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PURELY PUREBRED – for Feb. 14, 2011

Congratulations from all of us at CANADIAN CATTLEMEN magazine to all the Canadian breeders that made the long haul to Denver to the National Western Stock Show, in Denver in January. Many breeders won classes, divisions and in many cases championships. Partial results are listed further on in this column. Full results can be seen at www.nationalwestern.com/livestock.

Jason Pollock will step down as Canadian Western Agribition’s (CWA) CEO and general manager, effective March 31, 2011. He has returned to his family’s ranch in Maple Creek to continue operations there and pursue a consulting career. Pollock joined the CWA organization in 2007.

“Working with an organization such as Agribition has been a great experience both professionally and personally, Pollock said. “The passion and commitment exhibited by the board of directors, exhibitors, stakeholders and staff is infectious. Pollock reflected on highlights during his four-year term that include a continued focus on the CWA international outreach program and an intensive revamp of the Agribition strategic planning model with particular emphasis on the evolving footprint of the show with the addition of new facilities at EVRAZ Place. Under Pollock`s management, CWA also began the process of revitalizing its volunteer structure and model which will have many future benefits for the show.

CWA president Marilyn Charlton said Pollock will be missed by the organization and his leadership created a strong foundation for his successor. The search for a new CEO has begun.

The Canadian Angus Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Gold Show Program:

Black Show Bull of the Year: Justamere 406S Stabalizer 507U. Black Show Female of the Year: Highgrove Miss Middlebrook 3U. Red Show Bull of the Year: Red Ter- Ron Realdeal 01W.

Red Show Female of the Year: Red Redrich Cherokee 248U.

The Canadian Hereford Association has congratulated Crittendon Brothers, Imperial Sask., Taboo Polled Herefords, Nobleton, Ont. and Brost Land and Cattle, Irvine, Alta., on winning Polled Senior Champion Bull with GHC-Taboo Coalition 52U at the American Hereford Association National Hereford Show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver recently. Adams Hirsche Herefords, High River, Alta., and MJT Cattle Co., Edgerton, Alta., took Horned Reserve Champion Bull honours with GH Adams Nitro Design ET 377X.

Vernon and Eileen Davidson and Family of Davidson Gelbvieh at Ponteix, Sask., won the prestigious National Reserve Grand Champion Bull banner at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The family has attended this event for the past 22 years most of the time with cattle. Gelbvieh entries were up 30 per cent with 210 head at Denver this year as the American Gelbvieh Association celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the event. The Canadian Gelbvieh Association will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2012, at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.

The Davidson bull, DVE Davidson Romance 116W, a black purebred March yearling, also won Reserve National Champion Bull at the 2010 Canadian Western Agribition and Reserve Grand Champion Bull at Farmfair International. Another entry, DVE Davidson Cowboy 20U won Reserve Senior Bull Champion at Denver and Grand Champion Bull at Edmonton.

Vernon, Eileen and Ross made the 1,000-mile-plus trip to Denver to promote their 22nd annual bull sale that is being held at the Heartland Livestock Yards in Swift Current on Sat. March 5. They routinely sell about a dozen bulls into the U.S. but also feel that the event expands their knowledge of various bloodlines and keeps them current on the needs of the livestock industry.

Canadian Angus breeders also made their presence known at the Denver Stock Show. Showing well in the various divisions in the Red Angus were: Lazy MC Angus of Bassano, Alta., Six Mile Red Angus of Fir Mountain, Sask., Northline Angus of Ardrossan, Alta. But congratulations and a big handshake go to Northline Angus for winning Grand Champion Red Angus Bull.

Canadian Black Angus cattle were represented by Southland Angus, Hamilton Farms, Justamere Farms, Bandura Ranches and Richard Latimer. Rob and Gail Hamilton, Hamilton Farms of Cochrane, Alta., were awarded the Reserve Senior Champion Bull banner.

In the Maine Anjou division at Denver Shawn Wilson of Strathmore, Alta., took the Grand Champion Bull title.

Remington Land and Cattle Co. went down to Denver with a number of cattle, winning the Reserve Champion Senior Bull division for the Simmental breed. Harvie Ranching also had a strong showing with their young Simmental Bull.

Canadian Shorthorns were well represented by Alta Cedar Shorthorns, Peter Boake of Westerose, Alta.

Meeting cattle behaviour specialist Dr. Temple Grandin was just part of the excitement for Canadian beef producers attending the 2011 Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) Young Rancher’s program in Denver. The group of seven, which included four participants in the CCA’s Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, also gave top marks to presentations from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong and CCA President, Travis Toews during the week-long event.

Ricki Fleming, a CYL candidate, purebred Angus breeder and commercial cow-calf producer near Granum, Alta., appreciated Grandin’s common sense and practical approach to animal care and welfare. “Using measureable outcomes to evaluate and better your operation,” was one idea that resonated with her.

For CYL participant Samantha Sperber the takeaway from Dr. Grandin’s presentation was that the next generation of ranchers “need to show consumers what we do and how we do it. People are interested in seeing the good practices in agriculture. Unfortunately up until now the negative has been portrayed in a lot of cases by radical groups. As farmers, we need to share our good news stories with urban consumers,” said Sperber, who is involved in a family commercial cow-calf and grain operation near Rimbey, Alta.

Learning about the inner workings of the NCBA was a thrill for CYL participant Rosie Templeton, a ranch girl from Southern Alberta. “It was fascinating to see the work the NCBA is doing to communicate with their consumers and combat issues facing the beef industry,” said Templeton, who has an interest in agricultural communications and marketing.

CYL participant Nanita Blomquist, a fourth-generation cow-calf producer from Big Valley, Alta., found Foglesong’s presentation particularly inspiring. “It is truly impressive to hear how much the NCBA values their trade and working relationship with the Canadian beef industry and continues to collaborate with the CCA to improve the competitiveness of North America’s beef industry,” she said.

Participants in the Five Nations Beef Alliance Young Rancher’s program event are top young leaders within their nations between the ages of 18-35. The FNBA consists of cattle industry associations from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand and represents over half of the world’s beef exports. The FNBA Young Rancher’s program dovetails with our Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development program.

The event coincided with the National Western Stock Show and the International Livestock Congress- USA. Program participants attended the stock show and attended tours hosted by the ILC. They participated in a Young Ranchers Roundtable hosted by the Consulate General of Canada that discussed international challenges and opportunities in the cattle and beef industry, as well as ways that nations can work together to improve business and production on a global level.

Kathleen Walsh, who was selected by her provincial cattle association, the Manitoba Beef Producers, to attend the conference, said the trip was definitely worthwhile. “Taking part in the Young Rancher program has equipped me with necessary tools to be a more influential and proactive young producer in the beef industry,” Walsh noted.

DJ Cattle Co. operated by Dallas and Lynne Johnston of Brookdale, Man., has been named Manitoba Angus Breeder of the year. The farm is located three miles south of Brookdale and 1 miles west. It was the original farm of Dallas’ grandparents Oscar and Myrtle Swanson and then later Dallas’ parents Millen and Mona Johnston.

The cow herd used to be a Hereford/ Simmental cross and an Angus bull was first used on heifers for calving ease. As the purebred Angus herd grew, DJCC consigned bulls to Douglas Test Center for three years, topping the sale on one occasion. DJCC consigns a small group of bulls to the Steward Cattle Co. Bull Sale. Their third is being held this month. DJCC consigns females to the Keystone Klassic. Dallas has served on the provincial Angus board for the past three years and helps out on various committees.

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