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Canadian National Grand Champion, two years running

News about you from the Jan. 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

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Highland Stock Farms of Bragg Creek, Alberta & Payne Livestock of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, are the proud owners of the completely undefeated for two years Canadian National Grand Champion Limousin Bull and two-time Canadian Limousin Show Bull of 2013 & 2014 — RPY PAYNES DERBY 46Z (see photo at top).

He was named Grand Champion Limousin bull at the Olds Fall Classic this year and for 2014 and 2013 at Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition Regina, Sask.

The Canadian Charolais Association would like to commend the youth that applied for the 2014 CCA Scholarships; the applications are getting tougher to narrow down each year as the calibre of submissions keeps getting stronger! Congratulations to Shae-Lynn Evans of Kenaston, Sask. as the 2014 recipient of the $1,500 Dale Norheim Memorial Scholarship, and to both Chloe Gresel of Erin, Ont. and Jade Marshall of Red Deer County, Alta. as the successful applicants receiving the two $1,000 Canadian Charolais Association Scholarships.

Our condolences go out to David Bolduc, and family, on the unexpected passing of their wife and mother, Margaret Bolduc, in mid-November. Margaret was a familiar hostess at the annual Cudlobe Angus Sale, and one of the key components of the sale was the pies baked by Margaret and Dyce’s wife. David is past president of the Canadian Angus Association and is the current president of Canadian Beef Breeds Council.

Canadian Western Agribition, hosted a roundtable meeting Nov. 25 focused on improving dialogue between Canadian and American beef producers. Producers from Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Nebraska met with their Canadian counterparts through this program organized by the Canadian Consulates in Minneapolis and Denver and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA).

Discussion topics focused on the integration of meat and livestock industries, sustainability and innovation, intergenerational succession planning and key trade issues such as U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) and regulatory cooperation. “The North American cattle industry operates as an integrated market and by working together on shared issues and eliminating trade barriers such as COOL both our countries can benefit greatly,” said SSGA president Doug Gillespie.

On Nov. 4, Canadian Beef Breeds Council hosted a delegation from Turkey. It was looking for information regarding the beef production system in Canada, as well as on specific breeds of beef cattle. It is anticipated that live cattle access to Turkey will occur in the near future.

Canadian Beef Breeds Council also sponsored a luncheon in co-operation with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at Farmfair International. This included a seminar to inform international attendees about Canadian livestock production. Specific topics were genomics, traceability, and reproduction techniques.

Canadian Western Agribition CEO Marty Seymour said their 2014 show “shot the lights out on beef sales,” which were at least 50 per cent higher than last year. (This doesn’t include results from Saturday’s commercial and prospects sales.)

Angus Sale

  • Total sales — $283,325; 46 lots for an average of $6,159.
    Highlights — $31,000 for choice of 2014 bull calf and $24,000 for pick of any 2014 calf; buyers from across Canada with one heifer calf going to Oklahoma.

Speckle Park Sale

  • Total sales — $132,900; 20 lots for an average of $6,645.
    Highlights — $13,250 heifer calf; $12,900 bull calf; package of three embryos to Dorchester, England.

Gelbvieh Sale

  • Total sales — $71,550; 14 lots for an average of $5,111.
    Highlights — high-selling heifer calf for $11,000.

Shorthorn Sale

  • Total sales — $117,625; 26 lots for an average of $4,524.
    Highlights — high-selling heifer calf sold to an Ontario buyer for $18,750.

Charolais Sale

  • Total sales — $157,450; 17 lots (all females) for an average of $9,262.
    Highlights — Pick of herd — cow $32,500; bred heifer $18,000; heifer calf $13,000.

Hereford Sale

  • Total sales — $136,750; 23.5 lots for an average of $5,819.
    Highlights — high-selling heifer calf for $10,300; half interest in a bull calf for $7,500; embryo package to Texas.

Simmental Sale

  • Total sales — $126,800; 17 lots for an average of $7,459.
    Highlights — high-selling heifer calf to Alberta for $15,000.

Limousin Sale

  • Total sales — $173,450; 21 lots for an average of $8,260.
    Highlights — half interest in a bred cow for $16,000; half interest in a bull calf for $12,500; bull calf for $15,000 with several head going to buyers in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Angus Power and Perfection Sale

  • Total sales — $361,350; 33 lots for an average of $10,950.
    Highlights — mature bull sold for $62,000; bred heifer for $20,000; heifer calf for $26,000.

As noted earlier, CBBC nominee and legendary livestock photographer, Walt Browarny was inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on November 9 in Toronto, Ontario in conjunction with the Royal Winter Fair.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair wrapped up its 92nd season of agricultural fun and competitions including its famous Queen’s Guineas Show and Sale. This year, Ryan Scott of Brant County took home the top prize in the Queen’s Guineas competition and earned the first spot in the sales ring for the 2014 Queen’s Guineas auction later that night. His steer, High Hopes, was purchased by Cargill for $11,440. Cargill was one of the biggest supporters of the youth participants in the competition as top buyer in the 2014 Queen’s Guineas sale, followed by MacNeil Farms and Premier Farm Equipment.

The Queen’s Guineas is now in its 68th year of operation, making it the longest-running youth competition at The Royal. The competition first took shape when money was released from a grant given to the Province of Ontario in 1946 by the Prince of Wales. From this money, a new competition and prize called the King’s Guineas was created at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In 1952, when Elizabeth II came to the throne, the competition was renamed as the Queen’s Guineas.

“The Queen’s Guineas is one of The Royal’s most storied competitions, with many past competitors who still carry fond memories of their own days as a competitor,” said Peter Hohenadel, director of agriculture and food at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canadian Angus Association, National Cattle Feeders and the Canadian Cattlemen Association presented briefs to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. The committee was gathering information regarding international market development for various aspects of Canadian agriculture.

In efforts to increase positive messaging around beef in human health and wellness, Canada Beef works with the International Meat Secretariat’s (IMS) Human Nutrition Committee. With an exciting nutrition story to share, Canada Beef’s participation with IMS is a highly valuable addition to advocacy and education work done by Canada Beef to promote beef’s role in a healthy diet. Backed by science and a global platform of experts, co-ordinating efforts with the IMS Human Nutrition Committee makes an important contribution towards ensuring attitudes and policies regarding beef consumption reflect scientific fact.

“Nutrition is a core piece of our brand story. Canadian beef is packed with essential nutrients and is an anchor to healthy eating, and we need to leverage opportunities like collaboration with the IMS Human Nutrition Committee to advocate for positive beef messaging,” said Rob Meijer, president, Canada Beef.

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