Taylor Isley is the Commercial Angus Identification and Performance Program (CAIPP) co-ordinator of the Canadian Angus Association. This is a one-year internship supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Career Focus Program. Taylor will be working with breed development director, Kajal Devani, to get the CAIPP program up and running in 2016. Through CAIPP producers can record Angus-tagged animals with the association with the option of adding pedigree and performance data such as feedlot growth and carcass quality to the records. Taylor is a purebred cattle producer from east of Calgary who holds a bachelor of science in animal science with a minor in communications from Kansas State University.
Congratulations go out to Chuck Groeneveld of High River on receiving the Western Legacy Award for sustained individual contribution from the Calgary Stampede. He volunteered for 40 years at the Stampede, many of them as the barn boss, 26 years as a 4-H leader and many years representing the Simmental breed as a board member of the Alberta and Canadian Simmental Association. He and his wife Lorraine toured Alberta extensively over the years promoting the Alberta Beef Producers and the beef industry in parades, shows and fairs across the province.
The Canadian Limousin Association (CLA) has sold 8,000 pink Limousin CCIA tags this year, exceeding earlier expectations. The unique pink tags approved earlier this year by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) are marked with an L and Canadian maple leaf on the back to clearly identify Canadian Limousin-influence animals. The CLA ensures that the tags are sold to producers with Limousin-influence calves. This year tags were made available to producers from B.C. to Ontario and the Maritimes but the CLA is negotiating with Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) to make Limousin-branded RFID tags available to Quebec producers in 2016.
Limousin breeders are being reminded that The International Limousin Congress (ILC) 2016 will be held in Ireland August 20-28, 2016. The congress includes a one-day technical conference, and six-day travel program culminating in the National Show Parade of Champions and Elite ILC Sale. Details are found at www.ilc2016.com.
A new Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange kicked off in November with the arrival of two junior Limousin members from Australia, Lauren Amor and Kate Loudon of Dubbo (see photo above), NSW to take in the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition. Each year, Australia will send young Limousin enthusiasts to Canada for the month of November to stay with host families and take in the major shows that month. In turn, Canada will send one CJLA member age 16-21 to Australia for the month of April (during the Sydney Royal Show) or mid-July to mid-August (during the Ekka Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane).
Last month Lauren and Kate stayed with Lingley Limousin, Hillview Farms and Anchor B Limousin and assisted with their show strings. Members of the Canadian Junior Limousin Association interested in the return leg next summer need to apply at http://limousin.com/juniors/scholarships/ before February 1, 2016. The successful applicant will receive $2,000 from the CJLA toward travel expenses.
Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) president David Bolduc spoke for many within the purebred community in offering condolences to the family of Gary Smith on his death November 10. Smith was the president and co-founder of Alta Exports International Ltd. and also a member and past director of the CBBC. “His efforts to promote the export of Canadian purebred cattle and genetics paved the way for record sales in many international markets including Russia and Kazakhstan,” said Bolduc.
The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) has presented its inaugural Partner of the Year Award to Hero Certified Burger, a quick-service restaurant franchise chain concentrated in southern Ontario and Buffalo, New York founded by John Lattieri in 2003 (see photo above). The award was established last year to acknowledge important partnerships in the supply chain that promote Angus beef to the public. “We chose Hero Certified Burger to receive this inaugural award because of its commitment to using Angus beef that is both verifiable and Canadian,” says Rob Smith, CAA CEO. Its sole supplier of Angus beef is Beretta Farms of Etobicoke, Ont. Hero Certified Burger has been a member of the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program since it was launched in 2009.
The Regina Hotel Association (RHA) and Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) have put up the final $4 million needed to construct the new International Trade Centre at Evraz Place in Regina. The RHA committed $3 million and the CWA $1 million to go with the $33 million committed by the city, the province and Ottawa in July to begin the 150,000-square foot multi-use facility. “New facilities will provide stability for our livestock exhibitors and for our show,” says CWA president Stewart Stone, while admitting the $1-million contribution is quite an accomplishment for a not-for-profit organization like the CWA. Construction begins following this year’s Agribition show and should be completed in 2017.
For the second consecutive year, Rob and Deanne Young of High Country Cattle, Breton, Alta. ended up being the final name drawn at the Alberta Simmental Draft at Farmfair International (see photo above). They selected the heifer calf CMS High Calibre 509C from Jim Smith, Czech-Mate Livestock at Carstairs. Jim walked away with a cheque for $10,000.
Red K Adams Zaria 091Z with Calf at Side — Red Ter-Ron Shocker 10C from Ter-Ron Farms of Forestburg, Alta. was named this year’s Supreme Champion Female at Farmfair International November 14. Red Redrich Aftershock 238A from Redrich Farms of Forestburg, Alta. was the Supreme Champion Bull. The sponsors of the show are Rafter DM Trailers and RAM. Since 2011 the Alberta Supreme Show has brought the champions from Farmfair International, Olds Fall Classic and Lloydminster Stockade Round-up into one ring to select a Supreme pair to represent the province. This year’s show featured 40 exhibitors competing for a piece of more than $130,000 in cash and prizes, with a RAM truck for each of the champions.
Sylvia Megens of Goodwood, Ont., won the Queen’s Guineas competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto last month with a 1,330-pound steer named Last Chance. A University of Guelph agriculture graduate, Megens has been showing cattle at the RAWF for 12 years. Last Chance was purchased by Highland Packers Limited of North York for $10/lb. Reserve Grand Champion, Murray, shown by Jarrett Hargrave of Proton Station weighed 1,430 pounds, and sold to Sanagan’s Meat Locker of Toronto for $7/lb.
Angus dominated the Masterfeeds Supreme Champion competition at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto (see photo at top of page). OSU Empress 3100 (right) shown by Premier Livestock, Hasson Livestock, and Six Mile Angus Ranch was named Supreme Champion female for the second year in a row. PM Thunderstruck 22’13 shown by Blacklane Meadows Angus and Vos Vegas Angus was named the Supreme Champion bull.
Last month during Farmfair Canadian Simmental Association general manager Bruce Holmquist (l) presented Roger Peters of Peterosa Exports with the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Golden Book Award (see photo above). This award recognizes Peters’ efforts in promoting and advancing Canadian Simmental internationally.
The 42nd edition of Farmfair International drew a record 94,387 guests to the Edmonton EXPO Centre to take in cattle shows and sales, equine events, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, RAM Country Marketplace and more. This year’s event featured a 33 per cent increase in beef exhibitor entries over 2014. Farmfair brought internatiownal buyers from 20 countries together to see and purchase top-quality genetics from Alberta producers. With more than 1,000 head of livestock on exhibit, including more than 950 head of purebred cattle, the 2015 edition of Farmfair International was one of the biggest yet.
Next year’s Farmfair International will run from November 9-13 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Rexall Place.
Producers purchasing Simmental bulls from the United States or semen from American bulls should be aware of differences that exist between Canada and the United States in the percentage of Simmental required to qualify for purebred status. The Canadian Simmental Association requires a male to be 15/16 Simmental to reach purebred status while the American Simmental Association accepts males that are 7/8 Simmental or less by Canadian standards as purebred. As regulated by the Federal Animal Pedigree Act, it is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that these bulls meet the requirement of being 15/16 Simmental if they wish to register the animal in the Canadian Simmental herd book as a purebred.
The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2015 scholarships. The winners are:
- Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation — $3,000 — Sophie Wotten, Ont.
- Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation — $2,000 — Cole McMahon, Alta.
- Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship — $1,500 — Ryley Noble, Sask. and Taylor Campbell, Ont.
- Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship — $1,000 — Mariah Wotten, Ont.
The King of the Ring banner at the 2015 Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster was presented to the Simmental bull Erixon Lad 20 C bred by Erixon Simmentals of Clavet, Sask.
The Stockade Lady Heifer Calf Jackpot went to the Black Angus heifer DMM Miss Essence 5C, bred by Lee and Dawn Wilson of Bashaw, Alta. and exhibited by Miller Wilson Angus of Bashaw.
The Fleckvieh Simmental Congress of the Americas will take place April 28-May 8, 2016 in Villahermosa Tabasco, Mexico. Follow its page on Facebook for information as it is updated.
Allen Moczygemba, a native of San Antonio, Texas, is the new CEO of the American Angus Association.