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Data and maps from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these […] Read more

Olds College is now recognized as a “Certified Sustainable” beef production facility.

Olds College gets Verified Beef status

Verified Beef Production: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Olds College is now a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) beef operation. “As a post-secondary institution focused on agriculture, it is important for Olds College to raise our livestock using sustainable methods that support healthy animals, have minimal environmental impacts and offer transparency to the consumer,” said Stuart Cullum, Olds College president, in a release. […] Read more


History: Hartnett Appointed GM of Calgary Stampede

Reprinted from the October 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

‘Commencing November 1st the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Co. Ltd., will have a new general Manager. Maurice E. Hartnett, a young man, age 46, with an agricultural background and training and experience in administrative work, will assume his new duties on that date. He will succeed J. Chas. Yule who for eleven years filled that […] Read more

Beef Cattle Research Council seeking nominations for Outstanding Research and Innovation

Research: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is looking for nominations for the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The award, established by the council in 2015, recognizes a researcher or scientist who has contributed to the competitiveness or sustainability of the Canadian beef industry, the council’s website states. Eligible nominees include citizens […] Read more


Manitoba alfalfa growers wanted for sampling program

Forages: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Manitoba and Forage Grasslands Association (MFGA) is looking for alfalfa growers to submit alfalfa samples in May and June as part of its Green Gold program. Hay fields must be fairly new, mostly alfalfa and in good condition. Producers must sample fields every Monday and Wednesday, and courier the alfalfa to Central Testing Laboratory. […] Read more

Hay in the swath in northwestern Saskatchewan.


A systems approach to cutting hay

Forages: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Deciding when to cut hay often comes down to a gut feeling. “And lots of times, that can get you into trouble,” said Ryan Sommerfeld of RPS Gelbvieh, based near Medstead, Sask. Sommerfeld outlined his simple methods for cutting and baling hay at a regional agricultural update in Turtleford, Sask., in early March. Sommerfeld avoids […] Read more


Old Fort Normandeau near Red Deer, Alta.

History: Fort Normandeau – A Link with Red Deer’s Pioneer Days

Reprinted from the October 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Fort Normandeau – A Link with Red Deer’s Pioneer Days By Annie L. Gaetz, Red Deer, Alta. ‘There was consternation among the little handful of settlers at the Red Deer Crossing, when, about sundown on April 7th a horseman came dashing across the river from the north to tell them that the Indians had broken […] Read more

Martin Unrau (left) receives his lifetime achievement award from Tom Teichroeb, Manitoba Beef Producers president.

Manitoba Beef Producers present lifetime achievement award

NewsMakers from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Jacqueline Toews and Jessica Giles are two of the young people enrolled in the 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program. Jacqueline Toews grew up on a commercial beef operation near Glaslyn, Sask. Her experiences in 4-H and on the family ranch ignited a passion for agriculture. Toews earned a bachelor of science, and her undergraduate thesis […] Read more


History: Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede”

Reprinted from the November 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede” By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘Southern Alberta carved itself a special niche in the Canadian tour of Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh with the first, and what may be the world’s only Royal Winter Stampede. It was a 90 minute edition of the […] Read more

History: Bunkhouse Philosophy – The St. Mary’s Dam

Reprinted from the September 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

By W.R. Cochrane, Cowley, Alta., from the September 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

By W.R. Cochrane, Cowley, Alta. When the Honorable James G. Gardiner officially opened the St. Mary’s Dam project by opening the valve that started the water flowing through the huge tunnel to ultimately provide irrigation facilities for a huge block of dry land, we reckon a lot of folks did not quite grasp the effect […] Read more