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Free Range Cows

Michelle Welsh


Wellness & Safety Specialist





About Michelle

My interest in cattle began at an early age, as my grandparents raised champion Holsteins – I was shown how to recognize quality cattle.  Becoming a 4-H member in both light horse and beef projects, gave me opportunities to experience public speaking, record book details and project responsibility.  I was able to progress through the club and received competition ribbons, awards and championships.  There were many highlights of my years in 4-H, including Reserve Champion in Multi Judging at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede as well as a Grand Champion steer project.  To enhance my interest in competition, I developed skills to exhibit and perform with my riding horses.  This enhanced my abilities of training, mentorship and performing with an audience. 

After graduation from Kathyrn High School with the university entrance diploma, I attended Lethbridge Community College majoring in Animal Science.  I wanted to combine my two passions of cattle and horses into one career.  It seemed natural to begin apprenticing in the larger feedyards riding daily throughout the pens and learning to recognize when the beef animal required assistance. I have always owned and provided care for my animals, now could I complement these skills by learning animal health care on a larger scale.  Being responsible for proper treatment of livestock and recognizing symptoms came easy for me.  I specialized in the most vulnerable animals, evaluating pull rate percentages, training introductory staff and maintaining ethical procedures are all my duties.

Originally I developed the training acronym R.A.N.G.E. to inspire, educate and empower my co-workers with our daily activities.  I needed to complement my skills, but expand my career by sharing the millions of animals’ examples I had experienced.  With a devoted stake in the cattle sector, I realized the need for more education.  This passion has led me to attend seminars given by professional speakers, touring ranch landscapes, visiting with on farm workers and witnessing evolving agriculture practices.

I currently provide custom animal health care for the feedyard sector, raise commercial and purebred cattle and breed, train and ride working horses operating as Rocky Creek Ranch near Strathmore, Alberta, Canada.

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