We are pleased to introduce you to all the members of our family below and those that provided the foundation for today's operations......
Our roots run deep
Our traditions stand strong
Don & Connie Delorme:the third generation
We joined the family operation with Mom and Dad Wardberg in 1978 and moved to Grampa and Gramma Wardberg's homestead after purchasing it from Mom and Dad. Being that both of us grew up in Angus families we've proudly continued with the tradition and have bred up a nice herd of Commercial and Registered cows.
Horses are another passion that we expanded on - starting a small herd of Paints in the early 1990's. This ranch lifestyle also included a combined total of 62 years involved with
4-H as members and leaders of the Beef, Lighthorse, Sewing, Woodworking
and 4U projects. All of us still enjoy supporting the 4-H program as judges
and clinic instructors.
Darby, Sarah, Isabella and Mackayla Delorme
Darby and Sarah were married July of 2007. They met while attending Olds College where they both completed Livestock Production and Management. Sarah also graduated from the U of A (Agriculture) and brought into this 'Angus' family, a herd of purebred Simmentals from her family's, the Cloutier's Kimlake Farms operation.
Their "Boundary Ranch" genetics are offered through purebred Angus and Simmental herds as well as a commercial Angus herd. Home is a few miles East of Robsart. With the addition of their own land base and cattle, they are now the fourth generation.
The Jay En Dee Angus herd name has been transferred to Isabella and Mackayla. The Jay En Dee prefix is found in all but one Angus female as it was the herd name used by Don's parents.
Kalee, Benny, Nevaeh and Aeverie Hofer
Kalee and Benny were married in August of 2006
and recently moved back to Medicine Hat. Kalee
graduated from the Medicine Hat College (Office Management) and Benny comes from a farming and ranching background. Kalee is a full time Mom and Benny is employed in the Oil Field service sector.
They have a small purebred Angus herd operating under the name of Kay Dee Angus plus a few commercial cattle and help out whenever possible.
Nevaeh and Aeverie's cattle are registered under the herd name; Prairie Pride Angus. This name was used by Connie's parents in the 60/70's for their Angus cattle.
Alfred & Josephine Wardberg: the second generation - Connie's parents
The eldest generation actively involved is Mom and Dad; Josephine and Alfred Wardberg.
Mom and Dad started their mixed farming operation shortly after their marriage in 1960, with the purchase of some land from his parents. With Grandpa's sudden passing, they managed and worked the place for Gramma, eventually purchasing it all after Gramma's passing.
During the past five decades they have adjusted and persevered, despite the economic challenges of agriculture.
Through all this they managed to raise three daughters. All three of us married into cows and cropland. Alfred and Jo have six grandchildren; two granddaughters and four grandsons and four great grandaughters.
Largely a mixed operation today, their success can be measured by the creditable black cow herd and land base which produces their grain crops and livestock feed.
Ole (Asmund) & Esther Wardberg: the first generation, Connie's Grandparents
The ranch's first generation, Alfred's parents, was Ole (Asmund) and Esther Wardberg. Ole Wardberg immigrated from Norway as a young man in 1927 and arrived in this area in 1932.
He married Esther in 1936 and in 1945 moved to the new place North of Robsart, where they raised their family of three daughters and three sons.
The farming operation gradually grew. Ole introduced one of the first groups of black angus females into the area in 1948. In 1951 he purchased an additional farm where Alfred and Josephine now live. With the added land he enthusiastically continued to raise and increase his Black Angus cattle numbers and crops.
My Grandparents and parents were also avid growers of trees in an area less than hospitable to anything but sage and cactus. Pine trees, yard and field shelter belts were planted and hand watered.
Grampa Ole passed away in 1962 and Gramma Esther passed away in 1984.
John and Florence's family today consists of eight Grandchildren; five grandsons and three granddaughters as well as five great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
In 1985, Mom and Dad semi-retired to a place near Maple Creek, were they continued with their Registered herd and large garden. In the early 90's they started dispersing their cattle herd to sons, Don - South Shadow Angus, and Allan - Bar Seventy One Angus. Fully retired now, they live in Maple Creek and enjoy camping and visiting their families and friends.
John and Florence Delorme: Don's parents - First Generation Purebred Angus
John and Florence's life together began in 1953. During the first 14 years, Mom and Dad managed the cattle herd and feedlot for John Frank near Scout Lake. In 1967 a ranch, Double J Angus, was purchased near Consul and Mom and Dad moved to manage this new place.
They brought with them their family of three boys, two girls and ten head of Registered Black Angus cattle known as Jay En Dee Angus.
The family's participation in the 4-H Beef project lead them down the show trail - participating in the very first Canadian Western Agribition as well as numerous miles made to shows in Alberta and Sask.
Don and Connie Delorme own and operate South Shadow Angus, a purebred Angus program which is part of and in addition to the Delorme Livestock operation of commercial Angus cattle and Paint & Quarter Horses.
Our son Darby is married to Sarah and they have two beautiful daughters; Isabella and Mackayla. Our daughter, Kalee and her husband Benny also have two beautiful daughters; Nevaeh and Aeverie.
Today, along with Connie's parents, Alfred and Josephine Wardberg, time and resources are pooled for the day to day operations.
South Shadow Angus
SSAP Paint & Quarter Horses
Through the years, Don and I have also been involved in the School Board, Fish and Game, Roping Club and our local community Hall. We don't devote a lot of time to hobbies but I enjoy sewing and Don a little hunting. With four Grand Daughters to spoil, who has time or needs a hobby !
The Family Ranch has grown and diversified and has provided a livelihood
for three generations, and is well on its way into including the fourth and fifth generations.
Granddaughters: Aeverie, Nevaeh, Isabella and Mackayla