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The Regina event was to celebrate its 50th show this November but has decided to postpone for a year. | File photo

Agribition’s 50th making a move in next-year country

The countdown clock to the next show on the Canadian Western Agribition website sits at more than a year, now that the 50th edition has been postponed. The largest purebred beef show in Canada, held each year in Regina, is the latest casualty of COVID-19 restrictions. It was to celebrate the milestone show this November […] Read more

The Saskatchewan Forage Council launched the tool in early June. It offers updated information on different forages, seeding rates and weed management for Western Canada.
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Forage choice resources online

Selecting the proper forage for particular sites and uses is now possible through an online tool called Forage U-Pick. The Saskatchewan Forage Council launched the tool in early June. It offers updated information on different forages, seeding rates and weed management for Western Canada. Project manager Julie MacKenzie said forages have changed since the council […] Read more

The beef industry is encouraged to talk more about the benefits of cattle production and beef consumption.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Price may pressure beef consumption

Canadian beef consumption per capita has been gradually declining for the past decade and economic effects of the pandemic might further pressure consumer purchases, an agricultural economist suggests. Craig Klemmer, principal ag economist with Farm Credit Canada, said the price of beef could become an issue due to high unemployment and escalating credit card debt. […] Read more


As in Canada, most American cattle operations are family farms with a focus on animal welfare, said Shawn Darcy, market research director for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
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Consumers’ beef beliefs show opportunities

Two main beliefs about beef production arose from a recent American consumer study: most believe that larger scale cattle production is focused on money at the expense of animal welfare; and most think smaller farms, though perceived to be a dying breed, produce higher quality beef under more favourable conditions for animals. Those results present […] Read more

A veterinary ophthalmologist can be particularly useful in cases where eye diseases aren’t responding as expected to routine treatment.  | Jamie Rothenburger photo

Veterinary ophthalmologists focus on animal eye health

Eyes may be the window to the soul, but they are also prone to their own set of unique diseases and can be a key organ involved in severe systemic illness. While general practice veterinarians have training and experience with treating common eye diseases, sometimes specialists are needed for complex cases. Within the veterinary community, […] Read more


Fawn Jackson of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Phil Boyd of Turkey Farmers of Canada and livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier each said demand for beef, turkey and pork was strong in the first part of 2020 and further gains could come if livestock sectors successfully navigate their way through COVID-19.
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Market outlook appears promising for pork and beef

The outlook is cautiously optimistic for Canadian beef and pork trade, say industry experts, so long as the worst effects from the pandemic are over. Fawn Jackson of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Phil Boyd of Turkey Farmers of Canada and livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier each said demand for beef, turkey and pork […] Read more

Leader wraps up long tenure at ABP

Rich Smith became executive director of Alberta Beef Producers when industry was still recovering from the BSE crisis

At a fall Alberta Beef Producers meeting in 2008, held at an auction market, executive director Rich Smith was there to tell cattle folks all the good things the organization was doing for them. But the auction mart had left its sign on showing the most recent sale price: a dismal 84 cents per pound. […] Read more

Beef group taps insider to take over during pandemic crisis

Brad Dubeau takes the helm at the organization after working for 3 1/2 years as its marketing and education manager

Given a choice, a newly appointed general manager wouldn’t likely want to take over during a crisis. Brad Dubeau, who begins the top administrative role at Alberta Beef Producers July 2, doesn’t have that choice. COVID-19 has caused major issues in the cattle business and he’ll be in the thick of managing through it. However, […] Read more


The fears about possible shortages that hit the country in March were a good reminder for consumers about how food actually arrives on grocery store shelves.  |  Getty Images

Food system shows flexibility: prof

For a couple months, Canada’s food supply system was front page news. At grocery stores, flour and toilet paper ran out. Some beef and pork plants shut down as hundreds or thousands of workers got sick with COVID-19. Going to the grocery store became a mission seemingly fraught with danger. Hoarding of food and fear […] Read more

Only in Canada — report lists endemic species

Canada has 308 plant and animal species that are found nowhere else in the world — 121 of them are on the Prairies

The Bert’s predaceous diving beetle, large-headed woolly yarrow, false northwestern moonwort and Queen Charlotte hairy woodpecker have one thing in common. They are only found in Canada. This country has 308 endemic plant and animal species, those that are found nowhere else in the world. Of those, the Prairies are home to 121 of them […] Read more