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Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler wants to help restore the province’s beef herd to pre-BSE numbers.

Manitoba government seeks feedback on protein strategy

Policy: News Roundup from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback on its Protein Advantage Strategy, the Manitoba Co-operator reports. Manitoba’s protein strategy encompasses both plant and animal proteins. On the meat side, the province plans to invest $500 million in primary livestock production and processing by 2025, Alexis Stockford writes, to boost animal protein production 35 per cent above […] Read more

History: Some Considerations in the Selection of Feeder Cattle

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Some Considerations in the Selection of Feeder Cattle By J. W. Grant MacEwan, Winnipeg, Manitoba ‘After one has made the decision to purchase feeders for winter fattening and has assessed his feed supplies, the next logical consideration will have to do with the particular class of cattle to be selected. The operator may ask himself […] Read more


Sommerfeld has modified an 855 New Holland round baler to lift hay swaths and speed drying.

Tips for baling in high-moisture situations

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

In the last issue, we outlined Ryan Sommerfeld’s methods for deciding when to cut hay to minimize rain damage. Sommerfeld is a cattle producer based near Medstead, Sask. Now we turn to Sommerfeld’s methods for cutting, raking and baling. Sommerfeld prefers cutting with a 13.5-foot discbine, which allows him to cut at about six miles […] Read more

History: The Big Steers of Yesteryears

Reprinted from the October 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Abridged from the October 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


By Grant MacEwan, former dean of agriculture at the Universities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and (in 1951) associate editor of Canadian Cattlemen.  Like petticoats, busties, blunderbusses and burnside whiskers, big steers had their day and their story is worth noting. Great size has always had dramatic appeal about it. Fortunately there is a record of […] Read more


Researchers are working on a test to identify Angus genetics better able to battle bovine respiratory disease.

Immune test in the works to fight bovine respiratory disease

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

Several cattle industry organizations are collaborating on a project that could help fight bovine respiratory disease, Farmtario reports. The high-immune test for Angus cattle will identify genetics that are better able to fight the disease. Semex, Angus Genetics Inc., the Canadian Angus Association and the University of Guelph are working together on the project. Genome […] Read more

History: Old Hermitage Farm

Reprinted from the June 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Old Hermitage Farm By W. Murphy ‘A housing shortage at Fort Edmonton in 1875, as serious as that experienced in mushrooming modern Edmonton, was the genesis of “Old Hermitage Farm.” Fort Edmonton of 1875 was a bustling, crowded trading post, one of the most important of the Hudson’s Bay Company settlements in the Territories. It […] Read more


Olds College is now recognized as a “Certified Sustainable” beef production facility.

Olds College gets Verified Beef status

Verified Beef Production: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Olds College is now a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) beef operation. “As a post-secondary institution focused on agriculture, it is important for Olds College to raise our livestock using sustainable methods that support healthy animals, have minimal environmental impacts and offer transparency to the consumer,” said Stuart Cullum, Olds College president, in a release. […] Read more

History: Hartnett Appointed GM of Calgary Stampede

Reprinted from the October 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

‘Commencing November 1st the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Co. Ltd., will have a new general Manager. Maurice E. Hartnett, a young man, age 46, with an agricultural background and training and experience in administrative work, will assume his new duties on that date. He will succeed J. Chas. Yule who for eleven years filled that […] Read more


Beef Cattle Research Council seeking nominations for Outstanding Research and Innovation

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

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is looking for nominations for the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The award, established by the council in 2015, recognizes a researcher or scientist who has contributed to the competitiveness or sustainability of the Canadian beef industry, the council’s website states. Eligible nominees include citizens […] Read more

Manitoba alfalfa growers wanted for sampling program

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

The Manitoba and Forage Grasslands Association (MFGA) is looking for alfalfa growers to submit alfalfa samples in May and June as part of its Green Gold program. Hay fields must be fairly new, mostly alfalfa and in good condition. Producers must sample fields every Monday and Wednesday, and courier the alfalfa to Central Testing Laboratory. […] Read more