Farm puts down roots in two provinces

KIRRIEMUIR, Alta. — The circle of family, community and relationships embrace Craig and Jinel Ference. Recently named Alberta’s outstanding young farmers, the couple lives in the southeastern Alberta community of Kirriemuir near the Saskatchewan border. Becoming part of the young farmer alumni expands their community. “For us, it is a huge opportunity to meet different […] Read more


Cattle producers worry about how carbon taxes will affect them

Carbon pricing increases costs for producers, feedlot operators with limited ability to pass on costs

OTTAWA — Carbon pricing policies across Canada could add costs and affect producer competitiveness. “Carbon taxes have the potential to impact business or management programs in unexpected ways,” Brenna Grant, research analyst with Canfax, said at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting in Ottawa March 21-23. A study commissioned by the cattlemen’s association examined the […] Read more


Case made for business plan

PONOKA, Alta. — About a quarter of Canadian farmers lack a written business plan even though it could increase profitability. A 2015 Ipsos Agriculture study called Dollars and Sense conducted in 2015 showed those with a written plan had a five times higher return on assets than those who do not, said Herman Simons of […] Read more



Euthanizing cattle must be done correctly

The decision to put an animal down is difficult. “Our biggest issue is timeliness where people actually do not do it when it needs to be done,” said animal welfare specialist Jennifer Woods, who trains producers on euthanasia techniques. Another common problem is not using a powerful enough firearm and not hitting the proper location […] Read more


Protect NAFTA benefits: producers

OTTAWA — The Canadian beef industry wants to remind negotiators to do no harm when revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. “We want to make sure everyone understands that as far as the Canadian, American and Mexican beef industries are concerned, NAFTA has been very good for us. The top priority is to keep […] Read more



Beef improvement network remains work in progress

The idea of a Canadian beef improvement network remains on the drawing board, but little recent progress has been made. John Crowley, director of scientific and industry advancement at the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, said there is a need to link researchers with industry. “Genetic improvement as an activity to enhance overall production and environmental […] Read more


Brexit casts doubt on cattle trade with Great Britain

OTTAWA — Canada negotiated a free trade agreement with the European Union but now that the United Kingdom is leaving the EU, questions arise about the future. “The U.K. has been one of our best allies there,” said John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We are in the realm of speculation about what might […] Read more




Council pushes for live cattle entry to China

Getting Canadian product to China is a priority for beef marketers, but movement to that country continues to be slow. For the Canadian Beef Breeds Council sending live purebred cattle would be a coup. “They are asking for genetics and we have to work on getting live cattle access,” said Michael Latimer, executive director of […] Read more


Farmfair to stay in Edmonton

The show must go on for Farmfair International. The Edmonton based event will be held Nov. 7-11, said Lisa Holmes of Farmfair. “Farmfair will be at the Edmonton Expo centre for the next five years for sure and we plan to negotiate for the next five years,” she said. The organization has become a tenant […] Read more