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

We regret the error

Well, I have a confession. In my December column I inadvertently wrote that the Luing breed originated from the Shorthorn and Simmental breeds when in fact it is Shorthorn and Scottish Highland cattle that make up this breed. I could say it was a test to keep all my readers on their toes, but in fact we missed it. Thank you to the sharp-eyed individual who pointed it out and I would like to take this time to thank all the people who read “Purely Purebred” and take time to let me know their thoughts. Good luck to everybody this calving season.


News from the Canadian Limousin Association

Thank you to outgoing Canadian Limousin Association president Erin Kishkan from Quesnel, B.C., for your leadership and passion for the Limousin breed. Kishkan served as the president from 2017-19.

Tessa Verbeek.
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The Canadian Limousin Association also thanks Tessa Verbeek, who has served as the general manager of the association since 2015. Verbeek has decided not to return to her position once her maternity leave ends. She has capably led the association with excitement and a passion for the breed and the members.

Verbeek will be continuing her role with the association as the editor of the Limousin Voice. Verbeek, along with Katie Songer, has worked hard to produce an outstanding magazine that is being recognized in the beef industry.

Dallas Wise will also be leaving her position as registry/member services assistant. She has been a devoted employee of the association for the past eight and a half years. Her friendly voice and helpful attitude will be missed by the membership.

On behalf of the CLA board and staff they would like to say a sincere thank you to Verbeek and Wise for their dedication and passion for the breed during their time with the association.

Laura Ecklund, CLA general manager, presents a print to outgoing CLA president Erin Kishkan.
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Current CLA staff member Laura Ecklund will be taking on the position of general manager. She is passionate about the breed and the members and looks forward to serving the association in this capacity. Shayla Chappell will continue in her role as registry and member services assistant, serving Shorthorn and Limousin members.

The Canadian Limousin Association board of directors met for two days this past December in Calgary. Board and staff enjoyed a Christmas meal at Canada Beef.

Congratulations to Angus and Jules Smyth on being awarded the Manitoba Limousin Association’s Ambassador of the Year Award at the association’s AGM on January 4.


Canadian Limousin Association 2020 board of directors.
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The current Canadian Limousin Association 2020 board of directors (above). Back row (l to r): Joe Cooper, Wayne Burgess, Mike Geddes, Matthew Heleniak and Cody Miller. Seated (l to r): Erin Kishkan, Amanda Matthews, Carey Hirschfeld, and Laura Ecklund. Missing: Dan Darling.


National Western Stock Show Highlights

Congratulations to Wilbar Cattle Co. and Poplar Meadows Angus for winning Grand Champion Angus Bull at the National Western Stock Show in Denver with Conley South Point (below). He also won Canadian Western Agribition.

Conley South Point (l), and JPV Miss Rose 34F (r).
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Congratulations as well to Hoffman Ranch — Michelson Land and Cattle — Wheatland Cattle Co., who won Grand Champion Simmental Female in Denver with JPV Miss Rose 34F (above). Bred by Vickland Show Cattle.

Canadian-owned Charolais bulls also had a very strong showing in Denver. TR CAG Carbon Copy 7630 ET (below), a March 2017 son of RBM TR Rhinestone Z38 and owned by Wilgenbusch Charolais, Halbrite, Sask; Doll Charolais, New Salem, North Dakota; Thomas Ranch, Harrold, South Dakota, and Cagney Effling, Highmore, South Dakota, was slapped Grand Champion Bull by Shane Bedwell, Holt, Missouri at the National Western Stock Show, in Denver on January 20.

TR CAG Carbon Copy 7630 ET.
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Reserve Grand Champion Bull of this 62-entry show was BRCHE White Bear 8595 Pld ET (top of page), a January 2018 son of M&M Outsider 4003 Pld owned by Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw, Alta. This is a repeat of the November 20 North American International Livestock Show in Louisville, Kentucky, where these two bulls were also Grand and Reserve Grand Champions.


Canadian Speckle Park Association Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to all the scholarship winners from the Canadian Speckle Park Association. Here are those who received bursaries from the junior program:

  • $1,000 recipients: Makenzie Olson, Tisdale, Sask., and Jayden Calvert, Drayton Valley, Alta.
  • $250 recipients: Isabelle Carter,  Oxford, N.S.; Karson Grouhel, Logan Lake, B.C.; Lillianna Brundige, Bonnyville, Alta.; Scarlett and Lucia Johnston, 150 Mile House, B.C.; Pastly Bertram, Millerville, Alta.; and Heidi Fradette, Lake Alma, Sask.

2019 BOSS Show Winners

The Banner of Show Sires, or BOSS, was developed in 1984 and is administered by the Charolais Banner. It awards points to animals showing at nine shows right across Canada. In the 36 years the BOSS program has been running, 217,382 points have been awarded.

The 2019 BOSS Show Bull of the Year was CML Copyright 714E (below), owned by McLeod Livestock, Cochrane, Alta., and White Lake Charolais, Barron, Alta.

BRCHE Berkly Ann 8507 Pld ET (l) and CML Copyright 714E (r) at Farmfair.
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The BOSS Show Female of the Year was BRCHE Berkly Ann 8507 Pld ET (above), owned by Prairie Cove Charolais, Bashaw, Alta., and Cay’s Grain and Cattle, Kinistino, Sask.


Charolais Female Sales

The summary of the 2019 Charolais Female sales in the February issue of the Charolais Banner magazine show the fourth-highest average per lot and the fourth-highest gross in the 26 years of comparing sales.

  • There were 18 sales reporting in 2019, two more than 2018.
  • In total, there were 44 2/3 more lots sold in 2019, with the overall average up $180.
  • Total gross sales were up $383,550 from 2018.
  • There were three dispersal sales in 2019, same as 2018.

It was a great way to start the bull sale season at Lazy S Ranch, with strong averages and steady bidding throughout the video sale. Sale day weather was warm and agreeable, with a good crowd in attendance for the 51st annual “Bull Power” Sale. Coldstream Ranch was volume buyer with 18 head, with bulls selling into all provinces as far east as Ontario. For more information on Lazy S Ranch, see lazysranch.ca.


The 2020 board of directors (below) for the Manitoba Limousin Association was elected at the AGM on January 4 (l to r): Travis Hunter, Jay-Dean Smyth, Art Rogers, Larissa Stewart, Peter McConnell, Sherry Daniel, Amanda Hamilton-Seward, Kyle Wright and Bob Davey. Missing: Tim Davey, Bill Campbell and Trevor Atchison.

Manitoba Limousin Association 2020 board of directors.
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About the author

National account manager

Mike Millar

As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.

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