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Salers association heads online, and a ‘Virtual Bonanza’ sees success

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the Sept. 7, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A photo of Australia’s Beef Week in Queensland which I attended in 2018, well before COVID-19 ground life to a halt.

Salers hold AGM online

The Salers Association of Canada held its annual general meeting on June 27 online. Great attendance and great discussions made this event a success.

The association also elected its new executive for 2020-2021:

  • President: Peter Watkins
  • Vice-president: Werner Grundke
  • Treasurer: Travis Depalme
  • Magazine: Gar Williams
  • Directors: Richard Grudeski, Michael Topp, Brian Walker
  • Office: Heidi Voegeli-Bleiker

News from the Canadian Simmental Association AGM

2020 has been a year unlike any other, and for the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) and Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF), it has brought new learning experiences as the decision was made to restructure its 2020 CSA Convention. The CSA and FCSF virtual annual general meetings were held on July 25 via Zoom webinar. This year’s AGM was primarily an information meeting that covered the basic business of the CSA for the 2019 fiscal year.

The meeting was broadcast live from the CSA office in Calgary and chaired by Garth Rancier, CSA president. While opening the meeting, Rancier stated “that although this was a different reporting process, being able to provide an update to our membership was important. Despite the uncertainty throughout much of the world, Simmental is continuing to thrive and it’s a great time for the breed in Canada.” This statement was reaffirmed with reporting of an increase of business and activity, as well as another positive financial year for the CSA.

Krista Whelan, president of the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA), provided an update. The CSA AGM was paused midway so Ken Lewis, FCSF president, could conduct that AGM and provide a review of the foundation’s 2019 operations. Lewis also thanked Ron Nolan for his many years of service to the foundation as he retires from the FCSF Board.

Marlin Leblanc (Estevan, Sask.) was elected CSA president; Roger Deeg (Strathmore, Alta.) first vice-president; and Shane Williams (East Garafraxa, Ont.) second vice-president. The board also includes: Byron Johnson (Amisk, Alta.), Garth Rancier (Killam, Alta.) and Francis Gagnon (Cheneville, Que.). As noted in the August issue of Canadian Cattlemen, Jennie Mutch, Bill Biglieni and Blair McIntosh were newly elected to the CSA board.

The CSA and the Manitoba Simmental Association are looking forward to hosting the 2021 CSA National Convention, YCSA National Classic and FCSF Fundraising Auction in Portage la Prairie July 22-25, 2021.

Keith Gilmore Foundation awards scholarships

The Keith Gilmore Foundation (KGF) is proud to announce the 2020 scholarship recipients.

  • KGF/Canadian Junior Hereford Association Future of the Breed Scholarship $1,000 winners include: Daniel Schuepbach, Claresholm, Alta.; Megan Nicholas, Milestone, Sask.; Gavin Fleck, Outlook, Sask.; and Katie Elmhirst, Peterborough, Ont.
  • KGF Hereford Youth Scholarship $2,500 winners: Grace Misek, Lethbridge, Alta.; and Lyndsey Smith, Camrose, Alta.
  • KGF Prize for Beef Innovation $10,000 winner: Jessica Sperber, Ponoka, Alta.

For more information, please contact Libby Laycraft at [email protected].

Manitoba Ag Ex cancelled for 2020

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Manitoba Ag Ex, which was scheduled for the last week in October.

“The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance” said Greg Crisanti, president of the board.

Due to the current health concerns related to the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the provincially mandated regulations for public health and safety, the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba has cancelled the last event of the year along with previous summer shows and events in 2020. Together, those events were expected to generate more than $18 million in economic activity for the communities hosting them.

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is working closely with Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) to lobby the federal government for financial support to help clear this hurdle.

Canadian Junior Hereford Association Honour Roll Recipients 2020

The Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) recently unveiled its Honour Roll Recipients for 2020. The recipients are active CJHA members in good standing and are nominated by their provincial associations. They are recognized as ambassadors of the Here­ford breed and leaders within the junior programs provincially and nationally. This year’s CJHA Honour Roll recipients include: Allison Booth, Jolicure, N.B.; Emma Nicholas, Milestone, Sask.; Jillian Just, Yorkton, Sask.; and Levi Rimke, Oak Lake, Man.

Virtual Bonanza 2020 a smashing success

The Canadian Junior Hereford Association’s biggest event of 2020 was not going to be cancelled due to COVID-19. In May, the national council, made up of junior delegates and adult advisors from across Canada, reluctantly postponed the national event due to the nationwide restrictions in place. But fuelled by their ingenuity and commitment to their membership, the council pivoted from loss and disappointment to the excitement of creating a completely different Bonanza summer experience — Virtual Bonanza 2020.

CJHA members started registering and videotaping their animals throughout May and June for the competition, which was held over four days in July. There were five cattle shows with a full slate of classes, two art competitions and one individual judging competition covering all four age divisions. The Mini-Herfs showed off their colouring skills, junior members made education videos to share with their peers on topics such as AI, grooming and fitting. All told, there were over 70 kids and 175 head participating and prize payouts over $5,000. With the help of DLMS/ and our amazing show sponsors, we were able to continue the Bonanza tradition. Check out the show and results at the Cattlevids website or the Virtual Bonanza 2020 Facebook page.

For more information and photos please contact Libby Laycraft at [email protected].

Canadian Angus Association recording new traits

The Canadian Angus Association is implementing some new traits:

  • Residual Average Daily Gain (RADG): Feed costs make up a significant proportion of operation costs and feed efficiency is heritable (estimated heritability is 35 per cent).
  • Docility EPD: Docility is associated with better production and easier handling. Docility in Angus is estimated to be 44 per cent heritable.
  • Heifer Pregnancy EPD: Heifer Pregnancy EPD is a selection tool to increase the probability of a sire’s daughters becoming pregnant at first exposure. Fertility is one of the biggest impacts on profitability and sustainability in beef production. Heifer pregnancy is estimated to be 15 per cent heritable and can therefore be selected for successfully.
  • Mature Weight EPD: Mature Weight EPD is a measure of a sire’s genetic potential for mature weight of daughters
  • Claw Set EPD and Foot Angle EPD: Claw Set EPD will be an indicator of genetic potential for claw set on progeny. A lower number will indicate a more ideal claw set. Foot Angle EPD will measure genetic potential for foot angle, where the ideal is a 45-degree angle at the pastern joint with appropriate toe length and heel depth. Foot structure is approximately 25 per cent heritable in Angus and can be selected for successfully.

Throwback to pre-COVID travels

In 2018, I attended Australia’s Beef Week, held in Rockhampton, which is in central Queensland. Below and at top of this page are a couple of photos of Brahma-influenced cattle on pasture plus a beef show. The photos are from the Rockhampton and Longreach areas.

Brahma-influenced cattle on pasture in Australia back in 2018. photo: Mike Millar

About the author

National account manager

Mike Millar

As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.



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