Canada’s national cattle producers’ group plans to test run a nationwide mentorship initiative for young producers with a pilot program in Alberta starting in July.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has rolled out its new Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program, expected to provide industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to producers between the ages of 18 and 35.
The program is meant to help provide younger producers with the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future, the CCA said in a release.
The CYL program will be rolled out nationally following completion of the pilot phase in Alberta, with six Alberta producers participating, supported by Alberta Beef Producers.
The province’s Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) is on board as a major funder through its Industry Development Program, with an investment of $198,900.
The CYL program will offer a combination of formal and informal mentorship opportunities to learn from leaders in the beef cattle industry as well as from other youth organizations with a focus on mentorship, the CCA said.
The project will offer two types of mentorship: an industry leader mentorship program and a professional mentorship program.
Under the CYL’s industry leader mentorship program, eligible producers can choose to be mentored by beef industry leaders from the CCA, including board members and committee chairs, and participate in CCA committees and conferences.
Participants in the professional mentorship program would be exposed to direct mentoring with select cattle industry individuals and professionals in a beef-related profession, such as a cattle operator, pharmaceutical representative or veterinarian.
On successful completion of a mentorship, a qualified participant can apply to the CCA’s international partnership program, offering opportunities to represent Canada’s beef industry at international forums such as the Five Nations Beef Alliance held recently in New Zealand.
The CCA said it’s actively looking for partners in the program. Those interested can contact Jill Harvie at [email protected]or 403-274-5686.