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TK Ranch - Alberta, Canada
33448 - Twp Road 112
P.O. Box 2050
Hanna, AB T0J1P0

Contact: Colleen Biggs

Phone: 403-578-2404

Email: colleen@tkranch.com

Website: http://tkranch.com/

Last Updated: 07-23-2012

General Description: TK Ranch is located in the endangered native Northern Fescue Grasslands of east-central Alberta - 230 kms east of Red Deer. TK Ranch has been managed organically for over 50 years by the Biggs family who have a strong land stewardship and animal welfare ethic. As one of the first ranches in Canada to be certified by Animal Welfare Approved, TK Ranch has become a leader in the field of farm animal welfare programs. Both Dylan and Colleen Biggs have extensive knowledge about sustainable agriculture and direct marketing and have mentored many small family farms, interns and wwoofers over the years. The Biggs family lives in a large straw bale home, grow a large garden, cook scratch meals and live the life they advocate. Conversations on the ranch are dynamic and inclusive and offer any willing participant the opportunity to learn and become part of something very special in the livestock industry in Canada.

Internship Starts: August 21, 2012
Internship Ends: July 31, 2013
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Open
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Meals: Interns are required to prepare their own breakfasts and lunches and are provided with food to do this either at the main house on TK Ranch, or in the staff accommodations on the north end of the ranch. A large home-made scratch supper is prepared daily and served in a community environment (our home) with our family, wwoofers, interns and TK Ranch staff members. Our dinner conversations are dynamic and often include lots of laughter and learning.

Skills Desired: We are looking for individuals that are outgoing, have a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, clean personal habits and good interpersonal skills. Preference will be give to people who have experience (or interest) in farrow to finish organic pasture pork production and/or sheep production. Horsemanship would be an asset.

Educational Opportunities: There are many opportunities to learn on TK Ranch. Some of the ongoing projects we work on include: Low stress livestock handling; assisting with farrowing, lambing and calving; off-site watering systems/riparian habitat management; time controlled grazing; electric fencing; wildlife/biodiversity focused management; organic animal husbandry; direct marketing off the farm; straw bale construction; organic vegetable gardening; scratch meal preparation; construction projects; assisting with mechanical repairs; renovation of a 1928 heritage farmhouse and many others.

Stipend: $500/month for the first 6 months, $1000/month for the next 6 months.

Housing: We have two farmhouses on TK Ranch that are used for employee housing. There is a three bedroom fully furnished home on the north end, where our pasture pig project is located, as well as a 4 bedroom home one on the south end (which is currently being renovated). Interns will be in shared accommodations, but will be offered a private bedroom.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: TK Ranch has a well established gate to plate pasture based program that includes Angus cattle, sheep and heritage breed pigs. Interns will assist with calving, lambing and farrowing. Will learn, maintain and use electric fences for managing pasture pig operation and sheep management. Construction of farrowing huts, winter feeding pens and other building projects will be a part of the program.


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