AG Notes

Animal welfare council appoints new head

The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council has appointed Dr. Megan Bergman as executive director.

Bergman has worked in private practice in Manitoba, served as a district veterinarian, inspection manager and acting regional director for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Winnipeg and, for the past four years, was Manitoba’s chief veterinary officer. She has also served as co-chair of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council representing the Council of Chief Veterinary Officers.

Bergman replaces Dr. Ed Empringham, who was executive director of the council for the past 10 years.

Junior Hereford member wins award

Teegan Hyndman of Manitoba recently received the Bob Gordon Memorial Award, which the Canadian Junior Hereford Association presents to the member who accumulates the most points in the CJHA aggregate competitions.

Points are awarded based on placing and participation in qualifying Bonanza competitions, including arts, literature, public speaking, individual grooming, showmanship, judging and showing in the open, bred and owned, semen donation and commercial cattle categories.

The division aggregate winners are Orianna Hyndman, Manitoba, senior; Christopher Bell, Ontario, intermediate; Teegan Hyndman, Manitoba, junior; Kalin Schrader, United States, peewee; and Callum Bradley, Ontario, mini-Hereford.

Grain Growers welcomes new members

Four groups have joined Grain Growers of Canada, bringing total membership to 16 national, regional and provincial grower groups. They are Grain Farmers of Ontario, Producteurs de grains du Québec, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and the Manitoba Oat Growers Association.

As well, Markus Haerle, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario, has been elected GGC’s new vice-president. He replaces Art Enns of the Prairie Oat Growers Association.

Milk producersdonate to food bank

SaskMilk recently committed to match the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre’s Milk for Children Program litre for litre, which means children will now receive two litres of milk rather than one.

The program continues to be an integral part of the food bank, providing 97,612 litres of fresh milk to children younger than 17 years and pregnant and nursing mothers.


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