YCC represents Canadian beef cattle enthusiasts aged 18-35. The board is comprised of 6 provincial delegates and 3 elected directors at large.
Shane was raised on a commercial cow/calf operation in central Saskatchewan, where his grandparents currently run 500 Black Angus-cross pairs. Since an early age, Shane had the pleasure of working alongside his grandfather both in and out of the beef industry. The family farm size requires growing and processing their own hay, cereal crops and silage that maintains their cattle operation and backgrounding feedlot throughout the winter. Following high school, Shane went on to post secondary education at Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB, studying Livestock Production and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, were he studied Ag Business. After graduation, Shane became employed at the U of S Beef Research and Teaching Unit as an Animal Technician.
Julien ColletteVice President/Atlantic delegate
Julien’s family has farmed beef cattle for close to 40 years at Sainte Marie, New Brunswick. He was born and raised on a farm so it’s no surprise that aside from being a full-time truck engine technician for CAT, farming is an active part of his life. He operates his own sustainable beef operation alongside his dad, and combined they run a cow-calf operation of about 200 head. He is an active member of the industry, as a member of several local organizations. Julien is not in this adventure alone though! His wife and three small boys are hands on, too, and have recently added a small flock of sheep that keep things interesting in the spring. His passion for this lifestyle has definitely shown through with the goals he has set for his farm, known as Rush Cove Farms. He continually strives to improve and seek out new innovative ways to become more efficient and sustainable.
Brett McRaePast President / Manitoba delegate
Brett McRae is a fifth generation cattle producer from Brandon, Manitoba. Along with his family, he owns and operates Mar Mac Farms where they currently calve 200 head of purebred Angus and Simmental cows, as well as farming 1,000 acres of grain and oilseeds.
Brett graduated from Lakeland College with an agri-business diploma, after which he worked in the oil field and in the feed industry before moving to the farm full time. In 2014, he entered the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program, mentored by Steve Kenyon of Greener Pastures Ranch, Busby, Alberta. Brett has since completed the Ranching for Profit, Year Round Grazing Systems, Bud Williams Marketing and Stockmanship, and Holistic Management courses. Today Brett has a small, but growing, purebred herd and manages 640 acres of pasture and crop land. He also runs a custom A.I. business and offers custom bull clipping.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Laura BodellMember at Large
Laura’s love for the cattle industry led her to create a business that would keep her connected through the times when running her own herd wasn’t an option. Laura graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science, became the Director of Communications for the North American Limousin Foundation. Following that experience was a move to Ontario, working with Top Meadow Farms and Top Meadow Meats. She now owns Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc., which works with agricultural and rural businesses to help them build success with effective advertising strategies.
Kolton KasurAlberta delegate
Kolton Kasur was raised on a purebred Angus operation near Bashaw, Alberta. After working various jobs in different industries he realized cattle were his passion and in 2009 he bought his first group of heifers from his father. He continued to work off the farm until 2014 when he and his now-wife began building their ranch in the Bashaw area. They currently run 50 head of purebred Simmental and Angus cows and sell 2-year-old bulls in a sale with his parents, while continuing to expand. In the fall and spring sale seasons, Kolton also works throughout Alberta as a livestock insurance agent. In 2015, Kolton was elected as a zone delegate for Alberta Beef Producers, which is where he was first introduced to the Young Cattlemen’s Council. “I really enjoy connecting with other producers and operations, I believe there is no better way of expanding your knowledge then conversing with other people with first hand experience.”