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Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Carling Matejka.

Carling Matejka, from Ponoka, Alta., has been selected as the 2017 winner of the $10,000 Keith Gilmore Foundation (KGF) Prize for Beef Cattle Innovation, awarded to students who are recognized for academic excellence, leadership and commitment to pursue a career to improve, support and promote the beef cattle industry. Matejka is entering her fourth year of the University of Calgary’s veterinary medicine program. She is an active student and volunteer in her community, her profession and in the cattle industry. Her goal after graduation is to become a veterinarian with a “focus on educating society on where our food comes from, the importance of sustainable agriculture and the need for the prudent use of antimicrobials.” In addition, she would like to raise awareness of the importance of mental/physical well-being in the veterinary profession and emphasize the value of self care and education to her colleagues.


The Keith Gilmore Foundation (KGF) and the Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) have announced their scholarship winners for 2017.

The three winners of the $2,500 Hereford Youth Scholarships are Cole­man Nixdorff, from Airdrie, Alta., Morgan Heidecker, Middle Lake, Sask., and Jodi Butler from Halifax, N.S.

The four recipients for the $1,000 Future of the Breed Scholarships are Christin Dixon, Arcola, Sask.; Emma Nicholas, Mile­stone, Sask.; Morgan Millham, Outlook, Sask., and Nicholas Cheremshynski, Vegreville, Alta.

The Hereford Youth Scholarship is awarded to students dedicated to academic excellence, community involvement and leadership toward careers in the livestock industry who are members of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) or other purebred or commercial organizations. The Future of the Breed Scholarship is a post-secondary entrance scholarship awarded to active members of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association. This year’s winners are entering agriculture bioscience, biomedical engineering, pre-dentistry and nursing.


The Canadian Charolais Youth Association conference and show August 2-5 in Barrie, Ont., attracted 56 youth from six provinces and 70 head of cattle. The new board of directors (l to r): Kirstin Sparrow (youth co-ordinator), Saskatoon, Keegan Blehm, Man.; Tyson Black, Ont.; Raelynne Rosso (secretary), Sask.; Shelby Evans (president), Sask.; Bradley Fergus, Ont.; Brett Marshall, Ont. Missing: Wyatt Ching (vice-president), Sask.; Aidan Jamieson (treasurer), Alta.
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The Canadian Hereford Association has announced the appointment of communications co-ordinator Gina Devlin; programs co-ordinator Sarah Van Scohthorst and director of business development Jacob Onyschuk. Devlin will work primarily on the advertising, design and production of the Canadian Hereford Digest, Onyschuk serves as the Digest managing editor, as well as the field rep for the Digest and the CHA. Van Scohthorst will co-ordinate the CHA research programs and member service awards.


The 38th Annual Canadian Junior Here­ford Association National Show, Bonanza, Herefords Heading West, was held July 17-21 in Abbotsford, B.C., with 100 juniors showing 115 head of cattle.

The winners are:

  • Grand Champion Female: BNC Glenless 429 Nellie 71D exhibited by Emma Lees, Sask.
  • Grand Champion Bull: GH 5Z Marten’s Rock 344D exhibited by Ryder Nelson, Alta.
  • The Grand Champion Major Jay Fox Ambassador Award went to Adam Smith, Ont.
  • The Bob Gordon Grand Aggregate Award went to Daniel Schuepbach, Alta.

The Canadian Speckle Park Association has hit another milestone in its journey from 1959 when Bill and Eileen Lamont developed the first animals to becoming a distinct breed of purebred cattle in July 2006. This year marks the election of the association’s first president from Ontario, Andrew Metcalfe from Ingersoll. The remaining members of the board are: vice-president Josh Vogel, Theodore, Sask.; member at large Ken Friesen, Abbotsford, B.C.; and directors: Wade Meakin, Westlock, Alta.; Cory Ducherer, Neilburg, Sask.; Scott Sauter, Fairlight, Sask.; and Rod Remin, Crossfield, Alta. The breed’s board now has representation from four provinces.


Erin Kishkan.
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Erin Kishkan of Quesnel, B.C., was elected president of the Canadian Limousin Association following the breed’s 48th annual general meeting in Portage la Prairie, Man., in July.

Kishkan operates Pinnacle View Limousin with her family. She is the second woman to become president of the Canadian Limousin Association and is the youngest president in the association’s history.

Joining her on the board are: Eric Boon (vice-president) of Saskatchewan; Bill Zwambag (treasurer), Matthew Heleniak, Mike Geddes and Dan Darling from Ontario; Tim Andrew and Cody Miller from Alberta and Joe Cooper from Nova Scotia. Darling, Miller and Geddes were elected for varying terms this year. The 49th annual general meeting will be held in Great Village, N.S. in conjunction with the CJLA Impact Show on the first weekend of August 2018.


The Canadian Angus Association has honoured Don Mackenzie of Mackenzie Red Angus and Dyce Bolduc of Cudlobe Angus for their 50 years of membership in the association.

To say Don Mackenzie is a pioneer for the Angus breed is an understatement. Working along with his four brothers, Ted, Mark, Kenny and Rodney, the family operation Mackenzie Brothers was the first to import Red Angus genetics including one herd sire, one cow-calf pair, and two bred heifers into Canada. In 1979 the Red Angus Association of America presented them with the America Pioneer Breeder Award — the first Canadians to receive the award. They received the Canadian Red Angus Breeder of the Year Award in 1984 and was named one of the Red Angus Association of America’s 50 most influential breeders in 2004. Mackenzie was an honorary president of the Canadian Angus Association in 2004 and 2012 and his family was inducted into the Alberta Angus Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dyce Bolduc began breeding Angus cattle when he was a teenager. He is part of the third generation in the Bolduc family to raise purebred cattle in southern Alberta. The first purebred Black Angus females were purchased in 1967 from the dispersal of the Apache Angus herd at Nanton, Alta. Dyce served as president of the Canadian Angus Association in 2005 but today he and his wife Adrianna, along with their children Steven, Kevin and Kaitlynn, play active roles in the operation of the Cudlobe herd, which exceeds 600 mother cows. Their breeding program emphasizes carcass traits so that their customers, and more specifically the commercial cattlemen who frequent their sales, can produce premium beef that brings in higher performance, yield and profits.


Sixty-nine enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan junior cattle producers brought 78 head of cattle to the 10th annual Manitoba Youth Beef Round-up August 4-6 in Neepawa, Man. This is not just a cattle show. It’s an all-round event to promote and educate youth to continue in the livestock industry. The activities included a presentation from Liz Carey on cattle handling; the Ag Challenge where teams work together to complete 10 stations related to the cattle industry; public speaking; individual and team judging; team fitting; the stockman’s knowledge competition; a cook-off competition; and finishing off with a parade of champions, and 4-H champions and awards ceremony.

2017 results:

  • 2017 Round-Up Agribition judging team sponsored by Manitoba Charolais Association: Levi Rimke, Orianna Hyndman, Kaitlyn Davey, Cindy Jack and Adam Harms. Team judging winners: Levi Rimke and Cindy Jack (senior), Cody Carson and Bobbi-Jo Foster (intermediate), Jacyi-Jo Best and Grace Glover (junior) and, Bree Russell and Aklen Abey (pee wee).
  • 2017 Bob Gordon Memorial Overall Stockman’s Knowledge Award in memory of Bob Gordon. Winner: Samantha Rimke.
  • 2017 Round-Up Scholarship. $1,000 recipient: Naomi Bestand. $500 recipients: Levi Rimke and Kaitlyn Davey.
  • Aggregate winners sponsored by Enns Brothers: Samantha Rimke (senior), Nolan Glover (intermediate), Ty Nykoliation (junior), and Bree Russell (pee wee).

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As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.

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