Canadian Angus Association Convention 2020
March 25, 2020
2020 will be a year like no other as everyone across the globe deals with challenges related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The beef industry and Angus community have shown great resolve through these times, and I thank everyone involved in making 2020 bull sales and business continue through these difficult times.
Due to the unknown circumstances that we face ahead over the next few months and all the planning that goes into having a successful convention, the Canadian Angus Association has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our National Convention 2020 in Moncton, New Brunswick until 2022.
Our National Convention 2021 will proceed in Saskatchewan as originally planned at this time. An announcement about the specific location will be made at a later date.
We still look forward to engaging with our members and industry colleagues and are exploring options to host our AGM under a different platform in 2020. As details get confirmed, they will be shared. Please check back to our National Convention webpage (https://cdnangus.ca/activities-and-services/national-convention) and watch our social media channels and Angus Advisor newsletter for more information.
Canadian Angus Association
CAA OFFICE CLOSURE ALERT
The Canadian Angus Association has made the decision to close our offices to visitors in an attempt to reduce the impacts of COVID-19. We are committed to maintaining our service and business operations as close to normal function as possible. Our office will remain open as we perform our day-to-day operations adhering to all current health protocols as recommended by Alberta Health Services, however, to assure the safety of our staff, if you need our service, we ask that you contact us via email or telephone rather than an office visit at this time.
A drop box will be placed outside our doors during regular business hours so that work can be dropped off by those who are unable to send via email, courier or Canada Post. A staff member will collect the work and sanitize it before entering it into the work queue for processing.
If you require one-on-one assistance, please call our office. If you are not able to reach a staff member immediately, leave a message so that we can call you back as the number of requests for one-on-one assistance is higher than usual and we are spending significant amounts of time on the phone supporting our members.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through this together. Our revised operations will not affect our ability to work on your behalf. Along with other industry stakeholders, we are dedicated to maintaining business continuity that includes live cattle trade both within Canada and with our American customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has created a dedicated section on their website with information about COVID-19 specific to the beef industry: https://www.cattle.ca/cca-resources/covid-19/
Angus Life 2020 MAGAZINE
View your copy of Angus Life 2020 HERE
Changes to Canadian Angus Board Policy on Parentage Verification Requirements
Your Association and board of directors’ goal is to help guarantee your genetics and provide bull buyers with the most accurate pedigree information possible. The changes at our lab mean that we can now provide a SNP Parentage Verification test with double the number of SNPs so that our parentage verification is more accurate than ever. The board has also changed the requirements for parent verification on sires to reinforce this. The Canadian Angus policy on parentage verification now states that:
• All sires born on or before December 31, 2018 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing sire verification before their offspring can be registered.
• All sires born on or after January 1, 2019 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing parentage verification (to both sire and dam) before their offspring can be registered.
• Sires being used for AI must be parentage verified (to both sire and dam) to the before they are granted AI approval status.
We recommend that you have a DNA sample available for your females in case they have a great bull calf that ends up being a sire, either in your herd or another Canadian Angus member’s herd. Hair can be stored forever as long as it is well labelled and stored in a safe dry place. We have also worked with our lab to have other methods of DNA sampling available. Member can now use blood cards, hair cards, and tissue sampling units (TSUs). These are all available through the Angus office. If you decide to use a bull (AI or naturally) please make sure that you submit a DNA sample for the bull and ensure that there is a DNA sample on both parents available as well so that the bull might be parent verified. The Association has included a ‘What Bulls Did You Use Form’ in your Membership Renewal and Inventory Packages sent in December. You can use this form to let the Association know which bulls you used – we will set up all the Parentage Verification tests necessary for you. It’s an easy way to ensure everything is taken care of before you go to register your calves. Both your national Association, and your regional associations are here to help, so if you need more information or have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-571-3580.
This brings us to news from our lab, Delta Genomics, which was purchased by Neogen Canada earlier this year. What this means for members:
1. With the same location and the same staff team in place, Canadian Angus members can expect the same high quality of customer service from their lab.
2. Our basic SNP Parentage Verification test will now be based on a panel of 200 SNPs, double what was previously available. This increase in number of SNPs for parentage verification will increase the accuracy with which we can verify parentage.
3. The turnaround time for all tests requested will be 21 calendar days. This will be a significant improvement for our AngusGS and genetic condition tests which used to take 4–6 weeks. Now, all test results, including SNP Parentage Verification, will be reported within 21 calendar days from the date that the lab receives your DNA samples.
4. To make DNA sampling easier, your Association has worked with Neogen Canada to offer the following DNA submission options:
• You can still submit hair samples – please ensure that the samples are wrapped in tape or fastened on hair cards (available through your Association, $5 per 10 pack)
• You can submit a tissue sample using Allflex tissue sampling units (TSUs) (available through your Association for $30 per 10 pack)
• You can submit a semen straw
• You can submit a blood blot (available through your Association, $2.50 per 10 pack)
The process: please send your request for your genomic tests, specifying the animal(s) to be tested and the test(s) requested, to your Association by emailing email@example.com, calling 1-888-571-3580, or faxing 403-571-3599. We will send you the correct lab requisition forms to attach to your DNA submissions.
Please do not send the lab DNA submissions without your requisition forms. Without these forms the lab will not be able to process your test requests. Sending DNA samples to the lab without the correct paperwork results in a delay to your testing and an additional fee will be assessed.
The Canadian Angus Association is excited to welcome Neogen Canada to the Canadian beef industry. We look forward to working with the Neogen Canada team in Edmonton to provide our members access to the best genomic technology and customer service possible.