Happy New Year Cattlemen readers! We’re launching our first issue of a new decade with a cover story about Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter of Belmont, Manitoba. Prinsloo and Carpenter both grew up in the city, but had an interest and passion for food and farming from a young age, Heather Smith Thomas writes. By working creatively with other producers and learning holistic management, they managed to get into farming. Today they raise cattle and other livestock and sell the meat directly to customers.
Given all the public criticism about the beef industry, along with the large helping of misinformation, many beef producers are likely feeling a little beat up these days. So what’s being done about it? Our field editor, Piper Whelan, has a feature looking at how producer groups have responded, what works and what doesn’t. She’s also written an article diving into expert opinions on two big public trust issues beef producers encountered last year: nutrition and environment.
As you have likely heard, the federal ag minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that cattle transportation will undergo a two-year phase in period for the new animal transportation regulations. Before those changes were announced, Reynold Bergen filed a column outlining the latest Canadian research on the effect of rest stop duration on cattle during transport. Read all about it in Research on the Record.
That’s just a small sample of what you’ll find in our January issue. We also have features on bovine TB research, colostrum and calving in Ontario, plus our regular departments and columns. If you’re not already a subscriber to the magazine, you can sign up today online.