Who We Are

Lazer Enterprizes Inc., (Lazer) and G Double Bar Farms Ltd. (GDBF) are privately held Saskatchewan Companies based in the Borden, Saskatchewan area. These are family businesses and the ownership structure is all in the family.  Lazer’s business is primarily crop production supported by a small biodiesel plant and an aggregate operation.  GDBF (G Double Bar Farms Ltd.) has a commercial cattle operation with predominantly Angus breeding, both red and black.

The Walker Family Farm, Since 1904: Five Generations in Canada.

 George Caleb Walker arrived in Canada from Bridgenorth, Shropshire, England in 1903 and filed a homestead claim about 60 miles NW of Saskatoon in 1904. Because he was unmarried and younger than many homesteaders, George had last choice in land. While others took the open prairie that did not need as much bush clearing, George Caleb broke the home quarter with 6 black oxen harnessed to a single furrow plow. In 1913 he married his neighbour’s sister, Emily Piprell, from Cardiff, South Wales. They had 7 children in 7 years and as soon as they were able, all family members pitched in with farm and garden chores.  Just before the Dirty Thirties, George borrowed money to build a house for his large family.  It nearly cost them the farm.  The eldest children left to earn money elsewhere - Ontario, England, The Guernsey Islands. Then WWII shook the country - no communication from those abroad who were now POW’s, others enlisted in the forces and were sent overseas, but there were a few family, members classified as ‘essential workers’ left behind to continue producing food for the nation.   

 

 

 

 

 

Farm life was a struggle, yet there seemed to always be a way to survive.  After the war, George’s son Arthur eventually took over, increasing the crop acres, the cattle herd, pigs and chickens - a truly typical mixed farm.  The third generation had now appeared,  but Arthur had a debilitating heart attack at age 46.  Again, keeping the family farm was at stake.  Arthur’s wife, Helen, went back to teaching in a small 2 room school in order to pay the mortgage.  Then, when finished high school at age 16, Arthur's oldest son Darrel decided to stay home and farm full time. A few years later, the fourth generation came along and grew up enjoying the dynamics of three generations working, living and playing together on the  homestead.  As this generation reached adulthood in the early 2000's, several years of drought, followed by the BSE crisis hit the Saskatchewan farming industry hard, and the Walker's were not spared the consequences. The family pooled resources and labour with the hopes of being able to continue farming. It was not a pretty picture, but again, focus, determination and hard work would pay off.  All through the ups and downs, faith and family were an important part of the equation -something that becomes more difficult to keep in mind as the ‘family farm’ transformed into several stand alone businesses, each requiring more time, unique management expertise and work skill sets.  The goal is to still run it as a family business, where integrity, honesty and reputation are all important parts of the equation.  In this global, wired world, which often feels impersonal, it is a challenge indeed.

 

 

The Walker Group of Companies is now a robust industry diversified over several operations. Grain and cattle still form a solid backbone, but the Walkers have created several value added ventures to compliment their core business.