This is a picture taken today when we were moving cows on the range. I thought this picture does a great job of symbolizing one of the big differences between ranching in BC and ranching in the prairie provinces. I am not saying our whole range is like this, but we definitely have our share of steep hills. This is important to take into consideration from a management perspective because we cannot have huge framed cattle. Their build is simply not made for climbing up these hill and they will fall apart quickly and not be able to stay in our herd for many years. Therefore, when we are looking to select replacement heifers (the female calves to stay on our ranch and go into our breeding herd) we look for size, ideally we are looking for a moderately framed cow. In addition, when buying bulls we are looking for a moderately framed bull who can move through the mountains. This means up and down steep hills and mountains, but also over and around deadfall. Due to the mountain pine beetle there are MANY areas of our range severely effected with blowdowns (trees that are dead due to the pine beetle, so when a strong wind comes around they blow over.
This is just a little glimpse at some of the differences in raising cattle in this beautiful, but sometimes difficult province!