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U.S. chicken chain makes move on Western Canada

The world’s second-biggest quick-service chicken chain by number of stores is set to expand its reach into Western Canada starting next month. Atlanta-based chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen announced Tuesday it plans to open a new store in November in the Tamarack area of Edmonton, followed by a store in Calgary’s Forest Lawn area, then “subsequent […] Read more

PotashCorp, Agrium make engagement official

The boards of two of the heaviest hitters in Canada’s fertilizer sector have formally agreed to a $47 billion “merger of equals” deal under a new, yet-to-be-named parent company. PotashCorp, the world’s biggest fertilizer company by capacity, and rival Agrium, which is also the world’s biggest crop input retail chain, announced an agreement Monday in […] Read more


History: A.H. Mayland: Oilman, cattleman, horseman

Reprinted from the March 1947 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A.H. Mayland: Oilman, cattleman, horseman By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘The history of the Western Cattle Industry will never be complete without a chronicle of at least some of the tales told of the late Albert H. Mayland. Although not a pioneer rancher, for he only settled in Alberta around 1905, Mayland has left his […] Read more

Nufarm to shut Calgary herbicide plant

Crop chemical manufacturer Nufarm plans to make its North American business more “cost-effective” by shutting its plant in Calgary and shipping the production work to Chicago. The “rationalization” in Calgary, expected to be complete by next fall, “will allow us to increase flexibility, reduce complexity and more efficiently utilize our facilities,” Nufarm manufacturing group executive Elbert […] Read more


Canadian and American contest cowboys aboard the “Aorangi” en route to Sydney, Australia a few years ago to participate in rodeo events. Left to right, foreground: Oral Zunnwalt, Montana; Mel Stonehouse, Wyoming; back, Milt Moe, Oklahoma; Jack Wade, Alberta; Alvin Gordon, California; Clark Lund, Fran McDonald and Herman Linder, all of Alberta.

History: Were chuckwagon races first introduced at Calgary rodeos?

Reprinted from the October 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

‘The Corral’ By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘”To settle a controversy regarding chuckwagon races, can you help us out? A. says that chuckwagon races were first introduced at rodeos at Calgary. B. claims they were on programs at other shows before Calgary had them. If they were run at other places before Calgary, can […] Read more

Fred Walker of 'Twelve Mile.

History: Fred Walker of Twelve Mile

Reprinted from the October 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: Fred Walker of Twelve Mile By Sara Emerald Nelson, Manyberries, Alta. ‘One story, really “one for the books” when it comes to quoting the by-gone prices paid for cattle, is clearly imprinted in Fred Walker’s memory. This story entails quite a number of “firsts” – for it was staged at the first annual bull sale […] Read more


History: Early Days of Medicine Hat

Reprinted from the September 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Early Days of Medicine Hat By W.H. McKay, Calgary, Alta. ‘Several people have asked me to write a story of Medicine Hat, its early days and early residents. The following is my effort to comply with their request. I hope it will do for them to read until someone comes along who is better qualified […] Read more

Lachlin McKinnon

Lachlin McKinnon: the passing of another pioneer

From the September 1948 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

June 9, 1948, Alberta and the West lost another of its well-known and highly respected pioneers, Lachlin McKinnon at the age of 83 passed away at home in Calgary. He was one of the early group of pioneers who came from Ontario in the early ’80s in search of opportunity in a new and undeveloped […] Read more