The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association handed out “The Environmental Stewardship Award” last night during their banquet. 

The 2018 Award went to Blain and Naomi Hjertaas of Hjertaas Farms at Redvers who have been farming since 1974.

"It's awesome to be recognized by your peers, I'm so humbled to have a group of cattleman than recognize," Blaine said. "It just warms me to the bottom of the heart. I just can't say enough thank yous to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association for them placing the trust in me."

Blaine says in the late 1990’s the couple changed their grain operation to grass and started using a holistic management approach to improve the soil and grass.

He runs a few cattle as well as does some custom grazing.

"We have about 130 pairs of cow-calfs plus the 500 ewe and all of their lambs at this moment at the farm," he said. "Our farm consists of 800 acres, so our stock, stocking rate, and stocking density, is very high compared to what most people have, we are probably double to two and a half times more animals more acre and yet we seem to have more grass than anyone else."

He says their holistic approach includes multiple paddocks where he grazes the cattle and sheep together for a short period of time and then lets the grass fully recover before he comes back to it. 

Blain notes they are in the process of transitioning out of the farm and turning things over to his son and daughter-in-law.

 

 

More Ag News

2019 Saskatchewan Agriculture Scholarship Applications Now Open

The theme ‘Our Food has a Story,’ is designed to get young people thinking about the relationship between agriculture and the food they eat. Agriculture Minister David Marit says the scholarship…

Bunge Getting Pushed To Make Changes

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that investment firm D.E.Shaw & Co. has boosted its stake in Bunge Ltd. and is pushing the grain trader to make operational improvements and add board members.…

Canada Secures Access In Key ASEAN Markets

The Government of Canada has announced new market access for live cattle exports to the Philippines, as well as sheep and goat genetics exports to Indonesia and the Philippines. “Canada is building…

Healing And Health Through Food

The Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine in Winnipeg is doing work to learn more about harnessing the health benefits of the food we eat. Researchers are working on foods,…

Cereals Canada Takes Part In Italy Meetings

Cereals Canada President Cam Dahl joined Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay during a stop in Italy last week. The two took part in talks surrounding country of origin labeling on pasta,…

Saskatchewan Is Key Player In Global Fertilizer Industry

A change in the weather should see some good harvest activity over the next week. Farmers continue to work on increasing production to meet growing population needs and for many producers, fertilizer…

Still Time To Donate To FCC Drive Away Hunger Campaign

Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger Campaign helps to provide meals for food banks here in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Individuals are encouraged to stop by their local FCC office or…

North West Terminal Cancels Weekend Deliveries After Fire

The office at North West Terminal re-opened Friday, following a fire early Thursday morning. North West Terminal thanking the Unity Fire Department and all the volunteers for their efforts and…

USDA October WASDE Report 'Modestly Friendly'

There was a slight bump in the markets Thursday following the release of the USDA October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Jon Driedger, senior market analyst with…

Update On Grain Dryer Fire At North West Terminal

Unity RCMP sending out an update on that fire at the North West Grain Terminal. As of 3:22 pm on Thursday RCMP and Unity Fire crews were still at the scene of the fire. RCMP responded to a call of a…

DiscoverMooseJaw.com is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login