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Tel: (403) 250-7979
Fax: (403) 250-5121
  
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Meghan Black
  
YCSA & CSA Programs Coordinator
  
Registry & Member Services

Reception & Member Services 
Simmental Country
  
General Manager
Bruce Holmquist
(403) 988-8676

Industry & Member Services Representative
(506) 324-4825   
 
Eastern Sales 
Consultant
Jane Crawford
(519) 317-5263
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David Milliner
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Lee McMillen
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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

September 2015
In This Issue
REGISTRY INFORMATION

THE HERD LETTER FOR 2015 IS "C"

 

Total Herd Enrollment 2nd Installment Billing OCTOBER 1ST

*Members with credit cards on file with the 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 of 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.

 

Requesting SNP Tests (via Email or Fax):

Just a reminder of the (2) different types of SNP tests that are available:

 

1. SNP GGP LD (20K) Profile (Gene Seek Genomic Profiler) ($45 + taxes) - required for any parentage verification requests for animals. E.g. Sire verifications, parentage of embryo or natural-born offspring.

2. SNP GGP HD (80K) Profile ($90 + taxes) - effective January 1, 2015 all Simmental sires (AI and natural service sires) are required to be genotype tested using a minimum 50K SNP panel. All donor females continue to require a 50K test.

 

When ordering SNP tests by 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 would prefer if the application form be emailed to you to expedite the process and save on postage costs. If this option is chosen you may use a regular letter envelope to enclose the hair sample that was obtained. Instructions will be emailed to you along with the SNP application forms.

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

BREED IMPROVEMENT

2015 Fall Genetic Evaluation
The 2015 Fall run of the CSA Genetic Evaluation has been updated and the new EPDs are now online.
Member Submission Deadline Dates for Fall Evaluation
In order for data to be included in CSA Genetic Evaluations, it must be received by the CSA office by November 1st for the Spring Evaluation and by May 15th for the Fall Evaluation.
 
American Simmental Association - Fall Focus 2015
This year the 2015 Fall Focus will take place September 14th-17th in Gettysburg, PA. For more information, or to register for the "Confidence Builds Success" Conference, visit the ASA's website here.

2015 Simmental Innovations Conference Presentations
Presentations from speakers at the Simmental Innovations Conference 2015 held in part with the CSA Convention in Lindsay, Ontario are now available to view on the Simmental Innovations website. Great range of presentations from a strong lineup of speakers!

DESIGN & ADVERTISING CONTEST

 

The Canadian Simmental Association wants your ideas to assist in the designing of advertisements for the Association and the Simmental Breed!

Don't have design skills? That's OK - there is no need to send in a professional advertisement! We want ideas, concepts, hand drawn scribbles - we want them all!

Each idea will be entered into a draw to win an IPad mini!

Send your ideas to Meghan Black, at mblack@simmental.com or by fax at (403) 250-5121 by October 1st to be entered to win!

Maximum of 5 submissions per person.

CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION'S SURVEY

 

The Canadian Simmental Association wants your feedback.

Those that fully complete surveys will have their names entered into a draw to win a $500 credit to purchase a bull from an active CSA member in 2016.

Completed surveys can be sent to Meghan Black at mblack@simmental.com, faxed to 403-250-5121 or mailed to the Canadian Simmental Association at #13, 4101 - 19th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7C4.

 

Surveys are to be submitted no later than November 30th.

 

The CSA Survey can be found here.

SIMMENTAL COUNTRY NEWS

November/ December 2015 Simmental Country Issue Deadline - October 1st!!!
Contact Meghan or Jane to reserve your spot today!!
 
Interested in advertising your fall female sale? Contact Meghan or Jane to learn more about the different advertising opportunities with Simmental Country!
 
2016 Simmental Country Calendar
Simmental Country is once again publishing a 2016 Calendar. This calendar will be mailed with the November/ December Simmental Country and distributed to every Auction Market across the Country!
Three prime advertising spaces in this calendar:
1. Monthly Header - $300.00 + tax
2. Sale Date Listing - $50.00 + tax
3. Weekly Square - $50.00 + tax
Contact Meghan or Jane to have your advertisement and date added to the calendar.
Advertising deadline: October 1st.
 
Membership Announcements
Please send any membership announcements to Meghan Black at mblack@simmental.com.
 
What's Happening
If you'd like to have your sale or event listed in 'What's Happening' in Simmental Country and on the website please send to Meghan.
For a listing of Simmental events visit the Simmental Country website.
YOUNG CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION
 
Provincial Junior Simmental Shows
Maritime YCSA Classic
         - September 25 - 27, 2015 Windsor, NS
Ontario Trillium Classic
         - November 6 - 7, 2015 Toronto, ON
 
Thank you to all the sponsors from the 2015 National Classic and CSA Convention!
Title Sponsors
New Holland
Canadian Simmental Association
Ontario Simmental Association
Simmental Country
Young Canadian Simmental Association
 
Diamond Sponsor
Maxwell Land & Livestock
 
Platinum Sponsor
Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd
DLMS
East Central Ontario Simmental Association
Ontario Young Canadian Simmental Association
RK Animal Supplies
 
Gold Sponsors
Anchor D Ranch Simmentals
Beef Farmers of Ontario
Black River Farms
Ferme Gagnon Inc
Genex
Kawartha Lakes Agri- Services
M & J Farms
Nolara Farms
Ontario Simm-Bells
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers
Ottawa Valley Young Canadian Simmental
Peterborough County Cattlemen's Association
River Point Cattle Company
Sully's Farm
TD Canada Trust
V5 Simmentals

Silver Sponsors
Barlee Simmentals
Carew's Simmentals
Carl & Laurie Wright
Cedar Creek Simmentals
Destiny Simmentals
Donovandale Farms
Dr. Everett & Marylon Hall
Dr. Victoria Crane & Mike Thomas
Elm Tree Farms
Farm Credit Canada
Farmstead Gallery
Foley Simmentals
Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation
Grand Valley Fortifiers
Hi-Tech Farms
Indian River Cattle Company
Kenpal Farm Products Inc.
Kingfield Farms
Maple Key Farm
Mar Mac Farms
Marywood Breeders Group
McCormack Family Ranch
McIntosh Ranch
Navan Fair
Ontario Simmental Bells
Robson Acres
Spruce Grove Cattle Company
Starfra Feeds & Shur Gain
Triple Rose Simmentals
Victoria Cattlemen's Association
Western Producer
Whitewater Livestock
Wild Oak Farms
Xcel Livestock
 
Bronze Sponsors
Anne & Harold Cheslock
Gravandale Simmentals
New Life Mills
Norwood Family Farm
O'Brien Farms
Rick-Sha Farms
Sullivan Simmentals
Tom Henderson Custom Meat Cutting
Transport Claude Lussier
 
T Bar Invitational Thank You
The T Bar Invitational continues to support the youth of the beef industry through Junior Associations. The Canadian Simmental Association's General Manager, Bruce Holmquist presented a cheque to the YCSA on behalf of T Bar C during the CSA's AGM Banquet in Lindsay, Ontario. YCSA's President, Sophie Wotten accepted the cheque on behalf of the Junior Association for $11,090.02!
 
Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Thank You
During the 2015 YCSA National Classic in Lindsay, Ontario the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation presented a cheque to the Young Canadian Simmental Association for $15,000. FCSF President Ken Lewis and FCSF Auction Co-Chair Deanne Young presented the cheque on behalf of the Foundation to YCSA Board members Paige Holmquist, Dylan Foley, Cooper Snider, Sophie Wotten, Craig Matthews and Krista Whalen. Thank you to the FCSF for your continued support to our youth!

Scholarships
There are a number of scholarships available to YCSA members through the Canadian Simmental Association, Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation and the Provincial Simmental and YCSA Associations. Be sure to check out the YCSA website and other Provincial Association websites for further details and deadlines for these scholarships.

Facebook
Like us on Facebook under Young Canadian Simmental Association and you can stay connected to the YCSA and follow us through the events and be up to date on opportunities that are available! 
YCSA National Classic photos can be found on the YCSA Facebook page!

FRIENDS OF CANADIAN SIMMENTAL FOUNDATION

 

The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation is pleased to announce that they will be awarding the following scholarships in the 2015 - 2016 academic year to promising students pursuing a degree or certificate at an accredited institution:

  • 2 Friends of Canadian Simmental - $3,000 each
  • 2 Dr. Allan A Dixon Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 each
  • 1 Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting youth in agriculture and their goals of advanced education. The scholarship program is one of the ways that our Foundation intends to support youth and the future of the livestock industry. The Foundation's commitment to youth development is demonstrated through the increase in scholarships from $6,500 to $9,000 in 2015.

Eligible applications will first be considered for the Friends of Canadian Simmental, then those remaining for the Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial and the Trevor Vance Memorial scholarships. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015. You may only be awarded each of the titled scholarships once, but will be considered for the others not previously awarded. The application form for all of the scholarships can be found on our website at www.simmenalfoundation.com.

 

To submit your application or for more information please contact us at:

Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation

#13, 4101 - 19th St. N.E.

Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C4

Toll Free: 1-866-860-6051

Fax: 403-250-5121

Email: friendsofsimmental@gmail.com