Beef in BC, 15 July 2017
The Ranch Sustainability Award: Copper-T Ranch
Congratulations to Trevor and Janice Tapp from Copper-T Ranch near Fraser Lake, B.C. on receiving the 2017 BCCA Ranch Sustainability Award. The Award, formerly called the Environmental Stewardship Award, recognizes ranchers that have demonstrated excellence in environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Tapps have demonstrated strong environmental stewardship. This is evidenced through their care of the shoreline and riparian habitat. Two creeks, Perry and Stern, flow through the ranch into Fraser Lake. Part of the ranch is situated along approximately 5000 feet of shoreline. The lake provides the drinking water for the community and is a valuable recreation area with cabins, resorts, lodges, residential homes, recreation sites and a provincial park located on it. The area is rich with wildlife, waterfowl and the lake supports a variety of fish species including rainbow trout, lake trout, burbot, lake char and sturgeon.
Copper-T Ranch was an early adopter of the Environmental Farm Plan (2005, renewed 2015) and is accredited under the Verified Beef Production Plus Program. They also use the Canadian Hereford Association Total Herd Evaluation (THE) as a decision making tool. “Cooper-T Ranch is one of the few herds in B.C. to receive five stars – the highest rank achievable” notes Janice.
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