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Meet Bob Granholm

Real Estate in the South Okanagan is desirable for the diverse home styles available.

Whether you are seeking a beautiful home, a fertile farm or ranch, or acreage in this area real estate specialist I, Bob Granholm, can help you find the property of your dreams!

My Philosophy for Cattle Ranching

First I would like to thank you for visiting my website Ranches4U. I hope to make this experience a pleasant one for you and if you have any suggestions for improvements please feel free to contact me at bobgranholm8@gmail.com. This site is intended to support and help market my ranch listings as well as my hobby farms, my large and rural acreages as well as my horse and equestrian properties. As this site develops I intend to add various articles such as immigration to BC when buying a ranch, financing a ranch, selling options for cattle, range permits & leases, etc. I believe in order to have credibility and be effective as a realtor while selling ranches, the realtor needs to have experienced the ranch way of life. A realtor without experience will be handicapped in communicating with any degree of effectiveness to a prospective ranch client. If he does not have a basic understanding of the various elements that control the success of a ranching operation, such as, importance of weather, supply of water, herd health and maintaining low calf losses, carrying capacity of land, the ever increasing issue of predators, stress of marketing cattle and making that mortgage payment, the effect of fuel costs on profitability, the never ending increase in fertilizer cost, and such. 

I have experienced that ranching life including the BSE crisis of 2003 which saw cattle prices so low the sale prices would not even cover shipping costs. As such, I feel I can easily relate to ranchers and provide with confidence guidance and advise on marketing and purchasing of ranches. The following will be directed more to ranch Buyers since ranch Sellers will already have an appreciation for the items I will be discussing.  So you want to buy a ranch?  The why response, to this question is typically “I want to enjoy the ranching life style or I do not want to work from someone”. Seldom do I hear, “I want to buy a business that will provide a comfortable income to support my family”.  Too often cattle ranches are asset rich and cash flow poor and the big pay day comes only when the ranch is sold. A new rancher needs to structure his ranching operation to optimize profit and not to do what has been done traditionally, time and time again with the same poor results each time. Einstein once said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. The traditional ranch approach usually means buying land, improvements, farm equipment and cattle in order to be self sufficient. However, generally only land and cattle provide income while equipment and improvements only represent expenses. So the trick to making a profit in ranching is to increase income and reduce expenses. A course I would recommend ranchers to take is called “Ranching For Profit” by Dave Pratt. This course helps the rancher focus on making his ranching business profitable through self assessment and analysis. As I develop this site I will touch on other detailed aspects of ranching. For now I wish you the best of luck in your new ranching endeavour and enjoy the adventure, I know I did.

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History of Cattle Ranching in British Columbia

Cattle ranching in British Columbia was the first area in Canada to be developed. In 1846 the Hudson Bay Company brought cattle from Oregon and established small herds at Fort Kamloops, Fort Alexandria (near Quesnel) as well as Fort Langley and Fort Victoria. In 1858 the discovery of gold on the Fraser river brought further cattle development when General Joel Palmer brought cattle north from Washington state area into the Okanagan valley and Thompson valley, then the following year to Fort Alexandria. During this time period some well know ranches were established; Douglas Lake Cattle Co, 1861; Gang ranch, 1863; Alkali Lake ranch,1861; and 150-Mile ranch, 1861. The first cattle used by early ranches were generally mixed breeds such as Shorthorns and Devons, with Herefords being introduced by the Douglas Lake ranch in 1888. By 1900 Aberdeen Angus cattle became popular for use on ranches. Today it can be said that the development of the British Columbia ranching industry has had a large impact on the heritage and character of such areas as the Cariboo, Nicola Valley, Okanagan and Thompson (Kamloops) Valleys.    

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