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Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier and their three daughters, Olivia (6), Anne Rose (4) and Lila (1).

Resurrecting the family farm

Faces of Ag: Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier are determined to give their girls the same farm life that shaped them

As 25 ewes and a gangly baby llama mill around Christel Lanthier, her six-year-old daughter chats to her in French, the language they speak at home. She’s wondering if you want to know anything about the cats, Christel translates for a reporter. Olivia explains the names of the three cats and shows off her stuffed

Cora and Karl Hohenberg pose with “April,” a Gypsy cob yearling at their La Broquerie farm.

Gypsy winds

Faces of Ag: Cora and Karl Hohenberg’s lives are dedicated to horses — Traditional Gypsy cob horses in particular

William the Gypsy cob stallion was an eating machine, so when he lost his appetite Cora and Karl Hohenberg knew something was wrong. A vet looked William over, and the couple continued about their day, puttering around their wooded property near La Broquerie until the phone rang. It was the local vet telling them to

Michelle Gaudry has been named this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award winner.

Bring on the bison

Faces of Ag: Michelle Gaudry may not be a bison producer, but her support of the industry earned her this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award, the Manitoba Bison Association’s largest annual award

If you’re a bison rancher in Manitoba, chances are you know Michelle Gaudry. She has spent the last five years promoting the sector’s growth as an industry development specialist with the province. Bison ranchers will have seen her at Manitoba Bison Association (MBA) meetings or hosted her on a visit to their farm. They likely

Thomas and Felicity Hagan and family pose on their cow-calf and grass-fed beef operation near Oak Lake.

Grazing on display as Hagans take 2020 TESA award

Faces of Ag: Thomas and Felicity Hagan of Oak Lake have been named to this year’s provincial TESA award, given every year by the Manitoba Beef Producers to an operation that spotlights environmental farm practices

Thomas and Felicity Hagan of Oak Lake are the latest beef producers in the spotlight for their focus on the environment. The Hagans have been named to The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for Manitoba this year. The award, offered locally through the Manitoba Beef Producers, recognizes a beef operation that goes, “above and beyond standard

Soaring Eagle co-founder Tim Penner.

Innovative ideas took flight at an early age

Faces of Ag: Soaring Eagle co-founder Tim Penner’s eye for design started early

Tim Penner likes a challenge. As a teen, he used wire and plastic to build intricate models of farm equipment — a heavy harrow, a seeder. In his 20s, along with business partner Henry Elias, he built Soaring Eagle Grain Equipment and its Ultimate Swinging Drive Over conveyor from prototype to business. Two years in,

Foster Perkin, 15, takes machinery from fresh off the road to show ready in the days before Ag Days.

Shining up for Ag Days

Faces of Ag: Foster Perkin is only 15, but the young entrepreneur is already taking his business sense to Ag Days with a pre-show equipment cleaning service

One of the mainstays of Ag Days is the rows and rows of gleaming tractors, combines and other equipment. To the show visitor they’re just part of the expected view. But getting them there in such pristine shape takes a lot of hard work. One of those hard workers is an entrepreneurial 15-year-old from Elgin.

(Left to right) Michelle, Randy and Solange pose in the wintering yard.

Seine River Shepherds finds resilience in adding value

Faces of Ag: Tough weather, bad prices, made it clear why Randy Eros and Solange Dusablon turn their sheep into multiple revenue streams

A cold wind gusts over the frozen ruts of the wintering yard as Randy Eros guides his ewes into a holding pen with the aid of his sheep dog. “Pitou, couche (down). Couche!” Pitou, still a pup, needs plenty of guidance, which Randy calls to him in French. With the ewes safely penned, the black

Anthony Wilcox, along with his dad and grandpa, raise purebred Simmental and Speckle Park cattle near Treherne.

Their ‘Speckles’ are showing

Faces of Ag: For Anthony Wilcox, cattle shows have always been a family affair

Anthony Wilcox bought his first Speckle Park cow for a simple reason: his wife liked them. “I thought that they were really good looking,” said Ariel Wilcox. Speckle Park, a breed developed in Saskatchewan, is known for its black and white, dotted pattern. The smaller-framed animals are generally hardy, good mothers and produce quality carcasses,

Terri Decock and Devon Woodward attempt to pose with sow Dacotah, who is more interested in the camera.

From city slicker to pig whisperer

Faces of Ag: After the roly-poly porkers captured Terri Decock’s heart, she went from hobby farmer to Canada’s second-largest KuneKune breeder

“Babies!” Terri Decock calls. “Come see!” The blanket door to the red barn lifts. Fifteen ginger and spotted pigs dash into the snowy yard to mill around Terri’s feet and nudge a giggling reporter with their upturned snouts. They are KuneKune weanlings. The medium-size, roly-poly breed was originally raised by the Maori people in New

Brooks and Jen White farm about 
7,500 acres near Pierson, Manitoba. 

Regenerative agriculture by accident

Faces of Ag: Brooks and Jen White stumbled into regenerative agriculture before they knew what it was — now it’s the foundation of their farm

Brooks and Jen White want a smaller farm. It may seem like a strange ambition, but that is an actual part of their five-year plan — to be smaller in acreage than they are now. “For me, what regenerative ag means is becoming more profitable on a smaller scale — on fewer acres,” Brooks said.