HTA is breeder of the year

By Joan Airey

Submitted Article

Shawn and Tanya Airey and family received the Purebred Charolais Breeder of the Year Award at the All Breeds Banquet in Brandon on Jan. 9. They own HTA Charolais Farms near Rivers and have 150 purebred cows.

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Beef Bits - Jan. 14

By Jillian Burt and Kate-Leigh Heapy

Club Reporters

Rivers 4-H Beef Club held its fourth meeting on Sunday, Jan. 3 at Rivers Collegiate. On Jan. 17 our club will be cleaning MacDon equipment at Westman Communications Group Place Brandon’s Keystone Centre); we are doing this in preparation for Ag Days. We are looking forward to hearing 4-H speeches on Jan. 24; judges are still awaiting confirmation.

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A vital part of farm life


Photo courtesy of the Black family.

Article submitted by Alex Campbell

Director, Manitoba Agricultural Museum

In the fall of 2014, Mr. Bruce Black of the Brandon area let the Museum copy negatives of photographs taken around 1920 on the farms operated by the Black Family in the Brandon area. This photo shows a wagon with tandem teams hitched to the wagon with the evener for the lead team directly hooked on the tip of the wagon tongue. The use of tandem teams probably indicates a long haul was being undertaken or the haul involved a steep grade. Normally, a single team was used if the haul was just three or four miles and no grades worth mentioning were encountered on the trip. 

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Another year completed for Acres of Hope project

By Ron Krahn


Acres of Hope is a local growing project that raises money for Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB).  Local farmers and businesses grow crops on donated or rented land with as many donated crop inputs (seed, fertilizer, chemical) as possible to raise money to help end world hunger. Our project has been in existence since 1998 and is run by a committee of local farmers and volunteers. For the past 17 years we have had a field in the Rivers area and another field southwest of Oak River. 2015 was the first year without a field close to Rivers, as we were not able to find a parcel of land to farm for the project.  

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Rivers 4-H members busy

By Justin McKee

Club Reporter

Rapid City 4-H Rodeo Club has been busy this fall! We reorganized in September and elected our new executive: president Haillee Addison,vice-president Madison Robins, secretary Daisy McKee, treasurer Lauren McKee, scrapbook keeper Katie Wright and club reporter Justin McKee. We worked at the Bridgeman and Fenty foal sale as a fundraiser. We also brought our horses to Rapid City fairgrounds for a fun day of games on horseback.

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