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Manitoba Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, Angus and Hereford associations all hold their AGMs on the same day at the Royal Oak Inn in breakout meetings and then gather together for an evening banquet with speakers and entertainment. The pooling of the different associations allows them to share the costs and the good times with other purebred breeders.

The Asociacin Mexicana de Criadores de Ganado Limousin will host the XIX INTERNATIONAL LIMOUSIN CONGRESS, Oct. 3-9, 2010

Chapman Cattle Company “100% Forage Developed” 2-year old Bull and Female Sale February 11 — Stettler, Alta.

55 bulls averaged $3,095 High-selling bull — Lot 22

(Crowfoot Joker 6172S x OCC Joker 620J) to Ole Farms Ltd. at $6,400 High-selling cow — Lot 133

(OCC Bonanza 880B x Brown Creek Rito 414) to Forsyth Ranch

in Mexico. Details can be found on the Canadian Limousin website: www.limousin.com.

The National Limousin sale held at the 2009 Agribition was the second highest average of all sales. The top-selling bull was consigned by Top Meadow Farms of Clarksburg, Ont. TMF Westwood 505W sold for $54,000 to the Rail Line Farms and the Westwood Syndicate. Ivy Livestock consigned the top selling female. Ivy’s Utter Perfection was selected by Windy Gables Limousin of Warkworth, who paid $11,400 to own her.

Managing Challenges, Producing Opportunities in the increasingly high profile area of livestock care is the theme of the upcoming Livestock Care Conference. The event is Mar. 26 in Red Deer, hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC). AFAC is a partnership of Alberta’s major livestock groups, with a mandate to promote responsible, humane animal care within the livestock industry. It has long hosted the Livestock Care Conference as a leading education and awareness event in support of ongoing knowledge and progress in this area. Awards of Distinction will be presented to individuals in the industry who have made a difference in promoting responsible livestock care. Early-bird registration discounts are available to Mar. 15. Register online at www.afac.ab.caor phone 403-932-8050.

In other news, ABP representatives met with Alberta’s new ag. minister, Jack Hayden and his parliamentary assistant Broyce Jacobs last month for an introductory chat about the ABP’s request for AgriRecovery funding to assist producers who were affected by the devastating drought last year and the importance of the national checkoff.

A total of 21 auction marts across Alberta have brand new Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) digital display screens installed, and the rest were scheduled to go online by the end of February. The flow of real-time market and industry information will start to flow across the screens this month.

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