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Calving At Kirlene Cattle

Like many farm operations Kirlene Cattle takes its name from the owners. Kirby and Arlene Hakkesteegt raise purebred Charolais cattle between Brighton and Trenton just north of Lake Ontario in Ontario’s Northumberland County. They have four grown children and farm with their 23-year-old son Bryce. Another son, Kevin is planning to return to the farm […] Read more

Tag Readers Have A Way To Go – for Aug. 9, 2010

Wayne Small likes to be in the middle of the action. He and his partner Murray Morrison own and operate Ontario Livestock Inc. a large, modern sale barn just outside Cookstown, about 50 kilometres north of Toronto. On sale days, Small works on the sales ring floor, operating the gate that lets the cattle in […] Read more


Fitting the calving chores in with a day job

Pat McLaren is built like a yard of tap water. Tall and lean, he talks about raising cattle with an infectious enthusiasm. He calls his operation Cedar Lane Farm after the neat row of mature cedar trees that line the driveway leading up to his house. He grew up on the farm and after buying […] Read more

Some calving ideas from Ontario VBP co-ordinator Dan Ferguson

Dan Ferguson is a bundle of energy. In addition to running a medium-sized cow-calf operation he is a staff member at the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association where since 2003 he has been Verified Beef Production/Quality Starts Here co-ordinator and CCIA liaison. For VBP he travels the province conducting seminars on recommended practices. As CCIA liaison he […] Read more