During the Canadian Angus Association’s annual general meeting, Riley Leeson of Vauxhall, Alta., was named the Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador. The junior ambassador program selects one Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) member to be an ambassador for the Canadian Angus Association at events across Canada and one international experience. Leeson has completed an associate of animal science program at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. She served as president of the Casper College Ag Club and was named the 2020 Casper College Ag Department Outstanding Freshman Student.
Hillary Sauder of Hodgeville, Sask., received the Dick Turner Memorial Award. Sauder has shown cattle and worked for other cattle producers, in addition to her own family, and has been involved with 4-H and the Junior Angus Association. She graduated from Lakeland College with a diploma in animal science technology, majoring in beef production in April. The Dick Turner Memorial Award was established after the passing of legendary Angus icon Dick Turner in July 2010.
The Junior Angus Stockman of the Year award was developed to recognize those who are constantly growing their stockmanship capability. This year’s winner, Kodie Doetzel of Lipton, Sask., knows the pedigree of each animal in Nu-Horizon’s 200-head herd. He has taken care of the family’s cow herd while his dad focused on seeding, all while completing his agriculture degree through remote learning.
Jesse Emery, the Outstanding Young Angus Breeder, runs purebred cattle under Dwajo Jes with his girlfriend Miranda Pybus. He recently purchased land near his parents’ farm at Camp Creek, Alta., so he can help with the day-to-day at Dwajo Angus while also learning sales management at OBI Livestock Ltd. The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Award recognizes an Angus breeder between the ages of 22 and 30 who has demonstrated a desire to stay involved in the Angus business.