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Alberta Beef environmental award announced


December 21, 2010
By Marg Land


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herefordcattleDecember 10, 2010,
Calgary, Alta – Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) recently presented the 2011
Environmental Stewardship Award at the annual general meeting.
December 10, 2010,
Calgary, Alta – Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) recently presented the 2011
Environmental Stewardship Award at the annual general meeting.

The Kidd Bros., beef
producers near Mayerthorpe, was the selected recipient.

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This year the judging
team, which included three ABP environment committee delegates, a Cows and Fish
Riparian Specialist, and a representative from last year’s award winners, the
Waldron Grazing Co-op, traveled 1,500 km across Alberta to evaluate the
producers nominated for going above and beyond in their environmental
stewardship practices.

The brothers, Bob and
Larry Kidd, work closely with their uncle, Ron Kidd, one of the original
partners, to run a viable mixed operation that focuses on cattle and crop
production. The family recognizes the importance of the environment but is
first to admit the majority of their environmental practices were brought forth
by production and profitability concerns.

“It doesn’t matter what I
want to do with the environment if I can’t ‘financially survive’ until next
year, but so often if you are doing those other things right, the environmental
consideration is there,” said Bob.

The Kidd brothers have
worked closely with groups like the West Central Forage Association, Cows and
Fish
, and were instrumental in the development of the Paddle River Stewardship
Group. Through these groups, the brothers have hosted countless tours and
demonstrations on their property spreading the message of environmental sustainability.

“Bob and Larry have put a
lot of effort into working with a number of environmental groups so others can
benefit from their actions,” said Greg Bowie, ESA chair. “Protecting the river
and the land and plant life around it is a very obvious priority to the
brothers.”

It is the Kidd’s constant
efforts to improve their management practices while minimizing the impact of
the environment that make them worthy recipients of the 2011 Environmental
Stewardship Award.

“It’s nice to be
recognized for moving agriculture in a positive direction. The environment is
constantly playing a larger role in the decision-making of the initiatives we
take on,” said Larry.


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