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PURELY PUREBRED – for Oct. 19, 2009

Can anyone tell me where this picture was taken? Or more accurately in what?

The picture from our September issue (repeated below) was taken over 30 years ago of (l. to r.) Dennis Ericson, Craig Flewelling, Bob Wilson and Bill Wilson. Congratulations to Ken Fredrickson for identifying all four gentlemen. He was the only one to do so. I had about six people identify three out of the four individuals.

At the AGM of the Canadian Limousin Association, the membership was pleased to hear that the association operated in the black with revenue exceeding expenses in the amount of $47,851. The 2010 annual meeting will be held in Lloydminster in conjunction with the National Junior Conference on the August long weekend. So mark your calendars now. The board remains the same for the 2009-10 term. Directors are Darby Cochrane, Warren Fuchs, Stan Skeels, Rob Swaan, Bill Campbell and Bryce Allen. President is Mike Geddes, vice-president is Mary Hertz with Jason Brock as past-president. The Limousin breeders are also busy with plans for the 40th Anniversary banquet during Agribition. Contact the Canadian Limousin Association office for tickets. The 40th Anniversary apparel and gift-ware is available from Cottage Lake Promotions at [email protected]or phone 780-963-9612.

The Alberta Farmer Express Summer Show Series, in Alberta, included beef shows at Barrhead, Mayerthorpe, Westlock, Darwell, Rich Valley and Smith. The High Point bull was won by Red Dwajo All Star 10T, owned and exhibited by Dwajo Angus, Camp Creek, Alta. The High Point Female award was won by Harprey Miss Middlebrook 6R also owned and exhibited by Dwajo Angus. Dwayne, Joanne and Jesse Emery of Dwajo Angus were named the High Point Exhibitors for the series, closely followed by SIBL Simmentals from Barrhead and Brandl Cattle Co. from Jarvie. A big part of the series is that each of the six shows has a $500 draw sponsored by Alberta Farmer Express for spectators towards the purchase of a bull from one of the exhibitors. Winners of the draws were Karen Morissett, Barrhead; Sara Van Sickle, Mayerthorpe; Raymond Gonnet, Onoway; June Dubovsky, Onoway; Rick Haltiner, Cherhill and Eugene Gingras, Boyle.

Long-time breeders Justamere Farms held their dispersion Oct. 12 and 13 of their Angus herd selling 600 head in the two days. Jon and Shelley, along with their family have been active in the seedstock industry for years. Jon’s father and grandfather were also well-known seedstock livestock producers.

The Alberta Beef Producers board of directors have finalized the fall meetings schedule. It is available on the website at http://albertabeef.org,or by contacting zone representatives or the ABP office for dates, times, and locations of a meeting near you.

Genome Alberta, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, and Alberta Ingenuity hosted the Canadian Bovine Genomics Workshop in Calgary in September. The purpose of this workshop was to engage stakeholders in building a shared vision for a National Bovine Genomics Strategy, and to officially launch the newly created Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Livestock Genomics. There were about 100 people on hand from industry, government and academia to talk about why we need to develop a bovine genomics strategy and how we can get there. Apart from the speakers in the room the event also featured a web video hook with geneticists Heather Burrow in Australia who talked about their experience with a Co-operative Research Centre, and Steve Miller from the University of Guelph. The consensus of the panel discussions in the afternoon was that we are on the edge of ground-breaking technologies, but what they failed to address was the economic advantages to ranchers to engage this new technology. For more information go to

www.genomealberta.ca.

Tavis Depalme of Red Deer, Alta., had to step back from the presidency of Salers Canada recently. Vice-president Gerald McGee of Richmond, Que. moved up a notch to lead the board of directors who were elected in June. He is also the president of the Quebec Salers Association. Meanwhile Travis has agreed to serve out the remaining year of his term as a director-at-large The other members of the board are treasurer, Brian Jones, Okotoks, Alta.; past president, Chad Mader, Peterborough, Ont.; Wayne Sereda, Big Valley, Alta.; Tammi Eisner, Gatineau, Que. and and Paul Hondl, Bowden, Alta.

The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) has announced winners of their special awards during the Agricultural Media Summit (AMS) held in Fort Worth, Texas. The Headliner Award honors a person from outside the livestock publishing field for actions that produce a positive change in livestock production and marketing. This year’s winner is Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted animal behaviourist and designer of livestock handling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Franklin Pierce College, her Master of Science degree in animal science at Arizona State University, and Ph. D in animal science from the University of Illinois. Today, as a professor of animal science, she teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State University (CSU) and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare. Temple Grandin-designed facilities are used throughout the world and in North America, almost half of all cattle are handled in a center-track restrainer system she designed for meat plants. She has authored more than 300 articles on animal handling, welfare and facility design. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many producers and firms to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

Hereford Week in Canada, which involves the annual Canadian Junior Hereford Association Bonanza, and the board and committee meetings of the Canadian Hereford Association were held at Princeton, B.C. in August. Over 300 enthusiastic Hereford breeders and juniors attended the event, which features Bonanza, the largest Junior show and competitions of any breed in Canada. The Bonanza event was hosted by the Stevenson family at their beautiful Copper Creek Ranch, just outside of Princeton, B.C. Garth Charlton, a long time Hereford breeder from Weyburn, Saskatchewan was elected president of the Canadian Hereford Association. He has served on the board for several years and an active show committee chairman for the association. Hereford Week in Canada will be held in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec from July 13 to 17 in 2010, at which time the association will celebrate 150 years of Herefords in Canada.

The Alberta Salers Association reelected Werner Grundke of Alberta Beach as president at their summer annual meeting and Randy Voss of Hythe as vice-president. Brian Jones of Okotoks is the treasurer and his wife Patricia Jones is secretary. Patricia is a newcomer to the board, as are Harley Tateson of Scandia and Debbie Grundke from Alberta Beach. With two husband and wife teams on the board, this could be a very interesting year for the Alberta group.

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