There was 10,351 head ran through the provinces eight major auction marts for the week ended Dec. 7. This was down from the previous week where 11,227 head were sold. Auction volume has been decreasing over the past few weeks as the fall run wraps up. | File photo

Holiday slow season nears at MB auctions

As the fall run wraps up at Manitoba auction marts and volumes start to drop, any cattle that aren’t in top form are selling for discounts. “Guys are getting are a little fussier on the quality and the discounts for non-performing type cattle are getting a little steeper,” said Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart. […] Read more

A diverse amount of bacterial DNA has been found to exist in the calf’s intestine right at the moment of birth. | File photo

Calves born with intestinal bacteria: study

A diverse amount of bacterial DNA has been found to exist in the calf’s intestine right at the moment of birth

Are newborn calves born without evidence of any bacteria? One might think so, given the assumed sterile nature of its dam’s uterus. But, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, a diverse amount of bacterial DNA has been found to exist in the calf’s intestine right at the moment of birth. “We are […] Read more

Alberta Beef Producers said the plebiscite was close but “within the parameters of being a decisive vote.”  |  Mike Sturk photo

Alta. beef checkoff stays refundable

Alberta Beef Producers says changes may be needed to continue to effectively run the organization with lower revenue

Of 1,874 votes cast, 51.3 percent of Alberta beef producers have voted to keep a refundable checkoff. The province-wide plebiscite, in which approximately 18,000 producers were eligible to vote, also saw 48.5 percent vote to make the checkoff non-refundable, while 0.2 percent were spoiled ballots. Preliminary results were announced Dec. 3 at the Alberta Beef […] Read more

The national Speckle Park sale at Canadian Western Agribition grossed $337,200 on 34 lots. Genetic packages were sold across Canada and to buyers from Australia, Wales and Oklahoma.   |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Speckle Park gains foothold in Australia

A breed association is starting to gain traction with membership increasing to 300 from 120 in the last year

REGINA — When Greg Ebbeck saw Speckle Park cattle at the Calgary Stampede more than 10 years ago, he decided they would be a good fit for his operation in Australia. Attracted to the carcass results where the cattle consistently achieve high grades in the Canadian system, he and others started to import embryos to […] Read more

Keely, Rob and Halley Adams are part of Ter-Ron Angus at Forestburg, Alta. The family consistently wins big competitions with their Red Angus cattle, and most recently one of their cows was named Miss World Angus 2017. \ Barbara Duckworth photo

Show winners consider themselves cattle producers first

‘We try to raise the cattle first and then let them become show cattle,’ says Rob Adams of Ter-Ron Red Angus

REGINA — The folks at Ter-Ron Red Angus are no strangers to the winner’s circle, but Rob Adams likes to emphasize they are cattle producers first. “We try to raise the cattle first and then let them become show cattle,” he said during Canadian Western Agribition held in Regina Nov. 19-24. The family-run operation at […] Read more

Garrett Liebreich of Radville, Sask., won the junior supreme reserve championship at Canadian Western Agribition with his bred and owned heifer.  He won $2,000 at the end of the show.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Junior winner credits support from family

REGINA — An intense involvement in cattle breeding and showing has opened up the world for Garrett Liebreich. The winner of the reserve champion at the junior supreme show at Canadian Western Agribition, the 18-year-old is moving into the big time. The show awarded him a $2,000 scholarship for future studies but in the meantime […] Read more

At 22, Nikki Ross of Innisfail, Alta., is a seasoned cattle producer. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Producer’s passion for cattle means planning for two jobs

A young veteran of the livestock show circuit puts herself through hair stylist school but isn’t giving up on the show ring

REGINA — Nikki Ross feels like a veteran at 22. Active on the show circuit from the time she was old enough to hold a halter, she continues to make time for cattle. Ross is among that group of younger-than-30 beef enthusiasts who realize agriculture may be part of the future but often have to […] Read more

Ringman Danny Vandenameele takes bids on the grand champion bison bull during the sale at Canadian Western Agribition. The bull consigned by Silver Creek Bison from Binscarth, Man., sold for $17,000.  |  Karen Briere photo

Bison’s story could help survive meat decline

Sylvain Charlebois says it’s possible to make bison meat
a geographical experience rather than just an animal protein

Bison producers worried about the rise of plant-based diets should take heart, says a food distribution and policy expert. Sylvain Charlebois told the annual Canadian Bison Association convention that while the overall story for meat consumption isn’t great, there is hope for bison. That lies in the production story that bison producers can tell and […] Read more

Is it possible to use technology to identify calving cows sooner?

The calving season is just around the corner for many seedstock producers, and producing and weaning live calves are critical to cow-calf profitability. Problems at this time of year can have significant consequences. The birthing period and the subsequent first few days of life have been shown to be the most hazardous time of a […] Read more

Manitoba clearing the deck of PED as cases are resolved

OTTAWA — Manitoba’s 14 cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea that emerged in 2018 are in various stages of resolution. Dr. Glen Duizer, the province’s chief veterinary officer, said in a Nov 28 interview that seven of the 14 are now presumed free of the disease and another three are in transition, “which means they’ve removed […] Read more