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A photo of Australia’s Beef Week in Queensland which I attended in 2018, well before COVID-19 ground life to a halt.

Salers association heads online, and a ‘Virtual Bonanza’ sees success

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the Sept. 7, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Salers hold AGM online The Salers Association of Canada held its annual general meeting on June 27 online. Great attendance and great discussions made this event a success. The association also elected its new executive for 2020-2021: President: Peter Watkins Vice-president: Werner Grundke Treasurer: Travis Depalme Magazine: Gar Williams Directors: Richard Grudeski, Michael Topp, Brian […] Read more

Dr. John Basarab accepted the Don Matthews Memorial Award on behalf of Livestock Gentec from Michael Latimer of CBBC.

Canadian Simmental Association elects directors, Livestock Gentec receives award

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the August 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has elected its directors and Jennie Mutch of Earnscliffe, P.E.I., is the newly elected director for the region of B.C., N.B., N.S., P.E.I. and Newfoundland-Labrador. She will join directors Blair McIntosh of Maymont, Sask., and Bill Biglieni of Douglas, Man., who were elected by acclamation, all for three-year terms to […] Read more


A typical barn scene at Agribition, taken in 2019.

Agribition posts strong 2019, show number 50 postponed

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the August 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced a successful 2019 year at its annual general meeting, reporting a net income of $325,462 from operations. “CWA’s long-term sustainability is more important than ever right now,” says Chris Lees, CWA president. “In 2019, we invested in the show, brought in new programming and continued to put our exhibitors, visitors […] Read more

Curt Rodgers at right. Photo taken in 1968 at Birchfield Farms, B.C.

Highest gross sales for Charolais bulls, Curt Rodgers passes

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Charolais Bull Sale Summary, as reported in the May issue of the Charolais Banner magazine, shows sales in 2020 provided the highest gross ever (over $21 million) in the 39 years they have compiled these results. There were 198 more bulls sold in 99 sales reporting, and the sixth-highest overall average. Six per cent […] Read more


Events postponed due to COVID-19, going virtual instead

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with industry events this summer. Event organizers have postponed some events to 2021, while others have been shifted online. Following is a rundown of changes to the calendar. The board of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) has postponed the conference originally scheduled for August in Penticton, B.C., to August 17 […] Read more

Left to right: Kevin Dorrance, Brock Dorrance, Tom Dorrance.

Thomas Dorrance passes

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Hereford breed has lost a pioneer with the passing of Thomas Dorrance of T Bar K Ranch. Son Kevin Dorrance expresses it well with these words: “Heaven has gained a true cattleman. Thomas Stanley Dorrance lived his life to the fullest, enjoying every moment that he spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings and […] Read more


Supporting 4-H during COVID-19

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: Plus, your 2020 CCIA board of directors

After countless 4-H meetings and speeches near and far, and teaching cattle to lead, kids involved in the 4-H beef project finally have a chance to sell their steers. Now those 4-H kids need your help. COVID-19 has put a stop to live auctions, and the beef kids are looking for other ways to sell […] Read more

The latest from the Canadian Angus Association

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As Myles Immerkar, CEO of the Canadian Angus Association, puts it, “2020 will be a year like no other as everyone across the globe deals with challenges related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The beef industry and Angus community have shown great resolve through these times, and I thank everyone involved in making 2020 bull […] Read more


JT Volk Premonition.

Canadian-bred Simmental bull wins big in U.S.

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the role that Canadian beef genetics play in North America and the world. A case in point is the black Simmental bull JT Volk Premonition 113E that was named Reserve Grand Champion at the 2020 National Western Stock Show in Denver back in January. Bred by […] Read more

Mike Sidoryk.

Michael Sidoryk retires from Lloydminster Exhibition

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Anybody who has spent any time at the Lloydminster Exhibition in the last number of decades knows Mike Sidoryk. After starting his career in 1981, it wasn’t long before he became agricultural manager in 1985, and then general manager in 1989. In his 39 years with the association, there has been a tremendous amount of […] Read more