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Two-stage weaning reduces calf stress

Capturing 'win-win' benefits in an area where new knowledge and options are emerging

Two southern Alberta ranches are among those who have found a two-stage calf weaning program is not only much less stressful for livestock and improves rate of gain, it also makes for a much quieter weaning week. The two-stage weaning system involves processing calves about a week before the actual weaning day to apply a […] Read more


Diamond 7 Ranch raises cattle with care and compassion

Easing the discomfort and stress on calves during annual processing is just one element in the overall strategy of producing high quality, premium beef, under humane production practices at southern Alberta’s Diamond 7 Ranch. For the past four years at branding, calves have been administered an oral dose of meloxicam, a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory to help […] Read more

Caution urged in shipping cull cows

Canada’s beef producers have built a strong track record in transporting beef cattle safely and effectively, but the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) says one part of the industry that needs more attention is cull cows. Reynold Bergen Science Director of the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) told the Canada Beef meeting in Calgary recently that […] Read more