The first revision to the food guide encourages the consumption of more fruits, vegetables, lean meats, water and fewer processed products containing high levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats.  |  File photo

New Canada food guide aims for healthier choices

Canada’s revised food guide has morphed into a healthy eating strategy. It is intended to provide better nutrition information, improve food quality and protect vulnerable groups like children. “The healthy eating strategy is part of a larger strategy to develop a food policy for Canada,” said Hasan Hutchinson, director of the office of nutrition policy […] Read more

Most livestock producers agree castration, branding, dehorning and difficult calving cause animals pain, but most producers do not use pain treatments to take the edge off.
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Pain control still not common

Most livestock producers agree castration, branding, dehorning and difficult calving cause animals pain, but most producers do not use pain treatments to take the edge off. Recent survey results show about a third of producers use pain control for dehorning. However, many say they dehorn when the calves are very young or use a polled […] Read more

McDonald's Canada said more than 20 million Angus beef burgers will be sourced starting this year using animal care and environmental standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. | File photo

McDonald’s to offer sustainable burgers

McDonald’s Canada plans to offer certified sustainable beef burgers on its menus. Using animal care and environmental standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the company said more than 20 million Angus beef burgers will be sourced starting this year. McDonald’s will use the roundtable logo that represents production and processing standards based […] Read more


Look beyond foot rot for lameness causes

Foot rot is a common diagnosis when an animal is limping but it may not be the correct one. “Every lame calf, the producer always says it has foot rot. In all reality, a lot of them are not foot rot, it is something else,” says veterinarian Roy Lewis. Producers should lift the foot and […] Read more

Olds College builds new smart farm

OLDS, Alta. — The farm of the future has arrived at Olds College. The first phase of the college smart farm in central Alberta is on 110 acres of cropland transformed with stationary soil monitors, digital weather stations, a wireless mesh network to provide wi-fi to the entire farm, use of unmanned vehicles and implementation […] Read more


Law would ban food advertising aimed at kids

A new law to restrict food advertising to children is making its way through Parliament. Bill S-228 proposes to ban the marketing of food and beverage to children younger than 13. “Kids are affected by what they are seeing and advertising affects what they are demanding of their parents to bring into the house,” said […] Read more

Livestock producers concerned by antibiotic rule changes

EDMONTON — Livestock producers are expressing concerns about availability and prices of common antibiotics once new regulations take effect on Dec. 1. Farm supply stores sell some of the products, but unless a pharmacist is available to fill prescriptions, producers will have to buy medically important antibiotics from veterinarians. “There has been a lot of […] Read more

Dietary risks among leading causes of death

Food is a source of health, wellness and enjoyment but overindulgence is affecting Canadians’ health. “There is a shift in understanding that the food we eat is one of the leading risks to our health, our longevity and our well-being,” said Calgary physician Norm Campbell. Dietary risks are among the leading causes of death among […] Read more


Abi McLean of Northern Ireland is a dairy farmer, vet student and champion power lifter. She was in Calgary recently to compete in the international power lifting competition as part of the Great Britain team.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Dairy farmer looks to weight-lifting for strength

A young Irish dairy farmer made her first trip to Calgary, not to shop for cattle but to participate in an international weight-lifting competition. Abigail McLean, 19, finished fifth in the world for her age and weight class, competing against women from around the world. When she is not in training or competing, she is […] Read more

This Wagyu striploin steak, cut an inch thick and weighing less than a pound, retailed for $46 at a Calgary farmers market. Produced by Brant Lake Wagyu, the speciality Alberta beef product is growing in popularity at restaurants and high end retail stores.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Wagyu deliver specialty market for Alta. ranch

The Brant Lake Cattle Co. has been involved with the Japanese breed since it imported semen in the early 1990s

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Since Michelle Ball launched the Brant Lake Wagyu brand in 2012, sales have increased each year. The specialty beef is found in grocery stores, 60 restaurants and direct sales, including some exports. “I’ve barely touched the Ontario and Quebec marketplace so there is definitely room for growth,” she said. Social media […] Read more