Category: Equine

John Deere accumulator brings strategy to baling

John Deere unveiled two models of round bale accumulators and a new series of precutter round balers last week, at the Farm Progress Show (FPS) in Decatur, Illinois. Round bale accumulators Among the most talked about new releases at FPS, the A520R and A420R Plus2 round bale accumulators allow baler operators to carry and drop up… Read more »

Equine Infertility Answers Could Help Humans

When it comes to mating horses, there’s a lot at stake. Stud fees can soar into the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. And likewise, offspring from a particularly promising pairing can be extremely valuable. These animals could be the start of a new line, and lead to generations of prime performers. But… 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 »

“Always Something to Prove” When Draft Horse Competitors Get Together

Draft horse competitors from all over Alberta were in Picture Butte last weekend for the Coyote Flats Harvest Days, competing in the horse log skid and horse pull. Our own Shaun Haney was at the pioneer celebration, hoping to get footage of some old tractors and the threshing show. But what he found to be… Read more »

86 Year-Old Draft Horse Master Doesn’t Let Age Get in His Way

In my travels I have met many people that inspire through their words or efforts given certain adversities or situations. Age can be a real barrier for many people to continue to live out their passions. Age can be an excuse when some people feel older than they should — some people use age as… Read more »

Coyote Flats: Celebrating the Heritage of the Prairies

Agriculture has a very rich tradition that involves adversity and hardship. Today we view adversity as a dip in the futures market or the air conditioning suddenly breaking down. But the adversity faced by the pioneers is like nothing we experience today. It was mentally and physically exhausting; there was no infrastructure, just a vision and… Read more »

Controlling Poisonous Tansy Ragwort Keeps Livestock Safe

If tansy ragwort is gaining a foothold in your pasture fields, it’s time to take action. The poisonous yellow-flowered plant has taken root in pastures and hayfields across North America and its liver-damaging alkaloids can kill livestock, explains Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist Mike Cowbrough. In this video, Cowbrough offers tips… Read more »

Health Canada Proposing Changes to Antimicrobial Drug Rules for Livestock

Proposed amendments to Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations were outlined in more detail this week, after a brief announcement by Health Canada on June 30, 2016. The potential changes look to “strengthen rules governing the importation, sale and use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock.” “Health Canada’s proposal to strengthen the rules around the use of these drugs in… Read more »

End of an Era at Agribition

There’s a sense of nostalgia in the cattle barns at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina this year. 2015 marks the last year for the old barns on the Agribition grounds — buildings that are filled with memories made over the 45-year history of Canada’s largest livestock show. A total of 13 structures, including the auditorium… Read more »

Exploring the Role of Alberta Farm Animal Care, or AFAC

The agriculture industry is pretty bogged down with acronyms, let’s face it. That’s why, every once in a while, we like to do an interview that focuses on what, exactly, these acronyms mean. This week, we’re talking AFAC, or Alberta Farm Animal Care. “We are a multi-species livestock welfare organization,” explains Kristen McDonald, marketing and membership… Read more »

Simulating Grazing and Minimizing Waste in the Corral: HayBoss Feeders

Corral feeding systems, though handy, can make for a lot of wasted grub, and depending on the voracity of the livestock, can also mean stuck animals. At this year’s Canada’s Farm Progress Show, there was a different sort of bale feeder on display, that seemingly addressed both of those problems while simultaneously simulating grazing. The Hayboss… Read more »

Liberal’s Horse Racing Policy Misguided and Mean

Earlier this week, Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk confirmed what people in Ontario’s horse racing industry have known and lived through for the past two years. In the Auditor General’s special report on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Modernization Plan and cancellation of the Slots-At-Racetracks Program (SARP), Lysyk concluded that “OLG developed its Modernization Plan… Read more »

RealAg Markets: Make the Most of Oat Marketing Opportunities — Chuck Penner

If there’s one crop that’s been generating buzz this month, it’s oats, followed closely by flax. A plugged supply chain for our export markets has several farmers exploring other viable crop options for the 2014 growing seasons. Hot on the heels of this, the federal government recently announced funding for the oat market to re-build… Read more »

5-Year Plan for Ontario Horseracing Lacks Urgency & Finances to be Viable

The former Ontario government, headed up by Dalton McGuinty, pulled the rug out from under the horseracing industry this past spring in what can only be called a very premature effort to move slot machines to a Toronto-area casino (or so the most reputable theory goes). Just how premature was the move? Well, there is,… Read more »

The Shocking Truth about Horses Country Music Fans Don’t Want you To Know

Horses are an integral part of the cowboy culture and a symbol of all things honky tonk and down-home country. But has anyone ever thought to ask horses what type of music they prefer? Of course not. The video below is the one no one in the country music industry wants you to see —… Read more »