The colour of water is not a safe way to tell if it contains dangerous sulfate levels.  |  Diane Winters photo

Producers urged to test their water’s quality

A Saskatchewan livestock specialist says visually inspecting water is not a reliable way to determine its suitability

Considering that a lactating cow needs between 55 and 61 litres of water each day during the summer, that water needs to be good. Water quality issues often arise, sometimes causing herd health concerns and livestock deaths, but one case remains fresh in the minds of many people. In 2017, more than 200 cattle died […] Read more

COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on prairie Hutterite colonies

Social isolation has been a key tool in fighting the virus, but the communal aspect of Hutterite life makes that difficult for colony members

Prairie Hutterites are facing the consequences of COVID-19 as cases on colonies continue to rise. The virus has spread rapidly through Hutterite communities in the last couple weeks. Although earlier reports linked the spread to attendance at an Alberta funeral in June, that has not been confirmed. In Saskatchewan, between July 22 and 27, the […] Read more

Cattle theft charges laid in Sask.

RCMP have charged two Saskatchewan people for trafficking cattle in Alberta and Saskatchewan. RCMP in Lanigan, Sask., charged Monika Ribi, 59, and Andre Ribi, also 59, of the Rural Municipality of Prairie Rose after a five-month investigation at Caprina Farms and Ranching near Jansen, Sask. According to RCMP, a search June 9 by Lanigan RCMP, […] Read more


Saskatchewan's Premier Scott Moe told the 80 Hutterite colonies in the province that they must follow health orders issues by the government. | File photo

All colonies must follow health orders

Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe had strong words Wednesday for Hutterites who aren’t following public health orders. In a news conference to update the day’s COVID-19 numbers, he spoke directly to the province’s 80 colonies, saying the vast majority of people are doing what they need to do to keep the virus at bay and that […] Read more

COVID-19 has spread rapidly through Prairie Hutterite communities in the last couple weeks. There are about 6,000 Hutterites in Saskatchewan and Premier Scott Moe said the disease outbreak is severe and could get worse. | file photo

COVID-19 takes its toll on prairie Hutterite colonies

Prairie Hutterites are facing the consequences of COVID-19 as cases on colonies continue to rise. The virus has spread rapidly through Hutterite communities in the last couple weeks. Although earlier reports linked the spread to attendance at an Alberta funeral in June, that has not been confirmed. In Saskatchewan, between July 22 and 27, the […] Read more


Some projects will examine how farmers and ranchers can irrigate with water drained from fields. Others will strategically retain wetlands to reduce downstream flooding impacts on habitat, water quality and infrastructure. And others will look at best ways to apply fertilizer to minimize nutrient runoff.
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Sask. plans drainage demonstrations

The Water Security Agency has announced 11 agricultural water management demonstration projects to develop best practices for drainage. The idea is to gain local, science-based knowledge to help develop drainage policy. This will include a draft mitigation policy to balance agricultural and environmental needs. The WSA has been consulting on a mitigation policy since last […] Read more

A new agreement allows Canada to ship organic products to Japan containing poultry, beef, horse, sheep, goat and pork.  |  Reuters/Jorge Silva photo

Japan accepts organic meat from Canada

Canada and Japan have expanded their organic equivalency arrangement. The two countries announced that, as of July 16, their 2015 agreement that recognized each other’s organic certification systems now includes livestock products and processed foods containing livestock ingredients. The earlier agreement included plants and processed foods made of plants and allowed certified organic products to […] Read more

More startling was the number of accounts with a balance of zero — 10,888 — and the number with less than $10,000 in them — 62,332.
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Most AgriInvest accounts less than $10,000

Farm groups say the federal data discredits argument that gov’t aid must wait until producers use up program money

Data sent to the House of Commons agriculture committee shows that most AgriInvest accounts hold less than $10,000 each. Only a small percentage of accounts contain $100,000 or more, according to a letter from Agriculture Canada to the committee. This highlights why the federal minister’s insistence that producers use their accounts before expecting any further […] Read more


The Saskatchewan cases include 23 in the south region, 11 in central, three each in north and far north, and two in Saskatoon. | Screencap via Twitter/@SKGov

Sask. reports 42 more COVID cases

There are 42 new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan on July 23, as well as a death. Manitoba has reported a single new case in the Interlake-Eastern health region. The Saskatchewan cases include 23 in the south region, 11 in central, three each in north and far north, and two in Saskatoon. Of the daily total, […] Read more

RCMP remind producers that branding cattle is the best way to identify ownership. | File photo

Cattle theft charges laid in Sask.

RCMP have charged two Saskatchewan people for trafficking cattle in Alberta and Saskatchewan. RCMP in Lanigan, Sask., charged Monika Ribi, 59, and Andre Ribi, also 59, of the Rural Municipality of Prairie Rose after a five-month investigation at Caprina Farms and Ranching near Jansen, Sask. According to RCMP, a search June 9 by Lanigan RCMP, […] Read more