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Tips for diversifying your ranch with nature tourism

News Roundup from the October 26, 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Many cattle ranches in Canada are located in beautiful natural surroundings. In Alberta and British Columbia many abut on the sublime Rocky Mountains and have their land criss-crossed by streams and forests, dotted with scenic ponds and other attractive features. This beauty isn’t just one of the perks of the ranching life — it can […] Read more

Four steps to direct marketing beef

News Roundup from the August 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Most ranchers in Canada keep their attention focused on what they do best: breeding and raising healthy, high-quality cattle. The slaughtering, processing, and sale to end consumers are things they ordinarily leave to other people. Some ranchers, however, market a part of their beef output directly to consumers, cutting out the middlemen of the cattle […] Read more

The potential of probiotics to promote greater livestock health

Unlike antibiotics – which kill bacteria – probiotics are live cultures of beneficial bacteria

Last year Health Canada changed its regulations on antibiotics to prevent them being used as growth promoters in livestock. Drug makers like Bayer, Merck, and Novartis had already begun the change, removing labels on their products that advertised them as suitable for non-medicinal purposes. Antibiotics are still available to Canadian ranchers and feedlot operators but […] Read more