The Milk River supplies water to the town of Milk River and village of Coutts in Albera and the hamlet of Sweetgrass in Montana. It also allows the irrigation of about 8,000 acres on the Canadian side and many more on the Montana side plus downstream use by the city of Havre, Mont.  |  File photo

New pitch made for dam in southern Alberta

A summary of previous studies compares merits of various storage options for the province’s Milk River

Southern Alberta’s Milk River meanders across the Canada-United States border, carrying life-giving water and future uncertainty. Fed almost entirely by runoff from annual mountain snow pack, its flow is regulated in part by partial diversion of the St. Mary’s River via infrastructure in Montana. In dry years, most recently in 2017, water flow is so […] Read more

Alta. First Nation compensated for cattle herd mismanagement

A claim of government mismanagement of the Blood Tribe cattle herd from 1894 to 1923 has been addressed with a $150 million settlement from the federal government’s crown-Indigenous relations department. Federal minister Carolyn Bennett inked the settlement July 4, as did Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox. Band members had already agreed to the deal in […] Read more

Europe, Canada agree to ASF-free zones

Canada and the European Union have made zoning arrangements designed to facilitate trade in the event of an African swine fever outbreak. Establishing zones will allow parts of the country free of ASF to continue exporting hogs even if hogs in other parts of the country are afflicted with the swine disease. Canada already has […] Read more


Goats have been conscripted to help control invasive leafy spurge in the City of Lethbridge’s river valley.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Goats offer another city weed control option

Using goats to control weeds is called a great option for urban parks, but those involved say there are definitely challenges

Seeing a goat chewing vigorously on a leafy spurge blossom in its mouth brings a smile to Jackie Cardinal’s face. The invasive weed is a problem in riverside parks within the City of Lethbridge, and Cardinal, the city’s parks natural resource co-ordinator, is pleased to see that goats are now among the control measures. “For […] Read more

In larger pastures, there are places cattle typically don’t frequent, and those areas might still have forage. Salt placement, temporary fencing or temporary water troughs can encourage or allow use of those areas.
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Grazing during drought conditions must be managed

Farming in “next year country” is the usual canard about farmers’ penchant for seeking the illusive best-case scenario in terms of productivity and price. But grazing is actually last year’s country, according to Diane Westerlund, manager of the Chinook Applied Research Association. CARA is based in Oyen, within Alberta’s special areas, and this year experienced […] Read more


Alta. feedlot buys 90-year-old seed business

Kolk Farms, a feedlot and farm operation from Picture Butte, enters the seed business by purchasing Haney Farms 


A southern Alberta seed business with a history spanning more than 90 years will change hands Aug. 1. Haney Farms, located east of Picture Butte, Alta., has been purchased by Kolk Farms Ltd., a neighbouring feedlot and farming operation. Financial details were not disclosed. Haney Farms vice-president Shaun Haney, who also operates Real Agriculture, an […] Read more

Dryness, coolness hurt alfalfa seed

Alberta’s alfalfa seed crops are two to four weeks behind normal development for this time of year. Dry conditions in spring, before irrigation was available, have combined with cooler than normal temperatures this season to delay progress, said Alfalfa Seed Commission research and extension manager Brad Alexander. But that’s not the only pressure on the […] Read more

Alberta Lamb Producers said today that the disease was confirmed in late June in a sheep that had lived on multiple premises. Two Alberta flocks have now been quarantined. Their location was not disclosed. | File photo

Scrapie found in Alberta sheep

A case of scrapie, a fatal disease affecting sheep and goats, has been confirmed in an Alberta sheep. Alberta Lamb Producers said today that the disease was confirmed in late June in a sheep that had lived on multiple premises. Two Alberta flocks have now been quarantined. Their location was not disclosed. Scrapie is a […] Read more


Dry conditions in spring, before irrigation was available, have combined with cooler than normal temperatures this season to delay progress, said Alfalfa Seed Commission research and extension manager Brad Alexander. But that's not the only pressure on the crop, he added. | File photo

Dryness, cool weather set back alfalfa seed crops

Alberta’s alfalfa seed crops are two to four weeks behind normal development for this time of year. Dry conditions in spring, before irrigation was available, have combined with cooler than normal temperatures this season to delay progress, said Alfalfa Seed Commission research and extension manager Brad Alexander. But that’s not the only pressure on the […] Read more

Grazing expert Jim Bauer examines the growth stage of various grasses during a June 25 event hosted at VXV Farms near Claresholm, Alta., organized by the Foothills Forage and Grazing Association.  |  Barb Glen photo

Pasture capacity must not be pushed

Alberta rancher and grazing expert says producers must know their pastures’ limits and reduce the herd if necessary

CLARESHOLM, Alta. — Rainfall in recent weeks has brought a temporary reprieve to parched pastures in some parts of the Prairies, but the spectre of drought still looms. Good grazing management won’t cure the issue of dry pastures, but it is essential if grass is expected to recover and thrive when rain does come. The […] Read more