Pink sheep ear tag officially banned

Sheep producers can no longer use the pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock No. 3 tags in their animals. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency officially revoked their use today, after warning of the pending change in September. The tags are no longer approved under the livestock identification and traceability program. The Canadian Sheep Federation advised that animals cannot […] Read more


Hail damage kept in check in August

All hail the relative absence of hail on the Prairies. That could well be the celebratory cry for farmers with the number of damaging hailstorms tracking below the five-year average, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. In its report for August, issued Sept. 5, the CCHA listed two hailstorms of note in Alberta, two […] Read more


Mousse cakes recalled

A variety of mousse cakes first subject to recall Aug. 11 due to risk of norovirus now are the focus of an expanded recall to include a wider variety of products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its food recall warning yesterday for several types of raspberry mousse cakes distributed across Western Canada and possibly […] Read more



Young cattle producers make sales at Saskatoon event

A cattle sale average of $2.76 per pound was registered last weekend at the Prairieland Junior Ag Showcase held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Riley Bohrson of the Hanley 4-H Beef Club won the grand champion title with a steer that sold for $3.75 per lb. to Bohrson Livestock Marketing. Jenna Schmidt of the Carlton […] Read more


Biochar study to target methane in cattle

The University of Lethbridge will use $1.1 million in federal funds to see if biochar in beef cattle diets will reduce the amount of methane gas expelled. Biochar is charcoal produced from plant matter. The bulk of recent research on the material has focused on use in soil as a way to sequester carbon, but […] Read more



Fire bans instituted in southern Alberta

Fire bans and restrictions are in place for much of southern Alberta amid pervasive hot, dry weather. The provincial government issued fire restrictions July 7 for the Calgary Forest Area, the region south from the Red Deer River, along the Rockies and foothills to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National park. Open fires are […] Read more


Wheat streak mosaic found in Alberta

Wheat streak mosaic virus has shown up in southern Alberta. The counties of Lethbridge, Vulcan and Willow Creek have each confirmed the virus in crops and scouting is recommended in all regions south of Red Deer. As the name implies, wheat streak mosaic virus shows up as yellow streaks on the leaves of cereal crops. […] Read more


Former Alta. ag minister dies

Former Alberta MLA and Agriculture Minister LeRoy Fjordbotten, who served with former premiers Peter Lougheed, Don Getty and Ralph Klein, died June 8 at the age of 78. Fjordbotten was born in Granum, Alta., and was elected to the provincial legislature in 1979 as a Progressive Conservative for the Fort Macleod region. He served as […] Read more



Recalls issued for flour, health food bars

Protein and health food bars, as well as more Robin Hood brand flour, are the subject of recalls reported this week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The recall on Robin Hood brand Baker’s Hood All Purpose Flour in the 20 kilogram bag, with best before dates from mid-October to early November, are being recalled […] Read more


Alta. implements temporary Salvage Grade for unharvested crop

Alberta cereal crops from 2016 that remained in the field over winter are gradually being dealt with. The low quality of that material has prompted Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. to introduce a temporary Salvage Grade factor to deal with the high volume of low quality cereals. “Clients who have sold grain at a lower […] Read more