A rack of lamb is cut into chops and served with a fenugreek curry dipping sauce. This is a signature dish at Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver. | Sarah Galvin photo

Lamb: excellent source of protein with health benefits

Lamb is commonly included as a meat in Mediterranean diets, which have been shown to have several health benefits including to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Grass-fed lamb is a significant source of omega-3 fats associated with decreased risk of inflammation. In addition to being an excellent source of protein lamb is also […] Read more

The Retaining Canada's Grasslands Using Carbon Offset Markets project was developed by a group of organizations and agencies, led by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association. The idea was first floated about two years ago. | Screencap via canadianfga.ca

New program explores how carbon offsets can work on grasslands

A new two-year pilot program will examine how ranchers can generate carbon offsets in and revenue from conserved grasslands. To generate carbon offsets, landowners will need to protect their grassland, but they have a choice of an easement, conservation agreement, servitude or covenant. The Retaining Canada’s Grasslands Using Carbon Offset Markets project was developed by […] Read more

Races at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park will be cancelled for the second year in a row and permanently replaced by professional soccer. The move is in sharp contrast to happier time at the track in Alberta and Manitoba. | Supplied photo

Thoroughbred racing doing well in Alta., Man., despite pandemic

The industry managed to save its season last year in Alberta and Manitoba, but Saskatchewan was not as fortunate

The 2021 Thoroughbred racing season is headed for the starting gate. Last year, the pandemic forced prairie horse racing to change its gait, but most venues stayed on track and some exceeded their financial expectations. “We had our best (betting) handle year in many years and we raced right through until the first week of […] Read more

At least 19 of the pathotypes documented on the Prairies are no longer affected by “first generation” genetic resistance that has been built into recently developed clubroot-resistant canola varieties. | File photo

U of A researchers find new clubroot strains

The nine new pathotypes detected in a field survey in 2017 and 2018 brings the total number in Western Canada to 36

New strains of clubroot, a costly canola disease, are popping up in farm fields across the Canadian Prairies. According to researchers at the University of Alberta, nine new clubroot pathotypes were detected on western Canadian farms during a field survey conducted in 2017 and 2018. That brings the total number of unique clubroot pathotypes detected […] Read more

Activities over the next two years will involve direct work with landowners to undertake habitat assessment and then develop habitat management strategies to benefit critical grouse habitat. | File photo

Grouse conservation efforts receive funding

Activities to support habitat for greater sage grouse received a $1.27 million funding boost March 17 from the federal environment and climate change department. The money will fund initiatives through the Species At Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), which is part of the national conservation plan. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association announced the funding, saying […] Read more

Biologists use the term “plasticity” to describe coyote behaviour, which means they can quickly adapt to changing conditions. For example, sudden pressure from hunting can prompt them to start having larger litters, which can end up increasing the population. | Mike Sturk photo

Coyotes: to shoot or not to shoot?

Ben Rodenburg has two guardian dogs, but he’d like to have more. The dogs, Maremma-Great Pyrenees crosses, protect the sheep and lambs at his farm near Ponoka, Alta. The majority of his 1,400 ewes are usually inside barns because Rodenburg and his wife Heather only have 40 acres. But, at any time a coyote could […] Read more

Build a new home around the kitchen table

Q: It was a bit of a sad day today. The men moving our old house off the property wrenched it free from its moorings early this morning and by lunchtime they had tied it into sets of wheels and started, very slowly, to take away what had been my home for years. I grew […] Read more

Producers have launched two independent studies to look at the potential impact of such projects on areas such as this in the Mt. Livingston Range, said Laura Laing of the Plateau Cattle Co. | Laura Laing photo

Alta. producers launch coal mining studies

Ranchers fighting against open-pit coal mining in the Eastern Slopes aren’t waiting for the provincial government to provide details about public consultations for a new coal policy for Alberta. Producers have launched two independent studies to look at the potential impact of such projects, said Laura Laing of the Plateau Cattle Co. A study into […] Read more

To develop the new guidelines, Health Canada experts reviewed the science around gene-edited crops and concluded that the technology is safe for human consumption and the environment. | Getty Images

Gene edited crops are safe: Health Canada

UPDATED: March 26, 2021 – 1425 CST – adds audio comments from Erin Gowriluk, executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada Health Canada has declared that gene-edited crops are safe. On March 25, the department launched a public consultation for what it’s calling a “Proposed new guidance pieces for the Novel Foods Regulation, focused […] Read more

Lemon dressing can be used on greens and pasta and roasted into juicy chicken. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Spring is excellent time to return lemons to the kitchen

Spring signals a time for a refreshing change in ingredients in our menus. For me, spring often means using lemon. Whether it is their bright happy colour in the kitchen, their vitamin C content for immunity or their “pucker-up taste” in our palette, lemons are a welcome addition to recipes. That good salad This recipe […] Read more