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Purely Purebred – for Jan. 24, 2011

Congratulations to Gordon Stephenson, general manager of the Canadian Hereford Association for being inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame, announced at Agribition 2010. For over four decades Gordon Stephenson has been a dedicated promoter of the Canadian livestock industry, particularly in the domestic and international marketing of livestock genetics. He has had ongoing involvement with Canadian Western Agribition serving as both general manager and as president.

At the RBC Supreme Beef Show at Agribition a five-year-old, 1,900-lb. Charolais cow, SVY Starstruck 559R, with a 1,063-lb. heifer calf at side, was voted the Supreme Champion Female the cow was bred and owned by Serhienko- Voegeli Cattle Co. Five breeds were represented in the top 10 females — Polled Hereford, Red and Black Angus, Simmental, Charolais and Limousin.

The Supreme Champion Bull selected by the panel of five judges was the Horned Hereford bull exhibited by Big Gully Farm of Maidstone, Saskatchewan. The bull was a 2,534 lb., March two-year-old.

A Limousin heifer calf topped the inaugural Headliner All Breed Sale in Edmonton. Congratulations to Brandon Hertz (Ivy Livestock) and Ron McKenzie for topping the inaugural Headliner Sale (National Limousin Sale) with Ivy’s Xtra Sweet 4X. Y2K Land and Cattle purchased the heifer calf for $37,000 that was the Limousin Legend of the Falls Champion earlier that week and at the side of the 2010 National Limousin Champion Female.

It is with sadness that we mark the passing of William (Bill) J. Small on Thursday, November 18, his 83rd birthday. Bill spent many years involved in 4-H, through leadership and judging. In 1972 the family purchased their first Simmental, gradually increasing their herd. Bill loved showing and judging cattle. He volunteered in many organizations, but his biggest love and achievement was being associated with the Canadian Western Agribition, Canadian and Sask. Simmental Associations and Regina Exhibition. Bill was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1997, was a past president of the Canadian Simmental Association and inducted into the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame in 2005. His contributions to the Canadian beef industry have made lasting impressions and he will be missed by many. Our condolences go out to his wife Agnes and to his family and friends.

Congratulations to Helge and Candace By, who were named the winners of the 2010 Jim Lewthwaite award during the international reception at Canadian Western Agribition. The Bys are well known for their work promoting Charolais cattle, as well as actively supporting Agribition for many, many years.

During Canadian Western Agribition, the Red Coat Classic was held following the National Hereford Show with great success. There were 13 bull calves and seven heifers entered. The grand prize went to Norman Latto of Argentina. He had the choice of any one of the individual calves entered at the Red Coat and chose FCC 40U SPRINT 6X exhibited by Flewelling Cattle Co., Bowdon, Alta. Flewelling Cattle Co. also won Champion Bull Calf and the Champion Heifer Calf was SHPH 7S MAGIE 168X exhibited by Standard Hill Polled Herefords, Maidstone, Sask.

The Alberta Angus Association held its annual gala event in December where president Colton Hamilton made the following presentations: Wayne Robinson was named honorary president; Granum Colony was named Commercial Breeder of the Year (presentation to take place at Calgary Bull Sale); Lazy MC Angus — Clint, Angela, Laurie and Layne Morasch — was named Purebred Breeder of the Year. Doug Domolewski, Brody Gardner, Darlene Glessman, Jamie Jensen, and Mat Bolduc are the five new directors joining Carolyn Congdon, Ricki Fleming, Colton Hamilton, Bob Hahn, Carol High, Laurie Hunter, Richard Latimer, Blake MacMillan, Clint Morasch, and Camille Scott on the Alberta Angus Association board of directors. The 2011 annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Gala and Awards weekend June 4-5. The members voted to suspend board elections until 2012 to allow for continuity during the short year caused by this change.

Dawn Wilson, of Bashaw is the new Alberta director on the Canadian Angus Association board joining fellow Albertans David Bolduc, Cecilie Fleming, Gary Latimer, and Kirk Wildman.

The Salers Association of Canada is excited by recent data out of the Meat Animal Research Center in the United States that placed Salers cattle fourth for marbling score in its breed testing surpassed only by Angus, South Devon and Red Angus. The breed is very different to all other French breeds and is known for bull and cow longevity.

The Canadian Hereford Association hosted a special luncheon, during Canadian Western Agribition, celebrating 150 Years of Herefords in Canada, where past presidents and managers were presented a token of appreciation for their time dedicated to the breed. There were attendees from Great Britain, Ireland and the United States. There was an excellent PowerPoint presentation on the history of the Hereford breed in Canada. Officially the first Herefords were imported into Canada in 1860 by Frederick William Stone. The Reid family of Moosomin, Sask., formerly of Holstein, Ontario were recognized as the longest continuous breeders of Hereford cattle in Canada. Wilson and Agnes Blair were nominated to the Hereford Honour Roll.

The Canadian Hereford Association currently boasts 1,500 members and registers 15,000 head annually. With 300 head entered in the National Show at Agribition, it was a week to remember for Hereford enthusiasts.

A Charolais bull, CSS Sir Gridmaker 2W was slapped Reserve National Champion Bull at Canadian Western Agribition. In addition to being named Reserve Grand he was selected as a top 10 finalist on Saturday for the RBC Supreme Challenge. The bull’s stats on processing day (November 21) at the show were as follows: Weight –2,083 lbs., Frame –7.2, Scrotal –40 cm. He was also named Supreme Champion at the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup. The bull is owned by Cedarlea Farms, Char-Mo Farms and CSS Charolais.

The Maine Anjou breed celebrated 40 years in Canada at Canadian Western Agribition. The Canadian Maine Anjou Association currently maintains its national office in Calgary, Alberta.

In December Olds College announced plans for the creation of a Canadian Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship (CIRE). College president Dr. Tom Thompson said the institute will provide enhanced learning opportunities and applied research services.

The Canadian Hereford Association presented Canadian Western Agribition and Marilyn Charlton a framed print of Jonathon Fox judging the Hereford show at Agribition, on horseback in 1972, to recognize the 40th anniversary of CWA and the 150th anniversary of Herefords in Canada. A little-known fact is that Jonathon Fox began his show career by entering a pair of geese in the Calgary summer fair as a schoolboy. His gander won a championship. His interests moved from poultry to mink to Percheron horses. In 1953 he switched his beef cattle operations from dual purpose Shorthorns to Polled Herefords and it was the latter breed that made the Justamere name famed on five continents. Justamere-bred bulls won championships at every major show in Canada and the United States. Justamere also maintained a dairy and its Holstein-Friesian cattle were prominent on the show circuit.

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