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JPD Angus Wins 2024 Mapleseed Pasture Award

TORONTO – The Beef Farmers of Ontario, Mapleseed and the Ontario Forage Council, sponsors of the Ontario Mapleseed Pasture Award, have announced that the Chalmers family of JPD Angus of Oro-Medonte in Simcoe County are the recipients of the 2024 Mapleseed Pasture Award. The award was presented at the Beef Farmers of Ontario Annual General Meeting Banquet in Toronto. For their environmental improvements and exceptional pasture management, JPD Angus received a cash award of $500 and a bag of forage seed, courtesy of Mapleseed.

At JPD Angus, the Chalmers family currently raise 60 cow-calf pairs, 20 yearling heifers and 20 yearling bulls on 120 acres of rotationally managed acres. They utilize rotational grazing as a method to both minimize damage to root systems on dry soil, and to maximize the number of cow-calf pairs per acre. While their well-drained soil has adequate moisture in the spring and fall, special attention is given to rest periods to preserve root structures and ensure pasture health and regrowth.

On the main farm, Lori and her husband Darryl manage the maternity pens, a handling barn, and 50 of the total pastured acres. Their sons Evan, Owen and Nolan all reside at home and serve in various roles on the farm – Evan manages the day-to-day operations, Owen is the lead mechanic and repair specialist, and Nolan helps with whatever needs to get done.

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