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The Extreme Cowboys competition, an obstacle course that tests horsemanship skills, calls itself “the fastest-growing equine sport.” It’s making its Farmfair debut this year.

Northlands strikes a balance for Farmfair 2019

Farmfair organizers attempt to boost urban visitors while staying true to the show’s roots

With a new focus on attracting urban audiences, Farmfair International’s organizers are offering new kinds of programming while keeping old fans happy. The first step was thinking beyond cattle. Farmfair 2019, which runs Nov. 6-10 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, features programming dedicated to smaller critters such as bees, rabbits and urban chickens — not […] Read more

Valentina and Sharon Gabert receive their 50-year CAA Heritage Award from Trevor Welch, Canadian Angus Association president.

Gabert family given 50-year membership award

Rick and Sharon Gabert of Crooked Creek Angus Ranch were honoured for 50 years of consecutive family membership in the Canadian Angus Association at this year’s Farmfair. The Fort Saskatchewan-area ranch began as a dairy and grain operation, started a herd of commercial Angus in 1964, and purchased its first registered Angus cows in 1968. […] Read more


The Heritage Ranch Rodeo will be held in the evening for the first time in many years. This event features ranchers demonstrating practical skills such as wild cow milking, team sorting, and stray gathering.

Things to know and things to do at Farmfair 2018

The show offers something new or different every year

[UPDATED: Nov. 2, 2018] The 45th Farmfair International — an agricultural show focused on showing and selling top-quality livestock — is set to go at the Edmonton EXPO Centre Nov. 7-11. Every year Farmfair organizers add new events or change the focus of existing ones to better meet the needs of the show’s audience. Here […] Read more

With hundreds of ag equipment makers displaying their wares, Agri-Trade Equipment Expo lives up to its name. This year’s event runs Nov. 7-9, one day shorter than in the past.

Agri-Trade growing and shrinking at the same time

Popular Red Deer show is adding new features and spaces while moving to a three-day format

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Agri-Trade is aiming to be bigger and better even while getting shorter. The former is already taken care of with the opening of Exhibit Hall at Westerner Park in Red Deer. “We are going to be the first event to take place in the new building,” said David Fiddler, Agri-Trade […] Read more


The rodeo is gone but Farmfair riding on

Commitment, champion cattle, and commonwealth event hallmarks of post-CFR era

If this year’s Farmfair International had a theme song, a strong candidate would be ‘We are the Champions.’ Not only is champions a theme of the 2018 show — the Champion of the World Week will be a major highlight of this year’s event — but Farmfair itself has had to overcome some adversity to […] Read more

‘Best of the best’ coming to Farmfair in 2018

Farmfair International will host the Champion of the World winners for British and European breeds, as well as the Angus Champion of the World Qualifiers, during a custom tour and program to celebrate its 45th anniversary. The Nov. 7-11 event will introduce Alberta producers to leaders from around the world in their specific breeds, and […] Read more


The Alberta Supreme Show features breed champions from all three of the top cattle shows in Alberta to name two Alberta Supreme Grand Champions. It takes place Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in Hall D.

It’s always a jam-packed lineup at Farmfair

Here are a few of the events worth checking out at this year’s edition

Farmfair International features a lot to see and do during its Nov. 8-12 run, including all sorts of cattle, equine, and educational events. “It’s five full days packed full of programming,” said Suzanne Bielert, agriculture event manager with Northlands. “We look at what’s happening in the industry, what’s new and exciting, and then we work […] Read more

Clayton Schafers, Laura Gadowsky (deputy president of the Royal Agricultural Society), Heather Shewchuk of Northlands, and Laura Bodell in Singapore.

Singapore trip offers Albertan a new global view on agriculture

Laura Bodell got a chance to see agriculture from a new perspective when she won a scholarship to attend the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in Singapore this fall. “I had a particular interest in attending this conference since I’m chair of the International Agricultural Business Centre during Farmfair,” said Bodell. The Sherwood Park resident, who has […] Read more


Despite their smaller size, sheep can’t be bullied into moving where you want them to go, says livestock handling specialist Jennifer Woods.

How to get your sheep on the move

Understanding sheep behaviour is the key to getting them to go where you want them to

If you want to move a sheep, the worst thing you can do is isolate it, yell at it, and then try to move it from behind. “If you understand animal behaviour, that is 90 per cent of handling — the biggest knowledge gap that we have is true understanding of animal behaviour,” livestock-handling specialist […] Read more

Farmfair International is home to 12 breed shows featuring more than 15 purebred beef breeds. The event runs Nov. 9-13 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

Despite challenges, Farmfair International soldiers on

Industry continues to support long-running Edmonton-based ag 
show and the number of exhibitors and foreign attendees is up

It’s been a year of mixed blessings for Edmonton’s Farmfair International. On the one hand, international interest in the long-running agriculture show is at an all-time high and local support appears as positive as ever. On the other, debate over the future ownership of Northlands’ facilities has put the future of the show’s longtime home […] Read more