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Volume 14 Issue 1 January 2015 What’s Inside Dave Solverson Simmental Fit With Pasture-ToPacker Ranching Operation

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From the Gate Post / Appuye sur le poteau de cloture The Showring & Its Influence

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Genomics & Its Use By The CSA / Genomique et son Utilite pour l’ASC

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BCRC - Neonatal Disease

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Vet’s Advice / Les Conseils de Veterinaire

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Canada Beef Focusing On Expanded Market Stratagies In China

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What’s Happening

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Dave Solverson Simmental Fit With Pasture-To-Packer Ranching Operation

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ave Solverson has worked with several different beef breeds over his life-long ranching career and continues to do so on his central Alberta farm, but he prefers to keep Simmental genetics in his cross breeding program, to bring size, good carcass grading, and strong maternal traits into his beef herd. Solverson, who ranches with his daughter Joanne and brother Ken, along the Battle River near Camrose, Alberta, was in the purebred Hereford business from about the mid-1960s until the mid-‘80s and in his opinion those British genetics are still important. Along with the hybrid vigour, good growth and rate of gain, he’s looking for other characteristics that best suit their pasture to packer program at Woodwind Ranches. “In the early ‘80s we had an opportunity to buy more land that would significantly expand our ranching operation, so we decided to switch to a commercial operation,” he says. “We had a well establish Hereford cow herd so we just kept them and started breeding them to Simmental. We tried a Charolais-cross for a while and that produces a good terminal cross calf, but we were impressed with the Simmental and how it produced good maternal traits. So we have kept that in our herd.” Today Woodwind Ranches runs about 800 Simmental cross cows and heifers. With the mature cows Solverson likes to maintain genetics at up to about half Simmental influence with Hereford and Angus females, while with heifers a composite that includes about 3/8 Simmental and 5/8 Angus makes for a very nice heifer. “We have been producing our own replacement cattle for several years, so we like to keep the maternal traits in our breeding program,” says Solverson. “And at the same time we also finish all our own calves so we need the genetics that are going to produce a good rate of gain and a high grading carcass. The Simmental influence has a very good fit with everything we are trying to do.” “With a program that includes finishing our own calves in our ranch feedlot we can get the best performance and greatest return from the genetics we’re using,” he says. “We may lose a bit of efficiency being a small feedlot, but on the other hand we have plenty of feed available in the area, we’re feeding our own cattle and don’t have the cost of buying and hauling in feeder animals. We can deliver a full load directly to the packing plant, so we have some economies that make up for any shortfall.We’re proud of our track record that shows our cattle are selling at or near the top of the market due to our reputation of delivering cattle with predictable performance.” APRIL IS CALVING SEASON The Woodwind herd begins calving in April. Cattle are overwintered on pasture and grain fields and are fed different types of hay before calving out on the more open native grass slopes along the Battle River. As the herd calves and new spring grass becomes available the cow-calf pairs are moved to pastures in a variety of locations. “We’ve had a cattle liner for 20 years which makes it more economical to haul cattle to grass,” says Solverson.

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"She's Got The Look"

Thank You..

to all whom made this day a mega success! We are humbled by the tremendous industry of Simmental breeders and cattle, that bind together with a common pursuit. RESULTS OF THE SALE: Donor Female grossed $30,000.00 Bred Heifers averaged $9,263.00 Open Heifer Calves averaged $6,021.00 Fall Open Heifers averaged $5,475.00 Sim Angus Heifers averaged $2,840.00

We cannot express the tremendous support of our genetic program and the advancement of the breed. Congratulations to the many buyers from 6 provinces, and 6 states for the confidence in our program. We personally appreciate the programs that purchased the foundation of genetics sourced throughout the world and beyond.

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The main part of the herd remains on pasture at home or in the Camrose area. Part of the herd is hauled to rented pasture in the Athabasca area north of Edmonton, and still other cattle have been trucked to rented pasture in the southern Peace River region. Although in 2015 Solverson says, as plans change in the southern Peace, he will be looking for more pasture in the Camrose area. “We have a number of different arrangements for renting pasture,” he says. “Some neighbors have gone out of cattle production, so they have pasture that is available for rent. We crop about 2,000 acres of grain ourselves, so in some cases it has worked better to rent pasture from a neighbor and put our own land into crop production.” The ranch has used community pastures at different times over the years, as well. “I think it is fair to say we are always interested in looking at renting pasture wherever we can,” says Solverson. On their home property cattle graze a combination of tame and native pasture over about a five-month grazing season. Solverson is planning to develop a more intensive grazing system and also change some of the forage species to hopefully extend the grazing season. The calves are usually weaned in October, then depending on the year and markets, Solverson will background calves and put them back out to grass the following spring, or will put them on feed right after weaning. In 2013 he put about 1000 head of calves on feed right after weaning. The last of those were finished and ready for market in December 2014. Solverson works to reduce stress on calves at weaning. This year he followed a pre-weaning program that included a Draxxin treatment — a broad spectrum vaccination against four major respiratory diseases. “At weaning we leave calves together in groups that they are accustomed to for about a month,” he says. “For example, with a group of cow-calf pairs that have been together all summer on pasture, we put those steers and heifers together in the same pen in the feed-yard, to ease them through the transition of weaning. Once they are used to the feed-yard we then sort them further. This year we have an extremely healthy bunch of calves.” Calves are placed on a ration that includes corn silage (Solverson grows about 200 acres of corn), chopped hay and barley. Ranching in a grain-growing area, Solverson is often able to find different crops that produce economical cattle feed. One year a neighbor had hail damaged wheat that wasn’t going to make a grain crop so Solverson salvaged and baled it producing enough winter feed for 500 cows. He is often able to bale pea straw or good barley straw that can be mixed with grass and alfalfa hay to make an excellent winter ration for beef cattle. His cow herd can stay out on pasture, or as is the case this year, they are cleaning up the aftermath of corn silage harvest until the snow flies and then he switches them to a bale-grazing system — hauling enough bales of hay to an area for a group of cows to keep them fed for a week.

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BUYING REPLACEMENTS Prior to the BSE crisis of 2003, Woodwind Ranches produced all its own replacement cattle; however after BSE, and as markets opened for cattle under 30 months of age, Solverson says it made more economic sense to market heifers rather than keep them as replacements. “At the time a $1,000 heifer became a $500 cow once she reached 30 months of age,” he says. “So we marketed heifers under 30 months and it was usually no problem finding good replacement cows at an affordable price. Over those several years of buying cows I was always impressed with the quality of the beef herd in Western Canada. We bought very few problems.” As markets changed a few years ago they switched back to keeping their own replacement heifers again. This fall and winter Woodwind Ranch is trying something a bit different to add value to heifers. They made their first selection of about 140 head of replacement heifers, typically they are Angus sired heifers with half British and half Simmental genetics. Then the Solversons went through the remaining heifers and made a second cut of about another 85 bred heifers. These heifers are mostly larger-framed and would have normally been finished on grass. These 85 will calve in March and the Solversons will keep them separate from the rest of the herd and put the heifers and their calves on feed. These 85 will be kept in a small pasture or feed-yard and fed hay and barley. The calves will be weaned in August and kept on feed, while most of these second cut heifers will continue on feed and be marketed for beef just before they reach 30 months of age in early fall of 2015. “We’ll probably keep the very best of this second cut batch as replacements for the cow herd, but the rest will be marketed. We did it with just a few head last year and all of the heifers graded AA or better. So we’re hoping for similar results this year. We have the feed and we have the room and I think it is an excellent way to get growth and reproduction at the same time.” “After being involved in the purebred industry and as a commercial cow-calf producer myself, there are many excellent beef breeds out there, and they each have their strengths depending on your needs,” says Solverson. “I have really been impressed with the uniformity within the Simmental breed and how quickly breeders adapted to develop an animal well suited to the Canadian livestock industry. One observation I will make is that I am not a fan of purebred operators selling cross-bred cattle. They should stick to purebreds. If I need a cross-bred animal I have my own good cows which I can breed and achieve the hybrid vigor.” Along with ranching, Solverson has also been involved in industry associations and currently serves as president of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association (CCA). The two hats give him a broad perspective of the ranching industry. After travelling extensively with the CCA he says Canada is recognized worldwide for its beef quality. “Canadian beef producers can be proud of the genetics we have access to in order to produce cattle with consistent quality,” says Solverson. “In my travels nowhere else can you find cattle with such consistent quality at the packing plant as we do here in Canada. That really is the Canadian Beef Advantage. One prediction he does make about the Canadian beef industry is a move toward more specialization as is found in the hog and poultry industries. Solverson says usually cow-calf producers have to choose between whether to use terminal or maternal type sires. He can see the industry developing with some beef producers specializing in raising replacement cattle; while others will use all terminal sires and market all calves, and then buy their replacements.


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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

The Show Ring and Its Influence

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hose who have been around livestock shows for some time have seen many trends come and go and we also know that the show ring has a rich and colorful history. However many don’t realize that these events date back to the late 1800’s in North America. It was interesting to research the history of livestock exhibitions and how each era has influenced the type of cattle for the future. A great source of this information was assembled by Harlan Ritchie and can be found online at https://www.msu.edu/~ritchieh/historical/cattletype.html. The history of livestock shows around the world is interesting and can be traced back centuries. In 1839 the first English Royal Show was held and that year the Champion Hereford bull was “Cotmore” who at three years and ten months weighed 3920 pounds. Although extremely large he appeared to have more shape than the earlier British cattle that he descended from. In 1867 “Black Prince” was an Angus steer that was declared Grand Champion at the prestigious Smithfield, England show at four years of age. He weighed 2200 pounds and it was said that a short man would need a ladder to see over his back so he was obviously an animal with considerable frame size. Records show that in 1902-04 there was a steer with much longevity by the name of Clear Lake Jute. In 1902, this Angus steer weighed 1050 pounds at 14 months and won his class. He was again shown in 1903 and was Reserve Champion at 26 months of age and weighed 1624 pounds. He came back in 1904 to be the Grand Champion steer, weighing 1895 pounds at 38 months of age and was the heaviest Chicago International Grand Champion steer. Another animal of note was “Nebraska” who has the only record of a male winning as a bull and again later as a steer. In 1915, this Angus bull was Champion at Smithfield and was then castrated and came back to win the Smithfield steer show in 1916. It was interesting that at that time they were starting to put some straw underneath the cattle when they took the photos to make them appear smaller framed than they really were. Fast forward a few decades to 1948 and the focus on decreasing frame size led to the belt-buckle type cattle beginning to win with “Ernie” who was the Grand Champion Steer in Denver. He was extremely small and it was noted that his topline hit the showman’s beltline; he weighed 895 pounds. Through the 1950’s and part of the 1960’s frame size continued to reduce and eventually genetic selection led to dwarfism that almost devastated the purebred beef industry. As a result both government and industry recognized that North American beef cattle needed drastic change and would benefit from European genetics and the race was soon on to infuse Continental breeds into North American cowherds. As was the case before, the show-ring embraced change and judges and exhibitors decided

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if something was good then a whole bunch of it had to be better so off we went towards frame ten cattle. What was interesting was that many of these judges came out of U.S. Agricultural Universities with very little real world experience in running a cowherd and they made the circle many times between different breeds and various shows. As was the case with the extremes of the 1960’s it really is remarkable that the industry was able to recover as quickly it did. So what of the animals being exhibited at cattle shows today? Many would agree that the cattle which are now being exhibited have come to a place of usefulness where we are selecting winners with genetics that serve all segments of the industry very well; in fact some believe we have never been as in sync with the commercial sector as we are today. They are functional and sound while still remaining eye-appealing and efficient. The strength of the Simmental cattle exhibited this past fall was tremendous and this quality was also displayed in the pens of commercial animals at the various events. Simmental genetics are now common place and are having a huge impact on the improvement of the beef cattle across this country as we have reached a point where our genetics can cover many bases. Livestock exhibitions are a tremendous opportunity for attracting new interest to the Simmental breed. They also create excitement and are a venue for rejuvenating the interest and sense of pride within everyone who attends, as well as to feel the enthusiasm of the young breeders who are involved in our great breed. This past fall saw a slight resurgence in numbers at several Exhibitions however overall livestock shows are struggling to maintain numbers of animals and exhibitors. Those who have shown cattle know that it is an expensive form of promotion that requires a tremendous amount of time and commitment. Success may be measured by some in ribbons and banners while for others it may be in reconnecting with past customers or meeting new ones; regardless it is only achieved by those who give it all and make the most of the opportunity. The show ring will continue to have its detractors because of its history of trends and fads along with the fact that the placing is often made by only assessing the animal’s appearance; however for others it will continue to play a significant role in their genetic selection process. In the end the quickest genetic improvement will be made by using all the tools available to us. Although we may not always agree on the winners of each and every class, there is tremendous value in the promotion that the Simmental breed gains from livestock exhibitions and we need to express our Thanks to the exhibitors, organizers and sponsors; your support not only promotes the Simmental breed but Agriculture as a whole. Congratulations to all involved!


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Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist Directeur General - Association Simmental du Canada

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Les jugements d’animaux et leurs impacts

ous ceux qui gravitent depuis un certain temps autour des expositions et des jugements d’animaux ont été témoins de plusieurs tendances ou encore des modes ayant duré plus ou moins longtemps. Vous savez sans doute également qu’il existe une historique colorée et riche en faits marquants autour des jugements d’animaux. Plusieurs personnes ne savent sans doute pas que ces activités ont débuté vers la fin du 19e siècle en Amérique du nord. Ce fut pour moi très intéressant d’examiner de plus près l’histoire des jugements d’animaux aux expositions et de constater comment chaque époque a eu une influence déterminante au niveau du type de bovins élevés dans les années suivantes. Le Dr Harlan Ritchie a regroupé une somme considérable d’informations à ce sujet, lesquelles peuvent d’ailleurs être consultées en ligne au : https://www.msu.edu/~ritchieh/historical/cattletype.html. Au niveau mondial, l’histoire des jugements d’animaux est tout aussi intéressante et elle date de plusieurs siècles. La première édition du « Royal Show » d’Angleterre a eu lieu en 1839 et, cette année-là, le taureau Hereford couronné Champion se nommait “Cotmore”, pesant 3920 livres à l’âge de trois ans et dix mois. Bien qu’il soit alors extrêmement grand, il présentait tout de même passablement plus de développement musculaire comparativement à ses ancêtres britanniques. En 1867, le bouvillon Angus “Black Prince” fut proclamé à l’âge de quatre ans Grand Champion à la prestigieuse exposition de Smithfield en Angleterre. Il pesait alors 2200 livres et, selon les dires de l’époque, un homme de plus petite taille avait besoin d’un escabeau pour voir au-dessus de son dos, de sorte qu’il devait sûrement être un animal possédant une très grande charpente. Durant les années 1902 à 1904, selon les registres historiques, un bouvillon du nom de “Clear Lake Jute” a accumulé les honneurs au fils des ans. En 1902, ce bouvillon Angus pesait 1050 livres à l’âge de quatorze mois et il gagnât alors sa classe d’exposition. De nouveau présenté en 1903, il pesait 1624 livres à l’âge de vingt-six mois et il fut déclaré Champion de réserve. En 1904, de retour dans l’arène, on le couronnât Grand Champion des bouvillons. Il pesait alors 1895 livres à l’âge de trente-huit mois et il était ainsi le Grand Champion bouvillon le plus pesant de l’exposition internationale de Chicago. Un animal du nom de « Nebraska » est aussi digne de mention, car il fut le seul taureau à être proclamé le meilleur taureau, puis par la suite meilleur bouvillon. Ainsi, en 1915, ce taureau Angus fut Champion à l’exposition de Smithfield, puis il fut castré et il gagnât en 1916 le Championnat des bouvillons lors de la même exposition. À cette époque, il est intéressant de mentionner qu’on avait commencé à mettre de la paille en-dessous des bovins lors de la prise des photographies, de manière à les faire paraître moins grands qu’ils étaient réellement. En faisant un saut de quelques décennies, on constate qu’en 1948 l’emphase allait davantage vers des sujets de petite stature, avec notamment le bouvillon “Ernie” qui arrivait à la hauteur de la ceinture d’un homme et qui fut Grand Champion à Denver. Il était extrêmement petit, pesant seulement 895 livres, alors que sa ligne de dos correspondait à la ceinture de son présentateur. Au cours des années 1950 et 1960, la charpente des bovins n’a cessé de diminuer et, par la sélection génétique exercée, on est arrivé à développer des bovins nains, ce qui a constitué une menace importante par rapport à la survie de l’élevage de race pure en Amérique du nord. En fin de compte, les partenaires de l’industrie et les gouvernements ont reconnu qu’un changement drastique s’imposait au niveau du type de bovins élevés en Amérique, notamment en favorisant l’injection de sujets de génétique européenne. Avant longtemps, on assistât alors à une course visant à infuser des races continentales au sein du cheptel bovin de l’Amérique du nord.

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Par la suite, comme cela avait été le cas dans le passé, les juges et les éleveurs présentant des bovins ont vite repris leur recherche vers des sujets de plus grande charpente. En fait, on se disait que pour être considéré bon, le sujet devait être de grande taille, ce qui conduisit alors à la présentation de bovins de charpente dix. Fait intéressant à remarquer, plusieurs de ces juges provenaient de Facultés agricoles d’Universités américaines et, même s’ils n’avaient que très peu d’expérience dans la gestion quotidienne d’un troupeau vache-veau, ils ont littéralement faits le tour plusieurs fois des divers jugements de races entre les expositions. En dépit d’avoir atteint de tels niveaux extrêmes dans les années 1960, il est tout de même impressionnant de constater que l’industrie ait été si rapide à se sortir de cette tendance. Qu’en est-il maintenant des bovins présentés de nos jours aux diverses expositions ? Plusieurs seraient d’accord avec le fait que les bovins présentés à notre époque démontrent davantage de qualités fonctionnelles et les gagnants sélectionnés par les juges possèdent un bagage génétique pouvant améliorer tous les segments de l’industrie bovine. En fait, certains estiment que le type contemporain de bovins présenté aux expositions n’a jamais été aussi près de celui du secteur commercial. Ces animaux sont bien conformés et fonctionnels, tout en étant très efficace et attirant à l’œil. L’automne dernier, les bovins Simmental présentés aux diverses expositions étaient de très grande qualité, de même que les sujets commerciaux placés en démonstration. La génétique de race Simmental rejoint les besoins d’une majorité croissante de producteurs et, grâce à la présence d’une diversité de lignées génétiques, elle contribue à l’amélioration génétique des bovins de boucherie partout au Canada. Les expositions d’animaux demeurent des lieux importants permettant d’intéresser de nouveaux éleveurs envers la race Simmental. Elles engendrent une excitation palpable, tout en constituant des occasions rêvées pour renouveler notre intérêt et notre fierté envers la race et constater tout l’enthousiasme démontrée par nos jeunes éleveurs. L’automne dernier, nous avons pu observer une légère augmentation du nombre de sujets présentés aux expositions, toutefois il demeure encore difficile à certains endroits d’attirer suffisamment d’éleveurs participants et de spectateurs. Tous ceux ayant déjà exposé des animaux savent qu’il s’agit d’une méthode promotionnelle coûteuse, demandant également qu’on y consacre beaucoup de temps et d’efforts. Pour certains, le succès peut venir des rubans et des bannières remportés, alors que pour d’autres, cela se mesure par les rencontres de nos anciens clients et de nouveaux prospects. Peu importe la raison, vous n’obtiendrez des résultats intéressants que si vous profitez au maximum de votre présence à ces expositions. Il y aura sans doute encore des détracteurs envers l’utilité des expositions, compte tenu des diverses modes et des tendances observées dans le passé et aussi en raison du fait que le rang obtenu par un animal donné est grandement dépendent uniquement de son apparence générale. Par contre, pour d’autres personnes, les expositions vont continuer d’occuper une place importante dans leur processus de sélection génétique. En bout de ligne, on pourra espérer effectuer les progrès génétiques les plus rapides en utilisant tous les outils à notre disposition. Bien qu’on ne soit pas toujours d’accord avec le juge quant aux gagnants de chaque classe de jugement, on doit reconnaître que l’importante promotion de la race Simmental lors des expositions. Nous devons exprimer nos plus sincères remerciements à tous les éleveurs exposants, les organisateurs et tous les commanditaires. Vous ne contribuez pas seulement à la promotion de la race Simmental, mais bien à toute l’agriculture. Félicitations à toutes les personnes impliquées!


DMF 301A

DMF 379A

DMF 3113A

DMF 334A

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Double Bar D Wilhelm

Champs Bravo

Champs Romano

Sons of these powerful herd sires sell! LFS Pol Balboa 40U

Foundation 372Y

Crossroad Investment 33Z

Thank You to all the bidders and buyers at last years sale for your support! Champs Simmental Sunset Simmentals Hairy Hill Cattle Co. Winston Ford - C: 780-842-9623 Greg Arneson - 780-755-2468 arnyco2012@yahoo.com champsim@live.ca Laython Ford - C: 780-806-3600 champsim_2@hotmail.com

Mark Trabysh - 780-208-2375 jtrabysh@mcsnet.ca

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Annual Bull Sale

50 Two Year

Thursday, February 19, 2015 on the Farm Russell, Manitoba

Old Red & Black Simmental & Angus Bulls Also Selling Purebred & Commercial Females

Miles, Bonnie & Jared Glasman Matthew & Leanne Glasman Box 1179, Russell, MB R0J 1W0 Box 1467, Russell, MB R0J 1W0 Home: 204.773.3279 Home: 204.773.3209 Miles’ Cell: 204.773.6275 Matt’s Cell: 204.773.6055 Jared’s Cell: 204.796.0999

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February 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm Bow Slope Shipping Association, Brooks, AB

Red Simmental Charolais Selling: 70 Head of Simmental & Charolais Bulls

Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais Bill Swenson 403.362.0854

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A Note on Genomics and its use by the CSA By Dr. John Crowley, University of Alberta By definition, genomics is a branch of molecular biology that is concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes, where the genome is the full complement of genes in an organism. That is the one and only bit of definition type lingo needed in this article but I thought it appropriate to put in context the word “genomics” that we all hear so much about. The breeder’s equation shows that genetic gain is a function of, among other factors, accuracy of selection and generation interval. The more accuracy you have in your selection tools and the shorter the generation interval, the quicker the rate of genetic gain will be. This is where genomics play a role in animal breeding; it aids in increasing the accuracy of selection and therefore can subsequently be used to shorten the generation interval. Low accuracy of selection, i.e. EPD accuracy, can lead to mistakes in selecting based on EPDs as low accuracy EPDs have a larger window in which the true breeding value lies (Table 1.). It can also increase accuracy of selection on those hard or expensive to measure traits such as carcass and longevity (where you have to wait until the end of the animals life to capture the data), feed efficiency and health. Table 1. Example of potential changes in an EPD depending on differing levels of accuracy Accuracy % Birth Wt (lbs) Wean Wt (lbs) Milk (lbs) 10 ±2.4 ±10.4 ±8.7 30 ±1.8 ±8.1 ±6.8 50 ±1.3 ±5.8 ±4.9 75 ±0.8 ±2.9 ±2.4 90 ±0.3 ±1.2 ±1.0

Using an animal’s DNA information (genotype) adds more data when calculating an EPD and so increases our confidence in that EPD. This is reflected in a more accurate prediction which when derived with the genotype added in is called a genomically enhanced EPD (GE-EPD). The increase in accuracy is particularly noticeable in young animals when they do not have any information on traits of interest recorded and/or when they don’t have any progeny. Therefore, the increased accuracy genomics delivers can be expressed in “progeny equivalents” i.e. it’s as if a young animal has “x” number of progeny on the ground with observed traits (Table 2.). Having phenotyped progeny and relatives is one of the main ways accuracy in EPDs is accrued (pre-genomics that is).

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Table 2. Progeny equivalent of the accuracy increase on a GE-EPD for a young animal Trait Progeny Equivalent Birth Wt 10 Weaning Wt 16 Yearling Wt 22 Feed Efficiency 15 Milk 12 Carcass Wt 7 Ultrasound Backfat 28

Think about how long it would take a bull to have weaning weight information on his first progeny; assuming he bred at 24 months, the bull will be 50+ months before the accuracy on his weaning weight EPD starts to improve and by then he would have bred at least 2 more calf crops. At that stage, we will start to see how correct his EPDs have been up to now as they have a chance of getting worse as well as improving. This illustrates how genomics affects generation interval; a producer can now select an animal that’s just a few weeks old with the same accuracy as if it was 50 months old. Retaining the correct bull and/or heifer as opposed to which ones to sell has just become a lot more accurate. This also adds value at sale time when customers can make their choice with more confidence in the EPDs. Calculating these GE-EPDs takes into account both the traditional EPD information (weights, measurements, etc.) along with the new information from a genotype. We can then make a prediction on a genotype based on the Simmental training population where a large sample of animals (see below) have both genotype and phenotype information. Using this paired information, geneticists can interpret what the genotype data means and use it for predicting future genetic merit when an animal has just the genotype information known.

Canadian Simmental Association and Genomics

The CSA has completed the first major step in getting GEEPDs launched for their customers. Initial genotyping projects where 15,000+ animals were genotyped are the basis for the prediction equations that will be used in the future generation of GE-EPDs. These equations are being finalised as I speak and GEEPDs will be available on all genotyped animals early in the New Year. Moving forward, if GE-EPDs are wanted on an animal (if they are not already genotyped during registration) it is as simple as: 1. Request a sampling kit from the CSA 2. Take a tissue sample from the animal of interest (Sample collections instructions can be found on the CSA website); 3. Send sample to the lab indicated on the sampling kit. And; 4. Keep an eye out for a notification on updated proofs on the animal. It may to take up to 1 month for the sample to get to the lab, for the various lab processes to occur and the subsequent genotype results to be merged to existing performance and pedigree information. This timeframe is good to keep in mind if results are needed in advance of a sale etc. One important note is that effective January 1, 2015 all Simmental bulls will require a minimum 50K genotype done on them in order to register offspring from them.


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4th Annual

Friday - March 6, 2015 Lunch 12:00 Noon • Video Sale - 1:00 pm At the Mayerthorpe Diamond Center Bulls On Display at Ag Barn.

Featuring 95 Bulls

Red, Black & Fullblood Simmental, Hereford, Red & Black Angus

View sale catalogue & Video Clips Online at: www.dlms.ca www.cattlevids.ca

Sale Managed By:

Garth Rogers 780-348-5893

Mark Shologan 780-699-5082

For Complete Info contact any of the Chittick Family or Sale Management

KIN-KIN Cattle Co.

GRA-TAN Farm

(780) 786-4500

(780) 786-2181

Gary & Faye Chittick

Rachido Ranch

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Thank you to our 2014 bull buyers Bonchuk Farms Darrel Dow Flying K Land & Cattle Ltd. David Mohr KJ Larre Ranching Glen Stonehouse Blair Capjack Hillcrest Ranch Ltd., Golinowski Brothers Danny McCaffrey Carvelle Cattle Co., Dempsey Land & Cattle Co. Ltd. Les Pashulka Pinder Farms Daryl Bachman Anchor Lazy U Cattle Co. Ltd. Charles Wall Farm West Gold Farm Dart Simmentals East Poplar Simmentals George McKenzie John Poruchnek Gray Farms Cam Stewart Jacco Contracting Ltd. David Schmidt Crestview Acres Lefebvre Farm Travis Lindsay Ernie Collins Spornitz Farms Inc. Glenn Oliver H Bar M Land & Cattle Co. Ltd.

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SCCC 17B

JLP 9B

Selling 60 Simmental yearling bulls

JHSN 322A

Scissors Creek Cattle Co.

Sun Rise Simmentals

Johnson Stock Farms

JP Cattle Co.

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

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

Prairie Wind Farms Ltd.

Evan & Linda Cuss P: 306-534-4700 C: 306-745-7431 E: cuss@sasktel.net

Glen & Barry Lowes; Eric Pateman

Glenn: 204-854-5669 Barry: 204-851-0342 Eric: 306-434-8567 E: mmwilson87@hotmail.com

Wes & Brian Mack Wes: P: 306-634-4410 C:306-421-1853 Brian: P: 306-634-4431 C: 306-421-2938 E: wkmack@signaldirect.ca

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Informations sur la génomique et son utilité pour l’ASC Par Dr John Crowley, Université d’Alberta

La génomique se définit comme une branche de la biologie moléculaire touchant la structure, le fonctionnement, l’évolution et la cartographie du génome. Le génome constitue le bagage complet de tous les gènes d’un organisme. Voici donc la seule partie de cet article ayant trait à une définition, mais il était important de bien comprendre le sens du mot « génomique », lequel est employé de plus en plus. Au niveau de l’éleveur, le progrès génétique est influencé notamment par la précision de la sélection et l’intervalle entre les générations. En fait, plus vos divers outils de sélection seront précis et plus l’intervalle entre générations sera court, plus vous obtiendrez alors un meilleur taux de progrès génétique. C’est précisément pourquoi la génomique peut jouer un rôle important au niveau de l’élevage des animaux; elle permet ainsi d’améliorer la précision de la sélection et, subséquemment, elle peut aussi contribuer à diminuer l’intervalle entre les générations. Lorsqu’on a une faible précision de sélection, c’est-à-dire en employant un EPD avec une précision faible, cela nous amène à faire des erreurs, car cet EPD conduit à une variation plus importante par rapport à la valeur réelle d’élevage (Tableau 1-). La génomique peut également améliorer la précision de la sélection pour des caractères difficiles ou plus coûteux à mesurer, tels que les qualités de la carcasse, la longévité (c’est-à-dire que vous devez attendre que l’animal soit mort avant d’obtenir les données), ou bien l’efficacité alimentaire et la santé. Tableau 1- Changements potentiels des valeurs EPD selon divers niveaux de précision Précision % Poids de naissance (lb) Poids de naissance (lb) Poids au sevrage (lb) Lait (lb) 10 ±2.4 ±10.4 ±8.7 30 ±1.8 ±8.1 ±6.8 50 ±1.3 ±5.8 ±4.9 75 ±0.8 ±2.9 ±2.4 90 ±0.3 ±1.2 ±1.0 En utilisant les informations touchant l’ADN d’un animal (génotype), nous ajoutons des données lors du calcul des EPD et cela vient faire augmenter notre niveau de confiance par rapport à cet EPD. En fin de compte, on obtient une prédiction plus précise qui, lorsqu’on ajoute les données du génotype, on parlera alors d’un EPD amélioré par la génomique (EPD-GE). L’augmentation de la précision est particulièrement significative chez les jeunes sujets, lesquels n’ont soit pas de données disponibles sur les caractères d’intérêt, ou bien n’ont tout simplement pas encore de descendants. En conséquence, l’accroissement de précision obtenue grâce à la génomique peut être exprimé en “nombre équivalent de descendants », c’est-à-dire que le jeune animal considéré avait « x » nombre de descendants nés possédant des données pour le caractère considéré (Tableau 2-). Une autre manière d’accroître la précision de l’EPD est lorsqu’on a davantage de données phénotypiques sur des descendants ou des sujets apparentés (cela étant en phase pré-génomique). Pour un taureau donné, imaginez comment il serait long d’obtenir suffisamment de données sur le poids au sevrage de ses premiers descendants, en assumant qu’il était âgé de 24 mois lors des saillies. Ce même taureau sera âgé de plus de 50 mois lorsque la précision de son EPD du poids au sevrage commencera à augmenter de sorte que, dans l’intervalle, il aura permis d’engendrer deux autres groupes de veaux. À ce moment-là, on pourra savoir si ses EPD sont corrects, puisqu’ils pourraient tout aussi bien s’être améliorés ou bien avoir empirer. Ceci permet de bien illustrer comment la génomique peut influencer l’intervalle entre les générations ; en fait, un producteur peut

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maintenant sélectionner un animal âgé seulement de quelques semaines, avec la même précision que s’il était âgé de 50 mois. Garder le bon taureau et / ou les bonnes génisses, par rapport aux sujets devant être vendus, est devenu un processus plus précis. On ajoute également de la valeur au moment de la vente, alors que les acheteurs peuvent choisir leurs sujets en ayant davantage confiance aux EPDs. Tableau 2- Nombre équivalent de descendants requis pour améliorer la précision d’un EPD-GE chez un jeune animal Caractère Nombre équivalent de descendants Birth Wt 10 Weaning Wt 16 Yearling Wt 22 Feed Efficiency 15 Milk 12 Carcass Wt 7 Ultrasound Backfat 28 Pour calculer ces nouveaux EPD-GE, on tient compte à la fois des informations traditionnellement employées (poids, mesures,...), et des nouvelle informations provenant des génotypes. On pourra obtenir une prédiction sur le génotype relativement à toute la population concernée de la race Simmental, au sein de laquelle plusieurs sujets possèdent des informations phénotypiques et génotypiques (voir ci-après). En employant ce principe d’informations venant en paires, les généticiens peuvent ainsi interpréter la signification des données génotypiques, et les utiliser afin de prédire le mérite génétique futur d’un animal ne possédant que des informations génotypiques. La génomique et l’Association Simmental du Canada L’ASC a complété une première phase importante, qui conduira à la publication prochaine d’EPD-GE, pour le bénéfice de ses clients intéressés. Avec les quinze mille génotypiques obtenus lors des récents projets de l’ASC, cela fournit le matériel de base permettant de développer les équations de prédiction qui seront employées pour obtenir la prochaine génération d’EPD-GE. Au moment d’écrire ces lignes, ces équations étaient en train d’être finalisées, de sorte que des EPD-GE seront disponibles au début de l’année 2015 pour tous les sujets dont un génotype a été réalisé. À l’avenir, si vous désirez obtenir des EPD-GE pour un animal donné (si un génotype n’est pas déjà disponible lors de l’enregistrement), il s’agira alors de : 1. Recueillir un échantillon de tissu provenant de l’animal donné (les instructions de cueillette d’échantillons peuvent être consultées sur le site de l’ASC) 2. Commander auprès de l’ASC une trousse d’échantillonnage et des formulaires de demandes d’analyse, puis expédier les échantillons au laboratoire indiqué dans la trousse et 3. Demeurer attentif par rapport à la mise à jour de l’évaluation génétique d’un animal donné. Il faut tenir compte qu’un délai d’un mois pourrait être nécessaire, afin que l’échantillon arrive au laboratoire, qu’on effectue tout le travail requis au laboratoire, et ensuite pouvoir combiner les résultats du génotype avec les données phénotypiques disponibles et les informations généalogiques. En conséquence, gardez ces précisions bien en tête, surtout si vous avez besoin de résultats en prévision d’une vente ou autre. Enfin, il est important de noter qu’à compter du 1er janvier 2015, un génotype 50 K sera obligatoire si vous désirez enregistrer les descendants d’un taureau Simmental donné.


Coming Home...

11th Annual Focus on the Future Bull Sale Proven opportunity from the ring to the pasture!

11th Annual Bull Sale will be held in our new facility on the farm! Selling Red & Black Simmental, Simm Angus & Customer Commercial Heifers

Sale Managed by:

Chris: (306) 220-5006 Shane: (403) 363-9973

Vernon, Denise, Riley & Cody-Ray Lafrentz Ph: 306.634.7765 Cell: 306.421.2297 Email: wheatlandcattle@sasktel.net

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Red Simmental

Red Simmental

Kuntz Super Duty 4Y

Exclusive USA rights owned by Rust on this powerful herd sire.

Black Simmental

SVS Captain Morgan The first calves from the $190,000 phenom

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Hook’s Yukon 80Y

Great numbers across the board with huge API and phenotype

SimAngus

TNT Tuition U238

Calving ease SimAngus with extra maternal

Red Simmental

TNT Bootlegger Z268

$67,000 power bull with structure and marketability


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Spring

Friday, February 13 :: Rimbey, AB 00 ,0 7 6 $ r le el S 16th Annual Genetic Edge Bull Sale h ig 2014 H

Friday, February 20 :: Carstairs, AB 26th Mader Ranches Bull & Female Sale

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Saturday, March 7 :: Carievale, SK 21st Annual McMillen Ranching Production Sale

Saturday, February 21 :: Grenfell, SK Double Bar D Best of Both Worlds Sale

Monday, March 9 :: Oungre, SK Ashworth Farm & Ranch Simmental Sale

Saturday, February 21 :: Olds, AB 1st Annual Diamond T “Stockman’s Choice” Bull Sale

Monday, March 9 :: Olds, AB 6th Annual Harvie Ranching Bull Sale

Monday, February 23 :: Olds, AB Select Opportunity Simmental Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, March 11 :: Saskatoon, SK 25th Anniversary Sunny Valley Simmentals Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, February 25 :: Shell Lake, SK 9th Annual Crossroad Farms Bull Sale

Thursday, March 12 :: Moosomin, SK In Pursuit of Perfection Simmental & Angus Bull Sale

NUG Royal Red 324A Thursday, February 26 :: Lloydminster, SK 10th Annual Robb Hoegl Bull Sale

7,500 13 High Seller - $8

20 February 28 :: Spruce Grove, AB Fall Saturday, Lewis Farms 30th Annual Bull Sale

Spring Creek Olympian Thursday, March 12 :: Olds, AB 12th Annual Westway & Deeg Annual Bull Sale

0,000 r 12- $::5Stettler, le el S h ig H th r o Thursday, March AB w sh A Bar E-L Angus Sale

Monday, March 2 :: Shellbrook, SK 13th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale

Friday, March 13 :: Rumsey, AB 18th Annual Richmond Ranch Grass Country Bull Sale

Tuesday, March 3 :: Bowden, AB Belvin Angus Bull Sale

Saturday, March 14 :: Lloydminster, SK Next Generation Bull Sale

Wednesday, March 4 :: Camrose, AB 20th Anniversary Herd Master Bull Sale

Saturday, March 14 :: Erskine, AB 30th Annual LLB Spring Spectacular Bull & Female Sale

Wednesday, March 4 :: Saskatoon, SK Erixon Simmentals Bull & Female Sale

Saturday, March 14 :: Saskatoon, SK Cattleman’s Bull Event

Thursday, March 5 :: Balcarres, SK Come As U RBullRed 11th Annual Pheasantdale & FemaleRocket Sale

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Friday, March 6 :: Moose Jaw, SK 0Female Sale 0 ,0 1 3 $ r le el Labatte Simmentals 35th Annual Bull & S h ig H y rth

Saturday, March 14 :: Ste-Sophie de Levrard, PQ 4th Annual Synergie Bull Sale

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Black Simmental

Red Simmental

Full Fleckvieh

FGAF Passport 125B

Muirhead Lights Out 4Y

ieh 16 :: Olds, AB leckvMarch Full FMonday,

Remitall Farms Bull & Select Female Sale

Red Simmental

FBF1/SF Ignition

ental m m i S k c a l B Wednesday, March 25 :: Cochrane, AB

Hamilton Farms 20th Annual Bull & Female Sale

Tuesday, March 17 :: Lloydminster, SK Kuntz-Stoughton-McIntosh-SAJ Bull Sale

Friday, March 27 :: Turtle Lake, ND Rust Mountain View Ranch “Ace in the Hole” Bull Sale

Tuesday, March 17 :: Walsh, AB Reid Angus “Heat Seeker” Bull Sale

Friday, March 27 :: Saskatoon, SK 29th Annual Prairie Gold Limousin Sale

Wednesday, March 18 :: Dundurn, SK Saturday, March 28 :: Moose Jaw, SK Valley Dakota 9Z Bull Sale IPU DiabloStockmans 41Y FBF1 Combustible 20thSunny Annual Wilbar Farms Tools of the Trade Select Angus & Hereford Bull Sale Wednesday, March AB l18 :: Edgerton, entaSpring mmFarms Bull Sale Red SiPugh Red Simmental

Black Simmental

Wednesday, April 1 :: Wood Mountain, SK Peak Dot Ranch Spring Sale

Thursday, March 19 :: Forestburg, AB Get-A-Grip Angus Bull & Female Sale

Friday, April 3 :: Paynton, SK Currie – 20/20 – Roymac – Bullerwell Angus Bull Sale

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Neonatal Disease One of the most important production factors influencing the economics of the beef cow calf farm is the calf crop percentage. This is defined as the percentage of cows exposed to the bull that raise a calf to weaning. In order to achieve this, a cow must become pregnant, successfully carry the calf through to term, give birth to a live calf and raise it to weaning age. Many factors can influence the calf crop percentage including reproductive management as well as calf losses through abortions, stillbirths, and other mortalities. A number of studies have demonstrated the importance of perinatal and neonatal losses in beef cattle in affecting the calf crop percentage. Research suggests that over 8% of the calf crop is lost after the cow becomes Research suggests that pregnant. A large research study on Western over 8% of calves are Canadian cow-calf herds provides an overview lost between the time a of the reasons for calf losses. The results give cow becomes a snapshot of what the ‘normal’ level of calf pregnant and losses are in Western Canadian cow-calf herds. weaning. The study found that during that breeding and calving season: • • •

1.6% of the pregnant cows aborted 2.6% of the calves were stillborn 4.0 % of the calves born alive died before reaching weaning age

These numbers are similar to what has been seen in other studies in other parts of North America. For the average beef producer, most calf losses occur between birth and the first 7 days of life. A number of factors can contribute to these losses including: • • • • • •

NeoNatal Disease Dystocia (calving difficulty) Maternal nutrition Maternal behaviour Climate Infectious agents and environment

Dystocia Management

In one extensive study of cow-calf herds, 69% of pre-weaning mortality occurred within the first 96 hours of birth (Bellows et al, 1987). Almost 2/3 of these losses were directly attributable to dystocia (calving difficulty). Dystocia can directly cause a calf ’s death Calves that survive or indirect losses by increasing the susceptibility dystocia are more to infectious disease. Calves that survive dystocia susceptible to death have been shown to be 2.4 times more likely to become sick during the first 45 days of life. Calves and disease following birth. that experience dystocia are 13 times more likely to die within 12 hours of birth. Producers can minimize dystocia by utilizing some of the following management tools: Select bulls with a low EPD for birth weights Birth weight has been consistently demonstrated to be the most important contributing factor contributing to dystocia. Birth weights account for 30-50% of the variability in dystocia rates. Birth weight is a function of genetic and environmental factors and is moderately heritable. Wherever possible, a bull with a low Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) for birth weight should be selected. Selecting an easy-calving breed of bull for use with replacement heifers is another option when EPD’s are not available.

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Ensure replacement heifers reach 85% of mature weight at calving and all cows are in good body condition (2.5-3.0) The risk of dystocia is greatest in replacement heifers. The heifer rearing program should be adequate so that heifers have reached 85% of their mature weight at calving time. Avoid overconditioning. Nutritional intake in late gestation should not be restricted as it will have no impact on birth weights. Although pelvic measurements have been used as a method of selecting heifers with larger pelvises, they tend to be of limited value. Adequate surveillance Early assistance in the calving process affects subsequent reproductive capacity of the dam. Early assistance can lead up to a 9% increase in the number of animals cycling at the onset of the breeding season and a 14% increase in the fall pregnancy rate. Furthermore, early assistance will greatly increase the chance of producing a live calf if an animal does have dystocia. Producers should be familiar with the normal sequence of calving. Lighted calving area and adequate facilities Adequate light makes surveillance easier at night. Producers should have one 8 x 10 maternity pen for every 20 cows, depending on season of calving and climate. Adequate facilities are needed to catch, handle and restrain cows with dystocia or mothering problems. Calve heifers separately 2-3 weeks before cow Calving heifers prior to cows allows for concentrated surveillance on the high risk group for dystocias. Heifers are more likely to have dystocia and mothering problems. Early calving for heifers also provides them a clean calving area with no pathogen build-up. Heifers need more time to return to estrus than cows. Know when to intervene in calving Cows should be examined by trained personnel to make a decision about assisting with calving if any of the following scenarios occur: • • • • • •

Cow actively strains for 40 minutes with no progress 90 minutes have passed since the waterbag first appeared The legs emerge with the surface of the hooves pointing up Only the head or tail emerges An un-calved cow is mothering another calf A cow demonstrated greater than 5-6 hours of anxiety (i.e.: walking about, tail extended)

Maximize General Immunity

Newborn calves are born with virtually no immunity of their own. The cow’s placenta does not allow antibodies to pass from the mother to the calf during pregnancy, which means the calf must receive its initial immunity from the antibody rich colostrum, or first milk of the cow. This initial immunity is essential because it Intake of colostrum provides protective antibodies against many of within the first 12 the diseases that affect newborn calves, such hours after birth is as calf scours, navel abscesses, arthritis and vital to develop a calf ’s pneumonia. Even the vaccines used to prevent scours in calves rely on this passive transfer of immunity. Two liters of colostrum within the immunity in the colostrum. The calf is only able to absorb these first six hours is ideal. antibodies at significant levels during the first 12 hours of life. The gut’s closure to antibody absorption is a gradual process but begins to decline rapidly at 12 hours until complete closure occurs at about 24 hours of age. After the gut closes, the antibodies can still have local effect within the gut, but they can no longer be absorbed into the blood stream.


Calves that do not receive adequate amounts of colostrum immediately after birth are at a much higher risk of becoming sick and are also more likely to die. Many cases of diarrhea, navel ill, blood poisoning and pneumonia in calves are a result of failing to receive an adequate level of colostral immunity. Ideally, a calf needs at least two liters of colostrum within the first six hours of life to provide optimal levels of immunity, but the required volume depends on the concentrations of antibodies in the first milk of the cow. Beef calves should get up quickly after birth and begins to suckle within the first few hours. Calves that have not nursed properly within the first two to three hours should be noted and observed more closely. In colder weather, calves will become hypothermic and may be less vigorous and less likely to suckle immediately. These calves should be tube fed colostrum and placed in a warming box. A calf can probably be given more time to suckle properly on a warm day, but it should be tube fed colostrum if it has not suckled by six to eight hours. The calves that are at the highest risk of failing to receive adequate colostral immunity: • • •

had a difficult birth were abandoned or mismothered are hypothermic in cold weather

Pendulous udders and large teats can also make suckling difficult, even for vigorous newborn calves. Colostrum can be collected by milking the cow or by using reconstituted freeze dried colostrum substitutes. The quality of colostrum substitutes vary, so ask your Extra colostrum can veterinarian to recommend a good substitute. Extra colostrum can be kept in the refrigerator for seven to 10 days to be used for other newborns. Extra colostrum can also be kept frozen for up to one year. Frozen colostrum should be gradually thawed in a warm water bath because high heat can destroy antibodies.

be collected and kept in the refrigerator for 7-10 days, or frozen for up to one year. Frozen colostrum should be thawed in a warm, not hot, water bath.

Utilize a Vaccination Program to Enhance Immunity

Work with your veterinarian to design a vaccination program to enhance the immunity of the calf to specific diseases. Vaccines for scours are usually given to the cow in late pregnancy to promote the production of specific antibodies against bacteria and viruses that cause neonatal calf diarrhea. However, the calf can only receive these antibodies through the cow’s colostrum to receive the benefit of this protection.

Decrease the Infection Pressure

Reducing the amount of exposure of young calves to manure is an important aspect of preventing disease in the newborn. Most of the disease agents that cause diseases such as scours in young calves are carried normally by the adult cow, and are often found in the manure of normal cows. The following strategies may help with reducing the infection pressure and minimizing the manure exposure to young calves. • • • • • • • • • •

Minimize confinement of the cow herd Utilize separate wintering and calving areas Move cows onto calving area less than 2 weeks before calving Avoid crowding in calving area Rotate calving area from year to year Remove snow and provide adequate bedding Separate nursery areas for cow-calf pairs Avoid restricted feeding/bedding areas Provide creep areas or “Calf Condos” Quarantine diarrheic calves

Thanks to Dr. John Campbell, University of Saskatchewan Researcher and Head of the Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department for contributing his time and expertise to writing this page.

This article was supplied and printed with permission of the Beef Cattle Research Council.

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he incidence of “crypto” diarrhea is most definitely higher on dairy farms where calves are raised in close confinement and the wet moist environment is conducive to the transmission of these protozoa. We as large animal veterinarians are detecting it more often in our beef herds in the western provinces. “Crypto” is a protozoa with a very similar life cycle to coccidia which is probably much more familiar to Canadian cattlemen. The detection can at times be difficult to establish but with newer tests and other methods I will describe look for it and you may find it even in well-managed cattle operations. Dairymen watch for it diligently and you as beef producers discuss it with your veterinarian and be especially vigilant if scours crops up in older calves that seem unresponsive to traditional scour treatments. Bringing in dairy calves to be adopted onto beef cows can be a source of infection. I always suggest just use calves from your own herd if possible. Crypto usually is caused by the species C. Parvum in cattle and it is also zoonotic meaning it is transmissible to humans so watch handling diarrheic calves as a general rule and wash boots, hands etc. Be extra vigilant cleaning and disinfecting the area calves have been in. Most human cases result from exposure to sick calves such as producers, farm dairy workers, veterinary students etc.As with all zoonotic diseases people under stress or immunosuppressed are highly susceptible. Make sure especially after dealing with diarrheic calves to clean boots and coveralls and wash your hands thoroughly. Treat the diarrheic calves last to avoid yourself carrying the oocysts (eggs) between calves. The organism is very similar to coccidia in the sense oocysts (eggs) are passed in the manure in very large numbers (up to 10 million per gram of manure). Oocysts are ingested by the calf and in completing the life cycle cause damage to the large intestine and the end of the small intestine. We see it primarily in calves anywhere from three to 30 days of age. The clue is calves seem unresponsive to treatment and the diarrhea is generally yellow and sort of foamy. The organism destroys the inner lining of the intestine so the milk comes through essentially undigested and calves dehydrate. Keep in mind half the time crypto is involved in mixed infections with the other scour organisms so you may be dealing with essentially two diseases at the same time. That is why one must use all the preventative steps in your power to avoid a scours outbreak. All the tools we have talked about in other articles such as new calving area, lots of room and bedding, good nutrition of the dam leading to high quality colostrum all help in prevention. Make sure the calves are up and sucking within a couple hours and if in doubt supplement with home stored frozen colostrum or the good colostrum substitutes such as headstart. Scours vaccinate your cows and heifers but keep in mind the good scours vaccines cover the most common causes of viral and bacterial scours in calves but not the protozoan (coccidia & cryptosporidiosis) causes. One of the real issues in the past has always been the initial diagnosis. Veterinarians in investigating scours outbreaks have often suspected crypto was involved but it was hard to prove. There are

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several ways to prove its existence. Fecals can be done and the labs are getting better at spotting it but it like coccidia has very small oocysts much smaller than worm eggs so they can be hard to see even with a microscope. Now there is a check done with a strip inserted into the manure called “entericheck ” by Biovet Labs, which is a fairly sensitive and specific check. We learned from a recent veterinary student from Calgary (now Dr. Dayna Goldsmith UCVM 2013) attending our clinic on a rotation that “Crypto” is what they call an acid-fast organism. This means it takes up acid-fast stain so another test the vet clinic can do is smear a sample of the manure on a microscope slide stain it and like magic the oocysts become very visible when they take up the stain. This worked very well at our clinic and then you can be very confident of the diagnosis. The combination of all these three methods has greatly improved the diagnostic rate of crypto. Veterinary clinics can order the acid-fast stain. The next real issue with crypto has been the treatment or should I say lack of treatment options. The standard treatments such as electrolytes are always warranted. Vets would prescribe sulfa drugs similar to coccidiosis treatment but the best way is to cut down the number of organisms being excreted. Merck animal health a pharmaceutical company has in the last two years got a product called “Halocur” licensed for this very thing. It was being used in Canada for a few years under an experimental drug release so it has a successful tract record. In outbreaks or after a first case is diagnosed calves in subsequent calvings are put on it for seven days in a row. It controls the crypto by breaking the life cycle and substantially reducing the number of oocysts produced which then could reinfect the calf or other calves. Halocur is an oral product and given at 2cc per 10kg daily. A real important point here is to dose it carefully as unlike most products the safety margin is quite low. Twice the dose and you could get depressed calves, blood in the diarrhea and other signs very similar to the disease itself so don’t give more medication if those signs show up. Also at four times the dose can be fatal. Always treat the calves on a full stomache and don’t start treatment if they are already feeling sick. Isolation of sick calves and a good cleaning, washing and disinfection of the isolation is necessary as well. The oocysts are very resistant and are killed by high temperatures. The key is keeping the oocysts numbers down and with age resistance develops which is why you never see this disease in older cattle. There are other coccidiostats, which have been tried against cryptosporidiosis on an experimental basis with some success , and in fact Halocur was developed as a coccidiostat for chickens. Make sure with any unusal appearing diarrhea with the frothy content appearing like undigested milk that your veterinarian rules out cryptosporidiosis because the treatment is much different than the other neonatal diarrheas. From diagnosis preventative measures and treatment measures can be utilized as well as breaking the cycle with Halocur medication or other coccidiostats. Your local veterinarian would be best to help diagnose Crypto and give you the treatment options most likely to be successful in your operation. Here’s hoping a Crypto free calving season.


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a “diarrhée à cryptosporidie” se rencontre en général davantage dans les fermes laitières, là où on élève les jeunes veaux dans un endroit fermé, et où le milieu environnant humide contribue à la transmission de ces protozoaires. Les vétérinaires praticiens chez les grands animaux détectent maintenant la maladie plus fréquemment dans les troupeaux de boucherie de l’ouest canadien. Les “cryptosporidies” sont des protozoaires possédant un cycle de vie comparable à celui des coccidies, lesquelles sont mieux connues des producteurs de boucherie. La présence de cette maladie peut être parfois difficile à confirmer mais, grâce à de nouveaux tests et à d’autres méthodes que je décrirai dans ces lignes, vous pourriez même la détecter dans des troupeaux de bovins très bien gérés. Les producteurs laitiers surveillent de près son apparition et je recommande à tout producteur de bovin de boucherie d’être également très vigilant et de consulter son médecin vétérinaire, en particulier si vous constatez une éclosion de diarrhée chez des veaux plus âgés, et qui semblent ne pas répondre favorablement aux traitements conventionnels contre la diarrhée. Le transfert de veaux laitiers en vue d’être adoptés par des vaches de boucherie peut représenter une autre source d’infection. Dans la mesure du possible, je suggère toujours de faire adopter seulement des veaux provenant du même troupeau. L’agent responsable de la cryptosporidiose est un protozoaire appelé “Cryptosporidium parvum”, et cette maladie fait aussi partie des zoonoses, c’est-à-dire qu’elle peut être transmise à l’homme. Il est donc recommandé de manipuler avec soin les veaux atteints de diarrhée et, de façon générale, de laver vos bottes, vos mains,… etc. Soyez extrêmement vigilant lorsque vous nettoyez et que vous désinfectez les lieux où les veaux malades étaient logés. La plupart des cas de contamination chez les humains (travailleurs dans les fermes laitières, étudiants en médecine vétérinaire,…) sont le résultat d’une exposition à des veaux malades. Comme pour toutes les zoonoses, les personnes stressées ou immuno-supprimées sont particulièrement à risque. Après avoir traité ou manipulé des veaux atteints de diarrhée, assurez-vous de bien nettoyer vos bottes, vos survêtements et vos mains. Traitez les veaux en diarrhée en dernier, afin de ne pas transmettre des oocytes (des œufs) d’un veau à l’autre. L’organisme vecteur est très semblable aux coccidies, car les oocytes (oeufs) contaminent le fumier de manière importante (jusqu’à dix millions par gramme de fumier). Les oocytes sont ingérés par le jeune veau et, à la fin de son cycle vital, ils auront causé des dommages au gros intestin ainsi qu’à l’intestin grêle. L’infection est décelée principalement chez des veaux âgés de trois à trente jours. Les

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meilleurs indices de présence de la maladie sont des veaux atteints de diarrhée et ne répondant pas aux traitements conventionnels, avec une diarrhée de couleur jaune et spumeuse (apparence de la mousse). Les protozoaires détruisent les parois internes de l’intestin, faisant en sorte que le lait ingéré passera tout droit dans le système digestif et ne sera pas digéré, occasionnant alors une déshydratation des veaux. Gardez également à l’esprit que, dans la moitié des cas, la cryptosporidiose est présente avec d’autres agents infectieux, de sorte que vous devez combattre deux maladies en même temps. Il est donc prioritaire de prendre toutes les mesures préventives possibles si on veut éviter de faire face à une épidémie de cas de diarrhée. Dans des articles précédents, nous avons parlé des mesures de prévention à considérer, soit un nouvel espace pour les vêlages, suffisamment d’espace et de paille, ainsi qu’une alimentation adéquate de la mère, ce qui favorisera une production de colostrum de bonne qualité. Assurez-vous que les veaux soient debout et aient bu à l’intérieur des deux premières heures de vie et, si vous n’êtes pas certain, je vous conseille d’offrir un supplément de colostrum congelé ou encore d’utiliser un substitut de colostrum tel que le produit « Headstart ». Vaccinez vos vaches et vos taures de premier veau contre la diarrhée et rappelez-vous que les vaccins disponibles vont offrir une protection contre les principaux agents pathogènes (bactéries et virus), sans toutefois être efficaces contre les diarrhées à protozoaires (coccidies et cryptosporidies). Dans le passé, il était toujours difficile de poser le bon diagnostic initial. En fait, lors de leur travail d’investigation, les vétérinaires avaient souvent un doute quant à la présence de la cryptosporidiose, mais cela était difficile à prouver. Il y a plusieurs manières de confirmer la présence de cryptosporidies. Un examen des fèces peut être effectué et les laboratoires ont davantage de succès pour les détecter. Toutefois, comme c’est le cas chez les coccidies, leurs oocytes sont beaucoup plus petits que des œufs de vers et ils peuvent être difficiles à voir même avec un microscope. Il existe maintenant un test développé par la compagnie BIOVET et appelé “Entericheck”, consistant en une bandelette insérée dans l’échantillon de fumier, laquelle est très sensible et spécifique pour déceler les cryptosporidies. Une étudiante en médecine vétérinaire de Calgary (soit le Dr. Dayna Goldsmith, UCVM 2013), laquelle effectuait alors un stage dans notre clinique, nous a appris que les cryptosporidies sont des organismes acido-résistants, c’est-àdire qu’ils sont résistants aux acides. Ainsi, les cliniques vétérinaires peuvent enduire un échantillon de fumier sur une lamelle de microscope, puis appliquer une teinture acide et, comme par magie,


deviennent bien visibles car ils absorbent la teinture acide. Cette méthode a très bien fonctionné à notre clinique et nous avons alors un bon niveau de confiance dans notre diagnostic. L’emploi de ces trois méthodes a permis d’améliorer significativement le taux de succès dans la détection de la cryptosporidiose. Les cliniques vétérinaires peuvent d’ailleurs commander cette teinture acido-résistante. Le défi le plus important avec la cryptosporidiose demeure d’avoir le traitement approprié ou, je devrais dire, l’absence d’options de traitement. Un traitement standard avec des électrolytes est toujours conseillé. Les vétérinaires peuvent prescrire des drogues de la famille des “sulfas”, comme dans les cas de traitements contre les coccidies. Toutefois, une réduction du nombre d’organismes excrétés constitue la meilleure alternative de succès. Au cours des deux dernières années, la compagnie pharmaceutique “Merck santé animale” a débuté la commercialisation d’un produit appelé “Halocur”, lequel est efficace contre les cryptosporidies. Mentionnons que ce produit a été employé à titre expérimental durant quelques années auparavant, et avec beaucoup de succès. Lors d’un épisode ou encore suite à un premier cas diagnostiqué, tous les veaux naissants par la suite sont traités avec ce produit pendant sept jours. Ce produit contrôle les cryptosporidies en brisant leur cycle de vie, ce qui vient réduire de manière significative le nombre d’oeufs produits, lesquels pourraient réinfecter le veau ou encore d’autres veaux. Halocur est administré oralement, à un dosage quotidien de 2cc par 10 kg de poids vif. Il est très important de bien respecter la dose et, comme pour plusieurs médicaments, la marge d’erreur est très mince. En doublant la dose, vous pourriez engendrer des

veaux plus faibles, du sang dans les selles diarrhéiques, ainsi que d’autres symptômes caractéristiques de la maladie elle-même. Si ces signes apparaissent, ne donnez plus de médicament. De plus, une dose quatre fois plus grande que recommandée peut être fatale. Assurez-vous de ne traiter que des veaux ayant l’estomac plein et, s’ils sont déjà malades, ne les traitez tout simplement pas. Il faut isoler les veaux malades, puis l’enclos où ils étaient gardés séparés devra être nettoyé, lavé et désinfecté. Les oocytes sont très résistants et ils sont tués lorsqu’exposés à des températures élevées. La clé du succès est de maintenir un faible nombre d’oocytes et, avec le temps, le veau développe une meilleure résistance, ce qui explique qu’on ne rencontre jamais cette maladie chez les animaux plus âgés. D’autres coccidiostats ont été testés de façon expérimentale avec un certain succès pour traiter la cryptosporidiose. En fait, le produit Halocur avait été développé en tant que coccidiostats employés chez les poulets. Si vous observez des selles d’apparence mousseuse chez un veau, ressemblant à du lait non digéré, assurez-vous que votre vétérinaire détermine ou non si c’est un cas de cryptosporidiose, car le traitement requis n’est pas du tout le même que pour d’autres types de diarrhées néonatales. En plus d’un diagnostic, des mesures de prévention et de traitement peuvent être requises afin de briser le cycle de vie des oocytes, soit avec le produit Halocur ou d’autres agents coccidiostatiques. Référez-vous à votre vétérinaire praticien, lequel est le mieux placé pour vous aider à diagnostiquer la présence de la cryptosporidiose et à vous proposer les meilleures options de traitement selon votre situation. Je vous souhaite une bonne période des vêlages sans cas de cryptosporidiose.

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Jay & Kylie: 306-893-2300 Trevor & Louelle: 306-893-2331 Gary & Darleen: 306-893-2934 Cell: 780-205-0816 Cell: 780-205-0226 Cell: 780-205-1744 robbfarms@sasktel.net

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Annual Bull & Female Sale

Friday, February 27, 2015 1:30 pm on the Farm, Westlock, AB APLX Envoy 2Y

On Offer:

19 Full Fleckvieh Two Year Olds - 6 Polled 20 Full Fleckvieh Yearlings - 7 Polled

Wyvern Benzweiser BLCC Mr Andrew 190X Wolfs Zorro FF 59Z

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

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

www.lonestonefarms.com

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THANK-YOU TO THE BUYERS OF PHEASANTDALE PROGENY IN 2014 Werner Fams Inc, SK Cruikshank Farms, Sk Gormlea Farms, SK William Sentes, SK Robb Farms, SK LD Stock Farms, SK Iron Saddle Ranch, SK Ott-Six Ranch, SK Deer Range Farms, SK PFRA, SK Fox Hill Simmentals, SK Black Diamond Simmentals, MB Karapita Land & Cattle, SK Noble Bros, SK Double T Simmentals, SK

Nisku Land & Cattle, SK Zuchkan Farms, SK Up Cattle Creek, SK Gravel Ridge Farms, SK Stony Hill Acres, SK Tom & Sharon Andreas, SK Scott Blazer, SK Landon Braithwaite, SK Gary Speight, SK Martin & Donna Bohrson, SK Trevor Hauser, SK Gary Hoehn, SK Leonard Kuschak & Sons, SK

Grant Reid, SK Wyatt Miller, SK Bernie Brett, SK Keith Burns, SK Scott Manlee, SK Bryan Yanko, SK James Slywka, SK Irvine Wessing, SK Martin Biro, SK Terry & Loretta Young, SK Doug Hines, SK Micheal Aschenbrener, SK Paul Kress, SK Mark Norgaard, SK 6M Land & Cattle, SK

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From the Director’s Chair

TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT YOUR CATTLE Randy Mader - CSA Director

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i, I’m Randy Mader of Mader Ranches. I was born in Saskatchewan and lived there for half my schooling before moving west to Alberta with my parents. I attended the University of Calgary where I received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in marketing with a minor in finance. I married Ronda in 1977 and 3 great children followed; Robyn, Rayel and Ryley. All 3 children were very involved with the ranch and 4H. They are now all married with 2 children each so we are blessed with 6 grandchildren. Ryley and Jill are now partners with us in Mader Ranches and we are located west of Carstairs AB, just 45 minutes NW of the Calgary Airport. I bought my first registered Simmental in 1973 and the herd has grown to where we are presently running 220 red and black polled Simmental females, calving in January/February and July/August. This February 20th, at the ranch, will be our 26th Annual Bull and Female Sale. Selling will be 100 bulls and 15 open heifer calves. Our ranch focus over the 40 years has been completely purebred cattle. The registered cows and selling bulls has always pulled us through. They pulled us through the early ‘80’s with 18-24% interest rates, the crashes of the ‘90’s, the drought from 2000-2005, and BSE in 2003. I was fortunate to have three different types of jobs in the 70’s that helped forge my Purebred cattle career. The first was as a mineral salesman, studying nutrition and going to many ranches, talking to the owners and seeing and learning how deficiencies can really affect production. The second was in the cattle publication industry, working for Focus On Beef and Cattlemen magazines. I travelled to hundreds of purebred and commercial cattle operations, writing stories, selling ads and developing Marketing Programs, really seeing what worked, what didn’t, and how to sell what you are producing. The third job was as a banker. Here I learned how important it is to make sure in the AG business that you treat your banker as your friend....have them out for lunch or coffee so they know you, your family, and your operation. Keep them informed of your plans and your ups and downs so that when you want to expand or need to borrow or refinance they will then be on your side. This is my 6th and last year on the CSA Board of Directors. I have always been on the Advertising and Promotion Committee, chairing it for 3 years. I believe in Advertising. TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT YOUR CATTLE!! There’s an old adage “you can build a better mousetrap but if you don’t tell somebody about it, they won’t be selling”. Do you know what happens if you don’t promote....NOTHING!! There are thousands of farms and ranches looking to buy bulls every year. Tell them who, what and where you are. Thousands also buy replacement females because they are either using a terminal cross sire, or need to improve their cowherd with new

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genetics. You probably keep 15% for yourself, ship the bottom end and that leaves a bunch of good females that someone else can very successfully use commercially. TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT YOUR CATTLE!! Only YOU limit the upside potential of your income. I’m continuously disappointed talking to breeders that say “I only kept 5, or 7, or 10 as bulls because that’s all I can sell” or “I kept back my replacements and shipped the rest of the heifers because I can’t sell them as breeding stock”. If you have taken the time to develop a good cowherd, having culled the poor doers, the bad feet and udders, and the bad temperaments, then you have a strong set of registered cows that you know their bloodlines, and their EPD’s tell you what they should do genetically. Those offspring can be of great benefit to a commercial rancher. BUT THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE, AND THAT THEY ARE FOR SALE. Your Marketing Plan can be very simple, and there is Simmental Country staff to help you design and place an ad, contact Kelly, Jane, or Margo. Tell them what you have for sale, when, and where. The January and September Commercial Country papers go to over 15,000 farms and ranches that have bought a Simmental animal, almost all commercial operations. Decide to spend $1900 in the next year running a $950 half page ad in each. THAT’S ONE GOOD COMMERCIAL CALF. Don’t run a small cheaper ad, make it bigger so buyers see it. GO FOR IT. Do not limit yourself to thinking you can only sell 7 bulls..... advertise further from home and sell more. Don’t expect full results in one year but plan to increase your advertising for the next 3 years. Next will be advertising in your province – don’t just advertise in your local area. The people closest to home are the hardest to sell to because if they buy from you they are admitting that what you have is better than theirs. Advertise in the papers that cover all the rural mailboxes in the surrounding counties, and there’s usually an AG paper that covers your province. Then put up a nice gate sign with your name and Simmental Cattle on it, saying Bulls and Females For Sale so that the buyers and everyone else that drives by can easily find you and will know you sell good Simmental genetics. You don’t have to be a great salesman but you need to let people know who and where you are and the good cattle will speak for themselves. You just need the people to drive in to look at them. Remember that YOU ARE THE BIGGEST LIMITING FACTOR TO YOUR OWN SUCCESS. DON’T SAY I CAN’T, SAY I WILL. I could now say Good Luck, but really there is no luck involved. It’s a very simple process of telling others WHO you are, WHAT you have for sale, WHERE you are located, WHEN they are for sale, and WHY they should come and see them. NOW...... GIT R DONE


21st Annual Bull Sale

FIRST SONS SELL

Supplying Cattlemen with the Quality, Quantity & Selection they demand, and the service they deserve.

MRL To The Max

with Select Open Females

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Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1:00 pm

Red & Red Blaze Polled Simmental Bulls

At the Ranch (heated sales arena)

150 Bulls Sell

FIRST SONS SELL

20 Select Open Females

Herd Bulls Designed by Ranchers for Ranchers

• All bulls born, bred & developed right here at MRL • Large sire groups 1/2 and 3/4 brothers Penfulls of uniform bulls in every category • Sight Unseen Buyer’s Program (Can’t make it sale day, give us a call. Almost 25% of our bulls sell SUS. Quality in Quanity and 95% go Many repeat customers year after year.) Commercial Cowb oys. • Semen evaluated and guaranteed • Free Delivery in Western Canada. Cost sharing to the East (Our trailer is most likely going right past your gate.) • Sound rugged Bulls developed on a high roughage ration (Born, bred and fed to work and stay working) • Extra age bulls ready to cover some ground. Offering a select group of coming 2 year olds & January/February born yearlings. • Genetically engineered to excel for the commercial cattleman. Calving ease, performance and packed full of maternal traits.

MRL El Tigre

• Affordable Bulls •

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The value of MRL bulls is 40 years rich in history with commitment to quality, functional, ranch-raised genetics that can only be matched by the longevity of a breeding program. “No Fluff No Puff”. Over 700 mother cows managed the same as our commercial customers’ herds. The 150 bulls on offer rise to the top on the strength of their genetic makeup, backed by our highly regarded cow herd and one of the top herd bull batteries in the business. Calving ease, performance, maternal traits, herd bulls that work in the real world. “Come see for yourself what keeps the commercial cowboys coming back year after year!” Give us a call or email for a full color catalogue and bull video.

Fleck Fullblood Bulls

FIRST SONS SELL

Supplying Quality Herdbulls for progressive Cattlemen for 40 years!

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MRLA Tilt

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Red & Black Angus Bulls

SEVERAL BROTHERS SELL

“THE BULL BUSINESS” IS WHAT WE DO!

SEVERAL BROTHERS SELL

to

Black & Black Blaze Polled Simmental Bulls

20

Simm/Angus Hybrid Bulls

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TAG RETENTION Industry Update

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is pleased to share key preliminary findings resulting from the national Tag Retention Project, which is intended to collect baseline data on cattle tag retention and tag readability, recommend solutions to enhance tag retention and readability as well as provide the foundation for further study. The broad-based approach and survey of the existing situations will provide the foundation for identifying specific tag retention challenges that may require further data collection. This project involves animals from various geographical areas across Canada to ensure appropriate representation of farming styles and environments. The study has tagged more than 5,000 animals with equal distribution of approved CCIA radio frequency identification (RFID) tag types/brands at each test site. Each farm test site was selected based on appropriate handling facilities to optimize tagger safety, tag application and tag retention. In this study, each tag type is applied according to manufacturer’s directions (i.e., in terms of tag location, using the corresponding manufacturer’s tag applicators, etc.). “This project involved the tagging of calves at 17 Canadian herds ranging from 76 to 535 head from British Columbia to Ontario,” CCIA Vice Chair and Tag Retention Project Committee Chair Mark Elford states. “Individual calves were tagged according to the tag manufacturers’ directions and recommended tag location. Tags were applied with the corresponding manufacturer’s tag applicators. This research followed the cooperating producers throughout their normal herd management activities, which determined the variation in timing of the data collected. Of the project tagged cattle, not all were retained until they were long-yearlings; however, the limited variation in the retention does not suggest a large over-wintering loss in calf tags.” “Across 15 herds, tag retention was 98.9 per cent to the point of sale,” confirms CCIA Tag Retention Project Manager Ross MacDonald. “To identify the significance of lost tags, an analysis of variance test was conducted using the percentage of each of the seven brands of tags retained in each herd. Differences were analyzed for significance amongst herds and amongst tags. No statistical difference was noticed amongst herds. Tag loss was similar across the herds sampled. We were able to scan all applied tags with handheld readers during data collection. Essentially, retention differences by tag brand were insignificant.” “The Tag Retention Project schedule includes scanning mature cows once in 2014 and again in 2015. Replacement heifers tagged as calves are being scanned and included as part of the mature cow data set in the fall during pregnancy checking. Though not enough scan data has been compiled for a robust comparison, tag retention in cows appears to be more variable than in calves,” CCIA General Manager Brian Caney suggests. “The Project Manager has a full schedule of cattle scanning underway. We look forward to sharing more results in spring 2015.” As a not-for-profit, industry-initiated organization led by a board of directors representing 16 producer associations from all sectors of the livestock industry, CCIA fully supports the national Tag Retention Project and its findings which will educate producers on cattle RFID tag retention and tag reading performance, and recommend solutions to enhance tag retention and reading performance. Details regarding tag retention and reading performance rates as well as recommendations to reduce tag loss and tag readability problems will be included in with the statistical analysis in the final report, which will be posted online at www.canadaid.ca at the end of the project. Funding for this ongoing project is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. FOR INFORMATION on the Health of Animals Regulations, visit http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/C.R.C.,_c._296/

IDEAL PLACEMENT: Apply tags at approximately 1/4 of the length of the animal’s ear from the head between the two branches of cartilage (refer to diagram on left). CCIA field team experience indicates the most common reasons for tag loss are: Improper application (i.e., incorrect placement, incomplete tag application, etc.), inadequate hygiene, infection and tag hazards such as twine, wire fence, heavy brush, some bale feeders, etc.

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CCIA field team experience recommends these best practices for maximizing tag retention: Ensure the animal is properly restrained, which will help to stabilize its head while you are applying the tag. Apply tags as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions. Use the recommended tag applicator and pin for the specific tag type and brand. Use tags and applicators that are clean and free of debris. Apply antiseptic to tags and tag applicator between animals while tagging to help control infection. Disinfect both sides of the animal’s ear before applying the tag. Do not tag ears covered in debris. If possible, tag animals in moderate temperatures. Do not apply a new tag in a hole from a lost tag. Cross reference the new tag with the lost tag number, if known. When applying, ensure the male portion of the approved CCIA RFID tag is on the back of the ear.


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ASHWORTH FARM & RANCH 12TH ANNUAL BULL SALE MARCH 9, 2015 -AT THE FARM

ON OFFER 80 RED & BLACK SIMMENTAL BULLS

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KWA 205B

KWA 103B RED MOUNTAIN X STEVE FRENCH

INTEGRITY X POWER SURGE

KWA 149B RED MOUNTAIN X RED SHOCKER

KWA 88B BROKER X TOP CUT

KWA 46B RED MOUNTAIN X JNR EQUITY

KBR 132Y X KBR 565R

KBR 431B


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n efforts to increase brand loyalty in the Chinese market, and leverage that brand affinity with new valued partners, Canada Beef has beefed up its physical presence in this priority market. In November, Canada Beef was pleased to participate with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and a delegation of Canadian Ministers and business leaders who took part in the Canada-China Business Forum. “As part of this mission, Canada Beef was privileged to have Minister Ritz partner in delivering another Canadian Beef Branding Series with key partners, media and food bloggers in Guangzhou,” says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz Rob Meijer, Canada Beef President. & Canada Beef ’s Chairman, “This event is an excellent example Jack Hextall in of how industry and the Federal Guangzhou Government can work together to leverage our global brand strategy to build and then strengthen loyalty to Canadian beef and veal. We intend to create the demand pull and get closer to the consumer than ever before.” Previous to the November mission, Canada Beef was also part of a Chinese bound mission in June focusing on expanding and improving trade access, building on research and science collaboration, showcasing Canada’s agricultural capabilities and promotion of increased imports of Canadian products Canada Beef President, Rob Meijer including Canadian beef. in Guangzhou With the federal government’s announcement of four new Canadian trade offices in China earlier this year, Canada Beef has ramped up activities in China alongside the trade commissioners. The recent addition of Canada Beef staff and reallocation of market development resources will allow the Canada Beef International team in China to focus on immediate and strategic market growth. Efforts include facilitating hands-on educational opportunities to feature the Canadian Beef Advantage with the ultimate goal of creating Canadian beef brand awareness and loyalty. “The Chinese market is very valuable to our industry. We must leverage our global brand to strengthen loyalty and increase demand for Canadian beef,” said Meijer. “Part of that is ensuring we can provide consistent supply to meet the increasing demand in this market and solidify trust for the

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brand across the market all the way through to consumers.” Canadian beef exports to China have grown rapidly since 2012. In 2013, Canadian beef exports to mainland China reached 6,000 tonnes valued at $25 million, up from 1,500 tonnes valued at $5.4 million in 2012. Exports to Mainland China from January to September 2014 are up 60% in volume to 5,850 tonnes and just under the annual volume for 2013 of 6,000 tonnes. “Asian markets are providing opportunities to increase carcass values across a wide variety of product types and diversify our customer base,” said Canada Beef ’s Chairman, Jack Hextall. “Canada Beef is strategically aligned with our Canadian packers and exporters to identify priority and emerging Asian markets and is positioned to deliver on Canada Beef President Rob Meijer at the CBA Press Conference in Shanghai the industry’s needs.” Canada Beef recently launched a new platform in China via the iPad for the first time. Canada Beef partnered with the chief editor and copyright owner of the bestselling book “Western Cuisine Teaching-Beef Volume” and produced it into an iPad application. This App allows food lovers to download over 80 beef recipes free of charge. The app includes one “Made in Canada” video, four Canadian beef cooking videos, five pages of Canadian Beef Advantage advertising, logo exposure, and a message from the Canada Beef President. This will support efforts to build the Canadian beef brand with both foodservice professionals and consumers who love cooking and food. The Canada Beef team in China will support the development of additional branded Canada Beef programs and strategically focus on programs to maximize carcass value through market research, product development, new channel development and promotion.

CBI Team in China - June 2014


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join us sale day at the

at the farm. brandon.manitoba

videos & sale will be broadcast online at www.cattleinmotion.com

watch for updates on facebook & our websites

that have went through a strict culling process with calving ease, ease of fleshing, performance and structural soundness taken into consideration. SIMMENTAL Sires:

Godfather, MRL El Tigre, Hard Rock 680S, Dr Phil, Tombstone, Beef King, Tanker, Royal Arms and Poker Face. RED ANGUS Sires: Ribeye 346U, Roughrider, Detour, Game Plan, Prowler and Neptune. BLACK ANGUS Sires: Imprint, Cedar Ridge, Resource and Blackberry.

Three farming families that make their living in the livestock business.

Mar Mac Farms

Blair, Lois, Brett & Melissa McRae 204.728.3058 www.marmacfarms.net

Downhill Simmentals Everett Olson 204.867.0076

Perkin Land Cattle Ltd.

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Darryl, Tanya Perkin & Family 204.769.2159 www.perkinlandandcattle.com


March 12, 2015 1:00 pm Spring Creek Ranch, Moosomin, SK

150 Red & Black Simmentals, Red & Black Angus & Black Best beef bulls. It’s more than just a bull purchase at the "In Pursuit of Perfection" Bull Sale Our Innovative “Customer Care Programs” are designed to support all Cattlemen near and far! Never buy insurance again (included in bull purchase price) – IPOP Warranty /Insurance – Get the Use of a Yearling and We winter him to a Two Year Old – IPOP Wintering Program – We value our Partnerships in the Cattle Business – IPOP Repeat Customer Incentives – Your One Stop Shop for Multiple Purchases (2%-12% volume incentives) – IPOP Volume Purchase Incentives –

Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! To view full program details visit one of our websites www.blacksandcattle.com or www.springcreeksimmentals.com or give us a shout to discuss further!

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

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Carla Schmitt, YCSA Coordinator - (306) 221-7950 Sophie Wotten, YCSA President - (705) 464-1713


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2nd Annual March 14, 2015

RWR Standsalone 7B

S: Standout 42Z DS: PRL Houston

RWR Bruiser 24B

S: Wallace DS: BHR Baron

RWR Standtall 62B

S: Standout 42Z DS: Quorum

Lloydminster

RWR Outstand 16B

S: Standout 42Z DS: Kuz Mr Buster

RWR Standup 47B

S: Standout 42Z DS: Nug Jake

RWR Standby 8B

S: Standout 42Z DS: Crossroad Radium

RWR Standoff 17B

S: Standout 42Z DS: Gidsco Appollo

RWR Standpoint 58B

S: Standout 42Z DS: CEN Laredo

RWR Standaway 73B

S: Standout 42Z DS: Champs Wallace

We would like to thank our buyers from last year’s Bull and Female Sale: Dave Bristow Levi Bristow Christensen Land & Cattle Darryl Paulguard Tyler Mapletoft

Todd & Lexi Baliski Dean Smith Holt Colony Mannville Colony Carlton Land & Cattle

Lorne & Tina Hollen Forever Young Land & Cattle Ram Roc Consulting KG Investments Doug Trotzuk

Red Willow Ranch

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Kevin Bristow Dempsey Land & Cattle 4B Ranching Rob Ganser

The Tyler Family Box 542, Cut Knife, SK S0M 0N0 Josh Tyler • C: 306-390-7745 • jtyler_14@hotmail.com Darren Tyler • P: 306-398-2811 • C: 306-398-7554 • dttyler@yourlink.ca


Exhibition Grounds - 1:00 pm With Guest Consignor Little Willow Creek Ranch - “The Harlands”

BLACK GOLD Swagger 42B

BLACK GOLD MOOMBA 22B

DAM: Ms BGS Krystal 49W DS: Diamond J Rambo 56S S: RUK Mr Charisma 86Z

DAM: Salmon Arm Alpen 2nd DS: Rooinik S: Southseven Mr Adonis 96Z

High seller at the 2014 Agribition Sale purchased by Mark Land & Cattle Co.

BLACK GOLD Full House 65B

BLACK GOLD Amnesia 38B

DAM: RF Flirtin For Certin 37U DS: LFE Street Legal 510S S: 3D BLK Full Throttle 483X

DAM: Ms BGS Waverly 50W DS: Diamond J Rambo 56S S: BLACK GOLD Epic 14Z

We would like to thank our buyers from last year’s Bull and Female Sale and the 2014 Agribition Sale: Little Willow Creek Ranch Hayo/Marianne Heeroma Rick Kehler Kuntz Simmental Altabarr Farms Ed Beaulac Don Amundrud Brooks Simmental U of S Goodale Farms

Kirk Thompson Austin Thompson Trevor Shirtliffe Wayne Fleming Hoegl Livestock B Bar C Simmental Dan Hritzuk Tom Knudsen Y Coulee Land & Cattle

Hillcrest Acres Inc. Kent Thompson Ockerman Simmental Robyn Ockerman Tyler Ockerman Ashly McKinnon Carl Ahlstrom Tim Bowler Red Willow Ranch

JDG Cattle Co. Lockhart Valley Simmental Kulyk Simmentals Blaine George Brad Hein M.C. Quantock Mark Land & Cattle Co.

Black Gold Simmental Ltd. Box 593, Lloydminster, SK S9V 0Y7

Randy, Ryley & Toby: 306-825-9465 Randy Cell: 306-821-0113 Lyle: 306-825-2164 • Neil: 306-387-6696 • Owen: 780-872-4029 info@blackgoldsimmental.com • www.blackgoldsimmental.com

Polled & Horned Fullbloods • Full Fleckvieh • Red & Blacks

View Catalogue online at www.BuyAgro.com

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SWANTEWITT SIMMENTALS th 11 Annual Bull & Female Production Sale Saturday, March 14, 2015 - Ag Barn, Mayerthorpe, Alberta Viewing at 10:00 a.m. · Lunch at Noon · Sale starts at 1:00 p.m. 50 Yearlings, 3 Off Age, 10 Two Year Olds (many polled, both fullblood and purebred) 15 Top Quality Purebred and Fullblood Replacement Heifers All bulls will be semen tested and guaranteed

Great bulls at a reasonable price, several low birthweight potential heifer bulls. Ranch raised for longevity. We love hearing about our bulls that are still out there, have been resold between friends and are still going strong! Diverse Fullblood genetics.

Call or look online for a catalog after January 15, 2015 at www.swantewittsimmentals.com. Majority of our bulls sell to repeat commercial cattle producers!

JSJ 3B - Polled PB

Sire: Wheatland Ultimate Choice 176Y

JSJ 24B - 15/16 FF

Sire: Swantewitt Driver 287Y

JSJ 317A - PB

Sire: Cherry Creek Carlsberg 2S

JSJ 69B - Polled FB

Sire: Swantewitt X Rock 42X

JSJ 159B - FBFF

Sire: Virginia Barcelona 46X

JSJ 29B - Polled FBFF

JSJ 321A - FBFF

Sire: Anchor D Sting 184W

Sire: Cherry Creek Carlsberg 2S

JSJ 292A - PB Polled

Sire: Swantewitt Windsor 9W

Our 350 head registered herd has been 23 years in the making and consists of quality genetics in both Purebred and Fullblood Simmental cattle, going back to several older dams and walking herd bulls and AI sires. “We pride ourselves on the longevity of bulls still out in our local commercial herds.”

All bulls have been through a five-day halter breaking program. CALL OR EMAIL FOR A FULL CATALOGUE

Gerd, Donelle, Justine, Jordan & Darian Bremmekamp 780.712.2096 780.712.3496 780.693.2124 swantewitt@gmail.com

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Marketing Rep Leo LeBlanc - 780-940-1135


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CASALOMA CATTLE COMPANY 1st Annual

Casaloma Classic

Bull Sale March 20th, 2015 at Heartland Livestock, Prince Albert, SK

Bar KR Tundra Fox 49B Sire: RUK Mr. Tundra 76X Dam: BAR KR Madonna 97T SOD: Double Bar D Max 51K

Bar KR Duty Free 66B Sire: Kuntz Super Duty 4Y Dam: Bar KR Toni 35S SOD: NLC Good A Nuff 33G

Bar KR Blk Star 81B Sire: Lazy Bar B Black Star 3X Dam: Bar KR Red Vision 4W SOD: Ankonian Red Caesar

MLCC Mr. Power 54B Sire: 3D Red Power 150Z Dam: MLCC Ms Zima 22S SOD: BBS Zima D55

Thank You to the purchasers of our heifers at the Source of Elite Simmental Genetics Sale!

MLCC Ms Alaska 61A Purchased by Westgold Simmentals for $10,000.00

Bar KR Ms Express FF 79A Purchased by Triple T Diamond Simmentals for $8,500.00

MLCC Ms Red Blossom 23B Purchased by Rafter 4T Simmentals for $6,500.00

Casaloma Cattle Company

Bar KR Ms Blk Beauty 9B Purchased by Swiston Simmentals for $4,000.00

Creating a Ne

Daniel & Jodene Ferre Box 116 St.Brieux, SK S0K 3V0 Home: (306) 275-3113 Cell: (306) 921-9654 casalomaenterprises@hotmail.com www.casalomacattleco.com

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Porter’s Bull Sale March 20, 2015

Open Range

Selling 55 Red/Black Simmental Bulls

Magnitude

Selling 15 Red/Black Max Simmental Bulls CE

4.2

BW

WWT

3.3

656

YW

MCE 12.1

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Milk

31.9

CWP 106B

Matador CE

BW

10.9

3.0

WWT

YW

63

86.5

YW

MCE

MCE

Milk

13.3

16.6

CWP 27B

Upgrade

1/2CWP SIM X903B ANGUS

Tabasco CE

12.4

BW

1.5

WWT

71.7

101.8

Milk

13

26.3

YW

MCE

CWP 152B

Open Range

Bull Fertility & Semen Tested

CE

8.3

BW

3.9

WWT

62.2

YW

84.7

MCE

12.6

Milk

20

CWP 3B

Ultra Sound Carcass Data

Call or email for the 2015 bull sale brochure!

CE

8.4

BW

1.9

WWT

58.9

82.9

14.5

Milk

27.8

CWP 143B

R.R. #1 Site 2, Box 17 Keith Kevin Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1X1 780-968-0002 780-968-6772 kmporter@canadasurfs.net 780-915-3969 780-915-9823 View our catalogue online at www.porterranches.com

Homesteaded in 1903...CSA #841... A Fifth Generation Family Farm

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Kulyk Simmentals Proudly Presents

RUK 20B S: LWC Jahari 57W 100% Fleckvieh DS: SU Rocky 223R

RUK 54B Polled

S: Anchor D Venom 111W DS: MTV Garner 12N

RUK 62B S: Double Bar D Jagger 84Z DS: SU Rocky 223R

RUK 51B S: FGAF Barbosa 707X Scurred 100% Fleckvieh DS: CEN Throttle 502T

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RUK 24B S: LWC Jahari 57W DS: RUK Mr Western 2W

RUK 72B S: Double Bar D Jagger 84Z DS: Anchor D Kings Ransom

RUK 155A

RUK 81B

S: LWC Jahari 57W DS: SU Rocky 223R

S: Anchor D Venom 111W DS: KUZ Mr Apollo 11W

Thank You To Last Year’s Buyers: Chase Bannerman, SK Rob Bannerman, SK Ian Poppleton, SK Doug Trotzak, SK * Darren Hannis, SK Marty Hatchord, AB* Marvin Garnier, AB * Ed Jacula, AB* Barry Golinowski, AB Brian Pashulka, AB * * denotes previous buyer

Kulyk Simmentals • Commercial • Purebred • Fullblood Richard Kulyk RR#1 North Battleford, SK S9A 2X3 Farm: (306) 445-5545 Cell: (306) 441-9238 E: rkulyk@sasktel.net


Butts, Gutts & Nuts Bull Sale

BRSF 28B S: NUG RECOIL 272Y DS: BLUSHROSE MR RAVEN 30R

BRSF 36B S: NUG RECOIL 272Y DS: SFM 24R (RED SNAPPER SON)

BRSF 42B S: ANCHOR D TRUE GRIT 520Y DS: RUK MR TRANSFORMER 108T

11th Annual Bull Sale BRSF 72B S: ANCHOR D TRUE GRIT 520Y DS: ANCHOR D DEGLEO 66L

BRSF 24B - Full Fleck Full Blood S: ANCHOR D TRUE GRIT 520Y DS: MVS GUNNER 1N

BRSF 1B S: ANCHOR D AMBUSH 168Y DS: G7 POL ROCKET 12P

March 23, 2015 Heartland Livestock, Lloydminster, AB

BRSF 25B - Polled Full Fleck Full Blood BRSF 12B - Horn Full Blood S: ANCHOR D AMBUSH 168Y S: ANCHOR D TRUE GRIT 520Y DS: G-7 POL ROCKET 12P DS: GIBBY’S TNT

Alan & Heather Bloder & Family

(306) 228-2671 Unity, SK 97


Who needs bright lights when you've got a City View! City View Simmentals - 5th Annual Bull Sale

March 24, 2015 at Johnstone Auction in Moose Jaw at 1:00 pm

City View Barnwood 422B

City View Brewhouse 410B Top Fuel U250 HR x Bodybuilder

Harvie Boondock x CMS Universe 838U

City View Boss Hog 434B

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Simmental Breeders Inducted into Canadian Simmental Association Hall of Fame The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to announce the induction of a group of very influential Simmental breeders in the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame. La Ferme Bischof, Newport Township, QC; Don & Bea Bates, Hanley, SK; and John Draper, Brandon, MB. These Hall of Fame Awards were given at various Simmental events this fall. The prestigious Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame award is given to past or present CSA members who have contributed to the expansion and growth of the Simmental breed, and who are leaders not only within the Association but also within the Canadian beef industry. Inductees are nominated by their fellow Simmental breeders and recognized for their involvement in their provincial association and their contribution to the CSA.

La Ferme Bischof

In the mid 1970’s Beat and Claire Bischof purchased their property in Newport Township and started building their cow herd in the mid 1980’s and since then the Bischof family has focused on raising traditional full blood Simmental cattle. In the early 1990’s la Ferme Bischof began exhibiting their Simmental cattle at local fairs, then graduating to Expo Quebec and the Royal Winter Fair. The Bischof family was active in the Ottawa Valley Simmental Club and the Quebec and Canadian Simmental Associations. Diane served as a director and specifically the position of treasurer and secretary of the Quebec Simmental Association (QSA) for many years. The Bischof family has worked with all levels of the agriculture sector and through their involvement with their business and the various Associations the Bischofs had opportunities to travel and better understand farming and raising cattle for beef production. After the passing of Beat Bischof in 2002, Claire and Diane continued farming, although numbers were reduced, the quality and goal of raising functional cattle never changed. Today, with the help of a great team at the farm, la Ferme Bischof continues to farm. It is with sadness that the CSA learned the news of the passing of Diane Bischof on Thursday, November 6, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Diane’s passion and joie-de-vivre will be missed by all who knew her. Our condolences go to her mother, Claire, family and friends.

Accepting on behalf of the Bischof Family, Phil Dougherty; CSA Director, John Sullivan

Don & Bea Bates

Don and Bea have been involved in the livestock industry for their entire lifetime. Their involvement in the Simmental breed began in 1972 as they built the foundation of Sunny Valley Simmentals by purchasing quality animals in Canada and also importing cattle from Switzerland. In 1975 Don & Bea along with a number of other Hanley area Simmental Breeders started a group called the Hanley Hilite Simmental Breeders. Over the years this group took “hosting” and promotion of the breed to new heights as they toured, entertained, and provided fantastic meals for anyone interested in sharing their enthusiasm of the Simmental breed. The Hanley HiLite sales continued until the late 80’s, and following that Don & Bea became involved in the Prairie Partners Sale in Regina, and later the Simmsational Sale. While active in the Simmental industry, they travelled many miles to sales and shows. Don & Bea both contributed to the organizational structure of the breed as Don was a director on the Saskatchewan Simmental Board & Bea was active within the Simmental Belles. When they reflect on their years in the cattle business, it’s the atmosphere, the people and the friendships they value the most. In 2005 they were presented with an Honor Scroll from the Saskatchewan Livestock Association. Don & Bea are now retired and are very proud of raising four daughters, all of whom remained in the Agriculture Industry. The Sunny Valley herd they founded 42 years ago, continues on with their youngest daughter Linda & her husband Wayne, and their grandchildren Tyler & Amanda.

CSA Office Manager, Barb Judd; Don & Bea Bates; CSA President, Kelly Ashworth

John Draper

John was one of the founding partners of Bar 5 Simmentals and was involved in all aspects of the development of the company. His specialty was in marketing and customer relations and over the years he became a master marketer of Simmental genetics. John travelled widely across North America promoting Bar 5 and Simmental cattle. Later John established JKD Livestock which focussed on marketing Simmental semen and provided sales consulting. During this time John bought and sold breed improving genetics for many Canadian and US Simmental breeders. John served on the CSA board of directors from 1977 to 1985 including time as President from 1982 to 1984.

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Membership Announcements Dale Blair Dale was born July 3, 1940 passed away peacefully October 23, 2014. Dale married Janet Marshall on April 13, 1963 in Humboldt, SK. They lived on family farm where they raised their four children: Scott, Darren, Craig and Lisa. Dale enjoyed spending his days at the farm and loved being involved in all aspects of agriculture. He was a member of numerous boards and committees involving his community, agriculture, politics and sports. He devoted countless hours to these passions. He was a dedicated advocate for the Canadian beef industry. Family gatherings were a great source of enjoyment for Dale, especially if involving the grandchildren. He took a lot of pride in their many achievements and enjoyed every minute spent with them. He was a strong believer in working hard and enjoying life to the fullest. Dale was known for his sharp wit, telling stories and his sense of humor which he passed on to his family. Dale will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Janet, his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Diane Bischof Diane Bischof passed away on November 6th at age 55. Passionate and enthusiastic for life and its challenges, Diane worked with her father for many years in the family business, Smico Inc., exclusive importer of Victorinox and then of Giesser knives for Canada. Passionate for the family farm in the Eastern Townships, she was active on various provincial cattle associations and a strong supporter for sustainable family farming. Well known in the foodservice and meat processing industry as the “Knife Lady”, Diane travelled across Canada, made many friends and built strong relationships with professionals all along the “farm to table” paths. Diane’s passion and joie-de-vivre will be missed by all who knew her.

Connor Beech Connor Beech: Connor Beech, from Pilot Mound, MB, beloved dad to Darcy and Tanya, and special friend to Gayle passed away December 1, 2014 at the age of 68. Proud father and grandfather, Connor had a smile for everyone. Connor was an enthusiast Simmental breeder and always made the time to enjoy a visit with a neighbor, friend or visitor. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Jean Glasman Jean Glasman of Russell, Manitoba passed away on November 23, 2014 at the age of 85 years. Jean is survived by her son Miles (Bonnie) Glasman of Russell, daughter Donna Glasman (Steve Thompson), son Jeff Glasman and four grandchildren Jared, Matthew (Leanne), Madison and Jordan. Known as Grandma Jean, the matriarch of the Glasman family and of M&J Farms, was an amazing lady, a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and a grandmother that always put her family first. She will be missed by all those who knew her.

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“Featuring sons of Power Play - 10 sons sell”

Also Featuring Sons of Downey 106Y, Red Crowfoot Rumbler 2192Z and more! Black Simmental, Downey 106Y has become our “go to” calving ease sire – 10 sons sell Red Angus, Rumbler 2192Z is our pick of Crowfoots 2012 bulls. He is above average in 14 of 15 measured EPD traits and in the top 20% or better in 10 of 15. His Dam, a black/red carrier, with her 2013 bull calf was the lead off lot in Crowfoots dispersal of 900 lots and was the high selling pair at $28000.

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Saturday April 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm Hanover, ON - Maple Hill Auctions

Representation of Bulls Selling

RHF 317A - Sire: NLC Upgrade

RHF 406A - Sire: Stubby

RHF 410B - Sire: Stubby

RHF-409B - Sire: BLK Wheatland 680Y

RHF-421B - Sire: BLK Wheatland 680Y

RHF 425B - Sire: Stubby

Pictures taken November 1, 2014 16 Purebred Simmental , BIO performance tested bulls sell! From Rehorst Farms Ltd. 14 Angus bulls sell from Gilchrist Farms! Watch for full catalogue listing on www.buyagro.com

RHF 417B - Sire: Anchor D Imax

RHF 420B - Sire: MFR Steamboat 28Z

SALE PROUDLY PRESENTED BY

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Gilchrist Farms

Sale Representatives

Adrian Rehorst Teeswater, ON 519-357-7077

Brad Gilchrist Lucknow, ON 519-440-6720

Ben Wright 519-374-3335 Carl Wright 519-369-7489 Billy Elmhirst 705-761-0896


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Braised Beef Stew What could be more satisfying than a big bowl of hearty stew? One Traditional Braised Beef Stew recipe makes a big batch so there is plenty for company or you can tuck some in the freezer for later!

Traditional Braised Beef Stew 2 tbsp (30 mL) ............olive or vegetable oil 2 lb (1 kg) ...................stewing beef cubes ¼ cup (50 mL) ............all-purpose flour 2 ...............................garlic cloves minced 1 ...............................large onion, cut lengthwise into eight 1 cup (250 mL) ...........beef stock 28 oz (796 mL) can .....diced plum tomatoes 2 tbsp (30 mL) EACH ..worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar 1 tsp (5 mL) ...............dried thyme (or 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme) 1 ...............................bay leaf ½ tsp (2 mL) EACH .....salt and pepper 2 ...............................carrots, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks ½ lb (250 g)................scrubbed mini potatoes, quartered Chopped fresh parsley 1.

Heat oil in Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat until sizzling hot. Brown meat in 4 batches. Set beef aside; sprinkle with flour.

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Simmer covered, on stove-top or in 325°F (160°C) oven for 1 hour until beef is fork tender. Add vegetables; cook 30 to 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove and discard bay leaf. Garnish each serving with some chopped parsley.

Slow-cooker Version: After Step 2, transfer mixture with carrots and potatoes to 24-cup (6 L) slow-cooker. Cook, covered, on LOW for 8 hours. Beef Stew Provençal Version: Add 8 oz (250 g) button mushrooms when cooking garlic and onions. Substitute dry red wine for stock. Use thyme (as above) or substitute herbes de Provençe for thyme. Instead of potatoes and carrots, use 2 cups (500 mL) cut green beans and ½ cup (125 mL) black olives (pitted and halved).

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Simmental Genetics Continue To Dominate In 2014

Expo Boeuf

Supreme Champion Female Xcel Sheeza Ruby 407Z Xcel Livestock, Russell, ON

FarmFair International

Supreme Champion Female RF Certainly Flirtin 202Z Rancier Farms, Killam, AB Additional Owner: Westman Land & Cattle

Canadian Western Agribition

RBC Beef Supreme Challenge Grand Champion Female RF Certainly Flirtin 202Z Rancier Farms, Killam, AB Additional Owner: Westman Land & Cattle

Supreme Champion Bull MFS Junior 3A Spud Island Farms & Mutch Farms, Cornwall, PEI

Manitoba Livestock Expo

Champion Pen of Heifers Westman Farms, Vermilion, AB Reserve Champion Pen of Heifers Westman Farms, Vermilion, AB

Champion Little Lady Classic Twin View 67Z Bailey 45B High Bluff Stock Farms, Inglis, MB Overall Champion Pen of Bulls Mader Ranches. Carstairs, AB

Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers Westman, Murray Vermilion, AB

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers Westman, Murray Vermilion, AB

Lloydminster Stockade Roundup

LLCR - Reserve Champion Little Lady Classic Erixon Lady 10B Erixon Simmentals Inc., Clavet, SK

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Champion King of the Ring McIntosh Whiskey Pete 4B McIntosh Livestock, Maymont, SK

Supreme Champion Pen of Bulls McIntosh Livestock, Maymont, SK

Congratulations to all exhibitors!

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Grand Champion Overall Breeds in the National Jr Beef Heifer Show Duncs Kisses 1A Shown by Kennidi Howe, Owned by Dunc’s Cattle Co., Glencoe ON.

Reserve Champion Stockade Lady WPT Ms Best Kept Secret 11B Peters Simmentals, Perdue, SK


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Saskatchewan Simmental Association

President: Dave Erixon (306) 270-2893 Secretary:

Carolyn McCormack (306) 697-2945 Box 591 Grenfell, SK S0G 2B0 sasksimmental@yourlink.ca

Simmental Genetics Excel in the Fall Commercial Shows & Sales! Edam Fall Fair - Oct. 25, 2014

Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Open Heifers - Ryan Roach Reserve Champion Pen of 5 Open Heifers - Doug Marjoram Champion Pen of 3 Bred Heifers - Silver Willow Ranch Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Bred Heifers - Duan McCaffrey Champion Pen of 5 Bred Heifers - Windmill Stock Farm Reserve Champion Pen of 5 Bred Heifers - Chris Danychuk Champion Cow/Calf Heifer Calves - Ryan Roach Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Heifer Calves - Bar Crossroads Farm People’s Choice/Champion Pen of 3 Exotic Bulls - Red Willow Ranch Ltd.

Marjoram Farm Ltd. - Res. Ch Pen of 5 Open Heifers

2014 SSA Commercial Breeder of the Year

Brad & Angel Towes & Family, Lucille & Howard Toews receiving their farm sign from SSA Pres. Dave Erixon at Agribition

Congratulations to Hummock Springs Ranch! Hummock Springs Ranch Inc. is a 4th generation family cattle operation located near Watrous, SK. It is owned and operated by Howard and Lucille Toews, their son Brad, his wife Angel and their 3 little helpers – Bronc, Sunshine and Honey Toews. The ranch also has valued long time employees. They calve out an Angus based herd of 2000 cows consisting of owned and year round custom cows. They retain their calves to background and for replacement females for the herd. Hummock Springs Ranch started buying Simmental bulls in 2007 to add hybrid vigor to their cow herd. The ranch was looking for new genetics to improve on milking ability in the cows and growth & consistency in the calves while maintaining calving ease. The ranch believe that the Angus-Simmental cross is achieving these valued traits.

Red Willow Creek - People’s Choice and Champion Pen of 3 Exotic Bulls

Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up - Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2014 GRAND CHAMPION PEN OF 3 BRED HEIFERS JACKPOT - Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK GRAND CHAMPION PEN OF 3 COMMERCIAL HEIFER CALVES - Marjoram Farm Ltd., Speers, SK GRAND CHAMPION PEN OF 5 COMMERCIAL HEIFER CALVES - Marjoram Farm Ltd., Speers, SK GRAND CH. PEN OF 3 COMMERCIAL BRED YRLG HEIFERS - Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK GRAND CH. PEN OF 5 COMMERCIAL BRED YRLG HEIFERS - Little Willow Creek, Frenchman Butte, SK GRAND CHAMPION PEN OF 3 COMMERCIAL BULL CALVES – EUROPEAN BREEDS - South Holden Simmental, Holden, AB

Yorkton Harvest Showdown - Nov. 6, 2014 Champion Futurity Pen of 3 Bred Heifers- Simmental, Pheasantdale Cattle Company, Balcarres, SK Champion Futurity Pen of 3 Cow/calf pairs-Simmental, Pheasantdale Cattle Company, Balcarres, SK Res. Champion Futurity Pen of 3 cow/calf pairs- Simm x Red Angus, Paul & Dee Valstar, Springside, SK Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Bulls- Pheasantdale Cattle Company, Balcarres, SK

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Pheasantdale Cattle Co. - Champion Futurity Pen of 3 Cow/calf

Canadian Western Agribition - Nov. 28, 2014

Champion Pen of 5 Bred Replacement Heifers - Raymond Land & Cattle Ltd., Aneroid, SK Grand Champion Pen of 10 Bred Replacement Heifers - Murray Westman, Vermilion, AB Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 10 Bred Replacement Heifers - Murray Westman, Vermilion, AB Res. Grand Champion & Champion Pen of 10 Open Replacement Heifers - Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK Reserve Champion Pen of 10 Open Replacement Heifers - Sentes Farms, Raymore, SK Bull Pen Alley Grand Champion Pen of Simmental Bulls - McIntosh Livestock, Maymont, SK Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Simmental Bulls - Red Willow Ranch Ltd., Cutknife, SK

Supreme Champion Pen of Bulls - McIntosh Livestock, Maymont, SK


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BARRY & BRENDA LABATTE Dave and Krista Erixon 306-270-2893

erixonsimmentals@sasktel.net www.erixonsimmentals.com Box 156 Clavet, SK S0K 0Y0 Red & Black Simmentals

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What’s Happening January

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

February

Feb. 7 - Springer Simmentals Sale of Value Based Genetics, Decorah, Iowa

Feb. 8 - Hartman Cattle Company Simmental Bull Sale, Tecumseth, NE Feb. 12 - Janzen Ranches 22nd Annual Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale, Rosemary, AB Feb. 13 - 16th Annual Genetic Edge Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Feb. 13 - TNT Simmental 30th Annual Genetic Explosion Sale, Almont, ND Feb. 14 - Kenner Simmental Ranch Bull Sale, Leeds, ND Feb. 14 - Soderglen Ranch Select Bull Sale, Airdrie, AB Feb. 15 - Diamond M Ranch 3rd Annual Bull Sale, Estevan, SK Feb. 16 - Rendezvous Farms “Holiday Monday” 11th Annual Simmental Bull and Female Sale, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Feb. 17 - Jeans & Genetics Simmental Bull Sale, Ponoka, AB Feb. 17 - Bata/Olafson Simmental Sale, Rugby, ND Feb. 18 - Young Guns & Guests Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Wainwright, AB Feb. 19 - M&J Farms Simmental and Angus Bull and Female Sale, Russell, MB Feb. 20 - 26th Mader Ranches Bull & Female Sale, Carstairs, AB Feb. 21 - Double Bar D Best of Both Worlds Simmental & Red Angus Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Feb. 21 - Circle G Simmentals/Angus, P & H Ranching Co, & Alkali Lake Angus Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Feb. 21 - Timberlind Auctions 7th Annual Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Buck Creek, AB Feb. 22 - Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale, Virden, MB Feb. 23 - Select Opportunity Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Olds, AB Feb. 24 - Rainalta Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale, Brooks, AB Feb. 25 - 9th Annual Crossroad Farms Bull Sale, Shell Lake, SK Feb. 26 - 10th Annual Robb Hoegl Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Feb. 26 - Bull Rush Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Feb. 27 - Lone Stone Farms Simmental & Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Westlock, AB Feb. 28 - Bar 5 Farms Online Bull & Female Spring Production Sale, www.cattleinmotion.com Feb. 28 - Lewis Farms 30th Annual Bull Sale, Spruce Grove, AB

March

Mar. 1 - PRO-CHAR 4th Annual Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale, Glenevis, AB Mar. 2 - Simmental Summit 3rd Annual Bull & Female Sale, Bentley, AB Mar. 2 - 13th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale, Shellbrook, SK

Mar. 4 - Erixon Simmentals Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar. 4 - 20th Anniversary Herd Master Bull Sale, Camrose, AB Mar. 5 - 11th Annual Pheasantdale Bull & Female Sale, Balcarres, SK Mar. 6 - LaBatte Simmentals with guest Meadow Acres Farm, 35th Annual Bull and Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar. 6 - 10th Annual Bullfest Sale, Camrose, AB Mar. 6 - Chittick Family Bull Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB Mar. 7 - 21st Annual McMillen Ranching Production Sale, Carievale, SK Mar. 7 - MCG Simmentals and RACK Red Angus Bull and Female Sale, Stavely, AB Mar. 7 - Mappin Simmentals 10th Annual Bull Sale DCTE, Veteran, AB Mar. 7 - O Double E Simmental Sale, Beaverlodge, AB Mar. 7 - Westgold Farms 7th Annual Bull Sale, Vermilion, AB Mar. 7 - Lockhart Valley / Beagle Simmentals Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Mar. 8 - 15th Annual R Plus Bull Sale, Estevan, SK Mar. 9 - Harvie Ranching 6th Annual Bull Sale, Olds, AB Mar. 9 - Ashworth Farm and Ranch Simmental Sale, Oungre, SK Mar. 9 - Fallen Timber Farms Spring Select, Dawson Creek, BC Mar. 9 - Bull Spectrum Simmental Sale, Innisfail, AB

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Mar. 9 - Severtson Land & Cattle with guest consignor Trendsetter Livestock, Innisfail, AB Mar. 10 - Built Right Bull Sale, Provost, AB Mar. 11 - Mar Mac Farms and Guests Annual Bull Sale, Brandon, MB Mar. 11 - Skor Simmentals Red & Black Bull Sale, Camrose, AB Mar. 11 - 25th Anniversary Sunny Valley Simmentals Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Mar. 11 - 8th Annual PowerPak Bull Sale, Fort McLeod, AB Mar. 12 - In Pursuit of Perfection Simmental & Angus Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Mar. 12 - 12th Annual Westway & Deeg Annual Bull Sale, Olds, AB Mar. 13 - Northern Classic Charolais & Simmental Bull Sale, Grande Prairie, AB Mar. 14 - 4th Annual Vente des taureaux Synergie Bull Sale, Ste. Sophie de Levrard, PQ Mar. 14 - Ranchlands Simmental and Red Angus Bull Sale, Stavely, AB Mar. 14 - Next Generation Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Mar. 14 - Swantewitt Simmentals Annual Bull & Heifer Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB Mar. 14 - Place Your Bets Bull Sale, Veteran, AB Mar. 15 - Rebels of the West Angus & Simmental Bull Sale, Virden, MB Mar. 16 - Genetic Source Simmental Bull Sale, Brandon, MB Mar. 16 - Genetic Legacy Bull Sale, Billings, MT Mar. 16 - South-Sask Simmental Bull and Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar. 17 - Prairie Partners Bull & Female Sale, Killarney, MB Mar. 17 - Kuntz - Stoughton - McIntosh - SAJ Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Mar. 17 - 15th Annual On Target Bull & Female Sale, Barrhead, AB Mar. 18 - Transcon’s Premium Beef Simmental Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB Mar. 18 - Adair Ranch Bull Sale, Provost, AB Mar. 19 - Get A Grip Angus & Simmental Sale, Forestburg, AB Mar. 20 - Family Tradition Charolais and Simmental Bull Sale, Dropmore, MB Mar. 20 - Porter Ranches Bull Sale, Stoney Plain, AB Mar. 20 - Casaloma Classic Bull Sale, Prince Albert, SK Mar. 21 - 2015 IRCC Bull Sale, Indian River, ON Mar. 21 - Ferme Gagnon Annual Bull Sale, Cheneville, PQ Mar. 21 - 12th Annual Highland Stock Farms Bull Sale, High River, AB Mar. 21 - Kick Off to Spring Bull Sale, Grande Clairiere, MB Mar. 21 - 9th Annual Proudly Western Bull Sale, Whitewood, SK Mar. 23 - Transcon’s Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale, Red Deer, AB Mar. 23 - 11th Annual Butts, Gutts & Nuts Simmental Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Mar. 24 - WLB Livestock 11th Annual Simmental and Hereford Bull Sale, Douglas, MB Mar. 24 - City View Simmentals 5th Annual Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar. 24 - 19th Annual U2 Ranch Bull & Female Sale, High River, AB Mar. 25 - Transcon’s 20th Annual Advantage Bull Sale, Simmental, Charolais, Red Angus, Saskatoon, SK Mar. 26 - Wheatland Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Bienfait, SK Mar. 27 - Rust Mountain View Ranch “Ace in the Hole” Bull Sale, Turtle Lake, ND Mar. 28 - Transcon’s Mountainview Bull Sale - Simmental, Charolais, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Innisfail, AB Mar. 29 - The Best of the Breeds Bull Sale, Yorkton, SK Mar. 30 - Transcon’s Peace Country Simmental Bull Sale, Beaverlodge, AB Mar. 30 - Southwest Showcase Simmental Bull Sale, Swift Current, SK Mar. 31 - MFR 5th Annual Genetic Destination Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Mar. 31 - Early Sunset Ranch “Only The Good Ones Sell” Production Sale, Edam, SK

April

Apr. 4 - Best Bet Bull Sale, Williams Lake, BC Apr. 4 - North East Source Bull Sale, Tisdale, SK Apr. 4 - 1st Annual Midwestern Ontario Angus & Simmental Bull Sale, Hanover, ON Apr. 7- Pursuit of Excellence Bull Sale, Sedley, SK Apr. 9 - Transcon’s Winnipeg Simmental Bull Sale, Winnipeg, MB Apr. 9 - Daines All Black Bull Sale, Innisfail, AB Apr. 11 - Transcon’s Cattle Country Charolais and Simmental Bull Sale, Neepawa, MB


What’s Happening Apr. 11 - 40th Annual Six Mile Ranch Bull Sale, Fir Mountain, SK

May

May. 16 - Timberlind Auctions Spring Truck & Machinery Consignment Sale, Buck Creek, AB

June

June 23 - 24 - T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament, Saskatoon, SK

July

July 2 - 5 - Quebec YCSA Show, Brome, PQ July 23 - 26 - Alberta YCSA Show, Lacombe, AB July 29 - 31 - Saskatchewan YCSA Show, Prince Albert, SK July 29 - Aug. 1 - Prince Albert Exhibition, Prince Albert, SK July 30 - Aug. 2 - YCSA National Classic, Lindsay, ON July 30 - Aug. 2 - Canadian Simmental Association Annual Convention, Lindsay, ON July 31 - Aug. 2 - Manitoba YCSA Show, Neepawa, MB

August

Aug. 27 - 28 - Maritimes YCSA Show, Truro, NS

September

Sep. 26 - Ferme Gagnon 19th Annual Production Sale, Cheneville, PQ

October

Oct. 1-4 - River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale, Glencoe, ON www.riverpointcattlecompany.com Oct. 3 - Bar 5 Farms Extravaganza Fall Production Sale, Markdale, ON Oct. 9 - 11 - Expo Boeuf, Victoriaville, PQ Oct. 16 - Anchor D Ranch Pasture Treasures **New Date**, Rimbey, AB Oct. 16 - 18 - Endless Possibilities Online Sale, Little Britain, ON www.liveauctions.com Oct. 18 - Ottawa Valley Simmental Club Harvest Sale, Metcalfe, ON Oct. 24 - Edam Fall Fair Commercial Cattle Show, Edam, SK Oct. 30 - Nov 1 - Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Lloydminster, SK

November

Nov. 5 - 8 - Manitoba Livestock Expo, Brandon, MB Nov. 6 - 15 - Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON Nov. 10 - 15 - Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB Nov. 23 - 28 - Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK Nov. 25 - Agribition Simmental Show and Sale, Regina, SK

December

Dec. 9 - Double Bar D “She’s Got the Look” Female Sale, Grenfell, SK Dec. 18 - 4th Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale, Olds, AB Dec. 31 - New Years Resolution Frozen Genetics Sale Volume IV, Red Deer, AB

Thank You to our 2014 Buyers

BULLS Lorna Kuntz Mark & Loretta Anderson Wes and Pat Freedon Rod & Gail Verbonac Terry & Marion Egeto David & Carol Bradley Terry & Dalphine Welter Blair Anton Colin & Gary Schlacter Joseph & Barbara Bell Denis & Laura Keller Perdue Ranching Co-op

STEERS Chase Bruynooghe Brynn Whelan Dayne Whelan Taylor Phillips HEIFERS Tate Vermette Regan Schlacter

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ADVERTISER’S INDEX

3E Red Angus............................55 ABC Cattle Co.........................121 Adair Ranch....................... 93, 115 Afri-Can Simmentals................ 118 Alameda Agencies Ltd.............124 Alliance Simmental Farms............. ........................................ 107, 119 Alkali Lake Angus......................67 Alta Genetics...........................125 Anchor D Ranch.......... 14, 15, 115 Applecross............................... 115 Arrow Creek Simmentals...........36 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd......... ..........................................80, 121 Aumack Simmentals................121 Bar 5 Farms......................... 9, 119 Bar CL Livestock..................... 115 Beagle Simmentals.................. 115 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals......... .......................................... 74, 115 Big Johnson Charolais...............81 Big Rock Simmentals.............. 118 Big Sky Simmentals...................56 Black Gold Simmental Ltd...88, 89 Black River Farms................... 119 Black Sand Cattle Company.......... .......................................... 85, 118 Blairs.Ag Cattle Company.......105 Blushrose Simmental Farm.97, 121 Bohrson Marketing Services.......... ...... 10, 11, 31, 32, 70, 75, 96, 125 Boivert Simmentals....................91 Bonchuk Farms................. 24, 118 Bouchard Livestock International.. ..............7, 17, 26, 36, 45, 80, 125 Boundary Ranch........................45 Bova-Tech Ltd..........................125 Bow Valley Genetics................125 BS Ranch.......................... 18, 115 Canadian Bull Congress..........124 Canadian Cattlemen................124 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp.... ................................................124 Canadian Sires....................46, 47 Carey, Brent.............................124 Carlaur Simmental................... 119 Casaloma Cattle Company............

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..........................................94, 121 Cattle In Motion...........................9 Champ Simmentals...................20 Chittick Family Hereford Ranch ..34 Circle 3 Genetics..................... 119 Circle G Simmentals & Angus....... .......................................... 67, 115 City View Simmentals........98, 121 Clearwater Simmentals..... 53, 115 Conover Auction Service...........59 Continental Simmental..............62 Coulee Crossing Cattle Co........37 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh...........120 Crocus Simmentals...................45 Crossroad Farms.........68, 69, 122 Curtis Simmentals.....................37 Czech-Mate Livestock............. 115 D Maronda Simmentals.............55 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd...........................................125 Deeg Simmental................ 35, 115 Destiny Simmentals.................120 Diamond B Simmentals.............66 Diamond M Ranch.....................17 Diamond T Simmentals........... 115 Direct Marketing Livestock Services...................17, 26, 92, 93 Don Heggie Simmentals.......... 115 Donovandale Simmentals........120 Dora Lee Genetics...................120 Dorran Marketing Inc...............124 Dorran, Steve..........................124 Double Bar D Farms........2, 3, 122 Double G Simmentals........57, 122 Double R Farms........................74 Downey Farms.................. 36, 118 Downhill Simmentals.................84 DP Sales Management............125 Dunc’s Cattle Co......................120 Dwayann Simmentals..............120 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals......... 115 Early Sunset Ranch...................99 East Poplar Simmentals..........122 Edge, Dean..............................124 EDN Simmentals...............45, 122 Elliott Simmentals................18, 19 Elm Tree Farms.......................120

Erixon Simmentals.............32, 122 Fallen Timber Farms............... 118 Ferme BMS...............................91 Ferme Gagnon Farm...............121 Ferme Saro Farm....................121 Ferme Sibelle Fleck...................91 Flying F Ranch..........................41 Genex Cooperative, Inc...........125 Giebelhaus Simmentals.............18 Gilchrist Farms........................104 GJR Simmentals......................122 Glasman Farms.........................21 Graesser Brothers.....................59 Grant Rolston Photograhy Ltd..124 Gravandale Simmentals..........120 Greystone Cattle Co..................18 Grinalta Farms......................... 115 Group BBBG..............................91 Gunn Simmentals......................59 H.S. Knill Company Limited.....124 Hairy Hill Cattle Co............ 20, 115 Hallridge Simmentals...............120 Hannah Simmental............ 25, 115 Hartmans Cattle Co...................62 Harvie Ranching...................... 116 Herter Simmentals.....................49 High Bluff Stock Farm.............. 119 High Country Cattle Services........ .......................................... 74, 116 Hi-Tech Farms.........................120 Hoegl Livestock Ltd...........70, 122 Hudson Pines..............................8 Indian River Cattle Co.............120 Ivanhoe Angus...........................98 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd...........................................125 Janzen Ranches................ 51, 116 Jelia Simmentals/Rolly Acres ...87 Jetstream Livestock.................120 JNR Farms...................... 106, 116 Johnson Stock Farms................41 JP Cattle....................................41 Kathol Simmental Ranch...........66 Keato Meadow Simmentals..... 116 Keet Simmentals.......................57 Kimballs Few Acres...................59 Kin Kin Cattle Co............... 34, 116

Kindred Spirit Cattle...................37 Kopp Farms............................. 119 Kramer Trailer Sales..................49 Kulyk Simmentals......................96 Kuntz Simmental Farm......39, 122 LaBatte Simmentals..........33, 122 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals.....57, 122 Lazy S Ranch Inc.................... 116 Lewis Farms.................. 116, OBC Little Souix Cattle Company......59 Little Willow Creek Ranch...89, 122 LiveAuctions.TV.........................23 Lobster Point Farms................ 119 Lone Stone Farms............. 73, 116 M & J Farms...................... 21, 119 M & R Cattle..............................25 MacKenzie Cattle Company.... 116 Mader Ranches........... 22, 23, 116 Maple Key Farm......................120 Mappin Simmentals........... 65, 116 Mar Mac Farms................. 84, 119 Masterfeeds.......................13, 123 Maxwell Simmentals.......... 27, 116 McCormack Family Ranch............ ........................................102, 122 MCG Simmentals.................... 116 McIntosh Livestock......38, 39, 122 McManus Simmentals............. 119 McMillen Ranching Ltd......77, 122 Meadow Acres Farms........33, 122 MI Simmentals................... 55, 116 Mitchell Cattle Co............ 103, 118 Moonshine Simmentals.............18 More Simmentals.......................36 Muirhead Cattle Co............31, 123 New Holland................................5 North Hill Simmentals........ 19, 116 Norton Simmentals....................66 O Double E Simmentals.......... 116 Oakview Simmentals.................56 O’Brien Farms.........................120 O’Grady Steel..........................123 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group. ................................................ 116 Olanski Simmental Farms....... 117 Optimal Bovines Inc.......79, 92, 99 Outback Cattle Co.....................55


P&H Ranching...........................67 Parkhill Ranches...................... 117 Parview Stock Farms............... 117 Pearson Simmentals............... 117 Pederson Livestock...................81 Pemlock simmentals..................18 Perkin Land & Cattle Co............84 Peters Simmentals..................127 Pheasantdale Cattle Co.....75, 123 Phillips Farms..........................123 Pine Creek Simmentals........... 117 Porter Ranches.................. 95, 117 Prairie Wind Farms Ltd..............41 Prime Rib Ranch.......................59 R Plus Simmentals....................79 Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais.. .......................................... 26, 117 Rancier Farms....... 27, 28, 29, 117 Rattray Livestock..................... 117 Red Rose Angus......................123 Red Willow Ranch...............88, 89 Rehorst Farms Ltd...................104 Rendezvous Farms................. 119 Riskan Hope Farm.....................37 River Point Cattle Co...............120 Riverbank Farm....................... 119

Robb Farms.......................71, 123 Robson Acres..........................120 Roenda Stock Farms.................36 Rust Mountain...........................44 SAJ Simmentals................39, 123 Saugeen Acres........................ 117 Schatz Simmentals............ 66, 117 Scissors Creek Cattle Co....40, 41 SIBL Simmentals.......................92 Simmeron Ranch............... 18, 117 Skeels, Dan.............................124 Skor Simmentals............... 54, 117 Soderglen Ranches.............60, 61 South Holden Simmentals.........87 Southpaw Cattle Company...... 117 Spring Creek Simmentals.. 85, 123 Spring Lake Simmentals................ .................................... 27, 66, 117 Springer Simmental...................59 Spruceview Acres......................18 Starwest Farms....................... 118 Steen Agencies........................124 Stevens Cattle Company...........59 Stewart Simmentals.................121 Stock, Mark..............................124 Stockmens Insurance..............124

Stone Simmentals................... 117 Storebo Farm.............................57 Stoughton Farms Ltd.........39, 123 Stout Bros. Simmentals.............72 Sullivan Simmentals................121 Sun Rise Simmentals........41, 123 Sun Star Simmentals......... 87, 117 Arntzen Angus...........................87 Sunnyside Simmentals..............98 Sunny Valley Simmentals..83, 123 Sunset Simmentals....................20 Swan Lake Farms....................123 Swantewitt Simmentals..... 90, 117 T Bar C Cattle Company............... ..................18, 20, 37, 39, 41, 125 The Register............................123 Timberlind Auctions...........66, 124 TNT Simmental Ranch..............63 Todd Simmentals.....................121 Transcon Livestock Corp............... .............50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, ............................57, 73, 125, 131 Trendsetter Ranches.................18 Trevor’s Cowpix.......................124 Triple R Simmentals..................56

Triple Rose Simmentals..........121 Tryon Simmentals.................... 119 TSN Livstock..................... 36, 119 Twin Brae Simmentals............. 119 Twin Butte Simmentals............ 118 Tymarc Livestock..................... 118 Virginia Ranch...........................52 Virginia Ranch......................... 118 W2 Farms..........................57, 123 Waskana Herefords...................98 Weldehaven Farms.................121 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company... ................................................ 118 Westway Farms Ltd........... 35, 118 Wheatland Cattle Company.......43 Wild Oak Farms.......................121 Windy Knoll Farm.................... 119 WJ Simmentals.................. 81, 118 WLB Livestock.........................129 Wolfe Farms............................ 118 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh............... 53, 118 Wright’s Pro Rich Seeds.......... 119 Xcel Livestock..........................121 XRC Simmentals.....................123 X-T Simmentals.........................45

THE WLB KIND OF BULLS! SELL AGAIN!

March 24, 2015 THANK YOU! Bryan and Keith Stoughton, Maidstone, SK for purchasing our $25,000 “Good Time”son

Videos will be available online at

www.wlblivestock.com

(WLB 4170A pictured)

His blood brothers and half brothers will be a feature again this year along with our first sons of MRL El Tigre 52Z and red sons of CMS Tradmark 756T and Sunny Valley Force 47Y.

WLB Livestock Bill & Nancy Biglieni Douglas, Manitoba Sale will be held on farm.

wlblivestock@inetlink.ca

Be sure to let us know if you would like a catalogue.

204 763 4697

204 729 7925

Also selling 20 Yearling Polled Hereford Bulls.

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SBIC 2015 Growing the Future Conference SASKATCHEWAN’S PREMIER BEEF EVENT

Beef & Forage Symposium Industry Trade Show Industry and Breed Association Meetings Business Networking | Fun

January 21 – 23, 2015

Queensbury Convention Centre Evraz Place, Regina Saskatchewan

“The world is run by people who show up.” Bruce Vincent

Show up for SBIC 2015 at Queensbury Convention Centre! With beef prices reaching all time highs, it’s a great time to invest in the growth of your operation. Gain insight into forage management principles and technology from top researchers, combined with the hands-on experience of leading producers. Thoughtprovoking messaging on social license, industry advocacy and best management practices; it’s all on the agenda. Speakers from across Western Canada will be joined by some out-of-country guests, including: From the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Dr. Flavio Santos, expert in intensive grazing systems and energy supplementation. Montana’s Bruce Vincent is engaging, compelling and passionate. This logger turned inspirational speaker will help you view familiar scenes through a new lens.

Show up for networking, information, fun and excitement. The Ramada Plaza will provide conference-rate guest rooms. Call 306-569-1666 ex 7200 and use the Group Code CGSBAC to book your room today. Free shuttle service will be provided to the meeting venue.

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Website: www.lewisfarms.ca Office Ph.: 780-962-5050 Fax: 780-962-2467 Kyle Lewis: 780-220-9188 Jordan Buba: 780-818-4047 Ken Lewis: 780-818-3829 emails: kyle@lewisfarms.ca jordan@lewisfarms.ca lewis@xplornet.com Fullblood Bulls: Mark Land & Cattle , Lenny Mark 780-842-7207

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