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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
March 2020
In This Issue

Total Herd Enrollment (THE) Billing (1st Installment)

Total Herd Enrollment (THE) participants will be billed for the 1st THE installment on April 1st for 2020 enrollment. Payment is due upon receipt of invoice. For members with a credit card on file at the office, fees will automatically be billed to your credit card. The 2nd THE installment will be invoiced October 1st.

Please note that in the event an enrolled cow is shipped or sold between installment billings, the second installment is still due and payable by the member who enrolled the cow. For further information/instructions on Total Herd Enrollment, please go to www.simmental.com under Registry | Total Herd Enrollment (THE).
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.

Calving Cows with a Hair Sample

Among the many reasons we would DNA test an animal with a 30K or 50K test is to increase the accuracy of that animal's EPD. Often the question is asked as to how much the DNA test can impact the resulting EPD and accuracy. An estimated progeny equivalent is the average number of progeny records it would take to see an equivalent change in accuracy from a genomic test.  For example, if a non-parent animal is genotyped, the accuracy of his/her EPD is akin to an animal that has already produced 5 offspring with a carcass weight record (see table below).  Overtime, these estimates will change as statistical models are improved, the number of phenotypes increases, and the information from genomic data improves. Simple parentage, color and polled tests do not contribute to the genomic EPD, however 30K and 50K (and 50K Combo) tests will contribute directly to the tested animal's genetic evaluation.

2020 Estimated Progeny Equivalents

2020 Estimated Progeny Equivalents
Calving Ease (Direct)
Calving Ease (Total Maternal)
Birth Weight
Weaning Weight
Yearling Weight
Carcass Weight
Rib Eye Area
Back Fat
Please note that DNA tests can now be ordered from the online system.

BOLT Evaluations for Spring 2020
View below or to view on the website click here. 

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. 

GET a 2D Barcode Scanner for FREE - below see special offer by Neogen Canada


Simmental Blue RFID Tags Available at CCIA 

Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation 
Introducing  the 2020 Friend of the Foundation 

FCSF is very excited to announce that The Crowe Bros of Gilbert Plain, Manitoba will be the friend of the Foundation for 2020 and will be donating lot 1 the bred heifer for the 2020 Foundation Auction.

The Foundation Auction will take place Saturday July 25th, 2020 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. If you would like to donate an item to this years auction email fcsf@simmental.com
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 kmanske@simmental.com.

Reduced Rate on Sale Summary/Thank you Ads 

Simmental Country is again offering Simmental Breeders the opportunity to thank their customers for the support of their programs, as well as to promote the strong demand of the Simmental breed throughout the beef industry. 
Your one page reduced rate full color page is available for $500 and will include your bull sale summary in standard format which will also promote your program to new Simmental breeders. 
April 1st Booking Deadline 
Contact Randy Bollum- 403-540-5949 or rbollum@simmental.com
Membership Announcements
Please send any membership announcements to  sgiles@simmental.com   
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