Q: Tell us a little bit about your ranching story and background.
I graduated from the University of Guelph and moved to the other side of the country to finish some schooling at Olds college. I studied agriculture, science and business, deciding to work for an animal nutrition company called Cargill. I was traveling to farms across western Canada, and talking to people about how to feed their cattle to get the optimum results that they were looking for, in terms of their overall health and nutrition.
My husband and I along with his parents have a purebred Hereford cattle operation. We have 250 cows at any given time and just short of over 600 head of cattle. We’re located in Mountain View County, just between Olds and Didsbury–an hour north of Calgary.
After working in animal nutrition, I moved over to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and worked there for 12 years. A couple of months ago however, I decided to shift to ranching full-time with my husband. My parents have leased us some cattle and they ranch with us as well. We have three families total ranching together.