Amy Mayner has spent the last eight months gaining insight into Canada’s beef industry as a participant of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program.
Mayner, who grew up in Bluffton, was one of 16 young people selected to participate in the program that provides a mentorship to participants as well as allowing them the opportunity to attend a variety of related events.
The program, available for producers between the ages of 18 and 35 years, also gives the young people an opportunity to participate in provincial, national and international discussions that define the direction and future of the Canadian cattle and beef industry.
“I would highly recommend this program to any young producer with an interest in becoming increasingly involved in the beef industry,” said Mayner.
During the eight-month program, Mayner won a trip to attend the International Livestock Congress in Denver, Colo., a conference held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.
She also participated in several tours including a visit to the Colorado State University, the Canadian Consulate, and an Angus operation.
The experience was rewarding and interesting, Mayner said.
“While the formal part of the mentorship has ended, I look forward to continuing to attend different events and learning from the people involved with the CYL program. It has been an incredible experience to be able to learn, firsthand, from the leaders of the beef industry. Participating in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program has made me realize the importance of youth in agriculture and I am excited to be a part of an industry with such a promising future.”
The graduation ceremonies for graduates from the CYL program was held in conjunction with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s annual general meeting in Ottawa, Ont.
Mayner graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture, majoring in animal science. She is currently a cattle buyer trainee for Cargill Meat Solutions in High River.