The supreme champion bull at Canadian Western Agribition was Greenwood Electric Impact ET, shown by Greenwood Limousin and Angus of Lloydminster, Sask., with Jaxon Payne at the halter. This bull was sired by the 2017 Agribition supreme champion, Canadian Impact.  |  Barbara Duckworth photos

Limousin bull wins big at Agribition

REGINA — This has been a stellar year for two Saskatchewan families showing prize purebred cattle. A panel of five judges at the Canadian Western Agribition RBC supreme championship agreed a Limousin bull from the Payne family at Lloydminster and an Angus pair from the Morrison family of Radville, Sask., were the top cattle at […] Read more

Tom and Danika Warnyca of Montmartre, Sask., are passionate supporters of the Canadian cattle industry.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Hug-a-farmer campaign defends beef sector

A farm couple wants the industry to talk up the benefits of grazing for the environment and the healthy aspects of beef

REGINA — During the week of Canadian Western Agribition, a green and white banner caught the eye of many that passed. It announced: Eat beef. Hug a farmer. Save the planet. Repeat. The concept comes from Tom and Danika Warnyca of Montmartre, Sask., who were inspired to praise their industry as they listened to activists […] Read more

Jason Goodfellow of Notta Ranch in Neilburg, Sask., is at the halter of his world champion Speckle Park bull named Hawkeye. The bull was champion at Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition, which was held Nov. 25-30.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Sask. Speckle Park bull named world champ

REGINA — When Jason and Sara Goodfellow heard their Speckle Park bull was the first champion of the world, they knew the years of hard work and promotion had paid off.  “Having Speckle Park compete against these other breeds tells everybody we are equal,” he said.  Notta 1B Hawkeye 444E, owned by Notta Ranch Speckle […] Read more


Saskatchewan family revels in Miss World Hereford win

REGINA — It is a long way from Arcola, Sask., to Fort Worth, Texas, but it was worth it for the Lees family when they went to accept a special award. Their polled Hereford cow, RVP 106A Cameo Girl 45C, was named Miss World Hereford last year. Corey Lees, who is part of the multigenerational […] Read more



Yield, quality and stand persistence are the most important things about forage, an agronomist says.  |  File photo

Good forage stand requires agronomic base

Keys to success include planting at right time, proper seed bed, seed placement, quality seed and proper weed control

MONCTON, N.B. — An investment in proper crop rotations, fertility and water development are needed to get a strong forage stand. Advice for success in the field was part of the agenda at the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association annual conference held recently in Moncton. Peter Ballerstedt, a forage agronomist with the seed company Barenbrug […] Read more

Land trust agencies, a carbon project developer, ranchers, the eco goods and service development company Viresco Solutions Inc. and Shell Canada are developing a pilot program to measure how much carbon is sequestered and then calculate payments. | File photo

New project to measure carbon sequestration levels in grasslands

MONCTON, N.B. — Grassland guardians may finally get their wish to be paid for the environmental services they provide. Land trust agencies, a carbon project developer, ranchers, the eco goods and service development company Viresco Solutions Inc. and Shell Canada are developing a pilot program to measure how much carbon is sequestered and then calculate […] Read more

Scientists are arguing that grasslands’ benefits go beyond forage and beef production.  |  File photo

Researchers make case for grassland benefits

Carbon sequestration, soil health, water quality and pollinator habitat could be used to justify paying producers

MONCTION, N.B. — A stronger case for maintaining Canada’s shrinking grasslands is being made by researchers. “Our long-term goal is to recognize and quantify the magnitude the ecosystem goods and services these grasslands supply,” said Ed Bork of the University of Alberta and Mattheis Chair in Rangeland. An army of scientists is working on the […] Read more


The hard-to-kill virus has threatened 75 percent of the world’s hogs in Europe and Asia, said Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends, who provides market advice to the Canadian and U.S. livestock industries and makes frequent trips to China to gather market intelligence. | File photo

Global ASF crisis deepens

The spread of African swine fever continues to grow with some analysts suspecting China is downplaying the crisis and about half the sow herd there has been lost. “We still to this day do not know how bad it really is,” said Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends, who provides market advice to the Canadian and […] Read more

Colostrum gives piglets fat, sugar, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as growth factors that drive development of a pig’s intestine. This affects its ability to grow. It helps warm the pig with unique brown fat properties that help with thermoregulation. It provides passive and acquired immunity.
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Colostrum, early care critical with modern hogs

Larger litter sizes create animal welfare challenges because there are more and smaller pigs for farmers to manage

RED DEER — The modern sow is more prolific than ever but increased litter size carries consequences. Selective breeding has resulted in four more pigs per sow per year in the past 13 years, said veterinarian Egan Brockhoff of Prairie Swine Health Services. “There is no question larger litter sizes are associated with sow and […] Read more