simmentals

$15,500.00

Lot 15 - WLB Bull 254Z 406B S: KOP Black Baronson 254Z DS: WLB Roughneck 366R 377W Buyer: Traxinger Simmentals

$13,250.00

Lot 7 - WLB Blackjack 52Z 376B S: MRL El Tigre 52Z DS: TNT Dynamite Black L137 Buyer: Geisler Cattle Co. & P4 Ranch

$12,000.00

Lot 13 - WLB Bull 377W 388B S: WLB Roughneck 366R 377W DS: Wheatland Bull 462P Buyer: John Grant

$11,500.00


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20th Annual Advantage Simmental, Red Angus & Charolais Bull Sale Saskatoon, SK March 25, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 36 Two Year Old Simmental Bull 1 Yearling Red Angus Bulls 6 Two Year Old Charolais Bulls 9 Sale Total 52 $342,550.00

$7,151.00 $5,500.00 $5,333.00 $5,289.00 $6,587.50

High Selling Lots Lot 27 - Double G Brand 83B S: Sunny Valley Lancer 108X DS: Springcreek Ted 41U Consignor: Double G Simmentals Buyer: Wilson Ranch Ltd.

$17,000.00

4th Rust Mountain View Ranch “Ace in the Hole” Bull Sale

Mercer, ND March 27, 2015 Auctioneer: Ryan Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

45 $272,250.00 45 $272,250.00

$6,050.00 $6,050.50

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 21 - Rust Breakthrough 4043 $33,000.00 S: S A V Harvestor 0338 DS: TNT Knock Out R206 Buyer: Soderglen Ranches, Harvie Ranching & Canadian Sires

Indian River Cattle Company Source for Success Bull Sale Indian River, ON March 28, 2015 Auctioneer: Carl Wright

Sale Summary Simmental Bulls Simmental Heifers Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

10 $71,300.00 3 $13,750.00 13 $85,050.00

$7,130.00 $4,570.00 $6,542.31

High Selling Bulls Lot 3 - IRCC Bob The Baldy 409B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: IRCC Tomahawk 706T Buyer: Steve Thede

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$11,000.00

Lot 47 - Dess Marc 108B S: Dess Marc 12Z DS: Oh Kay Red Marco 63M Consignor: Storebo Farms Buyer: Clinton Morlock

$10,500.00

Lot 25 - Double G Bruiser 67B S: Springcreek Ted 41U DS: Tymarc Red Nemo 7N Consignor: Double G Simmentals Buyer: Clem & Mina Sanden

$9,750.00

Lot 41 - Dess Label 3B S: Remington Red Label HR DS: Drifting “M” Black Jester 2P Consignor: Storebo Farms Buyer: Springwater Ranch Ltd.

$9,750.00

Lot 43 - Dess Dictator 9B S: Mader Dictator 27Z DS: MRL First Edition 147U Consignor: Storebo Farms Buyer: Triple T Ranching Ltd.

$9,100.00

Lot 4 - Rust Bull 31B S: C-T DKK Duke 1100 DS: Beckton Colt G552 Buyer: Six Mile Ranches

$12,000.00

Lot 37 - Rust Bull 73B S: TNT Tuition U238 DS: CNS Dream On L186 Buyer: Hartman Cattle Co.

$10,000.00

Lot 38 - Rust Bull 79B S: TNT Tuition U238 DS: CNS Dream On L186 Buyer: Todd Kissee

$9,000.00

Lot 41 - Rust Bull 68B S: Kuntz Super Duty 4Y DS: IPU Revolution 172U Buyer: Sonny Berndt

$9,000.00

Lot 9 - IRCC Abracadabra 360A S: W/C Wide Track W9462 DS: WS Beef Maker R13 Buyer: Selwyn Acres

$11,000.00

Lot 1 - IRCC The Bomb 403B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: FVFR Red Sky 40L Buyer: Bristolview Farms

$10,000.00

High Selling Female Lot 11 - IRCC Bubblicious 447B S: IRCC Zipline210Z DS: Remington Red Label HR Buyer: Braham Genetics

$7,750.00


Transcon’s Mountainview Bull Sale Innisfail, AB March 28, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 33 Two Year Old Simmental Bull 1 Yearling Charolais Bulls 19 Two Year Old Charolais Bulls 20 Yearling Red Angus Bulls 8 Two Year Old Red Angus Bulls 3 Yearling Polled Hereford Bulls 6 Two Year Old Polled Hereford Bull 1 Sale Total 91 $514,000.00

$6,068.00 $6,000.00 $6,082.00 $5,280.00 $4,763.00 $6,200.00 $4,317.00 $4,000.00 $5,648.35

Best Of The Breeds

Yorkton, SK March 29, 2015 Auctioneer: Chris Poley Sale Management: T Bar C Cattle Company

Sale Summary Simmental Bulls Red Angus Bulls Black Angus Bulls Gelbvieh Bulls Charolais Bulls Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

16 11 9 10 28 74 $477,100.00

$5,934.38 $8,331.82 $6,733.33 $6,590.00 $5,857.14 $6,447.30

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 3- Fairview Smokehouse 16B S: Prostock Hickory 7053T DS: Double Bar D Legend 87W Consignor: Forden Fariview Farm Buyer: V7 Ranch

$9,000.00

Transcon’s Peace Country Simmental Bull Sale Beaverlodge, AB March 30, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 33 Commercial Simmental Heifers 9

Sale Total

42 $201,750.00

$5,505.00 $2,233.00 $4,803.57

High Selling Lots Lot 2 - Tri K Endzone 6B S: Bee Zone Fire 68Y DS: LFE BS Lewis 322U Consignor: Tri K Cattle Buyer: Westfork Farms

$10,250.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 43 - Outlaw Poker Star S: Drake Poker Face 2X DS: JF Milestone 999W Consignor: Outlaw Cattle Co. Buyer: LaBatte Simmentals

$18,000.00

Lot 41 - Outlaw GaGa Gangsta 9B S: Virginia Red Texas DS: ER Red Deck 639D Consignor: Outlaw Cattle Co. Buyer: Luv-N-It Cattle Company

$15,000.00

Lot 44 - Outlaw Poker Night S: Drake Poker Face 2X DS: JF Milestone 999W Consignor: Outlaw Cattle Co. Buyer: Bar MM Simmentals

$11,250.00

Lot 47 - Outlaw Double Barrel 25B S: SVF Steel Force S701 DS: Remington On Target 2S Consignor: Outlaw Cattle Co. Buyer: Grant Daines

$8,500.00

Lot 1- Fairview 22 Magnum 84B S: Tess Derringer 105Z DS: ACS Louisville 666S Consignor: Forden Fariview Farm Buyer: Maranda Farms

$6,750.00

Lot 15 - Fairview Saturn 14B S: Double Bar D Legend 87W DS: ACS Louisville 666S Consignor: Forden Fariview Farm Buyer: Circle C Ranch

$6,500.00

Lot 2 - Fairview Sudden Impact 88B S: Sibelle Dirt Harry 25Z DS: BLI Warlord 915W Consignor: Forden Fariview Farm Buyer: Bauer Farms

$6,000.00

Lot 4 - Fairview Invictus 77B S: Double Bar D Legend 87W DS: JTH Mr Jantralh Consignor: Forden Fariview Farm Buyer: Sheldon Popadynec

$6,000.00

Lot 4 - Tri K Clubking 70B S: Skors Club King 49Y DS: Pioneer Good N Solid 11S Consignor: Tri K Cattle Buyer: Westfork Farms

$10,000.00

Lot 27 - RST Altec 38A S: IPU Crosby 34Y DS: Remington Red Label HR Consignor: Albrecht Farms Buyer: H I S Ranch

$9,000.00

Lot 29 - KSL Aldean 3A S: Double Bar D Founder 33Y DS: Tri K Preferred Consignor: KSL Simmentals Buyer: Jim Sheldon

$7,500.00

Lot 1 - Tri K Vortec 32B S: Crossroad Chevalier 163Z DS: D Bar C Trendsetter 105T Consignor: Tri K Cattle Buyer: Daniel Lange

$6,800.00

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Lot 5 - Early Sunset Settler 28B S: GVC Settler 004X DS: Southland Free Ride 68R Buyer: Nordal Angus

Early Sunset Bull & Female Sale Edam, SK March 31, 2015 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Optimal Bovines Inc.

$7,750.00

High Selling Females Sale Summary

Lots

Simmental Bulls Angus Bulls Simmental Heifers Angus Heifers Sale Total

Gross

Average

15 37 5 16 53 $245,850.00

$4,963.00 $5,535.00 $3,900.00 $3,615.00 $4,640.00

High Selling Bulls Lot 7 - Early Sunset Boulder 9B S: Musgrave Boulder DS: S A V Net Worth 4200 Buyer: Hill 70 Quantock

Williams Lake, BC April 4, 2015 Auctioneer: Larry & Wayne Jordan

Lots

Gross

Red Simmental Bulls Black Simmental Bulls Red Angus Black Angus Sale Total 77

$5,750.00

Lot 48 - Early Sunset Erelite 71B S: Early Sunset Chisum 101Z DS: S A V Net Worth 4200 Buyer: Nordal Angus

$5,500.00

Lot 20 - Mitchells Playboy 127B S: Erixon Power Play 102Y DS: KRSS Red Dream Consignor: Mitchell Cattle Co. Buyer: Kitzel Cattle Co. Ltd.

$9,000.00

Lot 23 - Mitchells Playboy 231B S: Erixon Power Play 102Y DS: Springcreek Reality 51M Consignor: Mitchell Cattle Co. Buyer: Poole Arrow Ranch

$8,750.00

Lot 4 - RHF BLK Bold Eagle 409B S: Rehorst BLK Wheatland 680Y DS: R Plus Blackedge Consignor: Rehorst Farms Ltd. Buyer: McCoubrey and Associates

$10,000.00

$9,500.00

Best Bet Bull Sale

Sale Summary

Lot 53 - Early Sunset Lady 25B S: Mr Hoc Broker DS: R Plus 9089W Buyer: Percyview Farms Ltd.

Average $7,086.00 $6,137.00 $8,225.00 $6,184.00 $7,086.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 38 - Mitchells Wallstreet 203B S: Harvie Sweet Talker 6Z DS: Cen 520L Consignor: Mitchell Cattle Co. Buyer: Rolph Stock Farms

$11,000.00

Mid-Western Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Hanover, ON April 4, 2015 Auctioneer: Carl Wright

Sale Summary Simmental Bulls Angus Bulls

Lots 14 15

Gross

Average $6,380.00 $5,860.00

High Selling Simmental Lots Lot 1 - RHF BLK Brite Spark 403A S: LFE BS Lewis 322U DS: Daume Legend M081 Consignor: Rehorst Farms Ltd. Buyer: Johnson Stock Farms

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Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale Winnipeg, MB April 9, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Yearling Simmental Bulls 41 $220,400.00 Sale Total 41 $220,400.00

$5,376.00 $5,376.00

High Selling Lots Lot 1 - Homestead-T Jax 202B S: KOP Maximus 151Y DS: Exodus Consignor: Homestead - T Simmentals Buyer: Delight Simmentals

$15,000.00

Transcon’s Cattle Country Simmental Bull Sale Neepawa, MB April 11, 2015 Auctioneer: Don Oberg Sale Management: Transcon Livestock Corp.

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Two Year Old Simm Bulls 2 $9,600.00 Yearling Simmental Bulls 60 $337,750.00 Sale Total 62 $347,350.00

$4,800.00 $5,629.00 $5,602.00

High Selling Lots Lot 40 - Big Hills Cane 62B S: Mackenzie’s Cane 122Y DS: Anchor “T” Impact 2H Consignor: Big Hills Simmentals Buyer: Grinalta Farms

$15,500.00

Lot 64 - Triple T Brier 609B S: Wheatland Red Hummer 608S DS: RLA Restream 152S Consignor: Triple T Diamond Simmentals Buyer: Doug Wilson

$10,000.00

Lot 60 - Triple T Buck 638B S: Gibby’s Real Deal 25T DS: Anchor D Viper 103W Consignor: Triple T Diamond Simmentals Buyer: Donald Reed

$8,100.00

Lot 26 - WILC Teddy Bear 101A S: IPU Crosby 164Y DS: Wheatland Red Teddy 457P Consignor: Wilcox Simmentals Buyer: Brian Demeuleneire

$8,000.00

Lot 62 - Triple T Barbados 632B S: Anchor “T” Metro 4E DS: Crossroad Tuxedo 222T Consignor: Triple T Diamond Simmentals Buyer: Big Sky Simmentals

$7,250.00

Lot 29 - Sunville Big Red S: Twin-Chief Walker 21W DS: IPU Red Touchdown 32S Consignor: Sunville Simmentals Buyer: Zdan Farms

$8,800.00

Lot 44 - Big Hills Red Bomb 65B S: MRL Red Force 12U DS: Wheatland Red Ace 747T Consignor: Big Hills Simmentals Buyer: Sunville Simmentals

$8,500.00

Lot 73 - TCM Bowser 3B S: Twin-Chief Walker 21W DS: R Plus Kodiak 4200P Consignor: Tri-Star Cattle Co. Buyer: Johnson Stock Farms

$8,300.00

Summary of Spring Simmental Sales Sale Summary Yearling Bulls Extra Age Bulls Total Bulls Open Heifers Commercial Heifers

Lots Gross 3,246 $28,497,822.00 248 $1,665,414.00 3494 $30,163,236.00 227 $922,070.00 221 $528,652.00

Average $8,779.37 $6,715.38 $7,747.37 $4,061.98 $2,392.09

Note: Reporting of only those sales report submitted to the Simmental Country magazine. This does not include on-farm sales.

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Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest Deadline 2015 UCVM Beef Cattle Conference Calgary, AB Alberta Simmental Association AGM TBA T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament Saskatoon, SK Manitoba Simmental Association Summer Show Kilarney, MB

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Table of Contents Publication Information........................................... 2 Gatepost.....................................................................4 Canadian Simmental Association Contacts............. 8 Breed Improvement.................................................12 Annual General Meeting Notice.............................16 Proxy........................................................................17 From the Director’s Chair........................................20 Women in the Simmental Country...........................22 Friends of Simmental Fundraising Auction............25 Alberta News...........................................................26 Saskatchewan News................................................27 Manitoba News.......................................................28 86

Ontario News..........................................................29 Maritime News........................................................30 YCSA Newsletter....................................................31 Vet’s Advice.............................................................32 Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest.......................33 Appuye sur le poteau de cloture..............................34 Breed Improvement (French)..................................36 Member Announcements........................................40 From The Field........................................................42 Sale Reports.............................................................44 What’s Happening...................................................86 Advertiser’s Index...................................................87


ABC Cattle Co................................................ 81 Adair Ranch.............................................. 66, 75 Afri-Can Simmentals....................................... 78 Alameda Agencies Ltd.................................... 84 Alliance Simmental Farms.............................. 79 Alta Genetics.................................................. 85 Anchor D Ranch....................................... 47, 75 Applecross...................................................... 75 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd.................... 55, 81 Aumack Simmentals....................................... 81 Bar 5 Farms Ltd./Circle 3 Genetics................ 79 Bar CL Livestock............................................ 75 Beagle Simmentals......................................... 75 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals.......................... 75 Big Rock Simmentals..................................... 78 Black River Farms.......................................... 79 BlackSand Cattle Company...................... 59, 78 Blushrose Simmental Farm............................ 81 Bohrson Marketing Services........................... 85 Bonchuk Farms.............................................. 78 Bouchard Livestock International............... 3, 85 Boundary Ranch............................................. 69 Bova-Tech Ltd................................................. 85 Bow Valley Genetics....................................... 85 BS Ranch....................................................... 75 Canadian Bull Congress................................. 84 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp..................... 84 Carey, Brent.................................................... 84 Casaloma Cattle Company............................. 81 Cattlemen Magazine....................................... 84 Circle G Simmentals & Angus........................ 75 City View Simmentals..................................... 81 Clearwater Simmentals.................................. 75 Coulee Crossing............................................. 61 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh.................................. 80 Crocus Simmentals........................................ 69 Crossroad Farms............................................ 82 Curtis Simmentals.......................................... 61 Czech-Mate Livestock.............................. 21, 75 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd.......... 85 Deeg Simmental............................................. 75 Destiny Simmentals........................................ 80 Diamond T Simmentals.................................. 75 Don Heggie Simmentals................................. 75 Donovandale Simmentals............................... 80 Dora Lee Genetics.......................................... 80 Dorran Marketing Inc...................................... 84 Dorran, Steve................................................. 84 Double Bar D Farms............................... IFC, 82 Double G Simmentals..................................... 82 Downey Farms............................................... 79 DP Sales Management................................... 85 Dunc’s Cattle Co............................................. 80 Dwayann Simmentals..................................... 80 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals................................ 75 East Poplar Simmentals................................. 82 Edge, Dean..................................................... 84 EDN Simmentals...................................... 69, 82 Elm Tree Farms.............................................. 80 Erixon Simmentals.......................................... 82 Fallen Timber Farms...................................... 78 Ferme Gagnon Farm...................................... 81 Ferme Saro Farm........................................... 81 Flying N Cattle and Feed................................ 84 Foley Simmentals........................................... 80 Genex Cooperative, Inc............................ 10, 85

GJR Simmentals............................................. 82 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd...................... 84 Gravandale Simmentals................................. 80 Grinalta Farms................................................ 75 H.S. Knill Company Ltd.................................. 84 Hairy Hill Cattle Co......................................... 75 Hallridge Simmentals...................................... 80 Hannah Simmentals................................. 15, 75 Harvie Ranching............................................. 76 High Bluff Stock Farm..................................... 79 High Country Cattle Services......................... 76 Hi-Tech Farms................................................ 80 Hoegl Livestock.............................................. 82 Indian River Cattle Co.................................... 80 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd............. 85 Janzen Ranches............................................. 76 Jetstream Livestock........................................ 80 JNR Farms..................................................... 76 Johnson Stock Farms..................................... 18 JP Cattle Co................................................... 18 Keato Meadow Simmentals............................ 76 Kin Kin Cattle Co............................................ 76 Kindred Spirit Cattle Co.................................. 61 Kopp Farms.................................................... 79 Kuntz Simmental Farm................................... 82 LaBatte Simmentals....................................... 82 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals.................................. 82 Lazy S Ranch Inc........................................... 76 Lewis Farms............................................ 76, BC Little Willow Creek Ranch............................... 82 Lobster Point Farms....................................... 79 Lone Stone Farms.................................... 51, 76 M & J Farms................................................... 79 M & R Cattle Co........................................ 15, 76 MacKenzie Cattle Company........................... 76 Mader Ranches........................................ 49, 76 Maple Key Farm............................................. 80 Mappin Simmentals........................................ 76 Mar Mac Farms.............................................. 79 Masterfeeds................................................ 9, 83 Maxwell Simmentals................................. 53, 76 McCormack Family Ranch....................... 73, 82 MCG Simmentals........................................... 76 McIntosh Livestock......................................... 82 McManus Simmentals.................................... 79 McMillen Ranching Ltd................................... 82 Meadow Acres Farms..................................... 82 MI Simmentals................................................ 76 Mitchell Cattle Co........................................... 78 Muellers Nossa Terra...................................... 81 Muirhead Cattle Co......................................... 83 New Holland..................................................... 1 North Creek Simmentals................................ 83 North Hill Simmentals..................................... 76 O Double E Simmentals................................. 76 O’Brien Farms................................................ 80 O’Grady Steel................................................. 83 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group.................. 77 Oslanski Simmental Farms............................. 77 Parkhill Ranches............................................. 77 Parview Stock Farms...................................... 77 Pearson Simmentals...................................... 77 Pheasantdale Simmentals.............................. 83 Phillips Farms................................................. 83 Pine Creek Simmentals.................................. 77 Porter Ranches............................................... 77

Prairie Wind Farms Ltd................................... 18 R Plus Simmentals......................................... 14 Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais................... 77 Rancier Farms.......................................... 53, 77 Rattray Livestock............................................ 77 Rendezvous Farms........................................ 79 Riskan Hope Farm.......................................... 61 River Point Cattle Co...................................... 80 Riverbank Farm.............................................. 79 Robb Farms.................................................... 83 Robson Acres................................................. 80 Rust Mountain View Ranch............................ 11 SAJ Simmentals............................................. 83 Saugeen Acres............................................... 77 Schatz Simmentals......................................... 77 Scissors Creek Cattle Company..................... 18 SIBL Simmentals............................................ 63 Simmeron Ranch............................................ 77 Skeels, Dan.................................................... 84 Skor Simmentals............................................ 77 Southpaw Cattle Company............................. 77 Spring Creek Simmentals......................... 59, 83 Spring Lake Simmentals........................... 53, 77 Springcreek Land & Cattle Consulting............ 85 Starwest Farms.............................................. 78 Steen Agencies............................................... 84 Stewart Simmentals........................................ 81 Stock, Mark..................................................... 84 Stockmens Insurance..................................... 84 Stone Simmentals.......................................... 77 Stoughton Farms............................................ 83 Sullivan Simmentals....................................... 81 Sun Rise Simmentals......................... 18, 19, 83 Sun Star Simmentals...................................... 77 Sunny Valley Simmentals......................... 57, 83 Swan Lake Farms........................................... 83 Swantewitt Simmentals.................................. 78 T Bar C Cattle Company.......................... 39, 85 The Register................................................... 83 Timberlind Auctions........................................ 84 Todd Simmentals............................................ 81 Transcon Livestock Corp........................ 85, IBC Trevor’s Cowpix.............................................. 84 Triple Rose Simmentals................................. 81 Tryon Simmentals........................................... 79 TSN Livestock................................................ 79 Twin Brae Simmentals.................................... 79 Twin Butte Simmentals................................... 78 Tymarc Livestock............................................ 78 Virginia Ranch................................................ 78 W2 Farms....................................................... 83 Weldehaven Farms........................................ 81 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company.................... 78 Westway Farms Ltd........................................ 78 Wheatland Cattle Co...................................... 67 Wild Oak Farms.............................................. 81 Windy Hill Livestock...................................... 6, 7 Windy Knoll Farm........................................... 79 WJ Simmentals............................................... 78 Wolfe Farms................................................... 78 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh............................................ 78 Wright’s ProRich Seeds.................................. 80 Xcel Livestock................................................. 81 XRC Simmentals............................................ 83 X-T Simmentals.............................................. 69 87


DID YOU KNOW... THE HERD LETTER FOR 2015 IS

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GENETIC EVALUATION DEADLINE FOR TOTAL HERD ENROLLMENT (THE) HERDS:

In order for data to be included in CSA genetic EPD evaluations, it must be received by the CSA office no later than MAY 15th for the Fall Evaluation and NOVEMBER 1st for the Spring Evaluation.

PERCENTAGE REQUIRED FOR PUREBRED STATUS

Producers purchasing bulls from the United States or semen from American bulls should be aware of differences that exist between Canada and the United States in the percentage of Simmental required to qualify for purebred status. The Canadian Simmental Association requires a male to be 15/16 Simmental to reach purebred status while the American Simmental Association accepts males who are 7/8 Simmental or less by Canadian standards as purebred. As is regulated by the Federal government through the Animal Pedigree Act, it is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that these bulls meet the requirement of being 15/16 Simmental if they wish to register that animal in the Canadian Simmental herd book as a purebred. Please see our website under CSA Bylaws for our Upgrade Table (Determination of Simmental Fractions.)

GENOTYPE TEST REQUIREMENTS

As of January 1, 2015 all Simmental sires are required to be genotyped using a minimum 50K SNP panel. Natural service sires now require the same level of genotype testing as AI sires who have had this requirement since November of 2012. This is a higher density, more informative panel that will add value to the Simmental genetic evaluation. All donor females continue to require a 50K test.

GENOTYPE TURNAROUND TIME

Members are reminded of the need to allow a minimum of 4 week turnaround time from the time the lab receives their samples for genotyping until they receive results.

Tel: (403) 250-7979 Fax: (403) 250-5121 Email: cansim@simmental. com Website: www.simmental.com #13, 4101-19th St. NE., Calgary, AB T2E 7C4 88


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