Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation’s Advancing Education Bursary Award

The FCSF will allocate a maximum of $5000 per fiscal year with a maximum of $1000 per applicant. Applications will be reviewed by the FCSF board at the spring and fall board meetings.

Requirements to Apply


All applications must be typed out and submitted to the FCSF by March 1st and October 1st of each year in order to be considered for approval at the spring and fall board meetings.

Application Form

Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation’s Advancing Education Bursary Award Winners







Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation
Bursary Winners Recap


Cathryn Thompson - Attended AI Course. Board granted her $500 to put towards the course.

I used my Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Advancing Education Bursary to take the artificial insemination course at Lakeland College February 27 - March 1, 2020. The topics discussed in the classroom portions of this course were good reminders of all factors that one must consider when setting up a successful AI program. Cattle herd health, nutrition, reproductive physiology, EPDs, estrous synchronization programs and artificial insemination procedures were discussed in this course. In addition, this course consisted of many live cattle sessions where we practiced artificial insemination techniques. I am excited to further develop my cattle artificial insemination skills and practice them on my own cows this spring. Thank you to the Friends of Canadian Simmental Association for providing this bursary to youth like myself who are pursuing further education and knowledge in the agriculture industry. This bursary award helped alleviate financial stress while I furthered my knowledge.
- Cathryn Thompson




Lisa Reich - Attended AI Course. Board granted her $500 to put towards the course.

I practiced in the Artificial Insemination course that ran from Feb. 27 -March 1, 2020 at Lakeland College Vermillion. There was lots of information that will help in future with insemination of my cattle. Thursday we started in the classroom talking about the female anatomy system of cows and how everything worked. We also got to practice first on five cadaver uteruses. In the afternoon we talked more about the heat detection and reproduction diseases that could happen. Then we had the rest of the afternoon practicing on the cows with AI guns. Friday we learned about EPD’s, record keeping and tanks. We spent the rest of the day practiced on the cull cows. On Saturday we spent the day again practicing and learning how to preg test a cow and we also talked about transplants. Sunday was our last day and yes my arm was tried. We wrote our test which was a hands on test where we had to take the semen out of the tank, go and AI the cow and be under 4 min in the cow. Then we had to do paper work and write everything down off the straw. Overall I learned lots and can’t wait to start inseminating my own cows. Thank you again for this opportunity.
- Lisa Reich

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