CCA breed improvement committee releases 2010 Genetic Evaluation results

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

Following hot on the heels of last month’s release of the spring 2010 Canadian Charolais Growth Evaluation, the CCA breed improvement committee has released the Spring 2010 Genetic Evaluation results for Carcass traits. For the first time ultrasound data is included in the calculation of carcass EPDs. This methodology allows collection of carcass quality data on animals that are to be retained as breeding stock allowing breeders to make more informed selection decisions for animals with improved carcass quality.

In the carcass competition at The Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. the first two places were taken by Pinzgauer steers. The steers were owned by Carl Wilcox and Bill Stevenson, respectively. The competition featured 20 animals of various breeds and all animals were processed by Norwich Packers.

The Canadian Angus Association has announced its Gold Show winners for 2009. The program was started in 1989 to provide an incentive for breeders to show cattle in other regions of the country. The cattle that accumulate the most points in four categories in 2009 and their owners will be recognized at the CAA’s annual meeting June 19 in Halifax. They are:

  • Black Show Bull of the Year: Justamere 406S Panamajack 36U, owned by Justamere Farms of Lloydminster, Sask., and John Lennox, John Ross Lennox and Scott Lennox of Brooklin, Ont.
  • Black Show Female of the Year: DMM Miss Essence 21R, owned by Dakota Wilson (Miller Wilson Angus) of Bashaw, Alta.
  • Red Show Bull of the Year: Red Ter-Ron Realdeal HFX 01W, owned by Terry Adams and Rob Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and Keith Adams of Calgary.
  • Red Show Female of the Year: Red Brylor SDL Lakme 204S, owned by Brylor Ranch of Pincher Creek, Alta.

The February issue of the Salers Magazine published by the Salers Association of Canada is now available on their website at

The Canadian Bull Congress held in Camrose, Alta. hosted its annual “Steak Challenge” on Jan. 22. Limousin rib eye steaks competed against Angus, Charolais, Simmental and Hereford entries. The 400 + banquet guests voted and awarded the People’s Choice Award to Limousin!

Cattlewomen for the Cure are making plans for their summer golf tournament. This year they will be asking for our support as they raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation. So when one of these dedicated cattle-women come knocking on your door for support, dig deep. This has been an extremely successful initiative over the years, and the 2010 Golf Tournament will be held at the Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course in Medicine Hat, Alta., Monday, August 16.

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