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COVER

Sid Wilkenson’s Maine-Anjou heifer is one of many

enjoying the summer on pasture near Ridgeville, MB.

Karen Emilson

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CONTENTS President’s Report ........................................4

Pulling for Paisley Fundraiser ......................4 Herd Book and Data Services Report ........6 CMAA Congress Report ..............................8 Province News ............................................10 Maine Moments ........................................12 Junior Report..............................................14 Setting Sails Down Under ........................14 Australian Maine-Anjou Report................16

Future Breeder at the recent AGM.

Directors

Check out the buckle.

2019-2020 CMAA Board of

Kelly Smith-Fraser - Past President

Have you had your Feed Tested? ............24 Supreme Showing for Maine-Anjou ........30

A Few Years Back ......................................43

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Kody Roddick - President

In the Maine Ring with Vandy Cattle........18

Advertiser’s Index ......................................44

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Josie Pashulka - First Vice President

Calgary Stampede Winners......................32

Myles Hansen - Second Vice President

Maine-Anjou 4-H Projects ........................34

Vacant - Secretary Kyle Smith - Treasurer

Manitoba Bull Test Report ........................36

Stuart Byman - Director

Gary D. Smith Scholarship Winner ..........39

Ron Gilbert - Director

Maine-Anjou Sales ....................................42

Jordan Retzlaff - Director Justin VanDeWoestyne - Director


President’s Report CMAA NEWS

Kody Roddick

Greetings all! I hope this finds you in good health and good weather. This spring tested us all with extreme weather conditions in each province. For those in Ontario, we were challenged by a wet spring, keeping the cows and the tractors in the barn until June. As I write this, it’s still weeks away from what I know will be another successful CMAA Annual General Meeting in Saskatchewan. I can’t help but reflect on the last 12 months as your elected President. 2018/19 was a year of change for the CMAA. Many hours have been spent on the phone collaborating with my fellow Board of Directors to strengthen our breed even more.

On a positive note, we welcomed Ciara to the office. Her knowledge and experience in dealing with administrative tasks, in combination with being well-versed in the cattle industry has made her a great asset to our Association. The Canadian Maine-Anjou Association has welcomed a lot of new members this year, many of them being junior members. Our future looks bright! Good luck to everyone getting ready for the fall show season and as always, a big thank you to all of our members who work tirelessly everyday and in every condition to show what this great breed of cattle has to offer the industry.

This spring, we said farewell to our office manager, Heidi.

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Pulling f Paisley fundraiser

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Maine-Anjou breeders, Myles and Colleen Hansen are

hosting the fundraiser at the Weldon Auditorium in

appreciated members of the Maine-Anjou association

Weldon, SK on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The event

and great supporters of the breed. Both contribute to

gets underway with a Silent Auction at 5:00 pm,

the board and community in many ways. The family is

followed by Roast Beef Dinner at 6:00 pm with

always willing to help.

dancing till midnight.

A fundraiser for their oldest daughter, Paisley, is

Tickets are $25 for dinner and dance or $10 for dance

underway to assist with treatments and medications

only. To get tickets, call Erin Libke at 306-864-7502. If

not covered by medical insurance. This event will also

you can’t attend but would like to contribute,

further the work being done to get ABM neuromove-

e-transfers will be accepted to:

ment therapy and a wheel chair as applications to the

mylesandcolleen@hotmail.com

Saskatchewan Telemiracle have not been successful. Please plan to attend or consider donating to help Friends and family of the Hansen Family will be

make a difference in this little girl’s life.


Herd Book & Data Services Report CMAA NEWS

Ciara Mattheis

Greetings from your Association Headquarters!

I grew up on an acreage in B.C. where I was passionate about horses, cattle and agriculture from the very begin-

Since the end of June I have had the pleasure of getting to

ning. I was very active in B.C. 4-H and through my high

know more and more of our membership over the phone

school years became even more involved with the program

and by email on a daily basis. I look forward to speaking

from a national level. I moved to Alberta at the end of high

with those of you I have not yet had the chance to meet

school to pursue a diploma in Livestock Production at Olds

and would like to thank everyone for being so welcoming

College, where I continued my studies and completed with

to me as I settle into my new position here at the Canadian

a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness.

Maine-Anjou Association. I spent three years following my schooling at the Canadian The 2019 AGM was held August 9-11 in Lloydminster, SK

Angus office where I learned the importance of accuracy

and I was happy to meet many of you in person. Keep

and attention to detail in relation to maintaining a herd-

sending in your registrations and transfers and remember I

book. I very much enjoyed the registry department which is

am easily reached by phone or email on Tuesdays and

ultimately why I have returned to this field of work.

Wednesdays every week if you have any questions.

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My husband and I run a small mixed ranching operation we

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I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a little

are building from the ground up with our two young

bit about myself and my experience before joining the

children in the Didsbury, AB area that we hope to expand

Maine-Anjou team.

on in the years to come.


CMAA NEWS CONGRESS REPORT

Plans for the 2020 World Maine-Anjou Congress are really

potential international guests planning to, or interested in

coming together. We have great international interest with

attending the Congress 2020 events, please have them

guests planning to attend from USA, Australia and France.

contact any of the Congress Committee members or Canadian Western Agribition staff to ensure they know

The Congress Sale plans are in full swing and we are ex-

about the Incoming Buyer’s Program as well as the

cited to announce Bohrson Marketing Services will be man-

International Guest Program (full details available for those

aging the sale. We look forward to working with the

interested can be found on Agribition website).

Bohrson team and are very glad to have them on board to promote the breed on such an elite stage. Banquet plans are in the works as well. A top-notch meal, along with a special 50th Anniversary celebratory program is being organized in the Queensbury Centre, and some wonderful entertainment will be sure to have the crowd enjoying every moment. The National Show will be as great as ever at Congress and the Maine Attraction Heifer Calf Jackpot

Opportunities for travel assistance, with expenses as well

is always a high-caliber event with a fantastic group of

as airport shuttle services, show passes, international

heifers showcased each year. Remember to contact

receptions and much more are potentially available so

Congress Committee members to qualify your animals

make sure to get all the information necessary to be able

again for the Congress Futurity at approved shows this fall.

to assist our international visitors with attending this world

Qualifying shows are held at Lindsay, Ontario; Farmfair, Ed-

class event.

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monton, AB; and Agribition, Regina, SK. Additional Classes

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are being planned for the Congress Show, for example –

Congress committee members look forward to working

pair of bulls and produce of dam.

with guests attending to make their trip successful by making sure they have access to any and all available

We have secured Comfort Suites Hotel to offer group room

services during their stay.

rates and availability for the 2020 Congress at Agribition. - Myles Hansen, Kody Roddick, Bryan Zimmer,

Once again, for anyone who has been in touch with any

Sid Wilkinson and Clayton Elliot

THANK YOU! Riley and Taylor Pashulka would like to thank the board, membership and supporters of the Junior Auction for sponsoring the high-point Grand and Reserve Female Tack Box Awards from 2018.


PROVINCE NEWS AMAA REPORT

Bryan Zimmer

Greetings fellow breeders. Maine-Anjou cattle were well

Wishing you success in the fall show run and upcoming

represented at Summer Synergy and Calgary Stampede.

production sales.

Congrats to the Juniors who proudly exhibit Maine-Anjou cattle. Thanks to Della and Keltey Whelan for all the hard work put into making this a great experience for juniors.

SMAA REPORT

Myles Hansen

The SMAA is once again busy and getting plans together As fall approaches, it’s time to get your entries in to attend

for the Maine-Anjou Show at Canadian Western

Farmfair International. The show is scheduled for

Agribition. The Agribition show has been growing in

Wednesday November 6, 2019. Doug Roxburgh is the

numbers the last few years and it has been great to see

contact for any questions related to Farmfair.

so many new, and familiar faces in the barns.

The 2020 Alberta Maine-Anjou Calendar is almost ready

This summer saw a great number of youth exhibitors

for production. Proceeds raised from our calendar go

showing and having success with their Maine-Anjou 4-H

towards 4-H prizes, the Alberta Junior program, and

project animals. Some great swag will be heading out to

Summer Synergy. Canadian members can watch for a copy

these young show people and we are so proud of all

in the mail this fall. Additional calendars can be purchased

their accomplishments with their animals.

for $15 each. Please contact me if interested in extra calendars. Thank you to the Alberta Directors for their

Multiple champion and reserve champions were crowned

assistance in getting this project back into production.

at numerous shows across the province. Congratulations

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to all the kids and their families on doing such a great

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Our 4-H program continues to be a top priority for our

job! The Maine Attraction Heifer Calf Jackpot is sure to

provincial association. Thank you to Della Whelan who

be an exciting event at Agribition this year, make sure to

continues to ensure that each and every 4-H member with

get your heifer calves registered with the CMAA to be

a Maine-Anjou project is rewarded with a prize.

eligible for the jackpot show.

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MAINE MOMENTS GRAHAM’S VISIT TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND A recent trip overseas had Gary and Sandy Graham of Marsden, SK. happy with the outcome of their exported genetics. The quality of livestock being produced against tougher conditions had Grahams impressed with the results. The visit lasted from June 3 to July 5, 2019. Gary noted, “the price of land in New Zealand makes it almost impossible to get into cattle but the breeders are all on the same page wanting to breed fullblood cattle. There is a lot of enthusiasm for Maine-Anjou even in a time when the country is being pushed by the dairy industry producing powdered milk for China. Sheep and beef are both under pressure.” In Australia, the breed faces the same obstacles as in Canada. Angus and Wagyu markets are big and the other breeds fit into the crooks. However, the Australian breeders are aggressive at selling their Maines and market them well. The weather conditions were challenging as well. “Australia is in a major drought, no grass in the pastures. The Maines we saw were being fed a corn straw ration

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to supplement them,” mentioned Gary.

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On the show circuit, Maine-Anjou are being well represented and presented. They are doing well in multibreed competitions. “It’s always an education to see how other countries do things and what cattlemen think. Breeders in other countries in the same breed do have different opinions and its good to hear from them.” Grahams returned well in time to help host the 2019 Canadian Maine-Anjou AGM in Lloydminster, SK.


Junior Report

CMAA NEWS

Josie Pashulka

The CMAA Junior Promotion is once again seeing a

Anjou breed has meant to them as a junior. Please

great year of growth and commitment to youth in the

submit all entries by November 1, 2019 by email to the

Maine-Anjou breed.

CMAA office. The CMAA is also giving every junior membership one free registration per year and a item of CMAA clothing.

The CMAA will be giving two tack boxes at Agribition 2019 to the high point Grand and Reserve Show Female that Juniors have been exhibiting all year at various

If the membership has an exciting Junior promotion

shows. Thank you to all the juniors who have submitted

idea, we value your input, please contact Josie

their show results.

Pashulka.

The CMAA will also be presenting one $500 Scholarship

The Annual CMAA Junior Online Auction is taking place

to a CMAA Junior Member at Agribition 2019. Juniors

Sept 1-2, 2019 hosted by DLMS Farmgate. Thank you

must submit a 500-word essay about how the CMAA

to all the item sponsors, buyers and bidders for

can promote the breed to Juniors and what the Maine-

supporting Maine youth.

Setting Sails Down Under

Taylor Pashulka

I had an incredible opportunity to attend Sydney Royal

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Easter Show in Australia this past April. The trip was

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sponsored by the Setting Sails Travel Program through the Summer Synergy Show. The Sydney Royal was an impressive example of the calibre of cattle in Australia from a great variety of breeds. I did see some fullblood Maine-Anjou displayed. Other highlights of the trip included tours at cattle operations, Bondi Beach, Blue Mountains and so many other sites along the way. Thank you to Tracy Gardner and the ORE for hosting this tour and show, as well the CMAA for sponsoring the Maine-Anjou Show each year at Summer Synergy.


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Greetings from Down Under Maine-Anjou breeders,

Producing despite drought, five-year old cow with three-week old calf.

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Inspecting the cattle on offer at the National Sale.

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Top priced animal, Maine Park Nigel.

Discussing Maine-Anjou cattle.

It’s been a dry start to the year for many cattle breeders in Australia, however it hasn’t deterred Maine-Anjou Beef Australia breeders! Many breeders have cows calving now and have been lucky enough to have received rain during our winter. Earlier this year, Maine-Anjou Beef Australia’s National Sale held by Landmark Embling was a huge success with 100% clearance despite the dry conditions at the Bendigo Showgrounds, Saturday February 23, 2019. The night before the sale a barbeque was held for all Maine-Anjou enthusiasts to view the cattle on offer. Every animal was inspected by an independent vet, even the commercial females which were included in the National Sale for the first time. The commercial females can be of any breed and must be pregnancy tested in calf to a registered Maine-Anjou Beef Australia bull. The Helmsman System was used for the auction. This is where buyers place their bid on a card that is then handed to the auctioneer and placed on a sale board. It allows the buyer to purchase in a relaxed way and change their mind on which lots to bid on. The top priced animal was Lot 1 Maine Park Nigel, 17-month old, 725kg, grass fed, selling for $6,100 to R. Featherston. The top-priced female was Lot 14 Anjouliette Nell at $3,700 to S. Dale. Watch our wrap-up video of the Maine-Anjou Beef Australia’s National Sale 2019 on YouTube or our Facebook page. The National Sale Committee is underway planning the 2020 event with breeders enthusiastic about next year already. The 2020 Sale will be spread over two days with guest speakers, Maine-Anjou barbeque beef on offer, Maine-Anjou cross bred steers on display and much more! Maine-Anjou Beef Australia breeders are keen to start the 2019 Spring Show circuit with many planning on attending Bendigo Agricultural Show. Keep up with Australian breeders on social media with many studs utilizing Facebook and Instagram.

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FEATURE

Justin VanDeWoestyne preps heifer at 2018 Agribition

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Prospect calf from the 2017 Online Sale

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IN THE MAINE RING WITH

Íandy Cale

Not much matches the anticipation of calving season, except weaning. To see how well the combined efforts of the breeding program and the cow did is like hitting the jackpot, especially with prospect calves. Vandy Cattle, just outside of Benson SK, with Justin VanDeWoestyne at the helm are busy preparing for fall 2019. Somewhere between baling and hauling hay, we were able to catch up with this Saskatchewan Maine-Anjou breeder for a Question & Answer session.

®ow long has Vandy Cale been working Maine-Anjou into the breeding program? As a kid growing up in the 4-H program, my sister and I showed a lot of Maine-influenced steers. This was certainly my first introduction to the breed. I became somewhat familiar with the breed and some of the bloodlines through my junior show years. I had a small herd of cows and I can’t say I ever did stick with a particular breed, I had just about played with everything. In 2011, I was fortunate enough to purchase a good group of Maineinfluenced cows from Bentley Gustafson at Macoun, SK. These cows had a definite impact on our program. In 2012, I purchased my first Mainetainer bull from Jeff Miller in Cutler, Indiana. As we put these genetics to work it soon became evident to me the role that these genetics would play in our herd. They not only exceled in the production of show cattle, but were utilize Maine-Anjou genetics in our breeding program and have been actively breeding and registering cattle for the past five years.

Òhat does Maine-Anjou bring to the table for Vandy’s breeding program purposes? What makes the breed unique is it’s ability to excel in all facets of the industry. Maine cattle have secured a place in the show ring for many years as the cattle possess added muscle and eye appeal. Maine cattle have had purpose in a feedlot scenario, as the breed is known for it’s feed efficiency

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very impactful on our female base. Since then, we have continued to

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Maine cow with her steer calf

Brooke Jensen takes Res. Champion Commercial Heifer at 2013 Kansas Jr Livestock Show with her Vandy purchase and carcass yield. Probably most important to us, in

TH carrying females we prefer breeding those fe-

our cow-calf operation, is the part the breed plays

males back to a Mainetainer or High Maine bull.

in our commercial operation. Maine-influenced

This has always seemed like the best option to not

cows possess practical maternal traits in tandem

sacrifice bone, hair or muscle in prospect calves.

with added performance, making them a valuable asset in any cow-calf application.

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Òhy use Maine-Anjou as part of the custom mix in a prospect/jackpot calf?

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In terms of show heifers, we tend to see the trend going away from the market heifer types, and more towards breeding heifers. Keeping that in mind, we find that using Maine-Anjou genetics on our com-

For as many years as I can remember, Maine-Anjou

posite cattle gives us the ability to utilize both

genetics have been a key component in the

sexes, by having steers that still hold a lot of value

production of Club Calves. Maine-Anjou cattle lend

in terms muscle and bone, meanwhile the

a number of traits into the blend we call a Club

females still have what it takes to be competitive in

Calf, being that they tend to be heavier muscled

the show ring, and more importantly possess the

and stouter boned cattle, possess a desired carcass

maternal strengths to become a cow later on in

merit, in combination with eye appeal, added hair,

their lives.

and docility. These characteristics play a key role in creating the ideal show steer or heifer.

wavourite one in the herd? I would have to say the one that has had the most

Of course in the Club Calf arena, one of the

impact on me is a female I’ve shown the last couple

biggest talking points for the past few years has

years as a heifer calf and then as a bred last fall.

been to the genetic defects within the industry,

VNDY 30X Irish Rose 717E.

more specifically the TH gene. This gene has become somewhat of a “must-have” to be in the

“Rose” is one of those with just a special kind of

winners circle, however it certainly brings with it it’s

personality, but she’s a female we think a lot of in

own set of challenges come breeding time. When

terms of quality and have big plans for in the future

tasked with the job of seeking out a mating for our

for the impact she will have on our program.


©ow do you reach your target audience?

Òhat is on the horizon for Vandy Cale?

We market our show calves annually every fall in our

Currently we are preparing for our October 21 online

online steer & heifer sale. Our customer base is ulti-

steer and heifer sale hosted by sconlinesales.com, as

mately junior exhibitors under the age of 21, however

well as getting our show string ready for Agribition.

we feel that showing cattle is a real family effort, therefore we feel that we are really selling to the

Our operation has grown over the past few years,

whole family. The junior livestock programs have

and our focus has shifted with our highest priority

really evolved the last five years in Canada, with a lot

being breeding and merchandising seedstock. Our

more events throughout the year for juniors to exhibit

biggest goal is producing maternal-oriented

their cattle at. In our experience we have found social

genetics, as we feel the strength of your cowherd is

media one of the most effective ways to promote our

ultimately the economic backbone of any program,

program to juniors, things happen fast on social

whether it is our program or our customers program.

media and in real time. Facebook is our go to plat-

Although we are involved in multiple breeds of cattle,

form, mostly because we aren’t very fluent on the

Maine-Anjou cattle have become and will remain the

other platforms such as Twitter, Snap, or Instagram.

focal point of our program for the foreseeable future.

SC Online Sales hosts our sales, and we find the

We see a growing demand for quality Maine-Anjou

traffic on their site is second to none, as well their

genetics, and ultimately see a permanent place for

social media presence is a real benefit. However, we

Maine-Anjou genetics in a successful crossbreeding

still find print media has been an effective advertising

program.

venue for us. Interestingly enough, people message us about something they have seen on social media,

We are continuing to sell show calves in the fall, and

but most times if someone is going to pick up the

have recently started marketing our bulls on a differ-

phone and talk, it is usually due to a print media ad.

ent platform in the Genetic Distinction Bull Sale in

When we sell our show calves in the fall, we do

April. The future is very bright for the breed, in an

generally get a lot of questions from families new to

ever changing and evolving industry. The one con-

the show ring. We love helping these families to

stant is that quality cattle will always be in demand, it

develop a feed program for their target dates, or

is exciting to watch our breed meet the needs of the

help where we can with hair care, clipping, etc.

industry both in and out of the show ring.

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Have You Had Your Feed Tested? By John McKinnon, Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan Beef Cattle Research Council www.BeefResearch.ca

As a nutritionist, feed testing is a fundamental tool that I

depending on stage of maturity at cutting. While visual

rely on to assist beef producers with their feeding pro-

appraisal may help separate the good from the poor

grams. This is true whether I am dealing with feedlots or

quality hay, it is not going to help you decide how much

cow-calf operations. Accurate knowledge of feed quality,

protein supplement, if any, you need to background

particularly the operation’s forage base allows one to de-

calves when feeding this hay. Only a feed test can accu-

velop feeding strategies for specific production scenarios

rately help you make this decision. With respect to energy content, a feed test will give you values as total digestible nutrients (% dry matter) or as digestible energy (Mcal/kg dry matter) and depending on the laboratory used for testing, you may also get net energy values for maintenance and gain (Mcal/kg dry matter). These energy values can be used to determine the amount of forage allotted in bale or swath grazing situations or can help you determine how much grain you need to supplement when backgrounding calves. The feeding value of a given forage

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is often based on its fibre content. A

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and minimize the over- or under-feeding of nutrients. By

feed test can generate two fibre values that reflect either

so doing, one is able to achieve desired production tar-

its relative energy content or feeding value. These in-

gets and save on supplemental feed costs.

clude acid (ADF) and neutral detergent (NDF) fibre. High ADF values indicate that the hay was cut at a late stage of

While feed testing seems like a “no brainer”, it is surpris-

maturity and as a result it will be poorly digested by the

ing how many cattlemen skip this critical management

cow. This late cut hay will be lower in energy content than

tool. It seems many would rather rely on visual appraisal

the same hay cut at an earlier stage of maturity with a

(i.e. colour, plant species, and leaf content) or knowledge

lower ADF value. High NDF levels also indicate a more

of cutting time to judge quality. While these are all indica-

mature forage at harvest and more importantly is indica-

tors of forage quality, they do not substitute for a feed

tive of the degree to which cattle will consume the feed –

test particularly when it comes to the energy and protein

high NDF values limit forage intake! Again, visual ap-

content of that forage. For example, the protein content

praisal will not help you accurately identify the energy

of brome hay can range from as low as 5 to 6% up to 18%

content nor the feeding value of your hay.


As indicated above, accurate knowledge of the energy

nutrients such as protein, calcium and phosphorus, simi-

and protein content of your feed can allow you to target

lar increases are evident for both animals as pregnancy

economic feeding strategies for various classes of cattle.

advances.

For example, when feeding the pregnant beef cow, a basic principle is to adjust your feeding program to

Meeting these increased nutritional needs by feeding a

match her requirements as she moves through the sec-

balanced ration is critical to maintaining a normal preg-

ond and third trimesters of pregnancy with the appropri-

nancy and to prevent weight loss. It will also influence

ate quality and quantity of feed and to do so in a cost

the success of your subsequent breeding program. Inad-

effective manner.

equate nutrition will cause cows to lose weight and body condition. This is true regardless if the issue is feed qual-

Pregnancy requirements, particularly for nutrients such as

ity or quantity. Cows that lose weight during the last

energy and protein, increase dramatically in the last 6 to

trimester or from the period from calving through breed-

8 weeks prior to calving. This concept is illustrated in

ing are subject to calving difficulties, extended periods of

Table 1 (page 28) for both a mature cow as well as for a

anestrous and/or poor first service conception rates. The

bred heifer. Note that for the mature cow, energy re-

result will be an extended breeding season and/or an in-

quirements at the end of the third trimester are 20%

crease in the number of open cows. As well, next year’s

higher than 2nd trimester requirements. This is true

calf crop can be affected not only due to lower numbers

whether you use total digestible nutrients (TDN) or net

but also as a result of reduced weaning weights due to

energy for maintenance as an energy reference. The in-

the fact that more calves are likely to be born late in the

crease is even higher for the bred heifer, as she not only

calving season.

needs to meet requirements for pregnancy but also has

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that you are meeting the requirements of your cows for

pass, heat damaged), fat content, nitrate and other po-

maintenance and pregnancy. Today’s feed test laborato-

tential toxins.

ries use both wet chemistry and near infrared spectrometry to offer accurate results and rapid turn-around times.

This information can be used by you and your nutritionist

A basic forage analysis will provide you with moisture,

to develop feeding programs that meet the requirements

energy (i.e. total digestible nutrients, digestible energy

of pregnant, wintering beef cows and replacement

and/or net energy content) and crude protein values as

heifers, as well as for targeting gains of growing cattle! At

well as a mineral package (calcium and phosphorus).

$25 to $30 a sample for a basic feed test, it truly is a no

More advanced packages can provide you with details on

brainer! So again, I ask the question – Have you tested

all macro and trace minerals, acid and neutral detergent

your feed?

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fibre content, nature of protein (soluble, degradable, by-

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Sueme Showing

for Maine-Anjou

Grant Rolston Photography

Della Wise-Whelan

The crowd gathered in the Nutrien Western Events Cen-

County. The MaineTainer Reserve Champion Female was

tre on the last Sunday of the Calgary Stampede were

Sadie Wauters’ Comfort Zone yearling, Eye Candy. The

able to view an excellent group of female breed champi-

Lethbridge County teen also exhibited the Champion

ons from the Summer Synergy show. The purebred and

MaineTainer Heifer Calf, Pandora, sired by GSB Revana-

commercial winners were evaluated on Friday afternoon

tor. Lilly Howell of Penhhold, AB, captured the Two-Year-

at the conclusion of the breed shows by Christine Gable

Old Cow-Calf division with Fairland Glitter 1E, a STYLE

of Eaton, Colorado, Cade Hibdon of Princeton, Kansas,

Yessir 5Y daughter. Rounding out the MaineTainer show

and Allan Hjertaas of Grenfell, Saskatchewan. When the

was the Bull Calf Champion Cleveland Bandit 7G, owned

Supreme Commercial Female was declared, Cole Reid of

by Dawson Cleveland of Carseland, AB.

Hanford, SK, was at the halter of the MaineTainer female, Anastasia, a yearling sired by Denali out of a Heatwave

More than 250 head of beef and sheep were exhibited at

dam. The powerful heifer struck a commanding pose in

the 10th Anniversary show. Riley Pashulka of Derwent

her class as well as the MaineTainer Championship drive.

was named the Senior Aggregate Champion for the second year. He was the Champion Senior Division 1 Show-

Riley Pashulka’s Grand Champion Maine-Anjou female,

man, runner-up in the Senior Show Team Judging and

Miss Rusylvia Forever 199F, was among the Purebred

was the High-Point reasons winner in the Multi Judging.

Supreme contenders. The Benelli yearling has had a

Concluding his stellar week, Riley was awarded a $3,000

number of good showings this year.

Calgary Stampede International Youth Scholarship and the Tyson Van Tighem Spirit of Youth Award.

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At the Summer Synergy competition, the Reserve Cham-

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pion Purebred Female banner was awarded to Miss Ru-

Dawson Cleveland excelled in the Multi Judging, winning

sylvia Freesia 84F and Hannah Kemp of Red Deer

the High Point placings. Lilly Howell qualified for the

Grand Champion MainTainer Female

Reserve Grand Champion MainTainer Female

Cole Reid, Hanford, SK

Sadie Wauters, Lethbridge, AB

Anatasia

Eye Candy


Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female

Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female

Taylor (Riley) Pashulka, Derwent, AB

Hannah Kemp, Red Deer, AB

Miss Rusylvia Forever 199F

Miss Rusylvia Freesia 84F

Western Canada Junior Show Team Judging Finals.

took one $1,000 scholarship, as did Sadie Wauters as a

Ethan Yaremko earned a $500 Junior Scholarship, while

Senior. Congratulations to all the participants on an ex-

his sister Emily pocketed $1,000 in the Intermediate divi-

cellent show and a special thank you to our sponsors,

sion. Clara Blatz, an Intermediate MaineTainer exhibitor,

noted below.

Rusylvia Cattle Co., Derwent AB Wicklow Enterprises - Ron Whelan, Irricana, AB

Keltey Whelan Designs, Irricana, AB Colorado Genetics Inc., Fort Collins Colorado Photos by Dede-Deanna Wise, Irricana, AB Outlaw Livestock/Gerry Hansen Memorial, Drayton Valley, AB

Crossing Creek Cattle, Morinville, AB Ghost River Cattle Co., Cochrane, AB Lucky Springs Farms, Rocky Mountain House, AB NuHaven Cattle Co., Pine Lake, AB Smith & Griffith Real Estate Team, Cochrane, AB Shuckburgh Cattle, Stettler, AB Wise Maine-Anjou Ranch, Irricana, AB

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Canadian Maine-Anjou Association

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CALGARY STAMPEDE

2019

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D.E. Black Shield Award - Top Aggregate Riley Pashulka Derwent, AB

Calgary Stampede Steer Classic Third Overall First in Split #4 Cooper Brokenshire Estevan, SK Sire: No Worries

Top Four Aggregate Winners Summer Synergy Halley Adams, Baxter Blair, Riley Pashulka and Taylor Pashulka

Calgary Stampede Steer Classic Champion Drive Second in Split #3 Riley Pashulka Derwent, AB Sire: Fu Man Chu

Show Champions

2019 Calgary Stampede Supreme Commercial Female Anatasia

Cole Reid, Hanford, SK


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Manitoba Bull Test Report

Doug Kerr

The Manitoba Bull Test Station held their 55th Annual

presented to have a pen of bulls fed a hotter ration tar-

Bull, Female and Select Ranch Horse Sale on March 30,

getting an average daily gain of 3.5 lbs+. It was decided

2019 in Douglas, Manitoba. There were two fullblood

there would have to be at least 25-30 bulls enter this pen

Maine-Anjou bulls on test from Ron and Keith Gilbert of

option for it to go ahead. The ration would better express

Gilcroft Farms in Ontario.

the growth potential of the animals with more growth capacity.

This year, 71 bulls were offered for sale with 44 being sold for an average of $3526.00. High seller for 2019 was a

This year’s delivery and weigh dates are as follows:

purebred Limousin from Amaglen Limousin for $7000.00. Delivery - October 14-18, 2019 On offer were 14 heifers that sold for an average of

On test: October 28-29, 2019

$2187.00. For a second year in a row, a select group of

28 day: November 25, 2019

ranch horses were offered for sale. This year, six of those

56 day: December 23, 2019

horses sold for an average of $5600.00.

84 day: January 20, 2020 End of Test: February 18 & 19, 2020

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At the Manitoba Bull Test Station AGM, a motion was

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Manitoba Bull Test Report

Doug Kerr

The Manitoba Bull Test Station held their 55th Annual

presented to have a pen of bulls fed a hotter ration tar-

Bull, Female and Select Ranch Horse Sale on March 30,

getting an average daily gain of 3.5 lbs+. It was decided

2019 in Douglas, Manitoba. There were two fullblood

there would have to be at least 25-30 bulls enter this pen

Maine-Anjou bulls on test from Ron and Keith Gilbert of

option for it to go ahead. The ration would better express

Gilcroft Farms in Ontario.

the growth potential of the animals with more growth capacity.

This year, 71 bulls were offered for sale with 44 being sold for an average of $3526.00. High seller for 2019 was a

This year’s delivery and weigh dates are as follows:

purebred Limousin from Amaglen Limousin for $7000.00. Delivery - October 14-18, 2019 On offer were 14 heifers that sold for an average of

On test: October 28-29, 2019

$2187.00. For a second year in a row, a select group of

28 day: November 25, 2019

ranch horses were offered for sale. This year, six of those

56 day: December 23, 2019

horses sold for an average of $5600.00.

84 day: January 20, 2020 End of Test: February 18 & 19, 2020

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At the Manitoba Bull Test Station AGM, a motion was

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Gary D. Smith Memorial Scholarship In 2016, after the sudden loss of Gary Smith, the Smith

The 2019 scholarship went to Sydney McMillan of Hanna,

family began the Gary D. Smith Memorial Scholarship at

Alberta. Sydney is the granddaughter of longstanding

the Summer Synergy Junior Show in Olds, Alberta. Gary

Maine-Anjou breeders Scott and Carol McKay, owners of

Smith was a founding member of Poplar Haven Farms, a

Calberta Farms. Awarding the Gary D. Smith Memorial

well-known purebred Maine-Anjou operation, as well as a

Scholarship to Sydney was very special for the Smith family

livestock genetics exporter. Gary operated, with his family,

because the McKay and Smith families have been close

NuHaven Cattle Co at Pine Lake, AB raising Maine-Anjou

friends and fellow Maine-Anjou breeders for many

and club calf cattle.

generations.

The Gary D. Smith Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the

Gary’s daughter Kelly and grand-daughter Aubrey were

senior contestant with the highest combined scores of the

very pleased to award Sydney with her $1000 scholarship.

Beef confirmation judging and Marketing competitions.

The Smith family was very proud to award a scholarship to

Sydney McMillan accepts her Gary D. Smith Scholarship from Aubrey and Kelly Smith-Fraser

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an individual that truly represents the future of the industry.

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MAINE SALES SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

DECEMBER 11, 2019

NuHaven Cattle Co., Red Deer County, AB

Manitou Maine-Anjou Sale, Marsden, SK

Field Day and Sale

DLMS Online Sale Fullblood and Purebred Maine-Anjou

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 Pick Six Cattle Co., Gull Lake, SK Pasture Tour and Open House

DECEMBER 21, 2019 K-Rod First Annual Production Sale On the farm @ Petrolia, ON

OCTOBER 12-13 The Cliffs Farm, Hepburn, SK Take the Lead Bid-Off October 12, Open House. Prospect Steers/Heifers

OCTOBER 19-20, 2019 Rusylvia Cattle Co, Derwent AB Fall Prospect Sale October 19, Open House. October 20 - DLMS Online Sale @ 7 pm

OCTOBER 21, 2019 Vandy Cattle, Benson, SK Fall Steer and Heifer Prospect Sale

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Show Circuit Online Sale

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NOVEMBER 9, 2019 November Gold Sale, Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Livestock Sales Ltd. Club calf and Prospect Sale

DECEMBER 7, 2019 Gilcroft Sale, Campbellford, ON with Guest Consignors Hoard’s Station Sales Barn Fullblood and Purebred Maine-Anjou Twine Design & Graphics


...A FEW YEARS BACK

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business card directory

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ADVERTISERS Badgerhill Maine-Anjou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

Maine Park Maine-Anjou . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Bluesky Maines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Maine Merchandise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Bow Valley Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Manitou Maine-Anjou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC

Bohrson Marketing Services . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Martinell’s Fullblood Maines . . . . . . . . . . .43

Byman Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Mel’s Maines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Deagle Cattle Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC

NuHaven Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

EDJE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

Pick Six Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Gilcroft Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Rapid Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

Golden Phoenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Rusylvia Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Hansen Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Shuckburgh Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC

JayR Holdings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Stenberg’s Maine-Anjou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

K-Rod Kattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Vandy Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22-23

Lightening Strike Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Wilkinridge Stock Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Maine Attraction Jackpot . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

Wise Maine-Anjou Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

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