Springridge Ranch, near Pincher Creek, Alberta, produces naturally raised, grass-fed, yak-cross beef that is high in essential fatty acids, low in cholesterol, and very yummy!
Please contact us via email: eatmoreyak@gmail(dot)com
Shaw TV Lethbridge is in the middle of filming a new series called "Farm Fresh". Today, they came out to Springridge Ranch to interview us for one of the segments. What a great crew who instantly put us at ease.
Farm Fresh is scheduled to air this fall and anyone who has Shaw TV in the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region will be able to view it. At some point, it may be available on their website as well. Stay tuned and we'll let you know the broadcast date(s)!
A few years ago, we moved to a new yard and began a building project, a combination barn/shop with some corrals. Believe me, this is no small task. It can be difficult to find the time to work on a development like this in between the regular farm chores: feeding, calving, moving yaks and cattle to fresh pastures in the summer, marketing and selling our yak-cross beef, haying, etc. There just aren't enough hours in a day, week, month or year! Therefore, it has turned into a multi-year project.
Here are a series of photos of the progress so far.
Preparing the area:
The footings are poured:
The pony wall is built of styrofoam blocks and filled with concrete:
The walls are framed and ready to set in place:
The walls are up!
The pile of trusses:
At this point, I missed taking a whole series of photos,
so here is the building with the roof and tin on:
The overhead doors are installed:
So far, we've just been using this building for storage and parking, but the next steps are to complete the inside, half with insulation and sheeting for the shop side, and turn the other half into a barn. Watch in the coming weeks, months (but hopefully not years!) as we continue to finish the inside of this building as well as build corrals so we can handle our yaks and cattle closer to home.
Looking at a litter of pups, it's really hard to figure out which one will grow up to become a good working dog.
Duke came from a litter of seven, four were male and three were female. We knew we wanted a male, so that helped us narrow it down.
But still, how do you know which one will be good with cattle?
One was obviously shy right off the bat and wouldn't even come out of the barn to socialize with the rest of the pups.
The other three males were pretty even when it came to their personality,
but Duke was the only tri-coloured male.
However, you can't judge a dog on looks alone.
Duke was the first one to come up to his new master, stay and socialize with him. As this dog would be spending most of his time with him, it was important that the two of them got along. So far, our choice seems to have worked out.
One year old!
Duke is turning into quite the handy "cattle-yak" dog. He has a lot of natural instinct and is very effective, but not too aggressive, when moving the yak and cattle. Some of the yaks are pretty snorty when he's around and he handles it like a gentleman. It's hard to believe he's only one year old as he seems like an older, level-headed dog already!
P.S. He'll be getting a special birthday treat tonight :-)
We are very excited to announce that Springridge Ranch Yak-Cross Beef is now available at Ryan's Meats in Calgary! They are located at #14, 1916-30 Avenue N.E. and they are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. See Noel or Bruce to assist you with your Springridge Ranch Yak-Cross Beef needs!
We regret to announce that we will no longer be supplying Horizon Meats in Calgary with our yak-cross beef product due to the closing of their store. We want to thank Horizon Meats for their years of patronage.
Watch this space for an exciting announcement about a new location in Calgary where you can buy Springridge Ranch Yak-Cross Beef!