When the Canadian Pacific Railway was built in the early 1880s, ranching became more popular because ranchers could sell their products across the country with the help of the railway. Large pieces of land were leased at a low price to encourage ranching. Interest in ranching grew when businessmen saw they could lease land at low prices and ship to many expanding British markets using the railway and ships. Businessmen created large ranching companies to dominate in the Prairies such as Hitchcock and Matador in Saskatchewan.
The train made it easier for ranchers to sell their products.