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Hypohippus, the Forest Horse, preferred the low-lying marshy land.

History: Hippus was Here, Part 2

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hippus was Here, Part 2By Doreen Runciman ‘During the whole pre-historic time there were four main migrations of Hippus, in varying stages, from the western to the eastern hemisphere. Beginning in the days of Eohippus, they continued sporadically throughout the Tertiary Period until the final phase of the Pleistocene Epoch.’ Click here to read the […] Read more

Eohippus, the Dawn Age Horse.

History: Hippus was Here, Part 1

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hippus was Here, Part 1By Doreen Runciman ‘In the legendary land deal known as the Founding of New Mexico, the bronco steed is mentioned along with the centipede as among the population, but back in the days when history was being written in layers of rock, there was perhaps more similarity between the horse and […] Read more


History: William Melnyk’s Story

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

William Melnyk’s StoryBy Grant MacEwan ‘When the judging was completed at the big Edmonton Spring Show last month, no name among the scores of livestock exhibitors was more conspicuous than that of Melnyk. One Melnyk entry won the grand championship in Shorthorn bulls; a Melnyk calf was champion in the baby beef section and reserve […] Read more

Farmers and ranchers across Canada are dealing with drought.

Beef producers call for drought and wildfire relief

With provincial, territorial and federal ag ministers meeting this afternoon to discuss the drought gripping Western Canada and Ontario, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and its provincial counterparts are requesting “urgent government action on drought and wildfire relief measures.” “Without timely and targeted assistance from federal and provincial governments, beef producers will be forced to make […] Read more


Thomas G. Stewart. who spent 27 years as a fieldman in the employ of the Federal Live Stock Branch, came to Canada after serving in the South African war. One of his first jobs in Canada was as horseman for the Douglas Lake Cattle Company.

History: Early horse breeding at Douglas Lake

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Early horse breeding at Douglas LakeBy T.G. (Tom) Stewart As is generally understood, the Douglas Lake Ranch was started in the very early 1880s by Charlie Beak, who had a ranch in Oregon, and who when he heard that a railroad was coming through British Columbia, came up to get a foothold in the prospective […] Read more

The Beef Cattle Research Council has released its five-year research and extension strategy.

Beef Cattle Research Council unveils research and extension strategy

The Beef Cattle Research Council released its five-year research and extension strategy this week.  The strategy is a framework for coordinating beef research priorities, funding and technology transfer initiatives at a national level. It’s meant to guide funding from the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and other Canadian beef research funding agencies, while also encouraging collaboration and coordination among funding […] Read more



The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef sees carbon-sequestering potential in grasslands, positioning the industry to be part of the climate change solution.

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef aims to be part of environmental solution

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has launched its sustainability goals for the world’s beef value chain.  “The goals which we have launched today are a commitment from the global beef industry, articulating the role and responsibility that we are taking together towards achieving a more sustainable ecosystem,” said Ruaraidh Petre, executive director of the Global […] Read more


History: Buffalo Pound

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Buffalo PoundBy W. S. Scarth, 11450 – 79th Ave., Edmonton, Alta. ‘“Buffalo Pound” is based on the eye-witness account contained in Henry Y. Hind’s “Journal of the Assiniboine and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition – 1858”. In July of that year Hind and his party examined the Qu’Appelle Valley to its source and made a track survey […] Read more

History: E. C. R. “Reg” Harris

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

E. C. R. “Reg” HarrisBy R. D. Symons, Ft. St. John, B.C. ‘On June, 1952, a well known old-timer of the Maple Creek district passed away in the person of Reg Harris, who was in his 67th year. Reg was born in England in 1883. In 1892 his father came to the West and shortly […] Read more