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With a cell-cultured product, people can consume meat that is entirely lab grown. With a hybrid  product of cell-cultured and plant-based, consumers can get the taste and feel of real meat but with plant components added in. | Getty Images

Hybrid meat products on the rise

Food companies develop a new alternative to traditional meat that is a combination of cell cultured and plant based

Plant-based alternatives to meat have been increasing in popularity for years, but now a new product has hit markets — a hybrid of plant-based and cell-cultured meats. New Age Meats, based in California, recently announced $25 million for its first pork hybrid product, which it plans to start production on in 2022. Derin Alemi, director […] Read more

The Canola Council of Canada study found that milk production climbed steadily when cattle were fed rations containing eight, 16 and 24 percent canola meal. | File photo

Dairy study gives canola meal high marks

Canola council finds that feeding meal to cows may increase milk production and quality and lower methane emissions

The Canola Council of Canada is conducting research on how canola meal could lower methane emissions of dairy cattle while increasing milk production. “And what we found, which is consistent with other research projects, is that when you feed canola meal to dairy cows, the milk production increases, and typically milk quality as well,” said […] Read more

Intranasals have come a long way since the early days and are more often used on very young calves or cattle entering feedlots where quick immunity is necessary. | File photo

New intranasal vaccines offer calves combined protection

There has been considerable research into intranasal vaccines and how they can improve the health of the Canadian cattle herd, especially calves. Those of us who have been around awhile can remember the first intranasal vaccines for IBR that were safe to give pregnant cows to prevent abortions from the virus. At one time we […] Read more

The porcine epidemic diarrhea outbreaks that wreaked havoc on North American hog herds in recent years led to feed component import controls to improve animal health security. | File photo

PED shone light on importance of feed import controls

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, another coronavirus was wreaking havoc in North America, only this one was attacking pigs. This coronavirus causes porcine epidemic diarrhea, a severe disease in which pigs go off feed, vomit, have diarrhea and often die. The virus is shed in large volumes in the feces and other pigs become infected when […] Read more

Two people have been charged and 19 cattle siezed with the help of Livestock Services of Saskatchewan during an Alberta fruad investigation.  |  RCMP photo

Brands lead to cattle return, arrests

An inter-provincial investigation dating back a couple of years leads livestock officials and RCMP to recover 19 head

Two people have been charged with fraud over $5,000 after an RCMP investigation into cattle in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Shane Hoff, 49, and Shanon Hoff, 45, of the Two Hills area in Alberta are slated to appear in Vegreville provincial court on Oct. 18 after cattle were allegedly purchased with a fraudulent cheque and transported […] Read more

“We really need all of the environmental benefits to be part of the conversation,” said Kelly Smith-Fraser, who was the first female chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Canadians must consider things “such as preservation of our grasslands, biodiversity, upcycling, carbon sequestration, as well as providing wildlife habitats — so we really need to take everything into account, not just one little snippet of one piece.” | File photo

Consumers get a side of carbon with their beef

Industry leaders say beef production plays an important role in carbon sequestration that is not well known by consumers

Consumers concerned about the environmental impact of greenhouse gases from Canada’s beef industry aren’t looking at the full picture, a recent webinar at the University of Calgary was told. “We really need all of the environmental benefits to be part of the conversation,” said Kelly Smith-Fraser, who was the first female chair of Alberta Beef […] Read more

The SSGA is working with producers who operate two herds of 50 animals each. | Screencap via

SSGA launches canola meal project

The Saskatchewan Stock Grower’s Association has been looking into the value of using canola meal pellets as supplementary feed for cattle on mature or low-quality forage. The SSGA is working with producers who operate two herds of 50 animals each. “One half will be supplemented partially two and a half pounds per animal every second […] Read more

Megan Wasden, a University of Saskatchewan Master of Science student in the College of Agriculture, is doing a study on hardier and more sustainable forages. On the right,  Wasden puts a gas headgear on a steer. Wasden said this was the most labour intensive part of the study | Megan Wasden photos

Project examines forage, methane connections

A four-year study to identify cattle forages that can withstand conditions like the intense drought of 2021, while also accounting for the potential effects of climate change, is underway through the University of Saskatchewan. “The agriculture industry is always under increasing scrutiny from consumers to be more environmentally sustainable,” said master’s student Megan Wasden. “So […] Read more

A Saskatchewan Wildlife officer checks a hunter's rifle during a routine stop. Beyond the usual rules, hunters are being asked to be aware of the fire risks they present this season.  |  File photo

Open season on farm fires

Hunting season is underway across the Prairies but the effects of this year’s drought have filtered into the fall pastime. Saskatchewan has announced a fire ban across large parts of the central portion of the province and issued a statement specifically warning hunters to be especially vigilant. “With hunting season comes more human activity and, […] Read more