Wheatland Farms and Michelson Land and Cattle won the grand champion Simmental female on day two at Farmfair International held in Edmonton from Nov. 7-11. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Farmfair – Day 2

These are some of the results from yesterday’s cattle shows held on the second day of Farmfair International in Edmonton. Lowline Grand champion bull: Big Island Lowlines, Darrell Gotaas, Edmonton Reserve bull: Big Island Lowlines Grand champion female: Idaho Livestock, Hayden, Idaho Reserve female: Big Island Lowlines Premier exhibitor: Fre Da Ro Farm, Enderby, B.C. […] Read more

Cattle producers are urged to calculate their winter feeding requirements as feed shortages loom. |  Mike Sturk photo

Forage, pasture insurance due for overhaul

Alberta Beef Producers hopes work done with Alberta Financial Services Corp. will see changes made next year

INNISFAIL, Alta. — A new and improved forage and pasture insurance program is needed for Alberta livestock producers. Alberta Beef Producers formed a special committee this summer to assess the current drought impacts and if government assistance was needed for affected areas. No specific government aid is coming but after working with Alberta Financial Services […] Read more

Packing plant boosts productivity by addressing cattle behaviour

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A talk about animal handling made simple by renowned animal behaviourist Temple Grandin inspired one Cargill Meat employee to take her advice and fix ongoing problems at a California plant. “Our prod scores were too high, we had a lot of balking throughout the process and cattle didn’t want to move. […] Read more


The grand champion Speckle Park female was the entry of Wayne Meakin, owner of Outback Stock Farms in Alberta’s Sturgeon County. The winning female came from the two-year-old heifer class with calf at side. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Winners declared on day one of Farmfair

The following champions were declared yesterday on the first day of purebred beef shows at Farmfair International in Edmonton. Additional photos of the winners can be found below. All Other Breeds Grand champion bull: Swiss Tradition Braunvieh, Leduc, Alta. Reserve bull: (Saler) Care Farms, Thorhild, Alta. Grand champion female: Care Farms Reserve female: (Blond d’Aquitaine) […] Read more

Organizations such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defence Fund have tried to provide legal representation on behalf of animals. | Twitter/@PETA photo

American animal rights activists test new tactics in court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Animal activists have shifted to new tactics and more have started launching lawsuits on behalf of animals. While courts in the United States have not ruled in their favour, more cases from large, well-funded animal rights groups are being filed, said Michelle Pardo. Pardo is a partner in the firm Duane […] Read more


Donald Cross watches his reserve grand champion Hereford at the 106th Calgary bull sale in 2006. Cross was a long-time Hereford breeder and businessperson.  |  File photo

Prominent Hereford breeder dies

Long-time Hereford breeder and Calgary businessperson Donald Cross died Oct. 19. Born in Calgary in 1932, Cross was involved with the brewing, hotel and ranching industries. His grandfather was A.E. Cross, one of the Big Four who started the Calgary Stampede, and his father, James, established Bar Pipe Farms in 1953 near Okotoks. The family […] Read more

Alta. beef producers vote on check-off change

The plebiscite will determine whether the beef checkoff will become nonrefundable again; results are expected soon

Results of a plebiscite that will determine the fate of the nonrefundable beef industry checkoff will be known by mid-November. Any producer who has sold at least one bovine within the last two years is eligible to cast a ballot. If passed, the $2 checkoff collected on every animal sold in Alberta would be split […] Read more

UFA donates $500,000 to Olds College

OLDS, Alta. — United Farmers of Alberta is giving Olds College $500,000 to build its agriculture innovation programs. The farmer-owned co-operative will pay the commitment over the next five years, which will be used to build the UFA innovation laboratory. The lab, located on the campus, is a former college president’s residence. Renovations should be […] Read more


Reserve grand champion Hereford owner Donald Cross holds the banner at the 106th Calgary bull sale in this 2006 file photo.

Donald Cross was a prominent Alta. Hereford breeder

Long-time Hereford breeder and Calgary businessperson Donald Cross died Oct. 19. Born in Calgary 1932, Cross was involved with the brewing, hotel and ranching industries. His grandfather was A.E. Cross, one of the Big Four who started the Calgary Stampede. His father James established Bar Pipe Farms in 1953 near Okotoks. The family has run […] Read more

Members of the Bergen Ladies Aid pieced this quilt, which they donated to Mountainview County in central Alberta. The work is hand stitched and depicts different aspects of the county. The group was formed 110 years ago, and members continue to quilt and support charities with their folk art.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Ladies group has roots in charity work

Bergen Ladies Aid in Alberta is 110 years old and still active raising money for a variety of charitable organizations

For generations rural women walked, rode horses and drove to a monthly meeting for companionship and respite from farm work, children and husbands. The Bergen Ladies Aid is 110 years old and is unique in its longevity when so many rural women’s groups have folded. Since 1908, about two dozen women have gathered at one […] Read more