Changes at Canadian Hereford Association
After 10 years, Catherine Brown has stepped down from her role as editor of The Canadian Hereford Digest. Brown helped reimagine the publication since it was acquired by the Canadian Hereford Association to publish in-house. Brown remains dedicated to her freelance writing and a book project, along with cattle management alongside her husband on the Princeton, B.C. ranch that they manage together.
As well, two new directors joined the board of the Canadian Hereford Association in January.
Jamie O’Shea of Denfield, Ont. runs O’Shea Farms with wife Melanie. O’Shea is a first-generation Hereford breeder and product of the Canadian Junior Hereford Association. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in agriculture at Guelph.
Lance Leachman operates Big Gully Farm with wife Sheri at Maidstone, Sask. Leachman is a respected livestock judge who studied animal science and genetics at Kansas State University and Virginia Tech. The Leachmans host an annual bull sale in mid-December at the farm.
The Canadian Hereford Association is proud to welcome these two young breeders to the board.
Canadian Shorthorn Association announces scholarship winners
The Canadian Shorthorn Association has named Sadie Anwender of Radville, Sask., and Samantha Lundy of Collingwood, Ont., as the recipients of the 2019 Canadian Shorthorn Association Ian McRae Memorial Scholarship.
Anwender is currently attending the University of Regina Paul J. Hill School of Business, pursuing a business degree, and plans to major in accounting or marketing. She first became a member of Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association (CJSA) in 2007 and has been very involved in her family operation, Anwender Cattle Co./Me’N My Shorthorns. She has shown Shorthorns at many fall shows as well as six national Junior Shorthorn shows. Anwender plans to pursue a business career as well as work on her family farm.
Samantha (Sami) Lundy is currently attending Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., where she’s studying for a diploma in animal science technology, majoring in beef production. Lundy also plans to pursue a diploma in agribusiness with a major in marketing and communications. She has only been a CJSA member since 2018 but she has participated in a number of Shorthorn events and recently purchased a Shorthorn female to start her own herd.
Two scholarships are available each year, in the amounts of $1,000 and $500, with a November 1 deadline.
Beef producers honoured in 2019
Saskatchewan Charolais Association awarded 2019 Breeder of the Year to Palmer Charolais (Velon and Leah Herback and family) at the 2019 Canadian Western Agribition.
Also honoured were 2019 Honour Scroll inductees Serhienko Cattle Company (Dennis and Lissa Serhienko and family).
Congratulations as well to Miller Wilson Angus and Nelson Hirsche Purebreds on DMM CRANK 13E being named Black Angus Show Bull of the Year for 2019.
Canadian Limousin Association news
With a record turnout of cattle and exhibitors for the national show at the Royal in November, the 50th anniversary year of the Canadian Limousin Association was a success.
This year’s deserving recipients of the Canadian Limousin Association Award of Distinction were Mike Geddes of Clarksburg, Ont., and Bryce Allen of Warkworth, Ont. New this year was the Canadian Limousin Association Industry Partner of the Year, which was given to Norpac Beef of Norwich, Ont.
The association was pleased to award two $500 Canadian Junior Limousin Association (CJLA) scholarships this year. The recipients were Madi Lewis of Meaford, Ont., and Cheyenne Porter of Wainright, Alta.
The junior donation female, CJLA Golden Jubilee 1G, was sold by raffle, raising over $15,000 for the association. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket, and to T Bar C, Eden Meadows Farm, Holle Limousin, Crown Hill Acres and Indian River Cattle Company for donating their time and talent this year to make this a success.
The association will host the 2020 Canadian Junior Limousin Impact Show in Spencerville, Ont., July 29 to August 1. All are welcome to attend. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Saskatchewan Ag Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees
The Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame has announced the five individuals and one couple who will be inducted in 2020.
The inductees are: Adele Buettner, John Feige, Jack Hay, Eileen and William Lamont, Gerry Ritz and Ted Serhienko (see photo at top). The Lamonts and John Feige are being honoured posthumously.
Adele Buettner founded AgriBiz Communications Corp. in 1993, serving the management, marketing and communication needs of the agriculture and food industry. Under her guidance, the Foundation for Animal Care in Saskatchewan eventually grew into Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, with a wider focus on crops and animal agriculture. Buettner was executive director throughout these evolutions. She has provided leadership on many boards, including Agriculture in the Classroom and Saskatoon Prairieland Park.
John Feige of Shellbrook helped promote beef genetics across the globe through his involvement with the Canadian Hereford Association. He received the Cattlemen of the Year Award in 1991 and the Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Roll in 1995. He also received the Canadian Hereford Association Honour Roll, and was honoured at the Prince Albert Exhibition and Saskatoon Fall Fair.
Jack Hay of Bradwell was a board member of Prairieland Park and was instrumental in developing the Seager Wheeler Pedigreed Seed Show, which started in 1994. He served on the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame board for 22 years and was a member of the Saskatchewan Maine Anjou Association for 25 years. He also served as chairman of the Agricore United Producer Advisory Group, the Western Development Museum and the Saskatchewan Livestock Association.
Eileen and William Lamont of Maidstone developed the Speckle Park cattle breed, one of the few beef breeds developed in Canada. The breed began when the Lamonts purchased a speckled heifer in 1959 and bred the heifer with a Black Angus bull. The Speckle Park was recognized as a distinct breed in 2006. The Lamonts were posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen Association in 2016. They are the first couple to be inducted into the hall together.
Gerry Ritz was member of parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster for 20 years and was Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for eight years. He played a key role in several international trade initiatives during his tenure. He helped update legislation to improve grain transportation by rail, as well as privatize the Canadian Wheat Board. He led development of the first Growing Forward initiative in 2008. He was presented the Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in 2017.
Ted Serhienko’s knowledge of cattle breeds made him one of the most desired judges throughout Canada, including at Canadian Western Agribition and the Toronto Royal, in addition to many 4-H and Junior shows across Saskatchewan. T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. began as a purebred Hereford operation and grew as Serhienko saw a need for sales management and consulting services. He volunteered for more than 30 years with Agribition and also brought his leadership to the Prairieland Park agriculture programs, where he served on the Prairieland Park board of directors.