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TESA 25: Quebec 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award recipient

TESA 25: Quebec 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award recipient

The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1996, TESA has been recognizing beef producers from across the country who go above and beyond standard conservation practices to care for their land and environment. Each year, producers are recognized at the regional level. A national TESA winner is then chosen from […] Read more



Check floating de-icers and discard any that are cracked or otherwise damaged.

Eliminating the shock factor when livestock watering

Water and electricity can be a deadly combination for livestock at any time of year. Here’s how to prevent and safely troubleshoot problems

This article originally appeared at The Chronicle of the Horse in January 2021. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.  As a livestock appraiser, I am asked to perform a wide variety of appraisals for insurance purposes. When dealing with death-claim reimbursements, the most common reason I am called is due to […] Read more

When the government pulled out of community pastures, operations became the responsibility of board members and patron volunteers.

Community pasture patrons adapt to new business models

The following is the second in a three-part series exploring how different community pastures shifted from government to producer operation, and the ongoing effects of that shift. Years after government decided to turn over community pasture management to patrons, board members and staff are still finding new approaches to managing and improving operations while ensuring […] 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

“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


Rye ready for chopping at milky head stage.

Hybrid fall rye offers high yield, flexibility to beef producers

This relatively new forage can be grown for grazing, silage or grain, and can fit into double-cropping systems

Hybrid fall rye is one of the newer forage options available today, and can be a good fit to producers looking for a high-yielding feed with flexibility. Herman Wehrle, director of commercialization and market development at FP Genetics, says his job is to bring new crops to the marketplace. “After five years of commercialization, we […] 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