Winter Pasture – Jan 2017

A New Year and New Pasture Problems.

The first half of January 2017 we got a bit of new snow and cold with night temperatures in the minus twenties and thirties. The horses continued to do remarkably well out on the pasture. Dry and cold aren’t really much problem for horses.

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On the really cold days when the wind is blowing they are usually lined up along the windboards. The day this photo was taken it was cold and windy.  In the photo they look warm and comfortable. And when you go stand where they are, it is much much warmer and no wind. They soak up the sun’s rays. Their coats even feel warm on the sunny side. Continue reading “Winter Pasture – Jan 2017”

Winter Pasture – Late November 2016

The daytime temperatures were just above freezing up until the very end of November. The nighttime temperatures were around -8. Nice comfortable weather for horses if not perhaps a little warm. Some of the warmer days they even rolled in the snow to cool down.

The kind of days that make working with the young horses particularly fun. No bugs and just a light jacket.  The snow was gradually decreasing, the paddocks were a bit icy but not bad.

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Pepinics Master (1989 – 2017)

Even when they grow old, we are still surprised when one of the legends in our horse world dies. Luckily, Pepinics Master got to sire a good number of nice individuals who will no doubt carry his genes on into the future.

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They say if we are lucky that once in a lifetime we will get a great horse. Ed & Connie  got a really great horse. Pepinics Master also got a great home and great life in return.  We know that their love and respect for this stallion extended beyond his performance and reproductive successes. Ed’s voice would change when he spoke of him. He takes great pride and interest in the successes of all of this great sire’s offspring and their owners and trainers.  Our sympathy to Myterra Ranch on this loss.

Visit the Myterra Ranch website home page to view the announcement and view a slide show of Pepinics Master from last winter.

You can view his stallion page on the Myterra website including links to his Lifetime Performance Report and Offspring Performance.

There is also lots of information on his page on The Studbook.com on Northerhorse.com 

Winter Pasture – Nov 24, 2016

I hear rumblings from some horse people that they think turning horses out on winter pasture is not good for the them. That they are cold and uncomfortable.

I disagree.

With a few protocols, of course.

They should be checked daily and frequently have their ribs and backbone felt, they should have fresh warm water, and they need shelter from the wind such as windboards, forest or sheds. They need to have some fat reserve heading into the winter and the pasture has to have adequate good quality grass. They need to have been exposed to the weather during the fall so they develop a good coat. Continue reading “Winter Pasture – Nov 24, 2016”

Northlands Supports Future Leaders In Agriculture

Alberta’s next generation represents in Singapore

EDMONTON, AB (October 25, 2016) – Northlands is pleased to announce Laura Bodell from Sherwood Park and Clayton Schafers from Edmonton as the winners of the Next Generation Scholarship. This opportunity provided by Northlands is in conjunction with the Royal Agriculture Society of the Commonwealth (RASC). Each recipient receives $3,025 to attend the 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in Singapore from October 31- November 4, 2016.

“The future of the industry lies with our young leaders,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO of Northlands. “They create opportunities to share their innovations and successes. This conference brings together individuals with varied experience and knowledge of the agriculture industry and it is this diversity that helps shape the future of agriculture.” Continue reading “Northlands Supports Future Leaders In Agriculture”