The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has selected four bovine researchers for its 2016-17 Beef Researcher Mentorship program that puts young researchers in touch with producers and industry representatives to introduce them to the wider Canadian beef industry. They are:
Dr. Getahun Legesse, a research associate at the University of Manitoba who is part of a national team working to define the changing environmental footprint of Canadian beef. He received his PhD in animal science from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.
He is being mentored by the finance chair of the Alberta Beef Producers Charlie Christie and his wife Rochelle who run a mixed 2,000 acre grain and hay operation with a 400 Angus-influence crossbred cow herd west of Trochu, Alta.; and Brenna Grant, an economist and professional agrologist who manages Canfax Research Services, which provides statistical information, economic analysis and market outlooks on Canadian and global beef markets to the industry.
Dr. Jessica Gordon is a veterinarian and assistant professor in ruminant health management at the department of population medicine of the Ontario Veterinary College. Her most recent research involves parasite control in cow-calf herds. Gordon grew up in an urban setting in Michigan with little exposure to agriculture until she worked on a project involving bovine nutrition. She went on to get a degree in agriculture from Michigan State, a veterinary degree, and worked in a large animal practice in Wisconsin before moving to the University of Guelph to obtain a DVSc in ruminant health.
She is being mentored by Beef Farmers of Ontario vice-president Joe Hill and his family who run a small feedlot and cash crop operation in Wellington County; Dr. Calvin Booker, a veterinarian, epidemiologist, data analyst, production consultant and managing partner with Feedlot Health Management Services in Okotoks, Alta.; Dr. Peter Kotzeff, a beef cattle veterinarian at the Chesley Veterinary Clinic who operates a 2,000-acre cash crop and grazing operation in Bruce County, Ont.
Dr. Kateryn Rochon, an assistant professor in the department of entomology at the University of Manitoba, where her research program is focused on arthropods as vectors of both livestock and wildlife pathogens. She has a PhD in veterinary entomology from North Carolina and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, researching the geographic distribution and sampling of Rocky Mountain wood ticks.
She is mentored by past chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council and chair of the Western Beef Development Centre Tim Oleksyn who farms and ranches near Shellbrook, Sask., with his wife and brothers; and the beef production specialist for the Alberta Beef Producers, Karen Schmid.
Dr. Marjolaine Rousseau is an assistant professor of bovine ambulatory medicine at the University of Montreal. After graduation with her DVM at the University of Montreal, she completed an internship in bovine medicine and worked for a mixed animal practice in southeastern Ohio. In 2008, she started a three-year residency in food animal surgery at Kansas State University. By 2011, she had graduated from that program and completed a master’s degree into the use of an absorbable carrier to deliver antimicrobials and growth factors to bone before returning to the University of Montreal as a clinician at the farm animal hospital. She is currently researching the use of a new disinfectant as a footbath to control digital dermatitis.
She is mentored by Jacques Desrosiers of Ferme B et L Desrosiers, a farm and feedlot in Saint-Hermas, Que., that feeds approximately 3,500 head of cattle a year and cash-crops 2,000 acres; Beef Farmers of Ontario director Steve Eby who operates a feedlot, grazing and crop operation that markets 1,500 head near Kincardine, Ont.; and veterinary advisor for Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec, Rémi Laplante who worked as a large animal practitioner for 34 years, providing veterinary services to dairy, feedlot and cow-calf producers.
Manitoba Beef Producers has announced the six 2016 recipients of its $500 MBP bursaries that are presented to members or the children of members, attending university, college or other post-secondary institutions in a field of study that would benefit agriculture or the rural economy. This year’s winners are: Marianne Sytnyk, Oakburn, District 7; Dawson Proctor, Woodlands, District 9; Emily Barteaux, Birtle, District 7; Rebecca Zimmer, Inglis, District 13; Josey Millward, Garland, District 13; and Sheena Meggison, Goodlands, District 1.
Engineer Terry Fonstad is in charge of setting up the environmental monitoring network under the new research feedlot that is part of the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a multi-million-dollar project that will bring together research in livestock, forage, pasture management and environmental health. Following test drilling they’ve installed piezometers across the site to measure changes in barometric pressure, groundwater and water evaporation rates from the ground. Laser beams will measure airborne methane levels across the site on a daily basis. Researchers will use these tools to discover the true impact of intensive livestock operations on a site — both in terms of emissions and the effect on groundwater and soils — and give researchers the tools to create environmentally safe sites for intensive livestock operations.
WestGen, the B.C. based AI stud, marked the passing of its former general manager, Gordon “Gordie” Souter on August 21. In recognition of his 40-year career in the AI field the boardroom in WestGen’s new facility was dedicated to Gordon Souter just a week before his passing. He was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2004, a recipient of the Canadian Association of Animal Breeders Award of Merit, and named the Agriculturist of the Year by the B.C. Holstein Breeders. We are indebted to his daughter, Anne Wasko, well known to the cattle community, for making us aware of his passing.
4-H Canada has awarded its $2,500 Larry Milton Campbell Memorial 4-H Scholarships, to 4-H members Kathrin Waeckerlin from Alberta and Ella Lentz from Nova Scotia.