The North operation we refer to as the “Mother Ship”. Soderglen’s north facilities and expertise in feeding and management allow us to do most of the intensive part of the seedstock business. From bull tests to female backgrounding selection and breeding all happens here.
Our office staff handle the accounting, record keeping, registration and customer service. Our North operation also grows all of its own forage and grain as well as cash crops of Wheat and Canola. The North staff switch job responsiblities depending on time of year. The grain operators go South to put hay up and the cowboys run trucks and swathers in silage and harvest time. When the feedlot fills our grain staff help the cattle operation on a daily basis with bedding, feeding and machinery maintenance. This allows us to maintain year round staff, the quality of people that make this operation run.
Our South operation includes separate ranches — the Fort McLeod operation is now a summer ranch with cattle moved between Cardston to Fort McLeod for the summer.
Cardston is the base for wintering and calving and is managed by Roger Gerard and it maintains a cowherd of 1500 mother cows of 5 seedstock lines. Ross, Scott and Elan as well as staff from Airdrie help Roger during the busy months of calving and weaning.
The cowherd winters on native Foothills Fescue and then goes to bale grazing till May when calving starts. All calves go to Airdrie in the fall and heifers are bred in Airdrie and sent down in the fall. All breeds of cattle, whether they are Angus, Charolais or Simmental are treated exactly the same. The young cattle are separate as first calvers and then run as one herd. They are separated by breed at branding and sorted to breeding pastures. These cows are treated no different than our customer’s cattle, as there is not a bushel of grain on the operation. Horses don’t ever get oats unless Roger gets a bag in town!
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