Reducing feed waste lowers production costs

RED DEER — When feed supplies are short, it is time to sharpen the pencil and do some tough calculations. Lamb producers need to figure out what it costs to keep a ewe, said Dr. Paul Luimes of the University of Guelph in Ontario. “This time of year, if you are short on feed, you […] Read more

Olds Fall Classic results

The Olds Fall Classic was held Oct. 6-8. Black Angus Grand champion female: Lazy MC Angus, Bassano, Alta. Reserve: Golden Oak Livestock, Olds, Alta. Grand champion bull: Remitall Farms, Olds, Alta. Reserve: Boss Lake Genetics, Parkland County, Alta. Charolais Grand champion female: McLeod Livestock, Cochrane, Alta. Reserve: Daines Cattle/O’Neill Livestock, Red Deer County, Alta. Grand […] Read more

Feds give ranch operations hit by TB added tax deferrals

MEDICINE HAT — Alberta and Saskatchewan ranchers affected by the discovery and investigation of bovine tuberculosis last year will see an improved set of income tax deferrals. Federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay announced Nov. 6 that no tax need be paid in 2016 and 2017 on compensation received for animals destroyed in the tuberculosis investigation. […] Read more

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON/CHICAGO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. Describing a lack of effective antibiotics for humans as “a security threat” on a par with “a sudden and […] Read more

Beef check-off truce likely

INNISFAIL, Alta. — Beef producers in Alberta may be approaching an agreement on how to handle a $3 levy collected on every animal sold. Nothing is official but a plebiscite may be proposed to create a beef industry development fund and an agreed upon division of money among industry groups. “The biggest hitch is, where […] Read more

Bale net wrap proves deadly for livestock

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Bale net wrap is handy stuff when it comes to hay quality preservation, bale uniformity, ease of handling and protection from the elements. However, it’s not quite so handy when net wrap ends up in a cow’s stomach, impedes digestion and eventually leads to the animal’s death. Doug Leeds saw a […] Read more

Corn is high energy feed but costly to grow

Putting cattle out to graze standing corn is becoming more common on the Prairies. New hybrid corn varieties that require less heat have offered more alternatives for winter grazing. It is a high energy, nutritious feed with respectable yield potential that maintains quality through the winter. Research has shown 1,790 pounds per acre of forage […] Read more

Alberta promotes livestock emergency trailers

The number of emergency livestock handling trailers in Alberta continues to grow. A trailer recently installed in Taber brings the total to 16 units able to respond to traffic and vehicle accidents involving livestock. Alberta Farm Animal Care is working to increase awareness of the trailers’ availability and it posted a trailer at the Oct. […] Read more

Circadian rhythm research applies to livestock health

This year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three researchers who studied the internal biological clock that regulates day and night cycles in sync with the Earth’s rotation. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were jointly awarded the prize for their discovery of molecular mechanisms controlling this circadian rhythm. […] Read more

Antibiotic availability worries producers

STRASBOURG, Sask. — Some cattle producers are worried about changes that might affect how they access veterinary antibiotics. Federal regulations now being phased in mean some drugs that producers currently access at local retail stores will be available only through veterinarians. Concern about antimicrobial resistance led to the new regulations for medically important antibiotics. The […] Read more