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The Steppler family has made a name for themselves from their Charolais operation near Miami.

Steppler family named Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers 2020

Andre and Katie Steppler will be the next Manitoba farmers bound for a chance at the national competition after taking the regional award this month

Charolais breeders and 2020 Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers Andre and Katie Steppler run a much different operation than they did in 2007. That’s when they took over the cattle portion of Steppler Farms near Miami. In terms of sheer numbers, the Steppler herd has grown. In 2007, the couple took on less than 100 purebred

Justin Carvey of Alexander shows off his national championship banner after taking 
Senior Champion Bull Calf this year at Ag Ex.

Ag Ex drew three national breed shows this year

Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeders all converged on the Keystone Centre

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba more than doubled down on purebred cattle for Ag Ex. The fall fair included three national breed shows this year. Ag Ex typically draws one national breed organization, the most recent being the Canadian Charolais Association last year. This year, Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn all hosted their national shows at


Will Jermey (r) displays his senior champion female with bull calf at the Canadian Junior Angus Association Showdown in Lloydminster, Sask. His herd is largely drawn from former 4-H projects.

4-H beef program aims at breeding over butchering

A small number of 4-H’ers in the Interlake are turning their heifer projects into purebred herds

It’s all about the ladies at Ashern’s Lakeside 4-H Beef Club. Unlike other clubs, and their focus on finishing cattle for market, this group is concentrating on breeding heifers, and senior members are aging out with a purebred herd already in hand as a result. Steers, ordinarily a 4-H staple, are in the minority, making


Swan River resident Austen Anderson (centre) is this year’s Canadian Angus Association Outstanding Young Angus Breeder.

Past greats, future leaders honoured at CAA awards

Manitoba Angus breeders old and new were recognized during the Canadian Angus Association national convention in Brandon in June

Lyall Edgerton of Souris could be on a beach enjoying his retirement, but he’s not quite ready to give up on the Angus-breeding business, despite a half-century in the industry. One of Manitoba’s long-standing seedstock producers, Edgerton was presented with a 50-year Canadian Angus Association Heritage Award June 10 in Brandon. Kuno Freitag of Alameda,



The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba held Ag Ex at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on October 26 to 29.

Ag Ex presents marketing opportunities

More than 700 head of cattle were moved into Brandon’s Keystone Centre last week for the province’s largest all-breed cattle show

You could have the best cattle in the world, but if nobody knows about them, it won’t do you much good. It’s a reality cattle breeders across Canada struggle with, and a big reason there are cattle shows, say exhibitors at this year’s Ag Ex event in Brandon. The show is the province’s largest all-breed

A mail-in coupon for bale stooker “particulars”

A mail-in coupon for bale stooker “particulars”

Our History: July 1967

This ad for the Williamson bale stooker in our July 13, 1967 issue reminds that it used to be that if you wanted “particulars” on a piece of equipment, you had to phone or write rather than visit the company’s website. Our main story that week described Manitoba’s crop conditions as a “hodgepodge.” Crops were


At Rocky Mountain Holsteins, farm manager Ron Churchill uses 
genomics to develop elite dairy breeding stock.

Two different ways to breed the perfect cow

At CL Ranch, it’s all about breeding for observable traits, but genomics is the foundation for Rocky Mountain Holsteins

You won’t find a single Angus cow in Cherie Copithorne-Barnes’ herd. But then again, you won’t find any other specific breeds either. “One of the philosophies that we have here at CL Ranch is we’re not breed specific — we’re trait specific,” said Copithorne-Barnes, CEO of the 23,000-acre ranch near Calgary. “We are synthetic cross-breeders,

Baxter Blair, age 13, of McLean, Sask., gets busy grooming as he prepares for his turn in the ring at the 2015 Manitoba Ag Ex.

Putting the past year’s work on display

Brandon played host to Manitoba’s largest all-breed cattle show, 
showcasing more than 500 head of cattle

Cattle breeders’ hard work and dedication were put on display at Ag Ex, Manitoba’s largest all-breed cattle show. Formerly known as the Manitoba Livestock Expo, Ag Ex was held in Brandon at the Westoba Agriculture Centre of Excellence on Oct. 29 to 31. This annual event provides Manitoba cattle producers the venue to highlight and