From the Alberta Holstein Board:
With the passing of one of our industry greats, Don Wright, this past week we have decided to push back the time for the AGM on Thursday February 13th to give our members the opportunity to attend the funeral for Don as well as the meeting.
The funeral for Don will be held at 11 AM at the Zion Community Church in Didsbury and the AGM has been pushed back from 10 AM to 3:30 PM at the Best Western Denham Inn in Leduc. Tours have been CANCELLED for the day. Our sympathies to the Don’s family, he was well loved and will be missed.
Donald Edward Wright
June 30, 1944 – February 4, 2020
It is a with great sadness we announce the passing of our caring husband and Father Donald E Wright. Surrounded by love and family Don left us on Feb 4, 2020 after his battle with cancer joining an astute group of cow people.
In 1968 Don married the love of his life, Carol Wright (nee McNiven) and working together they took over the Wright family farm (Wrighthome) in 1971 and established their own prefix Wrightside Holsteins. For over 25 years they worked side by side running Wrightside Holsteins. During this time children Lexi, Ella and Casey entered the picture and became his pride as they became competitive 4-H’ers sharing his passion for cows and farming. This homebred herd was well known in Western Canada for their deep pedigrees and had numerous successes in the show ring. Some of these accomplishments included winning All-Western Breeders herd 6 times and 12 Premier Breeder banners at a variety of shows across the prairies with several Grand Champions over the years.
After selling the herd in 1993 Don started the Alberta Dairy Connection Sales service and for many years ran monthly dairy sales out of Lacombe as well as a couple of elite sales and herd dispersals throughout the year. Doing what he loves most in a true wheeler and dealer fashion Don was constantly helping to sell boots, supplies, advertising and subscriptions to the family run magazine and show supplies business Cowsmopolitan and continued to sell cows and quota right up until this past year.
Don will be remembered for his passion for cows, sales ability, socializing with friends, along with his love and admiration for his wife, children and grand children.
We would like to thank Dr. Vervaek and the nursing staff at the Didsbury hospital as well as all our close friends and family, near and far, for all the support in the past few months. A special mention to the friends and family that reached out or visited often it meant the world to Don and his family.
Don is survived by his wife Carol, daughters Lexi (Jamie), Ella (Sheldon), son Casey (Lory), Peter & Rebekah Mathers and grand children, Oliver, Brynn, Charlie, Archie, Brandon, Morgan and Taylor, extended family Linda (Cliff) Todd, Patty (George) Weigel, Dorothy (Jerry) Bischke, Marg Pearse, Gale Parchoma, Mike (Denine) Lucas, Brenda (Don) Prestie, Bob (Fran) Wright, and numerous, cousins, nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Francis and Helen Wright, sister, Betty Lucas and granddaughter Fay Wright.
We welcome you to celebrate Don’s life on Thursday February 13, 2020 at 11am at the Zion Community Church, Didsbury, Alberta. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wright Youth Scholarship Fund.
Schedule of events for the National Holstein Convention, April 15-18, 2020, Saskatoon & Regina, SK.
April 15- Welcome Reception (Saskatoon)
April 16- Farm tours from Saskatoon to Regina
April 16- Tag Sale/Junior Show/ Jersey Show/ Holstein Heifer Show (Regina)
April 17- Holstein Cow Show/ Taste of Sask Tailgate Party
April 18- AGM/ Master Breeder Banquet
A big thanks to the breeders that have made yet another great Alberta Holstein Association Calendar for everyone to enjoy throughout 2020!
Innislake Dairy Farm,
Lucky Hill Dairy LTD,
Lakeland College Canada,
Diamond Park Dairy Ltd.,
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Congratulations to Andrew Vander Muelen, the 2019 recipient of the Curtis Clark Achievement Award.
(Full Write-up) Clark Press Release 2019 Winner – Andrew Vander Meulen
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Vander Meulen Wins Curtis Clark Achievement Award
Highly regarded Jersey dairy cattle breeder, Andrew Vander Meulen, 49, of Avonlea Genetics Inc., Brighton, Ontario, won this year’s Curtis Clark Achievement Award at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ont., on November 8th.
Andrew Vander Meulen and his wife Jennifer, along with their children, Taylor and Will, and Jen’s parents, Jim and Liz Livock, manage Avonlea Genetics, a fourth generation family farm which has earned two Master Breeder awards. The Avonlea herd revolves around balanced, productive animals from deep-pedigreed cow families and currently consists of 20 Excellent, 33 Very Good and four Good Plus cows. The herd has earned over 300 All-Canadian nominations, resulting in 55 All-Canadian and 42 Reserve All-Canadian awards, and has exhibited grand champion cows at both the Royal Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo. The farm also boards and shows cattle for breeders and partners from five different countries. Avonlea has exported embryos to over 30 foreign countries and sells many animals privately and through consignment sales each year. Andrew and Jen also have a successful sales management business and have managed some of the highest averaging Jersey sales in North America, including their own Summer Splash series. An accomplished judge, Andrew has judged National Jersey Shows in five different countries. He has also served on numerous breed and industry committees and is a past president of Jersey Canada.
Vander Meulen is the 33rd recipient of the Clark award which recognizes a Canadian dairy cattle exhibitor who is respected by his peers for his ability, sportsmanship and dedication. The Alberta Holstein Branch established this award in 1988 to honour the late Curtis Clark of Acme Holsteins, a noted Alberta Holstein breeder, cowman and showman.
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