Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, says the federal government can’t overlook rural Canada.  |  Karen Briere photo

Rural Canada wants say in national unity

The president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities says rural Canada must not be left out of the current conversation about national unity. Ray Orb told delegates to the recent midterm convention in Regina that he hoped he would get a phone call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just as several big city mayors […] Read more

OT Annie De of One Tree Ranching Ltd. at Patricia, Alta., was named top female at last week’s Canadian National Texas Longhorn Show during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.  |  Karen Briere photo

Texas Longhorn wins at Agribition

The Musgrove family runs about 100 cows at home and sell bulls to commercial producers

Gordon Musgrove’s attempt to downsize his commercial cattle operation about 10 years ago led him to Texas Longhorns and, last week, success in the Canadian Western Agribition show ring. Musgrove, who operates One Tree Ranching Ltd. at Patricia, Alta., with his wife, Charlene, took home banners for the grand and reserve champion females in the […] Read more

Diane Unruh of Hague, Sask., brings a bundle of hay to her neighbour’s alpacas Nov. 24 during Canadian Western Agribition.  |  William DeKay photo

Alpaca show entries impress German judge

The Agribition event attracted fleece and alpaca entries from British Columbia to Quebec

Robin Nasemann has been on a world tour the last few weeks, but judging alpacas at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina proved to be a worthy stop. “Overall, I was very impressed with the quality, especially at the top of the classes,” he said after judging both the fleece and the halter shows. “They were […] Read more

Sheldon Kennedy, seen here on the left when he played in the National Hockey League, is better known for going public about sexual abuse he suffered when he was younger, but now he wants to be known for something else — Saskatchewan grain farmer.  |  Reuters photo

Former NHLer returns to the land

Sheldon Kennedy and his family moved to Saskatchewan two years ago and have settled down on a grain farm

Sheldon Kennedy and his family moved to Saskatchewan two years ago and have settled down on a grain farm

For more than 20 years, Sheldon Kennedy has been known as the former National Hockey League player who went public with sexual abuse by his former junior hockey coach. He rollerbladed across Canada, lent his name to a child advocacy centre, wrote a book and founded an organization dedicated to ending bullying, harassment, abuse and […] Read more

Rafael Ramirez Gonzalez from Mexico was among the five people selected to judge the RBC Beef Supreme at Canadian Western Agribition. He and his family run a large operation in Jalisco, Mexico, including hogs, laying hens, cattle and sheep, and most of his beef genetics have come from Canada.  |  KAREN BRIERE PHOTO

Agribition prepares for 50th milestone

Organizers report good attendance and international visitors up from last year

Organizers say it was a happy coincidence that the 50th Canadian Western Agribition in 2020 will begin on exactly the same day as the very first show in 1971. As this year’s show wrapped up last week the half-century milestone was already on everyone’s minds. Agribition will begin a little later than it typically does […] Read more

Transport rules, BSE dominate minister meeting

Beef industry representatives repeated their message to the federal government last week that impending transportation regulations will not work for their sector. Several met with agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau for an hour-long meeting during her visit to Canadian Western Agribition. Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chief executive officer Ryder Lee said the time allowed them to cover […] Read more

FCC upbeat about wheat, canola, pulse, soy

Growth and diversification are not easy, concedes Farm Credit Canada, but the future is bright for these crops

An analysis by Farm Credit Canada shows opportunities for Canada to expand and diversify markets for four major crops in spite of trade tensions. Chief economist J.P. Gervais said wheat, canola, pulse and soy markets all have potential. Although beef and pork were not included in a trade report released last week he said animal […] Read more

Greenwood Limousin and Angus of Lloydminster, Sask. sold a half semen interest and full possession in Greenwood Electric Impact WET. This Limousin bull was supreme champion at Farmfair International and grand champion Limousin bull at Canadian Western Agribition. He is a son of the 2017 Agribition supreme champion Greenwood Canadian Impact ET and sold for $62,000 to Ben Armitage, Kinsella, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Purebred beef shows continue at Agribition

Show results from yesterday’s events at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina include more purebred beef events plus the start of the sheep classes. In the Black Angus show, Brooking Countess 7077, with calf at side Brooking Dusty’s Countess 9026, took the grand champion female honours for Brooking Angus Ranch of Radville, Sask., and Dusty Rose […] Read more

Seized animal court cases proceed

Two Saskatchewan cattle producers charged under animal welfare laws are expected to be back in court in January. Cattle were seized from both men last winter after animal protection officers found dead and dying animals. Charges were laid under provincial animal protection legislation and the Criminal Code of Canada. Both men made first appearances earlier […] Read more

The Canadian Western Agribition grand champion Simmental female was the entry of the Massey family of Strathmore, Alta. Named JM New Trend Class Act 3E, the two year old had a heifer calf at side. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Beef shows, sales dominate at Agribition

Purebred beef shows and sales are well underway at Canadian Western Agribition. The First Lady Classic, Futurity and President’s Classic interbreed show kicks off the events each year. The First Lady Classic winner was a Black Angus, VOS Vegas Black Pearl 3F, from Poplar Meadows Angus and Haillie Conley of Houston, B.C. Remitall West of […] Read more