Ian Crosbie of Caronport, Sask., shows a sample of Saskatchewan Snow Beef, a Holstein-Wagyu cross product he is producing and marketing.  |  Karen Briere photo

Snow beef adds new element to dairy farm

The Holstein-Wagyu cross produces ‘intense marbling’ that this Saskatchewan family hopes will appeal to consumers

CARONPORT, Sask. — What do you get when you cross a Holstein heifer with a Wagyu bull? The answer is Saskatchewan Snow Beef, and it’s no joke. Ian and Nicole Crosbie are marketing the beef produced on their farm just north of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Caronport, Sask. They also own Benbie Holsteins with […] Read more

New minister says she understands rural economy

Canada’s new minister of rural economic development says she’s well aware of the issues facing rural Canada. Bernadette Jordan, the MP for South Shore-St. Margarets, has sat on the rural Liberal caucus since she was elected in 2015. “I’m actually the MP for a large rural riding, predominantly a fishing riding, but I also have […] Read more

The federal government has announced funding to Dairy Farmers of Canada to continue the organization's work on developing public trust. | Twitter/@L_MacAulay photo

Dairy sector receives public trust funding

The federal government has announced funding to Dairy Farmers of Canada to continue the organization’s work on developing public trust. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and MP Francis Drouin were at Ferme Geranik near St. Albert, Ont., Jan. 28 to announce $2.7 million for DFC’s quality assurance program, proAction, and to help the industry develop an […] Read more

Cattle producers worry funding cuts to the WCVM will lead to less access to large animal veterinary care.  |  File photo

Talk of vet college cuts worries producers

Saskatchewan cattle producers are worried about the potential loss of funding to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine if Manitoba cuts its contribution. They say the lack of large animal veterinarians is already a concern, and fewer trainees won’t help that. Val Marie rancher Lynn Grant said for years there has been the perception that […] Read more

Fababeans fix more nitrogen than other crops, improve soil structure and are resistant to diseases that commonly affect other pulses. Manufacturers are already using fababean ingredients in Europe and North America.  |  File photo

New fababean varieties hit prairie market

The development of low vicine and convicine varieties of fababeans presents an opportunity for prairie growers and processors. While the agronomic benefits of including fababeans in a rotation are well known, worldwide production has largely been at a standstill for the last 40 years. The crop fixes nitrogen more than other crops, improves soil structure […] Read more

Rural economic development minister appointed to cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed a minister in charge of rural economic development. Bernadette Jordan, who represents South Shore-St. Margarets in Nova Scotia, takes on the new portfolio as part of the Jan. 13 cabinet shuffle. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture welcomed the appointment, saying it points to the importance of rural communities and […] Read more

The new guide released Jan. 22 offers guidelines on healthy foods and beverages. It doesn't set out how many servings people should eat each day or the size of those servings. | Screencap via food-guide.canada.ca

New food guide replaces servings with guidelines

Fruits and vegetables, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives are no longer on the Canadian food guide menu. The new guide released Jan. 22 instead offers guidelines on healthy foods and beverages. It doesn’t set out how many servings people should eat each day or the size of those servings. Health Canada […] Read more

Premium payment changes for price insurance program

Saskatchewan cattle producers who use the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program no longer have to pay the entire premium up front. The federal and provincial agriculture ministers announced this past fall that policyholders could make payments on account until the policy expires, subject to interest. Cattle organizations in the province had asked for this change, […] Read more

Trudeau blasted on carbon tax

At a town hall meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Regina last week, questions about immigration, housing costs and even government spying in peoples’ bedrooms came up before Jason Leblanc of Estevan, Sask., could finally ask about the federal carbon tax. Nearly an hour into the Jan. 10 public event at the University of […] Read more

The first project under this program will be to confirm water sulfate consumption guidelines for beef cattle. | File photo

Livestock, forage research funding announced in Sask.

Saskatchewan and Ottawa have announced $5.5 million to fund 34 livestock and forage research projects. Provincial Agriculture Minister David Marit announced the funding at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Jan. 17. The funding is available through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund and the Strategic Field Program. The SFP is designed to demonstrate and evaluate targeted practices […] Read more