Thursday, February 10, 2011

Report on January Industry Events

Thank you to everyone who has come out and visited with Julia or myself at recent industry events across the county. Tag sales have been fantastic these last few weeks, and we have received a great response at all the events we have been to. New dates are still being added for March and will be posted very soon, but the Calgary Bull Sale, March 2 and 3, 2011, is confirmed.

In addition to attending Ag Days in Brandon and the Feeder Association of Alberta’s annual Convention in Red Deer, I had the privilege to speak at this year’s Ottawa Valley Annual General Meeting. I was delighted to see the turn out and to hear the positive comments not only about the industry but what the Association is doing. I am very grateful for the opportunity and the invitation to attend.

Ag Days in Brandon is a wonderful event and I am sorry that I have never had the chance to attend until this year. With a huge showcase of everything agricultural related, I was pleased to be able to add Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tags to that list. The people that I spoke with over those two days were from diverse backgrounds and very interesting; from producers to consumers every step along the way was represented. Thanks to the Manitoba Angus Association for working with me and helping make that event a success.

Julia made the trip to Camrose, Alberta this year for the Bull Congress and we had fantastic tag sales there. Alberta producers have embraced the Angus Tag Program and are taking full advantage of the Alberta Government’s Age Verification Incentive Program. AVIP is in year two now and producers who applied last year are eligible to apply again. Anyone who didn’t apply last year can still maximize their returns on a 2011 tag purchase.

Expect to see us out and about in March and again this fall. And as always you can mail or fax in your tag order, complete it online or call us at the office. Remember it takes a couple of days to ship tags, so order early.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

How a Geneprob Herd Analysis Can Help You

The Canadian Angus Association can provide for its members a Geneprob herd analysis. This report will identify any animals in your herd that might have a probability of inheriting a recessive gene that causes either AM, NH, OS, MA or CA. The report can help members identify which animals to test for the genes, so that testing is focused in the most economical way possible.

Here are some comments from members who have used the Geneprob herd analysis:

“I thought that I was going to have to test all my animals for OS, but the Geneprob report showed me that if I tested just one sire and he came back free of the gene, then I would not need to test any other animals at all”.

“I didn’t think that NH was an issue in my herd, I am very particular about the pedigree that I use. But I got the herd analysis anyways. I was surprised to see that a few of the cows I had bought were out of a carrier bull, and had 50% probability of having the NH gene. I was happy to find out now and be able to get the tests done right away. I’d rather know now than later down the road”.

“I didn’t quite understand this whole genetics thing until I got my herd analysis and went through it with Kajal. It’s worth the $15 to really see what you have or don’t have”.

To request a Geneprob herd analysis contact, me by email or at 1-888-571-3580.

Posted by Kajal Devani