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Newfoundland seeks beef cattle breeder

The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s plan to build up cattle breeding within the province is advancing a step as the province seeks a farmer to mind a small Hereford herd. The province on Tuesday put out a call for proposals from farmers to take on a five-year contract handling a herd of five breeding cows […] Read more

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You judge the heifers! Part 2

Can you spot the genomics at work?

It’s been said that the most powerful selection strategy for beef cattle is possible if both performance data and genetic data are available. However, only after we receive proof of their performance either in carcass results or replacement breeding offspring will we truly be able to believe that. It’s all about the accuracy of the […] Read more


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

Tim, Daniel and Arno Doerksen.

Getting the genetics right

The Doerksens of Gemstone Cattle Co.

On 1,500 acres in eastern Alberta, Arno, Tim and Daniel Doerksen are hard at work getting ready for their Gemstone Cattle Company’s second annual bull and female sale in Brooks, Alta. in December. The sale will include purebred Hereford and Angus bulls as well as Hereford, Angus and Here­ford-Angus-cross commercial heifers. The Doerksen family has […] Read more



History: Twenty-five years in the saddle with Hereford cattle

Reprinted from the March 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Bert Sheppard Articles by eminent college professors of animal husbandry on beef cattle production appear periodically. These men gained their knowledge and theories from books from their association with agricultural schools and from interviews with the packing house fraternity. On the other hand, very little has been written by cowmen, who learned their lessons […] 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

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


Tyson Rasmuson

Champions by design

Club-calf fever spreads 
across the West

Money-strip blaze, chrome, super hairy, freaky hairy, oh so stout, stylish, high in volume, show-ring swagger, long-spined, deep-sided, sweet-fronted… If you couldn’t be there, the catalogue descriptions of genetics on offer at Canadian Western Agribition’s first-ever Champions by Design club-calf genetics sale gives a glimpse of the excitement surrounding the emerging club-calf industry on the […] Read more

Shokhan Mussabalin and his son, Dualet Ualikhanov.

An international Hereford tour in Saskatchewan

Peace to Canada, says Shokhan Mussabalin in Kazakh. “My father says he likes how people treat their work here, living with their families on the farms and organizing programs like Agribition to help beef. He means peace to Canada so people can continue to work as they do,” interprets Daulet Ualikhanov. The family from Almaty, […] Read more