Lo­cal ranch­ers win TESA en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship award

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Award (TESA) was re­cently pre­sented at the Saskatchew­an Stock Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and con­ven­tion to Ha­zlet area ranch­ers Brian and Glenys Wee­don.

TESA has been pre­sented by the SSGA in part­ner­ship with Ducks Un­lim­ited Canada and RBC Royal Bank since 1995 in recog­ni­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship ex­cel­lence within the ranch­ing in­dus­try to a rancher whose main source of in­come is cat­tle pro­duc­tion, and is based on the merit of sus­tain­able prac­tices that have been im­ple­mented on the op­er­a­tion.

Brian and Glenys Wee­don of the Swift Cur­rent area were the win­ners of this year’s TESA. Brian com­pares the graz­ing re­sources on his ranch to an in­vest­ment port­fo­lio. “ Wa­ter is your gold. With­out it you have noth­ing. The grass is like an unin­sured bank ac­count - you must be cau­tious in man­ag­ing it or it will dwin­dle. The type of stock you uti­lize is like choos­ing dif­fer­ent busi­nesses to in­vest in - there must be a fit both with your goals and your prin­ci­ples.”

The Wee­don ranch en­com­passes ap­prox­i­mately 11,500 acres of na­tive range and 1,920 acres of tame grass in the dry brown soil zone of Saskatchew­an. De­vel­op­ment of shal­low buried pipe­lines as a wa­ter source, de­ferred graz­ing of all na­tive pas­ture, in­cor­po­ra­tion of ad­e­quate rest pe­ri­ods on grass­land and cross fenc­ing to bet­ter man­age their re­sources are just a few of the tools in­cor­po­rated on this op­er­a­tion that con­trib­ute to the over­all en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity of the ranch.

As Pro­vin­cial TESA award win­ners, the Wee­dons will travel to Cal­gary to com­pete for the Na­tional TESA award, which will be pre­sented at the Cana­dian Cattlemen’s As­so­ci­a­tion semi-an­nual meet­ing in Cal­gary, Au­gust 9 to 12.

TESA nom­i­na­tion con­di­tions and forms are avail­able on the SSGA web­site at www.sk­stock­grow­ers.ca, along with a list of win­ners since the award’s in­cep­tion in 1995.

Both non-mem­bers and mem­bers of the SSGA are en­ti­tled to nom­i­nate ranches and are en­cour­aged to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions for the 2012 award be­fore the Sept. 1 dead­line.

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