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Feed grain outlook for 2018

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Once again it is that time of year when I receive many inquiries from cattle producers with regard to the price outlook for feed grains. At the time of writing this article, Lethbridge area feedlots were buying feed barley in the range of $218/mt to $223/mt; however, feedlots located between Calgary and Edmonton were making […] Read more

Ergot poisoning: An ancient scourge remains a problem in modern rations

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

The negative impacts of ergot contamination in food were recognized as early as the fifth century AD. Ergot, a plant parasite, commonly affects rye grass, but wheat, rye, barley, oats, brome, fescue, blue, timothy, western and intermediate wheatgrass and other grasses can also be infected. Environmental conditions associated with a cool wet spring followed by […] Read more

Tight barley supplies will encourage corn imports

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Feed barley prices have been under pressure through the harvest period as yields across Western Canada have come in better than expected. It appears that the drier conditions in the southern regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan were more than offset by timely rains in the central and northern areas of the provinces. Barley selected for […] Read more

Barley market rallies

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Southern Alberta barley prices have been percolating higher over the last month. Feedlots in the Lethbridge area were buying feed barley at $215/mt delivered in mid-July, which is up approximately $40/mt from a month earlier. Feed wheat prices have also rallied in correlation with the milling wheat market so that southern Alberta feed wheat bids […] Read more

Why variety matters when growing barley for silage

Nutrition with John McKinnon

When growing silage, particularly barley silage, most producers select varieties with proven agronomic traits such as yield, disease and lodging resistance. In contrast, relatively little information is available on the nutritional value of the numerous barley varieties that are available for seeding. Recently a joint research project was run at the University of Saskatchewan and […] Read more

Barley variety and silage quality

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Barley silage is the main roughage fed in western Canadian feedlots, but few barley breeders try to improve its feed quality. Most breeders focus on improved grain yields, malting characteristics and better disease and lodging resistance, and pay little attention to feed quality traits like protein, starch, or neutral detergent fibre (NDF) content and digestibility […] Read more

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Barley research gets a boost

News Roundup from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The barley breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre (CDC) received a boost of $2.4 million over five years from barley growers across the Prairies. The commitment was announced in September by the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) and three provincial commissions — Alberta Barley, SaskBarley and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley […] Read more

Feed grain update

I’ve received many inquiries regarding the feed grain outlook moving into the fall period. In the previous issue, I mentioned that corn and barley markets had potential to move higher if a minor yield problem materialized. Throughout May and June, a large portion of Alberta and Saskatchewan received less than 40 per cent of normal […] Read more

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Cattle operation makes the most of every opportunity

That’s how the Betcker family has expanded T Bar Cattle Co. in the past decade

What a difference a decade has made for Brad and Lisa Betcker and family, Tanner and Morgan, who operate T Bar Cattle Co. just south of Medicine Hat, Alta. They’ve expanded from a cow-calf ranch near Elkwater, secure with steady income from Brad’s job with the county there, into the risky realm of cattle feeding […] Read more