Average bull price hits nine-year high at Calgary sale

Purely Purebred: News from the April 2010 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The sale price of the average bull hit a nine-year high during the 110th annual Calgary Bull Sale, held Mar. 3-4, 2010 at the Victoria Pavilion in Stampede Park. The average price among 212 Charolais, Angus, Hereford, and Gelbvieh bulls was $3,808.73 — the highest since 2001, when the average bull sold for $3,954.20. The 2010 average also amounted to an 8.9 per cent increase over last year’s average price of $3,492.83. The top-selling bull of the 2010 Calgary Bull Sale was a Hereford consigned by Adams Hirsche Herefords of High River, Alta., and purchased for $27,500 by Doenz Ranches of Warner, Alta. The top-selling Angus came from consignor Belvin Angus of Innisfail, Alta., and was purchased for $20,000 by Pahl Livestock Ltd. of Medicine Hat, Alta. P&H Ranching of Innisfail produced the top-selling Charolais bull, which went for $8,400 to Gordon Church of Balzac, Alta.

The grand champion Hereford that sold for $10,000 to Little Fort & KLJ & GKJ of Little Fort, B. C., was raised by CGD Herefords of Innisfail. The reserve champion Hereford was the previously mentioned bull produced by Adams Hirsche Hereford, which commanded the top price at the show. The grand champion Angus bull was raised by Belvin Angus, and sold for $6,100 to Lorenz Angus of Markerville. Alta., while Adams Hirsche Hereford received reserve champion Angus honours for a bull bought by GW Murray Ranches of Tilley, Alta., for $4,900. As for the Charolais consignors, the grand champion was the P&H Ranching bull that topped the breed at $8,400. The Charolais reserve champion raised by Rocky Creek Charolais of Strathmore, Alta., sold to M&R Damon Farms Ltd. of Strathmore for $3,800.

Top-volume buyers at the Calgary Bull Sale were Miller Ranches Ltd. of Hanceville, B. C., Pipeline Grazing Co-op of Medicine Hat, Alta., Carolside Ranching Inc. of Sunnynook, Alta., Guenthner Ranch of Consort, Alta., Kientz Farm Ltd. of Okotoks, Alta., and Elkwater Farming Company of Irvine, Alta.

The Canadian Hereford Association kicked off its 150th Anniversary celebrations at the 110th annual Calgary Bull Sale. Frederick William Stone imported the first Herefords to Guelph, Ont., in 1860 and 1861. Today Herefords make up about 10 per cent of the Canadian beef cow population, with an estimated 300,000 to 350,000 straightbred and 120,000 purebred Hereford females in production. An estimated 30 per cent of Canada’s beef herd carries Hereford breeding. The CHA will continue its celebrations at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Edmonton’s Farmfair International and Regina’s Agribition.

Long-time Hereford breeder Ron Hanson was presented with his 50-year Canadian Hereford Association pin at the Calgary Bull Sale Hereford Show, on March 3. In 1958 Ron became a partner with his parents in the family operation, and took out his own Hereford membership in 1960. He is a life member of the association, serving as a director in 1978-79 and again from 1996-2002, then as president from 1999-2000. Ron and his wife Irene were inducted into the Canadian Hereford Honour Roll in 2002. The Hanson family had contributed Hereford bulls to the Calgary Bull Sale continuously for 59 years, from 1944 to 2002, but now conduct their own annual production sale. Ron, his two children and five grandchildren have all been members of the Canadian Hereford Association and have shown Hereford cattle.

The board of directors of the Canadian Limousin Association (CLA) recently announced the promotion of Anne Brunet-Burgess from office manager to general manager of the organization. The change took place at their March board meeting. Anne has been employed by the CLA since Oct. 1, 2008.

On a sadder note the CLA has had to say goodbye to Denise Dorosz, who looked after registry questions from French members of the CLA for the past six years on a part-time basis. She held a similar position with the Canadian Simmental Association. This position has been terminated at both associations.

CLA president Mike Geddes also announced the appointment of Brian Lee to the board of directors. Brian has taken over the term of Warren Fuchs who resigned from the board back in December. Brian and his wife Holli are Limousin breeders from Janetville, Ont.

Spring Steer and Heifer Show, a feature attraction of Canadian Western Agribition’s (CWA) Spring Ag Show experienced a 10 per cent increase in entries, according to Shawna Fuchs, the CWA livestock and rodeo manager. The Spring Steer and Heifer Show has a total of 173 entries with 118 youth exhibitors and 30 4-H clubs participating. “We are pleased to be able to report a substantial increase in entries from one year ago,” said Fuchs.

The Alberta Charolais Association has hired Andy Jones as its new field representative. Andy is a familiar face to many in the cattle industry. He started introducing himself to breeders and commercial cattlemen in his new role at the recent Alberta Beef Industry Conference and the Calgary Bull Sale.

The Purebred Producer Cost of Production (COP), Product Pricing and Benchmarking Workbook, and National Sales Reporting Template are now available from the Canadian Beef Breeds Council web site along with a raft of links to other business management information, financing resources and additional tools. The information individual producers provide through the workbooks remains confidential, but in total it is used to create national benchmarking averages that all producers can measure their operations against. To receive a manual contact the CBBC or visit its website at www.canadianbeefbreeds.com.

Top quality bulls and mild weather brought out a large crowd out to the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association 91st Annual Pride of the Prairies Bull Show and Sale. By the time the sale began 186 bulls were on offer and 148 sold for an average $2,918. The event began with the Diamond 7 Meats Steak Fry on Sunday night. The high selling bull, a Limousin contributed by Payne Livestock of Lloydminster, went for $6,100.

The Canadian Simmental Association will hold its annual meeting Oct. 8-10, 2010 in Victoriaville, Quebec in conjunction with Expo Boeuf, Quebec’s largest beef show.

The Young Canadian Simmental Association has received a donation of $1,400 from Westgen, the Western Canadian partner of the Semex Alliance. It is the breed’s share of the annual Westgen Endowment Fund disbursement. Donations to junior breed associations are based on purchases of semen from Westgen. The fund dispersed $4,000 proportionate to breed sales in the spring of 2009. Since 2004 it has distributed more than $800,000.

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