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Purely Purebred – for Mar. 14, 2011

The Feb. issue wasn’t out long enough for anyone to identify the picture of the bull and his breeder. It was 1962 Regina Bull Sale, the bull was Early Sunset Bandoliermere 12 and the breeder was John Grant.

Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup will take place July 29, 30 and 31, 2011 in Neepawa, Man. Watch their blog for updates athttp://mbyouthbeefround- up. blogspotor on Facebook. The Roundup is open to all juniors under the age of 25 interested in any breed of cattle. The event features education workshops, judging, a cookoff, cattle show, as well as the selection of the Manitoba Agribition Judging Team.

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program received over 50 applications for 16 mentorship openings in 2011. The selection committee began last month to sort through the applications and select the finalists for the Cattlemen’s Young Leader’s Forum during the Farm and Ranch Show in Edmonton on April 1. The applicants will have an opportunity to showcase their people skills, knowledge of the beef industry and public speaking abilities during round table discussions at the forum.

I would like to extend my own condolences to the Latimer family who announced the passing of Louis Taylor Latimer on December 21, 2010, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Jean, their children Linda (Doug Henderson), Gary (Jacci), Marlene (Ian Harvie) Nancy Latimer, Bryan (Annette) and Elaine (Greg Urwin), 22 grand children, 14 great grandchildren, his sister Mary (Jim Buzzard), brother Marvin (Mary) and sister-in law, Jeannie Latimer and predeceased by his brothers Carroll and Norval. In his long career he was involved with four breeds — Shorthorn, Polled Hereford, Gelbvieh and Angus. The family’s Remitall herd began with a 1954 partnership between Louis and Carroll that lasted until 1976 when Louis joined his sons Gary and Bryan. Gary and his son Richard run Remitall Farms today. Louis was a former board member of the Calgary Stampede, Canadian Hereford and Shorthorn Associations, a pioneer of the Beef Improvement Federation and enrolled on the Canadian Hereford Association Honour Roll.

The Salers Association of Canada is expanding the services on its web-site in the near future to include a classified ad section, banner advertising and individual breeders pages. Breeders will be able to host their sale catalogues or feature upcoming events on these pages.

Randy Scott of Hanna, Alta., was elected president of the Canadian Welsh Black Cattle Society at its annual meeting in Olds, Alta., last month. The remaining members of the board are: Randy Kaiser, Ponoka, Alta., vice-president; Arlin Strohschein, Trochu, Alta., secretary/treasurer; John Buba, Spruce Grove, Alta.; Jim Blanke, Pilot Butte, Sask.; Dale Studer, Virden, Man.; Peter Froland, Hughenden, Alta. The society’s newly constructed website is available at www.canadianwelshblack.com.

The Canadian Angus Association has begun the process of sorting through the applicants for the position of chief executive officer that was advertised in December. Outgoing CEO Doug Fee has agreed to remain available for the first several months to ensure a smooth transition in the management of association business on behalf of the breed’s 3,000-plus members. Angus breeders can now follow CAA events and news on their association’s new Facebook page.

One of those events is a tour group that the CAA is putting together for members who want to attend the World Angus Secretariat meetings October 18-15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anyone interested should contact Tina Zakowsky at 1-888-571-3580.

The CAA also announced it has distributed more than $100,000 worth of free Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tags through the Alberta Age Verification Incentive Program.

The Canadian Gelbvieh Association has offered a special limited-time registration price to its 2011 members. Animals over two years of age can be registered for $25 per head until May 1.

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is reminding breeders who purchase U.S. bulls or semen that the CSA requires a male to be 15/16 Simmental to gain purebred status in compliance with the federal Animal Pedigree Act while the American Simmental Association accepts males that are 7/8 Simmental. Purchasers are responsible for ensuring that American imports are eligible for registration in the Canadian herd book.

On a similar note the Canadian Limousin Association recently reminded breeders of the difference in rules for Lim-Flex cattle in the U.S. and Canada. In order to register a calf in Canada the association bylaws require that one of the parents be at least 75 per cent Limousin. For that reason the progeny of two Lim-Flex animals cannot be registered in Canada. For complete details go to www.limousin.com/association/rules-regulations/lim-flex quick guide.

The Canadian Limousin Association now has a Facebook page where breeders can go to post events or link to their own sites.

Canadian Begian Blue breeders are being urged to get involved with the breed online by signing into a new members form, a joint venture of the Canadian, American and International associations of Belgian Blue breeders. The American association hosts the forum. For details visit http://www.belgianblue.org.

The Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC) has once again decided to hold the line on processing costs for the various breed herd books it maintains. The cost remains $5.05 per unit for member associations and $5.55 for contract associations for the fourth straight year. The 2011 annual meeting is set for Saturday April 2, 2011 at the Westin Bristol Place in Toronto at 12 noon. CLRC handles the registrations for the Belgian Blue, U.S. Belted Galloway, Canadian and American Galloway, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Brown Swiss, Chianina, Dexter, Highland, Hays Converter, Lincoln Red, Lowline, Luing, Murray Grey, Canadian Piedmontese, North American Piedmontese, Pinzgauer, Red Poll, Shorthorn, South Devon, Speckle Park, Tarentaise and Welsh Black associations.

Seven young Canadians attended the January 2011 Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) Young Rancher’s program in Denver to coincide with the National Western Stock Show and the International Livestock Congress-USA. The group included four participants in the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Young Leaders (CYL) program, Rosie Templeton, Nanita Blomquist, Samantha Sperber and Ricki Fleming. 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.

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program is supported by Alberta Livestock Meat Agency, Cargill’s Five Business Units, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, all foundation partners, as well as Canadian Cattlemen magazine as official supporter of the program.

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