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Bruce Holmquist General Manager Cell: 403-988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com

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T BAR C Cattle Co. Ltd. Looks To The Future Ted and Mina Serhienko are pleased to announce the sale of T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. and Today’s Publishing Inc. to Chris Poley as of June 1, 2013. Chris Poley was born and raised on a mixed farm in Weldon, Saskatchewan. He has worked as a professional auctioneer, marketing purebred and commercial livestock for nearly two decades. In 1999, he purchased and operated the Tisdale Auction Market and after its sale, purchased and operated a successful livestock insurance company until 2007. Having worked with T Bar C Cattle Company, marketing cattle nationally and internationally, the transition is a natural progression. Ted and Mina will continue to be a part of the T Bar Team in a senior advisory capacity. T Bar C Cattle Company has been marketing purebred seed stock for over four decades and grown into a leader of full service, sale management. Today’s Publishing is one of Canada’s leading livestock publishing companies. It has matured into a one stop service center for all livestock producers fulfilling their custom print marketing requirements. Bryan Kostiuk remains as editor and publishes the Canadian Simmental Country, Limousin Voice, Today’s Angus Advantage and Hereford’s Today. T Bar C Cattle Co. (2013) Ltd. is excited to announce the addition of Shane Michelson to its marketing team. Shane was born and raised on a large mixed farm in Lipton, Saskatchewan. He, along with his wife Alaina, own and operate Michelson Land and Cattle and have raised and exhibited champions across Canada and the United States. Since 2009, Shane has actively marketed cattle across North America.

Chris Poley 306-220-5006

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Lone Stone Miss Cujo 25L

Lone Stone Ms Adonis 76U

Lone Stone Ms Stampy 59U

Lone Stone Ms Adonis 20T

CONSIGNING 15 BRED HEIFERS TO COWARAMA 2013

Lazy RS Miss Willing FF

YOU CAN LOOK FOR SONS OUT OF THESE COWS IN OUR FEBRUARY 2014 BULL SALE


From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

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Walking the Walk

arketing is an art and often plays upon our psyche through catchy phrases that may or may not be factual. Like A Rock, It’s the Real Thing; Ram Tough are examples of slogans used by major corporations in an attempt to influence us to buy their product. The Continental Breed, the Performance Breed, the Carcass Breed, the Terminal Breed, the Business Breed, the Maternal Breed are examples of taglines that have been used by various North American beef breed associations over the past few decades with the same objective in mind; convincing producers that their breed is the one to use. Some of these associations have even used more than one slogan in different eras of their breed’s history in an attempt to convince producers that they fit specific industry needs of the day and in some instances it was later realized to be little more than a hollow claim with few actual facts to back it up. Some of you may recall a breed claiming to be the Maternal Breed when they were well recognized as having issues with udder quality and lower milk production. At one time Simmental in Canada was mainly promoted as the “Performance Breed” and raw power and growth was the focus of many breeding programs. Eventually the beef industry realized that with that growth often came increased frame size, birth weight and size at maturity; ton cows became more and more common. These larger cows did produce more pounds of calf in the fall however also had significantly higher input costs as they required higher energy in their rations; this was necessary in order to sustain themselves and rebreed while producing large amounts of milk for those fast gaining calves. Today we see the Simmental breed as a more moderate and complete package that has become much more efficient and therefore better suited to function on a mostly forage based diet. The Simmental female has always been known for its maternal traits and mothering ability and that will continue to 12

be one of the breed’s strengths and selling points. Although performance has reached a point where it is now tempered by a more balanced selection process that keeps optimums in mind, it will also always remain of economic importance as long as calves are sold by the pound. Selection for carcass traits are also important and will remain relevant in our herds as the breed continues to gain customers who want to add yield while maintaining meat quality within their predominantly British cow herds. Calving ease is arguably of utmost importance as a dead calf is a waste of an entire year of a cow’s life and is a huge negative impact to a ranch’s bottom line. Where does that leave the Simmental breed heading into the future - I would say exactly where we want to be! We have a broad based set of genetics available that can supply the needs of all producers. We can supply ease of calving, performance, meat quality and carcass traits as well as maternal traits in a wide range of packages. These can be found in most herds however it is important to realize that not all Simmental are created equal. As breeders we need to continue to work at improving the consistency of our cattle and be sure we back up our claims that we use through our marketing programs. The Canadian Simmental Association is working hard to supply the tools to make that possible. One major Beef breed Association has the slogan “The Power of One” however the reality is that it is difficult for one single breed to be everything to all producers due to varied climatic conditions and management practices across North America. Simmental is steadily gaining market share because of the strength we provide in so many areas of the beef value chain and it is very clear we are a major force in providing increased value to most of Canada’s progressive Beef cattle operations.


Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

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e marketing est un art souvent basé sur des expressions choc n’étant pas toujours le reflet de la réalité. De grandes compagnies utilisent par exemple des slogans commerciaux tels que Comme un rocher, C’est la vraie affaire; Fort comme un bélier afin de nous encourager à acheter leurs produits. Au cours des dernières décennies, plusieurs associations de races de boucherie ont également fait usage de slogans tels que La race continentale, La race avec la meilleure performance, La race à carcasse, La race terminale, La race pour faire des affaires et La race maternelle. Ces slogans visent la même chose, soit de convaincre les producteurs bovins que leur race est celle qu’il faut choisir. Certaines associations ont même employé plus d’un slogan à différentes époques, toujours dans le but de convaincre les producteurs que leur race pouvait combler des besoins spécifiques de l’industrie. Dans quelques cas, on s’est plus tard rendu compte que les énoncés employés étaient plutôt des phrases vides n’étant pas appuyées par des données factuelles concrètes. Certains d’entre vous pourrez vous rappeler d’une race donnée qui se vantait d’être la Race maternelle alors qu’il y avait des évidences prouvant que les femelles de cette race possédaient une production laitière plutôt faible et qu’elles avaient des problèmes de conformation du pis. À une certaine époque, on faisait la promotion de la race Simmental au Canada comme celle étant “La race avec la meilleure performance”. L’emphase de plusieurs programmes d’élevage était alors orientée vers la puissance brute et la croissance. On a par la suite réalisé au sein de l’industrie bovine que toute cette croissance était en fait associée avec une augmentation de la charpente, du poids à la naissance et de la taille adulte; les vaches pesant une tonne étaient alors de plus en plus commune. Ces vaches plus grosses produisaient peut-être davantage de poids de veau à l’automne, mais leurs coûts d’entretien étaient souvent supérieurs car leurs rations devaient fournir plus d’énergie. Elles devaient en fait se maintenir en bonne condition de chair et s’assurer de reconcevoir de nouveau, tout en produisant suffisamment de lait pour nourrir leur veau au fort potentiel de croissance. Présentement, nous considérons davantage la race Simmental comme étant un ensemble plus complet et de format plus modéré, laquelle est devenue un animal plus efficace et par conséquent plus apte à une production basée de plus en plus sur les fourrages. La femelle Simmental a toujours été reconnue pour ses qualités

maternelles et son bon instinct maternel. Nous estimons que ces attributs demeureront des forces et des avantages concurrentiels de la race. Bien qu’on semble opter dorénavant plus vers un schéma de sélection privilégiant une production optimale, les performances de croissance de la race devraient conserver une bonne importance économique, tant qu’on vendra les veaux d’embouche selon leur poids. La sélection orientée vers les caractères liés à la carcasse demeurera importante au niveau des troupeaux de la race, car on continue toujours d’intéresser de nouveaux clients désirant ajouter du rendement en viande tout en conservant la qualité de viande au sein de leurs troupeaux formés surtout de vaches de races britanniques. Par ailleurs, la facilité de vêlage est sans contredit un caractère très important, car un veau mort fait en sorte que l’année est perdue pour cette vache, ce qui a un effet négatif au niveau de la rentabilité de la ferme. Alors, dans quelle direction la race Simmental devrait-elle se diriger dans le futur – je dirais exactement là où nous voulons être ! Nous pouvons offrir un vaste étendu de lignées génétiques pouvant rencontrer les besoins de tous les producteurs. On peut vous fournir la facilité de vêlage, la performance, la qualité de viande et des carcasses de bonne qualité, aussi bien que des qualités maternelles, et cela dans une gamme complète de types de sujets. Toutes ces qualités peuvent être présentes dans la plupart des troupeaux, toutefois il faut bien réaliser que tous les sujets Simmental ne sont pas tous égaux. En tant qu’éleveurs de race pure, on doit poursuivre notre travail de sélection afin d’améliorer l’uniformité chez nos animaux et prendre les moyens pour que nos animaux soient à la hauteur de nos énoncés promotionnels. L’Association Simmental du Canada fait des efforts pour vous fournir tous les outils pour appuyer votre travail de sélectionneur. Une importante association de race de boucherie utilise actuellement le slogan “La force unique”. En réalité, il est sans doute difficile pour une seule race d’être tout pour tout le monde, notamment avec une grande variété de conditions climatiques et de types d’opération présents à travers toute l’Amérique du nord. La race Simmental gagne constamment des parts de marché en raison des nombreux avantages qu’elle peut offrir à divers niveaux de la chaine de valeur de la viande bovine. Notre race constitue clairement une force majeure permettant d’ajouter de la valeur dans la plupart des fermes bovines progressives du Canada.

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Opportunity knocked for us,

OUR FARM HAS BEEN SOLD. Opportunity knocks again, Will consider selling the herd private FOR EVERY BREEDER IN THE SIMMENTAL INDUSTRY, WHO IS LOOKING TO ADD SOME TOP END GENETICS TO THEIR HERD FROM ONE OF THE ELITE HERDS IN CANADA.

treaty until September 15th Will not split into smaller packages 4 options 1. Entire herd 2. All the Reds 162 Bred Cows, 61 Bred Heifers

COMPLETE HERD DISPERSAL

BEING PLANNED FOR THIS FALL. WATCH FOR UPDATES IN FUTURE ADS AND CHECK OUR WEBSITE WWW.KOPPFARMS.COM This cow herd has been built by buying the best herd bulls and the best females in the country over the last 25 years, and is now capable of producing the most powerful and consistent bulls and heifers in the Simmental industry.

3. All the Blacks 50 Bred Cows, 15 Bred Heifers

4. All the Fullbloods 75 Bred Cows, 9 Bred Heifers.

Enquiries welcome

For more information or viewing of cow herd contact us any time

Edmund, Pauline & Laura Steven, Amanda, Madison & Kailey Kopp Box 41, Amaranth, MB R0H 0B0 Ph:204.843.2769 · Fax: 204.843.4558 Edmund’s Cell: 204.856.3064 Steven’s Cell: 204.843.0090 Email: steven@koppfarms.com

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Simmental Innovations would like to introduce the second in its Partner Profile series that will showcase the many valuable partners involved in our research initiatives. These profiles will introduce our members and the Simmental Country readership to each of the partners that the Simmental Innovations team is proud to be collaborating with.

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he Centre for the Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL) in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph has been working for over 20 years to enable the livestock sector in Canada to be more competitive through the development of technologies to help increase the rate of genetic improvement for economically important traits. The Centre is made up of faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students along with international visiting scholars. The CGIL has worked across a number of species including dairy and beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, equine and aquaculture. In the past a lot of the emphasis was on the development of genetic evaluations (EPD) along with economic selection indexes. In the past decade the research emphasis has been shifting heavily towards the incorporation of genomics technologies into improvement programs. The CGIL is a partner in Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta, bringing a connected effort across Canada to help solve problems. Additionally, our faculty and staff work with industry and government to develop leading edge solutions to high priority issues. The Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, Beef Improvement Opportunities, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,Food and Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Beef Cattle Research Council, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Simmental Association are some of our main partners. Industry support from the livestock feed, pharmaceutical, packing plant and services sectors also contribute to research initiatives. Many issues in beef production and management are interrelated. Much of our research involves genetics and genomics, beef quality, health and welfare, nutrition and feed efficiency. The CGIL team working on the Simmental Innovations research projects includes faculty Dr. Stephen Miller, a beef cattle geneticist and CGIL director, geneticist Dr. Janusz Jamrozik,

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along with technical support from Tim Caldwell and Cheryl Campbell and graduate students Yang Mu (M.Sc.) and Narges Zare (Ph.D). The project relies heavily on the established infrastructure both on campus along with the research stations at Elora and New Liskeard with a combined crossbred Dr. Stephen Miller cow herd of 300 calving cows of primarily Angus and Simmental breeding. On campus facilities include extensive computing resources, freezer capacity for DNA storage along with a meat science laboratory where the meat quality measures are performed including dissecting primal ribs into lean, fat and bone and determining beef tenderness. The meat science laboratory activities relies on support and collaboration from Dr. Ira Mandell, manager Brian McDougall and related staff. The New Liskeard research station includes technical staff Leo Giesen and Hal Brown and related support staff. The herd at New Liskeard is all fixed time AI breeding on 160 calving females over two contrasting calving seasons. Individual feed intake is collected in replacement heifers and wintering cows. The Elora Beef Research station has 140 calving cows with capacity for feed intake measures in cows and heifers along with a feedlot with 240 head capacity for individual feed intake. The Simmental Innovations project has included two feedlot fills per year, requiring the purchase of Simmental influenced cattle from both Western Canada and Ontario. Cattle are slaughtered at Cargill in Guelph and the team recovers the rib sections for further analysis at the meat science laboratory. For smaller groups, cattle are slaughtered at the meat science laboratory on campus which is a federally inspected establishment and a tremendous asset to the project.


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e Centre d’amélioration génétique du bétail (“CGIL”) fait partie du département des sciences animales et de l’aviculture de l’Université de Guelph. On y conduit des travaux de recherche depuis plus de 20 ans avec l’objectif d’améliorer la compétitivité de l’élevage du bétail au Canada, notamment par le développement de nouvelles technologies qui nous aideront à accroître le taux de progrès génétique pour des caractères d’importance économique. Le Centre est constitué d’une faculté, d’associés de recherche, de candidats au post-doctorat et d’étudiants gradués, de même que d’étudiants étrangers en stage. On y a effectué des recherches au niveau de plusieurs espèces, chez les bovins laitiers et de boucherie, les porcs, la volaille, les moutons, les chèvres, les chevaux, de même qu’en aquaculture. Dans le passé, les travaux touchaient principalement le développement d’évaluations génétiques (EPD) ainsi que d’indices économiques de sélection génétique. Toutefois, lors de la dernière décennie, l’orientation des recherches a subi un important virage envers l’incorporation des technologies génomiques dans les programmes d’amélioration génétique. Le “CGIL” est également un partenaire du centre “Gentec” de l’Université de l’Alberta, ce qui lui permet de collaborer aux efforts de recherche et d’aider à résoudre les diverses problématiques partout au Canada. Notre personnel et notre faculté travaillent en collaboration avec l’industrie et le gouvernement afin de développer des solutions innovantes par rapport à d’importantes problématiques de l’industrie. Nous comptons parmi nos partenaires les entités suivantes: l’Association des producteurs de boeuf de l’Ontario (OCA), le centre BIO, le Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et des affaires rurales, Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, le Conseil de recherche sur les bovins de boucherie, l’Association canadienne des producteurs de bovins (CCA) et l’Association Simmental du Canada. Mentionnons que nos projets de recherche sont aussi supportés par l’industrie de l’alimentation du bétail, le secteur pharmaceutique, les abattoirs ainsi que d’autres partenaires du secteur des services. Plusieurs enjeux en production bovine et en gestion sont en fait inter-reliés. Une grande partie de nos recherches touche la génétique et la génomique, la qualité de la viande de boeuf, la santé et le bien-être animal, la nutrition ainsi que l’efficacité alimentaire. Les membres de l’équipe du “CGIL” travaillant dans les projets de recherche et d’innovation

de la race Simmental incluent le Dr Stephen Miller, un généticien en production bovine et directeur de la faculté et du “CGIL”, le généticien Dr Janusz Jamrovik, et elle bénéficie du soutien technique de Tim Caldwell et de Cheryl Campbell, et des étudiants gradués Yang Mu (maîtrise) et Harges Zare (doctorat). La réalisation du projet est menée à partir des infrastructures existantes sur le campus et des stations de recherche d’Elora et de New Liskeard, lesquelles possèdent un troupeau vache veau composé d’un total de 300 vaches croisées, principalement issues de croisements avec les races Angus et Simmental. Nos installations sur le campus disposent d’équipements informatiques, de congélateurs d’échantillons d’ADN, de même qu’un laboratoire de science des viandes. On y effectue diverses mesures reliées à la qualité et à la tendreté de la viande, telles que la dissection des échantillons de côtes recueillis sur les carcasses en composantes de maigre, de gras et d’os. Les activités du laboratoire de science des viandes sont menés par le Dr Ira Mandell, le gérant Brian McDougall et le personnel de support. Les travaux à la station de recherche de New Liskeard sont effectués par les techniciens Leo Giesen et Hal Brown, ainsi que par le personnel de support. Le troupeau de la station de New Liskeard est composé de 160 femelles qui sont toutes inséminées suite à un protocole de synchronisation à temps fixe et elles vêlent sur deux périodes distinctes de l’année. On recueille des données d’ingestion alimentaire chez chacune des femelles de remplacement et chez les vaches adultes. Quant à elle, la station de recherche d’Elora possède 140 vaches de boucherie, et elle est également munie de l’équipement de mesure de l’ingestion alimentaire des femelles d’élevage et des vaches, en plus de compter sur un parc d’engraissement de 240 places, lui aussi équipé pour mesurer l’ingestion alimentaire individuelle. Pour mener à bien le projet de recherche et d’innovation de la race Simmental, on a du remplir le parc d’engraissement deux fois, ce qui a nécessité l’achat dans l’Ouest canadien et en Ontario de veaux possédant du sang de race Simmental. Les bovins finis sont abattus à l’abattoir Cargill de Guelph et l’équipe du CGIL va y récupérer des sections des côtes sur les carcasses, lesquels subiront diverses analyses au laboratoire de science des viandes. Lorsqu’on travaille avec des groupes plus petits, les bovins peuvent être abattus au laboratoire de science des viandes sur le campus, car ce dernier est reconnu à titre d’abattoir inspecté par le gouvernement fédéral, ce qui représente un atout important pour nos projets.

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Thank You

Bigger and better every year is the tournament’s goal and this year did not disappoint. The Sixth Annual T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament was the most successful yet, raising over $52,000.00 for youth in the beef industry. Eight national junior breed associations, representing approximately 2,100 members, will gain the benefit from the generosity of our sponsors. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Western Agribition Junior Beef Extreme. A registration and social, featuring a wine tasting, was held on the night of June 25th at the Ramada Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The next morning, the golfers were treated to an amazing breakfast at the Dakota Dunes Casino highlighted with a presentation by Myles Immerkar, Semex Global Beef Manager.

to our sponsors your support ensures the success of the tournament!

“We are extremely proud of this year’s event. Our largest number of golfers and sponsors made this year a huge success. In the last six years, we have raised over $243,000.00, which provides funding and opportunities to thousands of youth,” said Bryan Kostiuk, co-chairman of the tournament. “The tournament encompasses people from all segments of the industry, as well as those who wish to have fun and support a great cause.” Plans are already under way for the Seventh Annual T Bar Invitational which will be held on June 24th and 25th at the Dakota Dunes Golf Course. See www.tbarinvitational.com for further results including a complete list of our sponsors. A special thank you to the Canadian Simmental Association for their continued support.

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Breed Improvement

Genetic Defects By Jeff Hyatt - CSA Research Coordinator

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f you are involved in the cattle business you have likely heard of the term “Genetic Defect� and may automatically think of some type of terminal condition. However, the reality is that some genetic defects are either neutral or may even be beneficial to cattle. For example, the polled gene is a mutation of the horned gene, and that is a genetic defect that has made a massive and positive impact on the cattle industry. Expression of a defect can be as obvious as the horned/ polled gene or as invisible as a decrease in feed efficiency. So what is a genetic defect? It may be a deletion, mutation, movement, etc. of a portion of the genome. Most of the genetic defects that we deal with in the cattle industry are recessive mutations, where a portion of a gene is changed and only animals with both genes being recessive will actually physically express the defect. A dominant or homozygous mutation would cause all animals that had the defect to express the trait and if it was a lethal or detrimental trait, the animals would die or quickly be culled. In the example of a simple recessive genetic defect where only one gene affects the expression, an animal that is affected will have parents that are both carriers of the defect. If you were to mate a carrier to a normal animal, 50% of the progeny would be carriers and the other 50% would be normal. When mating two carrier animals, 25% of the progeny would be normal, 50%

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would be carriers and 25% would be affected by the trait. All breeds of beef cattle carry genetic defects and there have been animals that were imported from Europe that were later identified as carriers of detrimental genetic defects such as Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip, Syndactyly, Polydactyly, Arachnomelia, etc. Recently, an American herd had some cases of Arachnomelia, a malformation of the head, back and limbs, which all traced back to one common ancestor; through an identification process all of the carriers were removed from the herd voluntarily. Although all breeds have genetic defects, some breeds have more prevalent genetic defects then others and we are fortunate that these defects and the carriers of them are very few and far between within the Simmental breed when compared to other breeds. If an animal that carries Simmental genetics is suspected of possibly having a genetic defect, we encourage you to contact the CSA office to discuss the situation and we will work with you in going through the proper steps to deal with the suspected animals. If you have a calf born that looks like it may have a defect, take some pictures of the animal and pull hairs on the animal and then contact the CSA as soon as possible. This process is handled in complete confidence and is necessary to ensure that the Simmental breed remains as free from negative genetic abnormalities as possible.


Breed Improvement

Les défauts génétiques Jeff Hyatt – Coordonnateur de la recherche, ASC

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n étant impliqué au sein de l’industrie bovine, vous devez avoir déjà entendu parler du terme “Défaut génétique”. Vous pouvez avoir pensé qu’on référait alors à une forme de maladie terminale. Toutefois, certains défauts génétiques n’occasionnent en fait aucun effet ou peuvent parfois être bénéfiques en production bovine. Par exemple, le gène acère (sans cornes) est en fait une mutation du gène avec cornes. L’industrie bovine toute entière a été influencée positivement par ce défaut génétique. L’expression d’un défaut peut être très manifeste et évidente, tel que c’est le cas avec le gène acère / avec cornes, ou bien plutôt invisible comme cela se produit avec une diminution de l’efficacité alimentaire. En fait, qu’est-ce qu’un défaut génétique ? Cela peut être le résultat d’une mutation, de l’effacement ou encore du déplacement,… d’une portion du génome. Au niveau de l’industrie bovine, la plupart des défauts génétiques qui nous intéressent sont le résultat de mutations à caractère récessif. Un seul segment du gène a subi une modification et seulement les sujets possédant deux copies de ce gène récessif pourront exprimer ce défaut de manière concrète. À l’opposé, une mutation dominante ou homozygote ferait en sorte que tous les sujets possédant le défaut exprimeraient alors ce caractère. S’il s’agissait d’un caractère létal ou causant un effet néfaste important, tous les animaux pourraient mourir ou bien être rapidement éliminés. Dans le cas d’un défaut génétique du type récessif et influencé par un seul gène, les deux parents d’un animal affecté de cette anomalie seront alors porteurs du gène défectueux. Si vous procédiez à l’accouplement d’un animal porteur avec un sujet normal, la moitié de la descendance

serait porteuse et l’autre moitié serait normale. Lorsqu’on accouple deux sujets porteurs, 25 % de la descendance sera normale, 50 % sera composé de porteurs et l’autre 25 % des descendants sera affecté par le défaut génétique. Toutes les races de bovins de boucherie sont porteuses de défauts génétiques. On retrouve des animaux importés d’Europe qui furent plus tard identifiés comme porteurs de défauts génétiques plutôt néfastes tels que le palais fendu, la lèvre fendue, la syndactylie, la polydactylie, l’arachnomélie,etc. Un troupeau américain a récemment identifié quelques cas d’arachnomélie, une malformation de la tête, du dos et des membres, et tous ces cas étaient reliés à un ancêtre commun. On a identifié tous les sujets porteurs qui ont été ensuite éliminés du troupeau. Bien que toutes les races possèdent quelques défauts génétiques, certaines dénombrent des défauts plus néfastes que d’autres. Nous sommes chanceux que la race Simmental ne possède pas beaucoup de tels défauts et de sujets porteurs, en comparaison avec les autres races bovines. Si vous croyez qu’un animal de race Simmental peut avoir un défaut génétique, nous vous encourageons à communiquer avec le bureau de l’ASC afin de nous présenter le cas. Nous allons ainsi pouvoir vous accompagner au niveau du processus prévu vis-à-vis de tels sujets suspects. Si vous avez un veau né qui semble affecté par un défaut, prenez quelques photographies et récupérez quelques poils de cet animal, puis communiquez avec l’ASC le plus tôt possible. La procédure prévue est suivie en toute confidentialité et il demeure important d’effectuer ces démarches afin de s’assurer que la race Simmental demeure la plus possible exempte de défauts génétiques néfastes.

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Young Canadian Simmental Association Newsletter Thank You from the Provincial and National Classics

YCSA Contacts YCSA Coordinator Emily Grey (819) 835-0284 egrey@simmental.com

President • SK

Tiffany Peters (306) 948-8044 tpeters07@hotmail.com

Vice-President • ON Sophie Wotten (705) 878-1713 swotten@uoguelph.ca

A big thank you must given to all for the successful Provincial and National Classics. None of these events would be possible without the support of a great many sponsors, volunteers and organizers. We owe a large thank you to all of you for your commitment and dedication to the Young Canadian Simmental Association and its programming.

Upcoming Classic’s...

Maritime YCSA Classic August 22-­24, 2013 Truro, NS Contact: Scott Gaunce-­(506) 227-­4820

Ontario Trillium Classic November 1, 2013 Toronto, ON Contact: Danielle Sullivan-­(705) 872-­2173

Informational Opportunities

Facebook – Look up Young Canadian Simmental Association

CSA website– Look under the YCS link

National YCSA Classic...

Okotoks, Alberta - July 16-18, 2013 ~ Judge: Ken Lewis, Spruce Grove, Alberta

Females

Bulls

Executive Officer • AB Andrea Hadway (403) 586-4929 andie.hadway@gmail.com

Directors

Grand Champion Purebred Female

Grand Champion Purebred Bull

Exhibited by Mackenzie Skeels, Alberta

Exhibited by Wyatt Millar, Saskatchewan

Alberta

Kolby Heaven (780) 778-1435 heaven_cattle@hotmail.com

Maritimes

Scott Gaunce C: (506) 227-4820 scottgaunce@hotmail.com

Manitoba

Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Female

Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Bull

Exhibited by Loralee Klys, Alberta

Exhibited by Mackenzie Skeels, Alberta

Emily Hickson C: (204) 570-1969 simmental_rox2005@hotmail.com

Ontario

Danielle Sullivan (705) 872-2173 dee.em.sull@gmail.com

Quebec

Krista Whalen (819) 679-7964 kristawhalen15@hotmail.com

Grand Champion Commercial Female

Grand Champion Commercial Bull

Exhibited by Carmen Biggelaar, Alberta

Exhibited by Carmen Biggelaar, Alberta

CSA Director

Lacey Fisher (902) 661-0766 (506) 536-8454 timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Female

Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Bull

Exhibited by Kyle Dodgson, Alberta

Exhibited by Kyle Dodgson, Alberta

Check the next issue for full results...

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Women in Simmental Country

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hree hundred purebred Simmental and Angus cows and an annual bull sale; a natural beef business and two children, a golf course, gravel enterprise, and screened “Simmental” manure sales. These diverse components make up Mitchell Cattle Co. and it is redundant to say that proprietors, Ian and Anja Mitchell, are a very busy couple! The Mitchell family is rich in pioneer history. In 1933, Ian’s grandfather, T.D. Mitchell, purchased the ranch property near Barriere (north of Kamloops, British Columbia) from a logging company. Ferries had to be built to cross rivers and trails cut to the alpine mountains just in order to move cattle to and from pasture. Ian’s father, Bob, imported two Fleckvieh cows in 1971 and began using AI to bring Simmental genetics into the Hereford cowherd. The result of these efforts was the first fullblood Fleckvieh born in North America on the Mitchell ranch in 1973. Ian and Anja have carried on the family tradition of innovation. Mitchell’s Mountain Beef was founded in 1987, decades before the local and natural food movements became mainstream. The couple’s first foray into marketing ranch-raised, hormone-free and antibiotic-free beef came with a contract through Gerry Kaumeyer of the Loblaw’s grocery chain in Ontario. When that contract ended in the early 1990s, the Mitchells decided not to go back to using growth-promoting hormones because the marketing advantages without implants outweighed the decreased rates of gain in their Simmental calves. Today, demand for Mitchell’s Mountain Beef is strong enough that two animals per week are sent to the provincially inspected slaughter facility located 15 minutes away. Mitchell beef is retailed by the local AG Foods store and Thompson Rivers University, purchased by many long-term farm gate customers, and served by several local restaurants. Running cows in the mountain ranges of British Columbia would intimidate even the most experienced 28

Anja Mitchell cattleman. Weaning time is dictated by snow or wolves that drive cattle down from high-elevation summer pastures. So how did a town girl born in Germany end up raising cattle and kids in this challenging environment? In 1984, at the age of 15, Anja emigrated to Barriere, BC with her family. Even though her parents weren’t farmers, she was always interested in cattle and horses. As a child, Anja had spent many hours helping on neighboring German farms, and she said she was going to be a farmer someday. Anja met Ian when he returned to Barriere after the death of his father, Bob. At only 18, Ian gave up his veterinary medicine studies and took over management of the ranch. Anja began spending her spare time helping him. “Knowing that all good things were imported from Germany, he made sure I stayed close by…and the rest is history,” smiles Anja. Anja has certainly fulfilled her dream of becoming a farmer. Today she wears many hats on the ranch ¬– wife, mother, cook, bookkeeper, and salesperson – but her first love is working outdoors. She is very hands-on with the cattle and enjoys riding and working with horses more than Ian, who was raised with them. “I also help with


haying and silage when needed (equipment isn’t my forte) and try to keep a handle on the weeds on about 700 acres.” Support from great employees and their family has been invaluable to Ian and Anja in juggling multiple business enterprises over the years. Ian’s 83-year-old mother, Marge, still chases cows and helps with ranch bookkeeping. Ian’s brother Kenner and his wife Susan manage the golf course (Chinook Cove Golf) and RV park. Anja and Ian’s two children are already very involved with the farm. Leanna (13) and Thompson (9) are sorely missed on the ranch when they are in school. Just as for other Canadian cattlemen, the BSE crisis took its toll. The year 2003 was made even worse for the Mitchells because of depressed wood prices and natural disaster. “When cattle prices go down in BC, most ranchers sell a few logs to keep themselves afloat”, according to Anja. Combined low cattle and lumber prices were “the last straw” for quite a few ranches in the province. And if market downturns weren’t enough, forest fires in the Kamloops area devastated pasture, destroyed woodlots, and even killed livestock. The Tolko sawmill–a major employer in Barriere–went up in flames and was never rebuilt, adversely affecting membership at their Chinook Cove Golf club. A positive attitude kept the Mitchell family going during that difficult time. “When there are bad times, opportunities can happen,” says Anja. “Look for them, and make the best of it. Ian and I aren’t afraid of change!” Opportunities for new business ventures were key to the survival of Mitchell Cattle Co. In 2003 they expanded their first gravel pit and also began selling screened “Simmental” manure. Additionally, they boosted sales of Mitchell’s Mountain Beef by marketing through a local farmer’s food cooperative and capitalizing on surging demand from the local grocer. Even with many diverse business ventures, the Mitchells most enjoy raising Simmental cattle. “Ian spends

all winter researching the bulls in upcoming sales and we watch a lot of cattle on YouTube for evening entertainment,” says Anja. “After all these years, calving is still my favorite time of year with lots of anticipation for the new calf crop. It’s like unwrapping a whole bunch of presents,” she adds. The Mitchells host their annual “Best Bet Bull Sale” the first weekend in April at the Williams Lake Stockyards, selling 60 bulls every year. Born and bred for the rugged terrain of BC ranches, most Mitchell Cattle Co. bulls are sold within the province. All bulls are 100% guaranteed for customer satisfaction Like the Mitchell’s business interests, their cowherd has also evolved over the years and today they have 200 purebred Simmental females. Only a few of the “traditional” Fleckvieh cows remain and the herd is now completely polled, and black and red in color. A 90-head purebred Angus herd (red and black)has been added to offer “one-stop shopping” for customers seeking both performance and calving ease herd sires.Carcass quality has become more top-of-mind, with increasing branded beef sales, and the Mitchells utilize ultrasound technology and EPDs to aid in breeding decisions. “We have paid more attention to carcass EPDs over the last decade or so and this has definitely improved our muscle cuts,” says Anja. When selling beef to restaurants, the Mitchells track which animal goes to which customer. This allows them to gather even more carcass feedback to incorporate into breeding decisions. The Mitchell family credits the Simmental breed for a large part of their business success. Marge compares the Simmental herd to the Hereford cows they used to run decades ago, noting that Simmental cattle love to travel. This characteristic makes them much better suited to the 100-square-mile summer range where the herd grazes.“The Simmental cows built the golf course!” Anja emphasizes, going on to add: “Breeders have worked so hard to make Simmentals even more user-friendly for cattlemen by enhancing calving ease,offering the polled factor and being solid red and black in color opens even more doors. We have fertility, maternal traits, milk, growth, disposition, good carcass traits, great feet and good udders. Really, what more could you ask for from a cattle breed?” Despite numerous commitments, the Mitchells always find time to give back to their breed and their community. Ian and Anja have been active in Simmental circles, with Ian serving terms as Director and President of both the Canadian and BC Simmental 29


Associations. Leanna and Thompson are involved with the local 4-H club.Their parents have made major volunteer contributions – including the local fall fair, construction of the new Barriere Agriplex, and local food movements. “The community has always been so supportive of our beef business,” says to Anja, “which makes these efforts even more rewarding.” Next, the Mitchells plan to streamline current operations. They have toyed with the idea of building a back nine for the golf course, but for now Anja feels they

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are operating at maximum capacity. “Different life or different wife!” she threatens Ian, with a smile. Whether any future expansion happens or not, the Mitchell ranching tradition is sure to continue with the next generation. Leanna wants to take over the ranch one day and Thompson wants to start his own. Anja’s dream of becoming a farmer has been passed on to the next generation of Mitchells! For more information on Mitchell Cattle Co., Mitchell’s Mountain Beef, or Chinook Cove Golf, visit www.mitchellcattle.com.


Vet’s Advice

Sick Cows or Bulls to Treat or Not to Treat? When first assessing sick mature cattle there are four main choices or treatment streams to choose. First, is it a treatable condition in which a positive response is likely? Is this a condition where the animal can be shipped for immediate slaughter? If the condition has gone past the point of return and should be put down or in the case of cattle does it qualify for BSE testing? Is it a condition where it just needs convalescence and tincture of time to improve? Patience is a virtue if the condition falls into this category. This article will list some conditions which more times than not fall into one of these categories. The intent is to make your choice easier as producers on when to treat, when to call your veterinarian, and when to pull the plug. Animal welfare and quality of care must be kept at the back of your mind. Also, drug withdrawals and beef quality assurance rules must be adhered to. Purebred cattle with higher value may be assessed slightly different but one must still bear in mind the prognosis means the odds the animal will respond to treatment and recover. Generally cows and especially bulls are tough and resistant to most infectious diseases (like pneumonia or histophilus) either through vaccination or natural exposure and resistance over time. Most conditions come about on an individual basis some related to age and wear and tear. Farmers , because of economics, may ignore treatment for some cases where we can get resolution of the problem. There is also the labor savings component but with today’s long acting products the labor to treat animals daily is generally not required. In many cases a one or two shot regime can alleviate the problem. The question is the decision by yourself or with your veterinarian whether the odds are good at getting a favorable outcome (either complete recovery or recovery enough where shipping for salvage is possible). As with anything, the quicker you catch the problem the odds become better at getting a response. One must consider with mature animals they may take longer to show clinical signs. The protective mechanism for flight animals is to hide sickness as long as possible before they become prey. This is especially evident with bison or elk but is somewhat true for cattle as well. Signs such as weight loss, last up for feed, slow deliberate gait, head down are all general signs of a health problem. The decision then becomes what is the problem and can it be treated. Conditions such as wooden tongue, lumpy jaw, kidney infection, metritis, mastitis, retained placenta, localized peritonitis (hardware disease) and certain lamenesses can

often be successfully treated. Your veterinarian especially if he/she is examining the animal could best advise the type and length of treatment. Both are key in the final outcome. Conditions such as pneumonia or other respiratory issue such as emphysema, heart failure (fluid in the brisket), massive peritonitis or diarrheic conditions may not respond as favorably and a decision to stop or go forward must be made. Some may respond but if no improvement after one or two treatments the prognosis is rather grim. Many lamenesses are either injuries, the result of bad feet, caused from sand cracks and stifle injuries. The majority of these either need work on the feet or time to heal. Only the true foot rot or hairy wart disease will really respond to antibiotics in any major way. Make sure you know what you are treating before proceeding. A lot of time and money is wasted treating lame conditions which simply need time or perhaps a foot trim but often don’t need antibiotics. Downer cows are another issue which need close, prompt attention. A very thin or debilitated cow which has gone down most invariably will need to be put down. However, a cow in reasonable shape which has gone down suddenly or had a recent calving issue has a very reasonable chance of responding. Many are Calcium, phosphorus or magnesium imbalances and can be treated with these products and respond favorably. A veterinarian is best to call in this instance as the products respond best if given intravenously. A veterinarian can best rule out other causes of downers such as a broken leg or spine, acute mastitis, metritis or toxemias and septicemias (blood born infections). Treatment varies considerably in these other conditions. You will find making an informed decision regarding health of your individual mature animals is better made earlier rather than later. You will also find if antibiotics are used often the older less expensive products such as tetracycline’s, penicillin’s and sulfonamides may still give effective treatment. There is also one newer prescription product called “Excede” which is long acting (seven days) (given at the base of the ear) and has a very short withdrawal so if treatment is ineffective the animal can be shipped after three days. Your goal should be deciding when to ship, when to treat, and when to convalesce. Don’t prolong treatment in hopeless cases where animal welfare issues come into question. Consult with your veterinarian when in doubt as each new condition can be quite unique.

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Membership Announcements Congratulations Jace Hayden Beutler

Mark and Jennalee, Scissors Creek Cattle Co, are excited to announce the arrival of a baby brother for Ryder, Jace Hayden was born on May 21st, 2013, weighing 8 lbs 1 oz, measuring 21 inches. Congratulations to the Beutler family.

Gracie Brooklyn Bohrson

Congratulations to first time parents, Scott and Rebecca Bohrson, Bohrson Marketing, on the birth of their daughter Gracie Brooklyn on May 30th weighing 7 lbs 1 oz, 21” long.

Josie Larra Crawford

Congratulations to parents Jane & Reed, River Point Cattle Co., and big sister Shelby on the birth of their little girl, Josie Larra. Josie was born June 2nd, weighing 8 lbs 8 ounces and 20” long. Jane is the Eastern Sales Consultant for the Simmental Country magazine.

Our Sympathies C.J. O’Grady

Carew John (C.J.) O’Grady passed away in Lloydminster, SK on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the age of 90 years. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, C.J. was a long-time supporter of the Simmental breed. He was inducted into the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame in 2007 and will be missed by all those who knew him.

Joseph S. Hofer

Joseph S. Hofer of the Spring Creek Colony, Walsh, AB., passed away peacefully on April 16, 2013 at the age of 75 years. Loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Joe faithfully served the colony in a number of occupations including cattle boss, German teacher, gardener, field boss, and financial manager. He loved everything Mother Earth had to offer; loved watching things grow regardless of whether it was a seedling, a baby calf or all wildlife. Joseph will never be forgotten and his legacy will forever live on in those he left behind. Our condolences go Joseph’s family and friends and the Spring Creek Colony.

Lyle Peterson

Lyle Peterson, Bar L7 Simmentals, Calgary, AB, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Loving husband, proud father and grandfather; Lyle was passionate about breeding Simmentals cattle and researching pedigrees. Lyle will be missed by all those who knew him. Our condolences to his friends and family.

Florence Lewis

Florence Lewis, Rock Ridge Simmentals, Russell, ON, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013. Florence was a staple on the Ottawa Valley Show circuit and will be missed by the Simmental and show community. Her love of her Simmental cattle was clearly evident in every aspect of her life. She was known to get up through the night to do calving checks and was often seen walking the laneway with a calf in tow. Our condolences go out to Florence’s husband Terry and her family and friends.

Nick Berjian

Nick Berjian, beloved husband of Shirley Berjian, passed away Friday May 31, 2013 at the age of 80. Nick was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where he enjoyed his life on the prairies driving truck and training as a boxer. Eventually, Nick owned his own trucking company, which led him to the hills of Alberta. This is where he started a Purebred Simmental cattle business, which became his passion. Nick also loved trail riding in the mountains and going to the Calgary Stampede with his friends and family. Our condolences go to Nick’s family and friends.

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BARRY & BRENDA LABATTE Box 72 Gladmar, Sask. S0C 1A0 www.labattesimmentals.com Ph: (306)969-4820 labatte.simm@sasktel.net Cell: (306) 815-7900

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Auctioneer/Ringman

Trucking

Industry Events

Photographers

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Insurance

Semen/Embryos

Semen/Embryos

Marketing

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Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s Auctioneer Championship 2013 Rhett Parks, recipient of the 5th place buckle that was sponsored by the Simmental Association

The Canadian Simmental Association is proud to have sponsored the 5th place buckle at this year’s Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s Auctioneer Championship. Congratulations to all this year’s competitors. Grand Champion Travis Rogers, from Nilsson Bros, Clyde AB. Reserve Champion, Cliff Pahl, Calgary Stockyards, Calgary, AB 3rd Place, Robert Bregevin,VJV Foothills,Stavely, AB 4th Place Shawn Gist, VJV Dawson Creek, Fort Saskatchewan, AB 5th Place Rhett Parks, Whitwood Livestock Sales, Whitewood, SK Most Congenial auctioneer, Eric Clouatre, Ste. Hyacinthe Market, St-Simone Bagot, QC Rookie of the Year, Ryan Hurlburt, Heartland Livestock Services, Saskatoon, SK

Sale Report Corrections

Lot 3- MJ Loadliner 7Y $6,750.00 S: Scissors Wide Load 16W DS: BH Black Express 019K Buyer: Smolinski Farms, Arborg, MB

M & J Farms Simmental & Angus Bull Sale Russell, MB February 9, 2013 Auctioneer: Ward Cutler Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary

Lots

Gross

Average

Two Year Old Simmental Bulls Two Year Old Simm/Angus Bulls Two Year Old Angus Bulls Bull Sale Total

20 9 14 43 $169,850.00

$3,965.00 $3,622.00 $4,142.00 $3,950.00

Bred Commercial Heifers

15 $1,523.00

High Selling Simmental Bulls

Lot 1- MMJB Red Loadliner 4Y $10,500.00 S: Scissors Wide Load 16W DS: LFE Mark Enforcer 811N Buyer: Lawrence & Janette Shorey, Boissevain, MB

18th Herd Master Bull Sale

Sale Total

Lots

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$741,250.00

High Selling Lots Lot 45- NUG General 269Z S: SVS Scout DS: SLE Mr Red Select 42T Consignor: Maxwell Simmentals Buyer: Don Kathol

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Lot 35- MJ Black Loadliner $4,200.00 S: Scissors Wideload 16W DS: MJ Black Arapahoe 55L Buyer: Boris Procyk, Montmartre, SK High Selling Angus Bull Lot 47- MJ Pionerr 10Y $5,800.00 S: S A V Pioneer 7301 DS: MVF Widespread 273P Buyer: Mark Strutynski, Wroxton, SK Lot 70- RF Nitro 219Z $12,000.00 S: JF/AJE Rendition 738T DS: Kenco/ MF Powerline 204L Consignor: Rancier Farms Buyer: Wilcox Simmentals

Camrose, AB February 27, 2013 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran Sale Management: Bohrson Marketing Services

Sale Summary

High Selling Simmental/Angus Bulls Lot 33- MJ Red Sting 41Y $4,600.00 S: BLCC Mr Sting 298W DS: IPU Red Medallion 57K Buyer: A & C Huberdeau, St Lazare, MB

Average $5,837.00

$12,000.00

Lot 12- NUG Starbuck 270Z S: NUG Toby 219U DS: Anchor “T” Metro 4E Consignor: Maxwell Simmentals Buyer: DaleRay Stock Farms

$11,000.00

Lot 68- RF Blitz 213Z $10,250.00 S: Wheatland Stout 930W DS: Kenco/MF Powerline 204L Consignor: Rancier Farms Buyer: Mappin Simmentals


CSA Executive

President Fraser Redpath Mather, MB P/F: (204) 529-2560 C: (204) 825-7401 redsim@xplornet.com First Vice-President Kelly Ashworth Oungre, SK P: (306) 456-2749 C: (306) 861-2013 jashworth@sasktel.net Second Vice-President Randy Mader Carstairs, AB P/F: (403) 337-2928 C: (403) 660-1123 rrmader@xplornet.com

CSA Directors

John Sullivan Kazabazua, PQ P/F: (819) 467-2713 Sullivan.simmentals@bell.net Wes Mack Estevan, SK P: (306) 634-4410 C:) 306) 421-1853 wkmack@signaldirect.ca

Lacey Fisher Amherst, NS P: (902) 661-0766 C: (506) 536-8454 timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com Maureen Mappin-Smith Byemoor, AB P: (403) 579-2175 silversmithcattle@yahoo.com Deanne Young Breton, AB P/F: (780) 696-3643 C: (780) 542-0855 bfcss@telus.net David Milliner Dundalk, ON P: (519) 923-9188 dgmilliner@everus.ca

Provincial Accosiations British Columbia President Lorne Webster Abbotsford, BC P/F: (604) 823-6797 Secretary: Jan Wisse P: (604) 794-3684

#13, 4101 19th St. N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4 P: (403) 250-7979 • F: (403) 250-5121 www.simmental.com • E: cansim@simmental.com

Alberta President Ashley Anderson Minburn, AB P: (780) 259-0093 ashleyandblair@gmail.com Office Contact Heather Saucier Airdrie, AB P: (403) 861-6352 F: (403) 948-2059 saucierh@telus.net Promotion / Fieldperson Chuck Groeneveld High River, AB P: (403) 938-7843 barnboss@telus.net

Ontario President Dan O’Brien Winchester, ON P: (613) 761-2403 dan.obrien@sympatico.ca

CSA Staff

Quebec Président Philippe Bellavance Ferme Sibelle Fleck SENC St-Sophie-de-Levard, QC P: (819) 288-5005 Secretaire: Sandra Berthiaume Saint-Garmain, QC P/F (819) 395-4453 info@simmentalquebec.ca

Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com

Saskatchewan President Manitoba Dave Erixon President Clavet, SK Darryl Perkin P: (306) 270-2893 Elgin, MB Secretary: Carolyn McCormack P/Fax: (204) 769-2159 P: (306) 697-2945 dperkin@westman.wave.ca sasksimmental@yourlink.ca Secretary: Donalee Jones P: (204) 529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com Maritimes President Don Godfrey Meadow Bank, PEI P: (902) 566-3613 Secretary: Ralph Taylor P/F: (902) 895-2117

General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com

Breed Improvement Sean McGrath P: (780) 853-9673 and Dr. Bob Kemp Marketing Co-ordinator Margo Cartwright Tel: (403) 250-5255 mcartwright@simmental.com YCSA Coordinator Emily Grey P: (819) 835-0284 egrey@simmental.com Processing Department Perry Welygan pwelygan@simmental.com Beth Rankin brankin@simmental.com

Table Of Contents Advertiser’s Index...........................................................46

Partenaires aux Projets de Génomiques .........................17

Alberta News...................................................................24

Simmental Innovations Project Partners..........................16

Breed Improvement.........................................................22

Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest...............................20

Breed Improvement (French)..........................................23

Sale Reports.....................................................................44

Canadian Simmental Association Contacts.................... 45

Saskatchewan News........................................................25

Gatepost..........................................................................12

Vet’s Advice.....................................................................31

Gatepost (French)...........................................................13

What’s Happening...........................................................47

Manitoba News...............................................................26

Women in Simmental Country.........................................28

Maritime News................................................................26

YCSA Newsletter............................................................27

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3D Simmentals.........................................................39 ABC Cattle Co..........................................................39 Adair Ranch..............................................................33 Afri-Can Simmentals.................................................36 Alameda Agencies Ltd..............................................43 Alliance Simmental Farms........................................37 Alta Genetics............................................................43 Anchor D Ranch.......................................................33 Applecross................................................................33 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd....................................39 Aumack Simmentals.................................................39 Bar 5 Farms Ltd....................................................3, 37 Bauer Stock Farms...................................................21 Beagle Simmentals...................................................33 Beechinor Bors. Simmentals....................................33 Big Rock Simmentals...............................................36 Black River Farms....................................................37 BlackSand Cattle Company......................................36 Blushrose Simmental Farm......................................39 Bohrson Marketing Services.................................7, 43 Bonchuk Farms........................................................36 Bouchard Livestock International.........................5, 43 Bova-Tech Ltd...........................................................43 Bow Valley Genetics Ltd...........................................43 Boynecrest Stock Farm............................................36 BS Ranch.................................................................33 Bushbeck Farms.........................................................8 Canadian Bull Congress...........................................42 Canadian Cattlemen.................................................42 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp...............................43 Carey, Brent........................................................30, 42 Car-Laur Simmentals............................................8, 37 CC Simmental Ranch...............................................33 Circle G.....................................................................33 City View Simmentals...............................................39 Crimson Tide Fleckvieh............................................37 Crossroad Farms......................................................39 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd....................43 Deeg Simmental.......................................................33 Delta-Rho Farms................................................21, 37 Destiny Simmentals..................................................38 Diamond T Simmentals............................................33 Diana’s Monogramming............................................41 DJ Farms....................................................................8 Dodge.......................................................................48 Don Heggie Simmentals...........................................33 Donovandale Simmentals.........................................38 Dora Lee Genetics....................................................38 Dorran Marketing Inc................................................42 Dorran, Steve...........................................................42 Double Bar D Farms.........................................IFC, 39 Double G Simmentals...............................................39 Downey Farms.........................................................36 DP Sales Management.............................................43 Dunc’s Cattle Co.......................................................38 Dwayann Simmentals...............................................38 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals..........................................33 East Poplar Simmentals...........................................40 Edge, Dean...............................................................42 EDN Simmental........................................................40 Elm Tree Farms........................................................38 Erixon Simmentals....................................................40 Fallen Timber Farms................................................36 Farmfair International...............................................19 Feico J Leemhuis.....................................................39 Ferme Gagnon.....................................................4, 39

Ferme Saro...............................................................39 Flying N Cattle and Feed..........................................42 Genex Cooperative, Inc............................................43 Get-A-Long Stock Farm............................................42 Gibbons Farms...........................................................8 GJR Simmentals...................................................9, 40 Grant Rolston Photography......................................42 Gravandale Farms..............................................21, 38 Grinalta Farms..........................................................33 H.S. Knill Company Ltd............................................42 Hairy Hill Cattle Co...................................................33 Hallridge Simmentals................................................38 Hannah Simmentals.................................................33 Harvie Ranching.......................................................33 High Bluff Stock Farm...............................................36 High Country Cattle Services...................................33 Highway 5 Simmentals.............................................40 Hi-Tech Farms......................................................8, 38 Hoegl Farms.............................................................40 Indian River Cattle Co..............................................38 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd.......................43 Janzen Ranches.......................................................34 Jeststream Livestock................................................38 JNR Farms...............................................................34 Jo-Dreen Farm.........................................................37 Keato Meadow Simmentals......................................34 Kelara Farms............................................................40 Kin Kin Cattle Co......................................................34 Kopp Farms Simmentals....................................15, 36 Kuntz Simmental Farm.............................................40 LaBatte Simmentals.................................................40 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals............................................40 Lazy S Ranch Inc.....................................................34 Lewis Farms Ltd............................................BC, 8, 34 Little Willow Creek Ranch.........................................40 Livestock Media Plus..................................................8 Lobster Point Farms.................................................37 Lone Stone Farms..............................................11, 34 M&J Farms...............................................................37 M&L Cattle Co..........................................................14 MacKenzie Cattle Co................................................34 Mader Ranches........................................................34 Maple Key Farm.......................................................38 Maple Rose Farm.......................................................8 Mappin Simmentals..................................................34 Mar Mac Farms........................................................36 Masterfeeds..............................................................41 Maxwell Simmentals.................................................34 McCormack Family Ranch.......................................40 McIntosh Livestock...................................................40 McMillen Ranching Ltd.............................................40 Meadow Acres Farms..............................................40 MI Simmentals..........................................................34 Mitchell Cattle Co.....................................................36 Muellers Nossa Terra................................................39 Muirhead Cattle Co...................................................40 New Holland Agriculture.............................................1 North Hill Simmentals...............................................34 Norwood Family Farm................................................8 O Double E Simmentals...........................................34 O’Grady, Linden........................................................41 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group............................34 Oslanski Simmental Farms.......................................34 Parkhill Ranches.......................................................34 Parview Stockfarms..................................................34 Pearson Simmentals................................................35

Pheasantdale Simmentals........................................40 Philips Farms Simmentals........................................41 Poley, Chris..............................................................42 Porter Ranches.........................................................35 Prospect Hill Simmentals..........................................38 Rainalta Simmentals & Charolais.............................35 Rancier Farms..........................................................35 Rattray Livestock......................................................35 Redpath Simmentals................................................37 Rehorst Farms............................................................8 Rendezvous Farms..................................................37 Rick-Sha Farms..........................................................8 River Point Cattle Co................................................38 Riverbank Farm........................................................37 Robb Farms..............................................................41 Robson Acres.......................................................8, 38 Rovin Acres................................................................8 SAJ Simmentals.......................................................41 Saugeen Acres.........................................................35 Schatz Simmentals...................................................35 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals.............................35 Skeels, Dan..............................................................42 Skor Simmentals......................................................35 Southpaw Cattle Company.......................................35 Spring Creek Simmentals.........................................41 Spring Lake Simmentals...........................................35 Spruce Grove Cattle Co...........................................41 Starwest Farms........................................................36 Steen Agencies.........................................................43 Stewart Simmentals..................................................38 Stock, Mark...............................................................42 Stockmens Insurance...............................................43 Stone Simmentals....................................................35 Stoughton Farms......................................................41 Sullivan Simmentals.................................................39 Sun Star Simmentals................................................35 Sunny Valley Simmentals.........................................41 Sunrise Simmentals..................................................41 Swan Lake Farms.....................................................41 Swantewitt Simmentals............................................35 T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd.........................................9, 10 TD Simmentals.........................................................41 The Register.............................................................41 Timberlind Auctions..................................................42 Todays Publishing Inc..............................................10 Transcon Livestock Corp..................................IBC, 43 Trevor’s Cowpix........................................................42 Tryon Simmentals.....................................................37 TSN Livestock..........................................................37 Twin Brae Simmentals..............................................37 Twin Butte Simmentals.............................................35 Tymarc Livestock......................................................35 Virginia Ranches......................................................35 W2 Farms.................................................................41 Waydamar Farms.......................................................8 Weldehaven Farms..................................................39 Wells’ Crossing.........................................................35 Westway Farms Ltd..................................................36 Wild Oak Farms........................................................38 Windy Knoll Farm.....................................................37 WJ Simmentals.........................................................36 Wolfe Farms.............................................................36 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh......................................................36 Wyecrest Simmentals.................................................6 Xcel Livestock...........................................................38 Yankee Creek Ranch................................................41


What’s Happening August July 31-August 1 Saskatchewan Tiger Lily Classic (YCSA), Prince Albert, SK August 16 Anchor D Ranch Pasture Treasures Female Sale, Rimbey, AB August 22-24 Maritimes TCSA Classic, Truro, NS August 24 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Simmental Show, Truro, NS

September September 7 M&L & Guests Red, Black & White Production Sale, Indian River, ON September 14 Ontario Autumn Classic Simmental Sale, Hanover, ON September 28 Ferme Gagnon & Guests 17th Annual Simmental Production Sale, Cheneville, PQ September 28 Pacific Invitational All Breeds Female Sale, Williams Lake, BC September 29 Carp Fair Simmental Show, Carp, ON

October October 1 Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship deadline October 3-6 River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale, Glencoe, ON October 5 Bar 5 Extravaganza Sale, Markdale, ON October 17-21 WLB Livestock’s 1st. Online Female Sale, LiveAuctions.tv

November November 1 Royal Elite All Breeds Sale, Toronto, ON November 2 Transcon’s National Trust Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB November 8 FarmFair’s Headliner All Breeds Sale, Edmonton, AB November 9 Pembina Triangle Simmental Association Annual Sale, Cypress River, MB November 13 Canadian Western Agribition Simmental Sale, Regina, SK

November 17 Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale, Campbellsburg, KY USA November 18 North American Select Sale, Louisville, KY, USA November 18 Rock Ridge Cattle Co. Complete Simmental Herd Dispersal, Vermillion, AB November 23 Spring Creek 40th Anniversay Simmental Female Sale, Virden, MB November 23 Transcon’s Simmental Cow-A-Rama XIV Sale, Innisfail, AB November 25 Rust Mountain View Ranch’s “Queens of the Pasture” Female Sale, Turtle Lake, ND USA November 30 Sunrise Simmentals Bred Female Dispersal & Bull Sale, Virden, MB

December December 2 The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics, Lloydminster, SK December 2 Harvest Hoedown Simmental Heifer Sale, Neepawa, MB December 5 Transcon’s 36th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK December 9 Shades of the Prairies, Brandon, MB December 11 Camrose Country Classic, Camrose, AB December 13 2nd Annual Friday Night Light’s Simmental Sale, Olds, AB December 14 Checkers & Fullblood Perfection Sale, Red Deer, AB December 15 Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation, Fullblood Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB December 15 Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XV Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Red Deer, AB December 17 Bonchuk Female Production Sale, Virden, MB December 18 GJR Simmentals Complete Dispersal, Saskatoon, SK December 20 Muirhead Female Sale; Every Bred Heifer Sells with Select Open Females, Saskatoon, SK December 21 Majestic Cattle Company Dispersal Sale, Innisfail, AB December 31 New Year’s Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale: Volume II, Saskatoon, SK

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Simmental Country Summer 2013  

Simmental Country Summer 2013

Simmental Country Summer 2013  

Simmental Country Summer 2013