Heartland Livestock Services named market of the year

The Canadian Angus Association salutes the Virden staff

The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) has named Heartland Livestock Services from Virden, Manitoba with the Auction Market of the Year.

CAA director of field services, Brian Good, and Manitoba field staff, Lois McRae, presented the award in Winnipeg at the recent Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual conference.

Heartland Livestock Services has been connecting buyers and sellers for over 60 years. More recently, the facility has been managed by Jim McCarthur from 1997 until October of 2009, at which time it was taken over by Robin Hill.

The auction mart handles over 100,000 head annually, drawing cattle from Manitoba as well as eastern Saskatchewan. There are several longtime employees to be recognized, including: Rich Gabrielle, field man; Drillon Beaton, field man; Stewart Stone, general manager; as well as the late Jim Blackshaw who was a longtime field man for the facility.

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“Five words that mean good business for Heartland are: leadership, knowledge, reputation, responsibility and commitment. Whether it’s selling a producer’s calf crop, managing a bison sale or exporting livestock across North America and overseas, Heartland is a reputable name in the livestock-marketing business,” the CAA release says.

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