Category Archives: Agriculture

Friday’s paper

Whether you’re a farmer or a townsperson, you will want to read about life on a family farm, a special feature in the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald’s annual Agriculture Safety Week special supplement, part of this Friday’s paper! Along with the special farming supplement, you will find lots more in the March 17th issue, including:

  • Photos from and coverage of Celebrate Unity 2017 – who was recognized and why;
  • How and why our neighbours to the east, Wilkie, made it to the top 10 in Kraft’s annual Hockeyville contest – an exclusive Press-Herald interview with a senior brand manager for Kraft-Heinz;
  • Senior high school curling results and photos; and
  • A profile of the Unity Lions Club as they get set to celebrate their 70th anniversary March 25 with a special supper and entertainment, everyone invited! See any Lion for tickets.

Also part of the ag pages this week, a feature on a local farmer who has turned to raising goats for fun and profit! Below, a photo of one of his 100-plus goats:

raising goats at Unity SK


Tomorrow’s paper

Small but mighty is the theme for the September 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Check it out for:

  • details on the new ShopportUNITY app available to those who shop in Unity;
  • the latest Sask Ag crop report (this quote will not be a surprise to local farmers: “high humidity is delaying crop dry-down”);
  • a selection of football photos from the Warriors’ controlled exhibition scrimmage with the John Paul II team out of North Battleford; and
  • the second edition of the revived Blast from the Past series. a new RCMP report, the editorial page and other tidbits here and there in the paper.

Below, combining peas near Phippen, Saskatchewan on the September long weekend.

harvest time in Saskatchewan

Friday’s paper

The first September issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald reflects the upcoming local elections as all RMS, villages and towns are calling for nominations for councillors, reeves and mayors. Check out the paper for the qualifications needed to run for council, along with:

  • an article on theft and vandalism at the Unity museum;
  • local winners in the recent STARS lottery draws;
  • a look forward at the UCHS Warriors’ 2016 football season; and
  • as summer draws to an end, a nostalgic look at lake life on the editorial page.

Meanwhile, farmers are grateful for warm, dry weather so they can forge ahead with getting the crops out of the fields and into the bins. The dark clouds in this photo, taken August 28, disappeared overnight and the next day was bright and sunny with combines in operation in many fields.

crop waiting


Senlac cattle breeder happy with 2015-16 show season

Along with his 60 head of commercial cattle, Brady Moncrieff has 50 purebred horned Herefords on his farm half a mile west of Senlac, Saskatchewan. Some of those purebreds earned him five jackets and a belt buckle over the fall and winter.

The cattle show season for Moncrieff started with the Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster in early November 2015, where he came away with both the grand champion horned Hereford bull and reserve champion horned Hereford female titles.

His yearling bull, Ace Tracker Lad 21B, also won the People’s Choice Reserve Senior Champion award at the Hereford Genes Gala, held at Farmfair International in Edmonton Nov. 11, 2015. It costs $500 to enter but each entry allows the breeder to invite five customers to the exclusive event, so “the people” choosing the award winners are cattle people themselves. All together there were 33 bulls in the show ring.

prize buckle

The belt buckle won at the Hereford Genes Gala for People’s Choice Reserve Senior Champion at Farmfair International in Edmonton last year. Photo credit: Ace Herefords Facebook page

Winning the grand champion title at the Lloyd show qualified Ace Tracker and Moncrieff for the Alberta Supreme Cattle Show. This show, also part of Farmfair International in Edmonton, sees the grand champions of every breed from Farmfair, the Olds Fall Classic and the Lloydminister Stockade Round-up competing against each other.

Although they didn’t place in the top six, Moncrieff described the Alberta Supreme as a “pretty neat experience.”

Towards the end of November 2015, Moncrieff and Ace Tracker travelled to Regina for Agribition. At Agribition, only the top two head in each class are placed and Ace Tracker was not one of them. Again, however, Moncrieff was pleased to be able to participate in a “supreme” show, this one the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge.

Grand champions of all breeds from 16 major livestock shows across North America, including the Stockade Round-up, compete together. Moncrieff estimated they were in the ring with some 50 or 60 other bulls. Five experienced cattle producers act as judges in what Agribition describes as “one of the toughest tasks of their cattle judging careers.”

At the Canadian Bull Congress in Olds, Alta., Jan. 23 and 23, Ace Tracker was second in his class and Moncrieff had another bull come in second in a different class.

At the Fourth Annual Premier Hereford Bull Sale in Lloydminster Feb. 8, Ace Tracker Lad 21B brought in the highest sale price of the day, with full possession and a three-quarter interest going to an Alberta buyer for $9,000. Moncrieff also was happy with the prices on the other bulls he sold.

To top off his year, the North West Zone of the Saskatchewan Hereford Association named Ace Herefords/Moncrieff Breeder of the Year.

Ace Herefords

Potential future champions are just now being born on the Moncrieff farm. Photo credit: Ace Herefords Facebook page

Moncrieff has been a fan of horned Herefords ever since the age of nine, when his father bought him a horned Hereford calf as a 4-H prospect. This year, Brady and his father will be calving out some 280 cows between them. They grow all the feed for their cattle.

Next week’s paper

28 pages of local information, including ads for specials at local businesses, recognition of local people’s accomplishments, photos of local youth and adults, financial and agricultural advice – what a deal the March 14th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald is for only $1 at the store and less than 50 cents if you’re a subscriber!

Check it out for all of the above, including:

  • full coverage of the Celebrate Unity event and people, businesses and committees honoured;
  • a success story on a bull bred and raised by Ace Herefords of Senlac;
  • details on the week-long closure of the service counter at the Unity post office; and
  • a story and photos of UCHS students participating in WE Day in Saskatoon.

All that, along with the RCMP Report, hockey playoff updates, etc.,  AND next week’s issue is also our annual tribute to the farmers in our community so be sure to check out all the local businesses saluting our agricultural producers!


Next week’s paper

The Unity Wilkie Press-Herald staff are back from holidays and there WILL be a new paper next week, catching up on all the August news thus far! Look for:

  • a story and photos on the UK Royals’ championship win at Western Canadians;
  • the latest Sask. Ag Crop Report – harvest has started;
  • how the Bantam Panthers fared at their first ever Western Canadians; and
  • a report and photos from the Cactus Lake and Edenview schools’ reunion.

Below, despite the dry start to the growing season, there are some crops in the fields. Grain stands, continuing to ripen, as peas are combined and canola is swathed. Photo taken northeast of Highway 14 & Nottawa Road, August 18, 2015.

harvest in Saskatchewan

Next week’s paper

Last week’s paper is the last Unity Wilkie Press-Herald before everyone at the office gets a well-deserved summer break! Check it out for upcoming events and:

  • a summary and details from the housing study commissioned by the Town of Unity;
  • results from the Bantam and Peewee Cardinals’ provincial quests;
  •  a thoughtful piece on the Canadian Senate; and
  • how a few horses have become a business with 60.

Cey Clydesdales

Next week’s paper

While we can’t bring you the sounds of Unity’s 89th Music Festival, we can bring you some of the sights at Sunday’s showcase performance, a report and a list of award winners. Look for those in the May 1st issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, along with:

  • reminders from our bylaw officer as to what he will be on the lookout for in yards now that the snow has melted;
  • the first Saskatchewan crop report of the year; and
  • an interesting story on national insect research that the Grade 6 class at St. Peter’s is helping out with.

Of course, there’s also the RCMP report, thank you’s from community members, in memoriams, an obituary and ads for upcoming events.

Below, three antelope enjoy an undisturbed crop field northeast of town but they had best be warned – a few farmers have also been spotted out in the fields this week!

Saskatchewan crop land

March issues of the Press-Herald

Due to family matters taking precedence, no Friday previews were posted of the March 9 or March 16 issues of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. For those interested, a few highlights of each issue follows below.

Did you know you can have the Press-Herald delivered direct to your mailbox each week for as little as less than 50 cents an issue?! Call 306-228-2267 to subscribe.

March 9 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald highlights:

  • coverage of Celebrate Unity – the annual recognition of new businesses as well as established businesses celebrating special milestones, plus long-time community volunteers and hard-working committees; this year’s event included a posthumous recognition of the contributions of the late Shirley Parkinson; and
  • Unity Skating Club’s hosting of an invitational regional skating competition and photos of Unity skaters who medalled at the event.

March 16 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald highlights:

  • annual Salute to Agriculture issue in recognition of National Farm Safety Week;
  • In the special dedicated Agriculture pages, profiles of life as a cattle rancher for two area cattle farmers;
  • details about the new recycling program coming to Unity and coverage of the town’s open house regarding same.

tagged calf



Fall fair and trade show winners

The Unity Agricultural Society held its annual fall fair at the Unity Community Centre in Unity, Saskatchewan, October 3 and 4, 2014.

Grand aggregate winners in the fall fair classes were as follows:

  • Needle work and handicraft – Nina Burnell
  • Hobby exhibits – Glenda Hunter-Craig
  • Amateur photography – Morag Riddell
  • Photography, People’s Choice – Emma Baker
  • Home baking – Eileen Schafer
  • Home preserves – Marcella Pederson
  • Plants and flowers – Alice Wagner
  • Fruits and vegetables – C.L. Kortright
  • Youth, 7 and under – Jenessa Bakken
  • Youth, 8 to 12 – Makayla Bakken
  • Youth, 13 to 18 – Ashley Mock
Unity SK Fall Fair

Prize boxes for the three winners of the youth aggregate awards at the Unity Ag Society’s 2014 fall fair.

Door prize winners and reported winners of draws at trade show booths were:

  • Husqvarna hand-held blower, with fuel, donated by Moody’s – Irene Weber
  • $200 grocery voucher sponsored by Delta Co-op and the Unity Ag Society – Jane Tirk
  • Unity Ag Society, guess the weight of the pumpkin – Caroline Cey
  • Knock off Pandora Beads, scarf/necklace/bracelet – Karalyn Brown
  • Partylite – Verlie Deuchar
  • Pat Trask book –Nicole Landry
  • Town of Unity, Rider hat – Mark Krpan
  • Norwex – Sally Crisp
  • PennCorp/La Capitale/Lorianne Mawbey, $100 co-op gas card – Pat Logan
  • Investor’s Group/Norm Tarasoff, $25 gift card for Family Foods – Pearl Thomas
  • Veritas Design, $500 discount on drafting fee or a 3D image – Alfreda Colbow
  • 2Pro Gear, $25 gift certificate – Albert Wildeman
  • Tupperware – Shea Worthington
  • Unity Lions – Phyllis Weisbeck, Marie Boucher and Joan Sperle