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Researchers seek producer feedback on environmental assessment software

Researchers are taking a deeper look at practices that affect soil carbon and the role of wetlands in the fourth version of Holos, which allows producers to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions

A new version of an on-farm environmental assessment software is in the works, and researchers are looking for producer feedback. Scientists at Lethbridge’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research and Development Centre are enhancing the whole-farm Holos model software for measuring and assessing the environmental impact of Canadian agricultural management practices, with full release anticipated by […] Read more

Deborah Yedlin, chancellor at the U of C, moderates a panel during the Simpson Centre announcement. L to R: Dr. Eugene Beaulieu, School of Public Policy, U of C; Fawn Jackson, government and international relations, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association; Dr. Ryan Cardwell, department of agricultural economics, University of Manitoba.

New University of Calgary centre set to meet challenges facing Canadian agriculture

Simpson Centre to blend research and policy, shaping the conversation on agriculture and food production

More than a decade ago, John Simpson noticed that ranchers and farmers who didn’t adapt with the times paid dearly for it. While considering funding a project related to agriculture, Simpson became concerned with the survival of the industry due to a lack of attention to consumer demands. “Farmers and ranchers need to be aware […] Read more


Students participate in an AgScape thinkAg Career Competition, learning about careers in Canada’s agri-food industry.

Classroom program builds public knowledge, promotes ag careers

AgScape is raising the profile of agriculture and food production in Ontario’s classrooms, connecting with students on issues that matter to them

With so much information about agriculture and food production easily accessible today, how does the average consumer know what’s true? By providing students with fact-based information on Canada’s agri-food industry, an Ontario-based classroom education program is empowering youth to think critically about these topics while gaining a better understanding of food production. AgScape is working […] Read more

While cost likely limits the market for self-propelled balers, they do push computerization, Adam Verner says.

Balers evolving to make silage and run non-stop

Given the short haying windows, Adam Verner sees growth potential for wet hay and silage balers. But manufacturers still face challenges around speed, bale density and cost

The earliest round balers were amazing but frustrating machines. During forage season, I would exhibit a semi-permanent crick in the neck combined with a disturbing vocabulary of profanities. Constant fear of a plugged pickup, a twisted belt or a roller bearing displaying the telltale signs of smoke before the fire plagued my working days. These […] Read more


A case of acute BVD in a calf. BVD can cause symptoms ranging from nasal discharge to birth defects, as well as diarrhea.  Photo: Supplied by Dr. John Campbell

BVD still a threat to Canadian cattle herds

Even closed herds can be at risk for BVD, making vaccination key to preventing this disease

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) can affect cattle in many ways, causing abortion, birth defects, stillborn calves, immune deficiencies in persistently infected animals, and other acute or chronic illness. BVD is also an indirect cause of many other diseases because it has adverse effects on the immune system. An estimate a few years ago suggested that […] Read more



Students learning about equipment maintenance and repair. Pictured from left to right: Magalie Steiner, instructor Lynn Bonner and Majeed Nashiru.

College program offers employment-ready ranching skills

B.C.-based program gets students’ hands dirty while focusing on operation and land management

If you wanted to get a well-rounded view of what it’s like to ranch in virtually any part of the country, you’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Williams Lake, B.C. Nestled in the central interior region of the province, the city is square in the middle of one of the most diverse environments […] Read more

Erik Nottveit, Arvid Nottveit’s son checking cattle at Tribar Ranching Co., located on the northern edge of Lake Manitoba. Changes to Manitoba’s Crown lease program are creating uncertainty for leaseholders.

Crown land changes create uncertainty for Manitoba’s beef producers

New regulations for Manitoba’s Agricultural Crown Lands lease program caught lease-holders off guard, leaving many unsure about the future of their operations

Without his Crown land lease, Arvid Nottveit wouldn’t be able to make a living raising cattle. Nottveit and his family run Tribar Ranching Co., a cow-calf operation at Peonan Point, Man., and they rely on a Crown lease of 9,600 acres. Here on a 25-mile-long peninsula on the northern edge of Lake Manitoba, the family […] Read more


Dr. Diego Moya and his colleagues found that using lidocaine in addition to meloxicam during castration may control pain better than meloxicam alone.

Lidocaine shows promise in mitigating castration pain

Two ongoing projects highlight the potential of using this anaesthetic during processing

Producers may have another option to offset castration pain in calves in the future, thanks to work underway in Western Canada. Early results from a University of Saskatchewan study suggest using lidocaine in addition to meloxicam during castration may control pain better than meloxicam alone. Dr. Diego Moya, assistant professor at the Western College of […] Read more

Johne’s disease is tricky to diagnose, because while symptoms include weight loss and lower milk production, no fever or loss of appetite is present.

Developing a vaccine to combat Johne’s disease

Canadian researchers are trialling vaccine candidates, and plan to have results in the fall

Just as researchers around the world are racing to find a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, Canadian scientists have been diligently working to discover a vaccine that works on Johne’s disease in cattle. “We have successfully established and validated our research model using a commercial MAP vaccine currently licensed for use in Australia and Spain,” […] Read more