History

Alan G. Sparrow was born on July 25th, 1927 in Saskatoon. His family homesteaded west of Delisle and later moved to settle in the Vanscoy area in the 1930's. His father died in 1937 when Alan was ten years old leaving him and five brothers to farm. After completing his schooling at Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon, he worked as a plumber for Crane Plumbing & Heating and farmed with his brothers as well.

He met Nancy Weedon of Paddockwood, SK and they married on July 21, 1956. Nancy was a trained school teacher and taught in St. Catherines, ON; Laura, SK and Arelee, SK. In 1958, Alan and Nancy started their own homestead where the farm now operates today.

After hearing about a new breed from France, Alan though perhaps Charolais may be a way of increasing profits in his commercial Shorthorn/Hereford based cowherd. He read in the newspaper about an organizing meeting to form the Saskatchewan Charolais Association and thought that would be the best place to find a bull. Before long, Alan was steeped in the Charolais breed and was one of the first importers of Charolais from France.

Together with his brother, they hosted an annual bull sale starting in 1971. In 1984, the brothers divided farms to begin farming with their own families. This also marked the first bull sale held on the farm and has been held there every year since. To date, it is one of the highest averaging Charolais sales in North America each year. This three-generation farm now finds Alan's sons Morley, Vernon and Cameron (the oldest son Norman, is a commercial pilot) and their families managing operations that include:

Such accomplishments include numerous Champions at Saskatoon Fall Fair, Brandon Ag-Ex, Edmonton Farm Fair, Canadian Western Agribition, Denver and most recently, U.S. National Champion Bull in Houston...the second time ever for a Canadian bull to win! Sparrow genetics can be found across the globe including the U.S., Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

Within the community, Alan and Nancy have been very active leaders and community builders. They were the General Leaders for the Vanscoy Multiple 4-H Club for ten years. For many years Nancy was the secretary for the Canadian Charolettes, the very active promotional group for the Charolais breed. To date, they are still active members with the United Church and Community Club. They recently were awarded the Forty Year Member Award from the Canadian Charolais Association and have been recipients of the Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Scroll, the Saskatchewan Charolais Association Honour Scroll and Saskatchewan's Breeder of the Year Award on two occasions. Recently Alan was awarded "The Saskatchewan Centennial Medal" presented to him by Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Lynda Haverstock, and the Canadian Charolais Association Honour Roll.

Though not a man who spent days sitting in board rooms and meetings, he was a leader by example. Alan left his mark by building a robust farming operations that continues to thrive three generations later. Morley, Vernon and Cameron have all had terms on the provincial Charolais association, Vernon has sat on the National Charolais Board of Directors and Cam has sat on the National board as well as the National Executive of the Canadian Charolais Association. Morley has also sat on the Canola Board as a director.