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Purely Purebred – for Sep. 12, 2011

I have a question to pose to readers of my column. We, at Canadian Cattlemen magazine, are contemplating a change to the name of this column. I have no doubt that over the last five years you have noticed that I include not just purebred news in this column, but newsworthy items from other beef organizations, shows and conferences. Anything Beef is my motto when putting this column together. Since the readers stay in contact with me and take such strong ownership of this column by sending me news, we are asking the readers to suggest names. If you feel this is a good idea let us know. Or are you happy with the name as it is? What s your opinion?

The Canadian Hereford Association held its annual general meeting on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in conjunction with Bonanza 2011. It was a great success with about 100 members attending the annual meeting. Bonanza s theme for this year was Building Friendships and 150 juniors from across Canada with approximately 260 head of purebred and commercial cattle shown did exactly that. Bonanza is the largest junior show in Canada.

Cattle started to arrive on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 and headed home on Sunday, July 31. The facilities at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon did a wonderful job in accommodating the juniors and their cattle. Congratulations to David Reid of Saskatoon and his committee for all their hard work and dedication. Randy Radau will continue to serve for a second term as president of the Canadian Hereford Association, leading us through the World Hereford Conference being held in Alberta in July 2012. Outgoing Canadian Junior Hereford Association president, Kaityn Reid of Saskatchewan announced at the banquet on Saturday night that Meghan Black of New Brunswick was elected as the new president of the CJHA.

New directors to the CHA board are David Reid and Doug Mann both from Saskatchewan. Garth Charlton and Harvey Duke are to be commended for their years of service to the CHA.

Congratulations to Ferme d Anjou et Fils who were presented with the Canadian Angus Association Feedlot of the Year Award for Eastern Canada on August 13. The award for Western Canada was presented to High Ridge Feeders and Shannondale Farm of Manitoba at the annual general meeting in June.

Northlands Farmfair, Olds Fall Classic and Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up have collaborated to introduce the Alberta Supreme Championship. The Alberta Supreme will include all breed winners from Northlands Farmfair Agriculture Showcase, Olds Fall Classic and Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up. In addition to winning the Alberta Supreme Champion title, the exhibitor of the male and female champions will drive away in a 2011 Dodge Ram truck.

Longtime Manitoba Charolais breeder, Bob Digby of Rolling D Charolais, Dropmore, Man. passed away in his sleep Aug. 2 at his summer home. He was 72. His funeral was held at the Roblin Community Centre. Bob will be missed by his immediate and extended family.

Foley Marquess, of Charmark Ranches, Gem, Alta., passed away Aug. 2, 2011 at the age of 68. Funeral services for Foley were held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Bassano. Foley started his Charolais herd in 1971 and was still a member of the Canadian Charolais Association.

Former Charolais breeder Happy Tegart of Justanother Farm, Irricana, Alta., was killed Sunday, July 31 in a baling accident. Justanother Farm was in the Charolais business from the mid-1970s until they dispersed in 1991. Hap was 72 years old and died suddenly doing what he loved farming. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sharon (Patterson); son Rob (Melanie); three grandkids: Kasper, Klover, and Kayman. Happy was raised in the Columbia Valley and in his younger years travelled North America on the professional rodeo circuit where he met Sharon. The highlight of his career was winning Canadian Bareback Champion in 1968. Following a successful custom cattle fitting and showing business, Hap became even more known for raising Charolais cattle and paint horses. He was very involved with his community and over the years held a number of positions with different organizations including the Calgary Stampede Beef Cattle Committee, Western Irrigation District, Alberta Charolais Association, Canadian Pro Rodeo Association and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame.

One of Wellington County s best-known beef farmers, Charlie Watson, passed away July 29. Charlie, who was 87, left home with a Grade 8 education in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s and was a millionaire by the time he was 35. In the 1960s, Watson developed the 1,100-acre Peel Village in Brampton and Shoppers World in Scarborough. Through it all he always called the village of Dromore, north of Mount Forest, Ont., home. His son Charlie Jr. died in 2006 while attending Agribition in Regina. Both Charlie Sr. and Charlie Jr. were long time Charolais breeders, their operation known as Wat-cha Farms.

At the conclusion of the Calgary Stampede s 29th annual UFA Steer Classic on July 17, Justin Hall s 1,404-pound Angus was named the grand champion a victory worth $9,000, plus $1,000 for best-in-breed honours in the stampede steer show s Angus class.

The Hall family victory came on the heels of the steer s win at the Lloydminster Classic Steer Stake Show, and brought things full circle for Justin s father, Barry Hall, who himself had won the UFA Steer Classic in 1989 and 94 and hadn t returned to the Stampede City since. The reserve champion, a 1,385-pound Limousin from Denfield, Ont., was worth a runner-up cheque of $4,000, as well as another $1,000 for best-in-class, to its owners, Mark Phillips and Brodie Gutzke of Phillips Cattle Co. The steer was purchased by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.

With 98 entries this year from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, up from 79 a year ago, the UFA Steer Classic represents the culmination of the regional steer show season. It is the richest steer show in Canada. The Jackpot Heifer Show, held on Sunday, July 17 was won by Dakota and Wacey Townsend of Sylvan Lake, Alta.

With roots tracing back to 1983, the UFA Steer Classic is nearly three decades old& but suddenly got a lot younger this summer. Organizers have put a special emphasis on the show s Junior Class by boosting the payout to the winners $5,000, including a $3,000 scholarship, to the owner of the grand champion, and $3,500, including a $2,000 scholarship, to the owner of the reserve champion. Shelby Kent of Carstairs, Alta., and Kathryn Dolliver of Stettler, Alta., respectively, earned those inaugural scholarships, and their winning steers were put in the spotlight at Saturday s all-new Junior Champion Auction, which was held immediately after the UFA Steer Classic, with proceeds sustaining the scholarship fund.

Sparrows Hombre 355X by Sparrows Eldorado exhibited by Josie Sparrow, Vanscoy, Sask., won Grand Champion Female honours at the Canadian Charolais Youth Association Conference and Show held July 23 in Saskatoon. Judge Kasey Phillips selected SVY Starstruck 8X by SVY AD Invincible exhibited by Katie Serhienko, Maymont as Reserve Grand Champion of the 37 entry show.

The Cattlemen s Young Leaders candidates have all been matched with appropriate mentors for the program. Most of the CYL participants were also able to attend the Canadian Cattlemen s Association s Semiannual meetings held in Calgary, in early August, in conjunction with the ever popular International Livestock Congress. For more detailed information on candidates and mentors go to

Livestock Gentec is holding its second annual conference in Edmonton on October 19 and 20. The 2011 conference theme is Addressing the Gap Between Discovery and Profitable Adoption, and the potential for impact across the value chain. Speakers include David Chalack (ALMA), Stephen Moore (University of Alberta) and Stephen Miller (University of Guelph) as well as Sally Northcutt (American Angus Association) and Christoph Weder (Prairie Heritage Beef). Livestock Gentec is an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions centre, created to conduct genomics research and bring commercial benefits to the Canadian livestock industry. For more information, or to register please visit or contact Livestock Gentec at 780-248-1900.

For the second straight year, the International Youth Livestock Show is part of a collaboration between the stampede and the Olds Agricultural Society entitled Summer Synergy. The integrated, week-long show, which concluded on Friday, July 15 at Olds, drew an estimated 350 competitors and about 600 head of livestock from all over Western Canada. The major ity of the 2011 Summer Synergy event which included a youth marketing competition, a multi-species judging competition, conformation, showmanship, and show team judging took place in Olds, beginning Sunday, July 10. Youths exhibited animals in three species classes sheep, dairy, or beef and Stampede International Youth scholarship interviews were held on Stampede Park on Saturday. In all, the stampede nearly doubled the number of annual IYLS scholarship recipients, to 48, and boosted the total scholarship value to $50,000, from $35,000, with help from sponsors CCS Corporation, ConocoPhillips, WA Ranches, Ted and Enid Jansen, Enbridge Inc., the Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Calgary Stampede Foundation. The scholarship recipients were introduced and recognized on Saturday night during the evening Grandstand Show at Stampede Park.

Rod Burnett, of Armstrong, B.C., won the Calgary Stampede s 23rd annual International Livestock Auctioneer Championship from a field of 10 finalists. Victory was sweet for Burnett, who sold cars and heavy equipment for 15 years before being convinced in 2008 by his current employers at Valley Auction Ltd. brothers Peter and Don Raffan, both former stampede champs themselves that he should turn his attention to livestock.

Burnett collected $5,500 in cash, prizes, a stampede championship buckle, and an automatic berth into the 2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship at Hilmar, Calif. Reserve champion Mike Nuss of Minatare, Neb., takes home $1,000 and a buckle. Brennin Jack of Regina, the reigning Canadian champion and the 2009 stampede rookie of the year, placed third, good for $600. This competition is widely acknowledged to be the second-most prestigious auctioneers showdown in the world.

Due to extreme weather conditions in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan the YCSA National Classic had to be cancelled. There have been many challenges for livestock producers resulting in very few entries and unfortunately there were not enough to constitute a National Classic this year. The Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up went ahead as planned. Stay tuned for information regarding the YCSA annual general meeting (AGM) this fall.


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