Dugout water should be tested

As producers move cattle on to pastures this spring, they should consider the health of their water sources, particularly after last year’s drought conditions. Water is the most important nutrient to livestock, and poor water affects cattle growth and health. Last year near Shamrock in southern Saskatchewan, more than 200 cattle died in a single […] Read more


Countering myths in the cattle industry

Over the years in large animal practice, I have experienced many misconceptions that circulate in the cattle industry. These old wives’ tales can result in wasted profits, overuse of drugs, false accusations or misguided work. If you hear of some industry myths when you’re working in the field, please bring them to my attention and […] Read more


Rash of calf thefts hits southern Alberta

Twenty-six calves have been stolen from four different farming operations in southern Alberta in recent months, and the RCMP are seeking help to find the culprits. The calves were stolen between Feb. 19 and April 22, according to the Southern Alberta RCMP Livestock section. All were young animals still nursing, which makes it an unusual […] Read more



Best of dairy on display at Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic show

Wendon Holsteins of Innisfail, Alta., had a big day at the Stampede Dairy Classic held in Calgary April 28. The Don Chalack family won grand champion Holstein, which was also named best bred and owned. They also won the top breeders herd. The reserve Holstein went to Mosnang Hoslteins of Rimbey, Alta. Lone Pine Jerseys […] Read more


Western Canadian cattle market starting to strengthen

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – Cattle prices are starting to rise on the Prairies following a rebound for cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, according to an Alberta-based analyst. “(In) the last two, three weeks, (prices have become) pretty good finally. We really had a meltdown in the futures two, three weeks ago, (due to) […] Read more



Rash of calf thefts hits southern Alta.

Twenty-six calves have been stolen from four different farming operations in southern Alberta in recent months, and the RCMP are seeking help to find the culprits. The calves were stolen between Feb. 19 and April 22, according to the Southern Alberta RCMP Livestock section. All were young animals still nursing, which makes it an unusual […] Read more


E. coli outbreak in Alta. pork triggers lawsuit

A pork recall connected to The Meat Shop at Pine Haven, a Wetaskiwin, Alta., Hutterite colony business, continues to expand and a lawsuit has been initiated by an Edmonton law firm after one person died and more than 30 others made ill from consuming pork contaminated with E. coli. Through an investigation, Alberta Health Services […] Read more


World’s first floating dairy farm being built

The operation in the Dutch city of Rotterdam will supply urban residents with milk and showcase agriculture

It has taken a lot of time to get the green light, but construction of the world’s first floating dairy farm is finally underway in the Netherlands. This innovative farm is being built at Rotterdam and will be home to 40 dairy cows when completed. The idea is that the farm will supply the city […] Read more



U.S. struggles with traceability

DENVER, Colo. — Implementing livestock traceability in the United States has been like a long engagement in which the bride fears she may never make it to the altar. “We have been working on this topic for 14 or maybe even 20 years and it seems the same 14 points that we have settled on […] Read more


U.S. producers prefer simple traceability solutions

The American cattle industry recognizes the public benefits but worries about added costs to businesses

DENVER, Colo. —The technology behind livestock traceability systems can be mind boggling, yet in the real world, most producers and supporting industries need a simple approach. “As an auction owner-manager I would like to stay in the 1880s,” said Ken Perlich at the National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual meeting held in Denver from April […] Read more