Canadian salesman enjoying his Savage home

Steve Hamel

Having lived in Savage for six years, Bill Leslie is convinced he would never want to live anywhere else. From the outdoor recreational opportunities to the sense of community, Savage is the perfect place for the jovial salesman from Saskatchewan

“I never want to leave Savage,” Leslie said. “It’s the best place I’ve ever lived.”

Known as “Canadian Bill” to the children in Savage, Leslie was raised in Regina, Sask., a city of about 200,000, practically a metropolis compared to rural Savage. Despite his city roots, Leslie says he has become a country boy. He enjoys fishing on the Yellowstone River and hunting in the area around Savage, which is home to whitetail deer, mule deer and pronghorns.

What makes Savage special to Leslie is the people. Over the summer, a vicious storm knocked down trees all over town. Leslie ended up with four fallen trees on his property. When he went outside the following day to clear the debris, a group of chainsaw-wielding neighbors showed up at his house to help saw up the fallen trees. A job that would’ve taken Leslie all day by himself was finished in two hours. “There is such a sense of community,” Leslie said. “You don’t get that in a city.”

Leslie makes his living meeting with ranchers across the MonDak region to sell and service Lewis Cattle Oilers, which control external parasites and flies by rubbing topical insecticide into a cattle’s coat. “I love what I do,” he said. “You get to meet new people all the time.”

Leslie is the northern U.S. sales manager for Lewis Cattle Oilers, a company based in Oak Lake, Man. A Lewis Cattle Oiler provides year-long parasite self-treatment using a cattle’s natural urge to scratch. It includes an insecticide-filled wick positioned at a 45-degree angle to allow a scratching cattle to rub the insecticide into the top and sides of its body. Calves help treat the underside of their mothers by rubbing the treatment on their own faces and cleaning pests off their mothers’ udders. A Lewis Cattle Oiler helps control flies, mosquitoes, ticks and lice.

Leslie said pest control is important because parasites interfere with weight gain in calves, which means fewer pounds of beef for ranchers to sell. “It is so important for cattle producers to try to control external parasites,” he said.

Leslie will have a Lewis Cattle Oiler on display at his booth at the MonDak Ag Days Trade Show Thursday and Friday at the Richland County Fair Event Center. He registered late for the trade show last year and ended up having to set up outside the event center, so he’s looking forward to having an indoor booth this time. He has also attended trade shows in Glendive, Minot, N.D., Bismarck, N.D., and Williston, N.D.

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