CYL announces UFA as new 2012 Sponsor

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program is pleased to announce its newest sponsorship partner, UFA Co-operative Ltd.

As a Foundation Partner, UFA is generously donating $70,000 over a three year period to the CYL Development Program. UFA joins CYL Foundation Partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and Cargill. Funding for the CYL Program is made available through its Foundation Partners.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Travis Toews welcomed UFA’s contribution to the program. “UFA’s investment in CYL will help to ensure the longevity of this important program for youth in the beef industry,” he said.

Launched by the CCA in 2010, the CYL program provides participants between the ages of 18 and 35 with industry-specific training and mentorship to assist the beef industry into the future. This program provides youth with a combination of formal and informal opportunities to learn from existing beef cattle industry leaders.

Mark Lyseng, a 2011 CYL participant, is enthusiastic about his experience with the program.  “The CYL program provides unique opportunities to see all sides of an extensive industry that young cattle producers are not regularly exposed to,” he said.

In addition to benefitting from seeing how the various segments of the industry work together, the mentorship opportunity is a valuable intergenerational link between those involved in the beef industry, Lyseng added.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 CYL Program. Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2012 and can be filled out online at:

Watch for features on CYL candidates from our Official Magazine Supporter the Canadian Cattlemen Magazine.