By Kim Hutchison
There are more than 35,000 beef cattle producers in this province and they have one organization that represents their collective interests — the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP). From family ranches and farms passed down through generations, to new, state-of-the-art feeding and breeding operations, as stated, the ABP which is run by producers for producers, it is dedicated to maintaining a truly sustainable, competitive industry. For three days, producers, industry and government representatives and ABP delegates discussed issues impacting the province’s cattle industry at their Annual General Meeting held in Calgary from Dec. 8 to 10. There were guest speakers, and resolution debates with regards to the recent economic downturn, followed by elections. A new executive and board of directors were elected during this time. Rick Burton (Claresholm) is the new Chairman of the Board, Kevin Boon (Tomahawk) is Vice Chairman and Doug Sawyer (Pine Lake) is Finance Chair. The 2008/2009 Board of Directors consists of Gerald Maser (Manyberries), Brent Carey (Stavely), Brian Edge (Cochrane), Frank Murphy (Altario), Doug Sawyer (Pine Lake)Ponoka’s Greg Bowie, Rob Sommerville (Endiang), Roy Eckert (New Sarepta), Darcy Eddleston (McLaughlin), Darryl Carlson (Pincher Creek), Brian Chomlak (Beauvallon), Larry Delvin (Calgary), Kevin Boon (Tomahawk), Ben Schrader (Jarvie), Janys Boyte (Elmworth), Chuck MacLean (Medicine Hat), Stuart Thiessen (Strathmore) and Erik Butters (Cochrane).