This Wagyu striploin steak, cut an inch thick and weighing less than a pound, retailed for $46 at a Calgary farmers market. Produced by Brant Lake Wagyu, the speciality Alberta beef product is growing in popularity at restaurants and high end retail stores.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Wagyu deliver specialty market for Alta. ranch

The Brant Lake Cattle Co. has been involved with the Japanese breed since it imported semen in the early 1990s

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Since Michelle Ball launched the Brant Lake Wagyu brand in 2012, sales have increased each year. The specialty beef is found in grocery stores, 60 restaurants and direct sales, including some exports. “I’ve barely touched the Ontario and Quebec marketplace so there is definitely room for growth,” she said. Social media […] Read more

Pay attention to disease when moving cattle to pasture

It is amazing how variable the prevalence of a specific disease can be between geographic areas. We always think of the huge difference between warm climates and colder climates, but sometimes differences can be as close as a one-hour drive away. Knowledge of disease differences for specific areas becomes critical when cattle are shipped over […] Read more

Sow reproductive issues may be traced to other causes

DES MOINES, Iowa — Vitamin inadequacies are being ignored in swine management because of misunderstandings in sow-culling reports, some nutritional experts think. “Producers check (off) what they see last,” said Iowa State University nutritional researcher Ken Stalder. “The primary reason often doesn’t get recorded in their reporting systems.” Many North American sow herds have “unacceptable” […] Read more

Researcher wants new hog productivity measurements

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nutritional researchers at the World Pork Expo challenged farmers to rethink commonly accepted pig productivity assumptions. “The levels (of vitamins) necessary to merely prevent gross deficiencies are not enough to optimize productivity,” said DSM researcher Jonathan Bergstrom. The difference between providing sufficient nutrients to avoid problems and providing enough for maximum production […] Read more

New test identifies bovine tuberculosis in six hours

A new technology to detect tuberculosis in livestock and wild animals could soon be on the market in Western Canada. The test can detect live bacteria in the blood or milk of livestock as well as in elk and more exotic species in six hours, which will allow affected cattle to be quickly identified. PBD […] Read more

On July 1 the USDA removed a requirement that Manitoba breeding cattle and bison be tested for TB, prior to export into the U.S. | File photo

No TB testing for Manitoba cattle

It’s been 10 years since a cow has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Manitoba. Since then, thousands of cows have been tested in and around Riding Mountain National Park, to see if TB is present in the region. Finally, after years of mustering herds and testing animals for TB, the U.S. Department of Agriculture […] Read more

Animal welfare survey launched

Alberta Farm Animal Care has launched a new livestock welfare research project. The organization will collect input from the livestock sector via an online survey and focus groups with a final report to be shared with the Alberta government. Producers, industry groups, auctions, processors and students are invited to participate. The survey is open until […] Read more

Record basis levels, strong demand and large fed slaughter characterize the current beef market, said market analyst Anne Wasko.
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Strong demand continues driving cattle market

Fat cattle prices have been higher than the U.S. market for the entire year, with the basis averaging $5 over

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Record basis levels, strong demand and large fed slaughter characterize the current beef market, said market analyst Anne Wasko. Speaking to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association annual meeting June 12, Wasko said fat cattle prices have been above the U.S. market for the entire year, with the basis averaging $5 over. […] Read more

A survey conducted by Lethbridge College students found that older respondents were more opposed to the use of growth hormones in cattle than were younger people.  |  File photo

Alta. survey finds unease with growth hormones

College students conducted the survey in Lethbridge, where residents are very familiar with the cattle industry

In a city that lies at the heart of Canada’s intensive livestock operations, it may not be surprising that most Lethbridge respondents to a survey think farmers and ranchers take care of the environment, use water responsibly and treat livestock humanely. But there is one thing they don’t like: the use of growth hormones in […] Read more