ABOVE: Dave and Krista McBain harvested their first commercial-scale garlic crop in 1996. Since then, they have expanded their business to become one of the largest garlic producers in the province.
BELOW: M & M Garlic at White Fox, Sask., offers 18 products that contain fresh Canadian garlic, including raw garlic, garlic powder, salsas, pickled carrots and pickled beans.  |  Brian Cross photo

Homegrown garlic venture follows unique path

When Saskatchewan grain and oilseed producers Dave and Krista McBain started looking for a specialty crop to supplement their farm income, they decided to head off the beaten path. The McBains pulled together 35 pounds of seed garlic and planted their first commercial-scale garlic crop in the spring of 1996. They harvested more than 100 […] Read more

Cain Quam practices cowboy mounted shooting in his arena near Kendal, Sask.  | William DeKay photo

Family giddy-ups to fast-paced sport

KENDAL, Sask. — For some, the sport called cowboy mounted shooting is about the rush of competition, a passion for horses and the challenge. For others, there’s the romance of experiencing the culture of the wild west in the 21st century. For some, like the Quam family of Kendal, Sask., the sport has it all. […] Read more

Gloria and Calvin Penner are happy to see their children taking an interest in the farm.  |  Ed White photo

Man. producers keep the family in family farm

ELM CREEK, Man. — The Penners aren’t trapped in farming. It’s a lifestyle they have embraced from one generation to the next. “I always enjoyed the farm life, but I didn’t ever think I’d grow up and live on a grain farm,” said Gloria Penner, who lives with her husband, Calvin, on a farm in […] Read more

Denis and Andrea Forstbauer with their children, Asher, Faith, Judah, Felix and Joseph, on their farm near Armena, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Growers commit to connecting consumers

Armena, Alta. — Through the months of July to September, as many as eight people might be pulling weeds or harvesting vegetables on Denis and Andrea Forstbauer’s farm. The people aren’t there for a paycheque. Instead, they’re picking food that will likely end up on their dinner plate the following day. The Forstbauers operate a […] Read more

The Zuidhof family: Jeffrey, left, Martin, Annette, Victor, Allison and Ashely. Missing is daughter Jessica. | Maria Johnson photo

Third generation continues legacy on Alta. farm

LACOMBE, Alta. — Zuidhof Feeders sprawls over the rise of a hill in the rolling parkland of central Alberta. Its towering feed mill can be seen for miles. Pens of feeder cattle are squared off over the hillside. Hundreds of bales are stacked in rows nearby. Adjacent to the farm site, cattle dot the landscape. […] Read more

Kelly, left, and Jeff Yorga with their Division 3 champion Limousin bull, JYF Dead Head 296D, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.  |  Photo supplied by Jeff Yorga

Limousin breeders build sound reputation

Kelly and Jeff Yorga won big recently at a major livestock show, but they say their commercial success is what counts

FLINTOFT, Sask. — Success in the show ring is great, but success in the sale ring and ultimately calves on the ground are what drive Limousin breeders Kelly and Jeff Yorga. The father and son team’s most recent experience with the first came at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January with their […] Read more

The Elder family poses with some of their purebred Charolais. Sitting are Keanan, left, 12, Klay, 9 and Cassidi, 14. Standing are Donna, left, Ron, Mike and Judy.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. ranch learns from adversity

CORONACH, Sask. — The Elders’ purebred Charolais have garnered their share of slaps and banners in the show ring. “This year at (Canadian Western) Agribition in 2017, we won the Charolais barn and then the president’s classic, which is an all-breed bull calf show,” said Mike Elder. “We were fortunate to be slapped champion. That […] Read more

Merle Morton, Darcy Olesky and Blake Morton are partners at Shiloh Cattle Company, which won the purebred Red Angus of the year award last year. Located between Drumheller and Hanna, the ranch is more than 100 years old.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Purebred cattle cornerstone of Alta. ranch

100-year-old Shiloh Cattle Co. in southeastern Alberta has evolved from a commercial herd to purebred Red Angus 

CRAIGMYLE, Alta. — Blake Morton and Darcy Olesky are dedicated to their art. The art in this case is the pair’s dedication to producing quality purebred cattle at Shiloh Cattle Company in southeastern Alberta. The fourth-generation ranch was established in 1909 by Blake’s great-grandfather, Kingsley Morton. It evolved over time from a commercial spread to […] Read more

Deryl and Bernie Ring check out a sick baby alpaca on their farm near Saskatoon. The constipated animal was soon feeling better after some treatment.  |  Sean Pratt photo

Raising alpacas is a tough business to quit

Deryl Ring knows there is something wrong with his baby alpaca when it lies down on its side. It is a telltale sign that the animal is constipated and in need of a dose of mineral oil at both ends. After 20 years in the alpaca business he is well-versed in reading their body language […] Read more