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

Officials determining cause of Alta.-Sask. wildfire

Cause of the fire that killed livestock and destroyed buildings and fences may determine compensation strategy

The cause of an Oct. 17 wildfire that began near Hilda, Alta., and spread into Saskatchewan is likely to determine what assistance is available to farmers and ranchers who sustained losses. Alberta’s Office of the Fire Commissioner is still investigating the cause amid unconfirmed reports that the wind reignited embers in a fire pit used […] Read more

Grazing lease rate change proposed in Alta.

The new fee system would fluctuate with cattle markets and see the current four zones replaced by two

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Five Alberta groups with direct interests in grazing leases have agreed on a proposal to modify lease rates that haven’t been changed since 1994. The Alberta Grazing Leaseholder’s Association, Alberta Beef Producers, the Western Stock Growers Association, the Northern Alberta Grazing Association and the Central Alberta Grazing Association are signatories to […] Read more

Sheep researchers ask for deer poop

Dr. Susan Kutz/Collin Letain

Do deer defecate in the woods? Yes, and they also do it on other parts of the landscape. When they do, researchers want some of the material. A study underway at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is aimed at learning about gastro-intestinal parasite diversity in Alberta’s deer. Researchers intend to compare parasite […] Read more

New antibiotic guidelines ‘ill advised’

Recommendations from the World Health Organization that farmers stop using antibiotics to prevent illness are not sitting easily with all livestock producer groups. WHO released its recommendations on antibiotic use Nov. 7 with the goal of helping to preserve effectiveness of the drugs in the face of growing bacterial resistance that could pose a threat […] Read more

Drought reduces wheat disease risk

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — There may be a silver lining in the cloud of the 2017 drought in much of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. It has probably reduced the likelihood that wheat streak mosaic virus will be a problem in 2018. Mary Burrows, a plant pathologist at Montana State University and an expert on the […] Read more

Policy paper gives alternatives to feedlot tax

A per-animal-unit tax imposed by Lethbridge County last year has the potential to harm the feedlot industry and is not as fair as other options to raise money for roads and infrastructure. That’s the assessment in the University of Calgary School of Public Policy report on the “head tax” that applies to confined feeding operations […] Read more

Wildfire assistance plan in works

Several rural municipalities that experienced wildfire damage this fall plan to discuss options for assistance at this week’s Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties meeting in Edmonton. Fires around Bindloss, Acadia Valley, Hilda and Schuler caused extensive damage to grassland, fences, farmsteads and stored feed and killed several hundred head of cattle. Cypress County […] Read more

Pink may be the panther in future mussel tussle

MEDICINE HAT — Invasive zebra and quagga mussels have not reached Alberta’s waters yet, but the nasty species’ steady spread north from the United States and west from Lake Winnipeg has Alberta’s water users on edge. The mussels propagate quickly and can clog water systems, destroy lake and river ecosystems and cause millions in damage. […] Read more