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New ‘Food and Farm’ champion, Cattlemen hires new field editor

NewsMakers from the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Piper Whelan of Airdrie, Alta., is the new field editor for Canadian Cattlemen. Raised on a purebred Maine-Anjou ranch at Irricana, Whelan studied English and history at the University of Alberta and journalism at the University of King’s Col­­lege. She previously worked in publishing and as a registry assistant for the Canadian Charolais Association, and […] Read more


Bovine calving simulator makes its debut at Agribition

NewsMakers from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

There has been a wholesale change in the executive of the Alberta Beef Producers with the election of Charlie Christie as chair, succeeding Bob Lowe of Nanton, who remains on the board as past chair for the next year, Kelly Fraser as vice-chair and Melanie Wowk as finance chair. Christie, whose family operates a cow-calf, […] Read more



Forage and Grassland Association presents award for leadership

NewsMakers from the December 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bill Thomas, the recently retired director of the field services at Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. in Nova Scotia, is the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association Leadership Award. During his 30 years of extension service he implemented educational forage production programs at the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College, now part of […] Read more


Wildfires claim life of young cattleman

NewsMakers from the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wildfires that swept through Alberta and into Saskatchewan last month claimed one of the young leaders of Alberta’s cattle industry when James Hargrave, 34, of Walsh, Alta., died in a vehicle crash while fighting a fire along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Hargrave was a vice-president of the Western Stock Growers’ Association and former delegate of the […] Read more



Kolk Farms named Western Feedlot of the Year

NewsMakers from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed of Coaldale, Alta., has been named the 2017 recipient of the Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award for her leadership in the Canadian beef industry to improve the welfare of feedlot animals. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV)) in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada). She […] Read more


New applicants for Beef Researcher Mentorship program introduced

NewsMakers from the October 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has introduced its three successful applicants for the 2017-18 Beef Researcher Mentorship program. Each has been paired with leaders in the Canadian beef industry and given a travel budget to enable them to become more familiar with Canada’s commercial beef industry. Dr. Mika Asai Coakwell is the new assistant […] Read more



David Francis Farm wins CCA Environmental Stewardship Award

NewsMakers from the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

David and Vicki Francis and their son Bret of David Francis Farm of Lady Fane, P.E.I. are the 2017 winners of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award. The family has invested heavily in soil conservation on its potato and beef operation building grassed waterways, buffer zones, terraces and berms to reduce erosion. Their rotational […] Read more


Sask­atchewan Environmen­tal Stewardship Award recipients named

NewsMakers from the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Mark and Laura Hoimyr, their children, Anna and Jeremy, and Mark’s parents, Lyle and Judy Hoimyr, of Box H Land and Livestock near Gladmar, Sask., are this year’s recipients of the Saskatchewan Environmental Stewardship Award. The family has installed extensive cross-fencing and 13 miles of shallow water pipeline to improve grazing distribution, litter cover and […] Read more



Canada Beef welcomes a new executive vice-president

NewsMakers from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Francis Andres is the new executive vice-president of Canada Beef. Working with the board of directors he will lead all aspects of the organization’s domestic and international market development and promotion efforts and as the senior officer will essentially replace former president Rob Meijer who resigned unexpectedly last September. Andres’ background is in global branding […] Read more


New president for Canadian Meat Council, new inductees for Sask. Agricultural Hall of Fame

NewsMakers from the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Chris White is the new president and CEO of the Canadian Meat Council. He comes to the council with 20 years experience in government and industry relations as chief of staff for five federal cabinet ministers and vice-president of government relations in the finance, insurance, and auto sectors. The Canadian Meat Council represents 400 federally […] Read more