Silage offers livestock producers flexible feeding options

Silage is an efficient method of storing winter feed supplies and those who faced a feed shortage this spring might be considering it as an option even if they’ve never done it before. Dwayne Summach, livestock and feed extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, explained the basics of silage at a webinar held earlier this year. […] Read more

Mussel inspectors make first catch of the year

Last year about 30,000 boats and watercraft were inspected at Alberta’s borders

Alta. resumes efforts to keep invasive mussels out of province’s waterways, where they can damage irrigation equipment

A boat heading for Alberta’s Ghost Reservoir May 6, en route from Lake Winnipeg, carried nasty cargo. Invasive mussels were stuck to its hull, the very type of destructive pest that Alberta is keen to avoid and has taken steps to intercept. Boat inspectors at the Dunmore station east of Medicine Hat spotted the mussels […] Read more

Supply management means trade-offs: prof

Elimination of supply management would also come with benefits

A University of Lethbridge economist says low-income Canadians are adversely affected, but so are other groups

The 13,500 Canadian farmers who operate with the supply management system have a combined quota value of more than $35 billion. It’s no wonder that those farmers want to retain the system, says University of Lethbridge economist Danny LeRoy. However, both retention and loss of supply management involve trade-offs to the economy and individuals, he […] Read more

Sheep producers wanted for ongoing parasite study

Wanted: sheep manure, still warm. Also wanted: sheep producers interested in parasite research. Researchers John Gilleard and Michel Levy of the University of Calgary veterinary medicine faculty haven’t exactly placed a want ad, but they are trolling for more participants in an ongoing study of sheep parasites and their resistance to treatment. Now in the […] Read more

A land heals after devastating fire

As the dust devils dance in southeastern Alberta, farmers in the Hilda, Schuler and Acadia Valley areas plant seeds and hope for quick germination and roots that will cling to the soil. They’re planting into land ravaged by an October prairie wildfire that burned more than 25,500 cultivated acres in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Amid flames […] Read more

Army base improves communications after fire

AFTERMATH CFB Suffield was blamed for a fire in Alberta last September that killed 120 cattle and scorched thousands of acres

Tempers were almost as hot as fire last year when residents from the Bindloss, Alta., area met to discuss a Sept. 11-12 prairie fire that spread from Canadian Forces Base Suffield. The blaze burned down one rancher’s home, killed about 120 cattle, burned winter feed supplies and scorched thousands of acres of native grassland and […] Read more

Researcher studies how forages recover after fires

Green, the colour of new life, has started to come back to areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan that were blackened by fire last October. Some tame species, especially crested wheat grass, are growing again near Hilda, Alta., and in other parts of the 17,400 acres of pasture that burned in a devastating wildfire. Native prairie […] Read more

Hog producers match wits with PED

Manitoba hog producers, veterinarians and others in the industry are nearing the end of a battle against deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus that affected 80 operations between April 28 and Oct. 24 last year. Dr. Glen Duizer, chief veterinary officer for Manitoba, said May 8 that 67 of those operations are “presumptive negative,” which means […] Read more

‘War time’ biosecurity needed to prevent PED

Lessons have been learned from Manitoba’s outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus last fall, which affected about 80 operations in the province’s southeast. Jenelle Hamblin, swine health manager with Manitoba Pork, was part of a three-month collaborative project to learn what worked and what didn’t in controlling the outbreak and to develop strategies if the […] Read more

Field pea designation a first for North America

The Environment Product Declaration recognizes crop as a product grown in environmentally responsible ways

The humble field pea has recently gained some international credibility through an Environment Product Declaration, and it is the first North American food product to do so. The designation recognizes Alberta field peas as a product grown in environmentally responsible ways as determined by the International EPD System. “It basically is a full cradle to […] Read more