TK Ranch has been a steward of the endangered Northern Fescue Grasslands of east-central Alberta for over 60 years. There are only 4% of this grassland ecosystem left in the world and it needs protection. Raising livestock to the highest pasture based animal welfare standards in North America and managing the land in a way that enhances biodiversity has always been our goal. For over 25 years we have provided nutrient dense grass-fed and finished beef & lamb and pasture raised pork to Alberta families. We have received local, provincial and national awards for our commitment to animal welfare and environmental stewardship.
Our future is in jeopardy…
Raising livestock with a focus on animal welfare and environmental sustainability takes a lot of time and caring attention. Many people don’t realize that because we retain ownership of our animals from birth to the consumer it’s a very expensive enterprise. On average it costs $700 per year to feed one animal and it takes approximately 2.5 years for it to be grass finished – almost double the time compared to conventionally raised grain-fed beef. This cost does not include any other expenses – just feed – and last year the price of feed doubled because of widespread drought across Alberta. We have 300 mama cows on TK Ranch as well as their calves from this year, their calves from last year and half of their calves from the year before. When you add all of them together this makes for a lot of mouths to feed.
The extra time it takes to finish our animals means that our meat products are generally more expensive than those found in grocery stores. Our business is tied to the Alberta economy and the recession has understandably caused many of our customers to reduce their spending. We are very innovative and have been working tirelessly to diversify our income, but it’s not just the economic downturn that’s affecting us. Three years of sustained drought and having to purchase expensive winter feed has tapped our financial resources. Many ranch families in our area will be forced to sell their cows because they cannot afford winter feed this year, but unlike them we cannot simply replace our cows after the drought ends. We have been selecting our cows based on their natural abilities to finish on grass – not grain – for
40 years. They are the foundation of all that we do.
Please help us buy winter feed to keep our beloved cows home.
Calendar: $20 +GST
Small hay bale: $25
Medium hay bale: $100
Large round bale: $250