Oungre-area farmer Kelly Ashworth is the new president of the Canadian Simmental Association.
Ashworth was elected president during the national organization's annual general meeting at Elkhorn, Manitoba, last month. He said it's a one-year term, with a chance to be elected for additional terms, although most people typically spend two years as president.
He'll have to chair board meetings, and correspond with the organization's general manager on any issues that arise. It's unlikely that Ashworth will have to do any lobbying.
“We have good contacts, and our general manager is actually on pretty good terms with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz,” said Ashworth. “So we're fortunate to have a pretty good relationship there.”
The organization has a strong board, he said.
“There's representation from all across Canada,” he said. “There are different people from different areas, and the cattle business is different in some areas than others.”
It's good to have a cross-section of Simmental breeders on the board, he said.
Ashworth was also re-elected to a second three-year term as a national board member during the annual meeting. Among those also on the board is Lee McMillen of Carievale, who is in his first term on the board.
The Ashworth family has about 300 head of Simmental cattle on their farm in the Oungre area. They have won awards for their cattle, and earlier this year, they were named the Estevan Farm Family of the Year Award recipients.