David and Dyce Bolduc of Cudlobe Angus are the inaugural winners of Certified Angus Beef’s Canadian Commitment to Excellence Award. The brothers manage their 500-head Angus cow herd near Staveley, Alta.
When the Canadian Beef Grading System adjusted to account for quality grade in the early 1990s, the Bolduc brothers, began to search out carcass genetics and prioritize it in their herd. Their focus narrowed even further to create Angus cattle that capture carcass premiums with the Certified Angus Beef brand.
They use strict selection criteria to produce high marbling bulls, and as technology evolved they adopted ultrasound data and started evaluating all bulls with the Zoetis i50K DNA test. They also collect carcass data on their own fed cattle and encourage their bull customers to collect this data and take the time to explain their cut-out sheets. A 2018 group of 180 Cudlobe-sired feeder cattle graded 99 per cent AAA or better, with 73 per cent qualifying for CAB including 26 per cent Prime.
In addition to their annual bull sale, they host a Cudlobe feeder calf sale where customers are invited to market their Cudlobe-sired calves via video auction, where they have consistently brought $50 to $90 above market price.
Both brothers have served as president of the Canadian Angus Association and sat on the boards of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, the Beef Improvement Federation and the Canadian Beef Grading Agency.
Randy Bollum has joined the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) as advertising sales representative for Simmental Country and Simmental Commercial Country magazines, working with breeders across Canada and the U.S. and promoting the breed at industry events. CSA general manager Bruce Holmquist says Randy’s 20 plus years as owner, editor, and publisher of a national livestock magazine provides the wealth of knowledge clients can rely on when building their marketing plans. Randy and his wife Rhonda, and children Brandon and Kate, run a beef herd that includes Simmental genetics near Airdrie, Alta.
The 2018 Canadian Angus Foundation fundraiser auction raised $169,750 during the Canadian Angus Association annual meeting in Comox, B.C.
Jim Round of KBJ Round Farms partnered with Robert Geis to purchase their pick of the Crescent Creek Angus 2018-born heifer calves for $17,000.
The 2018 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador, Matthew McGillivray of Kamloops, B.C., purchased a pick of Sealin Creek’s 2018-born heifer calves selected in consultation with donor Dan Speller for $5,250.
Crisis Cattle Co. of Parson, B.C., bought the high selling embryo/experience donation from Blairs.Ag of Lanigan, Sask., for $4,500. The package included three Red Angus embryos with a bonus of dinner at the Diplomat in Regina and tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Liebreich family of Merit Cattle Co., who donated a pick of their heifer calves last year to top the 2017 fundraiser auction, purchased the high-selling embryo donation from Miller Wilson, Lee and Dawn Wilson, from DMM Blackbird 105A for $2,500 each.
The high-selling semen donation was a tie between Bar S Range Boss 4002, donated by Merit Cattle Co. and Grady C. Dickerson, to Miller Wilson and HA Cowboy Up 5405, donated by Hamilton Farms, the Hamilton family. The lots sold for $550 per package of straws to J&S Cattle Co.
Other sale highlights include a custom-made quilt donated by Gail Wildman of Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd. of Sangudo, Alta., that sold to Six Mile Ranch of Fir Mountain, Sask., for $2,250; two Hycroft collectible plates, donated by CAF executive director Belinda Wagner from the personal collection of late Angus personality Rob Holowaychuk, that sold for $3,000 to Jim and Rita Round and Geis Angus; a framed Red Angus print, “The Red Angus” by Scottish artist Angela Davidson, donated by the Canadian Angus Association, and purchased by Benchmark Angus for $3,000.
The Canadian Angus Foundation is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.
Matthew McGillivray from Kamloops, B.C., is the 2018 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador for the Angus breed. He attends the University of Alberta and plans to obtain a bachelor of science in agriculture, with a major in animal science, before pursuing a doctorate in veterinary studies from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan leading to a career as a large animal veterinarian specializing in food animal production. McGillivray’s family operation is McGillivray Land & Livestock in Kamloops, B.C., where he has established a personal purebred Angus herd with Canadian genetics.
The Junior Ambassador represents the Canadian Angus Association for a year at events across Canada and one international experience. The other finalists were Tyra Fox, Lloydminster, Sask.; Robert Geis, Barrhead, Alta.; Jarrett Hargrave, Proton Station, Ont., and Jennifer Jermey, Ashern, Man.
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association announced the appointment of Sarah Van Schothorst as the chief executive officer in June. She took over the reins from Gaylene Groeneveld who decided to retire after serving 17 years with the association. Groeneveld, along with Prime Cut Publishing, will continue to publish the Canadian Gelbvieh Guide magazine.
“Sarah has worked with the Canadian Hereford Association and has experience in the purebred and commercial beef industry,” says Lee Wirgau, president of the CGA. Wirgau proudly states, “Gelbvieh cattle have been in Canada for 46 years, and the future of the breed looks very bright going forward.”
Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Karl and Kristine Sauter received the Outstanding Young Breeder award. Both grew up on mixed farms with commercial cow-calf herds. Karl created his purebred Angus herd in 2007 with the purchase of some bred females. Kristine created a small herd of purebred Red Angus females through her 4-H participation. They met through 4-H and married in 2011. Currently, their Bridgeway Livestock has over 160 Red Angus and Red Simmental breeding females.
The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Award recognizes an Angus breeder between the ages of 22 and 30 who has demonstrated a desire to stay involved in the Angus business. The award comes with a $3,500 cash prize.
The Canadian Angus Foundation named Macy Liebreich of Radville, Sask., as the Dick Turner Memorial Award winner for 2018. She is a third-year commerce student at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business who plans to pursue a degree in law after completing her bachelor of commerce degree and make a career in beef and agriculture advocacy. She was the Angus breed’s 2017 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador. Her family operates the Merit Cattle Co.
Dick Turner had a 55-year career in livestock publishing, promoting the Angus breed through the Canadian Aberdeen Angus News magazine.
A recent highlight for Gelbvieh breeders was news from Australia’s National Beef Expo that Vernon and Eileen Davidson of Davidson Gelbvieh near Ponteix, Sask., had bloodlines that were attributed to a win at this prestigious event for Australian Gelbvieh breeders, Midas Gelbvieh Cattle Co., Chris and Julie Braithwaite, of Murgon, Queensland. The winning female, Midas Elssa M0009 was sired by DVE Davidson Pld Dan, a son of DVE Davidson Dandy 75Z. The Davidsons are members of both the American and Canadian Gelbvieh Associations.
Twelve youths from eight countries (Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States) participated in the Canadian Charolais Youth Conference and Show in Brandon, Man., July 25-28.
The Canadian Charolais Youth Association (CCYA) event is held annually rotating through the provinces of Ontario to Alberta for youths ages 8-21. This year each international guest was paired with a Canadian youth to experience the event.
The Charolais International Youth Program was created by Helge and Candace By, of the Charolais Banner, Regina, Sask. “We pitched it at the 2017 Charolais International AGM in Mexico and it was accepted unanimously. We felt it is important to encourage youth to become involved in the breed internationally to ensure the longevity of Charolais International,” said Helge By. “It is also important for countries that do not have youth programs. There are three over-age youth attending to work with our youth co-ordinator and learn about hosting such an event in their home countries.”
The event started with educational seminars and continued with various judging classes, showmanship and team grooming.
The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) recently honoured Doug Haughton of Houghton Bros.; Jim Round of KBJ Round Farms and Gary Slezina for 50 years of membership in the CAA.
Doug Haughton is a third-generation 4-H member and the owner of Haughton Ranch, located on the hills of Knutsford, B.C., close to his hometown of Kamloops. Haughton was involved with 4-H as a boy, and continues to donate his time to the cattle breeding, showing, and judging community. He is known for experimenting with different strategies to market his cattle, including spaying, not implanting some animals, expanding into the bred heifer market, and finishing his cattle on wine. After graduating from college, he took a job in Kamloops at the local John Deere dealership selling farm equipment. “John Deere Doug” was acclaimed by customers for over 30 years.
The Round family purchased their first Angus heifer in 1964, joining the Canadian Angus Association a few years later. Jim has served on the board of directors for the Northern Angus Alberta Club, president of the Alberta Angus Association in 1987, and CAA president from 1995 to 1996. With his partners Ken and Barry, Jim has sold cattle worldwide to Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Australia; recently, they had one of their Red females win Reserve Champion at Chihuahua, Mexico.
Gary Slezina joined CAA as a junior member in an Angus family. In 1959 Frank Slezina, who had recently immigrated from Czechoslovakia, bought seven purebred Angus heifers born near Coaldale, Alta., and created what would become an essential pillar beneath the foundation of Canadian Angus genetics. Most notably, in 1971 six females from the Southolm herd were purchased at the Toronto Royal by Scottish breeder John Graham, who then imported them to Scotland. These females became the first of the Canadian Angus breed to be imported back to their country of origin.
Three Legends of the Breed awards were recently presented to long-time members of Canadian Shorthorn Association. They are: Jim and Creta Haydock of Matlock Farms, Lloydminster, Sask.; Ken and Virginia Morison, and Robert and Sylvia Morison of Eionmor Stock Farm, Innisfail, Alta.