New chief acclaimed for national cattle producer group

David Haywood-Farmer. (We Heart Local BC video screengrab via YouTube)

A former president of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association is the new president of the national cattle producers’ body.

David Haywood-Farmer was elected by acclamation as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association at the group’s annual general meeting last week in Ottawa.

Haywood-Farmer, a cow-calf producer at Savona, B.C., about 40 km west of Kamloops, was the BCCA’s president from 2012 to 2014 and past-president until 2016, and was CCA vice-president from 2016 up until last week. As president he replaces Dan Darling of Castleton, Ont., who had led the group since 2016.

A third-generation rancher on a century farm, Haywood-Farmer has been a member of the CCA board of directors since 2014 and chaired its foreign trade committee and domestic agriculture policy and regulations committee.

Haywood-Farmer, in a CCA release Friday, said his priorities at the CCA helm include “a focus on trade and environment and ensuring a sustainable future for beef production.”

On the trade file, those priorities include pressing for “swift implementation” of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); obtaining a free trade agreement with China; and resolving technical barriers in the Canada-European Union free trade pact.

“The CCA has achieved significant progress on a number of key files and I am determined to keep that momentum going,” he said.

Replacing Haywood-Farmer as CCA vice-president is Bob Lowe, the former chair (2015-17) of Alberta Beef Producers and a CCA board member since 2009. Lowe feeds cattle at Nanton in southern Alberta, about 30 km south of High River, and has a cow-calf operation at Eriksdale, Man., about 140 km northwest of Winnipeg.

Lowe, named vice-president last week by acclamation, has chaired the CCA environment committee, represents the national body on the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and chairs the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation.

New directors officially named last week to the CCA board include Brian McKersie of Canal Flats, B.C.; Charlie Christie of Trochu, Alta.; Miles Wowk of Beauvallon, Alta.; Gord Adams of Deloraine, Man.; Jason Reid of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and Craig McLaughlin of Whitewater Region, Ont.

The CCA also elected directors Doug Sawyer, Cathy Sharp, Pat Hayes and Ramona Blyth to its executive committee. — Network

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