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Biochar could be a game changer

Environment: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A multi-pronged research project based in Alberta aims to assess whether feeding biochar in backgrounding and finishing rations could be a way to reduce methane emissions created during enteric fermentation in the ruminant digestive system. Biochar can be manufactured from any type of feedstock with a fibre component — wood waste from saw mills, coconut […] Read more


History: Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘The story of the 1950 Calgary Stampede is a story of rain, millions of dollars worth of rain, when converted to grass, grain, flour and beef, but it gave Stampede officials, contestants and 373,135 visitors to the big show headaches and heartaches. Pelting down at […] Read more



New Lacombe research abattoir in the works

Research: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The official start on a new abattoir and food safety laboratories for meat research will mark the Lacombe Research and Development Centre’s 110th year as a federal research facility. The new facility entered the detailed-design stage by May 1 but it will be 2019 before it is up and running to federal standards for harvesting […] Read more


History: Shaunavan tales – Bronk riding in the parlor

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Shaunavan tales – Bronk riding in the parlor (1903) By Hugo Maguire, Shaunavon, Sask. ‘Johnny Smart had been punching cows for the V outfit north of Maple Creek. During the summer the work was finished and Johnny rode to Maple Creek. He bought the best suit of clothes in Dixon Bros. store. He also bought […] Read more



GRI gets the green light for tame pastures

Forage: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Putting numbers to three observations that form the Grazing Response Index (GRI) will give you a good idea as to whether your management practices will benefit, harm or have no effect on plant health in the long run. If the scores for grazing intensity, grazing frequency, and opportunity for regrowth during the growing season on […] Read more


History: The Morley Trading Post

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Thousands of travellers on the Canadian Pacific Railway going through Morley, forty-two miles west of Calgary, have noticed with passing glances a small frame building just East of the Station and outside the railway’s right-of-way fence. Few if any small Trading Posts in the West have a more interesting history than this insignificant small structure. […] Read more



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It’s that anthrax time of year

Animal Health: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Anthrax spores can lurk in soil for decades and there’s no telling where the disease will pop up from year to year. All it takes is something that brings spores to the surface and the stage is set for an outbreak in cattle that happen to ingest them. Predicting when anthrax will occur in Canada […] Read more


History: Weapons that Won the West – Part 6

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weapons that Won the West – Part 6 By D. R. King, High River, Alta. ‘1854 was year that the gunsmith partnership of Smith & Wesson brought out their first pistol. Undoubtedly you know what a lever-action rifle looks like. Well, take the lever action, put it into a handgun and you will have a […] Read more



Livestock marketing champs

Marketing: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new recognition program to honour peers from the past was introduced to celebrate the 20th running of the Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championships during the Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s 38th annual convention in May. Leonard Patterson of Dawson Creek, B.C.; Bruce McCall of Brussels, Ont.; Peter C. Gregory of St. Boniface, Man.; Terry Schetzsle […] Read more


Canada Beef welcomes a new executive vice-president

NewsMakers from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Francis Andres is the new executive vice-president of Canada Beef. Working with the board of directors he will lead all aspects of the organization’s domestic and international market development and promotion efforts and as the senior officer will essentially replace former president Rob Meijer who resigned unexpectedly last September. Andres’ background is in global branding […] Read more