Micheal E. “Mike” Geddes died July 29th, 2020 at the Rock Lake Personal Care Home, Pilot Mound, MB at the age of 66. Mike took over the Char-O-Clare herd from his pioneer Charolais breeder father, Clare Geddes, in the 80s and continued raising Charolais for the next 20 years. A big proponent of performance testing they had bulls in the Douglas test station for over 30 years. A public graveside service will be held, Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery, Pilot Mound.
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Jeff Cavers, La Riviere, was re-elected president of the Manitoba Charolais Association at their Annual General Meeting held July 25th at La Riviere. Hans Myhre, Dauphin, was elected 1st-Vice President while Michael Hunter, Roblin, fills the 2nd Vice-President position. Rae Trimble-Olson, Portage la Prairie, remains as the Secretary-Treasurer. Manitoba Charolais Ambassador of the year went to C2 Charolais who hosted the event. Zipline or a round of golf kicked off the day’s events, followed by the AGM, supper and awards presentations. Complete details will be in the October issue of the Charolais Banner.
Madisyn Robertson won the Neepawa (MB) & Area 4-H Beef Club Virtual Show Grand Champion Steer with Big Mac. At the June 30th show of 14 steers judged by Jeff Beyak, Austen Anderson & Richard Moellenbech he weighed 1,525 lb and sold for $2.25/lb to Stride Credit Union.
James Clifford (Cliff) Simpson passed away June 21st, 2020 at the age of 99. Cliff was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Charolais Association and imported cattle from France in the early years. His passion was raising quality Charolais Cattle under the herd name Charose Acres at Rosetown, SK. His daughter Dee Simpson (Wheatheart Charolais) and grandson Leon Strutt (Strutt Charolais) carry on the heritage herd of original Charolais brought to Canada.
Cliff was a leader of the 4-H Club, enjoyed playing ball and curling at the Kingsland School and in later years he enjoyed bowling, playing pool and singing with the Senior Choir. Whenever a community group was in need of help, Cliff and Joyce joined in. Cliff never quit farming even after he and Joyce moved to Rosetown. He bought, repaired and sold over 30 bale wagons. Not bad for a 99 year old man! To Cliff work is love made visible and visiting family was essential. He and Joyce celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last fall.
Graveside service was held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at Edna Rose Cemetery, Rosetown.
Andrew (Andy) Hirney, Rocanville, SK passed away June 21, 2020 at the age of 89. Andy was a herdsman for Denzil & Wilma Sutton, Sutton Polled Charolais with both their Hereford and then Charolais herds. He worked with them for over 40 years retiring in 1994 two years before the Sutton Charolais herd was dispersed.
Graveside service will be Monday, Aug. 17th at Webster Cemetery, Rocanville with refreshments at the Museum grounds after the service.
Danna Bouchard of Compeer, AB had overall Grand Champion Female at the Altario 4-H Beef Club virtual show with McKearys Jessicah Glam 79F, sired by SOS Chuck Wagon 54C and her Steppler Lit It Up 142F bull calf at side.
Danna also had grand champion steer with a Charolais x Simmental steer. Judged by Nikki Ross there were 18 steers. Danna’s steer weighed 1,330 lb and sold for $3.00/lb to Jason & Stacey Evans, Altario.
The Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto has been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns with COVID-19 pandemic. On June 24th the Board of Directors made this tough decision. This is only the second time in their history that the show has been cancelled. The other time was during World War II. In their press release they stated that together we will get through this, and “Bring the Country to the City” next November 5th-14th, 2021.
The 50th show of Canadian Western Agribition has be postponed to 2021. The decision was made on June 16th by the CWA Board of Directors in light of the travel restrictions and uncertainty around COVID-19. The planning for the 50th show this year included some special events including 12 National Breed Shows. Planning for this anniversary show November 22nd – 27th, 2021 is already underway.