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Highlights from the Annual General Meeting

Charolais breeders from across Canada met in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for the Canadian Charolais Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting, held June 9-10.

The weekend, hosted by the Saskatchewan Charolais Association, began with a day of herd tours showcasing some of the genetics and hospitality that Saskatchewan breeders have to offer. The first stop of the day’s journey was Norheim Ranching, south of Saskatoon, for a look at their bull pens and the family’s retail farm equipment business. Next, the group travelled to Buffalo Plains Cattle Co. at Bethune, SK, a large-scale feedlot that uses Charolais genetics in its own breeding program.

The tour wrapped up with a visit to Palmer Charolais at Bladworth, SK, where pens of cow-calf pairs and bulls were on display for visitors to admire. The stop featured a steak dinner and a celebration of Bob and Monette Palmer, the recipients of one of the two Honour Roll Member awards given out this weekend. The second Honour Roll Member award went to Doug Howe of White Cap Charolais at Moose Jaw, SK, presented the following day at the banquet.

CCA members, associates and guests met for the AGM on the afternoon of June 10 at the Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre, and received an overview of the state of the Association. The CCA showed growth in 2016 with 22,574 breeding females enrolled and more than 700 active members at the year’s end. The Association continues to be on solid financial ground, and realized a profit in 2016 due to increases in the current year female enrollments and on the CCA’s investments.

The Charolais breed continues to hold its own in the Canadian market and on the international stage, with Canadian genetics adding value to foreign herds. At home, bull sales held in Spring 2016 saw the highest overall average and total gross dollars in 35 years, according to results compiled by the Charolais Banner. The past year also saw the creation of successful advertising campaigns for the breed, with the “No Tag Required” and “Be Identifiable” campaigns promoted across Canada. The breed is also well represented by its junior members, with exhibitors at the 2016 CCYA Conference and Show receiving 15 scholarships worth $23,000 through the Summer Synergy program in Olds, Alberta.

The AGM featured two guest speakers who shared their knowledge and insights with the members present. Doug Blair of Langmont Management Inc. presented his report on Genomics, highlighting the results of the CCA’s genetic evaluation through the University of Georgia. Sandy Russell of Spring Creek Consulting presented a cattle market update reviewing the past year, market drivers and a look towards the future.

The CCA congratulates Darwin Rosso of Moose Jaw, SK, on being elected president and welcomes new board members Jim Olson of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and Lorne Lakusta of Andrew, AB. The CCA also extends its gratitude to Travis Foot of Ester, AB, outgoing Alberta Director, and Ricky Milton of Cornwall, P.E.I., retiring At-Large Director, for their commitment to the Association and their dedication to the Charolais breed in Canada.

View the complete 2016 Annual Report at or request a printed copy from the CCA office.

The 2017 newly elected Board of Directors:
Darwin Rosso, Moose Jaw, SK – President
Allan Marshall, Red Deer County, AB – First Vice President
Mike Elder, Coronach, SK – Second Vice President
Brian Coughlin, Cobden, ON – Past President
Mathieu Palerme, Gatineau, QC
Brent Saunders, Markdale, ON
Shawn Airey, Rivers, MB
Jim Olson, Portage la Prairie, MB
Kasey Phillips, Waskatenau, AB
Lorne Lakusta, Andrew, AB


Since our creation in 1959, the Canadian Charolais Association has served as one of Canada’s major beef breed associations. Based in Calgary, we continually strive to provide our members with up-to-date industry information.

The benefits of using Charolais cattle are obvious – cattlemen simply can’t deny their growth and carcass traits. Over the years, Charolais cattle have earned the reputation of producing cows who can handle a range of environmental conditions and bulls who increase the size and ruggedness of any herd. On the rail, Charolais genetics increase total red meat yield.

Whether you’re a producer looking for Charolais genetics, a member looking to further your involvement in the CCA, or an established breeder looking for producer news, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information on how you can get involved with the Canadian Charolais Association.