August 2021

The 2021 Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) Annual General Meeting was held July 24th via Zoom webinar and covered the business of the CSA for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.
The meeting was broadcast live from the CSA office in Calgary and chaired by CSA Past-President Garth Rancier. When opening the meeting Rancier stated "Although this is a different reporting process again this year without being able to meet face to face, that being able to provide an update to our membership was necessary. More importantly, Simmental is continuing to thrive and it's a great time for the breed in Canada." This statement was reaffirmed with reporting of an increase of business and activity, as well as another very strong year financially for the CSA, positioning it as one of the leaders in the Canadian beef cattle seed-stock sector.
A Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) update was provided by its President Gracie Falconer, and the CSA AGM was paused midway so the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation (FCSF) President, Ken Lewis could conduct that AGM and provide a review of the Foundation's 2019 and 2020 operations. Ken thanked the FCSF board of directors for their contributions over the past year.
The CSA AGM then resumed and retiring directors Garth Rancier and Francis Gagnon were thanked for their years of dedication and commitment to the CSA. The 2021-2022 CSA Board of Directors welcomes newly elected directors Ben Farrant, Lousana, AB, and Scott Matthews, North Hatley QC, who join Jennie Mutch, Vernon, PEI, Bill Biglieni, Douglas, MB, Blair McIntosh, Maymont, SK, and Roger Deeg, Strathmore AB. The new CSA executive committee is comprised of President Marlin Leblanc, Estevan, SK , 1st Vice President Shane Williams, East Garafraxa and returning director Byron Johnson, Amisk Alberta was elected 2nd Vice President. .
CSA President Marlin LeBlanc stated that “the CSA along with the Manitoba Simmental Association are looking forward to hosting the 2022 CSA National Convention, YCSA National Classic show and FCSF Fundraising Auction in Portage La Prairie July 21-24, 2022. It will be a great event and we know the Manitoba Simmental Association will be tremendous hosts so we invite everyone to join us”


Breed Averages for Fall 2021
More information, including percentile ranks is available on the CSA website.

Weaning Data
With the current dry conditions across much of the country, members may be considering early weaning. This can be a valuable management strategy during drought. It is important to remember to report weaning weights on all calves (even the duds) if you are weaning early or at your regular time.
Additionally, members may be creep feeding this year given the conditions. Please remember to indicate this in your weaning weight information.

Thank you for all the support of the FCSF Foundation sale
The 2021 FCSF fundraiser sale raised an outstanding $65,147.00!

The support that this fundraiser receives from around the world is tremendous and 2021 was no exception “stated FCSF President Ken Lewis. “Your generosity enables us to continue providing funding towards scholarships, bursaries and learning opportunities for youth in Agriculture, as well as education and research for the Canadian beef industry”.
YCSA Have Been Busy!

The YCSA hosted their National Show as a Virtual Show and had a good involvement from members. The YCSA would like to thank the judges and the sponsors for making the Virtual show a success. You can check out the results video here. The YCSA AGM was hosted on July 25th via Zoom and had a strong participation from the youth. The YCSA Board looks forward to hosting another Facebook Auction this fall.

Talk at the water tank

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