Tlell veterinarian Don Richardson is set to become the next president of the Canadian Hereford Association when the group holds its annual general meeting this June in Brandon, Manitoba.
Dr. Richardson is currently the vice-president of the association, which represents about 2,000 Hereford breeders across the country. He’s been a member since 1982.
Hereford cattle – a hardy, docile breed with reddish-brown coats and white faces – are raised around the world. In the past they’ve been the most popular breed in Canada, Dr. Richardson said, but in the last 10 years Angus cattle have gained in popularity and there are now more Angus breeders.
Canada has become the third-largest exporter of beef in the world, Dr. Richardson said, with producers selling about half the beef raised in Canada to other countries.
“There’s probably no other industry in agriculture more independent than the beef industry,” he said, explaining that it has no marketing boards and receives no subsidies.
Canada’s success on the world cattle stage is partly due to the huge amount of forage land here – land which isn’t rich enough to grow crops but can be used to graze animals, Dr. Richardson said.
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