Food-borne illness called global challenge

TORONTO — Many food safety crises have led to better regulations. “We tend to be reactive,” said researcher Alexandra Calle with the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech University. Too often failures to detect serious bacteria like listeria or E. coli have sickened and in some cases, killed people. The largest listeria […] Read more

Egg Farmers of Canada has rolled out a new program called Vision 2020 Crack 300 to encourage per capita egg consumption to increase to 300 from 253 per year. 
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Farmers unveil plan to boost consumption by an egg per week

Hen housing in Alberta:


RED DEER — Egg Farmers of Canada want people to eat more eggs. The organization has rolled out a new program called Vision 2020 Crack 300 to encourage per capita egg consumption to increase to 300 from 253 per year. “We as an organization would like to be one of the largest per capita egg […] Read more

“Agriculture has been the scapegoat for a long time and I think it is really time for that to change,” said Frank Mitloehner of the University of California, Davis. A long-time defender of agriculture and its contribution to climate change, he is director of the CLEAR Center, which stands for Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research. | File photo

Beef defended against methane accusations

A researcher from the University of California says fossil fuels continue to be the main greenhouse emissions culprit

Agriculture contributes to climate change but it is not the main villain compared to emissions from other industries. “Agriculture has been the scapegoat for a long time and I think it is really time for that to change,” said Frank Mitloehner of the University of California, Davis. A long-time defender of agriculture and its contribution […] Read more


“Most successful producers really begin their management at the pasture level,” said Hugh Aljoe, a pasture and range consultant with the Noble Research Institute.
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Cattle success begins with pasture health

Watching what happens on the land can help producers make decisions such as carrying capacity and stocking rates

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — If cows are the factory and calves are the product, then the pasture is the foundation for the factory. “Most successful producers really begin their management at the pasture level,” said Hugh Aljoe, a pasture and range consultant with the Noble Research Institute. Minding what happens on the land aids decisions […] Read more

Many cattle producers are concentrating on calving at the moment but attention to bull fertility will soon be required. That might mean a breeding soundness evaluation, specialists say.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Bull fertility needs producers’ close attention

A bull sires 30 to 60 calves per year so a breeding soundness examination by a veterinarian should be done annually

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A single bull affects the genetics of a herd much more than a single cow, so selection of the most fertile sires is critical. “Reproduction is five times more important than growth traits and 10 times more important than product quality when we look at the finances on a cow-calf operation,” […] Read more


Industry looks for ways to better measure sperm quality

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — It only takes one sperm to impregnate a cow. The amount of sperm can maximize the chance of pregnancy but other factors are also at play, said reproductive physiology Joe Dalton at the University of Idaho. Breeding soundness evaluations can show which bulls are subfertile or nonfertile. The exam does not […] Read more

Roelof and Mary van Benthem were named Alberta’s outstanding young farmers earlier this year. They own Benthemmer Holsteins near Spruce View in central Alberta. They are shown with three of their sons: Noah, Finn and Toby.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Outstanding young farmers focus on Holsteins

On the Farm: Producers say the national program provided them with an opportunity to take a fresh look at their operation


SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. — Farming at Benthemmer Holsteins is all about continuous improvement. Every year Roelof and Mary van Benthem make improvements to their dairy at Spruce View in central Alberta to make life better for their cows and ultimately for themselves. Named Alberta’s outstanding young farmers for 2020, they and their four boys — […] Read more

The CCA and ACFA are closely following market and supply chain developments related to the pandemic. In the country, there’s also a close watch on soon-to-calve cattle, as this rancher is doing.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Disaster request made for COVID-19

The cattle sector wants the pandemic declared a natural disaster to open up more assistance options under Agri-Recovery


The Canadian Catttlemen’s Association has asked the federal government to deem COVID-19 as a natural disaster under the Agri-Recovery program to open up more assistance options. “We have asked to eliminate the $3 million cap on Agri-Stability and invoke the late participation clause,” said Dennis Laycraft, executive vice-president of the association during a COVID-19 news […] Read more


Sexual behaviour has implications for reproductive success

That come-hither look between males and females is not witchcraft. Expressions of sexual behaviour in livestock help identify mates and optimize fertilization, said Brenda Alexander, a professor of reproductive biology of the University of Wyoming. “In the end reproductive behav-iour matters because the vast majority of births are occurring because of natural service,” she said […] Read more

Ian Mason feeds about 400 of his cattle west of Cayley, Alta.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Cattle markets in turmoil under COVID-19 fears

Cattle markets in Canada and the United States are being knocked around with uncertainty due to the threat of COVID-19. Canada follows the United States cut-out wholesale beef price, which is soaring while live prices struggle. “We are hearing from our producers across the country that the spread between the boxed beef side and the […] Read more