Cattlemen’s association holds elections
Mark Elford of Wood Mountain was re-elected chair of the Sask-atchewan Cattlemen’s Association Jan. 24. The board of directors met after the annual general meeting to elect the executive for the next year.
Larry Grant of Val Marie, who had been a member at large, moves into the vice-president’s role.
Paula Larson of D’Arcy is the finance chair, and Rick Toney from Gull Lake is the member at large.
Jack Hextall of Grenfell is past-president.
Members also re-elected Lynn Grant of Val Marie and elected Perry Rasmuson of Moosomin as two of the province’s representatives to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association board. They will each serve a two-year term.
The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association is considering a change to its fall district meeting and election schedule after a resolution at its annual meeting.
A couple of resolutions from last fall’s meetings suggested that late October wasn’t the best time for producers to attend meetings because they are busy marketing calves or bringing animals home from pasture.
As well, a resolution to work on developing a national electronic manifest was tabled after the membership learned that the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is already working on a model. The resolution could return to the floor once more information is obtained.
Stock growers meeting
Members of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association passed a resolution at their semi-annual meeting Jan. 24 to lobby governments to return the ethanol industry to an open market “by sunsetting any mandates, incentives or tariffs on imports.”
The resolution mirrors CCA’s current policy.
Another resolution calls on the provincial government to increase compensation to producers who lease crown land so that it fairly reflects the time they spend dealing with oil and gas activities on their lease lands.
The SSGA also endorsed the direction the provincial government is taking with the non-business risk management portion of Growing Forward 2.
Members also passed a resolution to endorse the CCA ecosystem services principles outlined in a task force draft policy paper.
Livestock marketers elect officials
Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan has a new president after the association’s annual general meeting held Jan. 25 during the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference.
Bob Blacklock of Saskatoon Livestock Sales takes over from Rhett Parks of Whitewood Livestock Sales. Stewart Stone from Heartland Livestock Services is first vice-president.
Rounding out the board are Joe Jackson of JGL Livestock in Moose Jaw, Michael Fleury from Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Roy Rutledge of Assiniboia Livestock Auction and John Williamson from Mankota Stockmen’s Weigh Co.