Canadian Hereford Association
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January 2016 Performance Edition

Take Notice...

Now Hiring for Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Hereford Association is currently looking to hire an enthusiastic individual into the position of Communications Coordinator. The main role of the position is to design and manage the communication tools of the Association and its members under the Canadian Hereford Digest banner. Please click the link below for more details.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Samara McBain for her years of service with the Canadian Hereford Digest and wish her good luck in her future endeavours.

The SA Hereford Breeders Society celebrates its 100th Anniversary
Tour 4 – 15 September 2017

The SA Hereford Breeders Society celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2017 and will reflect on 100 years of playing a major role in the development of the SA Beef Industry.
SA Hereford will be your hosts for the Hereford Centenary Celebration Tour and Swartland agricultural showcase including the visits through our beautiful country.

Swartland Show is one of the largest Agricultural shows in Western and Southern Cape with a visitor number of 10,000 plus.
SWARTLAND SHOW is a benchmark agricultural show and showcase a comprehensive range of products to meet all the needs of a farming operation. Livestock producers and breeders, Agribusinesses and input suppliers, Producers Members of producers’ organisations.
How to register?
To participate in the tour programme and assistance with registration below contact Teresa Labuschagne email: Also visit our websites at:

Deadlines: Final application to participate in the organised tour: 25 May 2017 CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

T Bar Invitational 10th Anniversary- June 19 & 20, 2017
In the past nine years, the T Bar Invitational has raised over $400,000.00 for youth in agriculture, donating over $90,000 to the CJHA. The final round of the T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament will take place June 19th and 20th, 2017 in Saskatoon, SK. The CJHA would like to extend an invitation to all golfers, CHA and CJHA members to the 10th Annual T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament to support all youth in agriculture and to show our appreciation for such a great program. Visit their website,, for sponsorship and entry forms. The CJHA National Council would like to thank the T Bar Invitational committee for all their work and dedication to all juniors across Canada. We truly cannot thank you enough!    Click Here for details

A Note From the Executive Director
I’m writing this note to quell all the rumors about the “breed purity” of a popular AI Sire.

Over the past few weeks there has been many rumors swirling around the breed make-up of a popular AI sire. Firstly, and most importantly, through correspondence with the CEO of Herefords Australia, we have received notification that this claim posted to an online web-chat was a fabrication.

Our role is to maintain the validity of the registry and the pedigrees held within it to the highest standard using gold-standard technologies.
Currently, our gold-standard is parentage validation. In the future, new technologies that increase the ability of the registry to validate pedigrees may become useful, reliable tools, however currently these tools are not accurate enough to make definitive decisions from the results.

The technology that is referenced in this online post supposedly measures “breed purity”. However, this technology is new and the result of the test is highly dependent on the group of animals that are being used as a “reference population”. In actuality, the test measures “relatedness” to the reference population, not “breed purity”. If a subject animal is compared to a reference population that does not truly represent its lineage, the result may be both inaccurate and misleading.

Currently, the CHA uses parentage as the gold-standard and stands behind the validity of the animals that have qualified to enter the Canadian Hereford Association registry.

Stephen Scott
Executive Director
Canadian Hereford Association

You are invited to join us at the 2017 UCVM Beef Cattle Conference.
This 2-day event will address raising healthy beef cattle in a changing world. This year, the focus will be on highlighting the challenges and solutions of managing cattle without the use of antibiotics.

June 22nd - Clinical Skills Building (7:30am - 12:30pm) Pre Conference Workshops
June 22nd - Deerfoot Inn & Casino (1:00pm - 7:00pm)
June 23rd - Deerfoot Inn & Casino ( 7:30am - 3:20pm)

CLICK HERE for registration rates and information Early Bird Rates availabe until May 15!

Attention Juniors!We’re going abroad!! The Canadian Junior Hereford Association has teamed up with the United Kingdom and will be sending two successful applicants to the UK in August 2017. Please take some time to fill out the application and submit it by May 15th, 2017. We are excited to be connecting with another youth organization oversea and we look forward to the opportunity it will bring the CJHA, the Hereford Breed and the successful recipients! Click Here for an Application

The Keith Gilmore Foundation (KGF)  Scholarship program awards up to $34,000 in scholarships each year to benefit young people and the agriculture industry. Three categories of scholarships are available to eligible students. The Keith Gilmore Prize for Beef Innovation is a unique scholarship open to any student who is pursuing advanced or post-graduate studies, in any field that will advance the development and value of the beef and cattle industry. The Hereford Youth Scholarship is available to returning students who are connected to the Hereford breed, either purebred or commercial. The Future of the Breed scholarship is available to current CJHA members pursuing their first year in any post secondary education program.
The success of the KGF scholarships program depends upon the generosity and support of Hereford Breeders in Canada. The major fundraising event takes place at Bonanza each year, where pick of heifers, embryos and travel experiences are sold by live auction during the banquet. All prizes are donated by Hereford Breeders and Supporters. Special sales are held throughout the year across Canada to further contribute to the KGF programs. Individuals also make significant contributions to the KGF in support of youth, education and research. In particular, it is a great honour when the KGF is named as a charity of choice in memory of a loved one.

Have you Heard? The CJHA released their first E-Newsletter!
Click HERE to read
and HERE to subscribe for future updates!

Bonanza Event Hotel
36036 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
Ph. (604) 870-1050
Toll-free: 1-888-411-1070
Rate: $112/night

Bonanza Sponsorship
Click Here for sponsorship opportunities
Contact: Nathan Reimer 604-855-5805
or Clint Smith 604-845-2124

See the Take Notice Archive here.

Digest Forward Archive

Canada Beef The Current Sire Summary is available here

Spring 2017 EPDs are now online, averages, tools and trends can be found here

The Confirmed Genetic Abnormality Carriers Lists are now online, click here for more information and to view the lists

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