Kootenay River Beef

What does "All Beef, No Bull" mean?
It means we are proud of our product and proud of the way our cattle are raised and handled and we will NOT... Feed you a line of "bull" to make a sale.

What do you feed your beef cows?
Spring, Summer and fall they are pasture grazed. During the months that grass is no longer nutrient dense they are supplemented with hay, alfalfa hay, corn, alfalfa silage, grain and minerals. We work with an independant nutritionist to develop a ration for our beef herd that best meets their needs for optimal growth and health.

Do you use added hormones or steroids?
No, we do not use any added hormones or steroids on our cattle. It should be noted that all mammals produce hormones naturally, so all animal products will contain some hormones. Please note that NO added hormones or steroids are used in the production of milk, poultry, eggs, or pork in Canada.

Is your beef raised without the use of antibiotics?
No, they are not! The humane and ethical way is to treat any and all animals that are sick, which means we do treat them with antibiotics so they get better. All of our calves and cows are on a vaccination program to aid in the prevention of diseases that would require antibiotics. Antibiotics are prescribed by our veterinarian and tight records are kept and recorded to ensure that all of our beef are healthy.

Do you have a veterinarian that routinely visits your farm?
Yes we do! We work alongside our local vet. He is on our yard every 2 weeks for regular herd checks and is available 24 hrs a day for emergencies.

Is it true that beef from the grocery stores is bad for me?
Absolutely not! Grocery store beef is perfectly safe, in fact, Canadian beef is one of the most stringent and tightly regulated systems in the world. We are simply offering a local product to those wanting to shop local and know their farmer personally.

Can we meet you and visit your farm?
Absolutely!. We in fact would encourage you to reach out and connect with farmers in your area. We are more than happy to answer your questions and give you a tour of our farm.

Is your beef raised ethically, respectfully and humanely treated?
Yes! We believe in and follow the 5 freedoms as set out by the SPCA We have protocols in place for our Beef and Dairy herds that we are proud to follow. Honesty, integrity and ethics make great farmers (not a certificate mounted on a wall) Our animals are raised and treated with the utmost care... Their well being is our well being. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our animal welfare protocols.

What are the 5 freedoms as listed by the S.P.C.A?
They are listed below. We hope all of our customers read and believe in the same principles we do..
      THE FIVE FREEDOMS ACCORDED OUR ANIMALS.
    • Freedom from hunger and thirst
    • Freedom from discomfort
    • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
    • Freedom to express normal behavior
    • Freedom from fear and distress


    Our Employees

    Steve Vanderloos

    Steve is a sixth generation farmer, from an early age he developed a passion and love for crops and cattle. Steve has worked on a number of different farms and top producing herds throughout his career. Steve brings much knowledge and understanding of cow care and health to Kootenay River Beef

    Christine Vanderloos

    Christine has had a love for all animals since she was a child. She developed a passion for the care of sick, injured and stray animals. She took great pride in nursing them back to health which naturally transitioned into a job working with the SPCA conducting animal and cruelty investigations. Christine is in charge of animal welfare and protocols at Kootenay River Beef and has a great love for the raising and care of the "babies" on the farm.

    Jeff Holbrook

    Before coming to work with us Jeff was long haul trucking, primarily livestock hauling. Jeff and Tianah were married this summer and have started their own simmental herd. Jeff brings to the table a strong knowledge and understanding of low stress cattle handling and raising.

    Tianah Holbrook

    Tianah has been involved and working with cattle and milking cows for several years. Tianah also developed a love for animals and their care at a very young age. Tianah is also very much involved in the everyday care of our Beef herd using low stress techniques. She is very excited to be growing her own Beef herd alongside Jeff.