Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Clear Creek Farms Inc., Municipality of Chatham Kent

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Chris Knight, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

Chris Knight, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

In less than a decade, Clear Creek Farms has doubled their beef production per acre, decreased their tractor use and improved the quality of their beef. The secret? Intensive rotational grazing. By frequently moving their cattle on a carefully managed schedule, owners Chris and Carl Knight are increasing their soil organic matter and giving their pastures time to recover after grazing, creating better forage to keep their cows healthy. Rotational grazing influences the environment by providing benefits to species at risk, such as pollinators. Thanks to better production and direct-to-consumer sales via the farm's website, the Knights have averaged a 25 per cent increase in year-over-year gross sales for the past four years - and proved that intensive rotational grazing can benefit Ontario farmers.


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