Who We Are And Why We Farm the Way We Do

Who We Are And Why We Farm the Way We Do

Hello! Welcome to EC Williams Livestock Ltd! We are Eric and Courtney Williams, a husband and wife team cattle farming in Central Alberta while raising our four kiddos. Using regenerative agriculture practices we raise our cattle to produce nutrient dense grass fed and grass finished beef. 

Both of us grew up on cattle farms. (And we now own and raise our kids on the home quarter of the farm that Eric grew up on).  And both of us watched our parents struggle with the difficult lifestyle that agriculture can bring. I did not want any part of it and Eric could not get enough of it. We met in 2010 and I could not resist the good-looking, funny cowboy with the cute gap in his teeth. We were married in 2011 and his passion for the land and cattle, struck up in me a new love for farming as well. 

As we dreamed about expanding our farm, it came to our attention that the land Eric, his dad, and his grandpa had raised cattle on was not producing as much grass as it once had. And so began our regenerative agriculture journey. Eric and I,  with the help of Eric's parents, dove head first in to learning about soil health and how our choices and actions impact it. We want to be good stewards of the land and cattle that God has entrusted us with and that really does start at the root! 

While we were learning, we had several acquaintances come to us and ask if we would sell beef, specifically grass-finished beef. Grass-finishing cattle made sense with everything we were learning and so we said, "Why not?" In 2017 we sold a few quarters and halves, then in 2018 we launched Williams Cattle, which would later become EC Williams Livestock Ltd. We doubled the amount of quarters and halves sold in the previous year and began to stock a couple local markets with individual cuts. We have continued to grow while experiencing some pretty devastating drought in our area over the past couple years. We have seen what impact implementing regenerative agriculture practices have had on our grass during these dry seasons and are grateful we began to pursue it when we did. 

We thank you for being here, supporting local farmers, and helping us to pursue our dreams. 

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