We are happy to announce Mike Millar has joined Canadian Cattlemen as our new national advertising sales representative effective May 18. He will work out of his home at Grandora, Sask., where he and his family operate a small Simmental herd. During his career off the farm he has served in sales management positions with ABS Canada, Keystone Agri-Marketing, Highline Manufacturing, National Alfalfa Trading Co., and for the past 15 years with DTN, the agricultural information company. He’s also an active volunteer with 4-H and Asquith First Responders.
Dr. John Crowley, the University of Alberta researcher who is also director of scientific and industry advancement for the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) is looking for funds for a three-year pilot project to improve genetic evaluation for the 10 “niche breeds” under the CBBC umbrella. Specifically this includes: Blonde D’Aquitaine, Braunvieh, Dexter, Galloway, Hays Converter, Lowline, Maine Anjou, Salers, Shorthorn and Speckle Park, all breeds that register less than 2,000 head per year. Within this group Crowley says some do genetic evaluation, some do data recording but little evalution, and none is involved in genomics.
“Ultimately, by the end of the project, I would like to see all the breeds doing genetic evaluation and picking animals on EPDs and where EPDs already exist, incorporate genomics as well as expand the suite of traits,” says Crowley.
The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation will be hosting their Fundraising Auction on August 1 in Lindsay, Ont. in conjunction with the CSA Annual Meeting at 7:30 p.m. The proceeds support youth activities as well as the CSA’s research initiatives and scholarships through the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation. For more on the auction contact co-chairs: Deanne Young 780-696-3643, or Ron Nolan 905-330-5299.
Meghan Black is the new industry and member services representative at the Canadian Simmental Association. Her primary responsibilities is to meet the advertising and marketing needs of CSA members through the association’s publication Simmental Country, and provide field service to the beef industry on behalf of the CSA. Meghan is originally from Bloomfield, New Brunswick, where her family runs a cow-calf operation. She’s been an active member of the 4-H program for 13 years, and participated in the Cattlemen’s Young Leader is program in 2013. She is a graduate of Dalhousie faculty of agriculture.
Gaylene Groeneveld is the new CEO of the Canadian Gelbvieh Association, replacing long-time manager Wendy Belcher who passed away in mid-January. Groeneveld is no stranger to the organization having worked for the breed for 10 years as assistant office manager and publisher/editor of the breed publication Gelbvieh Guide.
The Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) re-elected David Bolduc as president and Garner Deobald as vice-president at its recent annual meeting. New to the board this year is Stephen Scott of the Canadian Hereford Association joining sitting board members: Anne Brunet-Burgess, Bruce Holmquist, Roger Peters, Rod Remin, Rob Smith and Byron Templeton.
One of the big issues for the current board is the need to reduce the long waits for import permits on breeding cattle from the U.S. In past years it would have taken one to five days to obtain a permit, whereas this year the CBBC says it may take 20-30 days. Long enough that health tests sometimes expire before the permit is granted, adding to the cost and frustration of breeders. The delays are afflicting not only live cattle but semen, embryo, equine, poultry (chicks) and other livestock interests, said CBBC executive director Michael Latimer in a note to his members. “Several industry organizations have been working together and closely with government agencies to reduce this delay and we are confident that our message has been heard and will be acted upon.”
In the meantime Latimer is asking breeders who experience significant delays or know someone who has, to email him with the details at [email protected] as specific cases are needed to illustrate the problems this creates for producers.
The CBBC presented its Don Matthews award to embryo transfer pioneer Dr. Murray Jacobson at the close of its 2015 annual meeting. The award recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the purebred beef industry. Jacobson certainly meets this criteria. In the early ’70s he was at the Rockyview Animal Clinic in Calgary when dentist David Dryholm founded Alberta Livestock Transplant (ALT) and interested Jacobson in this new technology. ALT performed its first transfer on October 16, 1971.
In 1974 he and his vet partners established Calgary Transplant just west of Balzac. That lasted until 1977 when the Rockyview clinic was dissolved and Jacobson moved to Lethbridge to farm. In 1979 he joined up with Dr. Darrell Dagraft to form Bova Tech. By the early 1980s they were doing non-surgical transfers and freezing embryos. Over the next 30 years Jacobson and his partners transferred embryos across Western Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Mongolia until 2012 when he sold his Simmental herd and his interest in Bova Tech.
He also served as president of the Canadian Simmental Association from 2006 to 2008.
In 2015 Charolais bulls recorded the highest overall sales average and total gross dollars in the 34 years the Charolais Banner has been compiling bull sale results. At 82 sales, six more than 2014, the overall average rose by $1,848 to $6,617 and the total gross increased by $6.7 million to $19.5 million. Banner publisher Helge By says more than 90 bulls sold for $10,000 or more.
Alberta Limousin breeders are being asked to pencil in June 20 for the third annual ALA field day in the Brooks area this year. The morning will start off with a free pancake breakfast followed by the ALA annual meeting, then a couple of farm tours and a visit to Bow Valley Genetics before finishing up with a steak supper in Rolling Hills and a calendar auction. Registration is $50. For details contact Carla DeJager at 403-964-2587 or [email protected]
Anne Brunet-Burgess has resigned as the general manager of the Canadian Limousin Association after six years to become the general manager of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency on June 1. Before joining the CLA she was office manager of Remington Land and Cattle. Anne says she plans to remain with the CLA through a couple of weeks in May to help finish up the migration of the Canadian registry to Digital Beef of San Antonio, Texas, which also manages the registry of the American Limousin Association. No replacement for Anne was named by press time.
Stewart Stone of Regina was elected president of Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) during its annual meeting last month. Stone has been involved with CWA for 18 years, serving on the board of directors for 14 of those years during which he chaired the dairy, international, audit, governance and rodeo committees. He is the COO of Heartland Livestock.
Joining him on the executive are vice-president Bruce Holmquist of Saskatoon, members at large Chris Lees of Arcola, Blake MacMillan of Nokomis, Bryce Thompson of Regina and past president, Reed Andrew of Regina. The remaining board members are: Rich Harries, Morden, Man.; Curtis Kuchinka, Regina; Michael Latimer, Calgary; Courtney MacDougall, Regina; Barry Young, Carievale, Sask.; Elmer Eashappie, Regina; Doug Fee, De Winton, Alta.; Kim Hextall, Grenfell, Sask.; Carla Schmitt, Saskatoon and Levi Wood, Regina.
The Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society (CRAPS) has partnered with Bouchard Livestock International to rejuvenate the historic Red Roundup sale in Red Deer October 22-24 on its 43rd anniversary. Operating on the theme of Come Back to the Auction the weekend will start with the Frozen Genetic & CRAPS Charity Fundraiser on the Friday evening followed by the cattle sale on Saturday the 24th. Added this year will be a jackpot people’s choice in place of the bull show and display. The early nomination deadline is June 1, with the final nomination deadline set for June 15, 2015. Sale nomination forms and additional information can be found at www.bouchardlivestock.com and www.redangus.ca.
At the end of March the joint Canadian Angus Association (CAA) Certified Angus Beef (CAB) seminar in Lethbridge for the feedlot sector in Lethbridge attracted 52 participants to hear seven informative speakers.
Casey Vander Ploeg, manager of policy and research for the National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) talked about Canada’s national beef strategy, Canfax manager Brian Perillat, gave a market update and Leighton Kolk of Kolk Farms and a partner in the Allied Marketing Group (AMG) talked about his operation and AMG’s partnership with Certified Angus Beef. John Paterson with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) discussed consumer perception as viewed by NCBA and growing trends in the marketplace. John Lines, operations manager for Cargill Animal Protein at High River, emphasized the need for co-operation among everyone along the supply chain to ensure that the best-quality product arrives at the processing plant. Brothers David and Dyce Bolduc of Cudlobe Angus pointed out how genetics play a large factor in their selection for traits to maximize functionality and carcass quality. Larry Corah, CAB’s vice-president of supply development for Certified Angus Beef wrapped up the day by looking at the growth and potential for CAB in Canada.
Wyatt Millar, 16, of Grandora, Sask., is a member of Catherwood Beef and Sheep 4-H and this year he has set himself a special project — to raise $10,000 for equipment at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. For his own part Wyatt is donating the proceeds from his 4-H steer “Paying it Forward” being sold at the Prairieland Junior Ag sale July 6. He’s also growing out his hair and will have it cut off at the sale to be turned into wigs for cancer victims. In this way he is raising awareness of the cancer centre and is asking others to join him in meeting his target. To donate online visit http://donate.saskcancer.ca and the link to Wyatt Millar: 4-H Pay it Forward.
Bryce Fisher and Raquel Dyck of R&F Livestock donated the steer.