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 #13, 4101-19th St. NE 
Calgary, AB T2E 7C4
Tel: 1 (866) 860-6051
Tel: (403) 250-7979
Fax: (403) 250-5121
General Manager
Office Manager

Programs Coordinator

YCSA Coordinator
Registry & Member Services

Reception & Office Administration 

Administrative Assistant
Simmental Country
General Manager
Bruce Holmquist
(639) 314-4613

Programs Coordinator
(403) 793-0409
Board of Directors
Garth Rancier
First Vice-President
Blair McRae
Second Vice-President

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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
May 2018
In This Issue

Simmental Country Sales Representative
The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is seeking a highly motivated, positive and energetic person for the position of Simmental Country Sales Representative. The successful candidate will report directly to the CSA General Manager and will be responsible for sales of advertising for Simmental Country and Commercial Country magazines, as well as promoting the CSA and its programs.

Responsibilities & Activities:
  • Market advertising opportunities within Simmental Country and Commercial Country magazines
  • Develop advertising strategies with new and existing clients.
  • Develop positive relationships with CSA members and beef industry partners while promoting the Simmental Breed and CSA initiatives
  • This position will require travel in your own vehicle. Expenses and mileage costs will be reimbursed
Experience, Knowledge & Skills:
  • Experience in the Agriculture industry and a strong knowledge of the beef cattle seed-stock sector is important
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel & Word, as well as Social Media 
This is a full-time position and salary will be commensurate with experience based on a guaranteed salary plus commission. Interviews will begin mid-May for this position however the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.
If you are interested in this position please submit your resume via email to Bruce Holmquist, CSA General Manager, at bholmquist@simmental.com
As a result of the recent call for nominations for the position of Director to the Canadian Simmental Association (CSA), the CSA is pleased to announce the election of the following directors; Garth Rancier, Killam, Alberta, elected by acclamation for a second term, Byron Johnson, Amisk, Alberta, elected by acclamation and is new to the board, and Francis Gagnon, Cheneville, Quebec, elected by acclamation for a second term.
These newly elected directors will take office at the close of the 2018 Annual General Meeting and at that time the CSA board of Directors for 2018-19 will be comprised of: Lee McMillen, Carievale, SK, Garth Rancier, Killam, AB, Blair McRae, Brandon, MB, Roger Deeg, Strathmore, AB, Larry Barkley, Ingleside, ON, Byron Johnson, Amisk, AB, Francis Gagnon, Cheneville, QC, Frank Robblee, Crapaud, PEI, and Marlin LeBlanc, Estevan, SK.
Retiring director Dan Skeels will remain on the Board of Directors until he completes his term at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The CSA would like to thank Dan for his work and contributions to Simmental during the past three years.

Would you like to become a "paperless" member?  We'd love to send invoices and reports to you by Email, call the office today!
Online Members
CSA Online members can opt for paperless through Online Simmental.com
under  My Account, Details\Options, Internet Options, Internet Privacy Options - click on Deliver invoices via email and/or Default all registrations as held for online transfer , then click Save at the bottom of the screen.    
Regular Paper Members
CSA paper member now have the option to go paperless. If you have a
valid email on file, call our office to let us know if you want to receive invoices  and performance reports.  You may opt for invoices only, collection sheets/reports only, or both. 

Online User Support: Requesting Buyer Numbers from the CSA Office
For those Online users that have held registration papers for Online transfer, you may have to periodically ask us to provide you with the buyer numbers in order to transfer the animal(s).  Especially since a large number of buyers are non-members (Commercial producers) and this information is not available using the Pedigree Search option.
It is important to submit the form completely as any missing information can delay the CSA office from sending you a reply.  When completing the Name entry-field, please include the First and Last name.
When requesting buyer numbers only one request per individual buyer is necessary. The CSA Registry staff will address your requests as they arrive in the  cansim@simmental.com  inbox. Therefore, if your requests are sent after 4:00pm (MDT - Mountain Daylight Time), you will receive an email reply the following business day.

Reporting on Complete Reporting
CSA is in the final stages of testing and deploying reports for breeders utilizing the THE program to assist in identifying animals with incomplete information.  These reports will be available to help identify animals that may be missing key pieces of information which can ultimately affect genetic evaluations on the entire herd. For example, if a calf missed having a weaning weight reported for some reason it could inadvertently affect the dam's reproductive record, as the computer system will no have information to show that she successfully weaned a calf.  These reports are designed to assist breeders in submitting complete data on the herd and best representing the genetics present in their herds.  Look for the new reports as we move through the summer and into the fall season.

IGS continues to make progress on the BOLT evaluation and are in active testing of data uploads and evaluation processes.  Look for more updates as we continue to move forward on deployment of this exciting technology.

Genetic Evaluation
The next regularly scheduled genetic evaluation deadline will be in mid-June of 2018.  Breeders are encouraged to submit data prior to that point so it can be included in the genetic evaluation.

Even though your bull sale may be over it is not too late to consider using ultrasound in your herd. Age limits for ultrasound data collection are 300 to 440 days of age. It may also be a time to consider scanning of yearling heifers and establishing a carcass record for the cowherd moving forward. Barn sheets are available online or through the CSA office.

Certified Ultrasound Technicians
EPD Averages

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

Please continue to send your pictures of the tags in action to rerickson@simmental.com

Thank you Ryan and good luck
Summer Simmental Country Advertising Deadline - July 1st!
Contact  Sue to reserve your spot today!!
Simmental Country Online
To view Simmental Country and Commercial Country issues online visit www.simmentalcountry.com
Membership Announcements
Please send any membership announcements to sgiles @simmental.com

Contract Information
Contracts are available for 4 issue full pages, 7 issue full pages and 7 issue 1/2 page. Please contact Sue Giles for further questions.
Click here for contract information.

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.
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!
Office Holiday Schedule
The Canadian Simmental Association's office will be closed for the following 2018 holidays.
Victoria Day - Monday, May 21st
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