You can find a condensed version of our story here, but this month I am using this space to share a bit more about our agriculture passions and values. By doing this I hope that you feel confident in choosing EC Williams Livestock beef to nourish your family.
EC Williams Livestock is owned and operated by Eric and Courtney Williams. We bought the farm from his parents in 2014 and are the third generation to farm and raise our family on this land. As we grew our herd we began to learn about regenerative agriculture practices and introduce them into our farm.
These practices include rotational grazing. Rotational grazing controls the grazing and regrowth of forage grasses allowing the plants’ root systems to establish themselves. This promotes micronutrients and carbon sequestration and reduces soil erosion and water run-off. It provides cattle with a wide variety of nutrient dense feed. The benefits to the soil negate the need for pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. So while we are not certified organic, we are proud to say that the pastures that our cattle graze are chemical-free. We have also seen a decrease in health issues as the quality of the feed increases. If for some reason an animal falls ill it is removed from our butcher program, given antibiotics if needed, and kept as breeding stock, or sold at an auction. None of the animals used to produce beef for EC Williams Livestock are given antibiotics.
God’s timing is always perfect. For while we introduced these practices we had a few people approach us to ask if we would sell grass-finished beef. In 2018, we started with a handful of quarters and halves and the next year we did another round of quarters and halves and began to sell individual cuts and bundles. We will soon have cuts in 5 local artisan markets in Olds, Didsbury, Carstairs, and Calgary. 2021 was our first Farmer’s Market season and we will be back at Homestead Market, just outside of Airdrie for the spring and summer of 2022.
Eric often says that he raises the beef while Courtney sells it. Through God’s guidance we have learned what sustainability looks like for our farm, our business, and our family. We are so thankful to be in a place of steady growth. EC Williams Livestock has allowed us to pursue both of our dreams of farming, running a business, and pursuing careers.
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