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Saskatchewan Forage Council gets new director

NewsMakers from the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Adrienne Hanson is the new executive director of the Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) replacing Leanna Rousell. Hanson and her family custom graze 400 pairs on their fourth-generation cattle operation near Langbank in southeast Saskatchewan. Her work background includes positions with PFRA, Western Beef Development Center, the livestock division of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and a […] Read more


Set your grazing strategy early

Grazing: News Roundup from the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weather is unpredictable, so developing a grazing strategy for the rest of the season is an important tool. Beef, forage, and livestock specialists at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) recently offered some thoughts on the factors that producers should keep in mind when formulating a plan. “May and June are typically Alberta’s wetter months, so […] Read more



History: Cattle, Then and Now!

Reprinted from the March 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattle, Then and Now! By Florence Gates, High Point, Sask. ”Twas in mid-November, 1907, that Les Giauque and Henry Kohnke left the Elbow, at the South Saskatchewan River, with a drive of as fine a herd of four-year-old steers as will be seen anywhere. Ninety-eight head of them there were, to be delivered to Duck […] Read more


BSE class-action suit takes another step

Legal: News Roundup from the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The BSE class-action lawsuit against the federal government launched on behalf of producers that was moving toward a possible trial date last fall is still moving through the courts. Duncan Boswell, a senior partner with Gowling WLG in Toronto, says an amended litigation plan was approved by the court on April 30 and offers hope […] Read more



To tackle a plant pathogen, get the ID right first

Forages: News Roundup from the May 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With more advanced equipment and technology, experts like Dr. Sarah Hambleton from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) continue to refine our understanding of different plants and fungi. A recent case in point occurred when Hambleton, whose specialty is identifying fungi, and in particular rust, was sent a sample of contaminated switchgrass from Ontario to identify […] Read more


History: Alberta’s Grazing Policy

Reprinted from the March 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Kenneth Coppock Members of the Western Stock Growers’ Association in Convention recently in Lethbridge listened with great attention to Alberta’s Minister of Lands and Forests review the Province’s grazing policy over a six year period or since its inauguration January 1st, 1945. The Minister, who incidentally stands in high favor with the stockmen, not […] Read more



Haywood-Farmer acclaimed CCA president

NewsMakers from the May 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

At the March annual meeting of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in Ottawa David Haywood-Farmer of British Columbia was acclaimed president replacing Dan Darling from Ontario. Nanton, Alta.       Cow-calf and feedlot operator Bob Lowe was elected vice-president of the national cattle organization, and next in line for the top job. Lowe served as […] Read more


History: West to the Setting Sun – Part 2

Reprinted from the February 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

West to the Setting Sun – Part 2 By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S., Lethbridge, Alta. ‘In August wandering hunters brought word of the disaster to the Tonquin and the Astorians bestirred themselves to strengthen their stockades and bastions, and mount their four-pounders. Following the old Nor-Wester policy, McDougall proceeded to enter into a policy of […] Read more



History: Modern Horse Training – Pt. 2

Reprinted from the February 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Modern Horse Training, Pt. 2 By Jack Sproule, Calgary, Alta. ‘In the January issue I pointed out, showing the necessary equipment, how to catch a horse by this system. By now those interested will have had time to prepare the equipment. Before catching there are a few little things which mean quite a lot to […] Read more


History: New Beef Cattle Have Bison Blood

Reprinted from the February 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Experimental farms develop Cattalo Less that a century ago vast herds of American bison or buffalo roamed the mid-western plains of Canada and the United States. For many years these hardy animals were the chief source of meat for the Indians and the advance guard of early white settlers pushing westward in their covered wagons. […] Read more