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A new report found that Alberta’s beef industry generates $18 billion in total economic activity and employs 57,000 people, but impediments loom on the horizon.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Beef competitiveness threatened

The Alberta beef industry can compete within the North American market but there are some impediments on the horizon that could restrict future growth. Commissioned by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Beef Producers, the industry competitiveness study compared the province’s position to Texas, Nebraska and Kansas. Those are large beef-producing states with a […] Read more

African swine fever research efforts expand

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre is now able to test the vaccines it develops

BANFF, Alta. — The vaccine centre based in Saskatoon is now able to test potential vaccines to combat African swine fever. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Jan. 8 that the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre, based at the University of Saskatchewan, can now more fully participate in the search for a response […] Read more

Award recognizes work to improve care of piglets

This year’s F.X. Aherene prizes were presented to the inventors of an easier way to handle piglets and a better heating system

BANFF, Alta. — The inventors of a device to allow easier handling of piglets and the developers of a system that provides more even heat to young piglets received awards for their efforts Jan. 9 at the Banff Pork Seminar. Tess Faulkner and Gillian Grieves of South West Ontario Veterinary Services invented the Hammock, a […] Read more


Proper tubing of young calves should be top priority

Tubing a young calf with colostrum, colostrum substitute, electrolytes or for other reasons can be common on cow-calf operations. The procedure must be properly done, keeping in mind biosecurity and that important pledge from the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. This article will outline proper procedures for tubing as well as some treatment parameters […] Read more

At the National Western Stock Show, the Gelbvieh champion spring bull calf  went to Rodney and Tanya Hollman, owners of Royal Western Gelbvieh in Innisfail, Alta. The bull, born last April, was named RWG G418 Guilt Trip 9418 ET.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Innisfail farmers win at Denver Stock Show

DENVER, Colorado-The National Western Stock Show at Denver, Colorado is a major winter event for cattle breeders from 20 different breeds.   Canadians performed well at the Red Angus open show and the National Gelbvieh show held Jan. 14. Rodney and Tanya Hollman, owners of Royal Western Gelbvieh at Innisfail, Alta. won champion and reserve […] Read more


Intensive grazing with smaller paddocks allows for closer soil management, producers say . | File photo

Livestock producers share grazing successes

Livestock producers Brett McRae and Leanne Thompson take soil seriously, working to improve land in a way that provides ecological and financial benefits. The producers, who farm separately, recently spoke of their management practices at the Western Canada Conference on Soil and Grazing in Edmonton. Their operations are different in many ways, but the principles […] Read more

Grazing leases might qualify for protection and could continue as the primary land use, said Tom Lynch-Staunton, government relations and policy manager for Alberta Beef Producers. 
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Grazing lands can protect diversity

If grazing leases were recognized as biologically diverse lands worth protecting, public recognition of good stewardship could be enhanced. Protecting biodiversity is an international project. Canada was among 196 countries that signed the United Nations convention on biological diversity in 2010 to halt the decline of biodiversity on land and water. Canada’s conservation vision report […] Read more

Canadian per capita consumption is about 17.6 kilograms retail weight but exports to Japan were record high in 2018, thanks in part to a favourable trade agreement where tariffs are being reduced, said Ron Glaser of Canada Beef. 
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Livestock beef exports favour Canada

Canadians may be eating less beef, but offshore customers are hungry for more. Canadian per capita consumption is about 17.6 kilograms retail weight but exports to Japan were record high in 2018, thanks in part to a favourable trade agreement where tariffs are being reduced, said Ron Glaser of Canada Beef. While the national herd […] Read more


Antibiotics should remain part of responsible poultry care in spite of worries over antimicrobial resistance, says one poultry veterinarian.  |  File photo

‘Pendulum has swung too far,’ says vet

AMES, Iowa — Antibiotic-free programs in poultry production may have some poor consequences for the birds. Death rates among broilers have increased from four to five percent, said poultry veterinarian Donald Ritter, director of technical marketing at Mountaire Farms, the sixth largest broiler operation in the United States. “I think we have swung the pendulum […] Read more

Toxin levels are largely driven by weather, said All-Tech feed expert Dr. Max Hawkins. Rain in the later harvest season across much of the West opened the door and mycotoxins inched their way in.
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Late harvest caused higher mycotoxin threat in feeds

Mycotoxin levels were low in early samples of feed harvested in Western Canada. Then things changed. Toxin levels are largely driven by weather, said All-Tech feed expert Dr. Max Hawkins. Rain in the later harvest season across much of the West opened the door and mycotoxins inched their way in. He advised producers to test […] Read more