Southeast Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Darren Bevans is General Manager of Deseret Ranches, a large cow calf operation located near Raymond. Darren is excited about the new direction at Alberta Beef Producers and is hoping for the opportunity to contribute as the organization and industry move forward.
Jason Hale was born and raised in Bassano where he and his wife own and operate a cow calf ranch. They have two sons who are also involved in the agriculture sector. Jason has served as the MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, currently is a member of the Agriculture Society Executive, and was elected to the Eastern Irrigation District board where he is the Chair.
Brodie Haugan was raised on his family’s ranch, near the town of Orion. Brodie attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a Bachelor of Science in AgriBusiness. Along with his parents, he operates a commercial cow-calf herd, and they produce all their own feed. He also works with several feedlots, backgrounding and finishing cattle. Brodie is a graduate of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program and a past board member of the Young Cattlemen’s Council.
Kent Holowath operates a grain and cow-calf operation with his wife, Jill, and three kids near Rumsey. They have both purebred and commercial black Angus cattle, as well as a backgrounding operation. Currently he is the head leader of the Rumsey 4-H Beef Club and a director at the Big Valley Feeder Association.
Craig Lehr was born and raised on his family farm, Short Grass Ranches, near Medicine Hat. After three years at Olds College he returned to the farm where he lives with his wife, Nicole, and their two kids, who are the fourth generation on the farm. Short Grass Ranches consists of a cow-calf operation and backgrounding feedlot, along with irrigation and dryland farming.
Brad Osadczuk, along with his wife, Elaine, and their three daughters, ranch in the community of Jenner, located in Special Areas #2. They run a primarily cow-calf and yearling operation. Brad has been a delegate with ABP for seven years and in that time has sat on the Board of Directors, and is currently the ABP Finance Chair.
Southwest Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Jim Bowhay, along with his wife, Nola, and their family, operates a mixed farm operation near Sundre. The mixed operation includes cow-calf, meat goats, butcher turkeys, and laying hens. Jim often refers to it as a mixed-up operation. Jim has been involved in both the cattle industry and government while being on the provincial board of the Alberta Feeder Association for 12 years, on the LIS board for six years, and also worked in the field as a Brand Inspector for several years. Jim has a real passion for our youth in the industry, which is demonstrated by close to 50 years of 4-H involvement.
Sheila Hillmer and her family have a farming and ranching operation near Del Bonita, and her two sons are beginning the process of succession in the family business. Sheila is a Key Account Manager with Elanco Canada, a global animal health company. Sheila works with corporate feedyards and is based in southern Alberta. She also spends a significant amount of time developing and executing Learning and Development, both internally within Elanco and externally to customers.
Lee Irvine and his family have recently set up a grass backgrounding operation in the Cochrane area. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to market cattle through TEAM and Calgary Stockyards, to sit in the boardroom of multinational pharmaceutical companies and to run the auction market and feedlot software for ViewTrak Technologies. He has been an auditor for the Verified Beef Production Plus program and sat on the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Framework Committee.
Chris Israelson, along with his wife, Stacey, and their young family, operate a cow-calf herd, background feedyard, and market finished cattle near Didsbury. Chris also owns a custom harvest operation that services beef and dairy producers in the southern half of the province.
Fred Lozeman operates a farm near Claresholm. Along with family members and dedicated employees, they produce cattle, grains, oilseed, and forage. Fred has been an ABP delegate for the past four years, including four years as a Director, three years as the Chair of the Research Committee, three years on the Governance Committee, and two years as an ABP representative for BCRC.
Kelly Smith-Fraser operates her family purebred operation, NuHaven Cattle Co., near Pine Lake, where they raise Maine-Anjou and club calves for show steers. Kelly has served the producers of central Alberta for the past six years as a delegate and zone director, as well as Finance Chair and Vice Chair, and, most recently, Chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Kelly was also appointed to the interim board of the Results Driven Agriculture Research and is a Director of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University.
Central Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Colin Campbell and his wife, Marilyn, own and operate a purebred herd of Angus in the Bon Accord area. From 1975 to 2010, Colin was heavily involved in regulatory and corporate liaison activities with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Having served as an Alberta Beef Producer delegate for eight years, of which he has served as zone director for five years, Colin has advocated to prevent or reduce costs being imposed on the sector.
Rod Carlyon and his family live and run their beef operation near Westlock. Rod has been an Alberta Beef Producer delegate for the past two years. He has been involved with the Research Committee and volunteered for various other projects representing ABP.
Martin Clausen, together with his fiance and parents, run Hazel Bluff Angus near Westlock. Having grown up on a cattle operation, the beef industry has become an important part of Martin’s life. Martin hopes to be a positive voice for young producers who are looking to join the agriculture industry.
Austin Dow lives just outside of Onoway where he runs a cow calf operation along with his wife, Kaitlin. Austin grew up in the agriculture industry and has always had a passion for livestock. He worked in the fertilizer industry for 10 years and has his core technology diploma from Lakeland College.
We run a commercial cow/calf operation near Pigeon Lake. I have a BSc in Agriculture from UofS. I am involved in my family’s AI company, Genetic Ventures, and I taught the continuing education AI course at Olds College for several years. My other half is a butcher and we operate Pigeon Lake Processing. I was also a CYL graduate in 2019 where I focused on genetics. I have had a life-long love for the beef industry, I am passionate about contributing and improving on collective decisions and I look forward to serving the cattle community in any ways I can.
Northeast Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Emil Dmytriw is a fourth-generation grain and cattle farmer northeast of Innisfree. Emil feels that he is a beef producer dealing with the same issues, and has the same concerns, as most other producers. As such, he looks forward to continuing to work hard for the beef industry to keep it sustainable for years to come.
Jay Hager and his family run a 400 head cow-calf operation near Provost. They also operate a welding business that fabricates cattle handling and feeding equipment, and custom fence in the summer. Jay is an active 4-H leader for the Stainsleigh club and is involved at district and regional levels.
George L’Heureux operates a ranch near Lac La Biche. As he reaches retirement, he is downsizing to a 60 head cow-calf operation, which will allow him to dedicate more time to ABP to assist the industry in going forward. He is also involved in municipal politics as a county councillor, chair of the local ASB Board, chair of the Athabasca Heifer Co-op, and vice-chair of the Lac La Biche Ag Society.
Josie Pashulka lives in the County of Two Hills, near Derwent. She farms with her husband, Ken, and three sons, operating the Rusylvia Cattle Co. They raise 400 cows and farm 2,000 acres of grain, silage, hay, and grazing corn. Josie was a 4-H beef leader for 14 years, and currently teaches the Beef Artificial Insemination course at Lakeland College.
Joanne Solverson and her family operate a cow-calf to finish operation near Camrose. Joanne has been working in the ag industry for most of her life in both retail and on the farm. Working with producers and helping the industry grow has always been her passion.
Melanie Wowk and her husband operate Wowk Ranch, a multigenerational cow-calf operation near Beauvallon. Melanie has also been primarily a cow-calf veterinarian since 1993, operating her own practice, and she now works in the pharmaceutical industry. Melanie has served on the ABP board for four years, two of those as Finance Chair and this past year as Vice Chair. She also sit as a member of the AFAC board.
Northwest Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Lori Kinnee, along with her husband, Paul, and their family, ranch in the Lost Lake area west of Grimshaw. Lori is looking forward to being a part of ABP in promoting Alberta beef to consumers, as well as moving the industry forward for young producers.
Gary These, together with his wife and son, operate a cow-calf and backgrounding operation north of Peace River. Gary has been an ABP delegate for the last two years and was previously a director for Peace County Forage and Beef. At ABP, he was on the Cow-Calf Council and found risk management very interesting.