Alberta feedlot recognized

Shipwheel Cattle Feeders Ltd. of Taber, operated by the Holtman family, is a recipient of this year’s inaugural Alltech Canada Planet of Plenty Award. | Screencap via shipwheelcattlefeeders.ca

An Alberta company is being honoured as a role model of sustainable agriculture that is helping to create a world of abundance.

Shipwheel Cattle Feeders Ltd. of Taber, operated by the Holtman family, is a recipient of this year’s inaugural Alltech Canada Planet of Plenty Award.

“Over several generations, Shipwheel Cattle Feeders have maintained an unwavering dedication to their goal of continually improving their land base, the animals entrusted to their care, and the community around them,” said a statement by Alltech Canada.

“All management decisions are made through the lens of their holistic goal: any actions must be congruent with their purpose, while also building their future resource base and improving quality of life.

“Shipwheel is a place of continual learning, where curiosity and innovation are tempered with thoughtfulness and proper planning, thereby setting the stage for expanding our understanding of regenerative agriculture practices.”

As a family-owned company headquartered in the United States, Alltech provides products that aim to reduce environmental impact and improve consumer nutrition while improving the performance and health of animals and plants, said the statement.

The Planet of Plenty Awards aim to “reward those who are furthering a world of abundance through nutritional and digital technologies, innovation, and sustainable management practices in the agri-food sector.”

Along with Shipwheel Cattle Feeders, Burnbrae Farms of Lyn, Ont., was also honoured with the award. The company is one of Canada’s leading egg producers, said the statement.

“Their commitment to innovation and the environment has allowed the company to achieve significant milestones on its mission to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and goal of continuously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Besides honouring the two companies, one of the objectives of the awards is to promote the work of the agri-food sector as a whole, Mark Lyons, president and chief executive officer of Alltech, said in the statement.

“Through partnerships and storytelling, we hope to elevate the agri-food sector so it is recognized for its ability to address several of the most significant issues that our planet faces: nutrition, human and animal well-being, and the preservation of natural resources.”

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