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History: The Pig that Squealed for War

Reprinted from the January 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Pig that Squealed for War By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘In 1859 one “Ly” Cutler, a hot-tempered Yankee, shot a Hudson’s Bay Company’s pig which was ravaging his potato patch on San Juan Island. By right of occupation for sixteen years, the Company claimed the territory as a British possession, but the claim […] Read more


New ‘Food and Farm’ champion, Cattlemen hires new field editor

NewsMakers from the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Piper Whelan of Airdrie, Alta., is the new field editor for Canadian Cattlemen. Raised on a purebred Maine-Anjou ranch at Irricana, Whelan studied English and history at the University of Alberta and journalism at the University of King’s Col­­lege. She previously worked in publishing and as a registry assistant for the Canadian Charolais Association, and […] Read more



History: West to the Setting Sun – Part 1

Reprinted from the January 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

West to the Setting Sun By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S., Lethbridge, Alta. ‘In the halcyon days of fur trade enterprise and exploration Fort St. James was wont to ring the the boisterous mirth of roistering traders when the vigorous, hard-drinking Nor’ Westers gathered within wooden walls and stockades hewn from the forest, alternately holding high […] Read more


Simmental breeders celebrate 50th anniversary

Seedstock: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A week of events during Canadian Western Agribition wrapped up the Canadian Simmental Association’s (CSA) milestone year of activities in co-operation with provincial Simmental associations to mark 50 years since the first Simmental set foot on Canadian soil. Parisien, a 1966 red-and-white spotted Simmental bull calf bred and born in France, was the lone Simmental […] Read more



History: Submission to the Board of Transport Commissioners on the Subject of Increase in Livestock Freight Rates

Reprinted from the December 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Submission to the Board of Transport Commissioners on the Subject of Increase in Livestock Freight Rates (Presented at Calgary, Monday, November 20th, 1950, by Western Section, National Council of Canadian Beef Producers and the Western Stock Growers’ Association) ‘In June, 1949, in Calgary it was our privilege to present our views to the Royal Commission […] Read more


History: Railways and irrigation

Extracted from 'Ottawa Letter', in the December 1950
 of Canadian Cattlemen

Railways and irrigation By Senator F.W. Gershaw In return for building a railway through the great lone land the C.P.R. was allowed to select some twenty-five million acres of land that was described as being “fairly fit for settlement.” In 1903, having disposed of most of the land in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Company took […] Read more



Bovine calving simulator makes its debut at Agribition

NewsMakers from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

There has been a wholesale change in the executive of the Alberta Beef Producers with the election of Charlie Christie as chair, succeeding Bob Lowe of Nanton, who remains on the board as past chair for the next year, Kelly Fraser as vice-chair and Melanie Wowk as finance chair. Christie, whose family operates a cow-calf, […] Read more


The bovine TB mystery may never be solved

Health: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While there is no doubt several ranching operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan took it on the chin, Canada has come through the discovery of a single TB case in 2016 still with a “TB Free” country status and no significant market disruption, says an official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) While there was […] Read more



Are your cattle fit to travel?

Transport: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

When it comes to culling and marketing cattle, are your animals fit to travel? The beef industry isn’t doing too bad but the dairy industry needs to pull up its socks. Overall there is room for improvement in all sectors of the cattle industry, says Melissa Moggy, a veterinarian and researcher with Alberta Farm Animal […] Read more


History: B.C. Police Sign Off

Reprinted from the December 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

B.C. Police Sign Off By P.W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Khaki and Green has turned to Scarlet and Gold. A romantic era in British Columbia has ended. The Provincial Police Force has been absorbed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Of the 500 officers and men who patrolled the 360,000 square miles of the western province, […] Read more