Gert and Sonja Schrijver of Marsfield Holsteins dairy farm were named 2018 Master Breeders. Contributed

Gert and Sonja Schrijver of Marsfield Holsteins dairy farm were named 2018 Master Breeders. Contributed

Stettler dairy farmers win prestigious national ‘Master Breeders’ award

Highest award given by Holstein Canada

By Emily Jaycox

For the Independent

Gert and Sonja Schrijver of Marsfield Holsteins dairy farm were named 2018 Master Breeders, the highest national award given by Holstein Canada to its members.

“That’s a lifetime accomplishment based on genetics, production and longevity,” said Gert Schrijver.

The award is given to breeders with the best ratio for breeding cows with high production, reproduction and health.

Schrijver, who serves on the Alberta board for Holstein Canada, says the award goes to show that Alberta dairy farmers can compete, both nationally and with the rest of the world.

“It sure shows as a farmer that you can compete.”

Marsfield Holsteins in located south of Stettler on Hwy 56.

The Schrijvers won “breeder of the year,” a provincial award, in 2009, and have been working toward Master Breeder for the past 15 years, says Schrijver.

His farm is now one of the top milk-producing dairy farms in Canada.

“It’s a great recognition of what you do as a farmer.”

READ MORE: Knickers the cow is too beefy to become burgers

Schrijver is an Alberta board member for the Dairy Farmers of Canada association.

Schrijver says he is very dedicated to improving the Canadian dairy industry.

“The Canadian dairy industry has been good to us so it means a lot to me to leave it better for the next generation.”

He spends a lot of time in Ottawa in his role as board member, and for the past 10 years, people have come from all over the world to tour his farm.

In October, he visited a farm in South Korea.

Marsfield Holsteins has brought attention to the Stettler area and helps to put the town “on the map,” says Schrijver.

“That’s a very important factor in farming – that you support your local community.”

The association has 12,000 members, and only 20 are awarded the top accolade each year.

READ MORE: Moving from Holstein to Fleckvieh breed was an easy choice, says Haustein

Holstein Canada announces the Master Breeder winners at the beginning of each year for the previous year.

The winners are awarded at Holstein Canada’s annual a convention, to be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from April 24 to 27.

The crowning event of the convention will be the Master Breeders’ gala, with 800 people expected to attend.

Schrijver’s parents will be coming from Holland to see him receive the award.

His father was very active in breeding in the Netherlands, says Schrijver.

“The fact he is still able to come and celebrate is special too.”

Schrijver and his wife immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1996.

It usually takes a lifetime to build up a significant herd, and Marsfield Holsteins has done it in 20 years, says Schrijver.

“I’m pretty proud of that.”

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

Send us news tips to:



lisa.joy@stettlerindependent.com

Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer COVID cases continue to fall

114 cases in Red Deer, down one from Saturday

Maskwacis Pride crosswalk (Left to right): Montana First Nation Councillor Reggie Rabbit, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Louise Omeasoo, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Katherine Swampy, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Shannon Buffalo, Samson Cree Nation Chief Vern Saddleback.
Pride in Maskwacis

The 4th inaugural Maskwacis Pride crosswalk painting took place on Saturday 12, 2020.

file photo
Entertainment in the Park 2021 line-up announced

The annual summer concert series lineup is set for West Stettler Park

Pictured here are several ‘utility pedestal wraps’ around town which are just one of the projects on the go by Stettler’s Heartland Beautification Committee.
photo submitted
Keep up the good work, Stettler! Walk ‘n’ Roll Challenge gains momentum

Meanwhile, the Heartland Beautificaiton Committee continues to work to ‘better’ the community

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta launches COVID vaccine lottery with million-dollar prizes to encourage uptake

The premier says the lottery will offer three prizes worth $1 million a piece, as well as other prizes

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Most Read