Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Canadian Angus Association Mentorship Program

We are excited to launch our Mentorship Program for new breeder development and support.

Mentorship is about sharing experiences and knowledge that will help someone through obstacles in their life and in their career. Often people are mentored or act as a mentor without even realizing the importance of what has taken place. Canadian Angus wants to promote mentorships to ensure these important relationships and sharing of knowledge continues to occur.
The Mentorship Program has three primary goals:
·         Support new and young Angus producers
·         Facilitate Angus producers with a network of expertise and community
·         Provide a forum to access tools to ensure success and longevity in the industry

Thinking of becoming a Mentor?
Being a mentor has great benefits:
·         Broaden your network and ties with the community
·         Enhance your analytical skills
·         Provide opportunities for professional exchange with a fresh perspective
·         Meet and connect with new and upcoming breeders
·         Help guide the future of the Canadian Angus industry
·         It feels good to help others
In addition, as part of the mentorship project, Canadian Angus will work with each engaged producer to identify knowledge, experience and opportunities that have potential to make new and/or young producers successful and sustainable within the industry.

Looking for a Mentor?
Have you ever wanted a second opinion? Looked for sage advice and maybe a kind word? Do you want to know what works and what doesn’t, without the trial and error of testing it out for yourself?
In addition to being partnered with a mentor, the Mentorship Program will include four workshops held at Angus Central and four others across Canada each year. These workshops will allow you to attend at least two information sessions. The workshops will be led by experienced producers, industry experts and research collaborators.
One-on-one mentorship will help ensure that information is understood and you are able to put it to good use. Individual mentors will be able to provide further details and more in depth explanations as they pertain to each individual’s situation.
So that you can access information repeatedly and at your convenience, videos and printed material will also be produced.

Everyone Benefits!
The Canadian Angus Mentorship Program provides a great opportunity for aspiring, new and experienced cattle producers to exchange experience and knowledge. Mentorship provides rewards for both the mentors as well as those being mentored.
Canadian Angus aims to develop a database of expertise to fill commonly identified gaps of knowledge in the industry.
Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to connect in person (if geographically possible) or by telephone. Ideally, the mentee would visit the mentor’s farm/ranch at least once to review how they run their operation.
The new producer development, support and Mentorship Program strives to engage young and new Canadian Angus producers and provide them with a structured avenue for support, mentorship and information in order to increase their success and longevity within the industry.

For more information or to enroll in the Canadian Angus Mentorship Program, please contact:
Nate Marin, Director of New Generation Breeder Development
(306) 869-7130
Carmen Koning, Member Value Team Leader
(587) 230-3520


Monday, June 26, 2017

WAF Youth Team Update June 25-26

The Canadian teams have been very busy over the past few days at the World Angus Forum. On Friday morning we loaded up the bus and impatiently anticipated the day ahead. We had no idea where we were going and speculations were many. When we pulled up to a Royal Marine base camp we knew we were in for a treat. We had a wonderful day which included trudging through water and mud up to our waists in order to complete various training exercises in teams. The army exercises certainly brought us closer as teams and we got to know the participants from other teams much better as well. After quickly showering to clean up the mud we got dressed and ready for our evening event. We had a fantastic evening at the local rugby pitch where we learned a Scottish dance.

WAF - Team Courage
WAF - Team Aspire


On Saturday we competed in the judging portion of our competition and were all surprised at the judging format in the UK. The judging was fast and furious with only four minutes per class. Each team had one member designated to judge classes of either beef, sheep, dairy or horses. In the afternoon we headed out to our first farm tour at Mosshall Red Angus. They had an excellent herd of cattle and despite the windy afternoon all of the members had a great time looking through their pastures. We are very excited to share that Travis Hunter placed second and Macy Liebreich placed third in the public speaking competition. We are all looking forward to the next portions of the competition!

WAF - Team Canada

WAF Youth Team Update June 23-24

Thursday was a big day for the delegates at the World Angus Forum. We spent the day at the Royal Highland Show where we witnessed a variety of different breeds than what we are used to. We saw quite a selection of Blondes, Salers, Belgian Blues and Galloway among some breeds more familiar to us like Charolais, Limousin, Hereford, Simmental and of course Angus. In the UK, Limos tend to be most prominent in commercial herds which is quite different from what we are used to with Angus back home. There were approximately 150 Angus cattle, the majority of which were black, in attendance at the show. Structurally they were much larger in frame size and more streamlined in their proportions in comparison to our cattle. Additionally, it was great to see a different way of fitting cattle for show--many of the breeders used soap or glue to pull all the hair up along the animal’s body giving them a different look overall once they entered the ring.

Aside from the cattle show we were also able to take in a large sheep and horse show in addition to equipment displays, markets, craft exhibitions and jumping. There were lots of interesting displays about Scottish culture; among our favourites was the bagpipe marching band! After a long day we took the bus back to Stirling where we happily rested up for tomorrow's adventure. Safe to say we are all looking forward to a good night’s sleep as well as all the activities to come!
Left to right: Lane Evans, Australian youth red team, Wade Olynyk, Travis Hunter, Maguire Blair
Left to right: Lane Evans, Bailey (Gus) Dietrich, Maguire Blair, Travis Hunter

Left to right: Travis Hunter, Wade Olynyk, Kelsey Ribey, Michaela Chalmers

Friday, June 23, 2017

WAF Youth Team Update June 19-20

National Wallace Monument
After a long flight Sunday night and arrival in Scotland the morning of Monday, June 19, our teams took some time to rest and visit the quaint town of Stirling and familiarize ourselves with the local hospitality. Our first day we explored the Stirling University campus where we are staying and made a trek to see the William Wallace Monument and to take in a spectacular view of the area. William Wallace was the man who liberated Scotland so it was a great way to learn some history.

View from the Monument
We toured the town and spent time getting to know our fellow team members over great food and drinks. In one of the shops we visited we learned that it's a Scottish tradition to give a penny to the purchaser of your cattle as a sign that your cattle are sound and that you are selling them honestly.

Train station
During the afternoon, each country made a presentation to share what their junior association does to serve their members.  Later in the evening we engaged in a meet and greet with delegates from the World Angus Forum and were welcomed to Scotland by the Forum organizers.  It has been a busy first few days and we are really looking forward to the rest of the youth program!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 Reasons Why You Should Come to the CAA National Convention

Each year your Canadian Angus Association in partnership with a regional Angus association and local member volunteers put together the National Convention, an event for all members to participate, learn and enjoy themselves. This year we “Go Home to where it all began in 1905” to Brandon, Manitoba on June 8th–11th. Everyone is welcome! If you have never been to a CAA National Convention before, we’ve gathered a list of reasons why you should attend.

10. Have some fun
There are a variety of events and time dedicated to socializing and visiting interesting places in the host city. Thursday night’s President’s Reception and Friday’s BBQ are two excellent opportunities to kick back and enjoy time spent with friends in the business.

9. Learn something new
Panelists and speakers from the Canadian beef industry will provide updates and information relevant to all producers and participants in our industry.

8. Buy Angus swag or tags at the A-Store, save the shipping costs and take home free gifts
You can never have enough Angus swag! If you are looking for clothing or large quantities of 
items you can order ahead and pick them up during Convention.

7. Participate in the Building the Legacy 6 fundraiser auction live
There is no sale like it; the electricity in the room during the sale is something to be experienced in person.

6. Meet new people
Each year Convention attracts people from across Canada and there are always a few international guests in attendance as well. Everyone there shares a common passion – ANGUS! 

5. Catch up with old friends and acquaintances
Besides meeting new people, Convention is an excellent time to catch up with people from the past. Long breaks and ample social time are perfect for catching up and don’t forget about the hospitality suite each night.

4. See a different part of Canada, their culture and their cows
Canada is a diverse and wonderful country. Each region has its own specialties and sights. See a sampling of those in Brandon with the tours on Thursday and Friday. Or spend some extra time there after the event and visit with local producers.

3. Ask questions of leaders of the industry who are speaking at the event and hear what is happening in the Canadian beef industry
CAA strives to bring the most relevant and informative speakers to the event so that you can have access to the experts in our field. Hear their presentations, ask questions and visit with them during the day. Our speakers love it when you interact with them.

2. Talk to the Board of Directors face-to-face and have your thoughts and opinions heard
Your CAA Board of Directors works hard to lead the organization and makes decisions based on input from the members. The entire Board will be in attendance so be sure to talk to any of them if you have questions or comments and join them on Saturday morning for Breakfast with the Board which is time specifically set aside for this.

1. Learn what is new at CAA
The Board and staff members at your Association are constantly working to improve services and programs to enhance your experience as a member. Convention is an excellent opportunity to hear what is happening and provide input for the future. 


Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg
Feedback: chazenberg@cdnangus.ca