Bob Switzter Nominated by Canadian Angus Association
January 10, 2017

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Rober (Bob) Switzer (1953 –  )

Robert Switzer makes big things happen in the Canadian beef industry and his community. He’s been doing it for decades as a distinguished Angus breed champion, judge, promoter, mentor and industry leader.

Angus cattle are in Bob’s blood. He bought his first animal at age 12. The next year he followed up with his first registered Angus – a purchase that would grow into his Sandy Bar Ranch in Aneroid, Saskatchewan.

Bob has spent his entire farming career as an advocate for the cattle industry in Saskatchewan and across Canada. He’s an ideas man, and was instrumental in the creation and support of many brands and events within the industry.

In the late 1970s, Bob organized the first Angus feeder calf sale in southern Saskatchewan, working to link buyers and sellers across Canada. Ther Short Grass Bull and Female Sale has been running for 38 years at Sandy Bar Ranch, creating strong North American markets for Saskatchewan livestock.

Bob’s vision for a sustainable cattle business led to a unique community project called Red Coat Feeders that has been feeding cattle and employing local people since 1998. Bob was a founding director of the idea that worked to stop the exodus of cattle, grain and people from the region. Today, Red Coat Feeders runs 20,000 head of cattle, covers 13 quarter sections of land and employs 17 full-time staff.

Sandy Bar Ranch – that Bob runs with his wife Gail – has bred great cattle that have started some of the most elite herds in the country. Sandy Bar bulls work in prestigious purebred and commercial herds. Cattle from Sandy Bar have been sold internationally to England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Japan, China, New Zealand, Russia and Kazakhstan. And Bob is a highly respected judge, who has judged every breed of beef cattle in shows across Canada.

Bob’s ranch is also part of Prairie Heritage Beef – a brand built on 14 family ranches that raises uniquely branded beef to select retail chains in Ontario and British Columbia.

Bob has served the Canadian livestock industry in leadership positions with the Canadian Angus Association, Saskatchewan Angus Association and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. He’s served on his local municipal council, is an active sponsor and mentor of 4-H, and credits the support of his family for many of his achievements. Bob and his late wife Sandra were recognized as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 1980.

A dynamic and dedicated promoter of Angus cattle, Bob has helped keep Angus the number one breed in Canada. He continues to encourage, support and inspire younger producers to share his passion for Canadian agriculture.

Nominated by: Canadian Angus Association

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Saskatchewan Livestock Association (SLA) Honour Scroll
January 10, 2017

 

Bob & Gail Switzer, Sandy Bar Angus, receiving the Saskatchewan Livestock Association (SLA) Honour Scroll

Bob & Gail Switzer, Sandy Bar Angus, receiving the Saskatchewan Livestock Association (SLA) Honour Scroll at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference this winter. They were considered worthy of this high honour because of their outstanding contribution to the Livestock Industry, to their Community and to the Province.

Bob is Past President of the Canadian Angus Association and one of our most influential leaders and most effective marketers.

Cattle Sent Overseas!
December 22, 2013

Sandy Bar/Valley Blossom Ranch sent a pot load of heifers on Sept 10, 2013 to Kazakhstan which were bought by Friesvale Farms Int., Woodstock, Ontario

Sandy Bar / Valley Blossom Angus Cattle Sent Overseas:
January 13, 2013

2012

  • December, 2012 – 20 Open Heifers went to Kazakhstan through John Ysselteim, Frieslawn Farms Ltd.
  • October 2012 – 60 Open Heifers went to Kazakhstan through Xports International Inc.
  • 2012 – 50 Open Heifers went to Kazakhstan through John Ysselteim, Frieslawn Farms Ltd.

2010

  • Alta Exports International Ltd., recently sent a plane load of Canadian genetics to Agrofirma Russia – including 45 bred Black Angus Heifers from Sandy Bar & Valley Blossom Ranch.
  • 80 Open Heifers went to Russia through Comtois International Export Inc.

2008

  • Thanks to Comtois International Export Inc., Jocelyn Autotte and Bob Harris for selecting 120 Open Heifers from the herds at Sandy Bar & Valley Blossom Ranches for export to Russia.
  • Also in 2008 we sent 50 Bred Heifers to Russia through Comtois International Export Inc.

2007
A special thanks to Alta Exports – Gary Smith, Kate Kolstad and Bob Prestage for selecting a large group of bred heifers to go to Russia from the herds at Sandy Bar Ranch and Valley Blossom Ranch.

On October 23, 2007, Beau Switzer, Dr. Blaine Pickards, DVM and 24 Filipinos set sail from Trois Rivieres, Quebec to Russia. On board the “Shorthorn Express” were 2217 head of cattle. There were 1000 Black Angus bred heifers, 50 Black Angus bulls, 340 bred Polled Hereford heifers, 10 Polled Hereford bulls, 800 open Holstein heifers and 17 Holstein bulls on board.

The western cattle were trucked to Lindsay, Ontario where they were quarantined, fed and rested then reloaded on the same trucks and hauled to the ship.

Feed, hay, pellets and bedding were loaded over 4 days, with the cattle loaded last prior to setting sail. The rest … is history!

Welcome to Our New Website
December 27, 2012

We hope you like our new look! Please have a browse and feel free to look at the various sections to learn more about Sandy Bar Angus and what we have to offer!

Sandy Bar/Valley Blossom Angus Cattle Sent to Russia
September 27, 2010

Alta Exports International Ltd., recently sent a plane load of Canadian genetics to Agrofirma Russia – including 45 bred Black Angus Heifers from Sandy Bar / Valley Blossom Ranch.