Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is touring the province talking to rural residents who say they are angry and want meaningful action to protect themselves against thefts and violence. | File photo

Minister speaks out on rural crime lawsuit

OKOTOKS, Alta. — The Alberta government is talking about taking harder line in its fight against rural crime. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is touring the province talking to rural residents who say they are angry and want meaningful action to protect themselves against thefts and violence. He also took the unusual step of speaking out […] Read more

Lee Wilson of Miller Wilson Angus at Bashaw, Alta., showed the grand champion Black Angus at the Olds Classic Livestock Show. Judge Chamarie Viator called this bull “the most complete we have seen here.”  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Purebred show season is underway

OLDS, Alta. — The first purebred show of the season opened with the Olds Fall Classic Oct. 4-6. The show is part of the Alberta Supreme championship and many of the cattle on show here will go on to Edmonton’s Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. The class winners are: Grand champion female: […] Read more

David Esmond of Tugaske, Sask., cuts wheat  and volunteer canola  for silage. The wheat crop was destroyed by hail in July.  |  Mickey Watkins photo

Feed assessment requires proper procedures

Lower quality feed can lead to a range of problems in cow herds, including more sickness and lower conception rates. Instead of three- to five-percent open cows, eight percent may fail to get pregnant, said beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio of Alberta Agriculture. “With the shortage of vitamins and poor quality forage that has […] Read more


B.C. deer head submissions mandatory

Hunters in British Columbia’s Kootenay region are required to submit deer heads for testing of chronic wasting disease following the discovery of nine cases along the Montana border. From Sept. 1-Nov. 30 heads of mule and white-tailed deer caught in the wildlife management units of 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7 along the southern […] Read more

National beef strategy carries on with revamped plan

1. Beef demand


The Canadian beef industry is slowly moving forward with a set of goals first set in 2015. The national beef strategy is an ongoing plan for improved profitability, growth and continued production of high quality beef. The plan outlines four pillars: improved beef demand, competitiveness, productivity and connectivity. The strategy developed for 2020-24 follows the […] Read more


Alpacas at Kensington Prairie Farm are maintained for their fine fleece. All are registered animals.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

B.C. family raises alpacas for fibre and meat

On the Farm: The Huacaya alpacas share space on the farm with registered polled Herefords and a feed business

ALDERGROVE, B.C. — The quest for quality drives every operation at Kensington Prairie Farm. Owned by Catherine Simpson and her husband, Jim Dales, the picturesque property at Aldergrove, B.C., is home to 60 Huacaya alpacas, 35 registered polled Herefords and an agriculture services division that produces high quality hay and silage, as well as custom […] Read more

Data from Ontario estimates collective beef cattle farm losses in the two provinces have exceeded $100 million since the start of the year. On the cattle feeding side, the industry is losing more than $2.5 million per week on average.
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Eastern cattle producers struggle

Ontario cattle prices have been trading at a significant discount below Alberta for nearly two years, and Quebec is worse

Beef producers in Eastern Canada face a compounding economic crisis with no end in sight. “We are a mess right now,” said Joe Hill, president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario. He operates a feedlot north of Guelph. Ontario cattle prices have been trading at a significant discount below Alberta for nearly two years. At […] Read more

Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Animal Genetic Resources in Saskatoon holds a large collection of frozen semen and some embryos from cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, deer and elk. Everything is stored in liquid nitrogen, colour coded and entered into a database.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Semen bank ensures future of livestock species

Agriculture Canada maintains more than 300,000 doses of frozen semen and embryos from a variety of livestock species

SASKATOON — If a disaster should ever harm any part of Canada’s livestock sector, there is hope for recovery. Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Animal Genetic Resources (CAGR) housed in Saskatoon holds a large collection of frozen semen and some embryos from cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, deer and elk. Many livestock breeds are recognized in […] Read more


Identify replacement heifers to control costs

CARSTAIRS, Alta. — Next to feed costs, the greatest expense on a ranch is cow depreciation so improving momentum and longevity in the herd is important. Increasing longevity starts with heifers, said Elizabeth Homerosky of Veterinary Agri Health Services at Airdrie, Alta. When it comes to replacement heifer management, it is better to look for […] Read more

Producers should consider the cost of protein per tonne and the amount of protein in a given feed. Feed may be cheaper by the tonne but if it has less protein there is reduced benefit.  |  Jeanette Greaves photo

Nutrition needs to be vital part of winter feeding

A beef specialist urges producers to test their feed, especially in a year like this when forage crops are lower quality

CARSTAIRS, Alta. — Nutrition and animal performance go hand in hand. This year forage crops have lower energy and protein levels so rations may need extra attention to ensure livestock are properly fed, said Barry Yaremcio, beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Feed testing is necessary to assess moisture levels and quality and determine where supplements […] Read more