Thursday, April 18, 2019

Uruguay-the Last Big Farm


Last month I had the amazing opportunity to be among those representing Canadian Angus in Uruguay, South America at the 2019 World Angus Secretariat. From the moment we arrived in Montevideo we were treated like royalty. The Society of Aberdeen Angus Breeders of Uruguay put on a phenomenal event, and should be extremely proud of this year’s Secretariat.

Some of you may have followed my adventures on Twitter and Facebook, but for those who did not, here are some quick facts about the 2019 Secretariat, and cattle in Uruguay:

  • -          we travelled over 2700 kms touring the Uruguayan countryside. Green grass and cattle everywhere, 4 fantastic ranches with both red and black Angus cattle were presented to us.
  • -          21 delegate countries participated in the tours and conference. The networking and education potential was unreal
  • -          throughout the 14 days we were there, over 7500 people participated in various parts of the Secretariat, 12 members from Canada were in attendance
  • -          Uruguay has approximately 3 million people, but has over 10 million head of cattle, that is more than 2x the number of cattle in Canada, in a country less than 1/3 the size of the province of Alberta
  • -          Angus and Angus influence cattle make up over 60% of the beef herd in Uruguay
  • -          Angus cattle in Uruguay are very similar to Angus in North America (a lot of North American sires and dams in their pedigrees), they are perhaps 1 frame score size smaller, most cattle don’t have their first calf until 3 years of age
  • -          grass grows 365 days a year
  • -          75% of beef produced in Uruguay is exported
  • -          Uruguayans eats 61 kgs of beef per capita per year, I think we ate almost that much in the 14 days we were there!
  • -          Past President David Bolduc and I can attest to the fact that Uruguayans also serve great Ice Cream!

I will leave you this month with some photos from the 2019 World Angus Secretariat.
To quote our hosts….
Uruguay-the Last Big Farm


Trevor Welch
President



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2019 Building the Legacy Fundraiser Auction - donate today!


We are excited to share three donated items that will be available at the 2019 Canadian Angus Foundation Building the Legacy fundraiser auction on June 8 in Drumheller, AB. 



Did you know? The Junior Ambassador is made possible through the Building the Legacy fundraiser auction. The ambassador acts as a role model for youth and represented members of the Canadian Angus Association. It is an opportunity to network with leaders in the agriculture industry and to learn from them. Ambassadors have the opportunity to attend at least one international event and several major agricultural events in Canada.

Feature Lot – donated by Benchmark and Modern Steakhouse 



We are excited to share up for auction this year ten doses of Benchmark Tender Beef: first doses of this high marbling, high tenderness sire to sell in Canada; owned by Benchmark Angus and Basin Angus. Included in this package is a night out at Modern Steakhouse: an opportunity to sample Tender Beef at its finest, proudly serving Benchmark Beef. Voted #1 Calgary Steakhouse 4 years running by Culinary Magazine.



Feature Lot – donated by DLMS (Mark Shologan) 



We are pleased to have DLMS back on our marketing team for this year’s Legacy Sale. Mark and his crew are no strangers to many of us as an online broadcaster/bidding service for livestock sales and events. Here is an opportunity to get a head start on your sale for this fall or next spring. $1000 Service Credit towards a DLMS/Cattlevids.ca Internet Broadcast & Pre-Sale Video Service. This credit is for a broadcast and pre-recorded video service combined project offered by DLMS & Cattlevids.ca. This credit is to be used by the end of the spring 2020 bull sale season.



Feature Lot – donated by Reich Angus and K3 Ranch



Reich Angus and K3 Ranch are donating a collectible Hycroft plate. Featuring Eyebright and trimmed in 22K gold. They won it at the Rocky Mountain Angus Show in 1976 and it was sponsored by Loma Lanes Angus. Hycroft China Ltd. operated from 1955 until 1989 at the former plant site of Medicine Hat Potteries.



Building the Legacy Sale has become Canadian Angus Foundation’s main fundraiser focus and has been very successful in generating resources to further our mission.

The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical preservation and restoration. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.

The vision of the Building the Legacy concept is to allow the Foundation to build monetary resources. The Foundation uses its funds to provide opportunities for our youth, young breeders and membership to grow in the areas of leadership, marketing, networking, animal husbandry, genetic improvement and to learn about developing tools to enhance Angus production. The vision also includes the importance of preserving Angus history. By fostering these areas we can ensure our Angus history is not lost and will keep Angus as the breed of choice for the commercial beef sector and end users for years to come.

Our vision is being realized and because of generous donors we can support initiatives, scholarships, travel bursaries and learning opportunities. Through benevolent giving of donated livestock, semen, embryos, items and experiences, and the purchasing of the auction offerings, we at the Foundation have been able to put together a great suite of opportunities for our Angus membership.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Building the Legacy sale, the Canadian Angus Foundation, or would like more information please contact:

Belinda Wagner
Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director
(306) 757-6133


Monday, March 4, 2019

2019 Building the Legacy Fundraiser Auction - still time to donate




We are excited to announce three donated items that will be available at the 2019 Canadian Angus Foundation Building the Legacy fundraiser auction on June 8 in Drumheller, AB. 


Pick of the Herd Heifer Calves - donated by Lauron Red Angus



Lauron Red Angus is happy to offer a pick of their 2019 calendar year born heifer calves, from their 200 Red Angus based cow herd and some Black red carriers. The pick includes progeny of outstanding walking herdsires such as Red Lauron Block Buster 78B, Red Jewel Tradin Right 108D, Red RSL Moonshine Man 39E, Red Lauron Bobby 1188B as well as popular AI sires, Red Six Mile Custom Made 505C, Red Windy Hill Zeppelin 1240Y and Red Triple L Jagger 18C to name a few; and from tried and true cow families – Blackbird, Dalmistu, Missy, Jill, Morojitti, Kuruba. Please note: the selection must be made prior to August 1, 2019. Proudly donated by Ron and Laurie Hunter and family.



Feature Lot - donated by Belvin Angus

Belvin Angus is generously donating 2 packages of Montana Octane 6121 semen to the Building the Legacy Auction. Each package contains 10 straws. Montana Octane 6121 is a powerful sire, with breed leading performance numbers, a unique pedigree, and a dam, K C F Miss Absolute A198, who is a featured donor in the Montana Ranch program

Montana Octane 6121
Dam of Octane 6121: K C F Miss Absolute A198


Feature Lot - donated by Eby Trailers and T-Down Trailers Ltd.

An one year lease on an Eby Gooseneck trailer, valued at $5,000. Donated by Eby and T-Down Trailers Ltd, proud supporters of the beef industry.



Building the Legacy Sale has become Canadian Angus Foundation’s main fundraiser focus and has been very successful in generating resources to further our mission.



The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical preservation and restoration. The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.



The vision of the Building the Legacy concept is to allow the Foundation to build monetary resources. The Foundation uses its funds to provide opportunities for our youth, young breeders and membership to grow in the areas of leadership, marketing, networking, animal husbandry, genetic improvement and to learn about developing tools to enhance Angus production. The vision also includes the importance of preserving Angus history. By fostering these areas we can ensure our Angus history is not lost and will keep Angus as the breed of choice for the commercial beef sector and end users for years to come.



Our vision is being realized and because of generous donors we can support initiatives, scholarships, travel bursaries and learning opportunities. Through benevolent giving of donated livestock, semen, embryos, items and experiences, and the purchasing of the auction offerings, we at the Foundation have been able to put together a great suite of opportunities for our Angus membership.



If you are interested in making a donation to the Building the Legacy sale, the Canadian Angus Foundation, or would like more information please contact:



Belinda Wagner

Canadian Angus Foundation Executive Director


(306) 757-6133