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While some producers have seen below-average yields due to dry weather, others are struggling to finish haying in wet conditions. Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Prairie hay shortage on horizon

MarketsFarm — While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops […] Read more

History: Big Gap Stampede

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Big Gap Stampede By Mrs. Anne E. Spreight, Cairns, Alta. There have been many famous stampedes, but one of the most unique was the Rancher’s Roundup and Barbecue. It started simply enough. A number of ranchers in the Neutral Hills of Central Alberta wanted to hold a get together with the usual western attractions. It […] Read more



History: Observing for Ourselves

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Observing for Ourselves By Lenore Wilson, Calgary, Alta. ‘Owning a half-arab by the Arabian stallion AHMUR A.R.C. 2061, and having studied all available material pertaining to the Arab horse, led to a desire to become personally acquainted with some of these horses and their owners. We wanted to satisfy ourselves that it was not just […] Read more


Members of the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment rest their horses by the side of the road in France.

History: Let us remember the horses

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A year ago, the Vintage Veterinary Committee embarked on a project to bring stories about veterinarians and the contribution they made to the early days of agriculture to life at Calgary’s Heritage Park. Remembering the Great War and the colossal contribution horses made to the war effort during a time in history when ranching had […] Read more

History: Bouncing Buster

Reprinted from the July 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bouncing Buster By Guy Weadick During the spring Horse Show at Calgary last April, probably the most discussed horse, in general conversation, was “Bouncing Buster,” the veteran, tried and true, grand old high jumping horse who as always was one of the outstanding stars of the show. More than one of his admirers asked the […] Read more


History: Horses where they’re needed

Reprinted from the May 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By J.W.G. MacEwan Canada’s horse population, according to recent figures, stands at 1,700,000 head. That’s an average roughly, of 21/2 horses per farm or a little less than the equivalent of two work horses and a saddle horse for every Canadian farm. It makes strange contrast with the 3,610,494 head recorded in the census of […] Read more

History: Rufus, the Outlaw

Reprinted from the March 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rufus the Outlaw By Senator F. W. Gershaw ‘This is an outline of Colonel Steele’s story about one of the finest looking horses that ever served in the North West Mounted Police Force. Seventeen hands high he stood, and in every way he was a Goliath among the broncs on the Western plains. Because none […] Read more


History: Modern Horse Training

Reprinted from the January 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Modern Horse Training By Jack Sproule, Calgary, Alta. ‘This article is based entirely on my own practical experience in the training of horses, no part of it has been derived from any educational system or books, It has been written because I feel people who are horse-minded will benefit by this system of training as […] Read more

Equine anemia turns up in some Manitoba horses

A viral horse disease that’s more prevalent further west in Canada has returned to Manitoba for the first time in recent memory, as horses from two municipalities have been found to caught the virus in the past four weeks. Equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed in horses from a property in the RM of St. […] Read more