Category: Agribition

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 »

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 »

How to Get Canadians to Eat More Pulses

Canadian farmers are world leaders in growing pulses, but Canadian consumers are way behind in actually consuming these good-for-you ingredients. As we wrap up the International Year of Pulses, Shaun Haney sat down with Delaney Seiferling to reflect on not just this last year’s spotlight on the crop, but also significant changes over the last… 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 »

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 »

McDonald’s Shines a Spotlight on the Harvie Ranch

For farmers and ranchers looking to “tell their story,” it doesn’t get much bigger than working with an advertising giant like McDonald’s. The fast-food company’s commercials and billboards are literally everywhere. Since launching the “Not Without Canadian Farmers” campaign in late 2015, McDonald’s Canada has focused part of its media spotlight on Canadian agriculture, aiming to explain… Read more »

Marketing Purebred Cattle Through Agribition & Which Breed is Best: A Producer Panel

Agribition is about a lot of things — every year the event hosts cattle shows, sales, a tradeshow, and even live entertainment. Ultimately, though, Agribition is all about the ranchers. With the help of the Agribition newsroom staff, Shaun was able to gather up a panel of purebred cattle breeders to discuss the industry, the… Read more »

Saskatchewan Not Backing Down on Carbon Tax Opposition — Lyle Stewart at Agribition

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart reiterated the province’s opposition to the federal government’s carbon tax plan at Agribition this week. “It’s going to impose huge costs on agriculture if it rolls out the way it’s been heralded. It’ll have the effect of making us uncompetitive in most of our markets because our competitors are not going to… Read more »

Reflecting on 46 Years of Agribition Memories — 2016 Ag Hall of Fame Inductee John Willmott

In 1971, John Willmott was a cattle producer in southern Ontario and director for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto when he was invited to judge cattle at a new event called Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Fast forward 45 years, the 83-year-old Willmott has been involved in Agribition in some way every year since,… Read more »

From the Newsroom to the Cattle Barns: Meet New Agribition CEO Chris Lane

Whether producing award-winning newscasts or producing Canada’s largest livestock show, the process behind the scenes is similar, says the new CEO of Canadian Western Agribition. Chris Lane joined Agribition in July after working as a senior news producer for CBC in Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Maritimes. “It’s really about people,” he explains, as we chatted… Read more »

Agribition Showcases Canadian Cattle Genetics to the World

The Canadian Western Agribition happens each November in Regina, Sask. When the middle of the city’s Evraz Place becomes a riding arena and the barns fill with the fluffiest, meatiest cattle Canadian ranchers have to offer. Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner are touring said barns this week, and Shaun caught up with Chad McPherson, general… Read more »