General McDonald’s, beef farmers answer questions about Canadian beef

Recently, CCA’s Programs Manager Jill Harvie sat down with’s Amanda Broadhagen for an interview. Check out the link below  for the article on that includes information on McDonald’s commitment to the CYL Program and Canadian beef.

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CYL in CCA Action News: AgriFuture and Application Opening

A CYL Update was featured in the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Action News this week describing our recent trip to Wyoming for the AgriFuture Conference. Stay tuned for a first hand account by the two CYLs that participated!


And applications for the next CYL mentorship term are opening on November 1st so stay tuned for more information!

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Carollyne Kehler featured in MBP’s Cattle Country

Carollyne Kehler, 2013/14 CYL Mentee, was featured in the September issue of the Manitoba Beef Producers’ Cattle Country publication. In the article (found on page 6) Carollyne points out some of the highlights of the CYL program and her relationship with mentor Betty Green to date.

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Daniel Doerksen’s visit to Ontario

Daniel Doerksen was hosted by his mentor, Mike McMorris, following the CYL negotiations and governance training at the CCA Semi Annual Meeting in London, ON in mid August. Daniel is a rancher from Gem, AB. For more information on Daniel and Mike you can visit out Participant Spotlight page.

After attending CYL Step 2 Training in London, Ontario I had the opportunity to spend a couple days with my mentor Mike McMorris touring London and Guelph.

On day one we started off touring the town that Mike lives in as we made our way to Guelph were Mike’s office is.  I had an opportunity to meet the staff at BIO and gave a short presentation to them about our farm and how I see BIO helping us with our operation at home.  This was a great opportunity to work on some public speaking skills.  As well, I got a rundown on how [ ]

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International Livestock Congress and CS Cattle Trail

In July, several CYLs attended the International Livestock Congress held in Calgary on July 10th and many also volunteered with the Calgary Stampede Cattle Trail exhibit – an interactive and engaging presentation on the beef cattle industry. A few of the participants shared their experience:

Daniel Doerksen from Gem, AB attended ILC:

ILC was an informative conference with knowledgeable speakers from different areas of the ag industry.  There was a very positive outlook for the future of agriculture with China’s middle class growing to 400 million people and global food demand rising by 1.5%.  This could open up more opportunity for the Canadian cattle industry.  A big highlight for me was hearing Lee Leachman talk about their cattle operation and how they are using BIO Track to improve profitability on their ranch. Since my mentor is the General Manager of BIO (Mike McMorris) it was really great to here from someone who is [ ]

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Life as a BC Cattle Rancher – Team Erika

2013 Graduate Erika Strande has continued her work with her mentor Erika Fossen past the end of their CYL mentorship. Their latest project is a blog that highlights their lives as women owning/working on BC cattle ranches and the importance of the BC and Canadian cattle industries. Both are dedicated to these industries and are keen to improve the lines of communication between the producer and the consumer. This is one step that they are taking to address this challenge.

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CYL Featured on Beef Cattle Research Council’s Blog

BCRC has featured the CYL program on their blog – check it out!

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Sheldon Kyle’s Interview with Real Agriculture

Sheldon Kyle was interviewed at Agribition by Real Agriculture and here is what he had to say:

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Jeff Yorga’s Interview with Discover Estevan at Agribition

2012 CYL Mentee Jeff Yorga was featured in a couple articles after participating in the news release announcing Agribition as a CYL Future Mentor. Here is the link to one of them:

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