Sask. ranch finishes well at Denver stock show

DENVER, Colo. — If the National Western Stock Show is the Super Bowl of livestock exhibitions, then Shane Kaufmann was glad to make the playoffs. He and his family consisting of his parents, Keith and Linda, and his wife, Alexis, and their four children own Southview Ranch at Ceylon, Sask., where they have one of […] Read more

Lifetime of work earns Angus win for producer

DENVER, Colo. — Bill Wilson has devoted his life to the cattle business and at age 76, he recently won grand champion Angus bull at the National Western Stock Show. “The national western is the biggest and toughest show there is,” he said after his bull named WCC Classic D55 got the nod at the […] Read more

Zebu cattle attract attention at national show

DENVER, Colo. — Showing tropical cattle in winter might pose some risks but organizers for the first miniature Zebu show at the National Western Stock Show were rewarded with near record warm temperatures and a crowd eager to snap selfies with the hump-backed cattle. Zebu are probably the oldest domesticated breed of cattle and evolved […] Read more

Parasite control in sheep requires plan

RED DEER — Worm control in livestock is an ongoing battle. Parasites are showing more resistance to chemical treatments so alternative controls are needed, said Michel Levy and John Gilleard of the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine. Speaking at the recent Alberta sheep symposium held in Red Deer, different approaches were discussed to […] Read more

Better bale storage can improve cattle health

OLDS, Alta. — Quality losses are inevitable in hay left to sit outside in fields over winter. But producers can take steps to better protect them, said Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at Alberta Agriculture. “You need to do something to protect those bales from weather to optimize the use of that forage, especially […] Read more

Dry summers cast light on water quality

OLDS, Alta. — When 200 cows died in Saskatchewan after drinking from a contaminated dugout, it foreshadowed future problems with high salt content in water across the Prairies. “If we don’t get the snow or there is very little runoff and we get another hot summer, that water is going to evaporate and the level […] Read more

Alta. Lamb considers plebiscite on resuming non-refundable checkoff

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Alberta lamb producers may be able to vote this year on the future of their $1.50 checkoff. About one percent of producers request their money back, but the rebates amount to about five percent of the organization’s budget. About $11,000 has been returned in the last two years, said Alberta Lamb […] Read more

Breed associations adapt

REGINA — Breed associations have been around for more than a century but today their roles are changing. Wade Shafer, executive vice-president of the American Simmental Association, said the beef sector will maintain the need for breeds and associations but their functions may change. More crossbred animals may be used as breeding stock similar to […] Read more

How much water is required to produce a pound of beef?

When a group of schoolchildren from Surrey, B.C., asked how much water is needed to produce a pound of beef, the staff at the Beef Cattle Research Council had to admit they did not know. “It was a challenge to do this because all we could really account for was how much water a cow […] Read more

New genetic tools offer way to restore cattle vigour

Doug Wray assumed he had a Red Angus-Simmental cow herd on his Alberta ranch but DNA testing revealed an interesting mix. Similar to the concept of where people can trace their ethnic heritage, DNA breed analysis of Wray’s commercial cows showed they were Angus, Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, Hereford and Gelbvieh. Included in the mix […] Read more