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The Hays converter cattle herd, created by crossbreeding in the 1950s is being donated to the University of Alberta, where it will be studied using genomic research techniques.

Famed Hays Converter cattle find a new home — and a new future

Donating the herd to the University of Alberta will improve its genetics and make them more available

Reading Time: 2 minutes A herd of Canada’s first breed of beef cattle will soon be home on the range at the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch. Dan Hays and his family are donating their herd of Hays Converter cattle to the University of Alberta for research purposes, with the herd moving to the Kinsella Research ranch by 2018. […] Read more

The famed Kinsella “research ranch” was the home of groundbreaking cattle research conducted by Roy Berg.  Photo: Courtesy Ruth Ball

The fearless researcher who revolutionized cattle breeding

Roy Berg was once the most reviled cattle researcher in the country — until he proved 
that crossbreeding could produce spectacular productivity gains

Reading Time: 4 minutes He was an intrepid man whose controversial work earned him scores of critics — but his name will now live on as the research station where Roy Berg conducted much of his revolutionary work on beef cattle. Nearly 300 people — friends, colleagues, former students, industry specialists, and family members — travelled to the Kinsella […] Read more