My husband Chuck and I reside on the Bullpound Flat just south of Hanna, AB. Our ranch is focused around our purebred Gelvbieh herd of about 85 cows.Each year we sell yearling Gelbvieh bulls by private treaty off our farm, with our specialty being on delivering high performing, great rate of gain and easy calving herd sires that are ideal as heifer bulls. Typically the majority of our yearlings sell in January and February.
We also have 200+ head of red commercial cows that we calve out each year. While we calve our purebred herd in February, our commercials are calved in early March.
If that isn't enough to keep us busy, we have 100+ sheep and goats that are lambed/kid in April that we graze during the summer and sell as butcher animals in the fall. To support our always-growing critter habit, we make about 2000+ bales of hay each year.
How long has she been at it?
I grew up on a ranch near Byemoor, AB where we raised Charolais cross cattle and was a proud 5th generation rancher. After marrying Chuck in 2011 we formed Flatland Ranch. Chuck has been raising purebred Gelbvieh for the last 16 years.
Any off farm careers?
I used to work off farm at the local Power Plant, however we needed more help with the day to day duties on the ranch so we decided I would work full time on the farm instead of hiring someone. I haven't looked back!
My favorite thing would have to be the wide open spaces, the quiet tranquility and of course all my critters.
I would ask for more trees! Trees are a rare sight where we live, unlike where I grew up. Also, I am not a big fan of driving so I don't like the long trips to get supplies in the city.
What's one piece of advice you would give other ranching women?
It's completely ok to have a messy house! But in all seriousness, if I had to give advice to any new rancher I would tell them to invest in high quality herd stock from the very beginning. Spend the extra money to get the bulls and cows you want, even if it means you grow slower. You won't have to try to wean out the poor quality stock later, which can cost you big time.
Any activities you enjoy off farm?
This one is tough because our whole life revolves around the farm. I love riding my horses and of course, like any good rural girl, curling in the local bonspiels.
How could you do anything else? Plus, I drove into the city just the other day and I couldn't get out of their fast enough!
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