Vet refutes theory on danger of glyphosate

A University of Saskatchewan toxicologist says it’s not likely that glyphosate residue in livestock feed is causing animals to become sick. Dr. Barry Blakley said suggestions from Dr. Ted Dupmeier, a large animal veterinarian, that sick animals get better when feed containing glyphosate is removed, and molasses is fed to improve gut microbes, aren’t supported […] Read more

Feed supplies priority as B.C. fires rage

Range losses continue to mount as British Columbia fires consume thousands of acres of forest and forage. The provincial government estimates that 30,000 animals are within the boundaries of the affected regions in the worst fire season since 1958. The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association has met with the agriculture and forestry ministers to develop plans to […] Read more

CFIA reviews livestock feed rules

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing feed regulations for beef and dairy cattle. “The regulations we have now date back to 1983 and we really haven’t done much in the way of updating those regulations. They are 30 plus years old,” said Sergio Tolusso, national manager of the agency’s animal feed division. “The world […] Read more

Video: Self-loading feed mixer saves time, fuel costs

LANGHAM, Sask. —Supreme International has come up with a way to reduce the amount of equipment needed to deliver feed in large cattle feeding and dairy operations. The company’s SPSL30T, a self-propelled, self-loading, vertical mixer manufactured in Wetaskiwin, Alta., was on display this summer at the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham. “So now […] Read more

Genomic study aims to improve breeding selection

Researchers use DNA to predict traits that affect feed efficiency, calf’s weaning weight and other factors to maximize profits

KINSELLA, Alta. — Ongoing work to select beef cattle with better feed efficiency shows that improvements are possible, but it’s slow going. Work at the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch in east-central Alberta has evaluated the genetic progress of a crossbred herd of 400 cows as well as purebred Charolais and Angus herds. Data is […] Read more

New canola variety could open up livestock feed market

Feed trials have confirmed that a new canola trait developed by Dow AgroSciences results in a meal that can be substituted for soybean meal in hog and poultry diets. “This really gives us a way to reposition canola,” said Dave Dzisiak, commercial leader of grains and oils with Dow. “It really opens a brand new […] Read more

Bale processor can do the twist

Big square bales are becoming increasingly popular but also pose a challenge for most producers towing a traditional bale processor. Highline from Vonda, Sask., knew they would need to deliver a machine that could handle both round and large square bales. A dry hay year means a lot of cattle producers are also buying feed […] Read more

Ranchers find hay through social media

Thousands of producers desperate for hay have turned to social media to find livestock feed. Cindy Wilinski of Okotoks, Alta., set up Hay List 2015 on Facebook intending to help acreage owners find hay for their horses at an affordable price. “It just absolutely snowballed from there and so many people have entered the database,” […] Read more

Poor crops will increase feed stocks

More feed grains | With high hay prices, producers will look to feed grains, but there are quality concerns

Early September frost has increased the amount of livestock feed available this fall and winter because of crop damage and grade reduction. It may be welcome news for cattle producers who are looking at buying hay for eight cents per pound, which is a hefty price to pay for winter feed in times of relatively […] Read more