2018 keynote speakers

Clayton operates a mixed family farm in Rivers, Manitoba with a primary focus on beef production at the present time:  cow/calf, back-grounding, and custom grazing.  Sheep production was included for about 30 years until recently.   This year his farm is receiving 125-year recognition.  He graduated University of Manitoba in 1989 with a BSc in Agriculture and went on to spend over 20 years with AAFC Research Branch in Brandon studying beef and forage production: including extending the grazing season, forage-based finishing, greenhouse gas mitigation, modeling, cultivar development, and energetic efficiencies.  He Spent several years working on Ag industry development as a member of numerous Boards and committees, including terms as Chair.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Manitoba 4-H Council.  Clayton was awarded one of the 2013 Nuffield Canada Scholarships and toured the world to study the potential for “energy-dense” forages in the Canadian beef production model. The Robins’ Family Farm received the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District conservation award in 2017.

Dr. Roy Lewis Graduated from WCVM (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) in 1981and was a partner at the Westlock Veterinary Clinic until Jan 2013. He has been a large animal practitioner for 36years mainly in bovines  (commercial cattle, bison and purebred herds). His interests are preventative medicine, fertility both bulls and cows as well as animal welfare.   He has written numerous producer articles in magazines such as the Cattlemen, Simmental country, Smoke Signals  Bison World and the Western producer. Recently (Jan 2012) Roy joined Merck Animal Health as a technical services veterinarian. He has two Kids Cali (A veterinarian  graduated 2015) and son Colton is pursuing a medical degree (class of 2019).  Roy spends some time teaching and examining the veterinary students at the University of Calgary (Alberta’s Veterinary School).   Roy is also part of a family owned purebred Simmental & Angus cattle (900 cows) grain and 400 acres of potatoes  mixed farming operation near Spruce Grove Alberta “Lewis Farms”. He also was on the committee that helped develop the recent Bison Code of Practice 2017.