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2012 Honour Scroll Recipients

Ballantyne Family

Robert & Sharon Ballantyne
Livelong, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Livestock Association is pleased to acknowledge Robert & Sharon Ballantyne for their contribution to their community and to the livestock industry in Saskatchewan with this Scroll of Honour.

Robert  was born on June 12, 1948 in Edam, SK. He attended school at Livelong Elementary and  Turtleford High School. Robert completed a two year Vocational Agriculture Program at the University of Saskatoon in 1969. Sharon was born July 12, 1957. She grew up on a mixed dairy and grain farm south of Meota attending school at Fitzgerald School and graduating from the Convent of the Child Jesus School in 1974.

Robert and Sharon were married in Edmonton in April of 2000. They have five children between them: Johnathan, Treena, Dustin, Avery and Hali.

Robert purchased his first Galloway at the age of ten and stayed in the purebred Galloway business for 52 years. His operation, Diamond B Ranches, was also involved in the purebred Black Angus breed for eight years, dispersing all 320 purebreds in December of 2010. Diamond B exhibited Galloways at Canadian Western Agribition for 40 consecutive years, winning Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder for 35 of  those years. They also showed cattle at the National Western Stock Show in Denver for 10 years, winning six Grand Champions. They also won Supreme Champion Female at Lloydminster Stockade Round-Up twice. Diamond B exported animals to Scotland, Germany, Australia, Mexico and the United States.

Robert was a 4-H member for 11 years and a 4-H leader for 15 years. Locally, he has served on the Turtleford and District Recreation Board and has coached minor ball and hockey teams. He has judged cattle extensively across North America including Canadian Western Agribition, Farmfair International, Royal Agriculture Winter Fair as well as in Louisville, Kentucky, Springfield, Massachusetts and the World Beef Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. He has judged many 4-H Achievement Days, stock shows, steer shows and commercial cattle shows. He recently judged the commercial cattle show at Canadian Western Agribition in 2011. Robert has also had the pleasure of judging in Scotland and Australia.

Robert served three terms as president of the Canadian Galloway Association and served on the Canadian Western Agribition Beef Committee for 30 years. He received the Jim Lewthwaite Award in 1993 and was the first recipient of the Canadian Western Agribition Stockman of the Year Award. Sharon was secretary of the Saskatchewan/Manitoba Galloway Association for a number of years and has attended Canadian Western Agribition every year since 1995.

Today, with Robert’s youngest son, Dustin, they have a commercial herd of 300 cows. They split their time between the farm, their cottage at Brightsand Lake in the summer and their home in Mesa, Arizona in the winter.

In recognition of their contribution to the community and the livestock industry, this Honour Scroll is presented to Robert & Sharon Ballantyne at the 2013 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon.

Duncan Family

William Duncan
Abbey, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Livestock Association is pleased to acknowledge The Late William Duncan for his contribution to his community and to the livestock industry in Saskatchewan with this Scroll of Honour.
William was born March 25, 1921 on the Duncan homestead near Lancer, SK. He attended Hill School until farming and ranching became his life. He helped his father farm the land with horse drawn machinery which began his long love of horses. Music and dancing were two of his great joys and in his younger years he played the guitar. He was a member of the Abbey Lancer Beef 4-H Club and the Sandhill Roping Club.

In the beginning the Duncan Ranch was a sheep operation. Bill was a champion sheep shearer in the fifties representing Saskatchewan at many contests across the country including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. When Bill took over the ranch from his parents in 1959 he focused on raising purebred Herefords and American Quarter Horses. In 1967 Bill had a dispersal sale of the registered Hereford herd, so that he could pursue his passion of raising AQHA horses. Bill imported two stallions, Mr. Chant Bob and Doc’s Good Deal from Oklahoma. Their offspring impacted positively on the horse industry of Saskatchewan and beyond. Bill and his horses competed in rodeo, cutting, roping, gymkhana and light horse 4-H. Duncan horses were also shown and competed at Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) during the years the CWA hosted the American Quarter Horse Association show.

Bill married Esther Schnieder on October 30, 1970. They were blessed with four children: Debbie (Lyle Guenther), Stacey (Jen), Bonnie (Randy Doige) & Justin (Vickie).          

Bill was a life member of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association and the Canadian and Saskatchewan Hereford Associations. In 1974 an arena was built to assist the Duncan family in raising, training, breeding and marketing their horses. Bill offered an A.I. service for outside mares and had a string of registered brood mares whose offspring were sold at  production sales at the ranch. The Duncan arena was used extensively by the community at large for venues such as winter team roping, horse clinics, gymkhana and 4-H. Bill Duncan donated a parcel of land to the Sandhill Roping Club (Est. 1959) to build a rodeo arena and hold an annual rodeo there. In June 1963 the first sanctioned Canadian Cowboy Association Rodeo was held on the WK Duncan Ranch - a continuous tradition celebrating 50 years in June 2013.

Bill passed away on January 1, 2011 at the Prairie Health Center in Cabri, SK where he had been a resident for eight years.

In recognition of his contribution to the community and the livestock industry, this Honour Scroll is presented to The Late William Duncan at the 2013 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon.


Lynn & Sherri Grant
Val Marie, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Livestock Association is pleased to acknowledge Lynn & Sherri Grant for their contribution to their community and to the livestock industry in Saskatchewan with this Scroll of Honour.

Lynn Grant was born July 16, 1951 in Val Marie, SK. He attended Beatty High School in Swift Current, SK and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1973. Sherri Hood was born August 29, 1953 in North Battleford, SK. She  attended grade school in Minnehaha, high school in Edam and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1974. Lynn and Sherri met in Saskatoon while attending University, they were married December 27, 1975 and have four children: Amy (Wayne Andree), Brenna, Logan (Avery) and Morgan (Jenn).

Lynn grew up in Val Marie, SK, was actively involved in 4-H and played hockey throughout high school. Sherri grew up on a farm between Edam and Glaslyn, was active in the Beef 4-H club and was a Shorthorn Lassie Princess and Queen when she was 18 years old, in 1971, the first year of Canadian Western Agribition.

Lynn has been active in numerous organizations for many years. He was Chairman of the PFRA Community Pasture Patron Advisory Committee, on the Saskatchewan Water Corporate Advisory board, President of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and served on the Soil Conversation Council of Canada. Lynn served as both Director and Environmental Committee Chair to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, positions he still holds today. He served as a 4-H leader and was a director for Prairie Wind and Silver Sage: Friends of Grasslands National Park. In this role he also sat on the Parks Canada Grasslands National Park Steering Committee and focused his advocacy on the importance of the ruminant grazer to the grassland ecosystem.   

Sherri was a board member for Canadian Western Agribition for many years, serving as Chair of the Agri-Ed, which included planning and presenting the beef display as well as teaching students and teachers about the beef industry. She was also Chair of the Career Expo and Audit Committees. In 1990 Sherri was part of the group that took action to provide emergency care for Val Marie and the surrounding area and was Chair during the formation of the ambulance service. She was part of the first emergency response team and afterwards became a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Sherri has served as treasurer of the United Church Women’s League and was a member of the local school board for many years. In 2009 she chaired the Val Marie Western Trail Planning Committee. 

In 1990, Lynn and Sherri were named two of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers at the national level. A number of points ensured their win including a soil program, an erosion prevention program, irrigation, grazing management and service to their community. Sherri received the Saskatchewan Stars of Life Award from the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, an ward given to an EMS professional for outstanding achievement, dedication and leadership. She was recognized with the Rosemary Davis Award as one of Canada’s outstanding women in agriculture in 2011 and received the Contribution to a Rural Community Award from the YWCA Regina Women of Distinction in 2012. Sherri has developed educational resources for schools including a website of information for teachers and has published a children’s book explaining “Where Beef Comes From?” written with her daughter-in-law Avery Grant.

Today, Lynn and Sherri operate a mixed grass, hay and cattle operation at Val Marie with Lynn’s brother Dean. Grant Ranch is primarily a cow/calf operation that backgrounds their own calves as well as some purchased calves. They run an 11200 hectare spread with 1600 head of cattle. Sherri and Lynn remain actively involved in their community. Lynn is an Emergency Medical Responder who volunteers with the local volunteer ambulance providing emergency services to the local community that is 75 miles from the hospital. He is a trustee of Grace United Church. Sherri continues to maintain and upgrade her EMT training and teaches First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid. She has a large collection of photos of native grasses and wildflower’s proudly exhibited by the local Parks Canada Office. 

In recognition of their contribution to the community and the livestock industry, this Honour Scroll is presented to Lynn & Sherri Grant at the 2013 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon.

Mountenay Family

Ron & Marilyn Mountenay
Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Livestock Association is pleased to acknowledge Ron & Marilyn Mountenay for their contribution to their community and to the livestock industry in Saskatchewan with this Scroll of Honour.

Ron Mountenay was born  August 17, 1947 in Regina, SK. He is the son of Marjorie & the late Ross Mountenay. He attended North Plain School in the Bethune District. Marilyn Harlton was born October 2, 1948 in Regina, SK. She is the daughter of the late George & Helen Harlton. She attended Broadway School in Stony Beach, SK, High School in Pense, SK and Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw, SK. Ron and Marilyn were married June 6, 1970. They were blessed with three children: Jennifer (Bernie Larocque), Katherine (Richard Rieder) and Patricia (Colin Toner).

Ron grew up on the family farm in the North Plain district near Bethune, SK. He played ball and hockey and was a member of the Bethune 4-H Grain Club. Later, Ron was President of the Stony Beach Community Hall and the Community Curling Club. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Board, leader of the Stony Beach Beef Club and a committee member on the Lindale School Board. He remains a member on the Stony Beach Cemetery Board today. Marilyn enjoyed curling and was President and member of the Stony Beach Ladies Community Club. She was leader of the Stony Beach 4-H Beef Club and Project Leader in the Moose Jaw 4-H Beef Club. Marilyn was a committee member and President on the Lindale School Board and today remains a member of the Anglican Church.

Ron and Marilyn became partners in the family farm, Ivanhoe Farm, with Marilyn’s parents George & Helen, which was started by her Grandfather, Charlie Harlton. They had a small herd of commercial cows, consisting of white Shorthorn Bulls and black cows. One of the blue roans resulting from these genetics is still on the farm today. Shorthorn purebred cattle were raised on the farm until the herd was destroyed by Bangs. They also had Ivanhoe Yorkshire Swine, showing at many shows across Saskatchewan and Canada. Many trips were taken to the Toronto Royal, Canadian Western Agribition and Regina Spring Show and Sale. They set many sale records and were awarded the Herdman’s Award at Canadian Western Agribition in 1986, 1991 and 1996.

In 1986, the Ivanhoe Angus purebred herd was started with Bell Blackbird 23U, purchased from Bell Angus at Pense. Three females were added to the herd each year and today Ivanhoe Angus has a herd of eighty cows. Ivanhoe Angus has sold purebred bulls at many sales including the Regina Bull Sale for 22 years and the  Triple “A” Bull Sale where a $6000 bull was sold. In 2011 Ivanhoe Angus embarked on a new endeavor with partners City View Simmentals, whose sale is  held yearly at Johnstone’s Auction Mart. The Ivanhoe females have sold at the Gateway Female Sale for sixteen years and through the Masterpiece Sale at Canadian Western Agribition. Private female sales have extended from close neighbors to as far away as Russia. Ivanhoe Angus has shown many cattle at Saskatchewan Angus Gold Shows and Summer Fairs and they have won many awards.

Ron has been active in numerous organizations for many years including serving as president of the Saskatchewan Swine Breeders and Saskatchewan Livestock Association. He has also been a director of many associations including the Moose Jaw Fair, Canadian Western Agribition,  Regina Bull Sale, Moose Jaw 4-H Regional Show and the  BPD Water Society Corporation. He has served as delegate to the Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders and the Canadian Western Agribition as well as past chairman of the Gateway Sale Group.

Marilyn has been director of many associations including Saskatchewan Swine Breeders, Saskatchewan Angus Association for 10 years, Regina Bull Sale, District #8 4-H and the Saskatchewan Livestock Association. She was Co-Chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee of the Regina Bull Sale and Chairman of the Regina Spring Steer and Heifer show. Marilyn has been a committee member on both the Regina Summer 4-H Show and the Canadian Western Agribition 4-H Five Species Judging. Ron and Marilyn enjoy judging 4-H shows and junior Angus shows and activities. They have helped organize many Saskatchewan Angus Gold & Junior shows in Regina and Moose Jaw. They were inducted into the District #8 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003 and Marilyn had the honour of “Burning the Brand” with her sister, Merle in 2009 on behalf of the Harlton Family at Canadian Western Agribition.

Ron and Marilyn continue to help out where ever needed in their community and they are enjoying watching their grandchildren becoming involved in the agricultural way of life.

In recognition of their contribution to the community and the livestock industry, this Honour Scroll is presented to Ron & Marilyn Mountenay at the 2013 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Saskatoon.





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