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Regional Information

Welcome to the Cariboo Chilcotin region! A region where the farmers and ranchers work to nurture the land and the animals; where biological diversity and ecological harmony are taken into consideration and where the industry works to support integrated, diversified and economically viable farms

Beef production and the economy

There are just over 90,000 farms reporting beef cows in Canada. Most beef cow herds
(60%) are small to medium sized with less than 122 head. The average beef cow herd size is 53 head. The Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association has 12 local chapters – the second largest region in the province.

Local Agriculture Associations

Within the Cariboo-Chilcotin region there are over 40 different agriculture associations. These groups provide professional development for farmers and ranchers as well as resources, community support, marketing and events. Associations can be general in nature such as Farmers Institutes or specific to a breed of livestock. These groups work hard on behalf of the regions agriculture industry to support producers and consumers and can help you find local agriculture.

Purebred and Commercial Sheep Breeders

In the Cariboo Chilcotin there are 6 ranches that are members of the BC Purebred Sheep Breeders Association. Commercial sheep breeders number in the dozens and are growing every year in numbers and volume. Local, fresh lamb can be purchased from Farmers Markets, local retail outlets, directly from the rancher or enjoyed at local restaurants.

Certified Organic in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

There are more than 10 Certified Organic growers in the Cariboo Chilcotin and many of them can be found at their local Farmer’s Markets supplying fresh, local and organic fruit, vegetables and meat. BC leads the pack in Certified Mushroom producers and we’re 4th in the country in the number of Certified Organic farms.