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The South East Research Farm’s trial on soybeans and flowery silage corn after frost.

Forage intercropping trials show promise in Western Canada

Research is underway to fully understand the best practices for incorporating forage mixtures in this cropping method

The practice of intercropping is receiving more attention on the Prairies, and research centres are exploring the possibilities for forage options. The potential benefits are promising, researchers say, but more work is needed to provide producers with accurate information on how best to apply this method. “I think it’s really interesting that there’s some combinations […] Read more

Edgar Smith and his brothers run Red Angus and Red Angus-cross cattle on their operation at Courtenay, B.C.

B.C. producer narrows in on what customers want in beef

Health, environment and animal welfare top priorities for Edgar Smith’s customers on Vancouver Island and in the lower mainland

Edgar Smith and his brothers Phillip and Doug have a unique cattle operation, raising beef from start to finish and selling direct to customers. “Our family has been in the beef business since the 1940s on Vancouver Island, and the operation has evolved and changed over the decades. In the 1940s and 1950s we were […] Read more


Woodjam Ranch is located next to the Horsefly River, in the Cariboo region of British Columbia.

B.C. ranchers honoured for protecting watersheds

The Seelhof family works hard to protect the river and tributaries that run through their ranch, as well as manage invasive species and rotate grazing and feeding grounds

In a truly strange set of circumstances, when Chad Seelhof heard about the BSE announcement, he was in a cattle liner about to relocate from Paradise Hill, Sask., with his parents Louis and Ellie, to the Cariboo region of British Columbia. Chad recalls hearing the report on a radio broadcast. “I really wondered what the […] Read more

Love for photography leads to film career in beef industry

Young Leader Spotlight: Meet the videographer who helped bring "Guardians of the Grasslands" to life

When Ben Wilson was encouraged to apply for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program in 2017, he remembers laughing aloud. Wilson, who is one half of Story Brokers Media House, didn’t think the program would accept a filmmaker who wasn’t a beef producer, but being chosen to participate in the mentorship program ended up making a […] Read more


A one-foot space at the bottom of the windbreak keeps snow and ice from piling up.

Whither the wind: How to decide on windbreaks

Find out what your options are for protecting your herd from wind and snow this winter

Find out what your options are for protecting your herd from wind and snow this winter

If beef producers want to have healthy, productive herds, making sure they’re protected from the wind is crucial, says Jenifer Heyden. “We want the cattle to be able to maintain condition on cold, windy days,” says the livestock and feed extension specialist with the Government of Saskatchewan. While beef cattle are tough, and can handle […] Read more

Using two hands to deliver a SubQ injection is easier, but one hand is generally safer for the handler.

Don’t stick yourself — take care when injecting

Knowing proper injection techniques can save you from discomfort and harm, vet says

Knowing proper injection techniques can save you from discomfort and harm, says vet

No one giving injections to cattle wants to accidentally get stuck with a needle; most producers will do everything in their power not to. And yet it happens, and the results can be deadly. Just ask Dr. Cody Creelman. “A producer was treating a sick calf from the cab of his truck. He was filling […] Read more


These two Barbadian farmers discuss the merits of an Angus bull at the Agrifest Agricultural Show in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Barbados aiming for self-sufficiency in food production

As the Caribbean island gears up its food production, the beef industry will be a key part of feeding the nation’s people

Barbados’s Agrofest is much like a rural Canadian fall fair. But at this three-day event, the country’s prime minister attends the first day. The country is working towards self-sufficiency in food production and Mia Amor Mottley, Barbados’s first woman prime minister, is a driving force behind that idea. Barbados, a Caribbean island 13 degrees north […] Read more

Patricia Fawley decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine after working as an embryo technician at Bow Valley Genetics

New vet student makes the best of virtual learning

Young Leader Spotlight: Patricia Fawley planned to be learning veterinary medicine hands-on while in the Caribbean, but the pandemic shifted her studies online.

Starting veterinary school is a new challenge under any circumstance, but taking your first semesters entirely online is a particularly unusual situation. For Patricia Fawley, attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts and Nevis holds the added allure of studying on an island in the Caribbean. Before she could travel there to […] Read more


Young steers and heifers enjoy bakery items from Save-On-Foods.

Turning food waste into livestock feed

Jill Burkhardt shares her experience with a program that allows farmers to recycle grocery store shrink

Doughnuts, broccoli, pineapples, bread, cakes and cookies — sounds like some things you’d eat during the week? Well, it’s what our feeder cattle eat. Yes, you read that right, our feeders eat doughnuts, fruits, vegetables and cakes. How? It’s all thanks to a program called Loop and a local grocery store chain, Save-On-Foods. Loop started […] Read more

Three mixers at the Ag in Motion field demonstrations in 2018, north of Saskatoon, Sask.

Matching a TMR machine to a livestock operation

When choosing a machine, start with the feed type going into the ration, then look at the features

Total mixed ration (TMR) mixers have become a fixture on feedlots, dairies and mixed farms. They are the “must have” machines to process, mix and deliver multiple variations of feed to the livestock industry. These heavy-duty blenders have improved feeding efficiency and provide exacting energy requirements without sacrificing the physical characteristics needed for proper rumen […] Read more