PURELY PUREBRED – for Sep. 6, 2010

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The picture of the three young people, in the August issue, were Elaine Latimer, Jimmy Joe Henderson and Robbie Hamilton. The two individuals behind them were Jim Good and Sandy Rosevear. I laughed when Millie Boake

commented “and the fellow in the peachy cowboy hat is Rob Hamilton.” All three individuals were identified by Brian Good, Millie Boake, Andy Hart, Mabel Hamilton and Rob Matthews. Some even went on and identified the other two. Rob told me I need to get tougher with my pictures, so watch for the October issues.

In this column I am going to talk about three programs that I feel are very important to the cattle industry in Canada.

The first program that still needs your support is the “Steaks for Soldiers.” How much should you donate? That is up to you and all donations are appreciated. There have been several donations in $20 to $50 range and there have been many in the $100- $500 range. There have even been some donations of over $1,000. Many of the folks who have donated over $1,000 have also shown up to help cook and serve the steaks on the day of the BBQ.

If every one of the 86,000 beef cattle producers in Canada sent $1.28, we would have the $110,000 that Harvey Dann of Alert Agri Distributors Inc. is targeting. So far, less than half of one per cent of the cattle producers in Canada have contributed nearly $50,000 (45 per cent of the objective). If we had another 600 donations of $100 each, or 60 donations of $1,000 or even 3,000 donations of $20, we would be there. It’s going to take a combination of all of these contributions, so please send what you can and show your appreciation for our Canadian soldiers.

We want to serve our Canadian soldiers one of the best steaks they have ever eaten in their lives. The steaks served at these BBQs are Canada Triple A New York Strip medallions cut an inch and a half thick and aged a minimum of three weeks. Even though we are acquiring them at wholesale prices through our beef industry connections, these high-quality steaks do not come cheap, so your donations are needed.

We delivered 1,700 steaks to CFB Petawawa in April 2007 and 2,000 to CFB Edmonton and 1,200 to CFB Shilo in June 2010. We expect to serve another 2,000 at CFB Petawawa in November 2010. The next events after that will be CFB Val Cartier, Quebec and CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick in 2011. Help us make this happen — send all donations to Alert Agri Distributors Inc., 14 River Springs Drive, West St. Paul, Man. R4A 2A3.

The second program I support is the “Cattlewomen for the Cure” golf tournament. What a fantastic group of women to spend the day with in Medicine Hat at the Cottonwood Golf course. With 144 players, 36 teams, and a beautiful day the tournament was fantastic. The charity of choice for 2010, the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation received $45,000. Another $1,500 was donated to different food banks chosen by the two top teams. The tournament receives unqualified support by the beef industry every year, and one of the newest sponsors, Cross Iron Mills Mall in Calgary, donated a $2,000 shopping trip to the winner of the new putting competition. Thank you to the sponsors and congratulations to the committee members who donate so much of their time to make this event happen. Mark the third Monday in August 2011 and plan to sponsor, volunteer or attend next year.

The third program is the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) development program.

Canadian Cattlemen magazine is proud to be an Official Supporter of the CYL. I commend the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association for spearheading this project, as well as ALMA and Cargill for their considerable financial support which will allow this program to become a reality.

The CYL program provides industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to producers between the ages of 18 and 35. CYL participants will have the opportunity to explore a potential career choice or involvement with a provincial/ national producer organization, while gaining the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future.

The six Alberta recipients selected to participate in the pilot phase of the mentorship initiative were announced on August 11. As the inaugural members of the CYL Program, participants in the Alberta pilot will provide valuable feedback to ensure a successful national roll out of the program in early 2011.

The recipients are: Professional Mentorship category:

Cody Schooten: a feedlot operator from Diamond City, Alta. Schooten has selected an area of interest in beef marketing. Rosie Templeton: a student at the University of Alberta and a purebred cow-calf operator with her family in Coaldale, Alta. Templeton’s area of interest is in agriculture communications.

Samantha Sperber: a student at the University of Alberta and a cow-calf operator with her family near Rimbey, Alta. Sperber’s area of interest is

in seedstock production. Industry Leader Mentorship: Keith Ypma: a feedlot operator from Taber, Alta. Ypma’s selected area of interest is in Domestic Agriculture and Foreign Trade.

Nanita Blomquist: a commercial cow-calf producer in Big Valley, Alta. and the Alberta field manager for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). Her area of interest is in beef marketing. Ricki Fleming: a senior herd manager for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Animal Disease Research Institute in southern Alberta and also actively ranches a purebred operation with her family in Granum, Alta. Ricki has selected animal health as her area of interest.

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) has provided $198,900 over three years while Cargill, in addition to offering mentorships to interested applicants, is providing financial support of $70,000 over the next three years that will take the program national. The funding is being provided through the Cargill Cares program and five business units including Cargill Meat Solutions High River, Cargill Meat Solutions Guelph, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Cargill Value Added Meats and AgriBrands Purina Canada Inc.

For more details visit www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com. For information about participating as a candidate

or mentor, contact Jill Harvie at [email protected] or 403-275-8558.

Olds Agricultural Society (OAS) is tremendously proud of the inaugural presentation of Summer Synergy and is confident that a strong foundation has been forged for future productions. Summer Synergy primarily hosted by Olds Agricultural Society July 11-16 is an exceptional concept, that will provide countless opportunities for the rural youth of Alberta including Alberta Junior Angus, Charolais, Hereford and Simmental Associations as well as Provincial 4-H Beef Heifer Show and Provincial 4-H Dairy show. It is also an ideal vehicle to showcase 341 youth and over 600 head of livestock achievements and celebrate excellence in both skill and production in an elevated public arena — Calgary Stampede Super Supreme Saturday, July 17. Tyson Hertz from Duchess exhibiting EXLR Titalist 033U took home Supreme Champion Commercial Female with younger brother Brandon Hertz claiming Supreme Champion Purebred Female with Ivy’s Sweet Touch. Chad Crest from Athabasca was the proud exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Dairy Female with Skycrest Laurin Corona.

RBC Ambassador Scholarships were presented to the following: Juniors $500 each Laurie Morasch, Bassano and Josie Hadway, Didsbury; Intermediates $750 each Dakota Townsend, Sylvan Lake and Andie Hadway, Didsbury; Seniors $1,000 each Tyson Hertz, Duchess and Sarah Hunder, Spruce View.

Calgary Stampede Foundation Intermediate Scholarship $1,000 winners were Andie Hadway, Didsbury; Ty Dietrich, Forestburg; Dakota Townsend, Sylvan Lake; $500 winners were Kathryn Dolliver, Stettler; Samuel Haeni, Didsbury; Tyson Matejka, Ponoka; Jonas Haeni, Didsbury; Delia Loomis, Caroline; Coleman Nixdorff, Airdrie and J. T. Ross, Crossfield.

Calgary Stampede Foundation Senior Scholarship recipients included $2000 to Tyson Hertz, Duchess; Sarah Hunder, Spruce View; Samantha Sperber, Rimbey; Rosie Templeton, Coaldale; Sawyer Daley, Carstairs; Katelyn Dietrich, Forestburg; Jessica Sperber, Rimbey; Ethan Gosling, Strathmore. Winners at the $1,000 level were Cameron Olson, Indus; Chad Crest, Athabasca; Carling Matejka, Ponoka; Luke Marshall, Innisfail; Adam Nixdorff, Airdrie; Kelby Tannas, Cremona; Katelyn Crest, Athabasca; Margriet Appel, Penhold; Brittney Matejka, Ponoka and Emily Puch, Pincher Creek.

Six outstanding individuals truly excelled and received top beef aggregate awards including: Juniors Laurie Morasch, Bassano and Josie Hadway, Didsbury; Intermediates Andie Hadway, Didsbury and Dakota Townsend, Sylvan Lake; Seniors Tyson Hertz, Duchess and Ethan Gosling, Strathmore.

The sponsors are: Calgary Stampede Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Ted and Enid Jensen, Enbridge, UFA, WA Ranches, Olds College, RBC Foundation, Mountain View County, Diamond T Cattle Co. and Meyers Norris Penny.

Hereford Week in Canada was held in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec this year on July 13-17. The week included the Canadian Hereford Association annual meeting along with the National Junior Show. The 119th CHA annual meeting had a very good attendance on the 16th of July. The new president is Randy Radau from Bowden, Alta. and the new vice-president is Burt Grundy from, North Gower, Ont.

The CHA board of directors implemented a new award this year to commemorate 150 years of Herefords in Canada called the Special Service Award. This award recognizes those who have contributed greatly to the Hereford industry without holding a membership. Nominations for this award came from across Canada and the winners are as follows: John Hill, Cambridge, Ont.; Jim Wright, Aldergrove, B. C.; Herb Strandquist, Wetaskiwin, Alta.; Bill McKenzie, Nanton, Alta. and Donnie Peacock, Maple Creek, Sask.

The 31st annual Canadian Junior Hereford Association Bonanza was held in St. Hyacinthe, Que. There were hundred- plus juniors in attendance with 123 head of cattle exhibited.

The Salers Association of Canada’s annual general meeting was held in Carstairs, Alta., July 10, and saw the following members elected to the Canadian board of directors: Gerald McGee (president), Richmond, Que.; Ken Sweetland (vice-president), Lundar, Man.; Brian Jones (treasurer), Okotoks, Alta. Directors: Wayne Sereda, Big Valley, Alta.; Tammi (McGee) Eisner, Gatineau, Que.; Paul Hondl, Bowden, Alta.

One of the biggest resolutions discussed was the proposal to adopt the American Salers Association’s “Optimizer” program, which promotes and documents the performance and use of Salers genetics in crossbred beef production. Members voted to implement the Optimizer program in Canada immediately, and are excited about the opportunities this is expected to create. “We know that Salers have been used in crossbred programs for years, this will give us a better chance to document and provide proof of this breed’s contribution to the beef industry,” says Wayne Sereda, one of the members who brought the resolution forward. “Optimizers have generated a lot of interest and support in the U. S.,” he says, “to the extent that the Americans now have classes and shows dedicated to Optimizers.” Salers’ maternal and beef traits combined with hybrid vigour has proven to be beneficial throughout the States in the production of high-quality, high-yielding beef carcasses.

Alberta Salers members hosted the national meeting and then held a Salers Field Day at Spring Coulee Salers, west of Carstairs on Sunday July 11. Visitors from Alberta and Saskatchewan enjoyed cattle on display from a number of breeders around the province.

Check out the website www.salerscanada.com.

The Canadian Limousin Association held its 41st annual general meeting in Lloydminster, Sask./Alta. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Mary Hertz from Duchess, Alta. made Limousin history by becoming the first-ever CLA lady president. Bill Campbell from Minto, Man. is the new vice-president while Darby Cochrane from Alexander, Man. remains treasurer. Mary was not present at the meeting as she is recovering from a horse accident that took place a few days before the AGM. We wish her a speedy recovery. Also on the board: Mike Geddes from Clarksburg, Ont. (past president); Stan Skeels from Rimbey, Alta.; Rob Swaan from Quesnel, B. C.; Brian Lee from Janetville, Ont. and newly appointed directors Lynn Combest from Erskine, Alta. and Dale Turner from Saskatoon, Sask.

The CLA was pleased to report to its membership a positive financial report for the second year in a row. The excess revenue over expenses will be used for breed improvement projects and breed promotion endeavors in cooperation with the provincial Limousin associations.

The Canadian Angus Foundation, the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association, has established a new scholarship fund in memory of Dick Turner, a legend in the Canadian Angus breed. The Angus community has been saddened by the loss of Dick last month. A memorial service was held on August 5 in Lethbridge. Dick is known throughout the country for his work photographing and chronicling two and in some cases three generations of Angus breeders. Dick was a tireless supporter of the breed and its people and was known to encourage young breeders especially. Friends of Dick who wish to contribute to the scholarship can make contributions by cheque or credit card. Cheques should be made payable to Canadian Angus Foundation — Dick Turner Scholarship. They can be given to any Canadian Angus Association or Canadian Angus Foundation Director or can be mailed to the Canadian Angus Association office at 142, 6715– 8th Street NE, Calgary, Alta. T2E 7H7. Visa and Mastercard payments can be made by phone (1-888-571-3580). All donations will be acknowledged and will receive an income tax receipt. The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical restoration. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.

The Lees Family celebrated their 100th anniversary of registered Hereford cattle on August 21 at Glenlees Polled Herefords farm, the home of George and Annette Lees at Arcola, Sask. The Canadian Hereford Association and Canadian Cattlemen magazine would like to extend congratulations to the entire Lees Family on this milestone, marking not only their commitment to the Hereford breed but to the Canadian cattle industry.

The governments of Canada and Alberta are providing more than $2 million to the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) to help Alberta’s beef producers with age-verification and traceability initiatives. This funding will ensure the CCIA’s Mobile Field Representatives are available to support producers across the province for the next two years.

“Canadian farmers and beef producers can be proud of the safe, high-quality products they provide to families in Canada and around the world,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “By investing in the work of the CCIA in Alberta, we are strengthening Canada’s traceability and marketability to customers at home and abroad, helping farmers get top dollar for their premium meat products.”

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