Calgary, AB – Neil Jahnke, a life-long champion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry, passed away Monday at the age of 70 at his ranch near Gouldtown, Saskatchewan. Neil will be remembered by many as a visionary leader who took a long-term approach to the industry with a firm focus on building towards the future.
The consummate cowboy, Neil was known for his traditional cowboy dress, his passionate opinions and the way he carried himself in leadership roles with nearly every significant cattle organization in Saskatchewan and Canada. Neil’s decades of service to the industry include time with the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, where he served a term as president; the Canada Beef Export Federation, as chairman 1993-1996, the Beef Information Centre, the Saskatchewan Livestock Association and the Horned Cattle Purchases Act Committee. In 2001 Neil received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for his contributions to Saskatchewan and its residents; and in 1994 an Honorary Life Membership in the Agricultural Institute of Canada.