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Ernie and Irma on their 50th wedding anniversary.

A lifetime with purebred cattle

Ernie Esau built a successful career by breeding the cattle commercial producers wanted and valuing honesty

Ernie Esau’s outstanding career in the purebred industry started with two Shorthorn heifers in 1952. Esau, who was inducted earlier this year into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame for his contribution to the beef industry, operated Ernmore Farms in Elm Creek, Man. He and his wife Irma were married in 1955 and he began […] Read more


Tyler Fewings believes lifelong learning is vital in today’s beef industry.

The challenge of starting a cattle ranch from scratch

Thinking outside the box, taking advice from mentors and old-fashioned hard work are vital to tackling challenges, say farm advisors

While there are plenty of exceptions, beef operations have traditionally been cross-gener­ational family businesses. There’s a good reason for that: while inheriting land doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve hit a home run, it at least puts you on a base. But what about those young, hopeful beef producers who want to get in the game but […] Read more

The Maritime Beef Sector Development and Expansion Strategy calls for increasing the regional herd by 20,000 head in the next 10 years.

Maritimes working on strategy to grow the beef herd

While access to land, grass and forages support beef production in the Maritimes, the industry must overcome other barriers

The Maritimes beef industry may be small but the quality is high and there’s plenty of opportunity for growth, according to Amy Higgins. “We have lots of access to grass and forages,” says Higgins. “And generally, land costs are much lower here than, say, Ontario.” Higgins and her family run a small purebred Black Angus […] Read more



Cattle producers get longer phase-in on new transport regs

New federal livestock transport regulations, due to come into force in February, will now roll out on a longer timeline for the beef and dairy cattle sectors. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced a “two-year transition period” for bovines, which is meant to provide “time to gather more data on effective solutions concerning the […] Read more


Each year Cattle Trail gives Stampede-goers a chance to see live cattle close-up.

Meeting consumers on the Cattle Trail

The Calgary Stampede’s Cattle Trail is a case study into the value of face-to-face interactions between beef producers and consumers

For many visitors to the Calgary Stampede, a trip to the barns is the only interaction they ever have with livestock. This lends greater importance to the UFA Cattle Trail, an interactive exhibit about beef production. Set up each year in the Calgary Stampede’s Nutrien Western Event Centre, the Cattle Trail shares the story of […] Read more

From left to right: Hugh Vandersteen, Jeff Smith and James Bekkering of Deer Creek Livestock Co.

Deer Creek Livestock honoured with Alberta Beef Environmental Stewardship Award

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) recently presented Deer Creek Livestock Co. with the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award at the ABP Annual General Meeting. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship – one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. Since the 1900s, cattle ranching has been part […] Read more



Fed cattle prices seen higher on sustained demand

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle The last two weeks have seen fed cattle prices pushed higher by continued demand, the re-opened border, higher cut-out values and reduced supplies. Seasonally, fed prices are responding to demand for middle meats as buyers look towards their holiday needs in the coming month. At the same time, China announced that it has […] Read more