Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce its 2015 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum held in Saskatoon on March 26-28, 2015. A total of 22 semi-finalists vied for a spot in the national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA).
Ottawa, On - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce the late Dr. Colin Gill as the recipient of the 2015 Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award (BIISA). Dr. Gill was selected to receive the 2015 BIISA in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievement and dedication to public health that has contributed significantly to the sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. Dr. Gill worked as a senior research scientist in the field of meat microbiology at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Research Centre in Lacombe, Alberta for the past 25 years until his death in December.
Calgary, AB - Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that the birth farm of the most recent case (#19) of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is the same birth farm of BSE case #17 detected in 2010. Experience in other countries indicates that multiple BSE cases on a single farm do occur before and also after strengthening feed ban measures. Research into the origin of these instances indicate that contaminated feed remains the most likely cause. The CFIA investigation into the feed records and birth cohorts continues according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) requirements.
Calgary, AB - Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the birthdate of the beef cow in Alberta detected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The affected animal was born in March 2009, 21 months after the July 2007 implementation of the enhanced feed ban in Canada. It is not unprecedented to find a small number of additional cases of BSE following the implementation of enhanced feeding measures, as demonstrated by the UK and countries around the globe.
Calgary, AB – Canada’s beef cattle industry takes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance seriously. The finding of a case of BSE in beef cow in Alberta, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place. BSE is on the decline in Canada and globally. It is not unexpected for cases to be found as efforts continue around the world to eradicate classic BSE. This is an isolated case; Canada’s previous confirmed BSE case was reported in 2011. The CCA subscribes to the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) science-based rules for trade.
Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program is pleased to announce the 24 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2015 program year. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of nearly 70 applicants, a response which CYL Program Coordinator Jolene Noble said reflects the ongoing popularity of the youth mentorship program. “The program continues to grow due in no small part to the quality of our graduates and their enthusiasm for the program and our industry.
Calgary, AB - The growing global demand for protein has presented Canada’s beef industry with an unprecedented opportunity to increase demand for its beef products. The ability of industry to fully seize this opportunity is not without significant challenges; tight cattle supplies, reduced marketings, and competition for arable land are among the factors to be overcome. Canada’s beef sector organizations have responded to the challenge with the creation of the National Beef Strategy.
Calgary, AB – The Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week in Edmonton in conjunction with the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Fall Forum. As part of the AGM, YCC membership participated in a formal election process to fill three-at-large positions and one council member spot. The YCC would like to thank all those that let their name stand and congratulates newly elected YCC Council members:
Laura Bodell – Alberta Member at Large, Rae-Leigh Pederzolli – Alberta Member at Large, Shane Klepak – Saskatchewan Member at Large, and Allen Rawluk – Manitoba.