CAA NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
The results are in: newly elected to the CAA Board of Directors are Bob Hahn and David Sibbald representing Alberta and Tammi Ribey representing Ontario. A by-law amendment to add two board members to increase the number of directors to 12 from 10 was also passed by the membership. Read the news release on the CAA website HERE.
ANGUS REPS ON CANADIAN BEEF BREEDS COUNCIL
The CBBC Board of Directors affirmed David Bolduc as President for 2013-2014 at their annual meeting in March. Also elected to the board was CAA CEO Rob Smith. Read the release from the CAA HERE.
CCA FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
A summary of the Canadian Angus Board of Directors meeting in Edmonton can be found on the CAA website HERE. Included is board approval of the new "Angus Central" office building maximum budget of $5.1 million; plans for the June national convention in Guelph, ON; and Showdown this July in Armstrong, BC. The new Parentage Verification Policy has been given a revised implementation date of Jan. 1, 2015.
Three Canadian Junior Teams HEADING to New Zealand
The Canadian Angus Association has named members of three junior teams of four who will travel to New Zealand to compete in the 2013 World Angus Forum Youth Program. Fund raising through the Canadian Angus Foundation was designated to send two teams, and an additional contribution from the CAA board of directors financially supported the program to include funding for a third. Read the release from the CAA. The team members were announced during the GOAL (Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders) conference held this year at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.
SCHAFF ANGUS SALE - 110 YEARS & GOING STRONG
As reported on CattleSeller.com: 479 Bulls averaged $12,725; 212 Females averaged $9,590. (the rest of us can only dream!).
CAA Names THREE SUMMER INTERNS
Three interns have been named to represent the CAA this summer: Karla Ness in Saskatchewan, Katelyn Dietrich in Alberta and Matthew Bates in Ontario. Read the release.
Denver Online (& where to find results)
Another successful National Western Stock Show in Denver for Canadians with results posted online at NationalWestern.com and Angus.org.
Red Angus: Great Canadian results in the Red Angus show (view full results). Congratulations to Six Mile Red Angus of Fir Mountain, SK - named Premier Breeder & Exhibitor - along with all the excellent results for Canadian exhibitors and breeders of winning entries. Also Red Angus Pen Show results.
Black Angus: Bull Show; Female Show; Bull Sale (2nd high selling bull to Hamilton Farms & Wilbar Farms); and Pen Show results at Angus.org.
MANITOBA ANNUAL MEETING REPORT
The Manitoba Angus Annual Meeting was held on January 5 at the Victoria Inn in Brandon. The meetings are held along with the Limousin, Charolais, Hereford and Simmental and we all join up at supper time for a banquet and entertainment. >> Read more . . .
MANITOBA 2012 COMMERCIAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Manitoba Angus Association is pleased to announce their Commercial Producers for 2012 is Guild Farms, David, Jim and Muriel Guild, Brandon. The Guild’s received a farm sign from Manitoba Angus at the Annual meeting. >> Read more . . .
Another update to PREG CHECK TOOLS
We are pleased to provide our updated calculators to help with preg checking in two formats, depending on how you prefer to enter dates (by day/month/year or month/date/year). Check them out HERE. Still working on developing an app!
AMERICAN ANGUS IMPROVES GENETIC SELECTION TOOLS
The American Angus Association® announces enhancements to its genetic prediction tools following an extensive genomic recalibration project in collaboration with Pfizer Animal Genetics. Starting Jan. 11, Angus breeders will notice updates to expected progeny differences (EPDs) impacted by Pfizer HD50K tested animals.
“In an effort to bring the best science and technology possible to our Angus breeders, a Pfizer HD50K recalibration process was necessary to better characterize Angus genetics,” says Bill Bowman, Association chief operating officer and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) president.
Users of Angus genetics will see changes in the following: EPDs and accuracies for Pfizer HD50K tested animals, re-estimated genomic correlations and updated economic assumptions that impact $Values.
“We encourage breeders and commercial bull buyers to access the most current EPDs and $Values through our Association website,” Bowman says. “This continued effort to provide robust, real-time selection tools – focused on economics – benefits the Angus breed, and the entire industry, long term.”
The National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) EPDs are processed weekly and posted every Friday on www.angus.org.
DAM of sires DNA VERIFICATION effective date POSTPONED
Based on input from the membership the CAA Board has voted to postpone implementation of the new Parentage Verifcation Policy until members are better informed. This means the effective date will be changed from Jan. 1, 2013. According to the CAA blog, "it seems likely that 2013-born calves will not be affected" - and - "The Board wants to communicate their continued commitment to the execution of this rule and acknowledge the requirement for additional time in creating awareness among our CAA membership prior to full implementation."
The CAA's Parentage Verification Policy had been updated to require both sires and dams of all sires born in 2013 on to be parent verified before their offspring are registered. The new date effective date for the policy is to be determined at the February Directors meeting in Edmonton. Explanation can be found on the CAA website HERE (scroll down page).
AGRIBITION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Agribition has announced that the late Walt Browarny will be inducted into the Agribition Hall of Fame in April - Congrats! Next year's Agribition dates will be one week earlier, Nov 11-16, due to the Grey Cup in Regina. This year's Agribition results can be found on our Show Results & Sale Results.
Sweep for Miller Wilson at farmfair's Alberta SUPREME
Alberta Supreme Female: Miller Wilson Angus, Bashaw, AB with the Grand Champion Black Angus, DMM Miss Essence 61W and bull calf DMM Stache 72Z.
Alberta Supreme Bull: Miller Wilson Angus, Glesbar Cattle Co. & Goad Family Angus with the Grand Champion Red Angus, Red DMM Glesbar Barndance 35X.
Thanks again to DLMS for the excellent live coverage of the livestock shows and sales at Farmfair. Results from Angus events have now been posted on Farmfair's website - links posted on our Show Results page.
E. COLI - KNOW THE FACTS (& EDUCATE CONSUMERS)
Found at the Whitestarlivestock.ca blog: "There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about E. coli following an outbreak and slaughter plant closure in Brooks, AB. What gets under my skin is the general lack of knowledge and misinformation out there concerning the topic." Well - here are the facts from that blog. Pass them on to your family and friends, your neighbours and most importantly political leaders so they in turn know what to say in an interview or tweet (do these guys not have advisors on the payroll?).
BOVA-TECH LTD. RELOCATED TO AIRDRIE, AB
Bova-Tech Ltd. (BTL), under the new ownership of Dr. Andres Arteaga, has relocated it's office and embryo storage facility to Airdrie, AB. The company will offer on-farm and in-clinic embryo collection at with two satellite locations, Scott Stock Farm Bull & Heifer Development Centre near Crossfield and Fleming Stock Farms near Granum, AB. Read more . . .
CONTINUED BEEF RESEARCH ON E. COLI
BeefResearch.ca has posted a new item, 'E. coli O157:H7: an Industry Research Priority'
A very interesting blog article on research to date and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of a vaccine that is being put forth as the answer to all our problems. The article states: "Improved food safety continues to be a top research priority in the Canadian beef industry. Recent and ongoing research funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) strives to find practical, economical and effective solutions to reduce or prevent E. coli O157:H7 contamination throughout the production chain." Thanks to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers for passing this on.
Ground Breaking Ceremony of New Angus Building
Work has officially begun on the new office site of the Canadian Angus Association after ground-breaking ceremonies took place on Sept. 24. Official release and photos on the CAA website HERE with photos on Facebook.
PAST ANGUS CEO HEADS CANADIAN BEEF BREEDS
Doug Fee has has been appointed interim Executive Vice President of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) as the Board of Directors initiates the process of governance reform. Read the news release HERE.
WORLD ANGUS FORUM IN NEW ZEALAND TOURS
The pre-tour and post-tour itineraries are now available on the World Angus Forum in New Zealand website. Dates are Oct. 6-21, 2013.
NEW NATIONAL BEEF BIOSECURITY STANDARD RELEASED
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) have released a national biosecurity standard to strengthen Canada’s beef sector. The standard outlines on-farm practices designed to minimize the introduction and control the spread of endemic, emerging, and foreign infectious diseases in the Canadian herd.
Read more or request a copy of the standard HERE; or view online as a pdf.
AMERICAN ANGUS GOES MOBILE
Smart Phones have changed the way we all operate and Angus breeders are now no exception. The American Angus Association recently launched a free app that allows users to quickly search for cowherd data, news updates and more. Currently, the iPhone version contains the most up-to-date features, and the Android will soon have all similar functions. Specifications and more on the AAA website.
STRONACH FLORIDA LAND BASE BIGGER THAN DISNEY WORLD
Interesting story at Ocala.com concerning the cattle operation being built by Frank Stronach in Marion County, Florida with a current land base bigger than Disney World. Adena Springs Ranch will specialize in grass-fed beef with up to 30,000 head and include its own processing facility. Read the story entitled "The land of Stronach: Canadian businessman has become county's third-largest land holder" HERE (6 pages).
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