Kyle Conley shows Conley South Point 8362, the grand champion Angus bull at the National Western Stock Show. It was the entry of Wilbar Cattle Co. of Dundurn, Sask.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Canadian owned bull wins at Denver show

The bull, which was bought from Oklahoma producers and now lives in Saskatchewan, also won at Agribition

DENVER, Colo. — It was a gold star day for Canadians when a trio of partners won grand champion Angus bull at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Named Conley South Point 8362, the bull is owned by Bryan and Tracey Willms of Wilbar Cattle Co. at Dundurn, Sask., Tanya Belsham of Poplar Meadows […] Read more

Nine-year-old Hadley Hartman of Tecumseh, Nebraska, won the grand and reserve champion female awards at the Red Angus show during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, last week.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Youngster wins big in show

DENVER, Colo. — When nine-year-old Hadley Hartman entered the show ring with ponytail swinging and a big smile, few probably realized this little girl was leading out champions. Showing against dozens of adults at the National Western Stock Show’s Red Angus event in Denver, Colorado, Jan. 13, Hadley’s three entries were named grand champion and […] Read more

Wagyu cattle, originally from Japan, have been shown at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, since 2012. The cattle are prized for their carcass quality. Most are horned and may be red or black in colour. These cattle were in the full-blood heifer division. | Barbara Duckworth photo

National treasure makes inroads

The American Wagyu Association has a long range plan to advance the Japanese breed and its heavily marbled beef


DENVER, Colo. — The smell of beef cooking on a grill wafting across the National Western Stock Show grounds lured hundreds of the curious to the Wagyu tent. About 600 plates of beef sliders, brisket and tri tip were offered free of charge to a long line of people wanting a taste. For many, it […] Read more


Julie Hughes of Pueblo, Colorado, shows a miniature Zebu steer at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. She and her husband, Will, have owned this unique breed for five years.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Miniature Zebus turn heads at cattle show

Colorado couple show the exotic breed, take them to petting zoos and use them as therapy animals in nursing homes

DENVER, Colo. — When visitors pass through the barns at the National Western Stock Show, many skid to a halt when they pass the miniature Zebu section. They stop, stare and then whip out their phones to get a photo of the little horned cattle that stare back passively from big brown eyes with fluttering […] Read more

Feedlots could potentially reduce their antibiotic use if they could accurately determine the presence of bovine respiratory disease.  |  File photo

BRD diagnosis in feedlots may become easier to make

Agriculture Canada scientists at Lethbridge have developed a rapid and accurate diagnosis of bacteria responsible for bovine respiratory disease in feedlot cattle. While the concept is not ready for commercial feedlot use, years of work using genomics to identify specific bacteria has shown these microbes can be identified accurately and the correct treatment can be […] Read more


A new report found that Alberta’s beef industry generates $18 billion in total economic activity and employs 57,000 people, but impediments loom on the horizon.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Beef competitiveness threatened

The Alberta beef industry can compete within the North American market but there are some impediments on the horizon that could restrict future growth. Commissioned by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Beef Producers, the industry competitiveness study compared the province’s position to Texas, Nebraska and Kansas. Those are large beef-producing states with a […] Read more

Alta. farmers asked for input on research

Six public sessions will be held this month to talk with Alberta farmers about research. An online survey open until Jan. 31 will also collect opinions on farmer led research and priorities and how this might be carried out. Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced late last year the intention to move away from government […] Read more

At the National Western Stock Show, the Gelbvieh champion spring bull calf  went to Rodney and Tanya Hollman, owners of Royal Western Gelbvieh in Innisfail, Alta. The bull, born last April, was named RWG G418 Guilt Trip 9418 ET.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Innisfail farmers win at Denver Stock Show

DENVER, Colorado -The National Western Stock Show at Denver, Colorado, is a major winter event for cattle breeders from 20 different breeds.   Canadians performed well at the Red Angus open show and the National Gelbvieh show held Jan. 14. Rodney and Tanya Hollman, owners of Royal Western Gelbvieh at Innisfail, Alta. won champion and […] Read more


Grazing leases might qualify for protection and could continue as the primary land use, said Tom Lynch-Staunton, government relations and policy manager for Alberta Beef Producers. 
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Grazing lands can protect diversity

If grazing leases were recognized as biologically diverse lands worth protecting, public recognition of good stewardship could be enhanced. Protecting biodiversity is an international project. Canada was among 196 countries that signed the United Nations convention on biological diversity in 2010 to halt the decline of biodiversity on land and water. Canada’s conservation vision report […] Read more

Canadian per capita consumption is about 17.6 kilograms retail weight but exports to Japan were record high in 2018, thanks in part to a favourable trade agreement where tariffs are being reduced, said Ron Glaser of Canada Beef. 
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Livestock beef exports favour Canada

Canadians may be eating less beef, but offshore customers are hungry for more. Canadian per capita consumption is about 17.6 kilograms retail weight but exports to Japan were record high in 2018, thanks in part to a favourable trade agreement where tariffs are being reduced, said Ron Glaser of Canada Beef. While the national herd […] Read more