His tractor loaded with two bales for his cattle in another field, Bob Fraser leaves his hay stacks and travels along a back road south of High River, Alta., Dec. 5  |  Mike Sturk photo

Prairies remain dangerously dry

A map on Agriculture Canada’s drought monitor website tells a depressing and somewhat scary story. With the exception of a region from North Battleford, Sask. to west of Edmonton, nearly all the agricultural land on the Prairies is dry or in a drought. Making matters worse, a large chunk of the map, around Regina and […] Read more

Pastures might be parched in parts of the Prairies but producers have not yet culled cow herds. However, the dry conditions might spark an early fall calf run.  |  File photo

Fewer cows culled than expected

CALGARY — Dry conditions in parts of the Prairies might bring an earlier than usual fall calf run but so far those same conditions haven’t resulted in more cows coming to town. Brian Perillat, senior analyst at Canfax, gave a generally bullish analysis Aug. 17 to those at the Canadian Beef Cattle Industry Conference, but […] Read more