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PURELY PUREBRED – for Mar. 9, 2009

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I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.

— Walter Chrysler

On Feb. 17, 2009, the Canadian Angus Association became the first Canadian purebred beef breed organization to integrate Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) tag numbers on registration certificates. Only tag numbers from the Canadian Angus Association’s specialized Angus tag program will be printed on the certificates. The Canadian Angus Association operates a value-added tag program called the Canadian Angus Certification Program (CACP). CACP tags can only be used on qualifying Angus animals. To qualify for CACP tags, calves must be proven to be sired by a purebred Angus bull or born to a purebred Angus cow. Only calves with minimum 50 per cent proven Angus genetics qualify for CACP tags. Now the Canadian Angus Association can print CACP tag numbers on registration certificates. CEO Doug Fee says “adding the CCIA Angus tag number to the registration certificate improves traceability. We can now tie a tag number to a specific animal as well as a specific producer.”

The Canadian Murray Grey Association has asked us to note the passing of Dr. Archie Bishop of High River, Alta., on Feb. 9. He was one of the earliest breeders of Murray Grey cattle “and a grand gentleman.” “He remained a breeder until his death in his 90s,” says association secretary Barb Groves. “He will be missed.”

The Canadian Angus Association has hired two new part-time commercial fieldmen. John Duivenvoorden in Ontario and Wayne Gallup in Quebec. Initially, John and Wayne will work about four or five days each month meeting with commercial producers on behalf of the breed. John Duivenvoorden was a long-time Angus breeder and cattle feeder from Innisfail, Ont., who dispersed his herd and retired last year. He served on the Canadian Angus Association board of directors from 2001 to 2007. Wayne Gallup is a former Hereford breeder who started buying Angus cattle about six years ago after he dispersed his Hereford herd and retired. Today, he and his wife Arlene have a small show herd of 23 Angus.

The Canadian Bull Congress, held in Camrose, Alta., Jan. 23 and 24, was a success despite the frigid temperatures. Ter-Ron Farms of Forestburg, Alta., won both the Champion Pen of Three Bulls as well as the Peoples’ Choice Pen of Three Bulls. The Reserve Champion Pen of Three Bulls was won by Miller-Wilson Angus of Bashaw, Alta. Senior Champion Bull was won by Spring Lake Simmentals and the Ranchers’ Choice Single Bull honours were taken by Ter-Ron Farms. Miller-Wilson Angus took the Reserve Ranchers Choice Single Bull award. The winner of the Bullnanza was Claude Heincker from Kinsella, Alta. He chose the Miller-Wilson bull as his prize. For complete show results for the Canadian Bull Congress go to

www.bullcongress.com.

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