Ontario producers have soft spot for Jersey cows

Farmers’ grandfather raised the breed, as did the uncle from whom they bought the operation in 1983

ELORA, Ont. — Jersey cows are a family tradition at Creek Edge Farms. Based at Elora, Ont., Oscar Martin and his sons, Terry and Javen Martin, admit they have a soft spot for the brown, doe eyed cattle. “My grandpa had Jerseys and my uncle who owned this farm before had Jerseys,” Javen Martin told […] Read more


British beef exports to Canada approved

The United Kingdom has received approval to export manufacturing beef to Canada. Representatives from the British meat trade in England, Scotland and Wales have been negotiating the deal since 2015, said a news release from the U.K. Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The original trade agreement covered primal cuts and manufacturing beef, but the focus […] Read more


World produced more animal feed last year

Annual feed survey finds that North American prices are lowest in the world because of easy access to cereals and soybeans

A record amount of animal feed was produced in 2017. More than one billion tonnes of manufactured feed was produced worldwide, a 13 percent increase since 2012, said Aidan Connolly of the animal nutrition company, Alltech. The global feed survey was released Jan. 25 and compiled figures from more than 31,000 feed manufacturers in 144 […] Read more



Beef, breed variety remain ranch goals

The Hoffmans of Nebraska see their winning ways in the show ring as part of a plan to reach commercial customers

The Hoffmans of Nebraska see their winning ways in the show ring as part of a plan to reach commercial customers

DENVER, Colo. — The folks at Hoffman Ranch might have won numerous grand championships at the top-ranked National Western Stock Show here, but that doesn’t mean they consider themselves showmen. The family run operation at Thedford, Nebraska, considers these national events as a way to promote their Hereford-Angus operation, where they raise about 750 registered […] Read more


B.C. seeks input on livestock water use rules

The regulations are meant to clarify livestock water use and development on crown range and private land

The British Columbia government is seeking public comments on its livestock water regulations by Feb. 16. The proposed regulations within the province’s Water Sustainability Act, which was passed in 2016, are meant to clarify livestock water use and development on crown range and private land. In addition, the proposal allows for livestock watering use on […] Read more



Beef tenderness research points to aging, chilling

EDMONTON — Aging and chilling beef carcasses is the best way to tenderize meat. “The post-slaughter environment is probably going to have more of an impact on tenderness than anything that happened to the live animal,” said Jordan Roberts of Agriculture Canada, who works with a team of researchers on meat quality at the research […] Read more


Agri-food corridor pushed for between Calgary and Olds

An agreement has been signed to develop a world class agri-food corridor between Calgary and Olds. “The Calgary-Olds Smart Agri-Food Corridor is a great first step that southern Alberta is recognized as a leader. It will help us develop our ecosystem and help incubate entrepreneurial companies and people,” said Mary Moran, head of Calgary Economic […] Read more


Calm temperament key trait for South Devon cattle

DENVER, Colo. — Jordan Vander Molen proposed to his future wife at the National Western Stock Show after winning the South Devon female championship four years ago. They were standing at the picture backdrop and while his partner, Tayler, squealed with delight as he went down on one knee, the cow never flinched. For Vander […] Read more



British beef exports to Canada approved

The United Kingdom has received approval to export manufacturing beef to Canada. Representatives from the British meat trade in England, Scotland and Wales have been negotiating the deal since 2015, said a news release from the U.K. Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The original trade agreement covered primal cuts and manufacturing beef, but the focus […] Read more


B.C. seeks input on livestock water use rules

The British Columbia government is seeking public comments on its livestock water regulations by Feb. 16. The proposed regulations within the province’s Water Sustainability Act, which was passed in 2016, are meant to clarify livestock water use and development on crown range and private land. In addition, the proposal allows for livestock watering use on […] Read more