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2017 bull sale off to good start

Plenty of good events ahead involving people, animals and machinery

Ringmen take bids at Lazy S Ranch sale.

Stewart Ainsworth has no complaints after their 48th annual bull sale at the ranch earlier this winter.

Ainsworth, who along with family members is part of Lazy S Ranch at Mayerthorpe, Alberta, just northwest of Edmonton, says it wasn’t a record year, “but still we were very pleased with the results” … considering the year, and the beef industry economics, the Lazy S crew was happy.

Lazy S has been producing and marketing Simmental and Angus cattle for 48 years. Stewart says they started out with the traditional white and tan Simmentals in 1969 and later moved into the red and black Simmental and Angus genetics.

While they sell purebred red and black Simmental and Angus bulls, they also have good customer demand for crossbred bulls they call Red and Black Beefmaker cattle.

So here’s how the 48th annual sale at the ranch stacked up:

  • Red Simmental averaged $6,108
  • Black Simmental averaged $5,841
  • Red Beefmaker – (SimAngus) averaged $6,108
  • Black Beefmaker – (SimAngus) averaged $4,929
  • Black Angus averaged $5,103
  • Red Angus averaged $5,844
  • A total of 233 lots grossed $1,328,700 for an overall average of $5,703.

Volume buyers this year included: Coldstream Ranch, 14 head, Rolling N Ranching, eight head and Osadczuk Cattle Co., eight head.

Keeping everything running there at Lazy S Ranch are Stewart and Doreen along with their son Grant and his sons, Carson and Jace; son Greg and his wife Tracy and son Jade; and daughter Donna and her husband Larry and their children Shaylyn and Lindsay. Their daughter-in-law Claire runs the local veterinary clinic in Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt.

Coming events: Livestock care next week

If you’re in the Leduc, Alta. area next week, there is probably a chance you can still find a chair at the 2017 Livestock Care Conference sponsored by Alberta Farm Animal Care. The event runs March 21 and 22 at the Best Western Denham Inn in Leduc. There is a great lineup of speakers from Canada and the U.S. all related to safe, proper and humane treatment and care of farm animals, whether it be beef, dairy, hogs, poultry and even rodeo stock.

For more details on the event visit their website at:

UCVM Beef Cattle Conference

Set aside a couple days in late June to attend the 2017 Beef Cattle Conference hosted by the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine school.

This two-day event — June 22 and 23 is developed around the theme Raising Healthy Beef Cattle in a Changing World. For more details and to register visit the conference website at:

The first morning of the conference will be held at the vet school Spyhill campus in N.W. Calgary for some hands on sessions with Eugene Janzen and Carolyn Legge talking about feedlot pathology and disease and sickness diagnoses.

On the cow-calf side Claire Windeyer and Karen Schmid will be talking about the how, when and why of body condition scoring.

After lunch that first day, the conference moves to the Deerfoot Inn and Casino conference centre in southeast Calgary for the remainder of presentations on a wide range of animal health related topics.

Speakers this year include experts from Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine, Lethbridge Research Centre, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary (UCVM), veterinary practitioners and beef industry leaders. The program also allows for plenty of time for networking and interaction with conference presenters and beef industry stakeholders.

Workshop: Body Condition Scoring: How, When and Why?

Body Condition Scoring isn’t just something nutritionist Peter Vitti talks about in his regular Grainews column. Dr. Claire Windeyer, at UCVM and Karin Schmid with Alberta Beef Producers will get into the details about why BCS is an important component of a health management strategy to optimize productivity of your cow-calf herd. This workshop will involve hands-on training on how to perform the scoring, a discussion about when and why it should be conducted, and an interactive demonstration of the impacts of varying condition of cow productivity and profitability.

Livestock Market Association Conference

President Scott Anderson and the board of directors of the Livestock Market Association of Canada are pleased to announce the 2017 annual meeting, convention and auctioneering championships will be held at Lethbridge, Alberta, May 11 to 14.

Not only is it the LMAC annual conference, the event being held for the first time in the Lethbridge area, will also help the well known Perlich Bros. Auction celebrate it’s 50th anniversary in business. The event will also mark the 20th anniversary of the LMAC Auctioneering Championship.

It is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with the auctioneers, market operators and industry partners from across Canada. The Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, at which time the new inductee to the LMAC Hall of Fame will be recognized, and the winners of the various competitions will be announced.

The LMAC convention is a great place to combine business with pleasure. All events are open to LMAC members and industry partners; pre-registration is required. For more information contact LMAC executive secretary Rick Wright at 204-748-7676 or email [email protected] or the LMAC website at

Two great conferences in one

Coming up in early December, plan to attend the joint sessions of the Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and the Western Canadian Grazing Conference being held in Edmonton, Dec. 5-7.

Nora Paulovich, manager of North Peace Applied Research Association (NPARA) and conference chair says it has been confirmed that Gabe Brown will be speaking at the newly combined conference. Brown is a soil health practitioner and producer from Bismarck ND. “Gabe is really able to bring soil health and ag production into focus,” says Paulovich. “People like to hear what he knows and what he has done.”

Brown, who is a major proponent of producing forage or pasture blends — not only good for grazing cattle, but for soil health— fits well with the conference theme “Profit Above and Wealth Below.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two great conferences in one being staged at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South. “Some seats have been added, but interest is high and registrations may go quickly” cautions Paulovich. Registration information, agenda and speakers are being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. Current information is available at or contact Tom Fromme by email at: [email protected] or Nora Paulovich at [email protected] or the research association website at:

A little decorum

A new priest, born and raised in Texas, comes to serve in a city parish and is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks the older priest to sit in on his sessions.

The new priest hears a couple of confessions, then the old priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.

The old priest suggests, “Cross your arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand and try saying things like ‘yes, I see,’ and ‘yes, go on,’ and ‘I understand.’”

The new priest crosses his arms, rubs his chin with one hand and repeats all the suggested remarks to the old priest.

The old priest says, “Now, don’t you think that’s a little better than slapping your knee and saying, ‘Holy crap, what happened next?’”

There are two big summer shows coming up that will allow you to kick all the machinery tires you can handle, and learn more about crop and livestock production.

Machinery, crops and more

The 40th Canada’s Farm Progress Show will be opening its doors in Regina, Sask. June 21 to 23 at the Regina exhibition grounds.

Farm Progress attracts more than 40,000 visitors from more than 50 countries, as it promotes innovation, education, collaboration and growth in the agriculture industry. The show covers over 1.9 million sq. ft. of space with everything from the latest in equipment and software technology to industry-leading keynote speakers and lifestyle products. For more information visit their website:

And if you want to see how equipment actually works in the field, plan to attend the 3rd annual Ag In Motion farm show July 18 to 20 at Langham, Sask, just north of Saskatoon. Located on 160 acres, Ag in Motion is the first and only agricultural trade show in Western Canada that provides an outdoor venue for progressive farmers that want to see and feel the latest agricultural innovations — all in one place. The event features interactive exhibits and live field and crop plot demonstrations. The Expo was created to empower farmers by providing the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. For more information visit AIM website at:

If you ever wondered where those marshmallow-looking forage bales 
come from visit Ag In Motion in July 2017 to find out. photo: File

About the author

Field Editor

Lee Hart

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.



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