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Ernie and Irma on their 50th wedding anniversary.

A lifetime with purebred cattle

Ernie Esau built a successful career by breeding the cattle commercial producers wanted and valuing honesty

Ernie Esau’s outstanding career in the purebred industry started with two Shorthorn heifers in 1952. Esau, who was inducted earlier this year into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame for his contribution to the beef industry, operated Ernmore Farms in Elm Creek, Man. He and his wife Irma were married in 1955 and he began […] Read more

The Canadian Simmental Association board of directors. Back row (l to r): Larry Barkley, Marlin Leblanc, Byron Johnson, Roger Deeg, Frank Robblee, and Francis Gagnon. Front row (l to r): Bruce Holmquist (CSA general manager), Blair McRae, Lee McMillen, Garth Rancier, and Barb Judd (CSA office manager).

Simmental Association brings back Award of Excellence program for 2018

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Simmental Association new board of directors (see above) will be meeting for the first time October 22, 2018 in Calgary, Alta. The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation board of directors (see below) will be meeting October 21, also in Calgary. The Canadian Hereford Association is now providing identification and genetic services to producers […] Read more


New ‘Food and Farm’ champion, Cattlemen hires new field editor

NewsMakers from the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Piper Whelan of Airdrie, Alta., is the new field editor for Canadian Cattlemen. Raised on a purebred Maine-Anjou ranch at Irricana, Whelan studied English and history at the University of Alberta and journalism at the University of King’s Col­­lege. She previously worked in publishing and as a registry assistant for the Canadian Charolais Association, and […] Read more

RVP 51X ABLAZE 7A winning National Champion Female at Canadian Western Agribition with her heifer calf Harvie RSK Ms Autumn 32D. (read more below)

Harvie Ranching Hereford named 2016 Miss World Champion

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

Jacob Onyschuk is the new director of business development for the Canadian Hereford Association. He spent the last four years with Northlands in Edmonton growing the number of purebred cattle entries at Farmfair International. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013, with a BSc in agriculture and a major in animal science. Prior […] Read more


Supreme Champion Female honours sponsored by Breed Creek Angus went to Jacey Massey of New Trend Cattle Co., Strathmore, Alta., with her cow-calf pair.

4th Annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock show

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The 4th Annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock show was held in Swift Current, September 23-25. This show keeps growing with seven breed divisions represented, 173 juniors ranging in age from six to 21, along with 214 head of cattle. Part of the program for the children eight and under is the Little Rancher’s program. […] Read more

Forty nine enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan Junior Cattle Producers attended the 9th annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup in Neepawa, Man. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a top-notch group of interested cattle producers and 91 head of cattle.

Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation auction raises $100,000

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

We announced this last month in another part of the magazine but I just wanted to pass on my own congratulations to Bob Switzer and John Willmott, two men who are closely tied to the Angus breed in this country, who will be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame November 6 at the […] Read more


World Hereford delegates.

Delegation attends World Hereford Conference

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

As the World Angus Forum 2017 rapidly approaches less than a year from now, I had a chance to visit with Angela McGregor at the Canadian Angus Association’s annual meeting in Quebec City and find out about their farming operation and what’s in store for us at the upcoming forum. McGregor is part of the […] Read more

TESA award for environmental stew­ard­ship awarded

Newsmakers from the August 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Miles Anderson walked away from the Sask­atchewan Stock Growers annual convention with two mem­­­­or­able souvenirs, the provincial environmental stew­ard­ship award (TESA) won by him and his wife Sheri and an autographed copy of Dr. Temple Grandin’s book, Humane Animal Handling, auctioned off during the annual fundraiser. The TESA award recognizes the efforts Miles and Sheri and their family put into managing their native […] Read more


Wheatland Kill Switch 598C

Simmental bull ‘Wheatland Kill Switch’ sells for $210K

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

Garner Deobald of Hodgeville, Sask., was elected president of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council at the group’s recent annual meeting in Calgary. Roger Peters of Red Deer is vice-president. They are joined on the board by new director Mel Reekie and returning directors David Bolduc, Bruce Holmquist, Rod Remin, Stephen Scott, Rob Smith and Byron […] Read more

Saskatchewan Simmental Assoc. board of directors. Back row (l-r): Sarah Delorme, Trevor Kuntz, Blair McIntosh, Tyler Libke (vice-president), Donna Asher. Front row (l-r): Lyle Forden, Ryan Lundberg (president), Dave Erixon (past president). Missing: Kirsten Fornwald.

Horned, Polled Here­ford bull sales continue to strengthen

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

Book early for this year’s Canadian Angus National Convention being held in Quebec City, June 9-11. In the centre of old Quebec at Hotel Le Concorde, it will be Quebec Angus hospitality at its finest. For more information contact the Canadian Angus Association at 1-888-571-3580 or go to cdnangus.ca/activities-and-services/national-convention. Doug Henderson of Douglas J. Henderson […] Read more