In-Lieu of Ranching Opportunities and Ladies livestock Lessons

2021

February 2nd & 4th

 The Red-Bow Ranching Conference 

Ranching for a New Era

2021 Red-Bow

Ranching Conference

We have decided to host our annual events, Ranching Opportunities and Ladies Livestock Lessons a little differently this year by combining them on a virtual platform. We hope that you will join us on-line and that we will be back together in-person for 2022!

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Speaker Information

This information is also available in the agenda package.

Cow-Calf Outbreak Investigations – When Minerals Go Bad!

Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky 

was born and raised in southern Ohio where she was actively involved in her family’s commercial cow-calf operation and 4-H. Dr. Elizabeth’s interest in beef production led her to Ohio State where she completed a BScAg in 2008 and was honored as an All American for Intercollegiate Livestock Judging. She went on to earn a DVM at Ohio State in 2012 and spent one year in beef cattle practice in western Iowa before attending graduate school at the University of Calgary. During the three-year program, Dr. Elizabeth completed a MSc degree and Clinical Residency in beef production medicine and was inducted into the Canadian Cattlemen’s Young Leader program. She completed several rotations for her residency at VAHS and officially joined the team in 2016. In 2019, Dr. Elizabeth was awarded Food Animal Educator of the Year by WVC, named AABP's Emerging Leader, and became a partner at VAHS. Dr. Elizabeth is also a board-certified specialist in beef cattle practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and has a strong interest in cow-calf and feedlot production medicine and consulting, as well as, applied research. Dr. Elizabeth also ranches west of Crossfield and runs a herd of commercial Red Simm-Angus and purebred Red Simmental cattle.

Agenda & Registration

Conference Agenda Package

 

February 2nd (1:00pm to 3:30pm)

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Cow-Calf Outbreak Investigations – When Minerals Go Bad!

Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, Veterinary Agri-Health Services  

 

20 Years of Riparian Management Solutions

Ken Lewis, Red Deer County ALUS Coordinator 

Kelsey Spicer-Rawe, Cows & Fish Riparian Specialist

Stephen Smith, Speedwell Farms

 

February 4th (1:00pm to 3:30pm)

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Smart Ranch Innovations

Sean Thompson, Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production 

Orphan Wells on Your Ranch

Lars DePauw, Orphan Well Association

Direct Marketing Producer Panel

Ben Campbell, Grazed Right 

Lorin Doerksen, Gemstone Cattle Company 

Contact Information

Fallon Sherlock

Land Care Coordinator, Kneehill County

Ph: 403-443-5541

email

20 Years of Riparian Management Solutions

This presentation will highlight lessons learned from 20 years of riparian management work in Alberta from an ENGO (environmental non-government organization), municipal facilitator and landowner/rancher perspective.  Shifts in both the understanding of riparian areas and their ecology, as well as solutions to manage these dynamic areas of the landscape will be covered.

Ken Lewis, Red Deer County

Ken grew up on a small farm in western Mountain View County.  Ken has worked with farmers and ranchers on environmental stewardship programs since 1997, first in BC’s Fraser Valley, and then in Central Alberta.  He’s been working for Red Deer County since 2007.  He looks after the County’s ALUS Program and Green Acreages Program and is an Environmental Farm Plan technician.  Ken and his family live in Red Deer.  According to his wife, Ken spends far too much of his spare time riding his mountain bike, road bike, and fat bike.

Kelsey Spicer-Rawe, Cows and Fish

Kelsey is a Riparian Specialist with the Alberta non-profit organization Cows and Fish.  Initially hired to help expand the Cows and Fish program into northern and central Alberta, Kelsey has been working with the organization since 2000.  In her role as a Riparian Specialist, Kelsey works with community-based groups, landowners and municipalities to improve their understanding and management of riparian areas in Alberta.  Originally from the Peace Country in British Columbia, Kelsey now calls herself an Albertan after living and working in the province for over 20 years.  Kelsey’s first permanent roots in the province were with her husband on their ranching operation in east central Alberta near the town of Strome.   Since 2004, Kelsey and her husband have been putting down some urban roots and are living in the Calgary area.

Stephen Smith

Raising his family with wife Helena, Stephen is a fourth generation farmer in central Alberta. The 1800 acre mixed farm is a combination of small crop fields intermixed with tame and native pastures in the rolling hills east of Pine Lake. The hills, coulees, streams, lakes and many sloughs have made for many challenges in balancing production, animal health, the health of the range and the health of the riparian areas.  

Direct Marketing Producer Panel

Ben Campbell, Grazed Right Grass Fed Beef

Ben Campbell started his own direct marking company in 2013 as an entry into ranching. His business now direct markets beef, pork, chicken and eggs and has a commodity cattle herd. Ben was an engineer working on mega projects in the oil sands and quit his career to try his hand at ranching. It was a steep learning curve with lots of speed bumps but has worked out well in the end and Ben has been able to be a full-time rancher since 2015.

Lorin Doerksen, Gemstone Grass Fed Beef

Lorin Doerksen and his wife Katie farm and ranch in Gem, AB together with his brother, dad and uncle. Their activities include growing a variety of crops on irrigated land, feeding cattle, and operating Gemstone Cattle Company which specializes in forage developed commercial and purebred Hereford and Angus cattle. An interest in regenerative agriculture and a desire to see the potential of their genetics led them to pursue grass finishing. In 2018 they started Gemstone Grass Fed Beef with the goal of marketing beef cuts to Alberta customers. The company has evolved to include several sales channels including grocery stores, restaurants, delis and an online store. Lorin's time is split between daily farm work and managing all aspects of the beef company.

Smart Ranch Innovations

The presentation will focus on both research projects and demonstrations conducted by Olds College which specifically investigated technological innovations applied to livestock production. These examples will primarily relate to technologies and management practices demonstrated in a remote pasture setting during the 2020 grazing season at the college’s “Pitstra Pasture” located southwest of Carstairs. Examples of technologies discussed include an autonomous pasture weigh scale, cow activity tags, fence line energizer monitors, water level sensors, and drone imagery for predicting biomass.

Sean Thompson, Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production

Sean Thompson is the Manager of the Technology Access Center for Livestock Production (TACLP). In his current role, Sean provides oversight to the TACLP, with emphasis on technical advisory, project management and maintaining client relationships. Sean has an extensive background in beef cattle management, nutrition and genetics. Further, he has over 6 years’ experience managing research projects at post-secondary institutions. Sean holds an MSc in beef cattle nutrition from the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining Olds College, Sean served as Feed Industry Liaison at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a livestock extension specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.

The TACLP offers resources and services required to move the livestock industries technology needs forward, focusing specifically on issues related to production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability. These issues are addressed by giving livestock producers, technology developers, and SMEs access to expertise, facilities, testing services, training, and emerging smart agriculture technologies. To facilitate and accelerate the Canadian livestock industry’s adoption of new technology, The TACLP provides field-testing and improvement of emerging technologies in farm-like conditions, assisting companies with the testing of feed, genetics, and precision livestock farming technology.