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PURELY PUREBRED – for Oct. 5, 2009

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As promised here is the next photo from my personal stash of pictures. Can anyone tell me who even one of these individuals might be? Here is a hint: the fellow washing the faces of the two girls with snow (yes those are girls) currently holds a managerial position in a cattle organization. The two girls are now married women with two children each. This picture is over 25 years old.

Last month saw numerous staff changes at the Canadian Angus Association office. Cheryl Hazenberg has moved from the registry department into her new position as Canadian Angus certification program co-ordinator, replacing Alan Deacon who has left the association to pursue new career opportunities. After a summer spent helping in nearly every department, practicum student Kailey Walker has accepted a full-time position as assistant registrar.

The Canadian Simmental Association says that now is a good time to be thinking about organizing ultrasound scans on your 2009 calf crop. Scans are accepted between 320 and 430 days of age and must be conducted using the Ultrasound Guidelines Council protocol. A list of Canadian technicians is available on their website at Click on the technicians link on the left-hand side.

The CSA carcass rebate program is also still in effect and provides an account credit for each valid ultrasound record submitted to the CSA. Ultrasounding of yearling seedstock provides a very good indication of the relative carcass merit of their progeny and data is included in the CSA genetic evaluation to generate carcass EPD.

The Maine Anjou event days at Agribition are Thurs., Nov. 26, 4:00 p.m. in the Canada Center West with the $10,000 Robert Smith Memorial Mainetainer Classic, and Friday Nov. 27 at 12:00 noon with the Open show in the Canada Center West. The Prospect steer and heifer show has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9:00 a.m. in the Canada Center West. This coincides well with the other events as it provides one more chance to see the Mainetainer heifers with a sale to follow.

Michael Latimer has joined the Canadian Angus Association staff in the position of assistant general manager. Michael will provide support and back up to CEO Doug Fee. His duties include working with the Canadian Angus Foundation, international marketing, liaison with Canadian Junior Angus Association co-ordinator Belinda Wagner, office contact for the Canadian Angus rancher endorsed program and assisting with enhancements to the Angus tag program and the Canadian Angus breeder accreditation program.

There will be an open beef show, a junior show and a Cinderella Classic at the 2009 Maritime Fall Fair in Halifax on the Thanksgiving weekend this year. Plans are well underway to have yet another succesful beef show at Exhibition Park in Halifax. The details are being fine tuned as to the numbers of livestock to be on site during the weekend but we are assured there will be beef animals there. The second annual Cinderella Classic is up and running and the Open Beef Show will follow the same format as previous years with two full days of open classes and a complete junior show on the holiday Monday. Judge Norman Little from Ireland already has his ticket bought and can’t wait to come to Halifax.

At the Olds Fair this year the Supreme Champion Bull banner was won by Remington Cattle Company with a Simental bull. Czech Mate and Mader Ranches won Supreme Champion Female with a Simmental female.

The Canadian Charolais Association updated its website recently and has set up a presence on Facebook. Best of all the CCA has also started tweeting. Be sure to post your comments.

As of August 1, there was a change of ownership at the Rimbey Auction Mart, in Rimbey, Alta. when Allen Olson bought out his two partners of many years, Brian Tennant and Guy Paris. Darryl Friesen, from Bentley Alberta, has been appointed general manager. He will be a familiar face as he has been working at the market for the past eight years.

The third weekend in September marked the Alberta Angus Association’s (AAA’s) Autumn Angus Legacy Weekend. It is their annual celebration of “all-things-Angus” in Alberta with a weekend of “fellowship and fundraising” at the Olds Agricultural Society’s fairgrounds. The AAA 2009 Ed Boake Memorial Purebred Breeder of the Year award went to Dave and Lynne Longshore and family of Bar-E-L Angus at Stettler. The 2009 Commercial Breeder of the Year recipient is, Jim & Carol Hern and family from Hern Ranches at Bindloss.

The 10th annual Canadian Junior Angus National Show-Showdown was held July 22-26, 2009 at Dundas, P.E.I. With over 50 participants, there were members present from every province in Canada, except

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