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Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation auction raises $100,000

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the September 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We announced this last month in another part of the magazine but I just wanted to pass on my own congratulations to Bob Switzer and John Willmott, two men who are closely tied to the Angus breed in this country, who will be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame November 6 at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto. I can’t think of many men who deserve this honour more.


The Canadian Junior Angus Association recently presented its first-place $2,000 scholarship to Michaela Chalmers of Ontario. Michaela is also the 2016 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador for the Angus breed. Melanie Wood of P.E.I. received the second-place scholarship of $1,500; and Rebecca Redner of Ontario received the third-place scholarship of $1,000. The scholarships were presented at Showdown, the annual national Canadian Junior Angus show. Chalmers is enrolled in the University of Guelph animal biology program working toward an Honours Bachelor of Science. Wood is studying plant science at Dalhousie University in the faculty of agriculture while Redner will begin her post-secondary studies in food and agricultural business at the University of Guelph this fall.


Charolais representatives Mel Reekie, general manager, Canadian Charolais Association, and Shae-Lynn Evans.

Charolais representatives Mel Reekie, general manager, Canadian Charolais Association, and Shae-Lynn Evans.

Canadian Charolais Association general manager Mel Reekie and Shae-Lynn Evans, president of Canadian Charolais Youth Association, recently attended the Charolais Society of Australia’s National Show and Sale and Youth Stampede. Canadian and Australian Charolais breeders tend to utilize outcross genetics between the countries. Congratulations to Evans on winning the Grand Champion Parader at the Junior Show amongst 85 competitors.


Maguire Blair

Maguire Blair

From the time Maguire Blair could walk he has been involved in the feeding, preparation and marketing of his family’s Angus and Simmental cattle. That involvement has earned him the 2016 Junior Angus Stockman Award. In addition to his involvement with Blair’s West Land & Cattle near Drake, Sask., he has developed his own herd of purebred Angus cattle by purchasing females and embryo transfer. Last year Blair’s cow Bar-E-L Erica 74A won championship honours at Showdown, Lloydminster Stockade National Angus show, Brandon Ag Ex, Farmfair and Agribition. Erica was named Canadian Angus Gold Show Female of the Year and won the international “Show Female of the Year” award from AngusBreeder.net.


Bob Gordon

Bob Gordon

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Robert (Bob) Henry Gor­don in late July. He exhibited his first steer at Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon in 1946 and continued showing livestock there for more than four decades, as well as Denver, Chicago, Toronto Royal, Ag-Ex, Canadian Western Agribition, World Angus and Hereford Shows until his retirement. Gordon was named “Builder of the Shorthorn Breed” in 1970. In the late ’60s he had a hand in forming the Douglas Bull Test Station while serving on the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association board. He was also the first president and founding partner of Bar-5 Simmentals in Brandon. Achilles Cattle Co. later hired him as its manager to promote and sell Simmental semen around the world. In the ’70s the family established a Hereford herd. While on the board of the Canadian Hereford Association, he initiated the formation of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association, hosting the inaugural youth event at Kinnaber in 1979. In the ’80s he established a small herd of Angus and in 1985 his experience with multiple breeds resulted in his being named as sire selector and manager of the beef program for Western Breeders/Alta Genetics in Balzac, Alta.

Gordon was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 2007, he and his wife Joyce were inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. They retired to Boissevain in 2008. In memory of Gordon, donations may be made to the Bob Gordon Memorial Fund with proceeds going to youth and agriculture endeavors, Box 605, Boissevain, Man. R0K 0E0.


The 2016 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF) auction raised $100,000 to support the foundation’s programming during the Canadian Simmental Association national convention in Lloydminster, Sask. Donators contributed 84 lots of Simmental genetics, artwork, sporting events and advertising packages, as well as other merchandise. A bred heifer donated by the McMillen family of MRL Ranching located at Carievale, Sask., raised $30,980 and will be going to a new home at S.I.B.L. Simmentals, Barclay Smith, of Barrhead, Alta. Support for the auction was received from all across Canada, U.S., Mexico and Australia.

The foundation presented $15,000 from the proceeds to the Young Canadian Simmental Association during its annual meeting held in conjunction with the convention.


Gaylene Groeneveld

Gaylene Groeneveld

The Alberta Simmental Association honoured Gaylene Groeneveld for her years of dedication to the Simmental breed earlier this summer. She was a director and vice-president of the Alberta Simmental Association for five years, published the provincial ASA magazine, the Simmental Trail, for six years before becoming the publisher/editor of the Canadian Simmental Country magazine in 1998. She spent the last decade as a managing consultant for the Canadian Gelbvieh Association, and became its CEO in 2015.


The new directors elected to the Canadian Simmental Association board at their summer annual meeting were Roger Deeg, Strathmore, Alta.; Marlin LeBlanc, Estevan, Sask.; and Larry Barkley, Ingleside, Ont., in place of retiring directors Lacey Fisher, David Milliner and Maureen Mappin-Smith. They join president Lee McMillen, Carievale Sask.; first vice-president Garth Rancier, Killam, Alta.; second vice-president Blair McRae, Brandon, Man.; Kelly Ashworth, Oungre, Sask.; Dan Skeels, Rimbey, Alta.; and Francis Gagnon, Cheneville, Que.


The 2016 CLA board of directors are (back row l. to r.): Tim Andrew, Alta.; Erin Kishkan, B.C.; Jim Richmond, Alta.; Joe Cooper, N.S.; Matthew Heleniak, Ont.; Mark Angus, Man. (not pictured); and (seated l. to r.) Bill Zwambag, Ont. (treasurer); Eric Boon, Sask. (vice-president); Terry Hepper, Sask. (president); and Tessa Verbeek (general manager).

The 2016 CLA board of directors are (back row l. to r.): Tim Andrew, Alta.; Erin Kishkan, B.C.; Jim Richmond, Alta.; Joe Cooper, N.S.; Matthew Heleniak, Ont.; Mark Angus, Man. (not pictured); and (seated l. to r.) Bill Zwambag, Ont. (treasurer); Eric Boon, Sask. (vice-president); Terry Hepper, Sask. (president); and Tessa Verbeek (general manager).

Joe Cooper of Great Village, N.S., was elected to the Canadian Limousin Association board of directors at the association’s annual meeting in Lloydminster, Alta. Eric Boon and Bill Zwambag were re-elected for a second term.


The Keith Gilmore Foundation has selected two winners for its $10,000 KGF Prize for Beef Cattle Innovation: Rae-Leigh Pederzolli, from Medicine Hat, Alta., and Nicky Lansink from Three Hills, Alta. The KGF Prize is awarded to students who are recognized for academic excellence, leadership and commitment to pursue a career to improve, support and promote the beef cattle industry.

Rae-Leigh Pederzolli is completing a MSc. at the University of Saskatchewan and will be attending the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine this fall pursuing a DVM. She is an active member of the Canadian Young Leaders program and the Young Cattlemen’s Council. She has attended and represented the Canadian beef industry at numerous conferences in Canada and the U.S. Her long-term goal is to practice and perform research in the food animal production industries, particularly within the cow-calf and feedlot sector.

Nicky Lansink is working on a MSc. at the University of Alberta, specializing in beef cattle genetics and feed efficiency. In addition to her studies, Lansink is a teaching assistant at the university and volunteers with elementary students through Ag in the Classroom. Her unique blend of practical work experience, academic skill and desire to teach, supports her career goal of becoming a professor in agriculture.

KGF also announced four winners of the $2,500 Hereford Youth Scholarships for 2016. They are: Ted Creech, Lloydminster, Alta.; Reginald Raymond, Waterford, N.B.; Alexis DeCorby, Rocanville, Sask.; and Samantha Rimke, Oak Lake, Man.

The Hereford Youth Scholarship is awarded to students who pursue academic excellence, community involvement and leadership toward careers in the livestock industry. These students are connected to the Hereford breed through membership in the CJHA or other purebred or commercial involvement.


The Alberta Simmental Association has announced a new concept for Farmfair International in conjunction with the 2016 National Simmental Show. This year members have a chance to win a $10,000 sale credit to be used towards the purchase of an animal consigned by a Breeders Select contributor to a public auction between November 2016 and May 2017.


The second Simmental Simbrah of the Americas Congress is being held in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 10-15. Ranch tours plus visits to the National Center for Genetic Resources, and the 35th Simmental Simbrah Cattle Exhibition are just part of what’s on tap for the this second congress.

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As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.

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