In the wake of the pending closure of Western Feedlots, one of the largest such operations in Alberta, a group of southern Alberta feedlot owners says a new municipal tax puts even more pressure on their ability to operate. | Mike Sturk photo

Industry ‘head tax’ adds strain to feedlots

In the wake of the pending closure of Western Feedlots, one of the largest such operations in Alberta, a group of southern Alberta feedlot owners says a new municipal tax puts even more pressure on their ability to operate. Lethbridge County has imposed a $3 per animal unit tax on livestock producers as a way […] Read more

Canada is the world's sixth-largest beef exporter, and Alberta raises more cattle than any other province. | Mike Sturk photo

Western Feedlots in Alberta to close

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 21 (Reuters) – One of Canada’s biggest cattle feedlots, Alberta-based Western Feedlots, said on Wednesday it will close feeding operations after marketing the cattle it currently owns, due to poor market conditions. Closure of Western’s feeding operations, likely early in 2017 once its current cattle are sold, will make it more difficult […] Read more