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History: Ranching in the Peace

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ranching in the Peace By R. D. Symons, Bear Flat via Fort St. John, B.C. ‘Up here in the Peace River Block, the industry is in its infancy and our problems are pressing – so much so that while this country is predominantly suited to livestock raising, especially towards the mountains, it may never develop […] Read more

The Ross Ranches' roundup wagon, George Ross shown sixth from the left.

History: Pioneer Outfit in Canada’s Range Livestock Industry

Reprinted from the February 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: Pioneer Outfit in Canada’s Range Livestock Industry By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘Always Welcome: A Stranger, a Friend, a Chinook in Winter, a Rain or a Calf in Summer That is the heading on the stationary of the Ross Ranches, which comprise the Ross Ranching Co. Ltd., Milk River Cattle Co. Ltd., and […] Read more


Cutting Timothy and Alsike clover at Fort St. James, B.C.

History: Tom Stephenson looks back

Reprinted from the March 1947 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: Tom Stephenson looks back By C. Frank Steele, Lethbridge, Alta. ‘Although he’s retired these many months and living in town, Tom Stephenson gets back into range country every chance he gets. For his heart belongs to ranching and he feels at home out among the Stetson hatted boys. The kids in South Magrath used […] Read more



The Walmark residence on the ranch at Piapot, Sask.

History: Some Memories of The Old “76”

Reprinted from the September 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Some Memories of The Old “76” By Mrs. S. E. Warren, Vauxhall, Alta. ‘”The Old 76″… the very name is suggestive of adventure. It echoes richly with that romance which always clings to what is definitely past. There are a few in the fast-thinning ranks of old timers who still remember it in all its […] Read more

History: Killers to Respect

Reprinted from the September 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Killers to Respect J.H. Reid, Cardston, Alta. ‘No one could even approximate the number of reindeer, caribou, moose, buffalo, mountain sheep, elk and deer which have been destroyed by wolves in recent years in this enormous area, but the figures must be staggering. That the wolves are moving south is in itself some proof that the […] Read more


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History: Billy Henry of the Open Range

Reprinted from the September 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Billy Henry of the Open Range By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘The historic era of the open cattle ranges of the West with its cattlemen, cowboys, trail herds, wagon bosses, roundups, chuckwagons, cooks, horse wranglers, remudas and cavies have for years been the subject upon which fiction writers, motion picture producers, rodeo managements and […] Read more

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History: The Return of the ‘Yellow Kid’

Reprinted from the June 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Return of the ‘Yellow Kid’ By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘When a cow-puncher quits “for good,” as a rule he is never quite content, unless located in a stock country where he can still meet and talk with people who speak his language. This applies to range stockmen generally when they “retire” and […] Read more


Silverbend Ranch

Silverbend Ranch shines again

Forages and livestock restore health to a badly eroded farm in Manitoba

The moon shines on the bend in the meandering Assiniboine River and reflects a shimmering silver glimmer that illuminates the lush riverside and well up the gently sloped hill toward the farmhouse. Thus the name Silverbend Ranch, or so the story goes. But while the moon may glisten at night, things weren’t always so shiny […] Read more

two women on horseback

Reach out with a blog

These two B.C. women explain ranch life to the world through their blog

A rancher’s vocabulary has some colourful words, and dare we say a few choice ones now and then, but “blog” isn’t usually one of them unless you’re talking with Erika Fossen and Erika Strande (Stewart). 2erikas, as they are now known around the blogging world, created “Life on a BC Cattle Ranch” and as of […] Read more