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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

April 2014
In This Issue
YOUNG CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION
PROGRAM COORDINATION - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
 
The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has recently undertaken a review of their Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) program and as a result is seeking proposals for the coordination of programming for the YCSA. This will be a contract for the period of one year which will require some travel. The successful applicant will report directly to the CSA General Manager. 
 
 
This contracted position will require an estimated commitment of .5 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) for a one year term with a targeted start date of May 1st, 2014. 
Please submit all proposals by email before April 17th, 2014 to Bruce Holmquist, CSA General Manager, at bholmquist@simmental.com.
All proposals will remain confidential.
CSA AGM 2014 - JULY 25-27 - SAVE THE DATE
 
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
www.clearlakegolfcourse.com 
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 

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

BOOK EARLY!

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

www.elkhornresort.mb.ca 

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.  To guarantee your spot please call 1-877-737-3783 or go online https://reservation.pc.gc.ca  on April 1st.

REGISTRY INFORMATION

THE HERD LETTER FOR 2014 IS "B"

  

Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Billing (1st Installment)

Total Herd Enrollment (THE) participants were invoiced the 1st THE installment on April 1 for 2014 enrollment. Payment is due upon receipt of invoice. For members with a credit card on file at the office, fees will automatically be billed to your credit card. The 2nd THE installment will be invoiced October 1.

 

Please note that in the event an enrolled cow is shipped or sold between installment billings, the second installment is still due and payable by the member who enrolled the cow. For further information/instructions on Total Herd Enrollment, please go to www.Simmental.com under Registry | Total Herd Enrollment (THE)

 

Maternal Upgrade Registration Requests

Just a friendly reminder to those members that require the CSA staff to enter Non-Simmental bulls into our Herd Book. The steps involved are as follows.
1. Please fax (or email) the Registration ID for the bull(s) that need to be entered.
2. To avoid delays in the staff returning the unique CSA identification for these bulls, please ensure that you also include the Breeder Copy/DNA certificate showing the current DNA results for the animal being entered.  ** Important Note: If you were not the member that originally submitted the hair sample for the bull in question, you will have to obtain permission from those parties in order to obtain the results.  Otherwise, we will be unable to complete the pedigree entry.
3. For more information pertaining to Simmental fractions, please go to
www.simmental.com and look under Registry | Upgrading Tables

 

Random Parentage Verification of Simmental Animals

In accordance with Canadian Simmental Association Bylaws and Office Policies, parentage verification of animals is required on a random basis.  Every 500th registration application is automatically selected for random testing.  The Association is responsible for the costs of parentage verification providing the random animal qualifies to both parents.  Once an animal is selected, random requests are to be completed within six months.  If for any reason you are unable to complete the random test on the selected animal, please call the CSA Office immediately so we can select another animal in order to complete the test within the original six month deadline.   

 

AI and Natural Service Sires

As per CSA Bylaws, all sires (natural and AI bulls) must have DNA on file in order to register progeny. If you wish to register calves please first ensure the sire has a DNA or SNP case #. You can find this on our website by searching the given bull or by calling the office. If your sire does not have a DNA on file please either call the CSA office or complete and submit the DNA request form found on Simmental.com/Registry/DNA Application Form.  Be sure to indicate on your request form whether the bull will be a walking or possible AI sire as there are different tests required for each sire type. Please note the typical turn-around times for DNA or SNP testing is 21-28 business days.

BREED IMPROVEMENT
 
Genotyping Incentive Program
The CSA is developing a Genotyping Incentive Program.  A complete program outline will be distributed shortly.
 
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.

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.
SIMMENTAL COUNTRY NEWS  
  
Queens of the Pasture Simmental Country
There are great incentives planned for the Queens of the Pasture issue of the Simmental Country Magazine
  • Advertising Special: 1/2 Page ad for only $500 - Highlight the Queens of your pasture, your Herd Matriarchs, cow families, donor cows, show females, etc. This is the issue for you!
  • Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest - We are holding our annual photo contest again.  Submit your photos by June 15th for your chance to win a Full Page/Full Color advertisement in the Summer issue AND have your photo appear on the Front Cover of this issue.
Deadline for the Summer Queens of the Pasture Simmental Country: July 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.
YOUNG CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION NEWS   

 

Thank you to Emily Grey
The CSA and YCSA Boards of Directors and CSA staff would like to thank Emily Grey for her dedication to the YCSA Program over the last five years in the position of YCSA Coordinator.  The enthusiasm she has left with the program is appreciated.
 
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. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN- CLICK HERE FOR FORMS & INFORMATION

 

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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)

WORLD SIMMENTAL FLECKVIEH FEDERATION WORLD CONGRESS, JULY 18-24 2014, COLOMBIA
  

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

 

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

 

NEW HOLLAND AGRICULTURE 
Get the most out of every season. Choose the round baler that delivers higher capacity, the industry's widest pickups and the highest bale density - the new Roll-Belt™ 560 baler.  
 
Visit your local, authorized New Holland Dealer for more info! 
WESTERN LIVESTOCK PRICE INSURANCE PROGRAM
  

Applications are now available for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP). Step one of the process is now available and producers are encouraged to sign up and get themselves registered in the system.  Forms can be found at www.wlpip.ca .  Producers are encouraged  to apply as early as possible so they will not experience delays when purchasing is open.

 

SCIC is pleased to offer livestock price insurance to Saskatchewan producers. CSA Members are encouraged to look at what WLPIP has to offer and include it in their risk management strategies. 

MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
  

Please send any membership announcements to Margo Cartwright at mcartwright@simmental.com.

 

 

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