Purely Purebred – for Jun. 13, 2011

I had a number of calls on the picture in the May issue. Lee Hunt of Endiang, Alta. and Don and Myrtle Dewdney of Mayerthorpe, Alta. correctly identified (l-r) Wilf Sieger, Harold Thornton and Lloyd Quantz, and the occasion was the Grand Opening of the Canadian Charolais Association building in Calgary in 1978. Mark Kihn also identified the three men and Mike Millar was able to identify two of the individuals.

Joyce Stewart, past secretary of the Canadian Charolais Association wrote:

I remember this picture very well — March 18, 1978 — the ribbon cutting at the Official Opening of the Canadian Charolais Association new building. From l-r: Wilf Sieger, Coronation, newly elected president of the CCA, Harold Thornton, Calgary then past president and Lloyd Quantz, Didsbury, general manager. We had over 250 people in attendance. It was an evening to remember, filled with pride and emotions of so many people who had worked so hard to make the “Charolais permanent home” a dream come true.

In late May I was at a commercial bred female sale at Fort MacLeod, Alta. A package of 18 red first-calf heifers, with calves at side, sold for $2,075 per pair. The next-highest package were 14 black first-calvers with calves, they sold for $1,875 per pair. With the outstanding bull sale averages this year and the great prices on commercial cows, I look for the industry to be far more upbeat and positive this fall and into 2012. I believe we are entering into a rebuilding stage of the national cow herd.

Plan to attend the 4th Annual T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament on June 21 and 22 at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links, Saskatoon, Sask. This award-winning, top-ranked course is built for golfers of all skill levels. Enjoy the 18 holes of golf while taking in the natural beauty of the Prairies. As we are seeing a positive shift in the livestock industry, it is an exciting time to show the juniors our support.

Time is running out to make a donation to the Canadian Angus Association Baldy Fundraiser. Donate toward incoming CEO Rob Smith, president Kirk Wildman, or assistant general manager Michael Latimer. Whoever raises the most money will have their head shaved at the CAA AGM. All funds raised will be split between the Canadian Angus Foundation and Kids with Cancer Society.

The Canadian Hereford Association has launched the official World Hereford Conference site — go to www.hereford.ca/WHC2012. The Olds Ag Society, Calgary Stampede and Sheraton Cavalier Hotel have been selected as the sites to host most of the activities. The Junior Hereford Bonanza will be held along with the conference. Stay tuned for more details.

The Canadian Limousin Association will hold its 2011 Annual General Meeting on August 20 at the Orangeville Fairgrounds Auditorium in Ontario at 9 a.m. As usual, their AGM is held in conjunction with the Canadian National Junior Conference hosted by the Ontario Limousin Association Aug. 19-21. The program, entry form and other information are all posted on the CLA website, under the “junior” page at www.limousin.com. The CJLA board has decided to make $1,000 available towards travel costs for juniors residing outside of Ontario wishing to attend the conference in Orangeville. Interested parties must apply with Cameron Olson prior to the event by email ( [email protected]). Financial assistance will be decided according to the number of applicants and the distance they have to travel, for a maximum allowance of $200 per junior.

The Saskatchewan Shorthorn Association is pleased to invite you to come on out to Regina and take part in the Canadian Shorthorn Annual Meetings from June 24 to 26. Regina is a city known for its cultural experiences, museums, heritage centres, RCMP training depot, and breathtaking landscapes nearby. Not to mention the quick drive from the airport to any major hotel in the city. Planned activities will commence Thursday evening June 23 and conclude Sunday, June 26. The meetings will be held at the Regina Inn — 1975 Broad Street. Phone 306-525-6767 to book your room.

The Canadian Gelbvieh Association has a new animal and member search engine on its website. The member search page allows a person to search the database for current active members listed. The animal search page enables you to search the whole herd-book. The results allow you to view extended pedigrees, ownership and EPD information. The EPD search page allows you to search the active sire and dams database for animals that meet your EPD requirements.

It is a good practice to collect and store DNA on all active females and bulls used in the herd. An at-home DNA bank could be as simple as storing hair in envelopes labelled with the individual’s tattoo.

This year the Manitoba Angus Association will be hosting the Canadian National Red and Black Angus Shows on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at the Manitoba Livestock Expo, Brandon, Man. The Manitoba Angus Association is excited to be hosting this event, as this is the first time they will host the national show since 1999.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is particularly pleased that Gerry Ritz remains with the Agriculture and Agri-Food portfolio and looks forward to continuing to work with the minister on issues of importance to Canada’s beef cattle industry. Ritz was first appointed minister of agriculture and agri-food and minister for the Canadian Wheat Board in August 2007. “Minister Ritz has worked tirelessly to improve market access for Canadian cattle, beef and other agricultural exports and we appreciate his efforts,” said CCA president Travis Toews. “The CCA will continue to press for improvements to our competitiveness both on the trade front and at home in our regulatory and business environment.”

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the International Stockman’s Educational Foundation will be hosting Canadian and international students at the 2011 International Livestock Congress in Calgary Aug. 7-11, 2011. The ILC Student Program provides an opportunity to those taking secondary education to tour the Cargill High River Packing plant (one of the few tours they do anymore), network with like-minded students working in the field of agriculture from across Canada, the U.S. and the world and potentially meet their future employer. The International Livestock Congress is being held in conjunction with the CCA semi-annual meeting this year giving participants the opportunity to meet industry leaders, hear the issues and the experts’ perspectives on these issues.

This program is open to diploma, bachelor and graduate students who are looking to be a part of the industry as primary producers, service providers and researchers, and is an excellent stepping stone for those who are interested in the Cattlemen Young Leaders Program which was rolled out nationally this spring. If you know of anyone who would be eligible and a good candidate, please tell them about the program. Students can apply at Http://Www.Ilccalgary.Com.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has announced the new program co-ordinator for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Program. Fawn Jackson will be filling this role as Jill Harvie is taking a leave from her job, for a year. Fawn Jackson grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Inglis, Manitoba. She and her four sisters were always very involved in 4-H and the Canadian Charolais Youth Association. In 2010, Fawn graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in natural resource and agricultural economics. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Fawn moved south to begin graduate studies in international agriculture at Oklahoma State University. During her time there, Fawn was fortunate to do research and work with an agriculture development team in Afghanistan. Fawn is excited to have joined the CCA staff as the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program co-ordinator this past May to continue learning and contributing to our great agriculture industry.

It is that time of year again to think about your nominations for the CSA Hall of Fame Award. As in the past, we are accepting nominations from the CSA membership and provincial associations. Please see the CSA web-site for selection criteria and nomination form, http://www.simmental.com/history.htm.

The CSA board will be reviewing the applications in September, so please have your nomination into the CSA office by September 1, 2011. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the CSA office or email: [email protected]

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