Mel Hermanson at Ranching for Profit

On the 14th of January my Husband Russell and I drove down to Billings, Montana to attend the Ranching for Profit course. This course was in line with the mentorship objectives I set with my mentor Graeme Finn. We decided that it would be beneficial if both Russell and I went down so we could align our goals and objectives for our cattle operation. We were able to utilize growing forward 2 funding through the Business Management Skills development program to help attend the course and I was also able to utilize a portion of my CYL mentorship budget which was a massive help.

The course started on Sunday the 15th of January and was run by Dallas Mount and Dave Pratt. Right away Russell and I were separated and put on a table of people we hadn’t met before. The logic that being separated we would be exposed to more [ ]

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Mentor Meetings Are Well Underway!

On January seventh, I made the trip from Lethbridge to Jumping Pound Alberta, where I met my CYL mentor Ryan Copithorne, for the first time. It was a beautiful crisp day and as I drove into Ryan’s ranch, I saw ranch hands feeding cattle out in the fields. I met with Ryan in the ranch office, a former bunkhouse, full of western artwork and antiques. I soon found Ryan to be very personable and very knowledgeable. He had a lot of insight in the beef industry and had some unique perspectives.

Previously, we had outlined five main objectives to address during my mentorship. The first and main objective we covered during my visit was to create a personal mission statement. This involved answering a series of thought-provoking questions such as “What do you see as personal strengths and weaknesses relating to the career path you are pursuing?” As well, we discussed [ ]

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2016-2017 Upcoming Events


Global Round Table for Sustainable Beef (GRSB)
October 4-7, 2016

Traceability Symposium 2016
November 2-3, 2016

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
November 3-7, 2016

World Meat Congress
November 7-9, 2016

BEEFTECH, before FarmFair
November 7-9, 2016 



Cow-Calf Economics Alberta 

Topics this year will include:

Market Outlook and your marketing options

Transition Planning – The Human Aspect

Risk Management Perspectives

Cost of Production – Do you know yours?

7 drives to Financial Success

What does your Neighbor Think? –A Beef Producer’s Perspectives

November 1, 2016  – Nanton, Nanton Community Center 

November 2, 2016 –Lethbridge, Country Kitchen Catering (in the same building as the Key on Mayor Magrath Drive)

November 3, 2016 –Olds, Olds College Alumni Centre

November 8, 2016 – Vermilion, Vermilion Regional Centre

November 9, 20165 –Evansburg, Royal Canadian Legion

Farmfair International
November 2-6, 2016

Ag Excellence Conference  

Farm Management Canada
November 22-24, [ ]

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International Beef Alliance Conference 2016

Taupo, New Zealand
Ellen Crane

Maori carvings on Lake Taupo captured during the fishing trip.

The International Beef Alliance (IBA) is comprised of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States, which represents 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports. This year, the organization met in Taupo, New Zealand, this beautiful country provided a picturesque agricultural backdrop for the conference. The conference was kicked off on Sunday with introduction presentations by the eight Young Leaders from Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.


Pasture environments created to measure nitrogen output by the production system

On Monday, the Young Leaders met to present their findings on the special topic: How the IBA can connect with ‘Millennials’ to gain support for the Alliance. The team split into the focus groups for animal welfare, sustainability and beef attributes. The group then reconvened to put [ ]

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2015 CYL Mentors are announced

The mentors for the 2015/16 CYL year have been selected thanks to our Mentor Selection Committee. For the full press release please click on the link below:

2015 CYL Mentor selection article

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CYL Announces 2015 Mentorship Recipients

3-30-2015-Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Announces 2015 Mentorship Recipients

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CYL 2015 Semi-Finalists Announced

CYL announce 2015 semi-finalists

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2014 CYL Mentors Announced

Thanks to the 2014 CYL Mentor Selection Committee of Kim McConnell, Dennis Serhienko, Jack Hextall, Jessica Barrie, Rob Giguere and Jill Harvie for pairing the 16 CYLs with industry leaders in their area of interest. For more information read the update below:

2014 CYL Mentor selection article

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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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