This year at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference, the Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Scroll was presented to Bob and Gail Switzer of Sandy Bar Angus, Aneroid; Ivan and Mary Muri of Muridale Shorthorns, Swift Current and Bill Young from Lumsden, Sask., a retired Simmental breeder and co-founder of Young’s Farm Equipment. The prestigious award has been presented to worthy recipients since 1927 based on their outstanding contribution to the livestock industry, their community and their province.
Hereford breeders who signed up for the World Hereford Council conference in Uruguay must be getting excited. The Hereford Breeders’ Society of Uruguay and the World Hereford Council (WHC) together with the Rural Association of Uruguay (RAU) are co-hosting the WHC conference plus pre and post field tours of farms and ranches April 18-25.
The 2016 spring run of the Canadian Simmental Association genetic evaluation has been updated and the new EPDs are now online.
The 2016 Canadian Hereford EPDs are now being calculated six times per year.
Congratulations to Canadian Charolais Association member Jerry Hofer of White Lake Colony, Nobleford, Alta. on being recognized as the Canadian Livestock Industry Leader of the Year during the Sunday night rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver back in January. Jerry is a very popular, well-known leader of a co-operative herd of 1,900 commercial females and 200 registered Charolais females, along with 10,000-head feedlot. Hofer buys top registered bulls in both Canada and the U.S. annually.
Canadian Junior Limousin Association (CJLA) members Braeden Weppler of Tara, Ont., and Brandon Hertz of Duchess, Alta. have been selected for the inaugural Canadian Junior Limousin Association Australian/Canadian Limousin Youth Exchange. Cassidy Matthews of Olds, Alta., is the alternate, should one of the selected delegates be unable to attend. During the four-week July/August exchange they will tour numerous Limousin stud operations around Dubbo, New South Wales, and an abattoir, then help prepare show cattle for Ekka, the Royal Queensland show in Brisbane, and take in an on-property production sale. Each receives $1,000 from the CJLA toward their travel expenses. They were selected based on an essay competition describing their involvement with the breed that was open to all junior members 16-21 years of age. Applications for next year’s trip will be called this fall.
Laura Ecklund has joined the staff of the Canadian Limousin Association to help out with registry and member services. Laura’s parents Gary and Diane Hutton raised Limousin for many years in Ontario. She has a bachelor of applied science in agribusiness from Olds College and has been working in the agriculture industry in Alberta ever since.
In another bit of Limousin news, Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) started offering the breed’s pink-backed national ID tag to Quebec producers of Limousin cattle last month. The CCIA-approved tag that carries the breed’s logo is already available in the rest of the country.
The Canadian Angus Association’s Angus Central-TV show has moved to a monthly schedule following a successful trial period last year. Two to three items focused on breed events and people will be broadcast every third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. MST. It can be found on YouTube or the CAA website www.cdnangus.ca. “Since AC-TV is our official means of communicating with our membership, we believe monthly engagement is optimal,” says CAA CEO Rob Smith in announcing the new schedule.
Congratulations to Canadian Limousin Association director Matthew Heleniak and wife Kelly on the birth of their fourth child, Vincent.
Cattlemen’s Young Leaders
Elizabeth Homerosky, Calgary, Alta.
Mentor: Tom Lynch-Staunton, CCA/ABP
Elizabeth was active in her family’s commercial beef operation in southern Ohio, exhibiting cattle through 4-H and judging livestock. Her interests in food animal production led her to the Ohio State University where she completed a BSc in animal science (2008) and doctor of veterinary medicine (2012). During her time as a Buckeye, Elizabeth broadened her knowledge of the global beef industry by completing two study-abroads in Brazil and Australia, competing as a member of the OSU Livestock Judging Team (2007 All American), and interning at Stevenson Angus Ranch in Hobson, Montana. After one year practising beef production medicine in rural western Iowa, she was accepted into the University of Calgary, faculty of veterinary medicine (2013) as the inaugural Simpson Ranch Fellow in Beef Cattle Health. The three-year fellowship combines an MSc and clinical residency with board eligibility in beef production medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. In this program, Elizabeth will travel across Alberta, working at premier cow-calf, herd health and feedlot veterinary practices, visiting Canada’s leading beef experts and industry organizations, and conducting research on newborn beef calf vigour and effects of dystocia on pre-weaning growth and health.
Brittany Wiese, Bentley, Alta.
Mentor: Brian Perillat, Canfax
Brittany was raised on a mixed farm near Bentley and was involved in both 4-H and Pony Club. After studying animal science at the University of Alberta, she went on to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine where she focused on production animal medicine and was the president of the Production Animal Club. After graduation, she has continued her specialization and is currently working as a vet for the WCVM bovine field service department while pursuing an MSc degree by investigating the effects of subacute ruminal acidosis on animal health.
Byron Whitford, Lethbridge, Alta.
Mentor: Dennis Laycraft, CCA
Byron is an associate with the law firm of Torry Lewis Abells LLP in Lethbridge where he provides a broad legal practice advising clients on areas of agribusiness, banking, corporate/commercial dealings, real estate and estate planning, as well as litigation involving contract and employment disputes and aspects of regulatory compliance. His exposure to the cattle industry began at a young age spending time on his grandfather’s and uncle’s ranch west of Ponoka. With a number of family members and clients involved in cattle production, Byron has a passionate interest in maintaining the strength and stability of the Canadian industry.