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Newsmakers – for May. 16, 2011

Cattlemen across Canada were marking the passing ofRoss Beattie last month. He and his wifeMarjorie farmed at Staynor, Ont.Rosswas elected president of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association in 1964 and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in 1968-69. Former CCA general manager Charlie GraceyremembersRossas the first president of the CCA from Eastern Canada and that his election helped turn the CCA into a truly national organization. RossreplacedGerard Guichon as president of the CCA at a time when lobbying efforts were underway to make the first major change in the beef-grading standards.

Members of the Alberta Farm Animal Care presented three awards of distinction at their annual meeting last month in Red Deer. The awards recognize people who have made exceptional contributions to farm animal care in Alberta. The 2011 awards went to Morris Airey,the recently retired director of animal protection for the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals;Dr. Steve Mason,who championed animal care in numerous articles on dairy, beef and sheep production, including some in this magazine; and Dr. Clover Branch,who teaches about animal welfare and food animal behaviour at the University of Alberta.

Marty Seymouris the new CEO of Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Brought up on a mixed farm in Carnduff Seymour spent his professional career to date in marketing and business development in agriculture since graduating with a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He takes over fromJason Pollockwho resigned to return home to the family ranch in Maple Creek, Sask.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has named 16 successful recipients of a Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program mentorship for 2011. They are:Jeff Braisherand Haley Rutherfordfrom British Columbia; Ellen Hondl, Mark Lyseng, Kelsey Brandon, Becky Fenton, Lindsay Smith, Virgil LoweandChristy Goldhawk from Alberta;Allison Porter, Tara Mulhern Davidson, Sarah Anderson, Sheldon KyleandRyan Beierbach from Saskatchewan;Cody Krentzof Manitoba andAmanda Rosborough from Ontario.

Terry Gompert,the University of Nebraska Extension Educator who conducted workshops on mob grazing, grass-fed beef and Holistic Management in Canada, died in late March after suffering a heart attack.

Cattle producerDarcy Eddleston was re-elected chairman of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency for 2011 at the group’s annual meeting last month. He represents the Alberta Beef Producers on the industry-driven board. VeterinarianPat Burragerepresenting the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association moved up to vice-chair replacing Rick Wrightof the Livestock Markets Association of Canada who remains on the board.Terry Kremeniukof the Canadian Bison Association remains finance chairman butMark Elfordof the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association replacesBurrageas director at large along withDan Darlingof the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. New to the board this year areDuncan Mackey of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, James MacLeanof the Canadian Livestock Dealers Association andBob Loweof the Alberta Beef Producers. A seat at the board table was opened for the Canadian Sheep Federation and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council was granted associate membership.

PrioNet’s executive director, Janie Toth, retired at the end of March. Dr. Michelle Wong,PrioNet’s current director of scientific programs and training was named interim executive director until a replacement is named.

Quebec Ag MinisterPierre Corbeilis setting up a team of 15 beef extension advisers to provide technical, agronomic and genetic advice to beef producers. The money for the new team comes from the $100-million federal/provincial fund set up to help producers adjust to changes in Quebec’s ag income stabilization program over the next five years. Producers interested in the new service should call 1-888-830-6340.

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