District Meetings Start Oct. 22 in Ashern

Posted October 19, 2018

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is seeking to fill three positions on its board of directors during its 14 annual fall district meetings which kick off on October 22 in Ashern.

Director elections will be held in odd-numbered districts this year. The three retiring directors are Ramona Blyth, District 5; Larry Gerelus, District 7; and, Ben Fox, District 13.

MBP President Tom Teichroeb encourages interested beef producers to think about running for one of the three director vacancies.

“MBP’s board of directors undertakes a lot of important work on behalf of the province’s beef industry, including the cow/calf, backgrounding and finishing sectors,” Teichroeb says. “It is important that we have strong representation from all these sectors around MBP’s board table to help inform our decision making on behalf of our fellow beef producers. This is especially important as we seek to grow our industry.”

Teichroeb adds that MBP directors not only have the opportunity to represent beef producers’ interests within the province, but also nationally. For example, MBP directors participate on the boards of organizations such as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, and the Beef Cattle Research Council, among others.

“MBP’s board and staff work on a wide range of topics, including business risk management programs, wildlife management, livestock traceability, sustainability initiatives, trade, research, water management and many, many more,” notes Teichroeb. “By working together, we are creating a stronger industry for producers.”

MBP members interested in becoming a director and learning more about the position should contact their local director or the MBP office. Current directors’ contact information can be found at https://www.mbbeef.ca/about-mbp/board-and-staff/ or call 1-800-772-0458.

In addition to the director elections, the meetings will include a look back at MBP’s finances for the past year, as well as review of some of the association’s activities on behalf of members. Other topics, such as pending changes to prescription requirements and the need for producers to have a valid client patient relationship with their veterinarian will also be discussed.

“The district meetings are extremely valuable for MBP, providing us with direct input and ideas from farmers and ranchers about matters affecting their operations,” MBP General Manager Brian Lemon said. “We strongly urge producers to attend the meetings and to have their say in the future of MBP. I look forward to hearing from and speaking with all those in attendance.”

All meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a free beef on a bun supper. For more information, contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.