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.
Darren sits on the Research Advisory Committee of the Alberta Beef Producers, and serves on the Beef Cattle Research Council’s Producer Council.
Nanita Blomquist and her family operate in the Big Valley area, where she represents the fourth generation of cattle producers.
Nanita is excited to return to ABP to be serve on behalf of producers in her area. She’s passionate about the industry and wants to ensure that it is promoted in an ever-changing marketplace and that we continue to tell our story and stay in the forefront.
Nanita is a Zone Coordinator for ABP and serves on the Board of Directors.
Brodie Haugan is a fifth-generation rancher, and Chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Brodie attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in AgriBusiness. Along with his parents and fiancé, Brodie manages a commercial cow-calf herd in the southeast corner of Alberta near Orion. He also works with several feedlots, backgrounding and finishing both home-raised and purchased cattle. Brodie is a graduate of the Canadian Cattle Young Leaders program, a past board member of the Canadian Cattle Youth Council, and Past Finance Chair of ABP.
In addition to his role as Chair, Brodie sits on both the Grazing Disposition Holder and VBP+ Management Committees.
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.
Kent serves on the Board of Directors and is also active on ABP’s Tier Advisory Team, and Chair of the Audit Committee.
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.
Craig is Chair of ABP’s Research Committee, Chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council’s Producer Council, and ABP’s appointed director to Livestock Identification Services Ltd.
Scott Schiffner and his wife Brandy have built their herd from a modest 50 head to 250, and settled onto their current ranch in 2011. After 21 years of professional bull riding, Scott has devoted this next chapter to the ranch. The Schiffner family maintains a western heritage, ranching off of horseback, and prioritizing good land and animal stewardship.
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.
Jim serves on ABP’s Tier Advisory Team.
Graeme Finn and his wife, Heather, run a cow-calf and grass finishing operation near Madden. They run a year-round grazing program based on regenerative agriculture. Graeme is founder and president of Union Forage, a cover crop and perennial forage seed company that also mentors and trains its customers in regenerative grazing management.
In addition to his roles in primary production, Graeme has experience as Past Vice President on the Agricultural Research Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) board and Past Chair of CRSB Research Committee Chairman. He also participated as a mentor in both the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program and the BCRC researcher mentorship program.
Graeme sits on the Research Advisory Committee of the Alberta Beef Producers, and serves on the Beef Cattle Research Council’s Producer Council.
Jana Harman and her young family recently moved to Cardston, Alberta from British Columbia, where they lived on a family farm outside of Lillooet. While in B.C., Jana was a member of the Lillooet Livestock Association, and sat on a committee for Education and Communications with B.C. Cattleman’s Association.
Jana has her Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and work experience with Luxury Wilderness Resort, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.
In her spare time, Jana loves to hike with their family and dogs, or head out on the trails with one of the horses.
In addition to her role as Zone Coordinator, Jana is also an Alberta representative to the Canadian Cattle Association.
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.
Sheila is Vice Chair of Alberta Beef Producers, and its elected representative to the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency.
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.
Lee serves on ABP’s Board of Directors, Tier Advisory Team, and is an Alberta representative on the Beef Cattle Research Council’s Producer Council.
Kyle Lemmer and his wife operate a cow calf operation east of Calgary, while also working off farm. Their cow herd is solid black angus focusing on efficiency, calving ease and raising cattle that work for them. When it comes to the management of the operation, their focus is on longer term grazing and minimized inputs.
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 six years, including six years as a Director, three years as the Chair of the Research Committee, five years on the Governance Committee, and five years as an ABP representative for BCRC.
Fred currently serves as the ABP Finance Chair, as the Beef Cattle Research Council Finance Chair, and is a Director for RDAR (Results Driven Agricultural Research). He also sits on ABP’s Research and Governance Committees.
Central Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
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.
John Doherty owns and operates a mixed farm with his wife and family near Wildwood in Yellowhead County. They run a cow/calf operation with some backgrounding and grass-finishing, along with meat chickens, laying hens, turkeys, pigs, and a small market garden.
John grew up on a small cow/calf operation in southern Alberta, where his love of farming and animals was first cultivated . He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Scientists, from University of Lethbridge, and 10 years of experience in the oil industry.
John serves on ABP’s Research Committee and the Technical Advisory Group.
Colin Rice received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Alberta, and has worked as an agronomist, as well as on a strawberry farm in England. Today he farms alongside his dad, cousin, and uncle. In addition to grain farming, the Rice family runs a cow-calf operation, as well as a feedlot. Colin enjoys curling and golf, though he says he’s not very good at either.
Colin serves on both ABP’s Audit and Research Committees and is also ABP’s representative on the Intensive Livestock Working Group and NRCB Policy Advisory Group.
Brenda Rosadiuk and her husband, Anthony, live on a family farm just north of Evansburg, where they operate a cow/calf operation with their two adult sons. Brenda comes from a strong farm background, and believes the younger generation of their farm bring a positive perspective of progressive farming, which creates a positive outlook for the cattle industry. She brings governance and community engagement skills as well as financial knowledge from her work in public service.
Brenda serves on ABP’s Audit Committee.
Doug Roxburgh lives near Bentley, where he and his wife run a first-generation cattle operation. In addition to backgrounding their calves, they also market bulls and females, and raise commercial bred heifers. Doug is a senior nutrition consultant who helps producers develop year-round nutritional programs.
In addition to his spot on ABP’s Board of Directors, Doug is an Alberta representative to the Canadian Cattle Association.
Karen Shaw, along with her husband Stuart, manages a cow/calf operation, farming on the homestead established around 1903.
Karen is a former Sturgeon County Councilor, serving 14 years as a representative to the eastern side of the county. In that time, Karen worked with every level of government.
In addition, Karen spent many years as an Assistant Leader with 4-H. She also worked with industry to establish a scholarship fund for members entering post-secondary education. Karen still serves on the Scholarship Committee, and sits on ABP’s Governance Committee.
Northeast Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Aydon is a fourth generation rancher of Lazy HE Ranch LTD in the Czar, Alberta area. Currently the ranch runs an 1800-head cow-calf operation and retains ownership of their calves for backgrounding. Lazy HE Ranch also has a 3000-head capacity feedlot, which includes cattle bought for backgrounding and future grass stock.
Aydon was part of the local 4-H club for nine years where he showed cattle and took part in all of the judging programs 4-H offered. After high school he attended Lakeland College in Vermilion where he received a diploma in Agri-business. Following college, Aydon returned home to continue working on the family ranch. He also participated and graduated from the Canadian Cattle Young Leaders program.
On the side Aydon and his wife along with two young sons raise and train cow-bred quarter horses for use on the ranch.
Aydon serves on both ABP’s Tier Advisory Team and Issues Management Committee.
Kaylee Chizawsky and her family run Foresee Cattle co. near Vegreville, where they raise a mixture of commercial cows as well as purebred red and black Simmentals. Kaylee graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Science and has obtained her Professional Agrologist recognition from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists
Kaylee currently works as a territory manager for Zoetis in their cattle and equine division. She’s also a graduate of Canadian Cattle Young Leaders, and currently serves as the Alberta representative on the Canadian Cattle Youth Council. Kaylee sits on ABP’s Research Committee and is also the ABP representative for Alberta Farm Animal Care.
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.
Emil sits on ABP’s Research Committee and the Alberta Forage Industry Network.
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.
In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Jay sits on ABP’s Issues Management Committee.
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 has previously served as county councillor, and currents sits as chair of the Athabasca Heifer Co-op and vice-chair of the Lac La Biche Ag Society.
In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, George is ABP’s representative to Cows and Fish and an Alberta representative to the Canadian Cattle Association.
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.
Miles Wowk, along with his family, runs a commercial cow/calf operation in the Northeast Zone.
Miles grew up in the beef industry. He participated in 4-H for 10 years, is ABP’s representative to the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, and has served as an Alberta representative with the Canadian Cattle Association for the past six years. He’s currently chair of the Animal Health and Care Committee.
Miles believes that a strong voice will move the beef industry forward, and is constantly striving to develop a sustainable future for the next generation of ranchers.
Northwest Zone comprises those lands that are located within the following areas:
Bernie Doerksen and his family run a cow-calf operation with commercial angus cross cows near La Crete. In addition to his role on the operation, Bernie also works in public bookkeeping and accounting, and keeps busy through local clubs and family commitments like skating, camping, and fishing.
Bernie is ABP’s representative to Ag Safe Alberta.
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.