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        14 BC HOLSTEIN NEWS a FALL 2020
BC Branch News PRESIDENT’S REPORT
  BC Branch Holstein
Association of Canada
Directors for 2020
President
Angela Hamming
6905 68 Street, Delta, BC V4K 4E2 • Ph: 604-818-7113
• Email: pahamming@dccnet.com
Vice President
Carl Barclay (LFV)
12420 Blackstock Street,
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5N6
• Ph: 778-875-3709
• Email: carlbarclay@hotmail.com
BC Branch Secretary/Treasurer
Joan Wikkerink
847 Garnett Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3 • Ph: 250-743-8690 Fax: 250-743-8691
• Email: bcbranch@telus.net
National Director
Ben Cuthbert
13750 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6 • Ph/Fax: 250-245-3299
• Email:b.cuthbert@telus.net
Directors:
VANCOUVER ISLAND
Ridley Wikkerink
3920 Lefran Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4 • Ph: 2250-920-9347 Fax: 250-743-9700
• Email: rwikkerink@shaw.ca
Thomas Cuthbert
13750 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6
• Ph: 250-618-5551 Fax: 250-245-3299
• Email: canadarocksathockey@hotmail.com
Luke Van Huizen
4440 Koksilah Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6N2
• Email: luke_rockycrestholsteins@hotmail.com
NORTH OKANAGAN
Brian Hamming
9344 Hwy 97N, Vernon, BC V1H 1W9
• Ph: 250-545-0865 Fax: 250-545-7565 • Email: bandjhamming@shaw.ca
Sydney Fox
5179 Pringle Road, Westwold, BC V0E 3B1 • Ph: 778-220-2518
• Email:sydney.fox494@gmail.com
FRASER VALLEY
Angela Hamming (R/D)
6905 68 Street, Delta, BC V4K 4E2 • Ph: 604-818-7113
• Email: pahamming@dccnet.com
Carl Barclay (LFV)
12420 Blackstock Street,
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5N6
• Ph: 778-875-3709
• Email: carlbarclay@hotmail.com
Lexi DeJong (CFV)
33775 Aish Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V4X 3R2 • Email: lexidejong09@gmail.com
Greg Hessels (R/D)
4844 – 112th Street, Delta, BC V4K 3N3 • Ph: 778-991-0840
• Email: hesgenholsteins@gmail.com
HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Box 610, Brantford, ON N3T 5R4
Ph: 519-756-8300 Fax: 519-756-5878
or 519-756-3502 (Performance Records)
HOLSTEIN CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2020
VANCOUVER ISLAND HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Pete VandenDungen, Duncan
Ph: 250-701-1468
Secretary:
Cindy Wikkerink, Cobble Hill
Ph: 250-743-2430 Fax: 250-743-6822
RICHMOND-DELTA HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Alan Hessels, Delta
Ph: 604-501-1487 Fax: 604-590-2437 Secretary:
Celine Hessels, Delta
Ph: 604-501-1487 Fax: 604-590-2437
LOWER FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Kevin Antonsen, Aldergrove
Ph/ Fax: 604-856-6650
Secretary:
Carl Barclay, Maple Ridge Ph: 778-875-3709
CENTRAL FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Kelwyn Hoeppner, Abbotsford
Ph: 604-217-5996
Secretary:
Amanda Luymes, Abbotsford Ph: 778-549-0563
UPPER FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
TBA
Secretary:
Ashley Vander Kooi, Chilliwack Ph: 604-792-8400
NORTH OKANAGAN HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Brad Carlson, Salmon Arm
Ph: 250-517-0932
Secretary:
Corissa Haambuckers, Enderby Ph: 250-540-2962
     Angela Hamming
President
It is hard to believe we are saying farewell to another summer and looking toward the autumn season! This summer was not one full of the BC Holstein activities we are so used to. Unfortunately, many of our loved events were not able to take place or were very modified; however, we look forward to next year with even greater anticipation.
It was wonderful to be able to get back to classifying with Holstein Canada again! This is such a great tool for herds to measure their conformation progress and help set goals for the future. “If you don't measure it, you won’t improve it.” This famous quote from Peter Drucker stands true for almost all aspects of our farm businesses!
The BC Holstein Branch is planning our AGM via Zoom on November 25 at 7:30 pm. We would love it if you would join us! Watch for more details on our digital channels - Branch FB and website. Your club Secretaries will also circulate a notice ahead. Zoom makes it easy for you to participate especially if your distance from Vancouver has been an obstacle in the past. Stay in touch!
The fall season is my favourite time of year! The fall breeze and autumn leaves are incredibly beautiful in BC. On that note, I wish you all a healthy and prosperous fall harvest!
NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S REPORT
     Ben Cuthbert
National Director
• Just a reminder that the 2020 Royal Winter fair has been officially canceled.
• To keep up to date with any changes that may be happening at HC, please give us a follow on Facebook or Twitter.
I am very pleased to give an update on Holstein Canada’s services during the Covid pandemic and the effect of existing provincial restrictions on HC services.
Classifiers have been returning to farms since early June. HC has been closely monitoring the individual provincial regulations and as regulations permitted, the classification services were reinstated. As of September 1, Classification and proAction animal assessments have resumed in all provinces.
The Classifying staff are very happy to be back to work on farm. The 2-3 months off the farm has created a considerable number of animals per farm needing scoring. This is causing a slower than usual return to regular classification scheduling. Classifiers are working very diligently, including overtime and extra working days to get through the back log.
Registration processes are all in place and again operating as usual. Third party
registrations are also back on track as milk recording submissions for registering animals are near normal.
During the March–May work restrictions, many employees were set up to work from home offices. The Herd Book services were slower than usual during this period, and the staff appreciated the patience of clients during this time. Registrations are behind year over year, but all systems are working and “full steam ahead!”
HC has been fielding many requests and questions around support for different activities and shows. The HC position has been and continues to be reflective of where provincial regulations are regarding Covid. HC will ensure the government regulations are respected and the positive image of the dairy industry is maintained before considering involvement in any fall show or activity.
Here’s wishing everyone a safe and plentiful fall harvest season!
BC BRANCH PRINCESS REPORT
 NadineLaity BCBranchPrincess
I can easily say this year has been unlike any other I have experienced, and one of the biggest things I’ve learned from it is how reliable the agriculture industry is. Although so many people have lost their jobs and struggled due to the pandemic, farming remains a constant in my life.
No matter how many events have been cancelled, the season feels almost the same because the hay still must be made and stored. This year has made me extremely thankful to live on a dairy farm and always have work to do.
       Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 BC Holstein Branch Post Secondary
Bursary Award.
Application Deadline: November 6, 2020
See our website: bcholsteins.com to download your application or contact Joan at bcbranch@telus.net
or call: (250)743-8690
                 MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the AGM!
Wednesday,
November 25, 7:30-8:30pm BC Holstein Branch AGM
Zoom meeting.
Details will be available on the BC Branch website: www.bcholsteins.com
Email bcbranch@telus.net for more info
                                                             
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