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Cam and Myrna Schweitzer, from left, accepted the award from Blair McRae, Canadian Simmental Association representative.

Dallas Wise joins Canadian Simmental Association

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to introduce Dallas Wise, who will be working part-time with the CSA registration and member services team. Readers will know Wise from her time at the Canadian Limousin Association, where she was the registry and member services clerk for eight years. She’s also a third-generation purebred cattle producer […] Read more

Curt Rodgers at right. Photo taken in 1968 at Birchfield Farms, B.C.

Highest gross sales for Charolais bulls, Curt Rodgers passes

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Charolais Bull Sale Summary, as reported in the May issue of the Charolais Banner magazine, shows sales in 2020 provided the highest gross ever (over $21 million) in the 39 years they have compiled these results. There were 198 more bulls sold in 99 sales reporting, and the sixth-highest overall average. Six per cent […] Read more


Given the sharp increase of wholesale costs, retailers probably won’t be putting beef on sale any time soon.

Don’t expect steak sales for Father’s Day

Price impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry were wide spread and retailers are still feeling the pinch

This Father’s Day, people probably won’t see sales on their favourite beef steaks—but they shouldn’t blame the butcher or retailer. Blame sits almost entirely on the coronavirus. COVID-19 had a catastrophic impact on beef production in North America. The spread of the virus resulted in several plant shutdowns or slowdowns, which in turn meant significantly […] Read more

Beef plants cannot operate efficiently without a steady supply of cattle from ranch to feedlot to plants.

Beef producers get a raw deal

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

North America’s cattle producers were the first in the beef chain to be impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 virus from epidemic to pandemic. Yet they are getting a raw deal from their national governments in terms of financial or other aid. The Canadian and U.S. governments were quick to declare that meatpacking was […] Read more



Exhibitors wait outside the show ring at Agribition in 2018.

Canadian Western Agribition postpones 50th show until 2021

The ongoing pandemic has forced show organizers to postpone Agribition for the first time since its inception 50 years ago.

Regina, Saskatchewan – Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced today that, in response to restrictions and recommendations surrounding COVID-19, CWA’s 50th show will be postponed until 2021. “This was a difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, partners, and guests is priority,” says CWA President Chris Lees. “We owe […] Read more


Amanda Brodhagen is a young beef producers from Stratford, Ontario

A young beef producer’s post-pandemic wish list

An Ontario cow-calf producer shares what she hopes to see come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a tighter connection between the public and food production.

Renewed interest in purchasing locally produced food is just the beginning of possible opportunities for the Canadian beef industry, one young producer believes. Amanda Brodhagen sees the potential for a number of positive changes for the Canadian beef industry and the public’s connection to food production arising from our current challenges. “I hope that that […] Read more

Students learning about equipment maintenance and repair. Pictured from left to right: Magalie Steiner, instructor Lynn Bonner and Majeed Nashiru.

College program offers employment-ready ranching skills

B.C.-based program gets students’ hands dirty while focusing on operation and land management

If you wanted to get a well-rounded view of what it’s like to ranch in virtually any part of the country, you’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Williams Lake, B.C. Nestled in the central interior region of the province, the city is square in the middle of one of the most diverse environments […] Read more


Events postponed due to COVID-19, going virtual instead

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with industry events this summer. Event organizers have postponed some events to 2021, while others have been shifted online. Following is a rundown of changes to the calendar. The board of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) has postponed the conference originally scheduled for August in Penticton, B.C., to August 17 […] Read more

Left to right: Kevin Dorrance, Brock Dorrance, Tom Dorrance.

Thomas Dorrance passes

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Hereford breed has lost a pioneer with the passing of Thomas Dorrance of T Bar K Ranch. Son Kevin Dorrance expresses it well with these words: “Heaven has gained a true cattleman. Thomas Stanley Dorrance lived his life to the fullest, enjoying every moment that he spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings and […] Read more


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