Picture Butte Approaches Lethbridge County for Pool Funding

Picture Butte Approaches Lethbridge County for Pool Funding

Lethbridge County is considering a request from Picture Butte to provide financial help with their new community pool. During their regular Nov. 1 meeting, Lethbridge County council met with a delegation from the Town of Picture Butte to discuss support for the new Picture Butte community pool. Picture Butte CAO Keith Davis, speaking on behalf of the delegation — which consisted on Picture Butte Mayor Cathy Moore and coun.(s) Joe Watson, Henry de Kok, Teresa Feist and Cynthia Papworth — started off their presentation by explaining that the pool that they are replacing had been in place for over 55 years, and...Read more

Cultural Divide Separates Farmers, Indigenous Workers

Cultural Divide Separates Farmers, Indigenous Workers

Sage Shade rides his horse through the feedlot pens at VRP Farms, checking for cattle that need treatment. It’s spring and the pens are muddy from melting snow and ice, so the job of pen rider isn’t at its most pleasant. Still, Shade says he likes the job and the variety it offers. He is one of 180 employees at VRP and one of only four who are First Nations. Shade grew up on the Kainai (Blood) Reserve in Alberta’s southwest, a part of the Blackfoot Nation. It is the largest native reserve in the province, spanning 351,960 acres, and it is...Read more

Van Raay, Mr. Cornelius (Cor) – 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Van Raay, Mr. Cornelius (Cor) – 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Mr. Cornelius (Cor) Van Raay’s vision has helped mold the modern day feedlot, and set the bar in the Canadian cattle feeding business. Starting with just 50 head of cattle, the business grew to be one of the largest feedlot operations in Canada. As an innovator and early adopter of technology, Mr. Van Raay implemented best practices and developed unprecedented operational efficiencies in large-scale feedlot operations, while focusing on sound environmental stewardship and improved animal handling techniques. Mr. Van Raay’s “big picture” thinking, intellectual curiosity, and strong work ethic helped launch several successful agri-businesses including Butte Grain Merchants Ltd., Western Tractor,...Read more

Farm Profile: Investing In Win-Win Labour Solutions

August 4, 2016 – Van Raay Paskal Farms Ltd. (VRP Farms) is located near the rural Alberta town of Picture Butte – about 240 km south of Calgary with a population of 1,650. VRP Farms owns and operates seven feedlots housing up to 130,000 head of cattle and crops more than 22,000 acres that produce barley, corn and wheat silage/roughage for the feedlot cattle. Essential to the farm’s success are its approximately 170 employees. “It’s a win – win situation,” explains Jolayne Farn, human resource manager for VRP Farms. “VRP Farms has created a pathway to citizenship for foreign workers so...Read more

Fort McMurray Wildfire Fundraiser

Fort McMurray Wildfire Fundraiser

The generous donor who gave a $50,000 cheque to support Fort McMurray Wildfire victims at last nights #AlbertaStrong charity BBQ in Picture Butte has reached out to CTV with a statement. President of Van Raay Paskal Farms Ltd. Rick Paskal says, “Our thoughts are with all of the residents and heroes of Fort McMurray as they confront the devastation of the wildfire. We are a livestock company with strong roots in Alberta and we want to do all we can… Victims of this wildfire still need help, so we urge all livestock producers in Alberta to do all they can.” On top of...Read more