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The Canadian Gelbvieh Association elected a new board of directors at its annual meeting during Canadian Western Agribition in November. Back row (l-r): Kert Ness, Ryan Sommerfeld, James Jasper, Neal Overby. Front row (l-r): Lon Carlson (vice-president), Aaron Birch, Lee Wirgau (president).

Canadian Gelbvieh Association elects new board

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

2016 was a record-setting year for the Canadian Angus Association with members registering 62,414 calves. The previous high was 61,578 calves in 2008. Sales of Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tags was the second-highest amount on record at 278,010. Congratulations to Glen and Darlene Glessman of Glesbar Cattle Co. Ltd. for winning the Canadian Angus Foundation’s […] Read more

Congratulations to Cedarlea Farms, Garner and Lori Deobald and family of Hodgeville, Sask., for being named Sask­atchewan Charolais Association’s Purebred Breeder of the Year for 2016.

Simmental Champion of the world, bull division

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

It was exciting to be at Canadian Western Agribition this year and see all the changes with old buildings coming down and new structures taking their place. This year’s RBC Beef Supreme Challenge was the last cattle show to be held in the stadium before she is torn down and replaced. With grand champion show […] Read more


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Daicya Munton

Benchmark brings feed efficiency home

Seedstock: Munton family aims to raise the bar on bringing up bulls

Benchmark Angus near Warner, Alta., has worked diligently to earn its reputation as “your carcass source.” Not content to rest on Benchmark’s laurels of consistently raising top-ranking marbling and muscling bulls in the Canadian Angus Association’s registry, the Munton family is aiming to up the bar by doing it more efficiently. A year ago this […] Read more

The 2016-17 Purebred beef team: Back row (l to r): Carson Rodgers, Devon Fox, Cole Dodgson. Middle row (l to r): Kate Laycraft, Sadie Luba, Cheyenne Catley, Taylor Kalbfleisch, Leila Hickman, Marissa Campbell, Nora Lazurko, Brooke Palfenier, Kally Parker. Front row (l to r): Taylor Black, Tateum McPherson, and Teresa Mann.

Lakeland College Purebred beef team for 2016-17

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to Canadian Angus personality Bob Prestage, who was one of three men inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame on October 7. Prestage has been dedicated to beef cattle-breeding and genetic programs in Alberta for more than 50 years. His commitment to the industry is evident through his sustained work in marketing and […] Read more


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Angus breaks billion-pound-a-year mark

Angus producers built a brand where others scoffed

Back in 1978 few producers of Angus cattle would have thought their beef brand would sell a billion pounds a year. But this year, after 38 years in the market, the Certified Angus brand broke that mark in global sales, something CAB president John Stika said had increasingly become a foregone conclusion as sales continued […] Read more

Taste-testing during a Canadian Beef Advantage Seminar in Shanghai in 2013.

Some thoughts on China’s beef business

Nutrition with John McKinnon, beef cattle nutritionist

Recently I had the opportunity to visit China and spend some time with beef and dairy producers in this vast and truly interesting country. As this article goes to press in midsummer, I thought it would be interesting to provide you with a few insights into beef production in this part of the world. This […] Read more


Joyce Van Donkersgoed demonstrates processing techniques to students from Olds College.


Get rid of your cattle if they’re getting too big

Heavier cattle — particularly ones with small frames — can develop 
feet problems, especially if they suffer heat stress

Don’t keep big, fat cattle around because it could increase animal welfare problems. Animal welfare icon Temple Grandin has recently been sounding alarms about more lameness in beef cattle and part of that is related to heavier weights and genetics. “There are certain genetic lines of beef cattle that are repeating a mistake the pig […] Read more

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Speckle Park cattle sets new world record

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Introducing the 2016 Canadian Western Agribition board of directors (photo below). Back row (l-r): Carla Schmitt*, Blake MacMillan (executive member at large), Bryce Thompson (executive member at large)*, Stewart Stone (president), Bruce Holmquist (vice-president), Reed Andrew (past president), Chris Lees (executive member at large)*, Barry Young. Front row (l to r): Marty Kratochvil*, Michael Latimer, Jodi […] Read more



KAY-R Charolais bred KAYR Patent 748B was named Reserve Champion Charolais Bull at the Fort Worth show. Congratulations go out to Oklahoma Bovine Genetics, Dismukes Ranch, Beaman Cattle Company and KAY-R Charolais.

KAY-R Charolais named Reserve Champion Charolais Bull

Purely Purebred: News about you from the March 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

This year at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference, the Saskatchewan Livestock Association Honour Scroll was presented to Bob and Gail Switzer of Sandy Bar Angus, Aneroid; Ivan and Mary Muri of Muridale Shorthorns, Swift Current and Bill Young from Lumsden, Sask., a retired Simmental breeder and co-founder of Young’s Farm Equipment. The prestigious award has […] Read more