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Those who manage biosecure livestock barns are careful to have visitors suit up properly, but statistics show employees might not be as careful when entering and leaving barns.  |  File photo

Food safety starts with biosecurity

A University of Montreal study of poultry farms showed biosecurity mistakes can lead to contamination throughout a barn

TORONTO — Many food safety issues could be resolved at the farm if people changed their behaviour, a veterinarian told those attending a recent meat conference in Toronto. “Some food safety risks could be better controlled early in the food production chain,” said Manon Racicot. The spread of campylobacter, for example, could be curbed at […] Read more

Gene-edited hornless cattle are distinct from polled cattle, which are breeds or strains that are naturally without horns, brought about through selective breeding.  |  University of California, Davis photo

Scientists use gene editing to produce hornless calves

Dehorning calves is an essential management practice on many livestock farms. But researchers at the University of California, Davis, are now studying six offspring of a dairy bull that had been gene-edited to prevent it from growing horns. While dehorning is common, designed to protect other cattle and human handlers from injuries, this scientific approach […] Read more

There are advantages to administering medication by dart guns in the pasture, but there are also potential problems.  |  File photo

Delivering drugs by darts can extend withdrawal times

Remote drug delivery systems such as dart guns are often used to administer sedation or tranquilizers to wildlife species that need to be restrained. Dart guns can also be used to administer tranquilizers to cattle that have escaped and can’t be restrained in holding facilities. It appears that some of the newer pneumatic dart gun […] Read more


Wood chips are a key component of Titan Clean Energy Projects’ charcoal program. Here, they are being loaded into the in-feed hopper.  |  William DeKay photo

Charcoal: ages-old practice meets the new age

Saskatchewan company makes charcoal boluses to treat livestock ailments such as scours, coccidiosis and diarrhea

CRAIK, Sask. — What’s old is new again. Charcoal, one of earth’s oldest substances, is being used to improve animal health, enhance soil quality, reduce methane emissions and control odour. It also has a role in personal care and bio-plastics. Since 2008, Titan Clean Energy Projects, a Craik, Sask.,-based company, has been at the forefront […] Read more

U.S. group wants country-of-origin labelling reinstated

The spectre of mandatory country-of-origin labelling in the United States has raised its ugly head again. That’s how Canadian livestock producers view a recent social media effort in the U.S. with the Twitter handle of #faircattlemarkets. The suggestion by some American cattle groups that COOL be reinstated is only one part of a campaign critical […] Read more


Producers have been paying a flat rate that hasn't changed since 1994. The changes, which were tabled in Bill 16 today, need to be passed in the legislature before being implemented. | File photo

Alta. to change grazing lease fees

The Alberta government plans to re-jig the grazing lease framework for producers, a move that would increase rates but potentially quash future trade disputes with the United States. With much support from the beef industry, the new framework would see producers begin paying a rate that will largely be based on the market price of […] Read more

Twenty “artist’s proof” editions were made of The Last Great Buffalo Wagon Trek as well as 200 limited edition prints, but Bison Producers of Alberta has lost track of the original.  | Linda Sautner photo

Bison producers hunt for wagon trek painting

It’s a bit of a bison mystery. An original oil painting created after a wagon trek held in 2000, in conjunction with the International Bison Conference, has gone missing. The Last Great Buffalo Wagon Trek, a 48 by 30-inch oil painting by Wayne LaLiberte, once hung in a Leduc, Alta., boardroom shared by the Bison […] Read more

Lee Wilson of Miller Wilson Angus at Bashaw, Alta., showed the grand champion Black Angus at the Olds Classic Livestock Show. Judge Chamarie Viator called this bull “the most complete we have seen here.”  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Purebred show season is underway

OLDS, Alta. — The first purebred show of the season opened with the Olds Fall Classic Oct. 4-6. The show is part of the Alberta Supreme championship and many of the cattle on show here will go on to Edmonton’s Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. The class winners are: Grand champion female: […] Read more


David Esmond of Tugaske, Sask., cuts wheat  and volunteer canola  for silage. The wheat crop was destroyed by hail in July.  |  Mickey Watkins photo

Feed assessment requires proper procedures

Lower quality feed can lead to a range of problems in cow herds, including more sickness and lower conception rates. Instead of three- to five-percent open cows, eight percent may fail to get pregnant, said beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio of Alberta Agriculture. “With the shortage of vitamins and poor quality forage that has […] Read more

Trace-out activities, which involve testing herds that received animals from the infected herd within the previous seven years, eventually involved 15 herds in B.C., 22 in Alberta and one in Saskatchewan. No further cases of bovine TB were found.
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Final TB-linked B.C. herd released

The last of 38 cattle herds subject to trace-out in connection with last November’s bovine tuberculosis case in British Columbia has been released from movement controls. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced removal of the last restriction Sept. 23 and said trace-in efforts, designed to identify and eliminate the source of the disease if possible, […] Read more