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Newsmakers – for Feb. 14, 2011

A former president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Ontario Cattlemen’s Association,Morley Shepherdsonof Temiskaming passed away Jan. 15 from heart failure. He was elected president of the CCA in 1989, the same year he received the Centennial Award from the Province of Ontario for his outstanding contributions to agriculture.

Dr. Calvin BookerDVM of Okotoks, Alta., was recognized by the Academy of Veterinary Consultants in December with the academy’s Consultant of the Year Award. A managing partner and research director of Feedlot Health Management Services (FHMS), Dr. Booker is part of a professional services team that provides animal health management programs, production consulting services, and computerized individual animal data recording systems to feedlots in Canada, the United States, and South Africa. The award provides a $2,000 contribution to the scholarship fund of his alma mater, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, to assist senior students with an interest in beef cattle production. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors the award.

Jason Pollockhas stepped down as Canadian Western Agribition CEO and general manager to take a more active role in the management of his family’s ranch near Maple Creek, Sask., and pursue a consulting career. No replacement has been named.

The purebred industry was marking the passing ofLouis Latimerof Remitall Farms, Olds, Alta. who died in late December at the age of 87. The Latimers are a long-time purebred beef operation raising Shorthorn, Polled Hereford, Gelbvieh and Angus cattle. Louis and his wifeJeansuccessfully built the Remitall (L Latimer spelled backwards) herd name in partnership first with his brotherCarrolland in 1976 with his sonsGaryandBryan.Rimitall Farms is today run by Gary and his sonRichard. Louis was named to the Hall of Fame at Nile Exhibition in 1979; Canadian Livestock Man of the Year at the Denver show in 1987; American Shorthorn Association Builder of the Breed; Canadian Hereford Association Honour Roll in 1988; Alberta Angus Association Breeder of the Year and a Pioneer by the Beef Improvement Federation in 2008.

Alice Stuartof Edam, Sask. has won the Farming is My Life essay contest sponsored by Farm Business Communications, the company that publishes CANADIAN CATTLEMEN, COUNTRY GUIDE, GRAINEWS, ALBERTA FARMER EXPRESS and the MANITOBA CO-OPERATOR. The author of the winning entry receives airfare for two anywhere in Canada, to a maximum $3,000.

Since its inception in 1927 the Saskatchewan Livestock Association has recognized outstanding contributions by livestock producers to the industry, community and province. The 2010 inductees to the SLA honour scroll areGrant andChris Alexanderof Weyburn,Doug Howeof Moose Jaw,Mervyn Timmons of Swift Current, andJim Wilsonof Maple Creek.

Well known rancher and former president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association,Gary Jonesof Crane Valley was inducted into the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame at the group’s annual meeting last month. He is only the second cattlemen to receive this honour.

Bill Strautman,recently hired as Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association policy analyst, took the position of communication specialist vacated by Lorna MacMillan, who moved on to a new career as the executive director for the Saskatchewan Physiotherapists Association.

Jack Hextallwas returned as chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) at the association’s second annual general meeting held during the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon. Past-chair Bob Ivey,vice-chairBruce Holmquist, finance chairLarry Grantand director-at- largeBill Jamesonround out the executive.

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