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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

March 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 afternoon 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.


Change of Contact Information
It is very important to notify the CSA office when there is a change to your contact information (address, phone number, email etc). This allows the office to keep records up to date and process all incoming work in a timely and efficient manner. Please note that we cannot take credit card or any other membership changes over the phone (address, name etc). The credit card form and membership amendment forms can be found online at www.simmental.com.  Membership Amendment forms must be signed by all persons on the account with signing authority. 
CSA Policy on Genetic Defects 
The CSA encourages producers to report to the CSA office Simmental influenced animals suspected of having a genetic defect. These reports are handled with utmost confidentiality and are part of our ongoing commitment to genetic improvement for the Canadian Beef Industry. Visit the CSA website for the CSA Policy on Genetic Defects.
Do your Herd Sires have DNA? 
Now is the time to make sure all your natural service sires have been DNA tested. If you have purchased any bulls, it is your responsibility to ensure they have DNA on file in accordance with CSA bylaws.

Are you collecting semen on a bull?
AI sires must be parentage verified in order to register their progeny. If you are entering a bull into an AI facility, drawing semen on-farm, or even considering drawing semen on a bull in the future, be sure your bull is or can be parentage verified by pulling hair on him and his dam so you will be able to readily parent verify him.

Submitting DNA Samples
This notice is a reminder to our membership that it is necessary for the SNP application forms to accompany hair samples when sent to the laboratory. Members are to phone, email or fax their DNA request to the CSA office prior to sending in your samples. The CSA staff then produces and sends you the appropriate Application form that is to accompany the hair sample, and electronically submits the animal information to the laboratory.

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

Calving and Yearling Data
Members are reminded that in order for records to be included in the upcoming EPD run, data must be received at the CSA office no later than June 1st. It is important to submit records on complete groups of calves. Failing to report cattle that underperform causes the better performing animals to appear worse.

Breed Improvement Meeting 
The CSA Breed Improvement Committee will be meeting in March. If you have items of a breed improvement nature or questions, please contact BIC Chair, Kelly Ashworth.
Current Averages and Percentiles 
As we approach breeding season, we would like to remind breeders that the CSA has re-aligned our EPD's with those of the ASA through our joint North American evaluation. Simmental EPDs are now directly comparable between countries.
Click here to view CSA Spring 2014 EPDs

Genetically Enhanced EPD's 
In the next run of our genetic evaluation the CSA plans to incorporate genomic information. EPDs may not necessarily appear different, but younger animals with genomic linkage tests should have EPDs closer to their actual value and have a higher accuracy. The more animals that are genomically tested which are related to your herd, the more accurate the prediction will be.
CSA Welcomes New Member to the Team

The CSA is pleased to welcome Kelly Richardson to the Simmental team in the role of Industry and Member Services Representative. Kelly's main responsibilities will be to work with CSA members in meeting their advertising and marketing needs and promote advertising opportunities with the Association's official publication Simmental Country.

Click to view full Press Release

February Simmental Country is online at
Deadline for the Spring Simmental Country: April 1, 2014. 
Contact Jane, Kelly  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 mcartwright@simmental.com.



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