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Welcome to the Summer issue of the Voice. The publishing schedule is imposing that I write this update before our Annual General Meeting and board meetings, where the core of current Limousin news will happen. However, you will find a brief summary of the outcome of these events in this issue that will be dropped in minutes before we go to print. Here are other important updates and reminders; Piper Whelan We are thrilled to have Piper Whelan back as our main story writer. Piper was given a long list of interesting subjects back in May and she will be replenishing our bank of stories during the summer. You will have chance to read her work for several issues to come. You will also notice a new column entitled; “From Pasture to Plate – Retailing Limousin Beef ” featuring a Limousin beef retailer in every issue of the Voice. DNA Hair Samples GenServe, our official laboratory in Saskatoon constantly receives hair samples that are too small for SNP testing. We are reminding you again that SNP testing requires at least 40 hair follicles. Please make sure to send in at least the minimum required. National Show Make plans to attend the 2013 National Limousin Events in Edmonton, Alberta. See details in this issue of the Voice. Limousin Farewells We are sad to announce the passing of Mrs. Claudette Daviau from Quebec. The Daviaus have been involved with the Limousin breed since 1985. Our sympathies to Andre and the rest of the family.

Bienvenue au numéro d’été du Limousin Voice. Le calendrier de publication demande que j’écrive cette mise à jour avant les réunions du Conseil et de l’assemblée générale annuelle qui arriveront au cœur de l’actualité du Limousin sous peu. Vous trouverez un résumé des informations au sujet de ces événements dans ce numéro car il sera inséré à la dernière minute, tout juste avant d’aller à l’impression. Piper Whelan Nous sommes ravis de voir Piper Whelan de retour pour la saison estivale en tant que notre principale journaliste. Piper a reçu une longue liste de sujets intéressants au mois de mai et elle prendra l’été pour écrire plusieurs articles qui réapprovisionneront notre banque de rubriques. Vous aurez donc la chance de lire son travail au cours des numéros à venir. Vous remarquerez également une nouvelle chronique intitulée ; « Du pâturage jusqu’à l’assiette – vendre du bœuf Limousin” mettant en vedette un détaillant de viande Limousin dans chaque numéro du Limousin Voice. Échantillons de poils pour l’ADN GenServe, notre laboratoire officiel à Saskatoon reçoit constamment des échantillons de poils qui sont trop petits pour les nouveaux tests d’ADN avec la méthode SNP. Nous vous rappelons encore une fois que les tests SNP nécessitent au moins 40 follicules pileux. Veuillez vous assurer d’envoyer au moins le minimum requis. Concours national Limousin On vous attend à Edmonton du 6 au 8 novembre pour les événements nationaux Limousin. Le programme comprend un concours de groupes, une vente d’animaux et bien sure le jugement Limousin.

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Louis DeNeuville passed away on July 8 at 84 years of age. Louis was the ILC’s Chairman Emeritus and of course played a unique and quite remarkable part in re-establishing the Limousin breed in France and championing its uptake, development, and promotion around the world. He was a man of energy, conviction, and endless enthusiasm. February 12, 1923 - May 25, 2013 Lillian Eleanor Larsen, a lifelong rancher and breeder of Limousin cattle, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Mount Royal Care Centre, Calgary, AB in her 91st year. Lil joined the CLA in 1971 and her fullblood herd remained active until 2012. Her ranch was located north of Cochrane, Alberta.

Les détails sont affichés sur le site de l’association à Avis de décès Limousin Nous sommes tristes d’annoncer le décès de Mme Claudette Daviau de St-Valerien, Québec. Les Daviau sont impliqués dans la race Limousin depuis 1985. Nos sympathies à André et sa famille. Louis DeNeuville est décédé le 8 juillet à l’âge de 84 ans. On se rappellera de Louis qui a été président d’honneur du Conseil International Limousin et qui a joué un rôle tout à fait remarquable et unique en rétablissant la race Limousin en France. Il était une personne dévouée au développement et à la promotion de la race dans le monde entier. C’était un homme d’énergie, conviction et enthousiasme sans fin.

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Limousin: Data Driven Data is the way we track performance of animals. Information is the way we turn data into a form useful for decision making and knowledge is what we have when data, experience and decision making are combined. For the last several years the CLA has been reviewing the data collected by members and it shows some interesting results. Female enrolments have been fairly stable over the last few years. While the cowherd has declined in step with the entire Canadian industry, numbers are holding fairly steady. These numbers are important for several reasons, aside from the fact that the association is in large part funded through enrolments. Enrolments represent the Limousin cowherd. These numbers provide a good frame of reference to help understand things like pregnancy rate, culling rates, longevity, and productivity overall. Enrolment provides some cow herd context that is vital to understanding the data better overall. It would be like you saying “I weaned 50 calves� without knowing how many cows you own. It does not provide much context. Number of enrolled females by year

Year Enrolled 2012 8800 2011 9471 2010 10034 2009 10666

One of the things we can do that is pretty useful is look at other data, relative to enrolled females. In other words, for every cow in production, how many production records do we get for each trait. Again this tells us a couple of different things. Firstly it provides some indication of what members and their customers are focusing on. If we get nearly 100% of cows reporting a birth weight, it is fairly safe to assume that this number is important. If a new trait is being collected then it is possible to look at adoption of the trait over time. A good example in the graph below would be udder scores. This information also helps to indicate potential issues with collecting the data. The CLA has seen an increase in udder scores, and docility scores but has seen a slight decrease in ultrasound as a percentage of enrolled females. This may indicate an issue of cost, technician availability or even industry structure (being able to extract a market premium for carcass information). This may be an area that Limousin breeders wish to focus on, given the carcass strengths of the breed.

Reported birth weight, calving ease scores, udder scores, body condition scores and cow weights as a percentage of enrolled females for the period 2005-2012 inclusive.

There has also been a decrease in records overall when compared to 2005. Again, this is not abnormal, given what has happened to the size of the Canadian cowherd, but it does indicate some interesting things. Despite the decline in enrolled females, breeders are collecting more docility and body condition scores than ever before. Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  12

Percentage of records as compared to the baseline of 2005 records. Counts include enrolments, birth weights, calving ease scores, udder scores, cow body condition at calving, weaning weights, docility scores, yearling weights, scrotal measurements and ultrasound measurements. 2012 records for yearling weight, scrotal and ultrasound are as of July 4, 2013.

Over the last several years there have also been some interesting trends in the structure of the breed. Polled and black cattle have increased as a percentage of cattle reported, which is not likely a surprise to anyone, although the percentage of cattle that are polled is nearly 90%. AI continues to be an important component of many breeding programs.

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Black AI

2009 2% 67% 3% 84% 18% 28% 22% 2010 2% 65% 3% 86% 13% 27% 20% 2011 2% 56% 2% 88% 13% 29% 21% 2012 2% 56% 2% 88% 13% 29% 21% Calves registered as Fullblood, Purebred, Recorded, and Calves reported as Polled, Horned, Black and the Result of AI Matings as a percentage of all calves reported by year

There is very little sex bias in Limousin data (heifers vs. bulls) and this is a positive sign as this is an important indicator that data is being fairly submitted. There is a higher degree of data being submitted on registered calves, than on an enrolled female basis. This is an area of concern if we assume that registered animals are “the cream of the crop�. If members are failing to report on the unregistered animals, then it is possible that the missing data may unfairly bias the registered ones in a negative direction. Overall, Limousin breeders should be proud of the work they are doing with data collection. Data collection is the first step towards obtaining information to objectively describe and promote Limousin cattle. It is always important to remember that bigger does not always equate to better, but the use of data to objectively target cattle that work in the industry is a proven and valuable part of the Limousin value proposition.

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Canadian Limousin Association Annual General Meeting The annual general meeting of the CLA took place on Saturday, August 3 in Neepawa, Manitoba with 30 members in attendance. The highlights of the meeting included: Breed Improvemt Chair, Kelly Yorga explained to the membership that the Board is considering gathering additional genomics data. For example a high density panel (Igenity Limousin Profiler) will become mandatory for all A.I. bulls. Chair Yorga also insisted on the importance of informing bull buyers of the CLA commercial calf listing service. The continuation of an action plan with other beef production chain segments as a follow up to the Spotlight on Limousin sessions. The CLA board has appointed director Tim Andrew as the Chairman of a new committee entitled Commercial Liaison. The committee will be composed of key players who have a special interest for the Limousin breed and have expressed the desire to work with the CLA. This committee will serve as guide to the CLA in its commercial endeavors. Three positions on the CLA board were open this year and three candidates let their names stand. Eric Boon, Lynn Combest and Bill Zwambag were elected by acclamation. President Bill Campbell was recognized for his six years of dedication to the CLA Board. Bill also paid a very touching tribute to Anne Brunet-Burgess, general manager. Also retiring from the CLA board is Dale Turner. Dale was not present at the AGM, therefore an official farewell will take place later this fall. The CLA Board for 2013-14 is as follow: Brian Lee, President Terry Hepper, Vice-President Bill Zwambag, Treasurer Tim Andrew, Chair Commercial Liaison Committee: Eric Boon, Adult Advisor to the CJLA Kelly Yorga, Breed Improvement Jim Richmond, National Show and Sale Lynn Combest, Director Luc Forcier, Director

New to the Board of Directors (left) Bill Zwambag and (right) Eric Boon. Lynn Combest (centre) is returning for a second term.

The Canadian Junior Limousin Association also held its AGM in Neepawa. Thirteen members attended and selected their board for 2013-14: Cassidy Matthews, President Brandon Hertz, Vice-President Bailey McConnell, Secretary Dana Carpenter, Treasurer Cheyenne Porter, Press Reporter Nicole Bielecki, Director at Large Curtis Bielecki, Director at Large Cameron Olson, Director at Large Brandon Hollingsworth, Director at Large Important dates to save: 2014 National Junior Conference / CLA Annual General Meeting - July 24-26, Prairieland Exhibition, Saskatoon, SK 2014 National Limousin Show - November 24-28, Agribition, Regina, SK The Canadian Junior Limousin Conference results and photos will be featured in the next Limousin Voice. We invite you to sneak-a-peek at or the CLA Facebook page at any time. The CLA and CJLA would like to thank the Manitoba volunteers who put on the Junior Conference and coordinated our annual general meetings. Special thanks to the Manitoba Beef Youth Round-Up for their welcoming hospitality. Anne Brunet-Burgess General Manager - Canadian Limousin Association

Retiring director and past president Bill Campbell was presented with a custom made belt buckle for his six years of dedication. Bill also offered a token of his appreciation to Anne Brunet-Burgess, CLA manager. The original oil painting by Robert Burton was done from a photo of Anne and her horse “Joey”.

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It's been a great start to 2013 Thank you to all our bull buyers!

RPY Paynes Carolina 13Z

Grand Champion Female Brandon 2013 Winter Fair Reserve National Champion Female 2012 Manitoba Livestock Expo

A special thank you to Karwandy-Hagel Limousin for purchasing our 2013 Champion Bull, EMF Poll Zach Terry & Lynette Hepper Sara & Erin General Delivery, Zehner, SK S0G 5K0 306-781-4628

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2013 Ontario Limousin Promoter of the Year Eric Van Den Heuvel – Van Den Heuvel Farms Inc. By Sheila Smart

Don’t be afraid to learn something new! That was one piece of advice shared by Eric Van Den Heuvel of Strathroy, On., when I spoke with him regarding his farm operation. Mr. Van Den Heuvel is the recipient of this year’s Ontario Limousin Promoter of the Year award. The award is sponsored by a trust from the Northern Lights Limousin Club and was presented at the Ontario Limousin Association AGM February 23, 2013 by Garry Smart. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, London, in 1990 with a degree in Economics, Eric decided to return to Strathroy where he was raised and start his own farm. The present operation consists of laying hens, broilers, and 200 Limousin beef cows with their production marketed as finished animals. Also, 1000 acres of land is cropped to provide feed for the livestock. Two employees assist Eric in running the operation. He started first in the chicken industry and then added the beef cattle as a way to make efficient use of some marginal land. The beef cattle began as a hobby in 2003 but Eric took a liking to it and started researching the industry. He liked the Limousin breed and his research verified that Limousin cattle had the qualities necessary to meet the demands of the processor. Soon cow numbers grew from 4 to 25 and now to 200. Some of those early cows originated from Northern Lights and Ontario Limousin Association sales. Today most replacements are kept from within the herd.

The finishing operation however is based on a grain corn, oats and concentrate ration that allows his Limousin cattle to finish efficiently, while requiring limited manpower to complete the feeding process. When asked what the keys to his success are, Eric is quick to answer. Know your numbers and understand what they mean, inputs cost, feed conversions, marketing prices, income potential! Look at performance, have scales on your feeding systems, analyze your data, establish a basis of comparison. Control expenses and know your return on investment. Use this information to make marketing decisions and to cull your herd. In the future, plans for a new barn with bunk feeders to further facilitate the use of TMR feeding for the cow herd, are underway. He continues in the learning process by consistently following for new developments in the industry. His final piece of advice can be applied to many types of business. Look to what the end user wants and then aim your production with that goal in mind. Our congratulations to Eric Van Den Heuvel, a very worthy recipient of this award.

Eric’s cow herd is purebred Limousin, bred to Limousin bulls. Production records are maintained and feeder cattle are weighed monthly, accumulating data for average daily gain and feed conversion that can be cross sorted by parentage. This is supported by returns received from marketing to Norwich Packers who provides him with carcass weight, yield and grade. Cows have traditionally been fed on a dry hay diet however lack of rain this year has forced him to look to an alternative which is a TMR hay/silage ration. Results have been positive showing reduced waste and savings in feed costs. Existing facilities have been renovated to allow for feed bunks.

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By: Chris Poley

For a lot of people it is easy to get caught up in negative things happening throughout the world and our industry. For me and some might say I’m the eternal optimist, I don’t know how anyone can be anything but positive and excited about the future of the Canadian beef industry. In the past month I have travelled though Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, virtually everywhere I have been, has good to excellent pasture conditions, grain and hay crops. Now I know, there maybe some of you who say, “Well he sure hasn’t been in my area” and I have seen a few small pockets that are not ideal, but the norm this year is quite good and if you do not have an abundance of feed, there is some close by.

even higher, but he was pretty happy with this profit in the bank. Cull cows have been trading in the 80 plus cent range and I think it will go higher also, but anytime cull cows are fetching over $1000.00 that’s pretty darn good salvage and makes the prospect of purchasing some replacements look real attractive! With the cost of gain coming down, a lower Canadian dollar and more bunk space than calves in North America … this fall is setting up to be fun!

The grain markets have tended to be slightly lower lately, the Canadian dollar has slipped and supplies are tight. If you ask a commodity futures trader to analyze the charts right now he will tell you that feeder cattle have just started to break and have a huge up swing potential. This has already given feeder cattle markets a boost in the past couple of weeks and fed cattle are setting up to do the same in the very near future.

Many believe the sale of Smithfield Foods Inc. to China’s Shaunghui International Holdings Ltd., will be the end of ridiculously cheap priced pork on American shelves. Another positive development for those involved in the beef industry; as it will support long term stability in the beef business. Right now the price rally will largely be supply driven, however if the consumer has to choose between similarly priced pork and beef, I’m confident beef will win out. As supplies get restocked, our market will remain Some of you may be thinking, “Get to the point strong, transitioning from a supply driven market to Poley”… well the point is we are going to have a one driven by demand. strong fall in the beef business! If you have yearlings on grass and have not got them priced or sold yet Enjoy the rest of your summer, with good pastures, you need to start looking at options. A client of ours lots of feed coming into the feed yard and a big bright priced his steers last week, 900 pounds at a $1.38, horizon ahead! that’s $1242.00 per steer! I have heard rumors of

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From Pasture to Plate: Retailing Limousin Beef Bluewater Beef, the Shaw Family By Piper Whelan At Bear Creek Farm, farm-fresh, natural beef packaged for an increasingly health-conscious audience is always on the menu. The Mooretown, Ontario farm, owned by Murray and Sandi Shaw and their four children, is one of two family farms behind Bluewater Beef. Serving Sarnia-Lambton County, Bluewater Beef was named for the Bluewater region of Ontario, and provides each family a new platform for selling beef. “We had always been selling our beef to family and friends, neighbours, acquaintances— a quarters and sides sort of thing— and the people we sold to raved about how good the beef was compared to what they were buying elsewhere, so we thought we would try and expand that market,” Murray Shaw explained. Along with partners Ralph and Brenda Clysdale-Eyre of Eyredale Farms, the Shaws have found success in retailing beef and have added value to their own program in the four years that Bluewater Beef has been in operation. The families of Bluewater Beef are focused on maintaining standards of quality in the beef they raise, process and sell, such as only processing animals 18 months of age and under. “We only want to sell our very best,” Shaw said. Their attention to the needs of the consumer is evident in their boxed beef program, tailored to customers looking to buy smaller quantities and specific cuts of beef. Bluewater Beef caters to a specific audience that demands naturally-raised beef, whether they are young families or empty-nest couples. “Our niche market will be a small percentage of the population, but they want to know where their food is coming from,” he explained.“They’re very concerned about what food they’re feeding their families.” With both farms running herds of approximately 90 head each, the two families’ breeding programs aim to produce the best possible beef for their customers, and the Shaws’ connection to the Limousin breed began long before turning their attention to retailing beef. “Our family has been raising Limousin beef and a little bit of breeding stock for 20 plus years, and my partner has a different breed of cows and breeds everything back Limousin,” Shaw said. Both families have been happy with the results of using Limousin genetics, especially on the Shaws’ commercial females bred to Limousin bulls. “We’ve found that the carcasses are more desirable with the Limousin influence,” he stated. “As long as they have Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  18

about 50 percent Limousin, the carcasses don’t have nearly as much waste that needs to be cut up, which is probably one of the things that we’ve noticed as we’re raising them from birth to beef.” On the topic of creating a brand that consumers recognize and trust, Shaw spoke of the necessity of promoting their product at local events and connecting with potential customers. “We’ve been very visible in our Sarnia-Lambton county area here. For the first couple of years, it was just introducing people to Bluewater Beef, and after four years or more, people have certainly heard of us and are buying our product and recommending our product to people, so our market has continued to develop and expand.” It is this visibility in the community that builds trust between the producer and consumer, as they’ve found that consumers “like getting the answers direct from the farmer.” Bluewater Beef ’s satisfied customers keep returning and praise the farm-raised beef they enjoyed so much. “They keep commenting on the tenderness, the good taste, the quality,” he stated. “They just rave about the hamburger, how lean the hamburger is and how good it tastes. Apparently it has no fat to drain off, and you can eat it right out of the frying pan.” When asked what advice he would give to Limousin producers based on his experience in retailing Limousin beef to a health-conscious audience, Shaw simply stated “I would just say that probably continue doing what they’re doing.” His most important advice for Limousin breeders looking to capitalize on the natural, quality beef they raise, however, comes in knowing the individual value of cuts of beef. “Make sure they understand the value of the different cuts if they’re going into a boxed program versus the sides, because you can’t sell steaks and roasts for five dollars per pound and think that you’re going to get as much money out of the carcass as you were if you were selling it at the local auction market, so you need to know the value of your different cuts to get the most out of your carcasses.” Looking towards the future of their business, the families of Bluewater Beef plan to continue to retail quality beef, and to succeed in raising and retailing a “consistent product” where others have failed in the past. “We just want to grow our own beef and not rely on other sources, and just grow gradually and make sure the quality of our product is not compromised,” Shaw explained. Producing fresh, natural beef with the needs of concerned consumers in mind has opened doors for the families of Bluewater Beef to promote the qualities of their farm-raised beef and the care they put in each step of the process to customers who are sure to put Bluewater Beef on their family’s plate for years to come. Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  19

Energy and Leadership for the Future of the Beef Industry Dan Darling, Darling Farms By Piper Whelan

From an early age, a life spent working in the agriculture industry was a clear decision for Dan Darling of Castleton, Ontario. “I’ve been a farmer all my life. My father was a farmer. He had cattle, pigs and everything else, and so I grew up with it and decided very early on that farming was what I wanted to do, and in particular, cattle,” he explained.“I always had a love for working with cattle, so that’s kind of how I got into it. My brother and I bought my father out about 30 years ago, and we’ve been farming ever since.” Darling’s enjoyment in working with cattle in his youth also came along with a financial incentive from his father. “We always had to work here on the farm during summer. My father decided that the best way to pay us was for us to buy some calves at the sale barn and raise them up over the summertime. We had to do the labour but he paid for the feed for them. At the end of the year, we sold them, and that was the money we made for the summer.” Today, Darling and his family run Darling Farms, and is using his life-long passion for raising cattle to support the future of the beef industry through leadership positions and youth-based initiatives. Interestingly enough, it was their understanding of desirable livestock conformation as displayed by hogs that led the Darling brothers to seek out Limousin as their breed of choice.“When we went to expand our cow herd … Limousin cattle fit what our idea of a beef animal was. We were looking for something that was a very fleshy, very muscley type of an animal, and I think we wanted that simply because that’s what we look for in a hog as well.” Currently, Darling and his family have a primarily commercial cow herd that is greatly influenced by Limousin genetics. “We run 250 cows and about 225 of them are commercial cows. Limousin, in my mind, is the only breed that I’ve seen out there that I can cross with just about any breed of a cow and they will improve them,” he stated. “I think, for us, a defining reason for continuing with those Limo bulls was because of the fact that it didn’t matter what your cow herd was, those bulls were going to improve your calves.” This breeding plan has brought success to their herd, resulting in replacement heifers with Limousin characteristics being kept back to produce strong crossbred calves. Family is an important factor in the daily operation of Darling Farms, and the role played by the next generation, as Darling explained, has brought a new energy to the family’s program, with a renewed focus on purebred Limousin cattle. “The more exciting part of the Limo business for me right now is the fact that I have two daughters right now, my two oldest daughters, that are in 4-H, and it didn’t seem to be any question for them that it was Limos that they wanted to show,” he explained. “So they kind of pushed me back into the purebred Limos, which my brother and I had been in 20 years ago and kind of got away from, but they kind of pushed us back into it a little bit, so they could have show calves and show heifers. It’s taken off from there to the point where we produced a bull calf that took second place in its class at the (Toronto Royal Winter Agricultural Fair) last year, and we were able to

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sell it right there at the Royal, so that was pretty nice for us and the kids.” With that in mind, a question on pride, in particular to the special achievements on their part, Darling turns to his daughters’ cattle show winnings.“We have a local steer show that’s been going on for 16 years at one of our local fairs, and we’ve been taking part in it for the last 6 years. We’ve always shown a Limo steer, and I think 5 of the last 6 years we have been champion or reserve champion. Last year, my two oldest daughters showed a Limo steer and they won.” In addition to success on the farm and in the show ring, playing a role at the leadership level of the beef industry is another source of pride for Darling. He is serving his second year as president of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, holds the position of officer on the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association board, and speaks highly of this leadership experience.“I enjoy that immensely. I get all over the countryside and talk to producers, both here in Ontario and in the west, and I get the opportunity to try and get government or whoever to do things that are going to help our current producers and certainly young producers in the future to stay in the business.” The impact of his position on the cattle industry for youth is something that is very important to Darling. He cited supporting Ontario 4-H Discovery Days as one of the activities that he has been proud to be involved with during his time as president of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association. When asked if this experience has changed his views on raising cattle in any way, Darling answered that it really hasn’t, but it has illuminated an important truth to him. “The one thing I have learned by talking to producers here in Ontario and across Canada is that we’re all the same, no matter where we are, and there’s probably no better people in the world than farmers and ranchers. They’re all down to earth and no matter where you go, they have the time to talk to you about their operations and their love for their operations, and I just find that fantastic.” Darling’s enthusiasm for the future of the Canadian cattle industry and for youth in agriculture carries over into the bright future he envisions for the Limousin breed in Canada, based on winning traits he believes will benefit many cattle producers.“I think the Limos can play a huge role (in the Canadian beef industry). Limousin cattle are such a moderate-framed, heavy-muscled, small-boned animal and they graze exceptionally well, and like I said earlier, you can cross them with any other breed and it makes them better, and for that reason alone I think Limousin has a very bright future,” he stated.“Limo breeders really do need to stick to what made Limos popular, and that was their heavy muscling, easy calving, and high dressing percentage. If we do that, I think the Limos will thrive for the foreseeable future.” With all the excitement surrounding his beef program at the moment, Darling’s goals for the future of his operation reflects the energetic efforts of himself and the next generation. Growth in herd size is of interest, as is development of their small but successful purebred program. “I would certainly expect to enlarge our purebreds, my daughters are all quite enthusiastic about it and their enthusiasm pushes me on and I’ve gotten a whole new energy out of them over it,” he said. “So I truly hope to expand the purebred Limos here in the near future. And certainly when we expand them, it will be with quality stock.” A passion for raising cattle and a genuine, hope-filled interest for youth in agriculture, in his own family and in young producers across Canada, come across quite clearly when speaking with Dan Darling about his cattle and his plans for the future of Darling Farms, evoking an enthusiasm that is vital to the future of the Canadian beef industry.

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A History of Hard Work and Limousin Dreams

Jim and Donna Rowe, Lake Road Limousin

By Piper Whelan When discussing the many pursuits that keep her family busy, Donna Rowe explained with a laugh, “We have too many irons in the fire.” No one can deny, however, that those ‘irons’ and the drive with which they are pursued have delivered success to the Rowe family of Lake Road Limousin at Worsley, Alberta. Jim and Donna Rowe’s cattle story began in 1976, with a visit to the auction mart to purchase five heifers just before getting married. “Over the years, we kept heifers off of the five originals and started to build a small herd,” Donna recalled. Eventually, Jim and Donna turned their attention towards raising a purebred herd, and “wanted something in a breed that was new and exciting and maybe a challenge, something that was new to the area.” A chance sighting of a Limousin herd on a neighbourhood drive was the moment of discovery they had been waiting for. “We were quite amazed and impressed with their muscling. We had never seen them before, and their colouring, we just loved it,” she stated.“And everything we were looking for, compared to other breeds, it seemed like Limos had that and more, so that’s what we wanted in Jim and Donna Rowe our herd.” They purchased their first purebred females and a bull in 1982, starting a tradition they would carry on to the present day. Today, Jim and Donna run Lake Road Limousin with the help of their daughter Jackie and grandsons Kody and Colton, while their son Jeremy and his family live nearby and run Crosswired Cattle Company, supplying bucking stock to rodeos.

Sale bulls for 2013 Peace Country Limousin Bull Sale

The Rowe family’s early love for Limousin cattle is reflected in their current herd, consisting of 60 head of purebred Limousin and 115 head of Limousin-Angus influence cattle. “We carried on with them because they worked so well with our herd of cows that we had bought over the years,” Donna said. The Rowes highly value the muscling Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  22

that fullblood Limousin females give to their offspring, and they keep a small herd as a connection to their early days with the breed. “With fullblood cows, I’ve found, you can take a purebred homozygous polled bull and put him on there and your calves off those cows are always good because of the natural muscling,” she stated.“It’s really worked well for us.” Their success with their breeding program is reflected in how well their bulls have sold in the past. “In 1989, we joined the Peace Country Limousin Breeders and participated in the first annual bull sale,” she explained.“Over the years, we’ve sold bulls every year with the Peace Country Breeders, having many bulls that were sale-toppers, and next year will be 25 years in the sale for us.” It is with their favoured fullblood cattle that the Rowes hope to chart the course of their beef programs’ future journey. On the topic of breeding program plans, the quest for polled cattle and the desirable traits of fullblood Limousin cattle intersect, resulting in their rationale for recently purchasing a homozygous polled fullblood bull. “Our goal is to raise some homozygous polled fullbloods in the future, that’s what we’re striving at, because I have a lot of fullblood cows, some of the older bloodlines, they’re the cows that I’ve really loved,” Donna stated. “They’re long, deep, thick, and they’re quiet. They’re going to be a good test for this new bull.” Their excitement about fullbloods is something they hope will reappear within the Limousin business as a whole. “I’m just feeling that maybe there’s going to be some interest in fullbloods in the future,” Donna said. “[We’re] hoping to focus more on the fullbloods that we’ve got, and maybe in the next two, three years I’d like to have a small herd of all polled fullbloods.” Promotion of the Limousin breed was definitely on the agenda when Jim and Donna started a bull test station in 1991, using Limousin bulls in addition to a variety of other breeds. “My idea for that was to get more people to see what the Limousin breed had to offer,” Donna explained. After five years of running their bull test station, the Rowes closed shop in the spring of 1996 on a particularly high note. “The Limousins had always done very well, but that year a Limousin bull had gained 477 pounds on the 130 day test on a medium energy ration and free choice hay back then, so that was pretty impressive,” she recalled. “I had field days and tours for people to come and look, and the Limos always stood out. Every year over those five years, they were pretty near to the top, but that year was a pretty impressive year.” Donna credits this learning experience as a challenge that was necessary for them to undertake, in terms of making a comparison between Limousin bulls and other breeds visible to their visitors. “It’s about the best way to get people to notice them, by comparing them to other breeds.”

Reserve Champion show steer with Jackie, Donna, Kody and Colton

The Rowes are no stranger to the show ring, exhibiting cattle at many fairs in the Peace country of northern Alberta. On the topic of their successes with show cattle, Donna spoke fondly of her Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  23

favourite show cow, Lake Road Covergirl. “As a yearling heifer in 1994 she won Grand Champion Heifer at the Dawson Fair, and it was a large class of heifers. The next year, she came back with her January calf at side, and was the Grand Champion Female and won the banner. She lived until last year, which was 2012,” she said fondly. “She was an amazing cow.” They have also excelled with Limousin show steers over the years, with their children and grandchildren coming out on top at their local 4-H show. “In 1994 at our big inter-club show, there were 35 steers, and only two were Limousin. Jeremy had Grand Champion Steer and Jackie had Reserve Champion Steer. I was very proud that day,” Donna stated. She explained that at this years’ local 4-H show, her grandsons Kody and Colton has their clubs’ high-selling steers, and she spoke with the pride of both a grandmother and an avid cattle producer. In addition to travelling down the show road, the Rowe family has been involved in the cutting horse business for 15 years, using coveted bloodlines and raising foals especially for that industry. When considering the future of the Limousin breed, Donna sees a profitable future, especially in the face of declining beef herd numbers in the Peace country. “I just think that they have a real bright future, and as long as things keep going the way they’ve been, I can’t see them being anything but in the top of the industry.” She cited the interest shown by visitors who admire their cattle, as well as her grandsons’ recent success with their 4-H steers as hints towards the advantages of using the breed. These opportunities are just the thing that keep the Rowes determined to raise Limousin cattle and strive to produce quality calves. “I just love the cattle, and it’s a challenge,” Donna said when asked about what energizes them to keep moving forward in the cattle industry. “It’s easy to get to the top, but to try to stay there is where the challenge is, so I think you’re always learning and always trying to do something better, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.” At the end of the day, those trials and experiences have shaped Jim and Donna’s time in the cattle industry, with many milestones to look back on with fond remembrance. “We’ve worked hard over the last 30 years to keep easy-doing, quiet marketing animals that would benefit the cattleman and also the breed itself. We’ve continued to raise Limousin now, and are looking forward to the future.”

Colton showing his horse in the 2010 cutting finals

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Kody showing his horse, Hickory, in the 2010 cutting finals

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Bigger and better every year is the tournament’s goal and this year did not disappoint. The Sixth Annual T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament was the most successful yet, raising over $52,000.00 for youth in the beef industry. Eight national junior breed associations, representing approximately 2,100 members, will gain the benefit from the generosity of our sponsors. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Western Agribition Junior Beef Extreme. A registration and social, featuring a wine tasting, was held on the night of June 25th at the Ramada Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The next morning, the golfers were treated to an amazing breakfast at the Dakota Dunes Casino highlighted with a presentation by Myles Immerkar, Semex Global Beef Manager. The largest number of golfers yet took to the course. Some with amazing skill and some whose skill lies elsewhere had a spectacular day on the course after which the golfers, sponsors and guests were treated to supper and awards at the Dakota Dunes Casino. “We are extremely proud of this year’s event. Our largest number of golfers and sponsors made this year a huge success. In the last six years, we have raised over $243,000.00, which provides funding and opportunities to thousands of youth,” said Bryan Kostiuk, co-chairman of the tournament. “The tournament encompasses people from all segments of the industry, as well as those who wish to have fun and support a great cause.” Plans are under way for the 7th Annual T Bar Invitational which will be held on June 24th and 25th at the Dakota Dunes Golf Course. See for further results including a complete list of our sponsors. A special thank you to the Canadian Limousin Association and all the Limousin Breeders that came out and supported the Juniors. Hole Sponsor:

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Excelling in the Real World TaDomi Hunt, Carlsruhe Cattle Company By Piper Whelan TaDomi Hunt is in the early stages of his life as a Limousin producer, but his enthusiastic attitude and attention to the demands of the beef industry have him already primed for success. Hunt, 21, grew up on his family’s commercial cow-calf operation at Carlsruhe, Ontario, where his grandfather and father used Limousin genetics in their breeding program. Today, Hunt raises purebred Limousin cattle for his own beef operation, Carlsruhe Cattle Company. As well, Hunt recently completed his diploma in agriculture at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph. Hunt primarily chose to raise Limousin cattle for his own beef program because of his family’s connection to the breed, a tradition that inspired him to make his living in the cattle business.“(The Limousin breed) is something my Dad always used and my grandfather, back when he had the farm. It got passed down in the family, that’s the way it worked for us,” Hunt explained. “It’s family heritage, growing up on a beef farm.” Hunt has many praises for the Limousin breed, and stated that “they are very functional and excel in the beef industry.” Hunt’s employment off the farm has played an important role in his understanding of the current needs of the Canadian beef industry. He works for Schaus Land and Cattle, Ontario’s largest beef producer, and the particular feedlot that he works at feeds over 2000 head of cattle. This experience has shaped Hunt’s views on the standards of carcass quality and yield that he wants to meet with his own herd.“I think Limousin cattle add yield back into cattle and you can get more pounds of beef and that’s where they’ll work great on a hybrid group of cows,” he stated, “I find within the feedlot it helps, too. The Limousin-cross calves may not gain as quickly, but their feed conversion is better and they’re more efficient, so the feedlot guys are going to want to look for those cattle more.” The role of muscling in Limousin cattle, he explained, is a desired trait that influences his genetic decisions for his herd. “I’ve also just started trying to do a little Limflex program. I A.I.’d a few cows to some Limflex bulls this year, so we’ll see how that works out,” he said. Hunt explained that as he is quite young and in the early stages of his program, “I’m just getting started out in (the cattle business);” nonetheless, he has been thorough in planning for his beef operation, and has taken advantage of different opportunities to gain experience. “There are always new opportunities to learn, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s with genetics or feeding programs or herd health,” he said. Hunt uses social media to promote his cattle, using Facebook and Twitter regularly for easy and “outgoing” access to fellow producers and customers. As well, he was elected last year for a three year term on the Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  28

Ontario Limousin Board of Directors. Like any young professional eager to make a name for themselves in their occupation, Hunt has a support team that has given him guidance in his early years raising cattle. “Besides my parents who have helped me getting into farming, Garry and Sheila Smart have been a great help to me having answers for any questions I have, and also, Tim Andrews and his family for allowing me to come out to Youngstown, Alberta and work on their ranch of Limousin cows,” he explained. These are early days yet for Hunt, but they are hopeful days filled with the youthful promise of a new beef operation, and herd growth is on the agenda for the future of his Limousin program. “I’d like to have a diverse herd, with Limousin and Limflex, and try to hold a sale, and make sure I’ve got all that muscle back into my cattle— that’s where I really want to be, is known for the muscle back in the cattle and the carcass, because beef is money and we’ve got to try to feed a population.” Hunt remains adamant on his position on muscling and yield in Limousin beef and in his own herd, and explained that “when all is said and done, my slogan is … ‘Where Muscle Meats Style!’ Muscle is meat and muscle is style … (and that) is where the profit is.” With his promising beginning and vision for the future role of Limousin in beef production, Hunt has many years of success in the cattle industry to look forward to.

It is hard to believe that we are well into summer and the fall show season is just around the corner. I guess time flies when you’re having fun… and the ALA has been working hard on some exciting events for our members. As I write this, Summer Synergy and the Canadian Western Junior Limousin Show is taking place, congratulations to all exhibitors who took part in the event and thank you to Kim Matthews, Amanda Matthews and Brittany Papenhuyzen for planning a fun filled show. In June, the Prime Limousin Club worked with the ALA to host a field day. It was a great event with three farm stops and cattle from five breeders on display. The hospitality from the Prime Club couldn’t be beat with snacks, refreshments, transportation provided all day and a steak supper and heifer raffle draw to wrap up the event. Congratulations to Chris Wagner of Wagner Livestock who won the choice of six heifer calves donated by Excel Ranches. Thanks to all the sponsors and guests who helped make the field day a great success. The hope is the ALA will be able to hold another field day next summer hosted by a different group of Alberta breeders. The ALA Calendar Auction was also held in conjunction with the field day activities. Going back to a live format paid off as we had one of the most successful sales to date. Thank you to all bidders and buyers for your support of the calendar, it is a

great marketing tool for breeders and the main fundraiser of the ALA each year, so a win-win all around! Watch for your calendar coming out this fall. As mentioned earlier, the fall shows are quickly approaching and the Limousin Bonanza Group are working on putting together numerous events for the National Show activities which will be taking place at Farmfair November 5-9th. In addition to the Bonanza Gold Open Show, the National Show activities will include the return of the Pen of Three Bull and Heifer Show, the Last Man Standing Jackpot Show and the National Pacesetter Sale which will be a part of Northlands Headliner Jackpot Show & Sale. With lots of events planned it will be a packed full week with lots of value for your operation and lots of prizes to be won. For more details see the full page ad within this edition of the Voice or visit the ALA or CLA websites. We look forward to seeing you at the National Show. Our final update to share is the date of the ALA AGM, due to some scheduling conflicts the AGM will now be held during Farmfair on Friday, November 8th at 9:30 am. This will be right in between the show on Thursday and sale on Friday afternoon so we hope many of you, our members, will be able to attend as we review 2013 and begin planning for 2014! Wishing all good luck as summer winds down and harvest begins. Happy halterbreaking… we can’t wait to host you at the National Show!

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Weaning and Backgrounding opportunities As we progress thru the summer months, many will be thinking of the next step of weaning and backgrounding your winter and spring born calves. Herein lies a management opportunity refresher whether you keep and background all or a portion of your calf crop, market as reputation calves as being bunk broke and prepared for the feedlot or for future breeding stock preparation. Your typical backgrounding/growing program can be designed to limit gains to 1.5 – 2.5 lbs/hd/day to avoid an over fleshy appearance and limiting compensatory gain potential in the finishing phase or breeding stock development phase. First of all, water is often an overlooked nutrient and cattle will simply not eat if plenty of good clean water is not available. Growing calves will consume 5-15 gallons/day depending on size and temperature, so a good clean area with a minimum of 1 foot of waterer space/20 head is essential. In some facilities extra portable water troughs can be added for the 1st month to ensure “calf knowledge” of its water source is easily accessible. Secondly, calves know what grass is, so use that familiarity to their benefit. Providing calves with good quality grass hay for 5-7 days, using this as “bait” to get them accustomed to eating at a feeder and introducing a dry form of a starter/grain ration will be beneficial. As similar with water, bunk/ feeder space is critical to allow calves to have access to fresh feed, adding some extra feeder space in that 1st month so all calves, timid or aggressive can line up and eat . Limiting the access to feedstuffs during the starter phase will offer many advantages such as getting calves accustomed to a not just eating hay to adding your starter/grain rations or transitioning into different forages/ silages that will be used in the grower diet. Similarly aggressive calves will not over consume energy ingredients causing digestive upset and timid calves will not be faced with the low quality scraps of the ration to survive on during their most stressful period of weaning adjustment. Pen checking for health and gut fill is simplified on a “matched feeding” scenario, as calves displaying health issues are easily identified for treatment. The reference to good quality grassy hay during the 1st 5-7 days and its importance of being long in physical form to facilitate in filling the gut for the purpose of building rumen health takes a different role as calves’ progress past the weaning stage. Research indicates improved performance with cattle that have higher forage intakes and digestion if the hays are processed to a shorter length, whether as the sole forage or incorporated into a TMR (mix-ability &avoid sorting). Fermented silages and other higher moisture feedstuffs not used in the weaning/starter diet can then be introduced to the diet at this time post weaning for feeding management, performance and cost effectiveness purposes. All feedstuffs including the feeding of an ionaphore should be evaluated and balanced in the diet by capable nutrition support to achieve and measure the desired performance results. Lastly, and most importantly the effect of cattle comfort cannot be over-emphasized, dry clean bedding with adequate space/head to eat and bed down are the make or break of a good feeding/ health program. Cattle comfort boasts rewards of directing more ration nutrients towards gain and less towards daily maintenance,improving feed efficiency and lowering feeding cost. An additional benefit past the obvious better physical appearance can be of greater animal health response to vaccines and parasite control also being achieved. Gary Grubb Beef Technical Sales - Beef Feed, Masterfeeds LP

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Alberta Limousin Association Field Day Hosted by Prime Limousin Club By Tessa Nybo, Hillview Farms

The Alberta Limousin Association (ALA) Field Day hosted by the Prime Limousin Club was a tremendous success. Over 80 purebred and commercial Limousin breeders gathered at the Glenreagh Hall near Barrhead, Alberta on June 15, 2013. The Limousin enthusiasts were then taken by buses to tour cattle from the five Prime Limousin Club members; Bercol Limousin, DC Farms, Excel Ranches, Hillview Farms, and Wagner Livestock. The day included stops at Hillview Farms’ bred heifer pasture south of Westlock, Excel Ranches’ farm north of Westlock where both Excel’s and Bercol’s cattle were on display, and finally a stop at DC Farms near Barrhead where both DC’s and Wagner’s cattle were on display. Participants returned to Glenreagh Hall for a steak supper and door prize draws. Raffle tickets were sold prior to and during the field day with first prize being choice of a select group of 2013 born Excel Ranches females and second prize being a 12” x 12” pen with gate donated by Morand Industries of Onoway, Alberta. The choice of a 2013 Excel Ranches heifer calf was won by Chris Wagner of Wagner Livestock. The winners of the pen were Wayne & Anne Burgess of Venture Livestock; they generously donated the pen back for auction. The formal portion of the evening concluded with the ALA Calendar Auction being conducted on site. The remainder of the evening was spent socializing and networking with the many Limousin breeders that had come from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. All proceeds from the field day will be allocated to the Alberta Limousin Association programs and the National Limousin Show which will be held November 6th during Farmfair International at Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information about the ALA please visit and to learn more about the Prime Limousin Club please visit

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Leone Emily Karwandy-Hagel, age 49, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Cabri Prairie Health Centre. Leone is survived by her husband and best friend, David Hagel; her father and hero, William Karwandy; her siblings, Terry (Bernie) Bedard, Thad (Lori) Karwandy, Christine (Paul) Anwender, Cindy (Calvin) Shaw, and Rosalie Karwandy; and by her nieces and nephews. Leone was born on March 8, 1964, at Swift Current, SK. Leone graduated from Cabri High School with top grades and went on to get her nursing assistant certificate in Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon, SK. She then returned to her first love, farming and ranching. She married David Hagel on October 16, 1993, in St Michael’s Catholic Church in Swift Current, SK. Leone and David spent seven years living in Cabri, each working on their respective farms until they took over the family farm in 2000. Leone worked with the cattle and on the land for the majority of her short life. The farm celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. Leone was a member of the Canadian Limousin Association and the Saskatchewan Limousin Association. She was crowned Saskatchewan Limousin Association princess. Growing up, she was a member of 4-H, showing cattle, which she continued into her adult life, traveling to many places including the States. She continued on to judging cattle shows in different communities. She was a member of the Prairie Players Drama Club and participated in the Community theatre, both acting and writing. She was a long-standing and active member of the St Joseph Parish. Leone enjoyed working in her yard, working with the cattle, refinishing furniture and old houses, antiques, shoes, acting, writing, singing, and adoring her nieces and nephews. She was dedicated to helping her community and church. She always put other people’s needs before her own. She was a hard worker, a strong, confident and capable woman and very courageous. She was often described as a “Rock”. Many people depended on her and she will be greatly missed and remembered always. Excel Ranches is proud to announce the birth of Lincoln Alec Miller, born July 25th at 12:40 pm, weighing 7 lbs 8 ozs, and 54cm long. Parents are Cody and Amy Miller, Grandparents; Ron and Barb Miller. The Miller family are Limousin breeders in Westlock, Alberta.

The S.L.A held their 2013 Annual General Meeting at Manitou Beach on June 22. Although the crowd was not large there was lots of input and discussion on where the S.L.A is going and what to be involved in. A delicious supper was coordinated by Janet Hale. The 2013/2014 board of directors: President - Kevin Rea, Vice-President - Terry Hepper, Secretary - Eric Boon, Treasurer - Janet Hale, Directors - Jeff Yorga, Lee Carpenter, Rhett Jones, Bob Turner and Chris Qually The Limousin show at Canadian Western Agiribition will be Thursday November 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chevrolet GMC Stadium West. Judges for the day will be Ryley and Jill Mader of Cairstairs, AB. The Solid Gold Sale will be Friday November 15, 2013 at 12:30. Bohrson Marketing Services will be managing the sale so if you would like to consign contact Scott Bohrson at 403.370.3010 Committee- Chair Terry Hepper and Jeff Yorga The 2nd Annual Western Select Limousin Sale will be Wednesday, December 4 in Lloydminster, SK. Bohrson Marketing Services will be managing the sale so if you would like to consign contact Scott Bohrson at 403.370.3010 The 2014 National Junior Limousin Conference will be hosted in Saskatchewan. Date and place are TBD. Continue to watch in the Voice and CLA site for updated information. Committee- Chair Lee Carpenter, Dana Carpenter, Eric Boon, Jeff Yorga, Jay Bohrson, Bev Bohrson A huge thanks to Anne Burgess for filling in as interim secretary as she assisted while Leone Karwandy-Hagel encountered health problems. It is with a great deal of sadness that the Limousin breed heard of Leone Karwandy-Hagel’s passing. Many people had a great appreciation for Leone and that could truly be seen at the Public Memorial Luncheon that took place Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Cabri Community Hall.Leone held positions on the Canadian Limousin Association and Saskatchewan Limousin Association. Leone was always willing to volunteer to make an event run smoothly and was a great representative for the Limousin breed. Leone was an avid limousin supporter and her efforts will be missed throughout the Limousin events. Limousin Voice Summer Issue 2013  35

Manitoba Limousin were well represented at many Manitoba summer fairs always having Limousin in the top of the classes. The Manitoba Provincial Summer Show was held at Carman Fair on July 12. There were 5 breeders exhibiting 28 head. Jaymarandy Limousin, Roblin and Ed and Dawn Darr, Shoal Lake won Grand Champion Bull with Yogi Berra. Campbell Limousin, Minto won the Grand Champion Female with Cam Poll Nadine WGC 23N (TMF Kodiak daughter) with Cam Poll Annie Oakley (born March 4/13 by R&R Beefmaker 14T). This pair were also Champion at Harding Fair and won Supreme at Oak River and Oak Lake Fairs. Harding Fair had a great turn out again comprised of all breeds being exhibited. Congratulations to Kahli Wedderburn, Alexander for taking the Harding Fair Heifer Jackpot class with Diamond T Zaphire THX 65Z. They were also awarded Reserve Champion Heifer at the Rivers 4-H Beef Club Achievement. Congratulations to Brody Hunter whose purebred Limo steer was Reserve Champion at the Oak Lake 4-H Beef Club Achievement. We are very excited to be hosting the CJLA and CLA Annual General Meeting and hope to see all of you at Neepawa.

Manitoba Provincial Limousin Show Carman Fair, July 13, 2013 Bull Calf (3 shown) 1. Kaitlyn Davey with RAD Animal Cracker 2. Mitchell Farms with BDM Bugs shown

Heifer Calf (2 shown) 1. Mitchell Farms with BDM Kate 52A 2. Campbell Limousin

Yearling Bull (4 shown) 1. Jamarandy Limousin with MRA Cleveland 108Z 2. Jamarandy Limousin with MRA Grant 105Z

Yearling Heifer (10 shown) 1. Kaitlyn Davey with Amaglen Zany 5Z 2. Jamarandy Limousin with LNA Zero Ta Sixta

2 Year Old Bull (2 shown) 1. Jamarandy Limousin with LNA Yogi Berra 1Y shown by Jamarandy Limousin 2. Mitchell Farms with BDM Yogi 41Y

2 Year Old Female with Calf (1 shown) 1. Kaitlyn Davey with Anchor B Raspberry Wine 49Y Mature Cow with calf (2 shown) 1. Campbell Limousin with Cam Poll Nadine 2. L & S Limousin with L&S Xclamation LDS 9X

Grand Champion Bull Jamarandy Limousin with LNA Yogi Berra 1Y

Reserve Grand Champion Bull Mitchell Farms with BDM Yogi 41Y

Get of Sire 1. Mitchell Farms 2. L & S Limousin

Breeders Herd 1.Jamarandy Limousin 2.Mitchell Farms 3.L & S Limousin

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Grand Champion Female Campbell Limousin with Cam Poll Nadine

Reserve Grand Champion Female Kaitlyn Davey with Amaglen Zany 5Z


T BAR C Cattle Co. Ltd. Looks To The Future Ted and Mina Serhienko are pleased to announce the sale of T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. and Today’s Publishing Inc. to Chris Poley as of June 1, 2013. Chris Poley was born and raised on a mixed farm in Weldon, Saskatchewan. He has worked as a professional auctioneer, marketing purebred and commercial livestock for nearly two decades. In 1999, he purchased and operated the Tisdale Auction Market and after its sale, purchased and operated a successful livestock insurance company until 2007. Having worked with T Bar C Cattle Company, marketing cattle nationally and internationally, the transition is a natural progression. Ted and Mina will continue to be a part of the T Bar Team in a senior advisory capacity. T Bar C Cattle Company has been marketing purebred seed stock for over four decades and grown into a leader of full service, sale management. Today’s Publishing is one of Canada’s leading livestock publishing companies. It has matured into a one stop service center for all livestock producers fulfilling their custom print marketing requirements. Bryan Kostiuk remains as editor and publishes the Canadian Simmental Country, Limousin Voice, Today’s Angus Advantage and Hereford’s Today. T Bar C Cattle Co. (2013) Ltd. is excited to announce the addition of Shane Michelson to its marketing team. Shane was born and raised on a large mixed farm in Lipton, Saskatchewan. He, along with his wife Alaina, own and operate Michelson Land and Cattle and have raised and exhibited champions across Canada and the United States. Since 2009, Shane has actively marketed cattle across North America.

Chris Poley 306-220-5006

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Ted Serhienko 306-221-2711

Shane Michelson 403-363-9973

The Québec Limousin Association would like to thank all producers who were able to attend its annual general meeting on May 5th in Drummondville. We are therefore pleased to introduce the new Board of Directors: Serge Dethier, President; Mario Simard, Vice-President, Réjean Bédard, Denis Boulerice, Luc Forcier, Claude Lavallée, Marcel McDuff and Éric Ratelle, directors. Breeders interested in getting their Limousin bulls performance evaluated (or any other breeds) at the Station Unique Limousin must register before September 9, 2013. All information concerning the station can be found on the site. You may also contact Claude Lavallée, Secretary of the Station at (514) 754-6493 or by email

L’Association des éleveurs de Limousin du Québec tient à remercier tous les producteurs qui se sont déplacés pour venir assister à son assemblée générale annuelle du 5 mai dernier à Drummondville. Il nous fait donc plaisir de vous présenter le nouveau conseil d’administration : M. Serge Dethier à la présidence, M. Mario Simard à la vice-présidence, MM. Réjean Bédard, Denis Boulerice, Luc Forcier, Claude Lavallée, Marcel McDuff et Éric Ratelle, directeurs. Les éleveurs intéressés à faire évaluer leurs taureaux Limousin (ou toute autre race) à la Station Unique Limousin doivent les inscrire avant le 9 septembre 2013. Toutes les informations concernant la station se retrouvent sur le site www. Il est aussi possible de contacter Claude Lavallée, secrétaire de la Station au (514) 754-6493 ou par courriel à : Le site internet est maintenant en ligne. Ce site est un répertoire des fermes de veaux d’embouche du Québec qui commercialisent du bœuf né et élevé au Québec. Vous pouvez vous inscrire en fournissant les coordonnées de votre ferme et ce, sans aucuns frais, au (450) 679-0540, poste 8361.

Scenes from the 2013 Annual General Meeting / Assemblée générale annuelle

The website is now online. This site features a directory of all commercial cow/calf producers in Quebec and feedlots that finish Quebec born calves. You can be included by calling (450) 679-0540, ext. 8361. This is a free service. Mrs. Claudette Daviau, wife of Mr. André Daviau, owner of the Ferme André Daviau from St-Valérien passed away on July 4. On my own behalf and on behalf of all Québec Limousin breeders, we offer our respectful sympathies to Mr. Daviau and the members of his family. Do not forget to note on your calendar the following events: • September 8: UPA Open House. Your president and your Secretary expect to see you at Ile Ste-Hélène where their Limousin animals will be on display. • September 9: deadline for registering bulls at the Station Unique Limousin • October 11 to 13: Expo-beef and 2013 Beef Congress

Scenes from the 2013 Annual General Meeting / Assemblée générale annuelle

Board / Conseild’adminstration: Rejean Bedard, Claude Lavallee, Mario Simar, Diane Joly, Serge Dethier, Marcel McDuff, Denis Boulerice, Eric Ratelle, Luc Forcier

Le 4 juillet dernier décédait madame Claudette Daviau, épouse de monsieur André Daviau, propriétaire de la Ferme André Daviau de St-Valérien. En mon nom personnel et au nom de tous les éleveurs Limousin du Québec, nous vous prions, cher monsieur Daviau ainsi que les membres de votre famille, d’accepter notre respectueuse sympathie. Nous savons combien ce malheur vous atteint et tenons à ce que vous sachiez toute la part que nous prenons à votre douleur. Ne pas oublier de noter à votre calendrier les événements suivants : • 8 septembre : Journée Portes Ouvertes UPA. Votre président et votre secrétaire vous attendront à l’île Ste-Hélène avec quelques-uns de leurs animaux Limousin. • 9 septembre : Date limite pour inscription des taureaux à la Station Unique Limousin • 11 au 13 octobre : Expo-Boeuf et Congrès Boeuf 2013 Limousinement vôtre, Diane Joly

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

Problem #1 - Open Cows “Hello. I would like to talk to a vet about a problem I have with open cows”. As a veterinary reproductive specialist (theriogenologist) this is the most common telephone inquiry I receive. The calls start in the fall after pregnancy checking, but there is also a peak in late spring and early summer once calving has wrapped up. My usual first response is to determine the extent of the problem. How many open cows? Are there open heifers too? How big is the herd? Are they managed as one group? If more than one breeding group, were they all affected similarly? etc., etc. Taking notes is important so that I can go back and explore items of interest more deeply. Crunching a few numbers on my calculator puts things in perspective very quickly. If pregnancy rate (proportion of females confirmed pregnant / Total females exposed to bulls x 100) is greater than 90% then I don’t believe there is a real problem; 80 – 90% tweaking is needed; < 80% you have a problem! The greatest challenge is the fact that we are trying to pin point a main or primary cause that in most cases likely occurred several months to over a year prior. Were cows cycling? Were cows cycling, but not getting pregnant? Or, were the cows getting pregnant and losing their pregnancies? If we are able to speculate on a primary cause, then we have to explore all of secondary causes. For example, if cows are cycling, but not getting pregnant reasons (secondary causes) might be a lack of bull power; a subfertile or infertile dominant bull; an acute bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVD) exposure; Tritrichomonas foetus (trich) infection; campylobacteria (vibriosis) infection; or perhaps a mineral deficiency. Trich is often a concern for producers in western Canada because of wide spread reports of its occurrence over the last couple of decades. Trich can be devastating as the proportions of open cows can easily reach 25 to 40%, in otherwise well-managed herds. Abortions up to 4 months of gestation may occur and it is not uncommon to have a few cows with pyometra (pus in the uterus). Trich usually surfaces in community pastures and is not a problem in closed herds, or herds that purchase clean bulls; however, for some bulls fences mean nothing so spread of disease from neighbouring herds is possible. Open heifers may be a different story. A big question for me is always how many were actually cycling during the breeding season. Late-born and poorly grown heifers may have not yet reached puberty at the time of the breeding season and the chances of becoming pregnant at the first heat are much lower than during subsequent heats. Heifers of certain breeds, breed lines or sired by bulls with smaller scrotal circumferences will reach puberty later than others. I am a strong advocate of not only having breeding soundness examinations performed on bulls, but also taking the time to watch bulls breed. Excellent semen quality is a moot point if a bull is injured or has libido issues. Try to observe your bulls breeding a few cows, write some cow

numbers and dates down and watch those cows again for returns to heat within an 18 to 24 day window. You might just discover a problem before it becomes a full-blown wreck. Suitable vaccination programs fitted to your region and situation should be put into place. Your local vet clinic or herd veterinarian should be able to provide you with all that you need. Proper nutrition is often the last thing considered. Everybody thinks they feed their cows right! Cows and heifers need to be fed well to cycle properly. An adequate energy level in the ration is the most important component, but don’t neglect minerals and vitamins. Minerals need to be provided yearround, not just during the breeding season. Phosphorus, selenium, and copper and other mineral deficiencies have all been linked to poor reproductive performance. Using a line paraphrased from a colleague ... “blue salt blocks (cobalt iodized) do not equal a mineral program!” Water quality may also be an issue as certain minerals in hard water can limit the availability of other minerals provided in the ration. Boosting the quantity of limited minerals, using chelated minerals or providing a new water source may be necessary. It is gratifying to hear producers talk about improvements in reproductive performance i.e. shorter calving season, fewer open cows just by utilizing a proper mineral program. Late calving cows can also contribute to the proportion of open cows occurring in a herd. Cows need 40 to 50 days after calving to repair the uterus and return to cyclicity – 3 weeks is not enough. Many calving season stragglers will deliver an encore performance and are more likely than others to come home open. Stragglers might be overrepresented in the open cow population during years with nutritional challenges, or when bull power petered out at the end of the season. In addition, to all of the questions I ask I also believe that a farm visit by a veterinarian is warranted. Trained eyes with a fresh perspective to look at your management system, examine some animals and maybe point out some things that you may not have thought of. I try to avoid making a diagnosis over the phone as I have been dead wrong on a few occasions. Suggestions of things to look at I can do, but that is it! Truth be known, we are often unable to isolate the cause of open cows. What we usually find is that there are one or more management factors that need to be adjusted. Heifer management, nutrition, bull related issues are the most common. It is very hard to diagnose fertility issues with certainty in a bull 1 year later or if he has been culled. If changes are made we are able to follow up and to see if there has been an improvement. When the situation normalizes, and it usually does, we may then be able to confirm our suspicions.

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Are you making use of what is being provided for you and as a breeder providing what the breed requires from you? Change is inevitable and we have seen plenty of change since the arrival of the twenty-first century. Although we have seen membership numbers in all breeds diminish, much of the change is positive for the improvement of the production of beef cattle. Today, more cow/calf operators are studying and using the technological data which is being compiled. The mere fact that a bull is registered is not a selling feature without genetic data for the outcome of the progeny. Feedlot operators are also compiling data....performance data and health data. Since margins in the feedlot industry are thin at the best of times, feedlots are now looking for known preferred genetics in an effort to have higher degree of predictability and eliminate a greater portion of risk. Ranchers, feedlot operators and packers rely on the purebred sector to provide improved, upgraded genetics to produce more pounds of beef at a sustainable cost level and therefore immediately look to breed associations. Although elected or appointed directors and managers create guidelines for the breed, the strength of an association is based on its members and their participation. Since genetic data has become forefront in the beef industry, the direction of a breed is dictated by the participation of members and the information they submit. If you look at the 2012 Elite Limousin Herd Program, it chronicles the breed participation. The Platinum Elite herds (BW, CE, WW, Docility, YW SC and Carcass)were just over 6% of the membership; Gold Elite herds (BW, CE, WW, YW and Docility) were 15%; Silver Elite herds (BW, CE and WW) were at 20% and the Bronze Elite herds (on herd enrolment) were a whopping 59%. Now, I understand that in the Platinum Elite program there are extra costs for ultra sound testing, but the next two levels only require effort and participation. Can you believe that almost 60% of the membership do not submit any data? The breed needs data to move ahead with programs and in the livestock industry. By simply submitting your information you are adding value to your own program and a higher degree of accuracy for the Limousin breed. The Beef Infoxchange System (BIXS) gives you an opportunity to access and exchange production and carcass data with cow-calf producers, exporters, feedlots and packers who participate. This service is provided to you by your association...all you have to do is register and submit your data.

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Genomics is the way of the future! Being Ukrainian, I grew up knowing that a snip was a cut with a scissor or sharp knife, but in the new world of microsatellite research it is single-nucleotide polymorphism or SNP, pronounced snip. The data is crucial to days ahead, therefore submission of hair samples is key to moving forward. The success of Limousin Genomic research will be totally influenced by participation of the membership. The genomic information gathered will allow breeders and our associate industry members to make decisions much earlier in an animal’s life than they could previously, hence breeding decisions will be established with a highly predictable outcome. Breeder participation at annual meetings and junior shows, tops the least interest charts. Since the National Annual Meeting and the National Junior show are held jointly, it offers a great opportunity for the youth to display their ventures, talents and livestock projects and the senior members to show support for the junior segment and exchange ideas and information regarding association matters. But it seems, ( to many breeders,) that the only time juniors are important is when they are looking to purchase a heifer. Our association offers one of Canada’s most successful Junior programs...the cost is minimal and the rewards are unlimited. The Junior program is more than just cattle; its educational, inspiring and builds bonds and relationships for future leaders of the breed. This program needs participation, whether you have juniors or are just a spectator and it is provided to you by your association. Although advertising is not free, it is essential for the image of the breed. The simplest way to market your product, is by telling someone you have something to sell. The “Voice” is your voice and each member and prospective members are a big part of your customer base. The success of a breed is gauged by its is provided to you by your association ....all it needs is your participation! With the exception of excessive rainfall in localized areas, crops and vegetation have never looked so good throughout the country. Cattle numbers are favoring a bullish market...we anticipate a great fall. To be a part of the breed and its success...participate and take advantage of what your association offers you!

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By Carolyn Darling

Hello my name is Carolyn Darling, and this year I am the Press Reporter for the Ontario Limousin Association. I live in a little hamlet called Morganston, with my parents Dan and Mary Darling and two younger sisters Julie and Margaret. I am 16 years old, and I have just finished grade 11 at St. Mary Secondary School. My dad and Uncle work together on our family farm, they run about 250 cows, on 1500 acres of land that grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. My dad is currently the President of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association and is serving his second year as President. My Mom is a Food Inspector, who goes into Federally Registered food processing factories. I have been showing cattle for six years now, and my middle sister Julie is now showing Limousin cattle in our local 4H beef club too. Summer is here and so is hay season, halter breaking, and cattle show season is soon to start. The OJLA has been hard at work preparing for this coming year. This year the 2013 Executive Committee for the OJLA are, (from left to right) Carolyn Darling - Press Reporter, Melissa MacIntyre – President, Bailey McConnell - CJLA Representative and Vice President, Brad MacIntyre- Past President. (Missing from picture) Katie Hern- Treasurer and Ashley McConnell- Secretary. The Ontario Limousin Association Provincial show for 2013 will be held in Markham, Ontario at the Markham Fairgrounds on October 6th, 2013. All entries are due by September 13, 2013. The Entry forms can be found on the OLA website, under the upcoming events. We will be hosting a Junior show prior to the Open show in Markham and then a Junior show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The Ontario Limousin Association Field Day and 40th Anniversary Banquet will be held on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 at the farm of Bill and Maryann Zwambag, Nick, Andrew, and Matt (BeeZee Acres) 4140 Glendon Drive, Glencoe, Ontario. It will start off with BeeZee Acres farm tour, as well as junior activities; which includes team judging, showmanship, and a photo contest. The night concludes with a social hour, roast beef dinner and then to finish off the night the OJLA is pleased to have Ms. Eleanor Wood as the evening’s Speaker. The OJLA’s annual fundraiser will be running again this year. We will be selling raffle tickets for an aluminum chute and a blower as well as a blower stand. The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The winner will be drawn at the Royal Elite sale during the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair on November 1st. Tickets are available from any Junior Executive Member. The OJLA would like to personality thank Mr. Kevin Preston for being our OLA Board Representative for the past few years and welcome Mr. Wayne Lawrence as our new representative. We would like to wish everyone a good time at the CJLA National Conference at the Manitoba Youth Round-up, being held in Neepawa, Manitoba. New Members are always welcome to come and participate in OJLA events.

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Breeder Section IAN, BONNIE AND GLEN HAMILTON CLINT AND AMANDA SEWARD Box 55 Ph: 204-246-2312 Darlingford , MB Cell: 204-823-1240 R0G 0L0 Email:


Specializing in Polled Fullbloods and Purebreds

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Fouillard Limousin Kevin Rea 306/463-7950 The Rea Family Ken Rea 306/968-2923 Marengo, SK S0L 2K0

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H LIMOUSIN W The “Fuchs” Family A Bethune, Saskatchewan S0G 0H0 Purebred Red & Black Limousin Cattle Y Visitors Welcome Ed & Doreen (306) 638-4422 Warren (306) 789-8863 Darcy (306) 638-4800 Email:

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Davis-Rairdan International P.O. Box 590 Crossfield, Alberta Canada T0M 0S0 Phone (403) 946-4551 Fax (403) 946-5093 Website: E-mail: services offered: - On-farm freezing & collection - Donor care facility - Recipient herd - Licensed facility for embryo exports - Genetic marketing & selection

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Amaglen Limousin 43 B Bar Cattle 7 Bar 3R Limousin 43 Bar-Dale Limousin 43 Bee Zee Acres 43 Bova-Tech Ltd. 46 Bow Valley Genetics Ltd. 46 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp 46 Cherway Limousin 43 Cochrane Stock Farms 43 Combest Limousin Farm 43 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd. 46 de Jager Limousin Cattle Co. 43 Diamond C Ranch 43 Dodge 3 Eden Meadows Limousin 15 Enright Farms Limousin 43 Excel Ranches 8 Farmfair International 15 Flewelling, Craig 46 Fort Ellice Limousin 43 Fouillard Limousin 43 Gardiner Limousin 43 Good Limousin Ranch 43 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd. 46 Greenwood Limousin 43 Haystack Acres 43 Highland Stock Farms IFC Hillside Farm 44 Hillview Farms 44 Hi-Valley Limousin 6, 44 Hiway Limousin 44 Hockridge Farms 44 Hudson Limousin 44

J. Yorga Farms IBC Jan-Star Farms 44 Jaymarandy Limousin 44 Jones Cattle Co. 8 Karwandy Limousin 44 Lisle Limousin 44 Maple Key Farms 44 National Limousin Show & Sale


Payne Livestock BC Pine Haven Farm 44 Pinnacle View Limousin 2, 44 Poley, Chris 46 Poplar View Stockfarm 44 Posthaven Limousin 6, 44 Preston Acres Limousin 44 Red Coat Cattle Station 44 Richmond Ranch 45 Rocky View Livestock 45 Skeels, Dan 46 Smart Limousin 45 Southbridge Limousin 45 Stewart Limousin 45 Stockmens Insurance 46 Triple “R” Limousin 45 Wild Way Farm 45 Willowcrest Limousin 45 Windy Gables Limousin 5, 45 Y2K Land & Cattle Co.

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August 10 10


QC Limousin Field Day, Ste-Sophie de Levard, QC Ontario Limousin Association Field Day & 40th Anniversary Banquet, Glencoe, ON

September 28 28

Pacific Invitational All Breeds Female Sale, Williams Lake, BC Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show, Swift Current, SK

October 1 2-5 4-6 6 22-23 31-2 31-2

Limousin Voice Fall Issue Deadline Autumn Cattle Drive Online, Listowel, ON Olds Fall Classic, Olds AB Ontario Provincial Limousin Show, Markham, ON Livestock Gentec Conference, Edmonton, AB Manitoba Livestock Expo, Brandon, MB 35th Annual Stockade Round Up, Lloydminster, SK

1-10 1 3-10 7 8 11-16 15 30

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON Royal Elite All Breed Sale, Toronto, ON Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB National Limousin Show, Edmonton, AB Headliner Sale featuring the National Limousin Sale, Edmonton, AB Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK Solid Gold Agribition Sale, Regina, SK The Colours of Autumn Limousin Sale, Lindsay, ON

December 1 4 6 31

Limousin Voice Christmas Issue Deadline 2nd Annual Western Select Limousin Sale, Lloydminster, SK Highland Stock Farms Sale XVIII, Olds, AB New Years Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale: Volume II, Saskatoon, SK

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Thank you to all the bidders and buyers for making our 2013 Production Sale a success

Annual Production Sale February 24, 2014

We look forward to visiting with you this fall on the show road

Kelly and Norma Yorga (H) 306-263-4432 (C) 306-642-7023 (F) 306-263-4473

Jeffrey Yorga (H) 306-531-5717 (W) 204-793-7646 (F) 306-522-2218 Box 14, Flintoft, SK S0H 1R0

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