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Purely Purebred – for Oct. 10, 2011

The September Oldtimers picture was of a young Duncan Porteous taken with his Hereford 4-H calf. Duncan is the former secretary manager of the Canadian Hereford Association and presently a project manager for the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. It was taken around 1955.

This issue we have a photo that I hope will stump some of you and bring back memories for others. Identify the ringman if you can, then tell me who the fellow is in the red jacket. Love the hairstyles and hats back then.

GOODBYE TO A FRIEND OF US ALL: Walt Browarny, beloved husband of Marie of Calgary and noted livestock photographer, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at the age of 75 years. Walt gave it a good fight but lost his battle with cancer, and passed away after Allan arrived from Eastern Canada to say goodbye. Besides his loving wife Marie, Walt is survived by his children, daughter Shannon Browarny; son Allan Browarny and daughter-in-law Roxana; two grandchildren Corbin and Sophia. A celebration of his life was held Aug. 29 in Calgary. Walt was a familiar figure in livestock rings all over the North American continent for over a quarter of a century.

The Canadian Beef Breeds Council suffered a drastic cut in funding for international marketing endeavours this year. Apparently the export statistics get lost in the system and fund holders (government) are not able to justify supporting the CBBC due to lack of recordable results. The breed associations know that their respective members achieve international sales on an ongoing basis and unless an animal is transferred, they have no record of the transaction. The breed associations are interested in compiling sales information in order to paint a more accurate picture of purebred genetic sales outside of Canada. If you sold embryos, semen or animals outside of Canada in 2010, it would be appreciated if you would share that information with your breed association. Your help is crucial in accessing future funding to promote beef genetics abroad.

Dr. Jim Mailer passed away at age 61 years on July 20, 2011 at the Stettler Hospital. Jim was born August 15, 1949 in Provost, Alta., the eldest son of Peter and Mary Mailer (nee Fossen). He attended school from Grades 1 to 9 in Cadogan, Alta. and went to high school in Provost. He completed his veterinarian degree in 1977, and settled in the town of Stettler, where he began his work with the Stettler Veterinary Clinic. He became a prominent member of the community with his involvement in the Rotary Club, Heartland Youth Centre and 4-H Clubs. Jim became president of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association in 1994. He had a key role in the development of the Western Drug Distribution Centre and newly released Cattle Vantage Software. In 2010, he was honoured with the WCABP Veterinarian of the Year Award, which was a great accomplishment as he ended his career.

The Canadian Limousin Association annual general meeting took place on August 20 in Orangeville, Ont. To receive an annual report booklet containing activity reports, financial reports, provincial association reports, breeders should contact the CLA office. Three new directors were elected to the board: Terry Hepper (Sask.), Kelly Yorga (Sask.) and Jim Richmond (Alta.). Returning directors are Bill Campbell (Man.), Darby Cochrane (Man.), Lynn Combest (Alta.), Brian Lee (Ont.), Stan Skeels (Alta.) and Dale Turner (Sask.). Bill Campbell was elected as the new president for 2011-12. Lynn Combest is vice-president and Darby Cochrane is the treasurer. Mary Hertz is no longer on the board but will remain on the executive as past president. Mary Hertz, Rob Swaan and Mike Geddes have completed two terms of three years therefore they were not eligible to return to the board of directors. The association posted excess revenue of $49,607 over expenses for the past year.

A letter from the Ontario Limousin Association requesting that all Angus animals in Lim-Flex pedigrees be tested for Arthrogryposis multiplex, informally referred to as Curly Calf Syndrome was addressed at the meeting. The CLA board felt that the Angus policy regarding this syndrome protects the Limousin registry against including carrier animals. Since all Angus genetics in Lim-Flex animals are registered or recorded, therefore the pedigrees of these cattle are known.

The Canadian Junior Limousin Association also announced its new board: Dillon Hunter, president; Jayden Payne, vice-president; Melanie Gollinger, secretary; Dana Carpenter, treasurer; Brandon Hertz, press reporter and Cassidy Matthews, Katelynn Tedford, Bailey McConnell, directors at large.

Mario and Dany Simard of Ste- Sophie de Levrard hosted about 100 guests at the Quebec Limousin field day in August. Bull calves destined for the bull test stations were on display in the barn along with their dams, and the family s main herd sire: BLB Titanium 95T.

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is looking for Simmental and Simmental-influenced feeder cattle for its Genomic Innovations research trials. The project examines sustained fertility, feed efficiency and carcass quality of these cattle. They will have DNA collected before the test at a net feed intake facility in Guelph and complete carcass and meat quality data collected. Over the course of the project, several more groups will be fed out. If you have any source-verified cattle that meet this criteria, or know of any, the CSA is asking that you contact Bruce Holmquist ( [email protected]) or Sean McGrath ( [email protected]). Over the course of the project the CSA is going to require additional carcass and ultrasound data from members and their commercial customers. Producers with DNA available on older SM sires are also being asked to contact Sean.

Canadian Charolais Association members will be able to take advantage of the updated registry system this fall following a complete revamp of the hardware and related software running the breed s registry in early September. The system was shut down from Sept. 7 to 12. The upgrade was necessitated by a variety of online and system issues with the old equipment.

At the Southern Alberta Yearling Classic Sale, Aug. 5, Angus-influence commercial cattle dominated the sale. With 16,000 head on offer, predominantly yearlings available for fall delivery in large lots, the bidding was competitive and prices were strong. The sale was held at Chain Lakes Provincial Park in the M.D. of Ranchland building, west of Nanton, Alta. All cattle were sold with a Contract for Purchase of Livestock defining the sellers and buyers responsibilities and obligations. Many of the larger lots featured 400 to 1,100 head per lot. All cattle were shown on video at the sale and described by southern Alberta Livestock Exchange staff. The sale wound up after three hours, and was followed by a steak barbecue.

The Canadian Hereford Association has information on its website about the World Hereford Conference that will be held in Alberta next summer, July 13-18. The tentative schedule is on the Canadian Hereford Association s website. The cattle shows including the World Hereford Conference Junior Bonanza will be held at Olds. It is anticipated that 17 member countries will be represented. They expect 500 head of quality Hereford cattle will be shown. Contact the Hereford association toll free at (888) 836-7242 for sponsorship opportunities.

Dr. Jay Cross is the 2012 World Hereford Conference chairman. Jay and his wife Lucy own and operate Bar Pipe Hereford Ranch at Okotoks, Alberta. The Cross family has been breeding Herefords since 1953. Jay s father, grandfather and greatgrandfather are all past presidents of the Calgary Stampede. His greatgrandfather, A.E. Cross, was one of the original founders of the world-famous stampede starting in 1912. Dr. Cross is currently the associate dean of research and graduate education for veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary.

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