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Country Traditions and Family Values

 

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Bonnie and Ian Amanda, Clint and Girls

Amaglen Limousin is a ranch built on the foundation of country traditions and family values. The whole family is involved in our Limousin operation, which has evolved since it’s beginning in 1982. However, the Hamilton's have been involved in purebred cattle since 1935.

Ian and Bonnie have significantly reduced their cow herd dispersing cows into some very influential purebred cattle herds across western Canada. This is a step towards retirement. However, Ian and Bonnie do continue to be involved in Amaglen as Amanda and Clint take on a larger role.

Amaglen Receives Platinum Elite Limousin Herd Status

The Canadian Limousin Association has developed a system to identify the herds that do total reporting of information for their animals and truly contribute to the advancement of the Limousin breed.

Amaglen Limousin has received the highest award, Platinum Elite.  This is a herd that submits their birth weight, calving ease, weaning weight and docility numbers on every calf weaned.  They also submit yearling weights, scrotal, ultrasound or carcass data.  Only a select group of herds in Canada receive this distinction each year.

We are so very proud of this recognition as we have used only polled bulls since 1992 and have been a “numbers herd” collecting all weights from the start and docility scores on every calf since 1994.  We have A.I.ed more than 700 cows and transplanted about 50 embryos.  We pride ourselves in being leaders in breed improvement.  Thank you, Canadian Limousin Association for this recognition.

Test Station Success

We tested bulls with the Manitoba Limousin Association at Rodger Mawer’s and Harry McKnight’s in the 1980s. We have had bulls at the Manitoba Bull Test Station every year since then. We are proud of our success at the bull test.

One of the biggest highlights in our test station success was in raising the highest indexing bull in the test station in 2003 over all breeds (550 bulls). Another highlight was in having the highest selling bull of all breeds (6 breeds, 110+ bulls) in 2016. We have sold many bulls to very accomplished commercial herds and we've had many bulls that have sold to other purebred breeders - this is very rewarding to us. We have sold bulls into Canada, the United States and Mexico.

 
Ian Receiving Award from Leonard Gertz
Douglas Test Station ~ High Indexing Limousin


 
Amaglen Classic Stetson
High Selling Bull of All Breeds 2016
(110+ Bulls, 6 Breeds)

(Purchased by DustyRidge Family Farms)
     
 
Amaglen Big Stetson
Top Indexing/High Selling Bull 2015

(Purchased by Anthony Stadnyk)
 
AMAGLEN ACE
Top Indexing Bull 2014

(Purchased by Rodger Irvine)
     
 
AMAGLEN YOUR CHOICE
Top Indexing/High Selling Limousin Bull 2012

(Purchased by Pine Creek Limousin)
 
High Selling/Highest Gaining Limousin Bull 2010



(Purchased by Rodger Irvine)
     
 
AMAGLEN MAGNUM
2003 All Breeds Top Indexing Bull-550 Bulls
Largest Ultrasound Ribeye on Test of All Breeds

(Purchased by Spring Valley Limousin)
 
AMAGLEN KANSAS
2001 Bull Test Winner

(Purchased by Anderson Limousin)
     
   
AMAGLEN JACK DANIELS
2000 Bull Test Winner/Top Indexing

(Purchased by Campbell Limousin)
   

Manitoba Bull Test Highlights

1990
» High Selling Limousin Bull (tied)
Purchased by Walter Cullen

1991
» High Selling Limousin Bull (tied for high gaining)
Purchased by Spring Valley Limousin

1993
» High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Triple P Limousin

1994
» Bull Sold to Mexico through Alta Genetics

1995
» High Selling Bull
Purchased by Hal Hofner

1999
» Second Highest Selling Bull
Purchased by Dr. Ken Sloik

2000
» Top Indexing Limousin Bull
» High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Campbell Limousin
» 2nd Highest Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by LAW Limousin

2001
» Top Indexing Limousin Bull
» 2nd Highest Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Anderson Limousin

2002
» High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Wayne Deamel

2003
» All Breeds Top Indexing Limousin Bull (out of 550 bulls)
» Largest Ultrasound Ribeye on Test of All Breeds
» Highest Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Spring Valley Limousin
» 2nd Highest Indexing Limousin Bull
Purchased by MRS Limousin and Clayhills Limousin

2004
High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Soder Bros.

2006
» 2nd Indexing Limousin Bull
» 2nd Highest Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Soder Bros.

2007
» Dustyridge Limousin Top Indexing Limousin Bull (with Amaglen genetics)

2008
» Spring Valley Limousin Top Indexing Limousin Bull (with Amaglen Genetics)

2009
» High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by JLB Limousin

2010
» Top Indexing Limousin Bull
Purchased by John Rutley
» High Selling/Highest Gaining Limousin Bull
Purchased by Rodger Irvine

2011
» 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th High Gaining Limousin Bulls
» High Selling Limousin Bull

2012
» High Indexing/High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Pine Creek Limousin

2013
» High Gaining/High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Rachel Robinson

2014
» Top Indexing Limousin Bull
Purchased by Rodger Irvine
» High Selling Limousin Bulls
Purchased by JCU Limousin and Poplarview Stock Farm
» Top 4 Limo Bulls on Test

2015
» Top Indexing/High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Anthony Stadnyk
» 3 Out of 4 Top Limo Bulls on Test

2016
» High Selling Bull of All Breeds (6 breeds, 110+ bulls)
Purchased by DustyRidge Family Farms
» High Indexing Limousin Bull
Purchased by Belle Creek Stock Farm
» Largest REA of All Breeds at 19.6, 3 of the top 6 bulls (all breeds) for %LMY and an IMF of 3.46

2017
» High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Campbell Limousin
» Largest REA of All Breeds (137 Bulls) and Highest %LMY

2018
» High Indexing Limousin Bull
Purchased by Pine Creek Limousin
» High Selling Limousin Bull
Purchased by Belle Creek Farms


The Manitoba Bull Test Station has also been ultrasounding for ribeye size. Amaglen Limousin has had the Largest Ribeye per 100 lbs. of all bulls on test (all breeds, 400+) several times. We are quite proud of this accomplishment.

Elite and Super Elite Limousin Dams

We, at Amaglen Limousin are very honoured to have had another female named to the Elite Dam list in 2017. Amaglen Zax HNH 24Z received this status. This accomplishment is especially rewarding as she has a homemade pedigree, out of what was the #1 cow for Milk in Canada.

Amaglen Limousin was very honoured to have received an award for having an Elite Limousin Dam in 2010. There were 19 cows in Canada (2 in Manitoba) honoured in 2010 and Amaglen Nice Girl HNH 75N received this recognition.

We are even more honoured to have had HNH 75N promoted to a Super Elite Limousin Dam in 2011. There were only 9 cows in Canada that met this criteria and we were the only Manitoba breeder to have a cow of this status.

This program used to be in place and we had the honour of having an Elite Dam in the 1990s.  There were only about 20 in Canada at this time.  She raised Hardball – one of the best bulls we ever raised and used.  She was a 97% polled foundation female.   However, the program had been discontinued for several years. In 2010, the program was reinstated to award high producing females in the Limousin breed. The award is based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a fullblood, purebred or percentage registered Limousin female.
  • Must have raised at least 4 calves in the last 6 consecutive years. For a Super Elite Dam, they need to have had 6 calves in the last 6 consecutive years.
  • Must have above breed average EPD for Weaning Weight, Milk and Docility.
  • Must have below breed average EPD for Birth Weight
We have had several cows over the years that have been titled trait leaders for calving ease, milk traits and performance.
Bonnie Receiving Elite Dam Award
Bonnie Receiving Elite Dam Award
from Anne Brunet-Burgess (CLA Manager)

 

 

4-H and the Junior Limousin Association

Our children came up through 4-H and the Junior Limousin Association. They exhibited heifers, steers, and continuation projects. They had many successes both in the show ring and out. Their involvement in these organizations helped them to learn the values and ethics that define us. The next generation are now doing the same.

We are proud to still have 4Hers selecting our genetics for their projects. Our hard work in selecting for docility shines here.

 
Amanda ~ 1997 Royal MB Winter Fair
 
Glen ~ 1997 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
Amaglen Zany HNH 5Z ~ Owned by Katelyn Davey

2013 Brandon Winter Fair Junior Limousin Heifer Champion
2013 National Junior Limo Show Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Female
2013 Provincial Summer Show Reserve Grand Champion Female
2013 Portage Beef Achievement Champion Yearling Heifer

... and several other Grands and Reserves around the province
 
Amaglen Diva HNH 12D ~ Owned by Amanda Scott

Manitoba Youth Roundup Mixed Breeds Champion Heifer
Manitoba Youth Roundup Mixed Breeds Reserve Champion Female
Lenore 4H Club Champion
Virden Interclub Reserve Champion
Champion Limousin Heifer Harding Fair
Reserve Champion Limousin Female Harding Fair
 
Amaglen Gerry ~ Owned by Laura Seward

Reserve Champion Steer at Canadian Junior Impact Show
Grand Champion Steer Manitou 4H Interclub
Champion Home Raised Steer Manitou 4H Interclub

Performance, Pedigree and Personality

At Amaglen, we pride ourselves in raising quality seedstock that have performance, pedigree and personality.

  • PERFORMANCE – We select our animals for performance. We aren't just concerned with weaning weights or yearling weights. We have bloodlines that have calving ease and milk numbers that could change a herd. Our success at the Manitoba Beef Performance Test has proven that our cattle are performance leaders.

  • PEDIGREE – If you purchase an animal from us, we will transfer a registration guaranteed to be correct for that animal. Our pedigrees are the result of proven bloodlines. Countless hours are spent selecting both AI sires and prospective herd bulls.

  • PERSONALITY – Our animals have been selected for docility from the beginning and we will not keep an animal with docility issues. We have zero tolerance for cattle with disposition issues – there is no room for them in our herd. We started collecting docility data before it was common place in Canada, when NALF introduced it. Ian was the Breed Improvement Chairman for the CLA and lobbied for and was successful in implementing the collection of docility numbers in Canada. This is something we believe strongly in at Amaglen.

Family, the ranch, and great Limousin cattle are our life. We cherish our friends in the cattle business and enjoy the opportunity to meet new people who share our passion.

 

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Ian & Bonnie Hamilton
Amanda & Clint Seward
Darlingford, Manitoba

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