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PURELY PUREBRED – for Feb. 9, 2009

“Patience Is The Ability To Let Your Light Shine After Your Fuse Has Blown.”

— Author Unknown

Kevin Boone, one of the field reps for the Canadian Charolais Association, has a busy schedule for the coming year. He is serving as the vice chairman of Alberta Beef Producers and on the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association board. This may curtail some of his duties with the Charolais association, but general manager Neil Gilles hopes he will continue to work for the association as his schedule allows.

Red Roundup 2008 was successful from all angles, with a good turnout of Red Angus enthusiasts at the Westerner in Red Deer, Alta. Red Roundup is recognized as one the top Red Angus events in North America. The Bonanaza champion was Red Howe Aces Wild 22U, while the Futurity Champion was Red Ter-ron Energizer 47U. Futurity Reserve Champion was Red Wheel Alliance 22L. The Friday night fundraising auction was held after the banquet and generated $55,135 for the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society. The winners of the new quad were Lonnie and Karen Brown, Lonestone Farms. The sale, which was held on Saturday, grossed $553,100 with an average of $4,551 on 94 live lots.

We hope Judy Lennstrom, manager of registry services for the Canadian Charolais Association, has recovered from bronchitis as we understand that she had to take time off work in January to recover.

Wayne Burgess, former marketing manager for Remington Cattle Co., has accepted a position with Alta Genetics as their beef specialist. Wayne’s duties in this position will be varied and he looks forward to the new challenges in this position. To contact Wayne call 403-226-4201 or e-mail him at [email protected]

The 2008 Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society Purebred Breeder of the Year is Fine Line Red Angus, operated by Nick and Lorraine VanGaalen. The VanGaalens have been raising Red Angus cattle since 1991 at LaGlace, Alta. One of the top Red Angus bulls in the industry, Red Fineline Mulberry 26P, was bred by the Van Gaalens and is the only bull to win back to back championships at Farmfair and Agribition.

Lacombe Bull Sale, one of the Alberta’s longest running multi-breed bull sales will be celebrating 100 years of continuous sales on Tuesday, April 14th. The show starts at 10:00 a. m. and the sale at 1:00 p. m. This sale, sponsored by the Central Alberta Agricultural Society, is unique because it provides an opportunity for those seedstock producers with smaller herds to market their genetics. It has a history of providing good quality, selected bulls to a wide range of repeat buyers. The sale committee has focused on meeting the needs of the commercial beef producer. The 100th anniversary will be marked by a gala event on Monday, April 13th.

The venue for the Get-a-Grip Bull Sale will change for 2009. This is the first year that the Adams family will host the sale in their new sale barn, on the farm. Terry and Sharon Adams along with son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Maureen Adams, look forward to hosting the sale at home on the farm along with Bill and Tracy Dietrich. The sale goes March 19 at Ter-ron Farms, Forestburg, Alta.

Recently, Beavermeadow Blondes which is owned and operated by Bruce and Cathy Langstaff of Brigden, Ont., sent 10 finished Blonde cattle to Norwich Packers, four went AAA and six went AA. We mention it because the yield was 64.5 per cent. Who says Blondes won’t yield, won’t marble or won’t perform? The Langstaff Blondes did all of that, while beating the magic 20 month age limit, too. Average carcass weight of these cattle was 859 lb. and the average age was 19.9 months. These calves were from fullblood and purebred Blonde cows and a purebred Blonde bull.

These cattle were not implanted so qualified for the Norpak natural beef program. The Langstaff’s run about 40 Blonde cows, breed replacement heifers and finish a group of cattle every year for local freezer trade. This is the first year they have sent finished cattle to Norwich Packers but, by the results, it will not be the last.

Austen Anderson, a 5th generation cattlemen from Swan River, Man., is donating a painting to Canadian Junior Angus Association titled “Next Generation.” It depicts Black Angus on the Canadian Prairies and the passing of knowledge and values through the generations. His painting and a second work focusing on Red Angus will be sold at the World Angus Forum in Spruce Meadows. He operates Anderson Cattle Company Inc. with his parents, Bruce and Ione and younger

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