The Hunt family of Corad Farms received the Angus Campbell Award from the Ontario Limousin Association at the association’s AGM in April. The Angus Campbell Award is presented to a commercial producer who uses and promotes the Limousin breed in their business.
Mervin and Judy Hunt purchased the original farm property on Waba Road in Pakenham in 1969. They started breeding purebred Limousin in 1983, and enjoyed showing their cattle in local fairs and at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Sons Cory and Chad also enjoyed participating in the local 4-H beef club.
Today, Cory, his wife Glenna, and their son Corlen, as well as Chad, his wife Sarah, and their children Jake, Caleb, Wesley, Tyler and Holly all play large roles in supporting the family farm. The herd has expanded to 500-plus head, and they calve approximately 150 cows each year. The family finishes most of their calves to supply Farmersville Community Abattoir, owned by Sarah and Chad. The abattoir employs six people full-time and four part-time, and provides weekly slaughter, custom meat cutting and packaging services.
The Ontario Limousin Association also recognized the Lawrence family of Lakeside Farms with the Madgett Award. The Madgett Award is presented to the person or family who takes that extra step to pro- mote the Limousin breed in Ontario.
Lakeside Farms is a fourth-generation purebred Limousin operation located outside Durham, Ont. Wayne and Nancy Lawrence purchased the farm from Wayne’s parents, David and Arlene, in 1982. The Lawrence family has competed at local fairs and provincial shows. Notable wins at the provincial shows include 2014 Reserve Champion Junior Yearling (Lakeside Adella), 2015 Reserve Champion Junior Yearling (Lakeside Bright Lights) and 2018 Champion Junior Yearling (Lakeside Emotion).
It has been said in the past that if you sign up one of the Lawrences for a committee you get the whole Lakeside team. They are a family-first operation, taking pride in raising and promoting the Limousin breed.
Limousin representative and barn boss at the Royal Winter Fair for many years. Friends always appreciated the fact that Lee and his wife Holli served up breakfast in the barns to many producers.
“Being stalled close to Brian was always a bonus,” says Nancy Lawrence, secretary of the Ontario Limousin Association.
Lee was awarded the Honourary Governor of the Royal Winter Fair award in 2018. Each year, the Lees would promote the Limousin breed with an information booth at the East Central Farm Show as well as an open house at their farm in March. Show cattle were strong in Lee’s blood with many winners at the Ontario provincial show in Markham and at the Royal. The Lees were also co-winners of the Limousin “Show Animal of the Year” award presented at Agribition.
The Limousin family and all beef producers from across the country will miss Brian Lee greatly. Our condolences go out to Holli, the Lee family and all of Brian Lee’s friends.