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Canadian Cattle Identification Agency redesigns traceability app

Traceability: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has redesigned its traceability app. The CCIA’s database, known as the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS), is accessible to livestock producers via the CLTS MOBO app. The MOBO app first launched in 2010. It is now more user-friendly than ever, “with streamlined features and intuitive design,” states a press […] Read more

The new bridge replaces the ferry.

History: Buffalo Bridge

Reprinted from the October 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Buffalo Bridge By Freda Smith Mudiman, Swift Current, Sask.  ‘Streams flowing eastward from the Rocky Mountains from the North and South Branches of the great Saskatchewan River as it swiftly slips down to the sea. Thought the years many bridges have spanned these streams since the day when the first was built across the Sturgeon, […] Read more


Researchers detect prions with skin tests

Research: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Researchers have successfully detected prions in inoculated rodents using two methods, Science Daily reports. Prions are protein particles that cause BSE in cattle, chronic wasting disease in elk and deer, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Right now detecting the disease is difficult, generally requiring a biopsy or autopsy so brain tissue can be examined. Dr. […] Read more

More Cattlemen’s Young Leaders enter the program

NewsMakers from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Annessa Good, Bree Patterson and Dean Sentes are three of the young people accepted into the 2018/2019 Cattlemen’s Young Leader Program. Annessa Good hails from a mixed farm at Cremona, Alta. Good studied business, specializing in supply chain management, at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Good worked in various industries before moving back to the […] Read more


University of Saskatchewan scientists investigating effects of sulphates on cattle health

Research: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

University of Saskatchewan researchers are studying the effects of high sulphate levels in the drinking water of cattle. When cattle drink water with high sulphate levels, the sulphates bind trace minerals in the animals’ rumens, preventing them from absorbing necessary minerals. Potential effects include diarrhea, reduced fertility and milk production, slow growth, a depressed immune […] Read more

History: Wild Cattle of the Queen Charlotte Islands

Reprinted from the September 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wild Cattle of the Queen Charlotte Islands By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Canada has wild cattle. Every beef grower in the western provinces will agree to this without argument. He could, with considerable trouble, produce some of his own as evidence. His hired men could exhibit a few honorable scars as supplementary proof. But […] Read more


Cattle grazing at Glanton Farms.

Local producer groups take reins of guest instructor opportunity at Assiniboine Community College

Associations: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Students studying forage and pasture management at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Man., are getting a little more mud on their boots and some real-life experiences rolled into their course curriculum this winter session. Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) and Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) have designed a guest-instructor schedule from the excellent […] Read more

Boehringer and University of Saskatchewan announce partnership

Research: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The University of Saskatchewan and Boehringer Ingelheim Canada have launched a five-year partnership and announced a $250,000 funding boost from Boehringer. Boehringer’s contribution will support cow-calf research and data collection on animal safety and handling techniques at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence’s new Boehringer Ingelheim Cattle Handling and Teaching Unit, located at Clavet, […] Read more


History: Alberta place names

Reprinted from the August 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Reverend James W. Morrow, Medicine Hat, Alta., 
abridged from the August 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Reverend James W. Morrow, Medicine Hat, Alta. Dunmore Dunmore is named after a well-known British nobleman who visited Western Canada in 1888, and who was a very large shareholder in the company floated by Sir Lester Kaye in England, which tried farming on a large scale from 1885 to 1894, having many thousands of […] Read more

Info for beef producers exporting to the European Union

Management: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association are linking beef producers who want to export to the EU with veterinarians who can certify their operations. “Through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada has the tremendous opportunity to ship as much as 50,000 tonnes of beef to Europe annually,” Tom […] Read more