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Hog welfare research focuses on behaviour

Yolande Seddon from the University of Saskatchewan has been awarded an industrial research chair in swine welfare from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Investments of about $2 million will fund the five-year study that the professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine […] Read more


Arysta takes ‘asset light-high touch’ approach

Chemical company enters into relationships with other corporations rather than building manufacturing infrastructure

Expect to see more of Arysta LifeScience Canada in the coming months and years, say company officials. The crop chemical company is known in Western Canada for its Group 2 herbicide products such as Everest and is now focused on building a diverse portfolio of products for prairie farmers. “This is a pivotal time for […] Read more


Putting a wrap on grain bags

A new grain bag recycling program is being rolled out across Saskatchewan this month. The first of its kind in Canada, it will allow producers to bring their used bags to one of 20 recycling depots at municipal locations throughout the province. Cleanfarms is administering the recycling program with funding assistance from Saskatchewan Agriculture. The […] Read more



Feds to hike international aid spending

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is happy with the $600 million increase included in the latest federal budget

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is pleased with the Canadian government’s recent budget announcement to increase international assistance by $600 million after five years. “We are welcoming this step that’s been taken in this budget as good news,” said Jim Cornelius, executive director of the non-profit agency based in Winnipeg. “The current international assistance budget is […] Read more


Post pregnancy transition key to cow health

Many of the problems that show up in cows around calving time and during spring can be linked to nutrition and diet

Producers can do a better job of managing their cattle by getting in front of potential issues as cows transition from pregnancy to lactation. “I think a good general recommendation is that prevention can really curb a lot of these diseases in terms of making sure (cattle are) on winter feeds that have been tested […] Read more



Family giddy-ups to fast-paced sport

KENDAL, Sask. — For some, the sport called cowboy mounted shooting is about the rush of competition, a passion for horses and the challenge. For others, there’s the romance of experiencing the culture of the wild west in the 21st century. For some, like the Quam family of Kendal, Sask., the sport has it all. […] Read more


New forecast promises normal precipitation

Temperatures are expected to be slightly below seasonal, but not extremely cold, for the next three months

A forecast for more precipitation could have southern prairie producers breathing easier this spring. “In terms of precipitation, we are expecting a more active pattern across the extreme south,” Nadine Powell from The Weather Network said Feb. 26. “But we’re not going to see anything too excessive.” This would be welcome relief for some producers […] Read more


What’s in your lunchbox?

Teacher: What farm animals do we raise for food in Canada? Grade three student A: Chickens Grade three student B: Pigs Grade three student C: Dogs “We do raise dogs on our farms, but we don’t raise them for food,” said Sara Shymko, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan. “In different countries they […] Read more



Welcome to the Equine Expo extravaganza

Photo Essay | Riders were able to demonstrate their skills in several different categories, held Feb. 17 at the Exhibition grounds in Saskatoon. | william dekay photos

Riders were able to demonstrate their skills in several different categories, held Feb. 17 at the Exhibition grounds in Saskatoon. William DeKay took these photos.


Weather radar services returning to Sask.

Environment Canada says farmers should benefit from radar upgrades, which include repairs at Bethune and a facelift at Radisson

Saskatchewan’s two weather radars will soon be operational again after being decommissioned for repairs and improvements. The Bethune radar experienced a major radome failure after a windstorm swept through the area in October. The radome is the large white spherical housing protecting the radar equipment inside. It was dented from flying debris, and damage to […] Read more