CCA launches Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program in Alberta

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

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association recently launched the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program in Alberta, and the program is scheduled to go national January 1, 2011. This program will be an industry-changing initiative. It will expose young members of the cattle industry, between 18 and 35, to policy, technology, one-on- one relationships with leaders while giving them a greater understanding of industry issues. The program is flexible and tailored to the requirements of individual candidates. Six young producers with a commercial or purebred background, will be chosen to take part in the Alberta pilot and provide feedback to ensure a successful national launch. The hope is this will be the cornerstone of a national leadership training program for the cattle industry. For further information visit the website

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) will hold its Open Market Steer Show and Sale, on Mon., Nov. 22 as part of CWA’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The show begins at 11 a. m. in the Canada Centre Arena. The top 12 steers will sell at a live auction later in the afternoon. “This event is unique to CWA as the top 12 steers will be sent for carcass evaluation. The results will be unveiled later in the week,” says Dr. Grant Royan, chair of the CWA market steer committee. A minimum of $15,000 in prize money will be awarded in three areas, live show, carcass, and aggregate. Entry deadline is Oct. 15, 2010. For details visit

Two members of the Canadian Limousin Association were invited to attend the 21st National French Limousin Show Sept. 1 to 5, 2010 in Limoges. The French Limousin association has extended the invitation to several countries, offering to pay for the meals and accommodation of the attendees. The CLA has not yet decided who will represent Canadian breeders.

The UFA Steer Classic and the International Youth Livestock Supreme Championship were held July 17 in the Big Top and the Calgary Stampede Grounds. There was one class of market heifers and 10 classes of steers with eight breeds represented, as well as a junior class, and an open class. Judge Cam Sparrow of Vanscoy, Sask. sorted the cattle very efficiently, finding his Grand Champion of the day from the Charolais class of steers. The crossbred steer was owned by Sooline Cattle Co., Tyler Bullick and Wacey McCaw who received a $9,000 cheque from UFA. The Reserve Grand Champion was a black steer that came from the open class winning $4,000 from Intervet Schering Plough for the owners, Fairland Cattle Co., Flewelling Cattle Co., and Logan Chalack.

In a change from previous years at the UFA competition, the purebred and commercial champions from the Summer Synergy Youth Show, held earlier in the week at Olds, led off each class of steers. The youth show at Olds was an outstanding success with 395 head on display. It was a Hertz family sweep, with Tyson Hertz winning Supreme Champion Commercial Female and his brother Brandon winning Supreme Champion Purebred Female. Tyson showed his high percentage three-year-old Limousin-cross cow and Brandon showed a purebred four-year-old Limousin cow.

The International Youth Livestock Show has traditionally been an integral part of the Calgary Stampede, with competition taking place over the final four days of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. In 2010, however, the annual competition headed off in a new direction, becoming a collaborative effort between the stampede and the Olds Agricultural Society called Summer Synergy 2010. The four-day Summer Synergy wrapped up Friday, July 16, drawing a total of 341 competitors from across Western Canada competing for $30,000 in scholarship money and prizes.

A visit with Jason Pollock, CEO of Canadian Western Agribition (CWA), brought us at Canadian Cattlemen up to speed on what we can look forward to at the 2010 Regina show. It is CWA’s 40th anniversary as well as the 150th anniversary of Herefords in Canada, so we can expect some special activities to be occurring during Agribition Week. There will be seven or eight national shows this year and Jason anticipates that the show will maintain the numbers of cattle entered in previous years.

Jason attended the Royal Highland Show in Scotland at the end of June, in his continuing effort to build relationships between the other large livestock shows in the world and the CWA. In the past few years he has attended several South American shows and now the Royal Highland Show to extend a personal invitation to Agribition. He says he has been fortunate in that most of the places he has visited have heard of Canadian Western Agribition.

One quick note to livestock exhibitors — don’t expect to find yourself in any new facilities this year. This will happen in stages over the next few years. The old facilities have served us well for many, many years so this won’t be much of a hardship given the quality of the show.

The 2010 Beef Improvement Federation’s annual research symposium and meeting was held in Columbia, Missouri June 28 to July 1. Karin Schmid, Beef Improvement co-ordinator for the Canadian Hereford Association and Hereford breeder Neal Church along with many other Canadian breed representatives were among the 500 or so who attended the event. This is the venue to gain the latest news on research into genomics, beef cattle improvement and selection, and genetic evaluations in North America. Next year’s meeting will be held in Bozeman, Montana.

The Salers Association of Canada (SAC) changed the format of its annual meeting this year to allow some delegates to take part in the discussions by phone. It was a good meeting with representation from Alta., Sask., Man., Ont. and Que. associations. Gerald McGee of Quebec was elected president of the national board of directors and Ken Sweetland of Manitoba is vice-president. Brian Jones of Alberta returns as treasurer joining the remaining directors: Tammi McGee of Quebec, Paul Hondl of Alberta, Wayne Sereda of Alberta. Travis Depalme of Alberta and Chad Mader from Ontario retired from the national board at this meeting. Brad Dunn will once again serve as barn boss at Agribition.

Gordon Stephenson, general manager of the Canadian Hereford Association attended the 13th European Hereford Tour and Conference, June 21-29 in Scotland and England. He gave an update to the council on the upcoming 16th World Hereford Conference to be held in and around Calgary, July 12-18 of 2012. Hereford representatives from 12 countries attended the European tour. Mrs. Jan Wills of New Zealand, the secretary general of the World Hereford Council visited Calgary during the stampede to do a site inspection and attended World Hereford Council planning meetings for the 2012 event.

The Canadian Charolais Association held its annual general meeting in conjunction with the breed’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in Moose Jaw, Sask. in June. General manager Neil Gillies reported that the CCA posted a surplus of $127,722 to the end of 2009, testament to the resurgence of the breed and the diligence exhibited by the board in trying times. Several new and amended bylaws were all passed in one vote. Gillies advised the meeting that Charolais bulls this year had the third-highest sale average in 29 years. As of June 1, 2010 Whole-herd enrolment numbers were up five per cent and expected to rise even higher by year-end.

Three 50-year members attended the meeting — John and Rowana Rudiger, Herb and Anne Woitt, and Don and Melinda Good. An anniversary quilt, made by a group headed by Brenda Wilgenbusch, was auctioned off and sold to longtime Charolais enthusiast Harvey Trimble for $3,000. T Bar conducted a PowerPoint sale on the first evening, followed the next day by a tour of Beck Farms and Rosso Charolais. At least 150 people attended, including the executive vice-president, president and vice-president of the American International Charolais Association.

Good news for John Donaldson, past president of the Canadian Angus Association. The cancer in his larnyx is completely gone with less than a five per cent chance that it will reappear following six weeks of daily radiation treatment. He can talk again, so if you want to discuss anything Angus with him he’d welcome a phone call. Another good sign, he has purchased the start of a new JD Farms herd.

President of the Canadian Hereford Association Garth Charlton and director of communications Brad Dubeau, attended the Saskatchewan Hereford Association annual meeting June 26 at Maidstone. The meeting was hosted by Standard Hill Polled Herefords.

Canadian Angus Association (CAA) members gathered in Halifax in June for their 2010 annual meeting. The board of directors affirmed Kirk Wildman as president for 2010- 11. He is the youngest president since John Wilmott came to the position in 1970. His father David was CAA president in 1990. Kirk manages his family Angus business, Towaw Cattle Company in Sangudo, Alberta. They calve 175 purebred Angus cows and recently held the farm’s 31st annual bull sale. He is a past president of the Canadian Red Angus Promotional Society.

David Bolduc of Claresholm, Alberta was elected president elect for this term. Former chairman of the Canadian Angus Foundation, Bob Switzer of Aneroid, Sask., and past president John Donaldson both retired from the board of directors.

Just before the CAA annual meeting in Halifax, the hosting Nova Scotia Angus Association held the annual Maritime Angus Field Day and Junior Show in Pictou County. They registered the largest number of heifers in the lifetime of this event with entries from exhibitors nine to 21 years old coming from three provinces.

Gary Harron of Allenford, Ont., was elected the chairman of the Canadian Angus Foundation at its annual meeting June 20 in Halifax. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association. At the meeting a new logo for the foundation, and a redesigned website ( were unveiled. The board also approved the creation of The Canadian Angus Foundation Memorial Scholarship and introduced specially designed envelopes to make it easier for people to donate to the foundation and the scholarship fund.

Erika Easton of Wawota, Saskatchewan, has won the 2010 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador Competition sponsored annually by the Canadian Angus Association.

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) and the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) will sponsor two young Simmental members, Andrea Bertholet of Altona, Man., and Jessie Dowe of Amherst, N. S. to attend the World Simmental Congress in Melbourne, Australia in September. Both have been involved with the breed from a very young age and are actively involved with the YCSA. The World Simmental Congress is held every four years.

They will be excellent ambassadors for Canadian beef producers and Canadian Simmental on the world stage.

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