Ed and Charlotte Bothner from Beechy have been named Saskatchewan’s TESA (The Environmental Stewardship Award) winners for 2021.
The couple operates a cow-calf business on land north of the former Matador Community Pasture and 6,000 acres of native grass next to the South Saskatchewan River.
In the 1990s they seeded crop land back to grass, began rotational grazing and installed a watering system, said Tom Harrison during a presentation at the virtual Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association annual general meeting in June.
The couple has worked with the agriculture ministry on a land improvement policy and adjusts stocking rates to make sure the grass is always in good condition.
Harrison said the environmental improvements on the land are numerous.
In 2016, they signed a conservation easement under the SSGA Species at Risk Partnership on an Agricultural Landscape initiative and further modified rotational grazing systems and restored two dams for water.
The national TESA winner will be named during the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association semi-annual meeting later this summer.