The Bishop family of Bluevale. (Photo submitted by Ontario Plowmen's Assoctiation)

Bluevale Family To Be Recognized At IPM

In recognition of their dedication to agriculture and the rural way of life, the Bishop family of Bluevale will receive the 2018 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award, alongside 10 other farm families.

Jacquie Bishop of Shayrina Sheep Farm says it’s an honour to be recognized in the agricultural community as a leader and for being appreciated for what the family has contributed to the community.

The operation encompasses a sheep farm that runs 150 ewes, a 2000-head finishing barn and a cash crop of 430 acres which includes corn, wheat, beans, and hay for the sheep.

The farm has completed an Environmental Farm and Nutrient Management Plans. They rotate crops each year, and grass waterways/berms to reduce erosion. Hicken bottoms were installed recently and the family mostly practices no till. The sheep are pastured on land that isn’t suitable for cropping purposes.

All family members are part of 4-H as members or leaders. Jacquie is also a former board member of Huron Tourism Association and Chair of 2017 IPM.

The BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards, handed out by the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA), recognize the outstanding contributions made by farmers across the province by bringing the community together to celebrate both these exceptional families and the vital urban-rural relationship.

The BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards recognizes the contributions made by farmers across the province, from their deep roots in the community to the stewardship of the lands.

And the awards have been handed out annually since 2012, have seen the efforts of 72 families throughout the province celebrated.

Recipients of the 2018 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards will be celebrated during the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, which runs Sept. 18 to 22 in Chatham-Kent.

The award presentation is set for the Pride Seeds Main Stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.