Limousin cattle a hit at Ag in Motion

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A view of Livestock Central at last July's Ag in Motion farm show.

Ag in Motion (AIM) outdoor farm show was a huge success. The third annual farm expo held in July at Langham, Sask., saw 25,787 farmers from across Canada attending North America’s newest three-day farm show.

Part of the show’s popularity was centered around Livestock Central. The Canadian Limousin Association along with Tim Andrews of Andrew Ranches, Youngstown, Alta., and Matt Heleniuk of Norpac Beef, highlighted Limousin genetics from pasture to plate. Andrews’ yearling bulls were used in cattle equipment demos with farmers and exhibitors alike commenting on how easy they were to work with. This was the first time that Heleniuk had been out west featuring Ontario corn-fed Limousin beef to a western audience. From the lineup of hungry diners, the beef brisket sandwiches sold out quickly. In conversation, Heleniuk mentioned that Norpac Beef is one of the only Limousin certified facilities that is primarily using Limousin cattle, many of them sourced from Western Canada including Andrew Ranches.

The second day of AIM was Beef Day with equipment demos, speakers and the latest forage varieties on display. One very popular event was the Low-Stress Cattle Handling Demo with Curt Pate, stockmanship guru from South Dakota. Both sessions that day were standing room only with Andrews’ Limousin bulls being used in the demo. His takeaway was when you learn to handle these cattle differently, you can combine the disposition and quality of these cattle to leverage the genetics this breed offers.

Whether it was the bull pen or the BBQ, cattlemen were talking Limousin at Ag in Motion!

Bob and Monette Palmer, Bladworth, Sask., and Doug Howe, Moose Jaw, Sask., were inducted into the Canadian Charolais Association Honour Roll at the 58th AGM held in Saskatoon, June 10. All have been members of the association for over 40 years and their dedication and impact on the Charolais breed made them worthy recipients of this award. There have been 40 inductees from across Canada to the Honour Roll since 1999.

From left: Bob Palmer, Monette Palmer, Doug Howe.

Delegates at the Charolais International AGM in Monterrey, Mexico, voted unanimously to implement a youth program proposed by Canadian delegate Helge By.

Youth from various countries have traveled outside their borders in the past, but it was felt they would benefit from meeting at a common location in the world. The first event will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Canadian Charolais Youth Association Conference and Show in Manitoba. Canadian delegates at the international meeting were Mike Elder, Coronach, Sask., and Helge By, Regina, Sask. Candace By of Regina was re-elected secretary. Charolais International recently welcomed Charbray Associations as members.

From left: Helge By, Candace By, Mike Elder.

The sixth annual Canadian Angus Foundation (CAF) Building the Legacy fundraiser auction during the Canadian Angus National Convention in Brandon raised $184,600.

The highest-selling lot was $15,000 from Tanya Belsham of Poplar Meadows Angus in Houston, B.C., for the Pick of the 2017-born heifer calves donated by the Liebreich family of Merit Cattle Co. of Radville, Sask. The high-selling embryo donated by Blairswest Land and Cattle of Drake, Sask., went for $6,100 to Roger Reynolds of CSI Angus of Emerald Park, Sask. Shawn Birmingham of TSN Livestock, Brandon, paid $4,000 for the top-selling semen lot from Bar-E-L Angus of Stettler, Alta. The rights to the Canadian Angus Association’s two millionth registration sold for $8,000 to James Arnott of Coul Angus in Kirriemuir, Scotland, and Y Coulee Cattle Company of Frenchman Butte, Sask., paid $4,000 to add their logo to a patio pillar at the Canadian Angus Association national headquarters.

A Calgary Stampede experience and genetic package donated by David Sibbald and family of SSS Red Angus, Calgary, sold for $7,000 to Arrowsmith Red Angus of Bassett, Nebraska. TSN Livestock bid $9,500 for a choice of a gooseneck or aluminum cargo trailer from HBH Farms Inc, Oak River, and Rainbow Trailers, Brandon. Anna-Marie and Greg Per­rot of Perrot Cattle Co. of Alameda, Sask. purchased a South African hunting trip for $4,000 from P.J. Budler of and Comre Safaris. Today’s Angus Advantage donated advertising that sold for $4,000 to the Bolduc family of Cudlobe Angus, Stavely, Alta.

Lyall Edgerton.

The Canadian Angus Association has honoured two breeders for 50 consecutive years of membership in the association: Lyall Edgerton of Botany Angus Souris, Man., and Kuno Freitag of Town n Country Angus Alameda, Sask.

Edgerton started his herd at age 21 by purchasing four females from the Manitoba Angus Association Sale, which was the beginning of a long association with the MAA. He also served for nine years on the board of the Douglas Bull Test Station.

Kuno Frietag.

Kuno Freitag’s roots in the Angus breed stem from a 4-H calf he later bought from his neighbour. Through the years Freitag’s herd developed a strong base of females that became the foundation of the herd that his daughter Anna-Marie and her husband Greg now operate under the name of Perrot Cattle Co.

Brett Wildman.

Brett Wildman of Sangudo, Alta., started his term as president of the Canadian Angus Association in June at the CAA annual meeting in Brandon. President elect Trevor Welch of Glassville, N.B, joined Wildman on the executive with past president David Sibbald of Calgary. George Baxter and Graham McLean also took their seats on the board as the new representatives of Alberta and Ontario, respectively.


Trevor Welch.

Wildman owns and operates Wildman Livestock with his wife Traci and their daughter Paige in Sangudo, Alta. He is the third member of his family to serve as president of the CAA, preceded by his father David in 1990 and brother Kirk in 2010.

Welch is an engineer and owner of a survey company and with his father Fred and son Taylor runs 30 purebred Black Angus and Black Baldie commercial cows.

The Canadian Angus Foundation recently presented its annual youth awards for 2017-18.

Macy Liebreich.

Macy Liebreich of Radville, Sask., has been named the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador and will represent the Canadian Angus Association youth at select events throughout the next year. She is taking a bachelor of commerce degree at the University of British Columbia.

Meghan McGillivray of Kamloops, B.C., is the winner of the Dick Turner Memorial Award. She is pursuing a career in sports medicine, studying physiology at McGill University with plans to attend medical school after obtaining her degree. She also plans to remain involved in her family ranch, McGillivray Land and Livestock. She is the B.C. director on the Canadian Junior Angus board.

Austen Anderson of Swan River, Man., is the winner of the Outstanding Young Breeder Award. A former Robert C. McHaf­fie Junior Ambassador, Anderson is a fifth-generation cattle producer who started his own purebred Angus herd in 2003 while an active member of Anderson Cattle Company, the family purebred Red and Black Angus operation specializing in marketing two-year-old bulls. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Regina and teaches at the local high school. The award comes with a $3,500 cash prize.

Devon Donald is the winner of the Canadian Angus Foundation’s Junior Stockman award. Donald started the Diamond D Ranch in southern Manitoba in 2006 with the purchase of three purebred Black Angus cows with heifer calves at foot. Today he has 75 cows, 70 of them purebred. To date he has exported cows to Kazakhstan and marketed 30 bulls to commercial cattlemen. The award was presented at the Canadian Junior Angus Showdown banquet in Lloydminster, Sask. This year a record 158 participants and more than 200 head of cattle took part in the Showdown.

Twelve Canadian Angus youth spent two weeks competing in a number of challenges at the World Angus Forum Youth Program last month.

Travis Hunter of Didsbury, Alta., was named the Individual Champion of the competition.

Team Canada Believe comprised of Michaela Chalmers of Oro-Medonte, Ont.; Travis Hunter, Wade Olynyk of Goodeve, Sask.; and Kelsey Ribey of Paisley, Ont., tied with Team Australia Red for third place overall. Team New Zealand Toa and Team New Zealand Kaha placed first and second, respectively.

Team Canada Aspire with Meghan McGillivray, Kamloops, B.C.; Cole Dodgson of Sangudo, Alta.; Macy Liebreich of Radville, Sask.; and Kelly Somerville of Mountain, Ont., placed first in the fitting competition.

Team Canada Courage with Katie Wright of Melfort, Sask.; Maguire Blair of Drake, Sask.; Bailey Dietrich of Forestburg, Alta.; and Raina Syrnyk of Ethelbert, Man., placed second.

Katie Wright of Melfort won top overall individual in the fitting competition.

Michaela Chalmers won Reserve Champion Showman.

Travis Hunter placed second and Macy Liebreich of Radville, Sask., placed third in the individual speaking competition

Richard Carlson has been appointed beef manager of Select Sires GenerVations. Based in Kemptville, Ont., Carlson will be responsible for leading the Select Sires GenerVations beef program, including development of the beef sire lineup, representative sales force, as well as marketing and sales.

Canadian Junior Angus has presented three young women with scholarships. Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador Macy Liebreich of Radville, Sask., received the first-place scholarship of $2,000; Alexis DeCorby of Rocanville, Sask., received the second-place scholarship of $1,500; and Ella Wood of Clyde River, P.E.I. received the third-place scholarship of $1,000. The scholarships were presented at Showdown, the annual national Canadian Junior Angus show.

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program has announced the 26 semi-finalists chosen from 50 applicants that will be vying for the 16 finalist spots in the CYL program of 2017-18. The finalists will be selected during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary this month and then matched with mentors drawn from across the industry.

The 2017 CYL semi-finalists are:

  • British Columbia: Taylor Grafton, Carley Henniger, Alecia Karapita, Andrea Haywood-Farmer.
  • Alberta: Lee Creech, Kaycee Lunde, Matt Kumlin, Ben Wilson, Lacey McRae, Kailin McLachlan, Cale Toews, Ashley Gaudet, Cameron Olson, Kayla Weston, James Jenkins, Melissa Lee.
  • Saskatchewan: Allan Hjertaas, Kaitlyn Polegi, Shane Rogers, Quinn Anderson Folk, Mandy Gabruch.
  • Manitoba: Rachel Verwey, Alyssa Hamm, Jordan Dahmer.
  • Ontario: Blair Williamson.
  • New Brunswick: Amy Higgins.

About the author

National account manager

Mike Millar

As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.



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