Kevin France, Sustainable Resource Development, Stocking Your Pasture: Understanding your forage resource
Kevin ran yearlings in BC’s interior until the onset of BSE, Kevin brings a practical understanding of the business of ranching to his current work with producers of ensuring and promoting rangeland health in Alberta.
Contact Information: (403)-370-1853, 203-123 24th Avenue SW Calgary AB T2S 0J8 email@example.com
Kim Nielson, Agricultural Fieldman, Clearwater County, Pasture Weed Control
As of 2007, Kim Nielsen marked 20+ years at Clearwater County (formerly the Municipal District of Clearwater #99 as Agricultural Fieldman and Manager of Agricultural Services. Kim now has two grown children who love to come home to the Four Clover Ranch he and Pernille started in 1992. They have a successful cow/calf operation a few miles southeast of Rocky Mountain House. Clearwater County ASB is well known in the province for unorthodox thinking and programming but it works. This includes the concept of direct seeding promoted by having a demonstration drill available to ratepayers.
Michelle Stewart, Wheatland County, Rocky Ridge Land & Cattle
Patrick Ramsey, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Branded Beef Marketing Opportunities
Pat has worked with Alberta Agriculture for 28 years; he trained as a District Agriculturist in Peace River, worked as a District Agriculturist in Wetaskiwin, as a Regional Livestock Specialist in Vermilion, as Beef Specialist-Cow/Calf, Beef Specialist-New Technologies, and now Opportunity Analyst in High River.
Pat has written numerous extension articles and delivered numerous technology transfer programs on various beef herd management and marketing topics including; ‘Choices for Consumers-Differentiated Marketing for Sustainable Profitability’, at Olds College in March 2007, and ‘Branded Beef Marketing Opportunities workshops in Calgary in September 2007, and at Olds College in March 2008.
Pat currently works with research scientists, educators, industry partners and producer associations to assess new ideas and determine if they have a shot at commercialization in Alberta, and to scope them out and help build a business case for them. Pat leads a project on ‘Coordination of branding strategies to compete’, focused on helping the industry differentiate it’s product set by focusing on demand expanding programs such as organic, natural, lean and local story beef. He has led opportunity assessments of; Younger, Lighter, Leaner Beef, Omega-3 Enhanced Meat Products, and Rendering Industry-Needs and Opportunities.