Dozens of companies or individuals from across Canada, the US and internationally are inquiring about buying all or part of Soderglen Ranch, according to a brief media release by Soderglen Ranches.

The release underlined that no asking price has been established and no real estate agents are being used. The iconic ranch went up for sale after its owner, 78-year-old Stan Grad passed away in late July. The ranch has been recognized as the largest Seedstock cattle operation in Canada.

According to Cam Crawford, who is the transaction advisor, there was an expectation of a variety of potential buyers in the 28.5 square kilometre property, Northwest of Airdrie. The ranch covers 44 quarter sections on the edge of Airdrie.

"The property contains dramatic landscape features including a ravine, water course and water body that comprise part of the Nose Creek watershed. At 7,000 acres, it will be the largest ranch ever sold near a major city in Canada," a press release stated.

The ranch produces about 10,000 tons of silage every year. Another 5,000 acres produce grains, primarily barley, canola, and wheat.

Grad, a celebrated local entrepreneur, rancher and philanthropist started in the Seedstock cattle industry over four decades ago.

"He grew the company’s land base to include ranches northwest of Airdrie, southwest of Fort Macleod, and southeast of Cardston Alberta," his obituary on the ranch's website stated. "Later Stan brought this energy, network, and commitment to the local community around the Soderglen Ranch and his home.  As a rapidly growing community of 70,000 people, Airdrie became interested in a focus on in-community healthcare services, initially desiring a hospital. Through his leadership, Abrio Health emerged to explore ways to build on and disrupt the healthcare system through a deliberate focus on determinants of health by partnering with those who operate the $21.5B annual Alberta healthcare system."

Grad amassed many distinguished provincial, national, and international awards, including an award in 2012 from the Calgary Business Hall of Fame, as well as a 2015 Order of Excellence bestowed to him by the province.

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