Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner

Woolleys' Lamb, Simcoe

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Carrie Woolley and MPP Kathryn McGarry

Carrie Woolley and MPP Kathryn McGarry

If you spot sheep wandering between the cherry trees at Woolleys' Lamb farm, don't worry - they're exactly where they're supposed to be. For owners Carrie Woolley and Brett Schuyler, letting their grass-fed livestock graze freely amongst their fruit trees makes perfect sense. The innovative process provides shade, shelter and space for the sheep to forage. In return, the grazing animals help improve soil health and save the operation more than $30,000 per year in grass-cutting costs. The eco-friendly approach demonstrates how farmers can create additional uses for their land, add a lucrative revenue stream and help meet Ontario's demand for local, grass-fed lamb.