The GrowSafe Beef System installation shows cattle can move freely to the feed bunks, which capture information on feed intake, their weight and how often they are eating.  |  Grow Safe photo

New tech measures cattle feed intake

Feed consumption and weight gain are linked to healthier herds, so keeping an eye on feed intake can pay off

AIRDRIE, Alta. — When Camiel Huisma was helping a friend manage his ostrich chicks in 1990, the link between feed intake and animal health intrigued him. The hatchlings were selling for $6,000 each, but the survival rate was less than 16 percent. As an engineer, he saw death loss as a problem that could be […] Read more

The autonomous CaseIH Magnum tractor debuted at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.  |  Michael Raine photo

Driverless, robotic tractors

Driverless tractors are here. Robotics and guidance have met out back of the barn, and across the globe tractors without operators are being birthed. No longer part of imagination, they are a reality that many producers could get behind, or even in front of, with confidence. The North American Great Plains, Western Australia and the […] Read more

After three years, Picnic Charcuterie still does all sausage making, food preparation and retailing in this 400 sq. foot garage. Entrepreneur Tina Windsor hopes that volunteer contributions from the crowd funding group Kickstarter will allow her to expand the shop.  |  Jeremy Koreski photo

Charcuterie gets a kick start

Sometimes you need to kick start pigs to make them fly, which is what entrepreneur Tina Windsor had in mind when applying for Kickstarter funding to help grow her charcuterie. The word charcuterie dates back to the first century and refers to a butcher shop devoted primarily to sausages, hams, bacons, pates and other prepared […] Read more

It appears the European Union is becoming more opposed to any form of agricultural technology, says Maurice Moloney of the Global Institute for Food Security in Saskatoon. | File photo

EU’s trade future hinges on genome editing

KINGSTON, Ont. — The crop biotech industry will soon learn if Europe is headed into a regulatory abyss. European politicians remain hostile to genetically modified crops, and over the last few months they have considered banning glyphosate, the most popular herbicide in the world. It appears the European Union is becoming more opposed to any […] Read more

Lentil prices debated at Global Pulse Convention

The Western Producer’s Sean Pratt is reporting from the 2016 Global Pulse Convention in Cesme, Turkey. CESME, Turkey — Market outlooks for green lentils, red lentils and beans were the highlights of day two of the 2016 Global Pulse Convention Gerald Donkersgoed, vice-president of Ilta Grain, said Canada is pretty much sold out of green […] Read more

U.S. asks for arbitration on COOL damages

The United States has decided to ask the world trade organization for arbitration over the amount of damages Canada claims has been caused by mandatory country or origin labelling. Canada asked the WTO to impose retaliatory tariffs of more than $3 billion annually on key U.S. exports due to damages caused by COOL. “Canada is […] Read more

Environment Minister Herb Cox

New environment minister will look at drainage rules

Saskatchewan’s new environment minister says he needs time to talk to officials before commenting on new drainage regulations. The new regulations, which would curb unauthorized ditching and drainage of agricultural land, have been in the works for months. They were expected this summer but officials said a firm date has not yet been established. Herb […] Read more

Do you change how your farm is managed when prices fall for crops you traditionally grow? 

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Your View: Do crop prices affect your management

Canadian crop producers are on the tail end of some of the best years ever, with record yields, prices and net farm income. Now though, with an eye-popping corn and soy yields south of the border and margin outlooks looking barely positive, does this change how you pencil-in acres this winter for the spring seeding […] Read more

Outdoor Farm Show demonstrations – Video

A few weeks ago I was attending a farm show in Ontario. I know what you’re are thinking: ‘They farm differently than we do, so I am not sure what an event like that might offer for us back on the Prairies?’ You would be right. Here in Oxford County, farmland is close to $20,000 […] Read more