Farm organizations applaud the Saskatchewan government’s decision to require those who want to hunt or snowmobile on rural property to ask permission first.
 But the opposition party and Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations say more consultation should have occurred before legislative amendments were introduced last week.
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Sask. to change trespass laws

Farm organizations applaud the Saskatchewan government’s decision to require those who want to hunt or snowmobile on rural property to ask permission first. But the opposition party and Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations say more consultation should have occurred before legislative amendments were introduced last week. Justice Minister Don Morgan said the changes will remove […] Read more

Those who intend to drive a semi for a Saskatchewan farm will have to get an F endorsement on their existing driver’s licences once mandatory training comes into effect on March 15.  |  Getty image

New Sask. trucker rules exempt farmers

Farmers and farm workers driving semi-trucks within Saskatchewan’s borders won’t be required to take the mandatory driver training that the government announced Dec. 3. Joe Hargrave, minister responsible for SGI, said those who intend to drive a semi for a farm will have to get an F endorsement on their existing driver’s licences once mandatory […] Read more

Cain Quam demonstrates the attention of his horse, Vegas, in the sale ring at Canadian Western Agribition’s select horse sale.  | Karen Briere photo

Vegas brings top dollar at CWA horse sale

Sheep buyers attend Canadian Western Agribition looking for top genetics; supreme champion ewe sells for $1,300

First-time Canadian Western Agribition buyers showed no hesitation in bidding on what they wanted. The top-selling ranch horse and the high-selling sheep both went to show newcomers. Shawn Muhr, of Odessa, Sask., seemed a little surprised that he paid $17,000 for a three-year-old gelding officially known as JT Racing Hickory but commonly known as Vegas. […] Read more


Daylin Shotter from Creekside Alpacas in Osage, Sask., waits his turn in the show ring with TGS Creekside’s Echo, a two-year-old fawn-coloured huacaya alpaca. | Karen Briere photo

Alpacas make return to Agribition show ring

Exhibitors from across Western Canada brought about 55 animals to the major livestock show in Regina


Mary-Jo Smith knew little about alpacas when she left Canada and moved to the United Kingdom 18 years ago. But joining her aunt at Bozedown Alpacas in Reading, Berkshire, led her to becoming one of Britain’s premier breeders. It is fitting then that the Albertan returned to Canada last month to judge the Premier Alpaca […] Read more

Speaking alongside former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna at a panel during Canadian Western Agribition held in Regina Nov. 19-24, Wall said the same forces that worked to brand all Canadian oil as dirty don’t like modern agriculture.
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Bad labels can stick, former premier warns agriculture

Brad Wall says the forces that branded Canadian oil as dirty could easily end up doing the same with agriculture

Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently told agriculture to take a branding lesson from the energy sector. Speaking alongside former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna at a panel during Canadian Western Agribition held in Regina Nov. 19-24, Wall said the same forces that worked to brand all Canadian oil as dirty don’t like modern agriculture. […] Read more


Ringman Danny Vandenameele takes bids on the grand champion bison bull during the sale at Canadian Western Agribition. The bull consigned by Silver Creek Bison from Binscarth, Man., sold for $17,000.  |  Karen Briere photo

Bison’s story could help survive meat decline

Sylvain Charlebois says it’s possible to make bison meat
a geographical experience rather than just an animal protein

Bison producers worried about the rise of plant-based diets should take heart, says a food distribution and policy expert. Sylvain Charlebois told the annual Canadian Bison Association convention that while the overall story for meat consumption isn’t great, there is hope for bison. That lies in the production story that bison producers can tell and […] Read more

Award celebrates women in agriculture

Shannon McArton accepted this year’s BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture award last week on behalf of all the farm women who worked without recognition. “I think about our mothers, our grandmothers, our great-grandmothers, who worked incredibly hard — physical labour, holding the farm together, holding the family together — in a time when respect and […] Read more

4-H initiative tackles youth mental health

Healthy Living Initiative focuses on creating tools and resources to support young people with mental health challenges

4-H Canada and several partners used the backdrop of Canada’s largest livestock show to announce a new program targeted at youth mental health. The two-year initiative will focus on supporting the emotional and physical health of rural young people beginning next spring. Chief executive officer Shannon Benner said the first year of the Healthy Living […] Read more


Numbers up for bison, prices down

The number of bison on offer was up but sale prices were down during the 26th annual show and sale at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Seventy-nine head sold for a total of $451,810 compared to 67 animals that sold for $531,650 last year. Two bulls each sold for $17,000 to top the sale, including […] Read more

Saskatchewan will implement mandatory training for truck drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence, effective March 15, 2019. Farm semi operators, however, will require only an F endorsement. | File photo

Sask. initiates more stringent semi-truck driver training

Saskatchewan will implement mandatory training for truck drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence, effective March 15, 2019. Testing will also be more stringent. Farm semi operators, however, will require only an F endorsement. The government is still working with the agriculture sector on how mandatory training might affect the industry. It noted that farm […] Read more