Tyler and Dorelle Fulton this year’s OYF winners

Birtle-area ranchers and hay exporters Tyler and Dorelle Fulton have been chosen as Manitoba’s 2013 Outstanding Young Farmers.

“We’re really excited and energetic about agriculture in Canada, and we’re going to do our best to pass that message on,” said Tyler, shortly after receiving the award from Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn at this year’s ceremony held at Elkhorn Resort.

The Fultons, with five-year-old twins Evan and Mae, have been running a 450-head cow-calf operation and backgrounding lot in a joint venture with Tyler’s parents for six years, as well as a hay export business.

Tyler grew up on a mixed farm with beef cattle, grain and strawberries. His father was involved with the Manitoba Cattle Producer’s Association and his mother worked on the Federal Farm Debt Review Board.

In 1999, Tyler got a bachelor of science in agribusiness. With his off-farm career focused on risk management in the livestock sector, he is completing his Derivative Market Specialist designation.

He worked full time in Winnipeg for [email protected] Marketing Services for 10 years and still works for the organization part time managing the futures trading and feed merchandising activities at [email protected], developing tools and strategies for assisting hog producers in managing market price risk.

Dorelle works part time as a financial adviser for Parks Canada and takes care of the children. Dorelle was raised in Winnipeg and got her Chartered Accountancy designation there, working with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and later for CanWest Global.

Tyler serves as vice-chairman for Park West School Division and Dorelle is chair of the local library board.

Their farming philosophy values a balance between family and work, environmental and economic sustainability, risk management and operational innovation.

In his comments, Farm Credit Corporation’s Tyler Thompson, one of three judges, cited the Fultons’ impressive “professionalism, attention to detail, and care for the environment.”

As in past years, judging for the 33rd annual event was based on progress in agricultural careers, environmental stewardship, production history, financial and management practices, contributions to the well-being of the community, and financial progress.

The Fultons will travel to the upcoming National OYF event, where two out of seven honourees from all regions of the country will be chosen as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers.

Finalists for the 2013 OYF Manitoba award were Bryce Lobreau, a Pipestone-area organic farmer who raises cattle and grain on 4,500 acres; Allan and Carolyn Nykoliation, ranchers from Crandall; and Steven Boerchers and Ellen Gorter, a couple who run a dairy farm and high-end genetics operation near Beausejour.

Last year’s winners were Dustin and Laura Williams from Souris.

OYF nominations are open to any individual, couple or managing partner/shareholder who makes the majority of farm management decisions, derives at least two-thirds of gross revenue from farming and is less than 40 years old on Jan. 1.

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