Adrienne Hanson is the new executive director of the Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) replacing Leanna Rousell. Hanson and her family custom graze 400 pairs on their fourth-generation cattle operation near Langbank in southeast Saskatchewan. Her work background includes positions with PFRA, Western Beef Development Center, the livestock division of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and a successful oilfield consulting business.
Bill Campbell of Minto, Man., was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agriculture and food sciences at the spring school of agriculture convocation. After receiving his diploma of agriculture in 1975 Campbell returned to the family farm that today raises 1,700 acres of wheat, barley, canola, corn, oats and soybeans, and 70 head of purebred Limousin cattle. He has served on the board of the Manitoba Limousin Association for 41 years, currently as president, and was a delegate at the International Limousin Congresses in Denmark and Ireland.
Keith Borkowsky is the new communications co-ordinator for the Manitoba Beef Producers and the editor of the association’s newspaper Cattle Country. He has 17 years of experience in political communications and journalism at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, and as a reporter and section editor for several newspapers across Western Canada.
Ab Carroll of Downeyville, Ont., was named the 2018 Champion Livestock Auctioneer at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s (LMAC) 21st annual championship in Whitewood, Sask.
Carroll, who sells at Ontario Stockyards Inc. in Cookstown, Ont., and Ab Carroll Auctions is the second-youngest auctioneer to take home this honour, rising to the top among 35 auctioneers. The 24-year-old was the Rookie of the Year at the 2015 convention, and will represent LMAC at the 2018 Calgary Stampede International Livestock Auctioneer Championship.
Reserve Champion honours went to Kyle Soderberg of Northern Livestock Sales in Lloydminster, Sask. Ryan Konynenbelt of S.A.L.E. in Fort Macleod, Alta., took third place. Fourth place went to Tyler Slawinski of Gladstone Auction Mart, Gladstone, Man., and fifth went to Frederick Bodnarus of Northern Livestock Sales, Prince Albert, Sask.
Brady Olson of Assiniboia Livestock Auction in Assiniboia, Sask., was named the 2018 Rookie of the Year. Champion Manitoba/Saskatchewan Auctioneer was Ken McDonald of Weyburn Livestock Exchange and Rhett Parks of Whitewood Livestock was voted Most Congenial Auctioneer.
Gene Parks of Whitewood Livestock Sales and Pipestone Livestock, Brandon, Man., was inducted into the LMAC Hall of Fame. Parks is a past president of LMAC and one of the hosts for this year’s convention. The LMAC Memorial Honour Roll recognized Jim Raffan of Armstrong, B.C., Stewart (Bud) Brown of Melbourne, Ont., and Bert Lesage of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Man.
LMAC’s annual meeting and convention, held May 10-13 in conjunction with the auctioneer competition, drew 250 attendees. Executive secretary Rick Wright of Virden, Man., was re-elected to the board of directors. New directors on the board are: Chance Martin of Thorsby, Alta., Jason Danard of Calgary and Kevin McArter of Exeter, Ont.
The Canadian Angus Association has named The Electronic Auction Market (TEAM) based in Calgary with its Auction Market of the Year Award. TEAM was established as a closed network operated by the Calgary Stockyards from 1986 to 2002 and made the transition to the internet in August 2002. They have now marketed more than 4,000,000 head online. Don Danard co-owns TEAM with his son Jason, who also serves as vice-president of sales and marketing for the Calgary Stockyards and the acting principal of TEAM. Don’s son Bryan is the acting owner of the company and represents the third generation of Danards to buy and sell cattle at Calgary Stockyards Association.
British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association members elected half of their new board of directors for 2018-19 by mail last month in advance of the association’s annual meeting May 31-June 2. Re-elected to the board were Erin Durrell and Larry Garrett in the central zone along with new directors Cheryl Monical and Roger Patenaude in Cariboo and Brian Thomas and Werner Stump in the Okanagan. Unfortunately, their new terms got off to a difficult start. After battling disastrous wildfires last year much of B.C.’s cattle country in the Interior was plagued by flooding this spring.
John Rudiger of Rudiger Ranches, Calgary passed away May 18 at the age of 84. Rudiger was a director of the Canadian Charolais Association (CCA) from 1960 to 1969 and from 1993 to 1999. He was the first president of the Saskatchewan Charolais Association (SCA) in 1964, and awarded the SCA Honour Scroll in 1991. He was inducted into the CCA Honour Roll in 1999.
Bayer has partnered with the not-for-profit The Do More Agriculture Foundation, an organization focused on raising awareness and promoting mental well-being for farmers in Canada. Bayer’s CropScience division has contributed $20,000 to the foundation to support its mission,
Colin Cavell has joined the WeCover team as a design specialist of livestock structures based in Belwood, Ont. Until recently he managed the beef feedlot for a family farm operation.
John Morriss, the former publisher of the Manitoba Co-operator and editorial director of Glacier FarmMedia, will be inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame June 18 in Winnipeg.