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Left to right: Megan Clifton (CYL), Jessica Giles (CYL) and Ben Miller (chef) cooking chili over an open fire.

Young beef producers connect with top chefs

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program works with the nation’s most talented young chefs to create meaningful connections

Campfire smoke and laughter filled the air as some of the brightest young talents in the Canadian beef and culinary industries met on the banks of the Pekisko Creek. On the menu today: chili cooked over a fire, plus the opportunity to build vital relationships. The beef industry is frequently told to share its story […] Read more

The nine-month-long mentorship focuses on areas ranging from production practices to marketing and advocacy work.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders’ semi-finalists chosen

Eleven Albertans are among the 24 semi-finalists for this year’s Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. The program pairs 16 young people with mentors who help them realize their career ambitions in the beef sector. The nine-month-long mentorship focuses on areas ranging from production practices to marketing and advocacy work. The Alberta semi-finalists are Tamara Quaschnick, Lacey […] Read more


Welcome new Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Allana Minchau and Amy Higgins are two of the young people accepted into the 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. Over the next few months we will feature two or three of the young leaders. Allana Minchau grew up on a commercial cowcalf operation west of Millet, Alta. At an early age, she started her own […] Read more

CCA Report: Busy semi-annual meeting

From the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

August was another busy month on several fronts, with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) 2018 semi-annual meeting held in London, Ont., in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). The meetings got underway against a backdrop of concerns about weather across the country and its impact on farms back home. Hot and dry weather […] Read more


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Speckle Park breeders bring home two Grand Champion awards

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the March 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Angus Association celebrated 50 years of Red Angus in its herd book by recognizing Ken and Rebecca Mackenzie for their 50 years of membership in the CAA. Ken’s grandfather established the Mackenzie farmstead in 1898 with an original herd of Shorthorn cattle. The Mackenzie Brothers family operation, composed of Ken and his four […] Read more

One thing Wilco van Meijl has gained from his experience with the CYL program and his off-farm employment is being comfortable with change.

Getting a global perspective on our beef industry

Young Manitoba cattle producer brings international experiences back to the farm

When Manitoba cattle producer Wilco van Meijl stepped off the plane in Paraguay to attend the International Beef Alliance (IBA) conference in October, he did so with an open mind, a desire to meet new people and to learn more about global beef production. He certainly achieved his goals and a lot more. “What was […] Read more


Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association board of directors. Front row (l-r): Ryder Lee (CEO), Regina; Rick Toney (vice-chair), Gull Lake; Ryan Beierbach (chair), Whitewood; Bill Jameson (past chair), Moose Jaw; Levi Hull, Willowbrook. Back (l-r): Arnold Balicki, Shellbrook; Paula Larson, D’Arcy; Michael Spratt, Melfort; Brad Welter, Viscount; Garret Hill, Duval; Larry Grant, Val Marie; Lloyd Thompson, Carnduff; Chad Ross, Estevan. Missing: Phil Lynn, Marquis; Dean Moore, Paradise Hill; Laurie Disney, Rock Glen; Harold Martens, Swift Current.


Sask. cattle producers add their support to National Checkoff increase

News Roundup from the March 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It was unanimous and the decision went on record without much discussion at the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association’s annual general meeting in January. Following presentations at the fall district meetings about the importance of increasing the National Checkoff to $2.50 per head to support the new National Beef Strategy, Sask­atchewan producers showed no hesitation in giving […] Read more

Rollin Acres Zip 12B by SCF You Betcha 94Y was Grand Champion Charolais Bull and Supreme Champion Overall Breeds at the Barrie, Ont. fair, reports the Charolais Banner. Owned by Rollin Acres Charolais, Shelburne and Gold-Bar Livestock, Victoria Harbour this win qualifies the bull for the Agribition Supreme Show in November.

2015 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders and their mentors

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

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 […] Read more


Lance and Shari Leachman.

Lance and Shari Leachman: Just getting started in the cattle industry

The number of young people entering the cattle business may be limited, but there is nothing limited about their passion for the industry and their drive

Getting started in the cattle industry can present a daunting challenge for even the most determined young adults. High input costs, traditionally volatile markets with no guarantee of return on investment, and the physically and mentally demanding nature of spending 365-day a year raising cattle are just a few of the major hurdles that a […] Read more

CWA CEO Reed Andrews accepts the Prime Minister's Volunteer Award.

Canadian Western Agribition receives Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award

News about you from the April 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) received the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award for social intervention last month. The award recognized CWA’s contribution to the community of Regina and the agriculture industry by attracting visitors, educating children and youth, and providing a marketplace attracting participants and visitors from all over the world. Over its 45-year history CWA has […] Read more