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Kaylee Chizawsky is keen to connect with young people who have questions about raising cows for food — and that’s one of the reasons she’s decided to become involved with ABP.
May 16, 2022 Trailblazers

What We’re Reading | Young and passionate: Why these ranchers are taking a seat at the table

It’s about focusing on things that matter now in order to build a better future, say these young leaders

By Alexis Kienlen, Alberta Farm Express

Young producers are coming to the Alberta Beef Producers’ table — and they’re bringing their ideas and passions with them.

The future starts now — and that’s why these younger producers are taking time from what is a very busy time of their lives to serve with Alberta Beef Producers. Pictured above are Melissa Lemmer and Brodie Haugan and inset (from the left) are Kaylee Chizawsky, Austin Dow, and Melissa Downing.

Kaylee Chizawsky is one of them.

The fourth-generation cattle farmer is one of a number of younger people serving as a delegate or board member for the five-decade-old organization. It’s important that her generation “advocate for our industry,” said the 26-year-old.

“We are going to be the future of beef and will be taking over our family operations,” said Chizawsky, a territory manager for Zoetis who splits her time between Edmonton and her family’s ranch in Vegreville.

“We come with new ideas, and it is our livelihood, so it is our job to protect it and stand behind it. I think it’s important for me to advocate for the industry because I 100 per cent stand behind how we raise our animals.

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‘What We’re Reading’ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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