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Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 dairy farmers.
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$1.75B for Canadian dairy

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package last week in Compton, Que., Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly […] Read more

Whether dairy or beef, a resolution to the former NAFTA trade agreement will be welcomed by producers on both side of the border. Last week a boy was minding his family’s show cattle at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.  |  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trade deal likely to go through after delay

The fate of the United States-Canada-Mexico free trade agreement is in the hands of politicians, says the past-president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Kevin Kester is confident the U.S. will not ratify the agreement before congress takes its summer recess but it will be signed probably before the Christmas break. “Keep in mind whether […] Read more

A Tinder-inspired app called Tudder helps farmers match up potential genetic lines for their cattle.  |   REUTERS/Matthew Stock photo

British cattle producers swipe right on new app

PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) – A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called Tudder – a mix of Tinder and udder – the app lets farmers ‘swipe right’ on cattle they like the look of. They’ll then be directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock (SML) website where they can […] Read more


David Kuebler harvests feed with a self-designed silage cutter along roadside ditches to feed his herd of 200 cattle located in Parkland, Alta. It takes him about 10 days to cut silage in ditches along rural roads from Claresholm north to Nanton.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Consumer demand keeps cattle strong

Solid beef demand is turning into a good news story for the North American beef industry, says the senior analyst with Canfax. Some volatility and risks remain but that can be managed, said Brian Perillat, senior market analyst with Canfax at the Canadian beef industry conference held in Calgary Aug. 13-16. The futures markets have […] Read more

There could be some market impacts with the loss of the Tyson Meats plant at Holcomb that handled 5,500-6,000 head per day. | Twitter/@ShrimplinPhoto

Tyson Foods fire in Kansas has wide-reaching effects

A fire at a beef packing plant in Kansas is having a major impact on an industry already working at full capacity. There could be some market impacts with the loss of the Tyson Meats plant at Holcomb that handled 5,500-6,000 head per day. “We have to figure out how can we harvest the 30,000 […] Read more


While some studies have shown that CWD could pass from deer species to non-human primates, the real-world studies that have been done don’t seem to bear this out.  |  File photo

Chronic wasting disease sparks public health concerns and lobbying

Recent concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has some calling for Canada-wide regulations and monitoring to support hunters, as well as a ban on game farms to ensure public safety and protect wildlife health. Wildlife officials aren’t as convinced. Darrel Rowledge is one of 34 signatories of a letter sent to Prime […] Read more

The right amount of manure in a field is a good thing. Too much can create issues for a crop.  |  William DeKay photo

Manure applications not always a good thing

More is not always better when it comes to manure applications. Healthy soil with good levels of organic matter and structure are not likely to benefit by adding more manure, said research scientist Jim Miller of Agriculture Canada at Lethbridge. “If you apply manure to agricultural land that is already productive, those soils usually have […] Read more

Prairie-bred, prairie raised sheep excel at sheep classic

The number of prairie raised sheep to win grand or reserve champion at the All Canadian Sheep classic was far above average this year. Courtney MacDougall, president of the Sask. Sheep Development Board, says the usual number of winners from the Prairies is around 10 to 15, making this year’s 27 winners a significant increase […] Read more


Copper deficiency common in Western Canadian cattle

If you’ve ever seen black cows with a tinge of red hair, you may have witnessed a case of copper deficiency. This trace mineral is deficient in the diets of many cattle in Western Canada and is a fairly common condition. As a trace mineral, copper is important for a variety of essential functions in […] Read more

Sask. livestock researcher honoured

In Brief John Campbell, a leader in beef cattle research and disease surveillance has been recognized with the Canadian beef industry award for outstanding research and innovation. Campbell is a professor and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan department of large animal clinical science, where he focuses on cattle health and disease management. He is […] Read more