GUELPH, ON, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Over 300 beef farmers and industry
representatives from across Ontario congregated in Toronto this week
for the Ontario Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Annual General Meeting,
themed "Breaking Boundaries: The Power of Collaboration".
Guest speakers at the annual event included Anne Dunford of Gateway
Livestock and Glen Hodgson Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
with the Conference Board of Canada. A special panel discussion,
Establishing Beef Value Chains, included panelists Richard Phelps,
Director Blade Farming Southwest Ltd. of the United Kingdom, Dr. Phil
Hadley, EBLEX Regional Manager, South West England and Jim Clark,
Ontario Corn-Fed Beef.
Re-elected as OCA President for 2011 is Curtis Royal of Simcoe County.
Royal operates a feedlot near Creemore, Ontario.Cow-Calf operator, Dan
Darling, of Northumberland County resumes his position as the 2011 OCA
"Looking ahead, to the next year, I look forward to continuing the fight
for a workable safety nets system for all producers in the province",
says Royal. "The 2011 OCA Board will continue to collaborate with
industry partners and organizations to receive the best return for our
producers. Be assured I like a good challenge."
A new face to the OCA Board, Joe Hill of Wellington County, replaces
Doug Kaufman who had completed the maximum three consecutive terms.
Joe's operation in Wellington County includes a feedlot and 800 acres
that he crops in corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. An OCA Advisory
Councilor for three years and Director on the local Wellington
Cattlemen's Association for twelve, Joe has demonstrated leadership
skills that will prove to be an asset for him as an OCA Director.
"I believe the Ontario beef industry should, so long as expectations are
realistic, offer opportunities for operations of all sizes," stated
Hill. "I look forward to my position on the Board to develop a greater
understanding of the entire industry and take positive action for the
good of the entire beef sector."
Re-elected to the Board were Gerald Rollins of Renfrew County,
representing cow-calf producers, and Rick Hobbs, of Ottawa County
representing Eastern Ontario. Bill Herron, a Grey County farmer, was
acclaimed as the backgrounder representative on the Board.
The Ontario Cattlemen's Association represents the interests of 19,000
Ontario beef producers. OCA's Board of Directors consists of 12 elected
officials - three from the cow-calf sector, three from the feedlot
sector, one from the backgrounder sector, three representing geographic
regions of Ontario and two elected on an At-Large basis. Directors are
elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis.
SOURCE Ontario Cattlemen's Association
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