Congratulations to Kylie Berner, who won the Ambassador Award at the Junior Stockman’s Show in Swift Current in September. The Ambassador Award is presented to an entrant who demonstrates leadership qualities and is a good role model to other youth in agriculture.
Congratulations as well to the following showmanship winners: Joss Pittman and Cheyenne Berner, who placed first and second in Peewee; Eric Smith and Haley Sibbald who placed first and second in Junior; Chase Bruynooghe and Kylie Berner, who placed first and second in Intermediate; Tyson Buist and Hillary Sauder who placed first and second in Senior.
Congratulations to Matthew Moore on receiving the RBC Junior Beef Scholarship at the Armstrong Interprovincial Exhibition and Stampede in September. Scholarship applicants had to enter three 4-H classes, including the judging competition, showmanship and a conformation class. Moore received $1,500 towards his post-secondary education.
It’s with a heavy heart that we learn of two prominent Angus breeders, Collin Sauder of Windy Willows Farm and Bill Dillabaugh of Double AA Angus, passing away recently.
Collin Sauder, a resident of Hodgeville, Sask., started his herd back in 1969 at the age of 14 by purchasing the Reserve Champion heifer at the Saskatchewan Angus Association Fall Female sale in Regina. In 1974, with the purchase of 14 females from Wiwa Creek Angus, Windy Willows Farm was here to stay in the Angus seedstock business. Anyone who knew Sauder would agree that a warm smile, sunny disposition and a willingness to discuss good cattle were his hallmarks. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation for the Heart Function Clinic, Box 1697, 225-1874 Scarth St., Regina, SK S4P 3C6; Hodgeville Community Centre, Box 121, Hodgeville, SK SOH 2BO; or the Ernfold 4H Beef Club, Box 55, Hodgeville, SK S0H 2B0.
Bill Dillabaugh, along with his brother Don, started Double AA Angus in Coleville, Sask., back in the early ’70s. In many herds that have been around for decades, there is always a cow family or bull that you can hang your hat on and say these are the cattle lines that had the most impact for us. In this case it would be the Annie K cow line and a bull bought from Peak Dot Ranches, Bardolene of Old Post 5. These genetics not only shaped Double AA but the industry for years to come. Dillabaugh, nicknamed “The Cowboy,” also enjoyed writing poetry. Memorial donations can be made to U of S Cardiac Ward Equipment Fund, Room 1626, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8.
Condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Bill Szkotnicki, who passed away in September. Szkotnicki grew up in Britt, Ont. He went on to study at the University of Waterloo and, after graduating, worked at the University of Guelph’s department of animal and poultry science. Szkotnicki was not only the IT and computing manager in the department, but also applied his mathematical and statistical talents to many livestock research projects over the years. Memorial donations can be forwarded to the Peter Szkotnicki Legacy Fund.
Lindsey Verhaeghe, manager of sustainability initiatives at Nutrien, is one of 10 recipients of the United Nations Global Compact 2019 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pioneer award. The award recognizes young professionals who work for a company participating in the Global Compact and demonstrate outstanding commitment to advancing the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Verhaeghe, who was raised on her family’s beef operation in southern Alberta, was selected for her role in leading the development of Global Hero, a mobile application with 17 games related to each of the Global Goals. She also contributed to Nutrien’s role in creating two online games designed to teach young people about global food sustainability. The 2019 SDG Pioneers were announced in September in New York.
Karen Schuett, CEO of ag startup Livestock Water Recycling, received a Nutrien-Radicle Challenge award on behalf of the company in Saskatoon, Sask., in October. Livestock Water Recycling is a Calgary-based company that separates organic and inorganic compounds found in cattle manure. The company’s on-farm fertilizer plants create both nutrient-rich manure and potable water. This was the second Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Canada, which provides funding and support to Canadian ag and food tech companies that take top honours at the annual competition.
The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance has elected Dan Darling as its president. Darling is a cow-calf producer from Northumberland County, Ont., former president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and a director with the Beef Farmers of Ontario.
Kayla Weston of Fort Macleod, Alta., is the new president of the Young Cattlemen’s Council. Weston grew up on a cow-calf operation, attended Lethbridge College, and worked as a brand inspector and at a feedlot while completing her studies. She now works at Fort Macleod Veterinary Service and is involved in the family cattle business. Weston and her husband Clint also run their own business, Weston Manufacturing Ltd. She is also a zone delegate for the Alberta Beef Producers, who appointed her to the Young Cattlemen’s Council.