Ag Notes

Researchers participate in mentorship program

The Beef Cattle Research Council has selected six researchers from across Canada for the 2020-21 Beef Researcher Mentorship program following an open application process.

Participants are paired with innovative cattle producers and other industry professionals for a one year mentorship along with an 18-month travel budget to attend industry meetings, producer workshops, and farm tours.

  • Mentee: Alexander Koiter, assistant professor in Brandon University’s geography and environment department.

Mentors: Kristine Tapley of Ducks Unlimited Canada and Larry Wegner, livestock producer in Virden, Man.

  • Mentee: Christine Liu, researcher at the University of Saskatchewan.

Mentors: Dennis Laycraft, executive vice-president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and Michael Young, who has worked in the red meat industry for more than 40 years.

  • Mentee: Jonathan Bennett, an assistant professor of plant ecology at the U of S.

Mentors: Lynn and Sherri Grant, who operate a mixed grass, hay and cattle operation at Val Marie, Sask., and Ryan Beierbach, who ranches southeast of Whitewood, Sask.

  • Mentee: Marcos Coreiro, an assistant professor in sustainable food systems modelling at the University of Manitoba’s animal science department.

Mentors: Anne Wasko of Eastend, Sask., a market analyst for 35 years, and Brett McCrae, who runs a mixed operation near Brandon.

  • Mentee: Monika Gorzelak, who leads a research team at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge.

Mentors: Rylee and Lyle Hewitt, who ranch near Cowley, Alta., and Andy Hart, who ranches near Claresholm, Alta.

  • Mentee: Trevor Coates, a researcher at Agriculture Canada’s Research and Development Centre in Lethbridge.

Mentors: Rich Smith, a retired agricultural engineer in Calgary, and Kendra Donnelly, who helps manage a farming operation near Acme, Alta.

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