Irricana rancher and long-term forage advocate Doug Wray is the winner of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s 2016 Leadership Award.
“Wray is committed to continued education about grassland and forages,” the association said in a news release. “He travels extensively locally and abroad to observe grassland, forage and livestock management; and frequently shares his innovative approaches at conferences and to share his experiences.”
Wray and wife Linda run 225-plus cows; background and grass their calves; and raise their own replacements with yearlings going to a custom lot. Over the years, they developed year-round grazing strategies such as rotational grazing, early grass varieties, stockpiled grass, bale grazing, swath grazing, and the right mix of livestock.
In addition to serving on the board of the Foothills Forage Co-op Association and the Alberta Forage Council, Wray was a driving force in the formation of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association and served as its chair from 2010 to 2015.
In addition, he has been involved with numerous organizations and conferences, including the CCA/ARECA National Grazing Mentor Program; the Western Canadian Grazing Conference; the Alberta Forage Variety Selection Committee; the Western Forage Beef Group Producer Advisory Committee; the Expert Committee on Forages; the Canadian Forum on Forages and Rangelands; and the Canadian Beef Value Chain Roundtable. Earlier this year he was the recipient of the 2016 Alberta Forage Industry Network Leadership Award.
The Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize and encourage leadership in the forage and grassland sector.