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Last cattle round-up.The annual cattle round-up was a highly anticipated time for members of the Matador Farm Pool.
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Harvest 2011.The Matador Farm Pool was a product of very progressive farm policy in the post-war era.
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The youngest wrangler.For the youngest members of the Matador Farm Pool, the final drive and work in the corral was only for watching.
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Final branding.From its inception in 1946, the Matador Farm Pool grew the widest range of crops and raised diverse livestock.
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A Tale of Teamwork.With so much land and labour to manage, teamwork was essential on the farm pools like Matador that were built in the post-war era.
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Big equipment for big land.Matador families were equipment and farm technique early-adopters.
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All about the land.The area near Kyle provided the Matador Farm Pool with the necessary land base to sustain multiple families.
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The veteran's inheritance.Much of the land owned by the farm pools came from special land set aside for veterans returning from WWII.
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Storing the final harvest.With the bins full, Matador Farm Pool members closed down grain farming operations.
Cam Barlow provided us with additional photos from his family's last year at the Matador Ranch. It was a bittersweet time as they said goodbye to a Saskatchewan traditon. The idea for the farm pool or farm co-operative was a post-WWII phenomenon that saw multi-family farm operations spring up in the province's south. One of the biggest and longest lasting was the Matador Farm Pool.