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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
YCSA 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 
Jane Crawford
(519) 317-5263
Board of Directors
David Milliner
First Vice-President
Lee McMillen
Second Vice-President
Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter

April 2016
In This Issue
The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to welcome Kelsey Dust to their staff in the role of YCSA Coordinator. Kelsey will be working with CSA's Young Canadian Simmental Association program across Canada. 
To view full Media Release click here.


The Promotion Committee discussions included:
- The 2015 Bull buyer's survey was reviewed in depth. Information gathered will be used in new CSA ad material. 
- A decision was made to not produce a CSA calendar for 2017.
- Promotional material - new Simmental caps in black and blue are in office inventory. Please check them out on the CSA website, along with other available CSA merchandise
- AdFarm has been contracted to conduct a CSA marketing review and report back to the CSA board in July

The Breed Improvement Committee discussions included:
-     A Stayability EPD will be implemented for Canadian Simmental cattle
-    Economic value indexes API (all-purpose index) and TI (Terminal Index) will be made available on Canadian Simmental cattle. This will be done using the same formulas as the American Simmental Association in order to ensure consistency in the numbers between the two countries. 
-    A topic that has been addressed at length over the past two years is lowering the requirement of a Canadian male to 7/8 Simmental in order to be recognized as a purebred. The BIC and CSA board of directors have decided not to make that change at this time. The purebred status of Simmental males or females remains the same as in the past and it is the responsibility of the person importing animals from any country, including the USA, to ensure that it meets the requirements of purebred status in Canada.

The board decided to adopt CSA Director's Guidelines which will be provided to new CSA directors and will outline the expectations and responsibilities of the position. The Board also accepted the application from the Maritimes Simmental Association to host the 2017 Canadian Simmental Convention and National YCSA Show.

CSA Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 2016
For new CSA Fee Schedule click here.
Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Billing (1st Installment)
Total Herd Enrollment (THE) participants were invoiced the 1st THE installment on April 1 for 2016 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
This is a friendly reminder for those members that require the CSA staff to enter Non-Simmental animals into our Herd Book.
The steps involved are as follows:
1. Please fax (or email) the Registration ID for the animal that needs to be entered.
2. To avoid delays in the staff returning the unique CSA identification for these animals, please ensure that you also include the Breeder Copy/DNA certificate showing the current DNA results for any males that are 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.comand look under - Resources | Upgrade Table

Genotyping Incentive Program

Queens of the Pasture 2016 Simmental Country Issue Deadline - July 1st!!!
Queens of the Pasture Advertising Special - 1/2 Page Ad for $500!
Contact Meghan or Jane to reserve your spot today!!

Queens of the Pasture Photo Contest
Winner of the Photo Contest will receive one free page in the Summer Issue of Simmental Country as well as having the winning photo be used as the cover of this issue.
Deadline is June 15, 2016.
Please send entries to mblack@simmental.com.
Simmental Country Online
To view Simmental Country and Commercial Country issues online visit the Simmental Country website. 
Membership Announcements
Please send any membership announcements to 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.


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/ 


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

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!
Happy spring from the Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation.  Time is going by quickly and our annual meeting and Charity Auction Fundraiser will be here before we know it.  The events will take place with the AGM of the Canadian Simmental Association this July in Lloydminster, SK.  The auction committee is starting to gather items for the event.  Embryos, semen, artwork, jewelry, home decor
 and other interesting items are being offered.  If you would like to donate to the auction or know more about how you can become involved, please contact any of the board members (information found on our webpage awww.friendsofsimmental.com or contact the committee through Deanne Young 780-696-3643 or Vanessa Noble 306- 825-9465.  All donations to the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.  Thank you to all of those that have donated, we look forward to having a great time in Lloydminster and supporting this great cause. 
Office Holiday Schedule
The CSA office will be closed for the following 2016 holidays.
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    

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