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Greater sage grouse.

Saskatchewan organizations piloting new conservation agreements

Environment: News Roundup from the June 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and South of the Divide Conservation Action Program have secured funding to pilot new results-based conservation agreements with beef producers. “The whole idea behind these agreements is that we’re not being prescriptive in our management. We’re letting the producers do the decision-making that supports species-at-risk habitat,” said Tom Harrison, executive […] Read more

History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 1

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 1 By Herbert O. Brayer ‘Seventy years ago, on July 27, 1880 a trail herd if 2,500 Oregon bred cattle was slowly wending its way across the rolling, sage covered hills of southwestern Idaho enroute to still virgin ranges on the Powder River in Wyoming. The […] Read more


The ‘D. A. Thomas’ carried settlers and trading supplies up the Peace to Fort St. John. She also took out settlers’ produce and livestock.

History: Pathfinding Beyond the Peace (conclusion)

Reprinted from the December 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Pathfinding Beyond the Peace By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S. , Former Inspecting Officer for the Hudson’s Bay Company ‘Leaving the Fontas River we paddled to Fort Nelson, and hundred miles to the northward where I found Mr. Hooker of the Hudson’s Bay Company. After vainly attempting to negotiate a swift Sickannie Chief River and push […] Read more



Spice maker seeks path to make vanilla milkshakes cheaper

Chicago/Antananarivo, Madagascar | Reuters — A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. In less than five years, the wholesale price has risen nearly 500 per cent, partly because of growing […] Read more

Science often struggles to communicate its research findings as they are often technical and not readily understood.

Telling a story

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

Our job as scientists is to find the truth. But we must also be storytellers. Science can’t exist without telling a story. The question is not whether we should use it, but how we should use it best, writes Nick Enfield in The Guardian. Scientists often struggle to communicate the findings of research. The subject […] Read more


Leaving crop residue and building soil through root growth ensures that rain won’t immediately hit exposed soil.

Water is our most important nutrient

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the increased flooding around the globe? Am I the only one who notices the increasing number of droughts? My local area, according to government data, has had seven droughts in the last 11 years. We also had people kayaking in the grocery store parking lot a […] Read more

History: Yards embargo at Calgary

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Kenneth Coppock, editor Weather is a factor over which cattlemen have no control. With favorable weather conditions and moderate prices cattlemen can experience a prosperous year. With unfavorable weather throughout the year and despite high prices the year may result in a loss from operations. Industry leaders in their discussion with government leaders on […] Read more


A group of cow-calf pairs at the pen show during the World Angus Secretariat.

Report from the World Angus Secretariat

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Maritime Angus Association’s long time secretary-treasurer, Betty Lou Scott of Mount Thom, N.S., has stepped down from official duties. Her contribution and efforts to develop Maritime Angus are unmatched. Scott will still be involved as secretary-treasurer of the Nova Scotia Angus Association. The current and past board of directors thank Scott for all her […] Read more

Wild oats (yellow) invade the area the sprayer missed during the establishment year. The green is the nurse crops of oat.

Seeding tips for perennial forages

Managing plant residue from the previous year is important

Traditional annuals and cocktail cover crop mixtures can make great forage for cattle on a temporary basis, but over the long haul a good stand of perennial pasture may be the best choice, according to Lorne Klein, range management extension specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture at Weyburn. As a resource for producers who want to […] Read more