Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - LAB SERVICES
In an effort to streamline current DNA testing and expand services to our membership the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has entered into an agreement with Delta Genomics Laboratories to provide DNA testing services. This move is currently in transition with a target completion date of September 15th, 2014. Although we are working towards a seamless transition we ask that members have patience through this process and make the CSA office aware of any issues on either new samples submitted or samples that are currently being processed. DNA testing request process for CSA members has not changed and as in the past please contact the CSA office for all your testing needs and with any questions or concerns you may have.
We would like to thank Quantum Genetix (GenServe Laboratories) for their years of service to CSA members and we look forward to working through this transition with them and on future initiatives.
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.
Fall 2014 EPDs
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. Please see our website under CSA Bylaws for our Upgrade Table (Determination of Simmental Fractions.)
Total Herd Enrollment 2nd Installment Billing OCTOBER 1:
* Members with credit cards on file with CSA - please note the 2nd half of your THE fees owing will be processed at the time of billing.
* Members without credit cards on file, invoices will be mailed to you detailing the 2nd installment billing. The 2nd installment billing is payable upon receipt of your invoice.
Credit Card Users:
Please ensure your credit card information is current in the office. If your card expires or you change numbers, please contact the office so we can continue to process all your work with no delays.
Online.Simmental.com users are required to keep a credit card on file with the CSA, or maintain a credit balance of $500 on account.
Viewing SNP Results Using the Internet
The CSA staff have been receiving a number of inquiries regarding the status of DNA results for both registered & unregistered animals.
Members can inquire about the status of DNA tests that are being conducted for their animals by using either their Online System or the Pedigree Search function on the CSA website.
Depending on the animal that you are inquiring about, Online users can obtain this information by logging into their system and navigating under either of the three areas listed below.
My Registered Males
My Registered Females
My Un-Registered Calves
Example: My Registered Males - from the Online System
Example: Pedigree Search - from the CSA Website
Note: In order to use this method, the animal must be Registered
Simmental Country is producing and distributing a 2015 Calendar to all of the Canadian Auction Markets and Simmental Country subscribers. Do you have an event you want included on this calendar? There are three prime advertising spaces:
1. Monthly Headers: Purchase one of the monthly headers for only $300.
2. Date squares: For only $50 you can have your event listed on the date of your choice
3. Weekly squares: Purchase one of the five weekly spaces per month for only $50.
Monthly Headers and Weekly Squares are sold on a first come, first server basis, so book yours today!! Deadline for dates is October 1st, 2014.
September Commercial Country now ONLINE
The Septmber Commercial Country is now online at
Deadline for November Simmental Country - October 1st.
YOUNG CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION NEWS
YCSA Program Coordinator - JOB POSTING
The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is seeking a highly motivated and energetic person for the position of Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) Program coordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for development of the YCSA program across Canada and will report directly to the CSA General Manager.
This will be a contract for the period of one year and upon review that contract may be extended. The position will require some travel especially through the summer months and is based on a .25 Full Time Equivalency (FTE), however for the right candidate there is the possibility that this position could become fulltime and include other CSA duties. For full job description and responsibilities visit www.simmental.com .
2014 Provincial Classics see our website for dates and details.
FRIENDS OF CANADIAN SIMMENTAL FOUNDATION
The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship intended to foster leadership and development of Young Canadian Cattlemen. Visit the CSA website for more information on this scholarship and other scholarships available to youth in the agricultural industry. Deadline: September 30th.
Applications are now being accepted for Scholarships offered through the CSA, Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation and Provincial Simmental Associations. Visit the CSA website and Provincial Association websites to view the scholarships offered to youth in the cattle industry.
Mr. Peter Massmann has written a publication on visual appraisal based on his experience serving on the Simmental-Fleckvieh World Federation Technical Committee for two decades and managing the breed association in Southern Africa for three decades. The result is "Visual evaluation of Simmental-Fleckvieh cattle", a 105-page hardcover book in English with 250 full-colour photos. Use this link for all the details: