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Participants at the first Feedlot School offered by the Maritime Beef Council in 2017.

Building foundational skills

If you’re new to beef production or looking to expand your skillset, start with our roundup of resources for practical skills and knowledge No matter where you are in your career, there’s always value in learning something new. When the Maritime Beef Council created the Atlantic Beef School, the goal was to provide the region’s […] Read more

Cabin Ridge Mountain, overlooking the Rocking P Cabin.

Open-pit mining on Eastern Slopes one of the biggest issues facing our generation, says rancher

Beef producers encouraged by recent developments, but still see threat to grazing lands and watersheds

The Blades family of Nanton, Alta. has been linked to Cabin Ridge Mountain for a century.  Named for the family’s original cabin, the mountain overlooks summer grazing land vital to the Rocking P Ranch. It’s remained constant as generations fostered a deep love and sense of responsibility for this landscape, and endured the hardships and joys that ranching […] Read more


EPD percentiles graph: A graph of an animal’s EPD percentiles is included along with the report, something several breed associations offer. This visual representation shows how the individual’s EPDs compare to the breed average, which is denoted by the line at the 50 per cent mark. (See more below)

EPDs: Inside the numbers

Breaking down a real-life EPD report to understand how to evaluate and apply genetic predictions

Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) predict the average performance of an animal’s future progeny for a specific trait, compared to other individuals’ progeny within the breed. They predict average group performance, rather than foretelling individual performance.  “If you have a bull with a weaning weight EPD of +50 and another one with a weaning weight EPD […] Read more

A greater sage-grouse, considered a species at risk.

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan launches tool to gauge potential wildlife habitat

Habitat and Biodiversity Assessment Tool helps producers choose management practices to protect habitat for at-risk wildlife

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan has introduced a tool to analyze the habitat potential for species at risk, highlighting the concept of every farm and ranch having wildlife habitat.  The Habitat and Biodiversity Assessment Tool was launched in March as part of a new chapter in the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan workbook on habitat management, meeting […] Read more


“I think that it’s so important that we have diverse ideas coming to agriculture and that we make spaces for young people to thrive and succeed.” – Fawn Jackson, Director of Policy and International Relations, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

The beef industry’s voice in Ottawa

In representing producers on the national and global stage, Fawn Jackson has blended her passion for agriculture and politics into a rewarding career. She credits mentorship for a big part of her success

Fawn Jackson knows firsthand the power of mentorship in helping youth in agriculture succeed. She speaks warmly of the people who made a difference along her career path, and she’s an advocate for taking advantage of opportunities to learn from others at every stage of the game. “For me, mentorship has been such a key […] Read more

Jourdyn Sammons

Moving towards a career with purpose

Young Leader Spotlight: Discovering an interest in range management has broadened Jourdyn Sammons' educational opportunities

When Jourdyn Sammons joined the University of Saskatchewan’s Range Team in her third year of undergraduate studies, it led to an exciting field of study that’s positively shaped her educational experience.  “We talk about varying topics like ecology and grazing practices and multiple-use relationships, like how people can utilize rangeland for its facilities,” says Sammons, who grew up on a cow-calf and grain farm near Gleichen, Alta.   “The […] Read more


ALUS Canada works with producers on projects ranging from riparian area improvement to pollinator habitat.

Producer-driven conservation pays off

Two case studies illustrate the value of putting producers in the driver’s seat of conservation projects

Updated June 1, 2021 In the sweeping, ancient prairie of southern Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, local ranchers are helping to ensure at-risk species continue to call this land home. In 2018, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) partnered with Parks Canada to establish a grass bank pilot project in the park’s East Block, which hadn’t […] Read more

(Eat Just/Business Wire)

Cellular protein not yet a feasible meat alternative, researcher says

With global protein consumption expected to increase significantly by 2050, Tim McAllister sees room in the marketplace for all forms of protein production to meet this demand.   However, McAllister, principal research scientist in ruminant nutrition and microbiology at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, anticipates it will be some time before cellular […] Read more


Salinity in central Saskatchewan, just off Highway 15.

Managing soil salinity for the long haul

Establishing perennial forages is one of the top recommended methods to manage saline soils for the long term

Growing up on a mixed farm in southern Alberta, Alan Iwaasa was no stranger to the costly headaches that saline soils could create. “There were certain land bases that just were poor,” Iwaasa recalls. “For a period of time, there was a lot of effort that was looking at levelling your land and putting in […] Read more

Rafael Otfinowski conducting research at Grasslands National Park.  Photo: Supplied by University of Winnipeg

The struggle to restore native prairie

Though grassland reclamation can take decades and has many challenges, efforts are underway to renew native prairie ecosystems

On the Northern Great Plains, it’s estimated that one acre of native grass is lost every minute. Though recently there has been increased awareness about this ecosystem being the world’s most endangered, pressures to convert this irreplaceable landscape remain strong. “Unfortunately, there’s always this push and pull between different land uses and intensification of agriculture […] Read more