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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

Bill Gibson is among those sheep producers to manage his herd through adaptive grazing.

No wool over their eyes

Grazing preference, fencing, and parasite issues are among the quirks sheep producers deal with when attempting high stock density grazing

Markus Wand can draw on a long family history of high intensity rotational grazing and adapting it to different species. His operation, Wand Family Farm near Powassan, Ont., has been rotationally grazing since the ’70s when Markus’s father, Klaus, bought a dairy farm and turned to the practice to help manage the farm’s purebred herd.


These portable, solar-powered automatic gate release timers are allowing farmers to graze cattle faster through smaller paddocks, while decreasing labour demands.

Using sun power to open gates

Neil Dennis could see the advantages of intensively grazing small paddocks by moving his cattle often — but going to the fields every two hours to move the herd was time consuming. Now he gets the sun to open those gates for him with the help of a portable solar-powered automatic gate release timer sold