Category: Cattle

APAS, SCA say livestock tax deferral leaves out too many producers

The Canadian government has announced a new livestock tax deferral program which covers some, but not all, major cattle areas within the country. Although both the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) agree it’s a good start, neither believe it will cover everyone who needs the program. “Livestock producers… Read more »

Get livestock antibiotic information FAAST

Most livestock producers are aware that significant changes are coming to how they’ll access antibiotic medication for animals as of December 1, 2018. Beginning then, several commonly used antibiotic medications (especially those important for human medicine) will no longer be available through your feed or animal supply store, instead being accessible only through your veterinarian…. Read more »

Sensor technology coming to new CLAAS 5300 balers

RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner was in Boone, Iowa attending the Farm Progress Show where he had the opportunity to talk to Andreas Saile, CLAAS product manager, about the new 5300 Quadrant. Saile says, “This is the new machine replacing the 3300 it’s the three by four big square baler called the 5300 now. We offer that… Read more »

CRSB names Anne Wasko as its new chair

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) named a new chair at its annual general meeting held recently in Calgary. Anne Wasko will take the gavel from outgoing chair Cherie Barnes and build on the momentum that the program has already achieved. Followers of RealAgriculture will be quite familiar with Anne Wasko who has been providing… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Solid demand expected to continue

The U.S. report for cattle on feed for September first was six per cent higher than a year ago according to Anne Wasko, of Gateway Livestock. And that’s something, as it was a bit bigger of a number than what the industry was expecting. “It’s because the August placement number was up seven per cent from… Read more »

Go slow to get ahead with low stress cattle handling

Sometimes you have to move slow to get where you want to go. The same can be said for cattle handling. Low stress cattle handling techniques don’t just make sense for animal welfare, they’re also a key component of verified sustainable beef production. Veterinarian Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, head of animal handling, field research and facility… Read more »

Recall of U.S. ground beef spurred by E. coli-related death

One person has died in the U.S. from Escherichia coli O26 contamination linked to ground beef, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Seventeen others have also become sick after eating the potentially contaminated beef. More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef from Cargill has been recalled due to the outbreak, as a result of… Read more »

Vermeer introduces nimble ZR5 self-propelled round baler

Have you ever looked at a self-propelled lawn mower and said, “I wish my baler turned that sharp.”  Well, Vermeer said, “We can do that!” RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner got a chance to talk to Josh Vrieze, with Vermeer, at the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, about their new ZR5 self-propelled baler, that turns like… Read more »

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives names new general manager

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) has named Mary-Jane Orr as its new general manager. Orr will oversee all aspects of the three MBFI research and demonstration sites near Brandon at Brookdale Farm, First Street Pasture, and Johnson Farm, as well as the new MBFI Learning Centre. The field sites and MBFI Learning Center are… Read more »

348 acres in eight hours (yes, Guinness has a record for cutting hay)

Yes, Guinness has a record for hay mowed in an eight hour period. And a custom haying operator near Greeley, Colorado holds that record, as of July. Tate Mesbergen says he was inspired to attempt breaking the record while visiting Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany last November, when he saw a Polish manufacturer advertising how its… Read more »

New government tweaks Ontario wildlife damage compensation program

Having undergone recent changes by the former Liberal government, Ontario’s new government has announced its own changes for the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, with more consultation planned. “We heard livestock farmers’ concerns with the program so we’re making the first changes effective immediately,” says Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in a… Read more »

Funding renewed for Saskatchewan’s fight against Johne’s disease

In an effort to continue to reduce the potential spread of Johne’s Disease, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) has announced the Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program has been renewed. “It’s been a popular program among both purebred and commercial beef producers,” says SSGA president, Bill Huber. “The renewal of this program will go a long way to… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Trade exports still rockin’!

July was a strong month in the beef market both for the U.S. and Canada according to Anne Wasko, market analyst with Gateway Livestock Exchange. “On the U.S. front, strong pork and beef exports continue to be the story,” she says adding that in July alone,  beef exports from the U.S. to the rest of the… Read more »

New Holland Kombi bales and wraps in one pass

The new Roll-Belt round baler with a Kombi wrapper from New Holland allows producers to bale and wrap simultaneously, eliminating the need to make a second pass with a tractor and bale wrapper. New Holland says the baler-wrapper, which debuted at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, will also significantly reduce regrowth damage and the… Read more »

Saskatchewan shutting down livestock loan guarantee program

The Saskatchewan government has confirmed it will be shutting down its Livestock Loan Guarantee (LLG) program. The province cites a continued decline in participation as the reason why they made the decision. The program started back in 1984. As there’s more access to lending options these days, producers expressed confidence to the government that the… Read more »