Calgary Stampede Article / Lambing Update

June 20th, 2012

Hey everyone…It has been a busy lambing time but we are winding down now. We had 203 lambs from 107 ewes which translates to a 190% lambing…This is fantastic for a pasture lambing management system. All the sheep have now started the rotational grazing program and with all the rain, the grass is growing like crazy! It’s also nice that the mosquitoes are not even half as bad last year so we can actually enjoy our time outside.

Also, check out the article that features us in the International Ag Committee magazine for the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede! It’s great to be a part of the livestock and agriculture industry in Alberta. We feel honored to be featured in such a special publication. Check out pages 29-31..

Calgary Stampede 100th Anniversary Feature

Lambing 2012 and New Farm Truck

May 26th, 2012

Hey everyone!

Well, Lambing 2012 has started and we are going full force now. Almost 20 babies born yesterday and today. The weather is beautiful and the lambs are doing great. I will be moving them to some new pasture today. Pictures are coming soon!

Also, we have a new addition to the farm. This is the new farm truck! A 1993 Dodge Diesel, 4×4, 5-speed standard…It looks brand new! Only 81000 Km…..and its 20 years old!! Thanks Cousin Jim!

1993 Dodge Diesel 4x4

1993 Dodge Diesel 4x4

New Additions to the Ranch

April 9th, 2012

Hey everyone. We decided to pick up some Muscovy Ducks and Toulouse Geese for the farm.

The Muscovy Ducks eat a lot of bugs (specifically flies and mosquitoes). We hope that they provide some natural pest control around the farm and we are going to try to run them with the sheep to see if they help with some of the flies and mosquitoes that pester them in the summer.

The Geese are natural weeders. They like eating Dandelions, foxtail, and other invasive species. We are going to see if they can keep the weeds down around the yard and the ponds as a natural alternative to spraying or even using the weed eater.

It is a little bit of an experiment but I think it will be fun to see what these birds can do!

ducks and geese

Gearing Up for Another Great Year!

March 5th, 2012

Good day everyone!

We are getting closer to the start of lambing season and are ready for another wonderful year of green grass and sunshine. Our goal, once again, is to grow and deliver the highest quality lamb around. We are always looking for ways to improve on what we are doing and enhance our customers experience!

The feedback over the past couple years has been phenomenal. We would like to thank everyone for their calls and emails. Our customers are telling us that they have never had a better tasting lamb product and we are very proud of that! We will continue to produce the highest quality Tangle Ridge Ranch lamb and look forward to seeing all our new and current customers throughout 2012!

The price of our lamb will be increasing to $8.00/ lb this year and we are expanding again so we will have even more lambs available this fall for purchase. Please make sure you have your orders in early as we sell out very quickly!

Take Care,

Shayne

Robbie Burns Supper

February 5th, 2012

Hey everyone!

On January 27, 2012, Allan Suddaby, the chef of Nomad Mobile, hosted a Robbie Burns supper at the Yellowhead Brewery.

Allan had purchased a lamb from us and used it for the supper. It was even used for the centre piece of the night, the Haggis. The heart, lungs, and liver, along with oatmeal and spices were used to make the Haggis.

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the event but our friend Kevin Kossowan created a wonderful video of the evening!

Enjoy

Episode 30 – Burns Supper from Kevin Kossowan on Vimeo.

Solar Watering System

October 31st, 2011

Hey Y’all…

It’s getting close to winter time and the forecast has flurries in it for the end of the week. We are getting all set up around here for the sub-zero temperatures and of course plenty of the white stuff.

The feeders for bale grazing are ready and we just need to get the bales all set up in the field.

I thought I would show you how we water all our animals in the winter time. We use a solar watering system. It allows us to pump fresh, clean water to the animals all winter without having to run power. We are using the power of the sun!

Enjoy!

Weaning Day MOVIE!!

October 17th, 2011

Hey everyone!

Well, the lambs have been feasting on some beautiful 2nd cut Alfalfa and clover pastures for the past 3 weeks. They are looking really good and we are hopefully attaining 0.5 to 0.8 lbs /hd /day gain. Our average weaning weights were 75 lbs. and we are hoping to reach an average finishing weight of 100 lbs.

As promised, I finished the weaning movie to go along with the weaning trailer that I released last week. I hope you all enjoy it! We also hope that you learn something new about operating a lamb ranch! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Vicky or myself anytime and we would be happy to answer them for you.

Take care,

Shayne

Stockpiled Grazing

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!

Weaning Day Video!

October 3rd, 2011

Hey everyone….Here is a cool little video we did for weaning day! It is a preview to a bigger video we will post a little later. Enjoy!

Culinapalooza 2011

September 20th, 2011

Aug 29, 2011

So it all started with a conversation one day while sitting in Culina Muttart with Brad Lazarenko….how on our farm we have a very old, very rustic barn, I have always dreamed of having a barn party in. So with a little elbow grease, little decorating, our rustic barn became the site for Culinapalooza 2011…aka the Culina staff party.

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Our barn

Culinapalooza

Brad has some really great, creative minds at Culina. Above is the ad Stacey created for the event.

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Of course, the menu was based around a whole lamb roast. After some discussion, a Mexican theme was set!

Shayne seasoning the lamb

Shayne got to get his hands in there too, making sure the seasoning was just right.

The table was set...

The table was set, candles lit, just waiting for the sun to go down.

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Decore was simple; red table clothes, covered with burlap, saddle, mason jars and of course our customized tin cans!

Tin Cans

Let’s just say, a month supply of tin cans from Culina Millcreek, with some shotguns, made for a really fun day for the boys, and a great decoration for our barn party!

The final setup

The overall effect was simple, but stunning.

Beverage table

Drinks were set,

The food table

Food was laid out,

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And everyone was brought up to enjoy the feast!

The Feast!

The meal consisted of couple different types of fresh salsas, fresh feta and tostados or corn tortillas to make your lamb tacos and complimented by handmade tamales & rice and black beans. It was so fresh & amazing.

Culina Bands

After dinner, the party moved out to the campfire, where we had live music from three bands, all consisting of Culina staff members. There is some great talent coming out of this kitchen…

It was a great night, with fantastic food & drinks, music and conversation. It was so wonderful to get to know the Culina staff better, and an honour to have them out to our ranch. Here’s to more meals together…cheers!