Livestock photographer and rancher Erin Yewsiuk took the photos
By Diego Flammini
A livestock photographer and rancher in Saskatchewan is using her photo-taking talents to support a mental health organization.
Erin Yewsiuk, owner of Erin Yewsiuk Photography and who ranches with her husband, Eric in Wynyard, Sask, has created the New Year Country 2023 calendar to support the Do More Ag Foundation.
Calendars are available for $25 and Yewsiuk is donating all proceeds from calendar sales to the organization.
Yewsiuk has seen the effects of mental illness on people in ag and wanted to help out.
Photos from Erin Yewsiuk's calendar. Erin Yewsiuk Photography.
“Mental illness is kind of like cancer,” she told Farms.com. “You always know someone who had it or has been affected by it. My dad suffered with it greatly, and being part of the ag community, you see people who are struggling. And it’s not getting easier for this industry.”
Most of the 12 photos in the calendar feature livestock.
There’s also a photo of someone riding a horse while holding Canadian flag, and a couple photos of equipment.
But one picture is Yewsiuk’s favourite.
“I’m not a cat person but I like the photo of the barn cat,” she said. “Every farm has that one creature that’s just hanging around and is always there with its eyes on you.”
People won’t have to wait long to see that photo as it’s the picture for January.
Anyone across Canada can order a calendar.
Yewsiuk is accepting orders through her website or from her directly by calling or texting 306-560-7449.
For Saskatchewan residents, calendars can also be picked up at the C&C Tire location in Foam Lake.