Dallas Wise joins Canadian Simmental Association

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Cam and Myrna Schweitzer, from left, accepted the award from Blair McRae, Canadian Simmental Association representative.
Dallas Wise. photo: Supplied

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to introduce Dallas Wise, who will be working part-time with the CSA registration and member services team.

Readers will know Wise from her time at the Canadian Limousin Association, where she was the registry and member services clerk for eight years. She’s also a third-generation purebred cattle producer and ranches with her family southeast of Irricana, Alta., running 120 purebred mother cows. Wise’s herd mainly comprises Maine-Anjou genetics, but she does have a small herd of Simmental-cross cattle. When Wise is not fulfilling her role at the Simmental association, she loves spending time on horseback on the ranch and in the mountains as well as gardening, bird watching, cycling and just enjoying nature.

Cam and Myrna Schweitzer recognized

The Manitoba Simmental Association recognized Cam and Myrna Schweitzer of Schweitzer Simmentals with the 2019 Simmental Ambassador/A.O. Henuset Memorial Distinguished Service Award, last March in Neepawa, Man. This award goes to people who have helped establish and develop the Simmental breed in Manitoba. This full story originally ran in the Manitoba Co-operator, written by Darrell Nesbitt. But I thought it needed to be part of this month’s “Purely Purebred” column in a more condensed manner.

Starting off with eight commercial cows back in 1980, Cam needed a bull and hearing of all the positive attributes that the Simmental breed had to offer, purchased his first registered Simmental bull.

Not long afterwards Myrna and Cam were married in 1982 and purchased their first registered Simmental females, and were also accepted into the West Central Simmental Association show and sale at Shoal Lake. A number of champion and reserve champion honours were achieved over its existence of 21 years.

With cattle numbers growing, Schweitzer Simmentals became involved with a number of other sales, including the Harvest Hoedown in conjunction with lifetime friends and fellow breeders, Preston Stock Farms, Twin Brae Simmentals and Win-Dee Acres Farm. They also took part in local fairs, Manitoba Simmental Association Shows, Agribition, Ag Ex and the McConnell 4-H Beef Club.

After 37 years in the cattle business, they decided to slow down and work their way into retirement. But they are now helping their daughters Stacey (Brodie) McColl of Redvers, Sask., and Ashley (Josh) Berg of Brandon and their young families with their small purebred herds. They are proud to see a new generation of the Schweitzer family selling animals at the female and bull sales.

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