British beef exports to Canada approved

The United Kingdom has received approval to export manufacturing beef to Canada. Representatives from the British meat trade in England, Scotland and Wales have been negotiating the deal since 2015, said a news release from the U.K. Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The original trade agreement covered primal cuts and manufacturing beef, but the focus […] Read more

B.C. seeks input on livestock water use rules

The British Columbia government is seeking public comments on its livestock water regulations by Feb. 16. The proposed regulations within the province’s Water Sustainability Act, which was passed in 2016, are meant to clarify livestock water use and development on crown range and private land. In addition, the proposal allows for livestock watering use on […] Read more

Sask. ranch finishes well at Denver stock show

DENVER, Colo. — If the National Western Stock Show is the Super Bowl of livestock exhibitions, then Shane Kaufmann was glad to make the playoffs. He and his family consisting of his parents, Keith and Linda, and his wife, Alexis, and their four children own Southview Ranch at Ceylon, Sask., where they have one of […] Read more

Lifetime of work earns Angus win for producer

DENVER, Colo. — Bill Wilson has devoted his life to the cattle business and at age 76, he recently won grand champion Angus bull at the National Western Stock Show. “The national western is the biggest and toughest show there is,” he said after his bull named WCC Classic D55 got the nod at the […] Read more

Zebu cattle attract attention at national show

DENVER, Colo. — Showing tropical cattle in winter might pose some risks but organizers for the first miniature Zebu show at the National Western Stock Show were rewarded with near record warm temperatures and a crowd eager to snap selfies with the hump-backed cattle. Zebu are probably the oldest domesticated breed of cattle and evolved […] Read more

Parasite control in sheep requires plan

RED DEER — Worm control in livestock is an ongoing battle. Parasites are showing more resistance to chemical treatments so alternative controls are needed, said Michel Levy and John Gilleard of the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine. Speaking at the recent Alberta sheep symposium held in Red Deer, different approaches were discussed to […] Read more

Better bale storage can improve cattle health

OLDS, Alta. — Quality losses are inevitable in hay left to sit outside in fields over winter. But producers can take steps to better protect them, said Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at Alberta Agriculture. “You need to do something to protect those bales from weather to optimize the use of that forage, especially […] Read more

Dry summers cast light on water quality

OLDS, Alta. — When 200 cows died in Saskatchewan after drinking from a contaminated dugout, it foreshadowed future problems with high salt content in water across the Prairies. “If we don’t get the snow or there is very little runoff and we get another hot summer, that water is going to evaporate and the level […] Read more

Alta. Lamb considers plebiscite on resuming non-refundable checkoff

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Alberta lamb producers may be able to vote this year on the future of their $1.50 checkoff. About one percent of producers request their money back, but the rebates amount to about five percent of the organization’s budget. About $11,000 has been returned in the last two years, said Alberta Lamb […] Read more

Breed associations adapt

REGINA — Breed associations have been around for more than a century but today their roles are changing. Wade Shafer, executive vice-president of the American Simmental Association, said the beef sector will maintain the need for breeds and associations but their functions may change. More crossbred animals may be used as breeding stock similar to […] Read more