Manitoba producers, Cameron and Lisa Hodgins run a mixed operation outside of Lenore with Cameron’s parents. They have been diversifying their small farm in a number of different ways, including direct marketing their grass-fed beef.

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Having the greatest impact on the most vital natural areas means DUC needs to be working with farmers, ranchers and landowners – the people who steward the land best.


Cameron Hodgins is a third generation farmer in the Lenore, Man., area and his partnership with DUC started with his dad Ed. The Hodgins established forages and set up solar watering systems with help from DUC and their local conservation district.

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Cattle Farm Takes Holistic Approach

Striving for sustainability | What’s good for the farm
is good for the environment and wildlife, says producer

By Ed White


LENORE, Man. — The Hodgins’ life exists within a geographically small circle, revolving around the family’s modest beef cattle operation near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.

However, sometimes it revolves pretty fast.

“It gets challenging when both Cameron and I have off-the-farm jobs, then you come home and there’s busy farm things too,” said Lisa, a schoolteacher now on maternity leave with six-month-old Chase.

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