Keely, Rob and Halley Adams are part of Ter-Ron Angus at Forestburg, Alta. The family consistently wins big competitions with their Red Angus cattle, and most recently one of their cows was named Miss World Angus 2017. \ Barbara Duckworth photo

Show winners consider themselves cattle producers first

‘We try to raise the cattle first and then let them become show cattle,’ says Rob Adams of Ter-Ron Red Angus

REGINA — The folks at Ter-Ron Red Angus are no strangers to the winner’s circle, but Rob Adams likes to emphasize they are cattle producers first. “We try to raise the cattle first and then let them become show cattle,” he said during Canadian Western Agribition held in Regina Nov. 19-24. The family-run operation at […] Read more

Garrett Liebreich of Radville, Sask., won the junior supreme reserve championship at Canadian Western Agribition with his bred and owned heifer.  He won $2,000 at the end of the show.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Junior winner credits support from family

REGINA — An intense involvement in cattle breeding and showing has opened up the world for Garrett Liebreich. The winner of the reserve champion at the junior supreme show at Canadian Western Agribition, the 18-year-old is moving into the big time. The show awarded him a $2,000 scholarship for future studies but in the meantime […] Read more

At 22, Nikki Ross of Innisfail, Alta., is a seasoned cattle producer. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Producer’s passion for cattle means planning for two jobs

A young veteran of the livestock show circuit puts herself through hair stylist school but isn’t giving up on the show ring

REGINA — Nikki Ross feels like a veteran at 22. Active on the show circuit from the time she was old enough to hold a halter, she continues to make time for cattle. Ross is among that group of younger-than-30 beef enthusiasts who realize agriculture may be part of the future but often have to […] Read more

Sharin Engler holds a French lop rabbit, which weighs about 14 pounds, and a Little Polish rabbit, which weighs about 2.5 lb. Rabbits came back to Farmfair International after a long absence.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Rabbits a hit with visitors after return to Farmfair

The 17 breeds of rabbits in attendance at the Edmonton show 
represented commercial types for meat and fancies kept as pets

EDMONTON — There was a collective sigh of pleasure among visitors to the rabbit show at Farmfair International. With a cuteness factor to the power of 10, 180 rabbits of every colour and size were on display for the first time in a decade. Farmfair always had a rabbit and bird show, but the event […] Read more

Common over-the-counter antibiotics will now require a veterinary prescription and may be difficult to obtain without a vet-client agreement.  |  File photo

Livestock medication rules take effect Dec. 1

Producers are encouraged to establish a veterinary-client relationship, which will be required to obtain antibiotics

A large number of Alberta livestock producers do not have a regular veterinarian, and that could cause them problems later if they need medications or treatments. Under new federal antibiotic-dispensing rules that take effect Dec. 1, producers will need to have a valid veterinary-client relationship. Common over-the-counter antibiotics will now require a veterinary prescription and […] Read more

Craig Blair of Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. shows his happiness with the farm’s win for its female, PM Echo 8’16, at the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge.  |  Michael Raine photo

Alta., Sask., split supreme winners

REGINA — Every year, cattle producers are able to honour their peers at Canadian Western Agribition. The RBC Beef Supreme is the grand finale of the show that ran from Nov. 19-24 and recognizes the first among equals in the purebred cattle business. After 20 years the competition welcomes entrants from 17 shows in North […] Read more

Stephen Johnson of Barrhead, Alta., had the high selling Charolais heifer at the breed sale held during Canadian Western Agribition.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Charolais breeders claim high-selling heifer

Johnson family of Barrhead, Alta., saw their young female sell for $26,500 at Agribition; it is going to Minnesota

REGINA — Having a high-selling heifer at Canadian Western Agribition is gratifying for one Charolais family that has been involved with the breed for more than 40 years. “I did not expect her to sell that high. I knew the guy was interested but I didn’t know how much she was going to go for,” […] Read more

The grand championship at the Canadian Western Agribition junior supreme show went to Jacey Massey of Strathmore, Alta.,  and her Simmental heifer.   |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Junior show winner’s passion on display

REGINA — When Jacey Massey books off school for a week, she is likely to be found garbed up in coveralls and working in a barn grooming and showing cattle. An active show person at Canadian Western Agribition held from Nov. 19-24 in Regina, she won the junior supreme competition and $3,000 in cash with […] Read more

Sound, large testicles are indicative of adequate semen production.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Soundness exam not to be neglected

A bull’s testicles, penis and scrotum need to be checked regularly by a veterinarian to ensure they can still do the job

A bull’s working life is usually four to five breeding seasons, but soundness examinations should be done annually to make sure everything is in working order. When a veterinarian runs semen checks, the testicles and the penis are also scanned for injuries or abnormalities. “No bull is totally perfect,” said veterinarian Roy Lewis. Deviations are […] Read more

Bull testing provides critical breeding data

EDMONTON — Stepping out with technology is a dance the owners of Nelson Hirsche Purebreds want to try. Based in southern Alberta, the team has bought Grow Safe feed bunks to test its herds of Hereford, Angus and Charolais for residual feed intake and then enter the data into the Herd Trax cattle management system. […] Read more