Investing in technology like new cattle genetics and alternative grazing practices have been key factors in the Colborn farm’s longevity.
The Colborns have always made investments in new technology a key part of their farm business plan. This applies to their egg production and cattle herds, and also to their grain production operation, where there have been dramatic changes since the first Colborns started planting wheat in 1910.
Shawn Colborn is a fifth-generation poultry producer at Delisle, Saskatchewan, but he’s not likely to be the last Colborn in the egg business. For more than a century, the Colborn family has made egg production a part of their multi-generation family farm.
The Colborn family of Delisle, Saskatchewan, has found the secret to keeping a farm in the family for at least six generations. As Ron Colborn, a fourth-generation farmer, puts it: “It’s family first, then farm.”
In Canada, cattle are part of the prairie grasslands ecosystem, helping keep our native grasslands intact.
Stories about people going without food resonate especially with farmers, who look for ways to use their own production to help.
Six or seven times a year, about 90,000 freshly-hatched chicks are dropped off at the Martinka broiler chicken operation. The Martinka family has been in the chicken business for 15 years.
Evesque loves working with these birds and appreciates the opportunity to produce a product consumers want. Evesque produces 50,000 kilograms of chicken every few months.
By sharing information about food production, “farmers and ranchers can engage with consumers who have questions about their food and how it gets to their plate.”
Meet Erika Stewart, a rancher in Saskatchewan and the Provincial Coordinator for Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program.
The McGrath family’s venture into the hog business has been a way to grow the farm, produce more food, and create jobs for the local community.
At a time when consumers and ranchers have more questions about beef production than ever, The Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence is finding answers.
Chantelle Donahue has had a first-hand look at the country’s food chain. As well as being a farmer, Chantelle is a vice president and commercial leader for Cargill.