Highland Feeders Animal Health Crew


Highland Feeders Ltd. is continually focused on developing the very best Animal Health Team. The team consists of an Animal Health Lead and dedicated passionate Pen riders who are responsible for identifying and treating disease in the 36,000 head capacity feedlot. Animal Health protocol development and veterinary care training are provided by veterinarians from Feedlot Health Management by Telus Agriculture, which is based in Okotoks, AB. Feedlot Health provides a broad range of world-class animal health/production consulting and research services, along with the associated management and execution tools, with the overall goal of optimizing feedlot animal health and production outcomes. Veterinarians are virtually on site 365 days a year and conduct weekly virtual Health meetings as well as monthly on-site crew training and health assessments. Additionally, Feedlot Health personnel provide bi-annual pen rider training through a dedicated Pen Riding Coach who specializes in disease detection, cattle handling, horsemanship, and animal processing. 

Mike Kotelko, President

Mike Kotelko has been the operational mastermind during Highland’s phenomenal growth from a small mixed farming operation to an annual $60Million revenue agribusiness. Mike holds a diploma in agricultural engineering. In 2001, he completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Mike is one of Alberta’s top agribusiness leaders, and is a co-inventor of the GPADS technology, and has personally overseen the development and continuous improvement of GPADS from a conceptual idea to the success it is today.

Present Directorships Include:

  • Board of Governers - Lakeland College
  • Director, Alberta BioProducts Association

Past Directorships Include:

  • Director, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
  • Director, Alberta Beef Producers’ Cattle Feeder Council

Recent Recognition and Awards:

  • Emerald Award, along with the GPADS development team
  • ATB Financial Growing Alberta Leadership Award
  • Recognized for leadership in one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in Canada” by Profit, Canada’s entrepreneurship magazine

Neil Rowe, General Manager

Wesleigh Kotelko, Working Foreman

Zakary Kotelko, Cattle Marketing and IT Manager

Jackson Kotelko, Cropping Manager

Calvin Laschowski, Cow Calf Manager

Nicole Peat, Animal Health Lead

Ben Rathburn, Processing/Re-Handling Lead

Craig Onyschuk

Hometown: McCreary MB


  • Grew up on my family farm
  • Livestock and Ranch and Feedlot Program, Lakeland College
  • Montana State University, Horse-shoeing School
  • Lone Wolf Outfitters and Scoop Lake Outfitters
  • Ensign Drilling, Stoneham, PD Drilling
  • NBI Feedyard, Saint Micheals AB
  • Horse training , colt starting, horseshoeing


What led you to this career:​​​​​

It keeps me on a horse year round.

Least favorite job:

They all have shitty parts and you learn something from all of them.

What's something you’ve done, but will never do again?

Shoot a moose when the water looks only knee deep.


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Hunting, fishing, starting colts, training horses

Favorite quote:

“His asshole was so tight you couldn’t pound a greased flaxseed in there with a hammer”


Shawn Powell

Hometown: Turner Valley AB



  • Jack Pine Grazing (pasture rider)
  • NBI Feedyard (pen rider), Saint Mi- cheals AB
  • Tongue Creek Feeders (pen rider), High River AB
  • Stampede Boys Ranch, Longview AB
  • Hartell Ranch, Hartell AB

What led you to this career:

I grew up riding horses and chasing cows and don’t much like operating ma- chinery.

Least favorite job:

Seismic - It takes all kinds of people to make the world go around.

What's something you’ve done, but will never do again?


What’s your guilty pleasure:

Horses, nice tack and roping

Favorite quote:

“If you are good at something, people will notice. You don’t have to tell them.”
“It’s better to remain quiet and be thought a fool, 
than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”


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