Dave Solverson of Camrose, Alta., is the new president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Dan Darling of Cramahe, Ont., was acclaimed as vice president making him the heir apparent to take over the top job in 2016.
Solverson who operates a 5,000 acre cow-calf to finish operation near Camrose, Alta., with his brother Ken, takes over from Martin Unrau, who moves to the position of CCA past president.
Solverson says a favourable resolution of the dispute with the U.S. over its mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) legislation is a top priority as he starts his term at the head of the national cattle organization. Other lobbying objectives for cattle producers include free trade agreements with Korea and Japan and ensuring that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union is implemented in a manner that enables Canada’s beef cattle producers to enjoy the benefits that have been negotiated.
Darling is the past president of Beef Farmers of Ontario and operates a cow-calf operation with his brother Van.