Prim­rose Farms wel­come all to Al­berta Open Farm Days

The Drumheller Mail - - THE DRUMHELLER MAIL - Terri Hux­ley

Cor nel and Cre­mona Prim­rose of Big V al­ley ar e of­fi­cially op en­ing their do ors to ex­pe­ri­ence wha t it is like on the farm come Au­gust 19 and 20.

Af­ter 14 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and f am­ily tie s, t he c ou­ple and their two lit­tle girls aged 7 and 9 ar e more than happy to share their life to the pub­lic. “We have farm­ing an­ces­try on all side of our f am­i­lies; born with farm­ing in our blood,” Cr emona ha s an An­i­mal Health T ech­nol­ogy b ack­ground and notic ed how in­dus­try com­pa­nies were push­ing dairy farm­ers to use more phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals for “band-aid” ap­proaches on t heir cows. “We dis­agreed with the in­dus­try and t hought t here must be a breed who is health­ier. A year later, our farm was us­ing Fleck vi eh ge­net­ics di­rectly sourced from Ger­many in lower Bavaria ,” said Cre­mona in an email in­ter­view.

The Fleck vi eh breed of­fers dual pur­pose of both high qual­ity beef and milk as well as the abil­ity to fight dis­ease with­out many an­tibi­otics and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

“We have al­ways farmed with ethics in mind, es­pe­cially with world wide su­per­bugs on the rise,” said Prim­rose.

By 2016, the fam­ily farm ob­tained a pro­ces­sor's li­cense and be­gan sell­ing whole milk, plain yo­gurt and pl a ink efir. Their prod­ucts have seen shelves in many stores across the province now.

“It’s a global call­ing to be able to pro­vide food for your fel­low hu­man be­ings. Their tra­di­tional ap­proach to farm­ing in­cludes the ani- mal's ex­pe­ri­ence on the farm and how they are treated.

The mil king cat­tle specif­i­cally are fed high for age di­ets which essen­tially en­sures mod­er­ate milk pro­duc­tion of a healthy, long last­ing cow.

A unique part of the farm is that all an­i­mal s are named rather than iden­ti­fied by num­bers.

As for the open farm days it­self, it is set tobe full of fam­ily-friendly fun ac­tiv­i­ties. Many f arm­ers, ranch­ers and ag-tourism op­er­a­tors in­vite vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence in­for­ma­tive tours and culi­nary events that help high­light the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture in the province.

This year, there are more than 100 Al­berta Open Farm Days ho st sit es and over 20 culi­nary events across Al­berta in­clud­ing Prim­rose Farms, south of Big Val­ley.

Cor­nel and Cre­mona Prim­rose of Big Val­ley are of­fi­cially open­ing their doors to ex­pe­ri­ence what it is liNe on the farm come Au­gust 19 and 20.

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