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The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a recall notice on boneless beef head meat products from the JBS Food Canada plant in Brooks, Alta. | file photo

Canadian beef exported to U.S. recalled

The JBS Food Canada plant in Brooks, Alta., has recalled 38,406 pounds of boneless beef that did not go through the re-inspection process when it was exported to the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the recall notice July 30 on the “boneless beef head meat products,” which were in raw, frozen form. […] Read more

The colour of water is not a safe way to tell if it contains dangerous sulfate levels.  |  Diane Winters photo

Producers urged to test their water’s quality

A Saskatchewan livestock specialist says visually inspecting water is not a reliable way to determine its suitability

Considering that a lactating cow needs between 55 and 61 litres of water each day during the summer, that water needs to be good. Water quality issues often arise, sometimes causing herd health concerns and livestock deaths, but one case remains fresh in the minds of many people. In 2017, more than 200 cattle died […] Read more

Burger King has released a video promoting its efforts to mitigate climate change, but the suggestion that feeding lemongrass to cattle might be part of the solution has stirred up controversy.  |  Burger King screen capture

Lemongrass feed idea gets a reaction

Burger King forced to ask for more advice on its claim that feeding lemongrass to cattle can reduce methane emissions

The fast food company that markets the Whopper has garnered whopping attention in the cattle industry with a recent campaign that purports to reduce cattle methane emissions. Reaction was so swift that the company pulled its television advertisements that started in mid-July and has asked animal science professor Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of […] Read more

Grazing promotes plant growth and improves the health of the landscape by allowing more rain and sunlight to penetrate the soil. | file photo

Ranchers, conservationists share common aim

Beef production and grassland conservation have similar objectives, according to Ducks Unlimited. “It’s very rare that you actually hear the terms of cattle and conservation together in the same conversation and the same context,” Emily Lowe, a regional beef agrologist based in Turner Valley, Alta., said about the non-profit organization. “A lot of these claims […] Read more

A major enemy of silage is oxygen, which is where adequate packing enters the picture. | file photo

Silage handling, storage are key to maintaining quality

Piles should be built at no more than a 30-degree slope and care must be taken not to introduce dirt into the silage

Producing high quality silage leads to production of high quality cattle, says ruminant nutritionist Leland Fuhr. Silage handling and storage are key to achieving that quality and they depend on storage type and design, crop staging and proper packing and protection, among other requirements. Fuhr shared his assessments during a July 21 session at the […] Read more

Selecting for birthing ease not always clear-cut exercise

Most cow-calf operations finished calving season some time ago. In many herds, the bulls are out and next year’s calf crop is already being conceived. Calving and the early post-partum period is a critical time in the life of a calf. Problems at this time can significantly affect the calf’s mortality risk. A study published […] Read more

In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. | Screencap via Twitter/@OIEAnimalHealth

International African swine fever response demanded

Two international organizations are calling for global action to stop the spread of African swine fever. In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. “Today, 51 countries are affected […] Read more

George Matheson pegs the cost of production at $185 per pig. Now, many hog farmers in Western Canada are receiving about $135 per pig. That’s a loss of $50 per animal and there’s little indication that things will get better.
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Hog prices hit a wall

George Matheson has been raising pigs since 1982. He’s seen good and bad times in Canada’s pork industry, but he’s beginning to lose faith in the future. “For a young person, I wouldn’t encourage them to go into pig production. And those are pretty strong words from the chair of Manitoba Pork,” said Matheson, who […] Read more

RCMP remind producers that branding cattle is the best way to identify ownership. | File photo

Cattle theft charges laid in Sask.

RCMP have charged two Saskatchewan people for trafficking cattle in Alberta and Saskatchewan. RCMP in Lanigan, Sask., charged Monika Ribi, 59, and Andre Ribi, also 59, of the Rural Municipality of Prairie Rose after a five-month investigation at Caprina Farms and Ranching near Jansen, Sask. According to RCMP, a search June 9 by Lanigan RCMP, […] Read more

Dennis Serhienko, seen here in the ring at Canadian Western Agribition 10 years ago, says the cattle show provides exposure to international customers that can’t be achieved any other way.  |  File photo

Agribition hiatus disrupts marketing

Producers say they are in ‘uncharted territory’ now that the livestock show won’t be going ahead this fall due to COVID

Typically, Trent and Janelle Liebreich would be gearing up for the fall cattle show circuit right about now. The Radville, Sask., family operates Merit Cattle Co. and participates in the major shows in Western Canada to promote their Black Angus genetics. “Agribition is the one show that carries more international clout than any in the […] Read more