Congratulations to the Blackhurst Family, this year’s Farm Family Award recipients!
Every two years, Big Lakes County gets to nominate a deserving farm family to be recognized as Farm Family of the Year for Big Lakes County at Farm Fair International in Edmonton.
This year, George and Kathy and Ted and Leigh of Blackhurst Ranch Ltd. are being recognized for their hard work as ranchers and their contributions to the County.
Blackhurst Ranch Ltd. was established in 1993 by George and Ted, who now run 1800 head of cattle in Prairie Echo. They run their operation firmly from the saddle and have worked to keep their operation on horseback and reduce their mechanical dependency by using rotational strategies, on-pasture winter feeding, direct sales strategies, and novel uses of technology via contracted services. In addition, the family values their community by volunteering with the Elks Pro Rodeo, 4-H, with minor sports, contributing to the management of the High Prairie Provincial Grazing Reserve, and sitting in advisory roles to municipal governance.
If you see them out and around the County or in Town, send congrats their way!