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Newsmakers – for Aug. 9, 2010

Kirk Wildmanof the Towaw Cattle Company in Sangudo, Alta., was affirmed as the 2010-11 president of the Canadian Angus Association at its recent annual meeting in Halifax. He is the second-youngest president to head the national breed association. The CAA elects its presidents the year before their terms begin. The new president elect isDavid Boulducof Claresholm, Alta.

Lianne Applebyresigned her post as communications manager of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association in late July to become the marketing and communications manager of the poultry-breeding company Hendrix Genetics in Kitchener. No replacement had been named at press time.

Calvin Knoss,a rancher from Rockglen, was re-elected president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) at its annual meeting in Moose Jaw this summer.Ed Bothnerof Beechy remains past-president, withHarold Martensof Swift Current as first vice andDoug Gillespie of Neville as second vice. New to the board of directors areHelen Finucane of Regina,Paul Jeffersonof Humboldt, andRoss MacDonaldof Lake Alma. Retiring directorMark Elford will continue to serve as the SSGA’s representative to the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency.

Miles Alexanderis the recipient of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association 2010 Rangeland Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship has been awarded annually since 1995 to a deserving Saskatchewan student who is pursuing a career in rangeland management. Miles was raised near Eastend and now lives at Alida, where he runs about 150 head of commercial cattle. He has completed the two-year environmental assessment and restoration diploma at Lethbridge College and plans to obtain his bachelor of science in environmental science at the University of Lethbridge.

Visitors to the Western Beef Development Centre’s (WBDC) 12th annual field day at the Termuende Research Ranch were saddened to hear of the passing ofDale Termundeon June

16. Termunde, an Illinois lawyer, was a familiar figure at the annual field days and regularly attended the University of Saskatchewan Termuende Trust Fund meetings as the family’s representative. The trust established by Dale Termunde’s uncles and aunt in 1974, donated the family’s 700-acre farm to the university to support beef and forage research. The Termuendes were progressive farmers who built their successful farm just east of Lanigan using the latest in research and extension support from the U of

S. As evidence of his continued belief in the research work carried out at the Termuende facility, Dale requested that donations in lieu of flowers at his death be made to the research ranch.

Jim Able,co-manager of the Stettler Auction Mart in Alberta was elected president of the Livestock Markets Association of Canada at the group’s annual meeting in Winnipeg earlier this summer.

Allan Olsonof the Rimbey Auction Market and many others filled the ag centre in Bentley, Alta., June 27 to bid a public farewell to their friend, order buyerEd Paullof West Country Livestock who died the week before of cancer. After a PowerPoint tribute to Ed, Olson pulled out his auctioneer’s hammer and began Ed Paull’s Last Auction Sale to raise funds for cancer research.

The Rimbey team had decked out Ed’s exercise bike in a rented cow costume complete with manifest. The first buyer bought the bike-cow for $2,600 and told Olson to “sell her again.” Which he did, over and over again. In three-quarters of an hour Ed’s friends had raised $29,725. You can catch the action by searching Ed’s Last Sale on www.youtube.com.

Ed’s spouseDarlene Goehringsays the money went directly to the work ofDr. Evangelos Michelakisand the cancer research team at the University of Alberta, faculty of medicine. Donations to the fund in Ed’s memory can be sent to Allan Olson (403) 783- 0556 or Darlene (587) 877-1177. The auction went so well that a fundraising Ed’s Last Sale golf tournament is planned for June 21 next year.

Kathy (Lang) Larsonhas returned to the position of beef economist with the Humboldt, Sask. based Western Beef Development Centre where she will resume her work on the centre’s benchmarking cost-of-production study. Working from her home in Prince Albert, she’ll assist producers in calculating their own costs and break-evens and using the data to make management decisions. She’ll also analyze the data coming in from all participating herds to create economic benchmarks for the Saskatchewan cow herd. The 2008 numbers were to be available at the end of July. She can be reached at 306- 764-3929.

Justin Lawlesshas taken over as Verifield Beef Production Atlantic region co-ordinator for all four Maritime provinces. He runs a cow-calf operation at Kinkora, P. E. I. and can be reached at (902) 368-2229 or email

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Manitoba truckerGeoffrey Giesbrecht, 27, was sentenced in June to an intermittent jail sentence of 30 days for the inhumane treatment and transportation of horses that were seriously injured during a trip to a slaughterhouse on Nov. 7, 2007.

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