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African Swine Fever has arrived in the Americas, with an appearance in the Dominican Republic.  |  WP file photo

African swine fever reaches the Americas

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — African swine fever has reached the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed yesterday that the deadly hog virus was found in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic, fueling concerns about the disease creeping closer to the North American mainland. The news prompted the Canada Border Services Agency to […] Read more

Lentils, Warner County, Alberta | photo by Adam Vossepoel (@voss_ag)

Drought 2021

Historic drought challenges farmers

These are trying times for many Prairie producers, with withered crops and parched pastures across wide swaths of the growing region. To help keep you informed about the issue this page will be continually updated with the latest drought-related news and solutions you can use, produced by The Western Producer’s team of professional reporters and […] Read more

A log fence is one of the many alternatives producers have when fencing in difficult terrain. | HEATHER SMITH THOMAS PHOTO

Fencing in difficult terrain has options

Building a good permanent fence can be challenging in rocky, frozen or swampy ground when it’s impossible to dig post holes efficiently, or set posts with a tractor-mounted post-pounder. Most fences for cattle use barbed wire, especially for large pastures. A good barbed-wire fence is effective and cheaper to build and maintain than rail fences […] Read more


African swine fever has been found in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic. | file photo

African swine fever found in Dominican Republic

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — African swine fever has reached the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed yesterday that the deadly hog virus was found in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic, fuelling concerns about the disease creeping closer to the North American mainland. The news prompted the Canada Border Services Agency to […] Read more

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has recommended a program based on a feed-need design to provide direct support for extra feed and water costs on a per-animal-per-day basis, but others worry about what happens if the region runs out of feed. | Sandy Black photo

Drought may significantly slash western herd

Some farm leaders are talking about the possibility of a 50 percent reduction across whole regions of Western Canada

The Canadian cattle herd is likely to shrink significantly as a lack of feed and water forces producers to sell off breeding stock. During a town hall meeting organized by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and provincial associations July 19, leaders said cows are already moving to market as producers evaluate how many they can maintain […] Read more


Timm Döbert uses GPS on a grassland field exploration expedition while conducting research in rotational adaptive grazing management. | Timm Döbert photo

Rotational grazing boosts water use

U of A researchers determine that adopting adaptive multi-paddock grazing improves water infiltration in grassland soil

Over the past five years, a group of scientists at the University of Alberta conducted a research study to better understand how rotational adaptive grazing management across Western Canada influences environmental processes. They have demonstrated that adaptive grazing improves soil water infiltration in temperate grasslands compared to conventional grazing practices. In a published paper, the […] Read more

Colorado State University researchers studied conventional versus integrated field management, intensive rotational grazing, improved feed/supplements, breed comparisons, cattle life cycle management, feedlot versus grazing, fertilizer use changes and organic beef production. | Maria Johnson photo

Study suggests ways to reduce beef emissions

A recent study by researchers at Colorado State University looked at different strategies for reducing greenhouse gasses emitted during beef production. Researchers found the industry could achieve a 50 percent reduction in certain regions by enhancing some ranch management practices. However, in regions where GHG emission reduction practices are already in place, the gains are […] Read more

To keep diseases off your farm and to prevent them from spreading, simple biosecurity practices may greatly help. | File photo

Cow-calf operations can improve biosecurity practices

COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed. We have all learned great lessons and it will be interesting to see what biosecurity measures stand the test of time. From masks used in some situations, to workers and patrons protected in restaurants by plexiglass, these are all good measures for any communicable diseases. Recently, a research article has […] Read more


A coalition of farm groups is asking Manitoba producers to consider all options before harvesting a drought-damaged crop this summer. | File photo

Greenfeed and silage needed in Manitoba

There’s an abundance of poor-looking crops across Manitoba this summer. Many cereal and oilseed crops are short with thin stands and low yield potential because of a drought that stretches back to the fall of 2019. That problem, though, represents an opportunity to help livestock producers in the province who are facing a shortfall of […] Read more

One sheep and possibly four others from a flock east of Regina recently died from anthrax. | File photo

Sask. finds first anthrax since 2019

Anthrax has killed at least one sheep and possibly four others in a flock east of Regina. The provincial agriculture ministry confirmed the cause of death in a July 8 news release. The affected farm is in the Rural Municipality of South Qu’Appelle, which includes the communities of McLean, Qu’Appelle, Edgeley and Avonhurst. Chief veterinarian […] Read more