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The deferral was prompted by extreme weather conditions in various parts of the country last year, including drought, floods and excess moisture. It allows livestock producers to defer a portion of their 2019 sales of breeding stock until 2020. | Map via agr.gc.ca

Federal government expands livestock tax deferral list

A final list of the designated regions eligible for livestock tax deferral was released Feb. 18 by Agriculture Canada. The deferral was prompted by extreme weather conditions in various parts of the country last year, including drought, floods and excess moisture. It allows livestock producers to defer a portion of their 2019 sales of breeding […] Read more

Janelle Smith, a master’s student, said her study, which wrapped up in mid-January, found that the cost per head to raise cattle without implants increased by $60 to $140. The difference depends on the weight at which the cattle enter the finishing phase.
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Non-implant premium possible

SASKATOON — Producing beef without implants costs more, according to a study at the University of Saskatchewan, but those animals could attract a premium depending on when the cattle go to market. Janelle Smith, a master’s student, said her study, which wrapped up in mid-January, found that the cost per head to raise cattle without […] Read more

The feed value of dried distillers grain has been enhanced through new technology that extracts additional co-products.  |  File photo

New distillers grains introduced to feed market

Ethanol plants extract more value out of the corn kernel and develop more byproducts to meet specialized requirements

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The value of distillers grains as livestock feed is well accepted, but new technologies are extracting new co-products with specific benefits. Dried distillers grains are an internationally traded commodity but wet distillers co-products are often used locally where farms are located close to an ethanol plant. Most of the wet product […] Read more


The public was once in love with the cowboy image, but modern consumers now question how that image correlates with safe food production and environmental protection, those attending a session at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention recently heard. | File photo

Only 40 percent of consumers believe beef is sustainable

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The public was once in love with the cowboy image, but modern consumers now question how that image correlates with safe food production and environmental protection, those attending a session at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention recently heard. Studies show 40 percent of the public believes beef production is sustainable, […] Read more

Leafy spurge is one of the weeds that cattle can be trained to eat while grazing.  |  File photo

Producers can train their cattle to eat weeds

Toxins are a concern, but they generally do no harm under managed grazing and when a variety of forages is available


FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Cattle can learn to eat new forages and teach others to follow suit, said grazing specialist Kathy Voth. She runs Livestock for Landscapes out of Arizona and works with ranchers to train their cattle to get rid of a variety of troublesome plants like leafy spurge, knapweed, Canada thistle, pigweed and […] Read more


Increase in sow deaths baffles hog industry

The mystery has yet to be fully resolved, but some in the sector point to potential problems with water and feed quality

Top hog producers expect relatively steady gains in productivity and performance. So why are sow death rates increasing at some top-performing farms? That’s something Ron Ketchum of Swine Management Services is pondering after seeing a trend that doesn’t make sense. “What’s going on?” he said during a presentation at the Manitoba Swine Seminar Feb. 6. […] Read more

Venereal disease often linked to open cows but tricky to diagnose

I recently had discussions with a cow-calf rancher and his veterinarian about a significant open cow problem. The herd had a group of cows with close to 40 percent of the group diagnosed as open at pregnancy checking. The veterinarian and the producer tried to diagnose the problem without much success. The problem did not […] Read more

PED can hide out in manure lagoons

Your herd can be free. Your barn can be free. Your fields can be free. But your farm might still not be free of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. That’s something hog producers need to keep in mind as they manage the multi-year impacts of PED, which can survive in manure lagoons long after the rest […] Read more


Nutrition: fact from fiction

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Listening to friends at the coffee shop or searching the internet may not be the best way to get sound animal nutrition advice. In a tag team event, animal nutritionists Dusty Abney and Wesley Moore of the international feed company Provimi busted some common nutrition myths at the recent National Cattlemen’s […] Read more

Aside from a few slight increases in 2012, 2013 and 2018, Canadian cattle inventories have moved lower since 2005. | File photo

Canadian cattle inventories continue to decline: report

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Canada’s cattle herd continued to slowing decline in 2019, with inventories in the country seeing consistent declines since 2005, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Aside from a few slight increases in 2012, 2013 and 2018, Canadian cattle inventories have moved lower since 2005. The 11.2 million head of cattle on […] Read more