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

Volume 34, Number 4

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From the Gate Post

By Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

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A Lot to be Thankful For!

all is always an exciting time of year as we go through the hectic harvest season. Roundup and weaning, harvesting the grain crop and hauling in the bales; it is a busy time that requires many hands to get all the work completed. The 2013 growing season gave us variable amounts of both moisture and heat however very good conditions were seen in most areas of North America. Through the first half of September, harvest conditions have been excellent and the long range forecast shows the potential for that to continue. As a result, feed grain prices throughout North America have declined and with that calf prices are once again very strong. The “icing on the cake” is that most parts of Canada have an abundant supply of hay and silage which is a welcome sight after last year’s excessively long winter and depleted hay yards. Early reports from the 2013 fall calf run have shown strong prices although in light volumes and producers selling those early born 800-900 pound calves are being paid very well. Talk at the coffee shops are reporting some prices in excess of $1000 per calf and it is clear that heavy, top quality calves are in strong demand.This is a result of more moderately priced feed grain combined with a smaller amount of available feeder cattle. Cowherd numbers reported by CanFax as of January 1 showed a decline in the Canadian cowherd of 1% to 3.95 million head which was a small decrease compared to the US cowherd which declined by 2.9% giving a 2013 American cowherd size of 29 million beef cows. Heifer retention was not as large as some had anticipated and it would

be quite surprising if a large amount of heifers were retained this fall with the hot feeder calf market we are seeing. With the strong cull cow market many producers are receiving over $1000 per cow so it is likely that the heifers that are retained for breeding will be replacing some of the aged cows. With the current strong cattle prices there are many opportunities for Simmental breeders to capitalize on the breed’s strong acceptance. The first task should be to position for another strong bull sale season. We are on a roll as a breed but it is necessary to do a hard cull on our bull pens and move those bottom end bulls into the feedlot and not the breeding pasture; doing this will save on the feed bill and create more demand for the rest of your bull pen. Top quality Simmental bulls will once again bring a premium in 2014 however there will be a limit to how many that can be marketed as there is a smaller commercial cowherd to breed and therefore fewer bulls will be required. Simmental females are always in demand and will be especially sought after to begin rebuilding commercial cow numbers. This is a great time for Simmental breeders to replace their less productive females with some top notch heifers that will be available at one of several fall sales or by private treaty. As we work our way through our fall activities and Thanksgiving this year, be sure to take time to be thankful for being involved in Agriculture and especially for being fortunate to be in the Simmental business.

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Complete cowherd dispersal On The Farm Monday, October 28th, 2013

Our farm has been sold; so with some apprehension and many reservations, we will be having a COMPLETE herd dispersal, including the herd bulls, at the farm on monday, october 28, 2013 this will be an opportunity to buy into an established, successful and unique breeding program. Bull calves and open heifers will sell at our 10th ANNUAL BULL AND FEMALE SALE on Monday February 17, 2014 Check our website for pictures and videos as they become available! www.koppfarms.com

This is not just a herd of papered cows. This is a herd that will raise herd bulls and top end replacement heifers year after year. In order for a cow to remain in our herd, she MUST produce a quality calf that meets our criteria. 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.

Inquiries welcome

For more information or viewing of the 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 9 SC October 13_pages.indd 9

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Gentec and Genomics—The Ideal Partnership for Profitability in the Canadian Livestock Sector “There are three very good reasons for adopting genomics in the livestock sector,” says Livestock Gentec CEO, Graham Plastow. “And they all have to do with money.”

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he mention of money at the top of an article is always an attention-grabber. So now that we have your attention, you want to know what those reasons are, right? In a nutshell… increasing competition from foreign livestock industries; benefits to society in the form of food safety, traceability, tastier products—all of which consumers value; and benefits that led to tremendous growth in the dairy sector and that can be mirrored in the beef industry. Your next question, of course, is: what role does Livestock Gentec play in this? First, you need some background. • As a result of the genetic improvements achieved through selective breeding, the average finishing hog consumes 80 kg less feed than it did in 1972. Based on the 22.2 million pigs slaughtered in Canada in 2010, 176 million kg less grain consumed as feed can be channelled towards human consumption or other practical uses. • When comparing two cattle populations with similar initial body weight, average daily weight gain and the same expected feed intake based on their growth and metabolic requirements, the most feed-efficient animals consume 3 kg/day of feed less than the “average” animal and 6 kg/day less than the “inefficient” animals. Each efficient animal consumed $63 less in feed over a 140-day feeding period than the average animal, and $126 less than the inefficient animals. A large feedlot operation that selects for efficient animals could save from $12.6M and $25.2M a year. If we extrapolate a bit (to keep the article short), we get this: improve the genetics in your herd—that is, breed for traits that you particularly desire, such as marbling, low residual feed intake, backfat, etc.—and you benefit in two ways: you save money that you would have spent, and make money that you would not otherwise receive. Nice! This is where Gentec comes in. Livestock Gentec is an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions centre, based at the University of Alberta. It was created to deliver world-class genomics research and the resulting commercial benefits to the Canadian livestock industry. Genomics provides the link between an animal’s genetic heritage and its traits. At Livestock Gentec, we work with our industry

partners, such as the Canadian Simmental Association, to provide genomics education, develop advanced genomics tools that the livestock industry can use to improve production and profitability, and facilitate adoption of these tools. Our projects focus on carcass and meat quality, net feed efficiency, animal health and traceability. For example—and this is pretty relevant in view of the horsemeat scandal in Europe—thanks to Gentec associated research led by Ellen Goddard at UAlberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, we know that Canadians see value in accurate traceability. Collecting DNA from live animals when their RFID tags are pinned could provide this if additional testing were done throughout the supply chain. In another example, we’ve found variation in the bovine DNA sequence that appears to be a reliable indicator for animals that produce more tender beef. Tenderness remains one of the largest concerns consumers have with beef: nearly a quarter of steaks sold are undesirable. This is what we do in the lab. In the field or barn, it’s a different story… because you aren’t interested in experiments: you want practical information on innovations that work. To meet that need, we have developed programs, such as our Town Hall series, where we send staff from Gentec, Alberta Agriculture, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and other specialist organizations to your town to show you what genomics can do and to answer your questions. We also have educational programs for 4H clubs and schools based on engaging videos and interactive games. Under a recently announced program led by Livestock Gentec subsidiary, Delta Genomics, and funded by AAFC’s Agricultural Innovation Program, our partners, the Canadian Simmental, Limousin, Angus and Gelbvieh associations, BeefBooster and GenServe Laboratories are working to reduce the costs of transitioning to these new technologies. Funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency is continuing and expanding on this effort. Because, at the end of the day, what we want is for you to jingle a few extra coins in your pocket. Learn more about us at www.livestockgentec.com.

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Gentec et la Génomique—Le partenariat idéal pour favoriser la rentabilité du secteur canadien de l’élevage bovin “Il y a trois bonnes raisons justifiant que la génomique soit utilisée dans le secteur canadien de l’élevage bovin,” affirme M. Graham Plastow, Directeur général de Gentec. “Et elles sont toutes de nature monétaire.”

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n attire toujours votre intérêt en parlant d’argent au début d’un article. Alors, maintenant qu’on a attiré votre attention, quelles sont au juste ces raisons ? En résumé… une compétition accrue provenant des autres secteurs de l’élevage des animaux; des bénéfices à la société relativement à la salubrité des aliments, la traçabilité, le développement de produits plus savoureux — toutes des raisons en lien avec la valeur ajoutée pour les consommateurs; et plusieurs autres avantages ayant contribué à la formidable croissance du secteur laitier et qui pourraient aussi se transposer dans l’industrie bovine. Et, certainement, votre prochaine question est : quel rôle Gentec peut-il jouer dans tout cela ? Vous devez premièrement constater certains faits. • Grâce aux progrès génétiques et aux efforts de sélection, un porc d’engraissement consomme en moyenne 80 kg moins d’aliments qu’en 1972. Avec les 22,2 millions de porcs abattus en 2010 au Canada, cela veut dire que 176 millions de kg de grains n’ont pas été consommés par ces porcs et que ceux-là ont plutôt été utilisés pour la consommation humaine ou pour d’autres usages. • En comparant deux populations de bovins ayant un poids initial similaire, le même gain moyen quotidien et la même consommation prévue d’aliments selon leur niveau de croissance et d’exigences métaboliques, l’animal possédant la meilleure efficacité alimentaire consomme 3 kg par jour de moins que “l’animal moyen”, et 6 kg par jour de moins que les sujets “inefficaces”. Chaque animal efficace a consommé durant une période d’engraissement de 140 jours l’équivalent de 63 $ en moins par rapport à l’animal moyen, et l’équivalent de 126 $ par rapport aux sujets inefficaces. Un parc d’engraissement de grande taille qui sélectionne des animaux efficaces pourraient economiser de 12,6 à 25,2 millions de dollars par année. Si nous extrapolons un peu (pour ne pas allonger cet article), on obtient ceci: améliorer la génétique de votre troupeau—ce qui signifie sélectionner les caractères recherchés, tels que le persillage, l’efficacité alimentaire résiduelle, le gras dorsal, etc—et vous y gagnerez sur deux plans: vous économisez de l’argent par rapport à ce que vous aviez besoin et vous gagnez davantage d’argent que vous auriez normalement reçu. Très bien ! C’est ici que Gentec peut intervenir. “Livestock Gentec” est un centre albertain impliqué dans les innovations biologiques, localisé à l’Université de l’Alberta. Ce centre a été créé afin que des recherches de classe mondiale soient effectuées en génomique et que les retombées puissent bénéficier à l’industrie bovine canadienne. La génomique nous permet de faire le lien entre le bagage génétique qu’un animal a hérité et les caractères d’importance. Chez “Livestock Gentec”, on travaille en collaboration avec les partenaires de l’industrie, tels que l’Association Simmental

canadienne, afin de diffuser des connaissances concernant la génomique, de développer des outils et des applications génomiques pouvant être utilisés par l’industrie de l’élevage, lesquels pourront permettre d’améliorer la production et la rentabilité. Nos projets concernent la carcasse et la qualité de la viande, l’efficacité alimentaire nette, la santé animale et la traçabilité. Par exemple—et ceci est fort pertinent suite au scandale de la viande de cheval en Europe—grâce aux travaux de recherche menés par Mme Ellen Goddard, du département des ressources économiques et de la sociologie environnementale de l’Université de l’Alberta, nous savons que les Canadiens apportent de l’importance à une traçabilité fiable. On pourrait y arriver avec plus de testage dans la chaîne de production, en recueillant des échantillons d’ADN chez les animaux vivants qui sont bien identifiés avec leurs puces électroniques. Un autre exemple : on a découvert des variations dans la séquence d’ADN qui semblent être un bon indicateur de la production de viande plus maigre chez ces sujets. La tendreté de la viande demeure l’élément le plus problématique chez les consommateurs : près d’un steak vendu sur quatre ne sera pas assez tendre. Voilà ce que nous faisons dans nos laboratoires. C’est une toute autre histoire dans vos pâturages ou bien dans l’étable…car vous n’êtes pas vraiment intéressés par les expériences ; vous voulez compter sur des informations pratiques et des innovations qui donnent des résultats. Pour mieux rencontrer vos besoins, on a développé des programmes, tels que celui de notre série “Town Hall”, par lequel nous envoyons dans votre ville du personnel de Gentec, d’Alberta Agriculture, d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAAC), ainsi que d’autres experts, lesquels vous démontrent ce que la génomique peut concrètement vous apporter et ils répondent aussi à toutes vos questions. Nous possédons également des programmes plus éducatifs destinés aux clubs des 4H et aux écoles, et ceux-là sont présentés sous forme de vidéos et de jeux interactifs. Grâce à un nouveau programme annoncé dernièrement et supervisé par l’une de nos filiales, Delta Genomics, et dont le financement provient du Programme d’innovation agricole d’AAAC, nos partenaires (les associations canadiennes Simmental, Limousin, Angus et Gelbvieh, le groupe BeefBooster et les laboratoires GenServe) s’affairent en ce moment à réduire les coûts lors de la transition envers cette nouvelle technologie. De plus, l’organisme “Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)” poursuit activement son soutien financier. Car, après en fin de compte, nous voulons que vous puissiez avoir plus d’argent dans vos poches. Pour en apprendre davantage, consultez le: www.livestockgentec.com.

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Appuye sur le poteau de cloture

Par Bruce Holmquist General Manager, Canadian Simmental Association

Plusieurs raisons de rendre grâce!

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’automne est toujours une période l’année fort

excitante, alors qu’on s’affaire à compléter toutes nos récoltes. Il faut ramener le troupeau des pâturages, sevrer les veaux, finir de moissonner les grains et transporter les balles rondes; voilà une période très occupée durant laquelle on n’a pas assez de mains pour effectuer tous ces travaux. Bien qu’on ait enregistré des niveaux variables de précipitations et de chaleur durant la saison de végétation en 2013, on a toutefois pu profiter de très bonnes conditions un peu partout en Amérique du nord. Jusqu’à la mi-septembre, on a eu d’excellentes conditions pour les moissonnages et les prévisions à long terme s’annonçaient également plutôt favorables. Par conséquent, le prix des grains a subi une baisse partout en Amérique du nord et, pour une autre année, le prix des veaux est très haut. De plus, les producteurs de la plupart des régions du Canada ont produit des quantités abondantes de foin et d’ensilages, ce qui vient ajouter le « crémage sur le gâteau », tout en étant le bienvenu suite au dernier très long hiver au cours duquel on avait épuisé toutes nos réserves de fourrages. Les prix semblent très bons d’après les premiers résultats du circuit des ventes de veaux d’embouche en 2013, malgré des nombres encore limités de veaux vendus. Toutefois, les producteurs ayant vendu ces veaux un peu plus âgés de 800 à 900 livres ont encaissé de très bonnes sommes. D’après les échos entendus dans les cafés, les bons veaux rapportaient plus de 1000 $, alors que la demande était très forte pour les veaux lourds de bonne qualité. Cette situation est causée par une offre accrue de grains à un prix plus raisonnable, combinée à une disponibilité plus réduite de veaux d’embouche. D’après le centre Canfax, le cheptel de vaches était en baisse de 1 % au 1er janvier 2013 (avec 3,95 millions de vaches de boucherie), laquelle demeure une faible diminution comparativement à une réduction de 2,9 % du cheptel américain qui comptait à la même date 29 millions de vaches de boucherie. Il n’y a pas eu autant de génisses gardées pour l’élevage qu’il était anticipé

et ce serait très surprenant de constater que les producteurs retiennent beaucoup plus de génisses cet automne, compte tenu du marché actuel en ébullition pour les veaux d’embouche. De plus, alors que plusieurs producteurs reçoivent plus de 1000 $ pour une vache de réforme, on peut s’attendre à ce que les génisses gardées pour l’élevage viennent en fait remplacer ces vaches plus âgées. Considérant les très bons prix actuels du marché des bovins, les éleveurs Simmental doivent saisir toutes les opportunités afin de capitaliser sur l’excellente demande pour les sujets de leur race. En premier, ils devraient prévoir et planifier en fonction de connaître une autre bonne saison de ventes de taureaux. Notre race est très populaire et c’est notre devoir de procéder à une sélection serrée au sein de notre groupe de jeunes taureaux, en expédiant les veaux les moins performants aux parcs d’engraissement au lieu de les conserver avec tous vos autres jeunes taureaux; ce faisant, vous réduirez vos coûts d’alimentation et cela fera en sorte que la demande sera meilleure pour les autres taureaux de votre groupe. Les meilleurs taureaux Simmental devraient encore se vendre à un prix élevé en 2014, mais il ne faut pas oublier que le nombre de taureaux nécessaires sera moins élevé, étant donné qu’il y a moins de vaches commerciales au pays. Les femelles Simmental sont toujours en grande demande et on les recherchera de plus en plus dans le processus de reconstruction du cheptel commercial. Voici une excellente période pour les éleveurs Simmental qui devraient viser à remplacer leurs femelles moins productives par des femelles d’élevage qui seront offertes privément ou lors des différentes ventes de femelles cet automne. Tandis que vous vous préparez en vue de vos activités de l’automne ainsi que pour célébrer la fête de l’Action de grâce, prenez le temps de bien apprécier le fait que vous êtes impliqués en agriculture, et plus spécifiquement de réaliser la chance que vous avez d’être associé avec la race Simmental.

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Breed Improvement

EPDs: Moving to a North American Evaluation Jeff Hyatt – CSA Research Coordinator

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ome of you may have noticed that the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) EPDs have changed and with that the base for the EPD calculation has also been changed. This is indeed the case as the CSA recently entered into a North American evaluation with the American Simmental Association (ASA). As a result, the CSA EPDs are now directly comparable with the ASA numbers.

The reason being that some of an animal’s genetic information can be predicted with all of the CSA’s current DNA tests.

The following shows the percentile rankings for the top 1% and 95% for both the new and old EPDs so you can access the ranges of a given EPD.

There has been very little change to some of the EPDs; with calving ease the average has decreased somewhat and the range has broadened slightly. Some other EPDs however have changed more such as weaning weight or milk. The reason for some of the changes is due to ASA’s formulas being different from those used in the CSA’s old evaluations while others are due to the base adjustment which was made to allow comparisons to other breeds. The EPDs are still as valuable, they are just evaluated slightly differently. Regardless of how the EPDs are calculated we must remember that the accuracies are also important to consider. When an animal is young, their EPD accuracy is very low; a low accuracy EPD will provide a general idea of what the animal may provide in a specific trait. As the animal has more progeny with recorded data that same animal will have higher accuracy EPDs which will provide a better indication of the genetic potential that animal may contribute. As genomic information is included into the EPD evaluations, animals that are tested will have more accurate EPDs with fewer progeny.

A good example of this is two full sibs ER BIG SKY 545B and ER MACKFRID 550B, who upon their first evaluation would have had very similar EPDs. These two bulls have extremely accurate EPDs now, in the 0.90+ category. BIG SKY had only two EPDs not in the top 2% or bottom 10%; MACKFRID on the other hand had a more balanced set of numbers. As you can, see you may not be able to discern what an animal’s progeny will do at a low accuracy but you will have a general idea. In the next EPD evaluation (Spring 2014), genetic testing information will greatly help to increase the EPD accuracy for young animals so that you can have a better indication of that animal’s worth.

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Amelioration de la Race

EPD : Migration vers une Evaluation Nord-Américaine Jeff Hyatt – Coordonnateur de la recherche, ASC

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ertains d’entre vous ont pu remarquer qu’il semblait y avoir eu une modification au niveau de la base de calcul des EPD, ce qui a fait changer les EPD publiés par l’Association Simmental Canadienne(ASC). Cela est en fait bien le cas, puisque l’ASC s’est associée récemment avec l’Association Simmental Américaine (ASA) afin de produire une évaluation génétique nord-américaine. Concrètement, les EPD de l’ASC peuvent donc être comparés directement avec les valeurs publiés par l’ASA.

Cela peut s’expliquer par le fait qu’il sera possible de prédire les informations génétiques d’un animal à partir des valeurs actuelles d’analyses de l’ADN de la banque de données de l’ASC. Les deux frères propres ER BIG SKY 545B et ER MACKFRID 550B constituent un bon exemple, car ils auraient eu des EPD similaires lors de leur première évaluation. Ces deux taureaux possèdent maintenant des EPD avec une précision très élevée, soit un niveau supérieur à 0.90. Seulement deux des EPD du taureau BIG SKY n’était pas dans le premier 2% ou dans le 10% inférieur, tandis que le taureau MACKFRID possédait un ensemble de valeurs EPD plus équilibrés.

Vous retrouvez dans le tableau suivant les rangs centiles du premier 1% et du dernier 95 %, selon l’ancienne et la nouvelle formule, ce qui vous permet de situer le niveau d’un EPD en particulier.

Certains EPD n’ont subi qu’une légère modification; par exemple, l’EPD moyen de la facilité de vêlage a connu une certaine baisse, tandis que l’écart s’est accru entre le niveau le plus bas et le plus haut. Toutefois, certains EPD ont changé davantage, soit ceux du poids au sevrage et de l’aptitude laitière. Quelques-uns des changements sont reliés au fait que les formules employées par l’ASA sont différentes de celles auparavant utilisées par l’ASC, alors que d’autres modifications sont plutôt la conséquence d’un ajustement de la base de référence, rendu nécessaire afin de pouvoir effectuer des comparaisons avec les autres races. Remarquez que les EPD sont tout aussi utiles, ils sont seulement évalués d’une manière sensiblement différente. Par ailleurs, peu importe de quelle façon on calcule les EPD, on doit toujours se rappeler qu’il est très important de tenir compte du niveau de précision. La précision des EPD est très basse chez un jeune taureau ; ces EPD possédant une faible précision vous donneront en fait seulement une certaine idée de ce que la performance de l’animal pourrait être pour un caractère donné. Ce même animal obtiendra des EPD avec une précision plus élevée, lorsqu’il possèdera un plus grand nombre de descendants, ce qui vous procurera alors une meilleure idée du potentiel génétique de cet animal. Au fur et à mesure que des données génomiques seront incluses aux évaluations génétiques, les sujets ayant été testés (ADN) pourront obtenir des EPD plus précis, avec un nombre moins élevé de descendants.

Comme on peut le constater, vous ne pouvez peut-être pas identifier davantage les performances de la progéniture d’un taureau dont les EPD ont une faible précision, mais vous devriez avoir une idée d’ensemble. Lors des prochaines évaluations des EPD (printemps 2014), les données de testage génomique devraient contribuer à une amélioration notable de la précision des EPD chez les jeunes taureaux, ce qui vous fournira alors une meilleure indication de leur valeur réelle.

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Congress of the Americas July 19 – July 27, 2013 ~ Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia

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ollowing the Beef Innovations Symposium and the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Simmental Association we flew to Bogotá, Colombia. We arrived the afternoon of July 19th in time to see the last few classes of the Simmental judging at AgroExpo and to attend the opening reception of the first Congress of the Americas. This was prior to the Simmental Sale which featured 30 lots that averaged over $5,000. The Simmental sale was the highest averaging breed sale at AgroExpo 2013 which saw standing room only and also in attendance was the Agriculture Minister for Colombia - Francisco Estupiñán Heredia. The second day saw a return to the AgroExpo grounds to watch the final classes and the conclusion of the Simmental judging. There were 400 Simmental and Simbrah entered in the show and 80 head on display. It is a very busy venue as over 200,000 people attend AgroExpo. The trade show space is very large and as we toured the exhibition halls we made contact with representatives from Agriculture Canada, Semex and ABS and importers. The third day began with a short tour of the city of Bogota and its interesting sights, later returning to AgroExpo to see the judging of the Simbrah cattle. It was interesting to note that some of these exhibitors drove over 1200 miles to attend the show. Our final day in Bogota was a tour of a dairy operation, Hacienda Argovie, located just 30 kilometers from Bogota. Germán Jaramillo Ángelwho administers the Aargau Hacienda, pointed out that the estate currently is the prototype of an intensive milk farm with 450 of the 800 cows in production on its 135 hectares. The crossing of Simmentals with their Holsteins has resulted in 3 more lactations and a reduction of mastitis. The cull calves and cows are also generating more revenue. We finished the morning with a tour of the Alpina Food Store. Alpina is the third largest dairy producing company in Colombia with sales of over US$700 million and operations in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Later that afternoon we traveled to Hacienda Santa Inés. They have been using Simmental genetics for over 20 years and through e mbr yo t r a n s p l a nt and AI and currently have 150 cows in production which are the source of

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the 1000 embryos they are trying to generate. They sell their bulls at 14 months of age for an average of $5000. Santa Ines has had the Grand Champion Female at the last two national fairs and AgroExpo and also premier breeder and exhibitor of for three consecutive years. The herd is operated as a dual purpose herd, recording milk data and also entering carcass competitions. Tuesday July 23 was our first day in the coastal city of Cartagena where we were given a tour of the “Walled City”. The afternoon was the first day of the technical meetings and presentations were given by the American Simmental Association – Fred Schuetze, Brazil Simmental Association - Marlo Coelho AguiarNeto (Mamado), and Germany – Dr. George Rohrmoser. The USA emphasized the use of genetic evaluation in their data base of 87, 000 active cows. The Brazilians have 3 different herd books, Full blood Simmental; Simbrah and Simbrasil which are a composite of 5/8 Simmental and the remaining portion Zebu, Gyr, Nelore, Brahma Tabapu or Guzeara for their tropical conditions; and the newest herdbook will be one for black Simmental genetics. Germany is also well advanced in its use of Genomics in their herd selection. The meetings resumed Wednesday July 24, with presentations from CSA General Manager Bruce Holmquist and CSA Project manager Sandy Russell representing the Canadian Simmental Association. Bruce reported how the Simmental breed has developed over the past 40 years in Canada and the direction we are looking to go in the future. Sandy gave a synopsis of our Genomics work to date and the work that will be accomplished to complete the projects. The final presentation of the technical sessions was given by Manuel Blanco Rincon the Director of the Colombian Association. Simmentals are very adaptive to the different weather conditions in Colombia and are recognized as a dual purpose breed, although they do have interest in increasing the beef component of the Simmental breed. Manuel explained the concept of a Simmental Federation of the Americas which would include the Simmental Associations of South America, USA, Canada and Mexico as well as some from Central America. The focus would be to work together on trade, policies and the promotion of Simmental between our countries.

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The countries that were in attendance agreed to this in principal and has committed to work on the format of the Federation in the next 12 months and have a proposal ready to present during the World Simmental Congress in Colombia in 2014. The afternoon was spent at the second property of Santa Ines where they are developing their Simbrah herd and the crossbred herd of SimmGyr cattle. A media crew traveled with the group throughout the Congress of the Americas and at the conclusion of the Congress representatives from each of the participating countries, including CSA General Manager Bruce Holmquist, was interviewed on how Simmentals fit in our agriculture industry and their impressions of Colombia and the beef industry.

My overall impression of Colombia is that of a very beautiful country which holds Agriculture as one of their main resources. Simmental cattle are very well suited to their country, in both the cooler central region and the tropics. Colombian Simmental breeders are very interested in bringing new genetics into the country but we must be ensuring that they fit their needs. A slick hair coat, combined with milk production and hardiness are extremely important to them. There is an excellent opportunity for Canadian Simmental breeders to explore the Colombian market in July 2014 during the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Congress and we hope that a strong Canadian contingent will attend.

The Canadian Simmental Association would like to acknowledge Beth Rankin and Perry Welygan for their many years of dedication to the CSA membership through their outstanding work in the registry department. Beth has been employed with CSA for 20 years and Perry for 15 years. In recognition of their time working with the CSA, Beth and Perry were each presented with Bernie Brown’s print “Simmental Country.� Their service and commitment to the CSA and its membership has been appreciated by all who have worked with them as members and staff. 21 SC October 13_pages.indd 21

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Dunc’s Triple A

S: CLO LTS ENTOURAGE 72T D: MUIRHEADS TRIPLE X 3X (pictured right) Dam is a TRADEMARK daughter Born: January 23, 2013

Picking up Triple X out of the Checkers Sale in 2010 was a real find. This girl put Dunc’s on the map. Young Triple A is just as sure to impress. She is a long spined, soft sided female that you will fall in love with. Off to a great start in her young show career, I am sure she will only get better with age.

Selling in the

Royal Elite All-Breed Sale RAWF, Toronto, Nov. 1, 2013

Online Catalogue at www.bohrson.com

IAN MCRAE

3512 LONGWOODS RD, GLENCOE, ON N0L 1M0

Phone: 519-287-5813 Cell: 519- 319-0559 ianmcrae@execulink.com

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Selling in the

Royal Elite All-Breed Sale RAWF, Toronto, November 1, 2013

November 13, 2013 Regina, SK Erixon Lady 3A - Wallbanger x 680S She Sells at CWA

Maple Key Mia

Sire: NCB Cobra Dam’s Sire: Wheatland Bull 680S Born: Feb. 15, 2013

MAPLE KEY FARM

Stan & Sharon Conquergood 4239 Hwy 21, RR 31 Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C5 conquergood@bmts.com Home: 519-832-2366 Cell: 519-353-8810

Online Catalogue: www.bohrson.com

Agribition Bound! Sells November 13, 2013

Erixon Lady 126Y - 680S x Fullback Anchor of Our 2013 Show String Dam of Erixon Lady 3A

www.erixonsimmentals.com

Upgrade x In Dew Time (G&L Blackfoot) Bred early (April 7) to BMR Explorer

Academy Hill Zelda 6Z Sells November 13, 2013 at Agribition

Alliance Miley’s Joy

D.O.B: January 5, 2013 Sire: JF Milestone 999W Dam: JF Ebonys Joy 1262Y Sire of Dam: CLO LTS Entourage 72T

Mike McCart

P.O. Box 542, North Gower, ON, Canada K0A 1T0 Cell: (613) 229-4857 Farm: (613) 836-8096

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Membership Announcements Congratulations Tulsa Jean Smith

Congratulations to Eric and Maureen Smith of Mappin Simmentals, Byemoor, AB on the birth of their little girl Tulsa Jean, born September 2nd weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and 20.5 inches long.

Proud grand parents Mathew and Marguerite Smith, Big Sky Simmentals, are happy to introduce two new additions to their family, Maverick and Nixon.

Maverick Mathew Wayne Peters

Born August 12, 2013 weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches. Proud parents are Amy and Trevor Peters.

Nixon Mitchell Smith

Born September 5, 2013 weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 21 inches. Proud parents are Brad and Lauren Smith.

Big sisters and cousins, Austyn and Kinley are looking forward to showing the boys the ropes around the farm.

Our Sympathies Florence Elizabeth Mantei, Estevan, SK

Florence Mantei passed away unexpectedly in Regina on Monday, September 1, 2013 at the age of 70 years. Florence is survived by her children, Glenn, Jordan (Amber) and children, Sasha and Sierra. Our condolences go out to the Mantei family and friends.

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attle insurance is no different than auto or house insurance; we get it because we cannot afford the loss should we lose the animal whether by death or if its reproductive ability is compromised. Many livestock insurance policies are initiated at high end purebred sales where at the fall of the gavel the animal is deemed healthy. If insuring animals other than directly after an auction sale you will have to justify to the insurer that the animal is similar to what it is worth at public auction. This would apply to pet animals, show animals etc. Just because you think it is worth X amount, they need to see some reasonable justification you could get near that at public auction. Policies on bulls cover just death or death and breeding ability. To process the claim a bull must permanently be a non-breeder because of either sickness, accident or disease. When deciding to buy and insure make sure to examine the animal closely, especially in regards to auctioned animals. Any blemish, problem, conformational, hereditary or semen issue that was previously present will not be covered by the new policy. Examine breeding bulls breeding certificate closely prior to purchase as insurers will not cover bulls that have failed or in some cases barely passed their semen evaluations. They may insure them for death in cases where bulls were too young or they are waiting for the semen evaluation. Claims when they are made have to be justified. In the case of death an autopsy is done or in other cases a clinical exam is performed by a licensed veterinarian. The claims must fall into the category of sickness, accident (injury) or disease. There are several conditions which could fall back to the original breeder such as hereditary defects, the inability to breed or lack of libido in the case of bulls. Testicular degeneration is most definitely a grey zone. Many cases are caused by injury to the testicles or concurrent disease but others are spontaneous. Each cause may have a different outcome as far as the insurance company is concerned. Always advise insurance companies of any health or injury issues which happen during the policy period. In regards to breeding bulls, have a semen evaluation preformed before the expiration date of the policy to detect problems which may have cropped up. Many misunderstandings occur regarding bull fertility. A veterinarian might fail but in the insurance company’s eyes if he could still sire calves he is deemed a breeder and they may overrule the semen certificate. For example a vet might fail a bull with only one functioning testicle and the other is degenerated, injured or scarred even though the semen motility morphology and density may

be good. In the insurance companies eyes he can still sire calves so they would not pay out in this example. We probably have too high an expectation on yearling bulls. Fifteen to twenty cows is plenty for a yearling bull. If exposed to cows in too large a pasture, with too much competition, weight loss and potential injury are much higher. Insurance companies also have to watch the due diligence of the producer. If an insured animal had an ailment which was ignored (especially if treatment could have been successful) a claim could be rejected. An example is a lame cow with foot rot that was ignored and became a septic arthritis. Surgery could be done in this example and this is where notifying the company when issues first happen and keeping lines of communication open is paramount. Vaccination history is also noted. It is a shame when highly valued animals have not been vaccinated with for instance blackleg and then die needlessly of a highly preventable disease. Co-mingling of bulls can lead to problems and the best advice is leave as much space as possible when reintroducing bulls. Just like other insurance policies different clauses can be put on the policies. A clause for loss of use during the breeding season so if a bull goes down with a cut penis and misses that breeding season; he has lost one breeding season and the payout would be a percentage of the cost of the bull. Adding clauses can increase the premium cost. With certain farm policies commercial cattle can be insured for acts of god such as drowning in floods or loss from lightning. You can usually set a high deductible which keeps the premium lower. As with any dealings, always keep the lines of communication open and report or have your veterinarian report any sickness or treatments that are done on an insured animal. They are apt to be much more co-operative if they know you have been treating a condition that has now gone south than find out two days before the policy has expired. Never ship or destroy an insured animal without the company’s permission unless your veterinarian does it for humane reasons. Identification should include the verified tattoo but have your veterinarian use the RFID and dangle tags as well as any other identification such as colour or brands. Insurance companies will pay the rock solid claims. As an industry if they started paying all the unnecessary claims with time all premiums would go up. Right now the basic death and breeding premiums are around 10% of the value of the animal plus a 10% deductible because claims are rather high. Most of my clients insure animals the first year they own them which is when breeding injuries and sickness are more likely to occur. The odds drop down as the animal matures.

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Women in Simmental Country

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orn and raised in Montreal and a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Diane Bischof never imagined she would one day own purebred Simmental cattle. In 1993 her interests were expanded beyond the worlds of business and finance when she volunteered with the Québec Simmental Bells to host the CSA annual meeting in Québec City. This experience was when the “farming bug” bit her and today, Diane is still keen on learning new things and very passionate about Simmental cattle. In the mid-1970s, Diane’s parents, Beat and Claire Bischof, were looking to buy a small acreage near Montreal for weekend get-a-ways. “They found 75 acres of beautiful pasture and woodland on North River Road, in Newport Township, about one hour east of Sherbrooke. It was a bit further out of Montreal, where we lived and had our business, than what they had planned but the price was right; the land base was fertile, the house had New England charm, and it came with a river – which closed the deal for my mom,” Diane recounts. Over the years the Bischof family purchased adjacent farms to expand their holdings. At first the land was rented out, and then in the mid ‘80s the Bischofs started their own cow herd. “My dad had been raised on a mixed farm in Switzerland so he had some basic knowledge of animal husbandry and farm operations,” Diane says; but with their other thriving business almost three hours away in Montreal, the farm remained a “weekend place” for the Bischofs and a full-time farm manager was hired. They started with Hereford cows, but Diane recollects: “My dad, being Swiss-German, rapidly decided that if he was going to raise good purebred cattle he had to go with Simmental. They were Swiss too, after all.” Percentage Simmental bulls were introduced into the Bischof herd in the late 1980s, then purebred and eventually full blood females were purchased. For the past 20 years the Bischof family has focused on raising traditional full blood Simmental cattle. In the early 1990s Bischof Farm began exhibiting their Simmental cattle, starting with local shows then graduating to Expo-Québec and the Royal Winter Fair. The Bischof family was active with the Canadian and Québec Simmental Associations and the Ottawa Valley Simmental Club. Diane served as treasurer and secretary of the Québec association from 1993 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2004. “Accounting on a volunteer basis for our provincial

Diane Bischof association appealed to me and I thought it would be a good way to better understand what made my dad so passionate about his hobby. Volunteering also exposed me to a lot of different Simmental operations all over Canada. Farm visits, exchanges at agricultural fairs, and just building strong relationships with great people who share their experiences with you make for a wonderful school. Over the years I was fortunate to get to know and share with key people in the

industry. Some of them are gone now, but their contribution to my learning curve is unforgettable,” Diane says. Diane purchased her first Simmental cow in 1995. There wasn’t room for another animal on the Bischof farm, so a friend of Diane’s cared for her. “I wanted to make this a personal ‘on-my-own’ experience. I am not sure Dad appreciated me buying her without telling him,” Diane admits, “but he softened up rapidly when he realized I had caught the Simmental ‘bug’.” Diane’s first cow eventually moved back home with her bull calf, who became a Bischof herd sire, and Diane continued to grow her own herd. Over her three decades as a business owner and farmer, Diane has worked with all levels of the agriculture sector. Her father had started Smico Inc. (short for Swiss Merchandise Importing Company) in the 1959, importing and distributing products such as Swiss Army knives. In the 1980s Diane took on different roles within this company, becoming General Manager in 1986. By 2000, Smico had evolved into a distributor of boning knives to meat processors and packers.

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This gave Diane the chance to travel to meat processing facilities (of all sizes) across Canada. “It was the perfect opportunity to combine business trips with fact-finding missions to better understand farming and raising cattle for beef,” she says. “I grew to love Saskatchewan and Manitoba, even in January. The same goes for Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto.” In 2002, Beat Bischof passed away suddenly. Despite Diane’s busy career, she and her mother decided to continue farming. Cow numbers had recently been reduced and one of the farms leased out to lighten the workload, but Diane decided that leasing was not the right move. In 2005 they began looking for a new full-time herdsman to rebuild the farm. “I did not want it to be a large operation, but rather one we could be proud of – raising cattle that were functional and that we could enjoy as they grazed on pasture,” Diane says. With Diane’s business and personal commitments, 20 females is the ideal herd size for Bischof Farm. Heifer calves are retained and marketed off the farm as bred heifers. Because their local bull market is limited, only the best Bischof bulls are sent to the St-Martin Test Station in the Beauce region of Québec. Other bull calves are castrated and sold at auction in the fall. “This is a marketing plan that works well for us considering our farm location and limited local sale opportunities,” Diane says. Seventy lambing ewes were also added to the operation, a decision that just makes financial sense, according to Diane.

The cow herd remains full blood. “My dad would come back from beyond and chastise me if we ever had black animals on the farm. However, I relented last spring and we A.I.ed some of our better girls to a red bull. I hope Dad is OK with this!” Diane confesses. “We are very fortunate to have an extraordinary team at the farm to do the work, manage the herd and generally make my life effortless when it comes to farm

issues,” she acknowledges. “Phil and Amanda Dougherty live on our second farm and take care of everything for me. They love the farm and all that is involved, and I know the animals love them in return because there are never any complaints in the suggestion box in the barn!” Diane also credits Dave Grey of Greyledge Simmentals for his expertise and assistance. “I approached Dave a few years back when I wanted to bring the herd back up and he did not hesitate to help me in more ways than I can count. We may not always see eye to eye when it comes to color, but I do so value his friendship and words of wisdom.” Diane would like to extend her deepest gratitude to Dave, Phil, and Amanda. In 2008, the Smico business was wound down. To fill her “spare” time, Diane enrolled in the McGill University Bio-Resource Engineering program – the modern equivalent of agricultural engineering. Even with a breast cancer diagnosis in 2009, Diane persevered by commencing parttime studies in 2010. Despite the fact that her cancer came back in 2011 (it’s now being treated as a chronic illness) Diane still plans to complete her second degree by 2015. She hopes to obtain her PhD in this field and make agriculture research her retirement career – a perfect fit given her lifelong interest in science and acquired taste for farming.

“Life is unexpected and one needs to be flexible,” she says of her recent health challenges. “Still, plans can be made and every day is a new beginning. It is just that perspectives change a bit on what is important.” Diane offers the following words of encouragement to her fellow breeders: “Simmental bloodlines are tried and true. Over the last 40 years, they have proven to be herd builders throughout Canada. You can find their positive influence in basically all commercial herds across the country. Maternal traits make Simmental cattle’s greatest contribution in my opinion, and we need to promote the synergy created by our females and their bull progeny rather than emulate other breeds. There is always room for improvement and we are lucky to have a great group of younger breeders ready to take on the challenges of marketing our high quality product into the 21st century.” Diane has many fond memories of having Simmental cattle, including camaraderie with other breeders across the country, but she says her favorite memory remains “the winter mornings in the barn when the young calves are frolicking, the mothers are keeping a watchful eye over their offspring, and all is at peace with the world.” The Simmental breed is fortunate to have Diane Bischof as a staunch supporter. Simmental breeders from across the country wish you a healthy future, Diane!

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Femmes dans le Simmental Country

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ée et élevée à Montréal, et graduée de l’École des Affaires Ivey de l’Université Western Ontario, Diane Bischof n’avait jamais imaginé qu’elle possèderait un jour des bovins Simmental. En 1993, alors qu’elle menait une carrière active dans le monde des affaires et de la finance, elle a décidé de s’impliquer comme bénévole avec les membres des “Simmental Bells”, dans l’organisation de l’Assemblée annuelle de l’ACS à Québec. Cette expérience lui a littéralement donné la piqûre. Diane conserve une grande curiosité et elle est toujours aussi passionnée par les bovins Simmental. Au milieu des années 1970, les parents de Diane, Beat et Claire Bischof étaient à la recherche d’une petite ferme près de Montréal afin de pouvoir s’y évader les fins de semaine. “Ils ont alors trouvé une ferme de 75 acres de jolies boisés et de pâturages, sur le chemin North River dans le canton de Newport (à environ une heure de Sherbrooke). C’était pas mal plus loin de Montréal (où nous avions notre résidence et nos affaires) que ce qu’on avait planifié, mais le prix était convenable, le sol était fertile, la maison possédait tout le charme d’inspiration de la Nouvelle Angleterre, et il y avait une rivière sur la ferme – ce qui a convaincu ma mère,” raconte Diane. La famille Bischof a acheté d’autres fermes au fil des ans, augmentant ainsi leurs propriétés. La terre était louée pour commencer, puis les Bischof ont débuté leur propre troupeau.

“Mon père avait été élevé sur une ferme familiale en Suisse, il avait des connaissances de base des soins aux animaux et des travaux à la ferme,” disait Diane. Toutefois, compte tenu que leurs affaires prospéraient à Montréal, situé à plus de trois heures de route, la ferme est demeurée une “place de fin de semaine” pour les Bischof, ce qui les a conduits à engager un gérant de ferme à temps plein. Ils ont débuté avec quelques vaches Hereford mais, Diane nous rappelle: “Mon père, étant d’origine Suisse Allemande, a rapidement décidé qu’il devait se diriger vers la race Simmental s’il voulait élever de bons sujets de race pure. Il était Suisse, après tout.”

Diane Bischof Vers la fin des années 1980, des taureaux pur-sang Simmental furent introduits dans le troupeau des Bischof, puis ils ont ajouté des femelles pur-sang et des “fullblood”. La famille Bischof poursuit l’élevage de bovins de qualité Simmental “fullblood”.

Au début des années 1990, la Ferme Bischof a commencé à présenter ses sujets dans les expositions, débutant avec les expos locales puis ils ont fait le saut vers Expo-Québec et la “Royale de Toronto”. La Famille Bischof est demeurée active avec les Associations Simmental québécoises et canadiennes, ainsi qu’avec le club Simmental de la région d’Ottawa. Diane s’est impliquée de 1993 à 1997 à titre de secrétaire et trésorière de l’Association Simmental du Québec, puis de nouveau de 2001 à 2004. “J’étais intéressée à effectuer bénévolement la comptabilité de notre association et je pensais que cela constituerait une bonne manière pour moi de mieux apprendre sur le hobby ayant toujours autant passionné mon père. En tant que bénévole, j’ai eu l’occasion d’être en lien avec plusieurs élevages Simmental partout au Canada. Les visites de fermes, les échanges aux expositions agricoles et toutes ces belles rencontres avec des gens formidables partageant leurs expériences ont constitué une merveilleuse école pour moi. Au fil des années, j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer et de discuter avec des personnes clé de notre industrie. Certains ne sont plus là, mais je ne pourrai jamais oublier comment ils ont favorisé mon apprentissage,” disait Diane. Diane a acheté sa première vache Simmental en 1995. Comme il n’y avait alors plus de place pour elle sur la Ferme Bischof, Diane l’a fait garder par l’un de ses amis. “Je voulais faire ma propre expérience, mais je ne suis pas certaine que mon père était très content que je l’aie achetée sans lui en parler,” admet Diane, “il s’est par contre amadoué rapidement en constatant que j’avais attrapé la piqûre envers les Simmental.” La première vache de Diane a finalement été acceptée dans le troupeau familial, avec son veau mâle, qui est d’ailleurs

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devenu un taureau reproducteur pour les Bischof, tandis que Diane poursuivait le développement de son propre troupeau. Au cours de ses trois décennies passées en tant que femme d’affaire et agricultrice, Diane a eu l’opportunité de travailler dans tous les secteurs du monde agricole. En 1959, son père avait débuté la compagnie Smico Inc (qui est l’acronyme de “Swiss Merchandise Importing Company”), une entreprise d’importation et de distribution de produits tels que les couteaux de l’Armée Suisse. Durant les années 1980, Diane a occupé diverses positions au sein de la compagnie, et elle est devenue Directrice générale en 1986. La compagnie Smico est devenue en 2000 un distributeur de couteaux à désosser auprès des transformateurs de viande et des abattoirs. Diane a ainsi eu la chance de voyager partout au Canada et de visiter des entreprises de toutes tailles du secteur de la transformation des viandes. “Cela représentait une opportunité en or de concilier les voyages d’affaires avec des missions visant à me familiariser davantage avec l’agriculture et l’élevage des bovins,” disait-elle. “J’ai fini par aimer la Saskatchewan et le Manitoba, même en janvier. J’ai de plus appris à aimer Calgary, Vancouver et Toronto.” Son père, Beat Bischof est décédé subitement en 2002. En plus de mener une carrière très active, Diane et sa mère ont décidé de poursuivre en agriculture. Le nombre de vaches avait déjà été réduit et l’une des fermes avait été louée afin de réduire la charge de travail, toutefois Diane jugeait que la location n’était pas la voie à suivre. En 2005, elles ont procédé au recrutement d’un nouveau gérant de ferme à plein temps afin de repartir la ferme. “Je ne voulais pas que cela devienne trop grand, mais plutôt une ferme dont on pourrait être fier d’y élever des bovins bien conformés qu’on apprécierait admirer au pâturage,” disait Diane. Compte tenu des affaires de Diane et de ses obligations personnelles, un troupeau de 20 femelles est l’idéal pour la Ferme Bischof. On garde les génisses qui sont ensuite vendues comme taures gestantes. Étant donné qu’ils ont peu de marché localement pour leurs taureaux, seulement les meilleurs veaux mâles sont envoyés à la Station d’épreuve de Saint-Martin dans la Beauce. Les autres veaux mâles sont castrés puis vendus à l’encan durant l’automne. “C’est un plan de marketing qui fonctionne bien pour nous, compte tenu de la localisation de notre ferme et des faibles possibilités de vendre plus localement,” dit Diane. Un groupe de soixante-dix brebis fut ajouté sur la ferme, une décision pleine de sens financièrement selon Diane. Les vaches du troupeau sont demeurées des « fullblood ». “Mon père pourrait revenir me réprimander si jamais il y avait des animaux noirs sur la ferme. Je me suis toutefois adouci le printemps passé, en faisant inséminer quelques-unes de nos vaches à un taureau rouge. J’espère que mon père est d’accord avec ça !” confesse Diane. “Nous sommes très gâtés de pouvoir compter sur une formidable équipe pour faire les travaux sur la ferme, s’occuper du troupeau et, de manière générale, pou me rendre la vie très facile par rapport aux obligations courantes de la ferme,” reconnait-elle. “Phil et Amanda Dougherty vivent sur notre deuxième ferme et ils s’occupent de tout pour moi. Ils adorent la ferme et tout ce qui l’entoure, et je sais que les animaux les aiment aussi car il n’y a jamais de fiches de plainte dans la boîte aux suggestions dans l’étable !”

Diane reconnait également l’expertise et l’aide qu’elle a eu avec Dave Grey de Greyledge Simmentals. “J’avais communiqué avec lui il y a quelques années quand je souhaitais rebâtir le troupeau et il n’avait alors pas hésité à m’aider encore plus que je l’avais espéré. On est pas toujours d’accord par rapport à la couleur, toutefois j’apprécie son amitié et sa grande sagesse.” Diane aimerait témoigner de sa profonde gratitude à l’égard de Dave, Phil et Amanda. En 2008, les affaires de Smico ont été réduites graduellement. Afin de combler ses « temps libres », Diane s’est inscrite au programme d’ingénierie des ressources biologiques de l’Université McGill – soit l’équivalent moderne d’ingénierie agricole. En dépit d’un diagnostic de cancer du sein qu’elle a eu en 2009, Diane a persévéré en poursuivant ses études à temps partiel en 2010. Malgré que le cancer soit réapparu en 2011 (lequel est maintenant traité comme une maladie chronique), Diane prévoit toujours complété son deuxième diplôme en 2015. Elle espère obtenir son doctorat dans ce domaine puis poursuivre ses recherches en agriculture comme projet de retraite– un projet parfait pour elle en lien avec son intérêt continu pour les sciences et son attrait acquis envers l’agriculture. “La vie comporte des imprévus et on doit rester flexible,” dit-elle compte tenu de ses récents défis de santé. “On peut toujours faire des plans et chaque jour est un recommencement. En fait, seules les perspectives changent par rapport à ce qui est important.” Diane désire offrir ses mots d’encouragement à ses collègues éleveurs : “Les lignées Simmental ont fait leurs preuves et elles fonctionnent. Elles ont contribué depuis quarante ans à établir plusieurs troupeaux partout au Canada. On peut constater leur influence positive pratiquement dans tous les troupeaux commerciaux du pays. Selon moi, les bovins Simmental ont beaucoup à apporter au niveau des qualités maternelles, et nous devons promouvoir davantage la synergie présente entre nos femelles et leurs descendances, plutôt que de faire la promotion des autres races. Il y aura toujours de la place pour l’amélioration et nous sommes chanceux de pouvoir compter sur un groupe de jeunes éleveurs prêts à relever les défis reliés à la commercialisation dans le 21e siècle de notre produit de première qualité.” Diane conserve de très beaux souvenirs en tant qu’éleveur de bovins Simmental, incluant bien entendu la belle camaraderie entre éleveurs un peu partout au pays. Mais, elle affirme que son meilleur souvenir demeure “ces matinées d’hiver dans l’étable alors que les jeunes veaux gambadent joyeusement, que leurs mères gardent un oeil sur eux, et que tout semble bien en paix avec le monde et la vie.” La race Simmental est très chanceuse de compter sur une fière et loyale supportrice qu’est Mme Diane Bischof. Diane, tous les éleveurs Simmental au pays te souhaite de demeurer en santé encore longtemps !

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Thank you to all Donors, Bidders & Buyers of the Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation Auction. It is because of your generous support that this event is such a great success!

This year’s auction was a tremendous success with a new record amount of $53,800 being raised. To date the GSSF has raised a total of $140,258.50 through eight charity auction events.

AB Simmental Assoc. Adrienne Robson AJ Smith Alliance Simmentals American Simmental Assoc. Anchor D Ranch Anderson Land & Cattle Ashworth Farm & Ranch Bar 5 Stock Farm Bar A Cattle Co. Barb Judd Barb Vance Beechinor Bros. Berwest Farms Black Sand Simmentals Blacks Cattle Co. Bohrson Marketing Boss Cattle Bouchard Livestock Brenden Payne Bruce Holmquist Catherine Thompson Chad Eaton Charlie Porter Cheyanne Klepper Chick Harvie Clearwater Simmentals Crocus Simmentals Cudlobe Angus Czech-Mate Simmentals

Dallas Wise Danielle Sullivan Deeg Simmentals Donovandale Simmentals Downhill Simmentals Ericson Livestock Gagnon Simmentals Gaylene Groeneveld Grace Oesch Greyledge Simmentals Harvie Ranching Heather Saucier Hi Tech Farms High Country Cattle Services Jamison Genetics Jan Wiesse Jeff Hyatt Jennilee Bernier Jim Pulyk John Grant John Pollock Jordon Buba & Luke Lewis Katie Wood Kolby Heaven Kristan Whelan Kyle Lewis & Brittney Nelson LaBatte Simmentals Lance Leachman Lazy Rainbow Ranch Lazy S Ranch Leewood Ranch Lewis Farms Mader Ranches Maple Lake Simmentals Mappin Simmentals Mark Land & Cattle Mark Shologan

Maxwell Simmentals McMillian Ranching Nilsson Bros. Nolara Simmentals North Hill Simmentals Northern Lights Simmentals Pam Wottens Perkin Land & Cattle Pinch Hill Cattle Prairiewind Simmentals Prospect Hills Simmentals Rainalta Simmentals Rancier Farms Redpath Simmentals Riskan Hope Farms Sandra Smith Sandy Russell Sarah VanSickle Scott Gaunce SIBL Simmentals Sniders Cattle Services Spring Creek Consulting Spring Creek Simmentals Sunny Valley Simmentals Switzer Simmentals Timberlind Auctions Today’s Publishing Inc. Transcon Livestock Trendsetter Livestock Triple R Simmentals Victoria McEldon Virginia Peters Weaver Order Buying Westman Farms Willow Creek Simmentals Workman Farms Yellowrose Simmentals

Special Thanks to the following donors Pick of the Heifers donated by R Plus Simmentals. 150 hour rental of a New Holland Tractor and Round Baler Combo donated by New Holland Agriculture. 4 Nights Condo Accommodations for Two at the National Rodeo Finals in Vegas donated by Bouchard Livestock International. 5 doses on SVS Captain Morgan 11Z from Double Bar D Farms, 10 doses of semen on KWA/FLY F Red Mountain and a semen tank, from Ashworth Farm & Ranching, & Tessier Simmentals, and 5 doses of Westgold Standout 42Z donated by Tyler Farms.

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Young Canadian Simmental Association Newsletter Semen and Embryo Donations to Benefit the National YCSA The Young Canadian Simmental Association would like to thank the breeders for their generous donations of semen, embryos and a sports jersey, with all proceeds going to the YCSA program. Thank you to the Sales Management Companies who will be selling these lots at sales across the country this fall.

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

President • SK

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

David and Marilyn Grey, Cookshire, Quebec Selling in Vente des Partenaires / Partners For Progress Sale Saturday, October 19, 2013 * 3 Embryos (exportable) Greyledge Della (Kuntz Congo)X TNT Top Gun R244 Visit www.toddfarms.com for sale information

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

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

Directors Alberta

Sara Van Sickle (780) 305-6855 nolarafarms@hotmail.ca

Maritimes

Heather Creamer (902) 694-4308 creamerh@nsac.ca

Manitoba

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

CSA Director

Lacey Fisher (902) 661-0766 (506) 536-8454 timberwoodfarms@seasidehighspeed.com

Donovandale Farms Gerald Donovan, Ashton, Ontario Selling in the Royal Elite Sale Friday, November 1, 2013 3 Straws Wheatland Bull 468 P (Not exportable) Visit www.bohrson.com for sale information

Bohrson Marketing Services Scott Bohrson, Carstairs, Alberta Selling in the Royal Elite Sale Friday, November 1, 2013 3 doses TCF/RCC Temptation GJ640 (Not exportable) Visit www.bohrson.com for sale information

Bouchard Livestcock and Lewis Farms Brian Bouchard and Ken Lewis, Alberta Selling in the Canadian Western Agribition Sale Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Shologan Roughrider CFL Jersey Visit www.bouchardlivestock.com for sale information

5 Corner Cattle Co. (Manitoba) Westin Hill Selling in Shades of the Prairies Monday, December 9, 2013 10 straws of Mader Honey Badger (Exportable) Visit www.bouchardlivestock.com for sale information Contact Emily Grey (819) 835-0284 or at egrey@simmental.com or Tiffany Peters (306) 948-8044 for information on the YCSA program or any of these fundraising initiatives.

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President: Everett Olson Box 1939, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: 204-826-2643 Email: everettolson@hotmail.com 1st Vice President: Lesley Hedley RR 1, Rapid City, MB R0K 1W0 Phone: 204-826-2765 2nd Vice President: Jacquie Downey General Delivery, Coulter, MB R0M 1G0 Phone: 204-649-2260 Email: ajdowney@mts.net Secretary/Treasurer: Donalee Jones Box 142, Cartwright, MB R0K 0L0 Phone/fax: 204-529-2444 Email: donalee@midcan.com MSA Directors: Todd Collins RR 2, Darlingford, MB R0G 0L0 Phone: 204-246-2166 Email: todd_collins9@hotmail.com

Manitoba Livestock Expo 2013 October 31st - November 2nd Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB October 31 - CIBC Little Lady Classic November 1 - Simmental Show November 2 - Transcon’s National Trust Sale Chapter VI - YCS Show

Shannon Carvey Box 60, Alexander, MB R0K 0A0 Phone: 204-752-2285 Email: swindonranch@mts.net Craig Davidson Box 2680, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Phone: 204-761-5991 Fax: 204-748-3855 Email: craigd@blacksandcattle.com Rick Dequier Box 1673, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Phone: 204-771-0280 Email: rdequier@westmansteel.ca Trevor Peters Box 385, Rivers, MB R0K 1X0 Phone: 204-328-7458 Email: trevor.peters@canadamalting.com YCSA President: Emily Hickson RR 2 Box 24, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y2 Phone: 204-725-0621 Email: eltonsimm@mts.net

Fall Sales to attend: Kopp Farms Bred Female Dispersal - October 28 Pembina Triangle 33rd Annual Sale - November 9 Harvest Hoedown - December 2 Shades of the Prairies - Decemeber 9 Bonchuk Female Production Sale - December 17 Black Diamond Simmentals Complete Herd Dispersal - December 21

Stay tuned for the new MSA web-site www.mbsimmental.com

CSA Director: Fraser Redpath Box 121, Mather, MB R0K 1L0 Phone/Fax: 204-529-2560 Email: redsim@xplornet.com

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OSA News Thank you to all the attendees and sponsors of the Simmental Innovations Weekend. The Simmental Innovations field day held at the Elora Research station was well attended with over 60 people in attendance. The information presented featured the research initiatives being conducted by the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) on net feed efficiency, meat quality and fertility and was eye opening to say the least. Other research being conducted by animal scientists and graduate students was also displayed such as thermal images to detect animal body temperatures, heart rate monitors, examination of fecal samples, individual feed intake, right through to on site gathering of rib samples at Cargill. One test in particular involved the manual counting of 300,000 cells by two grad students. Through its Simmental Innovations program the CSA is sharing and gathering information with labs and universities from around the world. We should all be proud to be part of this exiting endeavour that is positioning Simmental as a leader in the Canadian beef industry. Thank you to Dave Milliner, Grace Oesch, Katie Wood, CSA and Spring Creek staff for all of the time and effort to make this event a success.

Royal Winter Fair Schedule November 1-2, 2013 November 1, 8:00 am ~ Young Canadian Simmental Association Show November 1, 6:30 pm ~ Royal Elite All Breed Sale November 2, 4:00 pm ~ Simmental Open Show

Sophie Wotton is the 2013 Ambassador for the East Central Club Ontario Simmental Association

President

Vice-President

Director

East Central Director

Director

Director

Secretary

Treasurer

CSA Director & Director

CSA Past President

Director

Dan O’Brien C: 613-761-2403 dan_obrien@sympatico.ca Carla Nolan P: 905-607-2204 carlanolan@rogers.blackberry.net David Milliner P: 519-923-9188 dgmilliner@everus.ca

Tina Hiddink P: 613-399-3239 tina.hiddink@scotiabank.com

Billy Elmhirst C: 705-761-0896 ircc@nexicom.net

Grace Oesch Keitha Harris-Donovan P: 519-656-2199 T 613-257-2617 donovandale_simmentals@hotmail.comgravandale@netflash.net

Ron Nolan P: 905-607-2204 rnolan@hatch.ca

Glenn Wotton C: 705-878-1713 elmtreefarms@i-zoom.net Debbie Elliott P: 519-345-2785 dje@djfarmscattle.com

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The 2013 Nova Scotia Provincial Livestock Simmental Show, Friday, August 23, proved to be another excellent show with entries of quality breeding stock. Congratulations to all breeders and exhibitors! A total of 76 head were paraded for the judges, Ross and Heather Tracey. Maritime breeders were pleased to welcome Randy & Debra Sanderson back to the show circuit, after a successful stay in Alberta.

Junior Champion Female: Spud Island Jewel 8Z, Exhibited by Spud Island Farm

Grand Champion Male

Reserve Grand Champion Male

Reserve Junior Champion Female: Windy Knoll Tink 2A, Exhibited by Windy Knoll Farm Senior & Grand Champion Female: Spud Island Trendsetter 71X Exhibited by Mutch Farms Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion Female: Big Ker Yes I’m Special, Exhibited by Brandy Brook Farm

Junior Champion Female

Grand Champion Male: MFS Junior 3A, Exhibited by Spud Island Farm Reserve Grand Champion Male: Ross Creek Almanzo, Exhibited by Ross Creek Simmentals

Reserve Junior Champion Female

Senior & Grand Champion Female Maritime Association Contacts:

Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion Female

President: Peter Gaunce, 587 Victoria Road, New Scotland, NB E1G 3L7 Vice President: Donald Godfrey • Secretary: Ralph Taylor • Treasurer: Bill MacLeod Directors: Richard Armstrong, NS • James MacKenzie, NS • Geraline VanAgten, NB • Don Jenkins, PE • Lacey Fisher, NS YCSA Rep: Scott Gaunce • CSA Director/YCSA: Lacey Fisher

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Anchor D Ranch & Guests Pasture Treasures Female Sale Rimbey, AB August 16, 2013 Auctioneer: Don Raffan

Sale Summary Fullbloods Purebreds Embryo Sale Total

Lots

Gross

Average

31 $149, 200.00 9 $36,000.00 1 $2,500.00 41 $188,300.00

$4,813.00 $4,067.00 $2,500.00 $4,593.00

High Selling Fullbloods Lot 1- Anchor D Eve 93Y $15,500.00 S: FGAF Barbossa 707X DS: South Seven Razzmatazz 7R Consignor: Anchor D Ranch Buyer: Rust Mountain View Ranch, Mercer, ND Lot 37- PRL Puzzle 96P $12,500.00 S: PRL Ledger 129L DS: Klondike Arnie 250Z Consignor: Porter Ranches Buyer: Anchor D Ranch, Rimbey, AB

Hanover, ON September 14, 2013 Auctioneer: Steve Dorran

Fullblood Breds Purebred Breds Bred Cows Open Heifers Cow/Calf Pairs Sale Total

42 11 13 5 8 79

$118,188.00 $27,995.00 $30,147.00 $6,500.00 $31,448.00 $214,278.00

Average $2,814.00 $2,545.00 $2,319.00 $1,300.00 $3,931.00 $2,752.00

High Selling Lots Lot 1- Car-Laur Zahara 658Z $13,500.00 S: Anchor D Shock N Awh 295S DS: Bar 5 SA Expertise 437R Consignor:Car-Laur Simmentals, Carl & Laurie Wright, ON Buyer: Rehorst Farms Ltd., Adrian Rehorst, ON Lot 17- Gibbons Kitty $5,250.00 S: DDD Briadway G534 DS: JB Hombre 42H Consignor: Delta-Rho Farms, Julius & Donna Rauscher, ON Buyer: Dennis Carew, ON Lot 11- Gibbons Satin $4,500.00 S: Gibbons Jeremiah DS: Double Bar D Czar 121M Consignor: Gibbons Farms, Vaughn Gibbons, ON Buyer: Virginia Ranch, Harry Satchwell, AB

Lot 44- Sniders Sara Raye 12A $6,600.00 S: LFE BS Lewis 322U DS: Ankonian Red Caesar Consignor: Sniders Cattle Services Buyer: Stout Brothers Simmentals, Bluffton, AB

Lot 56- Bushbeck FF Roma 9204Z $4,150.00 S: RLS P FF Express 54X DS: Bar 5 SA Houdini 402R Consignor: Bushbeck Farms, Andreas Bushbeck, ON Buyer: Ferme Forbell Senc., Perry Bell, PQ

Ontario Autumn Simmental Classic Sale

Gross

High Selling Purebreds Lot 43- PHR Sarahlee 200W $7,000.00 S: Ankonian Red Caesar DS: THSF Freedom 300N Consignor: Sniders Cattle Services Buyer: Anchor D Ranch, Rimbey, AB

Garren’s Special Lot 3 Call Ducks $725 purchased by Parview Stock Farms with half the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House $600 purchased by Lockhart Valley Simmentals & Beagle Simmentals with all the proceeds to High River Flood Relief fund

Lot 18- D MACS Isabelle 379Z $7,800.00 S: CEN Throttle 502T DS: Bar 5 SA Stride 413P Consignor: Anchor D Ranch Buyer: Kulyk Simmentals, North Battleford, SK

Lots

Lot 15- Anchor D Zinoma 357Z $5,750.00 S: Bar 5 SA Stride 413P DS: BHR Three Sixes L666E Consignor: Anchor D Ranch Buyer: Garren Skeels, Rimbey, AB

Lot 30- Anchor D Red Fox 63Y $4,400.00 S: LFE Wolfman 395X DS: NLC Good a Nuff 33G Consignor: Anchor D Ranch Buyer: OKS Simmentals, AB

Lot 12- Anchor D Zierra 307Z $7,900.00 S: FGAF Barbossa 707X DS: MFL Meister 36Y Consignor: Anchor D Ranch Buyer: Brian Lundquist, BC

Sale Summary

Lot 9- Anchor D Zen 287Z $6,000.00 S: Bar 5 SA Stride 413P DS: JB Legacy 66L Consignor: Anchor D Ranch Buyer: Prospect Hill Simmentals, Granton, ON

Lot 4- Car-Laur Zister 654Z $4,100.00 S: Anchor D Shock N Awh 295S DS: YR African Thunder 16M Consignor: Car-Laur Simmentals, Carl & Laurie Wright, ON Buyer: Maple Lake Stock Farms, Gerry Bertholet, MB Lot 29- Delta-Rho Gabbi FF 137X $3,900.00 S: DFM Marcus 14M DS: DDD Broadway G534 Consignor: Delta-Rho Farms, Julius & Donna Rauscher, ON Buyer: Simmentals Sanctuary, Matt Calver, AB Lot 49- Norwood FF Zahara 11Z $3,000.00 S: PHS Transcon 30T DS: Anchor D Aztec 34N Consignor: Norwood Family Farm, Charlie & Geraldine Norwood, ON Buyer: Generation Farms, Matt Swart, ON Lot 76- Waydamar R Wonder Women 25 $2,900.00 S: Maplerose Superman DS: HRC Fire Power 42N Consignor: Waydamar Farms, Dave & Gayle Millner, ON Buyer: Dave Dobson, ON Lot 83- Maplerose Misty 3Z $2,900.00 S: Remington On Target 2S DS: WLE Overload Consignor: Maplerose Farms, Rob & Rita O’Neill, ON Buyer: Brooksland Farms, Tyler Brooks, ON

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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

Insurance

Industry Events

Photographers

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Trucking

Marketing

Semen/Embryos

Semen/Embryos

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What’s Happening October

Nov. 23 - Transcon’s Simmental Cow-A-Rama Sale, Innisfail, AB

Oct. 1 - Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship Deadline

Nov. 28 - McCormack Family Ranch Genetic Expressions Vol. 2 Female Production Sale, Grenfell, SK

Oct. 3-6 - River Point Cattle Co. Internet Sale, Glencoe, ON Oct. 5 - Bar 5 Extravaganza Sale, Markdale, ON Oct. 17-21 - WLB Livestock’s 1st Online Female Sale, LiveAuctions.tv

Nov. 25 - Rust Mountain View Ranch’s “Queens of the Pasture” Female Sale, Turtle Lake, ND

December

Oct. 19 - Lazy H Farm, Complete & Total Dispersal, Fleming, OH Oct. 19 - Partner’s for Progress Sale Vol III, Waterloo, PQ

Dec. 2 - Harvest Hoedown Simmmental Heifer Sale, Neepawa, MB

Oct. 19 - Ottawa Valley Simmental Club Harvest Sale, Metcalfe, ON

Dec. 2 - The Source of Elite Simmental Genetics, Lloydminster, SK

Oct. 22-23 - Livestock Gentec: Turning Information Into Application, Edmonton, AB

Dec. 2 - Midwestern Simmental Sale, Lloydminster, SK

Oct. 28 - Kopp Farms Complete Cowherd Dispersal, Amaranth, MB

November Nov. 1 - Royal Elite All Breed Sale, Toronto, ON

Dec. 3 - 35th Annual Keystone Konnection Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB Dec. 5 - Transcon’s 36th Annual Simmsational Simmental Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Dec. 7 - Stewart Simmentals Open House & Private Treaty Sale, Newbury, ON

Nov. 1 - Manitoba Livestock Expo Simmental Show, Brandon, MB

Dec. 7 - Wolfe Farms Bull and Female Production Sale, Valleyview, AB

Nov. 1 - YCSA Ontario Trillium Classic, Toronto, ON

Dec. 9 - Shades of the Prairies, Brandon, MB

Nov. 2 - Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Simmental Show, Toronto, ON

Dec. 11 - Camrose Country Classic, Camrose, AB

Nov. 2 - Transcon’s National Trust Simmental Sale, Brandon, MB

Dec. 13 - 2nd Annual Friday Night Lights Simmental Sale, Olds, AB

Nov. 7 - Farmfair International National Simmental Show and Simmental Draft, Edmonton, AB

Dec. 14 - Checkers & Fullblood Perfection, Red Deer, AB

Nov. 8 - FarmFair’s Headliner All Breeds Sale, Edmonton, AB

Dec. 15 - Transcon’s Fleckvieh Equation, Fullblood Simmental Sale, Red Deer, AB

Nov. 9 - Pembina Triangle Simmental Association 33rd Annual Sale, Cypress River, MB

Dec. 15 - Transcon’s Ultimate Red & Black XVI, Simmental Bull & Female Sale, Red Deer, AB

Nov. 13 - Canadian Western Agribition Simmental Show, Simmental Select & Simmental Sale, Regina, SK

Dec. 17 - Bonchuk Female Production Sale, Virden, MB

Nov. 17 - Hudson Pines Living Legacy Sale, Campbellsburg, KY

Dec. 19 - Southern Alberta Simmental Roundup Group’s 20th Annual Bull & Female Sale, High River, AB

Nov. 17 - Central Invitational Simmental Sale, Woodville, ON Nov. 18 - North American Select Sale, Louisville, KY Nov. 18 - Rock Ridge Cattle Co. Complete Simmental Herd Dispersal, Vermillion, AB Nov. 23 - Spring Creek 40th Anniversary Simmental Female Sale, Virden, MB

Dec. 18 - GJR Simmental Complete Dispersal, Saskatoon, SK

Dec. 20 - Muirhead Female Sale: Every Bred Heifer Sells With Select Open Females, Saskatoon, SK Dec. 21 - Majestic Cattle Company Dispersal Sale, Innisfail, AB Dec. 21 - Black Diamond Simmentals Complete Herd Dispersal, Virden, MB

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Dec. 21 - RK Cattle Calf Factory Sale, Moorefield, ON

Mar. 1 - Cutting Edge Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB

Dec. 31 - New Years Resolution Frozen Genetic Sale: Volume II, Saskatoon, SK

Mar. 1 - 6th Annual Westgold Farms & Guests Simmental Bull Sale, Vermilion, AB

January

Mar. 2 - RPlus Simmental 14th Annual Bull Sale, Estevan, SK Mar. 3 - Ashworth Farm & Ranch & Guest Bull Sale, Unger, SK Mar. 4 - 34th Doll Ranch Bull & Female Sale, Mandan, ND

Jan. 24-25 - Camrose Bull Congress, Camrose, AB

Mar. 5 - Mar Mac Farms and Guests Annual Bull Sale, Brandon, MB

Jan. 25 - Lazy S Ranch Annual Bull Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB

Mar. 5 - Sunny Valley 24th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK

February

Mar. 6 - 11th Annual Westway & Deeg Annual Bull Sale, Olds, AB

Feb. 7 - Genetic Edge Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Feb. 9 - Diamond M Ranch 3rd Annual Bull Sale, Estevan, SK Feb. 13 - M&J Farms Simmental and Angus Bull and Female Sale, Russell, MB Feb. 14 - 25th Annual Mader Ranches Bull Power Sale, Carstairs, AB

Mar. 6 - Spring Creek Ranch Pursuit Of Perfection Annual Bull Sale, Moosomin, SK Mar. 6 - Bull Rush Simmental Bull Sale, Rimbey, AB Mar. 7 - Genetic Destination Annual Bull Sale, Grenfell, SK Mar. 7 - Northern Classic Annual Bull Sale, Grande Prairie, AB Mar. 8 - Ranchlands 7th Annual Bull Sale, Stavely, AB Mar. 8 - Synergie Bull Sale, Ste. Sophie de Levrard, PQ

Feb. 15 - Double Bar D Annual Bull & Female Sale, Grenfell, SK

Mar. 8 - Swantewitt Simmentals Annual Bull Sale, Mayerthorpe, AB

Feb. 15 - Timberlind 5th Annual Bull Sale, Buck Creek, AB

Mar. 8 - Next Generation Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK

Feb. 16 - Bonchuk Farms Annual Bull Sale, Virden, MB

Mar. 9 - Rebels of the West Bull Sale, Virden, MB

Feb. 17 - Kopp Farms Annual Bull & Female Sale, Amaranth, MB

Mar. 11 - Kuntz-Stoughton-McIntosh Annual Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK

Feb. 19 - Crossroad Farms 8th Annual Bull Sale, Shell Lake, SK Feb. 20 - 9th Annual Robb / Hoegl Bull Sale, Lloydminster, SK Feb. 22 - Lewis Farms 29th annual Bull Sale, Spruce Grove, AB Feb. 24 - Simmental Summit Bull & Female Sale, Bently, AB Feb. 24 - 12th Annual Muirhead Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Shellbrook, SK Feb. 26 - 19th Annual Herd Master Bull Sale, Camrose, AB Feb. 26 - Erixon Simmentals Annual Bull & Female Sale, Saskatoon, SK Feb. 27 - Pheasantdale Annual Bull & Female Sale, Balcarres, SK Feb. 28 - LaBatte Simmentals 34th Annual Bull & Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Feb. 28 - Early Sunset Ranch “Only The Good Ones Sell� Bull & Female Sale, Edam, SK

March Mar. 1 - 20th Annual McMillen Ranching Production Sale, Carievale, SK

Mar. 12 - South Saskatchewan Simmental Bull and Female Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Mar. 13 - Rocky Mountain Simmental Bull Sale, Olds, AB Mar. 20 - Get-A-Grip Angus & Simmental Bull Sale, Forestburg, AB Mar. 21 - Porter Ranches Bull Sale, Stoney Plain, AB Mar. 27 - ANL/Wheatland Focus on the Future Bull Sale, Alameda, SK

July July 25-27 - CSA Annual General Meeting & YCSA National Classic Manitoba

August Aug. 17-22 - World Congress On Genetics Applied To Livestock Production, Vancouver, BC 53

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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 Associations 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

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

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

CSA Staff

General Manager Bruce Holmquist C: (403) 988-8676 bholmquist@simmental.com Office Manager Barb Judd P: (403) 250-7979 bjudd@simmental.com Breed Improvement Jeff Hyatt P: (780) 492-6165 jhyatt@simmental.com 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...........................................................55

Ontario News..................................................................37

Alberta News...................................................................34

Partenaires aux Projets de Génomiques .........................11

Breed Improvement.........................................................16

Simmental Innovations Project Partners..........................10

Breed Improvement (French)..........................................17

Sale Reports.....................................................................40

Canadian Simmental Association Contacts.................... 54

Saskatchewan News........................................................35

Congress Of The Americas..............................................20

Vet’s Advice.....................................................................26

Gatepost............................................................................6

What’s Happening...........................................................52

Gatepost (French)...........................................................12

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

Manitoba News...............................................................36

World Congress On Genetics..........................................39

Member Announcements................................................25

YCSA Newsletter............................................................33

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3D Simmentals.........................................................47 5 Corner Cattle Co....................................................33 ABC Cattle Co..........................................................47 Academy Hill Livestock.............................................23 Adair Ranch..............................................................41 Afri-Can Simmentals.................................................44 Alameda Agencies Ltd..............................................50 Alliance Simmental Farms..................................23, 45 Allied Genetic Resources.........................................13 Alta Genetics............................................................51 Anchor D Ranch.................................................18, 41 Applecross................................................................41 Ashworth Farm & Ranch Ltd....................................47 Aumack Simmentals.................................................47 Bar 5 Farms Ltd....................................................4, 45 Beagle Simmentals...................................................41 Beechinor Bros. Simmentals....................................41 Big Rock Simmentals...............................................44 Black River Farms..............................................22, 45 Black Sand Cattle Company.....................................44 Blushrose Simmental Farm......................................47 Bohrson Marketing Services.....................5, 24, 33, 51 Bonchuk Farms........................................................44 Bouchard Livestock International............3, 33, 51, BC Bova-Tech Ltd...........................................................51 Bow Valley Genetics Ltd...........................................51 Boynecrest Stock Farm............................................44 BS Ranch.................................................................41 C C Simmental Ranch..............................................41 Canadian Bull Congress...........................................50 Canadian Farm Insurance Corp...............................50 Carey, Brent..............................................................50 Car-Laur Simmentals................................................45 Cattlemen Magazine.................................................50 Circle 3 Genetics..................................................4, 45 Circle G Simmentals & Angus..................................41 City View Simmentals...............................................47 Crimson Tide Flechvieh............................................45 Crossroad Farms......................................................47 Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd....................51 Deeg Simmental.......................................................41 Delta Rho Farms......................................................46 Destiny Simmentals..................................................46 Diamond T Simmentals............................................41 Diana’s Monograming...............................................49 Dodge.......................................................................56 Don Heggie Simmentals...........................................41 Donovandale Simmentals...................................33, 46 Dora Lee Genetics....................................................46 Dorran Marketing Inc................................................50 Dorran, Steve...........................................................50 Double Bar D Farms.........................................IFC, 47 Double G Simmentals...............................................48 Downey Farms.........................................................44 DP Sales Management.............................................51 Dunc’s Cattle Co.................................................23, 46 Dwayann Simmentals...............................................46 Eagle-Ridge Simmentals..........................................41 East Poplar Simmentals...........................................48 Edge, Dean...............................................................50 EDN Simmental........................................................48 Elm Tree Farms........................................................46 Erixon Simmentals..............................................22, 48 Fallen Timber Farms................................................44

Ferme Gagnon Farm................................................47 Ferme Saro...............................................................47 Flying N Cattle & Feed.............................................51 Genex Cooperative, Inc..................................8, 27, 51 Get-A-Long Stock Farm............................................50 GJR Simmentals.......................................................48 Grant Rolston Photography Ltd................................50 Gravandale Simmentals...........................................46 Greyledge Simmentals.............................................33 Grinalta Farms..........................................................41 H.S. Knill Company Limited......................................51 Hairy Hill Cattle Co...................................................41 Hallridge Simmentals................................................46 Hannah Simmentals.................................................41 Harvie Ranching.......................................................41 High Bluff Stock Farm...............................................44 High Country Cattle Services...................................41 Highway 5 Simmentals.............................................48 Hi-Tech Farms..........................................................46 Hoegl Farms.............................................................48 Indian River Cattle Co..............................................46 Janzen Brogan Embryo Services Ltd.......................51 Janzen Ranches.......................................................42 Jetstream Livestock..................................................46 JNR Farms...............................................................42 Jo-Dreen Farm.........................................................45 Keato Meadow Simmentals......................................42 Kelara Farms............................................................48 Kin Kin Cattle Co......................................................42 Kopp Farms Simmentals......................................9, 44 Kuntz Simmental Farm.............................................48 LaBatte Simmentals.................................................48 Lazy Bar-B Simmentals............................................48 Lazy S Ranch Inc.....................................................42 Lewis Farms Ltd.................................................33, 42 Little Willow Creek Ranch.........................................48 Lobster Point Farms.................................................45 Lone Stone Farms....................................................42 M & J Farms.............................................................45 MacKenzie Cattle Company.....................................42 Mader Ranches........................................................42 Maple Key Farm.................................................23, 46 Mappin Simmentals..................................................42 Mar Mac Farms........................................................45 Masterfeeds..........................................................7, 49 Maxwell Simmentals.................................................42 McCormack Family Ranch.................................14, 48 MCG Simmentals.....................................................42 McIntosh Livestock...................................................48 McMillen Ranching Ltd.............................................48 Meadow Acres Farms...............................................48 MI Simmentals..........................................................42 Mitchell Cattle Co.....................................................44 Muellers Nossa Terra................................................47 Muirhead Cattle Co...................................................48 New Holland...............................................................1 North Hill Simmentals...............................................42 O Double E Simmentals...........................................42 O’Grady Steel...........................................................49 Okotoks Fleckvieh Embryo Group............................42 O’Neill Cattle Co.......................................................22 Oslanski Simmental Farms.......................................42 Parkhill Ranches.......................................................42 Parview Stock Farms................................................43

Pearson Simmentals................................................43 Pheasantdale Simmentals........................................48 Phillips Farms...........................................................49 Porter Ranches Ltd.............................................19, 43 Prospect Hill Simmentals..........................................46 Rainalta....................................................................43 Rancier Farms..........................................................43 Rattray Livestock......................................................43 Redpath Simmentals................................................45 Rendezvous Farms..................................................45 River Point Cattle Co................................................46 Riverbank Farm........................................................45 Robb Farms..............................................................49 Robson Acres...........................................................46 Rust Mountain View Ranch......................................13 SAJ Simmentals.......................................................49 Saugeen Acres.........................................................43 Schatz Simmentals...................................................43 Simmeron Fleckvieh Simmentals.............................43 Skeels, Dan..............................................................50 Skor Simmentals......................................................43 Snider’s Cattle Service.............................................19 Southpaw Cattle Company.......................................43 Spring Creek Simmentals...................................24, 49 Spring Lake Simmentals...........................................43 Spruce Grove Cattle Co...........................................49 Starwest Farms........................................................44 Steen Agencies.........................................................50 Stewart Simmentals..................................................46 Stock, Mark...............................................................50 Stockmens Insurance...............................................50 Stone Simmentals....................................................43 Stoughton Farms......................................................49 Sullivan Simmentals.................................................47 Sun Rise Simmentals.........................................15, 49 Sun Star Simmentals................................................43 Sunny Valley Simmentals.........................................49 Swan Lake Farms.....................................................49 Swantewitt Simmentals............................................43 T Bar C Cattle Company..........................................51 Tessier Simmentals..................................................49 The Register.............................................................49 Timberlind Auctions..................................................50 Todd Simmentals......................................................47 Transcon Livestock Corp..............................9, 51, IBC Trevor’s Cowpix........................................................50 Tryon Simmentals.....................................................45 TSN Livestock..........................................................45 Twin Brae Simmentals..............................................45 Twin Butte Simmentals.............................................43 Tymarc Livestock......................................................43 Virginia Ranch..........................................................43 W2 Farms.................................................................49 Weldehaven Farms..................................................47 Wells’ Crossing Cattle Company..............................44 Westway Farms Ltd..................................................44 Wild Oak Farms........................................................47 Windy Knoll Farm.....................................................45 WJ Simmentals.........................................................44 Wolfe Farms.............................................................44 Wolfe’s Fleckvieh......................................................44 Xcel Livestock...........................................................47

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