Keep an eye on body condition score

Body condition scoring is the practice of assessing the amount of fat cover on a cow’s body. Condition scoring assesses the layer of fat over short ribs, spine, either side of the tail head, as well as hooks and pins. Assessing them by appearance can be deceiving, especially if the animals have a heavy hair […] Read more

Events for 2013-08-01 00:00:00

New funding for research and commercialization Applications are now available for new funding in British Columbia’s agricultural industry. The Investment Agriculture Foundation is providing $3 million to the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program to help advance agricultural innovation and competitiveness in the province. The funding is available to industry, academia, value-added food processors and retailers for projects […] Read more

Events for 2013-07-25 00:00:00

New hall of fame Inductees The 2013 inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame are Lowell Lindsay, John Oliver, the late John Wise and Donald Ziraldo. Lindsay of Guelph, Ont., has been a sire analyst, cattle judge and genetics promoter. Oliver of Oshawa, Ont., has been an advocate of Canadian agriculture during his career […] Read more


Events for 2013-01-03 00:00:00

B.C. protects water The B.C. government has amended its controlled alien species regulation to include tough fines for those who introduce invasive species into local ecosystems. The strengthened regulation acts on a previous commitment to ban the snakehead fish. Main measures include: Prohibiting possession, breeding, release and transportation of high-risk aquatic species such as the […] Read more

Coming events – August 9, 2012

Aug. 10-12 Pioneer Acres Museum show and reunion Irricana Alta. (403-935-4357; www.pioneeracres.ab.ca) Aug. 15 International Livestock Congress Deerfoot Inn and Casino Calgary (www.ilccalgary.com Iris Meck 403-686-8407 ilcreg@imcievents.ca) Aug. 18-19 Pioneer Days Festival Sunnybrook Farm Red Deer (Ian Warwick 403-340-3511 sbfs@shaw.ca) Aug. 19 Bruno Cherry Sunday Bruno Sask. (306-369-2555 www.cherryfestival.ca) Aug. 25-26 Open Farm Days N.E. […] Read more


Events for July 12, 2012

July 17-21 North American Belgian Championship Keystone Centre Brandon (Brenda Hunter 204-764-3789 www.nabcvii.com) July 18 Melfort Field Day Melfort Research Station Melfort (Cecil Vera 306-752-2776 ext 229 cecil.vera@agr.gc.ca) July 18-21 North American Fruit Explorers conference University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon (306-966-7286 sites.google.com/site/nafexsaskatoon2012/home) July 18-22 Westerner Days Fair and Exposition Westerner Park Red Deer (403-343-7800 askus@westerner.ab.ca www.westernerdays.ca) […] Read more

Organic group honours members

The Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Research and Education board (RnE), a respected international organic organization, has chosen Lyle and Robyn Hamann of Regina as this year’s outstanding organic farmers. The award celebrates the expertise and commitment of organic farmers. The Hamanns join an exemplary group of outstanding organic farmers from previous years, including Dwayne […] Read more

Crushing plants like Cargill’s near Clavet, Sask., are operating near capacity.  |  File photo

Demand drives canola

Prices climb as oilseed crushers and exporters battle for supply

The tug-of-war between oilseed crushers and exporters has pushed canola futures prices to five-month highs. Crushers have been running flat out in recent weeks. Capacity utilization for members of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association was 96 percent for the week ending Feb. 8. Year-to-date use is 89.6 percent, up from 83.8 percent a year ago. […] Read more


Events for February 23, 2012

Feb. 25 Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association meeting Mankota Hall Mankota Sask. (Kelcy Elford 306-355-2335; Larry Flaig 306-266-2070) Feb. 28 Manitoba Canola Growers Association meeting and Canola Storage Clinic Keystone Centre Brandon (Register Irene Babiuk babiuki@canolacouncil.org) Feb. 28-March 1 National Invasive Species Forum Ottawa (Barry Gibbs 403-558-0144 or 403-850-5977 aipc.executivedirector@gmail.com) Feb. 29-March 2 AgExpo Exhibition Park Lethbridge […] Read more

Events for Feb. 16, 2012

Coming events Feb. 15-17 Western Barley Growers Association convention Deerfoot Inn and Casino Calgary (403-912-3998 wbga@wbga.org) Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association meetings Feb. 16 Community Hall Elrose (Keith Day 306-375- 2934; Brian Braun 306-859- 4820; Ed Bothner 306-859- 4602) Feb. 25 Mankota Hall Mankota (Kelcy Elford 306-355-2335; Larry Flaig 306-266-2070) Feb. 17-19 Saskatchewan Equine Expo Prairieland Park […] Read more