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Getting ready for calving

For those producers who still have a few weeks before calving, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a recently released fact sheet. Aaron Berger, an extension beef educator with the university, offered several tips. The condensed version follows:

Today’s precipitation

Data and maps from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these[...]
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Merck acquiring owners of Allflex ear tags

Traceability: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Merck is set to acquire the Antelliq Group for $2.37 billion, Drovers Daily reports. Merck will also assume the company’s remaining debt. Antelliq will operate as a subsidiary of Merck Animal Health Division. Antelliq Group, formerly known as the Allflex Group, owns Allflex ear tags and SCR dairy monitoring technology. In a 12-month period ending[...]
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Recent bovine TB strain new to Canada

Animal Health: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The latest outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Canadian cattle involves a TB strain that hasn’t been seen before in Canadian livestock or wildlife, the Canadian Cattlemen website reports. During a briefing in early January, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said culture testing of bacteria taken from a TB-positive cow in early November showed it’s[...]
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Producers are encouraged to provide feedback on what they want animal welfare enforcement to look like.

Ontario given a year to revise animal welfare legislation

Policy: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ontario’s Superior Court has ruled that the province must revamp legislation governing enforcement and inspection of animal welfare complaints in the next year, Stew Slater of Farmtario reports. Unless the province’s Attorney General appeals, the revised legislation will have to include reasonable oversight and accountability. Under the current legislation, the Ontario Society for the Prevention[...]
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History: Observing for Ourselves

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Observing for Ourselves By Lenore Wilson, Calgary, Alta. ‘Owning a half-arab by the Arabian stallion AHMUR A.R.C. 2061, and having studied all available material pertaining to the Arab horse, led to a desire to become personally acquainted with some of these horses and their owners. We wanted to satisfy ourselves that it was not just[...]
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Welcome new Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Allana Minchau and Amy Higgins are two of the young people accepted into the 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. Over the next few months we will feature two or three of the young leaders. Allana Minchau grew up on a commercial cowcalf operation west of Millet, Alta. At an early age, she started her own[...]
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Demand for sustainable beef is outstripping supply.

Cargill looking for cow-calf operators for sustainable beef program

Meat Packers: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cargill has declared its sustainable beef pilot program a success and is now looking at long-term strategies for the program, Joel Crews of Meat + Poultry reports. Demand is outpacing supply in Cargill’s Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration program, the company says. The program is now looking for more producers, particularly cow-calf producers, to join. To[...]
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History: Weapons that Won the West – The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal

By D. R. King, High River, Alta. The day Robert Harper stood on the banks at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and picked out the site of his homestead marked the beginning of a long chapter of history for America. The year was about 1747 when Harper built his tiny cabin. In[...]
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Ergot (seen at right) is a common cause of mycotoxin in grains.

Mycotoxins and beef cattle

Health: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council recently posted an article on mycotoxins and how they affect beef cattle. Mycotoxins are produced by certain types of fungi. Fusarium and ergot are two of the most common causes. Mycotoxins can be found in green pasture, cereal swaths, standing corn for winter grazing, cured and ensiled grass, cereal forages[...]
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