WINNIPEG, MB. (Nov. 16, 2016) - The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is pleased to name Doug Wray as winner of the 2016 CFGA
Wray operates a beef grazing cow-calf operation in Irricana, AB, with his wife Linda. They run 225-plus cows, background and grass their calves and raise their own replacements with yearlings going to a custom lot. Over the years, they developed year round grazing strategies such as rotational grazing, early grass varieties, stockpiled grass, bale grazing, swath grazing and the right mix of livestock.
Wray is committed to continued education about grassland and forages. He travels extensively locally and abroad to observe grassland, forage and livestock management, and frequently shares his innovative approaches at conferences and to share his experiences. A graduate of the
Ranching for Profit course, Wray has also served on the board of the Foothills Forage Co-op Association and the Alberta Forage Council (AFC). While on the board of the AFC and as chair in 2003, Wray played a leadership role in forming a new umbrella organization for multiple forage and applied research associations in Alberta.
Wray was a driving force in the formation of the CFGA, serving as its chair from 2010 to 2015. In addition, he has been involved with numerous organizations and conferences, such as: the CCA / ARECA National Grazing Mentor Program; the Western Canadian Grazing Conference; the Alberta Forage Variety Selection Committee; the Western Forage Beef Group Producer Advisory Committee; the Expert Committee on Forages and then on the Canadian Forum on Forages and Rangelands; the Canadian Beef Value Chain Roundtable; the Alberta Forage Industry.
Earlier this year he was the
recipient of the 2016 Albert Forage Industry Network Leadership Award.
The CFGA will present Wray with its 2016 Leadership Award at a special banquet tonight during the 7th Annual CFGA Conference in Winnipeg. The award is sponsored by agriculture equipment manufacturer New Holland Canada.
About the Award
The CFGA Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize
and encourage leadership in the forage and grassland sector. It recognizes individuals, groups or organizations who exemplify or enhance the goals of the CFGA and whose leadership has impact of national and/or international significance.