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Four tips for better barley production

Four tips to better barley production Whether or not you’re using variable rate technology in your malting barley crop, it is important to use due care and attention when establishing the cereal crop, say two long-time Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers. John O’Donovan, now retired malting barley agronomist ,and Kelly Turkington, a plant pathologist with[...]
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Twelve tips to clubroot management

There are several key management tools producers need to apply to minimize the risk of clubroot either reaching a damaging level, and/or to reduce a heavy spore load of the pathogen in the soil to a tolerable level (about 1,000 spores or less per gram or teaspoon of soil will not affect crop performance). The[...]
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Bart Lardner.

Get cows and heifers ready for winter now

No matter your feeding system, have your breeding 
animals in good condition before the snow flies

If cows and heifers aren’t there already, there is a short window to get them into a proper body condition for winter. If you have skinny or poor condition cows heading into winter, that December to March period is probably one of the toughest and most expensive times to try to get them back into[...]
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Ross Macdonald  uses condition scoring as a tool for selecting  females suited to conditions on his  south Saskatchewan ranch.

Producers pay attention to body condition

Everyone views it a bit differently, but manage 
for the proper body condition for their operation

Beef producers across Canada appreciate the benefits of keeping cows and heifers and even feeder cattle in good condition, particularly over winter, for a variety of production and economic reasons. With cold temperatures and winter rations it can take a lot of feed to improve animal condition over the winter feeding period, so many aim[...]
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Brothers Tony and Joe Perlich (above) stand beside the first scale they used as they were about to open their livestock auction service near Lethbridge in August 1967.

Perlich Auction is 50 years young

Selling livestock is their business, but five decades later their success is built on a foundation of well-taught human values, a passion for the industry and respect for proper animal care

When the second generation to own and manage Perlich Bros. Auction took over the reigns of a well-established southern Alberta livestock auction service their timing couldn’t have been much worse. A few months after buying the business from their aunt in late 2002, BSE hit Alberta and the world livestock industry, recalls Maureen Perlich, who[...]
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Things I learned from auctioneers

Lee Hart gets an education from the Livestock Markets Association of Canada

Find me a microphone, a gavel, a cowboy hat and an unwanted emu and I might just become an auctioneer (The emu? Well, a person has to start somewhere.) This is my plan after recently being exposed to a major learning experience during the annual convention of the Livestock Markets Association of Canada (LMAC). This[...]
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So long AIM — it was another good run

It’s all over now except for the crying, folks. Ag In Motion (AIM) 2017 is history. And really the only crying that might be done, is by the dedicated volunteers and employees of the show who stay on the AIM grounds near Langham, SK for another 10 days to two weeks to clean up and[...]
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AIM for Hart: An informative first day

It’s official. If you want your province to dry out call Charles Schmidt. This climatological fact was among the many things I learned at the first day of the 2017 Ag In Motion (AIM) farm show near Langham, Sask. Tuesday (about 20 minutes from Saskatoon — the show is still running Wednesday and Thursday, so[...]
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VBP helps keep beef in the game

No one has to participate in the verified beef program, but consumers and the food industry are starting to call the shots

Les Johnston figures if he wants to continue to sell beef, and hopefully tap into top or higher-value markets, he needs to be able to show buyers as well as consumers he is doing a good job. The southern Saskatchewan rancher is a believer in the Canadian Verified Beef Production (VBP) program. He was doing[...]
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