Canadian beef industry leaders have established the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation, a registered charity, to support the sustainable advancement and legacy of the Canadian beef industry.
“If we want to see our industry thrive in the future we need to make sure that we support the next generation, have a healthy land base and the knowledge to be able to do it,” said foundation chairman Bob Lowe.
The foundation has three main focus areas: youth, environment and research.
An initial focus is establishing a fund to support the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders mentorship program.
“Although we have seen phenomenal support for this program, we need to make sure there is a long-term funding strategy in place to support it for years to come,” said Lowe. “The establishment of a permanent fund that earns interest, dividends and capital gains would do just that.”
An early supporter of the foundation has already donated $10,000 and is challenging others to match or exceed the donation by the end of June.
The creation of the foundation is timely given the increasing competitive pressures for agricultural land and the growing challenge for young producers to succeed in agriculture. It has been reported that between 2006 and 2011, nearly 3,756 acres a day have been taken out of production across Canada. The beef cattle industry will need ongoing financial support to be able to respond to such pressures.
The foundation board includes Brad Wildemen and Stan Eby (past presidents of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association) and well-known industry figures such as Joe Gardner (Douglas Lake Ranch), Stan Carscallen (a Calgary-area rancher and lawyer), and Scott Dickson (director of livestock services with MNP). For more information, visit www.cattle.ca.