Red River Ex selects Farm Family of the Year

The Friesen family has welcomed many visitors to help bring public awareness of dairy farming

The Red River Exhibition Association (RREA) has officially named the Friesen family of Kleefeld, Manitoba, owner/operators of Friecrest Holsteins, as the 2015 Farm Family of the Year.

Ed and Kathy Friesen along with their four daughters Alyssa, Loralie, Janelle and Jocelyn have joined a distinguished list of 49 other families who have been honoured with this award since its inception in 1966.

“This annual award celebrates the steadfast people in our rural communities whose efforts continually enhance the way of life of their families, neighbours, and the Manitoba economy. It is our honour to recognize the forerunners in this important provincial industry as we profile the diversity and achievements of exceptionally deserving families,” said Garth Rogerson, CEO of the RREA. “The Friesen family is an ambassador and leader in Manitoba’s agricultural industry and personifies the qualities recognized by this title.”

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Ed and Kathy started Friecrest Holsteins in 1999 and have always been very active in their community and the dairy-farming industry. Their farm is a glowing example of the pride and dedication that Manitoba dairy farmers have for their farms and the products that they harvest each day.

Both Ed and Kathy have served on many boards and organizations including being involved with the activities of four busy daughters.

But the Friesen family has never hesitated to open their farm to outsiders in order to help bring awareness to their industry. They have hosted many tours and groups through their facilities always willing to answer questions, provide hands-on demonstrations and show anyone who is interested what their daily life is all about. Whether it’s a group of 20 or an individual tour, Ed and Kathy are proud to share the importance of their industry, the pride in their animals and the exceptional products they produce.

“The Friesen family stood out in the selection process for Farm Family of the Year. Their passion for what they do, their devotion to the community and their exemplary efforts to share their knowledge and experience is extremely evident,” said Morris Deveson, chair of the Farm Family of the Year committee.

The Friesen family will be officially acknowledged at a reception held in their honour on Monday, June 15 as part of celebrations surrounding the 2015 Red River Ex.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Farm Family program. Representatives from all 50 families are invited to attend this year’s dinner to celebrate their achievements and the inroads that the agriculture industry continues to make today.

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