High River Online by Jessica Giles, August 10, 2017
Ranchers Improved their Cattle Handling Skills with Dylan Biggs
It’s interesting how we sometimes use too much pressure when handling cattle to get the job done as quick as possible, but accept the default cost of taking an extra couple hours to go fix broken fences when things got a little too rushed.
Dylan Biggs, a cattle handling expert, taught a Stockmanship Workshop on Wednesday, August 9, in Champion, which was put on by the Foothills Forage and Grazing Association. There was a two hour classroom session at the Community Hall, and the rest of the day took place at Snake Valley Farms, just East of Champion.
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April 22, 2016 by Alberta Farm Animal Care
Hanna ranchers win award for animal care
Dylan and Colleen Biggs of TK Ranch were two of the recipients of awards of distinction at the recent Livestock Care Conference hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care.
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June 16, 2016 by Barbara Duckworth
Ranch says on-farm abattoir will reduce animal stress
An Alberta ranching family has expanded their direct marketing efforts and opened their own abattoir.
Dylan and Colleen Biggs, owners of TK Ranch at Hanna, decided two years ago to build their own facility to reduce the stress of handling livestock and in their personal lives as they logged 2,000 kilometres a week delivering grass-fed beef, pork and lamb.
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April 28, 2016 by Carrie Tate
Competing ethical meat standards leave Alberta beef farmers in crossfire
Colleen Biggs and her husband, Dylan, own an award-winning livestock operation in Alberta. TK Ranch produces beef without antibiotics, drugs, added hormones, animal by-products and chemical insecticides. The Biggs are even building their own abattoir to further ensure their black and red Angus cattle are treated well.
Their ranch has earned the Animal Welfare Approved seal indicating it produces ethical meat. It is regularly audited to make sure it meets AWA’s standards, such as how many animals are permitted on a piece of pasture and how they are treated at the slaughterhouse.
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October 2015 by Lisa B. Pot
Success with livestock is based upon effective communication between the stockman and the animal, says cattle handler Dylan Biggs
Dylan Biggs is a very focused man. Calm. When he’s handling a herd of cattle his head, hands and upper body are still. It’s just his legs that are moving as he paces back and forth, up and down. His movements are mesmerizing to both cattle and people.
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June 9, 2017 by Shannon VanRaes
A better way to learn
What’s the best way to choose a great mentor? Three young farmers share their thoughts on how their mentors helped them get a solid career start, and how other young farmers could benefit from a more flexible approach to on-farm learning.
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March 3, 2015 by Steven Biggs, Contributing Editor
The direct option
At first, direct marketing gave Dylan and Colleen Biggs hope to save the farm. Now it’s driving robust expansion
“They told me I would fail,” says Colleen Biggs, remembering the phone call she made soon after taking over sales and
marketing on the home ranch. It was 1995, and with no room to cut costs any deeper, she had called the Alberta Ag Ministry to find out more about direct marketing, thinking their way forward had to be to add value. Conventional wisdom said it couldn’t work, especially in a province dominated by a powerhouse commercial beef sector. But what other choice was there?
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March 10, 2015 by Shirley Byers
Animal Welfare label confirms TK Ranch commitment
Alberta ranch finds the opportunity to reinforce their values of proper livestock production practices.
One of the advantages of direct marketing is receiving feedback through direct contact with the people who will be eating your product. Colleen and Dylan Biggs have been marketing ranch-finished beef and other meat products from their east-central Alberta ranch since 1995, and listening to their customers.
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February 10, 2012
Global Edmonton Woman of Vision Recipients 2011-2012
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Aguust 2, 2011 by Leslie MacDonald
Alberta’s Woman of Vision a champion of grass-fed organic beef
Their story sounds like something straight out of a fairy tale. Beautiful vegetarian meets her stereotype of the big, bad cowboy rancher who turns out to be passionate about animal welfare and the environment. They fall in love, and 22 years later, have four beautiful daughters and one of the most respected ranches on the Prairies. But, as Colleen Biggs soon discovered, life on an Alberta ranch or farm is anything but a fairy tale. The tough economic realities of very slim margins, set market pricing and uncontrollable cost fluctuations almost forced them off their land. That’s what led this tenacious former military drill sergeant to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and develop a business model that has made her an innovator in Alberta’s cattle industry.
July 27, 2011 by Gail Hall
Livestock at TK Ranch seem ‘pretty happy’ in grassland pastures
For many Albertans buying local is part of the regular shopping experience. … But another great way to get educated is by visiting an actual farm. I took that route recently with a visit to a producer that I have long respected ? TK Ranch outside of Hanna, Alberta.
More on the PCES Conference: Good news amid the bad
March 24, 2010 by Trevor Herriot
While the general tenor of the Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference in Winnipeg was “things are bad and we’ve got to do better,” there were plenty of stories about people finding ways to “do better” by the prairie. There were the farmers and ranchers who are sustaining grassland habitat while growing food for the rest of us — people like Alberta’s Dylan and Colleen Biggs, who received an award at the banquet for their conservation efforts as ranchers …
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April 2005 by Shelly Willson
TK Ranch manages ecological sustainability with economic benefit to the community
Trick question: can you guess what kind of environmentally friendly business would be most likely to win a string of provincial awards, including the annual SPCA award, the 2000 Growing Alberta Environmental Stewardship Award, and nomination for the prestigious Emerald Award?
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June 3, 2003
Organic family farms benefit
At least one farm business stands to profit from the scare over mad-cow disease: grass-fed beef. Colleen Biggs, who offers grass-fed beef from a ranch near Hannah, Alta., said she’s been getting a lot of calls since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in an Alberta cow last month. … Biggs attributes the rising sales to concern about practices in industrial beef production, particularly the use of meat byproducts in cattle feed.
Read at Organic Consumers Association