Order Deadline for Calgary NE (March 1) is Sunday!

We've posted our February 23, 2017 email newsletter below. Click here to subscribe to our free email newsletter, click the orange RSS button to the right to subscribe to our RSS feed, or just check our blog often for the latest news.

TK Ranch

TK Ranch at Instagram

Colleen Biggs and Maria Biggs

The temptation to cuddle and coo over new pups is so darn difficult. Especially when they are big balls of fluff that so desperately want your attention, like our Kangal pups pictured above. These are the babies of our livestock guardian dogs Sugar and Attila (aka Bubby). Sugar had her pups a few weeks back during the cold weather in January. We tried to keep her up at our house where it was warm and cozy, but her instinct to stay with our sheep made her an escape artist. Any time she was let outside she vanished only to be found with our ewes happy and content.So we built her a warm house to whelp right in the middle of our sheep pen and she quickly settled in.

Raising livestock guardian pups is a real balancing act because you want the dogs to bond with sheep, not with people. But you also don't want them to be aggressive towards people because this can be a serious problem. To ensure this balance is met we keep our puppies close to the sheep at all times. Daily, when we feed our mature dogs, we cuddle and pet the pups to ensure they like people, but not more than two or three minutes at a time. This ensures they grow up knowing their true place in the world as working dogs, not as pets. This is essential because much of the year our flock is on pasture kilometers from our home without the protection of a shepherd, including during lambing. In our country coyotes like to drop in for dinner whenever possible; one night a few years ago we lost 13 sheep to predation. We only had one guardian dog at that time and the coyotes split our flock into three, which made it impossible for her to protect them. Today we have several dogs that guard our flock and we rarely suffer any losses.

For many producers, this is hard to achieve because they have grown up having dogs as pets their entire lives and cannot separate themselves from a cute little pup to let it bond properly with their sheep. Unfortunately, once a guardian dog is bonded to people, that is where it will want to stay. Our dog Attila, aka Bubby, is a big suck hence his nickname. He is pictured above with me and my daughter Maria. We bought him as a pup and were told he was bonded to sheep, but soon after his arrival it became apparent that he loved people more. So we kept him as a sire and he guards our yard instead. It took us a lot of years to learn how to train effective livestock guardian dogs and today our flock is well protected by happy well adjusted working dogs.

February Sale Items

Grassfed Cross Rib Roast

Grassfed Beef Meaty Marrow Bones

TK Ranch Inverlake Facility

Soy-Free Winter Eggs!

Our soy-free eggs are available at our regular pick-up locations. $8/doz for extra large, $7/doz for large, and $6/doz for medium. We have lots in stock!

No GMO, etc.

TK Ranch Truck


Calgary NE

WED Mar 1

Order cut-off is Sunday!

See Delivery Dates Calendar


Go to Instagram

Experience the breathtaking beauty of TK Ranch by following my husband Dylan's photos on Instagram. He updates the site almost daily so you can keep in touch with what is happening here. We hope to develop calendars and sell framed prints in the future — so please stay tuned.

Animal Welfare Approved -grassfed-
Colleen Biggs

All the best,
Colleen Biggs
TK Ranch

Facebook Follow TK Ranch on Facebook

Almost every day we are posting new pictures and video of life on TK Ranch. Please connect with us on Facebook for updates and interesting food news too.

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”
– Wendell Berry

Leave a comment

Comment moderation is on (but comments are appreciated). You must be 18 to leave comments. Don't post links unless highly pertinent.

Manage your subscriptions

TK Ranch® · Ethical By Nature® · Alberta, Canada
An ethical and humane choice for quality grass-fed beef and lamb, heritage pork, soy-free chicken and free-range turkey
No antibiotics · No drugs · No added hormones · No animal by-products · No insecticides
The TK Ranch Blog
Tell a Friend Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter Visit us on Google+ Visit us on Instagram Visit us on Pinterest
© 1995-2017 TK Ranch®. All Rights Reserved. Website Assistance by DianeV Web Design Studio