Success Stories
Expansion and innovation is what Dusty Zamecnik is focused on with EZ Grow Farms, even though he wasn’t originally planning to take it over.
Twenty-five years ago, when a very young Simon Ellis first perched on his Dad’s knee to steer a tractor, one thing was already very clear to him: someday, he was going to take over his family’s 1,250 acre farm in Wawanesa, Man., just as his dad, his grandpa and his great-grandpa had done before him.
Third generation poultry farmer Don Sundgaard says when it comes to succession, be patient, encourage off-farm experiences and welcome both formal and informal discussions.
Family is complicated: this is a truth Brent Oswald knows intimately. The current owner and operator of Cottonwood Holsteins Ltd., based in Steinbach, Man., is well-versed in the succession history of his operation, and it hasn’t always run smoothly.

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