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Bull of the Month - Seven Forty Seven, Limousin

This month’s profile is a Limousin bull named “Seven Forty Seven”.

Seven Forty Seven was a world renowned Grand Champion bull (Iowa state fair, 1980) and is one of the key founders of the Canadian Limousin herd. Sired by the French bull Espoir De Carnival and the dam Fadette, he was born in 1978 in the US. Eventually purchased by the Worrell Land and Cattle Co. (Charlottesville, Virginia), Seven Forty Seven created a dynasty of stylish and highly muscled Limousin bulls that provided the Worrell Land and Cattle Co. with several years of remarkable cattle sales. His impressive EPDs made him a fine example of the Limousin breed which offer high meat yield, excellent feed efficiency and produce a lean, tender product.

 

Bull of the Month - Belgrad 62837, Gelbvieh

This month’s profile is a Gelbvieh bull named “Belgrad 62837”.

BELGRAD is truly a historical figure in Gelbvieh history. Belgrad was born in 1971 in the Bavarian region of Germany. In 1972 he was rated as the 2nd highest performing German bull for all breeds. He is considered by many to have contributed more to the breed in the United States than any other bull by producing top bulls and females. Belgrad had excellent EPDs for weaning weight and yearling weight while maintaining close to average birth weight. He exhibited gains as high as 3.24 lbs/day on the German grass based test. He also had one of the highest marbling EPDs of all proven sires. 

Belgrad semen was never allowed into Canada directly. Instead, his influence in the Canadian pedigree came from three of his sons: Belgrad II (CDGV243), MFG Constructor 10H (CDGV570) and Minnesota Belgrad (CDGV809). These 3 sons were popular AI sires for a number of years. As well, progeny from Belgrad that were born in the US were imported into Canada. These animals exemplified some of the attributes of the breed, including an excellent temperament and the ability to readily adapt to the hard conditions in Canada.

 

Bull of the Month - Angus, Ankonian Dynamo

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The Canadian Cattle Genome Project is focused on bringing cost effective genomics (DNA) tools to Canada’s beef producers to improve producer profitability and efficiencies in beef production. We are gathering samples from animals that have the greatest genetic influence on the Canadian cattle herd for DNA sequencing and genotyping. Over the next few months we will highlight bulls included in the project that helped establish their respective breeds in Canada.

This month’s profile is an Angus bull named “Ankonian Dynamo”.

Ankonian Dynamo is listed as one of The 165 Most Influential Bulls of Angus History. Sired by Emulous Pride 70 and Miss Emulous B and born in 1970 he went on to become the 1972 International Grand Champion Bull and the 1972 and 1973 Grand Champion of the US National Western Stock shows in Denver. In 1976 and 1977 he was the breed’s number one sire of registrations and became a Proven Pathfinder Sire. One of Ankonian Dynamo’s most famous sons, Sayre Patriot, went on to achieve similar honors: Grand Champion at State fairs, North American International show in Louisville Kentucky, and US National Western Stock shows in Denver. Both bulls were also red gene carriers that exemplified the attributes of the breed such as high fertility, superior marbling, and easy keeping.

 

Bull of the Month - Signal, Simmental Bull

Here is a highlight of a famous Simmental bull named "Signal".  Signal is one of the key historic bulls that helped establish the Simmental breed in Canada. This bull has been sequenced and genotyped in the project.

Signal is one of the most well-known Simmental bulls. Born in France in 1969, sired by Opera and Joliette, and then raised in Canada, he is genetically the most influential bull in the current generation (2006-2011) of Canadian pure-bred Simmentals. Signal was known especially for his excellent maternal qualities that exemplify the breed. These include daughter’s first calf weaning weight, yearling weight, weaning weight, and daughter’s calving ease.

Signal's descendants were top selling animals at sales throughout the US and at the time of his death in 1982 it was estimated that he had already sired more than 100,000 direct descendants over his lifetime of 13 years.  In Canada alone, there are close to 5000 progeny and more than 500,000 descendants registered with the Canadian Simmental Association.


 

Potheridge President - North (Red) Devon - CCGP Bull of the Month

Potheridge President - North (Red) Devon

This month’s profile is a North Devon bull named “Potheridge President”.

Potheridge President is arguably one of the most notable North (Red) Devon bulls imported into North America. Sired by Potheridge Ransom and Potheridge Dainty 9th, he was imported from England into the US in 1968 and his seedstock was imported into Canada shortly thereafter. He was the first Devon bull to become a Certified Meat Sire and won every category for production, reproduction, and meat quality in the American ABS trials in the late 1960s. 

 

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