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Family Meats Ltd. in Ponoka, Alta., was destroyed by fire earlier this week.  | Ponoka County Protective Services photo

Fire destroys Alberta slaughterhouse

PONOKA, Alta. — A sheet of ice covered the parking lot and yard site of the charred remains of Family Meats Ltd. in Ponoka earlier this week, and an insurance adjuster arrived Tuesday to start the investigation. The ice formed from the run-off of thousands of gallons of water sprayed to extinguish a fire that […] Read more

Animal rights protesters make their opinions known during the Dec. 4 court appearance of three people accused of breaking into an Alberta turkey farm in September. | Fort Macleod Gazette/Frank McTighe photo

Turkey barn accused appear in court

Three people accused of breaking into a southern Alberta turkey farm appeared in Fort Macleod, Alta., provincial court Dec. 4 and had their cases adjourned to Jan. 8. Claire Buchanan, 28, of Calgary, Maxwell Ming Mah, 46, of Edmonton and Kennadi Rae Herbert, 24, of Pincher Creek, Alta., were each charged with breaking and entering […] Read more

Show results from Agribition

The final day of the 49th Canadian Western Agribition in Regina and culminated with the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge to conclude the 2019 fall show season. The day also included the commercial cattle sale, sheep sale, prospect steer and heifer sale and a cowboy mounted shooting challenge between CWA CEO Chris Lane and Saskatchewan agriculture […] Read more



Greenwood Limousin and Angus of Lloydminster, Sask. sold a half semen interest and full possession in Greenwood Electric Impact WET. This Limousin bull was supreme champion at Farmfair International and grand champion Limousin bull at Canadian Western Agribition. He is a son of the 2017 Agribition supreme champion Greenwood Canadian Impact ET and sold for $62,000 to Ben Armitage, Kinsella, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Purebred beef shows continue at Agribition

Show results from yesterday’s events at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina include more purebred beef events plus the start of the sheep classes. In the Black Angus show, Brooking Countess 7077, with calf at side Brooking Dusty’s Countess 9026, took the grand champion female honours for Brooking Angus Ranch of Radville, Sask., and Dusty Rose […] Read more


Dairy Innovation West, which is a first of its kind in Canada, will remove water from raw milk and create concentrated components that processors can use for a variety of products. | File photo

Alta. gets dairy concentration facility

Western Canada’s provincial milk boards plan on building a new $50 million dairy concentration facility in Alberta, aiming to help ease the number of trucks that are required to ship milk through the Prairies. Dairy Innovation West, which is a first of its kind in Canada, will remove water from raw milk and create concentrated […] Read more

The striping of zebras’ coats are in a range where the pattern is the most disruptive to horse flies.  | REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko photo

Zebra stripes reduce fly attacks

By painting zebra-like stripes on cattle, feedlot owners and dairy operators may be able to reduce the effects of biting insects on their animals. Biting flies can have dire consequences on cattle health, seriously affecting beef and milk production. Irritation caused by biting flies reduces grazing, feeding, and bedding down time for cattle, while increasing […] Read more

The hard-to-kill virus has threatened 75 percent of the world’s hogs in Europe and Asia, said Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends, who provides market advice to the Canadian and U.S. livestock industries and makes frequent trips to China to gather market intelligence. | File photo

Global ASF crisis deepens

The spread of African swine fever continues to grow with some analysts suspecting China is downplaying the crisis and about half the sow herd there has been lost. “We still to this day do not know how bad it really is,” said Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends, who provides market advice to the Canadian and […] Read more


The grand champion Limousin female was the entry of Double B Cattle Co of Unity, Sask.  Named DBCC Fool’s Gold 2F, this 2018 female is the daughter of Greenwood Canadian Impact ET from Greenwood Livestock, Lloydminster. This bull was Supreme champion at Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition Supreme in 2017. Owner Kendra Hewson is at the halter.  | Barbara Duckworth photo

Grand champion breeds grand champions

REGINA – A pair of 2019 Grand Champion Limousin cattle at Agribition are the product of one Supreme Champion bull from two seasons ago. In a first time event for the big livestock show in Regina, a breed female champ and a bull champ in the same year are the progeny of an Agribition overall […] Read more

Colostrum gives piglets fat, sugar, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as growth factors that drive development of a pig’s intestine. This affects its ability to grow. It helps warm the pig with unique brown fat properties that help with thermoregulation. It provides passive and acquired immunity.
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Colostrum, early care critical with modern hogs

Larger litter sizes create animal welfare challenges because there are more and smaller pigs for farmers to manage

RED DEER — The modern sow is more prolific than ever but increased litter size carries consequences. Selective breeding has resulted in four more pigs per sow per year in the past 13 years, said veterinarian Egan Brockhoff of Prairie Swine Health Services. “There is no question larger litter sizes are associated with sow and […] Read more