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PURELY PUREBRED – for Jan. 4, 2010

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Some things can really strike a chord when I read them, and this was one that just had me boiling. According to Associated Press Paul McCartney took his Meat-Free Monday campaign to the European Parliament, saying the power to halt global warming lies as much with individuals as with their governments. Meeting in Brussels with Rajendra K. Pachauri, head of the U. N.’s global climate change panel, he praised the virtue of skipping meat one day a week for the sake of the environment. The former Beatle says the production of food — from farm to fork — accounts for 20 to 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock production is responsible for around half of these emissions. Pachauri lauded McCartney’s initiative, saying it “makes the tasks of governments so much easier”.

I wonder if Paul McCartney would be as keen to live in a smaller house, wear plastic shoes, ride a bicycle instead of driving a car? Our culture today loses all sight of reality and the public figures who do this type of thing without facts, numbers or data can send my blood pressure through the roof. If the numbers he is quoting were true, does he realize the impact this initiative would have on the economies of the protein-producing countries. Producers and processors make less, workers get fewer hours, fewer dollars are available for circulation in the economies. The actual fact is that people and industry are responsible for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. Maybe Paul McCartney could ask the European Parliament to regulate the number of people born? Or the maximum world population?

The worst of it is — anyone of us would never get in the door to talk about these issues with the U.N. global climate change panel because we never recorded “We all live in a yellow submarine.”

The Canadian Limousin Association held their 40th Anniversary celebrations at Agribition. The banquet and reunion was held on Wednesday evening at Agribition in the Queensbury Centre. The current board was introduced, as well as three past general managers that attended. Several of the past presidents attended, and members of the founding or originating Limousin families. Some of the family names are familiar to many of us — Fouillard, Derochie, Hockhausen, Plumer, Brown, Tedford, Stewart, Matthews and Combest. The food and company was second to none, and the evening was capped off with both a live auction and a silent auction which were extremely successful. Congratulations to the current general manager, Anne Brunet-Burgess, on organizing an excellent evening that went off without a hitch.

Many folks received their Nov./Dec. issue of Simmental Country late. Canada Post says the issues were mailed on Nov. 13 and it was still tracking them as of press time. The Canadian Simmental Association apologized for the late delivery even though the delay was outside of their control. The issue was posted online Nov. 13 at Extra copies were distributed at Agribition.

The Welsh Black and Shorthorn bull tests that used to be at Little Red Feeders west of Innisfail for over 20 years, have moved to Thorlakson Feedyards five miles east of Airdrie, Alta., on Highway 567. We would like to Thank Don and Carol Curtice of Little Red Feeders for their excellent care and feeding of our bulls over the years and wish them all the best in their retirement from feeding cattle.

Don Milligan, a former beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture, has been hired to fill the role of Program Administrator for BIXS (Beef InfoXchange System).With a Masters’ degree from the University of Alberta, Milligan spent 34 years supporting the Alberta and Canadian beef industry through a variety of roles; which included the co-management of the Canada/Alberta Industry Development Fund, and some of the early testing of RFID technology in collaboration with the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). In October 2008, Milligan retired from Alberta Agriculture but continued to conduct overseas development work on a consultation basis in areas including South America, Mexico, Indonesia, Russia, Vietnam and many projects in China. As the program administrator, Milligan will be the producer contact person for the BIXS database. He will monitor and support registration on the system, program management and technical support for producers placing information in the BIXS database. Working with other industry partners, Milligan

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