Category: Livestock

Community Pastures Could Play Key Role in Cow Herd Expansion

For beginning ranchers or those looking to possibly expand their herd, community pastures can play a vital role in providing access to reasonably-priced and accessible grazing land. As Terence Caumartin, with the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures, explains to Shaun Haney in this interview recorded at Agribition, the 17 pastures managed by the association could… Read more »

Text Message: Your Cow Is About to Calve

Add letting you know that your cow is about to give birth to the list of things your cell phone can do. A calving sensor that communicates via mobile network from Ireland-based MooCall recently debuted on the Canadian market. “It’s a calving sensor that will text you a half hour to one hour before the cow… Read more »

No Compressor or Hoses for Cordless Fence Stapler

Marketed as “the world’s first cordless fencing stapler,” the STOCKade ST400i won first place in the innovation contest at Agri-Trade in Red Deer, Alta., this fall. The cordless stapler has more power than a pneumatic fencing stapler and does not require a compressor and hoses, notes Axle Boris of Langley, BC-based FenceFast Ltd., in this video recorded at Agribition… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Dec 21: Unlocking the Secrets of Crop Rotation (Hint: It’s All About OM)

After a week in the sunny south (no, not Chatham), Peter Johnson returns for this latest Wheat Pete’s Word. Always one to keep it festive, Johnson kicks off this week’s word with a lovely chat about hog manure, moves on to grain storage problems in cold weather, and even tackles some wild claims of lowering soil… Read more »

Your Water Trough is Calling — Float Sends Text Alerts of Low Water

Wouldn’t it be nice to know if you were low on water well before you headed to the field? Chris Sobchuk, of Allen Leigh Securities, distributors of CowCam and more, shows Shaun Haney how this latest gadget not only measures when a trough is low or gone dry, but also alerts you via text message as… Read more »

Beef Market Update — Cattle On Feed, Regional Differences, and What Annie Wants for Christmas

This week’s Beef Market Update isn’t just special because it’s festive, it’s also a rare ladies-only affair as Lyndsey Smith steps in for Shaun Haney this week as host. As always, Anne Wasko, of Gateway Livestock, fills us in on what’s top of mind for the cattle industry markets this week. From the Canadian cattle… Read more »

Talking to Teachers at Agribition

Agriculture has so many job options and job vacancies. Students are always looking for a way to connect their interests and talents with a viable career choice. To close both of these gaps the conduit to the future is teachers. Over 8,100 students from around Regina attended the event and learned about agriculture.  At Agribition,… Read more »

SunGold Specialty Meats Looks To Grow Lamb Consumption and Production

Lamb is still considered a niche market in Canada, but unlike some other red meat, consumption is on the rise. Once largely thought of as only a choice for the ‘ethnic’ food market or special holidays, SunGold Specialty Meats out of Alberta is looking to increase lamb consumption by all Canadian consumers. As Kurt Paskal, manager… Read more »

Dairy School: The Lowdown on Low-Lignin Alfalfa

Ontario dairy farmers had their first opportunity to plant low-lignin alfalfa in 2016. In this episode of the Real Agriculture Dairy School we visit with Elmira, Ontario, dairy farmer Dale Martin and PRIDE Seeds market agronomist Aaron Stevanus to get the lowdown on low-lignin alfalfa. Martin harvested his first crop HarvXtra low-lignin alfalfa with Roundup Ready… Read more »

Dairy Quality Wins Top Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Award

Dairy Quality Inc. and its mobile milk testing device was the big winner at Ontario’s 10th annual Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Premier Kathleen Wynne presented the Premier’s award – the province’s highest honour for outstanding contributions in innovation to the agri-food sector – to the Newmarket-based company. Its mobile testing device helps dairy farmers… Read more »

What Actually Happens In The Barns At Agribition — A Tour with Candace Ippolito

For many people that visit Agribition for the first time the activity at the barns can be overwhelming. There are people hustling and bustling around the cattle, from stall to stall. There is lots of laughter, serious discussions, and the odd red Solo cup. This was not my first time in the barns, but I… Read more »

CFIA Proposes Changes to Animal Transport Rules

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has proposed changes to the rules for the transportation of animals. Discussions about changes to the transport regulations, most of which have been in place since 1977, have been ongoing for a number of years. The draft amendments were finally published in Canada Gazette on December 3 (read the entire proposal here.) The… Read more »

What Are The Next Steps For BIXS?

All organizations evolve over time. Whether it is a family business, a Fortune 500 company, or a startup, organizations change with the passage of time.  The Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) is no different. Traceability is still important, and everyone feels differently about where it exactly fits into long term profitability. According to the BIXS website:… Read more »

David Whitaker Named Top Auctioneer At Agribition ’16

Everyone that has been to an auction knows that the quality of the auctioneer can have a big impact on how hot the bids can be. The auctioneer’s role is to draw bids out of the crowd and get the money flowing for the item list. At Agribition, the winner of the auctioneers championship was… Read more »

Mobile Microscope Tests Dairy Somatic Cell Count

A new mobile app from Newmarket, Ontario-based Dairy Quality Inc. is turning iPhones and iPods into microscopes for dairy farmers. The company’s new Dairy Health Check device includes milk sampling slides that plug directly into the phone. This, combined with somatic cells count (SCC) and ketosis testing apps that analyze the samples, turn the phone… Read more »