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Ed Pajor.

Ed Pajor takes the reins at W.A. Ranches

The donation of W.A. Ranches also kicks off an exciting new chapter for Ed Pajor, who has been appointed the ranch’s first director. Pajor was raised on a tobacco farm in southern Ontario and studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo. There, he participated in a co-op program as part of his […] Read more

It doesn’t look like much but cattle love cottonseed hulls.

Cottonseed hulls gaining favour in Canadian show cattle

Some producers in the U.S. are turning cattle out on cotton fields after harvest to graze

It may not be pretty, but a roughage source popular south of the border is drawing interest from Canadians on the show circuit. Cottonseed hulls, a popular livestock feed in the United States, is becoming more sought-after in Canada, particularly for exhibitors looking for extra fill in their show cattle. Byproducts of the cotton industry, […] Read more


“One of the things that got me excited about the roles right at the very beginning was... you’re walking into a well-run organization.” – Janice Tranberg, CEO and President, NCFA/ACFA.

Tranberg takes the lead at Alberta and National Cattle Feeders’ Association

Janice Tranberg’s career has taken her on an impressive journey through many facets of the agriculture industry. This fall, she’ll bring her expertise to the top leadership role in the Canadian cattle feeding sector. Tranberg is moving into the dual position of president and chief executive officer of the National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) and […] Read more

This array of solar panels was installed this summer at the KCL Cattle Company feedlot near Lethbridge.

Alberta feedlot harnesses the power of sun

Solar panels supply some power on this feedlot, but they probably wouldn’t be here without government funding

Feeding cattle in sunny southern Alberta offers an opportunity to producers interested in alternate energy sources. Les Wall and his family saw this potential with their bright location and have recently installed solar technology to help power part of their operation. Les and his wife Lisa started KCL Cattle Company in 1999, beginning with their […] Read more


Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell from McDonald’s Canada, Jennifer Lambert of Loblaws, Carl Dean of Cactus Club Restaurants and Heather Tansey of Cargill with moderator Crystal Mackay of the Centre for Food Integrity brought their message on selling sustainable beef to the Roundtable annual meeting in Calgary.

Better communication needed to sell consumers on sustainably raised beef

Misconceptions and false information about the beef industry further complicates what consumers know about beef production

When you make your living in the cattle business, it’s difficult to imagine what the beef industry looks like from an outside perspective. This gap is a challenge when trying to gain a true sense of consumer perceptions of beef production. “One of the phrases I really like is that you can’t see the label […] Read more

Armitage’s irrigation line doubles as an electrified fence during the fall and winter grazing season.

Electrified irrigation wheel line offers several benefits

“The electrified wheel line has been a big asset to make our haylands last longer...”

A rancher in southwestern Alberta has created an innovation that allows an irrigation wheel line to perform double duty. David Armitage, who ranches on his family’s operation at Mountain View, Alta., close to Waterton Lakes National Park, discovered that rather than continually move conventional electric fences to rotationally graze his hayland, he could work with […] Read more


It appears core body temperatures can be used to identify feed-efficient cattle on forage diets.

The search for affordable ways to track feed efficiency at the ranch

Core body temperature can be used to identify feed-efficient animals

A two-year collaborative study led by the University of Saskatchewan is looking for affordable technology beef producers could use to track feed efficiency in their herd. “The collaboration and co-operation across different universities and provinces and states… is pretty novel and key,” said Bart Lardner, a research scientist at the Western Beef Development Centre and […] Read more

Testing forage generally requires a minimum of 10 to 15 samples to get an accurate representation.

Testing forage even more necessary in a dry year

With many parts of the country having endured a dry season, knowing feed nutrient levels is crucial

A startling amount of beef producers run the risk of nutrient deficiencies in their herd by not testing their forage sources. Analyzing forage sources to better plan for feeding and supplementation is even more crucial in a dry year to ensure cattle receive the nutrients they require as the colder months and calving season approach. […] Read more


In addition to working on her own cattle operation, Kelly Smith-Fraser is  vice-chair of the Alberta Beef Producers and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association.

Leading with an eye on the beef industry’s next generation

Kelly Smith-Fraser's NuHaven Cattle Company a testament to a long family history of beef producers

Kelly Smith-Fraser’s deep roots in agriculture helped develop her present leadership role in the Canadian beef industry. The vice-chair of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association, Smith-Fraser’s path in the cattle business was shaped by the previous generations, a legacy she continues on her family’s operation, NuHaven Cattle Company of […] Read more

Two-month-old calves were numbered to identify them as they were sampled for blood and weighed through the chute.

Pain control in cattle remains a complex issue

The age of the animal is often a factor when considering pain mitigating options

When it comes to pain mitigation practices for her cattle operation, Cecilie Fleming believes it’s the right thing to do. It’s also proven to be practical and cost-effective, factors that many beef producers consider when deciding whether to implement pain control. Fleming, who raises purebred Angus, Simmental and Charolais cattle with her family at Fleming […] Read more