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ABOUT THE LAND
The Big Bear Ranch is a family-operated farm located in the foothills of the beautiful Cariboo Mountains with hundreds of lakes and streams in the surrounding area. The deeded property is 60 acres of cultivable land and 300 acres of forest with an adjoining additional 1500 acres of pasture and forests for lease or purchase.
The operation is currently raising Galloway cattle, Tamworth/Large English Black pigs and sheep according to the highest welfare standards and sustainable practices (Animal Welfare Approved). No pesticides have been applied since 1995, no commercial fertilizer since 1999, and from 2004 until 2014 Big Bear ranch was certified organic.
A lot of work has been put into building a thriving, highly productive farm which grows for a dedicated and passionate customer base with regular deliveries to Prince George, the Okanagan and Vancouver areas.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The landowner is looking for a farmer or farming family keen to participate in the current food production practices (grassfed, pasture based beef, pork and lamb) and discover potential to add more, which could include new ventures such as poultry, heritage grains, or vegetables.
Land has been utilized for poultry in the past and would be well suited for poultry again, but as the closest abattoir is in the Okanagan, establishing a facility for on-farm slaughter would be ideal (Class D or E). Ideally, this farm would be leased to a farmer or farming family who show potential to take on more of the current operations moving forward.
There is well established permanent and mobile (electric) fencing for rotational grazing and several fenced enclosures and barns currently in use for pigs, as well as fenced pastures for cattle grazing in and around wooded areas. The operation has good equipment for managing livestock operations, including tractor, haying implements, dump truck and track loader with over 20 attachments (e.g. post pounder, buckets, tree shear, auger, grapples, pallet forks, forestry mulcher). There are two small and basic cabins on site for accommodation.
Owner is looking for a long term arrangement with the possibility to purchase.
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