Agriculture. Ambition. Airdrie.

Over the past 50 years, this business and family has grown and diversified in Airdrie, Alberta. Through all these ventures, family has always been the heart, soul, and driving factor.

Ben Thorlakson

Ben Thorlakson grew up on a sheep ranch near Vernon, B.C. and earned a degree in agriculture from the University of British Columbia. In 1970, Ben decided to take the leap and start his own feedlot and bought a ¼ section just East of Airdrie.

Ben has made a strong commitment to cattle industry organizations, serving in a number of association leadership positions, including president of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association in 1999 and 2000.  He has strived to ensure that the Canadian cattle industry is competitive both nationally and internationally.

Shortly after starting his business, Ben started his family, having his first daughter, Brandie, in 1972. Over the years, his family grew to 5 daughters, and 2 sons, who have all worked at the feedlot at some point in their lives, and 2 who currently work at TFI and TNC (Tom and Lindsey). This family has expanded to include 5 son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and 14 grandchildren.

A way of life

When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. To us, this is more than a business - this a second family.

With a second-generation of employees starting to make their roots in our organization, we are excited to see what is in our future.

Every family has a story.

1970

Thorlakson Feedyards Opened

1987

Started composting manure

1997

Nature’s Call was started. Began packaging compost and other garden products

1999

Ben was president of Canadian Cattleman’s Association.

2003

Bullpen Arena is built

2009

Built state of the art soil blending and packaging facility.

2010

Nature’s Call became a Class 1 Licensed Compost Facility with Alberta Environment.

2014

Started pilot green bin program with City of Airdrie.

2016

Tom won the Team Cattle Penning Open Class at the Calgary Stampede.

2018

Nature’s Call became TNC

2018

Opened Homegrown House and Pantry Inc.

1970

1987

1997

1999

2003

2009

2010

2014

2016

2018

2018

Success is a team sport.

Ben Thorlakson

President

Milt Scott

General Manager

Narinder Nayar

Accounting Manager

Calvin Bushfield

Farm Manager

Tom Thorlakson

Diamond T Cowhorses and Bullpen

Nellie Friessen

Cattle Manager

Lindsey Cybulskie (Thorlakson)

TNC Vice President

Kier Scott

TNC Operations Manager

Stuart Beattie

Feed Manager

Alan Tsui

Accounts Payable

Family Operated