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~ About Us ~

Albert was born on a farm in Saanichton on Vancouver Island.   Farming has been his life.  When he was young his family grew strawberries and milked a few cows.  His dad died suddenly when Albert was 19, and he, his mother and brother took over the farm and increased the dairy herd to 150 Holsteins and ploughed under the strawberries.  For the next 25 years Finlay’s Dairy Farm was their main focus. When his brother’s health began to fail they decided to disperse their dairy herd in 1992.  Their dispersal sale was well attended and their cattle were sold to many herds around B. C.  After their Holstein dispersal Hereford cattle grazed the pastures of Finlay Farm.

Albert & Dena married in 1993 and along with his brother operated Finlay Farm Herefords.  For the next 18 years Herefords were their main interest.

Dena was born to a part time farming family in Saanich.  They raised chickens, pigs, a few Black Angus cattle and had a family milk cow.  As a young 4-H member Dena raised goats and in 1964 her interest turned to sheep.  For a number of years she had a small flock of Southdown sheep and later commercial ewes.  When she and Albert married she suggested a few sheep for grazing areas that could not be harvested or allow cattle to feed on.  Over the next few years the flock grew from commercial ewes that produced lamb for customers, to a desire to find a purebred breed to show and sell for breeding stock.  The name “Lochridge” for the Texel flock came from the farm that Dena grew up on in Saanich that borders Blenkinsop (Lost) Lake, in the Blenkinsop Valley.  Albert and Dena wished to keep that part of her farming heritage as well as Finlay Farm from his family’s farm.

In 2006 we relocated to Spallumcheen, near Armstrong, B. C.   We are enjoying our new farm in the north Okanagan.  We produce hay, beef and lamb for our customers and have breeding stock available for both the purebred sheep buyer and the commercial customer.  High percentage ewes are available as well as purebred and high percentage ram lambs. 

We chose Texels for their high carcass yield and quality.  Both the rams and the ewes have a very gentle temperament.  The lambs, both part bred and purebred grow quickly to market weight and produce excellent freezer lamb.  

After some investigation and consideration we have made the decision to breed some Charollais sheep.  We purchased a ram in the fall of 2014 and then purchased two yearling ewes at the 2015 All Canadian Classic.  We hope to offer Charollais ram lambs for sale in the summer or fall of 2016.  We feel this will be a compliment to our Texel flock as well as a great cross breeding program for our high percentage Texel commercial ewes.

Our sheep are raised with care and attention to their health and welfare. We have participated in the On Farm Food Safety Program with the Canadian Sheep Federation. We have participated in "Keeping Flocks Healthy workshop" put on the B. C. Ministry of Agriculture.  Our feeding program includes hay, haylage and grain.  We can pasture our sheep during  the spring and summer months.  Vaccinations are kept up to date and their health is of primary importance to us as producers.  Canada has the highest food quality in the world and we strive to produce the best we can for our customers and we also endeavour to produce healthy breeding stock with excellent conformation and blood lines for those desiring to start a flock of their own or add to their existing flocks. 

 

  • ~ AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS ~

    B. C. Cattlemens’ Association
    www.cattlemen.bc.ca

    Okanagan Shuswap Sheep Producers’ Association  
    www.okanaganshuswapsheep.ca

    Okanagan Shuswap 4-H Lamb Club (Dena is the leader)
    www.bc4h.bc.ca

    B. C. Purebred Sheep Breeders Association
    www.bcsheep.com

    Canadian Texel Breeders
    www.canadiantexelassociation.org

    Canadian Sheep Breeder’s Association
    www.sheepbreeders.ca

    B. C. Sheep Federation
    www.bcsheepfed.com

    We have participated in the On Farm Food Safety workshop for sheep producers

    We have participated in "Keeping Flocks Healthy workshop" put on the B. C. Ministry of Agriculture.