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Members of the Young Canadian Simmental Association are being urged to apply for two sponsored spots to attend the 2010 World Simmental Congress and Youth Forum Sept. 18-27 in Melbourne, Australia. Youth members interested in taking part in this Youth Forum are required to prepare a report under the title: Why should other countries invest in Canadian Simmental genetics? OR Why should the commercial industry expand its use of Simmental genetics? Details are available from the association at

Mark your calendar for this year’s International Livestock Congress BEEF 2010: Raising Optimism, Global Strategies August 10-13 in Calgary in conjunction with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association semi-annual meeting. The congress has been successful in attracting key leaders from around the world and is recognized as the leading-edge event for the beef industry in Canada and the world. For more go to the ILC website or contact Iris Meck or Carol Huculak (403) 686-8407,

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, the Canadian Angus Association will be changing some of its calf registration fees. The good news is that after that date, animals registered under four months of age will still cost only $15. For the rest of calendar year 2010 the fees remain unchanged. Registrations for spring 2010 calves that are sent in electronically by July 15 will be priced at $15 per calf, regardless of age. For more details check with the association.

Plans are well underway for the third annual T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament, June 22-23, 2010 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links in Saskatoon. The money raised at this industry fundraising event go to the youth in the beef industry by supporting the programs of national junior breed associations. If you are interested in being a part of the T Bar Invitational contact T Bar Cattle Co. Ltd. at (306) 933-4200 or go to

Numerous celebrations are being planned for this, the 150th Anniversary year of the Canadian Hereford Association culminating in the breed’s annual general meeting and national junior show in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec in July, and the national show at Agribition in November. Visit for details.

The Canadian Junior Limousin Association is offering scholarships again in 2010. Four junior members will receive $250 for submitting an essay on their involvement with the Limousin breed. The National Conference Senior Aggregate and Reserve Senior winner will also receive scholarship money. To apply, simply forward an essay to Mary Hertz, CLA vice-president and director in charge of juniors at:

Whatever your view of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, we can all be proud of our Canadian Forces serving overseas. One way for Canada’s beef producers to express their gratitude is to Sponsor a Steak for a Returning Soldier. When the first troop rotation came back from Afghanistan in 2007, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) picked up the tab for 1,700 steaks served to the returning troops of the Royal Canadian Regiment and their families at CFB Petawawa. Harvey Dann of Alert Agri Distributors in Manitoba is working to repeat that event and take the idea clear across the country. Ads in the Canadian Cattlemen magazine and some of the provincial cattle association monthlies have been donated, and in these ads he is asking for donations to repeat the 2007 Petawawa BBQ at all of the major Canadian Forces bases across Canada. The next two events have been scheduled for June 20 at CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and July 1 Canada Day at CFB Edmonton. BBQs are also planned for Val Cartier, Gagetown and Petawawa.

SALES

5th Annual Spring Creek Simmentals/ Red Rose Angus Bull Sale

Moosomin, Sask., March 11, 2010

31 Black Simmentals, av. $3,905

30 Red Simmentals, av. $3,275

8 Black Angus, av. $3,213

7 Red Angus, av. $2,886

76 Bulls, av. $3,489

Canadian Reds 37th Annual Red Angus Bull Test Sale Medicine Hat, Alta., March 13, 2010

44 Yearling Red Angus bulls, av. $2,258

Gross $99,350

Harvie Ranching Bull Sale

At the farm, March 29, 2010

3 2-year-old Charolais bulls, av. $3,267

28 Yearling Charolais bulls, av. $3,378

3 2-year-old Hereford bulls, av. $3,433

12 Yearling Hereford bulls, av. $3,025

46 Total av. $3,209 Gross $147,600

Peak Dot Angus Bull Sale

Wood Mountain, Sask., April 7, 2010

64 Older bulls, av. $4,920

50 Yearling bulls, av. $4,794

114 Total bulls, av. $4,864

4 Bred cows, av. $13, 625

4 Total females, av. $13,625

118 Total, av. $5,161

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