Military base makes fire aftermath promises

Canadian Forces Base Suffield is taking steps to be a better neighbour after causing a fire last fall that destroyed livestock, pasture, feed, fences and outbuildings outside the base. The Sept. 11-12 blaze, started when base personnel detonated an artillery shell during dry, windy conditions, burned about 90,000 of acres to the north and east […] Read more

Alfalfa seed crop yields up, prices down

This year’s alfalfa seed crop looks to be average to somewhat above average, based on its appearance, but surplus seed from previous good crops has lowered prices. “I’m hearing guys thinking that its going to be another above average year, but at the same time a lot of guys have ripped out acres and they’re […] Read more

A flock of 600 ewes successfully control leafy spurge on the 65,000 acre grazing co-operative.

Sheep splurge on spurge on southern Alberta ranch

LUNDBRECK, Alta. — The 65,000-acre Waldron Grazing Co-operative has 600 weed pickers. Leafy spurge, an invasive weed unpalatable to cattle, was taking over parts of the ranch so intervention was required. The weed pickers are sheep owned by the nearby Livingstone Hutterite Colony. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on weed control, which failed to […] Read more


The Canadian cattle industry says the North American beef trade is so integrated that boycotting U.S. beef could be counterproductive.  |  File photo

Producers reject U.S. beef boycott

Consumers have been urged on social media to stop buying American beef because of recent U.S. trade actions

Boycotting American beef as a retaliatory response to U.S. trade sanctions would harm rather than help Canadian producers, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, prompting Canada to impose its own new tariffs as of July 1, social media has been alive with urgings […] Read more

Exclosure demonstrates value of grazing

A patch of grassland in Alberta that hasn’t been grazed for 30 years has less carbon and diversity than grazed prairie

LUNDBRECK, Alta. — A fragment of the 65,000-acre Waldron Grazing Co-operative has been fenced off for 30 years in an “exclosure” protected from grazing animals and man-made disturbance. Compared to the grassland just outside the wire, it has fewer plant species and long, weathered grass. Waldron manager Mike Roberts bent down to search through the […] Read more


Sask. expected to adopt Alta.carbon credit plan

LANGHAM, Sask. — The protocols for carbon credits used by Alberta for the past 10 years may soon be adopted in Saskatchewan, says one carbon credit aggregator. Bill Dorgan, business unit leader for Trimble Agriculture, told those at the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham last week that the Saskatchewan government is likely to […] Read more

Sheep company merger hopes to boost supply

A major merger in the Canadian sheep business announced July 20 is designed to establish an integrated lamb supply chain. Alberta-based SunGold Specialty Meats announced plans to merge with Fresh Canada Meats to form North American Lamb Company Ltd. (NALC). SunGold’s processing plant in Innisfail, Alta., and the Canada Gold lamb lot at Iron Springs, […] Read more

Cattle handling expert Dylan Biggs describes ways to guide cattle and lower human stress levels while doing so during a workshop at Ag in Motion July 18.  |  Barb Glen photo

Cattle handling can damage families

An expert says the stress caused by improper livestock handling could make children reluctant to stay on the farm

LANGHAM, Sask. — Cattle handling expert Dylan Biggs gave crowd members something to think about during a workshop last week at the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show.  It wasn’t about cattle. He suggested the stress many families experience when herding, loading and processing cattle could have an effect on farm succession. See more coverage […] Read more


Norbert Beaujot, founder of SeedHawk and inventor of many seeding equipment innovations, observes the Seedmaster DOT, an autonomous seeding unit that is one of his latest inventions. He and the DOT were at last week’s Ag in Motion show.  |  Barb Glen photo

Farmers warming to autonomous ag: inventor

Norbert Beaujot says more producers are overcoming their skepticism about driverless farm equipment such as DOT

LANGHAM, Sask. — While men in tractors pulled seeding and tillage implements over the ground at the July 17-19 Ag in Motion show, the DOT autonomous seeder laboured quietly on its own. DOT debuted last year at the Ag in Motion show, but farmer interest in seeing it operate was still strong this year, judging […] Read more

Military base makes fire aftermath promises

Canadian Forces Base Suffield is taking steps to be a better neighbour after causing a fire last fall that destroyed livestock, pasture, feed, fences and outbuildings outside the base. The Sept. 11-12 blaze, started when base personnel detonated an artillery shell during dry, windy conditions, burned about 90,000 of acres to the north and east […] Read more