Owned and operated by Woody Kumpula and Teri Manning, Lost Lake Ranch (LLR) is situated 2.5 hours NE of Edmonton, in the small hamlet of Rich Lake. With a mutual drive to produce quality animals they have built a herd of 90 registered cows, as well as a commercial Hereford herd. Lost Lake Ranch currently sells bulls by private treaty at the ranch, to both commercial and purebred cattlemen.

In 1942 the Kumpula family came to settle in Rich Lake. It is here that Woody's parents Ira and Hazel started their purebred Hereford operation, with their first purchase of registered horned cows in 1954. Woody worked on the ranch and went on to attend Lakeland College, where he received a diploma in animal science. This led to years of employment as a reproductive agrologist with Alberta Agriculture. In 1977 Woody established his own ranch and purebred cow-calf operation. With the growth of the herd came the desire to better control the marketing of calves. This resulted in feedlot facilities being built in 1986 with a capacity of 1000 head. The ranch then started backgrounding and finishing Hereford cattle, as well as market calves purchased through the Lac La Biche Feeders Association. Teri joined Woody on the ranch in 1992, and found her background in animal health care to be an asset. The ranch returned to its roots in 1996 as a cow-calf operation, and continues to background home raised calves.

The ranch came to be named Lost Lake Ranch in 2002 following the purchase of 10 registered horned Hereford bred heifers from Misty Valley Farms. The offspring became the first calf crop that would receive the LLR tattoo and prefix. Since that time LLR has been vigorously purchasing females and herdsires from some of the most respected herds in Western Canada. With the seed stock acquired, LLR has since been pursuing the goal of breeding a herd with its own identity and stamp on the cattle. We breed for moderate framed, efficient cattle, with the soundness and conversion you expect from a Hereford and the quiet temperament you have come to appreciate.