2022 Modern Farm Woman of the Year
Shannon Knott operates a family farm in the Rochester area. She was born in Oyen, lived in the Rochester area for a period, relocated to Sherwood Park so her husband Stan could pursue a career in welding, and eventually returned to Rochester. Returning to the farm several years after it was vacant proved to have challenges of rebuilding fencing, barns maintenance, and yard clean up.
INVOLVEMENT IN THE FAMILY FARM
Shannon is the backbone of the care and well-being of animals. Shannon calves out 50 heads of beef this year, bumping the herd up to 85. Shannon makes all breeding decisions to bull purchase and AI all animals first service. When it comes to fieldwork, Shannon is a key player, either cutting or baling hay, baling straw, hauling bales, hauling manure, fencing, or just general farm work. In addition, Shannon’s attention to animal health is top-notch.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNITY
Shannon is a volunteer in the 4H program, school & school band, and committee member for Josephburg Ag Society. She previously volunteered for the Rochester Curling Club and is a current volunteer at the Rochester Cemetery Clean Up. Shannon is the first person neighbours call when they need help working cattle, feeding calves, or general farm help.
PERSONAL EFFORTS MADE
Shannon will spend hours in the barn; no animal goes hungry or uncared for. Family is also a top priority with Shannon and Stan, and taking care of family members near and far.