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Talking about the best-case scenario for the business can foster optimism and enthusiasm.

Talking about farm finances

It’s not easy to talk about money, but it’s a necessary conversation for farming and ranching families

Communicating about difficult topics is something all of us struggle with, and one of those difficult topics is finances. Many studies cite finances as one of the top stressors in relationships. Those of us in agriculture are not immune to this challenge. “Emotion is definitely number one of the barriers to farmers talking about finances. […] Read more

Brad Welter (centre) chats with farm reporters Jack Dawes (left) and Kevin Hursh (right) during a media tour.

Finding synergy with farming, cattle and ethanol

Even with more than 50 years in the feeding business, Pound-Maker is still finding ways to dial in its various ag businesses

The majority of cattle feeding in Western Canada has been centered in Alberta. But since the early ’70s, an operation in Saskatchewan has stood out. The corporate vision statement of “Leadership in sustainable, innovative agriculture” of Pound-Maker Feedlot at Lanigan, Sask., illustrates the company’s unique approach with the synergies of Canada’s first livestock feeding operation […] Read more


Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt met at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta.

Couple find love, learning at Lakeland College

Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt credit their college experience with helping them dial in their farming operation

Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt not only credit Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., as the place where their romance blossomed, but also the place of incredible learning and networking. Bloder grew up on a mixed farm near Unity, Sask., with a focus on Simmental cattle. Biederstadt came from Edmonton and although she did not grow […] Read more

Woodjam Ranch is located next to the Horsefly River, in the Cariboo region of British Columbia.

B.C. ranchers honoured for protecting watersheds

The Seelhof family works hard to protect the river and tributaries that run through their ranch, as well as manage invasive species and rotate grazing and feeding grounds

In a truly strange set of circumstances, when Chad Seelhof heard about the BSE announcement, he was in a cattle liner about to relocate from Paradise Hill, Sask., with his parents Louis and Ellie, to the Cariboo region of British Columbia. Chad recalls hearing the report on a radio broadcast. “I really wondered what the […] Read more


Six generations of the Hines family have been involved in the Marwayne-area ranch over the last 100 years.

Ranching in northeastern Alberta

In 1918, the Hines family shipped over 800 head of Hereford to Kitscoty by rail, and they’ve been raising cattle in the Marwayne area ever since

The roots run long and deep for the Hines family of Marwayne, Alta. They have been ranching in the Marwayne area for over 100 years. Over that time the family has grown to include many that are well-known in the cattle industry. In 1906, Jim Hine’s grandfather, George (Judge), had come north from Montana to […] Read more

Manitoba Agriculture puts the direct costs per cow at $1,058.57 in 2019. Once you add the fixed costs and labour, the total is $1,469.10.

Managing finances on the farm

Whether you’re managing through a black swan event such as a pandemic or so-called normal times, it’s vital to have a solid understanding of your operation’s finances

Many consider financial literacy to be a basic life skill. And further, one that is not always covered in traditional school settings. As ranchers and farmers, does this gap extend into our knowledge base? Certainly those that specialize and like “numbers” have a good grasp, but beyond that, how can we improve ag financial literacy […] Read more


CAAIN has allocated $15 million in its first open call for proposals, focusing on automation and digital technology that will help advance the agri-food sector and “demonstrate economic impact and value for Canada’s agri-food industry,” notes a media release from the group.

Talking succession planning with Annessa Good

As a young woman and the daughter of a well-known farm transition consultant, Good brings an interesting perspective to succession planning

[UPDATED: May 27, 2020] – Annessa Good refers to the transition process as a roller coaster ride and it is quite the ride, she says. If anyone should know, it is her. Not only is she a transition specialist in southern Alberta with Farm Credit Canada (FCC), but she is also the daughter of another well-known […] Read more

Robbie Hale of Maverick Livestock stands in the family’s cocktail crop near Hines Creek, Alta.

Lessons learned growing cocktail crops

Despite an adverse start, cocktail crops have become a regular part of the Hale family’s crop rotation over the last six years

It is a long, long way from Dallas, Texas to Hines Creek, Alta. But the distance did not deter Curt Hale’s grandfather and father from making the move to Alberta’s Peace Country. The Hale family calls their operation Maverick Livestock, an apt name, with a maverick being an unorthodox or independent-minded person. The pioneering spirit […] Read more


Beginning succession planning isn’t easy, but will have long-lasting effects on both the family and operation.

Succession planning 101

The first step to succession planning is to call a family meeting

If you asked farmers and ranchers what keeps them up at night, besides markets and weather, many would say the succession plan or lack thereof. When is the best time to start the process? Similar to planting trees, 25 years ago. But the second-best time is now, was a comment made by a recent Entreleadership […] Read more

The Macnabs use a range of annual crops, plus pastures and forages, to feed their cattle.

Young cattle producers managing risk on the ranch

Whether it’s growing feed or selling cattle, Trent Macnab likes to spread out risk

For Trent Macnab, diversity in the winter feeding program has been a way to reduce risk and help build soil nutrients. The regime includes standing corn, straight barley for swath grazing, a cocktail crop mix for swath grazing and bale grazing. It also allows them to have a rotation on their fields, “which cattlemen typically […] Read more