What We Offer
When you buy Flying Heart products, it's more than just a purchase. We are deeply rooted in our community and work alongside a close network of other natural producers that share the values that we embrace; natural animal production, healthy lands, and happy families. You're not just buying meat, you're supporting multiple local ranching families that are amazing stewards of our natural spaces. You're contributing to sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices that improve the ecological goods and services which are produced on the same land that our animals are being raised on. By becoming a member of the Flying Heart community, you're choosing a healthy, local product that is produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
We offer an excellent alternative to the beef you find in the superstore. Our locally raised cattle are raised and finished on a forage only diet, forages that are all grown right here at Valley View Ranch. Throughout the year they graze a mixture of annually seeded forage crops (a cocktail of multiple grasses, brassicas, legumes, vetches, and vegetables), one of our pastures still in native grass, or bales of homegrown hay during the winter months.
We have a health program that restricts the use of implanted hormones and antibiotics, assuring an all natural finished product.
Our flavorful Alberta beef is dry-aged for 21 days at a local, government-inspected market where it is cut and wrapped to specification. You are assured farm to plate traceability.
What started out as a small project has turned into a full time management tool for us; sheep. In 2015 we decided to buy some Katahdin ewes to help with managing the amount of shrubs, brush, and other non-palatable plants in our cattle pastures. After the first grazing season it became clear that the sheep were an invaluable tool in our management toolbox, with the added bonus of producing a delicious and healthy lamb product.
Our sheep are raised through the spring and summer, and are moved quite frequently to different parts of the farm for targeted grazing. Different plant species are vulnerable at different times of the summer, so our herd is moved in unison with pasture management goals. The lambs are ready for processing by late summer / early fall.
Our family has always raised chickens around the farm, mostly for personal consumption and pretty eggs from the heritage hens. Recently, we have started raising pastured meat chickens to add another item on the Flying Heart menu.
Our chickens will arrive at our farm from the hatchery in the middle of May at one or two days old. From there, we raise them in the barn where they are protected from the elements until they are about 3 weeks old. They then make their way out to the mobile chicken tractors in our pastures and follow the sheep around as we move them on a daily basis, always having fresh bugs and grass to eat.
Whole chickens are generally ready for the freezer by August long weekend, so be sure to get your order in because they tend to go fast.
Knowing exactly where each cut of meat originates from on the animal is not an easy feat. Before placing an order, we encourage you to follow the link below for some easy-to-read information on beef cuts!