Highland Feeders Animal Health Crew


 

In preparation for this year’s feeding period, Highland Feeders Ltd. has focused on developing their very best Animal Health Team. The team consists of an Animal Health Supervisor and 5 exceptional 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 Services, 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 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 ani-mal processing. Highland Feeders is very proud to highlight each Animal Health Team member as they look forward to a successful Fall Run.


Craig Onyschuk

Hometown: McCreary MB


Experience:

  • 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”

 


Gabriel Jimenez 

Hometown: Veracruz, Mexico


 

Experience:

  • Raised on my family’s cattle ranch in South- ern Mexico
  • Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, The Veracruz State University
  • Servet: veterinary product sales representative and livestock advisor, Veracruz MX
  • Sukarne Cattle Co. (buying/selling cattle and managing herds on pasture), Veracruz MX
  • Gold Star Cattle Co. (checking calves; health and feeding), Tulare CA
  • Accelerated Genetics (artificial insemination technician), Wisconsin
  • Grandview Cattle Feeders Ltd. (lead pen checker and previously a processor), Picture Butte AB

What led you to this career:

My passion for livestock, working with hors- es and introducing my family to this way of life

What was your least favorite job and what did you learn from it?

I worked a year in the Mexican oil fields which taught me that I am capable of work any- where but livestock jobs are great businesses and doing it is worth it.

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

Getting drunk (I hate hangovers)

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Food and traveling

Favorite quote:

“Life itself is a door, our will and skills the key”

 


Shayne Hudson

Hometown: Smithers BC


 

Experience:

  • Outfitter at Upper Stikine River
  • Blue Goose Cattle Co., South Cariboo BC
  • Douglas Lake Cattle Co., Douglas Lake BC
  • Night Ranch, Raymond AB
  • Various Feedlots
  • Heavy Equipment Course, Kelowna BC
  • Courses:
    • First Aid, H2S Alive, Alberta CSTS

What led you to this career:

It’s a natural calling

Least favorite job:

Oil feild labourer and refinery which taught me strength, work ethic and how to be on time.

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

Addictions—trying daily and attend weekly meetings

What’s your guilty pleasure:

Gummy worms and all candy

Favorite quote:

“Live and let live.” “Let’s Ride!”

 


Shawn Powell

Hometown: Turner Valley AB


 

Experience:

  • 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?

Seismic

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.”

 


Skyler Groat

Hometown: Brule AB


 

Experience:

  • Learned horsemanship and colt riding from my Dad, Gordon Groat
  • Athabasca Ranch (riding colts and back- country pack trips), Hinton AB
  • Yukon Stone Outfitters/W6 Ranch (big game hunting guide and ranch hand), Hud- son’s Hope BC
  • Az Performance Horses with Larry Nelles (cutting horse training), Cave Creek AZ
  • Brocken Limb Ranch, Ray Remfert (ranch hand), Fort St. John BC
  • Flag Six Ranch (owner and horse trainer), Ardrossan AB
  • Canol Outfitters (Mountain Big Game Hunting Guide) NWT

What led you to this career:

My entire life has led me here. I can’t imagine a different way to earn a living.

What was your least favorite job and what did you learn from it?

Union/Shift work at a refinery. Union industry jobs are not for me. I needed to follow my passions and enthusiasms.

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

Sell my soul to make a buck.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Riding colts, beer, hot yoga

Favorite quote:

“Ride on dude”

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