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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

Reading Time: 2 minutes [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

The rodeo is gone but Farmfair riding on

The rodeo is gone but Farmfair riding on

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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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


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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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



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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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