OUR HISTORY.
OUR FUTURE.

WHO WE ARE

About ACFA

The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) has set the pace in industry for 45 years and is the voice of cattle feeders: hard-working, forward-looking women and men who believe in a strong, profitable, and sustainable cattle feeding industry.

The enduring spirit, take-charge attitude, and passion that has united cattle feeders throughout Alberta’s history, are the same assets that keep our industry strong in the face of today’s opportunities and challenges: social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and changing international export markets.

In all things, the ACFA follows the lead of its voluntary membership and elected board. Innovative visionaries, these committed individuals represent the majority of cattle feeders in the province and in the nation.

Our Vision

Championing a sustainable cattle feeding sector in Alberta.

Our Mission

Pursuing innovative and collaborative solutions for a thriving Alberta beef industry.

Strategic Priorities

1. Build ACFA membership by delivering value to our members
2. Engage with the Government of Alberta to strengthen the health and vitality of the cattle feeding sector in Alberta
3. Collaborate with partners to advance the industry
4. Strengthen ACFA governance

ACFA Board of Directors 2019-2020

Greg Schmidt

Greg Schmidt

Chair

Schmidt Livestock Ltd.

Jake Buekert

Jake Buekert

Vice-Chair

Dri-Land Feeders

Ryan Kasko

Ryan Kasko

Past Chair

Kasko Cattle Co.

Kendra Donnelly

Kendra Donnelly

Finance & Audit Committee Chair

Korova Feeders Ltd.

Lyle Adams

Lyle Adams

6A Cattle Company Ltd.

James Bekkering

James Bekkering

TFS Expanse Feedlot Ltd.

Karleen Clark

Karleen Clark

KCL Cattle Company Ltd.

Bob de Boer

Bob de Boer

Monarch Feeders

Keith Gregory

Keith Gregory

Cattleland Feedyards

John Schooten

John Schooten

Schooten & Son’s Custom Feedyard

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Gateway Livestock Marketing Inc.

Tom Thorlakson

Tom Thorlakson

Thorlakson Feedyards Inc.

ACFA Staff

Janice Tranberg

Janice Tranberg

President and CEO
Casey Vander Ploeg

Casey Vander Ploeg

Vice President
Jennifer Brunette

Jennifer Brunette

Manager, Events and Member Services
Megan Madden

Megan Madden

Communications Manager
Kimberli Nummi

Kimberli Nummi

Operations Manager and Coordinator, ALPS Program
Joe Novecosky

Joe Novecosky

Financial Manager

National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA)

NCFA membership is comprised of provincial beef organizations from the major cattle feeding regions of Canada. Representation on the NCFA Board of Directors and funding contribution levels are based on provincial fed cattle populations.

The NCFA was established in 2007 to represent Canada’s cattle feeding sector on issues of national importance and to work collaboratively with other Canadian beef organizations to strengthen and advance the fed cattle value chain.

NCFA serves as a unified voice for Canada’s cattle feeders on a wide range of policy issues affecting their competitiveness, such as regulatory reform and reduction of the regulatory burden, growing domestic value-added beef production, and seeking new and expanded international markets for Canadian beef.