LMAC HALL OF FAME AWARD

Dear LMAC Members:
The Board of Directors of Livestock Markets Association of Canada has developed a new and exciting recognition program entitled The LMAC Hall of Fame Award.  Our Association would like to recognize a person within the livestock marketing industry whose individual outstanding contribution otime, effort and skill has resulted in improving livestock marketing in Canada.

This prestigious award will be based on the individuals’ achievements and their significant impact on taking livestock marketing in Canada to a higher degree of excellence.  Nominations will be accepted by any one, but the candidate must be an LMAC member or past member.   A completed nomination form must be submitted to Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Box 1923, Virden, Manitoba,  R0M 2C0.  All nomination forms must be submitted by April 15th.

The Hall of Fame Award will be an annual award presented to the successful applicant at LMAC’s annual convention. 

The Board of Directors of Livestock Markets Association of Canada encourages  participation by having at least one nomination per province within Canada.

For further information regarding the program please contact  Rick Wright, at 204 748 7676 or rickwright.lmac@gmail.com Please click on the links below and fill out the forms for the Hall of Fame Award.

 

Nomination Form
Memorial Honour Roll Nomination Information

Hall of Fame Winners

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

 

LMAC Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Fleury :

The Hall of Fame selection committee selected Mike Fleury for the 2016 Hall of Fame award.  It was Fleury’s first time on the nomination ballot. Mike Fleury has been a huge supporter of LMAC for many years and has been very active in the marketing sector.  He has served as the President of the LMAC and of the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan.  He has served on the Board of Directors on both associations. He represented the marketing sector on a number of committees both provincially and nationally.   He has hosted the LMAC convention twice and the Man/Sask Livestock Auctioneering Competition.  Mike has supported many industry events, not only as a sponsor, but also as a participant in the events. He encourages his staff to participate as well.  Mike brought the LMAC Hall of Fame idea to the board and chaired the committee for six years.   He was also one of the main participants in the development of the Livestock Handling Video that was produced by the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan. This training video has become a main component of the employee training programs used by auction markets and transportation companies across Canada.  Mike is a respected auctioneer and cattleman across Canada, and has sold both purebred and commercial cattle sales, as well as a number of horse sales.  He is a past Man/Sask Auctioneering Champion and a finalist at the LMAC National competition. He has been active in the Angus business and has a fondness for Percheron horses.  He has been called on to judge at both provincial and national auctioneering competitions.  He was also selected as the Master of Ceremonies at the 2016 LMAC auctioneering championship in Brussels, Ontario.  

 Mike recently made a huge commitment to the livestock marketing business when he purchased shares in Saskatoon Livestock Sales.  Prior to becoming a partner, he was the manager of SLS, the position that he maintains today.

Mike Fleury is what LMAC is all about. During his time in the livestock business he has built a reputation as an honest businessman with impeccable business ethics. He has developed into a top quality auctioneer.  He has earned the respect of his producers, the buyers on his market, his employees, industry, and government agencies at both the provincial and federal levels.  Some of his key employees have stated that he has been a mentor to them and has helped them develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in their chosen fields. 

He leads by example, and the success of the SLS is a testament to his hard work and business ethics.  His ongoing promotion of the Auction Method of Selling to establish True Price Discovery has benefited the cattle industry and the marketing sector.

If you need help, you can call Mike and his standard answer is “ what would you like me to do?”

2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Rick Wright nominated Mike Fleury for this year’s award.  Wright says, “Mike is a deserving candidate; he is respected by peers and trusted by both the producers and the buyers. His work in promoting the auction industry has been matched by few others.”

Mike and his wife Terri reside in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan.

 

 

 

LMAC HALL OF FAME AWARD

Dear LMAC Members:

The Livestock Markets Association of Canada is asking members to nominate candidates for the LMAC Hall of Fame Award.  Our Association would like to recognize a person within the livestock marketing industry whose individual outstanding contribution of time, effort and skill has resulted in improving livestock marketing in Canada.  The winner will join Ralph Vold, Roy Rutledge, Ken Hurlburt, Jim Wideman, Rick Wright and Larry Witzel in the LMAC Hall of Fame.
This prestigious award will be based on the individuals’ achievements and their significant impact on taking livestock marketing in Canada to a higher degree of excellence.  Nominations will be accepted by any one, but the candidate must be an LMAC member or past member.   A completed nomination form must be submitted to Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Box 1923 Virden, Manitoba, ROM 2C0.  All nomination forms must be submitted by April 1st.
The Hall of Fame Award will be an annual award presented to the successful applicant at LMAC’s annual convention.  This year’s convention will be hosted in Grand Bend, Ont.  May 12-15 2016. The Board of Directors of Livestock Markets Association of Canada encourages participation by having at least one nomination per province within Canada.


For further information regarding the program please contact Rick Wright, Executive Secretary at the LMAC office 204-748-7676 or email rickwright.lmac@gmail.com or Mike Fleury committee chair 306-382-8212.

Thank You
Rick Wright
LMAC Executive Secretary

 

 

The Livestock Markets Association of Canada is pleased to announce that Larry Witzel from Waterloo, Ontario has been selected as the 2015 inductee to the Livestock Marketer’s Hall of Fame. 

Witzel, who has been involved in the LMAC for over 25 years, has been the driving force behind the Ontario Livestock Auction Markets Association for many years.  Rick Wright, who nominated Witzel for this award, stated in his nomination, “In my opinion this award was developed to recognize people like Larry Witzel.”

Witzel was recognized for his work representing both OLAMA and LMAC on many committees tasked with improving the livestock marketing industry on both the provincial and national levels. 
Witzel has been on the LMAC Board of Directors for over 25 years, and served as LMAC president from 2004 to 2006.  He has also been the President of OLAMA for a number of terms throughout his career.  Witzel sits on a number of committees, including the IGAC committee, as well as the Cattle Implementation Committee and Cattle Movement Reporting Committee. 

The following is Larry Witzel’s nomination letter from Rick Wright.

I have known Larry Witzel for 25 years. He started to attend LMAC meetings at that time when he was a salesman at OLEX in Waterloo working under Jim Wideman at the market.  Over the years he has risen through the ranks to become the owner of the business.  During that time he has built a reputation as an honest businessman with impeccable business ethics.  He has earned the respect of his producers, the buyers on his market, his employees, industry, and government agencies at both the Provincial and Federal levels.

Larry has met and survived the challenges of operating a livestock market in an area where he faces scrutiny from the general public and government at every turn.  He has met the issues of animal welfare and humane handling of livestock head on in the real working environment.
His attention to providing top quality service to his customer base is second to none.  His hands on approach to managing his business, has been one of the keys to his success. 

Larry’s ability to see the entire picture and view issues with an open mind has made him a critical member on a number of industry committees.   His common sense approach to discussion and negotiation has earned him the respect of both industry and government colleagues.  This respect allows Larry Witzel to be heard; people listen when Larry talks. This makes him a valuable resource as a representative of LMAC, OLAMA or OLEX.  Committee members often to refer to Larry as the “voice of reason.”

Larry has spent countless days away from his family and business, representing both LMAC and OLAMA at meetings or on committees.  Larry Witzel is the face of the auction market business in Ontario.  His dedication to promoting the livestock marketing business and price discovery is unmatched.

When I need an LMAC representative to help me with an issue, Larry Witzel is the first person I call, and he will always make the time to help.

In my opinion, this award was developed to recognize people like Larry Witzel and I am proud to have served with him over these many years.

Respectfully, Rick Wright

Larry Witzel Bio

 

In the 1970’s, Larry Witzel was hired as a part-time employee of Ontario Livestock Exchange (OLEX) in Waterloo, Ontario. Here, he was responsible for receiving hogs and chasing them to the auction ring. Meanwhile, back on the beef and hog farm where he grew up, he practiced his auctioneering skills behind the barn.

After being given the chance to auction hogs at the market itself, Larry was hired to sell cattle for OLEX and Brussels Livestock. Then, in 1979, Jim Wideman hired him full-time as an auctioneer, sales representative, and assistant with the producer-financing program at OLEX.  Sales grew throughout the following years with the growing use of electronic cattle and hog auctions, and Heartland Livestock satellite sales. The latter particularly increased the movement of western feeders to Ontario.

Twenty-five years later, Jim Wideman left OLEX to pursue a career with the Government of Ontario and the Region of Waterloo’s Council. Larry became the General Manager of OLEX at this time. Two years later, he became the President when he, Ross Shantz, and Bill McComb purchased OLEX and B&M Stockers & Feeders from Mercedes.  Then, in 2007, Ross retired from the livestock business and Bill McComb left the company to operate his own order-buying firm.

Over the years, OLEX has grown to become the largest auction market in Ontario. Today, it markets approximately 150,000 cattle, 100,000 sheep, lambs, and goats, and 2,500 horses per year.  Purebred dairy sales and Dutch-harness horse sales have also been a feature of OLEX sales.

Larry has been heavily involved with market associations throughout his time in the industry. For many years, he has been on the Livestock Market Association of Canada (LMAC) Board of Directors, serving as President between 2002 and 2004.  Along with Rick Wright, he has also been an LMAC Industry Government Advisory Committee (IGAC) representative since IGAC began. This committee has built a good relationship between the federal government and the livestock industry, and these two sectors continue to work together towards the implementation of the National Livestock Traceability System. Additionally, Larry is a member of the Cattle Implementation Plan (CIP) committee that continues to create a plan for animal and premise identification, as well as movement reporting, for the National Traceability System. Provincially, he currently serves as President of the Ontario Auction Markets (OLAMA) and as First Vice President of the Ontario Beef Financial Protection Board. In these roles, he sits on the board that reviews claims for non-payment of cattle in the province.

Larry and his wife Marianne continue to live on the family farm in southwestern Ontario. He has four grown children and five grandsons.

Achievements

  • Is past President of LMAC
  • Has been on the board of Directors for at least twenty years. (2nd longest serving member)
  • Past President of OLAMA
  • Has represented LMAC and OLAMA on a number of industry committees on both a Federal and Provincial level
  • Was one of the LMAC representatives at the Saskatoon Summit
  • Represents LMAC on the IGAC committee
  • Represents LMAC as the eastern representative on the CIP committee
  • Represents LMAC as the eastern representative on the CCIA Enforcement and Compliance committee
  • Was one of the LMAC & Industry representatives selected to travel to Australia to assess their traceability systems and their application in Canada
  • Has hosted the LMAC convention and Auctioneering competition twice
  • On the host committee of the LMAC convention in Ottawa
  • Helped raise sponsorship for the LMAC convention in Quebec City
  • Has supported the LMAC convention every year by attending and sending staff and auctioneers
  • Has worked tirelessly in the promotion of the auction method of price discovery and livestock marketing
  • Has sponsored and attend many industry events across and Canada

A complete list of the 2015 nominees and information about each of them is included in the 2015 Convention Program located on the convention news page on this website. 

 

 

Scott Anderson LMAC, President; Mike Fleury H of F Chairman; Larry Witzel; Rick Wright LMAC Executive Administrator

 

LMAC HALL OF FAME AWARD

Dear LMAC Members:

The Livestock Markets Association of Canada is asking members to nominate candidates for the LMAC Hall of Fame Award.  Our Association would like to recognize a person within the livestock marketing industry whose individual outstanding contribution of time, effort and skill has resulted in improving livestock marketing in Canada.  The winner will join Ralph Vold, Roy Rutledge, Ken Hurlburt, Jim Wideman, Rick Wright and Larry Witzel in the LMAC Hall of Fame.
This prestigious award will be based on the individuals’ achievements and their significant impact on taking livestock marketing in Canada to a higher degree of excellence.  Nominations will be accepted by any one, but the candidate must be an LMAC member or past member.   A completed nomination form must be submitted to Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Box 1923 Virden, Manitoba, ROM 2C0.  All nomination forms must be submitted by April 1st.
The Hall of Fame Award will be an annual award presented to the successful applicant at LMAC’s annual convention.  This year’s convention will be hosted in Grand Bend, Ont.  May 12-15 2016. The Board of Directors of Livestock Markets Association of Canada encourages participation by having at least one nomination per province within Canada.


For further information regarding the program please contact Rick Wright, Executive Secretary at the LMAC office 204-748-7676 or email rickwright.lmac@gmail.com or Mike Fleury committee chair 306-382-8212.

Thank You
Rick Wright
LMAC Executive Secretary

 

 

The Livestock Markets Association of Canada is pleased to announce that Rick Wright from Manitoba has been selected as the 2014 inductee to the Livestock Marketer’s Hall of Fame. 

Wright, whose name is synonymous with the livestock marketing industry in Manitoba, was nominated for this national award by Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association members Brock Taylor from Reston and Scott Anderson of Winnipeg.

Wright was recognised for his work on improving the livestock marketing industry on both the provincial and national levels. 

Wright has been on the LMAC board of directors for over 25 years. He served as LMAC president from 1996 to 1998 In February of this year he was appointed to the position of Executive Secretary for the LMAC and was re-elected as a director-at-large at this year’s annual meeting. 

Wright has been the marketing industry’s representative on the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency for the past eight years. He was the chair of a two- year, $2 million auction mart research project on traceability. He led an industry delegation to Australia to research and to assess the Australian traceability system and its possible use in Canada. He currently chairs the CCIA enforcement and compliance committee that works with CFIA on industry related issues.  Wright sits on a number of committees including the Cattle Implementation Committee, Cattle Movement Reporting Committee, as well as committees that deal with Humane Livestock Handling, Transportation and Market Development. 

He does a number of public presentations each year on livestock marketing, competitive price discovery, livestock production and handling, and future pricing fundamentals.  He also writes a popular column on livestock marketing in the Cattle Country newspaper.

Provincially, Wright has been the driving force behind the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association for nearly 30 years.  He served as President for over 10 years and is currently the Administrator of the Provincial Association.

Mike Fleury, LMAC Hall of Fame chairman from Saskatoon, said, “Wright has dedicated his life to the promotion of the livestock marketing and production industry. He is certainly a deserving inductee.”

 

 

Rick Wright Acceptance Speech 2014

 

LMAC HALL OF FAME AWARD

Dear LMAC Members:
The Livestock Markets Association of Canada is asking members to nominate candidates for the LMAC Hall of Fame Award.  Our Association would like to recognize a person within the livestock marketing industry whose individual outstanding contribution of time, effort and skill has resulted in improving livestock marketing in Canada.  The winner will join Ralph Vold, Roy Rutledge, Ken Hurlburt, Jim Wideman and Rick Wright  in the LMAC Hall of Fame.
This prestigious award will be based on the individuals’ achievements and their significant impact on taking livestock marketing in Canada to a higher degree of excellence.  Nominations will be accepted by any one, but the candidate must be an LMAC member or past member.   A completed nomination form must be submitted to Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Box 1923 Virden, Manitoba, ROM  2C0.  All nomination forms must be submitted by April 1st.
The Hall of Fame Award will be an annual award presented to the successful applicant at LMAC’s annual convention.  This year’s convention will be hosted in Winnipeg May 28-30, 2015. The Board of Directors of Livestock Markets Association of Canada encourages participation by having at least one nomination per province within Canada.
For further information regarding the program please contact Rick Wright, Executive Secretary at the LMAC office 204-748-7676 or email rickwright.lmac@gmail.com or Mike Fleury committee chair 306-382-8212.

Thank You
Rick Wright
LMAC Executive Secretary

 

Jim Wideman

Visionary, Creativity, Leader are all words that describe Jim Wideman.
Status Quo is a word that is not in his vocabulary. He thinks outside of the box and challenges those around him to do the same. When people say Why? He  says  Why Not?

Jim was born in Waterloo County, a productive farming area in the southern tip of Ontario. He grew up on the family farm with seven siblings. His parents taught him the value of hard work and education. Jim’s father served on the local school board and was the chair for many years and it was from his father that Jim first  learned the importance of community service.  Jim attended Bricker Public school, Elmira District Secondary school and then received his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

In 1973 Jim and  two other partners purchased a local livestock auction market known as Waterloo County Stockyards. Several years later they merged with another auction company, Kitchener Stockyards and formed Ontario Livestock Exchange Inc. Jim became the Assistant General Manager and was soon put in charge of the design and construction of a new auction market facility, which opened in April of 1975 and had 6 auction rings operating simultaneously. In 1977 Jim at the age of 37 became President and General Manger a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

 Within a year after opening Jim began designing software to computerize all of the functions of the sale, contracting with a local software company, and after only one year, the Market  went from fully manual to completely computerized in one day, a day that Jim says he would like to forget .

In 1975 he conducted the first video satellite sale of livestock ever held in North America in partnership with Brian and Lee Nielsen from their Market in Clyde Alberta. Under Jim’s leadership, the company continued to expand its video sales and launched a weekly sale of finished cattle by video.

By 1980 Jim was doing a lot of thinking about what the key functions of Auction Markets really were. They receive cattle,  they sort them, and then  present all of the information they can to the buyers; they  disseminate market information and intelligence but the core function is competitive price discovery.  In other words:  exposing producers’ cattle to the largest possible audience of buyers. With this in mind Jim believed that there may be an additional way that Markets could expand their business using new technology.

Along with some  colleagues, Jim  travelled to Texas AM and Virginia Poly Tech University where some early work had been done in Electronic Marketing but had not been successful in commercializing the technology.

 Jim came back from that research trip determined to start designing software for an electronic auction of livestock, but found that persuading his seven  partners was not going to be easy. The partners feared that the company would simply cannibalize existing business. Ever the visionary, Jim was able to convince them that showing leadership and presenting new technology would not only attract new customers to the Electronic Market, but also to the live auction ring. As a result, in  1981, Ontario Livestock Exchange launched the first active Electronic Auction for finished cattle in North America and in 1984 a feeder hog auction was added. .
The results are history:  volumes through the live ring grew along with new volumes on the Electronic Auction.

In 1985 TEAM was launched which was a franchise across Canada of the Electronic Auction system selling finished cattle and feeder cattle. Calgary Stockyards was the first franchise.

 

In 1989 Jim sold a software package to EASE in Scotland and assisted that firm in a successful launch of franchises across the U.K. Jim traveled extensively across the UK and did several week long speaking tours promoting the merits of the Electronic Auction to producers, auction markets, meat processors and super market executives.

In an effort to move into the U.S. market, OLEX purchased a one third interest in National Electronic Marketing Inc.( NEMI), with partners from Texas and Wisconsin. At the time, NEMI  was doing some limited electronic marketing for sheep and hogs . Following the purchase Jim was elected President of NEMI.. After two years OLEX purchased all of the shares of the company and developed a new electronic software package that was PC based and operated it as a service company for Auction Markets who wanted to get into Electronic Marketing. One of its customers used the software in conjunction with satellite video auctions.

AGMEX in South Africa was NEMI’s first customer. AGMEX had sold both livestock and grain and was  developing a market for beef carcasses and cars. Jim spend a month in South Africa and Namibia training Auction Market staff and speaking to producer groups. While there Jim was the keynote speaker at the South Africa Auction Markets and Meat Congress meeting in Durban.

As well, Jim spent three weeks as the guest of the Argentinian Minister of Agriculture and travelled extensively throughout Argentina speaking to producer groups, meat packers and Government representatives.

Jim also travelled to Warnembool, Australia, to be the  keynote speaker at the Australian Auction Markets annual meeting .

 

Jim Wideman has been the creative mind and driving force behind all of these systems, and was the world leader in Electronic and Video Satellite Auctions. He traveled extensively and did marketing presentations in eight Provinces in Canada, sixteen Sates in the U.S., five counties in Europe, South Africa, Namibia, Argentina and Australia.

Jim was a founding member of Livestock Markets Association of Canada and served on its first Board of Directors, including a two-year term as President. Under Jims leadership, LMAC developed the Good Handling of Livestock video and  materials.. Jim  served continuously on the Board until he took on the role of Secretary. His service with LMAC spans more than 45 years.

Jim also represented Canada on Livestock Markets Association (LMA) Kansas City for ten years.

Jim is passionate about the Auction method of selling livestock and other agricultural commodities,  whether it  be through the live or electronic auction ring. He believes that it has proven to be  the market price setter and brings the highest net return for the producer.

Throughout his adult life, Jim followed his fathers example and served his community, starting with five years on Wellesley Township Council. He was then elected as Trustee to the Waterloo Regional School Board and served for six years, one year as board chair. He has served for eight years on the Grand River hospital board, ten years as the Canadian representative on the Board of Governors of Goshen College in Indiana and is in his third year on the Board of Governors of Wilfred Laurier University. Jim is currently in his thirteenth year as a councilor for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo where he serves as Chair of the Planning and Works Committee. Jim has been involved in a wide variety of charitable and church organizations including be a founding Board member of MADD Canada.

Since retirement from the Auction business Jim has stayed involved in the livestock industry in his role as CEO and Program Manger of the Ontario Beef Cattle Financial Protection Program for the last fifteen years. This is a Government /Industry program that licenses all buyers of livestock in Ontario and has an assurance fund that protects sellers of livestock in the Province.

 

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Hall of Fame winner 2011

Ken Hurlburt is one of those people who make a difference - to his family, to his profession and to his country. He is highly skilled at what he does; he has a great affection for people, an engaging sense of humor and an infectious laugh. His diplomatic and marketing skills are exemplary.

Ken was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1928 and grew up in Milk River. No stranger to hard work, he was picking up odd jobs as early as seven years old.     
In the forties, the concept of selling livestock by auction was gaining popularity and the drover’s era was coming to an end. Ken and a partner formed their own cattle buying company, bought an old truck and worked the country, buying one cow at a time.

In 1952 foot and mouth disease struck, and the industry was in crisis. Determined, Ken set his sights on a new career and enrolled in auction school at Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana.
Word of Ken’s talent spread quickly. He sold for Calgary Public StockyardsMondays through Thursdays, for Pincher Creek Community Auctionson Fridays and Medicine Hat and Walsh on Saturdays. He was asked to consult with the St. Boniface, Manitoba Stockyards (in those years, the largest in the British Commonwealth).  They operated six concurrent sales rings and to help turn their rebuilt but struggling auction facilities around, Ken commuted by train from Alberta for two years.

Ken pioneered the concept selling of land by auction in Alberta; over 50 years ago, he sold 26 sections of land near Foremost by auction.

He has sold such prestigious sales as the Royal Winter Fairin Toronto, North America’s Largest Bull Salein Calgary, and the Pacific National Exhibitionin Vancouver where he sold the record high priced Angus bull at $10,000 for E.P. Taylor.

Along with two partners, Ken opened Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd. September 13, 1960.  To quote Ken:  “We were merchandisers and we catered. We did what we had to do to keep business in our sale ring. Inside staff moved outside after sales until the last animal had been safely loaded. Our market was warm, clean and provided an attractive place for producers and buyers to do business...
  
“...we are proud to be associated with you......your principles of honesty, integrity and your dedication to providing the livestock producers of Canada with the best service available are the foundation of our Company...” The Staff - Fort Macleod-Highwood Auction Company

In addition to his busy career, Ken served as Mayor of Fort Macleod, Alberta and as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Lethbridge, Alberta riding.

... Ken Hurlburt has been a cornerstone of the Fort Macleod area, building a solid reputation as a trustworthy livestock producer and a civic minded person devoted to his community...Walter Paszkowski, Former Alberta Minister of Agriculture

Today, Ken is 84, and he and ReNée live in Fort Macleod - the home of the family ranch - where they are joyfully immersed in the activities of their six children, twenty grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.

 

 

 

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Roy's contributions to the Canadian cattle industry and the auction market system span decades. As a visionary entrepreneur who saw the merits of presorted calf sales; as an award winning auctioneer and respected auctioneering judge; as a preferred speaker at provincial and national events; as a prolific columnist and natural teacher; as a rancher and rider; Roy is most deserving of this award.

Named the Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association 1991 Auctioneer Champion, the voice of Roy Rutledge is highly recognizable; as he has been auctioneering for 30 years. A former Saskatchewan Livestock Markets and Order Buyers Association (now LMS) president, Roy has served on the board of Directors of LMAC and is currently a Director of LMS and a Director at Large of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.

Growing up on an Alberta ranch marked the beginning of a career that has made Roy Rutledge a familiar name in the Canadian livestock sector. Inheriting his love of cattle and horses, along with his ranching skills from his father and grandfather, Roy has dedicated his life to the industry. Always an enthusiastic supporter of many community groups to judging at the prestigious Calgary Stampede, Roy has travelled extensively throughout Western Canada in response to countless invitations to speak, teach, judge , auctioneer and advise

Roy's speaking engagements, teachings and columns have consistently had a common thread - the merits of price discovery and the value of the auction system to livestock producers. He is always willing to call or attend a meeting where he could promote the auction marketing industry and contribute in a positive way.

After a stint breaking horses at the famous Matador Ranch in western Saskatchewan, Roy gained experience working at the Cereal Auction Market and later with Terry Schetzsle at the Veteran Auction Market in Alberta. Roy moved to Saskatchewan in 1985 when he and his wife Debbie purchased the Assiniboia Auction Market. Since then, the business has grown into one of the largest, Most service-oriented auction markets in Canada. It was here that Roy's vision for pre-sorted calf sales was implemented; a system that has since been adopted by many other auction markets.

A man of integrity, always eager to help, Roy is most worthy for induction to the LMAC Hall of Fame. Whether he is pursuing a goal through an innovative marketing system or his compelling columns and inspiring speeches, Roy always considers the greater good. Selfless and energetic, Roy is a tribute to the Canadian livestock industry.

 

 

 

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Hall of Fame winner 2011

Visionary, Pioneer, Industry Leader: all three words could be used to describe this year's Hall of Fame winner: Ralph Vold.
Ralph was born Dec.3,1930, the youngest of 4 boys. He was raised in the Ponoka area, and even though his many journeys took him many places, he home has always been Ponoka. He is the 3rd generation of Volds to be involved in the Canadian livestock industry: his grandfather Andrew Vold moved his family to the Ponoka areafrom Oaks, North Dakota in 1896 and was involved in both producing and selling horses and cattle. In 1903 he was killed in an untimely accident, leaving his oldest son, 14-year old Nansen ( Ralphs father) as the man in charge. Nansen continued the family business and added Auctioneer to his skills.

Ralph took his schooling in Red Deer through to Grade 10. Even though the livestock industry was in his blood, he was also a gifted athelete: from 1949-51 Ralph played defense for the Crows Nest Pass Lions of the WHL.

 

 

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Hall of Fame winner 2010