The Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF) 2017 scholarship recipients were announced in late October.
The Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation $3,000 scholarships were awarded to Jessica Sperber of Rimbey, Alta., and Matt Bates of Coboconk, Ont. Jessica is currently working toward a masters of animal science at West Texas A&M and Matt is taking a doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Guelph.
The $2,000 Dr. Dixon Memorial Scholarships, in memory of Dr. Allan A. Dixon were awarded to Breana McKenzie of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., and Michaela Lievre of Woodstock, Ont. Breana is currently at the University of Calgary taking a bachelor of science, majoring in zoology. Michaela is attending the University of Guelph taking honours agriculture.
The $2,000 Trevor Vance scholarship, in memory of Trevor Edward Vance goes to Mackenzie Skeels of Rimbey, Alta., who is attending Red Deer College majoring in media studies and professional communications.
Cattle producers from all breeds and supporters alike came together at ANL Polled Herefords and guests production sale on October 21 to support one of their own and help make a difference to the most vulnerable in our society, babies in need. To give you a little history, Jeremy and Rachelle Brooks of Brooks Farms, consignors to the sale spent 112 days in the Regina Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their son Hudson last January when he was born 16 weeks premature.
Fast forward to this fall with the sale getting closer and doing much better, the Brookses wanted a way to give back and decided to donate the entire proceeds of the heifer Brooks 23B 342X Lady 27E to the Regina NICU. Over $44,000 was raised at the sale through the sale of tickets, with the lucky winner being Beiber Herefords, Herman and Christina Beiber and family.
After the sale to the surprise of everyone involved a cheque for over $6,000 was received from George and Chris Haux.
Jeremy and Rachelle truly appreciate and thank the long list of breeders and buyers too numerous to mention here who contributed to make this lasting donation possible to Regina Hospital’s NICU.
Congratulations to Vern and Eileen Davidson, Davidson Gelbvieh of Ponteix, Sask., for being recognized by the Canadian Gelbvieh Association (CGA) as the owner of 36 Gelbvieh cows exhibiting the consistent maternal efficiency typical of “The Continental Breed of Choice.” The CGA has designated these outstanding beef females as Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction. Of the 4,613 active cows in the Gelbvieh breed, only 4.6 per cent qualify for Dam of Merit and only 0.8 per cent qualify for Dam of Distinction.
The Grand Champion Gelbvieh female at the breed’s national show and sale at Farmfair was VV Wind Zong 45Z from Stone Gate Farm, Vermilion, Alta. The Grand Champion bull was RWG Right Combination 5506 from Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alta.
Canadian Charolais National Champions named on October 28 in Brandon were PZC Lily 5013 ET, exhibited by Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw, Alta., and JMB Fisher 604D, exhibited by C2 Charolais, LaRiviere, Man., and JMB Charolais, Brookdale, Man.
The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) has honoured Don Bell of Bemoral Angus, at Dubuc, Sask., for his 50 years of membership in the association (see photo at top). Going back to the 1920s when Don’s grandfather purchased the family’s first Angus cows, Belmoral Angus today runs 150 Black Angus females, all with straight Canadian genetics, on 5,000 acres of grain and pasture. The Bell family received a 100 Year Homestead Award in 2013. Belmoral Angus cattle have been exported to Japan and Scotland.
A record setting fundraiser for Manitoba Junior Charolais Association was held at the start of the National Charolais sale in Brandon on October 26. $16,890 was raised to offset the costs of the Canadian Charolais Youth Association Conference and Show being held in Brandon July 25 to 28. The quality heifer that won her class in the national show the next day was Steppler Miss CCYA 2018 41E, donated by Steppler Farms, Miami, and acquired by Paisley Baron, Carberry. Over 100 head from across Canada competed in the national show. The 22 lots in the sale including semen and embryos, averaged $7,830.
Over 1,300 head of livestock, including 800 cattle, showed at Manitoba AG-EX during the four days of the Brandon, Man., show and sale.
The Supreme Breeder’s Herd Champion banner went to Young Dale Angus of Carievale, Sask. High Country Cattle Services of Breton, Alta., took home the Supreme Grand Champion Bull banner for RJY Casino 11C, and Tableland Cattle Co. of Estevan, Sask., showed the Supreme Grand Champion Female, Early Sunset Queen 8C.
The Canadian Limousin Association presented Jim and Susan Butt of Maple Key Farms, Embro, Ont., with the 2017 Canadian Limousin Association Award of Distinction during the Limousin show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 5 in Toronto. Jim and Susan have been dedicated members of the Canadian Limousin Association for 29 years and have been great supporters and multiple time attendees of the International Limousin Congress.
Registration for the International Limousin Congress to be held July 19-28, 2018 in Colorado is now open. Interested Canadian breeders can contact the Canadian Limousin Association for details.
BIG-GULLY 102 HURLEY 271C was named Grand Champion Hereford Bull at Farmfair International 2017. The bull is owned by Lance and Shari Leachman, Big Gully Farms. It marks their first time back at Farmfair with cattle since 1998 and first time participating in the Hereford Genes Event and Alberta Supreme Show. Leachman is using HURLEY on his Angus and Angus-influenced females for the production of F1 baldies.
The winners of the Canadian Junior Limousin Association 2017 scholarships and Australia Travel Opportunity have been announced. The $500 scholarships went to Angus Smyth of Roblin, Man., and Samantha Kennedy of Omemee, Ont. The $250 CJLA scholarships went to Amanda Scott of Virden, Man, and Nolan McLarty of West Lorne, Ont.
Megan Wynn of Belmont, Nova Scotia has been selected to travel to Australia in August to participate in the Ekka Royal Queensland Show.
The Alberta Supreme Champions were named at Farmfair early last month.
The Supreme Champion Female was PZC Lily 5013 ET with calf at side, Miss Prairie Cove 716E, from Prairie Cove Charolais (see photo below). She also took top honours at the Canadian National Charolais show in Brandon the week before.
The Supreme Champion Bull was Greenwood Canadian Impact ET from Greenwood Limousin Angus (see photo below).
The Limousin sired feeding contest directed by the Canadian Limousin Association is underway. The association assembled steer calves that entered the Kunz Farms Feed Yard in Beiseker, Alta., in November. Kunz Farms utilizes the GrowSafe system that tracks weights each time an animal takes a drink to get a jump on sick cattle, as well as manage the cattle for optimum profitability. The cattle will be sold in load lots on Cargill’s grid and tracked through the plant. Producers cover the costs but receive individual carcass weights, yield and quality grades plus a ranking of how their animals compare to others in the contest and industry averages. For an extra $50 per animal they could enter a pool with the money going to those who own the steers with either the best carcass or the most profit.
The Limousin yearling heifer BOSS LAKE DAY DREAMER, owned by Boss Lake Genetics, was named Alberta Supreme Stakes Female Co-Grand Champion at Farmfair International (based on aggregate from Olds Fall Classic, Stockade Round-Up and Farmfair International). She also took top honours in the National Limousin show held at Farmfair.
The Hereford and Shorthorn breeds came out on top November 5th at the 95th Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in the culminating event of the Masterfeeds Canadian Beef Show — the Masterfeeds Supreme Beef Champion. In the female class, the winner was JDL Janice 11X 119C owned by Grosvenor Farm and JDL Cattle Company of Shelburne, Ont. Supreme Bull was Hill Haven Fire Storm 28C owned by Dale Asser and Bob Meldrum of Hill Haven Shorthorns in Duntroon, Ont. Each of the winning exhibitors received a banner and a cheque for $2,500 from Masterfeeds, along with the honour of being the 2017 Supreme Champion.
The Grand Champions at the 2017 Lloydminster Stockade Roundup are:
- Red Angus Female, RED TER-RON DIAMOND MIST 26C RPAH 26C, exhibited by Ter-Ron Farms, Forestburg, Alta., bred by Rob Adams of Forestburg.
- Red Angus Bull, RED COMBEST JUGGERNAUT 1613D CLFX 1613D, exhibited by Ter-Ron Farms, bred by All Bull Holdings, David and Lynne Lonshore, Stettler, Alta.
- Black Angus Female, MERIT SOCIALITE 5121 TJL 5121C, exhibited by Merit Cattle Co., Radville, Sask., bred by Trent Liebreich, Radville.
- Black Angus Bull, DMM INTERNATIONAL 54D DMM 54D, exhibited and bred by Miller Wilson Angus, Bashaw, Alta.
- Speckle Park Female, RAVENWORTH NORTHERN STAR 117A GDB 117A, exhibited and bred by Garry and Donna Berting, Ravenworth Cattle, Middle Lake, Sask.
- Speckle Park Bull, JSF UNMARKED 2D JSF 2D 11, exhibited and bred by Johner Stock Farm Ltd., Maidstone, Sask.
- Polled Hereford Female, JDH MS 20R VICTOR 33Z 55D ET 55D, exhibited by Jacey Massey, JM New Trend Cattle Co., Strathmore, Alta., bred by Delaney Herefords.
- Polled Hereford Bull, MLL 10Y ROCKY ET 225D ANJU 225D, exhibited by MJT Cattle Co Ltd., Edgerton, Alta., bred by Mark Lohner.
- Horned Hereford Female, MJT 495Y CINDY 105C MT 105C, exhibited and bred by MJT Cattle Co.
- Horned Hereford Bull, H WR SUSTAINABLE 5511 ET 5511, exhibited by Rocking G Land & Cattle Co., and Hoffman Hereford, Gull Lake, Sask., bred by Hoffman Hereford.
- Shorthorn Female, FRASER’S 27C GENEVA 128D BR 128D, exhibited by Matlock Farms Ltd., Lloydminster, Sask., bred by Carrie Braun, Simmie, Sask.
- Shorthorn Bull, BAR 33 EASY MONEY 12E DEN 12E, exhibited and bred by BAR 33 Ranch, Pierceland, Sask.
- Maine-Anjou Female, MISS RUSYLVIA ECHO 15E KJP 15E, exhibited and bred by Rusylvia Cattle Co, Derwent, Alta.
- Maine-Anjou Bull, MANITOU’S ECHO 94E GG 94E, exhibited by Manitou Maine Anjou, Marsden, Sask., bred by Gary Graham, Marsden, Sask.
- Charolais Female, CEE MS. VENEZUELA 607D CEE 607D, exhibited by K-Cow Ranch, Elk Point, Alta., bred by Circle Cee Charolais.
- Charolais Bull, SOS GAUCHO 139D SOS 139D, exhibited by Hopewell Charolais, Springside Farms and Bob Charolais, bred by Springside Farms, Salmon Arm, B.C.
- Limousin Female, 200 BOSS LAKE DAY DREAMER CWP 613D, exhibited and bred by Boss Lake Genetics, Parkland County, Alta.
- Limousin Bull, GREENWOOD CANADIAN IMPACT JSP 706C, exhibited by Greenwood, Lloydminster, Sask., bred by Jayden Payne, Lloydminster, Sask.
- Simmental Female, CMS SODA POP 425B CMS 435B, exhibited by Black Gold Simmental, Lloydminster, Sask., bred by Czech-Mate Simmentals, Carstairs, Alta.
- Simmental Bull, BGS/BM CAPTAIN SCREAM 63D CLNO 63D, exhibited by Black Gold Simmental, Lloydminster, Sask., bred by Rust Mountainview Ranch, Mercer, North Dakota.