2015 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders
Angela Kumlin, Duchess, Alta.
Mentor: Aaron and Adrienne Ivey
Angela was raised on a farm near Eston, Sask. where she grew up immersed in agriculture. Throughout high school, she was very involved with 4-H at the club, district, and provincial levels, and competed internationally for judging. In 2012, Angela earned her agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in animal science. She served on the Agriculture Student’s Association executive for three out of her four years there, as well as being the Stockman’s Club president in her final year. Angela and her husband Matt currently run a small purebred Red Angus herd, and a small but growing commercial herd, on top of their off-farm jobs. She is very excited to connect with current and future industry leaders through this program!
Adrienne and Aaron Ivey own and operate Evergreen Cattle Company, a cattle operation near Ituna, Sask. They farm with their two children, Noelle nine, and Cole seven, and Aaron’s two parents. They currently run 1,100 cow-calf pairs, as well as backgrounding all of their calves, which are then grazed as yearlings. They also grain farm approximately 1,500 acres per year as well.
Adrienne’s corporate work in agriculture, primarily in sales and marketing, has been an asset to the farm since their decision for her to use her professional experience to continue to grow their operation on a full-time basis. As well as working on farm and raising their two children, Adrienne is a passionate advocate of Canadian agriculture. You can follow her on social media, as well as her blog viewfromtheranchporch.wordpress.com.
Off the farm, Aaron has focused on improving ag research on a provincial and national level. He has been involved in a number of steering committees and projects to bring government and producer group funding and focus back to research for both beef and forage. He is past president of the Saskatchewan Forage Council, and current chair of the Saskatchewan Forage Network.
Benjamin Campbell, Black Diamond, Alta.
Mentor: Dylan and Colleen Biggs
Ben Campbell is a third-generation rancher from Black Diamond, Alta. He graduated from the University of Alberta with an engineering degree and then moved to Zambia in Southern Africa to work for Engineers Without Borders. After working as an engineer in Canada for a couple of years he is almost at his goal of ranching full time. Ben sits on the board for the very active Foothills Forage and Grazing Association. He works with his father on the family ranch where they have 200 Black Angus/Maine Anjou commercial cows. He and his wife Steph have their own herd they use for their direct-market grass-fed beef business. They have two boys, Henry and Sam and are excited to bring them up on the ranch and expand their business.
Dylan and Colleen Biggs ranch at Hanna in east-central Alberta in the semi-arid grasslands of Special Area 2. It didn’t take too many years for them to realize that making a living from ranching without off-farm income was not easy. By the mid-1990s they had gone as far as they could with low-input production without starving their cows and were faced with getting off-farm jobs to make ends meet. But instead of looking for jobs they decided to add value to what they were already doing and began direct marketing strictly grass-fed and finished beef under their own TK Ranch label. They added heritage breed pasture-raised pork, grass-finished lamb and free-range chicken and turkey to their product offering in the late 1990s. Today TK Ranch is recognized as one of the pioneers of farm direct marketing in Alberta and as leaders in farm animal welfare. Their products are sold across Alberta in health food stores and they have a loyal following of customers.
Colleen and Dylan have received several provincial and national awards for their environmental stewardship and animal welfare programs on TK Ranch. In 2011 Colleen received Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award for her dedication to saving the small family farm. In 2013 TK Ranch was certified through Animal Welfare Approved, the most stringent farm animal welfare certification program in North America.
Bethany Storey, Guelph, Ont.
Mentor: Annemarie Pedersen
Growing up on a purebred, Limousin cow-calf farm near Napanee, Ont., Bethany has had a love for beef cattle, and a passion for the agriculture industry her entire life. Throughout her youth she was very involved in 4-H, both showing cattle and a member of her judging club. Knowing she wished to pursue a career in agriculture she attended the University of Guelph, graduating in 2012. She currently works with Beef Farmers of Ontario as communications co-ordinator, and appreciates the opportunity with her job to work with both the producers and consumers in Ontario and to promote Ontario beef. Bethany is excited to be a part of the CYL program and the many different networking and learning experiences it will provide.
Annemarie Pedersen is an independent communications consultant based in Calgary, Alta. She has 10 years’ experience in agricultural communications and works with clients in both crop and beef sectors. Annemarie began her communications career with AdFarm as a communications co-ordinator and most recently worked with Canada Beef as director, industry relations and as community relations manager at UFA. She is a passionate advocate for the agriculture and beef industries and was part of the team that developed the Beef Advocacy Canada program. Annemarie is also a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede, Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation, the Alberta Farm Writers’ Association and is very proud to be a mentor for the 2015 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program.
The Canadian Simmental Association has posted its 2015 fall update of Simmental genetic evaluations and the new EPDs online at simmental.com. Questions should be directed to the CSA office toll free at 1-866-860-6051 or 403-250-7979.
Charlie Johnstone, the former president of Honda Indy Toronto has been named the new CEO of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He is a Toronto native with an extensive track background in organizing national and international spectator events. At Honda Indy he oversaw sales, marketing and operations of one of North America’s most respected motorsport events. Before that he operated a successful sports marketing and communications firm. The 93rd annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place from November 6-15, 2015 at Exhibition Place.
Cogent Breeding Ltd. (“Cogent”) of Chester, U.K., a leading supplier of beef and dairy genetics to over 40 countries worldwide, has acquired Foundation Genetics of Listowel, Ont., a specialist Canadian bovine genetics company. Cogent CEO Andrew Turner says this acquisition provides his company with a strong platform to benefit our international customers with the superior genetic quality of Canada’s herd and an expanded portfolio of exceptional beef and dairy genetics, animal health products and value-added services. While the Foundation Genetics name will disappear Dave Brand will stay on as general manager.
The Canadian Angus Association is seeking a commercial Angus program co-ordinator for a one-year term to help launch and grow the Canadian Angus Identification and performance program.
On August 7, 2015, samples collected by a CFIA inspector from an animal in southwestern Ontario as part of the ongoing national Bovine Serological Surveillance returned a positive result for bluetongue. The animal did not show any clinical signs of the disease prior to slaughter. On September 2 subsequent test results from two herdmates that have never left the herd of origin indicated that bluetongue serotype 13 was present and transmission between animals had occurred in Ontario. Bluetongue is spread by insects, particularly biting midges of the Culicoides species. Certain serotypes of this disease are known to be endemic in the U.S. Canada has been considered to be free of bluetongue, except in the Okanagan Valley in B.C. This is the first case of bluetongue in Canada outside of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
There are no food safety concerns related to this disease finding. However, as a result, of not being able to claim freedom for bluetongue, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency suspended the certificates for export of live ruminants and ruminant semen and embryos and certain animal products to several countries. The United States and Mexico remain open to live cattle, beef, and genetics as the virus is already endemic in these countries. For more information on the bluetongue virus visit the CFIA website.
Congratulations to Amanda Libke of Sunny Valley Simmental fame of Hanley, Sask., and Kyle Reay from Durum, Ont. as they celebrated their wedding day, Aug. 22, 2015. Kyle comes from a commercial cattle background as an order buyer in Ontario and Amanda works for PotashCorp in Saskatoon. They run Simmental cattle, as part of the Sunny Valley brand and will continue to play an ongoing, active role in the farm.
The Canadian Angus fraternity was saddened by the loss of Don Henderson, a third-generation Angus breeder from Heatherbrook Farms in central Alberta at the age of 91. He leaves his wife of 67 years, Mary and family.