Erin Durrell of the Wineglass Ranch at Riske Creek speaks at the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association’s annual general meeting recently.

Erin Durrell of the Wineglass Ranch at Riske Creek speaks at the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association’s annual general meeting recently.

Rancher chosen for leadership program

The Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association held their annual general meeting on Friday Feb. 27.

The Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association held their annual general meeting on Friday Feb. 27.

The day-long session began at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Complex and did not conclude until well after 5 p.m.

One of the guest speakers on the agenda was local rancher, Erin Durrell. The daughter of Brian Durrell and Jane Eagle, Erin spent her formative years immersed in the cattle industry as a child growing up on the Wineglass Ranch at Riske Creek.

Home-schooling afforded Erin (and siblings Ian and Keely) the flexible schedule that allowed them to participate in the daily chores and activities that keep a cattle-ranch operational. Recently, Erin applied for a place in a nationwide cattle industry program named Cattlemen’s Young Leaders and was fortunate to be selected from a large group of candidates for the year-long adventure which pairs the young aspiring cattle operator with a knowledgeable person to mentor them in the particular sector of the cattle industry that they indicated the most interest in. Erin spoke eloquently regarding her travels and experiences made possible by her participation in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program thus far.

Erin is the second Cariboo area rancher selected for the program.

CCA President, Cuyler Huffman was involved last year.

For more visit www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.