Category: Livestock

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef launches framework

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) today launched its Certified Sustainable Beef Framework (and a new website) at the group’s annual meeting in Edmonton today. The Framework centres around the five Global Principles of Sustainable Beef: natural resources; people and community; animal health and welfare; food; and efficiency and innovation. “We know that consumers want… Read more »

Determining where to cut antimicrobial use for dairy calves

All livestock producers have been urged to cut unnecessary antibiotic use, to try to prevent resistant bacteria from developing in their herds and flocks. But on the farm, the question is where, and how? Consider dairy calves, for example. More than half of the deaths of dairy calves are from diarrhea. Producers often treat that… Read more »

China agrees to pilot project for chilled Canadian beef and pork

China agreed to expand access for Canadian beef and pork during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Beijing this week. After agreeing in-principle to allow imports of Canadian frozen bone-in beef last year, China committed to establishing the documentation requirements and fully implementing the 2016 bone-in beef agreement. A pilot project has also been established… Read more »

25 years of memorable SWAC moments

The Southwest Agricultural Conference (SWAC) will mark its 25th anniversary on January 3rd, when the two-day conference unofficially kicks off Ontario’s winter farm meeting season. In Part Two of our video series looking back at a quarter century of SWAC, we hear from a host of conference organizers and participants who share their favourite memories of… Read more »

Free tools help cow-calf producers calculate cost of production

Without a little office time, it’s almost impossible to know which enterprises are profitable, and which aren’t. As a result of collaboration with the federal government, the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) has developed templates to help producers in the process of calculating cost of production.  RealAgriculture’s Debra Murphy sat… Read more »

A&W donates $5M to the U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

The University of Saskatchewan announced a $5-million donation on Friday from A&W to support the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE). “A&W is deeply committed to the Canadian beef and forage industry,” said Jefferson Mooney, chairman emeritus, A&W. “Our investment is an investment in the future of Canadian food and best practices to make… Read more »

Canadian pork sector shows phenomenal health

For quite some time the pork industry was less than an ideal place to be.  More barns closed than opened as demand waned and environmental regulations increased. It is a different time on the pork industry in 2017. Similar to beef, demand has been very strong, which has prices pushed higher and producers making money…. Read more »

Ontario providing $24 million to Kingston baby formula facility

The Ontario government is investing $24 million in a baby formula production facility being built by a Chinese company in Kingston. Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Feihe International — the owners of Canada Royal Milk — on November 25th in Beijing, China. Slated to open by 2020, the $225 million plant will be the Chinese… Read more »

Agribition showcases the quality of Canadian livestock genetics to the world

A major highlight for the Canadian cattle industry every November is Canadian Western Agribition. Between the rodeo, cattle sales, tradeshows, auctioneer championships and the general family fun, Agribition brings industries together in Regina, SK. There is something special about Agribition on the cattle show circuit. – Chris Lane, CEO of Agribition. There were some unique… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Can demand keep firing on all cylinders?

Cattle markets have dropped off their highs from a few weeks ago, but they’re still well ahead of where they were last year at this time. The February live cattle contract, for example, is up 28 percent in the last year. “We’ve had solid markets all the way around,” says Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock… Read more »

Toxins in the feed — Identifying and managing mycotoxins

We often focus our efforts on what to add to a total mixed ration in order to offer our animals the highest plane of nutrition necessary for their life stage. But, what about the substances that could create serious health concerns, or even death? “Moulds are a fungal growth, and the mycotoxins are actually a… Read more »

Saskatchewan to match wildfire relief donations

The Saskatchewan government has announced it will match cash donations to help farmers and ranchers impacted by grassfires in the southwest part of the province last month. Fires near the communities of Burstall, Tompkins and Leader burned approximately 80,000 acres of crop and pasture land on October 17th, killing around 770 cattle. The province says… Read more »

Canadian farmers, we are better together

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted by Jeff Nonay in response to a column written by Shaun Haney that was published on Nov. 13th. Nonay and his wife Coralee own and operate Lakeside Dairy, a diversified farming operation near Edmonton, Alberta bringing to market milk, beef, grain and seed potatoes. In your recent post “Hey dairy,… Read more »

Dealing with the global milk protein glut

In the dairy food value chain processors play an integral role in product development. Dairy product development puts dairy components in protein bars, protein powder, ice cream, yogurt and baby formula. to name just a few. At Farm Journal’s MILK Business Conference, attendees heard from Micheal Dykes, President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association…. Read more »

Monetizing the adjectives in beef production

Differentiating products through marketing has long been a goal of commodity groups. The Alberta Beef Producers have (according to their website) promoted the Alberta Beef brand for thirty years. It featured widely-recognized advertisements like that of three female ranchers leaning on a fence, with text that read, “If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef.” Increasingly, the… Read more »