Cattlemen welcomes new editor in New Year

NewsMakers from the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Lisa Guenther. photo: File

Lisa Guenther of Livelong, Sask., will become the editor of Canadian Cattlemen in January 2019. She was raised on a commercial cow-calf farm near Bright Sand Lake, Sask., and joined Cattlemen as associate editor in October. Previously she worked as a field editor for Grainews and Country Guide, sister publications to the Cattlemen. She replaces Gren Winslow, the editor of the magazine since January 1986, who will retire in the new year.

Virgil Lowe has resigned his position as business manager of Verified Beef Production Plus, an arm of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, to join the newly formed agriculture business group of TELUS as a senior strategy manager. At press time the CCA was interviewing for a replacement.

Fawn Jackson. photo: Supplied

The CCA is also looking for a new executive director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to replace Fawn Jackson who helped establish the roundtable and now serves as the CCA’s senior manager of government and international relations.

Former president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Brad Wildeman received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan during the fall commencement ceremonies in late October. Raised on a farm near Lanigan, Sask., Wildeman was president and chairman of Pound-Maker Agventures Ltd., a former chair of VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan and a current member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, the university’s newest research facility. He is also a past president of Canada Beef and a recipient of the Governor’s General Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and an inductee in the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Neil Dennis. photo: Supplied

Neil Dennis of Sunnybrae Farms, Redvers, Sask., a well-known advocate for holistic management died November 4. He was 69 years of age. A late convert to the benefits of holistic management, he started out testing its principles on two 10-acre paddocks before applying them to expand the carrying capacity of his 1,170 acres from 200 to 300 head up to 800 to 1,000 head.

Dr. John McKinnon who will retire at the end of December as professor of beef cattle nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan after 32 years of service — 26 as the Saskatchewan Beef Industry chair —will maintain his connection to the cattle industry as a private nutrition consultant and regular columnist for Canadian Cattlemen. His nutrition column first appeared in the September 2010 issue of the magazine.

Garnet Altwasser. photo: Supplied

Garnet Altwasser was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in late October. During his 30-year term as president and CEO of Lakeside Farm Industries, the company established the largest single-site feeding operation in Canada along with a major beef-packing plant in Brooks. Altwasser was one of the first commercial adopters of Temple Grandin’s cattle-handling designs. He was also a founding director of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and has quietly mentored many young people to enter and grow the Alberta cattle-feeding and beef-processing industry.

Election results for the 2018-19 Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association board of directors were announced last month. Incumbent Paula Larson of D’Arcy won over Garret Poletz of Rosetown and Levi Hull of Willowbrook defeated Adrienne Ivy of Ituna. Returning to the board unopposed are Arnold Balicki of Shellbrook and Keith Day of Kyle along with newcomer Scott Greiner of Indian Head. The new board will be installed January 18 in Regina.

Dave Koslowsky. photo: File

Dave Koslowsky is the winner of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association 2018 Leadership Award. Koslowsky and his wife Rhonda operate a 1,720-acre mixed farm outside of Killarney, Man., that includes 120 head of cattle and the pastures and forage fields necessary to support the herd. He’s the past chair and a current board member of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association.

Jillian McLerie. photo: Supplied

Jillian McLerie of Spruce View, Alta., earned top honours at the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition, held during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. McLerie, who competed as part of the Lakeland College team, topped nearly 50 other competitors judging multiple livestock species, including beef and dairy cattle, bison and alpacas. McLerie received a $2,500 scholarship and judged the First Lady Classic at Agribition. A second-year agribusiness student at Lakeland College, she plans to complete her degree at the University of Saskatchewan. McLerie and her brother have also started their own beef herd, Black Chrome Livestock.

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