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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

Programs Coordinator
Meghan Black
Simmental Country Sales Representative

YCSA Coordinator
Registry & Member Services

Reception & Member Services 

Administrative Assistant
Simmental Country
General Manager
Bruce Holmquist
(403) 988-8676

Programs Coordinator
(506) 324-4825   

Simmental Country Sales Representative
(780) 818-3452
Eastern Sales 
Jane Crawford
(519) 317-5263
Board of Directors
Garth Rancier
First Vice-President
Blair McRae
Second Vice-President
Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
February 2017
In This Issue


Imported Embryos
All Imported embryos presented for entry into the Herd Book must be fully parent verified and a copy of a four generation registration certificate of the sire and dam (certified by the foreign registry in the country of origin) must accompany the required Application for Registration forms for Embryo Transplants, prior to their admission to the Herd Book.
NEW:  Changes to Online Entry Fields for Embryo Offspring
When entering embryos using your Online System, please refer to the Embryo Transplant/ Flush forms to input the required information for each embryo calf record. This is very important, as when this information is missing, it results in the registry system not being able to calculate any adjusted 205 or 365 day weights.
  • the Breeding Date on the form should be entered in the "AI Date" entry field
  • the Recovery Date on the form should be entered in the "Flush Date" entry field
  • the Implantation Date on the form should be entered in the "Implant Date" entry field
  • the Recip Tag, Recip Age & Breed Makeup entry fields should also be completed (entered) in the Online System for each ET calf

**Note: If the Recip is a registered (and enrolled) Simmental, please enter the registration number in the appropriate entry field (see illustration below)


The Canadian Simmental Association is excited to introduce the Simmental personalized back button RFID tags coming in the spring of 2017 (pending final approval from the CFIA)!
A personalized back button will provide Simmental influenced cattle with identification in the sale ring, at feedlots, and throughout the beef value chain. The identification that this back button provides will also help identify the quality of cattle that our breeders and CSA members take great pride in.

The CSA's personalized RFID tags are manufactured by Allflex and will be distinguished by a blue color with the Simmental "S" icon and half Canadian flag in the center.

Qualification Policy
To purchase the CSA's personalized RFID tags buyers must be a CSA member in good standing and or have purchased a Simmental Bull in the last two years that was transferred to their name.

The CSA's RFID tags will be available to order through your account on the CCIA website, or by phone at 1-877-909-2333.
A bag of 25- $78.00 or a box of 100- $292.00, and applicable taxes
All orders of the Simmental RFID tags must be approved by the CSA office before being released to the buyers. Tag orders will be issued by premise and not by ownership of cattle.
If you have any questions regarding the CSA's RFID tag, please contact;
Rae-lee Erickson
Canadian Simmental Office


The Canadian Simmental Association recently introduced a Cow Calving Ease EPD (CCE) to complement our historical Calving Ease EPD that was displayed as HCE. This was done in an attempt to more positively, and fairly display some bulls with regards to how they would potentially calve when used on cows.
Unfortunately, this change did not have the desired effect, and has also created some confusion. As a result, the CSA has removed the CCE until the Breed Improvement Committee re-examines it at the March Board meetings.
The removal of the CCE does not affect the CE EPD, which is also the same values as the HCE that was displayed previously.
Please contact the CSA office for further questions.

It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since the first Simmental bull,  Parisien, was imported to Canada. This was an event that created history and changed the Canadian Beef Industry. Since then the Simmental Breed has been a tremendous success story as it has progressed into becoming one of the most influential beef cattle breeds in North America.
Simmental breeders from across Canada are preparing to celebrate our 50th Anniversary these events. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to join the excitement!
OYCSA Trillium Classic
Lindsay, ON
July 21-23, 2017
New Brunswick
CSA Convention, AGM &
YCSA National Show
Fredericton, NB
August 10-13 2017
Prince Edward Island
Old Home Week
Charottetown, PEI
August 18-19, 2017
British Columbia
Armstrong Fair
Armstong, BC
August 30 - September 3, 2017
Nova Scotia
Heritage Beef Classic
Windsor, NS
September 23-24, 2017
Exbo Boeuf
Victoriaville, QC
October 6-8, 2017
Brandon, MB
October 25-28, 2017
Farmfair International
Edmonton, AB
November 8-11, 2017
Canadian Western Agribition & National Simmental Show
Regina, SK
November 20-24, 2017
More details to come in the upcoming months. For any questions please contact your Provincial Simmental Association or Rae-Lee Erickson at the CSA office 403.250.7979 or [email protected]


Spring Simmental Country Advertising Deadline  - April 1st!!!
Contact Ryan  or  Jane to reserve your spot today!!
Spring Issue Special!
1 full page in the Spring Issue of Simmental Country for the price of $500 (HALF PRICED) which MUST include your 2017 Bull Sale Results!
**New For 2017
We will be combining the October/ November Issue of Simmental Country, and having a December Issue. Booking deadline for the October/November Issue will remain September 1st, and November 1st for the December Issue. For further information please contact your Simmental Country representatives!
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  [email protected] .
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.

YCSA Leadership Conference
For full schedule go to http://www.simmental.com/ycsa.html

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 50th Anniversary to Canadian Simmental Breeders! 2017 will be a year of celebration and reflection. We owe a great deal to those that saw the future of this breed, and what it could do within the North American beef industry. Part of Travers Smith's legacy will be his importation of "Parisien". The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation belongs to all of those that had the vision to believe in bringing the Simmental breed to Canada. Those that supported and have developed the breed over the past 50 years, and those that see the value it brings to the generations of the future.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary we would like to encourage past, and present Simmental enthusiasts to discuss with us how part of their legacy can be acknowledged through the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation. The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation is a registered charity with Revenue Canada making your gifted contribution tax deductible.
Please contact any of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation at www.simmentalfoundation .com to discuss the variety of ways to contribute to the Foundation.
"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." Kalu Kalu

Office Holiday Schedule
The CSA office will be closed for the following 2017 holidays.
Family Day - Monday, February 20th 
Good Friday - Friday, April 14th  
Victoria Day - Monday, May 22nd
Canada Day (in lieu) - Monday, July 3rd 
Civic Holiday - Monday, August 7th
Labour Day - Monday, September 4th
Thanksgiving - Monday, October 9th
Christmas - Monday, December 25th
In lieu of Remembrance Day - Tuesday, December 26th