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Storm clouds over Missouri Coteau.

Weston Family Foundation donates nearly $25 million to prairie conservation efforts

The five-year project will affect nearly four million acres of native prairie, making it one of the largest prairie grasslands conservation efforts in Canadian history.

The Weston Family Foundation has injected nearly $25 million into grassland conservation efforts in Canada, giving a major boost to five organizations protecting prairie ecosystems.  Canada’s native prairie ecosystem is home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including everything from northern leopard frogs to swift foxes, while simultaneously supporting beef herds and other livestock. Grasslands also sequester carbon, giving them a potential role […] Read more

History: Manager’s Report

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manager’s Report By Grant MacEwan To the President and Directors, Council of Canadian Beef Producers, (Western Section) ‘Eight months with the Council of Canadian Beef Producers (Western Section), have served to confirm the task in promotion and public relations that faces the beef producers of Canada. The responses to the efforts of those months seem […] Read more


Ag in Motion, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to deliver information all year, beginning with seeding

News Roundup from the March 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With current COVID-19 restrictions making gathering in person uncertain this summer, organizers at Ag in Motion and Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show are ensuring producers have information and tools at their fingertips throughout the year with the launch of a year-long digital offering beginning in March. “There is still so much uncertainty in 2021, and while […] Read more

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders, roundtable elects committee execs

NewsMakers from the March 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Dave Slingerland was raised on a feedlot and cow-calf operation near Coaldale, Alta. Growing up, Slingerland was very involved with 4-H. His love for cattle and their genetics led him to start Tempest Red Angus, a purebred Angus herd founded on heifers purchased for 4-H. It has grown to 25 registered cows […] Read more


History: Calgary Bull Sale Still Great

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgary Bull Sale Still Great By Lorne Stout ‘Optimists and pessimists staged a week-long battle at the 53rd annual Calgary Bull Sale, but by Saturday night – when the last of 1,135 Bulls had been sold – the optimists had won hands down. This had been Calgary’s greatest Bull Sale – in more than half […] Read more

Kenneth R. Coppock.

History: Coppock resigns as WSGA secretary

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Coppock resigns as WSGA secretary By Canadian Cattlemen staff/Kenneth Coppock ‘CALGARY, Feb. 18, 1953 – In a joint statement today issued by Bert Hargrave, President of the Western Stock Growers’ Association, and Kenneth R. Coppock, it was announced that Mr. Coppock had resigned as Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, a position he has […] Read more


103B with Dyce Bolduc, William and Karen Mclaren the day she was chosen.

Alberta Angus breeders see international success

Purely Purebred, news from the February 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

HW Netherton Claymore 3H was born and bred on Cudlobe Angus. However, his dam and grand-dam are owned by HW Netherton in Scotland. The grand-dam is a Cudlobe-bred female purchased by HW Netherton at the 2017 Canadian Angus Foundation Sale. HW Netherton has both females on shares, and rather than exporting them to Scotland, they […] Read more

A small place of his own on the ranch is often the happiest solution for the retiring rancher.

History: The Rancher Retires

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Rancher Retires By Lyn Harrington ‘No one likes to think ahead to the day when his eyesight’s not so good, wind not what it was, and when both mental and muscular reactions are slowed down. But it happens, just as inevitably in man as it does the herd. The difference is that the rancher […] Read more


Rodeo champion Fred Whitfield portrays John Ware in the award-winning film, John Ware Reclaimed.

John Ware film slated for wide release

News Roundup from the February 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

An award-winning documentary about Alberta cowboy John Ware is being released online in time for Black History Month in February and will be available free of charge to Canadians. Ware was born into slavery in the American South. He drove cattle into what would become Alberta in 1882, and found work at the Bar U […] Read more

History: Ranching De Luxe

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Historical Tales: Ranching de Luxe By Senator F. W. Gershaw ‘As the dwindling herds of buffalo retreated from the hills of Western Dakota an effort at big-time ranching was started. One day in April, 1883, a private car was shunted onto a side-track in Missouri known as the toughest little town on the line. The […] Read more