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Sale Results: 
-Hillview Farms Annual Sale was March 7th. Two-year-old bulls averaged $5083, yearling bulls $4200, and open heifers $3412. The high-selling lot was Lot 10 at $8000, sold to Kersey Farms.
-Andrew Ranches had active onsite and phone bids managed by Bow Slope order buyers, that resulted in a $5970 average on 5 bulls. Top selling lots went to Larry Tanaschyk from Hemaruka, AB, Cody Keith from Byemoor, AB and Nor Alta Limousin from Kinuso, AB. At the same sale, de Jager Limousin had a high-selling lot at $4400 and averaged $3920, and Andrew Ranching averaged $4217 on three purebred bulls, and $3850 on 2 Limflex bulls.
-Excellence Bull Sale, held at Excel Ranches March 12, sold 40 lots to average $4554. High selling lot was the 2-year-old Lot 1 at $8000, sold to North Stream Limousin. 

Upcoming Limousin Sales

ONGOING: DC Farms Private Treaty Sale - Catalogue here
March 16, 2020: Diamond C Limousin - Catalogue here
March 21, 2020: Venture Livestock Enterprises (Fully Loaded Bull Sale Lot 24, Cookstown, ON) - Catalogue here
March 21, 2020: Highland Stock Farms - Catalogue here
April 3, 2020: Pinnacle View Limousin (Continental Connection Bull Sale, Quesnel, BC) - Catalogue here
April 4 , 2020: Nor-Alta Limousin (Peace Country Limousin Bull Sale, Dawson Creek, BC) - Catalogue here

Other Events
June 20, 2020: AGM and Field Day hosted by Carla & Jaap de Jager at their new home in Carmangay, AB

Pen Show
The ALA board is looking forward to hosting a bull pen show in Red Deer during the CFR Rodeo. Plans are in the works to provide our members a venue for the display of their sale bulls and herd sires. Stay tuned for more information! 
The ALA bylaws are in severe disarray and no longer represent the way the association operates. A committee has been formed to work on a completely new set of bylaws, and we will have a set for the approval by the membership at the AGM in June. We are working on this with the help of a professional parliamentarian.

Cattlemen's Corner

More Uniform Calf Crops: Shorter Calving Seasons Can Improve The Bottom Line

Posted on March 12, 2020 by 
Reprinted with permission

For many producers across Canada, calving season has just begun or will soon begin. For other producers this is the time to shift gears into the start of the breeding season. Establishing and maintaining breeding momentum is important. Once a cow is bred in the first part of the breeding season, she has a greater likelihood of breeding back early in the years to follow. Cows that are bred early will have calves that have greater potential to gain by weaning time, resulting in a uniform calf crop and improved profitability.

There is an opportunity for producers to evaluate their calving distribution and the impact it has on their bottom line. Now is a good time for farmers and ranchers to incorporate any changes they want during breeding season, such as when to pull their bulls, that will affect next year’s calf crop.
Each time a cow is not bred during a 21-day heat cycle, it can cost up to 48 lbs of weaning weight (assuming an average daily gain on calves of 2.3 lbs/day). Having more calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season allows producers to market larger, more uniform groups of calves and increase their profit potential.

The standard industry target is to have at least 60% of females calving within the first cycle, followed by 25% calving between 21-42 days, 10% between 42-63 days and the remaining 5% calving in the fourth and final cycle. An ideal distribution could be 70-20-10 with a condensed breeding season of three cycles (63 days).

To evaluate your current calving distribution and determine what the impact on your revenue would be if you move to the industry target of 60-25-10-5, or a condensed breeding season of three cycles (63 days) at 70-20-10, you can enter your own herd data into the Value of Calving Distribution Calculator. As with all decision-making tools, you must consider the balance between any increased revenue with the cost of making a management change and achieving the goal.

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