July 7: Taber, AB Holistic Management Workshop: 35 yrs of Successful Decisions for Healthy Forages, Family and Finances

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 07, 2016

Do you care about clean water and the healthy wildlife in your community?  Are you interested in learning how to use livestock to regenerate the land?

Shipwheel Feeders Day is hosting a workshop as part of Holisitic Mangement International’s Open Gate Learning Series.

When: July 7th 9:00am  – 4:00pm

Where: Shipwheel Feeders near Taber, AB
(From Taber take Hwy 36 North 4 miles, Turn Right or East on Township Road 104 and go 1 1/4 miles.  Take the second entrance to the first farm on the North side of the road.)

Cost: $50/person, ($25 for students). Pre-register here.

What to expect:

At the Open Gate: Shipwheel Feeders Day, you will…

  • Get hands-on experience with biological monitoring and learn the key indicators of riparian health
  • Practice the Holistic Management Decision Making process
  • See an effective composting operation
  • Discuss how to use livestock to regenerate the land
  • Learn the financial management practice of enterprise analysis and making decisions towards the triple bottom line
  • Discover how to keep our water clean and hold more carbon in the soil
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture


Blake Holtman, Shipwheel Cattle Feeders, Ltd.
Andrea Stroeve-Sawa, manager Shipwheel Cattle Feeders
Kelly Sidoryk, Holistic Management Educator

About the farm:

Blake Holtman is the fourth generation farmer at Shipwheel Cattle Feeders, Ltd., founded in 1973. With pride, he has developed the operation to offer value-added, environmentally-regenerative and quality-oriented products and services. Andrea, Blake’s daughter, currently manages Shipwheel Cattle Feeders, Ltd, which operates a yearling grazing program, a 5500-head feedlot,  a small amount of cropland and compost production. Andrea and her family strive to be innovative leaders in animal health, soil fertility and teamwork with staff, customers and colleagues. They achieve this by their commitment to improvement and growth in all areas of the farm.