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Stavely woman will help promote Angus beef abroad

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Kaitlynn Bolduc will travel to New Zealand next spring for two to three weeks to learn about the Angus cattle and genetics there and spread knowledge of Canadian Angus genetics. Kaitlynn Bolduc will travel to New Zealand next spring for two to three weeks to learn about the Angus cattle and genetics there and spread knowledge of Canadian Angus genetics. Photo submitted

An 18-year-old woman from Stavely will travel to New Zealand next year to help promote Canadian Angus cattle genetics.

Kaitlynn Bolduc loves working on her family farm with Black Angus cattle. After taking a year and a half off school, Bolduc will attend University in Montana in marketing. She would then like to come home and take over the family farm.
The reason Bolduc is taking a year and a half off is because she wanted to help out on the farm and travel.
At the Canadian Junior Angus Association’s Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders conference in February, Bolduc found out she would be one of 12 people heading to New Zealand for the World Angus Forum.
The Canadian Angus Foundation covers 80 per cent of the cost for each individual to go to New Zealand. Therefore, each person only has to come up with $1,000 per person and the foundation comes up with $4,000.
In total, it’s going to cost the foundation $60,000 to send 12 people to New Zealand, including the $1,000 each person pays.
“I’m really excited. Angus is my life. Black cows are my life. I’m the fifth generation to be raising pure bred livestock,” says Bolduc.
She will be in New Zealand for two to three weeks. The World Angus Forum is held every four years around the world. In 2009, it was in Canada.
Countries around the world send teams of four to New Zealand for this forum, but also for a competition. Each team gets judged on their parading skills (showmanship), judging skills, farm and animal knowledge.
“On all three teams, there’s supposed to be one person that has a strong quality. We don’t know which one we are,” says Bolduc.
“Now going to New Zealand, it’s such an amazing opportunity to network with kids my own age and push our Canadian genetics and make friends for life, so it’s so super exciting, because I’m passionate about what I do. It’s going to be good to meet other kids that are hopefully just as passionate.”
It was announced at the conference the foundation had raised enough money to send three teams of four to New Zealand instead of the initial two teams of four.
Teenagers across Canada had to write a resumé, cover letter and a 500-word essay on what they wish to accomplish in New Zealand.
Bolduc has always had a passion for cattle and she knows it’s what she’s meant to do.
“Being the fifth generation is something that I find that runs in my blood. Knowing that it’s something my grandparents did and my parents do it just opens so many doors,” says Bolduc.
“Everybody else, kids fall in love with their horse and that’s what they do and it’s very odd for a child to fall in love with cows, but growing up cows were always my favourite thing to do. When I was two years old,
I would take a little four-litre ice cream pail out and feed a big bull.”
Bolduc feels this trip to New Zealand is going to have an important impact on her life. She’s still only 18, so she knows there’s a long road ahead of her, but she’s excited to see what comes from this trip.
“The world is so small now with Facebook and everything else, so to get the chance to go to New Zealand and actually see it in person, because it’s supposed to be beautiful over there and they just do things so different than we do,” says Bolduc.
She is excited to see the differences in New Zealand, meet new people and push Canadian Angus genetics.
Bolduc recently returned home from Scotland where she travelled around for six weeks to network and see how things are done over there.
She visited some Angus operations in England then went to Scotland where she toured some well-known Angus productions and worked at a few places.
She shared her insight and knowledge on Angus cattle and Angus genetics and learned a thing or two as well.
Bolduc had wanted to go to Scotland for about two years. She travelled by herself, but has family friends in Scotland, so always had a familiar place to stay.
She’s thankful for the opportunities she’s had so far and can’t wait to head to New Zealand next spring.

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