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Canadian Beef Industry Award presented, new Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the September 7, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

Robyn Unrua. photo: Supplied

Robyn Unrau was raised on a small cow-calf operation near Marquette, Man. Unrau has earned a diploma in agriculture, majoring in livestock production, from the University of Manitoba, and is pursuing an animal science degree. Unrau plans to pursue a career in the beef industry while growing her family farm. Unrau’s mentor is Dawn Hnatow, who has studied stockmanship with Bud Williams and managed livestock on large Texas ranches.


Savannah Hodgkinson. photo: Supplied

Savannah Hodgkinson completed all of her primary school in Florida. She moved to Alberta in 2015 to attend college, where she discovered a passion for business. After completing her business certificate at Olds College, she began working at Titan Land and Cattle, initially doing the bookkeeping. She then moved on to Titan Ag Finance, where she completes applications and manages loans. Hodgkinson also started a small cow-calf herd, which she is working on growing. Hodgkinson’s mentor is Craig Klemmer, principal ag economist with Farm Credit Canada.

Dr. Tamara Quaschnick. photo: Supplied

Dr. Tamara Quaschnick is a large animal veterinarian. Quaschnick was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation south of Hanna, Alta. In 2009, Quaschnick graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, then completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Idaho Equine Hospital. In 2014, she returned to her hometown and established Steadfast Veterinary Services Ltd. She currently splits her time between Hanna and Bashaw, where she and her husband, Darren Schultz, run a commercial Angus herd. Quaschnick’s mentor is Dr. Mark Cameron, vice-president of nutrition and consulting for More Than Just Feed Inc.

John Masswohl. photo: Supplied

Earlier this year, John Masswohl retired from his role as director of government and international affairs at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Masswohl served in the position for over 15 years. Before joining the CCA, he worked as an agriculture counsellor for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and in the tariffs and market access division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Masswohl is still consulting part-time for the CCA on special projects as director emeritus. Fawn Jackson is now CCA’s director of government and international affairs. Jackson has worked with the CCA for over nine years in positions such as executive director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and, more recently, as the senior manager of government and international affairs.

Karen Beauchemin. photo: Supplied

Dr. Karen Beauchemin received the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference last month. Beauchemin is a ruminant nutrition scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Research and Development Centre in Lethbridge, and an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta and Utah State University. Beauchemin’s work focuses on ways to improve production efficiency and reduce environmental impact. She was part of the National Research Council committee that produced Nutrient Requirements for Beef Cattle, a publication widely considered the cornerstone for beef nutrition.

Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) welcomed three new directors to its board earlier this summer Jean Szkotnick, who served as president of the Canadian Animal Health Institute for 29 years before retiring, is now chair of LRIC’s governance committee. Jim White, an animal health industry consultant with over 35 years of experience, is chairing the international research advisory committee. Finally, Franco Naccarato, executive director of Meat and Poultry Ontario, has also joined the board. The new directors fill positions vacated by Cornelia Kreplin and Paul Uys, who both retired, and Mike McMorris, who became LRIC’s CEO last September.

Left to right: Chad, Ricky, Cooper, Renee, Riata, Ellie and Louis Seelhof. photo: Provided by CCA

Congratulations to Ricky and Chad Seelhof and family, national recipients of The Environmental Stewardship Award (see above). The Seelhof family own and operate Woodjam Ranch, located in the Cariboo region of B.C. Working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, they installed eight large off-stream watering systems to protect the tributaries on the ranch and provide year-round water. They’ve also fenced off rivers and creeks, planted willows and built berms to direct creeks. Congratulations again to the regional environmental stewardship winners, including Paul De Jong of Ontario, Thomas and Felicity Hagan of Manitoba and Deer Creek Livestock Co. in Alberta.

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