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The Radau Family of Coulee Crest Farms with the 2019 Environmental Stewardship Award.

Coulee Crest Farms earns 2019 stewardship award

The Radau family makes one or two significant improvements in sustainability every year

The Radau family of Coulee Crest Farms in Red Deer County is the 2019 winner of the Environmental Stewardship Award. The environmental stewardship award from Alberta Beef Producers recognizes individuals and families who contribute to the land while improving productivity and profitability. Randy and Sandra Radau have been ranching at Coulee Crest Farms since 1989 […] Read more

Stephen Hughes wasn’t reading from a script when the sustainable beef commercial was filmed at his Longview ranch — instead he was encouraged to just speak his mind.

Alberta ranchers hit the big screen and steal the show

A McDonald’s commercial that ran in movie 
houses across the country is getting rave reviews

You’re in a movie theatre, popcorn in hand, and the lights dim. You’re expecting another car or soft drink commercial but suddenly, there’s a rancher on your screen. You may even know him. It’s Stephen Hughes, and he’s talking about transparency in a McDonald’s commercial about beef sustainability. “I learned how many people go to […] Read more


WA Ranches has been donated to the University of Calgary’s School of Veterinary Medicine by Wynne Chisholm and her father Jack Anderson.

Philanthropic ranchers make game-changing donation

Having an entire working ranch will take veterinary program to ‘a totally different level’

A donation of a fully working ranch — worth an astounding $44 million — will transform the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine into one of the world’s top centres for animal health and welfare research. “For us, the gift from Jack Anderson and his daughter Wynne Chisholm and the families of this ranch […] Read more

John Simpson, flanked by son Luke and daughter Christie, has donated $2 million to endow a new research chair at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine.

Rancher donates $2 million to take beef industry where it ‘needs to go’

Cochrane producer John Simpson says sector is doing a good job in caring for cattle but can do better

The cattle sector has made big advances in livestock health and wellness, but needs to do more, says a rancher who donated $2 million for a new research chair to make that happen. “This has nothing to do with bad treatment of animals — it has to do with better treatment, better protocol, better records, […] Read more


Three approaches to managing first- and second-calvers

Their methods differ, but these three ranchers are all focused on maintaining body conditioning

Because they graze year round at Deseret Ranches near Raymond, Darren Bevans manages first- and second-calvers separately from the cow herd on winter swath grazing. “Managing these groups separately allows us to provide a little bit of extra nutrition, which can make all the difference to body condition and future pregnancy rates,” said Bevans. “Really these […] Read more

This sable antelope has an impressive set of horns, but check out the ear tag. Wildlife ranching now rivals cattle production in South Africa.

South African ranchers are ‘game’ for raising wildlife

The country’s 12,000 wildlife ranches cover 20 million hectares and the sector is growing by leaps and bounds

You may think it is strange to go to an auction to pick up a wildebeest or a zebra, but ranching wildlife is just an innovative way of making money for South African farmers. It’s similar to Canadian bison, deer, or elk ranching and can add a lot of value for producers. “In South Africa, […] Read more


The ‘History Wrangler’ is inviting Alberta ranchers to share the stories behind their cattle brands as part of Canada’s 150th celebrations.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with your family’s cattle brand

Alberta’s Cowboy Trail is steeped in history, and one man is working to wrangle it

History Wrangler’ Rob Lennard has a million and one stories about Alberta’s past. But few capture the imagination quite the same way as his stories about cattle rustlers. “People appreciate hearing about the cattle rustlers,” said Lennard, historian at the Bow Valley Ranche and official ambassador of the Cowboy Trail. “Before barbed wire fences, you […] Read more

Reno and Corine Welsch wanted to preserve their land 
for future generations.

Couple protects picturesque Porcupine Hills ranch

Reno and Corine Welsch have ensured their 3,034-acre ranch in the Porcupine Hills won’t be turned into a subdivision or see its native cropland put to the plow. The couple recently finalized a conservation agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This conservation agreement gives me the freedom to run the ranch the way I […] Read more


Ranchers Dylan (shown) and Colleen Biggs have been honoured for the “profound difference” they have 
made through their clinics on low-stress handling and other best practices.

Hanna ranchers win award for animal care

Dylan and Colleen Biggs of TK Ranch were two of the recipients of awards of distinction at the recent Livestock Care Conference hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care. The Hanna-area ranchers were recognized for their long-term commitment to animal welfare and sustainably produced food, which has served as a model approach inspiring the progress of […] Read more

Steve and Amber Kenyon, along with their four kids, keep things unconventional 
on their ranch near Busby.

Want your pastures to handle a drought year? Do things the ‘redneck’ way

A handy mnemonic for this ranching method is ‘grass’ — 
graze period, rest period, animal impact, and stock density

The first thing ‘redneck ranchers’ plant is a post. “That’s why we call it ‘redneck ranching’ — we definitely don’t work in the same manner as the conventional method,” said Amber Kenyon, who operates Greener Pastures Ranching with husband Steve and their four children. “You need to start putting fences in and moving the animals […] Read more