They have been on the land they currently farm for 125 years.
The Olsen family is this year’s recipient of the BMO – Calgary Stampede Farm Family Award for Mountain View County.
“My Great Grandfather Nels Olsen homesteaded with a bunch of other Danish people just north of Olds in 1893. They set up a homestead and then improved the farm from there,” said Olsen.
Olsen says they feel very fortunate that the family has been able to work hand in hand for so many generations.
“Between my Dad and I, we’re the main people running the operation now, but before that it was my Dad and his Dad, likewise for them so it will be interesting to see how things progress into the next generation.”
He says it’s been a great day.
“The lord has blessed us. Blessed us with a good community, a great country to live in, a great place to do business in the province and I like to celebrate the milestones we have reached and just proud we have the opportunity to do this.”
The operation is now over 11-hundred acres and they grow wheat, canola and malt barley.
Stay tuned for an article on Stanford Farms with Gary Stanford, whose family was also a recipient of the award.
Here is a complete list of all the recipients:
Cardston County: Stanford Farms; Gary & Diane Stanford Family
County of Forty Mile No. 8: Doran Family Farm; Terry & Jacquie Doran
County of Newell: S&J Skanderup Farms Ltd; Stephen & Judy Skanderup
County of Warner: Weir-Turner Ranch; Douglas & Audrey Turner Family
Cypress County: K Lazy T Angus; Kody & Keith Traxel Families
Kneehill County: Hoppins Farm; William & Rose Hoppins Family
Lethbridge County: Trautman Cattle Co.; Allen & Geri Trautman
MD of Foothills No. 31: Tullichewan Ranch Ltd.; John & Elizabeth Campbell & Sons
MD of Pincher Creek: Yagos Ranching Ltd.: Bruno & Susan Yagos
MD of Ranchland No. 66: TL Cattle Company Ltd.; Rod & Lyle Blades Family
MD of Taber: Tall Land & Cattle Company; Tom & Darla Machacek Family
MD of Willow Creek #26: McNab Ranch; Stan & Jean McNab
Mountain View County: Olsen Family Farm; Neil & Jane Olsen
Rocky View County: Taks Farm; Murray & Reba Taks & Family
Special Areas No. 2: Rosin Family Farm; Larry & Rosemary Rosin
Special Areas No. 3: Duque Family Farm: Carlos & Donna Mae Duque
Special Areas No. 4: Hutchings Farm Ltd.: Darren & Kelly Hutchings
Starland County: Sharpe Family Farm; Len & Jeff Sharpe Families
Vulcan County: M & K Honess Farms Ltd.; Mitch & Kelsey Honess
Wheatland County: Rasmussen Family Farm; Brian & Shelley Rasmussen