Every horse population is different, which means custom tailoring each biosecurity program by determining cost and the owner’s level of risk aversion  |  Mike Sturk photo

Keeping horses healthy depends on cleaning

Not all disinfectants are created equal when it comes to protecting horses from bacteria and illness in barns, stables and stalls. “Disinfectants all have a label claim on them so we really need to have an understanding of the types of bugs you’re trying to kill. Make sure that you’re picking a disinfectant that makes […] Read more

In its recent spring forecast for March, April and May, the Weather Network said the recent cold pattern throughout the Prairies will continue.
 
However, the good news is arctic air is expected to back off in a few weeks while an El Nino, Pacific influence takes over from mid-March through April, bringing with it warm, moist air and milder temperatures.
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Spring expected to start on time

From snow squalls in Eastern Canada to a deep freeze in the West, “good, old-fashioned February weather” will continue into March, says a meteorologist. “We’re coming out of a month where Western Canada has just been especially cold, just fierce cold. Really, some of the coldest air we’ve seen anywhere around the globe has been […] Read more

Veterinarians Dave Mcruer and Emily Jenkins prepare to examine a dead horse last year on Sable Island as part of their work on the wild horse population.  |  Julie Colpitts photo

Unique snapshot looks into a parasite paradise

A study of the wild horses of Nova Scotia’s Sable Island shows that worms may not be as fearful as once thought

A study of small, feral Sable Island horses is providing valuable information for domestic horse populations, said a veterinarian. As a parasitologist in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Emily Jenkins said she jumped at the chance in 2017 to travel to the small island, situated 300 kilometres southeast of […] Read more


Nutrien chief executive officer Chuck Magro spoke at a sold-out luncheon hosted by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Feb. 21.  |  William DeKay photo

Input revolution will change farmer relationship: Nutrien

The world’s largest fertilizer and agriculture-supply retailer sees itself as a one-stop shop for grain farmers and at the forefront of a changing industry. “This integrated business allows us to start with the farmer first and work backwards. Everyone else in our industry is doing it the other way around and in my humble view, […] Read more

The sorrel filly being started by Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sask., protests after being saddled for the first time.  |  William DeKay photo

The horse whisperers

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the trainer challenge continues to be one of the top draws at the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. After choosing their mounts, the three contestants have four one-hour sessions during the expo to display their individual methods and techniques for starting a filly Quarter horse. Judges look at how each horse responds to the trainer’s communication skills and horsemanship as well as showmanship, based on audience response. In a close competition between all three trainers, Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sask., accumulated the most points over the four-day competition to be this year’s winner. William DeKay photos

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the trainer challenge continues to be one of the top draws at the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. After choosing their mounts, the three contestants have four one-hour sessions during the expo to display their individual methods and techniques for starting a filly Quarter horse. […] Read more


The cow-calf pair should be moved to another clean, well-bedded environment shortly after birth and the calf is mothered up.  |  File photo

Clean surroundings called key to calves getting a good start

Minimizing fecal contamination is one of the best ways to optimize calf health, veterinarians say. In other words, limit the poop in the group. “We’re really trying to reduce that exposure of the baby calf to adult feces as much as possible. We can’t eliminate that, but we can reduce the kind of load that […] Read more

Most of the Women’s Institute members are in Ontario. Here, the Women Inspiring Women WI Branch hosts a pie-making workshop at the Paris Presbyterian Church in Brant, Ont., to teach the lost skills of homemade baking.  |  FWIC photo

Younger members elude WI

A $10,000 donation to Saskatoon’s new Children’s Hospital could be the final major fundraising activity for a long-standing prairie organization. “I’m looking at that as the last hurrah,” said Karen Gerwing, vice-president of the Saskatchewan Women’s Institute. The money was raised through ticket sales from the group’s annual quilt raffle and is expected to be […] Read more

Women’s Institutes turn 100

Change is in the wind as the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada turns a century old. “Feb. 19, 100 years ago in Winnipeg, all the provinces got together and elected a board and decided on a mandate to carry on even though the provincial WI groups had been organized before us,” said Joan Holthe, president […] Read more


Neil Shantz, left, Arnold Petracek, Clarence Hookenson, Chantelle Donahue and Roger Pederson are among the six inductees who will join the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. Daniel Prefontaine was unable to attend the Jan. 10 announcement.  |  William DeKay photo

Six to be inducted into Sask. Ag Hall of Fame

New members represent irrigation, animal health, value-added processing, research and building public trust

Six agricultural leaders are expected to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame April 27. This year’s group of inductees represents primary agriculture, irrigation, animal health, value-added processing, agricultural research and building public trust. “They’re a really strong group and a very diverse group, which speaks to agriculture in Saskatchewan,” said Reed Andrew, […] Read more

Milking the 70 cows at the Lovich farm near Balgonie, Sask., is a family affair as Renelle, 7, Raelyn, 4 and Reata, 9, run into the arms of their parents, Jessica and Michael.  |  William DeKay photo

Dairy couple work well as a team

On the Farm: Jessica and Michael Lovich ‘play off each other’s strengths and weaknesses’ as they build their dairy farm

BALGONIE, Sask. — Jessica and Michael Lovich laugh when they remember the day their three young daughters defined their farm roles when they grow up. “They decided when they get bigger, the oldest one (Reata) will be the farm veterinarian because she’s into pets and animals,” Jessica said with a smile. “The middle one (Renelle) […] Read more