Tangle Ridge Ranch Shepherds Land – Edmonton Journal Wed Sept 7

September 6th, 2011

Hey everyone! Check out the Edmonton Journal this week to see the story of our farm that Liane Faulder wrote. There are also beautiful pictures that Bruce Edwards took. It is an amazing piece!

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/taste/Tangle+Ridge+Ranch+shepherds+land/5358533/story.html

Eat My Words Blog

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

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.)

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

Lambing Update and Farm Video

July 4th, 2011

Hey everyone. It has been a busy month and a half since all the snow melted. Our dugouts are full and there is plenty of grass that the sheep are enjoying.

We ended up with 160 lambs born on pasture this year. It was a very successful lambing. Mojito the sheep dog did a great job keeping the coyotes at bay.

If you haven’t already booked your 2011 lambs, please send us an email or order off of the website so we can add you to our list. They sell out quickly.

I would also like to post a video that renowned blogger Kevin Kossowan put together about our farm. He did a wonderful job capturing exactly what we do:

From Local Farms – Tangle Ridge Ranch from Kevin Kossowan on Vimeo.

Spring Update and new Recipe!

April 15th, 2011

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to offer a quick update on the goings on around the ranch! Spring has sprung and with it has brought us plenty of moisture and running water. Our dugout that we built 4 years ago and sat empty due to drought, filled up in 1 day!!! That is incredible as it is over 17 feet deep and holds over 1 million gallons. We now will be able to operate our winter watering system next year, and have plenty of water to fill up the water truck instead of having to drive to town all summer.

The ewes made it through the long cold winter just fine. They are all in really good condition and will put on a little weight now coming into lambing season at the end of May. We did go through quite a few bales because of the colder weather but when they are only getting hay it is to be expected.

I also wanted to share a link to a recipe that we tried out last week….It is Chicken Fried Lamb with white gravy. What a truly delicious way to cook lambchops. It was different and definitely had a Southern feel to the meal. Try it out!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/diners-drive-ins-and-dives/chicken-fried-lamb-chops-with-creamy-gravy-recipe/index.html

Here are some pictures of our dugout filled with water and some other pictures to show the amount of water we have so far around the farm! Enjoy!

Lots of Water

Lots of Water


This is the old dugout completely over-flowing

This is the old dugout completely over-flowing


New Dugout is FULL!!!!!

New Dugout is FULL!!!!!

 More water everywhere!

More water everywhere!

Tangle Ridge makes The Journal!

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

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!

Winter 2010 002

Winter 2010 003

Winter 2010 004

Winter 2010 005

Tangle Ridge Lamb at Culina Restaurant!

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

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!