ABP changes leadership at annual meeting

Melanie Wowk of Beauvallon, Alta., is the new chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Wowk, the former vice-chair, was elected to the executive on March 4 at the ABP annual meeting, held virtually. She replaces former chair Kelly Smith-Fraser in the role. Vice-chair is Jason Hale of Bassano and Brodie Haugan of Orion is finance chair. […] Read more

Elizabeth, 3, and Carter Brown, 5, visit triplet calves born at Lone Stone Farms north of Westlock, Alta. | Alisha Brown photo

Triplet calves a first for Alta. cattle operation

Lonnie and Karen Brown wonder where it will end, considering the cow had a single calf two years ago and twins last year

Lonnie and Karen Brown have farmed for 35 years, raising cattle and growing grain on their mixed farm north of Westlock, Alta. Before that Karen’s parents, Evan and Betty Rose Roberts, also farmed there. On Dec 29, they experienced an event never before seen on Lone Stone Farms. One of their cows, Hetty 38D, a […] Read more

Scott Letts does a visual check of udders and vulva to determine if a cow is close to calving. The close ones are held back in the calving area. | Les Dunford photo

Better weather this winter eases calving stress

On the Farm: The next generation receives hands-on experience as members carry on a family tradition of raising cattle

WESTLOCK, Alta. — Scott and Wendy Letts have their home farm on the original Letts family homestead northwest of Westlock, Alta., near the Pembina River. Family have been on this farm for more than 100 years, and cattle have been part of the farm all along. Scott and Wendy raise more than 200 head of […] Read more


There was a time when it made sense to take the train to travel 34 kilometres down the line. For the Dunford children in the 1940s, it also made for quite an adventure.  | Getty Images photo

Taking the train was a Christmas adventure

The trip seemed like it took forever, but there was the ultimate holiday payoff at the end of the day — Grandma’s house


Christmas is often a time of memories, and for most folks, good memories. I have some special memories of this special time of year when I was just a young boy, growing up on the family farm a half-mile south of the hamlet of Dapp, Alta., where I still reside. The railroad runs through our […] Read more

One too many spooky tricks pushes a farm family over the edge, forcing them to take drastic nighttime action. | Getty Images

The year Halloween took an explosive turn

One too many spooky tricks pushes a farm family over the edge, forcing them to take drastic nighttime action

Halloween brings back some humorous memories of Halloweens past when I was a kid, and some that were not so humorous. We grew up on the farm where I still live, just a half mile south of our little community of Dapp, Alta. There were more people there then, plus a few businesses — all […] Read more


Brent Sterling combines wheat with his (by today’s standards) very small John Deere 45 combine with 10 foot cut header.  |  Les Dunford photo

Wheat field harvest uses vintage equipment

Aficionados of old farm equipment get together in Westlock, Alta., to take off a crop the way it was done in the old days

The Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club in Westlock, Alta., plants a small field of wheat every year on the Westlock and District Ag Society grounds. In the fall, a portion of the crop is harvested with a binder and two loads of bundles are stored for the harvest demonstration at the show the following year.  […] Read more

Baptist Pastor Carson Cole with John and Winnie Anderson in front of the Westlock Baptist church, renewing their marriage vows 70 years later.  | Les Dunford photo

Alta. couple renew vows on 70th anniversary

John and Winnie Anderson had to abandon plans for a big family gathering, but they were still able to mark the occasion

Sometimes, ways can be found to make the best of a tough situation. May 6 marked the 70-year wedding anniversary for John and Winnie Anderson, and their children hoped to have a big family gathering to celebrate. But the COVID-19 pandemic spoiled their plans. So family and friends held a surprise parade past the Anderson’s […] Read more

Five farm groups asked the Alberta government to form a cattle commission in 1969.  | Paula Larson photo

Alberta Beef Producers marks 50 year milestone

In 1969, five organizations approached the Alberta government and asked it to establish a commission for the cattle industry. It was the beginning of what is now called Alberta Beef Producers That government was the last Social Credit government in Alberta, led by Premier Harry Strom. The agriculture minister at the time was Henry Ruste. […] Read more



Don Crews’ 1,884 pound site record pumpkin made a great perch for the winning grower.  |  Les Dunford photo

Winning pumpkin sets Canadian record

The 1,884 pounder was recently entered in the Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-off and Fair in Smoky Lake, Alta.

SMOKY LAKE, Alta. — Setting the bar ever higher is nothing new to Lloydminster pumpkin grower Don Crews. At the 30th annual Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-off and Fair in Smoky Lake, Oct. 6, Crews set a new Canadian record and a new site record — again. His pumpkin officially weighed in at 1,884 pounds […] Read more