London, Ontario - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Sandy Arrow Ranch of Saskatchewan as the 2013 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The ranch, operated by Allen and Lillian Patkau, received the national honour today at the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in London, ON.
CCA Environment Committee Chair Lynn Grant presented the Patkau’s with a $1,000 cheque and an engraved belt buckle. The CCA’s national annual award, TESA has recognized the outstanding stewardship efforts of Canadian beef producers since 1996.
Sandy Arrow Ranch is the latest example of producers using innovation to overcome and enhance challenging environments to achieve beneficial and sustainable outcomes, Grant said. Saline soils are extremely difficult to deal with and the judges were impressed by the management practices the couple deployed to create productive land.
“The Patkau’s have paid particular attention to the soil health of their land and have implemented practices that reflect a long-term approach to the sustainability of their farm,” Grant said.
Allen Patkau said it has taken a lot of work to get his land to where it is today. “This is really quite an honour,” he said.