Irish Kerry Cattle Societies 100th year Celebration, Killarney, Ireland

Irish Kerry Cattle Societies 100th year celebration in Killarney, Ireland

Irish Kerry Cattle Societies 100th year celebration in Killarney, Ireland

Kerry dinner-people

Kerry dinner-people

Kerry dinner-people

Kerry dinner-people

Larry Bruffee Kerry Cattle Breeders Cooperative Killarney, Ireland - 
Purebred Kerry bull on the march with his cows to the milk parlor, Dingle, Ireland

Larry Bruffee Kerry Cattle Breeders Cooperative Killarney, Ireland - Purebred Kerry bull on the march with his cows to the milk parlor, Dingle, Ireland

Adam Arenburg's, Lucy Berkshires

Adam's, Lucy & 1 week old litter

Ottawa Capital Fair 2017

Ottawa Capital Fair 2017 Rare Breed White Parc Winnie with youngsters

Photo by Philippe Daigle

 

Dunvegan Fall Fair & Parade.Sept.10

Havelock Fair

 

Huge thanks to RBC Member Sue Heller who spun all day long for the visitors at the Havelock Fair.QC.

Judging the lineup of RBC livestock

Large Black piglets & Shropshire sheep in the RBC display

 

Transporting the 2 Hungarian Yellow Roosters

Dear All,

I hope this finds everyone well & enjoying the remnants of summer. A huge thank you to everyone involved recently in transporting the 2 Hungarian Yellow Roosters from Tracy in Nova Scotia to Elwood's in Quebec, via the thoughtfulness of Paul Meldrum, MacDonald College Farm Mgr.McGill U. on a recent drive to the East Coast. Tracy, they are magnificent fella's, thank you for your extremely kind donation of genetics... alas their ladies have been busy working hard this year so their feather's don't have quite the same glow.

The other pictures were taken by Paul, leaving Nova Scotia & arriving back in QC. Thanks to your family for their patience too.

We'll post their progress on the RBC website & FB page.

Meanwhile.... earlier in the summer: Thanks to Rob Torr from Toronto who drove from Regina to Saskatoon (while he was working there on a performance) picking up a group of newly hatched HY chicks from Roy's to put them on a direct flight toOttawa. Elwood drove from Montreal to pick them up & raised them for a month before Debbie took them on. They're doing well she reports.

All of this constitutes an amazing amount of coordination, time & personal expense.

Lastly and most importantly, thank you Roy. You have given the most, over time, taking the original flock from 'Mac' back to Saskatoon and faithfully keeping them going since the 1960's... and you're still giving!

We shall never be able to repay your kindness. On behalf of Rare

Breeds Canada, thank you with all our heart.

Rare Breeds Canada at Upper Canada Village, Horse Lovers Weekend

Stanley Fair, NB

RBC at the Stanley Fair, NB Thanks for sharing Peter. Hope you had a good visit with old friends back in New Brunswick. Thank you Thelma & Ed for flying the RBC flag once again at the Stanley Fair

A picture from the horse haul. Had 12 teams competing this year.

 

 

Qu'Appelle Valley and Motherwell, SK. "Symphony Under the Sky

A few snapshots from the Qu'Appelle Valley and Motherwell, SK.'Symphony Under the Sky'.... they topped 3000 attendance today.

 

Joanna Shepherd & her Berkshire's helping out at Motherwell

Irish Gypsy Horses and Caravans

Irish Gypsy Horses and Caravans

Irish Gypsy Horses and Caravans

Ojibway Pony at Pineridge Hollow Farmer's Market

Ojibway pony at the Pineridge Hollow Farmer's Market, Birdshill, MB. Aug.12th.

Many thanks to Sara of the PRH Farmers Market, RBC Members Angela & Jim Temple and Batoo, the Ojibway pony.

Portage La Prairie Fair, MB.

RBC Members Robert & Evelyn Wilton and their spectacular trio of White Chantecler's. Thank you!

RBC Members Robert & Evelyn Wilton and their spectacular trio of White Chantecler's. Thank you!

Jack Robertson of Amaranth holds his Pastel Call Duck which won his class at the 2016 Ohio Show.

Jack Robertson of Amaranth holds his Pastel Call Duck which won his class at the 2016 Ohio Show.

Spectacular Assiniboine Valley view on the way to the Portage Fair.

Spectacular Assiniboine Valley view on the way to the Portage Fair.

Emily trying out the drop spindle for the first time at the Portage Fair

Emily trying out the drop spindle for the first time at the Portage Fair

Lane Colbart with his handsome Speckle Park steer.

Lane Colbart with his handsome Speckle Park steer.

RBC Members Robert & Evelyn Wilton and their spectacular trio of White Chantecler's. Thank you!

RBC Members Robert & Evelyn Wilton and their spectacular trio of White Chantecler's. Thank you!

Katlyn Galbraith, Portage Fair Board Director, who kindly invited RBC.... standing beside one of our banners & a very clever 'straw-bale planter'.

Katlyn Galbraith, Portage Fair Board Director, who kindly invited RBC.... standing beside one of our banners & a very clever 'straw-bale planter'.

RBC Members & avid supporters help out at this weekend's display, Portage La Prairie Fair, MB.

RBC Members & avid supporters help out at this weekend's display, Portage La Prairie Fair, MB.

Large Black piglets kindly loaned by Jessica Chamberlain

Large Black piglets kindly loaned by Jessica Chamberlain

Lane Colbart with his handsome Speckle Park steer.

Lane Colbart with his handsome Speckle Park steer.

Navan Fair

 

RBC Director Pete Wensink leads the Upper Canada Oxen team of Milking Devons at the Navan parade to celebrate 150 years of Canadian Agriculture.

Dave Hanson is Oxen Handler #2.

Director Elwood Quinn walked beside with a Shropshire ram & a Cotswold ram behind the Ox Cart.

A Precious Clutch of Hungarian Yellow Chicks

A clutch of precious Hungarian Yellow chicks were recently donated very generously by Lifetime RBC member Dr. Roy Crawford of Saskatoon.

RBC member Rob Torr drove from Regina to pick them up & flew them from Saskatoon to Ottawa where they were picked up by Director Elwood Quinn & raised until their next caregiver then took the reins, new Director Debbie Hutchings.

Good luck Debbie, keep us posted!

The chicks are 2 weeks old in these pics

 

Sir John A.MacDonald visits the Ontario Handspinners annual event

Sir John A. pays a visit to the OHS in Kingston. ON.   

A surprise visit from Sir John A.MacDonald put the icing on the cake for attendees of the Ontario Handspinners annual event held in Kingston, June 9 & 10.
The felted-wool likeness is made entirely from wool and was created by Gisane standing beside Kate & Andrew Michalski.

Sir John A. pays a visit to the OHS in Kingston. ON.

A surprise visit from Sir John A.MacDonald put the icing on the cake for attendees of the Ontario Handspinners annual event held in Kingston, June 9 & 10. The felted-wool likeness is made entirely from wool and was created by Gisane standing beside Kate & Andrew Michalski.

“DEVONSIDE' MILKING DEVONS


DEVONSIDE' MILKING DEVONS PROMISED TO NAME THEIR FIRST-BORN BULL CALF
STUART IN HONOUR OF STUART MCLEAN, CANADA'S BELOVED WRITER WHO SADLY
PASSED AWAY FEB.15TH. THANKS JOHN & JACINTA!


 

Congratulations Andy Sproston

Congratulations Andy on establishing a new business in Grimsby after selling your farm. Hope you enjoy the gift on behalf of your fellow RBC Board members.... it will look great hanging up in your new shop.

And, as it says on the engraved plaque, 'Thanks for everything you've done for Rare Breeds'

 

Pam Heath, Andy, and Elwood Quinn

Pam Heath, Andy, and Elwood Quinn

Veteran's at Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Montreal

Winnie the White Park heifer makes her Debut June 11th. entertaining the Veteran's at Ste.Anne de Bellevue hospital, Montreal, QC. Thanks to RBC member George O'Connell for the invitation, Kevin, Sue & Sabrina Mellon and Spencer & Ashley Rooney for helping out all day, and most importantly, 99 years young Stan Cunningham and his lovely daughter Nancy.

Winnie the White Park heifer makes her Debut June 11th. entertaining the Veteran's at Ste.Anne de Bellevue hospital, Montreal, QC. Thanks to RBC member George O'Connell for the invitation, Kevin, Sue & Sabrina Mellon and Spencer & Ashley Rooney for helping out all day, and most importantly, 99 years young Stan Cunningham and his lovely daughter Nancy.

NAGS TO RICHES

When this little pony was rescued, he was starving, filthy and the furthest thing from a show horse imaginable. But look at him now.

When the little pony was rescued by the RSPCA, he was starving, filthy and the furthest thing from a show horse imaginable.

When this little pony was rescued, he was starving, filthy and the furthest thing from a show horse imaginable. But look at him now.

When the little pony was rescued by the RSPCA, he was starving, filthy and the furthest thing from a show horse imaginable.

Glossy, plump and contented, Roy the Dartmoor pony has just won his class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

He was just two when he was rescued by the RSPCA in 2010. Four years later he was taken in by Zara Johnstone-Evans and her six-year-old son Toby. Together they have made him into a champion.

Nags to riches: Roy with owner's son Toby Johnstone-Evans after their win at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

'Roy hadn't done much at all when I first saw him in need of a home, but there was something about him that I liked,' Mrs Johnstone-Evans told Horse and Hound.

'I got him for me to show but he was so gentle with my son Toby. They have done so well together, Toby's now telling people Roy is his pony!'

At last week's Royal Windsor Horse Show, Roy, under the show name Pumphill Fandango, was crowned Mountain and Moorland Mini champion.

He later took part in the Supreme Ridden Showing championship in front of The Queen. Mrs Johnstone-Evans said: 'I'm just so proud of him and what he has achieved.'

RSPCA Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde, who heads the charity's equine team, said: 'Royal Windsor is one of the big equine competitions and to win is an incredible achievement. I helped care for Roy when we rescued him so to watch his transformation back then was incredible.' Roy will now take a break at the family home in Surrey before competing at Horse of the Year qualifiers in June.

Mrs Johnstone-Evans said: 'He may be very successful in the show ring, but he's also our family pet. We adore him.' At last week's Royal Windsor Horse Show, Roy, under the show name Pumphill Fandango, was crowned Mountain and Moorland Mini champion

ROCK-N-HORSE FARM - RBC AGM EVENT

Thanks Arlee & Diane for a wonderful day hosted so generously & graciously by you & your family. It was a beautiful day for RBC's AGM & Family Day attended by a good number of RBC members & your farm-share visitors. Fabulous food was provided and the presentations were well-received. From start to finish, practical simplicity proved very successful. Many, many thanks once again.

Debbie Hutchings with her bee display

Debbie Hutchings with her bee display


Robert Lynch talk about Lineback cattle to the attentive crowd.
Sheet's Farm: Lynch Lineback heifer stands beside springing cow.

Robert Lynch talk about Lineback cattle to the attentive crowd. Sheet's Farm: Lynch Lineback heifer stands beside springing cow.

Robert Lynch

Robert Lynch

Arlee and Diane Sheets Percheron team and foal.

Arlee and Diane Sheets Percheron team and foal.

Suffolk Punch Draft Horses at RBC AGM.
Thanks to Hillary More.

Suffolk Punch Draft Horses at RBC AGM. Thanks to Hillary More.

Elwood Quinn giving an apple pruning and orchard management demonstration

Elwood Quinn giving an apple pruning and orchard management demonstration

Riley Dwyer, grandson of RBC Chair Jim Kehoe helps out at the RBC AGM June 3rd. by distributing handouts, under the watchful eye of his sister Rhiann who appears on one of RBC's banners. More AGM photo's to follow. Thanks again to the incredible generosity of hosts Diane & Arlee Sheets and all their family.

Riley Dwyer, grandson of RBC Chair Jim Kehoe helps out at the RBC AGM June 3rd. by distributing handouts, under the watchful eye of his sister Rhiann who appears on one of RBC's banners. More AGM photo's to follow. Thanks again to the incredible generosity of hosts Diane & Arlee Sheets and all their family.

Robert Lynch talk about Lineback cattle to the attentive crowd.

Robert Lynch talk about Lineback cattle to the attentive crowd.

Arlee Sheets

Arlee Sheets

Arlee and Diane Sheets Canadian mare and foal.

Arlee and Diane Sheets Canadian mare and foal.

Elwood Quinn's Shropshire lambs

Elwood Quinn's Shropshire lambs

Children's table

Children's table

WHITE PARK CALVES

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Thanks so much for all the help putting up the display & taking down too. Special thanks to Richard & Jenny......great to count on you two:). 
This year we have some special fowl exhibits at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.
Butch Menkema brought Ken the Blue Slate Tom Turkey, named after his friend Ken Slate who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Rob McCulloch from Redvers, SK.is bringing a pair of Pilgrim Geese on Monday for the week, to help promote their big Poultry Sale, Sat.April 29th. See RBC website events page.

Thanks so much for all the help putting up the display & taking down too. Special thanks to Richard & Jenny......great to count on you two:). This year we have some special fowl exhibits at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Butch Menkema brought Ken the Blue Slate Tom Turkey, named after his friend Ken Slate who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Rob McCulloch from Redvers, SK.is bringing a pair of Pilgrim Geese on Monday for the week, to help promote their big Poultry Sale, Sat.April 29th. See RBC website events page.

L to R: Martin Penfold(past RBC Director & Rural Route Videos producer, Clayton Robins MB.4H contact & Brian Harper, Lincoln Red farmer.

L to R: Martin Penfold(past RBC Director & Rural Route Videos producer, Clayton Robins MB.4H contact & Brian Harper, Lincoln Red farmer.

Butch Menkema with his Barbados Blackbelly ram in the Learning Stage where we get to speak about RBC for upto 30 minutes.... ongoing throughout the day.

Butch Menkema with his Barbados Blackbelly ram in the Learning Stage where we get to speak about RBC for upto 30 minutes.... ongoing throughout the day.

The above pics show a lively display with a beautiful hand-painted boot.

The above pics show a lively display with a beautiful hand-painted boot.

Fabulous to see such glowing, healthy livestock with so many proud owners at the Royal in Brandon on Day 4....and thanks to Andrea for driving all the way from Redvers, SK.,joining us to help spread the word of heritage genetics.

Fabulous to see such glowing, healthy livestock with so many proud owners at the Royal in Brandon on Day 4....and thanks to Andrea for driving all the way from Redvers, SK.,joining us to help spread the word of heritage genetics.

Betty the Lincoln Red heifer enjoying an afternoon nap today...pretty relaxed considering these gals had never seen inside a building, not ever.
Heifer # 2 will likely have a name by weeks' end, since we have a poster encouraging suggested names beginning with 'B'.

Betty the Lincoln Red heifer enjoying an afternoon nap today...pretty relaxed considering these gals had never seen inside a building, not ever. Heifer # 2 will likely have a name by weeks' end, since we have a poster encouraging suggested names beginning with 'B'.

Check out our events page for the Redvers Poultry Auction, April 29th.

Check out our events page for the Redvers Poultry Auction, April 29th.

Beautiful Clydesdale at the Royal today with a really eye-catching choice of braidwork.

Beautiful Clydesdale at the Royal today with a really eye-catching choice of braidwork.

A big thanks you to RBC member Pat Lovatt who brought her spinning wheel & triangle loom which she made a shawl on one day!
This little lad was mesmerized by the mechanics of the wheel...as most usually are.

A big thanks you to RBC member Pat Lovatt who brought her spinning wheel & triangle loom which she made a shawl on one day! This little lad was mesmerized by the mechanics of the wheel...as most usually are.

Heavy Horses Hitches have to be the most impressive sight at any rural event. Long may they survive & hats off to the folks who came out to compete. The big winner for the week was the Percheron hitch from Prince George, BC. Everyone seemed to enjoy having Aaron Freitag visit from south of the border as judge this year..

Heavy Horses Hitches have to be the most impressive sight at any rural event. Long may they survive & hats off to the folks who came out to compete. The big winner for the week was the Percheron hitch from Prince George, BC. Everyone seemed to enjoy having Aaron Freitag visit from south of the border as judge this year..

Thanks to Darrell & Melissa Ewasiuk of Erickson for bringing the two Berkshire piglets....they've been the most entertainment by far!

Thanks to Darrell & Melissa Ewasiuk of Erickson for bringing the two Berkshire piglets....they've been the most entertainment by far!

Welcome to the McKee Family of Clearview Stock Farm of Brookdale, MB. who became our newest members of RBC. Christa is a 4H Leader and they have several Suffolk Punch foals due this Spring....lets hope some of those foals will appear in a brand-new 4H class this year, supported by RBC.

Welcome to the McKee Family of Clearview Stock Farm of Brookdale, MB. who became our newest members of RBC. Christa is a 4H Leader and they have several Suffolk Punch foals due this Spring....lets hope some of those foals will appear in a brand-new 4H class this year, supported by RBC.

Pilgrim pair from Rob McCulloch, Redvers, SK.

Pilgrim pair from Rob McCulloch, Redvers, SK.

huge THANK YOU to Butch, Brian, Kristelle, Darrel & Melissa and Rob and Donna and their friends from Redvers, SK. who trekked to Brandon every day to help spread the word about rare heritage breeds of farm livestock.

huge THANK YOU to Butch, Brian, Kristelle, Darrel & Melissa and Rob and Donna and their friends from Redvers, SK. who trekked to Brandon every day to help spread the word about rare heritage breeds of farm livestock.

Morgan & Kathleen enjoyed displaying their 3 Gypsy Vanner horses.

Morgan & Kathleen enjoyed displaying their 3 Gypsy Vanner horses.

Adam Arenburg's Berkshires

Adam Arenburg's Berkshire 2nd.litter sow hours away from farrowing

Adam Arenburg's Berkshire 2nd.litter sow hours away from farrowing

Another litter of Adam Arenburg's Berkshire's, a few days old.

Another litter of Adam Arenburg's Berkshire's, a few days old.

Same very contented sow a few hours later with her lovely litter.

Same very contented sow a few hours later with her lovely litter.

Remember these guys? Adam Arenburg's Berkshire litter of 17, born just over 3 weeks ago.   

3 weeks old

Remember these guys? Adam Arenburg's Berkshire litter of 17, born just over 3 weeks ago.

3 weeks old

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

The Pipes & Drums opened the 2017 Ottawa Valley Farm Show alongside retired Mountie Sgt.Mjr.Bill Stewart.
Thanks to organizer Barb Vance for ever cheerful help & spontaneous visit from Boston Bruins John Wensink, brother of RBC Director Pete Wensink.


The Wensink family helping out at the RBC display. Thanks Pete!

The Pipes & Drums opened the 2017 Ottawa Valley Farm Show alongside retired Mountie Sgt.Mjr.Bill Stewart. Thanks to organizer Barb Vance for ever cheerful help & spontaneous visit from Boston Bruins John Wensink, brother of RBC Director Pete Wensink.

The Wensink family helping out at the RBC display. Thanks Pete!

Harnais Harness displaying his craft at the OVFS.... see his ad in Genesis!

Harnais Harness displaying his craft at the OVFS.... see his ad in Genesis!

Gene advising Jean about 'Predator' control.

Gene advising Jean about 'Predator' control.

The Wensink family helping out at the RBC display. Thanks Pete!

The Wensink family helping out at the RBC display. Thanks Pete!

Rare Breeds Canada received 2nd.place Award for Livestock Booth.

CCWG (Cdn.Coop.WoolGrowers)awarded all 3 places. Many thanks from RBC to Eric Bjergso, CCWG General Mgr.

Thanks to John Joynt, RBC member who gave wonderful introductions & thanks. Sorry the pic only shows your great haircut John!

1st.prize(centre) Ottawa Valley Beef Shorthorn

2nd.prize RBC

3rd.prize Blonde Aquitaine

Gene Fytche & Bill Johnstone braved the roads on Thursday to visit the OVFS and help out at the RBC booth.
Great to see you fella's, as always!

Gene Fytche & Bill Johnstone braved the roads on Thursday to visit the OVFS and help out at the RBC booth. Great to see you fella's, as always!

Mac College Royal

Macdonald College Royal February 4, 2017 












































































































































 

Seedy Sunday in Perth

Thanks to Sarah McKenzie for invitation from Perth Farmers Market., much appreciate generous donation of table space.

Thanks also to members Kate Michalska from Yarker who gave a spinning demo & Debbie Hutchings from Portland who gave a beekeeping talk. Super job ladies, thanks so much.


Chesterville Spin-In.Feb.15.2017

Over 60 spinners braved the snowstorm yesterday.
Wonderful camaraderie, great vendors.
Thanks to Debbie DeCooman & Nancy Macmillan for their kind invitation.

Over 60 spinners braved the snowstorm yesterday. Wonderful camaraderie, great vendors. Thanks to Debbie DeCooman & Nancy Macmillan for their kind invitation.


Shorthorns at Manitoba Ag Days

Shorthorns at Manitoba Ag Days 

 Monty Thomson exhibiting his beautiful young purebred Shorthorn bulls at the Manitoba Ag Days.
Three days of record-breaking warm weather after -45 weather just a week earlier, prompted record-breaking attendance.

Shorthorns at Manitoba Ag Days

Monty Thomson exhibiting his beautiful young purebred Shorthorn bulls at the Manitoba Ag Days. Three days of record-breaking warm weather after -45 weather just a week earlier, prompted record-breaking attendance.

Guelph Organic Conference Thank you

Thank You!
What a wonderful weekend!

Many thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and management team for another great conference!

Below are some photo highlights...
At the Friday evening Organic Food & Wine Dinner...

Thank You! What a wonderful weekend!

Many thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and management team for another great conference!

Below are some photo highlights... At the Friday evening Organic Food & Wine Dinner...

Kate and Rob

Kate and Rob

Megan, Rob & Ian

Megan, Rob & Ian

Workshop Proposals for 2018


Each year we host over 40 workshops and we encourage interested individuals to apply to be speakers.

Topics should be consistent with the conference goals of “Organic foods, farming & gardening plus closely related ecological issues.”

Due Date - March 15, 2017
How to Submit Proposals

By email (preferred):  organix@auracom.com   (Ideally as a pdf attachment.)

By fax:  705-444-0380

By mail:
Guelph Organic Conference
Attn:  Tomas Nimmo
Box 116  Collingwood, ON  L9Y 3Z4