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Express Ranches is the largest purebred Angus breeder in North America.

Express Ranches and the Big Event

“I’m a huge supporter of the cowboy ethic and way of life." – Bob Funk, Express Ranches

A mere 45 seconds after the bidding frenzy begins, auctioneer Steve Dorran, a Canadian living in Colorado, bellows “Sold! $80,000!” It is an auspicious start to the fast-paced spectacle that will see more than $5,665,000 change hands in two days. When it comes to cattle sales, they don’t get bigger or better than the annual […] Read more

In addition to working on her own cattle operation, Kelly Smith-Fraser is  vice-chair of the Alberta Beef Producers and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association.

Leading with an eye on the beef industry’s next generation

Kelly Smith-Fraser's NuHaven Cattle Company a testament to a long family history of beef producers

Kelly Smith-Fraser’s deep roots in agriculture helped develop her present leadership role in the Canadian beef industry. The vice-chair of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association, Smith-Fraser’s path in the cattle business was shaped by the previous generations, a legacy she continues on her family’s operation, NuHaven Cattle Company of […] Read more


Rabies is a rare zoonotic disease

… and it’s almost always fatal to animals

We don’t hear about rabies being mentioned very often but when we do there is a scary connotation attached to it. It is virtually always fatal to all mammals and zoonotic to humans with no curative treatment once clinical signs develop. Only prevention through vaccination and prevention from contact by strong surveillance programs have kept […] Read more

Be a guest, not a predator in the feedlot pen

Animal Health: Feedlot tips from a pen checker

In all occupations, there are a mixture of excellent employees and those that come up short. Feedlot pen checking is no exception. While one rider can enter a pen instigating a fence testing explosion of beef, another will be virtually welcomed wholeheartedly by the animals. Over the years, I learned it’s very much dependent on […] Read more


Red velvet mites are one of a whole host of predator insects that protect our crops and cattle, if we protect them.

Let’s talk about sex

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

Our agriculture industry is based on reproduction. Livestock need to reproduce and plants need to reproduce. It’s what we do. It’s pretty simple, right? In livestock production, we spend a great deal of time and money on genetics. Which bull to buy, which heifers to keep, and which cows to cull. (The same is true for all […] Read more

Two-month-old calves were numbered to identify them as they were sampled for blood and weighed through the chute.

Pain control in cattle remains a complex issue

The age of the animal is often a factor when considering pain mitigating options

When it comes to pain mitigation practices for her cattle operation, Cecilie Fleming believes it’s the right thing to do. It’s also proven to be practical and cost-effective, factors that many beef producers consider when deciding whether to implement pain control. Fleming, who raises purebred Angus, Simmental and Charolais cattle with her family at Fleming […] Read more


Antimicrobial resistance should not be looked at as a threat, but rather an opportunity to reach the next level of quality and sustainable livestock production.

Change is upon us

Animal Health with Dr. Ron Clarke

Regardless of a person’s perspective on changes coming on antibiotic use in the livestock industry, one thing clear: change is not just on the way — it’s arrived on the doorstep. If not ready, it’s time to get ready. Gaps identified in the use and sale of antimicrobials in animals are nearly two decades old […] Read more

Curt Pate demonstrates his pressuring technique with cattle in the chute.

Effective stockmanship adds to the bottom line

... and it’s the right thing to do

For Curt Pate, handling cattle in an effective manner is vital to a stockman’s success. “What we really need to think about are what the effects of our cattle handling are doing to the performance of our cattle,” he said during the 2018 Western Canada Feedlot Management School in Regina. Pate, who came into the […] Read more


Animal health protocols keep everyone on the same page

Vet-client relationships are essential to help ensure livestock remain healthy

While any type of beef operation can benefit from establishing consistent animal health protocols, this is especially evident when caring for the health of thousands of feeder calves at a time. Kristen Hunter, feedlot manager at Buffalo Plains Cattle Co. at Bethune, Sask., knows this firsthand. Hunter, a veterinary technician who has worked in feedlot […] Read more

Ranchers prove essential in fighting B.C. wildfires

One of the main issues the BC Cattlemen’s Association confronted was animal welfare

The 2017 British Columbia wildfires, the largest in the province’s history, at that time, will likely loom in the collective memory of cattle producers for years. While the devastating scope of the fires is what many remember about that disastrous summer, ranchers contributed greatly to the firefighting efforts and set important precedents about the role […] Read more