Beef producers to vote on checkoff

Alberta beef producers will vote this fall on the thorny question of whether to have a refundable or a non-refundable checkoff. Ballots can be cast by mail, in person at one of 46 Agriculture Financial Services Corp. offices in the province, or at one of the zone meetings held in October and November. Voting is […] Read more

Clubroot not always discovered at field entrance

There have been few confirmed cases of clubroot in southern Alberta but recent confirmation of the canola disease in Rocky View County, southeast of Calgary, shows the region is not immune. Clubroot leaped onto the crop disease scene in 2003, in areas around Edmonton. Since then it has steadily spread outward and has also been […] Read more

Under pressure – a WP Special Report

Supply management, particularly Canada’s dairy industry, has come under heavy scrutiny in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Western Producer reporters Barb Glen, Robert Arnason and Ed White look at the American and Canadian systems to see where problems are, where solutions might be found and what would happen if Canada adopted the U.S. […] Read more

Memories of the Sept. 11, 2017, wildfire still burn deep in the minds of ranchers who lost cattle, property and grazing land.
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Claims in limbo for wildfire losses

Memories of the Sept. 11, 2017, wildfire still burn deep in the minds of ranchers who lost cattle, property and grazing land. More than a year later, most of them are still awaiting compensation payments from the federal Department of National Defence, which is responsible because the fire started on Canadian Forces Base Suffield and […] Read more

African swine fever is slowly spreading in China and Europe and is a difficult virus to contain. Though it is not a risk to humans, it can drastically affect the hog industry.  |  REUTERS/Kacper Pempel photo

People most likely vector for African swine fever

Disease progressing through Asia and Europe can ‘shatter the swine sector’: pork council veterinarian

African swine fever is a major threat to pig production worldwide and it continues to spread in China and Europe, most recently into Belgium where 4,000 pigs are to be slaughtered in efforts to control it. “It has the potential to shatter the swine sector,” said Dr. Egan Brockhoff, veterinary counsellor with the Canadian Pork […] Read more

The Verified Beef Production Plus program focuses on on-farm practices that apply to everyone, says the program business manager.   |  File photo

Program aims to verify and educate producers, consumers

It’s not enough these days to raise quality cattle from which comes quality beef. Those involved must also ensure consumers and the public know the animals and the resulting product were raised in acceptable ways. The Verified Beef Production Plus program supports both those goals, said Virgil Lowe, the program’s business manager. “VBP Plus really […] Read more

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