Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yak Beef Dip at Vimy's Lounge and Grill in Waterton Lakes National Park

If you happen to find yourself in Waterton Lakes National Park this summer and are looking for a great place to eat, why not try Vimy's Lounge and Grill at Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort?

Here's a snapshot of part of the menu:

Springridge Ranch Yak-Cross Beef is excited to be a part of this great eatery!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Radio Interview on Sunny 94 FM!

Here are the two clips that aired on Sunny 94 from Lacombe, Alberta recently. A huge thank you to Kim Kay from Sunny 94 for this opportunity!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Good Old Rub In The Mud

When there's mud around, what youngster can resist the opportunity to get a little dirty, just like these yak-cross heifers?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

From Soggy Calves To Sunshine!

We had a very wet spring, to say the least. If it had only rained, that would have been one thing. However, during one stretch, the rain was accompanied by a cold wind over nearly five days. That kind of weather is hard on any newborn critters even if they do have a hairy coat like the yak-crosses. We brought the mamas with their little ones into the barn and squeezed them into every available space we could find. It was a full house. Then to feed and water them all, well that was a chore!


Lucy the barn cat had trouble figuring out what was going on with all these creatures who were invading "her" space.

This is what some of the over-saturated well-trodden areas of earth looked like afterwards...

Thankfully, that passed. The cow-calf pairs went back out to pasture and things started to warm up, albeit slowly.

We held our branding with some help from family and neighbours, then hauled the cow-calf pairs out to pasture several miles away and now the little ones aren't so little anymore. In fact, they are growing like weeds. One of these days I will manage to get out there with my camera so I can share some photos.

Now that the weather has improved,
the next order of business is to get the haying done. 
You know how the old saying goes.... you've got to

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Radio Interview With Sunny 94 FM From Lacombe, Alberta

A big thank you to Sunny 94 FM for their radio interview with me this morning! I'm not sure when it will be aired, but if you live in the Red Deer/Lacombe, Alberta area, and listen to Sunny 94 FM on a regular basis or online, you may just hear it!  M.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pioneer Yak Breeder

We bought our first yak bulls for Springridge Ranch from the 
late Bob Beal back in 1995. This article about his yak cross-breeding venture appeared in the Western Producer March 17, 1994.


Contrary to some recent media reports, yak have been bred in Alberta and throughout Canada for many years. My father first heard about yak cross-breeding at the University of Saskatchewan from magazine articles back in the 1960's or 1970's. According to The Green Bay Yakkers website, yaks were first imported to Canada in the early 1900's and experiments were done with cross-breeding of yaks and buffalo (called yakalo) at Wainwright, Alberta. So yak are as much a part of the ranching landscape in Alberta as the common European cattle breeds, just not as plentiful.  R.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Feeding William and Kate

If you're interested in reading Twyla Campbell's firsthand account on her experience in the Rideau Hall kitchen in preparation for the Royal Reception, click here. Thanks Twyla for your enthusiastic support!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Royal Yaks

All this talk of royalty has started the wheels turning about Royal Yaks which are, very simply, a special color pattern of yak (black and white or golden and white). I'm curious about their history and wonder how it is they got their name? I can't find an answer online anywhere. 

You can see examples of what they look like here and here. Note the bluff charge on the video. One thing is common with these yaks or the ones we've handled over the years, those mamas are very protective!

Happy Independence Day to our American friends!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Royal Update From Ottawa

Twyla Campbell gave us a call last night to let us know that she had a short visit with the Duchess of Cambridge who was curious and very interested to learn about Alberta yak!

Happy Canada Day!!