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Brett Wildman talks life lessons from the show circuit

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What beef producers need to know about Malignant Catarrhal Fever No Substitute for Experience – The National Young Cattlemen of 2016

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Welcome to the mid-summer issue of Top Stock. Over the past few months, we’ve been assembling Issue #9, an edition that represents our third birthday. We are launching this issue with a celebration to thank our advertisers for their past and present support. As you flip through, you will see “Top Stock Sale Credit Participant” icons on ads throughout the magazine. If you are reading this in print, I encourage you to visit our Facebook page to take part in the promotion. If, like many of our readers, you are perusing this online, simply like or share this magazine and you will be entered to win a $400 sale credit at participating advertisers. There are no shortage of advertisers with whom you will want to cash in your credit – the hardest part will be choosing between them! We couldn’t be more excited to have made it to this point. We set out to create a ‘clubby’ magazine, but have emerged as a more diverse platform covering commercial and purebred show cattle; and breeding cattle. This has been reflected by the advertisers who choose this medium to reach an all-breeds audience – we welcome all advertisers and do our best to target their potential customers. I believe this magazine is so broadly appealing because our coverage is rooted in a set of core values that the industry holds dear: We may not all agree on what makes cattle functional or profitable or even good, but we do agree that investing our energy making them better (according to what makes them profitable on our own operations) is a worthwhile pursuit. Whatever you may think of it, it is hard to deny the positive impact of the show ring during junior show season. From public speaking to team marketing to social networking, youth participants are hard at work developing skills that will be an asset to them in any


walk of life. Our first article interviews two veterans of the youth show circuit who won the National Young Cattleman competition in Bashaw, Alberta last year. As the 2017 competition approaches, we invite you to commend their efforts with us on page 16. As is our July tradition, we caught up with Brett Wildman for some insight before he heads to the ring to judge the Junior Steer Classic at Calgary Stampede. As a past chairmen of the Steer Classic committee, his capable appraisal promises to add a more local flavour than in the past – find out what he is looking for on page 24. We received some very affirmative feedback on our article about the agriculture documentary in our March edition, which was a marked departure from our previous content. In this spirit, our third article explores a less than well-known infectious disease that can affect beef cattle. On page 66, we're lucky to interview Dr. Elizabeth R. Homerosky who assisted us in producing a factuallysound, scientific article we hope will help beef producers. We would like to remind our readership that the deadline for our early-fall edition is coming up quickly on August 1. This has proven to be one of our more popular issues and is mailed out free to a large, all-breeds encompassing mailing list. Contact us early to allow us to assist you in planning your ad getting you the best bang for your buck. Our number #1 goal is to get your ad in the hands of potential buyers and we are always on the lookout for more ways to reach them. We hope you will be in touch with tips, suggestions, submissions and requests. See you on the show road! – Katie Songer, Editor

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ISSUE No substitute for experience Reflections from the 2016 NYC winners


When the Show Ring meets the Beef Industry with Brett Wildman

Infection Disease Alert What producers need to know about malignant catarrhal fever

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the United States and developed a strong passion for the livestock

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industry and some of the great judges he showed under. Don Good, Bill

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including cattle, hogs, goats and sheep. Most specifically, Shilo was

judges who performed as his mentors. Scott himself is a significant

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as well. He routinely attended and facilitated the Calgary Stampede Livestock Evaluation School providing acute perspective on beef production including phenotype, fertility, genomics, carcass and so much more. Alumni of the School Tracy Gardner states that, “Scott’s intense knowledge of beef production challenged our traditional way of thinking while refining our eye for livestock and honing the confidence to articulate our thoughts and reasons.”

This family has deep and successful roots in agriculture. The Schaake Family has been breeding Simmental cattle since 1974, after an introduction to the breed when Scott showed the Grand Champion Steer Simmental x Hereford at his county fair. Schaake Farms is known as a highly respected and regarded purebred Simmental operations breeding and promoting some of the most exciting and sought after genetics.

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livestock industry. Brandon Callis and Chris Mullnix as well as notable Canadians including Crystal Blin and Lance Leachman have been fortunate recipients of the “Schaake Education.” He and his wife, Kandi, have been married for 32 years. They have just recently celebrated the marriage of their oldest son, Shane to Melissa Grimmel. Shane manages a cow/calf operation in eastern


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Winners of the National Young Cattlemen competition reflect on their 2016 experiences and the skills necessary for sucess in the industry.


howing cattle isn’t always about winning in the ring. It is also about acquiring the expertise necessary to become a knowledgeable stockman. The efforts leading up to an appearance in the show ring and a participant’s interactions with fellow competitors are facets of being an accomplished everyday cattleman. The National Young Cattlemen (NYC) program aims to put these skills on display, as well as providing an educational opportunity for young men and women ages 9 to 21 “to exhibit their presentation skills and broaden their knowledge of judging and marketing beef cattle, beef and beef by-products,” according to the event’s website. Participants qualify for this program from major junior shows held throughout the season, and can qualify from one program only – ensuring youth have many chances to qualify throughout a show season. The event is held annually at the Canadian National All-Breeds Heifer Show, and over the course of three days, participants are scored cumulatively as the competition progresses. This year’s event will be held August 16 - 19 in Bashaw, Alberta.

Wisdom from an experienced participant “If you don’t learn, you don’t have fun.” That’s the motto held by Bailey “Gus” Dietrich, who won the junior division in 2012, and came out on top as the senior winner at last year’s NYC competition out of a field of 23 talented competitors. For Dietrich, the highlight of the competition was the friendly comradery. “I like going to cattle shows to be with my friends and helping the younger members,” he said. “And for me, it’s great to see the older members helping younger members.”


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Dietrich is a multi-talented competitor and one of the only participants to win the NYC competition twice. ŠŠ Stock Show Images

NCE In order to win, you have to be well rounded. The competition is geared towards examining the skillset of the everyday cattlemen , not specifically a show person.

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Right: Dietrich competes with his steer at the 2016 UFA Country Classic. ©© Stock Show Images

The 19-year-old was raised on his family’s operation, Redrich Farms, at Forestburg, Alberta, where they run a 220 cow-calf operation of purebred Red Angus and Simmental cattle. Dietrich is currently apprenticing to become a welder, while continuing to play an integral role on his family’s farm. Having competed at NYC before, Dietrich knew what to expect. In fact, he is one of the rare few who are lucky enough to win both the junior and senior categories at NYC. It took him three years to do it, but he won the junior division in 2012, and after a couple more tries, he ended up being victorious at the senior level as well. This past year the competition switched up some of the components, making it a little more “tricky,” Dietrich explained. For example, there were more hands-on components, such as changing tires and being tested on proper vaccine dosages, just to name a few. What does it take to win? “In order to win, you have to be well rounded,” he said. “The competition is geared towards examining the skill-set of the everyday cattleman, not specifically a 'show' person.”


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Dietrich enjoyed the competition, but admitted that his least favourite part was the marketing component. “I like to talk, but I am not so much into computers or writing,” he said with a chuckle. When asked about how it felt to win, he said that he “was extremely overwhelmed and surprised. The feeling is really quite hard to explain.” After reflecting on what he thought was the most special moment at NYC, he said “It was amazing to see my cousins’ children participating – my cousins mentored me and now I have the opportunity to help their kids. It is a new generation of cattlemen helping cattlemen.” A firm believer in the important role that mentorship plays in cultivating one’s own success, Dietrich strives to take the time at shows to give back and to teach beginners tips and tricks on fitting and showing cattle.

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Far Left: Dietrich is honored to become the inaugural Elaine Hiller Memorial Herdsman award at the 2017 UFA Country Classic. ©© Stock Show Images

Left: Dietrich and his mom Tracy celebrate their 2015 Farmfair Supreme Champion Bull, Red Redrich Aftershock 238A. Aftershock was also named the Red Angus Show Bull of the Year for his long list of accomplishments that fall. ©© ShowChampions



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In an industry that is rapidly shrinking, you need new kids to feel welcome and involved—that's the only way agriculture will survive and grow. First Time’s the Charm It was his first year making a name for himself at junior shows, which made winning the NYC junior category that much more meaningful to 16-year-old Matthew Trefiak of Edgerton, Alberta. Trefiak remembers organizers announcing the winner of the junior division saying “this young man has done a phenomenal job this year,” and then calling him up to receive the prize. “My jaw dropped,” he said. He remembered looking over at his grandma seeing her tear up with pride. He described feeling “shocked” to win the title and remembers thinking that he had never in his wildest dreams expected to receive such an honour. He’s been showing cattle for about 10 years, primarily exhibiting Hereford and Angus projects, but is also working on a couple of Simmentals, using embryos from Rancier Farms that he feels have a lot of potential. His family’s operation, MJT Cattle Co., runs

Left: Trefiak competes at the 2016 Canadian Western Agribition.

Right: Trefiak represents MJT cattle at the 2016 Olds Spring Classic.

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I'm a people person, so I loved seeing friends and future industry leaders work together and enjoy being part of the same event.

about 200 Black Angus and Hereford cow-calf pairs. They host a bull sale each year, offering about 40 animals, and Trefiak notes that they had a sizable dispersal sale a couple years back. Trefiak and his family exhibit at Olds Fall Classic, Lloydminster Stockade, Farmfair International, and occasionally Canadian Western Agribition, which he says he sees himself attending more regularly in the future. After having qualified from the Alberta Hereford Association by competing in Summer Synergy, an event that brings together junior beef, sheep, and dairy exhibitors along with beef breed associations from Alberta and Saskatchewan, Trefiak was looking forward to experiencing what NYC had to offer. “I’m a people person, so I loved seeing friends and future industry leaders work together and just enjoy being part of the same event,” explained Trefiak. “It was truly beautiful watching 20-year-olds give pointers to 10-year-olds who are getting started.” While winning the junior division of the show was a highlight for Trefiak, it was the respect that he earned among his peers that made the experience worth it. “Everyone was hugging me and congratulating me,” he said. It was the first time that he


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Far left: Trefiak (middle) is joined by Billy Paul (BC) and Landon Smith (Idaho), hard at work at the Hirsche Herefords stall. ©© Show Champions

Middle top: Trefiak shows at Agribition. ©© Show Champions

Middle bottom: Trefiak represents MJT cattle at the 2016 Olds Spring Classic. ©© Show Champions

Below: MAF First Impression 4420, owned by MJT Cattle & Miller Wilson, as the 2016 Supreme Champion Bull and Champion Angus Bull at the 2016 Stockade Round-up. ©© Show Champions

felt “part of the group,” in the wider cattle showing family. “I got this prestigious award, and I was so proud and happy to prove that I was a cattleman, too.” He says that the experience of feeling excluded from the cliques that can form on the show circuit has made him supportive towards juniors new to showing, “because in an industry that is rapidly shrinking you need the new kids to feel welcome and involved—that’s the only way agriculture will survive and grow.” Reflecting on his show experience and general passion for the cattle industry, Trefiak says that his grandpa Mick has been the biggest mentor in his life. He characterized him as a “typical rancher” who has taught him everything he needs to know about the cattle business from nutrition and genetics to clipping and showmanship.

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“He’s a big part of the reason why I love the industry so much and he stressed being humble. I mean, this guy has done well at shows and has been a leader in the cattle industry for years,” he said, noting that he looks up to him for guidance and encouragement. For now, Trefiak plans to continue showing cattle, but has his sights set on earning a scholarship to study in the United States, with the hopes of obtaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in large animal reproduction. “Being a good cattleman means more than winning shows. It means standing by your cattle,” he said. “I’ve won shows and I’ve lost shows, and every time I hear it’s one man’s opinion, and that’s so true. You just can’t let that opinion change what you believe your cattle should look like.”



n a Sunday afternoon in July, the southern Alberta sun shines brightly on the busy Calgary Stampede

grounds. Inside the Agrium Western Events Centre, a group of young cattle producers are lined up in the hitching area, watching the class currently in the show ring. They make last-minutes adjustments—another quick comb-through, a spritz of paint, a drink of water and an encouraging word to the steer at their side. Every junior competitor feels that anticipation, the excitement to show off the product of months of hard work, and the nervous hope that their steer has what it takes to catch the judge’s eye.


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I think it gives these young people a stage to show their talents. It gives them a place to practice their skills as well and use some of the things they’ve learned, as the purebred shows are going away from fitting.

Each young person competing in the Calgary Stampede’s UFA Junior Steer Classic dreams of capturing the championship, securing a spot in the history of this storied show. For the many competitors who won’t find themselves in the championship class, however, what do they bring home from this highly anticipated event? In Brett Wildman’s opinion, the exposure to the cattle industry that a junior receives at a show of this calibre is valuable, especially when you consider the time, effort and resources that each exhibitor and their families commit to the preparation of a steer. “I think it gives them one more avenue to show and to take it all in—to learn what it’s all about, gather some information from some of the other competitors, as well as some of the other people that are there,” Wildman explains. “It gives them a kind of insight on the industry as a whole.” At a show such as this, Wildman continues, the experience resonates beyond the show circuit, with an outcome more similar to the realities of the beef industry, and life in general. This, he believes, is a vital lesson for youth. “Steer Classic steps away from the 4-H end of it, where everybody gets a ribbon,” he says. “In real life, there’s winners and losers, and to be a graceful loser is really important. It’s not about throwing show sticks or throwing buckets around, it’s about learning how to win as well as how to lose.” This summer, Wildman will be at the centre of such an event as he judges the


35th edition of the Steer Classic. The cattleman from Sangudo, Alberta, brings with him four decades of experience in the purebred beef industry. Along with his wife Traci and daughter Paige, the family runs Wildman Livestock, a well-respected Red Angus operation. “We run about 50 purebred cows, and we’ve been in the business basically all my life,” he explains. “I showed my first one in the junior Angus show in 1978 at Bashaw, and we still have some cows to this day that actually stem back to that same cow family.” The Wildman family has always felt at home in the

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beef industry, and he appreciates the lifestyle and relationships it offers. “The cattle industry’s been a good place to raise our kid. There seems to be really good people in it, and I’d like to see that continue on.” An experienced livestock judge, Wildman has also spent much time in the ring as an exhibitor. Wander down the Angus aisles at many of the larger exhibitions in western Canada, and you’ll see Wildman Livestock’s genetics at work. For them, showing cattle has major marketing value. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase our smaller herd on a big stage,” Wildman explains. “We’ve showed at a lot of the major shows in the States and in Canada, and we’ve had the opportunity to have three females over the years in the Supreme Challenge at Agribition. Out of a small herd, we find that very rewarding for us, and it just helps us get our name out there and be able to exhibit our cattle against some of the bigger operations.” As a promoter of the Red Angus breed and the incoming president of the Canadian Angus Association, Wildman is highly involved in the purebred seedstock industry. He is mindful of how the show steer circuit relates to that area of the cattle business, particularly where juniors are concerned. With many producers raising a few prospect steers in addition to their purebred show animals, he sees an opportunity for youth who compete in both types of shows. “I think it gives these young people a stage to show their talents,” he says. “It gives the kids a place to practice their skills as well and use some of the things they’ve learned, as the purebred shows are going away from fitting, as such.” As a purebred producer with an eye on the market cattle industry, Wildman enjoys steer shows and is no stranger to the Stampede’s premier beef cattle event. He and Traci first competed at the Steer Classic in 1990. He later became involved with the organization of the show, joining the show committee in 1992. “I sat on the Steer Committee for 16 years, so I’ve got some strong ties to the community through the Steer Top Competitors ready their steer for the 2016 Junior Steer Classic ©© ShowChampions

Bottom Left Wildman's compete in the Supreme show at Farmfair International 2016 with Red Wildman Miss Stocky 420B. ©© Canadian Angus Association

Bottom Right Wildman is heavily involved in the industry and is the current president of the Canadian Angus Association. ©© Canadian Angus Associaiton

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Classic and the Calgary Stampede itself,” he says. Throughout his involvement with the show, Wildman witnessed a number of positive changes to its format, including the annual sale of the champion and reserve champion steers. “That created some more interest in the show. It brought in outside sponsors and money, which helped the agriculture portion,” he explains. The event, which had a junior class for many years, was restructured as an all-junior show in 2015. “As we moved forward and transitioned into a junior show, I think that’s really been positive for sponsorship and the role it plays for community and the young kids in the industry.”

From a Judge’s Perspective Many of those who have judged the Steer Classic in the past learned to evaluate and speak about livestock by competing on a collegiate judging team in the United States. Wildman’s judging education, however, is uniquely Canadian and based on industry experience, a refreshing perspective that he’ll bring to the show ring this year. “Over the years, we’ve had some really qualified judges, and they’ve done excellent jobs,” he notes. But he admits there can be downsides to this kind of training for some who may take this path. “It brings kind of a textbook set of reasons when they talk about the steers… they get fairly vague and general sometimes, and there are a lot of times the college kids are programmed in to have those kind of textbook reasons.” Wildman aims to be detailed, dynamic and honest when he provides comments on a class. “When we look at cattle, it’s just like we’re out in our pasture here, and when we describe them, we want the people in the seats to know exactly what we’re describing and be able to see it,” he explains. When Wildman evaluates a class of steers, he feels it’s vital to consider that a steer represents much more than a means to bringing home top honours at a show. In his opinion, forgetting this in favour of the trend of the moment can be the most overlooked component in the making of a champion steer. "It isn't just about one steer,” he states. "These steers all have half and three-quarter sisters out there, and full sisters because of the embryo transplant work that’s going on. We really have to look at the functionality and the structure of these cattle so that the maternal side can go on to make cows. That is going to be really important as we move this into the next five or ten years."

Wildman competes in the 2016 Legends of the Fall jackpot at Farmfair with Red Wildman Larkaba 609D, who was Reserve Champion in her breed. ©© ShowChampions 028

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When we look at cattle, it’s just like we’re out in our pasture here, and when we describe them, we want the people in the seats to know exactly what we’re describing and be able to see it.

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During his time in the cattle industry, Wildman has seen how trends in beef cattle have evolved, whether it be breeding or market animals, and he notes that everything does change. Nonetheless, he’s wary of trends that place the focus on a single trait, when it comes to any type of animal. There have been times when he’s seen producers who “used single-trait selections and then start going off in that one direction, whether they’re looking for milk, or they’re looking for added muscle or carcass merits,” he explains. “Single-trait selection can be the ruination of any program or any breed of cattle, so I think in the steer show and the market cattle (industry) … we have to be balanced there as well. We have to look at structure, we have to look at hair, we have to look at muscle and meat to make sure that we’ve combined all these traits to move it forward to improve them.” When considering all of these aspects that contribute to an animal’s productivity, Wildman is a fan of utilizing technologies such as EPDs to get a better idea of what an animal might bring to a program. Ideally, he would enjoy using a selection method like this to assist in judging a cattle show, taking the evaluation beyond the ring and to the animal’s future progeny. “As a judge myself, I would like to see the EPDs on cattle and use it as a tool in the selection, because it sure doesn’t do a breed any good if we’re looking at cattle and, for instance, the bull or female that wins, maybe the bull’s birth weight is right off the charts and his milk number is below average by

Top: Red Wildman Miss Stocky 420B, owned with Blairs.Ag, was named the Grand Champion Female at Farmfair in 2016. She was also the Jackpot Heifer Champion at Olds Fall Classic in 2015 (Above right).


FAVOURITE SHOW YOU’VE JUDGED In 2001, Seth Leachman and I judged the Denver Simmental Carload and Pen Show (at the National Western Stock Show), and I really enjoyed that. It was a day that we spent together with a good friend of mine in the cattle industry, and it was really interesting.”

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double or triple,” he says. “They can be detrimental to your breed. There’s a lot of data that’s gone into the EPD structure and how they’re driven, and I think it’s one of those things to be mindful of. If we have a bull in any given breed and it’s a plus 12 or 13 for birth weight, it sure doesn’t do the breed any good to make him a champion.” To continue with this line of thinking, he also believes that viewing ultrasound data could be eye-opening when judging market steers. “We can measure with our hands, and we can look at muscle in terms of shape, but it would be really nice to know the actual ribeye area of a steer, the marbling, those things that you can’t really tell with the hide still on them. When we hang them and harvest these cattle we can definitely grade them, but some ultrasound data on them beforehand would be nice for the judge to see.” Even without carcass data on hand, Wildman expects to see top-quality animals at this year’s Steer Classic. In general, he had found that the quality of steers being shown across Canada Left: A competitor rinses their entry in preparation for the 2016 Steer Classic. ©© ShowChampions

ALL TIME FAVORITE COW/BULL We were going through the list the other day, and we came up with an old cow. Her name was Doll 67P, and it was kind of the foundation cow of Traci’s and Paige’s and my program here. We showed her in Bashaw in 1982, I believe it was, and then we took her actually back to the alumni show there when she was about 17… She’s had a huge influence on the program, so that would probably be one of our favourites. Then in recent years, we’ve got another cow family—it’s the Lexi 82Ks, and … she was a champion at Agribition, as well as daughter and a granddaughter of hers that made the supreme. It all comes back to cow families here.”

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ROLE MODELS GROWING UP & HOW THEY AFFECTED YOU Everybody says their role models are their parents. My mom and dad got me involved in the cattle industry, and through the Red Angus Promotion Society, which they were founders of with 10 other Red Angus breeders and kind of put the Red Angus on the map. So that’s kind of where it stemmed off to start with. Then later on, I’ve taken cattle evaluation seminars through the Calgary Stampede that they’ve put on with Dr. John Edwards, and at that time he was a professor at Texas A&M. He kind of shaped how we pick cattle and how I approach judging cattle and really get into the structure, and how to follow them right through to the line and look at them after they’ve been harvested as well. He was a meat scientist, and he showed us a lot that we could see with the hide on, so those courses really set us up really well for being able to analyze market cattle.”

FAVORITE SHOW DAY TIP To a lot of these junior kids, and we have some young guys help us with some of our cattle at certain times, my biggest tip to them is make the cattle look natural. We don’t want them looking all fake and full of glue where it doesn’t need to be, and a bunch of extras. We just want them to look natural, and I think that’s really important. To watch these cattle on the move, they have to look natural. “The other thing we’ve noticed over the years is when these kids are fitting cattle, they need to step back. Everyone doesn’t need to be fit exactly the same. They have to analyze the animal before they start and fit to what the animal needs, not just use a cookie cutter approach.” Above: The Wildmans show Red Wildman Miss Stocky 420B in the Supreme show at Agribition.

has improved throughout the last 10 to 20 years, something that he believes extends to the cattle industry as a whole. “We’ve got a lot more tools to measure efficiencies and soundness. I think the cattle have been improving because of market demand,” he says. “I still think in the years (to come) we’re going to see as much change and improvement probably in the lines of efficiencies in cattle that we’ve never seen before because now we have the tools to measure it.” By making what he calls “balanced selections” that consider all traits and sticking with this path, Wildman predicts continued improvements to all areas of the cattle business. When it comes to such changes and improvements, the best venue to view this progress is a cattle show, especially when the next generation of beef producers are on the halter. Wildman is particularly

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looking forward to interacting with the junior exhibitors when he judges the Steer Classic. “I really enjoy that part of it,” he says. “You can ask them questions out there. You get kind of a one-on-one with some of the kids, and we try to make a point to visit with every kid at one point, even if it’s just to say ‘Hello, how are you today?’ I think it’s important that they have some interaction with the judge.” And no matter what happens on that Sunday in Calgary, no matter who rises to the top, Wildman knows that the steers in the running for this much-soughtafter championship will be at their best. “I’m looking forward to being able to sort the best steers in Canada,” he says. “It showcases some of the elite steers that are in our industry, and I think it’s really important that we get a chance to showcase them to not only the agriculture industry but to the world audience.”

WHAT WILL YOUR BE LOOKING FOR ON SHOW DAY On show day at the Steer Classic, I’m going to be looking for the steer that I feel hits it all just right, whether it be soundness and right into the high-quality carcass, and presented well. I know there’s going to be a lot of tremendous individuals, and I’m going to try to come out of there with the best one.”

WORDS OF ADVICE FOR JUNIORS I would say to look around. Look outside your breed if you’re involved in breeding cattle. Look at the whole industry. If you’re just involved in the show steers or market cattle, tour through the purebred barns, and vice versa; those in the purebred industry, go to the steer barns and the market cattle. Have a look at the industry as a whole. Pay attention to that, and where your commercial industry is. It just broadens the whole big brush stroke, and keeps everyone grounded and where they need to be moving next.”


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Awareness and biosecurity measures can help prevent this dangerous disease


need to know The incubation period has a very wide range. Infected cattle may show clinical signs as early as 14 days or as late as more than 200 days post-infection."


anadian cattle producers may not be aware of Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF), a little-known disease with devastating results on an animal. Though its overall impact on the Canadian cow herd isn’t currently known, MCF raises concerns about biosecurity between livestock species. The outlook for an animal infected with this disease is grave, so cattle producers are encouraged to learn more about the symptoms of MCF, how the disease is transmitted and how to prevent it. Dr. Elizabeth R. Homerosky, an associate veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. in Airdrie, Alberta, recently had the chance to deal with a case of MCF in a beef animal, and she spoke to Top Stock about this disease. Homerosky grew up on her family’s commercial beef operation in southern Ohio, and graduated


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MALIGNANT CATARRHAL FEVER from Ohio State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science before completing her DVM in 2012. After practicing in western Iowa for a year, she was accepted as the University of Calgary’s inaugural Simpson Ranch Fellow in Beef Cattle Health in 2013, where she completed a Master of Science and Clinical Residency in beef production medicine during the course of her threeyear fellowship. In October 2016, she officially joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services after completing several rotations at the practice for her residency. Veterinary Agri-Health Services specializes in consulting and services for cow-calf operations and feedlots throughout western Canada. “Our primary goal is to work collaboratively

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goats sheep cattle

deer water buffalo

What is Malignant Catarrhal Fever?

deer. This disease is caused by the various herpesviruses of the genus Rhadinovirus, which are most often transmitted by sheep, wildebeest and, at times, goats. “Herpesviruses are infamous for their ability to affect multiple organ systems, as is commonly observed among animals affected with MCF,” Homerosky explains. “Transmission from either sheep, wildebeest or goats to susceptible species is sporadic and typically only affects a single animal.” However, she says, there have been reported cases of larger outbreaks in bison, cattle and deer.

Malignant Catarrhal Fever is a complex infectious viral disease that generally affects cattle, bison, water buffalo and

With symptoms that appear to be indicative of other diseases, animals with MCF may be incorrectly diagnosed

with our clients and other industry professionals to maximize the health and productivity of individual herds with a cost effective program consistent with the goals and objectives of each producer,” says Homerosky. The practice is an affiliate member of the University of Calgary’s Distributed Veterinary Learning Community, and has worked with academic and government institutions to conduct research related to various facets of beef cattle health.



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Enhancing biosecurity by encouraging people to wash hands, boots and other tools after handling livestock and to use separate feed and water buckets (and) grooming supplies for each species should help prevent transmission of MCF."

with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (also known as red nose) or other diseases that can cause diarrhea, lameness, ocular lesions or nervous disease. With pregnant females, the disease will commonly cause them to abort their calves, though the aborted fetus and placenta may show no visible signs that MCF caused this to occur.

SYMPTOMS OF INFECTIONS Common symptoms in cattle suffering from MCF include: • Lethargy • A persistently high fever, often greater than 40°C (104°F) • Enlarged lymph nodes • Corneal opacity or discoloration in both eyes Other possible symptoms of the disease can include: • Lameness • Nasal discharge • Oral cavity erosions and ulcers • Skin lesions • Bloody diarrhea that suggests hemorrhagic enteritis • Signs that suggest issues of the central nervous system, such as convulsions, muscle tremors and abnormal mentation

How is MCF Spread? Sheep, wildebeest and goats that carry the virus generally cannot be identified because they don’t exhibit any symptoms. “MCF is spread throughout a flock or herd when the offspring are young typically by aerosol transmission, nasal secretions or direct contact. Infected lambs and goats typically shed large number of the virus when they are about six to nine months of age, but shedding decreases significantly as they reach adulthood,” Homerosky explains. “It should be assumed that almost all sheep are exposed to MCF, therefore testing is unnecessary. Additionally, shedding can occur intermittently, potentially resulting in a false negative test result.” There are recorded cases where the virus has been indirectly transmitted from sheep to cattle located more than 70 metres apart. There are also known cases in which the virus has been indirectly transmitted from sheep to bison located more than five kilometres away. “The incubation period has a very wide range. Infected cattle may show clinical signs as early as 14 days or as late as more than 200 days post-infection,” says

Left: Dr. Homerosky's practice is an affiliate member of the University of Calgary's Distributed Veterinary Learning Community. ©© Elizabeth Homerosky

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Homerosky. There are a number of factors that can influence whether an animal becomes infected with MCF. “These factors include distance from the sheep, goat or wildebeest, route of transmission, infectious dose, immunity status of the animal and other environmental factors,” she says. With cattle, animals whose immune systems are weakened or impaired due to factors such as stress, pregnancy or other illnesses seem to be more susceptible to the disease.

Awareness and Prevention


Homerosky explains that the only effective strategy at the moment to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading is to separate carrier animals from those


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It is not known how prevalent this disease is across Canada. “During five years of practice I have only encountered two confirmed cases of MCF; one in Canada and one in the United States,” Homerosky reports. “Whereas hundreds of cattle are likely exposed each year, only a very small subset actually become infected with MCF and show clinical signs. However, MCF likely goes underdiagnosed because of its resemblance to other diseases more commonly diagnosed in cattle.”


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MCF is an especially troubling disease because there is no effective treatment or vaccine currently available, and there is little hope for recovery in an infected animal. “MCF is almost always fatal. Among animals that survive the initial insult, infection is lifelong and clinical signs can reappear at any time,” Homerosky explains. “Approximately five percent of infected cattle are reported to survive the initial insult.” While the forms of treatment available will not cure the animal of MCF, she notes that “reducing stress by providing supportive care, pain mitigation and other treatments in consultation with your veterinarian may help reduce viral replication and the severity of clinical signs.”





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It is important to note that nose-to-nose contact does not have to occur for MCF to be transmitted. The virus can survive several days and can be transmitted from several kilometers away." susceptible to the disease. This may pose issues for operations raising both cattle and sheep, or for livestock exhibition grounds where the species are stalled close to each other or use the same facilities. “Enhancing biosecurity by encouraging people to wash hands, boots and other tools after handling livestock and to use separate feed and water buckets (and) grooming supplies for each species should help prevent transmission of MCF,” says Homerosky. However, producers should be aware that these biosecurity efforts may not be enough to prevent the spread of the virus. “It is important to note that nose-to-nose

contact does not have to occur for MCF to be transmitted from carrier to susceptible species. The virus can survive for several days and can be transmitted from several kilometres away in ideal conditions.” Most of the more recent large-scale outbreaks of the disease have occurred in bison, which seem to be mores susceptible to contracting the disease than cattle. “As cases of MCF in cattle are more sporadic and less prevalent compared to cases in the bison population, there does not appear to be as much awareness of MCF among cattle producers,” she says. Despite this, cattle producers need to be aware of the dangers of this disease. Thankfully, she notes, infected cattle or bison cannot spread MCF to other animals in their herd or to another livestock species. As well, the disease is not zoonotic, meaning that animals cannot transmit MCF to humans. Homerosky states that “testing for MCF may be warranted if an animal has one or more of the above clinical signs and is failing to respond to treatment, particularly if there is a known history of exposure to carrier species. Diagnosis in live animals can be achieved by submitting anticoagulated blood to a lab to be tested by a method called PCR. This method of testing can distinguish between the different viral strains causing MCF.” A tissue sample from a section of the intestinal wall, kidney or brain or a lymph node of a deceased animal can be used to determine whether the animal succumbed to MCF. If you suspect your animal may have this disease, it is imperative to contact your veterinarian immediately.

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