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When it’s time to say goodbye to your herd

As an agricultural lender, Steve Ganczar has seen many of his clients grapple with the decision to downsize or disperse their cow herd. Ganczar, a senior lender and supervisor at a credit union in Dauphin, Man., always empathized with the heartbreak that this decision can create, whether it was due to financial or health reasons. […] Read more


Ergot contamination more complex than first imagined

The process of converting ergot-contaminated grain into feed pellets may decrease its toxicity, contrary to popular belief, according to a recent Alberta Agriculture study. However, the concentration as well as the types of ergot alkaloids present affects its toxicity to livestock, raising more questions about this harmful fungus. “The impact of the ergot is going […] Read more



Ranchers rewarded for preserving species at risk on native range

Sask. producers find balance between beef production and nature

Beef producers in southwestern Sask­atchewan are being rewarded for ensuring that species at risk have a home on native pastures. Tom Harrison is a rancher and executive director of the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP), an organization founded in 2014 to create and maintain habitat for species at risk on native […] Read more


New drug targets pain from foot rot in cattle

Health: News Roundup from the May 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new topical drug promising pain relief from a specific ailment affecting cattle is now available in Canada. Banamine transdermal, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) produced by Merck Animal Health, was released at the end of January. This pour-on product, with flunixin meglumine as the active ingredient, is used to reduce fever related to bovine […] Read more



Saline-tolerant AC Saltlander under the microscope

New research shows forage's potential cost benefit

It takes a good deal of time to develop a new forage variety and determine the best way to manage it but in the case of AC Saltlander green wheatgrass the timing couldn’t be better for Prairie producers growing anxious about future droughts. AC Saltlander is a perennial green wheatgrass with a high tolerance for […] Read more


Beef quality takes a slight bruising

Audit reveals an increase in overall consumer satisfaction with retail beef steaks

The latest National Beef Quality Audit shows that while consumer satisfaction remains high, the Canadian beef industry can make improvements related to carcass quality. Mark Klassen, director of technical services for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, presented an overview of the audit in a webinar hosted by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC). The audit was […] Read more



David Haywood-Farmer: the new top hand at the CCA

David Haywood-Farmer has deep roots in British Columbia’s ranching community. Now, as the incoming president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), he’s setting his sights on helping to create a thriving future for the Canadian beef industry. Haywood-Farmer, who was elected by acclamation at the CCA’s 2018 annual general meeting in late March, was raised […] Read more


EPDs sped up

Considering the practical implications of BOLT EPDs

For Jay Cross of Bar Pipe Hereford Ranch, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) play a significant role in breeding functional cattle. “Particularly in the last 10 years, we have recognized that an increasing number of our customers are driven by EPDs,” says Cross, who ranches at Okotoks, Alta. The Hereford breeder, whose family has raised cattle […] Read more