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History: Ranching in the Peace

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ranching in the Peace
By R. D. Symons, Bear Flat via Fort St. John, B.C.

‘Up here in the Peace River Block, the industry is in its infancy and our problems are pressing – so much so that while this country is predominantly suited to livestock raising, especially towards the mountains, it may never develop as it ought to. I say it is more suited to livestock raising than grain or other farming, due to the fact that the general terrain is rugged and broken, making road building – and roads are a prerequisite to grain farming – very difficult and very expensive. True, there are valleys of very productive soil which will grow wonderful crops (when they ripen), but at least 60-70 per cent of the area is high to medium ranges of hills broken by the inevitable coulees.’

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