During the 2017 Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) National Convention, held August 10-13 in Fredericton, N.B., members attended a Simmental Innovations Symposium featuring presentations by CSA breed improvement consultant Sean McGrath, Maritime Beef Council general manger Ellen Crane and CSA general manager Bruce Holmquist.
Frank Robblee of Crapaud, P.E.I. was elected to the board of directors replacing the retiring Kelly Ashworth during the CSA annual meeting. Lee McMillen of Carievale, Sask., serves a second year as president following his re-election for a second year term on the board. Also re-elected was second vice-president Blair McRae of Brandon, Man., joining first vice-president Garth Rancier, Killam, Alta.; Dan Skeels, Rimbey Alta.; Francis Gagnon, Cheneville, Que.; Roger Deeg, Strathmore, Alta.; Marlin LeBlanc, Estevan, Sask.; and Larry Barkley, Ingleside, Ont., on the 2017-18 board.
At the annual convention banquet Joe and Doreen Steeves of New Brunswick, Don Godfrey and family of Prince Edward Island and Melvern Simmentals of Nova Scotia were inducted into the CSA Hall of Fame.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the Simmental breed as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Simmental in Canada” stated CSA president Lee McMillen. “We look forward to the presence of the Simmental breed growing as we continue to work at supplying superior Simmental genetics to the Canadian beef industry.”
The 2017 Young Canadian Simmental Association’s (YCSA) National Classic in Fredericton, N.B., was well attended by YCSA members from across Canada and the U.S. As part of the YCSA service project for 2017, the YCSA partnered with the Fredericton Community Kitchen to help provide meals to those in need.
At the 2017 National YCSA show, the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation presented a cheque for $12,500 from its annual auction proceeds to the youth association to fund ongoing youth activities.
The 2017 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF) auction held during the Canadian Simmental Association annual convention raised $83,638 to support the foundation’s programming. A bred heifer donated by the Robblee family of Tryon Simmentals raised $15,000 and a Simmental 50th anniversary buckle sold to a group of breeders for $14,500.
Among the weekend’s busy events the FCSF held its annual meeting and elected a board of directors for the upcoming 2017-18 year. Ron Nolan, Markdale, Ont.; Deanne Young, Breton, Alta.; and Mark Shologan, Westlock, Alta., were re-elected for three-year terms. They rejoin president Ken Lewis, Spruce Grove, Alta.; vice-president Brian Bouchard, Crossfield, Alta.; treasurer Marlin LeBlanc, Estevan, Sask.; and other fellow directors Roger Deeg, Strathmore, Alta.; Glenn Wotten, Little Britain, Ont.; Lee McMillen, Carievale, Sask.; and Garth Rancier, Killam, Alta.
The October 15 deadline for this year’s Simmental Federation of Americas Conference during Canadian Western Agribition November 20-25, 2017 is fast approaching. In conjunction with this event, Agribition will also play host to the Canadian National Simmental Show, and the CSA’s 50th anniversary celebration banquet the final event of the 50th anniversary of Simmental cattle in Canada. Tours of the RCMP Heritage Centre, the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and Double D Farms are include in the week-long event. Registration for the Simmental Federation of Americas Conference is now available on the CSA website
The Salers Association of Canada held its annual general meeting at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel in Lethbridge, Alta. earlier this summer, featuring guest speaker Michelle Miller, the CEO of Delta Genomics, a bus tour and a social gathering. Gar Williams of Borden, Sask., was elected president of the association joining vice-president, Werner Grundke of Alberta Beach, Alta., and treasurer Peter Watkins of Calgary on the executive. The remaining directors are: Michael Topp of Darwell, Alta; Travis Depalme of Red Deer County, Alta.; and Jacob Morin of St. Felix de Kingsey, Que.
The Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society Purebred Breeder of the Year for 2017 is the Shiloh Cattle Company (see photo at top), a fourth-generation ranch located in the Hand Hills just southwest of Hanna, Alta. The ranch was established in 1909 by Blake Morton’s great-grandparents. His parents, Merle and Irene, purchased the home quarter in 1959, along with the rest of the family ranch, and over the years combined the two.
Although Morton has always been actively involved in the ranch, it was not until 1995 that he moved back home to ranch full time after spending a few years as an industrial millwright. In 1996, Darcy Olesky moved to the ranch and shortly thereafter the ranch was registered under the name Shiloh Cattle Company.
After several years of building up their commercial herd, Morton and Olesky purchased their first 11 purebred Red Angus cows in 2004 from Hugh and Marylee Wilkie of Tomahawk Red Angus. In 2007 they added another 90 head of Red Angus cows along with the bull calves from Tomahawk Red Angus. The ranch currently runs about 285 cow-calf pairs, two-thirds of them purebred, on 3,500 acres.
In addition to this award and being named the 2016 Alberta Angus Association’s Purebred Breeder of the Year, Shiloh Cattle Company has won five consecutive Canadian Angus Association National Red Angus Calf Championship Awards from the Canadian Angus Association (CAA) Gold Show Circuit, including two in 2016 for the CAA Red Angus Bull Calf Champion and Red Angus Heifer Calf Champion of Canada.
Aside from their success in the show ring, their main focus remains on raising high-quality beef seed stock with the commercial producer in mind.
The Shiloh Cattle Company Annual Bull Sale is held the last weekend of March on the ranch. They sell approximately 40 purebred Red Angus bulls and a handful of Angus/Simmental-cross yearling bulls, along with several packages of purebred and commercial, red and black replacement heifers.
Cattlemen’s Young Leaders for 2017-18
Ben Wilson is a full-time independent filmmaker and creative professional, operating his freelance and consulting company, Benjo Productions, from the rural community of Bashaw, Alberta. Born and raised in Ponoka, Alta., Wilson has always had a thirst for adventure and a passion for food and the environment. He has travelled across Canada from coast to coast in a two-seater airplane, and backpacked from Cape Town to Cairo, among other overseas adventures. The art of visual storytelling began as an amateur attempt to share these adventures with his friends and family, but soon developed into the craft of documentary filmmaking and freelance corporate video production.
After a very short-lived career in aerospace engineering, Wilson discovered his true calling when he married a farm girl and joined the FarmOn.com team as video production manager in 2009. His own company, Benjo Productions, is now a full-time venture and serves a wide variety of clients across Alberta, primarily in the agriculture industry, including several stakeholders in the beef value chain. Wilson’s passion for the cattle industry continues to grow with each beef-related video project he works on, ranging from forage and grazing topics to animal care, sustainability, farm safety, culinary education and beef marketing initiatives. His love for filmmaking, no matter what the topic, stems from a strong desire to help people share what’s most important to them, and to create visual art that has a deep emotional impact on audiences.
Matt Kumlin is a fifth-generation rancher southwest of Cochrane, Alta., in the community of Jumping Pound. After completing his agriculture degree at the U of S in 2010, he transitioned into the DVM program at UCVM in Calgary, graduating in 2014. Since that time he has worked as a cow-calf and advanced reproductive veterinarian at Bow Valley Livestock Health and Bow Valley Genetics in Brooks, Alta. Starting in January 2018, Kumlin, along with his wife Angela and son Wade, will be moving back to the ranch in Jumping Pound. They plan to continue to expand their commercial and purebred Red Angus herd. Kumlin will also be working as a part-time cattle veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. in Airdrie, Alta. Kumlin is looking forward to growing his network of young cattlemen as well as the mentorship the CYL program has to offer. He is very grateful for this opportunity to partake in this excellent mentorship program.
Quinn Anderson Folk grew up on the Anderson Ranch south of Fir Mountain, Sask. She is still involved with this multi-generational cow-calf, backgrounding, and farming operation. Anderson Ranch has been recognized for its extensive efforts with species-at-risk and the environment.
Anderson Folk has completed a bachelor of music in voice (performance) and a bachelor of education. She works in education and as a private music teacher in southwest Saskatchewan. Anderson Folk currently resides outside of Swift Current with her husband Keith and their son, Quade.