Purely Purebred – for Aug. 15, 2011

Our June photo was taken about 1983 and was of me tattooing a Polled Hereford calf. I had several guesses but no one was correct. Due to the length of this column and space limitations this time around I will not include an “Oldtimers” picture this issue.

I had many replies to our May photograph but received this one shortly after we went to press.

“Re: The Oldtimers are Back” photograph (May issue) (l-r): Wilf Sieger, Harold Thornton and Lloyd Quantz. Lloyd was the general manager of the Canadian Charolais Association, taken March 1978 and the photograph number is 78-105-20 (photograph taken by Walt Browarny). Always enjoy the magazine. Keep up the good work.”


Marie Browarny,

Browarny Photographics Ltd.

It was no surprise that this turned out to be a Browarny photo, as for many years Walt followed most every event in the industry and is no stranger to those of us who have been around for many years. So thanks Marie for bringing this to our attention.

The fourth annual T Bar Invitational golf tournament was once again a success, raising over $40,000 for the seven national junior breed associations representing 2,018 members. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Western Agribition Junior Beef Extreme. “In the last four years, we have raised nearly $150,000, which provides funding and opportunities to a great number of youth,” said Bryan Kostiuk, co-chairman of the tournament. The 2012 T Bar Invitational will be held at Dakota Dunes on June 19 and 20. See www.tbarinvitational.co

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For those of you who are not yet aware, Jill Harvie, assistant policy analyst at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and past program co-ordinator of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program, had her baby in May and it’s a GIRL, Tinley Mary Harvie! Jill is married to Cole Harvie of Harvie Ranching, Olds, Alta. Tinley is a beautiful little redhead and was welcomed with a baby shower on June 26 at the home of Marlene and Ian Harvie. We had a wonderful time, thanks for the great day, and special thanks to Jill for letting us pass her little one around.

I was sorry to hear that Samantha Sperber, one of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders grads from 2010, was burned in a work-related accident. She assures me she is doing well, looks great, and even though she has been off work for several weeks, she is healing nicely and hopes to get back to work soon. I am sure Samantha will be itching to attend Summer Synergy again this summer, and show the cattle she has prepared. It will take more than a little accident to slow down one of our CYL grads.

Rhonda Mader, of Mader Ranches, was a lucky woman, or so she thinks. I saw her recently at Ian and Marlene Harvie’s home. Well she is lucky, to be alive and not paralyzed, after being in a car accident that left her with a broken neck and in a halo! All the best to you Rhonda as you heal. I admire your attitude and spirit.

Bob and Heather James have sold their interest in Transcon Livestock Corp. to Jay Good. Jay has been involved with Transcon for many years so the transition will be smooth. In conjunction with this purchase, Jay announced the opening of a new Transcon office in Sundre, Alta. “This move allows me to become more hands on with the day-to-day operations of the company as the Sundre location allows daily access for me,” says Jay.

The Canadian Simmental Association had an exciting day June 27 at the 4S Simmental Ranch, Drayton Valley, Alta., when Rob Merrifield, MP for Yellowhead, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment of $1.7 million to the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA). “This investment will enhance the quality, value and ultimately the overall competitiveness of Canada’s beef and cattle industry,” he said. The three-year project will help demonstrate to cattle breeders the use of DNA and other genetic data to identify, select and breed cattle with higher fertility and mothering ability, growth and feed efficiency, and produce more desirable beef products. The results will be shared with various beef sector groups including the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. “As a result of the government’s financial support, the CSA and our project partners are able to continue to work together to ensure Canada’s seedstock sector is at the forefront of genetic research and global competitiveness,” said CSA president Rick McIntyre.

This money comes from Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a five-year (2009-14), $163-million program designed to help the agriculture industry to seize market opportunities and test solutions to new and ongoing issues.

Wade Beck of Milestone, Sask., was elected president of the Canadian Charolais Association at its 51st annual meeting June 14 in Charlottetown, P.E.I. This was the first CCA annual meeting in the breed’s 52-year history held in the Maritimes. Lyle Bignell, Stettler, Alta., moves to past president, while Brent Saunders, Markdale, Ont., was voted first vice-president. Campbell Forsyth, Eriksdale, Man., remains second vice-president. The association reported a surplus over expenses of $120,000 on the year. General manager Neil Gillies noted, “If we continue to manage things the way they are we should be able to keep our rates where they are.” The members voted with a two-thirds majority to give the board of directors the power to alter fees in future, eliminating the need to go to the annual meeting for fee changes.

The meetings were followed by a Maritime tour from June 15 to 19, organized by Helge and Candace By.

Dallas Wise joined the Canadian Limousin Association as registry/ member services clerk in July replacing Teresa Blouin who left the CLA to pursue other interests. Dallas’s family ranches near Irricana, Alta., and she will remain a partner in their Maine- Anjou operation. She will be working three days a week for the first three months.

The $15,000 profit made last year when the Saskatchewan Charolais Association hosted the annual meeting and homecoming for the Canadian Charolais Association in Moose Jaw was put into the Canadian Charolais Association Scholarship Fund to create an annual $1,000 Dale Norheim Scholarship for a deserving young person. Dale was a longtime Saskatchewan Charolais breeder and promoter who died in an accident last year. This act inspired the board of directors of the CCA to invest $50,000 of the surplus from this year’s operations to sustain the fund which annually awards two or three $1,000 scholarships. This fund is designated as a charity and provides tax receipts for donations. Contact the Canadian Charolais Association at [email protected] for details.

A farewell get-together for Doug Fee, former CEO of the Canadian Angus Association, was held June 24. Doug’s presence will be missed, but he assures me he has other projects in the works, that will keep him occupied. An informal evening farewell was held at the home of Mabel and Gavin Hamilton on June 26. Best Wishes to you Doug as you embark on the next stage of your life.

Assiniboia Livestock Auction has been chosen as the Canadian Angus Association’s 2010 Auction Market of the Year in recognition of their work promoting Angus and Angus-cross cattle. Brian Good, commercial fieldman for the Canadian Angus Association, presented the award at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual convention on June 10.

The Alberta Shorthorn Association held its annual meeting June 11, 2011 in Lacombe. The new board of directors is: Kirk Seaborn (president), Graham Sharp (vice-president), Hen Hehr (second vice-president), Dennis Shantz (past president), Betty Beeby (executive director), Leigh Boles (treasurer), Gene Foat, Ron Yarham, Wendy Bishop, Bill Darlington, and CSA representative Dan Stephenson. Susan and Albert Oram act as secretary/fieldman for the group.

The Breeder of Merit award for 2011 went to Kirk Seaborn of Crooked Post Shorthorns while the Commercial Breeder for 2011 is Lund Farms Inc. of Alhambra, Alta.

The National Limousin Show 2011 will be held at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and will feature an upgraded show ring along with enhanced light ing and sound system. All Limousin events are held on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Canadian Limousin Association is also pleased to announce that Masterfeeds is a partial sponsor for this show. The National Sale will be held in conjunction with the All-Breed Sale later that day. The Show Cattle of the Year awards will remain the same as previous years.

High Ridge Feeders and Shannondale Farm of Manitoba received the Canadian Angus Association’s first Feedlot of the Year award in recognition of their work feeding and promoting Angus and Angus-cross cattle. CEO Doug Fee presented the award to Ed and Glori Dalke of High Ridge Feeders and Harry and Brenda Dalke of Shannondale Farm at the Canadian Angus Association’s annual meeting banquet on Saturday, June 11. The Dalke families had no idea that they would be receiving an award and made touching acceptance speeches about how surprised they were by the honour. The Canadian Angus Association introduced the Feedlot of the Year award this year to recognize feedlots that promote Angus to their customers and feed Canadian Angus Rancher-Endorsed cattle.

France Limousin Selection (France Limousin Association) in co-operation with Interco, the government agency in charge of promoting agricultural products from the Aquitaine region, organized a promotional Limousin tour May 25-28. The Canadian representatives invited to the tour were Mary Hertz, Rob Swaan, Stan Skeels and Anne Brunet-Burgess, the general manager of the Canadian Limousin Association, who joined participants from Spain, Morocco, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Colombia. They took in farm visits in Aquitaine and Limousin regions, a conference and a show in Bordeaux.

Olds Agricultural Society and the Olds Fall Classic Beef Committee would like to extend a special invitation to all seedstock producers to participate in the 2011 Olds Fall Classic held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Olds. Ten breed shows including: Black Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Red Angus, Salers, Shorthorn and Simmental will showcase top-quality cattle from some of the industry’s leading seedstock breeders. Each of the Champion Bull and Female winners, adjudicated by professional and reputable judges, are eligible for the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge at Agribition.

Calgary’s Stampede Park has received $25 million in provincial funding for a new agricultural event centre and renewal of existing ag facilities. The Agrium Western Event Centre will triple the capacity of the site when completed in 2014 with seating for over 2,400 spectators and additional meeting, event and exhibition space.

Northlands Farmfair, Olds Fall Classic and Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up are collaborating to introduce the Alberta Supreme Championship. It will include the breed winners from all three Alberta shows to declare provincial champions. Exhibitors of the male and female champions will drive away in a 2011 Dodge Ram truck. For more information visit www.farmfair.ca, www.oldsagsociety.com, and www.lloydexh.com.

The 4th Annual Cow-Calf Roadshow is hitting the road again Sept. 7-8 in the Peterborough area. Tours are set for the farms of Roger Maloney, Edgar Cornish and Billy and Juanita Elmhirst along with the Kawartha ethanol plant in Havelock. Registration is limited to 100 producers with a deadline of Aug. 26, 2011. A full agenda and registration form can be downloaded from the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association website www.cattle.guelph.on.ca.

Austen Anderson of Swan River, Man., is the winner of the 2011 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador Competition awarded by the Canadian Angus Foundation. The award was presented at the Canadian Angus Association annual general meeting in June. Austen who is the son of purebred Angus breeder Bruce Anderson started his own purebred Angus herd eight years ago. He is an education student at the University of Regina and is also an artist. One of his original paintings was donated to the auction held at the meeting banquet to raise funds for the Canadian Angus Foundation. The Robert C. McHaffie Ambassador Award program selects one Canadian Junior Angus Association member to be an ambassador for Canadian Angus Association youth at major shows and events across Canada. The judges say it was a hotly contested competition this year. The other Junior Angus members competing for the award were Kevin Bolduc of Stavely, Alta., Megan Kemp of Pilot Mound, Man., and Laurie Noiseux of Saint-Pauld’Abbotsford, Que.

Semex, of Guelph, Ont., has launched its 2nd Annual Semex Beef Photo Contest. The photos could end up being used on Semex posters, brochures, catalogues, website and much more. Preference will be given to photographs that include cows and will be judged on composition, quality and character of the image. All entries must be received by Sept. 30, 2011. Visit the Semex Beef website today at www.semex.com/di/beef to enter and to access full contest rules, terms and conditions.

Work from Washington State University (WSU) tabulated some improved production attributes in the U.S. beef sector between 1977 and 2007. Thirteen per cent fewer animals were slaughtered in the U.S. in 2007 but produced 13 per cent more beef than in 1977, reducing the total carbon footprint for beef production by 18 per cent over the 30 years. When compared with beef production in 1977, each kilogram of beef produced in modern systems used: 10 per cent less feed energy, 20 per cent less feedstuffs, 30 per cent less land, 14 per cent less water and nine per cent less fossil fuel energy.

The Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) has begun a phased launch process to cow-calf producers. The first of three launch stages will see a limited number of beef producers invited to register, log on and submit their individual animal data to BIXS. This strategic approach provides the opportunity to test system functionality in real time and identify and address any technical issues that may arise, prior to a large-scale rollout of the system this fall. Having specific individual animal data like vaccination date and product used, castration and dehorn date and, in time, historical carcass data on a herd basis displayed in near real time prior to and during sales at auction markets is one example of how BIXS could benefit program participants. BIXS, a national voluntary program, will also validate animal birth dates against CCIA records. Work continues on a feedlot interface and the implementation of carcass tracking and computer vision grading solutions within slaughter plants. For more visit www.bixs.cattle.ca.

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