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Livestock Markets Association of Canada
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.
, 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
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.
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.
has earned the respect of his
producers, the buyers on his
employees, industry, and government agencies at both the Provincial and Federal levels.
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.
has met the issues of animal welfare and humane handling of livestock head on in the real working environment.
attention to providing top quality service to his
customer base is second to none.
hands on approach to managing his
business, has been one of the keys to his
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.
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
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."
has spent countless days away from his
family and business, representing both LMAC and OLAMA
at meetings or on committees.
is the face of the auction market business in Ontario.
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.
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
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.
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.
wife Marianne continue to live on the family farm in southwestern Ontario.
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
At the time, Height, along with ...
At the time, Height, along with Larry Witzel of OLEX, appeared before council, seeking an exemption to the bylaw, allowing it to continue.
At the May 3 committee-of-the-whole meeting, councillors again heard from Height and Witzel
, who requested that the exemption be granted.
Under the leadership of OLEX owner, Larry Witzel, this 4-H show and sale was declared a resounding success.Larry and his colleagues in agri-business and related businesses proved the importance of this event's motto---"Where Industry Supports Youth."
Livestock Markets Association of Canada
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