Beef Farmers of Ontario elect new board executive


Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has elected Rob Lipsett as its new president, with Jack Chaffe serving as vice president.

Lipsett replaces Joe Hill, who stepped down after completing the maximum three terms on the BFO board of directors.

The new executive was voted in at the 58th annual general meeting held last week in Toronto, Ont.

Lipsett has served on the board for six years as a background director. He and his family run a 140-cow cow-calf farm near Annan, Ont., and purchase an additional 75 to 100 calves each year to background.

Jack Chaffe and his family operate a large feedlot operation near Mitchell, Ont., and market over 2,500 head of cattle per year through the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program.

Also joining the BFO board for 2020 are:

  • Don Hargrave steps in as cow-calf director for a three-year term;
  • David Millsap, will serve a three-year term as a feedlot director; and,
  • Joe Dickenson, who will serve a two-year term as feedlot director.

Returning to the board is Craig McLaughlin, who was re-elected by voting delegates to serve as eastern director, which is a change from his first term during which he served as a cow-calf director. New BFO president, Rob Lipsett, was also acclaimed as background director.

BFO’s board of directors consists of 12 elected officials: three from the cow-calf sector, three from the feedlot sector, one from the backgrounder sector, one each representing the southern, northern and eastern regions of Ontario, and two elected at-large. Directors are elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis.

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