All owned ranch land is farmed using organic and only organic ranching and organic farming practices are applied. Our ranch was certified organic for nearly 20 years and only in 2020 did we drop certification due to our long standing disagreement with the certifying bodies. We have always been, and will always maintain our standards above and beyond what is considered to be certified organic in Canada. Animals are handled low stress to ensure docility and safety to handlers and livestock. We switched from labour-and-feed intensive calving in March-April on ranch land, to unassisted calving in May to June on our vast ranges many years ago. Cows can properly get ready to give birth by finding a suitable, protected spot and can do this at their ease. They have successfully been giving birth long before men started to meddle with assisting in confined spaces and administering all kinds of pharmaceutical aids.
We raise our own bulls and replacement heifers, replacement ewes and rams, replacement sows and most boars.
Sheep, hog and poultry production happens in a designated and fenced cell system. Guardian Dogs keep sheep safe from predation.
Hay production happens under six pivoting irrigation systems and on flooded and sub-irrigated meadows.
The range is grazed for 5-6 summer months and the cattle are moved through a paddock system, or on open range according to yearly range readiness assessments, considering precipitation, residual forage, kind and age of cattle.
The Deep Litter floor is excavated down to a depth of 4 feet.The entire floor is layeredwithlong log rails which are approx. 6 inches in diameter. These logs provide the necessary subterranean air flow.The logs are coveredin a layer of sticks which have been pre-soaked in red wine.