Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program:
Travis Page grew up on a commercial cow-calf and grain operation east of Didsbury, Alta. He was involved in all aspects of the farm at a young age, from operating equipment to feeding cattle. At the age of 14, Page began building his own herd of commercial and purebred Red Angus. Page earned a diploma in agriculture business from Olds College. Today Page and his wife Becky manage a herd of over 400 females, comprising both purebred and commercial Red Angus and polled Hereford cattle. Page’s mentor is Holt Tripp.
Tyler Fewings was raised on the family farm near Pierson, Man. After earning a degree in animal science and rangeland resources from the University of Saskatchewan, Fewings went on to work in different roles that took him across Western Canada and to Queensland, Australia. Today Fewings is the watershed co-ordinator for the Lower Souris Watershed Committee in southeastern Saskatchewan. Fewings and his wife Amy also farm alongside his family in southeastern Manitoba. Fewings’ mentor is Scott Dickson.
Congratulations to Clifton Ranch, the national recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for 2019. The Clifton family ranches near Keremeos, B.C. Among other projects, they have worked with Nature Trust to restore and preserve the grasslands and ecosystems of the ranch, conserve species-at-risk habitat and preserve spawning grounds and habitat for songbirds. Wade and Sandra Clifton received the award at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference last month in Calgary.
The Beef Cattle Research Council has announced the participants of its Beef Research Mentorship Program for the upcoming year. The program matches four researchers with leaders in the beef industry.
Dr. Aklilu Alemu is an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. He is developing a Canadian whole-farm model called Holos that takes a holistic approach to evaluating changes in management practices and their impacts on total farm greenhouse gas emissions. Alemu’s mentors include Brenna Grant and the Fleming family (Duncan, Cecilie, Cooper and Ricki Fleming and Justin Pittman).
Dr. Marianne Villettaz Robichaud is an assistant professor in animal welfare in the department of clinical sciences of the faculty of veterinary medicine of St-Hyacinthe at the University of Montreal. She researches on-farm improvements of production animal welfare, early detection and prevention of diseases and management of at-risk animals including veal calves and cull animals. Her mentors are Nathalie Côté and Giacomo Zoia.
Dr. Peipei Zhang is a research scientist under the post-doctoral research program with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lacombe Research and Development Centre. Zhang’s current research focuses on improving meat shelf-life using bio-preservative strategies, understanding the persistence mechanisms of pathogenic bacteria (eg. E. coli O157:H7 and salmonella) in meat production chains and developing ways to control pathogenic bacteria on meat. Her mentors are Scott Entz and Cathy Sharp.
Dr. Matthew Links is an assistant professor in the department of animal and poultry science at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been involved in many genomics projects that touch on human, plant and animal health. His research focuses on both the wet-lab and computational methods required to understand the interactions between animals and the microbes that live in or on them. His mentors include Sean McGrath and the folks at Feedlot Health Management Services.
Congratulations to Dr. John Campbell, who received the 2019 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference last month. Campbell is a professor and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan in the department of large animal clinical sciences. He has undertaken numerous research projects on infectious diseases and industry-relevant issues such as antimicrobial resistance. He also helped establish the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Surveillance Network, followed by the Canadian Cow-Calf Surveillance Network.
Richard Horne is the new executive director of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), replacing the retiring Dave Stewart. Horne previously worked for the University of Guelph as a research analyst supporting the university’s board of governors, board of trustees and senate.
Mike McMorris has taken the helm of Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation. McMorris stepped into the CEO role on September 1. Most recently McMorris served as general manager of AgSights, a producer co-operative dedicated to bringing information management to livestock industries in Canada and internationally.