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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 2013 Spring Forum

From March 5-8th, CYL 2013 Graduates and 2013 Semi-Finalists travelled to Ottawa to attend the CYL Spring Forum and CCA Annual Meeting. Events kicked off on the afternoon of March 5th with 22 Semi-Finalists vying for 16 mentorships. The selection process was in a round table format with representatives from MNP, Elanco, Cargill, ALMA, FCC, and CCMDC facilitating the conversation. Marty Seymour, CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Michael Latimer, General Manager of the Canadian Angus Association, and Kerry Hyatt, 2013 CYL Graduate, served as judges for the round table selections. The day concluded with a Graduation Banquet and Reception to recognize the 15 CYL Graduates and highlight the events and achievements of the past year. Selections concluded the next morning and were followed by presentations from Ryder Lee, CCA Manager of Federal Provincial Relations, on animal health and a market update from Brian Perillat, Manager/Senior Analyst for Canfax. Brenda Schoepp joined [ ]

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2012 Mentees Cole Bailey and Erika Strande Featured in Kamloops’ The Daily News

Cole Bailey

Erika Strande

2012 Mentees (and soon to be Graduates of the CYL Program!) Cole Bailey and Erika Strande were featured in Kamloops’ The Daily News article Ranching: The Next Generation. Check out the full article at:

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