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Winners chosen for Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Brent and Kirsty Oswald of Cottonwood Holsteins Ltd. have been selected as Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2017.

Cottonwood Holsteins is a mixed dairy and grain farm that was homesteaded by Brent’s grandparents in the early 1930s. Brent’s parents, who purchased the farm from their parents in 1968, will pass it on to Brent and Kirsty.

At Cottonwood Holsteins they milk 135 cows and grain farm just shy of 2,500 acres. The Oswald’s, always focus on getting better before getting bigger, which is why they are increasing their emphasis on investing in equipment to boost efficiencies.

“It’s these advances and new benchmarks that we are achieving that keep my passion for farming burning strong,” says Brent.” I knew from a very young age that all I wanted to do was farm, and it’s all I’ve ever done. I look forward to the rest of my farming career.”

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2017 will be chosen at the National Event in Penticton, BC from November 29 – December 3, 2017.