David Moss is the new general manager of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association replacing Rob McNabb who retired after 20 years in the position. Moss brings to the job practical hands-on experience managing a feedlot and custom silage operation and numerous executive positions in agribusiness. He was co-founder and vice-president of AgriClear LP the online agri-business marketplace that shut down earlier in the year; CEO of ITS Global, an integrated traceability system and CEO of Alberta’s Livestock Identification Services.
Ryan Beierbach of Saskatchewan was elected chairman of the producer-filled board of directors for the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) in June. Matt Bowman the past president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario, is vice-chair. Beierbach and his wife Tania operate a Black Angus cow-calf operation and a ranch supply and tack store near Whitewood, Sask. He’s a past chair of the of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, a current member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) council and a graduate of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program.
Also new to the board are: Garth Porteous (Alta.), Graeme Finn (Alta.), Fred Lozeman (Alta.) and Dean Manning (Atlantic). They join Dave Zehnder (B.C.), Chris Israelson (Alta.), Michael Spratt (Sask.), Larry Wegner (Man.) and Rob Lipsett (Ont.).
Bill Huber of Lipton, Sask., has been elected president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association replacing Shane Jahnke of Gouldtown who remains on the executive as past president. Kelcy Elford of Caronport is first vice-president, and Garner Deobald of Hodgeville, second vice-president. Jeff Yorga of Flintoft remains the finance chair.
Trevor Welch of Glassville, N.B., is the new president of the Canadian Angus Association following the breed’s annual meeting in B.C. earlier this summer. Bob Hahn of Sherwood Park, Alta., was elected president elect, and Brett Wildman of Sangudo, Alta., moves to the past president position to fill out the association executive. Welch is an engineer who runs a land survey company along with Garvie Mountain Angus’s 30 purebred and commercial Angus cows with his father and son Trevor. Hahn operates HR Hahn Cattle Co. in addition to a chartered accounting practice, Hahn & Houle Chartered Accountants.
University of Saskatchewan professor John McKinnon was awarded the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Honourary Lifetime Membership plaque at the association’s annual meeting earlier this summer in recognition of his contributions to Saskatchewan’s beef industry through research and mentorship.
Blain and Naomi Hjertaas from Redvers are the recipients of the 2018 Saskatchewan Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The couple share a passion for carbon sequestration and healthy soils which they have put into practice transforming their 1915 homestead ranch through environmental and holistic practices. They will represent Saskatchewan for the national TESA award, presented at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in London, Ont.
Ken Perlich from Perlich Bros. in Lethbridge is the new Livestock Markets Association of Canada representative on the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency board of directors. He replaces Heartland’s Rick Wright who spent much of his 12 years on the board focused on the upcoming traceability regulations due out later this year.
David Colwell was appointed chairman of the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) at the group’s annual meeting in Montreal. He has been the president of JBS Canada since 2016.
Larry Garrett of Vanderhoof is the new president of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association replacing Brian McKersie who had served out his term. John Anderson of Merritt is vice-president.
Ramona Blyth of MacGregor was returned for another term as chair of the research and extension-oriented Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative based just outside of Brandon. Larry Wegner of Virden is vice-chair.
Cattle producers Ryan Boyd and Christoph Weder are two of the five winners of the 2018 Nuffield Scholarships that will allow them to research projects of their own design. Boyd is the managing partner of a mixed beef and crop operation near Forrest, Man., while Weder and his wife run a 1,800-head herd of purebred and commercial Angus cows and 500 Plains Bison on 35,000 acres of range and tame pasture in the Peace Region of Alberta and B.C.
Garnet Ferguson and Holly Thompson have joined the board of the Saskatchewan Forage Council. Ferguson is the general manager of Can-Pro Ingredients Ltd., one of the few remaining alfalfa dehy plants in Western Canada. Thompson’s family operates Tee Two Land and Cattle Co. near Kelliher. She is studying animal science at the University of Saskatchewan and joins the board as a student member.