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FAR LEFT
Eastside Lewis-
dale Gold Missy
VG89-2yr.
LEFT The Mor-
san team (l to
r) Greg, Henry
and Morris
Thalen with
Eric Klugkist
and Chris Parry.
A
ll farmers have aspirations; pedigree enthusiasts may aspire to own cattle, with Morris handling this
and develop one or two top cow families during their lifetime - at side of the business personally.
Morsan they are working with over 300. A true dairyman may want to Unsurprisingly, Morsan is one
milk a lot of cows, look after them well and make profit from milk produc-
of Canada’s largest dairy farms
tion - over 900 cattle, not all pedigree, are milked three times a day at
with over 2500 youngstock in
Morsan. Some farms want to employ all the family - Morris and Sandra
the operation as well. Scale has
Thalen aspire to this too. So what sets Morsan Farms apart? It’s the unas-
a big role to play on a farm of
suming way that they are achieving it all, and more.
this size. One example is the
Morsan’s philosophy for the whole business is based on integrity, honesty
youngstock, who are raised
and attention to detail, and has been built up from the livestock sales side
initially in a climate controlled
of the business over the past few decades. In 1981 Morris started trading
environment, and with so much
cattle in Chilliwack, British Columbia, and in 1987 this led to Morris and
Sandra milking cows. Initially they had 17 cows in a tie stall, but by the
transition within the herd due to
mid 1990s, 150 head of commercial
buying and selling, the attention
cattle were milked in partnership.
to detail and health monitoring
Relocation followed when it became
is crucial. Heifer rearing has only
obvious that 70% of the commercial
occurred since 1999, up until
business was from Alberta, so the
then heifer calves were sold and
Thalen’s bought out the partnership
replacements bought for the
and purchased the existing farm in
Ponoka.
In 1995 construction began on a FARMFACTS
complete new facility for 200 cows Morsan Holste
and in 1998 another 200 cows were
.
ins
2750 acre farm based at
added, building up to the current
900. Just recently work began in
.
Ponoka, Western Canada
950 cows, 70% registered
the construction of a new dairy in
Saskatchewan which will milk 500
.
pedigree, 2500 followers
Four parts to business:
additional cows from 1 August. In
commercial milk production,
the interim years, Scott
commercial heifer sales, the
Iversen, who is married
genetics business and cull
to Morris and Sandra’s
eldest daughter Val, was
.
cow business
15 employees including
also established with
Morris Thalen, his sons Henry
a 160 cow set up five
and Greg, Chris Parry and
miles down the road
.
Eric Klugkist
3x day milking, average
from Morsan.
12,458 kg at 3.82% fat and
Each year, between
1100 - 1500 cattle are
.
3.21% protein
16 stall show barn has yielded
traded from Morsan as
56 All Canadian and All
freshly calved heifers
across Canada, as well .
American nominations so far
Over 300 cow families within
as thousands of store
.
the Morsan business
Service sires include Sanchez,
UPPER LEFT Calves are
Alexander, Million, Damion,
reared in one of six
.
Frontrunner and Bookman
TMR diet with barley grain,
36-calf rooms. ground corn, maize silage,
corn gluten meal, Megalac,
LEFT Morsan Septem-
sodium bicarbonate, corn
ber Fiona next to the
distillers, beet pulp, cotton-
sign welcoming visitors
seed, soybean meal, alfalfa
hay, alfalfa silage, barley
to Morsan Farms.
silage, minerals and Fermenten
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