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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


Hay in the swath in northwestern Saskatchewan.


A systems approach to cutting hay

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

Deciding when to cut hay often comes down to a gut feeling. “And lots of times, that can get you into trouble,” said Ryan Sommerfeld of RPS Gelbvieh, based near Medstead, Sask. Sommerfeld outlined his simple methods for cutting and baling hay at a regional agricultural update in Turtleford, Sask., in early March. Sommerfeld avoids […] Read more

Old Fort Normandeau near Red Deer, Alta.

History: Fort Normandeau – A Link with Red Deer’s Pioneer Days

Reprinted from the October 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Fort Normandeau – A Link with Red Deer’s Pioneer Days By Annie L. Gaetz, Red Deer, Alta. ‘There was consternation among the little handful of settlers at the Red Deer Crossing, when, about sundown on April 7th a horseman came dashing across the river from the north to tell them that the Indians had broken […] Read more


Martin Unrau (left) receives his lifetime achievement award from Tom Teichroeb, Manitoba Beef Producers president.

Manitoba Beef Producers present lifetime achievement award

NewsMakers from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Jacqueline Toews and Jessica Giles are two of the young people enrolled in the 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program. Jacqueline Toews grew up on a commercial beef operation near Glaslyn, Sask. Her experiences in 4-H and on the family ranch ignited a passion for agriculture. Toews earned a bachelor of science, and her undergraduate thesis […] Read more

History: Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede”

Reprinted from the November 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede” By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘Southern Alberta carved itself a special niche in the Canadian tour of Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh with the first, and what may be the world’s only Royal Winter Stampede. It was a 90 minute edition of the […] Read more