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Wildfires claim life of young cattleman

NewsMakers from the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wildfires that swept through Alberta and into Saskatchewan last month claimed one of the young leaders of Alberta’s cattle industry when James Hargrave, 34, of Walsh, Alta., died in a vehicle crash while fighting a fire along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Hargrave was a vice-president of the Western Stock Growers’ Association and former delegate of the […] Read more


History: A Short History of Nemiscam National Park

Reprinted from the October 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Short History of Nemiscam National Park By E. Matthews, Nemiscam, Alta. ‘After the rangeland South of Bow Island in Alberta and for miles east and west was thrown open to homesteading, the need for some protection of the large number of antelope was apparent, and quickly became an immediate and pressing necessity if the […] Read more



History: “Charlie” Knox – Pioneer Western Canadian Stockman

Reprinted from the October 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

“Charlie” Knox – Pioneer Western Canadian Stockman By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘Probably no other individual had more to do with the early development and creation of interest in markets for the open range Western Canadian livestock industry than did “Charlie” Knox, whose activities in that field extended from 1883, when he first hit […] Read more


cattle eating hay in the winter

Stretching your hay supply with straw

Feed: News Roundup from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Travis Peardon, the regional livestock specialist in Outlook, Sask., says few producers were reporting an abundance of hay this year, so he presumes many will be stretching what they do have with straw to get their cows through the winter. That being the case, Peardon recently prepared a short primer on straw-bolstered rations for producers […] Read more



History: Bunkhouse philosophy

Reprinted from the September 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bunkhouse philosophy (a monthly column) By W.R. Cochrane, Crowley, Alta.
 Things have changed quite a bit since the old days when it was the accepted custom either to drive your beef to the nearest railway point and ship them yourself to one of the central markets in this country, or if you were willing to […] Read more


cows eating pellets- Glen Nicoll

Albertans urged to test winter feeds

Feed: News Roundup from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Albertans are being advised to test their winter forage supplies this fall. “Livestock feed supplies are going to be tight in some areas of Alberta, while in other areas, quality may be an issue,” says Andrea Hanson, beef extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Testing identifies the nutrients available so the ration can be […] Read more



Kolk Farms named Western Feedlot of the Year

NewsMakers from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed of Coaldale, Alta., has been named the 2017 recipient of the Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award for her leadership in the Canadian beef industry to improve the welfare of feedlot animals. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV)) in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada). She […] Read more


History: Buffalo Park Grazing Ass’n Community Pasture

Reprinted from the November 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Capt. K.S. Tory, Wainwright, Alta.
 In this rich ranching country of Alberta the big name ranches and ranchers, and ranches with romantic backgrounds steeped in the traditions of the Alberta cattle story, are liable to obscure the less romantic but just as vital little ranch lay-outs known as Community Pastures. Such a little lay-out, […] Read more



TPP gets a shot in the arm

Trade: News Roundup from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On September 30 Global Affairs Canada gave the cattle industry a shot in the arm by officially opening consultations with the Canadian public over a renewed agreement with the remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The original agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific countries — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, […] Read more


History: Those Wild “Payment” Days at Old Fort Pitt

Reprinted from the October 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Those Wild “Payment” Days at Old Fort Pitt By WM. Bleasdell Cameron, Meadow Lake, Sask. ‘When Indian Agent Tom Quinn came down from his headquarters at Frog Lake to the old Hudson’s Bay Company’s trading post of Fort Pitt on the North Saskatchewan river to “pay treaty” to the members of Chief Big Bear’s turbulent […] Read more