The third and fourth cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Alberta were announced mere hours apart March 1. | File photo

More PED found on Alberta hog farms

Updated – March 4, 2019 – 1430 CST – Alberta Pork has updated their announcement made last week to note the third reported case of PED has been found to be a “false positive.” The third and fourth cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Alberta were announced by Alberta Pork mere hours apart March […] Read more

Canada’s first major wind energy project peeks out of the clouds on Cowley Ridge in southern Alberta with the Livingstone range in the background. The turbines have been replaced with newer ones in recent years.  |  Joanne Elves photo

Pioneer wind turbine on the auction block

Power-generating wind turbines were a novelty in southern Alberta back in the 1990s. When a few of them popped up near Cowley, Alta., an area known for its frequent westerly winds, they were items of interest and landmarks to point out when driving by. Now the southwestern corner of Alberta has hundreds of wind turbines […] Read more

Surya Acharya, right, points to one of the pedigreed seed samples that he, Brian Tamminga, left, and Rick Czarny were judging Feb. 20 for the 122nd annual North American Seed Fair. Results will be on display Feb. 27-March 1 at Ag Expo in Lethbridge.  |  Barb Glen photo

Seed fair identifies best of the best

In a fluorescent-lit room at Lethbridge Exhibition Park, three men closely scrutinize dozens of seed samples. Heads bent to the task, they assess numerous varieties of seed for soundness, plumpness and colour, and check for the presence of weed seeds, other useless matter and disease. Then they score each sample and identify the best of […] Read more


Transport rules slammed on all sides

Livestock sector fears regulations will increase animal stress while welfare groups say transport times are too long

Fanfare is decidedly lacking in the livestock industry for amendments to Canadian livestock transport regulations announced last week. Cattle and hog producer groups say evidence is lacking on whether the changes will improve outcomes for livestock in transport, while animal welfare groups say reduced transport times are still too long. Jaspinder Kamal, Canada’s chief veterinary […] Read more

Dairy is one of the codes of practice that will be updated this year, thanks to new federal funding.  |  File photo

Work on codes of practice receive funding

Feds contribute $4.56 million to update codes for livestock transport, dairy cattle and goats and write a new one for fish

National codes of practice for livestock transport, dairy cattle, goats and fin fish can progress this year because of a $4.56 million funding announcement from the federal government. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the funds Feb. 19, which will be provided to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition on behalf of the National Farm Animal Care […] Read more


A batch of sheep is traced using a system that keeps a record of transactions across a network of linked computers. | File photo

Sheep sector proves blockchain tracking works

A batch of sheep is traced using a system that keeps a record of transactions across a network of linked computers

The Canadian Sheep Federation has proven that sheep can be successfully tracked from pasture to plate using blockchain technology. In a proof-of-concept field trial, animals originating at Brookwater Farms in Prince Edward Island were tracked through shipping and processing at Northumberland Lamb, a sheep co-op in Truro, N.S. Such livestock traceability isn’t unusual. The unusual […] Read more

More PED virus found in Alberta

Alberta confirmed its second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus Feb. 21, this one in a 600-head farrow-to-finish hog operation that is far away from the site of the first case discovered in the province. Alberta’s first case, confirmed in early January, is at a central Alberta farrow-to-finish operation that had 400 animals. Javier Bahamon, […] Read more

Grassy Lake, Alta., will be home to a $41.8 million fertilizer terminal for Federated Cooperatives Ltd. The facility will be the third fertilizer terminal for FCL, which opened other facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon in 2017. | FCL graphic

VIDEO: Federated Co-op plans fertilizer terminal in Alberta

TABER, Alta. — Grassy Lake, Alta., will be home to a $41.8 million fertilizer terminal for Federated Cooperatives Ltd. The facility will be the third fertilizer terminal for FCL, which opened other facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon in 2017. Grassy Lake, east of Taber, Alta., is a hamlet within the Municipal District of Taber […] Read more


Alberta Pork reported the discovery Feb. 21. Location of the affected farm was not disclosed, so it is not known whether it is near the site of the first confirmed Alberta case in a central Alberta farrow-to-finish operation that had 400 animals. | File photo

Another PED case confirmed on an Alberta farm

Alberta confirmed its second case of porcine epidemic virus yesterday, this one in a 600-head farrow-to-finish hog operation. Alberta Pork reported the discovery Feb. 21. Location of the affected farm was not disclosed, so it is not known whether it is near the site of the first confirmed Alberta case in a central Alberta farrow-to-finish […] Read more

Researchers are conducting their work into sulfate levels in water at the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.  |  University of Saskatchewan photo

Sulfates: how much is too much?

Sask. researchers launch a study that they hope will determine the level of sulfates in water that cattle can tolerate

Water high in sulfates can kill cattle, and a new study based at the University of Saskatchewan seeks to learn more about livestock tolerance. When more than 200 cattle died in southwestern Saskatchewan in July 2017 after drinking water with lethal amounts of sulfates and dissolved solids, it emphasized the need for more information. Leah […] Read more