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(File photo) Animal care is continuing at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, but research projects are under review.

University of Saskatchewan reviewing research projects

Animal care is considered critical at the university, but COVID-19 is likely to delay results from some beef and forage research projects.

As uncertainty around COVID-19 grows, the University of Saskatchewan expects to put some of its beef and forage research projects on hold. The university has asked faculty to “dial back” research activities as much as possible so that students, staff and faculty can observe stay-at-home and social distancing protocols, says Dr. Mary Buhr, dean of […] Read more

Manitoba's auction markets are still holding sales, but are now closed to non-essential personnel.

Manitoba auction markets restrict access

Only essential auction staff, order buyers and livestock inspectors allowed on-site at Manitoba's auction markets

In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, Manitoba’s livestock auction marts have closed to the general public. “This difficult decision was made by the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of their member’s employees, customers and service providers,” states a news release […] Read more


Brian Harper (left) at a grazing workshop touring the high-stock-density grazing experiment on his land north of Brandon, Man.  Beef and forage research is in a holding pattern this spring due to the pandemic.

University of Manitoba restricts research activity

On-site research that would violate social distancing rules suspended.

[UPDATED: March 26, 2020] – The University of Manitoba is limiting its research activity to reduce coronavirus risk.* “Researchers are continuing their research remotely, but only limited research is continuing in university research facilities, including off-campus research sites,” said Martin Scanlon, dean of agricultural and food sciences at the U of M. Scanlon explained that […] Read more

COVID-19 shifts bull buyers online

As auction marts move to curb the disease's spread, technology is connecting buyers and sellers

As bull sale season stretches into the spring, online sales are helping the industry cut COVID-19 risks while facilitating commerce. The Livestock Market Association of Canada (LMAC) last week held an emergency meeting on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and decided to follow Health Canada’s lead on limiting crowd size and encouraging social […] Read more


Seedstock producers selling bulls at the 2019 Pride of the Prairies bull sale in Lloydminster, Sask. COVID-19 has shifted many bull buyers online in an effort to limit the disease's spread.

COVID-19 shifts bull buyers online

As auction marts move to curb the disease's spread, technology is connecting buyers and sellers.

As bull sale season stretches into the spring, online sales are helping the industry cut COVID-19 risks while facilitating commerce. Last week, the Livestock Market Association of Canada (LMAC) held an emergency meeting on how to respond to the pandemic. The association decided follow Health Canada’s lead on limiting crowd size and encouraging social distancing […] Read more

Comment: Research 101

If you’re a regular on the winter conference circuit, you’ve likely seen your fair share of ag research presentations. Most of the regular presenters are adept at translating their research so that the rest of us can understand what they’re talking about. Still, I couldn’t help wondering whether there are a few things we should […] Read more


Josie Van Lent presents Rita and Armin Mueller's granddaughters with their own coveralls during a major funding announcement at Lakeland College in Vermilion. (Photo: Lisa Guenther)

Mueller family donates $4 million to Lakeland College

The donation by Armin and Rita Mueller will be used to establish a bison herd and program for the college’s students

Approximately 200 people, including students and community members, gathered in Lakeland College’s auditorium in Vermilion, Alberta, for a major funding announcement Tuesday afternoon. Armin and Rita Mueller have donated $4 million, the single largest gift the college has ever received. That money will be used to buy land and establish a bison herd to complement […] Read more

Randy Stokke shares how his family managed an emergency protection order that was applied to their ranch in the March issue.

Coming Up in Canadian Cattlemen: March 2, 2020

A look at what's ahead in the March issue of the magazine.

Dealing with an emergency protection order under the federal Species at Risk act is not exactly on most ranchers’ bucket lists. But when Randy and Terry Stokke found themselves in that exact situation, they managed to turn it into an opportunity to show how their grazing practices benefit wildlife. How did they do it? Find […] Read more


Comment: When Harry met Meghan

I was astounded at the flap over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the Royal Family last month. Questions about how exactly their move to Canada seem pertinent to me, but blaming them for growing republicanism within the U.K. seemed a bit much (that was one of […] Read more

Photo supplied by USask. Dr. Cheryl Waldner has been tapped to lead a five-year research project funded by NSERC, the Beef Cattle Research Council and University of Saskatchewan.

USask researcher to chair beef research program targeting health and productivity

Dr. Cheryl Waldner to lead research into better diagnostic tools for bovine respiratory disease, Johne's disease

Dr. Cheryl Waldner is leading a $2.35 million research program to improve the health and productivity of beef cattle, while also limiting antimicrobial resistance. Waldner is veterinary researcher with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sask. Over the next five years, Waldner will lead a major research program […] Read more