About Shoderee Ranch

About Shoderee Prime Meats

We didn’t set out to be environmentalists, but like many ranchers, we really are…

It has become our mission to provide the highest quality proteins and in doing so help to reverse climate change, sustain wildlife habitats and maintain native grasslands. Our adaptive management practises maintain and improve our grasslands to produce healthy, happy cows and provide quality habitat for wildlife.

At Shoderee Ranch while we are committed to raising quality sustainable beef, we are actually in the business of grass and soil. Let us tell you why... 

Over time the intertwined relationship between the health of humans and the health of our grasslands has become compromised. From the time of the once roaming bison that allowed us the most healthy and fertile of lands we have shifted towards monoculture farming, and animal feedlots. These both emphasize maximum production with the least amount of cost. But the truth is… there is a cost… a huge cost… and the environment is paying it.

With the growing impact of climate change and food security crisis, it is essential that our current system change! This is why we are so passionate about making a difference at Shoderee Ranch. 

Through responsible management we focus on sustainability. Our animals are the key factor in working towards ecological improvement. When properly managed, animals are a fundamental part of natures cycle and the food chain. Proper management is key to providing food without interrupting the natural cycle and making a positive impact on the environment instead of a negative one. Proper grazing management actually increases diversity and promotes native species abundance.

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Here is how it all works…

1. Nature provides the sun and the rain; the sun allows for plant growth through photosynthesis and rainfall creates conditions in which the grass can grow and thrive. Responsible grazing of animals actually stimulates plant growth.

2. Responsible grazing of animals actually stimulates plant growth. Read that again… Grazing of animals stimulates plant growth when done properly! It also increases plant diversity and promotes abundance of native species!

3. Healthy grasslands are the most effective way to capture C02 from the atmosphere and cycle carbon into the grass roots fighting climate change. Carbon in the soil allows for grass' ability to hold water and feeds the soil to improve plants and grasses and increase nutritional value. The native grasslands hold more carbon than forested areas. A healthy native grassland recycles nutrients and energy very well and litter from our cattle is key in this process. We resolve to work hard to preserve our ranch's healthy grasslands!

Our methods focus on working to raise our livestock to the best of our ability while maintaining the natural cycle that allows the land to thrive. We work with The Nature Conservancy of Canada and are located within The Waterton Biosphere. We appreciate the relationship with both groups in our efforts to ensure we are sustaining the land. We do this primarily through adaptive management. We take into consideration the amount of forage available, current conditions, including health of the range, and rotate our livestock to allow for rest and recovery. This adaptive style of management promotes the growth of native species and increases the diversity of plants found on the rangeWe are also mindful of our riparian areas and provide alternate water sources so as not to negatively impact the natural water sources on our place. We work hard to ensure that the way we manage our land and animals is beneficial to the environment and creates happy and healthy livestock.

We hope our efforts allow you to feel good about consuming our products!

Here is what the Nature Conservancy of Canada has to say about the Flundra family ranch...

Nature Conservancy CanadaRanching and conservation go hand in hand in southwestern Alberta, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is happy to partner with families like the Flundras. They are managing their rangelands in a manner that promotes native species and diversity, and healthy riparian areas. When these aspects of the range are managed well, ecological processes function properly and quality wildlife habitat is available for the numerous species present in this area.  Ranchers face plenty of challenges, and the Flundras meet these challenges with adaptive management that ensures they, their cows and the wildlife will be on the landscape for many years to come! 

 

* website photos courtesy of Rod Sinclair & Shoderee Ranch