Farm History

Double F Farms started in 1985 as a wheat field and began transforming into the operation it is today consisting of 4000 mother cows, an 8000 head feedlot and a 10 000 acre cropping enterprise.   Harvey’s focus was on building a sustainable operation that is competitive so the next generation can succeed.

The cow/calf operation has been at the heart of the operation since the beginning and the old adage holds true “hold onto the cows tail and she will pull you through”  The swings that are common in the  commodity cycles  brought about the diversification that is evident in the operation and allowed for its continued success.

Craig returned home in 2004 after travel and working abroad in Australia and getting an Ag Business Degree from the University of Alberta.  Farming, cattle, growth and expansions were at the forefront of his return to Double F.

With lots of progress and production Double F faced acute labour shortage and sourced overseas labour from Australia, Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine.  We are grateful to the hard work and dedication of our staff as they play a key role in our business.

Farm Family

The Tradition

Meet our Rural Pioneers

Return to Rural’s Communications Gal, Larae Pearson, took a #ruralRoadTrip to Special Area No. 3 near Kirremuir, Alberta to Double F Farms, the home of Craig and Jinel Ference and their three children, Maddie, Macey, and Nate. The Ferences are the 3rd generation pursuing agriculture.

Craig grew up around the area and went to school in Altario. After graduation, he worked abroad on a farm in Moree, New South Wales, Australia. The couple met at University – Craig studied Business, and Jinel, raised in the small community of Stavely, AB, was studying to become a teacher. Craig considered returning home during University. It was in him to come back, take over and grow the the family operation. His dad is still heavily involved, and is there for a lot of support. When he returned they were mainly a cow/calf operation, and since then, they’ve expanded the operation to Biggar, Saskatchewan. They have been focused on diversification and now not only run a large cow/calf herd, but a finishing feedlot, grain farm and do custom farming as well.


Meet Our Team

Harvey Ference


1 (780) 753-0353

    Joyce Ference

    Administration / Finance

    1 (403) 552-3753

      Craig Ference BSc.

      Operations Manager

      1 (780) 753-1283

        Jinel Ference BEd.

        HR / Programming

        1 (403) 552-3755