Recently, I was invited to attend a 4-H windup evening for the Delburne 4H Beef Club at the Cumberland Community Hall, east of Red Deer, Alta. In attendance were two representatives from Ronald McDonald House of central Alberta Patti Parker, donations and community relations co-ordinator, as well as Linda Caponpon, co-ordinator of volunteer and recreation programs. These two ladies were presented with a cheque for $6,757.46 for Ronald McDonald House, by the 16 members of the 4-H club (see above photo). The money was raised by the sale of a charity steer raised by the club members, and sold at their annual sale. This year’s purchaser of the charity steer was Pike Wheaton Chevrolet, of Red Deer, Alta. Patti and Linda tell me that several of the other central Alberta clubs have raffles to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House, as well. With an operational budget of over $1.2 million dollars annually, these funds are hugely appreciated.
Congratulations to Delburne 4-H Beef Club members, their leaders and parents. What an awesome initiative for your club to undertake. It is very supportive of your community.
The Canadian Charolais Association Scholarship Deadline is October 31. Applicants must be involved in agriculture and registered in a post-secondary education college or university program. Applicants or their family must have purchased or be using a Charolais bull. For more information visit the Canadian Charolais Association website.
The Canadian Hereford Association, Canada’s largest beef cattle registry, has reached three million registrations. The association has held number 3,000,000 and it will be auctioned off at Agribition, immediately following the Grand Champion Female Class during the National Hereford show on November 28, 2014, and is available to any 2014 born Hereford animal. Online bidding will be available through www.cattleinmotion.com. All money raised will be donated to the Hereford Research Fund for use in future research. Visit www.hereford.ca for more details as they become available. Sponsoring the event are Cattle In Motion, T Bar C and Agribition.
If you have not already heard, the Canadian Angus Association (CAA) is transitioning to Delta Genomics in Edmonton, Alta., for SNP parentage verification testing. The association’s newsletter thanked members for their continued patience and understanding as it works to reduce the backlog of samples and improve turnaround time for these tests. It is confident that this transition will result in better service for its members.
Samples that are currently in transit to Quantum Genetix (GenServe) in Saskatoon, Sask., will be forwarded to Delta Genomics. Members who are concerned about samples they submitted should contact the CAA office at 1-888-571-3580 or by email. Be prepared to provide the animal tattoos and dates that you submitted your samples.
The CAA says its members will soon be able to rely on a turnaround time of 10 business days for processing of SNP parentage verification test results.
Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) recently participated in welcoming an incoming Mexican delegation that was visiting Alta Genetics along with representatives of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Market Access Secretariat, Trade Commissioner Service and Alberta Agriculture.
John Crowley also represented the CBBC at the American Simmental Association meetings along with Canadian Simmental Association general manager Bruce Holmquist where they met with a number of American geneticists and breed associations.
Executive director Michael Latimer and Doris Rempel participated in a conference call with AAFC staff regarding the agri-marketing program which will replace the Legacy funds that CBBC currently receive for International Market Development. The discussion was very encouraging, and there will be more information available as it is received.
CBBC staff were also invited to participate in Canada Beef’s hosting of an incoming delegation from China. This group imports and distributes a significant amount of beef in China. Also in attendance were reps from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canfax and beef processors. One of many items these visitors were interested in is how Canadian genetics affects the quality of our beef compared to other countries.
Recently, representatives from around the world met in France, the birthplace of Charolais, for the World Charolais Congress 2014. Among the delegates were 18 Canadians who were treated to French hospitality and the breathtaking scenery as they toured through south-central France. As well as the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Herd Book Charolais, and 50th Anniversary of Charolais International, tour participants took in farm visits, an A.I. centre, the Institute of Charolais, a 500-year-old auction yard, feed efficiency meetings and the National Show and Sale.
During the congress the general assembly of Charolais International met and elected its executive; president Helge By, publisher of the Charolais Banner, Canada; vice-president Luis Enrique Villasenor Gutierrez, president of Charolais Charbray Herd Book de Mexico; vice-president Michel Baudot, president of Herd Book Charolais, France and secretary, Clement Perrodin, technical sales with Herd Book Charolais, France.
Charolais International provides a platform for organizations to network and share information for the betterment of the Charolais breed on a global scale. There were 20 voting delegates for International Charolais hailing from 10 countries including Mel Reekie, general manager of the Canadian Charolais Association. The Canadian Charolais Association will welcome the world in 2015 when they host the World Charolais technical conference in June.
The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has hired Carla Schmitt to fill the position of CSA programs co-ordinator with the primary focus on its youth program, the Young Canadian Simmentalers Association (YCSA). Schmitt has previous involvement with junior programs as a director of Canadian Western Agribition. She led the 4H and educational programming efforts at the show, which provided her with valuable experience for this position. The new national YCSA board is listed on the associations website www.simmental.com/ycsa.html. The new YCSA president is Sophie Wotten. This year the Canadian Simmental Association national show is at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) headed to southern Ontario in late August for a tour. The three-day trip began in Toronto on August 21 at a dinner with Canada Beef Inc. staff where CYLers learned more about that organization’s marketing and promotions role in the industry. The next day the group headed to the McDonald’s Canada head office where they met with CYL mentor and McDonald’s senior manager of sustainability, Jeff Fitzpatrick-Stilwell. Staff from McDonald’s supply chain department along with staff from Cargill’s Spruce Grove facility joined the group via conference call to discuss supply procurement.
The group’s next stop was Gilbrea Farm, outside of Hillsburgh, for a tour of their cow-calf operation and a BBQ supper. The CYLers toured the farm’s barns and handling system and asked questions about basic production practices and record-keeping. The next day saw the group taking in more farm tours as well as a stop at VG Meats in Simcoe. VG Meats has a processing facility and retail stores that offer consumers a locally raised, fully traceable product that is tested for tenderness — 25 per cent of which is their own cattle that they raise on their cow-calf operation. In addition to the cow-calf operation, VG Farms has a feedlot to supply the processing plant. The next stop was Miller Land and Livestock near Jarvis. The group met three generations of the Miller family and toured their feed yards and purebred Charolais herd. There were many questions from the group that included topics such as the difference between feeding cattle in Western Canada as compared to southern Ontario, the crops the Millers grow, land acreage, and succession planning. From there the group headed north to their last stop near Woodstock. This division of Nature Farms finishes Holstein cattle and the group toured the feedlot including the new barn and handling system. Many questions were asked about the decision to finish Holstein cattle instead of beef cattle and also about the feedlot, such as bedding, feedstuffs, marketing, etc.
The group thoroughly enjoyed their time in southern Ontario. Many CYLers had never experienced agriculture in this region and it was a great learning experience. The group had many questions and each stop spurred on quality conversation with their hosts. CYL would like to thank their hosts for welcoming the group and the great hospitality during the tour. Funding for the CYL program is made available through its foundation partners: Cargill, UFA Co-operative Ltd., the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), MNP and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) as well as Gold Partners Farm Credit Canada and New Holland.
National Breed Show at the Royal Winter Fair:
- National Simmental Show — Sat., Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Scotiabank Ring of Excellence.
National Breed Shows at Canadian Western Agribition:
- National Speckle Park Show – Wed., Nov. 26, 9 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Gelbvieh Show – Wed., Nov. 26, 12 p.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Red Angus Show – Thurs., Nov. 27, 9 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Black Angus show – Thurs., Nov. 27, 9 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Limousin Show – Thurs., Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Shorthorn Show – Fri., Nov. 28, 9 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Polled Hereford Show – Fri., Nov. 28, 9 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
- National Horned Hereford Show – Fri., Nov. 28, 9 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium.
Other national events at Canadian Western Agribition:
- RBC Beef Supreme Challenge – Sat., Nov. 29, 4 p.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium. Presented by: Royal Bank of Canada.
- Canadian National 4-H Youth Judging Competition – Mon., Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m., Chevrolet GMC Stadium. Sponsored by: John Deere, Federated Co-op, TD.