Healthy feet give bulls a solid base

Foot problems are the biggest issue for bulls next to reproduction culls and need to be part of a breeding assessment

Feet and legs need to be checked when bulls are evaluated for breeding soundness. Producers select for strong feet and legs because structural soundness of the feet and legs is vital so bulls can travel and mount females in heat. “If problems are starting in a young one, it is different from a five- or […] Read more

Project hopes EPDs can catch lameness early

Members of the Canadian Angus Association are asked to score cows when they come in this fall for pregnancy checks

Lameness in cattle is a painful condition that affects their welfare and overall performance. Good feet and legs are primary considerations when selecting animals that can travel easily across the range. The Canadian Angus Association received nearly $240,000 in federal funding for a two-year project to generate genomically enhanced expected progeny differences for feet and […] Read more

Julia Palmer of Scott Palmer Ranching says her operation is able to extract a premium from the marketplace because of the certified grass-fed designation the ranch has obtained from A Greener World.  |  File photo

Producers eye beef certification programs

Some join these types of programs for the premium prices, while others do so to improve consumer confidence

Canadian consumers have myriad choices when it comes to quality beef. Among those choices is product from certified grass-fed programs that have an audited process guaranteeing the beef comes from cattle raised in a specific way. Several Alberta cattle producers have chosen an Oregon-based certifier as a way to provide consumers with information about their […] Read more


Implants must be used properly to get full performance and product quality.  |  File photo

Proper use urged for growth implants

Implants reduce the labour and carbon footprint per serving of beef, but it’s important to use them correctly

Carcass quality and thus the quality of beef can be affected by use of growth implants — for better and for worse, depending on how they are used. Robbi Pritchard, ruminant nutritionist with South Dakota State University, gave that message at a recent Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas, and supplemented the message at the […] Read more

Belvin Angus received the Certified Angus Beef Canadian Commitment to Excellence award earlier this year. A family run operation for 40 years, it is owned by Gavin and Mabel Hamilton, Colton Hamilton and Quinn and Brendyn Elliot of Bowden, Alta.  |  Canadian Angus Association photo

Alta. Angus ranch receives honour

Certified Angus Beef has turned into a North American program that recognizes the contributions of producers everywhere. This year Belvin Angus, owned by Gavin and Mabel Hamilton, was recognized for its 40-year contribution to the breed and promotion of quality beef. The couple bought their original farm in central Alberta in 1978 and registered their […] Read more


Redundancies still exist in health protocols, treatments

As time goes on, more vaccines, treatments and preventive options are available for our cattle. As well, nutritional needs of cattle are coming under more study, and we use post-mortems and laboratory assistance to diagnose and advise. Recommendations based on an accurate diagnosis generally yield favourable outcomes. But there are times when we need to […] Read more

Carcass composting called efficient disposal

Requirements include a front-end loader, old straw bales, manure or wood chips, a thermometer and a calendar

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Producers are often surprised to find no evidence at all of dead livestock once the remains are successfully composted. Bones and even teeth are obliterated through a combination of bacterial and fungal action encouraged by heat and moisture. It’s a reasonably efficient way to deal with dead animals as opposed to […] Read more

Nutrition may boost genetics

Providing optimum nutrition and a low-stress environment to pregnant cows can benefit the future generations of those cows. “We’re starting to learn that that environment … that animal is in can actually have some permanent and lasting changes on the genetic code itself,” said Katie Wood, assistant professor in ruminant nutrition at the University of […] Read more


The Canadian Western Agribition grand champion Simmental female was the entry of the Massey family of Strathmore, Alta. Named JM New Trend Class Act 3E, the two year old had a heifer calf at side. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Beef shows, sales dominate at Agribition

Purebred beef shows and sales are well underway at Canadian Western Agribition. The First Lady Classic, Futurity and President’s Classic interbreed show kicks off the events each year. The First Lady Classic winner was a Black Angus, VOS Vegas Black Pearl 3F, from Poplar Meadows Angus and Haillie Conley of Houston, B.C. Remitall West of […] Read more

The Payne family of Greenwood Limousin and Angus celebrate the supreme win for their Limousin bull at Farmfair International in Edmonton.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Limousin grabs supreme champ title

Greenwood Electric Impact ET, a two-year-old bull from Lloydminster, Sask., earned the honour at Farmfair

EDMONTON — The final day of Farmfair International is full of bonhomie and trepidation for the grand champion winners of the beef shows. Fifteen bulls and 18 females from the three major Alberta purebred shows competed against one another Nov. 9 for the title of supreme champion and the chance to win a brand new […] Read more