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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 

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

Programs Coordinator
(506) 324-4825   

Simmental Country Sales Representative
(780) 818-3452
Board of Directors
Garth Rancier
First Vice-President
Blair McRae
Second Vice-President

Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
June 2017
In This Issue

The Maritime Simmental Association is proud to be hosting this year's CSA Annual Convention from August 10th to the 13th in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds. There are many exciting events being planned for this weekend including the CSA AGM, YCSA National Classic, Simmental Innovations Symposium & FCSF Foundation Auction.

For registration forms click  here .
Registration discount before July 15th!

Schedule of Events
For a schedule of events for the 2017 CSA Convention & YCSA National Classic click  here .

Hotel Accommodation & Camping
Guest rooms are available at the Delta Fredericton.
Group Code: CSA Convention
225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 2H8
506-457-7000         Available  until July 1st
Camping available at the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds
Reserve through Lacey Fisher at [email protected] 


NEW Embryo Procedures
A) Online Procedures
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.  IMPORTANT:  Since you are responsible to enter the details below, it is no longer necessary for you to submit a copy of the Embryo Transplant / Flush form or to complete the THE Embryo Data and Registration form.
  • the Breeding Date on the form should be entered in the "AI/Nat:" 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 (in years) & Recip Breed (e.g. SMSMSMSM) entry fields should 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 (digits only) in the appropriate entry field (see illustration below)

Once all embryos have been entered from a flush, please email us a request to order the SNP (parentage) test for the embryo that is being parentage verified from the flush - as our CSA Bylaws currently state that only one embryo has to be tested from each flush. Note:  The only exception to this is when there are two sires used in a flush. When this is the case, all embryos must be parentage verified.
One of our Registry staff will then send you the SNP application form that you will send to Delta Genomics along with the hair sample that is obtained. 
 *** Please advise us if you want the application form - emailed or sent by regular mail ***

B)   THE - Registration & Performance Collection (Paper Submission)
Once the CSA staff has processed the Total Herd Enrollment form that you submit prior to the December 15th deadline date, our office will forward you the Registration & Performance Collection sheet for your completion. This form is to be used to submit the birth information for natural calves born from each enrolled Dam.
When you are running an embryo program in your herd, you must also complete and submit a THE Embryo Data and Registration form. This form can be found on the CSA website under Registry | Forms - Embryo Calving Form
Complete the form, separating the embryo calves by flush. Since our CSA Bylaws state that only 1 embryo from each flush must be parentage verified (PV) - you must indicate "Y" in the DNA REQ box for the embryo you are hair sampling.  The CSA staff then order the parentage kit and provide you with the required SNP Application Form and sample envelope. 
*** Note: DNA instructions on how to obtain the hair sample and where to send them will be provided along with your parentage kit.
Lastly, when returning the THE Embryo Data and Registration form you must send copies of the Embryo/CETA Transplant Forms. It aids the CSA staff greatly if you write the tattoo of the resultant embryo calf beside the appropriate Recipient Dam on the form (as this easily enables the CSA registry staff to manually track the embryo activity for that particular flush).
If you have any other enquires regarding these procedures please feel free to contact the CSA office using our toll-free number: 1 866 860 6051. You may also email us directly at - [email protected]
Rules on Respect to any Animal that has Black/ Grey Pigmentation
The animal shall be not be eligible for a Fullblood designation notwithstanding that both its parents have a Fullblood designation.
If both its parents have a Fullblood designation, then that animal once it has had its parentage verified, may be registered as a Purebred with a G prefix.

The Canadian Simmental Association is excited to introduce the Simmental personalized back button RFID tags!

Click here for how to order your Canadian Simmental CCIA approved back button RFID Tags!

Canadian Simmental CCIA approved back button RFID tags are now available for purchase and we want to see your tags in action! 
Post images of your tagged calves with your Simmental back buttons on our Facebook page using the hashtag 


50th Anniversary Celebratory Events
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 during 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
Expo 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
Watch for 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]

Click here for information on the 2017 Simmental Federation of the Americas Conference!

Thank you to our current sponsors of the 2017 Federation of the Americas Conference!
Please contact Rae-Lee for sponsorship opportunities!

50th Anniversary Historical Video
The Canadian Simmental Association needs your help!
The CSA would like to put together a 50th Anniversary historical video, showcasing all Simmental memories from the past 50 years!
Please send any videos, pictures and other material to [email protected] or directly to the CSA Office!

Summer Simmental Country Advertising Deadline  - July 1st!!!
Contact Ryan  (780) 818-3452 to reserve your spot today!!
Summer Issue Special - 50th Anniversary Herd Book Edition!

**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!

**NEW Simmental Country Pricing
As of October 1st new pricing will take into effect for Simmental Country advertising. 
Simmental Country Pricing Changes- Effective October 2017 Issue
Simmental Country Pricing
Full page             $ 1050.00
½ page                $600.00
¼ page                $400.00
Card ad             $400.00
Commercial Country Pricing
Full page          $1300.00   
½ page              $950.00  
¼ page              $650.00  
Additional Changes
- Offer contracts for ½ and ¼ pages based on structure of our current full page contracts  ( 1 sale attendance included on 7 issue half page contracts)
- No sale report special in 2018
2017 Photo Contest

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.

Introducing the Canadian Simmental Association's Award of Excellence Program (AOE). The CSA AOE program is being created to promote and recognize the top Simmental bulls and females that are exhibited at shows across the country each year. Each Provincial Simmental Association has selected two shows that will qualify for the Award of Excellence Program (same day shows may both count for 1 but exhibitors may only enter animals at 1 of the 2 shows).Bulls and females exhibited at these qualifying shows will be recognized through a points based system that will be used to calculate Awards of Excellence honors. 

For rules and regulations click here.

Below is a list of the Provincial Awards of Excellence Qualifying Shows for 2017:
British Columbia
- Nechako Valley Exhibition, Vanderhoof, BC.  August 18 -20, 2017
- IPE, Armstrong, BC August 30 - September 3, 2017 
-  Olds Fall Classic, Olds, AB, October 6-8, 2017
-  Farmfair International, Edmonton, AB, November 8-11, 2017
- Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, Lloydminster, SK, November 1-4, 2017
- Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK, November 20 - 25, 2017
- MSA Summer Simmental Show, Harding, MB, July 21, 2017
- Manitoba Ag Ex, Brandon, MB, October 26-29, 2017
-  Lindsay Exhibition, Lindsay, ON, September 20 - 24, 2017
-  Carp Fair, Carp, ON, September 22 - 24, 2017
-  The Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, ON, November 3 - 12, 2017
-  Brome Fair, Brome, QC, September 1-4, 2017
-  Shawville Fair, Shawville, QC, September 1-4, 2017
-  Expo Boeuf, Victoriaville, QC, October 7-9, 2017
-          Heritage Beef Classic in Windsor, NS -September 23-24, 2017 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rae-Lee Erickson.

YCSA National Classic
The 2017 National YCSA Classic will be proudly hosted in Fredericton, New Brunswick August 10-13, 2017. The Classic will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Canadian Simmental Association Convention. Please keep your eyes open for the latest information, as this will be another great opportunity to take part in a leading national youth event!

Registrations for the YCSA National Classic click here!
Click here to view the Canadian Simmental Convention & YCSA National Classic schedule of events.
Click here for 

2017 Provincial Classics
Alberta Wild Rose Classic: July 20-23, 2017 Lacombe, AB
Saskatchewan Tiger Lily Classic: August 1-5, 2017 Prince Albert, SK
Quebec Junior Beef Show: July 6-9, 2017 Brome, QC
Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup:  August 4-6, 2017 Neepawa, MB
Maritime YCSA Classic: Sept 22-24, 2017 Windsor, NS
Ontario Trillium Classic: July 21-23, 2017 Lindsay, ON

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!
The 2017 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Fundraising Auction is approaching quickly. There are some really interesting donations. Thank you to all of our donators for their generous support. If you would like the opportunity to own the donation bred heifer from Tryon Simmentals - the Robblee Family you can pre-order tickets from any Foundation Board member for $20 per ticket. Tickets will also be auctioned the evening of the sale. For each $20 you bid you will receive one ticket. Proceeds from the auction support scholarships, youth development and research. 15% of the net proceeds from this year's sale will go directly to the National Young Canadian Simmental Program (YCSA).

Catalogs will be mailed to all active CSA members. Yours should be arriving in your mailbox in July. You will also be able to view the catalog on the CSA website - www.simmental.com , or the Friends of Canadian Simmental website at www.friendsofsimmental.com. The auction includes limited edition buckles, rare coin collection, art work, unique genetics, children toys, marketing opportunities and more. The auction can also be viewed the evening of August 12 at www.dlms.ca. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For more information please contact Deanne Young at 780-542-0855 

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation and the work that we are doing, please join us at our Annual General Meeting, in conjunction with the Canadian Simmental Association AGM on August 12.
Office Holiday Schedule
The CSA office will be closed for the following 2017 holidays.
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