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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 850 ha
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44249
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: December 23, 2019

We run a mixed farm. Our 4 adult sons are sometimes home helping on the farm.In the winter ,our work is mostly feeding , tending livestock and maintaining equipment.
Accommodation for our help x guests is a private bedroom with a fireplace , shared bathrooms in our home. Wifi is always available. Meals are with the family. We can cater to most diets and you are welcome to cook for yourself if you prefer.
In January the flock of 150 ewes lamb indoors.
February and March a herd of 130 beef cows calve.
April will be sorting cattle for pastures, branding cattle, weaning lambs, checking fences and readying equipment for the field. This is also the beginning of the garden work, We have a large garden with berries, fruit, vegetables and 2 small greenhouses, all grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
May through October we are working in fields and pastures along the scenic Battle River valley. We grow canola, peas,cereals,and hay. A herd of 90 cows calves in late June-July.
November and December are our slower months, but there is still work to be done, feeding animals and maintaining buildings, fences, and equipment.
From early January to the end of March we can provide a place for someone who would like to gain experience with handling new born cattle and sheep. Lambing and calving in this cold climate involves working very closely with the animals.

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