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Bruce Holmquist
(403) 988-8676

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Jane Crawford
(519) 317-5263

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Margo Cartwright
(403) 250-5255
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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

May 2014
In This Issue
CSA AGM 2014 - JULY 25-27 -  Register NOW
REGISTRY INFORMATION

THE HERD LETTER FOR 2014 IS "B"

  

Embryos 
When purchasing embryos, remember to send the TRANSFER OF EMBRYO OWNERSHIP and the TRANSPLANT/RECOVERY forms to the CSA office.  These are required to complete registrations once SNP results have been received from the laboratory.  

Spring Calving Season - Calving Data Reminder: 
With the end of Spring calving season, now is the time to complete your calving data. THE participants are required to submit data on their entire calf crop. Data must be submitted to the CSA office by June 1st to be included in the Fall 2014 Genetic Evaluation.  Herds with multiple ownership, or herds which are operated as a single unit, should submit calving information on all animals together under a single or master herd number. This does NOT affect ownership or registration requirements, however it does ensure that calves are handled correctly in the genetic evaluation and that proper credit is given to the animal's genetic merit.
BREED IMPROVEMENT
 
Genotyping Incentive Program
For a limited time the CSA is offering a reduced price on genotyping tests for CSA members enrolled in the Total Herd Enrollment (THE) program:
$25 per sample for GGP-LD Profile - Savings of $20
$45 per sample for GGP-HD Profile - Savings of $45

DNA kits must be ordered by October 15, 2014 with DNA samples submitted no later than November 30, 2014. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. This incentive may expire early if funding is fully utilized.

A second way to save! Any genotyped animal that has an ultrasound record submitted by April 30, 2015 will qualify for an additional $5 credit to the members account! To qualify data must be collected under the same criteria as the previous Ultrasound Rebate Program.

Genetically Enhanced EPD's 
In the next run of the 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. Data must be submitted to the CSA office by June 1st to be included in the fall evaluation.
QUEENS OF THE PASTURE ADVERTISING SPECIAL  
  
Do not miss this great advertising opportunity in the Queens of the Pasture issue of the Simmental Country Magazine!
 
A half page full color advertisement for only $500 + tax. 
 
Highlight the Queens of your pasture, your Herd Matriarchs, cow families, donor cows, show females, etc. This is the issue for you. 
 
Deadline for the Summer Queens of the Pasture Simmental Country: July 1, 2014. Contact Jane, Kelly  or Margo to reserve your spot today.
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.
 
This year there will be a special prize given to a photographer who captures a photo featuring  New Holland Equipment combined with Simmental cattle.
 
Get out your cameras and send in those pictures. Please be sure to send in high resolution photos.  Photos must be 8.5 x 11 at 300 dpi.  All photos submitted will become the property of the CSA.
SIMMENTAL COUNTRY NEWS  
  
What's Happening
For a listing of Simmental Events visit our Simmental Country website.
YOUNG CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION NEWS   

 

2014 YCSA National Classic - July 25-27th, Elkhorn Resort, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN- click here for forms and information

 

2014 Provincial Classics see our website for dates and details.

FRIENDS OF SIMMENTAL CHARITY AUCTION - July 26, 2014

This year's Friends of Simmental Charity Auction will be held on Saturday evening, July 26th, in conjunction with the CSA AGM Banquet in Onanole, MB. 

Leading off this year's sale is a bred heifer donated by our 2014 Friend of the Foundation - Bonchuk Farms, Solsgirth, MB. Thank you to the Bonchuk family for their generous donation and support of this auction and the Simmental breed.

New Holland Agriculture has generously donated a 150 hour rental of a New Holland Tractor and Round Baler Combo. Wherever you are in Canada, New Holland will ship to the dealership closest to the winning bidder, the use of this unit is available during 2014 or 2015.

Other items up for auction are:
  • Four night stay in Las Vegas donated by Bouchard Livestock International
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Jersey donated by North Star Spraying Systems
  • Flush Package donated by Dr. Keith Immerkar, Swan Valley Veterinary Clinic
  • Art Print donated by Margaret Chasko
  • Four Maple Leaf tickets and four Blue Jays tickets donated by Bar 5 Stock Farms
  • Edmonton Oiler tickets donated by Lewis Farms
  • Painted Quilt donated by Gordon Jones Simmentals
  • Stuffed Cow & Clipping Chute donated by High Country Cattle
  • Steer Cut Out & Flower Pot Hanger donated by High Country Cattle
  • Western Jewelry donated by Designs by Shelagh
  • Custom Made Wooden Coffee Table donated by Jeff Hyatt
  • Jersey and Red Black game tickets donated by the Shologan Family
  • 5 straws of Wheatland 680 donated by Perkin Land and Cattle
  • Metal Artwork donated by Midnight Meadow Works
  • LUG Puddle Jumper Overnight Bag donated by Ducks Unlimited
  • 5 doses of NUG Royal Red 324A semen donated by Canadian Sires and Meadow Acres
  • 5 doses of Spring Creek Olympian semen donated by Murihead Cattle Co. and Canadian Sires
We are accepting donation items for this year's auction. If you have an item to donate, please contact Deanne Young (780) 696-3643 or Fraser Redpath (204)825-7401. 


We thank our donators for their generousity and support of the auction. Funds raised are used to support research and development initiatives, scholarships and youth programs. 

INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CONGRESS - Calgary, AB - July 9, 2014
  

Getting our piece of Global Markets

BEEF 2014: International Livestock Conference

This year's conference will focus on the opportunities of marketing the whole carcass.  With the trends that are taking shape today, there are many opportunities for the future. Hear an update on the economy - local and globally, the market opportunities of the whole carcass locally and globally - and what you can do to enhance this opportunity and why it is important to you.
WORLD SIMMENTAL FLECKVIEH FEDERATION WORLD CONGRESS, JULY 18-24 2014, COLOMBIA
  

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! 

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