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My philosophy for cattle ranching

My philosophy for cattle ranching

I believe in order to have credibility and be effective as a realtor while selling ranches, the realtor needs to have experienced the ranch way of life. Without a basic understanding of the various elements that control the success of a ranching operation, a realtor will be handicapped in communicating with any degree of effectiveness to a prospective ranch client.

I have experienced that ranching life. For years, I have enjoyed the freedom that comes with being on a horse and making an inspection of the land you own and the herd you graze.

But I have also lived through the BSE crisis of 2003, which saw cattle prices so low sale prices would not even cover shipping costs.

As such, I feel I can easily relate to ranchers and provide — with confidence — guidance and advice on marketing and purchasing of ranches.

Too often cattle ranches are asset rich and cash flow poor, with the big pay day coming only when the ranch is sold. A new rancher would do well to structure his ranching operation to optimize profit and not to do what has been done traditionally — buying land, improvements, farm equipment and cattle in order to be self sufficient.

Smart ranchers know, however, that only land and cattle provide income. Equipment and improvements only represent expenses.

The trick to making a profit in ranching is to increase income and reduce expenses.

A course I would recommend ranchers to take is called “Ranching For Profit” by Dave Pratt. This course helps the rancher focus on making his ranching business profitable through self assessment and analysis. In further posts, I will touch on other detailed aspects of ranching.

For now I wish you the best of luck in your new ranching endeavour and enjoy the adventure. I know I did.

Feel free to contact me at your convenience if you’re interested in purchasing a ranch or have one of your own to sell.

BC was Canada’s first home to cattle ranching

BC was Canada’s first home to cattle ranching

With the wide open spaces of Alberta and Saskatchewan sitting just over the Rocky Mountains, you might be surprised to learn British Columbia was the first area in Canada to host cattle ranches.

In 1846, the Hudson Bay Company brought cattle from Oregon and established small herds at Fort Kamloops, Fort Alexandria (near Quesnel) as well as Fort Langley and Fort Victoria.

In 1858, the discovery of gold on the Fraser river brought further cattle development when General Joel Palmer brought cattle north from Washington state into the Okanagan and Thompson valleys, then the following year to Fort Alexandria.

During this time period, some well know ranches were established, including the Douglas Lake Cattle Co and 150-Mile Ranch in 1861 and the Gang and Alkali ranches in 1863.  The first cattle used by early ranches were generally mixed breeds such as Shorthorns and Devons, with Herefords being introduced by the Douglas Lake ranch in 1888.

By 1900, Aberdeen Angus cattle became popular for use on ranches. Today, it can be said that the development of the British Columbia ranching industry has had a large impact on the heritage and character of such areas as the Cariboo, Nicola Valley, Okanagan and Thompson (Kamloops) Valleys.