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Tristan Skolrud says the ag sector contributes about 10 percent to national emissions and the vast majority of that is not carbon dioxide from fuel — it’s nitrous oxide and methane. “And all of those emissions are exempt under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.”
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Prof downplays carbon tax’s farm impact

U of S researcher says most agricultural emissions are nitrous oxide and methane, which are exempt from the new tax

Farmers are worrying more about the carbon tax than they should, says an agricultural economist, especially since they get a huge exemption that isn’t often discussed. Tristan Skolrud from the University of Saskatchewan has been studying the issue for a couple of years and said farmers are right to be concerned about carbon, but they […] Read more

Sarah Eigner, left, and her sister, Lani Barnett, are enthusiastic promoters of the Salers breed. Their family farm is near Thorhild, Alta., and every year they travel to Farmfair International in Edmonton to show and raise awareness.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Alta. family keeps Salers dream alive

The Eigners’ mature cow won grand champion female in the All Other Breeds show held at Farmfair International

EDMONTON — Years ago the Salers breed was fully represented at Farmfair International, but in recent years that has dwindled to a single family. Russ Eigner of Care Farms at Thorhild, Alta., won the grand champion female with a mature cow in the All Other Breeds show. Working with his daughters, Sarah Eigner and Lani […] Read more

The grand champion Speckle Park female at Farmfair International was the entry of Wayne Meakin, owner of Outback Stock Farms in Alberta’s Sturgeon County. The winning female came from the two year old heifer class with calf at side. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Speckle Park breeders set their sights high for the future

EDMONTON — The Speckle Park Association has a new manager with a mandate to push these unique Canadian cattle to new heights. Whitney De Decker of Roslin, Ont., has been running the association from her home province since September, taking over from long-time manager Rod Remin. She added Speckle Parks to her Simmental farm in […] Read more


Workers in protective suits are seen at a pork processing plant in Zhengzhou, China, in August following a discovery of pigs infected by African swine fever. The disease has been spreading around the world, and Canadian producers are warned to be vigilant.  |  Reuters photo

African swine fever could be tough to control

A European veterinarian says biosecurity includes strong perimeter fences around hog farms, which are rare in Canada

RED DEER — African swine fever is not likely to strike Canadian hog farms but if the deadly disease should appear, it could be uncontrollable. “Canada is no more at risk than it ever has been,” said Dr. John Carr, a European veterinary swine specialist. The greatest threat could be at the borders where security […] Read more

Bovine leukosis virus is a bigger problem in dairy cattle than beef herds.  |  File photo

Breeding bulls may be source of bovine leukosis virus

Bovine leukosis virus is a widespread viral infection in cattle in North America. Dairy cattle tend to have a higher level of infection with estimates of 14 percent of all dairy cows being infected with the virus. Older cows are often more likely to be infected. The virus is usually spread from animal to animal […] Read more


Check-off plebiscite requested

LEDUC, Alta. —Alberta Lamb Producers is asking for a vote that will ultimately decide whether its checkoff will become non-refundable. On Nov. 3, members of the commission voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plebiscite that would ask if they want a non-refundable checkoff. It’s now up to the Agricultural Products Marketing Council, which oversees crop […] Read more

Weaned numbers and weight called key to hog barn profits

RED DEER — Pork producers need to aim for more kilograms of weaned pigs rather than relying on barn statistics. “One of the things that concerns me about the current industry is we are pushing numbers,” said John Carr, an international swine specialist who spoke at the Red Deer swine technology workshop on Oct. 24. […] Read more

Possible options for predator control among Alberta’s sheep flocks could include night-vision scopes for dealing with coyotes hunting at night, better fences and more dogs.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Lamb producers plan to target predator control

LEDUC, Alta. — Controlling predators and getting more lamb into grocery stores are among the key issues that Alberta Lamb Producers plans to tackle next year. The commission recently developed a new mandate following its annual general meeting in Leduc Nov. 3. The mandate will help dictate the organization’s direction. Predator control was one of […] Read more


Jaxon and Jayden Payne hug after Greenwood Livestock wins the supreme female for its Limousin at Farmfair International in Edmonton. | Jeremy Simes photo

Farmfair results, images

The following are the final set of results from Farmfair International, which was held in Edmonton Nov. 7-11. Images shot by WP reporters attending Farmfair can be found below. Supreme bull: Miller Wilson Angus, Bashaw, Alta. and Glen Gabel, Saskatchewan Supreme female: Greenwood Livestock, Lloydminster, Sask. Black Angus Grand champion bull: Miller Wilson Angus, Bashaw […] Read more