Wild pigs a reservoir of disease

African swine fever virus is hard to kill. It can survive in feces and urine for days, travel on various surfaces and survive in pork even if the meat is cured or cooked to temperatures below 70 C. It has been reported in at least seven European Union countries at various times, and wild pigs […] Read more

Disease can be tricky to diagnose, but vets say up to the task

Dr. Egan Brockhoff is likely one of the few swine veterinarians in Canada who has seen African swine fever first-hand in pigs. The veterinarian consultant with the Canadian Pork Council travels extensively in his work as an expert in swine illnesses and has seen the ravages imposed by the virus on pigs in other countries. […] Read more

Winter ticks feed on horses and cause hair loss

Winter ticks (Dermacentor albipictus) differ from other ticks we encounter in late spring and early summer. They have a single-host lifecycle and as a result are unlikely to pass diseases. Moose, deer, and elk are the most common hosts of the winter tick, which can cause the phenomenon known as ghost moose. A single moose […] Read more


Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the United States and Ontario. | File photo

Manitoba cattle steady; Ontario, U.S. show interest

Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the United States and Ontario. Prices slipped slightly, but remain at relatively strong levels, said Manitoba Beef Producers General Manager Brian Lemon and Brian Perillat of cattle market analysis firm Canfax. “Prices are still down a bit. But they are still softening from […] Read more

It's become clear to trade experts that Canada will have to give American farmers a share of Canada's dairy market to reach an agreement on a new NAFTA deal. | File photo

Canada expected to give in on dairy at NAFTA

Three percent, five percent or seven percent. It’s become clear to trade experts that Canada will have to give American farmers a share of Canada’s dairy market to reach an agreement on a new NAFTA deal. But no one, except a few negotiators and government insiders, knows the answer to the critical question. “How much […] Read more


The Canadian cattle herd is now at its lowest point since 1988, dropping 26.3 percent to 12.4 million head on farms from a peak number recorded in 2005. | File photo

Canadian cattle herd continues to shrink

It’s now at its lowest point since 1988, dropping 26.3 percent to 12.4 million head on farms from a peak number recorded in 2005

The Canadian cattle herd continues to shrink and is at the lowest July 1 number since 1988, Statistics Canada reported in its July 1, 2018, inventory report. Breeding stock numbers are also down and many in the industry say it is unlikely to improve, at least in Western Canada, because drought and resulting feed shortages […] Read more

Robert Snelgrove of Vermilion, Alta., says their silage truck broke down and the crew improvised with a 35 ton rock truck that could dump in under 8 seconds and pack while unloading. Bryan Walton, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association, said producers in drier areas have silaged barley rather than wait for harvest because of lighter crops. | Robert Snelgrove photo

Alberta feedlots prepared for feed issues; producers struggle

Many regions of the Canadian Prairies expect some feed shortages this year, but Alberta feedlots have plans ready to deal those issues. Bryan Walton, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, said overall conditions appear decent, although producers in drier areas have silaged barley rather than wait for harvest because of lighter crops. […] Read more

Farmer Ash Whitney stands on the back of his truck as he throws out hay to his cattle in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in northwestern New South Wales.  |  REUTERS/David Gray photo

Australian farmers running out of time

Drought-hit producers slaughtered 659,000 head of cattle in June, the highest monthly figure in three years

SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — Danny Stork, a livestock farmer in Glen Oak, 180 kilometres north of Sydney, has 20 bales of hay left for his 100 head of cattle. He is now feeding them light rations in the hope the winter drought breaks. If it doesn’t, and weather forecasts suggest it won’t, he will run […] Read more


Brian and Sonja Harper of Brandon recently received the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s environmental stewardship award.  |  CCA photo

Manitoba ranch family receives stewardship award

A Manitoba ranching family has won this year’s environmental stewardship award presented by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Brian and Sonja Harper, owners of Circle H Farms at Brandon, run a forage-fed operation with about 80 cows on 500 acres. The herd consists of Lincoln Red, North Devon and Shaver Beef Blend that are grazed in […] Read more

Julia Palmer listens to grazing consultant Jim Gerrish discuss proper stocking rates for this pasture while getting a close look at the foliage. She was among the participants in a three-day grazing school held Aug. 15-17.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Overgrazing starts with a ‘fear of wasting grass’

Grazing consultant says management can ensure the best possible use of grass, whether it is being grazed, hayed or rested

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — It wasn’t exactly a meeting of Overgrazers Anonymous, though grazing consultant Jim Gerrish called it that, tongue in cheek. In fact, those enrolled in a three-day grazing school are probably least likely to overgraze grassland and pasture by virtue of their attendance and what they learned. Gerrish had participants take what […] Read more