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



Bucking the trend of declining numbers of cattle going to auction; Ashern Auction Mart is still witnessing increasing numbers and expecting more. | Twitter/@kkiesman photo

Manitoba Cattle Report: Cattle numbers still increasing at Ashern

Bucking the trend of declining numbers of cattle going to auction; Ashern Auction Mart is still witnessing increasing numbers and expecting more. Located near Ashern, Man. the auction had numbers jump by 21 percent for their Nov. 28 sale according to Manager Kirk Kiesman, and he’s expecting more for their Dec. 5 sale. “I would […] Read more


Yves Leduc, director of policy and trade for Dairy Farmers of Canada, said Canadian dairy producers expect an annual loss of about $190 million in milk sales as a result of the USMCA. Across the three trade agreements (CETA, CPTPP) he said the amount of milk displaced would roughly represent the milk production from 916 average Canadian dairy farms (85 cows each).
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Dairy braces for trade deal losses

CALGARY — Various Canadian agricultural commodity groups have praised results of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, noting it preserved an existing export relationship and limited the trade uncertainty generated by renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. And if the dairy industry had to allow access to 3.5 percent of its market, was that really […] Read more

Some cattle producers are concerned that an auction system would drive up the cost of leases, giving an advantage to established livestock producers who can afford to pay more for crown land.  |  File photo

Lease auctions may raise Man. grazing rates

The provincial government plans to replace the current points system for leasing crown land with a public auction

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — There could be public auctions to lease crown land in Manitoba next November. For years, Manitoba has used a complex points system to determine who wins the right to lease agricultural crown land. The provincial government has been planning to change that system and it looks like it has decided […] Read more

Provincial officials say veterinarians might be able to work with sheep even though they know only a little about the animals, but producers remain skeptical.  |  File photo

New antibiotic regulations challenge lamb producers

LEDUC, Alta. — Many Alberta lamb producers are raising concerns over upcoming changes to antibiotic rules, arguing the potential lack of veterinarians willing to work on sheep could make business more challenging. While solutions have been offered to try and ease concerns, farmers are still worried the changes could mean added costs. As well, some […] Read more


Craig Blair of Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. shows his happiness with the farm’s win for its female, PM Echo 8’16, at the RBC Beef Supreme Challenge.  |  Michael Raine photo

Alta., Sask., split supreme winners

REGINA — Every year, cattle producers are able to honour their peers at Canadian Western Agribition. The RBC Beef Supreme is the grand finale of the show that ran from Nov. 19-24 and recognizes the first among equals in the purebred cattle business. After 20 years the competition welcomes entrants from 17 shows in North […] Read more

Stephen Johnson of Barrhead, Alta., had the high selling Charolais heifer at the breed sale held during Canadian Western Agribition.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Charolais breeders claim high-selling heifer

Johnson family of Barrhead, Alta., saw their young female sell for $26,500 at Agribition; it is going to Minnesota

REGINA — Having a high-selling heifer at Canadian Western Agribition is gratifying for one Charolais family that has been involved with the breed for more than 40 years. “I did not expect her to sell that high. I knew the guy was interested but I didn’t know how much she was going to go for,” […] Read more