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A helicopter drops buckets of water on a forest fire in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

B.C. seeks to control wildfires through grazing

Environment: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In a bid to reduce wildfire damage, the province of B.C. is looking for help from its ranching community. The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA) recently received a $500,000 wildfire management grant from the province to develop projects that will reduce fine fuels through intensive grazing in high-risk areas, CCA Action News reports. The program will […] Read more

The Blood Tribe grows and processes timothy and alfalfa for export.

Blood Tribe expanding forage business

The Blood Tribe is expanding its on-reserve forage processing and export business, thanks in part to a growth equity investment from Indigena Capital, LP. Kanai Forage, the Blood Tribe’s forage business, was established in 1997. Kanai Forage grows and processes timothy hay and alfalfa in southern Alberta. The forage is exported to international markets such […] Read more


Adverse weather has prompted producers to reduce herds again this year.

Feed Watch: September 16, 2019

Adverse weather has taken its toll on Canada’s cow herd, knocking down the numbers in the national herd yet again. There were 10.36 million head in Canada as of July 1, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey. That’s down from last year, and 30 per cent below the peak of 2005. And as Alexis Kienlen […] Read more

A livestock extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture says it’s important that cattle consume the feed in front of them, especially when considering body condition score over winter.

Beef and forage issues series aims to boost innovation

Forages: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has published a series of six articles covering a pilot project that brought together farmers, ranchers, scientists and experts to improve technology and innovation adoption. For the pilot, participants toured east-central Alberta farms and discussed several topics. One topic was smooth versus rough awns. Many cattle feeders have voiced concerns about […] Read more


Today auction marts and cattle feeders still report prices on a regular basis.

Canfax celebrates golden anniversary

Marketing: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canfax reached a major milestone this year, marking 50 years of analyzing markets and trends in the North American beef industry. Today Canfax is a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, served by a team of four livestock market specialists and two people in its research division. But, as Lee Hart writes, it started simply, […] Read more

History: Economics & Cattle Ranching Changing

Reprinted from the February 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Economics & Cattle Ranching Changing By Mont S. Saunderson ‘Recently at a meeting of the American Society of Range Management, I was having a pleasant visit with Mr. J. A. “Scotty” Campbell, of your Alberta Department of Lands and Forests. Somehow the conversation got around to the subject of how we might exchange more western […] Read more


Left to right: Duane Thompson, Sandra Clifton, Wade Clifton, Stuart Person.

Clifton Ranch receives 2019 TESA award

NewsMakers from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program: Travis Page grew up on a commercial cow-calf and grain operation east of Didsbury, Alta. He was involved in all aspects of the farm at a young age, from operating equipment to feeding cattle. At the age of 14, Page began building his own herd of commercial and purebred Red Angus. […] Read more

Nominations are now open for the CFGA Leadership Award.
Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Nominations open for CFGA leadership award

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is seeking nominations for its leadership award. The award “recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that exemplify or enhance the goals of the CFGA and whose leadership in the forage and grassland sector has impact of national and/or international significance,” states a release from the association. Nominations are open […] Read more


Conditions vary across the Prairies, but some producers are struggling with drought, particularly in Manitoba's Interlake.

Feed Watch: September 2, 2019

A lack of carryover of feed from 2018, combined with another summer of drought, has taken its toll in Manitoba’s Interlake region this year, triggering a declaration of agricultural disaster in 12 municipalities. The RMs of Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake and Woodlands announced the motion in […] Read more

Elanco to buy Bayer’s animal health business

The deal will make Elanco the second largest veterinary medicine maker by revenue.

Elanco Animal Health has inked a deal to buy Bayer’s veterinary drug unit for U.S. $7.6 billion. The deal, subject to regulatory approval, will make Elanco the second largest veterinary medicine maker by revenue, an Elanco press release notes. It also strengthens Elanco’s cattle business, doubles its pet business and combines Bayer’s e-commerce and retail […] Read more