Evan grew up on the family farm at Spy Hill, Saskatchewan, where his parents John and Phyllis Cuss operated a mixed commercial cattle and grain farm. Phyllis was a teacher and John had a passion for agriculture and cattle. He saw that by breeding Simmental cattle, they could improve the quality of their herd.
In the early 1970’s, John and Evan bred AI to their first Simmental bull, Lacombe Achilles. John encouraged Evan to continue to breed Simmental cattle, even giving Evan his best half-blood heifer. The first cattle registered were under John T Cuss and Son, and later under Sun Rise Simmentals. The first Fullblood Simmental bull, purchased in 1978. was Mr Modern 166K.
Evan is passionate about the cattle business and improving the quality of the animals - he's not just motivated because it's a job, but because it's a passion and a lifestyle that he loves. Showing cattle was a high priority for Evan until about mid-1980. One of the highlights of showing was winning Reserve Champion female with Miss Cando Signal 5C in 1983 at Canadian Western Agribition. After this, Evan chose to focus more on the quality of his bull pen, starting with the use of Fleckvieh-influence bulls and then adding red and black genetics. The majority of bulls are sold by private treaty from the farm. From the early 1990’s to the late 2000’s Evan and Linda fed up to 600 feeder cattle every winter. This gave Evan another perspective on the cattle industry, which has had a positive influence on the planning of his purebred program.
Evan has always liked the camaraderie in the cattle business. He and Linda become lifetime members of the Canadian Simmental Association on March 24, 1977. Evan was a founding member of the Yellowhead Simmental Association, consigned many champions and high sellers to their sales for more than 15 years and took his turn as President for three years. Sun Rise was a guest consignor to the Target Association Sale and the Yuletide Special Sale with M & J Farms and Pheasantdale Simmentals. More recently, Sun Rise has been a guest consignor to the Spring Creek Simmentals and Guest Consignors Bred Heifer (fall) Sale and the Proudly Western (spring) Bull Sale.
Cuss Family: Back row l to r: Evan and Linda Cuss, Kristen (Cuss) and George Kueber
Front row: Braiden and Duncan Kueber (photo by Rick McIntyre)
Evan and Linda were married in 1977 and lived at the same farm site as John and Phyllis, until John passed away in 1984.
Mark Cuss (left), Evan and Linda's son, was born in 1979. He enjoyed the mechanical side of farming and participated in mechanic 4-H projects. Mark was a top student and won a full scholarship to DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary. He graduated second in a class of more than 300 students. After a brave fight with cancer for almost two years, Mark passed away in 2006 at the age of 27.
Evan and Linda's daughter Kristin, born 1981, began in 4-H as a peewee and was a member for eight years where she participated in beef and cattle projects. She was also a member of Young Canadian Simmentalers for three years. Kristin competed for several years with the Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. Kristin and George Kueber were married in 2010 and have two sons, Duncan born in 2011, and Braiden born June 19, 2014. The Kuebers currently live in Killam, AB, where Kristin is currently taking a web design and development course through the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. She is the design and marketing advisor to Sun Rise Simmentals, contributing input into the website and the advertising program.
Linda’s twin passions are her family and her garden.
Grandsons Duncan and Braiden Kueber