Local ranchers win TESA environmental stewardship award
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.