Federated Cooperatives Ltd. announced today that it intends to close FCL feed mills in Melfort, Sask., and Brandon. | File photo

FCL to close two feed plants in segment consolidation

Federated Cooperatives Ltd. announced today that it intends to close FCL feed mills in Melfort, Sask., and Brandon. The decision was made after FCL conducted a full review of its livestock feed business. The Melfort plant will close in August of 2019. The Brandon plant will cease operations in October, FCL said in a May […] Read more

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 by current scientific literature.
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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



A wildfire burns northeast of Cache Creek, B.C., last month. Among other things, the fires that have raged across the province this summer are threatening livestock feed supplies.  |  REUTERS/Ben Elms photo

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

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing feed regulations for beef and dairy cattle. | File photo

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


Supreme International’s SPSL30T is a self-propelled, self-loading, vertical mixer that has a maximum payload of 11,550 kg while travelling at eight kilometres per hour.  |   Robin Booker photo

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

Charolais cattle at the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Station are used to for research projects like improving feed efficiency. Purebred Charolais breeders have donated semen to the project to improve the blood lines.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

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

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. | File photo

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


Highline’s 960 bale processor can handle the big stuff, with large squares or round bales being compatible with the machine.  |  Highline Manufacturing photo

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

A hay listing on Facebook was designed to help horse owners find small square bales, of the kind Michael Coen was stacking recently near Ferintosh, Alta. However, the need for hay has prompted a larger response for larger amounts.  | Mary MacArthur photo

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