WestMan mixed farm is recipient of the 2018 Turtle Mountain Conservation District conservation award

G & B Farms spans more than 2,700 acres and includes a large livestock component

Gordon and Brenda Adams and their children Colin and Lacey were the recipients of the 2018 Turtle Mountain Conservation District Award presented at the December 10 MCDA banquet in Brandon.

Gordon and Brenda Adams together with their two children Colin and Lacey manage G & B Farms, comprised of Black Angus cows, horses and chickens, and a land base of 2,720 acres spread between the Turtle Mountains, Whitewater Lake, Medora and Pipestone. At Pipestone there are 1,120 acres of native pasture, never broken, plus the farm has rented acres devoted to hay, alfalfa grass mix, and corn for silage.

The farm family’s conservation practices include rotational grazing and some pastures in twice-over rotation, plus they mob graze, giving their grass ample time for regrowth.

The couple has participated in several TMCD programs including employing portable watering systems, abandoned well sealing and portable wind-break programs to keep cattle on the land year round.

With other partners, the Adams have also worked to protect 1,325 acres of upland and wetland habitat, and 60 acres of native grass to support species at risk.

The Adams are a very active rodeo family, with Gordon serving as a judge and Brenda as timekeeper. Lacey is involved with the Foothills Cowboys Association in Alberta and Colin competes professionally across Canada and the U.S.

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