Welcome to Elk Valley Ranches
Elk Valley Ranches was established in 1985 by Frank McAllister and Ray Ference with an inventory of 15 elk and 10 bison, residing on 160 acres of fenced land south of Kitscoty Alberta. Today we have grown to approximately 6000 acres of fenced land, family owned and operated by Frank, Donna, Neil, Kent, and Donavan McAllister.
For 27 years our elk herd has been improved by selecting genetics promoting progressively better trophy elk bulls. Our selection process incorporates using quality herdsire bulls, and continuously culling our female herd to retain females who produce superior male offspring. Elk valley Ranches currently operates with 200 top quality breeding females. We have bred for both typical and non-typical antlers, with emphasis on growing long balanced tines, long beams, and maintaining a 40-inch spread. Elk Valley Ranches produces approximatly 70 mature (8-12 years old) trophy bulls per year, ranging from 380-520 SCI scores. Typically, we have one 500+ SCI bull available per year. The genetic progression of these animals has been attained through culling and breeding from our own herd, and also using artificial insemination to attain genetics from top bulls internationally. Elk Valley Ranches supplies top quality bulls to hunt ranches across western canada.
Today Elk Valley Ranches maintains a select group of 40 breeding female bison weighing from 1200 - 1500 lbs, maintained on a grass based diet. We also run our two other herds bis 1 consisting of 220 bison cows ranging from 1000 - 1300 lbs, And bis 2 consisting of 200 bison cows also ranging from 1000 - 1300 lbs. They are flushed on lush grass pasture. They MUST produce on a grass based diet to meet our breeding stock criteria. Every female sold is pregnancy tested, and all herdsire bison bulls are semen tested prior to sale.
We strive for a 90% calf crop at weaning time in December, and as such cull our breeding herd on a fertility basis. Any open bison cows in December are culled without exception. In order to attain the highest possible average daily gain, our breeding herd consists of woods crossed animals. Elk Valley Ranches purchase bison for our feedlot from across Canada and have found that the woods cross animals attain the highest average daily gain both on and off high-energy feed. The woods cross animals have a larger frame and enable the production of a heavier "A" Grade carcass.
We offer custom feeding at competative rates, and are extremely proud of being able to maintain a feedlot death loss of less than 2%, while attaining some of the highest weight gains in the bison feedlot industry. We work closely with the producers that supply our feedlot to provide numerical feedback on animal performance, as well as providing advice for maximizing profits for the cow-calf operations that we work with. We believe in providing all relevant information to producers to establish the best possible consumer product across the entire production chain. Every animal is individually weighed upon entry to and exit from our feedlot, and this information is provided to the producers of purchased animals as well as to custom feedlot animal owners.
Animals coming off of grass and going into the herdsire bull market go onto a grass based diet with a low-energy screening pellet supplement. Feedlot animals are put onto a heavy energy feed diet and attain even greater lbs / day gain.