New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders, notable deaths

Young pastoralist leaders

Darren Dinsmore.

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Darren Dinsmore spent part of his childhood living and working on farms in Ontario and was a member of 4-H. He now operates a farm in Goose Bay, Labrador, where he grows forage and raises cattle. Although Labrador does not have a slaughterhouse and is the only one raising beef cows, he hopes to see a slaughterhouse open in the near future in Labrador, and others raising more cattle. When he is not working on the farm, he is pastoring a local congregation. Dinsmore also works with the Pye Center for Northern Boreal Food Systems, a research farm for Memorial University’s Labrador Institute. At Dinsmore the mentor is Victor Oultona Nova Scotia farmer and slaughterhouse owner, who is also the past president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

Diane Van Essen.

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Diane Van Essen grew up near Picture Butte, Alberta. on a crop farm. His first experience with cattle was working at the Picture Butte Auction Market when he was 14 years old. The auction career grew from there as she moved to Brooks, Strathmore and Calgary with TEAM Auction Sales. Van Essen is responsible for live online sales as well as listing cattle for the weekly Friday feeder sale. She is enthusiastic about marketing cattle, helping the producer get the most money for their product, and lowering the cost of gain for industry members. Van Essen also worked for a feedlot, learning about feedlot health, cattle rations, feed management, cattle contracts, and tracing carcass data. from Van Essen the mentor is Ryan Copithornea Calgary-area rancher and owner of Cows in Control Inc., a business intelligence, risk management and consulting firm.

Brady StadnickI have taken on a new role as Business Development Manager for Agriculture with Calgary Economic Development. Stadnicki previously served as Policy and Program Manager for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), focusing on national agricultural policy and animal care. Stadnicki worked with CCA for six years in offices in Ottawa and Calgary. Lawrence MartinCCA’s head of government and food industry relations will take over the national agriculture file when she returns from parental leave later this spring.

Andy Acton.

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This year’s recipient of Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Vet of the Year is Dr. Andrew Acton of Ogema, Sask. following from Acton graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, he and a partner purchased Deep South Animal Clinic from Ogema. Later Influence became the sole director of the practice. He was the first Canadian Beef Cattle Diplomat with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Influence is an early adopter of research and technology. For example, he purchased a floating tank to enable the practice to better care for downer cows and successfully treat acute calving injuries. It is the only float tank of its kind in a clinic in Saskatchewan. “Watching a sick cow eat” remains from Acton favorite part of veterinary medicine.

Jack Daines.

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We learned with sadness of the death of Jack Daines of Innisfail, Alberta at the age of 85 on December 28, 2021. Doe was a lifelong cowboy, competitor, announcer, promoter and organizer. He founded the Innisfail Professional Rodeo and invented “mutton busting”. His Innisfail Auction Market celebrated 65 years in 2020. It continues to be a family business and a hub for central Alberta’s beef industry. Son Duanhis cousin and Duane’s uncle co-manage the market today. Instantly recognized radio listeners Daines’ hoarse voice, whether quoting beef market reports, touting an upcoming sale or promoting a rodeo. Doe was a tireless community supporter of 4-H clubs, live auction fundraisers and also personally helped families in need. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audreyand their three children: Duan (Cheryl), Brenda Lee (Christmas) Molten and Joan (To M) Wallaceseven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Our condolences to the loved ones of bob spellingformer MP for Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant and Federal Minister of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004. Spelling died at the age of 65 on December 16, 2021. Spelling grew up near Waterford, Ontario. He was first elected in 1988 and won several elections thereafter. In December 2003, he was appointed Minister by Prime Minister Paul Martin. During his brief period as Acting Minister, Spelling faced the BSE crisis and helped organize a billion dollar aid package for the Canadian beef industry. Spelling constituency was redrawn in 2004, and in the subsequent election it lost to the Progressive Conservative candidate Diane Finley. Although he ran again in the following elections, he never regained his seat. He then focused on his agricultural advisory business, specializing in international markets and trade. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Moulandand the children, Christopher and Victoria.

Jason Bradley was named President of North American Operations for Carbon Asset Solution, headquartered in Olds, Alberta. Bradley served as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Director of Smart Ag at Olds College. He also managed the Red Deer River Ranches.

Darlene Keeler.

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Congratulation to Darlene Keelerpresident-elect of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. Keeler is the first woman to fill this role at the Medicine Hat Exposition. Keeler worked in the Prairie Rose School Division for several years. She has also served on several boards, ranging from the Alberta Winter Games in Medicine Hat to the Medicine Hat Expo and Stampede.

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