Swift Current rancher and cowboy poet Bryce Burnett has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Tarentaise Association (CTA).
“Bryce was one of the first cattle producers in North America to start raising Tarentaise cattle after they began to be imported into Canada from France in 1972. Forty-nine years later, Bryce is still going strong and producing quality Tarentaise cattle. The Canadian Tarentaise Association is recognizing Bryce with a Lifetime Achievement award for being the person who has been raising and promoting the breed the longest in Canada, and perhaps all of North America,” says Kerry Brewin, president of the CTA.
Brewin said that a heifer Burnett imported from France in the early 1970s was the 20th animal registered in the CTA. That heifer helped form the foundation of Burnett’s herd. Burnett “quickly developed a reputation for raising some of the best Tarentaise cattle in North America,” says Brewin, and has produced produced numerous Grand and Reserve Champions at some of the most prestigious cattle shows in North America, including the Western Canadian Agribition, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.
“I take a lot of pride in our accomplishments over the years, but I can’t take all the credit. The secret to our success was always how well everyone in the family contributed to each success together. Everyone had a part to play, and they always performed to the best of their ability,” says Burnett.
Burnett says that when he first started importing Tartenaise bulls, not a lot was known about how well they’d perform in North America. But the first crossbred calves performed well, he says.
“But what convinced me the breed would do well here was when my Tarentaise cows started raising calves. They all had great mothering instincts and raised really good calves. It also didn’t matter what you crossed them with, the crossbred Tarentaise calves always did well.”
Burnett was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the start of the CTA’s annual general meeting on April 10, 2021, held via Zoom.