Company Profile and Team

About Easy Boss E

The Easy Boss E company’s journey begins and ends with cattle. The development of our company traces to simple and natural cattle behaviour: chewing.

There are very few countries where cattle are never individually handled. The one on one interaction of man and bovine is our company’s focus. Make it safer, easier, quicker, stress free and compassionate.

The delivery of medications orally using the Easy Boss E device is also an important part of the journey.

We are Australian based as well as Canadian based. Production occurs in both countries.  Distraction cattle handling is not new. I have used it since 2008 in Western Australia in Bos Taurus breeds.

The Easy Boss E company wants to share with the world what our instrument will do for veterinarians, technicians, handlers, producers.

From Dr. Don Finlay BSc DVM
and the Easy Boss E team

The Team

Dr. Don Finlay

Don was raised on a stock farm in Western Manitoba, Canada, near Lenore and attended a one room country school (BLAIR) until year six.  His high school education was at Virden, Manitoba and this was followed by a BSc with major in Zoology from Brandon University.

His veterinary degree (DVM) was attained in 1978 at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Don has practiced for 25 years in Canada, 15 years in Australia, and has experience in New Zealand (2012 locum).  Don’s other interests  include collecting aboriginal artifacts of Manitoba, hunting game and cycling.

“I enjoy all aspects of farming but in particular enjoy cattle production. I enjoy working and learning from cattle owners, cattle handlers, cattle carers and anyone interacting with cattle.  I have had many mentors in the handling and care of cattle including my first ones:  my mother and father. ”

“I was fortunate to become involved with “distraction cattle handling” in Australia around 2007. Using a simple oral insert instrument to settle individual animals while caught is the core of distraction cattle handling. This welfare friendly manner of distracting cattle from fear and pain is my prime focus now.”

“Please read the biographies on this page of a really dedicated team who help me bring the EASY BOSS E device and distraction cattle handling to the world. One of the many highlights of this 2018 year has been their support and belief in distraction cattle handling.”

Terri Sharp

I’ve been involved with Easy Boss E pretty much from the start, around ten years ago. The Easy Boss E was recognised and developed by Dr Don Finlay as a humane and effective bovine distraction device.
This tool is an invaluable aid to the cattle industry, and I have been happy to document and put together some of the information/media available to Farmers, Stockmen, Veterinarians and Technicians, or anybody in the cattle industry who genuinely care about the well-being of their animals and the many benefits that this oral distraction device can offer to their business.
I look forward to seeing just how far we can go worldwide with the advantages and conveniences that the Easy Boss E presents.

Patrick Finlay

Hi, I am Patrick Finlay, the youngest person of the Easy Boss E team.  I am in year seven at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and am 12 years old.  I have been working with Easy Boss E for five years.  Before I was aware of that the device existed, I saw my dad using it to calm down upset cattle.  I recently enjoyed going to the Brunswick show, where I told interested visitors about the magnificent device at our display table.  I normally go with my Father when he has work with cattle and enjoy that very much, unless I am at school.

My hobbies include: studying the science category in school, going with my father to work, going to the beach, bushwalks and photography with my Mother, preserving nature, entomology, skiing and cattle-work.

Kathy Soltys

Kathy works in a mixed animal practice at the Minnedosa Veterinary clinic in Minnedosa, Manitoba.  2018 will be her 17th year as a Veterinary Technologist and her 12th with the Minnedosa clinic.  Kathy enjoys gardening, horseback riding and recently started boating during the warmer months.  Winters involve time at the hockey rink with her husband and two boys.

Kathy grew up on an acreage outside of Beaumont, Alberta with four siblings. All were pony clubbers during their youth.  Summers involved 3-day eventing or pony club functions; winters added downhill skiing.  Her father is a veterinarian who has worked mainly in the Alberta provincial pathology lab. He was instrumental in fostering her love for animals and exposing her to all types of experiences.  They had a handful of cattle which were part of a larger herd near Wetaskiwin, AB.  She fondly remembers bringing cow calf pairs home to care for during the summers.

“When I was first asked to try the Easy Boss E, I honestly thought “how could this simple device make a cow behave better?”.  I used it and I was impressed, and soon was in Saskatoon at the SVMA trade show telling all the other veterinary professionals about how great the device works.  My favorite thing about this product is that every time I’m working with cattle I can find another use for it.  I enjoy seeing other people’s reactions to the results they get when using the Easy Boss E oral distraction device.  Our clients appreciate that we are concerned for the comfort and welfare of their animals.  I’m looking forward to showing more people the benefits of the Easy Boss E.”

Aleisha Ham  

Aleisha grew up in Vancouver where she was involved in the show jumping world for many years.  Later she had the opportunity to live and work on a beautiful ranch in southern Alberta which is where she developed a love for cattle.  Currently Aleisha works at a veterinary clinic in Nanton, Alberta.  She enjoys learning something new everyday, being outdoors, hockey, riding, and cooking.  She loves working with animals and people which fits with her outgoing nature.

“I’m excited to be part of Easy Boss E team and hope I can further the knowledge of how to lessen your cattle stress.”

Nevada Benns

Nevada Benns is a Registered Veterinary Technician with a passion for cattle and ranching.  She grew up on her parent’s cow-calf operation and worked alongside her late father, Dr. Paul Benns.  She gained large animal veterinary experience from her father and completed her Bachelor of Science in animal biology.  Nevada currently resides back home in the foothills of Alberta.  Nevada understands the cattle industry and ranching lifestyle having worked with cattle her entire life.  She recognizes the need for efficiency while processing and treating cattle, and the risks of bodily harm involved when handling cattle in a chute system where livestock are stressed.  As an aspiring veterinarian, Nevada hopes to enlighten clients who make their livelihood in the cattle industry.  She believes using the easybosse device will be an asset to all bovine livestock producers and strongly feels that it will have a positive impact on both the animal and the owner from processing, treating, preg-checking, semen testing, and clipping 4H calves and show bulls for sales.

Norm Finlay

Norm was raised near Virden, Manitoba.  His early years were spent on the family farm where a herd of shorthorn cattle were part of his family’s life.  During high school he developed an interest in physics and computers and pursued those with the support of his parents.  He’s been employed with Brandon University as tech support and instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for the last 25 years.

“Don had been gathering videos and testimonies of people using the Easy Boss E oral distraction device and he was hoping to share these via the web.  I’d seen the benefits for cattle and cattle handlers and have a bit experience with website creation.  I thought I could learn some new techniques along the way to creating this one, and have done so.   There are some very interesting stories about people using the Easy Boss E device which show its benefits”