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Canadian Angus Foundation award recipients announced

Purely Purebred: News about you from the August 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Angus Assoc. board of directors 
(l to r): Rob Smith (CAA CEO); Ryan Currie (Que.); Shawn Birmingham (Man.); Tracey Willms (Sask.); Dave Johnson (Sask.); Corinne Gibson (Sask.); Trevor Welch (Maritimes); Brett Wildman (Alta.); Bob Hahn (Alta.); Tammi Ribey (Ont.); Doug Reid (Alta.) and David Sibbald (Alta.).
Elizabeth Laycraft
Elizabeth Laycraft photo: Supplied

Elizabeth (Libby) Laycraft has joined the Canadian Hereford Association (CHA) as its new youth programs and foundation manager for the Canadian Junior Hereford Association and the Keith Gilmore Foundation. Libby has worked as a consultant since 2006, when she resigned as beef development co-ordinator of the Canadian Angus Association to spend more time with her young family. She has worked with the CHA in previous years, most recently as project co-ordinator of the RFI research project. Libby will provide administrative support to the CJHA throughout the year, and be involved in the planning and organization of Bonanza. She will also work with the KGF Trustees to raise awareness of the scholarships, develop fundraising initiatives and direct the foundation’s outreach to industry, academia, students and alumni.

Patrick Holland
Patrick Holland photo: Supplied
Michael Wheeler
Michael Wheeler photo: Supplied

Canadian Angus Foundation award recipients were announced in June. The 2015 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador is Patrick Holland of Montague, P.E.I. The Dick Turner Scholarship recipient is Allison Speller of Monte Lake, B.C. The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder is Michael Wheeler of Saskatoon. The first Junior Angus Stockman of the Year is Tyler Dietrich of Forestburg, Alta.

The Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador program selects one Canadian Junior Angus Association member to be an ambassador for the Canadian Angus Association at events across Canada and one international experience. Four other CJAA members competed for the award: Brooke Bablitz of Cherhill, Alta.; Raina Syrnick of Gilbert Plains, Man.; Micheala Chalmers of Shanty Bay, Ont., and Katie Wright of Melfort, Sask. All the juniors deserve recognition for their impressive efforts in the competition.

The Dick Turner Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 2010 in memory of the longtime publisher of the Canadian Aberdeen Angus News magazine.

The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Award started last year and is presented to an Angus breeder between the ages of 22 and 30 who has demonstrated a desire to stay involved in the Angus business for years to come.

The Junior Angus Stockman of the Year Award is a new initiative of the Canadian Angus Foundation. This award was developed to recognize those outstanding young cattlemen who are constantly improving their stockmanship capabilities. Tyler is the first recipient.

Saturday, June 20 marked the Alberta Simmental Association’s tour and AGM held in the Carstairs and Didsbury areas. The day’s events included tours at Mader Ranches, Czech-Mate Livestock and Hannah Simmentals followed by the AGM and supper.

Mark Shologan has returned to DLMS, the Internet marketing service, to look after day-to-day operations of DLMS purebred sales on a full-time basis. His return also marks the addition of home video to the list of services offered by DLMS. He can be reached at 780-699-5082.

The fourth annual Canadian Angus Foundation Building the Legacy Sale in June raised more than $162,000 for the Canadian Angus Foundation. Donors contributed 68 lots of Angus semen and embryos, three picks of the herd, artwork and experience packages. The highest-selling item was a pick of the bred heifers from Cudlobe Farms of Stavely, Alta., purchased for $17,000 by Netherton Angus/Highland Wagyu from Scotland.

Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation’s 1st Annual Cattle Industry Golf Classic in June attracted 54 golfers, representing the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. The foundation is a registered charity, created to provide long-term funding for the Canadian Young Leaders program as well as the industry’s current focus on the environment and research. Initial donations have raised $40,000.

The Canadian Angus Association announced a new board and executive during its national annual convention in June. Tammi Ribey of Paisley, Ont., is the new president and David Sibbald of Calgary was elected as president elect with Corrine Gibson of Fur Mountain moving into the past president position. David Johnson and Tracey Willms replaced retiring directors Kevin Blair and Jon Fox from Saskatchewan. The new directors will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-election for a second term.

The Canadian Charolais Association held its 56th annual general meeting in Brandon, Man., where the members elected Brian Coughlin of Cobden, Ont., as their president for 2015-16 along with two new board members, Mike Elder of Coronach, Sask. and Kasey Phillips of Waskatenau, Alta. They replace out-going past president, Wade Beck of Milestone, Sask. and retiring director Dory Gerrard of Innisfail, Alta. The remaining members of the executive are first vice-president, Andre Steppler, Miami, Man.; second vice-president, Rod McLeod, Rocky View County, Alta., and past president, Brent Saunders, Markdale, Ont. The 2014 CCA annual report is posted online at

Canadian Charolais hosted the 2015 World Charolais Technical Conference from June 22-30. The tour that started in Regina and ended in Calgary was made up of nearly 60 delegates from eight countries besides Canada. The group visited six farms as well as the Ponoka Stampede, the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Farm, Cattleland Feedyards and Banff for a day interspersed with technical and tourist presentations along the way. Out-going Charolais International president Helgi By termed the tour a tremendous success with lots of information exchanged plus a few sales of genetics.

The Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation (CABEF) has announced six winners of its annual $2,500 scholarships for post-secondary agricultural education. The winners are: Kayleen Holman, Middle Musquodoboit, N.S.; Ariane Bergeron, St-Samuel, Que.; Julie French, Caledon, Ont.; Christopher Manchur, Gilbert Plains, Man.; Morgan Heidecker, Middle Lake, Sask.; Kyle Wheeler, Strathmore, Alta. The foundation encourages students to pursue their passion for agriculture and bring new ideas and talent to the industry. For details email [email protected].

Angus delegates from 22 countries will attend the World Angus Secretariat in Mexico Oct. 12-27 at three different locations — Chihauha, Durango and Mazatland/Sinaloa. Members of the World Secretariat meet every second year to share information on issues affecting the breed at the national and international level. But there is something for everyone with speakers, youth programs, commercial and cattle exhibits, workshops, ranch tours and an Angus auction. Interested participants can book their travel with Monica Hillis of TierOne Travel, Calgary, 403-203-9266 or [email protected].

Wyatt Millar
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The Junior Ag regional 4-H show July 3-6 in Saskatoon was the culmination of a long campaign by Wyatt Millar of Grandora, Sask., who grew his hair, and his 4-H steer Paying it Forward to raise funds for the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. His nine-inch hair was cut Friday night in front of thousands of cheering spectators at Marquis Downs racetrack. It went to the Pantene Beautiful Length’s wig program for cancer victims. On Monday his steer won the 4-H medium weight division and went up for sale that night. Wyatt’s goal was $10,000 for badly needed equipment at the centre. When the bidding was done $30,700 had been raised by a consortium of 37 Saskatchewan dairy farmers and ag businesses put together by Bryce Fisher of R & F Livestock who immediately donated the steer back to be resold. The second time around Nienhaus Contracting, Cervus Equipment, Saskview Farms and B&N Metal bid $7,000 and donated the steer to the Saskatoon Food Bank. In total $40,000 was raised for cancer. Donations can still be made online at

In July the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and Alta Exports hosted Russian Ambassador Alexander Darchiev, agricultural counsellor, Sergey Strokov, and first secretary, Artem Tevanyan at the Canada Beef Centre of Excellence in Calgary to discuss the need for Canadian cattle and genetics in Russia and the opportunities that exist to meet that demand.

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) will host a new bull calf jackpot, the President’s Classic, Nov. 24 in the Chevrolet GMC Stadium. The event will be sponsored by Semex. A panel of three experts will judge bull calves within their breed, culminating in a grand finale featuring the champion of each breed vying for the title. The total payout for the event will exceed $7,500.

This new event mirrors the First Lady Classic, another jackpot event presented by Merck, where judges select the top yearling heifer at Agribition. Last year the total amount paid out in the First Lady Classic was $7,600. Entries for both events close October 1.

Ellen Crane of Cardigan, P.E.I. is the first recipient of the Keith Gilmore Prize for Beef Innovation, a $10,000 scholarship to help her in finishing her master’s degree focusing on feed intake in beef cattle. The Keith Gilmore Foundation will award up to two of these scholarships annually to undergraduate and post-graduate youth based on academic excellence and leadership in the beef industry. Since its inception the foundation has given out more than $300,000 in scholarships. For more information visit

Congratulations goes out to Katie Serhienko of Maymont, Sask. for winning the Calgary Stampede Junior Steer Classic show with her steer Vince. Katie’s hard work and dedication paid off with a scholarship worth $10,000 and $5,000 cash. This was the first year for the steer show under a new format moving from an open event to a junior competition. Katie is putting her scholarship to use right away, as she is enrolled in agribusiness at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., this fall. Shilo Schaake of Westmoreland, Kansas had the reserve champion steer and ended up with total winnings of $9,000.

The Canadian Texas Longhorn Assoc. board of directors (l to r):  Mike Donnelly, Jeff Jespersen, Clinton Bezan, Deb Lesyk, Tanner Allemand standing in for Daryl Allemand and Mark Stewart.
The Canadian Texas Longhorn Assoc. board of directors (l to r):  Mike Donnelly, Jeff Jespersen, Clinton Bezan, Deb Lesyk, Tanner Allemand standing in for Daryl Allemand and Mark Stewart. photo: Supplied

The Canadian Texas Longhorn Association recently elected a new executive: Clinton Bezan (president), Rimbey, Alta.; Deb Lesyk (vice-president), Outlook, Sask; Mark Stewart (secretary/treasurer), Ponoka, Alta., and directors, Jeff Jespersen, Stony Plain, Alta.; Daryl Allemand, Shaunavon, Sask.; Jeremy Farmer, Quesnel, B.C., and Mike Donnelly, Bowden, Alta. Information on the association and events can be found at

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National account manager

Mike Millar

As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.



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