Monthly Archives: April 2014

2014 Test Station Sale Results

On Saturday April 4, 2014 the Maritime Beef Testing Society held is 41st Annual Breeding Stock Sale at their facility in Nappan Nova Scotia.

Summary documents listed below will open in PDF format.

A list of Bull and Heifer Lots with the purchase price:
 2014 MBTS Lot Sales [PDF]

A summary of Bulls and Heifers as well as sales by Province:
2014 Maritime Beef Test Station Spring Breeding Stock Sale Summary [PDF]

Historical prices of Bulls by breed from 2007 to 2014:
2007 to 2014 MBTS Historical Prices  [PDF]

Homegrown Success Now Accepting Applications

The Department of Agriculture’s Homegrown Success Program is now accepting applications and the program guidelines are available online.

If you were unable to attend one of the information sessions that took place last month, please note that there have been some significant changes to the Program:

1. The overall funding cap has been reduced to $15,000 and the percentage that will be funded on projects has been reduced to 50% or less, depending on the item. These changes were made to allow a greater number of farms to access the program. There are other changes to the details of particular funding categories, as well.

2. Applications will no longer be approved on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications will be accepted up until April 30. They will be evaluated based on the project impact described in Section 6 of the application form, which can be downloaded here in pdf format.

If you have any questions about program details, the new application form, or the evaluation process, please contact your nearest Agricultural Resource Coordinator, as follows:

Gary Koziel (Cape Breton): 563-2000, kozielgj@gov.ns.ca

Dawn Barrington-Hodgson (Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough): 863-4705, barrind@gov.ns.ca

Michael Kittilsen (Cumberland, Colchester, Halifax-East Hants): 893-3645, kittilma@gov.ns.ca

Brian MacCulloch (Kings, West Hants, Lunenburg, Queens): 679-6006, macculbc@gov.ns.ca

Terry McKay (Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne): 638-2397, mckaytw@gov.ns.ca

Guy LeBlanc wins Bob Colpitts Memorial Award

On Friday March 28, 2014 Guy LeBlanc was name the first ever recipient of the Bob Colpitts Memorial Award at the New Brunswick Beef Conference.  This award is intended to recognize leaders who have committed their career to the continual improvement of the New Brunswick beef industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

After graduating with a Technical Diploma from the NSAC, Guy started at the NB Department of Agriculture in 1980 (May 5th to be exact).

This is a very fitting award in the sense that Guy’s first day on the job started at 4 a.m. as a trip to Miramichi with Bob Colpitts to weigh cattle.  However, Guy will admit that he thought that Bob was testing him from that first day on the job.

Guy would go on to work with Bob for the first 20 years of his career at the department.

After 10 years at the department Guy decided it was time to open up more horizons and he went back to school to get his B.Sc. in Agriculture taking courses at UNB and attending the University of Maine in Orono in 1991 – 1992.

Throughout his career, Guy has always demonstrated his commitment to advancing the agricultural sector. Guy was instrumental in bringing the idea of feeder cattle grading to Canada and ultimately the first graded feeder sale to ever be held in Canada, this developed into the organization of the Kings County Feeder association regular graded feeder cattle sales each year.

He was also instrumental in the beginning of NB Beef conferences which began in the mid-1990’s and we have had probably a dozen since then.

Guy has initiated a number of projects to help with marketing cattle including grading and videotaping cattle, vaccination programs. Numerous projects with pharmaceutical companies and producers.

His bid taking skills and enthusiasm at auctions are second to none as evidenced by him being placed on the cover of Atlantic Beef taking bids at the Napan Bull sale.

Guy is on the Board of Directors of the Maritime Beef Testing Society, he is responsible for Nappan getting the Grow Safe system.

He has also worked with numerous breed organizations, field days, shows, sales, and, he has continued the winter training programs that he and Bob Colpitts had begun.

41st Annual Sale This Weekend

The 41st Annual Breeding Stock Sale will be held this Saturday April 5, 2014 Starting at 1pm.  The sale will feature 69 yearling bulls as well as 29 consigned heifers.  Please see the sale section of the website for more information.

If you are unable to attend in person, you will be able to watch live on the internet and bid by phone (check back on Saturday at noon).

2014 MBTS Bull Sale Entries [PDF]

2014 MBTS Heifer Sale Entries [PDF]

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