On April 22, 1971, a group of enthusiastic Saskatchewan Simmental Breeders met in Regina to create their first Provincial Association. The Association started off with a membership of 77. By-laws were approved and directors elected. The first President was Edgar Mapletoft of Frenchman Butte, the Vice-President was Cyril Ross of Estevan and the Secretary-Treasurer was Leroy Berry of Carievale. Membership increased rapidly to 320 members.
The Saskatchewan Simmental Association (SSA) immediately became involved in live displays at summer fairs and sponsored the first sale at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Three years later, history was made when 116 lots sold for just under 1.25 million dollars at the Agribition sale.
The First Simmental show at Agribition was sponsored in 1976. The show continued to grow and over 400 head of Simmental cattle were displayed every year for several years. In 2017, the Canadian Simmental Assocition will celebrate their 50th Anniversary and the National Show will be held at Canadian Western Agribition. The 50th Anniversary of the first Agribition Simmental Sale will take place in 2020 as Canadian Western Agribition also celebrates the 50th Anniversary milestone.
The People’s Choice Bull Show was added in 1994 to promote Simmental Bulls and to keep Simmental and the SSA at the forefront of the beef industry. Calendar year bull calves were nominated and then judged by gold and silver membership holders. Twenty eight bulls competed for the right to be the “People’s Choice” and compete for a jackpot of over $10,000! Seventy-five judges appraised the three classes of bulls, all scoring cards were tabulated and a championship class was determined. Before the championship class was announced, a name was drawn from all Gold and Sliver level memberships. EDN Simmentals, of Maple Creek, SK. was the winner of a half interest and full possession of a bull of their choice from all twenty-eight bulls in the show. They selected a bull exhibited by Sunny Valley Simmental, Wayne & Linda Libke, Hanley, SK. Wayne and Linda received a $12, 530.00 jackpot. The People’s Choice Grand Champion also went to the Libke’s. The grand champion bull received $1000.00 and the Reserve Champion, exhibited by EDN Simmental, and received $500.00.
A Scholarship Fund was started in 1999 and is available to SSA member’s children. The scholarships are available to students entered in post-secondary education; his/her parents must be current SSA members and have been so for more than one year. Applications for scholarships are due October 1st of each year and are available from the SSA office. Since its inception, the SSA has awarded over 90 scholarships!
The Scholarship Fund is funded by the Scholarship Donation Heifer. A current year heifer calf is donated to the SSA and is auctioned off by Dutch auction at Agribition.
2018 Scholarship Heifer donated by Pheasantdale Cattle Company, Balcarres, SK
Congratulations to Mader Ranches and Sawley Ranches Ltd. of Carstairs, AB for winning the SSA $2000 Bull Promotion. Their name was pulled from over 1200 bulls transferred in Saskatchewan by SSA members in 2018! Maders and Sawley Ranches purchased their bull from McMillen Ranching Ltd of Carievale, SK.. The lucky winners will recieve a $2000 sale credit from the Saskatchewan Simmental Association, to be used towards the purchase of a bull or female at public auction or by private treaty from a current SSA member.
The 48th Annual General Meeting was held on June 19, 2018 in Estevan, SK. The day started with a Golf Tournament at the Woodlawn Golf Course in Estevan. The group then moved to R Plus Simmentals a cattle tour and delicous prime rib supper. At the 48th Annual General Meeting, Kirsten Fornwald let her name stand for re-election and Lee Stilborn and Lane Scherger joined the SSA Board of Directors. A Huge Thank you to Ryan Lundberg, Past President and Donna Asher for their time, dedication and commitment to the SSA Board of Directors as they retire. We wish them well in the future endeavors! Thank you to all who took the time to attend the meeting and to R Plus Simmentals for hosting such a wonderful event!!