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Palace intrigue affects pigs and cows

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

It would seem a long way from the ancient halls of China’s government in Beijing to hog producers or ranchers and feeders in Canada. But such are the vagaries of global trade. I thought the U.S. trade situation was leaning towards the crazy. Now Canada has almost inadvertently become embroiled in something akin to a James […] Read more


History: Road Accident Leads to Arrest After Years of Thefts

Reprinted from the January 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Road Accident Leads to Arrest After Years of Thefts By H. T. Halliwell, Macleod, Alta.  The most surprising development of cattle rustling in Southern Alberta, whereby thefts extending over a year had baffled police, was the discovery that an heretofore entirely unsuspected local man, owner of Macleod Apiaries, 34-year-old Ernest Wybrants-Maunsell, was the criminal who […] Read more

Amanda Douglas’s father, Darin, experienced a tough harvest a few years ago. Weather is one of many stressors for producers.

Tips for recognizing and managing stress, anxiety and depression

Many farmers tend to work harder when faced with problems rather than reaching out for support

Agriculture is a stressful occupation, with mental health impacts that tend to exceed those of the average population. Dr. Greg Gibson, a registered clinical psychologist who practices in rural Manitoba, says the number of farmers and ranchers affected by depression, anxiety and stress is often under-reported, partly because of the attached stigma. Gibson cites a […] Read more


History: Gleaned from the Pioneer Pages

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Gleaned from the Pioneer Pages By Grant MacEwan ‘Nor’-West Farmer, Oct. 1883. – “Barbed wire as a prairie fence is rapidly coming into use in Manitoba. It is by far the most sensible fence which can be adopted by our farmers; and the wood (rails) can be used for much more necessary purposes.” Calgary Triune, […] Read more

The U.S. bond yield premium over Canadian bond yields is eroding.

Canadian dollar enters fresh fundamentals: Klassen

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Canadian fed and feeder cattle prices have been enhanced by the weaker exchange rate since oil prices crumbled back in the spring of 2014. At that time, the Canadian dollar was highly correlated with crude oil values. The Canadian election in 2015 contributed to the softer currency as the Liberal fiscal policies were negative for […] Read more


The historic 105 Mile House (l) and the four-place Beechcraft Bononza.

History: A Dream Come True

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Dream Come True By A. J. Dalrymple, Vancouver, B.C. ‘This is a story about a man who searched the continent for what he wanted, and finally found it in B.C.’s beautiful Cariboo country. Let me introduce Fred Davis of Madera, Calif., a tall, rugged, working cattleman, quiet of voice and manner, hospitable, generous, fun-loving, […] Read more

Crop year ends with grain export record

Both major railways have announced record grain shipments, and with a more than a week left in the crop year, total Canadian grain exports had already topped last year’s record. The Canadian Grain Commission reports that as of July 21, with 10 days left in the 2018-19 crop year, total exports of Canadian grain had […] Read more


Les Gilmore and herd in Peavine Valley.

History: B. C. Rancher Picks Peavine Valley

Reprinted from the January 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

B. C. Rancher Picks Peavine Valley By A. J. Dalrymple, Vancouver, B. C. ‘When the pioneers were pushing northward through the Cariboo to the gold bars of the Fraser, the Horsefly River, the diggings of Barkerville, and other points, they crossed two streams just beyond Williams Lake; and with the grim humor of the day, […] Read more

Corteva shares rise as profit beats on international markets

Reuters – Pesticide and insecticide maker Corteva Inc’s quarterly profit beat estimates as volumes and prices in its international markets rose more than expected, sending its shares up more than 8 percent . Investors cheered Corteva’s upbeat numbers, its first after separation from DowDupont in June, as they were a rare bright spot among agricultural […] Read more