It would be amiss to recreate this site without a nod to the road that brought us here. We started with a humble beginning, a blank quarter of land and a vision to create a sustainable family ranch; one that balanced work and play and where work was fun. We had a mission to have a healthy land base, rich in plant and livestock diversity, building communities that could grow as our family did. We envisioned a place that was life-educational and where all members had roles, responsibilities and ownership of what they did.
With a small land base, we decided to have small animals and from there, Tangle Ridge Ranch was born. We started with a small flock of sheep that quickly grew. We firmly believe that healthy land creates healthy animals and we strive to manage our land and animals the way nature intended, resulting in a highly nutritious product. Pasture perfect, naturally.
We were at the forefront of the local food movement, direct marketing a whole carcass lamb program across Alberta. It was an exciting time - creating relationships with wonderful customers across the province, working hand in hand with top chefs and restaurants, attending food events, holding tours and dinners in our old hip roofed barn to seeing our lamb showcased in competitions and featured in articles. Thinking back on this time, our hearts are so warmed by the relationships and connections we made. It was truly our customers that made this such worthwhile experience.
As with all roads in life, it is never a straight path. Cattle always played a role on our ranch - from providing milk for bottle lambs to helping managing our pasture by grazing alongside our flock. In 2018 we decided that it was time to say goodbye to the sheep. We expanded our land base and focused on custom grazing cattle. With that, we created new relationships, forged new paths. As parents, we went back to our grazing roots, while our kids found their passion in the show ring - in investing in genetics, raising high quality animals and showing them to the best of their ability. Its been a wonder to see the excitement in their eyes, the enthusiasm in their faces and joy in their hearts as they now chase their dreams. Life is always moving, always changing and we look forward to see where the journey continues to takes us!