Feed tests also become important as more producers start using alternative feeds to make sure they are nutritious and balanced.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Cow nutrition requires special care in drought

RED DEER — In dry years like this, cows may not get the nutrition they need when the grass starts to turn brown. “If we stay dry, vitamin supplements may be needed in the summer,” said Kristen Rison-Bennett, a nutritionist with Blue Rock Animal Nutrition at Innisfail, Alta. Carotene in fresh grass plummets when it […] Read more

Chris and Sara Allen raise their children, Annlawrence, 5, and Addison, 2, on a Simmental farm near Lexington, Kentucky.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Kentucky family raises cattle in horse country

The state is known for its horses, but with 1.1 million cows, it is also the largest cow-calf producer east of the Mississippi

VERSAILLES, Kentucky — In the middle of Thoroughbred country, the Allen family has been raising purebred Simmentals since 1974. There are about 150 purebred Simmentals at Wayward Hill Farm at Versailles (pronounced Versale), and for Chris and his wife, Sara, who are full partners with his parents, Dr. Henry and Louann Allen, everything is about […] Read more

Feed additives can help combat waste

Twenty-five percent of nutrients in feedgrains are trapped by fibre that animals cannot digest; enzymes can help 


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Four quadrillion calories may be lost each year because of the inefficient digestion of feed grains by livestock. That sounds like an incomprehensible number, but 25 percent of nutrients in grains like corn, wheat, barley, sorghum, soybean, rapeseed, cottonseed and other grains are trapped by fibre that animals cannot digest, said Alltech […] Read more


Chamber of Commerce releases election list

The national organization releases a seven-point blueprint for how Ottawa could make things easier for business

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Onerous regulations and a complicated tax system are stifling Canadian business and investment opportunities, according to a report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Regulations are a central part of every society. Effective, practical regulatory regimes attract investment and get major projects built. Unfortunately our system is broken. It is complex. […] Read more

New national beef strategy moves forward in Canada

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The next generation of the national beef strategy is moving ahead. The first strategy involving a wide range of beef industry stakeholders ran from 2015-18 with a goal of moving the industry forward with four pillars. The sketch of the next strategy that runs from 2020-24 was presented at the British […] Read more


On-farm mycotoxin tests available

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rapid tests to identify mycotoxins in the field are available. An integrated system called Raptor from Neogen Corp. can identify mycotoxin contamination on the farm or at a feed mill within minutes. The system can show if aflatoxin, ochratoxin, zearalenone, DON, T2/HT-2 toxins and fumonisin are present. The system was demonstrated at […] Read more

Cattle at Steve Sickle’s farm near St George, Ont., thrive in his rotational pasture system, where they are moved to fresh grass every day. This year heavy rain has produced lush amounts of grass that is growing faster than the cows can eat it.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Cattle play major role on Ontario grain farm

Producer receives environmental stewardship award for the work he has done in crop and pasture management


ST GEORGE, ONT. — Steve Sickle is a life-long learner when it comes to managing crops and pasture. One of the things he has learned is that cattle and cropland go together. Beef Farmers of Ontario agrees with his theories and named him its 2019 environmental stewardship award winner. Sickle said the award caught him […] Read more

Bovine respiratory disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in newly received feedlot calves. | File photo

Preconditioning calves can help prevent illness

Calves that are properly vaccinated, given protein-rich feed and taught to use a waterer before leaving home tend to be sturdier and able to withstand a variety of stress factors at the feedlot

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — Bovine respiratory disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in newly received feedlot calves. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for these youngsters that may be immuno-compromised after weaning and transportation. “When you look at the entire North American feedlot industry this disease alone and […] Read more


While exports are growing, Canada’s herd remains unchanged. The most recent census shows the country’s herd is the smallest since 1991.  |  File photo

Canada sees significant jump in beef exports

The United States, China and Japan are the major markets as exports increase by 24 percent and value jumps 40 percent

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — Canada is turning in a gold medal performance when it comes to beef exports. About half of what is produced here leaves Canada, and year-to-date figures show a 24 percent increase in export volume and 40 percent jump in value, said Brian Perillat, senior market analyst with Canfax. “There is no […] Read more

Cattle producers with grazing leases on land under negotiation who are concerned about land and water have been assured they will not be displaced, but uncertainty remains.
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Treaty talks worry B.C. ranchers

Cattle producers concerned with unknowns as the government 
negotiates with First Nations to settle unresolved land claims

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — There has been no significant progress in finalizing treaties with First Nations groups in British Columbia although some negotiations have progressed and could be settled in a few years. Cattle producers with grazing leases on land under negotiation who are concerned about land and water have been assured they will not […] Read more