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Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter 
raise poultry, lamb, pork and beef 
near Belmont, Man.

Following the farming dream

Lydia Carpenter and Wian Prinsloo are earning a living by selling meat directly to a growing customer base

For as long as he can remember, Wian Prinsloo has wanted to farm and graze livestock. “I started with chickens in the city, while we were still in South Africa. When we left Pretoria to come to Canada, I was 15 years old and had 300 layer hens, supplying eggs to a school, and an […] Read more

Dylan and Colleen Biggs of TK Ranch.

Determination the crucial ingredient to TK Ranch’s success

This Alberta ranch has seen its share of tough times but the Biggs family keeps moving forward

The challenges and hardships encountered by the pioneers in the short grass prairie of central Alberta are difficult for us in modern day agriculture to fathom. But the direct marketing storyline for Dylan and Colleen Biggs of TK Ranch near Coronation, Alta., has distinct parallels. Overcoming adversity, challenges beyond one’s control and constant change are […] Read more


Left to right: Alyson, Jordan, Kelty and Alex McKay.

Transparency and trust key to on-farm retail

The McKay brothers have leveraged years of direct-marketing experience into an expanding family business

Direct marketing has always been part of brothers Jordan and Alex McKay’s business model. As kids, they sold strawberries from their mother Marlene’s u-pick strawberry fields. They clearly took those early lessons to heart. Today they run an impressive direct-marketing operation near Port Perry, Ont., and were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2018. The […] Read more



Enright Cattle Company ships 95 per cent of their beef to high-end restaurants in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and smaller locations in southern Ontario.

Direct marketing is their path to full-time farming

Marketing: Enright Cattle Company is meeting the challenges of building their brand and informing their customers

When consumers recognize your brand, it’s a sure sign that you’re doing something right. At restaurants across southern Ontario, to see the name of one particular beef operation on the menu is a testament to the hard work of Kara and Darold Enright. “Something that we are always trying to promote to the consumers is […] Read more

Four steps to direct marketing beef

News Roundup from the August 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Most ranchers in Canada keep their attention focused on what they do best: breeding and raising healthy, high-quality cattle. The slaughtering, processing, and sale to end consumers are things they ordinarily leave to other people. Some ranchers, however, market a part of their beef output directly to consumers, cutting out the middlemen of the cattle […] Read more