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Rich Hobson on ridge overlooking Rimrock Ranch and Green Creek.

History: Rancher-Writer of the Cariboo

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rancher-Writer of the Cariboo By Lyn Harrington ‘Richmond P. Hobson, Jr., author of GRASS BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS, says, “Roads keep gumming me up.” Soon as he finds a spot far from town somebody builds a road, and there’s his isolation gone. That actual truth is that Rich Hobson would beat out a trail no matter […] Read more

Accolades for bovine veterinarian, practitioner

NewsMakers from the November 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. Tye Perrett received a Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV)/Association Canadienne des Vétérinaires Bovins (ACVB) Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his service as the association’s first president for two consecutive years (2007-09). Perrett provided capable guidance at a time when even small decisions would be magnified over the span of time. The association […] Read more


History: Embargo ended

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On Saturday, November 29, 1952 Washington announced that barring further outbreaks of Foot and Mouth disease in Canada the U.S. sanitary embargo would be removed on March 1, 1953. Subsequently Ottawa announced that the system of import permits covering livestock and meats would be withdrawn on the same date. As a matter of record, the […] Read more

CAAIN has allocated $15 million in its first open call for proposals, focusing on automation and digital technology that will help advance the agri-food sector and “demonstrate economic impact and value for Canada’s agri-food industry,” notes a media release from the group.

Research network to allocate $15 million in first open call for proposals

The research network is accepting proposals for projects that will advance automation and digital technology in the agri-food sector.

The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) is looking for projects that will accelerate the adoption of smart agriculture practices in Canada. CAAIN will allocate up to $15 million in its first open call for proposals, focusing on automation and digital technology that will help advance the agri-food sector and “demonstrate economic impact and […] Read more


A group of jolly cowboys in the early 1900’s at the Spencer Ranch in Southern Alberta.

History: James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta By Dallas Banister Wright ‘In 1953 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They are a grand pioneer couple that yes have not aged, with a keen sense of humour and outstanding personalities that must have carried them over many hardships […] Read more

A snapshot of the poster for the Stockmen's Memorial Foundation annual dinner and auction.

Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation gets creative with fundraising

The charity is offering catered home meals and an online auction to raise funds during the pandemic

An Alberta-based charity is side-stepping pandemic issues by turning its annual fundraising dinner and auction into a “chuckwagon edition” that will see supporters bid online and order a catered meal to eat in their own homes. The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, based in Cochrane, Alta, documents the history of the livestock industry in Western Canada. This […] Read more


History: McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 2

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 2 By Margaret V. Watt, 748 – East 60th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. ‘The winters of 1903, ’04 and ’05 were fine open winters. The stock cling to the pastures late in the year, and early spring saw them heading for the greening hillsides. But little of […] Read more

Beef cattle publisher and promoter passes

NewsMakers from the October 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We are sad to report the passing of Laurel “Laurie” Watson, 66, of West Montrose, Ont., on September 3. Watson was a promoter and publisher in the beef cattle industry. Together with her father, Harald Gunderson (deceased in 2012), they produced the World of Beef and the Limousin Leader in the ’70s and ’80s. Watson […] Read more


History: McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 1

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 1 By Margaret V. Watt ‘Editor’s Note: A fascinating historical account of the Wilkinson-McCord Ranching venture in East Central Alberta at the turn of the century appears in three installments – herewith is installment No. 1. It is sad to note how Time has gather these […] Read more

By running simulations, researchers found indications that wetlands and grasslands can mitigate floods.

Ducks Unlimited voices support of beef industry’s sustainability goals

The conservation organization hopes to encourage a “sustainable economy that values ecosystem services from grasslands."

A well-known conservation group is voicing its approval of the long-term environmental goals recently released by the Canadian Beef Advisors. In a recent media release, Ducks Unlimited Canada congratulated the Canadian Beef Advisors for developing 10-year goals that address greenhouse gases, land use and biodiversity and animal care. The Canadian Beef Advisors include the Canadian […] Read more