Maine-Anjou Mail Magazine - Spring 2021

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COVER

Soaking up winter sun and looking good doing it.

ROCH Jim Beam 6H from Roch Springs Show Cattle, Estevan, Saskatchewan is representative of the percentage Maines heading to work this spring in herds across the country. Breeders are seeking the Maine-influence for the strong finish the breed puts on calves.

Cooper Brokenshire

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CONTENTS President’s Report ........................................4 Herd Book and Data Services Report ........6 CMAA Report................................................8 Junior Report..............................................10 Ontario History ..........................................12 Australian Maine-Anjou Report................16 In the Maine Ring with Gilcroft Farms......18 Rocky Lane Farms ......................................24 Maine Candids ..........................................26

Directors

2020-2021 CMAA Board of

Kody Roddick - Past President Kody Roddick - First Vice President

Manitou’s Coppertop GG2C takes a break from the work at hand.

Myles Hansen - Second Vice President

The Smith Family........................................28

Josie Pashulka - Secretary

The 70s ........................................................32

Jordan Retzlaff - Treasurer Kyle Smith - Director

Douglas Bull Test Report ..........................41

Myles Hansen - Director

Maine Sales ................................................43

Ron Gilbert - Director

Listen In ......................................................44

Patrick Johnson - Director Justin VanDeWoestyne - Director

Advertiser’s Index ......................................50

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Stu Byman - President

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President’s Report CMAA NEWS

Stu Byman

Maine Enthusiasts, I hope you all are having a great winter, and if you're calving, all the best with that and the weather.

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Now that 2020 is out of the way, hopefully with COVID19 vaccinations taking place, life will get somewhat back to normal later this year. As most of you know, we had to put off our 50-year celebrations and reschedule for this coming fall at Canadian Western Agribition, in Regina, SK. The World Sale was also put on hold. Borhsons will be out and about selecting sale stock this summer; make sure you contact Rob Voice if you want to partake.

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With the modern Maine-Anjou breed gaining more and more momentum with the commercial cattlemen, now is a great time to get on the ground floor with new breeders. Sales of the top-end Maine stock have been demanding top dollars across North America. We all know how great these Maine bulls cross with the Angus cattle, how they are sought out by the feed yards, and how great that cross makes outstanding mammas. It also has become evident lately how well the Maine-Anjou is crossing Sim-Angus females, and it seems to be driving an immense demand for great Maine bulls. The one thing about the Maine-Anjou breed is they will add length and performance along with feed conversion and profitable cutability. Ranchers know that crossing

these continental cattle with British-based cows is the cheapest, best tool, thus producing �Heterosis.� With feed grain prices at all-time highs, Maines will convert feed into pounds faster and cheaper than most. It is very gratifying to see breeders that have been out of the breed for a while breeding Maines again and breeders from outside the breed stepping into the Maine business as well. I think a lot of this is because the current breeders have worked hard on their purebred genetics and concentrated back to the basics, producing cattle that work in the real world and for the commercial producer, which will feed and grade what the Maine-Anjou breed is known for. Just to let you know, the CMAA is working hard at promoting the Maine-Anjou breed. Keep an eye out for the new promotional video, we are on social media, and this magazine is hitting more and more mailboxes, both Maine breeders and commercial breeders, not only in North America but in other countries as well. We had a lot of feedback from breeders being contacted on breeding stock and semen. Bull shopping season is here, and never a better time than now to get yourself that next new sire or sires to produce your upcoming great progeny. All the best to bull sales and calving!



Herd Book & Data Services Report CMAA NEWS

Ciara Mattheis

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By now, most of you will be in the midst of calving and/or preparing for early spring sales. On behalf of the Association, we hope this year is one of great success as you calve out your herds and sell your phenomenal seedstock at upcoming sales. Here at the office we are in the full swing of membership renewals and the beginning of working through registrations that have been sent in for those 2021 calves to date.

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the coming months including a new online system that will be actively available to our membership in the very near future. You will have the opportunity with the new system to not only register calves with ease from home but also check your account balances, update account information and reprint past invoices.

We were overwhelmed by the response we had from our membership in regards to early membership renewal and very much look forward to announcing the winners of our draws for both the Annual Membership and Junior Membership sale credit prize when the draws have been made.

As we get further into the spring months, there will be more information released regarding Congress and Agribition this fall. We are hopeful that we will be able to proceed with all the 2020 Congress plans and scheduling this year from Nov 22- 27, 2021. We hope you will be able to join us there for the great event it will be.

There was a large amount of information packed into your membership letters in January and we hope you have had a chance to read it thoroughly as there are many exciting changes and updates happening over

We encourage our members to share with us their sale dates and information as it becomes available this coming year as we plan to help share that information within the industry for our buyers and breeders.

Marilyn Deagle, fondly Remembered Sadly, Marilynn passed away surrounded by the love of her family on January 19, 2021 at the Provost Health Centre at the age of 61 years. Marilynn will be forever loved and missed by her husband, Rick, children; Amy Deagle, RenÊe Deagle Creasy (Clay), Trevor Deagle (Danica) and Pamela Deagle; grandchildren, Aubrey, Cooper, Noelle, Davyn and Quinton as well as numerous family members, relatives and friends. To honour Marilyn’s selfless and giving memory, if you are able, to please donate blood. Any monetary donations can made to the Provost Auxiliary to help provide future families the comfort it provided the Deagles. A Funeral Mass was held on January 26, 2021 in Provost, AB.



CMAA NEWS CONGRESS REPORT

Myles Hansen

We realize things may not work out exactly as we had envisioned pre-COVID19, but we are optimistic we can

As 2020 is in the past and 2021 is upon us we can all

still come together and make this event great. Having

definitely agree that 2020 was a challenging year that

something to look forward to in these times of

resulted in a lot of tough decisions being made. The

uncertainty will hopefully get us all committed to

announcement of Agribition’s cancellation was not an

preparing for Congress with a positive attitude.

easy one to accept but with that we knew that we needed to look ahead to 2021 with a positive outlook.

As we have all come to understand over the past year, things can change quickly for better or worse, so with

As of now, we are eagerly looking forward to Agribition

that in mind we will continue to plan for things to

2021 where we still plan to be hosting the World Maine-

happen as we hope they will but also know that we may

Anjou Congress and celebrating 50 (51) years of the

have to change and adapt as things continue to evolve

CMAA. All events will tentatively continue as previously

as the year goes on. We are very hopeful that we will be

planned including the World Maine-Anjou Sale, National

seeing everyone walking through the barns this fall and

Maine-Anjou Show, and Maine Attraction Heifer Calf

taking part in the Congress events!

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Junior Report

CMAA NEWS

Josie Pashulka

It’s with great excitement the CMAA Junior Committee looks forward to Junior, Open and Breed Shows opening up in Canada. When we start to hear about shows going ahead we will be starting to tabulate points for the Junior High Point Show Females.

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We are also anticipating with great excitement the 2021 Canadian Western Agribition and the World Congress as more information becomes available we will be sure to let juniors know all the awesome details. Juniors won’t want to miss being a part of all the Maine

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action at the World Congress which will include Junior High Point Awards, CMAA Scholarship, Junior Fundraising Auction as well as breed show and sale. On another note, we hope junior members renewed their $15 yearly CMAA Junior Membership by January 30, 2021 are they are eligible for a draw for $500 Sale Credit at the World Congress Maine Sale at Agribition in 2021. Give Ciara a call at the CMAA office to verify your junior membership paid up and we look forward to this opportunity to help junior members.


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ONTARIO HISTORY Dave Perry

Maine-Anjou have roamed Ontario pastures for the

above ADG and feed conversion. Don Wiles of Maple

past 50 years.

Hill Farms ran a bull test station and was a Maine-Anjou breeder, his farm manager was Allan Roffey of Renfrew.

Ontario was a driving force in breeding and promoting

Allan and his three brothers each have been long-term

the Maine-Anjou breed from the early years onward.

Maine-Anjou breeders.

Donald Shaver of Newton, Ontario just North of

Mack Warren, east of Belleville, operated a bull test

Kitchener was the first to import (multiple) Maine-Anjou

station. Mark was very impressed with the results of the

to Canada. At one point, the Shaver's probably had

Maine bulls that were mixed in with the other breeds

about 150 fullbloods.

that he was feeding. Mack started to buy Maine bulls to run with his commercial cowherd.

My family started to use Maine-Anjou semen on our purebred herefords and commercial shorthorns in

Maine steers started to dominate steers shows from the

1973. We started showing halfblood Maines at

county level right up to the Toronto Royal.

Kingston and surrounding fairs in 1974 and have been showing ever since. I along with my siblings and kids

In 1982 we held our first Maine-Anjou sale at the

have all had success showing Maine heifers and steers

Toronto Royal Winter Fair. 12 purebred heifer calves

in the 4-H program over the years.

averaged around $2,200. The following year we were

My dad, my brother and I attended out first

supporters were: Gilcroft Farms, Leo and Joan Cassidy,

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granted our first show in Toronto. Some of the early OMAA Annual Meeting in 1975 in Bowmanville. Some

Dave Perry and Family, Jim Way, Cecil and Sharon Fox,

of those in attendance were: Harold Macklin, Bob

Ian and Velma Smith, Don Wiles, Jim and Sonja

Brander, Jack Lundy, Dr. Jerry Blackburn, Reg Smith,

Whittaker, George and Lorraine MacArthur, Reg Smith,

Keith Gilbert, Don Shaver Jr., possibly Don Wiles, and

Wayne Roddick (Kody's father) along with breeders

others that I don’t recall.

from Manitoba and Western Quebec. Over the next

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Maine bulls started to dominate bull test stations with

few years breeders such as: Dave and Wanda Burnside, By the late 70s Ontario breeders had organized several

Bob and Cheryl Williams, Norma and Murray Preece,

Maine-Anjou shows throughout Eastern Ontario. By

Gord Ray, John and Corey Crawford, the Roffey's, Bob

1980, we started holding purebred Maine-Anjou sales

Grant, Allan Martinell, Kandee Lucas Hagerman, Jerry

at the Ottawa Farm Show in March.

Barber, Jim Whitfield, Archie Stanley, Reg Morton and several others breeders joined in to make a successful show.



Keith, Theo and Ron Gilbert of Gilcroft Farms held

had several small breeders, many have since left the

several production sales both at Picton and Hoards

beef business. We have been fortunate to have had

Station sales barn.

several long-term breeders carry the Maine-Anjou torch and put in thousands of ours and thousands or miles or

Perry Farms held production sales at Tom Harrison

kilometres promoting this great breed.

Auction Centre in NewBurgh, Tom Harrison was a great supporter of our breed.

In recent years we have had a successful provincial show the Lindsay Exhibition.

For about ten years we had a group called the East Central Ontario Breeder’s Club. We held several events

We in Ontario have done our part to keep the flame

such as: field days; judging, clipping and showmanship

burning for 50 years and would like to congratulate

clinics; barbeques, auction sale and displays at plowing

other provinces for doing the same.

matches. Happy 50th Anniversary to the Canadian Maine-Anjou A group of Ontario breeders teamed up and exhibited

Association.

several head of breeding stock at the 157 MA World Congress in Calgary. In the 1990s we had approximately 20 Maine-Anjou shows scattered across the province, in recent years

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some fairs have grouped together. Over the years we

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This has been written as remembered by Dave Perry.


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National Sale set to go online in 2021 Australia has welcomed 2021 as an excellent season with above average rainfall during summer, a stark difference to the horrendous bushfires of the prior year. Kaiaaron Raymond nine months (sold at 3.5 months old), sired by Maine Park Black Moocha, Dam Kaiaaron Lexi. DNA completed, pestivirus negative and Poll tested (HPc-Polled/Scurred). "After interest from three studs I’m glad to say he has been sold to Kagan Park for $6,000. I’m sure the new owners will reap the rewards from this wonderful bull calf," Dallas Attwell, Kaiaaron.

As we enter a new year it provides the opportunity to evaluate, reflect and plan for the future. Maine-Anjou Beef Australia studs across the country continue to focus on their individual breeding programs to breed the best stock possible. Breeders are selecting the best stock to better their herds with a lot of bull sales between studs despite the annual sale being unable to occur due to COVID19. To the left are two examples of the high quality offered at bull sales during the year. Maine-Anjou Beef Australia is currently planning our first online National Sale. The move to the online setting due to COVID19 will provide more opportunities for purchasing at buyer’s convenience –

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from their own home if they choose or even the paddock! Cattle will

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Maine Park Pepe, 16 months old, 674kg grassfed, 36kg birthweight sired by Maine Park Black Moocha, dam Maine Park Francis. DNA completed, pestivirus negative. Sold to Hidden Hill Farm, Strath Creek, with a view to adding black cattle to their herd.

still meet the same entry requirements, including a vet check to ensure the buyer is purchasing a quality animal. Did you know you can purchase Maine-Anjou Beef Australia genetics in Canada? Maine Park Black Moocha is currently available and Maine Park Quin will be available in June 2021. Contact BEEFGEN for more information: info@beefgen.com.au Maine-Anjou Beef Australia wishes all Maine-Anjou breeders the best with 2021 breeding programs.

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IN THE MAINE RING WITH

The 70s was a decade of taking chances in the beef industry. Like most other breeders, Gilcroft Farms at Demorestville, Ontario started out with a mixed herd of around 100 head of commercial cattle. Calving around 40 cows and feeding their own steers out. Gilcroft Farms used Charolais or Simmental bulls and kept any cow that could raise a decent calf. The opportunity to AI to Maine-Anjou became a game-changer for the farm and it started a lifelong interest in MaineAnjou for the Gilbert family. We caught up with Ron Gilbert, son of Keith

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and Theo to learn more about their operation.

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Why fullbloods? What draws Gilcroft Farms to raise them? In 1974, we AI bred a few cows to Maine-Anjou. When

that became the base of our fullblood herd. We still

the calves came, they were big, fast-gaining and

have some of those genetics in our herd today. Now,

docile. About four years later we purchased our first

about half our herd is fullblood and the other half is

fullblood Maine-Anjou bulls. At the time we were using

high percentage red and white purebreds. So to

a program called ROP, where we weighed calves at

answer the question in short, we raise fullbloods for

birth, weaning and yearling. The records soon showed

their docility, frame size and easy fleshing ability along

we were getting much better gains at weaning as well

with their confirmation, structure soundness and

as yearlings. In the late 70s we purchased our first fullblood females

longevity. We have had cows in our herd up to 15years old still raising calves.


FEATURE

We based our breeding program on a lot of the traits

keep them in that range. In turn, our calves most years

that drew us to the breed many years ago, docility,

average 110-115 lbs. at birth, heifers are little lighter

frame score, fleshing ability, structural soundness,

and mature cows are heavier. We wean at six to seven

milking ability and longevity.

months and average around 750 lbs. at weaning.

We want cattle that come to see you when you go to

We use a program in Ontario called BIO which provides

the field, easy to work with and never get excited. I

us with data based on birth, weaning and yearling

want to be able to go out and move a cow or bull into a

weights. They also provide data on cows and bulls

different field or into the barn by myself when I need to.

based on this information. We also test bulls every year

We also like that the little kids can go out around them

and look for gains between 4-5 lbs a day.

anytime. We try to raise animals that will go out and perform and Our cows range from 1500-1800 lbs. and we like to

stand out in anyone’s herd under any program.

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The Gilcroft breeding program is based on what traits?

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One item at calving time you can’t do without? If I have to come up with just one thing, it would have to be good luck. There are many different factors that play into a successful calving season. We calve primarily in January and February so weather definitely can be a big factor. Cows always seem to hold out for that really cold night under a full moon. Luckily, we have a few good calving pens and lots of dry bedding. We watch them closely and make sure there are no complications and that they get dried off quickly. On the really cold days I keep a balaclava on hand to cover up ears to keep them from freezing. I also keep some baler twine on hand, just in case they need a little help. The faster they are born, the less stress on the cow and calf. Most times they are up and ready to nurse in under a half hour. The other two things you need but never want to use is a good calving jack and when things go really wrong, a good vet. There is no money in dead calves. Keith and Theo Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Brooklyn with a Gilcroft Maine-Anjou calf.

Best advice to someone new to the breed?

I guess my advice to someone new in the breed would be to do your research. Talk to other breeders in your area and across the country. There are many different ideas on bulls, calving, breeding and what a person wants to accomplish. Find the type of cattle that work for you and your passion. Everyone will have a different outlook on what works for them.

Gilcroft team at the Lindsay Fair, 2016. Liz Williams ( Keith’s granddaughter ) Ron Gilbert, Sarah Fregeau and Keith Gilbert.

Meg B



Productions sales success and planning - when do you start planning and how do you gather consigners? Our production sales have come a long way. We started

Fast-forward to 2020, probably our best sale to date. We

in the late 1980s at our little sales barn with a couple of

now have an annual sale with having sold cattle in six

consigners selling percentage and purebred cattle to

states and five provinces. Sales take a lot of preparation

local cattleman. We had a sale about every three to four

starting early in the year. We book a date and get it all

years at that time. In around 2008, we moved to the

arranged with the sales barn and online services.

sales barn we still use today. We started to spend more time planning and advertising. In 2012, we added the online feature and

Our consigners have all supported our sale over the years. Therefore, a lot of the cattle in the sale have our

went to a biannual sale. The

genetics in their background. The stipulations for an

online service added a lot

animal to qualify for our sale are they must be good

bigger crowd and we started moving cattle west and to the states.

quality, sound cattle, must be fullblood or purebred and must be red and white - yes we like them all to be the colour of the original Maine-Anjou. Advertising starts around the end of August and in September we start collecting pictures and paperwork to put our catalog

Favourite

Show

on the show circuit and why?

together. We don’t clip or fit any cattle for our sales. We believe in selling them as “they are everyday�. After the catalog is printed then its time to start contacting people and sending out catalogs. We spend countless hours sending emails, texting and making phone calls. The closer to the sale date, the more hours spent. Sale time arrives, we move the cattle to the sales barn the day before and preg check the night before. Sale day starts by penning and getting everything set up for the buyers to view. As the day progresses, we talk to on-site

As a family, we enter about eight fall fairs

buyers, take phone calls and send last minute pictures

throughout Eastern Ontario and Quebec. It is

and videos. When the sale finally starts we actually get a

really hard to pick a favourite because they all

chance to take a break, maybe.

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have certain things we enjoy. We do two local

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fairs which are more about the 4-H shows. We

Once the sale is over, we organize trucking and get

enter four that are more ag-based fairs and talk

cattle moved. It normally takes a few weeks to get them

to a lot of people about our cattle at these fairs.

headed to where they are going. Any cattle going to the US come home to get vet paperwork done, then

We have Lindsay Exhibition fair which is our

trucking arranged and broker paperwork set up.

Ontario show and our largest show. I guess this would have to be our favourite as we get to see

After the sale, I keep in contact with buyers to see that

other breeders and have a little stiffer

the cattle arrived and settle in okay. Anything bred, I like

competition. We look forward to seeing fellow

to know when they calve and even see pictures of the

breeders and catching up with them. We also

calves. A little follow-up goes a long way to making the

support local youth in the 4-H program by

next sale a success.

taking in youth, supplying them with calves and teaching them about cattle and showing.

Watch for info on our December 4, 2021 Sale.



MEMBER HISTORY Continued from Fall 2020

Rocky Lane Farms Alex Jensen’s interest in the Maine-Anjou breed started

sale was held in 2003 just prior to the BSE crisis, Since

at 15 years old when he and his grandfather, Alexander

then, bulls and heifers have been offered by private

Soop, bought a Charolais cow bred Maine-Anjou at the

treaty.

Stettler Auction Market. After seeing the performance of that calf compared to the others, Chris and Alex start to

Alex served on the Alberta Maine-Anjou Association

artificially inseminate some of Chris’ cowherd to Maine

board and was President of the Canadian Maine-Anjou

bulls. The resulting calves were superior to the other

Association from 1998 to 2000.

A.I. bred calves from other breeds so they stuck with the breed. Some of the early bloodlines used included

Alex and Mary-Ann married in December of 2000 and

Capone, Bysantin, and the first bull purchased was

Mattie was born in December of 2004. The farm has

Poland’s Etula from Larry Poland. After purchasing Mr.

transitioned to a commercial operation with the majority

Invader RS8M out of the Alberta Bull Test Station, the

of cows being high percentage Maine-Anjou. They still

Jensen family started showing cattle, winning Grand

offer commercial bulls and heifers private treaty.

Champion and Premier Breeder awards at Farmfair in the 80s. They ventured around Alberta, to Regina, and

We wish to congratulate the Canadian Maine-Anjou

on to Denver with heifers and bulls with good results

Association on 50 years in North America and

and good times.

acknowledge the people we got to know through the

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breed, many of whom became life-long friends. It is the

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Rocky Lane Farms held 19 annual bull and female sales

people, past, and present that make this breed great.

starting in 1984 in Camrose, partnering with Roses

Best wishes to our future generation of Maine-Anjou

Maine-Anjou, Shuckburgh Cattle Company, First Edition

enthusiasts.

Cattle Company and other guest consignors. The last

Alex Jensen receiving Booster of the Year award from Jack Lee; the bull sale ring at Camrose and Breeder’s Herd, Farmfair 1983 with offspring of Mr. Invader R58M.



MAINE CANDIDS Earl Rose, Russel Yurkiw, Miles Rose and Larry Yurkiw at a Camrose Bull Sale

Francis Spruyt, Marvin Johnson and Larry Handy

Don Holtholm of DLH Farms with Bruce Knight and Brad Holowath

Les and Don Elliott John Knight, Larry Handy and Julia Knight

Lyle Taylor and Jack Lee from Chico Farm

Neil McLeod and Doug Shuckburgh

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The Smith Family Poplar Haven Farms was formed by J.O. and Rebecca

spouses Ruthie, Kristine and Annette added to the

Smith of Wimborne, Alberta in the 1940s. They both

farm with six children. The families enjoyed and were

grew up near Wimborne. J.O. was a grain buyer in

proud to raise and promote Maine-Anjou. They

Wimborne, he and Rebecca built the main house of

attended many cattle shows displaying their cattle and

Poplar Haven and moved their family of five children

were involved in the association at all levels. Annual

in at the end of the decade. There they built a feedlot,

bull and female sales held at the farm in the indoor

grain farm and cow calf operation.

roping arena were always well attended. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Poplar Haven raised and

In the 1960s as the European breeds were being

promoted some of the breed-leading sires including

imported and gaining traction in Canada, J.O.

Red Alert, LW Challenger and Polled Pursuit. The

experimented with a few of the new genetics that

cattle at Poplar Haven were sought after but it was the

were popular at the time. He and Rebecca travelled to

relationships that the Smith brothers developed that

France in the late 1960s to investigate the Maine-

were the true value of Poplar Haven. They were known

Anjou breed. They liked the docility, the milking

to be honest, hard working and became lifelong

capabilities and felt they had found the breed they

friends to many of their customers.

could utilize. J.O. imported semen of Bysantin and began using it on their commercial beef herd. When

In the late 1990s the brothers decided to divide the

the Canadian Maine-Anjou association was formed,

Poplar Haven Farms holdings and create their own

the herd letters were appointed as AA, AB, AC, and so

entities. Ron, Ruthie, Cara and Garnet and Garnet’s

on in order of membership applications. Poplar Haven

family remained on the Poplar Haven site and

received AD. The AD prefix became world-renowned

expanded into grain farming, maintaining a herd of

very quickly. Unfortunately J.O. would pass in 1976

commercial cows. Ron passed away in 2018, but

before the Poplar Haven Farms Maine-Anjou herd

Garnet’s family continues the farming operation at

received much of its notoriety.

Poplar Haven. Cara recently retired from teaching and

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lives near the farm. Gary, Kristine, Guy and Kelly

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With sons Ron, Gary and Robert at home working on

moved to a new location near Pine Lake and have

the farm, the herd and the farm grew. They and their

continued raising Maine’s and Maine-Tainer’s as

The Smith Family, of Poplar Haven Farms. L to r: Robert, Annette, Dusty, Rees, Kristine, Guy, Kelly, Gary, Ruthie and Ron Smith.



Kelly Smith Fraser and daughter, Aubrey survey the hillside herd at NuHaven.

NuHaven Cattle Co. Gary unfortunately passed away in

site. They continued raising Maine’s until after Robert’s

2015. Guy and his family have called Oklahoma home for

passing in 2006. Annette and Rees now grain farm and

12 years but he remains involved in the genetic selection

are in real estate development, Dusty has a successful

for NuHaven and works in the banking industry. Kelly

real estate business based in Red Deer.

and her family manage NuHaven with Kristine. Kelly is While some of the family has moved on from the

as the Chairperson of Alberta Beef Producers. Gary and

purebred industry, the roots of Poplar Haven have

Kelly, to date are the only father/daughter combination

remained strong. “We are a proud family of where the

to have served the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association as

previous generations have brought us and eagerly look

President. Robert, Annette, Rees and Dusty formed

forward to the directions that the fifth generation of

Maine Haven Ranches just north of the Poplar Haven

Smiths will take the family.”

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active with beef industry organizations, currently serving

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Kelly and Gary with herdsire, Man Power in Denver, CO. Gary Smith judged Maine-Anjou at Sydney Royal Easter Fair, 1986



In the late 1960s, the world of Canadian agriculture, particularity beef production was expanding rapidly. Many ranchers were experimenting with new breeds, more sophisticated recording systems for pedigrees, and scientific advantages. It was into this eager, experimental climate that the Maine-Anjou breed was introduced to Canada in 1969. The first animals were the typically French, fullblood animals and were introduced through quarantine stations. The first Maine-Anjou animal imported to Canada was a fullblood heifer bought in April 1969 by Donald McQ. Shaver of Galt, Ontario. The three Shaver bulls, Buret, Berlin, and Bysantin were the first bulls imported into North America. The original group of ‘Maine Men’ in Canada is widely regarded as Donald Shaver, Stan Spicer of Sundre, Alberta, and Harold Biensch of Neilburg, Saskatchewan. The Canadian Maine-Anjou Association was formed and incorporated in 1970 under the authority of the Livestock Pedigree Act and the Canadian National Livestock Records. The original office was located in Edmonton, Alberta. The same year, the International Maine-Anjou Association was

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organized in the United States.

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Smith Maine-Anjou bull, LW Challenger, Robert Smith at the halter, R.B. Wise, (centre) judged the class.


The first animal registered in the Canadian Maine-Anjou

In 1973, a Maine sired steer was declared Reserve Grand

Association herdbook was Cygne, and the first

Champion at the International Livestock Show in

registration certificate was issued on December 21,

Chicago. A Maine was the top gaining bull at the Iowa

1970.

Beef Improvement Association Sioux City Test Station and the Performance Registry International certified the

The association had its first general meeting at the

bull Caqui (Prince Maine) as a golden certified meat sire.

Corona Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta on April 12, 1971.

Several other bulls have since been similarly honoured.

There were over 50 persons in attendance. The first

At the Calgary Sale that year, Bysantin, the first Maine-

officers of the association were: Dr. Frederick George

Anjou herd sire with the most progeny of any

Day, President, Graham Ward Jones, Harold Biensch, Dr.

Maine-Anjou bull in North America, sold for $100,000,

John Louis Gulley, Frank Jacobs, and Douglas G. Blair.

and Maine-Event, a junior herd sire, sold for $53,000.

Another first was the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association

This sale was also the first North American offering of

Sale, also held in Edmonton on October 20, 1971.

purebred Maine-Anjou cattle. By the end of 1973, the association had recorded its 500th member in Mel Wolfe

The animals themselves excelled quickly in North

of Douglas, Manitoba. In just one more year it would

America, with Maine-Anjou cross steers earning the

exceed 1000 members.

highest profits of all breed crosses at the 1971 Exotic Beef Cross Test, at the University of California.

Notable events in 1974 included the birth of the first

Things developed very quickly for the association and

on April 13. The inaugural Eastern Canadian Maine-

the breed in these early days in North America. The

Anjou Sale was held in Guelph, Ontario on August 26.

‘exotic breeds’ were very popular, and Maine-Anjou’s

Show results were no less spectacular, with Maines

were no exception, virtually exploding onto the scene in

winning Grand Champion and Reserve Champion in the

the first years after their arrival. In January 1972 the

commercial steer and carcass class at the Pacific National

Canadian Maine-Anjou Association office was moved to

Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Reserve Grand

downtown Calgary.

Champion at the National Western Stock Show, Denver,

1. MAINTENANCE of pedigree records and issuance of papers on all purebred and upgraded Maine-Anjou cattle. 2. PROMOTION of importation, breeding, and raising of purebred and upgraded Maine-Anjou cattle throughout Canada. 3. TO ASSIST farmers, ranchers, and cattle breeders in importing, exporting, breeding, raising, and selling purebred and percentage Maine-Anjou cattle.

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purebred (7/8) Maine heifer calf born in North American

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Colorado, and Grand Champion at the Houston Stock

Carcass division at Canadian Western Agribition, Regina,

Show in Texas. While in Houston, PTR Epic 83E (also

Saskatchewan, Reserve Grand Champion, Farmair,

known as PTR Epinal 83E), bred by Harold Biensch of

Edmonton, Alberta, Reserve Grand Champion Carcass at

Neilburg, SK set a world record price of $102,000. This

the Houston Livestock Show, Texas, Grand Champion

animal was the product of the first successful embryo

Carcass at the New Mexico State Fair, Grand and Reserve

transplant in Canada, off the great cow Cette-la. The

Grand Champion Carcass at the Pacific National

renowned bull PTR Epinal 81E was also a product of the

Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Grand

transplant. Later that year at the World Sale at Calgary, a

Champion over 500 entries at the El Paso Stock Show,

fullblood heifer tied that price.

Texas, and the Queen’s Guineas at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, Ontario. Maines also topped the feedlot and

In June, Canadian delegates joined those from England,

economic tests in the 1975 Montana State Steer Futurity,

France, New Zealand, Scotland, and the US in Kansas

as they had in previous years.

City, Missouri, for the first World Maine-Anjou Conference and formed the World Maine-Anjou Council.

In 1976, the profile of Maines continued to increase both

Elected to the Board of Governors of the council were:

in and out of the show ring. First, a set of triplets (all bull

Arthur Greenhalgh, Dick Sneddon, E. Label, Louis

calves) was born on the ranch of Bruce and Lois Barkley

Fourmond, George Linder (can’t make this out), Douglas

at Cochrane, Alberta on March 30. they were sired by

and Phil Graham, Cy Hayes, Capt. Gideon Rutherford

Caqui and out of a commercial black baldy cow. Then,

and Calvin Fryar.

the first purebred domestic bull calf was born at Triple V Farms at Crossfield, Alberta. The calf, weighing 85 lbs.,

The Canadian Maine-Anjou Convention in November

was sired by Shaver Grenedier and out of the first

also saw the birth of the ladies Maine-Anjou organization,

domestic purebred Maine cow in North America. In the

Maine-Anjouettes, a women’s organization designed to

show ring, Maines winning ways continued with Grand

promote the breed, sell promotional material throughout

and Reserve Championship titles at the Atlantic Winter

Canada at the two National sales and the provincial

Fair, high-seller at Farmfair, and Grand Champion Steer

sales, and to give the ladies an opportunity for

at the Houston Livestock Show, beating 1,149 other

involvement, with 48 members.

entries. Maines also stood out in scientific studies, ranking highest in every aspect except calving ease in the

Further expansion of Maines across Canada continued

Nebraska Germ Plasma Evaluation in the US.

Torio of British Columbia. The visit served as a

1977 was another banner year, with Maines winning

springboard for Maine’s introduction into the Peace

Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Steer at both The

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with a trip to Western Feedlots in 1974 by Carl and Joyce

Country. Upon seeing a pen of Bruce Barkley’s crossbred

National Livestock Show in Denver and the San Antonio

Maine steers on feed, Carl was sold on the breed. The

Stock Show. They also took home both Grand and

Torio’s began buying Maines for the breeding programs

Reserve Champion titles in the Junior Futurity Class

immediately, and in 1977 began feeding crossbred

(comprised of Simmental, Sales, and Maine-Anjou heifer

Maine steers at the Peace River Cattle Company, selling

calves) at Farmfair. Perhaps most exciting in the show

the finished cattle to the Dawson Creek package plant.

ring was the presentation made to Vern Croy of

The Torio’s further pushed Maines by leasing bulls to

Stonewall, Manitoba, for his win in the Grand Champion

their neighbours with a purchase option on the calves at

Market Steer at Canadian Western Agribition by His

weaning of a one-cent premium over the Dawson Creek

Royal Highness Prince Phillip.

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1975 saw the breed awarded Grand Champion in the

Market, resulting in leasers (and some eventual buyers) that were very happy with their Maine cross calves.

The 2nd World Maine-Anjou Show, held at the Calgary Stampede, comprised over 100 entries and was the second-largest breed show at the Stampede. The 5th



Annual World Maine-Anjou Sale, held in conjunction with

As of January 1, 1978, the registry was transferred from

the show, drew over 60 lots and was described as the

the CNLSR in Ottawa to the CMAA headquarters in

most highly selected, quality offering of fullblood,

Calgary and was computerized.

purebred, and percentage Maine-Anjou breeding stock available anywhere to date. Maine-Anjou breeders also

The breed continued its success in the show ring in 1978,

made their mark on the Stampede Parade, as the float of

winning six Grand and Reserve Grand Championships

the Foothills Maine-Anjou Association was named the

Market Steers at Canadian Western Agribition, Grand

winner in the Amateur Float Contest with their colourful,

Champion Jackpot Steer at the Saskatoon Fall Fair &

mobile, Maine cow and calf exhibit. A notable

Mexabition, Grand Champion Steer at the Royal

appearance at the World show was by Senator Harry

Agricultural Winter Fair, Reserve Champion in the Carcass

Hayes of Calgary, Alberta, as the judge.

class at Agribition, and Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer at Farmfair.

Also in 1977, the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association Sire In 1979 the first National Maine-Anjou Bull Test was

downtown Calgary to the Transcon building on April 1.

completed at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on April 12.

The first 15/16 polled Maine born in Canada was a 105 lb.

65 bulls finished the test with an ADG of 3.385 lbs. per

heifer calf as a resulting from a single egg transplant from

day. On the 28th, the top 45 bulls were sold in Red Deer,

a 7/8 Cunia daughter to a Holstein replacement cow

Alberta, averaging $1763. The program was such a

born at Emmore Farms of Elm Creek, Manitoba on June

success that it became an annual event. At the 5th annual

17. Cornerstone, the first 15/16 Maine bull was also born

performance tested bull sale in Tipton, Indiana, organized

on August 27.

by the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP), the

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Progeny Test was initiated. The office moved from

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highest indexing and top gaining bull was a 3/4 Maine-

illustrious political career that was still continuing during

Anjou which had gained 3.75 lbs./ day, weighed 1,521

the publication of this history book in 2005, including re-

lbs. off test, and had an IBEP spring test rating of 121.2,

elections to the House in 1980, 1984, 1988, and

the highest of 111 bulls tested.

appointment as Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1984 to 1991 and an appointment to the Senate in 1993.

It was also the year of the inaugural National Pasture Showcase Heifer Program. This was a promotion,

Also in summer 1979, four Maine-Anjou bulls arrived at

sponsored by the Foothills Breeds Club, that grazed a

Canada’s largest Hereford ranch, Douglas Lake Cattle

group of Maine-Anjou females in a highly visible area

Company. Results were described as excellent and the

alongside a main highway. Also in Alberta, the Hi-

opportunity this provided to expand into British

Neighbour Steer Project placed almost 50 Maine-cross

Columbia was tremendous.

steers, purchased at fall feed sales by the Alberta Association, with Maine breeders. The breeders finished

By the close of the decade, the association had

the steers for free and turned the proceeds over to the

expanded to include 1,500 members and 40,255

association at sale time. The funds raised were for the

recorded, and 3,374 registered animals.

hire of an Alberta Fieldman. Maine Man Leonard Gustafson of Macon, SK was elected to the House of Commons in 1979 as a member of the

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Progressive Conservative Party. He went on to have an

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Douglas Bull Test Report

Doug Kerr

The Douglas Bull Test started the 2020/2021 season

The end of test weights will be taken on February 27th

with deliveries the week of October 10-15. This year,

and 28th, 2021. Ultrasounds will be happening the

there are 107 bulls and 33 heifers on test representing

week of February 27, 2021. Semen testing will be the

eight breeds.

week of March 18th, 2021. Sale day is March 27, 2021.

There are nine Maine-Anjou bulls on test. Four bulls

There is a new manager at Douglas, his name is Cody

consigned by Keith and Ron Gilbert of Demorestville,

Nolan and his contact numbers are: Cell 204-573-4006,

Ontario and five bulls consigned by Badger Hill Maine-

Test Station 204-763-4696.

Anjou of Ninette, Manitoba. All nine bulls are fullbloods, five of which are polled.

This year’s sale will be broadcast again with DLMS. The sale catalog and video links should be available around

The start of the test began on November 7, 2020. By

March 10th. Visit www.dlms.com and

the 56 day report, all bulls on test had an average daily

www.manitobabulltest.com for more information as it

gain of 4.11 lbs. and weight per day of average 3.40 lbs.

becomes available.

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Coffee shop talk. Ever overheard a conversation so entertaining you wished there was more? Instead, the group break for the day along with that conversation you were part of - but weren’t. The banter and topics were both intriguing and entertaining. Where else could that friendly insight be found? Podcasts. Podcasts have found their way into the daily lives of those with an interest in listening to a preferred topic. Instead of 'tomcat entertainment hour' while that show heifer takes her time calving, tune in to a podcast. Tired of listening for the 12 to 15 strokes on the square baler and just about being lulled to sleep? Wake-up and listen to a podcast. Everyone has their favourites and this is a collection of ag industry hosts of varied ages and backgrounds.

CatTle Pros Podcast with Jake ScotT Insight into the inner workings of the industry. The guests are on point. In particular, a podcast on the cancellation of the 2021 Nebraska Cattle Show parallels the 2020 cancellation of cattle shows across our nation as well. They note the challenges

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Apple Podcasts or Spotify. It’s worth a listen. Also on Facebook and Instagram.

The Ranching BrunetTe with Loagan Robinson Geared to young farmers from a Montana-raised rancher perspective. She is working to get the continent ranching again. The trials and tribulations of youth in the cattle industry who are working towards offering the consumer the end product. She asks every guest “What is your best piece of advice to someone wanting to be a part of ag in today’s industry?” Answers range from learning from older generations to pursuing new ag ventures. Several topics are explored from a youthful standpoint. This podcast is on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The Ranching Brunette is also on Instagram.



Chute Side with Faris Simon A close look at the finer points of raising show cattle. Simon checks in with producers who showcase the ideal cows who produce the ultimate offspring. Those interviewed, let the listener know what it takes to raise a great calf that isn’t too “squishy footed.” The lingo is different but interesting just the same. Maines are mentioned here and there, and it is great to hear someone else also appreciates that ten-year old cow and hates to get rid of her. Best line: “I love a hairy, fat steer! But don’t sort on hair quality.” Find Chute Side on Instagram and Facebook. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts.

What the Farm Podcast with Rob Sharkey and Lesley KelLy This duo represents both sides of the border. Rob Sharkey is a farmer from Illinois and hosts Shark Farmer TV. Lesley Kelly farms in Saskatchewan and looks after social media accounts under the name of High Heels and Canola Fields. The banter between the two is a great representation of a coffee shop visit any of us would have with an ag industry equal. Joking around one minute and tackling tough topics the next. They host guests from across North America. They visit with Quick Dick McDick, the hot ticket humourous farmer from small-town Saskatchewan to Lia Biondo who discusses the topic of fake meat from the US livestock industry standpoint. This podcast can be found wherever you listen to podcasts (Spotify, Apple Podcast). Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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television host and social media frontrunner. She showcases a number of entrepreneurs from various walks of life with an agricultural undertone. Promoting agriculture to a broader audience is key to this podcast. Courtenay can be found on Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, and Radio Public. She is also on Facebook and Instagram. There are numerous podcasts to be discovered and even more to be yet created. Subscribing to a podcast is much like subscribing to a magazine to get the latest version. Streaming a podcast requires a continuous internet connection. The other option is to download the podcast that can be played without an internet connection. Podcasts are easy to find, hop on the web and enjoy online versions of the local coffee shop.





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