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Students from Lakeland College’s student-managed farm commercial beef unit with the school’s first cheque from the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot. In front (from left) Michelle Duckworth, Loralee Ryan, Mikayla Blaschuk and Hayley Clark. In back (from left) are program head Bevin Hamilton and students Josh Arnold, Morgan Attrux and Keegan Miller.

Small cheque and big excitement for animal science students

An $18.52 cheque caused excitement among Lakeland College animal science technology students earlier this year. Students involved in the commercial beef unit of the student-managed farm received the payment in March after an animal they sold was processed through certified sustainable operations of the beef-supply chain. That triggered Lakeland’s first cheque through the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration […] Read more


Roy Kubica, sitting next to Lakeland College president Alice Wainwright-Stewart, says he knows the value of hands-on learning.

Donation helps college expand its student-managed farm

When Roy Kubica retired from farming, he thought of his alma mater. Earlier this month, the Class of 1966 Lakeland College alumnus donated $500,000 to buy land for the college’s student-managed farm. “I have put it in my mind that I am giving away a farm,” said Kubica, who retired from farming with his brother […] Read more

Lakeland College gets VBP+ certification

Lakeland College is the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to attain Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) certification. Having the school’s herd of 220 beef cattle fall under this certification makes it “an example for future producers,” said Melissa Downing, Alberta VBP+ co-ordinator. “We can help influence students going through the program so they can become familiar […] Read more


Accompanied by her grandson Spencer Boles (front row, far left), Judy Sweet (front row, second from the left) presents her donation to Josie Van Lent, dean of Lakeland’s School of Agricultural Sciences, and Geoff Brown, associate dean. In the rear (from left to right) are: Ethan Winsnes (sheep unit manager), Hannah Olsen (students’ association president), Brantley Wasmuth (crops assistant manager), Connor English (research unit manager), Jonathan Lange (dairy unit manager), Colton Nickipelo (general manager), Jarrett Hargrave (purebred beef unit manager), and Erica Horner (commercial beef unit manager).

Donation to aid Lakeland College farmland expansion

A $500,000 donation will allow Lakeland College to buy more land for its farm operations. The donation came from Judy Sweet, who had previously donated funds to modernize and expand the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility, which officially opened two years ago. Sweet and her late husband, Garth Sweet, raised purebred simmental cattle for more […] Read more

New animal health clinic almost ready

Construction of a new animal health clinic at Lakeland College’s Vermilion campus should be completed by March, with the animal health technology and veterinary medical assistant programs set to move into the $8.2-million, 15,000-square-foot facility by September. The clinic has a larger lab space, separate cat and dog wards, a dental lab, a new surgical […] Read more


College farm completes Environmental Farm Plan

Lakeland College is the first post- secondary institution in Alberta to complete an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). From January to April, about 50 second-year students in animal science technology, crop technology, and other programs worked together to complete the EFP on the college’s student-managed farm at the Vermilion campus. The experience enabled the students to […] Read more