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History: Stories in stone

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Stories in stone By Frank Fleming, Calgary, Alta. ‘A peaceful stillness hangs heavily over the land. Through the forested mountain slopes range the grizzly, the elk, moose and mountain goat. The white man has not yet arrived in the country and the interior of British Columbia is still the exclusive home of a primitive people, the […] Read more


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Feedlots bounce back in the West

Cattle Feeding: News Roundup from the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The feedlot sector in the West is growing again, according to the Canfax annual demographic survey of finishing feedlots in Alberta and Saskatchewan with a minimum one-time bunk capacity of 1,000 head. As of January 1, 2017, there were 158 feedlots of that size on the Canfax list, which translates to eight more finishing lots […] Read more



History: The May blizzard of 1903

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The May blizzard of 1903 By Mary Terrill, Medicine Hat, Alta. ‘The range was lush in this short grass country of southern Alberta in the spring of 1903. It was the lushness of two immediately preceding years of ample snowfall, and an abundance of rain in the growing season, followed by an early spring in the […] Read more


New president for Canadian Meat Council, new inductees for Sask. Agricultural Hall of Fame

NewsMakers from the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Chris White is the new president and CEO of the Canadian Meat Council. He comes to the council with 20 years experience in government and industry relations as chief of staff for five federal cabinet ministers and vice-president of government relations in the finance, insurance, and auto sectors. The Canadian Meat Council represents 400 federally […] Read more



History: A Ranch Calendar, Pt. 2

Reprinted from the December 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Above are the last six months of the ranch calendar drawings by Canadian Cattlemen artist Bert Smith that were exhibited at the Western Stock Growers Association’s 54th Annual Convention.


History: Homesteading in the Hand Hills

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Homesteading in the Hand Hills By Harvey Hanson, Balzac, Alta. ‘In a previous article in the “Canadian Cattlemen” I told how a portion of the Palliser Triangle in Alberta at one time had people on nearly every quarter section and how you can now drive for miles and not see a soul. It is that […] Read more



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Cattle Feeders’ Association in levy land

Associations: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A mix of old and new sprinkled with unknowns marks Martin Zuidhof’s second year as chair of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA). A priority internal project already underway this year involves working with a consultant to put a new strategic plan in place to ensure the association stays on track providing services of value […] Read more


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SARPAL spreads to Manitoba

Sustainability: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef producers in southwestern Manitoba are front and centre in a project exploring ways to preserve or create important habitat for bird species at risk. The $750,000 SARPAL (species at risk partnerships on agricultural lands) initiative administered by Manitoba Beef Producers couples producers’ knowledge of the land and cattle with conservation specialists’ scientific knowledge of […] Read more



History: Up-to-Date on Foot and Mouth Disease

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

(Taken from the June, 1950, issue “The Agricultural Situation”, U.S. Department of Agriculture) ‘Foot-and-mouth disease has been menacing the livestock industry of the United States from below our southern border for the past 3 years. The plague appeared late in 1946 in an explosive outbreak that spread through central Mexico, covering an area of over 200,000 […] Read more


National Cattle Feeders’ Association focused on competitiveness

Associations: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

“That will be a focus this year,” says NCFA chair Ryan Thompson. “We have made the federal government aware of it and other national organizations are also aware of and using it. It’s a public document on our website for anyone who wants the information.” A feature of this report is the detailed economic analyses […] Read more