Some Courses Where You Can Learn To Get More From Your Pasture

LEARN ABOUT 365-DAY GRAZING

Producers interested in learning about how to develop a year-round grazing program should attend a Year-Round Grazing Systems business management school being held in Westlock, Alta. Nov. 25-27.

Steve Kenyon of Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd. is offering the three-day school that covers all aspects of a year-round grazing system, from the business aspects and economics, right into the design and planning. Tuition is $800 per farm (covers two people). For more information or to register contact Steve Kenyon at (780) 307 2275, by email at: [email protected] or visit www.greenerpasturesranching.com

GRAZING MENTORS

Alberta livestock owners looking to start or fine-tuning a grazing system on their farm can get some valuable advice through an affordable service known as the Sustainable Grazing Mentorship Program.

The program, which connects producers with ranchers or specialists (mentors) who have developed their own grazing systems, is offered in three options.

Groups, for example of four to six neighbours, can meet with the mentor for six hours to discuss a wide range of grazing management topics including the economics, forage productivity, and land and water resources.

There are two options for one-on- one on-farm mentorship. For $100 a producer can get about 16 hours of on-farm mentorship time; or for $50 a producer can get eight hours.

The program is offered by the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta in conjunction with Greener Pastures Ranching. For more information visit www.areca. ab.ca or call (780) 416 -6046.

THOUGHTS TO PONDER

No. 9:Life is sexually transmitted.

No. 8:Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

No. 7:Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to use the Internet and they won t bother you for weeks.

No. 6:Some people are like a Slinky. Not really good for anything, but you still can t help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

No. 5:Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

No. 4:All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

No. 3:Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you $30?

No 2:In the 60 s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

And The No. 1 Thought:

We know exactly where one cow with mad cow disease was located among millions and millions of cows in North America, but we haven t got a clue where thousands of illegal immigrants and terrorists are located. Maybe the CFIA and department of agriculture should be in charge of immigration.

YOU NEED A LICENCE

The Ontario courts earlier this year fined a Dorchester businessman more than $12,000 and placed him on probation for a year for dealing in cattle without a licence, and trucking a downer that shouldn t have been trucked.

Walter DeKruyff, operator of Kruyffland Cattle &Company, pleaded guilty earlier this summer in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener to several charges laid in 2010 and 2011.

DeKruyff was warned several times by Ontario Agriculture (OMAFRA) staff to get a licence, but didn t.

The court also found that, on October 7, 2010, DeKruyff was responsible for trucking a Holstein cow owned by his company to OLEX, but when the cow went down in the unloading area, it was unable to get up and had to be immediately euthanized by an OMAFRA inspector. A postmortem confirmed that the cow was severely compromised and was carrying a dead calf in a ruptured uterus. These signs would have been noticed by anyone with livestock experience before the animal left the farm, the court said. For humane reasons, the cow should not have been transported and should have been euthanized prior to October 7, 2010.

CANADA BEEF APPOINTMENTS

The new organization that brings the services of the Beef Information Centre, the Canada Beef Export Federation and the National Check-off Agency, all under one organizational roof is starting to fill governance and management positions.

Canada Beef, which was created earlier this year after the various players in the Canadian beef industry agreed to the three-way merger, now has a board of directors in place as well as a new president.

Brad Wildeman, from Lanigan, Sask., past president of the Canadian Cattleman s Association, will chair the new Canada Beef board of directors. Robert Meijer, former director of corporate affairs with Cargill Limited, has been named president.

There had been a lot of interest in some areas of the beef industry in seeing who would head the new Canada Beef organization. With the merger, it had people wondering whether Glenn Brand, CEO of the Beef Information Centre, or Ted Haney, president of the Canada Beef Export Federation might be selected to fill the top job. But the Canada Beef recruiting committee has gone with a third, outside candidate. The roles of Brand and Haney in the new organization have yet to be announced.

Wildeman, a beef producer and feedlot operator from Lanigan, has been very active in many aspects of Canadian beef industry operation and policy development for years. He served as co-chair of the Canada Beef Implementation Team tasked with getting the new Canada Beef company up and running.

Also elected as officers of the 2011-12 CBI board of directors were: Dane Guignion (Manitoba Cattle Producers Association) as vice-chair; Brian Read (XL Meats) as planning and priorities chair; Scott Ellerton (Sysco Canada Inc.) as finance/audit and program performance measurement chair; Mike Kennedy (Cargill Foods) as international beef trade access policy advisory chair; and Chuck MacLean (President, Alberta Beef Producers) as governance chair.

Meijer, has worked in various sectors of the Canadian agriculture industry over the past 15 years.

Meijer brings 14 years of policy, regulatory, legislative, political and communications experience to Canada Beef Inc. In his position as Cargill director, Meijer has been responsible for Cargill s Canadian government/regulatory relations, communication, and community relation activities. He has also led and managed emerging issues, business risk and customer collaboration for 19 business units in the areas of beef, poultry, milling, malt, grain handling and port services, animal nutrition, canola processing among others.

He also held a board and/ or committee position with a number of key agricultural organizations including; the Federal Roundtables, Flax Council of Canada, Malt Industry Association of Canada, Canadian Poultry Processors Association, Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, Western Grain Elevator Association, Canada Grains Council, and the Canadian Meat Council.

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Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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