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Stockpiled Grazing

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Just while Shayne is putting the finishing touches on his weaning video, just had to share a short video clip I shot. Just after weaning, I was in one of the back pastures setting up temporary fence to where we were going to move the ewes to. I was so amazed at the perfect visual example of why we manage our grazing so intensely. Have a look…

When we carefully control our grazing during the growing season, we can set up our pastures to grow long into the fall. This video was taken around mid-Sept. Even though we are now into Oct, we still have green grass in our pastures. By having the grass grow later in the season, it can maintain its quality for longer, and we have a great quantity. This allows us to graze our sheep right into winter, until the snow becomes to deep for them to forage.

If you ever have any grazing questions, feel free to contact us. We would love to talk grass with you!

Eat My Words Blog

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

We had the pleasure of having Liane Faulder from the Edmonton Journal, along with photographer Bruce Edwards, visit our farm a couple weeks ago. Here is a sneak peek at the article that will be in the Edmonton Journal in the next couple weeks….

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2011/08/15/the-horn-family-carves-out-a-niche-in-the-lamb-industry/

The Perfect Pitch

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

For one hour every Wednesday night, you can find Shayne and I on the couch, watching Dragon’s Den. To us, the appeal of this show is seeing the passion and ingenuity some of the entrepreneurs possess and learning from a business side, what makes an idea worth investing in.

On August 10th, I had a unique opportunity to pitch our business idea in front of 3 judges, a la Dragon’s Den style. The event was the Perfect Pitch, hosted by FarmOn, and supported by Community Futures, Northlands, Alberta School of Business, Rural Alberta Development Fund, Creating Pathways, Bashaw Agricultural Committee & RBC.

The concept was simple – you had 3 minutes to pitch your business to the judges. Then the judges had time to ask you some hard-hitting questions on your business plan and concepts.

The reward – an opportunity to be lined up with a mentor handpicked to suit your industry and needs, and a chance to win $25,000 to further your business in the finals.

I have to say, the greatest part of the day was being able to watch all the other contestants pitches and see all the creative ideas our generation is coming up and just like me, the passion that they possess to create a bright future for their selves, their families and their farms.

I am extremely honoured and excited that Tangle Ridge Ranch was chosen as one of the top 6 finalists in the Perfect Pitch. As part of the competition, we will be updating our blog frequently and are going to include a few video blogs on our farm activities! Keep watching as we move towards the finals at Farm Fair in November!

To see our pitch, check out the YouTube video.

~Vicky

Hay for Sale (Horse, Dairy, etc.)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I have a friend with some really good hay for sale. It is Alfalfa x Grass Mix and is beautiful forage…It would be really good for horses / dairy or anything else you want to feed super quality hay to. He has lots of 1400 lb. rounds for sale and lots of small squared…He is located just outside of Leduc.

Call Stan @ 780-986-7690

Tangle Ridge makes The Journal!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

On Februray 1st, 2011 we attended the media launch of Culina Muttart.  It was a roaring success. Many of Culina’s local suppliers attended and had their products on hand for sampling. Chef Brad prepared our shoulder roast in a fennel brine and it was paired with some of The Jam Lady’s condiments; the most popular being the Jalepeno Mint jelly and the Saskatoon Chutney. Spring Creek beef was there and they had a wonderful roast, as was the Cheesiry, Yellowhead Brewery, Pinnochio Ice Cream, Mighty Trio Organics, and enSente Winery.

To top it all off, we were spoken quite highly of in Liane Faulder’s online Journal article. She is an award-winning blogger and well respected food writer. Check out the article:

http://communities.canada.com/edmontonjournal/blogs/eatmywords/archive/2011/02/01/culina-at-the-muttart-launches-project-with-the-city-of-edmonton.aspx

Winter Bale Grazing at Tangle Ridge

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Well, it’s another chilly winter at the ranch. However, it looks like we are going to have plenty of moisture in the spring to get the grass growing and fill the dugouts. We just thought we would share some winter bale grazing pictures so you can see that all the sheep are doing great and once again are fertilizing our pastures. The temporary electric fence is moved once a week to allow the sheep access to a new set of bales. We use the blue feeders because it cuts down on our wastage to only about 10%..Enjoy!

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Tangle Ridge Lamb at Culina Restaurant!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Just to let everyone know, our lamb is now being served at Culina Muttart and Culina Mill Creek (just off 99st by Wild Earth Foods). Today we went to the Culina Muttart for lunch and tried the Tangle Ridge Lamb Lasagna and the Tangle Ridge Lamb sausage which was developed just for our lamb. Both of these were absolutely phenomenal. If you are looking for a delicious lunch or scrumptious supper you should definitely try out one of these locations, you will not be disappointed. Compliments go out to Chef Brad Lazarenko for his amazing creations!

Open House on November 21 and November 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

It’s that time of year again…The cold weather starts to set in and you can’t wait to get a hold of your fresh, grass finished lamb.

This year we will be having two open houses. One will be on Sunday, November 21, 2010. The other will be Saturday, November 27, 2010. They will be from 10am to 4pm on both days.  Everyone is welcome!!

The pre-ordered lamb will be available for pick-up on these two days. We will also be offering ranch tours starting at 1pm on the Saturday and Sunday so you will be able to see exactly how your pasture perfect lamb is produced.

We look forward to meeting with everyone!

Weaning is finished!!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Time to trim your hooves!!

Time to trim your hooves!!

Hey everyone! We finished our weaning on October 3 and now the lambs are being finished on our second cut alfalfa/grass pasture. Most of the alfalfa is too mature but there is some nice grass in there. Our average weaning weight was 83 lbs and we had 41% of our lambs over 90 lbs. Not too bad for a June lambing. They are basically the same weaning weights as last year and were born a month later…We used our new corrals which made the day go really smooth, and we had lots of help from our good friends the Nosyk’s. Here are some pictures, enjoy!

New Corrals

New Corrals

New Corrals at Weaning

New Corrals at Weaning

Weaning Time!

Weaning Time!

New Corrals!

New Corrals!

Weighing the Ewes and Lambs....

Weighing the Ewes and Lambs....

Hellooooo...Its time to Wean!

Hellooooo...Its time to Wean!

Keep it moving ladies...

Keep it moving ladies...

Lambing Update

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Well…It was an interesting year lambing…It started on May 22 and finished around June 14. We ended up with around 110 lambs total. A large majority of them were born when we got the late spring snowfall and rain which made it a little hectic trying to keep the little ones warm and dry.  Now they are all out on fresh green grass and are growing bigger every day!

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Speaking of rain, the first cut hay crop looks great this year because of the almost 6 inches of rain that fell at the end of may and June! Here are some pictures of our lambing this year!

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