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Newsmakers – for Jan. 10, 2011

The Alberta Beef Producers have re-elected their 2010 executive for a second term. Returning to direct the organization are chairmanChuck MacLean,Bow Island, vice-chairman,Doug Sawyerfrom Pine Lake and finance chairman,Dave Solversonof Camrose.

BobandLarry Kiddof Mayerthorpe have been selected as Alberta’s Environmental Stewardship Award winner for 2011. The brothers work closely with their uncleRonwho is an original partner of the mixed cattle and crop operation. Looking to improve the sustainability of their operation the brothers worked closely with the West Central Forage Association, Cows and Fish and were instrumental in setting up the Paddle River Stewardship Group.

Bill Strautmanis the new policy advisor of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association.

He has an agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a journalism degree from King’s College in Halifax. He started out as a district agriculturist with Alberta Agriculture but has spent the last 20 years of his career as a journalist with publications such as this one as well as COUNTRY GUIDE, GRAINEWS and the WESTERN PRODUCER. Most recently he worked on the Agri-Trends Agrology AGADVANCE JOURNAL. He and his wife own a farm near Speers, Sask.

Ted Haney,president of the Canada Beef Export Federation was elected chairman of the International Meat Secretariat’s (IMS) beef committee at the World Meat Congress in Buenos Aires in September giving him a seat on the IMS executive council.

This year’s recipient of the Canada Beef Export Federation’s Jim Graham Award isGeoff Adams,deputy director, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, technical barriers and regulations division. The presentation was made by Mrs. Joan Graham at the CBEF annual meeting in Calgary. The Jim Graham award recognizes the contributions made by individuals to Canadian beef and veal exports.

Shannon Scott,a research scientist at AACF’s Brandon Research Centre, has returned to Edmonton to take a new position as research officer with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency on Jan. 10, 2011. Scott completed her doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton after receiving her bachelor of science from Houghton College in Houghton, NY. She also worked on beef cattle research at the Lacombe Research centre and the Université Laval in Quebec City. She moved to Brandon in June, 1999.

Annemarie Pedersenis the new stakeholder communications manger of the Beef Information Centre, replacingJanet Kanterswho resigned in November to take a job with the Agri-Trend Group. Annemarie has worked as a PR specialist with Meristem Land and Science and AdFarm.

Humboldt bison rancherMark Silzerhas been elected chairman of the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FACS). He had been the vice-chairman. Joining him on the FACS board areDr. Betty Althouse,Canadian Food Inspection Agency;Bob Brickley,Saskatchewan Equine Ranchers Association; provincial veterinarianDr. Greg Douglas; Dennis Edwards,Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association;David Entz,Saskatchewan Milk;Dr. Gary Hoium,Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association;Dr. Murray Jelinski,industry consultant;Tim Keet,Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan;Joe Kleinsasser,SPI Marketing;Bob Mahon,Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association;Dr. Grant Royal,Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health;Regan Sloboshan,Saskatchewan Egg Producers;Harvey Wagner,Saskatchewan Pork Development Board; and past chairmanTim Wiens.

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) is providing Cargill Meat Solutions with a $3 million Growing Forward grant over two years to modernize its High River plant. The investment will enhance efficiencies, improve food safety, lower overall operating costs and potentially triple the company’s beef exports to Asia.

EdwinandRuth Mattheisgifted their 12,300-acre ranch near Duchess last month to the University of Alberta to create the Rangelands Research Institute — Mattheis Ranch. In light of the historic gift the university created the Mattheis Chair in Rangeland, Ecology and Management. The ranch is largely rangeland with 700 cultivated acres and offers a multitude of ecosystems and habitats for applied research in ecology, grazing and riparian management, livestock husbandry and production economics for the mixed-grass prairie region.

Wayne Lees,the chief veterinarian for the province of Manitoba andRob McNabb,general manager of operations of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association have been named cochairs of the newly formed National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council. The council was set up to implement the NFAHW strategy on behalf of the industry and is made up of representatives from animal industry, academia, and federal and provincial governments.

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