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PURELY PUREBRED – for Aug. 10, 2009

Congratulations to the Galloway breeders involved with providing the naturally raised Galloway beef that was served on the Calgary Stampede grounds this year. Weadickville, on the grounds, was one of the locations where “Alberta Naturally Raised Galloway Beef” was on the menu.

World Angus Forum was held July 14-16 at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta. What an absolutely beautiful venue for this event! With a thousand head of Angus cattle on display, 770 registered attendees, major industry sponsors, international visitors by the busloads, as well as day attendees, a terrific trade show and banquets with entertainment — it was an incredible event. The three days were kicked off with opening ceremonies with a welcome address from John Donaldson, president of the Canadian Angus Association and official greetings from Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Member of Parliament Ted Menzies and Ron McHattie with a message from the Royal Patron. On Tuesday the Canadian Angus Association announced the Canadian Angus — Rancher Endorsed program. The World Angus Forum Sale was held on Tuesday and the cattle shows kicked off on Wednesday with the Futurity show and the Red Angus Show. Thursday saw the Youth show and the Black Angus Show.

Canadian Western Agribition CEO Jason Pollock is looking forward to the expanded program that will be offered this year, with the format going to an eight-day show. The addition, Cowboy Arts and Heritage Showcase will occupy the first weekend from Saturday to Monday, November 21 to 23. Featured will be the Invitational Ranch rodeo with 12 teams competing, an acreage lifestyle trade show in the Agribition building Nov. 21 and 22, Cowboy Mounted Action Shooting, Ranch Roping and a Western Art show showcasing Saskatchewan talent. Applications for the Ranch Rodeo will be available on the Agribition website until September.

“Cattle and beef will continue to be the core of Canadian Western Agribition,” says Jason. This year Agribition will host eight national beef shows, as well as a national sheep show and the Canadian Bison show. Agribition will run this year from November 21 to November 28.

The second annual T Bar Invitational golf tournament was an overwhelming success, raising over $41,000 for youth in the beef industry. The funds generated will go to seven National junior breed associations, representing 2,078 members, to be applied towards program advancement. Additionally 10 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian 4-H Council for the development and awareness of youth in the beef sector. Sponsors for the event were represented from across the country with Semex Beef being the major sponsor.

A successful social after the tournament was followed the next morning by a breakfast seminar with Darcy Bear, chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and voted one of the 10 most influential people in Saskatchewan. The 2010 T Bar Invitational will be held at Dakota Dunes on June 22 and 23rd. See for further information.

The UFA Steer Classic and Nuflor Market Heifer Show were held Saturday July 11 at Calgary Stampede. The Judge was Cam Sparrow, Vanscoy, Sask., who had his work cut out for him judging 90 head of steers. The Grand Champion in the UFA Steer Classic was a Charolais cross steer weighing 1,319 pounds from the Junior Class, owned and shown by Colby McLeod of Balzac, Alberta. Colby received $9,000 in prize money presented by UFA. The Reserve Champion weighing 193 pounds came out of the Open Steer Class, owned and shown by Alannah Bryce, of Arcola, Sask. Alannah received a cheque for $4,000 from Intervet Schering Plough. The Market Heifer class was won by Ethan Gosling with a 1,294 pound heifer. He received a cheque for $1,000 sponsored by Nuflor. Congratulations to the Calgary Stampede Steer Classic Committee chaired by Roger Davis on another successful show.

July 13th the Canadian Angus Association announced the “Canadian Angus — Rancher Endorsed” program. The CAA is investing in the development of a nationally endorsed Angus program which will strengthen and protect the long-term value of the brand by directly connecting producers with key industry stakeholders. The program is based on the Green Tag program, which will quickly and easily identify animals with a minimum of 50 per cent Red or Black Angus genetics, and are therefore eligible for the endorsed program. Each Green Tag provides producers with valuable carcass data at slaughter from participating stakeholders — providing producers with the data necessary to continually improve their herd genetics. This program will give packers and processors more access to source-verified, premise-identified and age-verified Angus cattle. These are key factors in

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