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A northern Ontario cattle processing plant could lead to more cattle production in the region.

Halal market focus for new northern Ontario plant

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new federally inspected processing plant in North Bay, Ont., will target the local and international halal market, Stew Slater reports in Farmtario. The new plant, which will only process carcasses at this point, is expected to open in December. The plant is owned by Canada Meat Group Inc., and the company’s owners also operate […] Read more

Today’s precipitation

Data 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 precipitation maps […] Read more


A new cost-benefit calculator helps quantify the benefits of sourcing calves that have been vaccinated for BRD.

Vaccinating for bovine respiratory disease

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While bovine respiratory disease is often thought of as a feedlot problem, it’s also the most common cause of death for nursing calves older than three weeks, notes the Beef Cattle Research Council’s blog. Several studies have shown bovine respiratory disease (BRD) peaks seasonally. For example, a Nebraska study that looked at several years of […] Read more

A coyote hunts mice at Riding Mountain. Researchers are looking for Manitoba producers to participate in a predation study.

Researchers take aim at reducing losses to livestock predation

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manitoba researchers are looking for beef producers interested in trying different strategies to reduce predation losses. The study will look at methods to gauge predation risk on a producer’s operation while also examining ways to monitor and deter predators. Melanie Dubois, senior riparian and biodiversity biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says that the methods […] Read more


A dairy herd in rural Quebec. Dairy producers are increasingly using beef semen to boost their operations’ profitability.

Growing use of beef semen in dairy herds noted

Breeding: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dairy producers are using beef semen to breed more cows in their herds, saving sexed semen for only the top-producing cows, writes Stew Slater in Farmtario. Slater cites data from the Canadian Dairy Network that shows the breeding of dairy cows to Holstein bulls is at a low, which clearly indicates a shift to using […] Read more



Junior Stockman’s Show sees many standout winners

NewsMakers from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to Kylie Berner, who won the Ambassador Award at the Junior Stockman’s Show in Swift Current in September. The Ambassador Award is presented to an entrant who demonstrates leadership qualities and is a good role model to other youth in agriculture. Congratulations as well to the following showmanship winners: Joss Pittman and Cheyenne Berner, […] Read more



Alberta Beef Producers marks its 50th anniversary

Associations: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A belated happy birthday to the Alberta Beef Producers, which turned 50 in September. In the 1960s, Alberta’s cattle producers felt they needed a stronger voice in Edmonton and Ottawa. Five organizations, including Western Stock Growers, Alberta Dairymen Association, Farmers Union of Alberta, Alberta Federation of Agriculture, and the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association, asked the […] Read more

History: Barney has an eye for cattle

Reprinted from the April 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Barney has an eye for cattle By Lyn Harrington, Toronto, Ont. Newest and probably oldest of the Alberta Brand Inspectors is that 69-year-young feller, James “Barney” Crockett of Medicine Hat. After nearly 20 years of service as Special Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Barney retired last year. Quick as they could manage it, […] Read more