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New beef researchers chosen for mentorships

NewsMakers from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) had named four new beef researchers who will be mentored on the practical aspects of beef production by producers and industry reps over the next year.

Dr. Jill Bainard.
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Dr. Jill Bainard is being mentored by Saskatchewan rancher Duane Thomp­son and agri-environmental
specialist Sarah Som­­merfeld. Bainard is a forage ecophysiologist who studies the relationship between forage plants and their environment at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre (SCRDC). She did a post-doc at SCRDC on the use of annual forage polycultures.

Dr. Diego Moya.
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Dr. Diego Moya, a newly appointed assistant professor in beef cattle and welfare at the University of Saskatchewan, is being mentored by rancher and chair of the Saskatchewan Forage Council Tamara Carter, and CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Ryder Lee. Moya is a veterinarian, with an MSc. and PhD in animal nutrition and post-doc on animal behaviour and welfare. He is interested in developing nutritional and management strategies to optimize the balance between animal care and environmental and economic sustainability.

Dr. Dongyan Niu.
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Dr. Dongyan Niu is mentored by Elizabeth Homerosky, a rancher, veterinarian and researcher from Airdrie, Alta., and director of technical services for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Mark Klassen. Niu is an assistant professor of food safety in the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary. She’s focusing on food safety from farm to fork by gaining an understanding of the emergence and persistence of zoonotic pathogens.

Dr. Gabriel Ribeiro.
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Dr. Gabriel Ribeiro, an assistant professor of production animal nutrition at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine, is being mentored by feedlot operator and past chair of the BCRC Bryan Thiessen, and Allied Marketing Group nutritionist Dirk Burken. Ribeiro obtained a veterinary degree, and an MSc. and PhD in animal science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. During his PhD, he undertook a year of study at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, working with Dr. Tim McAllister. His research focuses on improving beef cattle production while reducing its effect on the environment.

James Bradbury.
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Last month James Bradbury resigned as brand officer for Canada Beef, to accept the job of global brand and marketing strategist with BIX Systems, the parent firm of BIXSco Inc. and Viewtrak Technologies. At the same time, Lee Irvine, left his job as manager of national and global key accounts with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health to become the business development executive for BIX Systems. The company says the moves reflect the recent growth in the company with the expectation that it will apply for a seat on the TSX Venture Exchange in November under BIXS to fund further expansion.

Heinz Reimer.
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Heinz Reimer of Manitoba is the newly elected chair of the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency. Joining him on the new executive are vice-chair Chad Ross from Saskatchewan, governance chair Larry Weatherby from Nova Scotia and finance chair Lonnie Lake representing the retail and food-service sector.

Sonja Harper and Brian Harper.
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The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association presented its 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award to Circle H Farms near Brandon, Man. Circle H Farms is a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. After purchasing the 500-acre mixed farm in 1990, the Harpers started on a path to rejuvenate the organic matter in their sandy or sand/clay loam soils and improve the water and nutrient cycles to the benefit of their 80-head herd. They switched to rotational grazing and perennial crops and, as time and budgets allowed, installed off-site watering systems — including a solar powered winter water system — planted trees, and completed an Environmental Farm Plan. Previously the family has been recognized as Conservation Farm Family of the Year and Manitoba Grazer of the Year. In three years of high stock density grazing, the Harpers saw beef production rise by 9,400 lbs., off the same 130 acres using just animal density and time management.

Eugene Janzen.
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Dr. Eugene Janzen was presented with the 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference last month in London, Ont. Janzen is currently a professor and researcher at the University of Calgary College of Veterinary Medicine. His publication record covers 110 peer-reviewed articles covering cattle health and welfare issues, diseases and pathology of feedlot cattle such as bovine respiratory disease, neurological conditions and mycoplasma bovis. On the cow-calf side he worked on Johne’s disease, bovine viral diarrhea, lameness, herd health and treatment protocols, epidemiology, antimicrobial use and resistance, sexually transmitted diseases, health effects of feedlot feeding programs, remote necropsy, pain management and disease surveillance and diagnostics.

Dauphin-area rancher Ben Fox resigned as president of the Manitoba Beef Producers last month to seek the nomination as the Conservative Party candidate for the federal riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa. MBP vice-president Tom Teichroeb has taken over the role as interim president in the meantime.

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