Category: Livestock

What Consumers Seem to Forget: My Reaction to W5’s “Factory Farming” Episode

For those who didn’t tune in this weekend to an episode of CTV’s W5 on “factory farming”, let me sum it up for you: according to the episode hog farmers are heartless, sadist wretches that abuse and mistreat all their animals. While attacks and misinformation on and about farming practices aren’t rare, this particular program… Read more »

Beef Research School: Safe Transport & Positive Outcomes for Cattle

Moving livestock safely, even short distances, requires the right type of trailer, skilled handlers and an informed plan for transport length and conditions. In order to ensure Canadian cattle are being handled with positive outcomes in mind, we need scientifically-informed guidelines for what appropriate travel durations and conditions are. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, an Agriculture and… Read more »

Prepping and Selling 4-H Show Calves: Where it Begins

Most of the pomp and circumstance at cattle shows swirls around the big purebred championships. It’s not different at Canadian Western Agribition, where show-stopping bulls sell for more money than most people’s cars cost. There’s a lot more that goes on at Agribition, though, that doesn’t always get as much attention, but it’s important nonetheless…. Read more »

Manitoba Tackles Tuberculosis Issue with New Coordinator

The threat of bovine tuberculosis from wild populations of animals in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park area has weighed heavily on cattle producers in the region for some time. The region has seen a steady decline in cattle and ranchers in part due to this threat. As a plan of attack, Manitoba recently announced the… Read more »

Liberal Leader Hopeful sets her Sights on the End of Supply Management

The Liberal Party of Canada is in the middle of choosing a new leader. While the vast majority of attention has been lavished on a raven-haired prime minister’s son, Martha Hall Findlay has been the first (and perhaps only) candidate to bring any part of an agriculture platform into the race. RealAgriculture.com’s editor, Lyndsey Smith,… Read more »

Ralph Goodale Salutes the Recently Deceased Neil Jahnke in Parliament

Last week, a great contributor to the Canadian cattle industry was taken from us much too soon.  I was very saddened when I heard that last week of the passing of Neil Jannke. I had a beer with Neil and his son Shane at the Saskatchewan StockGrowers AGM last spring.  Always when with the Jahnke’s there was some great… Read more »

An Update From Sask. Stock Growers’ Roundtable on COOL

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) hosted its annual roundtable meeting between Canadian and US beef industry leaders during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Now in its seventh year, the roundtable brought cattle producers from North Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet with their Canadian counterparts at Agribition. The event gathered six American representatives… Read more »

Beef Market Update — Holiday High Followed by Softening Demand

Last week’s U.S. beef market opened with the same strong numbers leading up to American Thanksgiving. By the end of the week, numbers had, as expected, weakened somewhat, as supplies increase in the U.S. In Canada, the reverse is true for supplies — as the fall run ends, the basis is tightening. Canadian cattle producers… Read more »

Grazing Corn in Saskatchewan — Tips for Making it Work

Planting grazing corn is a great way to extend the Western Canadian grazing season well into the winter or start it earlier in the spring. The crop works well as a forage, even when seeded a bit later than ideal, as you’ll see in this interview. In this interview, Kevin Elmy, of Friendly Acres Seed… Read more »

Preventing and Treating Lameness in Dairy Cattle

We demand so much of our dairy herd — the highest quality milk in copious quantities, excellent production persistence and (we hope) a heifer calf at every calving. The demands of modern dairy production mean cows spend much of their day standing, supporting their large frames and heavy udders. While dairy farmers take extra care… Read more »

The Role of Cattle Shows & Mentorship for the Young Rancher

The cattle business is also a people business. Sharing a coffee, shaking hands and commiserating in the leaky barns at Agribition is an import part of building your cattle business, whether as a purebred breeder or a commercial stock grower.  RealAgriculture.com sat down to speak with Sheldon Kyle, with Kenray Ranch, about why national cattle… Read more »

Brian Perillat On the Growth of the Canadian Cattle Herd & the XL Foods Hangover

Food safety in the beef industry was a topic that was front and centre at this years Canfax Cattle Market Forum. Producers and industry members were left questioning just how far the impact of the recall would reach and how long the hangover would last. As we found out when we sat down with Brian… Read more »

Expected Nutrient Mineralization from Manure and Crop Residue: Jeff Schoenau

Soil is a magnificent thing. It’s the medium that makes crop production possible. It’s also rather mysterious. Even now, scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of naming all the microbes that live in soil and understanding their functions and interactions. There’s also much we do know and understand about soil and its ability… Read more »

Strong Dollar, Stable Interest Rates for 2013

  Todd Hirsch, ATB financial senior economist, spoke at the Canfax Cattle Market Forum. The outlook he provided was one of cautious optimism mixed with a little bit of wait and see. The cautious optimism stems from the overall stability of the Canadian economy and the growth in provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan. The wait… Read more »

Farmer Fallout From Puratone Bankruptcy in the Hundreds of Thousands: Harry Siemens

The hog industry in Western Canada has been knocked to its knees in recent months by high feed prices and negative margins. A large hog breeder, producer and feed company — Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation — is in the process of being bought by Maple Leaf Foods, the company’s largest hog buyer. Amidst the fall out… Read more »