Allan Huttema has had a dairy farm on both sides of the Canada - U.S. border and now milks about 800 cows near Parma, Idaho.  |  Barb Glen photo

Dairy farmer worked both sides of the border

PARMA, Idaho — Allan Huttema has operated dairy farms on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Near Chilliwack, B.C., he owned a dairy established by his grandfather who emigrated from Holland after the Second World War. He bought the farm from his father in the early 1990s. “The system was good for us. It provided […] Read more

A recent survey showed Idaho is home to 496 dairy operations and 577,516 dairy cows. | Barb Glen photo

The word is Class; the number is 7

MERIDIAN, Idaho — One word and one number form the crux of the dairy stumbling block in ongoing negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Class 7, Canada’s recently developed pricing policy for milk protein concentrates, has reduced American milk exports to Canada at a time when U.S. milk prices are low and […] Read more

U.S. dairy producers say growth hormones are used in less than 10 percent of dairies.  |  Barb Glen photo

U.S. dairy farmers respond to Canadians

MERIDIAN, Idaho — There’s robust defence of supply management among Canadian dairy producers and marketing boards. They often compare the system to that of the United States, a supply-and-demand driven system that would likely be the alternative should supply management ever disappear. Among the assertions made by Canadian defenders are these: U.S. dairy producers are […] Read more

Emerson Tabelon and his family entered a contest and won a visit to a working egg farm. Here, he poses with flats of eggs collected at the Brant Hutterite Colony egg operation. | Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Egg farm welcomes contest-winning visitor

The Tabelon family said they were impressed by what they saw while visiting the Brant Hutterite Colony in Alberta

BRANT, Alta. — Nole Tabelon was impressed by the 15,500 chickens he saw Aug. 23. That’s how many are housed in a free-run system at the Brant Hutterite Colony, which he and his family visited after winning a contest organized by Egg Farmers of Alberta. “It was pretty interesting. I didn’t expect there to be […] Read more

A bale is loaded into the Maximizer. Inventor Emil Gulbranson of Vanderhoof, B.C., says it costs about $3 per bale to dry it down to acceptable levels, plus the cost of loader and operator.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: New hay dryer saves leaves and bales

The British Columbia-built machine can dry 18-24 bales an hour, allowing producers to harvst hay when quality is best

NOBLEFORD, Alta. — In the Vanderhoof, B.C., region, 2016 was a bad year for hay. There was lots of rain and not enough time between showers for the swaths to adequately dry for baling. Emil Gulbranson and his son, Chandler, were frustrated by the weather, so they sought hay-drying solutions. They looked around Canada and […] Read more

Workers move young pigs out of stalls at a hog farm in China’s Guangxi province earlier this year. African swine fever has become a problem for the country’s hog sector since the outbreak began.  |   REUTERS/Dominique Patton photo

African swine fever poses threat

China’s current battle against an outbreak of African swine fever is taking place half a world away from Canada, but distance is no guarantee against the deadly virus’s ability to come here. “Certainly there’s a possibility it could spread here. It’s spreading around the world,” said Canadian Pork Council executive director John Ross. “The usual […] Read more

Wild pigs a reservoir of disease

African swine fever virus is hard to kill. It can survive in feces and urine for days, travel on various surfaces and survive in pork even if the meat is cured or cooked to temperatures below 70 C. It has been reported in at least seven European Union countries at various times, and wild pigs […] Read more

Disease can be tricky to diagnose, but vets say up to the task

Dr. Egan Brockhoff is likely one of the few swine veterinarians in Canada who has seen African swine fever first-hand in pigs. The veterinarian consultant with the Canadian Pork Council travels extensively in his work as an expert in swine illnesses and has seen the ravages imposed by the virus on pigs in other countries. […] Read more

The Canadian cattle herd is now at its lowest point since 1988, dropping 26.3 percent to 12.4 million head on farms from a peak number recorded in 2005. | File photo

Canadian cattle herd continues to shrink

It’s now at its lowest point since 1988, dropping 26.3 percent to 12.4 million head on farms from a peak number recorded in 2005

The Canadian cattle herd continues to shrink and is at the lowest July 1 number since 1988, Statistics Canada reported in its July 1, 2018, inventory report. Breeding stock numbers are also down and many in the industry say it is unlikely to improve, at least in Western Canada, because drought and resulting feed shortages […] Read more

Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, said rain and cooler temperatures on the weekend likely helped the fire situation but the toll taken on B.C. ranchers continues and their effects won’t be tallied until much later. | Twitter/@BCGovNews photo

B.C. ranchers suffer as fires persist

British Columbia remains in a state of emergency, first declared on Aug. 15, as 542 fires continue to burn. About 58 fires are either highly visible or pose a potential threat public safety. This year has officially become the second largest fire season on record for the province. The number and extent of fires is […] Read more