Speckle Park breeders and exhibitors enjoyed a supremely successful national show and national sale at Canadian Western Agribition this year. With 75 head entered, this was the largest national show to date with exhibitors from five Canadian provinces. Ontario was represented by six farms. The Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder banners both went to Jason Goodfellow of Notta Ranch, Neilburg, Sask., for the second year in a row.
The national sale demonstrated the continually increasing worldwide interest in Canadian Speckle Park genetics. The 13 heifer calves averaged $11,634.50 and went to buyers from Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Australia and British Columbia. The high-selling heifer calf sold for $20,000 to a buyer from Saskatchewan. The single bred heifer sold for $14,500 to a buyer from Australia. The 33 embryos averaged $1,704.29. The 14 live lots grossed $222,000 and averaged $11,839.26. The sale was attended by international buyers from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, England, Scotland and Norway.
By Livestock hosted two international groups at Canadian Western Agribition. A group of 42 from Norway and 27 from Finland attended the event to seek Canadian genetics from multiple breeds (see group photo at top). Both groups had meetings with the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and their various breed organizations. Their individual tours of over a week each included multiple visits at homes of breeders as well as the Western Beef Development Centre at Lanigan.
The Canadian Hereford Association will have 400 bulls RFI tested this year, some utilizing the GrowSafe beef watering systems. These waterers take partial weights on the bulls every time they drink or stand at the waterer. This means that producers are able to collect RFI data in a shorter testing period of 50 days. The testing done by the Canadian Hereford breeders has made it possible to produce the first Canadian RFI EPD in cattle.
The Limousin bull GREENWOOD CANADIAN IMPACT ET (see photo above), owned by Greenwood Limousin and Angus, Lloydminster, Sask., and Nordal Limousin and Angus, Simpson, Sask., (Australian semen rights owned by LaValla Limousin and McAlpin Livestock) won Supreme Champion Bull over all breeds in the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge at Canadian Western Agribition in November.
The RBC Supreme Champion Female for all breeds at CWA was the Charolais PZC LILY 5013ET with MISS PRAIRIECOVE 716E at side (see photo below), exhibited by Prairie Cove Charolais; additional owner, Wrangler Charolais.
The Canadian Simmental Association established the Award of Excellence program in early 2017 to promote and recognize the top registered Simmental bulls and females that are exhibited at shows across Canada each year. The Award of Excellence (AOE) program encourages Simmental breeders to attend multiple shows in different locations and provinces that qualify for this program. Each provincial Simmental Association is encouraged to select two or three shows that will qualify for the Award of Excellence points program. Points are allocated based on the number of Simmental cattle entered in each show that qualified and the animal’s placings. Following the final show, Canadian Western Agribition, the Canadian Simmental Association tabulated points for the Award of Excellence Show Female and Bull of the year.
The top five AOE show Females of 2017 were:
5: Academy Hill Azula 5A, owned by Alliance Simmental Farm, North Gower Ont. Total: 77 points.
4: Boss Lake Ms Elle 638D, owened by Boss Lake Genetics and Ty-D livestock, Parkland County, Alta. Total: 100 points.
3: CMS Soda Pop 425B, owned by Blackgold Simmentals, Lloydminster, Sask. Total: 103 points.
1: Barlee Lexi Lou 1C, owned by Barlee Simmentals, Clarendon, Que. Total: 165 points.
The top five AOE show Bulls of 2017 were:
5: RJY Chip 18E, owned by High Country Simmentals, Breton, Alta. Total: 76 points.
4: VCL Dagger 605D, owned by Double Bar D Farms, Grenfell, Sask. Total: 90 points.
3: RJY Casino 11C, owned by High Country Cattle Services, Breton Alta. Total: 101 points.
2: BGS/BM Captain Scream 63D, owned by Blackgold Simmentals/Canadian Sires, Lloydminster, Sask. Total: 109 points.
1: KDL Dunraven Dude 14D, owned by Dunraven Simmentals, Calumet Island, Que. Total: 131 points.
The winners were announced before the 50 for 50 Simmental Sale at Agribition on November 22 where CSA president Lee McMillen acknowledged the top five AOE Show females and bulls and made a presentation. Congratulations to all those that exhibited Simmental cattle this year!
The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 national Gold Show Program. CAA representatives presented the awards at Agribition in Regina, surprising the winners with the awards in their stalls the day following the final Angus show of the year.
The 2017 Black Angus Show Bull of the Year receiving champion aggregate status is DMM INTERNATIONAL 54D, owned by Lee and Dawn Wilson (Miller Wilson Angus) of Bashaw, Alta., and Glen Gabel of Regina, Sask.
The reserve aggregate champion for Black Angus Show Bull of the Year was awarded to GREENWOOD ENVY JJP 53E, owned by Jayden and Jaxon Payne of Lloydminster, Sask.
Runner-up aggregate champion for Black Angus Show Bull of the Year went to EF COLOSSAL 520, owned by Sean Enright and Barry Enright of Renfrew, Ont., and David and Lynne Longshore of Stettler, Alta.
The 2017 Black Angus Show Female of the Year receiving champion aggregate status is DMM BLACKBIRD 105A and her 2017-born bull calf, DMM HAMMER 53E, owned by Lee and Dawn Wilson (Miller Wilson Angus) of Bashaw, Alta. This animal was the 2016 reserve aggregate champion for Black Angus Show Female of the Year.
The reserve aggregate champion for Black Angus Show Female of the Year went to JEM ARIEL 10C and her JEM ARIEL 3E heifer calf, owned by Ernest Mutch of Vernon Bridge, P.E.I.
Runner-up aggregate champion for Black Angus Show Female of the Year went to RUNNING STEADY GYPSY 30C and her heifer calf, JUSTAMERE 5063 GYPSY 336E, owned by Running Steady Ranch and Justamere Farms Ltd., respectively, both of Lloydminster, Alta.
The 2017 Red Angus Show Bull of the Year receiving champion aggregate status is RED LAZY MC TRADITION 111C, owned by Robbie J. Garner of Simpson, Sask., and Clinton Blair Morasch of Bassano, Alta. This animal was the 2016 runner-up aggregate champion for Red Angus Show Bull of the Year.
The 2017 reserve aggregate champion for Red Angus Show Bull of the Year went to RED COMBEST JUGGERNAUT 1613D, owned by Terry Adams of Forestburg, Alta.; Leonard Tufty of Onoway, Alta.; Lynn Combest of Erskine, Alta.; and Rob Adams of Forestburg, Alta.
Runner-up aggregate champion for Red Angus Show Bull of the Year went to RED TRIPLE L JAGGER 18C, owned by Randy Tetzlaff of Viscount, Sask.; Jay Spence of Outlook, Sask.; and Rock Point Angus of Birsay, Sask.
The 2017 Red Angus Show Female of the Year receiving champion aggregate status is RED TER-RON DIAMOND MIST 26C and her 2017-born heifer calf, RED TER-RON 6 MILE MISTY 7E, owned by Rob Adams and Kasey Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and Coy Gibson of Fir Mountain, Sask. This animal was last year’s reserve aggregate champion for Red Angus Show Female of the Year.
The reserve aggregate champion for Red Angus Show Female of the Year went to RED TER-RON AMBER 25D, owned by Halley Adams of Forestburg, Alta.
Runner-up aggregate champion for Red Angus Show Female of the Year went to RED RAINBOW LARKABA 9D, owned by Brooke Bablitz of Cherhill, Alta.
The Canadian Simmental Association had a busy year of activities across the country celebrating 50 years of Simmental cattle in Canada. Canadian Western Agribition played host to the grand finale starting with the Simmental Federation of Americas conference. Delegates from Mexico, Argentina, United States, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Colombia attended. This day-long symposium discussed the advantage of Canadian beef genetics on the world stage along with research being done in the Canadian beef sector. The discussion on the importance of genetic improvement was a hot topic along with getting a handle on genomics and their role in the Simmental breed. The next annual meeting is planned for the World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress to be held Sept. 24-28, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Gelbvieh Association of Alberta/B.C. held its annual meeting on December 2 in Red Deer, Alta (see photo below). The new board is back row (l to r): Jason Muhlbach (president), Larry Fecho, Joe Ness, and Nicole Hollman. Front row (l to r): Lorna Okell (secretary), Jessica Pearson, and Wanda Marsman.
The Canadian Simmental Association recognized two innovators as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at Canadian Western Agribition. Inducted into the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame were Brian McCarthy of Spring Creek Simmentals, Moosomin, Sask., and Jim and Agnes Asher of Bar A Simmentals, Grandora, Sask. McCarthy was instrumental in helping build the breed in Saskatchewan and Canada through his role as president and director in the early years. Jim Asher looked after Parisien and other Simmental bulls first imported into Canada as herdsman at the Lacombe Research Station. Seeing the opportunity Asher did his own import of Simmental cattle. Fifty years later both herds are still doing what they do best, promoting Simmental genetics in Canada and around the world. The Ashers were awarded posthumously with both families present to accept their awards. Accepting on behalf of the Jim and Agnes Asher was their daughter Donna Marie Asher. Congratulations to these and all previous Simmental breeders already recognised in the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame for their role in Simmental coming to Canada.
Simmental was in the spotlight both in the purebred show ring and commercial barns. Winners at the 2017 Agribition National Simmental Show, judged by Ken and Kyle Lewis were: Grand Champion Female – CMS Soda Pop 425B, exhibited by Black Gold Simmentals, Lloydminister, Sask.; Grand Champion Bull – BGS/BM Captain Scream 63D, exhibited by Black Gold Simmentals and Bohrson Marketing, Lloydminister, Sask. Supreme Champion Pen of Bulls and People’s Choice went to McIntosh Livestock, Maymont, Sask.
In the Commercial Cattle Show, judged by Jim Pulyk: Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers went to Blairswest Land and Cattle, Drake, Sask.; Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Bred Replacement Heifers went to Westman Farms, Vermilion, Alta. Both pens of heifers were Simmental Influenced!
SFI Miss Seein Purple owned by Wheatland Cattle Co., Michelson Land and Cattle Co., and Schaake Farms was the Champion Simmental in the First Lady Classic at Agribition who went on to be Supreme All Breeds!
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Bull Futurity held at Agribition (see photo above). The bull was owned by Prairie Hills Gelbvieh of Gladstone, North Dakota. Pictured with the bull are the People’s Choice Futurity members. The bull, PHG Enigma E32, is a homo polled son of RWG Yikes Y512 and his dam is PHG Alanis A65. Prairie Hills Gelbvieh won the People’s Choice Futurity jackpot of $15,000 and the lucky draw winner of the bull is Jen-ty Gelbvieh of Duchess, Alta. Futurity members who purchased the Tier 2 membership will receive 10 staws of semen from this young herd sire.