Check out Saskatchewan farms! (April 21, 2022)
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TOUR 1: Carlton Trail–STgenetics Tour (Saskatoon)
Catch the bus and head to the historic Fort Carlton Region for your first stop, Vanzessen Dairy Inc. Here you will see a beautiful new loose housing barn boasting an exceptional herd.
Next, travel south to Foth Ventures, beautifully located next to the South Saskatchewan River. At this stop, you will encounter a large facility with 900 milking cows, a state-of-the-art Boumatic rotary parlour and sand bedded free stalls. Foth Ventures also reclaims all of their sand.
Hop back on the bus and enjoy the drive through Saskatchewan’s most densely populated dairy area on your way to Sunnyside Dairy. Here you will see an on-farm processing facility and a great herd of cows. Try their milk on tap or visit their marketplace for meats and baked goods!
Next, travel to Nienhuis Family Farm. Here you will see a newly renovated DeLaval robot facility. Nienhuis Family Farm also boasts an impressive group of animals with some of the best genetics from across the country as well as many homebred beauties.
After Nienhuis Family Farm, we’re off to the hotel in preparation for an evening at Prairieland Park, the site of the National Convention sale and supper!
TOUR 2: Eagle Creek–Sexed Ultra 4M Tour (Saskatoon)
Catch the last bus out of town and head north to Hyljon Holsteins. The Hylkema’s are Master Breeders. Here you will have the chance to visit a large state-of-the-art facility with a rotary Boumatic parlour and a sand-bedded free stall at one farm. You will also have the chance to see the other farm, which has recycled bedding and a parallel parlour.
Next, you will travel to Alley Holsteins. They own one of Saskatchewan’s most recent Master Breeder herds. Here you will see a recently built GEA parallel parlour as well as a tunnel ventilated sand bedded free stall barn.
From Alley, we will head south to Vandenbrink Dairyfarms. They have recently built a state of the art cross-ventilated sand bedded free stall barn featuring four DeLaval robots and other automated equipment.
After Vandenbrink’s, we will travel to Kielstra Dairy, also a recently built dairy facility featuring a tunnel ventilated sand bedded free stall barn with a state-of-the-art DeLaval parallel parlour. Kielstra Dairy is also the home of the YouTube famous SaskDutch Kid. Take your chance to hear his story.
After Kielstra’s farm, we’re off to the hotel in preparation for an evening at Prairieland Park, the site of the National Convention sale and supper!
TOUR 3: Saskatchewan Plains–Ecofeed Tour (Regina)
Catch the bus and head east to Chris-Adie Holsteins. Here at the Flaman’s you will have the chance to see a brand new GEA robot facility with straw bedded stalls. Chris-Adie Holsteins is the home to a rich history of both tremendous genetics as well as some of the most involved people in the Canadian dairy industry.
Next, we will travel to Lovholm Holsteins. Lovholm Holsteins is owned by the Lovich family, one of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer finalists. The farm boasts an amazing herd of cows with many great cow families, including international favorite Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha. Lovholm Holsteins is a tie-stall facility located just off the Trans-Canada highway.
From Lovholm, we will travel north to Kenbert Acres. Here you will see a brand new DeLaval robot, sand bedded free stall barn with a flush system for cleaning alleys. Kenbert Acres also has a tremendous herd of cattle with many having success at shows across western Canada over the years.
After Kenbert Acres, we’re off to the hotel in preparation for an evening at Prairieland Park, the site of the National Convention sale and supper!
Alternative Tour: River Valley Tour (Saskatoon)
Sleep in a little bit, then hop on the bus and head to the Western Development Museum. Here you will enjoy breakfast and take a look at Saskatchewan’s rich heritage.
After WDM you will travel south to Black Fox Distillery, an outstanding distillery with an amazing story. Enjoy drink tasting and a farm tour while you learn the history of the Black Fox Distillery.
Next, hop on the bus and head north to Sunnyside Dairy. Here you will see Saskatchewan’s only on farm processing facility. Try their milk on tap or visit their marketplace for meats and baked goods.
After Sunnyside, we’re off to the hotel in preparation for an evening at Prairieland Park, the site of the National Convention sale and supper!