Ranchers Recognized For Environmental Stewardship

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Brian and Glenys Weedon of the Weedon Ranch near Swift Current, Sask. are the 2011 recipients of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) a national award presented by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

TESA recognizes innovative sustainable management practices and stewardship initiatives that ensure a sustainable future for the beef cattle industry.

The Weedons were one of four families nominated, and received their award during the CCA semi-annual meeting and International Livestock Congress in Calgary. They exemplify the ability to work successfully within a unique ecosystem, Lynn Grant, chair of the CCA’s Environment Committee said in a release.

“This is a tremendous honour for us and a humbling experience all at the same time,” said Brian.

“Over the last 20 or 30 years, driving around our area in Western Canada, I think what we’re doing on our ranch at one time might have been considered the exception but I believe now it is the norm.”

Glenys said the award recognizes what has been Brian’s vision for the past 30 years.

“Brian has taken a very good sandhill ranch and he’s made it a great ranch,” she said.

The Weedon Ranch encompasses approximately 11,500 acres of native prairie range and 1,920 acres of tame grass in the dry brown soil zone of Saskatchewn. Located near Swift Current, the ranch is mostly in a sandhill ecosystem, making water and grass management a priority.

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