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Dallas Mount believes understanding both the ecology and economics of livestock production can help these operations thrive.

The economics of livestock and grass

Dallas Mount helps beef producers dial in their business practices, while also taking care of the land

Livestock farms and ranches can slowly become stale enterprises with owners satisfied to view them simply as infrastructure supporting a way of raising a family. Conceding to this long-term mediocrity is a dangerous stance for many operations. Dallas Mount of the Wyoming-based Ranch Management Consultants (RMC) is in the business of helping ranchers transition from […] Read more

Winter water for livestock

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

We have our fair share of drastic weather here in Alberta. In our environment, we can have temperature swings of about 85 C between winter and summer. I have seen a 45-degree shift in a single day. It went from 10 C and dropped to -35 C overnight. These temperature swings are a lot harder […] Read more


The purchase of the former Carpenter Mountain Ranch includes extensive outbuildings, two residences, over 500 head of cattle and nearly 3,900 acres of deeded land.

B.C. ranch treaty deal could guide future negotiations

The province’s purchase of the former Carpenter Mountain Ranch for the Soda Creek band is seen as a win for all sides

An innovative treaty solution has put a First Nations band in the ranching business, and could result in similar deals in the future. The British Columbia provincial government last summer announced its $8 million purchase of ranch lands, Crown land range tenure, cattle, hay and equipment, for the Xatśūll First Nation, also known as the […] Read more

The Kirkella Community Pasture is a municipally-owned tract of land that includes grassland, wetland and woodland habitats.

Kirkella Community Pasture watered, scrubbed and ready to shine

RM of Wallace-Woodworth & Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association wrap up two-year Conservation Trust pasture enhancement project

The 3,280 acre Kirkella Community Pasture is ready to shine brightly as a nature-based jewel following a series of pasture-enhancement actions – including a major scrubbing of woody pasture species that can be the bane of healthy, productive pastures and drought relief via three major dugout installations – through funding provided by The Conservation Trust, a Manitoba […] Read more


Weaned calves in the Yukon. Winter feed is costly in the sub-Arctic.

Raising cattle in the Yukon

Despite challenges such as processing and climate, producers see potential for Yukon’s beef industry

Cattle followed gold prospectors to the Yukon in the late 1800s but not without countless mishaps and setbacks. Many unsuccessful attempts were made before cattle became a permanent fixture on the Yukon’s subarctic landscape. To this day, raising cattle in the Yukon comes with unique challenges, but several farmers have boldly accepted that challenge and […] Read more

(Left) Agribition Evolution 2020 Supreme Champion Female; (Right) Agribition Evolution 2020 Supreme Champion Bull.

Agribition’s Evolution Series

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the February 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) has released the results of its 2020 Evolution Series, sponsored by RBC. The Supreme Champion Female was Remitall-W Belle ET 45F, a Hereford exhibited by Remitall West of Olds, Alberta. Additional owner was Medonte Highlands. Calf at side is Remitall-W MHPH Justice 2H. The Supreme Champion Bull was Remitall-W We The […] Read more


Bootsman uses a quad to roll and unroll aircraft cable for electric fence.

Working with farming neighbours to graze crop residue

Here’s how a cow-calf producer is extending the grazing season by working with local farmers

Fall and winter grazing can help a beef producer reduce winter feed costs, and some cattlemen are finding value in creating co-operative relationships with neighbouring farmers to graze crop residues. Joey Bootsman has a cow-calf operation near Rapid City, northwest of Brandon, Man., and for several years has made arrangements with farming neighbours to graze […] Read more

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” – Aristotle.

Mind-blowing moments

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I have been asked numerous times, “Where did you get your education from?” My response is always, “Academia does not have a monopoly on knowledge.” Just to clear the air, I do not have a university degree, but here I am, teaching about agriculture. My working knowledge on regenerative agriculture has come from the hundreds […] Read more


“You have to do what works for you. Every operation has a unique set of circumstances.” – Dr. Klea-Ann Wasilow, Maple Creek Veterinary Services.

A tale of two calving systems

Confined and pasture methods each have risks and benefits

For beef producers, calving season can be both stressful and enjoyable. Witnessing new life can be refreshing, but calving time is the most critical period in the cow-calf production cycle. Whether or not calving season is a success will set the tone for an operations’ entire year or longer, having an impact on animal health, […] Read more

Shwaluk is a firm believer in raising quiet cattle.

Manitoba cow-calf producer seeks to do things differently

Earlier birth dates, quiet cattle, roadside advertising are all part of the plan

When it comes to a well-travelled path, Robert Shwaluk likes to veer off. The Shoal Lake, Man. cow-calf producer goes his own way to discover new ideas and new ways to get things done. “I’m always looking out for the new,” he says. “I’ll do things differently.” Shwaluk, 65, began in the cow-calf business in […] Read more