Bonanza 2018 was a huge success. Held July 17-21, 2018, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., the event hosted over 100 junior participants and displayed over 150 head of cattle from across Canada and a few from the United States. Bonanza 2019 will be in Weyburn, Sask., from July 31 to August 3, 2019.
Hereford Steer Showdown is a jackpot steer feed-out competition for purebred Hereford and Hereford-influenced steers. It’s open to adults (CHA members and non-members) and juniors who are members of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association. The steers are fed out at Olds College and prize money payouts are available in numerous categories. For more information contact the CHA office or check out the website at hereford.ca.
The Canadian Limousin Association board of directors recently elected the new executive of their board for 2018-19. Erin Kishkan of Quesnel, B.C., was elected to serve for a second year as president. Bill Zwambag of Glencoe, Ont., was elected as the new vice-president and Cody Miller of Westlock, Alta., was elected as the new treasurer.
Hereford Plus is a new program developed by the Canadian Hereford Association board of directors to provide genetic evaluation on crossbred cattle. For cattle to qualify for the program, the animal must be 50 per cent registered Hereford and 50 per cent of a registered Canadian beef breed. The Hereford Plus program is an opportunity for those marketing F1 cattle to capitalize on genetic evaluations and to use those tools for selection and marketing.
The Canadian Simmental Association has released its first genomically enhanced EPDs produced by International Genetic Solutions and its BOLT software program. This new genetic evaluation process improves the accuracy of EPDs and allows for a more accurate tool for evaluating genetic potential of Simmental cattle and will be updated on a weekly basis.
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association (CGA) has revealed its new logo and slogan, PERFORMANCE, PRODUCTION, PROFIT. Three words the association believes are indicative of what the Gelbvieh breed can do from the cow-calf operation to hanging on the rail. The CGA has launched the BOLT genetic evaluation for the calculation of EPDs. The evaluation is a full multi-trait evaluation that includes pedigree, performance, DNA and external EPD data directly in the calculation of the EPD. Further, the evaluation calculates accuracy values directly rather than using the previous estimation method. EPD from the BOLT system are directly comparable with the American Gelbvieh Association and several other breed organizations. For more details contact the office or visit the website at gelbvieh.ca.
In other news the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is now offering orange Gelbvieh RFID tags for sale online at canadaid.ca.
The CGA annual meeting will be held November 20 at Agribition in Regina in conjunction with the National Gelbvieh Show and Sale.
Gelbvieh breeder Davidson Gelbvieh of Ponteix, Sask., was recently recognized by the Canadian Gelbvieh Association (CGA) as the owner of 31 Gelbvieh cows exhibiting the consistent maternal efficiency typical of “The Continental Breed of Choice.” The CGA has designated these outstanding beef females as Dam of Merit or Dam of Distinction recipients. Maternal productivity plays a major role in profitable beef production, as nearly 60 per cent of the cost of producing a pound of beef can be attributed to the cow herd. Considerable economic research has demonstrated that fertility and calving ease followed by milk, growth, and carcass cutability have the biggest influence on profit in a retained ownership (conception to carcass) system. The title “Dam of Merit” recognizes cows that meet strict selection criteria including early puberty and conception, regular calving intervals, and above-average weaning weights on at least three calves. Of the 4,755 active cows in the Gelbvieh breed, only 5.1 per cent qualify for Dam of Merit. The “Dam of Distinction” honour recognizes cows that meet the same high standards for superior, long-term productivity with at least eight calves. Just 0.8 per cent of all active Gelbvieh cows qualify for this elite group.
The Canadian Angus Association recently announced that it will not be renewing the contract of CEO Rob Smith. Smith has been in his current role since 2011 and will stay on until December 31, 2018, with the new applicant starting in the new year. Anybody looking for an exciting opportunity in the role of CEO to the largest cattle breed association in Canada, please contact Cameron McDonald of Pekarsky & Co. for more details. McDonald can be reached at 403-407-1965 or [email protected].
When you are taking in Farmfair International this November in Edmonton, don’t forget to register early for BeefTech. Beeftech runs November 8-9 and is an interactive beef industry learning event with a great lineup of speakers as well as hands-on workshops and technology demonstrations.
Thecattlemarket.net and Northlands has announced the Champion of the World winners, for British and European breeds, as well as the Angus Champion of the World Qualifiers, will be hosted during a custom tour and program in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Farmfair International in Edmonton, November 7-11.
“Champion of the World” Week at Farmfair International will introduce Alberta producers to leaders from around the world in their specific breeds. This event gives an opportunity to the qualifiers and champions to see Alberta genetics showcased at the highest level. As well, Alberta producers will have the opportunity to engage with their international counterparts who have risen to the top of their breed through a series of stringent elimination.
“Through global agricultural media, Farmfair International is featured as an event of choice for where the best of the best gather to share ideas, relationships and genetics. Presentations during the week at the show will reward these breeders for their success,” says PJ Budler, of the cattlemarket.net.
“We are excited to partner with the Champion of the World Program and to celebrate the winners at Farmfair International. This unique program will give us the opportunity to grow the promotion of Canadian cattle and genetics to a global audience,” says Lisa Holmes, vice-president of corporate development at Northlands.
The delegates will include the 2017 Champion of the World Winners for Charolais, Limousin, Hereford, Galloway, Shorthorn and Simmental, as well as Angus Champion of the World Qualifiers from North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. The custom itinerary will include ranch tours and herd visits.
The 40th Annual Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up is set for October 31 to November 3, 2018. The event features purebred shows, jackpot shows, and junior shows. This year they will once again be hosting the Prospect Steer & Heifer Show on November 3 during Stockade Round-Up.
This fall show is a great opportunity for livestock producers and breeders to showcase the best they have to offer to more than 5,000 people attending the four-day show.
As always the Stockade Lady heifer jackpot show and the King of the Ring bull jackpot show will be very popular. The Supreme Show will take place following the breed shows, which include the Saskatchewan Angus Gold Shows. Champion females and bulls from each breed return to this prestigious show to determine the overall champion. Grand Champions from Stockade Round-Up are eligible to compete in the Alberta Supreme at FarmFair International and the RBC Supreme at Agribition.
Youth are also an important component of the Lloydminster Stockade with the 4-H Team Grooming Competition and the Junior Exhibitor show.
The Cattleman of the Year Award presentation will take place on Friday, November 2. This award is Lloydminster Exhibition’s way of showing appreciation and honouring those in the community for their outstanding contribution to the commercial cattle industry and their commitment to excellence, exemplifying quality rural life and involvement in the community.
For more information and event results go to lloydexh.com.
Mark March 3-4, 2019, on your calendar as it’s the 100th anniversary of Pride of the Prairies Bull Show and Sale, at Lloydminster Exhibition, sponsored by Canadian Natural Resources Limited and RBC. Bulls will be shown and sold in halter and pen format. All bulls are semen tested for quality and pedigree. The show is March 3 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a steak fry and social. Sale day is March 4 at 1 p.m. following the complimentary beef-on-a-bun at noon. To celebrate the 100-year milestone, a pictorial history along with maybe a few stories — will prove to be a highlight. If you have any pictures or written history you would like to share, be sure to get in contact with Sydney Lake agriculture manager, at the Lloydminster Exhibition.
Any juniors interested, get your entries in to the Lloydminster Exhibition for the Progress Steer and Heifer show held in conjunction with the Pride of the Prairies Bull Show and Sale. The Junior Show is March 2 at 3 p.m. and is sponsored by Justamere. On March 3 at 9 a.m. is the GMack Progress Steer and Heifer Show, supported by Weaver Order Buying. It should be a fun-filled number of days for one and all.
The Lloydminster Exhibition and agriculture community would like to congratulate recently retired agriculture manager Sam Hardstaff on her 25 years at Lloydminster Exhibition and thank her for all her hard work and enthusiasm. Hardstaff started as the corporate aecretary in 1992 and then transitioned into the role of agriculture manager in 1998. Her passion and dedication to agriculture really showed in working with exhibition members, exhibitors and of course youth in 4-H, ag education and Farm Safety Days.
Some of her personal milestones included development of several different agricultural shows, and hosting many national livestock shows. Hardstaff was and still is a pillar in the exhibition and agricultural community.