Necropsies can boost sheep, goat profitability

Producers are encouraged to carry out their own necropsies and send photos to a vet or veterinary college for analysis

DUNDURN, Sask. — Sheep and goat producers could reduce death rates in their flocks and herds and boost their bottom lines by making better use of necropsies, said a veterinarian. Many farmers never learn the cause when ewes and lambs die, said Fritz Schumann from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of […] Read more

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, left, talks with Garth Patterson and Keith Degenhardt of the Western Grain Research Foundation July 12 about a new research cluster focused on agronomy.  |  William DeKay photo

Cluster focuses on agronomy

A new research cluster is expected to provide a much-needed cohesive approach to multi-crop issues, say industry and government officials. The Integrated Crop Agronomy Cluster will receive as much as $9 million over five years under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience program. The federal government is investing $6.3 million in funding to the Western Grains […] Read more

The air seeder demonstrations at Ag in Motion were well-attended during the three day show near Langham, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

Ag in Motion breaks attendance record

The Sask. outdoor farm show saw an 18 percent increase in visitors from last year

LANGHAM, Sask. — Ag in Motion was a hot ticket this year in more ways than one. For the fourth straight year, attendance and exhibitor totals for the outdoor farm show surpassed previous numbers. More than 30,000 visitors attended July 17-19, an 18 percent increase from last year. See more coverage from Ag In Motion […] Read more


Goats and sheep are grazing leafy purge at the Wilner Elbow Grazing Corp. pasture this summer. |  William DeKay photo

War of the weeds heats up with new funding

A Sask. program is available to manage large-scale invasive plant infestations using non-herbicide practices

Saskatchewan’s Farm Stewardship Program recently launched new funding to help control further spread of noxious weeds. The Invasive Plant Biocontrol and Targeted Grazing Best Management Practices program is available for eligible producers and pasture grazing associations to contain and manage large-scale invasive plant infestations by non-herbicide practices. The program targets wide spread noxious weeds where […] Read more

Sask. farmers issued fusarium risk warning

Farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan should stay alert for fusarium head blight, according to the province’s forecast map. “There are some other areas over by Hudson Bay and around the Melfort area that are high and that’s because they were wetter last year,” said Sherri Roberts, Saskatchewan Agriculture cropping management specialist for the southeastern region. While […] Read more


Farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan should stay alert for fusarium head blight, according to the province's forecast map. | Map via saskwheat.ca / weatherinnovations.com

Fusarium alarm sounded in Sask.

Farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan should stay alert for fusarium head blight, according to the province’s forecast map. “There are some other areas over by Hudson Bay and around the Melfort area that are high and that’s because they were wetter last year,” said Sherri Roberts, Saskatchewan Agriculture cropping management specialist for the southeastern region. View […] Read more

A farmer was spraying his crop last week near Viscount, Sask. Recent rain has helped the crop over much of the Prairies, although dry regions remain.  |  Robin Booker photo

Prairie crop in good shape

Prairie fields are showing a mix of above-average crops and pastures, along with areas of below-average development so far this year. But overall, conditions are generally looking good thanks to recent rain, said provincial crop report spokespeople. “We do have varying stages of development in every field, so that’s causing some issues for us, but […] Read more

The fourth annual expo scheduled to be held near Langham, Sask., on July 17-19 has doubled its acres from last year and encompasses a full section of land.
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Ag in Motion outdoor show doubles its acres

Five companies are working together to grow a crop of wheat on the newly purchased land to showcase their programs

The Ag in Motion outdoor farm show continues its record-setting growth. The fourth annual expo scheduled to be held near Langham, Sask., on July 17-19 has doubled its acres from last year and encompasses a full section of land. “We expanded the property we own by another half section,” said Rob O’Connor, show director. “We’re […] Read more


New test identifies bovine tuberculosis in six hours

A new technology to detect tuberculosis in livestock and wild animals could soon be on the market in Western Canada. The test can detect live bacteria in the blood or milk of livestock as well as in elk and more exotic species in six hours, which will allow affected cattle to be quickly identified. PBD […] Read more

Politicians urged to be realistic with climate change

Rex Murphy said emerging policies with too intense adherence to climate change doctrine is having a negative impact on other Canadian industries. “I’m concerned about the impact that the more fervent, and in many cases professional opposition, to industrial development, particularly oil and gas industry of Canada, has on the politics of Canada,” he said […] Read more