The Keith Gilmore Foundation and Canadian Junior Hereford Association have announced the three recipients of the 2016 Future of the Breed Scholarship. The $1,000 Future of the Breed Scholarship is an entry level scholarship awarded to active members of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture and agri-business. The three are:
Bennett Foster, Roblin, Man., the son of Brian and Marilyn Foster. He recently graduated from Goose Lake High School and is enrolled at Lakeland College where he studies agri-business. Bennett has been a CJHA member for nine years and has attended five Bonanzas. He is currently the CJHA national delegate for Manitoba. Bennett is active in showing Hereford cattle, is a 4-H member and an enthusiastic snowboarder. His future plans include returning to the family farm and expanding the purebred Hereford operation.
Alexa Bricker, Disdsbury, Alta., the daughter of Ross Bricker and Rose Schroeder. She has recently graduated from Didsbury High School and is enrolled at the University of Alberta to study biological sciences, majoring in biology with a particular interest in cattle genetics. She has been a CJHA member for eight years and had attended two Bonanzas, including the 2012 World Hereford Conference. She enjoys showing cattle and is an accomplished athlete and musician. She is a volunteer teacher with her figure skating club and also volunteers at the Didsbury Hospital.
Jillian Just, Yorkton, Sask., the daughter of Jeffrey and Kristina Just. She graduated from Yorkton Regional High School and is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in a bachelor of science in agriculture program with plans to continue her studies in the field of veterinary medicine. Jillian has been a CJHA member for five years and has attended three Bonanzas and the 2012 World Hereford Conference. She is currently the treasurer for the Saskatchewan Junior Hereford Association (SJHA). She has been involved in 4-H for 11 years and enjoys swimming, cross-country running, writing and piano. She helps out on the family farm and volunteers at her church. Jillian plans to continue building and expanding her Hereford herd.
The Keith Gilmore Foundation offers three levels of scholarship to Canadian students. The KGF Prize for Beef Innovation for students involved in advanced studies of industry research; the Hereford Youth Scholarship for students with connections to the Hereford breed enrolled in agriculture-related studies; and the Future of the Breed Scholarship, funded in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hereford Association, for CJHA members moving on to post-secondary education.
The Young Canadian Simmental Association has elected a new board of directors for 2016-17 headed by president Dylan Foley of Ont.; first vice-president Heather Creamer of N.S.; and second vice-president Craig Matthews from Ont. The remaining directors are: Cathryn Thompson, Alta.; Paige Holmquist, Sask.; Wyatt Millar, Sask.; Carson Rodgers, Man.; Krista Whelan, Que., Sophie Wotten, Sara Van Sickle and Cooper Snider retired from the board this year.
The Keith Gilmore Foundation summer fundraising auction raised $23,200 this year thanks to the donors, Blair-Athol Polled Herefords, Remitall West, Harvie Ranching, YV Ranch, Braun Ranch and Hereford Breeder.net. Kevin and Joanne Fraser of Cochrane took their choice of twin bred horned heifers supplied by Blair-Athol Polled Herefords for $6,000. Two exportable polled embryos supplied by Remitall West were purchased by Little Fort Herefords for $2,400 and two polled embryos from Harvie Ranching went to Blairs.AG for $3,400. Two horned embryos from YV Ranch went to Oakridge Farms for $3,400 and two exportable horned embryos from Braun Ranch were sold to Bar Pipe Hereford Ranch for $3,000. Livingston Energy of Claresholm purchased the seven-day South African Safari put up by Hereford Breeder.net.
Bonanza 2016, the Junior Hereford competition attracted 149 junior members from Canada, U.S. and Mexico this summer. Over the week the juniors showed 235 head of cattle from all across Canada. During the open show judge Garth Cutler chose the cow-calf pair of RVP 51X ABLAZE 7A with calf at side HARVIE RSK MS AUTUM 32D as the Grand Champion female, exhibited by Jacey Massey. Reserve Champion female was awarded to NEXT GEN RIESLING 295 ET exhibited by Morgan MacIntyre. Grand Champion Bull was awarded to XLP KPH LCHP TRIBUTE ET 707B exhibited by Lexi O’Connor and Reserve Champion bull was awarded to TRIPLE A 47R DINO ET 112D exhibited by Luke Andrews. Bonanza 2017 to be held in Abbotsford, B.C, July 17-21 2017.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Luing breed in Scotland. To mark the occasion Canadian Luing Cattle Association secretary Iain Aitken of Belmont, Man., put a brief history of the breed in his fall newsletter. The development of the Luing breed began in 1947 when three brothers Denis, Shane and Ralph Cadzow purchased the island of Luing off the west coast of Scotland. As established grain farmers and cattle fatteners on the rich soils of Scotland’s east coast they wanted to build a cow herd to supply their fattening operation. The rugged terrain and poorer, leached soils on the high-rainfall west coast island offered an economic opportunity.
When they came to stock the new property they faced a dilemma as the purebred cattle of the day (predominantly Shorthorn and Aberdeen Angus) had followed the “baby beef” fashion and were too small to provide the kind of replacements that were profitable for their fattening operation. The Cadzows felt the three attributes essential to the viability of their cow herd were the ability to withstand a tough environment, produce a calf every year and be self-sustaining in terms of replacements.
This steered their initial breed choice to the Beef Shorthorn x Scottish Highland, a popular F1 commercial cow that was well suited to their environment. They found this crossbred cow worked well for them but maintaining separate herds of Shorthorns, Highlands and the F1 crosses was logistically complex so their thoughts turned to stabilizing their F1 cattle as a self-sustaining cattle population.
To achieve this they bred an exceptional Shorthorn bull back to their F1 cows and in 1952 they retained two of the resulting 3/4 Shorthorn, 1/4 Highland bulls. In time breeding these bulls back to their F1 cows established the 5/8 Shorthorn, 3/8 Highland makeup of the Luing breed as we know it today.
After several generations and rigorous selection they had achieved a recognizable type with predictable performance. By 1964 they had 400 cows of this type and they started to think that their cattle had something to offer the wider industry and perhaps they should pursue the idea of becoming an official “breed.” In May 1965 an open day was held on Luing to showcase their cattle to an invited audience of other breed representatives, industry officials and dignitaries. In turn this led to official breed status being granted by the British Parliament to the Luing in July 1966.
The Canadian Junior Limousin Association (CJLA) 2016 board of directors (above) were elected during the CJLA Annual General Meeting at the CJLA Impact Show in Lloydminster, Alta. at the end of the July.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has kick-started the Royal fun by hitting the road with a chef competition that is pitting top local chefs against each other at several regional Ontario events. The last regional competition was at the Markham Fair, October 2. The Royal Chef Challenge Champion will be crowned during a final round at the Royal at Exhibition Place in Toronto on Saturday, November 12, at 1:00 p.m.
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association (CGA) is proud to have Gelbvieh-branded RFID tags available by October 1 to assist both purebred Gelbvieh breeders and commercial cattlemen using Gelbvieh bulls in identifying and marketing their Gelbvieh-influence calves. The Gelbvieh RFID tags are manufactured by Allflex and are distinguished by their unique “orange” coloured back with a “G” icon and Canadian maple leaf. Tags can be purchased via the CCIA web store site. A commercial cattle producer that has purchased a CGA registered Gelbvieh bull since 2010 and whose ownership has been transferred is eligible to purchase one bag of 25 tags per bull purchase. Contact the CGA office for further details.
The Canadian Hereford Association is pleased to announce the election of Canadian Hereford Association president-elect Dr. Doug Mann, Swift Current, Sask.; vice-president-elect Albert Rimke, Oak Lake, Man.; pedigree chairman Nels Nixdorff, Airdrie, Alta. The new executive term will take effect on January 1, 2017.