Veterinarian Ashley Whitehead uses acupuncture to treat horses and teaches clinical skills at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She uses other alternative treatments for pain relief, inflammation and other conditions in horses. Besides the acupuncture needles, horses may receive electrostimulation at the acupuncture points.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Vet finds success using acupuncture on horses

Acupuncture may not work for everyone, but when veterinarian Ashley Whitehead uses the ancient Chinese art of healing on her animal patients, she sees results. Since earning her acupuncture certification nearly 10 years ago, Whitehead has successfully treated horses, cattle and zoo animals. Acupuncture may be used to prompt healing or relieve pain and inflammation. […] Read more

Logo now available to identify sustainable beef

A new logo labelling Canadian beef as sustainably produced is like a seal of approval. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has released logos for producers and processors who meet environmental, economic and social requirements. However, consumer surveys testing the logo indicate most Canadians believe beef farmers are already producing beef responsibly and in a […] Read more

Canadians believe the greatest responsibility for food safety lies with food companies, but they do not trust them. 
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Canadians say companies should be responsible for food safety: CFIA

Canadians believe the greatest responsibility for food safety lies with food companies, but they do not trust them. People trust themselves the most when it comes to ensuring their food is safe but few make an effort to learn more about production or processing. “Consumers do not hold themselves responsible for food safety even though […] Read more


Sask. rancher head of sustainable beef roundtable

Market analyst Anne Wasko is the new chair of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Wasko ranches with her husband Barry at Eastend, Sask., and replaces Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, who operates CL Ranches with her family near Calgary. Wasko has been a livestock market analyst for more than 30 years starting with Canfax and later moving […] Read more

Auction offering VBP Plus calf sale

Cattle from verified beef production operations will be offered for sale Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 through JGL Livestock at Moose Jaw, Sask. The calves need to come from registered VBP Plus operations and will go to registered feedlots, said Wayne Kot, of JGL. This is not a regular sale and the cattle will be […] Read more


Canadian roundtable group explores crops sustainability

Canada has a good story to tell about grain production sustainability but few know about it. The Canadian roundtable for sustainable crops includes growers, commodity groups, processors and food companies involved with grains, oilseeds and pulses. Much of their work is outward looking because requirements are often based on what the international market wants rather […] Read more

Feeder associations hire new executive director

Janice Tranberg is the new president and chief executive officer of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and National Cattle Feeders Association as of Nov 1. She is replacing Bryan Walton, who retires in early 2019. Tranberg has been executive director of the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, an assistant deputy minister for the Saskatchewan ministry of […] Read more

W.A. Ranches comprises 19,000 acres and includes a herd of 1,000 Angus cattle, all of it gifted to the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine.  |   W.A. Ranches photo

Donation earmarked for centre of excellence

The $44 million gift from W.A. Ranches is intended to be used for animal health and welfare research and public outreach

A donation of a 19,000-acre ranch to the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine is the largest gift of its kind to any Canadian university. W.A. Ranches near Cochrane, Alta., is worth an estimated $44 million and was donated by Calgary entrepreneurs Jack Anderson and his daughter Wynne Chisholm. The plan is to build […] Read more


Beef grading gets an upgrade

Trying to make kabobs out of stewing meat is going to be a wasted effort. “As a society, North America-wide, there is a loss of cooking ability generally across the board,” said Marty Carpenter, chair of the Canadian Beef Grading Agency and formerly with Canada Beef Inc. Carpenter is also a chef and he knows […] Read more

The Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence offers live training and e-learning programs on how to properly cook beef.  |  Getty image

Try a little tenderness

The tender middle cuts are found on 28 percent of a beef carcass. That leaves the shoulder, hip, belly and brisket and many cooks are unsure how to handle them successfully. With some creative cutting and cooking methods, these less tender cuts may still yield an easy to cook, tasty meal at a lower price […] Read more