on-the-Lake, Ont. The show consists of 16 cooking students from across Canada who are locked down in a fully equipped teaching kitchen complex at the Niagara College Culinary Institute. Each one-hour episode is a ‘match’ consisting of a frantic series of cooking ‘rounds.’ Three executive chefs judge their creations out of a possible 100 points. Bonus marks are awarded by VQA vintners and winemakers to those competitors who can pair the right wine with their dish. The Beef Information Centre (BIC) is a major sponsor of the show, and Canadian beef was used in each of the nine regular episodes of the series. In addition, beef was featured as one of the final cooking round challenges during the final episode.
BIF just finished its annual meeting in Sacramento California. The topic of the day was the development in the field of DNA testing and there was a lot of discussion surrounding the use of DNA technologies in cattle breeding. It was repeatedly stated that in order to take advantage of the technology that data and DNA samples must be available from the population. Papers and presentations from the conference are available online at: Powerpoint presentations: www.bifconference.com/bif2009/newsroom.html;Papers: www.bifconference.com/bif2009/symposium_papers.html.
Unlike other industries, there currently is no national mechanism or central location to collect all purebred sales price data. As you know, most breed publications collect and publish production and consignment auction sales figures — but not all. However the majority (over 70 per cent) of purebred sales in Canada are by private treaty. The Canadian Beef Breed Council (CBBC) has developed a Purebred Sales Reporting Workbook where breeders can conveniently record their annual sales. The CBBC is developing a national database to accept this sales information. It’s useful to breeders, and the information it captures will be critical to the purebred sector. National sales reporting will help confirm and validate the inherent higher value of purebred cattle.
Lenders have told the CBBC that they require third-party verification if they are to recognize the appropriate value of purebred cattle. Currently, all cattle in Canada are generally assessed at commercial values. Once CBBC collects sales data from producers — they will, on behalf of the sector, post national sales information to their website to help substantiate purebred cattle values with lenders, insurance companies and government programs. If you have any questions please contact: Doris Rempel, the purebred risk assessment co-ordinator, at [email protected]or phone(403)730-0350.
Proud grandparents, Gaylene and Jack Groeneveld, G5 Cattle Co., announced the birth of their grandson, Logan Charles Matthews on February 12, 2009. Logan is the son of Kim and Tim Matthews of Olds, Alta.
Many ads that run in Canadian Cattlemen are created by Kim Matthews, while Tim and his father raise purebred Limousin cattle.