Trimble, Harvey

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Harvey Trimble

Charolais/Simmental breeder Harvey Trimble passes away

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Harvey Trimble, 85, of Okotoks, Alta., on July 15, 2022. Harvey loomed large in beef cattle circles of both Simmental and Charolais.

Born in Drumheller, Alta., he graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1959 with his geological engineering degree. In 1972, he and his then wife Jackie established Valiant Ranches Ltd. in the Sheep River valley near Okotoks.

Harvey then took on a leadership role with Highfield Stock Farms, owned by Bob Elliott. Both Valiant and Highfield supplied cattlemen with quality seedstock.
To stay among purebred leaders, one of his favourite endeavours was to head to France and choose new breeding stock, reports his son Rodger. In the 1960s Harvey imported a young bull, Hannibal, who became renowned in the Charolais breed.

Harvey was an ambassador for the Canadian cattle industry, Rodger says.
Harvey stood as president of the Canadian Charolais Association from 1969 to 1971. After selling his cattle in the 1980s, Harvey developed his former ranchlands into country acreages.

With his wife Elaine, they travelled the world to places like China, London and the Grand Canyon. After an eight-month battle with cancer, Harvey’s journeys ended.

His wife Elaine survives him, as do his children Rodger, and daughter Leslie Ann. His first wife, Jackie, predeceased him.


by Mark Kihn

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