UFA President & CEO provides mentorship through CYL program

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Carol Kitchen, President & CEO of UFA Co-operative, will mentor Kristy-Layne Carr in this year’s Cattlemen Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program, a program that provides industry specific training and mentorship to assist the beef industry into the future. 

Young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders and participate in opportunities pertaining to the cattle industry. The candidates are matched with an expert in the mentee’s specific field of interest. Topics of interest can range from sustainable ranching to risk management, policy development research and more.  

“There is no lack of knowledge out there, and this program harnesses a wide-range of historical expertise for these up-and-coming leaders,” said Carol Kitchen, President & CEO of UFA. “These connections are essential for leading the beef industry into the future.”   

Kristy-Layne grew up on a mixed grain and cow-calf operation in central Manitoba. She was involved in 4-H Beef projects for many years and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She was involved in the Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization and sat on the executive for the Stockman’s Club. Kristy-Layne went on to pursue a Master’s degree at North Dakota State University in Animal and Range Sciences, specializing in dormant season grazing. 

Kristy-Layne actively contributes to the beef industry and sits on the Advisory Committee for Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives. With her husband she manages a cow herd of 200 head of Angus based cows.

This year, Kristy-Layne hopes to develop relationships and make connections that will have a positive impact as she moves forward in the beef industry. Carol and Kristy-Layne are a great fit, as Kristy-Layne is passionate about leadership in the agriculture industry and about advancing women in agriculture.  Her goals include exploring women’s leadership roles in Canadian agriculture, exploring the global beef trade and market forces which impact domestic beef prices, and fostering better relationships between cow/calf and feedlot sector.