I was lucky enough to be able to attended the Canadian Angus Associations Annual Convention in Lethbridge in southern Alberta from June 14th – 17th. The first day of the conference was spent taking in the sights of the area as the board had a number of meetings. First stop was to Paradise Canyon Golf Course for lunch. The golf course is protected by the rugged hills of the Old Man River and the views from the clubhouse were just amazing! After lunch, we headed to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens which was made as a friendship garden between the Japanese & Canadian people. We were given a guided tour through the garden by a hostess in traditional Japanese clothing and she was able to tell us about the history of the garden and what different parts of the garden mean. What a beautiful place!
Back to the convention and it started with a panel of speakers from processors to cow/calf producers, followed by a keynote speaker from Canada Beef Inc. The afternoon was then spent on a tour of the Lethbridge Research Centre & some local feedlots. There were a number speakers at the research centre talking about their research from pain & pest management to feedlot nutrition. Then we had a look at some feedlots around the area. We were only able to stop at one feedlot and have a look around due to the risk of disease that could potentially be spread. We had a brief tour of Kolk Feeders where they have the capacity to feed 12000 head with approximately 6 truck loads of finished cattle going out each week.
The following day I attended two seminars on breed development & genetics and marketing. Both were very interesting and a good way to see what the Angus breed was up to in both these areas. The convention was finished with a banquet dinner that night where they made presentations and also had 2 fundrasing auctions. I was also given a mention at the banquet, being the only Aussie there, and given a hand made wine holder and bottle of wine! It was a great few days where I was able to do a lot of networking, meet lots of people and talk cattle.