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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
February 2020
In This Issue


NEW!!! And Important!
DNA Test Kits may now be ordered directly from your CSA Online Account...

Do you wake up late at night in a cold sweat remembering that new herdsire that needs to be DNA parentage tested? Do you suffer from homozygous polled questions? Or do you sometimes feel like collecting DNA samples on your cattle on a weekend? Now, even if the CSA office is closed you can order DNA tests through your online account with the CSA registry. Instructions for ordering DNA tests are located here . Order, collect and send your samples as you need, when you need. If you do need more information or assistance to decide what tests you need to order, please call during regular office hours and our friendly staff is more than willing to guide you on the proper path to DNA testing nirvana.

DNA Decisions 

The CSA is working to offer DNA testing requests to the online system. This means you as a member will be able to order, collect and ship samples from home. It also means you may not get a chance to talk to our friendly and professional staff about which tests you may need and options that are available. The following is a simple guideline that can help you make sure you order the right test for what you want to do. Standalone tests are available and in some cases represent a minimum requirement, or combinations of tests may be ordered. All walking sires, AI sires and ET Dams must have a 50K alone or in combination with another test. AI sires and ET donor dams are required to have verified parentage. 50K data is also needed for inclusion of the DNA information directly into the EPD calculated by IGS.
*** All walking sires must have a minimum 50K test on file. If you wish for more information combos containing a 50K can also be used. ET calves require a minimum Basic SNP Parentage for registration.
More complex requests such as Genotype reconstructions, or freemartin or karyotype testing may require contacting the CSA office.

DNA Requirements 

Its your responsibility to ensure your animals have the appropriate tests and DNA on file at the CSA office!
To view the complete DNA Requirements click here.

Viewing DNA Results Online
Members can view DNA results which have been processed by searching their online account or the CSA website at www.Simmental.com .
1)     Online Simmental.com users - once logged into your account, go to My Herd and click one of the following:
2)     CSA Website - www.simmental.com - On Home Page click Searches / Pedigree Search / Animals and enter Tattoo of Animal, click on highlighted name and LAB
If you should have questions regarding any results or require another copy of a Lab Summary Report for an animal, please call the CSA office at 403.250.7979 and our Registry staff will be happy to assist you.

BOLT Evaluations for Spring 2020 

2020 CSA Director Election Process & Nomination Forms 
2020 Election Process and Nomination Form for 
Election to the CSA Board of Directors
can be found on our website at 

Nomination Form here
Three Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) Director Positions Open

A total of three CSA Director positions are open in three regions as follows:
Saskatchewan (one seat): Lee McMillen (serving second term, not eligible for re-election)
Manitoba (one seat): Blair McRae (serving second term, not eligible for re-election)
Provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland-Labrador (one seat): Frank Robblee (eligible for re-election)

Election Timeline
March 27, 2020: Nominations for election of Directors shall be received by the CSA one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
April 26, 2020: Ballots shall be mailed to eligible CSA Members by regular mail at least ninety (90) days prior to the AGM.
May 26, 2020: Members must return their completed ballot to the CSA by mail postmarked at least sixty (60) days prior to the AGM.
June 10, 2020: The valid ballots received from Voting Members shall be opened and counted.
July 25, 2020: Newly elected Directors will assume their responsibilities immediately following the CSA Annual General Meeting.
To be nominated for election and elected on the CSA Board as a Director, the nominee shall:  
a)         be an individual
b)         be a resident of the region for which the Director is being nominated to represent;
c)         be an Active Member in good standing or a representative of an Active Member in good standing;
d)         be 18 years of age or older
e)         not be an employee or contractor of the CSA; and
f)         be a Canadian citizen.
Nominations for any election of Director shall be:
a)         received by the Association no later than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the  Annual General Meeting.
b)         each nominee is required to provide, for enclosure with the ballot a brief factual statement of her/his service and qualifications.
World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress 2020

September 1-6, 2020 Vienna & Freistadt 
Click here for more information
Hair and Blood cards, Allflex tissue applicators and TSU's (tissue sample units) are available through the CSA office. 

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CSA Dangle and RFID Tags 

Order your personalized Simmental Blue Dangle Tags from Norheim Ranching today!
  To order Simmental RFID Tags visit www.canadaid.ca  or 1-877-909-2333

The 2020 National YCSA Classic will be proudly hosted in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba from July 23-26. The Classic will be held in conjunction with the 2020 Canadian Simmental Association Convention. Please keep your eyes open for the latest information, as this will be another fantastic opportunity to take part in a leading national youth event!

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the National Classic, please email [email protected].

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Monday, February 17th - Family Day 
Friday, April 10th- Good Friday 
Monday, May 18th- Victoria Day 
Wednesday, July 1st- Canada Day 
Monday, August 3rd- Civic Day 
Monday, September 7th- Labour Day 
Monday, October 12th- Thanksgiving 
Wednesday, November 11th- Remembrance Day 
Friday, December 25th- Christmas Day 
Friday, January 1st- New Years Day