The Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference awarded Honour Scrolls to three couples on January 17 in Regina, including Helge and Candace By, Keith and Linda Kaufmann and Lyle and Linda Stewart.
Helge and Candace By of Regina, Sask., are known for their work in the Charolais breed and the Canadian livestock industry. In 1999, they became majority shareholders of the Charolais Banner, moved the office to Regina, and became the magazine’s publishers. For years they co-managed the Regina Bull Sale, with D Bar L Livestock, and later started their own management company, By Livestock, to manage sales across the country. Both are very involved with Canadian Western Agribition. Candace is part of the International Committee and Helge has served on the Supreme Committee since its inception. They’re also supporters of youth and 4-H programs, have travelled internationally promoting Canadian livestock and each year facilitate international delegations.
Keith and Linda Kaufmann keep busy with the work in the Angus industry and their community of Ceylon, Sask. Keith served as a Saskatchewan Angus Association director from 1998 to 2009, along with six years as a director on the Canadian Angus Association board. He also represented the Angus association for several years on the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association board. Since 1980, Keith has been a councillor and a reeve for the RM of the Gap, and has been active on several local boards. Keith was also one of the founders and the president of Border Line Feeders. Linda has always played an active role on their operation, South View Ranch. She also ran their children, Stacey and Shane, to various activities when they were young, and today helps run the grandchildren around. She’s an active member of the parish council for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ceylon.
Lyle and Linda Stewart began farming and raising cattle in the Pense area in the 1970s. They have also been active community members, helping fundraise to build and operate a new rink in Pense. Linda coached minor and senior hockey for several years and Lyle served on the school board for over a decade. Both have been involved with provincial politics since the 1970s. In 1999, Lyle was elected to the Saskatchewan legislature, and was re-elected four more times. During that time he served in many leadership positions, most notably as minister of agriculture from 2012 to 2018. As agriculture minister, he passionately represented many ag communities, was a vocal advocate for Saskatchewan and Canadian beef, and fought for rail access for Saskatchewan producers. In 2012 and 2013, he also served as president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a non-profit that promotes trade and collaboration between Western Canada, the Yukon and North West Territories, Alaska, and several western states in the U.S.
Bill and Lauren Campbell of Campbell Limousin (photo at top) have been awarded the 2019 Manitoba Limousin Association Ambassador Award. The Campbells raise purebred Limousins and grow crops near Minto, Man.
Bill has focused on improving the Limousin breed, marketing genetics to eight Canadian provinces, the U.S. and Mexico. He’s served on several boards, notably 42 years on the Manitoba Limousin Association. Lauren has a background in accounting, photograph and design, and so she manages the finances and advertising for Campbell Limousin. She also bookkeeps for several non-profits.
Bill and Lauren spent many summers showing cattle with their daughters, Courtney and Kaitlin, at local fairs, field days and Junior shows. Courtney has earned a master’s degree in library science and works in Manitoba. Kaitlin and her husband Cameron Nykoliation have their own livestock operation, NYK Cattle Company.
The Canadian Limousin Association has recognized Ian and Bonnie Hamilton of Amaglen Limousin from Darlingford, Man., with the 2018 Canadian Limousin Association Award of Distinction. The Hamiliton family has been involved in purebred cattle since 1935, and Limousins since 1982. They had bulls at the Manitoba Bull Test Station for several years, with great success. One highlight was raising the highest-indexing bull of all breeds, over 550 bulls, in 2003. They have sold bulls throughout Canada, as well as the U.S. and Mexico. Bonnie and Ian are moving towards retirement, but are still involved in Amaglen, as Amanda and Clint Seward take on larger roles. We applaud Ian and Bonnie for their contributions to the betterment of the Limousin breed across Canada.
The Alberta Angus Association is co-hosting the Canadian Angus National Convention this year in Drumheller, Alta., from June 6 to 9. This will be a great opportunity to get together with Angus breeders from across the country and help position the breed for the future. Stay tuned for more details.
The Canadian Simmental Association National Convention and AGM will be held in St-Hyacinthe, Que., August 8 to 11. The event will also include tours, Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) activities and cattle show, a banquet and an auction to support Simmental youth. For more information contact the Simmental office at 403-250-7979 or email [email protected].
The Canadian Angus Association has come out with a new evaluation called AngusONE in which all Canadian Angus animals — both red and black — will be evaluated with their Black American Angus counterparts at Angus Genetics Inc (AGI).
For more than 20 years, the Canadian Angus Association ran the genetic evaluations with the American Angus Association (AAA) and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). This gave Canadian Angus producers’ Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) for Canadian cattle that were comparable to those in the U.S. But it also meant that Canadian Black Angus EPDs were not comparable to Canadian Red Angus EPDs. Last fall, the genetic evaluation system used by both the RAAA and CAA for the Red Angus cattle was retired. This means that Canadian Red Angus EPDs have changed and are on a new base.
Because of this change the EPDs from the AngusONE evaluation are not comparable to the “old red” evaluation EPD numbers. Although the EPD numbers have changed, percentile rankings of most animals within the breed have not.
To help with this change the Canadian Angus Association has come out with a percentile ranking graph to help producers evaluate their animals. Canadian Red Angus animals have their own breed average and will be ranked against other Canadian Red Angus animals.
Check with the Canadian Angus Association if you need more information or have questions. They can be reached at 403-571-3580 or at [email protected].
Tessa Verbeek, general manager of the Canadian Limousin Association, and her husband Colin welcomed their daughter Rylin Bree to the world earlier this year. Born Sunday, January 20, Rylin weighed in at seven lbs. 11 oz. All are doing fine. Congratulations from all of us at Canadian Cattlemen and remember it’s never too early to get her started in the Canadian Junior Limousin Association.
The Canadian Angus Association’s branded tags are now offered by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). Their newly launched ComfortEar Angus tags (manufactured by ZTag/Temple) have been available in the CCIA webstore since February, and will be followed by the Allflex suite of products very soon.
Limousin, Simmental and Hereford also added a Temple-manufactured product as a second option to complement their original Allflex-branded breed tag. Limousin and Simmental selected ComfortEar while the Hereford Association went for the Temple Z-Tags.
The Canadian Shorthorn Association has also launched their identification program with a breed-branded ComfortEar® tag via the CCIA webstore.
To order approved RFID tags from CCIA, simply visit their webstore at tags.canadaid.ca or contact them by phone at 1-877-909-2333.