If you run in rodeo circles, you’ve likely heard of the Kesler rodeo stock bloodlines.
The stock has been sold, but the bloodlines aren’t going anywhere. Rowland Farms of Taber, Alta., has purchased 375 saddle broncs and bareback horses, as well as around 75 bucking bulls.
Rowland Farms, a large organic producer, has a diversified operation of crops and cattle. The purchase will expand and diversify the operation into new ventures, the farm says.
Tami-Jo Brewin of Rowland Farms joined host Shaun Haney on RealAg Radio to discuss the recent acquisition.
“I grew up rodeoing in southern Alberta so the Kesler family and their stock have always been respected, not only in Alberta, but worldwide,” Brewin says. “It’s really special to us to be able to keep such a strong piece of Canadian history here in Alberta, and keeping these bloodlines strong and alive.”
The acquisition started back in October of 2021, when the family was approached by the estate of Greg Kesler holdings, with the opportunity to purchase the stock.
“We thought it was a pretty amazing opportunity to invest in such a strong legacy,” says Brewin.
Each animal – which will now reside on a stretch of land along the Old Man River — will be contracted to rodeos, and accompanied on the circuit by a rodeo administrator. The administrator, hired by Rowland Farms, will make sure the animals are safe and ready to do their job.
Check out the full conversation between Haney and Brewin, below: