The OH Ranch allows the Calgary Stampede to connect with the agriculture industry and ranching communities in new and meaningful ways as the organization embarks upon being an active producer for the first time in its history. In looking at all of the opportunities, there has been a process to provide guidance to support the OH Ranch.
The three guiding principles are part of the vision, and provide framework to assist the Calgary Stampede in preserving the working ranch and protecting its natural environment and heritage value.
The first principle is to preserve the western authenticity of the working OH Ranch, and this will be achieved by re-establishing the OH Ranch as a working cow ranch. Through the introduction of a modest herd, cattle grazing has been re-activated on the OH Ranch. More than 200 bred cows have just arrived at the OH Ranch as the foundational Calgary Stampede OH Ranch herd. Cattle grazing is key for both land preservation and maintenance and the authenticity and historical nature of the OH Ranch.
The second principle is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment. Since the lands donated to the Calgary Stampede represent approximately one half of the original ranch, several years of careful management will be necessary to determine the optimum grazing rotation. A grazing holiday took place from spring 2012 to spring 2013 that helped prepare the grasslands for spring grazing to start in 2013. The Stampede will continue to evaluate and implement responsible ranching practices.
The final principle is to engage urban and rural audiences in new and meaningful ways. Down the road, the OH Ranch will become an important place for volunteers, partners, employees and communities to connect and build deeper understandings of our historical ties to agriculture and its importance in the world. At this time the Stampede is carefully assessing the functions of a working ranch, therefore the OH Ranch is not currently available for sightseeing tours or public programs. It’s the Stampede’s goal that the OH Ranch becomes a visible reminder of the unique ability to create experiences that bring people together and build understanding.