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Mr. Larry Witzel


Ontario Livestock Exchange

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Ontario Livestock Exchange

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Board Member
Livestock Markets Association of Canada


Member of the Committee
Cattle Implementation Plan

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The Livestock Markets Association of Canada is pleased to announce that Larry Witzel from Waterloo, Ontario has been selected as the 2015 inductee to the Livestock Marketer's Hall of Fame.

Witzel, who has been involved in the LMAC for over 25 years, has been the driving force behind the Ontario Livestock Auction Markets Association for many years. Rick Wright, who nominated Witzel for this award, stated in his nomination, "In my opinion this award was developed to recognize people like Larry Witzel."
Witzel was recognized for his work representing both OLAMA and LMAC on many committees tasked with improving the livestock marketing industry on both the provincial and national levels. Witzel has been on the LMAC Board of Directors for over 25 years, and served as LMAC president from 2004 to 2006. He has also been the President of OLAMA for a number of terms throughout his career. Witzel sits on a number of committees, including the IGAC committee, as well as the Cattle Implementation Committee and Cattle Movement Reporting Committee.
The following is Larry Witzel's nomination letter from Rick Wright.
I have known Larry Witzel for 25 years. He started to attend LMAC meetings at that time when he was a salesman at OLEX in Waterloo working under Jim Wideman at the market. Over the years he has risen through the ranks to become the owner of the business. During that time he has built a reputation as an honest businessman with impeccable business ethics. He has earned the respect of his producers, the buyers on his market, his employees, industry, and government agencies at both the Provincial and Federal levels.
Larry has met and survived the challenges of operating a livestock market in an area where he faces scrutiny from the general public and government at every turn. He has met the issues of animal welfare and humane handling of livestock head on in the real working environment. His attention to providing top quality service to his customer base is second to none. His hands on approach to managing his business, has been one of the keys to his success.
Larry's ability to see the entire picture and view issues with an open mind has made him a critical member on a number of industry committees. His common sense approach to discussion and negotiation has earned him the respect of both industry and government colleagues. This respect allows Larry Witzel to be heard; people listen when Larry talks. This makes him a valuable resource as a representative of LMAC, OLAMA or OLEX. Committee members often to refer to Larry as the "voice of reason."
Larry has spent countless days away from his family and business, representing both LMAC and OLAMA at meetings or on committees. Larry Witzel is the face of the auction market business in Ontario. His dedication to promoting the livestock marketing business and price discovery is unmatched.
When I need an LMAC representative to help me with an issue, Larry Witzel is the first person I call, and he will always make the time to help.
In my opinion, this award was developed to recognize people like Larry Witzel and I am proud to have served with him over these many years.
Larry Witzel Bio
In the 1970's, Larry Witzel was hired as a part-time employee of Ontario Livestock Exchange (OLEX) in Waterloo, Ontario. Here, he was responsible for receiving hogs and chasing them to the auction ring. Meanwhile, back on the beef and hog farm where he grew up, he practiced his auctioneering skills behind the barn.
After being given the chance to auction hogs at the market itself, Larry was hired to sell cattle for OLEX and Brussels Livestock.
Larry became the General Manager of OLEX at this time.
Larry has been heavily involved with market associations throughout his time in the industry. For many years, he has been on the Livestock Market Association of Canada (LMAC) Board of Directors, serving as President between 2002 and 2004.
Additionally, Larry is a member of the Cattle Implementation Plan (CIP) committee that continues to create a plan for animal and premise identification, as well as movement reporting, for the National Traceability System. Provincially, he currently serves as President of the Ontario Auction Markets (OLAMA) and as First Vice President of the Ontario Beef Financial Protection Board. In these roles, he sits on the board that reviews claims for non-payment of cattle in the province.
Larry and his wife Marianne continue to live on the family farm in southwestern Ontario. He has four grown children and five grandsons.
Scott Anderson LMAC, President; Mike Fleury H of F Chairman; Larry Witzel; Rick Wright LMAC Executive Administrator
The winner will join Ralph Vold, Roy Rutledge, Ken Hurlburt, Jim Wideman, Rick Wright and Larry Witzel in the LMAC Hall of Fame.

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