Two people have been charged and 19 cattle siezed with the help of Livestock Services of Saskatchewan during an Alberta fruad investigation.  |  RCMP photo

Brands lead to cattle return, arrests

An inter-provincial investigation dating back a couple of years leads livestock officials and RCMP to recover 19 head

Two people have been charged with fraud over $5,000 after an RCMP investigation into cattle in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Shane Hoff, 49, and Shanon Hoff, 45, of the Two Hills area in Alberta are slated to appear in Vegreville provincial court on Oct. 18 after cattle were allegedly purchased with a fraudulent cheque and transported […] Read more

“We really need all of the environmental benefits to be part of the conversation,” said Kelly Smith-Fraser, who was the first female chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Canadians must consider things “such as preservation of our grasslands, biodiversity, upcycling, carbon sequestration, as well as providing wildlife habitats — so we really need to take everything into account, not just one little snippet of one piece.” | File photo

Consumers get a side of carbon with their beef

Industry leaders say beef production plays an important role in carbon sequestration that is not well known by consumers

Consumers concerned about the environmental impact of greenhouse gases from Canada’s beef industry aren’t looking at the full picture, a recent webinar at the University of Calgary was told. “We really need all of the environmental benefits to be part of the conversation,” said Kelly Smith-Fraser, who was the first female chair of Alberta Beef […] Read more

The SSGA is working with producers who operate two herds of 50 animals each. | Screencap via skstockgrowers.com

SSGA launches canola meal project

The Saskatchewan Stock Grower’s Association has been looking into the value of using canola meal pellets as supplementary feed for cattle on mature or low-quality forage. The SSGA is working with producers who operate two herds of 50 animals each. “One half will be supplemented partially two and a half pounds per animal every second […] Read more


Megan Wasden, a University of Saskatchewan Master of Science student in the College of Agriculture, is doing a study on hardier and more sustainable forages. On the right,  Wasden puts a gas headgear on a steer. Wasden said this was the most labour intensive part of the study | Megan Wasden photos

Project examines forage, methane connections

A four-year study to identify cattle forages that can withstand conditions like the intense drought of 2021, while also accounting for the potential effects of climate change, is underway through the University of Saskatchewan. “The agriculture industry is always under increasing scrutiny from consumers to be more environmentally sustainable,” said master’s student Megan Wasden. “So […] Read more

A Saskatchewan Wildlife officer checks a hunter's rifle during a routine stop. Beyond the usual rules, hunters are being asked to be aware of the fire risks they present this season.  |  File photo

Open season on farm fires

Hunting season is underway across the Prairies but the effects of this year’s drought have filtered into the fall pastime. Saskatchewan has announced a fire ban across large parts of the central portion of the province and issued a statement specifically warning hunters to be especially vigilant. “With hunting season comes more human activity and, […] Read more


This includes items used in rearing livestock, poultry or horses in an agricultural context, and are identified with a DIN number, serial number, notification number or pest control product number on the label. | Screencap via cleanfarms.ca

Collections planned for unused medications

Cleanfarms and the Canadian Animal Health Institute are rolling out their annual collection events for farmers with unwanted agricultural pesticides and old livestock or equine medications. This includes items used in rearing livestock, poultry or horses in an agricultural context, and are identified with a DIN number, serial number, notification number or pest control product […] Read more

Walmart's plan to buy more sustainable beef represents the largest public commitment by a single retailer. | File photo

Walmart plans sustainable beef move

Walmart plans to buy 1.5 million pounds of sustainable beef from Canadian ranchers. The retail giant announced Oct. 7 that it will purchase the beef over the next calendar year as part of its sustainability program. “We’re immensely proud of what this… signifies to the industry and the impact it will have for our farmers […] Read more

Alberta Beef Producers refunds almost half the check-off dollars collected from producers. | File photo

ABP check-off refunds jeopardize work

Alberta Beef Producers is facing tough decisions about its future as an advocate for ranchers and farmers because of checkoff refunds. The organization refunds almost half the check-off dollars collected from producers. “It’s having a tremendous effect on us,” said chair Melanie Wowk. If the situation continues to worsen, “we’re going to have to do […] Read more



If passed, the American Beef Labeling Act would give U.S. trade officials one year to develop a system that would be in line with WTO regulations. | File photo

COOL may reappear in Congress

A bi-partisan effort by senators in the United States may see a return of country-of-origin labelling for beef products. A draft bill is making its way through the U.S. Congress and is expected to hit the floor for a vote in the coming weeks. The head of U.S. beef industry lobby group R-Calf, Bill Bullard, […] Read more