I am Erika Fossen and this is my family with me. Our ranch is situated 8 km west of Rock Creek, BC on a picturesque sidehill. My husband and I run 330 head of commercial black angus and hereford cows. These mother cows calve February through April.
After growing up on a farm in Northern Alberta, I went to Olds College where I graduated with a diploma in Agricultural Business. It is there where my husband and I met. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and produce amazing beef for people to enjoy!
Some info about me: I love to be outside. I love to ride my horses. I love to cook, but also get really sick of deciding what to make for supper! I have two daughters that are now taller than me and one getting mighty close!! I love the 4H program.
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(photo of ‘Team Erika’: Erika Fossen & Erika Strande)
Hi my name is Erika Strande and my family owns a 250 head cattle ranch in Merritt, BC. The ranch has been in our family 51 years this July. My grandpa ran the ranch, then my dad and now my dad and I are running the ranch together. After graduating high school I attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Agriculture and also was a member of the University of Alberta Pandas Rugby team. After graduating from the U of A I returned home to work part time on the ranch and teach part time at our local middle school, grades 7 and 8. In June 2011 the school closed, so it made my decision to ranch full time pretty easy.
In April 2012 I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the CYL program (Canadian Cattlemen’s Young Leaders). Sixteen participants are chosen from across Canada to participate and then depending on their interest in the beef industry, assigned a mentor. My interests were direct marketing and communications and I requested to be matched with Erika Fossen, a fellow BC rancher. I am very passionate about ranching and telling our story to educate people about what we REALLY do as ranchers. I hope you enjoy reading our blog and it helps to debunk some of the myths that are out their about beef production and the industry.
For more information on how the two ‘Erika’s’ met, read this blog post: https://lifeonabccattleranch.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/how-the-erikas-came-to-be/