Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Building the Legacy 7 Announcement - 3

The Canadian Angus Foundation is pleased to announce these extraordinary donations to our 7th annual "Building the Legacy" fundraiser auction occurring on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 in Comox, BC as well as online.

Pick-of-the-Herd Heifer Calf
Donated by Crescent Creek Angus
Wes & Kim Olynyk - Goodeve, SK
From one of Canada's Heritage Angus herds, you get your choice of their entire 2018 heifer calf crop!

This is one of those rare opportunities that come around as rarely as finding gold on a fishing trip.

To celebrate their 65th anniversary with Angus cattle (purebreds came a few years later), the Olynyk family, one of our Canadian Angus 'royal' families - awarded their 50-Year Heritage Award in 2005 - are giving you a 'chance of a lifetime'!

(Lassie 42Y) The Lassie cow family is prolific at Crescent Creek. They were the foundation cow family for the WOS tattoo at Crescent Creek Angus.
(Rosebud 115F) The impact Crescent Creek Rosebud 115F has made on multiple Angus herds throughout Canada is immeasurable.  She was named Premier Dam at the 2009 World Angus Forum in Calgary.

(Queen Ruth 14W) Another widely recognized cow family at Crescent Creek.
From Wes: "We find it an exciting opportunity to get a chance to select from the heart of a program known for strong cow families. The strength of our program does not revolve around AI sires but rather strong walking bulls representing prolific cow families. We believe the strength of many herds is the result of such walking bulls. Our program offers outcross pedigrees that could very well be valuable in establishing the next great one. The offering is the culmination of 65 years of breeding purebred Angus cattle. The traits this maternal breed is known for has led to our breeding philosophy."

-The choice of any WOS or DTZ tattoo calendar year heifer calf. Choice to be made by October 1, 2018, preferably on a warm fall day, so one can enjoy a steak supper & refreshment. This year's selection will be from one of the largest heifer offerings we've ever had. Popular AI bulls include:
MAR Innovation 251
EF Commando 1366
PA Fortitude 2500
HA Counselor 5118
Vintage AI sires:
LT Bandwagon 3105
OGL Battlecry 427
Popular walking bulls:
Chapman Memento 3589
HA Outside 5161, who is a paternal brother to HA Cowboy Up
Crescent Creek Entrepreneur 105A, a Rito 707 grandson
Crescent Creek Fortune 169C, a Stevenson Fortune 425C grandson
Crescent Creek Alternative 516, SITZ Alliance 6595 grandson
S McCoy 373
Canadian Sired Fleury Bardolene 115B

Crescent Creek offers to keep the female at the farm free of charge for the duration of her life.  All resulting offspring will be revenue shared at 50% with no expense to the buyer.

CCA 48E - sells on April 7th
CCA 28E - sells on April 7th

Wes & Kim Olynyk (306) 876-4420
Orie, Danny, Katie and Wade
Irene Olynyk (306) 876-4400
Goodeve, SK, Canada

Please join Crescent Creek Angus - the Olynyk family - for their 20th Annual Bull and Female Sale on Saturday April 7th, 2018 at the farm 1 mile East & 3 Miles North of Goodeve on Crescent Creek Road. Lunch is served at noon with the sale to follow at 1:00 p.m.

Semen Donation
 10 straws of semen (2 x 5) offered for the first time EVER on Bar S Range Boss 4002!
 Donated by the Liebreich family of Merit Cattle Co. - Radville, SK.

Range Boss was found in Kansas by the Liebreich's friend, Riley Lafrentz, who thought they would be interested in this unique breeding piece. His structure is impeccable and he consistently passes that on to his progeny. Range Boss checks a lot of boxes. He's got a great look and presence about him. He's long bodied, deep sided and easy fleshing, with great hair, good scrotal and feet and a disposition that is second to none. The Pride cow family at Bar S is a cornerstone in their operation. He's really stamped his progeny and his sons and daughters have been equally in demand, including at their bull sale last Monday. His sons have met great acceptance being highlighted by Merit Sting who sold ½ interest in the Masterpiece at Agribition to Double F for $52,000. A daughter, Merit Flora 6078 is a popular many-time champion including Grand Champion Female at the Weyburn Regional, Champion Owned Female at Showdown, and Reserve Champion Female at Lloydminster Stockade Roundup Gold Show. Another daughter was selected last year by Poplar Meadows as the $15,000 high selling 'Pick of the Herd Heifer Calf' donation to last year's edition of Building the Legacy. His first daughters calved this spring and display impeccable udder structure. Range Boss is poised to become the next generation foundation sire at Merit. And you can build on this very foundation!

Rare Angus Collectible
Donated by Belinda Wagner


From the 'Rob Holowaychuk Collection' and donated to us by our Foundation Executive Director Belinda Wagner (2017 BMO Women in Agriculture award recipient, by the way!), please see these two special Hycroft plates.

Hycroft China Ltd. operated from 1955 until 1989 at the former plant site of Medicine Hat Potteries. Mayor Harry Veiner is credited with taking over the failing operation and producing sanitary ware such as toilets and sinks and their well-known dishes, such as these plates. The plant is now part of The Friends of Medalta world-class museum in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Rob scoured the antique shops and garage sales of our country in search of these rare Angus plates, and Belinda is donating the 'fruits of his search' in BtL7. In honouring one of our Foundation's greatest supporters, the memory and meaning of Rob's appreciation for these collectibles is even more valuable than the plates themselves. Please consider making them part of your Angus collection! 

We will be featuring more donations monthly between now and the fundraiser on June 9th, both through The Angus Word as well as social media and, perhaps, some special e-blast announcements. If you are interesting in donating something to our greatest of Canadian Angus causes, please do not hesitate to contact "Building the Legacy 7" Chair Shawn Birmingham: shawnbirmingham@yahoo.ca.

And plan to be part of the action at Convention in Comox!

Celebrating 50 Years of Red Angus Registrations in Canada in 2018

April 3 marks 50 years of Red Angus registrations in Canada. And while the Canadian Angus Association celebrates 50 years of Red Angus registrations in 2018, Red Angus have been in Canada much longer than 50 years, and that is also worth celebrating.

The first record of Red Angus in Canada is the recorded importation of a red cow from Scotland in 1886. Rancher Matthew Cochrane imported red Angus from Scotland in 1889 for his ranch west of Calgary, Alberta.

Volume I of the Canadian Angus Herdbook was published in 1908. Red Angus females were included but red males were excluded. On March 15, 1921, the CAA bylaws were amended and all Red Angus cattle were excluded. This decision would stand until April 3, 1968 when the Minister of Agriculture officially approved that Red Angus cattle be eligible for registration.

Although Red Angus were banned from the Canadian herdbook, several breeders accumulated herds of Red Angus cattle and registered them with the Red Angus Association of America after it was chartered in 1954. When red cattle were once again permitted in the Canadian Angus herdbook, the supply of Canadian-born Red Angus was very limited and breeders turned to the United States to find breeding stock.

The Mackenzie Bros. of Alberta were the first to import red Angus males and females from the United States to Canada. They purchased one herd sire, Beckton Larkebelang 130, one cow/calf pair and two bred heifers from Beckton Stock Farm in Wyoming in 1962. This breeding stock came from Red Angus pioneers Waldo and Sally Forbes who were instrumental in the formation of the Red Angus Association of America. Two years later in 1964, Don Mackenzie sold the first Red Angus bull in Canada.

When the Canadian Angus herdbook was opened to Red Angus in 1968, the Association offered to register all Red Angus cattle under the age of 24 months at the lowest price point, allowing Red Angus breeders an affordable opportunity to populate the herdbook and register their herds.

In 1969 Mark Mackenzie had the first Canadian-registered Red Angus bull to sell at auction in Canada. The first Canadian-raised purebred Red Angus bull, Red Mac 15Z, was sold at the Calgary Bull Sale in 1970 for $1,800. A year later, Red Stormalong 3A was a Calgary Bull Sale champion. He sold for $7,200.

In 1972 a group of 12 Red Angus cattle breeders from Alberta and Saskatchewan formed the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society to specifically promote Red Angus cattle. And in 1978, Don Mackenzie became the first Red Angus breeder elected to the Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors.

Thanks to the pioneering efforts of Angus breeders dedicated to red hide colour, 50 years later, Red Angus account for more than 40% of Canada’s national Angus herd. The Canadian Angus Association is proud to recognize and applaud those efforts.