Participating Ranches

We are lucky to be working closely with 7 ranches in the BC Interior. To view an interactive map click here.

San Jose Cattle Co. The Thompson family ranch (San Jose Cattle Co.) is bisected by Highway 97 and is situated on the gently rolling hills east of the San Jose River; about 7 km south of 150 Mile House, BC. This ranch is in the Interior Douglas Fir (IDFxm) biogeoclimatic (BEC) zone. This ranch is primarily flood-irrigated using a network of ditches, and areas not receiving irrigation are composed of dryland adapted plant species. This ranch no longer has any hayfields and consists of only grazing land. At this ranch, they have been practicing Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) for the past 7 years. http://sanjosecattle.com/  back1
Zirnhelt Ranch The Zirnhelt family ranch is nestled in the Beaver Valley on the south end of Chambers Lake; about a 20 km drive northwest of the community of Big Lake Ranch, BC. This ranch is in the Sub-Boreal Spruce (SBSmh) biogeoclimatic (BEC) zone and was historically cleared of trees to make way for hayfields and grazing land. This ranch receives more precipitation than those ranches closer to Kamloops or Williams Lake, and doesn’t require irrigation to be quite productive. The ranch continues to be a mixture of grazing land and hayfields, as well as a form of agroforestry known as ‘silvopasture’. At this ranch, they have been practicing Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) for the past 7 years. http://www.zirnheltranch.ca  Zirnhelt Pic
Big Bear Ranch The Krumsiek family ranch (Big Bear Ranch) is less than a 5 km drive northwest of Horsefly, BC and located within the Sub-Boreal Spruce (SBS) biogeoclimatic (BEC) zone and was historically cleared of trees to make way for hayfields and grazing land. This ranch receives more precipitation than those ranches closer to Kamloops or Williams Lake, and doesn’t require irrigation to be quite productive. The ranch continues to be a mixture of grazing land and hayfields, and produces certified organic meat products (pork, lamb, and beef). At this ranch, they have been practicing Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) for the past 15 years (approximately). http://www.bigbearranch.com/  Big Bear
Spray Creek Ranch This 260-acre ranch is managed by Tristan and Aubyn Banwell and is situated approximately 15km southeast of Lillooet, BC. The ranch lies on a bench above the Fraser River in the Ponderosa Pine (PPxh) BEC zone. This ranch is in transition to certified organic with a focus on raising quality cattle, pigs, meat chickens and laying hens. They have now been implementing the concepts of Management-intensive Grazing for approximately 2 years.  Visit facebook.com/spraycreek to learn more or get in touch.  DSC_0132
Chilancoh Ranch The Bayliff family ranch (Chilancoh Ranch) is situated on the northeast banks of the Chilanko River; about 5 km southeast of Redstone, BC, and is in the Interior Douglas Fir (IDFxm) biogeoclimatic (BEC) zone. This ranch has a mixture of pivot-irrigated (and/or sub-irrigated by the river) hayfields and grazing land. At this ranch, they have been practicing Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) for the past 4 years. http://www.chilancohranch.ca/  Bayliff Pic
Guichon Ranch The Guichon family ranch (Gerard Guichon Ranch Ltd.) is situated on the North end of Nicola Lake in the Nicola Valley region of BC. This ranch is in the Bunchgrass (BGxw1) biogeoclimatic (BEC) zone and has a mixture of irrigated ‘meadows’ in the lower valley-bottom and native (dry-adapted) plant communities stretching up the valley sides. At this ranch, they have been practicing a form of intensive management referred to as both “planned grazing” and “holistic management” for the past 25 years (approximately). http://www.guichonranch.ca/  Guichon Pic
Riske Creek Ranch The Huffman family ranch (Riske Creek Ranch) is situated on the northwest banks above the Fraser River; about 30 minutes’ drive southwest of Williams Lake, BC, and is in the Bunchgrass (BGxw2) biogeoclimatic (BEC) zone. This ranch has a mixture of pivot-irrigated hayfields and grazing land, though they are currently phasing out their irrigation practices in hopes of returning the land to a native (dryland adapted, grass-dominated) plant community. At this ranch, they have been practicing Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) for the past 6 years. http://www.profilecanada.com/companydetail.cfm?company=2189726_Riske
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