Dairy farmers from Balgonie, Sask., have been named the winners of Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmer program for this year.
Michael and Jessica Lovich operate Lovholm Holsteins with their three daughters Reata, Renelle and Raelyn, aged 11, 10 and six.
The Loviches moved from Alberta in 2015, the same year they bred the supreme champion cow at the World Dairy Expo.
They milk 70 cows and in 2019 were in the top 20 classified herds of their size in Canada. The following year they were in the top 10 for master breeder status in Holstein Canada.
The family hosts farm tours and is helping agricultural students with their internships. Through the University of Laval an agronomy student from Quebec is at the farm and in August they expect a student from Denmark.
Jessica said they believe educating people about dairy specifically and agriculture in general is part of their job.
“We’re all kind of in this game together,” she said.
The other nominee this year was Stuart Chutter, who operates a regenerative cattle operation near Killaly.
The Loviches will compete at the national competition in Saskatoon in December.
The Saskatchewan OYF committee is also gearing up for a national alumni event in November 2022.