The 2021 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation annual fundraising auction was held July 23 and July 24 on DLMS.ca as a farmgate timed online sale. The auction was a great success raising $65,147! Thank you to everyone who donated, purchased and bid to make this year a success. Over 170 people bid on and viewed the sale from Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
As usual the highlight of this year’s auction was Lot 1, a yearling heifer donated by the 2021 Friend of the Foundation, the Crowe Bros. of Gilbert Plains, Man. The heifer was sold by Dutch auction and raised $11,440. The winner of the heifer was selected by random draw via Facebook Live following the sale and the lucky winner was Pine Creek Simmentals of Alberta.
The Manitoba Simmental Association and Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation look forward to hosting next year’s auction as part of the Canadian Simmental Association Convention July 21-24, 2022, in Portage La Prairie, Man.
The Canadian Simmental Association also held its AGM July 24 via Zoom. Past president Garth Rancier chaired the meeting. Gracie Falconer, president of the Young Canadian Simmental Association, and Ken Lewis, president of the Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation, provided updates on their respective organizations.
Retiring directors Garth Rancier and Francis Gagnon were thanked for their years of dedication and commitment to the association. The 2021-22 Candian Simmental Association board welcomed newly elected directors Ben Farrant (Lousana, Alta.) and Scott Matthews (North Hatley, Que). They join Jennie Mutch (Vernon, P.E.I.), Bill Biglieni (Douglas, Man.), Blair McIntosh (Maymont, Sask.) and Roger Deeg (Strathmore, Alta). The new CSA executive committee includes: president Marlin Leblanc (Estevan, Sask.), first vice-president Shane Williams, (East Garafraxa, Ont.) and second vice-president Byron Johnson (Amisk, Alta.).