New Season, New Shepherds

Posted On Monday May 03, 2021

For the first time in 28 years, the City of Fort Saskatchewan Sheep Grazing Program will herd in new shepherds. At the end of last season, long time shepherds Kathy and Ralph Playdon retired. Enter the Steinbusch family.

Marc and Natasja Steinbusch immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 2006 and are the parents of four children; Pien, Anke, Jannik, and Lizzy. They have been raising sheep for the past eight years and became aware of the shepherd vacancy through their relationship with the Playdons.

“I have had the pleasure of visiting the Steinbusch’s and their farm on a couple of occasions and they are an incredibly friendly and enthusiastic family! They are very excited to join our community and cement their own legacy as our shepherds. I believe they will do a fantastic job in leading our Finnsheep flock and shining a positive light on our city” added Arthur Lewandowski, the Community Events and Tourism Specialist with the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

For the most part, visitors will see Natasja and Pien taking the lead as shepherds, and Anke will come assist whenever she has the opportunity. The sheep grazing program commences on Wednesday, June 2 and concludes Saturday, September 4, 2021. Visit the sheep and say hello to our new shepherds on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort Heritage Precinct grounds.

For more information on the sheep grazing program and to watch an introductory video on our new shepherds, visit fortsask.ca/sheep.

Sheep grazing photograph. Copyright Rosemarie Garvey, 1993.