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Lack of rainfall this spring has parched the pastures and hay crops that cattle producers rely upon.  | File photo

Drought forces producers to sell cattle

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan asks government for a drought-related AgriRecovery assessment

Puddles. The sight of them in fields near Camrose, Alta., pleased Alberta rancher Brad Osadczuk as he drove home from last week’s Alberta Beef Producers meeting in Edmonton. He hasn’t seen a puddle since last year on his ranch near Jenner, Alta., the western side of a widespread drought affecting southeastern Alberta, most of Saskatchewan […] Read more

The most controversial part of the new regulations is the shortened times during which animals can be without food, water and rest before, during and after transport.  |  File photo

Producers want transport rule delay

New regulations will take effect early next year, but groups want to wait until current research results are available

New Canadian livestock transport regulations scheduled to take effect Feb. 20 continue to raise concern among livestock producers and commodity groups. Last week, delegates at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association meeting directed their executive to lobby the federal government to delay implementation of the rule changes until the results of current animal transport research are […] Read more

Feed tests also become important as more producers start using alternative feeds to make sure they are nutritious and balanced.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Cow nutrition requires special care in drought

RED DEER — In dry years like this, cows may not get the nutrition they need when the grass starts to turn brown. “If we stay dry, vitamin supplements may be needed in the summer,” said Kristen Rison-Bennett, a nutritionist with Blue Rock Animal Nutrition at Innisfail, Alta. Carotene in fresh grass plummets when it […] Read more


The flawed study, Livestock’s Long Shadow, continues to cast its own long shadow on the cattle industry more than a dozen years after it was published and subsequently debunked.
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Debunked methane study continues to draw attention

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The flawed study, Livestock’s Long Shadow, continues to cast its own long shadow on the cattle industry more than a dozen years after it was published and subsequently debunked. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, a University of California animal science professor and air quality specialist, said his work to refute the study has […] Read more

Chris and Sara Allen raise their children, Annlawrence, 5, and Addison, 2, on a Simmental farm near Lexington, Kentucky.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Kentucky family raises cattle in horse country

The state is known for its horses, but with 1.1 million cows, it is also the largest cow-calf producer east of the Mississippi

VERSAILLES, Kentucky — In the middle of Thoroughbred country, the Allen family has been raising purebred Simmentals since 1974. There are about 150 purebred Simmentals at Wayward Hill Farm at Versailles (pronounced Versale), and for Chris and his wife, Sara, who are full partners with his parents, Dr. Henry and Louann Allen, everything is about […] Read more


On March 6, 2014, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) released the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, known as the new pig code.
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Industry makes great strides to enhance hog welfare

The swine sector at times falls under scrutiny by various groups that have both open and hidden agendas, trying to shed light on what they think hog farmers are doing “behind the curtain.” I plan to take this opportunity to pull back the curtain and highlight some of the excellent work the swine sector has […] Read more

Feed additives can help combat waste

Twenty-five percent of nutrients in feedgrains are trapped by fibre that animals cannot digest; enzymes can help 


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Four quadrillion calories may be lost each year because of the inefficient digestion of feed grains by livestock. That sounds like an incomprehensible number, but 25 percent of nutrients in grains like corn, wheat, barley, sorghum, soybean, rapeseed, cottonseed and other grains are trapped by fibre that animals cannot digest, said Alltech […] Read more

New national beef strategy moves forward in Canada

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The next generation of the national beef strategy is moving ahead. The first strategy involving a wide range of beef industry stakeholders ran from 2015-18 with a goal of moving the industry forward with four pillars. The sketch of the next strategy that runs from 2020-24 was presented at the British […] Read more


China will stop imports from Canadian pork exporter Frigo Royal due to concerns over contamination. | Screencap via frigoroyal.qc.ca

China to block pork from Canadian company

Winnipeg – China will stop imports from Canadian pork exporter Frigo Royal due to concerns over contamination. The company is now the third to be banned from the major pork buyer as the two countries remain locked in a diplomatic dispute. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that traces of the feed additive ractopamine were found […] Read more

Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. | File photo

KFC ties brand to Canadian quality standards

The Colonel meets the farmer today, in a deal that will see “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” printed on KFC products. Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. In a news release, KFC Canada said […] Read more