Scott Entz & Derek Hill, Mentors
Diane Finstad, Mentor
Jordan Buba, Mentor
Dr.Michael Jelinski & Dr. Craig Dorlin, Mentors
Judy Nelson, Mentor
Cody Schooten is a 10,000 head feedlot operator with his father and two brothers in the Diamond City area. He is also partners with his brother in a custom forage harvesting and custom manure hauling business. Cody graduated from Lethbridge College with an animal science diploma. His main focus in the program is working with a mentor with whom he hopes to learn more about beef marketing alternatives and strategies to help further his knowledge. All while adding value to the beef industry and expanding his current operation.
Entz has spent 22 years with Cargill involved in the North American Meat industry. Trained as an Agriculture Engineer, Entz spent his early career with Cargill leading construction projects to expand Cargill's beef processing capabilities, including finishing the construction of the High River facility and creating/leading the engineering, rendering and maintenance for the first three years of the facility's operations.
Throughout his career, Entz has jumped at opportunities to lead Cargill's further processed red meat business as well as Cargill Meat's Information Technology and Engineering teams. He is currently based in High River, AB.
Hill is the Facilities Manager at the Cargill Value Added Meats Facility in Spruce Grove, AB. He currently manages the frozen beef patty business that supplies a leading international quick service restaurant (QSR). Serving millions of consumers per day, the plant is heavily focused on food safety and quality.
Prior to moving to Alberta two years ago, Hill held various positions in Cargill's poultry business in London, ON, also serving the QSR market. Derek is a member of the Alberta Meat and Livestock Agency (ALMA) advisory committee for Innovation and Further Processing.
Growing up on a purebred Hereford cow-calf and farming operation, Rosie Templeton has always been an active member of the cattle industry. She has been extensively involved in junior livestock organizations such as 4-H and the Alberta Junior Hereford Association. As a member of a beef and judging 4-H club since the age of 9, Rosie has acquired skills in leadership and communication, and participate in many community and provincial volunteer activities. In 2009, she was named Alberta 4-H Provincial Public Speaking Champion, and travelled to Toronto to compete in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition where she placed third. At the Alberta 4-H Selections program in 2009, she was appointed Ambassador for the South Region as well as the recipient of the Premier’s Award. This program also provided an award trip to Ottawa and Washington, D.C. to participate in the American National 4-H Conference. Throughout the last year Rosie has chaired the Alberta Cattle Feeder’s Youth Conference, spoken at the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge about building agricultural leaders, and organized and presented workshops on various topics to 4-H groups. Through the Alberta 4-H Provincial Judging, she will be attending the Northern International Livestock Exposition this October to judge. Within the Alberta Junior Hereford Association, which Rosie has been a member of since 1998, she has held positions such as Southern Delegate, Treasurer, and currently Secretary. She has attended several of the National Junior Hereford Bonanza shows in different provinces over the last ten years. As a member of the Bonanza 2008 committee, she helped coordinate the national show held in Medicine Hat by acquiring sponsorship. Rosie graduated from Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale in June 2010 and is currently attending the University of Alberta for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Agriculture Business Management. Upon completion of her degree Rosie plans to work for an agricultural corporation in the field of communications and marketing, and work towards bridging the gap between the agricultural producer and consumer. She hopes to take advantage of her mentorship position by making contacts in the agriculture industry and learning methods of communicating agriculture to the public.
Finstad is a familiar face and voice in Alberta's farm community. She has spent nearly 30 years covering the agriculture and rodeo beat from Red Deer and has been involved in TV broadcasting, radio and newspaper reporting.
The award-winning Finstad is currently the Agriculture and Rodeo Director for CKGY Radio in Red Deer. Her daily broadcasts on 95.5 FM and other Newcap radio stations keep listeners up to date with developments in the industry.
Samantha Sperber lives on a Commercial Cow/Calf and Grain operation outside of Rimbey. She graduated as an honour student from Ponoka Composite High School in 2009 and is currently in her second year of studies in the Bachelor of Science Program at Grant MacEwan University. Growing up, Samantha was an active member of the West Ponoka 4-H Beef Club, and for many years attended various summer youth cattle shows. She currently sits on Farmfair Junior Futurity Show committee, through which she received a scholarship in 2008; As well, she sits on the Canadian Charolais Youth Association’s committee, and is a Student Ambassador through Grant MacEwan University. This past summer she was involved in the 2010 Summer Synergy Livestock Showcase; she was a top aggregate at the show and was awarded one of the Calgary Stampede Youth in Livestock Scholarships. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Ponoka Agricultural Society and the WPCA’s Community Ambassador award, awarded to an outstanding youth in the agricultural community. In 2009 she was also awarded the Government of Canada’s Millennium scholarship, and just this year received the Government of Alberta’s Great Kids Award. Samantha has plans to stay on the family farm and continue what her father, and grandfather have started. Her passion lies more in the cattle side of the farm and she is interested in broadening her knowledge in the purebred side of things. Samantha’s aim is to learn more about running Purebred cattle having minimal previous experience. Samantha also hopes that she will learn more about the marketing side of agriculture, as well as cattle genetics. Samantha is thankful for the opportunity she has been given to learn and expand her knowledge, as well as share what knowledge she can with her mentor. She hopes that through the mentorship program she will understand and be able to gain additional insights on the purebred cattle world.
Buba, with her family, operate Lewis Farms, a fourth generation family operation which produces grain, seed potatoes and purebred Simmental and Angus cattle. Buba returned to the farm full time following the completion of the Livestock Production diploma course at Lakeland College in 2007.
Lewis Farms calve out about 900 mother cows in two calving periods at two locations. The winter calving is done at the Spruce Grove location, where the crops are grown. The summer cows are calved out at the Sangudo farm, where the majority of summer pasturing is done. Lewis Farms has an annual bull sale at the Spruce Grove location, selling just over 200 Simmental and Angus herd sire prospects.
Ricki Fleming is a 23-year-old purebred Angus breeder as well as a commercial cow/calf producer, located at Granum, Alberta. She graduated with a diploma in Agriculture Technology-Animal Science from Lethbridge College in 2007. Through her younger years she has had many accomplishments through 4-H and Junior breed associations; including a 4-H Platinum Award of Achievement, 4-H Ambassador, Junior & Senior National Young Cattlemen of the Year, Junior & Senior Western Canada Team Judging Champion. In 2007, Ricki was selected as the Canadian Angus Association’s Robert C. McCaffie Junior Ambassador, with the honour of representing the Angus breed nationally and internationally. She has served as president and founding director of Alberta Junior Angus Association and as a director of the Canadian Junior Angus Association for 2 years and was Co-Chairman of the Youth Committee for the hugely successful 2009 World Angus Forum. Ricki is grateful for all the mentorship she has received over the years and is now an active mentor to many youth in Alberta.
As a natural progression of volunteerism and promoting Angus, Ricki has now moved on to be a director on the Alberta Angus Association. Ricki is currently the Senior Herdsperson at the Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) in Lethbridge, which is one of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Laboratories. She is a goal setter, is task oriented, an analyzer, a problem solver and a hands on cattlewoman. Ricki has a deep down passion for the livestock industry and a strong desire to stay in the industry.
Through the learning opportunities with her Cattlemen’s Young Leaders mentors, she hopes to gain the confidence and knowledge of a well rounded cattlewoman. Ricki is always looking to add to her wisdom council; to have people she can learn from, bounce ideas off of and share her successes and learning experiences with. Ricki feels this opportunity with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association will help her build her personal knowledge assets and will aid in her journey as a life long learner in the cattle industry.
Drs. Jelinski and Dorin are managing partners in Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd., a beef cattle consulting practice based in Airdrie, AB. The practice focuses on the design, implementation and monitoring of production, health and Beef Quality Assurance protocols for cow/calf and feedlot operations across western Canada.
Drs. Jelinski and Dorin are an affiliate clinic for the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine - Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital program and are involved in teaching of 3rd and 4th year students. The duo conduct contract research projects for pharmaceutical companies and are involved in numerous committees related to the beef industry.
Nanita Blomquist is a fourth generation cow/calf producer from Big Valley, Alberta. Together with her family they operate a commercial Simmental cow/calf and grain operation. She has a passion for the agricultural industry and more specifically the beef industry. Understanding how our beef is marketed and what we as producers and a nation can do to help further market our product is key for success. She is excited to learn more about this side of the industry and how producers can further market their product and increase the value of the product that we so proudly produce.
Nelson and her husband run a commercial cow/calf operation on deeded and Crown land on the eastern slopes of the Livingstone Range, north of Lundbreck, AB.
Nelson is a long-standing delegate for the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP). She also sits as an ABP delegate for the Beef Information Centre (BIC), a committee she currently chairs. Her focus is on promotional and marketing strategies for Canadian beef.