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Holstein Canada chief retiring

Holstein Canada plans to set up a hiring committee to find a replacement for Keith Flaman, the organization’s long-time secretary-manager.

Flaman, who has worked for the Holstein breed organization for about 30 years, including 17 as its manager, said in a release Tuesday that the timing is right for his departure.

“Over the next few years, there will be significant change in the member and customer bases,” he said. “This creates an opportunity for the leadership of Holstein Canada to take the Association to a new level of customer service by providing the best tools to help improve profitability on the farm.”

Holstein Canada president Germain Lehoux, a producer from St-Elzear, Que., said in the same release that Flaman “will continue to be of service to the association for a period of time, after a new secretary-manager is hired.”

Flaman, Lehoux said, “has brought great vision, always keeping the member and customer in mind.  He has been an excellent world ambassador by offering guidance to developing Herdbooks.”

The candidate search process will include a review of the job description and development of a position profile, and will begin “shortly,” the Brantford, Ont.-based association said.

Flaman’s other roles within the livestock industry have included a stint as president of the Canadian Livestock Identification Agency from 2004 to 2006.

Lehoux said he accepts that after almost 30 years of service to the association, “Keith wishes to slow his pace and spend more time with family.”

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