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Four generations of perfected techniques.

Upholding four generations of perfected techniques, the Ballco legacy maintains a proven reputation and prestige in the Alberta premium food industry.

01The Ball family legacy

We remain committed to upholding the same family values, safety standards, and best-in-class practices that has made us a brand known for excellence and raising the most premium artisanal Albertan foods.

  • Located near

    Located near

    Brant

  • Established in

    Established in

    1940

  • Generations

    Generations

    4

 
1960

1932

1932

Our story starts with humble beginnings. Ben Ball, a coal miner and steam engineer, is captivated by his wife, a school teacher. Amidst the great depression when everyone was struggling to create a prosperous life, Ben stayed positive and had a vision for the future. They decide to buy three-quarter sections of farmland and have their child Jack.

1932
1969

1960

1960

Jack is raised on the farm and ambitiously buys some land when he is a ripe 20 years of age.

1960
1984

1969

1969

After some time, Jack sells his land in order to purchase the farm next to his father's. They unite in a new venture by the name of B + J Farms Limited and begin farming Simmental cattle from Switzerland. They raise them for the next 26 years.

1969
1989

1984

1984

They have a talent for raising and breeding cattle, so much that they perfect their techniques and enter into several shows and contests...and win!

1984
1991

1984

1989

Jack Ball has growing frustration with the direction that purebred beef is going. He sees a massive disconnect between physical traits that are being sought after, and the resulting outcome and quality of beef. Jack being the entrepreneur that he is, discovers a peculiar breed’s abandoned genetics in Alberta and conducts extensive research to learn more. He sees an incredible opportunity in an unconventional breed that is considered ugly, small, fat (pretty much going against everything that he learned from western cow breeding), and believes that an exceptional eating experience far outweighs physical appearances. The Ball family become pioneers of Wagyu beef in Canada.

1989
1992

1991

1991

Jeff, the son of Jack, had departed the farm to go to university, but continued to be involved in embryo exploration. He was raised on the farm and a part of him always remained with it. He returns full time to build it up to what he knows it can be and runs the farm while his father embarks to sell cattle genetics around the world. They begin selling small quantities of Wagyu to local restaurants - and people think they are crazy, but then quickly realized the exceptional eating experience. From here they quickly gain traction and dreams soon become a reality.

1991
2000

1992

1992

Jeff Ball starts a feedlot to expand operations - it becomes known as Ballco Feeders Inc. He continues the legacy of the family farm with a profound vision - and then quickly becomes recognized for his achievements and leadership in the industry for the finest premium meat.

1992
2018

2000

2000

Ballco Feeders gets an approval to expand operations from 5,000 head of cattle to 15,000, tripling capacity and signifying a huge victory for the business. Ballco is in full swing of raising and breeding the highest quality Alberta beef people can get their hands on. Consumer awareness is growing and Wagyu is skyrocketing in demand due to the delectably marbled fat and tender texture. Ballco has perfected an eating experience that is incomparable to any other premium beef on the market.

2000
2019

2018

2018

We embark on a new adventure and introduce Thrive Provisions to bring consumers the same exceptional eating experience but as accessible premium packaged products. Starting with meat bars, but certainly not ending there, we are the future of food.

2018
 

2019

2019

We evolve and revitalize the Ballco brand to reflect our mastery and bring a fresh look to our company that is rooted in history but forward-thinking. We are proud of our legacy and look forward to persevere as stewards ushering the evolution of the premium meat industry.

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02Decades of excellence for feeding and farming

Home to over 15,000 cattle in a modern state-of-the-art facility, our practices are driven by four generations of expertise and a highly skilled team who are steadfast in pursuit of raising animals with the best care and attention. Approximately 36 km from Cargill Foods, we are situated in a location with close proximity to Canadian packing plants, feed grain suppliers, and the world renowned Rocky Mountains.

Quality control and integrity is important to both feeding and farming operations. We focus on managing the individual animal to maximize quality and value, our expert staff ensures we reach the full potential of the genetics of our animals to arrive at the best possible outcome. Through the use of consulting veterinarians and nutritionists at Feedlot Health Management Services out of Okotoks, Alberta we have access to the latest health and nutritional information available.

Ballco acknowledges past achievements while evolving to meet the needs of the future. We are visionaries who embrace change and opportunities for exploring different avenues of success. We continue to build upon our prestigious farming legacy that has flourished throughout the years with the drive necessary to propel the business forward and the anticipation that the best is yet to come.

Decades of excellence for feeding and farming
Ballco Feeders was certified in 2005 under the Alberta Beef Quality Starts Here program.

Certification ensures our customers, both processors and consumers, that the highest standards of beef production are being followed.

03Bulletin

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2019. 10. 03.

Introducing Thrive Provisions

We are thrilled to continue the Ball family legacy as we explore farm-to-shelf packaged goods. Thrive Provisions is an extension of four generations of expertise

2019. 10. 03.

We’re Verified!

Ballco is certified under the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program. The VBP+ program enables certified beef cattle operations to prove to consumers and retailers

04Learn more about
the Ball legacy

Contact us via phone or email!

Phone: +1 403 684 3540
Email: hello@ballco.ca

Address: Ballco Feeders Inc, 183002, Range Rd 262, Brant, AB T0L 0L0