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Simmental breeders celebrate 50th anniversary

Seedstock: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A week of events during Canadian Western Agribition wrapped up the Canadian Simmental Association’s (CSA) milestone year of activities in co-operation with provincial Simmental associations to mark 50 years since the first Simmental set foot on Canadian soil. Parisien, a 1966 red-and-white spotted Simmental bull calf bred and born in France, was the lone Simmental […] 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

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


Breeding stock bound for Mexico

It won’t be the sandy beaches that draw Grant and Tanya Chittick south to Mexico for the winter. When they do make the trip on their own time, it will be to visit the ranches that are home to breeding stock purchased from the family’s ranch north of Mayerthorpe, Alta. Chittick received word September 28 […] Read more

This is the Canadian delegation of 37 at the Durango portion of the World Angus Secretariat in Mexico. Durango is the second leg of the three-location event wrapping up Oct. 27 in Mazatland/Sinaloa.

Young 4-H cattle producer donates proceeds to STARS

Purely Purebred: News about you from the November 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In 2017 The World Angus Forum will be held in Scotland, the home of the Aberdeen Angus breed. The forum will take place from Thursday, June 15 to Monday, July 3, 2017 and will incorporate a pre-forum tour in England, a post-forum tour in Scotland and the Royal Highland Show taking place in Edinburgh. The […] Read more


Locking in purebred cattle traits

The Lafrentz family relied on planned matings and linebreeding to lock in their genetic package

Denise and Vern Lafrentz started out on their own 20 years ago with a goal of raising commercial-style purebred Simmental and Simmental-Angus breeding stock to meet the needs of commercial cattlemen. Along the way, their foresight and commitment to their breeding plan has put their ranch, Wheatland Cattle Co. of Bienfait, Sask., in the limelight […] Read more



Canadian National Grand Champion Limousin Bull and two-time Canadian Limousin Show Bull of 2013 & 2014.

Canadian National Grand Champion, two years running

News about you from the Jan. 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Highland Stock Farms of Bragg Creek, Alberta & Payne Livestock of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, are the proud owners of the completely undefeated for two years Canadian National Grand Champion Limousin Bull and two-time Canadian Limousin Show Bull of 2013 & 2014 — RPY PAYNES DERBY 46Z (see photo at top). He was named Grand Champion Limousin […] Read more

The Ross family on the L-7 Ranch.

Have a restful calving season

The Ross family planned for one

Calving is the year-round focus on Chad and Crystal Ross’s 800-head cow-calf operation, but when calving season actually rolls around it’s the cows’ turn to do the work. The idea of letting cows calve on their own wouldn’t have entered their minds back in 1999 when they set up their place on the Ross L-7 […] Read more