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Farm Safety: Children on the Farm

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 31, 2011 18:38

Brenda Stefanson, PAg

Farm Business Management Specialist

Regional Services, Ministry of Agriculture

Watrous Regional Office


Farm families have always worked together to build successful farm operations. On many farms, the human resource plan assigns much of the labour and management tasks to family members, young and old.  Today’s young farm operators learned their production and management knowledge as they worked side-by-side with parents and grandparents. Now, they will pass these skills on to another generation of farm kids.

Family farm life provides a stimulating learning environment for children of all ages. The knowledge and the work ethic they develop while helping on the family farm will serve them well in their future careers. However, the farm is also a workplace in which numerous health and safety hazards are present. Here’s some practical and common sense advice for busy farm families to ensure the safety, health and well being of their children and teenagers.

Identify Hazards. There are numerous hazards on a farm including machinery, chemicals, unpredictable livestock, enclosed spaces (grain storage, etc.), and electricity.  An important step to preventing tragedy is to make a list of all the things that could seriously harm a younger child. Develop fenced-off safe play areas to keep toddlers and younger children away from workplace hazards. As children grow older and increasingly participate in farm activities, continue to work with them to assess the hazards and ensure that older children are appropriately trained.

Base Expectations on Both Age and Maturity. Children grow and mature at different rates. Young adults tend to overestimate their skill and knowledge levels when asked if they can perform a task. Parents are the best judge of when a young adult has the maturity to take on farm chores that are hazardous. Initial training and supervision is important to ensure your child can do the chore safely.

Emphasize Safety and Model Safe Behaviour. Consider your own behaviour in busy and difficult times. Do you take shortcuts that compromise safety? Children will learn your habits… both good and bad. Keep them safe as they learn about farm work through the consistent demonstration of your own good habits and safe work practices.

Develop and Enforce a Safe Environment.  Set up appropriate rules for your children to follow and monitor them consistently. Utilize the many government and community agencies that focus on farm safety to learn more about protecting your loved ones on the family farm.

The Agriculture Health and Safety Network, the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, and the Ministry of Agriculture can provide you with information and resources to help you keep your family and employees safe as they work and play this summer. As we look forward to a busy and productive growing season and our children enjoy their summer vacation, keep safety in mind.

For more information, please contact:

Watrous Regional Services Office at (306) 946-3220,

Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377or

Visit our website at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca.



Paying It Forward

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 9, 2011 07:55



April 13, 2012 Thanks to Modular Storage Systems of Saskatoon.  They provided a prize "MODey the Dragon" via their booth at the Homestyle Show for children, Wyatt of Saskatoon was the lucky winner. 

Nicolle Griffith
Assistant General Manager

Modular Storage Systems

Regina - Saskatoon - Winnipeg

121 Gyles Pl

Saskatoon, SK    S7L 6C5
Phone: 306.717.8227 | Fax: 


Does someone ever make you feel good, out of the blue, with a small gesture?  Andrea Lawrence and Terry of Competition Muffler and Shock did that for me.  They are the catalyst for this "paying it forward".....

Thanks to courteous drivers.....August 1, 2011

Thanks to an very thoughtful man in the Costco parking lot, he asked if he could return my cart to the store when he returned his...a bright cheerful smile was included...July 14,2011

Thanks for making my son laugh Andrea!  Andrea Lawrence, a creative talented woman took the time to "play with" as she call it, some photos.  The results include several cartoon characters with my son's face. http://www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-lawwrence.html July 6, 2011


Thanks to Terry from Competition Muffler and Shock, Saskatoon.  Terry provided a part, installed on my muffler and then said "Have a good weekend!"  I stood there with my cc and I am sure a ludicrous expression, again he said "Enjoy the weekend" and answered the telephone.  This gesture certainly changed my outlook on the afternoon, the rush hour traffic wasn't as stressful, the list of errands not as long, Thanks Terry and Competition Muffler and Shock for changing my Friday and fixing my muffler.



"Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable -Lad, and a Jockey' by George Stubbs

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 6, 2011 07:01

 "Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey" by George Stubbs


"Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey" fetched 22.4 million pounds ($35.9 million) at Christie's in London on Tuesday, (June 4, 2011), the third most valuable old mater painting to be sold at auction, the company said.

The work was painted by Stubbs, renowned for his anatomically precise portrayals of horses, in 1765, and was described by the auctioneer as a "true masterpiece."

It depicts Gimcrack, one of th emost admired 18th centure racehorses which won 28 of his 36 races and finished unplaced only once.

The painting shoes Gimcrack twice -- in the background winning a "trial" and in the foreground with his trainer and jockey, a stable lad rubbing him down.

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