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Lucie and Wayne Sampson in the sale ring at the 2019 Pride of the Prairies bull sale.

‘Pride of the Prairies’ hosts its 100th bull show

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Senior 4-H members participating in the 10th Annual Summer Synergy at Olds Regional Exhibition this summer have an exciting opportunity. The top eight finalists in the judging competition will represent the Summer Synergy Judging Team in the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition at Canadian Western Agribition in November. There they will compete against […] Read more

Graham Plastow says genomics has the potential to improve the efficiency of
commercial cattle.

Genomic tools for crossbred cattle in the works

The structure of the beef industry poses challenges

Genomic technologies may soon be available to predict traits in commercial cattle, according to University of Alberta researchers. Graham Plastow, CEO of the University of Alberta’s Livestock Gentec Centre, spoke about current opportunities for commercial producers to benefit from genomic tools and technologies in development during the Canadian Beef Breeds Council’s Technical Forum. This was […] Read more


Brian and Connie Chrisp with their grandchildren.

Make them pay their own way

That sort of sums up Brian Chrisp’s view on rearing purebred cattle

When Brian Chrisp went to college with plans of becoming a veterinarian, he didn’t think he would ever want to come back to the family farm near Vermilion, Alta. But life intervened. “While I was in college I switched course and got an ag economics degree at the University of Alberta. As graduation neared, I […] Read more

Grazing behaviour checked by GPS and pedometers did not differ significantly for high- and low-RFI females in this trial.

Do RFI ratings predict cattle performance on pasture?

In a word, no

Producers often wonder if genetic markers for feed efficiency based on drylot tests reflect feed efficiency on pasture where terrain, water sources and plant diversity are very different from a pen setting. Genetic markers for residual feed intake (RFI) have been identified that correlate well with actual RFI determined during the standard trials in pens […] Read more


Cows need to be on a rising plane of nutrition after calving to conceive and rebreed  on time.

Post-calving nutrition determines next year’s success

Management: Your cow's nutritional regime will have a major influence on when and if it gets bred.

In some areas of Canada this has been a very difficult winter to be a cow-calf producer. With last summer’s drought and the current feed shortage in those areas, many producers are left pondering what to do. Barry Yaremcio, a nutrition specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Murray Feist a beef cattle nutritionist with […] Read more

First EPDs for udder and teat conformation in the works

Angus herds studied for desirable traits to improve genetic selection

That first feeding of colostrum invariably charts the course for a calf’s future success and profitability. Knowing that the dam’s udder and teat structure is important to a successful first feeding Kajal Devani, is aiming to improve the genetic selection for improved mammary conformation in Canadian Angus cattle. Devani, who is the Canadian Angus Association’s […] 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

Bart Lardner.

Get cows and heifers ready for winter now

No matter your feeding system, have your breeding 
animals in good condition before the snow flies

If cows and heifers aren’t there already, there is a short window to get them into a proper body condition for winter. If you have skinny or poor condition cows heading into winter, that December to March period is probably one of the toughest and most expensive times to try to get them back into […] Read more


Research into the suitability of biochar as a livestock feed supplement will look for a reduction in methane or hydrogen emissions.

Biochar could be a game changer

Environment: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A multi-pronged research project based in Alberta aims to assess whether feeding biochar in backgrounding and finishing rations could be a way to reduce methane emissions created during enteric fermentation in the ruminant digestive system. Biochar can be manufactured from any type of feedstock with a fibre component — wood waste from saw mills, coconut […] Read more

Locking down feedlot ammonia emissions

Sustainability: News Roundup from the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Innovative research is reshaping what is known about ammonia and related emissions from feedlots. And that new knowledge may help the industry to adjust its management, shape and react to public policy more effectively. “Livestock are significant emission contributors,” says Dr. Sean McGinn of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a long-time researcher in the emissions area. […] Read more