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Jim Grant and Peggy Grant

Box 220 Edam, SK S0M 0V0 Phone/Fax: 306.397.2541 Cell: 306.441.3590 earlysunsetangus@hotmail.com Today’s Angus Advantage Summer 2014 1

Bar DK Angus Complete Dispersal

December 20, 2014 Heartland Livestock - Yorkton, SK On Offer: • 85 Cow-Calf Pairs • 3 Herd Sires •25 Long Yearlings • Embryos and Semen • Females bred to top sires including Soo Line Best Interest 2142, Bar D K Ally 22'12, and S A V Final Answer 0035 • 2014 calves sired by Mytty In Focus, Bar D K Wisdom 15’12, Soo Line Best Interest 2142, S Chisum 0206 and more Sale Broadcast By

Sale Management

Chris poley: 306-220-5006 Ted Serhienko: 306-221-2711 Shane Michelson: 403-363-9973

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In It To Win It... From The Beginning


A True Champion

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Canadian Junior Angus Association Showdown



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A Breeder’s... Veterinary Perspective


Under The Gavel


Rates & Subscriptions


The Final Word


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The high selling pick at the 2014 LLB Angus sale. Sired by Soo Line Blackman 8044 out of Remitall Blackird 648R. He combines sound structure with natural thickness in one great package.


Box 85, Simpson, SK S0G 4M0 Rob Garner: 306-836-2035 Cell: 306-946-7946 nordallimousin@sasktel.net www.nordallimousin.com

For Sale This Fall By Private Treaty Groups of Black & Red Angus Bred Heifers Simm X Red Angus Heifers - Bred Red Angus

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Where cattlemen go when they can’t afford to make a mistake. Repeat customers are the strength and success of a good breeding program.

Bulls and females always available backed by our years of experience and our 500 head cow herd.

Dennis and David Johnston

Conquest, SK S0L 0L0 (306) 856-4726 (306) 856-2027 (Fax) Dennis’ Cell (306) 227-2344 David’s Cell (306) 867-7959 Dave Sanborn 306-860-7073 Rory Jones (306) 867-3515 www.johnstonfertilevalley.com ranchers@sasktel.net

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From early spring to late summer various Junior programs are in full swing. Breed associations along with 4-H and other groups bring our youth together to gather for competition, friendship and learning. These types of events have been taking place since our grandparents’ days. 4-H has been a staple in everyone’s life and its mark in society has been undeniably positive. We believe that there is no greater place to raise a family in this world than in a purebred seed stock operation. We’ve held that opinion for years and believe it still rings true today. Our business lays building blocks like no other for all avenues in life regardless of profession. Congratulations to all our youth for involving themselves in our industry… right from tagging calves and sorting cows to walking in the ring and taking part in a Junior show somewhere across this great land.

Showdown 2014

Bar-H Hope 15A

Sired by Bar-H Balancer 14X Supreme Female for John Hogberg at Regionals and Second in class at Showdown 2014 Langenburg, SK. Can S0A 2A0 306.743.2840 Robin, Michelle and John Hogberg www.barh.ca Visitors welcome! 40 miles east of Yorkton, 9 miles south of Langenburg

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Proven Predictability and Profitability

Autumn Angus Classic

Locust Grove

August 30, 2014 - Hanover, ON Also watch for our consignment to the

Eastern Canadian Extravaganza

5A A superb easy fleshing female with muscle, fertility and exceptional udder quality

October 4, 2014 - Lindsay, ON Featuring Heifer Calves by Final Answer, Camaro and Kodiak and an exciting Bred Heifer by Shock Wave

Locust Grove

Locust Grove



2013 RAWF Class Winner

A Combination of thickness and muscling with a low birth weight

Tibby Dam of WTM 6B

Tullamore Trisha 52A

Tullamore Blackbird 51A

Top 1% for Weaning Weight and Milk, with a Yearling Weight in the top 2%

Sired by LLB Old Post 671X Bred to AAR Ten X 7008 for an early February 2015 calf

Tullamore Middlebrook 2A

Sired by Young Dale Grandeur 110W Bred to Tullamore Old Post 1A for a March 2015 calf

Tullamore Carol 26A

Sired by Southland Full Throttle 15R Bred to Pure Product for an early February 2015 calf

Sired by MVF Ricochet 70W Bred to AAR Ten X 7008 for an early February 2015 calf

Sired by Southland Full Throttle 15R Bred to AAR Ten X 7008 for a mid February 2015 calf

Sired by Young Dale Grandeur 110W Bred to AAR Ten X 7008 for an early February 2015 calf.

Tullamore Reula 9A

Tullamore Tanya 11A

Tullamore Middlebrook 73A

Sired by Southland Full Throttle 15R Bred to AAR Ten X 7008 for an early February 2015 calf

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12201 Torbram Rd., Caledon, ON L7C 2T4 Ph: 905.843.1236 Email: tullamore.angus@gmail.com

CONSIGNORS Brendale Acres Cairnlee’s Acres Clair Lane Stock Farm

Clear View Angus Deer Park Farms DSMR Stock Farm

Francisco Farms Gilchrist Farms Hammell Cattle Co. Harprey Farm

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Harron Farms Paradise Farms Pettywood Cattle Co. Tambri Farm Thistle Ridge Farms

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3rd Annual Black Angus Production Sale

Sunday October 5, 2014 1:00 PM Held at Maple Line Farm

3320 Bradburn Road, Blackstock, ON

Maple Line Farm and Friends SOUTHVIEW FARMS, WESTWIND FARMS AND BRANTNOR ANGUS Ian Rudkin 905-718-5331 Email: maplelinefarm@hotmail.ca

Bred Heifers, Young Cows and Calves, Herd Sire Prospects Sale Management... T Bar C Ca�le Co. Ltd. 4 3342 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7G9 P: 306.933.4200 | F: 306.934.0744 | info@tbarc.com | www.tbarc.com Ted: 306.221.2711 | Chris: 306.220.5006 | Shane: 403.363.9973 View the catalogue online at www.buyagro.com

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lot 9

Continuing the Tradition of Excellence!

Featuring The First Calf Crop by:                                  

Premium Genetics only Available at the Sale of the Year!

Lot 13

Offering 60 Head Consisting of: 4 Herdsire Candidates 12 Angus Show Heifer Prospects 25 Bred Heifers 5 Cow/Calf Pairs Including 2 Donor Cow Candidates 2 Embryo Lots Sired by 74-51 Sudden Look 5 Prospect Club Calves 1 Rare Semen Lot

Be There to Catch the Excitement of the Angus Business! Lloydminster, SK

Jon & Shelly Fox (H) 306-825-9702 (c) 780-808-6860

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Main Office: 405-350-0044


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Thank You to our sponsors your support ensures the success of the tournament!

We are pleased to announce that the seventh annual T Bar Invitational golf tournament was once again an overwhelming success, raising close to $50,000.00 for youth in the beef industry. Eight national junior breed associations, representing nearly 2,000 members, will reap the rewards of the generosity of our sponsors. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Canadian Western Agribition. A successful social featuring a wine tasting sponsored by Alta Genetics was held on the night of June 24th at the Ramada Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The next morning, golfers were treated to Jodie Griffin, Program Coordinator for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program speaking at the breakfast, hosted by the Dakota Dunes Casino. Shortly after, golfers of all skill levels, from ages 18 to 70, took to the course for golf, friendship and good cheer. The evening finished with an awards banquet where team Blairs.Ag was presented with the champion trophy. “We are extremely happy with this years event. With the help of our generous sponsors, we have raised nearly $300,000.00, which has provided opportunities to a great number of youth” said Bryan Kostiuk, co-chairman of the tournament. “The tournament encompasses people from all segments of the industry as well as those who wish to have fun and support a great cause.” Plans for the eighth annual T Bar Invitational are already under way. See www.tbarinvitational.com for further information on this year’s sponsors and more information on next year’s event. Special thank you to the Canadian Angus Association, Saskatchewan Angus Association, Saskatchewan Angus Edge, Ward’s Red Angus, Spittalburn Farms, Bar-E-L Angus, Isla Bank Angus and Blairs.Ag Cattle Co., for their continued support.

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Canadian Shorthorn Association


Brian Harder Brendan Turner

O’GRADY Linden Carew O’Grady Marketing Consultant lcogrady@sasktel.net 306-823-7051

Saskatchewan Charolais Association

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Thank you to our Spring Bull & Female buyers

Stuart McIntyre, Whitewood, SK

Valley Blossom Ranch, Wymark, SK

Nielson Land & Cattle Co., Craik, SK

Freyburn Angus, Oxbow, SK

Double F Cattle Co., Parkside, SK

Hextall Livestock, Grenfell, SK

North Point Angus, High Prairie, AB

Allencroft Angus, Taber, AB

Breed Creek Angus, Mankota, SK

Triple J Farms, Whitewood, SK

Hill Top Angus, Denton, MT

KLM Angus, Alix, AB

Volume Female Buyer

Females for sale by Private Treaty

Residence: 306-928-4810 Barry’s Cell: 306-482-7952 Robb’s Cell: 306-482-7275 youngdaleangus@xplornet.com

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Canadian Angus Association Announces New Board Members and Executive June 12, 2014: for immediate release

Rocky View County, AB — The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to announce our new board members who joined our board during the Canadian Angus National Convention in Moose Jaw, SK this weekend as well as our new executive. Doug Reid and Brett Wildman replace retiring directors Gary Latimer and Dawn Wilson in Alberta. Shawn Birmingham replaces retiring director Lois McRae in Manitoba; Ryan Currie replaces retiring director Jérôme Richard in Quebec and Trevor Welch replaces retiring director Jim Colodey in the Maritimes. All five new directors will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-election for a second term. Corinne Gibson of Fir Mountain, SK, was elevated from the position of President Elect to President. Kevin Blair of Lanigan, SK moved into the Past President position and Tammi Ribey of Paisley, ON, was chosen President Elect. Doug Reid operates Reid Angus with his wife Kate and family. He has been involved in the purebred Angus business since 1993. Reid has served for six years on the Alberta Angus Association board of directors. He chaired the Alberta bid committee for the 2009 World Angus Forum and also served as a volunteer preparing for and during the event. He has a lot of international experience, visiting every continent and every cattle producing country, while working as a sales representative. Brett Wildman owns and operates Wildman Livestock with his wife Traci and their daughter in Sangudo, AB. He was raised in a purebred Angus operation and has worked as a herdsman and semen collector. Shawn Birmingham, his wife Teresa and their foster child operate TSN Livestock, purebred Black Angus, in Brandon. It is also a commercial cattle and grain operation. Birmingham has been in the Angus business for 15 years and was president of the Manitoba Angus Association in 2012. In addition to his agricultural business activities, Birmingham enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. Ryan Currie is a purebred Angus and commercial breeder, located in Bristol, QC. He operates Blacklane Farm with his wife Holly. Currie also serves as a volunteer firefighter, is a director on the Pontiac Agricultural Society Fair Board and is actively involved in the local 4-H club where he acts a steer leader and helps many local kids with their beef projects. He represented Quebec on the Canadian Junior Angus Association Board of Directors from 2003–2006. Trevor Welch is the fifth generation on his family farm and has raised purebred Black Angus since he was 6 years old. In addition to being a cattleman, Trevor is a professional engineer and surveyor. He serves as a director on the New Brunswick Cattle Producers board and served as president of the Maritime Angus Association from 2011–2013. Today’s Angus Advantage Summer 2014 20

President Corinne Gibson operates Six Mile Ranch with her husband Clayton and their three children at Fir Mountain, SK. Gibson has served on the Saskatchewan Angus Association and Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society boards, and has chaired the National Show Committee and served on the Agribition beef committee. President Elect Tammi Ribey was elected to the CAA Board of Directors in 2013. In her home province she maintains a 400-acre farm in Bruce County near the village of Paisley. She has a 25-year-old veterinary practice with both large and small animals. Ribey has donated much of her spare time to the Ontario Angus Association over the past six years with a recent two-year stint as president.

Retiring and New CAA Board Members


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bidders and buyers at the 6th Annual Impact Sale


Brett McRae and Stacey Domolewski


Bill Biglieni Shawn Birmingham Tom Burke Anne & Dale Davison Erika Easton Brian Good Jim Hallberg Ryan Hurlbert Sheldon Kyle Melissa McRae Grant & Lauralee Rolston Kristine Sauter Rob Smith Larry Wegner


Michael Hargrave, Maxwell, ON


Grant Rolston Photography, Vulcan, AB

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bULL Calf 1. Grace Glover, Boissevain, MB with N7’s Jose Cuervo 30B sired by Belvin Tres Marias Patron 205 yearling heifer 1. Eric Smith, Mankota, SK with Six Mile Lady of Six 735A sired by Connealy Complete 8454 1. Lane Nykoliation, Crandall, MB with N7’s Blkwood Lady 45A sired by Sitz Upward 307R 1. Colter Sprung, Manitou, MB with N7’s Blkwood Lady 30A sired by Tokach Update 9009

Open Division

heifer calf 1. Katie Wright, Melfort, SK with Red Wrights 161X Firefly 11B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X 2. Chad Lorenz, Markerville, AB with Lorenz Caroline 4B sired by Lorenz Paradigm 13Z champion heifer calf Katie Wright, Melfort, SK with Red Wrights 161X Firefly 11B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X reserve champion heifer calf Chad Lorenz, Markerville, AB with Lorenz Caroline 4B sired by Lorenz Paradigm 13Z Yearling Heifer Split 1 1. Macy Liebreich, Radville, SK with Merit Socialite 3159 sired by Bar-E-L Iron Will 32Y 2. Alexis DeCorby, Rocanville, SK with S7R The Little Black Dress 56A sired by A A R Ten X 7008 S A

Split 3 1. Brianna Kimmel, Lloydminster, AB with SCC Lady Blossom 25A sired by Styles Upgrade J59 2. Rachel Howatt, Manitou, MB with Red Sunset Ridge Meranda 3A Sired by Red Beckton Epic R397 K

Senior Champion and grand champion female Cayley Peltzer, Rosemary, AB with Bandura Vista 136Y sired by LLB Free Wheeler 286S with bull calf Triple Star Settler 2B sired by Norseman Pioneer 37’11

Split 4 1. Ty Schwan, Swift Current, SK with Brooking Annie 307 sired by S A V 004 Density 4336 2. Raina Syrnyk Ethelbert, MB with DMM Blackcap Essence 22A sired by DMM Riptide 27Y

reserve senior champion female Chad Lorenz, Markerville, AB with Lorenz Caroline 1Z sired by F V Pioneer 83X with heifer calf Lorenz Caroline 4B sired by Lorenz Paradigm 13Z

Split 5 1. Nolan Chalmers. Shanty Bay, ON with JPD Blackcap 6A sired by S A V Pioneer 7301 2. Owen Chalmers, Shanty Bay, ON with JPD Erroline 5A sired by Will Role Model junior champion heifer Garret Liebreich, Radville SK with Merit Socialite 3060 sired by Merit Justice 41X reserve junior champion heifer Nolan Chalmers. Shanty Bay, ON with JPD Blackcap 6A sired by S A V Pioneer 7301 two year old cow/ calf pair 1. Chad Lorenz, Markerville, AB with Lorenz Caroline 1Z sired by F V Pioneer 83X with heifer calf Lorenz Caroline 4B sired by Lorenz Paradigm 13Z 2. Katie Wright, Melfort, SK with Red Wrights 5X Firefly 80Z sired by Red Wrights Easy Deal 5X with heifer calf Red Wrights 161X Firefly 11B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X Mature cow/ calf pair 1.Cayley Peltzer, Rosemary, AB with Bandura Vista 136Y sired by LLB Free Wheeler 286S with bull calf Triple Star Settler 2B sired by Norseman Pioneer 37’11 2. Traci Henderson, Saskatoon, SK with AWH Pauline 9R sired by N Bar Emulation EXT with bull calf AW Fortunate Son 8B sired by MC Cumber Fortunate 239

reserve grand champion female Garret Liebreich, Radville SK with Merit Socialite 3060 sired by Merit Justice 41X

Owned Division

YEARLING HEIFER split 1 1. Maguire Blair, Drake, SK with Bar-E-L Erica 74A sired by Bar-E-L Natural Law 52Y 2. John Hogberg, Langenburg, SK with Bar-H Hope 15A sired by Bar-H Balancer 14X split 2 1. Laurie Morasch, Bassano, AB with Red Brown Creek Sunflower sired by Red RMJ Redman 1T 2. Haley Brownell, Redvers, SK with Mar Mac Heather 2A sired by DMM Creed 75W Heifer Calf champion Laurie Morasch, Bassano, AB with Red Brown Creek Sunflower sired by Red RMJ Redman 1T Reserve Heifer Calf champion Maguire Blair, Drake, SK with Bar-E-L Erica 74A sired by Bar-E-L Natural Law 52Y Two Year OLD CoW/ Calf Pair 1. Laurie Morasch, Bassano, AB with Red Lazy MC Firefly 36Z sired by Red Lazy MC Lookout 153X with her calf Red Lazy MC Benelli 102B sired by Lazy MC Venom 34Z 2.Baxter Blair, McLean, SK with Red Blairs Pricilla 44Z sired by Red Ringstead Kargo 215U with her calf Red Double B Bullseye 1B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X Mature cow/calf pair 1. Naomi Best, Harding, MB with TVA Tibbie 35X sired by Topview Net Worth 36U with her calf CHL Legacy 10B sired by TJF Legacy 140Y 2. Hillary Sauder, Hodgeville, SK with WWF Upward Erica 96Y sired by Sitz Upward 307R with her calf WWF Boomer Erica 167B sired by MJLC Boomer 19Y

Split 2 1. Garret Liebreich, Radville SK with Merit Socialite 3060 sired by Merit Justice 41X 2. Megan Hunt, Rose Valley, SK with Red T & S Sage 33A sired by Red Cockburn Ribeye 346U

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2. Wade Olynyk, Goodeve, SK with Crescent Creek Annie K 32A sired by SFL Up Top 42Y junior champion female Naomi Best, Harding, MB with CHL Rosebud 2A sired by TVA Net Worth 8Y

Senior Champion and Grand Champion Female Laurie Morasch, Bassano, AB with Red Lazy MC Firefly 36Z sired by Red Lazy MC Lookout 153X with her calf Red Lazy MC Benelli 102B sired by Lazy MC Venom 34Z Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Female Baxter Blair, McLean, SK with Red Blairs Pricilla 44Z sired by Red Ringstead Kargo 215U with her calf Red Double B Bullseye 1B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X

bred and owned Division heifer calf 1. Becky Domolewski, Taber, AB with Red CD Ziva 703B sired by Red RCR Rio Grande 123Z 2.Jennifer Jermey, Ashern, MB with SPR RDG Sweety Pie 523B sired by Connealy Thunder

Reserve junior champion female Wade Olynyk, Goodeve, SK with Crescent Creek Annie K 32A sired by SFL Up Top 42Y Mature cow/calf pair 1. Jennifer Jermey, Ashern, MB with SPR RDG Sweety 23Y sired by Spridge Worth The Weight 813W with her calf SPR RDG Sweety Pie 523B sired by Connealy Thunder Senior champion female Jennifer Jermey, Ashern, MB with SPR RDG Sweety 23Y sired by Spridge Worth The Weight 813W with her calf SPR RDG Sweety Pie 523B sired by Connealy Thunder grand champion female Becky Domolewski, Taber, AB with Red CD Ziva 703B sired by Red RCR Rio Grande 123Z reserve grand champion female Naomi Best, Harding, MB with CHL Rosebud 2A sired by TVA Net Worth 8Y

Bull division

bull calf split 1 1. Laurie Morasch, Bassano, AB with Red Lazy MC Benelli 102B sired by Red NCJ Lazy MC Venom 34Z 2. Naomi Best, Harding, MB with CHL Legacy 10B sired by TJF Legacy 140Y

champion heifer calf Becky Domolewski, Taber, AB with Red CD Ziva 703B sired by Red RCR Rio Grande 123Z reserve champion heifer calf Jennifer Jermey, Ashern, MB with SPR RDG Sweety Pie 523B sired by Connealy Thunder Yearling heifer 1. Naomi Best, Harding, MB with CHL Rosebud 2A sired by TVA Net Worth 8Y

Champion Bull Calf and grand champion bull Laurie Morasch, Bassano, AB with Red Lazy MC Benelli 102B sired by Red NCJ Lazy MC Venom 34Z

split 2 1. Baxter Blair, McLean, SK with Red Double B Bullseye 1B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X 2. Kelly Holmstrom, Tisdale, SK with Red T & S Smoken 21B sired by Red Six Mile Sakic 832S Yearling Bull 1. Levi Best, Harding, MB with CHL Legacy 34A sired by TJF Legacy 140Y champion Yearling Bull Levi Best, Harding, MB with CHL Legacy 34A sired by TJF Legacy 140Y

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reserve bull calf champion and reserve grand champion bull Baxter Blair, McLean, SK with Red Double B Bullseye 1B sired by Red SOO Line Power Eye 161X

Commerical Division

heifer calf 1.Brittany Hunt, Rose Valley, SK with She’s A Keeper sired by TSH 56Z champion heifer calf Brittany Hunt, Rose Valley, SK with She’s A Keeper sired by TSH 56Z yearling heifer 1. Cade Rutten, Wawota, SK with Cherry Blossom sired by WKJ 10Y 2. Martina Tibble, Swan River, MB with SHRX 19A champion Junior female Cade Rutten, Wawota, SK with Cherry Blossom sired by WKJ 10Y reserve junior champion female Martina Tibble, Swan River, MB with SHRX 19A

TWO year old cow/calf pair 1. Brittany Hunt, Rose Valley, SK with Kayos 51Z sired by JONW 1X with her calf She’s a Keeper sired by TSH 1X

canadian class

1. Baxter Blair, McLean, SK with Red Blairs Pricilla 44Z sired by Red Ringstead Kargo 215U with her calf Red Double B Bullseye 1B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X 2. Baxter Blair, McLean, Sk with Red Blair’s Larlaba 42A sired by Red Wheel Gangster 31Y

print marketing

junior champion Hillary Sauder reserve junior champion Baxter Blair

champion SENIOR female and Reserve grand champion female Brittany Hunt, Rose Valley, SK with Kayos 51Z sired by JONW 1X with her calf She’s a Keeper sired by TSH 1X grand champion female Cade Rutten, Wawota, SK with Cherry Blossom sired by WKJ 10Y finished steer 1. Baxter Blair, McLean, SK 2. Coy Gibson, Fir Mountain, SK

intermediate champion Meghan McGillivary reserve intermediate champion Kendra Topham grand champion Baxter Blair, McLean, SK with Red Blairs Pricilla 44Z sired by Red Ringstead Kargo 215U with her calf Red Double B Bullseye 1B sired by Red Soo Line Power Eye 161X

senior champion Raina Syrnyk reserve senior champion Keltey Whelan

sales talk

reserve grand champion Baxter Blair, McLean, Sk with Red Blair’s Larlaba 42A sired by Red Wheel Gangster 31Y

Grand Aggregate

junior champion Coy Gibson

grand champion steer Baxter Blair, McLean, SK

reserve junior champion Baxter Blair junior champion Hillary Sauder intermediate champion Jarret Hargrave senior champion Jennifer Jermey

intermediate champion Kodie Doetzel reserve intermediate champion Chris Jermey senior champion Jennifer Jermey reserve senior champion Chad Lorenz

reserve grand champion steer Coy Gibson, Fir Mountain, SK

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show ring team judging

junior champion Baxter Blair

senior champion and Supreme Champion Showman Matt Bates

junior champions Baxter Blair and Hillary Sauder reserve junior champions Laura Glover and Taron Topham intermediate champions Naomi Best and Mikayla Blaschuck reserve intermediate champions Taylor Carvey and Cheyenne Catley

reserve junior champion Levi Best

reserve senior champion Chad Lorenz

Judging competition

intermediate champion Maci Liebreich

junior champion Baxter Blair reserve junior champion Hillary Sauder

senior champions Chad Lorenz and Nicholas Bray reserve senior champions Michaela Chalmers and Shane Roger

team Grooming

junior Champion Coy Gibson and Hillary Sauder

intermediate champion Laurie Morasch reserve intermediate champion Cheyenne Catley

reserve intermediate champion Laurie Morasch

senior champion Michaela Chalmers reserve senoir champion Nicholas Bray

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reserve junior champion John Hogberg and Carson Liebreich


Intermediate Champion Cheyenne Catley and Brianna Kimmel

junior champion Hillary Sauder reserve junior champion Dana Holmstrom intermediate champion Riley Ingram reserve intermediate champion Laurie Morasch

reserve intermediate champion Lauren Blair and Maguire Blair

senior champion Breanna Anderson reserve senior champion Traci Henderson

literature competition

Art COmpetition

junior champion Coy Gibson reserve junior champion Carson Liebreich intermediate champion Owen Chalmers reserve intermediate champion Nolan Glover senior champion Kaitlynn Bolduc reserve senior champion Becky Domolewski


senior champion Raina Syrnyk and Nichalas Bray junior champion Alice Rooke reserve junior champion Hillary Sauder intermediate champion Nolan Glover reserve intermediate champion Jarrett Hargrave reserve senior champion Becky Domolewski and Chad Lorenz

senior CHampion Alexis DeCorby reserve senior champion Kaitlynn Bolduc

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junior champion Hillary Sauder reserve junior champion Taron Topham intermediate champion Meghan McGillivray reserve intermediate champion Brianna Kimmel senior champion Miranda Brownell reserve senior champion Jennifer Jermey

angus cook-off

CHampion Ranchers Deluxe - Kaitlynn Bolduc, Kateri and Riley Blair, Cayley Peltzer and Grant Bullock

Graphic Design

Junior CHampion Carson Liebreich reserve junior champion Taron Topham

reserve CHampion Intermediate Champion Team Sizzlers - Maguire, Lauren and Baxter Meghan McGillivray Blair, Cheyenne Catley, Laurie Morasch and Katie Wright reserve intermediate champion Naomi Best

Herdsman Competition

senior champion Breanna Anderson reserve senior champion Keltey Whelan

farm sign

Michaela, Owen, Evan & Nolan Chalmers

spirit of youth award

junior champion Hillary Sauder reserve junior champion Coy Gibson intermediate champion Wade Olynyk Gerrad Wenzel

reserve intermediate champion Jarrett Hargrave senior champion Alexis DeCorby reserve senior champion Kaitlynn Bolduc

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Public Speaking

junior champion Baxter Blair reserve junior champion Coy Gibson intermediate champion Chris Jermey reserve intermediate champion Ty Catley senior champion Matt Bates reserve senior champion Kaitlynn Bolduc

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ucknow is a community situated in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. Strong in Scottish heritage, with a population near 1200 strong; located in a progressive agricultural region rich in both crops and livestock. Two residents come to mind when one refers to Lucknow...one being Paul Henderson, the legendary hockey player who scored the winning goal in the Summit Series of 1972 defeating the Soviet Union... the other, Brad Gilchrist, a young cattleman rapidly becoming one of the foremost breeders in the Canadian Angus breed... ironically both have been involved with the Russians!

The 100 acre original homestead established by Brad’s great grandfather is mere minutes from Lucknow and still has Gilchrist cattle running on it today. This fourth generation farm today comprises a three hundred and fifty acre block in addition to several rented packages. Brad and Kristie operate the livestock division consisting of seventy purebred females and a commercial herd of one hundred and twenty cows, while Grant, Brad’s father, handles the field work, consisting of eight hundred to one thousand acres of cash crop which is rotated with corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Things can get quite hectic at Gilchrist Farms as everybody works off the farm...Brad works for Semex as a Beef Marketing and Product Specialist; his wife, Kristie for the Ontario Jersey Association; his father, Grant, for the Township of Huron-Kinloss; his mother, Denise, is a registered nurse and sister, Jess, works as a dental hygienist. Livestock have been in the Gilchrist family for generations; as it is for most farmers in the Bruce and Grey Counties, as they are the highest populated counties of beef cattle in Ontario. At the turn of the century, Grant Gilchrist was operating a small feedlot and with Brad, a youngster in 4-H, they were buying show steers and competing at fairs and exhibitions throughout the province. Brad was convinced that they could raise better quality steers than the prospects they were purchasing for a lot of money...and in 2000 he convinced his father to let him purchase five crossbred cows. This was the beginning of producing club calves and has carried through to the present. In 2003, Brad won the coveted Queen’s Guineas Steer Show at the Royal Winter Fair in his final junior year with a steer purchased from Mark Phillips.

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In It To Win It... The Gilchrist Farms Story

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Semex Alliance was formed in 1997 and is known for genetic excellence around the world. Their philosophy of product, service and people has established Semex Alliance as the world’s leader in bovine advancement and technology. They have one hundred and ten distributors in eighty plus countries throughout the globe and eighteen hundred employees. They have global housing facilities for over sixteen hundred bulls on five continents; Semex Alliance is comprised of three owners...WestGen, Milner, British Columbia; EastGen, Guelph and Kemptville, Ontario and CIAQ, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Semex USA, their American arm, is based in Madison, Wisconsin and Head office for Semex Alliance in Canada is based in Guelph, Ontario with Manager of beef programs, Myles Immerkar at its helm.

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Brad attended the University of Guelph and graduated with an Honors Degree in Agriculture. Brad recalls, “I wrote my last exam on a Friday and started with EastGen on that Monday in April of 2008.” Gilchrist was hired in the role of an Artificial Insemination technician but after a few months moved to the field of beef sales representative for EastGen, a member of Semex Alliance. In addition, Brad assisted Semex in readying sires for the annual semen catalogue.

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Over the years, Gilchrist’s marketed their cattle through private treaty, occasionally one or two were consigned to provincial sales; but with a strong embryo transfer program and the growth of the herd, they decided to host a quality fall Angus female sale with a group of fellow breeders as guest consignors. The sale, “IN IT TO WIN IT” was launched in 2012 and after a short two years has become one of Canada’s leading sources of high quality Angus seed stock.

HCC Black Mercedes 13N

Being too old to compete in junior competitions, Gilchrist decided to pursue the purebred industry and the Angus breed was his first preference. In December of 2003, Brad, purchased his first female....HCC Black Mercedes 13N... from Jim Hasson, Orangeville, Ontario. This daughter of B/R New Frontier 095 had been declared divisional champion at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair and sold in the December Futurity sale where she was high seller. Her first calf was GF Black Mercedes Ben 1R, a son of CA Future Direction 5321 who was unbeaten throughout the show season and then purchased by Prime Time Cattle Co., Innisfail, Alberta, at the Royal Winter Fair that fall. HCC Black Mercedes 13N has been an awesome foundation female and a valuable donor cow for Gilchrist Farms. Over her lifespan, she produced thirteen bulls working in herds at Lambview Farms, Doug Gray, Bar W Ranch, Rehorst Farms, Upper Glen Angus and Johnston Livestock...and twenty-one females, of which six are in the herd, and the balance working in the herds of Larry and Laurie Neilsen, Craik, SK; Rock’N Valley Angus, Mildmay, ON; Francisco Angus, Rockwood, ON; Upper Glen Angus, Georgetown, ON; REDDJ Farms, Wolfe Island, ON; Frieslawn Farms, Woodstock, ON; Maple Hill Angus, Conn, ON; Johnston Livestock, Peebles, SK and Blairs. Ag Cattle Co., Lanigan, SK. In 2010, she produced GF Mercedes Ultimatum 6U, who was Ontario Show Bull of the Year. Not bad of a start for the purchase of his first purebred! In 2013, at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair, Gilchrist Farms achieved the status of Premier Breeder and Exhibitor...eight years and eleven months from the day they purchased their first purebred Angus female!

To Russia with “glove”...


n the spring of 2012, Myles Immerkar asked Brad and Scott Cornish, a fellow EastGen representative and Angus/ Hereford breeder from Indian River, Ontario if they would be interested in going to Russia on a breeding project that Semex was working on. Both thought it would be an interesting experience so they jumped on a plane and flew to Russia. For many Canadians, Russia is the team to beat in hockey in order to achieve world status...and the people who wear funny hats and drink vodka. Well...Russia is the largest country in the world covering one-eighth of the earth’s surface and occupies one third of Eurasia territory; she has nine time zones and is the ninth most populated country in the world. In wealth resources, Russia ranks first in the world for gas, water and timber and ninth for oil. It has eighty-six thousand kilometers of railways and two hundred and twenty-eight airports of which sixty-nine are international. The Russian employment rate is 5.5% and its consumer market is ninth largest in the world. In the past ten years, companies who have invested in Russia have had an average return on investment of nearly twenty percent. Agriculture has always been of particular importance to Russia, largely due to the fact that until the beginning of the twentieth century, the country’s economy remained focused predominantly on agriculture. Between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries, agriculture operated on manorial land ownership where serfs and peasants were manually responsible for agricultural production. During that period the efficiency of agricultural production was very low primarily due to inefficient use of labor. By the First World War, Russia’s agricultural products were dominated by cereals, which accounted for almost ninety percent of total crops; however, the livestock sector was not sufficiently developed. The Revolution and Second World War caused great damage to Russia’s agriculture and it took until the 1960’s to see any kind of recovery, but again, advancement in crop production led, while livestock production suffered.

The disintegration of the USSR created great difficulties causing agricultural production volumes to fall by half. Although problems in the economy reduced purchasing power, the loss of huge agricultural regions such as Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan was the most significant cause for decline. However, agriculture gradually revived and during the past decade production volume increased by one hundred and fifty percent. Currently, it is quite a profitable sector of the economy, actively supported by the state. However, this fact mainly concerns crop production, as it is the fastest cash cycle. The livestock sector, especially cattle breeding, is developing much more slowly, as it requires long term investments. Brad and Scott’s destination was to the small town of Khlevnoye, a five hour drive south of Moscow, in the Lipetsk region of Russia; small in size and population, it is one of the most successful and dynamic regions of modern Russia. The climate in the Lipetsk region is similar in temperature to that of Lucknow with the average temperature in January -7 degrees C (Lucknow -6.7 degrees C) and average July temperature 25 degrees C (Lucknow 19.5 degrees C). Although Lucknow gets more average rainfall 1120.9 MM (Khlevnoye 567 MM) being situated near a great lake, both areas have a seven month growing season. Their growing area and terrain are very similar to Lucknow; but the biggest difference is in salary, where the average monthly wage is $617.00 Canadian dollars (19,417.00 rubles) versus the average Canadian monthly salary of $1970.00. The project is called Albeef, comprised of a thirteen thousand head feedlot complete with its own slaughter and processing unit and a capacity of twenty-one thousand tons per annum; they currently slaughter one hundred and twenty head three times a week. In addition, Albeef run a large herd of Aberdeen Angus breeding cows and heifers, many of which were imported from Australia. Albeef also puts in forty thousand hectares of crop land, has a five hundred thousand unit turkey quota and operate a sugar beet processing plant. Beef from the slaughterhouse is wholesaled, but they also sell direct to restaurants … some of which they own themselves in several large cities and all are high end.

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The first trip for the boys was in July 2012 at which time Brad and Scott artificially inseminated about twelve hundred cows in three to four days. They returned in 2013 and bred almost two thousand females and repeated the exercise in late April 2014. Although the trips to Russia were hectic and exhausting, they became very successful for Albeef, Semex and the two young cattlemen. The following is Brad’s perspective on his thoughts and experiences in Russia.

What were the farms and facilities like where you worked?

“I have not been to a lot of feedlots, but this is one of the best of all I’ve seen. It is set up the same as traditional feedlots in Western Canada and I assume that the plans for construction had North American influence. Dirt yards, wind break fences and pens which hold from one hundred fifty to two hundred head. All the alleys are pavement and all cattle handling equipment was imported from North America. Their chute system had two hydraulic Cadillac chutes so that both of us could breed simultaneously. Help is fairly cheap so they had an abundance of cowhands and so we averaged a breeding per minute.”

What type of cattle did you work with?

“They were mostly like a milking Simmental cross. Many had horns, a lot were tan colored and looked more like a dairy type. The balance was Angus influence imported from Australia and they weighed 1000 - 1200 lbs. This particular farm had not imported breeding stock from Canada but other farms in the area had.”

Tell us about communication!

“Little English is spoken in the rural areas. Even in the major cities it is difficult to find English speakers; therefore everywhere we went we tried to have a translator with us. Some of the workers were getting to be pretty good, at least they could say enough that we understood and I could speak enough Russian in order to communicate. The handiest thing was technology. I used Google to translate. I’d type a sentence or paragraph and show it to the Russian, then he would type his reply in Russian and I would see it in English. It slowed things down but was not a hurdle we couldn’t overcome.”

Have you seen change from the first trip in 2012 to the last run this spring?

“They copied many things from North America...facilities and feeding practices and improvement of genetics. But the biggest change was health protocol. The first year we were there, we saw a lot of calves born blind and many other health problems... stuff we take for granted that doesn’t happen over here. I had often wondered why bother to vaccinate my cows, but after our first trip I know why we vaccinate! They never vaccinated before we showed up...now everything is vaccinated annually, calves are getting Enforce3 nasal spray, vitamins and are tagged at birth. Their birth through weaning losses were atrocious but through new health protocol, improved genetics and pasture management practices, they are weaning heavier calves each year in addition to having healthier cow herds. The biggest goal is trust, so that what we suggested to them would help the Russian beef herd move forward because, just like us, no one likes to be told what to do.”

Is there potential in the future?

Russia is a huge nation and a large importer of beef, much of it from Brazil...but they want to become self-sufficient and realize that to produce better and more beef will mean a huge improvement of their nation’s cow herd. Their seeking of up to date genetics through semen, embryos and live cattle, with the backing of the state, is most positive. There is a need in Russia to produce purebred bulls to use on native cows...they will have to be produced in Russia for Russians...but that is years away. But there is competition...besides Canada, the United States have been strong exporters to the Soviets and the biggest export supplier is Australia who has advantage over the North Americans due to location alone. The Russians have the potential to be big players in the beef business in years to come.”

What were living conditions like over there?

“We stayed in a small hotel, in Khlevnoye, about a half hour walk, three miles from the farm. It was clean and the restaurant quite good; they wrote out the whole menu in English for us. The food is very similar to what we are used to at home, but one thing I did find is they really like their dill. There is one of the largest producing dill farms in Russia nearby so they put dill on everything ...dill on your eggs, dill on your rice...dill on your chicken...dill on everything. So I figured out how to say “no dill please.” The big cities are just like ours...I was really impressed with Moscow and I’d go back in a heartbeat...good food and awesome scenery...but very expensive as a room cost from three to six hundred dollars per night in our money.”

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

Cadence and Blackout

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

Cadence with Pinnacle Builders

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

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Canadian Angus Association 50- and 75-Year Long-Term Recognition Awards Presented at National Convention June 12, 2014: for immediate release

Rocky View County, AB — The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) honoured 300 years of membership at the National Convention banquet on Saturday, June 7, presenting three 50-year and two 75-year long-term recognition awards. The awards recognize breeders who have been a member of the Association for 50 and 75 consecutive years. The long dedication of these producers to the Angus breed is essential to the overall success of the beef industry. Doug Henderson, Alberta; Willms Family, Saskatchewan; and Peak Dot Ranch, Saskatchewan were honoured for 50 years of continuous membership. Isla Bank Angus/Stables Family, Saskatchewan and the Harold Spady Family, Alberta were recognized for 75 years of continuous membership and commitment to the agriculture industry. Doug and his wife Linda Henderson operate Douglas J Henderson and Associates Ltd (DJH). They are dedicated to the promotion of top quality livestock that help to advance the agriculture industry. Doug is a life member of the Canadian Angus Association. The Willms family reside in Saskatchewan. Jake and Bernice live on the original homestead and began the family farm. Today the third generation of the Willms family are working on the farm. Tom Willms and Bryan Willms with his wife Tracey and children Kylie and Owen are the operators of Wilbar Farms. Terry and Barbara Moneo are the founders of Peak Dot Ranch. The ranch is located in the rolling hills of Saskatchewan and is one of the largest purebred breeder operations in Canada. It is a family-run operation that raises 750 mature cows. Isla Bank Angus was established in 1938 by Robert Stables. Today the operations are run by Iain Stables. Iain is a great nephew to Robert Stables. The farm is located in Delisle, SK and continues to grow. The Spady Family has their farm, Valleymere Angus, in the Battle River Valley near Alliance, AB. Jack Spady began the herd in 1937 and then Harold Spady continued the family farm until he passed away. Today, both of Harold’s sons help to operate the family farm. The cattle business has helped the Spady family to make a living for the past three generations.

50 Year Long Term Recognition Recipients

The Hendersons

The Willms Family

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75 Year Long Term Recognition Recipients

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Canadian Angus Auction Market of the Year Award Presented to Perlich Brothers Auction Market June 4, 2014: for immediate release

Rocky View County, AB - The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to honour Perlich Brothers Auction Market from Lethbridge, AB with the Auction Market of the Year Award. This award was presented in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan by CAA Director of Field Services, Brian Good, at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual conference. Perlich Brothers Auction Market has been serving southern Alberta since 1967. They are a family owned company that offer various services to the area that surround them. They are known for innovative auction market methods, attention to detail and commitment to their customers. They pride themselves on customer satisfaction. With high confidence from both buyers and sellers this has enabled Perlich to become one of the largest and most diversified auction companies in western Canada. Their facilities can feed and water 4,000 head and up to half of those can be under cover in clean straw bedded pens. Perlich Brothers Auction does not just sell livestock. They have experience with equipment and machinery auctions as well. Congratulations to Bob, John, Ken, Stan and Maureen Perlich and all the staff of Perlich Brothers Auction Market. Your hard work and dedication to the agriculture industry does not go unnoticed. The Canadian Angus Association proudly awards you for your efforts last year and wishes you continued success in the future. The Auction Market of the Year Award was introduced in 2006 to recognize and honour those auction markets that work hard to promote Angus cattle. Auction markets across Canada have been recognized for their support of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program. The Canadian Angus Association is Canada’s largest purebred beef breed organization. The Association represents 3,000 members across Canada for the purposes of registering and recording the pedigrees of purebred Angus cattle in the closed HerdBook and promoting the breed across Canada. The member-approved mandate is to maintain breed registry, breed purity and provide services that enhance the growth and position of the Angus breed.

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Kasko Cattle Company Announced as Canadian Angus Association Western Feedlot of the Year June 19, 2014: For immediate release

Rocky View County, AB — The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to honour Kasko Cattle Company with the Western Feedlot of the Year Award. This award was presented at Carcass 101 on June 18 in Olds, AB during the evening banquet. The Kasko Cattle Company is a family-owned custom cattle feeding and farming business in the Coaldale area in Alberta. The business was started in 1979 by Les Kasko and he was joined in the 1990s by his sons Ryan and Greg and son-in-law Todd. The company continued to grow and made their first purchase of Hwy 52 Beef Producers Feedlot in 1997. In 2001 they purchased Thiessen’s feedlot near Coaldale, AB and this became the home lot for Kasko Cattle Co. They continued to buy feed yards until they had four yards throughout Alberta. The four Kasko Cattle Co. feed yards have a standing capacity of 44,000 head of cattle and have more than 40 employees. Kasko Cattle Co. participates in a variety of programs that differentiate them from other feedlots in western Canada. In 2010 the company formed a market alliance—Allied Marketing Group: Ryan Kasko, Les Wall, Ed Stronks, Leighton Kolk, Shawn Murray. This group was the first Certified Angus Beef brand feeding partner in Canada. This group has 11 feed yards. Each business maintains its independence, but they work together to feed Angus cattle and support a database that can link producers, feeders and packers. The partnership will help them to better work with producers to deliver premiums that translate into a more valuable animal. The Allied Group wants to work with good cattle and wants to make the beef industry as strong as possible. They strive to make connections from the farm to the consumer and help others to understand what it is that the consumer wants and needs. The group has developed a strong relationship with the largest packer in Canada, Cargill. One of the most recent initiatives that the group has started is a program showing chefs exactly where their beef comes from. Last year they hosted 60 chefs in Alberta. The Kasko Cattle Co. and Allied Marketing Group have been adding value to the beef industry for many years. The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to recognize this family for all their hard work. Congratulations to the Kasko family and all their staff on winning the Western Feedlot Award. The Canadian Angus Association introduced the Feedlot of the Year award four years ago to recognize feedlots that promote Angus to their customers and that feed Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tagged cattle. The Canadian Angus Association is Canada’s largest purebred beef breed organization. The Association represents 3,000 members across Canada for the purposes of registering and recording the pedigrees of purebred Angus cattle in the closed Herd Book and promoting the breed across Canada. The memberapproved mandate is to maintain breed registry, breed purity and provide services that enhance the growth and position of the Angus breed.

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Clint, Suzanne, Eric, Luc & Alexi Smith Box 284, Mankota, SK H: 306.478.2470 C: 306.478-7470 F: 306.478.2480 breedcreekranch@sasktel.net

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Mark & Pamela Wushke Whitewood, SK, S0G 5C0 306-735-7980

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First Carcass 101 Event Proves a Great Success in Olds, AB June 23, 2014: For immediate release

Rocky View County, AB - The Canadian Angus Association hosted the first annual Carcass 101 event in partnership with Certified Angus Beef (CAB), supported by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) at Olds College on June 18-19. Thirty-one participants took part in the two days of learning about carcass traits. The first day began with Brody Gardner, Diamond T Cattle Co., providing his insights on evaluating live cattle. The group was able to access three steers that were ready to go to the Olds College National Meat Training Centre. Participants used what they had learned from Gardner to rank the steers based on their individual traits and discussed how their carcasses would grade. The group then put on hair nets and lab coats and went to the meat cutting room. Dr. Phil Bass, meat scientist with Certified Angus Beef, explained the carcass parts and their value. He discussed how meat is graded and all categories that are used when grading beef in Canada. The group returned to the classroom for the next speaker, James Bradbury, Director of Market Development with Canada Beef Inc. He brought a different perspective to the group and discussed what consumers are looking for from the beef industry as well as current trends. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the training centre with Dr. Phil Bass and Brad McLeod, meat instructor at the Olds College. The group was shown first-hand where different cuts of meat come from on a carcass and how the entire carcass is used. McLeod explained how meat cutting has rapidly changed over the last few years and how we are seeing many more specialty cuts. The day ended with the presentation of the Western Feedlot of the Year award to Kasko Cattle Co. of Coaldale, AB at the evening banquet. New CAA Alberta Director Brett Wildman said, “Carcass 101 was very informative and helped us to make the connection from the end result of the carcass to the producer. A large part of our industry is about networking with people and at Carcass 101 we were able to do this. As a producer myself, I find it very valuable to know feedlot operators that we can help our customers connect with. It is all about customer service.” The second day of Carcass 101 began in the classroom with presentations from John Crowley from Livestock Gentec, Rod Wendoff of Windy Ridge Ultrasound Inc. a Centralized Ultrasound Processing (CUP) Lab Technician and Larry Sears of Flying E Ranche. Crowley covered the importance of genetic selection, including increasing reliance on genomic technology and the Zoetis 50K test. Wendoff explained how ultrasound can help producers. The last speaker, Sears, gave the highlights of his cow/ calf operation and how carcass data can be used in cow/calf herds. After lunch, Ryan Kasko of Allied Marketing Group brought his perspective on feeding Angus cattle in Alberta. Then the group moved to the meat training centre to analyze the carcasses of the live cattle they viewed the day before. Oscar Lopez Campos from Lacombe Meat Research Center in the Meat Science department led the session with the animal carcasses. Larry Corah, Vice President, Supply Development from Certified Angus Beef rounded the day off with his findings on the growth of quality market and potential in Canada.

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Canadian Angus Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipient, Ambassador, Outstanding Young Angus Breeder and New Chair June 11, 2014: for immediate release

Rocky View County, AB — The 2014 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador is Matt Bates of Cameron, ON, also the recipient of the Dick Turner Scholarship, and the first Outstanding Young Angus Breeder is Colton Hamilton of Innisfail, AB. Both recipients were announced on Saturday, June 7 just prior to the third annual Building the Legacy Sale. Sylvia Jackson was also named the new Chair earlier in the day. Bates is majoring in Animal Science at the University of Guelph. He grew up with Angus cattle. Last year he was a summer marketing intern for the Canadian Angus Association. He is working for CAA in Alberta this summer as a research and special projects intern. Bates also represented Canada at the 2013 World Angus Forum in New Zealand. He was a member of the reserve champion team and was also named top individual. The Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador program selects one Canadian Junior Angus Association member to be an ambassador for the Canadian Angus Association at events across Canada and one international experience. Four other CJAA members competed for the award. Breanna Anderson of Swan River, MB; Shane Roger of Balgonie, SK; Katie Olynyk of Goodeve, SK and Katie Wright of Melfort, SK, all deserve recognition for their impressive efforts in the competition.

Matt Bates

The Dick Turner Memorial Award was established after the passing of legendary Angus icon Dick Turner in July of 2010. During his lifetime, Dick committed 55 years of his career to livestock publishing and successfully promoted and advertised the Angus breed specifically through the Canadian Aberdeen Angus News magazine. It was Dick’s ability to foster relationships that led to his successful tenure. Dick was a hard worker and recognized the quality of life and relationships as the most rewarding part of his job. Colton Hamilton is a partner in Belvin Angus, his family operation. He lives on the site homesteaded by his great grandfather, Matthew Hamilton, in 1892. Hamilton was president of the Alberta Junior Angus Association, board member of the Canadian Junior Angus Association and president of the Alberta Angus Association. He also has a degree in economics and works for Bohrson Marketing Services. The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Award is a new initiative of the Canadian Angus Foundation. The award recognizes an Angus breeder between the ages of 22 and 30 who has demonstrated a desire to stay involved in the Angus business for years to come based on their involvement within the breed up to this point in his or her career. The award comes with a $2,500 cash prize. Colton Hamilton

The Canadian Angus Foundation held its annual general meeting earlier in the day. Sylvia Jackson of Caledon, ON, was named as the new Chair of the Foundation, replacing retiring Chair Doug Fee who will remain on the board for another year. “My vision for the next two years is to get the Angus history recorded in a way that represents all provinces and includes the links between regions when members move. I want to continue the work that we have been doing to promote and grow the Canadian Angus Foundation,” says Jackson. Jackson has been involved in Angus for more than 40 years since marrying her husband Bill. Together they operate Tullamore Angus. Jackson has served on the national show committee, as well as assisting with the Angus queen competition in the early years of her marriage. She was also a public school teacher for eight years. The Jacksons have three daughters and two grandchildren. Today’s Angus Advantage Summer 2014 46

Third Annual Building the Legacy Sale Surpasses $120,000 June 11, 2014: for immediate release

Rocky View County, AB — The third annual Canadian

Angus Foundation (CAF) Building the Legacy sale far exceeded expectations by raising more than $120,000 for the Canadian Angus Foundation Saturday during the Canadian Angus National Convention in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The sale was initiated in 2012 to support the CAF in preserving and expanding the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research and historical restoration. Generous donors contributed 56 lots of Angus semen and embryos, three heifer picks of the herd, artwork and experience packages. The highest selling item was a pick of the 2014 heifer calves from Young Dale Angus of Carievale, SK, purchased for $15,500 by Poplar Meadows of Bulkley Valley, BC. “I can only use the words ‘generosity’ and ‘benevolence’

to describe the Canadian Angus Foundation’s ‘Building the Legacy 3’ fundraiser auction sale at the 2014 Canadian Angus Association National Convention in Moose Jaw, SK. This is an epic achievement and I am so proud to be part of the Angus fraternity,” said Canadian Angus Association CEO Rob Smith. “I am humbled by the support of all donors, buyers and volunteer sale staff and proud of their commitment to the CAF.” The 2014 edition of the sale featured more art lots than ever as well as several “experience” lots such as Dinner for Four with the CAA Board of Directors at CAA headquarters, Angus Central and an attendance package for Convention 2015 to be held in Calgary, AB. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.

Pick of The 2014 Heifer Calves Donations

South View Ranch

Wilbar Cattle Co.

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Young Dale Angus

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e know that not every animal coming through the packers’ doors is ideal. Some cattle will have horns that need to be cut off, or extra mud on the hide that slows down the processing line. Some carcasses will have too much fat cover, be bruised, or have lesions where injections were given - all of which require manual trimming. The more work needed to prepare a carcass for the cooler, the less valuable it is. Imagine if we knew how often each of the various carcass defects occurred and how costly each of them is. With that information, we as an industry could work to reduce them, starting with the highest priority. We could also check over time to see if those efforts were working. That’s what the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) does. The NBQA is a study led by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and is funded primarily by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster. It periodically measures the quality of Canadian beef by looking at random carcasses from all classes of cattle in eastern and western Canadian packing plant coolers to measure the incidence and severity of defects. The economic impact or the cost to the industry of each is estimated.The NBQA also asks consumers about their eating satisfaction of various beef cuts. The results allow us to see where the Canadian beef industry is making improvements on carcass quality, and where we need to focus our efforts next. The NBQA was first undertaken in 1995 and provided a benchmark against which future audits were measured. Subsequent audits were conducted in 1999 and 2011. Another is currently underway, with results expected in 2018. The results of the latest audit show that significant improvements have been made in a number of areas. The 1999 audit found that 50% of fed cattle carcasses had one or more bruise. That dropped to 34% by 2011. The severity of bruising in fed cattle remained consistent: 72% of bruises were minor, which means about 0.66 pounds of trim was required; 24% of bruises were major and required

approximately 1.5 pounds of trim; and 3.8% were critical, resulting in over 3.2 pounds of trim. The industry lost $2.10/ head or $6.7 million total (fed and non-fed combined) due to bruises on carcasses in 2011. Bruises can be prevented or minimized by using non-slip flooring in all cattle handling areas and transport trailers, by ensuring smooth surfaces on all handling equipment, and by working cattle calmly and quietly. Remember that temperament is heritable, so it’s best to cull wild cows and their daughters, and to dehorn animals early. The incidence of horns has also decreased. In 1999, 70% of fed cattle had no horns; that improved to 88% in 2011. Horns cause economic losses from bruising, head condemnations, and extra labor in the packing plant, which can be prevented through the use of polled bulls in breeding programs or by properly dehorning cattle at an early age. Fed cattle with one or more brands decreased from 25% to 9%, and multiple brands were observed on less than 0.1% of fed cattle in the latest audit, down from more than 8% in 1999. Hide damage from brands accounted for a loss $2.8 million total (fed and non-fed combined) to the industry in 2011. Among other carcass quality improvements is consumer satisfaction. Measures of juiciness, tenderness and flavour each improved 8-12%. One area the industry is losing ground on is liver defects. The 1999 audit found that 76% of livers in fed cattle were suitable for human consumption. That dropped to 69% in 2011, and is estimated to have cost the industry $30 million that year. Research is currently underway to better understand and prevent liver defects. Feedlot operators are encouraged to work with a generalized nutritionalist to develop good feed management and ration change practices that prevent grain overload. The BCRC recently released an engaging 6-minute video about the NBQA. In it you’ll hear the perspectives of a few of the leaders in our industry, including one of the major packers. Find the video and much more information on Canadian beef carcass quality, including tips to prevent defects, at www.beefresearch.ca/NBQA

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Your Canadian Angus Association is mourning the loss of Past President and Heritage Member John Donaldson of JD Farms of Bolton, Quebec and Sooke, British Columbia. John passed away last Friday, July 11, after a short illness. Please join us in providing your encouraging prayers and thoughts to his loving, devoted wife Donna and his surviving family members. We are collecting tributes, notes and messages to share with John’s loved ones. Please contact ceo@cdnangus.ca if you would like to share your thoughts or stories about John. His service will be in Knowlton, Quebec on Monday, July 28. John and his father purchased their first Black Angus cattle in 1956 and became members of the Association in 1958. John was awarded his 50-Year Heritage Membership award in 2008. In 2006, John was elected to represent Quebec on the Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors. He was chosen President Elect in 2008 and served as President in 2009–10 during the World Angus Forum hosted by Canada in the Calgary, Alberta area from July 11–16. It seems wistfully appropriate that John leaves us on the fifth anniversary of this global event over which he was so very proud to preside and on which he left his indelible impression. For the past 29 years, John’s influence within our Angus fraternity has been alongside his wife, Donna. Together they have supported Canada’s Angus family from coast to coast, attending and exhibiting at shows, participating in local and national meetings and Conventions and donating to regional and Junior Associations. It was John and Donna’s vision, leadership and dedication that led to the Canadian Angus Foundation’s 2009 Embryo Lottery, precursor to our new ‘Building the Legacy’ sales series that put more than $120,000 into the Foundation coffers last month. Their commitment to Angus in Canada has been steadfast and reliable. Along the way they have raised and sold some of the best Angus genetics in Canada, and developed close relationships with commercial folks in Quebec, seedstock producers from BC to the Maritimes, and a number of international friends as well. He was a friend to our longstanding, and a mentor to our new, Angus breeders. I cannot even begin to express how much we shall miss John Donaldson. With assistance from their great friend and new Canadian Angus Association Director, Ryan Currie, JD Farms has won many championships across Canada and, just this spring, purchased the highest selling bull from Tanya Belsham’s Poplar Meadows at Houston, BC. An active Angus cattleman until the end, John leaves as a sitting Director of the Quebec Angus Association and its Past President. He was very much looking forward to his new purchase’s show ring run this summer and fall, and to his calf crop at Ryan’s next spring; sadly, this was not to be. When John was selected the CAA Board President when our welcoming the world was imminent, it was stated by the Board they wanted a ‘gentleman’ with natural grace and class to help introduce and showcase Canada to the world; that the Canadian Angus Association needed a ‘statesman’ to lead the global Angus community. Thanks to John, we got all of that and so much more—his authority, his trust, his loyalty, his dedication, his enthusiasm, his passion. He gave himself to the Canadian Angus Association fully and completely and we shall always be grateful for his and Donna’s efforts and outcomes. John has battled cancer with Donna right alongside him time and again for almost as many years as they’ve been together. This time proved to be John’s final time as he ceased his battle, and Donna let him go, last Friday morning at their home in Sooke.

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Biography: Dr. Colin Palmer is an Associate Professor of Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Palmer worked in mixed practices in Ontario and British Columbia and has owned/operated a practice in Saskatchewan. Dr. Palmer along with his wife Kim and children Lauren, Emily and Carter run a herd of purebred Red Angus cattle under the KC Cattle Co. name.

Lead Poisoning Lead is one of the most common causes of poisoning in pastured cattle and is responsible for untold economic losses to the cattle industry every year. For most of us, this is probably a surprising statistic. Surely there are worse things than lead out there?! The use of lead by industry is much less than it used to be. There are no more lead pipes or lead in our gas, but it is still present in many materials and often forgotten about. For livestock, lead-acid batteries used in vehicles represent the most common source. Old batteries discarded in the field or forgotten dumps, or old vehicles parked in pastures are likely sources. I discovered an abandoned dump on our home pasture several years ago and pulled three old batteries out. Two in the first year and one that appeared two years later pushed up with the spring thaw. Grease, old used oil from the leaded gasoline days, plastics, pesticides, fishing sinkers, metal flashing, tar paper, old shingles, linoleum, caulking material and paint represent a partial list of other sources. Nowadays, lead is no longer used in paint manufacturing, but all paints and varnishes manufactured before 1980 are suspect. Cattle are naturally curious and will lick or chew on almost anything. They are especially attracted to lead and will continue to chew on it because it tastes like salt. That is why it is very common to find fine shards of lead in the forestomach of poisoned cattle pointing to an actual feeding rather than just a lick or two. Once in the stomach the lead is dissolved and absorbed into the blood stream. Poisonings can be gradual resulting in a variety of clinical signs, or can result in sudden death of otherwise healthy animals. A single cow or calf may be affected or, in extreme cases, 10 or 20 animals may be lost. We recently lost two adult cows to lead poisoning, because I had forgotten about the likely presence of lead-containing paint on older farm implements. For a few years I have been using two tire rims from an old hay wagon as salt or mineral block holders. I like to keep the blocks off of the ground so they don’t dissolve as quickly when it rains. My problems did not occur until the salt began to rust the wheels and caused the old paint to flake off. Not replacing the salt blocks until they were nearly out of salt undoubtedly was also a contributing factor. The first cow was sick with what appeared to be pneumonia for a couple of days before dying while the second, a promising 3–year old, was found dead in the pasture. A scraping of paint and rust confirmed the presence of lead on the rim. Now I wish I had just left the salt blocks on the ground; especially considering the recent value of cows Lead poisoning can be tricky to diagnose since not all of the clinical signs will be manifested in each case and several of the clinical signs may be associated with other

conditions. Younger cattle are more likely to display signs of acute lead poisoning: incoordination, blindness, teeth grinding, convulsions, snapping eyelids, salivation and muscle tremors. Older cattle may display more gastrointestinal signs – off-feed, constipation early on with the potential for diarrhea later, teeth grinding and perhaps frothing at the mouth. Depression, blindness, incoordination, and head pressing may also be seen. Cattle having difficulty swallowing may develop pneumonia and some individuals may have an elevated body temperature. Lead can also cross the placenta and be excreted in the milk causing abortion and poisoning of nursing calves. Most animals die within 12 – 24 hours of the onset of clinical signs, less acutely affected animals may take 4 to 5 days to die. Once an animal shows signs of lead poisoning treatment is not likely to be effective. Injections of thiamin may lessen the nervous signs and drenching with epsom salts may reduce the absorption of lead from the rumen or speed its passage out of the body. Calcium disodium edetate may also help to reduce the amount of calcium in the animal’s system. Regardless of the protocol, several days of treatment are usually required. Post-mortems of sudden or unexplained deaths are always a good idea to protect the herd. Blood, liver and kidney levels as well as lesions in the brain will confirm the diagnosis. Your vet may also identify shards of lead in the forestomach particularly the rumen and reticulum. It is always a good idea to check pastures; especially, new ones for potential hazards. Be leery of those with old cars or farm equipment parked in them. Several months may be required to clear lead from the body following consumption regardless of whether clinical signs were seen or not. Contaminated cattle entering the foodchain represent a risk to human health and with traceback technology you could be held liable. Blood lead levels can be monitored in exposed cattle to determine when they are safe to enter the food chain. Some animals seem to be able to tolerate lead more than others and may be found to have blood lead concentrations in excess of 0.35 ppm (parts per million), a level consistent with acute poisoning, without clinical signs. Lead poisoning is often identified on well managed farms probably because they are vigilant. What can be more frustrating than the actual loss is the knowledge that exposure to lead was your fault.

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Sheidaghan Anghus Production Sale 2014 April 25, 2014 Maple Creek,SK Auctioneer: Gordie Cameron Sale Management: Cowtown Livestock

Sale Results 52 Black Angus Yearling Bulls 6 Black Angus Yearling Heifers

Averaged $4,758.65 Averaged $3,443.33

Total Sale Grossed $268,050.00 and Averaged $4621.50 High Selling Yearling Bulls Lot 26- Sheidaghan Pioneer 56A sired by S A V Pioneer 7301 was purchased by 66 Ranch Duchess, AB for $8,000.00 Lot 5- Sheidaghan Answer 50A sired by S A V Final Answer 0035 was purchased by Bill Armstrong, T-T Ranch, Eastend, SK for $7,500.00 Lot 15- Sheidaghan Answer 21A sired by S A V Final Answer 0035 was purchased by 66 Ranch, Duchess, AB for $7,500.00 Lot 46- Sheidaghan Answer 11A sired by S A V Final Answer 0035 was purchased by Tara Swainson and Trevor Moorhead, Maple Creek, SK for $7,500.00 High Selling Yearling Heifers Lot 101- Sheidaghan Eileen 4A sired by S A V Final Answer 0035 was purchased by Sandy Bar Ranch, Aneroid, SK for $4,600.00 Lot 105A- Sheidaghan Mia 115A sired by LNS Titan 4Y was purchased by John Grant, Edam, SK for $4,300.00

Cornerstone Bull & Female Sale 2014 April 19, 2014 Whitewood, SK Auctioneer: Brent Carey Sale Management: By Livestock

Sale Results 28 Red Angus Yearling Bulls 20 Charolais Yearling Bulls 15 Red Angus Yearling Heifers 12 Commercial Yearling Heifers

Averaged $4,255.00 Averaged $5,183.00 Averaged $2,633.00 Averaged $1,578.00

Total Sale Grossed $281,230.00 High Selling Red Angus Yearling Bulls Lot 25- Red Wraz Tidal Wave 56A sired by Red Brylor Wraz Makn Waves 39X was purchased by Vikse Family Farm, Donalda, AB for $8,750.00 Lot 28- Red Wraz Spirit 32A sired by Red Brylor JKC Ghost Rider 108Y was purchased by Broken T Ranch, Weyburn, SK for $7,250.00 High Selling Red Angus Yearling Heifers Lot 68- Red Wraz Abigail 71A sired by Red VRRA Top Star Y236 was purchased by JAS Red Angus, Neepawa, MB for $4,400.00 Lot 64- Red Wraz Stardom 62A, sired by Red Soo Line Gladiator 5413 was purchased by Windy Willows Angus, Hodgeville, SK for $4,300.00

Canadian Angus Association Presents Champion Buckle to Top Auctioneer Rocky View County, AB - The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to honour Shawn Gist who sells for Vold Jones Vold (VJV) in Dawson Creek, B.C. as the winner of the Livestock Markets Association of Canada (LMAC) Auctioneer Competition. Canadian Angus Association Director of Field Services Brian Good presented the champion buckle during the LMAC convention in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Gist dedicated this award to late CAA Alberta fieldman Ken Cox. There were 27 participants in this year’s competition. The annual competition moves around to different parts of Canada each year. Kirk Goldsmith who sells out of Veteran, Alberta, received reserve honours. Congratulations to Shawn Gist on winning this highly respected competition. His hard work and dedication to the agriculture industry has paid off. The Canadian Angus Association proudly awards Gist for his effort in this year’s auctioneer competition. The Canadian Angus Association is Canada’s largest purebred beef breed organization. The Association represents 3,000 members across Canada for the purposes of registering and recording the pedigrees of purebred Angus cattle in the closed herdbook and promoting the breed across Canada. The member-approved mandate is to maintain breed registry, breed purity and provide services that enhance the growth and position of the Angus breed. Today’s Angus Advantage Summer 2014 58

Necrotic Laryngitis or Calf Diptheria (Barker Calves) By Roy Lewis DVM


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

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

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Dayora Farm 54 40 Deer Range Red Angus Deer River Ranching 48 Delar Cattle & Quarter Horses 48 Delorme Livestock 40 Diamond T Cattle Co. 48 DJ Cattle Co. 37 DKF Red Angus 40 Dolittle Angus 40 Double Bar D Farms 40 Double ‘F’ Cattle Co./Parkvista Hereford Farm 40 48 DWAJO Registered Angus Early Sunset Ranch 1 Eastern Extravaganza 13 Eastondale Angus 41 Edwards Livestock 61 EKW Red Angus 41 Emmatt Creek Red Angus 41 Everblack Angus 48 Express Ranches 15 Ferme Wilgor Farms 60 Flewelling, Craig 61 Forsyth Ranch Ltd. 41 GBS Angus Farm 41 Gerlei Angus 41 Get-A-Long Stock Farm/Ericson Livestock Services 48 Gilchrist Farms 11, 54 Glen Gabel Angus 41 Glen Islay Angus 54 Glesbar Cattle Co. 48 Graham Red Angus 54 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd. 66 Greenbush Angus 37 H.S. Knill Co. Ltd. 21, 64 Halycon Angus Farm 41 Hamco Cattle Co. 37 Hamilton Farms 48 Harprey Angus Farms 54 Hartford Bros. 54 Hi Low Angus 41 High Tree Cattle 41 Hollinger Land and Cattle 41 Ivanhoe Angus 41

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J & S Cattle Johnson/Fertile Valley JPD Farms Justamere Farms Ltd.

41 6, 63 55 15, 41

KBJ Round Farms KC Cattle Co. Kembar Farms Kenray Ranch Kueber Farms Kuntz Farms

49 41 37 41 49 41

Lazy MC Angus Lazy S Ranch Inc. Leela Farms Lewis Farms Locust Grove Angus Lone Stone Farms Lucky 7 Cattle Co.

49 49 55 49 10, 55 49 49

M & J Farms Macks Red Angus Macnab Angus Maple Ridge Acres Mar Mac Farms Marin Cattle Presentation McGowan Farms McMillen Ranching Ltd. Meadow Ridge Ent. Ltd. Merit Insurance Brokers Midnight Fire Cattle Company Miller-Wilson Angus Minburn Angus MJT Cattle Co. Moose Creek Red Angus

37 29 42 42 37 61 49 42 42 61 61 49 49 49 42

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5, 42 42 42

Ockerman Angus O’Grady Steel Ole Farms

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Paradise Farms Land & Cattle Pasquia Red Angus Peak Dot Ranch Ltd. Poley, Chris Poplar Meadows Angus Pugh Farms

55 42 42 61 60 49

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The Final Word

It might have been the ambiance of a roaring camp fire or the contents of coffee cups, but it stirred conversation with a simple question...is it relevant to show cattle in today’s marketplace? The exhibition of agricultural produce in Canada dates back to the mid 1800’s beginning in the Maritime provinces, but the province of Ontario was the founding ground for livestock shows as Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn and Galloway cattle were imported from the British Isles. The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto (1846), the Western Fair in London (1868) and the Central Canada Exhibition in Ottawa (1888) were major livestock events as the growth of seed stock in the livestock business expanded. In the Western Provinces infancy, the first livestock show was established in Brandon in 1882. The grand-daddy of all the early fall shows was the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair established in Toronto by the lake and rail yards in 1922 and still remains Eastern Canada’s top agricultural showcase today. Due to the need for railway transportation to move cattle any distance, many of the great shows established in cities which had kill plants and stockyards. The Chicago International Livestock show was established in 1900 and ran until 1971 at which time the stockyard closed; the show moved to Louisville and is known today as the N.A.I.L.E. In the same fashion of establishment, the American Royal Show in Kansas City began as a tent set up in stockyards, near a packing plant. Canada’s largest livestock show, Canadian Western Agribition, is held in Regina during late November and the National Western Stock Show in Denver Colorado six weeks later, are North America’s “must attend” events where visitors from around the globe view and admire....true trade events. For many of us, “the yards” is a common phrase when speaking of the National Western, which was established in the early 1900’s. The building years of the early 1900’s saw departments of Agriculture in both Canada and the United States concentrate their efforts improving and expanding, the livestock industry, especially the seed stock sector. They strived to establish agricultural societies to host fairs throughout the country and provided grants to assist with premium money and promotions. By the same measure, in post World War II years, government agricultural representatives helped to promote and establish 4-H clubs (FFA in the United States) in an effort to have every community with a club. These same representatives enforced the pedigree act where every bull used was to be tattooed, registered and possess a registration certificate produced by Canadian Livestock Records in Ottawa. It was the day of box cars, two and three ton trucks with decks, sleeping on straw beds, liners, curl combs, wide leather halters and showmen wearing ties. Associations, directors and personal promoted the enhancement of shows and exhibitions to attract new membership and attendance grew in the same parallel. But times changed! Except for the provinces in Eastern Canada, where cattle are exhibited at summer fairs and exhibitions, the establishment of fall shows (quite a few of them have diminished and some have failed), have breeders concentrating on major fall events and exhibiting current year offspring. The average lifespan of a purebred breeder is around seven to nine years...the kids join 4-H at the age of ten and are usually weaned before twenty...as we age the enthusiasm must be generated by our children...the next generation. 4-H has declined, so have breeder numbers as rural population has aged in general, and our youth have left the farm to find a much easier way of life in urban centers of Canada. Livestock is labor intensive and showing cattle is highly intensive ... moreover, finding capable young people to work and prepare cattle for exhibition is getting more difficult each year. Today, virtually no one wants to spend all fall halter breaking, as gone are the days when everything was halter broke and led into the sale ring. The largest prohibitive is the cost of exhibiting your product. Throughout the building years, the Canadian government subsidized fairs through prize money under the Hayes Classification. This prize money was a huge benefit to breeders defraying costs, as many of the exhibitors could virtually break even exhibiting throughout the summer circuit. The cost of exhibiting an animal at Agribition, Canada’s largest and most attended livestock exhibition, ranges in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars. So there lies the question... how many should I get ready and stand eighth out of ten? During that week the average price of a hotel room is $170.00 (two hundred bucks with tax and parking)...that’s the special Agribition rate, with no bartering or discount rates ... that same room is much more reasonable any other time of year...it’s a bloody rip-off! Today’s Angus Advantage Summer 2014 66

Over the past two decades, the direction of our breed associations have slanted their members to the technical side of the industry. Numbers and data seemed much more important than creating enthusiasm at breed events. Unlike Canada so far, our neighbors to the south use these numbers in evaluating and placing cattle at their major shows. I sat in Denver for two days watching a judge select animals by their numbers...the most boring show I have ever attended, we could virtually pick the top three placings before the class entered the ring...it would drive a man to drink...numbers are for marketing and selection, not the show ring. Of course, breeders with a few years of experience can recall the days when frame score was the only selection criteria, a class started with the biggest and tallest and downsized to last position. Some of the high grossing, high averaging bull sales are held by breeders who do not exhibit cattle except for maybe their kids in 4-H...how can this be...some do not even attend a major show. Does this mean that showing cattle is not effective marketing or are the shows not attracting the actual market of those who choose not to exhibit? In the majority of cases, breeders who do not show and are successful are big print advertisers. But we must learn from our past! As in some societies, wives (some had more than one) were chosen on visual appraisal, attractiveness and demeanor, rather than numbers or pedigree. Forerunners in the cattle industry, also visually selected cattle from the British Isles and brought them to our founding nation in order to expand and improve the quality of the beef we eat. Even Continental cattle, in later years, were all visually selected for North America. We have surpassed a century of shows with judges making decisions on which individual or individuals are best suited for the industry. During the past century, attendees to events often did not agree with the judges selections, but rather, discovered their own herds or individuals that would start or change the direction of their livestock program. Judging criteria is simply phenotype - body shape, breed characteristics, size and volume. This visual criteria is used around the world in every commercial sale barn that brokers cattle, whether they are stockers, feeders, butcher bulls or D3’s and will continue to be used after I am long gone. Showing cattle is hands-on marketing...you can visit with those who stop by and peruse your herd on display. Although you can have displays with pictures and videos, there is no substitute for the real thing. Whether you like it or not, one must still advertise, since not all of your potential and current customers are in attendance, but the mere fact that you exhibited at Agribition carries a lot of weight with foreign visitors. In addition to the marketing factor, showing cattle allows you the opportunity to compare your program to that of your fellow breeders. Major shows give exhibitors and visitors alike, an opportunity to view and compare the top animals from each individual herd in one common area. Showing cattle adds family values. Through 4-H or junior years, parents assist their children in their young years and as they progress into their mid teens, they add intense value to a cattle operation, adding a dimension of labor and ideas... working and bonding with all members of the family. Youngsters learn the glamour of victory and the agony of defeat along with other family members and fellow competitors. Children that are raised in an agricultural setting around livestock have a higher level of work ethics and family values that those raised in an urban environment. Unless you have been on a secluded island away from civilization, you must know how strong the cattle market is, as record prices are achieved each week. This rising phenomenon is and will attract new members to the livestock fraternity, members who might be of a different color or race...they will want to read about it...then see it! For the last hundred years, livestock shows have been designed to attract new breeders and youth to our industry ... we must realize that visual appraisal is the fulcrum in purchasing the product.

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