Student-Managed Farm (SMF) - Purebred Beef SMF
Typically the team keeps female calves to increase its cow herd. But, sells bull calves at the Beef Day sale, the fourth Friday of every March.
The team organizes production practices, manages finances and develop visions for the purebred cow herd. Recently the team started a Red Angus herd through generous embryo donations from other breeders. The hope is to attract both more students and more bull customers with these new genetics.
In a hands-on, real world environment, unit members learn more about:
- herd health
As showing cattle is a key part of marketing, team members halter break a show string each year. Then, students exhibit at major livestock shows including the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, and the Canadian Bull Congress in Camrose.
These events provide a showcase for the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland as well as an opportunity for students to network with other breeders and to market their annual bull sale.
Other highlights of student experience:
- calving cows
- making breeding decisions
- weaning and processing cattle
- using farm equipment
- managing a corn grazing operation
- creating the first Beef Day in 2014