Laurie was born in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, and grew up in North Vancouver, in Lynn Valley. She had horses in the back yard as a kid, so calls herself “a country city” kid. She studied to become an Animal Health Care Technologist in Fairview, Alberta and pursued a career working with horses on breeding farms and racetracks. After returning to British Columbia, she worked for the BC Racing Commission, taking blood tests and running them through a blood gas analyzer.
She always wanted to own property, which she believes comes from the Saskatchewan genes she got from her mother! When the opportunity to buy what is now known as Disdero Ranch in the North Thompson, she jumped at the chance and has not looked back. She completed the provincial Environmental Farm Plan to start, which supports farm operations in completing agri-environmental risk assessments.
The Pyrenees dogs (and the Jack Russell that thinks he is a Pyrenees) came first. The ranch was originally a hog farm, so Laurie initially raised a few pigs. She settled on Heritage Berkshire pigs, which were popular, but later decided concentrate her efforts towards sheep and goats.
Next came the orphan Corriedales, whose wool fibre is so soft and fine that baby clothes can be made from it. Laurie wanted to concentrate on dual purpose wool specialty sheep, so now has a great group of white and colored Romney ewes, a Romney ram, and a CVM Romeldale Ram whose fibre won 1st in its category at the 2013 All Canadian Classic Sheep Show that was held in Barriere, BC. We hope to have 35 plus lambs each spring.
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