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October 31, 2023 Trailblazers

From ranch to rodeo…and back again

Rodeo’s roots are firmly planted in ranching tradition, and the connection remains strong today among many of the sport’s top competitors. In fact, for rancher Scott Guenthner, the current Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, the pull of life at home led him to choose a rodeo route limited to only Canadian events. While that still involves…

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October 10, 2023 Innovation & Technology

Taking the stress out of weaning? A look into UCVM research

Weaning can be a stressful time on cattle operations, as calves are separated from mother cows. It’s a natural process, but ranch realities require it be herd coordinated and sped up from what would occur in nature. While much of the animal welfare research related to weaning has focused on calf stress and its implications…

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August 1, 2023 Checking in with ABP

CRSB Certified Profile: Round Rock Ranching

When you aim to produce the ‘best beef in a better world,’ you’ve got a lot on your plate. But Sean McGrath tackles the target bite by bite. McGrath also appreciates that the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) process emphasizes principles and is adaptable on practices.  “I know ranchers don’t like being told what…

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December 29, 2022 Issues & Insights

Auction market year in review

2022 will be remembered as a year of near record high fall calf prices, but also a time when auction market owners were watching some looming clouds on the horizon. Not enough clouds, at least of the rain-filled type, showed up to save southern regions of the province from a third straight drought year. Ranchers…

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November 22, 2022 Issues & Insights

Seeking sire success

Summer’s over and the bulls are ready for their winter off. They’ve made their contribution to production and can be off the active ranch radar. But the time has come to look beyond their seasonal service, to see if there’s room for management improvement. “We think about bulls getting semen tested in the spring, and…

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August 5, 2022 Checking in with ABP

July Auction Market Update

Rain was the major spring cattle market influencer in Alberta. Lack of it meant early selling by some, while a few drops and the hope of more brought others in to buy. It became a fine line between gambling on the weather and prudent planning for a scarce resource. “We’ve had more of a selloff…

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June 28, 2022 Trailblazers

Scott Guenthner’s journey from rodeo to rural

Heading for a warmer spot during the Alberta winter cold is what many make a regular journey. But Scott Guenthner chose to skip his usual winter hot spots this year, to stay at home on the ranch near Provost instead. Why? Because the two-time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion decided it was time. He’s travelled the…

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May 17, 2022 Innovation & Technology

Hit peak carcass quality with Q-Sort

High feed costs and shortages mean feedlot owners face a tighter squeeze than ever. Helping them maximize their feed dollars by hitting the optimal market moment for their cattle is the goal of a genetic tool with an economic twist.  A program called Q-sort from Saskatoon-based Quantum Genetix provides data in a simplified form to…

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February 22, 2022 Trailblazers

Cows and Creativity: Expanding the Marshalls’ Running M Brand

There’s more than one kind of branding going on at the MGM Cattle Company, and that’s just the way Meghan Marshall likes it. She’s a busy Mom and ranch hand, but throws her own unique enterprise into the mix, to make for a full and varied life she wouldn’t trade with anyone. The family’s livestock…

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December 15, 2021 Issues & Insights

Alberta auction markets discuss drought and shifting technology

Auction markets are where buyers and sellers meet in the cattle business. They remain relevant and busy, and this year, are on the frontlines of drought’s impact on producers.  Fears exist about another widescale reduction in the Alberta cow herd because of the hardships caused by the lack of rain. While it hasn’t fully materialized…

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November 2, 2021 Business Tools

Rein’vigor’ate your herd

Is the vigor of your cattle herd waning? The genetic vigor, that is.  It might be time to dig deeper than hide color to discover the actual genetic makeup, and then to refresh, the heterosis of your herd.  The what?  ‘Heterosis’ is the science term for the Hybrid Vigor factor, and while its known benefits…

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October 26, 2021 Innovation & Technology

Consumer trends through the pandemic

Toilet paper panic, endless zoom calls and the renaissance of homemade sourdough bread. Those are just a few of the images likely to be long associated with the pandemic of ’20-’21. As producers, you know about the challenges the shutdown posed in your world, but what about at the other end of the food spectrum?…

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30-Sep-24 232 328 376
28-Oct-24 230 328 372
25-Nov-24 228 324 370
23-Dec-24 232 318 368
20-Jan-25 234 320 --
17-Feb-25 236 324 382
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