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Chad MacPherson

FROM RANCHER TO COW POLITICS

Chad MacPherson was raised on a mixed family farm east of Regina. “Growing up we had a British-based cowherd when my grandfather and father started using Charolais bulls in the early 80s as an F1 cross. The market really liked the buckskin calves and the extra pounds, so it was a positive change to the herd over time. Eventually, as our cowherd started to turn buckskinned and brocklefaced, we started to use Red Angus bulls to maintain a crossbreeding program.

Hard Rock Land & Cattle Co.

Wood vs Steel - the Evolution of Corrals

Many people are debating the investment of steel panels for corrals over the standard wood employed by most cattle operations. For Paul and Kelly Robertson, the question of whether the investment was worth it, was simple.

Deep Sands Livestock

HYBRID COWS & CHAROLAIS BULLS

David and Kim Gavelin, Deep Sands Livestock, calve around 150 breeding females. They used to run a purebred Gelbvieh herd but they have not been involved in the purebred industry for about five years. There are still purebred females in the herd, but they are no longer papered. Their kids dabble in it still, but their main business is their commercial cow/calf business.

Franklin Cattle Co.

NO REGRETS SWITCHING TO CHAROLAIS BULLS

The home of franklin cattle co. is located 45 minutes north of Lloydminster, 10 miles west of the Saskatchewan border in Alberta, just north of the North Saskatchewan river, in rolling hills dotted with heavy oil tanks.

Ryder Lee

FROM RANCHER TO COW POLITICS

Although this is a Saskatchewan based article, it provides insight for provincial and national organizations representing the beef industry. Ryder’s path from a southern Saskatchewan rancher, to a hockey playing university student, to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and now CEO of Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association is an interesting journey showing the diversity of opportunities the beef industry provides.

Norway Valley Farms

PRIDE IN PROGRAMS

Norway Valley Farms is a third-generation operation near Heinsburg, in northeast Alberta. Rolling hills and lots of bush makes this ideal for mixed farming operation. Using Charolais bulls on their commercial herd, they have now ventured into raising some purebred Charolais also.. “We started using Charolais bulls in the late sixties, but we shied away for a few years. At the time we had little Hereford cows and big Charolais bulls

Tom and Jack Collins

PROFITABLE BUCKSKIN CHARCROSS

Brothers Tom and Jack Collins calve around 150 females each spring near McCord, Saskatchewan. The cow herd base is Red Angus x Simmental but there are quite a few tan cows, which are Red Angus x Charolais.

Fraser and Ellefson Families

THREE GENERATIONS USING CHAROLAIS BULLS

When it comes to knowing the benefits of using Charolais bulls on commercial cow herds, these three generations of ranchers know them well. With 40 plus years of using Charolais bulls, they know what Charcross calves can do for their calf cheques in the fall.

Blanchette Ranch

MAKING CATTLE WORK FOR YOU

Tyler and Kimberly Blanchette have a lot happening at their operation. Everything is geared towards making a living by being profitable in each endeavour. They both gave up good jobs to work fulltime on the operation. As they shared their story with us, my head was spinning with the amount that was happening on any given day.

Star City Colongy

FEEDING CHARCROSS CATTLE

Andy Tschetter, Cow Boss of the Star City Colony, approximately half way between Lefort and Tisdale, Saskatchewan, currently runs 450 predominantly black Angus (with some Hereford) females. They utilize their own pasture and some community pasture.

David and Vicki Francis

LADY FANE CHAROLAIS WINS TESA

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was pleased to announce The David Francis Farm, of Lady Fane, Prince Edward Island as the recipient of the 2017 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The seventh-generation farm is operated by father and son team David and Brett Francis and families.

Dale and Marsh Cannon

CATTLE AS A GRAIN MARKETING PROGRAM

Dale and Marsha Cannon operate a 1500 head feedlot in south western Saskatchewan. They met at the University of Saskatchewan while studying Agriculture. Marsha majored in ANimal Science and microbiology while Dale majored in Agriculture Economics and Animal Science.

Schaus Land and Cattle Ltd.

THE BENEFITS OF LOOKING AFTER DETAILS

Elmwood, Ontario, is the home base for Schaus Land and Cattle Ltd. Ken goes to the office everyday year round. They have three accountants in the second level of the office and Ken and his father, Wally, function from a shared office on the main floor.