P: Steam rises as one inquisitive cow pokes up her head for a better view. | Mike Sturk photo

Cattle call – photo essay

Photo essay | Members of the MacMillan Colony near Cayley, Alta., sorted cattle Feb. 3 as calving continues. | Mike Sturk photos

Members of the MacMillan Colony near Cayley, Alta., sorted cattle Feb. 3 as calving continues. | Mike Sturk photos    

A Great Pyrenees watchdog takes its job seriously. | Mike Sturk photo

Lambing season – photo essay

Photo essay | More than 700 lambs are expected over the next two months at the Lomond Hutterite Colony near Lomond, Alta. These photos were taken Jan. 14. | Mike Sturk photos


More than 700 lambs are expected over the next two months at the Lomond Hutterite Colony near Lomond, Alta. These photos were taken Jan. 14. | Mike Sturk photos      

P: Carl Vanderploeg waves to his son, Logan. | Mike Sturk photo

Winter move – photo essay

Photo essay | 
The Vanderploeg family recently moved cattle from a pasture near Vulcan, Alta., to the home ranch east of Brant. | Mike Sturk photos


The Vanderploeg family recently moved cattle from a pasture near Vulcan, Alta., to the home ranch east of Brant. | Mike Sturk photos


A great horned owl sits on a row of snow-covered round bales near the bin yard after the storm hit.  | Mike Sturk photo

Racing the clock – photo essay

Photo Essay | Workers rushed to put together two grain bins on Charlie and Justin Flowers’ farm near High River, Alta., as a snowstorm approached on Dec. 21. They barely completed the job before the storm blew in. | Mike Sturk photos

Workers rushed to put together two grain bins on Charlie and Justin Flowers’ farm near High River, Alta., as a snowstorm approached on Dec. 21. They barely completed the job before the storm blew in. | Mike Sturk photos

A bighorn ram curls its upper lip, enabling the transfer of air carrying pheromones to an organ in the roof of the mouth. This tells the ram if there are any ewes in the area that are in estrus and ready to mate. | Mike Sturk photo

Mating season – photo essay

Photo essay | Freelance photographer Mike Sturk spent time last month with a flock of bighorn sheep in the Sheep Sanctuary near Turner Valley, Alta. The rut or mating season takes place during November and December. | Mike Sturk photos


Freelance photographer Mike Sturk spent time last month with a flock of bighorn sheep in the Sheep Sanctuary near Turner Valley, Alta. The rut or mating season takes place during November and December. | Mike Sturk photos


The cattle are collected in holding corrals west of Millarville. | Mike Sturk photo

Fall roundup – photo essay

Photo essay | 
The Meadows family of Aldersyde, Alta., recently moved 230 cow-calf pairs from a grazing lease in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country to their 
home range. | Mike Sturk photos

The Meadows family of Aldersyde, Alta., recently moved 230 cow-calf pairs from a grazing lease in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country to their home range. | Mike Sturk photos

Taylor Broderson of Fort MacLeod, Alta., lets go of the rope after successfully roping her calf in the breakaway roping event. | Mike Sturk photo

High school rodeo

Photo essay | The first Alberta High School Rodeo Association junior event of the 2020-21 season was held in Nanton, Alta., earlier this month. | Mike Sturk photos

The first Alberta High School Rodeo Association junior event of the 2020-21 season was held in Nanton, Alta., earlier this month. | Mike Sturk photos

Logan Vanderploeg unloads Cam Ostercamp’s horse-down hay wagon. | Mike Sturk photo

Hay day mixes old with new – photo essay

Photo essay | It was a mix of old-time haying with some mechanization thrown in at the Vanderploeg farm east of Brant, Alta., Aug. 22. Two heavy horse teams with hay wagons joined two bale trucks as the family loaded and stacked a field of 200 bales. Logan and Caslo Vanderploeg handled loading bales with two tractors while the rest of the Vanderploeg family pitched in, including Carl, Haley, Ryan and Logan’s wife Alex, plus Cam and Debbie Ostercamp. The hay crop in various locations doubled this year. | Mike Sturk photos

It was a mix of old-time haying with some mechanization thrown in at the Vanderploeg farm east of Brant, Alta., Aug. 22. Two heavy horse teams with hay wagons joined two bale trucks as the family loaded and stacked a field of 200 bales. Logan and Caslo Vanderploeg handled loading bales with two tractors while […] Read more


Arrowwood, Alta - Aug. 23, 2020 - Friends of Leo Gooch pitch bundles of oats into the threshing machine at a threshing bee at the Gooch farm south of Arrowwood. | Mike Sturk photo

Threshing bee – photo essay

Photo essay | Friends of Leo Gooch participated in a threshing bee at the Gooch farm south of Arrowwood, Alta., Aug. 23. | Mike Sturk photos

Friends of Leo Gooch participated in a threshing bee at the Gooch farm south of Arrowwood, Alta., Aug. 23. | Mike Sturk photos

Hutterite boys collect garlic seed in the colony garden in preparation for next year’s crop.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Bringing in the crop

Members of the Parkland Hutterite colony are harvesting the bounty of their vegetable crops. From garlic and cucumbers to corn, they store and sell their garden produce. | Mike Sturk photos