ACA News Letter 2018 & AB & BC Breeders Directory Information 

ACA Booster of the Year Award
2017  Bow Valley Genetics

ACA Commercial Breeder of the Year  2017 Jim and Bernadette Spearin

ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2017

Wade & Sherry Meakin (Wrangler Charolais Farm) Westlock, AB 

Pioneer Award 2017 Gord Rattray   (awarded posthumously)
2018 Board of Directors

Front Row Left to Right:Bob Burla, Kyle O’Neil, Stephen Johnson, Stephen Cholak, Tracee Vikse, Marina Rasmusen, Dianna Walgenbach 
Back Row Left-Right Luke Marshall, Rod McLeod, Tyler Bullick, Scott Anderson, Jon Wright 
MISSING: Wyatt Daines, Jocelyn O'Neill & Deb Cholak 


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‘Players Club ’ Elite Breeder’s Bull Calf Futurity 2018
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2018 Summer Tour

Turnbull Charolais


Nelson Hirsche Purebreds


Coyote Flats Charolais 









The AB Select was another HUGE success!!!!

Congratulations to Circle Cee Charolais & Saddleridge Charolais for People's Choice Champion with CEE RETZ Class Act 57E and to Vikse Family Farms for Reserve People's Choice Champion with Vikse Quick Start 107E! 

CEE RETZ Class Act 57E

Vikse Quick Start 107E 





Congratulations to BOB Charolais for Champion Pen Of 3

BOB Charolais


Reserve Pen of 3 bulls was won by McLeod Livestock! 

McLeod Livestock

Congratulations to Leroy & Donna Martin of Leemar Charolais for being 50 years in the Charolais breed!!! 


Farmfair International 2017 

2017 Board of Directors

Front Row Left to Right:
Marina Rasmusen, Stephen Cholak, Stephen Johnson, Kyle O’Neil, Tracee Vikse, Tyler Bullick

Back Row Left-Right
Rod McLeod, Luke Marshall, Scott Anderson, Wyatt Daines, Chad Bouchard, Bob Burla, David Prokuda

Congratulations Lusson Family for 50 Years in Charolais

The grass at Valanjou Ranch is belly high and green, and the Charolais cows grazing through are white.

This is the picture Henri Lusson envisioned when he emigrated in 1951 from the Anjou region of France to northern Alberta to become a rancher in northern Alberta.

Henri and Odette Lusson started the farm at Clyde, north of Edmonton, with some Hereford cattle. However, they wanted to produce bigger, meatier carcasses, so they started to use a Charolais bull in 1964.

In 1967, Henri bought a dispersed herd of 30 registered Charolais, the year their son Phillipe was born.

Of their eight daughters and two sons, Phillipe would take over in 1993 and run about 100 registered Charolais while his brother, Jean-Marc, has a commercial operation nearby.

Phillipe was a young boy when five females and a French bull named Gascon arrived in 1970. Most of the herd can trace back to that sire.

“I remember when he came. It was kind of a big event, a bull from France,” said Phillipe. “It was big money back then. It was craziness with Charolais in the early ’70s. A quarter of land around here was $6,000 an acre and they were buying calves for $6,000.”

The cattle were crossed with Canadian stock to create three-quarters and seven-eighths breeding until they were eventually considered purebred at 15/16. Some breeders preferred to stay with the full French, meaning the cattle trace directly from France.

The Lusson family continued the full French program with regular imports of semen from France.

“All through the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, all the way through, we always used full French bulls, even on our purebred cows,” Phillipe said.

“After 50 years they all look full French.”

The French cattle are differentiated with a red ear tag.

The family actively showed cattle in the steer and breeding herd divisions at events such as Farmfair in Edmonton. They have won grand and reserve steer championships at Farmfair with buckskin cattle.

Over time Charolais were adapted to Canadian conditions and tastes. The cattle became taller and less meaty, but in his opinion that is not what the top end commercial beef producers want.

Many bull buyers ask for low birth weight calves, but he feels producers are giving up performance.

“It is like they lost the art of crossbreeding. It is simple and you can gain 100 pounds,” he said.

Phillipe also became an active exporter in the late 1990s until the discovery of BSE in Canada, when borders slammed shut and markets collapsed.

“From ’98 to ’03 I exported every year to Mexico. I was selling my females,” he said. “It was smooth sailing for five years, then bam, May 20 and I lost my Mexico market overnight,” he said.

He got a job on highway construction and in late 2005 he hurt his back and was incapacitated for two years.

Recovery was slow, but the Charolais breed is enjoying a renewed popularity, and he is starting to export live cattle again.

The efforts of 50 years were recognized when the Alberta Charolais Association presented Valanjou Charolais with the 2016 purebred breeder of the year award. This recognizes people who work to promote the breed and produce quality cattle.

Henri and Odette Lusson were recognized by the Alberta association in 2007 with the Pioneer Award for their contribution to the establishment of the Charolais breed in the province. Henri died in 2009 and Odette died last year.

Phillipe, a single father, has three children. The oldest daughter, Emilie, is 23 and working on a master’s degree in history at the University of Ottawa. The second daughter, Dante, is studying science at the University of Alberta, and his son Mateo is 15 and still at home. All were active in 4-H and showing cattle.

ACA SUMMER TOUR - June 30, 2017





"Congratulations to Panylyk Farms for winning the Pen of 5 and Pen of 10 heifers at the recent North Central Livestock Customer Appreciation Day and Pen show at Clyde, AB. The ACA is proud to support events such as this and is even more proud of great producers like the Panylyk Family who incorporate quality Charolais bulls in their top quality commercial programs"
  • Congratulations to Sugar Loaf Charolais for winning the Alberta Select Single Bull Futurity at the Alberta Select Bull Show and to McLeod Livestock for reserve champion!

    Sugarloaf Charolais

    McLeod Livestock

  • Congratulations to Johnson Charolais for winning the pen of 3 & McLeod Livestock as reserve pen of 3!

    Johnson Charolais

    McLeod Livestock

  • Congratulations to Luke Marshal for winning pick of the barn credit! 
    Luke’s pick was:  (HRJ Doctor Jones 612D from Johnson Charolais)
  • Congratulations to Lexi Wirsta & Olivia Graves for winning 4-H Draw for the Sullivan blowers!
  • Congratulations to Marshall Prokuda & Paydon Kaiser for winning the 4-H sale credits in the Alberta Select Sale!

2016 Awards
ACA Purebred Breeder of the Year 2016 - Click here to view writeup

Philippe & Rae Lusson & Family (Valanjou Charolais) Clyde, Alberta

    Cordel andMandy Griffiths, (C+M Ranching) Cessford, AB

ACA Pioneer Award  2016 - Click here to view writeup

Keith and Cheryl Altwasser (Altwasser Charolais) Lumby, BC

ACA Booster of the Year Award 2016
Balzac Meats (Rod & April Mcleod & Family)   Balzac, AB


Front Row Left to Right:
Sven Jensen, Stephen Johnson, Stephen Cholak, Kyle O’Neil, Tracee Vikse, Kristina Prokuda

Back Row Left-Right
Rod McLeod, Marina Rasmusen, Wyatt Daines, Chad Bouchard, David Prokuda, Tyler Bullick


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