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Gillian Arraial, Alexandra Shepherd and Bailey Hove learning to castrate calves while interning with Chelsea Geiger Pellerin and her family.

Mini-internships give ag students hands-on farm experience

A University of Alberta program connects urban students to farmers, and gives farm kids new ag experience, too

A unique internship program at the University of Alberta has become increasingly popular with students since its creation in 2016. Poultry professor Dr. Frank Robinson helped create the program, which is a partnership between the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences and the University of Alberta Career Centre. Robinson set up mini ag internships, […] Read more

Meat packers face labour crisis

Meat packers face labour crisis

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

American beef processors and possibly those in Canada face a labour shortage that might be the worst in the two countries’ history. Ironically, U.S. beef processing margins are record large for this time of year. But labour constraints mean slaughter levels are lower than they should be to handle the available supply of fed cattle. […] Read more


Sask. ranchers step up to help Mackie family

Purely Purebred, news from the September 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With more than enough to worry about in the battle to find feed and managing the widespread drought, ranchers from southwest Saskatchewan have stepped up to help out 11-year-old Mia Mackie from Consul, Sask. Mackie was diagnosed with spinal muscle atrophy, a genetic disease that has no cure but can be treated. Mackie is a […] Read more

Canadian Limousin Association welcomes new president, directors

Purely Purebred, news from the September 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Limousin Association held their AGM virtual on July 22. A productive discussion was had regarding member retention as well as the breed’s involvement in the commercial beef industry. Sandy Russell gave a presentation on the Canadian Beef Improvement Network and the Canadian Limousin Association made a formal financial commitment to the project. Outgoing […] Read more


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CCA reports: CCA teams up on everything from drought to UN Summit

From the September 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The cattle industry is known for its tight-knit community, and our ability to join forces and work together is never more apparent than during times of crises. This summer, drought has stricken farms and ranches all the way from B.C. to Ontario. While the magnitude of this disaster is concerning, its widespread scope has allowed […] Read more

Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association board (L to R): Taylor Carlson, Evan Patriquin, Royce Moellenbeck, Sadie Anwender, Brooke Van De Voorde, Jessica Davey and Samantha Lundy. Missing from photo: Sarah Height and Samuel Dempsey.

Canadian National Junior Shorthorn show a success

Purely Purebred, news from the September 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The 2021 Canadian National Junior Shorthorn Show took place in Lacombe, Alta., from July 8 to 10. The show was a great success, with over 40 juniors ranging in age from Peewee to Senior participating and more than 50 head at the show. Juniors participated in competitions both in person and online from all across […] Read more


Mark McNinch and Tamara Carter.

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders, Sask. forage council has a new president

NewsMakers from the September 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Sarah Jensen was raised on a commercial cow-calf and grain operation near Arborg, Man. At a young age, she enjoyed helping with chores and was also the youth board representative for the Arborg Agricultural Society. Jensen studied biological sciences at the University of Manitoba. In 2019, she received a Natural Sciences and […] Read more

Cynthia Beck speaks about chronic stress and health during a webinar hosted by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

Prioritize your health during challenging situations

Basic self-care, awareness of stress responses and reaching out to others all key for dealing with difficult times

When faced with a crisis, prioritizing your physical and mental well-being is extremely important. “You are the number-one piece of machinery on your farm,” says Cynthia Beck, cow-calf producer at Milestone, Sask. and clinical psychology masters’ candidate at the University of Regina. Practicing self-care is vital, Beck explained during a recent Canadian Cattlemen’s Association webinar […] Read more


Cynthia Beck speaks during a webinar organized by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. Chronic stress negatively affects our health and decreases our ability to be an asset to our operation. That makes managing it very important.

Chronic stress can affect health and decision-making

Understanding our body’s stress response can help us cope in healthy ways during difficult times

When a person takes unnecessary risks and makes decisions that are out of character for them, this could signal that they’re struggling with chronic stress. For example, the current frequency of bale theft across the Prairies might indicate that more people are “under a lot of chronic stress, and it could be impacting their decision-making […] Read more

Fed cattle prices see slight increase, beef demand strong

Fed cattle prices see slight increase, beef demand strong

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the September 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle After three weeks of hovering around $150/cwt, the average Alberta fed cattle price increased slightly by mid-August to $151.43/cwt. That is $17.32/cwt higher than one year ago when we were still working through the COVID backlog, and over $9/cwt higher than the five-year average. While sale prices are above last year, the high […] Read more


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