Animal care is an important aspect of beef production, and it’s something we cover frequently in Canadian Cattlemen. But what about the well-being of the people caring for cattle? Erin Wasson, a social worker with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, helps producers, veterinarians and others deal with everything from acute stress following a natural disaster to social isolation. In our cover feature, Heather Smith Thomas writes about how Wasson works with struggling producers and what’s going on in many animal welfare cases.
If you’re raising cattle, chances are that you’re going to want more land at some point, Jeff Melchior writes. But how can you do that without falling into a financial ditch? Melchior talks to Art Lange, a farm financial advisor based in Edmonton, about when it’s a good time to expand and how to do it in a financially sound way.
Piper Whelan has an update on the Canadian grassland carbon offset protocol, which has been accepted by a U.S.-based carbon offset registry. The project, led by the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association, aims to reward landowners for conserving grassland that could be converted into cropland and build public trust. Whelan outlines how the pilot will work and what’s next for the project.
Those are just a few of the stories you’ll find in our February issue. We’ve also got information on bull fertility, what to think about before buying a drone, new research into feeding tylosin, developing feed barley varieties, micro and macro minerals, market information and much more. If you’re not already a subscriber to the magazine, you can sign up today online.