SCA Director Duncan Spenst presenting to Steve & Kathy Grant.
2020 Commercial Breeder of the Year
McKenzie Ranch, delisle
(L-R) Ken, Clayton, Tyson, Leanne, David McKenzie
2019 Commercial Breeder of the Year
Nielson Acres Ltd, Melfort
Congratulations to Cody, Dane, Tracey & Richard
Our farm’s experiment with Charolais cattle began in the late 60’s by AIing some of the herd with Charolais semen. The first Charolais bull was purchased a few years later in the early 70’s. Charolais continued to be the bull of choice from this point forward.
Today we continue to breed the entire herd with Charolais bulls. The growth and performance of the calves is undeniable and obvious. First calf heifers are bred Charolais also with minimal calving issues.
The farm today, has grown to us calving 320 bred females starting in February.
We grain farm 3000 acres and pasture all our cattle ourselves on our own land base.
The farm is truly a family affair. It was started 85 years ago and continues today. Myself, Richard, along with my wife Tracey and son Dane, work alongside my nephew Cody as well as my parents, Einar and Florence.
2018 Commercial Breeder of the Year
M&M Ranch, Carnduff
Congratulations to Mel & Donalee Paton
M & M Ranch is the home of Melvin and Donalee Paton as well as their two sons. Clint and his wife Sonya have a combined family of 6. (Kristie Taylor Barrett Griffin Gracee and Grayden.) Curt and his wife Cathy have a family of 4 (Ty Connor Kaden and Carly).
Located 4 miles west of Carnduff, M & M Ranch is a Century Farm established in 1906. It is home to 500 head of mostly Charolais influenced cattle and 200 head of mostly Purebred Belgian horses. Along with the cattle they also operate an Equine Ranch and have been collecting estrogen since 1966. They also grain farm approximately 3000 acres. In total M& M ranch operates on 12000 acres of owned leased and rented land.
Mel bought his first Charolais bulls in 1969 and has never looked back. He has a deep love of cows. Especially a good white one. When asked why Charolais? He says they are simply the best and always top of the market.
2017 Commercial Breeder of the Year
Curt & Julie Chickoski, swift current
Curt and Julie Ckickoski is a partner and manager of the family owned Martens Ranch Ltd. and MCM Ranching Ltd. north of Swift Current. They run over 900 head of Red Angus cows of which half are bred to Charolais bulls. The cows are calved out on the range starting in April. In December the calves are marketed at Cowtown Livestock Exchange in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. The calves are weaned on Thanksgiving every year and backgrounded for a minimum of 60 days prior to sale. The family has run Charolais bulls since the 60’s when the ranch was operated by his older partners Harold and Gordon Martens and their dad Eugene Martens. The Charolais breed has added pounds and saleability of the calves because of their excellent performance in the feedlot. Today, Joe and Hugh Martens and his son-in-law Adrian Chubaty, also believe in the Charolais breed as a terminal cross. We find strength even in the Charolais Heifers. They are equally saleable in the fall. Over the decades the Charolais breed has refined itself into an excellent functional breed in ranching conditions.