Herefords had great success in the show ring this season, winning Supreme Championships at four different large stock shows across the country. In B.C. at the Interior Provincial Exhibition Caylynne Brown from Princeton claimed Supreme Champion Female with CB 122L LADY B 222Z and her calf, owned with Shar-Lo Farms, Public Landing, N.B. In Saskatchewan, MJT Cattle Company Ltd., Edgerton, Alta., claimed Supreme Champion Bull with MJT NITRO DUKE ET 78A at Lloydminster Stockade Roundup. In Manitoba at the Manitoba Livestock Exhibition ANL A XLP ACTION ET 75Z exhibited by Lone Pine Cattle Services, Vibank, Sask., and owned with ANL Polled Herefords was named Supreme Champion Bull.
Finally, in Ontario, at the RAWF which offered a Supreme overall show for the first time this year, NJW 73S W18 DOWNHOME 21ZET exhibited by Lyons Polled Herefords, St. Thomas, Ont., owned with Dalmuir Farms, Lindsay, Ont., and NJW Polled Herefords, Sheridan Wyoming, took home Supreme Champion Bull. Congratulations to all the breeders, owners and exhibitors.
The 41st annual Farmfair International brought national and international sellers and buyers together to conduct business, trade industry knowledge and support Alberta’s thriving agriculture industry. A total of 91,516 guests came through the Edmonton EXPO Centre to see cattle shows and sales, equine events, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, RAM Country Marketplace and more.
The guests included hundreds of registered international and Inbound Buyer Program participants from 10 countries — Australia, Brazil, U.S., Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The program pays up to 50 per cent of a buyer’s travel costs up to $1,500. In addition to the buyers, the Australian High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Louise Helen Hand and Ahmet Altiparama, governor of Erzurum in eastern Turkey participated in events. Next year’s Farmfair International runs from November 10-15, 2015.
- More ‘Purely Purebred’ on the Canadian Cattlemen: Peak Dot Ranch donates sale proceeds of heifer to SSGA
The Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) is holding its second annual semen and embryo fundraiser. Thanks to the generous donations of Simmental breeders, six lots of semen will be auctioned off at various sales across the country. Funds raised will go towards the YCSA program. For more information on these lots, contact Carla Schmitt 306-221-7950 or Sophie Wotten 705-464-1713.
The Canadian Bull Congress 2015 edition will be held Jan. 23, 24, in Camrose, Alta. Entry forms are now available online. Be sure to read the rules, as changes have been made to some of the shows. They have also added a Mature Bull Show. The complete handbook is not available to download, but the majority of the book is online under the required components. Remember, entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Give the office a call if you have any questions. You’ll also notice Canadian Bull Congress has a new logo which is part of its rebranding campaign going into 2015. Staff are also working hard to implement new marketing and international genetic and travel components as part of this branding exercise. Watch the show’s Facebook page for new postings.
Shirley Lousie Rosso of Rosso Charolais, passed away on Saturday, October 25 at 72 years of age. She was from the Old Wives District, near Moose Jaw. Shirley leaves her husband of 53 years, John, her sons Darwin and Kevin, daughter Alma Wanner and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Victor and brother, Bryan Lemieux. John and Shirley were recipients of the Saskatchewan Charolais Association Honour Scroll in 2008.
In late Oct., Dale Blair lost his battle with cancer. He was an important member of the Blair family and also a second-generation owner of Blair’s Family of Companies. Dale has played an important role in western Canadian agriculture, the Blair family and the Blair’s business.
With funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd. (ALMA) Northlands unveiled the Livestock Innovation Showcase in conjunction with the Beef Shows in Hall B of the Edmonton EXPO Centre during Farmfair International in November. The showcase highlighted the latest technological advancements in Canadian livestock production through the use of static and interactive displays. Northlands president and CEO Tim Reid says the showcase, “gives our industry the opportunity to market their products and genetics to domestic and international audiences that would otherwise go untapped.”
Livestock Gentec’s Tom Lynch-Staunton recently issued a report on the fall meeting of the Beef Value Chain Roundtable in Calgary. The main topics were the labour shortages facing the beef industry and an update on Ottawa’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, a summary of the latest research on antimicrobial/antibiotic resistance by Dr. Tim McAllister of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research station in Lethbridge, and an update on the new National Beef Strategic Plan being developed by Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef Inc., Canadian Beef Breeds Council, National Cattle Feeders, the Canadian Cattleman’s Association, and the provincial beef organizations.
The five-year plan (2015-19) is to be a co-ordinated effort to address challenges and opportunities for the Canadian beef industry and includes targets for increasing demand for beef, reducing Canada’s cost disadvantage compared to international competitors, increasing the efficiency of production, and collaboration throughout the value chain and industry stakeholders.
Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Profiles
Erin Durrell grew up on her family’s historic ranch, Wineglass Cattle Company in Riske Creek, B.C. Situated along the banks of the Chilcotin River, the central grasslands of B.C.’s interior have been home to the Durrell family since the 1800s. Erin and her sister (Keely) and brother (Iaian) are the fifth generation to grow up there and be actively involved in the ranch from Day 1. Erin and her siblings have been very involved in rodeo, and she excelled as a breakaway roper during high school, winning a provincial championship in her graduating year and earning trips to the National and Canadian high school rodeo finals.
Wineglass Ranch runs a reputable commercial Black Angus herd that Erin is excited about continuing to develop. The ranch has also developed a grass-fed, antibiotic- and implant-free beef market through a local butcher shop and through farm gate sales. All cattle work is done with horses and dogs and grassland and environmental sustainability are important to the ranch, its history and for its continued generations. Erin recently became a director of the local regional Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association and is looking forward to her involvement there. She has worked in agriculture in Australia, and in the veterinary industry here at home and is looking forward to returning to university to finish her degree in ag business.
Her interests include marketing and trade as well as animal health and the sustainability of family ranches. Erin is also looking forward to working with her mentor Kevin Boon. Kevin spent the past five years as general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association and is a former rancher and volunteer director with the cattle industry in Alberta. He is a member of the Minister’s Agriculture Advisory Committee for B.C., and a career mentor with the Thompson Rivers University Alumni and Friends Association.
Jaclyn Horenberg developed her love for agriculture and passion for the beef industry on her family’s cow-calf operation near Stratford, Ont. She has shown cattle throughout Canada with 4-H and the Ontario Limousin Association. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture, so Jaclyn obtained her bachelor of science in agriculture, with a major in animal science from the University of Guelph. During her third year, she began working with Agribrands Purina as an intern. Part of her internship was with Cargill Meat Solutions where she worked with the beef procurement department purchasing cattle with the head cattle buyer. Since graduating in 2012, Jaclyn has continued to work with Agribrands Purina as a beef farm consultant assessing the nutritional needs of beef herds and recommending proper feed rations designed to maximize performance and meet economic goals. Jaclyn and her husband do not operate a farm themselves, so she is grateful that her job allows her to stay involved in the beef industry.
Her mentor is Darryl Gibb. Darryl obtained degrees in animal science from Utah State University (bachelors and PhD) and the University of Nebraska (M.Sc.). He has conducted research at the farm level with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and for the past 20 years work focused on ruminant nutrition for ranches and feedlots. Part of that work has been developing ration software for feedlots and using NIRS to identify feeds that help enhance the profitability of producers.
Neil Overby was raised on a commercial cow-calf and bison operation near Inwood, Man. He attended the University of Manitoba where he was enrolled in the animal science program concluding in 2007. During university, Neil created Overby Stock Farm, a purebred Gelbvieh operation and has been expanding the operation ever since. He has been fortunate to be involved in many established purebred cattle operations after university giving him valuable experience. Neil and his fiancée, Deanne Wilkinson, take great pride in how the purebred program has progressed over the years and are excited about where they can take it in the future.
The operation is located at Ste. Rose du Lac, Man., and along with Jaymarandy Limousin and Maple Grove Gelbvieh, Overby Stock Farm had an inaugural Western Gateway Bull Sale at the Ste. Rose Auction Mart on March 29 where they offered two-year-old and yearling Gelbvieh and Limousin bulls.
Along with the cattle operation, Neil also works for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development as a farm production adviser — ag Crown lands representative out of the Ste. Rose office. Neil feels privileged to have been selected into the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program and visiting with his mentor, Mike Fleury of the Saskatoon Auction Market.
The 36th annual Lloydminster Zoetis Stockade Round Up Oct. 30-Nov. 1 had nearly 500 cattle shown, with entries up in the purebred shows. This year the UFA Feature Show Series continued with the Stockade Lady Show, a heifer jackpot, and the King of the Ring Show, a bull jackpot! The Saskatchewan Angus Gold Shows were hosted at this event.
Dave and Sheila Crittall of Paradise Hill, Sask., were this year’s recipient of the Lloydminster Exhibition Cattleman of the Year Award.
A few weeks ago I had lunch with Ted Power, an old friend and president of Edmonton-based ViewTrak Technologies Inc. — a company working to help the livestock industry get better at tracking and sharing information to boost profits and competitiveness. Ted and I talked about his perspective on what’s missing in the cattle industry — a focus on what he called “collaborative economics.” He feels that the industry is falling behind other livestock producers because we haven’t been sharing data effectively — for the sake of everyone from producers to consumers. Data sharing allows producers to ask for, and get, a premium price for their products by giving consumers a reason to pay a premium for their meat. Ted tells me that pork and lamb producers are driving data sharing in their industries because they have the most to gain, or lose.
It’s hard to argue with Ted’s point that data sharing is the path to not just revenue growth but also increased profits, and sustainability within the industry. I agree that responding to consumer demand for more information is just good business. Retailers are already on this path, and we producers can’t afford to keep banging our heads against a wall on this issue.
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