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Beef cattle publisher and promoter passes

NewsMakers from the October 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We are sad to report the passing of Laurel “Laurie” Watson, 66, of West Montrose, Ont., on September 3. Watson was a promoter and publisher in the beef cattle industry. Together with her father, Harald Gunderson (deceased in 2012), they produced the World of Beef and the Limousin Leader in the ’70s and ’80s. Watson […] Read more

BCRC announces Beef Research Mentorship Program participants

NewsMakers from the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to Mike Raine, who was recently appointed editor at the Western Producer. Raine has been with the Western Producer for 28 years, most recently as managing editor. Over the course of his journalism career, Raine has remained active on the farm as well. Raine takes the reins from the Producer’s previous editor, Brian MacLeod. […] Read more


Canadian Beef Industry Award presented, new Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the September 7, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Robyn Unrau was raised on a small cow-calf operation near Marquette, Man. Unrau has earned a diploma in agriculture, majoring in livestock production, from the University of Manitoba, and is pursuing an animal science degree. Unrau plans to pursue a career in the beef industry while growing her family farm. Unrau’s mentor […] Read more

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders and Environmental Stewardship Award winners

NewsMakers from the August 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Growing up on a cow-calf operation near Innisfree, Alta., Dr. Lacey Tillotson’s love for animals inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She studied animal science at the University of Alberta, and completed a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2012 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduating, she’s […] Read more


From left: Kate Barnett, Kathleen Holweger, Kimberly Lansdall.

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Kate Barnett was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation near Williams Lake, B.C. By age 15, she’d started building her own commercial Red Angus herd, which she showed at 4-H and fall fairs. Barnett earned her bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with an agriculture business major. She […] Read more

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Haley Scott grew up on a commercial cow-calf operation west of Lacombe, Alta. As a long-time 4-H member she especially enjoyed the livestock judging and horsemanship projects. Scott earned a bachelor degree in animal science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a master of science from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine […] Read more


The Hagan family (l. to r.): Erin, Alistair, Slade and Harley-Mae, Shawne and Jocelyn, Thomas, Rory and Felicity accepting the National Blue- winged Teal Award.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders and Outstanding Young Farmers

NewsMakers from the April 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Cody Adams’ family owns and operates 6A Cattle Co. a cattle feeding operation near Picture Butte, Alta. The feed yard is primarily a finishing lot but they background calves for customers as well. The family also runs 130 cow-calf pairs. Adams earned a diploma in animal science from Lethbridge College. Since graduating, […] Read more

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Cameron Olson was raised on a small beef cow-calf and finisher operation southeast of Calgary, Alta. 4-H piqued his interest in beef cattle and he participated in clubs in the Calgary region for eight years. Olson earned a bachelor and a graduate degree in animal science from Texas A&M University. His graduate […] Read more


Cattlemen’s Young Leaders applications now open

NewsMakers from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

CYL Program Over the next few months we will feature two or three of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) each issue. A reminder that applications opened in January for CYL. Aaron Birch grew up on a mixed operation near Lamond in southern Alberta. He developed an interest in raising purebred Gelbvieh cattle in 4-H. By […] Read more

Sherri Grant.

Grant named ‘Celebrating Women in Agriculture’ honouree

NewsMakers from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

BMO and Canadian Western Agribition have named Sherri Grant as the BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture honouree. Grant and her husband ranch near Val Marie, Sask. Grant has written a children’s book titled Where Beef Comes From, developed an educational website (beefeducation.ca) and leads the beef component of Agribition’s ag education program. Grant also raises […] Read more