Feature Cattle From the World Hereford Conference

by Jen on February 3, 2013 | Leave your comment

Better late then never !  With so many things going on last summer I didn’t get around to posting our latest brochure on the website.    Included in this are cattle we showcased at the World Hereford Conference.

Beyond that, these are also cattle that we feel represent the goals of breeding program.

In cased you missed getting a copy, or if you are interested in seeing some of our feature cattle feel free to give this a look !

Following the Yellow Brick Road

by Jen on September 28, 2012 | Leave your comment

Yep  – that was me, minus Toto and the rest of the gang I was off to Kansas  !  I wasn’t there in search of Oz and I didn’t find any wizards.    I did though meet some amazing people and dig up a few local ghosts.

As part of my role with the FarmOn and Green Hectares Foundations I have been trained in Enterprise Facilitation.     What this means is that basically I am a business coach available to help people find the resources and support they need to create a successful business.

Every year Enterprise Facilitators from all over the world gather to share their experiences and learn new skills related to their profession and the annual Fall Forum.    Thanks to Green Hectares I was able to travel to Atchison, Kansas where  we were hosted by the NEKEF group.

Reported to be the Most Haunted Town in Kansas, Atchison is a very interesting old town along the Missouri River about 45minutes North of Kansas City.      As part of the Forum we met with the founder of Enterprise Facilitation, Ernesto Sirolli and listened to him speak at the beautiful Benedictine College.


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Old train Engine, Atchison was along the railway line which is why it was such a well developed town

Now that I am home it is time to get back to ranching.     We are getting ready to wean calves and doing those odd jobs that always seem to pile up in the fall.    Of course one of those projects includes getting our website updated and doing a bit more blogging !

I hope everyone has had a great summer and that each of you found some time to follow your own yellow brick road for a holiday before the snow flies !



Life After The World Hereford Conference

by Jen on July 28, 2012 | Leave your comment

There is a reason that the World Hereford Conference is only held once every four years, and that it rotates to different countries.   It is a lot of work and it takes a long time to prepare for such a large event !!

Armed with some great friends and helpers we made our way to Olds with 15 head of cattle plus nurse cows for the WHC.    While I cannot say the whole process of putting things together was easy I am happy to say that we were a part of the 2012 WHC — maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to exhibit cattle at this event.

My favorite part of the whole Conference was the day of the Junior show    We were very fortunate to have a young Hereford breeder from Ireland come to show a yearling heifer for us.   Ciaran Farrell is a wonderful young man who did an excellent job showing our heifer.    I very much enjoyed hearing about his farm, and how things are in the Hereford breed in Ireland.

Ciaran Farrell from Ireland with judge Lance Leachman

Of course we had some Canadian juniors along for the ride !  Bennett Foster, along with his sister Bobbi-Jo attended their first World Hereford Conference – exhibiting their own polled 2yr old female at the show and lending a hand to the Jenkins Ranche team.










With the Conference behind us life is getting back to normal around here.   We are still working on haying which we got behind on while in Olds and have a number of projects which need to be done before fall (there are ALWAYS those projects aren’t there ?)

Happy Trails


Psst … did you hear the 2016 Conference is to be held in Uruguay ?   I am already planning our trip !

The Calgary Bull Sale

by Jen on January 23, 2012 | Leave your comment • Tagged as: , , ,

It is once again drawing close to another Calgary Bull Sale.    This year marks the 112th anniversary of this sale which is to be held on Feb. 29th and March 1st, at Calgary Stampede Park. In addition to Hereford, Angus and Charolais bulls, there is also a select group of ranch ready horses and a new feature this year will include a Commercial Replacement Heifer Pen Show and Sale.

The Bull Sale began in 1901 with 64 consigned bulls and an entry Fee of
$1.00/head.   That first sale averaged $90.00/head
  Of course the entry fee has gone up considerably since that first sale – but so has the sale price ! Last year the Calgary Bull Sale saw 173 bulls sell for an average of $4284.97/head

“By 1905 the Calgary Bull Sale had gained the distinction of
being the
largest individual purebred cattle consignment in the world”

~ JoAnn Jones-Hole in her book “The Calgary Bull Sale”

Over the years the bull sale has seen many changes – yet it
still is held in high regard as being one of the top bull sales in our
Some  changes
of interest include:

Transportation of the Cattle

“Getting bulls to and from the
sale was not as easy in the early days as it is today.  If a breeder lived close enough, he simply
drove the bulls with horses, or hauled them in a wagon or sleigh pulled by
horses.  Most of the bulls, however, were
driven from home to the nearest railway siding , or, depending on the distance
and conditions, sometimes carried to the siding on a wagon or sleigh.  Then they were loaded onto the boxcars for

 ~ JoAnn Jones-Hole in her book “The Calgary Bull Sale”

NOW – we pull up in our pick-up
truck and stock trailer – or with a semi truck and cattle liner.   Makes one appreciate our modern technology when we think about the time and effort that was spent getting cattle to Calgary in the early days !

The Cattle

Among one of the most notable
changes in the Calgary Bull Sale would have to be the cattle themselves.

The People

You can imagine over the years
the number of people that have attended the Calgary Bull Sale, and those who
have sold bulls there.   From banquets,
pancake breakfasts and stall parties, the Calgary Bull Sale has always made
everyone feel at home.   

The Calgary Bull Sale has always been a monumental event with Alberta Cattle Breeders.    Many of us have memories of attending the event with our family and friends.
The bull sale has always been more than just a place for breeders to
sell their cattle, but also a meeting place for cattlemen and women to come
together and visit with one another.  Some of the most interesting and memorable people I have met have been those who are the “characters” of the Calgary Bull Sale.

“To Alberta people there is a certain atmosphere at Calgary
Bull Sale.  It’s special, and I have
never found that atmosphere at any other sale”

~Doris Fenton in “The
Calgary Bull Sale” by JoAnn Jones-Hole

As I am writing this I am thinking of all the stories I have to tell about the Calgary Bull Sale, and those which have passed down to me through others.    Every year you can bet that at least once some one will say to me:         “Do you remember that
time at Calgary Bull Sale … ?

What are your most memorable moments from  Calgary ?

We look forward to visiting with at this years sale — be sure and stop by the stall and say hello !

You can view our 2012 Calgary entries here

or the full sale catalogue
The Legends of Chief Mountain

by Jen on December 20, 2011 | 3 comments

View of Chief Mountain from Home

If you have ever been to our place, the far southwest corner of Alberta or Glacier Park in Montana – you have probably viewed Chief Mountain. It is not that there are not other mountains to see there – but Chief seems to kind of stand alone and his unique shape makes everyone who views him take notice.

As a child I awoke each morning to look out the kitchen window and say good morning to “Chief”. I remember well it was something that we always did – though I am not sure why because he never really looked a whole lot different that he did the day before. My aunt also had the same view out of her own kitchen window. I remember her always looking to greet Chief the same way we did at our own house. Seemed to me that good old “Chief” was just part of the family. So much so – that when we moved the house I live in now onto the place we all wandered around deciding where to put it – making sure I could see Chief Mountain out the window. Looking back – we should have paid more attention to which way the wind blows and maybe now I wouldn’t be constantly drifted in all winter!

As I was sorting through my photos the other night – it occurred to me that I take a lot of pictures of Chief. It got me thinking – “how did old Chief get its name ?”. Of course I grew up believing that it was because if you look at him from our place you can see the profile of an old Indian Chiefs face. However — I have learned that especially in my family – you might want to double check on some of those story’s you grew up believing!

Well — turns out I couldn’t find anything about Chief Mountain being named so because of it’s resemblance to an Indian Chief – but I DID find some other interesting history about it!

  • first noted on maps, published in England in 1795 or 1796, upon which it was called “King Mountain.”
  • Captain Meriwether Lewis is also believed to have seen the mountain on his trip up the Marias in 1806 and called it “Tower Mountain.”
  • There are two records of the origin of another name for this peak — “Kaiser Peak” — by which it was known for some time. Some say it was so-named by early German geographers, but the most authentic story comes from Eli Guardipee, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, who stated that it was so named for a “Bull-whacker” (oxen freighter) named Lee Kaiser, who accidently shot himself near the present town of Cardston, Alberta, in 1872. For him the creek where this happened was known as “Lee Creek,” and the mountain at its headwaters was called “Kaiser Peak.”
  • There are many historic legends regarding this mountain, the most popular being that of the young Flathead Indian brave who spent several days upon the top of the peak searching for his “medicine vision,” and using a bison skull for a pillow. Apparently you will still find a bison skull a top the mountain.
  • The present name was taken from the Blackfeet Indian name “Old Chief,” or “The Mountain-of-the-Chief,” by which it was known to the Blackfeet, probably because of the above-mentioned legend. (Above facts listed on this website


Hmmmm …… no mention of the mountain actually LOOKING like an Indian Chief …..

I think we all have a certain “talisman” that lights the way home – that certain tree, road sign, road, house or mountain that reminds us we are “home”. No matter where I have been – there is still that excitement when Chief Mountain comes into view and I say to myself “there’s Chief”. And while I am likely to never climb to his peak and use a bison skull for a pillow – I am happy to live in his shadow.

AND – I still think that Chief’s profile looks like that of an Indian Chief !

Friday Flashback – World Hereford Conference

by Jen on December 2, 2011 | Leave your comment • Tagged as:

Things have been busy around here – while we were away at Edmonton dad decided that we should build a new shed for our few early calving cows. After seeing the wind blow across our yard the last couple of weeks – we all agreed that the shed was going to be a “must have” if we wanted to keep calves alive here in February !

Now – normally we calve in April/May — so why are we calving so early this year ? Because …. The World Hereford Conference is coming to Alberta in July 2012 ! We are already getting excited about the show next summer – I thought I would dig up a little info. about the previous World Hereford Conference’s held in Canada — so here are a few things I found to share with all of you !

(NOTE:  I could not find any info. on other Conferences in Canada beside the 1976 one — I believe there was another smaller one held — but no official cattle show took place ? — my apoligies for the lack of info. — if anyone can fill in the blanks for us here that would be great !)

“When the 7th World Hereford Conference delegates gathered for the first time in Canada at Banff on June 27th – July 3rd (1976) it was the largest single meeting of seed stock producers held anywhere. Over 800 people from over 20 countries made their way with some difficulty due to air traffic control problems to the five day event held every four years since its founding in 1951”
~ quoted from Alberta Hereford Heritage book

Of course there were a number of “tours” scheduled during the 1976 Conference – including visits to George Templetons (XTC Herefords), McIntyre Ranch, Bar Pipe Farms, Ulrich Herefords, Hansons Bell L, Jones Hereford Ranches, Rusticana, Colpitts Ranches, Pirmez Hereford Ranch, B&H Herefords and of course a tour to the Alberta Hereford Test Centre.

Said the Canadian Hereford Digest in its September 1976 issue: “ The nearly three weeks of activities connected with the World Hereford Conference concluded with the International Hereford Show staged July 8th and 9th (1976). And what a fitting climax this event proved to be ! Held in the spacious Stampede Corral at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Park, the quality and well presented entries from eight provinces and eleven states in the United States provided a tremendous show for the huge crowd present, which represented at least 25 countries” ~ quoted from the Alberta Hereford Heritage Book

“Under the chairmanship of Lloyd Pickard of Olds the show moved along smoothly without a hitch through the two days of judging” The show arena was divided into two sections with the Polled Herefords and Horned Herefords showing separately, but simultaneously.


Judging the strong Polled Hereford show was W.W. Donaldson of Louada Farms at Petercorough, Ontario, assisted by Ron Pitchford of Pleasant Valley Farms at Melfort, Saskatchewan. Judging the excellent exhibit of Horned Herefords were George Edgar of Little Red Deer Farms at Innisfail and Joe Rogers of Penticton, B.C. , Manit ~ quoted from the Alberta Hereford Heritage Book

Other statistics:
Total number of livestock entries received — 777
People who attended the Conference, Tours and Shows — approx. 15 000
Attendance at the show — 1800 for the females — 2300 for the bulls
People registered for the Conference in Banff — nearly 1000
Largest attendance on the tour — B&H Farms — over 2000 people

The 2012 World Hereford Conference is now in it’s 16th year and is to be held in Canada July 8th – 25th 2012. As it was in 1976 – there will be a number of tours throughout the country beginning in B.C. and moving on to Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. In between these tours is the main Conference to once again be held at the Calgary Exhibition Park, and will allow visitors to take in the World Famous Calgary Stampede & Rodeo. During this time the World Hereford Show is to take place at Olds, AB – along with a Junior Program/Show and “Rancher Day”.

I look forward to creating new memories at the 2012 WHC – and I am sure there will be lot’s of “good times” to write about afterwards.

I extend an open invitation for everyone to drop by our stall there and say hello.

Friday Flashback – The Auction

by Jen on November 14, 2011 | Leave your comment • Tagged as: , ,


Parkbend Auction 1940’s (would have been the closet auction to our ranch)I have always liked this picture — with the rail cars in the background – the woman working the cattle in the ring on horseback (who I believe may be my cousin Alice) — those guys leaning over the roof of the stands look fairly comfortable, though that roof seems to have quite a sag in it !.   One thing that stands out for me in this picture though — is that auction sales have always been a place to socialize.   They are a community “event” and as I see the people in this picture, I imagine they looked forward to seeing each other at these sales and I bet there was even a bottle of whisky hidden somewhere !The venue’s for our sales have certainly changed over the years, especially with the internet sales now available — but one thing that has not changed at sale time is the enjoyment we all get out of visiting with other members of the cattle industry – and seeing the results of our years work in our calf crop.

Fall calf sales have begun here– and the market is stronger than we have seen in years !

For the week of Oct 12th, 2011 Balog Auction saw 500-600lb steer calves bringing $150.00 – $168.75.  Cull bulls and cows remain strong — and if you are thinking of replacing some of your herd sires now is the time to do it !
Good luck to everyone with their fall calf sales, and getting their calves weaned ! I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming sales and events in Alberta this fall !



Friday Flashback – Stock Shows

by Jen on September 3, 2011 | Leave your comment

American Hereford Journal 1971

I stumbled upon the most interesting article in the July 1971 Edition of the American Hereford Journal.  In it the Jounral had surveryed commercial ranchers about their feelings on livestock shows.    The reason for the article and survey was that “In recent years stock shows have com in for a round of criticism that would have destroyed anything except the most hardy of our argicultural institutions”  .


Here are the findings of the survey

“If you don’t take some of your best cattle to the county or local district show you are missing a whale of a chance to promote your herd !”

-Over 73% of respondents attend from 1 to as many as 7 of these type of shows

How about State Fairs ?

Over onehalf (56%) of those surveryed attend from 1 -3 state fairs yearly

What about “major shows” (places like Denver, Ft. Worth — Farmfair, Agribition in Canada)

-“An amazing 40% of respondents attended — some up to as many of 3 of these type of shows.  (IMO — a pretty good result if you think of the time & expense for the rancher to attend these shows)

-“Now you may say you never see them on the show day.  Of those attending these exhibitions 61% say they see the breeding cattle shows.”

– Only 18% indicated they did not attend these types of shows

AND — only 11% of respondents indicated they did not attend any of these types of livestock shows.

Other interesting findings from the survey

– many would like to see a blend of commercial/purebred breeders judging breed shows

-“The amount of finish carried by show cattle continues to come in for considerable discussion by commercial producers   ——- Possibly the best methoud of dispelling this belief (excess condidtion) would be some sort of mechanical and objective measuring device to dertermine fat thicknes combined with public announcements of this info along with performance info.” (Interestingly — we do have that tool now in the form of Ultrasounding)

The article follows up with actual comments from the respondents to the survery

Here are a few key concerns about these type of shows

“Polictics” — “Overcondition” — “Inconsistency in judges”  (type of cattle)

Yet — what is more interesting is that a greater percentage of these commercial cattle ranchers still attend various livestock shows throughout the country.   They still believed that stock shows had a valuable place in agriculture and I think you will find their reasons very thought provoking —

Key points about why we need stock shows

” Competition amongst purebred breeders keeps the quality of cattle high”

– they educate the “urban dweller” on agriculutre and the beef industry

– they provide oppourtunites for our junior livestock breeders

-they allow for our breed to be compared to other breeds that share the marketplace

-they are good adverstising for the purebred breeder

” —- the cattlemen as well as any business must keep up with the times.   These shows are the quickest way possible to gather these ideas and show them to the public. ”

“– exchange of ideas is absolutely neccessary.  Shows are a demonstration of ideas”

I really believe in that last quote — that we have livestock shows in place to “share ideas”.   We gather at these events to showcase our cattle, our program and our breed.   Of course we could all just have a big meeting about the future of the cattle industry and our breed — and those types of events are definately important to our cattle industry.   BUT — the difference is — at livestock shows you have to be able to demonstrate those ideas in the cattle that are on display at them.   They are the place where we can share how we make those thoughts — and ideas a reality.

Sometimes we forget about the importance of educating the “urban dweller” about agriculutre.   With an ever growing interest in the how our food is being produced and manufactured — stock shows are an excellent venue for the producer himself to have an oppourtunity to educate people on the quality and care that goes into raising the food that we eat.    We are afterall dependent upon the consumer if we want the beef industry to survive.   Do you take time to visit with those “urban dwellers” when they walk past your stall ? — if you don’t I challenge you to do so — I have met so many interesting people this way — from all walks of life — and you will be surprised at their affection and interest for the livestock industry

One last point in the article was that those who exhibit cattle at stock shows should remember that their cattle are always being evaluated both inside and outside the ring.     Many cattlemen and women will still find their “type” of cattle at these events — and they may not be of the same opinion as the judge for these shows.    Basically — just because you didn’t win — it does not mean that you are still not gaining valuable advertising. networking and marketing oppourtunites.

There is much talk these days about the type of livestock shows we should be having, as well as the presentation of the cattle at them.   Todays article reminded me that within our beef industry their will always be people who like different “styles” — it really comes as no surprise as we all have our own ideas about what is “best” in life in general.

To put it simply — some people like Levi’s — and some people like Wranglers — but at the end of the day — they all wear Jeans.   I wonder if we shouldn’t as a breed spend more time coming together, sharing postive ideas, focusing on the quality of cattle represented, and educating others on the safety and care that goes into producing beef — and less time worrying about if your neighbor in the show barn is presenting his cattle differently than you — or wearing Levi’s when you like Wranglers.

Stock shows are not a “one size fits all” event — but there is something at them that will fit each and everyone of us.

As we move into the fall show season here in Canada — I am looking forward to having the oppourtunity to “share ideas” with people from all walks of the beef industry, from the producer — right down to the consumer.

Hope you enjoyed our Friday Flashback — and are enjoying your long weekend !! I will get off my soap box now, and go and tend to those ‘show cattle” or I won’t be present at any stock shows this fall !



Friday Flashback – The Line 1 Influence

by Jen on July 14, 2011 | Leave your comment

Jenkins Ranche Ad — 1982


Our herd has always been influenced by Line 1 breeding — this ad was done in 1982 and pictured one of our feature L1 sires at the time.   If you look WAY back in some of the pedigree of our females — you can still find a few of these bulls.


Almost 30 years later our breeding program is still being influenced by L1 genetics.  In the last few years we have been fortunate enough to find Line 1 genetics that fit very well into our breeding program.    These sires offered us all of the traits we were looking for at the time — strong maternal strength — strong carcass traits — moderate/low birth weights — and structural soundness.


One of those sires we used was CJH HARLAND 408.  Initailly we used Harland on our replacements heifers because of his low birth weight and high growth potential.    As we put his daughters into production we were quickly made aware of the strength of his females and to this day have used 4 of his sons in our breeding program.   The daughters of these home raised sons are passing on Harlands same maternal strength and style.



The other Line 1 bull that we are really excited about is a bull that we purcahsed from Holden Herefords.  When we first saw him we were so impressed with the amount of muscle and lower quarter in the bull — and he also provided us with that extra red pigment that we were looking for.   It is hard sometimes to find a bull who is full of hard muscle — yet loose hided and soft flanked — and yet those traits we both obvious in this bull.   “Jack” as we call him (I have to wonder how many of Holdens bull carry that same nickname ! LOL !) ….. has been used extensively here in the last 2 years .. this year alone he has bred almost 50 females.  We hope to have a number of his offspring represented at the World Hereford Conference in 2012.


If you are interested in knowing where the Line 1 cattle came from — and about their breeding — I dug up a great article on the subject– including some pics. of foundation Line 1 sires



Our Involvement with The Nature Conservancy of Canada

by Jen on January 6, 2011 | Leave your comment • Tagged as: ,

In 2001 our family changed the structure of our ranching operation – and began a parntership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.   There were many factors which led to this decision – but one common goal was to see the land protected from the ever increasing pressure of rural sub-division/commercial development in the Waterton Park Front Area.  This is a video I did with the Nature Conservancy that talks a bit about how it is we work together – and also shows some great pictures of our place !


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