Waking to the clatter of wind against the house, a dark sky and a still-sleeping sun never feels like a good omen. On June 5th, the early morning grey was entirely worth the effort, as I joined the Alberta Farm Writers’ Association on their annual tour. 1st Stop: Lakeland College Our first stop continued the northward… Read More

The business of food retailing is undergoing significant changes.  There is significant consolidation happening, new entrants like Whole Foods, the growth of WalMart and all of this is happening while the consumer market is not growing overall. Just like farming technology is allowing food retailers to lower costs and gain more insight into its operations… Read More

Livestock handling demonstrations always gather a crowd at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Brussels Agri-Services, a Gallagher distributor, was a popular site, as they demonstrated the Auto Drafter – a state-of-the-art, incredibly quick sheep sorter. Capable of sorting several hundred sheep per hour, the Auto Drafter used RFID tag information to sort sheep in up to… Read More

What if there was a way you could get at least 25% more grass out of your pastures with minimal investment? There is — the secret is adding electric fencing and moving  your cows more. Jack Kyle, grazier specialist with OMAFRA, says that restricting the cows to smaller pastures and then moving them every day… Read More

Efficiency is the name of the game for all manner of producers, especially in this new, volatile production environment. Farmers are looking at all areas of their operations looking for areas to cut costs or to save inputs. Livestock watering systems are a great place to start. Older livestock waterers can be both power hogs… Read More

Do you eat as much meat as you used to?  Many people in North America do say no, yet the the US still eats the second highest amount of meat per capita in the world according to the Economist.   The average American consumers 276 pounds of meat per year while Personally I still love… Read More