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Seventeen southern Alberta farm families honoured

Seventeen southern Alberta families were recipients of the BMO Farm Family Awards at the Calgary Stampede. Each year, the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominate one family, who are honoured at a reception, and given a family photograph session, a personalized farm gate sign, and rodeo tickets. The Stampede also posts a history and biography […] Read more



Calgary Stampede feeling impact of oil price plunge

Calgary | Reuters — Canada’s top rodeo is feeling the impact of the global oil price plunge, with bids to sponsor one of the Calgary Stampede’s main events down more than 20 per cent from last year. The 103-year-old Stampede is a 10-day festival of rodeo, street parties and corporate entertainment held in Canada’s oil […] Read more

Bob and Wynne Chisholm with Ed Pajor (right) of the University of Calgary. The Chisholms and Wynne’s father donated $5 million to fund a new animal welfare research chair.

Paying it forward — family’s donation to create animal welfare ‘win-wins’

Already a leader in the field, the U of C’s vet school will expand research 
to help both producers and the animals in their care


It is, by any measure, a lot of money. But her family’s $5-million donation to the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine for animal welfare research is money well spent, says Cochrane-area rancher Wynne Chisholm. “We love animals and have a soft spot for cows. Cow-calf is underserved in terms of research,” said Chisholm, […] Read more


The Calgary Stampede is under constant scrutiny and learned it’s best to offer “as much accuracy and transparency and detail as we possibly can.”

Transparency key to dealing with animal rights activists

Doing the ‘right thing,’ and owning up when things go wrong, should be 
at the core of any livestock operation — just ask the Calgary Stampede

As the battle over animal welfare heats up, ‘the greatest outdoor show on earth’ has some advice on responding to activists. “We have been on the ‘bleeding edge of the wedge’ in terms of activists targeting the Stampede because of the audience that we deal with,” said Bonni Clark, communications adviser for the Calgary Stampede. […] Read more

Jack Anderson and daughter Wynne Chisholm had successful business careers before returning to the cattle business in 2005.

Ranchers give $5-million gift to boost animal welfare research

Jack Anderson and daughter Wynne Chisholm want U of C to be ‘No. 1 in terms 
of animal care and welfare research in the world’

Father and daughter cattle ranchers with a passion for animal care and welfare have donated $5 million to support research at the University of Calgary. Building on a commitment to best practices and the use of technology in their own operations, J.C. (Jack) Anderson and his daughter Wynne Chisholm from W.A. Ranches made the gift, […] Read more


Six-year-old Maysa Schiffner and sister Hadley, four, help their dad with his big cheque while eight-month-old Oaklyn looks on.

Rodeo star an ambassador for ranching and the western way of life

Scott Schiffner has thrilled countless thousands with his bull riding, 
but he’s also riding hard to preserve cowboy traditions

If the Calgary Stampede gave out a buckle for the best one-liner, Scott Schiffner would have won it hands down. “I love inflation,” proclaimed the bull rider and rancher from Strathmore as he held up his $100,000 winner’s cheque. That sum was exactly double what Schiffner won in 2001, the last time he captured top […] Read more