Book early for this year’s Canadian Angus National Convention being held in Quebec City, June 9-11. In the centre of old Quebec at Hotel Le Concorde, it will be Quebec Angus hospitality at its finest. For more information contact the Canadian Angus Association at 1-888-571-3580 or go to cdnangus.ca/activities-and-services/national-convention.
Doug Henderson of Douglas J. Henderson & Associates, Lacombe, Alta. has been tasked with updating the Canadian Angus history book. He is looking for stories and pictures not only from Angus breeders but also herd managers, AI reps, sales management and anybody else involved in the Angus industry over the years. As the last history book came out in 1985, this will help tell the story of a whole new generation of Angus enthusiasts in a little different light. For more information or to contribute material, give Doug a call at 403-782-3888 or email at djhend[email protected].
Delta Genomics in Edmonton, Alta., is now the official laboratory of the Canadian Limousin Association for all DNA testing. This move means that the Canadian Limousin Association will now be able to offer both low-density (LD) and high-density (HD) genotyping as well as generate genomically enhanced Estimated Progeny Differences (gEPDs). Through the support of the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program the Canadian Limousin Association will be offering genotyping at a discounted rate to its membership.
Canadian Limousin Association director Mark Angus and wife Elisabeth of Jaymarandy Livestock, Roblin, Man., welcomed their first child, a boy named Owen Leonard Angus in March.
The 2016 Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) convention will take place July 21-24 at the Lloydminster Exhibition in Lloydminster, Sask. The 2016 National YCSA Classic will be held in conjunction with this event. The four days will be taken up with the CSA annual meeting, a Simmental Innovations session, the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Auction and the Young Canadian Simmental Association National Classic.
The Canadian Junior Limousin Association (CJLA) Impact Show will be held July 29-31 in Lloydminster, Alta. The Alberta Junior Limousin Association is hosting the annual national show this year and has plans for a very exciting event! Please visit the Canadian Limousin Association website at limousin.com for event updates.
According to the Canadian Hereford Association both Horned and Polled Hereford bull sales continued to strengthen through February and March. The averages are the same or stronger than last year for most bulls sold, with new faces at every sale looking to add Hereford genetics to their program.
SAVE THE DATE! The Canadian Charolais Association’s annual general meeting is coming to Edmonton, Alberta, June 17-18, 2016. Check out charolais.com for more details as they become available.
The Canadian Simmental Association is looking to fill two positions: co-ordinator of the Young Canadian Simmental Association, and a sales representative for Simmental Country, the official breed magazine and Commercial Country magazine. If either job sounds like an opportunity for you, contact Bruce Holmquist, CSA general manager, at [email protected] for more information.
The Keith Gilmore Foundation scholarship deadline is June 1, 2016. Check out the website for all the details at keithgilmorefoundation.com. Four $2,500 Hereford Youth scholarships are available, plus two $10,000 prizes for beef cattle innovation which is open to anyone entering post-graduate studies in veterinary science or agriculture. As well there are four $1,000 Canadian Junior Hereford Association Future of the Breed scholarships up for grabs.
The Angus Foundation Legacy Scholarship winners have been announced. Congratulations go out to Meghan McGillivray of Kamloops, B.C., who received $5,000 for placing first; Josee Monvoisin of Gravelbourg, Sask., placed second and received $3,000; Raina Syrnyk of Ethelbert, Man., placed third and received $2,000, and finalists Brooke Bablitz of Cherhill, Alta., and Shane Roger of Balgonie, Sask. each received $500.
The Canadian Simmental Association is reminding members that if they plan to enter a bull into an AI facility, draw semen on-farm, or even consider drawing semen on a bull in the future, be sure to pull some hair from him and his dam so they will be able to parent verify him when necessary.
Through support from the Canadian Agriculture Adaptation Program (CAAP), the Canadian Simmental Association has a genotyping incentive program in place resulting in substantial savings to breeders. Contact the association at [email protected] for more details.
Cattlemen’s Young Leaders
Ellen Crane, Truro, N.S.
Mentor: John Baker, president of Baker Marketing Services International
Ellen Crane was raised on a cow-calf operation near Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. From a young age, she showed beef animals across Canada with both 4-H and the Canadian Junior Hereford Association. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in animal science at the Dalhousie University Agriculture campus. Her research focus is on feed efficiency and sexual maturity in beef heifers with additional focus on indirect assessments of feed efficiency that have potential for on-farm use. Currently, her family is in the process of expanding their cow-calf operation and further enhancing their breeding program.
Jodi Flaig, Two Hills, Alta.
Mentors: Edward, Stuart and Bryan Thiessen, Strathmore, Alta.
Jodi was raised in Saskatoon but became involved in agriculture through her grandparents, aunts and uncles which led her to pursue an agricultural degree at the University of Saskatchewan and employment in the agricultural industry. From a single bred heifer given to her as a gift in 2010, she has grown her herd to 180 head with the support of family, friends and fellow producers.
Penny Patton, Athabasca, Alta.
Mentor: Cathy Sharp, Lacombe, Alta.
Penny Patton was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in Worsley, Alberta. She and her boyfriend Kyle Miller manage the Black Bear Provincial Grazing Reserve, north of Westlock, Alberta, with their kids; Madison, Keeley, Tanner and Mesa. They also raise and train registered quarter horses, and have their own 150 commercial Angus cow-calf herd. Penny is currently the supervisor of the Athabasca Heifer Co-op, and auditor for Alberta Breeder Finance Inc. When not busy with cows, Penny can be found with her family competing at rodeos, ropings and barrel racings.