Canadian Junior Angus awards $13,500 in scholarships

Purely Purebred, news from the May 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Clockwise from left: Baxter Blair, Thomas Wildman, Jessica Davey, Heidi Tymko, Halley Adams.

Canadian Junior Angus hosted 60 members at a virtual workshop Thursday, April 8, 2021. $11,000 was awarded to the five finalists in the Canadian Angus Foundation Legacy Scholarship program and $2,500 was awarded in memory of Gordon Prichard to two junior Angus members pursuing a career in agriculture.

Baxter Blair of McLean, Sask., placed first in the Legacy program and received a $5,000 scholarship. Blair owns Double B Angus near McLean. He is enrolled in his freshman year at Hutchinson Community College, Kansas, where he is pursuing an associate’s degree in animal science. Upon completion of his two-year term at Hutchinson, Blair plans to transfer to a four-year senior college, where he will pursue veterinary medicine. Blair is actively involved in Canadian Junior Angus and serves as a director on the Saskatchewan Junior Angus board. He also volunteers during the summer at a local veterinary clinic. 

Thomas Wildman of Sangudo, Alta., placed second and received a $3,000 scholarship. Wildman is part of Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd. and has participated in many junior Angus events across Canada. Wildman is currently serving on the board of directors for the Alberta Junior Angus Association and served in various capacities, including as president, of his local 4-H club, and has volunteered with other organizations as well. Wildman is a first-year student at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, enrolled in radio and television arts. He plans to pursue a career in broadcasting and his dream job is to become a play-by-play announcer on TSN. 

Placing third and receiving a $2,000 scholarship is Jessica Davey of Saskatoon. Davey’s family operation, Rivendale Cattle Co., runs Angus and Shorthorn cattle. Davey is completing Grade 12 this June and has been accepted to the University of Sask­atchewan where she will pursue a bachelor of science in agriculture. Her goal is to be a purebred and commercial cattle producer as well as further develop the photography and marketing business that she started a couple of years ago. Davey is currently serving as president of the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association and has been involved in 4-H for the last 10 years. 

Keely Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and Caylee Dorval of Glaslyn, Sask., each received $500 as runners-up in the Legacy competition. Adams is a first-year student at Red Deer College pursuing a bachelor of science. Her career path is still being determined, but she plans to stay involved in her family operation Ter-Ron Farms. Dorval attends Lakeland College and is in her second year of the animal science technology diploma program. She intends to transfer to university and complete a degree in agriculture, with a career goal of becoming a livestock feed and extension specialist as well as a cattle producer.

The Gordon Prichard Memorial Scholarship was created for 2021 students pursuing careers in agricultural fields. $1,500 was awarded to Halley Adams of Forestburg, Alta., and $1,000 to Heidi Tymko of St. Paul, Alta. Adams has a small herd of Red and Black Angus cows that she runs alongside her father and grandfather’s cows at Ter-Ron Farms. Adams is in her first year of veterinary school at the University of Calgary with a goal of becoming a large-animal veterinarian and pursuing a career in genetics and embryo work. 

Tymko’s family runs Crestview Angus, a purebred and commercial operation. Tymko is completing her bachelor of science in agriculture (honours) this month and will be pursuing graduate studies in agricultural economics this fall, with the goal of becoming a beef economist and working in beef research. Both Adams and Tymko have been involved as directors on the Alberta and Canadian Junior Angus Associations as well as 4-H. 

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National account manager

Mike Millar

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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