Alta. veterinarians in uproar over legislative changes

Alberta veterinarians have taken issue with proposed provincial government legislative changes that they say were made without consultation and that they fear will negatively affect animal care and welfare. The changes include the option for veterinary practices to advertise their fees, a requirement that they disclose all fees before treating pets and that they acquire […] Read more


Energy no longer Alberta’s engine, says economist

Southern Alberta’s focus on agriculture has cushioned it against the recession that devastated parts of the province where the energy sector was the economic engine. Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, told those at the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association water conference Nov. 21 that agriculture has created a more consistent economic base in the […] Read more


Oldman Watershed Council focuses on public relations

Southern Alberta’s Oldman Watershed Council is hoping to conscript farmers and ranchers in an ongoing quest to tell consumers about water, food production and good management. OWC executive director Shannon Frank told those at the recent Alberta Irrigation Projects Association meeting that “a global implosion of trust” has affected the public view of agriculture, and […] Read more



Alberta Farm Animal Care gets new executive director

Annemarie Pedersen is the new executive director of Alberta Farm Animal Care, a livestock welfare organization. Pedersen is a former industry relations director with Canada Beef, has operated her own communications consulting business and has worked in agricultural communications for more than a decade. She started the job Nov. 20 and on Nov. 27 was […] Read more


Cash receipts continue to increase

Canadian farm cash receipts for the January to September period have increased for the seventh consecutive year, Statistics Canada reports. Those receipts totalled $45.4 billion in the first three quarters of the year, a 3.3 percent increase from that same period in 2016. Farm cash receipts are not the same as net farm income, but […] Read more



Invasive weed causes alarm in Alberta

Phragmites australis chokes out other plants, destroys wetland ecosystems and can pose a fire hazard when it dies

It’s tall. It’s nasty. It’s invasive. “It scares the crap out of us,” said Todd Green, director of agricultural services for the County of Newell. Green was speaking about Phragmites australis, a member of the reed family that was found in the county last year and has since been found in 13 other Alberta locations. […] Read more


Ferdinand bad example of acceptable bull

Bulls that pack on a few extra pounds 
may not have the stamina to breed the 
needed number of cows

Ferdinand, the bull famous in children’s fiction, just wanted to sit and smell the flowers. With that kind of attitude, Ferdinand wouldn’t be wanted in commercial beef herds. In fact, Ferdinand would sooner find himself in a batch of bologna than in the shade of a tree. There are several reasons bulls may not be […] Read more


EPDs not high on the list for commercial bull buyers

Though they contain valuable information, EPDs are among many factors that go into decisions about sires

It’s impossible to say how many commercial cow-calf producers consider the expected progeny differences (EPD) statistics of bulls they plan to buy. Dr. John Basarab, beef research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, suspects that it isn’t very many. He thinks EPD data is a few levels down on the list of bull-buying considerations. First on that […] Read more



Alberta Farm Animal Care has new executive director

Annemarie Pedersen is the new executive director of Alberta Farm Animal Care, a livestock welfare organization. Pedersen is a former industry relations director with Canada Beef, has operated her own communications consulting business and has worked in agricultural communications for more than a decade. She started the job Nov. 20 and on Nov. 27 was […] Read more


Lighter carcasses offset cattle slaughter numbers

The Canadian cattle industry is in that sweetest of spots — all sectors are making money. How long that will last is tricky to predict, market analyst Anne Wasko told those at a Nov. 15 Cow-Calfenomics session organized by Alberta Agriculture. The fall calf run was better than expected, feeders are doing well after a […] Read more