Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees selected

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Keith Gilmore Foundation would like to acknowledge and congratulate the scholarship winners for 2019. The KGF Prize for Beef Innovation went to Matthew Bates. He received a cheque for $10,000.

Emma Cross and Will Ray­mond received the Here­ford Youth Scholarship. Each received a cheque of $2,500.

Future of the Breed Scholarship $1,000 cheque winners were Bobbi-Jo Foster, Courtney Wallace, Lyndsey Smith, April Kudera and Kylee Dixon.

The Keith Gilmore Foundation was established in 1987 to honour Keith Gilmore, editor and publisher of the Canadian Hereford Digest for 30 years. It recognizes his contribution to the Hereford breed, agricultural journalism and the beef cattle industry. Over 150 scholarships have been awarded since the foundation was started. Canadian Cattlemen congratulates all scholarship winners this year.


The Boehringer Ingelheim World Here­ford Conference takes place in Queens­town, New Zealand, March 9 to 13, 2020. The conference includes not only a full program, but several optional tours, a visit to Wanaka Show to watch cattle shows, and a gala dinner and cruise on Lake Wakatipu. Early bird registration is closing soon so get in touch with the Canadian Hereford Association for more details. For more information, visit nzwhc.co.nz.


Maddie Watkins.
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The Salers Association of Canada is very proud of Maddie Watkins for her huge success at 4-H on Parade in Calgary, winning Champion Female in the all other breeds division with a Salers female. Watkins is a member of the Millarville-Stockland 4-H Beef Club, based in Alberta. Way to go Maddie, congratulations!

The Canadian Charolais Association is pleased to announce Haylea Jones has been named the registry/member services assistant of the Canadian Charolais Association. Jones grew up on a farm north of Didsbury, Alta., where she helped her family raise purebred and commercial cattle. Jones was involved in 4-H for 10 years and participated in various junior shows across Alberta. In her spare time, she has been teaching skating all over central Alberta and taking university classes. Jones looks forward to her new role at the Canadian Charolais Association and meeting all the members.


Four cattle operations across Canada were selected by their provincial Hereford associations and named commercial producer of the year. Ron Guenthner of Hanna, Alta., Clinton and Darryl Brost of Consul, Sask., Ken and Michelle Gurman of Vita, Man., and Layne Moore of Coe Hill, Ont. were all honoured in 2019 by their respective associations. Congratulations to all the recipients.

Ken and Michelle Gurman and Manitoba Here­ ford Association president Steven Manns.
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The Canadian Charolais Association held their annual general meeting on June 7, 2019. We are pleased to present our 2019-20 CCA board of directors listed in the photo below.

Canadian Charolais Association board of directors. Back row (l. to r.): Craig Scott (general manager), Jim Olson (Man.), Mathieu Palerme (Que.), and Roger Maloney (Ont.). Front row (l. to r.): Kasey Phillips (Alta.), Mike Elder (Sask.), Shawn Airey (Man.), and Darwin Rosso (Sask.). Missing: Rod McLeod (Alta.) and Lorne Lakusta (Alta.).
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Six exceptional Canadians have been selected to join the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame as 2019 inductees in recognition of their lifelong contributions to the agricultural sector. JoAnne Buth, Marc Comtois, Cynthia Grant, Louis Latimer, Laurent Pellerin and Robert Prestage will be officially inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Que.

Inductees Louis Latimer and Bob Prestage are no strangers to purebred circles in Canada and the world.

A visionary pioneer, the late Louis Latimer helped develop a global demand for Canadian beef genetics. Latimer was a trailblazer in using data-based selection methods and telling the story of his farm with his Remitall Cattle Company brand — a marketing move that was decades ahead of its time. His passion for breeding and marketing premier Canadian Hereford genetics created market opportunities for elite genetics from his farm, and decades later led to the Canadian Genome Project selecting one of his sires as the most genetically influential sire in the Canadian Hereford Association. Many other Canadian breeders followed Latimer’s model, helping elevate the overall quality of Canadian beef genetics. Louis Latimer lived in Olds, Alta., and was nominated by the Canadian Hereford Association.

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A strong leader and excellent ambassador, Robert (Bob) Prestage dedicated decades to improving the genetics and quality of Canadian cattle to open international markets for Canadian beef and other livestock. He began by developing a progeny test program for beef cattle 60 years ago — a program that is still used across the country. His work with Canadian Beef Sire and Western Breeders improved the genetic pool of Canadian beef cattle. Prestage was instrumental in creating a worldwide beef export network with the Alberta Angus Association, raising Angus to the dominant breed in the beef industry. Through his Wicklow Angus farm, Prestage has a thriving international export business of semen and embryos of all species of livestock. Bob Prestage lives in Camrose, Alta., and was nominated by the Canadian Angus Association.

We congratulate all of the 2019 inductees and their families for this great honour.


As we head into typical fall weather conditions with water troughs freezing at night, below is a unique idea from B.C. cattle rancher Louis Seelhof of Woodjam Ranch at Horsefly, B.C. By adding a small valve teed onto the main water line, they are able to keep water moving through the line, which helps prevent freezing. Even with the main float valve closed, the water is always moving.

The valve keeps water moving through the line, preventing freezing.
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Woodjam Ranch was one stop on a tour during the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association AGM at Williams Lake, B.C., last May. Next year’s AGM is slated for May 28 to 30 at Fort St. John, B.C.

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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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