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Calgary Stampede cancelled for 2020

Province's limits on gatherings cover all major summer events

Alberta’s confirmation that its restrictions on gatherings include all annual summer events has led organizers of the Calgary Stampede to cancel the event for the first time in 97 years. “As a community celebration, the cancellation of our annual event comes with our community and public health and safety front of mind,” Stampede president Dana […] Read more



David and Mary Beth Sibbald with sons Dylan and Adam at the family ranch near Cochrane.

‘I love to contribute’ is the motto of Cochrane rancher

When a young David Sibbald volunteered for the International Youth Livestock Committee of the Calgary Stampede back in 1990, he had no grand illusions about someday heading up an organization that today boasts 2,300 community volunteers and more than 1,200 employees. He was just committed to youth and agriculture. Those commitments haven’t changed, but now […] Read more

Look for beef producers at big-city events this year

Alberta Beef has already signed deals with the Eskimos and the Stampeders

Get ready, beef producers, you’ll soon see yourself on a Jumbotron near you. Alberta Beef Producers unveiled a new marketing campaign and new marketing and education manager Brad Dubeau at its semi-annual meeting. “The problem for marketing to solve is how to ensure consumer and producer confidence for beef production in Alberta to 2020 and […] Read more


A dummy filled with newspapers is placed over the power take-off shaft of the tractor.

PHOTOS: Kids learn a lesson about farm safety and machinery

The look on their faces said it all

Rural youth got an up-close and dramatic demonstration on what happens when clothing snags on a power takeoff shaft. A dummy stuffed with newspapers explodes in a millisecond — drawing gasps from the young onlookers. More than 750 students from rural Alberta attended Farm Safety Day, which is sponsored by AltaLink, at Calgary’s Stampede Park […] Read more

Win $1,000 in young speakers competition

Deadline for applications is June 30

Young Albertans have a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition in Toronto. Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture will hold its second annual public speaking competition on July 12 during the Calgary Stampede. The event offers young people an opportunity to share their views in a speech […] Read more


Critics contend the Calgary Stampede and other rodeos are inherently cruel, but researchers have found animals to be relaxed in pens and as they enter the chutes.

Stampede is a champion of animal welfare, says researcher

The Calgary rodeo is a leader in giving access to researchers, 
and they haven’t found high levels of animal stress or abuse

Animal activists are quick to denounce the Calgary Stampede for animal cruelty. But it turns out very little research has been done on animal welfare at rodeo events. “As a scientist, I can say that there is no data on rodeo and how animals are being treated. That’s where some of the research we’ve been […] Read more

Bernie Rollin

Don’t write off animal welfare advocates as vegans and ‘crazies,’ says expert

Most consumers now believe animals have rights and livestock producers have to respond to their views, says bioethicist

The growing emphasis on animal welfare and animal rights is part of a societal shift, and the livestock sector needs to embrace it. That’s the view of a philosopher who is also a professor of biomedical sciences and animal sciences at Colorado State University and author of several books on animal rights. “Too many people […] Read more


Champions crowned at Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo

It was a weekend of rodeo competition Morgan Burgermeister will remember for the rest of her life. The 15-year-old from Hanna emerged from the 19th annual Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo with one of the much coveted championship belt buckles, the Reserve High Point title, and a lot of great memories. “It’s hard to pick just […] Read more

Alberta beef ambassador honoured

Alberta Beef Producers congratulates its longtime ambassador, Chuck Groeneveld, on winning a 2015 Western Legacy Award from the Calgary Stampede in the Sustained Contribution – Individual category. Chuck and Lorraine Groeneveld have spent many years travelling and promoting Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta beef industry at parades, fairs and shows across the province. They […] Read more