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 #13, 4101-19th St. NE 
Calgary, AB T2E 7C4
Tel: 1 (866) 860-6051
Tel: (403) 250-7979
Fax: (403) 250-5121
  
General Manager
  
Office Manager

Industry & Member Services Representative
Meghan Black
  
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

CSA Programs Coordinator
(306) 221-7950
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President
David Milliner
First Vice-President
Lee McMillen
Second Vice-President
  
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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

February 2016
In This Issue
CSA OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
  
Office Holiday Schedule
The CSA office will be closed for the following 2016 holidays.
 
Family Day - Monday, February 15th
Good Friday - Friday, March 25th 
Victoria Day - Monday, May 23rd
Canada Day - Friday, July 1st
Civic Holiday - Monday, August 1st
Labour Day - Monday, September 5th
Thanksgiving - Monday, October 10th
Remembrance Day - Friday, November 11th
Christmas (in lieu) - Monday, December 26th
New Year's Day (in lieu) -  Monday, January 2, 2017    
REGISTRY INFORMATION

THE HERD LETTER FOR 2016 IS "D"
 
CSA Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 2016
For new CSA Fee Schedule click here.
 
Percentage of Simmental required for Purebred Status in Canada
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.)

US Import Animal Inquiries
If you require the CSA office to research the Canadian Status on an American bull, please allow several days to complete your request. 

Online Simmental.com Users: Entering Birth Information
There are two ways in which you can enter your calf records using the Online system. The examples below are assuming the Online user is entering 2016-born (D - year letter) calves.

Option 1:
My Herd
My Inventory
My Posted Inventory - 2016
- Click on the word "Calving" to the right of the Dam in the list displayed on your screen
- After clicking the "Save" button to save the calf record, hit the "Back" button located in the top-left area of your screen and continue with the next Damon the list
Note: If you are entering multiple calf records (e.g. Twins, triplets, or embryos), you must use Option 2 below

Option 2:
My Performance
My Calving (2016 Display Year)
- Click the "Add" button to enter birth information for the calf
- Click the "Save" button to save the record


 If you require further explanation, please contact the Registry staff at 1 866 860 6051 (or locally, 403 250 7979).

BREED IMPROVEMENT
  
Percentiles 
Percentile ranks show where an animal fits in relation to the rest of the population for a specific trait. Percentile ranks are reported using the "current population". The current population are those calves born and reported to the CSA within the last 2 years (2 years for Fall Evaluations). For Simmental, a lower percentile number represents an animal that is more favourably ranked within the population.
 
Over time as the population advances for specific traits, the breed averages and percentile ranks of the EPD will change. This change is shown by the genetic trends within the breed. For example, the average BW EPD of Simmental born in 2004/05 is 4.7, while today it is 3.7. This means that a bull with a 4.7 EPD in 2006 would have been considered average or 50th percentile, while today he would be below the population average and in fact falls down to the 65th percentile. In other words, by the standards of todays cattle, 65% of the cattle in the Simmental breed have a lighter birthweight, while 35% still have a heavier birthweight.
 
As the population advances, it is quite common for animals to slip in their rank relative to the current population. The CSA also provides a fullblood ranking report that is available to fullblood breeders. This report compares the EPD of fullblood animals (animals with fullblood parents) to the current fullblood population. This report is available upon request from the CSA office.
 
The percentiles for the current population of Canadian Simmental in the Spring 2016 genetic evaluation are shown below.
Pct
CE
BW
WW
YW
MCE
Milk
MWW
CWT
REA
Fat
Marb
Avg
5.3
3.7
66.2
91.9
8.2
24.6
57.7
31.2
0.62
-0.059
-0.07
Min
-12.0
-7.4
17.0
30.8
-13.7
6.5
30.4
-18.5
-0.17
-0.174
-0.51
Max
22.9
14.6
107.1
168.2
19.5
43.0
82.8
77.4
1.41
0.045
0.74
SD
3.90
2.15
8.58
14.67
3.58
5.52
6.43
10.64
0.175
0.0149
0.110
1
15.1
-2.0
86.5
129.4
15.6
36.8
72.6
55.8
1.06
-0.106
0.28
2
13.9
-1.1
83.9
125.2
14.8
35.9
71.0
52.6
1.00
-0.090
0.22
3
13.1
-0.6
82.2
122.6
14.4
35.1
70.0
50.9
0.96
-0.085
0.18
4
12.5
-0.2
81.1
120.5
14.0
34.5
69.2
49.5
0.94
-0.082
0.16
5
12.0
0.1
80.1
118.9
13.7
34.1
68.6
48.5
0.91
-0.080
0.14
10
10.4
1.0
76.9
113.4
12.6
32.3
66.3
44.5
0.84
-0.074
0.08
15
9.3
1.6
74.8
109.7
11.9
30.9
64.6
41.9
0.79
-0.070
0.04
20
8.5
2.1
73.1
106.9
11.3
29.6
63.2
40.0
0.76
-0.068
0.01
25
7.8
2.4
71.7
104.4
10.8
28.4
62.0
38.2
0.73
-0.067
-0.01
30
7.2
2.8
70.5
102.3
10.3
27.4
61.0
36.7
0.70
-0.065
-0.03
35
6.7
3.0
69.4
100.3
9.8
26.5
60.1
35.3
0.68
-0.064
-0.05
40
6.2
3.3
68.3
98.5
9.4
25.6
59.2
33.9
0.65
-0.063
-0.06
45
5.7
3.5
67.3
96.7
8.9
24.8
58.3
32.7
0.63
-0.061
-0.07
50
5.2
3.8
66.2
94.9
8.5
24.1
57.5
31.4
0.61
-0.060
-0.08
55
4.8
4.0
65.2
93.1
8.0
23.4
56.7
30.1
0.59
-0.059
-0.10
60
4.3
4.3
64.1
91.2
7.6
22.8
55.8
28.8
0.57
-0.058
-0.11
65
3.8
4.5
63.0
89.4
7.1
22.1
55.0
27.4
0.55
-0.056
-0.12
70
3.3
4.8
61.9
87.4
6.6
21.4
54.1
25.9
0.53
-0.054
-0.13
75
2.7
5.1
60.6
85.3
6.1
20.6
53.2
24.4
0.51
-0.053
-0.14
80
2.1
5.4
59.2
82.9
5.4
19.8
52.1
22.6
0.48
-0.050
-0.15
85
1.4
5.8
57.5
80.1
4.7
18.9
51.0
20.5
0.46
-0.047
-0.17
90
0.5
6.3
55.4
76.3
3.7
17.7
49.5
17.7
0.42
-0.043
-0.19
95
-0.8
7.1
52.1
70.7
2.1
15.9
47.4
13.4
0.35
-0.035
-0.22
Num
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
38,957
 
Major changes in percentile ranking can occur for several reasons. Among these, as previously mentioned is the use of the current population for calculation of percentiles. This is particularly prevalent when moving from a Fall to a Spring run, as a full year is dropped from the current population. (Eg: Fall 2015 current population includes 2013, 2014 and 2105 born calves, Spring 2016 current population includes 2014 and 2015 born calves).
 
Secondarily, but related is the fact that genetic trend keeps advancing the genetics of the breed. Thus raising the average of traits over time. Finally, individual animals may have changes in their EPD relative to the population due to the inclusion of new data such as a weaning weight or additional progeny records. This can directly affect their EPD and thus their ranking within the population.
 
Genotyping Incentive Program
SIMMENTAL COUNTRY NEWS

Spring 2016 Simmental Country Issue Deadline - April 1st!!!
Contact Meghan or Jane to reserve your spot today!!
 
Simmental Country Online
To view Simmental Country and Commercial Country issues online visit the Simmental Country website.
 
Sale Results
To have your bull sale results included in the Spring Issue of Simmental Country, please send to Meghan prior to April 5th.
 
Simmental Country Eblast
 
Membership Announcements
Please send any membership announcements to
 
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.
CSA 2016 CONVENTION




2015 CSA SURVEY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Congratulations to Mike Hart, of Laventosa Farms from Campbellford, Ontario for being selected as the 2015 CSA Survey winner. Mike has won a $500 credit to purchase a bull from an active CSA member in 2016!

CONGRESS OF THE AMERICAS

The II - Fleckvieh Simmental Congress of the Americas will take place April 28th - May 8th 2016 in Villahermosa Tabasco, Mexico. Follow their page on Facebook for information as it is updated - https://www.facebook.com/Simmental-Fleckvieh-1746085115614327/ 

21ST WORLD SIMMENTAL-FLECKVIEH CONGRESS 


YOUNG CANADIAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION
 
The National YCSA Board met in Saskatoon on January 9th for board meetings. Board members have preparations for the 2016 National Show well under way. Stay up to date with information through e-news and Facebook!
Left to Right: Craig Matthews, Dylan Foley, Carson Rodgers, Paige Holmquist, Krista Whalen, Sophie Wotten, Sara Van Sickle, Cathryn Thompson, Heather Creamer, Cooper Snider, Carla Schmitt.
 
National Classic Announcement
The 2016 National YCSA Classic will be proudly hosted in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan July 21-24, 2016. The Classic will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Canadian Simmental Association Convention. Please keep your eyes open for the latest information, as this will be another great opportunity to take part in a leading national youth event!
 
Scheduled 2016 Provincial Classics
Quebec Junior Beef Show: July 7-10, 2016 Brome, QC
Ontario Trillium Classic: July 15-17, 2016 Metcalfe, ON
Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup: July 29-31, 2016 Neepawa, MB
Alberta Wild Rose Classic: August 4-7, 2016 Lacombe, AB
Maritime YCSA Classic: Sept 23-25, 2016 Windsor, NS

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!
FRIENDS OF CANADIAN SIMMENTAL FOUNDATION
 
Happy 2016 from the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation. We are excited to see what 2016 will bring to the Foundation this year. Each year the Board of Directors has been diligent in growing the equity of the Foundation in order to support youth, education and research. We will continue to do this in 2016 through our Annual Fundraising Auction to be held in conjunction with the AGM of the Canadian Simmental Association, July 23, 2016 in Lloydminster, SK. The Auction Fundraising committee under the guidance of Co-chairs Deanne Young and Vanessa Noble will start the planning soon. If you would like to be a part of the committee please contact the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation at simmentalfoundation@gmail.com.

If you would like to consider making a charitable tax donation to the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation in 2016, donations can be made directly to the Foundation at #13 , 4101 - 19 Street NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7C4. Families or organizations that would like to discuss a Legacy Donation, please contact Chairman Ken Lewis, at lewis@xplornet.com or any of the FCSF Directors. Information can be found on our webpage at www.simmentalfoundation.com
 
ALBERTA SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION'S CONTRACT POSITIONS
 
The Alberta Simmental Association has opened up all 3 of their paid contract positions. We are currently hiring for an Office Administrator, Double Crown Show Coordinator and a Field Rep. To apply please do so before February 20th. For more information please contact Kyle Lewis at 780-220-9188 or kyle@lewisfarms.ca or http://www.albertasimmental.com/ .
 
Office Administrator Job Description
 
Double Crown Show Coordinator
 
Field Rep