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It’s not fancy but this is technology at work — in this case, a new spring-fed watering system that will allow rancher Morrie Goetjen to add more cows at his Cremona-area ranch.

Project aims to put innovation to work on more ranches

Pilot program shows that with a little help, ranchers can easily put new ideas and technology to work

Reading Time: 3 minutes Morrie Goetjen was always bothered by one of the springs on his land and considered the muddy patch it made an eyesore. But he didn’t really know what to do with it until he was invited to participate in a pilot program that offered eight ranchers a chance to implement technology that would improve their […] Read more

Argentina says hit by second locust swarm, farmers on alert

Buenos Aires | Reuters — Grains powerhouse Argentina is getting hit by a second swarm of locusts arriving from neighbouring Paraguay, Argentina’s Senasa agricultural health inspection agency said on Tuesday, putting farmers on notice about possible crop damage. The new swarm is concentrated in the province of Formosa in north-east Argentina, on the Paraguay border. […] Read more


Most of Antelope Butte Ranch is native grassland and protecting it is the top priority, Hugh Lynch-Staunton says in a new video on environmental sustainability in the cattle sector.

Video offers ranchers’ side of the environmental story

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s Kelly Hall and Hugh Lynch-Staunton are among the ranchers featured in a new video on environmental sustainability from the Beef Cattle Research Council. “What beef producers need to know about environmental footprint” offers both a cinematic look at Canadian cattle production and the sector’s response to its critics. Hall, Lynch-Staunton, and three Ontario cattle […] Read more



Coronation rancher Tim Smith is a 2016 Nuffield scholar.

It’s time to reward ranch stewardship, says Alberta Nuffield scholar

Coronation rancher Tim Smith will travel the globe to find ways to bring 
ecological goods and services into the Canadian mainstream

Reading Time: 3 minutes Paying farmers for stewardship that produces environmental benefits isn’t a new idea, but it’s one that’s been slow to catch on in Canada. Coronation rancher Tim Smith wants to know why — and what can be done to move ecological goods and services into the mainstream of agriculture here. “There are benefits in grassland biodiversity […] Read more

Nominees for Environmental Stewardship Award sought

Nomination deadline is July 1

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Beef Producers is seeking nominations for the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability. The winner will receive a commemorative gate sign, a video highlighting their ranching operation, and an all-expenses-paid trip from anywhere in Alberta to the […] Read more


This is how we used to fence in the ’80s — low wires and overbuilt.

Making an old farm new again — sometimes without a playbook

The weeds were abundant and the pastures were tired, 
but we had faith that a turnaround was possible

Reading Time: 4 minutes The children had a book entitled Old Farm, New Farm that we just loved. It was the story of the rejuvenation of a farm — something that we did as a family. Never afraid of a challenge, I’ve purchased several farms to make new again. It was a great way to contribute to the world […] Read more

Working on horseback is a mainstay at Bar S Ranch, this year’s winner of Alberta Beef Producers’ 
environmental stewardship award.

Stewardship is also good business on Bar S Ranch

Reading Time: 2 minutes Good stewardship is also good for the bottom line, says this year’s winner of Alberta Beef Producers’ environmental stewardship award. “Environmental benefits go hand in hand with sustainable management principles,” said Clay Chattaway of Bar S Ranch, located in the Chain Lakes area near Nanton. “If you’re using good management practices, the environment benefits because […] 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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