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Cattle publisher dies at 66

A well-known promoter and publisher in the beef cattle industry has died.

Laurel “Laurie” Watson, 66, of West Montrose, Ont., died Sept. 3.

Together with her father, Harald Gunderson, they produced the World of Beef and the Limousin Leader in the 1970s and 1980s.

Laurie was a prominent beef industry personality, whether on the phone selling ads, reporting on beef sales, or attending cattle producer events across Canada.

“She was quite a dynamo,” said Garth McClintock, publisher of Alberta Beef and Beef Illustrated. His magazines are offshoots of World of Beef.

Watson was pre-deceased by her husband, Charles Watson of Wat-Cha Farms Ltd. in Mount Forest, Ont., who died in a parking lot accident at Canadian Western Agribition in 2006.

Wat-Cha Farms raised primarily purebred Charolais.

Watson and her father also published industry magazines: Canadian Funeral News, Canadian Emergency Services News, and later, Canadian Homes & Cottages.

She is survived by two children and their families and her second husband, James Dean McInnis.

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