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Limousin cows and calves owned by Murray and Sandy Shaw are rotation grazed. These are ready to be moved to the next pasture.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Beef farms claim local market

LAMBTON COUNTY, Ont. — The concept of farm to fork is not new to many beef producers but making a long-term success of it is another issue altogether. Murray and Sandy Shaw and friends Ralph and Brenda Eyre of Lambton County, Ont., sell their Limousin beef online and through a local farmers’ market under the […] Read more

The pens at the Van Osch family’s feedlot are designed to give cattle access to the outside and a barn for protection from the weather.  | Barbara Duckworth photo

Family thinks big when expanding feedlot

MOUNT CARMEL, Ont. — Expanding their southern Ontario farm became a case of go big or go home for the Van Osch family. Gerald and Fred Van Osch, who are third generation farmers descended from Dutch immigrants, evaluated their 600 acres of cropland and 900 head of cattle and decided to go big. “We decided […] Read more

Beef trade interest blossoms into packing plant

Ontario woman decided to purchase a federally inspected plant when an opportunity arose to sell beef to China


MOUNT FOREST, Ont. — Nancy Kingsley-Hu likes to think outside the meat box. Once a trader of beer, ice wine and honey to China, she came into the beef business by chance. “Some of my buyers in China were bothering me about pork and beef,” she said from her office at Mount Forest, where her […] Read more


Culturing gut bacteria in the lab, shown in these test tubes,allows researchers to determine which genes in the genomes of bacteria are activated and discover new enzymes that digest rare substrates such as agarose.  |  Photo courtesy of Wade Abbott

Researchers explore ‘sushi factor’ for livestock

Agriculture Canada studies find that adding seaweed to animal diets results in new nutrition profiles for the meat

Seaweed, rich in micronutrients, could someday make it into the diets of cattle and other prairie-grown livestock. “It’s like an additive approach that can supplement maybe some grains or whatever that will provide nutrients,” said Wade Abbott, research scientist at Agriculture Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. “They’re easily digestible, they’re loaded with protein and […] Read more

Feed shortage makes nutrition management more vital

Significant areas of Western Canada are affected by feed shortages and drought, which means many producers are faced with difficult management decisions for their herd in the coming year. Many producers will have to consider alternative and even unusual feed sources for both the fall and winter. I’ve seen media reports on the importance of […] Read more


Gary Lewis of Clearwater County shows the grizzly bear damage to a spruce tree on Norm and Irene Korth’s farm. Wildlife officers trapped the bear with a snare and this is the damage that ensued as it attempted to escape. The bear was tranquilized and relocated.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Bear encounters on the rise in Alta.

Man-made food sources on farms such as granaries, silage, gardens and livestock are more nutritious than natural feed

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Everybody has a bear story, but the Korth family encounter with a grizzly this spring was too close for comfort. Norman and Irene Korth lamb their 200 ewes from January to May at their farm near Rocky Mountain House. They knew there was increased bear activity in Clearwater County in […] Read more

Workers move young pigs out of stalls at a hog farm in China’s Guangxi province earlier this year. African swine fever has become a problem for the country’s hog sector since the outbreak began.  |   REUTERS/Dominique Patton photo

African swine fever poses threat

China’s current battle against an outbreak of African swine fever is taking place half a world away from Canada, but distance is no guarantee against the deadly virus’s ability to come here. “Certainly there’s a possibility it could spread here. It’s spreading around the world,” said Canadian Pork Council executive director John Ross. “The usual […] Read more

Mike Conlin runs a 5,000 head feedlot at Lucan, Ont., with his sons, Peter and Tom, and his parents, Tony and Mary.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Family rooted to farm for more than a century

Three generations feed 5,000 head, mostly Black Angus, in an operation that is Ontario Corn Fed Beef certified

LUCAN, Ont. — When a family has worked the same land for more than 100 years, they develop an appreciation for the past and future generations. The Conlin farm at Lucan, near London, is owned and operated by Mike and Jen Conlin and their children along with parents, Tony and Mary Conlin who are retiring. […] Read more


A group of commercial Suffolk ewe lambs went up for sale at the Genetic Impact sale in Westlock in mid-August.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Ewe sales remain strong at Alberta sheep sale

Organizers of Genetic Impact Ram and Ewe Sale in Westlock say above average prices show the industry is doing well

WESTLOCK, Alta. — Organizers of an annual sheep sale in northern Alberta say sales for ewe lambs and yearlings were well above average, remaining steadily high due to strong demand. At the Genetic Impact Ram and Ewe Sale in Westlock in mid-August, gross sales were up by 21 percent compared to last year, according to […] Read more

As barley prices climb, feedlots in Lethbridge, Alta. have found a cheaper feed option – corn from the United States. | File photo

Lethbridge feedlots buying U.S. corn

Winnipeg – As barley prices climb, feedlots in Lethbridge, Alta. have found a cheaper feed option – corn from the United States. “Price has (pushed feedlots to buy corn). Barley it’s probably, $4, $5 a tonne higher than corn price right now. And the cattle feeder can source corn quite easily and more economically than […] Read more