Ben Fox of Dauphin is the new president of the Manitoba Beef Producers. Joining him on the executive are first vice-president Ramona Blyth from MacGregor, second vice-president Tom Teichroeb of Langruth and treasurer Peter Penner from Winkler. Dianne Riding of Lake Francis replaces Fox as board secretary.
Ryan Beierbach of Whitewood returns as chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association. New to the board of directors this year are Joe Jackson of Moose Jaw, who takes over from Philip Lynn in District 2, and Keith Day of Kyle, who takes over from Larry Grant in District 3B. Bill Huber of Lipton replaces Lloyd Thompson, Carnduff, as one of the directors representing the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. Duane Thompson of Kelliher and Lynn Grant of Val Marie were elected to join Pat Hayes and Reg Schellenberg as SCA’s representatives to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
The Alberta Cattle Feeders Association returned Martin Zuidhof of Lacombe as chair and Ryan Kasko of Coaldale as vice-chair during its annual general meeting at Lethbridge. Colleen Mackey of Picture Butte was newly elected for a two-year term joining past chair Page Stuart, GFA committee chair Jake Buerkert, James Bekkering, Jason Hagel, Craig Paskal, Greg Schmidt, Keith Ypma, John Schooten, and Jeff Smith on the association’s board of directors. John Lawton and Leighton Kolk completed their terms; however, there are no vacancies remaining as per the association’s governance review recommendation to reduce the board by one member.
Scott Sakatch has resigned as the communications specialist with the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association. Sakatch is a former editer/reporter with the Lethbridge Herald and communications consultant who is moving to Red Deer.
Barry Irving, the manager of research stations for the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta is the 31st recipient of the W.R. Chapline Stewardship award presented annually by the Society for Range Management (SRM) in recognition of his contributions to the art and science of rangeland management. Irving teaches an advanced undergraduate class in range management that culminates in two exams at the annual meeting of the SRM; one is written exam, the other gives students one minute to identify plants at 100 different stations. Under his tutelage the U of A Range Team has scored a top-five finish 16 times in this competition against American universities and chalked up 165 awards.
Mathieu Pare is the new director of Canada Beef’s Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence (CBCE), replacing the retiring Marty Carpenter. A Governor General Award winner and professional chef, Pare has trained in Western Canada’s most demanding kitchens, La Chaumiere, Rouge, Quail’s Gate Estate Winery and CP Rail’s The Royal Canadian Pacific. Over its first 18 months in operation, the CBCE hosted 66 domestic and international missions, from approximately 33 countries and enabled or leveraged approximately $150 million in commercial business.
Manitoba’s 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Nerbas Bros. Angus of Shellmouth during the Manitoba Beef Producers’ annual conference at Brandon in February. The family’s purebred herd is raised to perform on a mainly forage diet.