Red Deer County News

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Entrepreneurial Ag Tour Highlights

Ag Tour 2017 (1)

During the 2017 Entrepreneurial Agriculture Tour, attendees were able to take in some of Red Deer County’s finest enterprising ventures. This year, there were five stops that highlighted different aspects of the agriculture industry. For more pictures from the tour, take a look at page 12 inside.

At Hamilton Farms, tour goers listened to information about the breeding of purebred Angus bulls. The Hamiltons sell yearlings to commercial operations, cow-calf and feedlots. Bulls can be a speciality market with some world champion bulls selling for over $500,000. Belvin Angus holds an annual sale, where they sell approximately 70 bulls through on-site sales, online and virtual video sales. Technology is incorporated into the Hamilton operation through the use of cameras with video feeds accessible on cell phones.

Chalack Farms provided information on dairy farming, showcasing a new barn with a robotic milker. Wendy and Don Chalack currently milk about 70 cows, have 100 head breeding stock, sell breeding bulls, have 20 commercial beef cows, small black Angus herd, own 250 acres of hay land and rent 600 acres of cultivated land. The dairy cows produce about 53,000 litres of milk every two days.

The Kaun Farm is a crop farm that grows a rotation of wheat, barley and clubroot resistant canola. The Kauns are participating in a three year project to evaluate precision farming practices.

Red Shed Malting is one of the first malt houses in Alberta to use a roaster capable of roasting 120 kg batches. The Hamill malting facility supplies malt product to craft brewers throughout Alberta. The Hamills were awarded the Business Start-Up Entrepreneurial Award in 2015.

Spruit Farms provided insight into the technology required to operate a 250 sow, farrow to finish operation. The Spruit’s have incorporated electronic sow feeders into their daily operations. Spruit Farms is also host to the unique belted galloway cattle, named for their white band around their black bodies.

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