It’s important to ensure that bulls continue to receive adequate levels of nutrients even when they’re not working.  |  File photo

Don’t neglect the boys when their work is done

The bulls have finished their work by this time of year, and once removed from the cow herd they run the risk of being neglected until they are needed again. That’s a mistake because bulls are an investment for the role they play in future production and profitability. “One of the things that we tend […] Read more

Plan to expand protected area divides region

The provincial government has proposed expanding Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area in southern Alberta

MILK RIVER, Alta. — Residents and landowners in the Milk River region of southern Alberta await a provincial government decision about a 7,840-acre expansion to a protected area west of the town. The comment period on the proposal expired at the end of September after being extended by a month following requests from several factions […] Read more

Chris Clark, assistant dean of academics at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine, talks with fourth year students Jasmine Paulson, left, Anne Hanbidge and Mirjam Stigter-Wassenaar in the school’s teaching pen. Clark estimates there are now about 1,580 veterinarians in Alberta, up from an estimated 1,400 practising in 2013. Of those, only 73 work as food animal practitioners.  |  William DeKay photo

Who will care for the cows?

Dr. Megan Williams had just finished one of the 12-hour days that are usual in fall, when ranchers have their cows checked for pregnancy and decide which ones will remain in the herd over winter. Despite a long day spent chute-side, she was upbeat about the work but concerned about the shortage of large animal […] Read more


Bovine TB found in southern B.C. cow

A case of bovine tuberculosis has been found in a cow that originated in British Columbia’s southern interior. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the single positive case Nov. 9 and released the news Nov. 19. In a news release, the CFIA said the mature beef cow was sent for slaughter Oct. 26 to a […] Read more

A case of bovine tuberculosis has been found in a cow that originated in British Columbia's southern interior. | File photo

CFIA investigating bovine TB found in B.C. cow

A case of bovine tuberculosis has been found in a cow that originated in British Columbia’s southern interior. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the single positive case Nov. 9 and released the news Nov. 19. In a news release, the CFIA said the mature beef cow was sent for slaughter Oct. 26 to a […] Read more


University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well.
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USMCA receives good grade

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been praised and pilloried for her negotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, now dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Which does she deserve? University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well. “Ultimately what happened here is we get an […] Read more

This map shows the plan for development of the Prentice Wildlife Corridor in the Crowsnest Pass.  |  Barb Glen photo

Southwestern Alberta gets wildlife corridor

COLEMAN, Alta. — Bloody smears on Highway 3 between Lundbreck and the British Columbia border are commonplace. They are evidence of vehicle collisions with wildlife on that ever-busier stretch of road. Deer, elk, cougars, wolverines and bears are struck, killing the animals and causing damage and injury to the travelling public. Oct. 26 brought signs […] Read more

Canadian Foodgrains Bank chair Ken Kim talks about the organization’s second year of partnership with Viterra during an event at the company’s grain terminal south of Lethbridge Nov. 6.  |  Barb Glen photo

Viterra continues partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Proceeds from 7,000 bushels of hard red spring wheat provided to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank from a 120-acre field near Lethbridge are enough to feed 2,750 people elsewhere in the world for one month. Such is the effect of foodgrains bank growing projects in Canada, which collectively provide about 60 percent of the annual funds […] Read more


Farmers operate a stook loader east of Gem, Alta., in the fall of 1919. The First World War left a lasting impact on western Canadian agriculture.  |  Glenbow Archives NA-2478-6

First World War shaped future of ag

Conscription and a price crash following the war fuelled the anger that sparked the ‘farmers revolt’ of the 1920s

The “war to end all wars” ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 — 100 years ago. It extracted a tremendous toll on Canadians. Nearly 61,000 were killed and another 172,000 were wounded over its four-year duration. It irrevocably changed the direction of the country and the […] Read more

The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary November 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than average. However, severity in terms of crop damage was high in the few storms that did gather. | File photo

Severe hailstorms drive up claims

Every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes, but for the prairie growing season of 2018, the silver lining came without many clouds — hail clouds in particular. The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary Nov. 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than […] Read more