‘Steaks for Soldiers’ program seeks further support

Purely Purebred: News from the October 2010 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Well, Fellow Cattlewomen And Cattlemen, The “blast From The Past” Picture This Month Has A Number Of People You Should Know, But They Will Look A Little Different Now. How Many Can You Identify?

In the Oct. 4 issue the two young people are (l. to r.) Lois (Gordon) McRae and Blair McRae showing Grand and Reserve Champion steers respectively. You know the old saying “if you can’t beat’ em… join ’em.” Well that is what Blair did! The picture was taken in 1970 in Brandon, I believe. Due to the tight timeline with the two issues this month no one has had the chance to identify these individuals, yet. But I am sure I will get some calls and emails.

The “Steaks for Soldiers” fund continues to grow, reaching $60,000 in late September. To date less than 250 cattle producers have contributed, out of the 80,000 producers in Canada. My hat is off to those who contributed. Perhaps this letter I received may motivate others to donate:

I was interested to read in your column in the September issue of CANADIAN CATTLEMEN the support for the “Steaks for Soldiers” program. My son, Lt. Andrew Nuttall, of 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 23, 2009. He was the platoon commander of 12 Platoon, and was struck by an IED while on foot patrol.

The family has a property in Alexis Creek, B. C., which was loved by Andrew and he asked me many times to have a proper header and sign erected. When his platoon returned from its tour in Afghanistan, the platoon (about 35 men) plus some fellow officers, travelled from their base in Edmonton to Alexis Creek, set up camp, and raised the sign onto a new header.

The ceremony was held on Saturday, July 24, and was followed by a delicious outdoor steak dinner. It was only at the dinner that I was informed that the steaks had been donated as part of the “Steaks for Soldiers” program. It was a wonderful gesture, much appreciated by the soldiers, and by Andrew’s family. I have written to Harvey and Jackie Dann of Agri Distributors, and sent along a contribution to the program.

I thought some of your readers might be interested in how this program is affecting soldiers and their families, and how much it is appreciated.

Richard Nuttall

Cayoosh Ranch, Alexis Creek, B. C. — To donate send your cheques to:Agri Alert Distributors, 14 River Springs Dr., Winnipeg, Man. R4A 2A3

— Check out the “Steaks for Soldiers” Facebook page and become a fan.

The Canadian Angus Association is pleased with Alta Exports’ recent delivery of Red Angus heifers to Russia. The cattle were selected from herds across Canada. The principles from Russia visited the Canadian Angus Association office in Calgary and staff provided them with an overview of our registry requirements and how our registry system works. In co-operation with Alta Exports, the exported animals will be maintained in the Canadian Angus Association’s herdbook which will offer registry services until Russia has an operational registry system.

Throughout the 10 days the Canadian delegates participated in the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) committee meetings and regular member meeting, attended the Royal Melbourne Show where Simmental was the feature breed, toured numerous Simmental herds, and promoted Canadian Simmental cattle and breeders to Congress delegates from around the world. Bruce Holmquist, CSA director of programming and external relations, was elected to his second term as WSFF president. Joining him on the executive is Dr. Josef Kucera, Czech Republic and Bill Almond, Australia.

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) and the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) had a very strong presence at the World Simmental Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Twenty Canadians attended the Congress including Everett Hall, CSA president; Ron Nolan, CSA second vice-president; and Randy Mader, CSA director. Once again the CSA and YCSA joined together to sponsor two young Simmental members to attend the Congress, as well.

Canadian Angus breeders were very active in the United States in September. A delegation of 15 Canadian Angus breeders and association representatives attended the American Angus Association’s 2010 National Angus Conference &Tour in Bozeman, Montana. Another group attended the Red Angus Association of America’s national convention in Springfield, Missouri. Some Canadian Angus animals were entered in the sale and did very well.

The Canadian Limousin Association has launched its new fall advertising campaign, based on residual feed intake. They have created a new ad and posters which feature this information. For a preview of the poster content take a look at the Canadian Limousin Association double page ad in this issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine.

The Canadian Gelbvieh Association is proud to announce the 209 Canadian Dam of Merit Award winners and the 27 Canadian Dam of Distinction Award winners for 2010. The Canadian Gelbvieh Association applauds the owners and breeders of these outstanding beef females. A complete listing of these elite cows can be found online at www.gelbvieh.ca/dams.html.

Canadian Hereford breeders enjoyed several field days this past summer. The Northwest Zone, in Saskatchewan, kicked off the first field day July 26 at Hill 70 Quantock Ranch owned and operated by Bill and Sherry Creech, Lloydminster. There were 65-plus bull calves shown, yearling bulls, as well as pens of three heifer calves and bred heifers. The Grand Champion Bull Calf was BIG-GULLY KS BOUNTY 894X and the Reserve Grand Champion was BIGGULLY 47R STANMORE 80X, both exhibited by Big Gully Farm, Maidstone, Sask. There was a great crowd to take in the show and it was topped off with a complimentary supper and awards.

The Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation Auction will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 during the Canadian Simmental Association’s annual general meeting weekend, in Quebec. The feature item for this year is a TRIP FOR TWO TO PARIS, FRANCE, generously donated by Ferme Gagnon.

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program candidates, for the Alberta pilot, have been confirmed. The CYL program offers a combination of formal and informal mentorship opportunities.

The following individuals will participate in the professional mentorship category:

Cody Schooten is a 10,000-head feedlot operator with his father and two brothers in the Diamond City area. He is also partners with his brother in a custom forage harvesting and custom manure-hauling business. Cody graduated from Lethbridge College with an animal science diploma.

Rosie Templeton has been extensively involved in junior livestock organizations. In 2009, she was named Alberta 4-H Provincial Public Speaking Champion. At the Alberta 4-H Selections program she was appointed Ambassador for the South Region as well as the recipient of the Premier’s Award. Rosie is currently taking an agriculture degree at the University of Alberta.

Samantha Sperber lives on a commercial cow-calf and grain operation outside of Rimbey. She is currently in her second year of a bachelor of science program at Grant MacEwan University. In 2009 she was also awarded the Government of Canada’s Millennium Scholarship, and just this year received the Government of Alberta’s Great Kids Award.

Receiving industry leader mentorships are:

Ricki Fleming is a 23-year-old purebred Angus breeder and a commercial cow-calf producer at Granum, Alberta. She has served as president and founding director of Alberta Junior Angus Association and as a director of the Canadian Junior Angus Association for two years and was co-chairman of the youth committee for the hugely successful 2009 World Angus Forum. She is currently the senior herdsperson at the Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) in Lethbridge.

Keith Ypma is the owner/manager of Sunset Feeders Ltd., a 10,000-head feedlot near Grassy Lake, Alberta, and owns a 1,300 commercial cow ranch under the same name. He is hoping to gain some extra knowledge on foreign and domestic trade and see what each of the organizations in the beef industry are doing to enhance the business.

Nanita Blomquist is a fourth-generation cow-calf producer from Big Valley, Alberta. Together with her family they operate a commercial Simmental cow-calf and grain operation. She is the current Alberta field manager for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA).

Funding for the CYL program is made available through the foundation partners. The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) has provided $198,900 over three years. As well as offering mentorships to interested applicants, Cargill 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. Canadian Cattlemen magazine receives recognition as an “Official Supporter” of the CYL Program and will be featuring a “Young Leaders” section starting this winter, which will feature the experiences of candidates, along with profiles on their mentors. Check out the program website at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

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