December 2013                                   Alberta Angus Enews
Christmas Greetings!

During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. And in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely "Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year" - Alberta Angus Association Board of Directors

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped us shape our business. We value our relationship with you as we provide Administration services to Alberta Angus Association and look forward to working with you in the year to come. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace and Prosperity. - Olds Agricultural Society Board of Directors, Management & Staff

Manage and Market What You Measure

Workshop for Commercial Cow/calf 

and Purebred Beef Producers


  • Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) Update
  • Examples of Useful Information Flow
  • Utilizing Beef Herd Management Information
  • Using EPDs/Genomics Effectively in Selection
  • Profiting from Information and Selection
  • Q/A Panel Discussion



Jan. 14, 2014 
Mayerthorpe Legion Hall
Lac Ste. Anne Cty.,
Ph. 780-785-3411
Jan. 15, 2014 
Leslieville Community Centre 
Clearwater County,
Ph. 403-845-4444

Jan. 16, 2014 
Claresholm Community Centre 
MD of Willow Creek,
Ph. 403-625-3351



11:00 am         Registration/Coffee - Meet and Greet

11:30 am         Lunch...lunch...lunch

12:15 pm         Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) Update/Examples of Useful Information 

Flow - Larry Thomas, National Coordinator, Canadian Beef Advantage, CCA or Holly LaBrie, Program Administrator, BIXS

1:15 pm           Utilizing Beef Herd Management Information - Veterinary Agri-Health Services,

ITS Global, ViewTrak

2:00 pm           Using EPDs/Genomics Effectively in Selection - Sean McGrath, Consultant,

Livestock Genetics, December sessions, and Kajal Devani, Director of Breed Development, Canadian Angus Association, January sessions

  3:00 pm         Profiting from Information and Selection - BioTrack

  4:00 pm         Q/A Panel Discussion

  4:30 pm         Homeward Bound


Registration Fee: $20/person 
Registration Deadline: Space is limited so please register by December 6th for the December sessions and by January 10th for the January sessions, to reserve a seat and lunch
To Register, call: Local Agriculture Services, contact shown for each location above 
Sponsored by: Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Alberta Angus Association, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Local Agriculture Services (Counties, MDs and Special Areas)


For more information click Manager and Market Poster.

February Angus Angle Deadline


Don't miss out advertising your Bull Sale in the Angus Angle!


February Angus Angle

Full page black and white - $150 + gst
1/2 page black and white - $84 + gst
1/4 page black and white - $42 + gst
Approximate distribution: 1800 copies

Please send ad copy to by



Angus Angle Publication dates:

September 1

February 1


Angus Central Grand Opening
After three years of planning and preparation, the Canadian Angus
Association (CAA) officially opened their first member-owned national headquarters, Angus
Central. While the Association moved to many provinces, Angus Central, located just north of
Calgary, is the first building owned by the Association.

More than 200 Angus members, vendors to the Association and industry partners were in
attendance as the doors opened to this exciting new building. An official ribbon cutting by the
CAA Board of Directors was a highlight. 
For complete press release click here.

Permanent Female Genotyping Extension to March 31, 2014

The Deadline for female permanent genotyping has been extended from December 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2014.

Permanent genotyping is for productive females in preparation for changes to the Parentage Verification Policy: herd sires born on or after January 1st, 2015 must be parent verified (to both sire and dam). We are offering special pricing of $5 per test; please contact us to request your kits. Samples must be submitted to the lab before March 31st, 2014.


Permanent typing simply entails receiving DNA for females and keeping it on file in order to be able to dam verify future calves. This test does not include parent verification of the female herself (SNP parent verification tests are still available for $12/test until March 31st, 2014).



2014 Membership Renewals will be Mailed in January

In an effort to reduce the amount of paper that the CAA sends, we will be mailing 2014 membership renewal packages with herd inventory packages in late January. You can renew your membership starting January 2 by contacting the office.  




New Video: DNA Sampling Test     

CAA has launched a new YouTube video to help you gather samples for DNA testing. The video has tips for pulling and submitting tail hair, collecting and submitting tissue samples and for submitting semen samples.

Junior Stuff!
GOAL Conference - Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders
Hey Juniors! Are you interested in going to GOAL 2014 in Calgary? Application forms are now available! If you have any questions, message Canadian Junior Angus Association on Facebook, look at the junior angus section on the CAA website or e-mail us! The form is also available right here.

The 15th annual National Canadian Junior Angus Show will be held July 17-19, 2014 in Virden, Manitoba. For more information click here. 
2013 Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Sales
Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Sales for Angus Tagged calves are happening! To see a complete listing for one in your area click here.

Coming Events






5 - Jan

CAA Internship Application Deadline

14 - Jan

Manage and Market What You Measure

Workshop for Commercial Cow/calf and Purebred Beef Producers

Mayerthorpe Legion Hall



15 - Jan

February Angus Angle Ad Deadline

15 - Jan

Manage and Market What You Measure

Workshop for Commercial Cow/calf and Purebred Beef Producers

Leslieville Community Centre



16 - Jan

Manage and Market What You Measure

Workshop for Commercial Cow/calf and Purebred Beef Producers

Claresholm Community Centre



24-25 - Jan

Canadian Bull Congress

Camrose Regional Exhibition



25 - Jan

Lazy S Ranch Bull Power 2014

at the ranch



8 - Feb

20th MJT Back to the Basics Bull Sale

at the ranch



15-17 Feb

GOAL Conference



22 - March

42nd Annual Mackenzie Red Angus Bull Sale



In This Issue

Seeking Career Minded Individual or Couple for Cattle Venture Opportunity - This is an opportunity for a young man or newly married couple who are passionate about cattle farming as a career.  Having an interest in developing a purebred herd of Angus cattle would be a plus.


I have a section of land in west Central Alberta and would be interested in helping you get started.  If you are interested and would like more details, please email Robert at or phone 403-746-5614.

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Did you know that the Glenbow Museum in Calgary has archived AAA historical material on display? To see the list of what is on display at the Glenblow Museum click here.

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