The new key to Ravenwood Farm BC is 'diversification'.
In the cattle game for 40 years – Bill Smith at Ravenwood has started to diversify.
“It’s about bringing some different streams to markets,” he says.
Along with cattle fed beef, black currant, honey, and eggs are available off Ravenwood Farm lands. Ravenwood Farm BC is located in the South Peace River area of northeast BC, with a view of the Rocky Mountains to the west, and rolling farm lands to the east.
A newer stream for the farm is black currants. Currants are a source of vitamin C and polyphenols. Most fruits contain a good amount of vitamin C, but black currants are exceptionally high in the vitamin.
“These days you have to use fields for more than just feed and hay,” Smith says.
As far as the name of the farm – the origin is pretty simple.
“We were bombarded by Ravens.”
As far as the winter work the crew on site will work on feeding 350 head full time livestock.
“This is not grain where you can go curling for a couple months.”
Their animals are processed at Lawrence's Meats in Dawson Creek, and they offer three categories of beef.
1. Grass fed and finished - strictly off pasture in the fall, likely 24 to 28 months old.
2. Grass and forage fed and finished - not quite ready off pasture in the fall, fed silage and quality hay for a few months.
3. Grass and forage fed with light grain finish - 3 to 4 pounds of barley a day, no more than 10% of their total diet; a bit better marbling.
For more information check out: www.ravenwoodfarm.ca