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Well-timed updates on bull scrotal circumference

The third edition of the Bull Breeding Soundness outlines a few changes

The Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) has published a third edition of the Bull Breeding Soundness manual written by Dr. Albert D. Barth, which contains some changes to the accepted minimal scrotal circumference for the different breeds at different ages. The old standard was a few years old so this new version is […] Read more

First EPDs for udder and teat conformation in the works

Angus herds studied for desirable traits to improve genetic selection

That first feeding of colostrum invariably charts the course for a calf’s future success and profitability. Knowing that the dam’s udder and teat structure is important to a successful first feeding Kajal Devani, is aiming to improve the genetic selection for improved mammary conformation in Canadian Angus cattle. Devani, who is the Canadian Angus Association’s […] Read more


Blair and Stephanie McIntosh started their Simmental herd in 2003 with six cows, one heifer and a bull.

Stay balanced

Building a seedstock business from scratch

Anyone who raises cattle knows the work is never done, it just changes with the seasons. Raising breeding stock takes that commitment to another level with registrations, shows, and sale preparations often colliding with the start of a new calving season. Despite all of the extras involved, Blair and Stephanie McIntosh knew from the get-go […] Read more

History: Alberta’s 1950 Master Farm Families Named

Reprinted from the November 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. Three prominent cattlemen were among five Alberta Master Farm Family winners for 1950. And the honours were even between the major beef breeds. Emil Cammaert of Rockyford, winner from southern Alberta, is a Shorthorn breeder; Roy Ballhorn, who took the Central Alberta award, is one of Canada’s most prominent Aberdeen-Angus […] Read more


Lemoyne brings Canadian focus to Certified Angus Beef

Marketing: News Roundup from the December 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

To get premiums for raising high-quality beef, there must be somebody marketing that beef. To sell more, it’s good to have a plan. When you have a plan, it helps to have a person in charge of seeing it through. That’s what the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand believes it has gained by hiring Martin […] Read more

Cull or keep? Factors to consider when culling cows

Plus, culling on temperament and maternal behaviour

When culling cows it’s important to have a plan, preferably one that includes pregnancy testing and close evaluation of every cow. Bruce Viney, a risk management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, recalls that when he ran cattle he culled for a lot more reasons than whether or not they were open. “If they have […] Read more


Left to right: Brett Jensen, auctioneer; Donnie Peacock, auctioneer; Lee Crowley, manager (Heartland Livestock Services, Swift Current); Bob Toner, director of business development Sask./Man.; and Brian Good, senior director of business development B.C./Alta. (Canadian Angus Association).

Heartland Livestock receives Auction Market of the Year Award

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Angus Association presented Heartland Livestock Services from Swift Current, Sask., with its Auction Market of the Year Award last month at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual conference in Lethbridge. The Heartland Swift Current facility was built in 1991 and covers 130 acres. There are 60 holding pens with water and feed, […] Read more

Bull sale results

Canadian Angus youth headed to World Angus Forum

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Crossroads Beef Expo in Oyen, Alta., saw Angus, Charolais, Limousin and Simmental all barbecue up their best for the people’s choice Steak Challenge! Limousin beef took top honours. The Canadian Limousin Association has congratulated Limousin producer Brad MacIntyre of Lucknow, Ont., for being one of the two recipients of the Big Gully Farm Beef […] Read more


Genetic improvement lays the foundation

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay: from the February 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ask any winemaker how he or she produces a great drinking experience and all reply “It starts in the vineyard.” The same is true of the beef industry. A great beef eating experience starts on the ranch or farm. And just like constantly improving the quality of the grape, it should include upgrading the genetic […] Read more

Stephen Miller is the new director of genetic research at Angus Genetics Inc.

Stephen Miller closes the loop

Miller well-known for his genomic research in Canada’s beef industry

Dr. Stephen Miller jumps from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak, with a recent career change from the leading edge of fundamental research in beef cattle genomics to the cutting edge of its implementation. “It’s exciting to be involved in the decisions on how to put the research into practice,” says Miller […] Read more