Lethbridge County is known to be the irrigation capital of Canada, allowing for a multitude of crops to be grown by area farmers. This highly diversified crop base provides raw materials for processing industries and export markets, as well as feed for the area’s livestock industries.
Every year, these farmers reinvest hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy in the following ways:
- Capital investments in land, buildings, machinery
- Wages and salaries
- Fuel, maintenance and repair bills
- Livestock, poultry, feed and veterinary purchases
- Fertilizer, pesticide, and seed purchases, etc.
Lethbridge County contains 297,287 irrigated acres within two distinct irrigation districts. There are 172,387 acres in the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District and 124,900 acres in the St. Mary River Irrigation District.
Livestock & Dairy
Rich pasture areas within Lethbridge County produce some of North America’s best beef. Serving the area’s livestock industry are some of the country’s largest and most efficient feedlots, meatpacking and poultry processing operations. There are over 200 milk producers in the Lethbridge area, which account for about 17 per cent of the provincial total. High-quality grazing land extends from Lethbridge County west into the foothills area.