Canadian Simmental Association elects directors, Livestock Gentec receives award

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the August 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. John Basarab accepted the Don Matthews Memorial Award on behalf of Livestock Gentec from Michael Latimer of CBBC.

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has elected its directors and Jennie Mutch of Earnscliffe, P.E.I., is the newly elected director for the region of B.C., N.B., N.S., P.E.I. and Newfoundland-Labrador. She will join directors Blair McIntosh of Maymont, Sask., and Bill Biglieni of Douglas, Man., who were elected by acclamation, all for three-year terms to the CSA board. All three started their terms as directors following the 2020 CSA annual general meeting on July 25, which was held online. For details please refer to

From left: Jennie Mutch, Blair McIntosh, Bill Biglieni. photo: Supplied

The CSA would like to thank Luke Muehlen, Vanderhoof, B.C., who allowed his name to stand for nomination as part of the election process for the region of B.C., N.B., N.S., P.E.I. and Newfoundland-Labrador.

The CSA would also like to thank the retiring directors for their years of service: Blair McRae, Brandon, Man.; Lee McMillen, Carievale, Sask.; and Frank Robblee, Crapraud, P.E.I.

Livestock Gentec receives Don Matthews Memorial Award

Livestock Gentec awarded the Don Matthews Memorial Award at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) on June 17, 2020.

“The Canadian Beef Breeds Council is extremely proud of the partnership with Livestock Gentec and looks forward to the continued success that comes from collaboration between industry and academia,” said Michael Latimer, executive director of CBBC.

The Don Matthews Memorial Award was created in honour of the late Don Matthews, a past president of CBBC who also had many other accomplishments, including induction into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually by the CBBC to an organization or individual who exemplifies excellence and commitment in the beef cattle industry.

Livestock Gentec has been a key partner for CBBC in connecting the beef cattle seedstock sector to academia. The partnership successfully developed and implemented key initiatives designed to increase genomic adoption in the Canadian beef herd. Through these programs, breed associations were able to modernize breed development programs and producers were encouraged to incorporate genomic profiling of their cattle into their herd management. This established the basis for the incorporation of genomic technology into expected progeny differences (EPD) calculations in the Canadian seedstock sector which have been an effective tool used by cattle producers to select cattle based on their genetic merit.

Livestock Gentec is based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is a centre of excellence for world-class scientists and industry leaders from a variety of disciplines where they collaborate on projects of importance to the livestock sector. More information about Livestock Gentec can be found at

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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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