The 45th annual general meeting of the Canadian Limousin Association took place on July 26 at Prairieland Exhibition in Saskatoon. The summary of reports, including financial statements is posted on the CLA website or can be requested at the office. The 30 members in attendance voted in favour of the bylaw change that was proposed with regards to testing donor dams for Proto. An open discussion regarding parentage verification also took place. The comments were in favour of leaving the policy as is without compulsory DNA testing of all registered Limousin animals. The discussion was scheduled as per an official request to the board of directors from the floor. Also during the AGM, it was requested that the board establish a policy regarding CLA postings on social media. The board will discuss it at the next board meeting on December 12 and 13.
At the board meeting the CLA directors discussed the CLA website which will be revamped this fall, changes to the registry system in the new year, a proposal for Limousin tags that is pending approval with CFIA, and a change in the fee schedule as of January 1, 2015. The new fee schedule will be mailed to CLA members this month with their Whole Herd Enrolment statements.
It was a great summer of livestock shows, junior events, breed annual meetings, field days and industry meetings. I hope you were able to take part in some of the events. As we head into the fall run it looks like prices will be good for producers, and feed grain prices reasonable. Access to foreign markets is improving slowly but surely, and Canadian cattle and beef continue to be recognized as some of the best in the world. I hope you have a successful harvest, your feed yards are full and your calves wean heavy. I look forward to visiting with you at one of the many events this fall.
The 35th Annual Canadian Junior Hereford Association National Show, Bonanza, was held in Lindsay, Ont. at the Lindsay Exhibition Centre July 29 to August 3. The Bonanza committee was chaired by Ontario CJHA adult adviser Katelyn Larmer, co-chaired by junior members Kyra McConnell, Justin McLaughlin, and Cassandra Gorrill along with many volunteers! The Bonanza 2014 committee did a fantastic job putting on a very large, very successful junior show! Show sponsors made this event possible, bringing together enthusiastic juniors, their parents, and leaders for an extremely friendly competition and learning opportunity, where cattle-handling skills, presentations skills, showing and exhibiting skills, speaking, judging, writing and artistic abilities were put to the test.
The large number of juniors involved in Bonanza 2014 reflects the dedication they have to the Hereford industry, and will keep the breed on a solid footing for years to come! A total of 116 juniors from across Canada and the U.S. attended Bonanza 2014 with 152 head of Hereford cattle. Bonanza 2015 will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from July 29 to August 2 at the Fredericton Exhibition Centre.
The 115th Interior Provincial Exhibition was held the Labour Day long weekend in Armstrong, B.C. This is an extremely popular event with a well-attended livestock show, rodeo, fair and trade show. Some of the highlights for livestock folks were the Supreme Show, the Jackpot Heifer Show and the Jackpot Steer Show with a $1,000 prize to the Champion Steer, and $500 to the Reserve Steer. The Grand Champion Steer was a silver Charolais-cross steer shown by Austin Fiske, and the Reserve Champion Steer was a Black Angus shown by Lone Star Angus, the Townsend family of Sylvan Lake, Alta. The Jackpot Heifer Show was won by Harvest Angus of Prince George, B.C. Supreme Champion Bull was an Angus, also shown by Lonestar Angus, with the Supreme Champion Female, a Hereford cow-calf pair shown by Cayley Brown of Princeton, B.C. Thank you for the invitation to the Beef Banquet on Saturday night, hosted by the IPE and Don and Peter Raffan and their crew. The food was fantastic, as was the company. Any time you get a group of cattle enthusiasts together, the stories get bigger and better, and the BS gets deeper!!
In conjunction with Bonanza, the 123rd Canadian Hereford Association annual meeting was held on Friday, August 1. There was a strong presence in attendance as well as online. The keynote speaker was Kevin Schultz from Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kansas, U.S. He spoke on GE-EPDs and how he incorporates their use on his farm. Kevin’s presentation is available at www.hereford.ca under the home tab, then click on media. The presentation was extremely well received and we would encourage cattle people from all breeds to take a look.
At the Calgary Stampede the 2014 UFA Steer Classic Reserve Grand Champion — “Baldy” came from a Hereford X Maine Anjou cow and was sired by the clubby bull “Believe In Me.” He was purchased in September 2013 from Chad Thompson Show Steers, in South Dakota and came to Canada in November of 2013. He was managed at Wheatland Cattle Co. under the watchful eye of Cody Lafrentz. Baldy has done extremely well in 4-H and Jackpot shows throughout the spring and summer of 2014.
The entire Canadian Hereford membership, along with Cattlemen magazine, would like to congratulate the owners of “Baldy” for winning the UFA Steer Classic Reserve Grand Champion and Champion in the Hereford class at the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition. For the third year in a row, the champion Hereford steer has gone on to become the UFA Steer Classic Reserve Grand Champion. “Baldy” is co-owned by Barry Olney, his daughter Emily Geisel, both of Estevan, Sask. and Cody Lafrentz of Bienfait, Sask. The owners of “Baldy” received a cheque for $5,000 sponsored by United Farmers of Alberta (UFA), plus breed class prize money of $1,000 sponsored by the Alberta Hereford Association and a Grand Champion Hereford trophy sponsored by Charlie Dallas.
The Canadian Angus Foundation is in the final days of compiling a National Angus Cookbook and has requested your family recipes passed down, your current favourite recipes, and particularly to promote our product — all kinds of beef recipes. It is looking for your recipes to show the diversity of our great “Angus Nation” and really needs your help to make the cookbook a success. All Angus breeders — big, small, new, longtime, youth, active and retired — please participate! We are looking for all sorts of recipes — main dishes, salads, desserts, breads, cookies, BBQ and Angus beef just to name a few. Be a part of a great project!
Please assist them in creating history and have your recipes documented. The deadline to submit recipes is September 30, 2014. Recipes can be submitted online at www.cookbookprinter.com.
Cattlewomen for the Cure raised a record-breaking $71,000 at their annual golf tournament in Medicine Hat, Alta. The beneficiary of the funds for 2014 is STARS, Stars Air Ambulance. Congratulations to the organizing committee led by Lindsay Smith, on a tremendously successful event.
The Seventh Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup, along with the Canadian Junior Shorthorn Weekend was an unbelievable educational weekend event. Sixty-five Juniors from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta’s enthusiastic Junior Cattle Producers attended the Seventh Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup August 1, 2 and 3 in Neepawa, Man. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a top-notch group of interested young cattle producers and 115 head of cattle. This Junior event brought out 65 Junior members, all working together as teams and in individual competitions, to learn the skills needed in the livestock industry. This is not just a cattle show, but a multi-faceted event which is structured to encourage youth to continue on in the livestock industry.
The weekend started off with the Ag Challenge, a timed competition which requires hands-on knowledge of the livestock industry. The Juniors enjoyed the challenges and tasks they were given, like halter making and tattooing an animal. The winning team was Braden Calvert, Brad Height, Clayton Sprung, Brooklyn Hedley, Ty Nykoliation. On Saturday competitors competed in — judging, grooming, public speaking, photography, graphic design, art, promotion and marketing, as well as participating in the cattle show; making this event an educational competition, for both individuals and teams.
The Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup Agribition Team will consist of Kolton McIntosh, Eriksdale; Rachael Verwey, Portage; Braden Calvert, Carberry and Devon Manns, Austin. This team will represent Roundup at the 2014 Canadian Western Agribition in Regina in November. New in 2014, the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup presented two $1,000 scholarships to Dillon Hunter, Kenton, Man. and Samantha Rimke, Oak Lake, Man.
The Roundup committee thanked everyone who attended, volunteered, judged, and sponsored the Seventh Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup to make it a success. Visit their Facebook page — Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup. Show pictures can be viewed on www.grantspix.com or on their Facebook page.
MRA Cleveland 108Z was recently named the Grand Champion Bull at the Manitoba Limousin Association Provincial Show, Supreme Champion Bull (Ron Sangster Memorial Award) and The RockyMountain Implements Ultimate Supreme Champion Beef Animal at Harding Summer Fair. With this he will represent the Harding Fair and Ron Sangster Memorial Award in the RBC Supreme at Agribition. 108Z was exhibited by Jaymarandy Limousin, Roblin, Man.
Notice to Hereford breeders, the Canadian Hereford Association is now accepting bulls born in 2014 for Traits 5 and 6. Please contact Megan Black at the Canadian Hereford Association at [email protected] or 888-836-7242 for all the details.
Congratulations to Lynn and Tyra Combest, of Combest Limousin Farm, Erskine, Alta., on their marriage August 9. Lynn is a director on the Canadian Limousin Association board and a longtime Limousin breeder.
We wish Canadian Limousin Association president Brian Lee a speedy recovery. Brian suffered a livestock accident on August 15, at the farm where he works, when a cow and he had a disagreement. Consequently, he spent time nursing his six shattered ribs at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. A reminder that no matter how experienced we are, accidents happen when handling livestock.
The Canadian Hereford Association (CHA) is entering its third and final year of the RFI research project, a collaboration between the Canadian Hereford Association (CHA), Olds College, Cattleland Feed Yards, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, University of Alberta and Livestock Gentec which is funded through the “Idea to Innovation Program,” Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), and co-operating Hereford breeders. At the end of the third year, the CHA will have assisted researchers in measuring close to 1,000 Hereford bulls for residual feed efficiency (RFI). The goal of the project was to produce a Residual Feed Intake (RFI) EPD and that goal has been accomplished. The preliminary EPD will be released in the fall of 2014, a full year in advance of the planned release. The Canadian Hereford Association will be the first breed in Canada to release a homegrown RFI EPD. Feed efficiency is the new buzz in North America and gives cattlemen the opportunity to breed more efficient cattle creating additional profit for cow-calf producers, growers and finishers. The CHA is working with Dr. John Basarab, senior research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, a world-renowned researcher in the field of feed efficiency.
The 2014 National Junior Limousin Conference was a huge success, thanks to the organizers, participants, sponsors, judges and everyone who came out to take part in it. Congratulations to the 36 juniors who participated. To see the complete results check in the Limousin Voice Summer Edition or on the CLA website. Mark your calendars as the 2015 Junior Conference will be in Stratford, Ont., August 6-8. Event chair is Wayne Lawrence. Thank you to all who contributed to the fundraising auction that took place in Saskatoon for the OJLA.
Michael Latimer celebrated his first full year working for Canadian Beef Breeds Council in August. “It has been a tremendous privilege to represent the purebred industry, especially the interaction with the people involved. In my opinion, we have made some big gains in how the organization and the seedstock industry is viewed by other sectors of the beef production chain,” said Latimer. “However, we still have some work ahead of us, particularly regarding funding for our initiatives, as the Legacy fund expires next March. I look forward to seeing everyone throughout the fall and as always feel free to email or call me with your thoughts.” Congratulations Michael, from Canadian Cattlemen, it has been a pleasure to work with you.
Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) participated in the Alberta government lead trade mission to Kazakhstan from Aug. 1-10. As reported by earlier trade missions, there are some opportunities for exporting cattle or genetics. It has a somewhat similar terrain and climate to that of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as a desire to increase its cattle numbers. However, there are also some serious challenges to the market such as the financing structure and the devalued Kazak currency (KZT).
Michael Latimer and CBBC president David Bolduc, attended the Canadian Cattlemen Association semi- annual meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Aug. 12-17. They presented a report focusing on the recent Kazakhstan trade mission and the Russian sanctions, to the CCA Foreign Trade Committee. Latimer and Bolduc also participated in the Value Creation and Competitiveness Committee meeting and the CCA board meeting. While there they presented an overview of the Canadian beef industry along with Alberta Beef Producers, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Cattlemen’s Young Leaders, Beef Cattle Research Council and Canfax to a group of South Korean agriculture students from the “Korean Rural Hope Foundation.” They were an attentive group who seemed to have a particular interest in our youth development programs.
Representatives of Canadian Beef Breeds Council met with Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) staff at their office in Edmonton. ALMA seemed very supportive of the CBBC initiatives and helped provide some insight regarding funding for both international marketing and scientific development projects. John Crowley was in Calgary on September 2-3 and met with a few of the breed associations to discuss programming.
Canada Beef is an official sponsor of the CFL. A truly Canadian sports league and a truly Canadian product, the match is a great one. The opportunity is targeted to a large audience and offers a number of opportunities to share the Canadian beef story in an effort to build Canadian beef brand loyalty.