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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
June 2018
In This Issue

BOLT Evaluation Update
As most CSA members are aware, the CSA is making a move to a single step genetic evaluation. This new evaluation will be conducted using a new software program called BOLT and will be conducted on a weekly basis by International Genetic Solutions (IGS).
While it may seem as though we have been waiting for a while for Genomically Enhanced EPD (GEPDs), the CSA is very close to being ready and is currently in the testing/programming phases, and preparing for a summer 2018 release.
The BOLT system through IGS is currently running on a database of roughly 17 million animals from several different breed associations, all of which have some pedigree ties to each other. This is the only multi-breed cattle dataset of this size in the world and it has been a very complex process to get data transfers automated and ensure all of the parts are working smoothly with all of the partners.
Currently the "live" BOLT system has been running with an existing Canadian dataset and is having genotypes (DNA) updated weekly. Testing/review of the EPD from this system is in process, so that we can understand changes in the evaluation methodology and its' effect on the resulting EPD. This ensures that CSA members will receive an accurate evaluation and that changes can be explained to the membership. It also helps us to ensure that the data is being processed and evaluated in an appropriate manner. For example, we are using this testing process to ensure that genotype information is matched to the proper pedigree/performance records, and that cross-referencing of animals between associations is occurring as accurately as possible. Currently the American Simmental Association is the only IGS partner to have released EPD from the new BOLT evaluation. As the CSA and ASA run a joint genetic evaluation you may have noticed a difference on the numbers on animals that are in both systems and that is the reason why.
The CSA in-house process that is being used to validate the changes is currently receiving weekly uploads of data from CSA in the new data format that is designed to work with the BOLT software. Testing this automation is very important as the CSA will be moving to weekly automated evaluations once BOLT is released and new data will upload once a week.
Programming is also underway for automated processing of gEPD results. This is the software that will process the new EPD file on the roughly 2 million CSA animals each week and update all of the EPD for those animals.
IGS is in the process of setting up a "mirror server" that will run evaluations in parallel with the live system. CSA will be submitting data and receiving weekly EPD files from this system. Once the system is operational and conducts a series of evaluations without issues, the system can then "Go Live" and CSA will release the new BOLT EPD.
While this process may seem lengthy, carefully working through and testing each step is essential to the IGS and CSA portions of the run. Because IGS involves several associations and such a vast amount of data, it is important that each participant has a robust system in place, as failure to do so can impact all of the other partners in the evaluation. Creating a stable and state of the art evaluation is the key concern for CSA as it works to serve its' membership and provide genetic evaluation services.
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For 2018 Qualifying Show Animals are not required to have Canadian Simmental CCIA Approved back button RFID Tags.


"THE HERD LETTER FOR 2018 is "F"  

NEW option in registry allows you to add individual pictures to pedigrees on the CSA website. 

Send your pictures you want added to  cansim@simmental.com. T he cost to member will be 
$10 + taxes per picture. For any questions contact sgiles@simmental.com


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

Available through your account on the  CCIA Website www.canadaid.com or by phone at

The Canadian Simmental Association  CANNOT PROCESS ANY TAG ORDERS

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Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Fundraising Auction 
Saturday August 11th, 7:30pm MST, Olds Alberta 

In conjunction  with the CSA AGM Banquet 

Watch your mailbox for the Sale Catalog in early July 

2018 National YCSA Classic

The 2018 National YCSA Classic will be proudly hosted in Olds, AB August 9-12, 2018. The Classic will be held in conjunction with the 2018 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!
Also, don't miss out on your provincial YCSA shows! A complete list of locations and dates can be found at http://www.simmental.com/ycsa.html
If you are interested in being a sponsor of the National Classic, please email kmanske@simmental.com.
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Office Holiday Schedule
The Canadian Simmental Association's office will be closed for the following 2018 holidays.
Canada Day - Monday, July 2nd
Civic Holiday - Monday, August 6th
Labour Day - Monday, September 3rd
Thanksgiving - Monday, October 8th
Christmas - Tuesday, December 25th & Wednesday, December 26th