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Board of Directors 2009-2010 

Executive Committee

Dwane Morvik, Chairman
Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board
Phone: 306-295-3801

 
Dwane and his wife Jaime graze Targhee sheep and Angus cattle in the Frenchman River valley near Eastend, SK. They have a 21-year-old son, Matthew, in the Alberta oil fields and a 16-year-old daughter, Emily, still at home. Their ranch, Jondaryan Station, was named after an old Australian sheep station in Queensland and has been in operation since 1984.

 “The CSF’s greatest value is supporting sheep producers from different provinces as they work together towards common goals that better the whole industry,” he says. Dwane would like to see a change in government policy by many towards predation as this is a serious impediment towards growing the sheep industry in Canada. This challenge amongst others such as pharmaceuticals, C.Ovis, scrapie and RFID traceability makes the time spent worthwhile when we consider the growing demand and steady prices in the sheep business as compared to beef and pork.

Dwane is in his final term as a director on the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board representing sheep producers from the wide open spaces of southwest Saskatchewan.


Andrew Gordanier, Vice-Chairman
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
Phone: 519-925-6502


Andrew grew up on a cow-calf operation and ventured into sheep along with his parents in 2004. Their flock of 250 commercial Rideaus is growing; they also raise 30 purebred Ile de France sheep. Andrew lives in Shelburne, ON with his wife and two children (9 and 11) who keep them busy at the rink, where his son plays hockey and
his daughter figure skates.




 

Andre Trepanier
Federation des producteurs d’Agneaux et moutons du Quebec
Phone/Fax: 450-293-6305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Norine Moore
Alberta Lamb Producers
Phone: 403-549-2464
Fax: 403-549-2465

Norine grew up on a mixed grain and cattle operation near Edmonton. She operates Second Chance Livestock Company with her husband in Stavely, AB – 75 miles straight south of Calgary. Together they run 300 ewes (registered Suffolks, Hampshires, North Country Cheviots and Rambouillets), 100 purebred Black Angus cattle, 50 boarxnubian goats, and a few llamas and donkeys. They also grow grass and hay. 

Norine got involved with the CSF because she would like to make a difference. She believes the organization’s greatest value is speaking with a united voice for all provinces in addressing issues at the national level. “I would like to participate in moving the board forward to become a more cohesive working unit to represent all provinces, while remaining mindful of the capabilities and limitations of each provincial member,” she says. 



 Board Members

Barbara Johnstone Grimmer
BC Sheep Federation
Phone: 250-629-3817
Fax: 250-629-6398


Barbara grew up on small farm, and now raises sheep and beef on her Fir Hill Farm. Along with her husband Glenn, the pair has been farming on Peder Island, BC for 13 years.

Barbara feels the CSF’s greatest strength is to unify the sheep sector, and provide a voice and representation. She hopes to work with other livestock groups (such as beef and swine) who are having a difficult time because of trade rules and because input prices and commodity prices are out of sync. “These groups are looking at a national label to help drive a premium product marketing plan,” she says. “Maybe we can work with them on a “home grown” cross-commodity marketing plan.”

Barbara also keeps busy leading 4-H clubs, helping her husband with his business, and writing farm articles for a community newspaper.


Phil Kolodychuk
Alberta Lamb Producers
Phone: 780-835-2112
Fax: 780-835-2181

Phil farms with his wife and children in Bluesky, Alberta, located in the northern part of the province. They’ve raised lambs for the past 10 years.

Phil, who also serves as a Director forthe Alberta Lamb Producers, believes the CSF’s greatest value is working for all sheep producers in Canada. “I got involved to better my knowledge of the national sheep industry,” he says. Phil hopes to influence other producers to keep involved in their industry.

Phil also keeps busy working off the farm.


Trent Larson
Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board
Phone: 306-726-2926

Trent and his wife Sandy raise Romanov/Dorset cross ewes in an accelerated lambing program using Texel and Canadian Arcott as terminal sires. The pair have been farming since 2002. Their operation – Valley Edge Ranch – is located in Southey, SK, which is a 30-minute drive north of Regina.

“The CSF’s greatest value is the knowledge and advancements that can be gained through communication and cooperation with farmers across the country,” he says. “The issue of greatest interest to me is the RFID tagging system including on-farm safety. I would also like to see our government allowing access to vaccines and medications that are currently sold in countries we import sheep from but are not accessible here in Canada.”

In addition to farming, Trent does construction/renovation work in the community. He and Sandy have three children under the age of 7, which keep them very busy as well. 



Richard Zubot
Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board
Phone: 306-682-3252

Fax: 306-682-2744

Richard brings three decades of farming experience to the CSF board. Zubot Farms Ltd is located southeast of Burr, SK near Humboldt. Alongside his wife Carol and sons Tyler and Brett, Richard raises Purebred Canadian Arcott, Rideau Arcott, and Ile de France sheep as well as commercial. Their total flock size is 350 ewes. The family also grows hay and custom feeds hogs.

Richard believes the CSF’s greatest value is having a national voice for all the sheep producers in Canada. “I got involved because I think it’s important to know what is going on in the industry, not just provincially but nationally as well,” he says. “With a limited number of markets for our lambs, I think it’s very important to produce a uniform product.”

The family also owns and operates Zubot Welding and Manufacturing, building sheep feeding and handling equipment for other producers. In their free time, the Zubots enjoy camping, boating and hunting.


Lucien Lesage
Manitoba Sheep Association
Phone: 204-744-2858
Fax: 204-744-2475


 

 

 

 


Dennis Fischer

Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

Phone: 519-363-3819

Fax: 519-363-3118

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Mark Lenover
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
Phone: 705-563-2966


Mark brings a wealth of sheep farming experience to the board. He operates Maybrook Farms in Thornloe, ON (the northeastern part of Ontario in the District of Temiskaming) alongside his wife Camille. They’ve had sheep at this location for 34 years, and presently have a flock of more than 500 ewes. Mark also keeps busy sitting on town council and with his role as Fire Chief for the township.

Mark feels the greatest value of the CSF is having a national voice for all sheep producers.


 

Beth Barczyk
Sheep Producers Association of New Brunswick
Phone: 506-536-1177
Fax: 506-364-1606


Beth farms with her husband Arnd and their children Mackenzie (21), Conrad (14), and Madison (12) in Sackville, NB. Barczyk Farm, a 12-year-old operation located 60 kilometres from Moncton, includes 450 ewes and 80 acres of wild blueberries.

2009 marks Beth’s fifth year as a Board Member representing New Brunswick. She got involved with the CSF because she believes that a national organization gets its strength in numbers, and coming from a province with small sheep numbers, access to information is a huge benefit. According to Beth, the CSF’s greatest value is that it represents all sheep/lamb producers. “It is very easy to think of only ones self and to not realize the bigger picture,” she says. “The CSF has the ability, through its board, to hear many sides.” Beth hopes to influence industry unity during her time on the Board. “On a national level, as a small commodity, it is extremely important that we continue to act as one voice,” she says.

In addition to her role with the CSF, Beth is President of the New Brunswick Sheep Breeders Association, a member of the infrastructure task group advising New Brunswick’s Minister of Agriculture and the Chignecto Soils and Crop Association. Off the farm, she is involved with the Parent School Support Committee at a local high school and a volunteer at a middle school. Her kids also keep her busy with hockey, basketball and choir activities.


Daniel Dion
Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association
Phone: 418.856.1200 Ext. 1
Fax: 418-856-6247

Daniel farmed from 2000 to 2007, running an operation with 200 ewes. He participates on the CSF Board to be involved with the main organization leading the sheep industry. Daniel believes the organization’s greatest value is a unified voice for representation of all the Canadian sheep industry. During his time on the Board he hopes to influence farm productivity.



 

 

Ward Harden
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers

Ward and his wife Marilyn raise Columbia Targhee cross sheep south of Fir Mountain, SK, bordering the Grasslands National Park East Block. They have been in the sheep business for 20+ years and are breeding 1,000 ewes for the spring.  Their three grown sons, Ben, Dale and Michael, have all been involved in the operation, but are now out on their own.

Ward is a director with the CCWG and until he became involved with the CSF, he didn't realize that the CSF is where change can be made for the sheep industry. “The greatest value for the CSF is being a liaison between the sheep producers and the government,” he says. “Since we make our whole living with the sheep, I feel I am a qualified person to represent the producers. I see a lot of room for expansion in the sheep industry and would like to see sustainable growth. I would like to have new producers join in and see positive factors, such as predator control and profitable prices, so they stay in this industry for more than five years.”
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