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Canadian Simmental Association Enewsletter
September 2017
In This Issue


Lab Results Reported to CSA
Two times each week Delta Genomics uploads completed test results to their LIMS (Lab Information Management System). The CSA office then accesses the LIMS and downloads any results that are available. The results are updated in our Herdbook and are reviewed for accuracy. If the sire/dam of the animal being tested has DNA on file with CSA, the lab will run a comparison to the parent(s) and determine whether the animal verifies to sire/dam.  There are three critical areas on the parentage report: sire qualification, dam qualification and sire/dam qualification as a mated pair.

There are 4 possible outcomes if both the sire and the dam have DNA on file with CSA
  • the animal qualifies to both sire/dam
  • the animal does not qualify to sire/dam - (result is an exclusion)
  • the animal qualifies to dam, but does not qualify to sire - (result is an exclusion)
  • the animal qualifies to sire, but does not qualify to dam -  (result is an exclusion) 
Once the records are downloaded/submitted, an animal that is registered/on file and is flagged as an exclusion, is automatically suspended pending DNA verification or a pedigree update. Also suspended - are any progeny from the excluded animal that are registered/on file in the CSA Herdbook.

If only one (or the other) sire/dam has DNA on file, the animal that was tested is only compared to that parent. If the parent animal does not qualify, the exclusion procedure is followed as described above.  If neither parent has DNA on file, the animal's DNA result is simply placed on file and downloaded as a permanent genotype.

Embryo Transplants
For calves propagated by embryo transplants by the owner of the donor dam in the event more than one calf results from a single flush, one animal per flush must be parent verified. If more than one sire is used, each resultant calf must be parent verified.
If embryos are sold by the owner of the donor dam, on embryo offspring out of the group of embryos sold per individual must be parent verified. 

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 rerickson@simmental.com

Click here for information on the 2017 Simmental Federation of the Americas Conference!
Federation of Americas Conference Registration now open!
Register before September 15th to get the discounted price!

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 mblack@simmental.com or directly to the CSA Office!

September Commercial Country Advertising Deadline  - August 1st!!!
Contact Ryan  (780) 818-3452 to reserve your spot today!!
**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  mblack@simmental.com .
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.

A reminder to all of the Provincial and Regional Associations that all Simmental cattle need to be tattooed and registered, not only to qualify for points but as per CSA regulation rules at all shows. It is up to each Association to ensure that registration papers and tattoos are being checked!

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 YCSA National Classic was held in conjunction with the 2017 Canadian Simmental Association Convention and took place August 10-13 in Fredericton, NB. Be sure to check out the fall issue of the Simmental Country for show results and pictures!

2017/2018 Board of Directors  
President - Wyatt Millar, SK
1st Vice President - Krista Whalen, QB
2nd Vice President - Paige Holmquist, SK
Directors - Lisa Reich, AB, Gracie Falconer, MB, Montana Stillman, ON, Connor Morse, NS, Allison Booth, NS
Thank you to retiring board members Dylan Foley, Craig Matthews, Heather Creamer, Carson Rodgers and Cathryn Thompson for their dedication and service to the YCSA.
Thanks to the Friends of Canadian Simmental Association, $12,000 in scholarships will be awarded to deserving youth. Applications are now available on the FCSF website and the deadline is September 30th.
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!
Wow what an exciting time we had in Fredericton, NB during the Canadian Simmental Association Convention and Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation meetings and Fundraising Auction. Due to the generous donations from breeders and industry from across Canada and the hard working committee of Lacey Fisher, Deanne Young, Jennie Mutch, Laura Parsons, Heather Creamer, Ken Lewis, Brian Bouchard, Marlin LeBlanc and Mark Shologan the event was a huge success. Thank you to the team of Bouchard Livestock International for the sale management and the staff of the CSA for their assistance. There was lots of activity of those viewing and bidding during the live auction on DLMS.ca 

The high selling lot of the evening was the Lot 1 bred heifer that was donated by the Robblee Family, Tryon Simmentals. Through the auctioning of $20 bids, the heifer commanded a total of $15,180.00. The winner of the bred heifer was Lewis Farms, Spruce Grove, AB. Thank you to Frank and his family for their support of the FCSF Auction.

The second high selling lot of the evening was the Limited Edition #1 buckle celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Simmental Association. It was purchased by the syndicate consisting of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Simmental Association and staff members of the CSA. It sold for $14,500 and will be framed to be placed on display at the Canadian Simmental Association office in Calgary, AB.

During the 2017 National YCSA Show the following day the FCSF Board of Directors were pleased to present the National YCS Board a cheque in the amount of $12,500 to further their projects in youth development.
Here is a complete sale listing of the 2017 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Auction. (PDF Attached.)  We would like to thank everyone involved in the 2017 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Auction.  Together we are able to support youth in agriculture through scholarships and youth activities.  We look forward to the 2018 events in Alberta.
2017 Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarships
The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation is pleased to offer $12,000 through 5 scholarships in 2017. Two are in name of the Foundation, two in memory of Dr. Allan A Dixon and one in memory of Trevor Vance. The Trevor Vance scholarship will be awarded to a first year student. If you know of someone that has a connection to the Agriculture Industry, please share this information with them. Deadline for application is September 30, 2017. The application is available through at www.simmentalfoundation.com , or   www.simmental.com .
Office Holiday Schedule
The CSA office will be closed for the following 2017 holidays.

Thanksgiving - Monday, October 9th
Christmas - Monday, December 25th
In lieu of Remembrance Day - Tuesday, December 26th