Preeceville Open Gate Learning Day, September 28

Title: Using Grazing Systems to Create Healthy Food and Ecosystems

Date: September 28, 2016

Location: Prairie Flavours Ranch, Preeceville, Saskatchewan

R.R. #1 Preeceville, SK
Canada S0A 3B0


This learning day will be lead by Certified Educator Blain Hjertaas, with contributions from Megan and Nathan Maier (the ranch owners), Al Foster (Saskatchewan Forage Specialist), and Katelyn Smith with the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association


Wednesday September 28, 2016
9:30 am Registration – Assiniboine Watershed
10:00 am Intro to Holistic Management – B. Hjertaas
10:30 am How decicions are made exercise – M & N Maier
11:00 am Grazing to make healthy land – A. Foster
11:30 am Holistic Planned Grazing Principles – B. Hjertaas
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Programs at the Watershed – K. Smith
1:15 pm Forage Assessment – B. Hjertaas
1:45 pm Ranch Tour – B. Hjertaas
3:15 pm Q & A
4:00 pm Adjourn

Blain Hjertaas:

15 years of practical experience using Holistic Management running own grass operation. This year in conjunction with son Martin they have 350 ewes to lamb and custom graze 150 pairs of cows. They have a small scale poultry operation on grass as well. Blain has a passion for carbon sequestration. Blain has many sites in Western Canada that he is monitoring. Blain has given many talks over the years from teaching at University of Manitoba to half hour sessions on how grass grows.

Megan & Nathan Maier:

Megan and Nathan Maier operate Prairie Flavours Ranch near Preeceville along with their five children. They moved from Ontario three years ago, motivated by Holistic Management principles, with a goal to start a sustainable farming operation and produce healthy food for their family and others. They produce pasture-raised, free-range chicken, eggs, turkey, and ducks; have a small beef herd, do custom grazing and love producing organic vegetables. Come see how their land is improving since using the Holistic Management framework for decision-making.

Al Foster:

Al Foster obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and Master of Agriculture in Forage and Range Management from the University of Alberta. As a Forage Specialist he works directly with northeast Saskatchewan producers on all aspects of forage and pasture production and management including forage crop selection, establishment and rejuvenation.

Katelyn Smith:

Katelyn Smith joined the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association in May of 2013.  She was raised on a cattle and grain farm near Ituna, Saskatchewan where she currently resides. Katelyn completed a diploma in Renewable Resource Management from Lethbridge College in Alberta in 2011.   Katelyn has since been involved in further education, wildlife technician positions and the cattle market.

Previous employment with Ducks Unlimited and the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) has provided Katelyn with knowledge of the Yorkton area and hands-on experience in the field. Having been raised on a farm, active in the livestock industry, and acquired a vast amount of technical knowledge from Lethbridge College, Katelyn believes her skills will contribute to the AWSA and its mission.

Believing strongly in community involvement, Katelyn has been a member of the Ituna Volunteer Fire Department from a young age, and is also a hunting and fishing enthusiast. Most times Katelyn can be found spending her free time around the family farm, camping or quadding.


Partnering Organizations:

Holistic Management International

Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association

Government of Saskatchewan

Young Agrarians

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