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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
December 2019
In This Issue


DECEMBER 15 DEADLINE for Total Herd Enrollment (THE)     
To prevent late enrollment or incurring any late fees, 2020 Total Herd Enrollment (THE) must be submitted by December 15, 2019. All active females in your herd will need to be enrolled.
THE herds enrolled by this date pay $22.00 per female. Online Simmental.com users benefit by saving $2/head when enrolling online by December 15th.
Members enrolling their herds by December 15, 2019 will be invoiced in two equal installments: the first on April 1st, 2020 and the second October 1st, 2020.
Enrollments received between December 16th, 2019 and February 15th, 2020 will be charged a $27.00/head enrollment fee, payable in full April 1st, 2020.
Enrollments received after February 15th, 2020 will be charged $38.00/head, payable in full on April 1st or at time of submission.
Applicable taxes will be added to all prices.
Fees are not refundable, except for 1st calf heifers, providing complete performance and disposal information and written request for refund is submitted. For all other females that are disposed of between installment billings, the second installment is due and payable by the member who enrolled the female.
Enrolling Partnership-owned and Recently Purchased Females 
Partnership-owned females do not print on the Pre-printed Female Enrollment forms, nor included under the "My Pre-Post Inventory 2020" listing for our online participants.  Please contact the office with the animal ID prior to the December 15th deadline so we may manually enroll these partnership-owned female(s) for your herd.
Recently purchased females that do not show up on your inventory will be automatically enrolled into THE herds at time of transfer.  The new owner will not be penalized late or reactivation fees, but will be invoiced for the full THE amount when the female is transferred into their name.
2020 Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Instructions for Online www.simmental.com members  
Step 1 - Disposing/Culling Females
  • Go into My Herd | My Inventory
  • Change the Display Year to 2020 click the "Change" button
  • This will display a My Inventory - Pre-Post listing that displays five columns that are to be completed prior to posting your inventory.
  • Season (S/F) - refers to whether the dam will calve in either Spring or Fall (Default:  S)
  • Brd Code - 100 (Bred AI or Natural), 109 - Bred commercial. See Data Entry Codes link at the bottom of the online entry-screen.
  • Preg (Y/N) - Preg Tested - Yes, or No
  • Disp Code & Disp Date - allows you to cull females no longer active. See Data Entry Codes link at the bottom of the online entry-screen.
Step 2 - Enrolling the Active Females in your herd
  • Once you have entered your data and disposed of any cows that are no longer active in your herd, click the "SAVE" button at the bottom of the last page.  (You will notice the page numbers are shown at the bottom of each listing.  Advancing to the next page forces a "Save" of the data that has been entered.)
  • Once you have saved your work, please review that it is correct and double check your work.  You can then proceed to click the "POST INVENTORY" button.  
  • This process will enroll the active females and display the My Posted Inventory list.
Step 3 - Entering Breeding
  • You can now enter the individual 2019 breeding dates for each enrolled female as you will now see the word "Edit" displayed to the right of each female on the My Posted Inventory listing. 
  • Note:  To speed up the entry process you can also use the My Breeding entry screen.  Go to My Herd | My Breeding.  This allows you to update multiple exposures all at one time for a selected group of enrolled females.
Hair and Blood cards, Allflex tissue applicators and TSU's (tissue sample units) are available through the CSA office. 

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When selecting seedstock, most producers will agree that proven animals are lower risk. The more progeny a sire or dam has, the more accurately we can describe their genetics through EPD and the more sure we are that we are getting what we are paying for. In other words, the risk when buying a proven cow is less than the risk associated with buying a yearling heifer.
When we purchase a 50K DNA test on a seedstock animal to include in the genetic evaluation, we are buying calves without having to breed the cow, raise the calf, do the work of measuring those calves or pay the feed bill. Through the use of DNA we can obtain genetic information directly on the animal that we can include in evaluating the animal. The question then becomes, how many calves or progeny equivalents does a DNA test represent. Progeny equivalents from a DNA test are shown below.
Birth weight                     22
Weaning Weight              26
Yearling Weight               30
Milk                                  19
CETM                               4
Carcass Weight                5
Rib Eye Area                    6
Marbling                           8
Backfat                             8
Stayability                        15
Docility                             27
In other words, a single DNA test can provide as much information as weighing 22 calves at birth from an animal. This can produce a tremendous improvement in the accuracy of the evaluation on an individual animal in very short order. When you go through the list of traits and consider the time and effort required, a DNA test might just be some of the best calves you ever buy.
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Simmental Country "Herd Sire" Issue Deadlines
The February 2020 issue of Simmental Country is our Annual "Herd Sire" Issue. And it's a great place to promote your proven herd sires, up-and-coming young herd bulls or your top-end herd sire prospects that will be features in your winter and spring bull sales. 
Don't forget, this is also perfect timing to lead into promotion of semen sales as well!  Let cattlemen know who your feature sires and their progeny are, and add value and name recognition to your bulls.
Ad booking deadline: January 2, 2020 
Camera-ready ads in: January 10, 2020 
Expected mailing: February 1, 2020
If you have questions or want to book space, contact Randy Bollum at  rbollum@simmental.com or 403.540.5949 (cell).


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YCSA TEAM Leadership Conference Is Back!
February 20-22, 2020
Guelph, Ontario

The conference is open to youth 14-25 years of age as of January 1, 2020. You do not have to be a YCSA member to attend!
Features of the conference will include, tours, workshops, industry speakers, motivational speakers, fun evening activities and much more! Do not miss out on this magnificent event!
If you are interested in being a sponsor of the event, please email kmanske@simmental.com.
Christmas Holiday Office Hours:
Monday, December 23rd - OPEN 
Tuesday, December 24th- OPEN 
Wednesday, December 25th- CLOSED 
Thursday, December 26th- CLOSED 
Friday, December 27th- CLOSED
Monday, December 30th- OPEN 
Tuesday, December 31st- OPEN 
Wednesday- January 1st- CLOSED