Livestock Research Innovation Corporation elects chair, vice chair

GUELPH – The Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) elected a new chair and vice chair and welcomed two new directors to its board at its recent annual general meeting.

Brian Miller, a Huron County farmer and the poultry industry representative on the board, takes over as chair of the organization. Don Gordon, who farms in Durham Region, represents Dairy Farmers of Ontario, is the new vice chair.

“This is a dynamic time for innovation in the livestock industry, and I’m excited to lead an organization that has its fingers on the pulse of the big issues all of us in animal agriculture face,” says Miller.

“Issues like greenhouse gas emissions or antimicrobial resistance are bigger than any single sector or organization, and it’s through the type of collaboration fostered by LRIC that we can address them collectively.”

Two new directors have joined the LRIC board. RJ Taylor, managing director of the Ontario Aquaculture Association and co-owner of Cedar Crest Trout Farms, is the new partner organization director, taking over from Jennifer MacTavish, executive director of Ontario Sheep Farmers.

Tara Terpstra, a hog farmer from Huron County, is the new LRIC board representative from Ontario Pork. She replaces pork producer Oliver Haan, who has retired from the LRIC board and most recently served as chair of the organization.