McRae family wins Simmental Association ambassador award

Blair and Lois McRae of Mar Mac Farms have been Simmental mainstays for decades

The McRae family accepts the 2020 A.O. Henuset Ambassador Award. From (l to r): Brett, Chantel, Blair and Lois McRae, Bill Biglieni and Melissa McRae.

Blair and Lois McRae of Mar Mac Farms are the recipients of the Manitoba Simmental Association’s 2020 A.0. Henuset Ambassador Award.

It’s meant to recognize those who “… have unselfishly given of their time to help establish the Simmental industry in Manitoba.”

The McRae family has been in the Simmental business near Brandon for the past 44 years, and members of the MSA since 1979.

The family has also been active on the show circuit for many years, and has exhibited at Ag Days, Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Ag-Ex, Edmonton’s Farmfair and Canadian Western Agribition.

As well as receiving many championship banners, Blair and Lois McRae have also judged at a large number of shows including the Simmental show at Agribition. Blair and Lois were organizers of the Keystone Konnection All Breeds Bull Show at Ag-Ex which ran for 10 years, from 1995-2005.

Over the years both Blair and Lois have served as Simmental association directors. Blair was president of the MSA for three years, and served as a board member of the Canadian Simmental Association.

Blair and Lois initiated the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup (an all breeds junior livestock weekend) held annually in Neepawa for the past 14 years.

Currently Mar Mac Farms runs around 270 breeding females of Simmental and Red and Black Angus cattle. They host their annual bull sale the first part of March, selling Simmental, Black Angus and Red Angus bulls and commercial females.

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