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Angus association honours 50 years

Don Mackenzie of Mackenzie Red Angus was recently honoured by the Canadian Angus Association for his 50 years of membership.

Working with his four brothers: Ted, Mark, Kenny and Rodney, the family operation was the first to import Red Angus genetics including one herd sire, one cow/calf pair, and two bred heifers.

Mackenzie and his family have earned previous honours such as the following:

  • 1979 Red Angus Association of America Pioneer Breeder Award. They were the first Canadians to receive the award.
  • 1984 Canadian Red Angus Breeder of the Year Award.
  • 2004 Red Angus Association of America 50 Most Influential Breeders.
  • 2004 Canadian Angus Association honorary president.
  • 2007 Alberta Angus Hall of Fame inductee.
  • 2012 Canadian Angus Association honorary president.

The Canadian Angus Association instituted a recognition awards program in 1998 to honour individuals and families who have demonstrated a long-term commitment by maintaining a continuous membership in the Association for at least 50 years.

Review tribunal official

Geneviève Parent has been appointed as a part-time member of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal for a three-year term by the federal government.

The Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal is an independent tribunal established by the federal government to provide impartial reviews of notices of violation issued by federal agencies regulating agriculture and food.

Research award

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein has been awarded the 2017 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. She is a senior research scientist at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge and is a respected researcher of beef cattle health and welfare.

Her efforts have helped the industry develop a scientific base that allows beef consumers to maintain confidence in farming and ranching operations.

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