Canadian Simmental Association holds annual meeting

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

The Canadian Simmental Association annual meeting was held Sat., Oct. 9 at the Hotel Victorin in Victoriaville, Quebec to coincide with Expo Boeuf, Quebec’s largest beef show. The events started on Friday with the National YCSA Classic, followed by a banquet and YCSA Calendar Auction. Saturday began with the Expo-Boeuf Simmental Show, with the CSA AGM in the afternoon, followed with a banquet, entertainment and the Foundation Auction.

Beef market development projects recommended by British Columbia’s recent Ranching Task Force will get up to $3 million in federal support on top of $2 million the province pledged earlier this year. The federal funding from the AgriFlexibility program is intended to help B. C. producers uncover new market opportunities and research projects to boost sales of beef. Kamloops MLA and veterinarian Terry Lake, the province’s parliamentary secretary to the Ranching Task Force, said B. C.’s beef industry is worth over $250 million to the provincial economy.

The 49 juniors attending the 3rd annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup (MYBR) in Neepawa, Man., July 30-Aug. 1, kicked off on the Friday with a series of workshops on ultrasound technology by Shari Beamish, horse judging with Kelvin Jarvis, sales talk by Andrea Arbuckle, and Halter Making with Albert Rimke and Blair McRae. Exhibitions of photography, graphic design, print marketing, art, scrapbook and a sales talk competition filled out the day. Judging, team grooming, team judging and pee-wee learning clinics took place on Saturday. The winners of the showmanship competition on the Sunday were: pee wee champion, Levi Best; junior champion, Taylor Carvey; intermediate champion, Rachael Verwey; senior champion, Austen Anderson.

In the conformation classes the purebred female champions were: grand champion Angus, Naomi Best, Harding; Charolais, Clint Hinsburg, Rapid City; Hereford, Levi Rimke, Oak Lake; Limousin , Dillion Hunter, Kenton; Simmental, Taylor Carvey, Alexander; Shorthorn, Justin Carvey, Alexander. Purebred bull champions were: Hereford, Jay Rimke, Oak Lake; Limousin, Brodie Hunter, Kenton; Simmental, Carter Hedley, Rapid City. In the commercial division the champion female was shown by Naomi Best, Harding and the reserve by Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale; the champion bull calf was shown by Tim Davey,

The five Manitoba youth selected to represent the MYBR at the Canadian National 4-H &Youth Judging Competition during Canadian Western Agribition (l to r); Austen Anderson, Megan Kemp, Kayla Zamyrkut, Tim Davey and Nicholas Bray.

Westbourne and the reserve by Cindy Jack, Portage; the champion fat steer was shown by Tim Davey and reserve by Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale.

This year for the first time, organizers selected five members (above) to represent the MYBR at the Canadian National 4-H &Youth Judging Competition during Canadian Western Agribition, Nov. 21-23 in Regina. The grand aggregate winner will be one of the five judges for the Agribition’s 1st Lady Classic Heifer Show on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 1:00 p. m..

The Keith Gilmore Foundation was established in 1987 to provide scholarships to worthy applicants in the fields of agriculture, veterinary medicine, and agriculture journalism in honor of the late Keith Gilmore, the editor and publisher of the Canadian Hereford Digest for over 30 years. A maximum of 10 scholarships are awarded each year. The 2010 winners are: $2,500 Post Graduate Award, Vanessa Oliver, Calgary, Alta. and Amanda Rosborough, Guelph, Ont.; $2,000 Under Graduate Award, Ruth Schuepbach, Claresholm, Alta., Geoffrey Larkin, Middle Musquodoboit, N. S., Rebecca Hannam, Guelph, Ont., Ashley Reinhardt, Strathmore, Alta. and Cali Rae Lewis, Clyde, Alta.; $1,500 Diploma Award, Melissa McRae, Brandon, Man., Heather Robinson, Mossleigh, Alta., and Jared Sundquist, Stavely, Alta. The scholarship is financed by donations and an annual golf tournament, supported by purebred and commercial cattlemen, many of whom are affiliated with the Hereford breed. Profiles of current and past scholarship winners are available at the Foundation website:

The Canadian Gelbvieh Association has scheduled its annual meeting for 7 p. m. on Monday, Nov. 22 at Exhibition Park in Regina during the Canadian Western Agribition. The CGA board has agreed to adopt the genetic defect guidelines set out by the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA). For more details on these guidelines check out the AGA website at With registered Gelbvieh Balancer cattle, a breeder can easily check to see if any of the registered Angus animals in the pedigree have reported genetic defects by checking on the Canadian Angus Association website at

The Manitoba Simmental Association is holding the 2010 National Simmental Show on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon so it ties in with the Manitoba Livestock Expo that is taking place from Thursday to Sunday of that week. The activities kick off on Thursday with the Taste of Beef and Little Lady Classic. Friday features the National Show, followed by the Simmental Super Select and the All Breeds Bull Show. Saturday features the Commercial Bull and Female Show, and the Selected Simmental Sale. Sunday rounds out the weekend with the Young Cattle YCSA Show. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss!

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) recently launched a mobile version of the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) to provide producers with a method of accessing their CLTS accounts on their smartphones while away from home. This cost of setting up this mobile feature was covered by the Government of Canada’s Growing Forward program. It gives producers the ability to access tag numbers, transaction numbers, animal information, premises information or birth certificates wherever they can receive a signal. Currently, iPhones and smartphones that run Android 1.6 or higher support the CLTS mobile application and CCIA is reviewing BlackBerry compatibility for the future. Producers can download the CLTS application from the iPhone App Store or the Android Market.

On Sept. 14 Donald (Sandy) Longshore of Byemoor, Alta., passed away. Sandy, who was a well-known figure on the Alberta cattle scene, was a longtime resident of the Byemoor area, having been born there in about 1917 and continuing to farm and ranch there for his lifetime. Many of us remember seeing that Dodge pickup he always drove pull into a sale, show or just visiting other breeders. Sandy’s wife Elsie once commented many years ago, that she knew when Sandy would be home by the number of clean shirts that she packed for him. Struggling to survive in the ’30s Sandy did whatever it took to farm and bought his first cow in 1932 for $12 at a farm sale, the start of his cattle business. He married Elsie Pogmore in 1941 and together they raised four sons and a daughter. Sandy originally had Shorthorn cattle, moving to Hereford and then Polled Hereford over the years. Known as Bar-E-L the operation eventually shifted to Angus cattle in 1995. The last of the Hereford cattle were sold in 2001.

Cattle producers concerned about the potential impact to their livelihoods posed by all the recent articles promoting the idea of Meatless Mondays can rest a little easier.

An online survey of 700 Canadians commissioned by the Beef Information Centre to gauge consumer attitudes found 23 per cent had heard of Meatless Mondays but only six per cent actively participated in the campaign and seven per cent said they don’t eat beef. Less than two per cent said they were vegetarian or vegan. On a more positive note, 96 per cent of those surveyed said they eat beef.

Market access for Canadian cattle is improving. The staged, full market-access agreement with China gives Canada initial access for tallow and boneless under-30-month (UTM) beef and will work towards restoring full beef access. The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was ratified by Parliament at the end of June, two months after Colombia removed the last BSE restrictions on live cattle from Canada. Once the Colombian legislature ratifies the agreement, we will have preferential access over U. S. beef to that market until the U. S. Congress acts. The first shipment of live dairy cattle went to Colombia in late August. Earlier in August, the Philippine government agreed to open its markets to Canadian animal-rendered by-products including bone meal, blood meal, poultry meal and fats.

Members of the Alberta Blonde Association has been busy getting ready to host their National show and sale in conjunction with Canadian Blonde Association’s annual meeting in Olds, Nov. 20 and 21. Five director positions are up for election. Three will be filled for three year terms and two will be for one year terms. For more details contact Reed Rigney at 780- 348-5308.

Angus breeders noted the passing of their former general manger, Jack Peaker on Sept. 3 at the age of 85. Jack became the manager of the Canadian Angus Association in 1971 in Guelph, Ont., after a 26-year career in the carbon and ribbon industry finishing up as general manager of Burroughs Business Machines in Montreal. After the Angus office moved west he became general manager of the Canadian Guernsey Association in 1981. Between 1987 and his retirement in 2002 he was a financial consultant with Regal Capital Planners of Guelph.

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