The Canadian Angus family along with the entire purebred sector has lost a true ambassador and friend of the industry. Rob Holowaychuk of Optimum Bovine Inc. (OBI) passed away October 4 doing what he loved, around the cattle and people he loved. Holowaychuk purchased the family farm in the early ’70s and started Ajax Angus. With a keen eye and a real passion for cattle, it wasn’t long before he started a cattle management company RNH Livestock which was renamed OBI. Working with seed stock breeders Holowaychuk had a real talent in helping them build exceptional cow herds.
He enjoyed sharing his opinion on good cattle and was a well respected member of the cattle fraternity. Holowaychuk especially had a soft spot for youth and in keeping with his wishes, Holowaychuk’s family has asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Angus Foundation.
The Canadian Junior Limousin Association (CJLA) is once again fundraising in a novel way. They are holding a clothing raffle with the winner of the grand prize being named the official clothing sponsor of the 2018 Limousin Impact Show, this year being held in Great Village, N.S. As the grand prize winner, your name and logo will appear on the show clothing. One thousand tickets priced at $20 will be made available at the National Limousin Show at Farmfair, with the draw being made March 24, 2018. For more information contact Laura Ecklund, CJLA co-ordinator at [email protected] or 403-559-9849.
The Canadian Angus Foundation has an exciting platform of reinvestment following the success of extraordinary support of the “Building the Legacy” annual fundraiser auction sale. Among their new initiatives is a bursary attached to the intermediate-aged youth (predominantly Grades 7 to 9, ages 13 to 15) exhibiting at “Showdown,” the breed’s national junior show. They have also established a pool of investment funds for use by regional associations wanting assistance toward member value and education. More details will be coming out in the final months of 2017. The board also set the deadline April 30, 2018, for Angus breeders to submit their own history chapter for the breed’s ongoing history book project.
The Canadian Limousin Association commercial committee is hosting a tour of the Ontario feeding and processing industry January 10-15, 2018. This tour will give producers an opportunity to see where their top-end Limousin-influence calves are being sold and meet some of the individuals who are buying them. The tour will also include time at the Ontario Cattle Feeders annual convention. Contact the Canadian Limousin Association for further details.
Deadlines are fast approaching to be part of the Canadian Simmental Association’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, and National Simmental Show and Sale at Canadian Western Agribition! This will be a great time of socializing and reminiscing as Simmental breeders from around the world gather to celebrate the 50th year of Simmental in Canada.
A limited amount of tickets are available for the Tuesday evening anniversary banquet at a cost of $50/ticket. Contact Rae-Lee Erickson at [email protected] or Carolyn MacCormack at [email protected] to order your tickets.
Mark your calendars as the Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) is hosting its 2nd Annual Leadership Conference to be held in Calgary on February 22-24. It is open to all youth 16-25 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Like last year, expect excellent speakers and topics at this year’s conference. Check out the YCSA Facebook page (@Young Canadian Simmental Association) for more details and registrations over the next couple months!
Four candidates have applied to replace Lorrain Sanford, the B.C. director of the Canadian Angus Association, who will retire from the board at the Angus annual meeting next June in Comox, B.C. The candidates are John Appleby of Coldstream, Tanya Belsham from Houston, Tom deWaal of Prince George and Jim Moon from Vanderhoof. Candidates to replace former CAA president David Sibbald as Alberta director were announced earlier. The Saskatchewan Angus Association will determine its candidates at its annual meeting in January and then each of these three regions — B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan — will vote next March. Members were sent a by-laws amendment in October that, if passed, would allow electronic voting of CAA candidates so breeders could select their representative by paper ballot or their computer, phone or tablet.
The Canadian Limousin Association is offering free promotion of Limousin-influence calves through their Commercial Calf Listing service on their website. List your own Limousin-influence calves and help your bull customers to do the same. These listings will be shared on a regular basis with order buyers, as well as on CLA social media pages. Calves can be listed at the Canadian Limousin Association website.
Cattlemen Young Leaders for 2017-18
Alecia Karapita is a commercial account manager with the Royal Bank of Canada in Kamloops, B.C., who specializes in serving the agriculture sector. She works closely with her clients in all areas of their business including financial analysis, succession planning, business development and, of course, financing options. She obtained a degree in agriculture business and a degree in marketing and moved to B.C. in 2002 with her husband Wallace. They reside on his family’s ranch, known as the Willow Ranch, where they run 400 Angus cows and run yearlings in the summer. Wallace runs the ranch on a full-time basis while Alecia works for RBC and assists when she can. They have three children — Ty is seven, Callie is five, and Lexi is three.
Alecia grew up on a family farm near Foam Lake, Sask. Throughout those years she developed an interest in raising and showing purebred Angus cattle. She was involved in the Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association, the Canadian Junior Angus Association, and 4-H. It was through those organizations that she was provided opportunities to meet new people, travel North America, and develop leadership capabilities that continue to serve her well.
She is still involved with 4-H in judging and presenting, as well as Ag in the Classroom. She hopes to use the knowledge she gains from this year with CYL to better serve her clients and act as an advocate for the beef industry.
Andrea Haywood Farmer was born and raised in rural British Columba, and has a passion for land, natural resources and the ranching sector. Daughter of a biologist and social worker, Andrea is equally captivated by science and natural process, and stories of human experiences and history. Taken together, these passions have made marrying into her husband’s family ranch a wonderful fit, for which she is extremely grateful.
Andrea holds a masters degree in public policy from Simon Fraser University and over the past decade has worked extensively in the natural resource and conservation sectors across Canada in both policy analysis and government relations. She has worked as national policy analyst for Ducks Unlimited Canada in Ottawa, at a provincial level and, most recently, in supporting conservation objectives through land use planning in northern Canada. Additionally, Andrea is an instructor at Thompson Rivers University where she teaches policy and planning to natural resource science students.
A proud mother of two young daughters, Andrea currently balances motherhood, assisting her husband Ted on the ranch, continued work in conservation and teaching. and is committed to being part of a bright future for this industry. She believes that tomorrow’s leaders in the cattle industry will be smart, creative, attentive and solution-focused individuals who build bridges and connection between each other, other land users, consumers and the public.
Ashley Gaudet is a first-generation cattle producer from Prince Edward Island who has called the foothills of southern Alberta home since 2009. She has been involved in the cattle industry for the last 20 years, having gotten her start at an early age by taking an interest in helping her neighbours with their cattle. She eventually joined 4-H and began showing commercial steers and purebred Charolais cattle across Eastern Canada, while taking full advantage of everything the program had to offer along the way.
She attributes her decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine to the rewarding experiences caring for her 4-H animals. Knowing that she wanted to work with cattle, she sought employment in that area following completion of her veterinary technician diploma. She recently completed a technician specialty in the field of clinical practice specific to production animal medicine and is currently the only technician in Canada with that designation. That drive to work with beef cattle resulted in her moving to Alberta. She is now actively growing her own commercial herd and currently raises Angus/Simmental cross cows east of Calgary.
Ashley is excited to be selected for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program and is looking forward to connecting with the other CYL finalists and mentors. Through mentorship she hopes to gain a better understanding of the business of beef production and strategies that might make her operation more economically viable and sustainable in years to come.