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James (Jim) McCague

About the Interviewee: 
Prominent Holstein breeder and dairy farmer- Alliston. Director Milk Marketing Bd and ARIO. Awarded OAC Centennial medal, Fellow of AIC

James (Jim) A. McCague was born at Victoria Square, York Co. and raised in Toronto. He graduated in the class of OAC ’40 and joined the Air Force. He was shot down on his first operation and as a POW helped build the tunnel for “The Great Escape.” After the war, he farmed at Alliston and became a prominent Holstein breeder. He was given a “Fellowship Award” by the Agriculture Institute of Canada, at their National Convention when it was held in Montreal.

“McCague, a well-known breeder of Holstein cattle and member of the Huronia Branch of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, received this honour that is the Fellowship Award of the Agriculture Institute of Canada, for his involvement in the dairy industry and the notable Lodestar Holstein herd which he established in 1946. In addition, he has been a very active member and leader in numerous communities, provincial and national organizations. Jim is recognized as a leader in agriculture, not just in Ontario, but across Canada. He has been willing to set an example and show his abilities in many phases of agriculture. Some of his most notable accomplishments include the “Master Breeder Shield” from the Holstein Friesian Association of Canada, in 1968, the “Ontario Agricultural Centennial Medal”, in 1974, and the Ontario Institute of Agrologists’ “Distinguished Agrologist Award” in 1979.”

He was the Director of the Holstein Friesian Association for fifteen years, and served as President in 1973. He was a Director of the Simcoe County Holstein Club and of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. He was president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, a member of the Dairy Food Science Bureau, and of the Canadian Council of Milk Recording (?). He is Chairman of the Joint Dairy Breeds Committee. Since 1970, Mr. McCague has been a member of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. In addition, he has found time to serve as President of the Alliston Lions Club, the Alliston High School Board, and the Essa Township Planning Board.

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Interview Date: 
Ross Hay
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340040