AG Notes

OmniTrax hires official

Trent Weber is the new director of business development for OmniTrax Canada.

He is responsible for commercial sales, marketing and account management for the Hudson Bay Railway Co. and Carlton Trail Railway Co.

Weber started in rail transportation as a summer scholarship student at CWB. He remained at the board in the transportation division for three years and then joined Canadian Pacific Railway in numerous roles, including port co-ordinator-Vancouver grain and account manager responsible for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Paterson and Parrish & Heimbecker.

He left CP to become director of transportation and marketing at the Inland Terminal Group, where he ran the Winnipeg office and was responsible for outbound rail transportation and merchandising oats and malting barley for three producer-owned grain companies.

Holstein Canada launches website

Holstein Canada has launched a redesigned website at

Improvements have been made to existing web functions, such as e-Reg and e-Transfer. Members, industry partners and website visitors can expect a site that is faster and more stable.

The website is compatible with all web browsers, and users can view it on their tablet and smartphone devices. Members can also access and use web applications such as E-reg and E-transfer from their smartphones.

Sask Ag Hall of Fame member inducted

Gordon Rowland has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Rowland was a special crops breeder at the Crop Development Centre from 1971 until his retirement in 2009.

During his career at the CDC, his work in flax development led to an average of $155 million per year in flax production in Western Canada.

Scholarship deadline looms

Applicants wishing to obtain scholarship funding from the American Quarter Horse Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year can download the scholarship guidelines for a list of criteria and requirements.

The deadline for 2014 scholarship applications is Dec.1.

Available scholarships range from $500 to $25,000 and vary in length from one to four years. Recipients will be required to renew their scholarship annually. The average amount of funding awarded per student is $5,800.

The foundation awarded scholarships to 133 students in the 2013-14 academic year for a total of $277,000.

The program has given more than $5.7 million in financial assistance to more than 1,000 members since 1976.

Applicant eligibility is based on the individual criteria and requirements provided for each scholarship. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, financial need and American Quarter Horse involvement, as well as the applicant’s outstanding leadership and communication skills.

The most recent Canadian to receive the scholarship is Janelle Cameron of Millet, Alta., who was awarded a $4,000 AQHF general scholarship in 2013.

For more information, call 806-378-5029 or email

Appointments made to Lakeland College board

Jason Bazinet of Lloydminster and Bryan Perkins of Wainwright, Alta., were each appointed to three year terms on the Lakeland College board of governors.

Bazinet is the chief financial officer at Synergy Credit Union. Past experience includes senior financial officer, former internal auditor, deposit insurance regulator and supervisor.

Perkins and his family operate Perkins Farms, a grain and hog farm.

He’s also the chair and founder of Sunhaven Farms, which is owned by 150 farm families and sells branded pork.

Previous experience includes board involvement and experience managing and operating agricultural businesses.

He’s also a member of an advisory committee for the University of Alberta’s agriculture, life and environmental sciences faculty.

Bovine welfare award presented

Daniel Weary and Marina von Keyserlingk are the joint recipients of the 2013 Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award from Boehringer Ingelheim in Canada.

The award recognizes their contributions to a better understanding of livestock behaviour, animal welfare and animal well-being.

Weary is a professor and Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) industrial research chair at the University of British Columbia and is co-founder of UBC’s animal welfare program.

Von Keyserlingk is also a professor and NSERC industrial research chair holder in animal welfare at UBC.

Their research has focused on dairy cattle welfare issues related to cow comfort, calf feeding, lameness and pain management. They also investigate the links between behaviour and nutrition in welfare related issues.



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