Two dairy producers named Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers
June 27, 2022 by Manure Manager
Richard and Kristy-Layne Carr of Rich Lane Farms in Marchand, Manitoba were named Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2022.
Rich Lane Farms has been operating for 16 years, when Kristy-Layne’s 4H beef herd was brought in from Portage la Prairie to La Broquerie. Initially a hobby farm, the Carrs eventually built the herd up to 250 heads and 1,000 acres. They were selected for the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba New Entrant Program in 2018, officially entering into the dairy industry.
Their herd includes 55 Holstein cows for milking in a double-eight parlor and housed in a straw pack barn. Youngstock are raised outdoors. They also run 60 Black Angus beef cows, with majority homegrown feed. Crops grown include silage corn, alfalfa, millet, forage oats and ryegrass. The farm operates minimal equipment and uses custom operators for most fieldwork and harvest.
The Carrs use social media actively and promote farming through their YouTube Channel, The Big Small Farmer.
Other nominees for Manitoba’s top young farming prize were:
- Tyson Martens – Seven Stones Inc.- Kola, MB
- Harley Siemens – Rosenort, MB
Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2022 will be chosen at the national event in Saskatoon from Nov. 23 to 27.