Due to the sale results in this issue I will wait until the next issue to resume the “Oldies” pictures. From what I am hearing the bull sellers this year should be quite happy, with strong sale averages and good demand for bulls. All indications are for a strong calf market again this fall which bodes well for the seedstock industry.
The Livestock Markets Association of Canada will be holding their Annual Convention and Canadian Auctioneer competition in Waterloo, Ont. June 9-12, this year. Ontario Livestock Exchange is the host mart with Larry Witzel and his staff looking after the livestock sale for the auctioneer competition. Hotel headquarters will be the Best Western in St. Jacobs Country Inn. Each year five national breed associations (Hereford, Angus, Simmental, Charolais and Limousin) donate belt buckles for the top five auctioneers in Canada.
The Canadian Angus Association has selected a new CEO to replace Doug Fee who will retire on June 30, ending a 17 year career with the CAA. Rob Smith will become the new CEO of the Angus Association effective July 1, 2011. Smith is an active Angus breeder with a multi-generational family operation, Diamond T Cattle Co. of Olds, Alta. Smith has been the government of Alberta’s 4-H specialist in the Southern Alberta and Calgary regions since July 2002. He also has five years of experience working in Kazakhstan working with Hurricane Hydrocarbons Ltd., and Karaozek Agricultural Products LLP, the largest meat producer in that Central Asian Country.
Doug Fee joined the Canadian Angus Association in 1994. Under Fee’s leadership the association moved its office from Regina to Calgary, took over responsibility for registrations from the Canadian National Livestock Records, and enjoyed unprecedented growth in the number of cattle being registered with the Canadian Angus Association. During his tenure the Canadian Angus Certification and Feeder Sale programs and the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program were launched. Fee will be available until the end of the year to assist with the changeover. We all wish Doug a happy retirement.
The Canadian Charolais Association invites everyone to become a fan of the association on Facebook, and to follow the association @canCharolais on Twitter or subscribe to the breed’s RSS news feed. 2010 saw the highest demand for Charolais bulls and breeding stock in over 28 years.
Merial would like to remind all breeders of the contacts for Igenity test requests or results: For B.C., Alta., Sask., Man., Ont. — contact Bill Coobms at 1-888-637-4251 ext. 6045, [email protected] For QC, N.B., N.S., P.E.I. — contact Kevin Fox at 1-888-637-4251 ext. 6004,kevin. [email protected] Forms can also be downloaded at www.igenity.com (make sure to select Canada).
Debbie Sanderson has Idio Pulimonary Arterial Hypertension and needs a double lung transplant. They will be moving to Edmonton at the first of April to await the transplant. A Fundraising Benefit was held in Cornwall, P.E.I. on April 2. Randy and Debbie’s three children (Tricia, Jaclyn, and Derek) will be staying in P.E.I. to attend university and high school. The Sandersons have been actively involved in the Simmental breed, YCSA, CSA and the Maritime Simmental Association for many years. If you would like to donate to this cause, please contact Dora MacKinley (902-566-4163 or [email protected]). Any support would be greatly appreciated.
The Canadian Hereford Association will host the 2012 World Hereford Conference July 8-19, 2012. The World Hereford Conference will have its own website sometime soon so watch Purely Purebred for more information. The CHA also has a commercial cattle listing service on its website for buyers and sellers of Hereford influence cattle. The “Herefords — The Next Generation” 2011 Semen and Embryo Directory is online at the CHA website.
The Canadian Simmental Association is now on Facebook. Become a fan of the Canadian Simmental Association and keep up to date on the latest happenings at the CSA.
The World Angus Secretariat is meeting Oct. 8-15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Canadian Angus Association is co-ordinating a tour group that will depart Canada on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and return on Sunday, Oct. 16. Anyone who would like more information about the official Canadian Angus delegation should contact Tina at the CAA office to be given priority placement on the information list. They expect to have prices and details available by the end of the month.
The Canadian Limousin Association assists commercial producers with marketing Limousin cross calves with their new commercial calf listing on their website. Submit a listing of your calves for sale using the link on the main page of the CLA website. Buyers looking for Limousin-influenced calves can also access the listings by clicking on the View Calves for Sale button.
Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) awarded the 2010 Barn Boss of the Year award to Les Kroeger of Hanley, Sask. Kroeger has served as the barn boss for the Canadian National Bison Show and Sale since 2003. Presented annually, the award recognize the important work of all barn bosses who assist staff and exhibitors to ensure the safe movement of livestock, the overall look and coordination of their barn and promote cooperation. The award is given to an individual who has faced an extraordinary challenge at the past show and rose to the occasion or to an individual who has shown consistent and exemplary performance in their role as barn boss. Barn bosses serve in a volunteer capacity along with an additional 400 who bring their time, energy and passion to the show each year.
Recently CWA held its annual volunteer appreciation night where long-time service awards were presented. Included in the ceremony to recognize volunteers reaching milestones (five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35) were three individuals who have volunteered with the organization each year. This 40-year milestone was awarded to Frank Linthicum, Ward Mortenson and the late Bill Small. Ward was in attendance and received a standing ovation from the crowd for his dedication and commitment to the show.
Canadian Western Agribition will hold its 41st show November 21 to 26 at Evraz Place in Regina.
The results are now posted on the Canadian Limousin website for the 2010 Super Elite Limousin Dams and the 2010 Elite Limousin Dams. In the Super Elite category — Blueberry Farms with two, Greenwood Limousin with one and R &R Acres with one. In the Elite Limousin Dame category— R &R Acres had five, Top Meadow Farms with three, and the following all had two each — Altabar Farms, Excel Ranches, Highland Stock Farms, Ivy Livestock, J. Yorga Farms and Eric Boon/leased by Anchor B Limousin. This is a first attempt at rewarding the Limousin cows that fit that profile under modern measurements such as EPDs. The association expects the program to evolve in the future. For the Elite Dam program all full blood, purebred, or percentage-registered Limousin females on Whole Herd Enrolment are eligible. They must have raised at least four calves in the last six consecutive years. Females that raise six calves in six years receive Super Elite status. They must have above breed average EPD for weaning weight, milk and docility and be below breed average EPD for birth weight.
The Canadian Angus Association now has a Facebook page. Visit face-book.com/CanadianAngusAssociation to “Like” us.
The Ontario Limousin Association held their AGM on Saturday, Feb. 26 in Elora. The program was informative with a guest speaker informing the members on Johne’s disease and a chef preparing three quick beef dishes. Members should watch for recipes in an upcoming newsletter. New to the board are Sean Enright, Bryce Allen, George Elgersma and Melanie Gollinger. Brent Black agreed to come back for one year, finishing Mike Hern’s term. The executive and committee assignment will be done at their first board meeting.
There will be an auction of rare semen to raise funds for the Canadian Angus Foundation. The semen will be offered in five dose packages with the high bidders able to take as many as are available. The semen would be FOB Alta Genetics in Balzac, Alta. The bulls being offered are: Red Wild Rose Robin Hood Reg # 873930,
VNAR Famous Players 53 Reg # 920940, Stevenson Fortune 415C Reg # 803849, N Bar Emulation EXT Reg. # 849773, Red Buf Crk. Hobo 1962 Reg. # 706951, Sandy Bardolier 2B Reg. # 740458. Please check the CAA website for details and rules, which will be released soon.
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