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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

February 2014
In This Issue
The Manitoba Simmental Association is proud to be hosting this year's CSA Annual General Meeting and YCSA National Classic from July 25 - 27th at the Elkorn Resort at Onanole, MB in the beautiful Riding Mountain National Park. 

Tentative Schedule of Events:
Friday, July 25th:
9:00 AM: Block of tee times available at Clear Lake Golf Course
2:00 PM : Buffalo Compound Tour (optional) 
4 - 6 PM : Hospitality/Registration
8:30 PM : Depart for the Marina - Evening Mixer as we cruise Clear Lake on the Martese www.theclearlakemarina.com 

Saturday, July 26th:
8 - 11 AM : YCSA Move In/Registration at Erickson Fair Grounds
1 - 5 PM : YCS Quizzes
1 - 4 PM : CSA Annual General Meeting at Elkhorn Resort www.elkhornresort.mb.ca  
5:30 PM : Cocktails
6:00 PM : Dinner and Entertainment at Elkhorn Resort
7:30 PM : Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation Auction 

For those who will not be attending the meeting on Saturday afteroon there will be transportation available to take you on a tour of downtown Clear Lake / shopping district, and to the Museum at the Riding Mountain National Park Interpretive Centre.

Sunday, July 27th:
8 - 5 : YCS Show Erickson Fair Grounds


If you are planning to attend the CSA AGM & YCSA National Classic we suggest you book your accommodations early. There are multiple options, including camping, hotels, chalets and B&Bs.


Host Hotel - Elkhorn Resort & Conference Centre


A block of rooms will be held until July 3rd. Room rates are $155/night single occupancy or $175/night double occupancy (plus taxes)


To book call 1866-355-4676 x 502 and use group code: MSA

Chalets are also available on site, however they have not been reserved and they will book up fast.


Camping in Riding Mountain National Park:  Please note that if you would like to book camping directly in the park, at Wasagaming Campground,  reservations must be made through the National Parks directly and nothing can be booked until April 1st. If you have your heart set on camping in Riding Mountain we suggest you call in as early as possible on April 1st because sites get booked up quickly, especially for prime summer weekends. The MSA will attempt to reserve some sites as well however cannot guarantee this will be possible, so to guarantee your spot please call 1-877-737-3783 or go online https://reservation.pc.gc.ca  on April 1st.


Camping is also available outside of the National Park, including in Erickson. There will be more details about the options sent out to our membership prior to the event, or you can visit  http://discoverclearlake.com/where-to-stay/#.UmmifhYVh6c 


There are lots of other extracurricular activities being planned as well including a Buffalo Compound Tour and Clear Lake /Shopping Tour. For more information on the National Park and Manitoba Travel, please visit the following websites.


Percentage required for purebred status.
Producers purchasing bulls from the United States or semen from American bulls should be aware of differences that exist between Canada and the United States in the percentage of Simmental required to qualify for purebred status. The Canadian Simmental Association requires a male to be 15/16 Simmental to reach purebred status while the American Simmental Association accepts males who are 7/8 Simmental or less by Canadian standards as purebred. As is regulated by the Federal government through the Animal Pedigree Act, it is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that these bulls meet the requirement of being 15/16 Simmental if they wish to register that animal in the Canadian Simmental herd book as a purebred.

Transferring Registration Papers
When completing transfer information on your sale animals, please provide the following Buyer information:
  • Buyer's CSA member # (when at all possible)
  • Buyer's first & last name (& Farm Name - if applicable
  • Buyer's complete mailing address, including postal code 
  • Sale Date of the animal being sold
  • Signature of Seller
  • Breeding information on bred females - INCLUDING Name & Registration number of Natural Service &/or AI Sire
  • Signature of the owner of dam when AI was done and/or Signature of natural service

It is important that the buyers name and address be completed correctly. Errors can result in animals being transferred to incorrect accounts, or duplicate accounts created for the same owner(s). 


Requesting SNP Tests (via Email or Fax)

Just a reminder of our two (2) different types of SNP tests:

  1. GGP panel (Geneseek Genomic Profiler) ($ 45 + taxes) - required for ALL Natural Service Sire purposes in & proving parentage of animals born from a natural mating.
  2. 50K density panel ($ 90 + taxes) - the minimum requirement for all AI sires & Donor Dams. If a bull is used for AI purposes whether he is drawn at a Stud &/or for On Farm use he must be genotyped with a minimum of a 50K test. Calves tat are born as a result of an A.I. mating cannot be registered without this test being done.

Therefore, for those of you that order SNP tests via email (or fax) please remember the following:

  • Specify the exact test type that you require for the animals you are sampling.
  • Also, specify if you want the complete SNP kit mailed to you. Or, if you would prefer the SNP application form be emailed back to you to expedite the process and save on postage costs.

If you require further explanation, please contact the Registry staff at 1.866.860.6051. 


Submitting DNA Samples? Plan ahead and get the samples in early!
If you require parentage or DNA testing through the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) it is important to get them in the mail sooner rather than later. During this time of year with the influx of samples, testing/reporting can take longer than the normal turnaround of 21-28 days, depending on what is being done. Plan ahead and get your sample(s) in at least six weeks before you absolutely need results. Remember, paperwork that is generated by CSA must be sent with the samples.
If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call our office 1.866.860.6051.
February Simmental Country is online at  
Correction in the February Simmental Country
Please note the correction in the gross and average amounts in the Kopp Farms Sale Report in the February Simmental Country magazine.  
Deadline for the Spring Simmental Country: April 1, 2014. Contact Jane or Margo to reserve your spot today.
What's Happening
For a listing of Simmental Events visit our Simmental Country website.


2014 YCSA National Classic - July 25-27th, Elkhorn Resort, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba


The Manitoba Young Simmental Association is proud to be hosting the 2014 National YCSA Classic. The Classic will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Simmental Association Annual General Meeting in July. Please keep your eyes open in the New Year for the latest information, as there will be a great opportunity for some friendly competition, meeting new friends and learning new things at this event.. 



Stay connected and up to date with YCSA events and results.  Look for us on Facebook under Young Canadian Simmental Association. 


2014 Provincial Classics

Saskatchewan YCSA Classic
July 30th to August 2nd (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)

Maritime YCSA Classic
August 21st and 22nd (Truro, Nova Scotia)

Alberta YCSA Classic
July 17th to the 20th (Lacombe, Alberta)

Quebec Junior Beef Show
July 4th to the 6th (Brome, Quebec)


The Asociacion Simmental - Simbrah extends an invitation to all Simmental enthusiasts to the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation World Congress 2014 being held in Columbia this year from July 18-24th.  


For full details on the Congress, schedule and fees, please visit the official website.  



Please send any membership announcements to Margo Cartwright at [email protected].



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