Brian Lemon is the new general manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers, replacing Melinda German who was appointed as the first general manager of the National Checkoff Agency in March. Lemon comes to the MBP after a long career with the federal government, serving in senior positions based in Winnipeg with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Grain Commission over the past decade.
Dr. Roger Davis of Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants was named the 2016 winner of the Don Matthews Memorial Award by the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) in late March. Davis is a veterinarian and former purebred and commercial cattle rancher. He and his partner Dr. Scott Rairdan co-founded Davis-Rairdan Veterinary Services in 1979 and later specialized in embryo transplants in 1990. He is a past president of the Alberta Hereford Association and past director of the CBBC. The award honours Don Matthews, a past president of the CBBC and member of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame by recognizing individuals who exhibit the same passion for the purebred industry as Matthews.
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association representative Mark Elford was elected chair of the Canadian Cattle Identification Association board of directors last month. He replaces veterinarian Pat Burrage who stepped down from the board. Pat Hays, representing the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is vice-chair and Tim Fugard of Beef Farmers of Ontario is finance and audit committee chair. Livestock Markets Association of Canada representative Rick Wright was re-elected as executive director and Canadian Cattlemen Association representative Doug Sawyer was named second executive director. New to the board are Maritime Beef Council representative Ivan Johnson and Manitoba Beef Producers representative Larry Gerelus.
Garner Deobald of Hawkeye Land and Livestock Ltd. at Hodgeville, Sask., was elected president of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council at the purebred lobby group’s annual meeting. Roger Peters is vice-president. The remaining directors are past president David Bolduc, Bruce Holmquist, Mel Reekie, Rod Remin, Stephen Scott, Rob Smith and Byron Templeton.
Dr. Paul Jefferson will be retiring from PAMI as vice-president operations for the Western Beef Development Centre on September 9. Jefferson joined the WBDC in 2007 after a 26-year research career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Swift Current station. In his current position he collaborates on plant breeding, grazing and plant ecology research with AAFC colleagues at Swift Current, Saskatoon, and Lethbridge Research Centres and with University of Saskatchewan plant and animal researchers. He has published 77 scientific research papers and given many presentations at scientific conferences.
Marty Seymour resigned last month as the CEO of Canadian Western Agribition after five years in the top job at the Regina show to accept the position of director of industry and stakeholder relations for Farm Credit Canada.
Stewart Stone, the COO of Heartland Livestock, was re-elected president of the Canadian Western Agribition board of directors last month. Rejoining him on the executive are vice-president Bruce Holmquist of Saskatoon and executive members Chris Lees, Arcola; Blake MacMillan, Nokomis and Bryce Thompson of Regina. Both Lees and Thompson were re-elected to the board for two-year terms along with Doug Fee, De Winton, Alta.; Kim Hextall, Grenfell; Levi Jackson, Sedley; Marty Kratochvil, Milden; Ross MacDonald, Lake Alma and Carla Schmitt, Saskatoon.