The Bovine

The Bovine

There’s a lot to talk about in the Alberta beef industry. Join us as we interview researchers, ranchers, ABP delegates and staff, chefs, nutritionists, and others all along the beef supply chain. You’ll hear content as diverse as the guests who bring it – from cooking beef to managing pastureland, the latest tech to great entertainment, cattle markets to weather predictions, and more.


June 1, 2022 50 min

Welcome back to another episode of The Bovine!

On today's episode, hear:

  • ABP Delegate and Medicine Hat area farmer, Craig Lehr, joins the show with an update on the dry conditions in his area;
  • Akash Asif from the Centre for Suicide Prevention talks men's mental health, the Centre's ag persona, and #BuddyUp Month; and
  • Pitmaster Mel Chmilar Jr. breaks down what it takes to master an old-fashioned pit roast.
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    This year, Ribbon Creek Ranch, near Linden, Alberta, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Environmental Stewardship Award (ESA). 

    In this feature edition of the podcast, listen to Elan Lees, one of the managers of last year's award-winning ranch, take the reins as guest host for a discussion with Jerry Baerg of Ribbon Creek Ranch.

    You'll also hear a quick word from this year's sponsors of the ESA, featuring repr...

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    Kicking off the episode, host Debra Murphy takes a dive into our social media and some of the chatter about our last podcast on wild pigs.


  • Alberta Invasive Species Council's Executive Director, Megan Evans, joins the show to talk about revitalizing the Certified Weed-Free Forage Program in the province.
  • Beef Cattle Research Council Project Coordinator, Janice Bruynooghe, walks us through the Carrying Capacity Calculator.
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    To start off the episode, host Debra Murphy introduces ABP's Beef Production and Extension Lead, Karin Schmid.


  • Can you keep your animals off the grass a while longer? Masters student and host of 'Forays into Forages,' David MacTaggart, joins to talk about the general lifecycle of perennial plants, and how we can support forages post-drought.
  • Pigs in the back 40. Wild boar specialist, Dr. Ryan Brook talks about the di...
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    To start off Episode 3, host Debra Murphy begins by acknowledging international events.


  • How do we get more youth involved in committees and boards? Cattlemen's Young Leader graduate and past Young Cattlemen's Council representative Brodie Haugan reflects on his eight years with Alberta Beef Producers. 
  •              In a surprising turn of events, interviewee becomes interviewer.

  • Brodie Haugan takes the host chair to welco...
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    In this Special Edition of The Bovine, ABP Chair Dr. Melanie Wowk and General Manager Brad Dubeau join host Debra Murphy to re-cap the 2022 Annual General Meeting, held in Red Deer, Alberta at the beginning of March.

    You'll hear some thoughts on:

  • the overall feel of the meeting,
  • youth involvement in the industry,
  • the changes to ABP's communications tools, 
  • some of the resolutions considered (including disaster relief, trade regs...
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    To start off Episode 2, host Debra Murphy begins with some quick thoughts on the podcast's structure, as well as a shout out to ABP Daily, where you can find more information relevant to the cattle industry — particularly here in Alberta.


  • Do cows babysit? Animal welfare and behaviour specialist Dr. Joe Stookey joins us to answer calving questions you've wondered but never knew who to ask.
  • What does bull fighting offer a ...
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    It’s our inaugural episode! Hello! 

    In today’s show, Dr. Melanie Wowk and Lindsay Roberts join host Debra Murphy to introduce The Bovine. 


  • Mel Chmilar Jr. (@darksideofthegrill) and Corey Meyer (@coreythebutcher) join us to talk about the ever-underrated roast.
  • Kira Hames, Livestock Gentec, gives context to the Arm-Chair Rancher app currently under development.
  • Dr. Melanie Wowk shares her background, and brings light to the...
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