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Industry Tours

Continuing the IFMA tradition, tours will take place on Tuesday and Thursday (July 9th & 11th) of the Congress. Industry tours will embark on day trips throughout Saskatoon and the area. Upon registering for the conference, you will choose one tour per day. In the case of low registration numbers, some tours may be cancelled; however, you will be informed and given the opportunity to select from the available options.

Value added agriculture: Valley Road

Valley Road in Saskatoon, Canada, is a picturesque route along the South Saskatchewan River, renowned for its serene ambiance and stunning views. It's frequented by locals and tourists seeking a peaceful drive or nature walk, with parks, lookout points, and wildlife sightings along the way. 

Moreover, Valley Road is significant for its proximity to agriculture value-added businesses. These businesses leverage the region's fertile lands and agricultural resources to create value-added products such as specialty foods, beverages, and artisanal goods. Visitors can explore farm-to-table experiences, and agricultural tours, and purchase locally-made products, showcasing Saskatoon's agricultural heritage and economic diversity.

On this tour, you will take in:

Black Fox Farm and Distillery is a renowned agricultural destination in Saskatoon, Canada, offering visitors a unique farm-to-table experience of premium crafted spirits using locally sourced ingredients. Visitors can explore their range of artisanal spirits, including vodka, gin, and whisky, all made with care and precision at their distillery. Another must-visit spot is Farm One Forty, where you will enjoy a delightful lunch experience amidst the scenic surroundings. Farm One Forty specializes in sustainable farming practices and offers high-quality, ethically raised meats and produce directly to consumers; and serves their produce at Odla their restaurant in Saskatoon. This farm eatery emphasizes fresh, locally sourced ingredients, providing a true taste of Saskatoon's agricultural bounty. For those craving artisanal dairy products, Twin Peaks Creamery is a must-stop destination. The tour will head North of the city not only to sample the exquisite range of dairy delights of Twin Peaks but more importantly to learn how this dairy is expanding beyond its raw input of fluid milk in the supply-managed industry.

Barley to Beer

Barley is a significant crop in Saskatchewan's agricultural sector, contributing to both domestic and international markets. Saskatchewan plants over 40% of Canada's barley acres. Saskatchewan farmers grow various barley varieties suited to different purposes, including feed barley for livestock feed, specialty barley for niche markets, and malting barley for the brewing and distilling industries.

In our Beer to Barley tour, we will take you: 

  • The first stop, is the Crop Development Centre (CDC), where Dr. Aaron Beattie will tour you through his barley plots and share insights into barley breeding in Canada.

  • Next stop, Rosthern, Saskatchewan, to Makers Malt, a notable supplier of premium malted grains for breweries and distilleries. They are known for their high-quality malt products that contribute to the unique flavours and characteristics of craft beverages. A sensory panel will be presented on the malt as well.

• Before heading for a tasting of Saskatchewan's fine barley, Dr. Chris Eskiw will tour us around his start-up Ag-Biotech company "IntelliYeast". Eskiw's IntelliYeast is "revolutionizing yeast production’ for multiple applications", including the brewing industry. •Finally, the day will wrap up at 9 Mile Legacy Brewery, founded by Shawn Moen and Garrett Pederson, a well-known craft brewery in Saskatoon. They are celebrated for their innovative approach to brewing, creating a wide range of unique and flavorful beers that showcase local ingredients and techniques. They started as a nano-brewery, and over the years and a locations later, and thousands of batches later, they are a pillar in Saskatchewan's brewing industry.

Livestock – Beef & Bison

Saskatchewan is home to ~30% (1.04M) of Canada’s beef cows with an average herd size of 87 beef cows. Average cost of production for SK cow-calf producers was $1656 per cow wintered (Canfax 2023). Saskatchewan is considered a cow-calf province, as over 90% of western Canadian feedlot capacity and 77% of the federally inspected slaughter capacity is located in the neighbouring province of Alberta. Saskatchewan is also home to 308 farms raising ~53,000 bison (35% of national herd; avg. 172 hd/farm). The four western provinces account for 92% of Canada’s bison producers and 97% of commercially raised bison in Canada. 

On the Beef & Bison tour you will see:

  • Usask’s Specialized Livestock Research Facility, home to ~40 head of both Plains and Woods bison. Hear how researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine produced the world’s first IVF bison offspring and are now developing the world’s first bison genome biobank in a multi-partner effort to conserve and protect bison. 

  • The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) started operation in 2018 at new facilities south of Clavet to support teaching, research and engagement on livestock and forage research. Across six locations, LFCE utilizes 8,000 ac (3240 ha) of owned and rented for feed production and research. Facilities include a 1500 hd capacity finishing feedlot, 24 stall metabolism barn and calving barn and pens for 400 beef cows. LFCE is also part of the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network serving as a ‘living lab’ to test technologies to improve the efficiencies of farms and ranches as well as the collection and analysis of data.  

  • After lunch we will visit two cow-calf operations – one seedstock and one commercial – to learn about the challenges and opportunities they face in the beef industry and how they manage production and business risks.  ​

More tours to be announced

  • Dairy

  • Poultry

  • Irrigation

  • Grain & Oilseed

    • Breadbasket/Wheat

    • Grain/Oilseed

  • Research & Innovation

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