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8 ACRES was founded by two young farming lads and their families. Established in 2020 during the midst of crisis a change was coming. This change however has been crafted and evolving over the last decade. Each on their own path to write the next chapter in Canadian beef production.
Bryce and his family have been farming and raising cattle organically near Pipestone in SW Manitoba for the past 10 years. This journey came about through the need for change and the opportunity to take a path less traveled. Bryce could see the benefits that farming and raising cattle organically had on the land, the animals, the environment and most importantly the nutrient density of the food they were producing. The organic principles that Bryce and his family implement are not just about following rules, but more about creating systems and farming practices that better their farming system and strive for a positive future, inspiring others along the way.
Ben, originally from New Zealand, moved to Canada in 2008. He has a deeply-rooted passion for grass fed beef production and regenerative agriculture. Not only because of the high quality of beef produced by a well-managed grass finished system but even more importantly, the benefits it has for the soil, the land, the environment, the animals, and the health and well-being of the consumers. After developing ranches in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, Ben along with his wife Sian and their two children, now have a new venture where they have expanded their Grass Fed Regenerative program to a location near Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Throughout the last 12 years of building the Canadian Grass Finished Beef model, Ben has been focused on developing a resilient farm production system, designed to handle the market challenges and climate extremes that come with Canadian beef ranching.
8 ACRES is now able to expand the Grass Fed beef production and apply the same soil building techniques they have successfully developed over the last 12 years. Much of the land at the new location has been under conventional crop management, some for over 100 years.
Ben and his team have worked to enhance the environment, store carbon and build soil. In order to achieve this, they have taken a whole-farm approach and joined both the cropping and cattle systems, which are now fully integrated.
Ben is proud to say that all of their animals graze naturally 365 days a year! They stay on the land where they are free to roam and do what they do best – build soil and stabilize the ecosystem. They are also proud to provide top quality, true Canadian Grass Fed and finished cattle 12 months of the year.
Stepping out on a limb in an industry rich in tradition is no easy feat. Where there is a will there is a way and the opportunity for change has inspired and empowered these two. Ben and Bryce have shown that collectively so much more can be achieved. They welcome you to be a part of the journey and a part of the solution.
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