Narcosli Cattle Co. Ltd.
Meet the Durrell-Kishkan family of Quesnel, British Columbia - Erin Durrell, Jeremy Kishkan, Trenton and Henri-Rose
We bought this property here along the Fraser River in 2015 and have been consistently improving and building every year. We run a predominately black angus cow/calf operation with a focus on a smaller framed and more feed-efficient cow. We focus on low maintenance genetics that work well in the hard grass and rough bush country of BC.
Erin has a long family history of ranching and grew up as the 4th generation on a large family ranch just west of Williams Lake in the bunch grass and open fir country along the Chilcotin River. Erin is a past Cattlemen’s Young Leaders mentee and now sits on the BC Cattlemen’s Board of Directors, the North Cariboo Agricultural Development Committee, and serves on the Communications and Marketing Committee for the CRSB.
To us sustainability means continuous improvement of the land and resources we use so that it is here for following generations. To manage our cattle in a way that encourages biodiversity in wildlife and in the landscape, and helps improve the natural grasslands by putting nutrients back into the soil. It means maintaining healthy riparian areas and waterways, opening underbrush to maintain a healthy forest, and helping to mitigate wildfire and invasive plant species.
Sustainability also means leadership in our industry and community and working closely with our neighbours, local Indigenous communities, government range and agricultural staff, and elected leaders so that we can sustain a future that is here for everyone.
We focus on running an operation that is socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound to assure the next generation has long term viability as continued caretakers of this ranch, this land, and its resources.
My grandfather Jack Durrell always said he was just care-taking the land and the ranch for the next generation. My hope is that we can continue his vision for our children and our grandchildren.
~ Erin Durrell
Why we became a certified sustainable ranch
We chose to become certified because we know we are already doing a great job of managing our land, resources and our cattle in a responsible manner. We feel that consumers and the public have a valid interest in knowing where their food comes from and knowing that those who produce it are conscientious about how it is produced. The creation and maintenance of public trust and understanding in our industry is so important for so many people and we have created the very best certification tools along the entire value chain to help maintain that.
The CRSB has demonstrated a fantastic vision and collaboration of so many of those invested in the beef value supply chain, and to be a part of the vision that makes Canada global leader in sustainable beef production is so important to us and to our industry as a whole.
Our Sustainable Practices
Some of the practices we have in place here in the Cariboo Region of B.C. include:
- Allowing our mother cows to calve on as much open dry grass as we can with minimal intervention due to genetic selection and feed programs.
- Bale grazing for maximum input into our winter feeding grounds and hayfields in terms of returning nutrients to the soil.
- Employing minimal tillage practices and use our cattle to add organic nutrients back into the soils through grazing management and winter-feeding practices.
- Only working and moving our cattle on horseback with highly skilled cowboys, cowgirls and cattle dogs to ensure low stress handling and minimal impact to soils and grasslands and employ practices such as low stress fence line weaning and rotational grazing.
- Maintaining a strong relationship with our vet to ensure we are providing our cattle with the very best in animal welfare and veterinary care when its needed.
We are a CRSB Certified and Verified Beef Production Plus Certified Operation
We are also members of the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, the BC Cattlemen’s Association and the BC Forage Council.