Numbers matter: you can’t manage what you don’t measure

Most producers would rather be out working with their cattle than doing paperwork. As a result, the act of collecting, maintaining and using records often takes a back seat to other efforts around the ranch. However, I believe that on some herds, the limitations of herd records is a major obstacle to making genetic advances […] Read more

La Nina likely to continue

(Reuters) — A U.S. government weather forecaster says La Nina conditions are predicted to continue through the winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, recently pegged the chance of La Nina developing at 65 to 75 percent. The agency in its October advisory had projected a […] Read more

TPP deal remains elusive

Canadian farm groups left trade talks in Vietnam with mixed emotions last week. On the one hand, they were disappointed that the 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership were unable to reach an agreement in principle. On the other hand, they were encouraged by the progress that was made on the potential TPP11 pact. The […] Read more

Rocky Mountain profits surge

Rocky Mountain Dealerships reported that net earning in the quarter ending Sept. 30 rose almost 37 percent to $9.07 million. Total sales were $238.9 million, up 7.3 percent. The results were the best that Rocky has posted since 2012. The improved sales, coupled with a streamlined cost structure, “allowed us to deliver a great quarter,” […] Read more

World dairy markets still volatile but expected to rebound

World dairy markets are not likely to ever change their volatile nature, but signs of recovery and growth are starting to appear. That’s the message Veronique Pilet, head of economics at the French dairy inter-branch organization CNIEL, told those attending the World Dairy Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland. “Historical lows are giving way to a […] Read more

Policy paper gives alternatives to feedlot tax

A per-animal-unit tax imposed by Lethbridge County last year has the potential to harm the feedlot industry and is not as fair as other options to raise money for roads and infrastructure. That’s the assessment in the University of Calgary School of Public Policy report on the “head tax” that applies to confined feeding operations […] Read more

Wildfire assistance plan in works

Several rural municipalities that experienced wildfire damage this fall plan to discuss options for assistance at this week’s Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties meeting in Edmonton. Fires around Bindloss, Acadia Valley, Hilda and Schuler caused extensive damage to grassland, fences, farmsteads and stored feed and killed several hundred head of cattle. Cypress County […] Read more

TPP countries salvage agreement to keep trade deal alive

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – Countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have agreed on steps to move ahead with the trade deal despite resistance from Canada at talks in Vietnam that had put new doubts over its survival, officials said. According to a draft of the final statement seen by Reuters and due to be […] Read more

Ken Anderson, a Wisconsin businessperson, is public about his support for industrial hemp production in the United States.  |  Submitted photo

Grower fired up over hemp despite U.S. regulations

When Neil Reiten grew hemp this year for the first time on his North Dakota farm, he knew the crop would get his neighbours talking. He also knew it would attract the attention of the U.S. government, specifically the FBI. Reiten and his employees were fingerprinted and put through background checks and FBI officers gave […] Read more

John Deere debuted its 9RX series of tractors, with the 620 h.p. 9620RX as its largest model.  |  Michael Raine photo

Deere’s RX fulfills requests for tracks

Few brands inspire the loyalty that John Deere does. Even in the face of fierce competition from rivals with solid equipment lineups, it would be blasphemous on some multi-generational farms to park anything other than a green machine in the yard. “The quality of our machines is what our customers have come to love and […] Read more